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December 2014 | Volume 1, No. 4

In This Issue





John Doyle, a native Memphian, is the Executive Director of both the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum at FedEx Forum ( and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame ( A graduate of Rhodes College, he worked in radio promotions and marketing prior to opening his own advertising agency and, then, working as Vice President of Programming for Memphis in May. He and his wife, Lynn, have one son, Bennett, who now also works in Memphis radio.

ART DIRECTOR Jada Thompson


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Gwen Blount John Doyle Kathy Kirk-Johnson Lyle Johnson Pepper Lewis Myron Mays Cleopatra Memphis Pastor Bartholomew Orr Alisha Tillery Ricky E. Wilkins, Esq. Artwork by Quinn McGowan

Alisha Tillery

Alisha Tillery is a freelance writer and public relations professional living and working in Memphis, Tennessee. She has been published in ESSENCE,, Clutch Magazine and She writes about any and everything that hits a nerve


November’s issue omitted Fashion Credits: Stylist: Margaret Boyd Models: Stephanie Jones and Kellie Dacruz.

In Memoriam:

In November’s issue, we covered Iron Mic Coalition. Since our interview, Ennis Newman, Avenging Wind, has succumbed to an illness. Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with his family, Iron Mic, and his fans.

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In This Issue


December 2014






27 SHEILA WHALUM – 50 Tips for Love


45 THE BAR-KAYS – 50 is Still Funky








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Pastor Bartholomew Orr


Bartholomew Orr is the Senior Pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Orr has served in this capacity for 25 years.

accessible to his church members through various facets of communication. Through his submission to the will of God, Pastor Orr has taken Brown Baptist Church to unprecedented levels. Under his watch as He and his wife, Valarie, married in 1990 and have four Shepherd of this flock, he has witnessed a children's sons: Bartholomew II, Valiant Bates, Bradford Vincent, ministry explode to more than 400 children, and Brandon, one daughter in law Melissa and grandson formed life enriching partnerships with community Bartholomew III (“Tre�). members to ensure that individuals have access to health screenings and career opportunities. Bartholomew Orr began preaching in 1981 at the age of eleven. He was licensed to preach in 1983 and Pastor Orr is a firm believer in education. He ordained in 1986. He was elected pastor of Brown received his Doctorate Degree in Ministry from Missionary Baptist Church on January 25, 1989. Under Union University in Jackson, TN in 2014; his Masters his leadership, the church has experienced tremendous of Divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist growth, spiritually and numerically. Theological Seminary in Cordova, TN in 2003; and, his undergraduate degree in Humanities from Christian Pastor Orr works diligently to ensure that Brown maintains an atmosphere that embodies the "Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN in 1991. Family." His church family prides him for being

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Soul Seeds

At Christmas... Create, Cherish & Celebrate By: Pastor Bartholomew Orr

Last year, my wife and I were blessed with the best Christmas gift -- the arrival of our first grandson, “Tre.” Even amid a year of debating whom he looks like (in the end, he still has my name), it has been a blessed year and we are so looking forward to this Christmas. As we approach this wonderful time of the year, I offer you the following suggestions for making this the best Christmas ever and for ending this year on a high note. First, create some memories. I bought my first camera over twenty-five years ago as a freshman in college and my camera and I were inseparable. But now everyone has a camera and video camcorder built into their “smart” phones. Be real smart and use it to capture precious memories. Start a family tradition or continue an old family tradition. Having a family get-together is a great way to connect with loved ones and enjoy an evening of food, fun and fellowship. Second, cherish the moments. Life is all about the special moments -- A song; a smile; a twinkle in the eye; a laugh; and, a deep feeling that still warms your soul when you remember the moment. This Christmas, spend some time reflecting, remembering the moments that have shaped you into the person you are today. Cherish the moments that have defined your family. In Biblical times, God always encouraged His people to “pick up stones” as they travelled through life. Thank God for the IPad and Notepads which

stores all of those special moments for us. There is not a day that goes by that my wife doesn’t watch her favorite videos of Tre. Finally, celebrate the Messiah. Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus Christ, our Messiah. All the fun, feasts and festivities of the season are only heightened when you celebrate your faith. It is our faith, which adds hope to the challenges we face and comfort to the struggles we have endured during this past year. Our faith allows us to pick up the broken pieces and to continue living life to the fullest. So --celebrate the Messiah. Attend a Christmas cantata or Singing Christmas Tree. Drop some change into the red buckets outside the stores. Adopt a child and share the love of Christ with them. Go Christmas Caroling at a Nursing Home. They won’t mind even if you sing off key. Get up early and attend Christmas Sunrise Worship.

This Christmas, spend some time reflecting, remembering the moments that have shaped you into the person you are today.

The temperature is dropping. The leaves have changed. And, I can’t wait for Christmas! Southern Soul l December 2014


Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a prosperous New Year.





Editor’s Letter

Holidays are endearing time of the year. They are a time of reflection and anticipation. Memories froanm childhood are revisited; hope is rekindled with thoughts of an approaching new year; and the notorious Grinch crawls quietly behind the shadows of warm joyous merriment and the sounds of the Holidays. This issue, we celebrate the sounds of the Holiday! Sounds of good cheer are heralded with Pastor Bartholomew Orr’s uplifting message. We introduce you to our newest column, Taste Life With Kat. This month, she prepared a mouth-watering breakfast full of festive holiday colors. Look for her upcoming articles where she shares suggestions and tips that will brighten your home, your appetites, and lifestyle. Searching for tips on your relationship? Check out our book reviews. We love the joyful sounds of community involvement. This month, we highlight one man’s determination to inform the community of the importance of organ donation and three sisters who started an endowment to assist minority students. Celebrating the sounds of Memphis, we are honored to bring you fifty years of a wild, rhythmic legend, the Bar-Kays. Their story will have you tapping your toes and nodding your head. Their amazing story of triumph over tragedy is not only uplifting but inspiring. To borrow a quote from my friend Roby Williams, “Whether you worship at the foot of the cross, under the Star of David, or on a mat facing east, holidays are a time to celebrate a higher power, peace and joy.”

Toni Harvey Editor-In-Chief

We at Southern Soul want to thank those who have supported us this year and those who offered kindnesses and free lunches. We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a peaceful, prosperous New Year.

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Larry Colbert

Governor Of JA BizTown

By: Toni Harvey Photography By: Darius B Williams

People who think education is expensive have never counted the cost of ignorance.

- Andrew Young, former Mayor of Atlanta, GA What child wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to serve as Mayor for a day, run First Tennessee Bank, or preside over city court? Well, there is one town where this happens. Operating since 2002, JA BizTown, tucked away on Madison Avenue is governed by Larry Colbert, the President/CEO of Junior Achievement of Memphis and Mid-South - this month’s Soul Stirrer.

Typically, when we write about a Soul Stirrer, we select a person or entity that is impacting the community. We dive into the person’s passion and driving force behind his/her program. There is so much about Mr. Colbert that impacts our community through his various civic endeavors. But after meeting Larry, we learned his life’s passion of uplifting youth has been channeled into the programming provided through

Junior Achievement and what the program offers our community. SS: Tell us about JA BizTown.

LC: BizTown teaches kids about business, financial literacy, and economics preparing them for the work force and entrepreneurship. It’s overall concept is that kids learn better by doing; that kids retain more if interactive with the lesson. BizTown is a fully interactive, simulated town facility where 5th Southern Soul l December 2014

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Soul Stirrer grade students work together and test the lessons they learned over a five-week classroom curriculum. The mini-municipality houses 16 public and private enterprises including a bank, stock brokerage, newspaper, radio station, and retail. The town is a “working free enterprise community� where each student experiences the responsibilities of running a business and acting as a consumer, saver, investor, and citizen within the community. A minimum of one adult volunteer typically assists in operating each business. We also have corporations that adopt a school and send employee volunteers. Students learn firsthand what it takes to run and operate a business. All 5th grade students are eligible for the program. SS: On average, how many elementary schools participate? LC: We have 48 schools. Every private school in Memphis and the Mid-South participates in this program; even the small ones. We have an additional 40 public schools wanting to participate, but funding is an issue. It takes a minimum of 60 students for us to operate the entire town. SS: Are the 60 students from one school?

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LC: That is the best scenario because the students are more engaged and competitive when they have worked together prior to entering the city. However, we do combine schools. We have several private schools whose class size is smaller. In those cases, the schools work together and collectively reach the 60 minimum. What we love to see is a collaborative pairing between the private schools and the inner city schools. SS: What is a typical day in the town? LC: In preparation, the city Mayor and the Judge are elected at the school when the curriculum begins. In

"Every private school in Memphis and the MidSouth participates in this program; even the small ones.�

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the early morning, the kids are busy getting their shops ready. At mid-morning, the students gather in front of their business and the Mayor takes the podium, calls the city to order and opens the city for business. Each business owner goes on stage, gives his/her elevator speech about their products and/ or services, and the interactive competition and marketing begins. They must function as a business; make a product; advertise; sell a product; meet payroll; and all the requirements needed to operate a business. When they are on break or at lunch they have shop time. Now, they are exchanging dollars and participating in trade. The number one goal by the end of the day is to sell enough goods and/ or services to pay off their business loan acquired when opening their business. SS: Is there a follow-up program for the next grade? LC: We have programs at every grade level. We have another program similar to this -- Finance Park where middle school kids are

placed in real-life scenarios and required to make decisions and determine solutions utilizing the skills learned in the program. They learn to adjust their finance to life’s ups and downs, including job loss, dependents, and unforeseen circumstances. Currently, we do not provide Finance Park. We are planning to develop one here in five years if we can secure financing. We also have several high school programs. One, the Job Shadow, inspires students to be entrepreneurs in their approach to work and introduces them to professions and industries crucial to the future and encourages mentoring. It involves students participating in the workplace environment while shadowing an individual at work. SS: What is the cost for a school’s participation?

"BizTown teaches kids about business, financial literacy, and economics preparing them for the work force and entrepreneurship."

LC: The price is $30 per student. The actual cost is $75 per student, but we only charge $30. The balance is paid through our operational funds. At $30 per student with an ideal participation Southern Soul l December 2014

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count of 100 students per school, the overall expenditure is $3,000 per school. SS: Where do you get your funding? LC: We have corporate sponsors that provide annual funding to cover the cost of operating their BizTown facility. This does not cover student participation. When we opened BizTown, the school systems were funding each school. The funding was cut in 2008. We are seeking community partners to participate in the adopt-the-school program and to supplement funding for public schools. The best example I can give is Idlewild Presbyterian Church, a small congregation, which has adopted Idlewild Elementary School. For the last 5-6 years, they have paid $3,000 for Idlewild Elementary’s participation. We need more civic, corporate and faith based community sponsorship.

"I am really driven by seeing our kids succeed. I think we need more people locally to step up and say I want to make a difference, make my city successful." said “we see the value in this program and we want it as part of our curriculum.” We must get buy-in from leadership in Memphis. Our program is utilized in the outlying areas such as Lakeland, Germantown and Collierville. SS: What drives you?

LC: I am really driven by seeing our kids succeed. I think we need more people locally to step up and say I want to make a difference, make my city successful. I get excited when I hear good news about our kids. There was a recent article on New Memphis Ballet where the kids visited the White House. Those kinds of stories exist here. We just don’t focus enough on them. We focus more on the negative. We hear about SS: What is the greatest obstacle? the one Friday night football game where some LC: We have the capacity to serve 14,000 students, but knuckleheads got out of line. Giving credence to that we are only reaching 5,000 in the program. We won’t one group and yet ignoring the other 99% does the reach capacity or the other students until the school community no good. There are so many successful system mandates 5th graders to complete the program. kids and successful programs here. What happens That’s what Atlanta did last year. The school board in the inner-city impacts the success of our entire 14 | Southern Soul l December 2014

Soul Stirrer community, including the suburbs. I absolutely love what we do here at JA BizTown. I have strong passion for this and my thing is I’m not going to give up on the kids. So all those hurdles I have to jump over to get there is just a part of doing business. SS: What message would you like to leave with our readers? LC: I believe all kids have the potential to be winners and successful. They need a foundation along with support. So what I say to people is let’s stop pointing the finger at others and become the man in the mirror. Ask what you can do. If everyone in the county adopts one child, that’s $30 for a child to experience the program.

Editorial Note: Since our interview, we researched and discovered the JA BizTown program has proven successful across the country and cities which have corporate buy-ins, local civic support and school mandated participation are the rising success stories. Chicago, Houston, St. Louis and Atlanta have school mandated programs. Ironically, these are cities where income and poverty intersect and present one of the greatest challenges to those cities’ progress and crime rates hindering their stability and recover plans. Memphis ranks high in poverty, low income, crime and low school ratings. Mandating and implementing the JA BizTown in our schools would be a major

step toward buttressing our future. Prepared 5th graders represent a strong work force, enlightened financiers and economic development. The JA BizTown program currently reaches 20,000 students a year. When our school systems provided funding, it reached over 50,000 students. Please encourage your school board, city and county representatives to include the JA BizTown funding in its budget. Please encourage your civic and faith based community to adopt a school. Please find 5 hours to volunteer at the town and/ or donate $30 for a student’s participation.

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Sisters Establish Endowment Honoring Their Parents A Lectureship In Community Diabetes

By: Pepper Lewis

L to R: Guy Reed, M.D., Chair, UTHSC Dept. of Medicine; Beverly Williams-Cleaves, M.D.; Ethelyn Williams-Neal, M.D.; Willie Williams Crittendon, Ph.D.; and James Gavin, III, M.D.

The Williams Sisters, Willie Mae Williams Crittendon, Ethelyn Williams-Neal, and Beverly Williams-Cleaves, linked arms and established the John Ed and Odessa Williams UTHSC Endowment Lectureship in Community Diabetes. Their father, John Ed Williams, didn’t advance beyond an 8th grade education. Leaving school to work the rural Tennessee family farm, education remained uppermost in his mind. He and his wife, Odessa, vowed this would not be the future of his three daughters, Willie Mae, Ethelyn and Beverly.

