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Building minority leaders in the world of construction

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Memphis is experiencing a metamorphosis in the entrepreneurial space, with advocacy, incubation and acceleration entities for start-ups and existing businesses growing and becoming more accessible.
 
For example, the Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle has created its Moon Missions and the Economic Development Growth Engine has a small business loan fund. And while the change is welcomed, Memphis still is experiencing a gap between business owners that are minority owned and their counterparts.

Nurturing independence in young children – parenting’s critical component

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When a baby is first born, he is totally dependent on his parents to take care of his every need. But parents are also responsible for establishing the foundation for future learning and adaptability. Nurturing independence in young children is a critical component of parenting. It promotes later self-sufficiency and self-reliance, and the process should begin during the earliest years of life. 
 
Certainly, during the first few months after a child is born, there are no outward signs of independence, yet a baby is already developing the skills that will support later independence. 

Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West creating Little League World Series buzz

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Win or lose, a collection of youngsters from Chicago figure to leave a lasting impression on the Little League World Series.
 
The Jackie Robinson West team is comprised of all African-American players. When tournament play begins Thursday their league will make its first appearance in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 31 years — the latest indicator that baseball is making strides in an effort to lure more young African-Americans back to the game.

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

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FERGUSON, Missouri — Protests in a St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
 
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who has been the public face of the city torn by Saturday's death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, told reporters earlier Wednesday that the St. Louis County investigation of the shooting could take weeks to complete. In the meantime, he said, his department welcomes Justice Department training on racial relations in the suburb, where two-thirds of the 21,000 residents are black while all but three of the police force's 53 officers are white.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ to profile Sam Moore

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For years Sam Moore was best known for lending his unmistakable lead vocals to the historic soul duo Sam & Dave that hailed from Miami, Fla., but found their fame tied to the Memphis-based Stax Records. The rapid fire call and response fashioned by Sam from his gospel roots became the trademark style of the duo and can be heard in the vocals of hits including "Hold On, I'm Comin'," "I Thank You," "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," and of course the song legends are made of "Soul Man". 
 
Now in 2014, Sam returned to Memphis, where his recording career exploded to interview with “CBS Sunday Morning’s” Anthony Mason. Tune in on Sunday, August 17.