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Ask Allie: Is It Ever OK To Not Stand Up To Bullies?

May 14, 2018 - articles

by Joan Allison   Dear Allie, I’m about to attend the wedding of my good friend’s daughter and will be part of the celebrations outside of the church ceremony itself. One of the groomsmen is known to tell racist and xenophobic jokes, including ‘jokes’ about…

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Original Memphis: Clayborn Temple

March 12, 2018 - articles

by Joan Allison | photo by Greg Campbell   (Photo caption: Construction of the I AM A MAN Plaza is underway, and set to open in April. Above photo is a plaza rendering provided by the City of Memphis.)   Most people who want to understand…

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LGBT Advocate: Jerre Dye

November 20, 2017 - articles

interview by Joan Allison | photos courtesy of Jerre Dye   Hometown: Amory, Mississippi Current town: Chicago, Illinois Dream town: I don’t know that I have an ultimate dream town. I’m just dreamy by nature and tend to carry my dreaminess around with me wherever…

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Rio Mix Fit: Midtown Nursery is Growing a Food Truck Business!

October 16, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin | photos by Joan Allison Inspired by the beautiful Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rio Mix Fit Food truck has brought a tropical taste of Brazil to midtown Memphis. Sarah Ishisaki grew up in Brazil’s shoreline state of Sao Paolo,…

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Blue Suede Sisters Use Humor, And Outlandish Costumes, To Help Others

September 29, 2017 - articles

interview by Joan Allison | photos by Greg Campbell   We’ve been called drag nuns, sacred clowns, freaks, heretics, etc. etc. and they’re all true. We are the intersection of absurdity, ministry, glitter, and love. I have been told that talking to a Sister is…

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Valerie June: Sweet and Fresh With a Voice of a Seasoned Blues Woman!

August 25, 2017 - articles

by Joan Allison | photos by Jacob Blickenstaff & Danny Clinch   The voice on the phone is girlish and sweet with a distinct Jackson, Tennessee Southern drawl. She is fresh off a European tour, but back in New York for this interview. She is…

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Octavia Young, chef, building community in Crosstown

July 14, 2017 - articles

by Diane Thornton | photos by Joan Allison   “The best part is not things on the menu, it’s the people and the energy.”– Octavia Young, Owner Midtown Crossing Grill   Wistfully she tells me she made goat cheese ice cream with a strawberry balsamic…

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Mid-South’s Pet Over-Population Problem is Getting Fixed

June 23, 2017 - articles

by Joan Allison | photos by Greg Campbell   (In the photo above, vet technicians move a sedated female dog to the surgical suite to be spayed. The staff puts socks on the all the animal clients’ paws to keep them warm while they’re in…

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Super Game Party Recipes

February 3, 2017 - articles

Easy, Pleasy, Game-Day Snacks All recipes except the ‘Buffalo Tofu’ from Joan Allison FRESH GUACAMOLE 5 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro 1/4 cup minced white onion 1 large jalapeño, seeded, minced salt 6 medium avocados, halved, pitted 1 medium tomato, cored, chopped 3 Tbsp. fresh lime…

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Whitney Hardy – LGBT Advocate

November 22, 2016 - articles

by Jamilyn Cole  |  photo by Joan Allison Age 29 College: University of Tennessee Major: Masters of Accountancy Hometown: Memphis Current City: Memphis Let’s start with something fun. What was your reaction when you found out you had been named as one of DapperQ’s 2016…

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