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The home-going service for Bernal E. Smith II, publisher of The New Tri-State Defender and a committed servant leader, has been set for Friday. Mr. Smith died at his home Sunday afternoon. His wife, Towanda Smith, said doctors attributed his death to...
Teacher, professor, superintendent and educational advocate, Dr. Mose Yvonne Hooks died on Friday after a brief hospital stay; more details to come. Dr. Hooks, who had a long history of community-engagement service in Memphis and elsewhere, had served as an...
When the first case of COVID-19 appeared in Shelby County last week, apprehension sparked a foreboding that grew into widely-held fear among some of the city’s most vulnerable, according to Dr. Stanley Dowell, who has multiple affiliations with local...
by T. LaShaun Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender After 25 years of leading the congregation at New Sardis Baptist Church, Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray, Jr., will retire next month, culminating an illustrious run at the historic church. “You followed...
Sable Otey got tired of faking it. The Memphis native is an African American woman who will be supporting the Women’s Bobsled team in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The 1993 Disney classic film “Cool Runnings” tells the...
Attorney Van Turner Jr. made his way to a seat reserved for him at the front of the room at the Panhellenic Building on the campus of the University of Memphis, where Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. was celebrating the principle...
Shelby County is looking at more than 9,000 evictions on low-income families hit hard by COVID-19-related shutdown and job loss. Now, thanks to a sibling collaboration of public administrators, thousands could be saved from joining the homeless ranks. Involving General Sessions...
By Lee R. Watkins, Special to TSDMemphis.com The number of U.S. adults considered to have high blood pressure will increase dramatically under new guidelines implemented by medical experts on Monday. The guidelines, published by the American Heart Association and the American...
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright will not fight authorities' attempt to send her from California to Tennessee, where she's charged with killing him nearly eight years ago. The Desert Sun newspaper reports that Sherra...
A new public education fellowship for people of color will spotlight issues of equity and connect stakeholders of diverse backgrounds in the quest to improve student achievement across Tennessee. Sixteen people in the first class of Mosaic Fellows were named...
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