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‘Black Panther’ was the first movie filmed at Tyler Perry Studios’ new stages

“Black Panther,” which had a four-day weekend haul of $235 million, was filmed mostly in metro Atlanta, but did you know Tyler Perry had a hand in the production, too?

» RELATED: ‘Black Panther’: Five things to know about the movie’s ties to metro Atlanta

The filmmaker recently took to social media this week to reveal the little-known fact that parts of the blockbuster was shot at one of the new stages at his studio located in The Peach City. In fact, he said the Marvel flick was the first to be filmed there. 

From his Instragram account, Perry wrote: “Welcome to Wakanda! You wanna talk about black history! These are the new stages at Tyler Perry Studios. And guess what the first film to shoot on one of the stages was?!”

Several locations around the metro area were home to “Black Panther” settings, including the High Museum in Midtown and the rock quarry at the Vulcan Materials Co. in Stockbridge. An official from the Henry County city said several scenes of Wakanda, the fictional African nation in the film, were shot at the quarry.

About $84 million of “Black Panther’s” reported $200 million budget was spent in Georgia. The funds went toward rental equipment and grips; lumber, hardware and supplies; lodging and transportation, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

It also employed more than 3,000 Georgians during the shoot, which began in August 2016 and wrapped in November 2017, according to the state economic development department.

» RELATED: Atlanta airport nonstop flights to Wakanda from Black Panther

Atlanta airport offers nonstop flights to the Kingdom of Wakanda 

This story has been updated.

Black Panther” fans rejoice: The world’s busiest airport is officially offering nonstop flights to the Kingdom of Wakanda.

Well, sort of.

» RELATED: Made in Atlanta: “Black Panther” stuns with $235 million four-day take

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shared a photo of a mysterious terminal showing a 7:30 p.m. departure time to the hidden city on Twitter this week, following a holiday weekend that brought in a whopping $235 million for the film.

» RELATED: ‘Black Panther’: Five things to know about the movie’s ties to metro Atlanta

And Twitter users were loving it.

» RELATED: Couple calls on community to send hundreds to see ‘Black Panther’

They were prepared with all the essential questions.

» RELATED: 5 things to know about ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler

One Twitter user noted that, in a way, Atlantans are essentially already living in parts of Wakanda.

The blockbuster’s ties to the metro Atlanta region are a pretty big deal. In fact, almost $84 million of “Black Panther’s” reported $200 million budget was spent in Georgia, the AJC previously reported.

Several scenes of Wakanda were actually shot at the beautiful rock quarry at the Vulcan Materials Co. in Stockbridge.

» RELATED: How much did ‘Black Panther’ spend in Georgia? 

According to the state economic development department, 3,100 people working in Georgia’s booming film industry were employed during the shoot, which started in August 2016 and wrapped up in November 2017.

“We’re incredibly proud that Atlanta has such an important role in the film industry,” Reese McCranie, Hartsfield-Jackson’s director of policy and communications, told the AJC. McCranie said the airport’s social media team, which he oversees, came up with the idea during a Monday meeting.

Since its posting, the playful image shared on the airport’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts has reached hundreds of thousands of people.

“We love keeping our customers engaged,” McCraine said. “And it’s important for us to be part of the cultural conversation.”

Unfortunately, the current flight departing from Gate T3 isn’t headed to the Kingdom of Wakanda. But, McCraine said, “we are certainly looking to explore direct service connection. In the meantime, we hope everyone gets to enjoy the movie.”

As for Wakanda, the beauty and wonder of the fictional country was inspired by Africa itself. Before shooting the film, director Ryan Coogler explored the mountainscape of the tiny nation of Lesotho.

» RELATED: 5 ways ‘Black Panther’ celebrates and elevates black women

According to the Washington Post, Wakanda is actually farther north, along the shores of Lake Victoria. “The country is rendered as a Pan-African pastiche; viewers of Black Panther can point to Ghanaian fabrics and Zulu headdresses, Ethiopian tribal body markings and a prominent Bantu tongue,” the Post reported.

The fictional country was also inspired by several African landmarks, including South Africa’s Three Rondavels (or Three Sisters) and the canyon Orbi Gorge.

7 things to know about Danielle Herrington, Sports Illustrated’s new swimsuit cover model

Twenty-four-year-old Danielle Herrington made history this week when Sports Illustrated announced her as the 2018 SI swimsuit cover model.

“I hope that young girls who look at this cover are inspired to dream as big as I did and work hard to attain all their goals,” she told People Magazine.

» RELATED: Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers

Here are are seven things to know about the model:

She’s from Compton, California.

The 24-year-old Compton native attended private school and told Fox News in an interview that her childhood was “pretty normal.”  

“A lot of the time after school, we would go to my grandma’s house because my parents were working. We would swim, ride our bikes down the street, we had a trampoline, scooters, everything!” she said.

She’s only the third black woman to appear on the SI swimsuit issue cover.

Herrington joins the ranks of SI cover girls Tyra Banks (1997) and Beyonce (2005), the only other black women to grace the swimsuit issue cover in the magazine’s 54-year history.

» RELATED: Sports Illustrated touts Washington’s 2018 QB class as best in the nation

She started modeling around age 13.

Herrington attended John Casablancas’ modeling school when she was around 10 or 11 years old and started modeling at age 13, but remained focused on school until 2015, when she took on a gig for a Seventeen magazine back-to-school bash.

Her portfolio includes some big brands.

