The Carter Malone Group wins national MED week award

The Carter Malone Group wins national MED week award

The National MED Week conference has officially kicked off, September 18- 24, 2022 in Washington, DC under the theme Power in Capital and Strength in Equity. On Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST/6:00 pm EST, the 2022 national MED Week award winners from across the country will be recognized. The Tennessee Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, operated by the Mid- South Minority Business Council Continuum (MMBC Continuum), is proud to have one of the eight national minority firm award winners as a client. The Carter Malone Group, founded by Deidre Malone, will be awarded the Minority Marketing and Communications Firm of the Year.

“We are proud to have one of our MBDA Business Center clients acknowledged amongst the elite firms being recognized nationally for the quality work that they provide on a local, regional and national scale,” said Jozelle Booker, operator of the Tennessee MBDA Business Center and president and CEO of The MMBC Continuum.

The Carter Malone Group is a long-time member of The MMBC Continuum and client of the Tennessee MBDA Business Center. The center is part of a national network focused on the scalable growth of minority firms. Malone is an experienced communications professional that has demonstrated her business savvy through the clients her firm serves, as well as her direct impact across the community. CMG represents over 25 active clients including; the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, the City of Memphis, Comcast, Rhodes College, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

“The MED Week Award is an incredible honor for The Carter Malone Group. In 2023, CMG will celebrate a milestone anniversary with the firm hitting the 20-year mark. We have won many awards over the years but this award means a great deal to me and my firm for a number of reasons. First, we were nominated by one of the hardest working agencies that supports minority businesses, The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum through the Tennessee MBDA Business Center it operates. From the president to my advisor, they are always available to guide and assist me. Second, I have an amazing staff who always goes the extra mile for our clients and me, and it shows in the quality of our work. Finally, this award reinforces the fact that minority businesses are successful and thriving. I am humbled by this honor and grateful to have such a strong voice in the Mid-South, the MMBC Continuum and Tennessee MBDA Business Center advocating for minority businesses,” according to Deidre Malone, president/CEO, The Carter Malone Group, LLC.

About The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and TN MBDA Business Center:

The MMBC Continuum has been powering minority business growth for over 30 years. The agency is the economic accelerator for scalable stage II M/WBEs with the priority to foster and facilitate opportunities to grow their revenues locally, regionally and nationally. The MMBC Continuum operates the Tennessee Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Business Center under the U.S. Department of Commerce, which provides additional resources that serve as a driver for growth for minority firms across the state. The Tennessee MBDA Business Center is part of a national network that is focused on the growth trajectory of minority businesses and facilitates access to national public and private sector opportunities.


WHYY’s Animated Series Your Democracy Explores the U.S. Constitution’s Impact on Everyday Lives

WHYY’s Animated Series Your Democracy Explores the U.S. Constitution’s Impact on Everyday Lives

PHILADELPHIAWHYY presents a new five-part, animated series Your Democracy all about the Constitution. Hosted by acclaimed constitutional lawyer and professor, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, the series takes a “Civics 101” style approach to the text and can be found at and on WHYY’s YouTube channel at

With episodes on criminal justice, citizenship, immigration and states’ rights, Your Democracy explores the U.S. Constitution and how it continues to impact our everyday lives. Whether viewed by students or adults in search of contemporary and relevant explanation of our laws, Your Democracy offers scholarly expertise constructed for everyone to grasp.

“We created “Your Democracy” to empower people,” says Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, a Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). “Knowing more about our Constitutional rights is crucial to living in this country.”

“Series like Your Democracy allow WHYY to do what we do best: dive deeper into important topics to unveil the nuances and lesser-known facts that complete the story. As with other WHYY podcasts and digital series, Your Democracy offers a robust and representative foundation that informs early and lifelong learning,” said Terri Murray, Chief Content Officer for WHYY. 

Your Democracy is produced by Greater Philadelphia’s PBS/NPR affiliate WHYY and presented by The Sutherland Family Foundation.

About WHYY:

WHYY is the leading public media organization in the Philadelphia Region, including Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond. As an NPR and PBS station based in Philadelphia, WHYY produces more than a dozen local programs, such as Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Radio Times, while also bringing you long-time national favorite programs such as Antiques Roadshow, Morning Edition, and more. WHYY provides trustworthy, fact-based, local news and information and world-class entertainment to everyone in our community.

