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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Confirms Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
As a tireless advocate for healthcare reform, the 74-year-old congresswoman now faces her own health battle, “I am currently undergoing treatment to battle this disease that impacts tens of thousands of Americans every year.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has been unwavering in the ever-wavering world of politics. Rep. Jackson Lee has become known for her steadfast dedication to serving her constituents and advocating for social justice. Sadly, however, through all of her accolades, Jackson Lee has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and said she will be undergoing treatment.

“My doctors have confirmed my diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I am currently undergoing treatment to battle this disease that impacts tens of thousands of Americans every year,” she said in a statement. “I am confident that my doctors have developed the best possible plan to target my specific disease. The road ahead will not be easy, but I stand in faith that God will strengthen me.”

Jackson Lee opened up about her devastating journey, emphasizing the importance of early detection and access to quality healthcare. Despite the daunting nature of her diagnosis, she remains optimistic and is committed to using her platform to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is notorious for its aggressive nature and low survival rates. However, Jackson Lee has approached her diagnosis with grace and determination, the same grace and determination she’s been praised for throughout her career.

Is a COVID summer surge coming? Here’s what CDC data shows

(NEXSTAR) – Warning signs that could signal a rise in COVID infections are appearing in parts of the U.S.

Wastewater testing, which can help detect the spread of a COVID in a community, has shown a significant uptick of the virus in several states. Testing sites in Montana and Florida are reporting “very high” levels of COVID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. Levels are “high” in wastewater across Alaska, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland and New Mexico.

Emergency room visits related to COVID-19 are also on the rise, the CDC said, spiking 12.6% in one week. The biggest jumps were seen last week in Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

College is expensive. This summer program can help you sort your money options.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — We know it can be expensive to send your kids to college.

There is a new summer program in June and July that could help sort through financial aid options.

Metro Nashville Public Schools is hosting several Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion clinics in June and July. These sessions are meant to help recent high school graduates understand the financial aid they may have and how it works.

If you have not started the FAFSA or completed it, staff members who have extensive experience with the forms will be available to help fill it out and give extra advice on how to make sure your child gets proper aid.

All recent graduates are welcome at any of the locations, regardless of where they graduated from.


Where are these workshops taking place and when?


Martha O'Bryan Center (Hosting clinics until July 30)

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at 711B 7th Street
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the center's Faith Building, 711A A. 7th Street
  • Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hunters Lane, Maplewood, and Stratford high schools (appointments available in person and virtually)

Oasis Center

  • Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 1704 Charlotte Ave. Suite 200
  • Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Nashville State Community College's White Bridge, North Davidson and Southeast campuses
  • Mondays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at John Overton and Glencliff High School
  • Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Cane Ridge High School


    • Southeast branch: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Edmonson Branch: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Madison Branch: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Main library 615 Church Street: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Bellevue Branch: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


June 27

  • FAFSA clinic at 301 Plus Park Blvd, #300, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

July 9

  • FAFSA clinic at 301 Plus Park Blvd, #300, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July 26

  • FAFSA completion event at College Con from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Free Breakfast and Lunch for Children Now Available at 62 Nashville Locations

Nashville, Tenn. (TN Tribune)-On Monday, the Metropolitan Action Commission began providing meals for children and youth at area summer camps, community programs and other places where young people gather.

Metro Action is partnering with 62 locations throughout Nashville and Davidson County to provide breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to children and youth during June and July.

Breakfast meals are generally served at 8am and lunch meals close to noon each day. Parents and youth can visit the Metro Action site at and click on “Free Meals for Youth” for a complete listing of the food locations being sponsored by the agency.

Youth do not need to provide any documentation to receive the meals. The food program will be offered throughout the summer Monday through Friday until the end of July.

In addition to Metro Action, Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee, Metro Nashville Public Schools and many of the YMCA Summer Camps are also sponsoring free meal sites throughout Davidson County. To see a complete listing of all Davidson County locations and surrounding areas text “Food” to 877-877 or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY.

The Metropolitan Action Commission is the largest provider of summer meals in Davidson County. The agency receives federal funding through the National Summer Food Service Program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a grant with the Tennessee Department of Human Services to cover the cost of the meals.

Black Women Are More Likely To Die From Cancer. A New First Of It’s Kind Study Aims To Find Out Why
The American Cancer Society launched VOICES of Black Women, which is the largest study ever to focus on cancer risk and outcomes for Black women in America.

Why are so many Black women dying from cancer? A groundbreaking new study from the American Cancer Society (ACS), VOICES of Black Women, aims to figure out the underlying causes.

The numbers don’t lie. Per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, “Black/African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers.” But unfortunately, the disparity doesn’t end there—when breaking this down along gender lines, “Black women have the highest death rate for most cancers.”

For added perspective, Black women are diagnosed at a 4% lower rate than white women with breast cancer. Yet, Black women are dying from this disease “at a 40% higher rate than white women.”  

Until this study, Black women have been woefully underrepresented when it comes to medical research. In fact, “the vast majority of biomedical research was conducted exclusively on white men until laws and regulations were passed requiring the inclusion of women and minorities in clinical studies funded by public money–like those from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).” Essentially, until the 1990s, most approved devices, medications, and vaccines “were exclusively [being] tested on heterosexual, non-disabled, seemingly healthy white men.” 

