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Singer Ray Lavender stars in new Tyler Perry play

Singer Ray Lavender stars in new Tyler Perry play

ATLANTA-- Atlanta resident, Ray Lavendar has been on the move and his hustle is about to get a kick start in the right direction.

While on tour with Tyler Perry’s new play “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned,” Ray chatted on the phone in between play rehearsal and tending to his busy schedule. Ray Lavendar plays, Victor; the good guy; who is engaged to the lead’s sister. Linking with Tyler Perry has been a long time coming and once his schedule freed up working on Tyler’s latest stage play became a reality for Ray. With a simple phone call from Tyler Perry’s office, Ray has taken his career in a new direction. The play will be out for five months and Ray is thankful for over 100 play dates. Ray loves being under the leadership of Tyler Perry and he appreciates his words of encouragement. Tyler told Ray, “You were chosen for a reason. You have to do something!”

Author Sue Monk Kidd to hold 2 book signings

Author Sue Monk Kidd to hold 2 book signings

ATLANTA -- Bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd will hold two readings and book signings in metro Atlanta in January.

Kidd is best known for writing The Secret Life of Bees, which was made into a 2008 movie starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. She is also the author of The Mermaid Chair.

Her third novel, The Invention of Wings, like her previous two books, is a celebration of women.

According to Book Atlanta:

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Chairman, District 1, John H. Eaves received the Grady Champion Award during the 2nd Annual “Honoring Healthcare Champions Awards.”

Chairman Eaves was one of eight community leaders, medical professionals and non-profit executives honored by the Hospital Authority for their leadership in efforts to support Grady Hospital and build healthier communities.

The awards dinner followed the 2013 Health Summit, which brought governmental leaders and healthcare professionals together to discuss healthcare issues affecting Fulton and Dekalb counties.

The Healthcare Champions were honored for research, advocacy, donations and inspired leadership.  Standing with Chairman Eaves (center) were Pete Correll (left), Chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and Thomas Dortch, Chairman of the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority Board of Trustees.

Saving Our Daughters and Greg Cole to hold Christmas toy drive

Saving Our Daughters and Greg Cole to hold Christmas toy drive

ATLANTA -- Thursday, December 19, Saving Our Daughters (S.O.D.) and Dirty Money’s Kalenna will host the toy drive for a cause from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Sponsored by Greg Cole of Nancy’s Pizza (3167 Peachtree NE), guests will be able to give back while enjoying good food and special prizes. Kalenna is requesting that attendees bring Christmas gift cards, outer wear, games and beauty products to give to local children in need.  

Curtis B. executive director or Saving Our Daughters says “we are excited to have Kalenna join our growing family and becoming one of our philanthropic women that have now put down their celebrity status to make that connection with the young girls that might be facing horrific challenges of life. Kalenna will be joining a rich tradition of supporting musical iconic artists’ such as T.I., Nas, Kelly Rowland and the late Gerald Levert.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

Kasim Reed seeks second term in Tuesday's election

Kasim Reed seeks second term in Tuesday's election

ATLANTA -- Voters in Atlanta head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to re-elect Mayor Kasim Reed.

Reed has three challengers, although his opponents have little name recognition and have not reported raising any money.

Reed is known for his strong support of President Barack Obama and his working relationship with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on issues such as economic development.

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Reed hasn't been immune to criticism. Open government advocates have challenged Reed over a plan to use public financing to help support a new Atlanta Falcons stadium, and a group of street vendors have expressed their unhappiness since the city took steps to curtail the selling of goods on public streets.