facebook-icotwitter-icogoogle-icorss-ico
connectsubscribearchives
Log in

Greater Metro

Memphis premiere for ‘True Blue – Memphis Lawmen of 1948’

true blue_600Local filmmaker George Tillman Jr. says the passing of cherished actress Ruby Dee and before her Maya Angelou marks why films such as the one he has just completed deserve support from the public.
 
Entitled “True Blue—Memphis Lawmen of 1948,” Tillman’s second completed documentary this year is scheduled to premiere on Saturday (June 21st) at the University of Memphis’ Michael Rose Theater. It explores the impact of the historic 1948 hiring of the city’s first African American policemen.
  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Hits: 579

Velma Lois Jones – serving with purpose

velma 600Former educator and Tennessee Education Association president Velma Lois Jones didn’t need another award to convince many who know her that she is a living legacy. Jones took her latest honor with familiar humility.
 
The Living Legacy Awards are co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History and Farmer’s Insurance. Ten recipients, including Jones, were honored earlier this year at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. 
 
The Living Legacy Awards salute African-Americans across the country that work to improve communities, institutions, organizations and family life through education. 

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

FRIDAY
memphis
Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
10am | Robert Church Park (Beale Street)
 
* Memphis Redbirds vs. Reno Aces
7:05pm | AutoZone Park
 
Levitt Shell Concert Series: The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker
7:30pm | Overton Park 

Memphis Links, Inc. and Girls Inc. partner to ‘Get Out the Vote’

register 600The Memphis chapter of the Links, Inc. and Girls, Inc. of Memphis will host a “Get Out the Vote” campaign to help Memphis and Shelby County citizens register on Saturday (June 7th).
 
The voter registration drive will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the main entrance of the Southland Mall. Participants can bring any form of government identification. Assistance with filling out the voter registration card will be provided, if necessary.
 
The outreach effort is being extended through the Links’ “It’s a Girl’s Life” (IAGL) program in conjunction with Girls, Inc. of Memphis’ Eureka Program.

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

memphisYour source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Special Engagement with SINBAD
7:30pm and 10pm | Chuckles Comedy House
 
* The Moonshine Jungle Tour – Bruno Mars and Aloe Blacc
8pm | FedEx Forum
 
* Marvin Gaye Tribute
8pm | Suga Shack

Movies, BBQ and a lot of Hart


KHart4 600Who wouldn’t enjoy a night out at the movies? Memphians are no exception and we certainly enjoy a good movie night event when the star of the film, Kevin Hart, is expected to make an appearance.
 
On Monday, June 2nd, the Malco Paradiso was transformed into a coveted red carpet event for the premiere of “Think Like A Man Too” and the appearance by Hart. Among the notables on hand before he arrived were legendary rapper MJG, who was promoting his recent solo project entitled “Too Pimpin,” dynamic drummer, Carlos Sargent, as well as Linn Sitler, Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner.
 
Mayor AC Wharton Jr. took his turn on the red carpet, pausing to express his belief that Memphis is “rich with talent” and that events such as the movie premiere shine a brighter light on what the city has to offer.

Downtown fixture Brenda Buford-Shaw moving piano studio to Bartlett

Shaw 600Memphis-area piano music instructor Brenda Buford-Shaw is moving from her Downtown studio, where she has been a fixture for 24-plus years.
 
The transition will be marked with an Open House reception on Sunday (June 8th) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the new location at 5705 Stage Rd. in Bartlett.
 
A consistent presence in the Downtown Memphis community, Buford-Shaw operated from the Lincoln American Tower at 100 N. Main building, and only moved because of renovation work at her longtime business home. 
 
Buford-Shaw says she will miss working from Downtown, having grown up minutes away. The Memphis native received her Music Education degree from Langston University in Oklahoma.

Coming soon: Hattiloo Community Grand Opening

After a successful two-year capital campaign that resulted in $4.2M raised from over 200 sources, Hattiloo, a black repertory founded in 2006, is set to open its newly constructed theatre in Overton Square. 
 
Hatiloo 600The free – first come/first-serve – Community Grand Opening will unfold from 8 a.m. to midnight on June 28th at the theatre at 37 South Cooper.  
 
A 150-seat flexible theatre, 56-seat black box theatre, lobby that can accommodate up to 100 people, and a well-outfitted backstage and office amenities make up the new 10,000-plus square foot building. The Community Grand Opening, sponsored by FedEx and The Mustang Fund, includes free performances from various groups, including Ballet Memphis and Cazateatro and will reflect the theatre’s diverse history. There are also private tours for Hattiloo subscribers and donors.