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Southbrook Mall in South Memphis’ Whitehaven Seeks $6.8Mil In Public Support

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The renounced Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven is looking to pump life back into the once crowd-pleasing shopping plaza by looking to secure $6.8 million dollars publicly of a $10.2 million upgrade.

Located directly across from the Southland Mall at Shelby Dr and Elvis Presley, the Southbrook Mall, which is only home to approximately 10 tenants, is looking to expand it into over 30 retail spaces as well as incorporate a performing arts center, a reconfigured entryway and bring in the former Liberty Land Fairgrounds carousel.

The owners of the mall are looking to ask the city to help renovate the 40 year-old desolate building which James Murray of Self-Tucker Architects hopes to restore most of the features that many remember.



Meanwhile, co-owner Sharon Kirksey, who bought the property around five years ago with Willie Harper, hopes to bring life into the once flourishing mall.

Mayor A.C. Wharton is currently supporting the idea of bringing Southland Mall back from the dead and stated that they have been putting financial investments into Downtown as well as in other areas and it needs to be the same here.

Those who remember Southbrook Mall in its popular days remember the mall for being easily accessible from the adjacent grocery chain once next door which gave quick access to the mall, it's high trafficked movie theater, clothing and shoe stores, gaming store and more.

Do you think Southbrook Mall can be revived or should the funds be placed elsewhere? Will the focus for Southbrook Mall cater to the next generation?

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Drumma Boy Launches “House Of Fresh” Streetwear Boutique Clothing Store in Atlanta

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Drumma Boy recently launched his new hip clothing store at a filmed grand opening in Atlanta. The new clothing store is called "House Of Fresh."



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Yo Gotti Signs With Jay Z’s Roc Nation, Drops New Song “Castro” With Kanye West

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It is official, Memphis rapper and businessman Yo Gotti has joined forces with hip hop mogul and also businessman Jay Z and has signed with the Roc Nation.



Roc Nation, an entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, already has quite the roster of artists with the likes of J. Cole, Big Sean, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, T.I. and many others signed with the company.
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The Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship Connection

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The history of the hip hop genre is an underdog story. Its roots go back to the 1970s where few made it out of tough inner cities to experience a taste of professional or financial success. Those who were left behind had little hope to cling to, but they decided to tell their stories through music and the rest is history. Today hip hop has grown to become an industry that generates billions of dollars per year and the top rappers and entertainers within the game have become savvy entrepreneurs. This transition happened because as unlikely as it seems, the connection between the world of hip hop and the realm of business is quite strong. Here's why hip hop became such a big money maker.
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