Monday, April 12, 2021

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ISEP: An approach to preventing violence and homicide

by Dr. Bruce W. Randolph -- According to the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission’s STATS, gun related violent incidents in Memphis increased 19.3 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. In 2020, 65.5 percent of all total violent incidents were gun related compared to 60.2 percent in...

BOOK REVIEW: ‘This is the Fire’ will spark a discussion

by Terri Schlichenmeyer --  This really makes your blood boil. This. The racism gone amok, discrimination, the protests that don’t seem to work, nobody’s listening. You’re hot under the collar over it all, totally inflamed, ready for real action, and in “This Is the Fire” by...

Council says ‘No’ to Byhalia Pipeline

by James Coleman --  In what was hailed as an important first step toward an ordinance banning construction of the proposed Byhalia Connection Pipeline through areas of Southwest Memphis, the Memphis City Council has approved a resolution opposing the construction. The 12-0 vote resulted from Tuesday’s...

Council vote anchors spirit of Ida B. Wells

by James Coleman -- A monument to Memphis civil rights icon and anti-lynching advocate Ida B. Wells was approved by Memphis City Council members Tuesday. The bronze statue will be located at the southeast corner of Fourth and Beale.  The $150,000 project is the result of a...

Women’s History Month to the rescue!

by Curtis Weathers -- Every year, I am always saddened to see the end of Black History Month.  In the past, I have tried to extend the celebration in my own creative ways but, because of other distractions, I eventually relent and return to normalcy like...

#RUSHTORUST Preview Days on the way

by Najee El-Amin -- Holly Springs, Mississippi -- Rust College will soon open its gates to prospective students and parents with their upcoming #RUSHTORUST Preview Days. There will be four opportunities for high school and transfer students to see the 126-acre campus starting on March 26. Visitors will...

LOC takes fresh look at legacy of Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis

by Dr. Carol Johnson Dean -- While Black American history and women’s history are celebrated year-round at LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC), we are pleased that both February and March have offered us another opportunity to highlight the contributions of many in our community whose legacy and...

COVID-19’s ongoing grip reflected in County Commission’s focus

by Jim Coleman --  With the first case of coronavirus in Shelby County occurring exactly a year ago, the Shelby County Board of Commissioners marked the anniversary by hearing a breakdown of COVID-19 vaccination numbers during its Monday (March 8) meeting. Commissioners also passed a couple...

As Ghana turns 64, a next-level kinship with Memphis looms large

by Fred D. Thompson -- Special to The New Tri-State Defender Ghana – the West African country the Memphis in May International Festival has been trying to salute since 2020 – turned 64 on March 6, with a delayed holiday observed on Monday. The Memphis in May...

The slippery slope of legislating by phone – is Tennessee ready?

by Deborah Fisher -- During the pandemic, members of local and state governing bodies have been allowed to conduct meetings electronically per executive order by Gov. Bill Lee. They have not had to hold physical meetings in a physical place. They can hold meetings on Zoom...