Monday, January 17, 2022

Community

Emerle Dianne Smith, mother of The New Tri-State Defender's late publisher, Bernal E. Smith II, passed away at Methodist University Hospital on Thursday (Feb. 21) -- four days before her 75th birthday. A dedicated and devoted sister, mother, aunt, grandmother,...
Shocking and repugnant is how Criminal Court Judge Lee V. Coffee described a report on Sherra Wright’s run-ins with jail staff just a day before her bond hearing on Wednesday morning. Coffee cited the report before setting a $20 million...
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...
by Michelle Wilson Bradley -- Vinvecca B. Gray will be officially installed as the senior pastor at Golden Leaf Church, 1439 N. Hollywood, on April 7 at 3 p.m. “I am still in awe (as to) what God has done,” said...
When your roots extend deep into one of the nation's poorest ZIP codes (38126) and you've stepped into the role of Greater Memphis Chamber chairman, your view of Memphis takes on magnified importance throughout the city. Such is the case...
When Westwood High School graduate Kevin Branch was promoted to colonel – or “full bird” for the Army nerds – in the U.S. Armed Forces on Jan. 11, he was extremely grateful that both of his parents were able...
Long an inspiring fixture in the Orange Mound community, Bishop W.A. Sesley, founding pastor of Morning Star Church Worldwide Ministries, a non-denominational Christian church, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 82. “My father was always involved in community...
The brother of Dr. Mose Yvonne Hooks knew his sister was not doing well during her brief stay at the hospital. He remembered her fondly after receiving news of her death Friday. “She was a very dynamic lady,” said Phillip...
The Memphis City Schools introduced girls’ basketball into the TSSAA school athletic program in 1974. On Jan. 7 (46 years later), Melrose High School’s first girls’ basketball team returned for a well-deserved salute. Members present for the honors were Lois...
by Stacey J. Smith -- Ebony Lemons always looked forward to seeing the bands in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She calls herself a “band nerd.” “I played the clarinet in middle school, high school and some of college, so hearing the...