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Flu shot time is now!

needleinarm-500Influenza vaccine is now available at all of the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) clinics. It is not too early to receive the vaccination.

Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for everyone six months and older, including school-aged children, who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill or transmitting it to others. The vaccine is especially recommended for the following persons who are at increased risk for severe complications associated with influenza:

• Pregnant women

• People 50 years of age and older

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Memphis Urban League looks within for new president, CEO

UrbanleagueSesley-275The Board of Directors of the Memphis Urban League has appointed Tonja Sesley-Baymon president and chief executive officer of the 70-year-old Memphis Urban League.

Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with MUL for 8 years, took the helm Oct. 2, succeeding Tomeka Hart. She previously served as the Urban League's program director,

"Her proven dedication, leadership and expertise are what's needed to build upon the Memphis Urban League's ultimate mission of assisting African Americans, the underserved and economically disadvantaged to expand economic opportunities, and secure parity, power and civil rights," said Marsh R. Campbell, chair of the Memphis Urban League Board of Directors.

The Board, said Campbell, anticipates "great leadership during her tenure."

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SOUTH MEMFix!

sMemphix-1-600Have you ever walked past a building or a street or a neighborhood that has seen better days and imagined what it could be like if someone were to infuse it with some new life?

That is exactly what is going to happen at the iconic intersection of Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Street, home to the famous Fourway Restaurant, on Saturday (Oct. 12th) when SOUTH MEMFix puts a new face on it from noon until 6 p.m.

A project of the Bloomberg Foundation-funded Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team, SOUTH MEMFix is a short-term, community driven effort that will allow residents and visitors to experience how small, well-coordinated investments in the area can lead to big changes for the community. Developed by local businesses, residents, and community stakeholders, the free event will temporarily activate a one-block area around the intersection and showcase opportunities for the historic neighborhood.

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Akbari for Dems in District 91

akbari-400The number one choice of almost 28 percent of those who voted, attorney Raumesh A. Akbari emerged the winner Tuesday night of the Democratic Primary for the District 91 House of Representatives seat long synonymous with the late Lois DeBerry.

DeBerry's death from pancreatic cancer earlier this year prompted the special election, which stimulated 1,812 voters to weigh in at the polls to see what Democrat would get the go-ahead to face Independent candidate James L. Tomasik when the general election rolls around on Nov. 21. No Republicans sought the position.

Akbari tallied 502 votes, outpacing runner-up Terrica Lamb (399) and Kemba Ford (355). Others in the race were Doris DeBerry-Bradshaw, Joshua R. Forbes, Clifford Lewis and Kermit Moore.

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Health fair a ‘principle’ matter for Memphis Kwanzaa International

memp-kwanzaa-health-400Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia, (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith)
– Seven principles of Kwanzaa (African American holiday, Dec. 26-Jan 1.

For 34 years, Memphis Kwanzaa International has been dedicated to providing health, culture and education to the community using the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The organization, which was founded by the late Adjua Naantaanbuu, is run by her daughter, Dr. Kaia Naantaanbuu, and now is in full-speed execution mode for its Annual Fall Health Fair.

Held in connection with the University of Tennessee, the health fair event will be held Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Memphis Kwanzaa International center located at 1549 Elvis Presley Blvd.

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A ‘Whole’ in one

nicole baskin-160Imagine giving of yourself in a faraway land, across time zones, languages and cultures. Upon return from duty you are now cloaked in layers of challenges that include homelessness, disabilities, lack of viable employment and skill sets. This is what countless war veterans face nationwide.

In Memphis alone there are over 2,000 displaced U.S. veterans equaling one third of the homeless population in the metro area.

Now picture an entity, a house of sorts with a welcome mat that lists everything the house encompasses. The components of the list are not all tangible but all are essential ingredients for being a whole, well-rounded member of society. Inside the house are education, stability, caring hearts, a comfortable place to rest and nourishment for your mind as well as your body.

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Surprise! Republican’s tribute rocks Democrats’ Herenton roast

herentonroast-1-600The Shelby County Democratic Party's Inaugural Roast presented Saturday (Sept. 28th) at the Colonial Country Club proved to be a bang up success, featuring a surprise turn at the mike by former Republican City Councilman Brent Taylor that "turned the joint out."

