Sunday, September 26, 2021

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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The argument for a level of justice beyond punishment in the killing of Alvin Motley Jr.

Abundantly clear after this week’s public memorial for Alvin Motley Jr. in Memphis is that a lot of people supporting his family want what they consider a damning video of his fatal shooting released to the public. Motley, who was visiting here from Chicago, was...

Clergy group moves to loosen grip of ‘payday loans’

Barely a year old, the Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis (BCCM) has a collective focus on delivering a crippling blow to predatory lending companies that offer payday loans.  “It’s really legalized loan sharking,” said Pastor Darrell Harrington of New Sardis Baptist Church during an Aug....

LEGACY: Dr. Erma L. Clanton – All the world was her stage

While teaching Theater and Communications at the University of Memphis, Dr. Erma L. Clanton tried always to “create new opportunities for our children to act, to speak and to communicate effectively.” Her success at doing so there and elsewhere added to a legacy ripe with...

Health scenario’s moving parts test public, private resolve

Mask-wearing members of a marching band, an honorary street-sign unveiling and a COVID-19 milestone for infections in Tennessee are part of the mix that reflects public and private resolve to get through the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. The Tennessee Department of Health has now...

Making the case for a spotlight on conservatorships

For lawyer Ruby Wharton and Shelby County Probate Court Judge Kathleen N. Gomes, getting a better handle on conservatorships is a community necessity with ample examples of individual need. Wharton and Gomes are spearheading an effort to spotlight conservatorships, with a virtual event planned for...

Native Memphian a standout in new generation of aspiring playwrights

To the casual observer, Calley Anderson started her journey toward becoming a successful playwright as an undergrad at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Her love affair with the drama and pageantry of theater, though, began at the Orpheum Theatre when she was “around 11...

Information blitz targets Black Church to combat COVID-19

One Tennessee lawmaker is enacting a time-honored strategy that has served the African-American community in times of trouble – calling on religious leaders as “trusted messengers” to rally their congregations to action. “Our people have been inundated with lack of information and misinformation in this...

Hesitancy aside, Rep. Parkinson gets vaccinated

Tennessee state Rep. Antonio Parkinson D-Memphis) has been a vaccine hold-out. But on Wednesday (Aug. 18), Parkinson took his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. “LaTonya, do I get a lollipop?” he asked Dr. LaTonya Washington, chief medical officer for Methodist Hospital North. In a conference...

COVID-19 UPDATE: Pandemic rages on!

Greater Memphis’ relationship with the COVID-19 virus mostly continued to deteriorate this week, with suggestions that even worse may be ahead depending upon decisions about how to slow the spread and individual adherence to any such measures. On Wednesday, Shelby County Health Department Director Dr....

Murder-case hearing for security guard set for Sept. 28

Nashville Asst. Dist. Attys. Ronald Dowdy and David Jones now are on point for the prosecution of Gregory Livingston, the unlicensed security guard who killed unarmed Alvin Motley Jr. during a dispute at a Kroger fueling center. Shelby County General Sessions Court Judge Louis J....