Atlanta people and places

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.

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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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Ryan Gosling movie to film at Emory Briarcliff

7:22 am Nov. 10, 2017

“First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong, will film at the Emory Briarcliff property later this month. The estate built from 1920-22 for Coca-Cola heir Asa Griggs “Buddie” Candler Jr. once housed a private zoo, its inhabitants later relocating to Zoo Atlanta and features include a 1,700-square-foot music room.

Not surprisingly, it’s a favorite among filmmakers.  A report on Emory’s web site includes lots of interesting tidbits about the unique

Chris Evans’ singing dog is here to fix your life

8:13 pm Nov. 7, 2017

Chris Evans adopted a puppy while filming “Gifted” on the Georgia coast. A scene takes place at an animal shelter and while the movie starred feline extras, Evans fell in love with a dog, named Dodger, and now they are BFFs.

Dodger is an entertainer as well. The day after Evans joined his Marvel colleagues Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr. at the Fox Theatre for a performance

Tickets still available for tonight’s live reading with Marvel stars

8:49 am Nov. 6, 2017

Marvel’s latest “Avengers” movie has been filming in Midtown. Tonight, many of the stars take a break from making movies to make a difference.

Scarlett Johansson hatched the idea and her colleagues Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner signed on. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon directs.

Tickets to tonight’s event, to be held at the Fox Theatre, are still available. Click here for full details.

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Dr. Jackie shares thoughts on this season of “Married to Medicine”

7:50 am Nov. 6, 2017

Dr. Jackie Walters has practiced for 18 years, having graduated from the University of Mississippi and Alcorn State University, then taking a medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology from the Medical Center of Central Georgia and Mercer University. She’s passionate about advocating healthy living, and wants people to take care of both their inner and outer selves.