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Meeting of the Minds & A Very HAPPY, Happy Hour

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This Wednesday at 5:45-7:30PM, we will host Meeting of the Minds on Diversity & Inclusion at Pop UPtown (1234 Broadway). Join the community in a very important conversation, with a group of incredible panelists: Gail Burgos (Officer of Diversity at TSYS), Norman Hardman (Chair of Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity & Prosperity) Carolina Rodriguez (Land Bank Authority), and Austin...

Sunday Q&A: Jontavious Willis

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A Budding Blues Star and the Destiny of Success Baptized into blues stardom two years ago by the legendary Taj Mahal as “my wonderboy,” Greenville, Georgia native Jontavious Willis has already enjoyed a blockbuster 2019. His music drove the Kia “Just a Small  Town in Georgia” commercial aired during the Super Bowl halftime in February. Last week, he dropped the album Sophisticated Class...

Yoyo Ferro to Paint Mural on Pop UPtown

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Yoyo Ferro paints mural at Pop UPtown this weekend. With the growing demand for accessible public art, Uptown Columbus, Inc. and Artbeat of Columbus teamed up to recruit Atlanta-based muralist, Yoyo Ferro, to paint the first facade mural in Uptown Columbus this weekend. The mural will be painted on the facade of the first pop-up shop and event space in the area, Pop UPtown, located at 1234...

Ramble On

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Joey Allcorn wondered if he “could live a normal life” three years ago when he moved into his grandparents’ house off River Road. An alt-country troubadour seasoned well past his 38 years, Allcorn made a big splash soon after graduating from Shaw by winning a regional talent contest. He spent 15 years traversing the South form show to show, back and forth to Nashville for studio sessions. “I...

Sunday Q & A

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with Demetri Lopez University lecturer, logistics consultant for activism worldwide & “conscious lifestyle” entrepreneur How did Roots & Wings come to be? “I’ve dreamt of Roots & Wings and had it as a vision for probably 20 years. I left Phenix City in 1997 when I graduated high school and went to the Middle East to have a gap year that turned into a gap few years. This started my...

Fertile Soil? Columbus’ Entrepreneurial Eco-System

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Hosting her next-to-last “Let’s Talk” community-conversation series inside the Springer Opera House in March, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was asked by a South Columbus resident what the city was going to do to bring back the banks and retailers where the elderly woman had long deposited and spent her money. Though blunt in stating such big-box operations won’t be coming back—not to South Columbus, not...

A Rock and a Hard Place: Stuck Way Down in the Stewart County

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When she reported for work each day at the Stewart County Detention Center, Latifa Craword recalls, “I didn’t know what to expect.” Hired as a case manager when the facility first opened in October 2006, Crawford was assigned to Level 4 detainees—”drug dealers, rapists, murderers, child molesters, and I didn’t feel safe. My working conditions were too “open” for a detention center.” Crawford then...

Chattahoochee Valley Music Tour

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This exciting new tour, hosted by Vicinity Tours, starts and ends at Chattahoochee Brewing Company on August 11th, for a small group of 11-12 people, from 1- 5:30PM. This fun-filled day tour is for all music lovers! Venture into some of Columbus’ best music production institutions. Hear stories of national renown musicians and producers that once, (or still) call the  Columbus/Phenix City...

For the Love of Halloween

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By now, we are certain you’ve cracked out the cauldron: you’ve spent way too much at Walmart and Spirit Halloween, but the candy and costumes are ready to go. Halloween is here in spirit! Now, how to choose your celebration? Columbus is full of spooky spectaculars and funky freakshows this year. Here are our top picks for Halloween hotspots in Columbus, Ga:   FOR THE...

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