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VOL IX ISSUE 8 December 4, 2019

MY TRUTH Cheryl Smith Publisher

Begin Today Communication is key. I’ve talked before about how important it is to communicate and not assume. Recently I received clarity on an issue that I was totally clueless about. While in the airport, I needed to get to a gate that was a serious hike. I hopped on one of the mobile carts and when we got to my designated gate, I thanked the driver and ran to board the plane. I heard some grumbling and turned around and saw the female driver rolling her eyes and mumbling about a tip. I was in a rush so I kept going and later I asked someone if I should have given her a tip. I was told that it wasn’t required but some expect a tip for everything they do. Believe me, I didn’t know I was offending her. Which brings me to my truth. Recently, I had an “ah ha moment” in a class I teach. The discussion was about not assuming that someone has the same understanding as you do. Clarity is so important. Ask for what you want. Say what you want. When you say something, make sure you mean it and that the person you are saying it to understands exactly what you are saying. As an example, I asked if anyone in the class ever borrowed money from anyone. Of course, at first, they denied borrowing. So I asked if anyone ever borrowed from them and several hands begin waving wildly. So I asked what were the terms of the transaction and it was pretty much the same — you ask for money, if I give it to you, I want it back. One student said she borrows from her mother and never returns it. I asked why not? She responded, “Because it’s my mother!” Now her answer defied all logic for me. Several others said what I was thinking— If you have no intention of repaying, why do you say the word, “borrow,” why don’t you just ask, “can I have?” I don’t know which is worse: The person who has no intention of paying back when they ask; the person who can find money for everything but paying back a loan; or the person who decides that the person they borrowed from does not need the money anyway. Someone said, there are people in cemeteries because they didn’t honor their commitment. But, you couldn’t get one student to realize the error of her ways. One student said she doesn’t lend money, that she GIVES or says ‘no.’ “I’ve gone so far as to say, ‘You didn’t pay me back the last time and then you had the nerve to stop speaking to me, so don’t even think about it!’” Wow, strong words from a 19-year-old! Someone else said to me, “What is understood, shouldn’t have to be said!” I immediately wrote that statement down because I wanted to remember it, for a number of reasons. The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff had a hit song, “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” where they rapped:

“You know parents are the same, No matter time nor place They don’t understand that us kids, Are gonna make some mistakes So to you, all the kids all across the land, There’s no need to argue, Parents just don’t understand…” Because after all, parents were never “kids!” Were we? And Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager collaborated on one of the best songs you’ll ever hear, from the 1970s hit, “Ain’t Understanding Mellow.” Ms. Eager sings to Mr. Butler: “For it’s very

nice to see, There’s a man who understands, How hard it is to take your hand, And try to explain…” See MY TRUTH, page 4

QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall That’s the theme for the 29th Annual KwanzaaFest celebration, and it really is coming together. Each year since 1991, when Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and the Warriors launched the idea of KwanzaaFest, patrons want

K wanzaaFest is “Really Coming Together!”

to know what Kwanzaa is all about. So let’s peer into pages of “Kwanzaa for Dummies,” where I learned about Kwanzaa. There are seven principles (Nguzo Saba) that are the foundation of Kwanzaa and KwanzaaFest. Kwanzaa is seen

as a “Black Holiday,” and we embrace that. But the tenets are universal, and we welcome people of all cultures to join in the celebration and the commemoration. Principle one is Umoja or Unity, which reminds us to See QUIT, page 5

Journalists remember Mr. Reeves

AIDS Healthcare Foundation World AIDS Day GARTH REEVES Publisher Emeritus - The Miami

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) partnered with its Dallas affiliates-- AIDS Outreach Cen-ter (AOC) and the Access & Information Network (AIN) in a fabulous World AIDS Day event starring Diana Ross and featuring performances by Teyana Taylor and Keke Wyatt at the Bomb Factory, on November 29.

AHF honored American physician and diplomat Deborah L. Birx, Ambassador-at-large and the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, with AHF’s Lifetime Achievement Award

When I Think of Home WORDZ OF WILSON BY CHELLE LUPER WILSON One of my favorite movies of all time is The Wiz, yes, the one starring Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross and MJ as Scarecrow. I love the way our culture is beautifully and tragically woven into the storyline as we took this popular story and made it our own—from running numbers, and naming children after cars (Remember Lion aka Fleetwood Coupe DeVille), to the fabulous and fashionable sistas of Emerald City and the petty crows who gathered to laugh at Scarecrow’s dreams insisting he would never go further than ‘dis here pole. Every time I watch, a new life lesson is revealed.

The other night, I watched through the lens of current events and one scene was almost too heartbreaking for me to watch. It’s a scene that ordinarily brings joy because

the quest has been completed and I get to (in Miss Black America talent competition style) sing along to two of my favorite ballads. In this scene Lena Horne, as Glenda the Good Witch of the South, floats down in all her glittering glory surrounded by beautiful Black angel babies. Glenda helps Dorothy to understand that all she needs to get what she wants most is to simply believe in herself. Dorothy get it. After a “you got this” motivational speech and fond farewell to her traveling companions, Dorothy clicks her silver shiny shoes, and sings, “When I think of home, I think of a place where there’s love overflowing... It would sure be nice to be back home where


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is mourning the loss of Miami Times Publisher Emeritus Garth C. Reeves Sr., who passed away on Monday at the age of 100. “Mr. Reeves was truly a voice of the community,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. “Not only was he an inspirational leader among the Black Press but his impact and influence reached beyond the world of news. He was active in the advancement of education and business in his community and played an important role in local civil rights efforts.” In 2017, Mr. Reeves was inducted into NABJ’s Hall of Fame at the age of 98. “I feel honored to be honored by NABJ,” he said. “I have admired the organization since it started. It makes you feel good when you are recognized by your peers and being in the business, at 98, I feel good.” In 2018 he was inducted into the Florida Press Association’s Newspaper Hall of Fame. Reeves was previously elected to serve two terms as president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). When receiving his NABJ honor, Mr. Reeves used the opportunity to encourage Black publishers, media executives, journalists and others to let nothing silence them. “Black journalists and the Black Press are up against formidable foes and we have to keep fighting and not give up,” he said. As previously reported by NABJ, Mr. Reeves proudly boasted that he had only one job in life and that has been working for the Miami Times, the newspaper his father founded in 1923. For 10 years he also served as president of the Amalgamated Publishers of New York City, which represented more than 100 African Americanowned newspapers across the United States. In 1970, Mr. Reeves was named publisher and CEO of the Miami Times when his father passed. He also became the first African American to serve on the governing boards of the MiamiDade Community College, Barry University, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of Dade County. He served as organizing chair of the board for the National Industrial Bank, which was the first integrated

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Strange Fruit in Dallas?

George Keaton Jr. describes lynching, slavery, and racial violence as “hard topics” that the public discussed By November 19 at a free Norma Adams-Wade community forum that explored Dallas’ deadly past related to “Southern trees bear a strange fruit,” Billie Holiday sang in a 1939 slavery and that set a future path for song called “Strange Fruit” that also memorializing victims of slavery. A second forum seeking was a poem and a novel. Lady Day’s song lamented the community input will be from 7 “strange and bitter crop” of black pm to 8 pm Dec. 4, 2019 at Dallas bodies lynched and hanging from Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood “southern trees” with “blood on the St., just south of downtown Dallas. The City of Dallas Office of Arts leaves and blood at the roots.” Dallas Black history sleuth Dr. and Culture is the main host. Co-


hosts are Dallas Heritage Village and the nonprofit Remembering Black Dallas where Keaton is founder and executive director. The forums are asking the public for opinions and suggestions about how to implement plans for a public arts project that will memorialize victims of racial violence who were lynched in Dallas county between 1853 and 1920. Various steps include community input, approvals by citizen, city, and arts entities, selecting and funding an artist, and possible dedication of the art piece by the summer of 2021, said Kay Kallos, City of Dallas public art

program manager. She said Dallas’ Freeman’s Cemetery is an earlier project and some other cities with similar projects include New York; Alexandria, Virginia; and Montgomery, Alabama. “So much of Dallas’... (slaveryrelated) history is being pushed under the rug,” Dr. Keaton said. “We passed by these places everyday where... (atrocities happened). The victims need to be memorialized.” The victims would include the infamous and well-documented hanging of Allen Brooks who a mob lynched at Elks Arch, then at Main See THINKING, page 5




Christmas on the Square, 211 N Fifth St. Garland. 5:30-8:30p. Now through 12-31.

