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Fred Johnson – Memphis Training Camp for Dads Hall of Famer

(Every year, fathers – biological and non-biological – are honored for their impact on their families and the community and placed in the Memphis Training Camp for Dads Hall of Fame. The New Tri-State Defender will highlight past award recipients in the series, “Where Are They Now?”)
dadhalloffamer 600It’s been three years since father and community figure, Fred Johnson, received the Hall of Fame Award at the inaugural Memphis Training Camp for Dads. Then, he was raising his daughter, Jasmine, who was a bright and talented freshman at Wiley College. He’d raised her as a single dad after his wife passed away in 2011 when Jasmine was just a year old.
Despite challenges, Johnson continues to give and remains a father figure in the community. Today, he serves on the Community Advisory Board at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and is a coordinator for WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) at Rozelle Creative and Performing Arts Elementary School, his daughter’s former school. 

My Brother’s Keeper initiative release 90-day task force report

President Barack Obama‘s “Year Of Action” plans have been part of an aggressive push by the administration not to fall into lame-duck status. My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative aimed at promoting the success of young men of color, was launched in February. On Friday, the Presidential Task Force for My Brother’s Keeper unveiled a report compiled by suggestions and input from a variety of community leaders, government obamambrotherskeeper 600officials, and other individuals.

 The Task Force’s 60-page report is replete with facts, figures, and personal accounts of those who are the target area for My Brother’s Keeper. NewsOne was present for a media call held Thursday, regarding My Brother’s Keeper. Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser; Cecilia Muñoz, White House director of Domestic Policy; and Broderick Johnson, White House cabinet secretary and chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, presented the aims of the.

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National HIV Testing Day and the push for awareness

nationalHIV 600National HIV Testing Day is less than a month away and the free-testing opportunities in Memphis that day will include one created by a partnership between Walgreens and Greater Than Aids.

 Across the country, myriad awareness efforts will be in high gear on National HIV Testing Day, which will be observed on June 27th. The Walgreens-Greater Than AIDS collaboration will yield free HIV testing over a three-day period.

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Healthy beauty that can stand the heat

healthybeauty 600Summer beauty doesn’t have to be a difficult thing to master. In fact, the right summer beauty tips can actually make you look healthy and gorgeous…in less time.
Water, Water Everywhere
Aside from a proper diet and consistent workouts, water is a beauty must that you cannot live without. Healthy beauty comes from within, so drink plenty of water. Plus, hydrated skin looks more vibrant and fresh.

Why Google should call some black friends

google 600Google just did something few tech companies have shown interest in doing: It seriously confronted the issue of diversity – or, rather, its lack thereof.
The company issued a report on its workforce diversity, and let’s just say, if it had wanted to, the report could have been summarized as follows: “When it comes to Latino and black employees, we have almost no diversity.” At the moment, 2 percent of Google’s workforce is black, despite black Americans making up 13 percent of the population. Hispanics are just 3 percent of its workforce, despite being nearly 17 percent of the population.
To its credit, Google not only commissioned the report – something it did not have to do – but also shared the results, something it also did not have to do.