The Journey with John Croyle

 John Croyle founded Big Oak Ranch with his wife Tee in 1974 after playing football for the University of Alabama under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. In this family-oriented column, he shares advice through his experiences with Big Oak Ranch.

Write Like a Girl with Javacia Bowser

Javacia Harris Bowser is best known as the founder of See Jane Write, a Birmingham-based organization for women who write and blog. Her own lifestyle blog chronicles her journey of writing her way through life as a “southern fried feminist.”

City Lights

13047848_10209279840337428_1419730909780194230_o Rev. Dallas Teague Snider, Mrs. Petite America 2016, is an author, speaker, and spiritual life coach. Her column City Lights highlights stories of local individuals doing what they can in their everyday lives to make a difference in our community. Check out her blog at

Cherri Ellis Speaks her Mind

Cherri Ellis speaks her mind about topics great and small, downright sad and laugh out loud funny.


Joey Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, enjoys a good cuddle with the pups he and his wife have rescued, a good read, and a good bourbon. Join him as he explores the ins and outs of this curious life.

Style with Tracy James of ChicMadeSimple

Tracy James knows style. For a fresh approach to traditional fashion consulting that caters to style conscious, budget-savvy, time-constrained individuals, hope on over to chicmadesimple!

Talk of the South with Christopher Confero

An inspired lighting, graphic and floral designer, Christopher Confero is the ultimate combination of perfectionist and competent friend. He has also quickly become one of the most sought-after event planners in Georgia, Alabama, and the Southeast for his graceful customer service and impeccable style.

Ask Micah

Micah Cargo has been handing out common-sense advice to the senseless for most of his life. Being brought up by a single mom and three wise, old southern grandparents equipped Micah with the tools needed to get through life with a little humor, a little intelligence, and not a small amount of bitterness.

The Glamorous Life with Lee Ann Brown

Lee Ann “Sunny” Brown corrects a misconception about what glamour is and what it is not. First, it’s not about age, looks, money, or your address. Glamour is 
a state of mind. Follow the steps to a glamorous life in the city, courtesy of Lee Ann.

Jones is Hungry

Scott is a nationally recognized food and wine expert, and the former executive editor of Southern Living. He’s currently the head honcho at Jones Is Thirsty, where he spreads his doctrine of ”no-snobbery” wine education. In addition to slugging Cuban wine in Stockholm and dining with Dolly Parton, Scott has, on more than one occasion, chosen the road less traveled.

Inspiration Board with Theresa Rolen Long

Theresa Rolen Long shares the latest in home design trends, style, and inspiration. An interior designer and art history junkie, Long specializes in custom residential interiors that showcase personalities and family histories.

Bleacher Seat with Luke Robinson

Luke crop Luke Robinson is the epitome of a loyal sports enthusiast. Currently, Robinson is a host for the University of Alabama’s Coaches Cabana webcast, AHSAA Radio Network team member, Sportzblitz TV and Radio personality, blogger for Crimson Country Club and general sports writer for multiple regional publications.

Staged: Phillip Ratliff explores the performing arts

Phil crop Phillip Ratliff has had lots to say about the city he calls home. His stories on Birmingham’s vibrant cultural scene have appeared in several publications. As Director of Education at Vulcan Park and Museum, Phillip curates exhibitions around the city’s rich and wondrous past.

Pop Quiz with J’Mel Davidson

J'Mel crop Co-founder of the improvisational darlings Ugly Baby and co-owner of the mysterious production company THRACKADOOM, J’Mel Davidson spends lots of time thinking laterally. In his monthly column, J’Mel uses his knowledge of film, music, television, comic books, and uh–gentleman’s entertainment — as an Underground Railroad for those hoping to escape the swiftly encroaching Idiocracy.

In The Garden

Southern Living’s Charlie Thigpen took a deep breath and jumped, making a mid-career leap into The Garden Gallery, a shop that is more than a garden center or art gallery. Here he brings garden advice and suggestions to B-Metro readers.

Listen Up

Lindsey Osborne introduces us to the people behind our favorite sounds and shares why they love making music so much. As a longtime music enthusiast, Listen Up brings together two of her favorite things: hearing people’s stories and hearing people’s music.


B-Metro Managing Editor Madoline Markham informs readers of upcoming theatre performances not to miss and provides a schedule of shows in the area.

B Yourself

Birmingham Bombshells creator Angela Karen spends most of her time celebrating people of all ages by exposing their celebrity side through photography.


Birmingham born and raised, Lindsay describes herself as a “Magic City enthusiast.” Lindsay partnered with Mary Jane Clements to form the beauty powerhouse Show Pony Productions. In this column, Lindsay showcases our city’s local celebrities that are “Birmingfamous.”


Mindi Shapiro and Brett Levine take us into the studio of Birmingham’s most talented and diverse local artists.

One Shot

It’s the city through your lens: each month we share a photograph capturing a slice of our city and its people.

First Person

first-person First Person is a space where Birminghamiams can share their thoughts on subjects big and small with their community. From musings on current events and friendship to those on funny neighbors and hot button topics, First Person shares it all.


Trevor C. Hale is a UAB alum and Cullman native who lives and works in Hong Kong. He brings us commentary on life far away and how it often points back home.

Mind Your Money with Stephanie Yates

Join UAB professor and director of the Institute of Financial Literacy Dr. Stephanie Yates as she shares about all things financial. From the foundation of your wealth to managing your savings and investments, Stephanie will guide you down the path of financial literacy.