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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Issa Rae Is Not So Insecure in Her CoverGirl Commercial Debut

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Issa Rae featured in CoverGirl’s “The Pickup” ad for its Melting Pout Metallic lipstick (CoverGirl via YouTube screenshot) The CoverGirl ad campaign for the special-edition Melting Pout Metallic lipstick went live Monday, and with Issa Rae as the featured star of both the ad and...

SLIDESHOW: 20th Annual Youth Empowerment Parade

The Academy for Youth Empowerment presented the 20th Memphis Christmas Parade in Whitehaven last Saturday. The parade feature young, old and in-between dazzling and entertaining young, old and in-between.

‘Mom’-inspired vision yields mass-choir music memory

Individuals and groups traveled from myriad places to be at New Salem Baptist Church last Saturday for Music From The Masses, the event designed to celebrate the Tennessee Mass Choir’s 27th anniversary. “To see history in the making with the uniting of legendary gospel mass...

‘The Star’ offers animated animal’s take on the Nativity

Most movies based on the Bible have limited appeal beyond the faithful, because the stories are ordinarily dry adaptations basically recounting popular parables in straightforward fashion. A novel exception to the rule is The Star, an animated reimagining of the Nativity. What makes the production...

SPOTLIGHT: Top 40 under 40 Urban Elite Professionals

All Toni Mason, CEO of Dazzle Creative Dance & Movement, needed was the question. She was more than ready to weigh in on the importance of the Top 40 under 40 Urban Elite Professionals gala. “It gives dynamic individuals and leaders a platform of recognition...

Bishop William J. Barber II to Meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thanksgiving Day

By Cash Michaels (The Wilmington Journal/NNPA Member) In an exclusive interview with The Wilmington Journal, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, the president of Repairers of the Breach, a nonpartisan, nonprofit social advocacy group, has confirmed that he and a delegation of “moral, workers’ rights,...

Woman may descend from enslaved woman, president

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By KRISSAH THOMPSON, The Washington Post (via The Associated Press) ORANGE, Va. (AP) — In her mind's eye, Bettye Kearse could see her ancestor walking the worn path that led from the big house to the slave quarters. She thought of that path each time she pulled up...

#ACCESS901: Essence/Ford event raises the bar. Who’s got next?

The Essence/Ford My City, 4 Ways event was on a higher plane and well done all around. And while I had a hand in it (on the PR side), I’m saying this as a person who has either worked on events, partied or attended...

Don’t (re)Touch My Hair

The photographer who “smoothed” actress Lupita Nyong’o’s hair for the cover of Grazia magazine has apologized, saying he made a “incredibly monumental mistake.” Photographer An Le, who was born in Saigon, Vietnam but now lives and runs a studio in New York City, added that...

Barber Warren Lewis at center of planned celebration

Innovative barber and a North Memphis icon, Warren Lewis will celebrate his 85th birthday on Sunday (Nov. 12). The Sunday Soulful Supper Celebration is set for 4 p.m. at the New Chicago Community Development Center Banquet Facility at 1036 Firestone Ave. And yes, the community...