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Pam Oliver Says She Was Humiliated After Being Demoted

Veteran sports reporter Pam Oliver is speaking out about being demoted from her longtime position as the Fox Sports network’s “A team” sideline reporter. In April, Oliver received news that she was being placed on the “B team,” and Erin Andrews, who is young, white and blond, would be taking over her position. Assumptions were made about Oliver being sidelined to make way for Andrews, who was only hired two years ago from ESPN, because of her age and looks.

Memphis 63 Austin Peay 0: When It Rains, It Pours

The 2014 Memphis Tigers football team refused to let rain ruin their opening-game matchup against the Austin Peay Governors on Saturday (Aug. 30) as they poured it on early and often rallying a 63-0 win.  
The Tigers scored on their opening possession on a two-yard Sam Craft run that capped off a nine-play 60-yard drive.  They continued to put on a show for the faithful fans of Tiger Nation as they pounced on Austin Peay primarily through their run game.  Memphis scored five rushing touchdowns in the first half including two by sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch, who tied his season total from last season making two in the first half.   Lynch was able to get his receivers involved early connecting with seven different targets and totaling 188 yards with one touchdown and one interception.  

Black America needs its own president

Every so often, an incident symptomatic of deeper issues triggers a release valve for collective despair. The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., sparked a movement much larger than concerns about the aggressive policing of black men. The marches and protests are a larger commentary about the economic and societal disenfranchisement of black people and the response to Brown’s death is a coalescing event, sounding the latest clarion call for America to revisit her unresolved original sin.

Soulsville Foundation’s new CEO in key at ‘magical place’

Calvin Stovall – a Chicago native and longtime Memphian with “music in my soul” – has been hired as the Soulsville Foundation’s new chief executive officer.
“We’ve been on a fast track and cooperatively focused,” said Carolyn Hardy, Soulsville Foundation board chair.  “In record time, we interviewed exceptional candidates from all over the country that applied for the CEO’s position. …We fully expect this to be a seamless transition and appreciate the many accomplishments Mark Wender achieved during his tenure here.”

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

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LOS ANGELES — The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.
That's when Margaret Martin asked how the children in the Harmony Project were beating the odds.