Honoring Dr. Willie W. Herenton, Taylor stole the show as one of more than a dozen Herenton colleagues and friends assembled for the night.

Or, as toastmaster Judge Joe Brown put it, "An elephant came up in here and kicked some donkey butt!"

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Healthcare Marketplace now open

1healthcareIMG-600It's here. Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace debuted today (oct. 1), meaning that most Tennesseans who are uninsured can begin shopping in the new online destination.

Starting today through the end of March, individual and family policies will be available via the Marketplace. For those who enroll by Dec. 15, coverage starts Jan. 1.

The Marketplace – a part of the Affordable Care Act – has been described as "a one stop shop to find and compare private health insurance options." In Memphis and Shelby County, efforts are underway to heighten awareness.

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TSD scores with BEST IN BLACK Awards II

BIB-Celebration-600The sights and sounds of the 2013 Best in Black Awards hosted by The New Tri-State Defender echoed through the FedExForum on Saturday night.

"I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of positive posts following the 2nd Annual Best in Black Awards," TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II shouted out on Facebook.

"I want to congratulate all of our winners and finalists and thank everyone that attended. Your presence contributed to an incredible evening of celebration. I am looking (forward) to an even grander event in 2014!"

 

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Project Homeless Connect – fired-up outreach

Homeless-1-600For servant hearts, filling an expansive room at Cook Convention Center with warmth merited the effort.

Project Homeless Connect – sponsored by FedEx Cares – was full throttle last Thursday (Sept. 19th), with hundreds of needy Memphians receiving assistance and resources.

"This is really a blessing, what y'all are doing for us," one patron told a volunteer. "We really need the help."

Dozens of agencies and service providers collaborated to offer health screenings, housing resources, job search information, IDs, free haircuts, and various other services. Volunteers, about 130 of them, greeted the attendees, ushering them to the source of help that most matched the need.

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Artists mesh talent to create calendar and help others

calendarguysandgal-600Three Memphis artists are using their creativity to showcase their talents and help others. Author Alice Faye Duncan, "green" artist Frank D. Robinson Jr. and graphic designer Terry L. Griffin have collaborated to produce the first issue of the World Wall Calendar.

The 2014 Word calendar, which sells for $7, is now available online at www.museumcreations.com. One dollar of each calendar sold through January will benefit Caritas Village, where Frank Robinson serves as artist-in-residence. Copies of the calendar signed by Robinson are also available.

Duncan conceived the idea and identified the empowering words and Bible verses assigned to each month. Robinson illustrated all of the words and artwork. (And yes, he did it all on recycled cardboard from his Binghampton studio.) Griffin, a branding consultant and 19-year veteran of the Memphis design community, designed the calendar, creating a very sleek black and white presentation.

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‘Best in Black’ II to be a dynamic affair Saturday

Best-In-Black-600After a robust two weeks of online voting, the results have been tabulated for The New Tri-State Defender's 2nd Annual Best in Black Awards.

On Saturday at the FedExForum, the winners will be revealed during a gala affair spotlighting area favorites among African-American businesses, community organizations and entrepreneurs.

TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II said 125,800 votes were cast at www.bestinblackawards.com from Sept. 11th through the Sept. 22 cutoff. The voting followed a two-week nomination period that yielded nearly 700 nominations (more than double last year) across 57 categories.

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LEGACY: Fannie Cole Clark

Fannie-Clark-400tAs an elementary school teacher, Fannie Cole Clark noticed that one of her pupils would often fall asleep during classes. Rather than belittle her student, Clark pulled him aside and learned that he was helping support his family by throwing newspapers before daybreak.

Taking matters into her own hands, Clark bought a mat and each morning allowed the student to take a nap in the back of the room. She also worked with him privately, helping him catch up on assignments. As a result, the student went on to excel in his studies.

" Fannie Clark approached every task with passion and enthusiasm – whether it was teaching in the classroom, producing a music concert, or hosting pre-election forums to enable citizens to hear directly from candidates from all political parties," said her niece, Janas Jackson. "She was also keenly sensitive to the needs of others."

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