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St. Andrew AME Church celebrates 148th church anniversary

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St. Andrew A.M.E. Church has been ministering to the Memphis community for 148 years. On Sunday, Nov. 9, the Honorable Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake, the innovative pastor of the 23,000-member Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica, New York, is the guest preacher for both the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

During his pastorate, Allen AME has become one of the nation’s foremost Christian churches and development corporations. Flake served 11 years in the U.S. Congress, followed by a stint as president of Wilberforce College.

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Benefit gala to cap Bar-Kays 50th anniversary


The Bar-Kays will celebrate five decades in the music industry with a 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 4th.

The black tie gala will be hosted by Elise Neal of TV One’s “Hollywood Divas” and actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ,who starred in “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”

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Election Night: The view from abroad


JERUSALEM – On Election Night, I usually stay awake as long as my eyelids are willing to cooperate. But this year was different. Instead of alternating between watching CNN and tracking results on the Internet, I was in the Holy Land, nearly 6,000 miles from my office in Washington, D.C.

With Daylight Savings Time going into effect last Sunday, I was in a time zone Tuesday seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. That meant that instead of hearing the TV network projections trickle in as polls closed in different regions of the U.S., I had to go to bed not knowing if Democrats had lost control of the Senate, as predicted, and how well African Americans had turned out in the pivotal states of North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas.

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If you did not vote, get ready for some pain


With the mid-term elections over and the Republicans solidly in control of the House and Senate, get ready to feel the pain.

I’m not talking to just the minority communities that will be hurt the most. I’m talking about all of America. If you think you haven’t seen anything done yet, you will now see that scenario broadened to include both houses.

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Wilberforce University – a rally for support


Wilberforce University – the first college owned and operated by African Americans – is a historical gem that’s stood the test of time, weathering many storms since its founding in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1856.

Today is no different, with Wilberforce one of many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) confronted with financial hardships, low student enrollment and administrative challenges. At present, the university is methodically working its way through a challenging accreditation procedure during the Higher Learning Commission’s review process.

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