Saturday, July 31, 2021

Karanja A. Ajanaku

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Calling Dr. Michelle Taylor: The County Mayor wants you to run the Health Department!

Fielding yet another request to direct a journalist seeking Dr. Michelle Taylor, a guard on duty at the Vasco A. Smith Jr. County Administration Building remarked, “She must be an important person.” For the guard and many others in Memphis and Shelby County, getting to...

Bringing history to life a driving force for new National Civil Rights Museum president

Twenty years ago, then Rhodes College professor Russell Wigginton approached the Tri-State Defender looking to access the newspaper’s archives for his students to write research papers. That outreach evolved to him writing the first 50-year history of the newspaper. Calling the experience “one of my...

Rolling out ‘901 WRAP’ as another crime-solving tool

“Violent crime in this city has gone berserk” and our streets are “like rivers of blood,” the Rev. Bill Adkins said matter-of-factly while amplifying the need for the new 901 Witness Relocation Assistance Program detailed on Monday. “You know it and I know it,” added...

How BLP Studios was born to tell ‘our’ stories

Venturing to bring home to me the practicality of building an 85-acre movie campus owned by African Americans, Jason Farmer had me imagine telling – via a film – the story of The New Tri-State Defender. “If I wanted to shoot the story about the...

Bell to ring anew for Golden Gloves boxing in Memphis

Anchored in Memphis for 35 years, the Mid-South Golden Gloves will return next month after a 50-plus year absence. Hosted in North Little Rock, Arkansas since 1990 after a 19-year stay in Jackson, Tennessee, the high-profile regional boxing event box is coming back through a...

Tri-State Bank maps a future with ‘Liberty’

Founded in 1946 to “constructively change community conditions,” Tri-State Bank of Memphis is on course to be acquired by New Orleans-based Liberty Bank and Trust Company, the largest African-American-owned financial institution in the U.S. The boards of directors of each company have approved the transaction,...

House speaker: Permitless carry law does not set up more gun violence

During a Q&A session Tuesday with members of the Tennessee Press Association (TPA), House Speaker Cameron Sexton took issue with those who argue that the new “Constitutional Carry” law harms the effort in Shelby County to stem gun violence. The push to heighten awareness about...

TSD ‘LET’S GO HERE PODCAST’: SCS unveils back-to-class roadmap

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OPINION: Free press, local government oversight of quasi-agencies and nonprofits – or the lack thereof

Curtis Weathers recently wrote a compelling piece on the educational opportunities provided by the tragic events at our nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6.  While sad, the event offers robust national civic exploratory inquiry into the U.S. Constitution, impeachment process, First Amendment and social media.  The only...

Grizzlies open 2-game set with loss as James leads Lakers

“We were doing a lot of jostling with Memphis,” LeBron James said after the Lakers turned backed the Grizzlies 108-94 at FedExForum on Sunday. “At the start of the fourth, I wanted to try and implement myself and my scoring a little bit more. Get...