It's been nearly 40 years since a band out of Athens, Georgia, called The B52s laid the foundation for a genre of popular music that came to be labeled, "New Wave."
The original members of the group ─ Ricky and Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland and Fred Schneider ─ combined a campy, off-the-wall stage presence with infectious dance melodies. Cindy Wilson, Pierson and Schneider are still touring together; although each are involved in their own side projects.
The Budgetel Inn on Fulton Industrial Boulevard in southwest Atlanta is home to many who are one step away from living on the streets. Georgia's new $5 a night hotel tax has an exemption for stays longer than 30 days, but both hotel operators and guests remain confused.
Large local corporations, like AT&T and Coca-Cola, are looking to invest in startups and absorb the companies into their accelerator programs. Entrepreneurs and investors mingle after a Corporate Shark Attack event at the Atlanta Financial Center in Buckhead.
As of Wednesday, Georgia will start to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The new law also gives the state the power to oversee taxi cabs. That’s a big change because inspections and permitting used to be handled by local governments like the city of Atlanta.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, taxis are lined up near the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. Otis Sales is in the third cab back. He’s been driving a taxi part time for over 40 years. But in the past year or so, he’s noticed a drop in business.
He's celebrated for his colorful costumes, but Friday night, Bob Jamerson, better known as "Baton Bob," was all dressed in white.
Jamerson and his husband Gary Bender were married in a private ceremony, but invited all of Atlanta to their reception at Park Tavern. The event, called “The Conscience Coupling Coronation and Costume Ball,” included a silent auction, live entertainment from 3D the Bomb, and, as the invitation said, "Twirling and gowns galore!"
In this installment of "Valerie Jackson In Conversation," Valerie talks with Jan Smith – one of the most sought after vocal producers in the music industry.
"Mama Jan," as she is more affectionately known, is the Grammy nominated producer and Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee. Jan Smith Studios is widely credited for voice producing such high profile clients as The Band Perry, India Arie, Drake, Justin Bieber, Sugarland and Usher.
Matthew Vines, author of the book “God and the Gay Christian,” talks to WABE’s Jim Burress for Thursday’s “A Closer Look.” Vines is behind a conference at the Sheraton Atlanta geared toward fostering LGBT inclusiveness in the church.
Even as Atlanta struggles with one of the nation’s highest HIV infection rates, the agency tasked with curtailing the epidemic here is failing to spend millions of dollars set aside for HIV prevention.
In some years, the Fulton County Health Department has given back to the federal government as much — or more — than it spent.
Change in national HIV policy
The HIV/AIDS rates in certain areas of the U.S. are so bad, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012 decided to change the way it tackled the epidemic.
In a disaster, the same conditions that destroy homes and buildings can take out vital cellular communications. The nation's largest mobile phone service providers say they're already making plans to work around storm damage.
And when disaster hits — be it a hurricane or something else — few things become more critical than our wireless phones. They keep us connected to loved ones, often serve as lifelines and can provide access to essential information.
But even as far inland as Atlanta, sustained, tropical-force winds and rain can cause flooding and knock out cell towers.
In a situation like that, how confident can we be that our smartphones will connect?
Mike House is almost certain the call will go through.
If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 61 years to this date in 1954, we'd witness a rather extreme reaction by University of Georgia students to the placement of a horse on their campus.
As Georgia State University associate professor of history, Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, the horse was a sculpture and part of a well-intentioned effort to expose the university community to some "culture."
A monastery nestled along a winding road in Snellville is home to a group of nuns who spend the majority of their days in prayer and meditation.
The Monastery of the Visitation was founded in 1954 and, in the decades since, has watched its numbers dwindle as fewer women – and men too – are called to the religious life.
The nuns in this order rarely leave the monastery. So Rose Scott, Denis O’Hayer and Mary Claire Kelly traveled to them to talk about their lives of prayer, an average day at the monastery and just how important their work is in this modern age.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis sits down with Jim Burress to talk about the relationship between Atlanta and the Central American country. Pres. Solis says strengthening partnerships with high-tech centers, like those found in Atlanta, is key to the country's future success.
Metro Atlanta has a history of demolishing and renaming streets and sometimes wiping out entire neighborhoods. In the city of Decatur, there used to be an African-American neighborhood called “the Bottom” or later Beacon.
The city of Decatur is dedicating its new $38 million Beacon Municipal Center to that community.
The center pays tribute to the historically African-American neighborhood that once stood in its place.
Former Decatur mayor Elizabeth Wilson says she remembers when she first moved into the Beacon neighborhood in 1949.
The United States-based health care organizations, MEDICC and the American Public Health Association, plan regular visits to Cuba as “people to people” exchanges for American health care and medical professionals.
As the founder of the women's health care nonprofit 50 Cents. Period., and community health director at the Clarkston Development Foundation, Lorrie Lynn King was able to participate in a visit to Havana and Cienfuegos in April.
After the county unit system that preserved rural political dominance in Georgia was effectively dismantled by federal courts in the early 1960s, a new breed of urban Democrat was able to gain a stronger foothold on statewide offices.
One of the so-called "progressive" Democrats to emerge was Georgia U.S. Rep. Charles Weltner.
Weltner's quick rise and fall is recounted by Emory University's Nathaniel Meyersohn in his senior honors thesis, "The Unfinished Task – Charles Weltner and the Hope of the New South."
After 18 years as a food writer and dining critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Kessler is leaving that beat to move to Chicago. Recently, he spoke with Steve Goss about getting into restaurant reviewing and the growth of the Atlanta restaurant scene.
Business mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner is well known for starting CNN. He also once owned the Atlanta Braves and got the United Nations Foundation rolling with a $1 billion gift.
Now, the Atlanta City Council is thinking about renaming a downtown street after Turner. A hearing took place at Atlanta City Hall Tuesday.
The proposed route for Ted Turner Drive is on a portion of Spring Street between West Peachtree and Whitehall streets. The plan was proposed by a group called Friends of Ted Turner and City Councilman C.T. Martin.
Brittain Pendergrast (left) and Nan Pendergrast (right) sit in their West Paces Ferry Road home. They've lived here for 60 years, and just celebrated their 75th anniversary. (Bonnie, the pup in the background, declined to give her age.)