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City leaders honor W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars

City leaders honor W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta leaders will dispense the celebrity treatment to six outstanding Georgia high school students this week.

It's Scholars Recognition Week, a series of celebrations that honor members of the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars program. This initiative was created by the Atlanta-based W.E.B. Du Bois Society to give fanfare and public recognition to high-achieving black students.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars program is the only recognition outreach of its kind that is modeled after the lauded U.S.

Long looks ahead after settling abuse lawsuits

Long looks ahead after settling abuse lawsuits

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) -- Bishop Eddie Long was focused on a message of moving forward on the first Sunday since he resolved the lawsuits brought against him by four former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church who alleged he sexually abused them as teenagers.

At his 8 a.m. service, several hundred congregants clapped and cheered as Long appeared.

Long did not address the allegations or the settlement, which was reached Friday.

RELATED: Settlement reached in Bishop Eddie Long lawsuit

Last fall, the four young men alleged Long abused his spiritual authority and coerced them into sexual relations with gifts including cars, cash and travel.

Lithonia man wins $1 million lottery prize

Lithonia man wins $1 million lottery prize

LITHONIA, Ga. -- Winning is a blast for a Lithonia man.

Donald Colbert, 46, won $1 million playing the Georgia Lottery instant game $100 Million Cash Blast.

"It hasn't set in," Colbert said.

Chevron Party Store on Highway 155 in Stockbridge sold the winning ticket.

After scratching his ticket in the store, Colbert hurried home to share the news with Janis, his wife.

"I couldn't sleep and my heart has been racing," Janis said. "It's still shocking."

Colbert, an HVAC contractor, plans to invest the money -- after he takes a vacation with his wife and children.

"We're going to do a family cruise immediately," he said. "I feel pretty lucky."

Rick Ross, Travis Porter, Ace Hood and Sean Garrett took the stage at the Buckhead Theatre

Rick Ross, Travis Porter, Ace Hood and Sean Garrett took the stage at the Buckhead Theatre

BUCKHEAD --  Held on May 18, 2011, BMI's 14th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase featured Rick Ross, Sean Garrett, Travis Porter, Ace Hood and more.

The showcase was presented by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the U.S. performing-rights organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters,

We interviewed the top songwriter of the group and one of the top selling songwriters ever, Devyne Stephens.  SEE ALL THE PICS HERE.

Commissioner receives go-ahead to create DeKalb Film Commission

Commissioner receives go-ahead to create DeKalb Film Commission

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson recently received unanimous approval by his peers to launch the DeKalb Film Commission.

The DeKalb Film Commission will serve as the county's single point of contact for anyone interested in filming in DeKalb.

"DeKalb County has been named by the Georgia Film Industry as a Georgia Camera Ready County, and we are looking to embellish this designation," Watson said. "Strengthening DeKalb County's ties to the film industry will provide an economic development tool and potentially increase the county's tax revenues."

Read more about Camera Ready Communities in Georgia

The film industry had an economic impact of over $1 billion in Georgia in 2010.

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

DECATUR, Ga. -- As Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal continues her "Read Across Georgia" tour, she will make a stop in Decatur to launch a contest that will help one lucky parent pay for his or her child's college education.

Together with the Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, Mrs. Deal will introduce the Destination College Savings Sweepstakes at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Toco Hill-Avis G.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art-B-Que, Family Dig and Derby Day

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art-B-Que, Family Dig and Derby Day

DECATUR, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The fourth annual Art-B-Que will be held, this weekend, in the Avondale Estates. This two day festival features food, music, art and fun. This year, acts include: Noot d’Noot, Nine Inch Neils, AM Gold, Mule and Skinner MacQueen. The festival is free of charge. The festival will be held at Railroad Art District, which is located at 2846 Franklin Street in Atlanta.

Fernbank Museum is holding a variety of special archaeology programming throughout May in celebration of Georgia Archaeology Month. On Saturday, May 7, the museum will hold “a family dig for archaeology-themed activities that focus on Native American crafts and technologies”. The dig is included in museum admission and is free to museum members. The dig will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.