Safe Toys and Celebration Month Older Driver Safety Awareness

Magical Christmas Candlelight Home Tour, 11th St. Between Aves. B and D 9th & Embree Garland, 5-9p.

Recurring Events Feeding The Needy Hosted by: Hollywood Hernandez Live 1691 Corsicana St., 3-5p. Sundays.

A Tuna Christmas, by Garland Civic Theatre, 300 N. 5th St. Tickets: Box Office, 972-205-2790. Broadway Series: Karaoke Night, Alamo Draft House Lakewood, 6770 Abrams Rd. 7p. RSVP:

If Scrooge Was A Brother, Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St. Ft. Worth. 8-10p. Tickets: 12-22-19.

Favoritz Presents: Open Mic Night, Favoritz Restaurant and Lounge, 6501 S. Cooper St., Arlington. 8-10:30p. No Cover before 10p.

Fair Park Days: Fun Activities for all, Fair Park Lagoon, 1010 1st Ave. Free Parking at Gates 5 & 6. 10a-2p. Contact: 11-23-12-14.

DFW FAMU Alumni Holiday Party & Toy Drive, Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. 6-9p. Tickets: Eventbrite.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 9-21-19 - 3-1-20. Regional Premiere of Colman Domingo’s DOT, So. Dallas Cultural Ctr, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Thur. 7:30pm, Fri 7 Sat. 7:30p Sun. 3pm. Info: 12-5-22-19.

December 4 2019 National Pan-Hellenic Council of Dallas Meeting, African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 6:30-8p. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony DeVry University, 4800 Regent Blvd. 11:30a-1p. RSVP: Six Hands on Jazz, Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. 7:30p. Tickets: The MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center, (Building A) 2929 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Wednesday’s 10:30a-1:30p.

December 5-22 Black Nativity by Langston Hughes, by Vicki Washington, Bishop Arts Theatre, 215 S. Tyler St. Times vary. Tickets:

December 5 93rd Annual Awards & Gala Dinner, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, 2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Bldg. A, . #104. 7-10:30p. Info: Soul Reborn Charity Event, Diva Style Salon, 17610 Midway Rd. #122. 10a-6p. For Charity with Line’ij, Eventbrite. Simple and Healthy Cooking Classes, Foremost Family Health Center, 2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Bldg. B. 1-2p.

December 6-7 Spirit DBDT Black On Black, Dallas Black Dance Theaters Studios, 2700 Ann Williams Way, Happy Hr. Starts at 6:30p . Tickets:

December 6 Small Business Training, Dallas Metropolitan SBDC, Bill J. Priest 1402 Corinth Street, #1534. 2-4p. Eventbrite. Entrepreneur Mixer, by The Business Alliance Group, Host: Denice Stanford, The Attache Cigar, 4099 Camp Wisdom Rd. #101. 7p. DFW HBCU Alumni Holiday Mixer, DeSoto Civic Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 7-11p. Let’s Toast Dallas, Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. 7:30-10:30p. Tickets: Sunnyvale Christmas Express, Town of Sunnyvale, 127 N. Collins Rd. 6:30p. Wear your PJs. Duncanville Christmas Parade, 201 James Collins Blvd. 7-10p. Parade Info: Tree Lighting Ceremony 8-10p. Memorial Park, 101 N. Main St. Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Annual Membership Meeting. UNT Dallas, 7300 University Hills Blvd. 11:30a. RSVP: Deck The Plaza 2019: City Hall Lighting Celebration, 1500 Marilla St. 5:30-8p. K104 DeDe in the Morning Funny & Famous, The Theatre at Grand Prairie 1001 Performance Pl. 8:30p.

December 7

Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Holiday Extravaganza Parade. Info:

2019 Hispanic Bus. Forum, Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. 10a-1:30p.

Breakfast w/ Councilman Casey Thomas II, Dallas Executive Airport 5303 Challenger Dr. 10am.

Holiday on the Hill, Host: Zula B. Wylie Library, Historic Downtown Cedar Hill, 6-8p. Info:

CCBCC 13th Annual Holiday Celebration, Delta Hotel by Marriott, 777 Watters Creek Blvd. Allen. 6p.-12a. Speaker: Dr. Dennis Kimbro. Tickets:

Unforgettable Christmas Holiday Business Mixer, Doubletree Hotel, 1981 N. 75 Expy, Richardson. 6-9p. Tickets:


2nd Annual Empowering Visionaries Awards Gala & Celebrations, Noah’s Event Venue, 6101 Cam-



there’s love and affection/And just maybe I can convince time to slow up/Giving me enough time in my life to grow up/ Time be my friend/Let me start again.” Home. Four letters overflowing with meaning. Home is the sound of Luther Vandross singing Everybody swingin’ (the bad boy’s swingin)/dancing to the music/ On the radio-o-o/ Havin’ a party. Home is the blended smell of peach cobbler in the oven and Liz Taylor’s White Diamonds perfume. Home is the same spot on the couch that engulfs you as you sink into familiarity. Home is love. Home is acceptance. Home hurts but has the power to heal. Like fingerprints and snowflakes, home is unique to each of us. Suddenly my world’s gone and changed its face/But I still know where I’m goin’ I have had my mind spun around in space/And yet I’ve watched it growin’ This week, Sarah M. Broom’s memoir, “The Yellow House” won the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The book is named for the home her mother purchased in 1961 to house more than just their bodies—it was space to keep safe their hopes, dreams and aspirations. The house no longer stands, a casualty of Hurricane Katrina, it was demolished in 2006, leaving Broom to grapple with all that was lost. “The Yellow House was witness to our lives,” Broom writes of the home where she and most of her 11 older siblings grew up. “When it fell, something in me burst.” I understand that feeling. After my mother passed, I had my own imaginings for the house I grew up in. I never envisioned it not being in the

family. I never envisioned it not being. Burglars vandalized my mother’s house looking for copper and then set it ablaze. When I drive down to 1111 NE 43rd Street now, the feelings are different. Instead of seeing the light grey brick with faded black trim; only the land, our old shed by the back fence, and a few strong trees remain to welcome me back home. Only recently has my weeping lightened enough for me to even get out of the car. The pain in feeling unrooted hurts deeply. If you’re listening God/ please don’t make it hard to know if we should believe the things that we see/Tell us should we run away/should we try and stay/Or is better just to let things be? For African Americans, home has often been our only place of refuge from life’s storms. A place to speak freely. A place to practice caring for ourselves and one another. A place to slap Big Six and trash talk throughout Bid Whist. A place to laugh. A place tears were allowed to flow joyously or painfully, depending on the drama of the day. A place to savor ice cream on the sofa. A place for favorite aunties to enjoy quality time with the nephew and his favorite video game. In “Home,” the poet Warsan Shire writes: “no one leaves home unless home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying- leave, run away from me now i dont know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere is safer than here” Considering these times we live in, our survival requires that home become more than just the physical structures we leave from and return to every day. We are in need of sturdiness to help bear the weight of burdens

