August is typically a slow news month, as everyone is running around, trying to squeeze out the last bit of travel to enjoy these warm, sunny months. However, we in Atlanta had some very big things happen in our great city, and it’s time to share a bit of what happened this month!
StyleBlueprint Launches the “SINCE 1920” T-shirt Collection
Obviously we’re a little biased so we had to put this one first … StyleBlueprint proudly launched two t-shirt designs: “SINCE 1920 #womensvotesmatter” and “The Perfect 36,” each of which celebrates a woman’s right to vote through the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920 when the 36th state, Tennessee, voted in favor of ratification. This battle was hard-fought and each time we vote, we recognize our right and privilege and give thanks to the sacrifices made by generations of women before us. It was a battle that took 72 years — from the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848 to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Women celebrating their right to vote is non-partisan and no matter what side of the aisle you are on, this t-shirt is for you!
Visit the StyleBlueprint Marketplace to read more about how close the 19th Amendment came to NOT being ratified … it all came down to one vote. ONE VOTE. These t-shirts tell the tale of every single vote having purpose — even yours! Both styles are available for purchase by clicking this link and visiting our online marketplace.
The National Poetry Slam Came to Decatur
For the first time in its history, the National Poetry Slam competition made its way to Atlanta. During August 1-6, 2016, teams and individuals from all over North America came to Decatur to show off their literary skills, rhyming talents and powerful grasp of the English language. Many worthy performers participated but Team Slammageddon from Baltimore took home the trophy. Congrats!
Kanye West’s Pop-Up Shop Triggers Mass Interest
Though it may seem that Kanye West is Kanye West’s biggest fan, his pop-up shop promoting The Life of Pablo may prove otherwise. The surprise pop-up store (one of only a handful that opened around the world) that appeared at Lenox Square generated so much interest that the line to get in the small space extended through the mall and into the parking deck. Fans may get another chance to pay for Pablo swag as his tour lands at Philips Arena next month.
Georgia State University Agrees to Buy Turner Field
With all the talk of the Atlanta Braves’ move to Cobb County, residents have been wondering what will happen to the eventually vacant Turner Field. The AJC reports that Georgia State University and partners plan to convert the space into a new football stadium for the Panthers and convert nearby parking lots into a mixed-use community and additional property for GSU’s campus.
Staplehouse Voted Best New Restaurant of 2016 by Bon Appetit
Bon Appetit magazine chose their favorite new restaurants from across the country and Atlanta’s own Staplehouse earned the No. 1 spot! Though the food is what clinched the top spot (and, seriously, you need to take a trip and see/taste for yourself), make sure you read the article and find out the inspirational backstory of how this restaurant came to be. Congrats to everyone connected to Staplehouse on a wonderful culinary and humanitarian journey!
Google’s Fiber Space Opens at Ponce City Market
Like the expression “putting a face to a name,” Google Fiber Space is like putting a face to the web. As the technology company continues to put down internet lines throughout the city, Google now has a physical space in Ponce City Market that people can visit to learn about connectivity, HDTV clarity and much more.
Atlanta-based Delta Airlines Experiences Technical Glitch, Downing Hundreds of Flights
After an electrical malfunction happened at Delta Airlines’ Atlanta headquarters and triggered a power loss, the ripple effect was enormous. Flights across the country were grounded, stranding thousands of would-be fliers and putting a huge wrench in many people’s travel plans. It took the Atlanta-based airline days to clear up the mess and eventually get ticket holders on their way.
Name That Drilling Machine!
You may not think tunnel-boring machines are very interesting but you probably think staying alive is, right? This machine will help increase Atlanta’s current water supply from three days to 30 days, so we should all take an interest. And here’s an easy way to show you care — help name it! The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management is holding a contest for Atlantans to name the massive drill. Here are the finalists: Driller Mike, Peach Beast and Scarlett. Click the link here to offer your vote!
Legendary Atlanta Drag Performer Diamond Lil Dies
Drag pioneer Diamond Lil (born Phillip Forrester in Savannah, Georgia) passed away earlier this month at the age of 80 from cancer. She began performing in Atlanta in the ’60s and made a name for herself by being one of the few drag performers who sang in her own voice (instead of lip syncing).
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