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Faith community still brewing support for LOC with International Tea event

by Jerome Wright For 60 years, the Annual International Tea in support of The LeMoyne-Owen College has signaled the advent of another season of faith-based fundraising for the Memphis-rooted HBCU. And so it was again last Sunday (Jan. 21.) with a full house of LOC supporters...

Mosque 55 Saviour’s Day speaker exalts Nation of Islam’s Elijah Muhammad

Elijah is the one man that the Scripture tells us to look for said Student Minister Ishmael Muhammad, the keynote speaker at Mosque 55’s 2018 Saviour’s Day Observance. “Elijah Muhammad is the messiah,” Muhammad told a crowd at the Orange Mound Senior Center on Sunday...

Rev. Rosalyn R. Nichols: The church, women’s rights and the #MeToo movement — Where do we go from here?

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 the shadow of the #MeToo...

FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Habari Gani? — Imani (Faith)

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: 

For Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., it’s time to make a move

by T. LaShaun Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender After 25 years of leading the congregation at New Sardis Baptist Church, Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray, Jr., will retire next month, culminating an illustrious run at the historic church. “You followed and supported me in civic,...

Still rolling, Spirit Magazine pauses to give thanks at 15

Spirit Magazine Publisher/Editor Minerva P. Little
Fifteen years ago, Minerva P. Little started Spirit Magazine because “the Spirit touched my heart and spoke to me about the need for a Christian publication in Memphis and the Mid-South.” Last Week, a throng of supporters – many who have been featured in the...

Bittersweet anniversary for Rev. Melvin Charles Smith

In times like these… The 50th Pastoral Anniversary for the Rev. Dr. Melvin Charles Smith, pastor of Mt. Moriah-East Baptist Church, was a bittersweet affair made so by the passing of first lady Billie Rutherford Smith. At the anniversary reception and gala on Friday...

CNBC issues Memphis summons with the ‘burden of bias’ as real as ever

The Conference of National Black Churches will marshal its forces in Memphis on December 12-14 for the 2017 National Consultation – Race & Reconciliation: Part III. The watchwords for the event are “Overcoming the Burden of Bias.” It is set for the Hilton Memphis at...

The Blvd. presents Avery Sunshine in ‘Noel! Noel!’

Avery Sunshine, soul singer and award-winning artist, returns to Memphis as featured artist for Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church’s annual Christmas celebration on December 8 at 7:30 p.m. With her musical roots in church, Avery grew up singing in her church choir in Pennsylvania. Later, she...

I AM MEMPHIS?

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 call “crucified” – by the...
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