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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...

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo provides rare glimpse at African American cowboys, cowgirls

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The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo saddles up at Agricenter International this weekend, showcasing some of America’s top African-American cowboys and cowgirls. And if you thought black folk don’t go to rodeos, let alone ride bulls and rope calves in them, you’re in for a...

GAME OVER: Memphis’ spring romance with Express over as AAF cuts season short

On Jan. 3, the Alliance of American Football was holding training camp for all eight of its teams at the same time and place: San Antonio, Texas. On Feb. 4, an unusually balmy day just after The Super Bowl, I was at the Liberty Bowl...

Historic Marker unveiled at gravesite of “People’s Grocery lynchings”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gyp5b0wbGQ I'm originally from Holly Springs, Mississippi, the birthplace of legendary journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. As mayor, my dad helped make sure her birth site was preserved and it's now the location of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum. I'm not saying I know...

IN THE MAIL: “Effectively research before publishing false or inaccurate information”

The New Tri-State Defender welcomes letters and comments from our readers. To submit yours, visit our submission form and put "In The Mail" on the "Story/Idea Summary" line. by Julian D. Cross My name is Julian Cross and I am a senior at The Memphis Central...

IN THE MAIL: Holeyfield: “We don’t need new schools”

The New Tri-State Defender welcomes letters and comments from our readers. To submit yours, visit our submission form and put "In The Mail" on the "Story/Idea Summary" line. by Mabra Holeyfield I have read several articles…about plans to tear down and rebuild schools. The reason given...