Atlanta people and places

U2 cancels St. Louis concert after Friday night riots

10:51 am Sep. 16, 2017

U2 decided to cancel a concert planned for tonight in St. Louis after Friday night protests following a former police officer’s acquittal in a shooting death became violent. Former officer Jason Stockley, who is white, was found not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was black. Details on the case are here.

Stockley shot and killed Smith following a high-speed chase, the Associated Press

Jill Scott to be honored at Motherless Daughters fundraiser

1:35 pm Sep. 15, 2017

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Jill Scott, who played the late James Brown’s second wife DeeDee in the 2014 biopic “Get On Up,” will be honored at the fifth annual Motherless Daughters Foundation gala, planned for  6 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia International Convention Center at 2000 Convention Center Concourse in College Park. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $75 each and still available. See this link for details.

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Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant

9:22 am Sep. 14, 2017

Actress and singer Selena Gomez shared a powerful photo of the lifesaving gift a friend gave her: a kidney.

“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave

Tyler Perry dines with Janet Jackson and leaves a $500 tip

2:15 pm Sep. 13, 2017

Tyler Perry and his friend Janet Jackson had dinner in San Antonio and left a Texas-sized tip: $500.

Their meal at a vegetarian restaurant only cost $27. Check out this photo of the very happy dinner party.

Perry is ready for the start of the fall holiday season with a new teaser trailer for “Boo! A Madea Halloween 2.”

MORE: Tyler Perry’s surprise visit to the “Boo” red carpet screening in Atlanta

Kevin Hart’s new movie is filming a fancy scene today

9:43 am Sep. 13, 2017

Kevin Hart and Will Packer are teaming up again for another comedy, and things are getting all fancy today.

The movie is “Night School,” about guys who have to go the extra mile to finish their high school education. Today’s scene is a fancy dinner party.

The movie reunites Packer with “Girls Trip” director and producer Malcolm D. Lee. Packer and Hart also are frequent collaborators, having put out comedy hits including “The

There’s a copy of the U.S. Constitution in Savannah. It’s safe, don’t worry

4:23 pm Sep. 8, 2017

I’ve been coming to Savannah on the regular for more than 20 years but I didn’t know this: There’s a draft copy of the U.S. Constitution down here.

I’m in town this week on hurricane duty, and made the rounds to check on my husband’s relatives in between talking to folks getting ready, including those out on Tybee Island, some of whom just got finished cleaning up from Hurricane Matthew.

On the

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead to be rebranded

11:50 am Sep. 7, 2017

The Ritz-Carlton’s Buckhead location, site of countless prominent charity balls, high-profile weddings, exclusive ladies’ luncheons and elegant afternoon teas, will soon have a new name.

According to a release sent Thursday morning: “Marriott International and Host Hotels & Resorts have reached an agreement for The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead to become rebranded under independent operation as part of The Luxury Collection effective Dec. 1. Host Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International are delighted

Hurricane Irma has atheists praying for a stranger

7:26 am Sep. 7, 2017

With Hurricane Irma pounding its way across St. Martin on Wednesday morning, a vacationer named Alex Woolfall kept a steady stream of harrowing tweets coming. Within hours, people describing themselves as atheists were offering prayers.

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“Hope it passes quickly,” he posted as the rain and wind picked up very early on Wednesday.

“Still feels relatively subdued,”