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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Season 2022

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" Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s much-anticipated return to the Fox Theatre reason to rejoice. Revel in the passion these dancers bring to each program, the skill and artistry no shutdown can diminish, and the palpable joy of live performance as the Company presents a 3-week season featuring premieres by Robert Battle, celebrating his 10th season as Artistic Director, and Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts, whose acclaimed work explores these turbulent times"

 

Ailey at the Fox Theatre, In Person, Thurs, Feb 10th- Sun, Feb 13th, 2022.   Tickets go on sale, Mon, Dec 6th. The tour schedule will be updated soon, keep checking back. https://www.alvinailey.org/performances-tickets/tour-schedules   www.alvinailey.org/atlanta

 

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Alvin Ailey Season 2022

Alvin Ailey Family Matinee - MomTrends

" Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s much-anticipated return to the Fox Theatre reason to rejoice. Revel in the passion these dancers bring to each program, the skill and artistry no shutdown can diminish, and the palpable joy of live performance as the Company presents a 3-week season featuring premieres by Robert Battle, celebrating his 10th season as Artistic Director, and Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts, whose acclaimed work explores these turbulent times"

 

In Person, Thurs, Feb 10th- Sun, Feb 13th, 2021   Stay tuned for all the details.  Tickets go on sale soon.

 

 

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GIFTS 2 GIVE & GET

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KeithKNOWS curated List of 50 Gifts 2 Give & Get!  Shop Small Black Businesses!

 

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Buy Black, Gift Giving, “Ask Keith, KeithKNOWS” here's a list of where to find & buy black owned, affordable, quality handcrafted items, unique specialty shops, contemporary/ upscale/ one of kind gifts, artifacts, jewelry, original artwork, all occasion greeting cards, and much more.  "Elevate" your Gift Giving. Local, National, Online shopping. (Gift Cards will do too, use them wisely, check expiration date, policies, etc.)

Gift Giving, Holiday Shopping, Black Friday 2021(Fri, Nov 26th), Special Occasions, Small Business Saturday(Sat, Nov 27th), Cyber Monday(Mon, Nov 29th)  and all year round gift giving..  Holiday Tips: Shop early, ship items in advance, be patience, item availability may be limited, create a list, shop online if possible, use contactless credit cards, and follow cdc guidelines for in person shopping.

 

KeithKNOWS curated list is in alphabetical order, and everyone can support, no matter where you live.  What you waiting for get to shopping!!

 

Georgia & Local Businesses:

 

  1. Aakofii Leather Designer

Gifts to Give: handcrafted leather belts, tops, bottoms, neckpieces, bags, cuffs, silver jewelry, leather jackets, for men and women. aakofii.com

 

  1. Afro Centric Network

Gifts to Give: Art, clothes, jewelry, fabric, hair & body products, essential oils, and holiday/kwanzaa greeting cards, and  more. Iamafrocentric.com

 

  1. ATL-CruzersGuided City Tours

Gifts to Give: provide tours of Atlanta, by seqways, electric cars, trolley car tours.

atlcruzers.com/tours/

 

  1. Black Art In America

Gifts to Give:  shop for fine art,  by Najee Dorsey, John Biggers, Woodrow Nash, Mohammad Bhatti, William Tolliver, Buchi Aghaji, Abiola Akintola, Delita Martin, Faith Ringgold, David Driskell, Elizabeth Catlett, and many many more. shopbaiaonline.com

 

  1. Barn Owl Garden

Gifts to Give: Stainless steel garden tools, garden gloves, bucket hats, nonslide shears.  Barnowlet.com

 

  1. Basil me Lemonades

Gifts to Give: Basil infused non sugary, health benefit beverages, with flavors like, blueberry, elderberry, strawberry, wheatgrass, and original. basilme.co

 

  1. Brown Toy Box

Gifts to Give: Cultural books, STEAM projects & activities, classroom décor, fun content for kids. (ages 4 to 12) browntoybox.com

 

  1. C2bN(Created To Be Noticed) Bags

Gifts to Give: multifunctional, adjustable strap leather and durable canvas bags, 6. wallets, vacuum flasks, clothes and more.  c2bn.com

 

  1. Culture Greetings All Occasion Cards

Gifts to Give: Culturally relevant greeting cards printed and mailed digitally for you… for holidays, birthdays, thank you, religion & spirituality and more. culturegreetings.com

 

  1. Dream Jammies

Gifts to Give: young girls, sleepwear, stain bonnets, cotton pajamas dreamandjammies.com

 

  1. Fruition Hat Company

Gifts to Give: Hat styles, fedora, wide brim, boater, top hat, flat caps, panama, derby, porkpie, bolero, godfather, bowler, trilby. fruitionhatcompany.com

 

  1. Gems of Africa Gallery

Gifts to Give: Shona sculptures, Iron wood sculptures, masks, South African pottery and tribal artifacts. gemsofafricagallery.com

 

  1. IWI Fresh Spa

Gifts to Give: Farm to Skin spa, Spa services, spa products, hot shaves, beard trim, facials, hair coloring, hair cuts, natural home remedies and more. iwifresh.com

 

  1. Just Add Honey Tea Company

Gifts to Give: loose-leaf teas, black tea gift set, elderberry syrup kit, latte gift set, matcha teas, roobois, cacao chai, tea strainers, black coconut, and more.  justaddhoney.net

 

  1. Majestea Tea Company

Gifts to Give:  Health & Wellness Teas, lemon ginger, sorrel, sweet tea, wellness tea, loose tea & infuser sets. mymajesteas.com

 

  1. Medu Bookstore

Gifts to Give: Afrocentric books, videos, magazines, greeting cards, and more. medubookstore.com

 

  1. Miss D's Pralines

Gifts to Give:  New Orleans style Pralines, Gourmet Popcorn. missdspraline.com

 

  1. Reflektion Designs

Gifts to Give: African Ankara prints, fans, bags, baskets, accessories, phone cases, jewelry, fabric, scarves, tableware and more. reflektiondesign.com

 

  1. Sammy Cheezecake

Gifts to Give: Signature flavors, red velvet, strawberry, german chocolate, vanilla, yellow, lemon, chocolate, and more.  Handmade from scratch.  sammycheeze.com

 

  1. Smith & Lee Handmade Leather Goods

Gifts to Give: Handmade leather, watch straps, bags, wallets, card holders, luggage tags, keychains, bracelets and more. smithandleehandmade.com

 

  1. The Better Buggy Deliver Service

Gifts to Give: Same day delivery service for everyday essentials and fresh produce from blackowned farms, stores.  thebetterbuggy.com

 

  1. Timbuktu Art Colony

Gifts to Give: handcrafted  cultural jewelry, african masks, artifacts, bracelets, earrings, rings, and more. timbuktuartcolony.com

 

  1. Uncle Jimmy Products

Gifts to Give: Beard care, beard oils, balms, shaving creams & gels, hair, beard and body wash, beard growth oils, body lotions, molding putty, conditioners. unclejimmyproducts.com

 

Nationwide Businesses:

  1. Abbey Creek Vineyard

Gifts to Give: Hip Hop Winery, chardonnay, sparkling blanc de noir, pinot noir rose, sparkling pinot gris, mélange noir, cabernet sauvignon, and more. abbeycreekvineyard.com (Oregon)

 

  1. Africaboutik

Gifts to Give: African, blankets, baskets, throws, scarves, bags, masks, clothing, wall art, jewelry and more. www.Africaboutik.us (NYC)

 

  1. Bamboozle by Lavalis

Gifts to Give: Handcrafted natural bamboo silver, bone jewelry, earspears, bracelets, necklaces, loc ties, belts, earrings and more.  bamboozledjewelry.com   (Louisiana)

 

  1. Bevel Men Grooming

Gifts to Give: grooming tools, trimmers, face wash, shampoo, beard softener, soaps, deodrants, body lotion and more. getbevel.com  (California)

 

  1. Charlie Renee

Gifts to Give: vegan handmade body butters, hair & body butters, lip butter, hair grown serum, face serum, scrubs and soaks, hair pomade, Jamaican castor oil, aromatherapy and more.  charlierenee.com    (Virginia)

 

  1. Cocovaa Chocolatier

Gifts to Give: finest cacao beans, ganaches, bars, barks, caramels, mousses and more. cocovaa.com  (Wisconsin)

 

  1. Cooper Rose Baby

Gifts to Give: Eco friendly baby brand, diaper covers, flat & fitted diapers, wipes, nursing products, apparel and more. copperrosebaby.com  (Illinois)

 

  1. Foot Nanny

Gifts to Give: foot and hand protein cream, peppermint, tea tree oil, chocolate cream, lemon cream, eucalyptus, parsley sage, foot tubs, and more.  footnanny.com (California)

 

  1. Good Vibes Plant Based Cleaners

Gifts to Give: All natural pure cleaners, sandalwood, nao champa, frankincense & myrrh.  Goodvibesclean.com  (Philadelphia)

 

  1. HarperIman Dolls

Gifts to Give: Dolls of Color, positive affirmations, custom dolls, keepsake dolls, and more.  harperiman.com (online)

 

  1. Issa Black Thang Game

Gifts to Give: fun charades game for the culture, revisits favorite past times, movies, music, and so much more.  issablackthang.net  (Texas)

 

  1. Jungalow Désigns

Gifts to Give: wall paper, planters, outdoor/indoor décor, quilts, pillows, duvet sets, wall hangings, e-gift cards, recycled gift paper, blankets, and more. jungalow.com (California)

 

  1. Lakay Designs

Gifts to Give: African inspired, bedding, clothes, art, lampshades, African print, rugs, chair covers, wall art, place mats, and more.  lakaydesigns.com  (Colorado)

 

  1. Linoto Pure Linen Design

Gifts to Give: beddings, baskets, sheets, towels, curtains, kitchen & dinnerware, jewelry, scarves, sandalwood art, mugs, pillows, accessories, journals and more. linoto.com (New York)

 

  1. Lock it Plates

Gifts to Give: microwaveable to go containers, party plates w/cup holder, usable as steam bowl & salad mixer.  lockitplates.com (Ohio)

 

  1. Mahogany Books

Gifts to Give: Fiction, non fiction, children, young adults, children  mahoganybooks.com (Washington, DC)

 

  1. Melaninful

Gifts to Give: Men & Women, black cartoon & civil rights leaders hoodies, dashiki hoodies,, ancient Egyptian bedding sets, fleece jogger sets, african jewelry, jigsaw puzzles, civil rights leaders rugs, ’68 olympics polo shirts,  shorts, car seat covers and more.  melaninful.net  (online)

 

  1. Moroccan Furniture Décor

Gifts to Give: Moroccan style, wooden artwork, tile fountain, chairs, vases, panels, doors, lighting, vintage furniture and more. moroccanfurnituredecor.com (Florida)

 

  1. Nurilens by JuNuri

Gifts to Give: wooden eyewear with blue light blocking lenses(from computers, phone, electronics), prescription options, sunglasses for men and women.  nurilens.co   (Washington, DC)

 

  1. Odin Leather Goods

Gifts to Give: accessories, bags, belts, travel, wallets, desk and writing, and more. odinleathergoods.com (Texas)

 

  1. Phillip Ashley Chocolates

Gifts to Give: Designer chocolates, build a box, business gifting (salted vanilla caramel, salted bourbon caramel, dark chocolate and more) phillipashleychocolates.com (Tennessee)

 

  1. P-X-W Fit Factory

Gifts to Give: Men & Women fitness, shorts, leggings, Jump rope, t-shirts  p-x-w.com (California)

 

  1. Marcus Samuelsson Cookbook

Gifts to Give: “The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food marcussamuelsson.com (NYC)

