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All the Right Notes: Student Musicians Receive Scholarship Offers at First MMI HBCU Audition Day

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The prospect of auditioning for a roomful of strangers is, for most people, pretty daunting. Now imagine that that “room” is a computer screen filled with music directors scattered across the region—far away, sure, but also right there in your home. Set that against the backdrop of a global pandemic, add in the pressure of […]

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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Aliyah and Maya

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Welcome to the fifth and final installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Maya and Relief Fund recipient Aliyah chat about Aliyah’s musical work—an aria titled “opera nera: il retrogrado (Black Opera: The Retrograde).” The piece utilizes expressionistic techniques to highlight her experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. Aliyah’s […]

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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Jacquez and Andrea

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Welcome to the fourth installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Andrea and Relief Fund recipient Jacquez chat about Jacquez’s art featuring a character called Dr. Stone, who makes a vaccine for the Covid-19 (represented as a monster). Jacquez’s art was commissioned through MMI’s 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Relief […]

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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Jasmine and Jacolby

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Welcome to the third installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Jacolby and Relief Fund recipient Jasmine chat about Jasmine’s poem highlighting her perspective on living during a pandemic. Jasmine’s poem was commissioned through MMI’s 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund last May. Take a few moments to learn what inspired […]

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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: LaDarryl and Aa’liyah

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Welcome to the second installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Aa’liyah and Relief Fund recipient LaDarryl chat about LaDarryl’s song Thank You— a toast to the money and opportunities that have been lost to the pandemic, but that will return one day. Because “This time, like all […]

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The MMI Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interviews: Nadifah and Sydney

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Welcome to the very first installment of MMI’s Emergency Relief Fund Artist Interview series! Today, MMI Works student intern Sydney and Relief Fund recipient Nadifah chat about the art series Nadifah created in response to the effects of self-isolation in quarantine. Nadifah’s series was commissioned through MMI’s 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund last May. Take […]

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Authoring Their Futures: The 2020 MMI Works Intern Scholarship Essays

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This year, we learned to get comfortable with change. When it became apparent that our MMI Works summer program wouldn’t be happening in person, our fearless team leaders quickly and carefully adapted the program to the virtual world. But while a few pieces of the MMI Works puzzle have changed, most have not. At its […]

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MMI Works 2020 Summer Program Intern Projects

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Memphis is music. It’s a city inseparable from the creatives and musicians who have shaped its culture, changed its politics, and built and rebuilt communities across Shelby County, from Frayser to Soulsville and beyond. Memphis’ list of music bona fides is a mile long, and while we may not be the biggest city, our musical […]

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Summer in the Virtual World: How the MMI Works Program Is Navigating the Pandemic with Intentionality

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This spring, thousands of Memphis students found themselves facing a very different sort of summer than they expected—one without big get-togethers with friends, trips to the mall, live concerts, or summer camps. And as COVID-19 continued to impact life in America, local organizations who provide those summertime experiences were confronted with a similar reality. So, […]

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MMI Works: centering liberation

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by Brittney B. Bullock Your liberation is bound up with mine. – Lilla Watson I often talk about liberation. How it functions and feels. I question at times if I have it, and if I’d know when I had it. I point it out when I see it. When I see it lovingly drenched over […]

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