Mayoral Candidate Tami Sawyer Rally at Clayborn Temple

Mayoral Candidate Tami Sawyer Rally at Clayborn Temple

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Mayoral Candidate Tami Sawyer

Rallied at Clayborn Temple to Speak Her Vision

March 12, 2019

On March 9, 2019, Memphis mayoral candidate and Shelby County Commissioner, Tami Sawyer held a community rally to introduce her campaign platform and share her vision for the future of the city of Memphis with supporters.

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 Tarrin McGhee

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About

Tami Sawyer is a native Memphian, educator, leader, and advocate for progress and change in Memphis and Shelby County.

She currently serves District 7 in Memphis as their Shelby County Commissioner, where she isthe chair of the Law Enforcement & Corrections committee and vice-chair of the Education committee. In addition, Tami organizes, speaks, and writes about the continued movement for social justice and racial equity in the South and has been featured on major outlets such as CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and Huffington Post.

Prior to being elected to serve on the Shelby County Commission in 2018, she led efforts in Memphis and the mid-south region to protest the wrongful deaths of black male youth and advocate against systemic oppression. Perhaps most known for her role as founder and leader of the ‘Take ‘Em Down 901’ movement that led to the removal of statues honoring confederacy leaders and white supremacists, Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest from two Memphis parks, Sawyer garnered national and global support for the commendable feat.

In recognition of this and other social justice activism and advocacy, Tami was named to the 2018 Ebony Magazine Power 100 list as a Community Crusader. In 2019, she was selected as the first Speaker in Residence of Clayborn Temple, the meeting site of the sanitation workers who organized the historic strike and “I Am A Man” march of 1968.

As a democratic nominee for the Shelby County Commission, Tami defeated republican opponent Samuel D. Goff in a landslide victory on August 2, 2018, capturing 81 percent of the voting total. Throughout the election cycle, she spoke of a need for bold and courageous leadership to confront inequities prevalent in Memphis and Shelby County and focused specifically on education, economic opportunity, reproductive rights, and criminal justice reform. Sawyer’s candidacy for Shelby County Commission was supported by a cross-section of voters, grassroots activists, and political leaders and received various endorsements including: Moveon.org, the Collective PAC, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Leadership for Educational Equity, Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council, Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway, and United States Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09).

In her first term as Shelby County Commissioner, she’s used her voice to challenge educational inequity, transportation insecurity, and the lack of investment in minority & women owned businesses, and she’s delivered reform of juvenile court and detention to include local oversight, resources to students in underserved communities, and open & transparent communications with her constituents.

In addition to serving on the Shelby County Commission, Tami also currently serves as the Education Co-Chair of the NAACP Memphis Branch and as a board member of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis and attended Howard University School of Law. 

 

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Blue Jean Ball Benefiting Concord Academy

Blue Jean Ball Benefiting Concord Academy

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Benefiting Concord Academy featuring Kevin & Bethany Paige

March 12, 2019

Save the Date for Concord Academy’s Blue Jean Ball Live and Silent Auction featuring music by Kevin & Bethany Paige.

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 Nan Miller

The event will be Friday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Esplanade Memphis, 901 Cordova Station, Cordova, TN 38018. Tickets are $70 in advance, $85 at the door, or $525 for table of 8. This promises to be a fun night supporting a great school. For more information visit the website at concord-academy.org.

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Concord Academy offers students a unique learning community with an atmosphere of respect and acceptance, within a small, structured, and secure environment. Concord was established to provide the best education and environment for student growth in all aspects of development, including specialized academic instruction, psycho-social and emotional well-being support, as well as vocational guidance.

We offer a flexible core curriculum of general academics to meet the needs of each student. We strive to prepare each student for life after Concord. Achieving a high school diploma and gaining the skills needed to succeed in the community are equally important.

Since its inception, Concord has served over 800 students in Memphis and the surrounding areas. To date, over 91% of all Concord graduates have satisfied state requirements for earning a regular high school diploma and have entered community colleges, universities, vocational/technical schools and/or gained productive employment. In 2013, 100% of Concord’s graduating class received regular high school diplomas and are attending a university, community college or have successfully entered the workforce.

— Nan Miller, Director, Concord Academy

 

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MYSP Annual Side-by-Side Concert

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A Musical Team up!