 

  1. Sir Charlotte

Gifts to Give: Bracelets, Colognes, Solid Fragrances  SirCharlotte.com (North Carolina)

 

  1. Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn

Gifts to Give: Flavors, Austin smoke bbq, banana pudding, corn on the cobb, chicken n’ waffles, momma’s friend chicken, mac n cheese.  soulpopped.com   (Texas)

 

  1. Talley & Twine Watches

Gifts to Give: Men & Women watches, wallets, handbags, belts, and more. talleyandwine.com  (Virginia)

 

  1. The Jugo Bar Juice

Gifts to Give: Handcrafted Juices, Lemonades, Flavors, Blackberry Sage, Carrot Tox, Elderberry Syrup, Black Lemon, Sorrel, Kale Yeah and many more. thejugobar.com   (North Carolina

 

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eighty7sweets Vegan Ice Cream Company - Atlanta Georgia Ice Cream - HappyCow

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!  Eighty 7 Sweets Vegan Ice Cream, on Broad Street, Downtown Atlanta (56 Broad St) www.Eighty7sweets.com "If you love yourself some ice cream, like I do, who don't?Creamy, coconuty, delicious, smooth and tasty, but you are lactose intolerant, and you can't do dairy or soy, this is the place for you. They specialize in non dairy, vegan ice cream with creative flavors with catchy names: West End Wakanda(I tried that one, yummy, it's a mystery flavor and I tried the Mocha flavor reminded me of coffee), Caramel Cobb, Edgewood Oreo, Vanilla Vinings, Spelman Strawberry & Mango and many more, try it on a waffle cone, cup or their warm vegan choc. chip super bowl. The staff was great at letting me taste all the interesting flavors, well not all, a few. (LOL) I'll will definitely be back. Call me, I'll meet you there!

Just Add Honey Tea Shop Opening Second Location in Old Fourth Ward on the Beltline - Eater Atlanta
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate  & Drank There!   "Just Add Honey", Old 4th Ward(East Beltline), 684 John Wesley Dobbs, Downtown Atlanta  https://justaddhoney.net/   Just Add Honey   "Givin You the "Tea"  I celebrated my B Earth Day there and was blown away with excellent customer care, delicious fruity teas and much more.    Oh, Oh, Oh, did I mention their teas are au naturale, can also be purchased at their flagship store or online.
 
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KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!  Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft,  1745 Peachtree St, Atlanta 30309 tuktukatl.com (678) 539-6181 I finally got the opportunity to tantalize my taste buds for Thai food at Tuk Tuk, my friends were in town for my birthday so we decided to check it out.  The décor and furniture will take you on a journey to Thailand without leaving Atlanta, and the food doesn’t disappoint. I was not feeling too adventurous so I settled for my favorite Massaman Curry with brown rice, of course, it was flavorful, seasoned well, delicious. Now you know a brotha gotta have dessert(LOL), I had the old fashioned Thai Coconut Ice Cream, I rarely have ice cream, I enjoyed every bite. Tuk Tuk is a great spot for a date, family gathering, private event or any special occasion.

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KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There, Flower Child, 3500 Around Lenox Drive, ste 207,  Atlanta 30326 (buckhead) https://www.iamaflowerchild.com/ 

There’s a new health conscious restaurant in town, across from Lenox, in the area known as “Shops Around Lenox” their motto, “Happy Food for a Happy World”.  “Flower Child” is its name, can you dig it? It’s the sister restaurant to another great restaurant, “True Food” which is at Lenox Mall.  The décor is modern and colorful,  the atmosphere trendy, the food tasty, and it’s very popular.

Flower Child offer healthy salads, soups, sandwiches, bowls, wraps, plates, the food is organic, local, something for everyone, vegetarian, vegans, yes, they have grass fed meats, naturally raised, no additives, non GMO, sustainable foods also.

I had the  “Mother Earth” bowl, finger lickin’ good, oh, let me tell what’s in the bowl, well… leafy greens, ancient grains, sweet potatoes, portabello mushrooms,, avocado…my mouth is watering already, I’m not done yet, cucumber, broccoli pesto, charred onions, red pepper, hemp seed, drizzle with a miso vinaigrette. (you can a protein, chicken, salmon, steak, tofu) oh by the way, the salad dressing are sugar and dairy free)

Spread a lil’ Peace, Love,  checkout Flower Child on your next buckhead visit, you’ll be glad you did.

Cinnaholic Bakery | Cinnamon Roll Dessert Shop

Cinnaholic Edgewood Bakery, 1230 Caroline St NE, Ste B-110, Atlanta   30307  http://www.cinnaholic.com/   Okay the wait is over, finally made it to “Cinnaholic” vegan cinnamon bun, I meant “rolls”, well, kinda sorta (LOL)  It’s a quaint space in the Edgewood Shopping Center off of Moreland Avenue.  Their products are dairy & lactose, egg, and cholesterol free. The rolls are displayed elegantly, so you can see exactly what you want to devour.  I had the Chocoberry cinnamon roll, a delicious glazed topped off with chocolate bites and fresh fruit.  Cinnaholic has a variety of flavors such as Gingersnap, Oreo cookies, Strawberry Jam, Macadamia Nut, Coconut, and many more.  You can have your cinnamon roll with Octane Coffee, teas, they also serve cookies and brownies.  I’m excited to go again and try another flavor, won’t you join me, on the sidewalk café, of course.   

RReal Tacos - Atlanta, GA, United States. Fideos Secos a la Mexicana ($3.50) and four tacos ($2.99 each) with house salsas. See my other pictures for descriptions of each item.
KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!   RREAL Tacos,  100 6th St NE, Midtown Atlanta 30308  404-458-5887 www.rrealtacos.com   I'm always in Midtown searching for what's new, especially food wise...LOL  I spotted "RREAL TACOS", so of course, I was curious about the food.  I ordered whole wheat tacos with adobe chicken, OMG, deliciously divine...and had a very tasty salad.  This place is real cool, great spot for gathering, family, friends, to network, a date spot, colorful and artsy. I've been back at least 4 times, LOL....next time you're in midtown check it out!
Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen will revive the old Dogwood Space on Peachtree next month - Atlanta Magazine

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!   Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen, 565-A Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30308  404-815-8787   http://herbanfix.com/  You want Pan Asian vegan food in an elegant, laidback, casual environment,  Herban Fix is the place. I feasted on the Pad Thai dish (stir fry) & my dining guest devoured the Pom Pom mushroom steak dish, both were excellent! You know I had to have dessert,  so I kept it simple,  Carrot cake,  OMG, moist, flavorful,  I wanna another slice.( Lol) Oh, I almost forgot,  we both had beetle juice (beets and ginger) I was pleasantly surprised,  it was delicious.  This is a great venue for a private event, a date, meeting, or just to enjoy good food in a fancy setting. Be sure to checkout their Sunday Brunch, I hear it’s a great way to sample some of the menu items. 

Insomnia Cookies - Atlanta, GA, United States. My fav thing to get here: chocolate chip cookie sandwich with moose track ice cream.

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There! Insomniac Cookies, 930 Spring Street, Midtown Atlanta 303039  877-6326654  www.insomniaccookies.com If sweetness is your weakness, early in the wee hours, well at least til 3am, Insomnia Cookies is the place to satisfy your sugar fix. Now, if you want ice cream, they got it, brownies a lode, sinful. .they got that too...lol Warm, Delicious, Delivered right to your dorm, I mean door, they are located near Georgia Tech campus in a new student housing complex.

Lov'n It Live - East Point, GA, United States. Avocado appetizer

KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!   Lov’n it Live,  2796 East Point Street  East Point, Georgia 30344  404.765.9220 http://www.lovingitlive.com/  Livin’ and Lovin’ the Good Food Life!   It’s Small Business Saturday, so my fellow YELP elite member and I join forces to support local small businesses.  We had planned to venture to Medu bookstore at Greenbriar Mall, after supporting, Shrine Bookstore and Cultural Center on the West End.  On our way to Greenbriar, we wanted some good and delicious to eat, so we stopped in East Point at “Lov’n It Live. Yes, Lov’n It Live…food prepared with tender loving care.  We both had the same appetizer, half avocado stuffed with nut meat, tomatoes, and bell peppers, presented elegantly, it was heavenly divine!  (smile) For my entree, I had the personal pan pizza scrumptious slice made with kamut bread, topped with spinach, tomato sauce, pine nut cheese, onions, chopped tomatoes, black olives, Sage crumbles and red bell peppers.  My dining guest had tacos, two crisp flaxseed-sun flower shells stuffed with sage crumbles, pine nut cheese, avocado, tomato. We both agreed our entrees were good, however, the appetizer was Da BOMB!  (LOL) Now keep in mind, all the food is fresh, organic, all natural, no additives or preservatives and prepared while you wait, so allow yourself, at least 20 minutes before the food arrives, so sip on some good ole’ Sorrel(Hibiscus flower, ginger and birch xylitol as a sweetener) The restaurant is cozy, casual and  quaint, white table linen on all the tables, tasteful artwork lined the walls, and good music. If you've being meaning to try a vegan or live food restaurant, Lov’n It Love, won’t disappoint.  

Ruscello - Atlanta, GA, United States

KeithKNOWS Been There, Eat There!  Ruscello Restaurant, Perimeter Mall (Nordstroms), 4390 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta 30346  http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-restaurants?cm_mmc=yelp-_-ycm-_-rest-_-34760  On my recent visit to Perimeter Mall, I had lunch at Ruscello's formerly "Nordstrom Cafe".  Ruscello's is a snazzy, modern,  comfy restaurant tucked away on the 4th Floor of Nordstrom's. I was eager to try the "Salmon Nicoise Salad", which is grilled salmon,  mixed greens, capers, red onions, grilled potatoes, string beans, sliced boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. Delish!  Of course, you know I must have dessert, so I tried the apple cinnamon torta(pie) topped with vanilla bean gelato.  This is a great spot for lunch, reasonably priced, and a great value. So the next time you're at Perimeter, let's do lunch.

Proof Bakeshop - Atlanta, GA, United States. Togo stuff

KeithKNOWS Been There, Eat There!  Proof Bakery, 100 Hurt St SE, Atlanta (Inman Park)  30307  (678) 705-3905  www.proofbakeshop.com Homemade goodies. I had the ginger molasses lemon dessert, u see whats left of it! :)  The bakery offers lots of goodies and some breakfast items.  The staff was friendly, engaging, a great spot to hang with friends, family, etc.  The bakery is located right near the Inman Park MARTA, so it's very convenient.  On my next visit, hmmm, perhaps, I'll have a sandwich, since the bread is homemade.

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KeithKNOWS, been there, KNOW THAT!  Sweet Hut Bakery & Café, 935 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30309  404-600-4822 www.sweethut.com Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8am-12am; Friday-Saturday 8am-1am (There’s another location in Doraville and coming soon to Duluth)

Sweetness Weakness! “ Stressed spell backwards is DESSERTS” bet you didn’t know that!(LOL) Sweet Hut is a dessert experience like no other. It’s an elegant spot, with leather seats and a diverse mixture of people.  You have two options for desserts, self serve or order from the display case or both.  They also offer desserts to go, small amount of foods, plenty of drinks, hot or cold such as bubble teas, coffee, mochas, etc.  Did I mention they have free wifi, an outdoor patio, FREE 2 hours parking, close to MARTA.  It’s a great spot to meet, mix and mingle, chill, stay awhile. (The café is located on the lower level of the Metropolis high rise)

9586827086?profile=original“Truly Living Well, Food for Life Supreme!True Food Restaurant @ Lenox Mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta 30326 404-481-2980   http://www.truefoodkitchen.com/locations/atlanta/  KeithKNOWS, Been There, Ate There!

