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The P.E.O.P.L.E. need your help!

ThePeople 600The Memphis Poetry Slam Team better known as The P.E.O.P.L.E. (Poets Embodying Only Perfected Live Entertainment) needs your help to send six amazing local poets to the Southern Fried Poetry Slam this June in Greenville, S.C.!

Our journeys have all come together to take Memphis back to a place where we have not gone in over a decade. We as a collective decided that we would join together to combat illiteracy through poetry. Now, the time is here! We are rehearsing, spending time away from families, editing our poems and preparing them to get ready for the regional stage. We are so excited to represent Memphis – the home of the blues – in South Carolina, but we need help to raise the money to get there before we have the blues.

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“Kid President” visits Capitol Hill

kidpresident 600WASHINGTON – The office of U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Friday welcomed Tennessean and YouTube sensation Kid President – also known as Robby Novak, 10 – to Capitol Hill. Following a tour of the U.S. Capitol, Novak toured Corker's office and spoke with the senator by phone.

"Our office was proud to welcome Robby, a fellow Tennessean, to Capitol Hill," said Corker.

"His focus on making the world a better place has inspired children and adults all across the country, and candidly, Washington could learn a thing or two from Robby about bringing people together. I thank him for the example he is setting and wish him all the best in the future."

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BRIEFS & THINGS

SnoopDog 600Mothers of the NILE dinner on May 8th

"Juvenile Court: A New Day" is the theme for the Mothers of the NILE Annual Mother's Day Banquet on May 8th at First Baptist Church-Broad located at 2835 Broad Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"This is a celebratory event that we are using to inform the public of issues affecting the lives of our young people," says Veronica Coleman-Davis, president/CEO of Mothers of the NILE. "We hope to highlight the responsibility that we all share in reducing the number of children entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This year we recognize that there is a new day in juvenile justice."

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Puff Daddy: Revolt TV to be next ESPN

diddyrevolt 600When Viacom's VH1 and MTV moved away from music videos, it opened the door for Revolt TV network to fill in the gap, hip-hop mogul Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs told executives recently in Los Angeles, according to CNBC.

"We're following the footsteps of ESPN and CNN," he told the crowd, according to CNBC. Consumers "need the Weather Channel and they need Revolt," he told the crowd at the annual Cable Show, the industry's largest trade show.

He predicted that his Revolt TV network will one day be the size of Walt Disney's ESPN. He acknowledged the risk of starting a traditional TV network in today's environment when consumers are moving more and more toward digital video over the Internet. But he argued that Viacom's shift to reality shows and away from music videos left a lot of fertile ground for his television network to flourish.

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Marvin Sapp speaks out about Teleka Patrick case

sapp 600Marvin Sapp, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer and Grand Rapids, Mich. pastor, broke his silence recently to ABC 57 about his so-called connection to the Teleka Patrick case.

"I don't know much about the details of the case, other than the fact that I really feel terrible for her family," Sapp, pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids told the news station.

The comment comes several months after he was thrust headlong into controversy surrounding the disappearance of the 30-year-old Michigan doctor. Patrick's body was found early last month in a lake in Porter, Indiana, less than a mile away from where her car was found on the side of I-94. Two autopsies confirmed that she had died of asphyxia from drowning.

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