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Time for African-American Democrats to switch


The midterm elections are over, the final numbers are in and they don’t look pretty if you’re a progressive. So, I am going to propose something our national African American leaders should have suggested a long time ago: It’s time for us to switch. No, not to the Republican Party. That  would be tantamount to drinking Jim Jones Kool-Aid (Young people, Google “Guyana Massacre”). It’s time to switch our emphasis from politics to economics.

I remember Al Sharpton, speaking at the 2004 Democratic convention, saying Blacks had decided to ride the (Democratic) donkey as far as it would take us. Well, Al, that donkey has taken us as far as we can go in politics, even into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Now, it’s time to park that old, tired pack animal on a farm and try a new mode of transportation.

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Ravens say good-bye to Titans after 21-7 victory


BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens headed into their bye with a victory to savor.

The Tennessee Titans emerged from their time off with a frustrating loss. Justin Forsett ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to back a strong performance by the Ravens' defense, and Baltimore snapped a two-game skid by beating the Titans 21-7 Sunday.

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Due to cuts, Navy bands change approach

Navy Bands

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Military bands are a valued part of American culture, with their musicians lending a sense of patriotism, pride and nostalgia to performances at sporting events, hospitals, small-town parades and service-member funerals.

For years, Navy Band Mid-South, based in Millington, Tennessee, played for audiences that not only enjoyed renditions of "God Bless America" or the Navy theme song, but also pieces of rock and roll and jazz music. But because of budget cuts, the Navy decided to dismantle the 30-plus member band, sending its musicians to other bands around the world and disappointing some in small towns.

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Is the next governor already in the picture?

Next Gov

NASHVILLE — With the dust barely settled on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s election to his second term, the parlor game of speculating about who will run to succeed the term-limited governor in 2018 is already in full swing.

A look at some of the Republicans who could be interested in running:

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Med Week1

MED Week is a national program of the Minority Business Development Agency under the US Department of Commerce. Annually it recognizes the power of minority businesses.

In Memphis, the yearly MED week observation is presented by The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (The MMBC Continuum) and the Memphis MBDA Business Center. The MMBC Continuum was awarded a MBDA Business Center in 2012 as part of a four-year grant.

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