First Black woman-owned coffee shop opens in Savannah

Andrew M. Santos

A one-of-a-kind coffee shop has opened its doors in Savannah. The Culturist Union is the first Black woman-owned coffee shop in the city.WJCL 22 had the chance to catch up with the owner to find out more about the inspiration behind the new spot.“I want this place to be a gathering spot. I want this to be the first place people think to go when they want a pick me up. When they want their fresh cup of joe. You’re going to get quality. You’re going to get great service and you’re going to have a great time,” Culturist Union owner Elbi Elm said. The coffee shop and artisan market not only serves coffee and sweet treats but also sells work from nearly 50 local vendors. Elm said her reason for opening the shop, is simple. “I was a military brat and I would go to different coffee houses and … Read More

73-Year-Old Sentenced for Harassing Women in Grantville Shopping Center Parking Lot

Andrew M. Santos
Grantville shopping center where alleged crimes occurred in August.
Grantville shopping center where crimes occurred. Image via Google Maps

A 73-year-old man who harassed multiple women at a Grantville shopping center over the course of several years was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to undergo therapy, the San Diego City Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

On at least six separate occasions between 2018 and 2020, Orlando Joseph Chavez approached women in the parking lot of a strip mall on Friars Road, then crawled beneath the women’s vehicles under the guise of examining an apparent fluid leak, prosecutors said.

Once beneath the victims’ vehicles, he would not come out, effectively preventing the women from being able to leave, prosecutors said.

According to the City Attorney’s Office, one of the incidents occurred in the presence of an off-duty San Diego police officer. After the officer ordered him to come out from beneath the car, Chavez told him he wasn’t

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Bling Empire’s Executive Producer Embraces Couture and Avoids Trends

Andrew M. Santos

Christine Chiu understands storytelling. As the producer of Netflix’s Bling Empire, Chiu helped bring the first reality series featuring an Asian-American ensemble cast to the streaming giant’s platform. The show, which enters its second season this weekend, was a hit and its glimpse at the opulent lifestyles of Los Angeles’ uber-rich proved addictive. The drama was juicy, but Chiu’s interest in narrative began long before she hit the small screen. “Anything I can do to help tell a story gets me excited,” she shared at New York’s Casa Cipriani. “Even before we’d begun Bling, I was working on multiple television projects in various stages of development, and that was so rewarding. Regardless of the form a story takes—art, music, cinema, or fashion—the process appeals to me.” 

Whether she was producing the show or working with non-profits like Ghetto Film School, which works to help next-gen filmmakers in underserved

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Festival of Speed & Style returns to Old Town Alexandria with fashion and fast cars

Andrew M. Santos

Fast cars and high fashion collide as the Festival of Speed & Style returns to Old Town Alexandria this weekend.

The Festival of Speed & Style takes place on Sunday, May 22, from 10 AM to 3 PM in Old Town Alexandria

Courtesy Festival of Speed & Style Facebook page

The weekend event pairs exotic cars and fashion models

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The festival is also hosting a High Octane Ball from 7PM to 10PM on Saturday night May 21 in Old Town Alexandria. Tickets for that event cost $75, tax-deductible, with proceeds going to charity.

Courtesy Festival of Speed & Style Facebook page

A man poses with a yellow car

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A model poses with a vintage Ferrari

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The Old Town Festival of Speed & Style will feature more

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