Earlier this week, Stereo Williams took a look at Atlanta for the DailyBeast: "How Atlanta Became the New Cultural Capital of America." He connects the dots between Donald Glover's recent success as creator, writer, director and executive producer of his own TV show, to Migos' "Bad and Boujee", even The Walking Dead.

The film industry here in Georgia has gone from $300 million to $7 billion according to Kasim Reed's state of the city address, and now Reed's pushing for the 1/10th-of-a-penny fractional tax for the arts.

Here's Williams on Glover:
"He's turned Atlanta into an allegory for so many peoples' experience—highlighting the city's culture and atmosphere as a window to something more universal. He’s drawn a ton of mainstream praise by presenting his own specifically Black perspective during a time when Black culture is once again both fashionable and feared."
There's also a pretty big game against The Patriots in Houston on Sunday.

We're a photography festival after all, so here's Kevin D. Liles' recent shot of Matt Ryan taking the field. Even if you're not into football, it's hard to not feel good about Atlanta these days.

#RISEUP and Celebrate!

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