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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.


Thousands expected for Progressive National Baptist Convention

The Progressive National Baptist Convention – the denominational home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – will hold its 51st annual session in the city where he died.

The event, which will be anchored at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, will begin Aug. 5 and run through Aug. 10. Activities will include a voter empowerment seminar and a march to the National Civil Rights Museum in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A number of clergymen are scheduled to speak each day, including the Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr.


Will the Election Commission get it together?

ElectCommissionThe U.S. Justice Department, the FBI and the State of Tennessee have monitoring duty for the Aug. 2 election following revelations of a problem with voting tabulation by the Shelby County Election Commission.

Secretary of State Tre Hargrett called the commission on the carpet after it was discovered that an inordinate number of citizens had been given improper information about their voting status during the early voting period from July 13 to July 28.


Merger’s path is served at TSD ‘Lunch and Learn’

Lunch-1Unified School Board Member Martavius Jones is used to being asked, "How did we get here?" The question references the track that Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools are on toward the planned merger.

Jones spoke Tuesday at the inaugural "Lunch and Learn" initiative hosted by The New Tri-State Defender in collaboration with Networking in Memphis at the Lunch Box Eats restaurant on Fourth Street downtown. For 30 minutes, he talked about the unified school system and various topics associated with changes in public education in Memphis and Shelby County.


EDUCATION BRIEFS: South Third Health Loop to host back-to school health fair

The Health Loop Primary Care Network, a part of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis family, is hosting a Back To School Community Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4. The health fair will be held from noon until 3 p.m. at South Third Health Loop, located in the Southgate Shopping Center at 1955 South Third Street.


Yemen-born grocer defies stereotypes

grocer-1When he decided to throw a "come one, come all" block party for his store's regular customers earlier this month, Lotf Alkabash, the owner of C&S Groceries & Market at Lakeview and Brooks Road in Whitehaven, had no intent of making a political statement.

Known as "Mike" to his regular customers, the free barbecue ran from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and was an indication of Alkabash's connection to the community, something many see as sadly missing these days.


Waiting to enroll students a bigger headache this year

by Dena L. Owens
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

It's back-to-school time!

For parents, beyond buying school clothing and supplies, that's a whistle signaling them to get the proper documents in hand to register their children.

Registration day is "top priority" for most parents, but there are those who lag around, waiting until after Labor Day to get their children registered and enrolled.