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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Zoo Atlanta has been closed since March 14 due to coronavirus, but the pandas are on full display on their Panda Cam.

“We know the pandas bring you joy, and in these extraordinary times, we’re glad,” Zoo Atlanta wrote on its website.

Pandas will eat bamboo, lounge on wood structures and even play with each other in the enclosures. 

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I was barely in high school when I saw the trailer for Contagion. My family and I were at the Starlight Drive-In watching a movie I wish I can remember. The only thing I can recall from that night was Gwenyth Paltrow convulsing on the floor and the quick reveal of several people who fell sick from a deadly pathogen. 

I’ll never forget the panic attack that followed. With a wet face and snotty nose, my breath hitched as I tried to explain to my parents how afraid I felt. I don’t want to get sick and die. I don’t want you to get sick and die. I don’t want to see anyone get sick and die.

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As the state shelters for another week, some puppies got to roam around the empty Georgia Aquarium Thursday for the first time.

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Those who work ticket booths, security, food stalls and as ushers at concerts are without work while events are postponed statewide as hundreds of Georgians test positive for the coronavirus. Delta has laid off hundreds of contractors after a number of the Atlanta-based airline's flights were canceled. Plants scattered through the state are among the most recent to announce layoffs and closing.

 

However, while many of Georgia’s businesses are suffering from mass closures amid the spread of the coronavirus, others are hiring more than ever before, due to the increase in demand at grocery stores, restaurants and pharmacies.

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Bill Gates gave a TED Talk in 2015 where he outlined some of the potential concerns for Americans and the rest of the world, warning it wouldn’t be a nuclear war that stopped life as we know it. Eerily, he cautioned the audience about crippling repercussions if — and when — a highly infectious virus spread, it might affect more than 10 million people.

Not missiles, he warned, but rather, microbes.

He claimed the U.S. was not ready for the next big epidemic and with what we're facing as the coronavirus spreads around the world, this is especially relevant.

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Georgia State senior Semira Sawyer was traveling back home from Philadelphia when she found out her school was canceling spring commencement. She almost couldn’t believe it. 

“I felt like I was going through the five stages of grief,” Sawyer said. “At first I was like, ‘OK. It’s cool, whatever.’ Then I pondered a little bit and was like, ‘This is kind of not OK and I’m kind of pissed off about it.”

Sawyer is a marketing intern for a local record label and a co-host for a local radio show while pursuing journalism and multimedia reporting in school. She’s also a first-generation college student.

“It’s been four years of working hard. All the long nights, all the blood, sweat and tears,” Sawyer said. “They [Georgia State] said they’re going to honor us, but it’s not the same.”

In the midst of Georgia university students quickly relocating out of their dorms and other student housing, University Systems of Georgia’s institutions announced modifications and cancellations to spring commencements due to COVID-19 concerns. 

 

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After Gov. Brian Kemp advised schools around the state to close for weeks due to COVID-19 concerns, nonprofits and Atlanta Public Schools collaborate to feed schoolchildren.

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Atlanta United’s season is suspended until further notice as MLS suspends its season over COVID-19 concerns, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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A Khloe Kardashian-produced true crime series is taking a look at a famous double murder case in Fayetteville. 

 

The episode of “Twisted Love” airs Monday and investigates the fatal stabbing of Carl and Sarah Collier by Sandy Ketchum and Holly Harvey in 2004.

 

 


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A Nielsen report from 2018 shows that black women and men spend disproportionately more on beauty products than other demographic groups. And with Hair Love winning best animated short at this year’s Oscars, the conversation around black hair — and standards of beauty within the black community — continues to evolve. 

While the mainstream hair and beauty industry has not always been there to meet demand, black innovators and entrepreneurs have frequently taken it upon themselves to develop their own solutions. On Second Thought sat down with three people working to bring both awareness and new offerings to the cultural conversation on beauty standards in the black community.

 


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When Spelman alumna and New York Times best selling author Nic Stone was in high school, the authors of most of the books she had to read were by “dead white men,” she said.

Now as an adult, she writes books with as many characters of color as possible. 

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The Oakhurst neighborhood’s first black-owned bookstore is celebrating its first year of business and it all started with owner Bunnie Hillard’s children. 

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One of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods is getting a major facelift with development and structural overhauls, but Kebbi Williams is resisting upgrades from developers who miss the mark on integrity.

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Officials from Savannah and Atlanta are heading to Super Bowl LIV in Miami this weekend — to help with security.

 

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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.