Friday, July 10, 2020

Culture

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
It’s that time of year again! A local foodie’s paradise week and delightful, new dining experiences for the rest of us. Memphis Black Restaurant Week (MBRW) 2018 started Monday, March 5 and runs through Sunday, March 11. And locals “foodies”...
The Memphis Slim House Collaboratory at 1130 College street in south Memphis is the setting for “Tha Resistance” – a photography exhibition by Johnathan Martin, aka Malik Tha Martian. A native of south Memphis, Martin will be center stage during...
by Howard Robertson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender At this age and stage of life, I don’t have very many bills.  It’s a great place to be.  While the young folks reading this may not clearly see their way...