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Vastness of African-American history and culture on national display

An interactive display table allows visitors to select music to be played and read about musical artists.

It might seem like an impossibility to focus on the joys, struggles, oppression, survival, accomplishments, pain and beauty of African Americans in one facility and do it well. However, the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C., certainly has captured the essence of the diverse experiences of Black people, and […]

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Night market coming to DeKalb County

The first Atlanta International Night Market was held in Gwinnett County in April. The DeKalb County event is scheduled for Nov. 3-5 in the Northlake Mall parking lot.

Most festivals start to wind down at sunset but an outdoor event new to DeKalb County expects to do the opposite and wind up just as the sun is going down. The Atlanta International Night Market (AINM) is a three-night festival taking over the parking lot of Northlake Mall Nov. 3-5. With a slogan of […]

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OPINION: Giving wisely makes all the difference


With cooler temperatures upon us and the holiday season just weeks away, expect an uptick in the number of food drives and requests for donations from organizations that serve the needy. It’s wonderful to give, especially when the giving is from the heart. However, we should think twice about what we’re giving and why. I […]

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Frightful delights promised at Halloween

Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain

Those with a penchant for scares and frights, chuckles and laughs are likely big fans of Halloween. Ghosts, goblins and ghouls in a variety of forms adorn neighborhoods, restaurants and stores. Tykes dress up in adorable outfits while older children and even many adults compete to create the most ghastly, most bloody costumes or most […]

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40 Plays in Four days returns to DeKalb


Theatrical productions designed to evoke laughter, tears and a full range of emotions are promised at the upcoming Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. The Oct. 4-7 events take place at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur. The event, now in its sixth year, is designed to build community through artistic experiences. […]

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Birds-eye view of NYC from double-decker bus

The rush of Times Square, top, and the stateliness of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are two of the many sights to be seen on the double decker bus tours in New York City. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Although I haven’t lived in New York for several decades, I still call myself a New Yorker at heart. On a summer visit to New York City, I decided to do something I hadn’t done before—go sightseeing in a double-decker bus. What a great choice! Although many of the sights on the routes I rode […]

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Breweries roll out new beers to celebrate new law

A flight of craft beers at Wild Heaven Brewery. Photo by Travis Hudgons

  Local craft beer brew masters and beer lovers celebrated a new law that went into effect Sept. 1 by raising a pint or two and for some byreleasing a new line of brews. Gov. Nathan Deal signed what’s been called the “beer bill” in May after a long-fought battle that pitted alcohol distributors against […]

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