Wade on Birmingham

flash flood flash

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A harmless creek swells
into a tsunami of
tumbling cars set free.

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The Birmingham channel: Proud, merry

Monday, August 7, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Driving west on I-20/59 toward downtown. From S. Kite.

CBS report “Who Speaks for Birmingham” from 1961, on the racial divide between black and white communities. From Hezakya Newz and Music.

One year after witnessing gunfire on a Birmingham street. From WVTM-13 News.

Alabama junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley at SEC Media Days in July at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. From Nationwide Sports Highlights.

Riding the train at the Birmingham Zoo. From Ms. Bo.

Riding around town. From Jay Burnham.

Cypher 2017, rapping on the street. From Big Phil the Director.

“Good Day Alabama” segment on the 2008 exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin” at the Birmingham Museum of Art. From Mill City Profiles.

Birmingham folk group the New Hooteneers perform “Saro Jane” in 2015 at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. From P Johnson.

Highlights from Nashville country singer Jon Langston’s concert in April at Iron City on Southside. From Andrew Langston.

West side. From Birmingham Entertainment.

Birmingham law firm Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton assists with the Higher Academics Summer School mock trial. From Telegraph Creative.

Mike Brown performs his one-man show “Dr. Shropshire Tells It All” at June’s Civitan Centennial Celebration Convention at the Sheraton Birmingham downtown. The play tells the story of Dr. Courtney Shropshire, founder of the organization. From Civitan International.

Flying Southwest from Austin to Birmingham by way of Tampa. From the Airplane Channel.

Nashville sales coach Michaeal Burt speaks to Keller Williams agents in their Alabaster office. From Coach Micheal Burt.

Drone footage of downtown and Regions Field. From Andrewsfury.

More drone footage of downtown. From Alex McAnnally.

Birmingham infielder Keon Barnum scores his 13th home run against the Biloxi Shuckers in July at MGM Park. From Minor League Baseball.

Feeding the giraffes at the Birmingham Zoo (our vertical video of the week). From Ritu J.

Memphis rapper Project Pat performs in July at the Nick on Southside (our vertical video of the week). From Undergroundbooking Jimbo.

Bounty hunters raid a house in the Birmingham area at night. From Bama Fugitive Recovery.

A World Changers mission team spends a week in July in Birmingham fixing up a house. From World Changers.

Highlights from July’s weeklong Mission Serve mission trip in Birmingham. From Mission Serve.

Squirrel hole. From Rid-a-Critter Inc.

Trailer for 2013 film “Clubhouse,” written and directed by Birmingham’s Yuri Shapochka and filmed locally. From Shape Films.

Talking with Daroneshia Duncan, founder of Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowerment, for #ShowUp Stories, part of Google’s celebration of Pride Month. From Conor McBride.

Talking with Tori Sisson and Shanté Wolfe, the first same-sex couple to marry in Alabama, for #ShowUp Stories. From Google.

Talking with Ashfaq Taufique, president of the Birmingham Islamic Society, for #ShowUp Stories. From Google.

Talking with state representative Patricia Todd, Alabama’s first and only openly gay legislator, for #ShowUp Stories. From Google.

Covering Alabama State at SWAC Media Day in July at the Birmingham Marriott. Nationwide Sports Highlights

Twerking! From RNM TeeV.

Dining at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. From the Kid Gamer.

Greyhound racing in July at the Birmingham Race Course. From Jay Burnham.

Highlights of Birmingham’s recent developments. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Music video for “Let It Bang,” by Birmingham hip-hop artist Nerves Baddington. From Nerves Baddington.

Parisian metalcore band Betraying the Martyrs performs “Lost for Words” in July at Zydeco on Southside. From Aaron Jones.

Missouri Christian comedian/singer-songwriter Tim Hawkins performs in July at the BJCC Concert Hall downtown. From Yellow Jacket Gamer.

Birmingham montage of mayhem. From Karuuum Lolina.

WWE’s “SmackDown Live” in July at Legacy Arena downtown. From My Damn Toys.

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the invisible woman

Monday, August 7, 2017 by Wade Kwon

No eyes were on her.
No greetings to welcome her.
A soul in shadows.

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#sundayread for August 6, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017 by Wade Kwon

reader in plaza

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surrounded by greatness

Sunday, August 6, 2017 by Wade Kwon

He was last in the
batting order and worked to
play better with less.

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a mind left to its own devices

Saturday, August 5, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Boredom should be a
crime when imagination
can sustain us all

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guess who’s coming to instagram?

Friday, August 4, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The pork was simply
photogenic, while the beets
blushed under the lights.

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high praise from the orchestra

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The brass bumped fists, the
strings tapped bows, and the woodwinds
trilled for no reason.