According to BuzzFeed, Herrington has modeled for Guess, Juicy Couture and made her New York Fashion Week debut by walking in Philip Plein’s Spring 2017 show.

This isn’t Herrington’s first rodeo with Sports Illustrated.

The model was part of the Sports Illustrated Swim 2017 Rookie Class, which she described as “a dream come true.” Editor MJ Day called Herrington a "natural brand ambassador." Past rookies have included Kate Upton and Chrissy Teigen.

» RELATED: Photos: Tyra Banks through the years

She always looked up to Tyra Banks.

“I just remember Tyra Banks being on the cover and that’s where it all started for me. That’s what really made me pursue modeling,” Herrington told Fox News. 

Banks even revealed Herrington’s cover to her as a surprise.

If she wasn’t modeling, she’d be studying child psychology.

In an interview with GQ, Herrington said she studied psychology and was always interested in how the mind works. If she weren’t a model, she would be interested in becoming a child psychiatrist.

Kandi Burruss’ private escape is accented with pops of color

Fuschia in the family room. Red in the piano room and the dining room. Pops of color accent Kandi Burruss’ seven-bedroom, 9.5 bath home in southwest Atlanta.

The R&B singer, songwriter, producer and member of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast moved in to the house in 2013. The home’s amenities include an indoor pool, an elevator and a private spa behind the family room.

As spacious as the home is, Burruss — a native of College Park and a member of the music group Xscape — maintains homey touches, including hanging family photos of husband Todd Tucker and their kids on the columns leading to the family room.

Fans and celebrities reflect on legacy of Reg E. Cathey after news of his death

Fans and celebrities are mourning the loss of award-winning actor Reg E. Cathey after news of his death broke Friday night. 

» RELATED: ‘House of Cards,' 'The Wire' actor Reg E. Cathey dead at 59

Born in Huntsville, Alabama, the stage, film and TV actor studied theater at the University of Michigan and Yale School of Drama. He gained recognition for his roles in “The Wire,” “Oz” and “House of Cards,” which earned him an Emmy.

He died at age 59 and was reportedly battling cancer. 

As details regarding his death hit the internet, many flocked to social media to express their condolences and share their favorite memories of the famed trailblazer. 

Several said they were shocked to hear about his passing. Not everyone knew he had been battling the illness.

Others complimented his work ethic, sharing how much they enjoyed him onscreen and on stage. They heralded him as a pioneer and legend in the industry. 

» RELATED: 5 things about Reg E. Cathey 

A few praised him for his dedication to his craft, while also reflecting on his gentle spirit. Many called him “kind” and “generous.”

A slew of celebrities chimed in, too, to write about how much they would miss him.

» RELATED: What's next for “House of Cards?”

THE CHOICE II: How one student found an HBCU with a little help from her parents

Before she was #Hurtbae, Kourtney George was a high school senior trying to navigate her college choices. 

A 2011 graduate of Woodward Academy, George’s Louisiana ties ran deep as both of her parents had gone to Southern University in Baton Rouge. 

»MORE: The story behind the Atlanta native known as #Hurtbae

So she was headed to Louisiana State University – at least she thought she was.

“We value education, not just what’s learned in books and classrooms but the knowledge gained from the entire college experience,” said George’s mother Marci Chapman McKenna, a 1991 graduate of Southern. 

“Nothing beats the experience of a HBCU and we wanted our daughter to have it. Lifelong friends, faculty and staff who know her as a person and not a number, pride of belonging and the pride of ownership. We know that HBCUs are ours.”

»MORE: Kennesaw State’s Delanie Mason: ‘I didn’t think I would fit in at an HBCU’

For college-bound African-Americans like George, choosing between a historically black college and a predominantly white one has become more complicated with each passing year. 

As part of our continuing series on HBCUs, read about how George and her parents came together to make difficult decisions on where she would go to college. And what that means.

»MORE: Kendall Youngblood finds a dream reborn by transferring to Clark Atlanta

Photos: Morehouse edges Clark Atlanta in triple overtime

Atlanta University rivals Clark and Morehouse met in basketball Thursday night and Morehouse prevailed in three overtimes.

Why Thrillist and everyone else loves Atlanta's lemon pepper wet wings

If you watched Season 1 of “Atlanta”, you might've noticed the scene where Paper Boi and Darius go to J.R. Crickets  (after finding newfound fame) score them a rare chicken wing flavor not generally available. That flavor? Lemon Pepper Wet.

"These got the sauce on them," the server whispers knowingly.

»RELATED:  6 spots to get your wing fix in Atlanta

In Atlanta, Lemon Pepper Wet has ascended quickly from just another flavor to something more definitive for the city and the entire state. There are, in addition to the Atlanta” scene, that started it all, a pretty respectable celebrity backing for the chicken wing flavor. Rapper Wacka Flocka Flame says the flavor to Atlanta is like the apple to New York in a First We Feast video. Even Thrillist named them the food that most defines us, listing the wings as Georgia’s best food and one of the top 15 food items to eat in America.

Sure, these are all anecdotal pieces of evidence in the case for Lemon Pepper Wet. But whatever, lets roll with it.

(Side note: Atlanta Season 2 premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 1.

 Lemon Pepper Wet is available to you right now.

Here are our picks for where to get a taste of Atlanta’s signature lemon pepper wet wings:

J.R. Cricket's (multiple locations)

J.R. Cricket's added lemon pepper wet to the menu after the episode of Atlanta aired, or rather they re-branded "Fester" wings as Lemon Pepper Wet. In any case, they did this because despite the clip from television, the wings the scene was based on are actually from American Deli.

