Things To Do: Paula and Raifords Disco

       Have you ever wanted to go out and just let loose and party? I'm not talking about going out to sit, but actually party. I used to be on the club scene in my younger days, but they all felt pretty much the same. People get dressed up to go out and basically sit around. I got the feeling it was more about what I was wearing than anything else. Doesn't sound fun at all. 

      What if I told you there was a place in Memphis where you could avoid that feeling? Would you believe it? Well, there is!! It's Paula and Raifords Disco!! This place is totally not a fashion show. It's just a party, plain and simple. I have zero rhythm and I feel totally comfortable at Paula and Raifords dancing the night away!

Dance floor  

Dance floor  

      This place is electric! You get a mix of pop, rock, 80s, and other dance party essentials served up by eclectic DJ Raiford. There's just something about hearing "Don't Stop Believing" that does something to me. Followed by Prince and Michael Jackson with a sprinkling of Nelly. You get all this in a place that takes you back to the 80's with white leather couches and a dance floor that lights up! Please tell me that's not the epitome of cool! Also there's a drum set that it open for anyone, but please try to stay on beat. There are also stripper poles on the dance floor.....

      A couple tips to maximize your trip to Paula and Raifords.

  1. The best night to go is Saturday. The line to get in can get pretty long. 
  2. Be prepared to be social! The partygoers are usually very friendly and talkative!
  3. The music is insanely loud! Some wear earplugs. 
  4. They serve 32 oz beer bottles....get this! 
  5. Don't hog the drums! Everyone wants to jam out!
  6. It's crowded. Be prepared to have someone bump into you. Chill and enjoy the experience. 


One must double cup!!

      Go and check out Paula and Raifords! Say hey to Paula, Raiford, Corey Hollywood and Keisha  for me! 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

A Chocolate Affair

One of the great things about being a blogger is being able to attend a wide spectrum of events. I love meeting new people and experiencing new things. Another great thing about being a blogger that also is a photographer, is being asked to capture the experience of events. I believe this has become my niche lately. I really try to make the reader feel as if they attended by seeing my photos.  

Last Friday, I was contacted to be the photographer for a Christmas party for International Paper hosted by Phillip Ashley. Any excuse to have Phillip Ashley's chocolate is all it takes for me to gladly accept. I also knew this would be a great event to network as well.  

The Experience

The event was held at Opera Memphis, which is an absolutely beautiful venue! It was a small holiday party, but the guests were very fun. 


The Chocolates

Now this is what I came for! I can't get enough of Phillip Ashley's bite sized creations. I must admit that I am addicted. Are there meetings for this type of thing?

As you can see, it was a great holiday party! I left with only one concern; I should have went home with more chocolate!

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

Black HollyWood Celebrity Costume Party

So it's Halloween time in Memphis and that means costumes! Who doesn't love costumes?? I would wear one everyday but, wearing a costume to the grocery store is only cool if you're 3 or 4 years old. I have a big list of Halloween themed events that I plan to attend, but the first event I slid in was the Black Hollywood Celebrity Costume Party presented by Privileged Memphis. 

I must say I was a bit apprehensive about going because I didn't know what to wear exactly. I spent the better part of the day wondering if this was a fancy, sophisticated dress up party or could I be myself and go with a funnier theme? So I had to be true to myself, and wear the costume that I knew would mirror my personality. 

The party was held at The Gallery at Madison Square (1819 Madison Ave), which is a very nice venue by the way. I arrived and to my delight, others wore costumes!! I've been to some parties where the attendees don't dress up and it really kills the vibe of a costume party. That awkward moment when you are the only one at the party in an Ironman costume! There was Lenny Kravitz, Beyonce, Taraji P Henson, Madea, Chance the Rapper, and even Total!! Freaking Total!! It was so cool that people actually participated!

Who goes to a costume party without a costume?

Also, I wanted to give a shout out to Jamal Whitlow. This guy is doing some great things in the city.  He's the CEO of Privileged Memphis and he really wants to make Memphis as great as it can be. I try to support people that really want Memphis to be seen in a positive light, because it mirrors what one901 is all about.  He is trying to bring a more diverse and fun theme to the Memphis nightlife. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.  

Jamal Whitlow, CEO of Privileged Memphis

I cant' wait until the next party. You definitely don't want to miss out. You can check out Privileged Memphis at

This was a great kick off to the Halloween season! Stay tuned for more shenanigans around Memphis this weekend!

Life is for Living,

Michael B.