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Emerle Dianne Smith, mother of The New Tri-State Defender's late publisher, Bernal E. Smith II, passed away at Methodist University Hospital on Thursday (Feb. 21) -- four days before her 75th birthday. A dedicated and devoted sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Mrs. Smith was with family when she...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9rOTc8dMzY&feature=youtu.be by Katina L. Rankin Yes, I’m a local television anchor. I make a decent living, but I do not make enough to go overseas on a whim.  However, I know GOD’s voice.  I’ve heard HIS voice many times. For example, HE told me to call off my wedding the day...
Memphis Urban League, a non-profit, nonpartisan, community-based organization that provides direct services and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their full potential, has launched its Bernal E. Smith II Empowerment Center. The center is an extension of the the Memphis Urban League's “Save Our Sons” Initiative, with thanks...
The 100 Black Men of Memphis chapter this week got a $20,000 boost from the Shelby County Board of Commissioners in the group’s effort to raise funds for the scholarship named in honor of Bernal E. Smith II, the late publisher of The New Tri-State Defender. Backing – and adding...
The beat of African drums performed by Kindred Spirit and African cuisine prepared by two of Memphis' premiere chefs was part of a premiere showing of "Black Panther" at the Malco Cordova Cinema Thursday evening. The Redwing Group coordinated the rich cultural experience, along with others sponsors, including state Rep. Karen...
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 North Memphis and in this...
Shocking and repugnant is how Criminal Court Judge Lee V. Coffee described a report on Sherra Wright’s run-ins with jail staff just a day before her bond hearing on Wednesday morning. Coffee cited the report before setting a $20 million bond for Wright, who is suspected of masterminding the plot...
The name Beverly Robertson answers who has been named interim president and chief executive officer of the Greater Memphis Chamber. The person that Robertson is – and long has been – speaks to the quality of the choice. The selection of Robertson, who worked for Holiday Inn Worldwide for 19...
O. C. Pleasant Jr., former chairman of the Shelby County Election Commission and a Memphis Branch NAACP stalwart, passed away on Sunday. Pleasant served on the commission for 30 years. For many, Ocie C. “O.C.” Pleasant Jr. was the quintessential chairman of the Election Commission. He served from 1979 to 2009 and was...
Pensacola, Fla. native Jarl T. “J.T.” Young has decided to leave the community that family, friends and acquaintances say he loves. He’s on track to move to Memphis as the next president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division. The choice of Mayor Jim Strickland, Young’s appointment is...