Culture

More than just a couple of college teams vying for bragging rights -- and high-stepping bands that battle it out at halftime -- the Southern Heritage Classic is every bit a cultural celebration. In fact, that’s the evolved 2018 name: the 29th Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration. It goes down...
The National Civil Rights Museum will host an award-winning lineup of spoken word artists at its Drop the Mic Poetry Slam and Poetry Symposium on August 17-18.  Both events are free and open to the public. They are designed to stimulate youth participation in modern community dialogue and grassroots activism...
If you were in a gallery accented with Catherine Vaughn’s paintings, you likely would feel the energy that jumps off her canvasses. It’s the same type of energy that penetrates those encountering her in person – no matter if it is the first time or the upteenth point of contact. “Art...
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https://www.ted.com/talks/tobacco_brown_what_gardening_taught_me_about_life At the public intersection of environmental art and restorative justice is where you will find tobacco brown - working. On Friday (Aug. 17), you can meet up with the 2016 ArtUp Fellow and 2017 TED Resident at the Orange Mound Gallery at 2232 Lamar Ave. She will there for the opening...
Le Diner en Blanc – Memphis style – was a grand night out. I was flattered to attend and to be selected as a table host. The event concept dates back to Paris nearly 30 years ago when a gentleman – un monsieur if you will – named Francois Pasquier...
by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Hattiloo Theatre’s production of “Raisin” is the musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s timeless “A Raisin in the Sun,” which depicts a black family’s struggle to achieve the American dream. Set in segregated 1950s Chicago the same as the original, the play adds...
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 songs particularly selected to move the expected crowd. Inside, I found...
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 close to the equator is not my concept of pleasant...
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 happy to snag the award as Best Publicist. This honor...
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 Erykah Badu packed them in, the makeup was decidedly different....