T. Marie King is an activist, facilitator, organizer, and volunteer. Serving on the core coalition for the Jefferson County Memorial Project and the board of the Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative, T. Marie has combined her passion for the arts with her purpose of advocating for social change. Her most recent venture is Local Voices Network, a community-driven platform that shares the stories of those whose voices often go unheard.
Duquette and Morgan Johnston are the husband and wife team behind Woodlawn’s welcoming and eclectic boutique Club Duquette. The Johnstons share with us their response to the coronavirus pandemic, its effect on their store operations, Morgan’s art, musician Duquette’s touring and writing, and how the two are finding opportunities to step up in our community.
Adeeba Khan is the co-owner of Shu Shop, known for its array of sakes and Japanese whiskeys, artfully delicious menu offerings, and clandestine ambiance. Shu Shop — and Adeeba — were already beloved downtown mainstays pre-pandemic, but it’s her resourcefulness, adaptability, and dedication to staff and community that has made this nightspot shine brightest during dark times.
Bryan Johnson is a brand narrative photographer who has built a reputation for capturing emotion and telling the stories that connect us and the moments we want to share. Like many others in our creative community. Bryan’s work has been greatly impacted by COVID-19. Social distancing has postponed many of the weddings Bryan would typically be shooting this time of year. Instead, he has found poignant beauty in photographing his quarantined Crestwood neighbors and renewed inspiration
Birmingham sculptor Emily Meisler shares how shifting during Covid has helped her focus on her art in new ways, how you can check out Magic City Art Connection’s virtual gallery, and why now is a great time to explore your creativity.
Salaam Green is a community activist, educator, spoken word artist, and founder of Literary Healing Arts. This week on Virtual Conversations with Creatives, Salaam shares how writing helped her heal, how forced isolation has changed her creative process, and why now is the best time for even non-writers to begin writing for themselves.
This week, CO.STARTERS graduate Hannelore Melville of Wild Ginger Personal Chef talks through her pivot and how she has shifted her focus during COVID-19. You can check out Wild Ginger and Hannelore’s blog “In the Eat of the Moment” here.
“Being a southerner is a part of my identity. That’s not necessarily true for other regions. We have this distinct tortured history, but we also love our community and each other. That makes for good storytelling.”
“The greatest thing I think we can learn from animals is compassion. We see animals as so separate from ourselves… When you can help someone learn to show compassion for animals, they generally show compassion for people too.”
“In life, we can only go forward, and sometimes it passes us by so quickly. When I’m behind the lens, I’m forced to pay attention to the present. I get to press pause on what I see and what I feel and create something that maybe lasts forever.”
“At the end of the day, I want to know that I’ve done something to make this city a better place to live. Birmingham has so much to offer. We keep growing and getting better. It’s a city where we suffer the sins of our fathers, but we can keep working to change peoples’ attitudes and outlooks. You can’t change everyone, but if you can change one person you’ve done something worthwhile.”
Alana Baumann and Samra Michael are the creators of She Well Read, a podcast with the mission of empowering women by encouraging them to invest
Dr. Adrienne Starks is the founder and CEO of STREAM Innovations, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering young innovators, particularly in underserved schools and communities. The