Literature

by Florence M. Howard -- Accounting for nuances, Shelia Gaines knows from experience that “Writing has a process.” She shared that nugget last Friday (Nov. 17) with LeMoyne-Owen College students as she spoke on campus at Hollis F. Price Library...
In an effort to expand on Ida B. Wells’ remarkable story, her great-granddaughter, writer Michelle Duster, has penned a new book, “Ida B. The Queen.”  The poignant biography, released January 26, pays tribute to the trailblazing journalist and activist while...
by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- That’s just the way it was. People did things differently in times past. They were a little more likely to judge others, a little less apt to open their minds. They had notions we might think are...
Hold the pickles, no mustard. Double patty, add bacon, fried onions, that's how you like your burger. As for chicken, well, it has to have cheese, and there must be something salty-crunchy on the side or it's not a complete...
By now most bibliophiles, fellow word nerds and Eric Jerome Dickey super fans have heard of his untimely passing. Memphis born and beloved by many, Eric will leave lasting footprints in the sand, never to be erased or replaced.  Oddly enough,...
by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- You'd like an explanation, please. Why something is done or not, why permission is denied, you'd like to hear a simple reason. You've been asking "Why?" since you were two years old but now the older you...
by Phyllis Dixon -- Memphis has a rich musical heritage, with local icons such as Rufus Thomas, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones, Stax and Hi Records known worldwide.  Drummer Howard Grimes is probably not on that list, but should...
by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- When you’re a kid, there are so many things to learn. Someone has to teach you your A-B-Cs, and to count to a hundred. You have to learn to tie a knot and set the table and...
Following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, a number of business leaders made passionate promises to invest in racial equity as a response to the public cries for change. Dr. Adriane Johnson-Williams says many have failed to...
by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- Your birthday card had a Black History postage stamp on it. As always, it was from Grandma and though it's kind of corny, you look forward to it ever year: a blue or red envelope outside, a...