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‘Spring Forward’ Sunday

‘Spring Forward’ Sunday

Sunday at 2 a.m. marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time for 2014. "Spring Forward" by setting your clocks ahead by one hour.

The twice a year ritual is also a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, test them, and review your preparedness plans with your family and co-workers.

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness, under the leadership of Bob Nations, Jr., Director, recommends the following safety tips:

 

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Uplifting our young brothers

Uplifting our young brothers

I, along with my three brothers, was raised by a single mother who worked multiple jobs and sacrificed a tremendous amount for us. Despite all of her love and hard work, in my youth, I did not escape the pitfalls that commonly plague young boys growing up in low-income and single parent households.

I was arrested multiple times until a Michigan judge gave me an ultimatum to either turn my life around and get my education or serve a long term prison sentence. The goodwill sentencing of that judge allowed me to change for the better and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds that my friends I faced growing up.

I was trapped in a cycle of self-destructive behavior. It's the same cycle that far too many of our minority brothers are stuck in today.

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The case for homeschooling African-American children

The case for homeschooling African-American children

We hear so much about the plight of black children and their low test scores. We have not heard that African-American children who are homeschooled are scoring at the 82 percent level in reading and 77 percent in math. This is 30-40 percent above their counterparts being taught in school.

There is a 30 percent racial gap in schools, but there is no racial gap in reading if taught in the home and only a 5 percent gap in math.

What explains the success of African-American students being taught by their parents? I believe that it's love and high expectations.

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Family reunion at sea

Family reunion at sea

BUSAN, Republic of Korea – Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Aleasha Gatewood, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet Staff embarked on the flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), had a rare opportunity to spend time with her aunt Lt.j.g. Aricka Faulkner while underway in support of the ongoing Key Resolve 2014 exercise.

A Memphis native, Gatewood is a 2010 graduate of Bolton High School and has been serving her country for 3 years. This is the second visit the two have had on board Blue Ridge in the last 7 months as Faulkner participated in the joint U.S.-ROK exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian in August 2013.

"It was fantastic to see her and I am so proud of what she has accomplished since she has arrived on board as an E-2 three years ago and is now a second class petty officer," Faulkner said about Gatewood. "I have only heard positive reactions from the people she works for."

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Who killed the mayor?’

Who killed the mayor?’

Hinds County, Miss. supervisor Kenny Stokes believes that late Jackson mayor Chokwe Lumumba was assassinated and he wants an autopsy performed to rule out foul play, reports the Clarion-Ledger.

Lumumba, a legendary human rights activist and attorney who was elected mayor of Jackson last June, died of alleged natural causes on February 25.

Speculation has been rampant that he was killed because of his platform of self-determination for the black community and his refusal to tap-dance around issues of white supremacy and systemic racism in the Deep South.

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Gun violence aimed at black males triggers concern

Gun violence aimed at black males triggers concern

WASHINGTON – Several new studies confirm what most people have suspected all along: No group is harmed more by gun violence than young black males.

"While 13 percent of Americans are black, in 2010, 65 percent of gun murder victims between the ages of 15 and 24 were black," revealed a report by the Center for American Progress (CAP). "Forty-two percent of the total gun deaths of individuals in this age group were of black males."

This trend has continued, the report noted, even as crime rates decline.

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President Obama gets personal in launching new program ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

President Obama gets personal in launching new program ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

At an event that felt like a black church service at times, President Obama on Thursday spoke in deeply personal terms about growing up without a father and urged the entire country to get behind his newly-launched "My Brother's Keeper" program to help young black and Latino men.

"I didn't have a dad in the house and I was angry about it, even though I didn't necessarily realize it at the time," the president said of his childhood, with 20 black and Latino boys standing behind him in the White House's East Room.

He added,"I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn't always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short."

 

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