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The Real Preacher Wives Of Atlanta?

The Learning Channel (TLC) announced  yesterday that it’s partnering with True Entertainment, the production company behind The Real Housewives of Atlanta, for a new reality series with the working title Preacher Wives. It will follow the “First Ladies” of Atlanta area churches.

“We are excited to work with TLC to profile the lives of these strong-willed women,” True Entertainment president Steven Weinstock says. “With most praise in religious communities directed towards male preachers, we are thrilled to give these remarkable ladies the spotlight they crave and deserve.”

The series will not only follow the women as they play out their role as preacher’s wives in the congregation, but also give a view of their home lives and how they balance both roles.

True Entertainment’s Weinstock and Glenda Hersh will serve as executive producers. The production company’s projects also include OWN’s Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes and Unfaithful, Logo’s The A-List,  and Bravo’s Platinum Hit. TLC did not announce a projected airdate.

The series marks the network’s entre into the type of programming that has become the half-billion dollar reality gold of the Real Housewives franchise for Bravo, a formula that has been picked up by several other networks like VH1 and its Basketball Wives. SOURCE

Would you watch? I know I am! There will be foolery, so for the super sanctified this may not be the program for you. True Ent will not have a boring, all aboout Jesus and the kingdom type of show. After watching I might have to ask for repentance.

Speaking of preacher’s, take a look at this foolery/mockery/sham here…there are no words!

Eddie, I beg of you, take that smedium piece of carpet off of your head! You look like Karl from Slingblade!

 

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Winter Wonderland Fun At Centennial/Piedmont Park

With these warmer temps, are you ready for a winter wonderland?

Starting November 19th,  you can skate like you’re Sasha Cohen at Centennial Olympic Park. The rink features covered seating, theatrical lighting, real ice and holiday music. I’ve always wanted to do a triple axel (in my very creative dreams) so now I think I’ll take the plunge. At least hold on to the sides and skate along. 🙂

They’re open Mon-Fri: 4:30 to 10 PM, Sat: 10 AM to 11 PM and Sun: 10 AM to 10 PM. Admission is $7 per person and skate rental is an additional $2 for 90 minutes of skate time. The rink is open daily, including holidays, from Nov 19, 2011- Jan 29, 2012. Lockers are available for $1, at the ice rink to securely store belongings.

Check out the website for more details…www.centennialpark.com

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On the other side of the city, Piedmont Park Conservancy’s 1st Annual Season of Magic in Piedmont Park kicks off on Sunday, November 20th and runs through New Year’s Day.

The main attractions there are:

  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Naughty or Nice Caroling Parade
  • Carousal Rides
  • Holiday Beer Gardens
  • Holiday Lights
  • Family Friendly Arts and Crafts
  • Wednesday Night Jingle Mingles

The kick-off begins with the Naughty or Nice costumed stroll and caroling parade inside Piedmont Park, with stops to watch structures in the park come alive with elegant holiday lights. Prizes will be awarded to humans and canines for the naughtiest and nicest costumes. The evening will end with a grand celebration of music, seasonal cocktails and more at Park Tavern.

To find out info, visit…www.piedmontpark.org

64th Annual Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree

 

This year marks the 64th annual lighting of the Macy’s Great  Tree at Lenox Square Mall. After you’ve eaten Thanksgiving dinner and taken a nap, you should make your way down to an amazing show that will feature performances by  American Idol Season 10 winner  Scott ‘Scotty’ McCreery, Grammy Award winning gospel duo Mary Mary, Season 8 winner of So You Think You Can Dance  Melanie Moore and many more.

“Our 64th annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting will once again bring the holiday spirit to the city of Atlanta with fantastic music and dance performances, our talented choir, all-star cheer squad and dazzling surprises that will enchant everyone attending the event,” said Michael Krauter, Macy’s President and Regional Director of Stores. “For over 60 years, Macy’s has been synonymous with making the holiday season in Atlanta magical.”

The tree will be adorned with 100 Macy’s stars, 100 white snowflakes and 1,200 multi-colored metallic basketball-sized ornaments. The tree will also have 50 flashing strobe lights, 400 internally lit ornaments, 4,000 11-watt bulbs and will be topped with a spectacular color changing Macy’s star.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square Mall, and more than 500,000 more will watch the live broadcast on WSB-TV, which will be hosted by WSB Channel 2 Action News anchor Monica Pearson and Channel 2 Meteorologist David Chandley. Limited parking will be available…taking MARTA is highly encouraged.

This event takes place on November 24th, 2011 with the pre-show beginning at 6:15 PM followed by the lighting ceremony at 7:00 PM.

 

So You Think You Can Dance Winner Melanie Moore

 
 

Gospel Duo Mary Mary

 

American Idol Season 10 Winner Scott McCreery

An Atlanta Tradition:The Pink Pig Returns

The Pink Pig has been a popular Atlanta Christmas attraction since it first spun around the top of Rich’s(now known as Macy’s) downtown store in 1953 and starting yesterday its back for another go around!

