History and helping with Birmingham icon, Dr. Jesse J. Lewis, Sr.

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Dr. Jesse J. Lewis through the years. Photo via Agency 54

Dr. Jesse J. Lewis, Sr. is a force to be reckoned with, as a World War II veteran, the first Black Alabama cabinet member, chairman of Agency 54, Birmingham Times Publisher Emeritus, and many more things. On February 25, Agency 54 hosted a “Conversation of Influence” with Dr. Jesse Lewis and Spire Energy’s Joe Hampton to discuss Lewis’s life, wisdom and new book, One Man’s Opinion: Together We Can Do This.

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Community and career building: see how people at Amazon’s BHM1 make a difference

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BHM1 employee Dawn Hoag volunteers with the Boy Scouts. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

One of the most satisfying things in life is helping others, and Dawn Hoag and Rob Street know all about that. They work at Amazon’s BHM1 facility in Bessemer and spend time off the clock engaged in community service. Keep reading to see how these two make a positive impact in the Birmingham area.

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15 books for Black History Month recommended by Birmingham bookstores

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Just one of the many excellent titles by Black authors available at Birmingham bookstores. Photo via The Little Professor

Black History Month is a great time to beef up your bookshelf with books by Black authors. Keep reading to see what Birmingham bookstores recommend you add to your reading list for Black History Month and beyond.

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California transplant Tracy Chavis shares her favorite parts of The Magic City

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Tracy Chavis with her gorgeous cat, Grace. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Whether you’ve lived in Birmingham for 10 days or 10 years, The Magic City has a palpable charm that attracts people from all over the world. Just ask Tracy Chavis, a recent Birmingham transplant who landed in the new Cortland Vesta apartment community in Five Points South. We met with her to find out a few of her favorite things in Birmingham so far—here’s what she had to say.

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Leading for a lifetime: Major General Lee Price’s new book

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Major General Lee Price speaking at an event. Photo via Major General N. Lee S. Price

From Valleydale High School in the Birmingham area to the United States Army, retired Major General N. Lee S Price has quite the story to tell. And tell it she does, in her new book, No Greater Honor: Lessons from My Life as a Soldier. Keep reading to learn more about the local Major General and her book.

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9 Birmingham running trails to put a little spring in your step

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This grey weather has me dreaming of running trails and days that look like a Billy Collins poem. Photo by Claire Hancock for Bham Now

While we stay inside and watch the snow tumble down today, I doubt I’m the only one dreaming of running through the woods on a sunny spring day. So to warm up (if only in my head), here are nine of Birmingham’s best running trails for spring.

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Shots! Your update on all things vaccine in Birmingham

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Kierstin Kennedy, M.D., is UAB’s Chief of Hospital Medicine receiving a vaccine shot. Photo via UAB Medicine’s Facebook

Today we’re talking all things vaccines, the “who,” “where,” and “how.” Keep reading to get the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine in the Birmingham area, and find out what our followers think about getting their shot.

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9 places to find the best chocolate this Valentine’s Day

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Chocolate lovers, now is your time to shine. Photo via Sky Bear Confections’ Facebook

Psst. In case anyone hasn’t told you yet, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. If you still haven’t made plans, run don’t walk to these delicious Birmingham-area chocolatiers to get something sweet for your sweetheart.

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Local developer to renovate Magnolia Point in Five Points South

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The Magnolia Point building at the corner of 23rd Street South and Magnolia Avenue South. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

A historic, 1930s-era commercial building in Five Points South is getting a facelift. Capstone Real Estate Investments plans to renovate the Magnolia Point building for a series of retail and entertainment businesses after purchasing the property earlier this year.

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Homewood’s Magic City Acceptance Academy breaks ground and barriers

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Inside the Magic City Acceptance Academy prior to the wall-breaking. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Today marked a new day for the Magic City Acceptance Academy (MCAA) as it hosted a ceremonial “wall-breaking” on the Birmingham area’s newest charter school. The MCAA will be the first openly LGBTQ affirming school in Alabama and one of the first in the US.

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Why Vogue just named this Mountain Brook shop a ‘Must-Visit’. [PHOTOS]

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Maison founder and owner Pam Evans (right) with “Maison’s hype-girl” Shelby Dooley. Photo via Claire Hancock for Bham Now

Small and stunningly curated, Maison is something of a hidden gem, nestled among the design stores in Mountain Brook Village. But that could change soon following a recent mention by Vogue, which featured it as one of 17 Southern small retail businesses to support.

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