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Fabian Williams Captures Atlanta’s Friction and Soul

There’s something bubbling in Atlanta.

There’s something bubbling in Atlanta. The music scene is on fire, it seems like more films are being made there than in Hollywood, and there’s a burgeoning arts scene tied into everything. The reason behind that, says artist Fabian Williams, is that Atlanta’s artist community is supportive and open. “Artists definitely cross-pollinate,” says Williams on a phone call from the studio in the basement of his home. “The graffiti muralists mess with the tattoo artists; the tattoo artists mess with the fine artists; the fine artists mess with the muralists; the photographers get down with everybody. There’re really no restrictions. I think that’s what you need for a healthy, robust art community.

Williams has seen the city grow up since he moved back from a brief period in Los Angeles, where he honed many of the skills he employs today as an artist. “I went out to Los Angeles because I got hired to be an illustrator, and then I just got lonely and came back to Atlanta,” he says with a laugh. “I live in Decatur. It’s a ‘gray neighborhood,’ which means it’s black and white. It’s convenient, because I’m 20 minutes from anywhere.”

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GOOD Event: Join Us for the Atlanta Business Collaborative

This post is brought to you by GOOD, with support from UPS. We’ve teamed up to bring you the Small Business Collaborative, a series sharing...

This post is brought to you by GOOD, with support from UPS. We’ve teamed up to bring you the Small Business Collaborative, a series sharing stories about innovative small businesses that are changing business as usual for their communities and beyond. Learn how UPS is helping small businesses work better and more sustainably here.

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Slavery-Era Solutions For Modern Problems? Emory's President Thinks So

The Three-Fifths Compromise as political genius? Makes you wonder where Emory University President James Wagner went to school.


All agree today that with the two political parties so divided America continues to lose badly. But now President James Wagner of Emory University in Atlanta has discovered a way out. In an article for Emory Magazine, he recently suggested that Americans reach back to the Constitution's "Three-Fifths Compromise" for a fine example of how different factions should work toward a "common goal."

Wagner explained, "The two sides [North and South] compromised on this immediate issue of how to count slaves in the new nation. Pragmatic half-victories kept in view the higher aspiration of drawing the country more closely together." He saw this as "a good thing in itself" and a way of "working towards the highest aspiration they both shared."

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Nonprofit Spotlight: This One’s For the Girls

Atlanta's Cool Girls shows girls ages 7-18 how to make lifelong choices that are good for them and their bodies.


This post is in partnership with CITGO

“Girl Power” might sound cliché, but Cool Girls feels that empowerment is exactly what a girl needs to carry her from age 7 through high school without engaging in risky behavior. “Everything is ramped up these days, so kids are dealing with what I would call ‘adult activities’ at much younger ages,” says Sandy Welfare, Executive Director of Cool Girls. “We want our girls to have decision-making skills early on in order to make choices that are good for them and their body.”

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