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VOL IX ISSUE 10 January 1, 2020

MY TRUTH Cheryl Smith Publisher

Time of Year Another year has come to a close and I can’t help but to recap the past year and look forward with anticipation. 2019 was a very exciting year for me because there were so many exciting memories and milestones. I said hello to my newest grandchild, D-Square (actually his name is Davion); my girl (aka Surrogate) Amanda Fitzpatrick and hubby Yusuf welcomed Naomi; and I said farewell to some very special people including 100 year-old legend Garth Reeves; classmates; Sorors Michelle Raglon and Olivia Frazier Kerr; longtime friends Carolyn Davis and fellow Rattler Juanita Benson; as well as the loved ones of many I love. There have been some disappointments and many causes for celebration over the past year. Everyone can’t handle the emotional roller-coaster. Sometimes help is needed. Which brings me to my truth. December has always been challenging for me since 1969. I remember opening gifts that Christmas morning and hearing the phone ring. Next thing I knew the joy had gone out of the day because the news from the phone call was that my 93-year-old grandfather, Remer Smith, had died. Christmas Day was never the same. Then over the years, I’ve suffered other losses that have sent me into deep thought; like the death of my father on December 8, 2004, and my Godmother, Liz on December 22, 2008. Most who really Realizing the know me know of my fondness for Healthy Living Expo the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. You see, growing up Mr. Brown was there for me in times when I really felt alone. He could put a smile on my face and a song in my heart. And that in itself is very telling. As a 10-year-old; I remember going to a concert with relatives in Florida. After the concert, we were escorted backstage and given the choice of meeting five nappy-headed, smelly boys, or the Godfather and the songbird, Lyn Collins. I chose the Godfather. After we met and said a few words, he kissed me on my cheek. I was overjoyed! In fact, I said then I would never wash my cheek again, but I forgot which one it was. I also met Ms. Collins and I was told that I met the boys also, but if I did I don’t recall the boys. Can you guess who those boys were? Well anyway, decades later, I had a phone interview with Mr. Brown. It was wonderful. I told him about that meeting and we talked about family and life.


See MY TRUTH, page 4

A Way Somehow... The older and more sophisticated I become, the more I realize the genius that resided in our mothers, fathers, and grandparents. When I was eight at Goodwill Baptist Church, listening to Reverend J. C. Huey preach and the choirs sing, I didn’t always understand. Now I do. There was a woman at the

piano named Miss Dorothy, and I never could quite make out what she was saying. She could invigorate them ivories, and she used the ball of her foot against a hollow wooden floor for percussion. I love having drums as we do in most churches now. However, Miss Dorothy’s

Comerica Bank surprised local high school students from the Project Still I Rise Urban Scholars Program with technology packs at their holiday community service project on Thursday evening. The students decorated Buckeye Commons Head Start, and later were presented with personal laptops and the

accompanying accessories (bag and mouse) and service plans as a reward for their hard work and dedication in the classroom and community. Research shows nearly one in five teens have trouble finishing their homework because of a digital divide–often referred to as the “homework gap ”– for teens who lack access to digital technologies (consistent access to a computer and/or internet

Current Councilmembers

QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall homemade metronome on that thinly varnished wood floor, was priceless! Now that I am older and

District One David Gibbons

District Two Deborah Morris

District Four Jim Bookhout

District Five Rich Aubin

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Teens receive “Gift of Tech” from Comerica Bank

From Staff Reports

Council Election May 2: Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5

connection) at home. Teens from lower-income households, are especially likely to face school-related challenges as a result. [Source: Pew Research Center] “For the past decade, Comerica Bank has partnered with Project Still I Rise to help empower today’s youth for tomorrow’s opportunties See COMERICA, page 2

The City of Garland will hold a general election Saturday, May 2, to elect council members for Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5. Wednesday, Jan. 1, is the first day a voter may submit an application for a ballot by mail. Friday, April 17, is the last day to receive an application in person for a ballot to be voted by mail. Filing an application for a place on the ballot can be done Wednesday, Jan. 15, through Friday, Feb. 14. Tuesday, Feb. 18, will be the last day for a write-in candidate to declare candidacy in the General Election. Friday, Feb. 21, will be the last day to withdraw as a candidate and be omitted from the ballot. There will be a new candidate orientation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, to provide assistance in navigating the application process. Candidates will be required to make an appointment with the City Secretary before delivering an application for a place on the ballot. Beginning Friday, Jan. 10, a candidate packet will be available on the City Secretary’s webpage under “Elections.” Early voting by personal appearance begins Monday, April 20, and ends Tuesday, April 28. Visit the website for more info. Garland residents now have the convenience of county-wide voting and may vote 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at any polling location in Dallas County on May 2.

Make Your Life a Classroom “Let me tell you a story.” Dallas public relations and marketing juggernaut Terry Allen said he remembers those words as a familiar line from his mentor -Dr. Harry Robinson Jr., founding director, president and chief executive officer of the African American Museum in Fair Park. Allen shared this anecdote about his mentor while he himself was being honored for achievements in business at the 34th A. Maceo Smith Community Service Awards Brunch on December 14. The African American Museum sponsors the

awards. Allen was one of seven local achievers who received the award in different categories. A recurring theme in remarks from each recipient was the need to inspire and prepare someone to follow your footsteps or later fill your seat; to not climb to the top alone. “Go find someone and bring them along with you,” Allen said, making the point that he had mentors who helped him along the way. “I (personally) am grateful to

I WAS JUST THINKING... By Norma Adams-Wade Dr. Robinson...I can’t thank (him) enough. He helped me to feel like a superstar.” Robinson Jr.’s expertise mainly is in library science and research. But Allen said Robinson Jr., 78, was a reliable fount of general wisdom whenever he (Allen) needed

a jumpstart during some business snag or a lift when he felt downcast during some task. I was just thinking how Robinson’s Jr.’s impact with the museum in Dallas is strong enough that earlier this year some supporters tried to launch an effort to name the museum in his honor while he is alive. They cited the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, renamed in 1998 for its founder, physician Dr. Charles H. See THINKING, page 5

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR New Year’s Resolutions Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Recurring Events

Sisterhood Speed Dating, host Benisha Jones, Pan African Connection, 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. 7-10p. Tickets:

Monday Night Kizomba, Aldeez Caribbean Restaurant & Event Center, 7879 Spring Valley Rd. 8-11p.

