Jessica Guynn and Nicquel Terry Ellis USA TODAY Published 9:37 PM EDT Mar 11, 2019 ATLANTA — Over an iPad and a cup of tea, Marcus Blackwell Jr. is talking up his mobile app that uses music to help kids learn math. Sitting across from him at a sleek wood table is Jewel Burks Solomon who, after selling her startup to Amazon, invests time and money in helping other entrepreneurs make their mark in the tech industry. As Blackwell shows off how algebra formulas in Make Music Count play melodies and chords from popular hip-hop and pop songs, Solomon counsels him on everything from how to get exposure to how to land funding for his app. This kind of informal coaching session happens hourly in cafes all over San Francisco and Palo Alto, California. The difference here: Nearly everyone in this room is black. Welcome to the city that's emerging as the nation's black tech capital. For a growing number of African-Americans in the tech world, Atlanta is beckoning. Weary of … [Read more...] about Black entrepreneurs part of new migration to Atlanta
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It was the summer of 1992 and Tom Brown was warming up for the biggest sporting event of his life. He held the pads outside in the sunshine as young British hopefuls jabbed and hooked, dreaming of the knockout punch that would earn them golden glory. Bonnyton in Kilmarnock was swapped for Barcelona as Tom travelled abroad to help these talented boxers become Olympic heroes. Aged 56 and a highly-respected amateur boxing coach, Tom had been roped into the Team GB coaching set-up for the 1992 Olympic Games. It was the highlight of a long, distinguished career in the fight game after first picking up gloves as a 12-year-old boy. Tom and his fellow Team GB coaches were joined on their Spanish mission for medals by 10 British boxing Olympians. One of them, 21-year-old Englishman Robin Reid, would return home with a bronze when the Games ended. Another Team GB athlete would go on to steal the show with a blistering performance – and become one of the country’s greatest ever … [Read more...] about Kilmarnock boxing legend Tom Brown on six decades in fight game
Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 6:24 AM EST Jan 29, 2019 ATLANTA — More than any other singular reason, the world’s biggest annual sporting event is here this week because of a sparkling new stadium and a city that was willing to generate hundreds of millions of tax dollars to help pay for it. And Mercedes-Benz Stadium is indeed an architectural marvel with its distinct angular panels on the outside, a roof that opens and closes like an oculus and a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree wraparound scoreboard. Visually striking and functional, it will eventually host every major national event from the Final Four next year to likely the World Cup in 2026. “It’s the finest sports and entertainment facility in the world,” said Dan Corso, president of the Atlanta Sports Council. In the same breath, the venue that will host the 53rd Super Bowl is also a monument to Atlanta’s unique proclivity for building new stadiums at great public … [Read more...] about Super Bowl: Atlanta’s stadiums can draw big events but at what cost?
Crave Pie Studio Run by a self-proclaimed PiEvangelist, this metro Atlanta shop is all about seasonal, locally sourced ingredients: strawberries and rhubarb in spring, peaches and berries in summer, pumpkin and apples in the fall. Their signature Georgia pecan pies are available year-round, fortunately, in maple or chocolate bourbon. cravepie.com Sway The downtown Hyatt Regency’s Sway serves up a nightly all-you-can-pie buffet. Their pastry chef makes at least five full-size pies, three mini pies and assorted pie-in-a-glass parfaits like s’mores and mango yuzu. It even comes with ice cream, delicately flavoured with honey from the hotel’s rooftop hives. hyatt.com Mary Mac's Tea Room Beloved by locals since 1945, this no-frills, down-home Atlanta eatery shares generously portioned pies for dessert, plus a savoury, just as decadent cheese-filled tomato pie side. marymacs.com Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop This is pie in its purest form. Their namesake Buttermilk Pie is a … [Read more...] about 5 of the best pie shops in Atlanta
Bill Theobald and Marco della Cava and Hasan Dudar USA TODAY Published 9:44 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 WASHINGTON – Democrats emerged from Election Day with new claims on a range of governors' mansions and await results from three gubernatorial races that are too close to call, including the closely-contested election in Georgia where Democrat contender Stacey Abrams said that she will not concede. “Votes remain to be counted,” Abrams told cheering supporters at an Atlanta hotel shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. ”There are voices that are waiting to be heard.” Despite a lead held by Republican contender Brian Kemp, Abrams' camp has for days said they would push for a runoff if neither candidate reached 50 percent of the vote. At issue are potentially outstanding votes due a range of claims and counterclaims. Early Wednesday, Abrams and Kemp were awaiting the final count of absentee and provisional ballots. No winners have been declared for Alaska … [Read more...] about Election results 2018: Democrats win 7 new governorships