»RELATED: J.R. Crickets adds ‘lemon pepper wet’ to menu after ‘Atlanta’ episode

Steven Glover, co-author of the scene in question, brother to Donald Glover and all-around Stone Mountain native told the AJC this:

"We just thought it would be funny to see somebody get hooked up at J.R. Crickets by getting that option that isn't even really available," Glover said of the scene via email. "That would be like the best of both worlds. The box glowing just helped sell the feeling of how magical that would be."

American Deli (multiple locations)

The real Lemon Pepper Wets in question are an American Deli thing. And the reason they are different is that they remain wet from clarified butter and not the addition of buffalo sauce. It's a matter of flavor profile. At J.R. Crickets, regular buffalo ensauced wings are given a shake or ten of lemon pepper dry seasoning. The tang of buffalo competes with the lemon pepper for taste bud attention. Not so at American Deli, where clarified butter wets the wings, and lets the lemon pepper shine.

LT's Wings

1160 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta

(404) 349-0006

In an interview with First We Feast, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms gives her Lemon Pepper props to LT's Wings on Fairburn Road.

"In three hours and two minutes, I will be calling LT's Wings for my Friday order: 30 lemon pepper. This is what we eat every Friday, it's like Sunday dinner," Lance-Bottoms said.

A call to LT's confirmed they can make 'em Lemon Pepper Wet for you, too. They add buffalo sauce to make 'em wet.

Dugan's

777 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta

Dugan's opened its doors at Ponce De Leon Avenue all the way back in 1982 a a 40 seat restaurant in the Viriginia Highland, and was first known as Patrick Dugan's Tavern. They dropped the Patrick, kept the wing recipe and the rest is history. At Dugan's, the Lemon Pepper comes paired with Teriyaki sauce, which means you should add buffalo sauce to make them wet. Or clarified butter. All of this is still up for debate, Atlanta.

Your house

There are a great many other places to get Lemon Pepper wet, including at Magic City. But at the end of the day, this city still needs to decide whether it prefers Lemon Pepper Wet as a wing sauce with lemon pepper seasoning, or as a clarified butter wing with lemon pepper seasoning. It's a big choice, but Andrew Rea of Binging with Babish has taken just that wing recipe problem to task. Follow his steps and you can make them at home and decide for yourself. Or just throw up your hands and head to Magic City.

Wiley Bolden, 99: Long life was dedicated to education

Wiley Bolden spent nearly a century as an educator, from working as a professor at Georgia State University to leading both Savannah State University and Morris Brown College.

But he always had time to stop, pause, and smell the roses.

“He knew the names of almost every tree and plant. He would see one and just name it and tell us about it. And he had a green thumb,” said his daughter Millicent Bolden. “I don’t know how he knew them. But he was just curious about everything and he made us curious about everything.”

Dr. Wiley Speights Bolden, who was also thought to be the oldest member in his fraternity in Georgia, died on Jan. 30, 2018 in Atlanta. He was 99.

Read and sign the online guestbook for Dr. Wiley Bolden

»MORE: Follow Black History Month in the AJC

A wake will be held Friday at Murray Brothers Cascade Chapel in Atlanta. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Warren Memorial United Methodist Church, where Dr. Bolden had been a member and Sunday School teacher since 1948.

“He was just a great dad,” Millicent Bolden said. “Education was very important to him and he was a lifelong learner. He was still active and we didn’t expect this. We expected him to go on at least until 100.”

Dr. Bolden was born Dec. 18, 1918 – just a month after the end of the Great War – to Gertrude Speights and Wiley Lee Bolden in Birmingham. He was the oldest of five children. He was initially educated at the Emerson Institute, a private denominational school in Mobile for blacks run by northern white missionaries. He graduated from high school in 1935 and attended Alabama State Teachers College (now known as Alabama State University).

»MORE: Follow the AJC’s series on HBCUs

He graduated in 1939 with a degree in chemistry, but while on campus he pledged into the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

He joined the Eta Lambda Chapter in Atlanta in 1948 and remained an active member until his death.

»MORE: The rise of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

After graduating, Bolden taught math and science and served as a principal in several schools in Alabama. In 1942, as he hopped from school to school, he bumped into Willie Creagh Miller, a teacher at a rival high school with whom he had gone to high school.

He was drafted in 1944 and assigned to Fort Benning, where he taught inductees basic instruction to get them on at least a fourth-grade academic level. His daughter said that that experience heightened his awareness of social disadvantage, while giving him insights into the teaching and learning process.

On August 13, 1945, he married Willie Creagh Miller.

After the two were married they enrolled in masters’ degree programs at Columbia University and both graduated in 1947. The two would have four children.

In the fall of 1948, Dr. Bolden began teaching at Clark College, and after he got his doctorate in 1957, he became chairman of the school’s Department of Psychology and Education. He left Clark in 1967, having become the dean of faculty and instruction.

From 1970 until 1987, he worked as an education professor at Georgia State University. When he retired, the Board of Regents named him Professor Emeritus of Educational Foundations at GSU.

Savannah State lured him out of retirement in February 1988 to serve as acting president until September 1989. While at SSU, he fought off threats of a merger with Armstrong State College. That next retirement didn’t last either as Morris Brown College tapped him to be acting vice president of academic affairs from 1992 until 1994.

