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Merger of Memphis music Organizations hailed as ‘a win’

The Memphis Music Foundation, chaired by Stax Records legend Al Bell, will merge with The Consortium MMT, an incubator for emerging musical talent music 600focused on soul music and founded by Hall of Fame songwriter and producer David Porter.

The planned merger was announced Wednesday.
The combined entity will continue use of the name The Consortium MMT, with the Music Foundation’s flagship initiative renamed the Memphis Music Resource Center (MRC) at The Consortium MMT. Porter will remain chairman and president of The Consortium MMT, with Bell serving on The Consortium MMT Board as a director.

Nikki Giovanni had this to say

During her appearance at the National Civil Rights Museum on Sunday,
giovanni 600world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni recited her iconic poem “Ego-Tripping” to a standing-room only crowd in the 350-seat auditorium. After her performance, Giovanni told The New Tri-State Defender of her hopes for the museum and her hope that young people take an active part in the “international world.”
Said Giovanni:

Coach T’ lined up for high school sports combine

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The Second Annual Premier Sports Nation High School Football Combine will be held Saturday (June 28th) at the Dulins Sports Complex at 7790 Fischer Steel Rd. in Cordova.
The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is a team effort by renowned former high school coach Tim “Coach T” Thompson and Leroy Watson Jr. of TigerSportsReport.com (Memphis.Rivals.com).

U.S.-African leaders summit long overdue

President Barack Obama will once again make national and international summit 600history when the White House hosts the first United States – African Leaders Summit on August 5-6.  In the 238-year history of the United States, no U.S. president has ever invited the presidents of each African nation to convene in Washington, D.C.
Announcing the purpose of the summit, the White House stated, “President Obama looks forward to welcoming leaders from across the African continent to the Nation’s Capital to further strengthen ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions. The Summit will build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.”

GM’s Eric Peterson loves dealing in diversity

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – After working 37 years for General Motors, it is not gmdiversity 600unusual for Eric Peterson, vice president of Diversity Dealer Relations, to walk into an African-American dealership and be introduced to one of the owner’s children.
“See that man there,” a dealer recently told his son, pointing to Peterson. “He helped me get started. And if you do what you’re supposed to do, he’ll help you, too.”