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Rapper Meek Mill is in the New York Times this week with a powerful op-ed on criminal justice reform. If you remember, in November 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philly native to two to four years–claiming he violated his probation. Upon his early release in April 2018, he has led...
by L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender The term actualize means to make a reality by action. If we are to really celebrate Thanksgiving 2018, let us transform the celebration into an action plan. The thing to do is focus on the needs of others...
by Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher and Sijuwola Crawford #UPTheVote901 was launched in November 2017 to increase voter turnout in Memphis and Shelby County. The last 12 months have been spent engaging conversation around political power, information and representation and there is a lot more work that needs to be...
By Liberty Vittert, Washington University in St Louis (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Donald Trump has waved the words “stop and frisk” around like a banner call to cure violent crime in American cities. That means it’s time to take...
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by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender The Shelby County Criminal Justice Complex was in dire need of a re-branding. For decades, it was known as the “just us criminal complex.”  It was infamously known as simply 201 Poplar, symbolic of disproportionate arrest and...
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Admit it: Sometimes you go out of your way to avoid a homeless person.   So do I. I’m not proud to say it, but it’s true. If I can’t cross the street to evade them, I search my brain for my pre-programmed “no” response to their inevitable request for...
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 Margaret Hagerman, Mississippi State University (THE CONVERSATION) In America’s children, we often see hope for a better future, especially when it comes to reducing racism. Each new generation of white people, the thinking goes, will naturally and inevitably be more open-minded and tolerant than previous ones. But do we have any...
The streets near my house hum with the sounds of city life. Steady beats of urban music blare from passing cars. Police and emergency-vehicle sirens scream for attention. Parades of well-dressed professionals march by each morning on their way to work. By day, the historical streetscapes come alive with people...