Can Marvel's New Superhero Bear The Weight Of Representation?

It's a ritual that plays out every year or so, whenever a Very Important Black Film is about to drop. Black fraternities, sororities, churches and civic organizations, aunties and teachers and coaches, plan trips by the busload to the cineplex. Maybe it's Malcolm X or 42 or 12 Years A Slave . Maybe someone holds special screenings followed by panels of cast members, academics or public intellectuals. The turnout machine for these events is fueled by the still-too-novel joy of seeing black...

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Perhaps the biggest Memphis headline of 2017 happened just a few days before Christmas. The City of Memphis sold two of its iconic parks to a newly minted nonprofit to expedite the removal of two Confederate monuments. This week on WKNO's Behind the Headines, the city's chief legal officer, Bruce McMullen, talks about the unseating of Civil War icons Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis with host Eric Barnes and Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News

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With the New Year comes resolutions. 


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As 2017 comes to an end, journalists look back on the year-that-was in Memphis and the Mid-South. This week's Behind the Headlines offers a roundtable discussion of the big stories that affected our community, from all the things that were built, to the few that were taken down. Karanja A. Ajanaku with the New Tri-State Defender, Toby Sells of the Memphis Flyer and Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News joins host Eric Barnes.  

Cara Greenstein

Now that Christmas is over...

Houston Cofield for the Memphis Daily News

The bronze statue of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest in Memphis' Health Sciences Park was removed Wednesday at a symbolic 9:01 p.m., after a city council vote handed the park to a nonprofit organization, thus circumventing a state law forbidding Tennessee cities from removing "war memorials" on public land. 

Justin Fox Burks

I have friends that boil fresh lobsters every Christmas Eve.


Memphis Libraries: Concerts, Games and, Oh Yes, Books

Dec 18, 2017
Renee Davis Brame

The Memphis Public Library has begun a reinvention, of sorts. “Re-branding” may be a better term. The strategy is called #StartHere.

But what does that mean, exactly?


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This week on WKNO's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes digs into next year's local and state elections with Lee Mills, chairman for the Republican Party of Shelby County and Corey Strong, Chairman for the Shelby County Democratic Party. Bill Dries, senior reporter for the Memphis Daily News, joins the discussion.

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Looking to add some new Memphis music to your playlist? Commercial Appeal music writer Bob Mehr joins us to talk about a few of his favorites for the year, based a recent "Best of" article. Listen to the interview, or just check out the videos below.


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How does public art shape the civic landscape? This week on WKNO's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes talks with Lauren Kennedy, executive director of the UrbanArt Commission and Karen Golightly, director of Paint Memphis. They are joined by Bill Dries, senior reporter for the Memphis Daily News.

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Black Panther pounced on the weekend box office, breaking cultural barriers and earning the highest debut ever for a February film, with an estimated three-day domestic gross of $192 million, said Disney, Marvel's parent company.

The opening was the fifth highest-earning of any film, according to Disney. The only other movies that have brought in more are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and The Avengers, according to The Associated Press.

President Trump spent the weekend at his his Mar-a-Lago resort tweeting about the Russia investigation after a federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies in connection with what prosecutors describe as a covert Russian campaign to help Trump win the presidency.

All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines plane were feared dead when it slammed into Mount Dena in central Iran Sunday during a bout of bad weather, authorities told the Iranian state broadcaster.

But there was so much fog and rain that rescue crews had been unable to reach the crash site via helicopter and were hoping a drone could aid in their search, reports IRNA, the country's official news agency.

The Trump administration is proposing to dramatically cut funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a move critics say is an ongoing assault on the 7-year-old agency.

The bureau was championed by Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats and created in the wake of the financial crisis to protect Americans from getting ripped off by financial firms.

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TENNESSEE NEWS

Despite Calls From Students, Sewanee Declines To Rescind Honorary Degree For Charlie Rose

Sewanee, a liberal arts university in Middle Tennessee, has decided it will not revoke an honorary degree it awarded to Charlie Rose in 2016. The veteran news anchor was accused by several women late last year of making unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, andsome students at Sewanee: The University of the South had wanted its governing board to take action.

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ARKANSAS NEWS

Women In Arkansas Media Speak Up With #MoreThanABabe

Meteorologist Natalie Walter with KARK and KLRT talks with KUARs Jacob Kauffman about #morethanababe. This Thursday women in Arkansas's media world launched the #morethanababe hashtag in response to a local radio show's Babe Bracket that ranks TV journalists based on looks. Governor Asa Hutchinson previously went on program and said "everybody enjoys it” but has since released a statement saying he was not defending the gimmick. Multiple women in the media have tweeted this morning objecting...

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