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Ellis County “Negroes“ sign apparently a history lesson not learned

PERSON OF THE YEAR Believe his hype! Texas Metro News’ Person of the Year is journalist, businessman and philanthropist Roland Sebastian Martin. The Houston native is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. An often requested speaker, he is the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees and recognitions for his works; including being named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists. His works took him to several cities in Texas, as well as across the country and internationally.

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“Don’t tell me things can’t change.” Ellis County Judge Todd Little and Ellis County Constable Curtis Polk Jr. Credit: The Dallas Morning News

forward if someone in the highest office of the land, who has already been the most corrupt president in the history of this country, as far as I’m concerned, was able to stoke a sedition and to have there be no consequences.” Deborah Peoples, chairwoman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party and a candidate for Fort Worth mayor, said the assault on the Capitol was so unbelievable and brutal that House representatives had no choice but

An Ellis County judge made me change my mind about how to solve the dispute over preserving or tearing down Confederate monuments. I changed my mind after reading that Ellis County Judge Todd Little got in trouble in early January for allegedly defacing court property. Ellis County officials said the property – a sign that read “Negroes” over a former courthouse water fountain -- had been preserved to remind all that racist segregation should not be repeated. The story behind how Little, a White man, ended up allegedly defacing the sign so far is still a bizarre mystery, mixed with lots of guessing about his motive – good, bad or misguided. Last November, I expressed my then firm belief about my best solution to the tear down or preserve argument. Keep the monuments in place and post a permanent plaque explaining why they were wrong and how we should learn from the mistakes of our past. But I was just thinking…. Now that I witness how Judge Little’s story is turning out, maybe my plan is not so foolproof. Here’s what led up to the defacement. Ellis County Constable Curtis Polk Jr. complained on social media that as the only Black person elected to an Ellis County position, he felt insulted that his office was moved to the courthouse basement and next to the lesson-teaching “Negroes” sign that he had to see daily. News media widely exposed the story, the county apologized, and moved Polk to a proper office location. Judge Little supervised the correction and news media quoted him making a nice apologetic statement: “I would suggest the signage was kept so the evil of requiring people of another color to drink at another water fountain would never happen again,” Little’s quote stated. “I am saddened Constable Polk was hurt by this office relocation process. That was not the intent.” Perhaps that should have ended the matter. But it did not. The situation became bizarre. A YouTube video soon surfaced apparently showing the judge directing another man to paint over the “Negroes” sign. Soon after, the judge

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In previous years, we recognized Rev. Yvette Blair-Lavallais, who took on sexual misconduct in the church and the silence surrounding it; and then there was Judge Tammy Kemp who courageously presided over the Amber Guyger murder trial and after the verdict and sentencing, in a display of compassion, embraced the convicted murderer. We stand by our decisions because we believe in being on the right side of history and we’re not hypocrites! When choosing our Person of the Year, we don’t look for people who are the flavor of the moment or the latest social media phenomenon. We don’t choose someone who is trying to be a celebrity, instead we choose someone whose works, life or actions are worth being celebrated. Which brings me to my truth. When I think about the past year and the influence that Mr. Martin has had on educating and informing the masses; I am proud to call his name. I could cite his impressive numbers across social media platforms or wherever he gathers, but those impressive numbers are rapidly increasing. Yes, he’s controversial and fearless, but he’s also well-prepared, well-researched, passionate and committed. Sure, he can be entertaining and he has provided a platform for entertainers, activists, experts, educators, disenfranchised, empowered, elderly, youth, and more. Mr. Martin comes down on the right side of history. He uses his digital platform Roland Martin Unfiltered to find and ask the right questions and get the answers, empower the powerless, and right wrongs. When the so-called mainstream media can’t find Black experts for their shows or stories, Martin can. When so-called seekers/ See MY TRUTH, page 3

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Texas rioter released on bail By Rebecca Aguilar Texas Metro News

Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Larry Brock Junior of Grapevine, made his second appearance in federal court in Fort Worth on Thursday. That’s when a federal judge decided the Grapevine man could be released from FBI custody on conditions that he wear an ankle monitor and remain at home until his trial. The 53-year-old turned himself in to Grapevine police four days after the Capitol building riots on January 6. Then the FBI took custody of him and booked him on two federal charges. Texas Metro News obtained

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the FBI’s arrest warrant and criminal complaint that detailed Brocks involvement in the riot. The court documents state Brock, “knowingly and willfully joined and encouraged a crowd of individuals who forcibly entered the U.S. Capitol and impeded, disrupted, and disturbed the

orderly conduct of the business of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.” The court documents also included photos of Brock on the Senate floor with a hand full of zip tie restraints and dressed in military clothes. Federal agents were able to find Brock after two people, including Brock’s ex-wife, identified him from photos and video they saw on social media and television. She told investigators she recognized him in a photograph dressed in a military-style helmet, khaki pants, gray and black fatigues over a military vest, and a patch from his military See RIOTER page 2

Trump Impeached ...Again! By Texas Metro News Team When the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday afternoon to impeach President Donald J. Trump on charges he incited the storming of the Capitol that left five people dead, some local residents applauded the decision. One religious leader lauded House members for their difficult vote saying, he was “glad Congress decided to have some moral courage.” Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, Pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church said the move to hold the president accountable was a necessary one. “When Jan. 6 happened we (Blacks) were not surprised,” he said. “We know how White supremacy can be downright

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violent. We are asking for this country to come to terms with history that feeds the present so we will stop with the naive notion that ‘This is who we are’.” On the contrary, to not have held President Trump responsible for the insurrection at the Capitol would have threatened U.S. democracy, Rev. Haynes said. “I think it would have set a dangerous precedent going





Elected officials discuss vaccine By Ashley M. Moss Staff writer

Local and state officials gathered all across the region Thursday with a special message for DFW residents: Get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. But vaccine hesitancy is high and trust — particularly among Black Americans — is low. “We’ve had representation (about the vaccine) at the table,” said West, referring to Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, the African American woman who led the team that formulated the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. “She will go down in history as a scientist involved with putting together this vaccine.” State Senator Royce West was joined by other DFW area lawmakers on Zoom Thursday morning to publicly show their support for the now available vaccinations against the COVID-19 virus. State Representative Victoria Neave, State Representative, Chairman Rafael Anchía and other members of the Dallas County delegation also joined the call. West said the vaccine was not a political decision, but a “human

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issue” that everyone needed to consider. “Please take the vaccine,” he emphasized during the call. “You see what’s going on around the state, around the country and around the world.” The senator who received the vaccine Wednesday in Austin, said that while he felt “light headed for a few minutes,” immediately after receiving the vaccine, he was otherwise “feeling ok.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicated that people don’t typically have any serious side effects from vaccines in general, but there are some common side effects, including soreness where the shot was given or light headaches — that are usually mild and go away quickly on their own.

