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Fighting crime with hoops and hope

hoops 600Two facts about Memphis summers are unavoidable: it’s hot and school is out. The increase in temperature and decrease in daily structured positive activities for young people can often lead to an increase in crime.
Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is on a mission to ensure that Memphis’ youth, especially those in high-risk communities, have access to a safe and community-friendly environment through the 2nd Annual Safe Summer initiative. Bishop Mays, director of Memphis Gun Down, said the effort is part of the larger goal of reducing youth gun violence throughout Memphis. 

Commissioner Brooks: ‘Justice is being targeted’

Vowing not to “give up the fight” amid what she labels “attacks,” Shelby
brooks 600County Commissioner Henri E. Brooks says she is moving forward with her quest to become Juvenile Court clerk as the Democratic Party nominee.
Brooks issued a written statement detailing her commitment on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, she resigned as a community/government research specialist in the Faith and Health division of the Congregational Health Network at Methodist. Misdemeanor assault charges are pending against Brooks following a June 10th confrontation in a parking lot that serves the hospital.

‘Bron Bron’ is a ‘Man’s Man’

bronbron 600With the exception of the absence of a Miami “threepeat” there are no real losers coming out of the NBA Championship series…especially not LeBron James.
While the co-hosts of “A Little R&R on Sports” agreed the NBA Championship would be won and done in a five-game series, there was sharp disagreement over whether the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs players would be kissing the trophy. Suffice it to say that experience won both the championship and the bet. But with the exception of the absence of a Miami “threepeat” there are no real losers coming out of this series…especially not LeBron James.

Women of color urge Obama to ‘re-align’ My Brother’s Keeper

womenbkpr 600WASHINGTON – More than 1,000 women of color released a letter to President Obama Tuesday asking him to expand his White House initiative aimed at African American and Latino males to include women and girls of color.
Those who signed the letter include Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker; actress Rosie Perez; political activist Angela Davis; Anita Hill, a law professor best known for testifying that she had been sexually harassed by future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and economist Julianne Malveaux.

New Freedmen’s Bureau Records available for Juneteenth celebration

ancestry 600In recognition of Juneteenth, FamilySearch announces the online publication of additional Freedmen’s Bureau records – popular historic sources for those doing African American research that extends back to the Civil War period when slavery was abolished in the United States.
Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of slavery, begins June 19, with some celebrations extending an entire month. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, enforcing the freeing of the slaves. The celebration of Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) began in the streets of Galveston by the former slaves and is now celebrated throughout the nation every year on the same date by millions of people.