Friday, May 29, 2020

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TSD Flash!: Local protesters, supporters push forward for ‘justice’

by Karanja A. Ajanaku and Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell -- “If you want protests to stop, stop the injustice,” said the Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher. “Protests are the response to the injustice. So, as long as there is injustice, you can expect protests.” Fisher, senior...

NAACP ‘Black Media Speaks’ forum omits voice of African-American newspapers

By Hazel Trice Edney -- (TriceEdneyWire.com) - A recent NAACP "Black Media Speaks" forum plummeted into a conversation in which the future of hard-copy, black-owned newspapers was all but pronounced dead. To the shock of some of the members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA),...

Reading with purpose: ‘Grand’ offers lesson-filled points of reference

by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- That little face holds so much expectation. You meet the eyes of your grandchild, and you know you have a big job ahead of you. She expects you to love her as much as she loves you, and you do. He figures...

Eleven CDCs net grants from $200,000-plus Community L.I.F.T. pool

Community L.I.F.T.  (LIFT) has awarded $212,212 in CDC Capacity Fund grants to 11 community development corporations (CDCs). This year’s recipients are Alcy Ball CDC, Crosstown CDC, The Heights CDC, Jacob’s Ladder, Midtown Memphis, Oasis of Hope, Power Center, Promise Development Corp., SCORE CDC, United Housing...

The virus did not stop this birthday!

by Tabitha McGuire --  My daughter, Talia Bliss, was born May 4, 2005. We have celebrated her birthday every year in some kind of way, whether it be a party, dinner with the family or just cake and ice cream. This year was to be...

Graduation uncertainty prompts a mother’s drive-by inspiration

by Iesha Wood -- I’m introducing my daughter, Leah Seals, a graduating senior representing Ridgeway High School’s class of 2020. Leah is the oldest of her siblings. She participated in FLBA, is a member of the National Honor Society, Choir and is also a proud...

LOC’d in with LOC: A graduate’s perspective

by James Yates -- Last weekend my Bachelor of Science degree in biology would have been conferred during LeMoyne-Owen College’s commencement ceremony. Although the Magician Class of Spring 2020 did not walk across a stage to receive our degrees, we can still reflect on our...

Living with COVID-19 — Part VII

by Jerome Wright -- At 6 a.m. Monday (May 11), William Gandy Jr. was back behind his barber’s chair quaffing a customer for the first time since mid-March, when Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland ordered nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of the COVID-19...

Health disparities and COVID-19: Q&A with Dr. Andrea Willis

COVID-19 has left no community untouched. Infecting more than 1 million Americans and resulting in the deaths of more than 75,000 people as of May 8, the coronavirus has taken an especially dramatic toll on African Americans and other communities of color. While the nation...

TSU provides emergency grants to students from CARES Act funding

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee State University will use $7.2 million in federal aid to help students and support institutional needs as a result of COVID-19. The funds are being provided to TSU as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The...