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SHC Coaches Luncheon speaker: ‘Invest back’

Earl G. “Butch” Graves Jr. was praised as the Southern Heritage Classic’s best speaker ever by the Rev. Dr. Roz Nichols, who gave the benediction at the Coaches Luncheon at the Sheraton Friday afternoon. A long-term measure of Graves’ effectiveness will be to what extent...

‘Classic’ Magnetism 2018

The drawing power of the Southern Heritage Classic’s sphere of influence is a year-round effect that shifts into enhanced mode during the annual weekend celebration. This year that’s Sept. 6-8 and the magnetism is doing its thing. A “Classic” example of such was the VIP...

Competitive aim drives TSU President Dr. Glenda Glover

Kickoff for the 29th Annual Southern Heritage Classic was still several days away when Tennessee State University President Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover rolled into her hometown Wednesday evening. Don’t get it twisted. Glover is up for a good time. And while she gets her fill...

Saxophonist Mike Phillips to cap pop-up jazz series test run at The Guest House

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by Karanja A. Ajanaku kajanaku@tsdmemphis.com Ask Tremayne Thompson of TK Productions about saxophonist Mike Phillips, and he starts by describing “such a cross-cultured guy.” “From hip hop to R&B to jazz, playing with Prince, Stevie Wonder as one of their main musicians and MD (musical director), he...

Tigers ready for stand again Navy after walk over Mercer

Mike Norvell said the Tiger Walk associated with the Mercer game was one of the greatest he has been a part of since taking over as University of Memphis head coach. He was talking about the pre-game tradition and not the Tigers’ 66-14 walk...

A day to remember that Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis

Patrick and Zelda Stewart were touring Beale St. Thursday night when they learned that there would be a gathering the next afternoon to salute Aretha Franklin at 406 Lucy in South Memphis – not a must-see site when they put together their travel plans. The...

A JAZZ-A-F!RE salute to Aretha

The Memphis Black Arts Alliance had already selected Jamille “Jam” Hunter and Dr. Herman Green as the featured “Memphis Music Legends” for JAZZ-A-F!RE when word came that Aretha Franklin had passed. So when they took the stage last Sunday at Brinsons, Hunter and Green teamed...

Breast cancer, equity and the need to do more

It would be difficult – no, impossible – to overstate how humbly and effectively Dr. Lori Wilson delivered what essentially was the keynote address during a gathering at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis last Saturday afternoon. “I am a breast cancer survivor. I work through...

Supt. Dorsey Hopson reflects on SCS tenure, looks ahead

Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey Hopson made strategic use of the word “sugarcoat” several times last week as he spoke to the Frayser Exchange Club, recounting his tenure and delivering somewhat of a SCS report card. “While we certainly have a long way to go...

House where Aretha was born draws crowd

As fans in myriad cities and towns in various parts of the world absorb the news that Aretha Franklin has passed, a stream of them are making their way to a stretch of Lucy St. in South Memphis where the “Queen of Soul” was...