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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.,...
The New Tri-State Defender welcomes letters and comments from our readers. To submit yours, visit our submission form and put "In The Mail" on the "Story/Idea Summary" line. by Julian D. Cross My name is Julian Cross and I am a senior at The Memphis Central High School. In addition to...
The New Tri-State Defender welcomes letters and comments from our readers. To submit yours, visit our submission form and put "In The Mail" on the "Story/Idea Summary" line. by Mabra Holeyfield I have read several articles…about plans to tear down and rebuild schools. The reason given is that it would cost...
by Ike Griffith, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Memphis youth is one of Mayor Jim Strickland’s top priorities since the beginning of his administration. During the Mayor’s first term, summer employment for youth grew from 1,000 to 1,750 (a 75 percent increase) for the MPLOY Summer Experience Program that...
by Mackenzie Lampner, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Economist Joseph Schumpeter suggests that, “the public finances are one of the best starting points for an investigation of society, especially ... of its political life.” What, then, do we learn about our own community when we examine our local municipal...
When I first heard of the movie “If Beale Street Could Talk” I got excited about the possibility of seeing the legendary Beale Street of Memphis on the big screen. To my utter disappointment this movie has nothing to do with the 1.8 mile-long street in Memphis. My disappointment is...
by Che Watkins -- Full disclosure: I only listen to National Public Radio and old school radio. Anything new on the radio and I probably won’t find out about for at least six to eight months.  My friends can verify this. We can be out and a hear a song and they’ll say, “Wow, that is the jam!...
by Dr. Earle J. Fisher -- On Tuesday morning, January 8, 2019, hundreds of lawmakers made pledges and took oaths evoking themes of freedom, justice, equality, fairness, propriety, peace and love. And with one hand on a sacred book and the other held high towards the Almighty, many of these...