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Music professionals prep STAX Academy students for industry careers

by Aisling Maki -- For nearly two decades, STAX Music Academy, located in the heart of Memphis’ storied Soulsville neighborhood, has been cultivating the city’s young musical talent. On January 18, the school hosted its first-ever fair focused on introducing aspiring young musicians to the business...

Henry Nelson, new director of Carpenter Art Garden, broadcasts creativity across Binghampton

by Kirstin Cheers Henry Nelson has a busy schedule, but he always has time for the kids in Binghampton. Now he’s taking his passion for youth development from personal to professional. On October 1, Nelson became executive director of Binghampton’s Carpenter Art Garden.   Carpenter Art Garden,...

Black-owned business gift guide: Art, accessories and apparel

By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News For the gift-buying season, Memphis has an abundance of local, Black-owned businesses where shoppers can search for the perfect gifts. In 2018, Memphis topped or ranked high on multiple lists as one of the best cities for Black business owners...

Black-owned business gift guide: Food, fitness and beauty

By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News For the gift-buying season, Memphis has an abundance of local, Black-owned businesses where shoppers can search for the perfect gifts. In 2018, Memphis topped or ranked high on multiple lists as one of the best cities for Black business owners...

Turnaround tale: Memphis resident purchases and renovates run-down apartment building

By Ashlei Williams, High Ground News One developer, eight contractors, six figures, and six months later, 952 J.W. Williams Lane is home to five new tenants. Located north of the Memphis Medical District, the Garden Flats is now open to residents thanks to Memphis transplant...

Advocates of trauma-informed teaching call for greater support in Memphis schools

By Melonie Gaines, High Ground News Less than a month after the class of 2010 walked across the stage at Booker T. Washington High School, new graduate Adrianne Cobb attended a party in Downtown Memphis. A fight broke out. Gunshots rang into the air, one of...

STREETS Ministries combines play and empowerment in The Heights

By Dawn Neuses, High Ground News Open the doors of STREETS Ministries in The Heights and you find a building filled with youth and sound: bursting laughter, chattering voices, running feet and the echo of basketballs on the court down the hall. It’s a comfortable, casual...

“The people are the heart”: Memphis transplants reflect on life in a new city

By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News Memphis transplants who came to the city later in life bring a fresh perspective about the city's place in civil rights history, its faith community and what moves Memphis forward as a "big-small" city in the Mid-South. Sacha Simmons Age: 42 Occupation: Business...

Frayser CDC gives residents keys to homes, neighborhood and city

By Ashlei Williams, High Ground News It’s not often that a South Memphis native boasts about planting roots in North Memphis. But, Mike Daniels is an exception. Daniels is a new first-time homeowner thanks to Frayser Community Development Corporation's (FCDC) new Home Ownership Campaign. Launched in March 2017, the...

City plans to resurrect L.E. Brown Park as part of South City development

Residents of the new South City development will soon have a new park, but it’s one former Cleaborn Homes residents will remember. Six-acre L.E. Brown Park, located at 617 S. Orleans Street, was originally developed in the 1950s as an on-site park for the Cleaborn...