Brianna A. Smith

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Sheltered in place with ‘Uncorked’

The prolonged isolation has required us to adapt our social practices, and find new ways to stay connected. Instagram Live has served as a great option for many brands and marketers looking to socialize with their audience amid the ongoing pandemic. As I was scrolling through...

Young Americans turn to social media, memes and humor in the wake of COVID-19

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Coronavirus. It’s all over the news. It’s trending on your social media. It’s on your TV. It’s dominating the push alerts on your phone. The year is less than three months old but we have every reason to believe that COVID-19 will be one of...

ALL OVER TOWN: Social distancing is serious?

“The single most important thing you can do to avoid the virus is reduce your face-to-face contact with people,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University professor and longtime adviser to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the coronavirus makes its way...

HER Prom Closet addresses girls’ needs and opportunities

Many high school girls look forward to looking and feeling astonishing for their special night at prom. Sometimes, however, the price tag for obtaining that goal is anything but pretty. With the help of a heartfelt community, though, Couture Cares presents HER Prom Closet.Davina Jones...

USPS Memphis reveals commemorative stamp honoring journalist Gwen Ifill

A Black Heritage series stamp honoring the late Gwen Ifill, one of the nation’s most esteemed journalists, was unveiled during a ceremony Feb. 27 at the Main Post Office. The United States Postal Service in Memphis held the event in partnership with The African-American Postal...

#GirlDad: A Reflection

It has been nearly a month since the untimely death of NBA Legend Kobe Bryant. Though much will be made of his legacy as one of the NBA’s transcendent superstars, it is the haunting knowledge of what was still to come for the father...

ALL OVER TOWN: A voice designed for ‘writeous’ impact

Carin Malone is a well-known poet, who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master. She has been performing poetry for more than 10 years and is a 12-time poetry slam champion. Writeous Soul is committed to...

Blue’s City Donuts bring unique style and flavors to Raleigh

The proven greatness of dough fried, flaky and delicious – that’s the main focus at Blue’s City Donuts. Located at 5735 Raleigh Lagrange Rd., the bakery is a new addition to the Raleigh area. Local chef Rueal Braden is the owner of Blue’s City Donuts....

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...