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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...
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More than a dozen of the nation’s leading gospel singers and local gospel greats will star in the 44th annual WLOK Stone Soul Picnic from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 1, at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. The daylong 2018 WLOK Stone Soul Picnic will feature gospel favorites,...
Brianna A. Smith
“Now, I may have faith to make mountains fall But if I lack love then I am nothin’ at all I can give away everything I possess But left without love then I have no happiness I know I’m imperfect (I know I’m imperfect) And not without sin (and not without sin) But now that...
by Nicole Lacey Chief Communications Officer Memphis Area Transit Authority  The New Tri-State Defender published a letter to the editor about the Memphis Area Transit Authority and its delivery of service to paratransit customers in its August 2-8, 2018 issue. The letter was written by Dorothy Conner, a bus rider and...
Jason Kessler, who organized the rally, speaks as white supremacists, neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups gather for the Unite the Right rally in Lafayette Park across from the White House August 12, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) Last weekend was the...
by Rev. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. Eugene “Budd” May was born in Jackson, Tenn., in 1923. His family lived on the Frank Calwell farm. While he was picking cotton, Eugene could be seen gazing in the sky at airplanes passing over. He was fascinated and dreamed he would one...
by Williams D. Brack, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Some refuse to acknowledge past injustices as a direct cause of the current state of African-American wealth and business community. With those people particularly in mind, let’s examine the grocery business. In the early 1900s, Malone & Hyde, a wholesale food...
by Joe B. Kent, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The local Memphis establishment routinely telegraphs a closed rigged economic development system. The establishment consists of local government, economic development organizations and traditional press. It is a system that seemingly culturally operates without vital checks and balances that would ordinarily...