Atlanta people and places

What Joel Osteen told us during a recent interview

10:45 am Aug. 29, 2017

By Jennifer Brett and Shelia M. Poole

Megachurch leader and author Joel Osteen, currently trending on Twitter amid a social media firestorm over whether his enormous Houston church should be housing storm refugees, spoke to the Atlanta Journal Constitution in June, ahead of a planned appearance at SunTrust Park in Cobb County.

“My prayer, my encouragement, is let’s each be a peacemaker, “ Osteen told AJC reporter Shelia Poole at

James Brown’s granddaughter makes history

5:38 pm Aug. 18, 2017

Congrats to the Granddaughter of Soul.

Sydney Lumar, whose grandfather was the late, great James Brown, made history today, becoming the first person to graduate from The SAE School in Cobb County.

The private, year-round school opened in 2013. It was the right fit for Sydney after she struggled in public school in east Cobb County.

Although she was the only person turning a tassel, she wasn’t alone. The school’s sixth graders sang

Kenny Leon teams up with Kennesaw State University

11:58 am Aug. 10, 2017

Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon keeps a pretty packed schedule.

PAST COVERAGE: Behind the scene with Kenny Leon on the set of “Hairspray Live” 

The founder and artistic director of Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre Company, Leon directed a Broadway revival of “Fences” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. (They reprised their roles for the film version, which Washington directed).

He directed the Atlanta-filmed modern remake of “Steel Magnolias” starring Queen Latifah,