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Tommy Valentine

Tommy Valentine

Current Vocation: Executive Director, Historic Athens
Like most people that grow up in Athens, Georgia, I've been lucky enough to live several lives. As a young person, I was an Eagle Scout, then battle rapper, then record label owner. During college, those experiences gave way to community organizing and campaign management. After graduating with a degree in Political Science, I worked in the private sector before returning to complete my MPA. In recent years, I've sought to improve Athens through political action and work in the non-profit sector currently as Executive Director of Historic Athens Throughout it all, I've had a consistent love for writing, film, and - since you first opened - Cine.

Interests and Accomplishments

  • Eagle Scout
  • Public Administration Recognition: Harold F. Holtz, Jr. MPA Scholarship, Seoul Municipal Govt. Case Study Award
  • Flagpole Award-Nominated Hip-Hop Artist: Best Artist, Best Up-And-Coming, Best Hip-Hop
  • Award-Winning Battle MC: Skoolyard Brawl, Prince of the Ring, Athlete’s Foot Atlanta Invitational, Mic Club
  • Five Great Loves: Laura, Norah, Lady, Louie, and Athens

Top 5 Films

  • Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Moonlight
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • The Dark Knight

Top 5 Books

  • Master and Margarita
  • It
  • Things Fall Apart
  • Foundation
  • Blood Meridian

Top 5 Songs

  • A Day in the Life – The Beatles
  • Family Business – Kanye West
  • So What – Miles Davis
  • Southwestern Territory – Mountain Goats
  • Fred Jones Pt. 2 – Ben Folds