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by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Hattiloo Theatre’s production of “Raisin” is the musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s timeless “A Raisin in the Sun,” which depicts a black family’s struggle to achieve the American dream. Set in segregated 1950s Chicago the same as the original, the play adds...
Billed as an “urban socio-drama” honoring the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers, “King and the 13 Hundred” is slated for a presentation at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts on Sunday night (June 17). Directed by Ike Griffith, the presentation is set to begin at 6 p.m. Admission is three canned...
By Andy Meek, High Ground News If you closed your eyes right now and tried to imagine an opera performance - from the players on stage to the musicians, the director and the hired hands behind the scenes - chances are that hypothetical musical tableau won’t include many professionals who...
by Joyce Kyles Attendees witnessed a future Misty Copeland, Ashley Murphy or Ebony Williams over the Memorial Day weekend as they experienced a magical twist on the  broadway classic “Annie” at the Ballet on Wheels Dance School and Company’s End of Year Dance Recital. “All in the name of dance,” said...
MarQuita Henderson had a vision for how her senior year of high school at GRAD Academy Memphis was going to go. The 11th-grader was going to continue leading her school’s award-winning poetry team, which she believes changed her life. She was going to graduate with her best friends. She was...
Award-winning poets Ranieka Johnson and Aneisha Wright had such a successful run with an event called “Black Chick Monologue” that they decided to take another step forward with “MENace to Society.” “(We) discussed the day-to-day issues that black women faced,” said Johnson of “Black Chick Monologue.” “We discussed … several topics...
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...
“The Color Purple” is in full swing here in Memphis. I attended opening night (Tuesday) at the Orpheum, with the house packed and rightfully so. It is a special story. The book by Alice Walker and the subsequent movie was a game changer – and needful agitator – in...
Earth wants to kill you. According to famed astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, that cryptic teaser is one of the “Ten Things You Should Know About The Universe.” Tyson will explain the murderous motives of our planet — along with the other nine things we need to know — during...
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Whatever you do, don’t call Naturally 7 an a cappella group. Not that they’d mind — that’s how they got started — but a cappella just isn’t accurate, not anymore. When the internationally renowned group takes the stage at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education on Feb....