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Chokehold death continues to reverberate

Chokehold death continues to reverbera…

07-22-2014 by Herb Boyd-Special to NNPA - avatar Herb Boyd-Special to NNPA

NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton was in the middle of his speech recounting how Eric Garner, 43, had been killed in a chokehold by NYPD officer when Garner’s wife collapsed by his...

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson!

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson!

07-22-2014 by Kam Williams - avatar Kam Williams

In a world where talent takes you far, Keith Robinson is ahead of the game.   He’s a true triple threat – having already mastered acting and songwriting, he’s now position...

Really, NY Magazine? Couldn’t find a black rom-com for Top 25?

Really, NY Magazine? Couldn’t find a b…

07-21-2014 by Keli Goff-The Root - avatar Keli Goff-The Root

I’m a big fan of New York magazine, in large part because of its cultural coverage and willingness to give a platform to artists, institutions and subjects that other mainstream ...

Greater Metro

TSU’s Small Farms Expo highlights state’s agricultural diversity and continuing expansion

TSU’s Small Farms Expo highlights state’s agricultural diversity and continuing expansion

NASHVILLE – (TSU News Service) – From beekeeping in Franklin County to crop growing in Williamson County, and 4-H and adult agriculture in Bledsoe County...

Community in Photos

Community in Photos

Early voting kicked off Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission at 157 Poplar Ave. for the Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary Election...

2014 ACT-SO scholars build on tradition

2014 ACT-SO scholars build on tradition

Memphis area high school students who participated in ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics), a national program sponsored by the NAACP, are eligible for scholarship...

Entertainment

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson!

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson!

In a world where talent takes you far, Keith Robinson is ahead of the game.   He’s a true triple threat – having already mastered acting and...

Really, NY Magazine? Couldn’t find a black rom-com for Top 25?

Really, NY Magazine? Couldn’t find a black rom-com for Top 25?

I’m a big fan of New York magazine, in large part because of its cultural coverage and willingness to give a platform to artists, institutions...

This week’s DVD releases

This week’s DVD releases

Top Ten DVD List for July 22, 2014   “Detour” http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00KVQ74BQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20    “The M Word”   http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00JHQ0M1A/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   “Day of Days: June 6, 1944” http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00K3VYOLC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20    “The Suspect” http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00INCATKI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20    “Made in America: Jay-Z”   http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00JLJ0AZ6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20    “An American Girl: Isabelle Dances...

Sports

What is one to make of Grizzlies’ off-season moves?

What is one to make of Grizzlies’ off-season moves?

Just two years ago, the Memphis Grizzlies were referred to as a young and emerging team. Now they are a more established ball club in...

New ‘old’ player ready to help Grizz ‘over the hump’

New ‘old’ player ready to help Grizz ‘over the hump’

The Memphis Grizzlies now have a new addition who seems happy in the city of grit and grind.   It’s a 37-year-old veteran player who made his...

Olympic legend Alice Coachman dies at 90

Olympic legend Alice Coachman dies at 90

Alice Coachman, the Olympic legend who shattered ceilings and the status quo when she became the first black woman to win a gold medal at...

Religion

Fullview Missionary Baptist church is on fire!

Fullview Missionary Baptist church is on fire!

Fullview Missionary Baptist Church can now say goodbye to its $2.5 million mortgage, and it will be doing just that with the help of a...

Eugene Waller Scholarship Prayer Breakfast extols the virtues of faith

Eugene Waller Scholarship Prayer Breakfast extols the virtues of faith

“Championing the Future Through Faith” was the theme for the Eugene Waller Scholarship Prayer Breakfast, which was held at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis last...

Line Dance-A-Thon is a bridge builder at Unity Christian Church

Line Dance-A-Thon is a bridge builder at Unity Christian Church

Unity Christian Church in Whitehaven held its inaugural Line Dance-A-Thon last Saturday (June 7th). Led by the Rev. Eric Ovid Donaldson, the church’s pastor, the...

Business

What are SEP IRAs?

What are SEP IRAs?

A simplified employee pension plan (SEP) is a deferred-compensation arrangement that is similar to a profit-sharing plan. It can be set up by employers and...

‘The State of Black Euphoria’

‘The State of Black Euphoria’

How amazing it is that black people in this nation, collectively, are the worst off but yet the most comical, entertaining, ostentatious, and self-defeating of...

A partnership to corral the $40 billion African Americans spend annually on travel and tourism

A partnership to corral the $40 billion African Americans spend annually on…

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) are now partners in a move...

News

Journalist wins rights to view James Brown’s documents

Journalist wins rights to view James Brown’s documents

While excitement is brewing for the new James Brown biopic to be released this summer, one freelance journalist is more interested in the legal battle...

Why bad breath complaints heat up in the summertime

Why bad breath complaints heat up in the summertime

  Whether it’s a picnic, beach day, family gathering or a night out with friends, summer is a time when people come together for fun.   Unfortunately, there...

UTHSC professor gets boost in quest for insights to help newborns

UTHSC professor gets boost in quest for insights to help newborns

  A $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases will allow Dr. Adebowale Adebiyi to further investigate newborn kidney...

Opinion

‘Straight Outta Compton’ casting call is a straight up mess

‘Straight Outta Compton’ casting call is a straight up mess

Production has begun on Straight Outta Compton, the biopic about N.W.A. and Universal Studios is looking to cast more people for it.   They’re apparently working with...

Cyber child abuse

Cyber child abuse

I was strolling down a very busy Broadway in New York City a couple of weeks ago.  It was a very nice Saturday and it...

Nothing essential about Essence

Nothing essential about Essence

I wrote a column three years ago titled, “Black Women No Longer Have Their Essence.” My point was that Essence, the pre-eminent magazine for black...

National News

Chokehold death continues to reverberate

NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton was in the middle of his speech recounting how Eric Garner, 43, had been killed in a chokehold...

How to start getting fit for life

CHICAGO – Once you fully accept the fact that physical activity is one of the most powerful factors affecting your health, ability and longevity, where...

Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced U.S. students ever tested for HIV

Only 22 percent of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV, even though young people account for a disproportionate share...