“I just recently return from my hometown VA(Virginia) where the deers and foxes do play(LOL)..just teasing, now that I’ve gotten your attention. True food opened while I was in Virginia so I was excited to check it out!  If you are looking for a restaurant with good food that’s simply delicious, look no further.  Food that’ll keep you fit for life! True food uses the freshest ingredients, meals fresh to order. The restaurant is eco-friendly with an open air atmosphere, quaint and comfortable.  Now let’s get to the real reason I’m at True Food, the food! I was starved, so I wanted something hearty, I tried the Turkey Lasagna(spinach, ricotta cheese, organic tomatoes)  and sipped on a coconut water mixer(coco nut water, pineapple, vanilla, OJ )now that’s real good food. For dessert, I had the chocolate flourless cake, you heard me, flourless cake…light, sweet, chocolatey, ”Da BOMB!(LOL)  This is a great restaurant for vegans, vegetarians, gluten free diets, there’s something for everyone. The prices are reasonable and the menu’s diverse with items such as, natural refreshments, entrees, salads, sandwiches, starters, wine, cocktails and beers. I’m excited to visit True Food again, if you go before I do, let me know what you think or call me, let’s meet for dinner”

9586827278?profile=originalKeithKNOWS, been there, Ate There!   Panbury’s Double Crust Pies, (inside the Sweet Auburn Curb Market) 209 Edgewood Avenue, Downtown Atlanta  30303 404-500-1279   http://www.panburys.com   New at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, single serve hand pies,  just opened over a week ago. “Pie Power”  While elevating Small Business by having a scavenger hunt at the curb market, I discovered Panbury’s Double Crust Pies. I was greeted with such warmth and friendliness, I knew I had to try a pie, well, I ate 2 apple pies and bought 2 additional pies to take home.(LOL)  What I  really like about Panbury’s, their pies are homemade fresh from the oven. While I tried the fruit pies, some of the guests from the scavenger hunt were more adventuresome, some tried the roasted lamb pie, spinach and feta, and green thai chicken curry.  The menu consists of variety of pies, beef, chicken, veggies, and sweets.  Panbury’s also has small bites, sides and extras such as a kale salad, potato salad, beverages and more. Lunch anyone? Let’s go to the curb market, I’ll treat!

9586827291?profile=originalRevolution Doughnuts, 908 West College Avenue, Decatur & Inman Park   678-927-9920   www.revolutiondoughnuts.com KeithKNOWS, been there, KNOW that!   For Real “Dough”!   Have you ever dreamed of doughnuts that were gluten free, all natural, made from scratch, and definitely delicious. (  vegan and vegetarian optional).  Well, wake up the dream is over,  Revolution doughnuts to the rescue.   You must try my favorites, orange pistachio and dark chocolate, yummy for my tummy!(smile)  Now I must warn you, these doughnuts are a hot commodity, people drive across Atlanta just to get them.   I see your eyes are glazed over with excitement, now when you go, avoid Mondays, they are closed.  So spread the word, healthy doughnuts dominate the ATL.(smile) Don’t forget Revolution also has organic coffee and an expresso bar.

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30 Things "KeithKNOWS" Love About Atlanta!

Atlanta Botanical Garden opens Skyline Garden | Northside / Sandy Springs Neighbor | mdjonline.com

Atlanta Botanical Garden

30 Things KeithKNOWS  Love About Atlanta

 

  1. Dance like there's no tomorrow @ "House in the Park", an annual  Labor day weekend music festival for avid fans of deep house, afro beat, soul classics, houseinthepark.org
  1. Live, Work, Play, Shop, Dine, Socialize must be Atlantic
    Station
    , Midtown atlanticstation.com

 

  1. Grab a healthy smoothie, shop with vendors, discover new vegan and healthy eats @ Wadada's Healthy Market & Juice Bar, West End. (878 Ralph David Abernathy SW) https://www.wadadaatl.com/

 

  1. Sunday Brunch at the Atlanta Breakfast Club,  Downtown www.atlantabreakfastclub.com

 

  1. Environmentally friendly, healthy products for your mind, body, skin "IWI Fresh", Castleberry Hill, iwifresh.com/ 

 

     6.  Have Breakfast at Barneys Restaurant, Downtown Atlanta  breakfastatbarneys.com/

 

7. An emerald jewel, an urban oasis garden in midtown, Atlanta Botanical Garden  atlantabg.org

 

8. Eating Healthy food the affordable way @ “Trader Joe’s”, Midtown  Traderjoes.com

 

9. Best Place for Vegan cuisine in an elegant atmosphere, Herban Fixe Kitchen, Midtown Atlanta  herbanfix.com

 

10. Enjoying Sweet Potato pancakes @the “Highland Bakery”, Midtown,  Downtown, Buckhead, Ga. Tech campus, 4th Ward,  highlandbakery.com

 

11. Embracing and enjoying Atlanta Film Festivals, Bronzelens, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta Asian Film Festival, Urban Media Makers Film Festival, Out on Film, and Underground Film Festival.

 

12. Shopping for that one of kind local and curated sustainable gift @ EcoDenizen, Midtown  ecodenizen.net/

 

13. Spending time embracing my African heritage and artwork at Hammonds House, West End hammondshouse.org/

 

14. Swaying to the sounds of  Jazz, R & B, Neo Soul, at City Winery, Midtown Atlanta  citywinery.com/

 

15.  Visiting my favorite 2 spots in Greenbriar Mall, in SW Atlanta   Medu Bookstore & Densua's African Treasures    densua.com/    medubookstore.com/  

 

16. Unwind, Relax, Dine, Chillaxin’ @ Cafe Intermezzo in Midtown Atlanta cafeintermezzo.com/

 

17. Getting pampered from head to toe @ Celestial Spa, SW Atlanta celestialspa.com/

 

18. Taking a 85 seconds elevator ride to the “Sun Dial” Restaurant, dining and enjoying that spectacular city view, Westin Peachtree Hotel, Downtown Atlanta sundialrestaurant.com

 

19. 6 Famous Attractions/One Amazing Price/Avoid most ticket lines…using my “City Pass”, citypass.com

 

20. Free Admission to the “High Museum”for Fulton County Residents(first Saturday of each month, by 4pm) high.org

 

21. Free Jazz Festival every Memorial Day Weekend in Piedmont Park, “Atlanta Jazz Festival”, atlantafestivals.com

 

      22.  Attending an Art Tasting at Zucot Art Gallery in Castleberry Hill, Downtown  zucotgallery.com

 

23. Grab a delicious vegan desserts, cupcakes, a slice of vegan cake, Hebrew Bakes, West End, Atlanta hebrew-bakes.com

 

24. AfroCentric Network, One Stop Shop for Afrocentric clothes, jewelry, health and beauty products, sculptures, hand bags, greeting cards, baskets, scented oils, music and more. Located in the West End.  iamafrocentric.com

 

25. Discovering the Hottest Art Scene in the city and touring Lofts@ “Castleberry Hill”, Downtown castleberryhill.org

 

26. Listening to Global Grooves, Soulful Beats, @“Moods Music” L5P moodsmusic.net

 

27. An Afro-centric gift shop with cards, books, art and so much more@ Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center & Bookstore (West End) shrinebookstore.com

 

28. Supporting Small Black Business at the Village Market ATL in Ponce City Market, Midtown https://thevillagemarketatl.com/

 

29. Catching a concert, play, performance @ the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Midtown foxtheatre.org

 

30. Dining on “dairy-free” desserts @ Café Sunflower”, Buckhead cafesunflower.com

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America's 10 healthiest grocery stores

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America's 10 healthiest grocery stores

By Pamela Paul


#1: Whole Foods

279 stores in 38 states and Washington, D.C.

We figured this natural-foods chain would make the list, but who knew it would hands-down top it? “It’s the Rolls Royce of healthy eating,” says Kate Geagan, a nutritionist in Park City, Utah, and one of our judges. Whole Foods has the whole package—from an extraordinary selection of fresh conventional and organic fruit and vegetables to delicious prepared foods with healthy ingredients and clear labeling. (Most other stores offer mystery meals that may very well be loaded with butter.) And Whole Foods puts a premium on products that are grown or produced locally (read: superfresh).

There’s also hard-to-find grass-fed meats, ready-to-cook organic and free-range chicken, and a well-stocked selection of just-caught seafood. The desserts are pretty good for you: Every item in the bakery is free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, and trans fats. Our judges also raved about Whole Foods’s snacks, singling out the store’s own dark chocolate, fresh-cut veggies, and nut and seed mixes. Alan Greene, MD, a Palo Alto, California–based pediatrician and one of our panelists sums it up best: “The store celebrates great, healthy food from start to finish.”

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#2: Safeway

1,700-plus stores nationwide

Safeway is the traditional grocer you’re familiar with, but look closer and you’ll see a huge transformation going on. “They now have their own organic brands and a section of locally grown produce,” says judge Lisa Pawloski, PhD, chair of the department of global and community health at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Besides those organic brands—O Organics for packaged goods (the biggest organic brand in the country) and Eating Right for prepared foods—many of the chain’s redesigned stores have a greatly expanded produce section.

Safeway’s specialty items like organic spices and packaged nuts make it a regular stop for judge Dr. Greene. Bonus: Its online Food Flex program analyzes shoppers’ purchases based on metrics like recommended sodium consumption, and then suggests healthier choices. “They’re a major pioneer in this area,” says panelist Christine Palumbo, a Chicago-based nutritionist. “It’s like having your own registered dietitian.”

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#3: Harris Teeter

176 stores in the Southeast

This grocer boasts 600 varieties of fruit and veggies, with a good selection of organic and locally grown items, as well as hard-to-find nonfarm-raised seafood. But what catapulted it to third place is its breadth of healthy shopping tools.

Harris Teeter’s YourWellness For Life program, which was originally created to help employees choose the most nutritious foods, became available to customers in 2006. Part of that initiative is shelf tags that clearly show the nutrients in various foods (an “excellent source of fiber” label means the item contains 20% or more of the recommended daily intake; a “good source of fiber” lets you know there’s between 10% and 19% of the RDI). Plus, a Green Thumb Expert at every store gives hints on choosing and preparing produce.

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#4: Trader Joe's

300-plus stores in 23 states and Washington, D.C.

Shopping at Trader Joe’s is more like going to a specialty-foods store than a chain grocer—you’ll find healthy foods from around the world, all at surprisingly reasonable prices. What you won’t find: bad-for-you mainstream brands. The store’s impressive and delicious store-brand foods contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, and no MSG, trans fats or genetically modified ingredients. “My daughter loves their Omega Trek Mix With Omega-Fortified Cranberries, and now I do, too!” Palumbo says.

Pawloski is just as excited about their organic prepared meals. There are fun healthy surprises, too: instead of sugary cereals, they have good-news alternatives, like fruit-and nut-packed Triple Berry O’s. Why didn’t Trader Joe’s rank higher? The limited selection in most of its stores.

#5: Hannaford

165-plus stores in the Northeast

This chain is relatively small, but Whole Foods should look out$mdash;Hannaford is the largest certified-organic supermarket in the region, and in the past two years it has boosted its produce selection to provide more than 50 local and organic products from 200 farms close by. “It’s an impressive amount of local produce, which is not that easy in temperate New England,” Geagan notes.

But Hannaford’s commitment to healthy foods doesn’t stop there. Its Guiding Stars nutrition-label program makes it a snap to pick out the healthiest fresh and packaged fare: You’ll find one, two, or three stars—with three stars indicating the highest nutritional value—on nearly every item in the store. That means you don’t have to pore over the labels to decide which loaf of bread to buy.

