The NAACP Memphis Branch recognizes and observes Workers’ Memorial Day every year on April 28. This day is an opportunity to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

We held a news conference today with PR Chair Latrivia Welch, Labor and Industry Chair Kermit Moore Jr, and Bailee Malone, granddaughter.

We continue to work towards workplace safety. visit our Facebook page: NAACP Memphis Branch to see the news conference.

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It’s Time for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day by Dr. Andrea Willis, BCBST

We see the impact of opioid abuse daily. We see it on the faces of family members and friends who are desperate to help their children struggling with addiction. We see it on the faces of co-workers who have lost family members to a drug overdose. Health care providers see it when a patient decides to seek professional help. First responders see it when they are trying desperately to save an overdose victim.

The opioid epidemic has its grip on our state. It’s everywhere. Its impact knows no boundaries. It can happen to anyone.

Twice a year, the National Drug Enforcement Administration and partner organizations host thousands of take-back events across the country. This spring, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation is proud to partner with Count It! Lock It! Drop It! (CLD) and the Memphis Area Prevention Coalition to host National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, at more than 100 locations across the state.

The goals for these events are to provide safe, convenient locations for disposing of prescription drugs and other medications and to raise awareness about the potential risks for abuse and misuse of certain medications, such as opioids.

According to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, 55 percent of those using prescription painkillers recreationally got them from a friend or relative. We hope you’ll take some time this week to clean out your medicine cabinets to get rid of unused or expired medications.

Join us on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at one of several Shelby County-area locations to properly dispose of your medications. To find a take-back event close to your home, visit

If you can’t join us at one of these events, we encourage you to visit the CLD website to find the location of a permanent drop box that collects unused or expired medications year-round.

Simple, safe disposal of unused drugs is vital in fighting our state’s opioid epidemic. With take-back events, the process is quick, easy and anonymous.

This is one small step in helping fight opioid abuse. Together, we can make a difference in our communities.

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Dr. Andrea Willis is chief medical officer at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Rosa Parks Kept Her Seat

61 years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a crowded bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She wasn’t tired from working all day. The long time NAACP member did it on principle. Ms. Parks realized at the time that more than 75% of the riders on the public bus system were black and surrendering your seat based on race at the time was the law. She was arrested and the NAACP bailed her out. Ms. Parks lost her job. The boycott of the bus system lasted 381 days, fiscally hitting the city and bus line where it hurts – declining revenue. Ms. Parks sit down, was a catalyst for ending segregation in this country. I pay tribute to her today for not standing. It was exactly what we need.

Do you know any modern day Rosa Parks?   rosaparks400-460x300

Turning 54 Today.

October 29, 1962 my parents, Austin Howard Carter Jr. and Elizabeth Anne Foster Carter, had their first child and named her Deidre Dionne Carter.  What an amazing life I’ve had so far.  I was raised by a village of people, of course my parents and grandparents and each and every one has had an incredible impact on my life. I married a guy from Chicago, Patrick Kirkland Malone, who is my best friend. We have been married 31 years and we have two sons who make me proud every day. Of course the best job we both have are being grandparents to Patrick “Trey” Malone III and Bailee Christian Malone.

I have a job that I love. I work for myself. I’ve built a business over the last 13 years that has been tested and has tested and stretched me. The Carter Malone Group received two awards this week. One from the Dr. Benjamin Hooks Job Corp and from the Black Business Association.

I have mentored some amazing people who are crushing it in their professions and lives.

I thank God for all of my blessings and all 54 years of this life.  I don’t take any day for granted because I know it’s not promised to me. I plan to continue to live my life the same fearless, focused and God believing way.  Thanks for all the birthday wishes. deidre-at-bennys


USA Today Best Selling Author Latrivia Welch

On Monday on my show Dialogue with Deidre I interviewed USA Today Best Selling Author Latrivia Welch. She is one of the top authors in the interracial romance genre.

If you are my friend then you know her because she is just like a daughter to me and you’ve probably met her. If not, let me tell you just a bit about Latrivia. She is married to Bruce and they have 3 children. Latrivia has written 24 books, she is the President and CEO of RiverHouse Publishing and she just opened her own public relations firm-Welch PR.

GO to the Dialogue with Deidre Facebook Page to see the interview. Her latest book is Gabriel’s Regrets: Book 1 and Book 2 drops on October 15th.

Visit to learn more about Latrivia and all of her books.

Let’s keep the dialogue going….read her books and let me know what you think.

Go Hillary!

I started my morning drinking from my favorite new coffee cup – Hillary 2016! The color works for me too! I encourage those who believe this country needs an experienced leader who cares about all people, even those following the other guy, it’s time to step it up and work hard to get her elected.


Let’s continue the dialogue to make it happen…52 days and counting.