Culture

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...
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...
Legendary photojournalist Dr. Ernest C. Withers was one of the most prolific photographers to document the lives of African Americans in Memphis. A new book on Dr. Withers’ early work is in the works, but several photos need identification. That’s where YOU come in! Are you a history buff? Perhaps...
TSD Editor's Note: As Memphians, it can be easy to take some of our local treasures for granted. Most Memphians certainly appreciate the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel, but sometimes, it helps to see what's in your own back yard with fresh eyes. Through our content sharing relationship with TheRoot.com, we found this piece by Panama Jackson on her experience at The Lorraine Motel.
The Memphis Heritage Trail (MHT) is hosting the 2019 Summer Teacher Institute: Road to Civil Rights. The program will capitalize on a wealth of historical and cultural resources that demonstrate an understanding of the contributions African-Americans have made to the City of Memphis. Educators attending the Summer Institute will acquire...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender After closing her recent keynote lecture at the 10th Annual Women’s Honor Conference at the University of Memphis University Center, iconic poet Nikki Giovanni fielded a question that provided a snippet of her philosophy about contradictions. The backdrop for her take on...
Award-winning journalist and author Jesse J. Holland, who authored the official companion novel to the Academy Award-winning movie blockbuster “Black Panther,” was among those getting nods at the Nominees Luncheon for the NAACP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon held in Los Angeles last Saturday (March 8). Sponsored by FedEx, the NAACP...
By John R. Thelin, University of Kentucky (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Ever since a photograph surfaced of someone in blackface – and another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe – on the medical college yearbook page...
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...