Public support for the vaccine comes as the rates for positive cases across North Texas and the state continue to spike. For the third day in a row Wednesday Dallas County reported record high hospitalizations, with 2,427 new, positive 2019 Novel Coronavirus cases. With the rapidly rising cases, Senator West urged people to consider that the benefits could outweigh the risks. “We know that they are still looking at clinical trials to see how long the vaccine will last,” he added. “But what I can tell you, is that you will have a better opportunity to weather this storm if you take the vaccine than if you don’t take it, given the number of cases that are going around.” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson,

who received the first dose of the vaccine at UT Southwestern Medical Center Thursday said that it’s easy to understand why there is hesitation in communities of color. “Our nation has an awful and reprehensible history of medical experimentation on African Americans,” he said, citing that lack of access to adequate health care also played a major role in the reluctance or refusal to get vaccinated. “While the vaccine was developed in record time it has been tested in all types of people,” he added Thursday. “These vaccines are safe, they have been proven effective and they will allow us to return to normal.” Heightened news of the vaccine

also came Thursday with the announcement of a COVID Vaccine ‘Megasite’, expected to open Monday at Fair Park in Dallas. Fair Park will be open for appointment-only vaccinations but doses will not be available to the general public or for walk-ups. “We are working feverishly to get the sites open that will increase vaccination to our 1B population next week,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a prepared statement. “It will be an effort led by Dallas County but with the help of EMTs from all of our cities.” Jenkins said the key to successfully getting the vaccine would be found in an extra measure of both diligence and patience and he urged local residents to give the process time. “(Be) patient in understanding that there’s not enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone immediately but diligent in making sure you sign up for the registration list and any other list that you may be entitled to be a part of such as with your healthcare provider,” he added. Eligible residents must register for the vaccine using a website provided by the county: https:// www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ covid-19-vaccination.php.

Man in custody in connection with 2011 Plano sexual assault case, police say By Tom Steele

The Dallas Morning News The Dallas Morning News has a collaborative partnership with Texas Metro News, that seeks to boost coverage of communities of color, particularly in southern Dallas.

A suspect in a 2011 sexual assault is now in custody, Plano police announced Friday. Jeffery Lemor Wheat, 48, was booked into the Collin County jail Friday on one count of sexual assault. WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported that Wheat’s DNA linked him to an April 2, 2011, attack on a woman at her Plano home, according to an affidavit. The assailant called the woman several days later to check on her, police said. That assault was the second in a series of attacks on women —

Surveillance footage from a convenience store in Mesquite showed a man police said was calling a sexual assault victim several days after the attack to ask how she was doing. Credit: Plano Police Department

all of them alumnae of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority who were in their 50s or 60s — over an 11-month period, which police have said were committed by the same man. On Nov. 11, 2010, the attacker

tried to sexually assault a woman in Plano. On Sept. 15, 2011, he sexually assaulted a woman in Coppell. And on Oct. 14, 2011, he sexually assaulted a woman in Shady Shores. Police have previously said

that DNA evidence conclusively connected three of the assaults, but not the first incident because it was an attempted rape and no DNA was collected. Though the victims were members of the same sorority, they did not all attend the same college or know one another. In each case, the assailant made clear he knew personal information about the victim, police said. Wheat’s arrest-warrant affidavit also said the DNA in those cases matched DNA from a 2003 sexual assault in Arlington, WFAA reported. Surveillance footage from a convenience store in Mesquite showed a man police said was calling a sexual assault victim several days after the attack to ask

NAACP receives racist message Rioter By Ashley Moss Staff writer

Days after a local NAACP branch scrambled to find a platform to broadcast its annual MLK observances after members said Facebook suspended the group’s account, the civil rights organization suffered another blow: A caller left the group a hate-filled voice message. On Monday, Garland NAACP leaders told Texas Metro News that a caller left a voicemail message on the branch’s business telephone line sometime Saturday afternoon referring to Dr. Martin Luther King by the N-word and making light of the slain civil rights leader’s death. “MLK is a good (N-word), but that’s because he’s a dead (N-word,), the caller said in the eight-second recording left on the civil rights’ organization’s voicemail. “Needless to say, I was taken back when I heard it,” said Gwendolyn Daniels, an NAACP member who manages the branch’s corporate sponsorships and organizes its annual MLK parade and other public observances. Daniels said she immediately told her family and other NAACP members. The organization reported the incident to Garland police. Daniels said she waited until after Monday’s Martin Luther King federal holiday to report the incident because she wanted to be sure the city’s police chief would be on duty. Garland Police Chief Jeff Bryan said Tuesday in an email to Ms. Daniels that he was “absolutely disgusted by this phone message.” “A call of this nature constitutes

a criminal offense and merits an immediate investigation,” the chief wrote in the email. A copy of the email was shared exclusively with Texas Metro News. Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau said the department’s criminal investigative unit would act swiftly to investigate the incident. “This is one thing we take very seriously,” he said. “If there is any kind of hate crime portrayed to any one in our city, we investigate it.” Barineau said the caller could face criminal charges, including harassment. Meanwhile, the Rev. Ronald E. Jones, who was elected Garland’s first African American mayor and who is a life member of the NAACP, called the phone message “intimidating, insulting and intolerable.” “This is despicable that anyone would call and leave such a message,” said Jones, who served three terms in office “We can’t operate in fear because someone else acted in hatred.” The Garland NAACP uses a telephone answering service which sends notification alerts with voice recordings attached after a caller has left a message. The service typically identifies the caller by the name in which their phone line is listed and by the caller’s telephone number. “When messages are left on our NAACP line, it automatically triggers an email to alert the individual whose box has received a message,” Daniels said. She received a notification alerting her of the message left in her voicemail box on Saturday afternoon. “But it was Sunday morning before I saw that email and opened it,” she said.

Jones said the branch is fortunate to have the caller identification system. “I’m glad there was a system in place to identify the number that placed the call,” he said. “If there were any violations or laws broken they should consider pressing charges.” The call to the branch comes days after Facebook suspended its account, which leaders had used to broadcast live events and to alert the public of its programming. According to branch members, Facebook said only that the branch had violated the social media platform’s community rules. Branch members, however, deny that claim. Daniels said community residents frequently compliment the branch on its educational and other informative programs. “Once our MLK virtual program aired, we were all getting texts, emails and voicemails,” praising the content of the programm, Daniels said. The Garland incident is the latest in a series of similar events across the nation. In September, Tabitha Moore, director of the Rutland Area branch of NAACP in Vermont, announced she was selling her home over after she and her children were harassed when she spoke out in favor of the Black LIves Matter movement. The harassment included defacing of a BLM sign. Her school aged daughter was harassed after she successfully persuaded her local school district to allow a BLM flag to be flown on her campus, according to reporters by the CBS-affiliated New England Cable News in Needham, Mass.

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service. According to the criminal complaint, she said, “I just know that when I saw this was happening, I was afraid he would be there. I think you already know he was there. It is such a good picture of him, and I recognized his patch.”

how she was doing. In the April 2011 case in which Wheat was arrested, the attacker knew the victim’s name, according to the affidavit obtained by WFAA. When the attacker called the woman days later, the call was traced to a convenience store in Mesquite and police were able to obtain surveillance footage of the caller. Wheat’s ex-wife told police in November that the man in that footage was her former husband, according to the affidavit. Wheat was apprehended in Crawford County, Ark., WFAA reported. His bail was set at $500,000, and he did not have an attorney listed in court records. It’s unclear whether charges have been filed in any of the other attacks. Yorker that he was in the photos from the Senate floor, and he also said that he had gone to Washington D.C. to demonstrate peacefully. Brock’s defense attorneys showed the judge his military service and his honorable discharge from the military. Texas Metro News also obtained the document with the judge’s conditions of release. Brock was ordered to turn over any passports

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The violence at the Capitol building left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer. There have been more than 100 arrests made in connection with the violence at the Capitol. Thursday, prosecutors showed the Fort Worth judge the photos of Brock on the Senate floor. An FBI agent testified that they found the military gear Brock was wearing during the riot at his Grapevine home. They wanted to prove he was a danger to the public. Brock confirmed to The New

and any weapons. He was also ordered to stay off the internet unless permitted by the courts, while remaining home on release. His trial date has not been set yet. Thursday, FBI Director Chris Wray said his agency had identified more than 200 people as suspects in the riot. He had one warning for the suspects still on the loose, “We know who you are if you’re out there, and FBI agents are coming to find you.”





