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‘How … as a Christian, should I determine who to vote for?’

Noel 600We find ourselves in an interesting election cycle once again, and one of the perennial highlights is the march to the African-American churches and clergy. Elected officials and candidates, who never set foot in a worship service, all of a sudden clamor to find willing clergy that allow them to stand in front of a congregation. Jesus gets pushed aside, if for a moment, so that political aspirations can be entertained. And when the smoke clears, pastors endorse candidates.
Much has been made recently over endorsements. One of my colleagues, in this space, affirmed the need to be involved in the political process but stopped short in affirming specific, endorsed support from pastors. He felt that our job was to educate. Another colleague said, “It’s disingenuous for a group of Black Christian preachers to say that a Jew can’t effectively represent Black folks in Congress. A Jew has been effectively representing us in Heaven for 2,000 years. #HushSitDownAndStudy”. 

Movies, BBQ and a lot of Hart

KHart4 600Who wouldn’t enjoy a night out at the movies? Memphians are no exception and we certainly enjoy a good movie night event when the star of the film, Kevin Hart, is expected to make an appearance.
On Monday, June 2nd, the Malco Paradiso was transformed into a coveted red carpet event for the premiere of “Think Like A Man Too” and the appearance by Hart. Among the notables on hand before he arrived were legendary rapper MJG, who was promoting his recent solo project entitled “Too Pimpin,” dynamic drummer, Carlos Sargent, as well as Linn Sitler, Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner.
Mayor AC Wharton Jr. took his turn on the red carpet, pausing to express his belief that Memphis is “rich with talent” and that events such as the movie premiere shine a brighter light on what the city has to offer.

‘Think Like a Man Too’

TLAM 600As a moviegoer, I give this “Think Like A Man” sequel two very enthusiastic and ecstatic thumbs up.
“Think Like A Man Too” refutes the sequel curse because it is – as Kevin Hart promised – much better than the original film. It is filled with the same stars from the first adaptation, along with an equal role for newcomer, Wendi McClendon-Covey, who plays Tish, the wife of Bennett, portrayed by comedian Gary Owen.
The setting is the ever-exciting and mayhem-filled Las Vegas, where both the women and men journey to participate in the nuptials of Michael (Terrance J) and Candice (Regina Hall). Early on, the scenery promises what the film delivers – that this will be eventful from start to finish.

Healthy Shelby launches hypertension campaign with coach Lionel Hollins

The kick off of “140/90: Living Life Under Pressure,” a new hypertension awareness campaign encouraging African-American men to maintain a healthy blood pressure, will be June 21st.
pressure 600During the event hosted by Healthy Shelby, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the campaign spokesperson, Lionel Hollins, former head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies and founder of Lionel Hollins Charities. They can also participate in blood pressure screenings, exercise demonstrations, cooking classes, and receive information on how to better manage hypertension. 
Heart healthy food will be provided as part of the free educational event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Kroc Center, located at 800 E. Pkwy S., Memphis. The campaign is geared toward African American men but everyone is welcome to attend. 

TPC Southwind shares tournament tips

tournament 600TPC Southwind – the PGA TOUR’s only private golf club in the state of Tennessee and host to the PGA TOUR’s FedEx St. Jude Classic, has released a set of tips on how spectators can get the most out of every tournament. The advice comes as the FedEx St. Jude Classic tournament unfolds through June 8th. 
 “As a venue designed to host TOUR-sponsored events, we consider ourselves experts at navigating tournaments and want to ensure our guests are truly able to enjoy them,” said Michaelyn Morgan Bradford, head golf professional of TPC Southwind.
Here is the tips list: