Monday, July 13, 2020

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Millennials probe ways to amp up their voting power

Millennial voters are expected to have a major impact in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, after a historic voter turnout in the 2018 midterms. More than 100 of the demographic group convened last Saturday (March 7) at LeMoyne-Owen College for the second regional Black Millennial...

‘The Banker’ draws stars to Memphis for one of ‘our stories’

Stories like this need to be told. It’s the shared sentiment echoed by award-winning actors Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Nia Long as they discussed the upcoming film, “The Banker.” The trio premiered the movie at a special screening at the National Civil Rights Museum,...

Bloomberg talks one-on-one with The TSD

Michael Bloomberg said he “gets” the African-American community, vowing to pursue an agenda that highlights his commitment to “right the wrongs of racial inequalities,” if elected President of the United States. In Memphis last Friday for a rally at Minglewood Hall in Midtown, the billionaire...

Running ‘to beat Trump,’ Bloomberg embraces Memphis

A three-word chant – “We want Mike” – reverberated through Minglewood Hall in Midtown as former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg made a pre-Super Tuesday presidential tour stop on Friday morning. “If you want Mike, and I hope you do, first we have to...

Mayor Harris amplifies on State of the County

There is more to be done. That is the theme Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris hammered home throughout his second State of the County address delivered Feb. 21 at Collierville High School. He echoed the same sentiments days later when we met for a one-on-one...

Early Voting numbers are in; Super Tuesday is March 3

Early voting for the presidential primary election has concluded in Shelby County and now Tennessee voters are preparing for Super Tuesday on March 3. It is called Super Tuesday because it is when the greatest number of states hold presidential primary elections and caucuses. Those...

Harris frames we-can-do-more picture for County

An investment in education – specifically the possibility of a new school in Frayser – was among the focus areas highlighted by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris in a 2020 State of the County address themed “We can do more.” In a 30-minute speech to...

Panel probes role, responsibility of the black press

The impact of the black press was at the forefront, as the Memphis Association of Black Journalists hosted “Salute to Black Media,” a panel discussion held at the National Civil Rights Museum Saturday. “We’ve been depending on black media since the beginning; and thank God...

MATA nets CIP funding from County Commission

For the first time in Shelby County’s history, the County Commission will contribute yearly funding to public transit. During the Feb.10 commission meeting, an ordinance was passed on the final reading that dedicated 1.5 percent of the Shelby County capital budget to Memphis Area Transit...

In a ground-game move, Bloomberg opens Memphis office

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has carved out his own lane in pursuit of the Democratic Party’s nomination for President, opened his Bluff City headquarters on Thursday. Early voting in the Tennessee Presidential Preference Primary begins Wednesday (Feb. 12) and runs through...