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New ABL chair wants to continue to grow, scale Black-owned businesses in metro Atlanta

At 32, Ryan Wilson will be one of the youngest chairmen in the organization’s 90-year history.  By Allison Joyner On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Atlanta Business League (ABL) starts its 90th-anniversary celebration with a new board of directors chaired by the CEO and co-founder of The Gathering Spot Ryan Wilson.  “I’m focused on Black folks. […]

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New air filtration systems in APS facilities help keep students, faculty and staff safe

By Allison Joyner With its first semester of in-person learning almost in the books, it appears the investment in a new air filtration system has helped  Atlanta Public Schools (APS).  “Getting the air circulating, especially now that the mask mandate is optional, I think we didn’t have any pushback from staff about the options,” said […]

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Switchboard: A place for self-reflection and meeting your anonymous neighbor

How can we build community during a time when we feel so far apart? Lauren Russell’s solution: a community audio diary. Switchboard is open for anyone to anonymously leave a voicemail or send a text message, which is posted to their Instagram page.  Russell started Switchboard last November because she was “really curious about connecting […]

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Atlanta chapter of national nonprofit launches campaign to help COVID-19 relief efforts in India

Sewa International is a Hindu faith-based organization helping Atlantans support India.  By Allison Joyner With the number of cases of COVID-19 spreading at an alarming rate in India, a metro Atlanta chapter of a global nonprofit organization has been helping to send relief to those in need.  “A lot of people are suffering right now […]

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COVID-19 causes graduation restrictions for the second year in a row

Graduation season has started this month with some new adjustments to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. By Allison Joyner At many institutions, an in-person graduation ceremony was out of the question for 2020 graduates, and that included me.  In September 2019, I completed the requirements to receive my Master’s in journalism from Syracuse University […]