Planet Atlanta

About Planet Atlanta The original Planet Atlanta started out as a print newspaper dedicated to covering international communities within the city. The paper’s founder, Molly Read Woo, came up with the name when dining at a Vietnamese café, which was just down the street from a Latin music store and an international farmers market along the Buford Highway corridor. People from every part of the planet call Atlanta home, she thought – but so few of them were well represented in local media at the time. The first issue of Planet Atlanta - The International Journal debuted in January 1994 with a circulation of 10,000. News about local entrepreneurs, cultural happenings, international trade and social organizations, as well as regular features of the monthly journal like the “Ask Jay” the Immigration Advisor column and the Planet Pup Comics strip soon became hits with native Atlantans and newcomers alike. With its broad and inclusive coverage, Planet Atlanta opened up media access to the region’s more diverse residents and created a welcoming atmosphere of multiculturalism in the city, which was particularly helpful to Atlanta’s civic leaders as they prepared to host the world for the 1996 Olympics. The 21st century Planet Atlanta is a multi-media and multi-format organization covering people from all walks of life in Atlanta; our industry, our art, our challenges, our history and latest happenings. We no longer limit ourselves to local subjects that have a predominantly global angle. Now anything newsworthy in Atlanta is part of our beat. And why still call it Planet Atlanta? Because anything that happens in Atlanta may in one way or another affect the entire Planet – and anything that happens around this Planet will most likely impact our lives here. We’re all in this together. Planet Atlanta now consists of a website, a public access TV show, and a community of people who care about each other and the events taking place daily in our city. Check back often on our page to see videos and posts about political and cultural events happening in and around town. This season you can also catch our Planet Atlanta half hour specials on People TV in Atlanta, Comcast Channel 24, Friday nights at 8:00 – or catch the show streaming live on the People TV website www.peopletv.org. We hope you enjoy and follow along and even contribute to this latest revolution of Planet Atlanta, your local international news service. Glad to have you in our orbit!

Love the Solstice Celebrations at Southface - Great to get together with so many folks creating a good environment for a...
06/20/2019

Love the Solstice Celebrations at Southface - Great to get together with so many folks creating a good environment for all.

Faithful Friends of Historic Fountain Hall
06/19/2019

Faithful Friends of Historic Fountain Hall

Let's hope Atlanta's Mayor and City Council Members see the wisdom of saving this historic site right in the musical hea...
06/15/2019
Nassau Street Sessions – American music history was made in Atlanta

Let's hope Atlanta's Mayor and City Council Members see the wisdom of saving this historic site right in the musical heart of our city!

In June 1923, New York-based Okeh Records took their newly-invented portable recording equipment to Atlanta, Georgia. In an empty downtown warehouse on Nassau Street they made American music history.

Atlanta city budget meeting tonight - If you can't be there in person, submit your questions through text or social medi...
06/04/2019

Atlanta city budget meeting tonight - If you can't be there in person, submit your questions through text or social media!

Insane expense to pay for the wrong path. Imagine the far more environmentally friendly and truly needed transportation ...
06/04/2019
Atlanta’s I-285 expansion for car commuters could be much costlier than we thought.

Insane expense to pay for the wrong path. Imagine the far more environmentally friendly and truly needed transportation options we could buy with the same $$s. Who the hell thinks this is a good idea??

According to the AJC, a member of the Doraville City Council has signed a petition urging GDOT to stop the incredibly costly plans for expanding the top end of I-285 to add new capacity for toll la…

Lenox Square - Way back when -
06/04/2019

Lenox Square - Way back when -

Lenox Mall in the 1960’s.

06/04/2019
Atlanta City Council

Happening tonight- Ask Your Questions - Share your thoughts about how Atlanta should spend its money!

Which services need to be prioritized for the city of #Atlanta's FY2020 Budget? Atlanta City Council member Howard Shook invites you to share your thoughts.

06/03/2019
Atlanta City Council

All are welcome to bring their questions and proposals to the City of Atlanta's Finance Committee's Public Hearing Tuesday night.

Which services need to be prioritized for the city of #Atlanta's FY2020 Budget? Atlanta City Council member Howard Shook invites you to share your thoughts.

05/21/2019
Georgianne

A year ago today - Georgianne shared her first message to Georgia's then gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp

A Special Message from Georgianne to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

So much good can happen now - Thank you again to Maria Saporta and the staff of the Saporta Report for bringing us the u...
05/16/2019
With lawsuit settled, it's time to preserve Paschal's and Gaines Hall

So much good can happen now -
Thank you again to Maria Saporta and the staff of the Saporta Report for bringing us the up to date news on what's happening in this city.

For nearly five years, the city of Atlanta has been in a legal battle with Clark Atlanta University over the ownership rights of nearly 13 acres of land in the heart of Westside community.On April 18, the two sides lay down their arms and agreed to a settlement where the city agreed to pay $750,000....

