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Lessons abound at 2013 Freedom Award Forum

7FreedomSingers 600Three Keeper of the Dream winners – all students – plus three Freedom Award honorees – seasoned champions of growth and development – equal six more stalwarts the National Civil Rights Museum has saluted in its twenty-two-year journey to build upon the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Wednesday, the Temple of Deliverance COGIC sanctuary was the perfect positive-energy chamber for the vibes generated by the 2013 National Civil Rights Museum's Freedom Award Public Forum.

Students roared their excitement as emcee Lamman Rucker of Tyler Perry's series "Meet The Browns" took the stage. He masterly worked the crowd, demonstrating that acting and looks are not the only assets of this education advocate and son of an educator, entrepreneur and athlete.


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With diabetes on the rise, November is focus time

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and November is National Diabetes Month. One reason they are back to back could be because the two diseases correlate with each other. It is estimated that American women with diabetes have a great possibility of developing breast cancer, especially in the African-American community.

Diabetes is an epidemic that is rapidly increasing each year. Even though we think of diabetes as a controllable disease, The Wall Street Journal reports that it appears to be growing out-of-control. The sixth leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is moving closer to heart disease and cancer. If it continues to run rampant, in the near future it could be the number one killer disease.

According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one third of the American population will be living with diabetes by the year 2050. The CDC also reports that one third of all children born in the United States since the year 2000 are at risk for developing this disease. Hispanic children have the greatest risk. The reason for this is poor diet, economic conditions, and not getting enough exercise, which improves the circulation and blood flow in the body.

Hudson to retire as MATA chief

Hudson-PHOTO--200tA career that spans four decades and began with him as a bus operator ends in January for William Hudson Jr., president and general manager of the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA).

Hudson, who has served as the chief of MATA since 1993, came aboard as a bus operator 49 years ago. His decision to retire was announced at MATA's regularly scheduled quarterly board meeting last week.

The first African American to hold the position of president and general manager of MATA, Hudson has worked in nearly every aspect of transit and has held numerous senior level positions including director of transit operations, customer service and marketing, and labor relations and field operations.

Briefs & Things: African American Male Image Awards set for Nov. 16

The Hobson-Goodlow Education Foundation and the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. will present their 19th Annual African American Male Image Awards Banquet on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at The Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Edward Stanton III, U.S. Atty. for the Western District of Tennessee, will be the keynote speaker. Radio personality Bev Johnson of WDIA will serve as our Mistress of Ceremonies.

Boss Ugly Bob to many, he was just ‘Boss’ to me

BossUgly-Farrakhan-600Robert Karriem, formerly Robert Catron, gained notoriety as Boss Ugly Bob. "Boss," as I called him, was my father-in-law and earlier this month he was awarded a historical marker from the State of Tennessee at his last place of business at 726 East McLemore near Mississippi Blvd.

This long overdue gesture of recognition (on Oct. 5th) for one of Memphis most successful businessmen and African-American millionaires was a personal inspiration.

Boss Ugly Bob lived a storied life. He was a DJ on WLOK in the sixties. As a musician, he played with Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Roscoe Gordon, and B.B. King with "The Beale Streeters." A pillar of his community and family man, he stayed married to Claudette Colbert for over 50 years.

Judge Joe Brown to keynote Men of Excellence Gala

Judge Joe Brown-600Twenty years ago, with great anticipation and as president of the Black Student Association at Rhodes College, I hosted Judge Joe Brown as a speaker at one of our signature campus events.

Now, as president and publisher of The New Tri-State Defender, I've invited an equally dynamic and more seasoned Judge Joe Brown to deliver what I am confident will be an inspiring message of challenge to our 2013 Men of Excellence. I am elated that he has accepted the invitation.

I know that Judge Brown truly understands my vision to mobilize and put into action the collective talent represented in this year's Men of Excellence class. He knows the value of meshing that talent with the immense wealth of talent represented by the distinguished body of four previous years of inductees.

Ford Targets HBCU Students in Community Competition


by Michelle Matthews-Alexander

Are you a student attending a Historically Black College and University who’s interested in giving back to both your community and your university? If so, Ford is inviting you to enter the Ford Community Challenge Competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The competition, which was developed in partnership with Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund will award up to $75,000 in scholarships, university and community grants to the first-place student team and its project.

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Hunt-Phelan Home tapped as Campus for Caring anchor in sickle cell battle

SickleCell-campus-600With an eye toward a Campus for Caring, The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee is moving to purchase the historic Hunt-Phelan home and redevelop adjacent real estate.

In the U.S., sickle-cell disease is most prevalent among African-Americans and Hispanics. It strikes one in 375 African-American children. Patients can suffer debilitating pain, swelling, infections, stroke and life-threatening organ damage, which can lead to a shorter life.

The nonprofit envisions a dramatic expansion to serve more people at home and abroad. Foundation representatives are meeting with donors as part of a $2 million campaign to finance the phased-in development of its Campus for Caring during the next few years.