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“It’s an honor to be a part of a long-running tradition of celebrating those members of the media, who work so hard to u...
02/04/2023
Roy Wood Jr. to be featured entertainer at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“It’s an honor to be a part of a long-running tradition of celebrating those members of the media, who work so hard to uncover the truth, and hold our government accountable,” said comedian Roy Wood Jr., who grew up in Birmingham. “It will be a great night that will go down in the history books, or not, depending on which state you live in.”

Wood follows Trevor Noah as headliner for the April 29 dinner, a high-profile assignment that's televised and typically attended by the president.

Hoover City Schools teachers are demanding transparency and change after the district pulled its invitation to bring a b...
02/04/2023
Hoover teachers ask for explanation after canceled Derrick Barnes author visit

Hoover City Schools teachers are demanding transparency and change after the district pulled its invitation to bring a bestselling Black children’s book author to three of its elementary schools this month.

Teachers asked the Alabama school district to explain its policy for handling parent complaints about books and events.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to continue working at the St. Clair County landfill fire site for four...
02/04/2023
EPA: Smoke from Alabama landfill fire should be gone in 3 weeks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to continue working at the St. Clair County landfill fire site for four to six more weeks but plans to have the smoke under control sooner.

The EPA says it will take about another 3 weeks to stop the smoke from impacting nearby residents.

Sen. Dan Roberts (R-Mountain Brook), chair of the Alabama Legislature's contract review committee, said he was putting t...
02/04/2023
Alabama lawmakers put hold on $1 billion contract for prison health care

Sen. Dan Roberts (R-Mountain Brook), chair of the Alabama Legislature's contract review committee, said he was putting the prison health care contract on hold to get more questions answered.

The four-and-a-half year contract for comprehensive medical services is with YesCare, a company based in Tennessee.

“There should be some celebration,” said Carmen Mays, creator of 205 Day. “And not just for promoting it to other people...
02/03/2023
205 Day: Urbanist, Birmingham native is hosting a three-day celebration of the city

“There should be some celebration,” said Carmen Mays, creator of 205 Day. “And not just for promoting it to other people, but promoting Birmingham to Birminghamians. I mean, there are so many parts of Birmingham or things in Birmingham and the greater region that people don’t even know about. And so, this is the opportunity for us to start to really just show love to ourselves and not just necessarily be so consumed with what people outside of Birmingham are thinking or what they need to know."

205 Day, a homegrown pep rally celebrating Birmingham, is the brainchild of urbanist Carmen Mays.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management issues a notice of violations to Alabama Oil and Gas Recovery, Inc., ...
02/03/2023
Alabama orders cleanup of abandoned oil recovery business in Trussville

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management issues a notice of violations to Alabama Oil and Gas Recovery, Inc., which ran an oil recovery business at 2400 Blackjack Road in Trussville.

The site, which contains a variety of abandoned, leaking oil drums is located less than 2 miles from the site of a landfill fire in St. Clair County.

While homicides reached record levels in Birmingham in 2022, there’s a “crime prevention strategy” many may be overlooki...
02/03/2023

While homicides reached record levels in Birmingham in 2022, there’s a “crime prevention strategy” many may be overlooking, said Allison Dearing, executive director of One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center.

According to 2022 figures from One Place, 69 percent of known homicide offenders had a domestic violence history.

🔗 Read the latest installment in our Beyond the Violence series, which is produced in partnership with Birmingham Times: https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2023/02/how-preventing-domestic-violence-can-reduce-historic-homicide-toll-in-birmingham.html

Who said you can’t have ice cream for breakfast? Not the folks at Blue Bell Ice Cream  who have unveiled a new flavor fo...
02/03/2023

Who said you can’t have ice cream for breakfast?

Not the folks at Blue Bell Ice Cream who have unveiled a new flavor for National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (that’s Saturday, Feb. 4 in case you don’t have it on your calendar.)

🔗 More on the new flavors: https://tinyurl.com/2m8kw5xs

“You come to Bargain Town and find darn near anything you wanna find,” said Lynn Pruitt of Bessemer. “And it’s convenien...
02/03/2023
Bargain Town closes Bessemer store, the final location in once booming chain

“You come to Bargain Town and find darn near anything you wanna find,” said Lynn Pruitt of Bessemer. “And it’s convenient. ... Bargain Town, that’s a place I’ve been shopping all my life.”

The store, located 2000 Second Ave. North, had its final day of business on Saturday, Jan. 21. It was the last Bargain Town in the once large chain of discount stores.

The capital murder suspects were taken into custody in Huntsville. They are charged in the death of 57-year-old Robert C...
02/03/2023
2 charged with capital murder in fatal robbery of 57-year-old Birmingham man

The capital murder suspects were taken into custody in Huntsville. They are charged in the death of 57-year-old Robert Chandler, who was found shot inside his Birmingham home earlier this week.

