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#ACCESS901: Don’t forget our businesses as we hunker down

As we weather this “Ronapocolypse,” as my friend calls it, let’s try to support each other and our businesses as well. And on that front, I have some suggestions. Pyramid Liquors: Owner Rick Farwell has been in the Downtown-Uptown space for several years now. The...

Boss Up!: Munirah Safiyah Jones

Content creator, writer, producer and self-described “cool auntie,” Munirah Safiyah Jones burst into the digital landscape in 2018 with the “Juntland” series, followed by the “F-Boy Defense 101” video. A little context for those who may not know: Junt is a Memphinese term that has been...

Boss Up!: Alice Faye Duncan

Children’s book author and lifelong Memphian Alice Faye Duncan has a word for us. During the course of this enjoyable conversation, I found myself inspired by her perseverance, her fluency and pleasant disposition. Not to mention that I was impressed that she has a dozen...

Boss Up!: Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Memphian Dolen Perkins-Valdez is super dope. I have had long-time great admiration and respect for her. First, she is one of the only people I know who went from Memphis to Harvard University, where she double majored in African-American Studies and East Asian Studies. She also is the highly regarded author of the...

Taking stock of our expat-repat connectivity

Let me start by stating the obvious. Memphis is riddled with flaws as a city and a populace. This we know. Chief among them is an inferiority complex. I say this because other cities have issues, too, but their natives don’t seem to drag...

Boss Up: Kamilah Turner

Kamilah Turner has been on a straight path for nearly 20 years, starting fresh out of Xavier University and going straight to the University of Memphis Law School at 21. She knew exactly what she wanted and then moved deftly and strategically to get it. Due...

#ACCESS901: A celebration of Memphis women who rock!

March is Women’s History Month, which basically is a double-double for us as black women, coming on the heels of Black History Month. What better time to celebrate some of Memphis’ finest and fiercest over the course of the month? These are women who kick...

Delving into the greatest love of all — our babies

When my daughter, Addison, was younger, she said to me, “I don’t ever want to get married.” I thought, skrrrrt! I’m a single mama but I am not a “men ain’t sh—” sort. So I said to her, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on.  You don’t...

#ACCESS901: Central Station Hotel blends Memphis music into its DNA

Music courses through the veins of Memphis. It is inextricably linked to our past, present and future. Central Station Hotel, one of the newest and coolest spaces in the downtown hotel sprawl, honors the remarkable nature of Memphis music and Memphians. Built atop and alongside...

100 Black Men of Memphis mixes annual holiday soiree with expansion plans, renewed focus

The 7th Annual 100 Black Men Holiday Soiree was held at Central Station recently. Each year the organization alights upon the “newnownext” venue of the moment. So, it was no surprise that “The 100” christened the event space at one of the most recent...