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Memphis – Let’s get right to the point: the ‘transfer’ of the FCC license, equipment, and operations of WUMR from the University of Memphis to the newly formed Crosstown non-profit group, is a business deal valued between $2 million and $3 million dollars. That’s what it would cost you or...
The prolonged isolation has required us to adapt our social practices, and find new ways to stay connected. Instagram Live has served as a great option for many brands and marketers looking to socialize with their audience amid the ongoing pandemic. As I was scrolling through my timeline, I was excited...
International icon Chuck D of Public Enemy joins Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), for a wide-ranging unedited discussion during a special streaming live presentation on Tuesday (March 31) at 10 p.m. (CST). The two will talk about race relations, the...
Stories like this need to be told. It’s the shared sentiment echoed by award-winning actors Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Nia Long as they discussed the upcoming film, “The Banker.” The trio premiered the movie at a special screening at the National Civil Rights Museum, Monday. They were joined by...
The first-ever “Mid-South Black Film Festival” in Memphis is underway and its founder is focused on “closing the gap between dreams and reality.” “We want to make this film festival a landmark event in Memphis — an annual celebration of black excellence in film-making,” said William Edwards, who also founded...
Carin Malone is a well-known poet, who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master. She has been performing poetry for more than 10 years and is a 12-time poetry slam champion. Writeous Soul is committed to using her voice to impact,...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78, the group and the government announced Tuesday. Shabalala died at a hospital in the capital, Pretoria, Tuesday morning, his family told local media. He was globally known for his...
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On February 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel, arguably the most well-known black actress in the entire world at the time, took to the podium at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub inside the legendary Ambassador Hotel, in Los Angeles, to accept her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress—the first ever for a...
by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The world of blues convened in Memphis recently for the 36th International Blues Challenge (IBC) presented by the Blues Foundation. Musicians from around the world flooded the juke joints on Beale, competing for bragging rights. But it was Bobby Rush – an...
“Stepping Up!” is the theme for the eighth annual rendition of the Best In Black Awards hosted by the parent company of The New Tri-State Defender and set for Feb. 6 at Central Station Hotel, located at 545 S. Main St. The Best Media Properties, LLC presentation is set for...