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My Plan

to Lift Every Voice in Black America

United We Stand

By Joe Biden Special to the Garland Journal

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There is injustice in America. There is discrimination. There is a legacy of racism and inequality that lives still in our institutions, our laws, and in too many people’s hearts that makes it harder for Black people to succeed. These are facts in the United States of America in 2020, and we must all do more to move our

nation closer to the ideals inlaid at our founding—that all women and men are created equal. This year has also brought us too many examples of the dangers Black people can face in the course of going about their lives. With grieving hearts, we learned to say the names of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and many more. I’ve spent time with the families of George Floyd and Jacob Blake, sharing their grief and anSee MY PLAN, page 7

Mamie Till still speaks for Black mothers Alayna Smith

Ayanna, because even though I brought them up understanding the importance of voting; I felt the need to encourage, inspire, urge and give that last little push, if needed, to the polls. Which brings me to my truth. I always vote but I haven’t always been happy with the choices. For numerous reasons, there have been times when I have had to hold my nose, say a prayer and even shake my head as I cast that oh so important vote. And for years I have written about elections; my first was the presidential election that pitted President Jimmy Carter and Republican nominee Ronald Reagan. See MY TRUTH, page 5

I WAS JUST THINKING By Norma Adams-Wade Images of Black men and women killed mainly by police scroll across the screen. Percussion and stringed instruments smoothly croon plaintive jazz music in the background. Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson’s words pierce the sound as she boldly states the case for Black mothers. God made us mothers of a people who are othered In the land of the free and the brave, it’s our kids winding up in graves Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson is known for her passionate delivery of a Sunday sermon. This senior pastor of Hamilton

Park United Methodist Church in North Dallas is known for rallying the public when there’s a social cause that needs attention and for being a “first” in many arenas. But the trailblazing woman of the cloth faced a recent motherly concern that she says stopped her cold. The experience forced this author of nine books to pen a poetic spoken-word message for all mothers of Black sons, and even Black daughters, who are forced to live in today’s world where she says their “pigmentation leads to criminalization.” The spoken-word poem is “Concerned Black Mothers’ Anthem.” The Charlotte, N. C. native, wrote and recites the poem in a two minute, 34 second YouTube video, complete with music, historic and current videos, photographs, and lines from the spoken-word that

and to not look threatening or make them feel ill at ease else our kids end up in the street under a policeman’s knee.

Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson

flash over images. The anthem tells how iconic mother, Mamie Till, is a role model for modern mothers who grapple with fear when their Black sons and daughters go out into a world that fears Black skin. Mothering while Black has always been complicated. Gotta teach our kids how to be assimilated

In a Texas Metro News interview, Dr. Patterson, herself the daughter of a policeman and school teacher, said the piece began to form in her head and heart after one of her two adult sons told her about a recent incident where he was called the N-word as a car drove past her own home in Dallas. This familiar media personality – who hold various degrees, serves on various boards, and is also a relationship counselor -- said the conversation added to her foreboding as a Black mother. And it compelled her as an activist minister who has spoken out and taken stands following national racial See MOTHERS, page 6






Virtual and liVe Community Calendar

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Now – Oct. 30 Early Voting now through October 30th. Poles are open from 7 am-7 pm. Find a polling place: https;//dallascountyvotes.org. For all voting information in Texas: VoteTexas.gov

Now-Nov.8 My Red Hand My Black Hand, Presented by Cara Mia & Soul Rep Theatre. Streamed auto play. See the preview performance at 7:30 pm.- Indigenous People’s Day - For tickets: www. caramiatheatre.org or www.soulrep.org for tickets, more info.

October 22 Think Like An Olympian, Hosts, City of Balch Springs & Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Speaker: Johnny Quinn, U.S. Olympian, Former Pro Football Player. Virtual Luncheon: ceo@balchspringschamber.org. 12-1 pm. Monthly Center Table Fall Harvest to Provide Families In Oak Cliff and Nearby Neighborhoods with Food Boxes at The Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center. For more info, go to markcubanheroescenter.org or call 214-379-7451. Undesign the Redline Virtual Tour Hosted by City of Dallas City Hall. Virtual event Tickets: bit.ly/3coKRD4. 6-7:30 pm.

Oct. 23-24 Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Ranch Rodeo, host Red Steagall. Ft. Worth Stockyards. 8 pm. Tickets:stockyardrodeo.com. Forest of Fear, One of the best displays of Halloween spirit. Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd. Grand Prairie. Fri. & Sat. 7-10 pm.

October 23

Entrepreneur & Small Business Conference: The Future of Entrepreneurship. Host: Dell Technologies. Online event Reg: Eventbrite.com. 9 am-2 pm.

