Atlanta's own Lil Nas X returned home this week to celebrate his critically acclaimed album Montero.
Lil was X received special recognition by the Atlanta City Council that honored him by proclaiming October 20 as Lil Nas X Day.
LNX, who was born Montero Hill in Lithia Springs, Ga., was presented with the proclamation by Atlanta City councilman and mayoral candidate Antonio Brown for shaping the city and world with his "artistic influence and transformative music."
BMI hosted an intimate dinner at The Gathering Spot prior to the event and presented Lil Nas X with two BMI R&B/Hip-Hop awards for his mega-hit "Old Town Road (Remix)" and the catchy single "Panini," a BMI Pop Award for "Old Town Road (Remix)" and a "Million-Air" certificate in recognition of "Old Town Road (Remix)" reaching over one million broadcast performances.
Invited guests included Chloe Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Catherine Brewton (VP of Creative at BMI), Emil Wilbekin (Founder of Native Son), Shanti Das, Miss Lawrence, Mardrequs Harris of The Southern AIDS Coalition, and more.
"This is amazing," said LNX, pictured with his father Robert Stafford.
"I would have not have imagined I would be here four years ago when I was in my sister's room on the floor. What else can I say? This is incredible, man. Life just keeps getting better."
Lil Nas X will perform at State Farm Arena during opening night for the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 22. State Farm Arena was one of the first places to show hometown love while "Old Town Road" was just beginning to explode across the country.
Source: Press release
An Atlanta city councilman introduced a plan to employ self-proclaimed "water boys" to get them off the streets.
Water boys earn cash to make ends meet by selling bottles of water to motorists in busy intersections.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms attempted to crack down on the illegal practice after residents complained about crimes committed by the enterprising boys selling water on city streets and off-ramps.
Bottoms threatened to arrest the boys amid reports of violent confrontations with motorists.
The youngsters have also been targeted by older boys who assault and rob them. Last June, a water boy was shot to death by a jealous rival during an argument over a lucrative intersection.
Councilman Antonio Brown introduced a plan to employ water boys during Monday's council meeting, CBS 46 News reported.
If approved, the plan would involve the city's water department creating a bottling and distributing program offering mid-wage jobs.
The city would specifically hire water boys to fill the newly created positions.
Meka Pless, the mother of 18-year-old Jalanni, who was killed in a verbal dispute with another boy over $10, thinks Brown's plan is a waste of time.
"It's just entirely too much," Pless exclusively told CBS 46 News. "Who is to say this is going to change anything?," she added.
But some of the water boys welcome the new plan if it will protect them from harm.
CBS 46 News spoke with Bob John, a water boy hawking bottles at the intersection of 17th and Spring Streets in Midtown Atlanta.
John said a few criminals have given Atlanta's water boys a bad reputation.
"If you gon' sell water, sell water," said John. "All that trying to act like you selling then you steal somebody purse, that ain't right."
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The Atlanta City Council committed approved free swimming for low-income children over the objections of the mayor's office.
The city charges $5 per child to swim in Atlanta's 12 city-run pools, but the Atlanta City Council committee approved legislation to eliminate the fee -- despite objections from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' office.
LaChandra Butler-Burks, the mayor's executive director of the Office of Recreation, fought tooth and nail to keep the swimming fee in place.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an ordinance was introduced by Council members Matt Westmoreland and Marci Overstreet that pointed out the disparities in deaths at city pools.
Roughly 64 percent of Black children can't swim, and the drowning rate is three times higher for Black children.
The ordinance blamed the disparities on unacceptable lack of access to city pools for low-income children.
The mayor's office asked the Council to hold off on the vote to remove the fee because it could increase security costs at the pools significantly. But the Council proceeded with Tuesday's vote.
The city pools generate $54,000 in revenue for the city. The original legislation moved $60,000 from a non-developmental fund to the Parks Department budget to make up the difference.
The city currently provides security at the pools only during free swim hours.
"We are at our best as a city when we are taking care of the people that need it the most," Overstreet said. "There is no reason we shouldn't have free swim in the summer. So we need to work as hard as we can to make sure that happens."
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