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A Taste of Memphis, Tennessee

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  1. Memphis is a city in the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. Memphis has an estimated population of 676,640, making it the largest city in the state of Tennessee.

  2. Memphis was founded in 1819 by John Overton, James Winchester and Andrew Jackson. The city was named after the ancient capital of Egypt on the Nile River. Memphis developed as a transportation center in the 19th century because of its flood-free location, high above the Mississippi River. As the cotton economy of the antebellum South depended on the forced labor of large numbers of African-American slaves, Memphis became a major slave market. In 1857, the Memphis and Charleston Railroad was completed, the only East-West railroad across the southern states prior to the Civil War.

  3. Carnival Memphis, formerly known as the Memphis Cotton Carnival, is an annual series of parties and festivities in the month of June that salutes various aspects of Memphis and its industries. An annual King and Queen of Carnival are secretly selected to reign over Carnival activities. The African-American community staged a parallel event known as the Cotton Makers Jubilee from 1935 to 1982, when it merged with Carnival Memphis.

  4. An arts festival, the Cooper-Young Festival, is held annually in September in the Cooper-Young district of Midtown Memphis. The event draws artists from all over North America, and includes art sales, contests, and displays.

  5. Memphis is also home to two film festivals, the Memphis International Film and Music Festival and the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The Memphis International Film and Music Festival is held in April and is in its 11th year, whereas the Indie Memphis Film Festival is in its 13th year and held in October. Both festivals feature a variety of films, including animations, documentaries, student films, and short films.

  6. Beale Street:  Blues fans can visit Beale Street, which used to be the center of the Black community, where a young B. B. King used to play his guitar. He occasionally appears there at the club bearing his name, which he partially owns. Street performers play live music, and bars and clubs feature live entertainment until dawn. In 2008, Beale Street was the most visited tourist attraction in the state of Tennessee.

  7. Memphis is the home of founders and establishers of various American music genres, including Blues, Gospel, Rock n' Roll, Buck, Crunk, and "sharecropper" country music (in contrast to the "rhinestone" country sound of Nashville). Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes and B. B. King all got their start in Memphis in the 1950s.

  8. Memphis has a humid subtropical climate, with four distinct seasons. Winter weather comes from the upper Great Plains or from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to drastic swings. Summer weather may come from Texas (very hot and dry) or the Gulf (hot and humid).

Radio Stations:
WQOX 88.5 FM Memphis, TN Urban Contemporary
WMSB 88.9 FM Byhalia, MS Religious
WEVL 89.9 FM Memphis, TN Variety
WUMR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN University of Memphis Jazz
WKQK 94.1 FM Germantown, TN Classic Hits
WKVF 94.9 FM Bartlett, TN Christian Contemporary
WHAL 95.7 FM Horn Lake, MS Gospel Music
WIVG 96.1 FM Tunica, MS Top-40
W244BY (KJMS) 96.7 FM Memphis, TN Urban Contemporary
WHRK 97.1 FM Memphis, TN Hip Hop
KJMS 101.1 FM Olive Branch, MS Urban Contemporary
KWNW (CP) 101.9 FM Crawfordsville, AR Top-40
KTRQ 102.3 FM Colt, AR Oldies
KXHT 107.1 FM Marion, AR Hip Hop
WHBQ 107.5 FM Germantown, TN Top-40
WHBQ 560 AM Memphis, TN Sports
WREC 600 AM Memphis, TN News/Talk
KOSE 860 AM Wilson, AR Gospel Music
WDIA 1070 AM Memphis, TN Urban Contemporary
WKRA 1110 AM Holly Springs, MS Gospel Music
WPLX 1180 AM Germantown, TN Blues


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(BPRW) Cigna Grant to Methodist Healthcare Targets Health in Memphis Neighborhood

- • $100,000 grant from Cigna Foundation to Methodist Healthcare Foundation • Focus is health disparities in neighborhood of Riverview • Work involves mapping of all health and community assets -

(BLACK PR WIRE) – MEMPHIS, Tenn. & BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A new $100,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation to the Methodist Healthcare Foundation in Memphis will address health disparities in the community of Riverview – a neighborhood just south of downtown Memphis. Ninety-eight percent of Riverview’s primarily African-American residents live below the national poverty line. Poverty is recognized as a root cause of illness and disease, signaling the need to address health problems at the grassroots level.

