The 1970's - young photographer Bill Yates discovers a skating rink on the Palm River east of Tampa, Florida. He spends almost every weekend there...not skating, but shooting remarkable large-format pictures of early-1970s teenagers in the rural South. This entire body of work sat in a box for more than three decades. Today we tell the story of its resurrection. These images... truly a feast for the eyes.
On Oct. 3, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans will open an
exhibition of photographs that capture the rural South at a pivotal moment
of cultural change. This is the story of the man who shot those pictures —
and how they almost never saw the light of day.
It’s black as night, and it will remind anybody you run into that it might
do you both good to sit down and have a drink of whiskey.
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Once, as a young man, he floated the mighty Mississippi and it almost killed him. But that harrowing incident forged a mystical bond between John Ruskey and the Mississippi River. Today, we paddle with the man who knows more about the Mississippi's remaining wild miles than any other guide alive. This is an adventure not to be missed. Come with us.
Heard about Kentucky's comeback crop? With the decline of coal production and tobacco farming in Appalachia, could HEMP eventually replace much of that lost income? Today, in words & video, Elaine McSheldon introduces us to the diverse group of entrepreneurs making it happen. #kentucky#hemp
The Agricultural Act of 2014 allowed 24 states to start farming hemp again
after a ban of almost 60 years. One Southern state has already established
a lead in the race: Kentucky. It will be years before we know if hemp can
replace a significant portion of the income lost with the disappearance of
tobacco and coal revenue, but that isn’t stopping a diverse gang of
Kentuckian entrepreneurs, farmers and manufacturers from staking their
In 2001, Zach Wolfe was a young white boy from Iowa, who on a lark jumped in a truck headed for Atlanta because "he wanted to meet Outkast." Year later he'd met them, and a whole bunch of other Southern rappers. If you want to see the best possible documentation of how the South’s hip-hop scene rose to dominate the entire world of music in the 2000s, there’s only one lens to look through: Zach Wolfe’s. Today, he walks us through 10 years of his amazing photographs... #hiphop#rap
TODAY, along with The Georgia Conservancy, we're kicking off a weeklong love fest for Cumberland Island. Bryan Schroeder, author of today's essay, says that if we'd let him: "I’d stand on your coffee table in my cowboy boots and declare explicitly, unequivocally and without qualification that there is no more important natural and cultural place in the South than Cumberland Island. I’d double down on that claim and tell you that Cumberland Island ranks with the best natural places in the United States, easily in the top five alongside the “epic” and “iconic” natural places you’d find out west." Bryan knows and loves every inch of Cumberland and he believes we should too. Come with us this week to a very special Southern spot - one that's truly for all of us. #georgia
WORDS MATTER. They matter because they develop deeper meanings for us over time, as life progresses. Terry Cobb, a Bessemer, Alabama, native who now teaches at Presbyterian College in South Carolina, sent us this essay and said simply, “My essay looks at my father, a Jewish Southerner who helped me see the power of certain words.” You’ll see the power of those words in his son’s essay, WHO WROTE THE BOOK OF LOVE?
Greg Wittkamper faced abuse from his classmates 50 years ago because he was a young white man showing support for the four young African-Americans who integrated his high school in Americus, Georgia. Greg’s story is the subject of a book, "The Class of '65,” by Georgia journalist Jim Auchmutey. (We included it in our “Summer Reading Roundup” back in June.) After "Class of 65" was published, we asked Auchmutey and Wittkamper to travel back to Americus. There, they met the four African-Americans who faced down the abuse, and learned a great deal about the long, hard business of racial reconciliation. Their story is a powerful one.
Earlier this year, Atlanta author Jim Auchmutey published “The Class of
’65,” a stunning book about a tortured civil-rights era triangle in
Americus, Georgia: black students integrating a public school, one young
white man who stood with them, and the white students who abused them all,
After the book came out in April, Jim and that now older man, Greg
Wittkamper, went back to Americus, where they learned even more about the
power of ...