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A ‘Whole’ in one

nicole baskin-160Imagine giving of yourself in a faraway land, across time zones, languages and cultures. Upon return from duty you are now cloaked in layers of challenges that include homelessness, disabilities, lack of viable employment and skill sets. This is what countless war veterans face nationwide.

In Memphis alone there are over 2,000 displaced U.S. veterans equaling one third of the homeless population in the metro area.

Now picture an entity, a house of sorts with a welcome mat that lists everything the house encompasses. The components of the list are not all tangible but all are essential ingredients for being a whole, well-rounded member of society. Inside the house are education, stability, caring hearts, a comfortable place to rest and nourishment for your mind as well as your body.

Surprise! Republican’s tribute rocks Democrats’ Herenton roast

herentonroast-1-600The Shelby County Democratic Party's Inaugural Roast presented Saturday (Sept. 28th) at the Colonial Country Club proved to be a bang up success, featuring a surprise turn at the mike by former Republican City Councilman Brent Taylor that "turned the joint out."

Honoring Dr. Willie W. Herenton, Taylor stole the show as one of more than a dozen Herenton colleagues and friends assembled for the night.

Or, as toastmaster Judge Joe Brown put it, "An elephant came up in here and kicked some donkey butt!"

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Healthcare Marketplace now open

1healthcareIMG-600It's here. Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace debuted today (oct. 1), meaning that most Tennesseans who are uninsured can begin shopping in the new online destination.

Starting today through the end of March, individual and family policies will be available via the Marketplace. For those who enroll by Dec. 15, coverage starts Jan. 1.

The Marketplace – a part of the Affordable Care Act – has been described as "a one stop shop to find and compare private health insurance options." In Memphis and Shelby County, efforts are underway to heighten awareness.

TSD scores with BEST IN BLACK Awards II

BIB-Celebration-600The sights and sounds of the 2013 Best in Black Awards hosted by The New Tri-State Defender echoed through the FedExForum on Saturday night.

"I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of positive posts following the 2nd Annual Best in Black Awards," TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II shouted out on Facebook.

"I want to congratulate all of our winners and finalists and thank everyone that attended. Your presence contributed to an incredible evening of celebration. I am looking (forward) to an even grander event in 2014!"

 

Project Homeless Connect – fired-up outreach

Homeless-1-600For servant hearts, filling an expansive room at Cook Convention Center with warmth merited the effort.

Project Homeless Connect – sponsored by FedEx Cares – was full throttle last Thursday (Sept. 19th), with hundreds of needy Memphians receiving assistance and resources.

"This is really a blessing, what y'all are doing for us," one patron told a volunteer. "We really need the help."

Dozens of agencies and service providers collaborated to offer health screenings, housing resources, job search information, IDs, free haircuts, and various other services. Volunteers, about 130 of them, greeted the attendees, ushering them to the source of help that most matched the need.

Artists mesh talent to create calendar and help others

calendarguysandgal-600Three Memphis artists are using their creativity to showcase their talents and help others. Author Alice Faye Duncan, "green" artist Frank D. Robinson Jr. and graphic designer Terry L. Griffin have collaborated to produce the first issue of the World Wall Calendar.

The 2014 Word calendar, which sells for $7, is now available online at www.museumcreations.com. One dollar of each calendar sold through January will benefit Caritas Village, where Frank Robinson serves as artist-in-residence. Copies of the calendar signed by Robinson are also available.

Duncan conceived the idea and identified the empowering words and Bible verses assigned to each month. Robinson illustrated all of the words and artwork. (And yes, he did it all on recycled cardboard from his Binghampton studio.) Griffin, a branding consultant and 19-year veteran of the Memphis design community, designed the calendar, creating a very sleek black and white presentation.

‘Best in Black’ II to be a dynamic affair Saturday

Best-In-Black-600After a robust two weeks of online voting, the results have been tabulated for The New Tri-State Defender's 2nd Annual Best in Black Awards.

On Saturday at the FedExForum, the winners will be revealed during a gala affair spotlighting area favorites among African-American businesses, community organizations and entrepreneurs.

TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II said 125,800 votes were cast at www.bestinblackawards.com from Sept. 11th through the Sept. 22 cutoff. The voting followed a two-week nomination period that yielded nearly 700 nominations (more than double last year) across 57 categories.

LEGACY: Fannie Cole Clark

Fannie-Clark-400tAs an elementary school teacher, Fannie Cole Clark noticed that one of her pupils would often fall asleep during classes. Rather than belittle her student, Clark pulled him aside and learned that he was helping support his family by throwing newspapers before daybreak.

Taking matters into her own hands, Clark bought a mat and each morning allowed the student to take a nap in the back of the room. She also worked with him privately, helping him catch up on assignments. As a result, the student went on to excel in his studies.

" Fannie Clark approached every task with passion and enthusiasm – whether it was teaching in the classroom, producing a music concert, or hosting pre-election forums to enable citizens to hear directly from candidates from all political parties," said her niece, Janas Jackson. "She was also keenly sensitive to the needs of others."