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Stephen A. Smith: Kobe’s Trayvon comments were ‘right on point’

stephensmith 600ESPN radio host and TV commentator Stephen A. Smith told Arsenio Hall on his talk show over the weekend that Kobe Bryant was "right on point" in his assessment that he wasn't comfortable with Miami Heat players protesting in support of Trayvon Martin without knowing all of the facts.

Bryant was quoted in the upcoming issue of the New Yorker as saying: "I won't react to something just because I'm supposed to, because I'm an African American," he reportedly said. " ... If something happens to an African American, we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we've progressed as a society? Well, we've progressed as a society, then don't jump to somebody's defense just because they're African American."

Smith said that while it is clear that black people are "outnumbered" in society, that doesn't give them a "license to be unfair." He added that people needed to "exercise a level of fairness and justice."

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Local teachers honored, celebrated at Sunday worship services

teachers 600Thousands of educators across Memphis and Shelby County were honored Sunday at the annual Celebration of Teachers. The event, coordinated by Shepherding the Next Generation – a national group of pastors and ministry leaders advocating for improvements in education – was held to pay tribute to and congratulate teachers for their hard work.

Teachers in more than 100 local churches were celebrated as part of the countywide event. During morning and afternoon worship service, participating pastors preached on the value of the teaching profession, and presented teachers with special gifts to express appreciation for their commitment to positively impact the lives of children.

"It feels really great to know that we are appreciated and valued outside of the classroom," said Brenda Taylor, fourth grade teacher at Ross Elementary and member of New Shelby Missionary Baptist Church (Collierville).

"I love teaching, and having the added support from my pastor and church members is a reminder that what teachers do really matters – not just to students and parents, but to the entire community."

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The Iconic Living Legends Award

firstblackmayor 600The Iconic Living Legends Awards Ceremony and Exhibit – scheduled to coincide with National Women's History Month – was held recently on Langston University's Oklahoma City campus.

The Iconic Living Legends Award salutes women who have had an iconic impact on the progress of women. This year's honorees included Lelia Foley-Davis, who became the first African-American woman elected mayor in the United States when she was elected mayor of Taft, Okla. on April 3, 1973.

During her acceptance speech, Foley-Davis took the audience back in time for a glimpse of the past and then reflected on the success and progress that she said so many have had a hand in fostering She brought to life episodes of difficulty and depression, detailing barriers created by whites and blacks. She also emphasized how hard people worked to overcome the obstacles.

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Why College Students Should Also 
Run a Business

collegebusiness 600These days, it seems as though Americans are spending more for college while getting less value in return – a trend research validates, says entrepreneur Matt Stewart.

"The average cost for an in-state public college is $22,261, and a moderate budget for a private college averaged $43,289 for the 2012–2013 academic year; for elite schools, we're talking about three times the cost of your local state school," says Stewart, a spokesperson for College Works Painting, (www.collegeworks.com), which provides practical and life-changing business experience for college students who have shown potential for success. Interns operate their own house-painting business with hands-on guidance from mentors.

Making matters worse, adults in their 30s have 21 percent less net worth than 30-somethings 30 years ago, according to a new Urban Institute report.

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