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Drumming up opposition to Amendment 1 in the African-American community

Drumming up opposition to Amendment 1 in the African-American community

“Vote No on 1: The Civil Rights Perspective” will be the focus on Monday (Oct. 27) of an event that will feature several prominent African-American leaders and organizations during a gathering at the headquarters of AFSCME Local 1733 at 485 Beale St.

Vote No on One Tennessee, the primary campaign focused on defeating Amendment 1, will hold the event in an effort to raise awareness about “Amendment 1’s dangerous consequences” and drive up voter turnout in Memphis.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

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

FRIDAY

* Boo! Ball
7pm-12am | Pink Palace Museum

* River Arts Fest
6pm | S. Main District

* Black Rock Revival
8pm | Minglewood Hall

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Dinaw Mengestu – alive, writing & reading

Dinaw Mengestu – alive, writing & reading

Dinaw Mengestu will be in Memphis on a mission next month – to stimulate area residents to embrace a deeper and more widespread level of reading. That he is even alive to do so is a story itself.

An Ethiopian immigrant, Mengestu is the author of “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.” First published in 2007, it blends fiction with fact and Mengestu’s own history, detailing the experiences of an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, DC after fleeing his country’s revolution 17 years earlier.

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Beale ceremony to note Floyd Newman’s legacy

Beale ceremony to note Floyd Newman’s legacy

Saxophonist, bandleader, and high school band instructor Floyd Newman will be celebrated with a note in the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at The Band Box, 142 Beale Street.

Newman’s tremendous and lengthy list of accomplishments includes being the first musician B.B. King chose as a member of his first band. While working as bandleader at West Memphis’ famed Plantation Inn nightclub, he gave Isaac Hayes his first paying job in the music business and is credited with bringing Hayes to Stax Records.

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South Side Middle School group challenges ASD effectiveness, takeover

South Side Middle School group challenges ASD effectiveness, takeover

The decision that South Side Middle School has been matched with KIPP Memphis Collegiate was presented to the faculty and staff on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 as a finalized and an irreversible decision. Although the staff and faculty is not surprised that the Achievement School District is at our doorsteps, we once again believe that we are targeted without strong evidence to support the matching that has been made.

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Local Ebola response part of ongoing preparation

Local Ebola response part of ongoing preparation

Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock says getting useful information to the public, physicians and other health care workers is essential when it comes to preparedness for the growing threat of the Ebola virus.

That objective drove a media briefing that Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. convened at the county’s Vasco Smith Administration building on Tuesday.

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