Night with the Nupes Pajama Party, host NOLA Cajun. Brick House Lounge, 2525 E. Arkansas Ln., Arlington. 9p-2a. Tickets:

Cardio Hip Hop with JessieMae, LC Fitness 901 N. Polk St. Ste. #370. DeSoto. 6:30pm. Info: www.

Sacrificial Fridays, Inspiring Body of Christ, 7701 S. Westmoreland Rd. 7:30p. IBOCCHURCH.ORG.

Feeding The Needy, host, Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez, 1641 Corsicana St, Dallas. 3-5p., Sundays.

Up Town Happy Hour Friday’s, Tate’s, 2723 Mc Kinney Ave. 4.-10p.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. Till 3-1-20. 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade: Sign Up, for info contact: La Ronda Bacon or Natashia Cooper at the King Center, 214-670-8418.


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Winter White Ball 2020, host, Aubrey Presley. Island Spot, 309 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8p.-12a. Info: 214296-7355.

JANUARY 4 Happy Birthday to team member and our friend Actress Ptosha Storey

Business Basics 101 Workshop, host Genesis Preferred Solutions, Zula B. Wylie Library, 225 Cedar St. Cedar Hill. 11a-1p. Tickets:

Celebration of Haiti’s 216th Year of Independence, host Professor Nyembo the Pan-Africanist, Taste of Miami Restaurant, 202 S. Main St. #19-05, Red Oak. 4p. 2020 New Years Resolution Run! Run On! 5400 E. Mockingbird Ln. 9a. Info: 214-821-0909. Jamrok Wednesdays, A Night of Jamaican Music, Art & Culture, Hero’s Lounge, 3094 N. Stemmons Fwy. 7p-2a. Tickets Patient Care Technician Training; Oak Cliff Works, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, 1001 N. Bishop Ave. Wed. Info: Loren 214-943-4567 x208.

JANUARY 2 New Year Extravaganza w/The Solid Gold Soul E, host, A E Group. American Shaman 3801 W. George Bush Hwy. #130. 7:30-11:30p. DWE Feed The Homeless, host Dallas Women Entrepreneurs. Whole Foods 250 McKinney Ave. 10a-1p.

Soul Breakfast Saturday, Gran Gran’s Catfish & Soul Food, 205 S. Main St. Red Oak 7a-10a. For the Love of Jazz & Poetry host The Food for Soul Experience. Sway’s Room, 1175 N. Watson Rd., Arlington 9p-12a. Tickets Code Compliance with the City of Dallas, host Coffee & Politics 101. African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave. 10-11a. Glitter & Goals Vision Board Party, host, Kee’s Boutique. D.L. Hopkins Senior Ctr. 206 James Collins Blvd. 12-3p.

JANUARY 5 Dallas Zoo Lights: by Reliant, Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy. 5-9p. Tickets: J5 Brunch, host Richardson-Plano Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy. 11a-2p. Tickets: Jazz Brunch Sundays at Vinetti’s 14833 Midway Rd. Addison. 11a-3p.

Conversations at The West, Friendship-West Baptist Church, 2020 Wheatland Rd. 7p.

Sunday Community Drum Circle, Pan African Connection, 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. 2-5p.

Come Laugh with Me-All New for 2020, host, D. Ellis, B.H. Lounge, 2021 N. Hampton Rd. #100.

Reggae Sunday Brunch at Hero’s Lounge 3094 N. 35 Fwy. Dallas. 11a-3p




Dallas Mavericks vs Chicago Bulls, American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. 7:30p. AXS.

The Color Purple, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Times vary. Tickets: www.attpac. org.

JANUARY 7 Alumni Chapel and Day Service, St Philip’s School & Community Center, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 8:15a-2p. RSVP: Like A Boss Movie Screening, host Dallas Girl Gang. AMC Theaters 8687 N. 75 Exp. #3000. 6:3010:30p. Tickets:

Arthello Beck Gallery Presents: Nitashia Johnson The Self Publication, South Dallas Culture Center, 3400 Fitzhugh Ave. 1p.

Happy Birthday to team member Terry Allen, Media-Related Representative of NABJ


Free Legal Aid, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, 1515 Main St. 4p. Info: 214-748-1159.

JANUARY 8-14 Dallas Market Center Total Home and Gift Market, Dallas Market Center, 2100 Stemmons Fwy. 8:30a6p. Each day. Contact: 214-744-7444.

Plano Parks & Rec., TLAC (Think Like A Cop) NOW , Carpenter Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Rd. 6-8p. Info: .

JANUARY 10-12 METRO Celebrates 30 Years, Host M.E.T.R.O. Christ Church, Edison’s Dallas, 1724 Cockrell Ave. 7p. Tickets:

JANUARY 10 Happy Birthday to team member and Author of “Quit Playin” Vincent L. Hall 2nd Friday’s Network Society, Nylo Dallas Plano Hotel 8201 Preston Rd. 5-8p. RSVP Ladies Night, The Attache’ Cigar Lounge, 4099 W. Camp Wisdom #101. 8p. Info: 972-685-6296. See it Through In 20/20, host, Single life at The Potter’s House, 6777 W. Keist Blvd. 7-10p. Register: Muffins with Marty Jo Taylor for Judge, Vote Marty Jo, 2626 Cole Ave. 7:30-8:30a.


The Original Lady of White Rock Lake Ghost Hunt, host Hunted Rooms America, White Rock Lake, Dallas. 7-11p. Tickets:

Sandra Moncriffe for Judge Reception, Veritas Wine Room, 2323 N. Henderson Ave. #103. 5-7p. Tickets:

2020 Scholarship Luncheon, host, NAAIA DFW Chapter Doubletree Hotel, 8250 N. 75 Exp. 11a-1p. Tickets:

The Power of Broke, host The DEC at Redbird, 3662 E. Camp Wisdom Rd. 6-8p.

Poetry & Jazz #3, Featuring: Se7en the Poet, Clarence Muse Cafe’, 1309 Canton St. 9p. Ticketmaster.

