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This Week in Black History: Feb. 13-19

Feb. 13 The Renaissance, the first black pro basketball team organized in New York in 1923. Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day Morehouse College of Atlanta was founded as Augusta Institute in 1867. Frederick Douglass, newspaper publisher/abolitionist is born, 1817 The late Gregory Hines, dancer/actor born in, 1946.

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OUT and About in Atlanta Feb.13-19-2015

Your arts & entertainment calendar for metro Atlanta. This is an abbreviated listing. Listings may change without notice. LN: Live Nation. TM: Ticketmaster

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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Returns to Atlanta

There are certain cultural events that happen in Atlanta that people look forward to every year. One of them is the return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Fabulous Fox Theater, Feb. 11-15.

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A Flexible Way to Lose Weight And keep it off for a lifetime

When it comes to losing weight, finding an eating plan that offers flexibility and food variety makes it easier to create a sustainable foundation for healthier lifestyle choices.

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YOUR VOICE:Should children who have not been vaccinated be allowed to attend public schools or should the government have the right to restrict our children in this manner?

Mitchell Purvis, Conyers “Children need to be vaccinated to go to school and yes the government should regulate that because if they don’t do who will.”

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State of Atlanta 2015

Atlanta and the metro region are coming out of the Great Recession with the throttle fully open, according to Mayor Kasim Reed’s annual State of the City address given to an audience of business, civic and community people Wednesday (Feb. 4) at the Georgia World Congress Center

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Angela Davis Still an Activist At 71, the Freedom Fighter Battles On

Say the name Angela Davis and, depending upon with whom you speak, a range of opinions, emotions and thoughts automatically ensue.

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LBJ Doesn’t Deserve Credit for Selma

Joseph Califano’s statement that Selma was Lyndon B. Johnson’s idea is patently false. Although the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) had come to Alabama earlier to organize to obtain the right to vote, for me, the Alabama Right to Vote movement began the day the four little girls were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham.

Civic Lessons and Civil Rights

Sam Cooke’s early 1960s pop tune, “Don’t Know Much About History,” was a big hit on the charts. Unfortunately, the gospel and soul star’s lyrics also expressed a reality that still haunts American society. Just Google the phrase “don’t know much about history,” and you’ll see the breadth of the evidence that Americans of all ages are, as a group, woefully ignorant about basic facts of America’s history and its governmental structure.

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Nigeria is at a crossroad

Nigeria, Africa’s so-called giant and the world’s biggest Black nation, is in the news again. And as usual, much of the world is watching with considerable trepidation.

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Diversity at Sundance doesn’t carry over to Hollywood

One of the most buzzed-about movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is “Dope,’’ a coming-of-age story about three outcasts in the inner city.

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OUT and About in Atlanta Feb. 06-12-2015

(Your arts & entertainment calendar for metro Atlanta. This is an abbreviated listing. Listings may change without notice. LN: Live Nation. TM: Ticketmaster) (Send your entertainment or arts listing to: newsroom@theatlantavoice.com.)

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Ne-Yo’s ‘Non-Fiction’ tells the same story

Ahh, Ne-Yo. So much talent - the voice, the songwriting. And yet, somehow, such a boring album. It’s a little crazy-making, truth be told.

Atlanta Hawks Celebrate Black History Month

The Atlanta Hawks are celebrating Black History Month by hosting and honoring heroes of the Civil Rights Movement at each home contest in February.

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The Stars Come Out for The Trumpet Awards

Laila Ali and Dolvett Quince co-hosts

Former boxing champion and TV personality and Laila Ali and fitness expert and celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince of NBC’s “Biggest Loser” will co-host the 23rd Annual Trumpet Awards

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YOUR VOICE: What piece of advice would you share when it comes to purchasing safely from Craigslist?

“If you are buying off of Craigslist my advice is to just be careful and don’t get killed.”

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MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center over licensing

With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years.

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Poor Communities Lose Billions to Predatory Lenders

Payday lenders and pawn shops are more common in poor neighborhoods

Predatory lenders continue to target poor, black and Latino communities, siphoning off $103 billion in fees and interests every year, and the rest of us are paying for it, according to a recent report by United for a Fair Economy. Metro Atlanta and Georgia are among the states in the southeast that have heavy concentration of these businesses.

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METRO NEWS BRIEFS Jan 30 - Feb 05-2015

The Atlanta Hawks honored under the Gold Dome

The Atlanta Hawks made a stop at the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday and were recognized for their sportsmanship, citizenship and significant economic impact to the City of Atlanta.

50 Years of Black Progress

Has Black America made significant progress politically, socially and economically over the past 50 years? This is not only an important question to pose, it is equally important to answer

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