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Diversity of contributions in the legal community was the cause for celebration as hundreds filled the scenic ballroom of the Guest House at Graceland for the second Unity in Diversity Scholarship Banquet event. Featured speaker was the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater, the first African-American director of...
Prominent Memphis businessman Mike Bowen has been killed in a car crash in Costa Rica. The 61-year-old Bowen died Saturday. T-Shirt Champions confirmed the death of its CEO in a tweet. Bowen was CEO and president of Champion Awards and Apparel and graduated from Memphis State University, which is now the...
Looking to turn your idea into a six-figure business? Akamai Enterprise wants to help. The coaching and consulting firm will host a seminar and expo workshop for new and aspiring business owners on Feb. 23 at Bass Pro Shops. “Starting a new business is always a bit frightening and a bit...
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...
The grant application process for the Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis (PBWM) is open now through March 15, 2019. The primary areas of focus for grant consideration include: Career development, Education, Entrepreneurship, Health and Scholarship. The grant guidelines and eligibility include the following: Must have a 501 © 3 tax-exempt designation...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Music visionary Al Bell – this year’s recipient of the Authur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award – still lives on words of inspiration embraced by renowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and passed along to Bell by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s...
Two weeks ago, 24-year-old DeAndre Bramlett felt hopeless and alone. He had no job, no prospects, and no money to take care of his son, Kamyron, only a year old. Tuesday, he turned 25. And in all his 25 years, DeAndre had never had a birthday cake. That all changed...
It was crazy, good, fun designed to be another step in getting a youth boxing revolution to take hold in Memphis. “Boxing at the Pipkin 2” on the campus of the old Fairgrounds brought out families from Memphis and the Mid-South to watch budding, young boxers bump gloves and throw...
The Memphis City Council delayed for two weeks a vote on proposed rate hikes as well as an operating budget for Memphis Light Gas and Water at its meeting Tuesday. And after the meeting, Council Chairman Kemp Conrad said he does not see what difference two weeks will make. “It doesn’t...
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I've observed an ironic paradox as I drive around the streets of Memphis. And it has to do with historical markers. On one hand, they were all erected to bring attention to the people and events that have shaped our communities, our city and the state of Tennessee. The irony...