Commentary

by Carlissa Shaw Special to The New Tri-State Defender Let’s stop asking the question of, “Where are our black girl leaders?” Instead, let’s shift to this: “How can we assist our black girl leaders to shine ever the more brightly.” This is...
by Pam Johnson FedEx.com/blog/mlk50 Imagine you’re a writer, and you get a call one day from a friend asking if you might be available to provide speech-writing assistance to a colleague of his.  And then imagine that the colleague turns out...
by Howard Robertson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender At this age and stage of life, I don’t have very many bills.  It’s a great place to be.  While the young folks reading this may not clearly see their way...
Dr. Julianne Malveaux uses her background as an economist, educator and author to shape public opinion on issues such as race, culture, gender and their economic impacts. The honorary co-chair of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Social Action Commission,...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to the New Tri-State Defender Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968 continues to leave a social, political and spiritual stain that has yet to be cleansed. King’s prophetic initiatives – especially...
by Rev. Rosalyn Regina Nichols, Special to The New Tri-State Defender As an African-American woman, I find myself pondering a question that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked 50-plus years ago: “Where do we go from here?” I do so in...
From time to time, we pull an interesting thing or two on Facebook and social media. Here's a thoughful piece from Reggie Jenkins, with a few final thoughts about Kwanzaa: 
Let’s dive right in: It’s time more African Americans join the Republican Party. No, seriously. And I’m not talking about being that lone speck of pepper in a sea of salt, either. We need to show up and we need to...
By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) was the first member of the Congressional Black Caucus to leave his job after the “MeToo” hashtag galvanized women to speak up about sexual misconduct, harassment and more. Too bad...
By The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com Jesus was a poor black peasant preacher. Jesus led a religious and political revolution against Rome. Jesus’s revolutionary behavior and public proclamations got him executed – or what we’ve come to...