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FOLLOW UP: Community meeting yields ‘God So Loved’ push

Radio personality Michael Adrian Davis put it plainly: “I just want to help in some way.” Davis was among those who answered the call to meet up Monday night (Nov. 20) at Bloomfield Baptist Church at 123 S. Parkway West. The summons of sort was issued...

SPOTLIGHT: Top 40 under 40 Urban Elite Professionals

All Toni Mason, CEO of Dazzle Creative Dance & Movement, needed was the question. She was more than ready to weigh in on the importance of the Top 40 under 40 Urban Elite Professionals gala. “It gives dynamic individuals and leaders a platform of recognition...

Stray bullets literally hit home for concerned single mom

At a young age, my doctor told me that I could not physically have children. So when I was pregnant with my son almost four years ago, I was petrified. My future was already bleak, considering I was homeless at the time. I looked into...

UPDATE: Towanda and Brianna Smith carry a commitment forward at West Cancer Clinic

Late 2010, Tammy Coleman received a devastating phone call from a close friend that forever changed her life. “She told me she had two years to live,” said Coleman. “When she told me it was from breast cancer, I literally had to pull over on...

‘Trafficked’ tracks the horror of sex trafficking

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Hundreds of women are kidnapped or manipulated into the world of human sex trafficking everyday. Profiting over 100 billion dollars a year, the trafficking industry has surpassed the combined profit margins of Google, Intel and Microsoft, making the illegal number one in the sex...

Level Up conference crafted with creativity, connectivity

If you’re an entrepreneur hesitant to make a leap of faith, or a business owner in need of an extra push, then this year’s Level Up conference should be on your growth-and-development list. Created by Cynthia Daniels & Co., the Oct. 13-14 conference is set...

For plus-size fashion, ‘The Weight is Over!’

The Halloran Centre was filled to capacity as fashion extraordinaire Ashley Dean, CEO of Dean’s House of Fashion, presented the fourth installment of her highly-anticipated runway show “The Weight is Over” on Sunday. Sponsored by plus-size retailer Lane Bryant, the show was dedicated to full-figured...

Tank’s ‘Savage’ Tour makes stop at New Daisy Theatre

Recording artist Tank electrified Memphis with a sold-out performance Sunday at The New Daisy Theatre. Billed as the Savage Tour, the R&B veteran crooned two hours worth of familiar tunes in addition to new music from his highly anticipated album “Savage” due for release on...

NIGHT OF MADNESS: A native Memphian’s account of a hail of gunfire on the Strip

by Dalisia Brye, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Myron Howell is an African American who plays drums for Nashville’s country music superstar Jake Owens. And while there is rarity in that, this story does not chronicle that aspect of Howell’s journey. Instead, this story accounts...

Yo Gotti the man drives Yo Gotti the star

Sold out! A packed house – 18,000-plus – filled with fans and others who just wanted to be part of the mix that turned out in support of rap star Yo Gotti and the fifth installment of his annual birthday bash.   Backstage at the FedExForum,...