Atlanta people and places

WATCH: T.I.’s “Black Panther” screening for Atlanta students

7:52 am Feb. 28, 2018

Atlanta rapper/actor T.I. and his wife Tiny hosted a “Black Panther” screening over the weekend for hundreds of students from Tri-Cities, Benjamin E. Mays, Druid Hills high schools and Usher’s New Look Foundation.

The event was a joint project of his new nonprofit charitable organization, Harris Community Works, and the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Go For Yours. The organizations previously hosted a screening on L.A. and will be in Chicago next.

Tuesday is Georgia Film Day at the state Capitol

4:37 pm Feb. 26, 2018

At the 2017 Film Day, where state officials pause to herald Georgia’s booming filming industry, Gov. Nathan Deal was joined by actors dressed as Captain America, Thor and Katniss Everdeen. A highlight clip played ahead of time featured lots of people throughout the state engaged in movie (or television) making minus any costumes. Carpenters, electricians, lighting crews — folks who work behind the scenes.

This year’s event, planned for 9 a.m.

What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like

8:03 am Feb. 24, 2018

Last year’s National Rifle Association convention brought 80,000 people to downtown Atlanta, and on opening day I interviewed some of the nicest people I’d ever met.

Given the heated protests that preceded the April 2017 event at the Georgia World Congress Center and the “fake news media” narrative some have embraced, I thought covering it might be awkward. Nope. To a person, everyone I approached wasn’t just friendly.

Marvel’s “Black Panther,” filmed in Atlanta, opens today

7:07 am Feb. 16, 2018

Welcome to Wakanda.

After generating enormous buzz, celebrity-packed early screenings and universal early praise, the Atlanta-filmed Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther” is in theaters everywhere today. The movie was headquartered at the EUE/Screen Gems facility but did some filming around the metro as well. Locations included the High Museum, the Edgewood Avenue near the King Center, City Hall, a quarry south of the city and this stretch of Mitchell

Apply now to volunteer at next year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta

11:46 am Feb. 13, 2018

The Super Bowl comes back to Atlanta next year and organizers will needs lots of hands on deck.

Civic-minded sports fans can apply now to secure a volunteer spot. Note: this does not in any way guarantee you’ll be watching the game or taking selfies with whoever the halftime show headliner is.

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The call for volunteers reads: “As Atlanta gears up to