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LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Derived from popular genres of music like jazz, blues and gospel, rhythm and blues was born. Rhythm and Blues music, which is widely referred to as R&B, is unique in that it has the ability to take on many musical identities, at once. Some say the genre was first identified in Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance, which is known as one of the most prominent cultural movements for African Americans during the 1930’s. However, others think the genre originated in the 1940’s when African Americans began moving to northern cities, creating cultural fusion.  

The music evolved from “race music”, which was an offensive term that referred to the music of African Americans, into jump blues which was known for having a swing boogie, big band sound.

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

ATLANTA – It’s the summer time, ‘tis the season for chic fits, light fabrics, mandals, murses and clean faces and we know you want to let it all hang out. However it’s more important for today’s modern fashionmister to have clean and healthy skin. From cleansers to exfoliants, shavers to straight ravors, shaving creams to soaps, moisturizers and sunscreen men have a wide range of product selections to maintain their signature smirk.

Of course, every guy has their own routine; some skip a day to stay smooth others use a hot towel and facial scrub, either way; they all work to achieve the same goal which is smooth skin.

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

Mexican Music composer Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández is an icon in the classical music and especially in Atlanta where he is a  violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, founder of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. and the Buckhead Youth Orchestra, and conductor of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, began his study of music in Mexico. At age 14, he began studying with Henryk Szeryng, and continued as Szeryng became his principal mentor in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.

Avery Elementary celebrates the arts

Avery Elementary celebrates the arts

CANTON, Ga. -- Avery Elementary School in Canton recently celebrated Fine Arts Week in recognition of the importance of art and music in schools.

Throughout the week, students were treated to performances from "That Puppet Guy" Lee Bryan, Flash of Brass Southern Gospel group and the Avery Elementary School Chorus.

In addition, Community Canvas Artist Karen Mervis spent the week working with each Avery homeroom to create a huge canvas painting to be hung in the school's media center.

Fine Arts Week culminated with a Fine Arts Night in which various talented artists from throughout the Avery community displayed and demonstrated their talents for all to see.

Carmen Deedy visits Clayton Elementary

Carmen Deedy visits Clayton Elementary

CANTON, Ga. -- Children's author Carmen Agra Deedy paid a special visit to Canton's Clayton Elementary School on Monday, May 16.

Deedy, a native of Cuba, has been writing for kids for more than two decades. She shared her stories with the kindergartners and first and second graders at Clayton.

Read more about Carmen Deedy's amazing life and career.

Ronald Hart Named to Barron’s 2011 “Top 100 Financial Advisors”

Ronald Hart Named to Barron’s 2011 “Top 100 Financial Advisors”

ATLANTA, GA May 17, 2011 – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Ronald Hart, a managing director of the Hart Group in the Firm’s Atlanta office, has been named to Barron’s annual list of America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors.

The “Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients. Investment performance is not an explicit criterion.

“I am extremely proud that Ron Hart is representing Morgan Stanley Smith Barney on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Atlanta office.