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Local activist Pamela Moses wants her name on the October 3rd ballot and will move forward with a lawsuit against the Shelby County Election Commission and state of Tennessee despite a Chancery Court judge’s denial of her request for a temporary restraining order. The injunction, which was denied on Thursday,...
Memphis Regional Chamber is planning a major career event that has the goal of helping 10,000 citizens secure job training and placement over the next 12 to 36 months.  More than 60 employers will be on hand to hire on the spot, or offer career enhancement training to under-skilled citizens....
With less than a month left to register to vote in the Oct. 3 municipal elections, voter registration organizers are working to avoid an all too familiar happening.  More than 500,000 people are registered to vote in Shelby County, but historically only a small fraction of them actually make it...
The Memphis Urban League, Inc. on Thursday (Aug. 15) will host an informational meet and greet event to kick off its participation in a partnership to increase minority involvement in energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades. The unveiling of the partnership linking the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee Urban...
NEW YORK — The pairing of the NFL and rapper-businessman-activist Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is surprising, but it actually makes tremendous sense for the buttoned-down league. As part of a long-term agreement that will be announced during a news conference on Wednesday, Carter’s Roc Nation entertainment company will lead the NFL’s...
Shelby County Schools has opened up additional screening dates for students who will turn 5 years-old during the state-approved timeframe of August 16 - September 30. Please note, this extension is for new screenings only – no re-screenings. Call for an appointment. Screenings take place at the Board of...
Memphis mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer has enlisted the help of Angela Rye, CNN commentator, national political strategist and activist, who says, “I don’t support campaigns, fundraisers or endorsements unless I really feel it.” Rye is spending several days in Memphis this week to raise funds and support for Sawyer, the...
Billy Ray Turner, who is awaiting a September trial in the killing of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on a separate gun charge. Judge Lee Coffee sentenced Turner during a hearing Thursday in Memphis. Turner pleaded guilty in June to possessing a weapon...
by Destiny Royston, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Memphis is experiencing a serious problem with homelessness and poverty among veterans but a new nonprofit is hoping to ease the burden. On Aug. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Help the Homeless Veterans will host a food and clothing drive in...
“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” – Toni Morrison (1931-2019) Dear Sista Toni,  I met you (used loosely here) almost 10 years ago. It was very brief. I was doing PR for the National Black Writers Conference. Amiri Baraka was there as well. I couldn’t believe how blessed I was...