Candace A. Gray

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A white Christmas in Memphis? Yes, please!

December 22, 2022: Three days until Christmas. I've been masking up. Tidying up. Waking up early. Preparing for a festive Christmas THIS year, as last year was a complete BUST! (#ThanksCovid) My cousin, Latricia, got on the road at 5 a.m. EST from Tallahassee, FL,...

Hattiloo Theatre’s Ekundayo Bandele getting an education encore at Morehouse College

While some say you can’t put the cart before the horse, some have no choice but to do so. Ekundayo Bandele, founder of Memphis’ first and only Black Repertory Theatre, built an empire before ever obtaining an undergraduate degree.  And now he’s actually going back to...

Otters arrive, making way for a playground for all

Memphis River Parks Partnership is charged by the city of Memphis to maintain all of Memphis’ river parks. Of those, Tom Lee Park is the largest and, until now, the least built-out. The Partnership broke ground on a new Tom Lee Park in December 2021 and...

Catching up with Sable Otey

You might recall a story a few years back about the first African-American woman and mother from Memphis who was on the USA Bob-sledding team. Sable Otey was and still is a real American Hero(ine). Only now she’s on a different team, playing a different...

‘Boo’ Mitchell to take Halloran Center stage to get his ‘dad’s story told’

Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, co-CEO of Royal Studios, had been thinking about producing a show that paid homage to the musicians and the studio that are often forgotten as part of Memphis’ musical history. He just hadn’t made time to do so. Then he felt the...

Immaculate Conception makes HERstory with Kadesha Gordon, first African-American principal

This moment was 100 years in the making. Kadesha Gordon, an African-American woman and life-long Catholic, reared in the faith at St. Augustine Catholic Church in South Memphis, has found her way to Midtown. She is the new principal, and the first American American to hold...

The heart of BLP Film Studios = A heart for creatives in Memphis

BLP Film Studios executives Carolyn Henry and Cecilia Barnes want to put Memphis on the film “production” map.  It is how they want to express their love for Memphis and its creative community. BLP Film Studios is promoted to have the potential to be the second...

Women’s History Month: Women in Business – Part 5

As we wrap up this Women’s History Month Women in Business Series, a reminder that this month’s theme is Providing Healing, Promoting Hope. There are so many ways the Black woman, and our community as a whole, needs to heal. Holistic Wellness has been around...

Women’s History Month: Women in Business – Part 4

Nicola Vassell made history last summer as the first African-American woman to own her own large-scale, contemporary art gallery, the Nicola Vassell Gallery in New York City. Seeing that art is such an integral part of our culture, I was blown away to learn...

Women’s History Month: Women in Business – Part 3

African Americans have long been known for influencing fashion through our culture and creativity. Some of the first notable African-American female fashion designers left their indelible mark on the industry through iconic works.  Zelda Wynn Valdes was the first to own a shop on Broadway...