Running a prosperous farming operation, he and Odessa decided to move to nearby Memphis for the sole reason of giving the girls a chance at a better education. Always a man of few words, John bestowed only few words for each girl as they entered school -- he would only go to their school

once - their graduation. The girls excelled in school. Willie Mae Williams Crittendon went on to become an educator and administrator in the Chicago Public School system, earning a Ph.D. in secondary education. Both girls, Ethelyn and Beverly

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John Ed and Odessa Williams

Lectureship Guest with UTHSC’s Sam Dagogo-Jack, M.D. (white coat); Beverly Williams-Cleaves, M.D. (center); and Lecturer James Gavin, III, M.D. (2ND from right).

They want to highlight the importance of excellent community care for those with diabetes and the need to provide ancillary financial support for minority medical students at UTHSC. attended University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC). Ethelyn Williams-Neal became a physician and for over 30 years, has run a thriving pediatric practice in Memphis. Beverly WilliamsCleaves also chose medicine, becoming an endocrinologist and practices with a focus on diabetes treatment. 18 | Southern Soul l December 2014

To honor their parents, the sisters established a Fifty Thousand Dollars Lectureship at the University of Tennessee. The John Ed and Odessa Williams UTHSC Endowment Lectureship in Community Diabetes held its Inaugural Grand Rounds Lecture featuring renowned Dr. James

Gavin, III. Dr. Gavin spoke at Grand Rounds, consulted with endocrinology fellows and spoke at a meeting of the Bluff City Medical Society. In presenting the Endowment, Dr. Williams-Cleaves stated “We were excited to have the opportunity to launch this Inaugural Lectureship. Diabetes and community health are topics that are very dear to our hearts.” The sisters established the Endowment in hope that the Endowment will continue to grow and encourage greater diversity in support of UTHSC. They want to highlight the importance of excellent community care for those with diabetes and the need to provide ancillary financial support for minority medical students at UTHSC.

Hey Myron!

Are You Booed Up For The Holidays?


It’s that time of year again. Can’t you just feel it in the air? The holidays are here! There’s nowhere you can go to escape the holiday cheer…not to mention the great prices on the things you love the most. We all get the “warm and fuzzies” this time of year, now don’t we? We love to tear up the mall buying gifts for the special people in our lives. We also love surprises . . . with a little something with our name on it. Oh no! Not that practical gift from your mother. Oh no! Not the yearly pair of socks from our Aunt Martha! Everyone wants that “special” gift from that “special” someone. You know…their “Boo.” I mean The O’Jays may have said it best, “Christmas just ain’t Christmas without the one you Love.”

By: Myron Mays Photography By: Darius B Williams

the holidays to avoid being alone at Christmas? Then by the end of February, they’re single again. Before you ask, “Who does that?” you can probably think of at least one person in your life that does. But it’s understandable. I mean, no one wants to be alone, especially at Christmas. However, for those who are desperately clamoring to get hitched up for the holidays, I’d like to help you navigate your way through the Christmas season with your heart intact. 1. Don’t start anything that you have no intentions of finishing. Disposable relationships are a big waste of time and energy.

2. Instead of wishing you had someone to buy a special gift for or There’s nothing like chestnuts wishing there was someone to give roasting on an open fire…with your you a special gift. Why not kill two Boo. There’s nothing like letting it birds with one stone and go out and snow…with your Boo. It’s really buy something nice for yourself… something romantic about the idea not a bad idea huh? of spending the holiday with that special someone. 3. Don’t be pressured into thinking you have to show up at the family But there’s a profound question that dinner with someone on your arm. most of us have heard every year Your relatives will still be happy to of our lives and never paid much see you. attention to…unless they felt the question was aimed at them. R&B 4. Keep yourself busy. Don’t trio, “The Emotions” asks us every waste your precious time year, “What Do the Lonely Do at sitting around worried Christmas?” Well, some simply about being alone. Get try to avoid being lonely. How do out and go do something they accomplish that, you might “Christmassy.” The last ask? Well, they aggressively seek thing you need this time relationships. of year is an idle mind. Believe it! It’s real! There are some people who date around 20 | Southern Soul l December 2014

5. The holidays are for you to enjoy with

your loved ones, which not only includes your significant other, but “friends” & “family” as well. Those are the ones you should surround yourself with. If you are not capable of maintaining a good relationship with friends and family, chances are you’ll have trouble maintaining a good relationship with that special someone. So, there you have it. I know the holiday season can sort of drag along. But hang in there… you’re gonna be just fine. Enjoy the holiday season. Save all the relationship troubles for the New Year. That’s what New Year’s Resolutions are for -- right?

Hey Myron!

LETTERS TO MYRON Hey Myron: I’m recently divorced. However, I just met someone. He is a nice guy, but he is married. I’m trying to keep it at a friendship level, but I know that if we become good friends, I’m gonna want more out of it. (Afraid) Dear Afraid: Well, the fact that you are writing this letter shows that you have some type of moral compass, which is a good thing. However in a situation like this, a number of things will happen when he is not around. Either you’re really gonna miss him or want to be with him and there’s gonna be a time when you’re not able to. Can you imagine really wanting

to be with somebody that you love and care about…but can’t? That’s not a very good feeling. Also, since you do have signs of a moral compass, there will be times where your conscious is going to tap you on the shoulder and remind you that you’re not in a good situation…for obvious reasons. You can best believe that won’t be a very good feeling either.

You’re vulnerable right now. You’re still healing from your own situation and perhaps this guy reminds you of some of the things you loved about your husband. How about this? Spare yourself the inevitable and take some time to focus on “you” rather than creating a situation for yourself that won’t make your life better.

Hey Myron: I’m a single mother; I work hard to provide for my 13-year-old son because his father does not offer much help. I get so frustrated because my son always seems to care more about his father than me; when I’m the one busting my behind trying to give him the things he needs. Why is it that the absent parent always gets a pass, but the one who takes care of them gets the attitudes, backtalk and rebellion? (Frustrated) Dear Frustrated: It’s quite simple. You’re there every day. You have rules and structure he has to follow daily. No one likes rules and structure, especially a 13 year old. Not saying there aren’t any rules and structure when he is with his father, but he is with you majority of the time. Chances are you have greater expectations of him.

So at this point, Dad might be the favorite because he does not make him do homework, clean up his room and that sort of thing and because time is short and their time together likely takes place on the weekend when everyone is relaxed. So when he is with the other parent, it’s sort of a vacation. We all like vacations! Right?

Keep being the best mother you can be. At 13, we all think the grass is greener on the other side. If he lived with his dad, it would probably be the other way around. The good news is, he won’t be 13 forever and this too shall pass.

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Lip Care Winter Tips


It’s holiday season again and that means cold weather. The chilly days of winter can really play havoc with your skin. As the temperature drops and cold weather makes its debut, the skin becomes dry and moisture starved and so do our lips. The skin on lips is quite thin and tends to lose a great deal of moisture during the winter months. As a result, burning, chapped, flaky lips are a common problem in cold climates. Unfortunately, many people contribute to the problem by constantly licking their lips to relieve the dryness. There’s a natural, sometimes unconscious, tendency for a person to lick their lips to relieve the dryness. Unfortunately, exposing already burning, chapped lips to saliva only worsens the condition – leading to a vicious cycle of lip licking, dryness, redness and chapping.

By: Cleopatra Memphis regimen and a bit of common sense, your lips will warm to a lip balm treatment that smooths, soothes, and protects – even in the dead of winter. Here’s a simple at-home treatment that will keep your lips hydrated and smooth. This easy DIY solution is not only quick and easy but affordable. There are three items you will need for luscious holiday lips.

First, get an empty, small, plastic container. This can be acquired almost anywhere. Pick up a container that is the size and style you like. Eye-catching containers are always a plus. Second, get a small jar of Vaseline. Vaseline will serve as the base of your lip protector. You can choose the regular or the scented kind. And last, but not least, Gold Bond medicated cream. This cream has a non-greasy, mentholated feel and is a dependable product that has been around for years. But before you run to the nearest drug store and stock It is widely known for treating all kinds of skin issues. up on pore-clogging oils and harsh chemicals, why Now it’s time to get to work. not take the natural approach? With a good daily Southern Soul l December 2014

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Step 1.

Place your empty plastic container on a clean paper towel.

Step 2.

Take a plastic spoon and fill half the container with Vaseline.

Step 3.

Fill the other half with Gold Bond Medicated Cream.

Step 4.

Mix together until evenly blended.

Step 5.

Moisturize lips

Step 6.

Apply a thin layer of your new winter lip protectant to your lips and rub in gently.

Cleopatra Memphis is Step 7. an Educator, Stylist, and For the ladies - after lips are protected, apply Makeup Artist for Film your choice of holiday lipstick or gloss. and Television. Cleopatra Memphis has worked in the beauty industry for over a decade. She has a wealth of knowledge A few simple winter tips to help you keep moist and a firm foundation supple lips: in her field and is listed • Apply a bit of lip balm before bedtime to moisturize as a makeup artist with as you sleep. the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television • Use lip balm before going out into harsh weather. Commission. When not • Drink plenty of water to keep your lips hydrated and serving her clients, she is working on television, film, supple and print projects; teaching Makeup Arts Education classes to industry professionals and kids; and provides • Avoid the use of lipsticks that can dry out your lips if children etiquette classes. She is an enthusiastic salsa they become chapped dancer, enjoys Zumba, cooking, piano and singing and is a dedicated volunteer with The American Cancer • Resist the urge to nibble at your lips Society “Look Good Feel Better Program,” MIFA “Cool • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to remove flaky Program,” Infinite Family Mentoring Africa’s Future skin from your lips Program. You can sign up for her tips and makeup Education Classes at; Now you will have beautiful soft lips all winter and Facebook at save money with your own specialty lip balm. ; and/or Twitter @CleopatraMemphis."

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How To Stay Fit Through The Christmas Season By: Lyle Johnson

As the Holiday season arrives, there’s a high chance turkey and dressing will be part of your day or that extra cup of egg nog will be part of your evening. If you are watching your weight or simply counting calories, holidays are often greeted with much anxiety and pose quite a challenge to a dieter’s resolve. It seems that food is lurking around every corner. As long as you plan your holiday eating and maintain your holiday exercise program, you shouldn’t have a problem staying fit. When no plan is in place, it’s easy to drop the ball. It’s easy to get caught in the holiday eat, drink and be merry program. So how do you get through the festive season with your shape intact? Planning sets you up for success. If you design a Holiday Weight Plan, it’s much easier than you think. Here are three fundamental elements of an easy to follow Holiday Weight Plan.

Plan A Holiday Workout

The first thing to survive the holiday season is to plan an effective Holiday Workout. Since holiday gatherings are plentiful, you will likely spend less time at the gym. To make sure every minute in the gym counts, consider transitioning to a full body workout that focuses on targeted areas. Then, add cardio intervals during your rest periods. Grab a rope and start skipping or simply perform some jumping jacks on the spot. This plan offers cardio training while performing strength training; reducing the need for two separate sessions.

Pre-Plan Holiday Eating

The next “must-do” to survive the festive season is to take the time to pre-plan holiday eating. Plan the meals you will treat yourself to extra calories. Will you treat yourself to the office potluck? Or perhaps you’d like to save your extra eats when you and your significant other enjoy a late night snack together. Will you have a drink at that holiday mixer

or will you sip champagne into the New Year?

Plan Daily Activities

The last element to your holiday survival plan is to get in as much activity as possible. Take walks as frequently as you can throughout the day and join your friends for window shopping rather than drinks. Park your car a few rows over from the door to get in more walking. Join the line dances at parties. The latest boogie-down line dances are pure cardio and loads of fun. Everything will add up and then if you do happen to take in more calories than you should that day, it shouldn’t pose as much of a threat to your weight or shape. So, when you sit down to planning your holiday card list and your holiday shopping, be sure to include your holiday weight plan. Stick to your plan and you shouldn’t worry about carrying holiday weight gain into next year!

Lyle Johnson, certified personal trainer and author of Get Fit 4 Christ, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Grambling State University. He is a fitness and exercise specialist, motivational speaker, and author. Lyle has helped hundreds reach their fitness and weight loss goals through his seminars and training programs. His professional mission is to reach as many people as possible by providing the training, tools and knowledge to live healthier, more joyful and abundant lives. For more information, visit or contact him at Southern Soul l December 2014

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Why Love Doesn’t Last Tips To Making Your Marriage Last


Looking for a book that is chock full of great advice, easy to grasp, and a sensible roadmap to keeping a marriage? Sheila Whalum has the book for you. The book, Why Love Doesn’t Last, shares what she has learned about the psychology of love during her more than thirty years of marriage and more than two decades of relationship counseling. The book offers couples a guide to transform your relationship into a lasting source of love and companionship. Couples desiring refreshment in their relationship will discover easy to follow steps to assess themselves and steps to renew their marriage. The book jumps out in Chapter One with “Why Men Cheat” – Sheila explains she has found over the course of her research, “men need to feel powerful in two ways: in the pockets and in the pants.”

By: Pepper Lewis Knocking it out the park with the first two pages, Why Love Doesn’t Last reveals how love gets lost in the shuffle and what can be done to recover it.

Photography by: Darius B Williams SS: You describe three stages of marriage, how were you able to adjust to changes? How long was your adjustment? How long did it take to learn?

