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Memphis Branch NAACP takes on toxic waste fight

MCTaylor-160In African-American communities across the United States, young men are besieged by violence and their families struggle to overcome economic deprivation, which threatens their way of life. In those depressed enclaves, African Americans are often relegated to poor housing conditions, and escaping such conditions has been fruitless in some cases.

But there is another threat to the African-American community that looms overhead, and in the ground water, like a modern-day plague: residue from chemical and coal burning plants. That's because African-American neighborhoods are often located in close proximity to these "killing" plants. It's happening across the United States and it's happening in Memphis and Shelby County.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has consistently been concerned about the quality of air and water in the United States on a daily basis. Our poor African-American communities are routinely oppressed with the deadly residue from coal burning plants that is emitted in the air and found in the water supply. Memphis is not immune to this plague.

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The new definition of homelessness

Javier Bailey-160The City of Memphis and its surrounding areas are faced with a real fiscal and social dilemma that promises to get worse before it gets better. Simply, that dilemma is this: how will local government address and serve the growing community of homeless citizens?

To properly address the issue, it is imperative that we first define "homeless." The traditional definition and the images that arise in the minds of most people when referring to the homeless is that of the man or woman living on the street, pan-handling for money, and digging through dumpsters for food. This image no longer fits the contemporary reality of homelessness.

Today's homeless often go to work but are unable to keep a roof over their heads. Many are victims of foreclosure and oftentimes are unable to keep the utilities on in their homes. Indeed the new homeless Memphian is one that awaits eviction at any moment and has no idea where the evening meal for the family will come from. Although this person I just described is not out in the streets, effectively, this is a "homeless" citizen.

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Mo’ Kelly Did Not Expose Crystal Wright Or the GOP Because we Already Knew

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There are some days when I just love #BLACKTWITTER. Only via this creative hodgepodge of bloggers, reporters and internet Benita Butrells can you find out who Whiz Kalifah is dating, what the Obama’s had for dinner and which political celebrities just got called out. In this case it’s the third category that caught my attention, as Mo’Kelly, autho

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Let children cook and learn to see life as never before

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY It's that time again – the beginning of another school year. So many emotions are brewing for parents right now. Some are full of joy and relief, while others feel fear of the unknown as to what each day will bring.

It seems like yesterday that we were off to our own first day of school. We were so excited to be embarking on our first day of a new experience; yet we were also very nervous seeing so many strangers and wondering if they were feeling the same way. Then we hear a voice telling us that everything will be fine, because all those strangers were no different than us. They were all going to the same place, and even though they were nervous too, they were also excited and ready to begin their journey of surprises that awaited them.

Go back in time for a moment and reflect on how you felt your first day of school. Remember how you smiled into the mirror at your reflection of what you were wearing, who you met that day and how you got to school. Some children walked a "country mile," some rode an old school bus, and others were dropped off by their parents. They all had the same feeling though, and that was they did not want to leave the comfort of their parents.

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Data Book sheds light on conditions affecting children, community

UCI-Data-Book-225In "Data Book 2013: The State of Children in Memphis & Shelby County," The Urban Child Institute explores social and economic conditions affecting optimal brain development for babies ages zero to three, and subsequently outlines critical areas that need improvement.

Research findings show that the environment and community in which a child is born and raised contributes greatly to her future well being, while the health and well-being of its children determines a community's future.

Now in its eighth year of publication, the "Data Book" includes improved community health statistics for Memphis and Shelby County that offer cause for pause and abbreviated celebration.

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Exploring the link between emotions and good health

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY It seems that we often are willing to endure pain, hurt and suffering – unnecessarily – when it comes to our health.

We allow our bodies to function in a negative state, tolerating and accepting these ailments as normal. And while it may be difficult to accept, it is our emotional issues that have caused our physical bodies this distress.

The Bible tells us that Jesus died not only to bring us salvation and eternal life but also to bring divine healing for our bodies. What does that mean? It means that God wants you to be healed and He wants you to stay healthy.

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The Zimmerman verdict and the flip side of the Obama era

Jason Johnson-160While most Americans were picking up the Zimmerman trial in clips and highlights on the news or the radio after work, I was immersed in the entire trial all day. Working as an analyst for several media outlets meant that I was watching every bit of eight-plus hours a day of testimony, evidence and cross-examination during the trial. The process was exhausting, and a wonderful reminder of why I decided not to pursue law in college.