“Cigna has a long history in Memphis and a strong presence as a partner with Methodist,” said Mary Tate-Smith, vice president for Cigna in Memphis. “Over the years, we’ve been impressed by Methodist’s grassroots initiatives to improve the health of Memphis residents.”


The grant will make it possible for Methodist to map community assets to improve health in Riverview. “Our aim is to work collaboratively to develop a community-driven, patient-centered medical home model to provide wellness programs, mentoring, education, advocacy and training,” said Paula Jacobson, president of the Methodist Healthcare Foundation. “A key focus will be helping patients navigate the health care system to access preventive care and self-management of chronic disease,” she said. “Many members of the community currently access care in emergency rooms. This project seeks to reduce the number of emergency room visits while facilitating treatment at more appropriate points of care and lowering health care costs in the community overall.”

Through the grant, Methodist will build on its Congregational Health Network (CHN), a relationship among Methodist and more than 500 congregations throughout Memphis and North Mississippi. CHN is a network connecting the professional care system – including the hospital – with the natural caring system of family, neighbors and congregations. In the CHN, full-time navigators at each adult hospital and more than 550 unpaid volunteers in participating congregations build “human bridges” as they help people navigate the journey from home to medical care and back. Eight CHN churches in the Riverview community are already poised to participate in this initiative.

“What is unique about this approach is that the congregation becomes a part of the quality care team,” said Teresa Cutts, Ph.D., director of research at the Methodist Center of Excellence in Faith and Health, who serves as Principle Investigator for the grant. “We’re blending the complementary strengths of congregation and hospital in a tightly woven network of care.”

The Rev. James E. Kendricks, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church and key leader of Health Watch Urban Ministries, said, “There is great need among my congregation and community members. Together, we can take an active stance to improve conditions here.”

Through this innovative work, Methodist is employing asset mapping strategies that it started in 2007, when Methodist first replicated this model of health care community engagement that has its roots in Africa. Using the Geographic Information System, the mapping process in Riverview locates tangible health assets, such as clinics, and intangible assets, such as goodwill efforts, which are considered useful in combating targeted health issues. These resources are then catalogued for health care professionals and congregations to coordinate all aspects of patient care. Once mapping is complete, existing resources will be strengthened and aligned with new resources.

Cigna and the Cigna Foundation have provided $300,000 in grants to the Methodist Healthcare Foundation since 2005. Past projects have focused on measuring the impact of interventions on heart failure, improving patient/doctor communication to enhance diabetes treatment, funding health assets mapping, developing the CHN and supporting a hospice residence, all with strong results.

Reducing health disparities is a major focus of Cigna Connects, Cigna's corporate responsibility platform, through which Cigna is bringing together experts and stakeholders to create lasting improvements in health. (

“We’re grateful to Cigna for helping us make this important healthcare initiative possible,” Cutts said. “We’re confident it will make a difference in the lives of Riverview residents.”

About the Cigna Foundation
The Cigna Foundation is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.