DFWJAMSESSION Presents Open Mic, Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. 9p-1a. Tickets:

Girls Night Out: “A Season of Sisterhood”, St. Philip’s School 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 6p Friday-8a Saturday Register:

JANUARY 9 CD Release and Listening Series, Clarence Muse Cafe’ Theatre, 1309 Canton St. 7:30p. Tickets: 214743-2400. Listening Session w/ Chief Hall & Council-member Narvaez, host D.P.D. Community Affairs, Mattie Nash Myrtle Davis Rec. Center, 3710 N. Hampton Rd. 6-8p. Kin-folk D Ray Performing Live, David’s Poor Pub, 1313 S. Lamar St. 6:30-11p. Tickets: myafton. com. Weekly Toastmasters Meeting, host Oak Cliff Chamber, 1001 N. Bishop Ave. 6:30p. Free Winter Wellness Event, host Kika Strech Studios, Ventura X, 5301 Alpha Rd. 6-8p. Simple and Healthy Cooking Classes, Foremost Family Health Center, 2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd. 1-2p.

Well Med 1st Anniversary, Guest Founder of the Commodores Thomas McClary, 3107 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. 10a-3p. Info: 972-942-7728.

JANUARY 11 ULO 2020 Founders Day, host, Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Hyatt Regency 300 Reunion Blvd. 7-11p. Eventbrite. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dallas Alumnae Chapter , Founders Day Luncheon, Speaker Cynthia M.A. McIntrye, Sheraton, 400 N. Olive St. 11:30a. South Oak Cliff HS-Official Ribbon Cutting, host Next Generation Action Network, South Oak Cliff High School 3601 S. Marsalis Ave. 11a-2p. Public Conversation w/ Deanna Moton, Feat: Carolyn Arnold King & Norma Adams-Wade, Pan African Connection, 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. 5p.


through academic enrichment, men to ring and leadership development,” Pete Guilfoile, Comerica Bank Chief Credit Officer and Project Still I Rise volunteer said. “Comerica is committed to helping close the homework gap by equipping youth in the communities we serve with reliable technology too is for future success.” Project Still I Rise, Inc., is a communitybased nonprofit organization founded in 2002.  The mission of the agency is to empower today’s youth for tomorrow’s opportunities

through academic enrichment, mentoring , and leadership development programming. PSIR’s headquarters office is in Dallas, Texas. The Urban Scholars program is designed to assist students who a re transitioning between academic settings. Participants enter the Urban Scholars program during their ninth-grade year and beyond. Graduating high school seniors are awarded a one-time scholarship for their commitment to service and academics. Students participate in community service projects, professional development

workshops, and corporate engagement opportunities. Urban Scholars also have the chance to be joined by a pool of Project Still I Rise, collegiate students two times per year for collaborative workshops. Comerica Inc. (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful.

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DFW to The Virgin Islands DCCCD Foundation announces new board

Manuel Diaz founder, Diaz Law Firm

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American Airlines has launched a new winter service to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with the arrival of flights from Chicago (ORD) and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) began December 21, 2019. Flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport began serving Cyril E. King International Airport on Saturdays, through April 4, 2020. Flights from Dallas-Fort Worth will operate year-round on Saturdays. Utilizing Airbus 319 equipment with a 128-seat capacity, American Airlines #1109 departs Chicago at 9:20 am, arriving on St. Thomas at 3:59 pm. The return service AA #1109 departs St. Thomas at 5 pm, landing in Chicago at 8:34 pm. The Dallas-Fort Worth service, on Boeing 757 aircraft with 176 seats, departs DallasFort Worth on AA #1237 at 8:55 am, landing on St. Thomas at 3:40 pm. AA #1251 departs St. Thomas at 1:51 pm, arriving in Dallas-Fort Worth at 5:32 pm. “American Airlines is pleased to provide nonstop service to the beautiful island of St. Thomas from these important hubs,” said

Alfredo Gonzalez, American’s Managing Director, Caribbean. “We would like to thank the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, the Virgin Islands Port Authority, and other agencies for working seamlessly with us to make these flights possible.” “We are delighted to inaugurate these flights which open up and enhance the very important Chicago and Texas markets,” said Joseph Boschulte, Commissioner of Tourism, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.” “We are very happy with the deepening of our partnership with American Airlines and look forward to working with their team to bolster airlift to our Territory this winter and beyond.” This winter, American Airlines also increases capacity to St. Thomas with the addition of a third daily flight between Miami and St. Thomas. The third daily flight, which began earlier this week, operates as a “same day turn,” departing Miami International Airport at 8:35 am and arriving at Cyril E. King International Airport at

12:14 pm. The return service departs St. Thomas at 1:06 pm the same day it arrives, landing in Miami at 3:11 pm. American will also extend Charlotte-St. Croix flights during the holiday period, and will serve the island with thrice-weekly flights from Miami over the summer. For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to, follow us on Instagram (@visitusvi) and become a fan on Facebook. When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line checkin – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for nonU.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.

Ann Margolin, an investor and non-profit consultant

Chad Houser founder of Café Momentum

The Dallas County Community College District Foundation has announced the appointment of five business and civic leaders to its board of directors. The new members are: Manuel Diaz, founder and lawyer at Diaz Law Firm in Dallas; Chad Houser, founder, CEO and executive chef of Café Momentum; Alicia Makaye, founder and co-owner of GXA; Ann Margolin, an investor and non-profit consultant; and Alfreda B. Norman, senior vice-president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Created in 1973, the DCCCD Foundation offers more than 400 scholarships to students at the district’s seven colleges. The DCCCD Foundation is governed by a board of business and civic leaders who support educational programs that help remove barriers for students allowing them to earn a degree or college credential, start a career or transfer to a university to further their education. The DCCCD Foundation also identifies and develops resources that help solve problems in the

Alicia Makaye founder and co-owner of GXA

community that the district serves. “We are thrilled to have these dynamic individuals join our Board,” said Debbie Taylor, DCCCD Foundation’s board chair. “The diversity of their experience and skills will be a tremendous asset as we continue the work of supporting our outstanding district.” “We are excited to have these new board members join the foundation,” said Dr. Pyeper Wilkins, DCCCD’s chief advancement officer, who also serves as executive director of the DCCCD Foundation. “We count on their expertise and passion for education to guide us in our support of the district priorities, serving the needs of our students and our community.” In 2019, the DCCCD Foundation awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships and has secured $83 million in private funds since it was founded. The DCCCD Foundation currently has five major funding priorities: •



Alfreda B. Norman svp, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Fund assists DCCCD students who are on the verge of suspending their educational pursuits when financial emergencies arise; • Food Pantries are located at all seven of the DCCCD colleges to help ensure DCCCD students have access to nutritional foods and never go hungry; • Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality program, so it can meet industry and workforce demands; • Early Childhood Education, expansion of early childhood education across all DCCCD colleges in order to meet education, community and workforce gaps; and •Level Up Scholarship, which funds the Parent Promise that helps put adults on the pathway to an in-demand career immediately after they complete their studies. For more information, contact Pyeper Wilkins by email at pwilkins@ or by phone 214-378-1536; or Kathye Hammontree in the DCCCD Foundation office by email at khammontree@ or by phone at 214- 378-1536.

