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Best in Black Awards Weekend

BIB Awards

Friday, July 25th marked the beginning of online voting for the 2014 Best in Black (BIB) Awards Competition hosted by The New Tri-State Defender. It is now time for the public to vote for their favorite businesses across 64 unique categories at www.bestinblackawards.com.

In it’s third year, the Best In Black Awards will shine light upon some of the best African-American businesses, community organizations and entrepreneurs in the Mid-South. This year’s two-week business nomination period garnered nearly 600 nominations online. Voting will end at midnight on August 9.

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Serena Williams Denies Being Drunk, Pregnant or on Drugs During Wimbledon Meltdown

Nationwide — In the latest issue of Sports Illustrated magazine, tennis champion Serena Williams addressed what happened in Wimbledon when she appeared disoriented and was forced to withdraw from a match.
In the article, she tells writer S.L. Price, “I have nothing to hide. No, I didn’t take anything. If you want to ask me if I took drugs, I didn’t take drugs. I’m not on drugs. I’ve heard it all. I’m not pregnant; I wasn’t pregnant.”
She adds, “Although I think a baby would be great, but there’s a time and place for everything. But no, I don’t do drugs. Never did ‘em. I’m scared of ‘em. I’m not on that stuff.” She also mentions that she was drug tested the day after the incident and did not receive any notification of a positive result.

Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community.
The remarks by the former secretary of state during a speech to a technology group were her first about Michael Brown's Aug. 9 death in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Despite rumored threat of ‘sick out’, Shelby County teachers still report to work

Teacher Protest
Not since the late 1970s have teachers in Shelby County gone on strike, but faced with a fourth-consecutive year without salary increases and a more stringent evaluation, there’s talk that some educators could plan a ‘sick out–masses of teachers simultaneously calling in sick.
It’s illegal for Tennessee teachers to strike.
On Wednesday, the district’s communications department released a statement to the media that there had not been an increase in teacher absences.  The district declined to make any further statement on the issue.
“That’s not best for kids and it creates a situation that’s not stable (with) a bunch of subs coming in,” said Dorsey Hopson, the district’s superintendent.

Students Create Roofie Alert Nail Polish

Nail Polish
A group of students at North Carolina State University are combatting date rape with nail polish. They’ve created Undercover Colors, a line of polishes that help wearers identify if their drinks have been exposed to the date rape drug. The Facebook page for the company states: