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Young professionals urged to ‘unite and lead’ at empowerment conference

Young professionals urged to ‘unite an…

08-22-2014 by Bernal E Smith II - avatar Bernal E Smith II

(Brandi Richard is president of the National Urban League Young Professionals, which exists to support the National Urban League affiliates. There are 55 chapters and over 5,000 ...

Gary Owen is “Just a Cool Guy”

Gary Owen is “Just a Cool Guy”

08-22-2014 by Leah Long- Special to the New Tri-State Defender - avatar Leah Long- Special to the New Tri-State Defender

“You don’t choose your audience, they just choose you.” With these wise words, the hysterical Gary Owen explains how a Caucasian comedian commands the attention of his primarily ...

Whose son will be next?

Whose son will be next?

08-22-2014 by Tony Jones - avatar Tony Jones

When the news that a white policeman, now identified as Officer Darren Wilson, had shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last week, the familiarity of t...

Greater Metro

Stone Soul Picnic taps Memphis finest

Stone Soul Picnic taps Memphis finest

It is customary for the WLOK Stone Soul Picnic to start with opening prayer. But during the course of the evening, a lineup of gospel artists...

GOOD BLUE & YOU

GOOD BLUE & YOU

(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. The New Tri-State Defender's...

Governor promotes free tuition plan in Tennessee

Governor promotes free tuition plan in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday urged students to take advantage of his program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges...

Entertainment

Gary Owen is “Just a Cool Guy”

Gary Owen is “Just a Cool Guy”

“You don’t choose your audience, they just choose you.” With these wise words, the hysterical Gary Owen explains how a Caucasian comedian commands the attention...

K. Michelle talks Rebellious Soul: The Musical

K. Michelle talks Rebellious Soul: The Musical

K. Michelle is taking the next step in her career by modifyingspace“>  her award-winning album The Rebellious Soul into a musical.   Let that marinate.   In a joint...

Step Aside, Iggy Azalea, It’s Time for Nicki Minaj to Appropriate … Herself

Step Aside, Iggy Azalea, It’s Time for Nicki Minaj to Appropriate ……

At midnight Wednesday, Nicki Minaj dropped the full video for “Anaconda,” an ode to bodacious booties with a heavily sampled shoutout to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992...

Sports

Tiger Basketball wraps up Canadian exhibition tour

Tiger Basketball wraps up Canadian exhibition tour

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team wrapped up its Canadian exhibition tour on Tuesday (Aug. 19th) after a second loss to the Carleton University...

Mo’ne Davis Makes History As First Little Leaguer To Land National Sports Illustrated Cover

Mo’ne Davis Makes History As First Little Leaguer To Land National Sports…

Mo’ne Davis, 13, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons youth baseball team, has become the first Little Leaguer to land the national cover of Sports...

1st female Little League player happy for 2 girls

1st female Little League player happy for 2 girls

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – More than six decades after Kathryn "Tubby" Johnston Massar cut off her braids, tucked her hair under her cap and became...

Religion

Traditional gospel music keeps Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith out front 35 years

Traditional gospel music keeps Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith…

Community choirs come and go, but the Stellar Award nominated Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith has been a mainstay in traditional gospel...

‘A heart for people’ inspires the Servant’s Circle

‘A heart for people’ inspires the Servant’s Circle

“I have a heart for people and I’ve always been a servant of the community. I just want to see people have the best in...

Greater Middle Baptist to install new pastor

Greater Middle Baptist to install new pastor

Greater Middle Baptist Church, pastored by the late Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks for 52 years, will install the Rev. William McKinley Jackson as pastor on...

Business

Young professionals urged to ‘unite and lead’ at empowerment conference

Young professionals urged to ‘unite and lead’ at empowerment conference

(Brandi Richard is president of the National Urban League Young Professionals, which exists to support the National Urban League affiliates. There are 55 chapters and...

Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

ALBANY, New York (AP) — The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's...

Building minority leaders in the world of construction

Building minority leaders in the world of construction

Memphis is experiencing a metamorphosis in the entrepreneurial space, with advocacy, incubation and acceleration entities for start-ups and existing businesses growing and becoming more accessible.   For...

News

Ala. Elementary School Teacher on Leave after Having Students Reenact Mike Brown Shooting

Ala. Elementary School Teacher on Leave after Having Students Reenact Mike Brown…

An elementary school teacher in Selma, Ala. is under scrutiny after having students research and reenact the death of unarmed Ferguson, Mo. teen Mike Brown...

Outspoken About Ferguson, Jesse Williams May be This Generation’s Harry Belafonte

Outspoken About Ferguson, Jesse Williams May be This Generation’s Harry Belafonte

(The Washington Post)-There are many ways to get celebrity activism wrong when it comes to a situation like the one that has emerged in Ferguson...

Sybrina Fulton writes letter to family of Michael Brown

Sybrina Fulton writes letter to family of Michael Brown

The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin has written a letter expressing support for the family of Michael Brown.   In an exclusive letter published Monday for...

Opinion

Whose son will be next?

Whose son will be next?

When the news that a white policeman, now identified as Officer Darren Wilson, had shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last week...

Dogs Get More Respect than Michael Brown

Dogs Get More Respect than Michael Brown

It doesn’t matter if you are state legislator or an alderman, a journalist or a local leader. If you are in Ferguson, Mo., you won’t...

Did School Integration Fail Black Children?

Did School Integration Fail Black Children?

Back-to-school is just around the corner and 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, many children will be returning to “resegregated” schools...

National News

Meet The 10-Year-Old CEO Of Mr. Cory’s Cookies!

Cory Nieves is a chicly dressed 10-year-old who plans on building a cookie empire even before he’s old enough to drive! The bespectacled fifth-grader’s to-be...

Spike Lee: ‘There’s a War On Black America, It’s Tearing Country Apart!’

The vocal and controversial filmmaker Spike Lee (pictured) recently told CNN’s Anderson Cooper (pictured) that the violence against Black America — along with high-profile examples...

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the courthouse...