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I wasn't even thinking about taking photos. I am one of the photojournalists for The New Tri-State Defender newspaper and happened to be celebrating my 65th birthday. I purchased tickets to see En Vogue and Stokley, former lead singer of Mint Condition, at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica. The only reason I...
by Brianna Alexis Smith basmith@tsdmemphis.com October 6-7 – The First Annual Mempho Music Festival was created to blend today’s best sounds with Memphis’ storied musical heritage, creating a festival experience filled with music, food and nature that appeals to people of all ages. The festival is designed to pay homage to...
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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...
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By now, you might have seen clips on the news about JAY-Z's sit-down with Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times. But if you haven't seen the full 35-minute clip, here's your chance. This is worth watching for more than a few reasons. One, I'm always fascinated...
JACKSON, Tenn. — Singer and songwriter Denise LaSalle, whose hit "Trapped by a Thing Called Love" topped the R&B charts in 1971, has died. She was 78. Musician and producer Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, owner of Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and a close family friend of LaSalle's, said Tuesday that...
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Kirk Whalum will be honored with a note on the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame on September 12 at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Halloran Centre. The ceremony will be followed by a lunchtime mini-concert. Surrounded by music from an early age – in his father’s church,...
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The Memphis’ duo LAE, is next up on the Memphis’ rap scene. The rap group consists of Latevious Rayford and Joshua Sandlin, who go by the stage names of Tay9 and Ghost, respectively. The childhood friends both played football at Bellevue Middle and at Central High School, where they developed...
After much speculation Philly’s own Meek Mill debuted a new single, “Stay Woke,” at the 2018 BET Awards. Mill was introduced by a group of Philly-natives: Black Thought, Questlove, Lil Uzi Vert, along with the 76ers Markelle Fultz, and Kevin Hart. The group started by sharing damning statistics, which were also...
Pharrell Williams has joined the ranks of Steven Tyler, Adele, Queen, Prince, and Earth, Wind & Fire—all of whom have asked Donald Trump to stop playing their music at his events. On Monday, an attorney representing Williams filed a cease-and-desist against the president, calling Trump out on his use of...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Music visionary Al Bell – this year’s recipient of the Authur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award – still lives on words of inspiration embraced by renowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and passed along to Bell by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s...