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PERSPECTIVE: New blood pressure standards should not frighten

by Tiffany Everheart, Special to The New Tri-State Defender (The number of U.S. adults considered to have high blood pressure will increase dramatically under new guidelines implemented by medical experts last week. LPN Tiffany Evereart weighs in on the importance of the change.) My name is...

Where the ‘Breaking the Cycle of Delinquency’ symposium fell short

By Cardell Orrin Before-and-after success stories work because they’re shorthand for transformation. So when former youth offenders took the stage during a youth voice portion of the recent University of Memphis Public Safety Institute “Breaking the Cycle of Delinquency” symposium, the audience was keen to...

Stray bullets literally hit home for concerned single mom

At a young age, my doctor told me that I could not physically have children. So when I was pregnant with my son almost four years ago, I was petrified. My future was already bleak, considering I was homeless at the time. I looked into...

My Cousin Was Lynched. Here’s How It Changed My Life

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Hulton Archive/Getty Images I first learned of my cousin’s lynching when I was 10 years old. During the summer, I often spent time at my Uncle Johnny’s house, but that summer, my great-grandmother, a wizened old black woman whose face spoke of years of enduring the...

Why Black Faith Leaders Must Lead the Fight for Healthcare Access

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) First of all, despite the Trump Administration’s efforts to kill (“repeal and replace”) the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is still the law of the land, and because of the federal mandate, everyone is required to have some form...

COMMENTARY: Looking for the Win/Win with the Fairgrounds Redevelopment Plan

by Jerome Robinson Special to The New Tri-State Defender Mayor Jim Strickland and his team took the wraps off of the much talked about fairgrounds redevelopment plans on Monday night.  In the days leading up to this, city planners had already leaked news to the press...

Russia is meddling with black folks too — and we all should be angry about it

  I promise I'm going to dig into this in more depth when I have time. But even with Special Investigator Robert Mueller is handing out indictments, even while POTUS45 incessantly tweets nonsense about it being fake news, that isn't the biggest part of Russia's...

‘Go back and read a history book’: Roland Martin shuts down John Kelly’s Civil War comments

(MSNBC/Getty Images)On Monday, John Kelly gave an interview with Laura Ingraham in which he suggested that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man” and that the Civil War was simply a case of two parts of the country that couldn’t compromise.While Kelly’s...

COMMENTARY: Repeal instant runoff voting? Yes!

by Edmund Ford Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender Voting should be an easy, trusted process. Registered voters should be able to go to their precinct, provide proper ID, push the button for their choice of candidate for each race, and go home, knowing that...

COMMENTARY: Repeal instant runoff voting? No!

by Johnnie Turner and Steve Mulroy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In November 1974, the voters of Ann Arbor, Mich. approved the use of an innovative election method called Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). Five months later, IRV allowed the election of the first-ever African-American mayor, Albert...