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Mr. & Ms. Young Hot Birmingham Contestants

Photography by Lindsey Griffin They’re young, they’re hot, they’re professional and they’re making a difference in Birmingham. Five men and five women will compete for prizes and the title of Mr. and Ms. Hot Young Professional all in the name of a good cause. Young professionals who are active in charity efforts throughout the city will be nominated… Read More

Tornado Relief

B-Metro Storm Update 5/27/11 by Sam George THOSE…GENEROUS…YANKEES: Tuscaloosa native and University of Alabama alum David Robertson may be a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, but that relief usually comes in the form of blisteringly fast strikes. Now, however, he’s delivering relief in another form by creating a foundation with his wife to… Read More

Physical Graffiti

The art of dance brought to the streets by DANCEe, the exciting new troupe that recently made the Magic City their home. Written and photographed by Edward Badham The clock strikes 6 a.m. the iPhone opens up with a big round of thunderous applause. You figure anyone deserves applause for getting up at 6, right?… Read More

Boys to Men

In an innovative mentoring program, eight successful men are proving they are, in fact, their brother’s keepers. Photography by Liesa Cole “I Am My Brother’s Keeper” is an academic, spiritual, social, civic, and leadership enrichment program founded to guide young men (10th grade to college) on a path to be successful in their education, careers,… Read More

Get Your Harajuku On

In Japanese street fashion, we find the vibrant spirit of a country that needs our help. Photography by Chuck St. John Models: Christina Ashley (Atlanta), Summer Buckley,  Jennifer Spanick; Hair Stylist: Chadwick Thomas; Make up:  Jennifer Spanick; Wardrobe: Roo Devon; Assistants: Lindsey Griffin, Chris Jones A renegade style of dressing made famous in the streets of Tokyo’s famous… Read More

For the Love of Daniel

“If it were not for Daniel, I would not be the person I am today. And I like the person I am today,” says Adam. Twin brothers, one with Downs Syndrome, the Sturdivants have an unshakable bond. by Rebecca Walden, Photo by Beau Gustafson For most college-bound 18-year-olds, the countdown to graduation is rife with… Read More

dog days

written and photographed by liesa cole I wasn’t in the market for a dog, or two, but sometimes love just happens. For the record, let me say that I was not in the market for additional dependants. With a roster that included two mighty fine offspring,  a tuxedo kitty  and a pair of Rhode Island Reds… if asked,… Read More

Food & Music

Pepper Place is the hottest spot in the city to hear live music and enjoy the farmer’s market experience. by Richard James The music, strummed guitar notes over a solid keyboard, moves over the crowd of shoppers navigating Pepper Place Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. From the beginning, music has been as much a… Read More

Motherhood Medicine

Birmingham boasts some of the best places to give birth. Brookwood Medical Center Every Family Grows. Even Ours. Brookwood is Expecting a Women’s Center Addition with a due dateof 2012. Brookwood Women’s Medical Center was the first hospital in Alabama to provide women and infants with access to modern healthcare in an environment exclusively designed… Read More


Ronnie Bruno and the Bruno Event Team turn logistics and hospitality into an art form at sporting events all over the country, including this month’s Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek. By Joe O’Donnell From the deck outside of Ronnie Bruno’s top-floor office off of Highway 280, the view is so clear some days you’d swear… Read More

A Shot to the heart

War widow Marshawn Belser has kept going with help from time, faith, grit, family—and above all, a sense of responsibility to her two young children and to the memory of Army Capt. Donnie R. Belser Jr. Written by Sarah O’Donnell      Photography by Jerry Siegel For dozens of Alabama families, and thousands around the country, the… Read More