#6: Albertsons

529 stores in the West, owned by SuperValu

Organic food can be expensive, but Albertsons’s house brand, Wild Harvest, typically costs 15% less than name-brand organic products. All Wild Harvest items—including whole wheat pastas, soy milk, cereals, meats, and poultry—eschew artificial preservatives, colorings, sweeteners, and flavorings; hydrogenated and cottonseed oils; and phosphates and chlorine.

Our judges loved the chain’s Healthy Eaters program, which lets kids tour the store with a registered dietitian. And this month, Albertsons introduces the Nutrition iQ program, which uses simple color-coded labels to highlight nutritional benefits.

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#7: Food Lion

1,300 stores in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

This megachain is owned by the same company as Hannaford and has taken some healthy cues from its smaller sister: It stocks organic fruits and vegetables (though not as many local items as the top chains), has its own natural-foods brand, Nature’s Place, and also uses the Guiding Stars nutrition-labeling system.

But it’s Food Lion’s boutique offshoot, Bloom (61 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia), that’s leading the way for the entire chain. “Their produce is fresh and smells wonderful,” Pawloski says. Bloom also boasts kiosks that provide nutrition info and healthy recipes that can be printed in-store.

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#8: Publix

952 stores in the Southeast

Publix scores high for making healthy eating a family affair. Pregnant moms can sign up for the Publix Baby Club and receive coupons and a news­letter about infants’ developing needs. The Preschool Pals program for 2- to 4-year-olds provides kids with fun free CD-ROMs and emails that teach nutrition and safety. And its free FamilyStyle magazine has simple tips on cooking family dinners fast.

The store’s own brand, GreenWise, features fresh and packaged natural and organic foods. And like Food Lion, Publix has launched an offshoot store that focuses on natural and organic foods—Publix GreenWise Market (currently only in Florida). Our judges also couldn’t stop talking about Publix’s At Season’s Peak program, which points customers to the produce that’s most in season. “It helps shoppers choose food when it’s freshest and most nutritious,” says panelist Frances Largeman-Roth, Health’s senior food and nutrition editor.

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#9: Pathmark

141 stores in the Mid-Atlantic

Pathmark doesn’t make a big deal out of its commitment to buying from area farms and producers, but it is in fact the largest retailer of locally grown produce in the Northeast, stocking area finds like Long Island corn on the cob.

It also provides a welcome incentive to eat right: The company’s Live Better! Wellness Club includes discounts of up to 15% on fresh-cut fruit and veggies. And if you never know what the heck to make for dinner, here is a perk you’ll appreciate: You can go online and get creative and healthy menu ideas, courtesy of Pathmark’s resident registered dietitian, Jacqueline Gomes.

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#10: SuperTarget

239 stores in 21 states, primarily Texas and Florida

Tar-jay, a healthy grocer? Yep. These Targets with minimarkets offer good-news brands like Kashi, Quaker, Sahala Snacks, and Barbara’s, plus a limited amount of organic dairy items and produce. And you’ll also find inexpensive, high-quality house brands like Market Pantry (cooking staples, etc.) and the trans fat–free Archer Farms (which includes baked goods, appetizers, and snacks)—and this makes it easier for shoppers to stock up for less.

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Buy Black, Gift Giving, “Ask Keith, KeithKNOWS” here's a list of where to find & buy black owned, affordable, quality handcrafted items, unique specialty shops, contemporary/ upscale/ one of kind gifts, artifacts, jewelry, original artwork, all occasion greeting cards, and much more.  "Elevate" your Gift Giving. Local, National, Online shopping. (Gift Cards will do too, use them wisely, check expiration date, policies, etc.)

Gift Giving, Holiday Shopping, Special Occasions, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and all year round gift giving..  Holiday Tips: Shop early, ship items in advance, be patience, item availability may be limited, create a list, shop online if possible, use contactless credit cards, and follow cdc guidelines for in person shopping.

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Georgia & Local Businesses:

 

  1. Aakofii Leather Designer

Gifts to Give: handcrafted leather belts, tops, bottoms, neckpieces, bags, cuffs, silver jewelry, leather jackets, for men and women. aakofii.com

 

 

  1. Afro Centric Network

Gifts to Give: Art, clothes, jewelry, fabric, hair & body products, essential oils, and holiday/kwanzaa greeting cards, and  more. Iamafrocentric.com

  1. ATL-CruzersGuided City Tours

Gifts to Give: provide tours of Atlanta, by seqways, electric cars, trolley car tours.

atlcruzers.com/tours/

 

 

  1. Black Art In America

Gifts to Give:  shop for fine art,  by Najee Dorsey, John Biggers, Woodrow Nash, Mohammad Bhatti, William Tolliver, Buchi Aghaji, Abiola Akintola, Delita Martin, Faith Ringgold, David Driskell, Elizabeth Catlett, and many many more. shopbaiaonline.com

 

 

  1. Barn Owl Garden

Gifts to Give: Stainless steel garden tools, garden gloves, bucket hats, nonslide shears.  Barnowlet.com

Basil Me

  1. Basil me Lemonades

Gifts to Give: Basil infused non sugary, health benefit beverages, with flavors like, blueberry, elderberry, strawberry, wheatgrass, and original. basilme.co

 

  1. Brown Toy Box

Gifts to Give: Cultural books, STEAM projects & activities, classroom décor, fun content for kids. (ages 4 to 12) browntoybox.com

 

  1. C2bN(Created To Be Noticed) Bags

Gifts to Give: multifunctional, adjustable strap leather and durable canvas bags, 6. wallets, vacuum flasks, clothes and more.  c2bn.com

 

  1. Culture Greetings All Occasion Cards

Gifts to Give: Culturally relevant greeting cards printed and mailed digitally for you… for holidays, birthdays, thank you, religion & spirituality and more. culturegreetings.com

 

  1. Dream Jammies

Gifts to Give: young girls, sleepwear, stain bonnets, cotton pajamas dreamandjammies.com

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  1. Fruition Hat Company

Gifts to Give: Hat styles, fedora, wide brim, boater, top hat, flat caps, panama, derby, porkpie, bolero, godfather, bowler, trilby. fruitionhatcompany.com

 

  1. Gems of Africa Gallery

Gifts to Give: Shona sculptures, Iron wood sculptures, masks, South African pottery and tribal artifacts. gemsofafricagallery.com

 

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  1. IWI Fresh Spa

Gifts to Give: Farm to Skin spa, Spa services, spa products, hot shaves, beard trim, facials, hair coloring, hair cuts, natural home remedies and more. iwifresh.com

 

 

  1. Just Add Honey Tea Company

Gifts to Give: loose-leaf teas, black tea gift set, elderberry syrup kit, latte gift set, matcha teas, roobois, cacao chai, tea strainers, black coconut, and more.  justaddhoney.net

 

 

  1. Majestea Tea Company

Gifts to Give:  Health & Wellness Teas, lemon ginger, sorrel, sweet tea, wellness tea, loose tea & infuser sets. mymajesteas.com

 

  1. Medu Bookstore

Gifts to Give: Afrocentric books, videos, magazines, greeting cards, and more. medubookstore.com

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  1. Miss D's Pralines

Gifts to Give:  New Orleans style Pralines, Gourmet Popcorn. missdspraline.com

 

  1. Reflektion Designs

Gifts to Give: African Ankara prints, fans, bags, baskets, accessories, phone cases, jewelry, fabric, scarves, tableware and more. reflektiondesign.com

 

 

  1. Sammy Cheezecake

Gifts to Give: Signature flavors, red velvet, strawberry, german chocolate, vanilla, yellow, lemon, chocolate, and more.  Handmade from scratch.  sammycheeze.com

 

  1. Smith & Lee Handmade Leather Goods

Gifts to Give: Handmade leather, watch straps, bags, wallets, card holders, luggage tags, keychains, bracelets and more. smithandleehandmade.com

 

  1. The Better Buggy Deliver Service

Gifts to Give: Same day delivery service for everyday essentials and fresh produce from blackowned farms, stores.  thebetterbuggy.com

 

  1. Timbuktu Art Colony

Gifts to Give: handcrafted  cultural jewelry, african masks, artifacts, bracelets, earrings, rings, and more. timbuktuartcolony.com

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  1. Uncle Jimmy Products

Gifts to Give: Beard care, beard oils, balms, shaving creams & gels, hair, beard and body wash, beard growth oils, body lotions, molding putty, conditioners. unclejimmyproducts.com

Nationwide Businesses:

  1. Abbey Creek Vineyard

Gifts to Give: Hip Hop Winery, chardonnay, sparkling blanc de noir, pinot noir rose, sparkling pinot gris, mélange noir, cabernet sauvignon, and more. abbeycreekvineyard.com (Oregon)

 

  1. Africaboutik

Gifts to Give: African, blankets, baskets, throws, scarves, bags, masks, clothing, wall art, jewelry and more. www.Africaboutik.us (NYC)

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  1. Bamboozle by Lavalis

Gifts to Give: Handcrafted natural bamboo silver, bone jewelry, earspears, bracelets, necklaces, loc ties, belts, earrings and more.  bamboozledjewelry.com   (Louisiana)

 

  1. Bevel Men Grooming

Gifts to Give: grooming tools, trimmers, face wash, shampoo, beard softener, soaps, deodrants, body lotion and more. getbevel.com  (California)

 

  1. Charlie Renee

Gifts to Give: vegan handmade body butters, hair & body butters, lip butter, hair grown serum, face serum, scrubs and soaks, hair pomade, Jamaican castor oil, aromatherapy and more.  charlierenee.com    (Virginia)

 

  1. Cocovaa Chocolatier

Gifts to Give: finest cacao beans, ganaches, bars, barks, caramels, mousses and more. cocovaa.com  (Wisconsin)

 

  1. Cooper Rose Baby

Gifts to Give: Eco friendly baby brand, diaper covers, flat & fitted diapers, wipes, nursing products, apparel and more. copperrosebaby.com  (Illinois)

 

  1. Foot Nanny

Gifts to Give: foot and hand protein cream, peppermint, tea tree oil, chocolate cream, lemon cream, eucalyptus, parsley sage, foot tubs, and more.  footnanny.com (California)

 

  1. Good Vibes Plant Based Cleaners

Gifts to Give: All natural pure cleaners, sandalwood, nao champa, frankincense & myrrh.  Goodvibesclean.com  (Philadelphia)

 

  1. HarperIman Dolls

Gifts to Give: Dolls of Color, positive affirmations, custom dolls, keepsake dolls, and more.  harperiman.com (online)

 

  1. Issa Black Thang Game

Gifts to Give: fun charades game for the culture, revisits favorite past times, movies, music, and so much more.  issablackthang.net  (Texas)

 

  1. Jungalow Désigns

Gifts to Give: wall paper, planters, outdoor/indoor décor, quilts, pillows, duvet sets, wall hangings, e-gift cards, recycled gift paper, blankets, and more. jungalow.com (California)

 

  1. Lakay DesignsGwo Lafrik | Pillows, Design, African

Gifts to Give: African inspired, bedding, clothes, art, lampshades, African print, rugs, chair covers, wall art, place mats, and more.  lakaydesigns.com  (Colorado)

 

  1. Linoto Pure Linen Design

Gifts to Give: beddings, baskets, sheets, towels, curtains, kitchen & dinnerware, jewelry, scarves, sandalwood art, mugs, pillows, accessories, journals and more. linoto.com (New York)

 

  1. Lock it Plates

Gifts to Give: microwaveable to go containers, party plates w/cup holder, usable as steam bowl & salad mixer.  lockitplates.com (Ohio)

 

