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Georgia Mother Arrested For Pepper Spraying Boys Fighting Her Son

August 29th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: WSB-TV

Source: WSB-TV

You know what they say, that mother bear instinct is no joke. And one Georgia mother takes her job as the protector of her child seriously, so much so that it got her in trouble…unjustly if you ask us.

According to WSB-TV, Shawanda Favors was arrested after pepper spraying a crowd of students who she says were jumping her son in a fight. The fight took place in front of the New Schools at Carver in southeast Atlanta last week.

Video of the fight was posted on social media. One parent said the recording of these types of incidents is part of the problem.

“It’s like a war zone. It’s crazy.”

Favors said she was tired of her son constantly getting jumped at school.

“It’s not gonna go away. These kids, they fight each other and videotape it. I don’t want my son hurt, hospitalized so you can be entertained.”

Favors told WSB-TV that when she dropped her son off at school, the same boys who had jumped her son last week, started attacking him again. She said if there were security officers nearby she would not have had to intervene.

“(Officers were there), they were just on the other side. It took them too long to get over there.”

After she pepper-sprayed the group of students, causing injury to one of them, Favors was arrested. The Atlanta Public Schools Police Department charged Favors with inappropriate conduct. During her retaliation, four students were treated and one was transported to the hospital. The campus has resumed normal operations.

While officers consider Favors’ behavior a crime, students at the school are in support of her actions.

“She was just trying to defend her son. They were really assaulting him; she did what she had to do,” one student said.

When the news reporter asked a group of students if they were scared to come to school, a majority of them said yes and said they would like better security at the school.

Favors entered a not guilty plea in court.

Her son, who is 17-years-old said he is glad his mother stepped in to defend him.

“If she wasn’t out there, that fight could have been going on for hours.”

Favors said if she had to, she’d do the same thing all over again.

In the day and age where children are literally dying because of school-yard fights, I’d say she made the right decision. And should serve no jail time as a result.

Everything You Need To Know About Donald Glover’s New Show Atlanta

August 15th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Fresh off of the heels of the hit NBC series Community, Atlanta-bred actor and musician Donald Glover created, executive produced and now stars in the aptly-titled dramedy, Atlanta. The FX show, premiering on September 6, follows two cousins, including one whose dreams of making it big in hip-hop are fast becoming a reality. Glover’s character Earn wants to get in on his cousin’s action and rising star, all while making a name for himself and providing for his young family. Not to be confused or compared with Empire or Netflix’s latest show The Get Down (or Glover’s own career as a rapper and music producer under the moniker Childish Gambino), Atlanta has a much different vibe – one that’s not exactly easy to pinpoint. Just peep the promos. But one thing is certain: the 10-episode season looks more than promising and we can’t wait to watch. Here’s everything you need to know about Atlanta.

Tiny’s Daughter Zonnique Arrested At Atlanta Airport

June 17th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Zonnique Pullins,Tiny’s eldest daughter from her previous relationship with Zonnie-Zebo Pullins and T.I.’s stepdaughter, was arrested at an Atlanta airport yesterday.

According to an Atlanta CBS affiliate, Zonnique was arrested and charged with carrying a weapon through security at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

At around 10 pm, the former OMG Girl was attempting to get through the security lane, when the x-ray machine detected something in her purse. That something was a 380 Ruger pistol and a clip with five rounds.

She told authorities that she had a weapons permit. But police could not locate it and she was placed under arrest and taken to the Clayton County Jail.

She was released at 2:09 a.m. on Friday.

Later, Zonnique’s cousin issued this statement about the incident.

My boo got the cutest mugshot in the game. Let me just clear a couple things up for you guys . Zonnique did get caught with her registered weapon but like most of us she just forgot it was in her really big purse. We were taught in my family that people are crazy out here and carrying a small gun to protect yourself is what’s needed . With the late shootings and death of a pop star all in Orlando just this week , I think it’s very appropriate that she carries a gun just not to the airport maybe lol. But my girl is home and good so please don’t start with the ignorant rumors , she was home and handled before you even heard about it. Zonnique has great parents that made sure she was okay from the moment she was caught. Not all celebrities keep security on them 24/7 they have to protect themselves just like regular people and we all have learned even security can’t always protect you . Her mugshot is still cute as hell lol

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“God Had Me”: Atlanta Woman Successfully Fights Off Armed Carjackers

May 15th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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If anyone has ever been in a situation where their being violently attacked, you know the rush of panic and fear that quickly engulfs you instantly. However, Jasmine Warren, an Atlanta, Ga. woman, didn’t back out of bravely fighting back when two men tried to steal her vehicle.

