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Is a sex tape key to a successful relationship?

Myron-Mays-160Big talk this week is the leaked sex tape between "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" stars Mimi and Nikko. If you haven't heard about this or at least heard, seen or read a "shower rod" joke in the past few days, you must be living underneath a rock...a very large one.

Admittedly, I've been spending a little time under that rock myself. I have never watched an episode of the show. Before this week I couldn't have picked Mimi or Nikko out of a line up. However, I know them both quite well now. Possibly more than I'd really like.

OK, first off, it's not really a sex tape; it's a "DVD." A sex tape is a video between two people that is meant to be kept private. This was a production with a professional cameraman that was made for retail. Ever since Kim Kardashian made the spotlight for a "sex tape" there seems to be never-ending quests for 15 minutes of fame...or the extending of it, that is.

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Scholarship program extends legacy of Fannie Cole Clark

FannieClark 600When the late Fannie Cole Clark was a child, she created her own classroom beneath a backyard tree and taught the neighborhood kids. Even at an early age, she held a deep passion for education.

Years later, she would fulfill her life's dream by becoming a Memphis City Schools educator, as well as an accomplished musician, recording artist, songwriter and founder of the Fannie Clark Singers and Tennessee Mass Choir. As a community activist, for more than 20 years, Clark welcomed candidates of all political affiliations to her home to speak to hundreds of citizens about their plans to improve Memphis and Shelby County.

To honor her work, family members, friends, and the community she loved have established the Fannie Cole Clark Scholarship for high school seniors. The scholarship program will be officially launched on May 16th at 7 p.m. at the inaugural Fannie Cole Clark Scholarship Banquet at Rejoice in the Covenant Church, 2931 Ridgeway Rd.

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To Kenya, with love!

kenya 600The Second Annual Prayer Breakfast for Kenyan Kids was held Saturday morning (April 12) at the Salvation Army Kroc Center to support the orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya, Africa. It was a unique opportunity for those in attendance to make a monetary contribution to send care packages and supplies to the Kenyan children.

Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to support the Maua Methodist Hospital in rural Kenya and its outreach programs to the community, including AIDS orphans. Medications and medical supplies will be delivered to the hospital in July.

The prayer breakfast also was the setting of an art exchange exhibit between the children of Caldwell Guthrie Elementary School in North Memphis and the children at the ECD Clark School in Maua, Kenya. More than 100 supporters attended the breakfast and exhibit.

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Hank Aaron receives hate mail after defending President Obama

aaron 600Forty years after baseball legend Hank Aaron was hit with a barrage of hate mail for breaking Babe Ruth's home run record, he's reportedly getting nasty letters in the mail again — this time for defending President Barack Obama.

In a recent USA Today interview, the 80-year-old Hall of Famer used some incendiary words to describe the partisan opponents of the president.

"This country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he's treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts," he told the newspaper.

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Government as innovator? You bet!

randd 600Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion.

People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they're wrong. We need to boost the government's investment in R&D, not slash it.

Let's begin with the federal government's record, which is nothing short of impressive:

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