Friday, September 30, 2022

Karanja A. Ajanaku

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‘Penny’ proves, again, that he’s worth his weight in gold

In what he acknowledged as “a great environment of Black excellence,” Penny Hardaway delivered a keynote message threaded with his God-embracing belief that getting involved in young people’s lives at the deepest level possible is a reward in and of itself. It was, he said,...

‘The Classic’ comes through when Memphis needs a hug

The 33rd Annual Southern Heritage Classic is once again embracing Memphis for several days this week with thousands expected to return to the hug. And this year, with all the talk about it being the last pitting Tennessee State University and Jackson State University in...

All in a day’s doing, a rampaging shooter kills four

Four dead; three others wounded. Seven shootings coursed over approximately 19.5 hours. Swaths of the state’s second-largest city were sheltered in place on the recommendation of law enforcement. And, the accused perpetrator of the mayhem is back behind bars after having been released early from...

Voting requires being ready to do so!

Taking his text from the “Book of Elections,” Shelby County Election Commissioner Bennie Smith told those attending a recent district attorney candidate forum at Saint Andrew A.M.E. Church that passion was no substitute for preparation when it gets down to casting a ballot. “We may...

DA candidates take stands with dueling positions in ‘spirited’ debate

With Election Day on Aug. 4 and early voting set to begin on July 15, the candidates for Shelby County District Attorney General each think the other is a seriously bad choice for the job. Incumbent Amy Weirich, the GOP standard-bearer, and attorney Steve Mulroy,...

Mother-daughter testimonies hit home during January 6 hearings

Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, were little known – if at all – to most Americans before Tuesday’s session of the House Jan. 6 committee. Now, for many, they are the faces of the depth that former President Donald Trump and...

On the move – In search of an answer to gun violence

The solution to gun violence is not the march held last Saturday in Westwood. Those who organized it and others who answered their call know that. The march is a means to the end. The 2nd Annual Love and Peace Unity Walk was powered by...

Meet Harold Collins as the county’s new CAO

Harold Collins was chairman of the Memphis City Council and special assistant to the Shelby County District Attorney General when he was tapped as one of The New Tri-State Defender’s 2010 Men of Excellence inductees. On Wednesday (June 1) he stepped into the role of...

Now what? A 2022 graduation story

Skyla Barber is done with high school. She graduated from Memphis Virtual School on Wednesday night. As are thousands of other local high school graduates, she moves on to apply an answer to this question: Now what? Myriad factors come into play as the area’s...

The way forward for the Poor People’s ‘Movement’

While movements rise in response to acute needs, planning and strategy drive them forward. The Poor People’s Campaign stop in Memphis provided a glimpse into that reality this week. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, who chairs the campaign with the Rev. Dr. Liz...