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Lauryn Hill & The Misunderstanding of Memphis Fans

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Hundreds of Memphis-area residents were incredibly eager and excited about attending the sold-out concert of living legend Lauryn Hill last Saturday (July 18th) at Minglewood Hall in Midtown. Although she has but one solo album under her belt, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is such a magnificent body of work that 16 years later it still is more significant than most of the contributions by today’s artists.
True artists withstand the test of time. Embracing that thought, I was one of the many fans who were beyond thrilled to learn that Lauryn was making a comeback and – more importantly – putting Memphis on her tour. Perhaps it was our eagerness and excitement that contributed to the disappointment, but none of us could have anticipated that the night would be such a letdown.

Greater Middle Baptist to install new pastor

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Greater Middle Baptist Church, pastored by the late Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks for 52 years, will install the Rev. William McKinley Jackson as pastor on Aug. 17th. 
Rev. Jackson, 40, is the former pastor of the 500-member Samaria Baptist Church of Ft. Worth, Texas. 
He accepted his calling to the ministry in June 1981, was licensed in 1983 and ordained in 1989 under the guidance of his father, the late Rev. McKinley Jackson Sr., pastor of Samaria Baptist Church for 35 years.

Poor teens’ health may benefit from top schools

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CHICAGO — Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests.
Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, compared with peers who went to mostly worse schools. The teens were otherwise similar, all from low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods who applied to top public charter schools that admit students based on a lottery system.

Wayne A.I. Frederick appointed Howard U. president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne A.I. Frederick has been appointed as the 17th president of Howard University.
Frederick is a Howard-trained surgeon who had been serving as interim president of the private, historically black university since October.

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

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NEW YORK – Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.
In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 percent to 7 percent over the same period, the survey found.