that come from being Black in America. We are in need of safe sanctuary. We need each other. I visited South Africa a few years ago, and a brother walking down the street passed me and with a nod said, “Hey sista. Welcome home.” Obviously, I wasn’t in my house, but I felt at home. I felt reassured. I felt safe. I felt peace. Like Whitney Houston’s character Savannah, I took the leap, stopped waiting and exhaled. It was a glorious feeling. Home is where the heart is, they say. I wonder, can we attune our hearts to one another? Can we capture all the best feelings home conjures up and share them with one another? Can we build community across difference, across shortcomings, across insecurities and fear, like Dorothy did with Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion? Can we see each other through the lens of love and potential? In a world inclined to make us feel very unwanted, imagine the possibilities of a brand new world where home stands after the hurricanes, rises like a phoenix above the ashes, and exists wherever we are whispering in a voice as sweet and warm as an embrace, “Hey you, welcome home.” Living here in this brand new world might be a fantasy/But it’s taught me to love so it’s real to me/And I’ve learned that we must look inside our hearts to find/A world full of love like yours and mine/Like home.


pus Circle Dr., E. Irving. 7-11p. Tickets: Black Santa Holiday Mixer, MLK, Jr. Community Center, 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. 12-5p.. Tickets: Circle’s 2nd Ann. Holiday Punch Party, Circle Theatre, 230 W. 4th St. Ft. Worth. 7:30p. Winter Wonderland, Host Dallas Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Southern Cross, 1800 Dowdy Ferry Rd. 7-11p. Tickets: 33rd Annual 2019 Dallas Holiday Parade, 1321 Commerce St. 10a-12p. and 3rd Dallas Annual Holiday Festival, Main Street Gardens, 7a-3p. Anatasia The Bold, The Attache Cigar, 4099 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Tickets: Texas Justice Tour-Tarrant County, The Moon Bar Live Music, 2000 W. Berry St. Ft. Worth. 5-7p. Tickets: form. Millennials & Baby Boomers, Feat: Amber Sims & Vincent L. Hall, TBAAL 1309 Canton St. 10a. Box office 214-743-2400 Free Holiday Movie Polar Express, Plaza Theatre, 521 State St. Garland. 2-4p. Tickets: free. 47th Home Town Holiday Parade, DeSoto Parks & Rec. Parade starts at Wintergreen & Hampton at 10a. Info: 972-230-9655. The Hamiltones Dallas Tour, The R Lounge, 1175 N. Watson Rd. Arlington. 7:30p. Hispanic Communicators-DFW 2019 Scholarship Luncheon, Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse, 1807 Ross Ave. 2p. Curls On the Runway: A Curls Charity Event, Celebrity Host: Mahisha Dellinger, 1107 Dragon St. 7p.

Joint Community Mtg., Districts 3 & 8, Councilmen Casey Thomas II & Tennell Atkins, SW Ctr. Mall, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Comm. Rm. 1st Fl, 6:30p. Heritage Oak Cliff Holiday Soirée, Turner House, 401 N. Rosemount Ave. Dallas. 7-9p. Tickets: Eventbrite. Prairie Lights-Holiday Lights Experience, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy. 6p. Tickets: 11-28-12-31.

December 10 Community Police Oversight Board Meeting, Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. 5:30p. Community Police Oversight Office; 214-617-8283. Fundraiser Meet & Greet Honoring Marty Joe Taylor for Judge, Vote Marty Joe, 2626 Cole Ave. 5:307:30p. Tickets: Snacks With Santa, Fields Rec. Center. 1701 Dairy Rd. Garland. 5:30-8:30p. Info: 972-205-3090

December 11 Jim Austin Online Holiday Mega Mixer, The Warehouse on Berry, 1125 E. Berry St., Ft Worth. 5:30-9p. Tickets: Animated Christmas Tree in the District, The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd. Plano. 6a-12a.

December 12-14 Skyline Presents: “Sister Act” A Divine Musical Comedy, Eastfield College Theatre, 3737 Motley Dr. Mesquite. 7:30p.Tickets:

December 12 Holiday Celebration, Lancaster Recreation Center, 1700 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, 6p. 32nd Annual Prayer Breakfast, Host: Garland Chamber of Commerce, Atrium 300 5th St. 7a. Eventbrite. Literature for Justice Launch Event: Women Writing Beyond Bars, African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave. 6-8p. Tickets:

December 8

Prestonwood’s Gift of Christmas, Garland Senior Activity Center, 600 W. Ave A, Garland. 4:30-10:30p.

Dallas Zoo Lights: by Reliant, Dallas Zoo, 650 I35 Fwy. 5-9p. Tickets:

DBCBA Annual Holiday Party, Venture X Dallas Campbell Center, 8350 N. 75 Expy. 5:30-8p.

Vitruvian Lights, Vitruvian Park, 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison. 5-11p. Parking Free. 12-1-1-1-20. Old School Soul Party,Holiday Edition, One Love Lounge, 2315 S. Cooper St., Arlington 6-10p. Eventbrite.

December 13 DBDT Presents: Espresso Nutcracker, MajesticTheatre,1925 Elm St. 7p. Tickets:

Lavish Showcase 2019, The Highland Dallas Hotel, 5300 E Mockingbird Ln. 5-9p. Tickets:

Unity in the Community, Networking Mixer, Host: FUBU Mobile DFW, 209 E. Pleasant Run Dr. 6-10p. Free.

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

New Mount Zion Baptist. Ch., Holidays Gala, Hyatt Regency, 300 Reunion Blvd. 6p. Tickets:

December 9

Around Garland

Now - December 31 Line Dance Class, G-Town Soul Line Dancers- Ingrid’s Line Dance Class, 1146 Castle Dr., Garland. Tuesday’s 7 pm-8:30 pm. Step in time! Learn the steps, motions, and rhythms of a variety of line dance styles set to great R&B, Soul & Hip Hop music. Happening Now

Flu Shots Available at Garland Public Health Clinic, The Garland Public Health Clinic, 206 Carver St., has received its first shipment of vaccine for the 2019-20 flu season. Flu shots are available from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, weekdays for adults, children and seniors who are insured. Call 972-205-3370 for pricing and to learn what insurance plans are accepted. Garland Public Art Walking Tour, 506 Main Street, Garland. At the rate Downtown Garland has been adding public art; you need a program to keep up and a map to make sure you don’t miss anything. So we’ve made that information available and created the Public Art Walking Tour. The self-guided Public Art Walking Tour features 12 pieces, one dating to 1994, but many unveiled within the last year. Make plans to set aside 30 minutes to an hour. And while you’re there, help us spread the word about Garland’s first-ever

Public Art Walking Tour. Take a selfie or photo of any art exhibit on the tour and post it on social media, using #ARTlandT & #MYMGarland.

