• 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.
  • Director John Singleton hospitalized with stroke

    Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton suffered a stroke last week and remains hospitalized, according to his family. Additional details, including his condition, were not immediately available.
    In a statement released Saturday, Singleton’s family announced that the 51-year-old filmmaker was in ICU and “under great medical care.”
    “On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while a
  • Blind ambition: Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind has untapped limitless potential of thousands

    By Chuck ChandlerAlabama NewscenterAIDB changes people’s lives. (Meg McKinney/Powergrams)
    Had William Seaborn Johnson been like his nine siblings, countless people in the past 160 years might have led diminished lives.
    Seaborn was deaf, which inspired his older brother, Joseph, to start a school in 1858 that years later became the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB). Today, the wide-ranging programs on the huge campus in Talladega are renowned worldwide as the staff conti
  • Encouragement is a powerful thing

    By Demetrius Paschel(This is an opinion column)
    Many years ago, I had the privilege of mentoring juveniles in a secure detention facility.  To many of its occupants, the sterile labyrinth of wide, elongated halls, cylinder block walls and scuffed gray paint were dark and scary. For others, the contrary.  The lull of revolving doors became a rudimentary space for those with a lapse of judgment. One of those persons was a young man whom I will refer to as Jacob for the sake of anonymity.
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  • Vernessa Barnes finds strength to comfort others, raise grandson after loss of only daughter

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesWelcome to Third Thursdays! This series—published in the Birmingham Times on the third Thursday of every month—highlights area citizens who overcome odds to make a difference in their own lives or those who make a difference in the lives of others.
    Vernessa Barnes can recall vividly, Jan. 22, 2018, the day she lost her only child, Javonti Barnes, who was 37.
    “Her boyfriend called me and said, ‘Come quick.’ I asked, ‘What&rsqu
  • United Way launches fundraiser to bring back Bike Rodeos to Birmingham

    By Pat ByingtonBhamnow.comIt was a devastating moment.
    Last summer, staff members and volunteers with the United Way of Central Alabama’s Healthy Communities Initiative were preparing for a local bike rodeo. When they pulled up to the lot where the trailer and bikes were stored both the trailer and its bike contents were stolen.
    As a result of this theft, all Bike Rodeos in the Birmingham region for the 2018/2019 school year were canceled.
    This week, on April 16th, the United Way of Centra
  • The modeling, mentoring and ministering of DeAngela Pippen

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesWhen DeAngela Pippen couldn’t get a foot into the fashion industry, she did the next best thing: “I just created my own lane,” she said.
    “I did two big, successful fashion shows in 2017 at the Bessemer Civic Center that included transgender models, androgynous models, and models that are disabled,” Pippen said. “My vision is to include [all] people because when I would go to model calls, I would always be the full-figured gir
  • Tamikeo Wilson lost weight and gained confidence with help of ‘sister-circle’

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham TimesAfter reaching a weight of more than 300 pounds, Tamikeo Wilson knew it was time for a change.
    First, in 2016 she began making preliminary lifestyle modifications to prepare for gastric-sleeve surgery, a procedure that reduces the size of the stomach to restrict food intake and induce weight loss. Then, in October 2018—two years after her operation and 100 pounds lighter—Wilson saw a Facebook post about a hiking trip at Turkey Cr
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  • T. Mills Run Club: Building and benefiting the community

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham Times1 of 9 Kevin Brown, founder of and trainer at Xtreme Fitness and
    Performance in downtown Birmingham, leads members of T. Mills Run Club through
    exercises. (Ameera Steward Photo, The Birmingham Times)Members of T. Mills Run Club stretch before morning workout. (Ameera Steward Photo, The Birmingham Times)Terry Mills, founder of the T. Mills Run Club. (Ameera Stewart Photo, The Birmingham Times)Kevin Brown, founder of and trainer at Xtreme Fitness and
  • Shannon Moore’s journey from negative feelings to positive energy

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham TimesShannon Moore admits to not being social, and she didn’t expect that to change when she joined the Ladies Who Hike fitness group last summer. She even took her journal during her first hike at Ruffner Mountain, in Birmingham, Ala., to serve as a conversation buffer.
    “I was really quiet on the first hike,” she said. “When I first joined the group, … I was very closed in and not very open to talking to people. I
  • Meet the two ASFA dancers accepted into Julliard School in New York City

