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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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A Place in the Sun: Pensacola Beach

June 7, 2018 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman   Pensacola has a decades-long history of being an LGBT destination. Starting in the 1960s with beach parties coordinated by local members of the gay community, the city is now home to full scale, weeklong celebrations leading up to Memorial Day…

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Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll sings Judy Garland on WKNO

June 4, 2018 - articles

Former Playhouse on the Square intern Angela Ingersoll has gone on to become a performer who embodies American icon Judy Garland. Tune to WKNO – Channel 10, on Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. for GET HAPPY: ANGELA INGERSOLL SINGS JUDY GARLAND. Angela will be live in our studios Tuesday evening –…

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The Cowboy

June 4, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw   As a kid growing up in Birmingham, Ala. doing community theatre, you can never predict where your fellow performers/dreamers may end up one day. Perhaps one of the most farfetched ideas is that one of them would end up being a…

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Special Report: Hate Crimes Part Three

May 31, 2018 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer   This is the third and final installment of a three-part series by Focus® Mid-South magazine. We have developed this series in the hope that law enforcement and citizens will have a better understanding of the intricacies of our nation’s hate…

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Tri-State Black Pride 2018

May 29, 2018 - articles

Tri-State Black Pride showcases unity, pride, promotes equality and inclusivity, human rights, education, outreach, arts and culture. It brings awareness to HIV/AIDS. June 14-17, 2018, Memphis, TN. Thursday, June 14 Hotel Check-In Crowne Plaza 300 N 2nd St Opening Ceremony “Ending the Stigma” | 6-10…

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Food Talk: Latino Memphis Staff Reviews Local Eats

May 25, 2018 - articles

Crazy Noodle GINA JOHN | ADVOCACY COORDINATOR “Authentic Korean dishes in Midtown? Don’t mind if I do! The Crazy Noodle is home to a number of delicious Korean dishes centered around, as its namesake suggests, noodles. Our food was brought faster than expected for dishes…

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Opera Memphis announces Dennis Whitehead Darling first McCleave Fellow

May 22, 2018 - articles

Memphis, Tenn. May 21, 2018- Opera Memphis is proud to announce the launch of The McCleave Fellowships, a first-of-its-kind program designed to identify and nurture emerging artists of color in opera. Memphis-based stage director Dennis Whitehead Darling will be the first to receive one of…

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The Love Fest Grows Into Annual Event

May 22, 2018 - articles

story by Selena Haynes | photo courtesy of Rachel and Dorsha   With all that we face in the world today, life can be daunting. When Judge Rachel Bell and Dr. Dorsha James launched i am. . . just human, in May 2017, they did…

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Q & A with Jonathan M. Ealy

May 21, 2018 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photo by Stephen Dillon   You were recently elected to serve as Chairman of the board of directors at OUTMemphis, and you are the first African American to hold the position. What impact do you feel this has on LGBT acceptance…

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