Sat04192014

Greater Metro

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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Here’s What’s Happening!

Myron-Mays-160After days of bone-chilling temperatures and a wintry mix that made getting in and out of our cars an adventure, it's time for the weekend. Here are some happenings for those ready to unwind

Friday Night Live

RBS Entertainment presents Friday Night Live; Hype Life Edition on Friday, March 7th at the Blues Belt Event Center at 3468 Casino Way in Tunica, Miss. Open mic and live music entertainment provided by Concrete Soul and Zero Gravity. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Sundays Best auditions

Do you have talent? Can you set the church on fire on Sunday mornings? Then you could be the next Gospel sensation.

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MATA carries record number of bikes in 2013

matabikeride 600It happened 24,096 times during 2013. That's how many times a bike rider strapped his or her bike on the front of a MATA bus to continue a journey.

MATA provided the figures Thursday (March 7th). They reflect a nearly eight percent increase over the prior year.

"It is impossible for MATA to have service up and down every street in the community both from a time and expense perspective," said Tom Fox, MATA's interim president and general manager. "The 'Bike and Ride' commuter is someone who wants to take advantage of public transportation but isn't necessarily within walking distance to a bus stop either from their point of origin or destination. With bike racks on every bus, we are able to safely and conveniently accommodate that customer.

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‘The Education Before the Education’

lougossett 600When Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. spoke Tuesday evening (Feb. 25th) at the University Center Theatre at the University of Memphis, he spoke from the topic, "The Education Before the Education."

Co-sponsored by the Student Event Allocation, Gossett's address covered such topics as progress and issues concerning race. He provided the audience with insight and wisdom, a characteristic of someone who's learned from his experiences.

And Gossett has quite a bit of experience under his belt. For example, in 1953, when he was 16 years old, he landed his first major role in the Broadway play "Take A Giant Step." He beat out 400 other aspiring actors, which launched his career.

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Former TSD sports editor played in Negro Baseball League

billlittlememphis 600The type of people that William Otis "Bill" Little knew and befriended could easily become the topic of conversation around the water cooler, perhaps because many of them were reputed for their achievements in sports and education.

But those who knew Little would consider him to have been just as accomplished in both fields as his distinguished friends.

Little was the sports editor for the Tri-State Defender for more than 50 years, an educator, basketball coach and sports official. He also played in the Negro Baseball League for the Memphis Red Sox and the Kansas City Monarchs as a catcher from 1952 to 1957.

 

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Government Procurement Vendor Fair

AlandasDobbins 600In 2011, President Barack Obama launched StartUp America, a White House initiative targeted to increase entrepreneurship throughout the nation. Since its debut, Memphis government and business leaders have focused and dedicated resources and energy to augment entrepreneurship education and support.

To continue such efforts, the city of Memphis has partnered with the Memphis Office of Resources and Enterprise (MORE) to host the Government Procurement Vendor Fair on March 12th at The Lemoyne-Owen College. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Business owners will have the opportunities to network with local and federal government agencies as well as learn how to obtain resources available to improve their business internally and externally.

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Mayor embraces White House grant to address rape kit backlogs

rapekitwharton 600President Obama's FY15 budget includes $35 million to aid local efforts to address rape kit backlogs, with Mayor A C Wharton Jr. labeling it the most significant federal support yet.

"I applaud the Obama administration for recognizing the urgency of addressing the backlog of untested sexual assault kits across the country, and their willingness to provide $35 million in funds to help local communities with the many aspects of work necessary to navigate this issue," said Wharton.

Memphis has over 12,000 untested rape kits – a "systematic failure" that represents "justice denied" Wharton said last month, announcing plans for a cross-functional team with representatives from law enforcement and legal and victim advocate groups to address the rape kit-testing debacle.

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Kellogg’s makes its case

kelloggsLogo 600Representatives from the Kellogg Company have not made themselves available for questions from The New Tri-State Defender despite calls to get the company's viewpoint about the protracted labor dispute with members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union, Local 252G.

In a letter to employees dated Feb. 28th, Marty Carroll, senior vice president of KNA Supply Chain, and Chris Rook, Memphis plant manager, acknowledged the workers' frustration and disappointment and called it understandable.

"We are frustrated, too. It is deeply concerning to Kellogg that employees who have given so many years of quality service to this Company are not currently on the jobs in which you have served us so well. We want nothing more than a resolution to these negotiations so we can all get back to the important work of moving this plant forward, together. You have a choice in this matter, and we hope you choose to return to work."

 

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Families suffer real hardship as Kellogg’s ‘lockout’ drags on

Kellogs 600"Four months! Four long months it's been since we were locked out of our jobs and forced onto this picket line every day, and we still have little hope that Kellogg's will ever come back to the table to bargain with good faith," said one locked out employee Wednesday afternoon.

"This so-called contract will be the end of us veteran employees, if we sign. There is no 'good faith' on their side."

His sign read: "Hey Kellogg's, Where Does Greed Fit Into Your 'K' Values?"

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Winter weather warming centers update

4streetDSC 9754Due to an emergency situation at I-40 and I-55 that has left hundreds of motorists stranded for hours, the City of Memphis will continue the sheltering operation at Hollywood Community Center in partnership with the American Red Cross. The location at 1560 N. Hollywood Ave. is about a mile from the interstate and easily accessible to motorists detoured and seeking shelter.

The warming center at Charles Powell located at 810 Western Park will be shut down at 3 p.m. Any resident there will be offered transportation to the Hollywood Community Center.

The Orange Mound Community Center at 2572 Park Ave will operate at its normal business hours today and close at 8 p.m.

Bundled up, Greater Memphis moving forward, cautiously

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With the temperature gauge engaged in an arduous push to edge above freezing and the forecast suggesting a warming, Greater Memphis is bundled up and moving forward, cautiously.

The National Weather Service projects a Tuesday high near 34, with a jump to near 42 on Wednesday, near 47 on Thursday and near 56 and Sunny on Friday.

Across the metropolitan area, the weather front that dumped snow, ice, sleet and rain left frozen reminders of its interruption of the routine. Although major streets and passageways were passable, ice remains forcing motorists to adjust accordingly.

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Brrr! Weather punches Memphis

icewindshield 600Here's the National Weather Service's technical explanation of what's happening with the local weather:

"Mid level deformation zone associated with mid level shortwave will rotate across the Mid South through mid afternoon."

Translation: A weather event packing snow, ice, sleet, freezing temperatures and a bone-chilling wind chill has Greater Memphis on lockdown.

 

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LEGACY: Thomas Maurice Sengstacke Picou

picou 600One family name is synonymous with the Black Press in the United States: Sengstacke. Thomas Maurice Sengstacke Picou, the nephew of John H. Sengstacke, played an integral part in helping his uncle build a family of newspapers that included The Chicago Defender, the Michigan Chronicle in Detroit, the New Pittsburgh Courier, and the Tri-State Defender in Memphis.

After Sengstacke's death in 1997, Picou acquired the funding to purchase Sengstacke Enterprises. He gained control in 2003 and created Real Times, Inc., a holding company that owned the newspapers. He served as Real Times' president, CEO and chairman and began rebuilding the brand to reflect the times.

On Feb. 8th, Picou died following a medical procedure at Centennial Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif. He was 76.

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