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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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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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