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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...
The New Year just got a bit funkier. Larry Dodson, the former lead singer of The Bar-Kays, is returning to the stage as solo act. Dodson retired in June of 2017. And he did so with serious intent. “You know people thought I didn’t retire because I was still doing things...
by Ed Gordon -- It looks as though R.Kelly won’t survive the docu-series Surviving R.Kelly.  The long-time embattled singer who for years has been able to escape charges of physical and sexual abuse against women, rumors of keeping women in a “sex cult” and decades of allegations that he...
The family of Larry Dodson, author and former lead singer for The Bar-Kays, has embarked on a venture that affixes the Dodson brand to Guidance Whiskey. The path forward was rolled out informally during a VIP whiskey tasting and holiday celebration at Dodson’s home on the evening of Dec 19. “This...
For a night and for the culture, KO & The Crew is hosting an old school rent party at The Bluff on Highland. “Rent Party: A 90s Tribute” is set for Friday (Dec. 28), kicking off at The Bluff (535 Highland) at 8 p.m. A rent party (sometimes called a house...
“The WKND Experience is unapologetically our own. We don’t pattern ourselves after anyone. So expect to have a great time with great people. Expect great service and a great product. Expect an atmosphere that makes you want to return.” Take that from Joe Johnson, who owns WKND Hang Suite, along...
Missy Elliott built a hip hop and R&B empire by singing and rapping catchy tunes, but she also wrote and produced some of pop’s most memorable tunes, thus earning her a nomination for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame—a prestigious organization which honors and inducts a slate of songwriters each year...
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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...
After months of releasing singles, music videos, freestyles, radio appearances and personally funded tours across the South and beyond, Jai Musiq finally has released his long awaited project, “The Sap Junt.” At the heart of this new wave of Memphis talent is Joshua Jones, also known as Jai Musiq. He...
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Rapper Meek Mill is in the New York Times this week with a powerful op-ed on criminal justice reform. If you remember, in November 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philly native to two to four years–claiming he violated his probation. Upon his early release in April 2018, he has led...