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The Ultimate Family Reunion – 2014

Mud Island River Park in Downtown Memphis was the setting for The Ultimate IMG Crowd_Shot_7478Family Reunion, featuring the ageless hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow, the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band, the jazz, gospel and soul vocalist Jiana Hunter, and The Pursuit of God Praise group. 
 
Sponsored by WRBO-FM Soul Classics 103.5, the radio station generally combines a well-known recording artist with local talent. Hence Kurtis Blow, the first commercially successful rapper and record producer, and the first to sign with a major record label. 
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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

memphisYour source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Biker Boyz Weekend
7pm | www.BikerBoyzWeekend.com
 
* Anime Blues Expo
9am-8pm | Cook Convention Center
 
* Rickey Smiley
8pm | Cannon Center

‘Tainted’ process does not warrant corrective action in District 10, ruling says

distr10 600The Shelby County Election Commission failed to follow “all of the procedural requirements” in overseeing the results of the Shelby County Commission District 10 race, but that does not warrant action to correct the results.
 
The Shelby County Primary Board of the Tennessee Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee and State Primary Board put its stamp on that conclusion Wednesday.
 
If there are no further challenges, the ruling means that Reginald Milton, who was declared the winner of the May 6th contest by the Election Commission, will take on Republican Geoff Diaz in the general election on Aug. 7th.

Family to honor late Judge Higgs with LeMoyne-Owen scholarship

higgs 600The teachings, preachings, lessons and words of wisdom from great American leaders are too often forgotten after they pass away, leaving generations unaware of the sacrifices that were made to provide many of today’s opportunities. 
 
That is why the family of the late Judge W. Otis Higgs Jr. is honoring his legacy with the establishment of The Judge W. Otis Higgs, Jr. Endowment Scholarship at The LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC).

Commissioner Brooks: ‘Justice is being targeted’

Vowing not to “give up the fight” amid what she labels “attacks,” Shelby
brooks 600County Commissioner Henri E. Brooks says she is moving forward with her quest to become Juvenile Court clerk as the Democratic Party nominee.
 
Brooks issued a written statement detailing her commitment on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, she resigned as a community/government research specialist in the Faith and Health division of the Congregational Health Network at Methodist. Misdemeanor assault charges are pending against Brooks following a June 10th confrontation in a parking lot that serves the hospital.

The LeMoyne-College President Johnnie B. Watson ready to pass the torch

 
watson1 600The LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie B. Watson can see the end of his road at the college and he’s put a date on it – June 30, 2015.
 
Watson announced Tuesday morning that he would retire on that date. It’s been quite a journey for Watson, who attended LOC as a student and ultimately served as its 11th president.
 
“When I graduated from LeMoyne-Owen in 1960, I never could have imagined having the privilege to serve my alma mater in this capacity,” said Watson. “It has been an enjoyable, fruitful and memorable journey thanks to our talented faculty, dedicated staff, loyal alumni and supportive board of trustees.”

Memphis premiere for ‘True Blue – Memphis Lawmen of 1948’

true blue_600Local filmmaker George Tillman Jr. says the passing of cherished actress Ruby Dee and before her Maya Angelou marks why films such as the one he has just completed deserve support from the public.
 
Entitled “True Blue—Memphis Lawmen of 1948,” Tillman’s second completed documentary this year is scheduled to premiere on Saturday (June 21st) at the University of Memphis’ Michael Rose Theater. It explores the impact of the historic 1948 hiring of the city’s first African American policemen.
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Velma Lois Jones – serving with purpose

velma 600Former educator and Tennessee Education Association president Velma Lois Jones didn’t need another award to convince many who know her that she is a living legacy. Jones took her latest honor with familiar humility.
 
The Living Legacy Awards are co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History and Farmer’s Insurance. Ten recipients, including Jones, were honored earlier this year at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. 
 
The Living Legacy Awards salute African-Americans across the country that work to improve communities, institutions, organizations and family life through education.