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A year later, questions remain in death of Chavis Carter

chavis-carter-600Friends and family members of 21-year-old Chavis Carter, whom Jonesboro, Ark. Police say committed suicide while handcuffed, are hosting two 1-year memorial services for Carter on Sunday (July 28).

The first service will be at 2 p.m. at Rivergate Park in downtown Tunica, Miss. The second service will be at 6 p.m. at Allen Park in Jonesboro.

Carter died July 28, 2012 while in the back of a Jonesboro police cruiser. His mother, Teresa Carter, is scheduled to attend the memorial services, along with representing attorney Benjamin Irwin of the Cochran Firm-Memphis. Other who have committed include friends of Carter's, pastors and local leaders and community organizers.

GOOD BLUE: Officer Kharyssa Pye

good blue-600(Kelvin Cowans takes readers inside the lives of Memphis and Shelby County Law Enforcement officers. Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should Law Enforcement agencies. In partnership with the new Community Police Relations Project, the New Tri-State Defender and its "Good Blue" column are here to share in-depth and inspiring commentary on a weekly basis with the community. Our goal is for the community to see that the only difference between them and good police officers is the Law. This week's focus is on Memphis Police Department Officer Kharyssa Pye of the Ridgeway Precinct.)

If anyone has a reason to fear the site of a Memphis Police Department squad car it's me. Doing this interview was the closest I'd ever been to one without actually being placed into the back seat. I actually earned every trip they ever gave me and that's something you'll hardly ever hear anyone say. I used to call their squad cars "bat mobiles" like Batman's car, because you couldn't out run them. Their motors brimming as loud as the growl of lion, they were indeed power under control.

  • Written by Kelvin Cowans
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Sports Ball party about fun and ‘a purpose’

22sportsballroulette-600The 16th Annual Sports Ball benefiting Big Brothers and Sisters of Greater Memphis added another year of evidence to the idea of partying with a purpose at Minglewood hall on Saturday night.

A near capacity crowd showed up and most partygoers were dressed in suits and dresses adorned with sneakers, which has become a Sports Ball tradition.

Games for grown ups were ample, including casino tables that featured blackjack and roulette. There were video games, complementary beverages and food aplenty.

  • Written by Warren Roseborough
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Memphis answers ‘the call’ with rally for justice and peace

22Martin2-600Memphis answered the call on Saturday for 100 cities across the United States to assemble for an open discussion on the "Stand Your Ground" law.

Memphians and citizens from the surrounding area came together to rally for justice and peace in wake of the not-guilty verdict in the second-degree murder case of George Zimmerman, who killed unarmed teenager, Trayvon Benjamin Martin, in February 2012.

Hundreds of people – different backgrounds, different ages and many different religions – turned up at the National Civil Rights Museum. Everyday citizens were interspersed with elected spiritual leaders, company representatives and various others.

Alpha Memphis Education Foundation acquires former Whitehaven Branch Library

alpharendering-600The former Whitehaven Branch Library at 4122 Barton Drive has been acquired by Alpha Memphis Education Foundation, Inc. to serve as its local headquarters and community outreach/programming center.

Alpha Memphis Education Foundation, Inc. (AMEF) is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to empowering the underserved and under-represented citizens of Greater Memphis. The Foundation is the Non-Profit Charity Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first inter-collegiate fraternity founded by African American males.

The building was acquired by AMEF from the City of Memphis in May after being vacant for over 10 years. On Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. the foundation will host a community clean-up of the site in anticipation of an extensive renovation of the building. AMEF is inviting the general public and members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to tour the building and to enjoy the food, fun and fellowship.

Action News 5 adds newscast to Bounce Tv

bouncememphislogo-265WMC-TV 5 in Memphis has announced the addition of "Action News 5" to BOUNCE Memphis. Viewers can now watch "Action News 5" on BOUNCE weekdays at 7 a.m.

Bounce Memphis (http://bouncetv.com), the nation's first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network designed for African-American audiences, is aired on WMC-TV 5's digital channel 5-2 and Comcast channel 906.

The daily newscast on BOUNCE Memphis is tailor-made for the Memphis television viewer and is the start of something bigger according to WMC-TV 5 Vice President and General Manager Lee Meredith.

In Memphis, Zimmerman verdict stirs emotions, protest

imagejpeg 2trayvonlocal-400Emotions were high among several dozen young people assembled Sunday afternoon at the FedExForum to make a public statement to protest the "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

Zimmerman was acquitted late Saturday of all charges in the Feb. 26, 2012 death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Eric Nelson, a 20-year-old student at Christian Brothers University, said, "This is about a system that has failed us time and time again. The government's not going to listen to just one person so we've come here to try to do our part in changing the world. A friend of ours went to the NAACP's protest in Florida and urged us to come out here today and make a statement."

  • Written by Tony Jones
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Klan Lite? Not! Say Sons of the Confederacy

park-1-600Attendees at a Sunday gathering noting the birthday of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest said people shouldn't see them as a bunch of sick, silly, retro racists.

"We've been doing this every year to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest. It's a part of all of our history and we think it deserves to be honored," said Ken Muska, a member of the N. B. Forrest Chapter of the Sons of the American Confederacy.

Muska's wife, Becky, kicked in.

  • Written by Tony Jones
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