Friday, August 19, 2022

#blacklivesmatter

by Phill Wilson Twenty years ago, I called a few friends to ask them to help me actualize a dream that my best Brister – “Brother and Sister” – Reggie Williams and I had been working on for 10 years....
by JULIETA MARTINELLI / WLPN One of the first prisoners to be released under a new criminal justice reform law is Matthew Charles, a Tennessee man first profiled by WPLN in December 2017. Charles was serving another decade behind bars, but Thursday morning his sentence...
“Artists in the ’70s and ’80s like Curtis Mayfield wrote about and sang about the centuries we have spent in this country – our advances and setbacks, our triumphs and defeats, times of rejoicing and our times of struggle,”...
Now that a Shelby County Commission committee has recommended approval of $1.3 million for planning a new juvenile justice facility, the next step is consideration by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners. The funds would be for design and construction administration...
Regina King makes it easy to say “yes” to an assignment editor’s request for a reporter to join in on a national conference call and listen to an actress talk about her role in a movie. I had already sounded...
“This year I can’t sleep on the vision,” exclaimed Carin Malone. Malone is a well-known poet who goes by the stage name Writeous Soul. She holds the title as Grand Slam Poetry Master, as she’s been doing spoken word for...
NASHVILLE — A Tennessee chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police plans to spend thousands of dollars to boost public support for a white police officer charged with first degree murder in the death of an armed black man. Nashville...
Mass incarceration of African Americans in Memphis and Shelby County has “kept us in poverty,” according to Dr. Demetria Frank, associate professor of law at the University of Memphis and executive director of Project MI (Mass Incarceration). “Putting people in...
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...
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...