Music

Christen Dukes, at age 21, is an accomplished musician and producer, a seasoned philanthropist and a 2019 graduate of Visible Music College Music College with a bachelors degree in music production. Oh, and one other important detail. Dukes was born with sickle cell anemia. “I’ve been coming to St. Jude (Children’s...
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Editor's note: #Access901 columnist Joy Doss first shared this playlist last June in honor of African American Music month. It's still a great playlist though so pump up the volume . . . Memphis is a musical city, no doubt. And black folk are a musical people. So, it’s only...
Well-renowned rapper/actor Antwon “Big Boi” Patton has secured the role of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy in the upcoming film, “The Bobby DeBarge Story.” Big Boi works alongside actor Roshon Fegan, who plays the lead role of Bobby DeBarge. The two recently joined other cast members and the director and...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVjjSxpqbOo A list of winners at the 2019 BET Awards, which aired live Sunday from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. ____ — Video of the year: Childish Gambino, “This Is America” — Best female R&B/pop artist: Beyoncé — Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars — Best female hip-hop artist: Cardi B — Best male hip-hop...
When history and culture converge at the historic Robert R. Church Park in downtown Memphis June 14-16, revelers on the grounds will experience the best that the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival has to offer. “We’re working hard to bring Memphis the best in music, food and entertainment,” said Telisa Franklin,...
How rich is Jay-Z? He’s a business, man. Nine years after Jay-Z sat down with billionaire Warren Buffet over strawberry malts to discuss wealth and the art of giving for the Forbes 400, the iconic rapper has amassed a billion-dollar fortune – becoming the first rapper to achieve this milestone,...
I met with the two (of three) Whalum brothers – Kortland and Kameron – in anticipation of their performance with their super fabulous, super talented uncle, Kirk, on June 2. The brothers will be featured guests in the Kafe Kirk series, which is now staged at the theater at...
In an alternate reality, one where John Gary Williams wasn’t called up to go to Vietnam, he might have become a soul music icon, a household name mentioned alongside Marvin Gaye, Al Green or Otis Redding. But in this reality, as news spread of Williams’ death at his Memphis home...
It’s been nearly two years since India.Arie’s “Songversation” project, so when she finally dropped her much anticipated album “Worthy” this past February, it was her mission to send positive affirmations to her fans and beyond on finding their inner worth through a musical dose of clarity. Speaking on topics of...
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...