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To vote or not to vote?

vote or not to vote
When the executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender learned that I would vote for the very first time in the Aug. 7th election, he declared me the “perfect” summer intern for the assignment of identifying and talking with two eighteen year olds with nearly polar opposite views of participating in the electoral process.
 
My conversations with Taira Boltze and El’Keenan T. Liggins are the fruits of my journey of discovery. 
 
Candidates with ‘righteousness, braveness and willingness’
 
Taira H. Boltze has taken all the steps needed to do something on Aug. 7th that she never has done before – vote.

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

memphis
Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Memphis Redbirds vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox
7:05pm | Autozone Stadium
 
* Lauren Hill Concert
8pm | Minglewood Hall
 
* Naturals in the City: Preshow Party
8pm | 1884 Lounge

UTHSC professor gets boost in quest for insights to help newborns

kidney researcher 
A $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases will allow Dr. Adebowale Adebiyi to further investigate newborn kidney function.  
 
Adebiyi is an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). With the grant he will focus on the functions of cell membrane proteins known as “ion channels” that are located in blood vessels and glomeruli (delicate units where blood is cleaned and filtered) within the kidneys.

New leader for the AKAs

New AKA Leader
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BlackNews.com) – The guidance of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), over the next four years is now in the hands of Milwaukee, Wis. businesses executive Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson.
 
Wilson is the international service organization’s 2014-18 international president. She was sworn in during a ceremony culminating the sorority’s weeklong international convention held in Charlotte from July 12 - July 18. The installation took place at the Charlotte Convention.

Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced U.S. students ever tested for HIV

sex data
Only 22 percent of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV, even though young people account for a disproportionate share of new infections, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will report at the 2014 International AIDS Conference.
 
Female and African-American students were more likely to be tested than male students and other racial/ethnic groups, but HIV testing among all groups of adolescents remains low, the CDC analysis found.