The line of cars was long because the need was great in ZIP code 38126 as the Women's Foundation For Greater Memphis spearheaded a COVID-19 relief outreach last Friday. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises)

Rep. Jim Clyburn will lead House Oversight Committee on coronavirus

Rep. Jim Clyburn, a 14-term U.S. Congressman and the dean of the South Carolina congressional delegation, has spent his career working to improve and empower the lives of African Americans. Former President Barack Obama once noted that Clyburn is “one of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens.”

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Healthcare and other fraud has run rampant during the current novel coronavirus pandemic and, more than ever, African Americans are being victimized, says Re. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).

“This pandemic is visiting family after family after family. We know from all of the data that it is being visited more harshly and more prevalent among African American communities, and some Latino communities all over the country.” READ the story

Three charged in killing of store security guard over virus mask

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A woman, her adult son and husband have been charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard who refused to let her daughter enter a Family Dollar in Michigan because she wasn’t wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus.

Calvin Munerlyn was shot Friday at the store just north of downtown Flint a short time after telling Sharmel Teague’s daughter she had to leave because she lacked a mask, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

Teague, 45, argued with Munerlyn, 43, before leaving. Two men later came to the store.

Teague; her husband, Larry Teague, 44; and Ramonyea Bishop, 23; are charged with first-degree premeditated murder and gun charges. READ more


Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: May 5, 2020

Total COVID-19 Cases Recovered in Shelby County as of 05/04/2020

Data Source: National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) Note: “Recovered“ is defined as (1) people who are living and have been confirmed to be asymptomatic by the health department and have completed their required isolation period. or (2) are at least 21 days beyond the first test confirming their illness

Shelby County COVID-29 Cases by Race and Ethnicity as of 5/04/20

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage:


REMINDER: Christ Community to host free drive-thru testing in Hickory Hill

 Christ Community Health Services — in partnership with the Safety Net Collaborative, the state of Tennessee and the the Health Department — will host a COVID 19 testing at Christ Community Health Services Hickory Hill at 5366 Mendenhall Mall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday (May 6).  Testing is FREE and open to everyone and it is not necessary to be experiencing COVID 19 symptoms.   Citizenship will not be verified during testing to encourage participation from all communities. 


Gov. Bill Lee will be featured during the Memphis Townhall hosted by The Redwing Report at 5 p.m. CDT today (May 5).

Watch here