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Lucy J’s Bakery: At the Intersection of Delicious and Living Wage

November 30, 2017 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photos courtesy of Tracy and Josh Burgess   Baked goods are a triumph all their own, and a delicious one at that. As a challenged baker, I view those with the ability to combine flour, eggs, sugar and a few other…

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Recreating the Gay American T Dance

October 23, 2017 - articles

story and photo by Mark Benton   Christian “Cashmere” Assandria was asked by the owner of Alchemy/Growlers to manage a Sunday entertainment venue at Growlers Sports Pub in May. He quickly thought about the days when Sunday T Dances were the norm and a booming…

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Equality Jackson: Bringing Positive Change to Small Towns in Tennessee

October 6, 2017 - articles

story and photos by Mark Benton     When Focus contributor, Mark Benton, moved to Jackson, Tennessee in 2013, he had lived in many large cities but never a city as small as Jackson, population 70,000. He had always been active in the local gay…

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Celebrates 25 Years

September 22, 2017 - articles

courtesy Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis®, at no charge to our guests, provides supportive services and “keeps families close” while children are receiving treatment for cancer and other catastrophic childhood illnesses at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since…

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14 Years of Fun, Mid-South Pride Festival is Back, September 29-30

September 1, 2017 - articles

story by Phillis Lewis & Robin Beaudoin | photos courtesy of Mid-South Pride ‘Mid-South Pride Presents: The 14th Annual Memphis Pride Festival’ for a weekend of fun, acceptance, and love September 28th through October 1st. On September 29th, Friends For Life will be throwing the…

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Emily Fulmer Works for an Indivisible Memphis

August 4, 2017 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photos courtesy of Emily Fulmer    …A PSA from a woman who was jogging in Overton Park and was saluted with a sieg heil by a 30-something white male… …Photos from a protest opposing the repeal of the ACA outside…

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Pegasus Party Planner

July 28, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin & Brandon Leslie   Mystic Krewe of Pegasus 2017-2018 King Brandon Leslie shares with Focus Mid-South some of the exciting new events added by the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus coming up this summer and fall. In order to raise the most funds…

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Community Pegasus Krewe Fun-Raisers

July 24, 2017 - articles

story and photos by Mark Benton (Photo Above) Growlers bar on Poplar Avenue played host to the Mystic Krewe’s recent fundraiser ‘Tea Dance.’ The group raised $1500 for their efforts, 100% of which will go to charity. Party goers included (from left) Coco Flores, Imagene…

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Ryan White Funds May Knock Memphis Out of HIV+ Lead

July 10, 2017 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer   You have probably never heard of H-CAP (HIV Care and Prevention Group) but if you or anyone you love is HIV+ or at risk for HIV in the greater Memphis area, you have probably benefited from its work. H-CAP has…

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Why I Live in Victorian Village

June 26, 2017 - articles

by Scott Blake   Tucked between Memphis’ bustling downtown and Midtown is the Victorian Village neighborhood named for the stately Victorian mansions that line Adams Avenue and were originally home to cotton barons and high society of a bygone Memphis era. Victorian Village, or as…

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