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“This year I can’t sleep on the vision,” exclaimed Carin Malone. Malone is a well-known poet who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master, as she’s been doing spoken word for more than 10 years and is a 10-time poetry slam...
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Regina King makes it easy to say “yes” to an assignment editor’s request for a reporter to join in on a national conference call and listen to an actress talk about her role in a movie. I had already sounded the “y” in my “yes” before the sentence conveying the...
PODCAST GALLERY: "Where Do We Go From Here?" Inaugural Show: A conversation with Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer "...Activist is a dirty word to a lot of people and it shouldn't be. ... I use that privilege and the power I have inside of me ... to push for change." Listen to...
“Artists in the ’70s and ’80s like Curtis Mayfield wrote about and sang about the centuries we have spent in this country – our advances and setbacks, our triumphs and defeats, times of rejoicing and our times of struggle,” said Ekundayo Bandele, founder of the Hattiloo Technical Theatre Center. “Some...
Kuumba (creativity) -- the sixth principle in the Nguzo Saba -- will be celebrated at the Java Complex, 1423 Elvis Presley Blvd., as the 2018-19 observance of Kwanzaa continues on Monday evening (Dec. 31). The Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. celebration of Kuumba is sponsored by Johari Brittenum. Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival...
by Terri Schlichenmeyer Here I am! You raise your hand higher so you don’t go unnoticed. You speak up, so you aren’t overlooked. It’s a natural human need: pay attention, here I am, look this way, see me. For some, it’s easy to get recognition; for others – as in the...
A giant mural now stretches along the expanse of a corner at Lamar Ave. and Airways Blvd., the unofficial gateway into Orange Mound, Memphis’ first African-American community built by African Americans. It’s a bigger-than-life, explosion of vibrant color and artistry set against the backdrop of an inner-city community in the...
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...
Celebrating family, community and culture will be the focus of the Kwanzaa celebration sponsored by Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. DAY 1: Umoja (Unity) Wed., Dec. 26 10 a.m. – Auction Block (Auction St. and Main St.) 2 p.m. – Board of Education Auditorium. Sponsored by Shelby County Schools Shape, Orange Mound Progressive...
For a night and for the culture, KO & The Crew is hosting an old school rent party at The Bluff on Highland. “Rent Party: A 90s Tribute” is set for Friday (Dec. 28), kicking off at The Bluff (535 Highland) at 8 p.m. A rent party (sometimes called a house...