About Professor Gloria J. Browne-Marshall:

Professor Browne-Marshall teaches classes in Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, Evidence, and Gender and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). Prior to academia, Gloria litigated cases for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Community Legal Services, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall has spoken on issues of law and justice in Ghana, Rwanda, England, Wales, Canada, South Africa and before the United Nations in Geneva.

Six Tennessee Students Selected for $10,000 BlueCross Power of We Scholarships

Six Tennessee Students Selected for $10,000 BlueCross Power of We Scholarships

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation has selected six students from around the state as recipients of its 2022 BlueCross Power of We Scholarships. Since 2013, the BlueCross Foundation has awarded the scholarship to help increase representation in Tennessee’s health care workforce and address health disparities minority groups face. Each of this year’s recipients will receive $10,000 toward school tuition. To date, the foundation has awarded $345,000 in scholarships to 38 students.

“The BlueCross Power of We Scholarship is one way we’ve been working toward health equity,” says Ron Harris, vice president of corporate workforce diversity at BlueCross. “We are proud to support some of our state’s brightest students, and we hope they will use their unique insights and experiences to help deliver high-quality care for all Tennesseans.”

This year’s recipients are:

Destiny Bryant – Nashville
Senior, Nursing Major
University of Memphis

Audra Grace Crutchfield – Memphis
Junior, Nursing Major
University of Memphis

Brionna Cunningham – Jackson
Senior, Biology Major
Middle Tennessee State University

Bryson Hartsell – Knoxville
Junior, Therapeutic Recreation
University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Tzipora Hunter-Davis – Nashville
Senior, Nursing Major
University of Memphis

Zennia Nesmith – Chattanooga
Junior, Psychology Major
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The Power of We Scholarship is one of several education programs supported by the BlueCross Foundation, including:

  • $1 million investment in the HCS EdConnect initiative in Hamilton County, which provided no-cost internet access to underserved students on free and reduced lunch, ensuring they could participate in virtual learning opportunities during the pandemic
  • $500,000 to establish the BlueCross Technology Academies at Soddy Daisy and Red Bank High Schools in Chattanooga
  • $500,000 provided over three years to STEP-UP Chattanooga to offer internships and job readiness training for students

The BlueCross Foundation will begin accepting applications for 2023 BlueCross Power of We Scholarships later this year. Recipients are selected in partnership with the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) – Memphis Chapter.

For the full stories and a video about this year’s BlueCross Power of We Scholars, visit

About BlueCross®
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.3 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and has brought peace of mind to its members and local communities for more than 75 years. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at

About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. was established in December 2003 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. The foundation provides funding for the BlueCross Healthy Place program, which creates active, healthy spaces across Tennessee.

Dwelling Place International Church Moves to New Location with a Grand Opening Revival

Dwelling Place International Church Moves to New Location with a Grand Opening Revival

(Memphis, TN – August 18, 2022) Dwelling Place International Church (DPIC) is celebrating its Grand Opening with a revival that starts this Friday, August 192022, at 7 p.m. (CST).  The church is staying in Collierville but has moved to 114 East U.S. HWY 72, Collierville, TN, 38017. The church originally opened its doors in 2008 and continues to grow due to the members shared values of Love, Glory, Prayer, and Transformation. Apostle Ken Toney and Pastor Carolyn Toney are the founders and senior leaders at the Dwelling Place International Church.

 “We have been blessed as a ministry to move into this new church location to continue to spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Apostle Ken Toney. “Our ministry takes nothing for granted. As we celebrate the grand opening of our new church, we realize our mission is to bring people into the body of Christ. We welcome the Collierville and surrounding communities to join us during our revival starting Sunday, August 19 through August 26, 2022, at 7 pm nightly.”

Apostle Stephen Garner is the Toney’s pastor and offers these comments about their ministry “Intentional actions must be implemented to grow in grace. One of the ways this can be done is by pursuing relationships that are connected to purposeThe DPIC is connected to purpose.

