Renowned artist Miya Bailey chats about art in Atlanta and future projects

Renowned artist Miya Bailey brings a lot to Atlanta’s creative scene, from the notoriety he attained as one of the best tattoo artists in the city, to the community center he established in the bustling Castleberry Hill historic district. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, this art icon is proud to now call Atlanta home. When […]

Shakur Stevenson, Nico Ali headline boxing showcase of the young and mighty

It went down over the weekend at State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta. It’s not every day that ATLiens and guests of the city are treated to top-shelf boxing on Oct. 23. The night, presented by Top Rank Boxing featured up-and-coming superstar Shakur Stevenson and boxing veteran Jamel Herring and also showcased some of the […]

5 legends of hip-hop treat a packed out ATL crowd to 1 memorable night

It was a sold-out night of hip-hop on Saturday, August 31 2021 at Mable House Amphitheatre featuring five legends of hip-hop: KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee and Kwame. The energetic crowd endured packed parking lots and sweltering Atlanta heat, but at the end of the day, they were treated to an evening of […]

Chef Dwayne Matthews introduces Buttnaked Creole seasoning

Combat veteran and chef Dwayne Matthews describes himself as a man that has worn many hats during his life. After leaving the Army as a 16T (Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator), Matthews suffered from undiagnosed PTSD. He struggled to find balance, but he knew that his passion to cook and create in the kitchen was […]

Wade Ford kicks off fall concert series with a host of R&B legends

It was an evening filled with hot weather and good music. On Aug. 1, 2021, Wade Ford kicked off its concert series at Mable House Amphitheatre with a host of R&B legends. The concert series continues through Oct. 2021, but on this night, the packed crowd was treated to great stage performances by industry veterans […]

K.A. Williams’ solo exhibit, ‘If Not Now ….. When?’ thrills art lovers

It was an unbelievable weekend for Atlanta art and culture July 23-25, 2021. Kevin Williams, aka @artbywak, exhibited some remarkable pieces in his ” IF NOT NOW …. WHEN? exhibition, which was held at the Mint Atlanta Gallery  and curated by @dubelyoo. The Artist’s Talk was moderated by none other than @miyabailey, and it was […]

Visual artist Jamaal Barber making mark in worlds of art and education

Jamaal Barber is a visual artist who wants his artwork to speak to all aspects of Black life. He has received accolades for his pieces in both the worlds of art and education. For example, The New York Times  commissioned and published illustration  Black Art in America and Emory University he participated by providing print […]

Erika Wright launches nonprofit U First to aid people experiencing homelessness

“Love is a gift from God. Our mission is to provide essential hygiene items to people experiencing homelessness.” — Erika Wright Erika Wright is the founder and lead organizer of  U First, a grassroots nonprofit organization that focuses on giving to those who don’t have access to basic necessities. She started U First (also known […]

Courtney Brooks curates Juneteenth ‘Expressions of Freedom’ exhibit in Atlanta

As Juneteenth celebrations come to a close, Atlanta still remains a hub for Black American art, culture and entertainment. Year-round, there are and continue to be multiple art events in the city and surrounding areas that focus mostly on the Black experience. Artist and curator Courtney Brooks displayed a cutting-edge exhibit on Saturday, June 19, […]

Rapper Syd Jones takes center stage with ‘Visions’

It’s springtime in Atlanta where live performances normally happen every night, but for the last year, living in a pandemic has made concert-goers crave the presence of live music and art. Rapper and show promoter Syd Jones gave us both on Friday, April 9, as the headliner of “Visions,” a live concert featuring artistic photographic […]

Artist Petie Parker inspired by heartbreak and healing

Petie Parker, a former web design specialist and corporate manager, has set his sights on the red-hot Atlanta art scene. Specializing in portraits, murals, and a winner of Atlanta’s L5P signal box contest, Parker is showing his first solo exhibit “Heart Breaks and Heroes” at Hidden Gallery located in Peters Street Station. Rolling out got […]

14 artists explore life in shadow of a pandemic in new exhibit

It’s been about a year since the last major urban fine arts exhibit was held in Atlanta. The pandemic has shut down many events, yet the arts community continues to thrive. Fourteen Atlanta artists are sharing personal works in a new group exhibition that opened this month titled “Hidden Truths.” The exhibition asks two questions: […]

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