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by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Hattiloo Theatre’s production of “Raisin” is the musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s timeless “A Raisin in the Sun,” which depicts a black family’s struggle to achieve the American dream. Set in segregated 1950s Chicago the same as the original, the play adds...
by Florence Howard, Special to The New Tri-State Defender A native Memphian and Memphis College of Art graduate now living in the land of dreams (aka California), Morreco Coleman is fulfilling his artistic dreams on canvas as well as in video. A documentary filmmaker and artist, Coleman will host a premiere...
Billed as an “urban socio-drama” honoring the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers, “King and the 13 Hundred” is slated for a presentation at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts on Sunday night (June 17). Directed by Ike Griffith, the presentation is set to begin at 6 p.m. Admission is three canned...
I arrived early to Night at the Loraine – year three – at the National Civil Rights Museum last Saturday. Outside, tables were set up with fancy tablecloths. A band was setting up in preparation for a performance of songs particularly selected to move the expected crowd. Inside, I found...
The “Parts Unknown” Interview with Kam Williams (Reprinted from 2014) Chef, author and world traveler Anthony Bourdain was an outspoken trailblazer with unique insights about food, culture and current events. In this 2014 interview, we spoke about his life, career and his Peabody and Emmy-winning TV-series, Parts Unknown. Kam Williams: Hi Anthony, thanks...
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The election of Donald Trump has ostensibly served to embolden Ku Klux Klansmen, neo-Nazis and the rest of the Alt-Right movement, and it also seems to have given these social outcasts hope of moving into the mainstream. In fact, the American Renaissance Conference, an annual gathering of white supremacists,...
By Andy Meek, High Ground News If you closed your eyes right now and tried to imagine an opera performance - from the players on stage to the musicians, the director and the hired hands behind the scenes - chances are that hypothetical musical tableau won’t include many professionals who...
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(L-R) Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran, Jenn Lyon, Niecy Nash and Carrie Preston of Claws attends the Turner Upfront 2018 arrivals on the red carpet at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Mike Coppola (Getty Images for Turner) Niecy Nash is full of...
It’s almost time for Cloak & Dagger to premiere on Freeform and we’ve got a sneak peek at the superhero series that’s darker than we expected. There are tons of reasons to tune in to this teen-angst-ridden tale of two superheroes. The first episode of the series was directed by...
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By Benjamin L. Crump, Esq. (via theGrio.com) It’s right out of a nightmare. You’re standing on a street corner when a police cruiser pulls up. Officers toss you in the back seat and you’re hauled to a crime scene, where a witness identifies you as the assailant who shot two men. Despite your...
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