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Atlanta’s ‘Mix Fest’ showcases black LGBT filmmakers, artists

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Mix Fest, which dubs itself as the "only  festival dedicated to showcasing LGBT film + creative arts" debuts in Atlanta this weekend with a full lineup of films and artist showcases.

Dedicated to highlighting women and youth as well as new voices, Mix Fest is hoping to "establish itself as the preeminent destination film +arts event for the LGBT community, family, friends & allies."

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Atlanta lesbian author reveals lessons for success as ‘grown woman’

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Lakara Foster is known to many as the host of the popular Brown Sugar Vibe monthly poetry sessions, but she is also an author and motivational speaker who owns her own business, She Speaks! Inc., a firm that offers workshops and resources to empower women and girls.

Her new book is "The Grown Woman's Guide to Greatness" and is available at the independent feminist bookstore Charis Books & More. She will be discussing the book, its lessons, what it means to be "grown" and how to achieve this success on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1-2:30 p.m. at Charlis, located at 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307.