Friday, June 18, 2021

Opinion

by Joseph B. Kent -- Runaway elitism for the benefit of the small few is the governing doctrine in Memphis. Empowered and overseen by local legislative bodies, elitism not racism, has governed the competitive decline of the Memphis ecosystem on...
by Sandra (Saidi) Upchurch, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Quite often, I have been asked by strangers, “sister, can you spare your change with me?” Usually, the request is money to buy food or gasoline. If I had any...
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...
by Edmund Ford Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender Voting should be an easy, trusted process. Registered voters should be able to go to their precinct, provide proper ID, push the button for their choice of candidate for each race,...
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...
Let’s dive right in: It’s time more African Americans join the Republican Party. No, seriously. And I’m not talking about being that lone speck of pepper in a sea of salt, either. We need to show up and we need to...
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...
by Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to the New Tri-State Defender Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968 continues to leave a social, political and spiritual stain that has yet to be cleansed. King’s prophetic initiatives – especially...
by Mesha Crump -- Public safety as we recognize it stands to be forever changed as protests in close to 150 American cities ignited in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek...
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...