  1. Mahogany Books

Gifts to Give: Fiction, non fiction, children, young adults, children  mahoganybooks.com (Washington, DC)

 

  1. Melaninful

Gifts to Give: Men & Women, black cartoon & civil rights leaders hoodies, dashiki hoodies,, ancient Egyptian bedding sets, fleece jogger sets, african jewelry, jigsaw puzzles, civil rights leaders rugs, ’68 olympics polo shirts,  shorts, car seat covers and more.  melaninful.net  (online)

 

  1. Moroccan Furniture Décor

Gifts to Give: Moroccan style, wooden artwork, tile fountain, chairs, vases, panels, doors, lighting, vintage furniture and more. moroccanfurnituredecor.com (Florida)

 

 

  1. Nurilens by JuNuri

Gifts to Give: wooden eyewear with blue light blocking lenses(from computers, phone, electronics), prescription options, sunglasses for men and women.  nurilens.co   (Washington, DC)

 

  1. Odin Leather Goods

Gifts to Give: accessories, bags, belts, travel, wallets, desk and writing, and more. odinleathergoods.com (Texas)

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  1. Phillip Ashley Chocolates

Gifts to Give: Designer chocolates, build a box, business gifting (salted vanilla caramel, salted bourbon caramel, dark chocolate and more) phillipashleychocolates.com (Tennessee)

 

  1. P-X-W Fit Factory

Gifts to Give: Men & Women fitness, shorts, leggings, Jump rope, t-shirts  p-x-w.com (California)

 

  1. Marcus Samuelsson Cookbook

Gifts to Give: “The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food marcussamuelsson.com (NYC)

 

  1. Shop Well Costore

Gifts to Give:  gum healing toothpaste, carbon pulling perspirant, pit tox, mouth breath spray, castile soap, mist spray deodorant, ph dish soap, all purpose cleaner, toothache ointment, hand lotion and more. shopwellcostore.com (North Carolina)

 

  1. Soul Popped Gourmet Popcorn

Gifts to Give: Flavors, austin smoke bbq, banana pudding, corn on the cobb, chicken n’ waffles, momma’s friend chicken, mac n cheese.  soulpopped.com  (Texas)

 

  1. Talley & Twine Watches

Gifts to Give: Men & Women watches, wallets, handbags, belts, and more. talleyandtwine.com (Virginia)

 

  1. TNT Goods

Gifts to Give: sweatshirts, jewelry, enamel pins, buttons, coasters, keychains, unique accessories and home décor.  shoptntgoods.com  (Tennessee)

 Cultivating & Creating A Culture of Consciousness - KeithKNOWS.net

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Herbs, Farms, Health & Wellness!!!

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Herbs…..Health & Wellness Too!

 

Herbs can help by stimulating circulation, by nourishing joints and connective tissue, and by easing inflammation.

 

Human are designed to move and our health depends on it!   Moving our bodies moves food through our digestive system, moves lymph and blood through our vessels and helps keep arthritis and osteoporosis at bay.


Turmeric Ginger Tea

  1. Use Ginger(any form, tea, herb…ginger ale..only if you made it yourself) to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, improve sluggish digestion.



  1. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory herb for joint problems, physical trauma, it enhances the blood flow and removes toxins.


SASSAFRAS, ROOT, 2 oz TEA ROOT BEER POTPOURRI WILD ORGANIC LARP Posey Carving

  1. Sassafrass is beneficial for arthritis conditions. It moves and cleanses the blood. Taste like root beer!



  1. Solomon’s Seal is good for creaky joints or after an injury. Heals injuries to the tendons, ligaments and joints, great for tendonitis.

Gotu Kola: The Extraordinary Benefits of the Herb of Longevity

  1. Gotu Kola heals connective tissue. Heals skin inflammation and arthritis. Excellent herb for those practicing yoga or meditation, it calms and focus the mind.



  1. Willow Bark & Meadow Sweet..both contain the main ingredient in aspirin. Excellent for many kinds of pain. (there is no side effects, in fact, it’s used to treat ulcers, stomach problems caused by aspirin)


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  1. Black Cohosh is an excellent herb for menopause, menstrual cramps, muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory for joints.

 

Astragalus Root Alcohol Free 1oz. Natures Answer Astragalus Root

  1. Astragalus has been used as a dietary supplement for many conditions, including for diarrhea, fatigue, anorexia, upper respiratory infections, heart disease, hepatitis, fibromyalgia, and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer. The root of the astragalus plant is put in soups, teas, extracts, or capsules.

 

  1. Burdock Root  increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, and “purify” their blood. It is also used to treat colds, cancer, anorexia nervosa, gastrointestinal (GI) complaints, joint pain (rheumatism), gout, bladder infections, complications of syphilis, and skin conditions including acne and psoriasis.

 

 

Tips: 

*Eating nightshades like potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants can cause negative reactions, including stiffness in the joints.

 

*Eating red meat due to the fatty acids promotes and increases your chance of joint inflammation.

 

*Eating certain Fish can provide beneficial fatty acids for better flexibility and movement. (Shrimp..buy US Wild or farmed, Salmon..buy Wild caught, avoid farmed salmon, Tuna..canned or fresh..avoid farmed)

 

*In general  it’s best to eat as low on the food chain as possible, as species such as clams, oysters and crab are best suited to sustain fishing pressure and have
the lowest level of contaminants.

 

Where to buy  Herbs in Georgia?

 

*Sevananda, 467 Moreland Avenue, in L5P www.sevananda.coop (404) 681-2831

 

*Whole Foodswww.wholefoodsmarket.com (all locations)

 

*Georgia Organics(see complete list of grocers, markets): http://www.georgiaorganics.org

 

*Your Vitamin Lady Herb Shop, 392 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta  404-524-8558 website not available

 

*Mutana, 668 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta 404-753-5252

https://www.shopmutana.com/

 

Nature’s Own Herb Shop, For more than 22 years, Nature's Own Herb Shop has provided all the natural products you need to be healthy as possible.  We promote wellness by offering you a wide selection of the finest high quality natural whole foods, nutritional and body care products and expert advice.  Owned and operated By a Registered Nurse, ND, CNHP  with extensive experience in nutrition, we offer personal consultations and well informed advice tailored to your individual needs to help you control your health issues with the right supplements. Atlanta (Blackowned)

 

Georgia Farms

Nature’s Candy Farms, Metro Atlanta’s premiere lifestyle brand delivering healthy living to your doorstep. Offering 100% non GMO produce, alkaline water, organic free range eggs, USDA certified organic produce, coaching services such as home gardening and more. https://naturescandyfarms.square.site/store (Blackowned)

 

Patchwork City Farms (PCF) is a 1.2 acre independently-owned urban farm located in the city of Atlanta GA. Located at Oakland City. PCF continues to be at the leading edge of Farm to Table, Slow Food, and Sustainable Agricultural movements to name a few. The farm is Certified Naturally Grown and we are committed to growing produce that is safe and nutritious. We do not use unsafe chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. They  grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Our seasonal veggies are sold through local farmers markets and our Weekly Seasonal Farm Shop which is pre-orderd and picked up by the customer Friday at the farm or Saturday at our market location. We promote a healthy and safe environment by demonstrating and teaching others how to grow safe foods, live a healthy life and cultivate vibrant productive spaces. Come out to visit and volunteer on our farm. https://www.patchworkcityfarms.com (Blackowned)

 

Community Farmers Markets was founded in 2011 by leaders in the local food movement in Atlanta, GA to meet the demand for more efficiently-managed, community-based, sustainable farmers markets. These stakeholders included farmers and local leaders who worked for a more vibrant local food system and who have special interest, talents, or resources to build a stronger local food movement.  CFM serves as an umbrella organization with community-level “Market Community Groups” (MCGs) for each market that maintain the identity and culture of each market. CFM is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. https://cfmatl.org/

Local Delivery Service

The Better Buggy, a grocery shopping and delivery service for Black-owner grocery stores and farms throughout the Greater Atlanta area. Recently, we’ve started offering local, Black-owned products that aren’t currently offered in our stores. www.thebetterbuggy.com

More to KNOW about Health & Wellness:

Elderberry Fruit, The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. They could help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, too. Some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.   (also available in a syrup, juice and vitamin)

Sea moss, also known as Irish Sea Moss, is an incredible superfood with a wide range of health benefits! It's been lauded for its immense health benefits for years!

 

**Note: Information from various journals and life experiences. Consult with your doctor if you have any health challenges before taking any of these recommendations. 

References: https://www.health.com/food/sea-moss-benefits  

https://www.webmd.com/diet/elderberry-health-benefits 

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Super-Food for Health and Happiness!

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FANTASTIC FOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH HAPPINESS

 

A superfood is a type of food believed to have health benefits beyond those of more common foods due to specific phytonutrient content.

For instance, blueberries are considered a superfood or superfruit because they
contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber which are believed to provide important health benefits.

The worlds 5 top superfoods:

Aloe Vera

The inner gel of the aloe vera leaf contains around 200 active compounds with over 75 nutrients. These include 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins (even
vitamin B12 - one of the very few plant sources of this vitamin). Aloe vera has
anti-microbial properties fighting fungi and bacteria and contains
anti-inflammatory plant steroids and enzymes. Aloe vera also aids digestion and
elimination, boosts the immune system, and is incredibly healing and
beautifying for the skin, stimulating collagen production and moisturizing.

Goji Berries

Goji berries contain 500 times more vitamin C than oranges and more beta-carotene than carrots as well as 21 minerals, 18 amino acids, B vitamins (B1, B2 and B6) and
vitamin E, efficacious polysaccarides that excel at boosting the immune system
and other complex compounds that work their bio-magic in the body. Goji berries
are said to deter aging (eaten daily by the most well documented case of
longevity, Li Qing Yuen, who reportedly lived to the age of 252!), boost your
libido, lower cholesterol and improve vision. They also show anti-cancer
potential due to their content of germanium, a trace mineral known to induce
the production of the powerful anti-cancer agent interferon.

Chocolate (Cacao)

Pure chocolate contains over 300 compounds including psychoactives such as PEA (phenylethylamine) the 'love chemical' that releases dopamine in the
pleasure-centres of the brain and is said to induce feelings of excitement,
attraction, and euphoria, and the feel-good cannabinoid anandamide that mimics
the effects of marijuana and has recently been attributed to the 'runner's
high' experienced by athletes. Tryptophan is also known for its mood-enhancing
traits and increases levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Chocolate is an
aphrodisiac king, these chemicals no doubt contributing to such efficacy, and
contains 'nature's Viagra' arginine that enhances arousal and sensation in men
and women. Chocolate is also the highest antioxidant food on the planet,
exceeding blueberries, grapes and green tea, is exceptionally high in magnesium
(great for the heart and nervous system) and contains the beautifying mineral
sulphur. No wonder it has been called 'the food of the gods'! Note that these
properties are highest in raw cacao (pure and unrefined) which is leagues apart
from commercial chocolate products, containing none of the detriments such as
sugar, hydrogenated fats, milk, additives, agro-chemicals and solvents.

Chlorella (and Spirulina)

Water grown algae such as chlorella and spirulina have phenomenal nutritional value. Chlorella is 60% protein (19 amino acids including all eight essentials),
contains all the B vitamins (including B12 - a rare plant source), vitamins C
and E, a wealth of minerals and trace minerals, nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) and
chlorophyll (the highest quantities of these ever found in a natural source),
as well as essential fatty acids and a host of phytochemicals. Chlorella is
exceptionally good at detoxifying the body of pollutants such as heavy metals,
pesticides and PCB's. It also contains age-defying nucleic acids, is immune and
blood boosting and shown to be an effective aid aside cancer treatments.
Chlorella is the most popular supplement in Japan, classified by the government
as a 'functional food' and taken daily by over 7 million users. Aside a few
differing benefits, chlorella and spirulina have many parallel virtues. As a
note, grasses such as wheat and barley grass are also potent detoxifiers,
bursting with life and high in enzymes, chlorophyll, antioxidants and amino
acids.

