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Lloyd Brown
Commissioner Edmund Ford Jr. wrote in this paper last week that he believes special interests controlled last November’s Memphis referendum election.  He contends – without any evidence – that if you voted against the referendums that you, yes you, were “bought and sold.”   This is insulting to the 63...
by Edmund Ford Jr. Nationally, people have been making relevant noise about how dark money should not influence their elections. I believe in transparency and disclosure in government as well in campaigns. Unfortunately, this did not occur in our local November elections. In October 2018, there were four Memphians that filed...
by Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In August of 1619 the first enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of America in Jamestown, Va. Two hundred years later in 1819, the city of Memphis (named after Memphis, Egypt) was founded. As we enter 2019 and...
By The Crusader Just about everyone in the United States, with the exception of the indigenous people, Native Americans, came here from somewhere else. They came here in the quest for a better life. The main exception to this are African Americans, who, for the most part, did not come...
by Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher and Sijuwola Crawford #UPTheVote901 was launched in November 2017 to increase voter turnout in Memphis and Shelby County. The last 12 months have been spent engaging conversation around political power, information and representation and there is a lot more work that needs to be...
The streets near my house hum with the sounds of city life. Steady beats of urban music blare from passing cars. Police and emergency-vehicle sirens scream for attention. Parades of well-dressed professionals march by each morning on their way to work. By day, the historical streetscapes come alive with people...
by Brittany Holst (Brittany Holst was Brittany Jackson when she contributed to The New Tri-State Defender as the iTeen reporter. Now she’s married and helping a local company with its logistics. Recently, she spoke during the pinning ceremony at Southwest Early College High School.) I remember 12 years ago walking onto...
by Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. The 2018 football season is well underway. Pollsters have made their picks for the pre-season and schedules have been made and modified for the madness. Motorhomes, SUVs and grills have been prepared for travel. The tailgate parties, in many locales, have eclipsed the...
by Kevin L. McKenzie, Facebook Post of the Week For years at my former desk at the CA (The Commercial Appeal) I posted the cover of a book, “If You’re Riding a Horse and it Dies, Get Off.” The book was about education, but it fit newspapers. As an industry, newspapers...
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by Brian Clay, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In 1992, I graduated from LeMoyne-Owen College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a minor in English. I then went to work as a legislative assistant for then-Memphis City Councilman Shep Wilbun. I felt on top of the world...