By King Williams The TransFormation Alliance (TFA) is a diverse collaboration of 30 plus partners – ranging from nonprofits, government agencies, business partners and MARTA. They work in advancing equitable ...
King is a multimedia documentary film director and author based in Atlanta, Georgia. A former intern, turned assistant of film director Spike Lee; Williams has now focused his attention to his upcoming directorial debut ‘The Atlanta Way: A Documentary on Gentrification’ this fall.
Also, Williams is an Associate Producer on the upcoming Sara Burns (the daughter of famed documentarian Ken Burns)/Dave McMahon’s late 2018/19 documentary ‘East Lake’ on East Lake Meadows.
In addition, Williams has given lectures at several universities including Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Georgia Tech, University of Alabama School of Journalism and Emory University. Williams has also given lectures for Teach For America, C5 Georgia Youth Foundation, Atlanta Beltline and for the TEDx brand. Williams is also the co-host, ‘The Neighborhood Watch Podcast’ a podcast on gentrification, urbanism and culture with Dr. Renee Skeete of the CDC.
He is currently working on two novels ‘What To Do When Approaching’, A novel within a novel on finding your path and artistic voice in media and ‘The Gentrification Handbook’ a study guide for gentrification, both books are illustrated by Sara Vogt.
By King Williams The TransFormation Alliance (TFA) is a diverse collaboration of 30 plus partners – ranging from nonprofits, government agencies, business partners and MARTA. They work in advancing equitable transit-oriented development as a pathway to opportunity for every resident in Metro Atlanta, especially in minority communities. Odetta MacLeish-White is their managing director. King Williams: […]
Last month marked the 113th anniversary of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot. The three-day massacre occurred from Sept. 22-24, and once the flames were extinguished, Atlanta was forever changed.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition brings its massively popular event - Atlanta Streets Alive – to the Southwest and Southside of Atlanta. To get a better feel of what Atlanta Streets Alive is, check out last year’s event which shut down 3.1 miles of Peachtree Street from Downtown at Ellis Street to the Colony Square building on 14th Street in Midtown Atlanta.
By King Williams I often get asked if there’s a scenario where gentrification can be good. I fully understand why someone would ask this question, but the answer is a resounding no. After a lengthy and ongoing conversation on both my Instagram and Twitter accounts, I was notified about a particular clip making rounds on […]
Every resident of Atlanta has had the frustration of being asked “oh wow, you’re really from Atlanta?” or being told some asinine version of “you’re the first person I’ve ever met that’s actually from here.”
Back in October of 2018, my second post for Saporta Report was published. In “Let’s build Atlanta as a city, not a suburb” I mentioned a few places I saw around the city and had concerns about. That article mentioned the Turner Hill-Summerhill development, spearheaded by the developer Carter. After a conversation with Carter, I was invited to tour one of their current projects – The MET.
What’s been brewing online and in real life for black Atlanta has finally gone mainstream – Old Atlanta versus New Atlanta. This debate reached critical mass and mainstream media attention recently thanks to Atlanta influencer Isaac Hayes III.
By King Williams On a very warm Tuesday evening, two days before the Fourth of July, I decided to take a run near Stone Mountain Park. Instead of just simply running at the base of the park, I decided to go through Stone Mountain Village. What I saw next really perplexed me. Vacancies abound, no […]
I’m one of those rare people actually born and raised in Atlanta, and I spent a lot of my formative years at my godfather’s home off Flat Shoals Avenue. During the 90’s- early 2000’s I watched the eastside change first-hand. I saw East Lake, Kirkwood and Downtown Decatur transform, but East Atlanta - more specifically the village - was particularly interesting.