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by Stacy M. Brown NEW YORK -- Racism and prejudice are omnipresent and internalized within America’s institutions, media and myriad entities. One example can be traced to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to Camille Cosby, wife of imprisoned Bill Cosby. The intensely private Mrs. Cosby opened her New York...
For the second time in two years, the Faculty Senate at LeMoyne-Owen College has issued a vote of no confidence for LOC President Andrea Miller – this time on allegations that she presented the words of televangelist Joel Osteen as her own during the college’s recent convocation. By definition, that’s...
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I first met "Chef Gary" Williams as I was writing a preview of the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week back in 2016. Though I did not know him well, I had to remind myself of that fact – from the first time I met him, he treated me like...
In a show of support for arts in education, Memphis Challenge chose music as the way to kick off its 30th-anniversary celebration with an evening of entertainment, Jazzin’ Around 7, Friday at 7 p.m. at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts in Downtown Memphis. The fundraiser will support...
Word of Former Pres. George Herbert Walker Bush’s passing opened a door to a space in my mind where I had stored memories from 35 years ago. I used a different name then, Leroy Williams Jr. Under that byline, I wrote a string of stories that appeared in The Commercial...
This year marks Playback Memphis’ 10th anniversary of being about the business of fostering healing between the police and residents of this city amid a longstanding rift between law enforcement and black and brown people. The problem scenario now is unfolding against the backdrop of a bitter political climate and...
Lonnie Treadaway has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Dist. 1 Memphis City Council seat – a move that was made known Wednesday during a specially-called council meeting with only five members in attendance.  That left only one candidate, Rhonda Logan, in the race to succeed Bill Morrison, who...
It will take time to heal the wound left by the tragic death of 9-year-old Kameron Johnson, the lone fatality of a terrifying and traumatic bus accident in Arkansas that injured 45 others Monday morning. But the city and nation have responded rapidly with condolences and donations to help make...
Carolyn Chism Hardy is a trailblazer who has journeyed from poverty to prosperity. In her book, “Look Up: Five Principles for Intentional Leadership,” she shares the principles she’s learned along that journey. She is from Memphis (Orange Mound to be exact), graduated from Melrose High School and Memphis State...
“We had to make a statement that we were not going to go along with the okey-doke,” said District 3 City Councilwoman Patrice Robinson, one of four Memphis City Council members who walked out of Tuesday’s session and left the body short of a quorum. “Sometimes as a community and...