Music

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, and Representative Brenda Lawrence (all D-MI) on Tuesday introduced bicameral legislation to posthumously award the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding artistic and cultural contributions. The legislation was originally introduced...
by Tonja Renée Stidhum --  Music’s biggest night came, saw, and conquered. For the first time since watching the Grammys all of my life, I had the pleasure of covering the event from the press room at the Staples Center—and it was quite the experience. “Music is what we cry to,...
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...
by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In a bold move, Barbara Newman, president of the Blues Foundation, added a keynote panel – The Race and Blues – to the 2019 International Blues Challenge, which recently unfolded on Beale Street and concluded at the Orpheum. There was a nationwide...
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Media outlets are reporting that legendary singer and songwriter James Ingram died at 66-years-old Tuesday. Debbie Allen shared the news on social media. I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir. He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love...
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Horrifying news— Jussie Smollett is reportedly hospitalized in Chicago following a possible hate crime. The Chicago Police Department released a statement concerning “a cast member of the television show, Empire” regarding an assault and battery incident. According to TMZ, two white men in ski masks reportedly approached the 35-year-old actor late...
by Aisling Maki -- For nearly two decades, STAX Music Academy, located in the heart of Memphis’ storied Soulsville neighborhood, has been cultivating the city’s young musical talent. On January 18, the school hosted its first-ever fair focused on introducing aspiring young musicians to the business and technical aspects of the...
The Memphis Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. will host its 81st Founders Day Celebration today (January 27) at 4 p.m. at Hattiloo Theater at 37 S. Cooper. The gala event will feature a celebratory champagne toast to Gina Williams-Jackson, newly elected National Editor of Jack and Jill...
by George Tillman -- Many years ago, I started a project to bring HIV and AIDS awareness to the Memphis community. In 1998, I coordinated a World AIDS Day awareness benefit and that’s where my journey to owning a piece of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar began. John Tigrett, the owner of Memphis’...
If you think for one second that Mary Wilson is going to stand up on the stage at the Halloran Centre and sing the hits of a group she left decades ago . . . well, you’re in luck! In an exclusive interview for TSDRadio, Wilson said she’s thrilled to...