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Masai Asantewa / Courtesy of Onyxcon

Atlanta’s Onyxcon is one of many conventions that highlight and celebrate the African Diaspora in comics, movies and related media. The first one started in 1993 in Chicago, called the Black Age of Comics Convention, and that and others around the country inspired local artist and actor Joseph R. Wheeler III to start his own.

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Wheeler points out that African Americans have been involved with comics since they began.

Masai Asantewa / Courtesy of Onyxcon

Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":


Jessica Booth became the Georgia Department of Education first fine arts program specialist in 20 years.

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Jeff Roffman / The Children's Museum of Atlanta

Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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With the sometimes-enormous works of art installed in its galleries, the Atlanta Contemporary can sound like a construction zone more often than you might think.

But in the week leading up to its reopening, it is literally a work site. Standing in the main galleries, one catches occasional glimpses of workers through the skylights.

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