Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Congressional hearing digs into the roots, contributions of HBCUs

by Najee El-Amin -- Dawning one of her signature western hats, U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Florida) recently presided over the latest House Education and Labor Committee's Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee hearing regarding continued congressional support for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The...

BOOK REVIEW: A lot of pleasant surprises inside ‘Things We Couldn’t Say’

by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- You'd like an explanation, please. Why something is done or not, why permission is denied, you'd like to hear a simple reason. You've been asking "Why?" since you were two years old but now the older you get, the more urgent is...

Council budget committee still unsettled on use of American Rescue Plan Act funds

by James Coleman --  Prepared for another round of discussion about how to divvy up some $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, the Memphis City Council’s Budget Committee has proposed the creation of a set of “guiding principles” to bring order to the...

AFROPUNK 2021: A celebration of life, love and music

by Kaeyla Willis -- As a Memphis-based live music and event photographer, I’ve kept abreast of the AFROPUNK festival and its focus on the music, arts and culture of Black people spanning multiple countries and cities. I've wanted to attend for a while, but with COVID-19...

For the sake of our children, let’s put the guns down, Memphis!

by Curtis Weathers -- The lives of two Cummings K-8 Optional School students and their families will forever be changed by the school shooting that took place last week. In his response to the shooting, Shelby County Schools Supt. Dr. Joris Ray uttered words that have...

‘What About Me – Walking the Tightrope as a Black Man in America’

by Phyllis Dixon -- If you watch television, it’s easy to believe that Black men are only celebrities, athletes, criminals or victims of deadly police violence. In his book, “What About Me: Walking the Tightrope as a Black Man in America,” D. John Jackson challenges...

Come pray with me, says VEthel Patterson

With prayer on her mind, VEthel Patterson will be at Blue Cross Healthy Place Park in David Carnes Park on Fairfield in Whitehaven this Saturday (Oct. 2). The drawing card is a gathering Patterson has dubbed Prayer in the Park. “Prayer in the Park is a...

County Commission OK opens door to study consolidation

by James Coleman -- An ad hoc committee was created by Shelby County Commission Chairman Willie Brooks Jr. to evaluate the formation of a Charter Commission during the body’s Monday (Sept. 27) meeting.  The committee will study the possible consolidation of the City of Memphis and...

Educators must clearly define how law enforcement carries out its role in schools

by Curtis Weathers -- The debate about the role or presence of law enforcement in our schools is one that needs to be had. Law Enforcement has a role in our schools; it's up to educators to clearly define how that role should be carried out.  School...

PREP FOOTBALL: Fairley rises to the top of 2A with on-field dominance

by Liaudwin Seaberry Jr. -- When Fairley High School football coach Frederick Copeland evaluated his squad heading into the 2021 season, he was unsure of the caliber of team and players who would be on the field.  While understanding his unit featured a mixture of experienced...