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(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Elizabeth J. West, Georgia State University (THE CONVERSATION) Though we often discuss World War I through the lens of history, we occasionally do it through literature. When we do, we’ll invariably go to the famous...
The 2018-19 celebration of Kwanzaa got underway on Wednesday. Built around the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba, the first day's focus was Umoja (Unity). There were multiple Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. observances. An afternoon celebration at the Board of Education was sponsored along with Shelby County Schools Shape and Orange...
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...
By Nsenga Burton Ph.D., NNPA Newswire Contributor The world is mourning the loss of legendary choreographer Arthur Mitchell. Mitchell, who danced with the New York City Ballet from 1956-1968 and founded the groundbreaking and world renown Dance Theater of Harlem died Wednesday of heart failure. Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times writes: “Mr. Mitchell,...
The Memphis Slim House Collaboratory at 1130 College street in south Memphis is the setting for “Tha Resistance” – a photography exhibition by Johnathan Martin, aka Malik Tha Martian. A native of south Memphis, Martin will be center stage during the opening reception, which is set for 6 p.m. to...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9rOTc8dMzY&feature=youtu.be by Katina L. Rankin Yes, I’m a local television anchor. I make a decent living, but I do not make enough to go overseas on a whim.  However, I know GOD’s voice.  I’ve heard HIS voice many times. For example, HE told me to call off my wedding the day...
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One was a significant figure in the civil rights era; the other a young, accomplished music scholar who joined the prestigious Detroit Symphony Orchestra this fall. Both men distinguished themselves as artists: one a writer and photographer and the other a master of wind instruments. Their connection is undeniable, and...
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...
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...
More than just a couple of college teams vying for bragging rights -- and high-stepping bands that battle it out at halftime -- the Southern Heritage Classic is every bit a cultural celebration. In fact, that’s the evolved 2018 name: the 29th Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration. It goes down...