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A first: African-American executive editor at the New York Times

Dean Baquet_600Dean Baquet will become the first African-American executive editor at the New York Times, replacing Jill Abramson who leaves the top position unexpectedly. The news apparently stunned New York Times staffers who did not see this move coming.

On Wednesday, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the New York Times and chairman of the New York Times Company, first told senior staff of the changing of the guard and then informed the full newsroom around 2:30 p.m., the New York Times reports.

While the reason for the change was not immediately made clear, Baquet seems a fitting choice to lead the newspaper with his being a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a former editor of the Los Angeles Times.

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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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