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Fri04182014

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Special ‘Institute’ session asks, ‘What is a black man?’

institute 600African-American young men – several of them – took home a few life lessons after attending The Black Man Can Institute at the Juvenile Intervention & Faith-based Followup (JIFF) last Saturday (March 15th).

The Institute was a one-day series of workshops that focused on different ways to uplift, empower and inspire young men of color.

"We have a vision to bring the Institute to every city in America and be a catalyst for change in the life of a young man," said Brandon Frame, the Institute's founder. "In partnering with R.L. Thompson and Community Service, Inc., we had the amazing opportunity to complete that purpose."

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Hickory Ridge Driver License Reinstatement Center to open Saturdays

reinstatement 600The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will open its Hickory Ridge Driver License Reinstatement Center for five Saturdays starting this week due to the high volume of customers seeking to reinstate driving privileges this time of year.

The Hickory Ridge Driver License Reinstatement Center, located inside the Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Rd., will serve customers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 22 and 29, April 4, 11, and 26. (The special Saturday hours will not take place on Easter weekend.)

The extra hours of service are for reinstatement services only.

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Hamburgled?

wagetheft 600Days after class-action lawsuits claimed McDonald's is deliberately and systematically stealing employees' pay, workers and community and faith leaders protested Tuesday in Memphis – part of a nationwide series of actions calling on the fast-food giant to stop its illegal wage theft.

Holding signs that read, "Have you had your break today? I haven't but it was taken out of my check anyway," Memphis fast-food workers and supporters demanded McDonald's stop what they called illegal theft of workers' pay. Workers spoke of the company forcing them to work off the clock, work through breaks, etc.

"We want to take care of our families, but it's hard for us to do that when we don't make enough and McDonald's is stealing our wages," said McDonald's worker, Ashley Cathey. "I rarely receive a break, yet those hours are always taken out of my check. We need to get paid for the hours we work and that's why we're fighting for $15 and a union."

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Freedom Fund keynoter on a health-based mission

DrSampson 600When you release a book hoping that it will "start a movement," each time you speak in a public setting is an opportunity to extend a call to action. That's the position Dr. Sampson Davis will be in when speaks in Memphis on Thursday night.

The recipient of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award (2000) and author of "Living & Dying in Brick City – An E.R. Doctor Returns Home" will deliver the keynote address during this year's 38th annual Freedom Fund Gala benefiting the Memphis Branch NAACP.

The venue will be the Grand Ball Room of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, with the gala to begin at 7 p.m.

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Northside becomes a Spring Break learning ground

howardstudents 600Within two classrooms at Northside High School, a classic game of "Family Feud" was unfolding.

"Name a reason why a person might turn down a job."

Two high-schoolers hesitate before a teenage boy yells the first response that comes to mind.

"Transportation!"

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Funk, R&B and soul icons, Bar-Kays, celebrate 50 years by giving back

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The Bar-Kays are donating a portion of the proceeds raised during their 50-year celebration to support their "fab-five charities."

Throughout 2014, the iconic band will observe their golden anniversary in the music business. The year-long observation will culminate with the Bar-Kays 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala Dec. 4 at the Cook Convention Center and Canon Center of the Performing Arts.

During the gala, a special presentation will be made to what that the Bar-Kays call their "fab-five charities" – the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis, United Way of the Midsouth, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Stax Music Academy and the Allen Jones/Marjorie Barringer/Bar-Kays Scholarship Fund.

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Memphis rankings!

memphisranking 600On what the Greater Memphis Chamber clearly viewed as good news day, Forbes ranked Memphis as the 2nd most affordable city in the U.S. and WalletHub ranked Memphis as the 5th best city to start a business.

Chamber officials are spreading the word about the rankings, which both were announced on Tuesday.

2nd most affordable city

Forbes recognized Memphis as America's second most affordable city when surveying the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the country.

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Faith in Action Memphis Cleanup 2014

cleanup 600Faith in Action Memphis Cleanup 2014, which Mayor A C Wharton Jr. hopes will be the city's largest cleanup ever, was unveiled at press conference at City Hall on Monday.

The event, aimed at fighting blight and beautifying Memphis, will take place April 25-27 at sites throughout the city. The collaborative effort involves the mayor's office, Memphis City Beautiful, and a host of business, community and faith-based organizations.

"We became involved in this event because, as a faith-based entity, we believe in doing everything in our power to make Memphis better for all of us," said Pastor Brandon Walker, project director of Shepherding the Next Generation, a group comprised of more than 200 local pastors of different faiths.

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Memphis plans ‘community conversation’ on improving schools, closing the achievement gap

NLC 600WASHINGTON, D.C. – Memphis plans to partner with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Dept. of Education to hold a "community conversation" to discuss strategies to advance learning, enhance student engagement and improve schools.

Three goals for cities to focus on – early childhood education, afterschool and postsecondary attainment – were outlined Monday in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NLC and the Dept. of Education. The MOU was unveiled at NLC's Congressional City Conference in Washington.

"We understand that increasing our educated workforce in specific areas directly improves Memphis' economic future," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "This partnership with the City of Memphis, the National League of Cities, the Department of Education and America's Promise with support from AT& T will assist the City of Memphis in creating pathways to prosperity for more of our citizens."

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The LeMoyne-Owen College reaches out to Victory University students

LO 600Counselors from financial aid, enrollment, records, athletics and each academic division will be on hand Wednesday, March 12 at 6.p.m. to provide information on how to successfully transition from Victory University to an institution of their choice.

The campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker Ave., will be the venue Wednesday (March 12th) for the Tips to Transitioning session, with faculty and staff set to deliver critical information on how to make a smooth transfer from Victory University.

Citing a financial problem, Victory University last week announced that it would close its doors when the spring semester is over. It reportedly has about 1,600 students.

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Rufus’ daughters set for a Memphis music bow

Thomas 600Memphis music icon Rufus Thomas would be particularly wild and proud of this year's "Emissaries of Memphis Music."

Thomas' daughters, Carla Thomas and Vaneese Thomas, are among the honorees who will be saluted during the 2014 Emissaries of Memphis Music Awards on March 20th at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway.

Hosted by the Memphis Music Commission, the event begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Memphis Musicians Healthcare Plan, which provides no cost access to Medical Care for Memphis Musicians.

 

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State of bicycling has Memphis riding high

bicycling 600All the miles of new bicycle infrastructure that the City of Memphis has constructed since 2010 would get you within about 17 miles of Jackson, Tenn.

According to the 2014 State of Bicycling Report, 71.15 miles of new bicycle infrastructure was created over the three-year period, a 114 percent increase of dedicated space for persons using bicycles, mostly along Memphis streets. The report was released on Friday.

"One way in which we keep Memphis competitive is by providing choices for our residents," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "In transportation, we've traditionally left the automobile as the only way to move around the city, but in just a short period of time, we've shown that with a little creativity and direction, Memphis can offer the same, if not better, amenities as any modern city."

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Three chances to hear Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson

johnson 600Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson – an educator, political scientist and pan-Africanist – has lectured extensively in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean and is a widely sought after expert on special education and the impact on black children.

Memphis-area residents are being presented with three chances to hear Dr. Abdullah-Johnson live.

Local activists and scholars will gather to hear Abdullah-Johnson offer his professional opinion on why black children represent the dominate population of public school special education programs on Saturday (March 8th) at 12:30 p.m. at Masjid Al-Mu'minun located at 4412 S. Third Street.

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