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Memphis Links, Inc. and Girls Inc. partner to ‘Get Out the Vote’

register 600The Memphis chapter of the Links, Inc. and Girls, Inc. of Memphis will host a “Get Out the Vote” campaign to help Memphis and Shelby County citizens register on Saturday (June 7th).
The voter registration drive will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the main entrance of the Southland Mall. Participants can bring any form of government identification. Assistance with filling out the voter registration card will be provided, if necessary.
The outreach effort is being extended through the Links’ “It’s a Girl’s Life” (IAGL) program in conjunction with Girls, Inc. of Memphis’ Eureka Program.

Michael Baisden returns to a ‘movement’ he helped launch

Baisden 600(BlackNews.com) – Nationally syndicated radio host and community activist Michael Baisden and professor Devin Robinson are linked to the “movement” that will be on display at the 5th annual Beauty Supply Store Start-Up Summer Conference in Atlanta.
Organized by Robinson (www.DevinRobinson.com), the conference is set for Aug. 16th-17th. Baisden will be the keynote speaker.
Baisden first met Robinson via telephone in 2006, when Robinson appeared on his show in connection with the documentary “The Korean Takeover,” which highlighted the challenges African Americans faced in the beauty supply business. At the time, Robinson owned three stores and had recently authored “Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner.”

Jet Magazine releases its final print issue

jet 600The cover of the last issue salutes JET magazine’s iconic history by featuring images of previous covers throughout the past 63 years. Inside, readers will find a retrospective of the news covered in the magazine dating from 1951 to the present. 

Coverage includes:
• A letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama;
• A tribute to the late Maya Angelou’
• Recognition of some the biggest celebrities on the pages of JET, such as Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Whitney Houston, Spike Lee, Diana Ross, Halle Berry, Beyoncé, Tyler Perry and more;
• A montage of the best JET beauties and the best of the “Week’s Best Photo”;

My house is not your home

jackson 600Since the economic crash of 2008, I think everyone has had to make adjustments – except the federal government – including cutting back on discretionary spending, fewer weekends at the beach, eating out less, etc.
What I like about Americans is that when times get hard, we have a tendency to reach out to help those around us who are less fortunate. We will share a loaf of bread with a neighbor.  We will give a bag of groceries to a needy member of our church.  We will pay the fees for our child’s friend to attend summer camp.
Those we have some connection to will always be on the receiving end of our largess when we have the wherewithal and after we have fulfilled the obligations we have to our families.  This is the America I love and cherish. But this love is becoming somewhat diminished in light of recent numbers on the level of homelessness among children in the U.S. 

City of Memphis outdoor pools to open Saturday

poolside 600For those eagerly awaiting the City of Memphis summer swim season, it’s time to jump in – with caution, of course.
Outdoor pools open Saturday (June 7th), with the season extending through July 26th. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Toni Holmon-Turner, public affairs manager for Parks and Neighborhoods, says taking a dip in a City of Memphis pool has gotten easier this year.