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Tonyaa Weathersbee

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Past articles by Tonyaa:

Ebony Horsewomen riding with pride and a purpose after 35 years

Horses helped Patricia Kelly ride out the racism that threatened to fill her childhood with pain instead of possibilities. “We were the third black family on th… → Read More

'Lives Restarted:' Memphis Holocaust film has lessons for nation in Amazon Prime release |Weathersbee

Lives Restarted, a documentary on Holocaust survivors in Memphis, was released on Amazon Prime. The filmmakers say the message about intolerance is timeless. → Read More

How did Robert R. Church save Memphis? We asked the kids of Robert R. Church Elementary

At Robert R. Church Elementary School, children learn to be trailblazers like its black namesake - whose money spared Memphis from oblivion in 1870. → Read More

Weathersbee: Germantown apartment ban hurts middle-class people hurt by housing shortage

A recent study, while not definitive, showed that apartments in Germantown wouldn't have a staggering impact on its quality of life. → Read More

Weathersbee: At Abundant Grace, Michael Colyar brought laughs and drama. And lessons

Comedian Michael Colyar recently performed his one-man play, "Momma," at Abundant Grace Fellowship. His act reflects a church which has staked its identity around drama. → Read More

Weathersbee: Glen Casada's role in lewd, racist text scandal reflects culture of insensitivity

House Speaker Glen Casada is under fire for exchanging obscene and racist texts. But the texts reflect a culture that marginalizes women and blacks. → Read More

Shelby County Schools board blew chance to empower parents by hiring Joris Ray without a search

The Shelby County Schools board recently hired Joris Ray as superintendent after scuttling a search. But some parents were looking forward to one. → Read More

Weathersbee: Judge Lammey's social media posts show he's more wedded to lies than truth

Jim Lammey, a Memphis criminal court judge, has been posting links to sites which deny the Holocaust and vilify Muslims and Latinos. That's a bad look. → Read More

In 1977, the board of Memphis in May revived a downtown that had died along with MLK Jr.

Like the festivals before it, Memphis in May was spawned by chaos. But racial unity on the board led to the creation of a celebration that draws thousands. → Read More

Weathersbee: Joris Ray may be the best superintendent pick. But the board should search to be sure

The Shelby County School Board will vote on whether to look for a superintendent or keep Joris Ray in the job. But it owes the community a search. → Read More

One dead, four critically injured in vehicle crash near Fox Meadows

A Saturday morning vehicle accident near Fox Meadows left one woman dead and four other victims critically injured. → Read More

Weathersbee: Pastor's slaying poses new challenges for his church's 'Love Without Limits' mantra

Brodes Perry, 36, executive pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, was fatally shot a week ago. The scandal poses new challenges for the church. → Read More

Weathersbee: A Germantown address doesn't disqualify Atwater from fighting for New Chicago

New Chicago activist Carnita Atwater is facing questions about her residency and her legal problems as she fights the Memphis 3.0 plan. She says none of that matters. → Read More

Will robots replace logistics workers in Memphis? Not if they learn how to fix them, experts say.

As XPO Logistics downsizes to employ fewer workers, it offers a glimpse of a future in which fewer people will be needed to do repetitive jobs. → Read More

MLK wanted black people to ride buses without issue. How Memphis is still taking on his cause

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was born a decade after MLK Jr. was killed here, but he's working to revive a cause that shaped him: Mass transit equality. → Read More

Weathersbee: Lee Harris honors MLK Jr. by taking up the cause of mass transit fairness

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was born a decade after MLK Jr. was killed here, but he's working to revive a cause that shaped him: Mass transit equality. → Read More

Weathersbee: Why do many Memphis' millennials like Beyonce? She didn't stop growing with them

Veronica Chambers, editor of the book, "Queen Bey," and a panel at Rhodes College talks Beyonce's appeal to women and millennials. → Read More

While some seek Whataburger's return to Memphis, art may be on the menu at its former site

A push is on to bring Whataburger back to Memphis. But an artist hopes a mural at its old site in Frayser will serve up some self-respect to that area. → Read More

Weathersbee: A prosecutor who lauded white nationalists was once part of the MPD. That's scary.

Collierville assistant prosecutor Mike Cross cheered the racists whose 2017 rally in Charlottesville led to a woman's' murder. He was once part of the MPD. → Read More

After college admission scandal, a reminder: Employers don’t really care where you go

On the heels of a college admissions bribery scandal, UT will help poorer students pay for school. And their degree may be worth more than an elite one. → Read More