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‘I just didn’t expect to see five Black faces’

by Rep. Antonio Parkinson -- The recent tragedy involving Tyre Nichols has been weighing on my mind. I’ve seen too many stories in the last several years about African Americans unjustly murdered by police. You can recite the names as well as I can: George Floyd, Breonna...

Youth violence: Saving our legacies with a bottom-up approach

by Dr. Bobbie Shaw-Hunter -- At Churches-Families And Communities Together (C-FACT) National Training Institute, research-based, cultural, and family engagement approaches are used to address the multiple factors that impact youth violence and promote positive youth development and well-being. As executive director, I believe that effective and...

Youth violence: ‘We must focus on a collaborative public health approach’ to this matter

by Charlie Caswell Jr. -- It is no secret we have an epidemic of youth violence shifting to a pandemic. This is the case I have been sharing for more than seven years, as I have worked with many stakeholders to try to help mitigate Adverse...

Teaching abroad – not for the faint at heart; definitely worth the experience

by Angela Sargent -- It was Sept. 1, and we had been involved in eight weeks of intense professional development. We had been trained on everything from the employee handbook to the school curriculum. Surprisingly, it was the same curriculum we used in my former school...

My St. Jude race experience: running for the children was good for my health

Brittany Holst -- It had been three years since I last took part in a St. Jude Memphis Marathon, so I was happy to join the 20,000 participants this year. On Saturday (Dec. 3), I walked and jogged in the 5k (3.1 miles) run event for...

Whitehaven Christmas Parade – Back in stride again!

Bowing to safety protocols during the height of the pandemic, the Christmas Parade in Whitehaven had been a no-show since 2019. Like old times – only better – many said as the parade unfolded amid chilly tempers and the warm hearts of the Whitehaven community...

AKWAABA…Welcome Home! My journey to the Motherland

by Beverly H. Anderson -- I was returning home. I left Memphis Sept. 23, a Friday, for a 10-hour flight, 12-day experience to Ghana, West Africa. My homecoming came via the Sankofa Tour, an international service trip of the International Women of Color Committee of Zeta Phi...

My 30-day intro to Egypt: Exhilaration, exhaustion and a ‘Mummy Tummy’ lesson

by Angela Sargent -- My first 30 days in Egypt were a roller coaster. The adventure began as soon as I arrived at an airport packed with people speaking different languages. I was met by a concierge, who escorted me quickly through customs and baggage claim....

Want to change the dynamic for mom & pop shops? Try a community development financial institution

by Jacqueline Johnson -- My business could have gone under during the COVID pandemic – not due to the pandemic, but because many small, locally-owned businesses in underserved areas typically have a tough time getting equal access to funding. But River City Capital, a community development...

‘Meet the Snows’ in Memphis

Among the hot independent films of 2022 is “Meet the Snows,” which combines art and entertainment to create social awareness around human trafficking in one grand performance. “Meet The Snows” will be screened Thursday (October 27) at 7 p.m. at The Wolfchase Cinema located at...