December 5 Christmas on the Square, 211 N Fifth St. Garland‘s 2019 tree lighting ceremony kicks off Christmas on the Square Thursday, Dec. 5! There will be school carolers for hot chocolate and the lighting of the official Christmas tree from 5:30 to 8:30 pm Come early and carpool! The fun doesn‘t end there! From Dec. 5 through 31, Christmas on the Square will be open nightly, with more than 100,000 lights to bring the holiday season to life. Whether you‘re walking or driving through, it‘s sure to bring out your holiday spirit throughout the entire season. For more information about these events, visit ChristmasontheSquare. com. Magical Christmas Candlelight Home Tour, 11th Street between Avenues B and D 9th in Embree Garland, 5-9 pm. Eight homes in Garland‘s historic Travis College Hill and Embree to be bedecked in holiday finery and open to the public for the Magical Christmas Candlelight Home Tour. Featuring carriage rides, carolers, cocoa and Santa. Tickets:

A Tuna Christmas Presented by Garland Civic Theatre, 300 N. 5th St. Garland. Garland Civic Theatre presents the hilarious „A Tuna Christmas.“ In this hilarious sequel to “Greater Tuna,” it’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities! Tickets: by phone by calling 972-205-2790, or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, Now until 12-22-19. December 7 Free Holiday Movie – Polar Express, Plaza Theatre, 521 State St. Garland. 2 pm-4 pm. Tom Hanks stars in the beloved, holiday tale about a boy‘s journey on a magical Christmas train. Tickets: free and open to the public. December 8 Free Movie – Elf, Plaza Theatre, 521 State St. Garland. 2pm-4pm. Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa‘s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Tickets: free and open to the public.




First African American UTSW faculty member remembered as health care advocate for women By Nyshicka Jordan Special from UT Southwestern Center Times Dr. Barbara Cambridge, the first African American fulltime faculty member at UT Southwestern, is remembered as a passionate advocate for the health of vulnerable women in Dallas. The respected social worker died Sept. 26 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. “Barbara was about making a positive difference in people’s lives. That’s really her legacy,” said Dr. Stephen Heartwell, once Director of the former Division of Community Women’s Healthcare in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (The Division was disbanded in 2005.) In 1969, Dr. Cambridge was appointed Social Services Director for that Division, originally called the Greater Dallas Family Planning Program. It’s a role she held for 12 years. Dr. Cambridge was recognized for her 44 years of service at UT Southwestern during the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration in 2014. By the time she retired from UTSW in 2013, Dr. Cambridge held the rank of Associate Professor of

Dr. Barbara Cambridge (right) is photographed with her son Gene Cambridge and her daughter Latrelle Cambridge, an Education Coordinator in the Office of Medical Education. Obstetrics and Gynecology and participated extensively in clinical and research activities. Additionally, she played a key role in bringing integration and diversity into the spotlight for UT Southwestern Medical School, according to Dr. Drew Alexander, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement. “We came through at a time when opportunities were lacking for minorities and were fortunate enough to be part of the transition and at the forefront to allow the building of the experiences that young people have today,” said Dr. Alexander, who joined the faculty in 1977. Colleagues and family

members said Dr. Cambridge – an advocate for the health of women and girls – was involved in some 40 community organizations throughout her life. They included Planned Parenthood, Hope Cottage, Girls Inc., Leadership Dallas, and St. Philip’s School & Community Center. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, she advocated for women’s access to birth control, and in the 1980s, as the HIV/ AIDS epidemic unfolded, she fought to raise awareness about how the crisis affected women. For fellow African American faculty members, Dr. Cambridge was an invaluable mentor.

“Because of her legacy as the first African American faculty member, she was extremely important to me, and she was very unassuming about her accomplishments,” said Dr. Ramona Rhodes, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. “I looked to her for guidance in how to be a successful faculty member myself.” Over the years, the two colleagues developed a close friendship and continued to collaborate on ideas to expand community health care initiatives, even after Dr. Cambridge retired from UTSW. “She was kind of my go-to family. She was one of a kind

who was a master at listening and a great analyst and I will miss that about her,” he said. ‘She was passionate about everything she did’ Besides juggling roles as a faculty member, social worker, and community advocate, Dr. Cambridge raised a daughter and son as a single mother following the death of her husband, Henry Cambridge, in 1974. “Because she was a single parent at an early age, she wanted to make sure that women got adequate care, had a roof over their heads, and the funds that they needed. She put herself in their shoes,” said her daughter, Latrelle Cambridge,

who works at UTSW as an Education Coordinator in the Office of Medical Education. Cambridge said she was proud of how her mother carried out her work and professional responsibilities. It wasn’t until her mother passed away that she realized just how many organizations her mother was involved in. “I am just in awe of all the things she did and how she was able to raise my brother and me. I am so proud of her and the many hats she wore throughout her life. She was truly passionate about everything she did and every person she touched,” Cambridge said. On the 30th of October 1938, Barbara Evaughn Samuels was born to Thomas Hayes Samuels and Lorretta Roberts Samuels. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Eugene Cambridge in 1974. Her twin brother and only sibling, Billy D. Samuels, preceded her in death in August 2019. A graduate of North Carolina A&T, where she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dr. Cambridge was a certified life coach and member of FriendshipWest Baptist Church.

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Suspend F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program THE LAST WORD By DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX Even as our legislators grapple with impeachment, they are also charged to pass a dozen budget bills, including a bill on “defense�. Recent elections suggest a paradigm shift in the way we view budget spending, what with Democrats taking charge in both Virginia and Kentucky (I’m not counting Mississippi, Dems aren’t likely to capture that one until lightening strikes). Some are suggesting that the government might shut down if Congress can’t get its act on the budget together in the next couple weeks. Alternatively, Congress might look differently at our priorities. A post-Trump America might include a Green New Deal, Medicarefor-All, and free or subsidized higher education. These programs cost. How will we pay for them? One place to look for massive government waste is in the Pentagon, which has too frequently couched in “national defense� but is nothing more than the government providing massive profits for inefficient corporations who have well-paid and highly effective lobbyists. The $1.5 trillion budget for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is an excellent place to start. Tom Pennington at was spot on when he wrote in a piece titled “The F-35 Fighter Jet Will Cost $1.5 Trillion. It’s Time for New Priorities� on April 11, 2019. The

article opened with “It began with such promise, too, as far as airborne weapons of mass destruction go. First conceived by Lockheed Martin in 1997 and built-in collaboration with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, the F-35 first took wing in 2006. The all-purpose fighter was intended to stand as the replacement for the A-10 Warthog, F-15E Eagle, the F-16 Falcon, the AV-8B Harrier, and the F/A-18 Hornet.� The plan was for this aircraft to be everything to everybody in the Air Force, and this would replace all other fighter jets. This idea was great on paper, but not so good when they started to build the F-35’s. Pennington wrote, “It did not take long for a series of fantastically pricey problems to pile up. The production plan had the planes being built before all the highly technical, often brand-new systems had been tested. When these began failing, fixing them in an aircraft that had already come off the production line rapidly turned the program into a financial sinkhole. The eight million lines of code that make up the software controlling vital elements like the aft tails, electronic warfare systems, and flight control were bursting with bugs and subject to malicious hacks. The helmets were too big. The ejection seats didn’t work. The four-piece wings met with assembly difficulties, and the

supporting bulkheads suffered from structural fatigue. The plane itself was 2,000 pounds too heavy.� Those problems were merely the start of challenges that bring us to today where the aircraft has been seldom used and is way over budget. And we are spending $1.5 trillion for that when we could use that money to feed people, provide education, and provide environmental relief ? Who are the lobbyists pushing this illadvised investment? If you believe President Trump (and I don’t), we will be spending less money overseas in the upcoming years. The Balance reported on June 15, 2019, that “the war in Afghanistan began in 2001 and has cost the U.S. $975 billion, including estimates for 2019,� yet “the number grows even more when taking into account increases in the base budgets for the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The George W. Bush administration launched the war in Afghanistan and the War on Terror in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks by al-Qaida. The United States attacked the Taliban in Afghanistan for hiding al-Qaida’s leader, Osama bin Laden. In addition to the $975 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funds specifically dedicated to the war, the base budget for the Department of Defense has increased by about $250 billion, and the Department of Veterans Affairs budget has increased by more than $50 billion. Some of these costs also are attributable to the War in Iraq. There is another pot of money that could be used to make Americans healthy and to help them out of

poverty. Taking one year off from the F-35 and ending the overseas wars would pay for the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All, and free higher education for all. If Democrats prevail in 2020, and Progressives rule Washington come 2021, we will need a comprehensive effort to push our priorities in the face of rightwing obstructionism. Those who talk about waste, fraud, and abuse, cannot defend the $1.5 trillion F-35 and overseas wars that are costing lives and taxpayer money. If deficit hawks are so opposed to the rapidly increasing deficit, why can’t they slash the government contracting that is directly taking away money that could be used to help the poor and underemployed? The F-35 is being funded in the name of “national defense,� but it is a national offense for an unnecessary, inefficient, boondoggle to absorb $1.5 trillion that could be much more appropriately spent. After the F-35 has proven ineffective, it is unconscionable that some legislators are willing to continue to fund it. Let’s eat our losses and move on. Let’s direct these precious funds to the hungry, those who clamor for education, and those who want a more sustainable future for our nation. And let’s draw a line in the sand on useless “defense� spending that simply enriches profit-maximizing manufacturers.

