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Kroger and BRIDGES USA partner to support youth leadership

The Kroger Delta Division and Bridges USA have embarked on a three-year partnership that includes a $50,000 donation to help promote youth leadership.
The partnership was announced last week at the Kroger location at the corner of Poplar and Highland. It comes about a month after a group of young people attacked three people, including Kroger employees, on the parking lot of the Kroger store in the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center. About two weeks later, another group of young people attacked a car with a woman and her young daughter inside.

This week’s DVD releases

Top Ten DVD List for October 14, 2014
“X Men: Days of Future Past”
“You and the Night”

This ‘mom’ knows best: Sophia Livingston

Sophia Livingston of Memphis will play Margaret Miles, a mom who can’t be fooled and a wife who knows how to out-flank her husband, in ‘The Suburban Itch,’ a comedy short which will be filmed in Memphis in coming weeks.
Livingston has wide experiences as a Mid-South actor, from feature films to local stages, including many productions at Hattiloo Theatre.  She portrayed Clairee Belcher in Hattiloo’s production of “Steel Magnolias” and was nominated for an Ostrander Award for her supporting role as Mrs. Pauline Breedlove in “The Bluest Eye.”


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Memphis Grizzles vs. Atlanta Hawks

FedExForum | 7:00 p.m.

University of Memphis Tigers Football vs. University of Houston

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium | 6:00 p.m.

The Epitome of Soul Awards Honoring Stevie Wonder

The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts | 8:00 P.M.

‘Black Soap’ set to stage season ender

The 2014 season of Flo Roach’s “BLACK SOAP,” Memphis’ own black soap opera, has given audiences an up close and personal look at the hijinks of the family and friends of millionaire patriarch Marvin Chambers, who introduced his new fiancée, threatened to change his will, and was hospitalized after being found unconscious the next morning.

Marvin, it has been revealed, is seriously allergic to shrimp.  Now his new fiancée – a former stripper – is about to make a life-changing confession to his son, M.J., with whom she shared one night of booze and passion some 15 years ago. 

Is this a case of chickens coming home to roost?  And who poisoned Marvin?  The answers will be revealed in “BLACK SOAP VI,” the concluding episode in this season’s three-part storyline.  

Written, produced and directed by Florence (Flo) Roach, “Black Soap VI” stars Ben Greene (Marvin Chambers Sr.), Carolyn Kent (Renee), Lonnie Coleman (M.J.), Laverne Bobo (Aunt Trudy), Rick Bobo (Richard), Nadine Burton (Pastor Hopson), Patrice Campbell (Tina), Brenda Deener (The Maid), Kenneth Farmer (Mason), Derek Hunter (Anthony the Butler), Mose Yvonne Nicholson (Pam), Sandra Bray (Detective Anderson), Aundra M. Segrest (Detective Lancaster), Wanda Shaw (Ms. Frankie) and others.  Courtney Franklin is music director.

“Black Soap VI” will be on stage Oct. 17-19th at the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School, 60 Perkins Extended (38117).  Show times are 7 p.m. on Oct. 17-18th and 3 p.m. on Oct. 19th.

Tickets for the stage production, which is presented by Ettaro Theater Company and Ettaro Fine Arts Foundation, are: Advance, $20 for general admission; $35 for VIP reserved seating. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 general admission and $40 VIP.  VIP tickets are only available for the opening night performance and the ticket price includes both the show and a reception with food and drinks. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17th. 

Tickets also are available online at www.floroach.com.  For more information, call 901-331-3515.

(The two previous episodes in the 2014 storyline can be viewed online at www.blacksoapopera.com.)