Taraji P. Henson talks about her new film, "From The Rough," an inspirational biopic where she portrays Catana Starks, the African-American trailblazer who became the first female to coach an NCAA Division-1 men's team when she accepted the reins of the golf squad at Tennessee State University.
Kam Williams: Hi Taraji, thanks for the interview.
Taraji P. Henson: Oh, no worries, Kam.
KW: What interested you in this film?
TPH: Well, first of all, I'd never seen a movie about a female coach before, outside of that Goldie Hawn comedy from years ago, "Wildcats." And I had certainly never seen an African-American woman portrayed this way in a drama. That was the first thing that interested me. Then, when I read the script, I went, "Wow! What an amazing story!" She had all the odds stacked against her, yet she and her team won. And it was all because of the tenacity and belief and passion that she instilled in her players.
Health in the Hood Wellness Festival | 9am-3pm | LeMoyne-Owen College
Women On The Move: A Clean and Green Memphis | 11:30am-1:00pm | Crescent Club
Clean Memphis' 'Trash Flash Mob! Downtown' | 11:00am-Noon | Court Square Park
"Art Lounge" | 6:00pm | On the Dock at South Main Artspace Lofts
Shark Tank Watch Party with Mo's Bows | 7:00pm | A. Schwab General Store
* New Ballet Ensemble's 'Coppelia Remix' | 7pm | The Salvation Army Kroc Center
* On Location: Memphis' International Film & Music Festival | All Day | Malco Studio on the Square
Three months after installing new electronic parking meters and expanding parking opportunities downtown and in the medical district, city officials are putting in place a new process for enforcing regulations, and issuing tickets for violations that carry fines averaging about $21.
The cost for illegal parking can rise to as much as $246 for violators who don't pay timely.
All fines are due within 15 days of the date the parking ticket is issued. If violators do nothing, a judgment will be issued which is enforceable for up to 10 years.
When the Memphis Grizzlies take the floor of the FedExForum on Thursday night, the buzz from the Game 2 victory in Oklahoma City will have given way to the delirium of hosting Game 3 knotted at a game apiece.
The Game 2 overtime win was a battle that few could argue was not an instant classic. And the bulk of those who would proffer such a position most likely live in Oklahoma and live and die with Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder.
In the Bluff City, however, there is no doubt. The 111-105 victory was monstrously rewarding and oh, so unforgettable, at least for Grizz fans. The Memphis players, however, don't have the luxury of dwelling on a memory. You can't beat super-All Star Durant with a memory.
Joshua Hawkins, an outstanding student and athlete at Memphis University School, looks forward to a promising future.
The 18-year-old high school senior has been accepted at four elite Ivy League Colleges – Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Brown. If he doesn't choose from that quartet, Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan also want him.
Representing the fourth generation of the Church of God in Christ, Hawkins is the son of Temple of Deliverance COGIC Pastor Milton R. Hawkins and first lady Catherine C. Hawkins.
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