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Grizzlies dominate the glass, get win over Lakers, 110-105

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By CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press The Lakers got a triple-double from LeBron James and 32 points from Brandon Ingram but still suffered another dent to their playoff hopes. Mike Conley had 30 points including key free throws in the final minute, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 20 points...

Poor People’s Campaign to hold bus tours of poverty areas

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By MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign will hold bus tours of poverty-stricken areas in more than 20 states to call attention to "what the national emergencies really are" in the wake of President Donald Trump's emergency declaration over the...

Tigers’ Jeremiah Martin named National Player of the Week

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A few days ago, Jeremiah Martin raised eyebrows when he said he felt like he was the best player on the best team with the best coach in the American Athletic Conference. Somewhere in there, he dropped 40+ points TWICE -- something that no Memphis...

With Jackson injured, Grizzlies fall to L.A. Clippers, 112-106

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The weirdest thing about watching this new-look version of the Memphis Grizzlies is that they are playing faster and more fun basketball, perhaps even being more competitive than they were two months ago — and I don't know who they are. We got to see...

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...