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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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NBC Hit "This Is Us" to feature Memphis in tonight's episode

Dying father brings son to visit his hometown — and ours.

Dying father brings son to visit his hometown — and ours.

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GRITGRINDGRIZZ: Where do the Grizzlies go from here?

With 24 games before the NBA Playoffs, team prepares for stretch run.

With 24 games before the NBA Playoffs, team prepares for stretch run.

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LeMoyne-Owen, Lane players make peace at National Civil Rights Museum

After ugly brawl, student athletes find common ground in shared history.

After ugly brawl, student athletes find common ground in shared history.

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VIDEO: State of the City 2017

Watch Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland's address to the Frayser Exchange Club.

Watch Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland's address to the Frayser Exchange Club.

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GritGrindGrizz: Grizzlies making moves on and off the court

The Southaven “Somethings”; Conley’s All-Star snub and the return of Brandan Wright and Toney Douglas.

The Southaven “Somethings”; Conley’s All-Star snub and the return of Brandan Wright and Toney Douglas.

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BREAKING: U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III announces resignation

Obama appointee will step down at the end of February.

Obama appointee will step down at the end of February.

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VIDEO: Obama calls for unity after Trump inauguration

Former President makes remarks at Andrews AFB.

Former President makes remarks at Andrews AFB.

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OVER & OUT

Special Coverage of The Obamas in this week's New Tri-State Defender!

Special Coverage of The Obamas in this week's New Tri-State Defender!

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Three Point Play: Grizz drop MLK game to Chicago, 108-104

MLK50 jerseys look great though.

MLK50 jerseys look great though.

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Grizzlies MLK weekend hits all the right notes

Still, something was missing, writes GritGrindGrizz columnist Lee Eric Smith

Still, something was missing, writes GritGrindGrizz columnist Lee Eric Smith.

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HIRED! Career Readiness Workshop set for Saturday (tomorrow) afternoon

Workshop to be held at J.E. Walker House, 1109 Mississippi Blvd., starts at 12:30 p.m.

Workshop to be held at J.E. Walker House, 1109 Mississippi Blvd., starts at 12:30 p.m.

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That time HE came to Memphis (VIDEO)

A look back at President Obama's 2011 commencement address at Booker T. Washington.

A look back at President Obama's 2011 commencement address at Booker T. Washington.

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ICYMI: Michelle Obama's final remarks as FLOTUS (VIDEO)

First Lady Michelle Obama Remarks at Counselor of the Year Ceremony Michelle Obama made her last official remarks as first lady at a ceremony honoring the contributions of school counselors.

First Lady Michelle Obama Remarks at Counselor of the Year Ceremony Michelle Obama made her last official remarks as first lady at a ceremony honoring the contributions of school counselors.

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Hilarious review of "Fences" praises Denzel and Viola

Reviewer: 'In 'Fences,' Viola Davis Out-Denzels The Denzelist Denzel that Ever Denzel'd'

Reviewer: 'In 'Fences,' Viola Davis Out-Denzels The Denzelist Denzel that Ever Denzel'd'

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VIDEO: Penny, Memphis highlighted in ESPN's The Undefeated recap

Memphis-born ESPN editor Kelley Evans shouts out her hometown.

Memphis-born ESPN editor Kelley Evans shouts out her hometown.

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What did a Texas officer do when a mother reported that a man had allegedly choked her son?

Hint: Handcuffs were involved.

Hint: Handcuffs were involved.

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Three-Point Play

Grizzlies fall in overtime to the Celtics, 109-112.

Grizzlies fall in overtime to the Celtics, 109-112.

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New York Life and it's troubled legacy with slavery

Insurance company grappling with insuring slaves as property more than 150 years ago.

Insurance company grappling with insuring slaves as property more than 150 years ago.

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California couple pays off layaway debt at Whitehaven Walmart

Reportedly gives away $30K after seeing similar gift elsewhere.

Reportedly gives away $30K after seeing similar gift elsewhere.

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Grizzlies dominate Golden State, 110-89

VIDEO: Zach Randolph, Steph Curry, Troy Williams

Seven Grizzlies score in double figures.

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Grizzlies Tony Allen & Jarell Martin give away holiday dinner boxes in Frayser

Food boxed by CashSaver and handed out at Ed Rice Community Center.

Food boxed by CashSaver and handed out at Ed Rice Community Center.

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Coming to Netflix: New Obama biopic "Barry"

Watch the trailer NOW!

Watch the trailer NOW!

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Three Point Play: Grizz overcome icy shooting to beat Blazers 88-86 (VIDEO)

Gasol rumbles for 36 points, 9 rebounds.

Gasol rumbles for 36 points, 9 rebounds.

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VIDEO: 3-Point Play: Grizzlies 96, Sixers 91 —

Plus, Zach Randolph comments on his 1,000th career game and dealing with his mother's death.

Plus, Zach Randolph comments on his 1,000th career game and dealing with his mother's death.

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Shelby County Health Department to offer free flu shots Wednesday

Available for ONE DAY at the Main Library, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Available for ONE DAY at the Main Library, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

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Z-Bo expected to return against 76ers tonight

Grizz win 2OT thriller in New Orleans

Grizz win 2OT thriller in New Orleans.

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Three Point Play: MEM 85 CHA 104

Team awaits news about Conley's back injury

Team awaits news about Conley's back injury.

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Prince 4Ever compilation introduces previously unreleased "Moonbeam Levels"

New "Greatest Hits" collection out in time for holidays.

New "Greatest Hits" collection out in time for holidays.

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