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Meet the Atlantan on We tv's new 'Bachelor'-like reality show

Meet the Atlantan on We tv's new 'Bachelor'-like reality show

ATLANTA -- Ladies, would you go on national tv to find love if you knew finding love came with being scrutinized by his mother and his pastor?

Eh, I don't know, but that's what 29-year-old Brandy Commodore from Atlanta did when she decided to be one of 24 women who would vie for the attention of We tv's first African-American bachelor in their new reality television series "Match Made in Heaven."

Tastemaker Magazine caught up with Brandy to find out what we should expect from the premiere and why she decided to try to find love on national television. Check out the full interview here.

Spelman College hosts conversation with Dr. Dwight Andrews

Spelman College hosts conversation with Dr. Dwight Andrews

ATLANTA -- As part of the 2014-2015 Signature Conversations in the Arts Series, on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m., Spelman College will host a conversation with Dwight Andrews, Ph.D., a 2015 Distinguished Visiting Scholar.

Dr. Andrews, a composer, musician, educator, and pastor of First Congregational Church in Atlanta, will discuss “Living a Creative Life That Bears Witness to a World of Problems and Promise,” which offers a meditation on his multi-dimensional career.

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

RELATED | Atlanta Police Department hires 24 new officers

Joshua Mikel wins Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest

Joshua Mikel wins Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest

ATLANTA -- Joshua Mikel's new play Lillian Likes It is the winner of the 2015 Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest.

The annual competition gives Georgia playwrights the opportunity to have their work produced. Lillian Likes It will receive a full production in this summer's Essential Theatre Festival. Mikel also received a cash prize.

"Getting a piece through Essential has become sort of a rite of passage for the Georgia playwright, I think," Mikel said. "I'm equal parts anxious and excited. It's a great opportunity, but I know there's a lot of work to be done between now and then ... I'm hyper excited to see this performed with seasoned actors. It's going to be fun. I'm thrilled!"

Mikel is a six-time published playwright, as well as an actor and music video director. He is a graduate of Florida State University's Theatre and Creative Writing programs. Mikel lives in Conyers.

National Authors' Day at Southwest Library

National Authors' Day at Southwest Library

ATLANTA -- November 1st, is National Authors' Day! The rich tradition began in 1928 when Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement Women's Club embraced the idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors.

On November 1, 2014, the Southwest Library located at 3665 Cascade Rd, SW, will continue that tradition by welcoming two spokenword poets and four authors from the Atlanta area. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Authors:

Darnell Senior Facility Artists Walk features creativity of participants and professionals

Darnell Senior Facility Artists Walk features creativity of participants and professionals

ATLANTA -- The Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility hosted its third annual Artists Walk on Thursday, Sept. 25, with dozens of citizens viewing the creativity of Darnell Facility participants and local artists.

The display, which was open Wednesday and Thursday featured personally designed greeting cards, paintings, jewelry, clothing, quilting and other forms of tapestry as well as creatively styled home goods. Those who believe that quilting is a fading art form would have been pleasantly surprised as dozens of colorful and meticulously designed quilts were on display. Participant creations were completed in Darnell Facility creative classes such as art, jewelry making and pottery.

For more information about classes offered at the Darnell Senior Multipurpose facility and Fulton County’s three other senior multipurpose facilities, call the Fulton County STARline at 404-613-6000.

African art expert Rowland Abiodun to discuss new book at Spelman College

African art expert Rowland Abiodun to discuss new book at Spelman College

ATLANTA -- Professor Rowland Abiodun, the Johnson C. Newton Professor of Art, the History of Art, and Black Studies at Amherst College, will visit Spelman College, Thursday, Oct 2, at 4 p.m. to discuss his new book, Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art.

In his latest book, Abiodun, a highly esteemed professor and expert on African art and Yoruba culture, makes plain the connection between the art and language of the Yoruba people.

Hosted by the Art and Art History Department, this event will take place in the Cosby Academic Auditorium located at 350 Spelman Lane SW (GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310). For more information, contact the Art and Art History Department at 404-270-5455.