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Kamala Harris – Still A Winner status quo.� Carol Mosley Braun, the first Black woman to serve in the United States By DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX Senate, attempted a presidential run in 2003 and dropped out in early 2004. then, she can be reelected and John Kerry ended up with the look at Presidential possibilities Democratic nomination that in 2024 or 2028. And she can year, but thanks to Republican use her most recent experience dirty tricks, the electoral count to guide her in her next national wasn’t even close. campaign. Few candidates Mosley Braun had a handle for President collect the on the issues, especially issues nomination on their first time about women’s financial out. President Barack Obama security. But she had neither was an exception, but this is the resources nor the support Vice President Joe Biden’s to make it to the convention. third bite at the apple, and Now we have Kamala Harris, many (including Bill Clinton) a former prosecutor and tried at least once before California Attorney General winning. Kamala was the third Black woman to vie for the who burst onto the Senate scene with skills and focus. Democratic nomination. Few will forget the way she Shirley Chisholm’s historic made Attorney General Jeff run in 1972 inspired Black Sessions look like a bumbling women all over the country. She fool. And her cross-examination was the first Black woman to sit of Brett Kavanaugh was in the United States Congress, masterful. and is well known for her motto, As she crisscrossed the “unbought and unbossed.� She country, she inspired Black made it to the convention floor women and girls, and others. with 152 delegates, some who Indeed, she garnered the had been pledged to Hubert support of Higher Heights, Humphrey until he released a Black women’s PAC them. Chisholm said she ran that endorsed her in early because she had the “sheer will and refusal to accept the November, despite her low

THE LAST WORD California Senator Kamala Harris (D) threw her hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination for President before more than 20,000 people in Oakland, California. She made the announcement on the official Dr. Martin Luther King’s holiday, January 21, 2019. She jumped into the race with enthusiasm, and many had high hopes for her. Unfortunately, she suspended her race basically because she lacked resources. Negative media coverage, perhaps informed by race and gender bias, along with rumors of discord in her campaign were being circulated widely. While I was sorry to see Senator Harris exit the field, I’m still a fan, and I think she is still a winner. Harris has three more years in her Senate term. Until 2022, she can continue to slice and dice witnesses in the Senate, advance legislation “for the people,� as her campaign slogan suggests, and solidify her base in California. Hopefully,

polling numbers. I was saddened to see Kamala leave the race. I would love to have seen her debating 45. I bet he wouldn’t have rattled her the way he pushed Hillary off her game. I’d like to have seen her with a smaller group of Democrats so that everything didn’t seem so rushed, and people could answer questions more expansively. Kamala’s’ withdrawal from the race is not her loss but the nation’s. The way we are going, the next debate will be a white-only affair unless Tulsi Gabbard or Andrew Yang qualify. In the last debate, Kamala Harris talked about the fact that Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party. You wouldn’t know that from the representation on the debate stage, or in party leadership. Black women have been loyal to the Democratic Party, but the party has not been faithful to us. Kamala Harris is still a winner. Like Shirley Chisholm and Carol Mosley Braun, she refused to accept the status quo. Her withdrawal from this race is not the end; it is a new beginning for the tenacious Senator who will undoubtedly continue to fight “for the people.�

MY TRUTH Continued from page 1 When I told Mr. Brown that my father lived about an hour and a half away from his home in Augusta, GA, he invited me to visit the next time I was in town. Oh, how I looked forward to that visit! As our interview came to a close, he asked me if I was coming to his concert in Grand Prairie. I told him “no� but he asked me again. Unfortunately, I had already given my tickets to super writer Vincent Hall, but Mr. Brown said no worries, he had me covered. I went to the concert alone and had a great time. When I visited him in his dressing room, we had a great time talking. Before I departed Mr. Brown kissed me on both cheeks so I wouldn’t forget this time! I had such a good feeling and that feeling was with me a few years later when I received word of his passing. So many people called to see how I was doing. That year prior my dad had passed, just added to the feeling I was experiencing. While some would never understand the connection, it doesn’t take understanding to show concern, and sometimes in our busy world, we don’t take time to be concerned about others and what they are going through. That is why we should all be open to counseling. There is so much going on in the world that it is sometimes hard to navigate effectively. Also, when you consider all the chemicals that enter our bodies and how many young people are coming here filled with mind-altering chemicals; well, the need for psychological intervention is important. For that and other reasons, mental health is a component of the Realizing the Dream Healthy Living Expo at the African American Museum on January 20, 2020. We need to address the issues effecting, our families and communities. Mental illness is real. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. And sometimes you need someone to talk you through the challenging times in life. Sure every month can be challenging but even the Center for Disease Control reports that December is not the month when most suicides occur. Still, the holiday cheer does make one reflect on those not there to share the times, which could lead to depression. There is help. Let’s get it and give it! Plan your schedule to join us right after the Dr. King Parade. You’ll be glad you did.

