Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A ‘wake-up call’ for workplace equality

As an element in the yearlong observance of The New Tri-State Defender’s “Road to 70 and Beyond!” anniversary – the TSD has embarked on an exploration of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), a business strategy embraced worldwide to increase company success.  DEI programs at FedEx,...

Emmy winner’s success message to Memphis: “You ‘can’ have it”

Andre Davis Jr. knows it’s important to share how he rose from being a talented African-American teen in Memphis – who loved music and theater – to becoming an award-winning producer in Hollywood. Davis and six other African-American producers earned a daytime Emmy Award for...

Examining Ford’s move to build nation’s largest EV Plant in West Tennessee

Ford Motor Co. has announced plans to build America’s largest electric truck and battery plant at the Memphis Regional Megasite near Stanton, Tennessee in Haywood County. Located between Memphis and Jackson, the site covers 4,000 acres of industrial land developed in 2012. Stanton – a 50-mile,...

‘Tale of Two Cities’ discussion spotlights impact of sudden disruptions on MWBE businesses

In Philadelphia, about 67 percent of the city’s minority enterprises were not “technology ready” when COVID-19 disrupted business as usual, said Della Clark, president and CEO of The Enterprise Center, a minority business development agency there. Clark, a 28-year minority enterprise expert, spoke during the...

Inside the city’s We Mean Business symposium

Millions of dollars in new minority contract opportunities were announced yesterday during day-one of the city’s 6th annual We Mean Business symposium. “Ensuring that all businesses have a fair opportunity to do business with city government is a top priority for me,” said Mayor Jim...

Black Business Association turns to Ernest Strickland

The Black Business Association of Memphis, a leader in minority business growth and development for the city, has named Ernest Strickland as its new president and chief executive officer. He began his new job Thursday (April 1).  Strickland, who has served the Greater Memphis Chamber...

SCS’ focus on 3rd grade reading skills, learning loss

Shelby County Schools has a new plan to ensure more students enter third grade at third-grade reading level.  The plan comes as the state strengthens laws on student retention. Starting in 2022, the new law requires students to be held back in second grade if they...

Gov. Lee talks virus, vaccines, health disparities and more

Shelby County’s stumbles with vaccine distribution, Tennessee’s pandemic recovery and the state’s plan for improving African-American health disparities exposed during the ongoing public health emergency punctuated Gov. Bill Lee’s exchange with the Tennessee Press Association this week. Lee has committed $200 million to counties and...

Vaccines arrive for Tennessee!

Vaccines to prevent the deadly coronavirus disease in Tennessee are expected to arrive Thursday (Dec. 17), according to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH). Healthcare workers in hospitals across the state will be first to receive the initial batch of 56,000 doses produced by Pfizer.  A second...

Quartet of partners envision more Black doctors for Memphis

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH), Meharry Medical College, University of Memphis (UofM) and Church Health Center have signed an agreement to increase the number of Black medical students from Memphis. Through new educational strategies, the partnership will produce more Black physicians and clinical experts to...