Thursday, May 19, 2022

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A COVID Christmas sets up prospect of a Happy New Year

by Candace A. Gray -- ’Twas the day before Christmas. While some families were making their final preparations for the holidays, wrapping presents and starting to cook lavish holiday meals, other families were trying to get tested for COVID-19. My family was one of the...

Viewing 2021’s top topics through my education lens

by Curtis Weathers -- Looking through my education lens, three topics with historic implications captured my attention more so than any others – the pandemic and the rise of virtual learning, critical race theory and the violence and senseless killing of so many of our...

Commission says OK to pay hikes

by James Coleman -- Shelby County’s mayor, sheriff and county commissioners will receive pay hikes next year after the County Commission approved the increases in separate votes Monday (Dec. 20).  Beginning when the elected officials start their terms on Sept. 1: ■ Commissioners are set to make...

Finally, justice for Jarmelle ‘Jo Jo’ Jones – a Memphis slain pharaoh

by Carlissa Shaw, Esq. -- On Nov. 28, 2014, the news of the slaying of Jarmelle “Jo Jo” Jones during what seemed to be a home invasion rocked an entire community of young Memphians. As one commentator said at the time, Memphis lost a pharaoh. More than...

Council takes a pause on residency requirements for police, firefighters

by James Coleman -- The debate over easing residency requirements for city police officers and firefighters remains at a standstill until the new year after a proposed ordinance to let voters decide the issue in a referendum next year was pulled during the Tuesday (Dec....

Inaugural Race for Reconciliation to target healing, honor, hope

by Brianna Smith-Herman -- “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you must keep moving forward.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While life during a global pandemic is anything but normal,...

Wallet warning: Holiday shopping and charitable giving

by Regina Morrison Newman -- Tis the season of gifting, giving and grifting. While most of us are caught up in the holiday spirit on the first two, scammers and thieves are busy figuring out how they can take advantage of your generosity. The 2021 holiday...

Former NBA stalwart teams with Memphis Branch NAACP to serve area youth

by Liaudwin Seaberry Jr. -- Former NBA star Stephen Jackson achieved numerous accolades throughout his successful pro basketball career, which included winning a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.  After his 14-year NBA run, Jackson embarked upon a media career that now includes co-hosting...

Young Dolph memorial was fit for a Memphis king

by Brianna Smith-Herman -- Young Dolph’s life and his legacy were celebrated at a public memorial held at the FedExForum Thursday, a day after a designated street naming in honor of the renowned Memphis rapper and a month after his murder. The memorial service included speeches...

Good news for the holidays — and Merry Christmas to our educators!

by Curtis Weathers -- Well, this past week, I went searching high and low for some good news that might perk us up at the end of what has undoubtedly been one of the most memorable years in our lifetime. I wanted to focus, of course,...