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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HouseTaRaunt Restaurant

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HouseTaRaunt Restaurant

A Unique Dining Experience

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What is a HouseTaRaunt you may ask? There is no better person to ask then the person planning and implementing a unique place. Her name is Shukriyyah Aquil, known amongst the community as “Queen of Tofu”. This local herbalist has combined the art of natural healing with the food we consume to increase our overall health and wellness.

For the sake of being tongue tied I’ll call this extraordinary woman Shef Sugar, dedicated to her use of all things natural. Her idea is nothing new, in fact, as a young child she remembers her mom selling dinners as she referenced out the front part of the house while the family lived in the back part of the house.

         A tamale pie with seasoned veggie rice & squash.

The heritage and legacy of holistic eating has become a way of life for her. After having spent 30 plus years away from Memphis, Shef Sugar has returned to share a wealth of knowledge through both community involvement an education. She finds the need for culinary education in the art of vegetarian/vegan cooking.

When I first met this gem of a woman she shared with me a story of steak over mashed potatoes or rice with a rich brown gravy and cornbread. My mouth began to water. I told her I would be over next time she prepares that dish. Before I knew it my foot was stuck in my mouth as she finished the conversation with everything is vegan, oh ooh…. no meat!! The steak I had my heart set on would be made out of Tofu.

She has found her place, located in the historic Stax Museum corridor at 1177 Mississippi Blvd., this HouseTaRaunt is beautifully welcoming, you feel the warmth when you enter the front door. She has 5 dining spaces throughout the home, upstairs, downstairs, and main dining area. You can pick and choose.

After due diligence in finding out all the legalities, obtaining her permits, and licensure and visioning, Shef Sugar owns and operates her HouseTaRaunt from 1 to 8 pm every Saturday. She is also accepts intimate, group, and special event reservations.

              Auntie Pat’s carmel cake.

With the support of hungry healthy diners she has successfully ran her kitchen with love for the past 8 months here in the heart of “Soulville” along with with 2 years at her previous location. So the next time you looking for a meatless approach to healthier eating with some natural healing for your mind, body and soul, remember the HouseTaRaunt on the hill.

I forgot to mention Shef Sugar, has a recipe book called Shukriyyah’s Southern Soulful Veggie Recipes. She also uses her HouseTaRaunt to support and network with others, every 3 months she host the Christian~Jewish~Muslim dialogue. When you stop by for dinner ask her to enlighten you on this wonderful fellowship.

As I sat an watched patrons come and go I got it, her soulful style with her soulful cooking is enough to have you just stop by for a visit. When you stop by tell her Butterflyy sent you!

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forrest spence 5k run

When you run, you impact lives

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The Forest Spence Fund
Looking back at my time spent working for the Forrest Spence Fund, it is evident to me that what started as an important summer internship, quickly turned into working for an organization that I now understand and am very passionate about supporting.

My first day on the job, I was motivated by the mission of the organization, which is to assist with the non-medical needs of families who have children that are critically or chronically ill throughout the Mid-South.

Later that week, I had my first of many visits to the local children’s hospital and I began to see the difference the Forrest Spence Fund makes in the lives of the families staying there. And by the end of my first week, I had lived out the mission of the Fund and from that point on, I was motivated by my belief in that mission. I wanted to go to work and be a part of this organization that is actively doing good in the community and making an impact on the lives of families in and outside of the hospital. Each week working at the fund, we were helping someone new and reaching out to different groups asking for assistance in aiding the needs of families.

The 5k Run

Rewarding Experience
This whole summer was a humbling and rewarding experience that grew me as person, which is one of the reasons Brittany has summer interns.

Brittany Spence, the executive director of FSF, has a goal for every summer intern she hires, and that goal goes beyond experiences in the business world. Of course she wanted to challenge us, but overall, she wanted to shape us into women who know how to lead and serve in a Christ-like manner.

Working with Brittany, there’s no doubt she was the perfect person to model this leadership. She is a person that leads by example and is intentional in everything she does. Working for a person with such passion for their organization is what made Brittany a role model for me. She has taught me the dedication, selflessness, and joy that comes with believing in something so deeply.