Crump talks Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People BY STACY M. BROWN


Famed Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump has written a new book that examines the troubling history of environmental racism in America. Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People, the 272-page book that’s already the top seller on in the category of Civil Rights Law, tackles how environmental racism pertains to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey. In the book, Crump explores how marginalized communities largely are overlooked by the institutions charged with protecting them. Crump also summarizes the state of civil and environmental rights in the U.S. As he prepared a return to Flint, Crump vowed to avoid distractions, including a recent $100 million lawsuit filed by

George Zimmerman against the attorney and the parents of Trayvon Martin. “The parents of Trayvon Martin and I don’t want to give any attention to this frivolous and unfounded lawsuit at all. We believe attention is what he’s seeking,� Crump said. “It’s so asinine that the actions of the killer of their teenage son will continue to devastate them over and over again. Every year, he comes up with something like the selling of the gun. It’s just horrific what this individual does. We rather focus on something more important, like in Flint, and this guy is only a distraction.� Crump’s return to Flint, where he planned to hold rallies over two days to keep attention on the continued water crisis, comes nearly four years after he and hip-hop mogul Russell

Simmons went house-to-house delivering water to families throughout the city. “We found out that not only was there a water crisis, but Flint was a food desert,� Crump stated. “So, we have to focus on this because it’s important. We have children who have problems with brain development because they were poisoned by the government wantonly.� While Crump’s new book digs deeper into the Flint crisis, it also explores racism across the country. In one section of Open Season, Crump talks about one of the incidents that inspired him to continue his work as a civil rights attorney. “When we were in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed in broad daylight, there were these young Black Lives Matter activists who refused to let them sweep Michael Brown’s life under the rug,� Crump continued. “The government called in the National Guard. And I remember being there with the


December 18 — Today the House of Representatives will vote on whether to impeach President Trump. If it votes yes, sometime early in the new year, I will take an oath on the Senate floor to uphold the Constitution, review evidence and follow the facts wherever they lead, regardless of party or ideology. Every one of my colleagues will be required to do the same. As a former prosecutor, I understand the importance of holding powerful people accountable. I know that every trial requires fairness and truth. Having worked my whole life serving the people, I know that any trial that abandons the pursuit of truth cannot be considered fair or just. But the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, appears more interested in covering up the president’s misconduct than in pursuing truth and fairness. He is already trying to limit the impeachment trial by preventing


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witnesses from testifying, and he has all but announced a verdict. In doing so, he showed the American people that he has no intention of honoring his oath. Let’s be clear: Mr. McConnell doesn’t want a Senate trial. He wants a Senate cover-up. Fortunately, Mr. McConnell does not have the power to unilaterally undermine this trial. Every single senator will be empowered with an equal vote on how the trial will proceed. Though in just the past year, Mr. McConnell has used his position to unilaterally block legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act, lower the prices of prescription drugs and address the gun violence epidemic, he cannot wield the same authority in a Senate impeachment trial. In this trial, senators will be far more than jurors. Every one of us will vote to determine the rules for the trial, decide which witnesses testify and ultimately serve as both court and jury. Each of us will be called on to

the face of all Americans and force them to acknowledge the hypocrisy. “You have to at least acknowledge the racism and discrimination in the institutions of governance. If you don’t ever admit it, we can never solve the problem,� he stated. It took about three years for Crump to write Open Season, and he called it one of the most challenging tasks he’s undertaken. “You sit there and remember all those things that have happened to black and brown people in this country, and it just breaks your heart,� Crump said.“Over and over again, no matter what the situation is, for people of color, we get the most injustice.

“You can give me any situation, and they will find a way to make sure that marginalized people of color don’t get equal justice. That’s what we have to fight against. That’s what we’re fighting against in Flint, Newark, Baltimore, Washington, and other communities,� he continued: “If this water crisis in Flint would have happened in a white community, it would be a national catastrophe. Lightning would strike and thunder would boom. I mean people would go to jail. “But, because it’s a majorityminority community, it’s almost as if Americans don’t know it happened. They say, ‘it doesn’t affect me, just those Black and brown people, so it doesn’t matter.’�

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media and the crowds of people and the National Guard with militarized and an assault rifles,� he said. Crump continued: And you have these young people without fear. And this one brother specifically walked right up to the National Guard, who has their rifle trained on him. The man’s face was practically touching the tip of the rifle, but he just had enough at that moment. “He said, with the rifle in his face, ‘go ahead and shoot me with all these cameras here, because you’re going to shoot us anyway when they go away, so shoot and kill me now so the people can see how you kill us.’ “I thought that was riveting because I said he’s right. It is important that people see how they’re killing us. But not just with bullets in the police shooting cases, but more poignant, how they kill us every day in every city, in every state, in every courtroom in America legally with these trumped-up felony convictions.� With the book, Crump stated that he seeks to hold a mirror to

uphold our oath with every decision we make. We will all be held accountable by the American people if we refuse to discover the facts relevant to the articles of impeachment. The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, has made a reasonable request to hear from four additional witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the president’s misconduct and to review documents that shed light on why the administration initially decided to cut off military aid to Ukraine. We need to hear from Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, who admitted to Mr. Trump’s bribery scheme on live television, and from the former national security adviser, John Bolton, who has been shopping stories about Mr. Trump to book publishers instead of speaking with Congress. Every senator should want to hear from anyone who can speak directly to the president’s misconduct related to the articles of impeachment.

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Even Richard Nixon allowed the key figures behind the Watergate scandal to speak to Congress, and he eventually turned over incriminating portions of his Oval Office recordings to investigators. But Mr. Trump has stonewalled Congress and inhibited our ability to seek justice by demanding that those closest to the center of the Ukraine scandal stay silent. Senators must be allowed to subpoena relevant witnesses and submit questions to them directly. The Senate should not vote on any article of impeachment or consider a motion to dismiss the trial until we have reviewed the additional testimony and evidence that Mr. Schumer has requested. I have never been in a courtroom where the accused can unilaterally block witnesses from testifying or prohibit prosecutors from asking witnesses questions. No court would allow a trial to proceed this way, and neither should any member of the Senate. Ensuring the integrity of this trial

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is a solemn responsibility for every senator, with consequences that extend far beyond any one presidency. My colleagues and I have a duty to use our voice and our vote to insist on a fair trial, rooted in the pursuit of truth. We must demonstrate to the American people that in our system of justice all are equal under law, and that there are not two sets of rules, one for Donald Trump and another for everybody else. We must conduct the Senate impeachment trial in a way that is fair and that reflects impartial justice. History will judge the actions taken by the United States Senate at a time when our Constitution and the rule of law were at stake. I’ll be fighting for justice and accountability, and my colleagues should too.

