Commentary

Less than eight months ago, after delivering a speech to a room full of educators about teaching strategies to help educators acknowledge and heal from a history of racism in education, I took a seat to hear Gov. Ralph Northam speak. After expressing his commitment to educational justice, he...
by Howard Robertson --  Maybe you, like me, have joked and made fun of long suffering major league or collegiate sports teams and fans in cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati or our nemesis city of Atlanta. But if you are a Memphian, like me, we all need to pump the...
When I first heard of the movie “If Beale Street Could Talk” I got excited about the possibility of seeing the legendary Beale Street of Memphis on the big screen. To my utter disappointment this movie has nothing to do with the 1.8 mile-long street in Memphis. My disappointment is...
by Che Watkins -- Full disclosure: I only listen to National Public Radio and old school radio. Anything new on the radio and I probably won’t find out about for at least six to eight months.  My friends can verify this. We can be out and a hear a song and they’ll say, “Wow, that is the jam!...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. Special to The New Tri-State Defender Dr. Martin L. King Jr. demonstrated courage on a daily basis because of his moral convictions. Dr. King was willing to stand alone when he felt strongly about a strategy or position in the civil rights movement.  When the civil...
Sitting calmly on the set of ABC’s Good Morning America with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, Senator Kamala Harris announced she is running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States this Monday. There was an audible cheer from someone behind the cameras the moment Harris said the...
by Dr. Earle J. Fisher -- On Tuesday morning, January 8, 2019, hundreds of lawmakers made pledges and took oaths evoking themes of freedom, justice, equality, fairness, propriety, peace and love. And with one hand on a sacred book and the other held high towards the Almighty, many of these...
Lloyd Brown
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 Jeff Rivers -- Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world. Had he lived, Martin, dreamer and doer, would turn 90 years old on Tuesday. Before an assassin’s bullet cut through the Memphis, Tennessee, air and claimed his life on April 4, 1968, he led the modern civil rights...
by Edmund Ford Jr. Nationally, people have been making relevant noise about how dark money should not influence their elections. I believe in transparency and disclosure in government as well in campaigns. Unfortunately, this did not occur in our local November elections. In October 2018, there were four Memphians that filed...