Trolley Night Hip-Hop Cypher at K Presha Boutique @kdotnick @THEREALKIASHINE #RiverArtsFest2013

Friday night at K Presha, Memphis’ upscale hip-hop clothing boutique, Memphis hip-hop artist Knowledge Nick sponsored a cypher session with a DJ out of the South Main Street sidewalk which attracted a large number of MC’s, break dancers and spectators. An hour or so in, Memphis rap artist Kinfolk Kia Shine came by on his way into the city from Atlanta and made a motivational speech to the crowd. However, what should have been a night of good vibes and good music came to an abrupt end when the Memphis Police Department showed up, demanded that the music be cut off and then abruptly attacked, pepper-sprayed and arrested people from the crowd at random, apparently in response to a noise complaint from residents who live in the apartments across the street. The police completely lost control, yelling at us, demanding that we first move off the street onto the sidewalk, then ordering us off the sidewalk into K Presha, all the while never stating the statute or ordinance under which they were ordering our peaceful gathering to disperse.

More scenes from Mike Suggs’ Birthday Party at K PreSha Boutique, Memphis, January 28, 2012.

More scenes from Mike Suggs’ birthday party at K PreSha last Saturday night, January 28, 2012.

Last Saturday, January 28, K PreSha Clothing Boutique was the scene of a birthday party for my college friend Mike Suggs. A great time was had by all!

K PreSha Clothing Boutique at 323 South Main in Memphis’ South Main Arts District is the latest urban fashion boutique to open in Memphis. They have both women’s and men’s fashions, and their shop is an occasional venue for private parties. (Note the cool Goldcrest 51 logo on the brick wall. Goldcrest 51 was for many years Memphis’ local brand of beer).