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Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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From its inception, Africa in April has been about the village’s children

The 2022 Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival was vibrant with children, an indication that its original intent has taken root. “I was at the gate where so many children came in,” said Executive Director Dr. David Acey. “There is never a charge for the...

Thanking God ‘all day long,’ Artressa Malone prays on at 102

Church members and friends drove by with painted signs and honking horns to wish Mrs. Artressa Malone a happy, 102nd birthday on Palm Sunday (April 17). Malone’s nieces and nephews staged a drive-by birthday party for “Aunt ‘Trit,” who still lives in her home. “We go...

Teen’s piano prowess nets national stage as Memphis NAACP ACT-SO finalist

When Tyler Lewellen returned to school on March 25, nothing was quite the same. He had gained instant rock-star status at Overton High School after fellow classmates learned that the accomplished classical pianist was a Memphis Branch NAACP  ACT-SO finalist. “It was announced in the...

Voter fraud charges dropped against activist Pamela Moses

Black Lives Matter activist Pamela Moses will not stand trial a second time on the charge that she illegally registered to vote, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced Friday. In a press release, Weirich said all charges related to the matter had been dropped....

Africa in April kicks off celebration No. 35 with annual business luncheon

Visitors from the Republic of Malawi were treated to Memphis-style hospitality during the Wednesday (April 20) business luncheon that signaled the opening of the 2022 Africa in April (AIA) Cultural Awareness Festival. Malawi is the honored country for this year’s festival, which will run through...

“Greatest Hits” – the final creation of artist George Hunt – unveiled by Memphis in May

The freshly renovated Renasant Convention Center lobby was a fitting scene for Tuesday’s official unveiling of the late George Hunt’s final creation for the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival.  Hunt, who was named the official artist for the Memphis in May International Festival,...

State maintains control of Mason’s finances as settlement talks continue

Despite a chancellor’s refusal to stop the state’s takeover of Mason, Tennessee’s finances, negotiations between state and city officials to settle the matter are ongoing. “Of course, we were terribly disappointed in the ruling,” said Mason Vice Mayor Virginia Rivers. “But we are still encouraged...

35th Annual Africa in April: A year of renewal and rebirth

The highly anticipated Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival (AIA) 2022 has in store some spectacular sights and sounds, according to directors, David and Yvonne Acey. “This is our 35th year,” said David Acey, executive director. “We can hardly believe it has been 35 years....

‘Black Out the Polls’ supporters stand their ground against ‘voter suppression’

Twin needs – getting registered voters to cast early ballots and pushing back on a perceived act of voter suppression – transformed the Downtown area around the Shelby County Election Commission into an activism zone Thursday afternoon. Summoned by the “Black Out the Polls” pitch...

901WRAP rolled out as new crime-fighting tool

Law enforcement, criminal justice and religious leaders Tuesday (April 12) announced the launching of a program to help solve crimes and to protect witnesses who help convict criminals. 901WRAP, said to be the first of its kind in the state, is designed to help witnesses...