Valerie June: From Memphis

The voice on the phone is girlish and sweet with a distinct Jackson, Tennessee Southern drawl. She is fresh off a European tour, but back in New York for this interview. She is a friend of a friend of a Memphis friend but could just as well be my younger sister as we chat about her life and music. She is strikingly open and earnest and enjoying all of the great things that are happening in her career.
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“It’s Just who I Am”

Identity can be simple for some but for others it can be exhausting. First, there is the internal struggle one must deal with on a daily basis. Then, there is the added scrutiny and input from all sides- family, friends, co-workers, medical community, social media- the list goes on and on. There is no handbook to help navigate this complex journey.
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Come as you are: Open Table Christian Church Gives ‘Community’ a new Meaning

For far too many, “church” is a dirty word, and for some, “Christian” may be even worse. Many members of Open Table Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have been burned in the past by churches and Christians, too, but they believe faith is bigger than narrow-minded religion.
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