WHALUM: I did not discover these stages until many years later during research. I had been married over (20) years, but when SS: Assuming the insight in your I read those three stages; I could book was discovered and nurtured clearly see they were indeed TRUE! during your long-lasting marriage; It took me ten years for the first two can you share with us how you stages and now, I am very settled in arrived at such clear, brilliant pearls the last stage. of wisdom? SS: You suggest if one partner WHALUM: These pearls of has a social media account the wisdom derived from being treated other should also. In today’s with honor from my husband since environment, social media the age of 22. I shared all the things has been the demise of many my husband and I experienced relationships. What additional which I felt was normal in a advice would you give couples on marriage. The key is that we navigating the social media world? communicate about everything which makes everything "work" in WHALUM: It is a must to be a part our Love Relationship. of social media. Otherwise, you Southern Soul was able to catch Sheila at her book launch and ask a few questions.

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Arts SS: You share that men flirted with you at church and you ask “are you flirting outside your marriage” and gave reasons why people flirt. Would you say women flirt for the same reasons as men? WHALUM: No, women flirt strictly for attention especially, if they are not getting it from their spouses. They must know they have it going on at all times. SS: Many relationships end because of past events or transgressions. How can couples get to the point where they are able to not only forgive their spouse, but forget the incident as well? WHALUM: It will only take God to go deep into the hearts of couples to make it right, if they are both willing. Otherwise, it will be a miserable marriage. SS: You discuss extreme measures to save your marriage. Should there be a boundary on how extreme those measures should go? How far is too far?

are going to be left behind. It's not healthy for just one spouse to be on social media. I suggest going to class to learn all that you can because it is here to stay. SS: You talk about communication, have you found over the years that couples communicate differently with each other? Or, is there a cookie cutter approach to communication? WHALUM: Yes, many couples communicate in different ways and especially via text messages these days. But, speaking face to face is the best way. Oh, and yes, call me. I expect to hear my Husband's voice over the telephone daily. SS: So many couples are happy and excited when they learn they are expecting a child. How does this newfound joy turn a marriage into havoc - when at one time it was what brought them closer? WHALUM: That's because the "Intimate Stage" is not here to stay in a marriage. Marriage takes a lot of work. Then you add a child to the mix and the ride of love takes a backseat for a long time. But, if you communicate and work together, it will come back. SS: Which have women ranked first: sex or a homecooked meal? WHALUM: Let's just say Husbands want both equally!

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WHALUM: Yes, I think there should be boundaries. However, if both couples agree on the particular measure to use, then it's nobody's business. It's not too far, if they both agree whether outsiders think otherwise. SS: I never thought about having a strategic plan for marriage. How can we make couples more aware that creating a strategic plan is needed in a marriage? WHALUM: I think one must be business-minded to think this way. However, that is why this book is a selfhelp for all relationships. And the strategic plan just makes so much sense. SS: What suggestions do you have for couples wanting to continue that feeling of “falling in love?” WHALUM: To read, "Why Love Doesn't Last." They must understand that there are different kinds of love and the one they are trying to hold on to does not last. Sheila Whalum is the wife and First Lady of The New Olivet Baptist Church, in Memphis, Tennessee. Sheila has been married to her husband, Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum, Jr., for 33 years. They have three sons together. Cofounding C.A.N.A. (Couples Achieving Newness Again) in 1999, Sheila has guided couples through marriage obstacles for over a decade. C.A.N.A.’s married couples’ class is designed to save marriages from going into that stale stage where the marriage is just about dead.



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Memphis’ Original Sound By: Pepper Lewis

Funky beats and soulful tunes vibrate through your veins as you turn the pages.


A picture may be worth a thousand words, but 200 images of the artists who define the sound of Memphis defy calculation – at least when photographed by Thom Gilbert. Through the perfection of his lens and the uniqueness of his vision, Gilbert captures the history of Memphis music in the newly-released book, Soul: Memphis’ Original Sound. By focusing his lens on Memphis, Gilbert catches the essence of “soul” and the South through distinctive faces and artifacts. The list of Memphian Sound megastars is impressive – including Booker T and the MGs, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Johnny Taylor, and the Bar-Kays – but Gilbert highlights lesser known treasures. By doing so, he memorializes them all – past and present, known and lesser known – in his beautiful compilation. Armed with his camera and talent, Gilbert spent two years photographing the honor roll of Memphis musicians and supporters, including Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. From BB King to “Queen of Memphis Soul,” Carla Thomas; veteran Stax guitarist Steve Cropper to newly acclaimed vocalist, Evvie McKinney; Gilbert followed where their artistry lead. His odyssey took him on tour, in recording studios, and to the

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homes of his subjects. The results take his readers into the heart of Memphis and music. Funky beats and soulful tunes vibrate through your veins as you turn the pages. Each page elicits a more powerful exclamation than the last and each image plucks an emotional string. From the image of Isaac Hayes’ 1972 Cadillac Eldorado to the portrait of David Hood and his 1957 Fender precision bass, Thom Gilbert transports you in time and space. Whether you remember playing “Green Onions” on a 45; strolling down Beale Street with the one you loved; or, catching a recent performance of current headliners -- your memory will play its own soundtrack as you read. The originality of Gilbert’s images and presentation are as unique as the sound of Memphis. The book was released in conjunction with his exhibition of photographs at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Purchase a copy, park it on the front seat of your car, and the next time you are at the 4-Way Grill, you may luck up and get an autograph! This collector’s item should be included in the library of music lovers, history buffs, and anyone who has a Southern Soul.

A Love Supreme By: Gwen Blount Artwork By: Quinn Mcgowan


“Ladies and Gentlemen, put your hands together one more time for his last performance…the pride of Memphis…Mr. Parker ‘Jazz’ Johnson!”

A Sentimental Mood.” When he reached the center of the small stage, he stopped.

From B-flat minor 7th to E-flat minor 7th, Jazz played Jazz Johnson strolled slowly back onto the small stage the slow, haunting melody for the standing room in the dimly lit room like he had done countless times. only crowd. A spotlight bounced off the shiny brass His pianist, “Tricks” Mulberry, and bass player, Mark between his nimble, milk chocolate brown fingers. His Anthony, had already cued up the B-flat minor key. long, lean body swayed slightly to the beat. His head “Just Styx,” the drummer was keeping the 4/4 beat. was bent just enough to hide his rugged good looks. Jazz held his prized saxophone lovingly between his His closed eyelids hid sleepless eyes. The same light hands and blew the first bars of his signature song, “In that bounced off the brass, highlighted the tight curls Southern Soul l December 2014

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Arts on his head. The combination of his music and his image hypnotized the room. When the quartet reached the last note of the song, Jazz let his note linger longer than he ever had before, not wanting to let go. “This is it,” he thought. He squeezed his eyelids tighter, trying to hold back the tears he had been keeping at bay for hours. He stood still while the crowd clapped, yelled and whistled. “We love you, Jazz!” someone screamed. “Don’t give up!” came from another direction. “More!” a man’s voice yelled. When he heard, “I love you, Parker!” Jazz opened his eyes. Seated at a small table in the front of the room was a demure looking woman, dressed in a conservative blue dress. Her hair was pulled back in a loose bun showcasing her makeup-free face. At first glance, she looked every bit the twelve-year-old girl he had met in sixth grade. A closer look revealed tiny crow’s feet that were beginning to form around her expressive eyes. A few gray hairs peeked through her sandy brown ones. She was his wife, Denise, the love of his life and the reason he was giving up his saxophone.

When the quartet reached the last note of the song, Jazz let his note linger longer than he ever had before, not wanting to let go. became friends. Parker noticed his mother’s eyes sparkle the way they did when she talked about his father.

Parker’s first memory of his father was on Christmas Day when he was four years old. His mother opened a battered leather case under a small Christmas tree and pulled out a shiny instrument with Mother of Pearl keys. “Parker, this belonged to the greatest man I’ve ever known. It was played by many great men, but A few tears escaped down Jazz’s cheeks as he focused none who loved you like your father…and none whom on Denise’s face. He bowed to the room and then I loved. One day, I hope you will play this saxophone lifted the curved brass to his lips. More tears flowed and keep it alive in memory of your father.” Eula as he kissed the sax. “Goodbye, Pops!” he whispered. He found Denise’s face again and she, too, was crying. Johnson’s eyes sparkled as she spoke. They sparkled when Parker started to play the saxophone when he Jazz had agreed to sell the legendary instrument that was five. They sparkled when he played his father’s had been held by every great jazz saxophonist since Charlie Parker. It was the only possession he had of his famous repertoire when he was nine. They sparkled every time Parker asked her to tell him a story about father’s. Only one person could make him part with “Pops.” Parker was surprised to see his mother’s eyes it – Denise. sparkle as she talked to Reverend Simpson. He was Denise Simpson moved to Memphis when Parker surprised -- and happy. Johnson was a nerdy kid with thick glasses and a After a short while, Reverend Simpson called his stammer. He and his mother lived across the street daughter to the living room. “Denise! Come greet our from the pristine brick house the AME Church new neighbors!” A lanky girl entered the living room provided for Denise’s father, the new pastor in town. clutching a cookbook. Her skin, hair and eyes were all Before the Simpsons arrived, the neighborhood the same shade of sandy brown. Her pink full lips were gossips had informed everyone Reverend Simpson was a widower. Coincidently, Parker’s mother, a nurse the only thing that stood out on her. She and Parker said timid “hellos.” When Mrs. Johnson offered her who worked the morning shift at the neighborhood a cookie, Denise’s face lit up with the most beautiful hospital, was a widow. smile. Parker smiled, too. Moments later, they were The day the moving van was unloaded, Parker’s sitting on the Simpson’s front stoop, flipping through mother put on her best dress, dressed Parker in his the colorful pages of the cookbook and beginning a Sunday suit, and together they delivered a dish of lifelong friendship. homemade cookies to the new residents. Reverend It didn’t take long for them to discover common Simpson was a kind man with a hearty laugh. He interests – mainly food and music. Like Eula Johnson, opened the door with a huge smile and a big appetite Denise’s mother had been a great cook from New for cookies. Within minutes, he and Eula Johnson Orleans. She spent precious moments teaching Denise 32 | Southern Soul l December 2014

Arts her recipes before she succumbed to cancer. Like Parker’s father, Reverend Simpson played the saxophone. He loved jazz and taught Denise to sing as many jazz standards as church hymns. Parker was thrilled when Denise guessed he was named after Charlie Parker, the great saxophonist. No one else ever had. Soon after they moved in, Reverend Simpson hired a Jamaican housekeeper to look after Denise and their home. Parker spent most weekday afternoons in the Simpson’s tidy home while his mother napped for a bit after work. With her lilting accent, the housekeeper, Miss Moore, ran a tight, love-filled ship. She made sure Parker and Denise completed their homework before they were freed to do what they loved most – cook and play music. She often cooked, danced, and listened with them – much to their amusement. In contrast to the Simpson home, the Johnson home was a hot mess. The outside was well kept, but the inside looked like a museum waiting to be assembled. There were dusty pictures on nearly every surface, from the walls to the tables. Most showed a sharplydressed, dark black man with a high wattage smile holding a saxophone. If you looked closely, other familiar faces smiled at you. Duke, Charlie, Count, Miles, Ella, Sarah, Billie, Mahalia – to name a few. Many pictures included a pretty, fair-skinned woman who resembled a red-haired Lena Horne. She more closely resembled the tired, overweight nurse who came home in the afternoons singing “In A Sentimental Mood.” Despite – or maybe because of – the clutter, Denise loved spending time with “Ms. Eula” and hearing

tales of her time with “Pops” in Harlem. Denise never tired of hearing the tale of how Mr. and Mrs. Johnson met in Harlem Hospital. Eula was the nurse on duty when her future husband came in with appendicitis. He took one look at Eula and started to sing, “In a sentimental mood…I can see the stars come through my room….” They married three months later. As they moved into their teens, Parker and Denise became one another’s refuge from growing pains. When the neighborhood

He took one look at Eula and started to sing, “In a sentimental mood." boys played pick-up basketball games in the park, Parker played new riffs on his saxophone for Denise. When the teenaged girls practiced dance steps to the latest popular music, Denise tested new recipes on Parker. Along the way, Parker traded his glasses for contacts and lost his stammer. Denise’s lankiness gave way to tall beauty. Neither dated anyone else, but they also didn’t imagine being romantic with each other. Things changed their senior year. One afternoon when they were studying, Parker awkwardly attempted to kiss Denise. Appalled, she screamed, cried, and said she never wanted to see him again. They avoided each other for weeks.

When Mrs. Johnson tried to pry, both Denise – who had become a daughter to her – and Parker stonewalled. Reverend Simpson got the same response. Mrs. Johnson thought it was a temporary spat until Parker came home and announced he was accepting a scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston. “I want to get far away from her…I mean here,” he stammered. “I’ll never be discovered by staying home.” She was both elated and heartbroken. By now, Parker had become known as “Jazz” and he had been recruited by some of the best music programs in the nation. She wanted him to take advantage of the opportunity, but she didn’t want to let him go. Neither did Denise. That evening, Parker gathered his nerve, walked across the street, and rang the Simpson’s bell. Reverend Simpson answered and Parker blurted out, “Rev, I just wanted you to know that I’m going to Boston.” Denise ran to the vestibule, looked at him, and started crying hysterically. Reverend Simpson whispered, “Son, I’d better go calm Denise. God bless you, child.” As the front door was closing, Denise snatched it open. “I love you, Parker Johnson. I’m going to nursing school here in Memphis… and I’ll be here waiting when you come back.” Four years later, Jazz Johnson returned to Memphis, married Denise and became a staple in regional jazz clubs. A year later, Eula Johnson had a stroke and Reverend Simpson died. The young couple was devastated. The next year, Denise gave birth to a baby boy. Miss Moore, her aging housekeeper, agreed to move in to help. Denise split her time between Southern Soul l December 2014

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The Jazz Johnson Quartet played its last performance to deafening applause. opportunities for me.”

caring for Eula, raising the baby, working in the hospital, and cooking for friends and colleagues. She never complained. Every time Parker offered to get a local job, Denise would kiss him and say, “You’ll never be discovered by staying at home.” After a while, she began devoting more time to her catering requests than her nursing duties. The biggest request was for her pralines. Denise used her mother’s original recipe. As her clientele grew, her kitchen seemed to shrink. She skillfully juggled counter and oven space. When Jazz was in town, he would help bake so Denise could stay on top of orders. She would drag home from the hospital and join him in the kitchen. She never complained. “PARKER!” The excited voice hit him one day as he came in from a gig in Virginia. Denise nearly knocked him over with a hug. Her eyes sparkled like his mother’s. “Parker, the hotel wants to buy my pralines!” As Parker unpacked

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his overnight bag, Denise filled him in on the incredible offer. Her voice slowed when she got to the downside. “The only problem, baby, is that I need to buy more ovens.” In a measured voice, she went over the plan to knock down a wall and extend the kitchen into the living room. “We don’t need to buy a new house, Parker – just new ovens!” She was so excited, Parker didn’t want to bring her down to earth by talking dollars and cents. Sadly, he didn’t have to. Over the next few days, reality shot her down for him. Twenty thousand dollars. It was the least amount Denise could spend to get the equipment she needed, even used. It might as well have been two hundred thousand dollars. The expenses for Eula’s care and their son’s education were already a challenge. The couple had taken a second mortgage on the house. Denise didn’t want to incur more debt. She also didn’t want Parker to give up his gigs. “Don’t worry, baby,” she whispered to Parker. “There will be more

That evening, Parker did the unthinkable. He photographed his saxophone and wrote a long narrative explaining its storied pedigree. “This legendary saxophone is like the ‘The Tree of Hope’ at New York’s Apollo Theatre that performers rubbed for good luck. Every sax player who touched it became great. Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins….” When Parker was satisfied, he posted the listing on Ebay. His asking price was $20,000.00. Four mornings later, he received an email. A buyer in Memphis had purchased his saxophone! Parker’s head ached. He wasn’t prepared to receive an offer so quickly. He spent the rest of the morning sitting with Eula, retelling stories about his father that she had told him. His mother couldn’t speak, but her eyes sparkled. When his son came home from school, Parker scooped him up and greeted him, singing “Charlie Parker played bebop….” The little boy giggled as he adjusted his glasses and sang, “Charlie Parker

Arts played alto saxophone!” It was their special ritual. Parker tried not to cry at the thought of not passing on his father’s sax to his son. Parker’s most difficult moment, however, was when Denise came home from the hospital. “Baby…” he stammered. She knew something was wrong. “Oh God! Is it Mom?” she yelled. “No, baby, I’m selling my sax!” he blurted. “I’m giving up the gigs.” Denise started bawling and Parker flashed back to the day he announced he was going to Boston. “Please don’t!” she cried. He squeezed her in his arms for a long time and then whispered, “Baby, it’s done. Please come to my last performance tomorrow night.” Denise nodded and then went to bed.

Christmas Day came before the Johnsons knew it. In the midst of the kitchen reconstruction, Parker managed to put up a small tree. A big box had been delivered to his son and it dwarfed the other handful of presents. After the family ate breakfast, the little boy who was the spitting image of Parker tore the wrapping off the big package. It was a familiar looking leather case. The little boy flipped up the metal clips and flung the case open. Everyone gasped! It was Parker’s saxophone. A note was tucked in the space that held his reeds and neck strap. Parker snatched it, tore it open, read it, and handed it to Denise. She read out loud:

Parker called his trio of friends, Tricks, Mark Anthony, and Just Styx. He asked to meet a little early at their standing Thursday night gig. “I have some news to share,” he told them over the phone. When they were all assembled, he said “Fellas, I don’t even know how to say this.” His old stammer returned. “I…well…I…” He took a breath. “I’m selling my sax and leaving the group…tonight.” His three friends were motionless for a few moments. Tricks, the pianist, spoke first. “We love you, man.” The other two nodded and then Mark Anthony drawled, “Awright. Let’s make this the best one yet.” And they did. The Jazz Johnson Quartet played its last performance to deafening applause. “Jazz” took his last bow, jumped off the stage, and ran to hug Denise. The whole room applauded again. The next morning, Parker confirmed that the $20,000.00 sale had gone through. He cleaned and polished his beloved saxophone for the last time, resisting the urge to play it. He wrapped it carefully and shipped it to the post office box indicated by the buyer. Afterward, he returned home to his start his new life with Denise, his mother, and their son. With Parker home, Miss Moore was free to retire in Jamaica.

Parker and Denise sobbed. Eula Johnson’s eyes sparkled. Young Coltrane looked up and said, “This is a love supreme!” He was right.

Gwen Blount, a New York-based attorney-turned-writer, is passionate about AfricanAmerican history and her southern roots. In the 1990’s, she co-founded a boutique speakers bureau in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to booking speaking engagements, Gwen wrote speeches for numerous notable clients. Whenever possible, she included the historical tales of African-Americans in her clients’ narratives. This became her signature style. Today, Gwen champions the importance of these stories through her support of “The Historymakers,” an organization that records and archives African-American oral histories. “It’s important for us to know and acknowledge the shoulders on which we stand…and to never let the stories of those great history bearers die.” For more information, visit Southern Soul l December 2014

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Things Every Good Woman Should Know: Volume 1


An Inspiring Book of Mistakes, Consequences, Faith and Redemption By: Pepper Lewis

Photography by: Eric Curtis

If you could stop a woman from making the same mistakes you did, would you? Maybe you had a bad experience in the areas of romance, friendship, career, or finances that completely changed your life. In Things Every Good Woman Should Know: Volume 1, Jae Henderson crafted six inspirational stories revealing the importance in thinking before you act and that every decision impacts your future. Each character allows a peek into her life and experience the joys and the pains of love, sex, success, family, and more. Southern Soul got an opportunity to chat with Jae during her recent book launch. SS: In one word, how would you describe the book? JH: Inspirational SS: What inspired you to write this book? JH: To encourage women to use good judgment, as well as apply spiritual principles when making life decisions. The titles of each story corresponds to lessons it seeks to teach: ‘You Are Beautiful,’ ‘Take Care of Those You Love,’ ‘Sex is More Than Just Sex,’ ‘Mentorship Is Mandatory,’ ‘Success Is the Best Revenge,’ and ‘You Reap What You Sow.’ SS: What sets a booked labeled as “Christian” apart from books described as “inspirational”? JH: The term inspirational allows me to push the envelope more. As an inspirational writer, I can break rules and put love scenes in my books. I can use edgy

language and become more descriptive. I think it makes a more exciting story because I can realistically present characters as the flawed human beings they are. SS: How do you determine when/why to intertwine sex with inspiration? JH: Although my books are Christian based, some of my characters experience sex, whether they are married or single. My characters are humans and they have desires just like anyone else. The question becomes when and where should they give in to those desires? That determination is made as if they are real people; I examine the consequences of their actions and how it impacts the story of their lives. Whatever decision is made, I use that decision to impart a message to the reader. SS: What is the most important lesson you want readers to take away from this book? JH: In life, we have choices. We must often weigh choices very carefully before reacting because often they can have life-altering effects. Books are available at or For more information about Jae Henderson and her availability, visit and

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Legal View

Clients Must Demand Transparent Communication By: Ricky E. Wilkins, Esq.


Over the years, I’ve had many people speak to me after their legal case concluded and complained about the manner their lawyer handled their case. In their eyes, the lawyer failed to provide adequate communication during representation as the case developed. Far too many have complained their lawyer “made all the decisions about my case” and they “didn’t know anything about what the lawyer was doing.” Some even advised that their lawyer settled their case without ever discussing whether to settle, or under what terms. Following such unauthorized settlements, some have indicated their lawyers provided them with “x” amount of settlement funds and nothing else.

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They were not provided copies of settlement checks evidencing the amount of funds received or from what source; nor a written settlement statement laying out the funds disbursement. While it is certainly possible that these stories may be overstated, misstated or even fabricated; there can be little dispute that lawyers are required to timely communicate with their clients regarding all aspects of the client’s case, especially where client funds are involved. Such communication will likely reduce the number of complaints regarding the attorney-client relationship. The Rules of Professional Conduct, which govern the attorney-client

relationship, make clear, timely communication between lawyer and client is essential to the lawyer’s proper performance of his/her duty to a client and it is the client who dictates key elements of the case.

It is the client who dictates key elements of the case.

Legal View The Rules of Professional Conduct sets rules lawyers must follow. Those guiding Client Representation state [in paraphrase]: A lawyer shall abide by a client’s decisions concerning objectives of representation A lawyer shall consult with the client to discuss the means by which client’s objectives are to be accomplished A lawyer may take action on the client’s behalf as is impliedly authorized to carry out client’s representation A lawyer shall abide by a client’s decision whether to settle a matter In a criminal case, after consultation, the lawyer shall abide by the client’s decision as to a plea, whether to waive jury trial, and whether to testify Representation of a client, does not constitute an endorsement of client’s political, economic, social, or moral views or activities A lawyer may limit scope of representation if limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and client gives informed consent, preferably in writing A lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is criminal or fraudulent; but a lawyer may discuss legal consequences of any proposed course of conduct with a client and may counsel or assist a client to make a good faith effort to determine validity, scope, meaning, or application of law Those guiding Attorney/Client Communication state [in paraphrase]: A lawyer shall promptly inform client of any decision or circumstance with respect to which the client’s informed consent A lawyer shall keep the client reasonably informed about the case status A lawyer shall promptly comply with reasonable information requests A lawyer shall consult with client about any relevant limitation on lawyer’s conduct A lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit client to make informed decisions regarding representation

It is the client, not the lawyer, who must make decisions regarding the nature of the representation. Although it should appear commonsensical, the above-cited rules make it clear the client is the focal point of representation and achieving the client’s goals, provided those goals are neither criminal nor fraudulent, is the lawyer’s primary assignment. In carrying out this duty, there must be effective communication in order for both the client and lawyer to play the roles each has to play during representation and in pursuit of the client’s goal(s). When the lawyer fails to effectively communicate, he undermines the very essence of the attorney-client relationship and, more damaging, sets the stage for client dissatisfaction or complaints to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Indeed, one of the most frequent complaints lodged against lawyers by clients involves the lawyer’s failure to communicate. It is the client, not the lawyer, who must make decisions regarding the nature of the representation. In order for the client to make key decisions, the client has to have adequate communication and information from their lawyer. The rules clearly establish the client makes the final decision about settlement and this presupposes that the lawyer fully informs the client about settlement discussions and obtains the client’s consent to communicate or accept a proposed settlement with the adverse party. Once a settlement is reached, the client should be promptly advised of the settlement details, along with documentation that clearly educates client about the settlement nature. In a civil case involving monetary settlement, written notice to the client of the settlement agreement, reflecting the total amount of any settlement funds. Related obligations and/or disclaimers of parties should be provided and explained to the client prior to execution of the settlement agreement. Any settlement check(s) received by the lawyer for the client should be made payable to both client and attorney -- requiring both Southern Soul l December 2014

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Legal View signatures before the check can be cashed. Upon negotiation of any check, the lawyer should provide a detailed settlement sheet to the client reflecting the total amount of all funds received and disbursed, including identity of all persons or entities receiving funds and the basis therefore. These steps provide transparency that protects both the client and lawyer so there can be no question about funds received and how they were allocated or disbursed. Following these simple steps in every case improves the communication and interaction between lawyer and client. These steps also maintain transparency during representation that promotes a client’s confidence and trust in the lawyer and respect for our system of justice. Lawyers, therefore, have an absolute duty and responsibility to behave and perform in a way that promotes respect for the rule of law. Lawyers, acting in good faith, should always perform in such a manner the client will get a lawyer’s faithful and diligent representation. Lawyers should always provide adequate communication throughout the entire representation. Lawyers should always acknowledge the client’s authority to direct the course of the representation, subject to certain limitations outlined in the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct. In so doing, the public will maintain a level of trust in our judicial system allowing them to more confidently seek access to justice and to feel like they received the justice sought.

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Attorney Ricky E. Wilkins is a native Memphian raised in a single parent home which, at times, relied on food stamps and welfare to make ends meet. Rising from humble beginnings to become a beacon of confidence for Memphis and specifically, the poor communities, Ricky has championed causes for the disenfranchised; garnered local government protections for economically challenged communities; and stood as a voice of right for those wrongfully accused. Attorney Wilkins has served as President of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association; the Memphis Bar Association, and the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. For 20 years, as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Memphis Housing, Ricky has led the transformation of virtually every public housing development in Memphis, demolishing dilapidated housing and rebuilding communities for thousands of poor families. As a frequent keynote speaker, he consistently challenges youth to excel academically and to believe regardless of one’s life circumstance -- there’s no limit to what can be accomplished through faith in God, hard work and determination. Attorney Wilkins is the proud father of two daughters and a member of New Life Baptist Church. Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins 66 Monroe Avenue, Suite 103 Memphis, TN 38103 901.322.4450

The Bar-Kays Real Rock Stars By: John Doyle


Everybody wants to be a rock star. No… there are no grand illusions that I am now penning for Rolling Stone Magazine; I prefer the authenticity that Southern Soul offers. But, in today’s culture of too many music award shows… every genre “rocks.” It’s like, “He’s really rocking that blues guitar solo,” or “Last night, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra rocked The Cannon Center” (as they do). It even transcends music, i.e. “Beyoncé rocked that dress.”

