Monday, August 3, 2020

Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell

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Sibling agency directors devise innovative, eviction-relief initiative

Shelby County is looking at more than 9,000 evictions on low-income families hit hard by COVID-19-related shutdown and job loss. Now, thanks to a sibling collaboration of public administrators, thousands could be saved from joining the homeless ranks. Involving General Sessions courts in the process is...

Rapper Al Kapone ‘putting on for the city’ with ‘Mask Up Memphis’

Underground hip hop Memphis rapper Al Kapone has added his persona to the mix of partners in a new campaign targeting young Memphians to wear a mask as the COVID-19 virus continues to surge. “I had to try to help my city, Memphis, Tenn.,” Kapone...

Friends & ‘Community Fathers’: Fred L. Davis, the Rev. Tim Russell

The presence of “community fathers” is inherent in the concept of village and on Father’s Day 2020 that truth is being spoken of with enhanced vigor. Two such “fathers’ – prominent businessman and Memphis City Council trailblazer Fred L. Davis, and the Rev. Tim Russell,...

Could the Juneteenth Shop Black Virtual Experience be the forerunner of Kwanzaa’s ‘ujamaa’? Absolutely!

Come noon today (June 19), www.cdcoshops.com opens as the online, buy-in portal for the first annual “Juneteenth Shop Black Virtual Experience.” Cynthia Daniels & Co. is driving this one-day shopping extravaganza. At its corps, the virtual event will highlight and celebrate African-American vendors and entrepreneurs...

Protests yield a like-father-like-sons story

Dr. Charles McKinney is an associate professor of history, teaching selected topics in Africana at Rhodes College. He enjoys the renown of a widely-sought speaker and a published author. But in 2014, the scholar was a grieved father. An 18-year-old Michael Brown had been killed by...

Poor People’s Campaign to move forward virtually after 57 years

Labor unions, religious organizations, faith and civic rights leaders, The Women’s March and numerous celebrities will gather virtually Saturday (June 20) for “The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.” The campaign is a “movement of tens of thousands of people across the...

Virtual gospel concert held to benefit scholarship fund at ‘The BLVD’

A star-studded spectacle of contemporary, uplifting gospel was recently attended by thousands. Its host? Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. “A Night of Hope” dazzled virtual attendees, who tuned in Friday, June 5. The event featured the popular stylings of three young gospel artists – Kierra “Ki-Ki” Sheard, Travis...

Back to Business Plan – Phase III – kicks in on Monday

Shelby County Health Department officials have determined that it’s safe to move to Phase III of the Back to Business Plan. Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter has said that after checking the data from the analysis of a spike referenced on Tuesday (an...

Virtually shopping ‘Black’ on Juneteenth

Black Restaurant Week 2020 the second week in March was on track to generate tens of thousands of dollars for African-American eateries. But a global helping of COVID-19 thwarted the fifth annual event. In a matter of days, life and dining changed. Cynthia Daniels & Co....

Activists meet with local mayors, police director

Both sides want “something better” for Memphis. That is the common ground that launched a meeting Wednesday involving some of the leaders of local protests and some local leaders. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, along with Police Director Michael Rallings, were...
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