All of what lies ahead for newly self-published Memphis author Dorchelle T. Spence is of course unpredictable, but a building block for success is the clarity of the gripping opening scene in her debut novel “No Less Worthy” (UrbanEdge Publishing, 2014).
To be introduced to the market with a downtown book party this week, it is available for sale at $12.95 at urbanedgepublishing.com. Spence hopes the book becomes an inspirational series aimed at the coming-of-age young adult market.
The Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square provided the perfect backdrop for an “almost fall” evening of art and jazz last Friday (Sept. 19th).
The atmosphere was eclectic and simply elegant. The VIP guests sipped chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon and dined on smoked salmon, spiced shrimp, and pasta salad. The lobby was transformed into a gallery of art provided by local artists 1225 Cristalynne (Dupree), Frankd Robinson, Sir Walt, Malika Collins, Peggy Van Buren and Danny Broadway.
First interview – Tavis Smiley
The legacy and brand of The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) expanded this week with the launch of TSD Television.
“Through TSD Television we will be bringing to you exciting digital video content to include news broadcasts, community and celebrity interviews and dynamic new shows that both inform and entertain,” said TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.
One of the most pivotal periods in civil rights history is finally coming to the big screen. Selma, depicting Martin Luther King Jr.’s voting-rights campaign and the weeks of bloody protests in Selma, Ala., opens Christmas Day. The movie could not be timelier, with current civil rights leaders steeped in a continuing fight over voting rights.
Oprah Winfrey is one of the producers, British actor David Oyelowo stars as King and Ava DuVernay directs.The director told The Root on the red carpet at the Urbanworld Film Festival, “We made it with an elevated sense of responsibility.” The film was more than seven years in the making, with several big Hollywood directors and stars circling around it at one point or another.
“The question I attempt to answer in this book is simple: In his last year, what kind of man has Martin Luther King, Jr. become? In my view, he is a man whose true character has been misinterpreted, ignored, or forgotten. I want to remember—and bring to life—the essential truths about King in his final months before they are unremembered and irrecoverable.
“This is the King that I cherish: the King who, enduring a living hell, rises to moral greatness; the King who, in the face of unrelenting adversity, expresses the full measure of his character and courage. This is the King who, despite everything, spoke his truth, the man I consider the greatest public figure this country has ever produced.”
– Excerpted from the Introduction (page 5)