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Lunch & Learn! session will get down to business

Lunch & Learn! session will get down to business

Andrea Johnson, owner of The Bubble Bistro, and James Wesby, creator of Blocally, will be the guest speakers during Networking in Memphis' Lunch & Learn!

The networking event is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alcenia's Southern Cuisine, at 317 N. Main St. It is sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender.

Johnson will speak on "Women in Business." Wesby will detail "The Must Have App for Black-Owned Businesses."

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Memphis labor-case namesake reaps D.C. honor

Memphis labor-case namesake reaps D.C. honor

Sheila Parrish White – whose name will forever be linked to railroads, discrimination and the U.S. Supreme Court – was honored for her commitment to justice in Washington, D.C. this week.

Congressman Steve Cohen, who noted White's "dedication to the cause of justice," presented her with a book – "Women of Congress." During a conversation, the two discussed the myriad contributions women have made to the development of the nation.

White of Memphis is the central figure in what is known as the Sheila White Anti-Workplace Retaliation Act. She was the plaintiff in the landmark case, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Co. v. White, 548 U.S. 53 (2006).

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Dewanna Lofton is Memphis’ new public information officer

Dewanna Lofton is Memphis’ new public information officer

Dewanna Lofton, who has 25-plus years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, public relations, project management, consulting and marketing, has been named the City of Memphis' new public information officer.

Lofton's background includes tenures as a business reporter with the major daily newspapers of Memphis, Jackson, Miss., and Columbia and Myrtle Beach, S. Car. Shel also has been a reporter and producer with news stations in Jackson, Miss. and Greenwood, Miss., where she was born.

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Is Memphis sleeping on millions in farmers’ suit?

Is Memphis sleeping on millions in farmers’ suit?

African Americans in Memphis are missing out on potential millions in funds from the $1.25 billion lawsuit fund pool created to pay families of farmers discriminated against by the Department of Agriculture.

So says Thomas Burrell, president of the Memphis arm of the Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association, Inc.

On Monday (March 25), Burrell will conduct the final workshop seeking fund applicants. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Marriott.

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Pam McKelvy – back, blessed and committed

Pam McKelvy – back, blessed and committed

When it's your time, you will shine, and one of Action News Five's newest anchors, Pam McKelvy, is doing just that.

McKelvy is a prime example of how life can be great even after your life has been shaken. That truism hit home for McKelvy when she encountered what she describes as the hardest time in her life – the discovery that she had breast cancer.

Now, not only is McKelvy a breast cancer survivor, she's also the mother of an autistic seven-year-old son, Ian. Along the way, her faith has been a constant companion.

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WOE gala at Memphis Botanic Garden April 27

WOE gala at Memphis Botanic Garden April 27

The New Tri-State Defender will host its 6th annual Women of Excellence (WOE) Champagne Brunch and Awards Celebration on April 27th at the Memphis Botanic Garden, a beautiful and elegant spring setting for the annual celebration.

The 2013 edition of WOE will recognize and honor the achievements, contributions and work of outstanding African-American women from the Greater Memphis community.

Each year, the response from TSD's readership and the community at large has gotten bigger and better. This year is no different.

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Superintendent? Weigh in on what you want

Superintendent? Weigh in on what you want

Running a school district under any circumstances is no easy go and even less so when that district is the recently merged product of two systems. Simply put, that person will need to have some serious skills, along with a toolbox full of top-shelf characteristics.

Faced with finding a superintendent to run the merged Memphis City Schools-Shelby County Schools system, The Shelby County Board of Education (SCBE) reached for the help of PROACT Search. Now the board is reaching for more help – public input.

So, next week the SCBE will host two gatherings to give the public a chance to weigh in on the needed skills and characteristics of the new superintendent.

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