Monday, October 7, 2019

Fulton County Arts & Culture Focuses on Families this Fall with Thomas Dorsey Exhibition and Fulton Families Photos

Jean & Andrew Young family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)
As they continue their 40th Anniversary Celebration this fall, Fulton County Arts & Culture is presenting a fabulous photography collection and inviting Fulton County families to pose for their very own portraits. From October 30 through November 14, visitors to the Southwest Arts Center Gallery will enjoy an exhibition of striking photos by renowned photographer Thomas Dorsey entitled Family: Pride, Dignity and Togetherness featuring notable Atlanta families including those of Andrew Young, Hank Aaron, Ed Spriggs and Marvin Arrington, Sr. In association with the Dorsey exhibition, during October and November, families from Fulton County can participate in Fulton Families Photo Days at six events across the county. Admission is free for the Dorsey exhibition and the photos events. 
“We believe the arts are essential to the social, spiritual, and intellectual health of our communities,” states Lionell Thomas, Director of Fulton County Arts & Culture.  “We’re honoring the legacy of renowned family portrait photographer Thomas Dorsey with an exhibition of his work, and we are celebrating the beauty and diversity of our own Fulton County family by inviting residents to have their portrait taken. We hope they enjoy the art and come celebrate with us!”
Carolyn & Tom Dorsey family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)
Rosemary & Don Jackson family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)

Thomas Dorsey exhibition Family: Pride, Dignity and Togetherness

There will be an Opening Reception on Wednesday, October 30 from 6-9 pm, and the exhibition will be on view through November 14 at the gallery at Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.

Thomas Dorsey was born in Augusta, GA, but grew up in Chicago, IL. After a four-year stint in the Air Force, he worked at the Post Office for a decade. Then he became interested in art and pursued a degree in Fine Art from the Art Institute of Chicago. He fell in love with photography which led him to start a business with his wife centered on family portraiture. During the next 32 years he made a name for himself beginning in Chicago, and then in Atlanta, by taking photos of families in their homes. The Family: Pride, Dignity and Togetherness exhibition showcases selected photos of prominent African American families from Fulton County and Chicago taken between 1978 and 2002.
“I cannot say how one should view these images, but the title reflects the positive potential of the human spirit I saw every time I was given the opportunity to trip the shutter!” - Thomas Dorsey
Vivian & Mack Jones family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)
Marylin & Marvin Arrington family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)
Azira & Jesse Hill with grandchildren (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)

Fulton Families Free Photo Days

Fulton County Arts & Culture invites Fulton families to have their family portrait taken for free this fall. In celebration of the work of Thomas Dorsey and his exhibition at Southwest Arts Center which showcases photographs of families, they have created events across the six county districts to continue building relationships, sharing stories, and engaging directly with residents.  Here are the locations, dates and times for Fulton Families Photo Days events. 

​*Note families are asked to RSVP in advance for the location they will visit for their free family portrait. 
District 1 – Saturday, October 19 from 10 am – 2 pm
John Creek Art Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road Bldg. 700, Johns Creek, GA 30097
RSVP here:  FultonFamilies.D1
District 2 – Saturday, October 26 from 10 am – 2 pm
Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D2
District 3 – Saturday, November 9 from 10 am – 2 pm
Abernathy Arts Center, 254 Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D3
District 4 – Saturday, October 12 from 10 am – 2 pm
Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D4
District 5 – Saturday, November 16 from 10 am – 2 pm
ArtsXchange, 2148 Newnan Street, East Point, GA 30344
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D5
District 6 – Saturday, November 2 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Fairburn Library, 60 Valley View Drive, Fairburn, GA 30213
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D6
Fulton County Arts & Culture is celebrating 40 years of creative leadership, improving and enhancing the lives of Fulton County residents and visitors through the arts. Their mission is to ensure all citizens have access to the arts for the passion they inspire, the quality of life they afford, and the economic impact they make in the community. FCAC provides broad access to arts programming including classes and free performances at their six community Arts Centers; generous support for area artists and arts organizations through Contracts for Services arts funding; outreach through their numerous community partnerships; and diverse public art experiences through the Fulton County Public Art Program.  For more information visit:

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Gospel singer, Yolanda Adams, shares a message of encouragement to Jermaine Sain and When We Speak TV!!! #BlackMusicHonors

Black Music Honors is a televised event that pays tribute to legendary artists that have made significant contributions to African American music.  
During the 2019 Black Music Honors, Yolanda Adams was presented the Gospel Music Icon Award and received a beautiful musical tribute from Jekayln Carr, Kelly Price, and Le'Andria Johnson.   We had the pleasure of speaking with Yolanda Adams, during the red carpet event.
​​Jermaine Sain, shares his childhood memory of calling the radio station and requesting "My Liberty", recorded in 1982, by Southeast Inspirational Choir with Yolanda Adams on lead vocals.  

See what Yolanda Adams says is the contributor to her success in the entertainment industry!!

Wasn't that a powerful message?  We absolutely love her.........and if that wasn't enough!!!!!



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Raising Dion: Now Available on Netflix

A widowed mom sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her young son's emerging superpowers while keeping his extraordinary gifts under wraps.


When We Speak TV's own, Jermaine Sain, had a part in Raising Dion! You will not see him in the credits but his hard work definitely impacted the entire cast and crew of Raising Dion!!  Want to know how?  Click here.

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Jermaine Sain is the host/ creator of a talk show called When We Speak. After exiting the U.S. Army in 2003, as a Medical Sergeant, Jermaine began pursuing a career in music after he auditioned for American Idol in 2005, in Austin, Texas.

In 2008, Jermaine moved to Atlanta where he has had the opportunity to provide backing vocals for Kem (Grammy nominated R&B Singer) Heart (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and Barry Manilow, as well as for companies such as Pink Ribbon Story Foundation and Verizon Wireless. He made his first music video appearance in Kem's Glorify The King.

Jermaine's talk show, When We Speak, caters to entertainment with a close focus on indie music professionals.

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