Code RED: DST Spends2Win
The members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Memphis Alumnae & Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapters putting their collective and economic power behind an economic development effort that unfolds on Friday (Nov. 29) – the largest shopping day of the year.
The Deltas are supporting an initiative dubbed "Code RED (Revitalizing Economic Development): DST Spends2Win" on Friday, November 29, 2013 – the largest shopping day of the year. The local effort is part of the Southern Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated "African American Economic Empowerment Initiative" and it addresses the sorority's tenth component of its Financial Fortitude program – Entrepreneurship.The Sorority encourages entrepreneurship as an option to achieve self-sufficiency and economic survival.
Southern Regional Director Cheryl Turner said, "Although black spending power is nearly $1 Trillion annually, one the biggest issues impacting the economic success of black businesses is that they are vastly underrepresented, accounting for less than 7 percent of all small-owned businesses. So, what better day than 'Black Friday' – the largest shopping day of the year – to make an impact?"
A listing of member and black-owned businesses in Memphis & Shelby County can be located on each chapter's website at www.memphisalumnaedst.org or www.shelbytndeltasigmatheta.com or by contacting Charlotte Freeman at 901-238-4728 or Necole Jones at 901-573-5205.
For more information about the "Code R.E.D." and "DST Spends2Win," visit the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Southern Region web site at www.dstsouthernregion.com.
Xmas benefit concert to feature Personal Praise
A Timeless Christmas Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, featuring national recording artists Personal Praise, will kick off the holiday season on Sunday (Dec. 8.)
Hosted by community leader and music industry icon B. Jackson at Lake Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 265 Leath Street downtown, the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presented by Person2Person Management, the focus of the event is to build community and fellowship with people of all backgrounds throughout Memphis, especially the youth.
The underlying idea is that music transcends age, race, culture and time. This is the first year for what is projected as an annual family-oriented concert.
The two-hour Christmas concert will feature young and talented Personal Praise. The group has been topping the local ReverbNation charts for their singing abilities, but also have dance moves that many consider just as fascinating. Concert attendees will be the first to experience new music from Personal Praise's Christmas album debut, "A Timeless Christmas."
Friends of Personal Praise are also set to bring some holiday cheer, with performances by the teen girl group, Together, and Christian hip hop artist and dancer, D3.
Donations will be accepted in lieu of admission as a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Glenview Junior Tennis Program of Memphis, which is a non-profit organization created to provide access to tennis for inner-city youth. All attendees must have a ticket to enter.
Tickets are available at Brinson Tax Service at 1864 Madison in Midtown, Gentlemen's Academy at 8014 Club Center Drive, Suite 11 in Cordova and 3053 Thomas St. in Frayser.
During intermission, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on products and services from gift certificates to specialty items donated by a variety of local businesses.
A Timeless Christmas is sponsored by Brinson Tax Service, Creative Blessings, The Neely Agency, Control ALT Designs, Chick-Fil-A, The Byrd Nest and other friends and supporters of Person2Person Management and Glenview Junior Tennis Program of Memphis.
Market Hall Holiday Extravaganza set
On Dec. 21, the Hickory Ridge Mall will host the "Market Hall Holiday Extravaganza" consisting of live performances and a community wide fashion show.
During the course of the Market Hall event, Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis and other local organizations are teaming together to host "The 2013 Hope Summit" – a community empowerment event. Community leaders and business professionals are invited to share motivational stories and words while philanthropic groups give away free gifts and prizes to less fortunate families.
The day will feature holiday shopping, photos and food, as well as performances by local spoken word artists, choirs and musicians, along with a Holiday Fashion Extravaganza. The event will coincide with the Hope for the Holidays project effort to bring life to the Hickory Hill Community and rejuvenate the Hickory Ridge Mall during the holiday season.
The Elite Marketing Bureau, along with established organizations such as Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis, B-Visible magazine, V-Rock Productions, and Young Man University are all event supporters.
'Simply Wonderful' Xmas concert at Mississippi Blvd. to feature Ledisi
"Simply Wonderful," a Christmas concert featuring the Grammy-nominated Ledisi, will be held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church at 70 N. Bellevue in Midtown on Dec. 8.
The free concert is being presented to help the community "to rediscover the miracle of Christmas." It is set to begin at 4 p.m.
The host pastor is the Rev. Jason L. Turner.
BRIEFLY: At the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery is running now through Jan. 5. The exhibit – organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York – examines the breadth of African American artists' interpretations of Biblical stories and traditions in historic and contemporary art. The exhibition includes 59 works of art and design that date from the late nineteenth century to the present with nearly 50 artists, many of whom are still active today.
BRIEFLY: New Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church will serve a Thanksgiving Day meal to the homeless & needy on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the church at 1559 South Third St. The phone number is 901-775-0925. The pastor is the Rev. Agnes Henderson.
BRIEFLY: Grace United Methodist Church, 1619 E. Raines Road, will be the setting for "Magnify! A Soulful Celebration of the Season" on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 901-396-5123.