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CHOICES: Capital Campaign

April 20, 2018 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman   Many women of color are not afforded protections in the U.S. healthcare system. CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health intends to create seamless access to high quality healthcare for expectant mothers when it opens a new birthing center. CHOICES’ focus…

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Original Memphis: Clayborn Temple

March 12, 2018 - articles

by Joan Allison | photo by Greg Campbell   (Photo caption: Construction of the I AM A MAN Plaza is underway, and set to open in April. Above photo is a plaza rendering provided by the City of Memphis.)   Most people who want to understand…

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Blue Suede Sisters Use Humor, And Outlandish Costumes, To Help Others

September 29, 2017 - articles

interview by Joan Allison | photos by Greg Campbell   We’ve been called drag nuns, sacred clowns, freaks, heretics, etc. etc. and they’re all true. We are the intersection of absurdity, ministry, glitter, and love. I have been told that talking to a Sister is…

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Original Memphis: National Ornamental Metal Museum

June 28, 2017 - articles

story by Jimmy Ogle, Shelby County historian | photos by Greg Campbell It’s the hidden jewel of the Memphis riverfront. A place where art is not only displayed, but where art is made. The only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the promotion…

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Mid-South’s Pet Over-Population Problem is Getting Fixed

June 23, 2017 - articles

by Joan Allison | photos by Greg Campbell   (In the photo above, vet technicians move a sedated female dog to the surgical suite to be spayed. The staff puts socks on the all the animal clients’ paws to keep them warm while they’re in…

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Pastor Robert Van Ess

June 21, 2017 - articles

by Mark Benton | photos by Greg Campbell   Like a priest hearing confession, former hair stylist Robert Van Ess’s listening skills helped him become an ordained, able minister, ready to guide his congregants’ life journeys.   At the age of 32, Robert Van Ess…

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Cotton Pickin’ Squares

June 19, 2017 - articles

by Anita Moyt | photo by Greg Campbell   Every Monday evening, starting at 7, Justin Russell can be found with microphone in hand calling for the Cotton Pickin’ Squares (CPS), Memphis’ only GLBT square dancing organization. Groups of eight stand at the ready as…

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BRENNAN VILLINES: Celebrating Success

June 9, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos by Greg Campbell   Plenty of musicians have called Memphis home throughout the years and almost all of them seem to have a remarkably “dramatic” backstory to go along with their success. Add Brenna Villines (a child prodigy pianist) to…

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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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A Brotherhood of Women: Omicron Psi Omega, Inc.

January 27, 2017 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer  |  photo by Greg Campbell When Te Harris (pictured above) came out in the 8th grade, her parents’ supportive response reassured her that it was “okay to live in the skin that [she was] in.” She wore one last dress to…

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