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Feature Story L to R: Kinyah Bean, Valerie Braddock and Demetrius Braddock Jr. Bean is the owner of B Chill Lemonade, located inside the former Hickory Ridge Mall. (A.J. Dugger III)

10-year-old CEO takes lemonade to the next level

Ten-year-old Kinyah Bean launched B Chill Lemonade in 2017. This year she opened her first store in Hickory Hill. Her next steps? Become a millionaire and expand her lemonade empire across the globe. 

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Podcast: Agape and Power Center CDC talk community, collaboration and careers in Hickory Hill

We get the details on the October 19 Hickory Hill resource and career fair and explore the neighborhood's history, industry, and community with guests Davida Cruthird with Agape Child and Family Services and Candace Taylor with Power Center CDC.

Feature Story Emily Chambers provided music for the Taste of the District event held on Monday, October 7. (Kim and Jim Coleman)

Medical District's biggest institutions eat local with Taste of the District

Taste of the District featured fare from 19 restaurants in the Medical District. The goals was to wow the guests, who represented the district's major hospitals and colleges, with new local choices for food vendors and caterers. 

Feature Story Auntie Round Table panelists ranged in age, careers and experience. The women discussed everything from mental health and child birth to the challenges facing female veterans and entrepreneurs. (Erica Horton)

Girl talk is health, education, careers and more at Auntie Round Table

Memphis native Jada Davis has launched a series of open discussions for Black women of all ages to share their experience on topics ranging from love and friendship to finances and entrepreneurship. 

Feature Story Members of the Playback Memphis Youth Ensemble gave their first performance at the second annual Frayser Matters event. (Playback Memphis)

Playback Memphis debuts Frayser youth theater ensemble

Playback Memphis has developed improv theater programs for law enforcement, former inmates, businesses, neighborhoods and elementary schools. Now it's showcasing the talents of Frayser middle school students.

Feature Story The Reverend Dr. Stacey Spencer. Spencer is senior pastor of New Direction Christian Church, board president of Hickory Hill's Power Center CDC, and chair of the board of Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. (Melvin Smith)

Dr. Stacy Spencer talks church, social justice and how Hickory Hill will thrive by 2025

The Reverend Dr. Stacey Spencer sat down with High Ground for an intimate Q & A on his ministry, MICAH, and a plan to see Hickory Hill thrive by 2025.

Feature Story Alandria Ivory, a campaign worker for Memphis for All, takes a break during an early voting event at Glenview Community Center. (Andrea Morales)

Meet the Voters

MLK50 and High Ground News teamed up to pair striking portraits of Memphis voters with their reflections on what motivates them to vote and what’s at stake for them, their families and communities come Oct. 3.  

Feature Story A mural in the Glenview Historic District encourages Memphians to vote. (Andrea Morales)

Meet the Voters, Part II: Election Day

During early voting, MLK50 and High Ground News teamed up to pair striking portraits of Memphians with reflections on why they vote and what's at stake. On Election Day, we were on the ground again.

Feature Story L to R:  Carbibbean Flayvahz Owners Louis and Carla Faulkner and Chef Robert Coleman are the team behind Caribbean Flayvahz in Hickory Hill. (AJ Dugger III)

A Taste of the Caribbean in Hickory Hill

Memphians don't have to leave the country to get a taste of the Caribbean. Just have a seat at a new Caribbean Flayvahz restaurant in Hickory Hill. The chefs will take care of the rest.

Feature Story Youth pose for a picture at the Hero Empowerment Center. The center was formally an old arcade that Heal the Hood Foundation transformed into a teen center. (Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis)

Heal the Hood Foundation helps kids and creativity grow in Hickory Hill

Heal The Hood Foundation of Memphis is located in Hickory Hill and offers a host of  programs and events for youth in the neighborhood including mentoring, basketball, music, film, martial arts and more.

Feature Story Salon professionals participated in the first Memphis Cut it Out program on September 23 where they learned to identify signs of domestic violence among clients. The classes are free of charge. (Memphis CUT IT OUT)

Memphis beauty industry professionals learn to cut out domestic violence

The Shelby County Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Center is helping beauty industry professionals recognize when their clients are experiencing domestic abuse and how to help.

Feature Story Frayser Local Arts Festival organizer Lurlynn Franklin stands next to two of five 'Welcome to Frayser' paintings. She designed the signs as paint-by-numbers and more than 700 Frayser residents had a hand in filling them in. (Arkwings Foundation)

Frayser Local Arts Festival is where to be this weekend

The Arkwings Foundation is hosting its first Frayser Local Arts Festival on October 5. The event features over 100 artists, live performances, demonstrations, exhibits and local food, art and products for purchase.

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Podcast: Summer Avenue brands itself as the Nation's Highway

Meghan Medford and Mirna Garcia from the Summer Avenue Merchant's Association talk about the new international flags on Summer and dive into SAMA's efforts to remove blight, reduce crime and make Summer a destination for dining and shopping.  

Feature Story Stacy Bizzard (L) and her mother, Bonnie Harris, are co-owners of Ms. B's Sub Shop. They pose here in front of a wall of photos of satisfied customers. (Ziggy Mack)

Memphis sandwich legend Bonnie Harris finally has her own shop

You may not know her name, but you know her legendary sandwiches. After 43 years, the secret behind Chinese Sub Shop's success final has her own shop. 

Feature Story Instructor Roxie Jones leads an energetic group of line dancers at the Hickory Hill Community Center's senior line dancing class. (AJ Dugger III)

Seniors feel the groove at Hickory Hill Community Center

Groove is in the air three times a week at the Hickory Hill Community Center's senior line dancing class. The classes are free and led by former Grizzlies Granny, Roxie A. Jones. 

Feature Story Chef Lee Phillips preps a pound cake for the oven. (Cat Evans)

Taking the cake with A Peace O' Cake

Lee Phillips has turned a hobby into a steady side business in Hickory Hill. With A Peace O' Cake, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Feature Story The new Power Center Academy Elementary School serves grades K-5 from the Mendenhall Square Shopping Center. (Gestalt Community Schools)

Gestalt expands charter schools efforts in Hickory Hill

With this month's launch of the new Power Center Academy Elementary School and 9th Grade Academy, Gestalt's charter school network now serves grades K-12 in Hickory Hill. Their next steps include a preschool, a grocery store, restaurants and more.

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