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Gospel tradition of Fannie Clark celebrated in new recording project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-znPUZ622w Fannie Clark was well-known in Memphis and the Mid-South area for lending her gifted voice to the gospel group the Fannie Clark Singers and the Tennessee Mass Choir, and now her legacy continues through her son. Pastor Derek Clark of Rejoice in the Covenant Church,...

Nigeria, Memphis bicentennial accent Africa in April 2019

What began as a motley few dressed in African garb walking to the beat of an African drum has grown 33 years later to an international, culturally-diverse festival that attracts thousands of revelers each year at Robert Church Park in downtown Memphis. An African country...

Four grant winners tapped for ‘Uplift the Community’ awards

On Thursday (April 18), four Memphis nonprofits will be uplifted themselves with the first Uplift the Community grants. Building Blocks Mentoring Program; Principles of Manhood; Safeways Direct Blight Action Program; and Strong Tower, Staying Power will be presented with their Uplift the Community grants at...

Mediation a ‘no go’ for ‘Black Farmers’ and Stine Seed Co.

The Memphis-based Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) and the Stine Seed Company are in wait-and-see mode now that a March 15 deadline for mediation between the two entities has passed. The most recent movements in the case pitting the two included the Stine Seed...

Workforce needs targeted at minority/women-owned business enterprise seminar

Minority and women-owned businesses in the Memphis area are having the same issues with workforce development that FedEx and other larger corporations face, said Jozelle Luster Booker, president of The Mid-South Minority Business Council (MMBC) Continuum. So when MMBC Continuum members met at the beginning...

‘Operation Hope’ – a launching pad for small businesses

For small business owner Charles Hill, Trudy Morrison – Operation Hope financial counselor with First Tennessee Bank – is a point of reference for understanding where he is today. “I met Ms. Morrison when I was enrolled in a training program for entrepreneurs at Advance...

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,...