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‘A Time for Action’ – stepping up to expand opportunities for young men of color

TimeForAction 600WASHINGTON – (PRNewswire) – Eleven of the nation’s leading philanthropies now have a plan of action to maximize the potential of the private sector to improve life outcomes for America’s boys and young men of color.
The plan is bolstered by $194 million in initial investments in key initiatives, including programs to enhance school learning environments and reduce the overrepresentation of young people in the justice system. The investments build on existing efforts by foundations to expand educational opportunities, increase access to technology, and build pathways to jobs and economic opportunities in underserved communities.
The collaboration and plan were announced Friday.

Gamers virtually raise thousands for St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is powering up a new videogame charity program with help from some of the top streaming gamers.
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The helping hands include Johnathan Wendel (Fatal1ty), “Ellohime,” “CohhCarnage,” Danielle Mackey (Panser), actress Zelda Williams, a team from Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, and GameStop, the world’s largest videogame retailer and official PLAY LIVE gaming sponsor. 
Several of the gamers recently visited the hospital, bringing their passion for games, along with their controller skills, to help St. Jude prepare to launch a summer gaming season designed to excite and engage players and raise funds to “zerg” (defeat) childhood cancer. 

Call her ‘President’ Star Jones

NEW YORK – Star Jones – best known as an Emmy Award-nominated TV host, attorney, best-selling author StarJones 600and former New York City homicide prosecutor – can now add the title president of the largest professional women’s networking organization in the country
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) announced Jones’ appointment earlier this week. She has served as chief development officer and national spokesperson for NAPW, representing the organizations over 600,000 memberships.
“NAPW defines success as ‘owning your own power,’” said Jones, declaring 2014 NAPW’s “Year of Action.”

Iconversations on ‘A Little R&R on Sports’

130122 ken_griffey_lg_600Iconversation is the name of the interview segment on “A Little R&R on Sports,” our weekend nationally syndicated sports entertainment show. Of course, we thought it was a clever and unique word blend name that would get listeners’ attention and set us apart. We suppose it has done that, but the best thing it did was to inspire much more substance in the segment than we ever imagined. 
Initially and probably like most of you, within our own perceptions, we fell right into the Sports Center definition of icons, which essentially is exclusive to sports legends and tremendously high profile sports personalities. So, in our first few months we’ve had Iconversations with: NY Knicks great Alan Houston, Sports super agent David Falk, WNBA star Tamika Catchings, Detroit Tigers Pres./GM Dave Dombrowski, NBA Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond, former NBA player and coach Lionel Hollins and perhaps you’ve heard of Julius “Dr. J.” Erving.

LEGACY: E. Laura Owens

LegacyOwens 600 Mrs. E. Laura Owens, owner of N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home and widow of the late Noble H. Owens Jr., died Sunday at Methodist University Hospital.
A retired 30-year schoolteacher from Memphis City Schools, Mrs. Owens passed away with daughters Cheryl and DeNobra “Dena” Owens by her side.
Mrs. Owens was born in Georgia. For 60 years, she was an active member of St. John Baptist Church on Vance Avenue and Memphis’ Phi Delta Kappa Sorority for teachers for which she was a founding member.