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Sunday Q&A: Karen Ouzts Proprietor, Heritage Art Center

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How did you come up with the name, Heritage Art Center?  “I wanted to pay tribute to my dad, Roger Williamson, who passed away. He always wanted to pursue art but he worked in the mills all his life, putting in lots of hours first at Fieldcrest and then the majority of his career at Swift. My dad loved woodworking. He made incredible furniture; he did phenomenal cabinetry. He always...

Caught Up: The Harlem Renaissance Visits the Horror of Jim Crow Jails

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by Natalia N. Temesgen One summer nearly a century ago, Columbus, Georgia hosted two literary giants for a brief time as they road-tripped through the state. Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, arguably the most significant writers of the Harlem Renaissance, came into Columbus on August 15, 1927 after a week in Tuskegee, Alabama, chugging along in Hurston’s old Nash coupe. Hughes, prolific...

Caught Up: Jerome Lawson Bridges the Gap

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Jerome Lawson Electric City Life Editor Frank Etheridge interviews Jerome Lawson at this food truck on 13th Street. 7.2.2019 “Caught Up: Criminal Justice in the Chattahoochee Valley” vol. 2 takes a seat #onthetable with Bridge the Gap minister Jerome Lawson. #chattchat in #ColumbusGA funded by grant support from Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee ValleyPosted by Electric City Life on...

Sunday Q&A: Davian Chester

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Illustrator / Graphic Designer / Real Toon Social-Justice Doodler You caused an online stir back in February, when Buzzfeed wrote about your renderings of Black Disney princesses. What do you think the general public’s reaction is going to be when they’re shown Jesus was a black man? “I think we’ve already started to see more and more images of Jesus as a black man. I know that I’ve personally...

Green Peace

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Cultivating Gardens of Eden in Babylon With Project 3 founder Abeika Alexander “A lot of people are just used to fast food,” Abeika Alexander says. City Master Plan onnecting Columbus via bicycle Parking her bike and walking with ECL south along MLK Blvd. and its fresh-cement DragonFly Trail—city planners’ dragonfly reference an homage to the insect that’s a universal harbinger of healthy...

Sunday Q&A: Wyndhem Ennaemba

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Trombonist (Atlantis Collective), Label Co-Founder (CloudStepper Records), Audio Engineer (The Loft Recording Studio) How did playing in a marching band prepare you to become a professional musician? “A lot of the marching band stuff that I did, especially later in high school, was in more of a leadership role. A lot of it was listening skills—knowing how to be part of a band. The leadership...

Sunday Q&A: Autumn Amos, Development Director, Alzheimer’s Association: Georgia Chapter

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What does being directly involved in the fight to cure Alzheimer’s mean to you personally?“My grandfather [Jeff Kirkland] passed away from the disease about six years ago. So at that point I became interested in learning more about the disease. I think that, presently, almost everyone has a tie to the disease, either by losing a loved one, or as a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s.”...

Sunday Q&A: Elizabeth Dillard

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Executive Director, Homeless Resource Network Center, Inc. Is the homeless population of Columbus swept under the rug? “I don’t think it’s visible for many people. I don’t think many people feel there’s much homelessness in the community. But we do. Poverty is the best indicator of homelessness and we have growing poverty here—so we’ll probably continue to have a growing homeless population...

Sunday Q&A: John C. Hudgison

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Director, Building Inspections & Code Enforcement Dept., Columbus Consolidated Government Why is the city putting such an emphasis on blighted properties now? “Since I’ve been over the department the last 3 years, I think it’s always been an issue, and it’s just something that we’re putting a magnifying glass on now. What will the plan to fight blight be like once put into action? The first...

Sunday Q&A: Shana Young

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Executive Director, Leadership Institute at Columbus State University Is a leader born? Or is a leader made? “A leader is made. Absolutely. If leaders weren’t made, we’d be out of business. Our whole premise is built on the fact that people can grow. We all have opportunities to do better—to be better—all the time. That’s really what leadership is all about: Being the best version of yourself you...