Monday, August 8, 2022

Culture

In the 28th year of its Memphis celebration, Juneteenth this year will be celebrated in a park that was once dedicated to the memory of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. “I...
by Stacey J. Smith, Special to The New Tri-State Defender When Dr. Brenda Caldwell won a citywide art contest as a first grader at Vollentine Elementary School, she had no idea that it would propel her toward turning paper towels into...
Actress and native Memphian Elise Neal (“Hustle & Flow,” “Rosewood,” “Logan,” “The Hughleys”) has entered into a partnership with ArtUp. Neal will serve as an ArtUp Executive Fellow and will launch a Master Class series, where she and other entertainment...
When I was a kid, I didn’t live close enough to a comic book shop to get there on my bike. My parents would have to take me to Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va., and I’d get my...
by Najee El-Amin -- As African-American History month winds down, a living embodiment of that history received recognition she deserved in Atlanta on Tuesday (Feb. 23).  The Atlanta Police Department honored its first African-American woman officer, Linnie Hallmon Booker, with a...
Fifty-five years last fall, 
local history was being
 made at what’s now the
 University of Memphis
 (then, Memphis State Uni
versity). Barbara Mull, my 
mother, along with six of 
her peers – Sue Parham,
 Jackie Briggs (Sales), 
Shirley Hill (Jones),...
The 49th NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live from Pasadena, Calif. on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) and I will be there to deliver multi-media coverage. Yes, I am excited! Join me at 7 p.m. on Monday...
“Stepping Up!” is the theme for the eighth annual rendition of the Best In Black Awards hosted by the parent company of The New Tri-State Defender and set for Feb. 6 at Central Station Hotel, located at 545 S....
Rodney Stotts is an unlikely figure standing before the room full of young campers. Tall and gaunt in a black T-shirt and shorts, in worn Timberlands, he stands with a large owl perched on his gauntleted hand. He explains...
By Jesse Washington, The Undefeated When Andrew Johnson walked into The Line Up barbershop last April, all eyes focused on him. Since that awful day in December when a referee had forced the 16-year-old Buena Regional High School wrestler to...