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Living Healthy: Tips on How I Became A Better Healthier Me!

Living Healthy: Tips on How I Became A Better Healthier Me!

Living Healthy

Tips on how i became a better healthier me!

By Ashley Moss

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A Healthier Path

Ever since the death of my mom last December from stomach cancer, I’ve been trying to eat better and live healthier. She was a good person with a good heart, but as she got older she failed to take care of her body physically in the ways that doctors recommend, which I believe ultimately led to her cancer diagnosis. My mom’s death had a profound effect on me, thus I decided to eat better and take better care of myself to honor her and her memory after her death. My mom suffered with cancer, and I don’t want to go through the symptoms of the same disease or other similar ones if I don’t have to in life. I know if she was still living, she would feel the same and tell me to take better care of myself than she took care of herself in her later years. Below are a few of the things I do on a continual basis to be healthier. (Maybe you guys can adopt a healthier lifestyle by practicing some of the tips below in your daily lives as well.)

The guide to Success

1.  I watch the amount of fats foods and sugary foods that I eat. A lot of foods with fats and sugars in them aren’t good for human beings’ digestive systems or blood sugar levels. Therefore, I eat less sugary foods and foods with fat in them.

2.  Though I crave a lot of fast, sweet, and salty foods, I eat more vegetables and fruits now. Eating more vegetables reduces my risk of developing cancer, while eating berries is good for my heart and overall health. I eat vegetables and fruits such as cabbage, carrots, lettuce, grapes, broccoli, strawberries, and blueberries.

3.  I exercise more. I did yoga before my mom died. Yet, now I also walk around my neighborhood two to three times a week in addition to doing yoga five times a week. Physical activity or exercise improves eyesight, normalizes blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol levels.

4.  I eat with my mind, and not my eyes. Before my mom’s death, I used to eat based upon what I was craving or what looked good to me. Now, I focus on how the food will affect my body in the long run and choose healthier foods to eat. I know that if I want to live to see the age of seventy, I must eat foods that will strengthen and protect my body, not harm it.

5.  I keep good company around me. “Bad company corrupts good morals and healthy lifestyle choices”. Don’t let other people tell you that what and how you eat aren’t important. I keep people around me that support my new lifestyle choices and want to improve their health with me. Moreover, I examine healthy and unhealthy relationships in my life regularly. I hold on to the ones that are good and contribute to my health and let go of toxic ones that don’t.

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Salt Caves

Salt Caves

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 By Karen Moss

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Why did you get started in salt caves?

I wanted to bring another healing/mind/body modality to the community that has been extremely beneficial to me personally. Halotherapy is not only for yoga students, but for individuals who do not practice yoga. The wide variety of conditions halotherapy benefits and relieves is so far reaching and infinite that it is mind-boggling. With very little effort and no contraindications that have been identified to date, halotherapy can be easily incorporated in an existing exercise program and medical protocol that will enhance and compliment anyone’s lifestyle. The only requirement is to breathe and to get oneself into the salt caves.

What is salt caves and what are the benefits?

Halotherapy is a dry salt therapy that utilizes a halogenerator to grind and crush 99.99% Medical Grade Sodium Chloride (salt) into micronized particles that are dispersed into a salt room, salt cave, or salt chamber via a dry salt aerosol that works to reduce inflammation from the inside out for a plethora of conditions both physical and mental. Salt is an excellent conductor of negative ions and creates a sterile, allergen-free environment when pumped into a salt cave or room. Salt is known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, and inhaling salt can cleanse the body of harmful organisms. If there is no halogenerator, there is no halotherapy.

