Inner City South (ICS) emerged from Memphis’s underground spoken word movement in 2002. This husband and wife duo comprised of Dee “Ms. Dee-Lite” Dotson and Tim “T-Remedi” Dotson, offer powerful messages in a hip-hop infused style of spoken word. In 2008, ICS released their debut album “Southern Swagger,” a unique blend of southern style and thought provoking poetry.
Ms. Dee-Lite and T-Remedi are very passionate about spoken word, and as playwrights use poetry as a vital element in their storytelling. As a resident theatre company at Evergreen Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee; ICS strives to bring a unique and entertaining voice to the Mid-South. ICS’s goal is to use performing arts as a platform for social and economic empowerment. As advocates in the fight against sickle cell, ICS founded Dinner & Divas in 2004. This dinner theatre experience represents their support toward finding a cure, and providing social services to those suffering with sickle cell.
In 2012, ICS established the C.R.E.A.T.E. (Changing Realities Exposing Art To Everyone) program. C.R.E.A.T.E. is a art education and development program designed to give urban and lower income communities access to the arts. Emerging artist in the genres of poetry and theater can develop their craft and creativity by participating in writing contests, workshops and activities geared to foster an appreciation for artistic expression.
Inner City South aims to raise the profile and support for creative solutions toward youth education, community pride and job creation.