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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
* MULYP Empowerment Conference
6:30pm-9:30pm | The Crescent Club
* Avery Sunshine in Concert
7pm | 1884 Lounge 

Stone Soul Picnic taps Memphis finest

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It is customary for the WLOK Stone Soul Picnic to start with opening prayer.
But during the course of the evening, a lineup of gospel artists – all from the cultural enclave of Memphis – will turn up the volume to communicate their message through soul-stirring gospel music at Tom Lee Park Saturday, Aug. 30th, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The lineup includes performances by Courtney Little, Mighty Kings of Harmony, Melodic Truth, Stevenson Clark, Spiritual Excitement, the Bell Singers, Moses Tyson Jr., the Jubilee Hummingbirds, the Bogard Brothers, STAX Music Academy, the Supreme Harmonettes, the Baptist Ministerial Male Chorus, the Salem Harmonizers, the Strong Family, the WLOK Anniversary Choir, the Brown Singers, and Darrel Pettis.
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Good Blue
(Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. The New Tri-State Defender's “Good Blue & You” column spotlights law enforcement officers who do it right. This week’s focus is on Patrolman Lakisha Cleveland and Patrolman Mary Bibbs.)
A group of young ladies were the main course on the evening of July 31st after participating in The Memphis Police Department Tillman Station Girls Summer Camp and graduating at The Word Church on Park Avenue. With several officers in the mix, a heaping of love along with side dishes of wisdom and care was plenty to go around.
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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
Candlelight Vigil
8:30pm | Graceland
* Chuckles Comedy House Presents: Mark Curry
7:30 and 10pm | Chuckles Comedy House

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.