Closer Look: Atlanta Prepares For Super Bowl 53; 2019 Economic Outlook; Alvin Ailey’s Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson, a new dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, joins "Closer Look" to talk about his upcoming master class.
Christopher Wilson, a new dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, joins "Closer Look" to talk about his upcoming master class.
Credit Anastaciah M. Ondieki / WABE

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on Brian Kemp’s inauguration as the 83rd Governor of Georgia. In other news, the state’s Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) says that for now, the partial government shutdown will not interfere with the issuance of food stamps to SNAP participants in the state. A statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said SNAP beneficiaries will receive their February benefits this month — even if the partial government shutdown continues. The federal agency is working with state offices to ensure those benefits are loaded to recipients cards by January 20. Nearly 1.6 million Georgians rely on SNAP benefits.
  • And finally on this day, January 15th, 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. We hear an excerpt from an NBC News interview with Dr. King about the plight of African Americans. The clip was shared on social media by his daughter Dr. Bernice King.
  • 5:14: Earlier today Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lane Bottoms, along with national, state and local law enforcement officials held a news conference on public safety preparedness for Super Bowl 53. Then, we go behind the scenes at the MARTA Police Department’s Emergency Operation Center, where MPD Chief Wanda Dunham explains how they’re getting ready for Super Bowl weekend.
  • 25:57: Yesterday we learned more about a new report from JPMorgan Chase & Co., which reveals 80-percent of midsize companies and 41-percent of small businesses plan to increase compensation for their employees this year. So, what other economic trends can we expect in 2019? To find out Rose sat down with  Dr. Tom Smith, Associate Finance Professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Their conversation took place over a meal at ROXX Tavern on Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Inside ROXX Tavern, Rose Scott speaks with Dr. Tom Smith, Associate Finance Professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School about the 2019 economic outlook. Photo credit: Candace Wheeler
  • 40:32: It’s Alvin Ailey Day on Closer Look and City Lights. Lois and Rose will dive into the legacy of Alvin Ailey, an African American choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, who is widely celebrated for his contributions to modern dance and activism. To celebrate the dance theatre’s 60th anniversary, the company will visit the Atlanta’s Fox Theatre later next month. Ahead of this performance, Rose sits down with Christopher Wilson, a new dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Company who will teach a master class to a group of Atlanta students.
Christopher Wilson, a new dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, joins todays “Closer Look.” Photo credit: Anastaciah M. Ondieki

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker.