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The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday to close a northeast Memphis charter high school. Board members Joyce Dorse-Coleman, Stephanie Love, Michelle Robinson McKissack, Scott McCormick, Shante Avant, Billy Orgel, and Kevin Woods, Miska Clay Bibbs voted in favor of closing Gateway University at the end of this school year....
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland unveiled a new community fund for infrastructure improvements in neighborhoods as part of his State of the City address Monday at The Links at Whitehaven. He also said he will be offering eight properties for investment and that construction on the long-awaited improvements to Elvis Presley...
“You have to break through all of that sexism and racism. You have to really confront that all of the time.” By Christina Cauteruci There’s a crew of new women in Congress who’ve become fast friends since the election. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have become...
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by John Minchillo --  PARK HILLS, Ky. — A Catholic high school student whose close encounter with a Native American activist and a black religious sect was captured on video in Washington, D.C. says he has nothing to apologize for. Nick Sandmann told NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday that he had...
The Shelby County Commission on Monday sent a $1.3 million design proposal for a new juvenile justice facility back to committee after most members determined there were still questions to be answered before proceeding with the project. The Juvenile Justice and Education Center would include housing, educational and recreational components....
By Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus In 1986, on her award-winning “Control” album, singer-songwriter Janet Jackson asked: “What have you done for me lately?” This is a question the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is asked a lot. Well, here’s our latest answer to that...
By Michelle Obama In the summer of 1975, Dr. Joseph A. Lavizzo, Jr., the principal at Bryn Mawr Elementary School in South Shore at the time, wrote a letter to this newspaper. In it, he defended his school from a vitriolic opinion piece that had been published a week earlier,...
By Micha Green Cordelia Cranshaw was crowned Miss District of Columbia USA on Dec. 8, yet her road to queen was not easy. Having already worked to empower young people through her own story and growth, Cranshaw is now using her platform to further inspire others. Cranshaw, is one out of...
Expressing concern about the protracted way the Memphis City Council is moving to fill the vacant District 1 position, Memphis Branch NAACP President Deidre Malone is asking for citizen engagement. "We are asking our members and all citizens who believe in fair and equitable representation to contact their City Council...
Memphis City Council Chairman Berlin Boyd adjourned a fourth straight meeting without a quorum Friday, announcing that the next scheduled session is set for 10 a.m. next Tuesday. The 13-member council is three members short because of members who won election to positions with the county. And since last Tuesday,...