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Koch panel advocates for vouchers, elimination of Common Core

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A group of conservative scholars and a charter school principal pushed for vouchers and urged Tennesseans to be wary of the Common Core standards during a forum Tuesday.
 
The program, whose attendees included legislators, representatives from conservative think tanks, and parents opposed to the rapid expansion of charters in the city, was held by a non-profit funded by Charles Koch, the controversial and influential conservative billionaire. It gave insight into the type of initiatives in Tennessee and across the country he might back this upcoming legislative session.

Building a legacy of Lawsons

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No stranger to many sports-minded Memphians, Keelon Lawson’s headline count has ratcheted up in recent weeks.
 
The former boys’ basketball head coach at Hamilton High School is now an assistant coach for the University of Memphis men’s basketball program, Tigers head coach Josh Pastner announced last Wednesday (July 16).
 
Lawson’s sons – four deep – are newsmakers also. Two of them already have committed to play for the Tigers. In a win-win deal, Lawson gets to take his coaching to the next level as his sons keep their talent in their hometown and under his watchful eye.

Naturals in the City Hair & Wellness Expo – Year III

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There is an empowering ring to the thought that natural beauty has an inside presence just waiting for the embrace of women, men and children. In that sense, TaKeisha Berry-Brooks is an empowering person.
 
 
The founder of the Naturals in the City Hair & Wellness Expo, Berry-Brooks was an organizer in motion this past weekend as the third annual event unfolded, drawing a lively crowd to Minglewood Hall on Saturday.

Lauryn Hill & The Misunderstanding of Memphis Fans

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Hundreds of Memphis-area residents were incredibly eager and excited about attending the sold-out concert of living legend Lauryn Hill last Saturday (July 18th) at Minglewood Hall in Midtown. Although she has but one solo album under her belt, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is such a magnificent body of work that 16 years later it still is more significant than most of the contributions by today’s artists.
 
True artists withstand the test of time. Embracing that thought, I was one of the many fans who were beyond thrilled to learn that Lauryn was making a comeback and – more importantly – putting Memphis on her tour. Perhaps it was our eagerness and excitement that contributed to the disappointment, but none of us could have anticipated that the night would be such a letdown.

Greater Middle Baptist to install new pastor

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Greater Middle Baptist Church, pastored by the late Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks for 52 years, will install the Rev. William McKinley Jackson as pastor on Aug. 17th. 
 
Rev. Jackson, 40, is the former pastor of the 500-member Samaria Baptist Church of Ft. Worth, Texas. 
 
He accepted his calling to the ministry in June 1981, was licensed in 1983 and ordained in 1989 under the guidance of his father, the late Rev. McKinley Jackson Sr., pastor of Samaria Baptist Church for 35 years.