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Playback Memphis debuts Frayser youth theater ensemble

By BARIS GURSAKAL, High Ground News On September 20, Playback Memphis staged its second annual Frayser Matters performance, but it was a first appearance for the members of its new Playback Memphis Youth Ensemble. The youth ensemble consists of sixth and seventh graders representing several Frayser...

Heal the Hood Foundation helps kids and creativity grow in Hickory Hill

By A.J. Duggar III, High Ground News Located inside the former Hickory Ridge Mall, Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis has been a positive force in the lives of Hickory Hill residents and other nearby communities for over a decade. “Our mission is to impact youth...

Memphis sandwich legend Bonnie Harris finally has her own shop

By Baris Gursakal, High Ground News Ms. B’s Sub Shop at 1256 Getwell Road is less than a year old, but already its walls are covered with dozens upon dozens of photographs of smiling customers taken with the shop's namesake, Bonnie Harris. The photographs are just...

For sale … again: The saga of Washington Bottoms

Tucked inside a few quiet blocks on the border between Midtown and the Medical District sits the remnants of the Washington Bottoms Community Park and Gardens. Google satellite images of the site at North Watkins and Court streets still show raised beds, planted rows, seating,...

BLDG Memphis issues housing and transit survey to Memphis mayoral, city council candidates

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News As many Memphis residents lament a lack of mayoral debates, BLDG Memphis is taking a different approach to capturing candidates' policy plans for the public record. “We hope to get a commitment from anyone who’s potentially going to be in...

Hickory Hill comedy show brought laughs, raised dollars for community

By A.J. Duggar III, High Ground News In September, High Ground is kicking off its official On the Ground: Hickory Hill embedded neighborhood coverage. For three months, our team will be reporting on the people and organizations on the ground in Hickory Hill through articles,...

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...