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‘Scandal’ and ‘Orange’ is the New Black’ snag Emmy nominations

Emmys
Joe Morton, better known as the infamous “Papa Pope” on TV’s hit series “Scandal,” has secured a nomination for this year’s round of Emmy Awards. Thursday’s eagerly awaited reveal of the list of nominees was a huge nod to “Game of Thrones,” which secured 19 nominations, followed closely by “Fargo” (18) and “American Horror Story: Coven (17)”.
 
“Scandal” received only two nominations in addition to Morton’s, with Kerry Washington vying for best actress in a drama series and Kate Burton contending for best guest actress.

Showtime at the Hattiloo begins with ‘Once On This Island’

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‘Once On This Island’ is billed as a “highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid’ and it’s booked as the grand opening performance for the Hattiloo Theatre at Overton Square.
 
With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and composed by Stephen Flaherty, “Once On This Island” begins July 18th and runs through Aug. 3rd. 
 
 
“We really want to open our doors wide to all of Memphis and Shelby County,” said Ekundayo Bandele, Hattiloo’s founder and artistic director.

#901Choice2014 – a social media targeted forum

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Following a May primary that saw just 17 percent of registered voters participate, including only 4 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 35, The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) and Social Change with a Twist (SCWT) decided to collaborate to produce a unique platform for voter engagement.
 
Making use of social media reach and engagement, #901Choice2014 (hashtag901Choice2014) is designed to touch younger potential voters and to attract them to at least tune in via social media platforms, if not attend the actual candidates’ forum.

TSD opens nominations for 2014 Best in Black Awards

Best in Black
 
Each summer since 2012 Memphians have had a chance to weigh in on naming the “best” across a wide spectrum of business and individual categories. Their choices reflect answers to questions such as these:
 
Who has the best hot wings in Memphis? What about Soul food? What is the Best Barber Shop in Memphis? Who’s the best personal trainer? Best Choir? Best Radio Personality? How about Beauty Salon? What Nail Salon tops all others? 
 
By way of the third annual Best In Black Awards hosted by The New Tri-State Defender, the public again has the opportunity to nominate and subsequently choose their favorites based upon their experiences and opinions. Nominations, which are now open, will close on July 18th. Voting kicks off on July 21st and ends at midnight on August 5th.

Yes, immigrant kids are fleeing violence, but so were kids in Chicago last weekend

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Incensed by President Barack Obama’s plan to deport thousands of immigrant children who have arrived in the U.S. illegally in recent months, activists have taken to the streets to chide the president. Many protests have included children. At one, a young boy can be seen carrying a sign that reads, “No deportation of children fleeing violence and poverty.”
 
I, too, care about children facing violence and poverty, and that’s why I support the Obama administration’s plan to expedite deportations.