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by Carlissa Shaw, Esq. The venue was The Healing Center Full Gospel Baptist Church. Over 100 community members seeking to have their non-conviction cases and other criminal cases expunged were met by a group of enthusiastic lawyers, clerks and volunteers (June 2). The event was sponsored by Mayor Jim Strickland, The...
by Earle J. Fisher November 9, 2016, I woke up with a hangover. I haven’t drunk any alcohol since 2009. But I’m still aware of the symptoms. What happened the previous night had not fully toxified and my body responded with distress. Part of what made the last presidential election so...
Chad Williams, Brandeis University The Conversation via The Associated Press (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The recent decision by the NFL regarding player protests and the national anthem has yet again exposed the fraught relationship between African-Americans and patriotism. The controversy...
by Callie Herd I never knew that by my son attending the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer” would result in producing a historical marker dedication in honor of the African-American soldiers and civilians that fought and died during the Fort Pillow Massacre of 1864. When my son came back from the...
by Williams D. Brack Special to TSDMemphis.com When I arrived back in Memphis after living in Atlanta for eight years, I was happy to be home. Atlanta is booming: cranes seemingly everywhere; people relocating to the city from all over the country and terrible, awful, no-good traffic. While driving around and...
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks onstage at the New Yorker Festival 2015 - The Fire This Time at SIR Stage 37 on October 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for The New Yorker)In a hard-hitting Atlantic essay,...
by Melvin Jones, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The demand that African-Americans work for free (slavery) expired in 1865. But that hasn’t stopped some white business leaders from consistently and collectively denying African-Americans opportunities to increase their wealth. These efforts were usually organized or supported by the Greater Memphis Chamber of...
by Dorothy Bracy Alston Special to The New Tri-State Defender Beyoncé Knowles is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist who loves HBCUs. In the blink of an eye, Beyoncé  has brought national attention to a historical jewel that’s been in its public space since 1856. Wilberforce University was founded at that...
I was chasing a big story in a small Texas town when I came face to face to with my own biases. My trip to central Texas had not been an easy one. The man I came to interview declined to speak with me without saying why. As an African...
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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...
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