Yet, still, everybody wants to be a rock star… regardless of musical genre… even if just for a moment. Since I work for a music museum (an incredible music museum, as a matter of fact… shameless plug for the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum at FedEx Forum), I am sometimes expected to play the role. Journalists visiting the museum ask, “Are you a musician?” (I’m not; totally tone deaf). Unfortunately (especially for Southern Soul l December 2014

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retroSOUL the contestants), I’ve even been asked to judge local AmericanIdol-style contests. And just last month, for the incredible grand opening of Memphis’ newly relocated Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street, I was asked to participate in a Hard Rock Cafe tradition. Borrowing the tradition of christening hulls of ships with champagne bottles, Hard Rock creatively christens new restaurants with their exclusive “Guitar Smash”… once again, borrowing a rock tradition, asking a group of local folk to conjure up their inner “Jimi Hendrix” and to demolish a perfectly good… and legendary… Gibson guitar. In other words, grown men and women playing rock star. And that officially opens the new Hard Rock Cafe. To compound Hard Rock’s Beale Street grand opening (and my participation), was the fact that Memphis music’s iconic and definitive funk group, The BarKays, were also participating in the “Guitar Smash.” My participation, compared with their’s, is the equivalent of, say, Sheldon Cooper being on stage at Wattstax. The Bar-Kays, despite being the enduring crown princes of Memphis soul, are real… not make-believe… rock stars. They looked the part, as well, that night on Beale Street. When James Alexander smashes a guitar wearing a badass leopard coat with matching boots, and shades that were not purchased in this city… he fulfills his rock star obligation. Your’s truly, in a blue blazer… does not. I was also positioned right next to Mayor Wharton… and even he looked more like a rock star than I did. However, we were lined up together, and when the 42 | Southern Soul l December 2014

official countdown took place, we all smashed our guitars. And I cut my finger. I CUT MY FINGER! I wonder - has Jimi Hendrix ever wowed a sold out concert, using all the theatrics of smashing a guitar on stage… and required peroxide and Band-Aids? Back to the Bar-Kays. Both lead members, Larry Dodson and original member James Alexander demolished their stringed instruments with precision. Little splinters of handcrafted Gibson guitar wood twirled through the air like choreographed dancers in a music video. If you had filmed it and set it to music, it could have been a beer commercial. In other words, they rocked the grand opening of Hard Rock. They are rock stars; they do not pretend. More evidence to that point: this month, and this year, The Bar-Kays are celebrating 50 years in the music business (just to get even for being so much less a rock star, and at James Alexander’s expense… I was five when they started). This month, they are celebrating (or, better said, allowing us to celebrate) their five decades of unequalled music with a huge show at The Cannon Center. Throughout 2014, they have rocked… or funked… Minglewood Hall and The Blues Ball and countless other concert performances across the country. Real rock stars don’t slow down. Can you imagine, for 50 years they have taught you how to “Shake Your Rump to the Funk” (and, for some of you, face it, it wasn’t always pretty)? When you study the evolution of a rock band… or a blues band, or a funk band… success lies in evolution. With evolution, there is staying power. A bit depressing are

They rocked the grand opening of Hard Rock. They are rock stars; they do not pretend. the groups that still try to maintain their same persona (and hair, and outfits) of twenty or thirty years ago. The story of The Bar-Kays (it has been pointed out by Pat Mitchell Worley of radio’s popular Beale Street Caravan) is almost the tale of three separate bands: each evolving, each maturing, yet each continuing to funk. The original Bar-Kays came together in 1964 while still in junior high school. Original members included Jimmie King on guitar, James Alexander on bass, Ronnie Caldwell on electric organ, Ben Cauley on trumpet, Phalon Jones on saxophone and Carl Cunningham on drums. In fact, when the band began playing gigs at formerly famous Memphis hotspots like The Palace, The Hippodrome, the Flamingo Room, and others, they were too young to get into any of these clubs as audience members. Believe it or not, local rumor has it that their name was a funked-up variation of their drink of choice, Bacardi (you’ll have to investigate that for yourself, as Memphis music is rich with urban legends). They were originally groomed at


In 2013, the band was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Hamish Dodds, President & CEO, Hard Rock International and Larry Dodson, Sr., Bar-Kays studio sessions and, ultimately, as a backup band for major artists recording at legendary Stax Records. Their musical style and swagger were tutored by the likes of Al Jackson, Jr., Booker T. Jones and other members of the MGs, and they were soon hand-selected as the backing band for Otis Redding. A concert tour with Redding and a scheduled concert in Madison, Wisconsin spelled disaster when their chartered plane plunged into Lake Monona while attempting to land. Ben Cauley (still playing trumpet on Beale and as recently evidenced at the 2014 Memphis Music Hall of Fame awards) was the only survivor. Since the plane would only seat seven passengers, James Alexander was assigned to another flight. Alexander and Cauley would rebuild the group. The second incarnation of The Bar-Kays began under the same role as the house band for the Stax/ Volt labels. Before long, however, Alexander, Cauley and new band mates Michael Toles, Harvey Henderson, Ronnie Gordon, Roy Cunningham and Willie Hall began exploring funkier sounds being popularized by Stax label mate, Isaac Hayes, and other national acts. They even

backed Hayes on his 1969 Hot Buttered Soul. Entering the 1970s, Cauley migrated to Hayes’ band and former Temprees member Larry Dodson joined as front man. Dodson and Alexander have served as the centerpiece of the band ever since, and The Bar-Kays have become the global prophets of funk. Their message, of course, has included “Move Your Boogie Body,” “Freakshow on the Dancefloor,” “Sex-O-Matic,” and many more hits. The phoenix continued to rise. Entering the 1990s, 2000 and beyond, even though some had catalogued The Bar-Kays as a band of the past or a novelty retro-show; this once background house band continued to evolve. In 2003, they formed their own record company, JEA/Right Now Records, for the dual purpose of continuing to release new BarKays product as well as to produce new emerging artists. In 2011, they tapped Alexander’s son, Jazze Pha, to produce their latest album, Grown Folks (part of the evolution, I assume). In 2013, the band was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame… celebrating their past; anticipating their future. In James Alexander’s words, “We ain’t

close to being done.” That’s what makes them rock stars. On that grand opening night in October at the Hard Rock Cafe, they not only came as legendary Memphis musicians to symbolically (and safely) smash guitars, they also provided the headlining performance for the celebration. As the audience has come to expect, they tore up the stage like a guitar against concrete. You can name any band sitting pretty on the Billboard charts today; they could never hold their own against these five-decade veterans. These guys, you see, don’t pretend to be rock stars. They are Rock Stars! As promised, each month I close “retroSOUL” with an audio assignment. Sometime today, go to iTunes to download, and put a little “Soul Finger” in your holiday celebration (and a copy of “Grown Folks” under your Christmas tree). And I heard them exclaim as they drove out of sight, “Merry Christmas to All” and to The BarKays, another 50 sounds right!

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Soul Stirrer

Fabulous, Funky, Frisky & The Bar-Kays


Where does a legend begin? Is it when the world becomes aware of the feat? Is it when a single act resonates around the globe and transcends generations? Either could be the impetus of a budding legend. 44 | Southern Soul l December 2014

By: Toni Harvey


In Memphis, Tennessee, legends sometimes begin on the handlebars of a fondly used Schwinn bicycle. A small boy’s dream to play drums, parents willing to sacrifice for the dream, and, fate dealt at the hand of a pick-pocket ignited a legend the world had never seen nor one that could ever be duplicated. In 1963, a Memphis mother on a mission to advance her son’s horizons, marched, with son in tow, downtown to a finance store to secure a loan to purchase a set of drums for her son. After securing the loan and placing the money in her purse, she and her son headed to the music store to purchase his long awaited dream – a drum set. But, on the way to the music store, fate would add its own twist. At the drum store, the mother’s joy was clouded with bewilderment when she reached in her purse to pay for the drums. Unbeknown to her or her son, she had been pick-pocketed somewhere between

Feature the bank and the music store. Bewilderment turned to sadness and the duo returned home, without drums, money, and now, in debt. Devastated but not deterred, the next day, the young man went to school and met the band director to tell him he wanted to be a drummer, didn’t have drums, but hoped to work that out soon. The band director advised he didn’t need additional drummers, he needed tuba players. The young man, yearning to be a musician, accepted the tuba position. Each day, he would cart the heavy brass tuba home to practice and back to school the next day. Each way, he endured teasing from his peers between school and home and from his older brother who begged him to ‘stop that noise.’ But, he didn’t stop. At some point, he decided enough was enough. He asked the band director to change him to bass

guitar. So began his quest to master the bass. His father bought him a bass guitar and he began to learn how to play. Every day after school, the boy stopped by a neighborhood band’s practice session. The band’s bass player didn’t own a bass. Seizing the moment, the boy would get on his bicycle every day and carry his bass to the band’s practice session for the band to use. In return, he became a daily fixture at practice. One day, the bass player didn’t show up to the session. Someone in the band said “who’s gonna play bass?” They all turned and looked at the boy, and, in unison, said “Oh, he will.” The boy, by the way, had barely mastered strumming out the tune Mary Had A Little Lamb. The boy, James Alexander, because he owned a bass guitar, became the youngest member of the now infamous Bar-Kays. . . . And, a legend was born.

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Ronnie walked through Foote Homes on a daily basis without receiving a frown or a raised eyebrow. The original members of the Bar-Kays played together in the Booker T. Washington High School band. Forming a sextet band in 1966, the members were guitarist Jimmie King, saxophonist Phalon Jones, drummer Carl Cunningham, trumpeter Ben Cauley, organist Ronnie Caldwell, and bassist James Alexander. When the band formed, Ronnie Caldwell, the only white band member, attended Central High School. Against his parent’s wishes, he transferred to Booker T. Washington to be closer with his bandmates. This was a radical move. In 1966, schools were not integrated and a white student at Booker T. Washington was unheard. Ronnie walked through Foote Homes on a daily basis without receiving a frown or a raised eyebrow. Playing in various venues in Memphis, they were known as the Rivieras. Becoming an in-demand club band, seeking a unique identity, they changed their name to the Bar-Kays. Local folklore says the 46 | Southern Soul l December 2014

name change occurred after a member viewed an advertisement for an alcoholic beverage. Some say it was Bacardi Rum; some say it was Barclay Gin. Eventually, they became the Stax Records’ house band. As Stax house band, they were the lifeblood of the Stax sound - cranking out a musical mixture of funk, soulful bass, trumpet, and drums behind such greats as Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, The Emotions, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Albert King, and The Dramatics. In 1967, Soul finger! reached number 17 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and number 3 on its R&B chart and the band began to gain national notoriety. Following their chart topper, Otis Redding requested the group become his national tour band. Touring with Otis Redding, the group’s fame rose and it seemed the sky was the limit. However, fate had another plan. On December 9, 1967, Redding and Bar-Kays band members Caldwell, Cauley, Cunningham, Jones and King left Cleveland for an appearance in Wisconsin.


the professionalism and the showmanship of the original band remained intact. The rebuilt band became the Stax house band churning out rhythms behind such hits as Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses, and the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack, Shaft.

A plane crash and an icy lake in Wisconsin forever changed the face of the Bar-Kays. Ben Cauley, the only survivor, escaped death while watching his dear friends perish. Alexander, the only member not on the plane, landed safely in Wisconsin having taken a commercial flight because there was no room on Redding’s private plane.

In 1969, Allen Jones, the band’s manager, decided to add an additional layer of funk to develop a cross-over appeal as a rhythm band and a vocal group. A year later, Alexander recruited a singer, plucking Larry Dodson from the Temprees. Within a short few months, the Bar-Kays released Black Rock with Dodson doing vocals. With the addition of a lead singer, the Bar-Kays added new zest to their standard sound - breaking musical barriers.

The original members’ untimely death would, in most circumstances, seal the fate of a band. Cauley and Alexander had other plans. Early 1968, Cauley and Alexander regrouped asking saxophonist Harvey Henderson, guitarist Michael Toles, keyboardist Ronnie Gordon, and drummers Willie Hall and Roy Cunningham to join the band. Rebuilding the band, Alexander made sure

Contractual litigation surrounding Stax and its spiraling descent to bankruptcy placed the Bar-Kays’ existence, yet again, in danger. With Stax closed, they had no record label and were prohibited from recording from 1973 to 1976. Refusing to fade into obscurity, they began performing at the Family Affair nightclub in Memphis. During this time, they penned such hits as “Shake Your

Rump to the Funk,” “Too Hot To Stop,” and “Spellbound,” which ultimately earned a record deal with Mercury Records and in 1976, released Too Hot to Stop featuring the hit “Shake Your Rump to the Funk.” During the next three years, the band soared to the top - releasing Flying High on Your Love, which reached number 7 on Billboard’s R&B chart earning the Bar-Kays their first Gold record; Money Talks featuring the Top 10 single “Holy Ghost;” and, Injoy which reached number 2 on Billboard’s R&B album chart and also going Gold. Over the years, the Bar-Kays became one of the hottest concert bands known for their outlandish showmanship; wild hair styles; outrageous vibrant outfits; shaggy vests; colorful headbands; and, even fur boots. Their music was delivered with funky dance routines, fire, smoke, and, of course, the shock of Dodson belting out his signature voice with a 12 foot python wrapped around his body. In the next decade, the band released Nightcruising and Propositions, both Gold and “Freakshow on the Dance Floor” Southern Soul l December 2014

