Bernal E. Smith, II

Publisher of the New Tri-State Defender

Bernal E. Smith, II is the Publisher of the New Tri-State Defender, one of the country’s leading African-American newspapers and ethnic multi-media outlets. A Memphis native, Smith holds a BA in business administration as well as an MBA. He and his wife Towanda have three children Brianna, Bryndon and Braylon. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and widely recognized for his outstanding civic and business contributions.



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Still growing – TSD Women of Excellence Awards Celebration at 10-year mark

With the addition of this year’s class, 500 women are now part of a unique assembly of high achievers and bold contributors to the well being of our community.

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LEGENDS & LEADERS

‘Legends & Leaders’ brought out the best of Memphis.

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Legends & Leaders: From the Publisher and CEO

Connecting legends and leaders with purpose and intention.

Connecting legends and leaders with purpose and intention.

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TSD makes barter pitch to ‘actionize’ Black History Month celebration

Now available: The TSD Black History Month Barter 4 Bettter Business Advertising Special.

Now available: The TSD Black History Month Barter 4 Bettter Business Advertising Special.

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First Look: The National African American Museum of History and Culture

TSD Publisher Bernal Smith provides video of slavery exhibit.

TSD Publisher Bernal Smith provides video of slavery exhibit.

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#BIBA2016: The Results so far . . .

See how your favorite nominees are faring!

See how your favorite nominees are faring!

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TSDtv: The Frank Gottie Interview

Civil activist gives inside look at how Sunday's protest evolved into a shutdown of the I-40 bridge.

Civil activist gives inside look at how Sunday's protest evolved into a shutdown of the I-40 bridge.

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Disparity in the County: A case study

“My primary purpose is to detail a case study as a real-life example of “an unchecked system and ingrained culture of exclusion and discrimination.”

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Pinnacle strikes back at First Tennessee

Nashville-based bank denies conspiracy, says former FTB employees left “toxic environment.”

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Tri-State Bank sells building, not bank

Sale hailed as another step forward as TSB approaches its 70th year of service.

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