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I've observed an ironic paradox as I drive around the streets of Memphis. And it has to do with historical markers. On one hand, they were all erected to bring attention to the people and events that have shaped our communities, our city and the state of Tennessee. The irony...
When I first heard of the movie “If Beale Street Could Talk” I got excited about the possibility of seeing the legendary Beale Street of Memphis on the big screen. To my utter disappointment this movie has nothing to do with the 1.8 mile-long street in Memphis. My disappointment is...
"Where Do We Go From Here?" airs Sundays from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on TSDRadio on WLOK. Host: Karanja A. Ajanaku, associate publisher / executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender.
Let me start by saying that I have neva EVA seen that many people in the Lamar-Airways shopping center in my life, especially at night and IN THE RAIN. Y’all know “we” don’t do rain! This was always our “shopping center.” My Big Mama and I went to Belote’s, where...
“This year I can’t sleep on the vision,” exclaimed Carin Malone. Malone is a well-known poet who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master, as she’s been doing spoken word for more than 10 years and is a 10-time poetry slam...
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Regina King makes it easy to say “yes” to an assignment editor’s request for a reporter to join in on a national conference call and listen to an actress talk about her role in a movie. I had already sounded the “y” in my “yes” before the sentence conveying the...
PODCAST GALLERY: "Where Do We Go From Here?" Inaugural Show: A conversation with Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer "...Activist is a dirty word to a lot of people and it shouldn't be. ... I use that privilege and the power I have inside of me ... to push for change." Listen to...
“Artists in the ’70s and ’80s like Curtis Mayfield wrote about and sang about the centuries we have spent in this country – our advances and setbacks, our triumphs and defeats, times of rejoicing and our times of struggle,” said Ekundayo Bandele, founder of the Hattiloo Technical Theatre Center. “Some...
Kuumba (creativity) -- the sixth principle in the Nguzo Saba -- will be celebrated at the Java Complex, 1423 Elvis Presley Blvd., as the 2018-19 observance of Kwanzaa continues on Monday evening (Dec. 31). The Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. celebration of Kuumba is sponsored by Johari Brittenum. Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival...
by Terri Schlichenmeyer Here I am! You raise your hand higher so you don’t go unnoticed. You speak up, so you aren’t overlooked. It’s a natural human need: pay attention, here I am, look this way, see me. For some, it’s easy to get recognition; for others – as in the...