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MY TRUTH Continued from page 1 When was the last time you tried to explain something, anything? Well, today we live in a society where understanding is about as common as common sense; which doesn’t say much at all. Surely you’ve heard, “common sense ain’t always common!� The first step toward understanding is actually hearing, or receiving the message. So, we need to work on this concept, which could begin with: taking out the earplugs, removing the headsets, taking your eyes off your cell phone screen or just making eye contact. I remember a time, well I heard about it, when Black people were not allowed to make eye contact with White people in America. There are also other cultures where similar practices are common. Another statement I’ve heard used over and over again is, “When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.� Clearly more assumptions are made today because it appears folks would rather assume than ask. For many there is no need to communicate. Author Stacey Hanke says social media has contributed to the decline and lessens the quality of the connection. Having a conversation with someone shouldn’t be painful, but unfortunately we may have to force some conversations to improve communications. The reason I say I am evolving/ growing instead of “grown,� is because I am learning daily. To work on a better world, it begins with guidelines and restrictions, for all ages and just like with peace, we need to let it begin today.

Flipping Florida is important Forward forever By Andrew Gillum

Before I detail the major investment we made yesterday, I hope you have a few seconds to read about the importance of flipping state legislatures blue across the nation and here in Florida. I’m sure you know that Republican-led state legislatures have a stranglehold on our daily lives -- doing everything they can to take us backward, instead of working across the aisle to help move us forward. For years, we’ve seen them refuse to expand

access to health care, assault the legal ability of women to make health care decisions that should be made solely between a woman and her doctor, and fail to protect our environment, as our public education falters and infrastructure crumbles. These policies impact millions and around the country -- and we have to win these seats to help move us all forward. That’s why yesterday we announced a critical $150,000 grassroots organizing investment to

flip more than a dozen State House districts here in Florida that voted for me, but are represented in the State Capitol by Republicans. Flipping Florida blue means flipping the entire state blue from the State House on up, which will also help drive turnout to defeat Trump in 2020. That’s why we made this investment, and why

battleground state in the country -- by pitching in what you can right now. Here in Florida, the GOP have been in control for 20 years, and they’ve fought tooth and nail to keep their gerrymandered districts. And this fight is emblematic of states across the nation, where people face Republicanled legislatures that will

And this fight is emblematic of states across the nation, where people face Republican-led legislatures that will do everything they can to hold onto power. We all know what happens when Republicans have power -- it’s not a good look. I’m asking if you can help make an investment in us to keep lifting up grassroots operations across Florida -- the biggest, must-win

do everything they can to hold onto power. We all know what happens when Republicans have power -it’s not a good look.

They work to tear people down instead of bringing people together, they make life harder for working families instead of lifting them up, and they do anything they can to hold onto power -- hurting all of us and our democracy. In many states like Florida, Republicancontrolled legislatures determine how their own seats are drawn. They pick the voters instead of letting the voters pick them. That’s not how our democracy should work. Period. But we can stop them -- by winning. And that’s just what we’re going to do -- but only if I can I count on you, so we can continue making critical grassroots organizing investments, like the one we made yesterday, to win seats up and down the ballot, flip Florida blue,

and defeat Trump in the process. Together, we have the power to shape our destiny. There will be roadblocks in the way, but nothing we can’t overcome as long as we’re in this fight together. Make an investment in us, so we can make an investment in you, and our shared future. A future where healthcare is a right, not a privilege. A future where people don’t have to work two or three jobs to just scrape by. A future where everyone is treated equally no matter the color of their skin, who they love, or the neighborhood they grew up in. A future where dignity and respect envelopes and our nation. That’s the future I believe in. And that’s a future we can create, together.

POWER XIV: SONS VI - “Words� WHAT’S ON MILES’ MIND BY MILES JAYE Do you use the same words you used when you were in High School? Middle School? Have you added any new words to your vocabulary since college? Have you added at least one new word to your personal lexicon per year? How much do you read? When is the last time you read a book—any book, fiction, non-fiction? Do you listen to your son speak? Do you understand him? Have you noticed him utter any new phrases or figures of speech? Does he sound like he listens to the news? Does

your grown son sound the same, speak the same as he did in the eleventh grade? Twelfth grade? Do you ever see him with a newspaper or book? Would he know if Proverbs, Psalms, Matthew, Mark, or Luke is found in the Old Testament or new? Words are power! John 1:1 says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.� The Book of Genesis tells us that God spoke into creation the world as we know it—the light and the dark as day and


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night, the land, the seas and the sky. Jesus Christ spoke words of salvation: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.� Luke 23:34 I recently watched a film called “The Professor and the Madman� about the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary in which nearly half a million words were compiled. Words and language are the color and fabric of a civilization, but they are also tools of diplomacy or weapons of war. English author BulwerLytton said; “The pen is mightier than the sword.� Shakespeare did with words what Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Da Vinci did with paint. Baldwin, Ellison,

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Hurston and Wright changed the way we see ourselves. Marcus, Malcom and Martin changed the way others see us. Pac, B.I.G., and Chuck D changed the way we see, and speak, and hear and listen. Ali might have agreed, words shake up the world. To be potent is by definition, to be capable, or to possess power or influence, but how is it possible to influence without word power. Are we raising our sons to be potent or im-potent? Swag is not power, it is the appearance of power. Words, intelligence, brains, logic, language are power. Ben Franklin said: “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.� Mahatma Ghandi said: “It is better in prayer to have a heart

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without words than words without a heart.â€? Joel Osteen said: “You can change your world by changing your words‌ Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.â€? Bob Marley said: “People want to listen to a message, word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody‌ the words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people.â€? Mos Def said: “The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just a sheet of words—that’s magical.â€? I love words, I always have. I have to write something all the time. No matter whether it’s on paper or in my head, whether it’s an essay or a poem set to music. Quotes fascinate me

because they give me a glimpse inside someone else’s mind— they make me feel human and connected. It’s the feeling I get when I listen to Miles or Coltrane—I feel just a bit more human. Teach your sons the power of the word. Teach your son that reading is better than going to the gym—it’s better than video games. Talk to him about great books you’ve read and share your favorite quotes with him. Have him write you a letter from time to time—on paper, with a pen. Help your son fall in love with words and with language, and the world will be his to find, to discover— one word, one phrase at a time. That’s what’s on my mind! www.milesjaye360@gmail. com;

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There is little doubt that among the defining characteristics that make America exceptional, setting our democracy apart from many other countries is the competence, character and courageousness of the women and men who comprise our nation’s civil service, those who work each day, often in solitude to help our nation meet its worthy national and

international objectives. Some of the best of these people were on display recently as they testified before the Intelligence Committee in the United States House of Representatives about their knowledge of alleged wrongdoing involving the country of Ukraine by President Trump, his private attorney, and members of his administration.