Memphis Youth Symphony Program and Memphis Symphony Orchestra

March 12, 2019

The Memphis Youth Symphony Program (MYSP) and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) are pleased to invite the community to their annual Side-by-Side concert on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 5:15pm.

by:

 Debbie Heath

The MYSP bids farewell to conductor Dr. Andrew Crust with selections from Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony conducted by Robert Moody, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, and The Pines of Rome Finale performed by the combined Side by Side Orchestras of the MSO, Youth Symphony, String Orchestra, and University of Memphis Brass! Through this performance, multiple pairs of teacher / student combinations are working together in a professional environment of learning and performance. Some of these relationships are quite deep with parent musicians playing with their own children.

▪ MYSP twin sisters Sophia Best (viola) and Emily Best (cello) are playing with both MSO parents, Iren Zombor (cello) and Scott Best (bass).
▪ Abbye Friedman (clarinet) is playing with her mother, Rena Feller (clarinet).

“The opportunity for young musicians to learn alongside a musical counterpart with extensive
orchestral experience is terrific,” says MYSP board chair, Rhonda Causie, “and we are grateful
to the Memphis Symphony for this generous partnership.”

The concert will begin at 5:15pm at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts 255 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103. General admission tickets ($15 adults; $5 students) can be purchased in advance at the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Box Office or online at memphissymphony.org. For more information, contact Debbie Heath, MYSP Orchestra Manager, at (901) 722-4004 or orchestramanager@mysp-music.org.

 

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MLC 2019 Gala – That’s a Wrap!

MLC 2019 Gala – That’s a Wrap!

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MLC 2019 Gala – That’s a Wrap!
The 2019 MLC Gala and Silent Auction has come to a close. Thank you to all of our sponsors, attendees, and many volunteers that helped to make this year's gala a huge success. The final numbers are still being calculated, but it looks as if this is our best year yet!

by Lisa Abart

The rain cleared out and the guests filed in, to the Madonna Learning Center annual Gala, at the Memphis Hilton Hotel, on February 23rd. Over 900 guests were in attendance to enjoy a night of, “Reel Fun” for the students and adults at Madonna Learning Center. The evening was filled with great food, drinks, a silent auction with over 300 items, a wine pull, liquor lift and a Kendra Scott jewelry pull. Joe Birch, the MC for the night, and Jo Gilbert, Madonna Learning Center’s Executive Director, welcomed the guests, and “The Best Party in Town” began. The “Soul Shockers”, had the guests on their feet early, and the dance floor was filled in no time. The live auction was full of energy, with unique items such as a, one- of- a-kind art piece, made by the trainees at Madonna Learning Center, a trip to the Nascar Race, Memphis staycation packages, concert tickets to upcoming shows, and more!! Next year will be Madonna Learning Center’s 50th Anniversary, and the Gala will be going “Golden. Save the Date, for February 22nd!

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Madonna Learning Center provides a nurturing, faith-based educational and social environment that empowers children and young adults with special needs to reach their full potential while offering support to their families. MLC’s target population is children and young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities (Down syndrome, autism, rare genetic disorders, seizure disorders, etc.) beginning at age 4 serving Memphis, TN and surrounding counties. 

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A Cougar’s Passion Recap [Mature]

A Cougar’s Passion Recap [Mature]

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I am truly grateful an appreciative for all that this journey has afforded me, mainly the opportunity to meet so many wonderful and amazingly supportive as well talented people. February 23, 2019 was phenomenal, A Cougar’s Passion the stage production surpassed all my expectations. Thank you Memphis, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Georgia!!

by Ellen Butterflyy-Allen

Now I could start with my personal opinion but let me give a 5 star review by an auxiliary party.

YAMS Review: A Cougar’s Passion Stage Play
Bravo! I have to say it again “BRAVO!” Today was the debut for the hit stage play A Cougar’s Passion that opened at Circuit Playhouse in Overton Square here in Memphis. The title alone tells you what the story is about, that is if you know what the “term” Cougar means when it comes to relationships.

A Cougar is an older woman dating a man half her age or younger. Grawwwlll! So often women find themselves unexpectedly falling for a young, fine and sexy man who can fill her sexual desires while she nurtures his ambitions and dreams. A Cougar’s Passion tells this story of lust, lacking and longing between two people and all of the complexities of age, sex, lust, love and family.

