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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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WUMR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN University of Memphis Jazz
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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
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WHRK 97.1 FM Memphis, TN Hip Hop
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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
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WKRA 1110 AM Holly Springs, MS Gospel Music
WPLX 1180 AM Germantown, TN Blues
A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com 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.
BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Afrik Trends - 4821 American Way Suite 211, Memphis, TN 38118 (901) 363-3201
Afrik Trends - Stylist: Roufie- 4945 American Way Suite 6 Memphis, TN 38118 (901) 363-3201 - (visit website)
A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge - 376 South Perkins Ext. Suite #207, Memphis, TN 38117 (901) 859-1113
A Natural Stylist - 1305 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 649-0942
A & R Classic Designs - 3014 Hornlake Rd., Memphis, Tennessee (901) 859-7846
Diva Hair and Body Salon - Memphis, Tennessee (901) 574-9764
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)
Essence Of Beauty Hair Salon - 3340 Poplar Ave. Ste:#114, Memphis, TN (901) 323-3734 - (visit website)
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
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
Strictly Hair Salon - Specializing in Natural hair care. - 4288 East St., Memphis, TN (901) 385-3201 - (visit website)
BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.
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)
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
Le Moyne-Owen College - Category: Historically Black College - 807 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN, 38126 (901) 774-9090 - (visit website)
Memphis Silver Star News - Category: African American Newspaper - 3144 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38111 (901) 452-8828
Memphis Tri-State Defender - Category: African American Newspaper - 124 East Calhoun Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38101 (901) 523-1818
Mike's Dry Cleaning and Tuxedo - Category: Dry Cleaning - 1667 E. Raines Road Memphis, TN 38116 (901) 398-8172
Tech Guyz Inc. - Category: Web Design - Founded in 2012, Tech Guyz Inc. was formed to provide professional web-based services, ranging from custom web designs to fully functional dynamic rich websites/mobile applications. Tech Guyz was launched to strategically help build your brand, improve your global web/mobile presence, and develop more meaningful relationships with your customers. We have the ability to integrate clear, functional, and creative interfaces with technical, business solutions. - 5504 Fernbank Cv. Memphis, Tennessee (901) 236-2420 - (visit website)
901 Entertainment, Inc. - Category: Specializing in Sound and Videography - 1208 Southland Mall Memphis, TN 38116 (901) 346-1191 - (visit website)
100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc. - Category: Community Services - 4805 Stone Cross Drive Olive Branch, TN 38654
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
Center for Southern Folklore - - Dedicated to documenting and presenting the people, music and traditions of the region - 119 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee
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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
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National Civil Rights Museum - Cultural information, African American history - 450 Mulberry, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 521-9699 - (visit website)
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
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
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)
Alcenia’s - Soul food at it's best, southern style - 317 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 523-0200
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)
Beauty Shop - 966 S Cooper St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 272-7111
D’do’s - Catfish, buffalo wings and much more - 7050 Malco Crossing, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 363-8700
Ernestine and Hazel's - 531 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 523-9754
Four Way Restaurant - 998 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 946-4888
Gay Hawk Restaurant - Soul food restaurant - 685 Danny Thomas Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee (901) 947-1464
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)
Miss Polly's Soul City Cafe - 154 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 527-9060
N' Cup Chocolate - Inspired by the Brazilian brigadeiro, we are proud to say that our chocolates will amaze you and your guests with a new chocolate experience. With more than 12 different topping options, everybody will have a chance to fall in love with chocolate again. That is our goal. - 244 S. Cleveland 28, Memphis, Tennessee (515) 505-2921 - (visit website)
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
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
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Collins Chapel CME Church - 678 Washington Ave. (901) 525-2872
East Trigg Ave Baptist Church - 1315 S Bellevue Blvd, Memphis, TN (901) 942-2763
First Baptist Beale Street Church - 379 Beale St, Memphis, TN (901) 527-3432
Full Gospel Tabernacle Church - 787 Hale Rd, Memphis, TN (901) 396-9192
Greater Imani Church and Christian Center - 3034 Austin Peay, Memphis, TN (901) 274-6711
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church - 70 North Bellevue Blvd, Memphis, TN (901) 729-6222 - (visit website)
Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church - 2634 Carnes Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 324-6771
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church - Westwood - 620 Parkrose Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 785-1612 - (visit website)
New Salem Missionary Baptist Church - 2231 South Parkway East, Memphis, TN (901) 452-7265 - (visit website)
Second Congregational Church - 764 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 946-9493
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)
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)
Blues City Cafe - Dance the night away, dining available. - 138 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 526-3637 - (visit website)
Ground Zero Blues Club - Morgan Freeman Associated - 158 Lt. George W Lee St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 522-0130 - (visit website)
Ice Bar And Grill - Dinner, Drinks, Entertainment - 4202 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN. (901) 757-1423 - (visit website)
King's Palace Cafe - If you want some jazz, drop in to King's Palace Cafe. - 162 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 521-1851
Marmalade’s Restaurant & Lounge - Soul Food offered with your jazz and blues, R&B music! - 153 Calhoun Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 522-8800
Precious Cargo - Hip-Hop, Reggae and jazz music - 381 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 578-8446
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
Hattieloo Black Repertory Theatre - BOX OFFICE: Thu-Sun before showtimes; tickets range from $10-$18 656 Marshall Ave, Memphis Tennessee (901) 276-9555
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Seven major productions and six special performances that highlight the diversity of Black artistic expression, including music, magic, and dance.
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