Georgia Unfiltered

Search This Site

16 May 2018

Georgia State University Schedules Do-Over for Graduation Ceremony Marred by Bad Weather

Georgia State University graduates will get another chance to walk in a few days.

An email sent by the Atlanta college, Wednesday afternoon, announced a "special recognition ceremony" for bachelor’s degree graduates this Sunday.

"This unique event for students who graduated last Thursday provides the opportunity for individual recognition, something that was not possible then because of the threat of lightning," the university email reads.

Spring 2018 commencement ceremonies at Georgia State University were scheduled for May 10. The event was held outdoors at Georgia State Stadium. Potential lightning caused school officials to have an abbreviated program that consisted of graduates turning their tassels, followed by a round of applause led by University President Mark Becker.

The shortened ceremony created a storm of criticism on social media. Degree candidates quickly demanded a do-over. An online petition received over 4,400 signatures from people asking the college to hold another ceremony so that graduates could walk across the stage and be individually recognized.

The re-scheduled graduation program is slated for May 20 at 2 p.m. in the Georgia State Sports Arena.

14 May 2018

Drake and Migos End 'Aubrey and The Three Amigos' Tour with Pair of November Shows in Atlanta

Platinum selling artist Drake announced the 'Aubrey and The Three Amigos' tour today.

The performer behind hit singles "God's Plan" and "Nice For What" plans a 41-date outing that kicks off July 26 in Salt Lake City. The "Aubrey and The Three Amigos" tour ends in Atlanta with two shows at Philips Arena, Nov. 16 and Nov. 17.

Drake will be joined by special guests Migos on the North American run throughout this summer and fall.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 15 at 10am through Thursday, May 17 at 10pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, May 18 at Ticketmaster.com.

11 May 2018

Weather-shortened Graduation Ceremony Creates a Storm of Criticism at GSU

Georgia State University faced a barrage of complaints online after ending the spring 2018 graduation ceremonies early due to the weather.

Many graduates expressed displeasure on Twitter to their alma mater, with some demanding the commencement exercises be re-scheduled.

Journalism major Shaina McLawrence angrily wrote, "I worked hard for four years and did not get to walk! The student body demands apologies, and all graduation regalia and fees refunded immediately."


Hannah Washington, a public relations major, said the school's decision to cancel the ceremony without a rain date smacked of bad PR.


"I'm still trying to process the shitshow that was #GSU18... as a Public Relations Major... wow," Washington tweeted. "I can’t believe they thought this would fly."

Georgia State University apologized, saying that the threat of lightning forced them to make a call.

"We are extremely sorry to have shortened tonight's commencement. Our primary concern was the safety of our graduates and their loved ones, given the threat of severe weather and lightning," the university's statement on Twitter read. "We are deeply disappointed impending bad weather did not allow us to conduct the usual ceremony and individually recognize our outstanding graduates. Congratulations Class of 2018!"


Still, graduates like Kia Carson are demanding graduation be rescheduled.


Carson posted a link to an online petition that quickly piled up more than 200 signatures.

There's no word yet if the spring 2018 GSU graduation ceremony will be rescheduled.

10 May 2018

Happening This Weekend: The Shaky Beats Music Festival

Weather forecasters predict sunny skies and warm temperatures for the Shaky Beats Music Festival this weekend.

The three-day event returns to Central Park in Midtown following a short stay at Centennial Olympic Park.

Friday's festivities feature performances from Ludacris, Dillon Francis and Marshmello. The fun continues late into the night with a pair of after-parties at Terminal West and Masquerade.

Tickets remain for single-day and weekend passes at www.shakybeatsfestival.com/tickets. Prices start at $95.




09 May 2018

Atlanta's Psycho Disco Record Label Finds Treasure in Brazil with MKJAY

House music isn't exactly a genre associated with Atlanta. Drum, bass and trap . . . those are the sounds heard most at ATL clubs. A record label founded by DJ and producer Treasure Fingers, aims to change that reality.

( Brazilian DJ MKJAY recently signed with Atlanta's Psycho Disco Records Photo Credit: Facebook/MKJAY)
Psycho Disco describes themselves as skewing to the left of house music from the east side of Atlanta. In addition to their bimonthly parties at Music Room ATL, the label constantly releases new music that deepens the South's house awareness.

The latest treasure from Psycho Disco Records comes from another unlikely source of house music; Brazil.

20-year-old Brazilian DJ MKJAY dropped a two-track EP that throws it to the most classic of house music cuts.

Both singles, "Ladies" and "First Ride," get the listener moving from start to finish.

"Ladies" sees the Brazilian DJ and producer build upon a ticking hi-hat backbone with a minimal build to set the groove for a shuffle worthy break down. MKJAY employs a mesmerizing vocal loop on "First Ride," that opens to a myriad of elements including bongos and triangle tings.



"First Ride" currently sits in the No. 3 position on Beatport's "Best New Tech House" chart.

Both tracks on the EP are available for free download on SoundCloud now.