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Tennessee State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) recalled the grim day that he witnessed violence outside of his apartment as a 4-year-old growing up in Los Angeles. “I remember seeing a man lying outside on the steps, and he was bleeding out,” Parkinson recounted. “My mother told us to walk around...
Anyone who thinks the black church is a bygone relic with no relevance to the social justice struggles of today, you may need to reassess. “The church” is obviously not a monolith and is taking on everything from mental illness to HIV/AIDS to mass incarceration. In that vein, Rev. Raphael...
Mixed emotions circulated the Frayser Exchange Club on Thursday as community leaders deviated from their scheduled agenda to focused on the events that had transpired in their community less than 24 hours before. Just blocks away, 20-year-old Brandon Webber was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals, igniting protests from...
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 School in 2017, I knew...
Alice Marie Johnson, the author of “After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom,” will share her story during a special presentation at the National Civil Rights Museum on June 3. Johnson earned national attention when reality star and business mogul Kim Kardashian West advocated for her release from prison....
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Delucca “Lucca” Rolle, the 15-year-old high school student who was punched and had his head slammed against the concrete by law enforcement officers last month, joined his attorney and several prominent civil rights activists in a peaceful demonstration in Florida to denounce police...
Looking for something exciting to do this Friday and Saturday? How about a crash course in grassroots community organizing and politics? It’s available Friday and Saturday at the Tennessee Regional Black Millennial Convention’s “Black Millennials Unbossed & Unapologetic Summit” that kicks off with a Friday banquet from 7-10 p.m. at...
Using a Facebook post headlined "KEEPING YOU INFORMED," the Memphis Police Department has announced that an officer who shot and wounded a driver last year has resigned, and three others have been given unpaid suspensions. According to MPD, 26-year-old Jamarcus Jeames resigned last week during an administrative hearing. Police have said...
The entire student body at Memphis Academy of Health Sciences hosted a program on Thursday afternoon for a missing student who no one has seen or heard from since last year. “Hearts for Johniah: An Ongoing Celebration of Love” brought back front and center Johniah Frazier, the 16-year-old teen who...
by Dr. Earle J. Fisher --  On April 29, 2018, Jennifer Schulte called the police because she saw two African-American men using a public park charcoal grill in Oakland, Calif. Schulte, now referred to as “BBQ Becky,” saw black people in public – enjoying themselves – and projected suspicion upon...