Usher Raymond visited Washington, DC last week to testify before the Committee on Education and Labor. The committee was conducting a hearing to examine how to renew America through national service and volunteerism and Usher spoke about his New Look Foundation and how he could help engage youth to become more active in their communities.
Great job Usher! Do we see politics in your future?
I’m still cracking up at Usher in that beanie! Check out this old video of Monica showing up Brandy on stage in an old performance of “The Boy is Mine.” Monica was killin the style game even back then! No wonder Brandy’s still so salty.
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Who Is Ms. Auburn (Ms. “A” fa’ shawt)? I’m a former employee of the Auburn Avenue Research Library (hence the tag) who believes in the power of words – written and spoken. I believe in lifelong teaching and learning, no degree required. A Real Wife of a Native Atlantan who was once a child of the SWATS myself (that whole left side of I-285 really ~ check my old school swag above). I have a slight issue with the passive way my generation is shepherding its legacy. With this column and your help, I hope to change that.
There used to be a practice among African-Americans known as “sittin at the knee.” The kids watched and listened while the adults taught them appropriate customs and practices and passed down the history, griot style. Ghetto Ya Ya Sisterhoods is how girls like I was once learned to sew and cook. But in a different age and time, I learned how to weave together a decent life and feed my family’s collective spirit by sitting at my mother-in-law’s table, all while bumpin’ Soul Food from the speakers. Sunday mornin’ where you eat-in’ at?
It was funny to me when she talked about walking down Hunter or Bishop Streets as a child, streets I now know as MLKing and 17th, respectively. She’d mention the parents of friends of mine and I could
We also spoke a bit about his O.S.A.M. (Old School Atlanta Memories). Kelly reminisces about the Gentleman’s Club before it shut down and about growing up on the southside of Atlanta.
[Sidebar: How bout I found out we both went to to same middle school (Bunche), although he was there quite a few years after me... ]
Continuing with our old school jam session this week, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and listen to a song below that clearly shows where Bow Wow stole his swag:
**O.S.A.M. is a weekly feature on StraightFromTheA.com. We will be turning back the clock each Friday to reminisce about Old School ATL. Hit me up at StraightFromTheA@gmail.com to share your favorite Old School Atlanta Memory. **
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