On Friday, thousands of Atlanta residents and Migos fans gathered at the State Farm Arena to attend a public funeral ceremony for Kirsnick Khari Ball AKA “TakeOff”.
The 21,000 seated venue “sold out” of free tickets to celebrate the life of a fallen Atlanta Hip-Hop artist. The ceremony lasted from twelve to three on a briskly overcast Friday afternoon and, included several performances, speeches from loved ones, and displays of gratitude for Ball’s contributions to #TheCulture.
A few ceremony goers gathered to share their experiences.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced the world to sit still, restrict physical social interactions, and self-reflect. For some, this was an opportune moment to get creative and mirror their indoor experiences onto their work. Explore. Create. Innovate.
That’s exactly what World renowned industrial designer, Stephen Burks did during the height of the pandemic. Shelter in Place surveys the idea of making interior design enjoyably functional by redefining our relationship with home and personal space.
Burks’ Brooklyn-based studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, has been commissioned by many of the World’s leading design brands, including Cappellini, Dedon, Missoni, and Roche Bobois, to develop collections that bind handcraft with industrial production. His works with global craftspeople helped create aesthetically functional furniture, lighting, houseware, and textiles. Those collaborations hold heavy influence in this themed exhibition.
Georgia STAND-UP, a non profit community engagement organization, has officially opened the doors to a new space dedicated to facilitating Georgia’s next political movements.
The Movement Center is a 9500 sqft, multi-purpose facility designed to address the critical needs of Atlanta’s marginalized communities by providing the necessary resources for mobilization. Deborah Scott, Chief Executive Officer of GA-STANDUP sat to speak with us about the organization’s meaning and intent for the community.
“I was mentored by some of the icons of the civil rights movement–Reverends Joseph Lowery, James Orange, and C.T. Vivian among them–they all emphasized the need to do more than just advocate, the need to build permanent community-serving institutions,” said Scott.
The Movement Center offers all that in a cultural environment that lifts up African American heritage, robust personalities, martyrs, and aspirations. It is functionally innovative, and available for multi-purpose use.
To learn more about GA STAND-UP, please visit their website and follow them on social media to put boots-on-the-ground and get involved.