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Heartbeat CPR-Memphis to toast 25-year run with April 6 celebration

As a housemaid, Wardell Seals Jr.’s mother made $8.22 per week and funneled that into taking care of her six children. His father sharecropped land in Winona, Miss. – the same land his father worked. Family lore said the Seals had worked the same land...

Mt. Olive Cathedral CME building on Memphis-Lane College connections

The Lane College Memphis Alumni Chapter may be the most active alumni association connected to the Jackson, Tenn.-based college, says Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church Pastor Peris J. Lester I, a Lane College alum. “Each year at homecoming, we raise $100,000 to donate to Lane...

Rooted in 38126: Owner of Poor Man’s store rich with friends and neighbors

Defying the odds, Dave Matthews has operated his thriving business, Matthews Poor Man’s Store, in the heart of 38126 since 1978, serving as a beacon of light and achievement for the community’s impoverished children. Earlier this month, longtime neighbors and friends joined the Matthews family...

ESports and video gaming breaks ground in ‘Soulsville’

It’s a video gamer’s dream come true – a state-of-the-art video game lounge, complete with an eSports arena, eSports Academy, a student video game development training center, entrepreneurial training center, retail store, workspace and financial literacy center. And it’s coming to Memphis, specifically Soulsville USA,...

Proud parents on hand to celebrate son’s promotion to Col. Kevin Branch

When Westwood High School graduate Kevin Branch was promoted to colonel – or “full bird” for the Army nerds – in the U.S. Armed Forces on Jan. 11, he was extremely grateful that both of his parents were able to do the honors of...

County Commission: New public defender, pre-K vote, minimum wage support

It was quite apparent from the beginning of Monday’s Shelby County Commission meeting that the vote on Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ nomination of Phyllis Aluko to head the Public Defender’s office was merely a formality. Aluko, who had been the deputy assistant public defender...

Amid adversity, Doris Hill says, ‘act like we want to live’

“I guess I discovered a secret that really is no secret,” Doris Hill told those gathered at Southwind Country Club for an event hosted by PWAP – Pink With A Purpose – a nonprofit offering support and resources for cancer patients. What’s the “secret?” “(W)hatever may...

‘Black Farmers’ gear up for legal fight after appeals court setback

The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists (BFAA) recently hit a snag when the U. S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, denied the group’s complaint against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). “It was anticipated that the quest for justice and the cash award...

LEGACY: Funeral director M.J. Edwards passes at 92

Monroe James Edwards Sr. consoled many Memphis families in the loss of their loved ones. Thursday morning, the proprietor of M.J. Edwards Funeral Home passed away at home, surrounded by his family. He was 92. Monroe James Edwards Jr. reflected on how much his father...

Teens power move to get bus passes for high schoolers

During the last Shelby County Board of Education meeting in February, something remarkable happened. Two teens led the charge to put bus passes in the hands of high school students with no access to transportation. Getting to school is a huge problem, and working a...