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In a manner of speaking, former champ hits home

In a manner of speaking, former champ hits home

I was very impressed with former boxing champ Roy Jones Jr.'s message to the children at the Lester Community Center at 317 Tillman last Friday (Dec. 28).

Jones, the only professional boxer to successfully journey from light middleweight to heavyweight champion of the world, told his young audience – boys and girls – how inspirational his grandmother was in his upbringing. She was the person he most wanted to impress.

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‘Dialogue with Deidre’ joins MUTV1

‘Dialogue with Deidre’ joins MUTV1

"Dialogue with Deidre" is the newest show on the only African-American network in the city, MUTV1.

The show, which will air weekly on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. on Cable's Channel 31, features Deidre Malone, former Shelby County Commissioner and owner of the Carter Malone Group, one of the city's major public relations firms.

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Kwanzaa Memphis (2012-13)

Kwanzaa Memphis (2012-13)

Kwanzaa (or Kwaanza), which acknowledges, honors and salutes African-American heritage, is observed Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. First observed Dec. 26, 1966 to Jan. 1, 1967, it's founder, Ron Karenga, has described it as the African-American branch of "first fruits" celebrations with classical African cultural roots.

The seven-day cultural celebration is anchored by the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba, with a focus on a different principle each day.

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TSD ushers in holiday parade’s downtown return

TSD ushers in holiday parade’s downtown return

The TSDMemphis.com Holiday Parade – a new vision for The New Tri-State Defender – was launched Saturday (Dec. 22) and planning for year two already is underway.

"It was an awesome success," said TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II, who came up with the idea of reviving the downtown tradition of a holiday parade.

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Top scores a family matter for MCS couple

Top scores a family matter for MCS couple

Bryan and Daphne Wilson share more than a marital bond. They are both among a distinguished group of 1500 Memphis City Schools (MCS) teachers who netted a top score on new teacher evaluation.

Bryan teaches 7th grade social studies at Wooddale Middle School, and Daphne, a teacher for nearly seven years, teaches 8th grade language arts at Airways Middle School.

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Happy Kwanzaa!

Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa (or Kwaanza), which acknowledges, honors and salutes African-American heritage, is observed Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. First observed Dec. 26, 1966 to Jan. 1, 1967, it's founder, Ron Karenga, has described it as the African-American branch of "first fruits" celebrations with classical African cultural roots.

For 30-plus years, Memphis-area observances were spearheaded by the late Adjua Naantaanbuu, who encouraged celebrants to live out the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles of Kwanzaa) every day.

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