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THANKSGIVING: Actualizing Thanksgiving with ‘thankful living’

by L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender The term actualize means to make a reality by action. If we are to really celebrate Thanksgiving 2018, let us transform the celebration into an action plan. The thing to do is focus...

Reflections from #UPTheVote901: What the 2018 election cycle taught us

by Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher and Sijuwola Crawford #UPTheVote901 was launched in November 2017 to increase voter turnout in Memphis and Shelby County. The last 12 months have been spent engaging conversation around political power, information and representation and there is a lot more...

W. C. Handy Heritage Awards salute ‘Queen Of Soul’

It was an evening of soul, gospel, jazz, and blues at the 22nd Annual W. C. Handy Heritage Awards celebrating the 145th birthday of the “Father of the Blues,” W. C. Handy. Presented by the W. C. Handy Memphis Home and Museum and Heritage Tours,...

DeeO’s delivers with ‘different healthy flavor’

by Johnesha Harris, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Newspaper When Alfonso Johnson and Desmond Ryan decided to renovate their restaurant, they envisioned a place that is family-oriented and date-night approved. They think they’ve accomplished that and more with the reopening of DeeO’s Seafood/Ocean’s Restaurant...

Zion Project celebrates cemetery’s 10th fundraising event

Using the theme “Celebrating a Decade of Progress in Zion,” the Zion Community Project hosted its 10th Annual Fundraising Dinner in support of the Historic Zion Christian Cemetery located on South Parkway East last Thursday (Nov. 1 at Rhodes College. The highlight of the evening...

New Salem MBC homecoming is a come-back story

On November 11  at 2 p.m., New Salem Missionary Baptist Church (NSMBC) located at 2186 Hawkins Mill, will celebrate 138 years serving citizens in the Frayser Community. Pastor Frank E. Ray and the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church on South Parkway will be the special...

Smith family carries a commitment forward at West Cancer Clinic

Pink blankets – all 100 of them destined for cancer survivors – accented a family affair at The West Cancer Center on Monday (Oct. 29). The collective force powering the blankets’ arrival featured Emerle D. Smith, the mother of The New Tri-State Defender’s late Publisher...

Walter L. Bailey Jr. – Recognition at last

by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender The Shelby County Criminal Justice Complex was in dire need of a re-branding. For decades, it was known as the “just us criminal complex.”  It was infamously known as simply 201 Poplar,...

Black Pittsburgh mourns synagogue victims

(newpittsburghcourieronline) -- Pittsburgh’s Black community has rallied to support survivors of last weekend’s synagogue shooting as new reports revealed that the shooter hated African-Americans as well as Jews. The Pittsburgh Courier interviewed several Black community members who attended a public vigil near the synagogue located in the...

‘Lorraine’ – for your child, and you!

by Terri Schlichenmeyer, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The flash-flash-flash was bad enough. And then you heard the grrrrrrumble, the wind howled, and you were afraid. But it was OK: it was only a thunderstorm. As you’ll see in the new book “ Lorraine: The...