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Boom! Supreme Court’s decision blows up decades of legal footing for abortion rights

For some, it was the dreaded arrival of a threatening sea change. Others likened it to deliverance from a menacing threat to life. Either way, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion is a game-changer. On Friday, soon after...

Leave or stay? Local groups push to replace TVA as power source

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division’s first public release of information about bids it has received for a possible new electric power supplier drew criticism Tuesday (June 14), regarding the fairness and transparency of the bidding process. The criticism came during an “Alternatives to TVA:...

Heal The Hood kicks off its ‘Cool Summer’ with focus on positivity, safety

With school out for the summer and the official start of the season on the horizon, the Heal the Hood (HTH) Foundation of Memphis has launched its “Cool Summer” initiative to “set the tone for a positive and safe summer in Memphis.” The weekend kickoff...

Whitehaven Black Restaurant Week links to Juneteenth celebration

Whitehaven Black Restaurant Week has been moved to the week leading up to the celebration of Juneteenth, which now is a national holiday. “We want to be more intentional about our spending and connect that to Juneteenth,” said Pearl Eva Walker, the founder of the...

Coming Thursday: State of Housing in Black America, the Memphis Edition

The State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA), the Memphis Edition, is set for Thursday, June 9th at The Crescent Club beginning at 10 a.m. Hosted by the Memphis Realtist® Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. ® (NAREB), the event is...

With a boost from the Orpheum, Vera Brown and Brima Gassama are Broadway-bound

Brima Gassama of Germantown High School and Crosstown High School’s Vera Brown will represent the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards at The National High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Jimmy Awards – at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. Gassama and Brown emerged as...

On tour: Tennessee Black Caucus

The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators kicks off its statewide tour this week, with the last of four stops scheduled in Memphis on June 16 as part of the Juneteenth Weekend. The tour begins Thursday (June 2) in Knoxville. It continues to Chattanooga (June...

The nuts and bolts of the Girls N’ Pearls Candid Conversation Summit

Three concepts – healing, strengthening, and transformation – have been woven into a theme for the upcoming Girls N’ Pearls Candid Conversation Summit shaped by UCAN of Memphis and its executive director, Leshundra Robinson. Robinson and the UCAN team are putting in the work to...

Southwest carves out timeframe for virtual operations

Southwest Tennessee Community College will move to virtual learning and services on Fridays only, from May 27 through August 12. During the designated period, all classes will be held online and employees will work remotely. Southwest locations will be closed with the exception of its...

Conference pitched to help small business owners gain access to capital

The backdrop for the upcoming Access Granted Conference is framed with this question: “Did you know that Memphis is 63 percent Black and yet Black-owned businesses earn less than 1 percent of all business receipts?” Vowing to change that picture, the organizers are pitching an...