Competence, Character and Courage In the face of harsh rebuke and accusations by the president, principals in his administration, the president’s allies both in Congress and in the media, these honorable people testified under oath about what they witnessed and overheard. The willingness of these career public servants to appear before Congress and international television and radio audiences, even in the face of threats of physical harm and professional ruination, was in glaring contrast to that demonstrated by allies of President Trump that chose

to ignore valid congressional subpoenas. Many of the professionals who testified were immigrants or had parents who came to America in search of a better quality of life for themselves and their families, some fleeing the dangers of tyrannical governments for the safety of democracy. Without exception, their testimony was delivered with the belief that America was a nation built on the rule of law and that government should not be used for the personal benefit of any single individual, whether they were a president

Courtney: Recently, there was a video trending on Instagram. There was a girl who spoke out about sex trafficking and being a victim of sex trafficking. She had escaped out of sex trafficking and had given advice on what to do and be aware. For example, big white vans: don’t park in the back of the parking lot or next to big white vans. It’s just scary because when I’m walking by myself at night and I see a white van, I automatically assume that could be someone trying to sex traffic women. Cierra: We always hear about sex trafficking, but I believe that we are more aware of it now because of social media. It’s becoming

more common in Texas, but I heard that it’s really an issue in Georgia. Sometimes, I get off work late. Most of the time when I’m getting gas it’s at night, I always call my mom when I’m getting gas, especially at night. It is important that us women invest in a taser or pepper spray. Courtney: Yes, be aware of your surroundings. My friend realized she was being followed one night. They pulled out at the same time and on the street where she lived, she kept driving and made sure she didn’t pull into her apartment complex. There was a truck following her and she drove to a Kroger and called the cops. At night is when they began to target women. Ladies, we need some type of protection. Cierra: One thing that I will say is that I always have my keys in my hand and never in my purse. That is something that my mom has always taught me

too. Especially when you’re at a grocery store. I always clip my keys on my purse because when you’re walking out of a store, you don’t want to be searching for your keys. If something happens, you’re not able to get your keys fast enough. If your keys are already in your hands, it’s easier for you to get in your car and protect yourself that way. I also put my car keys in between my ring and middle finger. That way, if I need to strike someone, I will strike them with that key. Courtney: I have to start doing that. I never thought about keys being a weapon. That is a great tip. Cierra: Yes, and always make sure you lock your car doors. It’s sad to say but you may think you’ve locked your car door and don’t. Always check your back seat before getting into your vehicle. When you’re out, always make sure you check for exits.

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QUIT PLAYIN’ strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. Kujichagulia is Self-Determination. Ujima speaks to our Collective Work and Responsibility. Ujamaa is about building Cooperative Economics. The first four principles round out our original purpose to create Education, Emancipation, and Enterprise. Nia translates as Purpose, and Kuumba speaks of the creativity that lives in all people, but especially marginalized communities. Mama says that poverty is the mother of invention. Finally, Imani points us toward our faith. We believe in ourselves and in a creator who made us free and equal to all humankind. So, what happens at KwanzaaFest? Glad you asked. Long before anybody thought of ObamaCare or


“pre-existing conditions,” KwanzaaFest made the shift toward providing preventative healthcare initiatives to this community. HealthFest became the mainframe of our communal computations, and it has grown each year. Where else can you get a FREE mammogram or a dental checkup for your child on the spot? Attendees will have the opportunity to access a wide range of health services at NO charge. Almost all of the health services at KwanzaaFest will be offered free of charge to both insured and uninsured individuals! KwanzaaFest provides a workable solution for those who cannot afford high-deductible insurance costs. You can get your diabetes or cholesterol screened, or talk to a physician or nurse about any health concerns without spending a

dime! Some of the health screenings provided at the event this year include breast cancer screenings/ mammograms, cholesterol, and glucose screening; screening for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and hepatitis C, kidney risk assessments and more!

low-cost clinics like Foremost Family Health Centers. Beyond the screenings, several groups will provide information on their services including Parkland Health and Hospital System, Children’s

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You can even have consultations with pharmacists, physicians, and nurses who will be available throughout the weekend. If you’re having trouble getting medical care, no worries – Parkland’s patient assistance team will be onsite to help you. There will also be other

Health, Dallas County Health and Human Services, UT Southwestern Medical Center, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Methodist Health System, Texas Health Resources, and Baylor Scott & White Health. Then too, with the reintroduction of SeniorFest

I Was Just Thinking, CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE mob lynched at Elks Arch, then at Main and Akard streets in downtown Dallas in 1910. A historic postcard shows an estimated crowd of 5,000 white citizens watching the atrocity. Another lynching victim would be Jane Elkins, the first Black female legally hanged in Texas in 1853, accused of murdering her owner. Authorities hanged her from the gallows in Dallas County Courthouse Square where the Old Red Courthouse now stands. Keaton has been working on his part of the project for more than two years -- to erect a commemorative art work at the almost unknown Martyr’s Park, -- but efforts by earlier advocates go back nearly 30 years.

Martyr’s Park sign marker gives its address as 379 Commerce St. (some records give the address as 265 Commerce St), not far from the Grassy Knoll where President John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The park was designated in 1991 to mark the place where three enslaved Africans were hung in 1860, accused of starting the 1860 fire that burned most of early downtown Dallas. I was just thinking.... It was 25 years ago that I experience a memorable encounter with the legacy of lynching. Walking through America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, my eyes transfixed on the images and artifacts. These were placed there to snatch visitors from

women and men performing their assigned tasks to the best of their abilities. Just as they do every day, they work on behalf of the citizens of the United States of America. History will now record their names. Students who study civics, government and political science will rightfully be made aware of them for years to come, as they are among the very best that this nation has to offer. We are in their debt as they have paid a worthy price for all of us, and for those who shall come after us!

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Always be alert and on guard Popeye’s chicken sandwich, and human sex trafficking and tips to share. Sex trafficking’s numbers have risen and more people are coming forward with their experiences.

or a pauper. Those who testified were members of the diplomatic core, the executive branch and our Armed Services. There was no personal gain in their coming forth. They were dignified and graceful. They did not display rage or rancor. Their memories were clear, and their telling of the circumstances that they witnesses was concise. Even in the face of personal attacks by congressional allies of the president, they maintained their sense of dignity. They were not accusatory or scornful. They were simply

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Wednesday, November 13th, Cierra and Courtney started their podcast with a “Quote of the week.” These quotes help motivate ourselves and others to push through a rough week. “You will bloom if you take the time to water yourself.” A quote from Cierra, as she talked about self-care being the best care. Self-care is very important and it will help you grow into the person you want to become. “If you want good to come to you in this world, you better put a lot of it out it’s the degree in which you help others that the universe is going to send it back to you.” A quote from Courtney, as mentions that remember to help the one’s around you while helping yourself. Good deeds are always needed in the world. On the eighth episode of the Flow of Ci & Co, we discussed many topics from: Instagram removing “likes” from their platform, Over-protective dads and when does it go too far,


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indifference to a stark awareness of a past world where your black skin could leave you hanging from a tree because of a white person’s brutal whim.

bank in Florida. During the 1950s, he worked to integrate local beaches, parks and golf courses. Mr. Reeves is a life member of the NAACP, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and a founding member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Miami. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Miami, Barry University, Florida Memorial University, and most recently Florida A&M University (his alma mater). “I am so excited about this year’s inductees,” said NABJ Vice President Print Marlon Walker, in 2017. “Anyone who came through the FAMU Journalism School knows who Garth Reeves is and it is an honor to share this experience with him.” Sarah Glover was president of NABJ when Mr. Reeves was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and upon hearing of his passing, wrote on social media: “Saddened to hear of the passing of Garth Reeves, 100, the voice of Miami’s Black community and publisher emeritus of the Miami Times.

