Two hours before State Rep. Larry Miller and the Tennessee Black Caucus that he chairs were scheduled to meet with Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday, Miller (D-88) provided an insider's view of the road ahead for the state's African-American lawmakers.
The backdrop for his reflections included two key elements: the GOP's supermajority voting strength; and apprehension within some political circles that the 108th General Assembly will bring harsh decisions for Shelby County's African-American population.
Turkeesa Helton, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher, is working during her planning period at Bellevue Middle School dressed in a plaid shirt, necktie and argyle socks as part of Tacky Day for Homecoming Week.
Her willingness to participate in the school's activities isn't the only reason students may think she's pretty cool.
Her Tripod scores say so.
Irma Morgan Moore's family and friends respect her ability to make sound decisions. So after Moore decided to retire from her job as a nurse circulating through Memphis City Schools, more than 100 of them gathered at Precious Moments Banquet Hall to honor her and acknowledge her choice.
"I was assigned and traveled to three or more schools a day," said Moore, a traveling nurse who was assigned to schools from Collierville to Millington. "It was good experience. I was able to bond with the children and I knew that I was helping them."
It is unrealistic to think that most resolutions made in January will be fulfilled by the end of the year. A new month has already begun, and old habits, I'm sure, will return. We set goals, but aren't motivated enough to see them through.
We fall short of our goals because we don't know how to get there. We desire to achieve positive results without concentrating on the means necessary to attain them. This is especially true for people who have declared this to be the year they will eat healthy and lose weight.
The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is partnering with award winning gospel artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp for a community dialogue on educational opportunities for Black families in Tennessee.
The free event featuring the Grammy nominated Sapp – a Grand Rapids, Mich. pastor and Dove, Stellar and BET award winner – will be Friday (Feb. 1) at Greater Community Temple at 5151 Winchester Rd. It begins at 7 p.m., with the doors open at 6 p.m.
The session will include a discussion about the status of education for African-American students and the options that are available for parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children.
Now, I know why they call it Staxtacular!
There is no question about it, the Memphis Grizzles and Soulsville sure know how to throw a party! To truly understand where I am coming from one has to first know how to define the word spectacular :
a. A single dramatic production of unusual length or lavishness.
b. An elaborate display.
Forty-eight hours before he stepped to the podium to deliver the annual State of the City address this past Friday before a packed room at the Pink Palace, Mayor AC Wharton Jr. riffed on how running the city has personally affected him.
"You remember that movie 'The Strange Life of Benjamin Bratt?' That's how I feel," Wharton told The New Tri-State Defender. "I've always looked old, but the job is truly energizing, despite the pitfalls," Wharton said with a good-natured laugh.