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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. That led to this opportunity...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. Special to The New Tri-State Defender In 1973, Memphis was in a volatile situation: the Memphis Police Department and the African-American community were at war. The points of contentions were police brutality, the use of deadly force and the appointment and promotion of African-Americans...
by Raynard Jackson --  Last week, I wrote about the “State of the Black Union.” I used that column to talk about the state of the Black community and it seemed to catch on like wildfire. In a similar vein, since it is Black History Month, I want to discuss the...
by Shannon A. Brown --  We salute the Center for being a champion of enlightenment for people of all ages and backgrounds. And it’s truly an honor for us to serve as the presenting sponsor of “FedEx Free Day” where all visitors to the museum are receiving free admission. FedEx became...
by Howard Robertson -- I watched the 2019 Stupor Bowl. I have been watching Super Bowls since I was fourteen years old back in 1967. That was the very first one, by the way. I don’t blame the Patriots or the Rams for their offensively anemic performances. Although I’m not a...
Thirty years ago this year, in 1989, my father, Eddie Lee Smith Jr., made history as the first African American elected mayor of my hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi. It was a pretty big deal at the time, though when you think about it, it shouldn’t have been. I think...
Less than eight months ago, after delivering a speech to a room full of educators about teaching strategies to help educators acknowledge and heal from a history of racism in education, I took a seat to hear Gov. Ralph Northam speak. After expressing his commitment to educational justice, he...
by Howard Robertson --  Maybe you, like me, have joked and made fun of long suffering major league or collegiate sports teams and fans in cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati or our nemesis city of Atlanta. But if you are a Memphian, like me, we all need to pump the...
When I first heard of the movie “If Beale Street Could Talk” I got excited about the possibility of seeing the legendary Beale Street of Memphis on the big screen. To my utter disappointment this movie has nothing to do with the 1.8 mile-long street in Memphis. My disappointment is...
by Che Watkins -- Full disclosure: I only listen to National Public Radio and old school radio. Anything new on the radio and I probably won’t find out about for at least six to eight months.  My friends can verify this. We can be out and a hear a song and they’ll say, “Wow, that is the jam!...