Thursday, June 30, 2022

Culture

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...
As we weather this “Ronapocolypse,” as my friend calls it, let’s try to support each other and our businesses as well. And on that front, I have some suggestions. Pyramid Liquors: Owner Rick Farwell has been in the Downtown-Uptown space...
When history and culture converge at the historic Robert R. Church Park in downtown Memphis June 14-16, revelers on the grounds will experience the best that the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival has to offer. “We’re working hard to bring Memphis...
Children’s book author and lifelong Memphian Alice Faye Duncan has a word for us. During the course of this enjoyable conversation, I found myself inspired by her perseverance, her fluency and pleasant disposition. Not to mention that I was impressed...
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 Harlan McCarthy -- Race relations is such a hot-button issue that few accept the challenge to tackle it, with some ignoring the topic altogether. Fortunately, Daryl Davis chose not to ignore America’s sordid history with race relations and instead...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender After closing her recent keynote lecture at the 10th Annual Women’s Honor Conference at the University of Memphis University Center, iconic poet Nikki Giovanni fielded a question that provided a snippet...
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...
When she was a struggling actress many years ago, Ann Perry Wallace dreamed of performing a one-woman play. This weekend, that dream will come true. “I was a struggling, young actress working in Chicago at Roosevelt University in international admissions,...
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...