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The new definition of homelessness

Javier Bailey-160The City of Memphis and its surrounding areas are faced with a real fiscal and social dilemma that promises to get worse before it gets better. Simply, that dilemma is this: how will local government address and serve the growing community of homeless citizens?

To properly address the issue, it is imperative that we first define "homeless." The traditional definition and the images that arise in the minds of most people when referring to the homeless is that of the man or woman living on the street, pan-handling for money, and digging through dumpsters for food. This image no longer fits the contemporary reality of homelessness.

Today's homeless often go to work but are unable to keep a roof over their heads. Many are victims of foreclosure and oftentimes are unable to keep the utilities on in their homes. Indeed the new homeless Memphian is one that awaits eviction at any moment and has no idea where the evening meal for the family will come from. Although this person I just described is not out in the streets, effectively, this is a "homeless" citizen.

Mo’ Kelly Did Not Expose Crystal Wright Or the GOP Because we Already Knew

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There are some days when I just love #BLACKTWITTER. Only via this creative hodgepodge of bloggers, reporters and internet Benita Butrells can you find out who Whiz Kalifah is dating, what the Obama’s had for dinner and which political celebrities just got called out. In this case it’s the third category that caught my attention, as Mo’Kelly, autho

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  • Written by The Michigan Chronicle

Let children cook and learn to see life as never before

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY It's that time again – the beginning of another school year. So many emotions are brewing for parents right now. Some are full of joy and relief, while others feel fear of the unknown as to what each day will bring.

It seems like yesterday that we were off to our own first day of school. We were so excited to be embarking on our first day of a new experience; yet we were also very nervous seeing so many strangers and wondering if they were feeling the same way. Then we hear a voice telling us that everything will be fine, because all those strangers were no different than us. They were all going to the same place, and even though they were nervous too, they were also excited and ready to begin their journey of surprises that awaited them.

Go back in time for a moment and reflect on how you felt your first day of school. Remember how you smiled into the mirror at your reflection of what you were wearing, who you met that day and how you got to school. Some children walked a "country mile," some rode an old school bus, and others were dropped off by their parents. They all had the same feeling though, and that was they did not want to leave the comfort of their parents.

Data Book sheds light on conditions affecting children, community

UCI-Data-Book-225In "Data Book 2013: The State of Children in Memphis & Shelby County," The Urban Child Institute explores social and economic conditions affecting optimal brain development for babies ages zero to three, and subsequently outlines critical areas that need improvement.

Research findings show that the environment and community in which a child is born and raised contributes greatly to her future well being, while the health and well-being of its children determines a community's future.

Now in its eighth year of publication, the "Data Book" includes improved community health statistics for Memphis and Shelby County that offer cause for pause and abbreviated celebration.

Exploring the link between emotions and good health

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY It seems that we often are willing to endure pain, hurt and suffering – unnecessarily – when it comes to our health.

We allow our bodies to function in a negative state, tolerating and accepting these ailments as normal. And while it may be difficult to accept, it is our emotional issues that have caused our physical bodies this distress.

The Bible tells us that Jesus died not only to bring us salvation and eternal life but also to bring divine healing for our bodies. What does that mean? It means that God wants you to be healed and He wants you to stay healthy.

The Zimmerman verdict and the flip side of the Obama era

Jason Johnson-160While most Americans were picking up the Zimmerman trial in clips and highlights on the news or the radio after work, I was immersed in the entire trial all day. Working as an analyst for several media outlets meant that I was watching every bit of eight-plus hours a day of testimony, evidence and cross-examination during the trial. The process was exhausting, and a wonderful reminder of why I decided not to pursue law in college.

When you are forced to watch a process from beginning to end you have a pretty good idea of where it's going, so you aren't surprised or even impressed by the conclusion. I knew after a botched investigation, bitter and reluctant cops, questionable jury selection and an incredibly uneven state prosecution that George Zimmerman was going to be found not guilty. So it wasn't the events that actually affected me, because I knew they were coming.

  • Written by Jason Johnson

Did Justice Prevail? Understanding the Zimmerman Verdict

Byron Pitts-450x300A key principle of the American Criminal Justice System is that a verdict of not guilty doesn’t mean that a defendant is innocent. It simply means that the prosecution could not meet their burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This principle was never more evident than in the trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Unlike many lay persons, I was not surprised by the verdict. Non lawyer friends of mine expressed the gamut of emotions; sadness, anger, but most of all, they were confused as to how Trayvon’s killer could walk free. In the spirit of helping my friends understand the legal ramifications of the acquittal of Zimmerman, I’ve decided to write this letter.

  • Written by Byron Pitts

Digging into the need to make health changes

Chef Timothy Moore-160Change can be difficult when it comes to health. Why is this so?

Well, let's start with some observations. There seems to be a preoccupation with living our lives wishing for time to accomplish more of the tasks we have undertaken. This has caused many of us to lose focus and – in some cases – not pay attention to our health.

We're placing more and more trust in gadgets, medical shots, pills, liquid shakes, body wraps and fads thinking they can help us stay healthy. In search of quick-and-simple fixes we run the risk of incurring severe healthcare problems.