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It’s the fourth time around for Memphis Black Restaurant Week and the menu –a week of soul-satisfying dining experiences – is well known to many. And for those just getting up to speed on the local foodie’s paradise week, well, the first time around should be a delightful adventure. Memphis Black...
by Harlan McCarthy -- Actress, activist, author and star of the upcoming television drama "L.A.’s Finest," Gabrielle Union-Wade was welcomed to a loud round of applause by a sold-out crowd at the Michael D. Rose Theatre on Wednesday night. Commonly known as Gabriel Union, she spoke at the University of Memphis...
Heritage Tours, which principal operator Elaine Turner describes as the state’s first African-American-owned tour company, no longer is overseeing the blue-and-white shotgun house that reflects the meager beginnings of W.C. Handy, renowned as the “Father of the Blues.” Situated on the east end of the Beale Street Entertainment District, the...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Keyboardist Ken Booker and Vocalist Ken Gilliam are not just two men that share the same name. For the past year, the two have been rehearsing with their new music group, The Eight.0 Band. The Eight.0 Band (pronounced “eight point OH), based...
The U.S. Postal Service is releasing a stamp of soul music legend Marvin Gaye with a stamp on April 2, which would have been his 80th birthday. The stamp honoring Gaye, who died in a day before his 45th birthday in 1984, is part of its new Music Icon series and...
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By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The whispers about "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police after telling authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist, anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck. Then detectives in...
Hip hop’s clocks were turned back in time when Ja Rule and Ashanti reunited for a special Valentine’s Day show at the Novo by Microsoft here in “L.A.” The dynamic duo took over the Novo for what I would consider one of the most romantic concerts I’ve ever attended. Together, the...
For black cast films, including “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Green Book” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” 2018 was a banner year.  Might Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) finally win the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars that have eluded him over the course of his 40-year career? Not likely, despite the Academy’s...
Challenged by a foot injury, Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Dillon Brooks rolled into Staxtacular 2019 determined to fill his role as host. Brooks, who is out for the season following surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right big tow, had plenty of support, including teammates such as Jaren...
by Laruen Victoria Burke -- On the night of February 16, the Chicago Police Department announced that their investigation into the alleged hate attack on actor Jussie Smollett had “shifted.”  The actor was allegedly attacked by two men in the early morning hours of January 29 in Chicago.  Smollett has been...