Commentary

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...
by Karu F. Daniels --  AmeriKKKa’s favorite president had special requests for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on his first visit back in 2017. The newly appointed Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III offers some revelations about the then soon-to-be president’s visit in his upcoming memoir, A Fool’s...
by Meili Powell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Two years ago, I started as a third-grade reading teacher in Shelby County Schools (SCS). I knew that third grade was the strongest predictor of long-term learning success, but I did not know the complexity behind the immense literacy gaps within...
By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Newswire Contributor America’s nagging racial wealth gap has been the focus of many research reports and economic policy debates. Now new research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared or denied with consumers of color. Authored by the...
Far too often, our diversity strategy consists of zeroing in on the problem, and then yelling, “Ready, fire, aim.” The chances of hitting the right mark are small, and the risk of injury to innocent bystanders is quite high. Let me explain how it works. Recently, a gentleman seated near me...
Dr. Andre Perry of the Brookings Institute and the Hechinger Report delved into his research on race and structural inequality, education and economic inclusion during a visit to LeMoyne-Owen College last week.  Perry’s visit to Memphis’ only HBCU (historically black college and university) included an interview with Brian Clay of...
by Linda S. Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Diversity operates much like a brand new car. If you get behind the wheel without reading a manual or book, you significantly increase your risks of having a mishap, breakdown or accident. You’re the driver so don’t blame the car....
By Brian Clay I have been “strategically quiet” about the goings on in D.C. For one reason, it’s been exasperating trying to address “the occupier” of the White House, “45.” (I will not dignify him as President, or call his name.) “45” has openly turned what we know as “The Presidency”...
President Trump, King Solomon and I went to breakfast last night and he told me to share this Bible verse with you: Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7). Wisdom is simply knowledge gained through experience.  Understanding is knowing when and how...
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...