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Family’s need, faith and candor yield home-makeover support

HomeMakeover-groupby Bernadette Shinault-Davis
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kenneth and Yolanda Rogers joined Believers Unite! Worldwide Church eight months ago. She had no job, he didn't make enough to support his wife and three children and the family desperately needed a place to call home.

Yolanda Rogers said she decided to face life's challenges head on and chose to share her family's story during a Sunday service.


TSD issues call for Men of Excellence

The New Tri-State Defender's fourth annual Men of Excellence Reception and Awards Celebration is set for Sept. 28, with the window for nominations, which is now open, closing on Sept. 4.


Prayer vigil Monday for teen shot while handcuffed

chavis-carter-1Memphis and Mid-South residents are invited to attend a public rally Monday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum to express support for the family of Chavis Carter. Jonesboro, Ark. police claim he committed suicide while handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser.

Carter, who was arrested July 29, used a .380-caliber Cobra semi automatic handgun to fatally shot himself, police assert, after he was apprehended on an outstanding drug charge warrant. Officers said Carter, 21, could have hidden the gun while not handcuffed and waiting to be officially charged.


In Memphis, Allison Leslie sees a place for ‘Aspire’

Allison Leslie is new to Memphis. In neighborhoods that will house schools assigned to the still evolving Achievement School District, her name tends not to register – yet.

Leslie has been tapped as the executive director of the Aspire Public Schools Memphis region. She is a 12-year veteran of Aspire Public Schools (APS), which the Achievement School District (ASD) has embraced to manage select schools in the Memphis market beginning in August 2013.


Legacy: Bertram Lenard Brunson

funeral1Pat Brunson-Ware said goodbye to her son – Bertram Lenard Brunson – last Saturday (Aug. 11), singing a song in which the words "have a good time" seemed to be amplified.

For Brunson-Ware, the years have yielded some tough times since her son was maimed and critically injured (September, 1991) while in the custody of the Shelby County Sheriff's department. Mr. Brunson was 22 when he was hog-tied and beaten, living for over 20 years in a coma. He died Aug. 2.


BRIEFS & THINGS: Empowerment for area women is a conference away

VeMaShe' Enterprises and Ordinary People Magazine will host the 2012 Women's Empowerment Conference... Empowering Lives! Empowering Dreams! Empowering Good Health!

The two-day conference is set for Aug. 24-25 at Holy Nation Church of Memphis, 3333 Old Brownsville Rd. in Bartlett. A meet-greet session will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 24, with the conference from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 25.


Best in Black Awards update

Best-In-Black-Logo-croppedWell TSD family, we are out of the gates and running with the 2012 Best in Black Awards Memphis! The entire TSD staff and I are extremely excited about the community's response to this initiative and the forthcoming awards show on Aug. 30.

I want to provide you with a quick update:


$225,000 federal grant for Binghampton and Frayser

sidewalk starThe Greater Memphis Partnership – a cross-sector partnership of local agencies – has been awarded $225,000 grant to help transform neighborhoods in Binghampton and Frayser.

The grant is through the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP), a component of the federal Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), a White House-led federal partnership launched by the Obama Administration in 2010 to help transform distressed neighborhoods. BNCP's intention is to create community-driven change in neighborhoods that have been facing barriers to revitalization.


Students learning to ‘take off’ via Hyde-Park based program

HydePark1Kimberly McGrew
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

For some students and young adults in the Hyde Park neighborhood, the thought of one day flying an airplane or inventing a process that leads to them creating a business is a lot more real because of a program offered by Transformational Living Centers of Memphis.

Transformational Living Centers of Memphis (TLCOM) is a non-profit organization based in Hyde Park.


Recount looms in Dist. 4

Election Day (Aug. 2) unfolded with a pleasant feel for Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. and his wife, Sheila Whalum. Along the course of the day, they greeted voters, shaking hands and saying hello to old friends in what is now District 4 of the Shelby County School Board.

That evening, a gathering of family, friends and church members were in good spirits as Dr. Whalum, the pastor of The New Olivet Baptist Church, enjoyed a consistent lead as precincts sent in election results after polls closed at 7 p.m.


Freedom Schools fortify, stimulate young scholars

Freedom-Schools-1by Kimberly McGrew and Jennifer Hogan

As students across the city try to find their back-to-school groove, 50 of them will be able to draw upon their summer experiences during the Memphis Urban League's third successful run of Freedom Schools at Klondike Elementary School.

With generous contributions from the Plough Foundation, the program was provided free of charge to 50 scholars. The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program provides enrichment designed to help children develop a love of reading, increase their self-esteem, and develop a more positive attitude toward learning.


Coldwater back-to-school conference makes its mark

coldwater4Coldwater, Miss. Mayor Jessie J. Edwards knows when something unusual has happened in is neck of the woods and recently took note of such an event.

The happening was the Back to School Conference in Coldwater Cultural Center. The "unusual" wasn't the conference, which has an eight-year history. It was the crowd.


Dream fulfilled: Leviticus Pointer takes over at Melrose High School

MelrosePrincipalby Andre Mitchell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Leviticus "Levi" Pointer walked the halls of Melrose High School as a freshman in 1984, graduating in 1989. On Monday morning (Aug. 6), he retraces those steps, this time as principal.

As he moves along, Pointer will carry with him thoughts of former principal LaVaughn Bridges and other Melrose principals, administrators and educators. He says their collective leadership and influence helped ignite and instill values and habits that remain within the hearts of the many "Golden Wildcats" who yielded to their tutelage.