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Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater | Kennedy Center

 

THANK YOU TO THE 2022-2023 AILEY AMBASSADORS
Keith Hill, Coordinator

Nicole Bell
Sylvia Breland

Robert T. Briggs, Jr.
Anita Burns
Roshawn Buxton
Tonya Cook
Darlene Council
Ericka Davis
Charles Duncan
Pam Duncan
Constance Harris
Audrey Johnson
Diane Larche
Julian Smart
Karmel Smith
Kym Treadwell
Rick Treadwell
Ayana Walker
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Dining Outdoors

Hot Spots for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Dining

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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!

Blackowned restaurants are indicated with 2 asterisks(**)

 

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  

 

**Breakfast At Barney's 349 Decatur St SE Unit A1, 30312 404-549-6042

Obsessed with Breakfast at Barney’s! Their extensive brunch menu will make you want to return every weekend. Make sure you finish your meal with their Peach Cobbler and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. https://www.breakfastatbarneys.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

 

**Milk & Honey Restaurant, 5495 Cascade Rd Suite 100 404-968-9266

A contemporary venue with a cheery vibe featuring all-day brunch & Southern specialties. Milk & Honey have award winning Shrimp and Grits, so you’re going to want to try them. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. They may become your new ATL addiction. https://www.milkandhoneyatl.com/

 

Mojave Restaurant, 6450 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs, 30339 770-858-1720

This Latin American gem has one of the best brunch views in the city. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 until 3, brunch is served up with stand-out dishes like the Huevos Rancheros and their French Toast stealing our hearts and bellies. The French Toast is served up with thick slices of challah bread, grilled and draped with a Mexican hot chocolate rum sauce and carmelized bananas. https://www.mojaverestaurant.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

 

**Nouveau Bar & Grill,   3775 Main Street, College Park/ 404-343-675    103 West Mill St, Jonesboro/770-7035168

With live DJ’s and karaoke, it’s always a good time at Nouveau Bar & Grill. Their homestyle cooking is beloved by many. We suggest trying out their chicken wings, and make sure to get waffle fries on the side.  https://nouveaubar.com/

 

**Roc South Cuisine & Cocktails, 3009 Buford Hwy NE,  (Buckhead) Atlanta  404-481-5915

The undisputed Rockstar of Southern food, this restaurant is an icon in its own right. One bite of their Seafood Eggrolls and you’ll be hooked for life. Their refreshing and unique cocktail selection alone will make any visit worthwhile too!  https://www.rocsouth.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

 

Sun In My Belly,   2161 College Ave, NE, Atlanta  404-370-1088

This place does exactly what it says it will. If you’re looking for sunshine in your belly, try their Cajun grilled shrimp served on cheese grits with pork sausage and toasted focaccia. It’s the ultimate Shrimp n’ Grits. http://www.suninmybelly.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

 

**Toast on Lenox, 2770 Lenox Rd, (Buckhead) Atlanta 404-748-4594

Dynamic breakfast & lunch spot with a trendy vibe serving waffles, salads & sides, plus cocktails. https://www.toastonlenoxatl.com/

 

Treehouse Restaurant & Pub,  7 Kings Circle NE, (Buckhead) Atlanta 404-266-2732

There’s an extensive brunch menu on offer at this Peachtree Hills gem. From Belgian Waffles to eggs however you like ’em, there’s something for everyone at Treehouse. There’s even Brunch Pizzas including the Farm Egg Pizza served topped with bacon, potatoes, eggs, and more! https://www.treehouseatlanta.com/

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African American Economics: Real Facts

Financial Monthly Calendar

Making One Financial Adjustment a Month Can Help You Get Your Money in Order

With a new year upon us, it might be time to make a commitment to revisit some aspect of your finances each month. Here are some suggestions:

 

January — Resolve to increase savings.
With each new year, many of us resolve to quit a bad habit, but this year you should resolve to start (or ratchet up) the habit of saving. First, increase your 401(k) deferral by the same percentage as your raise. So, if you currently defer 7 percent of your paycheck to your 401(k) and your annual raise for the current year is 3 percent, increase your 401(k) contribution from 7 percent to 10 percent. You will not miss the money and will benefit from this increased savings down the line. In addition, sign up for an automatic investing program through your bank or mutual fund firm. Start with a manageable amount, like $50 or $100 a month, and increase this amount over time. By having the money automatically debited from your checking account and deposited into a savings or investment account, you miss it less than if you were to deposit the money yourself. 

 

February — Make your  IRA contribution.
You can contribute a total of $4,000 to either a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA for the current year, and you can make your contributions until April of the current year. If you are age 50 or older, you can contribute an additional $1,000 in catch-up contributions for a total of $5,000. To participate in a Roth IRA, your adjusted gross income, or AGI, cannot exceed $95,000 for single filers and $150,000 for joint filers. Contributions and earnings grow tax free with a Roth IRA, and eligible withdrawals are tax-free as well. With a traditional IRA, earnings and contributions grow tax-deferred with eligible withdrawals subject to income tax.

 

March — Avoid the rush and get organized for your current year tax-return filing.
Look out for 1099s and your W-2. To minimize the painful ordeal of completing your tax return, take the time now to gather all the necessary paperwork. By the end of this month, you should have received your W-2 wage statement from each employer, as well as form 1099 from each bank, brokerage firm, investment company and mutual fund in which you invested in_____yr. If you have not received these forms by the end of the month, call the respective institutions immediately to request additional copies. Keep in mind, even if you are not ready to delve into completing your tax return, it is important to have all the paperwork at your fingertips now, as waiting until April can often be too late. On average, it takes banks three to five business days to mail you a duplicate 1099; however, many branches allow customers to come in for a reprinted copy. Additionally, it may take up to a week for shareholders to get duplicate paper copies of their brokerage account or mutual fund 1099s.

