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Southwest TN Community College to livestream play about Alzheimer’s Disease

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender An artful, multi-media presentation of Alzheimer’s awareness will soon take the stage at Southwest Tennessee Community College, allowing live-stream viewers throughout the Mid-South to post comments as the action unfolds. “Some Day For a Crown”...

Grammy-award producer signs local pastor to recording contract

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender A two-time, Grammy-award producer had just one small request when he signed local pastor and gospel musician Larry S. Lewis to his label: “Write me just one more Grammy-winning song before I leave here.” Sure....

Rev. Earle Fisher: Where have we gone from there?

by Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to the New Tri-State Defender Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968 continues to leave a social, political and spiritual stain that has yet to be cleansed. King’s prophetic initiatives – especially around the eradication of poverty,...

Rev. Rosalyn R. Nichols: The church, women’s rights and the #MeToo movement — Where do we go from here?

by Rev. Rosalyn Regina Nichols, Special to The New Tri-State Defender As an African-American woman, I find myself pondering a question that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked 50-plus years ago: “Where do we go from here?” I do so in the shadow of the #MeToo...

On to the White House, say ‘Black Farmers’

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Now is the time to strike – while the iron is hot, so to speak. A VIP invitation to leaders of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) make them hopeful that more than $1.2 billion will finally be paid out...

Trump’s Nashville visit has reps for black farmers hopeful

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell Two local members of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) were front and center Monday to hear President Donald Trump address the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Convention in Nashville. They are hopeful that this “is just the beginning.” VIP invitations...

Rough start challenges LeMoyne-Owen’s Magicians

by Keith Sanders The Magicians of The LeMoyne-Owen College will take two sets of numbers – 4-8, 1-6 – with them when they take the court against Morehouse in Atlanta on Thursday. LOC has won four times and lost eight so far into the 2017-18 basketball...

Brother, can you please spare some change?

by Sandra (Saidi) Upchurch, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Quite often, I have been asked by strangers, “sister, can you spare your change with me?” Usually, the request is money to buy food or gasoline. If I had any spare change I would gladly...

For Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., it’s time to make a move

by T. LaShaun Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender After 25 years of leading the congregation at New Sardis Baptist Church, Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray, Jr., will retire next month, culminating an illustrious run at the historic church. “You followed and supported me in civic,...

Nation of Islam training seminar challenges the ‘less-than’ syndrome

 Lee R. Watkins, Special to The New Tri-State Defender When one mentions martial arts and religion in the same context, naturally the association that comes to mind is Asian culture or Eastern religions. Martial arts, however, is also prevalent in the Islamic community, where it...