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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...
I really wasn't in the concert mood but my wife really wanted to attend the 90's Block Party Concert series. So we went. Good call, sweetheart! Headlined by Teddy Riley and Guy, the tour also featured Dru Hill, Faith Evans, 112, and Jagged Edge. They had FedExForum rockin'! Dru Hill opened...
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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...
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Only a few more days to go before Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2018 wraps up . . . and in case you're on the fence, TSDMemphis.com teamed up with comedian Darius "Phatmak" Clayton to profile some of the restauranteurs. It's fun. You'll like it. For info and to take advantage...
After five successful years of Life is Dope, founders David Parks and K97’s DJ Dnyce are gearing up for the latest edition of the underground franchise, with this one dedicated to the talented teens of Memphis. Themed as the “Teen Edition,” the multi-media showcase will highlight the varied talents of...
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Assuming you haven't stuffed yourself silly with barbecue and you're looking for a way to relax and chill this Labor Day, you might need to get to Fresh Ideas Entertainment's Bluff City Jazz Festival at the Cannon Center. The Festival will be headlined by iconic smooth jazz saxophonist Najee, with performances...
Yo Gotti bashed in his birthday at the FedExForum (June 28) and after six years of attending this event, I say this was his best show yet. Things were very different this year, all the way down to the production. Last year, the Roc Nation affiliate gave us a replica...
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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by Karanja A. Ajanaku kajanaku@tsdmemphis.com Ask Tremayne Thompson of TK Productions about saxophonist Mike Phillips, and he starts by describing “such a cross-cultured guy.” “From hip hop to R&B to jazz, playing with Prince, Stevie Wonder as one of their main musicians and MD (musical director), he is an explosive guy (and...
by Dr. Earle J. Fisher --  On April 29, 2018, Jennifer Schulte called the police because she saw two African-American men using a public park charcoal grill in Oakland, Calif. Schulte, now referred to as “BBQ Becky,” saw black people in public – enjoying themselves – and projected suspicion upon...