28th Annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast

28th Annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast

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28th Annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast

The Lowery’s host the 28th New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast where elected officials came and spoke on continuing the push for equality in our city and some breaking news was shared from the podium.

by Duy Nguyen

The New Year was brought in bright and early. With plenty of energy and drive for the goals this upcoming year. If you’re a regular of the Lowery New Year’s Breakfast you know what I’m talking about. For me, a first timer and I assume for anyone else that had never attended, to see the city through a lens of unity was a good feeling.

Mayor Strickland, County Mayor Harris, and Congressman Cohen were in attendance just to name a few city officials. Although, Mayor Strickland did leave the party early before his address, for some official business I presume, he made an effort to mingle with what time he could and smiles were shared.

Since it was a prayer breakfast, there were many prayers had from various area church leaders. Everyone’s words were different yet we are all after the same thing and it echo through the speakers in the room. To a better and more just 2019. A year of growth and improvement for everyone in that room, in our city, and to every human on the planet. We all should strive to leave a legacy of a better tomorrow for those that will exist after we have left. It’s our duty to come together and do better for this city.

The Tennessee Mass Choir was pumped to the max as they sang and took over the stage with energy. Song after song of praise and prayer rung out. I found time to set my camera down and grab a plate of breakfast and enjoyed the voices filling up the room. Then came the talks that were given to kick off a year in the right frame of mind.

I’m not one for politics but the city officials that spoke all struck a chord in my thoughts while I tried to look for photo ops. From stories of youth that cross paths with the law in a not so decent fashion were treated unfairly. Simply because the system in place doesn’t treat them as such. Mistakes shouldn’t be allowed to be the definition of an individual yet, once someone stumbles it seems people will turn their backs when in fact they should be putting out a hand to grasp. I think it’s because it’s easier and less demanding for a city to judge a bad apple and throw it away rather than understanding why it is that the apple is bad. The crowd seemed to agree for the better treatment of our youth and Mayor Harris was very realistic in stating that saving some is more than enough.

A couple announcements of running for office and a couple teasers along the same lines were what made the headlines around the city. The purpose of the breakfast it seemed was for fellowship and to exchange a “Happy New Year” to your neighbor and probably talk about what this year had in store for new or familiar faces. It was a group of people who just wanted better. No drama, just facts about the current state of our city and how we were going to move forward together.

Tell justmymemphis about your resolutions. How did last year’s turn out? How many are you going to recycle? How many did you accomplish and grow because of? Share your story!

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Coliseum SAVED, focus turns to reactivating “Emotional Heart of the Fairgrounds”

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Coliseum saved

In 2019, the Coliseum Coalition plans to continue tours for investors and civic leaders, and is planning another Roundhouse Revival. Roundhouse Revival 1, 2 and 3, previtalizing events which featured the Coliseum’s classic brands of music, wrestling and basketball, were held outside the building.

by Marvin Stockwell

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Now that the State of Tennessee has approved the City of Memphis’ Tourism Development Zone (TDZ), which includes the preservation of and partial funding for the Mid-South Coliseum, Coliseum Coalition officials say they expect momentum to continue to build for reopening the building.

“Our VIP tours have been packed and are drawing people who’ve shied away in the past,” said Coliseum Coalition spokesman Marvin Stockwell. “A lot of people are realizing that the building’s issues are solvable, and that the opportunities that the Coliseum presents are too good to be held back by old narratives.”

The Coalition’s building assessment in 2016 found that the building was in excellent shape, and hopes for the building’s future were further bolstered by the City’s own due diligence – an assessment by Allen and Hoshall – which corroborated the Coalition’s findings. Coliseum Coalition officials say they also credit the City’s openness to Coliseum ideas through its RFQ/P process as another reason for the recent momentum.

“The City’s Fairgrounds team has worked with us in a true spirit of collaboration,” said Stockwell, who in addition to his Coliseum Coalition work, also co-led Friends of the Fairgrounds’ stakeholder input process, which sought out ideas from more than 200 stakeholders about the wider Fairgrounds. “Incorporating ideas from our stakeholders while meeting the other requirements of the TDZ application was no small feat, so we give the City’s team a lot of credit. It’s a testament to what municipal leadership and grassroots leadership can do when they work together. But we still have work to do to do. Continuing to attract the private, philanthropic, and public support necessary to reopen the building won’t be easy, but the TDZ approval is a great start.”

In 2019, the Coliseum Coalition plans to continue tours for investors and civic leaders, and is planning another Roundhouse Revival. Roundhouse Revival 1, 2 and 3, previtalizing events which featured the Coliseum’s classic brands of music, wrestling and basketball, were held outside the building. With the TDZ now approved, Coliseum Coalition President Roy Barnes says he hopes next fall’s Roundhouse Revival 4 will be inside the building. Barnes added that the Memphis and Shelby County Bicentennials represent a great opportunity to celebrate a place that has brought so many Mid-Southerners together for decades.