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Feature which reached number 2 on Billboard’s R&B chart giving the Bar-Kays their first platinum record. In the late 80s, the band decided to take a brief hiatus. During that time, their mentor, Allen Jones, passed; leaving a huge void in the band’s persona. Despite tragedy, label bankruptcy, and a litigation restraining order, the Bar-Kays have stood the test of time and continued an on-going evolution. Since becoming a celebrity band, the Bar-Kays have continuously given back to the community. Be it their willingness to perform for a charitable cause or giving time to the United Way -- they have been a philanthropic force in Memphis. In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, the Bar-Kays is giving back to the community via their Fab Five Foundation supporting the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis; United Way of the Mid-South; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Stax Music Academy; and, the Allen Jones/ Marjorie Barringer/Bar-Kays Scholarship Fund. Proceeds of their 50th Anniversary Gala will go to support these entities. It's been 50 years since a group of Booker T. Washington High School students formed a band creating the legend and the many faces of the BarKays. It’s been 50 years evoking such memories as Shaft’s mesmerizing bass intro; the vision of performances with smoke, fire, snakes and outlandish outfits; and, funky soul music. It’s been 50 years of non-stop energy, creativity, and amazement. After fifty years of entertainment, the Bar-Kays are still cranking out tunes, wowing audiences in concert,

entertaining the troops abroad, mentoring and producing young artists, heading a foundation, and demonstrating endless buoyancy. The ride has been a non-stop roller coaster with many ups, downs, and different faces. Today, bizarre hairstyles have been replaced with the now-signature hats. Suede strand vests and fur boots have been replaced with tailored silk suits; but the funk… well… that will remain unchanged and here forever! Southern Soul was fortunate to sit down with James Alexander and Larry Dodson to discuss the fabulous funky, frisky, fifty years of the Bar-Kays. SS: James, as a member of the original Bar-Kays, you personally experienced the tragedy of the plane crash. Despite this tragedy, within one year, you pulled a band together. How did you accomplish this? James Alexander: I knew I had to get a band together. This is what we had talked about. It’s kinda eerie, but, even though we were young and in high school, we had discussed if something happened to either of us, we would carry on. Kinda strange, teenagers talking about something happening, but we did. It’s one of those situations where you know what you should do… what you are supposed to do… but, just not sure if you have the stamina or strength to do it… but, you do it anyway. I know now that if you do what you are supposed to do, God will give you the strength to do it. Most of the time, it is us that gets in the way. Little did I know, I had the capacity to do what was needed. But I always had in the back of my mind – our discussions – ‘if something happens to one of us

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and one of us is still around, please carry on.’ So, I knew I had to carry on the band.

women, all of that. I’m not saying I didn’t partake, but the rest of the guys felt confident in me because I was a little more responsible SS: At such an early age, you than they. So, after the shows, became the bandleader, songwriter, they would always leave me with bass player, band manager, and the all the money. I would figure out glue that held it together, how did how to get the hotel bills paid and you juggle it all? the other necessities. They knew I would make sure everybody had ALEXANDER: Well, Allen was money because they knew I wasn’t our manager. But, it was mostly going anywhere. Ninety percent of me that did the recruiting. From the time, I was going to be tucked the beginning, I became the band go-to person. You see, I was the last away in my room. So, with me person to come into the Bar-Kays. I entrusting me and handling the was also the youngest. So, when we responsibilities - it was only natural when I lost my friends, that I would were on tour, the older guys may be the person to try to regroup the go out and when they went out, I sometimes stayed behind. Our first band. big out of town trip was graduation SS: As a teenager, you had to deal night. It wasn’t my graduation. We with a horrible tragedy and a major went to graduation and then got on responsibility, was there ever a time a plane to New York City to play when you wanted to give up or the Apollo behind Otis Redding. almost gave up? Back then, I was not a hot-shot ALEXANDER: Many times. musician, but we were real rockThere were times where I was like n-rollers. We did all the things you ‘The hell with this.’ But probably hear that rock-n-rollers do. Drugs,

Alexander. a couple of things prevented me from giving up. I never forgot my talks with my friends, the original band, about carrying on the band if something happened. And I never wanted to fail at carrying the band on. Also, by nature, I can be a little bit lazy. I know I wouldn’t make it on anyone’s job. I love playing music. I never thought of the BarKays as a job. It’s always been a life. So it’s a perfect fit. SS: Larry, you have been with the Bar-Kays since the rebuilding. Tell us about it. Larry Dodson: From the day James asked me to join; I immediately said yes. That’s when the journey began for me. When James asked me, unknown to me, they were already in the middle of making a new Bar-Kays album, which would Southern Soul l December 2014

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A young Dodson joins the band. be a vocal album. They didn’t tell me that part. I thought I was just going to join the Bar-Kays and be on stage with them and go on the road and do that. But, I was actually thrown into the studio to be the front guy for the fabulous Bar-Kays who had never had a lead singer before. I knew they used Carl Sims and J. Blackfoot on the road sometimes and when they had gigs that needed someone to do a couple of songs. But, now we were talking about a permanent lead singer for the rest of the career. I was scared to death. I just didn’t know if I was good enough. I didn’t have any experience in the studio. Allen Jones, I have to say, held my hands through all of that.

With Isaac Hayes.

Hendrix. They later went on to play even designed our clothes. Allen backup for Isaac. was responsible for our seriously shocking look and funk. He was a SS: Tell me about Allen Jones. I jack-of-all-trades and a master of understand he was a very strong many. part of helping the band thrive. Allen always saw something in me ALEXANDER: I met Allen back that I never saw myself. He had a in 1966. He was one of those guys vision for the Bar-Kays. He saw that always wanted to be involved. beyond getting a lead singer for the He was already a writer and Bar-Kays, his vision was what we producer and he played in a band would look like five or ten years in at the Paradise Club. He always the future. He had an image that was interested in us. He wanted he had already created in his mind. to find that something to go to When I joined, I wanted to give that next level. He wanted to get SS: A few years after the rebuilding involved with the band some kind my best. I worked hard and I was afraid of letting the band down. of the band, Cauley left the band. of way. We just started talking and Sometimes, it would take me 15 Why? next thing I know we’re doing stuff takes, but in the end we had a very together. Just like that. He was just DODSON: Ben stayed with the good project. Allen got me through really good for us. band for about a year and a half the beginning. He stuck with me til after I joined the band. He left right DODSON: Allen was an allI got it right. before we did Wattstax. We went around guy. He was just really We worked around the clock. to Japan for sixty days and during good. He was passionate about Allen was never satisfied. He was the end of the tour, he and Michael what he did. His passing was a eccentric and was never satisfied Toles, the guitar player, said they big loss for us, because he was a with anything less than perfection. were going to give it up at that friend, mentor, manager, and our point. I’m sure they had their own producer. He’s the one who taught We’ve done a whole album and he scratched it with a simple “I reasons. It was tough back then and us that practice makes perfect — don’t like this album. Let’s go to we weren’t making money. They that if you continue to work at California and do the whole album both had a family to care for. Mike something continuously, you’ll over.” It was a nightmare but at the was like a child prodigy kind of get better and better at it. He was same time it was what made us. kid, very intelligent and very smart. passionate about everything that Allen would put us in a room and When I joined the band, Mike was had to do with the Bar-Kays. He say “Don’t come out until you write 15 and was playing like Jimmy helped write some of our music. He 50 | Southern Soul l December 2014

Feature a hit record. I showed you how to do it; you know how to do it; you can do it.” And he was the same guy that would come in the studio and say “That was incredible! Give me two more like that and we got an album.” Every outfit we wore, including the white look at Wattstax, he designed and made. I remember he made a chain vest out of dollar bills. He sat and drilled a hole in each bill and put it together. He was our soul. Allen protected us; he never allowed women on the bus, we hated him for that; but later we understood. He hated drugs; but we sneaked them in anyway. He hated all the negative things and he

told us, “You know what; you guys will run promoters out of business if your price gets too high.” We listened and kept going. Other groups that were charging high prices aren’t around anymore and stopped touring. He always told us to be prepared. That’s one of the biggest lessons I learned from him. Always be prepared. To this day, I always work hard and always prepare and I am always ready for the next thing when it comes. Every time I go into the studio, I’m ready. When I look back on what we did from the beginning, and how we did it or, sometimes when I listen to us; I think ‘Damn, did we do that? Back

then?’ We were way ahead of our time in a lot of ways. But it had a lot to do with Allen’s vision. It was his vision; we were just the ones that pulled it off. SS: What was it like working at Stax? ALEXANDER: Stax was like an institution to us. It was like going to college. We got training from the best. We got to play with the best. We had people like Al Bell, David Porter, Sam & Dave and Isaac training us. These people took us under their wing and helped mold and shape us. DODSON: Stax thought we were absolutely crazy because, -- well,

you have to understand -- Stax Records was a soul R & B label, and here we come, these young guys with all these different hair colors, wild looks and just different. We didn’t have anything to do with soul. We were real different for Stax. Stax kept telling us there was no audience for our style. But, we were determined to do what we were doing and we kept our groove. We stayed at Stax until the doors were closed. We were the last act to leave. Allen told us, “You guys got two choices. You can break up or you can go find yourself somewhere to play; stay together; write some songs and let another record label pick you up.” So, we chose the latter. We played The Family Affair club and during the week, rented a place over on Cooper and rehearsed and wrote songs. That’s when we wrote Shake Your Rump to the Thump, and Too Hot to Stop. In 1976, Mercury came around and offered us a record deal for a half a million dollars. We put those two songs out on Mercury and the Gold albums started. That was our first gold album. From that point on, we were like fire-hot making thirty-five or forty thousand dollars a night. Working a lot. Just a lot of good things really started happening. SS: I think one of the band’s big breaks was Wattstax. Would you agree?

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"Wattstax was an opportunity for us to play in front of 100,000 people. It was a big thing. Really big!" ALEXANDER: Yeah, that was a very significant point in our career. Wattstax was an opportunity for us to play in front of 100,000 people. It was a big thing. Really big! It was our first time performing before an audience that large. We had played a couple of festivals before but none like Wattstax. It was just really great. We were on the Wattstax trailers and posters. We had this certain look about us. Well, I don’t know if it was that we were that great at that time; or whether we just looked the part. DODSON: Certainly. Wattstax was one of our breaks. I’ll tell you a little story about Wattstax. Our producer, Allen, was always trying to find ways to upstage other groups. Allen planned for us to rent white carriages

Feature with white horses and we were to ride out into the LA coliseum in all white. Can you imagine? Isaac found out about it and squashed it. It broke our hearts. We weren’t trying to upstage Isaac. We just wanted to do something daring. We were so incredibly good at Wattstax. We were the daring kind. We were the group that wanted to do all the things that people told us we couldn’t do. Down through the years we were the guys that streaked on stage. I sang on stage with pythons wrapped around my neck.

George looked at me and nodded. It happened so fast, I didn’t believe it. So, I said again, ‘George we want to tour with you. We know you’re going out on a hundred dates. Can we go on tour with you?’ And George said ‘Yeah, you got it.’ Still not believing it, I said, ‘Come on “G,” man I’m not playing, this is serious business. We got a hot record and we’re trying to break out.’ George looked at me and said “I told you its over. You got it.” We went back and forth for about 15 minutes and finally George said “James go home. It’s over with. You got it.” So, I turned around got on Another big thing that happened a plane and came home. We did to us in 1977, Allen decided we that tour and played to 85 sold out needed to do a tour. James was very nights. good friends with George Clinton. So, Allen said “Go ask George to SS: Bar-Kays have had many let us tour with him.” James got on different faces. What face would a plane and went to Detroit, to see you put on the 90s? George. George was in the studio DODSON: In the 90s, we were and not giving James much time. searching, from a business ALEXANDER: Well, I told George standpoint we were trying to we wanted to tour with him. survive. When things crumbled,

they crumbled for everybody. We were all trying to figure out how do we stay in business and where do we cut back. The 90s was a period where we just had to shave the fat off and still try to stay inspired. SS: The band has had various musicians that have come and gone. Was change always a good thing? DODSON: With me as the lead singer, we evolved into a group with a certain style. During the first years I was in the band, the BarKays rhythm’s section was doing the music behind Albert King, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, The Dramatics, Emotions and Johnny Taylor. When I joined, they were the rhythm and music for Isaac Hayes’ albums including “Hot Buttered Soul” and “Shaft.” After Shaft was released, Allen had a big idea to do a spin-off. We were trying to find something different. Anything to just cling to, so we

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Feature came up with the “Son of Shaft.” It was a big hit. It was musically structured a lot like Shaft but it featured my raspy hoarse sound that I was known for back then. If you would compare me with the male side it was Mic Jagger and from the female side it was Tina Turner. I was just a mixed up kind of guy and I got to be known by my own sound. People got to know my style and that became the style of the Bar-Kays from that point on.

say - here comes another Bar-Kays record - they have so many writers; you can’t put them all on the record. They would always kid us about that. But we later understood why Allen insisted. To avoid fighting over money. James and I never had a fight. Not one.

We all got along together; I mean we were really family. We didn’t have any haters. We didn’t argue about money. When one of us got down, everybody kicked in. When All along, we’ve had some really your house note got two months good musicians. That’s one of the behind, we would go pay it. We reasons the Bar-Kays has been able really didn’t care about money. to stay around for so long. Got Maybe we should have because to have dependability. We have over the years, we made some bad always made records even when monetary decisions. We looked left there were gaps in recordings or when we should have been looking touring. When a new guy came into right. Just like Isaac and a bunch the group, he had to be involved of other guys, we would have been and dependable. He had to have much better off financially now. something to contribute. In the Right now most of the guys have beginning, the core of the writing been with us for at least 10 years; and producing was done by Harvey with the exception of one guy, who Henderson, Winston Stewart, we just added, vocals. We’ve had James, and me. We put everybody’s various singers over the years. I name on all our music and guess it may be because I demand production because Allen insisted. a lot of the singers. Sometimes He said, “If you do that, you’ll stop it’s hard for them to keep up. I’m a lot of problems.” Billboard used to pretty demanding. It’s all about

consistency and dependability. SS: What does the future hold? Are you going to tour again? DODSON: James and I won’t stop, I going to tell you something. James and I are just music bugs, the kids that we have in the band now - I call them kids. They are

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"As far as the Bar-Kays, James and I will probably do this for years to come."

just young. Well, they just can’t keep up with James and me. They just don’t know how we do it. They don’t understand how we just love it so much. We come early and we stay late. We run a beauty shop; work with United Way; locate funds to send kids to school; work with LeMoyne Owen; manage a foundation; run a record label and booking agency; still doing sessions; still touring; and, still making music. I can play every week if my health permits. I have not gotten tired of playing. As far as the Bar-Kays, James and I will probably do this for years to come. We won’t stop because right now I think our mission is to show the industry that you shouldn’t give up on a band like the Bar-Kays even in the twilight years because if the talent, desire, passion and ability are still there, we are still viable. We are swimming upstream because everybody is swimming upstream now.

