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As the first black female television journalist in the western United
States, Belva Davis helped change the face and focus of television
news, overcoming obstacles in racism and sexism. Now she is sharing
the story of her extraordinary life in her poignantly honest memoir,
Never in My Wildest Dreams.
A reporter for almost five decades, Davis is no stranger to adversity.
Born to a fifteen-year-old Louisiana laundress during the Great
Depression, and raised in the overcrowded projects of Oakland,
California, Davis suffered abuse, battled rejection, and persevered to
achieve a career beyond her imagination. She has seen the world
change in ways she never could have envisioned, from being verbally
and physically attacked while reporting on the 1964 Republican
National Convention in San Francisco to witnessing the historic
election of Barack Obama in 2008.
Davis has reported many of the most explosive stories of the era,
including the Vietnam War protests, the Black Panthers, the Peoples Temple cult mass suicides at Jonestown, the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and
Supervisor Harvey Milk, the onset of the AIDS epidemic — and from Africa, following the
terrorist attacks that first put Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
She encountered a cavalcade of cultural icons: Malcolm X, Frank Sinatra, James Brown,
Nancy Reagan, Huey Newton, Muhammad Ali, Alex Haley, Fidel Castro, Dianne
Feinstein, Condoleezza Rice, and more.

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Atlanta is home of several up-in-coming fashion designers, but you may not be aware of one so talented that she has been invited to New York Fashion Week 2011.
Fashion designer Natarsha Shearin showcased a sampling of her plus size designs on Better Mornings Atlanta recently.
Shearin is a graduate of American InterContinental University’s fashion program and has created a fan base here in the southeast. She is headed to New York City to spread her talent and love for quality plus-size clothing.
Shearin was invited to showcase her talents after her discovery at a homecoming fashion show at Florida A & M University.
Since her childhood, Shearin has dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. Her story proves that dreams really do come true as she embarks on her journey to New York Fashion Week for her show on February 13th.
Plus-size fashion is one of the most under-represented areas of the industry, yet across the globe several designers have begun flirting with the idea of developing plus-size lines. Top name designers, including Mark Jacobs have expressed an interest. Last Fall, Vogue UK featured an article entitled, “Plus Size Marc,” detailing the desire of the fashion powerhouse house to venture into the plus-size fashion market.

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How cool is this…. our morning show team has made it on a billboard.
I must admit it is a bit of a surreal feeling to see yourself a few stories off the ground and several feet wide. Maybe you’ve seen the Better Mornings Atlanta billboards around town since the beginning of January. I’m not sure how long they will be up before they’re taken down so I just had to grab a quick picture this weekend next to this billboard in Buckhead at the corner of Paces Ferry Road and Roswell Road.

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I couldn’t think of a better way to get ready for Valentines Day than spending the day at Alon’s Bakery & Market in Dunwoody. It was the perfect place for my latest adventure in our “Do My Job” series. Chef Alon Balshan was kind enough to welcome me into his chocolate room where he makes some amazing confections. From pink hearts to raspberry infused chocolate squares… we had an amazing morning creating some incredible sweet treats!

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