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Silence is not an option

disparties 600“We are sending a clear signal that we can no longer afford to do business as usual in this community,” said Darrell Cobbins, president and chief executive officer, Universal Commercial.
Cobbins was among a group of notable minority business owners and leaders who gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum to address economic and business disparities in minority business contracts in Memphis and Shelby County on Tuesday. The first of those business leaders to address the crowd of media, business owners, and concerned citizens was Ron Redwing.
“Our goal is to spotlight these disparities in a way that brings about swift and significant change,” said Redwing, president of 100 Black Men of Memphis. “If Memphis is to rise and become a ‘world-class’ community, all of its citizens must be active participants in its economy.” 

Health, well-being and good business is a ‘happy’ combination at McD’s

MCD 600Fast-food giant McDonald’s USA is on a mission to help nurture a healthier America, with Dr. Cindy Goody, director of nutrition, carrying a super-sized load of responsibility.
Goody and a crew of McDonald’s representatives brought their message to The New Tri-State Defender recently after visiting with 50-plus students ages five to nine at an area Boys and Girls Club. The push there was telling the kids how they could eat from the MyPlate recommended food groups “wherever they are as well as at McDonald’s”
They also talked to a similar number of 10- to 14-year-old students. The level of engagement overall was impressive said Goody, weaving in the fact that promoting “movement” is part of McDonald’s education awareness outreach.

Dr. Angelou’s ‘giving spirit’ felt at memorial service

(Attorney and former Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey, a civil rights activist, author and actor, attended the Angelou 600memorial services for Dr. Maya Angelou, along with his wife, Adrienne Bailey. This is his special account.)
Dr. Maya Angelou was memorialized Saturday (June 7th) at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University with full recognition of her broad political and literary influence across the globe. A diverse crowd from across the country, and some from abroad, filed in under the banner hanging at the chapel front featuring a picture of Dr. Angelou and the words “A Celebration of Rising Joy.” Inside, abundant long stemmed white lilies flowed from large vases and white roses formed a broad ribbon in front of the podium.

Fatherhood: Rising to the ultimate challenge

 (Every year, fathers – biological and non-biological – are honored for their impact on their families and the community and placed in the Memphis Training Camp for Dads Hall of Fame. Ovr the last few weeks, The bethan 600New Tri-State Defender has highlighted past award recipients in the series, “Where Are They Now?” The fourth annual event is Saturday (June 14th). This commentary is by keynote speaker Etan Thomas, an NBA veteran and author of “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge.” 
It’s an honor to be a part of the 4th annual Memphis Training Camp for Dads, which Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will host on Saturday (June 14th) beginning at 9 a.m. at The University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center.
Since the release of my book, “Fatherhood Rising To The Ultimate Challenge” and my CD, “Fatherhood Words Of Passion,” I have traveled the country to encourage young people that they can be anything they want to be in life no matter what their circumstances.

Wendy Moten – right on time

wendy 600Grammy-nominated vocalist Wendy Moten recently returned to the studio to do what she does best. On June 6th, the Memphis-born vocalist, who has more than 20 years in the music industry, released her first solo album of jazz standards titled “TIMELESS: Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting.”
The CD release party was held at STAX Museum of American Soul Music and attracted Moten fans – including Grammy-winning saxaphonist Kirk Whalum, president and CEO of the Soulsville Foundation – who’ve grown up with her music or who’ve learned to appreciate one of the industry’s most powerful voices.