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5K walk/run moves residents to juice around the Mound

by Lee R. Watkins, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Eager runners and walkers – about 200 strong – crowded the streets of Orange Mound to participate in an historic event last Saturday. Juice Orange Mound partnered with The Mid-South Gastroenterology Group to host the Round...

PERSPECTIVE: An open letter to an outstanding leader from a local black pastor and activist

by The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Dear Coach (David) Fizdale, Prior to your arrival in Memphis, my relationship with our NBA franchise was complicated. It was a basketball scholarship to LeMoyne-Owen College that brought me to Memphis almost 20 years ago....

Grizz drop nailbiter to Orlando Magic, 101-99

By Sharon Brown, Special to TSDMemphis.com “We didn’t deserve to win the game — You cannot mess with the basketball gods,: said a visibly upset David Fizdale. “I deeply believe in that.” Fizdale continued, “Our huddles were a joke tonight. Our communication was ridiculous. No one...

COMMENTARY: Love your heart…eat seafood

Dr. Clarence Davis, M.D., Special to The New Tri-State Defender As a child growing up in Florida, I have very fond memories of crabbing with my father. There is no smartphone app that can replace the quality time spent with him on those beaches. At the...

From Memphis to Poland with actor Delvyn Brown

by Brenda Sanders, Special to The New Tri-State Defender How do you get to Lodz, Poland. Well, one route is to be born in Chicago, reared in Clarksdale, Miss. and honed as an actor in Memphis. Delvyn Brown traveled that path. In November, he will be...

COMMENTARY: Repeal instant runoff voting? Yes!

by Edmund Ford Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender Voting should be an easy, trusted process. Registered voters should be able to go to their precinct, provide proper ID, push the button for their choice of candidate for each race, and go home, knowing that...

COMMENTARY: Repeal instant runoff voting? No!

by Johnnie Turner and Steve Mulroy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In November 1974, the voters of Ann Arbor, Mich. approved the use of an innovative election method called Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). Five months later, IRV allowed the election of the first-ever African-American mayor, Albert...

Symbols Matter

By Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com "It won’t change anything.” Not immediately. “Don’t you have better things to worry about than statues?” Yes...and no. There are critics of removing the Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis statues on both sides. Supporters of the Confederacy’s legacy say the...

A Tragically Whitewashed Outlook for Memphis

By Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com I spent a great deal of time in 2015 working to ensure that since Memphis is approximately 65 percent black, that the concerns and accomplishments of the black community were felt, seen, and heard. I entered into...