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Presidential Shame and Pity


The late Michigan Congressman John Dingell was one of the finest public servants to have ever served in the United States House of Representatives. And for the president of the United States to belittle his memory is illustrative of a gross lack of decency and character that

cannot be tolerated. In a speech, immediately after he became only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached, Mr. Trump said that Congressman Dingell, the longest-serving member in the history of the House of Representatives, was watching events in the nation from hell.

The hideous comment stabbed at the very core of decent people wherever they are found. My congressional colleague, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, who now represents the district that her husband once did, was more than personally devastated... She said that the remark hurt her deeply, as it would anyone who loved their spouse, and who had witnessed them selflessly serve our nation for more than half a century. While Mr. Trump was building a hotel and entertainment business,

the late Congress Dingell was helping to build and sustain a great nation. Respected by members of both major political parties, Congressman Dingell’s positive imprint on our nation’s fabric is unquestionable. The inappropriate remark by Mr. Trump and unkind comments he made regarding Congresswoman Dingell brought to mind what he once said about the late Senator John McCain, whose status as a war hero the president questioned. Those that worked

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slightly sophisticated, I know that I’ve probably always been ADHD. While all the singin’ and shoutin’ was going on, I was distracted. My mind was somewhere between fantasizing about a brown-skinned girl with “water-waved” pigtails, or begging my mama for peppermint. Either way, I missed the verses of most songs. Whatever lyrics were sung before the chorus was lost amidst my physiological unrest. Nevertheless, the universal message of the song; the tag line if you use today’s vernacular, stuck with me. Whatever else Miss Dorothy belted out, she had my full attention when she repeated the refrain; “The Lord will make a way somehow.” Songs like those are making a comeback for African Americans in and out of the church. Churches in

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with Senator McCain and large numbers of citizens who knew his history as a prisoner of war were shocked and angered. We did not expect words of that nature to come from the mouth of a resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It was a substantial departure from normalcy. To their credit, Republican members of Congress from Michigan have asked President Trump to apologize to Congresswoman Dingell for the comments he made about her husband. I also call on him to apologize. This is

not the first time that President Trump has used offensive language while referring to others. If he does not understand the harmfulness of his ugly rhetoric surely responsible members of his party do. They must understand that his comments are damaging to the soul of our nation and to the office of the presidency. Shame and pity on those who do not understand, and who do not demand that the president stop!

Dallas ISD names 201920 Principals of the Year Dallas ISD officials announced the winners of the 2019-2020 Principal of the Year award during a special ceremony at the Dallas Arboretum. The winners are:

Elementary: Ida Escobedo, principal of Margaret B. Henderson Elementary School Secondary: Francine Taylor, principal of H. Grady Spruce High School Choice: Nancy Bernardino, principal at Solar Preparatory

School for Girls at James B. Bonham For the second year in a row, several school leaders were commended as Master Principals. Fourteen elementary schools principals, five secondary school principals and four choice school principals received awards. These were given based on a measure on the campus growth, achievement and school climate. School Leadership also recognized the three 2019 National Blue Ribbon. School awardees, the Breakthrough and Accomplished campuses and the principals who were most affected by the October storms.




every community are losing membership in large numbers, and the messages of hope that kept our spirits for 400 years are reaching fewer and fewer people. The stats published in a Pew Research article in late October, reflect what local and national church leaders are seeing or not seeing in their pews. In “U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace, An update on America’s changing religious landscape,” the state of church membership and attendance looks bleak. “The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past

I Was Just Thinking, Wright who was alive when the museum was renamed. He died four years later at age 83. Allen urged the audience at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel to be more dedicated to preparing a new generation of leaders and community advocates – particularly among young African-Americans. Failing to prepare will mean that other races will fill the seats that African Americans fought to gain as a way to advance our culture, Allen said. “I need you to do one thing,” Allen said. “Help me to identify my replacement (and yours) when our fire is quenched.” Museum trustee board chair Rev. Vonciel Jones Hill reiterated Allen’s admonition to prepare young successors for our seats and complimented Dr.

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decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009. Among white adults, the share of people who say they attend religious services a few times a year or less now exceeds the share who attend monthly or more (57% vs. 42%); a decade ago, the white population was evenly divided between those who went to

church at least monthly and those who did not. Regular churchgoers still outnumber those who infrequently or never go to religious services among black Americans (58% vs. 41%), though the share of people who say they attend religious services a few times a year or less often has risen over the last decade among Black Americans, just as it has among the population as a whole.” To marry the numbers to the times, consider that the last time we impeached a president, 11% of the nation declared that they never attend church. As we approach the constitutionally mandated impeachment and removal of Donald J. Trump, 27% of the country is proud to say that they never attend church. What that means to White folks is kinda beyond me. If they


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Robinson Jr.’s example. “Terry is correct,” Rev. Hill said. “We have to bring along the next generation. ...I am so glad that Dr. Robinson and ... (his supporters) had the good sense to bring along the next generation.” Rev. Hill also paid tribute to her predecessor as board chair, the late Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr. who died July 2 at age 85.

She and entrepreneur Matt Houston, who moderated the program, urged guests and the public to support the museum in Lassiter’s fashion by giving of their time, finances and “kind words.” They also said the award’s namesake, A. Maceo Smith, was the guiding light for business and community service in Dallas’ African American community. Smith organized the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce (previously the Dallas Negro Chamber of Commerce) in 1933. He came to Dallas as a high school teacher and began a crusade of founding African American organizations and movements to advance voting, education, business and

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community development, and cultural pride. He became a U. S, Department of Urban Development executive and achieved heights such that a downtown Dallas federal building is named in his honor. In his benediction, Rev. Mark Proctor summed up the program’s recurring theme: “We are not truly a success, until we have a successor,” Rev. Proctor said. Other award recipients and

truly believe Donald Trump is the “Chosen One,” we must agree to disagree on who God is. A book by Bebe Moore Campbell, “Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine,” brought me to the realization that everybody’s God ain’t my God. However, for Black folks who shun Christianity and or Spirituality, it explains our feelings of defenselessness and despair. If you never hear or conceive that the “Lord will make a way somehow,” dealing with racism, sexism, climate change, or an orange-tinged White Nationalist could scare you to death. This holiday season happens to be the most political in our history, but shouldn’t be jaded by our national predicament. My hope is built on nothing less than Rev. Huey’s God; who has, can, and will make a way... Somehow! their categories were Joyce Foreman, Dallas school board trustee (education); Lyria Howland, public relations and diversity strategist (youth involvement and mentorship); Paulette Johnson, Trucker’s Café owner and chef (civic engagement & human services); Alyson Rae Lawson, 7-11 franchise owner/business & finance executive (under age 40 achiever); Vicki Meek, independent art curator and arts administrator (art & culture); Earl Thompson, school coach and North Texas youth Football League president (youth involvement shared with Lyria Howland). Norma Adams-Wade is a veteran, award winning journalist, graduate of UT-Austin and Dallas native. She is also one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and was inducted into the