October 24 Happy Birthday to Nena Hayden 11th Annual Duncanville Fire Truck Pull. Hosted by Duncanville Police Department at Armstrong Park 100 James Collins Blvd. 8:00pm–1:00 pm. Tickets: https:// www.givegab.com/ Sunday Happy Hour, NABJ Media Related Task Force, with host Terry Allen, Guests: Kathy Chaney NABJ, Vice President-Print 5:30 pm CST. Reg: https://bit.ly/2FOlwGG bring your best drink and enjoy the best in online networking! 15 Annual Day of Dignity Giving back to Humanity at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2922 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Car Drive Thru. Info call 214-421-3839. FREE COVID-19 Testing hosted by R&R Naturals Partners with GoLabUSA at Precision Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, 2120 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving. 10 am -4 pm. Register: randrnaturals. com/covid. Info.: www.covidawarenessmonth.com. Dallas Black Dance Theatre Celebrates African American dance masters in Tribute. Choreographed by Matthew Rushing Associate Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Virtual start at 7 pm CDT RSVP at www.DBDT.com. Mali Music performs LIVE! Host Couch Will Call. Show starts at 10:00 pm (EST) 9:00 pm (CST) 7:00 pm (PST). Tickets: couchwillcall.com. Users who purchase tickets will receive a link to show one hour before Showtime. 2020 Art Walk West. Host, West Dallas Chamber of Commerce. A celebration of the creative culture in West Dallas. Fabrication St. 11 am-6 pm. Tickets: Eventbrite.com Virtual and Drive-Thru.

DeSoto Fourth Friday Concert - DeSoto Gospel Live. Hosted by Arts DeSoto. The City of DeSoto is going VIRTUAL! Back by popular demand, DeSoto Fourth Friday Music Series online! On Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArtsDeSoto and on the website at www.ArtsDeSoto.com. 8 - 9 pm.

Paul Quinn College #SafeForMyCity Free COVID-19 Testing, (10 am-4 pm) and free food boxes from Services of Hope 10-11:30 am. 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd.

The Valder Beebe Show on KKVIDFW.com at 9 am. CT. Guest professional contractor Chip Wade a returning guest stops by the show while currently filming new show for HGTV and DIY.

10th Annual Denton Blues Festival. Karaoke performances will kick off at 10 am. followed by Virtual Blues performances from the past 9 years. Info: www.dentonbluesfestival.com.

October 25 Chosen Generation Youth Worship. Host Friendship-West Baptist Church, 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Stream 11:15 am-12:30 pm. Facebook: www.facebook.com/CHOSENFWBC/


Oct. 26-30 bigBang20 Equity IN Action: The Next 100 Years. Dr. Michael Sorrell & Moderator Destiny Modeste online event. Reg: bigbangtx.com.

October 26 Marvelous Marriage Mondays at Friendship-West Baptist Church Register for Virtual event, online at friendshipwest. zoom.us/.../upcpcOmhqz4rqNU 7-8 pm.

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Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium. Hosted by Comerica Bank Register here: https://cmabk.com/mmq84. 11:30 am-2 pm.

Oct. 28-30 Power Networking Conference 2020; host Dr. George C. Fraser, Co/host, Deland A. Johnson & MC Dr. Stacie Grant. Register: https://bit.ly/3jXf27z.

October 28 Ask Dr. Amerson Show at 11am CST September is Alopecia Awareness Month. Dr. Linda discusses healthy hair and scalp talk, and alopecia talk, on FB Live and DfwiRadio.com. Hairandscalpessentials.com. First Responder Appreciation Day at Torchy’s Tacos 1805 N. Collins St. #151, Arlington. 10 am-9 pm.

October 29 Aspire-Toast to Literacy 2020. Free Online Event register: https://one.bidpal.net/toasttoliteracy. 7 pm. Continuing the Conversation Host Family Gateway. A Zoom Panel Discussion Session. Register: Eventbrite.com. 12-1 pm.

Andrew’s World with host Andrew Whigham III on BlogTalkRadio. com 8 am.-10 am. Sundays Tune in for thought-provoking, enlightening, informative, and entertaining news and commentary. Join the call at 646-200-0459 on AnIn The Middle with Ashley Moss. “Talking about topics that Matter” Join in in Facebook/@TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio.com at 11 am-1 pm. Mondays. Join the conversation call 646-200-0459.

Doc Shep Speaks Show! A fresh perspective, but still entertaining! Welcome to The Doc Shep Speaks Show!!!. Tuesdays at 11 am Live on Facebook/@TexasMetroNews & Blog Talk Radio.com Join the conversation 646-200-0459.

