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As Orange Mound celebrates its own history, times change – but pride, hope remain

It only took about 60-70 people to pack out the tiny Orange Mound Gallery at 2232 Lamar on Wednesday for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Orange Mound ‘s official annexation into the City of Memphis. The event was part of a full day...

Urban Land Institute workshop simulation offers real lessons about revitalizing neighborhoods

“City officials” approved a proposal from a real estate investment group called Ninth Avenue Village that will revitalize 5.5 blocks of an otherwise blighted section of Yorktown – a project to bring up to 1,350 jobs to the town. And if you’re wondering why you...

GritGrindGrizz: Wild NBA Draft Lottery restores hope and maybe a star in Ja Morant

Much like an NBA game, the momentum of an NBA franchise can shift suddenly and dramatically. Improbable comebacks occur. And what once looked like a guaranteed loss can rapidly turn into a nailbiter, maybe even a come-from-behind win. It’s why we love the game. Just...

Grizzlies land No. 2 pick in NBA Draft

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Well, conveying the pick will have to wait another year. Once it was announced that the Grizzlies didn't have the No. 9 pick during last night's NBA Draft Lottery, we knew they would keep this year's pick. The only question was how high would it...

GAME OF GROANS: Does the Grizzlies’ ruthless reset actually help anything?

The last time I talked to Mike Conley, at the Grizzlies final media session on April 11, he was laughing off whether or not it was time for another farewell speech. Not surprisingly, Conley wants to play for an NBA championship and doesn’t have much...

BREAKING: Wallace, Bickerstaff out in Grizzlies shakeup

Wow. So . . . Literally three hours before typing the words "Literally three hours" just now, I and TSD intern Shambreon Richardson were discussing what the coverage would be coming out of the Grizzlies end-of-season media availability. She was disappointed because she'd hoped to...

GritGrindGrizz: Seven burning questions for the Grizz this offseason

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Editor's note: This column was written before news broke of a Grizzlies shakeup that reassigns Chris Wallace to a scouting role. J.B. Bickerstaff has also reportedly been fired. The Grizzlies finished up their season Wednesday night with fireworks. Not actual fireworks, but they sure lit...

NBA star Kyle Korver gets real with himself and America on white privilege

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It's generally accepted that America is overdue for a serious conversation about race. Most often, when the words you just read appear together, the assumption is that it's time for white folks to get somewhere, sit down and try to comprehend the challenges that come...

Late game bumbles cost Grizzlies in OT thriller against Mavericks

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Sometimes, it's just how the ball bounces. The Grizzlies were up 112-110, with just seconds to play in regulation. And yet Dallas was able to secure one offensive rebound after another, until a final putback by Salah Mejri tied the game up and sent it...

SLIDESHOW: FIRST RODEO – Bill Pickett “Rodeo For Kidz Sake” wins new fans

Some of the magic of an event like the Bill Pickett Rodeo is ultimately how normal it all is, so to speak. Of course, the Bill Pickett Rodeo is the only touring rodeo featuring African American cowboys and cowgirls. That absolutely makes it special. But...