Are you Chasing or Pursuing? A play on Words

Are you Chasing or Pursuing? A play on Words

Are you chasing or Pursuing?

A play on words

By Ellen “Butterflyy” Allen

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Wait a minute chasing and pursuing have the same meaning, of course they do according to traditional definition , (Merman-Webster).
Many people today choose to say that they are chasing their dream, do you realize what chasing means? You are always behind something, is that really where we need to be, is that really where we want to be? If you change the words you change the meaning. I guess you can always say it’s a oxymoron if we look at it in a literal sense. Let’s explore from Butterflyy’s viewpoint.

Defining words that maybe similar has often times leaned towards personal interpretation. Individual lifestyle’s, personalities and opinions afford us the opportunity to esteem those words differently. We all have grind but how we hustle it makes it different, right,the word play could go on forever.

When I think of the “Chase” it puts me in a mind of a never ending journey. You are always on the go, never having time to really outline and critique your moves, at least not from a vantage point. I know, I know some of the most successful people have said they chased their dreams until it became reality. I however think the words we choose to define our journey can add or subtract from the likelihood of me attaining my measure, so I prefer the word “Pursue”.


Now that’s a word I embrace, Pursue, it is the reason I wake up each day with a list of fresh thoughts. Planning a realistic outline for the things I would like to achieve seems easier for me. I am a natural when it comes to encouraging others to pursue their dreams also. Exhaustion is not my friend or anyone’s friend for that matter an although I may seem opinionated I find it’s refreshing to plan your work and work your plan if you are looking for the best outcome.

Some say it’s generational the use of the word chase, I can agree with that also. There are many words that have surfaced in this modern age of tech savvy millennials and fast paced social media outlets where many use words interchangeably, it’s okay.

It’s not up for debate, I find it interesting however that many judge others by their use of words. Just the others day I was in chase of my grandsons as they ran over-winded in the park while I lacked sufficient wind to catch up to them. So maybe it is age an since I am getting older I guess I’ll stick to the word I am most familiar with, and that happens to be Pursue, not Chase.

If you have a voice and the matter contact me an I’ll be more than excited to here your take on running vs walking. Chasing or pursuing

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MWBE Program Rigged?

MWBE Program Rigged?

MWBE Program rigged?

By Joe B. Kent

Addressing economic growth starts with black small business and workforce development in Memphis. Memphis has an abundance of governmental and nonprofit programming to address local challenges but if its rigged; it won’t work. So, is the City of Memphis’ MWBE program rigged? One anonymous local MBE contractor thinks so.

The African American contractor points to 3 primary reasons they feel the City of Memphis MWBE program is rigged against African American, smaller non-establishment players:

1. The combining of MBE and WBE contracting to satisfy local MWBE requirements. The contractor says that WBEs often serve as façade for local establishment players to exploit the MWBE provision resulting in the same establishment players getting MWBE business. The contractor advocates for separating MBE and WBE goals.

2. Bonding provision for anything over $150K on the $175M Cook Convention Center project. The contractor states that the bonding requirement is exclusionary for smaller less established African American business. The contractor provides a solution in the form of an insurance policy that acts as a bond which smaller contractors will more likely qualify. The insurance approach is used in other cities on large projects.

3. Excessively large contracting packages on the Cook Convention Center project that smaller contractors can’t handle. The contractor advocates for breaking contracting opportunities down into smaller packages so that more MBEs can participate.

The contractor also shared concerns of getting “the back and forth” between City Officials and those involved in managing the Convention Center bid process regarding contracting issues as well as the same MBE establishment players getting excessive amounts of minority business. The contractor fears other contractors may be masquerading as WBEs for continued participation in MWBE programming.

Having done work across the country, the highly qualified contractor feels embraced in other communities. Other communities need this contractor and this contractor needs them. But that feeling does not exist for this contractor in their home of Memphis which is discouraging for this contractor. The contractor knows that if current rigged trends continue, it will further decimate African American business in Memphis.

If the MWBE requirements for the largest City of Memphis project in over a decade are any indication of a desire to grow, then the local establishment probably doesn’t want to grow. Given the already concerning data trends, this won’t be good for Memphis.

 

Does Memphis Want To Grow?

