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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

FRIDAY
memphis
Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
10am | Robert Church Park (Beale Street)
 
* Memphis Redbirds vs. Reno Aces
7:05pm | AutoZone Park
 
Levitt Shell Concert Series: The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker
7:30pm | Overton Park 

A plea deal for Snowden? No break for a Black Panther?

Panther1 600Question: What’s the secret to going on the lam as an anti-government global superstar and getting set up in a nice, cushy exile in a country that’s a rival to your own?
 
Answer: Be a keyboard-tapping, suburban-raised white guy who gives away national secrets and then puts a “patriotic” spin on it. You’ll lock in big-conference speaking stints over an encrypted Skype feed and get a prime-time interview on network news, and the federal government might even consider offering you a sweetheart plea deal while you’re at it.
 
At least that’s what the Washington Post’s intelligence insider, David Ignatius, managed to pry from the intelligence community recently about Edward Snowden, quoting a source saying, “If he came back and told everything he knows, then perhaps some accommodation could be reached.” 

Line Dance-A-Thon is a bridge builder at Unity Christian Church

Unity1 600Unity Christian Church in Whitehaven held its inaugural Line Dance-A-Thon last Saturday (June 7th). Led by the Rev. Eric Ovid Donaldson, the church’s pastor, the event was the first for the year for U.C.C.’s Health Ministry. 
 
“The U.C.C. Health Ministry has a mission to bring awareness to health and healing and is partnering with the community to promote healthier lifestyles,” said Lorri Harris, the ministry chairperson.
 
The Mid-South has been cited with having one of the highest percentages of obesity in the country, which convinced Harris that activity and movement are important in improving one’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being. 

The business of fashion from a ‘P.K.’ perspective

Being labeled a P.K. (preacher’s kid) isn’t all that bad when you’re Chris Whitfield, who has defied stereotypical mindsets that often conform to the whims of society. Though Whitfield is passionate about the wealthy2 600people in his circle, he is just as passionate about his work in the fashion industry.
Whitfield’s apparel and custom designed clothing, which is marketed under the banner of Brand Ya Lyfe, makes a statement that suggests originality of style. In fact, the young designer is most comfortable with being himself and creates custom designed clothing for the individualist.
 
Carlee McCullough: Thank you for taking the time to share with our readers your experience and knowledge. Tell us about Chris Whitfield?
Chris Whitfield: I am a young 29-year-old African-American male. I have my bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in Business with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and Development. I am the proud son of Bishop Michael and Lula Robinson. Yes, that’s right I am a P.K. (Preacher’s Kid). I enjoy inspiring and motivating my peers. I am very passionate about my friendships, relationships and my brand. I mostly enjoy being creative with my fashion brand as well.

Silence is not an option

disparties 600“We are sending a clear signal that we can no longer afford to do business as usual in this community,” said Darrell Cobbins, president and chief executive officer, Universal Commercial.
 
Cobbins was among a group of notable minority business owners and leaders who gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum to address economic and business disparities in minority business contracts in Memphis and Shelby County on Tuesday. The first of those business leaders to address the crowd of media, business owners, and concerned citizens was Ron Redwing.
 
“Our goal is to spotlight these disparities in a way that brings about swift and significant change,” said Redwing, president of 100 Black Men of Memphis. “If Memphis is to rise and become a ‘world-class’ community, all of its citizens must be active participants in its economy.”