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The ‘Auntie Maya’ I knew

The ‘Auntie Maya’ I knew
Many people will remember Maya Angelou for her phenomenal career.  She was a true renaissance woman – an author, teacher, dancer, performer, radio personality and a producer.  I will remember her as a sister friend, a wise “auntie” who didn’t mind pulling your coat. She was a generous spirit who made time for virtually any who asked, a gentle and kind spirit.
 
If you dropped by when a meal was being served, she asked you to sit down and enjoy the assembled company.  If you came and it was not the meal hour, she never hesitated to offer a cup of tea and a snack.  She knew before you did that you needed a hug an encouraging word.  I’ve seen her take the hat off her head and give it to someone who admired it.
 

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The Congressional Black Caucus rift

The Congressional Black Caucus rift
There was troubling news from Washington last week that should probably be put into perspective. The rift is not due to the usual Democrats vs. Republicans hostility, or a fight between rival government agencies. This one is internal and especially troubling for black folks.
 
The Congressional Black Caucus, the all-Democrat coalition of African-American lawmakers, is undergoing somewhat of a crisis of conscience these days, with members now going after each other in public, much to the delight of Republicans.
 
At its core, the issue is over the Dodd-Frank Act, the set of banking regulations set forth following the 2008 financial collapse. Wall Street, with the help of Republicans, would like to unravel the legislation, allowing banks and financial institutions to return to the bad old days of the freewheeling excesses that nearly bankrupted the country.

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Dr. Ben Carson: The ‘One Nation’ interview

Dr. Ben Carson: The ‘One Nation’ interview
Benjamin Solomon Carson was born in Detroit on September 18, 1951, where he and his big brother, Curtis, were raised by a single-mom. Dr. Carson, who realized his childhood ream of becoming a physician, recently retired as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a groundbreaking career of over 35 years.
 
Now a Washington Times columnist and Fox News contributor, he is also the author of numerous New York Times best-sellers, including “Gifted Hands,” an autobiography which was made into a feature-length film starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. More recently, he co-wrote “America the Beautiful” and now “One Nation” with his wife Candy. 
 
A former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, Dr. Carson is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He and his wife founded the Carson Scholars Fund, an organization dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of deserving young people.   

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Turbo-charging business ideas for the new Memphis

Turbo-charging business ideas for the new Memphis
Creating more women- and minority-owned businesses is the hole Memphis needs to plug in the digital age. In a nutshell that’s the message entrepreneurial guru Andre Fowlkes delivered recently at a lunch meeting of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
 
Fowlkes, who has a Wall Street background, is the creator of StartCo, a business designed to help people launch real companies, even if the business dream is just an idea so far. After his presentation, several attendees said it helped them pinpoint a major hole in the city’s economic outlook and shed light on some challenges they are facing in the development of their business plans.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Original

Sovereignty the main course at good food movement conference

Sovereignty the main course at good food movement conference
DETROIT – About two years ago, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation made a gutsy call to convene its 2014 food and nutrition conference in Detroit. Even then, declining economic fortunes and subsequent social disruptions dominated most of the narratives about the city’s future.
 
Yet, the wisdom of selecting the Motor City as the host site for this May’s Harvesting Change Food and Community Gathering was borne out last week as more than 650 food advocates from Hawaii, Alaska, and the lower 48 gathered to share knowledge and information about the “good food” movement.
 
 “I’m a give you compost the only way a poet and emcee can give it to you,” boasted Detroit-born spoken-word artist Kidiri Sennefer, one of conference’s first speakers. He then launched into a rap that examined the politics of America’s eating habits, fast-food addictions and corporate food-systems dominance.

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Chris Brown released from jail

Chris Brown released from jail

Chris Brown is now a free man. The troubled R&B singer has been released from jail, according to TMZ. Brown was sentenced to 131 days on May 9 after he admitted that he violated probation last year.

Brown was originally sentenced to a year, but he was given credit for the 116 days he had already served in jail and rehab. Brown was thrown back into jail after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ruled he violated probation in the Rihanna case. Brown could have received the maximum penalty of four years.

But all is not clear in Brown’s legal battles. Within the next couple of months, Brown still has to answer to a Washington, D.C., judge when his assault trial begins. Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge after being accused of hitting a man outside a hotel in March.

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Donald Sterling goes to a black Baptist Church (This is not a joke)

Donald Sterling goes to a black Baptist Church (This is not a joke)
Donald Sterling walks into a black church, no seriously, Donald Sterling the embattled Los Angeles owner walked into a South L.A. church and sat for a 2-hour service Sunday, TMZ reports.
 
It is unclear if Sterling, who arrived at the Praises of Zion Baptist church with bodyguards, came for any other reason that to hear the good word, as he didn’t speak to any members of the church, TMZ reports.

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