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More Memphis schools move off state’s list of low scorers

More Memphis schools move off state’s …

08-20-2014 by Jaclyn Zubrzycki and Philissa Cramer-Chalkbeat TN - avatar Jaclyn Zubrzycki and Philissa Cramer-Chalkbeat TN

Two years into a push to raise test scores in Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools, some of the most notable gains were concentrated in Memphis — and in schools that were not su...

Mo’ne Davis Makes History As First Little Leaguer To Land National Sports Illustrated Cover

Mo’ne Davis Makes History As First Lit…

08-20-2014 by NewsOne Staff - avatar NewsOne Staff

Mo’ne Davis, 13, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons youth baseball team, has become the first Little Leaguer to land the national cover of Sports Illustrated, reports SI...

Sybrina Fulton writes letter to family of Michael Brown

Sybrina Fulton writes letter to family…

08-20-2014 by theGrio - avatar theGrio

The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin has written a letter expressing support for the family of Michael Brown.   In an exclusive letter published Monday for TIME, Sy...

Greater Metro

More Memphis schools move off state’s list of low scorers

More Memphis schools move off state’s list of low scorers

Two years into a push to raise test scores in Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools, some of the most notable gains were concentrated in Memphis — and...

The Memphis-Shelby County Education Association held a forum for excessed, displaced teachers

The Memphis-Shelby County Education Association held a forum for excessed, displaced teachers

After staff cuts last year that left hundreds of educators scrambling to find new jobs, one former Shelby County Schools teacher is close to losing...

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.   FRIDAY   Candlelight Vigil 8:30pm | Graceland   * Chuckles Comedy House...

Entertainment

‘Purple Rain at 30′

‘Purple Rain at 30′

Already a rising superstar on the music scene, courtesy of the groundbreaking and innovative 1999 album, the Purple Rain movie and accompanying soundtrack of the...

Joe Morton, Uzo Aduba Win Emmys

Joe Morton, Uzo Aduba Win Emmys

Two top black actors took home awards from last night’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., including Joe Morton...

Lauryn Hill May Have Had Misunderstanding in Memphis, But Music Makes NBA 2K15 Cut

Lauryn Hill May Have Had Misunderstanding in Memphis, But Music Makes NBA…

After arguably the most successful year in his career, Pharrell was selected to curate the annual NBA2K15 video game soundtrack.   Just like Skateboard P, the playlist...

Sports

Mo’ne Davis Makes History As First Little Leaguer To Land National Sports Illustrated Cover

Mo’ne Davis Makes History As First Little Leaguer To Land National Sports…

Mo’ne Davis, 13, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons youth baseball team, has become the first Little Leaguer to land the national cover of Sports...

1st female Little League player happy for 2 girls

1st female Little League player happy for 2 girls

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – More than six decades after Kathryn "Tubby" Johnston Massar cut off her braids, tucked her hair under her cap and became...

WNBA players Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson engaged

WNBA players Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson engaged

PHOENIX – Women's basketball stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged.   Griner proposed to Johnson and both posted it on social media, with Griner showing...

Religion

Traditional gospel music keeps Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith out front 35 years

Traditional gospel music keeps Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith…

Community choirs come and go, but the Stellar Award nominated Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith has been a mainstay in traditional gospel...

‘A heart for people’ inspires the Servant’s Circle

‘A heart for people’ inspires the Servant’s Circle

“I have a heart for people and I’ve always been a servant of the community. I just want to see people have the best in...

Greater Middle Baptist to install new pastor

Greater Middle Baptist to install new pastor

Greater Middle Baptist Church, pastored by the late Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks for 52 years, will install the Rev. William McKinley Jackson as pastor on...

Business

Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

ALBANY, New York (AP) — The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's...

Building minority leaders in the world of construction

Building minority leaders in the world of construction

Memphis is experiencing a metamorphosis in the entrepreneurial space, with advocacy, incubation and acceleration entities for start-ups and existing businesses growing and becoming more accessible.   For...

The business of weddings

The business of weddings

Women are conditioned to think about their Prince Charming. After hearing all of the happy endings in nursery rhymes, women desire the same outcome. Cinderella...

News

Sybrina Fulton writes letter to family of Michael Brown

Sybrina Fulton writes letter to family of Michael Brown

The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin has written a letter expressing support for the family of Michael Brown.   In an exclusive letter published Monday for...

What They Saw: 5 Eyewitnesses to the Michael Brown Shooting

What They Saw: 5 Eyewitnesses to the Michael Brown Shooting

  As of press time, at least five eyewitnesses in the Michael Brown shooting case have come forward. All five witnesses had distinct vantage points: One...

Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media

Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – What do “Bring Back Our Girls,” “Justice for Trayvon” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” have in common? They’re all rallying cries that...

Opinion

Dogs Get More Respect than Michael Brown

Dogs Get More Respect than Michael Brown

It doesn’t matter if you are state legislator or an alderman, a journalist or a local leader. If you are in Ferguson, Mo., you won’t...

Did School Integration Fail Black Children?

Did School Integration Fail Black Children?

Back-to-school is just around the corner and 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, many children will be returning to “resegregated” schools...

Blow it up! Dismal results for Shelby Democrats warrant ‘New Deal’ for African Americans

Blow it up! Dismal results for Shelby Democrats warrant ‘New Deal’ for…

Following the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, which included the Black Cabinet, opened the door for African Americans to participate widely in policy...

National News

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the courthouse...

St. Louis Rapper Nelly & T.I. Think Ferguson Protestors Jumped The Gun

Nelly believes rioters in Ferguson, Missouri, should have waited a little longer before taking the streets in anger over Michael Brown’s shooting.   People have been storming...

Ferguson-area native tasked with keeping peace

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — In the days since Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson took charge of a volatile situation that threatened to turn ugly...