Metro Memphis

Each year, more African-American men are entering college, but reports show that only half of them are finishing. At the University of Memphis those numbers hit close to home with the graduation rate of African-American men standing at less than 11 percent. The Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI), an...
 By Kelvin Cowans, Special to TSDMemphis.com Watching the evening news, I am reminded of my life and how it once swung as if a pendulum – with destruction to one side, tragedy on the other and success in the resting point. From the stream of clips about crime it’s easy...
By Montee Lopez, Special to The New Tri-State Defender ...
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:48. As chairman of the Memphis City Council and a duly elected official (District 7) you are entrusted with much responsibility...
By Montee Lopez, Special to TSDMemphis.com ...
By Montee Lopez, Special to The New Tri-State Defender ...
By Montee Lopez, Special to The New Tri-State Defender ...
by Aisling Maki Special to The New Tri-State Defender The Memphis Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services has launched a new initiative called “The Right Response” to streamline responses to emergencies based on callers’ individual needs. While most emergencies require ambulances or paramedics, other issues could be resolved by a phone conversation or...
Earlier this year, the Rev. Jesse Jackson vowed to lead a march in Memphis if the city didn’t sufficiently close the gap in how it awards contracts to African American vendors and businesses. Well, the city has closed the gap — some. And at a press conference late Monday afternoon,...
by Montee Lopez Special to The New Tri-State Defender Under the banner of #TakeEmDown901, 30-plus local activists walked inside Memphis City Hall on Wednesday to deliver a message to Mayor Jim Strickland – take the statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis down now. “We are standing with Charlottesville, we are...