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(MSNBC/Getty Images)On Monday, John Kelly gave an interview with Laura Ingraham in which he suggested that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man” and that the Civil War was simply a case of two parts of the country that couldn’t compromise.While Kelly’s comments drew widespread criticism, Roland...
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Trump officials have recently been on the receiving end of less than pleasant dining experiences. Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and White House Advisor Stephen Miller were heckled at Washington Mexican restaurants and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia last week. After days...
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Commissioner Edmund Ford Jr. wrote in this paper last week that he believes special interests controlled last November’s Memphis referendum election.  He contends – without any evidence – that if you voted against the referendums that you, yes you, were “bought and sold.”   This is insulting to the 63...
By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA News Wire Columnist) The North Carolina NAACP President, Rev. William Barber, tore it up and then threw down in a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 28th. He called on those assembled to be a “moral defibrillator of our time,” to shock our nation with the power of […]
by Shannon A. Brown --  We salute the Center for being a champion of enlightenment for people of all ages and backgrounds. And it’s truly an honor for us to serve as the presenting sponsor of “FedEx Free Day” where all visitors to the museum are receiving free admission. FedEx became...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher (Originally published on MLK50.com) Wow. CNN political commentator Angela Rye’s fiery pronouncement of the state of the affairs in Memphis since 1968 sent shockwaves throughout Shelby County and throughout social media. Rye mounted The Orpheum Theatre stage, played an excerpt from Dr. King’s “Mountaintop” speech and...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. Special to The New Tri-State Defender Leading up to the MLK50 commemoration, I heard over and over again, “nothing has changed.” One has to be blind, cripple, crawling and crazy to literally believe nothing has changed in Memphis for African Americans in the past...
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 The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com Jesus was a poor black peasant preacher. Jesus led a religious and political revolution against Rome. Jesus’s revolutionary behavior and public proclamations got him executed – or what we’ve come to call “crucified” – by the Roman state. Most people, Christians included,...
By Raynard Jackson (NNPA News Wire Columnist) Having attended the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland two weeks ago and having intently watched the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on TV last week, I couldn’t help but notice how distorted both conventions were, especially in terms of the media’s coverage of them. In the Black community, […]