05/09/2019
NowThis Politics

This is the Maynard Jackson whose family home is now facing demolition, unless those who hope to save this inspirational landmark of Civil Rights History in Atlanta can prevail. Wishing Godspeed to those of us who hope to save this irreplaceable treasure.

#RenovateSunset220

Maynard Jackson Documentary Tells the Story of the South's First Black Mayor

05/09/2019
Light of Friendship

In light of the possibility that Atlanta may be on the brink of tearing down yet another irreplaceable landmark of our civil rights history, I wanted to share this view of Historic Friendship Baptist Church - with scenes taken from its last day of services.
I have maintained the Save Atlanta's Friendship page - even after we failed to save the historic church building, because I think it's important to keep in our vision, what is true and beautiful and inspiring in our history, even when - maybe especially when we can't see it in our city.

6-20-14 The organ has been disassembled, and some of the stained glass windows have already been taken out of Friendship. The state's historical record with ...

Thanks to Maria Saporta for the timely report... I pray the community will be heard on this one .... for a change..
05/07/2019
Vine City residents upset over plans to tear down Maynard Jackson’s residence on Sunset Ave - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Thanks to Maria Saporta for the timely report... I pray the community will be heard on this one .... for a change..

The city of Atlanta reportedly issued a demolition permit for the 220 Sunset building on April 30 without the matter being brought before the community, which has been advocating that Vine City’s history be preserved while the area is being revitalized.

So glad to have friends like Melissa Gordon Rhine and all the members of her family's band - who are playing tonight at ...
04/26/2019
Help Support Songs For Kids in the name of New Territory

So glad to have friends like Melissa Gordon Rhine and all the members of her family's band - who are playing tonight at Center Stage, raising money for a great cause. - helping kids with illness enjoy making music! Yay New Territory, Y'all rock! Check out band's fundraising page, and the wonderful organization - 500 Songs for Kids - that they're helping out tonight!

Each generous donation allows us to connect another sick child at a childrens hospital with a Songs For Kids musician.

A great tradition!
03/28/2019
Agnes Scott College - Writers' Festival

A great tradition!

Building on a long tradition of inviting distinguished writers to campus to read their works, teach, and talk with students, the Writers’ Festival began in the spring of 1972 with May Sarton as the headliner. A statewide writing contest for colleges and universities in poetry and fiction was the c...

03/27/2019
Georgianne

Georgianne previews her "Lets Make Georgia Legal" Song with some on-screen lyrics - so you can practice up to sing with her at the Fundraiser for Peachtree NORML & West Ga NORML Women’s Alliance at Dad's Garage Theatre Company Sunday Night - Y'all Come!

Please join me in a Sing-a-long this Sunday at Dad's Garage Theatre Company in a special night of fun benefitting the wonderful mission of Peachtree NORML! You can practice singing along with me here! and get info on the Fundraiser for Peachtree NORML & West Ga NORML Women’s Alliance too - Y'all Come!

Yay Professor Washington!
03/20/2019
Law professor Tanya Washington says Maya Angelou inspired her career

Yay Professor Washington!

Tanya Washington, a Georgia State University College of Law professor, comes from a long line of educators. As a fourth generation teacher, the importance and power of education were ingrained into her from the time she was a child in Washington, D.C. From there, she was driven by a passion for guid...

03/20/2019
Georgia MultiModal Passenger Terminal

A working proposal from state and federal and metro area planners that seemed viable just five years ago - and still could be in parts - seems so much more reasonable than paying $1.9 billion to a California investor to take it all ... and we own nothing but decades of debt from the deal.

The Georgia MMPT is a 2013 conceptual design developed for FIC (Forest City Enterprises, Inc.; The Integral Group, LLC; and Cousins Properties, Inc.) by FXFOWLE…

Oh how nice that they dropped the price of a hot dog for the people who can afford to go to the nice new stadium that th...
03/07/2019

Oh how nice that they dropped the price of a hot dog for the people who can afford to go to the nice new stadium that the rest of us in Atlanta are having to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for over the next 30 years ...

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium announced a cut in food & drink prices for the 2nd year in a row! 👏👏

Green in Atlanta -
02/28/2019

Green in Atlanta -

Happening tonight at the Atlanta History Center - Town Hall with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
02/28/2019

Happening tonight at the Atlanta History Center - Town Hall with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

02/23/2019

Thrilled to be going to the The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta's Chairish the Future 2019 event tonight!

02/22/2019
FOX 5 Atlanta

Thanks to William Perry for this report on the Fulton County Commissioners vote to give themselves a ballooning travel budget, that's adding insult to injury to taxpayers here.

