Gone are the days where an invisible "Blacks Need Not Apply" sign branded the City of Memphis' business sector. Still, what is the difference between stating access and creating access for African-American and women-owned business enterprises, or "MWBEs" as they're called in the marketplace?
That was the dimes-to-dollar question as The New Tri State Defender returned (May 8 in City Hall) to the starting point for this series, the monthly meeting of the Minority Business Development Opportunity Commission (MBDOC).
Established by resolution, MBDOC – a seven-member volunteer group – cannot recommend the hiring or firing of any firm seeking business with the city. Its job is to review how the city's divisions are complying with the stated intent to legally and ethically spur MWBE growth and to, hopefully, recommend solutions to make the process easier.
The Memphis Cook Convention Center will come alive with vendors, exciting entertainment and more during the 18th Annual Sisterhood Outreach Summit & Showcase on June 1-2.
Sisterhood Showcase Founder and Grace Magazine Publisher, Tina Birchett, said Showcase attendees should expect a quality event that has something for the entire family.
"This year's theme Embrace Life is a powerful message which inspires us to take time out to enjoy our remarkable life," said Birchett.
The city of Memphis is comprised of 650,000 residents, one third of which are obese, which puts them at risk for chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, according to the Gallop Well-Being Index.
These statistics helped birth the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition, which will culminate in an Obesity Summit on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Breath of Life Christian Center, 3795 Frayser Raleigh Rd. The summit is free and open to the public.
The Obesity Summit is designed to educate participants, disseminate health information and encourage participants to eat better, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle.
The Walgreens at Madison and Main downtown will have some unusual visitors at noon on Friday (May 17) – 53 years after a sit-in there at the lunch counter.
Five students – Grace Austin, Parolee Holt, John Hooks, Willie Tom Miles and Stewart Truly – were arrested there that day in 1960. Only two – Austin (now Grace Austin Meacham) and John Hooks are still alive.
Meacham and some others involved in the sit-ins that pulsed through Memphis that year – beginning with the first on March 18, 1960 at McLellan's 5 and 10 cents store on Main Street – plan to revisit the Walgreens site.
Members of the NAACP Youth Council held their 22th 5K Fund Run/Walk May 4 in Audubon Park amid 40-degree temperature. The 5K Fund Run/Walk was open to participants of all ages.
The theme of the 5K Fund Run/Walk was "Run for Freedom," which commemorated the Brown V. Topeka, Kansas Board of Education 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in public education.
The annual event encourages healthy eating habits and exercising to prevent the onset of major health problems such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Participants tested their skills and endurance to gain a competitive edge.
From one corner of the city to the other, the biggest question seems to be, "Who is the Mole?" Scandal fans (commonly known as GLADIATORS) are waiting with baited breath to find out who the "mole" is. Not since, "Who shot J.R. [Ewing] on the 1980's hit series Dallas has there been a more poignant question with regard to a TV series!
Well, Gladiators, wait no longer ... The answer will soon be revealed! Here in Memphis, there will be a "Scandal" Season Finale Watch Party on Thursday, May 16th, 7:30 - 10:30 pm at Memories Banquet Hall -- 6749 Winchester Rd. The watch party will be hosted by 103.5's Myron Mays (TSD's What's Happening, Myron? columnist). Go to http://scandalfinale.eventbrite.com for more details.
Who is Cory Booker?
A graduate of Stanford University, Yale Law School and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Booker – the mayor of Newark, N.J. – is obviously a brilliant guy.
He is also committed and passionate on the issues and to the betterment of people, living on the equivalent of a food stamp budget to raise awareness for the insecurities that low income families face, shoveling snow from the driveways of constituents, and allowing Hurricane Sandy victims into his home following the devasting impact of the floods in New Jersey.