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Caught Up: Jed Tuiolosega’s Purpose-Driven Push to Lift Up Convicted Children

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Local YMCA child-care director stepped up this year to serve as the Board/Chairman of the combined Aron Cohn Regional / Muscogee Youth Detention facilities in northeast Columbus housing local kids caught up in the juvenile justice system. “Criminal Justice in the Chattahoochee Valley” series Vol. 5 Jed Tuiolosega (aka Coach T) Sept. 2019 ECL Editor Frank Etheridge interview with Jed...

Caught Up: The Harlem Renaissance Visits the Columbus Stockade

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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...

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...