Former resident criticizes reality-show portrayals of black Atlantans

I meant to post this earlier, but Monday got in my way. Atlanta native Kelly Smith Beaty has taken reality show producers to task for their demeaning portrayals of black Atlantas. Ms. Beaty, a former reality show participant on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice is referring to The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta. (Disclosure: I haven’t seen these shows and don’t plan to, especially  after what Ms. Beaty writes in the Huffington Post.) Her post, “Will the Real Black People of Atlanta Please Stand Up,” is well worth reading. She asks: Why can’t the media focus more on African-American women of achievement? Good question. She writes: Time after time, executive producers from L.A. and New York, where I currently…

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Georgia sheriff’s old Klan outfit not so funny in election fight

  A Klan-themed past has come back to haunt Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison. Ironic, since Klan costumes were originally designed to make their wearers appear to be the ghosts of dead Confederate soldiers in an attempt to frighten newly freed blacks into submission during Reconstruction after the Civil War. (The shotguns and nooses they carried helped achieve the desired effect tremendously.) The Georgia legislature adopted an “anti-mask law” in the 1940s to force Klansmen to show their faces in public. This had a negative effect on the KKK’s membership. By the way, Cherokee, like Forsyth and several other North Georgia counties, conducted a purge of  black residents in 1912—four years after African Americans were Constitutionally disenfranchised in the state. These purges came during a time when there was…

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Where to get SIGNED COPIES of Brambleman

BRAMBLEMAN UPDATE: Barnes and Noble stores in Alpharetta, Norcross, and Cumming now all have SIGNED copies available. Humpus Bumpus in Cumming has a few signed copies, as well. People are asking me where they can get a copy of my new novel, Brambleman. If you want to see what the buzz is about, click here. Short answer: everywhere.  You can order it from your favorite bookseller or go online and get it wherever you buy ebooks (Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, etc.) Here are the links. If you want to go out a grab a paperback right away, the following stores should have copies (it’s a new book, after all). These are just the ones I know about. Barnes and Noble (Georgia):…

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Brambleman–This ain’t your mama’s fairy tale

4.4 stars avg. rating Amazon.com and goodreads Brambleman A Novel by Jonathan Grant ISBN print 978-0-9834921-2-2 ISBN eBook 978-0-9834921-3-9 Available everywhere Thornbriar Press    Atlanta Paperback: $18.95 ebook:  $8.99 Down-and-out Atlanta writer Charlie Sherman has no idea what madness awaits him when a mysterious stranger convinces him to finish a dead man’s book about a horrific crime that’s gone unpunished for decades. What Charlie inherits is an unwieldy manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. During the course of his work, Charlie uncovers a terrible secret involving a Forsyth County land grab. Due to its proximity to Atlanta, the stolen farm is now worth $20 million—and a sale is pending. When he finds the land’s rightful…

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Defense releases George Zimmerman police interview

The defense team of George Zimmerman, facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has released some of its evidence, including videotaped police interviews. While Zimmerman mainly butttesses his claim of self-defense, there is a key statement we haven’t heard before. Zimmerman said he was reaching into his pocket when Martin hit him. Here’s the link.

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