Commentary

By Brian Clay I have been “strategically quiet” about the goings on in D.C. For one reason, it’s been exasperating trying to address “the occupier” of the White House, “45.” (I will not dignify him as President, or call his name.) “45” has openly turned what we know as “The Presidency”...
President Trump, King Solomon and I went to breakfast last night and he told me to share this Bible verse with you: Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7). Wisdom is simply knowledge gained through experience.  Understanding is knowing when and how...
The following was first published in print and online for Independence Day 2018. Given the heated political environment, a sprawling filed of Democratic candidates for president and ongoing concerns about Russian interference in the 2020 election, we think it's timely to share this column from NNPA Award-winning columnist Lee...
By Brad Watkins, Executive Director of the Mid South Peace and Justice Institute Here at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center we work on a regular basis with low income renters across a variety of properties. A growing problem is the large numbers of illegal evictions in Shelby County performed by...
by Carlos Ochoa Legal documents show that Memphis City Council attorney Allan Wade is actively working to impede the implementation of ranked choice voting (RCV), an issue which has been decided by Memphis voters in both 2008 and 2018. Wade argues in legal documents that RCV cannot be implemented in Memphis...
by Kirstin Cheers, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In the biblical compendium of King David’s life, he’s characterized as a boy with many talents and responsibilities. Among those talents and responsibilities was music. Before David famously kills Goliath, King Saul invites the boy to play his lyre (harp) exclusively for Saul...
by Latrivia Welch Special to The New Tri-State Defender The non-partisan Memphis Women’s Political Caucus is very serious when it comes to mobilizing women in Memphis. Accented by different socioeconomic, religious, cultural and racial backgrounds, new and veteran members recently gathered at Crazy Italians in Cordova for a discussion that would...
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...