• First round of graduates complete ‘Renewed for Reentry’ program

    Times staff report Nineteen men and women are prepared for life after incarceration following the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office program “Renewed for Reentry”.
    Sheriff Mark Pettway started the program as a way to help repeat offenders. The program is designed to reduce the recidivism rate by providing education and job opportunities for individuals that are currently in the Jefferson County Jail.
    “The students may be the ones graduating, but I feel like I’ve
  • HBCU Weekend: Miles vs. Albany State for SIAC title

    By Donald HuntFor The Birmingham TimesIt’s championship time for Miles College again. After defeating Tuskegee, 20-6, to capture the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Western Division title, the Golden Bears’ football team, defending league champs, will be headed to the conference title game.
    Miles College will face Albany State on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Albany, Ga., for the SIAC championship. The kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
    In the division championship game against Tus
  • Vulcan Stands Tall as Symbol of City’s History

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesStanding tall atop Birmingham’s Red Mountain is a statue that depicts the Roman god Vulcan, a landmark that symbolizes the city’s roots in the iron and steel industry. Few attractions in the city are as well-known or recognized as the 56-foot-tall god of fire, metalworking, and the forge that touches nearly every aspect of the city’s culture.
    Today, the 115-year-old Vulcan, the largest cast-iron statue in the world, is the focal point of the V
  • Meet the 2019 Vulcan Community Award Winners

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesThe night was filled with laughter, sustained applause, and even some tears at the Vulcan Park Foundation’s 2019 presentation of The Vulcans Community Awards, held at The Club last week in Homewood.
    For its sixth-annual event, the group honored 13 citizens who exemplify civic pride, leadership and progress in the Birmingham metro area. Award categories included Lifetime Achievement, Newcomer, Hero, Game Changer, and Servant Leadership.
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  • Kenya Russell: Creating the Right Mix for Creatives of Color

    By Ameera StewartThe Birmingham TimesKenya Russell recognized a need for Birmingham’s creative community, so she came up with the right mix. Through research, she found that there were no platforms dedicated to connecting creatives of color in the city.
    “I felt like that was something I could kind of fit into, as a niche,” said Russell, 24, CEO of The Mix: Birmingham, a nonprofit organization that brings creatives together through events, professional development, and financial
  • Jefferson County approves UAB-led Healthcare Authority to Run Cooper Green

    The Birmingham TimesCalling it a “defining moment” for indigent patients, a majority of Jefferson County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to create a UAB-led Health Care Authority to manage Cooper Green Mercy Health Services.
    The transition to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Care Authority will take place on April 1, 2020.
    The 3-2 vote saw Commission President Jimmie Stephens and Commissioners Joe Knight and Steve Ammons in favor of the Authority while Commissioners Lash
  • Inside Vulcan Park and Museum: An Interactive Experience

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesA tour of the Vulcan Park and Museum (VPM) captures the history of the Magic City. It begins with a wall of iron products—skillets, pots, pans, knives, forks, shovels, furnaces—that tell the story of Birmingham’s booming steel and iron industry.
    The wall is used as “a teaching tool to introduce students to the concept of iron and why it’s important. It describes what things were made from iron, how they are still used in their live
  • Birmingham City Council Runoff Election: Wardine Alexander and Ray Brooks in District 7

    Times staff reportIncumbent Birmingham City Councilor Wardine Alexander and challenger Ray Brooks will face off Tuesday, November 19 in a District 7 runoff election to determine the final seat on the nine member council. All the other seats have been filled.
    Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
    In the Oct. 8 special election, Alexander received 1,159 votes or 42 percent while Brooks received 844 votes or about 30 percent in the three person field. The winner needed 50.1 percent of th
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  • Winter Adventure in Railroad Park Returns Nov.22, features 100′ Ice Slide

    railroadpark.orgBrrrmingham Winter Adventure in Railroad Park returns Nov. 22 and will be transformed into the city’s winter adventure by adding a brand new, 100’ long ice slide, positioned in Railroad Park’s amphitheater near the 50’ x 80’ rink that sits on Railroad Park’s Regions Bank 17th Street Plaza.
    The rink and slide will be open seven days a week through January 5, only closing on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Regular hours of operation for the r
  • ‘The Hip Hop Nutcracker,’ a Holiday Classic Made Contemporary at UAB Dec. 10

    By Shannon ThomasonUAB NewsDancers, a violinist and DJ and MC Kurtis Blow lead a unique, joyful holiday mash-up for the whole family, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” live at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
    “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. Just as in the original, in “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go
  • Steven Reed Sworn in an First Black Mayor of Montgomery, Ala.

