Last month I hosted an emerging networking event in Atlanta called Dinner With Friends. DWF is designed to be a gathering of Atlanta’s most influential creatives and business people where they fellowship and enjoy food and cocktails. For the most recent one we decided to do something different and have a featured guest speaker that I would interview during the dinner.
This person was Terence Lester, founder of LoveBeyondWalls.org. Love Beyond Walls is a community organization that specializes in using social media and story telling to draw attention to societal ills.
Their current focus is homelessness in the city of Atlanta. So far this year Love Beyond Walls has tried some pretty innovative ways to draw attention to this problem. In January Terence spent three days out on the street to show what it was like to be homeless. In addition to going out and serving every other Saturday, for the entire month of February LBW is collecting “Love Kits” at various Atlanta business (including the Legoland at Phipps Plaza) to give out to the homeless.
Terence’s next act is sure to draw some attention as well. Inspired by the lives he touched during his three days of homelessness, he is going to walk 30 miles across Atlanta in a one man marathon. Why 30 miles? Because on average, that’s how many miles a homeless person walks a day going to and from, here and there.
This is very cool organization…and best of all, they are pretty effective. Instead of chastising “twitter activists” they encourage them to spread the word about their work and the problems they are trying to help fix. The beautiful thing about that is that eventually those same people actually go out into the streets with LBW and volunteer. In addition to tackling homelessness, they are also helping Atlanta school children who can’t afford school uniforms.
When you get a minute check out their site LoveBeyondWalls.org and learn more about the organization and their initiatives.
Also be sure to follow them on social media:
K Camp shows the behind-the-scenes part of his grind with his video for “In Due Time.” If you’re still sleeping, check out his mixtape that dropped this week, In Due Time.
PK drops some grown man ish about loyalty and putting small things aside for your potnas. This is off of his upcoming project Behind the Music.
This past Saturday, Southern University’s Jaguars defeated Grambling State University’s Tigers at the 2013 Bayou Classic in New Orleans. As is the case with most Bayou Classics, the contest was pretty much a home game for Baton Rouge-based Southern since their campus and fanbase is in close proximity to the N.O. It pretty much seemed like a sea of blue and yellow every where you looked outside and inside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Southern also dominated on the field beating Grambling 40-17. Moral victories aren’t supposed to count in football, but, GSU and it’s fans were happy to at least be there. GSU’s season had been marred with controversy after the firing of legendary coach Doug Williams earlier this year. Student players boycotted all football activities refusing to practice in mid-October, citing unsatisfactory facilities, poor administration and even dirty uniforms as reasons why. They even forfeited a game against SWAC rival Jackson State University to prove their point. Alumni and fans started to worry if their would even be a Bayou Classic this season. Fortunately, the players (with some “coaching” from Williams’ himself) returned to the field in late-October and got the season back on course.
GSU actually came into the Bayou Classic playing the best football they’ve played all year, but at 21-point explosion from Southern in 2nd quarter pretty much set the tone for the rest of the game. Southern’s victory brought the Bayou Classic series to a tie with both teams now winning 20 games each. Southern and Grambling also came out even on the donation end as Miller Coors donated $10,000 each to both schools in a ceremony after the first quarter.
Grambling also found some victory at halftime as their marching band easily outperformed Southern’s. Eventhough it got a little odd at one point with an accordian player and breakdancer joining them, it was still a good show.
(I had no idea that brothas was playing accordian and washboard in 2013)
Now…for the other games.
The Coors Light VIP tailgate was festive once again. This time fans were able to enjoy the experience before, during and after the game…indoors. Everybody, including the Grambling State University mascot came through to join in on the fun.
To get a better idea of the fun you missed out on, check out the gallery below.
Just in case you haven’t heard it yet, Day 1 Radio caught up with the talented ForteBowie. We aren’t the first to interview him, but we may be the first to talk to him about things outside of just music. Take a listen.
Saturday, December 7th, Killer Mike, Bobby Creekwater and PK are taking over the Basement in the EAV.
The show is hosted by Fort Knox. Doors open at 9pm, cover is $10.
1245 Glenwood Ave SE
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This past weekend Coors Light was in Orlando, Florida for the 34th Annual Florida Classic between the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats. Coming into the game BCU stood atop the MEAC standings with an 8-2 record while FAMU was in second to last place with a 3-7 record. So no one was surprised when BCU went into halftime with a 21-3 lead and would up winning the game 29-10 on their way to the FCS Playoffs which start this weekend.
But truth be told…most of this year’s fans weren’t there to see a game. They came to see the return of the FAMU Marching Band. Continue reading
This week on Day 1 Radio, we caught up with Mr. Thanksgiving aka Barack O’Drama aka Rich Homie Dram…known to most of you as DJ Drama. We say with him to talk about everything from his new DJ collective The Academy to that day the Feds ran up in his spot. Pretty cool convo. Check it out.
Film director (and former artist manager) Derek Schklar just released his first short film and it’s one that attempts to make you look at things differently. It deals with the psyche of a military vet who has just returned home after being dishonorably discharged from the Marines violating Article 90. The movie explains what Article 90 is and kind of shows you how monsters get created.
This is Schklar’s first film…same goes for the actors.
Run the Jewels bring the cars out for this new one with Big Boi. Eyes could be playing tricks on me, but it looks like they might have shot this in the same parking lot where Purple Ribbon All Stars shot “Kryptonite” at some years ago.