Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Karanja A. Ajanaku

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Kyndall Harris: Dancing with Janet II

For Kyndall Harris, Memphis is "home" and when she hits the stage Wednesday night dancing at Janet Jackson's concert at the FedExForum she will be all about handling her business. At 14, Kyndall is a businesswoman. Her basic products are her talents, including the ability...

Rev. Ralph White: ‘We’ve got to have a plan’ on gun violence

The Rev. Ralph White got a call on Tuesday asking him to make his way to the Riverview Community Center for the vigil being planned that night for 10-year-old Richard Jordan II, who had been killed the day before during a drive-by shooting at...

Bernal E. Smith II: A Final Farewell

The ground-floor portion of the sanctuary at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church-Westwood swelled to capacity, yielding the overflow to ascending rows of seats. Such was the turnout for the homegoing of The New Tri-State Defender’s publisher, Bernal E. Smith II. Mr. Bernal Elery Smith II died...

LEGACY: Alen V. ‘Shea’ Norman

A “complete gift.” When you’ve known someone for nearly 30 of the 45 years of his life, that is how you sum up the time when the person was gospel-recording artist “Shea” Norman and you knew him as Deborah Thomas did. “He was loving, talented and...

DOJ will continue to monitor Juvenile Court, but not as widely

For those who feared the worse, the U.S. Department of Justice’s move to pull back from multiple parts of an agreement to oversee Shelby County Juvenile court is less of a blow than expected. Cardell Orrin, with the education advocacy group STAND for Children, said,...

MAN ABOUT MEMPHIS

The last thing Bernal E. Smith II said to his wife, Towanda, was "I gotchu!" It was a two-word slang response to her very playful reminder that he only had about a month left to get a new pair of shoes she dearly wanted for...

The 100 Black Men of Memphis establish Memorial Scholarship for one of its own

Bernal E. Smith II was inextricably interwoven with The 100 Black of Men of Memphis, which now has established a memorial fund in his honor. Smith, publisher of The New Tri-State Defender, died Sunday at age 45. He was president of the 100 from 2003-2011. The...

UPDATED: Services set for Friday for TSD Publisher Bernal E. Smith II

The home-going service for Bernal E. Smith II, publisher of The New Tri-State Defender and a committed servant leader, has been set for Friday. Mr. Smith died at his home Sunday afternoon. His wife, Towanda Smith, said doctors attributed his death to natural causes. He was 45. Mt....

BREAKING NEWS! TSD Publisher Bernal E. Smith II passes away

Bernal E. Smith II, publisher of The New Tri-State Defender, died at his home Sunday afternoon, a family spokesman said. Mr. Smith was with family when he was found. The family spokesman asked that the family's privacy be respected at this time. No further details were...

A conversation about Moral Mondays in Memphis

Late last year, the Rev. Dr. Alvin O’Neal Jackson got a call from an officer at the National Civil Rights Museum asking him to chair the museum’s National MLK50 Clergy Executive Committee. After an illustrious ministerial career – including a long run at Mississippi...