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BREAKING: City of Memphis releases hours of new Tyre Nichols video footage

https://vimeo.com/showcase/10146138 The City of Memphis has released hours of new video footage related to the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols — 44 new clips in total. The release comes months after a judge ordered the footage be made public. Like many of you, we at the...

The Rebirth of The Tri-State Defender

There are two fundamental truths you can count on in the news business.  One is unpredictability – anything can happen, at any time. The other one is that no matter how much that unpredictable event stuns or shocks you, if you’re a true professional, you...

Will Cerelyn ‘CJ’ Davis stay as Memphis Police Chief? Memphis City Council is set to decide

Is 2½ years enough time to start a new job in Memphis, get rid of bad cops in the police department and put a stop to violent crime? That, essentially, is the question facing the Memphis City Council as they meet today (Jan. 23) to...

ANALYSIS: With Ja Morant injured and out for season, should the Memphis Grizzlies blow it up?

Just as the Memphis Grizzlies and their fans were starting to believe Ja Morant would lead the team to The Play-In Tournament, news broke on Monday that Morant needs shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Morant injured himself over the weekend...

PHOTOS: Dozens participate in vigil marking grim anniversary of Tyre Nichols’ fatal beating by Memphis Police

On January 7, 2023, Tyre Nichols was mercilessly beaten by rogue Memphis police officers in a South Memphis neighborhood. He died a few days later. One year later, candlelight vigils were held in Memphis, Nichols' hometown of Sacramento, and in other cities seeking to keep...

After scuffle with Lebron, Jaren Jackson on Coach Taylor Jenkins: ‘That’s my dog . . . At all times, I know he’s got my back’

The Grizzlies notched a thrilling win against the Lakers on Friday, Jan. 5, but not without some heated moments.Memphis Grizzlies come from behind in thrilling win over LeBron, Lakers, 127-113 Specifically, in the third quarter, when both Lakers legend LeBron James and the Grizzlies' Jaren...

National NAACP circulating petition demanding Congress act on gun violence

Another day, another school shooting — this one happened yesterday (Jan 4) in Iowa, on the first day back from the holiday break. This one left one sixth-grader dead, and five others injured. Meanwhile, here in Memphis: On Wednesday, Fox13 reported a bullet flying through the...

Introducing The Tri-State Defender — Digital Edition (Jan. 4-10, 2024)

If you're looking for your familiar paper version of The Tri-State Defender -- as in one actually printed on paper -- well, you won't find it anywhere. We've gone digital! There are quite a few changes underway at The Tri-State Defender as we position ourselves...

WATCH: Paul Young sworn in as Memphis Mayor

https://www.youtube.com/live/B_kYltEJiBo?si=LK_Xf1rOkLSt0o7m No longer is it "Candidate" or "Mayor-Elect" Paul Young. It's The Honorable Mayor Paul Young. As is tradition for Memphis after city elections, Young and the men and women he will work with on the Memphis City Council were sworn in on New Year's Day...

IN MEMORIAM: Elmore Nickelberry, one of last remaining 1968 Sanitation Workers, dies at 92

In 2024, it's hard to believe that anyone would feel the need to walk around Downtown Memphis with a sign declaring in all caps: "I AM A MAN." It says something about the desperation of those garbage men that in 1968 they felt the...