“What a tremendous opportunity to welcome Memphians back into their building,” Barnes said. “We look forward to putting on another great community event that celebrates the authentic talent, creativity, and athleticism that put Memphis on the map. But this time, wouldn’t it be cool if we were under the dome!”   

Coliseum Coalition officials have created a TDZ fact sheet with more reflections on the City’s TDZ application, and have produced an executive summary with links to the other research produced over the last four years.

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Provide community outreach to reopen the historic Mid-South Coliseum and acknowledge its integral place in the City’s history.

For more information, visit coliseumcoalition.org or facebook.com/coliseumcoalition.

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Emmy Nominated Writer Inspires Individuals with Sickle Cell

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Kier “Junior” Spates

Son, Brother, Friend, Comedian are a few words to describe the man with the infectious smile known as Kier “Junior” Spates. He’s also a survivor, warrior, humble and one aspiring to greatness! When you hear him on the radio providing comic relief, EVERY MORNING on the Nationally Syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show”, listeners would never know the pain he’s feeling. He’s a Sickle Cell CHAMPION. Kier Spates, living life with Sickle Cell Disease!

Kier founded the Kier’s Hope Foundation, Incorporated to not only inspire and educate families affected by Sickle Cell disease but by his example, providing education programs, services, and funding resources. His message to the 150,000 Americans who live with Sickle Cell Disease, and the three million who carry the trait, “You are not alone in this fight. Kier’s Hope is here for your support. We are all bound by blood.” This year, the foundation will be hosting our annual “Junior Claus Christmas Celebration in Memphis, Tennessee in collaboration with the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee and WRBO-FM Memphis!” Junior Claus is a holiday outreach program to provide meals for families, home needs and toy program for sickle cell affected children. Sickle Cell Disease puts an increasing financial and emotional strain on families during the holidays. Junior with his foundation, Kier’s Hope, wants to help manage the holiday stress with its assistance program. Together we are Working to Change the Shape of Sickle Cell Disease.”

December 21, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Hattiloo Theatre

The Next Big Thing

Junior is said to be “the next big thing in stand-up comedy.” This 2018 EMMY NOMINATED WRITER, Junior a native of Houston, Texas, has traveled the globe with legendary talents such as: The Queen of Soul, the late Aretha Franklin, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Anita Baker, and more. In 2005, he toured as one of the primary acts on the “Rickey Smiley and Friends Show.” Additionally, Junior has gone on military / United Service Organizations (USO) tours and visited college campuses

As an actor, Junior has had many on-screen television appearances. Also, he has traveled with several popular stage plays, including “Confessions” that starred Kelly Price, the late Gerald Levert and Tommy Ford.

Junior is truly a force to be reckoned with. So, when you think of this up and coming, stand up comedic great, please remember his belief that laughter doeth the heart good like medicine. And in the words of Junior: “This Just Got Serious”.

Junior is available for interviews, shows and speaking engagements for this event.

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28th Annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast

The Lowery’s host the 28th New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast where elected officials came and spoke on continuing the push for equality in our city and some breaking news was shared from the podium.

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Lessons From Chef Gary

Lessons From Chef Gary

Lessons from chef gary

Remembering gary williams

By JR Robinson

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Bradley Whitford

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”

This was the Chef Gary I knew, he was a guy that never waited on God. He did the work, he gave the help, he shared a meal, he loved the Saints, he shared joy, he inspired others to act, and God followed up with blessings. Chef Gary would not want me to be writing this from a place of sadness. Instead he would want this written with the joy that was his life. So instead of writing a tribute to Chef Gary, I decided to just share with you some of what Gary taught me in our many conversations.

Joy is Always in Season

Chef Gary had struggles like we all do, but I never saw it. I knew they were there. He would share things about cash flow issues, taxes, and health. But it was never in a “woe is me” spirit. Gary always had that smile on his face that said, right now this is a season of Joy. If there was one take away that I want to carry fourth from knowing Chef Gary, this is on the top ten list. Joy is always the best choice, no matter what you are going through.

You can Always Give

Giving is one of those things that seemed like it was built into the DNA of Chef Gary. Even on his most difficult of days, his giving spirit was on display in some shape of form. Gary was cooking a meal for someone or donating to a cause. The word no when it came to giving was almost not there at all. I was had first hand experience seeing Chef Gary helping someone when I knew he could not afford to be giving on this day. But not having was never a reason for not giving. Chef Gary did not give to be seen giving, he gave because it was the right thing to do and he believed that God would help him to continue to give. So life could have been one of extravagant living for Chef Gary, but instead he lived a life of exceptional giving!

