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Will African-Americans benefit from the emerging marijuana industry?

marijuana 600The historic shift in marijuana policy happening around the United States and the world begs a couple of questions concerning African-Americans.

First, will this change in policy benefit or somehow hurt our community? Second, is no longer having the underground marijuana economy that has, like it or not, been a supplemental source for income for our young adults and the unemployed or underemployed good in the long run?

The drug war is more effective at continuing the disenfranchisement of the poor and people of color than it is at preventing drug use, and we argue about whether this was the intended goal in the first place: to reinforce racism. The results have been undeniably tragic for the African-American community no matter the intent.

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You Gotta see Taraji!

henson 600Taraji P. Henson talks about her new film, "From The Rough," an inspirational biopic where she portrays Catana Starks, the African-American trailblazer who became the first female to coach an NCAA Division-1 men's team when she accepted the reins of the golf squad at Tennessee State University.

Kam Williams: Hi Taraji, thanks for the interview.
Taraji P. Henson: Oh, no worries, Kam.

KW: What interested you in this film?
TPH: Well, first of all, I'd never seen a movie about a female coach before, outside of that Goldie Hawn comedy from years ago, "Wildcats." And I had certainly never seen an African-American woman portrayed this way in a drama. That was the first thing that interested me. Then, when I read the script, I went, "Wow! What an amazing story!" She had all the odds stacked against her, yet she and her team won. And it was all because of the tenacity and belief and passion that she instilled in her players.

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This Weekend in Memphis!

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Health in the Hood Wellness Festival | 9am-3pm | LeMoyne-Owen College

Women On The Move: A Clean and Green Memphis | 11:30am-1:00pm | Crescent Club

Clean Memphis' 'Trash Flash Mob! Downtown' | 11:00am-Noon | Court Square Park

"Art Lounge" | 6:00pm | On the Dock at South Main Artspace Lofts

Shark Tank Watch Party with Mo's Bows | 7:00pm | A. Schwab General Store

* New Ballet Ensemble's 'Coppelia Remix' | 7pm | The Salvation Army Kroc Center

* On Location: Memphis' International Film & Music Festival | All Day | Malco Studio on the Square

 

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City begins new parking ticket process May 1st

parking 600Three months after installing new electronic parking meters and expanding parking opportunities downtown and in the medical district, city officials are putting in place a new process for enforcing regulations, and issuing tickets for violations that carry fines averaging about $21.

The cost for illegal parking can rise to as much as $246 for violators who don't pay timely.

All fines are due within 15 days of the date the parking ticket is issued. If violators do nothing, a judgment will be issued which is enforceable for up to 10 years.

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‘Grit and Grind’ still fresh game plan for Grizz

grizzplayoff 600When the Memphis Grizzlies take the floor of the FedExForum on Thursday night, the buzz from the Game 2 victory in Oklahoma City will have given way to the delirium of hosting Game 3 knotted at a game apiece.

The Game 2 overtime win was a battle that few could argue was not an instant classic. And the bulk of those who would proffer such a position most likely live in Oklahoma and live and die with Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder.

In the Bluff City, however, there is no doubt. The 111-105 victory was monstrously rewarding and oh, so unforgettable, at least for Grizz fans. The Memphis players, however, don't have the luxury of dwelling on a memory. You can't beat super-All Star Durant with a memory.

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