While the 2018 film If Beale Street Could Talk is based off the 1974 James Baldwin-written novel of the same name, the title of the book and movie hails from a much older source. The title is actually a reference to the 1916 W.C. Handy blues song "Beale Street Blues". And that song was named after Beale Street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. For music fans, the song can be heard on Louis Armstrong album Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. from 1954. But if anything this represents the flow of inspiration that carries throughout the generations. Stay tuned!