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Music bingo event is hosted by Guitars and Growlers, in Richardson at, 581 Campbell Rd. Suite 101. 7-9 pm. CST. Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/music-bingo-at-guitars-and-growlers-richardson-tx-tickets-122270146299. MONDAYS are action packed evening of awesome food, refreshing drinks, great music and great fun! It’s Music Bingo at Guitars and Growlers! Music Bingo combines your favorite tunes throughout the decades, with a classic game, in a great atmosphere! “It’s a One-Stop Shop for Hand-Built Guitars and Craft Beer! Guitars & Growlers is not just about handmade guitars and local craft beer. It’s about the communities that gather around both pursuits, who support them and help them grow. Our goal is to combine the two with G&G. A fresh kitchen restaurant, that serves local craft beer and handmade instruments. The fun starts at 7pm. Free and fun to play, even more fun to win!


Free Live Online Art Class, Event by Plano Arts & Events, 1520 Ave. K Plano. It’s a free live art class, suitable for all ages and skill levels. Classes are taught using watercolor paints and modified for colored pencils, markers and crayons. No registrations - just go to the page Plano Arts & Events at noon CST and click on the live video.

Paranormal Cirque ‘21 Tour, Event by Paranormal Cirque at Town East Mall, 2063 Town East Mall, Mesquite. 7:30-9:30 pm. each day. Tickets: black.cirqueitalia.com/events/423Paranormal-Cirque-Mesquite-TX. Or call 941-704-8572 The new 2021 TOUR January 21-24 at Town East Mall This will be the HOTTEST SHOW of 2021. Prepare yourself to enter another realm that you’ll never want to leave. It’s a special concoction mixture of fear, amusement, surprise, and much more. Tickets SELL OUT FAST & are AVAILABLE NOW.

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Ja n u a ry 21 Karaoke At Tavern On The Square, 8:30-11:30 pm. TavernGarland, 601 W. State St. Garland. Sing your heart out on Thursdays at The Tavern. It’s Karaoke with DJ Hector. 89 Cent Wings in 3 AMAZING flavors! Thirsty Third Thursdays. Hosted by Painting with a Twist, 330 N. 6th St. #F Garland. 4-8 pm. It’s a little bit of PAINT, a little bit of WINE, and a whole lot of FUN!! Thirsty Third Thursdays in Downtown Garland on the third Thursday of the month from 4 to 8 p.m. Visit participating locations during their extended business hours, Check in with the host business of the month to pick up your wristband, tote bag and map. * Masks are required as appropriate while indoors or not eating/ drinking and practice social distancing at all times.

Team Derrick R3 Conference: Adam Where Art Thou Conference Host Pastor Rodney Derrick for the ground-breaking R3 Conference Series from Team Derrick Ministries online at: Facebook.com/TeamDerrickMinistries 2-3 pm CST

F e b r u a r y 1 2 -1 3 “Murder’s in the Heir” Presented by CORP at Grandville Arts Center Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St. Garland. Turn the game “Clue” into a play and you have the masterfully entertaining “Murder’s in the Heir!” Almost every character is a suspect in this hilarious murder mystery. It’s up to your audience to decide who did it! 8-10 pm. Tickets: CorpTheatre.org More dates 2-19, 20-21-2021

Participating businesses for the month of January: Painting with a Twist Garland, Garland Landmark Museum The Frocksy, Baker’s Main Street Furniture 3Q Fitness, Roach Feed & Seed Karin Wiseman Collection, Wild Grace Jimmy Wallace Guitars, Queen B Studio Find more details at https://bit.ly/3nTCyoq.

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Ja n u a ry 23 Annual DHOG Chili Cook Off. The event is hosted by Dallas Harley-Davidson, 1334 W. Centerville Rd. Garland. 10 am-1 pm. CST. Live Music, Fun, Tasting, and a good time! People’s Choice Voting begins at 1:00 pm. Register to Kerry@bestusa.com RULES: 1 – All Chili must be cooked on site from scratch the day of the event. Starting with meat raw. 2 – No fillers (Beans, Macaroni, Rice, Etc.) are permitted in the chili. Finally chopped onions and peppers are ok. 3 – Must cook at least one 4 Quart pot of chili per team to allow for People’s Choice Tasting. 4 – Turn in chili at 1 pm for Judging. 5 – People’s Choice Tasting will start at 1 pm. 6 – Awards at 2:30 pm...... Judges will not be Chapter Members

Ja n u a ry 24 4th Sunday Nature Walk: Preservation Society of Spring Creek Forest. Spring Creek Forest Preserve 1770 Holford, Garland. 2–3:30 pm. For a fun walk on your own, a Self-Guided Interpretive Trail at 1787 Holford Road that was created by the North Texas Master Naturalist chapter in Dallas. For more information, visit the Preservation Society’s website, https://springcreekforest.org/

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speakers of truth couldn’t call a lie a lie, Martin did. There’s no place where he has a problem entering. His faith is strong, as is his voice. There are so few with the freedom to speak truth to power, regardless of how often you hear their voice or see their faces. Too many with power are silent and that’s okay, as long as there’s a Roland Martin among us. The more he uses his voice to empower and uplift, the more Martin’s millions of listeners and viewers donate and grow. People are tuning in. Don’t believe me?

BIG ART DAY hosted by GISD and City of Garland, at 211 N. Fifth St. Garland. Big Art Day was an art education event featuring steamroller art, make-and-take art, and many other attractions.

M a rch 7 ASC North Texas Express Nationals. Host American Spirit Championships, at Curtis Culwell Center, Garland. 8 am-8 pm. Visit https:// a scsp ir it. co m /. . . / n o r t h -t e x a s -e x press-nationals.../ for more information on this event.

He’s on Youtube, Facebook, I Heart Radio and stay tuned because you will be hearing more about him in the future. Roland Martin has receipts and in a world where we have so many dealing with the “impostor syndrome” because they are perpetrating a fraud; he is the real deal. He’s done radio, television, print and digital. He’s an author, mentor, and the husband of the dynamic Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin. That’s why when he walks into a room, he doesn’t need an introduction. His work is there for the world to see. Rev. Al Sharpton said the hardest person to give a eulogy for is the person who has you hallucinating, because they haven’t done a thing.