According to WSB-TVthe unsuccessful carjacking occurred on May 7, while Warren was exiting northwest Atlanta gas station. Upon entering the station, the two suspects hid near her car, waiting for her to return. When Warren left the station, before heading to her car, she doubled back and gave a man some change, and was then approached by the armed men once she turned back around.

The gas stations surveillance cameras caught the enter qualm, showing Warren defending herself. One man even hit her head with a pistol. “I was very scared he had a gun,” she admitted. “There was a gun pointed at me several times.” But even still, she continued to fight back.

“I tried to reach for the gun, grab the gun, but he grabbed me back down,” Warren said. “I just yanked the key down. Key broke into half. My adrenaline was rushing that much for me not to be concerned. I was more so concerned with stopping the driver from taking my car.”

After nearly two minutes of the back and forth, the men, unable to take off with her car, opted for her phone instead.  “God had me,” Warren said, attributing her faith to the strength she mustered up during the incident. “He surrounded me and I was so thankful for that, but I also knew I wasn’t going to let them take my stuff. That this is mine and it does not belong to you.”

As for the suspects, Warren actually has nothing but pleasant words for them: “If you need help, come find me. I would love to help you even after the fact that you’ve done that to me. I don’t care. I will still help you,” she said.

Now if that isn’t a true depiction of #BlackGirlMagic y’all.


Atlanta Mayor Asks Men To “Take A Stand” To End Sexual Assault

October 4th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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With an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants change.

How does he plan to see that change come about? Reed is asking not just women but men to “Take a Stand,” and spread the word that sexual assault is not just a women’s issue. According to the city of Atlanta’s website, the “Take a Stand” campaign “offers resources to both women and men on how to guard their personal safety or get help quickly in the event of an emergency.”

Mayor Reed recently did an interview with The Huffington Post, explaining just how important it is that men play a part in the prevention of rape by simply spreading the word. “We can change the tone of the conversation by just emphasizing the fact among our friends that no actually means no. It doesn’t mean to try to persuade harder,” Reed said.

He also noted that his strong team keeps him up on women’s issues. “It really was listening to women leaders who said the traditional tactics aren’t moving us in the direction that we want to move in,” he explained.

Both Uber and Circle of 6 are official partners of the initiative and are offering their services as resources for assault prevention and safety.

Celebrities like Tika Sumpter and Gabrielle Union have also partnered with Reed and the city of Atlanta to spread the word about the “Take a Stand” campaign.

Watch Tika’s “Take a Stand” video above.

Will You Look This Good at 62? Find Out How Many Times A Week You Should Work Out!

April 28th, 2015 - By jade
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In the series, One Bold Move, we profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. For two of our most popular episodes, we are releasing never-before-seen footage with more great advice from excellent women. In this episode, mother and daughter duo Ellen and Lana Ector discuss their motivation for getting fit, why it’s important for black women to work out, and they share some great tips along the way.

To join their gym, purchase workout DVDs or workout gear visit their website.

Episode 1 – Curly Nikki 

Episode 2 – Missy Lynn 

Episode 3 – Black Girls Run!

Episode 5 – The Curvy Fashionista

Episode 6 – Series Extras

“I Decided I Would Only Date Men In The Ministry”: Women Who Want To Marry A Preacher

April 27th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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From NBA players to Hip-Hop Moguls, men in the limelight who have power are often surrounded by women who long to be with them. These women are known to stand outside of hotels or slip into the VIP section of clubs in order to make it happen. Each one believes that her future will change for the better if these men only caught one glimpse of them. These persistent and dedicated women have been labeled “groupies,” “side-chicks” and even “stalkers.” However, athletes and musicians are not the only men of stature whom some women desire. Preachers, too, have quite a few female admirers.

In writer Scott Williams’s blog post, Stop Lusting After Your Pastor!, Williams recalls a conversation he had with his friend, a female preacher, about women who can’t seem to keep their eyes off of their pastors. Williams writes:

Many women that she’s talked with in various churches struggle with the fact that they think their Pastor’s sexy! Not only do they think their Pastor’s sexy, but they struggle with their mind and eyes wandering into inappropriate places. It becomes a challenge because they tend to have these lustful thoughts as their pastor is speaking.

However, for some women, this is about more than just a lustful eye. Some have dedicated their lives to finding and marrying the preacher of their dreams. It is the hope and prayer of these women that they will one day become a preacher’s wife and the First Lady of a congregation.

“It’s something electrifying about a man of God,” says Maya, 34. “A man who dedicates his life to studying the word of God and then teaching it to people across the world, that’s a man that I believe I deserve. And he ought to have a great woman, like me, by his side.”

Janiya, 41, agrees. “I’ve dated lots of different guys in the past. Lawyers, athletes, and CEOs, but when I am with a preacher it feels the most natural, like this is who I am supposed to be with, who I’m supposed to marry. So I decided I would only date men in the ministry, and I’ve asked God to reveal that preacher to me.”

