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If art is supposed to start conversations, then “Seeing Newnan” is working. The project mounted 19 large-scale photographs of residents on buildings around Newnan, Georgia.

Artist Mary Beth Meehan’s large-scale photographs of residents in Newnan have exposed the shifting demographics of the town. A resident, who protested the image of two Muslim schoolgirls in the town square, got more than a thousand responses from others who embrace a more inclusive vision of the town.


There's a building on the campus of the University of Georgia where the foundation rests on the bodies of enslaved people.

That's Baldwin Hall on UGA's picturesque North Campus. It's been years since more than 100 burials of enslaved people were discovered during an expansion of the building that houses the Anthropology Department. Since then, many on campus at UGA and in the larger Athens community have not been happy with the way UGA handled those remains.


The Masters begins tomorrow at the legendary Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It's among professional golf's most prestigious tournaments, bringing in big names like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

Last week, the golf course made history, hosting its first women's tournament: the Augusta National Women's Amateur. On Second Thought spoke with Bob Harig, senior golf writer for ESPN who joined the program from Augusta, about what it took to get women on the famous green. Anya Alvarez, former Ladies Professional Golf Association player and women's sports journalist, also joined the conversation from New York.

 


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If you watched this year's Grammy awards show, it was not a night of the usual suspects. The show performances and winners showed a lot more diversity than in the past. That's after some artists and critics spoke out about last year's lack of it, and some even refused to perform at the event. It's also after The Recording Academy promised to be more inclusive.

"On Second Thought" invited entertainment reporter, Jewel Wicker to speak about the awards show and historic wins. Wicker also gave updates about rapper 21 Savage following his arrest in Atlanta during Super Bowl weekend. The rapper was released from ICE detention on Wednesday.


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Atlanta's High Museum of Art looked to the community for inspiration for the re-installation of its collection. The recent rotation of artwork more closely reflects Atlanta's demographics. It features more art by women and people of color.

 

This re-installation is part of the museum's effort to make their environment truly representative, accessible and inclusive.

 

We spoke to Kevin W. Tucker, chief curator at the High Museum of Art about the re-installation and to Floyd Hall, ArtsATL contributor, about similar efforts to embrace diversity through the arts around Atlanta.

 


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Next week, Marvel’s Black Panther is set to debut in theaters in Atlanta and all across the world.

It will feature a predominantly black cast in a genre that has traditionally had few black superheroes.

Indigo Girls -- no “the” -- have been hits since their first release in 1985. One of the most successful and influential Georgia-formed groups, the folk rock pair have gone platinum and won a Grammy, too. They have a show tonight, Sept. 27, at Atlanta Symphony Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. We revisit an interview with one half of the group, Amy Ray.

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On March 2, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club was awarded the Best Diversity Campaign or Initiative Award at the 3rd Annual Cynopsis Social Good Awards in New York. The award is given to a network, brand, agency or corporation that is committed to racial, ethnic, religious, and gender diversity.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical “Hamilton” set a new standard in so-called “colorblind” casting when it filled the roles of America’s Founding Fathers with black and Latino actors. But before that show took Broadway by storm, Miranda wrote “In the Heights,” which brought to life the upper Manhattan community of Washington Heights.

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A recent report from the Associated Press has revealed that a staggering number of law enforcement agencies across the country have failed to report data concerning hate crimes. 2,700 agencies reported no hate crimes between 2009-2014.  Here in Georgia, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties were missing years’ worth of data. 

We sit down with AP reporter Christina A. Cassidy to talk about her report, how law enforcement handles hate-based incidents and what exactly constitutes a hate crime.

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This weekend, the State of Black Science Fiction Convention will be held in Atlanta and will feature a wide range of panels, cosplay, and exhibits featuring black creators. Afro-futurism, "steam funk," and other types of black-inspired creations will be on display during the weekend event.

We talk with the founders of SOBSFCON, Balogun Ojetade and Milton Davis, along with author Ytasha Womack about black science fiction and diversity in comics, animation, and more.

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Although 2015 was a fantastic year for women’s athletics, one of the oldest women’s professional sports leagues is struggling to stay relevant. The WNBA has seen declines in both game attendance and TV ratings from the previous year, which prompted the decision to find a new face for the association. Atlanta native Lisa Borders was named president of the WNBA earlier this year. She has been tasked with the goal of expanding the brand of women’s basketball and dealing with the challenges associated with the sport.

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The social media movement, #OscarsSoWhite, opened up many people’s eyes to the lack of diversity in the film industry. In order to address this issue from a state level, Georgia recently passed HB 1577. Actress and director Terri J. Vaughn helped spearhead this legislation in conjunction with her production company, Nina Holiday Entertainment. 

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A conductor in Clarkston, GA is looking to add some much-needed diversity into the world of classical music. Jason Rodgers has founded Atlanta’s first all-black orchestra, which will be known as Orchestra Noir. The group will debut later in the year and hopes to encourage other classical music programs to further the cause of diversity.

We speak to conductor Jason Rodgers and Director of Community & Learning Caen Thomason-Redus for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra about the current status of diversity in classical music.