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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

Opening Night: The Mistress Club

Opening Night: The Mistress Club

Follow the clandestine tales of deceit, love, money and redemption surrounding a group of mistresses who have formed a support club where they are free to be themselves.  The women are in store for an unexpected lesson on life when the most successful of them all, Delilah, takes them on a soul searching journey. This original stage play touches your inner hate and turns it to love.  It will make you take a second look and tug your heart strings for women who stereotypically would be shunned.  You will snap and clap to some soulful melodies and find your self saying "I know she didn't'!  These ladies use their sexy dispositions to get what they want and to hide the real pain they are feeling.  Welcome to The Mistress Club!

Mugshot Mondays

Mugshot Mondays

The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

 

The DeKalb Technical College Foundation (DTCF) is kicking off its second “Investing in Dreams” Gala, on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the newly-constructed, state-of-the-art, DeKalb Technical College Conference Center, located at 495 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Georgia. This event is created to pay tribute to selected individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to education and impact in their surrounding communities.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford and the six-member board of directors of The Ken Ford Foundation is one of the seven recipients of the 2011 Investing in Dreams Award.  The Foundation is being honored for its contributions to promote education and music advocacy in our communities and schools through their community projects.

14th Annual Father’s Day Friday Golf Tournament to Benefit DeKalb Legislative Community Cabinet

14th Annual Father’s Day Friday Golf Tournament to Benefit DeKalb Legislative Community Cabinet

Dekalb County --  Stan Watson, Super District 7 Commissioner will host the 14th Annual Father’s Day Friday Golf Tournament on Friday, June 17, 2011.

The purpose of the golf tournament will support the goal to raise $10,000 this year to benefit the citizens of DeKalb County through the DeKalb Legislative Community Cabinet.

25 teams are expected to participate. The golf tournament will be held at the Sugar Creek Golf Course located at 2706 Bouldercrest Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30316.

Registration begins at 8:00A.M. with a Shot-gun start at 9:00A.M.

For those of you who are avid golf players or would like to help support our efforts, there are still spaces available for participants and teams. For registration or sponsorship information, please contact Dewey McClain, Tournament Director at 770-925-3201

Long looks ahead after settling abuse lawsuits

Long looks ahead after settling abuse lawsuits

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) -- Bishop Eddie Long was focused on a message of moving forward on the first Sunday since he resolved the lawsuits brought against him by four former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church who alleged he sexually abused them as teenagers.

At his 8 a.m. service, several hundred congregants clapped and cheered as Long appeared.

Long did not address the allegations or the settlement, which was reached Friday.

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Last fall, the four young men alleged Long abused his spiritual authority and coerced them into sexual relations with gifts including cars, cash and travel.

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

Mexican Music composer Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández is an icon in the classical music and especially in Atlanta where he is a  violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, founder of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. and the Buckhead Youth Orchestra, and conductor of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, began his study of music in Mexico. At age 14, he began studying with Henryk Szeryng, and continued as Szeryng became his principal mentor in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.