Monday, April 12, 2021

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‘We did it’ declares Bradshaw – the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate

“You did it girl,” a supporter said to Marquita Bradshaw, who was giving a video reflection about her stunning capture Thursday of the Democratic Party nomination for a U.S. Senate seat representing Tennessee. “No,” said Bradshaw. “We did it. This was not Marquita by herself....

Journeying to the polls during the pandemic

Greeted by a masked woman, I obeyed her instruction to use the hand sanitizer, knowing that such now was standard procedure to cast a ballot in person in the midst of this disturbingly ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I'd given some thought to voting early, eventually deciding...

Dr. Glover: TSU methodically moving toward fall semester

A month out from the projected Aug. 17 start of Tennessee State University’s 2020 fall semester, Dr. Glenda Glover was asked if she would open the state’s only public HBCU that day given the COVID-19 status of Metro Nashville-Davidson County. Her answer – yes – ...

Gov. Lee: abortion ban, removing Confederate figures and COVID-19

Talking with members of the Tennessee Press Association, Gov. Bill Lee this week detailed where he stands on the six-week abortion ban law, removing Confederate monuments from the state Capitol and his assessment of the state’s status regarding multiple elements associated with fighting the...

Myah Anderson models what Hamilton is going for

“I had the highest grade-point-average in the 10th grade,” said Myah Anderson, Hamilton High School’s 2020 valedictorian. “I knew I had to just maintain my grades to stay in the top spot.” Soft-spoken and just a little shy, Anderson is described by Principal James Bacchus...

Hearing-impaired student goes the extra mile to graduate

As a 2020 high school graduate, Allen Anthony Henderson can attest to the need to face challenges, embrace a reasoned path forward and to get moving right through the finish line. And, he knew that long before COVID-19 became known as a pandemic-wide public...

Rising COVID-19 case numbers shout it’s time to step up!

“What time is it?” was the question implied and directly answered on Tuesday as Shelby County’s Health Department director outlined the most immediate path forward for dealing with the rising tide of COVID-19 cases in Memphis and Shelby County. “We have an opportunity at this...

TSD FLASH! — No Freedom Award in 2020; Slave Haven sets reopening; election lawsuit; music video vibe: Usher’s “I Cry”

Pencil in the 29th Freedom Award to a growing list of 2020 cancellations forced by public safety concerns associated with COVID-19. Officials with The National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) announced Friday the cancellation of this year’s planned version of the museum’s flagship fundraising event, with...

Black Caucus teams with state to hold Juneteenth weekend COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing will be available at six Memphis sites on Saturday (June 20) in conjunction with the Juneteenth weekend and sponsored by the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators (TBCSL), the state Department of Health's Office of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination. “Martin Luther King...

TSD Flash! — COVID-19 forces The Classic’s cancellation

The 31st Southern Heritage Classic (SHC) has been canceled -- a casualty of COVID-19. “I know this is a great disappointment to many who consider the SHC one of the major highlights of the year," said Fred Jones Jr., founder of the Southern Heritage Classic. "The...