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.
As part of our Atlanta Spotlight Series, Huffington Post BlackVoices has taken readers on an intimate tour of the city to show who's who, the hot spots and all Hotlanta has to offer. Kicking off the series, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey told us why she loved the big city.
Next, actress Kim Fields of "Living Single" and "Facts of Life" fame spoke about the many opportunities available to entertainment professionals. For the final installment, we bring you 3-time Olympic gold medal winner and world champion rely racer Angelo Taylor, who explains why the southern city is a perfect location for athletes.
“The weather is good and conducive for my career as an elite track & field athlete. Atlanta is also home of the busiest airport (Jackson-Hartsfield) in the world, which works well for my busy schedule. But the best reason why I love Atlanta is because I’ve lived here all my life and always will.”
Destiny World Church
Atlanta has a strong spiritual history with its religious institutions, so it should come as no surprise that Alisha's church plays a primary role in her life. The size of a small college, Destiny World Church has earned a reputation for its dedicated outreach to the disenfranchised in the community. "Pastor Purvis is about more than just preaching on Sundays," says Alisha. "His dedication to spreading his ministry is something you can see all week long."
Nestled in the lush and historic Vinings Village, this upscale, open-air plaza is home to fashionable boutiques, exciting restaurants and one-of-a-kind specialty stores. "I love to shop," Alisha says with a smile. "So I visit often to see what's new."
Chef Steven Dudley and his wife Veronica are quickly becoming restaurateurs of note throughout the southeast. As the proprietors of Fish Thyme they have established a reputation for high-quality cuisine. With fresh seafood and other locally sourced food as its centerpiece, Fish Thyme (along with their equally popular Caper's Restaurant) has become Cobb County's mainstay for epicureans who like their food done right and with a creative flair.
Lisa's Dance Spot
This dance studio offers a wide range of classes for the junior dance set. "My daughter love the place," says Alisha, who adds that she appreciates the kid-friendly décor and compassionate way in which the instructors conduct their classes.
The Studio Atlanta Dance
With a passion for dance that dates back to her childhood, Alicia likes to work up a sweat by taking classes at Studio Atlanta Dance. "Their dance instructors are very generous and pay great attention to making sure that you maintain the correct form and technique," Alisha says.
R Jabs Hot Wings
After you leave Ella's, you may want to stop next door to R-Jabs Hot Wings. Another family owned business, the restaurant is known throughout Atlanta for its flavorful and large hot wings. "Their wings there are to die for," says Alisha, who stops by frequently to pick up a quick meal for her family. "If you're having a party or just looking for a quick bite out, R-Jabs is definitely worth considering."
Cakes By Ella
"The cakes at Ella's are amazing," says Alisha about the non-descript bakery located in southern part of the county. The popular cakes and pastries are made from homespun recipes created by the family matriarch from who the place is named. "I wouldn't go to anyplace else," Alisha says about the bakery. Judging from the long lines often found outside the store, it looks like a lot of other people would agree.