Articles By: Francie Johnson

NPR journalist finds home in Tuscaloosa

NPR journalist finds home in Tuscaloosa

Not many people can say they’ve spent an evening with Prince in his Los Angeles mansion, written a novel with Tori Amos or eaten bacon with CeeLo Green. Then again, not many people are Ann Powers. As NPR Music’s critic and correspondent, Powers dedicates much of her life to figuring out why music makes people tick. “I love music, and […]

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Musicians struggle from streaming

Imagine you’re a musician playing in a cramped, dimly lit dive bar. Suddenly, a man walks up to you, says he’s with a major record label and offers you a record deal. Fast forward a few years, and you’ve got a chart-topping album, your songs play on radio stations nationwide, and you sip champagne while swimming in a pool of […]

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Students profit through Etsy

The “starving artist” archetype is nothing new. In fact, many of the world’s most celebrated artists fell victim to it. In his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting. When Johannes Vermeer died, he left his family in debt. Claude Monet lived much of his life in poverty. Luckily for today’s “starving artists,” the Internet has made it easier […]

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Downtown Revival: City still considers entertainment districts

Downtown Revival: City still considers entertainment districts

A state law that passed in May 2012 allows cities of a certain size to create districts with relaxed open container laws, making it legal for individuals to purchase alcoholic beverages, bring them outside and carry them around within the confines of the district. According to this law, Tuscaloosa could create up to two such districts. Shortly after the state […]

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Alabama film debuts on campus

It all started as a favor for a friend. A few years ago, Boulder, Colo.-based real estate agent Greg Camalier road-tripped across the country to help Stephen Badger, his childhood friend, move to New Mexico. On the way, the two spent time in legendary Muscle Shoals, Ala., and they decided the town had a story that needed to be heard. […]

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