About Cigna
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, and other related products including group disability, life, and accident coverage. Cigna has sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, with approximately 70 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit

About the Methodist Healthcare Foundation
The Methodist Healthcare Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Methodist Healthcare and serves as an instrument to assist, advance and strengthen Methodist Healthcare in the ministry of healing; in its community healthcare services; in its provision of educational excellence for students in various health fields; and its related health and humanitarian endeavors. Gifts to the Foundation contribute to conducting research and education that saves lives; to providing care for those who can’t afford it; to building important community assets like our new hospice residence for patients at the end of life; and to creating unique initiatives like Methodist’s first non-clinical center of excellence ever, The Center of Excellence in Faith and Health. For more information, visit

About Methodist Healthcare
Methodist Healthcare is an integrated healthcare delivery system in Memphis, Tenn. Founded in 1918 by The United Methodist Church to help meet the growing needs for quality healthcare in the Mid-South, Methodist Healthcare is a seven hospital system with 6 adult hospitals and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. An eighth hospital, Methodist Olive Branch, will open in North Mississippi in 3rd quarter 2013. The system also owns or operates outpatient clinics, surgery and diagnostic centers, a residential hospice and several physician practices in Memphis, Shelby County and the surrounding area. Methodist’s Memphis Hospitals, licensed as one, has been named the Best Hospital in Memphis by U.S. News and World Report. With 1,709 licensed beds and nearly 63,000 discharges, Methodist is the third largest private, not-for-profit hospital in the country, based on admissions. To learn more about Methodist Healthcare, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, go to

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Gloria Barone
Methodist Healthcare
Ruth Ann Hale, APR


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Businesses in Memphis, Tennessee

A small percentage of the businesses listed on may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. Afrik Trends -  4821 American Way Suite 211, Memphis, TN 38118 (901) 363-3201

  2. Afrik Trends -  Stylist: Roufie-   4945 American Way Suite 6 Memphis, TN 38118 (901) 363-3201  - (visit website)

  3. A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge -  376 South Perkins Ext. Suite #207, Memphis, TN 38117  (901) 859-1113

  4. A Natural Stylist -  1305 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 649-0942

  5. A & R Classic Designs -  3014 Hornlake Rd., Memphis, Tennessee (901) 859-7846

  6. A Sharper Image Hair Gallery -  6415 Summer Ave, Ste 112, Memphis, TN   (901) 384-9313

  7. Ashe' Natural Hair Care Salon -  2719 Lamar, Memphis, TN 38114 (901) 743-3200

  8. Captivation 54 -  5742 Barfield, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 937-9674

  9. Creative Cuts and Curls -  1382 E. Shelby Dr., Memphis, Tennessee (901) 346-4337

  10. Dazziling Braids -  1382 E. Shelby Dr., Memphis, Tennessee (901) 461-0383

  11. Diva Hair and Body Salon -   Memphis, Tennessee (901) 574-9764

  12. Enchantment Beauty Salon -   Specializes in hair extensions, all phases of hairstyles, hair color and is a master cosmetologist with over 25 years of experience.-   4531 Millbranch, Memphis, TN (901) 219-9565  - (visit website)

  13. Essence Of Beauty Hair Salon -   3340 Poplar Ave. Ste:#114, Memphis, TN (901) 323-3734  - (visit website)

  14. Hair Candy Salon, The Extension Suite -  Premium grade 100% Virgin Indian Remy hair for all extension applications for long lasting beautiful results. -   3540 Summer Avenue, Suite 308, Memphis, TN (901) 210-7386

  15. HairLoom International Salon -  State-of-the-art, life-enhancing beauty products and concepts that delight and satisfy clients beauty and aspirations. -   410 N Cleveland Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 620-7104

  16. Innovations In Hair -   1307 Norris Rd, Memphis, TN (901) 942-5811  - (visit website)

  17. Jasmine Stylez -   Hickory Hill Area, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 730-2507

  18. Mystic Styles II -   4412 Elvis Presley Blvd. Suite 101, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 396-3337

  19. Natural Divinity -  5070 Raleigh Lagrange Suite 14, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 649-0942

  20. Relaxx 25 -  Category: Salon -   1730 S. Whitestation Memphis, TN (901) 763-3400

  21. Seven Salon -  Stylist: Shon-   6343 Summer, Memphis, TN (901) 690-0778

  22. Strictly Hair Salon -  Specializing in Natural hair care. -   4288 East St., Memphis, TN (901) 385-3201  - (visit website)



