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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
"I'm not a politician holding an elected office, and I'm not a candidate in any of the upcoming elections this year. I'm just an average citizen of Memphis advocating for the city I love," said Kemba Ford, daughter of former Tennessee State Senator John Ford. But there was nothing "average" about the gift that Ford attained for the city's children.
The Herbal Life Family Foundation in Los Angeles trucked nearly 40,000 personal hygiene and skin care products into Memphis in late March, an in-kind donation worth more than $300,000 to benefit families in need. The generous donation was divided between two local charities: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis and The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis.
"Herbalife operates a huge distribution center here in Memphis, and I felt it just makes sense for us to build a partnership of philanthropy," said Ford. "Robyn Browning, executive director of the Herbalife Family Foundation, has been a friend and mentor of mine for a number of years. She has heard me talk about our children and the great need here. Herbalife wanted to help. So you can imagine that I was thrilled when Robin called about making the donation."
Jasmine Guy, whose acting career spans television, theater and film, is headed to Memphis to keynote the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis' 2014 Annual Tribute Luncheon on April 24th.
"In addition to being a talented dancer and star of the stage and screen, she champions causes that support the safety and rights of women and girls everywhere," said Ruby Bright, executive director/CAO of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM).
Many recognizeGuy as Whitley Gilbert on the "Cosby Show" spinoff "A Different World." She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Guy's most recent role, recurring as Grams on the popular series "Vampire Diaries," can be seen on the CW Network.