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Ludacris says this year's Luda Weekend will be huge

Ludacris says this year's Luda Weekend will be huge

Atlanta, GA --  Ludacris stopped by the 11Alive studio to let us know that this year's Luda Weekend from 9/1 - 9/5 will be the biggest of the past 10 years.  Probably the biggest spectator event will be on Sunday when he takes on Justin Beiber in a celebrity basketball game that looks to also feature NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.

 

Ludacris, DTP Records, and The Ludacris Foundation, in partnership with Seagrams Gin and Soul by Ludacris Headphones, 

Present The 6th Annual LudaDay Weekend During Labor Day Weekend In Atlanta, GA

 

 

ACVB extends CEO's contract

ACVB extends CEO's contract

ATLANTA -- William Pate will remain at the helm of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau for at least a few more years.

The ACVB executive board voted Wednesday to extend Pate's contract until Dec. 31, 2015.

The new contract includes an increase in salary from $316,000 to $395,000 and a one-time bonus of $85,000 "for exceeding expectations," according to ACVB chairman Ben Shanley.

Other changes to the contract include a reinstatement of annual payments to the supplemental retirement plan and the removal of a $200,000 additional incentive.

"I am enjoying the industry and the people," said Pate, who became president and CEO in 2009. "More importantly, we're making an impact."

Before joining the ACVB, Pate was the chief marketing officer for BellSouth Corp.

Interested in writing a children's book? Learn from acclaimed author Evelyn Coleman

Interested in writing a children's book? Learn from acclaimed author Evelyn Coleman

To Be a Drum: Writing Socially Conscious Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Evelyn Coleman Writing Workshop for Adults

Sunday, July 31. 3:00 p.m. 

Presented in collaboration with the National Black Arts Festival, this workshop, facilitated by renowned author Evelyn Coleman, will explore the craft of creating children’s and young adult literature with memorable characters and settings, strong plots and effective use of language. The workshop will also focus on developing children’s and young adult literature that integrates cultural awareness and social justice.

Auburn Avenue Research Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta 30303

For information call 404.730.4001

“Kick’n It with Bone Crusher” Fundraiser for Boys2Men Home & Sanctuary for Youth, Inc.

“Kick’n It with Bone Crusher” Fundraiser for Boys2Men Home & Sanctuary for Youth, Inc.

Atlanta, GA…The native Atlanta rapper, Bone Crusher, will be launching the first in the “Taking Back Our Future Series” of fundraisers for Boys2Men Home and Sanctuary for Youth. B2M is an organization dedicated to empowering young males by teaching positive and productive life skills during their journey to manhood. Bone Crusher is the guest speaker as well as the headlining performer of the event.

 

Wayne Hardnett Jr., or Bone Crusher as he is better known, grew up in Adamsville (southwest Atlanta). He worked odd jobs as a cook, a carpenter and a bodyguard for several artists until his job at Black Marketing Entertainment. Lil’ John introduced Hardnett to Jermaine Dupri and he was immediately put on his record label So So Def in 2003. His first album AttenCHUN! topped at number 11 on music charts with his hit single “Never Scared” featuring T.I. and Killer Mike.

Simply Successful. Atlanta Artist Presents New Stage Play

Simply Successful. Atlanta Artist Presents New Stage Play

Chicago born, Arkansas Raised Indie Soul Artist Looking to Express Her Talent Finds Her Niche in Theater

Tiffany Roberts is many things to many people: daughter, sister, aunt, friend, wife and mother. Like many women with that level of support uplifting her, Roberts has created an opportunity to turn her talent and passion into an entrepreneurial win. After being laid off in December 2010, Tiffany took a leap of faith and launched her company, Simply Tiffany Soul (www.simplytiffanysoul.com); a platform for her theatrical expressions and a will soon help catapult underground Indie artists in reaching their full potential within the entertainment industry. Following her dreams and aspirations is a fire that just keeps growing inside of her and she wants to share that spark with others that share the same passion. Her goal is to give new artists the tools needed to be successful without as many stumbling blocks as she has had to overcome.

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Derived from popular genres of music like jazz, blues and gospel, rhythm and blues was born. Rhythm and Blues music, which is widely referred to as R&B, is unique in that it has the ability to take on many musical identities, at once. Some say the genre was first identified in Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance, which is known as one of the most prominent cultural movements for African Americans during the 1930’s. However, others think the genre originated in the 1940’s when African Americans began moving to northern cities, creating cultural fusion.  

The music evolved from “race music”, which was an offensive term that referred to the music of African Americans, into jump blues which was known for having a swing boogie, big band sound.