Tanarence Murphy, 27, and Aaron Elijah Bearden, 24, are charged with capital murder in the slaying of Robert Chandler. Both are already co-defendants in at least one robbery from 2021.

Roy S. Johnson: Fear, ignorance can’t cancel Black history. Neither can Hoover.
02/02/2023
Roy S. Johnson: Fear, ignorance can’t cancel Black history. Neither can Hoover.

Roy S. Johnson: Fear, ignorance can’t cancel Black history. Neither can Hoover.

That one misguided parent and school superintendent canceled Black History Month event featuring an award-winning children's author over "controversy" that was never articulated, then blamed it on the lack of a contract is unconscionable.

When Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed in Birmingham in 2008, our concert reviewer gave the show ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.Robert Pla...
02/02/2023
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss playing 2 shows in Alabama: How to get tickets

When Robert Plant and Alison Krauss performed in Birmingham in 2008, our concert reviewer gave the show ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss will be back in the area in April to perform at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.

The rock legend and bluegrass star will perform together in Birmingham and Huntsville in April 2023.

A 30-year-old man died Saturday after being found unresponsive in his cell at William Donaldson Correctional Facility. A...
02/02/2023
2 inmates died over the weekend at William Donaldson Correctional Facility

A 30-year-old man died Saturday after being found unresponsive in his cell at William Donaldson Correctional Facility. A 61-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday and died at the prison.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified one of the men as Trenton Jamario White. The second inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

“This is a great class,” UAB head football coach Trent Dilfer said. “I don’t want to get into superlatives, but it would...
02/02/2023
UAB signs 33 total players in Trent Dilfer’s first recruiting class

“This is a great class,” UAB head football coach Trent Dilfer said. “I don’t want to get into superlatives, but it would be tough to argue that it’s not the best class in the history of UAB football and I deserve very little credit for it."

UAB signed 33 total players in its first recruiting class under head coach Trent Dilfer.

From columnist Joseph Goodman: "When DeMeco Ryans was a senior in high school at Jess Lanier in Bessemer, he already kne...
02/02/2023
Joseph Goodman: Always a learner, DeMeco Ryans makes history

From columnist Joseph Goodman: "When DeMeco Ryans was a senior in high school at Jess Lanier in Bessemer, he already knew that he wanted to study electrical engineering in college. Martha Ryans was always there for her son, and Martha impressed upon DeMeco the importance of math in school. As for DeMeco’s dreams beyond college, he wanted to play in the NFL.

"Ryans accomplished that goal, and now he has exceeded even his biggest dreams. DeMeco Ryans of Bessemer, who had a 4.0 GPA in high school, and was really good at math, and graduated with honors from The University of Alabama, is now the new head football coach of the Houston Texans."

Learn more about the new NFL head coach and his secret to success.

Could people back at Jess Lanier have predicted Ryans would one day be a head coach in the NFL? Well, yeah.

02/01/2023

🎬 Road closure notice

In all three cases, said Officer Truman Fitzgerald, the suspects backed a vehicle up to the front door of the business, ...
02/01/2023
ATM machines stolen from 3 Birmingham businesses; suspects sought

In all three cases, said Officer Truman Fitzgerald, the suspects backed a vehicle up to the front door of the business, destroyed the doors and then stole the ATM machines and cash drawers.

The break-ins happened Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at Omar’s Discount Store at 1531 12th Court North, 10th Avenue Deli at 4500 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard and Chevron, 1800 31st Street S.W.

Police said they found the man with a gunshot wound to his neck area. He was taken to UAB Hospital where he is in critic...
02/01/2023
Shooting in Tarrant leaves man with critical injuries

Police said they found the man with a gunshot wound to his neck area. He was taken to UAB Hospital where he is in critical but stable condition.

Authorities said the preliminary information indicates the victim was allegedly attempting to forcefully gain entry into a residence after being previously warned to stay away.

Birmingham's budget surplus spending plan includes $13.5 million for the cost of living increase for employees, the seco...
02/01/2023
Birmingham’s $81 million budget surplus means windfall for workers, facilities

Birmingham's budget surplus spending plan includes $13.5 million for the cost of living increase for employees, the second such five percent pay increase in the past year.

Read more on the other ways the city plans to use the money.

A big increase in shopping, dining out and attending sports and entertainment events in the city led to a budget boom.

“A male entered the apartment and began firing shots at all three victims,’’ Officer Truman Fitzgerald said. “At this ti...
02/01/2023
Woman killed, 2 young girls wounded in shooting inside Birmingham apartment

“A male entered the apartment and began firing shots at all three victims,’’ Officer Truman Fitzgerald said. “At this time, we believe the motive in this case is domestic in nature.”

