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The Tri-State Defender is a weekly newspaper and daily online news resource published in Memphis, Tennessee, serving the African-American communities in Memphis and nearby areas of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. It bills itself as “The Mid-South’s Best Alternative Newspaper”.

The Tri-State Defender is powered by BEST Media Properties, Inc., a Tennessee Corporation established by current TSD President and Co-Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II.

Our publication’s editorial leader – Executive Editor, Dr. Karanja A. Ajanaku ensures journalistic integrity and manages content from a roster of well respected African-American writers including: Lee Eric Smith, financial advice from Charles Sims, movie reviews and more from Kam Williams, and much, much more!

We report on local relevant content effecting Memphis Tennessee and it’s metropolitan area as well as relevant news affecting the African-American community. Our subjects include metro news, sports, entertainment, business, national news, opinion, and more.