Does Memphis want to grow ? It’s a question that does not need to be asked in most cities. But it’s a legitimate question given the data, the self-inflicted wounds by the establishment, the lack of course correction, the rigged state and the over-abundance of ineffective governmental and nonprofit programming to address local challenges.

In order to address Memphis economic development challenges, the city will need to be derigged. By definition, system rigging guts system vitality required for growth. Signs of a rigged system are evident in Memphis trend line declining small business vitality data and can be directly linked to the Memphis Tomorrow CEO organization largely taxpayer funded Fast Forward project.

Since the Memphis Tomorrow birthed Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) started their retention payment-in-lieu of taxes PILOT program that prioritizes incentives for corporate interests, small business vitality has declined to last in the country. In fact, according to data from the American City Business Journal, the Memphis MSA lost 923 small business establishments between 2012-17 which can be shown to cost 13,588 jobs, $680M in lost wages and $20M in lost Memphis / Shelby tax revenue. The price of a rigged system is high!


Economic development in Memphis starts with black small business growth and workforce development. No rigged system in the world is going to fix that. These trend lines signal a need for culture change which points to system derigging while prioritizing the needs of customer taxpayers.

 

Conclusion

A rigged system doesn’t work in a competitive global economy. Current trends indicate a Crump like culture of times gone by that leverage large sums of government funds for the small few in social elites and developers. System derigging and cultural transformation, starting at the top, appear to be the only path forward for Memphis. A closed rigged system just won’t work.

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Company d Dancers: Humble Beginnings

Company d Dancers: Humble Beginnings

Introducing

Company d dancers

By Duy N.

From Humble Beginnings

In an effort to entertain at a dinner celebrating 15 years of Special Kids and Families (SKF), founder Darlene Winters was approached by an SKF board member and mom to choreograph small sequence for the guests. The group was comprised of six SKF graduates who were eager to do some dancing. During the three months rehearsing for the dinner, everyone helping making the vision become a reality had started thinking about the future. I’m sure the idea of stopping after one show wasn’t a part of the plan any longer. For myself dance is just way too fun to do only once. Parents, the dancers, and Darlene decided that they wanted to continue dancing as an ensemble. February 2011 marked when “The Dancers” would start weekly classes with the rest being history.

As the dancers honed their techniques, doing shows on the national, regional, and local level they now have their own dance studio. The space opened in 2014 which allows the class to accommodate new faces looking to learn and most importantly, D.A.N.C.E. They practice and perform a wide range of styles ranging from ballet to modern, After meeting Darlene at a local non profit networking event, I proposed to come teach them a little bit of the dancing I do, not because I’m particularly good, but because art is something you just want to share with others that are passionate. So that’s a possibility and I look forward to having the logistics figured out on that front. I recently visited the studio and watched as the dancers keeping toes pointed and watching the angles of arms and legs during movements. I’m not gonna lie, the ballet terminology was beyond me but the class knew what was going on and that’s what really mattered. It was a delight seeing individuals enjoy working on their craft and get a first hand glimpse of learning all the stances, foot placements, and the million other things these dancers have to know to perform for an audience. 

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Sable Otey’s Story

Sable Otey’s Story

SABLE OTEY’S STORY
Life after the olympics
By Stable Otey
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Tell us about your trip to the last Olympics and some of your experience there?

Unexplainable experience, it was just an honor to be a part of a wonderful team, visiting another country and meeting so many different cultures.  It was a surreal experience.  All that I could think of was, “We all have a mission, and it takes a team to get it done.”  The first part of the race in a bobsled for a brakeman, is the “Drive phase”, after the drive phase, we then jump into the sled at max velocity. From there, we keep our heads down and hold on tight. At the end, we break just after the finish line.  This is how life works, we all have our own Olympics.  If we drive with everything that we have, jump in at max velocity keeping our eye on our goal, holding on tight and pushing through, even when we grow weary, we will soon have our victory. As we are able to let off of the gas after crossing the finish line.

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I’m a competitor at heart, and I love a challenge, where it be in the gym, or out in the community.  My competitive nature translates over into the professional world, because it has taught me to keep pushing no matter what.  Go even harder when the odds aren’t looking so bright. And no matter what, I never give up until my mission is complete.

