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To vote or not to vote?

To vote or not to vote?
When the executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender learned that I would vote for the very first time in the Aug. 7th election, he declared me the “perfect” summer intern for the assignment of identifying and talking with two eighteen year olds with nearly polar opposite views of participating in the electoral process.
 
My conversations with Taira Boltze and El’Keenan T. Liggins are the fruits of my journey of discovery. 
 
Candidates with ‘righteousness, braveness and willingness’
 
Taira H. Boltze has taken all the steps needed to do something on Aug. 7th that she never has done before – vote.

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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
 
* Memphis Redbirds vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
7:05pm | Autozone Stadium
 
* Lauren Hill Concert
8pm | Minglewood Hall
 
* Naturals in the City: Preshow Party
8pm | 1884 Lounge

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‘A nice piece of history’

‘A nice piece of history’
The descendants of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, an African-American journalist, suffragist, newspaper editor, teacher, anti-lynching crusader, and early leader of the civil rights movement, traveled from Holly Springs, Miss., to Memphis last Saturday (July 12) morning to commemorate her 152nd birthday. 
 
“We’re here to celebrate Ida B. Wells’ birthday (the 18th annual) on the date closest to her birthday,” said the Rev. Leona Harris, executive director of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum, a cultural center for African-American history in Holly Springs. 

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Brown launches zinger at Weirich ahead of early voting kickoff

Brown launches zinger at Weirich ahead of early voting kickoff
Barely 48 hours before the start of early voting on Friday (July 18th), the already contentious Shelby County District Attorney’s race between incumbent Amy Weirich and challenger Judge Joe Brown became even more intense.
 
 
The two-pronged accelerant came in the form of Brown’s campaign criticizing local media for being biased on Weirich’s behalf and the campaign bringing forward a list of eight court cases collectively deemed proof that Weirich is not worthy of the position.

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Tracy Bethea now head of gospel programming at Hallelujah FM

Tracy Bethea now head of gospel programming at Hallelujah FM
Over the last two decades, Tracy Bethea has observed and participated in the evolution of the gospel music genre from a programming perspective and has also been a catalyst to helping artists understand the unique art of programming.
 
As the new head of gospel programming at WHAL 95.7 Hallelujah FM, Bethea has a new leadership role that many project will bring new luster to the Clear Channel Communications brand in the gospel arena.
 
In her prior position as the station’s assistant program director/music director, Bethea worked closely with and learned key programming strategies from her colleague and friend, Eileen Collier.
 

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Shelby County residents asked to ‘Answer the Call’ with countywide phone survey

Shelby County residents asked to ‘Answer the Call’ with countywide phone survey
Shelby County residents are being asked to “Answer the Call” by participating in a confidential phone survey, which will gather information to help develop tools to assist parents in protecting their children's emotional and behavioral health. 
 
Calls will go out to randomly selected participants in Shelby County over the next six to eight weeks. 
 
The surveys were organized by the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Center Task Force of Shelby County, which is made up of more than 40 community leaders, including Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.. 

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