Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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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...

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL: At Dunbar Elementary, principal sets the bar high

Now in her sixth year as principal of Dunbar Elementary School, Dr. Anneice Gentry is right where she wants to be. Dunbar sits in the heart of a resilient Orange Mound community. “When I first came, I had no idea about the extreme pride people in...

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL: Sherwood Middle Archers aim high

Each day at about 2:15 p.m., Sherwood Middle School experiences what could be called “organized chaos.” There’s bumper-to-bumper traffic on Rhodes Avenue, picking up students after school has been dismissed. Teachers and other staff members are all over campus, directing children to the right bus,...

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL: At Hamilton: ‘Wildcat Nation’ is steady, moving forward

Last school year was a tumultuous one at Hamilton High School. There were reports of improper grade changes by the former principal, who was later suspended by Shelby County Schools (SCS). Students walked out in protest. But, that was then. This is now. There are the...

Tami Sawyer takes District 7 Commission race

The Shelby County District 7 Commissioner's position was snared in powerhouse fashion Thursday night by social justice activist Tami Sawyer. She swept the race with 80.5 percent of the vote against Republican Party challenger Samuel Goff. The Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen on Madison Avenue -...