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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker BY HOLLYWOOD

S t a r Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is the ninth installment in the STAR WARS movie series and somewhere at about the sixth movie the series got really way off course after George Lucas left the series and most of that blame went to J.J. Abrams. In this final Star Wars movie Abrams should get the credit for wrapping up the movie series on a positive note. While some of the previous movies were a bit confusing and figuring out the new characters without a program was a real task for the average moviegoer The Rise Of Skywalker is a straight-ahead story of good against evil in a story that is

easy for the most casual of Star Wars fans to understand. The movie also has some surprises and the alien creatures are back as the best of the best from any previous movie. With the exception of the original, the final STAR WARS saga may be the most enjoyable of them all. It’s an interesting, yet simple plot. The Resistance faces The First Order, the good guys vs the bad guys, for one last time with some great plot twist and special effects. Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, leads the Jedi rebels against The Sith, who are led into battle by Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver. The evil Galactic Emperor,


By Marva Sneed

Palpatine, played by Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid, is just as creepy and sinister as he was in the previous Star Wars movies beginning with the 1980s The Empire Strikes Back. Chewey, Lando (Billy Dee Williams), Finn, played by John Boyega, and all of the good characters from the previous movies like C-3PO, and R2-D2 are all back for this one last go-round for the movie. Carrie Fisher appears through archival footage and

Mark Hamill is in the finaleas Luke Skywalker. In what promises to be one of the eagerly anticipated movies of the holiday season moviegoers will be delighted with this final STAR WARS movie. The movie is rated PG13 and runs 2 hours and 21 minutes. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale Rating” Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker gets my highest possible rating A JUMBO (with extra butter)!

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VH1’s Black Ink Crew


Interviewing millennial reality show stars is always revealing. In conjunction with talking about their upcoming season 6, Black Ink Crew’s C h a r m a i n e ’ s responded to an audience member’s questions about gun violence in Chicago. Ryan Henry’s success and hustle with his tattoo business has broken down barriers and established 9MAG into one of the most sought- after tattoo shops in Chicago. This season, the stakes are high for Ryan as he enters therapy after realizing he’s been using his shop to avoid dealing with the death of his sister. With the help of his brothers, Don and Phor, Ryan is determined to keep his circle tight, and continue to develop

Charmaine Walker and Ryan Henry his relationship with his son while co-parenting with Rachel. Charmaine Walker is celebrating entrepreneurship in a male-dominated industry by opening one of Chicago’s first female owned and operated tattoo shops. With the help of a renowned British tattoo artist, they plan to employ true Chicago natives, who have struggled through the system and know how to work a tattoo gun. This massive shake-up in the Windy City tattoo industry threatens to take 9MAG’s spot at the top.--Text provided by

Black Ink Crew’s publicists in conjunction with the Valder Beebe Show. VBS: Ryan & Charmaine you are here to represent VH1 ‘s Black Ink Crew. Charmaine you are representing women entrepreneurs in a nontraditional female business. CW: It’s really an honor being in the position that I am in, yet being male or female being an entrepreneur is challenging. I’m the owner of the first owned and operated female Tattoo shop in Chicago. The audience will see a female owner who is not a tattoo artists owing

and manage a Tattoo shop which has been a maledominated business field. RH: This is going into our sixth season. You see me become an adult and being a man. VBS: Becoming an adult, let’s expound on that. You have made the decision to seek therapy which is a non-traditional choice for African Americans, especially males. Tell my audience a little about that choice. RH: ABSOLUTELY! Being accountable for my actions. Moving forth and growing in what I am doing....

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Guess what time it is... we weren’t going to make it work. We met up, talked for over an hour, cried Gill a little and shared a kiss. During our conversation, he confessed that he’d met a woman he really liked during an out-of-town trip for work. I wished him well and soon found out that they were officially dating. He informed me that he wasn’t sure he could just be friends with me and that she probably wouldn’t like it if he and I maintained a friendship. It hurt, because we had been so close. I stopped talking to him and blocked him on social media so neither of us would be tempted to reach out. Earlier this year, I received a Facebook message from his new girlfriend, basically asking if he had cheated on her with me. I balked at being involved in their drama (especially while I was doing my best to forget about him and the loss of our relationship) and told her she needed to ask him if she had doubts. I emailed him to let him know what was going on and asked him

ASK ALMA By Alma Dear Alma, I’m 28, and I ended my last relationship about three years ago. I had been dating this guy since college and thought he would be the one I’d marry and have children with. Shortly after college, I moved to his hometown while he stayed in the area where we’d attended college (my hometown). We had a great relationship for several years before he became frustrated with our longdistance status. I made the very difficult decision to move back to be closer to him -- don’t worry; I nailed an awesome job before I made the trek. You probably saw this coming: We broke up about a month after I’d moved back. Only we didn’t actually break up-- we took “a break” and maintained an on-off relationship for the next two years. It was only last year that we finally admitted that

to make sure I was left out of it. Fast forward to last week when one of my best friends called to ask if I’d heard the news: they’re engaged. Alma, I know this isn’t the guy for me, but I’m still devastated. I can’t believe he’s engaged to this woman he’s known for barely a year. It adds insult to injury that their relationship was even more long-distance than ours, and I’m skeptical about anyone who Facebooks an ex to find out if their partner is being faithful. Why am I so upset? And how do I get out of this funk? Unsigned

(Clutching my pearls) Lawd, have mercy; you’re still pinning for that man! You and I both know that you’re not over him. Clearly you had him pegged as your husband and the father of you children. But you didn’t mention when and how he proposed to you. That leads me to believe that this is a situation where he knew you were his Eva while you thought

you were his Eve. I’m sorry, Sweetie; he still holds the keys to your heart. I can understand your heartbreak at the thought of him marrying someone else. It feels like she’s walking down your isle, but, she’s not. He’s no longer your boo. He told you that. But it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. I can’t sugar coat this thing because that’s just not the kind of girlfriend I am. If a man tells you he doesn’t want to be with you, believe him. Your purpose-filled path in life is never connected to anyone who can walk away. Be it The Hilton or The Heartbreak Hotel, check in for a moment, but don’t try to live there. Pull back the covers from over your head. Wipe your eyes, blow your nose, pack up your heart and check out. Ready to release and let it go.