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StrongGIRL Fest

StrongGIRL Fest

Stronggirl fest
By Emily Grace Cater
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StrongGIRL Fest, what a wonderful way to support girls and women from all over. Girls are sometimes not able to do and be what they want to be, which this fest goes against all those negative thoughts. With fun activities, girls were able to be themselves while showing their strong attributes.

The activity that I helped run was with public speaking. Public speaking, though nerve-racking at times, shows that you have a voice. You get to speak your mind on a certain matter and show a different point of view that some people would have not seen before. I wanted to lead in this activity because I have seen when girls thought that they did not have voices, when their opinions did not matter. This activity supported girls and their ideas.

Hutchison and the Girl Scouts teamed up to create this fun day; they also created a spark in the girls that came. Whenever I would say what we would be doing in our room, I saw doubt that they would not be able to speak in front of everyone. Then I was surprised. The girls that looked like they were unable to speak in front of people, got up and spoke.

You could tell by how they woke up when they were faced with a challenge. They stood up front of the audience and told us what they would do if they were president and what they believe makes a strong girl. Though some girls did not know what to say, in my mind I thought that the fact that they got up and spoke and that is what made them strong.

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Moments like this show how we will react to something that we are uncomfortable with. It shows that we can do something we thought we could never do. It paves the way for what girls might overcome in the future. Nevertheless, when you see the different people walking through the door you feel as though our future, as strong women, is secure.

The different places and faces show that we a strong in so many ways. In so many different people, with different backgrounds. It is so diverse but still connected over a broad subject, what makes a girl strong? Girls, they are supported and there is nothing anybody can do about it. This fest is just one example of our numbers, of our supporters, of our future.

It is a great feeling to know that I am supported as much as you are. Whether you are introverted, extroverted, girl, boy, different, you a supported even when you do not feel like it. Memphis supports you, your friends, you family they support you. The strong girl fest is a great way to show how wonderful you are.

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Studying abroad in London

Studying abroad in London

Studying abroad in London

By Ashley Bingham

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LIVING IN LONDON

Hey everyone! First off, thanks for stopping by! I’m super excited to be sharing what I’m passionate about and my experiences with you all here on this blog.

So this semester, I actually have the opportunity to be studying abroad with about twenty students from my university in London, which is such a blessing and I am so excited to be here!

We flew over here at the end of August, so we’re a couple weeks into our three month trip. I can already tell you that I am absolutely in love with the city and am looking forward to diving into the culture here, as well as getting to travel to surrounding countries later in the semester.

It has been quite an experience learning to adapt to the way of living here. Typically back in Nashville, we’re pretty much all used to driving everywhere (and sitting in traffic), but here, that’s not really the case. The people here rely on mainly public transportation, walking and biking wherever they go. It has been very strange trying to adapt to traveling everywhere like that, but I’m honestly loving it. Our group usually relies on taking the “tubes,” which is basically the subway, and taking London’s famous red double-decker buses (which are personally my favorite). Oh, and a lot of walking!

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Another thing we’ve had to adapt to is how people speak here. We all know that people here call french fries “chips” and chips “crisps,” but we have run into several confusing encounters that I never saw coming. There have been several times where we go to ask for something, but the language barrier, even though we all speak English, has been a bit of a struggle at times. Adapting to the language used here has been quite a challenge, but also very interesting.

Our group so far has done several things within London, such as riding the London Eye, several walking tours of different parts of the city, a biking tour of the city, saw Les Miserables in show, and so much more. I will be sure to post about the big events we do as a group, so be sure to look forward to that!

I am so beyond excited that I have the opportunity to be living in London this semester, and I’m also grateful that I get the opportunity to share these experiences with you all. Please feel free to ask me any questions about this trip or anything I post about.

Also, if anyone would like to see more about what I’m doing while I’m here, I am posting some short vlogs to my Facebook page, so please feel free to check those out as well.

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Ashley grew up in good ol’ Huntsville, Alabama, and is now currently attending school at Lipscomb University in Nashville where she is studying Journalism and New Media. Ashley’s goal when she graduates is to do something in either videography or writing, or any way that she can use her creativity to inspire and reach out to others. She enjoys writing about just about anything–from what she’s doing in life to tips or even just about things she finds interesting.

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