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LEGACY: Glynn Johns Reed

LEGACY: Glynn Johns Reed
Glynn Johns Reed devoted much of her life to community service. She made pathways straight for some, motivated and empowered others, birthed a festival, and created a business magazine that entrepreneurs would use to promote their products and concepts. 
 
In the process of helping others to achieve their goals in business and recognizing the importance of celebrating African-American history, Reed shaped her own legacy as the founder of the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival in Memphis and the Black Pages Magazine in New Orleans.

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TSU goes digital with book bundle initiative

TSU goes digital with book bundle initiative
NASHVILLE – (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University will be on the digital cutting edge this fall semester when it begins offering electronic textbooks as part of a book-bundle initiative aimed at lowering the cost of traditional “paper” books.
 
The plan, announced during the recent Tennessee Board of Regents meeting held at the University June 20, will allow freshman and sophomore students to buy “e-books” for general education classes, saving students between $435 to $735 per semester.
 

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.

FRIDAY
 
Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular
9pm | Riverside
 
Southaven’s July 4th Celebration
7:30pm | 6285 Snowden Lane

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Obama Administration makes room for a University of Memphis graduate

Obama Administration makes room for a University of Memphis graduate
Chimene Okere has had an interesting journey. Upon his graduation from Lane Tech College Preparatory in Chicago (2010), he went on to attend Depaul University, completing his freshman year before transferring to the University of Memphis. He never envisioned all of the transfers leading to a position in the Obama Administration.
 
Customarily, each U.S. President appoints students to non-career positions within their administration. The full-time positions are entry level and within the executive branch. As a result of President Obama’s desire to diversify the pool of students selected to the program, The University of Memphis was selected to send students of color for interviews.

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What’s John Leake doing in Russia?

What’s John Leake doing in Russia?
Who would’ve thought that a childhood fascination with Russian culture would eventually morph into an opportunity to study in Russia? Yet, that’s exactly what happened to a recent Memphis high school graduate.
 
John Leake, a graduate of Lausanne Collegiate School, was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship by the U.S. Department of State. That is why he is in Yaroslavl, Russia right now studying Russian language and culture during a six-week adventure that ends Aug. 4th. 
 
“Ever since I was a child, I have always loved Russia,” Leake told The New Tri-State Defender before leaving for the Russian stay that began June 21st.   

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Brown bristles at ‘homophobic’ tag

Brown bristles at ‘homophobic’ tag
The race for Shelby County District Attorney has entered into murky territory with Democratic Party nominee Judge Joe Brown saying that an Internet post of him making reference to incumbent Amy Weirich’s marital status and her sexual preferences reflect an off-the-cuff moment never meant to be aired or used by his campaign or supporters in any form.
 
“This came about due to the fact that my opponent will not debate me,” Brown told The New Tri-State Defender on Wednesday. “It was a private moment just blowing off steam and never meant to be used in any context.”

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Plan in works for coverage options for all retirees

Plan in works for coverage options for all retirees
The City of Memphis plans to launch an aggressive education campaign to apprise retirees of their options in the wake of a scramble to put in a place a multi-year, guaranteed healthcare assurance plan with good coverage options for all City retirees.
 
The office of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced earlier this week that the City “and its partners” were putting such a healthcare assurance plan in place. The plan was described as being in addition to continued medical insurance coverage for surviving spouses and dependents of employees who died in the line of duty and certain Medicare ineligible retirees.
 
The educational campaign, which was projected to kick off “in the coming weeks,” would include the convening of community meetings that provide retirees and their families with opportunities to ask questions and to be provided with one-on-one counseling regarding recent changes to their benefits. Those moves would be in addition to information they would receive in the mail, individual appointments, phone calls, social media and a website serving as an information repository.

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