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The Birmingham Reporter pushed the boundaries. By Tom Gordon By the time you read this, Black History Month will have come and gone. But history is worth studying year-round, particularly when it involves people whose contributions to our state and nation have often been overlooked or ignored. Have you heard of a newspaper called The Birmingham Reporter? I… Read More

Personal Space: Lucy Bonds

A one on one conversation with Lucy Bonds Over its 25-year history, a lot of things have happened at Lucy’s Coffee and Tea. Couples have gotten engaged here. PhD candidates from UAB have written the better part of their dissertations here. Owner Lucy Bonds even met her husband, Brian Kelleher, here, when he owned the… Read More

The Farm to City Incubator

The Market at Pepper Place has spawned dozens of success stories.

A Mighty Wind

With an all-female cast and crew, “Space Wind”—a new sci-fi comedy short combining 3D animated objects, characters, and live action—is headed to a film festival near you. Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portraits by Liesa Cole Veronique (“Vero”) Vanblaere, a Belgian artist who has called Birmingham home now for more than 20 years and owns the… Read More

How La’Shondra Got Her Groove Back

Making music in the male-dominated realms of hip-hop and music technology, La’Shondra Hemphill—aka RyNea Soul—hopes to serve as a role model for other women in the industry.  Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portrait by Beau Gustafson As a young girl, La’Shondra Hemphill used to spend a lot of time in the summers teaching herself how to play… Read More

The Road Less Traveled

Leaving the corporate world behind, Mindy Santo finds that life and career are what you make of them.  Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portrait by Mary Fehr Mindy Santo—mentor, public speaker, and women’s empowerment coach—has learned that success doesn’t require a spot in the c-suite. It just takes a willingness to take risks, evolve, and pursue… Read More

At the Top of Her Game

A collegiate volleyball star turned Birmingham-Southern athletic director, Kyndall Waters strives to grow leaders on and off the field. Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portrait by Beau Gustafson Talk with Kyndall Waters about her standout collegiate volleyball career at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC), and the subject of her height will probably come up. In reality, by most… Read More

Outside the Box

Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portrait by Beau Gustafson Bebe Goodrich was just 27 when she decided to take her passion for cold-brewed coffee—the drink she’d grown up with in her native New Orleans—and turn it into a business. It seemed like a niche market begging to be filled. “Cold-brewed coffee is truly part of the… Read More

A Little Bit of Everything

When it comes to her own home, a local interior designer brings together a mix of traditional, contemporary and glamourous elements that demonstrate her passion for the process. Written by Jane Reynolds; Photography by Edward Badham   Patsy Baird enjoys moving. She doesn’t mind the planning, packing, or deciding what to keep and what to give away. Most… Read More

Eastern Promise

Produced by Mindi Shapiro Levine; written by Brett Levine; food styling by Lily Plauche; photography by Alison Miksch Chinese food is a study in subtleties and sophistications. Spices like Chinese dried peppers and Sichuan peppercorns add their distinctive flavors to these dishes, combining with classics like garlic, ginger, Hoisin sauce and sesame oil. In Sautéed Baby Bok Choy and Mushrooms, vegetables are… Read More

Living by the Code of the Cookie

A local baking company sweetens the deal for women in recovery. Written by Allison Crotwell; Photography by Liesa Cole   “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” These words, initially crafted by C.S. Lewis, perfectly capture what one father and son team has set out… Read More