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Drinking coconut water has its overall benefits

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY: Coconut water is one of the most popular beverages available on tropical islands and resorts. It has been for hundreds of years. It is an all-natural, hydrating, nutrient-filled, clear fluid that is found on the inside of the fruit, which is encased in a hard brown shell. You'd need the proper tools to crack the shell and extract the liquid.

I'm often asked about the benefits of drinking coconut water and why it seems to be the drink of choice for a lot of people. Coconut water has been traditionally used to treat a variety of health problems, such heat strokes, digestive complications, constipation, dehydration, diarrhea, fatigue, hives, low libido, and urinary tract infections. It has been shown to improve one's overall health.


Ultimate diversity challenge: Keeping good talent from going to waste

LSW-160Many diversity campaigns took a wrong turn because they focused heavily on cultural deficits – what a particular group lacks or needs – rather than cultural strengths – the unique abilities, talents and strengths of these groups.

Instead of breaking down barriers, as we had hoped, often we ended up broadcasting subtle messages that these groups are inferior and not at all like the rest of us.

Today, a new strategy is taking root. Communities are imagining how a diverse city might function, and the role that everyone – rich and poor, black, Hispanic, Asian and white, Muslim and Christian, liberal and conservative – plays in making the economy competitive. Our ultimate diversity challenge is to figure out how to more fully develop talent in America so each person can contribute fully.


Reflections on Brown v Board

tomekahart-300On the anniversary (May 27th) of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case that struck down separate but equal and ushered in the era of integrated schools, I reflected on Chief Justice Warren's published words. On that day in 1954 he wrote, "In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms."

As a native Memphian, attorney and Memphis school board member, I can see that segregation and integration have left indelible marks on our public school system. The 59 years that have passed since Warren's sage words have brought us diverse school settings where the benefits of education are more consistently experienced by a larger portion of our society – no question. The charge in the Brown decision was not simply to integrate races in school settings, but to provide consistently excellent education for all children. We are not there yet.


Caretaker’s role requires sacrifice and a little empathy

Chef Timothy Moore-160It would take empathy, compassion, commitment and love to be the caretaker of someone who's gravely ill and incapable of taking care of one's self. Not everyone is suited for this role. There is no ovation at the end of the day and no Oscar for best performance.

Love is a strong affection for another arising out of kinship, personal ties, warm attachment, enthusiasm, devotion and unselfish and benevolent concerns for the good of others, according to Webster's Dictionary.

According to Mildred – a mother in Missouri – it's standard practice.


Diabetes left untreated could send you to an early grave

Chef Timothy Moore-160Going to the doctor for a yearly physical is necessary if your goal is to achieve optimum health. But have you noticed that if there's an ache or pain that you're complaining about, it seems to suddenly disappear when you're trying to explain it to the doctor.

Even if you can't explain it or point to it, the ache and pain could be symptoms of an underlying problem that will continue to gnaw at you. But what if you're on the periphery of pre-diabetes? What if you've crossed the threshold into full-blown diabetes and didn't know it?

If your health were at stake, you'd need to get help immediately. Diabetes left untreated could send you over the edge into an early grave. Some people may actually believe they're immune to certain diseases, but let me tell you, they're so wrong. There is no shield to protect you against the onslaught of diabetes – unless that shield is a daily supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.


Too many too comfortable being overweight and oversized

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY: Losing weight is a constant battle some people find difficult to win. It's a problem that affects tens of thousands of people who are on the verge of becoming obese or are already too heavy and in jeopardy of becoming seriously ill.

So, are you in a battle with your weight?

Before I go any further, let me give kudos to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee for addressing the obesity problem in Memphis and the Mid-South through its Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition. From what I understand, hundreds have taken the challenge to stay healthy and physically fit.


Parenting with purpose offers lifetime benefits for children

Tarrin McGhee-160When I was a little girl my parents told me that I could be anything that I wanted to be.

By the time I entered the third grade, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to become a writer. My Mom says there was a short-lived phase when I would only communicate through writing.

My Mom and Dad nurtured my early, yet perplexing interest in words and non-verbal communication (unless my behavior became disruptive). They provided an endless supply of books and diaries that were used as learning tools to improve literacy skills; to discover the world; to express myself creatively; and to vent my childhood frustrations and desires – all from the comfort of my bedroom.


