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Here are the top five reasons why Atlanta Metropolitan State College is the college for the ATL: The No. 1 reason: Simply because Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC) is No. 1. No. 1 graduation rate in the University System of Georgia for the associate’s degree. No. 1 graduation rate for African Americans for associate’s degree. No.…

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BET’s newest show “Boomerang” puts a fresh spin on a Black classic by giving new life to an old love story.  Released in 1992, Boomerang, the film, starred Robin Givens as maneating corporate exec Jacqueline Boyer, Eddie Murphy as the office lothario Marcus Graham and Halle Berry as Angela, Graham’s girl-next-door love interest. The movie highlighted big business…

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Human trafficking involves the exploitation of someone for a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud or coercion. It is a scourge on society as a whole and the city of Atlanta in particular.  Cassandra Kirk, Fulton County Magistrate Court Chief Judge, is working with others in the city to stop it. Kirk serves on the…

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Successful real estate professional Kimberly Hutchens enjoys her work with Keller Williams Realty Consultants, which involves showing out-of-towners, new transplants and existing residents looking for a place to live in the Atlanta area all of the diverse housing options, great neighborhoods and cultural amenities the city has to offer. She discovered it for herself after visiting one summer…

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Dr. Roderick Edmond is the distinguished founding and managing partner of Edmond Lindsay & Atkins LLP, an Atlanta law firm specializing in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morehouse College, a medical degree from Duke University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. Throughout his…

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An avid cigar smoker for a decade, Octavia Toliver is the founder and CEO of HERficionado — a female-friendly cigar network whose platform has grown substantially in only two years. True to the growing culture of cigar events and promotions, Toliver grew tired of frequenting bars where she was among a handful of women outnumbered…

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Terry Brantley is an Atlanta native with a rich family legacy in entrepreneurship and the son of the first African American auto dealer in the city. He is currently the managing member of Brantland LLC, a company that has been an investor and developer of various asset classes of real estate throughout the Southeast. Headquartered in…

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Ariaka Daily is the founder and CEO of Virgin Hair Depot — a minority, female-owned hair extension franchise — where she oversees day-to-day operations, brand visibility, expansion and development. Given her staunch work ethic and loyal customer base for her incredible extensions, it wasn’t long before Ariaka developed her grassroots company into a franchise that…

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For Fredrick Hicks, politics is more than a prestigious profession or means to earn a paycheck. Like red blood cells, politics runs in his veins. It’s a way of life — his raison d’être. “Politics is my ministry,” said Hicks, founder and CEO of Hicks Evaluation Group (HEG) LLC, a political consulting firm in the Atlanta area. “This is my way that I get…

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This Is It! BBQ & Seafood is dedicated to Southern culinary excellence and its founder, Shelley “Butch” Anthony III, has set a new standard for family and business dining. This Is It! continues to forge ahead toward greater heights in expanded markets across the country and internationally. The seeds for Anthony’s entrepreneurial spirit were planted…

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 Praise Jackson is founder and CEO of Elements of Delight, an agency that provides brand strategy and image consulting services. The Georgia State University graduate spent most of her professional career in the model and talent industries. Jackson, who started her company in 2014, has worked with some of the best and brightest in entertainment,…

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Robert James graduated from Georgia State University College of Law in 1999. He began his legal career in the Rockdale County District Attorney’s office. He later joined the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office, where he was a special prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Unit until 2006 when he was elected DeKalb County solicitor-general. During his…

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Since Harlem was recognized for its Renaissance in the 1920s, people have been seeking the next place to tout as a Black mecca — a place that attracts people and the dreams of those living there. The definition holds steady, but does the location? In 1973, Black communities and progressive Whites brokered the deal that made…

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Dr. Winston Carhee is founder and director of Pain 2 Wellness Center LLC in Atlanta. He completed his pre-medical training at Morehouse College, received his doctorate of chiropractic degree from Life University and holds post-graduate certifications from The Injury Specialists. He is active in the community, including in the Georgia Chiropractic Association and 100 Black Men of Atlanta. What…

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Known as “The Empowerment Juggernaut,” Destiny Inspire is an expressive speaker, life coach, author and CEO of Destiny Inspire LLC. Her focus is empowering, impacting and inspiring others to create the life they desire and were designed to live. She has spoken to hundreds of women and youth and conducted workshops at colleges, universities and…

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