Start at Home

Gary was a big supporter of the African American Community. He personally hosted multiple events for the Heal the Hood Foundation. Over the years and over many lunches, Gary talked about the importance of the African American Community working together as a group instead of pulling each other down. This isn’t a thought that Gary just talked about, his everyday was devoted to lifting up others in his community and being a role model was important. The Gary view of being a role model was a sincere role of just living the best life you could and allowing that example to lift others. He did not wake up in the morning with an attitude of “I want people to look at me”. Instead he simply lived a life worth looking at.

Your Brothers & Sisters Come in all Colors

Gary‘s support of the African American Community did not come at the expense of any other community. There was not a racial divide with Chef Gary, Hayden Parsons a local white boxer and community supporter refers to Chef Gary as Uncle Gary. Why? Because Gary loved everyone, he wanted to help everyone and it did not matter your race, religion, or community standing. For the Chef, sharing a great meal with a smile, an exchange of ideas and a few belly laughs was an inherent right for all of us! We are all brothers and sisters. This is how he wanted everyone to see the world.

You have to Eat

One lesson Chef Gary shared was that you have to take care of yourself. He was always asking how Sky was doing? If you followed him on Facebook, you could see that he wanted to best for his grand kids and wanted to leave them with something great. He wanted me to do the same for Sky. He also wanted this for the families he served. Gary knew that I under charged for services. He knew that I let clients not pay at times if they were struggling. But he would say, Jerome you got to Eat. He was trying to tell me that if I didn’t take care of myself, I wouldn’t be able to take care of others. I think he was passionate about this with me because he had first-hand experience giving to others and helping others while putting his needs on the back burner. I haven’t completely learned this lesson yet, and I am not sure that Chef Gary ever did either.

Live a Life Worth Sharing

A friend of mine said something powerful at his grandfather‘s funeral. He said that the greatest lesson from his grandfather‘s life was that he died empty, because he accomplished everything he wanted, with no regrets. I think that, along with leaving a legacy, would be the greatest sign of success.

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“It was 12:31 at night and something woke me up. I grabbed my phone like I always do and there was a message on Facebook from Kelly Price with a picture of Chef Gary. I didn’t know how to process it. I sat up and read it again. I thought, I am not reading this correctly. Once It was clear what was being said, I still thought there was something incorrect. But within minutes, I could see that this was not an error. Chef Gary Williams had died. This was a shock to my system. I talk to Gary all the time. I see him at all the big events helping the community. We had just interviewed him a couple weeks ago. But then I remembered this scripture from the bible.”

“Because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all.”
Ecclesiastes 9:11.

Chef Gary‘s life was never going to be finished. There was never going to be a day where he was done helping others. Why? Because there was no end to the goodness and the willingness to help others. His heart just was not made with limits on love, giving, support, and joy. So death may have taken him, but his legacy will always be here. Chef Gary lived a life worth sharing. Take a look across Facebook and Instagram and you will see an out pouring of support from people who’s lives have been touched by this great man. In death, Chef Gary has reminded me to live a life worth sharing. We can’t see what will happen after we are gone. So live your greatness today!

Ecclesiastes 3: 20 – 23.

All are going to the same place. They all come from the dust, and they all are returning to the dust. 21 Who really knows whether the spirit of humans ascends upward, and whether the spirit of animals descends down to the earth? 22 And I saw that there is nothing better than for a man to find enjoyment in his work, because that is his reward; for who can enable him to see what will happen after he is gone?

A Message to His Family

The pain of your loss will not soon fade. The loss of Gary as a husband, a father, a grand father, and as a friend is a great loss. He leaves a void that simply can’t be filled. So I encourage you to embrace his example. Love life everyday, find your greatness and share it with the world, laugh everyday, smile everyday, cheer on the saints, see others for who they are capable of being and not as they appear today, give to others, love everyone, and most of all never forget all those special moments you shared with Gary. I want to leave one last thought with you. My mother died of Cancer, she hated that she could not do the things she once did. So I read this verse to her many times. It was a reminder that God never forgets the greatness of your works. Chef Gary was an amazing man who gave when he didn’t have it to give. That is the man that God remembers. I hope that is how you will remember him also!

Hebrews 6:10 King James Version:


For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

S. Thornton

Always helping others, always ready to donate his time, always a friend to everyone! We will miss you next year at MMIM! One of a kind! #ChefGary

M. Elmore

Met him in the airport before he opened DeJaVu. New Orleans connected. Wonderful man. Shared what he had with others. He will be missed. #ChefGary

D. Thompson

Always smiling, such a wonderful man! #ChefGary

D. Bailey

Gonna miss that Positive Energy#ChefGary

E. Allen

You will be missed #ChefGary

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The Blues Foundation doing Amazing Things during IBC week!