Dr. Bolden is survived by two daughters, Millicent Bolden of Birmingham and Lelia E. Bolden of Atlanta; a sister, Madeline Doris Douglas of Los Angeles; a granddaughter, Madeline Bolden of Atlanta; and one great granddaughter, Bethany Bolden, who is a student at Savannah State.

His wife died in 2011, and two other children, Lisa Bolden Monette and Wiley Miller Bolden, also preceded him in death.

“He loved God, education and family,” said daughter Lelia E. Bolden. “He stressed how important it was to live a positive life and help others.”

Migos star in hilarious Tasty video for new ‘Stir Fry’ song

On the heels of the release of their latest record, “Culture II,” Migos has teamed up with Buzzfeed’s Tasty for a lively, mouthwatering cooking video featuring their “Stir Fry” single. 

» RELATED: Here's what Atlanta thinks of the new Migos album ‘Culture II’

While the Atlanta trio has already dropped a martial arts-inspired visual for the song, their latest project is a bit more literal.

Decked out in aprons and tons of jewelry, the rappers chop up onions, peppers, chicken and other vegetables as their tune plays. They then toss all of the ingredients in a skillet with sauces. Once the dish is complete, they stow it away in custom Chinese to-go boxes, which match the design of their album cover art

» RELATED: Migos: 5 things to know about Atlanta rap group

"Music is a huge part of the cooking and kitchen experience, so while Migos and Tasty may sound like an unexpected collaboration, it really is the perfect fit," Ashley McCollum, general manager of Tasty, told Billboard. "The guys were incredible to work with and we feel the final product is a successful fusion of our two brands. Hopefully, we made everyone hungry for a little stir fry."

The video, which was posted Wednesday, quickly went viral within hours, already garnering more 5.2 million views, over 30,000 shares and about 55,000 reactions on Facebook. 

The chart-topper is a hit for other platforms, too. “Stir-Fry" was announced as the official song for the 2018 All-Star Weekend, which kicks off Feb. 16.

The light-hearted Tasty video can also serve as a celebration of a major milestone for the hip-hop crew. This week, Billboard announced that the Migos are tied with none other than The Beatles for the most simultaneous entries on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart for a group.

» RELATED: Migos plans to write script, make movie 

The 3 biggest surprises from Quincy Jones’ candid Vulture interview

Legendary music producer Quincy Jones surprised quite a few people after spilling the beans about his personal life, famous friends and greatest achievements. 

» RELATED: 9 of the best quotes from Quincy Jones’ sweeping Vulture interview

In a recent interview with Vulture, the 84-year-old was an open book, speaking candidly about never-before-heard experiences from his 60-year-long career. He talked about everyone from Richard Pryor and Michael Jackson to The Beatles and the Trump family. 

Curious about what he had to say? Here are the three most stand-out moments from his chat. 

He said Michael Jackson stole music.

During the beginning of the conversation, the interviewer asked Jones to reveal something about Michael Jackson people did not understand. He worked with the King of Pop on “Off The Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad.” 

“I hate to get into this publicly, but Michael stole a lot of stuff,” he revealed. “He stole a lot of songs. The notes don’t lie, man. He was as Machiavellian as they come.” 

He called him “greedy” and said one of the writers of “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” was not paid. 

» RELATED: 5 things about Quincy Jones

He said he dated Ivanka Trump 12 years ago.

In a previous report from January, Jones said he currently had 22 girlfriends. And over a decade ago, he told Vulture that one of his partners was Ivanka Trump.

“I used to date Ivanka, you know,” he blurted. “Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada said, ‘Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.’ I said, ‘No problem’...She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”

He admitted to hanging out with Donald Trump before his presidency and later said he was “limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic.”

He suggested that Marlon Brando had affairs with three major icons. 

When discussing the music business, he compared learning the craft to perfecting dance techniques for dancers. The thought triggered a memory about actor Marlon Brando. 

“Marlon Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us,” he said. “He’d [expletive] anything... James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”

The interviewer followed up by asking, “He slept with them? How do you know that?” to which Jones replied, “Come on, man.”

Read the full interview here

» RELATED: Legendary producer Quincy Jones talks music industry, more

Under fire, Publix reverses decision to deny coverage for HIV prevention drug

Publix announced Tuesday that it would reverse itself after coming under fire for denying preventative HIV drug coverage to one of its employees in Metro Atlanta. 

» RELATED: 9 facts about HIV/AIDS everyone should know

The drug, Truvada PrEP, is more than 95 percent effective in preventing the contraction of HIV, which can result in AIDS. It’s typically prescribed to HIV-negative gay men and those at high risk of infection.

“If everyone took PrEP, there would be no more HIV. It’s that potent, that strong,” Dr. Scott Parry with Intown Primary Care, one of the top providers of PrEP, told Channel 2 Action News.

» RELATED: Stigma still fueling rising rate of HIV among blacks 

The issue came to light when a website, The Body, reported that the former employee was denied coverage. Since 2015, Fulton County Board of Public Health’s HIV prevention program has prescribed Truvada for PrEP 255 times, said Dr. David Holland, chief clinical officer for communicable diseases for the program.  Holland confirmed to AP that the former Publix employee, a Georgia resident, had been denied coverage — the only such case he'd seen. 

Publix did not respond to the Associated Press’s calls and messages last week.

Human rights groups spoke out against the chain, calling its denial for PrEP insurance coverage discriminatory.