According to Reverend Reid, a pastor in Atlanta, the phenomenon of women who set out to marry preachers is not new.

“I can remember even in my 20s, I was still in seminary and hadn’t even been ordained yet. Women would be waiting for me and a buddy of mine who had also been called to the ministry at our cars after class. After I was ordained, I began preaching around Atlanta more, and I guess word got out I was single, and things got really real. After service, I would shake hands and fellowship with the people and women would come up and slip me their telephone numbers. I even had women bringing me home-cooked dinners and sweet breads to the church, and you know Southern women can cook. I was so relieved when Jesus helped me find my wife I didn’t know what to do. I thank her every day for marrying me and saving me from all those sweet breads and macaroni and cheese casseroles.”

When asked if he had any advice for women who want to marry preachers, Reverend Reid says they need to calm down.

“Be careful what you ask God for. I am not saying marriage isn’t a good thing. It is a blessing. But you have to be in constant prayer and meditation to make sure you are truly ready for such an undertaking. Pray and read the Word. Study it like you study NeNe’s nose on Real Housewives of Atlanta. The Bible has the answer to any question you might have. Read ferociously 1 Corinthians 7:1-40. If that passage doesn’t make you question if you are ready for marriage, then read it again. Finally, and I think this is the most important thing women should understand, God has lifted a heavy load from you that many of you are still choosing to carry. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:22, a man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. So ya’ll don’t have to stand outside waiting for us or burn yourself over a hot stove trying to impress us. Your load has been lifted. We are supposed to find you. But, if you look even more closely into the passage it says a man that finds a wife. Not the postman, not the doctor man, and definitely not the preacher man. The word says man. M-A-N. When my sermons are done, I’ve said my last prayer, shouted my last shout, said the benediction, taken off the robe and the collar, I am just a man as are all my brother preachers in Christ. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. What God has for you, it is for you.”

Quite a few of us are probably guilty of what Reverend Reid speaks of, even if we are not seeking First Lady status. We have this idea in our heads of what we want our significant others to be, and we romanticize that image or idea in our minds. Some of us have a broad checklist of what we want in a mate while others have it already narrowed down like Maya and Janiya. However, at the end of the day, are we truly the best person we can be in order to contribute to a healthy relationship with someone else? Or are we merely looking for someone to help improve not only us, but our situation?

At the end of the day, we all must remember that you cannot be your best self if you are too busy searching for someone else to fulfill your misguided fantasies.

Is The Big A The New Hollywood? Renown Casting Agent Winsome Sinclair Moves To Atlanta

January 20th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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via WSA Associates

via WSA Associates


Could the film industry be spreading beyond Hollywood? Well, it recently failed to lure in one major player. Sought after casting director Winsome Sinclair opted not to head west and has moved from New York to Atlanta.

 It’s no wonder the film industry in the Big A is growing rapidly. In fact, “Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during Fiscal Year 2014,” reports the Georgia Department of Economic Development.  During that period, the 158 feature film and television productions that where shot in Georgia spent a whopping $1.4 billion in the city.

Celebrities have been flocking to Atlanta as well. the city has long attracted music heavyweights. And in the past five years the city been the location for numerous hit movies and TV shows, including the number of reality shows based. Without question, Atlanta is increasingly the place to be for entertainment.

So Sinclair’s relocating her mega busy Winsome Sinclair & Associates (WSA) to the Peach Tree State is significant.

Sinclair knows the business and obviously senses a new shift in the entertainment business. Over the past  25-plus years she has cast for such films under her belt such as Precious, Sparkle, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Amistad, Jungle Fever, among others.

Her most recent project, the upcoming film Bessie (starring Queen Latifah) pulled from Atlanta’s talent pool.

With more and more attention surrounding Atlanta, and more and more film makers, as well as the people who make film and television happen are relocating to Atlanta, does this mean “Hollywood” is changing it’s address to Peachtree?” asks Kontrol magazine.

Here’s Why Black Girls Workout Too!

December 1st, 2014 - By jade
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In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, mother and daughter duo Ellen and Lana Ector discuss their motivation for working out and why it’s important for black women to workout.


To join their gym, purchase workout DVD’s or workout gear visit their website.


Episode 1 – Curly Nikki 

Episode 2 – Missy Lynn 

Episode 3 – Black Girls Run!

Episode 5 – The Curvy Fashionista

Episode 6 – Series Extras

15 Things That Could Only Happen In Atlanta

July 24th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Atlanta is one of our favorite cities in the south — and by favorite we mean uniquely ratchet. From endless traffic jams to urban cowboys, these things could only happen in Atlanta.

This Shirt

…that is apparently the exact point where “class” and “ratchet” intersect.