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‘Look Back, Launch Forward’ event celebrates and commemorates Memphis 13

By Sheri Neely, Special to the Tri-State Defender Recently, the Memphis community gathered for an extraordinary event, "Look Back, Launch Forward," a collaboration between The Memphis 13 Foundation and the Crosstown Arts Film Series, held at Crosstown Concourse.  This event was not just a commemoration but...

Antarctica: Our Awesome Adventure and Expedition

By Juanita Richardson, Special to The Tri-State Defender To close out 2023, my husband, Walter, and I embarked on a 22-day cruise to South America and Antarctica, visiting various countries and ports in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and the Falkland Islands.  From bustling Buenos Aires to tranquil...

How Memphis Small Business Owners Can Find Success in 2024

By: Orlandus Kirby, Vice President, Sr. Small Business Banker at Bank of America   As the new year begins, it’s a good time for business owners to reflect on the state of their business and the factors that matter most to their success.   The most successful companies...

IN HER ELEMENT: TSU Alum makes history as first Black woman to help discover element for periodic table

Tennessee State University News Service Tennessee State University graduate Clarice Phelps's interest in chemistry began with mixing concoctions in the kitchen of her Nashville home at an early age. However, it wasn't until her 10th-grade year at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School that...

Wyatt Law Firm Awards Scholarship in Honor of Benjamin L. Hooks

Benjamyn Elliott, a second-year student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, has been named the recipient of the Benjamin L. Hooks Law Scholarship, presented by the law firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP. This scholarship commemorates the late judge and...

SLIDESHOW: Int’l Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance shares its ‘love letter’ with Memphis

The 34th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance, hosted by the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) in partnership with Collage Dance Collective, was held in Memphis, Tennessee from January 24-28, 2024. Titled “Can’t Turn You Loose: A Love Letter to...

COMMENTARY: A tribute to five trailblazing ‘tempered radicals’ gone too soon

By Tajuan Stout-Mitchell, Special to The Tri-State Defender Memphis recently lost five African Americans who made a significant impact on the advancement of civil rights, justice, and opportunities for Blacks. Greatness walks among us each day. Sometimes, it is difficult to recognize their contributions because too...

Kwanzaa’s call for Unity, Creativity and Faith for the freedom of Memphis

by Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher --  On the cusp of a new year, Memphis is layered with expectations and possibilities. The city, with its diverse social tapestry and rich political history, is presented with a peculiar opportunity to redefine progress and prosperity. Myriad broken promises...

Collins Chapel mounts book drive with children in Juvenile Court custody in mind

by Florence M. Howard -- Members from Collins Chapel CME Church recently delivered their first donation of books for the book nook at Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court. The book nook is a vending machine that dispenses free books for youngsters being held in Juvenile...

Tennessee Innocence Project client Artis Whitehead released from prison

After serving two decades for a robbery that occurred at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Street., Artis Whitehead has been released from prison. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Jennifer Fitzgerald issued a written order vacating his conviction after a recent hearing in September. “Mr....