Owen College. That was the beginning of our giving process. When we got involved in giving, we just started and stayed in that mindset. Because we understand that we had been blessed in so many ways. One thing sort of takes you to another. I am involved with the Down Syndrome Association I’m 64 and getting in the twilight of of Memphis & the Mid-South. my career so I want to do a certain I’ve seen so many people who are amount of things in a certain in need. James is involved with amount of years and I want to wind United Way through FedEx. He down. As a matter of fact, my wife sat on the board at St. Jude and and I have already picked a place in got involved and understands St. Petersburg, Florida, which will what it takes to remain open. We be our second home. Both James both love Stax, believe in their and I are in that twilight mode but programs and the museum and we there are a lot of things I want to understand it needs money. So, the do. Then I’m going to stop. Stop for Foundation is our way to support me means more organized stuff. In our charities and allows us to help other words, instead of running up others. With LeMoyne, we started and down the road all year, James with one student; about five years and I will do 45 dates together. He ago, we upped it to two kids, and does other stuff as well. Now that now, its three kids. That’s how we doesn’t mean tomorrow; but, we’re decided the Fab Five. The proceeds certainly planning those things. from our Gala will be divided and We’re running a record company disbursed between our Fab Five. we still are record guys. After the Gala is over, I’m sure we SS: How did you determine the Fab will find other ways to help the Foundation. Five in the Foundation? DODSON: The Foundation is important to James and me. In 1995, we started the Marjorie Barringer / Allen Jones / Bar-Kays Scholarship in support of Lemoyne

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agency. We book acts all over the world. Now I can spend more time with my wife and my daughter. My daughter has Down Syndrome. We’ve had her longer than we thought we would. Doctors predicted that she wasn’t going to live past 15 and she’s 43 now. I hate to rip and run and miss quality time with her, I want to take her around the world before she passes or before I pass, whichever comes first. I want her to be able to see things. SS: Given that the Bar-Kays are now wearing a wind-down face. What is next for the Bar-Kays? DODSON: We are always looking for (James and I call it) the thing the world can’t do without. That’s what we call it. We are always looking for that. The record company part of us keeps us looking for it. We had the Soul Children, J. Blackfoot, The Angelica Voices of Faith, Perfection, Archie Love and three other acts signed to our record label. We take care of each other. We do it because we don’t want to see anything bad happen to either of

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us. We don’t let anybody go down while with us. If you come with us; you’re going with us. If you get on that stage with us and get on the bus with us; we’re going to take care of you. It comes back to us and we get blessed in so many ways. So it’s those kinds of things that come back to you. God has a way of pulling you back. God has always had his hand in the Bar-Kays lives. It’s just been rewarding to know that He’s always been there for the band even in the trouble times. Just keeping us well and keeping us able to not be mad at each other, make good music; keeping us with good honest stuff. Grow and sometimes when you grow, you don’t see it, but you are growing. We’re growing again, we’re reinventing ourselves again. ALEXANDER: Well, I think from a performer standpoint, we’ll be performing as long as we can perform. The band’s mission has always been, when all else fails, make feel-good music. We still have something to say. SS: What would you say was your greatest memory or thrill?

Feature DODSON: We were playing Madison Square Garden and as God would have it - that night, while we were playing the Garden, the record label came and interrupted our performance to give us a Gold album. We knew the album had gone Gold, but they didn’t tell us they had it already. They didn’t tell us they were giving it to us at Madison Square Garden. It was very special. You must understand the moment -- we were playing the Garden before a sold out audience! They just stopped us in the middle of our performance and gave us our Gold album. That was one of my greatest thrills and one of my favorite memories. ALEXANDER: In 2012, the Bar-Kays played at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Gala. Last year, I was among other Memphis-connected artists and played at the 10th installment of the In Performance at the White House Series. I would consider that

experience great and a powerful memory, but, a month ago, the University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts honored the BarKays with the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Creative and Performing Arts for their longstanding contributions to music. All I can say is that the people that received that award over the years were distinguished people. Not saying that we aren’t distinguished; but it was a good feeling to be included in that arena. They have honored people such as Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, David Porter, Isaac Hayes, and now the Bar-Kays. It was really special. In fact, the University of Memphis jazz band played a medley tribute from our beginning up until now. I think what really got me is they had a video clip of some stuff from way back; all the way until now. It was a luncheon and I kept my napkin from the table in my hand the entire time because I was teary eyed the whole time. I would consider that my thrill. SS: What would you want your legacy to be? ALEXANDER: I don’t really know. I want it to be known that James was a guy who tried to make life better for a lot of people. I think for the most part I’ve done that. And you know, what people think about the Bar-Kays, I would like for people to think about us being a party band – a get the party started band… A band that endured and always delivered.

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Everyone wants a home that is warm, welcoming, comfortable, and relaxing. And, of course we all want a space that expresses our uniqueness; reflects our personality, and, renews our soul the minute we arrive home. Want to change your window treatment? Prepare that special candle-lit meal? Need that extra nudge to get started. We have just the answer... Southern Soul introduces Taste Life With Kat.

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Each month, Kathy Kirk Johnson (Kat) will help you embrace your creativity and add that special touch to your home and life. She will share sparks of creativity that are not only inspiring but easy to do. From simply adding a dash of orange zest to your favorite recipe to offering solutions to de-clutter your hall closet, Kat will offer everyday real-life tips, solutions, secrets, and merriments. Style requires inventing something original. Invent your original style and Taste Life With Kat.


Oh What A Beautiful Morning... Christmas

By: Kathy Kirk Johnson Photography: Darius B Williams


I love Christmas and everything the holiday season represents. Not only is Christmas a celebration of the Savior’s birth, it is the season of giving and love. Whether you are waking up to catch the Macy’s Holiday Parade, or relishing the delight of bright-eyed children opening gifts with anticipation and glee, while preparing for the day to celebrate with football, friends and family, your menu of plans for the day all represent spiritual food for the heart and soul.

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This Christmas, start your morning by tickling your belly with Aunt Boots’ award winning fried chicken and succulent red-velvet waffles topped with whipped cream cheese butter. Add an assorted miniature quiche for that one vegetarian in the family and “punch” it up with a festive “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” inspired beverage. Then, spend the rest of Christmas Day feeding your souls with love.

Not only is Christmas a celebration of the Savior’s birth, it is the season of giving and love.

Before you start filling your house with sweet aromas of chicken and waffles, set your Christmas Table the night before. But, before you start filling your house with sweet aromas of chicken and waffles, set your Christmas Table the night before. For that perfect table, these are a few of my favorite tips:

such as turquoise and purple, royal blue and silver, purple and gold. Use the same colors for coordinating stationary such as menu cards, place cards and invitations. Use candles, ornaments and flowers as the focal point of the table. And most important, do not forget the five senses: sight (good lighting and dĂŠcor), hearing (good music), touch (cozy throws), smell (scented candles), and taste (good food). Enjoy your family, savor the meal, but, mostly sit back, watch the smiles as they enter the room admiring your table and grabbing a plate. Merry Christmas!

Always choose a color theme and do not be afraid to experiment with non-traditional Christmas colors

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Holiday Cheer!

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Hot Apple Pie Ingredients: ½ Gallon - Apple Cider 1 ½ Cup - Pure Cane Sugar 4 - Cinnamon sticks ½ bottle - 190 Proof Grain Alcohol (375 ml) In a large pot, combine apple cider, sugar and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, remove from heat. Add alcohol and serve in a mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick. This drink can be served hot or cold and will also make a great holiday gift for your family and friends.

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White Chocolate Martini Ingredients: 2 oz. - Vodka 1 oz. - White Chocolate Irish Cream 6-8 oz. - Light cream or Half & Half Preparation: Chocolate Shavings (for garnish) Pour vodka and Irish cream in shaker over ice. Add cream. Shake well. Pour into martini glass and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Peppermint Martini Ingredients: 1.5 oz. - Vanilla Vodka 1 oz. - Peppermint Schnapps Candy Canes Lime Juice Grenadine Ice Preparation: Crush candy canes with rolling pin (or other heavy object) between wax paper sheets. Dip rim of chilled martini glass in lime juice and then dip wet rim into crushed candy canes.

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Prancer’s Miniature Parmesan Crusted Quiche

Ingredients: 5 Eggs 1 cup -Heavy Whipping Cream 1 cup - Evaporated Milk ¼ cup - Hellman’s Mayonnaise 1/8 tsp. - Chicken Soup Base or Vegetable Bullion 2 tbsp. - Olive Oil 2 tbsp. - Butter 1 cup - Diced Red Onion 1 cup - Diced Yellow Onion 3 Garlic Cloves Kosher Salt Fresh Cracked Black Pepper Accent (Optional) 2 cups - Shredded Parmesan Cheese (NOT Grated) 2 cups - Casserole Cheese (If local grocer does not sell, shred American cheese and mild cheddar) 1 box - Frozen Creamed Spinach 3 large - Italian Sausage Links Butter Flavored Cooking Spray Sriracha Pesto Mini Muffin Pan (24 cups) Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large skillet, melt olive oil and butter on medium heat. Add

onions and seasonings. Sauté until translucent. Add garlic. Sauté an additional minute. Set onion mixture aside to cool. Prepare creamed spinach as instructed on box, pour in a bowl and set aside to cool. Remove Italian sausage from its casing and separate into small chunks in a skillet. Cook sausage on medium heat until browned and slightly caramelized, using the spatula to chop meat into crumbles. Set the sausage aside to cool. Drain sausage. In large bowl, beat eggs, heavy cream, evaporated milk, and mayonnaise until light and frothy on top (about 2 minutes). [The longer you beat, the fluffier the quiche.] Add soup base (or bullion) and cheese to egg mixture. Whip another minute. [This is base for any quiche.] Spray mini muffin pan with butter flavored cooking spray. Add one half of onion mixture to spinach and remaining half to sausage. Place shredded parmesan cheese on bottom and sides of each muffin cup. Spoon a small amount of the desired fillings (e.g. spinach, sausage, chicken, bacon) on top of the parmesan cheese. Fill each cup ¾ full with egg mixture, top with casserole cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes (or until tops are puffed and have begun to brown). Transfer to wire rack and cool for 5 minutes. Turn quiche out of muffin pan and arrange on a platter. Garnish with Sriracha (Asian chili sauce) and pesto.

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Aunt Boots’ Fa La La La Fried Chicken Ingredients: 18 Chicken Wings 4 cups - Flour Lawry’s Seasoned Salt Garlic Powder Black Pepper Kosher Salt Vegetable Oil Accent Aunt Boots did not measure; so, use your judgment and season to taste; but, do not be afraid to thoroughly season. A good rule of thumb is to cover each side of meat with seasonings when no particular measurements are given in a recipe. If you are a novice, test a small batch first. Directions: Soak chicken in water and kosher salt for at least 30 minutes (thoroughly cleaning chicken). Rinse and pat chicken dry. In large bowl, coat both sides of the chicken with seasoning mix, and rub seasonings in the meat. Marinate in refrigerator at least one hour. Once marinated, remove chicken from refrigerator. Let it sit at least 15 minutes. Pour vegetable

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oil into cast iron skillet and heat on medium until small bubbles form. Lightly season the flour with same seasonings and mix. Coat chicken with seasoned flour and fry until done. [Fried chicken is

thoroughly cooked when it floats in oil and juice of the chicken is clear.] Chicken wings should cook in 1012 minutes. Serve hot.

Food Rudolph’s Red Velvet Waffles Ingredients - Waffles: 1 box - Red Velvet Cake Mix 3 eggs 1 1/3 cups - Water 1/3 cup - Vegetable Oil Butter Flavor Cooking Spray Ingredients - Topping: 1 cup - Whipped Cream Cheese 2/3 cup - Honey Butter (I use Land O’ Lakes brand) Chopped Pecans Cinnamon Stick Maple Syrup Directions - Topping: Mix the Whipped Cream Cheese and Honey Butter. Scoop the cream cheese mixture in a bowl. Garnish with Cinnamon Stick. [For variety, feel free to experiment by adding a Honey Pecan Flavored Cream Cheese.] Directions - Waffles: Heat waffle maker and spray with Butter Flavored Cooking Spray. Prepare cake batter as directed on the box and above measurements of oil, water and eggs. Pour batter into waffle maker covering all grooves. Close lid and cook until steaming stops. Carefully remove waffle and brush with melted butter (regular or honey butter). Serve hot with Cream Cheese Topping, maple syrup and pecans.

Christmas Grinch Punch Ingredients: One 2-liter - Ginger Ale One 46-oz. - Pineapple Juice 1 64 oz. - Hawaiian Punch Green Berry Rush Fruit Punch 1 cup - Sugar 1 cup - Cranberries (fresh - not frozen) ½ cup - Pomegranate Seeds 1 bag – Colored Sugar Crystals Lemon (or Lime) Juice 1 gal. - Lime Sherbet (Optional) Directions: Fill 1/3 of large pitcher (or punch bowl) with Hawaiian Punch, 1/3 with Pineapple Juice and 1/3 with Ginger Ale, in that order. Add 1 cup sugar and stir. Top with cranberries and pomegranate seeds. Presentment: Pour festive colored sugar crystals into small saucer. Coat each glass with lemon or lime juice and dip into the sugar. Pour punch in each glass, add a decorative straw and enjoy! [For variety, garnish with one tablespoon of lime sherbet.] Southern Soul l December 2014

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The Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2014 By: Alisha Tillery Photography By: Darius B Williams

Al Bell former owner of Stax Records.

