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Lane College president delivers State of the College address: ‘I count it all joy’

(Lane College President Logan Hampton detailed the State of the College while addressing the Lane College National Alumni Association Annual Meeting in Memphis on July 19. Here are excerpts from his talk.) …Today, I am delighted to update you on the happenings of Lane College. …Time...

TSU, Apple host national coding academy

NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University is launching a national initiative that seeks to bring coding experiences to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and underserved communities. TSU hosted the inaugural “HBCU C2 Presidential Academy” this week through its newly established National Center for Smart Technology Innovations. HBCU C2 will...

IN THE MAIL: Sounding off about the mockery of ‘45, the occupier’

By Brian Clay I have been “strategically quiet” about the goings on in D.C. For one reason, it’s been exasperating trying to address “the occupier” of the White House, “45.” (I will not dignify him as President, or call his name.) “45” has openly turned what...

Beer & Blog just in time for July 4th celebrations

by Latrivia Welch I’m not the grill master at home, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t aspire to be one day. My husband has his own camouflage man-apron complete with beer inserts and a customized grill kit that is kept in an undisclosed location....

IN THE MAIL: Growing concerns about illegal evictions

By Brad Watkins, Executive Director of the Mid South Peace and Justice Institute Here at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center we work on a regular basis with low income renters across a variety of properties. A growing problem is the large numbers of illegal evictions...

Mae Della Frison crosses the century mark

by Jannelle M. Walker, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Among the many lessons Mae Della Frison has learned over the last 100 years is the value – and pleasure – of sharing. A birthday party held recently at Macon (Tenn.) Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship...

RADICAL PROSPERITY: Do you have a big enough ‘why?’ for changing how you eat?

by Lucy Shaw, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Welcome back to Radical Prosperity #2! Right after my last article, I had to make some big life changes. I have been busy creating and sustaining hope in my own life while maintaining my commitment to do...

Lessons lace ‘The Bobby DeBarge Story’

Well-renowned rapper/actor Antwon “Big Boi” Patton has secured the role of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy in the upcoming film, “The Bobby DeBarge Story.” Big Boi works alongside actor Roshon Fegan, who plays the lead role of Bobby DeBarge. The two recently joined other cast...

COMMENTARY: City Council seeks to undermine 2008, 2018 election results

by Carlos Ochoa Legal documents show that Memphis City Council attorney Allan Wade is actively working to impede the implementation of ranked choice voting (RCV), an issue which has been decided by Memphis voters in both 2008 and 2018. Wade argues in legal documents that RCV...

COMMENTARY: Could music and religion be the marriage Memphis needs?

by Kirstin Cheers, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In the biblical compendium of King David’s life, he’s characterized as a boy with many talents and responsibilities. Among those talents and responsibilities was music. Before David famously kills Goliath, King Saul invites the boy to play his...