Thinking from page 1 No hallucinating here, none at all. Roland Martin works tirelessly and that work is worthy of recognition. It would be a glaring oversight to not acknowledge his contributions. You can also support the only daily digital show of its kind and join the #BringTheFunk Fan Club by using PayPal, Square or CashApp. Or log on to rolandsmartin.com for more info. Read more about Roland Martin at https://texasmetronews.com/arts-entertainment/martin-makes-strideswith-digital-newscast/ or https://blackpressusa. com/roland-martin-makesstrides-with-digital-newscast/ and you should understand why he is our Person of the Year.

was named as a suspect in an Ellis County District Attorney felony investigation into vandalism of a public monument. Outgoing Ellis County DA Patrick Wilson recused himself from the case and it was transferred to Dallas County DA John Creuzot. As I write this report, Creuzot has not yet commented. Interestingly, Dallas County had a similar situation with a segregation-era water fountain that began about 18 years ago in 2003 and was resolved about 10 years later. A metal plate fell off from over a water fountain in the County Records Building in downtown Dallas. A fading “Whites Only” sign

Plaque at former Ellis County segregated water fountain. Credit: The Dallas Morning News

was revealed still visible on the wall. A longstanding debate ensued concerning what to do about the sign – paint over it or preserve and explain it as a teachable lesson. Lauren Woods, a talented Black artist – born in Kansas City Missouri but raised in Dallas -- intervened. She proposed an idea to Dallas County Commissioners in 2005 and worked eight years to raise funds and construct “A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project” that was un-

veiled in 2013. The multimedia art installation plays instructive videos from the civil rights era when anyone turns on the fountain to drink water. Unlike the Lauren Woods project, the Judge Todd Little/Constable Curtis Polk Jr./DA John Creuzot drama remains unsolved as of this writing. So far, we are left to wonder why Little took the action he did. Was his heart in the right place but his thinking not clear? Did the “vandalism” help the situation or make it worst? Meanwhile, my lesson: maybe posting a plaque and saying “don’t do this again” may not be that simple of a solution. Norma Adams-Wade is a veteran, award-winning journalist, graduate of UT-Austin and Dallas native. One of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), she was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame.





Dr. King - “The Other America“

Quit Playin’ By Vincent L. Hall

Just three weeks before James Earl Ray assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, he delivered a speech that he could offer today. Dr. King stood erect at the podium of Grosse Pointe High School near Detroit. All of his speeches, sermons, and homilies wore titles. On this day, the title was “The Other America!” Here is what Dr. King said: “There are two Americas. One America is beautiful for situation. In this America, millions of people have the milk of prosperity and the

honey of equality flowing before them. This America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, culture, and education for their minds, freedom, and human dignity for their spirits. In this America, children grow up in the sunlight of opportunity. However, there is another America. This other America has a daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair. In this other America, thousands and thousands of people, men, in particular, walk the streets in search for jobs that do not exist. In this Other America, thousands of young people are deprived of an opportunity to get an adequate education.” In 2021, too many people live in King’s “Other America.” The Other America of today is reeling from a health pandemic that ravages the poor and uninsured. In this Other America, the lack of insurance and access to affordable health care kills thousands daily. Poverty is both a pre-existing con-

dition and a stated cause of death. As if the loss of life was not enough, a moribund U.S. economy came with the disease. Black communities, who have historically faced unemployment at thrice the rate of others, are left looking for jobs (as King bemoaned) that do not exist. The Other America suffered a brutal race pandemic before COVID-19 showed up. The eight-minute video of George Floyd’s execution by the Minneapolis police went viral and shocked the entire world. However, it was business as usual in the Other America. That video, like the ones capturing the demise of Philando Castille, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, came as no surprise to the Other Americans. Atatiana Jefferson, Sandra Bland, Botham Jean, and 12 year-olds Tamir Rice and Santos Rodriguez never had a videotape to go viral. Still, their names are on the Top 100 “Best known” list of unarmed

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minorities killed by trigger-happy police. In the Other America, police abuse and unintended homicides are a daily staple. In the Other America, any one or group of protesters brazen enough to scale the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. would be executed, post-haste. In the Other America, you cannot break into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, prop your feet up on the desk and post the picture on Twitter. Martin King asked me to remind you that Miriam Carey died in a hail of bullets when she got confused near the White House. In this Other America, she died at the gate with a one-year-old infant in her back seat. And by the way, in the

Other America, there ain’t nobody standing in line to adopt Black and Brown babies, adolescents or teens. In “America the Beautiful,” the stock market is high, profits are higher, and the tax rate is low enough to fire your accountant. However, in this Other America, tens of millions are unemployed, near eviction, and hungry. The only thing they have in excess in the Other America is homelessness, mental health issues, and a lack of healthy food choices. On March 14, 1968, Dr. King rushed past more than 200 “conservative picketers” to deliver this message. He addressed a group of citizens concerned about fair housing and education. Fair housing and education are still issues in the Other America, 53 years later. There are Two Americas, but the Other America has little milk or honey to speak of. This Other America is a national disgrace! Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist, and award-winning columnist.

God, are you listening?

Faithful Utterances By Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew This week I had to relay some bad news to a childhood friend. After waiting another year, believing the best, the parole board said “no” to his release. I prayed and believed God that this time, he’d be released to go home to his family. In addition, this had been a difficult week with the funeral of my dear friend’s son and some other challenges. It seemed like there were so many things happening back-to-back that I had no control over both personally and professionally. As a person who has long believed in the power of prayer, for a moment, I began to doubt if God heard my prayer.

As I thought about similar experiences, I remember when my father was diagnosed with Cancer and I believed that God was going to heal him. I knew that my strong, 6’6 dad was going to beat the disease. After his diagnosis, he passed away three months later. I was hurt because I thought God abandoned me, that God didn’t hear my pleading to heal him. Surely, God heard my daughter who at the time was four years old praying over her grandfather for his healing! God reminded me that my prayer was heard and that my father was healed. He was not healed on this side, but he was no longer suffering. As much as I loved my father, so did God and that my father belonged to God. I realized in that moment that I was blessed for the time I had, and that God granted me the gift of my father. God heard my friend’s prayer who is incarcerated, too. My friend experienced what many of us do—when God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want them answered, we shut down and our emotions overload us. We become angry, frustrated,

and even feel betrayed. We tally all the things we’ve done or find ourselves feeling punished for the things we have not done. Our relationship with God is so similar at times with what we experience as parents. As a parent, I may tell my child an answer she does not like. She is angry and yet, she doesn’t realize that there are things I see that she is unaware of. It doesn’t make the situation better even if I were to explain it, and I allow my answer to stand. I still love her and nothing changes—at least for me. This also happens in our relationship with God. Life happens to all of us. There are real consequences for our actions and sometimes we suffer because of the actions of others. Refer to Matthew 5:45. Bad things happen to good people, too. Ultimately, we cannot control everything that happens to us, but we can control the way we respond to the events of our life. Just as God has given us free will to make decisions, we can choose to see God’s grace and mercy. In some instances, we can even acknowledge the role we may have played. For my friend who is

incarcerated, he recognizes how his decisions also impacted the lives of those who care for him. There are consequences because of our decisions (or the decisions of others) and sometimes, what we are experiencing are the results. It doesn’t mean that God loves us any less or leaves us. There are times when we do not know what we’ve done. Job had done nothing wrong and yet, he lost everything. Refer to (Job 13: 15) Despite all the losses that he experienced in his health, finances, and family, Job made

a decision to choose God even when he didn’t comprehend what was happening. He chose to trust God and to continue doing what he knew what was right. He didn’t give up. I’m being challenged as many of us are…we have the choice to see God use these experiences as opportunities for transformation or we can choose to remain angry, hurt, and resentful. The latter doesn’t serve us well and it robs us from living the abundant life we are promised. Life wasn’t promised to be easy or free from pain and loss. You are entitled to feel the way you want to but at some point, you must stand on the promises of God and believe: (Deuteronomy 31:6) God is with you even when it feels like God is not answering, listening, or moving the way we want. Focus on what God has done and develop an attitude of gratitude. There is power in your praise! Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew is an author of three books and the host of The Tapestry podcast. To listen to episodes of the podcast, visit https:// www.spreaker.com/show/the-tapestry_1 and to learn more about her work, go to https://drfroswa.com/

Black Americans vaccinated at far lower rate By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire @StacyBrownMedia

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two new vaccines to combat the coronavirus, the initial concern was whether African Americans would accept vaccination. The rollout of the medicine from Pfizer and Moderna featured heavy promotion. High-profile African Americans like former President Barack Obama, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Coronavirus Task Force Member Dr. Ebony Hilton, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson received their shots publicly. An African American nurse in New York earned distinction as the first person in the country to receive a vaccination, and Meharry Medical College President Dr. James Hildreth, a Black man, sat on the FDA board that approved the vaccines.

