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by Floyd Ivy The fatal shooting of Brandon D. Webber by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday night should not have happened and a lot of people – including myself – have a heavy heart. Brandon was a close friend of mine. A graduate of The Central High School in 2017, I knew...
The Wednesday morning kickoff of the 9th National Suicide and the Black Church Conference served as a gentle reminder that mental health issues can affect those around us at any time, regardless of a person’s sphere of influence or faith. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is a point of reference for...
The iconic Four Way restaurant was still this week. The normally crowded parking lot was empty as the eatery closed to mark the passing of Jo Ellen Bates, 74. Daughter, Patrice Bates Thompson, broke the news of her mother’s passing on social media. “I tried to make you laugh,” Thompson...
  Headlines coming out of “The People’s Convention” were all about Tami Sawyer, the activist-turned-county commissioner now seeking to become the next mayor of Memphis. Sawyer and seven other candidates in multiple races won the title of “The People’s Candidate” in the grassroots nonpartisan political event held June 8 at...
Penalties for low-level drug offenses are too severe, according to some Shelby County Commissioners, who hope to petition the state to make changes once the legislative session reopens next year. Monday night, commissioners approved a resolution requesting the state to allow counties and municipalities to decide how to distribute penalties...
It's no secret that a major key to Memphis' economic revival will be reducing unemployment – specifically, among those with felony convictions. And Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is putting his signature where his speech is. On Tuesday, after participating in a forum aimed at de-stigmatizing the idea of hiring an...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis officials have settled on a simple solution for a Confederate street name challenge: removing a single letter. News outlets report that about 30 signs were changed Monday from Forrest Avenue to Forest Avenue, dropping one "r'' from the spelling. Residents were concerned the initial street...
Note: TSD's Lee Eric Smith was on special assignment for both The New Tri-State Defender and MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. A different version of this story can be found at MLK50.com. In the run-up to The People’s Convention, there were rumblings that the event would be a glorified pep rally...
  By A. Scott Bolden, NNPA Newswire Contributor With uniquely American hypocrisy, the Trump Treasury Department has pushed back the 2016 plan to put escaped slave and Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Tubman would be the first African-American woman featured on U.S. currency. The $20 currently features a...
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Capital resources, technical assistance, networking and scalability – each of these topics is vital for minority entrepreneurs seeking growth. They’re equally important for major corporations seeking supplier diversity. The Memphis Minority Business Council (MMBC) Continuum will highlight these topics and more during the 2019 Economic Development Forum (EDF). This year’s...