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Blind Boys of Alabama team with Black Violin on uplifting single ‘We Are One’

Looking for a little uplift going into the weekend? The Blind Boys of Alabama and Black Violin are here for you. The Blind Boys are best known for traditional blues and gospel, but a collaboration with Black Violin, a duo whose work mixes classical, hip-hop and contemporary influences, has taken them into some new territory lately -- in this case, to celestial imagery softly sung over a classical accompaniment.
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Alabama native Chika featured in Hulu’s upcoming ‘Hair Tales’

Alabama rap artist Chika is in some powerful company in an upcoming Hulu documentary series, sharing screen time with women such as Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, actress/writer/producer Issa Rae, singer Chloe Bailey and many more. “The Hair Tales,” launching Oct. 22, is a six-part series that offers “an...
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Joseph Goodman: ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ had a good run

There was an unexpected moment of Crimson Tide cultural appreciation on Monday night in Birmingham during a phenomenal concert by the soulful rock band War on Drugs. The outdoor show was at Avondale Brewery and the place was packed for a group whose hazy sound is unique and soothing like an old memory faded at the edges. I’m not a music writer, but War on Drugs is the kind of band everyone’s favorite aunt or uncle probably listens to on a Sunday night while studying for a continuing education course on indigenous woodcraft or comparative literature.
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Here are 50 great books set in Alabama

Every state has its hallmark writers. Mississippi has William Faulkner and his incomparable (fictional) Yoknapatawpha County and Missouri can lay claim to Mark Twain. The state of Maine is gifted with Pulitzer winner Richard Russo and horror icon Stephen King. Rural Pennsylvania is the playground of the much-heralded (and occasionally maligned) John Updike, and when many bibliophiles think of New Jersey, they also think of Richard Ford’s series of novels featuring recurring Everyman character Frank Bascombe. Illinois can lay claim to William Maxwell, Sandra Cisneros, and Adam Langer, among numerous others. And what reader can think of Washington State without contending with the sparkle-vampire yarns of Stephanie Meyer?
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Veteran News Anchor Writes New Book

ALABAMA — Auburn native, graduate of Auburn High School and recently retired Alabama television news anchor Vanessa Echols has released her first book, “We’re in Heaven, and I Have Some Questions.”. People of faith always have questions about heaven. A book, journal and daily devotional all in...
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Katie Britt: TikTok ‘a Trojan horse that steals data to give to the Chinese’

Alabama’s frontrunner for a U.S. Senate seat is joining a chorus of Republicans who are clamping down on TikTok ahead of the November midterm elections. “TikTok is a Trojan horse that steals data to give to the Chinese Communist Party,” U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt wrote in a Tweet Monday. “If TikTok retains its ties to communist China, there is no deal that can protect Americans.”
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Book shows personal side of ‘Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — To the world, Harper Lee was aloof to the point of being unknowable, an obsessively private person who spent most of her life avoiding the public gaze despite writing one of the best-selling books ever, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” To Wayne Flynt, the Alabama-born author was his friend, Nelle. Flynt, a […]
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Alabama Pitmaster Competes For $10,000 Prize On Hulu Show

An Alabama pit master is being featured on National television in an unlikely scenario. Dwayne “Big Daddy” Thompson competes in an episode of “Best In Dough” on Hulu. In this particular episode, three pit masters are competing for a 10,000 prize and Thompson wanted to be sure he represented the Yellowhammer state.
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Auburn Native Uses Social Media to Share the South’s Urban Legends

AUBURN — Everyone loves a good ghost story. No matter where you are from, you’ve probably heard one about a creepy area in your hometown or somewhere nearby. Auburn native Joshua Dairen has heard the stories. And he’s using TikTok to inform his followers of the stories and urban legends that may be right in their backyard.
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Alabama born Oscar winning actress dies

Birmingham native Louise Fletcher has died at age eighty eight. The Oscar winner’s agent announced that the actress died at her home in France. Fletcher set a new standard for screen villains with the role of Nurse Ratched opposite Jack Nicholson in 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Director Milos Fletcher chose the late-blooming star after many more prominent stars including Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, and Angela Lansbury, turned down the role. Fletcher won the Academy Award for best actress for the role. She would work steadily for the rest of her life, including guest spots on TV shows that saw her nominated for two Emmys. Fans of the Star Trek science fiction franchise may remember Fletcher as the villainous Kai Winn in the “Deep Space Nine” series.
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