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Art mixed with the KKK leaves a bad aftertaste

 
KKK 600I’d gone to Montreal for a conference and, because I fell in love with the city, decided to stay a few more days to explore it. I was with my travel companion, a woman who’s working on a start-up site about art, and she asked me to tag along with her to check out Montreal’s contemporary art scene.
 
At our second stop, a very nice attendant made small talk and asked about our art-hopping plans. Maybe I looked as bored as I was because the attendant asked if I was enjoying the trek. “I like the pretty colors, but ... ,” I said. I’m not that shallow, I swear. I just have a preference for art that is bold and in my face.
 
“What’s next?” the attendant asked. My companion told her we were headed to “Come and See” by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman at DHC/ART.  

Pastor Jamal H. Bryant: ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal’

Pastor 600During a sermon full of homophobia, sexism and misogyny, Pastor Jamal H. Bryant, of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Md. told his congregation how he really feels about some women.
 
“These hoes ain’t loyal!” he thundered from the pulpit as the congregation stomped and cheered and co-signed the statement.
 
Bryant pulled the words from the Chris Brown song of the same name.
 
Some of the lyrics are as follows:

Colon cancer education – a grassroots appeal

“It’s gross.”
 
“It’s embarrassing.”
 
Bowden 600“ It’s not exactly dinner table conversation, if you know what I mean…”
 
Those are just a few of the statements I hear when I ask Memphians why our community doesn’t talk about getting a colonoscopy. The truth is this: a colonoscopy isn’t gross. It isn’t embarrassing. It’s discreet, simple, and life-saving. 
 
For twenty years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work at the grassroots level to educate our city about the importance of a colorectal screening. I’ve personally given over 200 speeches. My small practice has provided colon cancer education at over 1,000 events. I’ve partnered with the Memphis Grizzlies’ Community Health team, local political leaders, dozens of churches and businesses, and countless community leaders. I’ve even released an Emmy-nominated commercial to spread our message. 
 

Reparations for North Carolina sterilization victims

sterile 600Victims who were sterilized in North Carolina between 1929 and 1974 – approximately 7,600 people – have until the end of June to file a claim with the state, according to government officials.
 
This month marks the final push to identify victims and their families, who will receive reparations in June 2015 from a $10 million fund. North Carolina is not the first state to publicly acknowledge this practice, but it will be the first state to offer compensation for it.
 
Currently, the state estimates that close to 3,000 victims, born in or before 1961, may still be alive. 
 

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.