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The Tradition

Sykes can look out over the dining room at this landmark restaurant in Bessemer and see the generations: Parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, all gathered together to take part in a tradition that stretches back decades.

The A List: Homerun

Baseball came alive last year in an extraordinary way as the Birmingham Barons took the field in the new $64 million Regions Field adjacent to Railroad Park.

The A List: Blazing a Trail

Red Mountain Park has transformed the metro’s green space equation with a 1,200-acre wooded site off of Lakeshore Parkway.

The A List: The Streets are Alive

There was one event of 2013—actually a five-week-long string of events—that perhaps spoke of the hope of the future more than any other. REVIVE Birmingham: The Street Life Project, an initiative supported by REV Birmingham, didn’t just talk about promoting hope for the city’s future; it handed it out on the street.

The A List: The Final Barrier

When the University of Alabama campus newspaper published an investigative piece that described how highly qualified African-American candidates were denied admission to historically white sororities for no apparent reason other than race, the story became the linchpin of a national discussion about the lingering effects of racism within the university system.

The A List: DJ Coco

It’s a long way from the Hacienda (an infamous dance club in Manchester, England) to the runways of Paris fashion week to Birmingham, Ala., but DJ Coco has made the trip—and what a trip it has been.

The A-List: Black & White

Last year, writer, filmmaker, and visual artist Margaret Wrinkle, who was born and raised in Mountain Brook but has lived in and out of the South ever since, joined this rarefied group of women writers who have taken on the most sensitive subjects of our past.

The A List: Henry the Great

Each year, the B-Metro team compiles a list of people and organizations that we believe are extraordinary; we call it our A List. Those who landed on this year’s list can boast some remarkable achievements, but their mention here goes beyond that—these are the people who are working to make this city better, in whatever… Read More

Happily Ever After

The stories behind four fascinating weddings. Photography by Angela Karen, Jerrod Brown Studios, Elle Danielle Photography, and Austin Gros

One on One: Vivian Mora and Bruce Hooper

We are talking about insurance, helping kids with cancer, and finding your way in a new home in this month’s One on One. We paired up Bruce Hooper of Camp Smile-a- Mile and Vivian Mora of State Farm Insurance.

A Place to Call Home

When Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, throws a party to celebrate its 40th anniversary next year, the first guest to speak will not be a visiting dignitary, major fundraiser, or even Big Oak founder and executive director John Croyle.