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Atlanta singer Doria Roberts starts lesbian Twitter trend after Fla. politico flap

Many of our readers know Doria Roberts as a local legend with her music and activism, as well as the good food she and her wife, Calavino Donati, cook up at their East Atlanta bodega, Urban Cannibals.

But many may not realize that Doria Roberts likes Twitter  (@doriaroberts). Well, when Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll was allegedly caught in a "compromising position" with a female travel aide, Carroll was beside herself and had this defense: "Usually black women that look like me don't engage in relationships like that."

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Charis Circle benefit concert features Doria Roberts

Atlanta musician Doria Roberts

Lesbian activist, singer and bodega business owner Doria Roberts will sing at a benefit concert at First Existentialist Congregation on Saturday to help raise funds for Charis Circle, the nonprofit arm of Charis Books & More.

An update on plans for the  Charis Feminist Center and a new cornerstone campaign for the center are expected to be announced at the fundraiser that begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple and will be available at the door and also at Charis located in Little Five Points.

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Doria Roberts on her new CD

Doria Roberts

In the intimate setting of Urban Cannibals Bodega & Bites in East Atlanta Village, Doria Roberts sang a couple of songs from her new CD, “Black Eyed Susan,” which will be released Sept. 20.

Roberts, 40, a longtime Atlanta artist and activist, got the crowd involved, clapping hands, as she belted out songs from the new album that honors one of her friends, mentors and heroes — Odetta.

Odetta, a foremother of the Civil Rights folk music movement and one of Bob Dylan’s major influences, touched Roberts’ life in many ways in the times they played together in 2003 and when she toured with Odetta and the Holmes Brothers a few years later.