Black-Owned Chocolate Brand Wins Fans With Margarita, Truffle Flavors

Phillip Ashley Rix started out by selling his chocolates from the trunk of his four-door sedan. Now he’s got a partnership with one of the most legendary names in automotive history: In June, Rix was named the exclusive chocolatier of Cadillac. The Phillip Ashley brand, based in Memphis, has built its success on unorthodox flavor […]


Memphis author Mark Greaney talks about massive Netflix movie

When “The Gray Man” — based on a book by Memphis novelist Mark Greaney — made its screen and streaming debut last month, it earned one of Netflix’s top five launch weeks. The Netflix film stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans and, with more than 88.5 million viewing hours over its first three days, it remained […]

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Vinyl masters: How this Memphis company became one of the nation’s largest record-makers

When vinyl manufacturer Memphis Record Pressing launched in November 2014, co-owner Brandon Seavers had modest expectations. “We thought if we get five years out of this, we’re golden,” Seavers said. “Here we are in 2022, and never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that we would be building this massive organization.” Memphis Record Pressing (MRP) is about […]



AP News reported that the Black repertory theater is set to open a tuition-free school in a historic church that will be renovated by a community development agency after decades of decay. The program is slated to kick off in late 2023. The Third Presbyterian Church was organized in 1856 and completely built in 1860. […]


Reinventing Memphis

October 5, 2021 is a day Brett Batterson will never forget. That’s when Come From Away opened at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Memphis, marking the return to live performance after 18 months of pandemic shutdown. “That opening night is one of the greatest nights I’ve ever experienced in my career,” says Batterson, the Orpheum’s president and […]