Karen Denise Moore grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and attended Hendrix United Methodist College in Conway, Arkansas, where she studied abroad in India.  She met India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and studied the music and dance of the country.  On her return to Hendrix, Karen received her FCC license, hosted her own radio show called Stacy’s Music with Soul, and directed her first play.  Later, Karen became an on-the-air announcer for PBS and hosted their African American talent series, The Minor Key -a thirty minute show spotlighting minority talent.  After graduation, Karen joined Little Rock television station KARK-TV where she had the pleasure of interviewing Bill Clinton who was attorney general.  Karen moved to WREG-TV in Memphis.  During her first week, Elvis Presley died and Karen’s coverage was carried nationally by CBS affiliates. 

Although news reporting was her day job, Karen focused her evenings on the theatre.  Karen directed her first professional play, Livin’ Fat by Judi Ann Mason, at Beale Street Repertory Company in Memphis.  While working on a production of Dark of the Moon, Karen met U.S. Navy yeoman Gary McKinley Alston who shared her love of the arts and a year later, they were married.  Shortly thereafter, Karen received an offer to direct Livin’ Fat in California, only this time she had an all star cast and Norman Lear was her producer.  When Gary was assigned to the U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes, Karen combated poor health habits among Navy wives by conducting self-esteem workshops called The Beautiful You.  Karen also hosted a talk show on a local cable station addressing the activities and issues affecting the Great Lakes Naval community. 

In 1985, the family relocated to Italy.  While Gary traveled across Europe with the Navy Band, Karen began an annual theatrical production in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  Karen also landed the lead role in the play “Songs of My Momma and Her Momma Before Her” in Rome.  That play allowed Karen to showcase her singing and acting and, with the help of her new agent, the jobs began pouring.  She appeared in several Italian films, was a DJ at the U.S. Naval Sixth Fleet base in Naples, and joined a local R&B group and Jazz Group.  She sang background for several Italian artists, toured across Italy and parts of Europe and appeared on eight Billboard top ten recordings.  The Naples Navy Family Services sponsored The Beautiful You workshops and Karen served once again as coordinator.  In 1996 she returned to Memphis, TN and formed Southern Flava artist management company to help undiscovered artists pursue their dreams.  Her early clients included Trenyce of American Idol fame, the Sol Katz, and local hip hop favorite Free Sol.  Southern Flava grew into a consulting company that helps organizations create five star programs.  Karen also obtained her real estate license and was Century 21 Acorn’s top selling agent two years in a row.

She currently serves as Director of Event Planning and Media Buyer for TRUST Marketing, Inc., an African American marketing company in Memphis.   Karen is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors and the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.  Karen Moore has performed enough roles to fill two lives, but she is most proud of her roles as a mother who raised two daughters, Keisha and Aryen, after the death of a husband; grandmother to Violet Sky; a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and Creator and Executive Producer of This House is Cooking!






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