Opinion

By Mabra Holeyfield, Special to the New Tri-State Defender I realize that nobody really wants to talk about algebra but stay with me a couple minutes because this is important. The requirement that all students pass algebra in order to graduate from high school is causing many students to drop out...
By Edmund Ford Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender As another Labor Day weekend comes and goes, I found it appropriate to write this op-ed so that the reader can understand where we are as far as local support in providing living wages for public labor.  We are on...
By David A. Love, theGrio Memories of the civil rights movement evoke images of fearless community-based organizations that fought for the equality and justice for Black people. As they struggled in the streets, in the jail cells and the courts to cancel bad laws, overturn Jim Crow segregation, challenge white...
By Dustin Seibert, theGrio We learned Monday morning that Daniel Pantaleo, the New York Police Department officer who placed Eric Garner in the chokehold that contributed to his death in 2014, was finally fired. Not imprisoned. Not placed in a room with Garner’s family for five minutes. Just…fired. If you are...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender With a 7 p.m. parade down Beale Street to Church Park, Memphis will celebrate the birth of Robert Reid Church Sr. as a part of the Memphis Bicentennial Tuesday, June 18. Mayor Jim Strickland will issue a proclamation...
by Howard Robertson Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender During this, the bicentennial of Memphis, my birthplace and hometown, I celebrate with a sense of pride, loyalty and appreciation that this is where my ancestors established roots, toiled, strived and made a way for me and all my family....
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by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. --  In 1997, the year he won his first professional golf tournament, Tiger Woods also won his first Masters Championship and he did it in a fashion so dominant that many have long considered it his greatest victory. He set a scoring record...
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It's generally accepted that America is overdue for a serious conversation about race. Most often, when the words you just read appear together, the assumption is that it's time for white folks to get somewhere, sit down and try to comprehend the challenges that come with being an African American...
by Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher, Special to The New Tri-State Defender I remember the pomp and circumstance of #MLK50. Plenty of lights, cameras, actions, and lofty promises. A year later the lights have dimmed, cameras disappeared, action has distilled, and promises have been unfulfilled or flat out broken. For instance,...
by Raynard Jackson -- Two weeks ago, I went to the theater to see Jordan Peele’s latest movie, "Us." This was his follow-up movie to the box office hit Get Out. Peele is an extraordinarily gifted writer. He has written for shows like Mad TV, Key & Peele, The Last O.G.,...