Blog

The LPBC team has the opportunity to attend and host many events throughout the year. This blog will chronicle our journey through the Mid-South and a witness account of all of the amazing things happening in our community. We hope you enjoy our stories and check out our upcoming events page under the get involved tab to join in on the journey!

  • Crosstown Concourse; What's in a Name?

    Crosstown Concourse; What's in a Name?

    There is incomparable strength in a name that has survived near defeat, only to rise up and become more powerful than it ever was.
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  • They Came, They Went, They Left an Imprint

    They Came, They Went, They Left an Imprint

    This year the Memphis Film Prize had over 700 attendees who contributed in some way to the fruition of dreams and goals for all of the film festival’s participants.
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  • Memphis Film Prize 2017 This Weekend

    Memphis Film Prize 2017 This Weekend

    “The first truth you have to understand about creative endeavors: the spark comes to life at the expense of the grind.”
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  • Family and Philanthropy

    Family and Philanthropy

    Reentering the workforce after having my son had its challenges, primarily because of the limitations on how many hours I could work and how much time I could- or could not- physically be at my place
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  • William Hawkins - Memphis Model in New York

    William Hawkins - Memphis Model in New York

    He is a successful model whose face and body has graced countless magazine pages; he has walked the high fashion runway more times than many of his industry peers. I’d planned to sit down with him wh
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  • Elvis Flies Icelandair

    Elvis Flies Icelandair

    On my way to Iceland last week I saw a reference made in a brochure aboard that country’s national airline, Icelandair, which made me first smile then contemplate: contemplate about the impact our wo
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  • Memphis Hearts Bloom in Holland

    Memphis Hearts Bloom in Holland

    During my recent trip to The Netherlands I connected with Memphian Marisa Wittmann who is currently residing in this small, character-rich country that is bordered by Germany, Belgium and the North S
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  • Talk of Memphis in Paris

    Talk of Memphis in Paris

    On a recent trip to Paris, CJ Kirkland discovers a fellow American who traveled to Memphis years prior and strikes up a conversation which aptly turns into a Memphis love fest.
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  • Outage Leads to Lines of Hope

    Outage Leads to Lines of Hope

    During the recent storm-related power outage in Memphis (the area’s third worst in history) more than 188,000 of us lost power.
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  • Bodine Reflection of Growth

    Bodine Reflection of Growth

    So as we parents enjoy our summer days and reflect on what this past year meant for our children and students, we can take comfort in knowing there are teachers such as Sara Hill, administrators such
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  • BBQ Fest and Friendship 2017

    BBQ Fest and Friendship 2017

    After the tents have been taken down we will go our separate ways, knowing that we have our nostalgia to carry us until next year’s contest where we will once again convene on the river to make memo
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  • Knowledge Quest Farm and Culinary Academy

    Knowledge Quest Farm and Culinary Academy

    Located in South Memphis, Knowledge Quest offers after-school programs to over 450 children in grades Pre-K through 12.
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  • Team Tennessee Service Day

    Team Tennessee Service Day

    During the recent Team Tennessee Service Day held here in Memphis, thanks to a collaborative effort between Volunteer Memphis and Volunteer Tennessee, it was clear to me that the sources of joy at ea
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  • Memphis Athletic Ministries and The Memphis Suit Project

    Memphis Athletic Ministries and The Memphis Suit Project

    A friend recently shared that her least favorite line of work had been retail. When asked why, she said partly because it was challenging to work with customers who became frustrated when clothing th
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  • Socktober and Samaritan's Feet

    Socktober and Samaritan's Feet

    Passover began for those who are part of our Jewish community, the state’s largest, as did commemoration of the days leading up to Easter observance, beginning with Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday
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  • Memphis Shelby PAL | River City Rising

    Memphis Shelby PAL | River City Rising

    The recently launched Memphis and Shelby County PAL (Police Activities League) is expected to serve over 7,000 children in ways that will nurture their innate talents and provide safe spaces for them
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  • Southaven VIPs Honored

    Southaven VIPs Honored

    Last year alone, the Southaven Police Department was gifted with 9,250 volunteer hours by members of the city’s Volunteer in Policing (VIP) program.
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  • The Bridge

    The Bridge

    This month The Bridge celebrates its fourth anniversary and this week students commemorated Bridge Week on the Rhodes College campus.
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  • Helping Hands of Porter-Leath

    Helping Hands of Porter-Leath

    During a recent visit to the American Way Head Start and Early Head Start center run by non-profit Porter-Leath, I was reminded of the power placed and found in our hands.
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  • Ballet On Wheels: Tutus in Transit

    Ballet On Wheels: Tutus in Transit

    What the New Deal and movie theaters provided in their respective times of need, Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company is now providing for many in our Memphis community.
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  • Mid-South Mission of Mercy

    Mid-South Mission of Mercy

    This year over $1,000,000 in dental treatment and services was given by area professionals, including Dr. Chris Getman who closed his office (Getman Orthodontics) for a day so that he and his staff c
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  • Volunteer Odyssey Launches VolunteerCompass

    Volunteer Odyssey Launches VolunteerCompass

    The creation and launch of VolunteerCompass means that starting today, the way we approach volunteerism in Memphis will change and it will change in such a way as to infinitely increase the good that
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  • The School of Greatness: Lewis Howes

    The School of Greatness: Lewis Howes

    A former All-American football player, it was during the year and a half he spent recovering from a career-ending broken wrist that Howes began talking to and learning from leaders about their paths
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  • Rainbows and Hope

    Rainbows and Hope

    Recently, on an unusually warm January day in Memphis, I found myself at Rainbow Lake Playground in Overton Park surrounded by fellow Memphians who represented this goodness, peace, pride and diversi
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  • Bedrock Market & Café

