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(WMC-TV) - Many Memphians are proud of what the Memphis Grizzlies have accomplished already. But one local blogger was able to put into words the kind of heart this city really has -- and how the Grizzlies are helping to show that to the rest of the world.

Native Mississippian turned Memphis blogger Apryl Childs-Potter says the Grizz are the catalyst for showing off "how we roll".

"Whoop That Trick" is a rap song from the movie "Hustle and Flow", both of which were written and recorded in Memphis. They tell the story of a decidedly Memphis stereotype: a pimp trying to make it.

Childs-Potter recently posted an article by that title.

The marketing and research young professional believes both the movie and song, like a lot of great literature, is about something else, deep down.

"Hustle and Flow is like that. It's really about somebody who comes from circumstances that are not ideal, wanting to change and do something with themselves and taking an opportunity and seizing it, which is such a great metaphor for this city as a whole," said Apryl Childs-Potter.

Childs-Potter believes its only appropriate that Grizzlies fans adopted "Whoop That Trick" in the Grindhouse as an anthem for the NBA team's playoff run.

"We're a lot of really amazing things all happening at once," she added. "We don't let other people define success for us. We don't let other people tell us what's hip or cool. We decide."

She continued, "A friend of mine, Carrie Hayes, actually said this, 'If you can't be yourself in Memphis, you can't be yourself.'"

Now, the rest of the world is finally seeing what Memphis is all about.

"And people are remembering Memphis now. I think, maybe that started because of the Grizzlies, but, it really started because of who we are," said Childs-Potter.

Yes. We're "gritty" and we often have to "grind" our way to the top, but Childs-Potter says we're "all heart" and we "believe" in our city, with all of its flaws, faults, beauty, uniqueness, and, of course, our Grizzlies.

Click here to read Apryl Childs-Potter's entire blog: http://www.hyphenmarketsolutions.com/dr-memlove-or-how-we-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-whoop-that-trick/

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