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JRoc seeks to inspire with cartoon creativity

Jarvis Howard, also known as JRoc, is reimagining characters from classic cartoon shows as African-American – and the swag is unreal. JRoc, a 24-year-old Tunica, Miss., native, began putting spins on classic cartoons when he drew Spongebob Squarepants and put all of the SpongeBob characters from...

Soft opening yields royal feeling at Tailors’ Union/The Pocket

Housed within a historic yet modern space with fancy drinks, live music and a diverse crowd, the new lounge, tapas and cigar bar Tailors’ Union/The Pocket feels every bit of royal. Catered to local professionals seeking a laid-back evening away from the regular Memphis scene, this...

Growing into 24…

Brianna A. Smith
“Now, I may have faith to make mountains fall But if I lack love then I am nothin’ at all I can give away everything I possess But left without love then I have no happiness I know I’m imperfect (I know I’m imperfect) And not without sin (and...

Evvie McKinney – ‘The Four Winner’ – to drop debut single this week

“Life after ‘The Four’ has been amazing; I am just so blessed!” Evvie McKinney exclaimed! Crowned the first-ever winner of FOX’s “The Four: Battle For Stardom” last February, McKinney’s debut single – “How Do You Feel” premieres this week. She’ll be performing it on the...

Michelle Johnson: ‘Seeds of Wisdom for Cosmetologists and Barbers’

Memphis-area hairstylists and barbers looking for inspiration on how to take their talents and business endeavors to the next level don’t have to look too far. Southaven-based salon owner Michelle Johnson created an insider’s handbook, “Seeds of Wisdom for Cosmetologists and Barbers,” to illustrate how...

Brianna’s Take 5 – Summer Fitness Health Tips

Fantastic leg day finisher! Y’all see wheels on @missbrebaby...If you are looking for those Showstopper Legs, incorporate kickbacks to your leg day. Ask us about personal coaching and custom training plans. All Gas, No Brakes #fitness #legday #beachbody #fitnessmotivation #fitnessgirl #fitnessjourney #healtheheartmemphis #bootygains🍑 #legsfordays A...

The 2018 BET Awards: A Review

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I attended the 2018 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles last Sunday, even getting a sneak peek during a dress rehearsal. While there were some emotionally chilling performances and entertaining segments, I came away thinking that overall this year’s show was lackluster...

Smokin’ Grooves Music Fest makes return

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by Brianna A. Smith, Special to The New Tri-State Defender LONG BEACH, Calif. – Smokin’ Grooves is a new but old essential entry in the ever-crowded music festival season. It was the first amphitheater tour where nearly all the performers were rooted in hip-hop. Smokin’ Grooves launched throughout...

First fatherless Father’s Day

“I find it interesting that Webster’s dictionary provides definitions for the word “father” as a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means “a man who has begotten a child”; as a verb, it means “to take the responsibility for.” – Bernal E....

Educating and empowering athletes to elevate the game

Tywanna Smith is a brand builder, an entrepreneur and best-selling author of “Surviving the Lights: A Professional Athlete’s Playbook to Avoiding the Curse.” Her experience as a professional basketball player, business owner and financial advisor puts her in a unique position to provide comprehensive advice...