Commentary

by Rev. Earle J. Fisher Special to The New Tri-State Defender “Our ancestors died for our right to vote,” was once a persuasive appeal to get apathetic citizens involved in the electoral process. Those days are far gone. To engage potential voters...
Part II of IV by Williams D. Brack Special to The New Tri-State Defender Admittedly, it’s a provocative move to assert that African-American wealth is being intentionally sabotaged. It’s the anchoring premise of this four-part series, which continues this week with my...
Part I of IV by Williams D. Brack Special to The New Tri-State Defender African-American wealth has and is being intentionally sabotaged. According to a report released this week from the Corporation for Economic Development and the Institute for Policy Studies, if current...
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...
by Williams Brack, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Some seasonal businesses heat up during the summertime, but most businesses see a major slow-down during the summer months. Clients and customers take vacations, and new projects and purchases are usually...
by Brian Clay, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In 1992, I graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a minor in English. I then went to work as a legislative assistant for then-Memphis...
by Sarah Carpenter The Memphis Lift’s mission is to make the powerless parent powerful. This past Saturday at our third anniversary party, we shared our vision to create a more equitable school system in Memphis that serves ALL families –...
Trump officials have recently been on the receiving end of less than pleasant dining experiences. Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and White House Advisor Stephen Miller were heckled at Washington Mexican restaurants and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked...
We’ve all made mistakes and have been in need of second chances, right? Ex-offender Jerald Trotter feels the same way. He hasn’t been able to get a job after serving 13 years for a second-degree murder conviction in 2000. Officials...
African Americans have always had a tense and precarious relationship with the concepts of freedom and patriotism in the United States. And no holiday makes that point clearer than Juneteenth. “As a Nation, we vow to never forget the millions...