Magic City Spotlight podcast
The Magic City Spotlight is the Official Podcast of the City of Birmingham, Alabama. Sponsored by the Office of the Mayor.
info_outline Neighborhood Revitalization: Can't Stop, Won's Stop 06/27/2022
Neighborhood Revitalization: Can't Stop, Won's Stop Hosts Mayor Randall L. Woodfin Isis Jones Guests Kelvin Datcher, Senior Advisor for Special Projects, City of Birmingham Department of Community Development Mashonda Taylor, CEO, Woodlawn United Lisa McCarroll, CEO, Navigate Birmingham *** Selected Neighborhood Revitalization Partners North Titusville Neighborhood Association – Michael Broadnax, President - Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham - Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama - Alabama Power Smart Neighborhood - Housing Affordability Trust - Design Initiative - Titusville Development Corporation - Build UP for Urban Prosperity - Common Thread - City of Birmingham Parks and Recreation Memorial Park - Birmingham City Schools Booker T. Washington K-8 School - UAB Live Healthsmart Alabama
info_outline Black Fathers Love Strong 06/22/2022
Black Fathers Love Strong The love of a father is like no other! Despite the challenges in our communities we know there are examples of fathers who will work, love, pray, and fight for their children. Join Mayor Randall Woodfin and friends as they share stories and resources that will be sure to brighten your day and your family's path to success.
info_outline Summer Series: Crime-stoppers 07/07/2021
Summer Series: Crime-stoppers Join Lady Woo, Pastor Thomas Beavers and Frank Barefield of Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama and the mother of the eight year old shot on Warrior Rd to tell you about the $25,000 reward being offered in the unsolved shooting case and break the "no snitching" culture.
info_outline Summer Series: Neighborhood Leaders 07/03/2021
Summer Series: Neighborhood Leaders This weeks Episode is about leadership. Tune in as Lady Wood talks with Alice Williams, Deputy Director of Community Resources, East Thomas neighborhood association secretary, Everett Ferguson and Thomasine Jackson, President of East Thomas neighborhood association. Tune in!
info_outline Hometown Heroes, a look at a BHM Fire Department Story 05/28/2021
Hometown Heroes, a look at a BHM Fire Department Story Welcome to the Magic City Spotlight! I’m your host, Eunice Elliott. We’ve got a great show for you today, highlighting our Hometown Heroes. We’ve got a special guest here this week. Firefighter Charles Covington and of course we have the Mayor himself in studio.
info_outline Birmingham Under 30 05/14/2021
Birmingham Under 30 On this episode we have some young professionals who are doing great things throughout the city. Alexus Cumbie, Tyrin Kirkland, Alana Baumann, Samra Michael and this weeks guest host Mya Jolly share some insight into living in Birmingham post graduation.
info_outline 13. The Importance of our Local Small Businesses and COVID-19’s Effect 04/30/2021
13. The Importance of our Local Small Businesses and COVID-19’s Effect We are discussing the impact of COVID-19 on local small businesses and the purpose of the Legacy Building Program and it’s 25 year impact. We’ve got some special guests here this week. Monique Shorts, Manager of Partnerships and Entrepreneurship for the Office of Business Diversity and Opportunity within the Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity for the City of Birmingham and Percy Hornbuckle Jr., owner of Magic City Barbershop.
info_outline 12. A Look Back at COVID-19 One Year Later 04/16/2021
12. A Look Back at COVID-19 One Year Later Welcome to the Magic City Spotlight! I’m your host, Eunice Elliott. We’ve got a great show for you today, discussing the upcoming Magic City Classic, the new mask ordinance for Birmingham and the importance of getting vaccinated not just for yourself but for the community as well. We’ve got a special guest here this week. Dr. Lindsey Harris, President of the Alabama State Nurses Association and she’s going to give us an update on where we stand as a state and nation battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
info_outline 11. The Strength of StrongHER During COVID-19 03/26/2021
11. The Strength of StrongHER During COVID-19 This week, Eunice is joined by the City's Public Information Officer Chanda Temple and two StrongHER nominees Becky Wright and Tameka Holmes. The ladies tell us about their respective organizations and how they remained active throughout the community during the pandemic. Find out more about the Meals on Wheels initiative and the Community Care Development Network by following the City of Birmingham on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
info_outline Happy Women's History Month 03/12/2021
Happy Women's History Month On this week's episode, we kick off Women's History Month with two dynamic women in Birmingham making their mark on their respective fields. Eunice Elliot sits down with UAB Professor and renowned Egyptologist Sarah Parcak and legal superstar Sara Williams Davis, Esq. The two women tell us how they managed to find their way to their respective careers and how being a woman has helped them be better at their jobs. Tap in and check us out!
info_outline Birmingham's Black Wall Street 02/26/2021
Birmingham's Black Wall Street On this episode, we're closing out Black History Month with a show focused on Birmingham's rich legacy of black entrepreneurship. Eunice Elliot walks us through a conversation with Denise Gilmore, Senior Director of the Division of Social Justice and Racial Equity and Elijah Davis, Strategic Growth Manager of Urban Impact. We get an update on the renovations to the AG Gaston Motel and a history lesson about LR and Birmingham's Own Black Wall Street, 4th Avenue North.
info_outline Looking Back to Move Forward 02/12/2021
Looking Back to Move Forward Our episode today is all about DNA. We're joined by Birmingham native Simone Jones, the Director of Business Analytics for African Ancestry DNA. We're also joined by the Co-Founder and CEO of Acclinate, a new Biotech company in the area. Our host, Eunice Elliot, has a great conversation with the both of them about the origins of both companies and a little but about the importance of knowing where you come from and participating in biomedical research.
