Entertainment

by Tracy Sow -- Blues legend Bobby Rush has been suffering for the last few weeks with symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. He has to remain in mandatory quarantine until April 20. Immediately after his live social media performance March 24, Rush,...
By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor The painful true stories of five falsely accused young men, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, and Korey Wise, has been brought to light in excruciatingly vivid detail by director Ava...
Powerhouse performer and first-ever winner of FOX’s “The Four: Battle For Stardom,” Evvie McKinney has released the upbeat anthem “Bring the Whole Hood,” her debut single on Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG. “I come from Memphis, Tennessee. Little small house, big family…,”...
Heritage Tours, which principal operator Elaine Turner describes as the state’s first African-American-owned tour company, no longer is overseeing the blue-and-white shotgun house that reflects the meager beginnings of W.C. Handy, renowned as the “Father of the Blues.” Situated on...
“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....
TSD Editor's Note: Bryan Stevenson was a 2016 recipient of the Freedom Award, presented by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Bryan Stevenson may well be the nation’s most consequential civil rights lawyer since Thurgood Marshall. While Marshall stared down...
The real-life drama that culminated with the removal of Confederate-era statues from what had been two Memphis-owned parks will be the subject of a play being developed by Ekundayo Bandele, founder and CEO of the Hattiloo Theatre. With Bandele and...
Bobby O'Jay celebrated 35 years of radio in Memphis at WDIA. It was a turnout fit for a king, with family, friends, and local celebrities on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion. Among the distinguished guests: Fred Jones, founder of...
Jamie Foxx’s performance in Just Mercy has earned him the Spotlight Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. As TheGrio previously reported, in the fact-based courtroom drama, Foxx plays Walter McMillian, a death row inmate accused of murdering...
NEW YORK — The pairing of the NFL and rapper-businessman-activist Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is surprising, but it actually makes tremendous sense for the buttoned-down league. As part of a long-term agreement that will be announced during a news conference on...