» RELATED: Despite progress, Atlanta’s HIV epidemic is worse

“It is not a stretch of the imagination to think that this could actually be a discriminatory practice that targets members of the LBGT community for their sexuality,” Jeff Graham with Georgia Equality told Channel 2.

However, following a meeting with Publix officials to address the issue, Florida state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, an openly gay legislator, took to Twitter Monday to detail how the talks went. He wrote that company officials confirmed the decision to deny coverage but wouldn’t say if it “was based solely on cost or some absurd moral objection they have to PrEP.”

Publix responded early Tuesday, and said it had reconsidered its decision and would cover the drug. “We regularly evaluate what is covered by our health plan and have made the decision to expand our health plan’s coverage of Truvada to include Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP),” the company tweeted. “We are working with our pharmacy benefits manager to implement this change.”

» RELATED: New study on STDs finds Georgia among ‘most diseased’ states

"I think they know and understand that this is the right thing to do for their employees," Smith said.

According to HIV specialists and gay rights groups, the drug is almost universally covered by large employers who provide prescription drug coverage for their workers. Gilead Sciences, its manufacturer, estimated U.S. usage at 120,000 people last year.

The average lifetime cost of treating a person who becomes HIV positive at 35 is $449,000, and that doesn’t include treating anyone else the person might infect, according to Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

» RELATED: The silent epidemic: Black gay men and HIV

"Whether or not it is illegal, it is misguided from both a health perspective and an economic perspective,” Scott Schoettes, HIV project director at gay rights organization Lambda Legal, said. “You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that it is better and cheaper if someone isn't infected.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Alain Locke: Intellectual colossus epitomized ‘The New Negro’

Alain Leroy Locke, born in Philadelphia in the late 1880s, is heralded as the “Father of the Harlem Renaissance” for his publication in 1925 of “The New Negro”  an anthology of poems, essays, plays, music and portraiture by white and black artists, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

“The New Negro” had a significant impact on the dialogue of Black cultural achievements, which brought Locke national recognition, according to blackhistoryheroes.com. In “The New Negro,” Locke examined the famous Harlem Renaissance for the general reading public. It also became a platform where he attacked the legacy of European supremacy by pointing out the great achievements of Africans. The publication of the book and its acclaim would place Locke at the forefront of “The New Negro Movement.”

»Related: Emory University’s Chelsea Jackson latest Rhodes Scholar

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia, Locke saw black aesthetics differently than some of the leading Negro intellectuals of his day. Most notably, his friend W.E.B. Du Bois, a fellow Harvard Ph.D., thought it was a role and responsibility of the Negro artist to offer a representation of the black experience that might help in the quest for social uplift. Locke, however, argued that the primary responsibility and function of the artist is to express his or her own individuality, and in doing that to communicate something of universal human appeal.

Locke taught philosophy at Howard University for more than 40 years, most of it as chairman of the department. He helped organize the Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa there and was one of the early members of the emergent Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity founded in 1914.

Locke was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard University, where he earned undergraduate and doctorate degrees and became the first known gay Rhodes scholar, as well as the first black Rhodes scholar. It would be 50 years before there was another black Rhodes scholar.

Locke was a mentor to Ossie Davis, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, among others, according to blavity.com. According to NPR, he also inspired Martin Luther King Jr., who praised him as an intellectual leader on par with Plato and Aristotle.

Throughout February, we’ll spotlight a different African-American pioneer in the daily Living section Monday through Thursday and Saturday, and in the Metro section on Fridays and Sundays. Go to myAJC.com/black-history-month for more subscriber exclusives on people, places and organizations that have changed the world, and to see videos on the African-American pioneer featured here each day.

Black Twitter flocks to social media to share #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe in viral hashtag

There are less than two weeks remaining before “Black Panther” hits theaters, and people are sharing their excitement on social media. Along with sharing their joy, fans are also expressing the importance of the flick with the viral hashtag #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe.

» RELATED: 3 ways to score 'Black Panther' presale tickets in Atlanta 

On Tuesday, one tweep posed the question, “What does the Black Panther film mean to you?” Pretty soon, hundreds were replying with thoughtful answers and personal stories. 

Several wrote about the significance of representation. They were thrilled that younger generations would have the opportunity to see themselves positively portrayed in cinema.

» RELATED: WATCH: Atlanta school surprises students with ‘Black Panther’ movie tickets in viral video

Others were happy to be exposed to African cultures and traditions not related to the traumas of slavery.

  

» RELATED: Black Twitter can't stop raving about L.A. 'Black Panther’ premiere 

And a few chimed in to praise to the moving responses they were seeing.

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N’yongo and a host of others, the Ryan Coogler-directed movie follows Black Panther, or T’Challa, as he returns home to his African nation of Wakanda to reclaim his throne. It’s out Feb. 16.

» RELATED: #BlackPantherChallenge sends internet into frenzy

Bruno Mars wants Outkast, TI, more at 2019 Atlanta Super Bowl halftime show

The Super Bowl might be over, but Bruno Mars is already making plans for next year’s halftime show. 

» RELATED: Super Bowl: New Orleans newspaper takes shot at Atlanta Falcons

In a series of tweets posted Monday, the Grammy-award winner expressed interest in curating the performance for the 2019 game, which will be held in Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz-Stadium

“Yo is it true that the next Super Bowl is in Atlanta?” he asked. Once he received confirmation, he shared a few suggestions with the NFL. 

