Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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Ghana and The King of Asante hold court on Beale Street

Beale Street was royal ground on Saturday as the Memphis in May International Festival's monthlong salute to the Republic of Ghana crescendoed with a visit by King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the 16th Asantehene (King of Asante). The afternoon celebration featured a traditional Ghanian “Durbar...

OP-ED: A SouslvilleUSA strategy for crime reduction

by Jeffrey T. Higgs -- As crime and the perception of crime explodes around our city, I am drawn to facts and theories I have developed over the years regarding crime, its causes and how best to reduce it. Contrary to what you hear, crime has...

OP-ED: Is Tennessee turning a blind eye to paternity fraud?

by Rep. Antonio Parkinson -- House Bill 2698/Senate Bill 1777, if it were to become law, would require unwed, prospective fathers to provide the results of a DNA test to Vital Records when voluntarily signing a birth certificate. I am the prime sponsor of the pending...

FROM THE PULPIT: ‘Good Enough to Receive’

by the Rev. Dr. Rosalyn R. Nichols -- With the close of Black History Month and as we usher in Lent, I find myself asking, what is faith really? What does faith look like really? Is faith found in the hull of the Clotilda when 110...

WLOK’s 45th anniversary speaks to the value of continuity

by Art Gilliam -- WLOK Radio celebrated its 45th anniversary of Black ownership on Feb.17. In 1977, 1340 WLOK-AM became the first Black-owned radio station in Memphis. In 2017 WLOK added an FM affiliate at 104.9 FM, which WLOK promotes as FM 105. It is the only...

Special service, street naming honors the Rev. Dr. James O. Pope Sr.

A dedication service honoring the late Rev. Dr. James O. Pope Sr., former pastor and founder of True Life Missionary Baptist Church, recently was held at the church in advance of a street-naming ceremony. The speaker for the occasion was the Rev. Dr. Ed Parker,...

Substitute teachers: The new MVPs of public education?

by Curtis Weathers -- As a former school administrator, I remember quite well the stress and anxiety I experienced when teachers had to go out on extended leave. Sometimes we were fortunate to have a few quality substitute teachers waiting in the wings; other times,...

Sidelined by the pandemic, Give Kids A Smile Day is back

After a year interrupted by COVID, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Dentistry will be filling cavities and offering other free dental care to middle-school students from Freedom Preparatory Academy, as part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile...

TSU’s Grow Your Own teacher pipeline draws praise from U.S. Education Secretary

U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, hosted a roundtable discussion at Tennessee State University on Friday, Feb. 18, to address teacher shortages and other educational needs. The highlight of the conversation was TSU’s Grow Your Own teacher pipeline initiative in the College of Education....

Council weighs in on MLGW’s storm review

by James Coleman -- The Memphis City Council’s Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) Committee met Tuesday with members of the area provider’s leadership, who delivered a post-mortem of the utility’s response to the recent ice. Stretching from Texas to Maine, the severe weather event rolled...