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We can make the future come faster in the South

We have the antidote to voter suppression: massive voter registration.
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We proved it 50 years ago during Freedom Summer. We proved it again in Florida in 2012, when NAACP activists registered 115,000 people in a year when the legislature had effectively made traditional voter registration strategies illegal.
We need to prove it again this summer. As we prepare for November’s midterm elections – and look forward to 2016 – our focus should be on the stretch of heavily black states and counties below the Mason-Dixon Line that make up the “Black Belt.”

Disney’s Zendaya Coleman to play late R&B singer Aaliyah in Lifetime biopic

The  Lifetime Network has tapped Disney star Zendaya Coleman to bring the aaliyah1 600story of late R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton to life.
The biopic, tentatively titled “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” will air in the fall.
According to Lifetime, the film “follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on “Star Search” at the age of 10 to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the princess of R&B. 

Independent artist Tyke T grows on

TykeT 600Tyke T, the current winner of K97’s next big thing and The Memphis Grizzlies Showcase champion, recently took to the national stage as a competitor in the VH1 “Make a Band Famous” competition.
Hundreds of bands entered the competition by submitting a 15-second Instagram performance clip. Fans then voted for their favorite bands and the top 24 were chosen to compete in New York for a shot at a record contract with Republic Records and a VH1 “you ought to Know” campaign.  The contestants then had to compete in a various challenges during a 24-hour live stream on VH1.com.

This week is going to be ‘hot, hot, hot!’

hot 600With the forecast for this week expected to hover around 90 degrees, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) is strongly advising residents to take precautions against heat-related illnesses. 
“We are particularly concerned with the very young, elderly, and individuals who suffer from certain medical conditions (such as heart disease or high blood pressure) who tend to be at a greater risk,” said Helen Morrow, M.D., health officer for the SCHD.

A new chapter for retirement

sims1 600John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” This is certainly true of preparing for retirement. If we continue to expect that the ways of the past will see us through to our futures, we will be left behind. The methods that helped prepare us for retirement are quickly disappearing, and we must start using others.
Today’s companies are rewriting the retirement rules for working Americans. Traditional pension plans, which gained prominence in the 20th century, are rapidly disappearing because of the high costs involved in funding them. Some corporations are defaulting on their plans, and an increasing number
of companies have underfunded or at-risk plans.