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28th Annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast

The Lowery’s host the 28th New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast where elected officials came and spoke on continuing the push for equality in our city and some breaking news was shared from the podium.

Time to #BeAmazing

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Patriot Village’s Capital Campaign Kickoff

Patriot Village’s Capital Campaign Kickoff

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Capital Campaign Kickoff

By Madeline Phillips

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Local Effort Underway to Build Affordable Housing for Veterans

Col. Concon has joined forces with other like-minded people who shared a desire to help homeless veterans. A group of concerned citizens, many who are veterans or their relatives, are leading an effort to build affordable housing in Shelby County.  Our group is growing, and we extend an invitation for others to join the family and help us provide the much-needed affordable housing for veterans of all eras.
“We know this is a real challenge for our group.  PVVH is advocating as stated in our mission to help housing challenged veterans. The need is so great and within the City of Memphis, PVVH is the only organization striving to create permanent veteran housing for the 50,000 eligible veterans in West Tennessee in need of affordable shelter and support services,” said Col. Darwin Concon, founder Patriot Village Veteran Housing, Inc.  
It will cost $39 million to construct the residential community and pay for the first year’s operating costs.  After that, housing vouchers and other benefits will keep the project self-sustaining. The group plans to visit government leaders, charitable foundations, businesses, civic and community groups to generate awareness and seek donations. We will seek funding for separate parts of the projects which will allow contributors to donate individual houses, buildings, even windows and doors.
“We want government leaders to realize the economic benefits of having this housing development located in our community.  The 250 veteran houses plus seven buildings with support services is a $39 million project that will create approximately 342 full-time construction jobs per year. Once opened, employees and the vendors that supply the community will certainly provide a boost the local economy.  That could be more than $7 million annually,” added Col. Concon.
Join us December 6, 2018 6-9pm at
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Please visit our website www.patriotvillagehousing.org for more information on ways to help this worthwhile cause or call Madeline Phillips at (901) 233-7673.

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The Blues Foundation doing Amazing Things during IBC week!

This week at Club 152 on Beale Street there was a health fair. Wait, a health fair in a bar? Yes and that is because this was no ordinary health fair, it was a health fair being put on for Blues artists coming to town from around the world.

28th Annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast

The Lowery’s host the 28th New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast where elected officials came and spoke on continuing the push for equality in our city and some breaking news was shared from the podium.

Time to #BeAmazing

Share Your Story Today!

We believe there is an amazing story just waiting to be told inside everyone.  Stories that inspire change, ideas, and action.  Some stories are painful, some are fun, and others are life changing.  BeAmazing and share your story today on JustMy!

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Memphis Grizzlies nominated for 33rd Annual Mid-South Emmy Awards

Memphis Grizzlies nominated for 33rd Annual Mid-South Emmy Awards

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NOMINATED IN FOUR CATEGORIES for the 33rd Annual Mid-South Emmy Awards

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MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES NOMINATION

Memphis, Tenn. – The Nashville/Mid-South Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) have announced that the Memphis Grizzlies have been nominated in four categories for the 33rd Annual Mid-South Emmy Awards.

The Grizzlies, Grind City Media and Creative Video Lead and Senior Producer Michael Blevins along with Stef Allen, Erik Honeycutt, Samuel Edwards and Avery Franklin were nominated for their work on “Beyond Grit” in the Entertainment category and their “MLK 50: In Memphis and the NBA” for Best Historic/ Cultural Program Feature.
In addition, Blevins has been nominated in the Best Editor/Short Form category along with Best Promo Spot/Sports for his work on the “Zach Randolph Tribute Video.” This marks Blevins’ 17th Emmy nomination.
The Memphis Grizzlies have won 10 total Emmy awards, and with this year’s four honors, the Grizzlies now stand at 50 total Emmy nominations. The 33rd Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase 2018-19 Season Tickets or 10-Game Flex Packs can do so now by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online togrizzlies.com/tickets. Single Game Tickets are also available for purchase at the FedExForum Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, online atgrizzlies.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX.  For more information on the Grizzlies, visitgrizzlies.com, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram (@memgrizz).
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The Blues Foundation doing Amazing Things during IBC week!

This week at Club 152 on Beale Street there was a health fair. Wait, a health fair in a bar? Yes and that is because this was no ordinary health fair, it was a health fair being put on for Blues artists coming to town from around the world.

28th Annual New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast

The Lowery’s host the 28th New Year’s Day Prayer Breakfast where elected officials came and spoke on continuing the push for equality in our city and some breaking news was shared from the podium.

Time to #BeAmazing

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