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Memphis grad works to reverse ‘brain drain’

Memphis grad works to reverse ‘brain drain’
Philip Blackett is familiar with the talk about Memphis’ “brain drain.” As the story goes, many of the city’s students graduate from Memphis and Shelby County high schools and depart for college outside of Memphis – and Tennessee – to get their degrees, with no plans of ever coming back to their hometown.
 
 A 2003 graduate of Memphis University School, Blackett is determined to do his part to reverse the so-called brain drain by adding value back into his hometown, even when he’s no longer in Memphis.

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Judge Joe Brown: Rejection, reflection and projection

 Judge Joe Brown: Rejection, reflection and projection
I’d been with television’s iconic Judge Joe Brown off and on for the last three months, recording an exclusive and in-depth collection of interviews with him for The New Tri-State Defender. 
 
I was a fly on the wall to many meetings or gatherings relative to strategies for his run for the office of Shelby County District Attorney. As with any team, there were disagreements and some outright arguments on the direction of his campaign and the messages sent forth from it. 

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans
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Local duo gets union’s Las Vegas-convention salute for backing locked-out Kellogg workers

Local duo gets union’s Las Vegas-convention salute for backing locked-out Kellogg workers
The 39th Annual Convention of the International Bakery, Confection, Tobacco & Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) issued special invitations to Tennessee District 86 State Rep. Barbara Cooper and SCLC Memphis President Rev. Dwight Montgomery to attend the event in Las Vegas.
 
The convention highlighted the Memphis workers’ successful fight to return to work after a nine-month lockout. Cooper and Montgomery were honored for their work on behalf of the locked-out workers.
 
Montgomery said trying to help the workers revealed something that really made him angry. 

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  • Written by Tony Jones
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‘CBS Sunday Morning’ to profile Sam Moore

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ to profile Sam Moore
For years Sam Moore was best known for lending his unmistakable lead vocals to the historic soul duo Sam & Dave that hailed from Miami, Fla., but found their fame tied to the Memphis-based Stax Records. The rapid fire call and response fashioned by Sam from his gospel roots became the trademark style of the duo and can be heard in the vocals of hits including "Hold On, I'm Comin'," "I Thank You," "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," and of course the song legends are made of "Soul Man". 
 
Now in 2014, Sam returned to Memphis, where his recording career exploded to interview with “CBS Sunday Morning’s” Anthony Mason. Tune in on Sunday, August 17.
 

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Focus and hard work make Memphis athlete a junior-sized Olympian

Focus and hard work make Memphis athlete a junior-sized Olympian
Memphis athlete Joshua Owten competed in the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship in Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas and won the bronze medal. 
 
The soon to be Central High School freshman and member of Youth Track and Field of Memphis racked a time of 26.16 in the boys (13-14) 200 meter hurdles final, finishing third to Caleb Roberson of Cal Rising Stars and Jaylon Robinson of 2NDWIND Athletics. Owten also competed in the boys (13-14) long jump flight 2, where he placed 17th. 

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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Wine Down at the Dixon
6pm-8pm | The Dixon Art Gallery & Gardens
 
* Park + Pajamas
7pm | Shelby Farms
 
Hair and Fashion Extravaganza
7pm-9pm | Memphis Botanic Gardens

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The Power of the Vote

The Power of the Vote
Today (Aug. 7th) is Election Day and while some participated in early voting, the majority of voters will not participate in the election at all. Voting is a right that was fought on many fronts by many people over many years.  However, so few of us utilize this right that eluded us for so many years.  
 
Disenfranchisement
 
History has shown that the disenfranchisement took on many forms. The right to vote has been based on race, national origin, sex, property ownership, citizenship, religion, taxes, and income. Overall the individual states were allowed to determine who received voting rights without any federal involvement. So only approximately 6 percent of the population held the right based on the eligibility requirements.
 

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