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My house is not your home

jackson 600Since the economic crash of 2008, I think everyone has had to make adjustments – except the federal government – including cutting back on discretionary spending, fewer weekends at the beach, eating out less, etc.
 
What I like about Americans is that when times get hard, we have a tendency to reach out to help those around us who are less fortunate. We will share a loaf of bread with a neighbor.  We will give a bag of groceries to a needy member of our church.  We will pay the fees for our child’s friend to attend summer camp.
 
Those we have some connection to will always be on the receiving end of our largess when we have the wherewithal and after we have fulfilled the obligations we have to our families.  This is the America I love and cherish. But this love is becoming somewhat diminished in light of recent numbers on the level of homelessness among children in the U.S. 

City of Memphis outdoor pools to open Saturday

poolside 600For those eagerly awaiting the City of Memphis summer swim season, it’s time to jump in – with caution, of course.
 
Outdoor pools open Saturday (June 7th), with the season extending through July 26th. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Toni Holmon-Turner, public affairs manager for Parks and Neighborhoods, says taking a dip in a City of Memphis pool has gotten easier this year. 
 

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

memphisYour source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Special Engagement with SINBAD
7:30pm and 10pm | Chuckles Comedy House
 
* The Moonshine Jungle Tour – Bruno Mars and Aloe Blacc
8pm | FedEx Forum
 
* Marvin Gaye Tribute
8pm | Suga Shack

‘How … as a Christian, should I determine who to vote for?’


Noel 600We find ourselves in an interesting election cycle once again, and one of the perennial highlights is the march to the African-American churches and clergy. Elected officials and candidates, who never set foot in a worship service, all of a sudden clamor to find willing clergy that allow them to stand in front of a congregation. Jesus gets pushed aside, if for a moment, so that political aspirations can be entertained. And when the smoke clears, pastors endorse candidates.
 
Much has been made recently over endorsements. One of my colleagues, in this space, affirmed the need to be involved in the political process but stopped short in affirming specific, endorsed support from pastors. He felt that our job was to educate. Another colleague said, “It’s disingenuous for a group of Black Christian preachers to say that a Jew can’t effectively represent Black folks in Congress. A Jew has been effectively representing us in Heaven for 2,000 years. #HushSitDownAndStudy”. 

Movies, BBQ and a lot of Hart


KHart4 600Who wouldn’t enjoy a night out at the movies? Memphians are no exception and we certainly enjoy a good movie night event when the star of the film, Kevin Hart, is expected to make an appearance.
 
On Monday, June 2nd, the Malco Paradiso was transformed into a coveted red carpet event for the premiere of “Think Like A Man Too” and the appearance by Hart. Among the notables on hand before he arrived were legendary rapper MJG, who was promoting his recent solo project entitled “Too Pimpin,” dynamic drummer, Carlos Sargent, as well as Linn Sitler, Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner.
 
Mayor AC Wharton Jr. took his turn on the red carpet, pausing to express his belief that Memphis is “rich with talent” and that events such as the movie premiere shine a brighter light on what the city has to offer.