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Election Day roundup:


Feds to monitor election in Shelby County

(AP) – The U.S. Justice Department answered the call to monitor today’s elections in Shelby.

A statement from the department said monitors would ensure polling places comply with the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination against minorities. The election features a multitude of races on the ballot, including seats for U.S. Senate and U.S. House, the governor's race and four proposed constitutional amendments.

Tennessee Promise saves dreams


Since the start of school this year there has been a lot of excitement about a new opportunity for high school seniors. This excitement is due to the Tennessee Promise. What is this Tennessee Promise that everyone is nagging about?

It is a two-year scholarship program that opens the door to higher education for graduating seniors throughout the state of Tennessee. As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization committed to supporting them during and after the college application process.

Memphis teen stands her ground among ‘Potty-Mouth Princesses’


Aspiring pre-teen actress Kyndall Harris’ face has been splattered all over the world recently due to her role in a highly controversial video on YouTube.

Called “Potty-Mouth Princesses,” the scandalous clip was created by a T-shirt company called F*** Hate8. Going viral overnight with thousands of hits per minute, the shocking video statement immediately enflamed public sentiment for depicting young girls in princess costumes spewing the “F word” to draw attention to the message that women are treated unfairly in society.

  • Written by Tony Jones
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LOC to salute Upward Bound anniversary with anti-violence teen summit


Like so many others tethered to the Internet, Delories Mosley watched an appalling scene play out as a screaming teen mob on the parking lot of an East Memphis shopping center attacked two Kroger store employees and a would-be customer.

 “I was especially shocked to see that boy kicking a young man in the head. I mean, just stomping and kicking him while he laid on the ground,” said Mosley, executive director of the Upward Bound Program at The LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC). “I just thought, ‘We have to do something. Something has got to give.’’’

  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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Michelle R. Shelton – her ‘CATS’ story


The pastor at Golden Gate Cathedral, Bishop Edward Stephens Jr., had sermonized on occasion about the woman in the Bible who suffered 12 years with the issue of blood before Jesus Christ healed her.

Michelle R. Shelton also had an issue of blood – before the doctors healed her.

  • Written by Wiley Henry
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‘CATS’ means help for breast cancer battlers


Clara Currin and Janelle Williams are among the 2.8 million-plus breast cancer survivors that the American Cancer Society (ACS) counts in the United States. Locally, they are two living testaments to the effectiveness of CATS (Community Action Team of Shelby County), an outreach program of the ACS.

“We’re trying to reduce the mortality rate of breast and cervical cancer. It’s (CATS) making a difference in our community,” said Dorothy Hall, a retired nurse from U.T. Bowld Hospital and a community health advisor (CHA).

  • Written by Wiley Henry
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In search of the ‘State of Black Memphis’

State of Black America

Ask any member of the baby boomer generation for an opinion about millennials – especially blacks between the ages of 18-35 – and he or she may tell you that millennials are lazy, entitled and lacking the leadership skills to move the country towards economic prosperity and security.

Then, tell that person they clearly do not know a member of the Memphis Urban League of Young Professionals (MULYP).