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In search of the ‘State of Black Memphis’

State of Black America

Ask any member of the baby boomer generation for an opinion about millennials – especially blacks between the ages of 18-35 – and he or she may tell you that millennials are lazy, entitled and lacking the leadership skills to move the country towards economic prosperity and security.

Then, tell that person they clearly do not know a member of the Memphis Urban League of Young Professionals (MULYP).

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One refurbished computer at a time

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As computers continue to sink deeper roots into society, many folks still cannot afford to purchase a new one. Others – due to the rapidly changing technology – choose to procure only refurbished computers in much the same way one would choose to acquire a pre-owned Mercedes Benz. Into the pre-owned computer market has stepped Dr. Edmund Ford Jr. and E&J Computer Services and Repair.

Carlee McCullough: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Edmund Ford Jr.: I am 35 years old. I have a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University (TSU) with a major in mathematics (and) a minor in computer science. I continued my education by earning my master’s degree in the same field, performing two years of doctoral work at Vanderbilt University in Leadership and Policy Studies, and earning an educational doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration and Supervision from TSU. I have taught mathematics in Tennessee for 11 years, and this year I obtained my affiliate broker real estate license.  

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The real ‘King of R&B’


Take U.S. 78 South about 90 miles from Memphis and you come to Tupelo, Mississippi and BancorpSouth Arena, where Robert Sylvester Kelly – widely known as the “King of R&B” put on a show that will have people talking…at least until he returns.

At first, I was a little skeptical about the show. I mean, when I arrived and took my seat, the only thing I saw on stage was a tall thin curtain and the blue lights. There did not appear to be any instruments behind it. Not a drum set. No keyboards. Not even so much as a guitar.

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NCAA announces graduation success rate; releases Federal Graduation Rate report


INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA on Tuesday released the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) Report. For a second straight season, the University of Memphis graduated 84 percent of its student-athletes for the 2007 cohort against a Federal Graduation Rate of 59 percent for the same period.

The FGR accesses only first-time full-time freshmen and only counts them as an academic success if they graduate from their institution of initial enrollment within a six-year period. The GSR differs from the FGR in that it adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees and non-scholarship students (in specific cases) to the sample. This allows the GSR to more accurately look at student-athlete successes by taking in to account the full variety of participants in NCAA Division I and tracking their individual outcomes. For example, the FGR for the 2007 report takes in to consideration just 84,053 student-athletes in NCAA Division I. The GSR for that same period (2004-2007 entering classes) tracks 93,637 college athletics participants, an 11.4 percent difference.

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In defense of Tiny Harris’ new eye color


Was I the only one who had absolutely no idea that people could permanently change their eye color with surgery? Apparently I was stuck in the ’90s, thinking that colored contacts, which never look real, were the only option. Who knew?

Apparently Tameka “Tiny” Harris—celeb mom, wife of rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and reality-TV star—did. During promotional rounds for her latest reality show, Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip, fans noticed that Harris had a new enhancement: a new color she would eventually call “ice gray.” Harris turned to BrightOcular to permanently lighten her dark-brown eyes by having an implant of “thin, flexible, biocompatible, colored, medical-grade silicone” applied to her eyes. The procedure costs around $8,000.

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