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Feature Story Musician, realtor and property owner Van Preston (Robert Cabral)

Women working it: Van Preston marries music and real estate in Memphis

Meet Van Preston — property owner, real estate agent and internationally known country music singer. Her next big dream? Open a music venue that puts up-and-coming Memphis musicians on the world stage.

Feature Story A Wheel of Fortune-style presentation revealed The Collective's new name, The Collective Blueprint, at their unveiling event on October 16. (Brandi Hunter)

The Collective rebrands with new name, expanded vision

Local nonprofit The Collective is rebranding and deepening its mission to help young adults in Memphis break down barriers to education and well-paying careers.  

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Podcast: Serving and growing community with Inspire Community Cafe

Kristin Fox-Trautman with Inspire Community Cafe in Binghampton talks about the growing business and its unique model to build community that includes a living wage, supporting area nonprofits and sourcing produce grown in the neighborhood.

Feature Story Yancy Villa-Calvo and Brandon Zuber (left) discuss design elements on a working draft of the mural that will be installed on the side of Whitten Brothers Hardware in Orange Mound. (A.J. Dugger)

Teens installing Orange Mound mural with focus on history and future

A group of Orange Mound teens are working with artist Yancy Villa-Calvo to install a mural on Park Avenue that documents the community's history and residents' hope for the future. They expect to finish in November.

Feature Story Members of the Hickory Hill Senior Golf Club pose of an official club photo. (Hermon Powers)

Hickory Hill Senior Golf Club tees off for fun, friends and health

They met at the Hickory Hill Community Center and bonded over a passion for golf.  Now they're the Hickory Hill Senior Golf Club with a mission to have fun, stay active and improve their game through friendly competition. 

Feature Story Koozies promoting the use of PrEP and The Corner are an example of the type of branded merchandise Friends for Life intends to sell in The Corner's retail area. (Friends for Life)

Opening soon, The Corner offers free HIV prevention in casual space

Friends for Life will open The Corner on November 4. The community space will feature a pharmacy and local art for sale and offer PEP, PrEP, STI testing, education and more for anyone in need. 

Feature Story Juan Antonio Hernandez, owner of El Nuevo Mercadito, poses with his wife, Norma Mendoza, at the restaurant's counter. El Nuevo Mercadito is a Mexican restaurant located inside the El Mercadito de Memphis in Hickory Hill. (A.J. Dugger)

El Mercadito de Memphis is destination for food, shopping, services and more

El Mercadito de Memphis is more than a family-friendly Mexican restaurant. It's a one-stop-shop for food, shopping and services from tires and cowboy boots to tax prep and the wildest playground in Memphis.

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. 

Feature Story podcast

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Feature Story podcast

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 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.

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