  1. Baseline International Publishing LLC -  Category: Publishing Services -  Baseline International Publishing LLC, is a company founded on free thought and focused intent. Our goal is to discover and celebrate authors and other innovative individuals who convey fresh- progressive thinking and new insights that will ultimately enrich the world body.   - P.O. Box 754107, Memphis, Tennessee (706) 536-3272  - (visit website)

  2. HuggS & LuV, Inc. -  HuggS & LuV, Inc. provides Dignity based, Quality, Affordable personal Care Services to adults in their residence. Our Services are available Monday thru Friday, up to 24 Hours per day. In addition the organization supports the Memphis community through various staff and employee volunteer programs. -   P.O. BOX 301013, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 220-1444

  3. Le Moyne-Owen College -  Category: Historically Black College -   807 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN, 38126 (901) 774-9090   - (visit website)

  4. Memphis Silver Star News -  Category: African American Newspaper -   3144 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38111 (901) 452-8828

  5. Memphis Tri-State Defender -  Category: African American Newspaper -   124 East Calhoun Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38101 (901) 523-1818

  6. Mike's Dry Cleaning and Tuxedo -  Category: Dry Cleaning -   1667 E. Raines Road Memphis, TN 38116 (901) 398-8172

  7. 901 Entertainment, Inc. -  Category: Specializing in Sound and Videography -   1208 Southland Mall Memphis, TN 38116 (901) 346-1191   - (visit website)

  8. 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc. -  Category: Community Services -   4805 Stone Cross Drive Olive Branch, TN 38654



  1. Center for Southern Folklore - -  Dedicated to documenting and presenting the people, music and traditions of the region -   119 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee   - (visit website)

  2. Memphis Black Repertory Theatre  - 2090 Overton Sq, Memphis, Tennessee  (901) 276-9555

  3. Memphis Rock-n-Soul Museum -  The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is the only Memphis TN museum which tells the complete story of Memphis music history, as researched by the Smithsonian Institution. -   191 Beale St Ste 100, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 205-2533   - (visit website)

  4. National Civil Rights Museum -  Cultural information, African American history -   450 Mulberry, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 521-9699  - (visit website)

  5. Stax Museum of American Soul Music -  American soul music roots and cultural heritage is promoted and preserved in at the Stax Museum. -   926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 946-2535



  1. A&R Bar-B-Q -   Now there are 5 restaurants across the Memphis area serving hundreds and hundreds every day. -   1802 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee (901) 774-7444  - (visit website)

  2. Alcenia’s -  Soul food at it's best, southern style -  317 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 523-0200

  3. Bar-B-Q Shop -   Their delicious sauce that has aided the restaurant in becoming No. 1. -   1782 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee (901) 272-1277  - (visit website)

  4. Beauty Shop -  966 S Cooper St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 272-7111

  5. D’do’s -  Catfish, buffalo wings and much more -  7050 Malco Crossing, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 363-8700

  6. Ernestine and Hazel's -  531 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 523-9754

  7. Fishnet Restaurant -  Soul food southern style -  2731 Lamar Ave, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 744-3656

  8. Four Way Restaurant -  998 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 946-4888

  9. Gay Hawk Restaurant -  Soul food restaurant -  685 Danny Thomas Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee (901) 947-1464

  10. Interstate Bar-B-Q & Restaurant -   Interstate Bar-B-Que was named Small Business of the Year in the category of 26-75 employees. -   2265 S 3rd St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 775-2304  - (visit website)

  11. Miss Polly's Soul City Cafe -  154 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 527-9060

  12. Neely's Bar-B-Que Restaurant -   Neely's Bar-B-Que - Memphis Style Barbeque. -   670 Jefferson Ave, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 521-9798  - (visit website)

  13. Rum Boogie Cafe -   Cajun and barbecue menu should--ribs, fried catfish, gumbo and red beans and rice served by fast and friendly servers. -   182 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 528-0151

  14. Stacey's Southern Cookin in Memphis TN -  Category: Southern -  Stacey's Southern Cookin is a southern cuisine food delivery service operating in the Memphis Tennessee metro area. Stacey's delivers homemade southern food directly to your home or office.   - (901) 281-0368   - (visit website)



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Black Writers And Book Clubs (BWABC) Literacy Festival

The BWABC Literacy Festival will be held September 19, 2015 in Memphis, at the Cook Convention Center. 10:00 -5:00 p.m. It will be hosted by nationally acclaimed author, Shelia E. Bell.

