On Second Thought For Friday, October 5, 2018

There aren't many African-American males who play lead roles in superhero or Sci-Fi films. 

Earlier this year, we got a taste of representation in "Black Panther." The movie made more than $1 billion in less than a month. "Kin" is a new Sci-fi film, starring a young black man. Myles Truitt is only 16 years old, and already has significant roles on his resume. 

Now we add some more songs to our essential Georgia playlist from Brandon Bush. We ask artists to pick two songs written or performed by another Georgian that best represent the state. Brandon Bush is a member of Train and a studio musician who worked on songs by John Mayer and Sugarland. His first pick is the song "Mr. Pitiful" by Otis Redding. It appeared on Redding's 1965 album "The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads."

Jessica Handler is author of "Braving The Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir." Handler gave her list of favorite southern books. Her forthcoming novel, "Magnetic Girl" will be available in 2019. The Southern Reading List series gives writers a chance to highlight authors they respect. 

Next Monday, public schools and state offices across Georgia close to mark Columbus Day. Five states, more than 50 cities and dozens of universities no longer observe the federal holiday. Most instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. After a unanimous vote this summer, South Fulton became the first city in Georgia to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On Second Thought’s Virginia Prescott spoke with Mayor Pro Tem Mark Baker about the city's new holiday.


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