The Grand Opening Revival speakers include Bishop Gerald Coleman, Prophetess Tylonda Leavell, Apostle Stephen Garner, Prophetess Yolonda Garner, Apostle Larry Pratcher, Pastor Kelvin Givens, Pastor Chris Conlee, Pastor Greg Wright and Pastor Carl IronsThe revival is free and open to the public to attend.  

About the Dwelling Place International Church

The Dwelling Place International Church gathers, engages, equips, and sends disciples of Jesus to transform lives and culture in the home, community, marketplace, and nations. Founded in 2008 by Apostle Ken Toney and Pastor Carolyn Toney, DPIC is committed to reaching the lost and working with ministries in the DPIC network to plant churches, develop leaders and engage in prayer around the world. Visit the website at

Shining a Light on Wrongful Convictions: Tennessee Innocence Project’s First Memphis Event

Shining a Light on Wrongful Convictions: Tennessee Innocence Project’s First Memphis Event

(Memphis, Tenn.)  The Tennessee Innocence Project (TIP) formed as a statewide non-profit in 2019. Since its founding the organization has exonerated four individuals, who spent a total of 95 years in prison, wrongfully imprisoned. On Thursday, September 22, 2022, the organization will host its first event in Memphis to shine a spotlight on wrongful convictions. The guest speaker will be Mr. Anthony Ray Hinton and the event will be held at the National Civil Rights Museum.

 In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton, was mowing his front yard in Birmingham, Alabama when police arrested him, charging the then, 29-year old black man with two counts of murder, crimes he did not commit. He survived on death row for nearly 30 years before finally being exonerated in 2015. Since his release, Hinton has traveled the world sharing his story and discussing the changes that need to be made to prevent similar injustices from happening to others.

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, there have been more than 3,100 wrongful convictions since 1989. Tennessee has seen only 30 exonerations – five from Shelby County. Jessica Van Dyke is the Executive Director and Lead Counsel for the Tennessee Innocence Project. “We are proud of our successes, but we know there is still significant work to be done across the state, and especially in Shelby County,” said Van Dyke.  “For our current clients, as well as their families, we often represent their last hope for regaining the life that was taken due to a wrongful conviction.”

The event will include a 45-minute presentation in which Hinton will share his journey to exoneration and freedom, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. In 2018, Hinton published, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row,” which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and is a New York Times bestseller. Copies of Hinton’s book will be available for purchase from the Museum’s store. The presentation is free and open to the public and starts at 7 p.m.

 The Tennessee Innocence Project will also host a meet & greet reception before Hinton’s presentation at 6 p.m. The organization does not charge clients for their services and depends on funds from community support to support this important mission. Tickets to the reception are $100, and the ticket holder will receive reserved priority seating for the presentation and a signed copy of Hinton’s memoir. This event is supported by Horizon Companies, JustCity, The Carter Malone Group, LLC, The Downtown Commission, Lee Investigative Services, LLC and Josie Holland. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are still available. Tickets are sold online, and RSVPs for the presentation are highly encouraged at

Spirit Airlines launches service at Memphis International Airport

Spirit Airlines launches service at Memphis International Airport

MEMPHIS, TENN. (April 20, 2022) –Spirit Airlines has launched its inaugural service at Memphis International Airport (MEM), with daily flights between MEM and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) starting today. Tickets are on sale at

Headquartered in Miramar, Florida, Spirit Airlines becomes the ninth airline serving MEM. The airline will operate 182-seat Airbus 320 aircraft for its flights.

“It feels great to be back in a city I loved living in earlier in my career and come back to celebrate our new, nonstop service that will make it easier for travelers to discover all the culture, music, and history Memphis has to offer,” said Ted Christie, President and CEO of Spirit Airlines. “Growing our presence in Tennessee also means more high-value travel options for our new Memphis Guests looking for convenient flights to some of the nation’s most popular leisure destinations.”

“This is a great day for MEM’s passengers, as Spirit will provide daily nonstop options to two very popular destinations,” said Michael Keeney, Chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. “We are excited about the potential for Spirit’s long-term growth at MEM.”