Bee Pollen

Called the 'perfect food', bee pollen has an awesome constitution. Around 40% protein of a highly digestible form, these magical grains house 16 vitamins, 28
minerals, a host of enzymes, hormone precursors (that stimulate hormone
production), lecithin, fatty acids, nucleic acids and antioxidant
phytonutrients as well as yet identified constituents. Studies have revealed
antibiotic and cholesterol lowering abilities, immune system enhancement and
excellent skin healing traits. Pollen is also believed to be an anti aging
food, discovered by Dr. Tsitsin, chief biologist at the Longevity Institute in
Vladivostak, to be eaten daily by over 200 natives of Georgia (formerly the
Soviet Union) that were living upwards of 125 years of age! Try to get fresh or
unheated pollen to reap the benefits of all the enzymes and healthy
constituents. Other bee products such as honey and propolis are also potent
healing foods.

Try including some of the following "super foods" into your diet. Each food contains vitamins, nutrients and/or minerals that are believed to contain special properties for health, disease prevention and/or
longevity.

Food

Serving Size

Properties/Benefits

Broccoli

2 spears

Contains vitamins C, A, Beta Carotene and Fiber.

Carrots

2 medium

2 carrots every other day provide enough beta carotene to reduce stroke risk by half for men who already have symptoms of heart disease

Chili Peppers

1 or more peppers

The heat source in chilis, capsaicin, is an antioxidant. Contains blood thinning properties to prevent strokes, lowers cholesterol, protects DNA against carcinogens, may stimulate release of endorphins
("natural high" chemicals)

Spinach

1 cup uncooked

Contains vitamins A and C, folic acid and magnesium which help control cancer, reduces heart disease and stroke risk, blocks free radicals and may help prevent osteoporosis.

Mushrooms

1/4 cup dried Shitakes or other exotic mushrooms

Contain beta-glucan, which stimulates immune system. Shitake, enoki, zhuling and reishi all have anti-cancer and antiviral effects

Tomatoes

1 med. tomato

Contain lycopenes - an antioxidant more potent than vitamin C. Stimulates immune function and may slow degenerative diseases

Strawberries

1/2 cup

Contains ellagic acid, which contains anti-cancer properties

Papaya, Pineapple & Kiwi

one papaya,
1 cup pineapple,
1-2 kiwis

High amounts of enzymes that help combat everything from autoimmune diseases, allergies, and cancer to AIDS

Mangoes

1 mango

Contains bioflavonoids that aid the immune system

Citrus Fruits

1 lg. orange or equivalent

Contains vitamin C which helps your body fight cancers (lung, cervical, esophagus & stomach). Rich in bioflavonoids.

Apricots

3 fresh

Fresh apricots are high in beta-carotene. Also contains vitamin C and fiber.

Bananas

1 medium

Rich in magnesium (helps protect circulatory system), potassium and slowly-absorbed sugars. Good source of pectin (a soluble fiber). Prevents radical swings in blood sugar

Garlic

2-3 cloves fresh or
1 tsp. Garlic Powder

May lower cholesterol and blood pressure. May contain chemicals capable of destroying cancer cells

Green Tea

1 cup

Green tea contains polyphenols, which may reduce heart disease, cancer and stroke risk

Beans

1 cup

High in protein and complex carbohydrates. Contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Contains phytochemicals and protease inhibitors that may help prevent cancer

Soybeans & Tofu

4 ounces tofu or equivalent soy product

Lowers "bad" LDL cholesterol levels in bloodstream which reduces heart disease risk. Studies have shown that people who regularly eat soy products have reduced risk or lower rates of prostate,
colon, lung, rectal and stomach cancers.

Salmon

3 ounces

Contains omega-3 oils to fight heart disease. Contains calcium, magnesium, protein and B-vitamins.

Oats

1 cup oatmeal,
1-1/2 packets instant oatmeal, or
1-1/4 cup oat flakes cereal

Oat bran lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. May reduce risk of colon cancer. Oatmeal contains both soluble and insoluble fiber.

 

Content excerpted from the Executive Health's Good Health Report (© Executive Health Report, May 1996)

  1. Beans: A great low-fat, low-calorie source of protein and an easy way to help control your weight and your blood sugar.
  2. Yogurt: A tasty, easy way to boost your immune system.
  3. Blueberries: The best food on the planet to preserve a young brain as we mature.
  4. Broccoli: The best food on the planet to prevent cancer.
  5. Oats: A sure-fire way to lower your cholesterol.
  6. Oranges: The most readily available source of vitamin C, which in turn lowers the rate of most causes of death in this country, for example, heart disease and
    cancer.
  7. Pumpkin: Loaded with phytonutrients, which keep our skin young and help prevent damage from sunlight.
  8. Wild salmon: A guaranteed way to lower your risk for cardiac-related death.
  9. Soy: The only complete vegetarian source of protein.
  10. Spinach: The best food on the planet to prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, thus ensuring a lifetime of good vision.
  11. Tea -- green or black: The easiest and cheapest no-calorie way to avoid heart disease and cancer.
  12. Tomatoes: One of the easiest ways for men to avoid prostate cancer is the consumption of tomatoes and tomato-based products.
  13. Skinless turkey breast: The leanest meat source of protein on the planet.
  14. Walnuts: Consuming walnuts is an easy, tasty way to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

additional Superfoods:Pumpkin, Beets, Kale, Pistachios

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Ten Foods for Teeth Health

Ten Foods that naturally fight bacteria, remove plaque, strengthen enamel, and freshen breath is a good way to preserve your pearly whites.


1. Celery

Celery protects your teeth in two ways, says Lana Rozenberg, D.D.S., a holistic dentist and founder
of Rozenberg Dental Day Spa in New York City. The extra chewing it requires
produces plenty of saliva, which neutralizes the bacteria Streptococcus mutans
that causes cavities. Additionally, chomping on naturally abrasive foods
massages gums and cleans between teeth. Try This: Snack on a handful of raw
celery or carrots once a day.


2. Cheese

Studies from the last decade show that cheese, with its low carbohydrate and high calcium and
phosphate content, provides several benefits for your teeth. It helps balance
your mouth's pH (an acidic pH encourages the growth of cavity-causing
bacteria). Cheese also preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel and produces saliva,
which kills the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Try This: Enjoy a
1-inch cube (about 1/2 ounce) of cheese after dinner instead of a sweet
dessert.


3. Green Tea

Green tea (Camellia sinensis) contains substances called catechins that kill the bacteria in your
mouth that turn sugar into plaque (a sticky mass of bacteria, sugars, proteins,
and fats that produces cavity-causing acid when it comes in contact with sugary
or starchy foods). Catechins also wipe out the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Try This: Drink 2 to 5 cups of green tea (regular or decaffeinated) a day, says
Mindy Green, director of research at the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder,
Colo. Consider making a thermos of green tea to drink at work. The night
before, steep 3 to 4 green tea bags in 4 cups of boiling-hot water in a covered
thermos for three to five minutes. Remove the bags. Serve the tea the next day
over ice or after reheating it.


4. Kiwis

For their size, kiwis pack more vitamin C than any other fruit. In fact, one large kiwi supplies more
than 100 percent of your recommended daily amount. If you don't get enough vitamin
C, research shows that the collagen network in your gums can break down, making
your gums tender and more susceptible to the bacteria that cause periodontal
disease. Try This: Instead of topping your morning oatmeal with brown sugar,
use a sliced kiwi.


5. Onions

Onions contain powerful antibacterial sulfur compounds. In a 1997 test tube study, onions killed
various types of bacteria, including S. mutans. Research indicates that they
are most powerful when eaten freshly peeled and raw. Of course, raw onions can
do a number on your breath, so be sure to have some fresh parsley on hand (see
below). Try This: Add a few onion slices to salads and sandwiches each day.


6. Parsley

Chewing parsley or mint
leaves after a pungent meal will help you maintain sweet-smelling breath. These

herbs contain monoterpenes, volatile substances that travel quickly from your
bloodstream to your lungs, where their odor is released via your breath. Try
This: Top zesty dishes with a few tablespoons of minced fresh parsley or garnish
dessert with a few sprigs of fresh mint.


7. Sesame Seeds

According to fossils, our Paleolithic ancestors had great teeth. Anthropologists suggest that this is
partly due to the cleansing action of primitive foods like seeds, which slough
off plaque and help build tooth enamel. Sesame seeds, for example, are also
high in calcium, which helps preserve the bone around your teeth and gums. Try
This: Sprinkle a tablespoon of sesame seeds on salads and steamed vegetables a
few times a week for a gentle teeth cleaning and 87 mg of calcium.


8. Shiitake Mushrooms

A 2000 study in Caries Research showed that lentinan, a sugar found in shiitake mushrooms, prevents
mouth bacteria from creating plaque. Try This: A few times a week, add four to
five sliced shiitakes to soups or stir-fries. Buy fresh shiitakes or dried
ones, which can be reconstituted by soaking them in hot water for about 25
minutes before use.


9. Wasabi

Otherwise known as Japanese horse-radish, this condiment not only provides zing to sushi, it also
protects your teeth. A 2000 study in Biofactors revealed that the substances
that make wasabi taste hot, called isothiocyanates, also inhibit the growth of
cavity-causing bacteria. Try This: Eating wasabi a few times a week will
protect you from cavities. For a smile-saving salad dressing, combine 3
tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon wasabi paste, 1
teaspoon soy sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil.


10. Water

Drinking water keeps your gums hydrated and is the best way to stimulate saliva--your body's
greatest defense against the bacteria that cause plaque and cavities. Rinsing
your mouth with water also helps wash away trapped food particles that
decompose in the mouth and cause bad breath. Try This: Aim to drink six 8-ounce
glasses of purified water throughout each day to keep your gums (and whole
body) hydrated and to stimulate saliva. If you can't brush your teeth after
eating, be sure to rinse your mouth with water.

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

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Thurs, Feb 20th- Sun, Feb 23rd, Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 

To view the schedule, special offers, and more: https://www.alvinailey.org/engagement/atlanta

Ailey Revealed

THANKS TO THE 2020 AILEY AMBASSADORS
Keith Hill, Coordinator

Nicole Bell
Sylvia Breland
Anita Burns
Roshawn Buxton
Tonya Cook( Team Lead)
Darlene Council
Ericka Davis
Charles Duncan
Pam Duncan
Constance Harris
Audrey Johnson
Diane Larche
James Pace
Bessie Shavers
Julian Smart
Karmel Smith
Kym Treadwell
Rick Treadwell
Ayana Walker(Team Lead)
Darius Wimby
Linda Woodberry

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KNOW Where to GO.. Places to “CHILL”, Gather, Cultivate, Unwind.....Netweave...Feel the Vibe!

Lounges, lattes, laptops, WIFI, Relax, Unwind, Coffee, tea, cider, hot chocolate, pastries, desserts, sandwiches, soups and much more…. Chill…all year long!

