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Just energy policies championed by NAACP and partners

JustEnergy 600Fresh on the heels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever proposed nationwide limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, the Memphis Branch NAACP and several community partners recently held a media event to amplify the need for “just energy policies.”
 
The session at the Benjamin Hooks Main Library followed last month’s government release of its third National Climate Assessment. The assessment, said session organizers, documented “the alarming extent to which climate change already is adversely impacting Tennesseans, underlying the importance to take strong and just action to curb pollution from power plants before the impacts worsen.”

Health, well-being and good business is a ‘happy’ combination at McD’s

MCD 600Fast-food giant McDonald’s USA is on a mission to help nurture a healthier America, with Dr. Cindy Goody, director of nutrition, carrying a super-sized load of responsibility.
 
Goody and a crew of McDonald’s representatives brought their message to The New Tri-State Defender recently after visiting with 50-plus students ages five to nine at an area Boys and Girls Club. The push there was telling the kids how they could eat from the MyPlate recommended food groups “wherever they are as well as at McDonald’s”
 
They also talked to a similar number of 10- to 14-year-old students. The level of engagement overall was impressive said Goody, weaving in the fact that promoting “movement” is part of McDonald’s education awareness outreach.

Dr. Angelou’s ‘giving spirit’ felt at memorial service

(Attorney and former Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey, a civil rights activist, author and actor, attended the Angelou 600memorial services for Dr. Maya Angelou, along with his wife, Adrienne Bailey. This is his special account.)
 
Dr. Maya Angelou was memorialized Saturday (June 7th) at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University with full recognition of her broad political and literary influence across the globe. A diverse crowd from across the country, and some from abroad, filed in under the banner hanging at the chapel front featuring a picture of Dr. Angelou and the words “A Celebration of Rising Joy.” Inside, abundant long stemmed white lilies flowed from large vases and white roses formed a broad ribbon in front of the podium.

Leadership for a new era of public education Part II

Hopson 600(With his first year as superintendent now a matter of record, Shelby County Schools Supt. Dorsey Hopson reflected on the historic first year of the merged district with TSD President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II. Here is Part II of that wide-ranging conversation.) 
 
Bernal E. Smith II: You have spoken publicly about the need to be sure that all of the students and schools in the bottom five percent of state achievement have some intentional treatment designed to raise student achievement. Would you update us on the effort to meet this need?
Supt. Dorsey Hopson: I think the focus really has to be on chronically underperforming as opposed to just the bottom five percent. At the end of the day, I’m not comfortable and you wouldn’t be comfortable either, with sending your child to a school in the bottom 10 percent much less five percent. We are considering a number of strategies. But the most important is trying to make sure that every classroom, no matter what school, has an effective teacher in it. 
  • Written by Bernal E. Smith II-besmith@tri-statedefender.com
  • Category: Original

Colon cancer education – a grassroots appeal

“It’s gross.”
 
“It’s embarrassing.”
 
Bowden 600“ It’s not exactly dinner table conversation, if you know what I mean…”
 
Those are just a few of the statements I hear when I ask Memphians why our community doesn’t talk about getting a colonoscopy. The truth is this: a colonoscopy isn’t gross. It isn’t embarrassing. It’s discreet, simple, and life-saving. 
 
For twenty years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work at the grassroots level to educate our city about the importance of a colorectal screening. I’ve personally given over 200 speeches. My small practice has provided colon cancer education at over 1,000 events. I’ve partnered with the Memphis Grizzlies’ Community Health team, local political leaders, dozens of churches and businesses, and countless community leaders. I’ve even released an Emmy-nominated commercial to spread our message. 
 

Dr. Ben Carson: The ‘One Nation’ interview

carson book_600Benjamin Solomon Carson was born in Detroit on September 18, 1951, where he and his big brother, Curtis, were raised by a single-mom. Dr. Carson, who realized his childhood ream of becoming a physician, recently retired as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a groundbreaking career of over 35 years.
 
Now a Washington Times columnist and Fox News contributor, he is also the author of numerous New York Times best-sellers, including “Gifted Hands,” an autobiography which was made into a feature-length film starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. More recently, he co-wrote “America the Beautiful” and now “One Nation” with his wife Candy. 
 
A former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, Dr. Carson is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He and his wife founded the Carson Scholars Fund, an organization dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of deserving young people.   

Turbo-charging business ideas for the new Memphis

Creating more women- and minority-owned businesses is the hole Memphis needs to plug in the digital age. In a nutshell that’s the message entrepreneurial guru Andre Fowlkes delivered recently at a lunch meeting of the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
 
NAW 600Fowlkes, who has a Wall Street background, is the creator of StartCo, a business designed to help people launch real companies, even if the business dream is just an idea so far. After his presentation, several attendees said it helped them pinpoint a major hole in the city’s economic outlook and shed light on some challenges they are facing in the development of their business plans.
  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Original

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

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* Memphis Italian Festival
4pm-11pm | Marquette Park
 
Downtown Trolley Night
5pm-10pm | Downtown Main St.
 
Tilmon M. Keaton “Change Your LIFE” Book Signing
6pm-9pm | Art Village Gallery