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Inside the National Civil Rights Museum: African-American culture in MemphisMemphis, Tennessee, takes its name from an ancient city on the Nile. But the city’s connection to African culture runs deeper than any river. Memphis was the centre of the global cotton exchange – and the network of plantations and African slaves who worked them. Later, Memphis was the city that former slaves and their descendants aspired to reach. In the 1960s, Memphis was the scene of a shot heard around the world. Today, the city is the sum of all these things, from the National Civil Rights Museum to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

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Travelling the Mississippi by Steamboat

by Samantha February 2014 - last edited October

Life on a Mississippi Steam BoatSo, you want to see the Mississippi Steamboat. There’s a romance to it – that slow dance down the river; a grandeur – in the vessels, and the personalities they conjure (right, Mr. Twain?), and you get that added layer of musicality. Memphis also gives you the rare opportunity to travel aboard an authentic paddle-steamer, so we’ll begin there. 

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Insider Interview Memphis: Kelly English

by Samantha January 2014 - last edited October

Insider Interview Memphis: Kelly EnglishConsider Kelly English Memphis’ chief culinary ambassador. Since 2008, his Restaurant Iris has elevated dining in the city – and held the attention of Food & Wine magazine, the James Beard Foundation and the like – with a French-Creole palate that refines local and seasonal.

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The Hottest Musicians in Memphis Right Now

by Samantha January 2014 - last edited October

Music in Memphis | Who to listen to Right NowYou know Elvis and the Stax snap. But what will you listen to when you get to Memphis, and where will that quest take you?  

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Memphis World Championship Barbecue Cooking ContestMemphis in May is a month-long series of events that began in 1977 as a cultural exchange between Memphis and the world. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (WCBCC) was added in 1978. Annually, the contest draws around 250 internationally-seeded teams – and 100,000-plus attendees – making it a multicultural party. Mark your calendar for WCBCC 2014: 15-17 May.

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Insider Interview Memphis: Al Bell

by Samantha January 2014 - last edited October

Insider Interview Memphis | Al BellIf the name Al Bell doesn’t immediately ring a you-know-what, hit the highlights: In high school, he DJs dances in Little Rock, Arkansas. Lands a job at the local radio station. Relocates to Memphis, Tennessee, to pioneer promotions for Stax Records. Heads Motown Records Group. Establishes his own label. Accepts the GRAMMY Trustees Award (2011). And, as you’ll read here, he hasn’t slowed down yet.

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