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It’s hard to surprise a woman like Ruth Tate, especially at the Ruth Tate Senior Center in South Memphis. For 35 years, she directed the activities, special events, bus excursions, and even a trip to Europe for senior participants. Tate is now director emeritus. Even at the age of 87,...
by T. LaShaun Wallace, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Foster parent and adoptive mom Sabrina Powe is poised and ready for a Mother’s Day she never will forget. Powe, a Memphis accountant, will celebrate this coming Mother’s Day with two new additions to her family of three, with one of...
by Shambreon Richardson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Gérard Kobéané is a sprinter from Burkina Faso, Africa who ran the 100 to 200 meter in the 2012 Olympics in London. And he hopes to compete in Toyko in 2020. He also hoped to compete for LeMoyne-Owen College, where the biology...
Young people who grew up in the ‘70s would most likely remember the character and face of Ted Lange (pronounced Lunge) as Isaac Washington on “The Love Boat.” He was the only African-American member of the cruise staff, a big afro-wearing dude with the million-dollar smile and the two-finger...
Estella Mayhue-Greer, who has led the Mid South Food Bank as President and CEO since 2011, will retire from the organization effective December 31, 2019. Mayhue-Greer joined Mid-South Food Bank in 1996 as agency relations director, working with the Food Bank’s network of partner agencies, significantly increasing the number of...
by Dr.. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Special to The New Tri-State Defender In the early stages of my development in ministry, I listened intently to the words and advice of the elders. One nugget of wisdom that stuck with me was: “I would rather see a sermon any day than...
With so much hatred taking place in the world, it’s good to know that there are some kind, compassionate individuals still carrying out good deeds. According to AL.com, Jamario Howard and friends, JaMychol Baker and Tae Knight, decided to dine with a woman after Howard noticed she was sitting by...
Civil rights activist and former state Rep. Johnnie Rodgers Turner will receive the Gold and Blue award as the Manassas Alumni Association celebrates its 26th Unity Brunch at the Holiday Inn – University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Minister...
Since Alvin Crawford, MD, became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in 1964, 400 African-American medical students have followed suit. On April 26-28, the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will host its inaugural...
by Shambreon Richardson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Leather gloves clashing, three bloody noses, one bloody mouth, determination, perseverance and cheers of support from the crowd – all part of Boxing at the Pipkin 3. Spearheaded by the Memphis Office of Youth Services and presented by Mayor Jim Strickland, Boxing...