Posts Tagged ‘Georgia’

The Unstoppable Force Of Athens

In Events, MAGAZINE on June 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

#BIDSMAG recently had a shoot at Hotel Indigo with some of Athens finest for the cover of the next issue, The Classic City Collectors Edition. This issue features some of Athens elite artists, models, and more. Take a look to see a small piece of what you should expect to see in the next issue. 

Street Queen Tempestt Monique

Elite The Showstoppa of The Showtime Band

CEO of Blue Up Ent

One Half of the spoken word group African Soul

Damon Evans, Bigg Breezey, Elite Tha Showstoppa


In MAGAZINE on April 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

The 1st Annual Athens Hip Hop Awards (AHHA), a tribute to Urban culture, musical talent and business owners in Athens, Ga will be held on Aril 28, 2013, at UGA Hotel and Conference Center, 1197 S. Lumpkin St. Athens, Ga.

Special invited celebrity guest: Travis Porter, Diamond, DG Yola, Rich Kidz, Pastor Troy, Yung LA. Khia, Charlie Boy Gang & more… Performances by:

The AHHA program is as follows:
5:30 p.m. Red Carpet/ Nominees, presenters and performers
6:00 p.m. Doors open to general public 17 & up (No jeans or t shirts)
6:30 p.m. Pre Show
7:00 p.m. Awards Show
9:45 p.m. Meet & Greet


For more information call 678 740 3884 OR

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In MAGAZINE on July 25, 2012 at 2:28 am


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Ace Alexander Receives 2012 “African American Men in Gospel” Honor

In Events, MAGAZINE on July 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Award winning national radio personality and Airplay 360 founder, Ace Alexander was recently honored by Dekalb County Georgia Commissioner Stan Watson as a tribute to African American Men in Gospel.

ATLANTA – Award winning national radio personality and Airplay 360 founder Ace Alexander was recently honored as part of a special tribute to African American men in gospel radio. Dekalb County Commissioner Stan Watson recognized Alexander and other Atlanta-based radio announcers for their efforts in “maximizing the airwaves to inspire, encourage and uplift.”

A two-time Stellar Award nominee, Alexander has participated in several charitable causes including work with the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association ‘Power to End Stroke’ campaign, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness and North Atlanta homelessness. For his community outreach, Alexander is a two-time recipient of the Central South Distribution REACH Award.

Alexander’s Afternoon Praise Party show is broadcast on Sheridan Gospel Network and is heard in over 40 radio markets across the U.S.

About Ace Alexander
Known as the “Music Commander” to his listeners, Ace Alexander is an award winning national radio personality, inspirational speaker, facilitator, voice-over talent and founder of Airplay 360, a music industry online magazine for independent Christian and gospel artists. A 23-year broadcast veteran, Alexander’s radio experience covers multiple formats including gospel, urban, adult contemporary, blues and talk.

Micheal Jordan’s Back!!!!

In Mixtapes on July 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Its 4th quarter, who wants it?
Coming Soon!!!

Amelia Hutchings….Tha Bomb

In MAGAZINE, STREET QUEENS on June 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm


Name: Amelia Hutchings
Facebook:Amelia Hutchings
Twitter:@Ame Hutchings
Hobbies: Love to Read, Meet new people and love to workout

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Georgia Vs The KKK

In MAGAZINE on June 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm


by Alicia W. Stewart, CNN

(CNN) –“All we wanna do is adopt a highway,” said April Chambers, secretary of the  North Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. “We’re not doing it for publicity. We’re doing it to keep the mountains beautiful. People throwing trash out on the side of the road … that ain’t right.”

For many Americans, the Ku Klux Klan has been a symbol for terrorism, racism and evil in America, synonymous with burning crosses, lynchings and hooded men.

Even today, the name evokes vociferous discussion about the rights of a local group to adopt a highway in North Georgia, which was recently denied.

Overheard on Reader ‘feeling a bit dirty’ for agreeing with KKK on litter pickup

But is the latest effort to adopt a highway an introduction of a new era of a kinder, gentler Klan or merely an effort to gain attention? After more than a century and a half, what is the Ku Klux Klan today?

“We’re not racists,” Chambers told CNN Monday. “We just want to be with white people. If that’s a crime, then I don’t know. It’s all right to be black and Latino and proud, but you can’t be white and proud. I don’t understand it.”

Harley Hanson, who filed the application to adopt the highway for the International Keystone Knights Realm of Georgia, concurred:  “I love my race. Does that make me wrong? I’m proud to be white,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia official: KKK won’t be allowed to ‘adopt’ highway

Today, when speaking to leaders of the Klan, you won’t hear racial epithets or a denunciation of any ethnic groups.

“We do not hate anyone,” said Frank Ancona, the imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. “The true Ku Klux Klan is an organization that is looking out for the interests of the white race. It is a fraternal organization, and we do good works.”

Ancona’s words are a contrast to criminal acts historically associated with the Klan – a divergence from intimidating images of hooded figures with lit crosses cutting through a dark night.

“We look out for the interest of our family first, I feel that other races feel the same way – it’s a natural instinct, ” he adds.

After all, who can argue with anyone about taking care of one’s loved ones or cleaning up a national highway?

“These groups are interested in the press they know they are going to get off this – it doesn’t have anything to do with improving the world,” said Mark Potok, editor in chief of the Intelligence Report, which tracks hate groups and extremists for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Potok concludes that it is not a kinder, gentler Ku Klux Klan but merely a sign of the times.

“Even the Klan recognizes there is no way that they can recreate America as an all-white country,” he said.

