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Publisher’s Corner: Celebrating Black History: Atlanta Native Mayor

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, Keisha Lance Bottoms was officially sworn in as the 60th Mayor of Atlanta. HWSN celebrates her excellence and Black Girl Magic as she takes office as the first native daughter of Atlanta and second Black female to lead Atlanta. Within the Historic Westside Communities, we listened attentively to her commitment to prioritizing housing affordability and equity to combat the economic disparities in Atlanta. For 52.9% of Atlanta’s African American population who earn an average income of 27,117.00* a year, her focus on equity and affordable…

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On the Cover Artist Statement Charmaine Minniefield

As a visual artist my work seeks to preserve Black narratives as a radical act of social justice. As an artist-activist, I intentionally push back against erasure, displacement, misrepresentation and marginalization by reclaiming cultural histories in communities affected by gentrification. I am excited to be a part of the Westside community with my recent mural commissioned by DoSomething.org. The mural will expand upon DoSomething.org’s national campaign, Missing in History. The campaign activates young people nationwide to fight misrepresentation and erasure by literally inserting inclusive and intersectional histories into their textbooks…

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Business & Finance House & Home Local Governmet 

Affordable Housing Units for Legacy Renters

ATLANTA , February 2, 2018 – Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced today another step forward in mitigating the displacement of legacy renters in Atlanta’s Historic Westside, one of the City’s most vulnerable communities. In support of her $1 billion public-private Affordable Housing Initiative, Mayor Bottoms, with the Westside Future Fund (WFF), announced that 51 new and soon-to-be renovated housing units will be available to legacy renters, particularly those who are most at-risk and currently underserved in the market – such as senior citizens on fixed-incomes and full-time low wage earners.…

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Politics Youth 

Make America Pray Again!

By Topaz Bryant As a Millennial, I understand the importance of prayer. When I was bullied at school, I hit rock bottom. My grades slipped, my self-esteem plummeted, and my courage vanished due to not feeling safe in school. I included prayer in the morning before school started to break the cycle of fear. When I found prayer, I decided to make it my first priority and not my last resort. As a result, I walked with my head high, and had more pep in my step. My teachers even…

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Entertainment Uncategorized 

Podcast Broadcasts Live from English Avenue

English Avenue resident, Melissa Harper, broadcast Funny Talk With Real People a podcast in which you will definitely here some real stuff, but with a funny twist! Funny Talk With Real People was created in 2016 by comedian Damien “Mr. Inappropriate” Clarke.  Meka and Melissa joined as weekly co-hosts in February 2017.The three effortlessly connected and have since been bringing the laughs and the realness. Ozzie Van Egbert and Tyger Escobar are the newest additions to the show completing this five member cast of robust personalities. These five give a…

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Business & Finance Culture 

Common Purpose: Basis for Social Contract

By Reginald D. Maisonneuve The measure of a society’s success is not gross domestic product (GDP) or the level of its stock indices.   It is in the fulfillment of its peoples potential as individuals and collectively as families, communities and as a nation. Sadly, we don’t measure how effectively society nurtures, liberates and achieves it.   We can and should. Poverty, crime, incarceration rates, homelessness, drop-out rates, the incidence of disease, un and under-employment, pollution levels, economic and educational inequality are among measures of a society’s falling short of its potential…

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Business & Finance Community Vine City 

CEOs Come Together to Show Commitment to Westside

On Wednesday, January 17, a group of nearly 30 CEOs and civic leaders came together on Atlanta’s Westside to discuss how they can help restore and uplift the historic community. The setting? Chick-fil-A’s new restaurant on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard in Vine City. As Chick-fil-A’s first Westside location, the structure signals both a continued revitalization of the corridor as well as an outward expression of Chick-fil-A’s ongoing commitment to the children and families in the surrounding neighborhoods. Chick-fil-A at Vine City has already provided 90 jobs, with 70 percent of those going…

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Health & Wellness 

It’s Not Too Late! Vision Board Your Way Into 2018

By Briana Myrie I think it’s safe to proclaim that 2017 was an exhausting year. Let’s take inventory. We’ve awaken in fear and disappointment daily from the never-ending news stream coming out of Trump’s White House. We’ve seen lots of devastation from the major natural disasters that took place this year. To top it off, Atlanta’s traffic feels like it has quadrupled. All of that considered, the New Year  seems like a future oasis we’re all grasping for. However,  between bouncing back  from holiday spending and the lingering uncertainty in…

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Introducing Mason Wright A 10 Year Old Entrepreneur

Lillian Thomas: Mason’s Super Dogs introduce yourself and tell me your name and what business are you in? Mason : My name is Mason Wright, of Mason’s Super Dogs. I’m 11 years old, and I run my own business. I’m the founder, owner, [and] CEO of that business, as well. Lillian Thomas: : You’ve been doing it for a year, so you started when you were 10 years old? Lillian Thomas: So, where was the cart purchased from? Mason: Well, we purchased it from online Lillian Thomas: Right. Mason:  I saved up for months…

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