Sunday, November 28, 2021

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Young Dolph’s church family finds solace in grateful worship and praise

Never again will the St. James Baptist Church congregation delight at the presence of Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., the Memphis rapper the world knew as “Young Dolph.” Memphis and beyond is mourning the loss of 36-year-old Thornton. He was gunned down on the afternoon of...

Spirit of gratitude engulfs Pervis Payne after death sentence vacated

When the death sentence for Pervis Payne was vacated during a Tuesday morning (Nov. 23) hearing, a shout of victory rose from Payne’s supporters, who filled the courtroom. The proceeding was the formal declaration extending from a Nov. 18 announcement by Shelby County District Attorney...

Two local rap veterans share thoughts on gun violence, solutions

As the local rap community -- and much of the rest of Memphis -- seeks to find its balance after the fatal shooting of popular Memphis rapper Young Dolph, veteran rappers Frank Gotti and Al Kapone weighed in on gun violence and what to...

Young Dolph’s love for his community was anchored in his faith

Pastor Rodney Herron witnessed anew the depth of Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., the Memphis rapper known as “Young Dolph,” on the Saturday before Easter Sunday this year. Thanks largely to Young Dolph, St. James Missionary Baptist Church hosted a fun day for kids on its...

With Memphis awash in gun violence, heightened concern bubbles up at latest community meeting

The latest in a series of gun violence community meetings generated more fodder for the pot in which the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission is mixing up its five-year strategic plan on crime. Held Thursday evening at Riverside Missionary Baptist Church on South Third St., the...

Gun violence: In pursuit of an ending

As a series of forums about curbing gun violence unfold in Memphis, the bullets keep flying, punctuating the need, organizers say, for sustained, collective action that cannot come too soon. “I just got a call not 24 hours after last night’s gun violence meeting that...

No detention for Cummings school shooter after guilty plea

A 13-year-old boy pleaded guilty Tuesday (Nov. 16) in Juvenile Court to charges stemming from his shooting of a fellow student at Cummings K-8 Optional School in September. The victim also was 13. The teen appeared diminutive and frail in juvenile detention blues during the...

Reminder: Doors still open to vaccinate the little ones

Robert S. White III, better known as “Sam,” was among some of the first children in Shelby County to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it became available for youngsters from 5 to 11 years old. “Bobby and I wanted to make sure Sam was protected,”...

Liberty Bank’s mission amplified at Robert R. Church Sr. Awards

Hundreds turned out – in person – Wednesday (Nov. 17) for the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum’s 2021 presentation of the Robert R. Church Sr. Achievement Awards Luncheon. Last year’s event was a scaled-down version of the luncheon because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The luncheon’s...

Diversity concerns aired as the UofM chooses its new president

A letter dated Nov. 9 – the day University of Memphis brass embraced Dr. Bill Hardgrave as its next president – seeks answers in 10 days to questions regarding Hardgrave’s stated commitment to prioritizing diversity initiatives. The letter was sent to the university’s Board of...