Not to be confused with Diamonds of ATL, the hetero gentleman's club where rappers such as Ludacris have been known to make it rain, Black Diamond Atlanta is the name of a new weekly showcase due to feature transgender strippers at XS Ultra Lounge in Midtown.
It's being billed as the first transgender strip club experience in Atlanta, with a "sneak peek" preview party set for April 24. "There's never been anything like this in Atlanta before," lead dancer and spokesperson for the weekly event, Chanel Monroe, told the Georgia Voice. Judging by the flier and Facebook page, Black Diamond Atlanta's entertainers will be performing gender roles similar to their all-female counterparts. Which mean it's probably safe to assume bands will make them dance.
U.S. Representative John Lewis: civil rights icon, lover of handmade wares.
Also, he looks awesomely tough in this picture.
The occasion was a first-of-its-kind Mayors Roundtable hosted by Atlanta magazine and held at the Atlanta History Center's McElreath Hall featuring the surviving occupants of the city's top job — with the unfortunate exception of Shirley Franklin, who bailed on the event over the weekend with scant explanation.
The event began with a wine-fueled reception and some high-powered people-watching. Look, there's Clayton County Commission Chairman and former Atlanta Police Chief Eldrin Bell! Over there, it's Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent! Don't turn around or you'll bump into Congressman John Lewis, mayoral widow Valerie Jackson or environmental activist and Ted's daughter, Laura Turner Seydel!
It was the perfect setting for Campbell to launch his formal reintroduction to Atlanta society. Granted, Bill has been seen around town in recent months — hell, he was in line in front of me buying movie tickets at Landmark a few weeks back — but it's always been at small gatherings or private functions. This time, however, he was literally onstage in front of some of the city's biggest movers and shakers. Simply by appearing alongside mayors Sam Massell, Andrew Young and Kasim Reed, Campbell was afforded the illusion of respectability.
As much as the audience was interested in hearing pearls of wisdom and war stories from the City Hall vets, I imagine that people were also curious to see how Campbell would comport himself. And it's in that latter regard that I confess a measure of disappointment.
When I was a kid, I had to trudge miles through the Blizzard of '93 just to get a hot meal. My mom made us put Ziploc bags over our socks and beneath our tennis shoes because we didn't have those fancy-pants boots back then. We stuck a carrot in our snowman's head as a nose instead of your high-highfalutin iPhones. And I wasn't allowed to cry when my pinkie finger fell off from frostbite. Those were the days... But now we've got a real life snowstorm blanketing our city! Are you spending the day warmly in your home, or are you sledding in Piedmont Park? Giant snowball fight on your street? Here's what some of our Tweeps are doing, so be sure to Twitpic us your snowy Atlanta photos @cl_atlanta!
Camisimmons checks out the empty shelves at Edgewood and decides to make a staycation out of it. She says she "wasn't concerned about the food part. I risked life, limb & car for some bottles of wine. Priorities."
TweetsbyTip longs for the days when outdoor furniture was usable:
And school isn't the only place they've been hassled for their lifestyle.
Back in September, CL interviewed Poulin, Alston, Leonard and their roommate Eric LaPrince for "Victim of Hate," a cover piece about recent crimes perpetrated against members of Atlanta's LGBT community. The boys, who share an apartment in East Lake, were harassed on several occasions — their front door kicked in, their cars stolen and vandalized — by a group of neighborhood kids and teens, and just for being gay. The Vibe article makes no mention of their trials at East Lake, focusing mostly on the boys' feelings of disenfranchisement at school. “We know our lives aren’t really reflective of the Morehouse gay black experience,” Alston told Vibe. “And Morehouse has enough issues dealing with just the gay community. They don’t know what to do with us.”
Click here to read the Vibe piece in its entirety.
RICHARD MORRIS AND PIG AT NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR: You tell that Obama guy that I dont look anything like Sarah Palin.
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
ARTIST SAM FLORES PAINTING LENNY'S: Pretty fancy. What's next, guys? Doors on the bathroom stalls, perhaps?
(Photo by Alan Friedman)
PAT BERTOLETTI WINS KRYSTAL SQUARE-OFF AT LENOX: Theyd never allow this sort of thing at Phipps.
Though it lacks the prestige of competitive hot dog eating (record: 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes), the implied anal torture of competitive jalepeño eating (record: 247 in eight minutes), or the incredulity of competitive cow brain eating (record: 17.7 pounds in 15 minutes), competitive hamburger eating is the pro-eatings hot new sport.
Witness Saturdays Atlanta Krystal Square Off qualifier at Lenox, where a crowd gathered to watch pro-eaters Krystals signature miniature burgers. The easy winner was Pat Bertoletti. The second-ranked eater in the world, Bertoletti consumed 66 Krystals in just eight minutes, earning him a spot at September 27s $50,000 world championship in Chattanooga.
(Photo by Alan Friedman)
GOV. SONNY PERDUE AND HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH: Amused to find out that they've suddenly become outsiders, reformers and agents of feminism.
(Photo by Joeff Davis. Galleries of Joeff's photos from both party conventions can be found on his web site, Joeff.com)
HERE COMES THE (LAND OF THE RISING) SUN: John Lennon (Hidemasa Mabuchi) looks on as George Harrison (Hajime Kubo) wails at the Variety Playhouse.
Japanese beetles, and apparently Japanese Beatles, thrive in America because they have no natural predators here. The Silver Beats, a Beatles tribute band from Tokyo, opened their inaugural U.S. tour in 2007 at the Fox Theatre, and they returned Wednesday to play the Variety Playhouse.
Fans sang along as the band breathed surreal new life into the dusty classics, and heckling front-row frat boys had little effect. The Beats seemed immune to any ridicule because it's hard to tell how seriously they take themselves. Covering such an iconic band is rife with pitfalls, and despite having the matching suits, shaggy bowl cuts and musical chops to carry that weight, their tongues never strayed far from their cheeks as they ripped through convincing Fab Four covers in rapid-fire succession. They stopped between songs only occasionally for some crowd-teasing banter in halting Japanese accents, and defused the hecklers with their disarming cheer and subtle sarcasm. The feisty Tadaaki Naganuma -- Paul -- responded to one upstart by teaching the crowd a Japanese word, which sounded a lot like "Eat us."
Photo by Joeff Davis
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