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Memphis native Frank Herron a Super Bowl champ

As an NFL rookie, Frank Herron Jr. accomplished what many players spend years attempting to win: a Super Bowl ring. Listed at 6’4”, the 312-pound defensive end was released by the New England Patriots at the conclusion of the 2018 training camp. He subsequently signed...

‘Ms. T’s Music Factory’ – bringing Hollywood to Memphis

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A new Lifetime television series premiering tonight (June 6) will have a Memphis flair. “Ms. T’s Music Factory” is one of two new reality shows set to run on the Lifetime summer schedule. The star of the show is Memphis singer and independent music mini-mogul...

SMALL BIZ PROFILE: ‘Cookiepreneur Megan Mottley From fundraising to first frozen cookie dough line

Three years ago, Megan Mottley was on a mission to raise money for her teenage daughter to attend a mission trip to Japan. Her made-from-scratch cookies quickly went viral on social media and shortly after the success of three fundraisers, Goodness Gracious Luxe Cookies, was...

PERCEPTION MATTERS: The NAACP Image Awards turn 50

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(HOLLYWOOD) -- The Carters, John Legend, Michael B. Jordan and a who's who list of other stars were all in the building -- the Dolby Theater in Hollywood -- for the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night. I was in the mix of...

CONCERT REVIEW: B2K and The Millennium Tour!

Every once in a while, music groups emerge and transcend beyond their time. In my era there was B2K (Boys of the New Millennium), the quintessential R&B boys group of the 2000s. The multi-platinum B2K featured the multi-talented Omarion, Boog, Fizz and Raz-B. They made...

Ja Rule-Ashanti pairing in Los Angeles was so right for Valentine’s Day

Hip hop’s clocks were turned back in time when Ja Rule and Ashanti reunited for a special Valentine’s Day show at the Novo by Microsoft here in “L.A.” The dynamic duo took over the Novo for what I would consider one of the most romantic...

Founders of After Life Mortuary Services breaking new ground

The funeral service industry has long been a male-dominated one, but times are changing as more women are entering into the profession and breaking down stereotypes. Madeline Lyles and Dana Taylor are staking their claim as the founders of the first mortuary service owned and...

Seminar/expo designed to boost entrepreneur evolution

Looking to turn your idea into a six-figure business? Akamai Enterprise wants to help. The coaching and consulting firm will host a seminar and expo workshop for new and aspiring business owners on Feb. 23 at Bass Pro Shops. “Starting a new business is always a...

I watched Taraji P. Henson take her place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD – “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a journey through history and today my legacy will be forever etched in the history of Hollywood. I've worked so hard for this. It's surreal,” said Taraji P. Henson. I was on hand Monday (January 28) for...

#IAmAVoice: Your voice is vital!

“This year I can’t sleep on the vision,” exclaimed Carin Malone. Malone is a well-known poet who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master, as she’s been doing spoken word for more than 10 years and...