“@NFL you have the opportunity to celebrate incredible Hip Hop Artist from Atlanta Next year,” he wrote. “Outkast. T.I Gucci, Lil Jon, Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri just to name a few. It would be the best party TV has ever seen!”

How much is he charging for his services? He wants “like a billion,” he joked. “All jokes aside please lets make that happen.”

Gucci Mane, Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri were excited about the concept. They all retweeted Mars’ original post, which garnered nearly 10,000 retweets and more than 30,000 likes. 

Fans seemed to agree with him, too. Several were particularly thrilled about the rap duo Outkast, responding with GIFs and memes. 

» RELATED: Kevin Hart explains attempt to get on Super Bowl stage with Eagles

Others chimed in with their own ideas. Some wanted to add to Mars’ list of Atlanta artists, with bids for hip-hop heavyweights like Migos and Ludacris.

And a few just wanted to see Bruno take the stage again. He performed as the headliner in 2014 and as Coldplay’s guest alongside Beyonce in 2016.

The NFL hasn’t announced any artists for the Super Bowl LIII yet. The featured musical act is usually revealed around October. 

» RELATED: Meet the 13-year-old who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl LII halftime show

Who is Louis Farrakhan? 10 things to know about the Nation of Islam leader, black activist

Louis Farrakhan, a prominent African-American religious leader and black activist has drawn both scorn for his anti-Semitic comments and praise for his advocacy for the black community throughout his life. 

» RELATED: Could this long-lost photo have derailed Obama’s 2008 campaign?

Here are 10 things to know about Louis Farrakhan:

He is the leader of the Nation of Islam.

In 1955, Louis Farrakhan joined the Nation of Islam, an African-American movement and organization rooted in elements of traditional Islam and black nationalism.

In 1964, Farrakhan condemned his rival Malcolm X, a prominent figure in the Nation of Islam at the time. But when Malcolm X broke with the Nation of Islam over political and personal differences with then leader Elijah Muhammad, Farrakhan took his place as minister of Harlem’s Temple No. 7.

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When Malcolm X was assassinated, Farrakhan replaced him as the organization's national spokesman. In 2000, Farrakhan appeared on "60 Minutes" with Malcolm X's daughter, Qubilah Bahiyah Shabazz, and said he regretted that his writing may have influenced others to assassinate him, CNN reported.

Farrakhan was disappointed when he was not named Elijah Muhammad’s successor following his death. He instead led a breakaway group in 1978, which he also called the Nation of Islam. Farrakhan’s group preserved the original teachings of Muhammad, unlike his successor, the fifth of Muhammad’s six sons.

He was born in New York.

The 84-year-old religious figure was born Louis Eugene Walcott on May 11, 1933, in the Bronx, New York. He and his family eventually moved from the Bronx to the Roxbury neighborhood in Boston.

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He studied music as a youth and eventually became a playwright and film producer.

According to Brittanica, Farrakhan studied music while attending Winston-Salem Teachers College, but dropped out after three years to pursue a career in music.

He went on to perform on the Boston nightclub circuit and was known as “The Charmer.” Farrakhan was a violinist, guitarist and singer. He often sang political lyrics to Caribbean music.

According to CNN, Farrakhan wrote two plays, "The Trial" and "Orgena,” which is “a Negro" spelled backwards.

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He married his wife Khadijah in 1953, and they have nine children.

Farrakhan (then Walcott) married Betsy Ross in 1953. She’s since changed her name to Khadijah. The pair has four sons and five daughters together.

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He’s known for his controversial anti-Semitic, anti-white and anti-homosexual comments.

Farrakhan came into the American public light when he began supporting Rev. Jesse Jackson’s bid for the presidency. However, when he praised Adolf Hitler, calling him “a very great man,” Farrakhan set off conflict with American Jewish voters. He would eventually withdraw his support. He’s denied being anti-Semitic.

 

 He was also active in the fight against drugs and crime, advocating for clean living and black self-help.

Farrakhan often blamed the American government for conspiring to destroy black people with AIDS and addictive drugs, according to Brittanica.

Under his leadership, the Nation of Islam created a clinic for AIDS patients in Washington, D.C., forcing drug dealers out of public housing projects and private apartment buildings. The Farrakhan-led movement also worked with gang members in Los Angeles to do the same.

He continued to advocate for African-American economic independence.

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He came into the political realm when supporting Jesse Jackson's bid for the presidency.

Farrakhan also later filed a lawsuit against President Ronald Reagan, claiming his administration’s sanctions actions against Libya and travel ban violate freedom to worship and freedom of speech.

He’s been critized for his early association with anti-American leaders like Libya's Moammar Gadhafi and Cuba's Fidel Castro, but has dialed back his rhetoric in recent years.

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In 1991, Farrakhan was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

After his diagnosis, Farrakhan toned down on the racial rhetoric. He suffered a reoccurrence in 2007, but after a long surgery, the prostate and cancerous tissue were removed.

He co-organized the Million Man March in 1995.

One of largest demonstrations in Washington, D.C. history, the Million Man March (or the Day of Atonement) involved 12 hours of speeches directed at black men to promote self-improvement and encouraged them to take responsibility for their families and communities.

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He gave what was known as a farewell speech in 2007.

An aging and ailing 73-year-old Farrakhan delivered a “last public address” on the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day in February 2007, calling  for Christian-Muslim unity.

He said Jesus and Mohammed "are brothers who come from the same eternal God."

