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From ‘broken girl’ to ‘broken adult’ to pitching positive thinking

Narissa Watson credits affirmations for changing her life. The motivational speaker and founder of Make Me Beautiful – a wellness and self-love organization – said she was a "broken girl who eventually became a broken adult" until she was introduced to the power of positive...

Tackling blight to ‘build a better Memphis’

Michael O. Harris, the new executive director of Blight Authority of Memphis has a vision to transform communities through redevelopment. Since announcing his new role on Aug. 3, Harris has spent much of his time strategizing how to conduct an audacious vision to “build a...

Mulroy convinces voters to end Amy Weirich’s run as DA

In one of Shelby County’s most contentious races, University of Memphis law professor and criminal law attorney Steve Mulroy declared victory over Republican incumbent Amy Weirich in the race for Shelby County District Attorney General on Thursday. With all 142 precincts reported, unofficial vote totals...

Chamber moves to ‘lead out front’ with STEM Teacher Externship program

Black workers are underrepresented in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); but the Greater Memphis Chamber is working to change this by preparing local teachers with the tools needed to get more students involved in STEM. By diversifying the workforce with more...

Beverly Robertson chooses ‘now’ to move on from Greater Memphis Chamber

Beverly Robertson, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Memphis Chamber, knows “when it’s time to say when.”  And for the first Black female president of the 184-year-old organization, that time is now.  Robertson recently announced she would be stepping down from her role as...

Memphis-born Kelis Rowe debuts in young-adult genre with ‘Finding Jupiter’

New literary author Kelis Rowe fondly recalls the days as a young girl walking to Crystal Palace, the once-popular Whitehaven-area skating rink that closed in 2017.  That same roller rink would serve as the backdrop of her debut novel, “Finding Jupiter,” a young adult fiction...

For new Sen. London Lamar, a trio of issues remain the priority

Former State Rep. London Lamar (D-Memphis) is settling into her new role after assuming the District 33 senate seat as the youngest woman and African American to serve in the Tennessee Senate. The former District 91 representative was sworn into the interim senator role on...

Food insecurity mounts amid shortages and rising prices

Sandra Scruggs, a Memphis grandmother, said Thanksgiving will look different for her family this year.  With supply-chain-related food shortages and inflationary prices plaguing the country, Scruggs said she’s limited with what she can buy for a holiday meal. “I don’t know what we are going to...

Confident, committed JB Smiley Jr. shakes off naysayers in governor’s bid

When Memphis City Councilman JB Smiley Jr. sees a problem, he’s often prompted to solve it.   It’s the reason the Memphis native said he’s now running for governor of Tennessee, and it’s in part the motivation behind his political career. At 34 years old, with less...

‘Scary Times’ for some as new gun law set to take effect July 1

Fears are mounting over the impact Tennessee’s permit-less gun carry law will have when the law takes effect Thursday (July 1). Law enforcement officers across the state are adamantly opposed the controversial law that will allow anyone 21 and older to legally carry a gun,...