Jade Abdul-Malik

Digital Producer

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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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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there are several events around Atlanta to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights trailblazer.

 

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Besides being subject to legal action, mothers who abandon their children generally hold a special place of villainy in the court of public opinion. Witness the recent condemnation after Diana Elliott left her developmentally challenged 14-year-old son at an Atlanta hospital.

Not everyone jumped on the bandwagon of rage — some on social media expressed sympathy for a single mother of four caring for children with special needs. Two dozen women showed up at her first hearing to ask the court for mercy.


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Rain has caused several travel delays at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after the city experienced severe flooding on its highways.

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After an overwhelmed mother of four dropped off her 14-year-old son at a local hospital last month, she was arrested on charges of child cruelty.

When Diana Elliott appeared in court to explain why she left her 14-year-old son with Down syndrome at Grady Memorial Hospital, other mothers showed up to support Elliott.

Elliott was released after her Dec. 12 hearing on a signature bond in part due to the local support of women including Carla Griffin and Alysa Armstrong-Gibbs. A signature bond meant the 37-year-old mother does not have to pay $10,000 unless she fails to show up for the next court hearing.

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Georgia’s health has declined over the last decade, ending 2019 as one of the unhealthiest states, according to a recent report.

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In Georgia, there’s a lot to be thankful for. From natural wonders like Stone Mountain to the culture and hospitality of the South, people from all over the state say their thanks in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

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As the weather cools down, there are several events and activities in Georgia scattered throughout October to bring in Halloween and the fall season. Festivities around the state welcome the start of the holiday season with pumpkin patches, costume purchases and trick-or-treating. 

1. Randy's Pumpkin Patch, Lawrenceville, available until Oct. 31

2. 19th Annual Little 5 Points Halloween Parade, Atlanta, Oct. 19

3. Party City, Atlanta

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If summer temperatures increase by 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, brown thrashers would lose nearly 75% of their range in Georgia.

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Students from the University of Georgia's photojournalism program spent Saturday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds working with nine professional coaches as part of a class project to document the 30th anniversary of the fair.

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The rate of uninsured Georgians has risen to 13.7% in 2018, ranking Georgia the third-highest uninsured state following Texas and Oklahoma, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

Nationally, the amount of uninsured people also increased.

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Daniel Brown realized that he would be the person to make an innovative space for coffee and tea while tagging along for his grandfather’s baptism in Jamaica.

“In that moment, I just heard the Lord say, ‘I think you should be the one doing the coffee shop,’” Brown said. “So, I didn't question it. I just ran with it.”

Brown said he sees parallels between baptism and brewing coffee.

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The holiday of romance is near and many people are preparing to celebrate their love with their significant other. Some couples may go to a fancy dinner while others may exchange heartfelt gifts, but a few are breaking tradition of what love looks like.


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Georgia ranks 8th in the nation for high obesity rates in children aged 10 to 17, a recent study done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows. But some state officials are working to change that with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.