It is a FREE event to the public and to book clubs. The purpose of the festival is to unite authors and readers while promoting literacy within the community.

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  1. Bountiful Blessings -  P.O. Box 1, Memphis, TN 1 800 544-3571 - (visit website)

  2. Centenary United Methodist Church -   583 East McLemore, Memphis, TN (901) 774-7604  - (visit website)

  3. Church of God and Christ -   930 Mason St, Memphis, TN (901) 947-9300

  4. Clayborn Temple AME Church -  294 Hernando St, Memphis, TN 38126-1906 (901) 527-7283

  5. Collins Chapel CME Church -  678 Washington Ave. (901) 525-2872

  6. East Trigg Ave Baptist Church -  1315 S Bellevue Blvd, Memphis, TN (901) 942-2763

  7. First Baptist Beale Street Church -  379 Beale St, Memphis, TN (901) 527-3432

  8. Full Gospel Tabernacle Church -  787 Hale Rd, Memphis, TN (901) 396-9192

  9. Greater Imani Church and Christian Center -  3034 Austin Peay, Memphis, TN (901) 274-6711

  10. Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church -  70 North Bellevue Blvd, Memphis, TN (901) 729-6222 - (visit website)

  11. Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church -  2634 Carnes Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 324-6771

  12. Mt. Vernon Baptist Church - Westwood -  620 Parkrose Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 785-1612 - (visit website)

  13. New Salem Missionary Baptist Church -  2231 South Parkway East, Memphis, TN (901) 452-7265 - (visit website)

  14. Second Congregational Church -  764 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 946-9493



  1. Aji Sports Bar & Grill -   Aji Sports bar and grill is Memphis, TN newest hang out spot.Open all days even holidays. We are going to be 24 hours shortly -  3896 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN. (901) 888-6700  - (visit website)

  2. B.B. King Blues Club -  Enjoy B.B. King's favorite dishes as you listen to the best of Memphis music! -  143 Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 524-5464 - (visit website)

  3. Blues City Cafe -   Dance the night away, dining available. -  138 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 526-3637 - (visit website)

  4. Ground Zero Blues Club -   Morgan Freeman Associated -  158 Lt. George W Lee St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 522-0130 - (visit website)

  5. Ice Bar And Grill -   Dinner, Drinks, Entertainment -  4202 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN. (901) 757-1423 - (visit website)

  6. King's Palace Cafe -   If you want some jazz, drop in to King's Palace Cafe. -  162 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 521-1851

  7. Marmalade’s Restaurant & Lounge -   Soul Food offered with your jazz and blues, R&B music! -  153 Calhoun Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 522-8800

  8. Precious Cargo -   Hip-Hop, Reggae and jazz music -  381 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 578-8446

  9. Wild Bill's -  Crowd of older folks and by older, I mean 60+ dressed to the nines. -  1580 Vollintine Ave, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 726-5473



  1. Hattieloo Black Repertory Theatre -   BOX OFFICE: Thu-Sun before showtimes; tickets range from $10-$18   656 Marshall Ave, Memphis Tennessee (901) 276-9555   - (visit website)

    Seven major productions and six special performances that highlight the diversity of Black artistic expression, including music, magic, and dance.

  2. Blues Music Awards -   - (visit website)

    Held at The Cook Convention Center in the month of May. Memphis, Tennessee.

  3. International Blues Challenge -  January - (visit website)

    International Blues Challenge will feature Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition.




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