Halotherapy has been known to relieve symptoms of Allergies, Asthma, COPD, Emphysema and Bronchitis, Coughs, Flu, Cystic Fibrosis, Ear Infections, Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Sinus Infections, Chronic Sinusitis, Stress, Anxiety, Fatigue, and Snoring. Halotherapy promotes sounder sleep, benefits athletes, seniors, healthy individuals, children, and babies as young as two weeks old.
Devastated first from my father’s death and eight years later from my mother’s, I wanted to make something good out of what was so tragic in my life. When my father passed away I ran the Chicago marathon in his memory and raised so much money that I was put on the board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for many years until my tenure ran out. After partnering with Wings of The West Clinic for several years, they lost their benefits to fund our free to yoga cancer classes, and I continued this mission in memory of my parents Sylvia and Louis Kirschner who both died from cancer.
If you are a cancer patient or survivor you may come to the Free Yoga Class for Cancer on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 pm. The cancer patients have formed a comrade and support each other in many ways, even outside the studio. Those who are afflicted with cancer often feel alone, isolated, and depressed and benefit so much from moving and breathing and feeling somewhat alive in a regular setting like the studio. Being a support person myself, I know the draining uncertainty associated with that role. Not only is it helpful for the support person(s) to nourish their loved ones, they also need to take care of themselves. Opening the free cancer classes to two support persons per session alongside the patient benefits both tremendously, as they can share this positive experience together in addition to relieving a lot of anxiety that is present for both the patient and support person.

What we offer

There are three separate rooms or caves in the salt building, each having it’s own halogenerator in the room. The largest room is the “Salt Relaxation Room” that houses ten zero gravity chairs to recline and relax in for the 45 minute halo therapy session. The floor in the relax room is covered with approximately 2 1/2 tons of Himalayan salt, and the walls and are covered in Himalayan salt bricks and panels of large salt rocks. The ceiling lights twinkle above like stars shining in a beautiful and clear night sky. The panels are illuminated with different colors which can be changed at any time to create a relaxing or invigorating atmosphere and enhances one’s overall experience. The use of chromotherapy, sometimes referred to as color therapy, colorology or cromatherapy is an alternative modality that uses light in the form of color to balance “energy” lacking from a person’s body, whether it be on a physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental level.

A session in the salt relax room must be reserved beforehand since space is limited. You can wear comfortable clothing for the relax session, and we provide blankets, disposable booties and head covers, and ear phones for self volume control. The booties and head cover are required because the room is kept sterile and at a temperature between 68° and 70° with humidity at a low level to keep the environment sterile.
The walls, ceiling, and baseboards have salt and tile panels and both use Chromotherapy to enhance the atmosphere and mood. A yoga mat is needed for class but we provide the yoga props. Regular yoga attire is recommended and layers if you are a cold natured person. Every yoga class is done barefoot, without socks or shoes~no booties or head cover required! Bottled water may be brought into the yoga room, unlike in the salt caves where no beverages are allowed. Salty yoga classes are from 60 to 75 minutes in length, and must be reserved beforehand due to limited space.
The “Salty Yoga Room” has a wood floor like our other yoga rooms, it’s own halogenerator that disperses salt for 45 minutes during the yoga class that promotes deeper and fuller diaphragmatic breathing for a more sustainable yoga practice and a longer healthier life.
The third room in the salt cave is a private room that houses a warm salt relaxation bed with it’s own halogenerator. Fifteen hundred pounds of loose Himalayan salt covers the floor, with salt tiles on the wall and baseboards. Chromotherapy enhances the room in the wall and along the inside of the salt bed. The bed is filled with Himalayan salt to lay in, which helps reduce symptoms of skin irritations and skin conditions, reduce inflammation from arthritis, sore muscles, and achy swollen joints. The salt bed heats up to three levels, and can be used with a disposable sheet to recline on during the 45 minute salt bed session or not. Disposable booties and head covers are required in this service. By using the salt bed both the outer skin and insides are receiving a double dose of dry salt therapy. The bed also must be reserved prior to each session.
Yoga mystics say “Everyone is given the same amount of breaths per life, the longer and fuller the breath – the longer and fuller the life.” So it goes without saying, to live a healthy and long life everyone should incorporate halotherapy into their lives on a regular basis to breathe better. For personal stories and testimonials please visit our website at www.BetterBodiesYoga.com.