Working for his family’s community newspaper is the only job he ever had for his entire lifetime. I was fortunate to talk with this pillar of American history in 2017. When accepting his NABJ Hall of Fame award in New Orleans at the seasoned age of 98, Mr. Reeves recalled seeing Black men lynched. Chilling and a somber good reminder to tell the story. The past is the past but let us all never forget how history has informed life today. Thank you, Cheryl Smith, for bringing him to the forefront of NABJ’s consciousness.” Mr. Reeves was a longtime resident of Miami and was born in Nassau, Bahamas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946. In a statement from NNPA, Dr. Ben Chavis wrote: “For 100 years, from February 12, 1919 to November 25, 2019, Garth C. Reeves Sr.’s entire life, commitment, and leadership exemplified the very best of being an effective fighter and forerunner for freedom, justice and equality, as well as being an uncompromising voice of Black America and of the Black Photos provided by NNPA. Press.”

-- geriatrics and services for the sages in our community have never been so plentiful. With the senior population expected to triple over the next 20 – 30 years, so will economic disparity, food insecurity, lack of transportation, and social isolation. The SeniorFest Mobile Resource Center will provide valuable resources for Dallas County’s most vulnerable population. You can get 311 information, Financial Literacy, Legal Assistance, as well as there will be representatives from Medicare and Medicaid, Nutritional Meal and Transportation Programs, SNAP Registration Assistance, and Utility Assistance Information, in a one-stopshop environment. By the way, what’s your BMI? Body Mass Index can be an indicator or precursor of looming health issues. In 2007, we introduced the 5K Walk/Obesity Run as a tool

for prevention and awareness. There are already 500 walkers/runners enrolled, and we are waiting for you! Our “Parrish-Land” McDonald’s KidFest is expanding as well. The City of Dallas and Dallas County will showcase the outreach efforts of police and fire professionals to our kids. There will be live performances, video games, and science exploration provided by the Perot Museum...Can you spell $Free.99? There’ll be a performance stage for local talent, and you never know when a national artist might come by. (Cross ya fingers!) Go to for ticket locations, vendor and volunteer opportunities, and updates. It’s Really Coming Together on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15 at the State Fair of Texas Automobile Building. And it’s FREE!

Museum founder James Cameron Jr., who was 80 then and my personal tour guide, shared his terrifying personal story of being the nation’s only known survivor of a lynching back in 1930 when he was 16. Two of his friends did not survive. A photo of their hanging became historic. Suffice it to say that Cameron’s experience was indeed an understandable reason why he founded the museum in 1984. It was his mission to shock the world awake to an evil savagery that enslaved Africans and their descendants faced for centuries while the world looked on with approval or away with apathy. His 1994 memoir is A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story. Cameron died in 2006 at age 92. The museum closed it’s building in 2008, converted to an online museum in 2012, and currently is working to reopen in a new building. So, when I learned that Keaton

and co-sponsors were hosting public forums about how to commemorate Dallas County victims of lynching and other racist atrocities, I was highly intrigued. I remembered how Cameron’s personal story and the various historic descriptions and photographs of lynchings I’d read about and seen in history books were chronicles and images I could not erase. In promoting the forums, Keaton quotes the late writer and performer Dr. Maya Angelou’s words: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” To inquire further, contact Dr. Kay Kallos at the city’s Office of Arts and Culture, 214-670-3281 or email kay.kallos@dallascityhall. com or Remembering Black Dallas, or call 469399-6242.



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Martin Scorsese reunites Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in his latest gangster film The Irishman. Al Pacino also stars as labor organizer Jimmy Hoffa. The Irishman is very different, however, from Scorsese’s previous movies with De Niro and Pesci. This movie is about a mob hitman who tells his story from a nursing home wheelchair. It’s a melancholy tale about De Niro’s character, Frank Sheeran, who’s the last of a group of criminals who remains alive. He also talks about his involvement in the death of Hoffa. Sheeran earned his nickname while

fighting in World War II in Italy. He’s fluent in Italian and along with Pesci’s character Russell Bufalino, a boss in the Bufalino crime family is one of a handful of non-Italians in the mob. Sheeran’s story is an interesting one; going from a truck driver to a hired killer and a bodyguard for union leader Jimmy Hoffa, played brilliantly by Al Pacino. Hoffa is a hardcore union leader who not only fights the government and big business for the union’s rights; he’s also a rough and rugged man who demands his personal respect. He is not someone colleagues can mess with. After a long story about his life of crime De Niro’s character becomes reflective about all the things he’s done and along with repenting for

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is rated R for intense violence. It’s out now in limited release (it’s showing at The Texas Theatre) and it will open in wider release. It also started a run on Netflix on November 27. Even with the long run time, this is an Oscar-caliber movie and on my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate The Irishman a JUMBO.

his sins, he also prepares for his own demise as a gangster who is now in his 70’s. For the movie, a “de-aging process” is used to show the wide range of ages that the characters go through. This is an excellent movie that suffers from one major flaw. With a run time of 3 hours and 29 minutes, it is simply too long! The movie

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October is hailed as breast cancer awareness month, yet there are many women who are faced with this devastating disease every day. In the Valder Beebe Show audience, two members, N Jan Ashely currently is battling breast cancer and in November 2019, she has gone through a double mastectomy procedure. Barbara Edwards, a Dallas resident in the recent past has battled breast cancer then started a breast cancer foundation. Please say a prayer for all women on their journey. I’ve interviewed both Giuliana and Bill Rancic over the years on the Valder Beebe Show. It’s been eight years since E! News host Giuliana Rancic, now 45, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, she and her husband, former “Apprentice” star Bill

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Rancic are known for his business as breast cancer ventures with his innovators. Bill wife, entertainment Rancic has been journalist Giuliana involved with C3, Rancic. But these an annual program days, he is focused for two years, on a new title: but his cancer cancer innovator, journey began and he’s been even earlier in reaching out to 2011 when his wife the public to help Bill Rancic Giuliana learned inspire the next she had cancer. “big idea” in The sudden and unexpected cancer care beyond medicine. diagnosis transformed Bill Bill has partnered with into the role of caregiver, the C3 Prize (Changing Cancer and he quickly learned the Care), an annual program complexities of cancer. The that seeks to fuel grassroots couple experienced firsthand innovation – ideas big and many of the real-world small –  by awarding finalists challenges associated with with the best non-treatment cancer care (beyond medicine), ideas to improve the lives of from transportation to and people impacted by cancer from doctors’ appointments to with up to $200,000 in total interpreting test results. funds and resources to help Bill Rancic, reality television them bring their ideas to life. star and entrepreneur may be An unprecedented number most well-known for winning of thoughtful submissions the competitive first season were received for this year’s of “The Apprentice,” or C3 Prize. Ultimately, three

finalists were selected for their groundbreaking ideas pitched to an expert panel of judges (including Bill), in New York City.--Text provided in cooperation with Bill Rancic’s publicists VBS: Bill, thank you for returning to the Valder Beebe Show. Who is this year’s C3 Prize winner? BR: C3 Prize stands for changing cancer care beyond medicine. It’s really exciting for me. Valder, if you remember many years ago I accompanied Giuliana on her cancer journey. We realized firsthand how challenging that path can be.... Listen On-Demand @ and SoundCloud. com/valderbeebeshow.ValderbeebeShow. com,, Youtube. com/valderbeebeshow, 411RadioNetwork. com; Podcast audio: valderbeebeshow,,, PChatman Streaming TV Network and VBS affiliate broadcasters.

