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High Ground News Podcast: The black arts scene comes home

By Published: February 01, 2019 4:14 PM CT

The artists of Memphis-based record label Unapologetic have performed on basically every major stage and venue in Memphis. Only one was owned by a black artist.

On Jan. 11, the landscape changed when 4-year-old black arts support organization The CLTV opened The CMPLX, its first brick-and-mortar home base.

Supporting artists Lawrence Matthews (aka Don Lifted) and James Dukes (aka IMAKEMADBEATS) talk with High Ground News executive editor Madeline Faber about how a black-owned arts space nourishes the existing arts scene and complements the surrounding neighborhood of Orange Mound, the country's first subdivision where African-Americans purchased their own homes.


Produced by Natalie Van Gundy

Listen on The OAM Network, iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.

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Natalie Van Gundy

Natalie Van Gundy

Natalie Van Gundy is a podcast and video producer for The Daily Memphian. She is also the producer for "Behind the Headlines" on WKNO Channel 10.


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