A Blessing for Jack Williams


Friday afternoon, Wise Guise founding members Joseph and Palmer Williams became parents. As with all substantial news in the social media era, the revelation of this birth came from a collage in my Instagram feed of two clearly exhausted young parents cradling a small baby in their arms. I kid, Read more

Concert Review: Katy Perry - The Prismatic World Tour at the FedEx Forum, October 2014


Alex: Should you invest in tickets to see Katy Perry? I use the word “invest” because the act of purchasing tickets to most pop spectacles now go beyond “buying.” Attendance costs per person now are worth a heavy chunk of change, especially if you want premium seating and merchandising Read more

The Lower Broadway Gazette: 2nd Edition


Editors note: Each week I will be sharing the three hottest stories coming out of the Nashville area. These stories have been hand-selected due to the importance of the community. This is absolutely not a spinoff of The Onion — the only similarities are the general story ideas, the way Read more

Can "Gone Girl" actually capture Oscar Gold?


Oscar season has arrived. Hard to believe, isn’t it? The summer was filled with mostly cinematic disappointments. The steep box office decline from years gone by put the industry in panic. While decent quality blockbusters were scattered throughout the hottest months of the year, very few potential awards contenders Read more

Movie Review: Gone Girl


Disclaimer: First off, THERE ARE NO SPOILERS OF ANY KIND IN THIS REVIEW - I simply wanted to share the very basics of what I thought you needed to know about the film. I feel it's necessary to begin this brief review by first stating that this film is very graphic Read more

Concert Review: Chvrches with The Range – Minglewood Hall - October 1, 2014


Fresh off the summer festival scene and on their way to Austin City Limits, Scottish synthpop group Chvrches made a stop in Memphis last night and played to a packed room. If you aren’t familiar, Chvrches is fronted by the charming Lauren Mayberry and relies heavily on an electronic Read more

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Will there be a Crown of Chrome?

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The last winner was crowned in 1978.

There was Sir Barton in 1919.

Gallant Fox in 1930.

Omaha in 1935.

War Admiral in 1937.

Whirlaway in 1941.

Count Fleet in 1943.

Assault in 1946.

Citation in 1948.

The famed Secretariat in 1973.

Seattle Slew in 1977.

And then Affirmed in 1978.

Within 30 years, amongst the ruins of two World Wars and the Great Depression, we had 8 Triple Crown winning horses. Then, a quarter of a century passed before Secretariat became the hero America needed in the midst of turmoil surrounding Vietnam and Watergate. Seattle Slew and Affirmed followed up with back-to-back wins in the late 1970s as Jimmy Carter’s America stumbled along… and we haven’t had a Triple Crown winner since.

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Film Review: “Maleficent”

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In the ever-growing list of rogues from Disney’s animated film canon, perhaps no other villain holds the same status as Maleficent. Primarily due to her awe-inspiring appearance, the antagonist of 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” has been a constant staple of darkness for the studio’s character line-up over the last few decades. Read more

R.I.P. Maya Angelou

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maya angelou R.I.P. Maya Angelou

Yesterday, at the age of 86, Maya Angelou passed away. I envy those able to attend the poetry reading in heaven last night, because this fragile world lost one of the great ones.

I don’t remember a time growing up in Memphis in which I didn’t know who Maya Angelou was, reading her poems and excerpts of her work. Like many others, I read obituaries of Dr. Angelou yesterday in addition to lists of her most famous quotes as they were collected and as they were shared individually by friends on social media.

She was a woman who wrote more eloquently than most about the power and importance of love, forgiveness, diversity, perseverance, hard work, and faith. For a list of these quotes, I encourage you to go here.

Condoleezza Rice paid tribute with a simple statement, “”I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” was one of the most inspirational books ever written in America — and Maya Angelou was a national treasure. She will be missed but not forgotten.” Many others joined in.

As for me, I returned to the poem that I will eternally view as synonymous with Maya Angelou. NPR played an audio recording of Dr. Angelou reading it herself to pay tribute to her. I encourage you to spend a few minutes to listen to it.

But I will also provide it here for you to read, appreciate, and enjoy.

Rest in peace, Dr. Angelou. And thank you, for everything.

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

The Bachelorette: (Exotic) Dancing for Charity

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Eric Andi Beach The Bachelorette: (Exotic) Dancing for Charity

And then there were 16…

(16 men(?) with full, thick heads of hair – so long, the only guy showing any signs of hair loss)

Another week in the books, and another episode that felt like a week of my life. I couldn’t believe my eyes every time I looked at the time on my DVR while fast-forwarding through commercials. How were there still 40 minutes left after the group date?

But hey, what’s worse than one episode of The Bachelorette a week?… That’s right, TWO episodes, and that’s what we have on our hands next week. So if you are looking for a chance to get out, now is the time. If you want to wipe your hands clean of this season and be done with it, do it now. Because next week it looks like we’ll be knee-deep in four hours of Bachelorette-ness, and all of your favorite buzzwords and catchphrases are back:

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Announcement: Clayton is Moving to Nashville

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Screen Shot 2014 05 23 at 4.02.02 PM 1024x522 Announcement: Clayton is Moving to Nashville

Good people of Memphis, Nashville and beyond:

It is with a heavy heart that I officially announce that I am taking my talents to Nashville, TN.

There have been some rumblings going around for a while now but I just wanted to clear the air and make an official announcement. So everyone gather ’round because it’s time to tell the story… Read more

Roundtable: What is the Best Disney Song Ever?

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disneyrank Roundtable: What is the Best Disney Song Ever?

Alex Beene: Disney’s latest animated feature is one of their biggest hits ever. “Frozen” has made more than $1 billion worldwide, has merchandise selling out in stores nationwide and has kids lining – and parents paying – up to get in on the fun (the wait to see the “Frozen” princesses at Disney World runs an average of two hours!). Read more