Politics Uncategorized 

Georgia’s First Black Nominee for Governor Since Reconstruction

  Stacey Abrams, a former State House leader became Georgia’s first black female nominee for governor. The general election will deter- mine whether a black woman can win in the Deep South, a region that has not had an African-American governor since Reconstruction. She will face either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the top Republican vote getter Tuesday, or Secretary of State Brian Kemp. STACEY ABRAMS ELECTION NIGHT REMARKS –AS PREPARED MAY 22, Good evening, Georgia. I stand here tonight grateful to the thousands of you who have joined me on…

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Ashview Heights Castleberry Hills Community Education English Avenue Uncategorized Vine City Washington Park 

Historic Westside News Launches Legacy Keeper Program

By Colette Haywood How much do you know about the rich history of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods? The people who used to live here? Events that may have happened here? The businesses? The schools? Historic Westside News is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of Choice Neighborhood Atlanta’s Microgrant 4.0 for the launch of the Historic Westside Legacy Keeper Program. In the program, 10 high school students will pair with college students to work with institutions and organizations to document the rich heritage of the 5 neighborhoods served by Historic…

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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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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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Ashview Heights Castleberry Hills Community Community Organizations English Avenue Uncategorized Vine City Washington Park 

Dr. Yomi Noibi Lynn Young Environmental Community Action   ECO-Action visionary leadership has empowered the community-driven development in the Historic Westside English Avenue and Vine City communities. Their community-driven development approach embraced the assets within community and increased the community capacity to define their issues and to design and implement corrective solutions. Abstract of the Healthy Homes and Resident Retention study has been selected for inclusion in the Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) annual conference “Understanding Resilience in Underserved Communities: From Research to Reality” on April 27th and 28th.…

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New Community Center for English Avenue

Author: Jesse Phillips Author bio: Jesse is a resident of English Avenue, member of EANA and owner of NeuYear.net.   English Avenue is peppered with vacant and abandoned buildings; dozens of houses, corner stores and even some civic buildings stare blankly, slowly decaying. From St. Mark’s church to the majestic English Avenue school. But at the heart of the neighborhood, one vacant building is about to get renovated and re-purposed: the old Headstart building at 740 Kennedy Blvd (Cameron M. Alexander Blvd).   I’ve heard several proposals for this building…

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Operation Hope: No-Cost Credit and Money Management Counseling

Through collaborations with financial partners, Operation HOPE, a global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit headquartered in Atlanta, offers resources and education on credit and money management to the metro Atlanta community through no-cost workshops and one-on-one credit counseling services. Meghan Cook, a financial wellbeing coach with Operation HOPE, has provided programming through the Westside Resource Center (WRC) since July 2016; serving 40 people from the Westside community to date, with many continuing with one-on-one credit counseling after the initial workshop. Interest in the workshops and credit counseling is steadily…

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Gentrification-Displacement- Transformation – Opportunity

  gen·tri·fi·ca·tion ˌjentrəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/ noun noun: gentrification; plural noun: gentrifications the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste. “an area undergoing rapid gentrification” the process of making a person or activity more refined or polite. “soccer has undergone gentrification” Gentrification of urban American cities is a complex phenomenon with social, political and economic implications. It represents a double edged sword with both opportunities and challenges. The infusion of higher income individuals into urban centers generates increased renewal investments in blighted communities and…

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Bringing Old-Fashioned Christmas Caroling to Ashview Heights   

Author: Melody Blount Ashview Heights Community Association will host the First Annual Ashview Heights Christmas Carol Crawl on Saturday, December 17th. We will sing, fellowship, drink, eat, be merry and spread holiday cheer in this season of love by singing some of the greats from our childhood such as Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Oh wait, that’s from Frozen! AHCA is seeking singers, shower performers, karaoke stars, etc. to meet and greet our neighbors in Ashview Heights while providing…

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