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Downtown fixture Brenda Buford-Shaw moving piano studio to Bartlett

Shaw 600Memphis-area piano music instructor Brenda Buford-Shaw is moving from her Downtown studio, where she has been a fixture for 24-plus years.
 
The transition will be marked with an Open House reception on Sunday (June 8th) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the new location at 5705 Stage Rd. in Bartlett.
 
A consistent presence in the Downtown Memphis community, Buford-Shaw operated from the Lincoln American Tower at 100 N. Main building, and only moved because of renovation work at her longtime business home. 
 
Buford-Shaw says she will miss working from Downtown, having grown up minutes away. The Memphis native received her Music Education degree from Langston University in Oklahoma.

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

For movies opening June 6, 2014

KamsKaps 600BIG BUDGET FILMS   

 “Edge of Tomorrow” (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence and brief sensuality) Infinite loop sci-fi starring Tom Cruise as the recently-deceased soldier called upon to travel back in time repeatedly to defend the planet against a bloodthirsty race of aliens bent on world domination. With Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson.

 “The Fault in Our Stars” (PG-13 for sexuality, brief profanity and mature themes)    

Screen adaptation of John Green’s #1 best-seller about the bittersweet romance which blossoms between a terminally-ill teenager (Shailene Woodley) and a patient in remission (Ansel Elgort) she meets at a cancer support group. With Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff and Mike Birbiglia.

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Black church group urges African Americans to withhold contributions to NPR

tellme 600The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches, called on all African Americans May 27 to withhold donations to National Public Radio after it cancelled “Tell Me More,” its only program featuring an African-American host, and regularly addressing issues and concerns of the black community.

 NPR announced a week ago that it was canceling “Tell Me More” as part of a series of cuts to address the network’s long-standing budget deficit. The announcement included the elimination of 28 positions throughout NPR.

 NBCI president, Rev. Anthony Evans, conveyed the group’s position in a letter to NPR CEO, Jarl Mohn.

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Unusual poll: Black support for Tea Party

When you normally think of Tea Party supporters, the first image that comes to mind is an anti-Obama mob mixing Confederate flags and old school yellow Gadsden flags, flapping coiled rattlesnakes in the wind. Step outside the Beltway, head mostly south, and you could find a rally or two with a rifle-toting Duck Dynasty lookalike.
 
tea 600Yet, a recent YouGov poll – while showing a general decline in Tea Party backing – altered that perception when it showed a combined 18 percent African-American support for the tea party. Not black Republican support – overall black support. While only three percent of African Americans indicated “strong support” for the Tea Party, a surprisingly high 15 percent of African Americans said they “somewhat support” the Tea Party, as well as 15 percent who “neither support, nor oppose” the Tea Party.
 
Added up, that’s 33 percent of black voters who don’t oppose the tea party.
Granted, none of these numbers correlate to any remarkable shift of black voters to the Republican Party. Keeping with tradition, that same YouGov poll shows only five percent of African Americans identify as Republican.

The ‘Auntie Maya’ I knew

julian 600Many people will remember Maya Angelou for her phenomenal career.  She was a true renaissance woman – an author, teacher, dancer, performer, radio personality and a producer.  I will remember her as a sister friend, a wise “auntie” who didn’t mind pulling your coat. She was a generous spirit who made time for virtually any who asked, a gentle and kind spirit.
 
If you dropped by when a meal was being served, she asked you to sit down and enjoy the assembled company.  If you came and it was not the meal hour, she never hesitated to offer a cup of tea and a snack.  She knew before you did that you needed a hug an encouraging word.  I’ve seen her take the hat off her head and give it to someone who admired it.