beale st

Helen Ann Smith at Harlem House, Beale St, Memphis, TN, 1950s.  Ernest C. Withers—Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Ernest C. Withers Trust  (LIFE).

From the upcoming Smithsonian photo book African American Women. “We made a point of choosing images of people who aren’t famous,” says Michèle Gates Moresi, the [National Museum of African American History and Culture]’s supervisory curator of collections. “They aren’t known as leaders, but they were to their communities.”

definitely worth consideration. the lineup is totally polarizing, but there’s plenty of artists (herbie!!) that i’d love to see. more importantly, i miss memphis a lot and this seems like a pretty valid reason to visit. i would assume that beale street after you turn 21 is very different than beale street when you’re underage. you’re supposed to ‘like’ their fbook page to be able to see the lineup, which i did, but i’m sharing this so you don’t have to trouble yourselves with all that work. 

actually, my brother once got me a ticketmaster gift card for my birthday, but (thankfully,) newer online ticketing services have swooped in and mostly left me with no way of using it. this might be the one right here.