On „From Marva with in computer engineering and an Love,“ I interviewed Daniel MBA. So after school, I moved Mofor of award-winning Black- to Arkansas where I worked for owned custom menswear label Wal-Mart in their headquarters. Don Morphy. Daniel is from I worked for them for 11 long Cameroon, Africa and began years. So up until 2017 that is his career as an engineer for two or three years ago, that is Wal-Mart. He when I moved left Wal-Mart to to Dallas. And pursue his dream now I am a fullof becoming time designer. a menswear MS: So up fashion designer. until a couple New to the of years ago you fashion industry, were working Daniel has for Wal-Mart. now hit several Is fashion your incredible passion? Daniel Mofor milestones: DM: Yes, Fashion Group fashion has International‘s Rising Star been my passion all my life. Award Winner of 2019 in When I was small, I wanted Menswear, Fashion Group to always be the best-dressed International of Dallas Rising guy, to all the events and all the Star Award Winner of 2019 in parties. So I have loved fashion. Menswear. I‘ve loved all kinds of fashion, He is Custom Suit Clothier men‘s shoes, men‘s suits, men‘s to the Stars: Tyra Banks, Diddy, overcoats. Fashion colors, Emmitt Smith, Bishop T.D. fabrics. Since I started Don Jakes, Dwight Howard, Tyson Morphy I have been lucky and Chandler, etc. And still pending blessed that it is paying my bills he is named One of Dallas‘ Top right now. 50 Innovators of the Year for MS: Being from Cameroon, 2019-2020. Daniel Mofor is I can imagine how beautiful the the only small label (as a black- colors are although I have never owned business) to ink a major been to Africa. Do you bring deal with Kathy Ireland and her that to your fashion style? global brand, MIVI and now DM: Yes, yes I do. That‘s he is the exclusive menswear where I get most of my colors designer for her Weddings and from. So when it comes to Resorts location around the men‘s fashion, when we talk world. about men‘s fashion we talk MS: Daniel let’s talk fashion. about Italian, that is the best Tell a little about how you when it comes to men‘s fashion. started your company. And that is where I get my DM: I am the founder and inspiration. So what I do is my lead designer of Don Morphy. whole company we go to Italy, I am originally from Cameroon we go to France and we go to that is in West Africa. I‘ve been Europe. Top fashion is from in the United States for 19 years. there and we go to the factories I went to school in Houston, This is where we get our fabrics Texas. I didn‘t go to school from and that is how we get our for fashion. I was a computer inspiration to design our suits.... engineer. I have my bachelor‘s

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The 411: Top 5 Beauty Dislikes of Women ABOUT YOUR HAIR BY DR. LINDA AMERSON

You have read what a few men shared in The 411. Now you will hear from women what they like in men regarding beauty and grooming. Men sometimes need suggestions/ assistance from a friend,

girlfriend or wife to help him stay totally together. On the other hand, there are some men who have the grooming and beauty department down pat! Women will notice when a ‘together brother’ walks into the room

looking and smelling good! There’s something about that confident (not arrogant) walk! Read the top 5 beauty dislikes women shared to enlighten men.

4) Hair growing on or out of ears. 5) Men with dirty unkempt nails or feet

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1) Missing teeth! Any man over 30 is responsible for replacing and repairing their teeth--and please no gold teeth replacements. 2) Body odor combined with bad breath will run me away quickly!

1) No teeth!!! 2) Men with large unkempt beards 3) Hair bumps on back, neck or face

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3) Rough hands, and dirty fingernails. Some men have told me that rough hands is a sign of a working man, and they do not want any soft hands. I do not like rough hands touching me. 4) A man who never offers to massage my tired feet. This can be a turn on! 5) Unkempt beards and mustache. 6) Excessive tattoos-visible on neck and face. 7) Smoking! Cigarettes and cigars.

8) Chewing snuff. Doris Thomas, Catering: 1) Dirty fingernails. 2) Body odor 3) Smoking 4) Talking with every other word a curse word. 5) Unemployed, at home with momma, and no car! 6) Toothless! Please get them fixed or get dentures! 7) Uneducated See HAIR, page 8


Amerson’s work celebrated Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and City Council members presented local entrepreneur, Dr. Linda Amerson, with a proclamation at the City Council Meeting last week. Mayor Williams announced “Dr. Linda Amerson Day” as September 25, 2019! A true honor! Dr. Amerson shared copies of her September 2019 ‘Cover Girl’ features in SPLASH and AMUSE Magazines with the City Council members. With passion and purpose for

39 years, Dr. Amerson has served the community as a Board Certified Trichologist... specialist in alopecia and scalp disorder maladies. This Texas trailblazer celebrates her 20th Anniversary of the opening Dr. Amerson’s International Trichology Training Center, the first in the western USA, 20th Anniversary journalist of 68 national magazines and newspapers with a global readership of over 350 million consumers. In addition, her 6th Anniversary of alopecia


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DeSoto Band receives national recognition DeSoto High School band has been named the NATIONAL WINNER of the Dr. William P. Foster Project Award of Excellence, which recognizes programs serving historically underappreciated student populations. Dr. Foster was the renowned band director of the Florida A&M University Marching 100. The award is sponsored by the Music Education Alliance, a collaborative of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Music for All (MFA), and National Band Association (NBA), dedicated

to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands at all levels of instruction. “This is such a great honor for our school and our community,” said DeSoto ISD Director of Bands Delton Brown. “I am grateful for my band kids who work so hard. They deserve to be recognized on a national level. I hold them to such a high, non-compromising standard and I don’t let up. Nevertheless, they continue to step up to the challenge and achieve at levels not expected of them because of various reasons.” “Our


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