The annual Pan African Film Festival is back in Atlanta. Every year, the festival showcases film, art, and other creative works about people of African descent. This year PAFF, will present 55 films from around the world.
Should taxpayers fund commemorations of the Confederacy? That's the conversation sociologist Mark Patrick George and Reverend Floyd Rose are hoping to start with a letter they sent last month to Georgia lawmakers. They argue that Georgia’s secession ordinance of 1861 proves the Confederacy fought in order to preserve slavery, and therefore taxpayers shouldn’t pay to glorify it. George and Rose say heritage groups like the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy are obfuscating history by suggesting the Confederacy only fought for states’ rights and southern pride.
Crime novelist Karin Slaughter’s neighborhood in Jonesboro, Georgia has a lot to do with her work today. She was a child when the city of Atlanta elected its first black mayor, and during the Atlanta Child Murders when an unknown killer haunted the city. Slaughter’s latest thriller, Cop Town is set in Atlanta in the 1970s. It’s the story of two female police officers who are sidelined in a citywide search for a cop killer. She sat down with All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington to talk about the novel, her childhood, and the reason she wrote her latest thriller from the point of view of two women.