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It was a magical and inspirational night at Clayborn Temple Saturday, as Memphis gathered to celebrate the 2018 Best In Black Awards! The winners are listed below, with a few video clips sprinkled in. Check back later for a slideshow from TSD photographers who were on the scene!: BEST ATTORNEY -...
Le Diner en Blanc – Memphis style – was a grand night out. I was flattered to attend and to be selected as a table host. The event concept dates back to Paris nearly 30 years ago when a gentleman – un monsieur if you will – named Francois Pasquier...
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by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The distinctive vocals of Preston Shannon and his skillful artistry on the electric blues guitar were stilled Monday morning when the storied bluesman lost his bout with cancer. He was 70. Shannon’s music meant many things to many people, but...
On a rainy Saturday night in South Memphis, more than 500 attendees were a part of Grit, Grind and Groove at Staxtacular 2018. The Memphis Grizzlies and the Soulsville Foundation held the event, now in its 13th year. Over the years, Staxtacular has raised more than $1 million for the...
In a note of respect, a procession made its way along Beale Street on Friday, passing through the entertainment district that bluesman Preston Shannon punctuated with talent and professional dignity. Shannon, 70, died on Monday, succumbing to a bout with cancer. Shannon’s funeral was set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at...
It’s that time of year again! A local foodie’s paradise week and delightful, new dining experiences for the rest of us. Memphis Black Restaurant Week (MBRW) 2018 started Monday, March 5 and runs through Sunday, March 11. And locals “foodies” get the opportunity to celebrate one of the city’s two...
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Charles Sims Jr. is not all business. Sometimes his business – financial management – intersects with his need to unwind and enjoy smooth jazz. And when those two interests come together, well, you get the “Perfect Note.” On business in Birmingham, Ala., Sims was directed to nearby Hoover, Ala. and...
Guitarist and bluesman Preston Shannon, who has his own star on Beale Street, has passed away at age 70. In June, Shannon was given six months to live after having been diagnosed with cancer, according to family members who said he made through seven months. A fixture on Beale St., Shannon...
Memphians are gearing up for another night of black excellence at the Hilton Memphis, as some of Memphis’ top leaders in entrepreneurship and business will be celebrated at the “Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professionals Awards Gala.” Now in its third year, the gala is presented by Cynthia Daniels,...
I arrived early to Night at the Loraine – year three – at the National Civil Rights Museum last Saturday. Outside, tables were set up with fancy tablecloths. A band was setting up in preparation for a performance of songs particularly selected to move the expected crowd. Inside, I found...