OPINION: The Fulton County Commission recently voted to increase their seldom-used travel budgets by 400%. According to William Perry, they did so without any sort of study, analysis or opportunity for the public to comment.

What do you think? Is an unrestricted $350,000 travel budget a good use of taxpayer dollars?

Our favorite Superhero table and chair by artist Jody Harris -going up for bids at  The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta ...
02/21/2019

Our favorite Superhero table and chair by artist Jody Harris -going up for bids at The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta Chairish the Future 2019 Event happening tomorrow!

Artist: Jody Harris

Check out some of the chairs about to be up for bid at the Chairish the Future 2019 Event tomorrow night to Benefit the ...
02/21/2019

Check out some of the chairs about to be up for bid at the Chairish the Future 2019 Event tomorrow night to Benefit the The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta!

It's time to start voting for the People's Choice award!

"Like" your favorite piece of furniture art to elect them VICTOR OF THE VOTE: The people voted, and the winner prevailed. The victor of the vote campaigned through art and canvassed through skill. Let’s now inaugurate your people’s choice.

Voting closes this Thursday at 5pm! Your "like" must be on the photo in the Furniture Bank's album for it to be counted! For full artist bios and art piece descriptions, visit our website: http://furniturebankatlanta.org/events/chairish-the-future/chairish-artists/

Time to get ready for 2020!
02/21/2019

Time to get ready for 2020!

It’s been more than two decades since Atlanta hosted the 1996 Games, but Atlanta Track Club is soon offering the city a new Olympic experience: Road to Gold: An Atlanta 2020 Test Event. This 8.2-mile race will be held March 2, 2019, and will take runners and walkers along the final lap of the planned course for the 2020 Olympic Team Trials –Marathon.

Registration includes this commemorative scarf, draw string bag and a medal!

Register: http://bit.ly/Road2Gold

02/19/2019

Meeting on Buckhead History - happening tonight!

Buckhead Historic Treasures
Garden Hills, Peachtree Heights East & Peachtree Hills
February 19, 2019 6:30pm
Buckhead Heritage will discuss their ongoing project to collect and archive Buckhead historic resources and their current entries for these three neighborhoods. We will talk about history of these areas, discuss what is and is not currently in our archives, and our plans for additions in 2019. Over 650 Historic Places throughout Buckhead, mapped by neighborhood and street, grouped into 24 themes like Architecture, Social, Military are currently on our website. Future updates will include expanded online features and additional survey entries. Persons interested in local history and learning more about Buckhead neighborhoods are invited to this free program at Garden Hills Elementary School, 285 Sheridan Drive, Atlanta, Ga 30305. There is limited disabled access. For further information about the gathering, please contact Executive Director Richard Waterhouse at (404) 467-9447 or [email protected].

02/18/2019

Lots happening at the Library!

Americans for Prosperity GA Backs In-state Cultivation for Low THC CBD Oil - AllOnGeorgia
02/16/2019
Americans for Prosperity GA Backs In-state Cultivation for Low THC CBD Oil - AllOnGeorgia

Americans for Prosperity GA Backs In-state Cultivation for Low THC CBD Oil - AllOnGeorgia

Americans for Prosperity Georgia has announced that the organization supports the criminal justice reform principles put forth in the recently introduced, Georgia’s Hope Act, which would allow a limited number of highly regulated license holders to grow marijuana for the purposes of producing CBD ...

For your Atlanta Valentines - and you!!
02/13/2019
7 Valentine's Day Events Happening Atlanta | Atlanta PlanIt

For your Atlanta Valentines - and you!!

Whether single or a couple, embrace what all Valentine's Day season has to offer by going out in the city. Treat your loved one to cocktails at the Georgia Aquarium or pick out a gift for a sweetheart at a local art market. Check out our list of Valentine’s Day events that you will fall in love wi...

"Brush with Kindness" - Welcoming volunteers - Happening tomorrow!
02/13/2019

"Brush with Kindness" - Welcoming volunteers - Happening tomorrow!

Looking to make an impact on your community? Come help us paint a home with our Brush With Kindness project tomorrow between 9:00am – 4:00pm at 21 Bowen Ave SE – 30315. Contact [email protected] to sign up. #Volunteer #BuildTheBlock

02/12/2019

One Fabulous Party, with Super Eclectic Art, Scrumptious Food, Swinging Dance Music and a lot of fun raising money for a Great Organization!!

You know this is going to be good!
02/02/2019
Come enjoy food, drinks, art, and music at our Canopy Cooler 🎉

You know this is going to be good!

Okay, let's talk coolers. No, not the one you almost left at the lake last year. We're talking about our upcoming Canopy Conference Cooler, an after-party and networking event! Even if you can't make it to our Canopy Conference, you can still join us for local bites, craft beverages, jams, and new...

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