Sat04192014

Opinion

For children, early ‘touch’ has staying and growing power

It may all seem like quiet, peaceful fun, but the attachment your baby is making with you through touch is preparing his/her brain for a lifetime of learning.

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Southern Heritage Classic: A Memphis tradition

As the son of parents that attended HBCUs (Dad, Grambling University and Mom, Southern University), I was exposed and connected to the longstanding tradition of the black college football experience.

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Maybe unhealthy living – not the years – has changed your appearance

A yearbook is a chronicle of dreams, aspirations, special events and photographs suspended in time. No one should expect to look the same or act like a giddy teenager anymore.

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‘What about 9/11?’

Today (as I write) is Labor Day and strangely enough, I have gotten many Happy Birthday messages. I am so grateful for every one of them. My birthday is not until Sunday, Sept. 11.

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‘Latchkey children’ at home alone need something nutritious to eat

When children are home alone, what are they to do when the hunger pangs hit them in the pit of their stomach? Grab a bag of potato chips? Munch on junk food until their parents return?

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Feeling the hurt, pain from crimes of passion

This morning, I was thinking about which question I would use for this week’s column and a co-worker asked me this: “I just want to know what a person is supposed to do when someone won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”

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A baby’s worth? The answer is bad news

Jessica Mickles (or Jessica Marie Beers in some stories) was caught trying to sell her son last week in a crime that is both disturbing and oddly an indicator of just how difficult things have become.

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The King Memorial dedication, delay…

I went to Washington, D.C. on the weekend that was set aside for the memorial dedication of the new monument to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Who truly wins in battle pitting Congressional Black Caucus and the Tea Party?

It is a little disingenuous for Maxine Waters to suggest that the CBC is frustrated because Obama has no plan and that she could not understand why his recent bus tour did not visit any majority black communities.

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Investing intellectual capital in underdeveloped environments

It has been known for quite some time that the largest remaining untapped goldmine in America is the under-invested urban communities across this nation.

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Parent Teacher Association (PTA), no longer just cookie baking moms

With over 115 years nationally and 100 years in Tennessee, PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation and continues to work as one voice to speak on behalf of every child.

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3 stories you won’t read this MLK Weekend

In the excitement of placing a statue of the first African-American on the Mall, there are three stories that readers should be aware of, though few journalists, if any, will cover.

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Saturday morning cartoons not meant for babies

“Children under the age of 3 should not watch TV.” This mantra is familiar to adults who are aware of the devastating effects that an inordinate amount of television viewing has on early childhood brain development.

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