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Dr. Ishmell Edwards signals end of 50-year career at Rust College

Holly Springs, Miss. – Rust College has announced the retirement of Dr. Ishmell Edwards, vice president for college relations and director of athletics, as of June 1, 2021. Edwards’ retirement caps a higher education career spanning five decades, including leadership as director of student activities,...

COVID-19 UPDATE: Mapping a way forward still a daunting task

by James Coleman -- The elements are hauntingly familiar – rising COVID-19 numbers, the possibility of a vaccine’s mass distribution still unfolding and a looming holiday (in this case Thanksgiving) with the potential for exacerbating the coronavirus’ spread. Against that backdrop local health officials issued new...

Saying farewell to Melvin Jones: ‘A tireless fighter for justice’

Services were held last Saturday (Nov. 21) at Mt. Olive Cathedral C.M.E. Church for entrepreneur Melvin Jones, founder/CEO of the Black Business Director and a former interim editor of the Tri-State Defender. As onsite attendees observed COVID-19 safety protocols, the homegoing service was streamed live...

‘Utility Holiday’ to bring relief for nearly 1,400 MLGW customers impacted by COVID-19

Utility assistance for 1,400 customers impacted by COVID-19 was made available through the Utility “Holiday” program powered by Shelby County Government and Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW). The Utility “Holiday” program served customers who owed $500 or less in previous bills and opted into...

Now, more than ever, the outcome is in our hands

A volatile 2020 is rapidly drawing to a close, perhaps to our collective relief. Everyday acts of heroism and resilience have become inspiringly commonplace. But a succession of social and political challenges, coupled with the upheavals of the COVID-19 pandemic, have made us all...

Melvin Jones – a champion for black businesses – dies

by Florence Howard -- An outspoken, unapologetic and bold champion for minority businesses. That, said a friend of 20-plus years, describes Memphis Black Business Directory founder/CEO Melvin Jones, who died Monday (11/16/20). Attorney Carlee McCullough, former Contract Compliance Officer for the City of Memphis during the...

A special show of love underway in Whitehaven

Whitehaven will be in the spotlight through this weekend as the I Love Whitehaven Neighborhood and Business Association holds its third annual I Love Whitehaven Weekend. Activities kicked off Tuesday (Nov. 17) and run through Sunday (Nov. 22). Among the activities is the Holiday Marketplace, Saturday (Nov....

New date set for Memphis-Tennessee hoops showdown at Bridgestone Arena

The Memphis and Tennessee men’s basketball programs jointly announced Monday that the Tigers and Volunteers neutral-site showdown initially scheduled for this December has been rescheduled for Dec. 18, 2021, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The contest was postponed one year due to the programs’ shared...

2020 Election coverage draws 56.9 million viewers during prime

(Nielsen) – An estimated 56.9 million people tuned in to watch coverage of the 2020 U.S. presidential election during primetime on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. While coverage varied by network, 21 networks aired live coverage from approximately 7 p.m. CT to 10 p.m. CT. The chart...

W.C. Handy Museum to celebrate Handy’s 147th birthday

The W.C. Handy Memphis Home & Museum, operated by Heritage Tours, will celebrate the 147th Birthday Anniversary of W.C. Handy – "Father of the Blues" – on Monday (Nov. 16). Following the ribbon cutting of the redesigned Handy Park on Beale Street at 4 p.m.,...
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