Tag Archives: Birmingham

Former B’ham police captain: Should we defund the police?

Teresa Thorne
Teresa Thorne

Today’s guest columnist is Teresa (T.K.) Thorne.

One of the confusing calls today is the one to “Defund the Police.” My thoughts on the subject are seasoned with a career in law enforcement, a master’s in social work, some research, and a couple of decades of contemplation. Continue reading Former B’ham police captain: Should we defund the police?

Discrimination exposed by brilliant Birmingham black artist

Celestia Morgan
Celestia Morgan

Today’s guest columnist is The Bill Ivey.

Have you ever heard of Birmingham artist Celestia Anne (Cookie) Morgan? I hadn’t until a friend insisted that I check out her “REDLINE” exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art. And I certainly knew nothing about the practice of redlining. Continue reading Discrimination exposed by brilliant Birmingham black artist

B’ham black attorney gets last laugh

J. Mason Davis
J. Mason Davis
Today’s guest columnist is J. Mason Davis.

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There is one incident in my life that I have always remembered and told and retold to audiences that had an interest. It occurred during summer break between my second and third years of Law School. 1958. Continue reading B’ham black attorney gets last laugh

Birmingham’s bright young future

Birmingham Regions Field Sign
Regions Field Sign (Mark Almond al.com)

I’m regularly asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about Birmingham?

I always respond, ‘optimistic.’

The reason I’m optimistic is because we have a unique advantage.

Continue reading Birmingham’s bright young future

Black bodies falling in the streets–Does B’ham have the will to act?

Onoyemi Williams
Onoyemi Williams

Today’s guest columnist is Onoyemi Williams.

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What if there were a proven vaccination for the Coronavirus and our government chose to ignore it?

Gun violence is ravaging neighborhoods in Birmingham, leaving families devastated, communities torn asunder.

We have a proven strategy to reduce gun violence in Birmingham. Continue reading Black bodies falling in the streets–Does B’ham have the will to act?

Hoover and Mountain Brook not immune from Coronavirus

Frank McPhillips
Frank McPhillips

Today’s guest columnist is Frank McPhillips.

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If you live in a leafy over-the-mountain community, you might think you have nothing to worry about when it comes to COVID-19.

The argument goes like this: the coronavirus won’t bother me because I don’t belong to an at-risk population. Continue reading Hoover and Mountain Brook not immune from Coronavirus

Pollyannish white man: ‘B’ham has reached a tipping point’

Maury Shevin
Maury Shevin

Today’s guest columnist is Maury Shevin.

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A few weeks have passed since our nation and our city erupted in righteous revulsion to the killing of George Floyd.

Like many, I am still putting events into perspective, but  Floyd’s death can only be described as a 21st Century lynching. Continue reading Pollyannish white man: ‘B’ham has reached a tipping point’

Birmingham surprised me!

Jeff Barrett
Jeff Barrett

Editor’s note: On January 17th, Jeff Barrett, a highly respected business writer, wrote a piece for Entrepreneur saying Birmingham, Alabama was the most interesting place he visited in 2019. He’s not done bragging on Birmingham…

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When you spend two years traveling to 50+ cities, 40+ states for Inc and Entrepreneur you gain a very unique perspective about the country. There isn’t a bad trip; everyone is putting their best foot forward.

Still, Birmingham has surprised me. This isn’t another article. This is a thank you letter to Birmingham. Continue reading Birmingham surprised me!