    By Patience ItsonBhamnow.comRachel Lockhart (left) and Haley Winegarden, dance students at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. (Photo via Alabama School of Fine Arts)
    The dream of being accepted to the Juilliard School in New York City has come true for two dance students at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
    The students are Rachel Lockhart and Haley Winegarden. Both are seniors at ASFA and were two of just 24 to be accepted from around the world.
    “It was always a dream of mine. Whenever peopl
  • Jefferson County takes step to exit the healthcare business

    Times staff reportOn Tuesday, a divided Jefferson County Commission committee voted to move forward on a university health care authority to manage medical services for the county’s indigent population.
    By a narrow 3-2 vote, a committee of all five commissioners approved an agreement to allow a UAB-led healthcare authority to take over operations of Cooper Green Mercy Health Services.
    The step means that the county would exit the healthcare business.
    Commission President Jimmie Stephens an
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  • How Brittney Davis found a hiking group and a peace of mind

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham TimesAsked how the members of Ladies Who Hike combat the stigmas involving black women and the outdoors—heat, insects, sweating out hairstyles—group founder Brittney Davis said it doesn’t faze them.
    “It’s not a problem to the people that come because they already know what to expect,” she said. “We’re going to be outside on a mountain. … We know it may rain or be extremely hot during the hike
  • Birmingham-based ‘Ladies Who Hike’ group: Conquering trails and trials

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham Times1 of 17 Brittney Davis hikes with the Ladies Who Hike group on the Black Creek Trails at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama March 30, 2019.(Dave Hyatt: Hyatt Media LLC)Tiffony Edwards hikes over a suspension bridge with the Ladies Who Hike group on the Black Creek Trails at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama March 30, 2019.(Dave Hyatt: Hyatt Media LLC)Anne Chai takes a selfie while hiking with the Ladies Who Hike group on the Bla
  • ‘Learn to trust again . . . know that love is meant for you’

    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.KALEIAH AND JACQUES WOODS
    Live: Center Point
    Married: May 25, 2003
    Met: In August 20
  • Black Studies Leaders Laud Georgetown Student Vote for Fee to Fund Reparations

    By LaMont JonesDiverse Education
    Some African-American studies professors are praising Georgetown University undergraduate students for passing a referendum to assess students a semesterly fee to fund reparations for descendants of nearly 300 slaves sold by the university in 1838 to help the school stay afloat.
    “I couldn’t be prouder of the Georgetown students,” said Dr. Maurice Jackson, an associate professor in the history department and African American Studies Program. &ldq
  • Tiger Woods makes Masters his 15th and most improbable major

    By Doug FergusonAssociated PressAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods blazing to victory in his Sunday red at the Masters, a scene once so familiar, was never more stunning.
    It was only two years ago at Augusta National that Woods needed a nerve block just to hobble upstairs to the Champions Dinner, unsure he would ever play another round of golf. He had a fourth back surgery with hopes of simply playing with his two children, not chasing Jack Nicklaus in history.
    And now it’s all pieced b
  • With white students becoming a minority, public universities push harder to diversify

    By Casey ParksDiverse EducationStewart Lockett is LSU’s third black student body president; the first served almost 50 years ago. “It’s definitely a pressure because I want to leave a good legacy,” Lockett said. “I want other students, not only black students, but all students to see a black student is just as capable in a leadership position.” Casey Parks/The Hechinger Report
    BATON ROUGE, La. — A few weeks after Stewart Lockett made local headlines
  • Woodfin unveils Opportunity Zones initiative for city renewal

    birminghamal.govMayor Randall Woodfin on Friday unveiled the Birmingham Inclusive Growth (BIG) Partnership, a private sector-led, community-focused, city-inspired Opportunity Zone initiative to elevate quality of life for residents and produce returns for investors.
    The announcement was made at the historic Stonewall/American Life building, 2308 Fourth Ave. North, which has been vacant for 36 years. A private investor will renovate the building into 140 workforce housing units. Work on the build
  • Protective Life gets naming rights for Birmingham’s multi-use stadium

    Rich Bielen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Protective Life Corporation (Provided Photo)
    The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) and Protective Life Corporation (Protective) announced Thursday a 15-year agreement for the naming rights sponsorship of Birmingham’s new multi-use stadium, which will now be called Protective Stadium.  “We are excited to welcome Protective Life Corporation as our naming rights partner for the new multi-use stadium,” said Tad
  • Wormsby: Vigils aren’t the answer to stopping crime

