• Alabama toddler targeted in cruel internet meme

    Grayson Smith is no stranger to overcoming odds but now he and his family are facing a new challenge after someone stole his photo for a cruel internet meme.
  • First Black Woman Appointed To Serve As Supreme Court Chief Justice in North Carolina

    By Kimberly RichardsBlack Voices
    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) on Tuesday appointed Cheri Beasley to be the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court. Beasley will be the first black woman to hold the position.
    “It is not at all lost on me, this historic factor, especially given that this is Black History Month,” Beasley said in a speech following the announcement, according to local ABC affiliate WTVD.
    “I hope that in some way, my service inspires young p
  • North Carolina To Have Its First Black Woman As Supreme Court Chief Justice

    By Kimberly RichardsBlack Voices
    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) on Tuesday appointed Cheri Beasley to be the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court. Beasley will be the first black woman to hold the position.
    “It is not at all lost on me, this historic factor, especially given that this is Black History Month,” Beasley said in a speech following the announcement, according to local ABC affiliate WTVD.
    “I hope that in some way, my service inspires young p
  • Arrest made in shooting death of BPD Sergeant Wytasha Carter

    ABC 33/40A 31-year-old suspect is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Birmingham Police Sergeant Wytasha Carter.
    Jeremy Owens is charged with one count of capital murder, two counts of attempted murder, certain persons forbidden to possess a pistol, 3rd degree receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana.
    Sgt. Carter was fatally shot on January 13 while responding to reports of car break-ins near 5th Avenue North. According to authorities, Sgt. Carter and an additional
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  • Meet Tiffany Alexander, 27, co-founder of a pediatrics urgent care facility in Birmingham

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesSpending long periods of time in a hospital with her mother, who had been diagnosed with cancer, gave Tiffany Alexander a love for health care and helping others.
    “We always had a great medical staff [at Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Ala.], so it’s just kind of where I spent my time,” said Alexander, 27. “Their care and their love for [my mother] definitely made me fall in love with the profession.”
    Alexander’s
  • Wormsby: Sorry, but ‘I Had To Say It’

    By Hollis Wormsby, Jr.Those of you who are fans of Millie Jackson, will recognize this week’s headline as one of her classic songs.  The song in question was her offering of what she knew would be an unpopular theory on the behavior of some folks receiving government benefits.  I feel that way this week on another subject based on some comments I’ve seen on Facebook. I am fairly sure my words will not be well received, but as someone who has spent 30 years offering social c
  • Valentine Day’s fashion: Break the mold by being creative with your look

    By Kamilah Gray LewisSpecial to The TimesValentine’s Day is here and while you may have already found the perfect gift for that someone special, let’s focus on a different aspect of the occasion: your outfit.
    You could go with the traditional red dress, but that’s too easy. Deviate from the expected and go for something, well, different. I always like to mix things up on special days, and Valentine’s Day is just one such occasion. Depending on what you plan to do on Valen
  • The Pizitz Building and the revival of downtown Birmingham

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham Times1 of 28 The exterior of the Pizitz is shown in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Jan.24, 2019.(Photo by Mark Almond)A rendering for the Sidewalk Cinema in the basement of the Pizitz is shown in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Jan.24, 2019.(Photo by Mark Almond)A rendering for the Sidewalk Cinema in the basement of the Pizitz is shown in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Jan.24, 2019.(Photo by Mark Almond)Excavation continues for the Sidewalk Cinema in the basement of the Pizit
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  • Once abandoned, the Pizitz is now home to 143 multifamily residences

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham Times1 of 14 A model unit is shown at the Residences at the Pizitz in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Jan.24, 2019.(Photo by Mark Almond)A model unit is shown at the Residences at the Pizitz in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Jan.24, 2019.(Photo by Mark Almond)A model unit is shown at the Residences at the Pizitz in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Jan.24, 2019.(Photo by Mark Almond)The courtyard is shown at the Pizitz Food Hall in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Jan.24, 2019.(Photo
  • Noted business author Boyce Watkins headlines A.G. Gaston Conference

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesSpeaking at the 15th annual A.G. Gaston Conference this week in Birmingham, Dr. Boyce Watkins, author, economist and political analyst, said he knows what it’s like to live in a community with a heavyweight figure who leaves a lasting impact.
    Watkins grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, home of legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who was that city’s A.G. Gaston, he said.
    No child grows up in Louisville without knowing Muhammad Ali, “so
  • More than 700 celebrate Delta’s Founders’ Day in Birmingham

