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Frayser Community Schools turns 5, rolls on

If the story of Dr. Bobby White were a recipe, the basic ingredients – by his own self-assessment – would be pride, courage and love for community. Such an assessment is timely in that White is the founder and CEO of Frayser Community Schools (FCS),...

Ministers foresee school covenants under Ray

Now that Joris Ray has been named Shelby County Schools superintendent, an alliance of ministers is ready to step up to help him help the children. Two groups of ministers – the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association and the Progressive Baptist Church Council of Memphis –...

TVA’s new CEO/president getting ‘grounded’ in Memphis

Three days on the job as CEO/president of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Jeff Lyash on Wednesday afternoon was fielding media questions in the 8th floor conference room of TVA’s new office space at 100 Peabody Place in Downtown Memphis. Lyash, who succeeded William D. Johnson,...

Boxing at the Pipkin 3 to showcase Memphis boxers

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Boxing at the Pipkin 3 has evolved into an all-Memphis thing, with its organizers declaring, “This boxing event has really taken on momentum.” The youth-oriented affair at the Fairgrounds (940 Early Maxwell) is set for the evening of April 3 (beginning at 7 p.m.) and...

Why ‘New Chicago’ says ‘No’ to Memphis 3.0

Dr. Carnita Atwater – representing the New Chicago Community Development Corporation – was about 50 minutes into her Monday press conference in North Memphis when a television reporter interrupted. He asked if the bottom line was that she was just upset for having been...

‘New Chicago’ push prompts delay of first Memphis 3.O vote

With several dozen North Memphis residents on hand for " a show of force," the Memphis City Council on Tuesday put off its initial vote on a proposed land use and development plan envisioned as a 20-year road map. New Chicago CDC spokesperson Dr. Carnita...

New TSDRadio podcast: ‘God, grace and guts’

Small business owner Nyah Nile talks “God, grace and guts” on “Where Do We Go From Here?” on TSDRadio. Nile, the founder, CEO and administrator of PremiereChoice, a West Memphis-based, in-home care services company, shares here faith-based journey with TSD Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku. Small...

With confidence and ‘courage,’ Tami Sawyer declares candidacy for Memphis mayor

Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer has made the decision. She is running for mayor, taking a “social leadership stance.” The first-term District 7 representative will “expound on plans to drive progress and change and broaden impact for Memphis” during a press conference at Makeda’s Homemade...

‘TVALiteracy’ is a work in progress for Mark Creech, the power agency’s new local voice

Four months into his new role as TVA’s executive director for Memphis, Mark Creech already has seen and heard enough to know that he has some work to do to address the “TVALiteracy” gap. He made good use of Black History Month, combining the opportunity...

TSD-WLOK partnership — ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’

The histories and traditions of WLOK and The New Tri-State Defender are examined on the most recent segment of "Where Do We Go From Here?" The show, hosted by TSD Associate Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku, aired last Sunday on TSDRadio on WLOK.   The conversation involved...