With 10 more days left in Black History Month(Including today)we still have time for many more celebrations. Memphis is filled with history so, I wanted to share ways to really embrace and indulge in the culture!
Places to Visit
The museum that showcases 260 artifacts and interactive media covering five centuries of African American history, The National Civil Rights Museum. The museum is Located at the Lorraine Motel
Learn more about slavery when you visit one of the Underground Railroads safe haven stops for slaves on their way to freedom, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum is housed inside the historic Burkle Estate that was owned by a German immigrant apart of the anti-slavery movement.
Now, at first I wasn't too sure about this one. I have always just walked straight passed this place because I wasn't certain what information it held but according to the website The Cotton museum will tell the complex history of cotton and it's contributions to the city. Let me know how it goes!
Take a trip Downtown and check out the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery located on Bale street. View photos taken by the legendary Dr. Ernest C Withers who was a trained military photographer and one of the first nine African Americans appointed to the Memphis Police Department. His collection features life during the Civil Rights movement, the 20th century, and present day.
Celebrate musician greats like B.B. King, W. C. Handy, Isaac Hayes, Hank Crawford and research the impact Memphis has had on music by going to the Blues Hall of Fame, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or W.C. Handy Home and Museum.
blues.org/ staxmuseum.com/ www.sunstudio.com/
Events to Attend
Panel Discussion: From '68 to '18: Perspectives on Memphis
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Stax Museum of American Soul Music 926 E McLemore Ave., Memphis, TN 38106
Cafe Conversations: Black Resistance
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brooks Museum 1934 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Memphis Urban League of Young Professional February General Body Meeting
Have We Overcome: What Would King Say?
Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
University of Memphis Center 499 University Street, Memphis, TN 38111
Free admission but you do have to register. Link Provided below.
Black art ish
Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
430 N Cleveland St., Memphis, TN 38104
Selma: A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Friday, February 23, 2018 - March 18, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Hattiloo Theatre 37 S. Cooper St. Memphis, TN 38104
Tickets may be purchased through the link provided below.
T.I. VS Big K.R.I.T. Listening Party
Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge 1299 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
RSVP required for admission. Link provided below.
MLK50: I AM A MAN March
Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City of Memphis 125 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Link below has more information.
A Tour of Tasteabilities: Black History + Food Tasting Tour
Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:45 PM 1:45 PM
119 N Riverside Dr., Memphis, TN 38103
Tickets may be purchased through the link provided below or Call 901-527-3427 to book.
Dream of a Land: An Evening of Art, Poetry, and Music
Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Art Village Gallery 410 S. Main St., Memphis, TN 38103
Tickets may be purchased through the link provided below.
Champagne Brunch and Hattiloo Play- SELMA
Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
HM Dessert Lounge 1586 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Tickets may be purchased through the link provided below.
Black History Month Celebration
Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
National Civil Rights Museum 450 Mulberry st., Memphis, TN 38103
Adults: $16, Seniors & Students w/ ID: $14, Children 5-17: $13, Children 4 and under: Free
Members, Active Military: Free
Tickets may be purchased at the Museum.
Music of the Movement: Stax Music Academy Black History Month Show
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The University of Memphis Rose Theater 470 University Place Memphis, TN 38111
$20 Advanced tickets and $25 tickets at the door. Tickets may be purchased through the link provided below or Call 901-946-2535 Ext. 250.
GO SEE BLACK PANTHER!!!
I've seen people ask what the hype was or say that they aren't really interested in seeing it but I say it is a must see. Not only is it an amazing movie but it is a positive depiction of our people. It is motivational and inspiring with so many messages to give. The kids will love it, have multiple positive figures to aspire to be, and you DON'T have to be a Marvel fan to understand the movie! Also, It is an all black cast, black director, and paying homage to the culture! So, the question that should really be asked is why not support?!
Let's try harder to be positive, support, and spread love. We tend to always jump to see the negative or judge and that takes away from the purpose of things!
It 's Black Excellence Month and what better way to celebrate than to highlight some of our very own in the city.
This blog is dedicated to those beautiful magicians we call Makeup Artist! The ones who enhance our gorgeousness to a level of celebrity red carpet glamour when we need it most.
These women are some of the best in Memphis and you should definitely check them out when you're looking for a good beat. Now, my intentions were to have this out a week before Valentine's Day but I failed. I had good intentions though! BUT Maybe you're celebrating this weekend and still need an appointment or you're already thinking about someone to do makeup for prom season. Whatever the case may be these ladies will eliminate the random makeup artist who can't get your shade right.
Personal, passionate, and skillful these MUA's are who you want to see.
Heather Boddie, Flawlessly Fierce!