This is why the ACS study is so trailblazing. According to their press release, this first-of-its-kind study is “designed to better understand the multi-level drivers of cancer incidence, mortality and resilience within this demographic. The long-term study will gather valuable data from Black women between the ages of 25 and 55 from diverse backgrounds and income levels who have not been diagnosed with cancer.”

Pastor Jamal Bryant announces engagement to Karri Turner

More than five years after taking the helm of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, as a single, divorced father, Pastor Jamal Bryant announced on Sunday that he is now engaged to Christian motivational speaker Karri Turner.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am, how happy my family is, how happy my children are, and I hope my church is happy for me,” Bryant told his congregation in a recording of the announcement streamed live on Facebook.

“I wanted you to know from me … why it is that I wanted to marry this woman. It’s not just because she’s beautiful, but because she’s brilliant, because she’s anointed, and she makes me a better man, and I’m grateful,” Bryant beamed as he waxed poetic about his new fiancée as the congregation cheered with excitement.

“I wanted to marry her because I wanted her to be the moon, because I don’t want there to be a night that I don’t see her. I wanted her to be the sun, to be a reminder that the dark season of my life is over. I wanted her to be a rainbow, just to be a reminder that God’s promises are still good for my life,” he added. “And I wanted her to be the rain, to let me know that the harvest is coming.”

He acknowledged that even though he's been leading the church as a single man since he took over in 2018, “going forward, for the rest of my days, you gon’ have a first lady.”

According to her website, Turner “is one of the nation’s most vibrant, promising and emerging leaders.”

Negro League Stats To Be Integrated Into the MLB Record Book

The contributions of Negro League baseball players will officially be recognized in the Major League Baseball record book.

CBS Sports reports that approximately 3,400 players who played between 1920-48 in seven professional leagues will now have those stats included within MLB.

Rob Manfred, commissioner of MLB, confirmed the change in a statement.

"We are proud that the official historical record now includes the players of the Negro Leagues," Manfred’s statement read. “This initiative is focused on ensuring that future generations of fans have access to the statistics and milestones of all those who made the Negro Leagues possible. Their accomplishments on the field will be a gateway to broader learning about this triumph in American history and the path that led to Jackie Robinson's 1947 Dodger debut."

Integrating Negro League stats was a tedious process that was years in the making. In 1969, a special committee on baseball records was convened and it decided to recognize six major leagues dating back to 1876: the National (which launched in 1876), the American (1901), the American Association (1882-1891), Union Association (1884), Players' League (1890) and Federal League (1914-1915). 

In December 2020, the MLB announced that it would be "correcting a longtime oversight" with the addition of the Negro Leagues. John Thorn, the offcial historian of the MLB, “chaired a 17-person committee that included Negro Leagues experts and statisticians.”

"The condensed 60-game season for the 2020 calendar year for the National League and American League prompted us to think that maybe the shortened Negro League seasons could come under the MLB umbrella, after all," Thorn said at the time.

The project consisted of a Negro League statistical review committee, “Negro League experts, former players, researchers and journalists, reviewed data, box scores, statistics and additional information uncovered by Seamheads, RetroSheet and the Elias Sports Bureau.”

“We looked for historians, statisticians, and stakeholders who all could be expected to have concern that MLB would get the process and the product right,” Thorn explained. “We were not looking for 'like minds' but instead potentially contentious ones.”

Beginning on Wednesday (May 29), Josh Gibson, a Negro League icon who is regarded as one of greatest hitters ever, is the current all-time leader in career batting average .372, edging out Ty Cobb's .366, his slugging percentage at .718 surpasses  Babe Ruth's .690, and OPS (On-Base Plus Slugging) which is 1.177, beats Ruth's 1.164. Gibson is also the new single-season leader in each of those categories.

Although the Baseball Hall of Fame has a plaque dedicated to Gibson that says he "hit almost 800 homers" during his career, the committee “did not include anecdotal evidence”, stating that a majority of his home runs weren't listed in a box score or came outside of league play.

Sean Gibson, Josh's great-grandson, shared his gratitude that his grandfather’s name and other-worldly talent will be recognized in the annals of baseball history.

"When you hear Josh Gibson's name now, it's not just that he was the greatest player in the Negro Leagues, but one of the greatest of all time. These aren't just Negro League stats. They're major-league baseball stats," Sean Gibson, Josh's great-grandson, told USA Today. "This means so much for not only the Josh Gibson family but representing the 2,300 men in the Negro Leagues who didn't get the opportunity to play (in MLB)."

Four teens shot, killed in Nashville area in two weeks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – A 17-year-old girl was shot and killed in North Nashville on Sunday, marking the fourth teen homicide in the Nashville area in about two weeks.

The four deadly shootings have occurred in public places, like parks and apartment courtyards, and in most cases, surround ongoing arguments or “beef” between two groups, according to police.

The victims of these shootings have been between 13 and 18 years old, including one middle schooler and a victim who died days before their 19th birthday.

Here’s a look back at the two weeks of violence in Nashville, as community activists, parents and police search for solutions:

Investigators with Metro Police say a fight between girls led to a brawl at Red Caboose Park in Bellevue on May 29.

At some point during that altercation, 13-year-old Aayden Hayes was shot along with his 16-year-old sister.

He had just wrapped up eighth grade at Bellevue Middle School. The school’s principal described Aayden as a “kind and caring student who was easy to like and get along with.”

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