Victor Hugo so eloquently stated, "All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come." Although I am sure he had no thoughts of the Memphis Black Expo at the time, there are no more appropriate words to describe this annual Memphis event that has become an anticipated tradition.
The Memphis Black Expo (MBX), the vision of Memphian Viara Boyd, is a celebration of culture, music/arts, business and food – all those things that uniquely represent black American culture, specifically black Memphis. In a city that has not always had the most positive self-image and happens to be 70 percent African American, events such as the MBX, intended to foster greater awareness, connectivity and positivity, serve as a catalyst for positive change. It is clearly about uplift and growth and who can be mad about that.
Boyd and her team accomplished all those things this past weekend, producing a synergy of events Friday through Sunday that generated a feel good vibe and shined a bright light on some of Memphis' and even the country's best!
U 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.
When Dayton squares off against Florida on Saturday at the FedExForum a trip to the Final Four will be on the line. Fans rooting for the Flyers and the Gators will be looking for an effective hookup and an enhanced mobile experience when they pull out their wireless devices to share the most exciting moments with friends and family.
No worries. AT&T has expanded its mobile Internet coverage at FedExForum, upgrading its Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to enhance the customer experience throughout the facility.
"We are able to attract big time sporting events like the NCAA tournament to Memphis because our facilities enable the full fan experience like handling tens of thousands of simultaneous tweets during games," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. "We want visitors to our city to be able to connect with family and friends and share the highlights from the games and the great atmosphere, entertainment and hospitality that Memphis offers."
Captain Anthony "Tony" Holder started to dream of flying at age seven. After watching an episode of "Superman" on his family's black and white TV, his imagination took flight. Using a bath towel as his cape, he opened the front window of their first-floor apartment in the Bronx, N.Y. and leaped from the building.
Fortunately, he wasn't hurt and decades later he still remembers that defining moment in the Throggs Neck public housing project.
Today, Holder is a FedEx Captain of the Boeing 777 jumbo jet, the world's largest twinjet, and he has traveled to nearly every corner of the earth. Currently serving his 35th year as a FedEx pilot, Holder has accumulated more than 20,000 hours of flying time and is in the upper echelon of experienced international airline pilots.
For the record, Edith Ann Moore is officially – and legally – a District 6 candidate for the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.
What a difference 8 days make.
On March 19th, the Shelby County Election Commission booted Moore off the ballot for the Democratic Primary. That came after looking into her residency and deciding on a 4-0 vote that Moore should be decertified.
On Wednesday (March 26th), Moore was back on the ballot thanks to a ruling by Chancery Court Judge Arnold B. Goldin.
The rift between U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and Randy Wade, the congressman's former district director, had been relatively quiet until it was reported in a story last week in The New Tri-State Defender that the congressman had filed an ethics complaint against Wade for using his congressional title to endorse a Tennessee state representative in his re-election bid.
The congressman did not file an ethics complaint, said Marilyn Dillihay, the congressman's chief of staff. In fact, Dillihay wants to set the record straight that she communicated with the House Committee on Ethics when she learned of Wade's endorsement of State Rep. G. A. Hardaway.
"I'm responsible for the ethics of this office," said Dillihay, noting that she drafted a letter to the ethics committee regarding a possible ethics violation on Wade's part and that the congressman only affixed his signature to it.
"If Steve didn't report on what Randy was doing, it would have been an ethics violation against the congressman. He has to report on activities in his office. So it had to be reported."
With ABC's "Good Morning America" among the flood of media outlets wanting him to give a fuller version of his reaction to being charged and arrested at Shelby County Juvenile Court Monday, Judge Joe Brown called The New Tri State Defender Tuesday morning just a bit after midnight to give his first full explanation of what he charges really spurred the incident.
Brown is running for Shelby County District Attorney in the upcoming Democratic Party Primary, with a one-on-one against incumbent Republican Amy Weirich a likely possibility. Soon after his arrest, the feedback included assertions that a stunt had been orchestrated to boost Brown's campaign.
"This was not a publicity stunt. This was the real Joe Brown in real time and in person," said Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson. "What this incident has really done has put Juvenile Court on blast to show people how the courts around here operate and how crucial it is for them to step forth and support these candidates. Just watch the facts."