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In search of the ‘State of Black Memphis’

State of Black America

Ask any member of the baby boomer generation for an opinion about millennials – especially blacks between the ages of 18-35 – and he or she may tell you that millennials are lazy, entitled and lacking the leadership skills to move the country towards economic prosperity and security.

Then, tell that person they clearly do not know a member of the Memphis Urban League of Young Professionals (MULYP).

What’s a ‘Healthy Church Fair’ and why does it keep happening?

Healthy Church

Before it unfolded at Breath of Life Christian Church last weekend, it had happened six times before in Greater Memphis since September, with plans to replicate it four more times by Nov. 8.

By name, they are known as Healthy Church Fairs. The sponsor – BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee – is determined to make them synonymous with service. All that the events have to offer were on display at Breath of Life Christian Church, located at 3795 Frayser-Raleigh Rd., on Oct. 18.

Staci Franklin: From diagnosis to mission


What could’ve been just a devastating diagnosis turned into a strengthening experience that led breast cancer survivor Staci Franklin to her current mission – spreading awareness and hope.

Five years into her mission, Franklin was mingling with guests and kicking it on the dance floor recently (Oct. 18) during A Pink Affair, a fundraiser sponsored by Staci & Friends for A Cure at The Bridges Center at 477 North Fifth Street. Her demeanor reflected what she wants women to know – that a breast cancer diagnosis does not have to be the end of the story.


Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.


* Boo! Ball
7pm-12am | Pink Palace Museum

* River Arts Fest
6pm | S. Main District

* Black Rock Revival
8pm | Minglewood Hall

Beale ceremony to note Floyd Newman’s legacy


Saxophonist, bandleader, and high school band instructor Floyd Newman will be celebrated with a note in the Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at The Band Box, 142 Beale Street.

Newman’s tremendous and lengthy list of accomplishments includes being the first musician B.B. King chose as a member of his first band. While working as bandleader at West Memphis’ famed Plantation Inn nightclub, he gave Isaac Hayes his first paying job in the music business and is credited with bringing Hayes to Stax Records.

Infant mortalilty rate hits record low in Shelby County, but…

infant imortality

With the good there often remains the specter of the bad and such is the case with the latest Shelby County figures on infant mortality.

For the first time in more than 100 years, the infant mortality (death) rate for Shelby County dropped to its lowest point on record, 9.2 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the Shelby County Health Department.

Local Ebola response part of ongoing preparation


Shelby County Health Department Director Yvonne Madlock says getting useful information to the public, physicians and other health care workers is essential when it comes to preparedness for the growing threat of the Ebola virus.

That objective drove a media briefing that Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. convened at the county’s Vasco Smith Administration building on Tuesday.

Family picnic attracts a positive-minded ‘mob’


A “mob” descended upon Audubon Park on Sunday (Oct. 19th) from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, this “mob” was not a group of violent individuals disturbing the peace but various people gathered together for free food, entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, bouncers for kids, and a good cause.

Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives, (F.F.U.N.) held its fifth annual Multicultural Unity in the Community Picnic. The theme of the picnic was “Celebrating Our Differences.”