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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."

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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.

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Learning to live gluten-free

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY: Do you know that something you're eating every day may be harming you – and it is called gluten. This protein is found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut and oats. It is hidden in your pizza, pasta, breads, wraps, rolls and most of your processed foods.

Gluten may cause serious health complications for many people, even health conscious people like you. As you look at ways to change or improve your overall health, consider living gluten-free and start enjoying the benefits of a healthier life.

Rooftop benefit for Urban Equestrian Program

"Rockin' on the Rooftop," a benefit for the newly founded Urban Equestrian Program (UEP) presented by Southern Blues Equestrian Center in partnership with the City of Memphis, will be held on Aug. 17th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel Skyway Ballroom and Rooftop Terrace.

UEP offers inner city Memphis children the chance to learn about horses in a way that promotes responsibility, confidence, discipline, and empathy. The goal is to expose children to an opportunity they might otherwise never experience.

The program is currently offered at the Whitehaven Community Center and will gradually roll out to all Memphis community centers. After completing the classes, children who have shown an interest or skill may remain students at the Southern Blues Equestrian Center free of charge.

New move on homelessness

2mayors-200Four years from now, 800 homeless families would have received short-term financial assistance and home-based support, and 100 "highly vulnerable" homeless families would have received long-term housing and intensive aid, if two major efforts unfold as envisioned by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.

Wharton and Luttrell announced Thursday (July 11) what was labeled as "significant progress." The announcement came on the second anniversary of the Memphis and Shelby County Action Plan to End Homelessness.

The two initiatives are:

GOOD BLUE: Captain Faith Cunningham

goodblue-600"Grande Mocha is a mixture of coffee, hot chocolate and milk. If I had my way I'd definitely go by Starbucks every morning. Unfortunately, there's not one in my area, so I get by here as often as I can," said Captain Faith Cunningham of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Starbucks was a cool enough place for me, so I focused in on the interview. I'd read that she'd been on the force for 16 years, having spent eight years before that in the Reserves.

Kelvin Cowans: Tell me, what have you learned about people in all this time?

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