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JNJ Express, Inc. targets American Way site for headquarters move

by Dena Owens, Special to The New Tri-State Defender JNJ Express, Inc., a family-owned transportation and logistics company based in Memphis, TN, has announced plans to move its current headquarters to the vacant retail center at 5000 American Way. The plan involves an $8.3 million investment...

Kingsbury student: We need student representation on SCS Board

by Ortavia Easly, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Students in Shelby County Schools feel like they do not have a voice when it comes to issues that affect them. Many students feel unmotivated to attend school because issues like school cleanliness, lunch food and other...

Eight.0 band focus in on success at the Center for Southern Folklore

by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Keyboardist Ken Booker and Vocalist Ken Gilliam are not just two men that share the same name. For the past year, the two have been rehearsing with their new music group, The Eight.0 Band. The Eight.0 Band...

Local HBCU hoops rivalry rages on between LeMoyne-Owen, Rust College

By Shambreon Richardson, Special to TSDMemphis.com For years, Rust College in nearby Holly Springs, Miss., has been a heated rival of LeMoyne-Owen College -- a rivalry rooted in the fact that both institutions have adoring fan bases who are willing to drive. That's how the Jerry...

Elton Hymon: An unsung hero

by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. Special to The New Tri-State Defender In 1973, Memphis was in a volatile situation: the Memphis Police Department and the African-American community were at war. The points of contentions were police brutality, the use of deadly force and the...

TSU nets $1m from USDA to recruit top students for agriculture, stem majors

NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – What started out as a college visit to Tennessee State University to highlight Black History Month turned into so much more for some local high school students. TSU President Glenda Glover surprised 20 Metro Nashville Public Schools students with scholarship offers on...

The State of Black Republicans

by Raynard Jackson --  Last week, I wrote about the “State of the Black Union.” I used that column to talk about the state of the Black community and it seemed to catch on like wildfire. In a similar vein, since it is Black History Month,...

FedEx powering up its downtown presence

by Dena S. Owens and Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Special to The New Tri-State Defender On Tuesday, FedEx announced a plan to locate its logistics operations headquarters next to FedExForum, using the now vacant Gibson Guitar Factory building. With renovations expected to be completed by the spring...

WHAT I’M SAYING: TD means Tone Deaf in the NFL

by Howard Robertson -- I watched the 2019 Stupor Bowl. I have been watching Super Bowls since I was fourteen years old back in 1967. That was the very first one, by the way. I don’t blame the Patriots or the Rams for their offensively anemic...

COMMENTARY: Police officers must stop being pawns of white privilege

by Dr. Earle J. Fisher --  On April 29, 2018, Jennifer Schulte called the police because she saw two African-American men using a public park charcoal grill in Oakland, Calif. Schulte, now referred to as “BBQ Becky,” saw black people in public – enjoying themselves...