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Boxing academy trains ‘champions for life’

MC Williams is a used-to-be “hothead” who credits The Restoration House Champions for Life Boxing Academy in Frayser with helping him learn discipline and self-control.

“It’s not like your typical gym,” said the 16-year-old Williams. “Coach P teaches more than just fighting and self-defense. He teaches you discipline and respect for yourself and pe


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Let’s talk economic empowerment

A three-pronged, African-American community economic development push emerged from the Best in Black Awards “community conversation” held at the National Civil Rights Museum last week.

“Economic Empowerment as a Path to Social Justice (#stayawoke) was the theme of the Thursday evening conversation. It kicked off three days of Best in Black Awards M


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City considering decriminalizing weed

The Memphis City Council’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee voted 5-2 on Tuesday to approve the recommendation of an ordinance that could make small marijuana possession a civil penalty versus a criminal charge.

Right now, such possession is a Class A misdemeanor in Tennessee, punishable by a $250 fine and up to a year in jail. If


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For Memphis-area mental health counselor Brandy J. Flynn, turning up the volume on the need for more open dialogue about mental health and stress management in minority communities is an ongoing priority.

During National Minority Health Awareness Month in July, she made another move in that direction by hosting an event called “Cupcakes & C


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New disparity study charts a way forward

The 2016 City of Memphis Disparity Study – released this week – noted that several recommendations made in the 2010 study were not implemented. The firm that conducted the study concluded that the failure to do so hampered the possibility of minority- and women-owned businesses doing more business with the city.

Griffin & Strong P.C., the


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