Culture

Children’s book author and lifelong Memphian Alice Faye Duncan has a word for us. During the course of this enjoyable conversation, I found myself inspired by her perseverance, her fluency and pleasant disposition. Not to mention that I was impressed that she has a dozen books to her credit. Duncan discovered...
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Coronavirus. It’s all over the news. It’s trending on your social media. It’s on your TV. It’s dominating the push alerts on your phone. The year is less than three months old but we have every reason to believe that COVID-19 will be one of the most significant events of...
Let me start by stating the obvious. Memphis is riddled with flaws as a city and a populace. This we know. Chief among them is an inferiority complex. I say this because other cities have issues, too, but their natives don’t seem to drag and downplay their cities quite...
“The single most important thing you can do to avoid the virus is reduce your face-to-face contact with people,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University professor and longtime adviser to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the coronavirus makes its way around the globe health officials...
Many high school girls look forward to looking and feeling astonishing for their special night at prom. Sometimes, however, the price tag for obtaining that goal is anything but pretty. With the help of a heartfelt community, though, Couture Cares presents HER Prom Closet.Davina Jones of Memphis founded Couture Cares...
by Brittany Holst -- Growing up I never thought I wanted children. Now that my husband and I have been blessed with a beautiful daughter, I reflect and wonder why I wanted to deny myself the beautiful experience of motherhood. Zaniah (Niah), my daughter, recently turned a year old. She...
When my daughter, Addison, was younger, she said to me, “I don’t ever want to get married.” I thought, skrrrrt! I’m a single mama but I am not a “men ain’t sh—” sort. So I said to her, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on.  You don’t want this, trust.” I am not...
This Sunday (Feb. 16), poet/lyricist Sebastian Carson will be the featured guest on TSDRadio on WLOK as "Where Do We Go From Here?" host Karanja A. Ajanaku engages him in a conversation about the past, present and future of spoken word. Carson emerged as the voters' favorite in the spoken-word...
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,...
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...