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‘Three Doctors’ to the rescue

3docs-1-600The Freedom Award winning and nationally acclaimed "Three Doctors" – Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt – established residence for a day (April 30) at Frayser High School as part of Teach for America Week.

In addition to the Three Doctors' appearance at Frayser, the FedEx supported and sponsored week included FedEx executives, city officials and other notables spending time as guest teachers in classrooms throughout Memphis.

At Frayser High, students got the "real deal" from the three brothers who transcended the hard streets of "Brick City," aka Newark, N. J. Each shared his story of coming up without a father in the home, difficulties and bad decisions. Collectively they detailed the "Pact" that helped propel them to better lives through education.

Neelys attend White House Correspondents’ dinner

Robertson-Gina-and-Pat-600Memphis celebrity couple Pat and Gina Neely rubbed shoulders with the power elite during Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Politicians, Hollywood celebrities and journalists were representative of the guests in attendance at the annual event at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C.

"It was an amazing experience for us that will always be a great memory," said Gina Neely, co-host of the Food Network's highly rated "Down Home with the Neelys" cooking show and spokesperson for the George Foreman® Grills Weight Loss Challenge.

Brooks to keynote Mothers of the NILE dinner

Henri-Brooks-200A longtime advocate for children and families, Shelby County Commissioner Henri E. Brooks' quest for fairness and justice coincides with the mission of Mothers of the NILE, a group she will address Thursday, May 9, during the grassroots advocacy organization's annual Mother's Day Dinner at First Baptist Church-Broad, 2835 Broad Ave.

The dinner is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The theme is "Who Can Impact the Future of a Child? Look in the Mirror."

"Our annual dinner is held to recognize and honor those who work consistently and diligently to support our youth. Our key note speaker, Henri Brooks, will help us not only reflect on but also re-ignite our individual commitments," said Sondra Howell, chairwoman of Mothers of the NILE.

Attention high school seniors with EMT or paramedic dreams

29EMT-400There is a national shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics and an even greater shortage of minorities who choose emergency medical services as a profession. This is a statistic that Rural/Metro Ambulance wants to change.

For the last six years, Rural/Metro has offered a scholarship program for Tennessee minority high school seniors who are interested in furthering their education to become an EMT or paramedic.

Students who receive a scholarship will attend an EMT school in Shelby County. After completing the two-year program, successful students will then be ready to take the national test to receive their EMT license.

‘Still more’ is needed, says former U.S. Sec. of Education Paige

Rod Paige-400When you come from rural Mississippi and – by your own description – "wiggle my way to the White House" to become the first African American to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, there might be a tendency to think you've done enough.

No so with Dr. Rod Paige, the seventh Department of Education secretary in U.S. history, and the keynote speaker last Sunday (April 20) at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Beta Epsilon Chapter's Second Annual Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarship Breakfast.

The early morning event, held with the support of Dr. Lester Baskins and Middle Baptist Church, 801 Whitehaven Lane, was designed to continue the sorority's legacy of scholarship and service. The theme was "Awesome Support for Education: The AKA Way." Dr. Paige was invited to offer his perspective on the importance of education in today's economy.

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‘Fitness Month’ – a focus chance for African-American women

fitness-600Evidence has shown that while African-Americans have high cholesterol levels, they are slightly lower compared to white Americans. But then they have a 30 percent chance of dying from heart disease, according to a 2010 report from the American Heart Association.

Since April is National African-American Women's Fitness Month, it has been on Leona Buchanan's mind to change her diet, her lifestyle, and start exercising. "Black people are known to have high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes," said Buchanan, who grappled with high cholesterol herself.

Buchanan has given up beef and pork, and eats only fish, chicken and turkey. She also joined the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition to work off those unwanted pounds.

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Math Made Simple ready to kick fear at summer camp

IMG 0248crv-6002 + 2 = 4. Math isn't always that simple, but with the help of trusted instructors math can be made simple.

From Pre-K to Pre-Cal, the professionals at Math Made Simple, Etc. have a track record of helping students of all ages overcome their anxiety and excel in mathematics. The tutoring and solutions center teaches an array of innovative techniques to empower and equip students to make better grades and pass standardized tests.

But, that's not all – tutoring in English, Language Arts, and Reading is also available.

Black Girls Code extends its roots to Memphis

24blackgirlscode-400For African-American girls in Memphis, positive things in the world of technology have come to town via Black Girls Code.

Credit Nnaemeka Egwuekwe – the Chapter Lead for the Memphis chapter of Black Girls Code (BGC) – with the hook-up. When Egwuekwe found out about the national organization and the opportunities it provides for young girls, he decided to do all he could to bring it to Memphis.

The founder of BGC is Kimberly Bryant, a native Memphian. Egwuekwe contacted her and made a successful pitch for a Memphis chapter. Two sold-out workshops speak to the need for the local chapter.