OPINION: Amos ‘n’ Andy—a second look


When people look back—as they often do in February—on media portrayals of Black people in less enlightened days, inescapably, the much maligned 1950s television program The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show enters the conversation. Over the years, The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show has become the oft-cited example of all that was wrong in early depictions of […]

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Is success in our stars or in ourselves? Good People asks age-old questions


How much of our life is determined by our own choices and how much is blind luck? Had we made a different choice at some critical juncture in our lives, how might it have changed everything? Are decent, ethical people only decent when being so poses no threat to their lifestyle or wellbeing? Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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OPINION: Give of yourself and reap rewards you’d never imagine


DeKalb County just had a beautiful weekend. We’ve had better ones in terms of weather, but it was beautiful in that many residents took to heart the idea that Martin Luther King Jr. Day should be a day on, not a day off. Many spent the long weekend—or part of it—volunteering. The economic slump in […]

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County should be more proactive to attracting quality businesses

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Commissioner Lee May said the key to DeKalb County’s economic future is to stop waiting for opportunities to come to the county and go actively in search of opportunities. That was his message to the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce at its Jan. 16 luncheon meeting. May, who represents the recently reconfigured 5th district and […]

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Flexible workplace solutions come to Decatur


A small- to medium-sized company opening its first office in an area might, in addition finding a space to rent, be faced with such startup tasks as buying furniture, arranging for utilities and cleaning services, setting up a telecommunications system and hiring such support staff as a receptionist and an office manager. There is, however, […]

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Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery to speak at Agnes Scott

Joseph Lowery

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and civil rights leader, is this year’s speaker at Agnes Scott College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. A retired minister in the United Methodist Church and the third president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Lowery participated in many major activities of the […]

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Florist-event planner creates budding business in Dunwoody


Suzanne Conreaux said she has loved flowers for as long as she can remember and has studied flower arranging in Japan, the District of Columbia and Atlanta. When she was working as an event planner at a major Atlanta corporation, her plan had been to retire at 55 and open a flower shop. Fate intervened […]

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OPINION: Lillian Lewis- a gentle freedom fighter


It is said that there’s a strong woman behind every man of great achievement. While she was content to live in her husband’s shadow, Lillian Miles Lewis, I suspect, was a far greater contributor to her husband’s success both as a civil rights leader and as a member of Congress than the world will ever […]

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