"How dare us try to split up the prophets and make them enemies of each other to justify our being enemies...If Jesus and Mohammed were on this stage, they would embrace each other with love. If Moses and the prophets and Abraham the father would be on this podium with all the prophets, they would embrace each other,” he said.

Farrakhan later spoke at the Justice or Else rally in Washington, D.C. in 2015 and at a Tehran, Iran, rally marking the 37th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution, CNN reported.

In 2017, Farrakhan strongly criticized President  Donald Trump’s foreign policy agenda involving the Middle East and North Korea. 

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 In 2018, Farrakhan made headlines, again.

According to the Daily Caller, a new photo of Farrakhan and former President Barack Obama at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting in 2005 emerged last week. “The journalist who took the photo said he suppressed its publication to protect Obama’s presidential aspirations,” the Caller reported.

And on Monday, Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny Davis defended him for being an "outstanding human being," inviting harsh criticism.

WATCH: Atlanta school surprises students with ‘Black Panther’ movie tickets in viral video

“Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and one school just surprised all of its students with tickets

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Ron Clark Academy, a middle school located in southeast Atlanta, recently posted a video of its students dancing and chanting after learning they were headed to the theaters to see the action flick, out Feb. 16. 

The school, which has 120 scholars, uploaded the clip on its Facebook page Friday with the caption, “that moment when the whole school finds out they’re going to see Marvel’s new movie, Black Panther!”

The nearly one-minute-long post quickly went viral, garnering more than 600,000 views and nearly 27,000 shares within just three hours. 

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Not only will the kids gather to watch the motion picture, they will also have a day of cultural classes, featuring lessons on African art, dance, music, math, science, history and spirituality.

“The beauty of African traditions are woven into a sci-fi film with tremendous opportunities to have discussions about cultural and identity,” Susan Barnes, the art teacher at the school, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Furthermore, to see a black male lead as a superhero is very powerful for our students because traditionally superheroes have been white.”

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N’yongo and a host of others, the Ryan Coogler-directed movie follows Black Panther, or T’Challa, as he returns home to his African nation of Wakanda to reclaim his throne.

The entire staff, which is a diverse bunch from different backgrounds, is excited about the event, and they said they’re enthusiastic to “provide an opportunity for discussion and reflection that will be powerful!”

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13 events celebrating Black History Month in Atlanta

The contributions of African-Americans throughout U.S. history have been unrelenting, unforgettable and oftentimes unbelievable.

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During 2018, the country has themed Black History Month "African Americans in Times of War." Across the nation, this year's February celebration honors the 100th anniversary of World War I's end and the significant roles blacks have played in battle as far back as the American Revolution.

Black warfare achievements on and off American soil are far and wide. A few history-making combat heroes and heroines include:
  • Robert Smalls was born into slavery and still became the first black naval captain of the Civil War;
  • Alexander Thomas Augusta enrolled into the Civil War as the first African-American out of eight to sign up for duty;
  • Aileen Cole Stewart became one of World War I's first black Army Nursing Corps nurses; and
  • the Tuskegee Airmen formed America's first black military aviators in the U.S. armed forces who flew with distinction during World War II.
To ensure their trailblazing legacies and others continue to live on both home and abroad, here are upcoming opportunities in Atlanta for city dwellers and tourists to learn more about African-American triumphs despite some of history's most challenging circumstances:

APEX Museum: "Blacks on Stamps" Digital Exhibit:

135 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta

Known for celebrating Black History Month every month, the African American Panoramic Experience (APEX) Museum is the only museum in metro Atlanta solely dedicated to sharing the rich, untold story of the African Diaspora. APEX currently has an online exhibit titled "Blacks on Stamps: A Celebration of Black History Makers" to view digitally of distinguished African-American groundbreakers and icons the U.S. Postal Service has honored in virtually every career field via its signature stamp designs.

Atlanta History Center: African-American History:                                                                  

130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta.

Dig into the center's extensive collection of papers, pictures and recordings to uncover the true stories behind African-American's impact on segregation/racial justice, employment, academia, neighborhood development and the law in Atlanta. This research/archival collection shares the lives of prominent African-American civic, political and business leaders of the mid-20th century as well. Call 404-814-4040 to experience this collection. 

Black History Month Parade:      

The Atlanta community will observe African-American heritage through high-spirited marching band performances, engaging guest speakers and culturally creative floats at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The parade begins at Hurt Park and ends at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Baker Street.

Children's Museum of Atlanta: Black History Month Programming: 

275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta

Discover the powerful stories of influential African-American leaders with your little ones through monthlong shows, art, books and dance. Kids can learn the sounds and moves of the Harlem Renaissance on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays at 11 a.m. and weekdays at 2 p.m.; take train adventures in literature to experience great paths African-Americans have traveled weekends from noon to 2 p.m. and weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon; explore the art of world-renowned African-American artists weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and try traditional East African dances that honor the roots of African-American culture Saturday, Feb. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. 

Constance Baker Motley: One Woman's Fight for Civil Rights:   

National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta

Join author Gary Ford Jr.'s free discussion about his book and Motley's life as the only female lawyer on the Brown v. Board case, first African-American federal judge and first African-American woman to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court. The event takes place Sunday, Feb. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Dr. King's Birth Home Tours:    

501 Auburn Ave., Atlanta

Learn what life was like for iconic civil rights figure Martin Luther King Jr. in his Queen Anne-style birth home to his adolescent years. Located on 501 Auburn Ave., the 1895-built, two-story historic home offers free, ranger-led tours of its storytelling interior. Except for national holidays, the home is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for up to 15 people per tour.

