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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 Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. (President and CEO, NNPA) All parents want the best for their children. We all acknowledge that attaining a high-quality K-12 education is probably the single most important factor that will determine the future life success of a student in the public school systems throughout the United States. Yet, the […]
by Carlissa Shaw Special to The New Tri-State Defender Let’s stop asking the question of, “Where are our black girl leaders?” Instead, let’s shift to this: “How can we assist our black girl leaders to shine ever the more brightly.” This is a question that I posed in a column I wrote...
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,...
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...
by Edmund Ford Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender Voting should be an easy, trusted process. Registered voters should be able to go to their precinct, provide proper ID, push the button for their choice of candidate for each race, and go home, knowing that their vote was tallied and...
by Jeffrey Boney, NNPA Newswire …It is fascinating the way some political candidates scurry around during election season trying to solicit the black vote so that they can get elected to a certain office or retain their current seat. It’s an art. Many of these campaign operatives and elected officials...
by Howard Robertson Special to The New Tri-State Defender My family and black colleges go way back. For the roughly five generations black colleges have even existed, my family relationships with them are easily traced back through four of them. My grandparents met as students at LeMoyne Normal School in Memphis....
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...
by Tiffany Everheart, Special to The New Tri-State Defender (The number of U.S. adults considered to have high blood pressure will increase dramatically under new guidelines implemented by medical experts last week. LPN Tiffany Evereart weighs in on the importance of the change.) My name is Tiffany Everheart, LPN for Shelby...