    By Hollis Wormsby, Jr.There was a vigil held in Bessemer on Monday night on behalf of more than 100 victims of violent crime from western Jefferson County.  Those who organized the vigil were well intended and did no harm – but I wonder how much good it did.  This vigil followed the form of many others with local elected officials speaking on the impact of gunfire in our communities and families talking about the never-ending pain. No disrespect to the families, but we also need
  • UAB Theatre brings Broadway to West End Library

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham Times1 of 15 Eboni Booker from Theatre UAB performs at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) West End Branch. (Amarr Croskey Photo, For The Birmingham Times) Peyton Overstreet (left) and Lilly Betah from Theatre UAB perform at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) West End Branch. (Amarr Croskey Photo, For The Birmingham Times) Eboni Booker (left) and Peyton Overstreet from Theatre UAB perform at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) West End Branch. (Amarr Croskey Photo,
  • Part III: Final two goals for Woodfin administration’s update on ‘The Big Picture’

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesThird of three partsIn October 2018, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin released his strategic plan which focuses on six goals to better Birmingham. When he released the plan, he promised a six-month update. Last month, the mayor presented the update titled “The Big Picture” at the Alabama School of Fine Arts Mae Jemison Theater.
    The six goals are: one, safe, secure and sustainable communities; two, healthy, thriving and diverse neighborhoods; three,
  • How Bards and Brews unifies the Birmingham arts community

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham Times1 of 14 Rod Newman was one of more than a dozen artists from the Birmingham metro area who performed their spoken word pieces during the monthly Bards and Brews event hosted by the Birmingham Public Library. (Amarr Croskey Photo, For The Birmingham Times) Rod Newman was one of more than a dozen artists from the Birmingham metro area who performed their spoken word pieces during the monthly Bards and Brews event hosted by the Birmingham Public Library. (Amarr Cr
  • HABD announces public safety measures at Marks Village

    Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesMichael Lundy, CEO of The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD), last week announced the closure of 12 of 19 entry points into Marks Village Public Housing Community to reduce ways for perpetrators to escape the site as well as help better monitor who is going in and out of the community.
    Lundy was joined at a public safety forum by Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway, Birmingham Chief of Police Patrick Smith, Presiding Judge of Birmingham Munici
  • Economic Alliance to help struggling black businesses

    Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesBirmingham Black Economic Alliance co-founders Clarence Muhammad (left) and Kevin Harris. (Ameera Steward, The Birmingham Times)
    The Birmingham Black Economic Alliance held its third crowdsourcing event at Bizarre: The Coffee Bar on Saturday April 6 to help support those businesses looking to improve the community.
    Clarence Muhammad, co-founder of the Economic Alliance, said everyone benefits when black businesses are supported and those include the store owners
  • Ebonee Lyons: Why telemedicine is growing in popularity

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesEbonee Lyons actually looked forward to doctor’s office visits as a child.
    “I wanted to play with their tools,” she said. “I’m not quite sure what else I would be doing if I weren’t a nurse practitioner… It really changes people’s lives. … The thing I enjoy the most is providing extra time and extra education to patients.”
    Lyons has been a nurse practitioner since 2010, and in December 2018 she ope
  • Drew: Staying safe at church

    By Samuetta Hill DrewI awoke a few days ago and began looking at the national news on television which is a part of my usual daily routine.  Starting the day being aware of global, national, and local news occurrences I may have missed while asleep is important to me. To my surprise and dismay, one of the lead news stories for the morning featured the recent burning of three historically black Baptist churches located in St. Landry Parish in Louisiana. The church burnings all occurred withi
  • City employee Jarralynne Agee donated a kidney to help save a life

    By Chanda TempleCity of BirminghamJarralynne Agee’s life motto is pretty simple: Follow your heart.
    She followed her heart when she moved from Ohio to Nashville, where she met her future husband, Bob, on the same day of her move in 1994.
    She followed her heart in 2008 when she and her husband moved their family from California to Birmingham for a new way of life.
    And she followed her heart in January 2019 when she donated a kidney to a Birmingham friend who’d been on dialysis for thr
  • Birmingham Library hosts first ‘Reading Between the Wines’ on Friday

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesCindy Wilson, born in Seoul, Korea, was adopted by an African-American couple stationed there when she was just a few months old.
    “I guess that is what makes my story unique because most families that adopt Asian children are typically white, but there are some cases where I’ve heard of African-American families adopting Asian children also,” she said, adding that telling her story is one reason she wrote her autobiographical book “Too M

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