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Malik Tha Martian presents: ‘Tha resistance’

The Memphis Slim House Collaboratory at 1130 College street in south Memphis is the setting for “Tha Resistance” – a photography exhibition by Johnathan Martin, aka Malik Tha Martian. A native of south Memphis, Martin will be center stage during the opening reception, which is...

Dr. Martin Luther King’s daughter reflects on the passing of Dr. Billy Graham

by Alveda C. King, TruthPR.com ATLANTA – Dr. Billy Graham has departed earth to receive a Warrior’s Reward. Many will note the many contributions of the life and legacy of Dr. Billy Graham today in honor and recognition of this great Christian warrior who has...

Writing for a ‘Princess’

by Pam Johnson FedEx.com/blog/mlk50 Imagine you’re a writer, and you get a call one day from a friend asking if you might be available to provide speech-writing assistance to a colleague of his.  And then imagine that the colleague turns out to be Yolanda Denise King,...

How an internationally-awarded educator engages Memphis children

by Kim Coleman and Jim Coleman High Ground News Growing up in the South Memphis neighborhood of Whitehaven, Dr. Melissa Collins always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her father was an educator at Whitehaven High School. Her first-grade teacher, Opal Jackson, also made an impression. “I...

Campaign For School Equity hosts its first Student Advocacy Day

As part of its school-based student advocacy program, Campaign for School Equity (CSE) organized and hosted its first Student Advocacy Day in Nashville on Tuesday, February 13. The nonprofit organization brought more than 100 students representing 12 schools participating in the program to the Tennessee...

Thought-provoking symposium was a fitting setup for Withers home dedication

by Canisha Robertson Special to The New Tri-State Defender The “Historical Symposium” held last week at The LeMoyne-Owen College unfolded in conjunction with the dedication of the Memphis home of renowned photojournalist Ernest C. Withers and began with a provocative question. “Do you believe we are in...

Meet Mary Louise Hunt, “The Girl On The Balcony” in iconic MLK photo

by Pam Johnson, (Originally published at FedEx.com/blog/mlk50) Millions have seen the image. Moments after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, photographer Joseph Louw captured the moment when those with Dr. King on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel all...

Robertson: “My I Owe You: A personal Black History tribute”

by Howard Robertson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender At this age and stage of life, I don’t have very many bills.  It’s a great place to be.  While the young folks reading this may not clearly see their way to achieving this state in...

Grizzlies end four-game road trip with a blowout loss to Atlanta Hawks

By Janika Bates, Special to TSDMemphis.com The Memphis Grizzlies fell to the league-worst Atlanta Hawks 108-82, ending a four-game road trip with four consecutive losses. Mario Chalmers led the team with 13 points and Marc Gasol was held to only eight points and six rebounds in...

Memphis’ Evvie McKinney sings her way to ‘The Four’ finale on Fox

by Lee R. Watkins Evvie McKinney comes from a close-knit musical family, so it was no surprise that she dedicated her debut performance on Fox’s “The Four” to her late father. McKinney, 20, is a Memphis-native and the youngest of seven children. She appeared on “The...
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