Commentary

I was not exactly surprised last Thursday when I got a text message from my son's daycare saying they'd be closed on Friday. It's not even been a full week, but the avalanche of closings – at that time, most notably the suspension of the NBA season – was...
Last week, I attended the very first service at Pursuit of God's new facility on North Watkins in Frayser. Nearly 600 people attended, and the place was rocking with spirit. I have no idea how many people were there yesterday (March 15), because I didn't go. I can't directly attribute...
by Isaac A. Wright II -- As we stand on the eve of the transition of leadership at Greater Lakeview M.B. Church that has been under the watch of Pastor Joe E. Hayes Sr for the last 45 years, I can’t help but to think about the last time...
by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. -- It is a serious financial problem that far too many African Americans – from impoverished individuals to working-class families — face these days in the bewilderingly complicated health-care market: Getting hit with an unexpected bill after a hospital stay or visit to...
by Joseph B. Kent -- Runaway elitism for the benefit of the small few is the governing doctrine in Memphis. Empowered and overseen by local legislative bodies, elitism not racism, has governed the competitive decline of the Memphis ecosystem on the back of a majority-black community in need. Elitism is...
by Dr. Tracy D. Hall -- When I first arrived in Memphis, I would drive around some of the neighborhoods to get a sense of the city, get a tactile feel for its gifts, challenges, opportunities and people. After all, community colleges are not just institutions of higher learning, but...
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Jennifer Cobbina, Michigan State University High-profile cases of officer brutality against black citizens in recent years have caused Americans to question the racial makeup of their police departments. Many advocates believe that diversifying these forces will help reduce police violence against people of color. My research suggests increased representation might not solve...
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Dr. King Day became a federal holiday in 1983.  Eleven years later, in 1994, Congress designated the day as “a national day of service” and assigned the Corporation of National and Community Service with the task of leading the effort. In 2020, the “day of service” has become a sham. It has been a sham for several years now.
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LeVar Burton is trying to educate the masses about the daily racism and microaggressions that affect Black Americans through a video series called This is My Story. READ MORE: LeVar Burton bombarded with angry tweets from Trump fans who think he’s LaVar Ball The Roots and Star Trek actor said he...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. In spite of the pathos of segregation, there were some benefits for African Americans. Segregation created the “crucible of necessity.” A crucible – in its classic sense – is a vessel used to melt materials at a high temperature for the purpose of purification....