Joy Doss


Rhodes College writers-in-residence brought together by love and hip-hop, poetry and prose

When my friend Amy Benson, a professor at Rhodes College, told me that she wanted me to meet her friends Dan Charnas and Wendy Walters from New York, I said “Sure!” They were coming to Memphis as writers-in-residence at the institution. I always enjoy...

#ACCESS901: Surviving R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby… and who else?

As rational, thinking adults, we kinda knew something was amiss with Michael. We subscribed to the Peter Pan and/or asexual fallacy ’cause we needed to. We knew “Aruh Smelly” was stinkin’ no doubt. Hello? Aaliyah. We just didn’t know how funky it was. For me,...

#ACCESS901: My mama – an African-American History Month salute

Fifty-five years last fall, 
local history was being
 made at what’s now the
 University of Memphis
 (then, Memphis State Uni
versity). Barbara Mull, my 
mother, along with six of 
her peers – Sue Parham,
 Jackie Briggs (Sales), 
Shirley Hill (Jones), Billie
Gayle Baker (Gholson),
Velma Wallace (Jones)...

Author writes ‘her way out’ with ‘Resurrected by the River’

Memphis-based author Victoria Terrell Traylor will gladly tell you that she has been renewed, rebirthed, revived and, yes, resurrected. She recently released her book of poetry, “Resurrected by the River,” hosting a packed book signing event at Novel Bookstore. Traylor spoke to the audience of...

CMPLX opens to ‘welcome-home’ vibe in Lamar-Airways shopping center

Let me start by saying that I have neva EVA seen that many people in the Lamar-Airways shopping center in my life, especially at night and IN THE RAIN. Y’all know “we” don’t do rain! This was always our “shopping center.” My Big Mama and...

What happens when you throw ex-offenders in a room with cops?

This year marks Playback Memphis’ 10th anniversary of being about the business of fostering healing between the police and residents of this city amid a longstanding rift between law enforcement and black and brown people. The problem scenario now is unfolding against the backdrop of...

Diabetes and the holidays – what’s cooking?

November is National Diabetes Awareness month. The Cash Saver grocery chain is acknowledging this by offering health fairs at its 4 different locations throughout the month. No one on this planet is more affected by “the sugar” than us, meaning African Americans. According to the...

Young entrepreneur wearing multiple hats has Memphis spinning

Victoria Young was an organizer of the Diner en Blanc event, where I was table captain, when we met. She simultaneously was at the helm of that massive event while finishing law school AND opening her own cycle studio here in Memphis. Standing O to...

#ACCESS901: Joy! In Spain! Sights and sounds from España

I love Europe. The architecture is simply stunning. I love their effortless style and lack of affect. This last trip to Barcelona and the Spanish island of Mallorca was my fourth visit across the pond and was no exception. (Happy birthday to meeeee!!) I also...

#ACCESS901: A ‘Classic’ tale of two drum majors

I, like many other fans, am not one of those who piles into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium primarily to watch the Tigers of Tennessee State University and Jackson State University duke it out on the gridiron during the Southern Heritage Classic. Many of us are...