Entries by King Williams

The Atlanta Jazz Festival and the future of events conversation with James Pulliam


By King Williams   The 42nd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival took place over Memorial Day weekend. While the event a success by many metrics, it is still facing the pressures of changing times. In order to address these changes proactively, the Atlanta Jazz Festival has in 2019 partnered with Concert Logic, the brainchild of Morehouse […]

I love Jay-Z but please don't gentrify your neighborhood


Last week, multi-hyphenate rapper and entrepreneur, Jay-Z performed at the recent grand re-opening of the historic Webster Hall performance venue in New York City.During his set, he took time to address the murder of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle in a brief freestyle that took off on Twitter, and was widely discussed on daytime talk shows.

Nipsey Hussle, new developers Ryan Gravel, Donray Von and transforming The Mall West End


By King Williams “When we speak of place-making, we assume that the place being made was devoid of life, culture and context. Place-making indicates that nothing exists. It is inherently colonialist. Place-keeping uplifts an area’s culture, provides resources and enriches.” – Miranda Kyle, Atlanta Beltline Arts and Culture Program Manager On the afternoon of Sunday, […]

The future of Metro Atlanta transit is pending on Gwinnett County


By King Williams Gwinnett County, the soon-to-be-largest county in Georgia by population, is the state’s most diverse county – representing a microcosm of what the future of American politics and economic development could look like. Gwinnett currently is a majority-minority county, meaning that no racial or ethnic group dominates its population. Gwinnett’s county-level leadership on […]

$100 Billion


On Jan. 11, MARTA CEO Jeff Parker stood before the audience of the 6th annual State of MARTA address announcing that within the next few decades the metro Atlanta area would need to invest $100 billion in new transit & developments to meet future needs by 2045.