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Rare but real: African-American Republicans

Rare but real: African-American Republicans

As members of the Mississippi delegation stepped into the limelight on Monday to cast their votes in what essentially was the coronation of Mitt Romney as the GOP standard bearer, Dr. Freda McKissic B

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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Worthy of praise, Dr. Maya Angelou heaps thanks on others

Worthy of praise, Dr. Maya Angelou heaps thanks on others

by Nicole R. Harris
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Literary legend Dr. Maya Angelou is a living testament to how individual responsibility is a reflection of one's self. That reality was on display as she spoke at the 14th annual Agape Heartlight Celebration at The Cannon Center for Performing Arts last Saturday (Aug. 25).

"Agape is love. Sometimes we use it loosely, but it means I take responsibility for the time I take up and the space I occupy, said Angelou, the keynote speaker for Agape's largest annual fundraising event. "It means I love you....I take responsibility for myself as I treat you, strangers and friends."

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Memphis a pack leader in ‘reward’ schools

Memphis is leading the state....

If your first thought was to complete that fragment with a negative, then think again. In this case, the facts point to an embraceable positive.

Memphis is leading the state with the highest number (20) of "reward" schools. That would be schools with students who scored in the top five percent on end-of-year exams, and made the largest gains over three years.

For the record, those 20 schools are:

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‘Amazing Race’ open call for Mid-South thrill-seekers

WREG News Channel 3 is holding an "Amazing Race" Open Call at the Delta Fair & Music Festival on Sept. 9 inside the Agricenter International from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thrill-seekers looking for adventure will have a chance to represent the Mid-South on the show for a future season.

"The Amazing Race has a strong following. There is no doubt, the chance to compete for the adventure of a lifetime will create a lot of excitement," said Ron Walter, president and general manager for WREG News Channel 3.

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LEGACY: Alice Oates Sandridge

LEGACY: Alice Oates Sandridge

For many, Alice Oates Sandridge was the embodiment of family and community and they were in attendance last Saturday (Aug. 25) for her homegoing celebration.

Mrs. Sandridge, whose children include former Memphis City Schools Board of Education Commissioner Hubon Sandridge Jr., died Aug. 19. She was 89.

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Better health to go on Girlz Taking Over menu

by Latrivia S. Nelson
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Two years ago, a report entitled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010," ranked Tennessee as the second highest state in the nation for obesity. Memphis weighs heavily into those calculations and is in need of a health reboot.

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Free from prison, John Ford projects ‘great things’

Free from prison, John Ford projects ‘great things’

It has been five years since the Tennessee Waltz investigation swept up state and local officials and their associates in a federal sting. Bribery charges were handed down, along with prison sentences for caught-on-tape participants. Then-State Sen. John Ford was among them.

That was then. This is now. A released from prison and jubilant Ford was whisked into a waiting car to take him to the Diersen Charities halfway house in South Memphis where he stayed this week, preparing for a return to his residence next week.

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Best in Black: Final updates

Greetings TSD family! We are rounding the bases and headed home towards the Grand Finale of the 2012 Best in Black Awards Memphis. The TSD staff and I are overwhelmed by the showing of support and excitement in the community about the contest and the awards show on Aug. 30.

I want to thank each of you that nominated, voted and have or will purchase a ticket to attend the black tie/black carpet awards show affair. Here is our last update before the event:

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