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Writing for a ‘Princess’

by Pam Johnson FedEx.com/blog/mlk50 Imagine you’re a writer, and you get a call one day from a friend asking if you might be available to provide speech-writing assistance to a colleague of his.  And then imagine that the colleague turns out to be Yolanda Denise King,...

Memphis Urban League launches new Bernal E. Smith II Empowerment Center

Memphis Urban League, a non-profit, nonpartisan, community-based organization that provides direct services and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their full potential, has launched its Bernal E. Smith II Empowerment Center. The center is an extension of the the Memphis Urban League's “Save...

Yo Gotti brings Memphis to L.A. during All-Star Weekend

Memphis rapper Yo Gotti, put on a $5 concert on Saturday at The Novo by Microsoft in Los Angeles during NBA AllStar Weekend. The Novo is located in the L.A. LIVE complex, which many refer to as the center of the entertainment world. The entertaining lineup...

From Memphis to Wakanda and back – for a visit

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Carrie Annie Bernans is living proof that there is a path that connects Memphis to Wakanda, the fictional African nation in the Marvel box office smash “Black Panther.” A University of Memphis alum, Bernans has a role as one of the female warriors in the...

‘It’s time,’ says Rep. Turner in deciding not to run for re-election

Rep. Johnnie Turner (District 85) is very much familiar with the Memphis Branch office of the NAACP on Vance Ave. For a dozen-plus years, she was the group's executive director, working out of the office in service to the community. On Friday morning, Turner made...

Stepping out in style to see ‘Black Panther’

The beat of African drums performed by Kindred Spirit and African cuisine prepared by two of Memphis' premiere chefs was part of a premiere showing of "Black Panther" at the Malco Cordova Cinema Thursday evening. The Redwing Group coordinated the rich cultural experience, along with others...

Add Evvie McKinney’s name to the list of best-ever attractions at Handy Park

Evvie McKinney was her absolute at-home best during a welcoming reception at Handy Park on Beale St. Thursday afternoon. Fresh off of her winning performance on the finale of Fox's "The Four," McKinney strode onto the stage at Handy Park just as she is: a...

State report: No violation of open meetings law in moving of Confederate statues

Despite continued criticism from some quarters and a nagging lawsuit, the City of Memphis has steadfastly maintained that it obeyed the law in selling two city parks and clearing the way for the removal of three controversial statues saluting Confederate-era figures. Now the Tennessee Comptrollers’...

Jackson takes his Tennessee tour to TSU for a special ‘Conversation’

by Emmanuel Freeman TSU News Service NASHVILLE – The Rev. Jesse Jackson, renowned civil rights and social justice crusader, discussed voter registration, education, poverty and the commemoration of Black History Month during a forum at Tennessee State University on Tuesday. TSU President Glenda Glover organized the forum,...

LEGACY: Geneva Cooper dies at 103

Geneva Cooper, one of the first African-American librarians in Memphis, passed away Tuesday morning. She was 103. Ms. Cooper worked at the Vance Avenue Branch starting in 1947. The library was renamed the Cornelia Crenshaw Memorial Library in honor of community activist Cornelia Crenshaw in...
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