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It’s Malone vs. Luttrell in August

mayorraceDeidre Malone's marching orders to her constituents were succinct: "Let's take this thing."

That "thing" is the office of Shelby County Mayor. She earned the right to issue the summons to action by outdistancing the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., who surprised many coming in second, and County Commissioner Steve Mulroy in Tuesday's Shelby County Primary Elections.

Of the votes cast, Malone polled 35.8 percent, with Whalum 32.8 percent and Mulroy drawing 31.2 percent. Those percentages reflected all but one precinct.

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foodmovie 600For movies opening May 9, 2014


"Chef" (R for profanity and sexual references) Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this kitchen sink comedy as a cook who quits his job at a fancy restaurant in L.A. before returning to his Miami roots to operate his own food truck while reconciling differences with his estranged ex (Sofia Vergara). Cast includes Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale and Amy Sedaris.

"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" (PG for scary images and scenes of peril) Animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) venturing back to the Emerald City where she joins forces with a princess (Megan Hilty), an owl (Oliver Platt), a tugboat (Patrick Stewart) and a marshmallow (Hugh Dancy) after she finds the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Cowardly Lion (Jim Belushi) under the spell of a wicked Court Jester (Martin Short). Voice cast features Bernadette Peters as Glinda the good witch, Tacey Adams as Auntie Em and Michael Krawic as Uncle Henry.


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Hair extension business keeps on growing

HairExtension 600Whether the preference is weave or extensions, the process of lengthening or thickening hair crosses all color and ethnic lines. According to Clutch Magazine, the hair extension business is a $9 billion industry that has shown no signs of slowing.

Just as the hairstyles are creative, so are the many ways of entering the market. For example, entry can made via a brick-and-mortar store as a distributor or hair stylist or through an online presence or even through franchising and multilevel marketing.

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Meet the 16 year old who graduated from college before high school

gracebush 600Grace Bush has already graduated from college.

That may not be fascinating in and of itself, but the 16-year-old has yet to receive her high school diploma. That graduation ceremony will happen this Friday, the Sun Sentinel reports.

The clever teenager attends Florida Atlantic University High School, which has a special program with FAU that allows young students to earn college credit at no cost while in high school.


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The question no one is asking Donald Sterling

George Curry-160Why would a white racist have sex with a person of color?

That's the question that few people in the media want to raise, let alone address. But it is an age-old contradiction not limited to Donald Sterling, the hate spewing soon-to-be former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Beginning with slavery in the original colonies – even earlier in Africa with the arrival of European colonizers – white men have forced themselves on black women. Caucasian men from Thomas Jefferson on the left to South Carolina senator and longtime arch-segregationist Strom Thurmond on the right have projected one image in public while having sex – even children – with black women under the cover of darkness. They were talking white (superiority ) while sleeping black.

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