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What Rev. Al Sharpton learned from Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson Jr.

7:55 am Nov. 17, 2017

NEW YORK – Even after Maynard Jackson was no longer Atlanta’s mayor, he maintained an active role in city politics. On his way out after serving three terms, Jackson invited his friend Rev. Al Sharpton to come down to Atlanta.

“I got there and there were police there. I said, ‘Oh God, what did I do now?’” Sharpton said. “He said, ‘Follow me!’ He shut me in a room with Shirley

Al Franken cancels Atlanta book festival appearance

9:15 pm Nov. 16, 2017

Sen. Al Franken canceled plans to appear at an Atlanta book festival hours after becoming embroiled in controversy following allegations of sexual misconduct.

He had been scheduled to appear at the Book Festival of the MJCCA. The event, promoting his book “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” was scheduled well before anyone could have imagined he’d be trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons.  The event had sold out.

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Rev. Al Sharpton at the NYC premiere of Maynard Jackson documentary

8:00 pm Nov. 16, 2017

NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton, who’s among the many prominent political, civil and cultural leaders interviewed for “Maynard,” about the late Maynard Jackson Jr., is here at the documentary’s premiere tonight.

Sharpton came in a few minutes after the screening began.

“Atlanta was the capital of the South,” Sharpton said during his interview for the film. “For him to win the capital of the South and to be able to

Sen. Al Franken issues a fuller apology after broadcaster says he groped her

11:20 am Nov. 16, 2017

Sen. Al Franken expanded on the tepid sort-of apology his press office issued immediately after broadcaster Leeann Tweeden said his actions left her feeling “disgusted and violated” when they were both part of a 2006 performance for troops. He said he will cooperate with any ethics investigation launched to investigate the matter.

“There’s more I want to say, but the first and most important thing—and if it’s the only thing you care

Ad campaign will pay $7,500 to cast a transgender 29-year-old black woman

10:15 am Nov. 16, 2017

We see lots of casting calls for extras, doubles, background actors and such and the going rate in Atlanta is usually $64 for eight hours. Higher rates available for more specialized gigs, such as when casting folks need someone who can play a musical instrument, has martial arts training or who has some other skill.

A recent posting for a national pharmaceutical ad campaign is offering quite a bit more but

Why 2017 was the worst for Mariah Carey

7:06 am Nov. 16, 2017

Mariah Carey’s beloved for her powerful vocals throughout the year, but particularly at the holidays. But 2017 is just not cooperating.

MORE: What Lionel Richie said about Mariah Carey when they performed together in Atlanta

“(Bleep) happens,” she posted when 2017 was literally 2 hours old, following a live performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest that went horribly awry. Video clips that meme-happy fans posted afterward

Donald Trump was “forced” to watch CNN and is really mad about it

6:42 am Nov. 15, 2017

President Donald Trump is back from Asia. On Tuesday he tweeted that he’d be “making a major statement from the White House” upon his return (time and date TBD). But first, he wants to let everyone know he was “forced” to watch CNN while abroad (it’s unclear what exactly caused the compulsory TV viewing) and he’s really upset.

MORE: What Hillary Clinton had to say during her Atlanta book tour stop 

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Backstage with Hillary Clinton at the Fox Theatre

7:08 am Nov. 14, 2017

Former U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton appeared at the Fox Theatre Monday night as part of her “What Happened” book tour. Next stop: Denver.

Read AJC political writer Greg Bluestein’s report from the event at Politically Georgia, the AJC’s premium political news site

“It really is so important that we send a clear, unmistakable message to our girls and young women: You are valuable. Your

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