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From Uganda to Douglass K-8

From Uganda to Douglass K-8

Ugandan chess phenom Phiona Mutesi will visit Memphis to share her inspiring story with the award-winning chess team at Douglass K-8 School on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Mutesi, who lost her father to AIDS at age 3, grew up in a Ugandan slum – one of the worst in the world – and began playing chess in a missionary program as a way to receive free food. She would eventually become the three-time Women's Junior Chess Champion of Uganda and the youngest person to ever win the African Chess Championship.

Douglass chess instructor Dr. Jeff Bulington believes Mutesi's visit will be a great learning opportunity for his students.

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Music is what the crowd came to hear and what it got at the Beale Street Music Festival

Music is what the crowd came to hear and what it got at the Beale Street Music Festival

This year's Beale Street Music Festival afforded me the opportunity to enjoy a very satisfying mix of hip hop, blues, R&B, jazz and funk all played out against a backdrop of gorgeous weather that made outside the place to be.

On Friday night, Snoop Dog, aka Snoop Lion, rolled out hit after hit, going back to classics "Gin and Juice" and "Nuthin But a G Thang" and sending the crowd into a cheering-and-singing frenzy with "Who am I (What's My Name). The younger generation in attendance seemed to know all of the lyrics to all of his songs.

On Day 2, I positioned myself to hear Buddy Guy, my homey from Chicago. Guy's show is electrifying and worth every effort it takes to get there. He showed why there are those who are convinced that his is the best blues act going these days.

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Music & Sports: business side accented at DREAM Summit and Student Business Plan Competition

Music & Sports: business side accented at DREAM Summit and Student Business Plan Competition

The Drum Squad Foundation, Inc. recently collaborated with Shelby County Schools and surrounding counties to host the Third Annual DREAM (Drumma's Education, Arts, and Music) Summit and Student Business Plan Competition for more than one-hundred kids, parents, educators, and industry professionals

The April 26th event at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis marked the first-ever in Memphis following previous DREAM Summits held in Miami and Tampa.

Students, ages 12-17, attended and were exposed to the business side of the multi-billion dollar music and sports industries and how to become future business entrepreneurs, professionals, and executives in the fields. Many kids, particularly at- risk youth, dream of playing professional sports, but their chances of actually making it are quite dismal. The Foundation encourages youth to never give up on their dreams but to always have alternative career paths.

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The P.E.O.P.L.E. need your help!

The P.E.O.P.L.E. need your help!

The Memphis Poetry Slam Team better known as The P.E.O.P.L.E. (Poets Embodying Only Perfected Live Entertainment) needs your help to send six amazing local poets to the Southern Fried Poetry Slam this June in Greenville, S.C.!

Our journeys have all come together to take Memphis back to a place where we have not gone in over a decade. We as a collective decided that we would join together to combat illiteracy through poetry. Now, the time is here! We are rehearsing, spending time away from families, editing our poems and preparing them to get ready for the regional stage. We are so excited to represent Memphis – the home of the blues – in South Carolina, but we need help to raise the money to get there before we have the blues.

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BRIEFS & THINGS

BRIEFS & THINGS

Mothers of the NILE dinner on May 8th

"Juvenile Court: A New Day" is the theme for the Mothers of the NILE Annual Mother's Day Banquet on May 8th at First Baptist Church-Broad located at 2835 Broad Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"This is a celebratory event that we are using to inform the public of issues affecting the lives of our young people," says Veronica Coleman-Davis, president/CEO of Mothers of the NILE. "We hope to highlight the responsibility that we all share in reducing the number of children entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This year we recognize that there is a new day in juvenile justice."

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This Weekend in Memphis!

This Weekend in Memphis!

FRIDAY

* In-Synk's May Leadership Lunch and Learn - "Thinking, Fast and Slow" | 11:45am-1:00pm | Triumph Bank Board Room

* Beale Street Music Festival | All Day | Tom Lee Park

Race - Are We So Different? Exhibition | All Day | Pink Palace Museum

* Grace – A Play by Craig Wright | 8:00pm | The Circuit Playhouse

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Inseparable: education, healthcare and economic development

Inseparable: education, healthcare and economic development

The 30th annual Economic Development Conference of the National Organization of Black County Officials was woven with a thread that accented the inextricable tie between education, healthcare and economic development.

During the five-day conference (April 23rd-29th) held in Memphis and Tunica County, Mississippi, that link brought Soulsville Academy students in contact with White House officials and representatives of the Obama administration. The essential connection also was amplified by the presence of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, and Dr. Eric Whitaker, a doctor-turned-financial consultant who is used to calling the President and nation's first lady by their first names.

Dr. Whitaker, physician investor and business development consultant for Grosvenor Capital Management, was the keynote speaker during a luncheon at the Rendezvous. Known as a Chicago friend and basketball/golf buddy of the President, Whitaker said he thinks of healthcare holistically, meaning the interplay of health, education and economic development.

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