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Early voting setup branded ‘voter suppression’

brooksmyers 600Registered voters interested in casting their ballots as soon as possible for the May 6th primary elections can call 901-401-0599 to get a free ride to the Shelby County Election Commission's downtown office at 157 Poplar, the only site for early voting until satellite locations become available citywide on April 25th.

Sponsored by the Diedre Malone for Shelby County Mayor campaign, the shuttle van was announced at a press conference held Monday by retiring County Commissioner Henri Brooks, who blasted the Shelby County Election Commission's setup for early voting.

Supported by Malone in her complaint, Brooks, who is running against Ken Moody to become the Democratic Party nominee for Shelby County Juvenile Court Clerk, told The New Tri State Defender following the press conference that, "This a clear cut, manipulative game of voter suppression. They couldn't have chosen a worse location."

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County government ‘movers’ convene in Shelby County

justinford 600Hundreds of county officials from all over the country are gathering this week in Shelby County for the 30th Annual Economic Development Conference of the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO).

And from all indications, said the host commissioner, all eyes are on Memphis.
"I am so very proud to have our city on display," said Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford. "Memphis is not a dangerous place. Memphis is a beautiful city with gracious, hospitable people. That was my central message when I made the case to have the convention come here."

Wednesday kicked off scheduled activities with a guided bus tour of Shelby County.
"Some of the members were on their way to see Slavehaven," said Ford. "They had already been treated to some of our other sights, and so many expressed amazement at all our city has to offer."

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City begins new parking ticket process May 1st

parking 600Three months after installing new electronic parking meters and expanding parking opportunities downtown and in the medical district, city officials are putting in place a new process for enforcing regulations, and issuing tickets for violations that carry fines averaging about $21.

The cost for illegal parking can rise to as much as $246 for violators who don't pay timely.

All fines are due within 15 days of the date the parking ticket is issued. If violators do nothing, a judgment will be issued which is enforceable for up to 10 years.

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Faith, education and hard work yield promising future for Joshua Hawkins

joshua 600Joshua Hawkins, an outstanding student and athlete at Memphis University School, looks forward to a promising future.

The 18-year-old high school senior has been accepted at four elite Ivy League Colleges – Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Brown. If he doesn't choose from that quartet, Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan also want him.

Representing the fourth generation of the Church of God in Christ, Hawkins is the son of Temple of Deliverance COGIC Pastor Milton R. Hawkins and first lady Catherine C. Hawkins.

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Say hello to the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival

juneteenth 600Out: The annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival. In: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival.

Yes, the long-running Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival is getting a makeover. After a 21-year run in Historic Douglass Park in North Memphis, the board of directors has changed the festival's name. The location is changing too, with Robert R. Church Park on Beale Street in Downtown Memphis now the new venue.

According to Executive Director Telisa Franklin, the name change and the new location are moves made to increase the events appeal, retool it as an urban music festival, and strengthen its brand.

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ArtsMemphis presents Stax to the Max

staxtothemax 600For the fourth year in row, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is taking it to the streets with ArtsMemphis Presents Stax to the Max, the annual all-day, outdoor, free music and arts festival.

This year's event takes place Saturday (April 26th) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The rain date is Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The festival, held behind the Stax Museum, features all-day live music, arts performances, merchandise vendors, nonprofit booths, food trucks, children's activities, health screenings by University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and more. Last year's event drew approximately 8,000 attendees despite have been delayed a day due to inclement weather.

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Putting Braille on the menu

braille 600Fourteen people gathered on a Friday morning in March for breakfast at the nationally acclaimed Brother Juniper's restaurant near the University of Memphis campus. While it is not unusual for a group to spend time together over a meal, it was apparent on this day that some individuals in the group were either totally blind, visually impaired or disabled in other ways.

"This is our Braille User Support Group, one of our outreach initiatives," said Dr. Lavonnie Perry Clayborn, research assistant professor and director of Mid-South Access Center for Technology, a non-profit assistive technology resource center located in Patterson Hall in room 119 on the U of M campus.

