New York Magazine recognizes Birmingham’s newly elected 9 black female judges

From New York Magazine – Photo by Andre Wagner

Jefferson County made history last November electing nine black women to district and circuit judgeships.

The historic event was recognized nationally this weekend with a feature story by New York Magazine.

Check out the story at New York Magazine:

Why the Election of 9 Black Female Judges in Alabama Matters

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Talladega College Marching Tornado Band fundraiser tops $672K

Talladega College MarchingTornado Band -Screenshot from NBC News

The controversy over the Talladega College Marching Tornado Band appearance at President Donald Trump’s inauguration parade has turned into one of the single greatest fundraising  efforts ever for the school, according to the college’s president Billy Hawkins.

As of Sunday evening, January 22nd, the GoFundMe page had raised $672,703. The original goal was to raise $75,000.  How did they do it?

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Locals Joined Women’s March on Washington – Possibly largest demonstration in history

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Chris, Avery and Peggy Biga meet up with friends at the Washington march. (photo courtesy of Peggy Biga)

On Saturday, January 21, scores of Birmingham residents converged on the nation’s capitol for the Women’s March on Washington.  The crowd (some estimates are over a million) came from every corner of the country and the world to advocate on behalf of women’s rights and human rights.  Some of the Alabama delegation documented their experiences through social media posts and photos.

According to Vox News,

…political scientists say they think we may have just witnessed the largest day of demonstrations in American history.

According to data collected by Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut, marches held in more than 500 US cities were attended by at least 3.7 million people.

The google docs spreadsheet, where counts are being tallied across the world shows that Birmingham contributed between 5000-10,000 participants to the historic event.

See photos/videos from locals who were there:

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The new Empire Hotel Renovations are almost Complete

Referred to as the “Heaviest Corner on Earth”, the location of the Empire Hotel, among 3 other giants, caught the eye of visitors and locals in the early 1900’s.

Now, the Empire Hotel has been given a taste of Bham revitalization and will hopefully be opening soon.

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Located on 1st Ave. and 20th St. North, the Empire Building has seen its fair share of Birmingham.

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“Box Row” – Avondale – Beginning Construction Soon

A point of pride for the Magic City is the revitalization Avondale has experienced over the last 5 years, and it isn’t slowing down any time soon.

Next up – Box Row will soon add a new flavor of growth within east Birmingham.

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A rendering of what Box Row will look like on the corner of 3rd Ave. and 42nd St. South – by Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds

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Birmingham to D.C. Here we come!

Hundreds of Birmingham women, men and children are on their way to our nation’s capitol for the Women’s March on Washington, tomorrow, Saturday, January 21. Whether by car, plane, bus, with personal funds or on scholarship, they’re all packed and headed out to make a stand for their beliefs in women’s rights.

Washington protest marchers wait to board a departing bus.

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