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The Beale Street Music Festival, a cultural buffet known as “The Fest,” returned for its special Bicentennial year, once again taking over Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis for a musical celebration spanning the first weekend in May. As always, this year’s ongoing edition featured an array of talent from...
“Some dreams grab us by the heart when we are young, and they never let go,” said Evelyn Thorpe Hibbler, owner of the successful private school, 1st Class Montessori Preschool. “That’s kind of what happened to me. After 40 years of teaching and developing three- and four-year-olds who speak several...
by Todd "Stereo" Williams His first film is an era-defining classic, a movie that helped shape so much black cinema of the 1990s. He cast rappers from Ice Cube to 2Pac to Andre 3000 in serious, dramatic roles that didn’t just trade on their personas but afforded them an opportunity...
Young people who grew up in the ‘70s would most likely remember the character and face of Ted Lange (pronounced Lunge) as Isaac Washington on “The Love Boat.” He was the only African-American member of the cruise staff, a big afro-wearing dude with the million-dollar smile and the two-finger...
During an evening of pageantry, spectacle, drama and dance Tuesday at Hattiloo Theatre, Levi and Deborah Frazier were lauded for their work – a 40-year labor of love at the Blues City Cultural Center. Nearly 200 thespians, dancers, musicians and lovers of the arts joined family and friends for the...
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By Allana J. Barefield, The Undefeated Her honey blond hair was like a halo of gold under the stage lights. An Egyptian cape wrapped around her body. She mesmerized the audience. Once the whistle blew, Coachella’s music festival and the lives of eight students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) changed...
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By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., NNPA Newswire Contributor Lorraine Toussaint has plans. The SAG award-winner and NAACP Image award nominee that has an acting career that spans more than thirty years, is starring as Patricia on NBC’s mid-season replacement “The Village,” a show about a motley crew of residents living...
Thursday’s announcement of the launch of a groundbreaking news channel aimed at black audiences set the internet on fire. There would finally be a news organization focused on issues important to the black community. Or maybe it’s a Trojan horse. Upon taking a closer look at the upcoming Black News Channel...
What began as a motley few dressed in African garb walking to the beat of an African drum has grown 33 years later to an international, culturally-diverse festival that attracts thousands of revelers each year at Robert Church Park in downtown Memphis. An African country is featured each year. The...
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Beyoncé, yet again, has gifted us all. This time, she’s bringing a culture that’s so very important to African Americans to a global, mainstream stage. Her latest present is a Netflix documentary, Homecoming (streaming now), and it’s a dive into the inspiration for her game-changing 2018 Coachella performance. Beyoncé not only...