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The Judge-Joe-Brown effect now showing for local Democrats

joebrown 600Last year and in the same week that he walked away from a reported $20 million offer from CBS to continue the wildly successful "Judge Joe Brown" television show, Brown made a very visible public splash.

With the directness that long has accented his character, Brown announced that he would host a fundraiser backing the campaign bids of retiring Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks for Juvenile Court Clerk and District Judge Tarik Sugarmon for Juvenile Court Judge.

Flash forward a year and it's official. Brooks and Sugarmon now are duly-filed candidates. So is Brown, who filed Tuesday for the Democratic Party nomination for Shelby County District Attorney General. And Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson says Brown's celebrity status could be a major tipping point for the party this election cycle.

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A show of support…how much did it mean?

kellogrally 600Elected officials and friends of 226 locked-out Kellogg's employees raised an enthusiastic voice of determination Wednesday night, vowing to walk the picket lines outside the plant until they can return to work.

Kevin Bradshaw, president of Bakery Confectionary Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 252G, said he drew inspiration and encouragement from the outpouring of support shown by the "Memphis community."

"Although our numbers were small, tonight's rally means everything to those of us who are locked out of our jobs," Bradshaw said.

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‘Let us work!’

kellogs 600'...This is not your grandfather's Kellogg's. The old administration was compassionate and caring toward its workers and their families. John Bryant cares nothing for those working on the line and making the company all of their profits. We have worked before without a contract in place. We knew that an agreement was coming. That's because both sides were negotiating in good faith. We were shocked to be locked out. We are not on strike. We did not walk off the line. We simply came to work on October 22nd last year, and we could not get in because the doors were closed and locked. We just want to go back to work. That's all. We hope this week with the rally that Kellogg's administrators will come back to the table and talk..."

Trence Jackson
BCTGM International Union
Financial Secretary

DSC 8471Four months ago when Kellogg's employees refused to approve a permanently lowered rate of pay for new employees, they knew that plant administrators wouldn't agree with the move. But they weren't expecting to be locked out of the plant where they've always "felt like family."

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Gospel star Sapp to promote choice and educational opportunities at Memphis stop

SappTour 600Memphis is a tour stop on a rolling community dialogue on education opportunities for African-American families.

The 2014 School of Choice tour pairs The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) with Grand Rapids, Mich. pastor and Grammy-nominated, Dove, Stellar and BET award-winning gospel artist Dr. Marvin L. Sapp.

Sapp will be in Memphis for the free event on Thursday (Feb. 20th) at 7 p.m. at Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ at 5151 Winchester Rd. On tap is a discussion about the status of education for African-American students and the options that are available for parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children.

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Forest Whitaker: The ‘Repentance’ interview

forestw 600Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation.

He is also a talented, versatile performer and one of Hollywood's most accomplished figures. Here, he talks about his latest movie, "Repentance," a psychological thriller co-starring Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps.

Kam Williams: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: "What interested you in producing and starring in "Repentance?"
Forest Whitaker: I'd say the fact that it's a movie that talks about dealing with your past issues and past pain, and being able to move forward in the future from that. I think that's a lesson that we all have to deal with and learn from. In addition, the film offered me a great opportunity to do a really interesting character with an amazing cast of actors, and to be directed by a friend and associate, one of my partners. We own a company together. So, a lot of things came together to make this happen for us.

 

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