This was first stage play written, directed and produced by Ellen Butterflyy-Allen that was adapted from her book with the same title and it was an amazing story full of surprise plot twists and superb acting. The excellent and talented performers on stage tonight proves that Memphis is definitely the NEW HOLLYWOOD! I can’t wait to see the next production from Ellen Butterflyy-Allen. A Cougar’s Passion is just the beginning for this talented and gifted writer.
5 of 5 Star YAMS REVIEW
Anfra – Editor-N-Chief YAMS MAGAZINE

I am truly grateful an appreciative for all that this journey has afforded me, mainly the opportunity to meet so many wonderful and amazingly supportive as well talented people. February 23, 2019 was phenomenal, A Cougar’s Passion the stage production surpassed all my expectations. Shoutouts go to Circuit Playhouse’s Bailee Michaels, what great show of professionalism coupled with enthusiasm a million thanks you from our production team you rock!! Next it is with tears if overwhelming gratitude that I shout-out my motivated and passionate Director Marsha “Sublime Sunshine ” Davis, she is for hire, however she belongs to ACP 2019 forever. The magic she envisioned and executed on stage speaks to her visionary qualities. Our wardrobe manager Tamera “ATK” Kelly played such an impressive role with helping these actors command the stage with 2 acts, 16 scenes and 15 wardrobe changes she flexed her organizational and time management skills well, bravo! Words escape when I shoutout my extremely hard-working cast, a team like no other, let me see how can I give homage? Forever enamored to leading lady, Lakesh Hollingshed, leading man, Jalen Moffitt, lead support actresses AD Payne and Latoya Parker, lead support actor James Cole along with our support team, Shanice Davis, Edward Lee McDaniel, Diane McGhee and Tony Xavier.

Production wise this was extraordinary for a first time production team made up of all females who had to build a set from scratch within 5 days patting g ourselves on the back, yes!

We had great support, being that I am the new kid on the theatrical block. Yes I would like to see packed auditoriums however that comes with time and exposure, making a name for ourselves is what motivates Memphians and we at A Cougar’s Passion are here for it.
Of Course we would like to do it again and again and again, we have to figure out the logistics, sponsorship and timing so for now it’s not goodbye but see you later.~Butterflyy

About

Ellen “Butterflyy” Allen currently resides in Memphis, TN, where she is a GirlBoss. With ventures in the arts community as an author and poet, she credits being a native New Orleanian as the foundation for her welcoming nature. Ellen also finds great passion in the many hats she adorns as a writing coach, speaker, entertainment host, blogger, and talk radio co-host. She writes “To Her for Her”, the theme behind BSLinspire/Breaking the Silence through LIterature (the non-profit she founded in 2011). Ellen is also a mother of three and grandmother to three.

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Local agencies team up to host Project Pack the Purse[EVENT]

Local agencies team up to host Project Pack the Purse[EVENT]

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Local agencies team up to host Project Pack the Purse[EVENT]
Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) and Wear It Well Inc. are teaming up to host their “Project Pack the Purse” event Friday, March 1 at Oakhaven Middle School. The agencies have filled purses with essential, personal hygiene products for young girls, including toothbrushes and toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, lotion, soap and more. More than 50 purses will be given away.

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Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) and Wear It Well Inc. are teaming up to host their “Project Pack the Purse” event Friday, March 1 at Oakhaven Middle School.

The agencies have filled purses with essential, personal hygiene products for young girls, including toothbrushes and toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, lotion, soap and more. More than 50 purses will be given away.

“Our goal of Project Pack the Purse is to make certain that these young women have the things they need to continue to be able to come to school and not be ashamed for not having what’s needed,” said Felicia Robinson, SRVS’ director of community services.

Also during the event, students will participate in the “Love the Skin You’re In” program, which focuses on building self-esteem, anti-bullying, suicide prevention and diversity inclusion.

“Many times we hear the stories of young ladies being bullied or having low self-esteem, and this directly correlates to many of the same stresses that people with disabilities face on a day to day basis,” Robinson said. “SRVS and Wear It Well want to say no matter what the situation may be, you must love the skin you are in and focus on all the great things you can do and live your best life.”

Robinson added that the partnership with Wear It Well is important to SRVS and is a way to give back to the community that has supported the agency’s mission of helping people with disabilities.

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SRVS (pronounced serves), is Tennessee’s largest provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing employment, residential, family supports, community-based and children’s services and other supports to 1,700 individuals. Founded in 1962, SRVS is a United Way of the Mid-South agency and the “Family Answer for Disabilities.” 

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