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By Liberty Vittert, Washington University in St Louis (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Donald Trump has waved the words “stop and frisk” around like a banner call to cure violent crime in American cities. That means it’s time to take...
<img width="1400" height="730" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/shirley-chisholm-featured-web.jpg?fit=1400%2C730&ssl=1" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Shirley Chisholm, future member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-NY), announcing her candidacy, 25 January 1972, Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Reports. Light restoration by Adam Cuerden" style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/shirley-chisholm-featured-web.jpg?w=1400&ssl=1 1400w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/shirley-chisholm-featured-web.jpg?resize=150%2C78&ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/shirley-chisholm-featured-web.jpg?resize=300%2C156&ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.blackpressusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/shirley-chisholm-featured-web.jpg?resize=768%2C400&ssl=1...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender The Shelby County Criminal Justice Complex was in dire need of a re-branding. For decades, it was known as the “just us criminal complex.”  It was infamously known as simply 201 Poplar, symbolic of disproportionate arrest and...
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Admit it: Sometimes you go out of your way to avoid a homeless person.   So do I. I’m not proud to say it, but it’s true. If I can’t cross the street to evade them, I search my brain for my pre-programmed “no” response to their inevitable request for...
By now, no one should be surprised that Kanye West is a fan of President Donald Trump. It’s been months since he first posted a selfie wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, so the surprise should be gone. And yet, there we were again Monday morning, talking about West...
By Margaret Hagerman, Mississippi State University (THE CONVERSATION) In America’s children, we often see hope for a better future, especially when it comes to reducing racism. Each new generation of white people, the thinking goes, will naturally and inevitably be more open-minded and tolerant than previous ones. But do we have any...
The streets near my house hum with the sounds of city life. Steady beats of urban music blare from passing cars. Police and emergency-vehicle sirens scream for attention. Parades of well-dressed professionals march by each morning on their way to work. By day, the historical streetscapes come alive with people...
By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger. Willingham isn’t a...
Rhodes College’s new president, Dr. Marjorie Hass, is the 2018 Race for the Cure honorary chairperson. Last Saturday at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, she shared her story of dealing with breast cancer during the 2018 Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi Survivor & Those Living With MBC Luncheon. This is...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender In the late 1950s, I joined my neighbors in the Warren-Alcy-Ball Community to go and chop cotton in Arkansas. We would get up before daybreak, climb into a station wagon, and go to the field. Mrs. Mary...