Roll Tua Roll—we wish you all the best in the NFL

Tua Tagovailoa
The legendary Tua T. in action. Photo via Tua’s Facebook page

The anticipation’s been building in advance of today’s big press conference with Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban and Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Will he stay or will he go (cue The Clash)? That’s the question that’s been on everyone’s mind and now we know the answer. Read on to learn more about the man everybody’s talking about—Tua Tagovailoa—and his big decision.

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6 organization hacks to get your Birmingham home tidied up for 2020

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all the treasures in a craft room
Bham Now’s Sheila McCallum, who writes some of our hilarious newsletters, holding some of her mom’s treasures in her custom crafting room. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

All the holiday gifts have been opened, the decorations may or may not have been put away, and it’s time to reckon with the aftermath. Is this the year you’re going to pare down to the things you really want to carry forward with you into this next decade? If you’re thinking definitely—or even maybe—find out some of the ways Closets by Design Central Alabama can help you make the most of your Birmingham home.

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TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl players made new friends today at Children’s of Alabama (PHOTOS)

Football players and Children's of Alabama patient
It’s not every day Cincinnati running back Charles McClelland gets tackled by a girl this happy to see him. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

It’s not every day college football players 3 days out from a bowl game visit children in the hospital, but that’s exactly what happened today in Birmingham at Children’s of Alabama. Players from Boston College and Cincinnati stopped into hospital rooms bringing gifts and good cheer.

Read on for all the details.

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Vestavia, Birmingham + Mountain Brook are now TraffickingFree Zones

Vesetavia was the first city in the BIrmingham area to declare itself a TraffickingFree Zone
Vestavia Mayor Ashley Curry (fourth from left) and others at the signing of the TraffickingFree Zone proclamation. Photo via Facebook

The cities of Vestavia, Birmingham and Mountain Brook have recently declared themselves TraffickingFree Zones in advance of the 2021 World Games. Find out what this means and why it matters.

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Big plans for Birmingham’s Civil Rights and Innovation Districts

Historic 4th Avenue Business District
Birmingham’s Historic 4th Avenue Business District. Photo via Birmingham City Council

A master development plan is in the works for downtown Birmingham’s Civil Rights and Innovation Districts. Behind the plan are local nonprofits Urban Impact and REV Birmingham. Keep reading to find out what this means and why it matters.

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See Java Lewis’ 11 Birmingham Christmas windows (PHOTOS)

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Java Lewis painting a window on a chilly Birmingham day. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

The coldest day Birmingham’s seen in a long time was perfect for going out to soak in some holiday cheer with Java Lewis’ Christmas windows. For 15 years, Lewis, also known as “Mr. Painterman,” has been painting windows downtown, bringing the Christmas spirit to all who are lucky enough to see his artwork. Keep reading for a visual tour of 11 of his windows.

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What does Birmingham’s recent 100% inclusivity score mean? + 6 LGBTQ-friendly events

You are Beautiful quilt from the Magic City Acceptance Center.
Quilt from the Magic City Acceptance Center. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Birmingham recently got a perfect 100 score on the national LGBTQ+ Municipal Equality Index. The Human Rights Campaign and the Equality Federation gave a record 88 out of 506 cities across the country this score.

To find out what this means to people in Birmingham, we dug into the nuts and bolts of the score, then reached out to four people in the community. And, we put together a list of 7 LGBTQ-friendly events for y’all. Keep reading for all the details.

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A New Year Trifecta: Uptown Street Fest, TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl plus WIN Monster Jam tkts

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Photo from a previous TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Amazing shot from a previous TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl. Photo via Facebook

If you like a good party and football (and who in Birmingham doesn’t), the Uptown Street Fest and Pep Rally on January 1, 2020, and the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl on January 2 will get your New Year started right. 

We’ve got all the details for you to make sure you have a fun-filled time, whether you’re local to the Magic City or coming in from out of town. Get tickets now. Also, enter our sweeps for a chance to win tickets to Monster Jam. Read on for all the details.

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Honoring Your Personal Bandwidth. Find out how Jan. 9 at this Momentum Leaders workshop

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McDonald Graham leads the Honoring Your Personal Bandwidth Momentum Leaders workshop
Lisa Goldstein Graham and Julie McDonald of McDonald Graham. Photo supplied

Who in Birmingham isn’t guilty of looking at the leaders around us and wondering how they manage to squeeze it all in? Honoring Your Personal Bandwidth is a much-loved workshop that will help you create a unique life that meets your own personal needs. Ready to go? I know I am. Reserve your spot now.

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California Country Organics Body Care is changing hearts and lives in Birmingham. Find out why.

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Don’t they look fabulous? Photo supplied

Recently, Bham Now met Tracey Kennedy, a woman on a mission to help people love themselves organically through California Organics Body Care and her Change a Heart, Change a Life campaign. Read on to learn about her inspiring journey from the West Coast to Alabama. 

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5 reasons the new Alabama Bicentennial Children’s Bell at Sloss is lit.

Marshall Christie of Sloss Metal Arts with the Alabama Bicentennial Children's Bell
Marshall Christie admitted that as soon as he got the clapper in the new bell, he’s been ringing it. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

It’s not every day Alabama turns 200, so it seemed only fitting to create something lasting to celebrate that milestone. The Alabama Bicentennial Commission and Children’s Hospital partnered to create a bell that would honor both Bama’s big birthday and the children of our state.

To find out the inside scoop, I reached out to Jody Seal at Children’s of Alabama and Ashley Wingo of Sloss Metal Arts. Keep reading for all the details.

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Throw down for a good cause, Birmingham, at Christmas is a Drag, Dec. 20, 8PM

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One of the fabulous performers at Christmas is a Drag at Saturn Birmingham.
Christmas is anything but a drag at this fun and festive drag show. Photo via Jaysen Michael

Why let the holidays drag you down when you could party like it’s 1999 at Christmas is a Drag?

All proceeds from this annual holiday favorite support Holiday Wish. This fun and generous program makes sure young people living in AIDS Alabama’s housing get the very best gifts. Get your tickets now.

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