A man opened fire inside a west Birmingham apartment Tuesday night, killing a woman and injuring two young girls. The shooting happened at 10:20 p.m. at a small complex in the 100 block of Ninth Avenue West.

UAB lost 21 seniors from last year’s football team, and almost half of that number entered the transfer portal since the...
02/01/2023
Where UAB football stands before National Signing Day

UAB lost 21 seniors from last year’s football team, and almost half of that number entered the transfer portal since the conclusion of the 2022 season.

New coach Trent Dilfer has hit the recruiting hard, and his efforts could pay off on National Signing Day.

UAB signed 16 players during the early signing period and has hit the trial hard leading up to national signing day.

“The Alabama Department of Corrections, the State of Alabama, could have been a better partner in communicating with loc...
02/01/2023
Birmingham got no warning on mass inmate release, Mayor Woodfin says

“The Alabama Department of Corrections, the State of Alabama, could have been a better partner in communicating with local DA’s (district attorneys), they could have been a better partner with local communities including the mayor’s office,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said. “They could have done a way better job communicating with the victims of crimes.”

The city, and victims, should have gotten advance warning, Birmingham's mayor said.

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The Constitution of the United States of America Versus American Autocracy

Americans have enjoyed centuries of peace never having to flee in the middle of the night from the brainwashed, armed, white supremacist, white privileged revolutionaries who are following the orders of a republican, existential, nihilist, autocrat, or dictator like Donald John Trump, Senior. whose lunatic violence has already been exhibited by his followers at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.Trump is not a definition of American masculinity. He also is not an alpha male in anyone’s culture. He is a spoiled, a-moral, existential, nihilist, autocrat, or dictator brat that became wealthy by exploiting his ownership of property while living, and working in a U.S. constitutionally established pluralistic democracy, with a capitalist economic base, that believes in an unequal distribution of available goods, and services based on merit. Trump, and the Republican Party in its entirety, having violently bitten the hand that feeds them, are disgraces to the United States of America. Abandon the Republican Party.
Have you got your tickets yet to the Dwight Yoakam with special guest Sugarcane Jane concert in Birmingham, Alabama at Alabama Theatre? It’s the first of three Alabama shows that we have the honor of opening. This one will be special since it’s in Anthony’s hometown! We would love to see some Sugarcane Jane fans make all three shows!!! Tickets are going fast! Check ticketMaster.com or sugarcanejane.com for all details.

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David Haze was released from prison in April 2020, now he is a multiple stand up paddle-board world record holder and adventurer who is living a very different life.

“Everyone deserves to be given a second chance in life and the opportunity for forgiveness”

I’m sure we all know from personal experience how painful it can feel to be misunderstood or judged.
We have good hearts and want them to be seen, we don’t want others to only judge us based on the mistakes we’ve made.
By giving others a second chance, we can extend the same courtesy we would ask for ourselves. After all, we are all just human.

A Million Voices is a Mini-Documentary Series that shines a light on remarkable people from around the world, sharing their real life stories.

Weekly thought-provoking and inspiring conversations that aim to turn judgement and preconditioned ideas into compassion and kindness.
Let our differences be an invitation to be curious, to ask questions and discover som**hing new about each other.

