Community and Public Policy Leaders Sound Out At Coffeehouse Jazz Concert

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Carrie L. Williams

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ATLANTAStanding room only, with over eighty cheering community members packed into The “Grounds” to watch Barack Obama’s speech at the National Democratic Convention, West End’s Grounds Coffeehouse(898 Oak St SW, Atlanta 30310) is becoming known as a hub for multi-cultural community engagement in grassroots public policy issues – with an artistic twist.


This Monday evening, September 8th, 2008, from 7:00 – 10:30pm, The “Grounds” will present a “Sound Out From The Soul” Jazz Concert – where metro Atlanta’s finest community leaders and public policy leaders will express their views pre-concert on defining and creating Atlanta’s culture, setting the stage for a night of jazz artistry by exciting young jazz saxophonist Kebbie Williams and group.


For the price of a cup of coffee or tea (or a smoothie drink), The Grounds will showcase Kebbie Williams, a Howard graduate in the West End, with international standing for his unique, vibrant style that captures listeners by its pulsating rhythms and lyrical turns.


“Grounds” Coffeehouse owners Percy Stith, Shannon Toney, and Maurice Sanders are just as unique as their coffee shop offerings. As renaissance “true neighborhood” advocates, with a love for music and art, their commitment to community is clear.


“We see The Grounds as our expression of what ‘true neighborhood and community’ can be – a place where neighbors get to know one another, and talk with each other, where we can meet and organize to get things done,” states co-owner Shannon Toney, pointing to recent “Save Fire Station #7” Coalition gatherings at the Grounds.


“We want to epitomize the ethic of neighborhood and community businesses,” adds partner Maurice Sanders, “that are owned, operated, and supported by neighbors living in the community.”  Sharing their active role in West End home renovation, Percy Stith summarizes:  “We want to encourage others in metro Atlanta that the West End is where sustainable rejuvenation of historic, cultural, geographic landscapes can happen – and is happening now.”


For more information, contact:  Shannon Toney, The Grounds Coffeehouse, (4) 753-7063 or (4) 242-1833,

Jazz in the Parlour…

that title reminds me of Brooklyn…in my last home (my NY home) we had a “Parlour” .  This room, in many brownstones would have the baby grand piano… I didn’t have the piano but I had/have many Miles, Etta, Ella, Billie and Coltrane records.. that’s right- records!! (ok, ok…I do have some on CD also-lol)

…Which reminds me, I’m looking to purchase a piano- a baby grand.  I  was advisedto keep CraigsList and on watch- but I’ve only seen uprights offered.  Please keep an eye out for me….maybe I can barter for one, I have kids that can do yard work, ages 7 & 4..-nothing wrong with a little child labor for musical enjoyment, right?  😉


This Sunday- there will be Dinner and  “Jazz in the Parlour” ( wonder if Khe-Khe’s will provide the food- I’m SO there if they will… have you had their sweet potatoes? manmmmmm)

Featuring Juedienne Gordon “Juju” & Friends

Performing a Tribute to Angela Bofill, the Jazz Classics, and Original music


Sunday, April 27th 8pm – 11pm

 $15 Advance — $20.00 @ Door


[includes Dinner & glass of wine]


1756 Westwood Avenue, S.W. Atl. 30310


Seating is limited call for reservations: 404-552-8423 or email

What’s going on in West End…Westview?

…many new developments.

Westview collected money for their street toppers. This is very exciting! Now you will see “Westview” when driving through their community and no more mistaking their homes for West End homes 🙂 I know the neighbors are very proud. I’m very proud and have happily contributed to the purchase of a street topper.

Westview will also have a community BBQ on May 3rd (you can stop in West End for the tour of homes, and continue to Westview to eat!) ‘It’s Our Neighborhood’ community association is coordinating this.

Trees Atlanta will begin their Beltline Arboretum planting on Saturday April 12th

Visit  for more information. The developers of this site do an awesome job of maintaining it.

West End will kick off the summer with a wonderful May Day/ Tour of Homes celebration starting May 2-4th.  The celebration will kick off with a concert  at the Wren’s Nest Amphitheater 7-10PM featuring Jazz artist  Theresa Hightower ( Tickets are $25.  You can also buy a single concert and tour of homes ticket combo for $40! Check out ( )

You dont want to miss the tour- come out and see the lovely historic homes of West End. There are some on the list that have all the orginal detailing and others beautifully renovated. Experience the old and new! Besides viewing owned homes, we have and are making arragements to have the available (For SALE) homes open this day! Now you’ll be able to obtain buying information onsite and possibly begin the process to owning within our community 🙂

Now on the NPU-T front. Did you miss it? … the foreclosure screening?   If you did, you missed a special treat.  We had a great time at our NPU-T meeting yesterday. With over 100 people in attendance, council members, civic leaders and neighbors from NPU-V- the debuteof “When a House Is Not A Home”  was a success!  Brent and Paulette did a wonderful job and provided us with a very nice catered menu after.

Kudos go out to many neighbors that are volunteering their time and have been accepted into the Policy Institute for Civic Leadership:                                                                                                        


Carney NPU-T
Oni Holley NPU-T
Graham Jackson NPU-T
Nia Knowles NPU-T
Kwabena Nkromo NPU-T
Robert Thompson NPU-T
Evelyn Washington NPU-T
Darryl Jackson NPU T
Melanie Wofford Community and Housing Initiatives
Brent Brewer Watershed Mgmt, Engineering Services

…now I have NO clue how I’ll find the time to do this…but it will work out. It always does!

What next? Check out all the community websites to your right——>

P.S. I will be adding photo’s of some of the newly renovated available homes – I love home photo’s, dont you?

Khe-Khe’s Jazz Resturant…believe the hype!

So I finally made my way to Khe-Khe’s (thanks Ayana for the invite). I went in with high expectations (since Westview residents talked it up…)…and I have to say, they EXCEEDED my expectations! This mother/ daughter team provided more than good conversation and food(I was too early for the music).

Anyway, I was a bit greedy. After doing that BeltLine canvassing for 5hrs- I was ready to EAT…so I did. I ordered baked Chicken, Potato salad, Blackeye peas and white rice (I told you I was hungry) Cabbage and yams!… I ended up taking some home (which was gone that night)..but guess the price…?? guess??… $8!!! I know- I was shocked too. Their “slap your mama” yams- had my husband rushing to Krogers to buy some, just to attempt to follow the recipe Ms Martha gave him (and between you and I…I’m SURE they will not taste like hers)…

Just being there felt like “home”…as we discussed Brooklyn (represent! lol… ), the housing situation, our youths and seniors. And did you know- Ms Martha- MARCHED on Washington, and knew Mrs. King? …….

Also, did you know – Westview is the home of a Jazz Artist? More on this later; we have all been invited to a show next week…..