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Black theater in Memphis plans tuition-free school

A Black repertory theater in Memphis says it plans to open a tuition-free school for at-risk students and other groups in a historic church that will be renovated after falling into disrepair. Hattiloo Theatre said the new program is expected to begin in late 2023. Students will be accepted based on auditions, and two-thirds of […]

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New festival targets aspiring, established filmmakers

After going to film festivals for more than a decade, Memphis-based filmmaker Chassidy Jade Woods has now created one of her own, and her goal is to bolster the number of Black and brown creatives in the entertainment ranks. Enter Woods’ Crown Me Royal Film Festival, which takes place Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July […]

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Arbo’s Cheese Dip carried in 300 stores, now expanding to Texas

When we spoke to Andrew Arbogast, he was in the midst of a journey that had him driving to Tupelo, Mississippi, to pick up a refrigerated truck and then driving that truck to Humboldt, Tennessee, to pick up 1,000 pounds of cheese from a cheese factory, and then back to Tupelo to deliver said cheese. It’s […]

Third season of NBC’s ‘Young Rock’ to be filmed in Memphis

“Young Rock,” — a comedic television series inspired by the life of former pro wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — will soon call Memphis home. The NBC series premiered December 2021 and shooting for its third season will begin this fall. Johnson stars, along with Joseph Lee Anderson, Stacey Leilua, Ana Tuisila, Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, Uli […]

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Hyatt’s 1st Caption hotel is open: My time walking (and sleeping) in Memphis

I grew up in Memphis. I love the city for all its strengths, weaknesses and quirks. But I’m sorry, Memphis: I arrived last weekend with a preconceived, incorrect notion about your (and Hyatt’s) newest hotel. When I got the assignment to check out the Caption by Hyatt Beale Street Memphis — the first location in the […]