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November 16 — The world's population has officially hit eight billion people, and apparently they're all in line for Taylor Swift tickets. 

☁️ Cloudy and 48° today so bundle up.
⚖️ Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney has overturned Georgia's abortion ban, which starts around six weeks into pregnancy, ruling that it violated the U.S. Constitution. The state has appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court. 

🗳️ U.S. Sen Raphael Warnock has filed a lawsuit challenging the absence of early Saturday voting ahead of December's runoff against Republican Herschel Walker.

🛬 A passenger wielding box cutters prompted a Frontier Airlines flight to make an emergency landing in Atlanta. 

🐌 A live Giant African Snail was recently found during a security screening at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. 

🐕 Still working to combat overcrowded shelters, LifeLine Animal Project is holding a free adoption event for Black Friday. 
PICTURE THIS: Atlanta photographer Luis Gaud (@jerrito1) captured this stunning view of Piedmont Park's fall foliage and the Atlanta skyline via his drone.


🧶 Former President Donald Trump announced he will run for president again in 2024.

🚀 Artemis 1 launched early this morning and is on its way toward the moon, where it will orbit for 10 days.

🎶 Adele, Lizzo, Gunna, Future, and Harry Styles are among the artists that received Grammy nominations yesterday. The awards ceremony is on Feb. 5, 2023.

⏱ Today's newsletter is 

• Pinky Cole goes on tour
• A mattress donation 
• The weight of interest rates

• Concert Picks

Stay warm,
Collin, Sammie & Sophia
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1. Pinky Cole goes on tour

🍔 Pinky Cole is kicking off her new book tour in Atlanta this Saturday.

Cole – the CEO and founder of the Slutty Vegan, Bar Vegan, and The Pinky Cole Foundation – is taking her very first cookbook on tour. Called “Eat Plants, B*tch,” the book features 91 vegan recipes. The recipes include Jamaican dishes from Cole’s childhood, tapas, Southern comfort food, and tons of tips and tricks for vegan cooking.

“I know the power of food – it brings people together, it creates joy and it nourishes not only our bodies, but our souls. ‘Eat Plants, B*tch’ is my love letter to food,” Cole said in the release. “I am so excited to share a fraction of the magic that is the Slutty Vegan concept. This cookbook is dedicated to all of the flexitarians, adventurous eaters and open-minded people who are on the hunt for something different.”

The first Slutty Vegan brick-and-mortar restaurant opened in 2019, and Cole has since expanded to seven locations – including one in Brooklyn. She also started her foundation, which aims to empower entrepreneurs of color, in 2019, and opened Bar Vegan at Ponce City Market in 2021.

Cole will make a stop at the Buckhead Theatre on Nov. 19.

 Click here for the full story and ticket information. 

2. Aaron's donates mattresses to Forest Cove families

🫶 Atlanta-based furniture company Aaron's is stepping up to ensure the families displaced from condemned Forest Cove apartments get a good night’s rest.

Aaron's donated 225 mattresses to the families after Mayor Andre Dickens' put out the call for community assistance. The mattresses were donated in honor of Aarron's founder, Charlie Loudermilk, who passed away in August. 

“We’re proud that we could make this donation so that these Atlanta families can rest comfortably in their new homes,” said Douglas Lindsay, CEO of the Aaron’s Company.  

➡️ Read more about the donation here. 

3. Poor Americans trapped by interest rates

💸 When Robert Ball turned 63, he was looking forward to retirement in his wife’s hometown of Savannah. The couple had a comfortable house with a lush garden, the certainty of his pension, and the hope of spending more time with their grandchildren.

That dream was shattered when Ball’s wife, Gloria Ball, developed severe health problems. They faced huge medical bills, yet their bank refused to refinance their mortgage. Left with few options for raising cash, Robert Ball drove to TitleMax, a business that prospers in Georgia’s banking deserts, and lends money at terms that would be illegal for other financial institutions. 

For two years, Ball made his payments diligently, court records show. Then the company told him something that nearly made him fall down: even though he had paid more than $25,000, his principal hadn’t budged.

TMX Finance, TitleMax’s parent company, calls itself a community resource to its 293,000 customers, people written off as credit risks by traditional lending institutions, but who need financing to pay for life’s basic needs.

But a growing consortium of lawmakers, religious leaders, and consumer advocates believe TitleMax, and its industry writ large, to be predatory leeches on the growing ranks of working-class Americans. 

➡️ Click here for the full story from The Current and ProPublica.
4. Concert Picks 


👹 Big Scarr @ Center Stage Theatre

🎧 Sevdaliza @ Terminal West


Thurs., Nov. 17

⚽️ Soccer Mommy @ The Masquerade (pictured)

👾 Games We Play @ Center Stage Theatre

😈 Amigo the Devil @ Terminal West

🎤 Eric Owens @ Brevard Music Center


Fri., Nov. 18

🎸The Brevet @ Center Stage Theatre

💃 The Disco Biscuits @ The Eastern (also Sat.)

🎹 Carsie Blanton @ Red Clay Foundry


Sat., Nov. 19

🖤Meechy Darko @ Center Stage Theatre

🎤 Jack Kays @ Center Stage Theatre

💫 Faye Webster @ Variety Playhouse


Sun., Nov. 20

🪄 Champions of Magic @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

🎵 Gloria Trevi @ Coca-Cola Roxy

🌊 Magdalena Bay @ Terminal West


Mon., Nov. 21

🎶 Ateez @ State Farm Arena (also Tues.)


Tues., Nov. 22

🐥 Southern Culture on the Skids @ The Earl

🎧 High Key Disco feat. Jeremy Avalon & Treasure Fingers @ MJQ Concourse
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