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Debut novel ‘No Less Worthy’ is perfectly titled


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.

  • Written by Tony Jones

‘Sarah Vaughan’ comes to Hattiloo


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.

  • Written by Nona N. Allen-Special to The New Tri-State Defender


Tavis Smiley

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.

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” – a journey of discovery

black angels
The house lights fell, inviting a dominant spotlight to focus on the medium built, black guy who playfully rubbed his hands together as if recently learning of a secret and wanting to tell it to the hundreds of patrons at The Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday night. 
The bald narrator (Thaddeus Daniels) was given the name “Man,” recounting the events, experiences and emotions in “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” of six men – historically known as the Tuskegee Airmen – who would become some of the first African-American military pilots in World War II. 
  • Written by Kirstin L. Cheers-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

A conversation with ‘Uncle Charlie’ Wilson

Charlie Wilson

Not being much of a conversationalist, when presented with the assignment to interview the great Charlie Wilson with regard to his pending trip to Memphis to perform for the Southern Heritage Classic, I tried my best to hand it off to someone else. When that didn’t work, I resolved to just relax and talk to him like I would my own uncle.

And when you have a conversation with Charlie Wilson, it is just instinctive to call him Uncle Charlie. So after we got on the phone and exchanged the initial pleasantries, I asked, “May I call you Uncle Charlie?” And it was on from there!

  • Written by Nina Allen-Johnson-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Back in Memphis for ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee'

Lamman Rucker


Lamman Rucker stars in the off-Broadway production of  “Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” which the National Civil Rights Museum is bringing to the Orpheum Theatre for a one-show-only performance on Sept. 16th at 7 p.m. The play tells the story of the historic Tuskegee Airmen.


The courage, determination and brotherhood of the Tuskegee Airmen will be part of what Rucker shares with young men and boys during an afternoon visit to Booker T. Washington High school on Sept. 15th. That evening, he will speak to the general public during a session at the National Civil Rights Museum.


  • Written by Bernal E Smith II

Reverential biopic revisits life of free-spirited Renaissance woman

Altina Schinasi (1907-1999) was lucky enough to be born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. The youngest of three girls, her parents were Sephardic Jews of humble origin who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey in the late 19th Century.
Thanks to the tobacco fortune soon amassed by their industrious father, the sisters were raised in the lap of luxury on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Although headstrong Altina wanted for nothing, she proved to be something of a rebel, opting to study art in Paris after graduating from a prestigious prep school, rather than follow the conventional path of a pampered debutante.

Twenty years later, UniverSoul Circus still rolling along

This is about my tenth time going to the UniverSoul Circus and about the eighth time covering it. The circus performers may change but the theme remains the same: Having good family fun.
The venue was the Hickory Ridge Mall and the circus kicked off with SubRoy, a Memphis-area dance group that did a wonderful job. Perhaps my favorite circus act was next – The Caribbean Callaloo from Trinidad. Performers on stilts strut throughout the tent, towering over everyone. Then these beautiful women come out dancing in colorful outfits. Then comes the test of going under a stick blazing with fire. Wow! How low can you go?
  • Written by Warren Roseborough