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Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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ELMO LOVES YOU, MEMPHIS!: ‘Sesame Street in Communities’ brings early childhood learning to at-risk neighborhoods

A clearly jubilant spirit drew applause and cheers as a Tuesday morning press conference cited Memphis as the newest location for theSesame Street in Communities (SSIC) initiative. Local dignitaries, along with a Sesame Workshop representative, had words at the happy occasion. But the day was...

FREDERICK O. HARDEMAN: Confronting a legacy of financial illiteracy

According to a recent study by the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA), two-thirds of Americans cannot pass a financial literacy test. Such tasks as devising a budget, computing interest on a loan, maintaining a savings account, understanding how investments and the stock market work, balancing...

Grandson of legendary Tri-State Defender editor blazes his own trail through music

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One was a significant figure in the civil rights era; the other a young, accomplished music scholar who joined the prestigious Detroit Symphony Orchestra this fall. Both men distinguished themselves as artists: one a writer and photographer and the other a master of wind instruments....

It’s official: end of the road for SCS Supt. Dorsey Hopson

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II ended months of speculation Tuesday afternoon with a press conference announcing his resignation. Whispered speculation over the past several months not only had him resigning from his SCS post, but rumblings also had him taking the state’s top...

Metro Shopping Plaza nets delayed auction-block sale

A once-bustling center of African-American-owned businesses was scheduled for auction on Friday (Nov. 16) until an online banner that appeared early Wednesday announced that the auction had been cancelled. No additional information was offered nor readily available. It’s uncertain if or when the auction of the...

Firings at MAHS High School spark protests; school files lawsuit against former principal

The Memphis Academy of Health Sciences High School (MAHS) has filed suit against recently fired principal Dr. Reginald Williams, saying he violated a separation agreement and has been making false statements Williams’ firing, along with the termination of English teacher Patricia Ange, has ignited protests...

MATA route cuts averted; Some riders still worry

The fight to save bus routes in Memphis began to heat up in August. That’s when Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) officials released details of proposed route cuts and drastic schedule changes in response to inadequate fiscal resources. And then, a miracle – or so it...

Fight continues over contested voter registration forms

Voter registration forms – 4,000 to 6,000 that have been set aside – are the issue. According to the Memphis Branch NAACP, The Tennessee Black Voter Project and individuals who feel wronged, the Shelby County Election Commission is illegally holding up voter registrations without proper...

SAVE THE GAY HAWK: Music series, GoFundMe launched to preserve historic eatery

The campaign to “Save The Gay Hawk” all started about a month ago. A GoFundMe page appeared online, and in a matter of hours, people had shared, liked, and donated. “They were calling me from all over the country,” said Terica Bobo. “It was overwhelming and...

‘Anti-littering’ makeover designed to enhance Memphis’ beauty

Whatever it’s called – M-Town, Bluff City, The River City, Big M, Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll – Memphis is well loved by those who know her best. This month’s launch of a new campaign calls on Memphians to join city...