Monday, July 13, 2020

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iMOM: A 2020 message from a 2010 valedictorian

by Brittany Holst -- I graduated as valedictorian of Middle College High School, Class of 2010. It was one of the biggest milestones in my life. Loved ones gathered at the Orpheum Theatre to watch my fellow classmates and I walk across the stage to receive...

OP-ED: TVA is committed to serving the real needs of the people of Memphis

by Jeff Lyash -- There are many issues that are important to the people of Memphis — both right now and for the city’s long-term future. Since I joined TVA a little more than a year ago, you’ve clearly expressed them to me…TVA contributing to...

TSU fall reopening plan provides additional safety protocols, fee discounts for students

NASHVILLE --  Tennessee State University officials plan to reopen under a comprehensive plan that will provide additional COVID-19 safety protocols to protect the public health and safety of the campus community, along with student discounts. The plan is to begin the fall semester on August 17,...

A message from SCS Supt. Ray: Grace above all things

by Dr. Joris Ray -- While it is my honor to serve as the superintendent for Shelby County Schools, my greatest role is father – to be more precise – the father of a college student and the husband, brother, uncle and cousin of teachers....

LOC’D in With LOC: A seat at the table

by Mickell Lowery --  When I was in middle school, my father, Myron Lowery, a graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College, informed me I would follow in his footsteps by attending his alma mater. He, along with many of my other family members lauded LOC and other...

Making the case for a strong Black economy in the 9th District

by Corey Strong --  While Memphis and Shelby County wrestles with how to economically respond to COVID-19 in the short term, I am more concerned with the long term impacts the pandemic will have on our economy. In the post-COVID world, technology is king and unskilled...

Rebuilding, repairing education systems must be in tandem with dismantling economic, social injustices

by Tosha Downey -- I was raised in South Memphis, in 38126 to be exact. Then and now it has been the city’s poorest community. A pandemic that required global rest and a series of police killings that has caused global unrest has made my...

iMOM: Driving home the point of Father’s Day!

by Brittany Holst -- My Father’s Day salute starts with a stick shift (manual transmission) and after I bought my first car. I learned to drive an automatic-transmission car in high school. Later, while in college studying communication, I decided to treat myself to something different...

The things we don’t say to White people and what the Tulsa Massacre has to do with that

by Ayan Ajanaku -- Being extra-measured with what we say in the presence of White people is about the blackest tool in the Black-survival tool belt. Even with White people we might regard as friends and when it relates to the most inconsequential subjects, we...

Question posed on social media is all too real!

by Rep. Antonio Parkinson -- There has been a lot of conversation revolving around law enforcement’s interactions in Black communities and with people of color. While in Nashville, during one of these discussions, I was approached by a Republican colleague, who wanted me to know that...