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Congressman Cohen Commemorates 153rd Anniversary of Juneteenth

June 19, 2018 - articles

Holiday Recognizes End of Slavery in the United States   WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) noted the 153rd anniversary of Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, when a Union Army general brought the news to the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas, that they, and all slaves in the…

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Congressman Cohen Condemns Separating Children from Parents at the Border

June 19, 2018 - articles

Says it is inhumane, un-American and unnecessary WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) condemned the Trump Administration policy change that has separated nearly 2,000 children from their parents along the Mexican border in recent weeks. He made the following statement: “President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions…

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Dreamgirls Will Make You Happy

June 19, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw  | photos courtesy of Playhouse on the Square   A few years ago, Playhouse on the Square opened their state of the art new theatre across the street from their old theatre. When I first walked into the space, it was immediately…

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Protecting LGBT+ Students: In Memory of Middle-School Student Andy Leach

June 18, 2018 - articles

by Melinda Lejman   Andy Leach has been described by friends and family as a sweet and loving boy. The 12-year-old, who recently came out to classmates at Southaven Middle School as possibly bisexual, took his own life in March due to bullying. In addition…

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Hoist and the Memphis Leather Community

June 15, 2018 - articles

by Vincent Astor | photos courtesy of Hoist   (Above photo, left to right: Jim Pickens, Vice President; Ken Briggs, Road Captain; Jake Tanner, Sgt. at Arms; Mark Keidaish, President; Chaz Fowler, Secretary; Aaron Moore, Historian; Brian McCraig, Treasurer.)   What do you think when…

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Literacy Mid-South’s Literatini Pairs Books with Booze for a Purpose

June 12, 2018 - articles

story by Dana Cooper | photos by Addie James   Reading fluently is a skill many of us take for granted. Adults who read below a sixth-grade level are at a particular disadvantage in life, according to statistics published by ProLiteracy.org. The website states that…

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New at OUTMemphis: A Safe Place to Explore Faith

June 11, 2018 - articles

Finding Faith is a new, experimental group that runs for six weeks at OUTMemphis. Finding Faith was created to serve as a safe place for individuals to freely discuss their experiences within their religious or spiritual environments. The group will be moderated by David Grant….

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42nd Street Gets Lost in the Shuffle

June 10, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos courtesy of Theatre Memphis    Growing up, I loved playing baseball. Starting in about 1974, I relished summer Saturday mornings going out to the ball field and participating in Joy League games (that was the name of the league) in…

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DREAMGIRLS Opens Next Week!

June 8, 2018 - articles

Memphis’ Only Resident Professional Theatre Company proudly presents the finale’ of its 2017-2018 season with the Tony Award-winning musical: DREAMGIRLS Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen, Music by Henry Krieger Running June 15- July 15, 2018 Playhouse on the Square 66 S. Cooper St Memphis, TN…

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Majority Blocks Cohen Amendments that would have stopped Federal Spending at Trump-Owned Businesses

June 8, 2018 - articles

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, expressed disappointment at the House Majority’s decisions to prevent his amendments that would have prohibited certain federal spending at businesses owned by President Trump from receiving a…

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