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Atlanta plus-size designer lands reality show on WeTv

Atlanta plus-size designer lands reality show on WeTv

WeTv has a new reality show premiering Thursday, June 13 at 10/9c.

The network has taken a chance on Atlanta plus-size designer Kenyatta Jones of Bella René, documenting her trials and tribulations of trying to make it in a fashion world that is typical driven by skinny models and persnickety fashion designers with mass appeal.

Winners set to be announced for the 2013 LLS Man & Woman of the Year

Winners set to be announced for the 2013 LLS Man & Woman of the Year

Seventeen outstanding local professionals are vying for the title of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2013 Atlanta Man & Woman of the Year.  In the Man & Woman of the Year campaign, candidates compete in honor of the 2013 Boy and Girl of the Year, Watson and Mya, who are local blood cancer survivors. The titles are awarded to the man and woman who raise the most funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in a ten-week period which this year the grand total is expected to exceed $600,000. The winners are announced at a Grand Finale Gala taking place this Saturday, June 8th at the Loews Atlanta Hotel and featuring a silent auction, cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment. Vikki Locke and Kelly Stevens of the B98.5FM Morning Show will present as master of ceremonies.

The 2013 Atlanta Man & Woman of the Year class includes the following individuals:

'Big Fish' author to read at Ivy Hall

'Big Fish' author to read at Ivy Hall

ATLANTA -- A well-known Southern fantasy author will read from his latest novel in Atlanta next month.

Daniel Wallace recently published The Kings and Queens of Roam. He is best known for his first novel, Big Fish, which was made into a 2003 movie of the same name and will come to the Broadway stage later this year. He is also the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Wallace will discuss and sign copies of his new book on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at SCAD Atlanta's Ivy Hall writing center. The event is free and open to the public.

His visit is sponsored by A Cappella Books, which provided a synopsis of The Kings and Queens of Roam:

Ambassador to Discuss Dynamics of Diplomatic Service April 1 at Spelman

Ambassador to Discuss Dynamics of Diplomatic Service April 1 at Spelman

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources for the U.S. Department of State, will address the dynamics of diplomatic service during a presentation titled, “Meeting Today's Global Challenges with 21st Century Diplomats,” at Spelman College, Monday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield leads a team of 400 employees who carry out a range of personnel functions for the State Department’s 60,000-strong workforce − from recruitment and hiring, through evaluations and promotions, to retirement. 

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

Dogwood Festival returns

ATLANTA -- Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing in Atlanta: the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is back!

The dogwoods are in full bloom, and hundreds of artists from around the country will set up their tents for the 77th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

An Atlanta staple for more than 75 years, there is something for everyone at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Virtually every kind of art imaginable is represented at the festival, with a nationally renowned-juried Fine Artist Market that includes sculpture, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and much more.

Reed says he will seek reelection

Reed says he will seek reelection

ATLANTA -- During his fourth State of the City address, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced his intention to seek a second term in the mayor's office.

Reed began his remarks by teasing the audience about his future plans. Later in the speech, he said he had given his future considerable thought and that he would be with President Barack Obama during his visit to metro Atlanta on Thursday.

As the crowd held its collective breath, Reed laughed and said he would run again.

The audience broke into a cheering standing ovation as Reed laughed and said, "Fooled you!"