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Is it ever OK for a man to hit a woman back?

whoopi 600Over the past several days, the topic of Jay Z and Solange Knowles fighting in an elevator has ruled the Internet. Most people have wondered what provoked Knowles to attack Jay Z. Other people commended Jay Z for doing what was right and not retaliating against her with a few kicks and punches of his own.

But one media personality believes that any man, including Jay Z, should be able to hit a woman back during a fight.

Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of "The View," doesn't have any double standards when it comes to violence. During Tuesday's episode of the ABC talk show, Goldberg said Jay Z had every right to defend himself and hit Solange back.

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A new tool to improve Memphis neighborhoods

sen tate_600As state lawmakers, the issues we talk about at the Capitol in Nashville tend to tackle statewide problems, with ideas for all of Tennessee, from Memphis to Kingsport.
But this year, we passed a different kind of law, one that will lead to some positive changes right in your own neighborhood.

Unfortunately, some of our neighborhoods in Memphis aren't as great as they can be. The Neighborhood Preservation Act gives older, established neighborhoods here in Memphis a way to reinvest and revitalize.

What this law does is adapts an idea that's common in newer neighborhoods but hasn't been available in older and more established areas. If you've ever been in a homeowner's association, you'll know what I'm talking about.

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‘Debt Relief & Reparations for HBCUs’

HBCURep 600The enslavement of African Americans in the United States is an atrocity that Orlando Matthews abhors and doesn't mind talking about. He spoke about that desolate period in human history during a recent two-day conference and community town hall meeting in Nashville on "Debt Relief & Reparations for HBCUs."

The conference was held on the campus of Tennessee State University and organized to save Historically Black Colleges and Universities from budget shortfalls, to restore Africana Studies on HBCU campuses, and to keep the focus solely on educating African-American students.

Though Matthews was one of several conference facilitators, there were others of note, including U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who conducted workshops during the community town hall meeting at Ray of Hope Community Church and emphasized the urgency for reparations to keep HBCUs solvent to avoid going defunct.

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Twin brothers’ mural a picture of ‘Collaboration’ for Methodist South

TWIN painting_600Methodist South Hospital recently hosted a ribbon cutting and consecration ceremony to celebrate the completion of its lobby and first floor renovations. The 9,500-square-foot renovation project cost $2 million and took approximately ten months to complete and no two people were happier to be involved than local artists Terry Lynn and Jerry Lynn.

The Lynns, a.k.a. TWIN, contributed a mural they painted titled "Collaboration," with Terry Lynn putting words to what was clearly obvious: "We are excited to be a part of Methodist South's redesign and opening celebration."

The mural, said Lynn, "represents the collaboration of physicians, healthcare leaders, and staff who make this hospital a vital part of the Memphis – and particularly Whitehaven – community."

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NFL sports camp at Whitehaven aims for real value

GeneRobertson 600The "Make The Right Call" NFL sports camp slated for the Whitehaven High School football field on Saturday (May 17th) is designed to be more than just the usual punt, pass and kick event.

That's according to the organizer, Gene Robertson III, who envisions that as the case both for the pro athletes giving their time to the event and the kids and parents planning to attend.

The camp is free to boys and girls ages 10-14 years of age. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with on-field drills in fundamentals, specific position techniques and healthy toning techniques all on the teaching agenda. A free lunch will be offered, coupled with a mentoring symposium crafted to expand the childrens' minds about the possibilities sports can bring.

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