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Black Pride a Shining Example of What Pride Can Be

June 20, 2017 - articles

story & photos by Chellie Bowman   I personally admit that I haven’t been to Memphis pride in a few years. As I get older and the earth gets hotter, I’ve found myself making more and more excuses to forego its warm weather festivities. Additionally,…

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Pride Events Expected to Attract Significant Increases in Attendance in 2017: New CMI Study

June 16, 2017 - articles

The Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 11th Annual LGBT Community Survey®, fielded in April/May 2017, drew participation from 17,300 LGBTQ Americans across the spectrum of sexual orientations, gender identities, generations and ethnicities. It is the largest, longest-running study of its kind; a profile of community…

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Outbid 2017: An Evening of Pure Imagination + Serious Fundraising

June 16, 2017 - articles

Story & photos by Chellie Bowman   Last Saturday night dozens of members from the community arrived at the Clark Opera House for OutMemphis’ annual fundraiser “Outbid 6”, including several of us from Focus. The theme this year was a Willy Wonka inspired design with…

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A great night in Memphis for women in music: first annual grrl fest + seeing red

May 24, 2017 - articles

Story and photos by Chellie Bowman    This past Saturday in Memphis was stacked with great performances by talented women. The first annual Grrl Fest kicked off just after dark at the Hi-Tone. The festival included a stellar line-up of local acts (and a few out-of-towners),…

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From Jazz to Zither to Contemporary Classical: Summer of Music Kicks Off at Crosstown Arts

May 23, 2017 - articles

  Crosstown Arts will operate a full-time music department — centered around a performance space in Crosstown Concourse dubbed the “Listening Room” — once the organization is settled into their new space inside Concourse. But the contemporary arts organization isn’t waiting for its fall move…

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Epiphany Community Garden: Pastor Monica Web Helps a Congregation Grow

May 22, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

story by Jamilyn Cole | photos by Greg Campbell     Focus: I’m thrilled that we’re getting a chance to chat and to introduce you to the readers of Focus Magazine! Pastor Monica: Thank you so very much for profiling Epiphany Lutheran Church! Hello to…

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Latino Memphis Festival brings an authentic cultural experience to Shelby County

May 15, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

This past Saturday Latino Memphis drew crowds of folks to their annual festival at Overton Park. This year they collaborated with Memphis in May to celebrate and feature Colombian culture. Hundreds gathered around the main stage throughout the day to watch some amazing performances–from the Colombian Folkloric…

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Tiny Homes and Big Dreams

May 12, 2017 - articles

Story & photo by Robin Beaudoin   Standing in front of a charming red-shuttered 832-square-foot new home, flanked by azaleas, is Reverend Dwayne Jones, preacher, architect, and general contractor, fresh from leading a mission trip to Haiti. He is gentle and stalwart with his arms…

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Sunday Pride Cookout at Dru’s Place a Lively Success

May 10, 2017 - articles

There was a great turn out for the Mid-South Pride Cookout at Dru’s Place last Sunday afternoon with a good crowd of folks out enjoying the new patio and the amazing weather! Volunteers were grilling up hamburgers and hotdogs, and passing out stout Jell-O shots–the…

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Latino Memphis Festival & Midsouth Food Truck Fest Partner: Shuttle Route + Traffic Plan

May 6, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

LATINO MEMPHIS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL HOPPING SHUTTLE ROUTE AND TRAFFIC PLAN In preparation for two beloved 901 festivals both happening on May 13th, Latino Memphis is collaborating with Premier Transportation Services to create a shuttle route to transport festival goers to and from the Latino Memphis Festival…

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