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Tracy Bethea now head of gospel programming at Hallelujah FM

Tracy Bethea now head of gospel programming at Hallelujah FM
Over the last two decades, Tracy Bethea has observed and participated in the evolution of the gospel music genre from a programming perspective and has also been a catalyst to helping artists understand the unique art of programming.
 
As the new head of gospel programming at WHAL 95.7 Hallelujah FM, Bethea has a new leadership role that many project will bring new luster to the Clear Channel Communications brand in the gospel arena.
 
In her prior position as the station’s assistant program director/music director, Bethea worked closely with and learned key programming strategies from her colleague and friend, Eileen Collier.
 

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Shelby County residents asked to ‘Answer the Call’ with countywide phone survey

Shelby County residents asked to ‘Answer the Call’ with countywide phone survey
Shelby County residents are being asked to “Answer the Call” by participating in a confidential phone survey, which will gather information to help develop tools to assist parents in protecting their children's emotional and behavioral health. 
 
Calls will go out to randomly selected participants in Shelby County over the next six to eight weeks. 
 
The surveys were organized by the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Center Task Force of Shelby County, which is made up of more than 40 community leaders, including Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.. 

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Build A Game In A Day with Beta workshop

Build A Game In A Day with Beta workshop
 
The Memphis Chapter of Black Girls CODE will host a game development workshop on July 26 at New Horizons Computer Learning Center at 4775 American Way. The workshop will focus on using Beta, an interactive tool that allows players to simultaneously play, create and share games while learning how to code.
 
“Kids absolutely love building games in Beta,” said Meka Egwuekwe, Core Team Lead. “We are excited to bring this groundbreaking learning platform to Memphis for the first time, and are looking forward to our girls expressing their creativity.”

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

 THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Street Warz
8:30pm | Memphis International Raceway
 
* Chuckles Comedy House Presents: DL Hughley
10pm | Chuckles Comedy House
 

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Farewell to the rhythm man – Mabon ‘Teeni’ Hodges

Farewell to the rhythm man – Mabon ‘Teeni’ Hodges
Scores of music industry friends and fans came out on Saturday (July 6th) to a memorial celebration at the Gibson Guitar Factory to honor one of the most gifted musicians of the classic Memphis soul era, Mabon “Teenie” Hodges.
 
Hodges, who died in June, was one of 11 kids born to Rosie and Leroy Hodges Sr., a musician who gifted his kids with his talent and drive. Just as Motown’s core house band became known as The Funk Brothers, several of the Hodges brothers earned their own moniker as the house band for the Hi Records label. 

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Brooks standing tall in Juvenile Court Clerk quest

Brooks standing tall in Juvenile Court Clerk quest
“It’s time to quit playing games and focus on the issues, fixing what’s wrong with Juvenile Court,” said Michael Todd, an organizer of a group called Men For Henri Brooks.
 
Brooks wants to be Juvenile Court Clerk. Now that the Shelby County Commission has voted to accept a recent Chancery Court ruling that the commission’s move to oust her was based on flimsy evidence alluding to her not living in the district, supporters such as Todd are shifting into full-speed-ahead gear.
 
With early voting set to begin July 18th at the Election Commission office Downtown and July 21st at the satellite sites, Todd has swiftly corralled more than 50 community members so far.

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At home on ‘the edge’

At home on ‘the edge’
There wasn’t much that Glynn Johns Reed didn’t do when it came to promoting cultural awareness and providing a template for business owners and entrepreneurs to showcase their products. Her efforts led to the birth of the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival, the It’s All About Raleigh newsletter, and the Black Pages New Orleans business magazine. 
 
Reed was known for motivating people and empowering them as well. She understood the importance of celebrating her ethnicity and the African-American culture, often introducing herself in the “movement” community as Ayola, her “freedom name.” 

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