On November 6, 2014, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame inducted nine music trailblazers. Lil Hardin Armstrong; Big Star; Carl Perkins; Jesse Winchester; Furry Lewis; John Fry; Chips Moman; Ann Peebles; and, Al Bell were honored for their contribution to Memphis music. Each inductee received the “The Mike� Award, named for awardwinning songwriter, producer and record company owner, Mike Curb. Southern Soul l December 2014

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Entertainment Sam Moore

No tribute performance brought attendees to their feet like Sam Moore’s performance of Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”

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Al Capone and William Bell

as, “Struttin’ with Some Barbeque” for Louis Armstrong and “Just for a Thrill” for Ray Charles in 1959. John Fry, founder and owner of Ardent Studios, was honored for his contributions to the industry and Memphis. Merging his love Ann Peebles for music and technology, John began his recording studio in his Inductees’ musical contributions parent’s garage and, for the past were brought to life through a sixty years, has kept Ardent Studios video montage and toe-tapping performances by some of Memphis a powerhouse. When accepting his award, Fry paid homage to the music greats! Attendees were not many individuals he and Ardent only entertained, but given a brief touched through recording, history lesson on Memphis’ rich internships and/or employment music history. The first inductee humbly stating that it was they who was Lil Hardin Armstrong, made Ardent. He requested those who became a powerhouse jazz touched (one way or the other) to pianist in the 1920s and 30s and stand . . . half the audience stood. later becoming a songwriter and musical director penning hits such Then there was Big Star. The


Big Star recipients

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five-member crew, named after the defunct Memphis grocer Big Star, was one of Ardent Records’ early acts. Big Star’s first album, #1 Record was an incredible success bringing instant notoriety to the band. Recording only two other albums before disbanding, their work is cited as one of Rolling Stones’ Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Original band member and drummer, Jody Stephens, joined Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, and Drew Hummel on stage to receive their award and to perform a few of Big Star’s hits. No tribute performance brought attendees to their feet like Sam Moore’s performance of Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” Peebles was in attendance with her husband, songwriter Don Bryant,

Also drawing a standing ovation, Al Bell, former owner of Stax Records, was honored for his numerous contributions to Memphis Music. Beginning his career as a teenage DJ in Little Rock, AR and eventually landing at Memphis WLOK, Bell singlehandedly changed the landscape of Stax Records as its National Director of Promotions and later as its Chairman of the Board, Executive Vice President, and coowner. Bell is responsible for Stax Record label’s iconic soul albums by Otis Redding, The Bar-Kays, The Staple Singers and Booker T. and MGs. He is also celebrated for encouraging Isaac Hayes’ solo music career, transitioning him from composer to singer. Bell created the Stax films sector which included the iconic concert documentary in Watts, California, Wattstax. In Bell’s acceptance speech, he stated “It’s about being a visionary. I elected to live my life as

a servant-leader.” Tribute performances were given by Joyce Cobb honoring Lil Hardin Armstrong; Denise LaSalle honoring Carl Perkins; Mac McAnally honoring Jesse Winchester; B.J. Thomas honoring Chips Moman; Ronnie Baker Brooks honoring Furry Lewis; and, Al Kapone and William Bell united for a rendition of the Staxera classic “I Forgot to be Your Lover.” William Bell concluded the evening, bringing the crowd to their feet, singing “Knock on Wood.” The Memphis Music Hall of Fame will continue to honor and foster artistry for decades to come. In the Spring of 2015, you can visit the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in the newly relocated Hard Rock Café at the corner of Beale Street and Second Street.

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Southern Soul Magazine believes in supporting our youth. Southern Soul Magazine recently visited Stax Music Academy and asked:

What individual artists or bands do you think will stand the test of time? Why?

What do you think is required for musicians to remain relevant and popular? Give an example of a musician(s).

What would you teach the world in an online video? What words or phrases should be banned in 2015?


Music in the Soul can be heard by the Universe. – Lao Tzu Career Aspiration: Mechanical Engineer • Pharrell Williams –He looks at music as art. With art, there are multiple perceptions where people feel and react differently. Different generations can have a certain perception and reaction. Pharrell understands this. Doing so, he has managed to stand the test of time and will continue to do so. • The connection an artist has with his/her listeners should be one of the most important aspects of an artist’s career. It allows the artist to stay relevant and popular. If an artist can connect with and make their listeners feel a certain way, the listener will continue to support the artist.

Nolan Jackson

• Motivating people to becoming their best. People have the potential to change the world. They just have to find their own way of accomplishing it. • “Ratchet” – It’s getting worn out.

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Seiko Hines 12th Grade

Career Aspiration: Audio Engineer/Music Artist • OVO Sound – They have a unique touch on music. Aubrey Drake Graham’s music label, October’s Vey Own, can relate to everyone in some form or fashion. Their impact on music will last a long time. • Musicians should never talk about the same thing nor have the same flow. For example, Drake raps about an abundance of topics, surprising his listeners with a new type of sound every time he releases a new song. • To have confidence and to do their best in whatever they do. To remain true to themselves and others, ALWAYS. • “Fake” – Because going into 2015, no one should have aspects of that definition relating to them.

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Tahj Mason 10th Grade

Career Aspiration: Musician • Curtis Mayfield – His lyrics have a strong message. • In order for a musician to remain popular, they should produce a good product with a strong message and a strong groove. Ex: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. • Undecided. • “Where you at?”

André Appleberry 11th Grade

Career Aspiration: Vocal Teacher/TV Personality • Mrs. Beyoncé Carter – She is a powerhouse singer and an icon in my eyes. The Bar-Kays – They are a living icon that paved the way for many artists. • New music – If we continue to listen to the same song by one artist, that artist would become very irrelevant. • To love one another. There is already so much going on that people don’t have time to love anymore. • “Can’t.” Everything is possible with God on your side.

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Chris Turner

11th Grade – Soulsville Student Career Aspiration: Music Producer • Drake, Kendrick Lamar, PND, Jay-Z and Ty$. Their music is constantly changing through time unlike most artists. I believe most “new” artists that are in style now will die out in the next one to two years. • They need to continue producing music their fans would appreciate and want to hear. • You can achieve anything as long as you work hard. • Words that offend females (calling them out of their name).

Jaylon Brown 11th Grade

Career Aspiration: Music and Financial Advisory • Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius and Earth, Wind & Fire. These three were innovators in the music industry. Miles Davis brought a whole new tonal aspect of trumpet into jazz and he was very politically aware. Jaco Pastorius changed the way people viewed the bass guitar. He used every opportunity to show off his musical talents, which changed the way we play bass making him the greatest bass player of all time. Earth, Wind & Fire brought a sense of refreshment to the funk groove. Their names will continue to echo through time. • The ability to change with the trends while staying true to your identity. • The importance of volume control and intonation. • “THOT” and “Trap.” They hold no real meaning and are ignorant. 90 | Southern Soul l December 2014


DeKarius Dawson 11th Grade

Career Aspiration: Vocal Music Major (concentration in jazz studies) • Ledisi, LaLah Hathaway, and John Legend. Each has a unique voice and style of music. • Musicians must remain humble and always remember where they came from (roots). Adele would be a good example. • How to use your gifts for the betterment of humanity. • “THOT.”

Ky’lan Key 12th Grade

Career Aspiration: CEO and Computer Engineer • Strange Music, they are a group of underground rap artists who don’t exactly focus on the norm. Instead, they focus on the struggles they face and try to relay it to others. “Scars” by Krizz Kaliko is a great example. • Audience, Time Management and a great sound. Big Sean is a musical genius that focuses on his personal rhyme scheme as his fan base demands. • How much quality time is consumed and lost with our phones. Also, how to make music and find our sound. • “Bae;” “Fat;” “Spaghetti fell out my pocket;” “Y’all chill;” and, “fo real.”

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Brenae Johnson 11th Grade

Career Aspiration: Undecided • Jazmine Sullivan, John Legend and Snarky Puppy. They are authentic and original. They have what I like to call “message music.” It is evident that these artists do music for fun and have passion for it. • The musician must be original, but also have music that people actually like and relate to. Like Jazmine Sullivan’s new single “Forever Don’t Last.” It talks about how she hoped that a relationship would last but it didn’t and I know a lot of people can relate to that. • How to encourage one another. I believe the world is not going to be productive in any way unless everyone gains a common understanding of each other. • “I can’t.”

Khadit Muhammad 10th Grade

Career Aspiration: Architect • Kem; Frankie Beverly; Sade; Prince; Pat Metheny; and, Jimi Hendrix. Their substance, rich sound, professional musicality and timeless albums will last forever. • Musicians such as those named above have a prominent and widespread audience because of their versatility. The message in their music serves as grounds for inspiration and thought provoking conversations for years to come. • All of the truths that would help others to achieve success in whatever they wish to pursue. It would be synonymous to a grand scale “DIY” video. • I wouldn’t ban any words. People express themselves in many ways.

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Kyler L. Gilkey

10th Grade – Soulsville Student Career Aspiration: Attorney – Governmental Law • The Jackson 5. They were a group that transcended many generations and are still enjoyed today. • Good and continued hits and knowledge of the music industry. Prince has so many hits and is still in the industry making music. • The importance of knowing whom you are and where you come from. Knowledgeable of your ancestors. • Any word not in the dictionary. Today’s grammar is so bad and continues to get worse. Let’s focus on proper speech.

Danielle Gipson 12th Grade

Career Aspiration: Audio Engineer • Beyoncé; J. Cole; and, every old school artist such as Nina Simone; Etta James; Anita Baker; etc. They speak/sing about timeless life situations every generation goes through and can relate to. • To switch up your style of music to fit every kind of person. For instance, Beyoncé can make and sing an “Upgrade U” then switch moods completely to a “Resentment.” • How to read and understand the Circle of Fifths. • “THOT;” “nah;” “fool;” “crazy;” hold it down;” and, “Tuesday.”

Career Aspiration: Professional Singer and Dancer • Beyoncé and Usher – They know exactly what their fans want to hear. They never have the same sound from one album to the other. • A positive outlook as well as a new and fresh sound to music. You never want to put out a piece of music discouraging someone. • To have an open mind as an artist and to humble yourself as an artist. It would get you much farther in a career than money, looks and fame. • I wouldn’t ban any words because people have a right to their opinion. To take that right away is an injustice to their freedom.

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4th Annual Kidney Awareness & Living Donor Charity Gala Photography by: Charles McNeill And Oscar Quinn


2014 Kidney Awareness & Living Donor Honorees

On a chilly evening in November, Just Say Y.E.S. (JSY) presented its 4th Annual Kidney Awareness and Living Donor Charity Gala at the Civil Rights Museum to celebrate the giving of life. Romalic M. Jones, Founder and Executive Director of JSY hosted the event.

For many September 11, 2001 conjures memories of a national tragedy when America experienced several terrorist attacks. For others, it raises memories of personal loss during the attack. But, for Romalic Jones, it strikes an additional memory. On that day, Romalic’s kidneys were diagnosed non-functioning. Struck by renal failure, Romalic immediately started dialysis. For ten years, Romalic endured the dialysis routine of latching to a machine four hours a day; three days a week. Desiring normalcy, Romalic sought a kidney donor.

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Christina Hobson, Romalic’s Church Administrator, learned of Romalic’s life battle while working with Romalic. After five years of watching Romalic’s battle with life, she offered to become a living kidney donor to Romalic. Romalic stunned and touched by the gesture didn’t consider acceptance at first. She was only 27 years old and her parent’s only living child. Not accepting his silence, Christina approached Romalic saying, “You must not want my kidney?” After several discussions with family and friends, undergoing extensive donor match testing, Romalic

Former Shelby County Commissioner (and Kidney Donor) Steve Mulroy; his mother, Mrs. Mulroy; and Romalic M. Jones


He sought to educate and empower those suffering from renal failure.

L to R: Romalic Jones; Donor Recipient Honoree Andrea Cole and Donor Honoree Michael Cole.

Vinaya Rao, M.D., Director of Transplant Nephrology, Methodist Hospital, Medical Honoree

Romalic Jones and Wakeya Luckey, Kidney Recipient Honoree received the gift of life from Christina. Having experienced ten years of the trauma of a dialysis machine tether, physical changes; lifestyle changes and the quest for life, Romalic wanted to prevent others from years of suffering. He sought to educate and empower those suffering from renal failure while expressing a thank you to those giving life to others. Thus, the birth of the Just Say Y.E.S. (Youth Empowerment Supporters) organization. In its fourth year, the Annual Kidney Awareness and Living Donor Charity Gala raises funds for those with renal failure and supports the JSY programs providing assistance to renal failure victims and their families. Romalic explained the program’s mission

stating “There is a lack of information out there about donors and transplants. Information wasn’t available through the clinics for transplantation. We want to educate and bring awareness to renal failure and the process surrounding dialysis. We want to let people know they have options and, contrary to some thinking, dialysis is not a form of lifestyle. For those considering becoming an organ donor, they too can have a full life. If you know someone dealing with transplantation or dialysis, encourage him or her to stay focused, stay positive and never let any situation have him or her. And that’s how I survived - even when it was at a point where I thought it was over. After transplantation, I knew my purpose had not been fulfilled. I knew there remained a task for me to complete. So, I said ‘ok we just going to ride this out.’ I took control over the situation and I told the situation what it was going to do. I tell everyone, victims, donors, and families, keep a positive mind. Do not let your environment cause your situation to be dictated by the situation.” Southern Soul l December 2014

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Phillip Ashley Chocolates Memphis Masquerade Photography by: Darius B Williams Phillip Ashley Chocolates hosted its inaugural Memphis Masquerade Gala honoring charitable organizations providing incredible contributions in the areas of health, youth and outreach. The black tie gala event was held at the magnificent Pink Palace Mansion and set ablaze with sensory provoking elements throughout. Masquerade Performers

Rodney Dunigan proposal to Jackie Orozco

Host Phillip Ashley and Masquerade Performer

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Morgan & Patrice Bohannon

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