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Karanja A. Ajanaku

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Holy Convocation! COGIC is bringing it back to Memphis

Four and a half months ago, Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. paused as he prepared to read “the word of the Lord” and made an announcement: the Holy Convocation likely would convene in Memphis in two to...

BOXING AT THE PIPKIN – Learning lessons on the road

Dakayln Wilson likes boxing. Strike the like, he loves boxing; that’s how the 11 year old ended up in Augusta, Ark., last Saturday evening. On Nov. 28, Wilson plans to be at the Memphis Fairgrounds – bobbing and weaving, snapping his jabs and executing his...

Area activists work to meet needs of detainees flowing through Memphis

Among the passengers that got off the Greyhound bus from Oklahoma about noon last Saturday were immigrants freshly released from detention centers near the U.S. southern border. Most did not speak English; many were children. A translator worked from one passenger or group of passengers...

Boxing at the Pipkin – the next step

The road to hosting a youth-oriented event dubbed Boxing at the Pipkin on Nov. 28 would be a much tougher path to cover without substantive participation of local law enforcement. This week, high-ranking brass placed the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office...

Going for governor, Karl Dean says, ‘If you want a change…you’ve got to vote’

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Five days before Election Day and within a few hours of the last day for Early Voting, Karl Dean arrived outside the polling place at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church to keep - as he described it - "plugging away." The former Nashville mayor knows he...

“Memphis Majic: The ‘J’ is for Jookin’ ”

“Memphis Majic” takes a look at the DNA of Memphis through the lens of a 30-year-old Memphis-born street dance called Jookin’. The documentary created by Memphis-born Eddie Bailey was selected for the 21st annual Indie Memphis Film Festival and will be playing on Sunday...

‘201 Poplar’ now Walter L. Bailey, Jr. Criminal Justice Center

"At long last this building famously known as '201 Poplar' will be given a real name," said newly-elected Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. That name is the Walter L. Bailey, Jr. Criminal Justice Center. A dedication service on a chilling Friday afternoon noted the renaming of...

Chancellor’s ruling would funnel relief to applicants with disputed voter registration forms

Mindful that Early Voting is more than two-thirds complete and that Election Day is Nov. 6, Chancery Court Judge JoeDae Jenkins on Thursday ruled in favor of plaintiffs seeking judicial helping regarding 4,000 to 6,000 disputed voter registration forms. The ruling came with an order...

Toward ‘Boxing at the Pipkin’

Two weeks after participating in the unveiling of an initiative pitched to “declare war on crime in our neighborhoods” and “rescue our youth,” Ike Griffith met with Mayor Jim Strickland. The director of the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services (MPLOY), Griffith set up...

Children’s book-mission yields ‘Aria’s Crown’ in series debut

People discover their missions in life in myriad ways, with others often the beneficiaries of the discovery. On Tuesday (Oct. 16), mission-minded Bettinita Harris debuted as a children’s book author, gifting readers with “Aria’s Crown.” Aria’s grandmother has been anticipating going to school with her...