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‘My baby wants to see’

wanttosee 600If you were asked to define Retinoschisis – or pronounce it for that matter – most likely you'd be stumped. That's what happened to Gino and Alicia L. Hall when Dr. Steven Charles, founder and CEO of the renowned Charles Retina Institute in Memphis, diagnosed their son, Gino LaVon Hall Jr., with Juvenile X-Linked Retinoschisis.

Retinoschisis is a blinding, hereditary disease that affects males – about 5,000 to 25,000 of them worldwide – and causes progressive loss of central and peripheral vision due to a split of the retina or retinal degeneration.

Gino Jr. has suffered from it since his mother first noticed a problem with his left eye when he was 16 months old. Now he's 10 years old and blind in one eye. Dr. Charles is monitoring the other eye to make sure it doesn't degenerate.

  • Written by Wiley Henry
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Breaking The Cycle Boys Symposium a no-nonsense good time

BreakCycle 600Minister Adrian Johnson drives a really cool car. Pimped up in sparkling green paint, squatting on dubs (street language for the 20-inch wheels that make the cars ride high in the air), Johnson's ride fits right in with what's called "D-Boy smooth" on the streets, but with a hard-to-ignore difference.

The word "Jesus" is emblazoned across the side of the car in bright gold script.

Posted up at the Breaking The Cycle Boys Symposium last Saturday (April 5th) at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Stage Road in Cordova, Johnson's "whip" perfectly symbolized the church's mission to reach out to youths and speak to them – in plain but impactful ways – of how temptations can ruin their ambitions. Several hundred were in attendance, some transported by bus by Memphis Police Department, a sponsor.

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Teens learn to plan brighter financial futures

teensummit 600About 100 students from Memphis high schools such as Booker T. Washington, Melrose and White Station spent Saturday (April 5th) preparing for their financial futures.

The Planning Your Dreams Summit was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis Technical Training Center, where the teens focused on improving their understanding of financial terms and learning how to budget and manage their income.

The summit was hosted by The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers Memphians by improving their financial literacy skills. The teens who participated are members of the RISE Foundation's Goal Card program, an incentive-based program that requires goal setting and improvements in grades, conduct and attendance.

‘MED Night: A Soul Celebration’

temptation 600Regional One Health held its annual fundraising gala at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night (April 5th) to raise money and awareness for the former Regional Medical Center at Memphis (the MED).

The premiere event, dubbed "MED Night: A Soul Celebration," benefits The MED Foundation and featured, as always, an all-star cast of soulful musicians and entertainers who'd topped the charts in their heyday and remain today as influential as they were during the days of vinyl records.

The sold-out event attracted a gala audience of men and women who listened intently and moved their bodies to the melodious music of the New Ballet Ensemble and the captivating performances by Shirley Alton Reeves, once the lead singer of The Shirelles, Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue, and Kool & The Gang.

 

National Civil Rights Museum’s grand day stirs smiles, laughter and tears

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Mulberry Street was overflowing with hundreds of people as they gathered to witness the Breaking of the Chains grand reopening ceremony of the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday.

Reflecting myriad differences and a common appreciation for the significance of the event, they stood shoulder to shoulder on the day after the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination at the Lorraine Hotel. They already had been stirred by the Freedom Forward Parade that began at the Cook Convention Center and proceeded along Second Street to the museum than incorporates the old hotel.

Audible laughter could be heard as journalist, actor, director and producer, Tavis Smiley, jokingly said twice that he wanted the ceremony to move as swiftly as possible, so as to not prolong seeing the inside of the newly renovated center.

 

The New Tri-State Defender selects 2014 Women of Excellence

woe 600The New Tri-State Defender's "Women of Excellence" will be acknowledged and honored by their peers, family, friends and community leaders in a grand Champagne Brunch and Awards Presentation on Saturday, April 26th at 10 a.m. at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Rd.

The annual event will celebrate and honor 50 African-American women who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and personal contribution to the community through service.

Over the past seven years, The TSD has honored 300-plus outstanding African American professionals and community leaders.

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What’s the holdup with the Southbrook Mall?

southbrooks 600The proposed plan to renovate Southbrook Mall was delayed for another two weeks at the Memphis City Council meeting on Tuesday (April 1st) and the management team for the mall's owners, Southbrook Properties, took the development in stride.

The team's spirits were bolstered earlier in the day during a probing session by the council's Economic Development Committee (EDC) that seemed to point toward a decision that eventually would be in the group's favor.

"I'm happy. We all are. We have to be," said Southbrook Properties Chairman Willie Harper, who huddled outside of City Hall with team members Cherry Davis, Jerry Johnson, consultant Greg Grant and mall tenant Coleman Thompson.

Museum’s facelift work reflects diversity

ncrm 600As Memphians head to the National Civil Rights Museum for grand reopening activities on Friday and Saturday, they can be assured that the renovation represents true diversity, with a conscious effort having been to reflect a high-degree of minority participation in the $28 million project.

That's the sentiment of museum officials and from a number of those selected to participate in the facelift of the museum, which opened in 1991.

To begin with, several minorities participated in the 24-member National Scholar Review Committee. The committee was responsible for the interpretive plan development and review of the exhibits content.