Monday, May 16, 2022

Commentary

by Curtis Weathers -- The newswire has been bursting at the seams lately with articles about critical race theory (CRT). It seems as though there’s a new story or twist to this issue every week, and there’s always a new dimension...
by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. -- African Americans and other communities of color across the United States of America will spend the traditional Thanksgiving holidays this year with multiple perspectives ranging from gratefulness of having life itself to increasing...
With concern mounting about crime and gun violence, Memphis City Councilman J B Smiley Jr. organized a city-wide prayer service held at New Salem M.B.C. on Tuesday. The Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher offered this prayer: "Holy God, creator, and...
by Vincent L. Hall -- Most times, I indulge in a process I call a “parallel didactic.” My parallel didactics attempt to tell two stories at the same time and do both of them justice. The truth is, I got...
by Kelvin Cowans -- I pulled up to Makeda’s Homemade "Butter Cookies" – a Memphis favorite for all of its delicious choices of sweets – and made my way to a spot within about 25 feet of where the body...
by Curtis Weathers -- Our governor Bill Lee and state legislators are starting to tinker again with Tennessee’s school funding formula.  So, what are they up to? Why now? What is going on?  Those are all excellent questions. And for now, we...
No matter your line of work, you’re likely to take a “lick” on some days. At the end of such a day, you boil it down to lessons learned and – as soon as possible – pick back up...
by Curtis Weathers -- Have you ever heard the saying, politics and education don’t mix?  Well, me neither, I just made it up. But it is true. When partisan politics become more important than what is in the best interest of our...
by Mark Yates -- Growing up in Whitehaven, I always had a particular pride in my city.  So, when telling someone where I was from, even as a young man, I stood up a little straighter when I said the word...
Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis addressed the prospect of a reduction of traffic stops for minor infractions in a recent question-and-answer with the media: “We’re mostly concerned about erratic driving, reckless driving, and really, that’s all over the city....