Desi Franklin 
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Re: “Trouble in Paradiso?

The dirty little secret I hear from some white kids is that Saturday night is known as AA night (African American) at the Paradiso. How's that for perpetuating self segregation in this city rich with diversity? Enroll them all in Common Ground right now is what I say.

Posted by Desi Franklin on 09/01/2009 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Trouble in Paradiso?

I live in East Memphis and attended a movie at the Paradiso the preceding Saturday night. Although as usual there was a big crowd and lots of teenagers in the lobby, there was no problem or feeling of danger whatsoever.

Having said that, before my son began driving, for years his preppy East Memphis crowd liked to go to the Paradiso. It was impossible as a parent to police whether they actually went to the movie although that was the understanding (I was one of the dropper offer parents). I know of instances where drugs and alcohol were being sold in the parking lot to white kids who live or go to school in East Memphis, not kids from other areas of town. I have also heard white kids cursing like sailors on the porch of McAllisters on weekend nights, so the bad behavior is not limited to any one type of teenager. We are kidding ourselves if we believe that these troubles are caused by "those other children" and that everything was fine when it was just East Memphis kids there. I've long wondered what the Paradiso owners thought about their potential liability with this teenaged hangout and all the activities that go on there.

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Posted by Desi Franklin on 09/01/2009 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Judy Freeman

Tim, Thanks for that lovely tribute to our friend, Judy. I will always remember her working it (and us) in her leotard at Idlewild or selling those cool cotton sweaters at Magazine (the store). Then there's her wonderful throaty laugh...I downloaded John Klemmer's Touch cd in her honor and have been listening to it nonstop since Sunday. I'm enjoying thinking of her now with all the saints and getting to laugh at Roger's jokes again. Desi

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Posted by Desi Franklin on 03/12/2008 at 10:37 PM

Re: “...and the Backstory (Cohen, Cybill Shepherd, and a Presidential Intercession)

The Shelby County Democratic Party has produced a unified Democratic ballot with all Democratic nominees featured on it. It is being handed out at the polls and during candidates' canvassing to let voters know who the actual Democrats on the ballot are - it does not include Jake Ford. Educating voters is more effective than whining about Ford, Sr. and Jake tactics that aren't going to change.

Posted by Desi Franklin on 11/01/2006 at 11:56 PM


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