#Access901 - Joy Doss

This was my third year attending Night at the Lorraine, as well as sitting on the host committee. The event is designed to bring positive attention to the fabled and famed Lorraine Motel, which now serves as the centerpiece of the series of exhibits housed at the National Civil...
When my friend Amy Benson, a professor at Rhodes College, told me that she wanted me to meet her friends Dan Charnas and Wendy Walters from New York, I said “Sure!” They were coming to Memphis as writers-in-residence at the institution. I always enjoy “northerly winds” blowing this way....
As rational, thinking adults, we kinda knew something was amiss with Michael. We subscribed to the Peter Pan and/or asexual fallacy ’cause we needed to. We knew “Aruh Smelly” was stinkin’ no doubt. Hello? Aaliyah. We just didn’t know how funky it was. For me, it took a sec to...
November is National Diabetes Awareness month. The Cash Saver grocery chain is acknowledging this by offering health fairs at its 4 different locations throughout the month. No one on this planet is more affected by “the sugar” than us, meaning African Americans. According to the American Diabetes Association, over 13...
Victoria Young was an organizer of the Diner en Blanc event, where I was table captain, when we met. She simultaneously was at the helm of that massive event while finishing law school AND opening her own cycle studio here in Memphis. Standing O to her for still standing because...
I love Europe. The architecture is simply stunning. I love their effortless style and lack of affect. This last trip to Barcelona and the Spanish island of Mallorca was my fourth visit across the pond and was no exception. (Happy birthday to meeeee!!) I also love the islands and the...
Local 24 anchor Katina Rankin released her second book – “Emmett Till: Sometimes Good Can Come Out of a Bad Situation” – a few weeks before what would have been his 77th birthday (July 25) and 63 years after his tragic death at the age of 14. Young Till’s death...
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...
More often than not, I try to rebuke the devil’s sugary sweet treats. I do fairly well at resisting and/or consuming in moderation. But then I had one of the best cinnamon rolls ever – and it was produced, handmade actually – right here in Memphis. South Memphis to be...
My friend Sayyida Abdus Salaam is the heart and soul of her own practice, Memphis Center for Aesthetic Medicine (MCAM), which she opened with purpose and intention in Germantown just over two years ago. Dr. Salaam saw a need and moved in to fill the vacuum. Oddly, there are very...