Shelby County Government Division of Community Services, Mayor Lee Harris and Kroger are partnering to provide food and essential items to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic with funds approved by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to establish the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Program. Approximately 300 food and essential boxes were handed out during the distribution at Agricenter International last Thursday. (Photo: Brian Ramoly)

Feeding those in need, services for Dr. Hooks, Coming: Ice Cube’s NNPA exclusive, COVID-19 by the numbers; AAC update and today’s music video vibe: Erykah Badu’s “On & On.”


Services Saturday for Dr. Mose Yvonne Hooks

In 2016, Dr. Mose Yvonne Hooks shared with the Memphis in May board her experience as a founding board member 40 years earlier. (Facebook)

Services for Dr. Mose Yvonne Hooks — teacher, professor, superintendent and educational advocate — have been set for Saturday (May, 23) at Mt Olive CME Church, 538 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Ave.

Visitation for Dr. Hooks, who died last Friday (May 15), will begin at 10 a.m. The funeral is slated for 11 a.m. Attendees are asked to wear masks and observe Centers for Disease Control social distancing guidelines, maintaining a space of six feet from other attendees at all times.

N.J. Ford and Sons has charge.
Plan ahead: Ice Cube to speak to the Black Press of America for NNPA exclusive


On Thursday (May 21) at noon CT, Ice Cube will sit for an exclusive interview with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The discussion will be broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube ( and and archived to various platforms, including Facebook, YouTube and

“The NNPA is pleased and excited to do this live stream with our Brother Leader Ice Cube on behalf of the Black Press of America,” said Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA president and CEO.

“Cube continues to spit truth to power in his lyrics, videos, music and the genius of his creative talent and high energy. In addition to learning more about his latest project, our discussion is especially important in light of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and the increased racial tension between African Americans and the police.” READ MORE

COVID-19 by the numbers

The number of COVID-19 cases increased by 128 over a 24-hour period, a health official said today (Wednesday), adding that the jump was “no cause for alarm.”

While COVID -19 cases rose to 4,005, the boost could possibly be attributed to Mother’s Day exposure this past weekend or case clusters from nursing homes, according to Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter.

Memphis and Shelby County moved to Phase II of the Back To Business Plan on Monday. That phase, which is projected to be in effect for 21 days, raised the maximum number of persons allowed to gather from 10 to 50. Businesses such as nail salons, tattoo parlors and spas were given the OK to reopen adhering to guidelines.

Additional businesses, such as museums, some attractions and some contact sports facilities were also given the nod to open.

The COVID-19 death toll in Shelby County is 90. That represents an increase of two since Tuesday.


AAC announces formation of COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group

The American Athletic Conference has announced the formation of a COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, which comprises medical professionals from each of the Conference’s member institutions. The group is chaired by Dr. Greg Stewart, director of sports medicine at Tulane University.

“There is no more important task ahead of us than protecting the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials, support staff and fans as we contemplate the reopening of our fall sports,” said Commissioner Mike Aresco.

“We look forward to providing our schools with guidance, assistance, recommendations and best practices and protocols for a safe return to competition for student-athletes, while also protecting the health and safety of administrators, support staff, officials and fans,” said Dr. Stewart

The Advisory Group will address the unique challenges that The American and its colleagues in other conferences will be facing if, and when, there is a return to competition in all sports. Among these will be critical questions involving testing, tracing, sanitation, hygiene, and practice and training guidelines as well as protocols for dealing with COVID-19 positive cases. The Advisory Group will work closely with the Conference membership to develop and disseminate health and safety best practices and recommendations.

The American Athletic Conference previously announced the cancellation of all athletic competition and championships for the remainder of the 2020 spring season and suspended all in-person athletic activities through May 31. In addition, the 2020 American Summer Kickoff and Media Days will be held virtually at a date to be determined.



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