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Imagine being a pastor, an entrepreneur, an author, and leader of the largest African-American Pentecostal denomination in the world. The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard thrives on managing all those roles because of his...
by James Coleman, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Memphis City Council members sent a shot across the bow of the gun-friendly Tennessee General Assembly Tuesday (July 11) with the unanimous passage of referendum questions that seek to tighten firearm...
by James Coleman, Special to The New Tri-State Defender An annual shortfall in tree trimming is one of the key causes of widespread power outages that typically occur during weather events in Memphis, according to an update provided by Memphis...
by Adrian Sainz --  A former Memphis Fire Department emergency medical technician told a Tennessee board Friday that officers “impeded patient care” by refusing to remove Tyre Nichols ′ handcuffs, which would have allowed EMTs to check his vital signs after he...
by Michael R. Sisak -- NEW YORK – Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B spoke to girls in a police mentorship program last Friday as part of what she says has been an eye-opening and emotional week performing court-mandated community service for...
It would have been perfectly understandable if the family of Tyre D. Nichols had chosen not to come to Mason Temple on the cold, icy night that was the eve of his funeral. However, they were there because it...
The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of the court’s 49-year-old landmark Roe vs. Wade decision, which protected a woman’s right to an abortion, ignited a fire of outraged protests across the country by abortion supporters.  The high court’s reversal was announced...
A mid-March press conference Downtown in front of the Shelby County Election Commission warned of legal action if African-American churches designated as voting sites were not opened for day one of early voting for the May 3 election. The Election...
by Adrian Sainz -- A jury on Monday convicted Billy Ray Turner in the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose bullet-riddled body was found in a field nearly 12 years ago in his hometown of Memphis. The 12-person...
Former Tennessee state Sen. Katrina Robinson – expelled from office after a conviction for using federal grant money on wedding expenses instead of the nursing school she operates – was sentenced Friday to a year of probation but no...