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Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's fire chief is suspended without pay after publishing a book calling homosexuality "unclean", "a sexual perversion", "vulgar", and "inappropriate".

The book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? is on sale at Amazon.com. It was authored by Atlanta's Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran. The summary of the book refers to God's words to Adam in the Bible:

From God's perspective nakedness meant so much more. It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind. Though He reconciled Adam's condition by clothing him in coats of lambs' skin, Adam never got over what he had done. Condemnation has dominated ever since. Now we have a more permanent solution. We have been clothed with Christ! Redeemed men who carry the curse of condemnation and deprivation cannot fulfill their purpose as husbands, fathers, community and business leaders-world changers!

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:

Keri Hilson will always be a pretty girl who rocks

Keri Hilson will always be a pretty girl who rocks

ATLANTA -- It’s been almost four years since we’ve heard any new music from Keri Hilson, but she doesn’t seem to be making any apologies for taking her time to create a new album.

Instead she teases her Keri Krew on Instagram by posting a photo of a song she recorded on her iPhone voice memo, titled "I Can’t Love You (No More)." In between working on a new album Keri seems to be enjoying life with her boyfriend, NBA player, Serge Ibaka; hanging out with friends; and cooking.

There’s no doubt we want Miss Keri to hit us with a new catchy song, but we love how she always lives out her pretty girl empowerment anthem, showing the world she’s more than a pretty face–she’s got skills.

Read the full story at Tastemakermag.com.

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.

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts Community Day

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts Community Day

ATLANTA -- The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, in partnership with the Spelman College Department of Dance and Drama will host their annual Community Day, an interactive experience of the Brides of Anansi: Fiber and Contemporary Art exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Brides of Anansi reveals how the exhibition’s featured artists use and manipulate fiber to articulate their perspectives on identity, relationships, history, experiences and artistry. The artists spin, weave, twist, and loop fibers through the ancient lens of Anansi, the Ghanaian folk hero and spider-man who is the central character in countless West African and Caribbean fables, to create an array of colorful and commanding works.

Brad James, Cassi Davis to host Spelman Alumnae Centennial Brunch

Brad James, Cassi Davis to host Spelman Alumnae Centennial Brunch

ATLANTA -- This year, the Atlanta Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) is celebrating 100 years of service to alumnae and the community with a Centennial Scholarship Brunch on October 11, hosted by “House of Payne” actress Cassi Davis (Class of 2009) and “For Better or Worse” actor Brad James.

This year’s brunch theme is “Painting the Town Blue: 100 Years of Spelman Legacy.” The goals of the Centennial Celebrations and Endowed Scholarship Campaign are to highlight achievements of Spelman alumnae and the local chapter and establish a $100,000 endowed scholarship for the college’s Metro Atlanta students.