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Best in Black Awards update

Best in Black Awards update

Well TSD family, we are out of the gates and running with the 2012 Best in Black Awards Memphis! The entire TSD staff and I are extremely excited about the community's response to this initiative and the forthcoming awards show on Aug. 30.

I want to provide you with a quick update:

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$225,000 federal grant for Binghampton and Frayser

$225,000 federal grant for Binghampton and Frayser

The Greater Memphis Partnership – a cross-sector partnership of local agencies – has been awarded $225,000 grant to help transform neighborhoods in Binghampton and Frayser.

The grant is through the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP), a component of the federal Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), a White House-led federal partnership launched by the Obama Administration in 2010 to help transform distressed neighborhoods. BNCP's intention is to create community-driven change in neighborhoods that have been facing barriers to revitalization.

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Students learning to ‘take off’ via Hyde-Park based program

Students learning to ‘take off’ via Hyde-Park based program

Kimberly McGrew
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

For some students and young adults in the Hyde Park neighborhood, the thought of one day flying an airplane or inventing a process that leads to them creating a business is a lot more real because of a program offered by Transformational Living Centers of Memphis.

Transformational Living Centers of Memphis (TLCOM) is a non-profit organization based in Hyde Park.

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Recount looms in Dist. 4

Recount looms in Dist. 4

Election Day (Aug. 2) unfolded with a pleasant feel for Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. and his wife, Sheila Whalum. Along the course of the day, they greeted voters, shaking hands and saying hello to old friends in what is now District 4 of the Shelby County School Board.

That evening, a gathering of family, friends and church members were in good spirits as Dr. Whalum, the pastor of The New Olivet Baptist Church, enjoyed a consistent lead as precincts sent in election results after polls closed at 7 p.m.

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Freedom Schools fortify, stimulate young scholars

Freedom Schools fortify, stimulate young scholars

by Kimberly McGrew and Jennifer Hogan

As students across the city try to find their back-to-school groove, 50 of them will be able to draw upon their summer experiences during the Memphis Urban League's third successful run of Freedom Schools at Klondike Elementary School.

With generous contributions from the Plough Foundation, the program was provided free of charge to 50 scholars. The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® program provides enrichment designed to help children develop a love of reading, increase their self-esteem, and develop a more positive attitude toward learning.

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Dream fulfilled: Leviticus Pointer takes over at Melrose High School

Dream fulfilled: Leviticus Pointer takes over at Melrose High School

by Andre Mitchell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Leviticus "Levi" Pointer walked the halls of Melrose High School as a freshman in 1984, graduating in 1989. On Monday morning (Aug. 6), he retraces those steps, this time as principal.

As he moves along, Pointer will carry with him thoughts of former principal LaVaughn Bridges and other Melrose principals, administrators and educators. He says their collective leadership and influence helped ignite and instill values and habits that remain within the hearts of the many "Golden Wildcats" who yielded to their tutelage.

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