The group began as a fraternal organization, founded by Confederate veterans after the Civil War. At its height, Ku Klux Klan members were politicians, advertising gurus, journalists, businessmen and women with powerful political and social influence.  In the 1920s, membership swelled to 4 million to 5  million, fueled in part by the popularity of  “A Birth of a Nation,” a 1915 silent film that extolled the virtues of the Klan.  The civil rights era witnessed a resurgence of the group, and it still exists today with 4,000 to  5,000 members nationally.

“I wonder why they characterize us as a hate group? Who do we hate?”  Ancona said. “I know what the perception is; people come up to us and they hate us.”

When speaking to him via phone, Ancona insists that there is a not a “rebranding” of the KKK.  Instead, there is a focus on the original values of the Klan that have been distorted by “rogue” members and a mischaracterization by media.

“We are doing all we can to dispel the negative images,” said Ancona. “If we find out one of our members was charged with a crime, or immoral behavior, we might give them a warning first, but we try to keep a tight eye on that. We have a thorough screening process to weed out troublemakers. I can only speak for the Traditional Knights, but none of our members are criminals.”

Ancona sends out Twitter messages, has a modest following and speaks earnestly about the traditions of the Klan.  He speaks with special conviction when talking about the standard by which he strives to live.

“Jesus Christ is our criteria of character. If you look at Romans 12:1-2,  that is how Klans are  supposed to live, that is the standard, ” he explained. “We do not burn the cross, we light the cross to show that Christ is the light of the world.”

When pressed for how historical killings intersect with with Christian teachings of loving one another, he answers that the criticism the group faces is similar to the contempt directed at his example.

“We do this even though we know we will be hated and scorned, we sacrifice and serve for what’s right – to uphold the principle that were taught by Jesus Christ of Nazareth and ensure that we give our children and their grandchildren America we had.”

An independent contractor, Ancona says he is not paid for his work leading the Midwest chapter. He does the work “because I feel that I am doing something good for my fellow man.”

He believes there is nothing hateful in the Klan bylaws and contends that while the organization has had  “a dark past,” it is not dissimilar to that of the action of some priests actions in the Catholic Church  or a producer cutting misleading clips in on a story about George Zimmerman: you don’t judge the whole for a few bad parts.

“I would want people to know that we are here, and we are not to be feared. The Klan is looking out for the white race, to preserve our rights and our history. The Klan looks out for America as our forefathers did.”

Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League, characterizes Ancona’s group as “sort of the big dog” of the Ku Klux Klan now.

Pitcavage is a former military historian who began researching militia minutemen and later right-wing extremism.  He characterizes the  Klan as “group of hard-core white supremacists that are motivated by a belief that the white race is in danger of extinction.”

He says white supremacy is composed of  five main movements: Neo-Nazis, traditional white supremacist groups, racist skinheads, racist prison gangs and Christian Identity, whose religious adherents believe they are descended from lost tribes of Israel.

The current Klan is not one cohesive group, and is considered one of the traditional white supremacist groups, which emerged in the the civil rights era.

“The situation that existed in the 1950s and ’60s simply does not exist. The white supremacists are no longer in charge. They are now fighting for the very survival of the white race, and they have to fight to protect,” said Pitcavage. “This is a fundamental difference of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s and today in the 21st century.”

In the past 60 years, several chapters of the Klan have made efforts to be involved in more civic-minded projects, such as adopting highways.

The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – the Harrison, Arkansas, group that David Duke once led – tried doing it. There was also a group in Missouri  that won a lawsuit to adopt a highway, and most recently, the North Georgia group that was denied the permit.


In MAGAZINE on June 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm


It appears that Baton Rouge rap artist Lil Phat has been shot and killed in a town outside of Atlanta, Ga. The incident happened earlier today, Thursday, and his name was recently released as Melvin Vernell, III. Now unless there is another guy with the exact same name who has the exact same inner circle of people who are tweeting “RIP Lil Phat”, we can deem this story as true. It’s very unfortunate and our condolences go out to his family and friends. Check out the full news report below.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Early Friday morning police released the name of the man shot and killed outside Northside Hospital Thursday evening.

“The victim of the shooting has been identified as 19-year old Melvin Vernell, III, of Corbin Lake Court in Sandy Springs,” said Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department, in an email to 11Alive News at 12:30 am Friday. “Detectives have not determined a motive as yet.”

An intense search continues for the person — or possibly two people — who shot and killed Vernell.

Police had initially said the victim appeared to be in his 40s. They have not yet released descriptions of the shooter or shooters.

At about 6:40 pm Wednesday, Vernell was shot several times in the parking deck a short walk from the entrance to the Women’s Center at Northside Hospital.

He was pronounced dead later that night in Northside Hospital’s E.R.

Police said witnesses saw possibly two men running away from the shooting.

The hospital went on lockdown for two hours.

Police searched the entire hospital complex.

They are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance camera video as they try to establish who shot Vernell, and why.

One of the patients inside the Women’s Center is Kristin Dooley, there to have a baby.

“I was in my hospital bed and I heard what I thought were gunshots. So I mentioned to my husband that that’s what I thought it was. People were running in all different directions. There were nurses running out and there were cops running. At that point they put the hospital on lockdown.”

“He was shot multiple times next to his car in the parking deck,” Rose said Wednesday night. “It’s a hot scene, now. We want to work as much and get as much as we can while we’re here to develop at least an idea of maybe who this was or what the motive was.”

“Not what you expect when you go in to have a baby,” Dooley said.