‘A Social TKO’ & the proper way to fight Life back

TKO-1b-600(Kelvin Cowans, aka Six-Four, is an author/writer and Memphis-area mentor. He spoke recently to about 20 male youths at Southwest Prep Academy, where he was invited by Don Thomas, director of the Mentor Program.)

Definition of technical knockout: the termination of a boxing match when a boxer is unable or is declared by the referee to be unable (as because of injuries) to continue the fight – called also TKO. Source: Merriam Webster

The Talk


Eat your fresh fruits & veggies and take the bite out of cancer

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY: I recently had a sobering encounter with a widow whose 40-year-old husband had died from prostate cancer. It was more proof telling me something that I already knew: cancer is a health hazard that continues to wreak havoc in our society.

I am honoring this grief-stricken widow's wish to remain anonymous. Her name is not important. The circumstances, however, are because they just might help someone avoid dying prematurely.

The widow was feeling the weight of a painful uncertainty. She wondered whether her late husband still would be alive if he had taken his health more seriously.


Stress relief? Eat healthy and smile more

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY: Have you ever been jarred awake by a migraine that keeps pounding in your head like you've been scrapping with the young Mike Tyson?

If this has happened to you, your arms might've felt extremely sore and your body might've felt like it was badly bruised by the pounding. So what happened overnight? How can a person go to sleep comfortably and wake up miserable?

What causes the body to react to different demands and pressure situations? That bruising feeling could be stress, which is "the body's physical, mental or chemical reaction when we get excited or confused or when we otherwise feel unsafe or threatened."


45 years after Dr. King – Now what?


Martin Luther King III, AFSCME International President Lee Saunders and thousands of others marched in commemoration of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 45 years ago in Memphis. (Photo: Warren Roseborough)


 A contingent of firefighters had a strong presence in the march that ended at the sight where Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. (Photo: Warren Roseborough)





Various causes were represented by the marchers who were undaunted by the rain that fell as they observed the 45th commemoration of Dr. King’s Death. (Photo: Warren Roseborough)


by Karanja A. Ajanaku

Across America, people are coming together to form “a new coalition of consciousness,” said Martin Luther King III, speaking at the kickoff of a Memphis march commemorating the death of his father, the iconic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King died in Memphis on April 4, 1968 and the 45th commemoration of that fateful anniversary has given the annual observation significantly more pop.

Marchers – heavy with union members – assembled early on Beale St., outside the Memphis headquarters of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Local 1733. The union has long represented Memphis sanitation workers, including those that Dr. King was in town to support when he was fatally shot on the balcony of the old Lorraine Motel.

“When women and men of good will stand up, justice occurs,” said King, who made references to challenges being faced today by Memphis sanitation department workers and other labor groups.

 Soon after, King, AFSCME officials (local and national), rank-and-file union members, and hundreds of others observed the renaming of the street in front of the local union’s headquarters. With the history of the 1968 Sanitation Strike brought present, the street became 1968 Strikers Lane.

Then it was time to march. A drizzle triggered the popping of few umbrellas, as the marchers made their way west on historic Beale Street before turning south on their way to the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM), which now encompasses the old Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was killed.

“We shall not, we shall not be moved,” was the shared refrain as the march lurched onward, many carrying signs that bore what became the unofficial battle cry of the 1968 Strike – “I am a man.”

The march ended in the courtyard of the NCRM, giving way to an AFSCME Labor Union Rally. The roster of speakers included the union’s international president, Lee Saunders, the first African American to lead the union.

King shared his vision of what he is convinced must come next.

“We must create a new non-violent – that’s the key phrase, non-violent – movement to bring about the changes that are being sought in this city and across America,” said King.

During a noon-hour panel discussion entitled,  “Labor Unions: Then and Now,” union officials were joined by Alvin Turner, one of the surviving 1968 sanitation workers. And that evening, about half an hour before the observation of the 6:01 time when Dr. King was killed, the Museum kicked off its commemorative program.

New Memphis Branch NAACP President, the Rev. Keith Norman, set the tone. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., Dr. King’s fraternity, followed up with the group’s pledge, song, and then the somber placement of a memorial wreath.

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(Karanja A. Ajanaku is executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender in Memphis.)