Now, concern has shifted from whether African Americans will accept the vaccine. Many now wonder whether doses would be available to the Black community. A new Kaiser Family Foundation report has revealed that African Americans are getting vaccinated at much lower rates than whites. The report, released on Saturday, Jan. 16, shows that in 16 U.S. states where the vaccine is available, white residents are being vaccinated by as much as three times higher than African Americans. One example is Pennsylvania, where 1.2 percent of white residents had been vaccinated, compared with just 0.3 percent of African Americans in the Keystone State. Kaiser Family Foundation researchers noted that vaccine distribution is supposed to align with healthcare and frontline workers’ demographics, presum-

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abated as cases and deaths increase, and a more contagious variant of the virus spreads, there is a greater focus on vaccine distribution troubles,” Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman wrote. The covid-19 vaccine distribution effort is in trouble, Altman demurred. According to federal data, only about a third of the more than 25 million doses distributed nationwide have been given to people. “Hundreds of different distribution programs are being organized across states and counties for frontline health workers, residents of long-term care facilities, the elderly and others that states are prioritizing in different sequences,” Altman continued. “The country needs a distribution strategy that our fragmented, multilayered healthcare system can effectively implement. This will require more federal direction, a simpler priority structure, and a different role for the states.”

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Rep. Waters warned police chief of violence eight days before attack on U.S. Capitol NNPA NEWSWIRE — Congresswoman Maxine Waters is looking for answers to exactly how the U.S. Capitol’s security was breached by an angry violent mob of Donald Trump’s supporters on January 6. By Lauren Victoria Burke Congresswoman Maxine Waters is looking for answers to exactly how the U.S. Capitol’s security was breached by an angry violent mob of Donald Trump’s supporters on January 6. A large crowd that attended the “stop the steal” rally in Washington, D.C. at The White House, heard a speech from the President that included several words to incite the crowd. Though President-elect Biden won the presidency by seven million votes and Trump’s attorney’s offered no evidence to verify any issues with the election count, Trump has insisted on lying to his supporters and claiming the election was “stolen.” “We will never give up, we will never concede,” Trump said at the rally before the Capitol was attacked. The rally had been planned weeks prior for the exact date Congress was to certify the 2020 election, which was January 6. The Capitol was attacked by Trump’s supporters who had weapons, assaulted police and broke windows to enter the U.S. Capitol. Members of the U.S. Senate and House had to be evacuated to hidden and secure locations to escape violence. The FBI has been arresting individuals who participated and charging them with federal crimes since January 7. Rep. Waters, who has been the recipient of Donald Trump’s threats for years and was sent a bomb by Trump supporter Cesar Sayoc. Sayoc was sentenced to 20 years in 2019.

In a December 31, 2020 call with recently fired Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, Rep. Waters asked questions about security. She is also calling for an investigation into the United States Capitol Police’s response to the attack on the Capitol. The U.S. Capitol Police must endure a structure that involves many civilian and political entities that can interfere and have a say in how the agency does policing. There is a governing police board that includes the Sergeants at Arms on the House and Senate side and the Architect of the Capitol. Because the U.S. Capitol Police. In a January 7 statement, Waters said, “The assault on the Capitol of the United States of America on January 6, 2020 will go down as one of the darkest days in the history of our nation. The ability of a violent mob to breach what is supposed to be one of the most secure buildings in the world is both concerning and unacceptable. Today, I write to you to join in calling for an investigation into the United States Capitol Police (USCP) and the actions they took or failed to take that led up to the breach.” “On December 31, 2020, I spoke with Chief Sund for over an hour. In this call, I raised several questions about the security of the Capitol grounds, including the plaza, the chambers, and the house office buildings. In this call, Chief Sund assured me time and time again that the plaza would be absolutely secured,” Congresswoman Waters added. “The insurrection that


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Pandemic Stress and Hair Loss

About the hair By Dr. Linda Amerson The word stress usually conjures up a situation where you are anxious, nervous, and under strain. Since late July 2020, many consumers have complained about an increase in telogen effuluvium…in layman terms means excessive hair shedding. Help is available from a board certified trichologist. There are different types of stress. • Maneageable stress gives you a zest for life, releases your creativity, and generates excitement by challenging you to stretch your abilities. • Acute stress results from the strains of everyday life. Working

Black Card By Terry Allen Matthew 7:15 states, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” When Lucille “Big Mama” Allen stood in the doorway between the kitchen and the “big room” with her hands on her hips, she was teaching us how to discern between who was good for us and who was bad for us. She loved being right! But her rightness was also a great lesson to our families as she taught us how to discern the good from the bad when we interacted with people.

from home instead of office. • Chronic stress is ongoing, and long term. The sufferer sees no way out of a stressful situation. Including, family problems, job related anxiety, and/or depression, etc. • Tramatic stress includes the impact of an overwhelming tragedy. Such as rape, accident, natural disaster, job/financial loss, or loss of a loved one, lock down in March 2020, separation from family, parents/grandparents during the holidays, hospital isolation, etc. • Stress overload that can lead to health problems, which all too often are visible on the skin, scalp and hair loss may occur, and has been occurring worldwide. If you are trying to do too much in too little time, you are functioning in permanent over drive.

Current research shows that stress can suppress your immune system, perhaps opening the door to a number of infectious diseases. Stress does not make you sick, however, it does increase your risk of being sick because of what it does to your immune system. Health experts have recommended taking vitamin and mineral supplements to also help boost your immune system. Some ailments that have been linked to stress includes the following: allergies, arthritis, asthma, back, neck and shoulder

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BIG MAMA SAID “Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, they are just false prophets!“ She would state that a wolf in sheep’s clothing will be darn good at hiding their real intentions. In my professional daily interactions, I have always dealt with many individuals who continuously wanted to advance their own agenda and had no issues hiding real intentions. That is what I learned was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Just recently the rampage at the Capitol building revealed the symbolic and actual wolf in sheep’s clothing. The “Leader” intentionally blurred the lines, manipulated the emotions of the weak and deceived an already

misinformed population to incite what can be easily perceived as an insurrection. Big Mama would say the real enemy will stop at nothing to gain ground and will have his team quote God to win. Many times the wolf disguised in sheep’s clothing knows God’s Word better than we do. 1. They love themselves and power 2. They use emotional manipulation to persuade masses and 3. They refuse to respond to conventional wisdom & course corrections

Big Mama said, “You have to maintain focus on a man who has the fruit of the spirit in his heart.” She meant a true leader will reveal himself in his words and his works. So today I honor a true leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A true civil rights legend, Dr. King fought for justice through peaceful protest—and delivered some of the 20th century’s most iconic speeches. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a civil rights legend. Who would imagine a King? King led the movement to end

segregation and counter prejudice in the United States through the means of peaceful protest. King was social Justice before it was a coined Phrase. Dr. King’s dream of people working and living together side by side in peace and harmony was his strategy. I leave you with a tribute to MLK and a question from his main message: “What are you doing for others?” Email me at terryallenpr@ gmail.com Terry Allen is an award-winning multi-media journalist and owner of 1016 media

Chef Ariane Daguin

That Celebrity Interview By Valder Beebe The Valder Beebe Show, starting 2021 with an interview with famous South of France Chef, Ariane Daguin the founder, owner and CEO of D’Artagnan, the renowned gourmet food purveyor. Famous for providing humanely-raised meats, from game and foie gras to organic chicken and prepared charcuterie, the name D’Artagnan is synonymous with top-quality food produced with care. Devoted advocates for natural, sustainable and humane production, Ariane and D’Artagnan have been at the forefront of the organic movement

in America, pioneering organic, free-range chicken (years before the FDA allowed the word “organic” on the label), and humanely-raised veal. Chef Ariane Daguin story can be read in her French-language memoir D’Artagnan à New York which was published by Grasset in 2010, and tells how she created her business in the United States. Chef Ariane is a first times guest on the Valder Beebe Show , spiking ratings with her appearance. She has been a guest on Martha Stewart’s show, and No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. Ariane hosted episodes of the Food Network’s My Country, My Kitchen, in which she traveled to her native Gascony to examine

the food culture there. Her father was a famous French Chef-André Daguin who owned, cooked, and ran the kitchen at Hôtel de France in Auch. VBS: Chef Ariane, January is hailed as Nation Soup Month. I invited you into the Valder Beebe Show studios to inspire my audience. You believe, to make a dish of soup on a Sunday, it will last all week. Get us started. CAD: Starting with natural and organic vegetables that are healthy and time saving, because you can peel and leave the skin in the soup. The ideas of cooking a big batch of delicious soup on Sunday, then try to transform it all of the rest of the week, this is time and money saving. After you eat

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the soup on Sunday, Monday, you can just use the broth, add alphabet pasta the next day and you have transformed into a different soup. Or you can take whatever meat and vegetables that are left over kind of puree by hand (with a fork) add a little cheese for another dish. Or take whatever vege-

tables are left over, add a vinaigrette and serve them as a Potiphar. VBS: What are some of the favorite soups in your home land, the South of France? CAD: A soup with duck and cabbage is the breakfast of champions. This is would the peasant would eat before going to the fields in the morning. A very robust soup with lots of cabbage, duck, smoked back, lots of garlic. VBS: These robust soups, where does my audience get recipes, and… Ariane Daguin complete interview…… SoundCloud.com/valderbeebeshow: Broadcasting to a national & global audience: ValdeBeebeShow.com ; YouTube.com/valderbeebeshow; KKVI FM Radio, KRER FM, Streaming TV, Social Media, Print Publications IMESSENGERS, Texas Metro News, and Garland Journal News.

Neal Johnson

With Love From Marva By Marva J. Sneed On “From Marva with Love,” we showcased Neal Johnson, the owner of NOW Property Investments LLC., who invests in rental properties, fixing and flipping and providing alternative ways for homeowners to sell their homes. Neal said he found his love for real estate fresh out of college. That hobby turned into a passion, and now his overall goal is to serve the community by showing people there is more than one way to sell your home and you don’t have to do it alone. MS: Welcome to the show, Mr.

Johnson. Share with us what you do. NJ: Exactly yes, thank you, so when they go to sell their homes, they might go to a realtor and they say ‘hey, I’m interested in selling my home.’ The realtor might come out to the house and say, ‘okay. I think I can sell your home at a certain price, but you’re going to have to do x amount of repairs to your house just for you to be able to sell it at this price or I’m not going to take it.’ So that’s where we come in. We come in. We’ll say, ‘we will purchase the house as-is no repairs needed and will get you the price that you need.’ MS: So for some of us who don’t understand, what does that mean when you say ‘as-is?’ NJ: Yeah, most of the time it’s

MLK/FBI At the Movies By Hollywood Hernandez MLK/FBI is a powerful documentary by director Sam Pollard, who co-directed 4 LITTLE GIRLS with Spike Lee in 1997. The movie is not so much about

the historic accomplishments of Dr. King; but rather about the war that was waged by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI against MLK. Hoover, who once called King “the most dangerous Negro in America,” put together a special team of G-men whose mission was to find embarrassing information about King’s personal life to discredit him as a civil rights leader. The movie is based on recently-released information on King’s

only worth less because it needs a lot of repairs. Most of the homes that we purchased are homes that usually need repairs. Homes that need help, like $50,000 worth of work or sometimes they just need to get out of their homes just simply because they inherited the home and they can’t afford the taxes on it. Or they’re relocating and they just want to sell it real quick and they know if they go with the realtor it might take them up to 30 days with financing or sometimes up to like six or seven months just because with the market and everything you just never really know. So what I say is when we come to the homeowner’s home, we can assess if this house can be on the market or not. If it’s able to be on

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the market we’ll go in the house and we will tell the homeowner, ‘Hey, you don’t need much work.’ And we’ll just refer them to a realtor so they can get that market value-priced. But even if they tell us, ‘hey Neal, I understand I can surveillance that was recently declassified. The movie takes us back to the darkest days in the history of the FBI when King was harrassed and illegally spied on by the organization. It also raises questions about the FBI’s knowledge of King’s assassination attempt. If a whole team of agents were spying on King why wasn’t anything done to stop, or at least warn, King about the plot on his life? The movie is brilliantly shot using voiceovers of historical figures, like Andrew Young, without ever

get the market value price, but look, I need to sell my house fast here and I understand that the realtor just not going to get it done in the time that I need,’ then that’s where we come in. There was so much in the interview with Mr. Johnson. To hear the full interview go to BlogTalkRadio.com Link: http:// bit.ly/2LQSx81and on Facebook. com@TexasMetroNews to see the video. To Contact Mr. Johnson, visit his website Now Property Investments: www. nowpropertyinvest.com. Tune in to “from Marva with Love” on Fridays from 11 am-1 pm. “From Marva with Love” BlogTalkRadio.com/Cheryl’s World Texas Metro News email: marvasneed@myimessenger.com.

breaking from the archival footage of Dr. King. It gives you the feeling that you were actually there witnessing history as it unfolded. MLK/FBI uses the newly-released information to give a true picture of one of the greatest civil right champions in American history who, with all of his flaws, fought for equality. He risked his own life with a nonviolent movement that in the end took his life. MLK/FBI is available on Prime Video just in time for the MLK Holiday. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate this movie a JUMBO.






Virtual and liVe Community Calendar

Human Trafficking Awareness Month January 21

Hilti Corporate Spotlight: Tools of the Trade Hosted by National Black MBA Association-DFW Chapter, Tickets: 2021-hilti-spotlight.eventbrite.com. 6 pm. Small Business Webinars by Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce RSVP: www.USBlackChambers. org/webinars 2 pm. FREE Virtual Cooking Session with Chewz Lyfe. Hosted by National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - Dallas Metropolitan Chapter. On line event. Reg: https://zcu.io/6qaB 7-8 pm. Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn Housing and Wealth Creation: The Future of Housing. One line event: www.Eventbrite.com. 12-1:15 pm. Budget & Credit in Uncertain Times Virtual Workshop, Presented by Chase Bank Community Manager, Terri Thomas 6:30–7:30 pm. Free. Register: http://bit.ly/39ChwnT. Election Aftermath: Where Do We Go From Here. Event by Omicron Sigma Chapter - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Speaker Sherasa Thomas, Collin County NAACP. On Line via Eventbrite.com. 7-8:30 pm.

January 22 TGIT Thank God It’s 2021! Hosted by Minority Behavioral Health Provider Network. Free tickets: Eventbrite.com. 10 am–12:30 pm. CST. Dallas Farmers Market Drink Dash at Dallas Farmers Market, 920. S. Harwood. Tickets: Eventbrite.com. 5-8 pm. CST. Online Spiritual Care Sessions Hosted by Friendship-West Baptist Church. 1-2:30 pm. Tickets: https://zoom.us/j/8567036848.

FREE COVID-19 Testing at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. 10 am-4 pm. and food boxes will be given out for free as well. First come first serve until gone.

DBDT Legacy Performance-Virtual. Hosted by Dallas Black Dance Theatre. On Line event: https://www.eventbrite. com/.../dbdt-legacy-performance. 7– 9 pm CST. 39th Annual MLK Scholarship and Awards Gala. This will be a Virtual event: bit. ly//2021MLKGALA. 5:15 pm. CST.

January 24 The EPIC Return of BeatStreet Poetry Live Sunday Social. Hosted by Verb Kulture Ent., The Free Man and BeatStreet Poetry Live. The Free Man, 2626 Commerce St. 5-8 pm. Tickets: https://www.verbkultureevents.com. Parkland Free flu shots at Parkland’s Neighborhood Clinics, 9-12 pm & 1-4 pm. at: Hatcher Station Women’s Health Center, 4600 Scyene Road, Dallas.

Valder Beebe Show interviews Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You! Star Josh Dela Cruz. Also guest: Dr. Stephen Cha, Chief Medical Officer United Healthcare. Tune in at KKVIDFW.COM FM 89.9. 12 pm. Marvelous Marriage Mondays at Friendship-West Baptist Church Register for Virtual event, online at friendshipwest. zoom.us/.../upcpcOmhqz4rqNU 7-8 pm.

January 26 A Real Conversation with Iyanla Vanzant, host AARP Black Community. Online: Facebook.com/AARP Black Community. 4 pm CST.

January 27-29 Virtual NNPA 2021 Mid-Winter Training Conference. The Black Press of America: Challenges, Responsibilities, Opportunities & COVID-19 Pandemic 6-8 pm. Free Reg; Eventbrite.com.

Sundance Film Festival: Dallas [Satellite Screen] Hosted by Sun dance Film Festival and Texas Theatre. Tickets: thetexastheatre.com/series/sundace-film-festival-2021. 6:30 am.

January 28

Small Business Webinars. Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce. RSVP: www.USBlackChambers. org/webinars 2 pm. King 2021 Lecture & Series: Where Do We Go From Here? Speaker: Rev. Dr. William Barber, II. Facing 2021 and Beyond. 5-6:30 pm CST. Online: morehouse.zoom.us. The Great Migration, Reconsidered Online Event host: Newberry Library. At 4 pm CST. Register: https://bit.ly/3oWd6ie.

January 29 Virtual Vision Board Party: Looking Beyond 2020. Online Event by Diamond Hill Community Center at 6 pm. Sign up: Text 81010 message: @mallumsd.

In The Middle with Ashley Moss. “Talking about topics that Matter” Join in on Facebook/@TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio. com at 11 am-1 pm. CST. Mondays. Join the conversation call 646-2000459.

DFW News & Tings with Jirah Nicole. From 11 am-1 pm. CST Tuesday’s on Facebook Live/@TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio. com. Call in and join the conversation at 646-200-0459. Doc Shep Speaks Show! A fresh perspective, but still entertaining! Welcome to The Doc Shep Speaks Show!!!. Tuesdays at 11 am. CST Live on Facebook/@TexasMetroNews, @ fnsconsulting, and YouTube Live @ docshepspeaks.

I Was Just Thinking with Norma Adams-Wade “History Class is in Session” Join in on Facebook/@ TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio.com at 11 am -1 pm. CST. Wednesdays. Join the conversation call 646-200-0459. From Marva with Love with Marva Sneed from11 am -1 pm. CST, Fridays on Facebook Live/@TexasMetroNews, and BlogTalkRadio.com. Call in and join the conversation at 646-2000459.

January 30 FREE COVID-19 Testing at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. 10 am-4 pm. and food boxes will be given out for free as well. First come first serve until gone. Eldercare Webinar: Taking Care of Self & Navigating the System. Host Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Virtual Reg: tinyurl.com 9 am-12 pm.

January –Feb. 1 Virtual Denton Black Film Festival, host Denton Black Film Festival. On line: www. dbff.eventive.org. 10 am.

Andrew’s World with host Andrew Whigham III on BlogTalkRadio.com 8 am.-10 am. CST. Sundays Tune in for thought-provoking, enlightening, informative, and entertaining news and commentary. Join the call 646-200-0459. on

January 28-Feb. 3

Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Virtual Networking Mixer 2021. Reg: irvinghcctx.chambermaster.com 5-6 pm.

Small Business Webinars. Texas Association of African American C. C. RSVP: www.USBlackChambers.org/webinars. 2 pm.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Dallas Alumnae Chapter. Founder’s Day Celebration Virtual Event. Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd. Tickets: www.dallasalumnae.org.

Michael Eric Dyson @ Diversity Lecture Series host GRCC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. On line RSVP: tinyurl.com/DysonRSVP. 5 pm. CST.

Happy Birthday to Bethany Sargent

Greater Garth Chapel A.M.E. Church, Serving Our Community. Free hot meals and sack lunches Fridays 4 pm. at 2828 Carpenter Ave. Dallas.

Happy Birthday to Jessica Hayden

Lunch & Learn: Federal Programs to Help Small Businesses. Hosted by Zan W Holmes Jr Community Outreach Center. Presented by Ahmad Goree, SBA Online: www.zwhjcoc.org. 11:30 am–1 pm CST.

Ahyonz Kenya C at The Attaché Cigar, 4099 Camp Wisdom Rd. #101. 9 pm. $10 advance ticket via Cash App $TheAttache.

2021 SAM Workshop Hosted by Arlington Black Chamber of Commerce. 10-11:30 am via Zoom: Link: https://lnkd.in/g8trJg. Info: 214-920-2436.

January 23

Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez Live on Facebook @HollywoodHernandez, at 2 pm.

January 25

The Bear Creek Food Distribution Mon, Wed, & Fri. 11 am-3 pm. 2700 Finley Rd. Irving. Drive-Thru.

2nd Annual Equity Indicators Symposium. Virtual Event, 8:30-12 pm. RSVP:bit.ly//2021EquitySyposium.

January 27

Reading As Activism Discusses Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. At 12 pm. Online: us02web.zoom.us.






