Commentary

The following was first published in print and online for Independence Day 2018. Given the heated political environment, a sprawling filed of Democratic candidates for president and ongoing concerns about Russian interference in the 2020 election, we think it's timely to share this column from NNPA Award-winning columnist Lee...
By Brad Watkins, Executive Director of the Mid South Peace and Justice Institute Here at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center we work on a regular basis with low income renters across a variety of properties. A growing problem is the large numbers of illegal evictions in Shelby County performed by...
by Carlos Ochoa Legal documents show that Memphis City Council attorney Allan Wade is actively working to impede the implementation of ranked choice voting (RCV), an issue which has been decided by Memphis voters in both 2008 and 2018. Wade argues in legal documents that RCV cannot be implemented in Memphis...
by Kirstin Cheers, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In the biblical compendium of King David’s life, he’s characterized as a boy with many talents and responsibilities. Among those talents and responsibilities was music. Before David famously kills Goliath, King Saul invites the boy to play his lyre (harp) exclusively for Saul...
by Latrivia Welch Special to The New Tri-State Defender The non-partisan Memphis Women’s Political Caucus is very serious when it comes to mobilizing women in Memphis. Accented by different socioeconomic, religious, cultural and racial backgrounds, new and veteran members recently gathered at Crazy Italians in Cordova for a discussion that would...
by Osborne Burks and Lee Harris, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Driving remains the most prevalent mode of transportation in Tennessee.  We drive to work, to school, to the grocery store, to medical appointments, to our houses of worship, and to our kids’ sporting events. Some joke that we...
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...
  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...
by Khalil Abdullah TriceEdneyWire.com WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jeri Green’s passion for the census is still sunrise bright. An outspoken champion of the concerns of African Africans and any people who have been diminished, marginalized or systemically undercounted, she is an enthusiastic and determined advocate for how participation in the census can...
by Mabra Holeyfield --  Who does the attorney general work for? That appears to be a very simple and easy question. Everyone knows the attorney general, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, works for the American people. In practice, however, it doesn’t usually work that way. When the president is putting together his...