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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...
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...
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...
Photo: Justin Merriman (Getty Images)As a child, my mom would tell me stories about Ramadan in our homeland of Comoros. Some parts weren’t the most idyllic - the idea of fasting under mosquito nets without air conditioning that close to the equator is not my concept of pleasant...
The Southern Coalition Movement celebrated their 10-year anniversary by honoring the achievements of underground, independent and major hip-hop and R&B artists, as well as music industry professionals at Minglewood Hall Sunday night. In front of a packed audience, I was happy to snag the award as Best Publicist. This honor...
More than 100,000 music fans swarmed Tom Lee Park for the 2018 Beale Street Music Festival, and were treated to an amazing weekend of music, food and fun. Huge crowds turned out for the hip-hop acts. And while neo-soul star Erykah Badu packed them in, the makeup was decidedly different....
by Calvin Anderson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Since 1976, Memphis in May International has during the month of May promoted economic, cultural and educational exchange with an honored country. The Czech Republic gets this year’s salute. As a part of the month-long celebration, a civic leadership trip has been...
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With a promotional brainstorm and the determination of its first executive director, Martha Ellen Maxwell, the Memphis in May International Festival debuted in the early 1970s. The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce devised plans to host a promotional festival to tout the many cultural events scheduled annually in May, including:...
I was chasing a big story in a small Texas town when I came face to face to with my own biases. My trip to central Texas had not been an easy one. The man I came to interview declined to speak with me without saying why. As an African...
For more than three decades, the Africa in April International Festival has entertained, educated and kept its revelers engaged in multicultural celebrations of African countries. Meaningful bonds have been nurtured between Memphis and the African continent because of the authentic enactments of dance, song, culinary art, aesthetic creations and all...