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weekend 600U Can of Memphis presents 'Let's Rap' panel discussion

U Can of Memphis presents the "Let's Rap" Dream Big Empowerment Panel Discussion at the House of Mtzenzi Museum at 1289 Madison Ave. on Saturday (March 29th).

The goal of "Let's Rap" is to give teens a creative outlet to unplug hidden talents and discuss today's issues.

Saturday's event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be hosted by James Wesby, co-founder/VP Business Development, Blocally.

Panelists include: Cynthia Daniels, president, Memphis Urban League Young Professions; Bernal E. Smith II, president/publisher, The New Tri-State Defender; Cathy Walton, state director of SCORE and owner of Bounce-N-Fun Events; Summer Owens, author, founder of "S.O. What"; Audrey P. Jones, CEO/co-founder of Kids360; and Marcus Dorris, owner of the Evergreen Grill.

For more information, call 901-262-8642; visit www.ucanofmemphis.org.

Mitchell High School State Championship Basketball Celebration

Mitchell High School will host the celebration of its first state basketball championship on Saturday, beginning with a parade at 10 a.m.

The parade will begin at the corner of Third St. and Mitchell on the Northwest end near Crystal Palace skating ring. The program will start at 11 a.m.

The special guests will include local elected and appointed officials, Hall of Fame coaches from Mitchell High; and former professional and college basketball players from the school. Other attractions will include The Corvette Club, The Camaro Club, Chickasaw Middle School Band, Geeter Middle School Band, Ford Road Elementary drummers, majorette teams and several other performance teams.

Aspire to give parents head start in the enrollment process

Aspire Public Schools is giving parents a head start in the 2014-15 enrollment process by hosting a a community BBQ and pre-registration fair at Coleman Elementary on Saturday (March 29th) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"We're always engaging the communities we are in," said Allison Leslie, executive director of Memphis Aspire Public Schools. "It's an important part of our educational model to be an active part of the community and learn about the students and families we are serving."

The fair is free and open to the public. There will be food, children's activities and opportunities to meet Aspire staff and the 2014-15 principal, Owen Ricciardi. "I'm looking forward to being a part of a community with a rich heritage and history. We're going to be working hard to ensure a quality education for the students of Raleigh. I'm truly honored to be a part of what's going on here," says Ricciardi.

Parents are also welcomed to pre-register their children for the 2014-15 school year by bringing proof of residency (two forms), birth certificate, social security card and TN certificate of health immunization. Aspire was named as the charter operator of Coleman in December 2013 by the Tennessee Achievement School District.

A prayer breakfast for the 'Sake of Our Children'

My Leading Young Lady, Inc., a non-profit designed to equip and prepare young women 9-18 years of age and position them to become leading young women of tomorrow, will host a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday (March 29th) at the Hickory Hill Town Centre, 6075 Winchester Rd. The theme: "For the Sake of Our Children."

"Our children are vexed and burdened with all kinds of societal problems that often prevent them from realizing their goal and potential in life. With such a heavy load to carry, many of them consequently become victims and bound to a system that suppresses creativity and growth. It is our hope that we can make a difference in the lives of these children," said Jaria Sharkey, executive director of MLYL.

The prayer breakfast will provide opportunities for children to socialize, pray together and enjoy the camaraderie of each other, "as we seek to elevate them in society by mentoring them in a number of areas that is conducive to their growth," said Sharkey.

Winston Stewart, a prolific gospel keyboardist, writer, producer and former member of the soul, R&B funk group The Bar-Kays, will provide music. Ladell Beamon, the CEO of Heal the Hood Foundation, will be the guest speaker.

Tickets to the prayer breakfast are $25 per person and can be purchased at www.myleadingyounglady.org. For more information, call Jaria Sharkey at 901.462.5239.

BRIEFLY: Learn more about building a small business team this Saturday, March 29th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during a business seminar titled "The Team" at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library at 3030 Poplar Ave. Seating is limited. Call 901-795-0050 to reserve a seat.

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