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THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW: ‘The Kerner Fiftieth’ at the NCRM

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As a part of the Catalyst for Change Distinguished Speaker Series, the National Civil Rights Museum will host a conversation with Dr. Alan Curtis on Thursday, January 10, at 6pm. Curtis’ message, “The Kerner Fiftieth” will examine the state of the nation 50 years...

Nashville man may be first released via new First Step Act

by JULIETA MARTINELLI / WLPN One of the first prisoners to be released under a new criminal justice reform law is Matthew Charles, a Tennessee man first profiled by WPLN in December 2017. Charles was serving another decade behind bars, but Thursday morning his sentence was unexpectedly reduced to time...

THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW: MLGW revving up Power of Warmth Program

MLGW is once again teaming up with the Neighborhood Christian Centers to assist qualified low-income seniors and disabled residents of Shelby County through the Power of Warmth Program. The MLGW program provides space heaters and electric blankets to eligible MLGW customers. The Neighborhood Christian Centers will...

Kwanzaa in Memphis: Kuumba (creativity) observance to accent day 6

Kuumba (creativity) -- the sixth principle in the Nguzo Saba -- will be celebrated at the Java Complex, 1423 Elvis Presley Blvd., as the 2018-19 observance of Kwanzaa continues on Monday evening (Dec. 31). The Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. celebration of Kuumba is sponsored by Johari...

The beat goes on during Kwanzaa

With Ujomo (unity) and Kujichagulia (self determination) noted during the first two days of Kwanzaa, the seven-day observance rolled on to Ujima (collective work and responsibility) with observances on Friday. The celebration of Ujima included a Mid-South Kwanzaa Inc. evening observance at Exum Towers, 3155 Sharpe....

Kwanzaa celebration underway with Umoja (unity) focus

The 2018-19 celebration of Kwanzaa got underway on Wednesday. Built around the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba, the first day's focus was Umoja (Unity). There were multiple Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. observances. An afternoon celebration at the Board of Education was sponsored along with Shelby...

NBA teams score a slam dunk with social media

by Nielsen The National Basketball Association (NBA) and its member teams are often recognized in the sports business community as innovators in fan engagement. The league and teams have embraced the use of social media channels to keep fans interested through behind-the-scenes access, game highlights,...

Happy Kwanzaa in Memphis 2018-19

Celebrating family, community and culture will be the focus of the Kwanzaa celebration sponsored by Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. DAY 1: Umoja (Unity) Wed., Dec. 26 10 a.m. – Auction Block (Auction St. and Main St.) 2 p.m. – Board of Education Auditorium. Sponsored by Shelby County...

Mistake-prone Grizzlies fizzle late against Kings

Loss number five in a row was a mistake-heavy mess as the Memphis Grizzlies surrendered a fourth quarter lead, succumbing to a Sacramento Kings rally in a 102-99 defeat on the road. “At the end of the game we made too many mistakes defensively,” Memphis...

LEGACY: Services set for O.C. Pleasant Jr.

Services for long-serving former Shelby County Election Commission Chairman O. C. Pleasant Jr. have been set for Dec. 21-22. Pleasant, also widely known for his work as part of the Memphis Branch NAACP executive committee, passed away last Sunday. He was 76. On Dec. 21 from...