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Derek Stubbs gets his hair cut by Eric Steward, the owner of the Handy Spot in Klondike.

Sichuan Normal University performs at the University of Memphis for the Chinese Lantern Festival

Sunset over the Harahan Bridge

An LED hula hoop lights up "Intrude", an installation by Amanda Parer at the Brooks Museum.

The Dave Wells Community Center's basketball team, the Leopards, practice in Smokey City.

Hundreds march Downtown in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.


Economic Justice

Join High Ground News for "Economic Justice in the City"

Join High Ground News on Feb. 28 at Clayborn Temple for “Economic Justice in the City,” a conversation with five Memphis business leaders on the strength of entrepreneurship as a strategy to grow the middle class and what barriers remain in the effort to spread Memphis’ wealth. 

The compact dining room of Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant

From refugees to restauranteurs: Vietnam War-era immigrants make Memphis home

More than 3,000 Vietnamese immigrants call Memphis home. Their contributions to the city wouldn't have been possible without local support from nonprofits and the Catholic community.


VIDEO: Midtown Mosque brightens North Memphis

On a corner of North Memphis, the Midtown Mosque provides prayer, community and a little bit of urban gardening.

Darrell Cobbins

Op-ed: Economic justice means loving Memphis in the public eye

We have a plan for our parks and greenways, our Downtown, our workforce development, then why not a plan to address the biggest obstacle staring us in the face?  A locking of arms that says we will not be a community where this economic imbalance exists for future generations to toil over. 

Porter Leath Childrens’ Home on Manassas Street is the oldest structure in Klondike/Smokey City. It was an orphanage until 1969 when it became a multi-service agency to serve more children in need.

Prosperity and decline shape Klondike Smokey City's history

Klondike Smokey City’s history tells a story of prosperity but also one of decline with shuttered factories, white flight and racial segregation at its core. 

Quincy Morris, the president and director of the Klondike/Smokey City Community Development Corp., sits for a portrait at the KSCCDC office.

Is SPARCC the start of North Memphis opportunity?

Is $1 million enough to turn around the decades of disinvestment and decline that have plagued North Memphis? 

Harry Hill (L) and George Utkov, founder of app "intown".

Three startups to watch founded by Memphians under 25

Memphis’ college-aged entrepreneurs are inventing apps and products that respond to the needs of a young, tech-savvy generation.

A home-based bagel bakery has taken off in Memphis.

Dave's Bagels finds early success

David Scott relocated to Memphis from Portland in October, and within weeks began offering his homemade Dave’s Bagels. The business is quickly growing with new distribution opportunities in the works.

Robert Church

Memphis black history: Millionaire Robert Church rebuilds Memphis after the Yellow Fever epidemic

Robert Church stuck it out. He dedicated his life to the city that he loved even when times got difficult. When he had the privilege to run away, he stayed and invested in Memphis.


Memphis black history: Orange Mound as a haven for black Memphians

Memphis’ own neighborhood of Orange Mound has a significant spot in African-American history asit was the first residential neighborhood in the south open to African-Americans.

Id B Wells

Memphis black history: Ida B. Wells nevertheless persisted

Journalist and early civil rights leaders Ida B. Wells wrote an article in the Memphis-based newspaper Free Speech and Headlight urging blacks to leave Memphis altogether following a rash of lynchings. Six thousand people left the city. 

Handy Shop

Community flourishes at 62-year-old Klondike barber shop

The Klondyke Handy Spot-Barber and Beauty Salon thrives in a community  whose landscape has changed dramatically with blight and neglect. But owner Eric Steward is unfazed and understands what the business in the neighborhood represents.

Brandon Marshall painting a recent temporary mural at the Crosstown strip.

Public art investments create a moveable museum for Memphis

"Public art has become much more an expectation rather than something we can’t afford or as something unnecessary," said Carissa Hussong, executive director of the Metal Museum about Memphis' 20-year dance with public art. 


Inclusivity is key to Memphis' chapter as a literary city

Memphis' literati from publishing to poetry are working to connect the city's niches and foster a literary culture that is unique to Memphians.
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