Faith-Based Leaders Gather in Memphis to Discuss the Ministry Today and Beyond at the Bishop Charles H.M. Patterson, Sr. Symposium on Saturday, March 26, 2022

Faith-Based Leaders Gather in Memphis to Discuss the Ministry Today and Beyond at the Bishop Charles H.M. Patterson, Sr. Symposium on Saturday, March 26, 2022

(Memphis, Tenn. – March 15, 2022) On Saturday, March 26, 2022, area faith-based leaders will convene at Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ for a panel discussion on “Ministry Today & Beyond – Where Are We Now and How Will We Be Effective in the Future?” The Bishop Charles Harrison Mason Patterson, Sr. Symposium is sponsoring the event that is free and open to the faith-based community and the general public. Masks are required for attendees.

The panel of dynamic religious leaders include the following: Pastor Keith Norman, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church-Broad; Pastor Bartholomew Orr, Senior Pastor, Brown Missionary Baptist; Bishop Linwood E. Dillard, Senior Pastor and Evangelist LaShun Dillard Berry, Citadel of Deliverance Church of God in Christ; Bishop Ed Stephens, Senior Pastor, Golden Gate Cathedral and Bishop Darryl D. Woodson, Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Churches of Christ and Pastor of Mount Gilead the Cathedral of El-Shaddai.

Some of the topics the panel will tackle include:

  • How to manage the lack of confidence in the church?
  • How to meet our congregations where they are since the pandemic?
  • How do faith-leaders re-establish church relevance in their communities?

The religious leaders participating in this discussion were brought together by Bishop Patterson to have a candid discussion around what the church and their members need in this new environment.

“I look forward to this discussion with this great woman and men of God as we explore how to be more effective leaders to the church and the communities we serve,” said Bishop Patterson.

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. on March 26, 2022 and will be held at Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ at 229 South Danny Thomas Blvd, Memphis, TN, 38126. For more information about the symposium call 901.527.9202

Judge Loyce Lambert Ryan Picks-up Petition to Run for Re-Election for Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court Division 15

Judge Loyce Lambert Ryan Picks-up Petition to Run for Re-Election for Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court Division 15

MEMPHIS, TENN – Elected to the bench in 2000, Judge Loyce Lambert Ryan is running for re-election for her position in General Sessions Criminal Court Division 15. She is currently presiding Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court and is seeking another term in the upcoming August 2022 election.

“I am honored to seek another term to administer the law fairly and in the best interest of all parties,” said Judge Lambert Ryan. “I’ve enjoyed serving the people of Memphis and Shelby County and want to continue the work on behalf of the community for another full term.”

A skilled trial attorney, and the first female attorney selected as a member of the Shelby County Public Defenders Capital Defense Team and the first female to supervise the unit. Judge Ryan is the first female president of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association. She was also honored with the A.A. Latting Award for Outstanding Legal Services. Judge Lambert Ryan is also an active member of her community.

She is a member of Parkway Gardens United Presbyterian Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, River City Chapter of the Links, Inc, Top Ladies of Distinction and Top Teens of America, Inc. Learn more about Judge Lambert Ryan in her bio below.

Follow Judge Ryan on her social media platforms at include Facebook: Re-elect Judge Loyce Lambert Ryan, Instagram: Judge Loyce Lambert Ryan and Twitter: JudgeLLRyan

The Committee to Re-Elect Judge Lambert Ryan is chaired by Thomas Long and Mack Tuggle serves as the Treasurer of the campaign.

Mid-South Food Bank Received $25,000 through Bank of America COVID-19 Employee Booster Initiative

Mid-South Food Bank Received $25,000 through Bank of America COVID-19 Employee Booster Initiative

To help fight hunger in Memphis, Bank of America donated $100 for each bank employee who recorded a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot in addition to a company contribution.

Memphis, Tenn. – Bank of America today announced a $25,000 donation worth 75,000 meals to Mid-South Food Bank to address food insecurity in the region. An estimated 38 million people were food insecure in the United States in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As the pandemic continues, hunger relief organizations in Memphis and across the country are facing ongoing challenges such as increased demand for their services and rising food prices.

