It's the Mother of All Black Arts Festivals

From the recognizable sounds of the O'Jays to the lesser-known art of Thornton Dial, this year's National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta offered a little bit of everything.

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The primary fundraising tool of the NBAF is its annual black-tie gala, which was a dedication to the achievements of African Americans in the film industry, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead. The men wore tuxedos and the ladies wore black and white gowns as they danced the night away to big-band tunes and participated in live and silent auctions in a ballroom decked out in Hollywood-inspired décor.

This is just a sampling of the arts feast that Atlanta presented at this fabulous event. If you live near Atlanta, or even if you don't, it's not too early to start making plans to hit up the capital of the South next July. It's no risk at all to guarantee that you won't be disappointed.

Nick Chiles is a writer based in metro Atlanta.

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