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ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: One funeral at a time

ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: One funeral at …

10-01-2014 by Carlee McCullough - avatar Carlee McCullough

Unfortunately this month I experienced the death of my mother. As her only child I had the responsibility of preparing her “home going.” As someone who never attended funerals, I...

Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

Education reform not to blame for nati…

10-01-2014 by Tri-State Defender Newsroom - avatar Tri-State Defender Newsroom

It is the great irony of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark desegregation case that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, that segregation in our schools has got...

Tyler Perry the ‘dad’ and the mogul stir feedback

Tyler Perry the ‘dad’ and the mogul st…

10-01-2014 by Myron Mays - avatar Myron Mays

Tyler Perry is always in the news. Whether it’s the latest box office feature or a brand new television show, the guy is everywhere. The latest news regards him becoming a dad! T...

Greater Metro

Are ‘dysfunctional relationships media invention or state of crisis?

Are ‘dysfunctional relationships media invention or state of crisis?

There are a plethora of books, online sources and more seeking to provide relationship insight and assistance. Pennsylvania certified psychologist, school principal and author Dr...

From homelessness to leadership: “People’s mayor’ to share her story

From homelessness to leadership: “People’s mayor’ to share her story

Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon will make her first trip to Memphis this week to share her story of persevering through poverty and homelessness to become the...

Memphian transforms Mondays from mundane to ‘Melodic’

Memphian transforms Mondays from mundane to ‘Melodic’

Monday is a word that few love to hear. It signals the beginning of another week of work or studies; more “we-time” and less “me-time;”...

Entertainment

Tyler Perry the ‘dad’ and the mogul stir feedback

Tyler Perry the ‘dad’ and the mogul stir feedback

Tyler Perry is always in the news. Whether it’s the latest box office feature or a brand new television show, the guy is everywhere. The...

Laurence Fishburne: the “Black-ish” interview

Laurence Fishburne: the “Black-ish” interview

Laurence J. Fishburne III has achieved an impressive body of work as an actor, producer and director. Here, he talks about playing Pops on the new...

Debut novel ‘No Less Worthy’ is perfectly titled

Debut novel ‘No Less Worthy’ is perfectly titled

All of what lies ahead for newly self-published Memphis author Dorchelle T. Spence is of course unpredictable, but a building block for success is the...

Sports

Memphis at Ole Miss: The Four P.A.W.S.

Memphis at Ole Miss: The Four P.A.W.S.

Possibilities: With the Rebels having a matchup against No. 3 Alabama the week after hosting Memphis, it’s quite possible that Ole Miss could overlook the...

‘A Little R&R on Sports’: Ghetto bravado

‘A Little R&R on Sports’: Ghetto bravado

Signifying, joning, jiving, talking smack, playing the dozens and trash talking are all types of verbal war games in which a majority of us African-American...

San Franciso 49ers Colin Kaepernick Denies Using N-Word On Field

San Franciso 49ers Colin Kaepernick Denies Using N-Word On Field

Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who was fined more than $11,000 last week for allegedly spewing the N-word after exchanging words with...

Religion

Black churches are becoming more gay-friendly

Black churches are becoming more gay-friendly

For years, there has been an unspoken but deeply prevalent “don’t ask, don’t” tell policy in the black church. But today, Duke University released data...

Former lifestyle compels preacher to help troubled youth

Former lifestyle compels preacher to help troubled youth

Charlotte Y. Cobb wasn’t always compelled to preach the gospel or steer youth away from the crime-ridden streets of Memphis. She also wasn’t always trying...

Assemblies of God leader to speak at COGIC 150th C.H. Mason birthdate commemoration

Assemblies of God leader to speak at COGIC 150th C.H. Mason birthdate…

Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri, will be the guest speaker at the Church of God in Christ...

Business

ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: One funeral at a time

ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: One funeral at a time

Unfortunately this month I experienced the death of my mother. As her only child I had the responsibility of preparing her “home going.” As someone...

One bar of soap at a time – Part 2

One bar of soap at a time – Part 2

Soap has come a long way from its original state. Today it comes in almost every scent imaginable. Kimeli Wade has developed a product that...

From Cabrini Green to cultivating ‘A Rose In Concrete'

From Cabrini Green to cultivating ‘A Rose In Concrete'

The first impression you get when meeting with the Soulsville Foundation’s newly installed CEO Calvin Stovall is that they’ll probably have to bury him with...

News

A Game Changer—Thomas More Law Center Reveals National Strategy to Defend Traditional Marriage

A Game Changer—Thomas More Law Center Reveals National Strategy to Defend Traditional…

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national, nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor...

Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law

Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – There has only been one prosecution under the Emmett Till Act, even though the law was passed with the promise of $135...

Michael Brown memorial burns down

Michael Brown memorial burns down

A makeshift memorial dedicated to slain teen Michael Brown burned down in Ferguson Tuesday morning. Cell phone footage of the fire surfaced on YouTube, and photos...

Opinion

Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

Education reform not to blame for nation’s segregated schools

It is the great irony of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark desegregation case that celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, that segregation in our...

That just might work! My 10-point plan for ‘right now’

That just might work! My 10-point plan for ‘right now’

Two years ago, I had one in a series of engaging and ongoing conversations with the TSD’s Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku about creating fundamental...

ABC’s Black-ish: When “keeping it real” goes wrong

ABC’s Black-ish: When “keeping it real” goes wrong

How exactly does one define being black in America? That’s the cultural question that is nearly as old as The Middle Passage and the Civil Rights era...

National News

Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign

Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign

Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to publicly announce his resignation on Thursday, folloowing his highly controversial five-and-a-half-year stint in the position, NPR reports. Two sources...

Black Woman Researching Racial Bias In Criminal Justice Wins Prestigious ‘Genius Grant’

Black Woman Researching Racial Bias In Criminal Justice Wins Prestigious ‘Genius Grant’

CHICAGO (AP) — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who...

LAPD Confuses Black Actress for Prostitute

LAPD Confuses Black Actress for Prostitute

Actress Danièle Watts took to social media last week to condemn the Los Angeles Police Department after she was allegedly mistaken for a prostitute after kissing...