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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Vigil-night shootings demand strong response from community

"I watched in horror on Monday evening what should have been a somber and reflective television news story about the community’s efforts to heal from the murder of a teenage girl a year ago."

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TSDtv: Talking Business and Burgers

McDonald's franchisee Darrell Byrd chats with TSD Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.

McDonald's franchisee Darrell Byrd chats with TSD Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.

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It’s about elevating the discussion – not Rev. Jackson

Case in point of why it’s difficult for the black community to advance: Many of us are more focused on dissecting and even denigrating the presence and efforts of the Rev Jesse Jackson than we are on

Case in point of why it’s difficult for the black community to advance: Many of us are more focused on dissecting and even denigrating the presence and efforts of the Rev Jesse Jackson than we are on the purpose that brought him here.

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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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