    Associated PressMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was sworn in Tuesday as the capital city’s first African American leader.
    Reed took the oath of office after easily winning the mayoral runoff last month. He is the first black mayor of a city that was the first capital of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement.
    “We are assembled here because we chose destiny over division. Today, we are assembled here because we chose the future
  • Rev. Dr. Norwood Delivers Opening Sermon At State Bapt. Convention

    The Rev. Dr. W.M. Norwood, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Ensley, on Tuesday delivered the opening sermon of the 152nd Annual Session of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention. Dr. Norwood spoke before a packed congregation at First Baptist Church of Ensley. The convention will be held in Birmingham Nov. 10 through Nov. 14. Dr. Norwood, who is in his 90s, has been pastor of Macedonia for 66 years, and involved with the Baptist convention shortly after he got in t
  • Master Plan for Birmingham’s Parkside District to Connect Neighborhoods

    By Keisa SharpeAlabama NewsCenter
    Orchestra Partners has joined forces with nationally renowned landscape architect Tom Leader to design a Parkside master plan to enhance walkability and connect the Parkside District to surrounding neighborhoods. This project includes historic preservation and mixed-use redevelopment plans for Powell Avenue Steam Plant and several historic warehouse buildings west of Railroad Park surrounding Good People Brewing.
    Orchestra Partners announced the plan last week a
  • ‘Freedom Walk’: A Stroll Through the Civil Rights District of the Future

    www.urbanimpactbirmingham.orgFreedom Walk is Urban Impact’s vision to link the Historic 4th Avenue Business District, Birmingham Civil Rights District and Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument District into one cohesive growth community where people can live, work, play, learn, shop and experience history.
    Freedom Walk is not just a vision for how to capture the past, it is a base to build an equitable future. Birmingham can once again inspire the rest of the world with how it develops
  • Ellis: Beware of the Ancestry DNA Tests

    By Glenn EllisSomewhere in America, there are millions of people who have paid to spit in a tube and have their genetic data analyzed to find out their ancestry. Folks who have newfound pride in being told they are descendants from specific parts of Africa. Some of y’all are even convinced you may even be descendants of royalty, while others are coming to grips with the possibility that they are not as “black” as they thought they were.
    Currently dozens of companies are offerin
  • Drew: Keeping Your Home Safe During the Holidays

    By Samuetta Hill DrewThe holiday season is quickly approaching. It starts in late November and goes to mid-January. This is a time of year families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes.For the next few weeks the articles will review some important safety tips shared a few years ago, as well as provide some new additional safety information aimed to help keep you safe during the holiday season. The first article will address keeping your home safe as you travel to enjoy your families a
  • Veteran Henry Brown reflects on life of service, activism

    By UAB Medicine NewsPeople who visit or work in the Whitaker Clinic of UAB Hospital likely have crossed paths with UAB Medicine Guest and Hospitality Services representative Henry Brown. He’s usually at the second-floor information desk or the first-floor guard station, always ready to assist patients and quick with a smile and a greeting.
    Brown, 76, joined UAB Medicine five years ago as his “post-career” career. The Alabama Power Company retiree a
  • ‘Speak openly and honestly . . . and keep it real’

    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.ANGELA AND WILBERT CROCHEN
    Live: Center Point
    Married: August 8, 1992
    Met: Angela an
  • State’s first Envision Center comes to HABD’s Marks Village

    The Campus of Hope, a one-stop shop for residents to achieve goals of self-sufficiency, in Marks Village has been designated a HUD Envision Center demonstration site, the first in the state of Alabama.
    The celebration took place last week with U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials; Birmingham Housing Authority leaders, city officials and the Woodlawn High School Marching Colonels part of the ceremony.
    According to HUD, its Envision Centers are collective efforts acros
  • With Freeze On the Way, City to Open Warming Station At Boutwell

    The City of Birmingham will open a Warming Station at the Boutwell Auditorium on the nights of Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13.
    The Boutwell Auditorium will operate from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on both nights. The auditorium is located at 1930 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Boulevard.
    According to the National Weather Service forecast, temperatures are predicted to be below freezing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    There is a freeze warning in effect from 3 a.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday and
  • Miles Captures SIAC West Crown; Headed to Championship Game 

    milesgoldenbears.comFor the second straight year and the fifth time since 2011, Miles College will play for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) title.
    The Golden Bears on Saturday dismantled host Tuskegee, 20-6, to capture the league’s Western Division crown and set it up for a championship matchup at Albany State next week. If the title game opponent looks familiar, it’s because the Golden Rams have been the team Miles has faced in each of its five SIAC Cham
  • Time for the Alabama Democratic Party to unite

