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From homelessness to leadership: “People’s mayor’ to share her story

From homelessness to leadership: “People’s mayor’ to share her story

Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon will make her first trip to Memphis this week to share her story of persevering through poverty and homelessness to become the mayor of Riverdale, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.

She will serve as the keynote speaker at The RISE Foundation’s second annual gala, An Evening of Change, which be held Saturday (Sept. 27th) beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis.

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Memphian transforms Mondays from mundane to ‘Melodic’

Memphian transforms Mondays from mundane to ‘Melodic’

Monday is a word that few love to hear. It signals the beginning of another week of work or studies; more “we-time” and less “me-time;” more stress and more mess… for most of us. However, a local Memphis poet, author, and musician is seeking (and successfully so) to transform our usual outlook on Mondays into anything but bleak. Her name is Shana Jay.

Drawing upon her inner-creativity, Shana began writing at the age of seven. She discovered great comfort and joy in the process after she began to keep a journal of her emotional-thoughts following her mother’s divorce.

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African-American residents join movement out of Memphis

African-American residents join movement out of Memphis

Numbers from the last four decennial censuses depict the major demographic changes that have been occurring in Memphis and the surrounding area.

The outward movement of white residents has drawn major attention over the decades. However, little attention has been given to numbers that show that in the last decade in particular a significant number of African-American residents have joined the outward movement.

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Hopson dials up positives from protest of cell phone ban

Hopson dials up positives from protest of cell phone ban

Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey E. Hopson II says all sides involved in a volatile protest Tuesday (Sept. 23) at Oakhaven High School may have made a significant point.

The hot button issue exploded into public concern as The New Tri State Defender’s media partner, WMC-TV5, showed hundreds of angered students and parents displaying signs and angrily voicing their concerns over Oakhaven principal Dr. Melanie Black’s decision to confiscate students’ cell phones.

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Student: Ex-Titan chased him, friends before crash

Student: Ex-Titan chased him, friends before crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A college student told a 911 dispatcher that a man he later identified as Rob Bironas chased him and his friends, then tried to hit their pickup truck minutes before the former Titans kicker's fatal crash.

Metro Nashville Police Department released copies of two 911 calls Tuesday afternoon. One call was made by Bironas' wife reporting him missing at 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 20. The second was from Belmont University student Connor Fraley at 10:45 p.m. while being chased by Bironas, who was driving a white SUV.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Mid-South Fair
4pm-12am | Landers Center
 
Tavis Smiley Book Signing
6pm | National Civil Rights Museum
 
Free Friday Flicks at Beale Street Landing
7pm-10pm | Beale Street Landing 

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‘We’ve always been here’

‘We’ve always been here’
A group of local African-American artists hoping to bring more attention to African-American art will display their artwork on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., during a one-day exhibit and sale at Empire Chemical Supply Company, 1384 Jackson Ave.
 
“As an art connoisseur and admirer of the artists, I think this exhibit is very positive and great for Memphis,” said Councilman Joe Brown, who owns the company providing the space for the art exhibit. “It’s great when artists get together and it’s an opportunity for the community to come out to meet and greet them.”  

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