When you are forced to watch a process from beginning to end you have a pretty good idea of where it's going, so you aren't surprised or even impressed by the conclusion. I knew after a botched investigation, bitter and reluctant cops, questionable jury selection and an incredibly uneven state prosecution that George Zimmerman was going to be found not guilty. So it wasn't the events that actually affected me, because I knew they were coming.

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Did Justice Prevail? Understanding the Zimmerman Verdict

Byron Pitts-450x300A key principle of the American Criminal Justice System is that a verdict of not guilty doesn’t mean that a defendant is innocent. It simply means that the prosecution could not meet their burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This principle was never more evident than in the trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Unlike many lay persons, I was not surprised by the verdict. Non lawyer friends of mine expressed the gamut of emotions; sadness, anger, but most of all, they were confused as to how Trayvon’s killer could walk free. In the spirit of helping my friends understand the legal ramifications of the acquittal of Zimmerman, I’ve decided to write this letter.

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Digging into the need to make health changes

Chef Timothy Moore-160Change can be difficult when it comes to health. Why is this so?

Well, let's start with some observations. There seems to be a preoccupation with living our lives wishing for time to accomplish more of the tasks we have undertaken. This has caused many of us to lose focus and – in some cases – not pay attention to our health.

We're placing more and more trust in gadgets, medical shots, pills, liquid shakes, body wraps and fads thinking they can help us stay healthy. In search of quick-and-simple fixes we run the risk of incurring severe healthcare problems.

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Spoiling vs nurturing – How to ensure that your child has it all

Tarrin McGhee-160Babies and young children often serve as the greatest sources of joy in our adult lives.

Maybe that's why we are all guilty at times of going against our better judgment – spending beyond our means or giving in to tearful requests even when we suspect it may not be the right thing to do.

This conflict leads many parents to worry whether they are "spoiling" their child. In common terms, a "spoiled" child is one who is used to getting whatever she wants – and prone to throw temper tantrums when she doesn't.

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Eat fresh fruits and vegetables if you want to live

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY Eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is key to long life. But longevity cannot be achieved unless there is a lifestyle change. Too many people are afraid of change. They're complacent and uninspired to do what is best for their overall health.

Most people in society are lazy when it comes to taking good care of their health. They don't eat the right foods and don't drink enough water to keep their bodies hydrated. Also – and this is just as important – they don't spend enough time exercising. Many don't exercise at all.

In some respects, we don't think about our health failing. Eating poorly, in addition to living a sedentary lifestyle, is what causes the body to break down and lose its vigor. Food labels are responsible, in most cases, for causing people to err when choosing what foods to purchase.

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‘Full plates’ and obesity overload African-American women

Chef Timothy Moore-160Four out of five African-American women have a problem with being obese and each year that number seems to increase. This is an epidemic that must be reversed.

I talked with a woman recently about her weight problem and her struggle to lose the pounds. She had tried every type of diet and weight loss program on the market, but none of them helped her lose the weight. So, instead, she decided to accept the fact that she would never return to her former self, when she was more than 50 pounds lighter.

An integral part of the household, too many African-American women busy themselves around the house and care for the children without regard for themselves. Sedentary lifestyles are associated with weight gain.

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George Zimmerman v.s. Trayvon Martin: Can College Grades Prove You're a Murderer ?

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 In exclusive coverage for the Tri-State Defender, Dr. Jason Johnson is reporting from the courthouse in Sanford, Fla., where George Zimmerman is on trial for teh shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Johnson will provide exclusive and intimate details of the trial through it's conclusion. Check back here for coverage you canonly get at the tristatedefender.com

Can a college transcript tell what type of person you turn out to be? Most Americans would say no. The vast majority of us don't believe that what we studied in college has much to do with where we've ended up in life (and the millions of psychology, sociology and biology majors out there working in insurance, human resources and marketing are all nodding their heads in agreement). The strongest connection that most people draw between their undergraduate degrees and real life occurs when they answer an obscure question on Jeopardy. However, in the case of the State of Florida v.s. George Zimmerman, college grades make a difference, and how those grades are viewed could be a matter of life and death.

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