Monday, July 13, 2020

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ALL OVER TOWN: Moneybagg Yo virtual concert is a go!

Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo has teamed up with TrapTVHD.com to throw an hour-long live concert July 11 as tech companies and performers continue branching out in pursuit of ways to bring shows into the virtual realm as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. Last month,...

ALL OVER TOWN: K97’s Devin Steel helps keep virtual BET Awards Show real

The 20th anniversary of the BET Awards Show may have been virtual this year, but that did not stop the celebration, which honored Black creatives and culture. The show largely focused on the protests currently happening across the country sparked by the deaths of Breonna...

Couple crafts coffee house to ‘chill, catch up and recharge’

In an effort to move away from supporting problematic businesses while circulating the Black dollar, Ken and Mary Olds, a husband and wife duo, are set to open Muggin Coffee House in the Whitehaven area July 6. “Muggin is a vibe. A way of life...

ALL OVER TOWN: ‘Black Man’ makes a statement for African American Music Month

Memphis singer-songwriter Brandon Lewis depicts the painful institutional mistreatment of Black men in his new single, titled “Black Man.” “Black Man. I’m still a man. It shouldn’t matter about the color skin that I’m in, I’m still a man. A Black man.” Though the single was written and recorded before...

Memphis rappers’ account of Rayshard Brooks’ killing still fresh as funeral approaches

Rayshard Brooks will be buried Tuesday (June 23), 11 days after he was killed by an Atlanta police officer during an encounter witnessed by two Memphis rappers in the ATL to “conquer our dreams not to witness a murder.” Mike Perkins – aka "Mike Peezy"...

‘A school community that works’ nets $25,000 prize from Ellen DeGeneres

Days after an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that netted his school $25,000, Bruce Elementary School Principal Archie Moss Jr. said he still is “in shock about the attention…. “But it absolutely speaks to the community that we have at Bruce,” said Moss. “We...

All Over Town small-biz snapshot: The BBplug.com

As protests for racial justice continue across the country and around the world, so has the push to support black-owned businesses. The conversation is widely shared through the hashtag #BlackOwnedBusiness and recently has gotten a lot of traction as protesters use social media to spread...

Joymaker 2020 made the case that words matter

The Joymaker 2020 virtual event hosted by Lori Spicer Robertson produced a glossary of words, terms and phrases connected to uplift and empowerment. Robertson, founder of Wundher, a digital media and in-the-flesh platform designed to empower the Renaissance woman and mother to rediscover their joy,...

We matter – ‘There’s finally solidarity with black lives’

Symbolic black squares – often accompanied by #BlackoutTuesday, #BlackLivesMatter and #TheShowMustBePaused – blanketed social media, particularly Instagram, on a day (June 2) designated to go silent on social media, reflect on recent events and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. ….Breonna Taylor!...

ALL OVER TOWN: Moneybagg Yo Rap Snacks to hit stores by mid-summer

Rap Snacks, Inc. — a hip-hop culture favorite — is expanding its bold chip flavor with the launch of its latest chips featuring Memphis rapper MoneyBagg Yo. Moneybagg Yo Rap Snacks are set to hit stores by mid-summer. Rap Snacks, Inc. was founded in 1994 by...