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Grizzlies give up 19-point lead – again – and lose to Celtics, 112-103

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Sigh. It's getting monotonous. Grizzlies play solid defense and make shots early. Grizzlies build double digit lead. Halftime happens. Grizzlies forget how to play basketball, while opponent catches fire. Grizzlies get outrebounded. Grizzlies lose a headscratcher of a game that anybody who watched it knows they should have...

LEGACY: Local services for Chef Gary Williams set for Saturday; final services in New Orleans

In New Orleans’ creole and Cajun culture, there’s a word called “lagniappe.” Pronounced “lan-yap,” it’s one of those regional words that can be difficult to translate, but it loosely refers to a “little something extra” you might receive at a restaurant – a generous...

GRITGRINDGRIZZ: Grizzlies’ defense is great. But can they score enough to win?

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Looking back now at the birth of Grit-N-Grind, it’s easy to forget how much of a happy accident it was to construct a team identity that matched the personnel, the coach and the city. Back then, Lionel Hollins was the perpetually overlooked assistant coach who,...

LeMoyne-Owen President dismisses plagiarism allegation

For the second time in two years, the Faculty Senate at LeMoyne-Owen College has issued a vote of no confidence for LOC President Andrea Miller – this time on allegations that she presented the words of televangelist Joel Osteen as her own during the...

VIDEO: In the Kitchen one more time with “Chef Gary” Williams

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I first met "Chef Gary" Williams as I was writing a preview of the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week back in 2016. Though I did not know him well, I had to remind myself of that fact – from the first time I met...

City mourns death of “Chef Gary” Williams of DeJaVu

Gary Williams, known as "Chef Gary" for the tasty creole and cajun cuisine he served at two Memphis restaurants he owned, has died. Williams death was confirmed on a Facebook post from one of his restaurants, as friends and loved ones posted their condolences. "As the world...

‘A Memphis Tragedy:’ Families, students still reeling after bus accident; more than $10K raised to support impacted families

It will take time to heal the wound left by the tragic death of 9-year-old Kameron Johnson, the lone fatality of a terrifying and traumatic bus accident in Arkansas that injured 45 others Monday morning. But the city and nation have responded rapidly with condolences...

Grizzlies sign Joakim Noah to one-year deal

Well, the already interesting Memphis Grizzlies just got even more interesting. In a move that should surprise no one given that the sides had reportedly been flirting for weeks, the Memphis Grizzlies agreed to terms with former Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah. From...

Coleman Elementary reeling after tragic Arkansas bus accident kills one student

 A clearly emotional Dr. Nickalous Manning of Aspire Public Schools in Memphis recalled the moment he had to tell faculty and staff at Coleman Elementary School that one of their classmates died and others were injured in a bus accident in Arkansas Monday morning. "If...

Kafé Kirk with a Kick of Sheila E. kicks off Chirstmas season at Halloran Centre

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Kafé Kirk is Kirk Whalum's love letter to his hometown, as well as a chance to bring some of the musically gifted friends he's made over the years to Memphis. But he's also made a holiday tradition of "The Gospel According to Jazz," a...