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Oprah & Bishop Jakes – raising the roof, again!

oprahjakes 600CHICAGO – Oprah and Bishop T.D. Jakes come together for a follow up, "roof-raising" conversation in an all-new episode of "Oprah Lifeclass" on how to unleash the power of your natural instinct

The episode airs on Sunday (May 11th) at 8 p.m. CT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Throughout the conversation, Oprah and Jakes "raise the roof" with inspirational messages on how to become the highest vision of yourself and never settle for status quo; plus, Jakes shows viewers that their natural instincts are really "the treasure map to their souls' satisfaction."

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Ecumenical lunch serves dialogue to African-American church leaders and RNC

RNCLunch 600Here's the picture: An ecumenical lunch between members of several historically African-American church denominations and members of the Republican National Committee.

OK, pencil in African-American pastors from non-denominational churches, color in the Catfish Cabin and frame the whole thing in Memphis.

That's the scenario that came into view on Wednesday (March 7th), thanks in large part to Pastor Chester Berryhill and his wife Vivian, president of the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses. They organized the lunch to welcome RNC members, who were in Memphis for the RNC's annual spring meeting.

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Who do Republicans like Rand Paul actually represent?

GAHardaway 600(G.A. Hardaway, a Democrat, represents the 93rd District in the Tennessee General Assembly, including part of Shelby County and the City of Memphis. He is currently the Secretary of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators. On Friday, he released this commentary.)

Today, in my beloved Memphis, the Republican National Committee is continuing their spring meeting. Among the various decisions being made and events taking place is one of particular interest to me: a luncheon featuring a keynote speech from Kentucky Tea Party senator Rand Paul.

That Sen. Paul is speaking at a GOP luncheon is not at all notable; what is notable is that he is doing it here in Memphis, not one mile from the place where, on April 4, 1968, our city and our country was forever changed.

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NBA names Dick Parsons interim CEO of LA Clippers

Richard Parsons_600The NBA has named Dick Parsons interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers.

League Commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday that the former Citigroup chairman, Time Warner chairman and CEO will take the position, effective immediately.

"I believe the hiring of Dick Parsons will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization," Silver said, according to a recent press release. "Dick's credentials as a proven chief executive speak for themselves, and I am extremely grateful he accepted this responsibility."


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Investing in black males: Why pro sports gets it and everyone else doesn’t

AAGrads 600Recently, I started thinking of pragmatic ways to bridge the gaps of opportunity for black males. Seeing that this is a free-market-based economy, with everything having value, I looked at it in terms of what our value really is to this country. That led me to wondering how much is invested in us to begin with.

It's a question I never got an answer to, but I learned a lot while trying to answer it, and when I looked at it from an investment standpoint, things began to look different to me.

For example, a stockbroker who lives in Montclair, N.J., would see quite a different quality of life than a bus driver in Baltimore. They might work equally hard at their jobs, but because so much was invested in the stockbroker when he was 13, he gets to live a better life at 45. However the bus driver didn't get that same investment as a kid and now his options are fewer. Not that there's anything wrong with being a bus driver, but the likelihood is that he did not have as many options as the stockbroker leading up to this point.

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