    By Linda Coleman-MadisonThis is an opinion column
    “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” — Abraham Lincoln
    I have been distressed to see the Alabama Democratic Party fighting among ourselves.  We are not the enemy.  Racism, apathy, exclusion in all forms have caused us to stray from the principles of why we are Democrats.
    Through the years, the state Democratic Party has had great leaders. They were on the frontline fighting these same battles that divide us n
  • Rep. Chris England: ‘. . . reconnect and rebuild the Alabama Democratic Party’

    The Birmingham TimesOn Saturday, November 2 Representative Chris England, of Tuscaloosa, was elected Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party, becoming the first African-American to hold the position in the state Party’s history.
    Here’s what he said afterwards:
    Today, with great hope and enthusiasm I humbly thank the State Democratic Executive Committee and accept the call to serve as the next Chair of Alabama’s Democratic Party.
    Our state party has a storied history as a strong,
  • HBCU Weekend: Miles vs. Tuskegee for the SIAC West title

    By Donald HuntFor The Birmingham Times Miles College will have an opportunity to play for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Western Division championship on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m when it visits Tuskegee University. Both teams have just one loss in the conference.
    Miles College is coming off a 17-0 victory over Kentucky State. The Golden Bears had some great performances on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Daniel Smith completed 9-of-18 passes for 122 yards with
  • VaLesa Magee Wanted to be More Hands On. Now She Is.

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham TimesVaLesa Magee worked her way up through the ranks of a massage clinic in Hoover’s Greystone area, even becoming an administrator directly under the owner before realizing she wanted to be more hands-on—literally.
    “The administrative side was not my calling,” she said. “I felt like I achieved what I wanted and learned a lot [in management], … but my heart was not in it. I missed being in the room and hands-
  • Tom ‘TJ’ Henderson Jr.: Erasing Misconceptions About Massages

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham TimesTom “TJ” Henderson Jr., 41, wanted to help those who were hurting, so he became a massage therapist.
    Massage allows the body to take a break from life and heal, he said: “From my point of view, massage gives people a chance to turn off their minds and address what’s going on in their bodies. The body heals itself, but a lot of times it needs assistance. That’s where massage therapy comes in.”
    Asked if the
  • The Personal Touch at Birmingham’s Life Touch Massage, LLC

    By Jasmine ShawFor the Birmingham TimesLemar Storey, founder of Life Touch Massage LLC, has a perspective that he believes can bring people together—an idea that many may not have considered.
    “The lack of touch in our society has caused an increase in violent behavior, negative attitudes, and distant relationships,” he said. “I believe touch is the healing element we all need in our lives to bring us closer as human beings. We all need love, and it’s my mission to s
  • Study Shows Fears and Anxieties Factor into Gun Ownership

    By Yvonne TauntonUAB NewsFear and anxiety, especially about crime, are powerful emotions in the lives of many individuals. It’s easy to worry that we, or our loved ones, could be victimized at any moment.
    Individuals often manage those fears and anxieties in one of two ways: avoidance behaviors or protective behaviors.
    Avoidance behaviors may involve steering clear of certain places, such as bars, clubs, or specific neighborhoods, or limiting how often one ventures out from home, espe
  • Rev. W.M. Norwood, still strong in his 90s, Will Open State Baptist Convention

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesThe Rev. Dr. W.M. Norwood, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Ensley, has been a minister for more than 80 years but there’s one thing he’s yet to do – preach a sermon at opening session of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention.
    That’s about to change.
    Norwood will give the sermon at 6 p.m. during the Welcome Service on Tuesday, Nov. 12 during the 152nd Annual Session of the State Missionary Baptist Convention hel
  • Randi Pink’s 31 days of ‘Rage Writing’ produced latest novel, ‘Girls Like Us’

    By Javacia Harris BowserFor The Birmingham TimesBirmingham author Randi Pink wrote her latest novel Girls Like Us in 31 days.
    No, she wasn’t trying the National Novel Writing Month challenge. She was angry.
    “I call it ‘rage writing,’” Pink said. “I felt history was about to repeat itself.”
    Girls Like Us, a young adult novel that hit bookshelves on October 29, is set in 1972 – one year before Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision tha
  • Miles College Students Selected for Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute

