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Flint, Mich., which has been beset with a water crisis for several years, will receive $77.7 million in remaining federal funding to pay for water infrastructure improvements. The state of Michigan is releasing the funds, which come from a $120 million federal and state loan that was given to Flint...
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It’s no secret that hate crimes are on the rise since our alleged president was sworn into office. They show up in news reports on a near daily basis. In this latest example, a man in Greenwood, South Carolina, will go down in infamy as one of the worst...
Legendary photojournalist Dr. Ernest C. Withers was one of the most prolific photographers to document the lives of African Americans in Memphis. A new book on Dr. Withers’ early work is in the works, but several photos need identification. That’s where YOU come in! Are you a history buff? Perhaps...
Johnson Publishing Company (JPC), the Black-owned media enterprise that had once been a vanguard of African American culture and is responsible for launching EBONY and JET magazines, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chicago. The end of the company marks the demise of...
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The Guardian/YouTube We talk about it. We joke about it. We resent it. We reinforce it. We rage about it. Anyone who has lived this life as a black person—and especially, a black woman—knows all too well the loaded conversation that is colorism. It’s a worldwide epidemic, and not one unique...
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Taraji P. Henson has been doing the work, the work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness in the black community, and the urgency of the issue brought her to tears while she was being honored for her efforts at Variety magazine’s Power of Women New York lunch. In September,...
Here’s a celebrity wedding to keep an eye out for: CNN’s Don Lemon is officially engaged. The 53-year-old host of Tonight with Don Lemon announced the happy news on Instagram Sunday, showing off the unique proposal he received from his love, real estate agent Tim Malone, with help from...
MLK51 celebrated on April 4, 2019 produced myriad images associated with commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Downtown Memphis on April 4, 1968. The following images showcase a program at the National...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The face of the Me Too movement and one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” graced the University of Memphis Ballroom stage last Friday to share her “why” and her vision for the future of the movement. Tarana Burke, introduced by...
If you watch closely the mourning of Nipsey Hussle, you will notice that it feels a bit different than that of other rappers who departed too soon. He didn’t just connect with people through music, but through a business ethic and dedication to positive change that is a very...