Black History Month In The Year 2022

The promised land was defined by the 13th,14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Life as free citizens in America is the promised land. Martin Luther King, Jr. the King James Version of the Holy Bible metaphoric Moses, did not cross over into this new land with us. We have many metaphoric Joshua’s who continue to scout out this new land and have perceived that this new land is seemingly filled with people who make Joshua look like an ant compared to them, but unlike Moses ‘Joshua, our African American metaphoric Joshuas aren’t willing to apply their numerous acquired assets like being humanized and enlightened through ongoing racial and cultural integration, education, science, cell phones, cinematography, the usage of all sophisticated technology, and the right to vote to help bring about a more perfect union. African American metaphoric Joshuas are increasingly learning that their protective Ark of the Covenant contains education, science, drones, cell phones, television, sophisticated security technologies, cinematography, informed thought, respect for, and an understanding of the law. We must all realize that the promised land is a concept of freedom, yet to be fully achieved, that requires maintenance via the law (i.e., lex populi) by all of the American citizenry.
These are the words of the Last Theorem of the American, Czechoslovakian Philosopher Dr. Rudolph Krejci (deceased) formerly of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska Campus, one of my philosophy mentors who firmly believed in the concept of an “open society “: “We humans and the rest of known organic nature seem to possess a primary stimulator within the inner core of our mind whose agency manifests itself variously as memory, fantasy, dreams, visions, and eurekas. They seem to be the suppliers of our creative mental life which makes itself known through the totality of our expressions: in other words, these primary imaginations produce our word proxies and our other symbolizations. The question remains. Shall we ever decipher this human mystery? And if we do succeed, are we not in danger of destroying it? Why are we creative? The question is out there. “With the help of empirical science and nano-technology we are “deciphering this human mystery.”
White supremist and white privilege creative thought comes before action and rich men like Donald John Trump shake their fist at God and ask” why don’t you speak clearly to mankind”? To a confused world Trump presents himself as a newly created model of a white supremist, white privileged, existential, nihilist, a-moral authoritarian American leader that is opposed to the citizen equal enjoyment of the legal freedoms codified in the U.S. Constitution, and approximately seventy-four million Americans voted for him in the last presidential election. Let’s get clear on the psychology of the rich, and famous. Trump lavishly dines upon the riches of the earth. He has his heaven on earth, and from this comfortable pillow he launches his rebellion against God by expressing anti-Christian messages using roman metaphors. We should consider the supposed origins of that ancient Rome which Trump hopes to resurrect. Rome was the most decadent government known to mankind in this that their armies, and their society were both homosexual, and bisexual, their dining rooms had adjacent vomitorium where they regurgitated what they had just eaten to make room to eat more, and they ate their meals lying down. The classical Latin language itself is a command language lacking in words like” please” and” thank you.” They devalued their women not thinking them worthy of separate, individual names thereby naming numerous women in the same family names like Cynthia I, Cynthia II, and Cynthia III. Rome was founded by two young men who were supposedly raised by a wolf. Again, if we pay particular attention to the human ethics inferred by alluding to the ethics of a pagan nation founded by wolf-raised feral children (i.e., Romulus and Remus), we gain insights into the desired ethical foundation of a man like Donald Trump. Trump wants to maculate the American white male this time devoid of Christian ethics so that they may purify America. Trump howls for America to return to ethics that determine non-whites as less deserving of their care, and consideration. He wants us to take off our regalia of puny Christian ethics codified in the U.S. Constitution (i.e., the bill of rights) so that we may be more untamed. Both Trump’s and Putin’s Virtu’ or” behavior showing high moral standards allude to the virtues or moral standards of an ancient roman citizen, not an American citizen, the virtues or high moral standards of a wolf, not a contemporary human being. Trump wants to put afoot an uneducated white male and female, high technologically trained, a-moral savage which is Trump’s version of Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Das Ubermensch (i.e., The Superman).
During Black History Month we are encouraged to reflect upon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s thoughts in the midst of the spread of a pneumonia virus named COVID-19 Pandemic, and after the shameful, and thoroughly dangerous January 6th, 2021 insurrection by Donald John Trump supporting white supremacy, and white nationalist terrorists who executed a successful attack upon our sacred Capitol Building in Washington D.C. taking the lives of several, damaging the Capitol Building itself, endangering the lives of many of our congressmen, congresswomen and federal workers. We should remember, and note the logical progression of the work of our fallen martyr, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King wholeheartedly believed in the legality of the Constitution of the United States of America, especially the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. King clearly reminded us that we can help make America a better place for all of our citizens through the substantive political mechanics of a pluralistic democracy with a capitalist economic base that believes in an unequal distribution of available goods and services based on merit. America’s political system elected an African American citizen, the Democrat, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, and presented an African American woman, Mrs. Michelle Obama, as First Lady of the United States of America. Constitutional law helped produce an African American President and First lady from among our multiracial citizenry via the votes of our citizens to the collective displeasure of millions of Republican and Democratic American citizens who rebelled against an Obama political regime by selecting the amoral, existential, nihilist, white supremacist, and white nationalist authoritarian, clenched white power fist waving, Donald John Trump. This Republican presidential candidate, Donald John Trump, came to power after receiving millions of votes from lower class, middle class, upper middle, upper class, the rich, and the super-rich. Despite the fact that the Republican Party is the party of the rich, Trump drew votes from all classes of American citizens because of his dislike for big, intrusive government. An attractive Part of Trump’s political platform was his willingness to reduce governmental regulation and taxation of businesses thereby increasing business’s personal income, and business’s ability to grow, and to provide higher employee wages. The promise of more money in the hands of citizens endeared Trump to his political base which includes the educated, and the uneducated of all races, creeds, and colors. Trump could not control the illegal and politically embarrassing activities of his racist and controversial right winged supporters who harbor questionable motives resulting in his twice impeachment by congress. The overall influences of the Constitution of the United States of America remain intact to continue to be used to improve the lives of African Americans even though there are those who still would like to do away with the Constitution of the United States of America. Dr. King did not speculate upon an America headed by an existential, nihilist, authoritarian leader, but like King, who navigated the cognitive unknown, the African American is still very “creative”, and should use this creativity to defend, and build upon the favorable possibilities of the Constitution of the United States of America.
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