    The Birmingham TimesFive Miles College scholars were selected to attend the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., last month, a first for the institution.
    The delegation included; Carlisha Harris, sophomore, a computer information sciences major; Hailie Bozman, sophomore, computer information sciences major; Nyesha Reece, junior, management information systems major; Katara Gaymon, senior, business administration major; Katrina Jones, senior, management informa
  • Latrisha Redmon: Massage Therapy is an Essential Part of Self-Care

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham TimesTwo years ago, Latrisha Redmon remembers being in a dark place. She was pinching pennies, trying to promote shows, and had an “aha” moment.
    “It was if God spoke it directly to my heart,” she said. “Throughout the years, I would give massages here and there, so it was always in the back of my mind to do. … I searched for massage therapy in Birmingham, came across Virginia College, … and it changed m
  • Jackie Wilson Once Massaged Her Aunt’s Knee. That Led To Helping Others.

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham TimesJacqueline “Jackie” Wilson always wanted to become a massage therapist, but it wasn’t until a visit with her aunt in Montgomery that she decided to pursue it seriously.
    “My grandfather passed away in 2016, and at the time I was trying to figure out if I wanted to continue working as a flight attendant or pursue my passion,” said Wilson, who had spent 11 years in the skies. “I went to the funeral and stayed
  • How to Keep Flu Germs from Spreading in Your Home

    Adam PopeUAB NewsFlu season can take its toll on your health, but one way to fight the virus is to stop the spread of germs at home. University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor Neena Xavier, M.D., shares these tips to help you and your family strengthen your defenses this flu season.
    What are some of the best ways to germ-proof your home?You cannot really germ-proof your home, but you can clean and disinfect things to improve your chances of preventing the flu.
    First, cleaning surfac
  • Herbert Gooden’s Ministry of Massage Therapy

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham TimesWhether working as a technician or playing instruments, Herbert Gooden II likes to work with his hands, and he prayed that whatever he did would involve dexterity. After working in the communications industry for 25 years, he needed to make a change and finally was given a sign.
    “I was [mentoring] a young man in Bessemer, and he had a son who walked around with an oxygen [tank] because he had a handicap. … The guy mentioned that
  • Ellis: Racism, Stress and Health

    By Glenn EllisIt’s amazing how many people become uncomfortable as soon as the word racism comes up.
    As writer, Nadra Kareem Nittle, concisely sums it up, “Say the word ‘racism’” and many people might imagine someone in a white hood. However, discrimination is much more complex and comes in different types. In reality, ordinary people perpetuate racism daily.”
    When thinking about racism, remember it includes:
    Individual or internalized racism – It is whe
  • Drew: Is Your Child’s Cell Phone Safe?

    By Samuetta Hill Drew
    Keeping your child safe is a top responsibility and desire for parents. After being an educator for numerous years I never experienced a parent, regardless of income, race, religion or ethnic background, who didn’t want their child to be safe. Yes, I’ve encountered some whose hands-off approach to parenting was questionable, but they still wanted their child to be safe.This parental task was less complex decades ago. Your child’s whereabouts were easier to
  • Carvana to Invest $45M Distribution Center in Bessemer, Create 300+ Jobs

    By Barnett WrightThe Birmingham Times Jefferson County officials say they want to build on the news that Carvana, a leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, plans to invest more than $45 million to construct an Alabama distribution and fulfillment center, and create more than 300 jobs in Bessemer.
    Construction of a 200,000-square-foot distribution facility off Morgan Road in Bessemer is expected to begin in April 2020 and open by December 2021.
    The total project is abou
  • ‘You have to listen to understand, not necessarily to respond’

    BY JE’DON HOLLOWAY-TALLEYSpecial 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, please send nominations to Erica Wright ewright@birminghamtimes.com. Include the couple’s name, contact number(s) and what makes their love story unique.COURTNEY AND CAMERON SANKEY
    Live:  Alabaster
    Married: February 28, 2015
  • Local AKA Chapter Celebrates 95 Years of Service in Birmingham 

    The Birmingham Times Click to view slideshow.
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Omicron Omega Chapter recently celebrated 95 years of service in the Birmingham community at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 1101 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW.
    The sorority celebrated nearly a century of implementing programs of service that enhance the social, economic and educational well-being of the Birmingham community.
    The group also presented awards to a number of community partners including the
  • City Council takes major step to provide healthy food options

