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High air fares are ‘ice on our wings’

by Tom Jones
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

For Memphis businesses, every dollar spent on an exorbitantly high Delta Airlines ticket is a dollar that can't be invested in growing the business or creating jobs. In our personal lives, because of unjustifiably expensive tickets, we accept the fact that we cannot afford to attend out-of-town activities with friends and families that are taken for granted by people in most cities.

Because of these concerns, I created a Facebook group called Delta Does Memphis


Now playing: stress, but it doesn’t have to be a long run

Stress is a killer. The devastating effects from stress will creep up on you like a thief in the night and rob you of your life. If you're not careful, you won't be around to enjoy life's golden years or dote on your grandchildren. I hate to be this blunt, but this is a wakeup call.

What is stress? Your body is a unique construction of bones, muscles, blood vessels and an intricate nervous system that responds to interior and exterior threats.


Right-wingers hate Romney, but hate Obama more

What is interesting about the relationship of the extreme political Right to Mitt Romney is that they actually hate him. This is not speculation. If you review the language of the Republican primary season, it is clear that they actually despise him. They do not believe that he is a real conservative. They do not believe that he even has a belief system. Some of the so-called Christian elements do not trust his Mormonism. So, one could say that there is an alignment that should result in the extreme Right sitting out the election.

Except for one thing: They hate (Barack) Obama even more.


  • Written by Bill Fletcher Jr.

Myth or reality: black fathers missing and uninvolved?

by Kaila Heard
NNPA News Service

One of the most popular statistics about the black family that is currently being touted is how 72 percent of black children are being raised in a single-parent household. The prevailing assumption being that because of the lack of wedded couples, children from these unions are being raised without their fathers.

However, does the dearth of marriages in black communities mean that there is also an epidemic of missing, uninvolved fathers?


  • Written by NNPA News Service

Celebrate Juneteenth without becoming a slave to unhealthy food

It has been nearly 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln issued an Executive Order that proclaimed the freedom of slaves in those 10 rebellious states after the raging American Civil War. But the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, was not celebrated by the enslaved until June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger stormed into Galveston, Texas with his Union troops to enforce the president's order.

Juneteenth, as it is referred to today, is celebrated in dozens of U.S. states by African Americans who continue to commemorate the freedom of ancestors


Barack Obama is not the first ‘Black President’

by Wilmer Leon

Professor Fredrick Harris has written in his Op-ed, "Still Waiting for Our First Black President," that "Obama has pursued a racially defused electoral and governing strategy, keeping issues of specific interest to African Americans – off the national agenda."

Michael Nutter, the mayor of Philadelphia, replied to Harris in the "Huffington Post," saying, "Barack Obama...has fought every single day to improve the livelihood and well-being of the African-American


  • Written by NNPA News Service

Teen pregnancies, dangers on the rise

by Zach Burgess
NNPA News Service

After more than a decade in decline, the United States teen pregnancy has been rising in recent years.

According to momlogic.com, the estimated public cost for teen pregnancy in the United States is between $6 billion and $9 billion a year. Eighty percent of teen moms are on some form of public assistance. Seven out of 10 teen mothers are unlikely to receive prenatal care


  • Written by NNPA News Service