Commentary

by Osborne Burks and Lee Harris, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Driving remains the most prevalent mode of transportation in Tennessee.  We drive to work, to school, to the grocery store, to medical appointments, to our houses of worship, and to our kids’ sporting events. Some joke that we...
by Floyd Ivy The fatal shooting of Brandon D. Webber by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday night should not have happened and a lot of people – including myself – have a heavy heart. Brandon was a close friend of mine. A graduate of The Central High School in 2017, I knew...
  By A. Scott Bolden, NNPA Newswire Contributor With uniquely American hypocrisy, the Trump Treasury Department has pushed back the 2016 plan to put escaped slave and Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Tubman would be the first African-American woman featured on U.S. currency. The $20 currently features a...
by Khalil Abdullah TriceEdneyWire.com WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jeri Green’s passion for the census is still sunrise bright. An outspoken champion of the concerns of African Africans and any people who have been diminished, marginalized or systemically undercounted, she is an enthusiastic and determined advocate for how participation in the census can...
by Mabra Holeyfield --  Who does the attorney general work for? That appears to be a very simple and easy question. Everyone knows the attorney general, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, works for the American people. In practice, however, it doesn’t usually work that way. When the president is putting together his...
By Melba V. Pearson-Mecham, The Root (Note: "America. In Black" is a weekly essay series published on TheRoot.com that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.) “You’re so different. You’re so articulate. Why do you talk like a white girl? You’re the whitest black girl I know.” Comments like...
by Raynard Jackson, NNPA Columnist As I always say, “Weak people take strong positions on weak issues.” Exhibit A for this is the recently released Mueller report. Democrats have lost their damned minds over this report. They didn’t get the result they wanted, an indictment of President Trump, so they figured if...
TSD Editor's Note: As Memphians, it can be easy to take some of our local treasures for granted. Most Memphians certainly appreciate the National Civil Rights Museum at The Lorraine Motel, but sometimes, it helps to see what's in your own back yard with fresh eyes. Through our content sharing relationship with TheRoot.com, we found this piece by Panama Jackson on her experience at The Lorraine Motel.
by Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher, Special to The New Tri-State Defender I remember the pomp and circumstance of #MLK50. Plenty of lights, cameras, actions, and lofty promises. A year later the lights have dimmed, cameras disappeared, action has distilled, and promises have been unfulfilled or flat out broken. For instance,...
by Ike Griffith, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Memphis youth is one of Mayor Jim Strickland’s top priorities since the beginning of his administration. During the Mayor’s first term, summer employment for youth grew from 1,000 to 1,750 (a 75 percent increase) for the MPLOY Summer Experience Program that...