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GritGrindGrizz: The Grindfather Clause

With Tony Allen’s departure now official, Memphis will miss the force of nature who ‘hung his hat on the defensive end’

With Tony Allen’s departure now official, Memphis will miss the force of nature who ‘hung his hat on the defensive end.’

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WATCH: Descendant of Robert E. Lee leaves congregation to "stand up for what's right."

Rev. Robert E. Lee IV visited ABC's "The View" to talk about Confederate statues, race and what churches should be doing.

Rev. Robert E. Lee IV visited ABC's "The View" to talk about Confederate statues, race and what churches should be doing.

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GritGrindGrizz: Grindfather's Day

With Tony Allen headed to New Orleans, GGG Columnist Lee Eric Smith pauses to pay respect to FTAD.

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Author/Historian Preston Lauterbach pitches idea for Ida B. Wells statue to "stand up to" Forrest monument.

Kudzukian Networks brought the author to Paradise Entertainment Center to talk about Memphis Heritage Trail effort. And he thinks the Wells statue should depict Wells "standing up to" Nathan Bedford Forrest statue.

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Georgia Cop: 'We only kill black people.'

After blowback, officer immediately retires; no disciplinary action.

After blowback, officer immediately retires; no disciplinary action.

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UPDATE: Remnants of Harvey to drench Mid-South this afternoon

Flood alerts issued as Harvey heads toward Tennessee.

Flood alerts issued as Harvey heads toward Tennessee

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Plane crash survivor moves a crowd and a nation on "America's Got Talent"

Houston singer fulfills dream after tragedy.

Houston singer fulfills dream after tragedy.

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Cohen: Except for ISIS, Trump 'the worst human being in the world'

Congressman also wishes for a more vocal Obama.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson praises Memphis progress on awarding contracts to African Americans

But city officials, CME leaders say there's still more work to do.

But city officials, CME leaders say there's still more work to do.

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PHOTOS: Rapper/activist David Banner caps off SCLC Convention

Music star provides laughter, anger and food for thought during Saturday event.

Music star provides laughter, anger and food for thought during Saturday event.

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VIDEO: What is Kingian Nonviolent Strategy?

TSD Correspondent Lee Eric Smith chats with SCLC Jonathan "Globe" Lewis about how to effect change.

TSD Correspondent Lee Eric Smith chats with SCLC Jonathan "Globe" Lewis about how to effect change.

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SCLC eyes entry into the rap game

Hip-hop project among expected highlights at convention.

Hip-hop project among expected highlights at convention.

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Report: Super Mario coming back to the Grizzlies

Chalmers nearing one-year deal to come back to Memphis after Achilles injury.

Chalmers nearing one-year deal to come back to Memphis after Achilles injury.

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Reports: Tarik Black to sign with Houston Rockets

Former Tiger reportedly agrees to 1-year, $3.2 million deal.

Former Tiger reportedly agrees to 1-year, $3.2 million deal.

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BREAKING: Zach Randolph MLGW rumor FALSE

Social media abuzz with rumor that Z-Bo donated $1 million to pay light bills.

Social media abuzz with rumor that Z-Bo donated $1 million to pay light bills -- but it's not true.

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Available online NOW: TSD's Health & Wellness Edtion 2017

Special focus on HIV/AIDS and the importance of getting tested.

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CORE FOUR NO MORE

Sacramento Kings sign Randolph for 2 years, $24M

Sacramento Kings sign Randolph for 2 years, $24M

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Grizzlies sign McLemore to two-year deal

Analysis: Goodbye Grindfather?

Analysis: Goodbye Grindfather?

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Grizzlies’ Tony Allen named to NBA All-Defensive second team

Grizzlies swingman Tony Allen was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team, the NBA announced Monday afternoon.

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Memphis start with no NBA draft picks, come away with two prospects

Grizzlies nabs Rabb, Brooks in second round.

Grizzlies nabs Rabb, Brooks in second round.

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Report: Trial set for Darrius Stewart wrongful death lawsuit

LocalMemphis reporting that trial set for next June.

LocalMemphis reporting that trial set for next June.

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WATCH: Ice Cube checks Bill Maher on "house n---a" remark

Maher apologizes for blunder, then gets schooled by Cube and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

Maher apologizes for blunder, then gets schooled by Cube and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

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Four things to know out of this week’s special school board meeting on Memphis grade tampering

Former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton Jr. among the investigators into alleged grading discrepancies.

Former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton Jr. among the investigators into alleged grading discrepancies.

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GritGrindGrizz: Are the NBA Finals overhyped?

Only if you don't like watching stars play at a ridiculously high level, writes Smith.

Only if you don't like watching stars play at a ridiculously high level, writes Smith.

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VIDEO: "Where did Obama go?"

This little girl can't understand what happened.

