Reverend Aaron Abel Collins, pastor at the Edgewood African Methodist Episcopal Congregation of Atlanta, is considered a mighty man of God by his parishioners. His congregation numbers around four hundred and fifty active members with significant neighborhood outreach, making the Reverend an influential voice in his community. As a young Theology student at Morris Brown, … Continue reading Events of 1985, Collins Family
Through Scoey Delahunt, Annabelle discovers The Frantic Feminist, a blog maintained by Rebecca Asher, who Annabelle also knows as a reporter for Creative Loafing. Rebecca’s brash and take-no-prisoners style impresses Annabelle, and she anticipates each new entry every few days. Rebecca divides the blog into four main topics, posts on general feminism, which she publishes … Continue reading Shattered, Annabelle Blogs
Around 1995, Annabelle Collins decides she’s sufficiently independent to get along without the constant, watchful eyes of her parents, and is tired of their insistent inquiries as to when she’s planning to return to Spelman, or her future plans. Injured in a car accident in 1990, she’s been confined to a wheelchair and living with … Continue reading Annabelle
With the exception of the screenplay, in which not even Rebecca is featured as a character, Claire Belmonte has been in every iteration of Rebecca, Too since the incomplete first draft, predating Leah as a character, though Claire has evolved considerably over time. She is also a major character throughout Fables of the New South, … Continue reading Expanded Universe, Claire
Some years ago, I started working on a story about the late-90s tech boom in Atlanta, which featured as its main character a web developer turned entrepreneur named David Cairo (pronounced Kay-ro, like the town in Georgia). I created the rough outline of a story and several chapters, but never fully fleshed out the material … Continue reading Expanded Universe, Alyssa
In the future, people may wonder why folks from this era took so many photos of themselves. Social media is littered with them, of varying quality. Nowadays, it seems everyone’s favorite pose is standing in front of a mirror. Obviously, this is the age of the narcissist in more ways than one. We are a … Continue reading Selfies
I never imagined I’d like sushi. It always sounded like a type of food I’d sooner avoid, until I tried it and wondered why I hadn’t done so sooner. Equally, escargot never appealed to me until I had some at Taste of Atlanta one year, and I found it to my liking. Now, when I … Continue reading What’s Next?
Edward Branch, Jr., known simply as Eddie, Jr. is the owner and operator of Branch Motors (Your Branch office!) in Dublin, Georgia, which is the largest population center near where he and his family have lived for generations. They specialize in big American vehicles, mainly General Motors trucks and autos, and most of his revenue … Continue reading Axe Man, Eddie, Jr.
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Avis Collins is the minister at the Apostolic Awakening Fellowship, a conservative church in Duluth, Georgia. Known as Mother Avis by her church family, she promotes herself as a black conservative who’s opposed to gay marriage, extra-marital sex, race mixing, and government entitlements. She grew up in a mainstream Methodist congregation, but became a fundamentalist … Continue reading Woman of God