Atlanta people and places

Justin Bieber explains his tattoos

7:53 am Apr. 12, 2018

Justin Bieber is seriously into tattoos, but his ink isn’t meant as a casual decoration.

In an Instagram post offering a detailed look at the permanent collage he wears, Bieber said more than 100 hours of tattoo artistry has gone into his look. If that was easy, he says, anyone would do it.

“I’ve my my body a canvas and it’s SO MUCH FUN,” he said.


Thriller with Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo films at Underground Atlanta

6:49 am Apr. 11, 2018

“Boss Level,” with Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, Will Sasso and Ken Jeong, is among the movies filming in town. It has set up shop at Underground Atlanta for a few days.

(They need extras. Info here.)

The plot, per imdb: “A retired special forces officer (played by Grillo) is trapped in a never ending time loop on the day of his death.”

Grillo’s no stranger to Atlanta, having appeared as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones

CNN: Trump not invited to Royal Wedding; Obamas not going either

10:49 am Apr. 10, 2018

Cancel that shipment of monogrammed “Harry & Meghan” towels from the White House!

CNN is reporting that President Donald Trump is not invited to the Royal Wedding on May 19th in Windsor, England.

Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle won’t be there either, despite having a close and apparently fun-loving relationship with groom-to-be Prince Harry in particular. Though it’s not clear if the Obamas were invited and just have

Kim Zolciak says Marlon Wayans’ joke about her is “disgusting”

5:00 am Apr. 10, 2018

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Kim Zolciak is outraged at comic actor Marlon Wayans’ joke about her appearance during the show’s reunion special.

MORE: Check out the photos from Kim’s 2017 Kentucky Derby party

A TMZ cameraman trailed Kim and her husband Kroy Biermann through the airport for their take on Wayans’ crack. It’s not printable or postable on a family newspaper site but

LISTEN: Producer Will Packer discusses Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy

7:02 pm Apr. 4, 2018

Mega producer Will Packer’s Twitter handle says it all: Will Power Packer.

The creative genius behind “Girls Trip,” the “Ride Along” films, “Straight Outta Compton” and other successful hits has more projects coming down the pike: thriller “Breaking In” with Gabrielle Union and Atlanta-filmed comedy “Night School” with Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish among them.

MORE: The “Night School” trailer will have you counting the days

LISTEN: Oprah, Alicia Keys, others join Maya Angelou in “I Rise”

9:04 am Apr. 4, 2018

Today would have been Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday and Google’s daily Doodle is a compilation of the late author, poet and activist reciting her famous “I Rise.” The voices of Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Martina McBride, Guy Johnson and Laverne Cox join in reciting the work. It’s posted below.

MORE: A timeline of Maya Angelou’s life

Photos of Maya Angelou through the years