Thursday, January 20, 2022

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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My personal journey to get tested for COVID-19

My niece caught COVID-19 two weeks before Christmas. That was only the beginning of our ordeal. Lingering fever and sore throat signaled a stubborn hold on her, putting her in bed for more than eight days. I stayed away from her house, as several other family...

McDonald’s, Memphis-area Byrd brothers settle ‘discriminatory practices’ lawsuit

McDonald’s Corporation has reached a financial settlement with two Shelby County-based franchise owners after they sued the corporation for “discriminatory practices.” Brothers James Byrd and Darrell Byrd, operators of four McDonald’s in Shelby County, filed suit against McDonald’s more than a year ago. The suit...

Pastor Uliasea Little delivers message of hope for a ‘troubled city’ in the new year

If Jesus was able to rise above the meager circumstances of his life, then so can His followers.  That was the message Dr. Uliasea Little delivered Sunday (Dec. 26) to his congregation at Christ Baptist Church in Whitehaven.  “My message came from the second chapter of...

‘No-snitch’ norm must go to break the deadly grip of city’s homicides

With Memphis grappling with skyrocketing homicides and deadly waves of violent crime, while also being named America’s most dangerous city, God’s people must pray for Memphis. “Getting that report (most dangerous city) mustn’t make us lose hope,” said the Rev. Ricky Floyd, pastor of Pursuit...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Memphis connection

For those fortunate enough to have been in the presence of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South Africa’s iconic symbol of human rights and the struggle against apartheid, a few such moments with him had staying power. Tutu, the winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize,...

Meditation Hour still training leaders after 50 years

Five decades after it was initiated at Summerfield Baptist Church, the Meditation Hour still is a place for Christians to gather for teaching and fellowship. “I have been in ministry for 47 years,” said Dr. Lee Otis Adams, coordinator of the weekly Meditation Hour. “So,...

Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. tweaks celebration with health in mind

The annual seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa in Memphis will reflect the desire to continue with tradition while accounting for health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. will host events on three designated days, with those days serving to honor multiple Kwanzaa...

Hyde Park leaders add coats, more to toys giveaway, heightening the joy

Business owners and community leaders in Hyde Park staged a heartfelt outreach on Wednesday, touching hundreds of children who came out for the 2nd Annual Toys & Coats Giveaway. More than 400 children made their way to 2065 Chelsea Ave. for the event presented by...

Family of shooting victim struggles to find the joy in their ‘Christmas miracle’

The uncle of a 9-year-old girl critically injured by a stray bullet is calling for Memphians to resist firing their firearms in celebration or for nefarious reasons on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Bruce Tucker posted his ceasefire call to action on Facebook,...

Health officials: ‘New wave’ of COVID-19 is ‘already here’

The Shelby County Health Department was bracing for a new wave of COVID-19 cases to hit after the new year. But with more than 30 cases of the highly transmittable Omicron variant and the seven-day average of new daily cases now doubling, officials say the...