Girl, we feel you. Two terms just wasn’t enough. Blame the Constitution.

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DRAFTED: A Soldier's Story

Vietnam-era veteran says that despite problems, 'America still the best thing going."

Vietnam-era veteran says that despite problems, 'America still the best thing going."

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WATCH: Cornell West and Bill Maher argue over West not voting for Clinton

Oh, and Neil deGrasse Tyson watches the fireworks.

Oh, and Neil deGrasse Tyson watches the fireworks.

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DC's "Black Lightning" coming to The CW

The 'hood gets a superhero to protect the innocent from a violent gang.

The 'hood gets a superhero to protect the innocent from a violent gang.

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Grizzlies drop Game 5 in San Antonio, 103-116

Game 6 at FedExForum is "win or go home."

Game 6 at FedExForum is "win or go home."

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GritGrindGrizz: Warmups for Grizz-Spurs Game 5:

Lee Eric Smith previews pivotal game in San Antonio.

Lee Eric Smith previews pivotal game in San Antonio.

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WATCH: Former President Barack Obama makes first public remarks

"What's been going on while I've been gone?" Obama jokes at University of Chicago.

"What's been going on while I've been gone?" Obama jokes at University of Chicago.

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New Prince album coming out on Friday . . . or is it?

Release of "Deliverance" may get held up in court.

Release of "Deliverance" may get held up in court.

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Local Democrat calls out Corker on Instagram over Black Lives Matter remark

TSD still awaiting response from Corker's office.

TSD still awaiting response from Corker's office.

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Can Grizzlies find their grind in Game 2?

After Game 1 blowout loss to Spurs, Memphis searching for answers.

After Game 1 blowout loss to Spurs, Memphis searching for answers.

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Report: Lawsons heading to Kansas

Each will sit out next season and then play for the Jayhawks in the 2018-19 season.

Each will sit out next season and then play for the Jayhawks in the 2018-19 season.

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On Newsstands NOW: The Tri-State Defender

Featuring: Special MLK Commemoration coverage; The TSD Interview: Rev. William Barber; Sacred Resistance and more!

Featuring: Special MLK Commemoration coverage; The TSD Interview: Rev. William Barber; Sacred Resistance and more!

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The TSD Interview: REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER

Barber says moral agenda, persistence can help bring social justice.

Barber says moral agenda, persistence can help bring social justice.

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Beyond The News: Rev. Jesse Jackson: "Love still works"

A candid conversation about souls over soul food.

A candid conversation about souls over soul food.

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PHOTOS: Legends & Leaders Gala 2017

TSD presents and evening to remember at Dominos' Event Center at St. Judes.

TSD presents and evening to remember at Dominos' Event Center at St. Jude's.

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WATCH: Netflix releases trailer for new Dave Chappelle stand-up specials

Available for streaming on March 21.

Available for streaming on March 21.

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ALL AMAZING: Vince Carter's perfect night helps Grizzlies beat Milwaukee 113-93

Chandler Parsons ruled out "indefinitely" with meniscus tear in left knee.

Chandler Parsons ruled out "indefinitely" with meniscus tear in left knee.

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Watch Will Smith fulfill 20-year-long dream of bungee jumping

The star filmed himself on a visit to the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge.

The star filmed himself on a visit to the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge.

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Grizzlies losing momentum as playoffs near; Can they get back on track?

Line-up changes may mask deeper chemistry problems, Smith writes.

Line-up changes may mask deeper chemistry problems, Smith writes.

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WATCH: Samuel L. Jackson re-enacts career with "great vengeance and furious anger" with James Corden

Hilarious bit has Sam roaring through his most famous movie scenes.

Hilarious bit has Sam roaring through his most famous movie scenes.

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VIDEO: Kyrie Irving's handles are ridiculous

Ankles = Broken.

Ankles = Broken.

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VIDEO: "GET OUT (of the White House)

Funny or Die's mashup of horror movie terrified Jordan Peele.

Funny or Die's mashup of horror movie terrified Jordan Peele.

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Three-Point Play: Grizzlies fade in loss to lowly Nets, 122-109

Fizdale: "We are a mediocre basketball team."

Fizdale: "We are a mediocre basketball team."

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‘Trial judged erred’ – Former County Commissioner Brooks to get new sentencing hearing

Attorney: 'You can't punish people for saying controversial things.'

Attorney: 'You can't punish people for saying controversial things.'

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Three-Point Play: MEM 130 PHX 112

Conley, Gasol and Randolph combine to dominate Phoenix.

Conley, Gasol and Randolph combine to dominate Phoenix.

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Mid-South native explores hidden history of Washington D.C.

Jesse J. Holland's latest book "The Invisibles" is about slaves in The White House.

Jesse J. Holland's latest book "The Invisibles" is about slaves in The White House.

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