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Kafé Kirk is Kirk Whalum's love letter to his hometown, as well as a chance to bring some of the musically gifted friends he's made over the years to Memphis. But he's also made a holiday tradition of "The Gospel According to Jazz," a love letter, well, to the...
TSD Newsroom In her first book – “Twenty Something” – Carlissa A. Shaw Esq. focuses on advice for young women entering adulthood. The Memphis-based lawyer discusses things she wishes she would have known, including walking away from toxic relationships and financial literacy. The “Twenty Something” book release is set for Dec....
After months of releasing singles, music videos, freestyles, radio appearances and personally funded tours across the South and beyond, Jai Musiq finally has released his long awaited project, “The Sap Junt.” At the heart of this new wave of Memphis talent is Joshua Jones, also known as Jai Musiq. He...
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Rapper Meek Mill is in the New York Times this week with a powerful op-ed on criminal justice reform. If you remember, in November 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philly native to two to four years–claiming he violated his probation. Upon his early release in April 2018, he has led...
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Memphis Challenge will give a warm welcome to winter on December 7 with its “Jazzin’ Around 7” concert, featuring a headlining performance from international recording artist, Johnny Britt. Britt will perform material from his critically-acclaimed “Marvin Meets Miles” project and his latest single, “So Hot,” which features Najee and Paul Brown. His new song, “Christmas...
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One was a significant figure in the civil rights era; the other a young, accomplished music scholar who joined the prestigious Detroit Symphony Orchestra this fall. Both men distinguished themselves as artists: one a writer and photographer and the other a master of wind instruments. Their connection is undeniable, and...
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“If I died today, I know why I was born. I was born to speak out against bullying, build awareness about albinism, and share my love for music with the world!” So says Memphis-based rapper Robdarius Brown, whose alter ego and stage name is RobenX. He was born with albinism,...
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Bryan Tyree Henry is most commonly known for his portrayal of Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles in FX’s hit tv series Atlanta alongside co-star Donald Glover. But the North Carolina-born star has a resume that shows an exceptional amount of range, and his commitment to representing the Black community in a...
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WIDE RELEASE Creed II (PG-13 for violence, profanity and sensuality) Michael B. Jordan reprises the title role in this revenge-fueled sequel which finds the contender being trained by Rocky Balboa (Sly Stallone) for a grudge match with the son (Florian Munteanu) of the boxer (Dolph Lundgren) who killed his father...
Photo: Valerie Caviness/Michael Priest Photography “I always say that if I were not a celebrity, I’d be invisible” said Viola Davis as she sat across from NPR’s Audie Cornish. The Emmy, the Tony and the Academy Award-winning actress is a black woman from South Carolina. Her father trained horses and her...