On From Marva with Love, MS: You said that you know I interviewed Minister Vandra what it’s like to be unloved. Is Noel — a woman wearing many this before you found the love of hats! Minister Noel says, “I am your life, your husband? blessed to be married to my best VN: Right because this is my friend Michael Noel.” second marriage. I was married They have three awesome before I was with my first children and husband for 20 a handsome years. And then grandson. She’s I got remarried a minister at to my nowAmbassadors husband, and Today Church, we’ve been under the married for leadership of Dr. going on eight Regina Spellmon. years. Minister Noel has People treat been preaching you the way Minister Vandra Noel for eight years. you allow She has authored them to treat three books and co-authored you. Even in my caregiving one. She has been a hairstylist assignment, I had to learn that for 27 years and owns Shear some days, the people I care Ambiance Salon. Caregiving for can be snappy, they can be has become her new normal rude and do things to hurt my and she says, “I don’t take this feelings, but I don’t think that journey for granted.” it is intentional because they MS: Tell us about the many are sick. Some people do things hats that you wear? intentionally because they are VN: First of all I am a sick, they don’t love themselves. woman of God, I am a wife, I So I love myself. I’m not going am a mom, I am a daughter, I to love you, so abuse starts, am a sister, I am a salon owner, whether it’s emotional, mental, I am an entrepreneur. I wear verbal or whatever. many hats. I am an author and Minister Noel is now the I just love people so I just try to juggle and I’m doing pretty caregiver for her mother, who is the survivor of three different good by the grace of God. cancers, and her husband, who MS: Which are you most has Sickle Cell. When he is in passionate about? crisis, she goes into caregiver VN: I would say if I had mode instead of being the wife. to put it just in one big glob She says, “I am grateful God It would just be the love of chose me because this is not for people because it’s what I do as those who are faint at heart.” For more of the interview a caregiver, it’s what I do as a hairstylist and it’s what I do as a with Minister Noel go wife. It’s the love I have for other to cherylsworld and click on From people. I don’t know another Marva with Love. You can way to be. So I think that is my follow Minister Vandra Noel greatest passion to be able to on FB, IG and get her books on love people because I know what Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. it’s like to be unloved.

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Why can’t we be friends? ASK ALMA

By Alma Gill Hey Miss Alma,

to be my friend ever since, but I’m so angry that he hurt me. He’s apologized and begged me to

but it’s hard to love yourself more than the one you love when they instantly break your heart. Love’s not like a cell phone, you can’t turn it

You’ve spent enough time allowing

Ok, I was with a police officer for 10 years. He did some awful things in our relationship. Meaning he cheated on me. A lot of it was through the Internet or through the phone. Meaning he was sexting many other women. Which he considered not cheating. We were living together and I was battling lupus. He said it was because I was sick often and didn’t like to do the things I used to do. Long story short, I found a side phone with over 30 different women in the phone. I was devastated! Here I am battling lupus and he can’t be loyal. I was heartbroken, so I kicked him out and our relationship over. He has tried

Robocop to block your blessings. Unpack your big girl bloomers and let him bounce! forgive him. He wants to be friends and be a part of my life. What’s your take on this? Name withheld Hello sweetheart, I’d have to say I’m glad this relationship is over and no, you don’t need him as a friend. Friends don’t deliver hurt and pain; friends show up with tissue and support. Nobody wants to admit it,

on and off ~ or put it on silent when it’s convenient for the situation. It sounds like you still have feelings for him and if you can’t have him as a lover, you’ll consider allowing him to be your friend. Don’t! You can forgive him, but don’t forget. My “Ask Alma” super girl powers tell me that you’re beautiful, smart and worthy of someone who will give you his best. Surround yourself with friends and family who love and support you – everybody

else, especially him, have got to go. You’re living with lupus, God bless you! You ain’t got time for no foolishness. Lupus didn’t give you a choice, but you can chose to have devoted, faithful, compassionate friends, relationships and prayer partners that bring you peace and positivity. Don’t be afraid of not having him in your life. He doesn’t hold your happiness in the palm of his hand. Your amazing rays of light live inside of you, under your control, 24/7. Every day won’t be all good, but there’s good in every day. Alma

Always there when you need us!

Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans over 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma.

Women in the Military: Hair Standards & Alopecia ABOUT YOUR HAIR BY DR. LINDA AMERSON

Women who decide to enlist in the military make this choice for various reasons. There are four branches, which include the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. In the early 1980’s, stats of women enlisting in the military increased by 12% over the decade. Keeping in mind recruitment efforts, the military is, changing and keeping an open mind for the recruiting population and the American society at large.

I do give them kudos for being flexible, with the changing needs, considering options and policy changes/considerations. Furthermore, other changes have occurred with tattoos, women wearing makeup, turbans and gender inclusivity to name a few. In 2014, The Pentagon reversed the hair standards for women, allowing them to wear braids, cornrows and some dreadlocked styles in the Army and Navy Branches.

I interviewed two retired female Army soldiers who shared their challenges with their hair care, hair styles and alopecia while in the military. One soldier stated that within her 23 years as a soldier, she was deployed to other countries, it was a challenge to find a hairstylist who could assist with hair care and styling. As a result, she had to resort to doing her own hair… shampooing and conditioning. Unfortunately, the water standards during deployment is not the same as it is in the USA, even with the filtering system used for the soldiers, resulting in hair not getting as clean as it should., and alopecia

was noticeable. My brother, (an Army Soldier) confirmed the challenge with the water filtering issue to me when he was deployed to Desert Storm. The second female soldier stated that within her 20-plus years as a soldier, during her deployment, she also had issues with her hair care, and water filtering issues. Many female soldiers have stated this fact of converting to short, bald haircut, a mowhawk-short style, or a cornrow or other natural hair style when they can be worn. During the late 1990s, when the war was was at a high point, I had the opportunity to service several female army soldiers,

during their deployment at my Clinic. All of them complained about alopecia and scalp issues. During my analysis, I observed many cases of telogen effluvium, hair breakage, alopecia areata, and dry, brittle hair to name a few. Stress factors was high on the checklist as well, understandable during deployment on foreign soil. In addition, another female soldier who came to for an analysis, stated her hair care was unbearable, she could not find anyone to shampoo and style her hair, so she asked a family member to send her a relaxer kit in order to apply her own relaxer.

To rinse the relaxer, she purchased several gallons of distilled water. My concern was if she was able to rinse, shampoo & conditioner her hair thoroughly. Her analysis revealed chemical overprocessing, hair breakage and scalp issues. In closing, women have a challenge with maintaining clean hair and scalp. Avoiding chemical applications while deployed would be a good decision. Postpone these services until you are state side. Forward all questions to Dr. Linda Amerson, 817-2658854. Hairandscalpessentials. com



34th A. Maceo Smith Community Service Award Brunch The 34th A. Maceo Smith Community Service Award is named for A. Maceo Smith, a consummate community leader whose volunteer service spanned a period of more than 50 years. Volunteers will be recognized for their outstanding service to the African American community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Civic and Human Services, Education, Business, and Youth Involvement. Hosted by the African American Museum, a special award will be presented to a Community Servant Under 40 years of age. Mr. Smith served as a Regional Director of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Smith was also a leading figure in the Progressive Voters League, NAACP, Dallas Black Chamber of commerce, Dallas Urban League and Bishop College. He was integral in the development of Hamilton

Park. A trustee of New Hope Baptist Church and the National President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Fisk University National Alumni Association, he was a founding supporter of The African American Museum-Dallas and the founder of the Hall of Negro Life that was erected at the State Fair in 1936 for the Texas Centennial Fair.


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