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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...
Part III of IV by Williams D. Brack Special to The New Tri-State Defender The first step to solving a problem is admitting that there is indeed a problem. In parts one and two of this series, we presented evidence of historical and ongoing discrimination that affects African-American wealth. This discrimination manifests...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher Special to The New Tri-State Defender “Our ancestors died for our right to vote,” was once a persuasive appeal to get apathetic citizens involved in the electoral process. Those days are far gone. To engage potential voters in the 21st century, especially those under the age of...
Part II of IV by Williams D. Brack Special to The New Tri-State Defender Admittedly, it’s a provocative move to assert that African-American wealth is being intentionally sabotaged. It’s the anchoring premise of this four-part series, which continues this week with my argument that discrimination against African-American wealth is ongoing and perpetuated...
Part I of IV by Williams D. Brack Special to The New Tri-State Defender African-American wealth has and is being intentionally sabotaged. According to a report released this week from the Corporation for Economic Development and the Institute for Policy Studies, if current trends persist, it will take 228 years for African-American families...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher The May 1, 2018 Shelby County Primary Election produced a five percent increase (19k) overall and a seven percent increase (15k) in early voter turnout from 2014. The Shelby County Election Commission’s response to this increase has been to shut down early voting locations for...
by Williams Brack, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Some seasonal businesses heat up during the summertime, but most businesses see a major slow-down during the summer months. Clients and customers take vacations, and new projects and purchases are usually delayed until after the vacation season dies down.  However, this...
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by Brian Clay, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In 1992, I graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a minor in English. I then went to work as a legislative assistant for then-Memphis City Councilman Shep Wilbun. I felt on top of the world...