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The home-going service for Bernal E. Smith II, publisher of The New Tri-State Defender and a committed servant leader, has been set for Friday. Mr. Smith died at his home Sunday afternoon. His wife, Towanda Smith, said doctors attributed his death to natural causes. He was 45. Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood located at...
As the fifth anniversary of Lorenzen Wright’s unsolved homicide loomed, freelance journalist Kelvin Cowans reached out to Wright’s widow for an interview. She agreed. They met at a coffee shop, did the interview and then talked for hours afterwards. The interview, which coincided with Wright’s desire to pitch her book,...
Heritage Tours, which principal operator Elaine Turner describes as the state’s first African-American-owned tour company, no longer is overseeing the blue-and-white shotgun house that reflects the meager beginnings of W.C. Handy, renowned as the “Father of the Blues.” Situated on the east end of the Beale Street Entertainment District, the...
Attorney Van Turner Jr. made his way to a seat reserved for him at the front of the room at the Panhellenic Building on the campus of the University of Memphis, where Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. was celebrating the principle of Imani (faith) on the last day of Kwanzaa. Widely known...
By Lee R. Watkins, Special to TSDMemphis.com The number of U.S. adults considered to have high blood pressure will increase dramatically under new guidelines implemented by medical experts on Monday. The guidelines, published by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, were presented at the association’s 2017 Scientific...
by T. LaShaun Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender After 25 years of leading the congregation at New Sardis Baptist Church, Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray, Jr., will retire next month, culminating an illustrious run at the historic church. “You followed and supported me in civic, political and international issues that...
A new public education fellowship for people of color will spotlight issues of equity and connect stakeholders of diverse backgrounds in the quest to improve student achievement across Tennessee. Sixteen people in the first class of Mosaic Fellows were named this week by the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition in conjunction...
By The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com Jesus was a poor black peasant preacher. Jesus led a religious and political revolution against Rome. Jesus’s revolutionary behavior and public proclamations got him executed – or what we’ve come to call “crucified” – by the Roman state. Most people, Christians included,...
Thirteen days after he crosses the finish line on Dec. 1 during the 2018 St. Jude Marathon Weekend, the Rev. James Nelson will be in Bethesda, Md. at the National Institutes of Heath Clinical Center. Doctors there will insert a needle – the size of an air pump needle –...
The New Tri-State Defender has learned that Sherra Wright, the widow of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright, has been arrested in connection with her ex-husband's murder. TSD Executive Editor Karanja Ajanaku will be reporting from a press conference set for 9 a.m. today. More details to come.