Joy Doss

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#ACCESS901: Music of ‘The Midnight Hour’ rocks any time of day

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I am a HUGE A Tribe Called Quest fan. HUGE. So when an opportunity came across my desk to interview Ali Shaeed Muhammad of Tribe and Lucy Pearl fame and Adrian Younge, well-known for his work with Souls of Mischief, I fully geeked out. The...

#ACCESS901: Memoir provides lens to ‘see’ Cyntoia Brown-Long

Cyntoia Brown’s story sent waves of nausea across my stomach and a riptide of ire through my mind. The ham-fisted “morality” and the way in which “justice” was meted out did not sit right in my spirit. Where was the compassion? Where were the courtroom...

#ACCESS901: ‘Bluff City Law’ hits me right!

When I tell you much of Memphis is afire, aglow and aflutter about the premiere of “Bluff City Law,” I mean it. And that’s great to see! The much-anticipated series debuts on Monday, September 23rd at 9 p.m. CT on NBC. It stars veteran actor...

#ACCESS901: Rolling out the red carpet for ‘Bluff City Law’

The red carpet premiere of “Bluff City Law” made for a big Tuesday night in Memphis. There was so much excitement all around from attendees to our fellow media folks to the cast and producers. The venue was the Halloran Centre and the place was...

Peeking behind the ‘Bluff City Law’ curtain

Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee were among the “Bluff City Law” stars at the Itta Bena restaurant on Beale Street for a press junket Tuesday. (Photo: Greg Campbell/NBC)
Many of us have heard by now that “Bluff City Law” is filming in Memphis; actually IN Memphis. Not trying to fool us with narrow shots of Atlanta streets or, worse, New Orleans. This is exciting!  The New Tri-State Defender was invited to participate in...

As a difference maker, Toni Morrison kept the world beyond her in mind

“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” – Toni Morrison (1931-2019) Dear Sista Toni,  I met you (used loosely here) almost 10 years ago. It was very brief. I was doing PR for the National Black Writers Conference. Amiri Baraka was there as well. I couldn’t...

We have your Independence Day barbecue playlist right here

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Editor's note: #Access901 columnist Joy Doss first shared this playlist last June in honor of African American Music month. It's still a great playlist though so pump up the volume . . . Memphis is a musical city, no doubt. And black folk are a...

In Whitehaven, ‘Trap Fusion’ takes root with healthy eats

Markieth McCoy sums up the Trap Fusion mission perfectly: “Our goal is to keep people alive.” Markieth was talking to “Unc,” who came in to show love but was also trying to order chitlins or something like that. We were all like, “Now Unc, you...

Craft Food and Wine Festival taking ‘artisanal’ to the next level

Let me start by saying – AGAIN for the cheap seats – that black folks are not a monolith. We are not a collection of stereotypes. We are not always eating chicken wings and soul food. While I do enjoy those things, I also enjoy...

Night at the Lorraine serves up soul, spirit, symbolism

This was my third year attending Night at the Lorraine, as well as sitting on the host committee. The event is designed to bring positive attention to the fabled and famed Lorraine Motel, which now serves as the centerpiece of the series of exhibits...