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Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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‘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...

Dueling narratives escalate XPO Logistics’ employee accusations

This much is known about the death of Linda Neal: She died Oct. 17, 2017 on the warehouse floor of XPO Logistics, where she worked. Why she died – or whether she had to die at all – has touched off a bitter labor dispute...

Schools sharing same name now sharing same campus

Achievement School District Chief Dr. Sharon Griffin toured Kirby Middle School on Wednesday to observe an unusual collaboration that took shape after rodents – mainly rats –forced the move of students out of Shelby County Schools’ Kirby High School. “We are just elated about the...

Rolling toward a decision on MATA’s proposed service reductions

Memphis public transportation is at a crossroads. While residents need the service, the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) routes are not profitable with ridership being extremely low. And unless additional funding is forthcoming by some far-flung miracle, the die is cast and the fate of...

Southern Heritage Classic: A premiere cultural celebration

More than just a couple of college teams vying for bragging rights -- and high-stepping bands that battle it out at halftime -- the Southern Heritage Classic is every bit a cultural celebration. In fact, that’s the evolved 2018 name: the 29th Southern Heritage Classic...

COGIC faithful to honor ‘sainted’ founder

Beside the annual, signature convocation of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), the Founder’s Day Celebration is the denomination’s largest gathering of members each year. Thousands of “saints,” as members are called, converge on Memphis to remember their founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, who...

‘M-TOWN’ EVENTS for Labor Day fun!

Since the idea of the U.S. largely is rooted in the right of declaration, I am exercising my prerogative to declare Memphis the center of the “Southern Universe” – at least for Labor Day Weekend and the Southern Heritage Classic Weekend that follows. With that...

Memphis queens pay tribute to the world’s ‘Queen of Soul’

It’s one of those moments many will always remember – where you were, what you were doing – when you heard that the “Queen of Soul” and cultural and civil rights icon, Aretha Franklin, had passed. Arguably, Memphians are among the most grieved; this is...

‘Black Farmers’ say White House meeting advanced their agenda

The critics and naysayers – a most of which have been African Americans – have been many. They insist that it is a waste of time for representatives of black farmers to visit the White House and talk with members of an administration that...

Memphis to host 2019 ‘Pan-Hellenics’; Election 2020 high on leadership agenda

Come October 2019, the city of Memphis will be draped in a sea of colors, from pink and green to red and white to purple and gold and various colors in between, thanks to Memphis being selected as the host of the 2019 National...