    Special For The Birmingham TimesNational President and CEO of Delta Sigma Thetea Sorority, Incorporated Beverly Smith (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.)
    Beverly E. Smith, National President and CEO of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was the keynote speaker during the Founders’ Day Celebration held Saturday, February 9 at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex Exhibition Hall.
    The event, hosted by the Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was sold out with mo
  • Meet Tiffany Alexander, 27, co-founder of an pediatrics urgent care facility in Birmingham

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesSpending long periods of time in a hospital with her mother, who had been diagnosed with cancer, gave Tiffany Alexander a love for health care and helping others.
    “We always had a great medical staff [at Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Ala.], so it’s just kind of where I spent my time,” said Alexander, 27. “Their care and their love for [my mother] definitely made me fall in love with the profession.”
    Alexander’s
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  • Mayor Randall Woodfin and TV personality Jeff Johnson on leadership

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesAdults should set a better example of showing young people how to settle differences to avoid conflict, said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, during a recent program at Samford University’s Brock Recital Hall.
    Woodfin shared the stage with Jeff Johnson, a TV personality, motivational speaker and political activist who helped kick off Samford University’s Black History Month.
    “I think children are watching us as adults and how we engage each o
  • Forge at the Pizitz: Inside the city’s first co-working space for start-up businesses

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham Times1 of 7 The Forge is a modern co-working office space in the Pizitz building. (Reginald Allen Photos, For The Birmingham Times) Marketing consultant Jacqueline Jones works at one of Forge's business stations. (Reginald Allen Photo, For The Birmingham Times)Kim Lee, founder of Forge, in one of several conference rooms where members focus on their work. (Reginald Allen Photo, For The Birmingham Times)Forge islocated above the Pizitz Food Hall i
  • Birmingham Iron makes impressive debut in Alliance of American Football

    By Solomon Crenshaw Jr.Alabama NewsCenterThe Birmingham Iron’s opener at Legion Field drew 17,039 fans, but, as Head Coach Tim Lewis observed, it sounded like more.
    Dakota Nichols knows all about pro football in Birmingham, even though the 31-year-old wasn’t alive when most of those teams were on the field.
    “I love Birmingham, so I’ve researched all the history and know all of it,” the Inverness resident said.
    Sunday, Nichols was on hand for history as the Birmingha
  • Mayor Woodfin: Rename CrossPlex in honor of Larry Langford

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesMayor Randall Woodfin on Tuesday recommended that the city council rename the Birmingham CrossPlex in honor of former Mayor Larry P. Langford, who died last month.
    Woodfin, alongside Councilor Steven Hoyt and Langford’s wife, Melva, who works in Hoyt’s council office, proposed that the Birmingham CrossPlex be renamed the Larry P. Langford Birmingham CrossPlex.
    “[Langford] made many contributions to our city and we feel . . .  those contri
  • ‘Follow your heart to find happiness with another person’

    By Anita DebroSpecial to the Birmingham Times“You Had Me at Hello’’ highlights married couples and the love that binds them. If you would like to be considered for a future “Hello’’ column, or know someone who would, please send nominations to Erica Wright at ewright@birminghamtimes.com. Include the couple’s name, contact number(s) and what makes their love story unique.KELVIN AND MONIQUE WEEDEN
    Live: Calera
    Married: June 1, 2015
    Met: Kelvin and Monique
  • Journalist April Ryan on Trump, history and the power of service

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesApril Ryan, award-winning journalist, author and White House correspondent, was in Birmingham Monday and spent more than an hour talking about covering the President Donald Trump administration, black history and the power of helping others.
    Ryan, who has covered four U.S. presidents for American Urban Radio Networks and provides commentary for CNN, was the guest speaker during Alabama Power’s “Power of Culture and Contribution” luncheon at
  • Area’s top law enforcement officials address killings of black males

    By Nathan Turner Jr.For The Birmingham TimesWith a “disproportionate” number of African American boys and men killed and incarcerated in Jefferson County and surrounding cities, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Omicron Lambda Chapter, last week invited top Birmingham area law enforcement leaders to discuss the crisis.
    Among the speakers were Mark Pettway, Jefferson County Sheriff; Patrick Smith; Birmingham Police Chief and Danny Carr, Jefferson County District Attorney. Also present was o
  • 2019 Grammys: Here Are All The Winners

    By Cole DelbyckBlack Voices1 of 9 LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10:Cardi B accepts the Best Rap Album for 'Invasion of Privacy' onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10:An image of the late Aretha Franklin is projected on a screen while (L-R) Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Andra Day perform onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Sta
  • Funeral of Emanuel ‘Tubb’ Bell: Wenonah HS coach remembered as a true champion

