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Toyota’s James Colon nets top honor from Grambling State University

toyotacolon 600Grambling State University has awarded James Colon, vice president of African American Business Strategy at Toyota Motor Sales, Inc., an honorary doctorate degree – the most prestigious degree the historically black university offers.

Colon netted the honor at the 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony (May 9th). Grambling recognized Colon for his commitment to diversity in the automobile industry and long-term support of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and the academic achievement of young African Americans.

At Toyota, Colon is responsible for engaging Hispanic and African-American businesses and media, and optimizing relationships with important external Hispanic and African American groups. Under his leadership, the automaker implemented the Toyota Green Initiative designed to educate and encourage students on HBCUs to live environmentally conscious lifestyles. Nearly 5,000 people have made the Promise Pledge to live green, and 28 HBCUs have participated in the Green Campus Contest.

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Fierce Hair for the fierce female

princess woodard_600Smart, sassy and enterprising, Princess Woodard is well suited for the business opportunities in virgin hair, which has become the next big thing. A recent graduate of law school, she has already been a business owner for three years, focusing on importing virgin hair from abroad. With attention to detail and an eye for the bottom line, Woodard is poised for success as she shares her story of the hustle of hair.

Carlee McCullough: Tell me about yourself.
Princess Woodard: My name is Princess Woodard. I am a native Memphian and a recent graduate of the University of Memphis' School of Law. I have been a virgin hair retailer since 2011.

 

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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

halfofayellowsun 600For movies opening May 16, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Godzilla" (PG-13 for intense violence and scenes off destruction) Epic eco-adventure finds the legendary monster reborn and rising to restore balance in the titanic force of nature while humanity stands defenseless. Ensemble includes Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche and Ken Watanabe.

"Million Dollar Arm" (PG for mild epithets and suggestive content) Fact-based drama recounting how sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) traveled all the way to India to recruit some of the Subcontinent's top cricket pitchers to play major league baseball back in the U.S. Featuring Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell and Suraj Sharma. (In English and Hindi with subtitles)

 

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Donald Sterling: ‘I’m not racist’ interviews don’t work

sterlingnotracist 600Clippers owner Donald Sterling wants America to know one thing: He is "not a racist."

The declaration of Sterling's non-racistness aired in full during an interview with Anderson Cooper Monday night on CNN. Last week, RadarOnline obtained an apparent audio recording of Sterling telling a friend the same thing.

But what does it matter what we call Donald Sterling – or what he calls himself, for that matter?

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Frontier Airlines to add Washington DC service at MEM

frontier 600Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday morning that it is adding four weekly flights between Memphis International Airport (MEM) and Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), beginning Sept. 8.

The flights will run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. In making the announcement, Frontier cited strong passenger response to its initial flights between Memphis and Denver, which began in March.

To introduce Frontier to the market, the airline is hosting a 12-hour, today-only sale with flights from IAD to any of the new cities for just $15* each way. Tickets must be purchased by 10:59 p.m. (CST) on May 13, 2014, for travel through Nov. 19, 2014. Additional introductory fares as low as $39* will be available at www.FlyFrontier.com through May 17, 2014.

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