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Lawmakers reconsider mandatory minimum prison terms

minimum 600WASHINGTON – Ordered to prison on wire fraud charges, Andrea James embraced her 12-year-old daughter and five-month-old son before saying goodbye for two years.

A rude awakening and a harsh reality check awaited James, a disgraced lawyer, as prison officials escorted her to her new home: a small cell block where she'd bunk with other women of the same skin color.

"No one really told me about the injustices until I became incarcerated," said James, 49. "What I encountered as a black woman walking into prison was heartbreaking because all I saw were black women, many of whom had never even received a parking ticket before but ran into a little trouble because they made a decision, a tough decision, on how they were going to feed their babies."

 

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Music & Sports: business side accented at DREAM Summit and Student Business Plan Competition

drummaignite 600The Drum Squad Foundation, Inc. recently collaborated with Shelby County Schools and surrounding counties to host the Third Annual DREAM (Drumma's Education, Arts, and Music) Summit and Student Business Plan Competition for more than one-hundred kids, parents, educators, and industry professionals

The April 26th event at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis marked the first-ever in Memphis following previous DREAM Summits held in Miami and Tampa.

Students, ages 12-17, attended and were exposed to the business side of the multi-billion dollar music and sports industries and how to become future business entrepreneurs, professionals, and executives in the fields. Many kids, particularly at- risk youth, dream of playing professional sports, but their chances of actually making it are quite dismal. The Foundation encourages youth to never give up on their dreams but to always have alternative career paths.

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The P.E.O.P.L.E. need your help!

ThePeople 600The Memphis Poetry Slam Team better known as The P.E.O.P.L.E. (Poets Embodying Only Perfected Live Entertainment) needs your help to send six amazing local poets to the Southern Fried Poetry Slam this June in Greenville, S.C.!

Our journeys have all come together to take Memphis back to a place where we have not gone in over a decade. We as a collective decided that we would join together to combat illiteracy through poetry. Now, the time is here! We are rehearsing, spending time away from families, editing our poems and preparing them to get ready for the regional stage. We are so excited to represent Memphis – the home of the blues – in South Carolina, but we need help to raise the money to get there before we have the blues.

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“Kid President” visits Capitol Hill

kidpresident 600WASHINGTON – The office of U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Friday welcomed Tennessean and YouTube sensation Kid President – also known as Robby Novak, 10 – to Capitol Hill. Following a tour of the U.S. Capitol, Novak toured Corker's office and spoke with the senator by phone.

"Our office was proud to welcome Robby, a fellow Tennessean, to Capitol Hill," said Corker.

"His focus on making the world a better place has inspired children and adults all across the country, and candidly, Washington could learn a thing or two from Robby about bringing people together. I thank him for the example he is setting and wish him all the best in the future."

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