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Years after playing for John Thompson Jr., Memphis-born former Georgetown player still carries life lessons

Over the course of the late John Thompson Jr.’s legendary coaching career at Georgetown University, it’s no stretch to say he touched the lives of hundreds of young men from across the nation, leaving a lasting impact on his players both on and off...

About the NBA Player boycott and voting at FedExForum . . .

Despite being in the NBA’s “bubble” in Orlando, when news of the shooting of Jacob Blake Jr. in Kenosha, Wisc. ricocheted across the nation, it hit close to home for the Milwaukee Bucks. After all, the Bucks play less than an hour’s drive from Kenosha,...

GRITGRINDGRIZZ: Despite missing playoffs, #GRZNXTGEN gives us hope for next season – whenever that is

Quick show of hands: If I'd told you at the end of the 2019 NBA season that your freshly blown up and rebuilding Memphis Grizzlies would narrowly miss the 2020 NBA Playoffs in Orlando by losing an August play-in game to the Portland Trailblazers,...

Local Alpha Phi Alpha chapter closing in on $20K March of Dimes fundraising goal

Each year, The March of Dimes' "March for Babies" campaign raises funds to support mothers and families who have children that are born prematurely. And even as COVID-19 cases spiral upward locally, Damon Hunter, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., makes a...

A ‘Frank’ conversation about race, slavery and the Mississippi flag

Frank Hurdle and I have a number of things in common. We are both born and raised in Holly Springs, sons of respected families in the town. Though he’s a few years older than me, we both went to Ole Miss. We both were...

Rust College new president settles in amid uncertainty

How does one go from being mayor of a major city to being president of a small HBCU in rural Mississippi? It’s a question Dr. Ivy Taylor has answered frequently since being tapped as the new president of Rust College in Holly Springs. Connecting the...

Rust College’s new president looking to connect ‘people to opportunity’

At Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., one history-making college president is about to be replaced by another. Dr. Ivy Taylor, who served as mayor of San Antonio, Texas for three years, is set to become president of the tiny liberal arts college – the...

Ida B. Wells-Barnett — A real mother for you!

As an African-American journalist born and raised in Holly Springs, Miss., you’d think I’d have known more about my hometown’s favorite daughter growing up. But I didn’t. Then again, I guess it’s not so surprising that I didn’t know much about Ida B. Wells-Barnett. It’s...

West Memphis mayor fights Covid-19 from ‘unique position’

Just in case you forget just how close West Memphis, Ark. is: Despite being separated by a river and a state line, it only takes about 15 minutes to get from West Memphis City Hall to Regional One Medical Center by car. Which is to...

‘Trapped’ at home with a playful toddler, Job 1 is: wear him out

My son is kicking my a$$. And it’s not even close. He’s 2, bursting with energy. I’m . . . okay, fine, I’m eligible for AARP. It’s not a fair fight. This was a manageable problem just a few months ago, when, y’know, I had a...
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