Metro Digest: Housing Discrimination Public Hearings Throughout Atlanta

Compiled by Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 8/30/2013, 6 a.m.

The city of Atlanta is conducting housing discrimination public hearings throughout next week.

 (Denied a Place to Live Because of the Country You are from? Lost a Housing Opportunity Because You have Children?)

Monday, September 9, 2013, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Agape Center, 2353 Bolton Road, NW

(How Accessible is Atlanta’s Housing? Denied a Place to Live Because You Use a Wheelchair?)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 6 – 8:30 p.m., The Freight Room/Blue Room, 65 MLK, Jr. Drive, SE

(How Affordable is Atlanta’s Housing? What Makes Housing Unaffordable?)

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Coan Park Center, 1530 Woodbine Street, SE

(Denied a Mortgage Loan to Purchase or Refinance? Victim of Foreclosure or Denied a Loan Modification?)

Thursday, September 5, at Dunbar Center on 477 Windsor Street, SW

Content from these hearings will be submitted to the USHUD, as part of the 2013 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. This study will identify the policies and practices of public and private housing providers that hinder residents from having equal and open access to housing opportunities; a civil right granted to all people under the federal and state Fair Housing Act.

Free refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Metro Fair Housing Services at 404-524-0000

Students From Atlanta Public Schools Earned AP® Scholar Awards

ATLANTA – The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) announced that 85 high school students from Atlanta Public Schools (APS) have earned AP® Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams this year.

 APS students earned the award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 out of 5 or higher. 

 80 students are from Henry W. Grady High School, three students are from Carver School of the Arts, and two students are from South Atlanta School of Law & Social Justice.  The students will receive their certificates in the mail next month and the awards will also be noted in any official score reports sent to colleges, universities, and scholarship programs.

Atlanta Native Kelly

Rowland Headlines Black Gay Pride Weekend

Kelly Rowland returns home to headline the Atlanta Black Gay Pride event, “Labor Day Rock 2013.” Rowland will perform August 31 at 595 North Event Center. The event runs from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. 

Black Gay Pride Weekend ends Tuesday Sept. 3. The host hotel, which is where many of the Atlanta Black Pride events will take place, is the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown at 125 10th Street.

Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride is filled with workshops, parties, dinners, music, fashion, and more, all aimed to celebrate and empower the LGBT community.

For more information, visit http://www.atlantaprideweekend.com.

WIFTA Opens 2013

Tuition Scholarship

Application Period

ATLANTA – The 39th Annual Women in Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA) Anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony is October 20 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

At the ceremony, a WIFTA Tuition Scholarship will be presented to a promising student. It’s WIFTA’s mission to support women working in (or striving to be) a part of the TV/Film/screen-based moving images industry and building a legacy of strong females in the industry.

The application period for the 2013 WIFTA Tuition Scholarship is now open. And any female student studying a Film/TV related discipline is encouraged to apply. The complete eligibility criteria and application are both available at: http://www.wifta.org/student_scholarship

The deadline for all applications and required materials is September 30.

UnitedHealthCare Hosts Third Annual Black Movie Classics

ATLANTA – The third annual Black Movie Classics Series, hosted by UnitedHealthcare, educates Atlanta-area Medicare beneficiaries about their healthcare coverage options, while celebrating seminal works of black cinema.

The upcoming free event will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, at Pittman Park Recreation Center, 950 Garibaldi St. SW Atlanta, GA 30310. A screening of the 1943 Academy Award-nominated musical “Cabin in the Sky” will follow the Medicare education seminar at this event. 

For more information, call 1-888-396-0645.