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“A New Era” is the theme for the seventh annual Best In Black Awards, which will salute black business excellence at historic Clayborn Temple on Oct. 20. Now a much-anticipated event among black-owned businesses in the Mid-South, the Best in Black Awards event was established in 2012 by the late...
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Earlier this year, the National Civil Rights Museum paused to recognize a historic date from 1968 – the April 4 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., right on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel. This year, the NCRM’s 2018 Freedom Award wants to shine some light on...
By Cole Bradley, High Ground News Lashicka Drinkwater leans against the wall outside of a classroom in the basement of Pursuit of God Church in Frayser. Her 14 month-old baby plays in the nursery next door. Drinkwater is on break between lessons at a new class for ‘kin and kith’...
Whatever it’s called – M-Town, Bluff City, The River City, Big M, Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll – Memphis is well loved by those who know her best. This month’s launch of a new campaign calls on Memphians to join city government to fight the litter...
“You have to take responsibility for you, for creating the path to the future you desire. No one can do that for you. The choices you make, determine your fate.” – Bernal Elery Smith II October 22 will mark one year since my father, Bernal Elery Smith II, passed away...
by Erica R. Williams Special to The New Tri-State Defender It’s a controversial ballot that could disqualify some voters, especially those of low socio-economic status. This is the claim asserted by a trio of elected leaders who urged voters to take a closer look at the November 6 ballot.  “Let’s not go...
by Erika Sugarmon Special to The New Tri-State Defender A homeowner sells you his house, remarking on its high ceilings, lovely sun porch, and Southern exposure, all true. He fails to tell you there are termites, which you find out to your dismay after closing. We’d call that fraud by omission.  You can...
This much is known about the death of Linda Neal: She died Oct. 17, 2017 on the warehouse floor of XPO Logistics, where she worked. Why she died – or whether she had to die at all – has touched off a bitter labor dispute that escalated into a full...
The Fourteenth Amendment establishes citizenship and lays out what it means to be a U.S. citizen. But it doesn’t explain how citizens can use their voices to actively participate in government. That’s what CitizenFEST Memphis is for. The Fourth Bluff and Citizen University are partnering to host CitizenFEST Memphis, a learning...
At 17, Caitlin Brinson isn’t yet old enough to vote, but she’s working hard to get other Memphis residents to the polls in November. The Cordova High School school senior is active in a new youth initiative called Engage Memphis, which aims to increase voter turnout and to educate young...