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(Your arts & entertainment calendar for metro Atlanta. This is an abbreviated listing of events taking place in the metro area. Listings may change without notice. LN: Live Nation. TM: Ticketmaster. TA: Ticket Alternative.) (Send your entertainment or arts listing to: newsroom@theatlantavoice.com.)

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Meet the Plastic Surgeons: Three Atlanta-Area Doctors Check In for a New Lifetime Series

Atlanta has reality show fatigue. Shows like The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and Married to Medicine, just to name a few, haven’t exactly painted the city in the best light for many. So given that track record,

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Black Children Experiencing Post-Recession Gains

Eight years after the Great Recession, Black children are prospering in some regards and still struggling in others – this, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, a respected report on child wellbeing issued each year.

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YOUR VOICE: As a new school year starts in the wake of pass accreditation controversies and testing scandals, are we doing enough to prepare our kids for secondary education?

Nicole Butler, Stone Mountain “I definitely think we are. My daughter attends school in DeKalb County and DeKalb has a new superintendent, Dr. Green, who has come in recently and he is going to move things in the right direction.”

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Civil Rights leaders reflect on the signing of the Voting Rights Act

On August 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by then President Lyndon Baines Johnson. It culminated months of protest and an 80 mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March of 1965.

Blackonomics: Blacks also Failed Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland is dead. While many are concentrating on “how” she died, we must also face the reality of “why” she died.

Voter Suppression Overshadows Voting Rights Act Celebration

Thursday, Aug. 6, marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law.

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Today’s Aging Minorities Most Impacted by Poor Finances

Even as the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security, issues of race, class, and access remain recalcitrant barriers to elder security.

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Blacks in Newsroom at All-Time Low Fewer African-Americans since Civil Rights Era

Last week, The Huffington Post offered this bold headline: "There will be more non-white journalists because the public will demand them."

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Former Ferguson cop Darren Wilson opens up about his life in seclusion

Darren Wilson may have been legally vindicated in killing Michael Brown, but in many ways, he doesn't live like a free man.

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Memphis shooting: Suspect in officer's slaying arrested

The man accused of killing an officer in Memphis, Tennessee, has surrendered to authorities, but the case is far from over, the city's police chief said.

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School resource officer sued for allegedly handcuffing children with ADHD

A Kentucky sheriff's deputy now faces a federal lawsuit for handcuffing elementary school children who were acting out as a result of their hyperactivity disorder and other disabilities, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

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GA Is Segregating Troublesome Kids in Schools Used During Jim Crow

Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down facilities and providing them with subpar education, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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YOUR VOICE: What do you think the investigation into the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown will reveal… murder, accident or suicide?

Kwes Zachary, Atlanta “I think it’s going reveal murder. I think all of the signs are pointing to foul play. It just seems a bit too coincidental for anything else in my opinion.”

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Even Though Blacks Borrow More for College, Enrollment Declines

Recognizing that a college degree is one of the surest paths to a job and economic security, Black families are taking on more student loan debt than White and Hispanic families, according to a new report by Wells Fargo.

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Quinn taking up-tempo approach to rebuilding Falcons

As Seattle’s defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn helped lead Seattle to two straight Super Bowls, including one championship. Quinn opens his first training camp as Falcons coach on Friday trying to overhaul Atlanta’s woeful unit.

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SIAC Preseason Report Is It Tuskegee and Albany State again in 2015 SIAC Grid Championship ?

According to the forecasters peering in at the 2015 football season for the 102 year old Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University and The Rams of Albany State University are not only the teams to beat but will return for the conference’ fifth championship game in Montgomery Alabama come November.

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Fakeness Tarnishes Hip Hop

Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson recently filed for bankruptcy and testified in court that despite his flashy public persona, he is only worth $4.4 million.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Residents say sweltering heat persists at Atlanta apartments

Residents of an Atlanta apartment building say the sweltering heat inside is continuing, despite assurances from the building’s managers that the air conditioning has been fixed.

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Legacy of ‘First Lady of the Black Press’ Still Relevant Today

When James McGrath Morris set out to write his latest book, he didn’t know how timely it would be. When Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press hit shelves, Essence magazine had just released its Black Lives Matter issue.

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