Memphis music icon Rufus Thomas would be particularly wild and proud of this year's "Emissaries of Memphis Music."
Thomas' daughters, Carla Thomas and Vaneese Thomas, are among the honorees who will be saluted during the 2014 Emissaries of Memphis Music Awards on March 20th at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway.
Hosted by the Memphis Music Commission, the event begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Memphis Musicians Healthcare Plan, which provides no cost access to Medical Care for Memphis Musicians.
"The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun."
The words and the tune are familiar, but the decidedly hip-hop twist belies a completely different story: that of the orphan Annie, who, in 2014, just happens to be black.
On Wednesday the world was given a sneak peek at the new "Annie" – starring Oscar-nominated child star Quvenzhané Wallis and the ever talented Jamie Foxx – as the first trailer hit the Internet. The 2:30-minute clip shows a modern spin on the beloved tale of the mistreated orphan who went on to be adopted by one of the world's richest men. Featured are the streets of Harlem and a mayoral campaign, as well as revamped versions of the classic songs.
I, along with my three brothers, was raised by a single mother who worked multiple jobs and sacrificed a tremendous amount for us. Despite all of her love and hard work, in my youth, I did not escape the pitfalls that commonly plague young boys growing up in low-income and single parent households.
I was arrested multiple times until a Michigan judge gave me an ultimatum to either turn my life around and get my education or serve a long term prison sentence. The goodwill sentencing of that judge allowed me to change for the better and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds that my friends I faced growing up.
I was trapped in a cycle of self-destructive behavior. It's the same cycle that far too many of our minority brothers are stuck in today.
Today, middle class households feel the same financial stress that low-and- moderate income families have borne for years, says new research by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a national nonprofit organization working to alleviate poverty and create economic opportunity.
In its report, Treading Water in the Deep End, CFED analyzes the financial security of American households and public policy responses to the financial crisis.
"As millions of Americans struggle to save for emergencies, investing in their futures is increasingly out of reach," states the report.
All the miles of new bicycle infrastructure that the City of Memphis has constructed since 2010 would get you within about 17 miles of Jackson, Tenn.
According to the 2014 State of Bicycling Report, 71.15 miles of new bicycle infrastructure was created over the three-year period, a 114 percent increase of dedicated space for persons using bicycles, mostly along Memphis streets. The report was released on Friday.
"One way in which we keep Memphis competitive is by providing choices for our residents," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "In transportation, we've traditionally left the automobile as the only way to move around the city, but in just a short period of time, we've shown that with a little creativity and direction, Memphis can offer the same, if not better, amenities as any modern city."
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