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Memphis grad works to reverse ‘brain drain’

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Philip Blackett is familiar with the talk about Memphis’ “brain drain.” As the story goes, many of the city’s students graduate from Memphis and Shelby County high schools and depart for college outside of Memphis – and Tennessee – to get their degrees, with no plans of ever coming back to their hometown.
 A 2003 graduate of Memphis University School, Blackett is determined to do his part to reverse the so-called brain drain by adding value back into his hometown, even when he’s no longer in Memphis.

Judge Joe Brown: Rejection, reflection and projection

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I’d been with television’s iconic Judge Joe Brown off and on for the last three months, recording an exclusive and in-depth collection of interviews with him for The New Tri-State Defender. 
I was a fly on the wall to many meetings or gatherings relative to strategies for his run for the office of Shelby County District Attorney. As with any team, there were disagreements and some outright arguments on the direction of his campaign and the messages sent forth from it. 
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Local duo gets union’s Las Vegas-convention salute for backing locked-out Kellogg workers

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The 39th Annual Convention of the International Bakery, Confection, Tobacco & Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) issued special invitations to Tennessee District 86 State Rep. Barbara Cooper and SCLC Memphis President Rev. Dwight Montgomery to attend the event in Las Vegas.
The convention highlighted the Memphis workers’ successful fight to return to work after a nine-month lockout. Cooper and Montgomery were honored for their work on behalf of the locked-out workers.
Montgomery said trying to help the workers revealed something that really made him angry. 
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Focus and hard work make Memphis athlete a junior-sized Olympian

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Memphis athlete Joshua Owten competed in the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship in Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas and won the bronze medal. 
The soon to be Central High School freshman and member of Youth Track and Field of Memphis racked a time of 26.16 in the boys (13-14) 200 meter hurdles final, finishing third to Caleb Roberson of Cal Rising Stars and Jaylon Robinson of 2NDWIND Athletics. Owten also competed in the boys (13-14) long jump flight 2, where he placed 17th. 


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The Power of the Vote

Today (Aug. 7th) is Election Day and while some participated in early voting, the majority of voters will not participate in the election at all. Voting is a right that was fought on many fronts by many people over many years.  However, so few of us utilize this right that eluded us for so many years.  
History has shown that the disenfranchisement took on many forms. The right to vote has been based on race, national origin, sex, property ownership, citizenship, religion, taxes, and income. Overall the individual states were allowed to determine who received voting rights without any federal involvement. So only approximately 6 percent of the population held the right based on the eligibility requirements.

Election draw federal monitors

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Among those closely watching the Federal and State Primary and Shelby County General Election on Election Day (Aug. 7) will be a crew of federal monitors dispatched by the U.S. Department of Justice.
That’s just the result sought by a local group that has been pushing for such intervention for some time. The group includes State Rep. G. A. Hardaway, former Shelby County Commissioner Julian Bolton, former Shelby County Commission Chair and current Democratic nominee for Shelby County Mayor Deidre Malone, former Shelby County Democratic Chair and current candidate for Shelby County Commission Van Turner, former Memphis City Councilwoman TaJuan Stout Mitchell, Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Bryan Carson and former Shelby County Democratic Party Chair David Cocke.

Memphis Youth Manifesto Political Forum

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With the temperature of the 2014 political season running as hot as a car with a bad radiator, The Memphis Youth Manifesto – a wing of The New Olivet Baptist Church run independently by young adults – held it’s annual political forum on Tuesday.
Headed up by the Rev. Antonio Sims and the Rev. Kirstin Cheers, the event held at Arrow Academy of Excellence, 645 Semmes St., allowed Memphis youth to ask politicians whatever they wished. The exchange between the politically explorative youth and a panel of politicians was a made-to-order educational experience.
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