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HAMILTON IN MEMPHIS: Broadway smash has ignited fandom, fervor and curiosity about America’s Founding Fathers

“Hamilton” is here. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Brooklyn Cobbige has. The 12-year-old knew all the songs inside out even though she’d never seen it – before Tuesday night, that is. Her father, Greg, took her to opening night of the hit Broadway musical at...

UPDATED: Broadway smash “Hamilton” opens monthlong run at The Orpheum tonight

I've heard quite a bit about "The Room Where it Happens," which apparently is a number in the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton." I'll know for sure soon enough. While "Media Night" isn't until Wednesday night, "Hamilton" begins its run at the Orpheum tonight (July 9)....

Grizzlies deal Wright to Mavs in sign-and-trade; sign Tyus Jones to deal

The Grizzlies summer of intrigue continues. Among the latest in a month-long flurry of moves that have drastically reshaped the roster, the Grizzlies have moved Delon Wright to the Dallas Mavericks, receiving a couple of second round picks in exchange. From the AP: Wright and the...

ENCORE: With the soul of America under attack, choosing to be civil is a matter of national security — for all of us

The following was first published in print and online for Independence Day 2018. Given the heated political environment, a sprawling filed of Democratic candidates for president and ongoing concerns about Russian interference in the 2020 election, we think it's timely to share this column...

PARSONS, THE INTERRUPTION: Grizzlies trade Chandler Parsons to Atlanta Hawks

The Chancun Era in Memphis is over. Multiple media outlets are reporting that The Grizzlies have traded Chandler Parsons to the Atlanta Hawks. Memphis and Parsons were unable to agree on a buyout number, so Grizzlies made the trade with Atlanta. As @BobbyMarks42 says, it's easier...

“Save Energy, Save Dollars” plan asks City Council to pay for energy upgrades for poor

“If Memphis Light Gas & Water’s utility rates are among the lowest in the country, why is my bill so darn high?” Whether you’ve asked yourself that question after opening your latest MLGW bill or gone a step further to complain to MLGW and/or city...

It’s Officially Official: Ja Morant signs contract with Grizzlies

It's officially official. Ja Morant is a member of your Memphis Grizzlies. See for yourself . . . thank you memphis 🙏🏽#blessed https://t.co/VadtIV58hO — Ja Morant (@JaMorant) July 1, 2019 The official release from the Grizzlies: Memphis, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that the team has signed 2019...

Amid NBA Free Agency fireworks, Grizzlies set off a few sparklers

The landscape of the entire NBA changed over the weekend. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan are the makings of a superteam in Brooklyn; Jimmy Butler's departure to Miami opens the way for the Sixers to sign Al Horford; Kemba Walker will be...

GRITGRINDGRIZZ: Morant may be the perfect superstar for Memphis

Pop quiz: Who was the last superstar to play for your Memphis Grizzlies – you know, the kind of player fans even non-NBA fans know? I’ll wait. Okay, no I won’t. The reason you can’t name one is because there hasn’t been one. And if we’re...

WATCH: Grizzlies can’t talk about Mike Conley trade — but Conley can

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The NBA Awards were Monday night. And if you're looking for the results . . . well, this ain't that story, but here are the biggies: Giannis Antetokounpo won MVP and Luka Doncic won Rookie of the Year. Now for the awards you care about...