Free showing of White House Memphis music concert at Malco Paradiso

For anyone who missed it or who wants to see it again, the Memphis music concert at the White House is being shown for free at the Malco Paradiso Tuesday (April 16).

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the event starts at 6:30. Tickets are free but limited and can be reserved at

The showing is hosted by WKNO-TV, WDIA/Clear Channel Radio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Raines Leaves U of M


More coming in the Tuesday edition on the exit of Dr. Shirley Raines as president of the University of Memphis at the end of June.

Raines announces her retirement after a dozen years at the helm of the city’s largest higher education institution. In that time, much has changed on the campus and off the campus footprint.

Here’s the story we ran in The Memphis News last year that marked the school’s centennial as well as what Raines was working to accomplish beyond the bricks and mortar.



Downtown cupcake and wine shop opening this month

A Downtown bakery and wine bar that’s been in the works for a few years now is at last about to open.

The Corked Carrot at 314 S. Main is having its grand opening April 27.

A building permit was filed for first-floor interior renovation work in October. Plans originally submitted to one of the affiliate boards of the Downtown Memphis Commission showed touches like a basement that would be available to host private events. The owner said he envisioned the business becoming sought out “for getting cupcakes after work to bring home to the family, getting a glass of wine expertly paired with a cupcake, planning a surprise celebration in our private area or getting an event catered with our sophisticated and decadent cupcakes.”

Bryce Corp. applies for 10-year tax freeze, will retain 318 jobs and add 95

Bryce Corp. is seeking a tax incentive to help it retain 318 employees in Memphis and add 95 new workers.

The company next week will go before the city-county EDGE board (on April 17) to apply for a 10-year tax freeze to help the package material printer invest $21 million across its three Memphis facilities. The project will create almost $18 million in new revenue for the city and county, and Bryce plans to also invest in new equipment at its three facilities – 5405 Hickory Hill, 4505 Old Lamar and 3825 Delp Street.

The average salary for the new employees will be $49,951.

Memphis-based Bryce was founded in 1969 and manufacturers packaging for some of the world’s largest retail brands.

Cohen statement on his deleted Cyndi Lauper tweet

Here is his statement, in its entirety:

“On Tuesday night, the President and Mrs. Obama, along with the Grammys and PBS, hosted a musical tribute to Memphis Soul at the White House. Wanting to promote this great program, which will air this coming Tuesday on PBS, I realized the best way to do this was to tweet and delete. I knew the Sunlight Foundation would highlight the deleted tweet as a Politwoop and knowing how some in the media report deleted Politwoops as nefarious, it occurred to me that a perfectly innocent, factually-correct tweet, once deleted, would receive great media attention. And that is exactly what happened when I tweeted:

@cyndilauper great night,couldn’t believe how hot u were.see you again next Tuesday.try a little tenderness.

The night at the White House was great, I was amazed at Cyndi Lauper’s hot performance and I look forward to seeing her performance of “Try a Little Tenderness” again when it airs next Tuesday on PBS. That’s what the tweet said but that’s not how it has been speciously interpreted in the media.

For two months, I’ve had in my mind the movie Absence of Malice, the first screenplay by Kurt Luedtke, a former reporter. The movie highlights the damage done to persons, albeit with a legal absence of malice, because of sloppy, “gotcha” journalism.

Laura Kirchner, a former Columba Journalism Review assistant editor, wrote that as a first semester student in journalism school, she was assigned the 1981 Sydney Pollack film Absence of Malice by one of the professors of the required Ethics course. As Ms. Kirchner states in a July 15, 2011 article, the reporter played by Sally Field “forgets she’s talking to actual people, people who will have to live with the effects of what she writes about them.”

Two months ago, my family was personally hurt and victimized by sensationalized, fact-less speculation masquerading as journalism. I hope this serves to bring attention to the need for journalistic integrity as well as encouraging everyone to watch the spectacular and hot performances of Memphis music by Cyndi Lauper, as well as Justin Timberlake, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Sam Moore, Booker T. Jones, Queen Latifah, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, Eddie Floyd, Alabama Shakes, Joshua Ledet, and Mavis Staples on PBS next Tuesday evening.