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Group moves to put Whitehaven at front of get-fit Memphis push

Councilman Harold Collins and the Whitehaven French Riviera Spa are hosting a Whitehaven health and awareness event in which health, fitness and education are the focus. Whitehaven Health and Fitness Day is set for Saturday (June 23) from 8 a.m. until noon.

The parking lot of the Whitehaven Plaza will be transformed into an outdoor fitness center, where there will be spinning, line dancing, Zumba, weight lifting and Yoga classes.


BRIEFS & THINGS: 100 Black Women plan “Sisters’ Keeper” Financial Bootcamp

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Inc., Memphis Chapter is sponsoring its first "Sisters' Keeper" Financial Bootcamp for African-American women, beginning July 2 at Literacy Mid-South.

The Sisters' Keeper program is a six-week, structured financial bootcamp designed to assist African-American women with establishing and living on a budget, developing good saving and investment practices, and understanding and managing credit and debt.


Sexual health education – is MCS doing enough?

The results of the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that Memphis City Schools high school students are more likely to have had sexual experience, more likely to have had intercourse with four or more persons and less likely to have used birth control since the survey was last conducted in 2009.

The survey – released this week – is a national school-based tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and conducted by local education and health agencies.


Pastor takes lead in promoting men’s health

Pastor takes lead in  promoting men’s health

Just a simple blood test – prick of the needle, a vial to receive the specimen, and it's over, almost as quickly as it began.

The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test is generally used to detect prostate cancer in men 50 years of age and older. Early detection can make the difference between surviving the disease and succumbing.

"Men's health is so important because we just don't get checked out like we should," said the Rev. Bartholomew Orr, senior pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, Miss.


  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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MCS tech camp prepares students for future

MCS tech camp prepares students for future

by Christian Ross
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

For many people, the term "Web 2.0" might as well be foreign language.

But for hundreds of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools students who took part in the 2012 Got Tech summer camp, Web 2.0 meant taking a glimpse at future career options.

In its fourth year, Got Tech teaches students to explore the world of technology. Students spent a week creating blogs, podcasting and even tried their hands at video production.


LEGACY: Morgan Abudu Mukarram

LEGACY: Morgan Abudu Mukarram

Well-known and respected local photographer Abudu Mukarram was buried on Monday, June 11, not long after suffering a brain aneurysm from which his body could not recover.

Born Morgan Murrell, he changed his name to reflect his faith in Islam, and was joined in this decision by his wife, Rukiya Jean, who is left to cherish his memory, along with their sons, Diyan Ijaaz and Jibril Riyaad.


  • Written by Tony Jones
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