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Yesterday, Georgia’s Governor, Brian Kemp, announced the State of Georgia would be partially re-opening. On April 24th, gyms, fitness centers, body art studios, barber and hair salons, nail shops, bowling alleys and massage therapy businesses can re-open with strict guidelines. Then, the following Monday, April 27th, some theaters and restaurants will follow suit. Finally April 30th, the stay at home order is expected to end. This all comes as a shock to Atlanta’s Mayor, Keshia Lance Bottoms, who states she is “perplexed” by the Governor’s decision.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) said she is concerned and confused about Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) decision to allow some businesses across the state to begin reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m perplexed that we have opened up in this way,” Bottoms said Monday in an appearance on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”

“And, again, I can’t stress enough, I work very well with our governor, and I look forward to having a better understanding of what this reasoning is, but as I look at the data and as I talk with our public health officials, I don’t see that it’s based on anything that is logical.”

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) said she is concerned and confused about Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) decision to allow some businesses across the state to begin reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m perplexed that we have opened up in this way,” Bottoms said Monday in an appearance on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”

“And, again, I can’t stress enough, I work very well with our governor, and I look forward to having a better understanding of what this reasoning is, but as I look at the data and as I talk with our public health officials, I don’t see that it’s based on anything that is logical.”

Kemp said Monday some businesses, including gyms, hair and nail salons and bowling alleys, will be allowed to reopen Friday with certain restrictions put in place.

Bottoms said she was not consulted ahead of Kemp’s decision and added said she wished the governor had left the choice up to local leaders.

“Our governor often defers to local control and I wish that this were an instance he offered to local control,” she said. “I don’t know how you get a haircut and keep a safe distance from someone who’s cutting your bangs. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Bottoms acknowledged the economic hardship facing small business owners but stressed the urgency of fighting the health crisis. 

“You have to live to be able to fight another day, so when we’re talking about this economic pull and getting to recovery, if we’re not alive on the other side of it then there won’t be a recovery to be had,” she said.

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We are on the same page with Mayor Bottoms on this issue. No data supports we are on the winning side of the is pandemic, and a disproportionate number of those suffering from coronavirus are now African-American. Atlanta’s population is as of 2019, 51% African-American. Thus, this reopening should happen in slow phases with the entire state moving and acting uniformly. Also, as aforementioned, the stay at home order is set to end on April 30th, but older and at risk individuals are advised to remain home until May 13th.

Will you guys be going out this weekend? Sound off in the comments’ section below.

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Freedom, GA! 19 Black Families Purchase 97 Acres Of Georgia Land for Safe Community

They have often said that owning land is having power. That still rings true in 2020, as nineteen Black families have combined their resources to purchase nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia.

The families have named the land, Freedom, Georgia, in hopes of creating a safe haven and community.

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They have often said that owning land is having power. That still rings true in 2020, as nineteen Black families have combined their resources to purchase nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia.

The families have named the land, Freedom, Georgia, in hopes of creating a safe haven and community.

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[VIDEOS] TRAGIC! Atlanta’s “Unofficial” Black Gay Pride Rife w/ Fights & Their Viral Videos!

Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride was one of summer’s hottest spots, marking the end of summer and the beginning of fall festivities. However, due to COVID-19, the official Black Gay Pride was officially canceled. However, that did not stop the city’s nightlife as independent club promoters and planners took up the slack with a string of events throughout the city in gay friendly bars, lounges, clubs, and some restaurants.

Unfortunately, this “unofficial” Atlanta Black Gay Pride was rife with violence with multiple fights throughout the weekend at popular Black Gay spots like the Marquette Lounge, Bulldogs Bar, Piedmont Park, and Believe Bar & Lounge!

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Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride was one of summer’s hottest spots, marking the end of summer and the beginning of fall festivities. However, due to COVID-19, the official Black Gay Pride was officially canceled. However, that did not stop the city’s nightlife as independent club promoters and planners took up the slack with a string of events throughout the city in gay friendly bars, lounges, clubs, and some restaurants.

Unfortunately, this “unofficial” Atlanta Black Gay Pride was rife with violence with multiple fights throughout the weekend at popular Black Gay spots like the Marquette Lounge, Bulldogs Bar, Piedmont Park, and Believe Bar & Lounge!

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Many of these fights were recorded by spectators and involved dozens of young and primarily Black Gay Men, who in turn posted the videos of social media. The reaction to these aforementioned videos has been largely an outcry denouncing the entire piecemailed event and feeling that there was no “pride” to be held in the gathering. Some have even called for there to a formal council to oversee future official and ORGANIZED Black Gay Prides in Atlanta.

Check out a few of these fights below:

We really hate to see there was so much violence this weekend. Black and gay people are among the most oppressed people on the planet, and to see them fight so much is just disheartening. More than ever before the Black LGBT community should be banding together.

Personally, we feel it was highly irresponsible for them to have an event of any kind during this pandemic. Lives are in danger. We remember years ago Freaknik went to similarly awry and was eventually and permanently done away with. Guys, let’s do better!

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Black Gamers Denounce Marvel Video Game for “Whitewashing” X-Men’s Storm

Representation and diversity are more important than ever in today’s political and social climate. Systemic racism still pervades every aspect of our society and that includes our entertainment.

In fact, the Marvel Comics based video game, “Marvel Future Fight,” is being accused of “whitewashing” X-Men’s Storm, giving her much lighter skin and more Caucasian features including thinner nose and lips.

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Representation and diversity are more important than ever in today’s political and social climate. Systemic racism still pervades every aspect of our society and that includes our entertainment.

In fact, the Marvel Comics based video game, “Marvel Future Fight,” is being accused of “whitewashing” X-Men’s Storm, giving her much lighter skin and more Caucasian features including thinner nose and lips.

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Some fans are even saying she resembles actress Charlize Theron instead of the Black superhero the world knows her as. Storm, in the comics, is of African and African-American descent, hailing from Kenya. The character naturally and traditionally has blue eyes and white hair, passed down from all of her female ancestors.

This is not the first time Storm’s complexion and features have been met with criticism. Earlier this year in the comics, issues of colorism arose when she was shown as light skinned and with altered features making her barely recognizable. Also, both of her live action actresses, Halle Berry and Alexandria Shipp, have been lighter skinned Black women causing controversy.

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Storm is arguably the most popular Black superhero on the planet, having risen to prominence in 1975 in Giant-Size X-Men. There, she and a host of new, multicultural X-Men rescued the original X-Men–Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman–from a living island known as Krakoa. Since then at various times she has served as a leader of the team and even became the Queen of Wakanda when she married Black Panther.

We are open to different interpretations of Storm, but to alter her complexion or ethnicity is problematic. There still are not nearly as many superheroes of color in mainstream media and her role as a dark-skinned and powerful Black woman makes her character all the more necessary.

Marvel Future Fight has yet to respond to the gamers’ outrage, we will keep you posted as this story continues to unfold.

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