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U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) made a major appeal to Black voters last week at Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network event.The gathering included a handful of his fellow Democratic senators—Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kristin Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren.Senator Booker highlighted the impact African-American voters made on the election of the...
Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner has noticed a major uptick in crime, especially among juveniles and young adults in Shelby County, he said in a recent interview with The New Tri-State Defender. The increased involvement of juveniles in crime will be a major challenge for the next Shelby County Sheriff,...
It is an office that runs on paperwork and affects a large number of the juveniles who come from broken homes and who get into legal trouble in Shelby County. That makes the clerk of the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County one of the most important positions...
Four candidates – three Democrats and a lone Republican – are asking voters in the Shelby County Board of Commissioners’ District 7 for support in clearing the first election hurdle to representing the district contained within ZIP code 38108. The Democratic Primary is contested territory for Eric Dunn, Stephanie Gatewood...
So… an aging parent begins to slip into the gloomy abyss of dementia. Say, a mother. At first, forgetting little things like where she laid the car keys are easily hidden. But the disease gradually starts to encroach on the simplest of tasks. A drive to the neighborhood “dollar...
by Joyce Kyles, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis recently honored three Memphians who have made it their mission to be a positive force in the city, whether it’s working with children or other women in Memphis. The Rev. Sonia Louden Walker, Fredrika “Freddi”...
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BACKDROP: Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 workers. The announcement Tuesday comes...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. Special to The New Tri-State Defender Leading up to the MLK50 commemoration, I heard over and over again, “nothing has changed.” One has to be blind, cripple, crawling and crazy to literally believe nothing has changed in Memphis for African Americans in the past...
As election season heats up in municipal, county, state and national elections, you need good information to make the best choice at the polls. That’s why we’ve created “Power & Politics” as a home for candidates’ surveys at TSDMemphis.com! Leading our political coverage is veteran journalist John Semien. But you’ll...
The city of Memphis had not asked for and did not expect to get any state funding to help finance the bicentennial celebration next year, according to a spokesperson for the city. The Republican-dominated House voted Tuesday to punish Memphis for removing Confederate monuments from its parks by taking $250,000...
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