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Carin Malone is a well-known poet, who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master. She has been performing poetry for more than 10 years and is a 12-time poetry slam champion. Writeous Soul is committed to using her voice to impact,...
The proven greatness of dough fried, flaky and delicious – that’s the main focus at Blue’s City Donuts. Located at 5735 Raleigh Lagrange Rd., the bakery is a new addition to the Raleigh area. Local chef Rueal Braden is the owner of Blue’s City Donuts. State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, who...
Music courses through the veins of Memphis. It is inextricably linked to our past, present and future. Central Station Hotel, one of the newest and coolest spaces in the downtown hotel sprawl, honors the remarkable nature of Memphis music and Memphians. Built atop and alongside the actual Amtrak station, the...
by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The world of blues convened in Memphis recently for the 36th International Blues Challenge (IBC) presented by the Blues Foundation. Musicians from around the world flooded the juke joints on Beale, competing for bragging rights. But it was Bobby Rush – an...
Widely acclaimed Memphis artist Carl Moore was celebrated Tuesday evening at the unveiling of his Memphis in May International Festival poster honoring the Republic of Ghana in West Africa. Moore’s acrylic-on-canvas creation was inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape and the endless, pageantry of indigenous, colorful plant life,...
“Stepping Up!” is the theme for the eighth annual rendition of the Best In Black Awards hosted by the parent company of The New Tri-State Defender and set for Feb. 6 at Central Station Hotel, located at 545 S. Main St. The Best Media Properties, LLC presentation is set for...
"Look at that view,” my driver Gade said to me, as he marveled over the picturesque view of bright green rice fields with high mountaintops serving as their backdrop. We were in Sidemen, a small valley town east of Ubud, Bali where I was staying. Gade, who spent much of...
Electrolyfe Juice Bar on Elvis Presley Blvd. marked its second anniversary Saturday morning with a celebration that also kicked off 2nd Annual Whitehaven Black Restaurant Week.  Whitehaven residents packed the organic juice bar out. “Although it wasn’t a grand opening, I thought it was important to mark our second year in...
Hundreds gathered in the scenic elegance of Hilton Hotel East on Monday morning for the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the LeMoyne-Owen College Alumni Association. This year’s theme was: “2020 Vision: Be the Dream.” The occasion brought back a favorite son, Dr. Alvin O’Neal...
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Ayanna Pressley loves playing with her hair. Before she became a Massachusetts Congresswoman (and a high-profile member of “The Squad”), Pressley would experiment with different hairstyles and textures, getting a weave and even cutting her own hair. Lately, she’s been experimenting with lace-front wigs. “One I call ‘FLOTUS’ because it...