Jade Abdul-Malik

Digital Producer

Jade Abdul-Malik makes GPB News content look and sound great on Instagram.

Abdul-Malik is a Georgia native, but claims her Philadelphia birthplace whenever she can. As a full-time journalism student at Georgia State University, she wrote for the student newspaper, dabbled in public relations and wrote for the National Association of Black Journalists.

Off campus, she is a Georgia News Lab reporter and a social media producer for GPB News.

When she isn’t working, Abdul-Malik is watching “The Office” for the 19th time or illustrating.

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Come July 1, families in Georgia already struggling to provide quality care for their children with disabilities will brace for the elimination of programs and services they need most, provided by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, due to state budget cuts related to coronavirus.

Laura Boggs

Georgia students have been out of the classroom since early March due to COVID-19. That's when the majority of students transitioned to online learning, submitting assignments virtually and attending lectures on Zoom. But for students like Sadie Boggs, a 17-year-old with autism and a chromosomal abnormality who thrives in face-to-face learning environments and the structure school provides her, virtual learning is virtually impossible.

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The Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry will reopen for business with new guidelines on July 1, officials announced in a press release on Thursday.

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The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is anticipating closing offices and cutting services as the department makes budget reductions for the 2021 fiscal year due to COVID-19.

John Minchillo / AP

Atlanta-native rapper and activist Killer Mike spoke out about Friday night’s protests in the city, and urged protestors to reconsider damaging property and land.

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The Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry — 106 miles south of Atlanta — is anticipating a nearly $400,000 drop in revenue due to the spread of COVID-19, and despite the pandemic, the Georgia National Fair is still scheduled to go on in October.

Southwest Georgia Regional Library System

As businesses in Georgia reopen with strict guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, libraries around the state are still closed to the public. Libraries in southern Georgia are finding a way to meet community needs without fully reopening, but are struggling to provide uninterrupted access for all.

City of Adrian

A Middle Georgia city is devising a community response team for the elderly and other vulnerable populations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The city of Adrian—160 miles southwest from Atlanta—has a large vulnerable population, and Mayor Wynola Smith and her office made a plan to get them the help they need.

 

“We were concerned about the elderly people, people who may be handicapped or people that just really need someone to reach out and check on them from time to time,” Smith said.

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The effects of the coronavirus across the state are far reaching. Aside from the obvious impacts to health, COVID-19 is touching nearly every part of the economy, including agriculture.

 

Cotton and peanut farmers in southern Georgia are experiencing unique challenges in production and distribution of their crops

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As the investigation of Ahmaud Arbery's death in late February continues, the Brunswick neighborhood where he was fatally shot also is under examination. 

Center for the Visually Impaired

Georgians were able to socialize in close quarters and not have to worry about constantly washing their hands or disinfecting surfaces only a few months ago. Now, as the coronavirus has spread across the state, people are settling into a life mostly indoors with modified ways to connect with others.

People with vision loss are adjusting to a new world with a lack of physical connection as Gov. Brian Kemp continues to encourage social distancing and quarantining at home.

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Musical artists and attorneys under Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency asked Gov. Brian Kemp, Attorney General Christopher Carr and District Attorney Tom Durden on Monday for justice during the investigation of Ahmaud Arbery’s death.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health reached its goal of testing 100,000 individuals in 10 days, but the state is still behind on mass testing.

In the 911 call regarding the fatal incident involving Ahmaud Arbery and his assailants, Gregory and Travis McMichael, the 911 dispatcher said she didn't understand what Arbery was "doing wrong."

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Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is canceling all 2020 summer camp programs until Aug. 9 in response to the coronavirus, the organization announced Monday on its blog.

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Businesses in Georgia are slowly reopening since Gov. Brian Kemp's restrictions have been lifted, and modifications such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing are still being strongly encouraged.

Summer camps around the state — in which many founded themselves on communal campfire activities and a lot of hand holding —  are struggling to figure out how to open and follow Kemp's social distancing guidelines.

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As May brings in Mental Health Awareness Month, two Atlanta-based siblings are lifting spirits and advocating for mental health with a virtual prom.

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Atlanta-based rapper and actor Ludacris is collaborating with Beyond Meat to donate and distribute more than 1 million plant-based burgers over 30 days as part of the company's pledge to support those who need it most during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ever since Gov. Brian Kemp mandated shelter-in-place orders and moved classes to online learning to slow the spread of COVID-19, several families have been coping with their new day-to-day — making a clear routine, establishing boundaries and trying to make the most of their new normal for a while.

Mother of two Elizabeth Sherwood is particularly exhausted. 

“The kids are not in a routine at all,” she said. “Forget having special needs on top of it.”

 

Augusta University

If you suspect you have COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, you can now be screened virtually  through Augusta University's healthcare app.

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In addition to worrying about the health of loved ones and themselves during the coronavirus pandemic, respondents to a survey say they are concerned about an increase in anxiety.

 

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Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Labor are collaborating to make sure Georgians know their unemployment options, officials said Wednesday ahead of plans to restart the state's economy Friday.

 

David Goldman / AP

Orchestral musicians around the world are all off stage for the foreseeable future. They can’t safely sit together, let alone play to full houses. Wind players can’t even wear masks.

So, the Atlanta Symphony Orchesta announced Wednesday the end of remaining performances in its 75th classical subscription season, a multi-million dollar loss in revenue and its virtual stage expansion.

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A local ceramics and pottery studio is bringing glazes, kilns and pottery wheels to the virtual world starting April 17.

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Tyler Perry has been making his rounds on good deeds in Atlanta. First, he gave one of his favorite Atlanta restaurants a $21,000 tip.

Last week, he paid seniors’ grocery bills at more than 40 Krogers in the Atlanta area.

Grant Blankenship / GPB News

Spring is an important time of year for three of the world’s major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. And this spring, the contours of Passover, Lent and Ramadan have shifted as the faithful contend with the backdrop of coronavirus.

 


Al Islam.org

April 23 marks the start of Ramadan, the month of fasting, reflection and prayer for Muslims. However, this holy holiday encourages social gathering, and as of late, that's simply not possible because of the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia. Though residents are expected to stay home until April 30, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center will make this Ramadan a celebration for their community during the pandemic.

"Same God" Facebook page

As coronavirus halts plans and gatherings, three people behind the documentary Same God hosted a talk-back discussion on Sunday Cinema in lieu of an Atlanta screening on Sunday to talk about faith, history and identity in the throes of a pandemic.

Marquette Leggett

Since local jurisdictions and Gov. Brian Kemp enforced social distancing and shelter-in-place orders amid COVID-19, several businesses around Georgia are feeling the impact.

Instead of closing its doors indefinitely, one church opened up both their hearts and their parking lot for worship and called it "Pull Up and Praise."

 

Georgia Aquarium / Youtube

Atlanta Humane Society’s foster puppies Odie and Carmel visiting the Georgia Aquarium were so well received, five of their kittens joined in on the fun on Monday.

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