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‘Broken-down country singer’ found sweet success and a new life with Gigi’s Cupcakes

  By John Gregory Special to KyForward   Gigi Butler launched her business in 2008 with thousands of dollars in debt and only $33 to her name. When she opened her doors the only thing standing between her and a line of contractors and creditors who wanted their money was a tray of Gigi’s Cupcakes.   Not just any cupcakes, mind you, but gourmet cupcakes topped with a swirl of icing...

Community activists Josh Nadzam, Tanya Torp offer two takes on healing powers of art

Activist Josh Nadzam, right, appeared on Renee Shaw’s ‘Connections’ on KET. He joined another activist, Tanya Torp, in discussing how disadvantaged individuals in Lexington can find healing through the arts.(Photo from Facebook)   By John Gregory Special to KyForward   Creative expression might not seem like a high priority when you’re struggling to feed your children...

Historian makes strides sharing Isaac Murphy story beyond famed jockey’s Lexington home

  By John Gregory KET   In the years after the Civil War, as African-Americans explored the new opportunities that emancipation and Reconstruction afforded them, a Central Kentucky teenager looking to better his own life found a fast track. A Thoroughbred racetrack, that is.   From his first ride in 1875 at the age of 14, until his death in 1896, Hall of Fame jockey accrued more than...

Louisville filmmaker Kiley Lane Parker hopes Raising Ms. President inspires women to lead

  By John Gregory KET   Although women comprise 50 percent of the American population, they hold less than a quarter of state legislative seats, less than a fifth of congressional seats, and only one in 10 governorships.   What causes that underrepresentation in politics and how can it be changed? Those are the questions Louisville filmmaker Kiley Lane Parker sought to answer in her...