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Memphis Magazine, April 2018

Memphis magazine, April 2018
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Justin Fox Burks

Elevated Southern fare steers the menu at this food-forward jazz bar. more

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PRESTON SHANNON

Illustration by Chris Honeysuckle Ellis

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photographs courtesy Carmeon Hamilton

A featured designer in this year’s Art by Design showcase, Carmeon Hamilton finds inspiration everywhere. more

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In their book Chocolate Cities, Zandria F. Robinson and Marcus Anthony Hunter unwrap a new American map. more

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Photography by Karen Pulfer Focht

"Local Treasures" is an occasional series that celebrates our city's senior celebrities, people whose impact over the decades has helped make Memphis a better place. more

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Brandon Dill

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photograph by Joseph Louw / Getty images

A Memphis native and former editor of this magazine, Larry Conley was a teenager living in Memphis when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. He reflects on complicated and necessary hope for the city. more

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Ziggy Mack

Demetria Frank and Project MI address the cycle of mass incarceration that has made the U.S. the world’s foremost jailer. more

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Archie Willis

Photo by Brandon Dill

Always interested in affordable housing, Archie Willis launched Community Capital (now ComCap Partners) "to bridge the gap between what was happening in the neighborhoods with resources available in the capital markets." more

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Carolyn Hardy

Photo by Brandon Dill

Carolyn Hardy, president of Chism Hardy Investments, has thrived in a business world dominated by white men. "Equity is not happening on its own," she says. "You've got to have people who are willing to give other people a chance." more

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Mearl Purvis

Photo courtesy Cox Media Group

Mearl Purvis, one of the best-known anchors in Memphis television history, has been the news anchor at WHBQ Fox 13 for 13 years. She recalls what her parents taught her: "You can't let hate eat you up from the inside out." more

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Ekundayo Bandele

Photo by Brandon Dill

"There are only four free-standing African-American theaters in the United States, and we have one," says Ekundayo Bandele, founder of the Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square. more

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Lurlynn Franklin

Photo by Brandon Dill

Artist and author Lurlynn Franklin hopes that in the future, African-American art "becomes more political, touches on things or tries to combine history with what's happening symbolically." more

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Karanja Ajanaku

Photo by Brandon Dill

As associate publisher and executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender, Karanja Ajanaku says his role is to "provide verifiable information that people can use to make decisions." more

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Lawrence Matthews

Photo by Brandon Dill

Memphis filmmakers Kevin Brooks and Lawrence Matthews believe that black writers and directors were long shut out of Hollywood, but a renaissance is taking place. more

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Melvin Charles Smith

Photo by Brandon Dill

As pastor of Mt. Moriah-East Baptist Church, the Reverend Melvin Charles Smith says his congregation works hard on the preventive side, "not only in health, but preventive in getting away from things that will cause you to have problems in life." more

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Ruby Bright

Photo by Brandon Dill

Ruby Bright, executive director of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, believes the death of Dr. Martin Luther King was the catalyst that led her to a life of community service. more

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Desiree Robinson

Photo by Brandon Dill

In 1977 Desiree Robinson and her husband, Raymond, opened the Cozy Corner restaurant, and now "everybody under the sun comes in here," she says. "If this room was full right now, half of the people would be races other than black." more

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