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First Lady connects during Memphis visit

Picture-4a"Sacrificed!"

That's the verb that resonated from Michelle Obama as the first lady shared elements of her upbringing with a Memphis-area crowd at the Canon Center on Wednesday afternoon. The reference was to her parents and the posture they took to make sure she and her brother had what each needed to succeed.

"They held us to the same high standard of excellence because they wanted us both to have the same kind of education they could only dream of," she said.

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Brothers prove giving back is for the Byrds

brothers-Jim-Darrellby Brittany Fitzpatrick
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Jim Byrd opened his first McDonald's in Memphis in 1989. Over 20 years later, he and his brother, Darrell Byrd, have built a successful business with a combined eight McDonald's restaurants.

"My dad always taught us that in anything we do we have to be twice as good at it. That's a philosophy we carry with us...and it's helped us in this business," said Darrell Byrd.

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‘If we are not infected, we are affected’

AIDS-day-1The corner of Elvis Presley and Kerr was the site as the Cocaine Alcohol Awareness Program (CAAP, Inc.) and First Impressions Remix Barber Shop intersected with other community-based organizations to bring STD/HIV testing, food and fun, and door prizes to the community.

A simple swab has changed the way individuals can be tested for HIV today, with the portability of the testing making it more convenient to serve individuals wherever they are.

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Memphis pastor reaps Congressional Gold Medal

gold-medal-winnerAt this stage in his life, the Rev. Dr. Lee Ward, pastor of Greater Harvest Church of God In Christ Ministries, Inc. in Memphis, has a storehouse of never-to-be-forgotten memories. On Wednesday (June 27), he added another.

Ward is a surviving member of the historic, Munford Point Marines, the first African-American members of the United States Marine Corps. He and his surviving Marine brothers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that a citizen can achieve.

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Service providers out to educate at health fairs

HealthFair-1by Dr. Dee Lofton
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Sharay Thomas and Terrance Moore, founders of Top Priority Homemaker Services, see their company as an extension of a personal mission to serve those in need.

Last Saturday (June 23), Thomas and Moore were out to get health fair visitors to see what they see. The venue was The New Olivet Baptist Church, where the health fair was co-sponsored by the church's HealTHY Congregation Ministry Delta Medical Center.

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With ‘no room for error,’ TPC unfolds schools-merger plan

by Tarrin McGhee
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

The Transition Planning Commission (TPC) is convinced that it has come up with a schools merger plan that fits the needs of all the affected students.

That conviction was reflected by the unanimous vote (June 14) in favor of the first draft of the transition plan to guide the merger of Memphis and Shelby County Schools.

"Our desire is that all children will be educated well, and we believe we have a plan that can do that," said TPC Chairwoman Barbara Prescott at a post-vote media briefing.

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TSD Health Fair bonds and bridges

HealthFair-1Gregory Douglas and Kevin Hopson did not know each other before each took a finger and placed it in the hands of a third "stranger" at The New Tri-State Defender 2012 Health Fair on Saturday (June 16).

The third party was Okoia Uket, a second-year student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Pharmacy. She's from Brooklyn, N.Y. Settings such as TSD's Annual Community Health Fair and Fun Day – held this year at Douglass High School in conjunction with the Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival – help her practice in her area of interest and build up on local knowledge.

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Healthy Church Challenge signals ‘the beginning of a new beginning’

ChurchChallenge-1Barbara Jackson was shocked and ecstatic after a representative from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced that she had won first place and received a $500 gift certificate after losing the most weight during the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition.

The announcement of individual winners and churches that loss the greatest percentage of weight was delivered before hundreds on June 17 at the 19th Annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival in historic Douglass Park in the North Memphis community.

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Ryan White, local barber shop partner for National HIV Testing Day

The Memphis Ryan White Program and First Impressions Remix, a local barber shop, are teaming up to provide free HIV and syphilis testing.

Ryan White partnered with First Impressions Remix after Memphis Ryan White Program Director Dorcas Young met the owner of First Impressions Remix, Mario Taylor, at an event for testing certification.

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Group moves to put Whitehaven at front of get-fit Memphis push

Councilman Harold Collins and the Whitehaven French Riviera Spa are hosting a Whitehaven health and awareness event in which health, fitness and education are the focus. Whitehaven Health and Fitness Day is set for Saturday (June 23) from 8 a.m. until noon.

The parking lot of the Whitehaven Plaza will be transformed into an outdoor fitness center, where there will be spinning, line dancing, Zumba, weight lifting and Yoga classes.

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BRIEFS & THINGS: 100 Black Women plan “Sisters’ Keeper” Financial Bootcamp

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Inc., Memphis Chapter is sponsoring its first "Sisters' Keeper" Financial Bootcamp for African-American women, beginning July 2 at Literacy Mid-South.

The Sisters' Keeper program is a six-week, structured financial bootcamp designed to assist African-American women with establishing and living on a budget, developing good saving and investment practices, and understanding and managing credit and debt.

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Sexual health education – is MCS doing enough?

The results of the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that Memphis City Schools high school students are more likely to have had sexual experience, more likely to have had intercourse with four or more persons and less likely to have used birth control since the survey was last conducted in 2009.

The survey – released this week – is a national school-based tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and conducted by local education and health agencies.

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Pastor takes lead in promoting men’s health

orr-600x434Just a simple blood test – prick of the needle, a vial to receive the specimen, and it's over, almost as quickly as it began.

The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test is generally used to detect prostate cancer in men 50 years of age and older. Early detection can make the difference between surviving the disease and succumbing.

"Men's health is so important because we just don't get checked out like we should," said the Rev. Bartholomew Orr, senior pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, Miss.

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