Here’s some background on how this attraction came about via www.ngeorgia.com

After World War II Rich’s found that it needed to attract customers from the growing Atlanta suburbs to its downtown store. In 1948 Rich’s added a Christmas Tree (“The Great Tree”) to the top of the store’s 4-story “Crystal Bridge” across Forsyth Street. Although Richard Rich, grandson of store founder Mo Rich, is commonly credited with the innovation, it was Frank Pallotta, Rich’s Publicity Director, who actually came up with the idea. More was needed by the early 1950’s to compete with Franklin-Simon, Sears, Roebuck and J. C. Penney, each of whom had targeted suburban customers of Rich’s.

Pallotta once again came up with an idea to attract suburban customers downtown. He added “Priscilla the Pig,” a small train that ran on a monorail through the toy department in 1953. A small fee was charged to ride the train through the toy department. At this time the Pink Pig was segregated.

In 1955, to take advantage of the popularity of the children’s ride, Rich’s moved The Pink Pig to the roof of the store, where it ran on a monorail and left the store through an opening that allowed kids an up-close view of the Great Tree, Atlanta, and circled the toy department inside. A second pig, Percival, was added in 1964 to increase ridership. They would both run on the same monorail and they were known as the Pink Pig Twins. At this time the ride was extended to loop around the Great Tree.

Rich’s was boycotted early in the Civil Rights movement when the store refused to serve African-Americans at the Magnolia Room, a restaurant inside Rich’s. Before the 1961 Christmas season Rich’s preemptively desegregated not only the store, but the Pink Pig as well. This was viewed by the leaders of the Civil Rights movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King, as the largest success in the Civil Rights movement to date.

When Rich’s downtown store closed in 1991 the Pink Pig moved to the Festival of Trees held to benefit Eggleston Hospital, but the Pink Pig was too expensive to run. It was discontinued after 1995 at the Festival of Trees and donated to the Atlanta History Center. In 2003 the Pink Pig was resurrected, updated and moved to a tent at the top deck of the Macy’s parking garage. Behind the current attraction is the original Pink Pig, on loan from the Atlanta History Center.


I have to say my son rode this when he was younger but I don’t quite remember him enjoying it as much as my daughter…maybe it was all the PINK!  I can’t wait to ride again this year with my daughter being a year older and her vocabulary being a lot more detailed and developed.

 

Welcome To Atlanta

This news story is taken straight from www.thegrio.com

It is a case of the have and the have not. Of all major American cities, Atlanta now has the widest income gap between rich and poor. U.S census numbers have given the city a new label that’s nothing to be proud of, but puts into perspective how many Georgians are struggling to make ends meet.

“I’ve been out of work almost two years,” says Marcia Tolbert. “Most places tell me I’m over qualified. Others say I’ve been out of work for too long. It’s like they keep kicking you when you are down.”

Tolbert is a name and a face to a trend that is unfolding all over the county. The recession that began in 2007 took a steep toll, with only a few places spared from a rise in jobless rates and a decline in incomes. Nearly one-in-six Americans live in poverty.

Those sobering numbers cross ever state and ethic line, leaving a debilitating mark on the nation’s children. Sixteen million of them are growing up in poverty, that’s 40 percent of all African-American children and 37 percent of Hispanic children, according to the U.S. Census.

Increased anger over massive gap between rich and poor has partially fueled the momentum behind the Occupy Movement. Protesters identify themselves as “The 99 Percent”, the majority who has suffered from “the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1 percent of America. Occupy supporter David Rinds added: “It’s a case of the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer.I’m doing ok, but I stand with Occupy Atlanta for all those who aren’t ok.”

The Census concludes the most income-segregated areas tend to be found in the suburbs. In 2000, for example, 76 percent of the Atlanta region’s poor lived in the suburbs. In 2008, 85 percent did. Only five U.S. suburbs notched a greater rise in their percentage of poor people during that time period. All that happened before the recession tore a gaping hole in metro Atlanta’s financial fabric.

Since then Georgia launched a program called Georgia Works to assist the growing number of unemployed. The program, which matches job seekers with companies for training, inspired the national job training program President Obama proposes to reform and extend unemployment benefit for millions of Americans. Critics contend the program’s benefits may be overblown. Georgians like Marcia Tolbert ,who consider it their final option to support their families, say the program is a start. “We need all the help we can get. It’s hard out here.”

Other cities with the largest gaps between highs and low income are Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville, in Florida; Athens, Georgia; New York; Dallas, Texas; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. West Jordan, Utah, had the smallest gap; it has a population of 101,727. Thornton, Colorado, and Norwalk, California, followed.

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