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Natoya Matthews crowned Ms. Black Tenn. International Ambassador 2020

Add Natoya Matthews to the ever-expanding list of African American pageant queens – the Memphis native is the new Ms. Black Tennessee International Ambassador for 2020. “To win such a prestigious title at a time where African American women dominate the predominantly Caucasian pageant system...

Memphis’ first AKA chapter embraces ‘excellence, service, sisterhood’ at Founders’ Day celebration

Adorned in their signature pink and green, dozens of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorors gathered at New Sardis Baptist Church to celebrate the 112th anniversary of the founding of America’s oldest Greek-letter organization for black women. Beta Epsilon Omega chapter, along with undergrad chapters at LeMoyne-Owen...

Chef Tam’s Underground Café is making BIG moves

The Edge District, a neighborhood situated between the Medical District and Downtown core, has gained a very popular Memphis restaurant: Chef Tam’s Underground Café. Since opening in March 2017, chef and owner Tamra Eddy has been serving her creative and delicious soul food cuisine out...

Actor Sterling K. Brown talks about fatherhood and role in new family drama ‘Waves’

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Two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown is mostly known for his current role in NBC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated drama series “This Is Us,” for his role as Randall Pearson, a loving father. However his latest role in the family drama “Waves,” calls...

At KandiSparklez CraftWorld, getting creative is all about slinging and blinging

It is not every day that you can just dip your paintbrush and splatter paint onto a canvas, a person or against a wall. However, that behavior is encouraged at KandiSparklez CraftWorld. The paint splatter room, located at 6172 Macon Rd., is unpredictable yet incredibly...

Santa Carl: Big-hearted kindergartner focuses on giving rather than receiving

Five-year-old Carl Grandberry V is preparing to give Santa Claus a run for his money this year by giving Christmas presents to as many underprivileged children as possible in Memphis. With help from his mother, Shauna Grandberry, donations from the community and his very own...

BLANKETED WITH LOVE: Family of Bernal E. Smith II presents West Cancer Clinic with blankets

“Faith without works is dead.” That verse from James 2 has always been a scripture my family lived by. And it’s part of the reason why our family – the Bernal E. Smith II family – presented the West Cancer Center in Cordova with 100...

Innovation, creativity on display at Indie Memphis’ Black Creators Forum

Indie Memphis Film Festival presented the 2nd Annual Black Creators Forum (BCF), October 31 - November 1, at the Hattiloo Theatre. The forum ran parallel with the opening of the festival, in its 22nd year, presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. BCF is a two-day symposium of...

COMMENTARY: Feeling – and filling – the need for heart health

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Every 34th time a clock ticks, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Statistics show people living in Southern states, such as Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, show higher than average rates of cardiovascular problems. Through a tighter lens, Memphis is the fourth most obese...

Indie Memphis’ Black Independence Film Series rolls out with ‘When I Get Home’

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In collaboration with Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Rhodes College and The Collective, Indie Memphis has introduced the Black Independence Film Series. The Black Independence Film Series is a citywide celebration of the past, present, and the future of black independent films. The mini-film...