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Frayser CDC unveils new homes, hopes for new momentum

By BARIS GURSAKAL, High Ground News Many Memphis communities — Crosstown, Binghampton and the University District to name a few — have seen big booms in housing and business development in the last decade. Frayser's progress has been more quiet rumble than boom. Community leaders, government entities and...

Frayser nonprofit hosts its first 5K to benefit pregnant and parenting teens

By Ashlei Williams, High Ground News The teen birth rate across the U.S. has declined to a new low each year since 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health. In an updated report released this year, its Office of Women’s...

275 Food Project announces fellowship for chefs of color, strategy to grow local food ecosystem

Eating local in Memphis is risky — not for the consumer who gets a delicious, nutrient-rich product but for farmers and wholesale buyers. “Currently we see that farmers want to grow into Memphis and chefs want to buy from Memphians, but making sure that the supply...

House of Mtenzi is eclectic mix of art, family and Civil Rights history

This article originally appeared as part of High Ground's "Larger than the Lorraine: Local Black history museums you haven't heard of," published May 2017. It is reprinted here with minor edits. References to years or times have been updated where applicable. Located at 1289 and 1291...

Chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix brings designer delights to Madison Heights

By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News Dubbed a “real life Willy Wonka” by Forbes Magazine and the "King of Chocolate" by Black Enterprise, Memphis-based chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix has spent six years building his empire. Now after a six-month hiatus to relocate, renovate and regrouping, Phillip...

Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge brings food and entertainment to Madison Heights

By Scarlet Ponder, High Ground News When you walk into Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge, don’t be surprised if one of the owners greets you. Come back a few times, they're likely to greet you by name. Co-owners Anthony Latiker Sr. and Howard Bell IV opened Slice of Soul...

A thrift store, a car wash and a mission to fight addiction

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News At the intersection of Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street, a familiar sight greets passing motorists. A group of men, high energy and wearing bright orange shirts, advertise a car wash and usher vehicles into a parking lot behind the...

Binghampton emerges as Memphis’ incubator for food entrepreneurs

The Binghampton neighborhood has long been counted among Memphis’ food deserts. But it is now emerging as an incubator for culinary entrepreneurship, and its unique flavors and innovative ideas are expanding beyond the diverse neighborhood’s boundaries. In 2017, Binghampton Development Corporation established Kaleidoscope Kitchen, whose...

Film series documenting Memphis’ housing challenges premiers to packed house

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News On April 15, The CMPLX gallery and artists’ collective in Orange Mound hosted a film premier for a packed house of Memphis residents, community leaders and government officials. The film was a roughly 20-minute documentary titled "How Did We Get...

Play Where You Stay activates neighborhood parks, breaks down barriers for inner-city soccer players

By Aisling Maki, High Ground News As the world’s most popular sport, soccer transcends national and cultural boundaries and socioeconomic status. But in the United States, soccer participation comes with fees, transportation requirements and other barriers that have kept the game primarily the domain of...