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‘My baby wants to see’

‘My baby wants to see’

If 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.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry
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‘Out Of Africa’ in Memphis

‘Out Of Africa’ in Memphis

"Out Of Africa" – billed as an emergency of works from contemporary Africa – will begin nearly a monthlong run with an opening night reception on April 25th.

Presented by ANF Architects in conjunction with the Art Village Gallery, the show features the artwork of Ephraim Urevbu and Zeinu Mudeser.

The opening night reception will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at ANF Architects, 1500 Union Ave. The show runs through May 22nd.

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MSO looks to score unity with ‘Rebirth of the Dream’

MSO looks to score unity with ‘Rebirth of the Dream’


When cacophonic harmonies and tragic memories dance together in Memphis, they create the stage of epic proportion.

On May 16th, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will celebrate one of the world's greatest revolutionaries with melodic strands of harmony. "Rebirth of the Dream" was inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The MSO is out to use the power of music to revitalize the history, pains and victories surrounding Dr. King. The ultimate goal is to unite individuals and communities.

 

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NBMBAA symposium proves valuable for professionals out to recalibrate their reality

NBMBAA symposium proves valuable for professionals out to recalibrate their reality

Marissa Rogers, an auditor for International Paper, is not a member of the National Black Master of Business Administration Association (NBMBAA). Her attendance Thursday at the association's regional symposium was an instance of trusting her ability to discern where she needed to be.

"A friend emailed me the advertisement for this event and the mention of recalibrating your life looked interesting," said Rogers. "I'm taking what I learn from today, apply it, and look forward to where it takes me in the future."

Nearly 100 participants chose to be at the NBMBAA® Southeast Regional Symposium held at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the campus of the University of Memphis. The theme was 'The Art of Leadership – Recalibrate Your Reality: Practical Steps from the NBMBAA."

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‘Fellows’ progress through Orita Rites of Passage

‘Fellows’ progress through Orita Rites of Passage

The Shelby County (TN) Chapter, The Links Incorporated, a service-oriented group of women representing varied backgrounds and professional expertise, presented its 2014 Orita Rites of Passage at First Baptist Church Broad on Sunday, April 6th.

The Orita is a ritual that originated in African culture and signalled the crossroads, maturity, loyalty and readiness of a young man ready to assume the responsibilities of manhood.

This year's theme – "Connecting the Dots...and Bridging the Gaps from High School to Success" – benefited The Leadership Academy, a long-term, 22-year program focused on empowering, elevating and enlightening African-American males from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Boys, girls to take Oath of Abstinence at Pinky Promise annual event

Boys, girls to take Oath of Abstinence at Pinky Promise annual event

Boys and girls from throughout the Mid-South will participate in the 2nd PROMISE BALL Black Tie Oath Ceremony & Ring Presentation presented by Pinky Promise International on April 13th at 5 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Middle school and high school participants, grades 6-12, will receive a charge to remain abstinent from sexual and substance abuse behaviors. The formal oath ceremony will conclude with a ring presentation and waltz dance.

Rose Jackson Flenorl, manager of Social Responsibility at FedEx Corporation, is the keynote speaker.

 

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For rape victims awaiting justice, legislative vote is huge

For rape victims awaiting justice, legislative vote is huge

Thousands of women in Memphis and Shelby County felt "someone was finally paying attention to them" when the Tennessee House of Representatives voted unanimously Monday evening to drop the statute of limitations on rape cases.

The measure had passed the Senate 31-0 last month, and the House vote was its last big hurdle. On Wednesday, the bill went to Gov. Bill Haslam after the Senate concurred with a House amendment.

"Monday's vote in the state legislature was great news for those of us who have been waiting years for prosecution," said Linda, a 38-year-old U.S. Postal Service employee, wife, mother of two, and a woman who once was raped.

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