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Ja, Grizzlies and the crowd star as Memphis shines on must-see TV

A victory that the Minnesota Timberwolves seemingly had tethered to their bus out of town became Memphis’ gain when NBA sensation Ja Morant and a cast of Grizzlies characters stepped up to claim it. The win in the Game 5 Playoff thriller went to Memphis...

UofM’s new president relishes his latest chance to make a ‘difference’

A first-generation Arkansas high school student, who later discovered he could “make a difference,” Dr. William Hardgrave now is in charge of the University of Memphis, where he actively is embracing his latest opportunity to affect positive change. The U of M’s 13th president, Hardgrave...

TSDtv Presents: A Conversation about Entrepreneurship & Economic Initiatives

With the 2022 African American History Month observation as the backdrop, a five-member panel guided by moderator Karanja A. Ajanaku, associate publisher/executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender, recently explored topics such as the “entrepreneurial mindset,” “growing wealth” and the need for “intentionality” regarding...

Now playing: JSU in the Southern Heritage Classic, with a murky picture of an extended run

In what has turned into an on-and-then-off saga, Jackson State University now is reportedly back in the Memphis-based Southern Heritage Classic – at least for one more year. “The 2022 Southern Heritage Classic game between JSU and Tennessee State University will be played as originally...

JSU abruptly pulls out of annual Southern Heritage Classic

Southern Heritage Classic Founder Fred Jones Jr. said he had no inkling that Jackson State University planned to pull out of the annual fall event until he received a letter Tuesday evening. “We have a contract. They clearly have breached the contract,” Jones told The...

Mayor Strickland: Memphis is ‘strong – still recovering’

Billed as “A City on the Rise,” Mayor Jim Strickland’s State of the City address identifies three areas of focus that he asserts will make Memphis stronger. Delivered Wednesday at the Memphis Kiwanis Club, Strickland’s 2022 version of his annual assessment of the city builds...

Viewing Memphis’ pounding by the Suns as an NBA slice of life

No matter your line of work, you’re likely to take a “lick” on some days. At the end of such a day, you boil it down to lessons learned and – as soon as possible – pick back up with some rejuvenating part of...

Help is on the way: Back to Music!

Clift Dates, retired founder of CDA Security, has teamed up with the Afro-American Police Association for the first in a series of musical events crafted to promote unity in the community. “Help is on the way,” says Dates, co-founder of the Afro-American Police Association and...

The New Tri-State Defender: The Road to 70 … and Beyond!

In the 194-year history of “the Black Press,” The New Tri-State Defender – in multiple forms – has lived 70 of those mission-driven years. The beginning was a moment of courage born largely in response to a treacherous Jim Crow mindset that propelled white citizens...