I also thank CL for this article. This is the first time I am hearing about Rashannibal's murder. I went to school with him at Mays High & it is good that everyone knows about how senselessly he died. Hopefully articles like this will deter others from entering that lifestyle & causing mothers like Ms. Morgan any pain.
Hopefully they hire some new writers. A solid, talented staff now, but content-wise the paper is wanting. A 10-minute read in a city as vibrant and controversial as this ... c'mon.
Hey knuckle dragging tea bag receiving NRB2- don't pick it up and read it if you don't like it. Duh! You can get your right wing the-world-is-falling propaganda from Stomp and Stammer.
Oh you're going to "rebuild" it?
Well unless you transform it into it's current state of being a left-wing, pro-communist, pro-criminal rag that's barely fit to line a bird cage...into something at least tangibly worth reading (for something other than the concert listings, which are also useless due to the internet), than I hope you keep your resume current during what will be your short tenure before this Marxist leaflet finally goes bust.
I began my career with alternative newspapers and have forever felt a kinship with them all. I want to say: Good luck. Knock them dead. Get good writers. Write interesting stories. The rest will happen and the paper will bloom.
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Congratulations, Mara. My time as an intern there was amazing. I truly wish you all the best in rebuilding what we love about CL.
Wishing you the very best.
Congratulations, Mara. Your 2006 series on the Black Mafia Family was definitely the most memorable piece of local investigative journalism that I have encountered since moving to Atlanta in 1997. If your leadership of Creative Loafing is half as sharp as that series, the future of the paper is bright. Just gotta put a word in here for two of your colleagues, Thomas Wheatley and Scott Henry, who are great assets. Live long and prosper, y'all.
I've been a fan of the Loaf for over 10 years myself, and I've also introduced it to dozens of newcomers to Atlanta. Even in this world of Google-everything, I've continued to use it as a reference for restaurants, concerts, arts, and politics. Kudos for the amazing new position, and I can't wait to see it transform for the better!
best of luck, Mara. very excited to see the changes.
Congratulations, Mara, and good luck.
Well, I am anxious to see the transformation. Granted, I only have been in the area for a few months and was turned onto the Creative Loafing by my brother, Clay, but I see great things for CL this year and decade! Thanks for being transparent and for sharing!
12340 Broadwell Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Something very exciting and positive to write about regarding car body repair! FASTTRAK, Alpharetta.
After my elderly Mother totaled her car a few years ago, this was the nightmare of her life. Her car was towed to a major collision center (Alpharetta Collision Center) where is sat for 2 months. There was NO phone communication to be able to check on the status of her car (which she needed) and the folks were just rude.
HOW CAN YOU BE RUDE WHEN YOU ARE GETTING PAID $8,000.00????
Last week, I unfortunately was in the same situation with Moms car (bless its heart) and decided to try a recommended auto repair shop, FASTTRAK in Alpharetta. Charles at Peach State Classics highly recommended them, so I felt very comfortable at this point.
Low and behold, I had not one, but TWO representatives from FASTTRAK at my home within one hour. They checked the car over thoroughly and were completely honest, delightful and professional.
Within another hour, a complete estimate was faxed (broken down step and piece by piece) to me for my perusal). I approved the work and within ONE WEEK
.the car was ready and they delivered the beloved Buick back to our home.
I have never enjoyed an unfortunate experience as much as I have with FASTTRAK because dealing with these fine and caring people makes you feel so at ease and comfort.
Their shop is impeccably clean, organized and easy to find off of Maxwell Road in Alpharetta.
Please at least take the time to phone and interview them as this is a RARE blessing in this day and time we all live in now. No jerking you around, no putting you off and they stand behind their work....which is the highest quality!
FREE BIG MEECH, I KNOW HOW IT FEEL TO HAVE NOTHING BEFORE THE RECESSION, NOW BUSH TOOK OUR MONEY AND GONE +BMF MONEY AND HE WAS IN THIS SHIT IN THE 80 POWDERING HIS NOSE BRINGING THE DRUGS OVER HERE HIM AND HIS DAD GEORGE BUSH AND I SUPPOSE TO FEEL GOOD WE GOT A BLACK PRESIDENT FUCK THAT,NOW THEY GIVE US A CHANCE AT ROCK BOTTOM AND ITS FUCK UP EVEN MORE NOW I KNOW YALL WISH YALL HAVE SOME DRUGS TO SELL IN A MIN YALL GOING TO BE SELLING ASS AND PUSSY IN REALITY THE GOVERNMENT DONT GIVE A FUCK ABOUT BLACKS PRISON JUST MODERN DAY SLAVERY THEY GIVE MY NIGGAS 30 FOR PROVIDING FOR THIER FAMIES AND LET THE TALIBAN GO AND THEY WANT TO BLOW UP OUR FAMILIES
FUCK THE WORLD/FREE BIG MEECH
I think the main thing I see missing from the music scene ATL city is any sort of support for music that falls outside of the rock/rap spectrum. It is a bit disheartening that peoples taste is so dictated by pitchfork, vice and the like that they will not go out and take a chance on new music. This and the lack of support amongst bands for each other in this city makes for some sad times.
It's a good thing the people Alex App champions are more open minded than he is. Andre 3000, Ludacris, Cee-Lo, and Lil Jon are all extremely talented people who have benefited from coming up in a town with a diverse music scene. Black Lips and Mastodon are not in any way generic, if you don't like them that's fine. They are appealing to a very wide audience in fact, whether you like it or not. The hip-hop scene has been stagnating for years. I hope it comes back, I miss the old crunk days of the late 90's and early 2000's, it was good times. Why step on the good times another scene is enjoying today? All the rock/indie bands making waves will be the first to tell you how much they have been inspired by all kinds of local music, from rock to hip-hop to classic soul and gospel you probably don't even know about. It's up to crunk to make it's own comeback, not Creative Loafing.
To the good people of creative loafing;
I would like to offer the following comments for your consideration.
In the coming week, President Obama will be hosting a so-called Fiscal Responsibility summit. Predictably, the focus the President and his invitees will be on the entitlements of Social Security and Medicare.
By contrast, military spending will be sacrosanct.
No one will dare suggest cuts in military spending--despite the fact that our outlays on defense exceeds that of the rest of the world combined. Whereas Social Security and Medicare have a record of success that is measurable in objective terms, no one can offer any concrete evidence that speaks to effectiveness of our military spending. That lack of evidence stems from the fact that we do not know what exactly we are protecting ourselves from or how we should go about doing it. That lack of any clear objective allows people like Senator Lieberman to claim, with a straight face, that Trident submarines, armed with nuclear warheads, are necessary to combat people armed with box cutters and molitoff cocktails.
Fiscal responsibility entails examining all major expenditures. A fiscal responsibility summit that omits any discussion of a program that comprises nearly 50% of the federal budget is clearly a farce.
Paddy C. Brown
404 514 3193
I agree that Ben Eason has done, and continues to do, a terrible job running CL. But I can't say he's not influential. For "least influential" I'd give the nod to John Sugg. He seems to have some good ideas about CL's future and he disagrees with the approach taken by Eason, but he appears to be ineffective and/or incapable of fixing CL.
I agree with Ms. Tucker. The alternative is to not have anything at all, which is detrimental to the urban underground scene. I have had the pleasure of being introduced to several new artists just by hanging out in and around those stores. Thanks for the heads up Ms. Tucker!
It may be true that atlanta resonates with the American Culture today, like San Fran did in the 60's. I would just like to point out however, that America is a culture in decline.
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