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Rust College seniors adapt to virtual learning; commencement delayed

by Angelica Owens --  Prospective graduates of the Rust College class of 2019-20 now know that graduation exercises set for April 26 are on hold, indefinitely. A campus update sent out Friday says the decision to delay graduation was in keeping with Mississippi Gov. Tate Reed’s...

Maneuvering through the perils of COVID-19

by Jerome Wright --  Margaret Cowan works with “her moms,” who are struggling to create a decent life for themselves and their children. Her moms are single working mothers, who are seeking a better quality of life; struggling to make ends meet while working in low-paying...

[email protected], that DJ made my day

by the Rev. Cedrick Von Jackson --  In 1986, hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC put a masterful spin on children’s nursery rhymes, which was actually a cover-up of praises and boasts about the group’s DJ, Jam Master Jay. According to the lyricists, like the fabled King Midas, everything...

LOC accelerates degree for working adults

by Alisha Tillery -- When Lakeisha Cooper graduated from high school in 2005, she enrolled in the University of Memphis, but the transition from high school to college wasn’t an easy one. By her sophomore year, her grades had suffered. She gave birth to her...

What’s going on with Africa and COVID-19?

African ministers foresee 'break the glass moment' with major debt relief (GIN) – Multilateral lenders and investors are being asked to pony up a modest stimulus package that would halt the spread of the coronavirus in Africa and keep economies from crashing under the weight...

Beale St. business woes

TSD freelance videographer Terrisa Coreen Mark had no trouble practicing social distancing on Beale Street. The emptiness was stark and a sign that business was far from usual.

iMOM: Young moms figure out what works amid stay-at-home orders

by Brittany Holst -- Since the coronavirus hit a couple of months ago, the entire world has been on edge out of fear of what’s to come and trying to protect themselves. More soberingly, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris have...

An open letter to Joe Biden about a winning VP choice

by John Burl Smith -- (John Burl Smith began as a black power advocate in 1967 and now advocates for social change, social justice and other progressive causes. He is the author of “The 400th” (1619-2019) From Slavery to Hip Hop,” which is set...

Now hear this: ‘Stop Telling Women to Smile’

by Terri Schlichenmeyer -- Heeeeeey, look over here! You look fine today, Mama, Sugar, Honey, Baby, fill-in-the-blank with names you're called by men you don't know. Just think, Sweetie, Pretty, you were minding your business before this monkey business started. And just know, by reading...

Church in transition looks to focus with paint-party energy

by Isaac A. Wright II -- As we stand on the eve of the transition of leadership at Greater Lakeview M.B. Church that has been under the watch of Pastor Joe E. Hayes Sr for the last 45 years, I can’t help but to...