    Solomon Crenshaw Jr.For The Birmingham TimesAshley Bell the coach’s daughter gets a consoling hug as she is escorted from her fathers graveside. (Solomon Crenshaw Jr. Photos, For The Birmingham Times)
    Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has a reputation of being a sharp dresser. Almost as sharp as the man about whom he would speak on Saturday morning.
    Woodfin’s athletic shoes didn’t seem to match the dress blue suit he wore. But the shoes were a tribute to Emanuel Bell, the Wenona
  • Scandals drive calls for top Virginia leadership to resign

    By Alan SudermanAssociated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s state government seemed to come unglued Friday as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won’t resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too.
    Top Democrats, including a number of presidential hopefuls and most of Virginia’s congressional delegation, swiftly and decisively turned against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfa
  • Jeffco votes to maintain 3 major roadways in Fairfield

    Times staff reportThe Jefferson County Commission on Thursday voted to take responsibility for three major roadways in Fairfield, bringing urgent infrastructure maintenance and relief to the city.
    Under the agreement the county will take over maintenance of Valley Road, Aaron Aronov Drive and Rutledge Drive. County-managed improvements to the streets and rights-of-way will begin in about two weeks. The through road agreement was unanimously approved by both governments.
    “A drive through th
  • Frank Robinson, baseball’s fearsome trailblazer, dies at 83

    By David Ginsburg and Ben WalkerAssociated PressThis is a May, 19, 1966, file photo showing Baltimore Orioles’ Frank Robinson at bat. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first Black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. He was 83. Robinson had been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. (AP Photo/File)
    Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame.
    His legacy, however, was cemen
  • Times change, but the objectives of the demonstrations shouldn’t

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham Times1 of 7 The Rev. Christopher Hamlin, pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Birmingham. (Ariel Worthy/FILE)The Rev. Christopher Hamlin, pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Birmingham. (Ariel Worthy/FILE)The Rev. Christopher Hamlin, pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Birmingham. (Ameera Steward, The Birmingham Times)Doris Gary participated in the marches in the '60s and lived in Collegeville when the Rev. Fred L.
    Shuttlesworth was pastor of hist
  • Surviving Sexual Abuse: Why more women are coming forward

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesGrowing up, Tammy Cauthen, a Birmingham-based counselor, said she was taught a valuable lesson.
    “I was told that if anybody ever touched me, I needed to tell,” she said. “But some people don’t have those conversations with their kids.”
    More and more people are now having those conversations in the wake of “Surviving R. Kelly”—a six-hour television documentary that aired on Lifetime in January, revealing the acco
  • Surviving Sexual Abuse: Counselors on the lasting effects of trauma women face

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesSurviving sexual abuse
    Gone are the days of silence and shame in the face of sexual assault and misconduct. America is slowly adapting to a new narrative for survivors of sexual abuse—one that empowers, vocalizes, and offers cathartic relief.
    With there being strength in numbers and solace in solidarity, the country has taken a stance in support of the growing movement to lift the veil of secrecy and denial surrounding sexual abuse and sexual predators.
  • Richard Friedman: My view of Dr. Angela Davis

    By Richard FriedmanMuch has been written about the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s desire to award its prestigious Fred Shuttlesworth Award to Dr. Angela Davis. She has been praised as a Civil Rights icon, courageous activist for fairness and justice, and as a gifted and pioneering academician. Many people I admire see her that way.
    Today, though, I respectfully offer a different view of Dr. Davis and her being offered the Shuttlesworth Award. Certainly there are those in our community
  • New generation of Birmingham protesters step up

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham Times1 of 22 Frank Matthews, founder of Outcast Voters League and chief advisor to the Birmingham Justice League, reacts to the Alabama Attorney General's decision to not charge a Hoover police officer in in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old black man.(Provided Photo) The Rev. Christopher Hamlin, pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Birmingham. (Ariel Worthy/FILE)Carlos Chaverst, president, Birmingham Justice League and secretary of Outcast Voter’s Le
  • Local clergy to activists: ‘Keep Dr. King in mind’

    By Nathan Turner Jr. and Ameera StewardThe Birmingham Times1 of 10 Bishop Calvin Woods has served as pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Norwood for 33 years. (FILE)The Rev. Arthur Price, pastor of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in downtown Birmingham. (FILE)The Rev. Alvelyn Sanders-Swafford, pastor of St. James A.M.E. Church in Avondale. (Provided Photo)Carlos Chaverst, president, Birmingham Justice League and secretary of Outcast Voter’s League during protest in Hoover, AL. (Provided Pho

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