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* Street Warz
8:30pm | Memphis International Raceway
* Chuckles Comedy House Presents: DL Hughley
10pm | Chuckles Comedy House

Farewell to the rhythm man – Mabon ‘Teeni’ Hodges

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Scores of music industry friends and fans came out on Saturday (July 6th) to a memorial celebration at the Gibson Guitar Factory to honor one of the most gifted musicians of the classic Memphis soul era, Mabon “Teenie” Hodges.
Hodges, who died in June, was one of 11 kids born to Rosie and Leroy Hodges Sr., a musician who gifted his kids with his talent and drive. Just as Motown’s core house band became known as The Funk Brothers, several of the Hodges brothers earned their own moniker as the house band for the Hi Records label. 
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Brooks standing tall in Juvenile Court Clerk quest

“It’s time to quit playing games and focus on the issues, fixing what’s wrong with Juvenile Court,” said Michael Todd, an organizer of a group called Men For Henri Brooks.
Brooks wants to be Juvenile Court Clerk. Now that the Shelby County Commission has voted to accept a recent Chancery Court ruling that the commission’s move to oust her was based on flimsy evidence alluding to her not living in the district, supporters such as Todd are shifting into full-speed-ahead gear.
With early voting set to begin July 18th at the Election Commission office Downtown and July 21st at the satellite sites, Todd has swiftly corralled more than 50 community members so far.
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At home on ‘the edge’

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There wasn’t much that Glynn Johns Reed didn’t do when it came to promoting cultural awareness and providing a template for business owners and entrepreneurs to showcase their products. Her efforts led to the birth of the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival, the It’s All About Raleigh newsletter, and the Black Pages New Orleans business magazine. 
Reed was known for motivating people and empowering them as well. She understood the importance of celebrating her ethnicity and the African-American culture, often introducing herself in the “movement” community as Ayola, her “freedom name.” 
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Showtime at the Hattiloo begins with ‘Once On This Island’

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‘Once On This Island’ is billed as a “highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid’ and it’s booked as the grand opening performance for the Hattiloo Theatre at Overton Square.
With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and composed by Stephen Flaherty, “Once On This Island” begins July 18th and runs through Aug. 3rd. 
“We really want to open our doors wide to all of Memphis and Shelby County,” said Ekundayo Bandele, Hattiloo’s founder and artistic director.

#901Choice2014 – a social media targeted forum

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Following a May primary that saw just 17 percent of registered voters participate, including only 4 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 35, The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) and Social Change with a Twist (SCWT) decided to collaborate to produce a unique platform for voter engagement.
Making use of social media reach and engagement, #901Choice2014 (hashtag901Choice2014) is designed to touch younger potential voters and to attract them to at least tune in via social media platforms, if not attend the actual candidates’ forum.

TSD opens nominations for 2014 Best in Black Awards

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Each summer since 2012 Memphians have had a chance to weigh in on naming the “best” across a wide spectrum of business and individual categories. Their choices reflect answers to questions such as these:
Who has the best hot wings in Memphis? What about Soul food? What is the Best Barber Shop in Memphis? Who’s the best personal trainer? Best Choir? Best Radio Personality? How about Beauty Salon? What Nail Salon tops all others? 
By way of the third annual Best In Black Awards hosted by The New Tri-State Defender, the public again has the opportunity to nominate and subsequently choose their favorites based upon their experiences and opinions. Nominations, which are now open, will close on July 18th. Voting kicks off on July 21st and ends at midnight on August 5th.



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Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular
9pm | Riverside
Southaven’s July 4th Celebration
7:30pm | 6285 Snowden Lane