On Second Thought For Monday, November 27, 2017

Nov 27, 2017


Since the early 1970s, Atlanta has elected African-American mayors. That streak could be broken next week. In 1971, Ebony magazine called Atlanta the "black mecca of the South." We talked with Georgia State University professor Maurice Hobson, who challenges that notion in his new book.

Atlanta’s strip club scene is known as a launchpad for some of hip-hop’s greatest hits. But for years, club owners have faced mounting lawsuits from dancers who say they’re being cheated out of unpaid wages and overtime. We revisited a discussion from last year about former dancers suing the Cheetah strip club in Atlanta. We talked with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ariel Hart, and journalist A.R. Shaw about the impact of strip clubs on music and Atlanta culture.


There's a coalition of Atlanta strip clubs suing the state of Georgia over a new tax law. The bill, which went into effect this year, requires strip clubs to give one percent of their revenue to help curb child sex trafficking. The Georgia Association of Club Executives argues the tax is unconstitutional because it prohibits free speech--in this case, dancers exposing their naked bodies. We discussed this suit with Eric Segall, a constitutional law professor at Georgia State University.


AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is full of odd and sometimes gross food moments. The characters do what they must to survive, even if that includes eating dogs, turtles, or sometimes humans. Lauren Wilson is author of "The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide." The new book re-creates some of the most iconic culinary scenes from the show. Food writer Lauren Wilson joined us to share some apocalyptic recipes.


So, let’s say you are killed by zombies on “The Walking Dead.” Then what? Atlanta-based actor IronE Singleton is evidence there’s life after being devoured by ravenous zombies. He was on the AMC show for three seasons until his character’s untimely death. Since his stint on “The Walking Dead,” Singleton created and starred in a one-man show about his life growing up impoverished in Atlanta. We talked with him about his big break and breaking up with the show that made him a star.