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Atlanta is a bastion of Black intellectual capital cultivated in music, business and centers of higher education, including Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hailed from Atlanta and attended Morehouse, where he studied under African American intellectuals like Benjamin E. Mays and forged a relationship with a spiritual…

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When Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown — collectively known as Organized Noize — decided to embark on a journey in music in the early 1990s, a music scene barely existed in Atlanta. Overshadowed by hip-hop artists in New York and, at times, Los Angeles, Atlanta artists often failed to achieve national attention. However,…

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For more than 60 years, H.J. Russell & Company has stood as one of the most successful African American real estate companies in the country. Founded by the late business titan and philanthropist Herman Russell, H.J. Russell & Company specializes in real estate development, construction, program management and property management. Today, Russell’s legacy continues to stand strong…

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Marvin Arrington Sr. is a retired Fulton County Superior Court judge and former president of the Atlanta City Council. His son, Marvin Arrington Jr., is a lawyer who serves on the Fulton County Commission representing residents in Atlanta and the communities of East Point, South Fulton, and portions of Union City and College Park. Rolling…

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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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The Slutty Vegan “Slut Mobile” has become one of the most sought-after food trucks in Atlanta since its debut in early August 2018. The powerhouse behind this plant-based food truck phenomenon is Pinky Cole, a decorated television producer and serial entrepreneur, who opened her first brick-and-mortar location in Atlanta’s Westview neighborhood to great fanfare on Jan. 13, 2019. A…

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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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Celebrity chef Ashley Clay is the creator of the Southern Roots Festival — a “culinary tailgating experience” — featuring local restaurants, food vendors and entertainment. The festival-like atmosphere kicked off this week across from Mercedes-Benz Stadium with activities catered to Super Bowl LIII attendees. The event continues through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, near the…

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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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Herbert Greene Jr. is an Atlanta native who has been involved extensively in the field of real estate development and finance since 1981. The Morehouse College graduate is the founder of Urban Suburban, a company engaged in residential and commercial construction, property management and strategic property acquisition. Greene spoke with rolling out about what makes Atlanta unique.…

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