Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson during the county's bicentennial kickoff on Monday. (Ameera Steward Photos, The Birmingham Times)
Community

Jefferson County Kicks Off Bicentennial Celebration

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — The number “200” was spelled out in the shape of orange and purple balloons as a cool breeze whispered across the Vulcan Park and Museum on Monday morning. At the top of the steps leading to the museum a purple sign announced “200 Years of Innovation” with the “Jefferson County Bicentennial” stretched across the bottom of the sign. […read more]

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Scholarship award winners with members of the Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Ameera Steward Photo, The Birmingham Times)
Divine 9

29 area students get scholarships from Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Deltas

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Matilda Merriweather, president of The Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, said the scholarships reflected the hard work of the winners.“ You’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord and trusting in his holy word knowing that He has not failed you yet and He will continue to help you and when you leave this place, when you leave high school, and or college,” she told the students, parents and chapter members decked out in red. “Remember failure is not an option, make sure you make your parents proud.” […read more]

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin
Business

Mayor Woodfin strongly opposes concrete facility’s planned move to 5 Points West

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced on Tuesday that he is opposed to a concrete company relocating to Five Points West from downtown. Sherman Industries, LLC has requested to place a concrete batch plant at 3420 Fayette Avenue in Five Points West. That will replace the existing facility on Second Avenue South, which has been in operation since the 1950s. […read more]

Jillian Jolly (second from left), a senior at Ramsay High School has announced that she will attend Yale University this fall on a full-ride, four-year scholarship. Jolly is shown here with her uncle, Frederic Bolling (left), Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring (second from right) and her mother, Jacqueline Harrell. (Photos by :Erica Wright Photos | The Birmingham Times)
Education

Meet the Ramsay HS student, en route to Yale, who earned more than $2M in scholarships

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Ramsay High School senior Jillian Jolly, 18, has dreamed of attending Yale University since she was in kindergarten.“ I always heard that Yale was the school where smart people went. It was the top school, and I wanted to be there,’’ she said. Thirteen years later, her dream has become a reality: She has accepted a full-ride, four-year scholarship worth nearly $300,000. […read more]

Wilhelmina Thomas (left) and Edwina Taylor, members of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, during a sewing session at the Birmingham Museum of Art. (Photo by: Erica Wright | The Birmingham Times)
Art

Bib & Tucker Sew-op to recognize Alabama’s unsung heroines

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Every year since the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches in 2015, members of the Bib and Tucker Sew-Op have selected a human-or civil-rights theme around which they design quilts and foster open discussion. This year commemorates Alabama’s bicentennial, and the group will spend the year recognizing the state’s unsung heroines through its March Quilts project. […read more]

“I want my music to be an inspiration of individual growth in the economic sector. That is the path I took as I grew up and I want to put it in music. My life is different from when I first came out as a teenager with expressions from the teenage perspective of young men in the streets. Now, as I grew older and became successful in music and business my perspective changed accordingly. And so my art evolved with it.” — Nipsey Hussle
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COMMENTARY: Nipsey’s life: A hussle that motivates, resonates around the globe

THE FINAL CALL — From buying up the block, to creating businesses that employed Black people, aimed to educate them, and give them a space to be creative and help develop and realize their dreams, Nipsey Hussle was a man of the people because he was a man who saw what their needs were and took it upon himself to do what he could to help provide opportunities and a platform for others, because at one point in his life, he was looking for someone to give him the same opportunities and guidance. His death has seemed to galvanize the Black community, and this was evidenced by the recent gang truce that happened in the wake of his death. […read more]

Community

OP-ED: Vigils aren’t the answer to stopping crime

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — There was a vigil held in Bessemer on Monday night on behalf of more than 100 victims of violent crime from western Jefferson County.  Those who organized the vigil were well intended and did no harm – but I wonder how much good it did.  This vigil followed the form of many others with local elected officials speaking on the impact of gunfire in our communities and families talking about the never-ending pain. No disrespect to the families, but we also need to talk about the cause of violence in our communities. […read more]

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.
#NNPA BlackPress

COMMENTARY: Dr. King’s Assassination

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Since the death of Dr. King we’ve watched as a curious array of would be successors reached for the brass ring of his mythic popularity and oratorical prowess. We have watched as a series of pretenders have marched through our streets as little more than mascots of a neo-liberal political agenda largely leaving the foundation of an economic system that presupposes the immiserating of the masses for the enrichment of a few intact.” […read more]

Alabama State President Dr. Quinton Ross Jr. (left) and Lawson State President Dr. Perry Ward sign memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. (Photo by: Ameera Steward | The Birmingham Times)
Education

Lawson State, Alabama State announce historic partnership

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Students obtaining an associate’s degree at Lawson State Community College (LSCC) can simultaneously work on a bachelor’s at Alabama State University (ASU), presidents of the two institutions announced on Monday. LSCC President Dr. Perry Ward and ASU President Dr. Quinton Ross Jr. announced the memorandum of understanding during a press conference at Lawson State. […read more]

A pre-election feature by NNPA Newswire and BlackPressUSA likely put Pettway over the top in his campaign to unseat the five-term incumbent Hale, he said.
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Ahead of Swearing-in New Jefferson County Sheriff Credits Faith, Family and the Black Press

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Family and faith and the Black Press,” Pettway said as he prepared for his Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony that will official mark him as the first African American in Jefferson County, Alabama which includes Birmingham, ground zero for the Civil Rights movement. “I will always make time for the Black Press,” Pettway said. […read more]

Artist Erin Mitchell outside her workspace at 2018 Birmingham Artwalk.
Art

Birmingham Artists To Watch: Erin Mitchell

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES— Erin Mitchell, 29, is set to have two pieces from her “Kinship” collection debut on the Fox television network’s fifth-season premiere of “Empire” on Wednesday, September 26: “Legacy” will be displayed during the first episode, and “Reflection” will be shown in the fifth episode, said the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) gra […read more]

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Marching in Place

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist As we draw nearer to one of the most relevant events in history, an event that has been revered and immortalized by the iconic phrase, “I have a dream!” hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to relive the famous Read More