Closer Look: Atlanta and “The Black Mecca”; Plant Vogtle Update; And More

Georgia State University Assistant Professor Maurice J. Hobson spoke with Rose Scott on "Closer Look" Wednesday.
Georgia State University Assistant Professor Maurice J. Hobson spoke with Rose Scott on "Closer Look" Wednesday.
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 1:28: For more than a century, the city of Atlanta has been associated with black achievement in education, business, politics, media, and music, earning it the nickname “the black Mecca.” But in his new book, Georgia State University Assistant Professor Maurice J. Hobson suggests that Atlanta’s political leadership — from the election of Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first black mayor, through the city’s hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games — has consistently ignored the interests of ordinary black Atlantans. Professor Hobson joins us in studio to discuss the central points in his new book, “The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta.”
  • 27:21: Thursday regulators decide on the future of Plant Vogtle. We get the latest on its future from Kristi Swartz, a reporter with EnergyWire.
  • 41:27: ORIGIN is a media group that specializes in audio post-production and composition for video games, trailers, film, TV, and commercials. In Georgia, they brought the first active score group online with a recording orchestra. We speak with ORIGIN’s Paul Lipscomb and Jesse James about how they got started, and what business is like in Atlanta’s growing entertainment industry.
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