How much do you know about Birmingham’s cosplay scene? Two experts give us the details—including a BSC counselor!

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When she’s not helping students at BSC, Pamela Grubbs-Lowery spends her time creating amazing cosplay looks like this one. Photo via Cameron Carnes.

Have you ever wanted to be someone else—outside of Halloween? You might consider looking into cosplay. Two Birmingham residents well-versed in the activity share helpful tips for becoming involved.

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United Way Hands On and Enterprise team up on MLK Day to create a coffee shop at McCoy Center

Volunteer applying paint at the new coffee shop at the McCoy Center in West End Birmingham. Photo by Lexie Dillard for Bham Now

Did you know studies show, drinking coffee can help delay the onset of dementia and soothe people with addiction issues?

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Jefferson County Commission to preserve former jail that held Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967

Jefferson County exhibit that documents Martin Luther King. Jr.’s stay in the Jefferson County Courthouse jail in 1967. Photo courtesy of Jefferson County Commission

Earlier this month, the Jefferson County Commission unanimously passed a resolution to memorialize and preserve the former county jail space, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was held in 1967.

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Birmingham warming station opens Sunday evening at Boutwell Auditorium

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Mayor Randall Woodfin greets a visitor at the BJCC warming station on Christmas Day, 2017. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to a Facebook post by Don Lupo, director of the city of Birmingham’s Office of Citizen Assistance, Birmingham will be opening a warming station at Boutwell Auditorium on Sunday evening, January 19.

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Not just for the Rockefellers—learn how you can start your own local charitable fund

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In 2019, the Community Foundation celebrated their 60th Anniversary. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

It never fails. Whenever I watch a Ken Burns documentary, I see credits at the beginning of each program that either say the Ford Foundation or Rockefeller Foundation supported one of his iconic films.

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7 self-defense classes in Birmingham that will make you safer and stronger!

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Agoge Fitness offers a self-defense class specifically for women, but also other options such as martial arts. Photo via agogefit.com.

Self-defense classes not only teach you the methods to escape a potentially dangerous situation, but they also aid in honing your awareness skills. Whether you want to take a class as a family, one-on-one or with only women, Birmingham has plenty of options to choose from.

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Housing Authority shares Southtown Court redevelopment update

Gensler’s conceptual rendering of the Southtown redevelopment. Photo via Gensler’s website

Birmingham’s Southtown Court project—a redevelopment of the estimated 26 million-dollar property in Southside—continues to move forward. The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) shared an updated timeline with residents of the housing community on January 7. Here’s what we know. 

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Oops they did it again! UAB robins shatter Alabama natural history record with 3 more babies

A family of American robins nesting at a UAB courtyard in January 2020. The latest confirmed nesting of robins in Alabama was September 2nd, before  robins were hatched in this courtyard in November and December. Photo courtesy of Greg Harber

Remember our “Thanksgiving Miracle” American robin babies story last year?

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AHSAA 2020 Championship games coming to Birmingham in January and February

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Starting January 16 through February 29, thousands of student-athletes will be competing in and around the Magic City for Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) titles in basketball, indoor track, wrestling and bowling.

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