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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...

God and music: Growing up Whalum

I met with the two (of three) Whalum brothers – Kortland and Kameron – in anticipation of their performance with their super fabulous, super talented uncle, Kirk, on June 2. The brothers will be featured guests in the Kafe Kirk series, which is now...

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...