Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Community

If it seems like you’re reading about a child getting shot almost every week, there’s a reason for it – it’s because a child is getting shot.  Almost every week.  Last week, The New Tri-State Defender brought you the story of...
It’s been more than three months since Memphis rap icon Young Dolph was gunned down. Jermia “Mia Jaye” Jerdine, his life partner, is still saddened that no one will ever learn what “Old Dolph” might have become. In 2020, Mia...
A dedication service honoring the late Rev. Dr. James O. Pope Sr., former pastor and founder of True Life Missionary Baptist Church, recently was held at the church in advance of a street-naming ceremony. The speaker for the occasion was...
“How in the world did this happen?” Add 1,000-plus dead rats to the need for an answer and you’ve locked in on the outrage directed toward Family Dollar by local leaders and officials about unsanitary conditions at the company’s West...
There are certain words you never want to hear from a child’s mouth – let alone a child in your family.  “Auntie, they shot me,” Legend Johnson told an aunt after gunfire sprayed the South Memphis home where he and...
If you looked closely enough, the story of Memphis’ African American firefighters was already inside the walls of the Fire Museum of Memphis – an item here, an item there, but the artifacts were there.  Museum curator Bill Adelman didn’t...
The lights came back on Tuesday (Feb. 8) for Orange Mound residents Melvin Raines and Marcia Walton. But the restoration blessing was preceded by several days of hardship as the family struggled to grapple with the effects of not...
Orange Mound native Britney Thornton opened JUICE Orange Mound with her vision of helping Orange Mound residents lay hold of the prestige and self-reliance that has deep roots in the historic African-American community. After 11 months of operating at 2363...
Varying versions of two questions – When will my power be back on? Will the schools be open tomorrow? – controlled the narrative for many throughout the daylight hours on Monday and into the evening as the recovery from...