Closer Look: Concerns Over Increase In Buckhead Crime; Diversity in Cosplay

Actor Brian Prince, Joseph Wheeler, founder of Onyxcon, TaLynn Kel, multimedia producer and cosplayer and Kecia Stovall, a multimedia producer.
Actor Brian Prince, Joseph Wheeler, founder of Onyxcon, TaLynn Kel, multimedia producer and cosplayer and Kecia Stovall, a multimedia producer.
Credit Candace Wheeler / WABE

Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: In 2017, approximately 47,600 people died from overdosing on opioids, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This weekend at the Emory University School of Medicine, doctors and medical professionals will gather to discuss fighting addiction Georgia at a town hall called, “New Hope for the Opioid Epidemic.” We speak to Dr. Patrice Harris, president-elect of the American Medical Association who will speak at this weekend’s event.
  • 11:21: On a recent edition of the program we spoke with Chief Erika Shields from the Atlanta Police Department about a range of public safety topics including recent statements from some members of the Buckhead community over crime data. Today, we speak to Mary Norwood, chair of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods Mary Norwood who wrote a letter addressed to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, which called Atlanta Police Department’s crime data in to question. Norwood, and other community members say their crime levels are actually higher than reported by APD. Also joining the conversation Amber Connor, a Buckhead community leader.
Amber Connor, a Buckhead community leader and Mary Norwood, chair of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods talk about concerns related to crime data in Buckhead. Credit: Candace Wheeler
  • 40:33: What’s the state of diversity in cosplay? Today, a roundtable of Atlanta creatives, cosplayers and actors give their thoughts on race in the fantasy space. It’s a roundtable discussion with multimedia producer Kecia Stovall, TaLynn Kel, multimedia producer and cosplayer — the two are working on the project “The Space Between: Celebrating Black Womxn in Geekdom.” Also, we hear from Joseph Wheeler, founder of Onycon and actor Brian Prince who portrays the character the Predator in the latest installment of the film franchise.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker.  Anastaciah Ondieki contributed to this article.