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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...

Review to preview: Moneybagg Yo ‘2 Heartless Tour’

LOS ANGELES – Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo is headlining his first tour, taking the “2 Heartless Tour” to 29 small venues across North America. I caught his stellar performance at The Rey in Los Angeles last Friday (April 20). The CMG artist dropped his “2 Heartless”...

Chef Tam cooks her way onto ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ on Food Network this Sunday (April 22)

Memphis chef Tamara Eddy comes from a long line of chefs, restaurateurs and caterers. On Sunday, she’ll have the chance to show off her culinary skills to a national audience when she makes her television debut on Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Chef Tam, as...

An open letter to Bernal E. Smith II: Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dad!

To the second best man watching me from overhead (after God): It’s been 130 days since you transitioned from work to reward. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t the toughest four and a half months of my life. I’ve never had to live life...

Yo Gotti brings Memphis to L.A. during All-Star Weekend

Memphis rapper Yo Gotti, put on a $5 concert on Saturday at The Novo by Microsoft in Los Angeles during NBA AllStar Weekend. The Novo is located in the L.A. LIVE complex, which many refer to as the center of the entertainment world. The entertaining lineup...

Honored to witness recognition of Memphis, stars at 49th NAACP Image Awards

PASADENA, Calif. – The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards brought together some of the country’s most beloved stars on Monday night, and I was honored to spend this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with them. The show, hosted by “black-ish”...

Brianna takes TSD to the NAACP Image Awards

The 49th NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live from Pasadena, Calif. on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) and I will be there to deliver multi-media coverage. Yes, I am excited! Join me at 7 p.m. on Monday on TSDtv Live (Facebook updates)...

Alcenia’s ‘B. J.’ to show off her culinary skills on the Food Network

Betty Joyce “B. J.” Chester-Tamayo is synonymous with the small, downtown diner that she has run for 20 years and this week she will be on a syndicated television show serving up a meal crafted to net a second appearance. Alcenia’s, which is located at...