640 West Community Cafe, 640 Evans St, (West End) Atlanta   30310  404-343-1932  640 West specializes in healthy breakfast and lunch sandwiches by day, and intimate event space by night. The cafe comfortably seats 180 people banquet style seating and 260 theater style seating  https://www.640westatl.com 

Allegro Coffee Company at Whole Foods 22 14th St NW, Midtown Atlanta   A cozy full-service coffee and espresso bar with wine, local beers, baked goods – including handmade biscuits,  sandwiches and more,  404- 552-4201   https://www.allegrocoffee.com/  

Atlanta City Juice Bar,  549 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta  30308  678-WE-JUICE 

Atlanta City Juice Bar Is Not Just A Trendy Juice Bar.."It's An Upscale Organic Juice Bar,"  But Wait!! We Provide More Than Just Juice!!We Provide A Healthier Way of Life..It's A Place Where ”Everyone” Can Enjoy A Wide Varity Of Invigorating Drinks That Include Juices, Smoothies, Teas, Tonics, And Alkaline Water. As Well As Freshly Made Baby Food, Happy, Healthy Choice Foods, Salads, And Services... 

https://atlantacityjuicebar.com/

Buzz Coffee & Wine Bar, 2315 Cascade  Road SW, Atlanta 30311 (678) 337-8370 Where Art.Culture.Community and delicious libations reside in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Cascade Heights area https://www.buzzcoffeeandwine.com  



Café Intermezzo, 1065 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30309 404-355-0411(other locations in Dunwood, Avalon, Airport)   Café Intermezzo presents over 100 different tortes, tarts, cakes, pies and cheesecakes; scores of coffee beverages and other non-alcohol beverages; many hundreds of beverages with alcohol; and complete, international lunch and dinner menus with a plethora of offerings. Featuring the Largest Espresso/Cappuccino Machine in the World www.cafeintermezzo.com

Cafe ULU,  2036 Sylvan Rd SW (Sylvan Plaza), Atlanta   (470) 788-8124 Local Co-Op Owned Internet Cafe that serves healthy sustainable food with events to enhance community education  https://www.cafeulu.com/

Condesa Coffee, 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Ste 100, Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 524-5054 Condesa Coffee is a café and espresso bar.  We sell coffee from roasting-great Intelligentsia, house-made sandwiches and morning quiche and locally sourced pastries.  www.condesacoffee.com

Dancing Goat Coffee Bar  650 North Avenue NE, Ponce City Market,  Midtown Atlanta 30308   (404) 874-0370   (other locations Buckhead, Midtown on 9th st,  Decatur)We offer exceptional espresso beverages, locally-made doughnuts, pastries, sandwiches and a menu of single origin coffees and blends roasted right here in Atlanta on the Westside. https://www.batdorfcoffee.com

Ebrik Coffee Room  16 Park Place SE, Downtown Atlanta  30303  404-330-0119  (there is also a Decatur & Emory's Carlos Museum location, see the website for more details)   Community, Culture, Comfort!   Your living room downtown? Or unwind spot in the afternoon? Place to study or catch up with friends? Whatever your reasons to visit Ebrik, we're glad you found a place to relax and enjoy a moment away from the hustle and grind      https://www.ebrikcoffeeroom.com/ 

 

Inman Perk @ Inman Park, 240 Highland Avenue, ste H, Atlanta  678-705-4545  Inman Perk Coffee was once just a family’s idea—an idea to bring really good coffee and a warm, comfortable atmosphere to the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Today, the reality is that you can enjoy a variety of delicious specialty hot and cold beverages—along with decadent desserts, engaging artwork, and a free wireless Internet hotspot—in two metro Atlanta locations. Inman Park is often called “Atlanta’s oldest neighborhood”—and today, it thrives as a community of people who are interested in making their neighborhood a better place. http://www.inmanperkcoffee.com/about/



Java Monkey, 205 E Ponce De Leon Ave Ste 5, Decatur, GA (404) 378-5002
Coffee and cake are a hit at this cyber cafe-wine bar combo in downtown Decatur. http://www.javamonkeydecatur.com

Just Add Honey Tea Company, 684 John Wesley Dobbs, Atlanta 30312 {404} 850-6510   (on the Beltline) (another location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market) just add honey tea company wants you to enjoy the best, freshest, and most flavorful teas with every sip. Whether it is a black tea, herbal tea, fruit tea or specialty tea, just add honey wants you to enjoy every cup. Anytime. Anywherehttps://justaddhoney.net  

La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe, Midtown, East Cobb, Perimeter,  A cozy, casual French bakery and café serving authentic, freshly-made fare from time-honored recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”  https://lamadeleine.com  

Momonoki Atlanta,   95 8th St NW, Atlanta  Midtown   Momonoki will serve chef driven Ramen, Tsukemen (dipping ramen) Donburi (raw/cooked rice bowls), Katsu Sando (Japanese cutlet sandwiches), salads and small plates.  A full bar stocked with cocktails, sake, wine and local/Japanese brews in cans/bottles and on tap will round out the menu. Along with the restaurant, a café (Momo Cafe) attached to the space will serve the choicest coffee and Japanese-inspired drinks.  You can enjoy our drinks while getting inspired on our mezzanine overlooking the bustling 75/85 interstate or on our patio bar looking in to the cafe and restaurant. To complement the drinks, we’ll serve desserts, sweets and pastries made in-house with Japanese technique and ingredients.   https://www.momonokiatl.com

Land of A Thousand Hills, 715 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30308  (470)240-1269   (there is a location at Atlantic Station, Buckhead, Downtown)  Drink Coffee, Do Good! We craft beautiful coffee, create purposeful work, and cultivate flourishing communities.  https://landofathousandhills.com/   



Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge, 1009-B Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA  (also the Woodruff Arts Center location)   404.815.9886   Fuel for your day: Recharge at the Westside's urban coffee haunt. www.octanecoffee.com

The Sweet Hut  Bakery & Cafe,  935 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30309  (404) 600-4800 You will never not be satisfied with the hundreds of pastries and drink combinations that you can choose from at our store. Combining the selection available at our Doraville store with the sandwich menu available at our Midtown store, our Kennesaw store will have it all! Also in Marietta  https://www.sweethutbakery.com/



West Egg Cafe, 1100 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, GA 404-872-3973
Master the art of the coffee break at a charming breakfast-all-day cafe on busy Howell Mill.

http://westeggcafe.com

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Dining Al Fresco

Hot Spots for Dining Al Fresco

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 Al Fresco Dining!  Sip on a tall glass of icy cold freshly made lemonade, chill with a fruit soup, try peach or strawberry, my favorite! Enjoy the nice weather while you can. Great places to dine..a cozy romantic patio, a quaint courtyard, open air seating…perfect hot spots for Spring/Summer/Fall. Places to unwind after a long day, relax with friends or take that special .  Downtown, Midtown, Uptown, all around town!

 

10 DEGREES SOUTH, 4183 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342 (404) 705-8870     10 Degrees South is the only restaurant of it's kind in the USA, specializing in South African cuisine. South African cuisine is a fusion of French, Portuguese, Dutch, German & Malaysian cuisines with strong Mediterranean influences. The restaurant was founded in 1998 in a small bungalow in Buckhead Atlanta. Six years later, inspiration was taken from the sophisticated & modern hotels of Cape Town to transform 10 Degrees South. 10 Degrees South offers the passion for life which means the love of friends, family, food & drink! http://www.10degreessouth.com

AGAVE, Cabbagetown   242 Boulevard SE, Atlanta   404-588-0006   Dressed-up Southwestern dishes share a stage with New Mexico standards at this likeable urban cantina in Cabbagetown. Shrimp and tuna seviche gets a nice kick from its lime and cider vinegar marinade. For dessert, rich chocolate mousse hits the spot. http://www.agaverestaurant.com 

BARCELONA WINE & BAR, 240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta (Inman Park)   404-589-1010 A variety of Spanish shareable plates & a long wine list amid rustic wood decor & wraparound patio.  As with the food, the décor is classic, sophisticated and understated. Whether dining inside in our tapas lounge or al fresco on our wrap-around patio, the restaurant’s warm ambiance mirrors the chic and urban style throughout the neighborhood.  http://www.barcelonawinebar.com  

CAFE SUNFLOWER, 5975 Roswell Road, Suite 353, Sandy Springs  404-256-1675 Very friendly service. Relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful outdoor seating with cypress trees. Has a cookbook. Small place with an intimate atmosphere. The food is well-presented. A good place for a special event  www.cafesunflower.com

CANOE, 4199 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 770-432-2663

Overlooking the Chattahooche River, Canoe offers unusual and artistically prepared American fusion cooking. Canoe is one of the loveliest restaurants in town. www.canoe-atl.com

ECCO, 40 7th Street NE, Midtown Atlanta, GA 30308    (404) 347-9555 Since being named a "Best New Restaurant in America" by Esquire in 2006, Ecco has quickly become one of Atlanta's, and the Southeast's, most recognized and renowned restaurants. The seasonal European menu tempts with delicious meat and cheese boards featuring a myriad of different selections, housemade pastas, authentic wood-fired pizzas and mouthwatering desserts. The restaurant also features an adventurous, nationally-recognized wine list representing both boutique and well-known European vinyards with many selections exclusive to Ecco. Featuring award-winning design including an over-sized bar, a large, open-air patio and a breathtakingly beautiful main dining room, Ecco is completely unique, yet comfortable. Whether with a large party, enjoying a romantic dinner or simply having a bite at the bar, Ecco is sure to become one of your favorite Midtown neighborhood dining spots. http://fifthgroup.com

 

ECLIPSE DI LUNA,  Buckhead, 764 Miami Circle,  404-846-0449
Once you walk through our door, you feel like you’ve stumbled upon the best-kept secret in the city. Evenings offer a tapas menu that is tops. Lots of fun! Funky. Live music. http://eclipsediluna.com

MURPHY'S, 997 Virginia Ave. NE, Midtown Atlanta   404-872-0904 Celebrating 25 years of service, Murphy’s is one of Atlanta’s best-loved restaurants. Located in the trendy Virginia Highlands, it is the long-standing hub of neighborhood camaraderie and the choice destination for visitors seeking the epicenter of the district’s shopping and nightlife. Tom Murphy’s acclaimed restaurant brings in the crowds with the perfect combination of upscale comfort food, unpretentious service, a cozy, high-energy setting and excellent value. www.murphysvh.com

 

SOTTO SOTTO Inman Park  313 North Highland Avenue, Midtown  404-523-6678  Subdued style and authentic Italian ingredients whisper softly in Inman Park.    The kitchen generally eschews popular Americanizations for simple ingredients in authentic combinations. And starters, pasta, and risotto are where it really shines. Retro-pleasure Vitello Tonatto serves up a flawless combination of unctuousness and tang. Tagliatelle with cream, ham and peas and spaghettini with tuna roe sing with understated, lovely flavors. Tortelli with roasted eggplant and walnuts, and an asparagus risotto likewise trade on a balance of rusticity and richness.  http://www.sottosottorestaurant.com 

STATS,  300 Marietta Street, Downtown Atlanta    404-885-1472   Are you ready for some "food play?" Concentrics Restaurants has introduced the city of Atlanta to the premium, food-focused, sports-centered, draught-direct eatery with a high-energy vibe, STATS. Adding to the excitement and anticipation, tap tasters will be mesmerized by the revolutionary beer system incorporated into the restaurant. With 70 high-definition televisions, gourmet American cuisine and beer that literally pours from the tables, the venue will be the definitive spot for sports lovers seeking good meals and libations. Bob Amick and Todd Rushing are proving once again that when it comes to restaurants, they don't play around. http://www.statsatl.com

TABLE 1280,   Woodruff Arts Center/High Museum  1280 Peachtree Rd. NE, Midtown  404-897-1280

Elegant cuisine in a crisp, contemporary setting in Table 1280 Restaurant and Tapas Lounge at the Woodruff Arts Center. While enjoying views of the main Piazza, guests may choose from two different dining experiences: The restaurant, offering American brasserie-inspired dishes and the Tapas Lounge, serving a variety of small plates, using the finest seasonal ingredients. An intimate food bar links the two dining rooms allowing guests to sit and enjoy their meal with a spectacular view of the restaurant's open kitchen  http://www.table1280.com