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham Times In an effort to begin providing healthy food options for residents, the Birmingham City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved funding and tax incentives for grocery store in South East Lake.
    The city will provide up to $865,000 to redevelop Village Market at 7737 2nd Avenue South. 
    An initial payment of $200,000 will come from the city’s “Healthy Food Fund” with the remaining $635,000 coming from future sales tax revenue over the
  • Being paralyzed as a teen didn’t stop David Cooks from fulfilling his purpose

    By Jeremy KingRegionsIt was like any other Friday morning.
    As David Cooks, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, got ready for school, he had a little pain in his back. But he didn’t think much of it. Exams were that day, and basketball tryouts were coming up.
    Later, as he practiced shooting hoops, his performance was off. Something was going on. The pain in his back quickly grew more serious.
    “Within a matter of 24 hours, I went from walking to needing a wheelchair to get aro
  • Senator Doug Jones: Apply to College for Free This Week 

    By Senator Doug JonesThis week is Alabama College Application week and I’m proud to be partnering with Alabama Possible and the Alabama Department of Education to encourage high school seniors to apply to Alabama colleges and universities for free. This week – November 4 through November 8 – is a unique opportunity for students from all backgrounds and zip codes to send in their college applications without having to worry about the additional application costs.
    If you –
  • Rep. Chris England elected first black to lead Alabama Democrats

    Times staff reportRepresentative Chris England, of Tuscaloosa, was elected Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party on Saturday, becoming the first African-American to hold the position in the state Party’s history.
    England was elected by a majority of the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) in Montgomery. During the meeting, Patricia Todd was elected to the position of Vice Chair.
    “Today was monumental for Alabama Democrats, and I am honored to have been selected to serve as th
  • Birmingham selected as site of 2023 NABJ Convention 

    Times staff report Birmingham will host the 2023 National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair, the NABJ announced Thursday.
    This is the first time Birmingham has been a location for the national convention.
    About 4,000 black industry professionals and journalists attended this year’s convention in Miami in August, one of the largest ever.
    “We’re grateful to our friends at the Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau and our community and corporat
  • HBCU Weekend: Alabama A&M looks to build on Classic victory

    By Donald HuntFor The Birmingham TimesIf you watched the78th annual Magic City Classic, then you saw why Alabama Agriculture & Mechanical standout Jordan Bentley is a big time running back. Bentley had a huge game leading A&M to a 43-41 win over Alabama State in three overtimes to capture the annual rivalry game.
    He had a key six-yard touchdown catch and made the game winning two-point conversion for the Bulldogs. He put on a show, rushing for 196 yards on 39 carries scoring three touchd
  • Parents GEAR UP for College Just as Much as Students

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesHerman Lumzy and daughter, Kamil Goodman, lead by example in the GEAR UP Birmingham education program. (Amarr Croskey, For The Birmingham Times)
    When it comes to college prep, most of the focus is on the students. But Herman Lumzy—the father of two Birmingham City School (BCS) students: a senior at A.H. Parker High School and a sixth grader at Phillips Academy—is one parent who is part of the process.
    His 18-year-old daughter, Kamil Goodman, has b
  • How Alabama Possible Makes Higher Education a Reality

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesMicah Green-Holloway is a rarity in the world of education: a college graduate who is debt-free.
    That feat was achieved with the help of Alabama Possible, a nonprofit organization that works with 330 high schools across the state to equip educators and the community with the ability to acquire resources and establish relationships in support of post–high school educational pursuits.
    “[The organization] taught me how to write essays; writing was a
  • With Help from the College Choice Foundation, Ramsay Grad now a Yale Scholar

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesJillian Jolly, a current Yale University student and 2019 Ramsay High School graduate, learned about the College Choice Foundation (CCF) during her junior year from one of her teachers.
    “I just saw free ACT prep and that they were going to take students to visit some of the schools on their list, and I was, like, ‘OK, I’ve got to apply,’” remembered now-18-year-old Jolly. “[The CCF] basically guided me through the whole col
  • Wenonah High’s Justin Smith Found His Passion Through Ed Foundation

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesSince he was in the seventh grade, Justin Smith, now an 18-year-old Wenonah High School senior, has been under the wings of the Birmingham Education Foundation, commonly called Ed.
    The organization has opened doors to conferences and empowerment sessions, where he and his peers have had opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship and college prep—and develop relationships that have endured through middle school and high school.
    “Let’s not

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