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party hats optional

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Wade Kwon

She spent her birthday
under the knife and fed by
an array of tubes.

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not quite hitchcockian

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The audience seemed
dazed once the lights came up and
the credits rolled by.

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The Birmingham channel: The flying pup

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings’ submission for Birmingham Business Journal’s Birmingham’s Best Places to Work contest. From A Morales Production.

Hooping at the Summit. From Carron Hoops a Lot.

Having non-deep dish pizza at Deep Dish Pizza Company in the Brook Highland area of Hoover (our vertical video of the week). From Andrew Elliott.

Promo for last week’s Night of Worship with singer-songwriter Joshua Aaron at Beth Hallel Birmingham in Hoover. From Aly Hathcock.

Riding in a 2015 Roush Ford Mustang (our other vertical video of the week). From Jay Burnham.

A dramatic interpretation of “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” From River Deville.

Checking in with the Birmingham Outlawz. From Generation Nexxt Youth Sports Network.

Birmingham singer Chasidy Weldon performs “At Last” (our other other vertical video of the week). From Vergie Flanigan.

Promo for the Lindamood-Bell Learning Center in Homewood. From Lindamood Bell 1.

A review of Pies and Pints downtown (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Andrew Elliott.

Birmingham metalcore band Amnesty Please performs “Seven and Severed” earlier this month at Zydeco on Southside. From Aaron Jones.

Drone footage of the SEC Media Days signage on the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. From Robert Evans.

A look at Five restaurant in Lakeview. From Harbor Docks.

Driving through downtown on I-20/59. From Jaguar TV Guatemala Santa Eulalia.

Highlight reel for Atlanta high school senior Elijah Maris at the Baseball America clinic earlier this month at Birmingham-Southern College. From Elijah Maris.

“There is no HIV.” — Damian Q. Laster of Birmingham. (Our other other other other vertical video of the week.) From Damian Laster.

Journey performs “Lights” earlier this month at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. From Andy Norman.

Hip-hop group Run the Jewels performs “Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)” earlier this month at Sloss Fest. From Rithm Blue.

Drone footage of Indian Springs School. From WayPoint Pilots.

Sound check for Birmingham’s DJ Manish. From Manish Let’s Get Em a k a DJ Manish.

Flying a puppy named Storm from Vienna to Birmingham (our other other other other other vertical video of the week). From I Cuccioli di Carlotta.

A battle from the “Injustice 2” tournament at GameStop in Eastwood. From Apok – Xbox Gamer Tag the Real Apok.

Birmingham center fielder Jeff Gelalich makes a diving catch against the Mobile BayBears earlier this month at Regions Field. From Minor League Baseball.

Nick Basto hits a three-run homer against Mobile. From Minor League Baseball.

Asia performs “Heat of the Moment” earlier this month at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. From Jjeff500tv.

Wedding cake from Hoover’s Velvet Kake. From Velvet Kake LLC.

Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato performs earlier this month at Iron City on Southside. From Until I Die.

Fans wait in line for Demi Lovato. From AL.com.

ABC 33/40 report on vandalism hate crime earlier this month at Helena Muslim family’s house. From I Hooper.

The view from Leeds/Lake Purdy. From Matt Ezell.

Rap duo YGB performs at Diamonds of Birmingham Gentlmen’s Club in Bessemer (our final vertical video of the week). From Deson Colwell.

Promo for community partnership program Innovate Birmingham. From Innovate Birmingham.

Road trip from North Carolina to Flagstaff. Driving through downtown Birmingham. From Life at 7,000 Ft.

Spending the night in the car in a Birmingham-area Walmart parking lot. From Life at 7,000 Ft.

Cathy Friedman, Birmingham Holocaust Education Center board member, on August’s L’Chaim event at Alys Stephens Center. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Feature on the Birmingham Candy Company at Railroad Park. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Five Points South-based Janify Carpet Cleaning shows off a new industrial vacuum. From Janitors Closet USA.

Jonathan Barry-Blocker of Legal Services Alabama downtown explains the options available. From Mustardseed Productions.

Watching the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus in January at Legacy Arena downtown. From Samuel Whitt.

Birmingham Steelers on the field. From Shad Morgan.

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it’s been a privilege

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Wade Kwon

We do the same things
but get different outcomes. It’s
like the system’s rigged.

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#sundayread for July 30, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017 by Wade Kwon

passing time reading

Photo: Max Milkovitsch (CC)

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imposters

Sunday, July 30, 2017 by Wade Kwon

They share our first and
last names, but their faces and
minds are different.

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at the reunion of former classmates

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Everyone’s bigger,
balder, gauntier, louder
and mostly sadder.

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