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The real magic in the Classic!

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Tents, RVs, DJs, music, smoke from barbeque grills and smiles everywhere you look –  this is the surface view of the scenery at the annual Southern Heritage Classic tailgate celebration. 
And yes, it has truly become an anticipated celebration, almost a holiday of sorts for thousands of African Americans mostly from about a 200-mile radius around the epicenter of it all, Memphis.  Each year during the second weekend in September thousands plan and participate in grand tailgate parties that have come to be and represent so much more.  
  • Written by Bernal E Smith II
  • Category: Original

Mom seeks help after nine year old sneaks out.

YG 600The Dilemma: A parent wrote to say that she was recently arrested because she spanked her 9-year-old daughter, who sneaked out the house and returned home at 1 a.m. Worried about her daughter's absence, the mother had called police to place a missing person report and was told she had to wait 24 hours. According to the mother, she did not whip her daughter unmercifully.

Nevertheless, the daughter called the police after the spanking. Now the mother wants to know how she can forgive her daughter's betrayal and how they can continue to live under the same roof since the daughter refuses to obey the rules of the house and considers measures such as timeouts to be "BS."

"I believe in spanking if you are hard-headed or disobedient," the mother wrote. "Is there anything wrong with spanking your child as long as you don't beat them?"

  • Written by Yvette George/Special to the Tri-State Defender
  • Category: Original

Can we make it to the ‘Promised Land?’

RonDaniels 600Friday, April 4, marks the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on a balcony in Memphis. Black America and people of goodwill in the nation and the world were stricken by grief, frustration and anger at the murder of this great man of justice and peace. Indeed, rebellions erupted in urban centers across the nation by people who could not fathom how an apostle of non-violence could be struck down so viciously and violently. It was clear that America was at yet another crossroad in the quest to achieve racial, economic and social justice.

Despite constant death threats, Dr. King never flinched in his determination that this nation should be made to live up to its creed. The night before he was murdered, he reluctantly mounted the podium at the Mason Temple Church in Memphis and seemed to have a premonition of his impending demise. Yet, he proclaimed that he was not afraid dying.

In the most memorable part of his oration he took the audience to the "mountaintop" with him and declared that he had "seen the promised land." Sensing that his life would be cut short he said, "I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land."

  • Written by Ron Daniels
  • Category: Original

Babies raising babies

babies 600Even for the most prepared parents, raising a healthy and happy child is one of life's major challenges.

Having the ability to check off commonly accepted parenting prerequisites – a quality education, a good job, mental and emotional stability, a safe home – can make the challenge easier to tackle and overcome.

Unfortunately, adolescents who become parents often have a shortage of key life skills and other resources that are vital to the parenting process.

This sad reality is supported by research showing that, on average, children who are born to teen parents are less likely to ever reach their full potential.


  • Written by Tarrin McGhee/Special to the Tri-State Defender
  • Category: Original