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Golden Leaf Church to install long-time member as pastor

by Michelle Wilson Bradley -- Vinvecca B. Gray will be officially installed as the senior pastor at Golden Leaf Church, 1439 N. Hollywood, on April 7 at 3 p.m. “I am still in awe (as to) what God has done,” said Gray. “I grew up in...

Life lessons I learned on a mission trip to Haiti

by Shambreon Richardson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender A mission trip to Haiti in January left lasting impressions and life-lessons that have affected my spiritual orbit for the better. I mentioned my journey during a meeting with my internship supervisor at The New Tri-State Defender....

Discovery, unity built into Soulful Food Truck Festival

  by Shambreon Richardson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Tucked on the backside of Black Restaurant Week, the Soulful Food Truck Festival generated positive vibes that had attendees going in and out of Clayborn Temple in pursuit of mulitiple options to have good times. There was...

“WE READY!” – Fans hope Memphis 901 FC helps spur interest in soccer among African Americans

By Shambreon Richardson, Special to TSDMemphis.com On the scoreboard, Memphis 901 FC did not win their inaugural game, an 0-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 9. Memphis gave up a goal early and never recovered. “Yeah, the result was disappointing, we wanted to...

EYE ON DEVELOPMENT: Memphis 3.0 – A starting point for what you should know

by Dena L. Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender How can Memphis reduce blight? How will its citizens gain more access to jobs through public transportation? How will the city make neighborhoods safer? These questions are debated daily in social media, offices and homes by...

This girl on ‘fire’ after Black Enterpise’s Women of Power Summit

by Nyah Nile, Special to The New Tri-State Defender This girl – me – is “going to slay her lane and she is on fire!” The source of my blaze is the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit held at The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las...

Gabrielle Union was in real-talk mode at UofM event

by Harlan McCarthy -- Actress, activist, author and star of the upcoming television drama "L.A.’s Finest," Gabrielle Union-Wade was welcomed to a loud round of applause by a sold-out crowd at the Michael D. Rose Theatre on Wednesday night. Commonly known as Gabriel Union, she spoke...

New Sardis welcomes 17th class of ‘Memphis Living Legends’

by Michelle Wilson Bradley, Special to The New Tri-State Defender More than 800 people attended the 17th annual “Memphis Living Legends 2019” service at New Sardis Baptist Church on Feb. 24. “This is a day of celebration where we honor so many, who mean so much...

JNJ Express, Inc. targets American Way site for headquarters move

by Dena Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender JNJ Express, Inc., a family-owned transportation and logistics company based in Memphis, TN, has announced plans to move its current headquarters to the vacant retail center at 5000 American Way. The plan involves an $8.3 million investment...

Kingsbury student: We need student representation on SCS Board

by Ortavia Easly, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Students in Shelby County Schools feel like they do not have a voice when it comes to issues that affect them. Many students feel unmotivated to attend school because issues like school cleanliness, lunch food and other...