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Sunday on TSDRadio: Stork’s Nest

Tune in to TSDRadio on WLOK this Sunday at 5 p.m. for the next segment of "Where Do We Go From Here?" The topic is infant mortality, specifically an ongoing effort to address the challenge by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. through Stork's Nest, an...

Grant paves way to “Take ‘Em Down 901” one-act play

The real-life drama that culminated with the removal of Confederate-era statues from what had been two Memphis-owned parks will be the subject of a play being developed by Ekundayo Bandele, founder and CEO of the Hattiloo Theatre. With Bandele and an associate, Johnny Jones, forming...

Andrew Young draws upon experience to promote economic empowerment

If Memphis ever is to reach the level of Atlanta regarding “minority business ownership,” the word “intentionality” is going to have to be embraced at a far greater level. That was a message elevated to priority status during a Wednesday afternoon press conference associated with...

Film, fellowship puts Memphian Jamey Hatley on course for the big screen

Jamey Hatley is from Walker Homes and while debates still rage over whether that’s in Whitehaven or Westwood, there is no question that Hatley’s writing career is on an upward trajectory. Hatley is the recipient of the inaugural Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Fellowship in Screenwriting....

Youth boxers from Memphis, Arkansas set to square off for Boxing at The Pipkin 4

Things will be a bit different when the gloves start flying in the next installment of the Boxing at the Pipkin series. First off, it will be a Saturday (June 8) and that’s a change from the Wednesday affairs that have packed the Pipkin Building...

Social justice warrior Alice Marie Johnson is dancing free

After 21 years in federal prison, Alice Marie Johnson sprinted across a roadway near where she had been locked up. Waiting were family, friends and social justice warriors. Last Friday and nearly a year later, many of those same people and many others were in...

LEGACY: The Rev. Ralph White – A ‘servant’ to the end

God, love and ministry was a trinity embodied by the life of the Rev. Ralph White, the servant-oriented pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in South Memphis. Rev. White was officiating a funeral when he passed away Saturday. “So very sorry to hear. He...

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,...