Log in

Greater Metro

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.  
  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Hits: 710

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
  • Hits: 1044


Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
* MULYP Empowerment Conference
6:30pm-9:30pm | The Crescent Club
* Avery Sunshine in Concert
7pm | 1884 Lounge 

Stone Soul Picnic taps Memphis finest

Stone Soul_Picnic
It is customary for the WLOK Stone Soul Picnic to start with opening prayer.
But during the course of the evening, a lineup of gospel artists – all from the cultural enclave of Memphis – will turn up the volume to communicate their message through soul-stirring gospel music at Tom Lee Park Saturday, Aug. 30th, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The lineup includes performances by Courtney Little, Mighty Kings of Harmony, Melodic Truth, Stevenson Clark, Spiritual Excitement, the Bell Singers, Moses Tyson Jr., the Jubilee Hummingbirds, the Bogard Brothers, STAX Music Academy, the Supreme Harmonettes, the Baptist Ministerial Male Chorus, the Salem Harmonizers, the Strong Family, the WLOK Anniversary Choir, the Brown Singers, and Darrel Pettis.
  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Hits: 523


Good Blue
(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. The New Tri-State Defender's “Good Blue & You” column spotlights law enforcement officers who do it right. This week’s focus is on Patrolman Lakisha Cleveland and Patrolman Mary Bibbs.)
A group of young ladies were the main course on the evening of July 31st after participating in The Memphis Police Department Tillman Station Girls Summer Camp and graduating at The Word Church on Park Avenue. With several officers in the mix, a heaping of love along with side dishes of wisdom and care was plenty to go around.
  • Written by Kelvin Cowans
  • Hits: 477


Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
Candlelight Vigil
8:30pm | Graceland
* Chuckles Comedy House Presents: Mark Curry
7:30 and 10pm | Chuckles Comedy House

Memphis grad works to reverse ‘brain drain’

brain drain
Philip Blackett is familiar with the talk about Memphis’ “brain drain.” As the story goes, many of the city’s students graduate from Memphis and Shelby County high schools and depart for college outside of Memphis – and Tennessee – to get their degrees, with no plans of ever coming back to their hometown.
 A 2003 graduate of Memphis University School, Blackett is determined to do his part to reverse the so-called brain drain by adding value back into his hometown, even when he’s no longer in Memphis.