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At various local events and venues, area residents are captured saluting achievers, responding to encouragement, taking on new ventures, having fun and more!

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An evening with Stephen A. Smith

StephenA3Sports journalist Stephen A. Smith – known for his outspoken, forward nature – didn't hold anything back when addressing the large crowd that came to hear him speak at the University of Memphis Michael D. Rose Theater on Tuesday (Feb. 12th).

From topics such as value and success to race, Smith offered wisdom and commentary in his characteristic blunt, unapologetic manner. Among the topics that he took on was being prepared for and understanding how the world works.

"Are you ready for what waits? The world is always ready. It has no compassion, it will ignore you.... unless you understand the challenges that await," said Smith.

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National Marriage Week designed to strengthen bonds

Pamela-King 600National Marriage Week (Feb 7-14) is a collaborative campaign to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate and build a stronger marriage culture. Over the last decade, 41 percent of births occurred out of wedlock, more are opting to cohabitate and the number of divorces is steadily increasing. National Marriage Week is a great time for couples to reassess, refresh and renew their commitment to their marriages.

Marriages need consistency, commitment and connection to grow and flourish. Marriage is an interactive institution that unites two to become one. To achieve a successful marriage, the husband and wife must be 100 percent engaged in the marriage daily.

You made the commitment to pour into your marriage the tenacity and energy needed to make your marriage and spouse top priority in your life. It's imperative that you learn how to keep your spouse happy, healthy, and satisfied. This is an ongoing process that must be nourished regularly.

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How bobsledding became a black winter sport

bobsledding 600Willie Davenport was born in central Alabama and was a college track standout in Baton Rouge, La. He qualified for four consecutive U.S. Olympic track teams as a hurdler, winning the gold medal at 110 meters in Mexico City in 1968 and a bronze eight years later in Montreal, and, in 1982, was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Davenport would later become a very successful track coach.

All of which makes it extraordinary that, arguably, Davenport's greatest Olympic legacy may have been in the Winter Olympic sport of bobsled. After his hurdling career ended, Davenport accepted an invitation to train with the U.S. national team in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the 1980 Winter Games would be staged. He wound up, at 36 years of age, making the Olympic bobsled team as a push athlete and managed a respectable 12th-place finish in Lake Placid.

Amid the "Miracle on Ice" frenzy at that Olympics, bobsled was not even a blip on the American sports radar. However, Davenport's Lake Placid run proved to be a historic milestone, impacting both the sport of bobsled and the overall fabric of the Winter Games: Davenport and his sled-mate Jeff Gadley, a college decathlete, became the first black men ever to compete at the Winter Olympics.

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‘About Last Night’

michaelealy 600If you're planning to do anything for Valentine's Day you should at least make plans to check out "About Last Night," which opens in theatres this Friday (Feb. 14th).

"About Last Night" is somewhat of a remake of the 1986 film, which starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore and was a film version of the 1974 off-Broadway play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." This particular adaptation stars Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy...and yes, it's a great film.

Ealy was in Memphis this past weekend promoting the film at a second sneak screening at the Malco Paradiso. The Red Carpet premiere was set to take place last week before the weather in Atlanta caused all of the flights to be cancelled and his appearance to be postponed.

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