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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...

Yes, There’s a children’s book about Emmitt Till’s lynching — and Local 24’s Katina Rankin wrote it

Local 24 anchor Katina Rankin released her second book – “Emmett Till: Sometimes Good Can Come Out of a Bad Situation” – a few weeks before what would have been his 77th birthday (July 25) and 63 years after his tragic death at the...

#Access901: Memphis levels up with inaugural Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc – Memphis style – was a grand night out. I was flattered to attend and to be selected as a table host. The event concept dates back to Paris nearly 30 years ago when a gentleman – un monsieur if you...

#ACCESS901: Making a move with Cinn-A-Shots

More often than not, I try to rebuke the devil’s sugary sweet treats. I do fairly well at resisting and/or consuming in moderation. But then I had one of the best cinnamon rolls ever – and it was produced, handmade actually – right here...

ICYMI: Joy Doss has got your Independence Day barbecue playlist right here

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Memphis is a musical city, no doubt. And black folk are a musical people. So, it’s only fitting that the city’s oldest African-American newspaper pay tribute to the some of the music that has shaped and colored our lives, framing some of our fondest...

TV PREVIEW: ‘Love Is_____’ gives you the real and the feels

I had the opportunity to review “Love Is____,” the new project from writing and life partners Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. (Minimal spoilers, no worries!) My interest was already piqued because it was set in LA in the 90s, which was my coming of...