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by Howard Robertson Special to The New Tri-State Defender My family and black colleges go way back. For the roughly five generations black colleges have even existed, my family relationships with them are easily traced back through four of them. My grandparents met as students at LeMoyne Normal School in Memphis....
 By Kelvin Cowans, Special to TSDMemphis.com Watching the evening news, I am reminded of my life and how it once swung as if a pendulum – with destruction to one side, tragedy on the other and success in the resting point. From the stream of clips about crime it’s easy...
By now, no one should be surprised that Kanye West is a fan of President Donald Trump. It’s been months since he first posted a selfie wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, so the surprise should be gone. And yet, there we were again Monday morning, talking about West...
By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) was the first member of the Congressional Black Caucus to leave his job after the “MeToo” hashtag galvanized women to speak up about sexual misconduct, harassment and more. Too bad that impetus did not float up to the top, where...
by Edmund Ford Jr. Nationally, people have been making relevant noise about how dark money should not influence their elections. I believe in transparency and disclosure in government as well in campaigns. Unfortunately, this did not occur in our local November elections. In October 2018, there were four Memphians that filed...
“I find it interesting that Webster’s dictionary provides definitions for the word “father” as a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means “a man who has begotten a child”; as a verb, it means “to take the responsibility for.” – Bernal E. Smith II This year Father’s Day,...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher Special to The New Tri-State Defender “Our ancestors died for our right to vote,” was once a persuasive appeal to get apathetic citizens involved in the electoral process. Those days are far gone. To engage potential voters in the 21st century, especially those under the age of...
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...
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 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 of a plan to mothball...