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TSDtv — History: Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Stadium and The Memphis Red Sox

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Memphis is known as a hoops town now. But for a big chunk of the 20th Century, baseball was king. And for African Americans in Memphis, that probably meant being a fan of the Memphis Red Sox -- and going to games at the...

TSDtv — History: Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy That Launched the 1968 Sanitation Strike

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This journey into Memphis' not-so-hidden history has been fascinating -- both for what I'm learning and because of the amazing reception it's gotten. Last week, we debuted the first two clips in our series, featuring The People's Grocery Lynchings and the story of The University...

Cardi B, Charlie Wilson among headliners for 2019 Beale St. Music Festival

Cardi B, who recently became the first female to receive Best Rap Album honors at the Grammys, will be among the first-time headliners at the 2019 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. Fresh off of a record-setting 2018, the Memphis in May Beale Street...

Memphis says goodbye to Marc Gasol as Grizzlies blow up roster

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Wow. So, of course we were suspecting that Marc Gasol, Mike Conley or both would be traded by Thursday's trade deadline. But the Grizzlies went MUCH further, sending Garrett Temple, JaMychal Green and Shelvin Mack away as well, and waiving Omri Casspi. It's literally a...

Why are people still talking about Eddie Lee Smith Jr.?

Thirty years ago this year, in 1989, my father, Eddie Lee Smith Jr., made history as the first African American elected mayor of my hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi. It was a pretty big deal at the time, though when you think about it, it...

New TSD video series tells forgotten history of Memphis

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https://youtu.be/v1tPscj-1tM As we here at The New Tri-State Defender pause to reflect on African-American History Month, my own journey has brought me to make these bold recommendations to the Shelby County School Board and interim Superintendent Joris Ray: There should be a class called “The History...

Mike Singletary: EXPRESS yourself

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NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary knew exactly what he wanted to do after he retired from playing the game he loved. After a legendary 12-year career with the Chicago Bears -- including the celebrated 1985 Super Bowl champion squad – Singletary knew he...

In shadow of trade buzz, Conley leads Grizz to rousing 108-106 win over Timberwolves

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There are plenty of reasons to have been cheering for the Grizzlies to get this win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Maybe it's because of the painful way that the Grizzlies lost to this same team on a last second heave by Karl-Anthony Towns just...

‘History Hidden in Plain Sight’ – TSD debuts video series for African-American History Month

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I've observed an ironic paradox as I drive around the streets of Memphis. And it has to do with historical markers. On one hand, they were all erected to bring attention to the people and events that have shaped our communities, our city and the...

GritGrindGrizz: Should Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace keep his job?

Somehow, some way, your Memphis Grizzlies built a 25-point lead over the Denver Nuggets last Monday night. And even as they carried a 17-point lead into the final frame, they found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Nuggets win, 95-92....