 

April — Electronically file your current  tax return. According to the IRS, 65.8 million tax returns were e-filed for the  tax year (an 11.3 percent increase from the year before). When filing your current tax return, you should take advantage of this filing option, as it can result in quicker refunds and fewer errors. Specifically, on average, e-filers get their refunds in half the time of regular filers, and if you e-file and use direct deposit, you can receive your refund in approximately two weeks. In addition, e-filers have a less than 1 percent error rate because the computer software automatically checks your math.

 

May — Use your tax refund to pay down debt.
If you filed your taxes via paper, your refund should arrive about six weeks after you filed, and within 10 days if you filed electronically. Either way, that money will likely arrive in May, so make sure to use it to pay down any outstanding loans. With an average refund of about $2,100 last year, this money can definitely make a dent in your debt.

 

June — Take your car in for a tuneup, so it is in top shape for summer travel.
While this might not sound like a financial tip, it actually is — the worse shape your car is in, the more money you are going to spend on gasoline. With gas prices usually a bit higher during summer months, a poorly tuned car could really hit your pocketbook. For example, be sure to check and replace the air filter regularly, which can provide a fuel economy benefit of up to 10 percent.

 

July — Check your credit and improve your score.
It is important to verify regularly the accuracy of the information in your credit report, and now you can do it for free! Beginning Sept. 1, 2005, the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act enabled everyone living in the United States to obtain a snapshot of his or her credit history once a year for free from each of the three major credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. You can request a copy of your free three-in-one credit report, which provides data from all three credit reporting agencies, through the Web, phone or mail.

Once you know the score, work on improving your credit by setting realistic goals and committing to a timeline for reaching each goal. Given its weight in your overall credit score, the first goal on your list should be paying your bills on time. If necessary, contact your creditors to arrange for a payment plan that you can manage, thereby preventing future late payments. Next, when thinking about which debts to tackle first, generally, credit card debt is the most expensive (i.e., credit cards carry the highest interest rates), followed by car loans, mortgages and student loans, so you should start with credit cards. If you have more than one credit card, pay down those balances that are the largest relative to the credit limit first. While it is best to pay down all your debt completely, you should aim initially to reduce the amount of your total debt to 30 percent of your credit limit. For example, if your credit limit is $1,000, you should reduce your debt to a maximum of $300.

When working to improve your credit, do not accumulate more debt. The best means of prevention is to use debit instead of credit; pay more than the minimum on all your balances; and most important, do not apply for additional credit cards. Finally, remember, no one can improve your credit quickly, so do not seek the services of any organization or person who makes such guarantees. The only person who can improve your credit is you.

 

August — Work on your will.
When work is quiet at the end of summer, take time to evaluate your will, or if you do not have one yet, get one on the books. Approximately 55 percent of Americans do not have wills, which can put your family in a precarious situation should you die unexpectedly. While no one likes to talk about death, it is important to get your affairs in order, especially if you have children. If you have a fairly straightforward estate, you may even be able to write your own will using a software product such as Will Maker. However, if your estate is more complicated, you should seek the advice of an estate attorney in your home state, as laws regarding wills vary state by state. As your financial and personal situation may change year over year, be sure to commit to revisiting your will annually and making updates as appropriate.

 

September — It's back to school time … be sure to invest in a Coverdell Education Savings Account.
Depending on your income, you can invest up to $2,000 a year in a Coverdell Education Savings Account. Your investment options include mutual funds, a savings account or a brokerage account (through which you can invest in individual stocks and bonds). Although your contributions are not tax deductible, the money you invest grows tax-free, and all withdrawals from the account are tax-free as well, provided you use them for qualified education expenses. These expenses go beyond just tuition and include books, school supplies, computers and many other education-related expenses. Anyone can contribute to an education savings account on behalf of his or her child, so long as the total annual contributions do not exceed $2,000.

 

October — Complete a home energy audit to prepare for winter.
A home energy audit is one of the best things you can do to cut down on energy costs, and it can result in hundreds of dollars in savings. Many local energy companies offer a free online audit service that lets you enter information about your home to determine what your energy costs should be. Other energy companies or outside organizations offer in-home audits by an energy auditor for a fee, which typically ranges from $100 to $500.

 

November — Start your holiday shopping.
There are several advantages to starting your shopping early. First, you are not rushed and you can take the time to find the right gifts at a good price. Next, by starting early, you have more pay periods before year-end, and you can effectively budget without having to rack up debt by rushing to buy all your presents the week before Christmas. Additionally, you can take advantage of lots of sales, including end-of-fall closeouts, Veteran's Day sales and, of course, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

 

December — Take advantage of last-minute tax strategies.
Before the holiday parties begin, make sure that you have made all your current tax moves, such as donating to the charity of your choice, contributing to a 529 for your child and making early mortgage or property tax payments. These moves can benefit you at tax time, but they must be done before Dec. 31, so be sure to make your tax moves as early in the month as possible so as to not be scrambling on Dec. 30.

Three SBA Loan Programs Help Bridge Small Business Finance Racial Gap

Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Capital Management (arielmutualfunds.com) in Chicago, is ABC News' personal finance expert. Matthew Yale and Aimee Z. Daley contributed to this report.

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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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