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By Jesse Washington, The Undefeated Jim Brown is getting lambasted for the same thing the black community used to praise him for: defiant action to uplift African-Americans, by any means necessary. Last week, Brown met with President Donald Trump and Kanye West in the Oval Office for an orchestrated show of...
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By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press BENNINGTON, Vt. — Voters in this very liberal, very white state made Kiah Morris a pioneer when in 2014 they elected her as its first black female legislator. Two years later, another Vermont surfaced: racist threats that eventually forced her to leave office in fear and...
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Earlier this year, the National Civil Rights Museum paused to recognize a historic date from 1968 – the April 4 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., right on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel. This year, the NCRM’s 2018 Freedom Award wants to shine some light on...
Renowned trial lawyer Benjamin Crump says almost every police-shooting case he’s ever tried involved Tennessee vs. Garner, a landmark case that originated with a police shooting in Memphis in 1974. The Tennessee vs. Garner decision prohibits police officers from shooting fleeing suspects unless they pose a significant threat to the...
By Cole Bradley, High Ground News Lashicka Drinkwater leans against the wall outside of a classroom in the basement of Pursuit of God Church in Frayser. Her 14 month-old baby plays in the nursery next door. Drinkwater is on break between lessons at a new class for ‘kin and kith’...
Whatever it’s called – M-Town, Bluff City, The River City, Big M, Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll – Memphis is well loved by those who know her best. This month’s launch of a new campaign calls on Memphians to join city government to fight the litter...
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...
“You have to take responsibility for you, for creating the path to the future you desire. No one can do that for you. The choices you make, determine your fate.” – Bernal Elery Smith II October 22 will mark one year since my father, Bernal Elery Smith II, passed away...
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In the spirit of full disclosure, I haven't seen this clip. Honestly, I wasn't even looking for it. I was looking for a video clip for another post when this popped up. And really when the headline says: "Kanye West's meeting with President Donald Trump," do you need more description?...
by Erica R. Williams Special to The New Tri-State Defender It’s a controversial ballot that could disqualify some voters, especially those of low socio-economic status. This is the claim asserted by a trio of elected leaders who urged voters to take a closer look at the November 6 ballot.  “Let’s not go...