7 inspirational Birmingham poets who need to be on your radar

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Ashley M. Jones is the founder and director of the Magic City Poetry Festival. Photo by Jennifer Alsabrook-Turner via Ashely Jone’s website.

Words have the power to heal, inspire, motivate and move us toward change. Those behind them possess true talent and Birmingham is full of incredible poets and literary writers using their creativity to educate and move us forward. Learn more about just a few putting a spark in the Magic City.

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Your ultimate guide to Birmingham’s craft breweries (VIDEO)

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Our very own TrimTab was named one of America’s Top 10 Breweries of 2019—and that’s just the beginning. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Every good local knows that Birmingham’s beer scene is the best around. I’ve lived all over the southeast, and I can personally confirm our Magic City’s craft breweries cannot be beaten. We put together the ultimate guide to Bham breweries—check it out.

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11 deals local Birmingham biz are offering NOW from food to retail + more

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Tell em we sent ya! 15% off if you mention BHAMNOW at Homewood Bagel Co. Photo via Homewood Bagel Company’s Facebook page.

STOP—close that big box store app on your phone, because supporting local Birmingham business has never been easier! You don’t want to miss out on these dope deals like half-price bottles of wine and discounts on cleaning services.

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5 Bham photographers using creativity during isolation to stay connected

I can’t wait to spend my weekends back with the girls at Queen’s Park, but for now those curbside cocktails work just fine. Photo via Mary Fehr’s Facebook.

Where there’s a will, there’s a creative way. That’s how these Birmingham photographers look at life, as they navigate COVID-19 precautions while still trying to continue their livelihood and passion.

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Local deals from Pella + more home services in Birmingham to get your home in shape

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From plumbing and pest control to painters and pressure washers, these local businesses need your support! Photo via Unsplash

Spending so much time indoors means finally having enough time to notice all of the areas inside and outside of your home that need a bit of fixing. If you’re not equipped to DIY your home improvements, here are some local Birmingham businesses you can call for a helping hand with Google ratings of 4 stars or more!

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Keep the hustle going with Battle Republic—3 ways to workout now

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Battle Republic is bringing the fight and prize to you. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now.

When the world is standing still, it’s time to keep moving. Birmingham has never been a city to take it slow, and now isn’t the time to sit down. Battle Republic has the perfect solution for keeping us motivated and ready to break out of the norm. Are you up for the challenge?

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Birmingham tops Atlanta, Dallas on award-winning tech company’s list of best cities for new grads

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Two Bham Nowers graduated from UAB and chose to stay Birmingham and many more across the country decide to move here after graduation. Photo via UAB’s Facebook.

Birmingham stays winning—it’s just a fact people. From the best hospitals to tastiest eats, people are taking notice, especially post-grads. Although COVID-19 grads will step into the workforce during an uncertain time, we want to make sure they know the best city to start or continue their future.

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UAB offers NEW clinical trial for treatment of COVID-19—among first in the country

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A medical professional recording data at UAB. Photo via Lexi Coon, property of University of Alabama at Birmingham

“It’s amazing—it’s beyond impressive,” said Dr. Pankaj Arora at a daily briefing regarding UAB’s new clinical trial for COVID-19. UAB is selected to begin enrolling patients in a groundbreaking study using inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) to treat patients with severe COVID-19.

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Meet Birmingham’s COVID-19 graduates—how they’re celebrating under self-quarantine

With graduation postponed or canceled altogether, Birmingham graduates are finding creative ways to celebrate. Photo via Bryce Varner.

Trading your cap and gown for a mask and hand sanitizer probably isn’t how graduating seniors thought their year would end. COVID-19 threw the mother of all wrenches into celebratory plans from weddings and birthdays to the milestone that is graduating from college or high school. Take a look at how Birmingham seniors are moving forward during the situation.

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Did you know Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama now covers telehealth visits?

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Telehealth call with Dr. Carol Smith of Birmingham Allergy & Asthma. Photo via Bham Now

In the midst of COVID-19, a time when everything is unknown, telehealth is providing some much-needed certainty. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama expanded telehealth coverage to keep us safe and give us a little more ease during our next doctor’s visit.

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Looking on the bright side of social distancing in Birmingham

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downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo via @dyoungblood71

For the first time in years, social distancing is allowing us to slow down. The pandemic has broken every barrier and shown that we are truly all in this together. It’s the perfect time to reflect and refocus our thoughts on the bright side of things. Here are a few examples of the sunny side of social distancing.

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3 ways Birmingham is providing facemasks to healthcare workers—how you can too

A BIG thank you to healthcare workers and other essential workers keeping Birmingham safe and strong. Photo via Bham Face Masks.

We can’t thank our healthcare workers enough for putting themselves on the frontlines to fight COVID-19. But, we can show appreciation by donating facemasks and our time through Birmingham organizations.

Whether it’s sewing a mask, creating one through a 3D printer or simply being a runner for supplies—these local businesses and residents are stepping up to help. Here’s how you can get in on the action. 

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5 curbside spring cocktails + Dread River’s helpful contribution to Birmingham

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Curbside cocktail kit from Queen’s Park via Queen’s Park Facebook

If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that Birmingham will always support its local businesses. Now that we’re social distancing, bars have switched to serving up our favorite drinks curbside. Check out these five cocktail kits in Birmingham to kick off your springtime quarantine.

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5 local businesses bringing beauty + skincare products to you

It’s called “me” time. Photo via The Creative Exchange on Unsplash.

Give your mental health and local shops a little boost by pampering yourself with beauty products from Birmingham businesses. Just because we’re under quarantine doesn’t mean you can’t feel good and come out of it with a major glow.

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