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Staci Franklin: From diagnosis to mission


What could’ve been just a devastating diagnosis turned into a strengthening experience that led breast cancer survivor Staci Franklin to her current mission – spreading awareness and hope.

Five years into her mission, Franklin was mingling with guests and kicking it on the dance floor recently (Oct. 18) during A Pink Affair, a fundraiser sponsored by Staci & Friends for A Cure at The Bridges Center at 477 North Fifth Street. Her demeanor reflected what she wants women to know – that a breast cancer diagnosis does not have to be the end of the story.

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‘Christmas creep’ wants you!


Did you notice that some stores are already touting Christmas sales?  They are encouraging people to start buying for Christmas now.  We’ve been experiencing this “Christmas creep” for years. …

Part of the reason for the Christmas creep is that fourth quarter spending can make or break annual sales for retailers. … Not only will fourth quarter spending influence annual profits, but they will also signal the strength of the economic recovery that only a few are experiencing. …

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Drumming up opposition to Amendment 1 in the African-American community


“Vote No on 1: The Civil Rights Perspective” will be the focus on Monday (Oct. 27) of an event that will feature several prominent African-American leaders and organizations during a gathering at the headquarters of AFSCME Local 1733 at 485 Beale St.

Vote No on One Tennessee, the primary campaign focused on defeating Amendment 1, will hold the event in an effort to raise awareness about “Amendment 1’s dangerous consequences” and drive up voter turnout in Memphis.

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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.


* Boo! Ball
7pm-12am | Pink Palace Museum

* River Arts Fest
6pm | S. Main District

* Black Rock Revival
8pm | Minglewood Hall

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Dinaw Mengestu – alive, writing & reading


Dinaw Mengestu will be in Memphis on a mission next month – to stimulate area residents to embrace a deeper and more widespread level of reading. That he is even alive to do so is a story itself.

An Ethiopian immigrant, Mengestu is the author of “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.” First published in 2007, it blends fiction with fact and Mengestu’s own history, detailing the experiences of an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, DC after fleeing his country’s revolution 17 years earlier.

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