Atlanta people and places

Al Franken cancels Atlanta book festival appearance

9:15 pm Nov. 16, 2017

Sen. Al Franken canceled plans to appear at an Atlanta book festival hours after becoming embroiled in controversy following allegations of sexual misconduct.

He had been scheduled to appear at the Book Festival of the MJCCA. The event, promoting his book “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” was scheduled well before anyone could have imagined he’d be trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons.  The event had sold out.

Franken, a former

Check out Google’s rainbow-colored map directions honoring Atlanta Pride

5:17 pm Oct. 14, 2017

If you need help with directions during Atlanta Pride weekend, Google Maps will get you where you’re going with flair.

Directional indications have been customized in rainbow colors.

The 47th annual event is being held in Midtown and Piedmont Park this weekend, the AJC’s Nelson Helm reports.

Given the recent mass shooting spree in Las Vegas, authorities are taking every precaution to ensure everyone’s safety.

Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos told

Wesley Woods foundation gala honors local leaders

6:33 pm Apr. 10, 2017

When Christians recite the Lord’s Prayer, we ask for help, guidance and protection. “Give us this day our daily bread; lead us not into temptation; deliver us from evil,” and we start with a covenant: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Those words become newly meaningful when you see them lived, not just spoken.

Each year the Foundation of Wesley Woods honors those who make earth

“Moonlight” editors discuss Oscar night’s wild end during Atlanta visit

6:08 am Apr. 10, 2017

Remember how crazy the end of this year’s Academy Awards broadcast was? Imagine being right there in the middle of it.

Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders, editors of the Oscar-winning film “Moonlight,” were sitting near their counterparts from “La La Land,” and initially felt a little let down when it seemed like their neighbors had triumphed in the final category of the evening.

“When we thought they won I looked at Joi

Keshia Knight Pulliam wants more children

9:18 am Apr. 5, 2017

New mom Keshia Knight Pulliam is ready for more children.

“I love being a mom. It’s the greatest title, the greatest job I’ve ever had and I’m looking forward to doing it again,” she said during a quick interview Tuesday at the red-carpet screening of Atlanta-filmed “Fate of the Furious.”

“Mama’s out on the town! It’s just nice not to have throw-up in my hair today,” she joked.

It’s been a busy and at times

Plaza Theatre damage moves some Atlanta Film Festival events

7:10 am Mar. 24, 2017

How’s this for dramatic timing: right before Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre was due to host the Atlanta Film Festival, damage caused during a previous private party is forcing a few last-minute changes.

The theater didn’t spell out a lot of details, saying only  that “damage caused by a third party during a private event rental on March 18″ was to blame. No one was hurt, but the impact is clear.