Friday, October 7, 2022

Candace A. Gray

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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...

Women’s History Month: Women in Business – Part 2

If you’re like me, you remember your grandmother hand-churning ice cream on the back porch in the summer. There was nothing better than that sweet, cold treat on a hot Memphis summer day. Black women are known for making things and making things happen.  Brenae...

Women’s History Month: Women in Business – Part 1

As Women’s History Month kicks off, The New Tri-State Defender begins its monthlong series highlighting some of the women who have blazed trails in fields that have not always been so welcoming to African-American women. One such field is that of law.  The first African-American...

African American History Month: Black Men in Business – Part 4

The path to making money, building generational wealth and cultivating a business can be non-linear, with different looks for different people. Is college right for everyone? Should students learn a trade, a skill they can fall back on in case of hard times? Napoleon Berry (retired...