Monday, July 4, 2022

Culture

by Jay Connor -- If “show up to show out” was a person, is there a better candidate on planet Earth other than Nia Dennis? Last year, the celebrated UCLA gymnast sent jaws crashing into the floor with a show-stopping, Beyoncé-inspired...
“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...
by Stacy M. Brown --  Amber Pickens is celebrating Black History Month in a big way. The dancer, actress, and singer has added author to her long list of titles with the release of “Blooming in Motion,” a coloring book that...
by Najee El-Amin -- As African-American History month winds down, a living embodiment of that history received recognition she deserved in Atlanta on Tuesday (Feb. 23).  The Atlanta Police Department honored its first African-American woman officer, Linnie Hallmon Booker, with a...
From all over the world, they come to the National Civil Rights Museum in Downtown Memphis – pilgrims in search of truth, confrontation, reconciliation, peace, empowerment and to touch, first-hand, “the Black Experience” in America. “This particular exhibit is a...
In the 28th year of its Memphis celebration, Juneteenth this year will be celebrated in a park that was once dedicated to the memory of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. “I...
Ora Dell Cooley Jackson has lived an intriguing life. From the cotton fields of her father’s farm to a gun-toting bailiff in Shelby County courtrooms, Mrs. Jackson blazed her way into the history book of “African-American firsts.”  This year, she...
The 26th Annual Stone “EBEN” Awards gala -- held at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center (Oct. 9) -- was a rise-up affair. Hosted by Stanley “Cam Mtenzi” Campbell and the House of Mtenzi Museum (1289 Madison Ave.), the red-carpet affair...
by Hillel Italie -- NEW YORK – Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, whose explorations of how race, gender, economics, and politics intertwined helped shape academic and popular debates over the past 40 years, has...
The annual seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa in Memphis will reflect the desire to continue with tradition while accounting for health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. will host events on three designated days, with those days...