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Christina Lee

Tangible Heroes: Janelle Monáe discusses “Hidden Figures” and real-life role models

Mary Jackson lowers her eyes, though only for a second. “If you were a white male,” a higher-up asked her, “would you wish to become an engineer?” It is the year 1961. Every NASA employee stationed at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia must help achieve do the impossible: launching the first American into orbit around Earth. But at this moment, as a Black female mathematician of the Civil Rights Era, Jackson must imagine a world where she never dealt with racism or sexism. “I wouldn't have to,” Jackson says. “I'd already be one.”...

Preview: A3C is bringing back ’96 to Atlanta

In the 90’s Atlanta finally started getting the world’s attention –– and not just because of the Olympics. New York, the birthplace of hip-hop, would have been happy to ignore OutKast altogether, as would Los Angeles, the home of then-burgeoning gangsta rap....

Preview: Get your kicks with “The Rise of Sneaker Culture,” the exhibit that Atlanta needed

One Saturday back in March, at Little Five Points clothing store Wish, I tried on my first pair of sneakers that cost more than $50. The Fenty Puma was designed by R&B-pop superstar Rihanna, which was one of her first tasks as Puma's new creative director. It looked like the sneaker version of the combat boots I wore that day. “Uh oh,” I muttered when I saw my reflection. This was me reckoning with the price tag: $180 and my first brush with a cultural phenomenon so prominent that it is now being examined in a museum exhibition....