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NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal visits paralyzed shooting victim Isaiah Payton at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Shaq Helping Family of Boy Paralyzed in Shooting

"At first, I thought he was a big tall janitor" is what 12 year old Isaiah Payton said after meeting Shaquille O'Neal. The former NBA superstar was at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to visit Payton, who was paralyzed when he was shot while leaving a high school football game at Lakewood Stadium...
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Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings served in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years.

Remembering Rep. Elijah Cummings

Atlanta Congressman John Lewis says of fellow U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, "he gave all he had." Cummings, who represented the 7th congressional district of Maryland for more than 20 years, died overnight. He was 68. In a statement, Lewis said of Cummings, "He dedicated his entire life to...
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is shown addressing a Democratic National Committee Conference in Atlanta in 2018

Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate Next in Georgia

Georgia State Representative Calvin Smyre calls it "long overdue". The next Democratic Presidential Debate will be held in Georgia on November 20. MSNBC made the announcement Tuesday. The exact location hasn't been announced yet, though sources believe Atlanta has a good shot at getting it. Smyre,...
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Remembering Diahann Carroll

A beautifully-captivating pioneer and icon of the industry, Diahann Carroll has passed today, as a result of a longtime battle with cancer. Diahann Carroll, born Carroll Diahann Johnson, in Bronx, New York— was 15, when she started modeling for Ebony . After graduating from high school, and being a...
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Comedian Michael Colyar has been performing 33 years. He performs in Atlanta this week.

Michael Colyar on Life and Joy Now

Michael Colyar says he wishes he'd been better at relationships. He's performed with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, yet Colyar says he also spent too much time doing things he shouldn't have done. "I did crack cocaine for 23 years", and during that time, the comedian says...
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Actress Frances Fisher spoke to the Stop the Bans Protest at the Georgia State Capitol on May 21, 2019

Georgia Anti-Abortion Law Blocked By Federal Judge

Georgia's so-called 'heartbeat' law will not go into effect in January as originally scheduled. A federal court judge issued the decision today. Sean Young, Attorney for the American Civil Liberties of Georgia says "we are quite pleased that the federal district court upheld decades of Supreme...
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Rapper Kanye West (l) appears on stage with Dr. Jamal Bryant (r) Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

Kanye West Brings Sunday Service to Atlanta

"How we gonna do the least, when He did the most?" The words spoken by Grammy-winning artist Kanye West were cheered by the thousands that filled the sanctuary of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Sunday. Many had waited, standing in line, since 6 O'clock Sunday morning for the 9:30 a.m. service...
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Mrs.  Juanita Abernathy is seen being escorted by her son Kwame on Feb. 16, 2019 during a Black History program in Morrow GA

Civil Rights Icon Juanita Abernathy Dies

She smiled plenty, and showed everyone in the room that she still had a lot of get up and go. It was on February 16, 2019, that I sat down with Mrs. Juanita Abernathy, and learned of a moment in her life as she recalled it to me. Later her son Kwame would tell me, "Mom doesn't do interviews, but...
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Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas

Bahamas Relief Efforts Underway in Atlanta

"There's just a lot of uncertainty", says native son Jamil Minnis, "you're just wondering if your family member is even alive." That's what Minnis told me this morning from his home in Nausau, Bahamas, which pretty-much escaped the wrath of Hurricane Dorian. Minnis says his neighbors are worried...
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Attendees listen intently to keynote speaker Hill Harper during the 2018 NBMBAA Symposium in Atlanta

What Do You Need to Own Your Career?

According to National Black MBA Association Immediate Past President Roderick Barton, a lot of people in the workplace lack the resources to help them get to the next level in their career. That's why Barton says they host their career symposiums. The NBMBAA's 11th Annual Professional Development...
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