Greater Metro

‘Forward’ – from 44th to 45th

Celebrate-0713By the time the first of the national news networks had called Campaign 2012 for President Barack Obama, many of his supporters in Greater Memphis already had drawn their own conclusion.

Nervous while GOP candidate Mitt Romney held the early popular-vote lead, that mood transitioned as state after state that had been leaning "blue" officially was assigned to the Obama column. By 10:30 p.m., it was clear that he first African American elected president of the United States had become the first African American re-elected president of the United States. The 44th president would transition to the 45th.


Foote Homes’ future to get City Council attention

Footehomes-1The City Council on Tuesday (Nov. 6) will be asked to adopt a resolution requesting that the Land Use Control Board hear the Vance Avenue Collaborative plan. The one-sentence notation on the Council's agenda gives no indication of the emotional intensity attached to the request.

For residents of the historic Foote Homes public housing development, the issue hits home. It involves the way forward for many who have lived there for years. The Council will weigh in on a redevelopment plan to forward to the U.S. Department of Housing and Development for HOPE VI funding.


‘Whoomp! (There it is)’ victory goes to Al Bell

Al BellA federal court in Texas has granted Memphis-connected soul music legend Al Bell the rights to his iconic song "Whoomp! (There It Is)."

Described by The Hollywood Reporter as "one of the fastest selling songs in music history," the verdict orders the music firm DM Records to pay Bell after it was established that the company was illegally licensing the use of the song.


Berklee conference attunes students to life via music

George Clinton and Larry Dodson and Kirk WhalumBoston's highly-respected Berklee School of Music brought its nationally recognized City Music Network Conference to downtown Memphis this week, posting up at the Westin Hotel for a three day intellectual dissection of the theme: "American Popular Music: The Untold Story."

The conference was a joint presentation by Berklee and the Stax Music Academy, which is part of the national link of music schools in Berklee's extended online music curriculum. Six students from Stax were among 109 students from throughout the nation that participated in the summer program on the Berklee campus. Fifty-nine students from 4th through 12th grade earned full scholarships through the college's online Pulse music program.


MCS shares its knowledge of education innovation

Kimberly-SmithKimberly Smith, principal of North Jackson Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., listened intently and scribbled notes as a panel of Memphis City Schools (MCS) teachers discussed teacher evaluation and recognition during Leader|Share at the University of Memphis.

Her biggest takeaway was feedback on the new teacher evaluation system. Teachers are embracing the system by using it to plan and deliver instruction to meet goals.


The LeMoyne-Owen College celebrates with talent show, concert

The story of The LeMoyne-Owen College began 150 years ago and, despite declining enrollment and financial woes in the past, the story continues.

Students, faculty, alums, city leaders and other supporters gathered Wednesday (Oct. 24) at the Cannon Center in Downtown Memphis for the sesquicentennial celebration entitled "Magicians' Got Talent." It featured LOC students and a special concert by world best-selling gospel jazz artist Ben Tankard.


TSD School Choice Guide, Education Expo set for 2013

In its continued transformation from a newspaper to a multi-media communication business, The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) has entered into a dynamic and strategic partnership with New America Media (NAM), the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of over 2000 ethnic news organizations.

TSD is collaborating with NAM to support the research, development and publication of the first Greater Memphis School Choice Guide, an idea conceptualized by TSD President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith II. NAM is supporting TSD's project through a contract with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help ethnic media in four Southern cities expand coverage of education.


50 ‘new’ Men of Excellence named to TSD 2012 class

The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) found no shortage of well-deserving men to induct into its growing corps of Men of Excellence honorees. Call it a testament to the abundance of talented, committed and visionary African-American male leadership in Memphis – and the women who support them.

TSD will host its fourth annual Men of Excellence Awards Reception and Presentation on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at The Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue.


Sales tax debate televised

SalesTaxDebateChannel3There were fervent exchanges between the proponents of a half-cent sales tax increase and those who oppose it during a televised 60-minute debate Wednesday morning (Oct. 24) in the studio of WREG-TV Channel 3.

With the Nov. 6 election looming, the debaters were steadfast and hoping voters in Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County would accept or reject a sales tax increase that would generate an estimated $60 million, with half of that going to public education. Proponents argue that the public education funds would go to extend Pre-K, but some opponents are not convinced.


Lecture to explore opinions, feelings of black women

"What do black women want?"

That's a question Rutgers professor Dr. Deborah Gray White will pursue with her University of Memphis audience when she speaks at the University Center Theater on Nov. 1.


African-American homecoming queen breaks barriers at Ole Miss

courtney-pearsonOn a September day this year, Courtney Pearson stood anxiously on the steps of the Lyceum, the famed old Greek Revival building on the University of Mississippi campus.

There, she learned she was elected homecoming queen. There, she stood as the first black woman to hold that title at Ole Miss.

Five decades before, James Meredith had entered the Lyceum as the university's first African-American student. He risked his life as he walked inside, his admission a milestone in the struggle for integration that sparked deadly riots on campus.


UTHSC Pharmacy students work to scare off the flu

Flu-shotUniversity of Tennessee Health Science Center Pharmacy students earlier this month held Boo Flu, an annual event that gives all UTHSC professors, staff and students an opportunity to receive a free flu vaccination.

The supply of vaccines ran out after students immunized 1,850 people. A subsequent event was held to give flu shots to the 240 people who didn't get theirs, or missed the first date. The turnout for this year's event was a record breaker, with 1,500 to 1,600 flu shots dispensed previously.


Sharpton to help pitch poll-watchers brigade

vote infoThe Rev. Al Sharpton will be in Memphis on Thursday (Oct. 25) as part of his mission will be to solicit more poll workers for Election Day on Nov. 6.

Former State Sen. Kathryn Bowers said Sharpton, head of the National Action Network and a syndicated talk show host, will be at Willie Moore's Family Restaurant at 109 N. Main St. at 8:30 a.m.

"He's coming to support us in our initiative to encourage people to volunteer to be poll workers for the poll-watchers brigade," said Bowers.