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Catch Hatiloo’s production of “Raisin” before it ends July 1

by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Hattiloo Theatre’s production of “Raisin” is the musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s timeless “A Raisin in the Sun,” which depicts a black family’s struggle to achieve the American dream. Set in segregated 1950s Chicago the same as...

Banks now can compete with payday lenders

by Williams D. Brack, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Imagine it’s Monday at 7 a.m. and you just finished preparing your kids for school and yourself for work. You are in your usual morning rush and you all pile into the car. You turn...

Film about Coach Jerry Johnson set for June 19 premiere

by Florence Howard, Special to The New Tri-State Defender A native Memphian and Memphis College of Art graduate now living in the land of dreams (aka California), Morreco Coleman is fulfilling his artistic dreams on canvas as well as in video. A documentary filmmaker and artist,...

Charity’s House is a beacon of support in Orange Mound

by Johnesha Harris Fred L. Davis opened the doors to Charity’s House last Saturday morning, ushering in a new resource where Orange Mound residents can receive legal advice, domestic and substance abuse counseling and other services. Named after his late mother who was a community leader,...

‘The Prophet’s Daughter’ turns 100… and celebrates with an outreach to youth

by Johnesha Harris, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Family and friends of Charity Louisiana King Maples gathered in front of the entrance to the Big River Crossing on Monday afternoon to celebrate her 100th birthday. Maples’ only wish for her birthday was to raise money...

A case for dealing with lingering criminal charges in Shelby County

by Carlissa Shaw, Esq. The venue was The Healing Center Full Gospel Baptist Church. Over 100 community members seeking to have their non-conviction cases and other criminal cases expunged were met by a group of enthusiastic lawyers, clerks and volunteers (June 2). The event was sponsored...

Defibrillator for a dying democracy: more power to more people

by Earle J. Fisher November 9, 2016, I woke up with a hangover. I haven’t drunk any alcohol since 2009. But I’m still aware of the symptoms. What happened the previous night had not fully toxified and my body responded with distress. Part of what made...

TSU STEM students going to china for international research

by Emmanuel Freeman, (TSU News Service) NASHVILLE – Three Tennessee State University students will spend part of their summer participating in an international research experience in China. Shaniqua Jones, Christine Mba and Whitney Nicole Russell, all senior STEM majors and honor students, are part of the Tennessee Louis...

LEGACY: The Right Rev. Cornal Garnett Henning Sr.

In the space between midnight and daybreak of May 15, Bishop Cornal Garnett Henning Sr. passed away, closing the last chapter of a life lived “on the front line of social and political advancement.” He was 82. A devoted member of the African Methodist Episcopal...

“Annie: The ‘Dance-sical’” puts a twist on the broadway classic

by Joyce Kyles Attendees witnessed a future Misty Copeland, Ashley Murphy or Ebony Williams over the Memorial Day weekend as they experienced a magical twist on the  broadway classic “Annie” at the Ballet on Wheels Dance School and Company’s End of Year Dance Recital. “All in...
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