As the former capitol of the "Old South," Atlanta is also the same city that gave birth to the Civil Rights Movement. Today, it's home to one of America's most successful African American populations with the power to influence the cultural trends and attitudes of the rest of Black America.
Over the course of four weeks, as part of our Atlanta Spotlight Series, Huffington Post BlackVoices will take readers on an intimate tour of the city to show who's who, the hot spots and all Hotlanta has to offer. We've heard from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey who loves the 'big city life.' Now, find out what "Facts of Life" and "Living Single" actress Kim Fields has to say about her city:
"I love the fact that Atlanta has given the entertainment industry an additional and growing hub. The opportunities personally and professionally have been a wonderful blessing. While I'm a New Yorker at heart and "Harlem Honey" runs through my veins, Atlanta -- its awesome residents and glorious landscapes - has a special place in the hearts of my family and I."
Frank Ski Restaurant & Lounge
Owned by local radio personality Frank Ski, his restaurant/lounge has become the place to be and be seen in Atlanta. "The restaurant has a sizeable bar and a great, private backroom for meetings and events," offers Terri. "I always make a point of taking out of town guest there to show them the high life in Atlanta."
The Phipps Plaza personifies Buckheads high-gloss veneer. With it high-quality good and reputation for great customer service, the mall is home to high-end shops like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bally, Bottega Veneta and Michael Kors, among others, Terri finds the mall to be a great place for retail therapy. She says, "It's close and convenient and I when I go there, I always find what I need."
Known for its clever and seasonally-inspired, high-quality menu, Season 52 is where Terri and her family goes to enjoy a good meal. "The food there is really good; the portion sizes are just right and the calorie controlled menu is something that I absolutely love," Terri says.
Owned by uber hair stylist, Derek J., the J-Spot is the place to go for exquisite hair care in Atlanta. "Nicole [Ari Parker} turned me on to the place when I first moved here and after I met Derek, I feel in love," comments Terri. "I love the way he takes care of my hair and styles me. He's someone that I can depend on to make sure that my hair is always looking right."
Sugga's Thrift Boutique
Sugga's attracts a loyal and large celebrity following who come there for its inexpensive, but high-quality merchandise. The store's proprietor Tiphanie Watson then donates a portion of the proceeds to charity. Terri's says, "It's a great way to be fashionable and give-back at the same time."
Brazilian Wax by Andreia
"I love this place," says Terri about the salon that uses an innovative approach to hair waxing. "I discovered it about a year ago and have been going ever since."
The Green Room
Offering a great environment to create good synergy, The Green Room was opened by Terri a year ago after she noticed a void in Atlanta's growing Arts community. "I wanted a place where actors and other creative professionals could go to grow and learn their craft and also network and have a great time," she says about the facility, which offers regular workshops on acting and other entertainment industry disciplines.