Atlanta people and places

Who gave the OK to use MLK’s voice in Super Bowl ad?

10:45 am Feb. 5, 2018

Amid the swift social media furor sparked by a pickup truck ad that used the voice of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and its CEO, Rev. Bernice King, said in a social media message that neither the center nor King personally were the governing authorities who could have licensed the use.

Ram Trucks did indeed have permission to use the audio, though.


An Atlanta doctor and Michael Vick teamed up during Super Bowl week

1:56 pm Feb. 7, 2017

HOUSTON – Early in Super Bowl week, as the dazzling fan plaza and NFL Experience destination downtown were starting to get cranking and the Falcons’ heartbreak was still days away, a low-key, medically themed news conference with just a relative handful in attendance began with a newsflash.

In walked former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

Old No. 7 (whose Atlanta jersey we spotted here and there in the crowds throughout the week)

Someone stole Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey; Houston cops are investigating

7:12 pm Feb. 6, 2017

HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department is investigating the theft of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady’s jersey.

The department, announced the crime via its official, verified Twitter account. (See below).

Security was extremely tight in Houston and extraordinary at NRG Stadium. More than 40 agencies, along with some 4,000 private security personnel, coordinated to ensure security.

“We hope you don’t see us this week,” Perrye K. Turner, special agent in charge

Celeb spotting at the Super Bowl

7:30 pm Feb. 5, 2017

HOUSTON – I’m here in the press box at NRG Stadium, keeping one eye on the game and the other out for celebs in the crowd.

My colleague Melissa Ruggieri ran into Jon Hamm – shown

NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey spotted at pre Super Bowl parties in Houston

5:44 pm Feb. 5, 2017

HOUSTON – “Real Housewives of Atlanta” personalities NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey are among the notables popping up at private parties this week.

Mercedes-Benz sponsored two parties on Saturday night – “Rolling Stone Live” and “Wheels Up Super Saturday Tailgate.” Both featured famous people posing next to fancy cars:  Jon Hamm, Adrian Grenier, Odell Beckham Jr., Jameis Winston, Nas, Chanel Iman, and Ray Lewis all were on the guest list.

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Vice President Mike Pence is headed to the Super Bowl

3:39 pm Feb. 5, 2017

HOUSTON – Vice President Mike Pence apparently is on his way.

Pence tweeted a photo indicating he will be in attendance when the Falcons and Patriots meet for Super Bowl 51.

There’s been no indication President Donald Trump would attend. Were that the case, the already extraordinarily tight security would ratchet up even more.

MORE: Lady Gaga gets carried away during her Super Bowl warm-up

Who flew a drone over the Falcons’

Watch AJC Falcons writer suit up for the Super Bowl 

12:28 pm Feb. 5, 2017

HOUSTON – AJC Falcons writer D. Orlando Ledbetter is going to be the sharpest dressed man at the Super Bowl today.

Watch him get his look together with a little assist from columnist Jeff Schultz.


Vice President Mike Pence will attend Super Bowl LI

Lady Gaga gets carried away during her Super Bowl warm-up

NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey spotted at pre-Super Bowl parties in Houston 

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