    Bedrock Market & Café

    Bedrock is the brainchild of owner and chef Brandi Marter. Opened in 2015, Brandi has taken the “healthy eating” concept to a level of its- and her- own. There is not a single dish I’ve eaten at the
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  • "Les Passees Cabaret" | River City Rising

    "Les Passees Cabaret" | River City Rising

    There are several sections of sidewalk along East Parkway that are cracked and broken. It was only recently that I learned part of the reason for this is that massive tree roots have spread so widely
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  • What Are You Doing For Others? | #MLKDay

    What Are You Doing For Others? | #MLKDay

    As we celebrate the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend we are reminded that even as much as there might be darkness, so there is also much light.
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  • Lessons from StoryBrand

    Lessons from StoryBrand

    We have now entered the second week of the New Year and I am ready to put into action the resolutions I created for myself during the first week. Technically, the process could have begun on January
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  • Believe

    Believe

    Every year, as part of our Christmas traditions, we watch the same series of holiday movies. This includes the original 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street”....
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  • The Principle of Giving - Principle Toyota

    The Principle of Giving - Principle Toyota

    50 children from Winridge Elementary School were being granted their Christmas wishes a bit early this holiday season thanks to a collaborative effort between Principle Toyota, Walmart and Chick-fil-
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  • Honest Hamilton's

    Honest Hamilton's

    If you’ve wondered whether a company can be profit-based yet people-focused, Hamilton’s has given you the answer: yes. When someone truly sees and believes that you care about them more so than what
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  • #GritGrindGive

    #GritGrindGive

    Be part of the movement this year. As Jaclyn stated, it doesn’t matter what nonprofit you give to, or even how much; in fact, you can split your gift amongst several of them. Whatever choice you make
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  • Veterans Day

    Veterans Day

    Today, I celebrate that God saw fit to change my heart and my life through the words and actions of a man, a Marine, who loves his country, defended his country, fought for his country and honors his
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  • Thinking About Tinker

    Thinking About Tinker

    Every so often I walk away after having watched a film and find myself remarkably impacted, unable to get the narrative out of my consciousness. Whether it was a full-length fictional or documentary
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  • IKEA Memphis Coming Soon!

    IKEA Memphis Coming Soon!

    A dear friend brought to my attention via social media that the Memphis-area IKEA’s opening day was announced, along with the side note that customers can begin lining up two days in advance to be pa
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  • Spooky Science Spectacular

    Spooky Science Spectacular

    ARMS (Autism Resources of the Mid-South), in collaboration with The Pink Palace Museum and sponsorship by the White Station Optimist Club, is determined to change engagement opportunities for autisti
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  • Williams Tanzania Mission

    Williams Tanzania Mission

    After having called Memphis home for the past 25 years, Ralph and Twyla left on October 4 to build a new home in Tanzania.
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  • Les Passees

    Les Passees

    In preparation for my meeting with members of Les Passees to discuss the organization’s annual fundraiser, the Stock Exchange, I was directed to this year’s “storefront” in Bartlett. Storefront, in t
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  • South Main Artspace Lofts

    South Main Artspace Lofts

    One of the biggest stressors that artists face is figuring out how to maintain stability while cultivating their craft without compromising their gifts. Thanks to Artspace, now Memphis will have a pl
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  • Operation Feed's Success

    Operation Feed's Success

    Operation Feed is the largest annual donation drive for the Mid-South Food Bank.
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  • Tupelo to Memphis

    Tupelo to Memphis

    Like many I embarked on a road trip over the Labor Day Weekend. Our trip took us about three hours outside of Memphis, to a friend’s beautiful lakeside property in Alabama. Following a fun weekend wi
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  • New Name Same People

    New Name Same People

    The name cityCURRENT is new but the people behind the name are exactly the same. They are a small group of individuals whose desire to give back is so deeply ingrained it has taken root and infiltrat
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  • Living By Example | River City Rising

    Living By Example | River City Rising

    Our words in the form of lectures and books can teach children what they want to be but it is in our actions they learn who they want to be. We aren’t always aware when they are watching us and it is
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  • National Night Out | River City Rising

    National Night Out | River City Rising

    There is power in sitting silently on our sofa with a neighbor whose husband has just been deployed for eight months. We sit next to her, void of words for this mother of three young children who has
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  • Memphis Film Prize | River City Rising

    Memphis Film Prize | River City Rising

    This past Thursday, on what is usually a quiet evening for The Cove on Broad Avenue in Memphis, it was standing room only. Hopeful artists from every part of the film-making spectrum waited to hear t
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  • The Big Onion | River City Rising

    The Big Onion | River City Rising

    Last week, under the guidance of Memphis educator Lauren Boccia, four students from St. Agnes Academy visited New York City. Their focus was not to take a bite out of The Big Apple but to be part of
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  • MempHistory: Pinch District | River City Rising

    MempHistory: Pinch District | River City Rising

    There has been a renewed sense of hope for concrete plans to revitalize the area of downtown Memphis known as the Pinch District.
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  • The Greatest Gift

    The Greatest Gift

    Two Memphians once only familiar with each other by six degrees of separation are now bonded for life, through a life. They each arrived at a place of complete surrender by publicly facing private fe
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  • "Back to School" | River City Rising

    "Back to School" | River City Rising

    Mid-South schools are officially back in session. For many teachers this means the beginning of another year during Mid-South schools are officially back in session. For many teachers this means th
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  • Roxie's 365

    Roxie's 365

    Besides Barbecue, my husband’s favorite food is burgers. He’s so fond of them, in fact, that during our years touring the country he would seek out the best burger spots in each city. Most were forge
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