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Memphis grad works to reverse ‘brain drain’

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Philip Blackett is familiar with the talk about Memphis’ “brain drain.” As the story goes, many of the city’s students graduate from Memphis and Shelby County high schools and depart for college outside of Memphis – and Tennessee – to get their degrees, with no plans of ever coming back to their hometown.
 
 A 2003 graduate of Memphis University School, Blackett is determined to do his part to reverse the so-called brain drain by adding value back into his hometown, even when he’s no longer in Memphis.

US military relaxes hairstyle policy

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After much outrage and criticism from service members and lawmakers, the United States military has responded by relaxing its restrictive hairstyle requirements that seemingly targeted popular black hairstyles, the New York Times reports.
 
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Marcia L. Fudge, that all military branches, with the exception of the Marine Corps, would broaden their criteria of acceptable hairstyles to include cornrows, braids and twists.

Without Obama, Clinton could end up like Gore

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Although we’re all still sort of pretending that it remains to be seen whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, she recently gave the most definitive confirmation she has to date of her impending candidacy. No, she didn’t say the words “I’m running for president,” but she publicly criticized President Barack Obama, and it’s been seen by political observers as proof that she’s trying to preserve her own political legacy, potentially at the expense of his.
 
The move won her plaudits in some corners, but the media firestorm it created was a stark reminder that if Clinton runs in 2016 – and specifically runs away from Obama’s record – history could repeat itself. And that would be bad news for her and those hoping to see her make history.

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“The Expendables 3” (PG-13 for profanity and violence) Third installment in the high-impact franchise finds the guys reuniting to rescue a former team member (Wesley Snipes) before squaring off with another (Mel Gibson) who has gone rogue with malevolent intentions. Beefcake cast featuring Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz and Jet Li, along with Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer.   
 
“The Giver” (PG-13 for action, violence and mature themes) Adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning children’s novel about a teen (Brenton Thwaites) who becomes disillusioned upon learning the truth about his supposed utopia upon becoming the protégé of the one person (Jeff Bridges) living there aware of the existence of pain, sadness, war and other woes. Ensemble includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift and Alexander Skarsgard.   

Building minority leaders in the world of construction

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Memphis is experiencing a metamorphosis in the entrepreneurial space, with advocacy, incubation and acceleration entities for start-ups and existing businesses growing and becoming more accessible.
 
For example, the Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle has created its Moon Missions and the Economic Development Growth Engine has a small business loan fund. And while the change is welcomed, Memphis still is experiencing a gap between business owners that are minority owned and their counterparts.