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MY TRUTH Cheryl Smith Publisher

Real Mac & Cheese Today I have finally, come to the realization that children aren’t the problem and they never have been. It definitely has to be the parents and we need to call it what it is. Granted, there are some things that children do that they are solely responsible for. Children will do things their parents don’t have a clue about, however. And so I give a shoutout to all parents because I know it’s not easy either way. Still, there’s something to be said about creating a culture, then criticizing the outcome. There will always be differences of opinion, but darn; the lines have become so defined that the respect and love that should be there, well -- World, we have a problem. Which brings me to my truth. I still remember many days when I wanted to be off reading a book or playing with friends, but my mother had other plans. She would call me into the kitchen to learn everything from cleaning a chicken to cooking rice that wasn’t gummy, to making a sweet potato pie that didn’t have strings and didn’t sweat (Surely, you’ve seen those pies with that filmy look on the top? Always obedient, I attended class in the kitchen where Earline taught me what has now become habits, like don’t start cooking if you haven’t cleaned (that meant your behind and the kitchen) first and don’t eat all over the food you are preparing! You also had to learn the art of cleaning as you go. That meant that by the time you finished your meal, the kitchen was clean and didn’t look like what it had been through in the preparing of the meal. One dish that I learned to cook was not one of my favorites growing up, but the older I got the more and more it had become an alltime favorite. I’m talking about macaroni and cheese. Now back in the day, for most holidays and special occasions, we had special dishes like potato salad, sweet potatoes and some type of greens (sometimes collards or it was a mixture of kale and cabbage), a homemade butter pound cake and sweet potato pie, and macaroni and cheese. No offense to Kraft, but back then my family didn’t know you. There may have been times when it was made with government cheese, but our macaroni and cheese was not something you could prepare in 10 minutes! And one cheese was good enough! As a child, I would only eat the corner of macaroni and cheese where it was a little crispy, and that was enough. Now, today, it’s a different story. If you want to make me feel good, provide me with a tasty helping of macaroni and cheese. Now, I am challenged somewhat today because I don’t get into the kitchen as often. So, I find myself relying on other folks prowess in the kitchen. Oftentimes, however, I am disappointed. And we’re in the South, where men and womenswear on their cooking. According to several sources, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. loved macaroni and cheese. My sorority sister, the Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta, has a dish I am anxious to try and the Honorable Helen Giddings, former TX. state rep. said she has one I will love. So, January 20, 2020, as we commemorate Dr. King’s birthday with events around the world, we’ll see who has the best macaroni and cheese in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Dallas has long been heralded as having one of the Top 10 Martin Luther King Parades in the USA, with the Elite News parade, which was taken over by the City of Dallas. Following the parade, the Realizing the Dream Healthy Living Expo is held at the African American Museum in Fair Park. This year’s event, in addition to the Macaroni and Cheese Cook-off, will feature the ICON Custom Car Show, Vendors, entertainment, Health Screenings, Seminars, live broadcasts, giveaways, voter education and registration, food samples and more. In order to make this a better world, we must be healthy mentally, See MY TRUTH, page 4

QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall If you want me to stay, I’ll be around today, to be available for you to see. But I’m about to go, and then you’ll know, For me to stay here I’ve got to be me. – Sly and the Family Stone circa1973

Gone, But Don’t Forget Me!

Allow me to borrow those words from a fellow native Texan, Sylvester Stewart, aka Sly Stone. He penned the song as a threat to leave his thengirlfriend. Since my first “Quit Playin’ article appeared in January of 2003, I have come to love my readers more and

more. However, and like Sly, I gotta go for a while in order to be me. If you ever wanted to understand a fraction of the stress that preachers are under, try researching, writing, rewriting, and publishing an See QUIT, page 5

Sen. Jones emphasizes importance of Black Voter Turnout By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent

The importance of Black voter turnout, the Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, bipartisan politics, the Futures Act and environmental justice, counted among the topics candidly tackled during a historic fireside chat between National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., and Alabama’s Senator Doug Jones, a Democrat. Held inside the Hart Building at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the engaging hour-long conversation marked the first time that a sitting U.S. Senator sat down for a live-streamed video with the Black Press of America. During the discussion, Jones said that voter turnout – particularly that of African Americans – was crucial to his stunning upset of Republican Roy Moore in the 2017 Alabama Special Election. “The right to vote was hard

fought for African Americans in this country, and I think too many people take that for granted. I think we proved that in the special election in 2017, that every vote counts,” said Jones. Jones said voting rights had been under attack since the 2013 Shelby V. Holder decision, which eliminated a lot of voter protections. “It’s not the same as the old Jim Crow laws, but there’s still efforts out there to suppress votes and keep people from having that free access to the booths,” he said. Jones noted that he’s working to restore “teeth” in the Voting Rights Act, but doubts that the current GOP-led Senate and President Trump’s administration would approve. “I don’t see it happening, so it’s all the more important to get out and vote in the 2020 elections,” Jones said. Chavis asked Jones about the role Black women played in his winning election to the Senate. “It was critical. We focused on making sure that we got the African American vote out,” Jones said.

“We did get more African Americans as a percentage out than even when President Obama did in his first race, a fact that I was very proud. The Black community came out and worked hard. It’s community engagement; it’s a 365-days a year job. And, that’s why the Black Press is so important because it keeps the community engaged,” he stated. Late last year, Trump signed the Futures Act, a bipartisan measure that would put more funding into Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minorityserving institutions. “It was incredibly important. When it comes to federal dollars, there are two pots of money HBCUs get: Mandatory funding and discretionary funding,” said Jones. “The mandatory funding is absolutely critical so they can plan each year. There’s a lot of budgetary tugs that fought us, it wasn’t easy, but we were just persistent, and that’s the key in legislation in Washington, to be persistent,” he noted. See JONES, page 3

Rep. Lewis undergoing cancer treatment From Staff Reports American hero, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) announced recently that he’s undergoing treatment for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. According to Rep. Lewis, who has represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District since 1987; he will begin his treatment plan soon and asked for prayers,

U.S. Rep John Lewis

“as I begin this journey.” In a statement, the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree said, “I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon.” Prayers and well wishes, for the civil rights giant, have been flooding social media platforms.

Celebration of HBCUs WORDZ OF WILSON

By Chelle Luper Wilson Photos by Damon Peebles

The Celebration Bowl, a postseason college football game featuring North Carolina A&T State University, the conference champions from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Alcorn State University the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champions featured all the heritage, legacy, pageantry and tradition fans love about Historically Black College and University (HBCU) classic games. This year, John T. Grant, the bowl’s executive director, wanted to add a different type of champion to the mix. The Council of Presidents of the National PanHellenic Council, representing the nine historically Black Greeklettered Organizations, were highlighted at this, the 5th Annual Celebration Bowl, for the

work their organizations have done to address systemic issues affecting the viability of the African American community. During the nationally televised Celebration Bowl, the presidents and representatives were recognized on the field along with Vanetta Cheeks Reeder, NPHC National President. Among the facts shared with the crowd about the work of the nine historically Black Greeklettered Organizations is that collectively they have awarded $17,132, 408 dollars in scholarships and contributed 4,575,470 hours of community service in 2019. Additionally, the display of Greek unity was one of the most talked-about moments of the game. Stronger Together is the theme of the NPHC and the Council of Presidents understands that the work of the nine historically Black Greek-lettered Organizations is just as important now as it was in the early 1900s, when these organizations were founded. “We are at a precarious time in the history of our nation,” said Dr. Everett B. Ward, council chairman and General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., “The serious nature of these issues in this current climate necessitates intentional strategic action. We are committed to using the power of our 1.5 million collective membership to engender positive societal change.” The Council of Presidents has outlined voter engagement, 2020 Census, economic impact, minority business development, HBCU sustainability, and healthcare advocacy as strategic priorities the organizations will focus on collectively for See HBCUS, page 3

Are Heroes with Guns the Answer? the senseless massacres of innocent people in public places. I was just thinking ... I By have never held Norma Adams-Wade a gun. Guns still True confession: I no longer hate scare the tar out of me. But every guns. In fact, this lifelong anti-gun time I hear about a lunatic nutjob advocate has switched sides. walking into a place filled with lawNo, I will not join the National abiding, defenseless humans and Rifle Association. I still am slaughtering and maiming many diametrically opposed to their them like sitting ducks, I wish for stubbornness and seemingly their someone with firepower to fight lack of caring, empathy and reason. back. But I do now believe that having And, finally, that did happen. gun-carrying sane people in public Jack Wilson, a sane, gun-carrying, places is the solution we seek to 71-year-old former reserve deputy


sheriff, stopped alleged psycho killer Keith Thomas Kinnunen, 43, dead in his tracks as the killer tried to wipe out worshippers, positioned like sitting ducks, waiting for communion. Before he himself was killed, the suspect killed two of the more than 420 worshippers gathered December 29 at West Freeway Church of Christ in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement. That was my final turning point. I was proud of Wilson. And no longer willing to keep silent about my switched position on guns. I saw in living color that what I imagined as a solution would, could, and did happen.

The public also quietly lauded Wilson as a hero who saved an unknown number of other worshippers who the killer could have massacred. You know the litany of American gun-violence carnage as well as I do. Agencies keep statistics that you can read and weep. Researchers say that in 2019 alone, there were 434 mass shootings in which 517 people died, 1,643 were injured, totaling 2,160 victims. Some researchers cite statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that keeps track of overall public health. Researchers say these stats show that gunSee THINKING, page 5




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

JANUARY 15 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Wreath Laying Ceremony for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 2922 Dr. MLK. Jr. Blvd. 12 noon. Wednesday Night Worship, Speaker: Rev. Michael Fisher Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church,1819 N. Washington Ave.7-8p. AKA Founder’s Day Celebration, host AKA Xi Omega Chapter, Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. 7p-2a.

JAN 16 - FEB 2 “The Rat Pack Lounge”, Granville Arts Center, 300 N Fifth Street, Garland. 7:30-9:30p. Tickets: sa1.

JANUARY 16 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Workforce Opportunity Fair, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. 11a-3p. DPD Listening Session w/ Chief Hall & Councilman Atkins, Dallas Public Library Highland Hills, 6200 Bonnieview Rd. 6-8p. The Cliff Annual Awards & VIP Reception, host Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Emcee Rep. Yvonne Davis, The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis, 5:30-8p. Info: Mr. Cooks, 214943-4567 x202. Ribbon Cutting State Re. Jessica Gonzalez, host Oak Cliff Chamber, 400 S Zang Blvd. #1214. 5:308:30p. Info: Zanir Ali, 469-826-3291. 2020 Festival of Laughs, The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Pl. 7-9p. State of the District Press Conference, host Councilman Casey Thomas III, Well Med Senior Activity Ctr, 3107 W. Camp Wisdom # 170 &175. 10a. Celebrate Duncanville, host Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Garden Inn, 800 N. Main St. 6-10p. RSVP: 972.780.4990



January 19

37th 2020 A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Naomi Bruton Theater, 1309 Canton St. 10a. Student Performance. Tickets: Box Office: 214-743-2400.

Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebration Black Laughs Matter, Staring Arnez J., Theater at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Pl. 8p. Tickets:

Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebration, Yvonne Orji, Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. 8p. Tickets:

37th 2020 A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center, 2501 Flora St. 7:30p. Tickets: Box Office: 214-7432400.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs Panel Discussion, Volunteer Now, 2800 Live Oak St. 2-3:30p. Kunta Kinteh Island Film Screening, By Elvin Ross, Paul Quinn College, 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. 7:30-9:30p. Tickets: Downtown Dallas Comedy, host TBAAL, Clarence Muse Café, 1309 Canton St. 9p. Tickets:

JANUARY 18 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Walls Project, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 2922 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd. 9a. Scholarship & Awards Gala in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaker: Andrew Gillum. Hilton Anatole 2201 N. 35 Fwy. Tickets: 214-670-8418. Smooth R & B 105.7 Smooth Winter Grove III Anthony Hamilton, The Theater at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Pl. 8p. Tickets: Volunteers Needed! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Clean Team Initiative for South Dallas & Fair Park, 2922 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Reg. 9:45a. 10a-2p.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend “2020” All Black Affair, host Made Men Entertainment, House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar. 10p-2a. Tickets: SDS Gents Presents - 7th Anniversary Outreach Ball, Los Lomas Banquet Hall, 3761 Irving Mall. 6p-1a. Tickets Mingling Over Mimosas, host Debonair Society, African America Museum, 3536 Grand Ave. 123p. Tickets:

JANUARY 20 3rd Annual Realizing the Dream Healthy Living Expo,Building strong, healthy communities, physically, mentally, financially, spiritually, holistically & socially, African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave. 10am - 6pm. , Join us after the Dr. MLK, Jr. Parade. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March/Parade, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Holmes St. to Fair Park 10a. 2020 Downtown Dallas Comedy, host TBAAL, Clarence Muse Café, 1309 Canton St. 9p. Tickets:

Veterans Benefit Fair, DeSoto Library Multipurpose Rm. 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 10a-1p. Info: 972-2309648.

Cowboys of Color Rodeo & After Party, Dickies Arena, 1911 Montgomery St. Ft. Worth. 2p. Tickets:

Breakthrough Series: Breath Reborn, host, M.E.T.R.O. Christ’s Church, 450 E. Parkerville Rd., Cedar Hill. 9a-2p. Tickets:

Tri-Cities Annual Meeting & Holiday Mixer, International Museum of Culture 411 US Hwy 67 Frontage Rd,Duncanville.

Garland Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade & March, host, Garland NAACP. Parade Starts on Dairy Rd. ends at Grandville Arts Center. 10a.

Dallas Bar Association Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon, Dr. King Justice Award: Richard G. Stewart, Jr. Belo Mansion 2101 Ross Ave. 12-1p. Tickets:

DFW Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inaugural Scholarship Brunch, host DFW Moorhouse College Alumni Assoc., African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave. 11a-2p. Tickets:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Great Days of Service, Community Missionary Baptist Church, 115 W. Beltline Rd. DeSoto. 8a. Clean up.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fresh Produce Distribution Center, Bldg. A 2929 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 10a-2p. Chefs are on-site for cooking demonstrations.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. 7-8:45p. Tickets: Dr. MLK, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, host, Nu Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Hilton Arlington, 2401 E. Lamar Blvd. 8-11a.

Grand Prairie Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade & Program, host Grand Prairie NAACP, Parade Starts at Liberty Bell on 317 College St. 10a. Info: Call 469-644-8209

JANUARY 21 Power Hour Knowledge is Power, host IHCC, IHCC Office, 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 11:30a -1:00p. RSVP: Free Skill Quest Career Readiness, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Ctr. 2922 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Info: 214-879-9950. 9a-11a. Poet’s Groove, Sway’s Room, 1175 N. Watson Rd. Arlington. 9p. Tickets:

JANUARY 22-26 Denton Black Film Festival, Denton Black Film Festival 215 W. Hickory St. Denton. Time Vary Tickets:

JANUARY 22 The Dr. MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center, Bldg. A 2929 Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd. 10:30a-1p. Wednesday Night Worship, Speaker: Rev. Louis Laurent Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church,1819 N. Washington Ave.7-8p. Swing Dance Class, Allure Jazz & Cigar Lounge 110 S. Cockrell Hill, DeSoto. 7:30-9:30p. 8p.

JANUARY 23 Happy Birthday to team member, graduate of Prairie View A & M University Jessica Hayden Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Toastmasters Club, 2922 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Bldg. A, Activity Rm. A, 6:45p. Contact: 214-670-8418. Free Skill Quest Career Readiness, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comm. Ctr. 2922 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Info: 214-879-9950. 9a-11a. Cheers For A Cause, host Dr. Cynthia Mickens Ministries, Tower Club, 1601 Elm St. 48 fl. Dallas. 6-8p. Tickets: Level Up Your Side Hustle, Grow DeSoto Market Place, 324 E. Beltline Rd. 6-8p. Register: 410 Line Dancers Thursday Class DFW Sports Garden 1850 E. Beltline Rd. Coppell. 7-9p. Info:

JANUARY 24-25 “Songbirds” feat: Kayla Williams, host TBAAL, Clarence Muse Café 1309 Canton St. 9p. Fri. & Sat. Tickets:


Joplin Chamber Orchestra Returns to Dallas From Staff Reports The African American Museum Dallas will present the Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra of Houston, Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 5 pm at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, 1309 Canton Street. Monya Logan, Minister of Music, St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church and John Mark Tatum, Minister of Music, First Baptist Hamilton Park, will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. Dr. Vivian Johnson is the Event Chair. The Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra (SJCO) is one of the nation’s oldest contemporary majority African American community orchestras. It was formed in 1983 under the umbrella of Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, by its Music Director, Ann Lundy, for three purposes: (1) to give African American instrumentalists opportunities to perform together; (2) to explore and perform music written by Black composers; (3) to be an example to the Black community that orchestras can include people that look like them. Since its inception, SJCO has performed both mainstream works such as Handel’s “Messiah” and beautiful little known music by Black composers. These pieces have included works by African Americans as well as AfricanFrench, African English and African-born composers, some of them world premiered by SJCO. Though most performances have been held in Black churches, a few concerts have also been performed in renowned venues and in front of some of the biggest audiences. The issue of including Black instrumentalists in the world of symphony orchestras remains the focus of the SJCO. The Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra evolved from Ann Lundy’s awareness that African American musicians rarely get the opportunity to play in string orchestras and

her revelation that there were many pieces written by Black composers for orchestras and these pieces were seldom played. In 1982, Lundy, who had

Dr. Vivian Johnson

established the William Grant Still String Quartet in 1981, called together for 25 Black string players for a concert at Houston’s Good Hope Baptist Church. In 1983, after accepting the position of Music Director for the Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH) and because of the success of her first concert, Lundy formalized the orchestra under the name of The Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra. Other Black churches began to call such as Antioch Baptist, Wheeler Ave, Baptist, and Trinity East Methodist among numerous others. In 1986, CMCH’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration orchestral performance of “Free At Last” grabbed such public attention that it served as the theme of Dan Rather’s CBS Newscast that day. The orchestra and the Houston Symphony had a joint rehearsal in 1988 which led to July 1, 1989, William Dawson Concert. With this, Ann Lundy became the first Black woman to conduct the Houston Symphony Orchestra. A second joint concert with Lundy conducting was presented in 1990. In 1991, CMCH presented the first major Juneteenth concert to be held indoors at Houston’s Wortham Theater. In 1995, the daughter of William Grant Still who is considered to be the dean of African-American composers so appreciated CMCH that of all the national 100 birthday, she chose to celebrate his

birthday with a workshop and a performance of his music performed by CMCH’s Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra. In later years, the orchestra began touring and performing at major national events. Some events were the Links National Conference and, in 2004, Super Bowl XXIII, where the orchestra accompanied vocal artist Beyoncé singing the national anthem. Lundy, the Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH) Music Director, is a native Houstonian who began her musical studies on the violin. She received her Bachelor of Music Education in 1977 from UT Austin and her Master of Music in Conducting Performance from the University of Houston in 1979. Currently, she is finishing work on her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at the University of Houston. In 1990, she became the first Black woman to conduct the Houston Symphony in a performance at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theater. The South Dallas Children’s Choir of The African American Museum was established as a result of the Museum’s long-running award-winning Summer Camp three years ago. Choir members range from eight to 15. The South Dallas Children’s Choir is dedicated to the philosophy that through the learning and performance of excellent choral literature, the lives of the choir members, as well as the lives of their families and the community, will be enriched-artistically and personally. The Choir has performed at The Fair Park Blues and Jazz Festival, the opening of The 2015 State Fair of Texas, The University of Notre Dame Choir, and The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Candle Lighting Ceremony. The Orchestra’s appearance benefits The South Dallas Children’s Choir. The Dallas appearance of the Orchestra is sponsored by The Museum’s Friends of Music. For information, call Sharka Jones at 214-565-9026, ext. 304 or email at sjones@



greater impact. The Council of Presidents, Executive Directors, and other representatives met prior to the Celebration Bowl at the international headquarters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. There, the distinguished group centered their conversation on planning for voter registration and mobilization efforts as well as increased participation in the 2020 Census. Additionally, attendees brought gifts and toys for Atlanta area youth charities to be distributed throughout the holiday season. Famed radio personality Tom Joyner was inducted into the Celebration Bowl’s Champion Circle, one of the pre-game events. Joyner, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is an alumnus of an HBCU, Tuskegee University, and has been a staunch supporter of these important and beloved academic institutions. Through his foundation, Joyner has provided scholarships to more than 31,000 students, and, in excess of $66 million has been raised to support our HBCUs since 1998. Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., surprised Joyner with a check for $50,000 to the Tom Joyner Foundation. “Alpha Kappa Alpha is pleased to join in this celebration of Tom Joyner on his stellar radio career and induction into the Champions Circle,” Glover stated, “More importantly, we celebrate him for his consistent support of students attending HBCUs. The Tom Joyner Foundation

supports our education focus under what we call ‘HBCU For Life: A Call to Action.’ We are happy to partner with him once again as we work collectively to ensure sustainability, financially and otherwise, of our beloved HBCUs.” Joyner, whose mother was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., expressed gratitude for the contribution and requested that it be divided equally and used to fund scholarships at Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T, the schools playing in this year’s Celebration Bowl.

Fraternity, Inc.; Dr. David Marion, council vice-chairman and Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Dr. Glenda Glover, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Reuben A. Shelton, III, Esq., Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Beverly E. Smith, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Michael E. Cristal, International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Valerie Hollingsworth Baker, International Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Deborah Catchings-

In true Joyner style, there was a caveat with the donation. He started his foundation would work with the alumni associations to award 25 scholarships of $1,000 each on both campuses. “I want you to vet the students, and I want you to make sure that the students promise to register people to vote in the November election because we’ve got work to do,” Joyner said, “And I want every student at Alcorn and North Carolina A&T to vote. And if you don’t do it, I don’t know who will.” The Council of Presidents of the National Pan Hellenic Council is comprised of Dr. Everett B. Ward, council chairman and General President of Alpha Phi Alpha

Smith, International Grand Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; Andre Manson, Grand Polaris of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., as well as Vanetta Cheeks Reeder, National President of the National Pan Hellenic Council, Inc. The Celebration Bowl’s mission is to provide the schools, alumni, fans, and sponsors with a first-class bowl experience while continuing to celebrate the heritage, legacy, pageantry, and tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It is managed by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, which owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide, including 13 postseason bowl games.


continued from front page “So we were able to get that mandatory funding so that a base amount of money would go to HBCUs. In my two years in Washington, we have been able to get about a 30 percent increase in discretionary funding for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions. “Providing that base is important to them and the economy of states like Alabama and North Carolina, and others.” Chavis spoke to Jones about race relations and asked about the senator’s forecast for the South and whether he sees a more inclusive and diverse South rising. “So many of the divisions we see in the country started in the South. It can also be a place of healing and bringing people back together, and I see tremendous opportunity in the South,” Jones said. “I think my election was something that people looked at and said the South was changing. The demographics are changing to some extent, but I think people’s hearts and minds are changing,” he added. “We went from a one-party state in Alabama with Democrats, to a one-party state with Republicans. There was never anything in between. When you get competitive political parties, you get people who have to talk to each other, and that’s what you need. “These young people coming up don’t have the same kind of biases and prejudices you saw when I was growing up. They also are beginning to see that the state is better off when everybody in that state benefits from it. I think the South can lead the nation in healing.” Jones also spoke of the importance of closing the achievement gap, although he said it’s a complicated issue. He said education and getting broadband into rural communities are keys to helping close the gap. The senator also noted that he’s a proponent of raising the federal minimum wage, but conceded it couldn’t be done overnight. He stated that Trump’s 2017 tax cuts have helped to provide businesses with the needed resources to make a minimum wage hike possible.



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Thriving system of convict labor

THE LAST WORD By DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX As 2019 ticked to a close, the screamingly outrageous headlines have not slowed. Every day there is something, whether it is a flurry of presidential tweets or yet another Republican spouting off about something or other. Who would have thought, though, that amid the Christmas holiday we would learn that billionaire candidate Michael Bloomberg is using convicted prisoners to make calls for his campaign? He will say he did not know. Or, that “anybody� might have made a similar mistake. After all, subcontracting is the name of the predatory capitalist game. That’s how a convict labor exploiter can bid to pay $7.25 an hour for a job that might pay $11 or $12 an hour on the open market. However, the prisoners will see nothing like $7.25 an hour. Try paying these folks just a dollar an hour or so. The subcontractor, who pays the incarcerated just a dollar for a fair wage, would have to pay ten times that in the regular job sector. Someone who was not exploiting convict labor couldn’t compete with the low pay prisoners are earning. Those who own stock in these prison labor companies are getting their profits, too. The companies who subcontractwith prisons are making three or fou times what they might earn if they used general labor. The use of convict labor is one of the cruelest illustrations of the evils

of predatory capitalism. Predatory capitalists extract surplus resources by tilting the rules of the game to favor capital instead of labor. People who are working full time are getting pennies to the dollar in the name of “crime and punishment.� So, here’s the Bloomberg story. The three-term mayor of New York contracted with a firm to make phone calls for his fledgling campaign. The women, incarcerated at a facility in Oklahoma, are obliged to say they are calling for the Bloomberg campaign. They don’t have to disclose that they are incarcerated. Anyone receiving a call is given the impression that they are being called by a campaign volunteer, not an exploited worker. Oklahoma limits the amount of money an inmate can make to $27 a month. This money may go for things like phone calls, snacks, or other “prison comfort.� If Pro Com, the company that runs the prison work, says it pays $7.25 an hour for prison labor, but inmates can’t earn more than $27 a month, who wants to bet that these prisoners are working just four hours to reach their maximum monthly pay? Or is Oklahoma paying them a dollar or so an hour, and profiting from their work by keeping the rest of the money? In this twenty-first century, we are mired in a 19th century predatory convict labor system. Inmates aren’t only making phone calls for

Bloomberg’s campaign. They are also making furniture for state office buildings, processing motor vehicl requests, and being used as low-cost substitutes for workers who might be fairly paid. The worst of it is that the work inmates are doing does not guarantee them a job post-incarceration. Instead, their “experience� opens no doors for any future opportunities. Mike Bloomberg should have known better than to subcontract with an exploitative company, but he is probably not the only one doing it. Subcontracting is the norm these days, but few ask who is doing the subcontracting. Top label designers have low-paid women stitching their garments. Call centers can contract with low paid workers in their communities, or they can save 70 percent by contracting with convict labor. This practice is not only a wake-up call for Mayor Bloomberg, it is also a wake-up call for anyone who is playing in the subcontracting space. Lots of people like to play “woke� and economically progressive. But if your “woke� and cost-cutting ways sideline the people who work for you, then you aren’t actually “woke,� you are just a predatory capitalist, placing profits over people. Economic justice and profit maximization may be incompatible. After he was outed, Mayor Bloomberg said he and his campaign

did not know that Pro Com, had contracted with the convict labor providers, and he moved to sever the relationship quickly. Good for him, but Bloomberg is smart enough to ask questions before contracting - not a great move for a candidate who seems to have more money than sense. African Americans are nearly half of those incarcerated in this country, despite being just about 13 percent of the population. This incarceration is a throwback to enslavement when Black folks got major penalties for minor offenses. The convict labor system, especially, oppresses Black people, and the Bloomberg case makes it all too apparent. Convict labor is exploitation and an abomination. It makes black bodies a profit center for capitalistic exploitation. Companies like Pro Com must be held accountable, but so should the many others who thrive on contract labor. It is time to put an end to this exploitation. Instead of throwing billions into his long-shot campaign, why can’t Michael Bloomberg spend a billion or two stopping convict labor? Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest project MALVEAUX! On UDCTV is available on For booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit

physically, spiritually, financially, socially and holistically. And having fun is part of the occasion. Let’s get those Macaroni and Cheese aficionados out of the kitchen and over to the African American Museum. We’re looking for the best from businesses and individuals. The categories are vegan, meat lovers, traditional; and, with a twist (some people like to put onions, spinach, broccoli or other stuff). I’ve heard folks mention these restaurants: Elaine’s Kitchen, Chick-fil-A, Olive Garden, Sweet Georgia Brown, Smokey John’s Barbecue, Savory Kitchen in Little Elm and Two Podners. Even Ms. Dorothy Jones of Black Jack Pizza says she has a recipe! And I’ve heard the personal bragging. Somebody is going to win! Come have a good time, learn and grow so you can teach others. More of us need to take our girls and boys into the kitchen, even if they don’t want to go! My prayer is that in 2020, we will work at getting back on track. We need to produce and attend more family-oriented events and participate in activities that bring us together and maybe we can work on the greatest of these!

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NNPA NEWSWIRE BY RAY CURRY SECRETARY-TREASURER, UAW If you work for a living but are somewhat up in the air about who to vote for in 2020 or for that matter, if you should even bother getting to that crowded polling place, I’d like to ask that you indulge me for a minute. Because I’ve got a story to tell you that might help with your decision. A story of working people and politicians who are working against all of us — everyday. I’d like to go back to 1980, the year that Ronald Reagan was campaigning to the 40th president of the United States. Much of his rhetoric was designed to appeal to labor and the working men and women of this country, promising to protect jobs, to support policies that would create more jobs and put unemployed Americans back to work.

Promises betrayed The reality of his presidency and his policies came down somewhat differently. In fact, President Reagan’s eight years in office were devastating for labor and the middle class. He was a champion of deregulation, which systematically weakened workplace safety standards and record-keeping. He specifically went after labor by appointing three management-friendly National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members, causing the NLRB to depart from its legal obligation to actively promote collective bargaining — the constitutional right and underlying principle for the existence of unions. During his presidency, NLRB caseloads were drastically cut and the cases that did go forward went


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from the recent 33 percent finding in favor of employers to 75 percent favoring employers. His economic policies shifted the tax burden away from the wealthy and onto the back of middle-class Americans. So, why am I bringing up this sad history here in the last days of 2019? Because Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin from which it has never recovered, has recently been voted by this administration’s hand-picked NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame. I think that speaks volumes. Clearly, they have taken a page from the Old Gipper’s playbook. And clearly, it should serve as a dire warning of what is to come should we continue with the status quo.

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Stacked against us Today, an NLRB even more conservative than President Reagan’s has moved as fast as it could to make it more difficult for unions to organize. In December of 2017, the board overturned a rule that had made it easier to organize smaller units of workers in big factories and stores. Another decision made it tougher for workers at fastfood restaurants and other franchised operations to unionize. What’s more, this board is further encroaching on labor by looking to slow unionization elections, a move that, as we all know too well, would give corporations more time to pressure workers to vote NO. Here at the UAW, we saw those stalling hijinks in action

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in Chattanooga this summer with the effort to organize Volkswagen and give its workers a real say in their work lives. This administration has not stopped at turning the NLRB into the Chamber of Commerce. Let’s look at the Supreme Court. Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed in the first few months of this administration and he delivered the conservative anti-labor edge to the Janus case almost as soon as he was installed. Gorsuch, who had close ties with groups that bankrolled Janus, cast the deciding vote in a decision that prohibited public sector unions from collecting fees from nonmembers. This devastating decision reversed 41 years of precedent and overturned

laws in the 22 states that have not adopted “Right-to-Work� policies. And all signs indicate that, when he is not drinking beer, the administration’s second appointee, Justice Bret Kavanaugh will be just as awful. The Huffington Post in sizing him up as anti-labor, recounted the time when a New York manufacturer created a new spinoff company to avoid bargaining with unionized workers. Federal regulators and a panel of appellate judges said the manufacturer broke the law and violated its employees’ rights. There was, however, one judge who dissented in the appeals decision and sided with the employer: Brett Kavanaugh. Say no more. Supremely anti-labor See VOTE, page 7

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In the history of the United States Congress there have been few legislators with the moral and spiritual presence of Congressman John Lewis, who since 1987 has courageously represented the people of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives.

A close disciple of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Congressman Lewis was the youngest speaker at the historic March on Washington in 1963. His speech, along with that given by Dr. King, shall live in our nation’s historical records forever. Congressman Lewis has been

Calling the Nation to Prayer an elegant rose in Congress, providing his colleagues and his nation with wisdom, grace and strength. He has prayed for others when many could not pray for themselves. Now it is our time to pray for him. I am asking the people of the 30th Congressional District of Texas and others throughout the nation and the world to join me in praying for Congressman Lewis who recently announced that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. When asked about his immediate plans, Congressman Lewis said that he would

continue his fight in the halls of government for policies and laws that lift the American people and that embolden the American Democracy. “We have many bridges to cross,” he said. “With God’s grace, I will be back on the frontlines soon.” The people of America are better because Congressman Lewis decided nearly seven decades ago to devote his life to improving the human condition. He has toiled relentlesslyand unselfishly for us. As a small boy, he saw beyond

Sen. West honored by 100 Black Men of Greater DFW State Senator Royce West recently received the Political and Social Justice Servant Award from 100 Black Men of Greater Dallas/Fort Worth in recognition of his more than two decades of service to the greater DFW community. “We were honored to present Senator West with this award in recognition of his many years of service to political and social justice causes in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth community,” said Anthony Sampson, President of 100 Black Men of Greater Dallas/Fort Worth. “Senator West’s leadership has resulted in many legislative actions over the years that not only serve to protect young black men in these communities, but that also protect law enforcement officers,” Sampson said. “Senator West’s legislative accomplishments have helped


proof vests that not only these State Senator Royce West would repel fire communities, but the entire state, and people from high-powered rifles as of all backgrounds when it among the many achievements leading to West being named comes to social justice issues.” Sampson cited West’s work recipient of the award. “Senator West has at authoring and passing legislation that provided for consistently been a leader dash cameras in squad cars, on issues from healthcare to body cameras for police officers, education as well,” Sampson and legislation that helped said. “We could not think of provide funding for bullet- a better recipient to receive

our Political and Social Justice Servant Award,” he continued. Sampson noted the theme of last week’s event was “Celebrating the Shine in All of Us.” The motto of 100 Black Men of Greater Dallas Fort Worth is “What they see is what they’ll be,” and the group noted that West’s legislative leadership set an example for young people who wish to be involved in their communities across Dallas/ Fort Worth. “I was deeply honored to receive this award,” said Sen. West. “It is humbling to be honored by an organization that does so much for our community,” West said. “100 Black Men of Greater Dallas/ Fort Worth does so much for our community, and it was a great honor to receive this award.”

the parcels of farmland, where his parents were sharecroppers, to the very halls of Congress where decisions were made that shaped the future of a nation, and where he would one day be referred to as its “conscience.” We remember too well a Sunday in March of 1965 when a younger John Lewis, with his Southern Christian Leadership Conference colleague, Reverend Hosea Williams and others, was trampled by a vicious mod of Alabama Street troopers while peacefully exercising their constitutional right of assembly.

No doubt, the Congressman prayed as he lay on the ground as the hoofs of horses and unruly state agents ran across his body. It was prayer that comforted him then and prayer that will comfort him now. Like many of you, I am a fervent believer in prayer. It is a shield during the fiercest storm. And during this season of turbulence that our dear friend is experiencing, we must lift him and his family by praying. We must be there for him just as he has been there for us all these many years.

Senghor to keynote 2020 King Symposium The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in partnership with Café Momentum will present the 15th Annual MLK Symposium on January 20, 2020, 7:00 – 8:45 pm at Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St, Dallas. The cost is $20 per person. Educators and students are free. Shaka Senghor, author of The New York Times and Washington Post’s Best Seller Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison and Criminal Justice Reform Leader will be the keynote speaker at the event. Shaka Senghor was sent to prison when he was 19 for second-degree murder. During Shaka’s incarceration, he received a letter from his son that devastated him. He realized that he had to do something different to give

his son a father that he could be proud of. At that point, he challenged himself to write a book. He wrote his first book in solitary confinement, where he spent seven years, and from there he wrote five more books, one of which was Writing My Wrongs. In a conversation on VLAD TV, Shaka said, “The book has been an amazing experience. The people who have read it, who are talking about it, who I’ve had discussions with; you know what they’ve shared with me is that this has been the piece that has been missing in this whole conversation around criminal justice. It’s that first-person account of what the system is really like and what leads to somebody being caught up in the system.” He has received many awards and fellowships, and has taught at the University of Michigan.



QUIT PLAYIN’ CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE article weekly. After this week’s sermon, the next round has to be in the chamber and ready to fire. Meanwhile, and most concerning, “Amens” don’ t come easy. Dr. Zan Holmes distinguished himself as a Man of God and a man on the street by keeping a bible in his left breast pocket while clutching a newspaper in his right forearm. Speaking truth to power and to the powerless requires endless reflection and research. My best efforts have been to curse loud enough to get your attention while adhering to my own Christianity. Please don’t waste any time calling the diocese, don’t summon the Methodism or check the seminaries for my credentials. This is no claim that my post is anywhere near as important as your ministers are. Y’all need


Jesus, and that’s their primary calling. I’m just using preaching as a segue to say what Sly said. “If you want me to stay, I’ll be around today, to be available for you to see. But I’m about to go, and then you’ll know, For me to stay here, I’ve got to be me.” Sly wrote these words to a woman he would eventually marry. I relay them to you to announce a coming respite and to assure my return to you. I’ll be back, but I gotta take a break. My knowledge is dwindling because the last few years have been limited to internet/cable news (ICN) education. You know what that is, an ICN education is what Trump has. All he knows is what he gathers by local stimuli. He doesn’t read books or engage any critically crafted treatises or sit among the brain trusts. The

net result is that you appear intelligent on the surface, but underneath that veil is nothing. The only thing worse than finding an empty wallet is spotting play money. Fool me once, shame on you; Or whatever former President George W. Bush said! Over the next few months, I have got to read some whole books and get some academic refueling. Ignorance is kryptonite. Besides that, there’s a book in me that has to come out. The next six to nine months will benefit me and anyone willing to read the contents that show-up beneath my weekly by-line. The end result will be a fresher and more challenging context and argument. In the meantime, my publisher Cheryl Smith has a litany of influential writers and free thinkers. Stay tuned

Register your booth for the tothis channel. I hate to lose my space, but sometimes progression requires digression and redirection. So, let’s pick up where Sly left it. The last verse in the song is rendered with verve and expression. Imagine as you read the words that it is sung with fortissimo and with staccato. “When you see me again, I hope that you have been the


violence deaths in Texas have increased since 2015 and that in 2017 alone in Texas, more than 3,500 individuals died from gun violence. News media have kept us informed relentlessly about the shootings that include on July 7, 2016 in Dallas, five police and the suspect killed, and 11 people wounded. Here are some of the many other catastrophes:

including two children, 17 wounded);

May 31, 2019, at a public works building in Virginia Beach, VA, 17 victims (13 dead, four wounded);

Of course, the country still is reeling from earlier massacres:

July 2019, Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA, 21 victims (four killed

Aug. 3, 2019, Walmart in El Paso, TX, 46 victims (22 killed, 24 wounded); Aug. 31, 2019, gunman fleeing from police after travel stop in OdessaMidland, TX, 33 victims (8 dead, 25 wounded).

Feb. 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S., Parkland, FL, 34 victims (17 killed, 17 wounded); Oct., 1, 2017, Route 91

Harvest music festival, Las Vegas, NV, 481 victims (59 killed, 422 wounded);

Century 16 movie theater - Aurora, CO, 2012, 82 victims (12 killed, 70 wounded).

Nov. 5, 2017, First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, TX., 47 victims (27 dead, 20 injured).

And some can remember Aug. 1, 1966 when a sniper killed his wife and mother then used the University of Texas at Austin clock tower as his perch from which he killed 15 including a pregnant woman and wounded 31. Total victims 48.

And there was Pulse night club, Orlando, FL, 2016, victims (50 killed, wounded;

the in 103 53

Sandy Hook Elementary School, 2012, 30 victims (killed 20 children ages 6 & 7, eight adults, 2 wounded);

So, I was just thinking... Many people agree that there are no easy solutions. But I have made my choice and switched from anti-guns to pro-guns in the hands of the right people. How you determine “the right people” is discussion for

kind of person you really are now. I’ll be so good; I wish I could...I’d get the message over to you now.” 2020 will be a year of karma, correction, and consequences. Don’t believe me just watch! However, before you know it, I will be right back here with you. I’m available today, but to be me, I gotta go for a while. Quit Playin’, you’ll see me again. another day. Communications consultant James C. Moore wrote a December 30, 2019 CNN opinion piece about the White Settlement church shooting in which he captured the dilemma this way: “There’s little left to do but seek cover. Or take dead aim.”

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Spies In Disguise is the new animated film starring the vocal talents of Will Smith and Tom Holland, the latest Spiderman. In the movie, Holland’s character is nothing like Spidey. Holland plays a nerdy scientist who comes up with amazing formulas and inventions, but he’s a little socially awkward in dealing with the staff of agents. While

Will Smith is the voice of Lance Sterling, a super cool secret

agent, a loner that works his missions by himself, and who usually gets his man. While in Walter’s lab, Agent Sterling drinks a formula that turns him into a pigeon. Now, the super suave, super cool spy has to depend on Walter, and some fellow pigeons, to clear his name from a shape-shifting bad guy who turns himself into Lance. There are some great action scenes that are a lot of fun to watch.

The movie doesn’t have a Disney feel to it, but it’s still a very enjoyable film that is perfect for the entire family. What I liked most about Spies In Disguise is that it’s a buddy film with two men who play characters that are as different as they can possibly be. And the pigeons are hilarious. Spies In Disguise is rated PG with a run time of 1 hour and 41 minutes. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale,” I give this movie a JUMBO.


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Dear Alma, My stepson, who I adore and have known most of his life, is getting married next summer. I love him and love the girl he is getting married to. Here is my problem. There is bad blood between his mother and me. I tried for years to get along with her and even acted as a buffer between her and my husband on many occasions. I did this to the point of causing myself anxiety because I just wanted everyone to get along so badly. About three or four years ago, after being married to my stepson’s father for almost 17 years, I snapped. I lost my temper with her; there was a very ugly scene that even took place in a courtroom in front of a judge. It was something I will never forget. I haven’t spoken to this woman since. When my stepson visits, he shares comments that she continues to make about me to this day. I don’t engage at all. I will not let him hear me bash his mother in any way. If this was any other woman, I would be out for blood, but I realize that the people who would get hurt are my stepsons, who I love so, I suppress my anger. But back to why I’m writing: How do I attend this wedding with a woman that I know does not hesitate to start fights,

regardless of who is around. She will be surrounded by her very large family, and I will basically be there with a small handful of my family members. I will be outnumbered. And did I mention that I am estranged from my husband, too? That I’m not so worried about, but it still causes tension. And, Alma, where do I sit? Jackie B., South Carolina OMG Jackie, sounds like you’ve already lived through one Jerry Springer moment, and you don’t want to participate in another. I don’t blame you, girl; it can suck the life right out of you. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding of your step-son, and congratulations to you for loving him unconditionally. The one-on-one relationship between the two of you is special, and that’s how it should be. Step-parents are an extension of original parents. A relationship with step-children cannot be defined by the relationship you have with the original parent. Once you commit as a step-parent, you commit to that child for life. Now, back to your dilemma. I applaud you for taking the high road, which most times, as you know, is the road less traveled. The high road can be a lonely

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place--it’s usually not where you find the fist bumps, the I-got-your-backs or the you-gogirl road signs. Now here’s where my advice gets a little tricky — I want you to stay on that road. It’s great that your step-son is able to include you and wants you to be a part of this most special occasion. But you need to lay back. You know how there are different levels of guests at a wedding? You have the “family” guest, the “really good friends” guest and the “friends from work” guest. For that day, I’d like you to participate as a “friends from work“ guest. I say that because, from what I read in your letter, there’s a chance for a Jerry Springer – Round 2 moment, and you certainly don’t want that to happen. I’m a step-mother, so I’m not asking you to do anything I wouldn’t do. I love my step-daughter, TaKisha, with all my heart. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her, so I sympathize with your situation. There was a moment in our lives when I had to take a step back. I took the high road. I took the blame and all that extra madness that comes along with it. Yes, it broke my heart. Yes, it made me sad, but those are the yield signs along the way on the high road. Be mindful, be guideful (is that a word? LOL). What I’m trying to say is, you can control this. You know the rituals of a wedding. They’re all basically the same. I’d suggest you arrive on time, sit down with five minutes to spare. And since you asked,

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sit five rows behind his mother. You don’t need to get there early and stand outside with the smokers checking everything out. Take your seat, smile, and shut your mouth. Don’t chime in about anything, not the wedding colors, the bridesmaid dresses, the soloist — nothing. Remember, you’re on the high road. Once the couple exits, smile, smile, hug, hug and go get in your car. Make your way to the reception. Walk in and find your seat. I’m sure they’ve made appropriate arrangement for the reception seating. If not, since you asked, sit on the opposite end of the hall from her. You don’t have to be seen. You don’t have to be all up in the middle of the mix, and you shouldn’t. He has a mother and a father. Both, I’m assuming, will be front and center at the celebration. You’re no longer with his father and you don’t want to throw down with his mother, so step back. Repeat it with me: “I’m taking the high road.” If she heads in your direction with some foolishness, that’s your cue to leave. Please, please don’t engage this woman, no matter what. If tensions run high and things get out of hand, take a deep breath, grit your teeth and keep it moving – down the high road!

From Marva with By Marva Sneed On “From Marva with Love,” I interviewed the Deputy Commissioner of Tourism of the United States Virgin Islands Neelia Ross. The United States Virgin Islands is located in the Northeastern Caribbean Sea which consists of three Islands St. Croix, St. John, and St Thomas. St Thomas is known as the gateway to the Caribbean. St Croix is known as a nesting ground for endangered sea turtles. You can take a day sail to the beautiful Buck Island Reef National Monument to explore and snorkel. St John is called Love City because it is a small intimate community that is known for being safe and friendly. When traveling to the U.S.V.I. it is a part of the U.S. Territory and as a U.S. citizen, you don’t need a passport. The U.S.V.I. has formed a partnership with American Airlines and launched a new winter service flight from DFW Airport to St. Thomas on December 21, 2019. MS: The USVI was hit by so many Hurricanes how has the Islands rebounded? NR: So we are rebounding and we are definitely open for business and Investment. We are here in Dallas to promote our direct flight to St. Thomas Virgin Island on Saturdays. We are promoting the flight so that we can build up the frequency to get it to be a daily flight. There are three flights daily from Miami to St. Thomas and three daily flights to St. Croix from Miami....And St. Thomas will have Carnival in April and of course, we will direct flights from Dallas to St. Thomas so we are inviting everyone to come and party with us. And this summer, for 4th of July we have

the St. John Carnival so we are inviting everyone to come on down there’s no excuse. If you get a flight to St Thomas you can get a ferry and get to St. John in munites or a seaplane and get to St. Croix in munites. MS: St Thomas was named the best Caribbean Cruise Destination in the Caribbean. So how long have you been working as Deputy Commissioner of Tourism with the USVI? NR: Yes, I have been working with Tourism for four and a half years. And yes, St. Thomas is voted to be the number one destination. There are tons to do on St. Thomas. There is a new pirate museum opened. They have some of the most beautiful beaches and great shopping and of course, they have amazing cuisine. I am definitely inviting everyone to come down wheater it’s cruising or air for everyone to come down and experience a piece of our paradise. MS: With the direct flight to the Islands from Dallas, what will this partnership do for Dallas and the USVI? NR: It is a great partnership absolutely. We do have a great amount of Virgin Islanders live in the Dallas area so we’re hoping that we can get everyone to come home more often. It’s much easier and more convenient to visit families and enjoy festivals year-round.

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Hair accessories are a billion-dollar industry. Accessories are meant to enhance the hair, conceal fine, limp, sparse, damaged or broken hair strands. When consumers are informed, they understand

the importance of proper usage. Daily enhancements may damage your hair and contribute to alopecia and cicatricial alopecia when used improperly. • Bobby pins and hairpins

should have rubber tips on the ends. If you have been reusing your hairpins and the protective nylon coating is no longer visible, it is time to throw them away. Check the closures to make sure they offer the right amount of tension. Exposed ends may scratch delicate scalps, cause hair tangling and snagging, or ripping of hair. Furthermore, some consumers may develop an allergic reaction to the

nylon coating on bobby pins and should discontinue usage. Lastly, if you feel any scalp pain after inserting a bobby pin or hairpin, remove or reposition it. This recommendation also applies to your hairstylist, who may use a hairpin or bobby pin for your updo style. Tell them it is too tight. • Hair clips should be used with caution. Adjust the tension on the hair if it

pulls the hair. There are so many options available on the market, such as snap open, clips with closures on the end, various colors and shapes, etc • Barrettes are used on a daily basis on children’s hair. Parents/Grandparents should always adjust the tension, to ensure it is not too tight. If the hair is wet or dry, you can contribute to hair breakage when using

hair barrettes incorrectly. Sometimes, parents unknowingly use barrettes incorrectly on their 0-2 yearold children’s fine, sparse hair textures. Pulling the hair too tight, they attach five-20 hair barrettes to let everyone know she is a girl! Stop it! Another option is a stretchy headband. Give your child’s hair time to grow. •




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A Legal Aid lawyer put it this way, “Along with [Justice Neil] Gorsuch, [Brett Kavanaugh] is the ideal of a Koch brothers judge. He’ll be anti-labor and antiworker.” Of course, just as disturbing when it comes to the courts is this fact: While the Supreme Court gets the attention, it’s the lower courts that decide the bulk of the cases. In lockstep with the anti-worker overhaul of our courts, more promanagement judges have been appointed to the federal appeals courts than at any other time in our recent history, and one out of every four circuit court judges have been installed by the current administration. And the latest anti-labor move? The nomination and seating of Eugene Scalia as Secretary of Labor, a position that historically enforces workers’ rights and U.S. labor laws. This includes laws meant to protect workers from unsafe workplaces, overtime violations, and employee misclassification. I quite honestly cannot think of anyone less likely to safeguard these protections. Here is a highlight reel: Back in 2006, he helped

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and executive orders have frozen new regulatory protections since the 2016 election. Rules requiring employers to keep accurate injury and illness records and to disclose safety, health, and labor violations to qualify for federal contracts have been repealed. Consider this: There are about 2,100 inspectors to inspect more than 8 million workplaces around the nation. That is roughly one inspector for every 59,000 workers or enough inspectors to inspect workplaces once every 150 years or so. I ask you, what do we do with this? Is it expecting too much to go to work in the morning and come home safe to your loved ones at the end of the day? I’ll tell you what we do. WE VOTE! And we vote for candidates that support the millions of working men and women in this country. Vote to keep our jobs, to keep workers safe, to protect the right to organize and to have a voice in the workplace. Take this voting season as an opportunity to tell your own

story. The story of millions of hard-working Americans that our country so desperately needs to hear. A story of how we rose up in the face of increasing wage inequality, lack of healthcare, job security and threats to a meaningful retirement; rampant corporate greed and a shrinking middle class. Labor also faces challenges at the ballot box despite rallying their membership base. Look no further than the Presidential election of 2000 with hanging chads, deleted registered voter rolls in the 2018 Georgia Governor’s race, and the 2018 Florida Governor’s race won by a 50% to 49% margin after a recount. All three races lost by the final vote count and all three were labor endorsed candidates. Think your vote doesn’t count? Please think again.

Ray Curry was elected UAW secretary-treasurer at the 37th Constitutional Convention in June 2018. Curry was first elected director of UAW Region 8 in June 2014, at the 36th UAW Constitutional Convention in Detroit after having served four years as the region’s assistant director.

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