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‘We’ve always been here’

A group of local African-American artists hoping to bring more attention to African-American art will display their artwork on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., during a one-day exhibit and sale at Empire Chemical Supply Company, 1384 Jackson Ave.
“As an art connoisseur and admirer of the artists, I think this exhibit is very positive and great for Memphis,” said Councilman Joe Brown, who owns the company providing the space for the art exhibit. “It’s great when artists get together and it’s an opportunity for the community to come out to meet and greet them.”  
  • Written by Wiley Henry
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In the wake of Ferguson, a community conversation

When a group of stakeholders in Memphis’ future gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum to discuss the fatal shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager fatally shot a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Tracy Buckley was in the mix.
So was Buckley’s son, Jordyn Buckley, a 12-year-old student at Grizzles Prep Academy. In fact, Jordyn was the primary reason Tracy Buckley attended the event (Sept. 11).

ASALH to converge on Memphis as it weighs ‘Civil Rights in America’

Like pilgrims making the trek to a holy shrine, nearly 1,000 academics, government officials, community leaders and ordinary folks from across the nation will convene in Memphis Sept. 24th-28th for the 99th Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference (ASALH). 
This year’s theme is “Civil Rights in America.”
“Our organization is the granddaddy of civil rights organizations,” said Dr. Daryl M. Scott, ASALH president. 
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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.


* Classic Music Festival
7:30pm | Landers Center

* Classic Comedy Jam
8pm | Orpheum Theatre

The Classic at 25 – still ‘team’ powered

Southern Heritage Classic

The staff of Summitt Management was diligently working deadline lists Monday (Sept. 8) in preparation for the 25th edition of the Southern Heritage Classic when a call from the Peabody Hotel caused the close-knit team to burst into laughter.

 “I’m going to be the honorary Peabody duckmaster,” CEO Fred Jones informed the room, then broke into a laugh louder than anyone else’s in the instant merriment.

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Best in Black Awards Weekend

BIB Awards

Friday, July 25th marked the beginning of online voting for the 2014 Best in Black (BIB) Awards Competition hosted by The New Tri-State Defender. It is now time for the public to vote for their favorite businesses across 64 unique categories at www.bestinblackawards.com.

In it’s third year, the Best In Black Awards will shine light upon some of the best African-American businesses, community organizations and entrepreneurs in the Mid-South. This year’s two-week business nomination period garnered nearly 600 nominations online. Voting will end at midnight on August 9.

Convoy of Hope expects to feed more than 8,000

One in five people in the Mid-South go hungry and one in four are children. Thirty percent of senior citizens live alone and are deprived of food. Also, more than 250,000 people in the Mid-South receive food stamps.
These glaring statistics prompted organizations like The Convoy of Hope Mid-South, a nonprofit corporation, to rally its volunteers, churches and other helping hands to help feed the hungry by distributing truckloads of donated food items.  
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Cover charge not the answer to Beale St. challenges

Beale St
A night in the life of a Beale Street business-owner turned patron for an evening revolved into a dreadful experience. Bad customer service coupled with an entrance fee on a public street dampened the mood for me and my visitors on Saturday night (Aug. 23). 
On any given week I spend at least 50-60 hours a week in and around my office on Beale Street -- 203 Beale, Suite 200 to be exact. I seldom use my entertainment time or dollars in what is arguably Memphis’ most visited entertainment district. This first-hand involvement sets this past weekend’s scene. 
  • Written by Bernal E Smith II
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