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Black America needs its own president

Every so often, an incident symptomatic of deeper issues triggers a release valve for collective despair. The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., sparked a movement much larger than concerns about the aggressive policing of black men. The marches and protests are a larger commentary about the economic and societal disenfranchisement of black people and the response to Brown’s death is a coalescing event, sounding the latest clarion call for America to revisit her unresolved original sin.

Soulsville Foundation’s new CEO in key at ‘magical place’

Calvin Stovall – a Chicago native and longtime Memphian with “music in my soul” – has been hired as the Soulsville Foundation’s new chief executive officer.
“We’ve been on a fast track and cooperatively focused,” said Carolyn Hardy, Soulsville Foundation board chair.  “In record time, we interviewed exceptional candidates from all over the country that applied for the CEO’s position. …We fully expect this to be a seamless transition and appreciate the many accomplishments Mark Wender achieved during his tenure here.”

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

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LOS ANGELES — The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.
That's when Margaret Martin asked how the children in the Harmony Project were beating the odds.

Class act: Cincinnati Bengals keep player to help with daughter’s cancer

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It’s one classy and compassionate move on the part of the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to ABC News, the Ohio football team cut defensive tackle Devon Still from its roster, but then signed him on to its practice squad in order to help him pay for his 4-year-old daughter’s cancer treatments.

Mullins’ mark on Mississippi shows 25 years later

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The ritual hasn't changed for more than two decades.
Three times a year, Brad Gaines gets up early and makes the three-hour drive to Russellville, Alabama, to the gravesite of Chucky Mullins. It's there that he reflects on their 18 precious months of friendship following an ill-fated collision on a football field in 1989.
No one else goes with him.