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By Mabra Holeyfield, Special to the New Tri-State Defender I realize that nobody really wants to talk about algebra but stay with me a couple minutes because this is important. The requirement that all students pass algebra in order to graduate from high school is causing many students to drop out...
Friends For Life is well-known in the Mid-South as a lead organization fighting the spread and stigma of HIV/AIDS. “We have served over 25,000 people living with or affected by HIV,” said Eric Paul Leue, Friends for Life's director of prevention. “Within Shelby County, we have about 267 new HIV infections...
Pivoting off of the release of “Free Cyntoia (My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System),” Cyntoia Brown-Long and Joy Doss, #Access901 columnist for The New Tri-State Defender, recently engaged in a conversation that reflects the importance of learning from experience. Their exchange, which took place in advance of...
Dozens of union representatives pledged their support for District 7 Memphis City Council candidate, Michalyn Easter-Thomas, during a reception in her honor Thursday evening. The city workers are hoping that their collaboration will help Easter-Thomas, a Shelby County educator, unseat her opponent, incumbent Councilman Berlin Boyd. The two will face...
National Pan-Hellenic Council of Memphis President Darrell Catron and his delegation beat out the favored city of Baltimore and won their bid to bring the 2019 Biennial National Pan-Hellenic Council to Memphis. Swagged out in their Greek colors, members of the “Divine 9” – moniker for the nine African-American sororities...
Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives (F.F.U.N.) will host its 10th Annual Multicultural Unity in the Community and Family Picnic in Audubon Park, 4145 Southern Ave., on Oct. 19. The event’s theme is “Celebrating Our Differences.” Activities run from noon to 4 p.m. and will be set in the section of the...
The Lynching Sites Project of Memphis (LSP), in partnership with the National Park Service, will host a new marker unveiling and dedication ceremony, followed by a “Courageous Conversation” at Collins CME Chapel Church, 678 Washington St. on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. LSP is remembering two lynching victims, 1851 (victim name...
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the long-serving Democratic congressman from Maryland, died early Thursday morning at the age of 68. Cummings died at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital at 2:45 a.m. Thursday “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” the lawmaker’s office said in a statement, according to WBAL...
Amid a picture of more than $13 billion in ongoing development comes news of a 15 percent rise in poverty across Memphis and Shelby County for 2018 – including a 20 percent increase among African Americans. “We’re still attracting employers that don’t give us potential for increased income,” said Martavius...
The Tennessee Supreme Court will not consider an appeal related to Memphis' removal of statues of Confederate leaders Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis from two parks. City officials circumvented a state law limiting the removal of historical memorials from public property by selling the parks to a private nonprofit. Davidson...