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“The Color Purple” is in full swing here in Memphis. I attended opening night (Tuesday) at the Orpheum, with the house packed and rightfully so. It is a special story. The book by Alice Walker and the subsequent movie was a game changer – and needful agitator – in...
Whatever “it” is, Chef D. Arthur has it. His food is nom. He is personable, charming and a super nice guy. And he wants to help us get through 2018, starting and ending on a high note. To that end, he has created his second Delicious Things Meal Prep calendar,...
Confession: I had yet to see “Fences” on stage. This was my first time. Don’t take my black card yall! I did see “Jitney,” “King Headley,” etc. That to say, this was a win-win. I would have gone regardless of whether I wrote about it. I love art in all...
I hope you receive this in the spirit in which it is given. But y’all first-of-the-year gym people fray my nerves. I’m always next to the one go-hard lady on the elliptical. My eyes are rolling all over my head. Working out is a lifestyle change. It doesn’t work if...
Cardell Orrin, Rosalind (Roz) Withers and Kamilah Turner each grew up in home environments where civic engagement was a norm that affected their childhood and helped shaped who they are as adults. With Hattiloo’s upcoming play “Sunset Baby” as the backdrop, each was asked to draw from those experiences for...
A haunting chorus of #metoo is echoing from sea to shining sea bringing attention to instances of harassment – impropriety at best – that have been taken on the chin by women for decades. Painfully and shamefully often, the offender and the offensive behavior have been known and just not...
Boo Mitchell got juice; or, rather, the Mitchell family. Royal Studios 60th anniversary concert at The Orpheum on Sunday night was a star-studded evening accented with stellar performances, including a surprise appearance by Tank, who paid tribute to Al Green, sparkly slip-on loafers and all. I would venture to say some...
The Essence/Ford My City, 4 Ways event was on a higher plane and well done all around. And while I had a hand in it (on the PR side), I’m saying this as a person who has either worked on events, partied or attended events in New York, Atlanta,...
Let’s be clear. Willie Mitchell and Royal Studios is a BIG DEAL and not just in Memphis. Yes, it’s a huge part of the fabric and legacy of Memphis music. Hi Records and Royal Studios was the home of Memphis favorite Al Green, where he and the immensely respected...
By Joy Doss, Special to The New Tri-State Defender



Remy Ma and DJ Self promised “FIYAH” when they came to Memphis — and they delivered. K-97 DJs Devin Steel and Mic Tee got partygoers warmed up in anticipation of “Love and Hip Hop” (New York) stars DJ Self and Remy Ma – with a little help from promoter and impromptu hype man Thomas Brownlee. Even TSD publisher Bernal E. Smith II got to turn up a little bit when Self pulled him onstage! That was fun to see. Everyone in the building was waiting on Remy with baited breath. Every. One. A few weeks ago, Remy broke the Internet with “Shether,” her diss track aimed at Nicki Minaj. That track catapulted her into the hip-hop stratosphere — it’s the stuff legends are made of. I promise. Beyond that, she’s riding high off chart blazers with Fat Joe like “Money Showers” and “All The Way Up.” I am absolutely loving her resurgence. She has always been one of the baddest in the rap game, no exaggeration. It’s great that she has so many new fans but please understand that Remy has had bars for YEARS. I would encourage the younguns or the unfamiliar, to check out “Ante Up.” To provide a localized frame of reference, it’s like Triggerman for Brooklyn peeps. Seriously, same reaction. Just know that the whole place is about to go completely bananas! DJ Self stepped on the stage for the turn up. He gave us about an hour of perfectly calibrated party time, a fine balance of NYC swag and down south grit, grind and bounce. It was hot! When Remy came on it went from the turn up to “all the way up!” Everybody was jumping and cheering, singing along, sweating and hard dancing into the wee hours of the morning. My crew and I had a good ole time too. We loved the VIP treatment. The food from Melissa’s Fine Catering was on point (that bang bang shrimp though!) and we definitely appreciated the open bar courtesy of Effen Vodka. Very nice touch. The Society Memphis team promised an experience, versus just a concert or a party, and we got just that. This was their first time in Memphis and our city showed them love. So here’s to the next one! Hopefully sooner than later.
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