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Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer

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MAKING STRIDES OF MEMPHIS

The American Cancer Society (ACS) hosted its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast at Memphis Botanic Garden on August 23 to share details about its upcoming, free community walk on Sunday, October 21 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The Greater Memphis walk celebrates its 18th year in 2018. Flagship sponsors are Kroger, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Tunica Roadhouse, and Allstate. Registration for the Oct. 21 Making Strides event begins at 1:30 p.m. and the walk starts at 3 p.m. There is no cost to register; however, teams are encouraged to fundraise to support the Society’s life-saving mission.

Dollars raised help the ACS fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.

Since 1993, more than 14 million supporters have raised more than $870 million nationwide. Last year, more than 5,000 walkers in Greater Memphis helped to raise approximately $600,000.

At the Aug. 23 kickoff, Autumn Rodriguez of Power & Tel, the morning’s sponsor, welcomed guests. Local 24 anchor Katina Rankin emceed the event, and highlighted how individuals, businesses, and organizations can support the ACS’s work to help save lives from breast cancer. 

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Featured survivor speaker, Suzanne Horsley, encouraged attendees to stay up to date on their cancer screenings. She also left them with the inspirational message to, “cherish every day and make a difference.”

Candace Dean, senior community manager for the ACS’s Greater Memphis office, encourages Mid-Southerners to come together on Oct. 21 to raise funds, celebrate survivorship and pay meaningful tributes to loved ones lost.

“Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they’re currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction,” said Dean.

Visit MakingStridesWalk.org/MemphisTN or call your area’s American Cancer Society office at 901-278-2091 to join the walk, make a donation, or host a fundraiser.

Join the conversation on social media at Facebook.com/MakingStridesMemphis; Twitter @MSABCMemphis; and Instagram @ACSMemphis.

Sponsor the event

Our Making Strides walk offers a unique opportunity to reach passionate participants in our community. As a Making Strides sponsor, you will help support the American Cancer Society in working to create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.

Volunteer at the event

You’re just a quick step from volunteering to support the Making Strides walk! None of this would be possible without dedicated volunteers donating their time and talent. Walk with the American Cancer Society volunteer family, and you will help us to end the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.

View walk details

At our Making Strides walk, you can share in an inspiring mix of passion and purpose – exceptional courage of survivors, meaningful tributes to loved ones lost, and collective determination to raise funds to help finish the fight! Be sure to check often leading up to our event for important event-day details.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re here to answer any questions you might have about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, but if you have a question that’s not answered below, please let us know. Call us anytime at 1-800-227-2345.

What is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is a powerful event to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. As the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation, the noncompetitive 3- to 5-mile walks unite communities with a shared determination to create a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Passionate participants raise critical funds enabling the Society to fund innovative breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Who can participate in Making Strides events?

Anyone can participate in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The success of our events depends on passionate individuals who commit to raising funds, generous donors who support our participants, and dedicated corporate and community sponsors. You can walk as an individual or as part of a team. Teams can be comprised of friends, families, neighbors, classmates, and coworkers. Organizations or businesses can also coordinate and sponsor teams of walkers.

How much money does the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raise for the American Cancer Society?

Since 1993, more than 12 million walkers across the United States have raised more than $750 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events. In 2015 alone, 1.4 million walkers across the country raised more than $60 million to help finish the fight against breast cancer.

What happens with the money raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events?

Funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events help the American Cancer Society work to free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. The Society is::

  • Investing in innovative breast research to better understand, prevent, find, and treat the disease
  • Providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer in every community, when and where they need it.
  • Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it’s most treatable.
How do I turn in the money I raise?

You can turn in money at the event or your supporters can donate online through our secure website. If you have not finished collecting your donations by event day, or if you’re unable to attend, send your contribution form and remaining donations to your local American Cancer Society office.

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

  Memphis grizzlies NOMINATED IN FOUR CATEGORIES for the 33rd Annual Mid-South Emmy Awards This Article is brought to you by Absolute Moving Services. Click to request a quote! MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES NOMINATION   Memphis, Tenn. – The Nashville/Mid-South Chapter of The...

MWBE Program Rigged?

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.

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