Culture

by Kirstin Cheers, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In the biblical compendium of King David’s life, he’s characterized as a boy with many talents and responsibilities. Among those talents and responsibilities was music. Before David famously kills Goliath, King Saul invites the boy to play his lyre (harp) exclusively for Saul...
Jamey Hatley is from Walker Homes and while debates still rage over whether that’s in Whitehaven or Westwood, there is no question that Hatley’s writing career is on an upward trajectory. Hatley is the recipient of the inaugural Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Fellowship in Screenwriting. Funded by Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”...
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,...
If you want to see the wizard, bypass the yellow brick road and head down to The Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts this weekend. For their season-ending show, Ballet on Wheels will do two performances of "The Wiz," the 1975 classic urban version of Frank L. Baum's "The Wizard...
By Kayla Renée Wheeler Grand Valley State University (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Media reports have celebrated Halima Aden becoming the first woman to be featured in the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit edition wearing a hijab or...
Dedrick “Teddy” Withers’ vision – making Memphis an International World Trade Center – was glorious in its magnitude. A great pyramid was to be the headquarters of African nations trading and purchasing goods with American businesses. In 1974, Withers became the youngest person (22) elected to the Tennessee House of...
by Harlan McCarthy -- Race relations is such a hot-button issue that few accept the challenge to tackle it, with some ignoring the topic altogether. Fortunately, Daryl Davis chose not to ignore America’s sordid history with race relations and instead tackled the subject head-on with a documentary. The actor, author and...
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...
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.