Mid-South ACT is a division of the Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research (CRER), a member of the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), and a partner with Advanced Multimedia Devices – a Partnership for Excellence Program. It was founded in 1998 and provides resources for teachers, clinicians, parents with children who have disabilities, and individuals with disabilities.

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Southland Mall welcomes Discount Wigs 3

discountwigs 600Perusing the selections on a beauty supply isle, Bianca Ward noted that it was the first time she ever had seen a beauty shop inside of a mall.

"I love the idea because people come to the mall to buy clothes, so you can come and get an outfit and get your hair done," said Ward. "I'm here today looking for some hair, accessories and a stylist."

Dozens were in attendance on Friday (April 18th) for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Discount Wigs 3 in the Southland Mall. The Grand Opening for the combination hair salon and beauty supply store followed on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the 12,000 square foot space that once housed Piccadilly Restaurant is the new home. The "3" in Discount Wigs represents the third location, with two other locations at 4685 American Way and 3249 Austin Peay.

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Links drive home point about bone marrow need

bonemarrow 600The River City (TN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated recently put the spotlight on transplant donations at The LeMoyne Owen College. Students and the community at large turned out for The River City (TN) Chapter's "Be The Match" Bone Marrow Drive held on the front lawn of Memphis' only HBCU.

More than 100 people attended the community event (April 12th) and 41 signed up to be tested as possible matches for people needing an organ, tissue or blood donor. Radio station KJMS V101.1 provided live remote coverage and encouraged listeners to join in the event.

With African Americans having a greater than average need for transplants, the "Be The Match" Bone Marrow Drive was the perfect opportunity to reach a large segment of the community and student population.

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Open house beckons children and parents to Kamp KSI

kampksi 600Inside Kairos Services, double doors opened, and children ran excitedly to a large table set up with green and gold pawns. Rather than video games and iPads, these children are excited about chess, just one of the disciplines taught during Kamp KSI.

Kairos, a nonprofit that works to help people become self-sufficient through employment, hosted an open house for the camp, which is in its second year. The camp for children ages 6-12 teaches an array of disciplines to foster critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. Herbert Lester, executive director, says the goal is to prepare children to be globally competent, which will help them secure jobs and become model citizens.

"The United States has fallen in academics compared to other countries. Our children must learn skills and competencies to compete with students from across the globe," Lester says. "Kamp KSI equips our campers to think critically, problem solve creatively and work collaboratively through fun activities that children enjoy."

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Where are all the black baseball superstars?

baseball 600Jackie Robinson Day – celebrated this week – is the annual day when Major League Baseball celebrates the incredible change and integration Robinson helped usher into the sport, and society as a whole.

Robinson broke baseball's color barrier so that more African-American players would have the chance to play the "national pastime" at its highest level.
Sadly, 60-plus years later, potential black players aren't taking advantage of that opportunity.

Last month, the league released a report that said just 8.3 percent of players on 2014 opening day rosters identified themselves as black.

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Students get hands-on experience with emergency preparedness kit

midsoutharc 600Students in the Career Development /Job Placement program at The Arc Mid-South recently had the opportunity to get valuable hands-on experience and job training.

Thanks to a collaborative project between Volunteer Mid-South and CN Railroad, the students assembled "build your own emergency preparedness" kits to be given to students in Title 1 programs in area schools.

The bags included a calendar with disaster tips, a card with disaster numbers and information, and an activity book for kids provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) that focuses on responding to disasters in a fun format.

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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
AFRICA IN APRIL: Children & Senior Citizens Day
International Diversity Parade
10:30 a.m. | Beale Street @ Robert R. Church Park

* Dopeness: The Lyric Lounge
8:00 p.m. | KPreSha Boutique

* "unMosqued" Documentary Showing
7:30 p.m. | Memphis Islamic Center

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