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Cuts to Section 8 will increase homelessness in Memphis

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Homelessness is a major issue in the City of Memphis. According to a 2013 report by the Community Alliance for The Homeless, homelessness has decreased by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013. However, one does not have to look high and low to observe the faces of countless men, women, and yes, even children who won’t have a safe place to sleep tonight.
 
Obviously, there are many factors that contribute to homelessness. The greatest contributor to what has become a national epidemic in the United States is an appalling lack of affordable housing. Rents today are higher than ever, forcing families and individuals to tighten their belts on other basic necessities such as food, transportation, child care, and medical costs. 


Stephen A. had his say and it’s real

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Trying to watch “First Take” lately has been an exercise in futility. Without the Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless dynamic, it’s just another mundane ESPN show lacking character, sizzle or opinion divergence. Stephen A. is still on suspension actually for speaking truth. Here’s an excerpt of what he said:
 
“In Ray Rice’s case, he probably deserves more than a two-game suspension. But at the same time, we also have to make sure that we learn as much as can about elements of provocation.  Not that there’s real provocation, but elements elements of provocation.”

UniverSoul Circus ready to fly high for Memphis fans

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The UniverSoul Circus is a family attraction that attendees most likely won’t forget. Ranked in the top 10 of Ticketmaster’s top 25 events, it is the only African-American circus in the world and the most requested family event in the United States.
 
With that in mind, lots of children and their parents in Memphis will be waiting for the UniverSoul Circus to pitch its big top tent at the Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Rd., for over-the-top, high-flying excitement the week of Aug. 26 – Sept. 1.

Election draw federal monitors

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Among those closely watching the Federal and State Primary and Shelby County General Election on Election Day (Aug. 7) will be a crew of federal monitors dispatched by the U.S. Department of Justice.
 
That’s just the result sought by a local group that has been pushing for such intervention for some time. The group includes State Rep. G. A. Hardaway, former Shelby County Commissioner Julian Bolton, former Shelby County Commission Chair and current Democratic nominee for Shelby County Mayor Deidre Malone, former Shelby County Democratic Chair and current candidate for Shelby County Commission Van Turner, former Memphis City Councilwoman TaJuan Stout Mitchell, Shelby County Democratic Party Chair Bryan Carson and former Shelby County Democratic Party Chair David Cocke.

How to change your image

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Why do we care about how we look? Since the beginning of time, we as
women have concerned ourselves with our appearance and how physically attractive we are. However, in these modern times the normal concern of caring about how we present ourselves has turned into an obsession for far too many women. In today’s media, “thin-is-in.” 
 
Unfortunately several of us measure our body image on how we stack up against those bodies that have been cut and pasted into magazines or against our peers. When we view our body image poorly, that not only decreases general life satisfaction and happiness, but it can also cause severe eating disorders. Making a targeted effort to improve body image for ourselves and loved ones would be a smart, even life-altering thing to do.