info_outline Birmingham's Tech Scene 01/29/2021
Birmingham's Tech Scene On this episode of the podcast, we've got the Mayor back. Glad to see him fully recovered from his battle with COVID-19. We're also joined by Deon Gordon, the CEO of Tech Birmingham. We start off with a bit of a recap on the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris. We then take a bit of a deep dive on the future of Birmingham's growing tech scene.
info_outline 2021 Preview 01/21/2021
2021 Preview On this episode of the Magic City Spotlight, we've switched things up a bit. As we wish Mayor Woodfin a speedy recovery from his battle with COVID-19, Eunice speaks to the man behind some of the Magic in the Magic City. Chief Strategist Ed Fields joins the show this week to talk to us a bit about what the city's planning for 2021.
info_outline Superpowers and Storytelling 12/23/2020
Superpowers and Storytelling Birmingham is a city with a rich history and glowing legacy. This week we're joined by two people that are responsbile for continuing to document that legacy and tell Birmingham's story, the City's Head of Communications Rick Journey and the City's Chief Storyteller Edward Bowser. Also, we're talking to Dee Reed, a Program Director for the non- profit organization Woke Vote, about various ways that the fight for equal voting rights is still underway. Happy Holidays!!!
info_outline D.U.M.M.Y. Talk... 12/11/2020
D.U.M.M.Y. Talk... This week, Eunice is joined by the city's Public Information Officer Chanda Temple. The ladies go through a number of topics related to the city. They discuss 311 and the ways citizens have been using it. Chanda breaks down the Woodfin Administration's values. Last but definitely not least, they discuss the D.U.M.M.Y (Dumping Ugly Mess In My Yard) program. This episode is full of good information about the city.
info_outline Bonita Carter and Birmingham's Legacy... 11/27/2020
Bonita Carter and Birmingham's Legacy... On this episode, we're joined by journalist, author, and podcast host Roy S. Johnson and our very own Birmingham Chief of Police Patrick Smith. We begin by discussing the new podcast "Unjustifiable" hosted by Roy S. Johnson. The podcast discusses the death of 20-year-old Bonita Carter at the hands of a Birmingham Police Department Officer in 1979. As this conversation has parallels to protests and conversations of today, Chief Smith joins in to lead us through the ways the Birmingham PD keeps us safe.
info_outline We're Back and We're Voting! 10/30/2020
We're Back and We're Voting! Welcome to Season 2! On this episode, we kick off the season by introducing a new host of the show, the lovely and talented Eunice Elliot! Eunice and Mayor Woodfin are joined by Attorney Joyce Vance to discuss the ins and outs of voting in this upcoming election.
info_outline Episode 10 - #BhamStrong 04/13/2020
Episode 10 - #BhamStrong In our first remote episode of Magic City Mondays, we're joined by Dr. Anthony C. Hood and Dr. Josh Carpenter to discuss #BhamStrong, an effort by the city to help small business and entrepreneurs stay afloat during the COVID crisis. We also discuss the 5% raise for City Employees. Last, but not least, we have a FIRST on the podcast...you don't want to miss it.
info_outline Magic City Mondays - Episode 9 - A World of Opportunity - 02/24/2020
Magic City Mondays - Episode 9 - A World of Opportunity - This episode is packed with useful information. We're joined by Tene Dolphin, who shares with us an exciting opportunity for local business owners. We also discuss the StrongHer campaign and the #ReadWithWoodfin book series.
info_outline Magic City Mondays - Episode 8 - Keep Birmingham Beautiful 02/03/2020
Magic City Mondays - Episode 8 - Keep Birmingham Beautiful On this episode we're joined by Alicia Lumpkin, one of the city employees spearheading the DUMMY (Dumping Ugly Mess in My Yard) that targets illegal dumping across the city. We're letting you know how to dispose of your unwanted trash and talking about the efforts underway to keep Birmingham Beautiful.
info_outline Magic City Mondays - Episode 7 - Birmingham Promise & The World Games 01/13/2020
Magic City Mondays - Episode 7 - Birmingham Promise & The World Games This week's episode kicks off with two major updates on the Birmingham Promise. Also on we're joined by Jonathan Porter, the Chairman of the 2021 World Games. He stops by to chat with us about what we can expect to see at the 2021 World Games in Birmingham. We also discuss Pardons for Progress, Crime, Employment, and a number of other issues affecting our city.
info_outline Magic City Mondays - Episode 6 - 2019 Year In Review 12/23/2019
Magic City Mondays - Episode 6 - 2019 Year In Review On this episode, we're joined by the city's head storyteller, Edward Bowser. We go through the good, the bad, and the ugly of the last year and have a serious discussion on the state of hip-hop. Also, we're joined by a VERY VERY VERY special guest for our "Dear Birmingham" segment, with a message of hope for us all this holiday season.
info_outline Magic City Mondays - Episode 5 - Small Business in Birmingham 12/09/2019
Magic City Mondays - Episode 5 - Small Business in Birmingham On this episode, we have Darlene Wilson, a member of the newly formed City of Birmingham Small Business Council joining us to discuss their impact on the city. We also have exciting news about Birmingham's new rideshare service and an opportunity that could change tens of thousands of lives in the city. Check us out!
info_outline Magic City Mondays - Episode 4 - The Big Picture 11/25/2019
Magic City Mondays - Episode 4 - The Big Picture On this week's episode of Magic City Mondays, we're joined by two special guests. Uche Bean, from the city's Office of Social Justice & Racial Equity, and Tiffanie Thompson, from the city's Office of Governmental Affairs, join us and make sure they let us know how we can find out what the "Big Picture" is for Birmingham today and for the future. They had a lot of fun with us on this show and we had a great discussion.