Bank of America is supporting its employees’ health and safety while addressing one of the local communities’ most critical needs. Earlier this year, the company announced it would make a $100 donation to local hunger relief organizations and food banks for each employee in Memphis who received a COVID-19 booster shot or vaccine and notified the bank before the end of January. The company made an additional contribution to address the increased need experienced by hunger relief organizations across the country. Since the onset of the pandemic, Bank of America has provided $125,000 in funding to Mid-South Food Bank in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Mid-South Food Bank provides food to local agencies and food distribution sites to feed children, families and seniors. With a 15.6% food insecurity rate in the Mid-South, its mission is to change lives by eliminating hunger in our region. Currently, the Mid-South Food Bank distributes an average of four million meals a month through a network of 300 partner agencies in 12 counties in West Tennessee, 18 counties in north Mississippi, and one county in Arkansas. With help from the bank’s donation, the Mid-South Food Bank is providing 75,000 meals to individuals and families throughout the Mid-South.

“Mid-South Food Bank is thankful for the partnership we have with Bank of America,” said Cathy Pope, President & CEO, Mid-South Food Bank. “As a result of the Booster Program, 75,000 meals will be provided for our neighbors in need across 31 counties. We look forward to expanding our collaboration with future efforts to eliminate hunger in the Mid-South.”

Nationally, the bank has committed $10.6 million dollars to food banks and hunger relief organizations through this effort. Since 2015, Bank of America has donated nearly $150 million toward hunger relief efforts.

“As the pandemic continues to impact Memphis, food banks and hunger relief organizations are experiencing increased demand and higher costs to meet the needs of individuals and families,” said Trevia Chatman, President, Bank of America Memphis. “Our commitment to help strengthen the communities we live in and serve is unwavering, which is why we are investing in the health, safety and wellbeing of our teammates while also providing funds to help local organizations support our neighbors and fight food insecurity.”

Bank of America committed to donating a minimum of $25,000 in each of the company’s 93 markets to local nonprofit partners as part its vaccine booster effort. Because vaccination boosters and reporting are voluntary and additional company contributions are reflected in the final amount, actual donation amounts differ from the number of boosters reported by bank employees.

The company has encouraged staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations since summer 2021 and has offered incentives such as paid time-off and $500 credits towards health benefit premiums. In partnership with local nonprofits, Bank of America has also distributed more than 38 million masks, 41,000 cases of hand sanitizer and 11 million gloves in local communities as part of its ongoing efforts to address health-related disparities accelerated by the pandemic.

About Mid-South Food Bank

Mid-South Food Bank distributes food to partner feeding programs in 31 counties in north Mississippi, west Tennessee and east Arkansas, where nearly 20 percent of the population struggles with food insecurity and hunger. In FY2020-2021, Mid-South Food Bank distributed more than 54.2 million pounds of food.  Mid-South Food Bank’s Mission is to change lives by eliminating hunger in the Mid-South.  

About Bank of America

At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at

Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Meets with Shelby County Democratic and Republican Chairs to Discuss Upcoming Voting Season

Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Meets with Shelby County Democratic and Republican Chairs to Discuss Upcoming Voting Season

Memphis, Tenn. – The chairman of the two major political parties in Shelby County met with Election Commission Chairman Brent Taylor on Friday to receive an update on the Shelby County Election Commission. Shelby County Democratic Party Chairwoman Gabby Salinas and Republican Party Chairman Cary Vaughn met with Taylor at the commission offices on Nixon.

“I think this meeting is unprecedented,” said Taylor. “I’m not sure when the chairs of the local parties have met to discuss the election process before this meeting. My leadership style is to always be inclusive and thought it was important for me to update them directly on changes with the Shelby County Election Commission.”

Taylor discussed the composition of the election commission and how in a majority democratic county the election commission is majority republican. He shared how it is important to have input from all the election commissioners and how he assigned seating to promote collaborative discussion.

Salinas and Vaughn received an update on the purchase of new voting machines and Taylor shared his support for the machines that the Shelby County Commission are interested in purchasing that is electronic touch-screen with a paper ballot component. This purchase of the type of new voting machines is still before the Appellate Court.

Taylor also shared that due to the redistricting process there will be fewer precincts on election day on May 3, 2022. “In the upcoming election we will have 134 precincts down from 255 in the last election,” said Taylor. “The Election Commission will assign workers with IPADs to each old precinct to help them find their new voting location.”

The meeting ended with a tour of the operations center and a demonstration of the proposed new voting machines.