Herndon Home Museum Tours:  

587 University Place NW, Atlanta

Visit the home of one of most prominent black families in Atlanta's history who persevered through slavery to leadership in the African-American business community. General tours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Active duty military, students and seniors: $7; adults: $10.

My Superheroes are Black: Pop up Exhibit: 

Acknowledging Black History Month and Marvel Comics' much-anticipated "Black Panther" movie slated to open Friday, Feb. 16, this digital art exhibit will feature a free open discussion about black representation and identity in media with Atlanta creators and artists. The event takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at 249 Peters St. in the Castleberry Art District.

Oakland Cemetery's African-American History Tours: The Historic Oakland Foundation and City of Atlanta are hosting free, guided walking tours of its African-American grounds from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, through Thursday, Feb. 22. Selling out fast, the public tours take guests to the final resting places of Atlanta black history pioneers like Carrie Steele Logan, founder of the city's first orphanage for African-American kids, and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African-American mayor.

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Roswell Roots: A Festival of Black History and Culture: 

Paying tribute to Roswell's African-American culture and history, this festival is one of the largest and most comprehensive observances in its community. Connecting to national Black History Month celebrations, the events last through Wednesday, Feb. 28 and features original art/history exhibitions; guest artists and cooking experts; and live musical performances and spoken word. Click here for the complete calendar of events.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power:  

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta

Showcasing more than 150 artworks by more than 60 artists inside Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the "Soul of a Nation" lecture and exhibition will take place 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5.The event's art and Q&A session will examine how American cultural identity was reshaped during the Civil Rights Movement.

The King Center Visits:   

449 Auburn Ave., Atlanta

Coretta Scott King, wife of MLK Jr., established the now National Historic Site in 1968. An international resource center, the grounds serve as the final resting place of the couple and international tourist destination to explore the Kings' strategies to social change and collections of memorabilia and artifacts. The site is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 449 Auburn Ave.

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TSOPATL Presents: The Gift Beyond Sunday Morning:

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta

The Soul of Philanthropy Atlanta and The National Christian Foundation will partner to honor Black History Month with Atlanta's top fundraising and faith thought leaders. During this three-session workshop, pastors, nonprofit professionals and business representatives will share experiences and expertise to gain meaningful community support and discuss the importance of volunteers. The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 22, at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

Former lead singer of legendary Temptations, Dennis Edwards, dead at 74

The former lead singer of the legendary Motown group The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, has died in Chicago, according to news reports.

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Edwards, 74, who replaced The Temptations singer David Ruffin, died Thursday a day before his 75th birthday, his family confirmed to CBS News.

The Grammy Award-winner joined the successful soul group in 1968 and was featured on a number of hits, including “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Ball of Confusion.”  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as a member of the Temptations

Edwards was born in Birmingham, Alabama., on Feb. 3, 1943, but considered Detroit his home. 

He was singing with a different group, the Contours, before joining The Temptations after the group fired Ruffin.

Edwards left the group around the time it split with Motown in the mid-1970s, but returned in 1980 when it reunited with Motown. He reunited with and split from the group several more times, until finally calling it quits in 1989, according to Rolling Stone.

Edwards scored a solo hit, “Don’t Look Any Further,” in the mid-1980s, which climbed to No. 2 on the R&B chart.

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Edwards was married to Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters from 1976 to 1977, and had one daughter, Issa Pointer.

He died Thursday night in Chicago. His family did not release a cause of death.

‘Black excellence at all time high’: Adorable kids star in CNN parody for Black History Month

Black History Month is officially underway, and one organization created an adorable news parody starring mini reporters to kick off the celebration. 

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Because Of Them We Can, a group dedicated to sharing the richness of black history through photography campaigns and apparel, recently uploaded a video titled “Breaking News: Black Excellence Is At An All Time High”  to the group’s Instagram page.

The nearly two-minute-long clip features small kids playing renowned CNN journalists and correspondents, including Don Lemon, Angela Rye, Symone Sanders, April Ryan and Bakari Sellers. 

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During the segment, the fun-sized influencers raved about inspirational black figures. From Serena Williams and Ava DuVernay to Shea Moisture founder Richelieu Dennis and fashion trailblazer Dapper Dan, the hosts said, “black folks consistently go hard.”

The tiny ones even recognized Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was inaugurated in January. “Atlanta got a mayor named Keisha,” exclaimed the little girl who played Rye. 

They didn’t leave out black cinema. They also highlighted the successes of “Black Panther,” out later this month, “A Wrinkle In Time,” out in March; “Hidden Figures;” “Girls Trip;” and “Get Out.”

To end the skit, the children declared that “black folks have always been dope and always will be dope.”

The post has since gone viral, garnering more than the 200,000 likes on Instagram. Several people shared their thoughts in the comments, using emojis and more to praise the small actors’ performances. 

One Instagrammer said, “This is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time! These babies get it.” Another added, “This is AMAZING,” and someone else said, Aint nothing FAKE about that news!! #Cute #Facts.”

Rye loved it as well. On Twitter, she wrote, “As @mrdavidjohns would say #teachthebabies or in this case, let the babies teach us! #BlackHistoryMonth.” Sellers chimed in, too, saying, Y’all! I’m loving this. Coolest honor I’ve had. Spread the love.”

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