WNBA’s Orange Hoodie Named Best Fashion Statement By Dorothy J. Gentry Sports Editor

The WNBA Orange Hoodie, which took the sports, social media AND the fashion world by storm, was named Best Fashion Statement of 2020 by the Sports Business Journal. The publication, known for its annual Year End Awards, chose the 2020 winners to celebrate achievements and impact in the year in different sports categories. The Orange Hoodie became a surprise hit last year. Believed to have been worn publicly first by the late Kobe Bryant, it grew in popularity as NBA players like LeBron James, DeMar Derozan and Jayson Tatum, WNBA players like Sue Bird and A’ja Wilson, and other sports

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stars, musicians, entertainers and more began to sport them. They soon became a household, musthave item with teenagers, house-

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to act. “No one should have lost their lives and the trauma that those individuals suffered will be felt for years to come,” she said. Members of the House of Representatives, including 10 Republicans and all Democrats, voted 232 to 197 in favor of a resolution citing President Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors” associated with his role in the insurrection. Last Wednesday, hundreds of rioters, some armed, forced their way into the Capitol building, which was closed to the public, overtaking a woefully undermanned Capitol Police force in one of the worst breaches of security in US history. The rioters broke windows, defaced furniture and office name plates of Congress members. Many of the protestors forced their way onto the House floor where debate had begun regarding the Electoral College confirmation of the November 2020 presidential election. Prior to their breaking into the Capitol, protestors gathered and listened to President Trump during a rally elsewhere across the District of Columbia. The president told the protestors to “fight like hell” and to march to the Capitol in protest of the November Presidential election. The President has repeatedly said the election included illegal votes and had been unfairly “stolen” from him. DeSoto City Councilwoman Kaye Brown-Patrick said it was at President Trump’s urgence of the protestors to “fight like hell” that incited the insurrection. “It was a blatant display of attack on the rule of order,” she said, adding that the Commander-inChief’s language, verbiage and refusal to denounce the actions of the rioters that created a hostile environment among the insurgents. “Pressure bursts pipes,” she said. After bursting their way into the Capitol, rioters took over some empty Congressional offices. One rioter took selfies of himself with his foot on the office desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Social media images captured the rioter saying he had taken mail off

the House Speaker’s desk. In the end, one Capitol police officer lay dead after he was trumpled, dragged and beaten during the melee. Two officers committed suicide in the days after the insurgence as images of the security breach were broadcast around the world. A California woman who was dressed in military gear died after she was shot by a Capitol police officer when she and other rioters banged against a doorway that officers had blockaded.

wives and more ordering them then quickly posting selfies on social media as they became members of the “Secret Orange Hoodie Society.” I even have one!!! https://www.wnba.com/photos/nba-players-celebs-don-wnba-hoodie/# Other winners of the 2020 YearEnd Awards include Arlington’s Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, which was named Best Facility Debut; Jason Wright, an African American businessman who was named president of the NFL’s Washington Football Team (Best Hire); Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs (Sports Business Athlete of the Year); and the 10-part Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance” (Best Content). Additional winners list: • Best Creative: NFL’s The Next 100 and Nike’s You Can’t Stop Us (co-winners) • Best Deal: Steve Cohen buys the New York Mets • Best Reinvention: Las Vegas Raiders • Best Sports City: Los Angeles • Best Esports Content: NASCAR’s iRacing • Best Pivot: Sports in a bubble • Best Community Effort: Sports venues as polling places • Best New Brand: Seattle Kraken • Best Facility Debut: Globe Life Field

We can’t afford to hold our breath for another four years.” All North Texas Congressional Democrats voted in favor of the resolution to impeach the President. All Republican representatives voted against it. U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, who had earlier expressed frustration over last week’s riot, said he never thought he would have had the”unprecedented role of voting to impeach a sitting president two different times.”

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did not. I implore Republicans in the Senate to put partisanship aside and vote on this article of impeachment immediately. The future of ‘We the people’ and our democracy cannot wait another second.” The U.S. Senate now will consider the single charge against President Trump and will schedule a trial, although it was unclear Wednesday when that trial would be held. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he does not

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Texas State Rep. Toni Rose, D-Dallas, also blamed the President for the violent protests. “Last week’s planned insurrection against the United States is the culmination of irrational, violent rhetoric from an increasingly desperate man,” said Rose who was recently elected first vice-chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus. Wednesday’s vote is the first time in history that a president has been impeached twice. On Dec. 18, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in relation to a telephone call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Janis McHenry, President, TRICITIES Unit, NAACP, welcomed the second impeachment. “I’m happy to see him impeached again. However, our democracy is still threatened if the Senate does not proceed to convict him. Donald Trump and his supporters will not go away.

However, he said, the president’s behavior called for swift action to immediately remove Donald Trump from the nation’s highest office. “Last week, Donald Trump instigated a violent insurrection against America while my colleagues and I convened to do our Constitutional duty of certifying the states’ results of the Electoral College for the next president of the United States,” he said. “His incitement of a violent mob of his supporters resulted in multiple deaths, put countless lives at risk and led to the desecration of the hallowed halls of our United States Capitol building. He called President Trump “an absolute threat to our democracy.” “That is why I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues to hold this president accountable for his dangerous actions by impeaching him today,” he said in a written statement. “History will look back on this moment to see who stood with democracy and who

expect to hold a trial before the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden on Jan. 19. Texas Democrats called for Texas’s Congressional leadership to set aside party politics and, regardless of whether the president is sitting, should hold a trial. “Now, (U.S. Sens.) John Cornyn, R-San Antonio, Ted Cruz, R-Houston, and the United States Senate must review the evidence and act according to the Constitution. Partisanship must be pushed aside and our elected officials must put the rule of law above all else,” said Gilberto Hinojosa, Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party. “Trump is a clear and present danger to our country, and the Senate should conduct this impeachment trial expeditiously and remove him from office immediately. June Jenkins, president of the Collin County NAACP, agreed. “I think it’s important to ensure that he can’t run again. If charges aren’t brought against him, he will try to run again. I think he’s

a danger to our country. When it comes to our Constitution, what he did last week was a violation. He did not protect the people of this country. His words were intentional and incited the riots that occurred afterwards. It was domestic terrorism. If it were (former President) Barack Obama, it would not have taken seven days to get to this day.” Some community residents said Wednesday’s impeachment could offer a restoral of hope in government and begin a nationwide renewal among citizens, “The impeachment of President Trump was necessary for America to start the healing process and unify as a country,” said Shaunte Allen, the Place 5, City Council Member in Glenn Heights. “Five people are dead and hundreds injured from the horrific riot he incited on last Wednesday. My prayers are with those families,:” she said. “I am hopeful that the Senate will prosecute and indict him for the crimes he has committed. It has been four years too long.” Deyana Wilson, 20, and cofounder of the Hurst-based Coalition for Equity Development, said she is encouraged by Wednesday’s Congressional vote impeaching President Trump. “After helplessly watching President Trump get elected into office four years ago and watching the country slip backwards instead of forward in regards to racism, I, and many of my peers, were determined to make our voices be heard by protesting and successfully voting him out,” said Wilson, a student at the University of North Texas who majors in jazz studies. “To have him voted out and impeached gives me hope,” Wilson said, adding llathat she did not vote for Trump. “Although we have a long way to go to heal our country this is a really big step. It sets an example that no one is above the law, not even the president, just as our Founding Fathers wanted it to be. Hopefully, he pays for his crimes against his own supporters and the damage he has done on American democracy.” said Wilson, who is involved in the BLM work and cast her first vote for U.S. President in 2020. Texas Metro News Staff Writers Ashley Moss, Marva Sneed, Jirah Mickle, Eva Coleman and Valerie Fields Hill contributed to this report.

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