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The Freedmen’s Bureau/drawn by A.R. Waud (Library of Congress)Post-Civil War records point to a common fate for many African Americans after emancipation.Dear Professor Gates:I’m searching for any information on my third great-grandfather Hardy Dykes, who was born in 1843. I assume that he was born in or near...
Speakers, labs, worship, lunch and free resources for student ministries – Welcome to The Josiah Experience. “This event will be an investment and encourage those youth pastors and their teams that are making a lasting impact in the lives of students,” said the Rev. Bobby Hampton Jr., youth and young...
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by Brianna A. Smith, Special to The New Tri-State Defender LONG BEACH, Calif. – Smokin’ Grooves is a new but old essential entry in the ever-crowded music festival season. It was the first amphitheater tour where nearly all the performers were rooted in hip-hop. Smokin’ Grooves launched throughout North America in 1996, appearing...
For more than three decades, the Africa in April International Festival has entertained, educated and kept its revelers engaged in multicultural celebrations of African countries. Meaningful bonds have been nurtured between Memphis and the African continent because of the authentic enactments of dance, song, culinary art, aesthetic creations and all...
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Get to know the name Jermaine Middleton. The all-around athlete is currently climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and next year, he’ll be the first American-born black man to reach the summit of Mount Everest. (photo courtesy of Jermaine Middleton) Jermaine Middleton is an anomaly. The 30-year-old Atlanta-based businessman has always dared to...
More than just a couple of college teams vying for bragging rights -- and high-stepping bands that battle it out at halftime -- the Southern Heritage Classic is every bit a cultural celebration. In fact, that’s the evolved 2018 name: the 29th Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration. It goes down...
A conference of people with a view of “end times” that differs from a more commonly held view will unfold in Memphis over a three-day stretch later this month. The Memphis Eschatology (End-times) Conference 2018 will be held at the Church of Christ, 33 E. Raines Rd. October 19-20.  As a...
by Michelle Wilson Bradley, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Economic equity, Education reform and immigration/intercultural equity were the three issues voted on by attendees at the MICAH Convention held this past Sunday at Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Ave. “We are here to come together to build a powerful coalition...
by L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender The term actualize means to make a reality by action. If we are to really celebrate Thanksgiving 2018, let us transform the celebration into an action plan. The thing to do is focus on the needs of others...
Photo: Valerie Caviness/Michael Priest Photography “I always say that if I were not a celebrity, I’d be invisible” said Viola Davis as she sat across from NPR’s Audie Cornish. The Emmy, the Tony and the Academy Award-winning actress is a black woman from South Carolina. Her father trained horses and her...