Arts and Culture

The Unlikely Spark For Birmingham’s Negro League Reunion

Boston-native Cam Perron became obsessed with the Negro League as a child. That led to an annual reunion and friendships with players decades older.

StoryCorps: “I found a voice…”

Amanda Keller and Lauren Jacobs work together at Birmingham’s Magic City Acceptance Center. In addition to being co-workers, they are also close friends. They came to the StoryCorps MobileBooth to talk about Amanda’s relationship with her late father and its influence on her work.

StoryCorps: “I am completely safe with you.”

Ginger Wyatt and Winston Lancaster started dating in 1984. but the relationship didn’t last. They broke up and had no communication for almost 30 years. One day in 2012, Ginger decided to reach into the past and find Winston. They came to StoryCorps together.

Family, Faith And Race Collide In Columnist John Archibald’s New Book

Archibald's father was a Methodist minister in Alabama during the turbulent civil rights era. Yet in his sermons from that time, he stayed silent on race.

StoryCorps: “Play the ball where it lies”

Natalie Holland learned to play golf from her father, Donald Holland. In their StoryCorps interview, they talk about how lessons learned from golf transcend to other areas of life.

StoryCorps: “The first time I felt intelligent…”

Karon Bullock fell in love with the outdoors when she attended science camp in the fifth grade. She was soon hiking, biking, or running daily, but a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 24 changed her relationship with the outdoors. Karon came to StoryCorps with her husband Joel.

U.S. Para Cyclists Train For Season Start Amid Pandemic

U.S. Paralympics Cycling will return this Spring in Huntsville, after a year of being benched by the pandemic. Most athletes are looking forward to the start of the domestic season.

A Remembrance of John Floyd, Former Southern Living Editor-in-Chief

The former editor of Southern Living died this week from cancer.

Birmingham Native Co-Creates The ‘Bridgerton Musical’

A singer-songwriter from Mountain Brook is using her musical skills to transform one of Netflix's top TV shows into a musical.

What Hollywood Gets Wrong About The South

Author Ben Beard surveys the South through movies in his new book "The South Never Plays Itself."

Bernard Lockhart’s Work Ethic Fueled His Passion For Jazz And Community-Building

Bernard Lockhart, founder of Avondale's Jazz in the Park, died last month from complications related to COVID-19.

Annual Birmingham-Area Bird Count Canceled Due To Pandemic

Since Alabama Audubon's Christmas Bird Count won't happen this year, researchers could miss out on data about bird populations.

One Black Artist’s Quest To Shake Up The Comics World

Lashawn Colvin recently opened her very own comic book store in Montgomery, becoming the first known Black woman in the South to do so.

A Visit With Santa? It’s Still Happening Despite The Pandemic

How do you visit Santa in a pandemic? It's a question retailers, families and Santa himself are dealing with this season.

New Exhibit At Birmingham Museum of Art Shows American History’s Violent Struggle

A new art exhibit features the work of Jacob Lawrence, widely considered one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century.

UA Sophomore Starts First Black Student-Led Magazine

The University of Alabama launched its first Black student-led magazine this semester. Nineteen Fifty-Six focuses on issues minority students face on campus and in everyday life.

Birmingham Theaters Take To The Stage Despite A Pandemic

Live theater generally means tight quarters for performers and audience. Some Birmingham theater groups are finding ways to make it work in the pandemic.

Will COVID Cancel Halloween? Not Necessarily.

Public health leaders say Halloween celebrations can happen, but with adjustments.

City Leaders Approve Budget Despite Concerns About Library System

Demonstrators gathered outside Birmingham's city hall Tuesday night, just hours before council members approved a budget that furloughs more than 150 library employees.

New Book From NPR’s Guy Raz Draws Lessons From Entrepreneurs

The podcast "How I Built This" follows entrepreneurs' ups and downs. In his new book, Guy Raz shares what he's gleaned from inspiring company founders and reflects on his own life.

Poets Reflect On Six Months Of Pandemic

Several Alabama poets share their experiences and works inspired by the coronavirus pandemic.

Remembering An Alabamian Driven To Figure Out How Things Worked

Fred Bischoff worked hard and played hard. The devoted family man a died in June from COVID-19.

A Year In The Life Of A Dying Alabama Mall

The Jasper Mall takes the spotlight in a documentary playing at the Sidewalk Film Festival later this month.

Through The Intercom, Nursing Home Employee Sings To Residents

At a nursing home in Marion, Alabama, one employee uses her voice to help lift morale among residents and staff during the pandemic.

This Year’s Sidewalk Film Festival Becomes A Drive-In

The annual event will move from its home in downtown Birmingham to a drive-in theater in Leeds.

SEC Announces Delayed Start Of 2020 Football Season

The SEC is delaying the start of its football season and taking extra precautions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

An Update On The Pandemic’s Effect On WBHM

We don’t often turn the spotlight on ourselves, but the last four months at WBHM have been unlike any other time in the station’s history thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. In advance of WBHM's one-day fund drive, we hear from station's executive director Chuck Holmes on how COVID-19 has affected WBHM.

Community Organizer: ‘Our Protests Are Not Peaceful’

Alabama Rally Against Injustice has held several demonstrations in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. One of the group's representatives says leading rallies week after week is emotionally draining, but necessary. The group plans to continue holding rallies until policing policies change.

First Woman To Lead The Episcopal Diocese Of Alabama

The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama will consecrate Rev. Glenda Curry as a new bishop on Saturday. She's the first woman to hold the position.

NASCAR Fans React To Confederate Flag Ban, Noose Incident

A day after a noose was placed in the garage of NASCAR's only full-time Black driver, fans at Talladega Superspeedway condemned the incident, but were mixed on NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag.

Hundreds Gather In Birmingham To Celebrate Juneteenth

Cities across the state are celebrating Juneteenth, the end of slavery. In Birmingham, hundreds gathered at Kelly Ingram Park to commemorate the holiday.

Organizer: Efforts To Rename Edmund Pettus Bridge Must Be A Group Effort

A petition calling on Gov. Kay Ivey to rename Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge has more than 120,000 signatures. We spoke with the Democratic strategist who started the online campaign.