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Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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‘Bicentennial Beatdown’ buildup rumbles at the Hard Rock

There was plenty of trash talk and bluster, which seemed to be just what a boxing-hungry crowd at the Hard Rock Café was looking for Friday morning in advance of the "Bicentennial Beatdown" on May 17. “It’s momentum, momentum, momentum,” said Ron Redwing of the...

‘Legal giant’ Russell B. Sugarmon Jr. passes at 89

In late July of 1963, attorney Russell Bertram Sugarmon Jr., had a near-death experience. A bullet was fired into the car he was riding in with two other attorneys and a minister as they crossed over into Collierville during a return trip from a...

LEGACY: Russell Bertrand Sugarmon – civil rights ‘giant’

Tributes to civil rights “giant” and attorney, Russell Bertrand Sugarmon flooded the Internet Monday as news spread quickly of his death. One of the most touching tributes came from his daughter, Elena DeCosta Williams, who took to Facebook to express her love and admiration. “To the...

Missing teen resonates in the hearts of family, friends and fellow students

The entire student body at Memphis Academy of Health Sciences hosted a program on Thursday afternoon for a missing student who no one has seen or heard from since last year. “Hearts for Johniah: An Ongoing Celebration of Love” brought back front and center Johniah...

Saying ‘romance’ with a trip to the Black Bridal & Beauty Expo

“…First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes a baby in a baby carriage…” Some would remember this popular children’s rhyme 40 years ago. Today, love and marriage is something, altogether, different. The old rule doesn’t apply anymore. In fact, the new rule is “Anything goes.”   “Weddings...

FedEx Logistics to take up residence in Downtown Memphis

Governor Bill Lee on Tuesday morning announced that FedEx Logistics was making it's global headquarters in Downtown Memphis. The Gibson Guitar building will be the home of Memphis-based FedEx Corp.'s specialty services and trade unit. The announcement was made at the corner of Lt. George W....

Multicultural gathering touts diversity in legal community

Diversity of contributions in the legal community was the cause for celebration as hundreds filled the scenic ballroom of the Guest House at Graceland for the second Unity in Diversity Scholarship Banquet event. Featured speaker was the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater,...

‘Spiritual parents’ throw surprise party for man who broke into their church

Two weeks ago, 24-year-old DeAndre Bramlett felt hopeless and alone. He had no job, no prospects, and no money to take care of his son, Kamyron, only a year old. Tuesday, he turned 25. And in all his 25 years, DeAndre had never had a...

Boxing at the Pipkin 2 – another hit

It was crazy, good, fun designed to be another step in getting a youth boxing revolution to take hold in Memphis. “Boxing at the Pipkin 2” on the campus of the old Fairgrounds brought out families from Memphis and the Mid-South to watch budding, young...

Poverty probe examines mass-incarceration link and more

Mass incarceration of African Americans in Memphis and Shelby County has “kept us in poverty,” according to Dr. Demetria Frank, associate professor of law at the University of Memphis and executive director of Project MI (Mass Incarceration). “Putting people in jail keeps us in poverty...