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Spring Showcase

Here is a collection of assignments I have covered so far this year.

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Recovering Realtor

Patrick Crump, a realtor, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. His friends, family, colleagues and even competitors supported him through 11½ hours of surgery followed by chemotherapy and 15 days in the hospital. Since his treatment, Crump is working at controlling stress better and regaining flexibility from major surgery by taking yoga lessons at home.


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Pinky Promise

A few weeks ago, I covered the first inaugural Pinky Promise Ball held in Memphis. About 40 girls, were presented to their family and friends in a debutante-style ceremony that revolved around sexual purity before marriage.  Dressed in formal regatta, these high school girls took a purity pledge, danced a waltz their fathers and received sapphire purity rings.  Shelby County has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state, according to the most recent data.


(center) Keandria Craft waits with other girls to join in a ceremonial pledge of abstinence at the inaugural Pinky Promise Ball.


(center) Jalen Burkins waits with other escorts to present girls to their family and friends before taking vows of abstinence at the inaugural Pinky Promise Ball.


(right) Jameel Hasan kisses his daughter (center) Cardeisha Morris on the cheek after presenting her with a ring to commemorate her vow of abstinence at the inaugural Pinky Promise Ball held at the Cook Convention Center.

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Out of The Past

“The moment we were under way I began to prowl about the great steamer and fill myself with joy. She was as clean and as dainty as a drawing-room; when I looked down her long, gilded saloon, it was like gazing through a splendid tunnel; she had an oil-picture, by some gifted sign-painter, on every stateroom door; she glittered with no end of prism-fringed chandeliers; the clerk’s office was elegant, the bar was marvelous, and the bar-keeper had been barbered and upholstered at incredible cost.”

– Mark Twain

On my way to cover a Palm Sunday prayer rally at Memphis City Hall, I found myself driving along the Mississippi with thick fog banks hanging over the water. I caught my first glimpse of the American Queen steamboat docked at Beale Street Landing. The Great American Steamboat Company made Memphis their headquarters about a year ago. I hoped my assignments would eventually bring me downtown during one of the few times in the year the American Queen was docked so I could get a look at this slice of our cultural past.

The fog surrounding the steamboat gave it a haunting quality. It appeared that the veil of time lifted briefly and I stared at a Memphis riverbank from over a century ago.