Friday, August 12, 2022

Karanja A. Ajanaku

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National NAACP board chairman expected to detail the group’s way forward

When you've stated publicly that "new threats to communities of color" are emerging daily and associated that observation with what you are convinced are attacks on the nation's democracy, then you go where you need to go and do what you need to do. That...

Stepping out in style to see ‘Black Panther’

The beat of African drums performed by Kindred Spirit and African cuisine prepared by two of Memphis' premiere chefs was part of a premiere showing of "Black Panther" at the Malco Cordova Cinema Thursday evening. The Redwing Group coordinated the rich cultural experience, along with others...

Add Evvie McKinney’s name to the list of best-ever attractions at Handy Park

Evvie McKinney was her absolute at-home best during a welcoming reception at Handy Park on Beale St. Thursday afternoon. Fresh off of her winning performance on the finale of Fox's "The Four," McKinney strode onto the stage at Handy Park just as she is: a...

State report: No violation of open meetings law in moving of Confederate statues

Despite continued criticism from some quarters and a nagging lawsuit, the City of Memphis has steadfastly maintained that it obeyed the law in selling two city parks and clearing the way for the removal of three controversial statues saluting Confederate-era figures. Now the Tennessee Comptrollers’...

Luttrell moves to ‘report and to advise’ in last State of Shelby County message

The setting for Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.’s last State of the County Address was a downtown church – Historic Clayborn Temple. As he prepared to take his seat, the term-limited Luttrell jokingly said that he could preach. While there is no indication...

Kroger closing, voter registration on Community Town Hall Forum agenda

The closing of the Kroger store in Orange Mound, the impact of MLK50 and a push for voter registration are all on the agenda of the Community Town Hall Forum set for Sunday at Mt. Pisgah CME Church at 2490 Park Ave. The forum is...

Beale Street Procession for Preston Shannon

In a note of respect, a procession made its way along Beale Street on Friday, passing through the entertainment district that bluesman Preston Shannon punctuated with talent and professional dignity. Shannon, 70, died on Monday, succumbing to a bout with cancer. Shannon’s funeral was set for...

ON POLITICS: Gubernatorial candidate Craig Fitzhugh vows to put in the work that would make Tennessee better

Tennessee State Rep. Calvin “Craig” Fitzhugh, 67, has just begun his 24th year in the Tennessee General Assembly as the representative of Lauderdale, Haywood and Crockett counties. The House minority leader wants to be governor, which means first winning the Democratic Party nomination. That...

Jarl ‘J.T.’ Young poised to lead MLGW

Pensacola, Fla. native Jarl T. “J.T.” Young has decided to leave the community that family, friends and acquaintances say he loves. He’s on track to move to Memphis as the next president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division. The choice of Mayor...

LEGACY: Preston Shannon dies at 70

Guitarist and bluesman Preston Shannon, who has his own star on Beale Street, has passed away at age 70. In June, Shannon was given six months to live after having been diagnosed with cancer, according to family members who said he made through seven months. A...