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Duo teams up for food and clothing drive for homeless veterans on Saturday

by Destiny Royston, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Memphis is experiencing a serious problem with homelessness and poverty among veterans but a new nonprofit is hoping to ease the burden. On Aug. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Help the Homeless Veterans will host a...

How millennials are expanding the gaming industry

The gaming industry is expanding and millennials are the driving force. What used to be considered a waste of time and quarters is now a full-blown industry. There is a such a thing as a professional gamer now. Some of them are celebrities on YouTube...

MPLOY film festival at the Hattiloo to feature youth film shorts

A dozen filmmakers between the ages of 14 to 22 will showcase their short films during the MPLOY Youth Film Festival at the Hattiloo Theater on Saturday (July 6). Hosted by the City of Memphis’ MPLOY Youth Summer Experience Program and CLOUD901, the film festival...

Hurry – end near for ‘African Print Fashion Now’ exhibit at the Brooks

Taking a walk through the African print fashion exhibit at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is like taking a walk through the history and the future of the continent at the same time. “African-Print Fashion Now: A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style” depicts...

Block party to showcase Cupcake Cutie, Etc.’s second anniversary

From freshly baked cupcakes to delicious doughnuts, Cupcake Cutie Etc. – a family-owned bakery operating in Downtown Memphis – offers a tasty time. Satisfying a sweet tooth in a creative way is a speciality at Cupcake Cutie, Etc., where customers can create their own cupcakes,...

Free Days equal fun days at trio of local museums

In Memphis, you can find museums where a dance floor dazzles with the reflection from a disco ball, an interactive history exhibit teaches while you have fun and a jukebox delivers a time-traveling soundtrack. And, get this: do it for free. It’s called “Free Day” –...

Tarrin’s take on traveling to South Africa – and beyond

When Tarrin McGhee decided to embark on her 20-hour flight to South Africa, she saw it as only the beginning. She was turning 35 years old and wanted to celebrate it in a special and memorable way. Her two-fold dream had been to travel overseas,...

Balancing act – Halls, Tenn. minister doubles as preschool operator

From spreading the word of God to fellow church members at Mount Zion Church to teaching numbers and shapes to preschool students, Portia Adams Coffer balances a productive life in the small town of Halls, Tenn. Mount Zion is the compact church home of 80...

Famed fashion designer Kate Spade dies of apparent suicide

On June 5, 2018, Katherine Noel Brosnahan, known as Kate Spade, was found dead in her New York City apartment by apparent suicide. She was 55. Spade had recently returned from a hiatus after selling her brand, Kate Spade, in 2006. She launched her latest...