Closer Look: Authors Mathew Knowles and Kwame Alexander; Sandy Springs City Center; And More

Rose Scott spoke with Mathew Knowles about his book, racism he has experienced, and stereotypes he himself has perpetuated.
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Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief about Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s meeting with both Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to get an update on negotiations in their contract dispute. At the core of the conflict are payments and, according to the governor’s office, nearly 600,000 employees, retirees and their families are affected by the contract disruption. Deal tweeted that he has asked the two companies to resolve the dispute by close of business tomorrow or “the state will be forced to initiate executive action.”
  • 1:54: Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author. He wrote “The Crossover,” which won the 2015 Newbery Medal. His latest book serves as a prequel to that story, called “Rebound.” Alexander joins us in studio.
  • 19:49: Mathew Knowles is known for his role in the music industry, and for being father to Beyoncé and Solange Knowles. But he is also the author of a new book called “Racism: From the Eyes of a Child,” which serves as a personal reflection on racism in America through his childhood in this country. Rose sat down with Knowles, and we’ll hear their discussion about his book, racism he has experienced, and stereotypes he himself has perpetuated.
  • 39:33: Sandy Springs is the sixth largest city in Georgia. But the area is made up almost entirely of suburbs and strip malls. City leaders saw this as a problem: Sandy Springs has nothing unique to distinguish it as its own city. Mayor Rusty Paul has paved the way to build a central city square in Sandy Springs. Called “City Springs,” the $229 million development will have a performing arts center, conference center, four-acre park, residential and retail space, and city offices across 14 acres. We talk with Paul about the changes in Sandy Springs.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.