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New York Times bestselling author, Denene Millner has been celebrating the black experience in her work for decades. Now, her new podcast from GPB, Speakeasy with Denene, dives into the “beauty of blackness and all of its manifestations.”

Millner created her website,, back in 2008 to connect with African American parents in the U.S. She also co-hosts “A Seat at the Table” on GPB-TV.

On Second Thought invited Millner to share about her new podcast, and how it breaks down the many ways that words can apply to the African-American experience.

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Today on Political Rewind, Georgia Democrats rally around their chances to win key races in 2020 at their annual dinner. In attendance: both declared and potential candidates for the two U.S. Senate seats on the ballot in Georgia.

Stephen Fowler

It's been about 10 months since Gov. Brian Kemp took office — with a pledge to lift up rural Georgia. 

Now, he has launched a Rural Strike Team, designed to boost economic development across the state. And he's embarked on a "Georgia Made" tour to highlight local companies and their successes. 

  • Attorney General Says Georgia Will Not Join National Facebook Probe
  • DeKalb County Schools Could Owe Millions To Employee Retirement Plan
  • Hawks Preparing For Start Of NBA Season

Omega Menders cries as she speaks to protesters demonstrating the shooting death of 27-year-old Anthony Hill by a police officer, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Decatur, Ga.
David Goldman / AP

Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Laquan McDonald. Freddie Gray. Anthony Hill. The list of officer-involved deaths is long and the death of Atatiana Jefferson, who was killed when a Fort Worth, Texas, police officer fired into her bedroom window, has revived questions about training, law enforcement and consequences.

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Top Georgia Democrats said Tuesday the party is poised to capitalize on the state’s battleground status to win big in 2020 from the statehouse to the White House.

At the Democratic Party of Georgia’s state dinner, U.S. Senate candidates both confirmed and contemplating mingled with grassroots activists and donors. Legislative leaders touted newly-elected members in the state House and Senate, and Stacey Abrams said Republicans in the Georgia were given an “eviction notice” ahead of next year’s election.

The list of officer-involved deaths is long, and have revived questions about law enforcement reform.  On Second Thought spoke with Civil Rights Attorney, Chris Stewart, and former DeKalb County Director of Public Safety, Cedric Alexander, to discuss why these incidents continue to take place and what efforts are being take to reform the system.

Reel Divas Take The Atlanta Spotlight

Oct 23, 2019
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Twenty minority women of film and television plan to draw attention to Atlanta’s growing entertainment industry. 

The Reel Divas is an initiative created to promote the talents of African American writers, producers and directors within the city of Atlanta.

There are some stories that bear repeating over and over. One of those stories is Harriet Tubman’s. A new movie about the heroic abolitionist, known as the “Moses of her people”, is coming out Nov. 1.

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Kurds are evacuating their traditional homeland in Northeast Syria during a five-day brokered pause in hostility. This pause in military action is set to end today, Oct. 22.

The situation is complicated, violent and unfolding on the other side of the world, but Americans are following the events closely.

Local Educator Named National Principal Of The Year

Oct 22, 2019
National Association of Secondary School Principals

This year's National Principal of the Year honor goes to a Gwinnett County educator. 

Suwannee–based Principal Kerensa Wing learned of the award Monday, according to the National  Association of Secondary School Principals. She is currently the principal of Collins Hill High School, a school that she helped to open in 1994 as a history teacher.

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Advocates for justice in a 73-year-old Georgia lynching made the case Tuesday for release of grand jury records in federal court.

Activists have reenacted the Moore's Ford Lynching at least once a year for years. That's helped keep attention on the case where two couples, including a World War II veteran, were killed by a white mob in Walton County.

  • Former President Carter Suffers Fracture In Fall At His Home
  • Army Released Details On Deadly Ft. Stewart Training Accident
  • GDOT Seeks Public Input On Proposed Atlanta - Charlotte High Speed Rail

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Georgia’s attorney general has asked for a temporary injunction against the Becton Dickinson plant in Covington.

The lawsuit, filed in Newton County Superior Court, alleges BD Bard has violated the state’s Air Quality Act and rules for air quality control. The medical plant uses the carcinogenic gas ethylene oxide as a part of its operations.

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On Second Thought continues its "Main Ingredient" series in which a chef tells us about his or her essential southern ingredient. 

For Chef Deborah VanTrece, it's okra — a key ingredient she's cooked with since she was a teenager. VanTrece invited us into her restaurant kitchen at Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours in Atlanta and prepared succotash with okra.

Turkey’s pause in military operations in Syria ends Tuesday. The horrors happening to Kurds are unfolding on the other side of the world. Find out why Georgians are following it closely. Hear from Dr. Heval Kelli, a cardiologist and Syrian-born Georgian, and Timothy Head, the executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

John Amis / AP

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized after a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia.

A statement from The Carter Center says Jimmy suffered "a minor pelvic fracture" on Monday, but remains in good spirits and looks forward to recovering at home.

Emily Jones / GPB News

The Third Infantry Division has released more information about the training accident that killed three soldiers and injured three others early Sunday morning.

At about 3:20 a.m. Sunday, a Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled off of a bridge and was submerged in a stream, according to Major General Antonio Aguto, the commanding general of the division.

Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Jenkins, Cpl. Thomas Walker and Pfc. Antonio Garcia were killed.

  • Names Released Of Soldiers Who Died During Georgia Training Exercise
  • State Officials Unsure What Caused Smoke To Come Out Capsized Ship
  • Atlanta Receives 2-Star Rating For Reproductive Health

David Goldman / AP

Today on Political Rewind, a Georgia law allowing companies to grow and sell medical marijuana has been in effect for six months. However, implementation has stalled because state leaders have failed to appoint a board tasked with awarding marijuana growing and selling contracts. Our panel will discuss the slowdown.

Mark Richt spent 15 seasons as Georgia's head coach, going 145-51 with two SEC championships and five division titles. He retired following the 2018 season, after compiling a 26-13 record in three seasons at Miami.
David Goldman / AP

Former Georgia and Miami coach Mark Richt tweeted Monday that he is recovering from a heart attack.

The 59-year-old Richt is working as a studio analyst for the ACC Network.

Marine salvage experts are trying to determine what caused a fire, Sunday, Oct. 20, in the overturned cargo ship lying close to Georgia's seacoast.
Stephen B. Morton / AP

State officials say they may never know what caused smoke to come out of the overturned cargo ship that has been immobilized in the St. Simons Sound for more than a month.

Marine workers noticed clouds of white smoke coming from the Golden Ray vessel Sunday morning.

  • Soldiers Killed In Georgia Training Accident
  • Fire On Board Capsized Cargo Festival Off St. Simons Island
  • Quinn On Hot Seat As Falcons Drop Fifth Straight Game

Christopher Patey

Susan Rice has been called a lot of names. She was nicknamed "Spo" as a child, for her sporting athletic abilities. President Barack Obama labeled her one of three "Furies" on his national security team. One TV commentator called her "the right's favorite chew-toy," following her now infamous round of TV talk shows days after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Just this weekend, President Donald Trump tweeted that Rice was a "disaster" for her role in the Obama administration's Syria policy. And, as we learn in her new autobiography, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, she has been called worse.

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On its second national reproductive health scorecard, Atlanta received a ranking of two out of five stars. The report card was released Monday by the National Institute for Reproductive Health.


The Atlanta Falcons' losing streak now stands at five games after Sunday's 37-10 defeat against the L.A. Rams.


Quarterback Matt Ryan was injured in the fourth quarter and running back Devonte Freeman was ejected after throwing a punch at an opposing player. 


Savannah Chamber of Commerce

Three soldiers were killed at Fort Stewart Sunday morning and three were hospitalized following a training accident at the base near Savannah. The injured soldiers were taken to a military hospital. 

The soldiers were member of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. The accident occurred when they were riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.


Valdosta is putting a temporary halt to the opening of new vape shops. 


Nestor rushed into Georgia on Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone after the former tropical storm spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael.

  • Tropical Storm Nestor To Bring Rain, Wind To Georgia
  • Drought To Continue In Parts Of The State
  • Atlanta Dream To Move To New Facility Next Season