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Film, fellowship puts Memphian Jamey Hatley on course for the big screen

Jamey Hatley is from Walker Homes and while debates still rage over whether that’s in Whitehaven or Westwood, there is no question that Hatley’s writing career is on an upward trajectory. Hatley is the recipient of the inaugural Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Fellowship in Screenwriting....

Youth boxers from Memphis, Arkansas set to square off for Boxing at The Pipkin 4

Things will be a bit different when the gloves start flying in the next installment of the Boxing at the Pipkin series. First off, it will be a Saturday (June 8) and that’s a change from the Wednesday affairs that have packed the Pipkin Building...

Social justice warrior Alice Marie Johnson is dancing free

After 21 years in federal prison, Alice Marie Johnson sprinted across a roadway near where she had been locked up. Waiting were family, friends and social justice warriors. Last Friday and nearly a year later, many of those same people and many others were in...

LEGACY: The Rev. Ralph White – A ‘servant’ to the end

God, love and ministry was a trinity embodied by the life of the Rev. Ralph White, the servant-oriented pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in South Memphis. Rev. White was officiating a funeral when he passed away Saturday. “So very sorry to hear. He...

Frayser Community Schools turns 5, rolls on

If the story of Dr. Bobby White were a recipe, the basic ingredients – by his own self-assessment – would be pride, courage and love for community. Such an assessment is timely in that White is the founder and CEO of Frayser Community Schools (FCS),...

Ministers foresee school covenants under Ray

Now that Joris Ray has been named Shelby County Schools superintendent, an alliance of ministers is ready to step up to help him help the children. Two groups of ministers – the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association and the Progressive Baptist Church Council of Memphis –...

TVA’s new CEO/president getting ‘grounded’ in Memphis

Three days on the job as CEO/president of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Jeff Lyash on Wednesday afternoon was fielding media questions in the 8th floor conference room of TVA’s new office space at 100 Peabody Place in Downtown Memphis. Lyash, who succeeded William D. Johnson,...

Boxing at the Pipkin 3 to showcase Memphis boxers

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Boxing at the Pipkin 3 has evolved into an all-Memphis thing, with its organizers declaring, “This boxing event has really taken on momentum.” The youth-oriented affair at the Fairgrounds (940 Early Maxwell) is set for the evening of April 3 (beginning at 7 p.m.) and...

Why ‘New Chicago’ says ‘No’ to Memphis 3.0

Dr. Carnita Atwater – representing the New Chicago Community Development Corporation – was about 50 minutes into her Monday press conference in North Memphis when a television reporter interrupted. He asked if the bottom line was that she was just upset for having been...

‘New Chicago’ push prompts delay of first Memphis 3.O vote

With several dozen North Memphis residents on hand for " a show of force," the Memphis City Council on Tuesday put off its initial vote on a proposed land use and development plan envisioned as a 20-year road map. New Chicago CDC spokesperson Dr. Carnita...