Sunday, December 5, 2021

Karanja A. Ajanaku

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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...

‘Our Faithful Comeback’ helping small, faith-based groups amid pandemic

Dubbed “Our Faithful Comeback,” a new grant initiative zeroes in on small, faith-based organizations, whose community outreach efforts have been made more difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Shelby County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eddie Jones, and Shelby County Commissioner Reginald...

Curtis Givens’ view of the controversy swirling around the All Black Affair

Curtis Givens – the host of the annual “All Black Affair” – said what many are labeling a COVID-19 super-spreader event was a well-thought-out gathering committed to following local safety protocols. In an interview with The New Tri-State Defender, Givens said the Saturday night event...

Ricky Wilkins working to bring the Black PAC into view

With self-evident passion, attorney Ricky E. Wilkins is opening the door to discussion of a Black political action committee – Black Pac – to harness the political power of the African-American community and free candidates from what he calls the grip of white-owned businesses. He...