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AFTER THE TAKEDOWN: The Van Turner Jr. conversation; Part II

In the conclusion of his wide-ranging conversation with TSD Associate Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku, Memphis Greenspace, Inc. President Van Turner Jr. details the broader goals of the nonprofit that bought two city parks and removed the Confederate statues. He also reflects on the...

Fighting hate rhetoric: Memphis NAACP, other local groups urge ignoring Confederate901 activity

"Let's not give the Confederate901 group or others who believe what they do, our time or energy," Deidre Malone, president of the NAACP Memphis branch, said on Friday . Ahead of a planned weekend demonstration apparently spurred by the recent removal of three statutes saluting...

AFTER THE TAKEDOWN: Van Turner Jr. of Memphis Greenspace: “Everybody knew (the Confederate statue) had to be removed”

Attorney Van Turner Jr. made his way to a seat reserved for him at the front of the room at the Panhellenic Building on the campus of the University of Memphis, where Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. was celebrating the principle of Imani (faith) on the...

Beale St. welcomes 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Parade

Supporters of the Iowa State Cyclones found themselves on common ground with backers of the University of Memphis Tigers on Friday afternoon, with both camps of rooters on Beale St. for the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Parade. Photojournalist Warren Roseborough teamed up with TSD Associate...

ON POLITICS: Karl Dean and the governor’s race

Putting in the legwork in his bid to win the Democratic Party nomination for governor, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean recently visited the office of The New Tri-State Defender. It was his second visit, with this one yielding this conversation with the TSD’s Associate...

Sherra Wright due in California court today; Extradition expected

UPDATE: Sherra Wright set to appear in California courtroom today. The court is expected to extradict her back to Memphis to face charges in the murder of her ex-husband Lorenzen Wright. More details as this story unfolds. Operation Rebound – the ongoing investigative probe that...

Mosque 55’s training seminar set for two-day run, Dec. 15-16

Mosque 55’s training seminar set for two-day run, Dec. 15-16 “It’s all about the youth” will be the focus as Muhammad Mosque 55 of the Nationof Islam hosts the 7th Annual Mid-SouthTraining Seminar Dec. 15-16. “It’s our aim to prepare the Memphis and The Mid-South...

JUSTICE FOR LORENZEN?

Year after year, Lorenzen Wright’s mother and other family members have gathered on the plaza outside of the FedExForum to fan the flame of interest in the former pro-basketball players unsolved homicide in July 2010. Technically, it was a cold case – a homicide without...

UPDATED: Lorenzen Wright’s murder: Finally, an indictment and arrest

Billy R. Turner! That's the name now associated with the killing of Lorenzen Wright, the Memphis-grown basketball star who was last seen alive on July 18, 2010, when he left the home of his ex-wife in Collierville. Turner, 46, of Collierville, was indicted Tuesday. He is...