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Kecia Johnson using AIDS diagnosis to help her community

Kecia Johnson using AIDS diagnosis to help her community

ATLANTA -- Most people find it strange how peaceful Kecia Johnson is living with a disease the world frowns upon.

Kecia grew up with a good family, she went to college, and she got a bachelor's degree. Everything you would expect to happen to someone with great family support was happening in Kecia’s life. Until one day Kecia fell sick and was told she had AIDS -- not HIV.

Kecia was 22 years old when she found out. She had mixed emotions, and the negative opinions of others caused Kecia to hide her diagnosis for two years from her family, including her mother Dr. Wendy Johnson. After time Kecia realized that God’s purpose in this was not to make her less of a woman, but to make her more of a woman because she was the shining light to stop the stigma of what society think AIDS should look like or come from.

Billy Graham's son supports ousted Atlanta fire chief

Billy Graham's son supports ousted Atlanta fire chief

ATLANTA -- Evangelist Billy Graham's son, Franklin Graham, is urging Christians to attend a "Standing for Our Faith Rally" at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday to support former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran.

Franklin Graham, who is a preacher, says Cochran was fired "because of his faith in Jesus Christ." Mayor Kasim Reed says the matter is about Cochran's lack of judgment, not religion.

Numerous Christians and Christian leaders are expected to attend the rally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Georgia Capitol Rotunda. Reed fired Cochran on Jan. 6 over a book he wrote that says homosexuality and having multiple sexual partners is "vile," "vulgar," and "Inappropriate.'

Snoop Dogg to perform at 2015 SweetWater 420 Festival

Snoop Dogg to perform at 2015 SweetWater 420 Festival

ATLANTA -- Snoop Dogg, 311 and Cage the Elephant are among the artists scheduled to perform at the 2015 SweetWater 420 Festival.

The three-day celebration of music, the environment and, of course, SweetWater beer will be held Apr. 17-19 at Centennial Olympic Park.

Other acts in the lineup include Thievery Corporation, Primus, Slightly Stoopid, moe., Gov't Mule and Beats Antique. The festival will have two main stages and a separate area to highlight up and coming artists.

Next year's 420 Fest will also feature its Planet 420 environmental village, live comedy acts, food trucks and a local artists market.

Discounted three-day general admission passes and VIP "Big Fish" passes are currently on sale at sweetwater420fest.com. Reduced pricing will be available until Jan. 6.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's fire chief is suspended without pay after publishing a book calling homosexuality "unclean", "a sexual perversion", "vulgar", and "inappropriate".

The book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? is on sale at Amazon.com. It was authored by Atlanta's Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran. The summary of the book refers to God's words to Adam in the Bible:

From God's perspective nakedness meant so much more. It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind. Though He reconciled Adam's condition by clothing him in coats of lambs' skin, Adam never got over what he had done. Condemnation has dominated ever since. Now we have a more permanent solution. We have been clothed with Christ! Redeemed men who carry the curse of condemnation and deprivation cannot fulfill their purpose as husbands, fathers, community and business leaders-world changers!

'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta' star Traci Steele launches clothing line

'Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta' star Traci Steele launches clothing line


ATLANTA -- She stars on "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" and is a radio DJ on Hot 107.9. Now, Traci Steele is expanding her brand even more.

This weekend at the Aloft Atlanta Downtown hotel, Steele launched Steele Pretty, her new line of clothing, accessories and lip gloss.

Steele said all you see on Instagram are pictures of celebrities wearing clothes most fans are unable to afford. She wanted to make her clothing line accessible to everyone.Prices range from $30 to $80. Her lip gloss line has 11 shades that cost $13.50 each.

Visit steelepretty.com​ for more information.

Gospel star J Moss performs during V103's For Sisters Only

Gospel star J Moss performs during V103's For Sisters Only

ATLANTA -- V-103/WAOK hosted their 23rd annual For Sisters Only event at the Georgia World Congress Center. FSO is an indoor festival featuring celebrities, products, health, beauty, workshops and more. The event allows Atlanta to get up-close and personal with it's favorite radio stations and personalities. Attendees enjoyed the 411 Recharge Zone, Wellness Pavilion, V103 Kids Zone and Autograph Zone. This year the Seminar Stage featured Keisha Knight Pulliam, a Powerade Women and Wellness Panel, the Battle of the Sexes hosted by Michael Baisden, Chef G. Garvin interactive cooking show and Michael Baisden's play Men Cry in The Dark.

The Music Stage was rocking with performances from Isaac Carree, Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, Pastor Troy, Raheem The Dream, J Moss, Tasha Page-Lockhart and surprise performances from host LL Cool J, Keyshia Cole and Tamar Braxton.