Culture

A giant mural now stretches along the expanse of a corner at Lamar Ave. and Airways Blvd., the unofficial gateway into Orange Mound, Memphis’ first African-American community built by African Americans. It’s a bigger-than-life, explosion of vibrant color and artistry...
Memphis rap is in the midst of a special moment. The city’s youngest and brightest talents are actively developing their own distinct takes on what the Memphis hip-hop/rap scene can be and showing that it can thrive beyond the...
By S. Kyle Johnson, Boston College (THE CONVERSATION) Panama’s “Festival del Cristo Negro,” the festival of the “Black Christ,” is an important religious holiday for local Catholics. It honors a dark, life-sized wooden statue of Jesus, “Cristo Negro” – also...
Pot Liquor – a cultural storytelling event – added its essence to the legendary Slave Haven Museum in Uptown Memphis last Sunday (May 28th). A celebration of foods from African ancestors incorporated elements of culture, cuisine, education, entertainment, and community...
Content creator, writer, producer and self-described “cool auntie,” Munirah Safiyah Jones burst into the digital landscape in 2018 with the “Juntland” series, followed by the “F-Boy Defense 101” video. A little context for those who may not know: Junt is a...
The path to making money, building generational wealth and cultivating a business can be non-linear, with different looks for different people. Is college right for everyone? Should students learn a trade, a skill they can fall back on in case...
During the premiere episode of LeBron James’ new HBO show, The Shop, James, flanked by Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, business partner Maverick Carter and professional athletes Candace Parker, Odell Beckham Jr. and Draymond Green, explains to Stewart the structure...
by Stacey J. Smith, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The skate culture in Memphis is alive and well thanks in part to Chicago native Lukki, an avid skater who spent most of his summers in Memphis at his favorite...
by Beverly H. Anderson -- I was returning home. I left Memphis Sept. 23, a Friday, for a 10-hour flight, 12-day experience to Ghana, West Africa. My homecoming came via the Sankofa Tour, an international service trip of the International Women of...
“I’d rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I said.” These words, credited to journalist and...