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Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

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Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

KeithKNOWS: They’re back, are you ready to be Elevated by Ailey II? Remember last year’s sold out performance @ the Rialto, our very own Choreographer and friend, Juel Lane, set the stage on fire with “Touch & Agree” If you weren’t there you missed it…well, buy your tickets for this year’s performance, one show only, Sat, Oct 18th, 8pm

Tickets on sale now, at the Rialto Box office or Online https://rialto.gsu.edu 

Rialto Box Office: 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta 30303 Hours: M-F, 10am-4:30pm

404-413-9849  This is a Rialto Series performance. (To avoid additional fees, buy your ticket in person at the box office, save $5)

Ailey II: Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance Troy Powell, Artistic Director (Additional Post-Show Talk on Stage) Merging the spirit and energy of the country's best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today's outstanding choreographers, Ailey II has become universally renowned as one of the world's finest dance companies. Ailey II continues the legacy of founder Alvin Ailey, delivering pristine performances with dynamic movement and dazzling technique. Dance Magazine calls Ailey II "second to none," and The New York Times declares, "There's nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II..." Especially when it's at the Rialto! FREE PARKING at the 100 Peachtree Garage.  

https://www.alvinailey.org/destinationdance

Checkout youtube Ailey II videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG7TpcymFKt3eROIDF_JKcg   

(This year's performance schedule coming soon) New Commission works by Uri Sands(former Ailey Dancer)  & Bradley Shelver(Alumnus of Ailey II)

Additional Ailey II events:

  • October 6–7: Ailey Extension/AREA workshops

  • October 19: Hammonds House Museum presents a screening of Lincoln Center at the Movies presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Auburn Avenue Research Library

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Atlanta Expos, Fairs, Festivals, Food Trucks & Farmer Markets (listed by date order, also if there’s no exact date listed, keep checking the website)

 

 

2nd Friday Art Stroll @ Castleberry Hill    KNOW More: www.castleberryartstroll.com 2nd Friday Art Stroll@ Castleberry Hill, Downtown Atlanta

April 12-April 15  ArtLANTA Fair, Fort McPherson, KNOW More: https://www.artlantagallery.com/fair

April 13-April 15  Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Piedmont Park, KNOW More: https://dogwood.org/

April 13-April 22   Atlanta Film Festival,  Plaza Theatre and more venues  KNOW More: http://atlantafilmfestival.com/ 

 

April 14-June 2  Georgia Renaissance Festival   KNOW More:   http://www.garenfest.com/     Fairburn, GA

April 21- April 22  Atlanta Arab Festival, ALIF Institute, KNOW More: www.alifinstitute.org

April 21-April 22   Taliah Waajid presents World Natural Hair, Healthy Lifestyle Event,  Georgia International Congress Center, College Park, KNOW More: www.naturalhair.org

April 28-April 29 Inman Park Spring Festival, Inman Park, near the MARTA station KNOW More: http://inmanparkfestival.org/ 

 

May 12 & May 13  Auburn Avenue SpringFest,  230 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Downtown Atlanta  KNOW More: http://www.sweetauburn.com/sweetauburnfestivals

 

May 18-May 20, Marietta Greek Festival, Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta  KNOW More: http://mariettagreekfestival.com/

 

May 19- May 28  Yarab Shrine Circus & Fair, John R. Miller Park, Marietta  KNOW More: http://www.yaarabshrine.net

 

May 19 & May 20  Malcolm X Festival, West End Park  Atlanta  KNOW More: http://malcolmxfestival.com

Fri, May 25-Sun, May 27     Decatur Arts Festival--Downtown Decatur KNOW More: http://decaturartsfestival.com/  

May 26-27  Atlanta Jazz Festival    KNOW More:  www.atlantafestivals.com  —Memorial Day Weekend)   Atlanta Jazz Festival (Piedmont Park)

 

May 26  Atlanta Caribbean Carnival  KNOW More:  http://www.atlantacarnival.org  Downtown  Atlanta

 

May 31- June 3    Atlanta Food & Wine Festival    KNOW More: http://atlfoodandwinefestival.com/ Atlanta Food & Wine Festival    Midtown Atlanta

 

June 1 & June 3   Candler Park Music Festival  Downtown Atlanta KNOW More: http://candlerparkmusicfestival.com/

 

June 2 & June 3   Atlanta Women’s Expo, Georgia World Congress Center  Downtown

Atlanta KNOW More:   http://www.atlantawomensexpo.com

 

Sept   NBAF(aka: National Black Arts Festival)    KNOW More: www.NBAF.org  various locations, Atlanta

 

August 22-26   Bronzelens Fim Festival of Atlanta   KNOW More: www.bronzelens.com  BronzeLens Film Festival   Atlanta 

 

October  19-21  Taste of Atlanta     KNOW More: www.Tasteofatlanta.com   Annual Taste of Atlanta  Midtown Atlanta (new location: Old 4th Ward)

 

Neighborhood Festivals(subject to change):

Taste of Alpharetta (May 3) KNOW More: www.alpharetta.ga.us

Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes (May 19) KNOW More: www.kirkwoodfling.com

Virginia Highlands/SummerFEST   (June 9 & 10) KNOW More: http://www.vahi.org/summerfest.html   

East Atlanta Strut  (September 22)  KNOW More: http://eastatlantastrut.com/

Buckhead Arts Festival (Sept 22-Sept 23)  KNOW More: http://www.buckheadartsfestival.com/ 

 

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Feb 15-19, 2017

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Wed, Feb 15- Sun, Feb 19, Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St, Midtown Atlanta 30308  Tickets are on sale now:   http://foxtheatre.org/   

As Mr. Ailey once declared, “I want to hold up a mirror to my audience that says ‘This is the way people can be; this is how open people can be.’” Now more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us all together, connected by our common humanity. That’s why we say: you don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it. This February, engage your emotions when Ailey returns with the latest acclaimed premieres, plus Mr. Ailey’s Revelations, an enduring masterpiece that transcends differences to unite us in hope.

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NBAF 2015 Line Up: Focus on "DANCE"

9586828453?profile=originalhead-NBAF-SEASON-960pxNews: National Black Arts Festival announces 2015 line-up with focus on the art of dance

Step Afrika! will be one of the headliners at this year's National Black Arts Festival.

Step Afrika! will be one of the headliners at this year’s National Black Arts Festival.

From the sacred ring shout to tap, reinvented through funk and hip-hop; from the fiery Cuban Rumba to concert modern dance; from the South African Gumboot dance to Stepping of American black college fraternities, the vibrancy of African dance has resonated as far across the globe as its diaspora.

The art of dance, intensely physical and rhythmically charged — evanescent, but as old as human culture — will take the spotlight during this year’s National Black Arts Festival during a three-month season that begins July 11.

Festival offerings will focus on the artists who have shaped and defined the discipline across a range of dance forms, born of African culture and spanning from the 18th century to today.

A concert series will feature (in chronological order) master tap artist Savion GloverStep Afrika!, based in Washington, D.C.; the revered Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company; and Malpaso Dance Company from Cuba. Conversations and master classes with the artists will surround each concert. 

The performance series is nested inside a festival lineup that includes a gala tribute, two art gallery hops and a participatory dance symposium curated by African dance scholar Thomas DeFrantz, featuring an impressive roster of local and internationally regarded scholars and artists who will engage in conversations and demonstrations, capped by an Olympic-style youth poetry slam competition. 

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Spotlight Series Performance:  

Step Afrika! – “Symphony in Step

Saturday, August 29, 6 p.m.

Based on a new musical score and through its performance of “Symphony in Step,” Step Afrika! offers Atlanta audiences a groundbreaking merger of stepping and classical music in partnership with a local symphony orchestra and gospel choir.  

Members of Step Afrika! will offer a master class for youth, pre-professionals and lovers of dance of all ages and levels of talent.

Tickets: $30 and up ($20 students)

Location: Center Stage Theater, 1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta

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Master Class with Ronald K. Brown

Friday, September 11

Ronald K. Brown offers a master class for youth, pre-professionals and lovers of dance of all ages and levels of talent who are inspired by his innovative, historically and spiritually-rooted modern dance and choreography. A 2015 recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award among many others awards and honors, Brown offers transformational classes and workshops featuring the African and contemporary elements of his blended style.

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Spotlight Series Performance:  

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company and Pre-Performance Conversation

Sunday, September 13, 5 p.m. Pre-Performance Conversation; 6 p.m. performance

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, known for its fusion of African dance with contemporary choreography and storytelling that combines Cuban, Caribbean, West African and modern American dance movement. 

Tickets: $30 and up ($20 students)

Location: Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Dr., Atlanta

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Master Class with Malpaso Dance Company

Friday, September 18

Members of the Malpaso Dance Company offer a master class for youth, pre-professionals and lovers of dance of all ages and levels of talent.

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Malpaso Dance Company and Pre-Performance Conversation about the “State of Dance in Cuba Today”

Saturday, September 19, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $30 and up ($20 students)

Location: Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Dr. Atlanta

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Film Program:

Film Screenings and Conversations: Representing Us: Black Dance in Film  

Curated by Stephane Dunn, Associate Professor and Director of Morehouse College’s Cinema, Television & Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) program. 

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Sunday, July 26, 3 p.m.

The classic musical film Stormy Weather starring Lena Horne and Ben Robinson presents an amazing array of music and dance performances. The film features a performance by the Nicholas brothers, one of the most famous dance scenes in the history of cinema, and showcases performance and choreography by Katherine Dunham and her dancers.

Discussants:  Dr. Stephane Dunn, Morehouse College with Dr. Alessandra Raengo, Emory University  

Tickets: Free

Location: Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta

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Screening of School Daze (1988)

Thursday, August 27, 5 p.m.

This is director Spike Lee’s second feature film and a sharply pointed interrogation of skin color politics at fictional Mission College.  Lee’s now iconic modern musical offers a dazzling display of modern dance numbers.  

Discussants: Dr. Stephane Dunn, Morehouse College with African American Film Critics Association founder and president, Gil Robertson

Tickets: Free

Location:  Bank of America Auditorium, Shirley Massey Leadership Building, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta

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Screening of Rize (2005)

Thursday, September 10, 5:30 p.m.

The screening features the popular, award winning documentary film Rize, in which director and artist David LaChapelle examines South Central Los Angeles youth dance movement and follows the subculture of clowning and krumping.  Popular and critically acclaimed, the film draws parallels between street and African dance forms while mimicking mid-20th century anthropological ritual dance films.

Discussants: Dr. Stephane Dunn, Morehouse College with Rize director David LaChapelle  

Tickets: Free

Location:  Bank of America Auditorium, Shirley Massey Leadership Building, Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta

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Gallery Hop II: “Intersecting Disciplines: Visual/Art/Dance”

Friday, September 18, 6 p.m.

Subscribers are offered a hosted private reception, viewing and tour of the current exhibition, given the opportunity to meet artists, socialize and enjoy dance performances by local dancers featuring different form of traditional, social, modern and contemporary dance at each venue. Participating galleries:

Hammonds House Museum
Exhibition: Albert Chong

Arnika Dawkins Gallery
Exhibition: Gordon Parks American Champion

Tickets: $30 ($25 if purchased before August 15)

- See more at: http://www.artsatl.com/2015/06/news-national-black-arts-festival-announces-2015-line-up-focus-art-dance/#sthash.sgyiBYXB.dpuf

website: www.nbaf.org

Credit: ARTATL

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