Heather Boddie or HB as I used to call her, of "Flawlessly Fierce Cosmetic Services" is a 27-year-old Memphis native who started her journey with makeup at the young age of 13! Although her journey began at a young age she didn't decide to turn her passion for makeup into a profession until 2013 when she realized that it was her gift.
"Everyone has a special gift and it is our duty to share it with the world. Mine is the ability to enhance people’s natural beauty and help bring out the most confident version of themselves. So, I founded Flawlessly Fierce with that very purpose - to uplift women’s self-confidence by enhancing their natural beauty." Heather has a true passion for what she does and loves to gain new clients. She believes that makeup is not a necessity but more so a beauty accessory.
Let Heather share her gift with you by booking your makeup needs with her! Book an appointment with Heather by following her makeup page on Instagram @flawlesslyfierce_ and clicking the link in her bio, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or text 901.843.8757.
LaTisha Edwards, MakeUp By Dr. Nikki!
LaTisha Edwards of "MakeUp By Dr. Nikki''. Now my story for LaTisha is going to be a little different. Last August I did my first photo shoot and I was nervous about everything. I don't really wear makeup so, of course, I don't know how to apply it and knew I needed a makeup artist. I decided last minute to take my chances with Sephora. It was risky I know but it also gave me a chance to shop and that's really why I took the risk. Now, although I don't wear makeup much I know the horrors of getting the wrong makeup artist so after I made my appointment I actually prayed for someone that would make me look like an Egyptian Goddess(Exact Words). I arrived at my appointment and was greeted by a beautiful melaninated face! She was so full of personality and I knew I was in the right hands! LaTisha asked me what looked I was going for and I informed that I wanted to look like an Egyptian Goddess created by Fenty Beauty products (I LOVE RIH). LaTisha replied "Oh, that's my specialty. I got you" and the end results are above. I was so impressed with my makeup and DID NOT want to take it off. It helped me decrease my worry about how I would do at the photo shoot and added to making my experience a memorable one. Born and raised in Memphis, TN LaTisha (Nikki) started doing makeup in 2011 but started at Sephora in 2013. If you're going to go to Sephora I encourage you to go her location in Saddle Creek. be sure to follow her makeup pages @dr_nikkiedwards, @dr_nikki_makeup, send an e-mail to email@example.com, or call 901-337-8247.
Kellee Miller, Beautifully Blended 901!
Kellee Miller of "Beautifully Blended 901" is a 25-year-old Memphis native who also started her journey with makeup at the young age of 13. It all started when Kellee was required to wear blush and lipstick as a dancer, she was infatuated with creating looks as a teenager and it later prompted her to start her own business. Officially starting her business five years ago Kellee now does makeup for clients with photo shoots, weddings, birthdays, or any other occasion that requires a little more glamour. She enjoys the creative aspect of doing makeup and the confidence her clients gain after their appointment. "It's amazing to me to see the boost in their ego once I finish. I also enjoy the creativity that comes with doing makeup. It might seem easy but the details take years to master and understand." I would have to definitely agree! Makeup is an art and these ladies are true artist! Everybody isn't blessed with the ability to blend, shade and match. Go get beautifully blended by going to see Kellee for your next makeup need. You may book your appointments with Kellee by following her on Instagram @justxdope_. Direct Message(DM) her for questions and appointments.
Shekena Robinson, Glam Me Up Kena!
Shekena Robinson of "Glam Me Up Kena" is a 27-year-old Germany born army brat who grew up in Memphis, TN. She has always done her own makeup but it quickly turned into a hobby when others started to ask her to do their makeup and then that hobby turned into a career choice. Two years ago Kena decided to start doing makeup professionally so, she started Glam Me Up Kena. Shekena loves creating new looks for the different functions her clients have going on and she knows just how much of a difference the stroke of her makeup brush can make. The smiling faces of her clients after adding that "extra sparkle" that makeup gives is always a confirmation of a job well done. "What makes me passionate about makeup is being able to see other's smiles after being made over. And No a person doesn't need makeup to look better but it does add an extra sparkle to a person's life in those moments."
Check out Kena's website by clicking on the link provided.
You may also book appointments on her website and by following her on Instagram @kenalovesglam_416. Allow Glam Me Up Kena to add a little more sparkle to your life.
BONUS: Andrea Teal, Maddie's Minks!
If you are ever in need of a Lash Expert please check out Andrea Teal of "Maddie's Minks"! Follow her on Instagram @maddies_minks or contact her at 901-585.3073.
All of these beauties are very passionate about what they do and all mentioned how they believe makeup to be an art, a tool used to enhance the beauty that their clients already possess. Support them by following their pages, liking their post, telling a friend about them, or making an appointment!