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68-year-old swimmer competes in National Senior Olympics

by Jannelle Walker, Special to The New Tri-State Defender This week, 68-year-old Loretta Griffin became the first African-American Memphian to compete in the National Senior Olympics for swimming, coming full circle from her days of doing water aerobics at the Davis YMCA in Whitehaven. The New...

Adult learners ‘reconnect’ at Southwest

by Destiny Royston, Special to The New Tri-State Defender As the demand for workers with degrees beyond high school increases, more adults are returning to school to be competitive in the working world. In Memphis, that involves Southwest Tennessee Community College seeing more adult learners...

Organ transplant recipients to be pacesetters at ‘Ride For Life’

by Floyd Ivy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender “When I received my organ in 2015,” said Amber Pettis, “I knew that my second chance at life came with responsibilities – to live life to its fullest, to share my story, to encourage organ donation...

Memphis Women’s Political Caucus debuts with election-season focus

by Latrivia Welch Special to The New Tri-State Defender The non-partisan Memphis Women’s Political Caucus is very serious when it comes to mobilizing women in Memphis. Accented by different socioeconomic, religious, cultural and racial backgrounds, new and veteran members recently gathered at Crazy Italians in Cordova...

COMMENTARY: State doing a disservice to its residents by delaying driver’s license reinstatements

by Osborne Burks and Lee Harris, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Driving remains the most prevalent mode of transportation in Tennessee.  We drive to work, to school, to the grocery store, to medical appointments, to our houses of worship, and to our kids’ sporting...

COMMENTARY: Happy Birthday, Mr. Robert R. Church!

by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender With a 7 p.m. parade down Beale Street to Church Park, Memphis will celebrate the birth of Robert Reid Church Sr. as a part of the Memphis Bicentennial Tuesday, June 18. Mayor Jim...

COMMENTARY: A Bicentennial letter to Mempho

by Howard Robertson Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender During this, the bicentennial of Memphis, my birthplace and hometown, I celebrate with a sense of pride, loyalty and appreciation that this is where my ancestors established roots, toiled, strived and made a way for...

COMMENTARY: The Brandon Webber I knew

by Floyd Ivy The fatal shooting of Brandon D. Webber by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday night should not have happened and a lot of people – including myself – have a heavy heart. Brandon was a close friend of mine. A graduate of The Central High...

Jeri Green’s life-long crusade to reverse historic undercounts

by Khalil Abdullah TriceEdneyWire.com WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jeri Green’s passion for the census is still sunrise bright. An outspoken champion of the concerns of African Africans and any people who have been diminished, marginalized or systemically undercounted, she is an enthusiastic and determined advocate for how...

If you were president, who would be your attorney general?

by Mabra Holeyfield --  Who does the attorney general work for? That appears to be a very simple and easy question. Everyone knows the attorney general, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, works for the American people. In practice, however, it doesn’t usually work that way. When the...