Monday, August 8, 2022

Commentary

by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. -- Even before Coach Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Football League claiming the league discriminated against Black coaches in their hiring practices, it was pretty clear that professional football has...
by Dr. Victor Sutton -- Accustomed to being last, Mississippi is rewriting its health narrative and has emerged as a national leader in health equity.  Recently, Mississippi was recognized as 1 of only 10 states where Black residents have a higher...
by Curtis Weathers -- Last week Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivered his State of the State address and education funding arguably was the highlight of his remarks.  He laid out the priorities of his 2022 state budget that included: $750 million...
by Carlissa Shaw, Esq. -- President Biden nominated a Memphis native, lawyer Andre B. Mathis, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit  to replace Judge Bernice Donald, who took senior status last year. Judge Donald, when appointed...
by Curtis Weathers -- I have been avoiding the topic of vouchers for quite some time. For me, it is one of the most boring educational topics of all time. Yet there seems to be a lot of behind-the-scenes tinkering...
by Curtis Weathers -- Recently, I was doing my usual early morning scan of all of the news articles from over the weekend when I came across this story about Blacks and male teachers and how they, for the last...
by Lee Harris, Shelby County Mayor -- Thanks to President Joe Biden's leadership, we are set to address even more of the many needs of Shelby County residents hit hard by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In March, President Biden signed into...
Sidney Poitier, one of the last remaining icons of Hollywood’s golden age, has died at age 94. Much ink will be spilled, and rightfully so, about his significance as a cultural icon of the civil rights era who made...
My niece caught COVID-19 two weeks before Christmas. That was only the beginning of our ordeal. Lingering fever and sore throat signaled a stubborn hold on her, putting her in bed for more than eight days. I stayed away from her...
by Candace A. Gray -- ’Twas the day before Christmas. While some families were making their final preparations for the holidays, wrapping presents and starting to cook lavish holiday meals, other families were trying to get tested for COVID-19. My...