Atlanta people and places

Sen. Al Franken issues a fuller apology after broadcaster says he groped her

11:20 am Nov. 16, 2017

Sen. Al Franken expanded on the tepid sort-of apology his press office issued immediately after broadcaster Leeann Tweeden said his actions left her feeling “disgusted and violated” when they were both part of a 2006 performance for troops. He said he will cooperate with any ethics investigation launched to investigate the matter.

“There’s more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it’s the only thing you care

Ad campaign will pay $7,500 to cast a transgender 29-year-old black woman

10:15 am Nov. 16, 2017

We see lots of casting calls for extras, doubles, background actors and such and the going rate in Atlanta is usually $64 for eight hours. Higher rates available for more specialized gigs, such as when casting folks need someone who can play a musical instrument, has martial arts training or who has some other skill.

A recent posting for a national pharmaceutical ad campaign is offering quite a bit more but

Why 2017 was the worst for Mariah Carey

7:06 am Nov. 16, 2017

Mariah Carey’s beloved for her powerful vocals throughout the year, but particularly at the holidays. But 2017 is just not cooperating.

MORE: What Lionel Richie said about Mariah Carey when they performed together in Atlanta

“(Bleep) happens,” she posted when 2017 was literally 2 hours old, following a live performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest that went horribly awry. Video clips that meme-happy fans posted afterward

Donald Trump was “forced” to watch CNN and is really mad about it

6:42 am Nov. 15, 2017

President Donald Trump is back from Asia. On Tuesday he tweeted that he’d be “making a major statement from the White House” upon his return (time and date TBD). But first, he wants to let everyone know he was “forced” to watch CNN while abroad (it’s unclear what exactly caused the compulsory TV viewing) and he’s really upset.

MORE: What Hillary Clinton had to say during her Atlanta book tour stop 


Backstage with Hillary Clinton at the Fox Theatre

7:08 am Nov. 14, 2017

Former U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton appeared at the Fox Theatre Monday night as part of her “What Happened” book tour. Next stop: Denver.

Read AJC political writer Greg Bluestein’s report from the event at Politically Georgia, the AJC’s premium political news site

“It really is so important that we send a clear, unmistakable message to our girls and young women: You are valuable. Your

Mattel announces Ibtihaj Muhammad doll, the first Barbie to wear a hijab

2:26 pm Nov. 13, 2017

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is quite a doll – literally. She’s thrilled to have inspired a Barbie in her likeness, and especially proud that the doll will be the first Barbie to wear a hijab. “This is a childhood dream come true,” she posted. The doll is part of the “She-ro” line.

“We are so excited to honor Ibtihaj Muhammad with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll!” Mattel posted. “Ibtihaj continues to inspire

Taylor Swift to perform at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in August 2018

12:11 pm Nov. 13, 2017

Taylor Swift brings her Reputation tour to Atlanta in August 2018, taking the stage at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“We are thrilled to bring this multi-award-winning artist to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” Tim Zulawski, chief revenue officer of AMB Sports and Entertainment, said in a statement. “We built the stadium to attract the top events and artists in the world and we are proud that we continue to deliver that to the city of Atlanta.”


Photos from Tyler Perry’s live appearance at the Fox Theatre

8:07 am Nov. 13, 2017

Tyler Perry packed the house at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Sunday, for a live appearance launching his new book, “Higher Is Waiting.” The book, out on Tuesday, is part autobiography, part Bible study, with each chapter concluding with Scripture and some points to ponder.

MORE: Who Tyler Perry likes in the Atlanta mayoral race

How Freaknik contributed to Tyler Perry’s success

Our interview with Tyler Perry about “Higher Is Waiting”


Ralph Macchio surprises “Karate Kid”-themed festival in Atlanta

7:20 am Nov. 13, 2017

The Atlanta Fringe Festival held a unique fundraiser performance over the weekend, called “Five Fifths: A retelling of ‘The Karate Kid’,” where five acting troupes each tackled a section of the classic 1980s movie and performed it live. Guess who showed up? The original Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio.

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