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 Wednesdays. Join the conversation call 646-200-0459. The Bare Truth with Allana J. Baredierld. “Always Audacious, Accurte and Authentic” On Facebiik/@TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio. at 11 am-1 pm. Thursdays. Join the call at 646200-0459 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 646-200-0459.

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Oct. 25-28 Jesus + Justice Hosted by Eastern Star Church. Virtual Event. Speaker: Dr. Fredrick D. Haynes, III. 10-25 at 8:15 am CST, 1026-28 at 6 pm CST.

The Valder Beebe Show on KKVIDFW. COM 9 am. CT. Guest: April Reign is activist who coined the hashtag #OscarSoWhite.

One Is Enough ASK ALMA By Alma Gill Dear Alma, My girlfriend and I have been together six months. I enjoy our relationship, except for one problem: She thinks I might be attracted to her sister, even though I’m not. They live together, so that makes this situation crazy. They fuss and fight when I visit, so now I’m not allowed to talk

to her sister or be in the same room with her. My girlfriend has been hurt by her sister before, and that is where this comes from. I would never hurt my girl like that. What can I do to help her get over this? One is enough Dear One is enough: Sounds to me like those sisters have a boatload of unresolved issues, and you’ve landed smack dab in the middle of their madness. My first instinct is to tell you to

keep it moving and not waste any more of your time. This is not your problem to fix. As unimpressed by her (and her sister) as I am, your email is tugging at my heartstrings. I can tell you must be serious since you’re searching for peace and relief inside this storm of distrust. I think it’s sweet you wanna smooth things over with your new boo, but you know how we do here at Ask Alma -- the truth has gotta be told: You’ve got a hot mess on your plate, baby boy. If both women are knee deep

naked in wicked amour and attitude, you may be fighting an endless mêlée you can’t win. That being said, my mind’s eye is telling me you can’t let go without giving it your best shot, so let’s get started. Have a conversation with your girlfriend about trust. Remind her that your relationship won’t last without it. Tell her you trust her and that you need her to trust you, unless you give her reasons not to. The trust she has for you should be based solely on your actions, not the actions of a boyfriend from

her past. Discuss what’s necessary for her to shed her excess baggage, duffel bags, paper bags; sorry, I got caught up. You feeling me? Otherwise you’ll have to leave her living in the past. I’m gonna close my eyes, throw a penny in a pond, and wish you’re not wasting your time. When it comes to love, life’s too short to knock out a window just to get in the house. Heaven knows good love opens the front door…wide, warm and welcoming. Alma





As Clinical Trials halt, U.S. COVID cases surge By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Eli Lilly announced this week that it would pause a government-sponsored COVID-19 clinical trial because of a potential safety concern. The drug manufacturer did not specify the concern, but the experimental vaccine is reportedly similar to the one President Donald Trump has claimed cured him of the coronavirus. Earlier, Johnson & Johnson put the brakes on a COVID-19 vaccine trial after the company noted an “unexplained illness” reported by a participant. In September, Great Britain

officials held off on a potential vaccine when a participant reported a concerning reaction. The difficulty in producing a vaccine for the deadly virus comes as a new wave of COVID-19 infection has begun. Data provided by Johns Hopkins University in Maryland revealed that the U.S. surpassed 51,000 new daily cases on Oct. 13, marking the first time in over two months that the number exceeded 50,000. The average daily number of new cases stands at 48 percent higher than two months ago when 34,354 were reported. More than 36,000 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized on Oct. 13, the highest number recorded since August.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that African Americans remain three times as likely as whites to contract the coronavirus, five times as likely to end up in the hospital, and twice as likely to die from COVID-19. While the race and ethnicity of those who contract the virus are known in just 52 percent of cases, 7 of the 10 U.S. counties with the highest death rates from COVID-19 have populations where people of color make up the majority, according to data compiled by USA Today. Of the top 50 counties with the highest death rates, 31 are populated mostly by people of color. “Put simply, America’s history

of racism was itself a preexisting condition,” study authors wrote for USA Today. Additionally, one report noted that had African Americans died at the same rate as whites; approximately 20,800 Black people would still be alive. Dr. James Hildreth, the president of the historically Black Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, told the Black Press that his school is among four HBCUs preparing to host on campus COVID-19 clinical trials. Dr. Hildreth previously advised against any vaccine touted by Trump, where the president exclaimed would be ready before Election Day. “It’s true that Black people

have little trust in clinical trials, and that’s understandable,” Dr. Hildreth stressed. “We’ve engendered a level of trust with communities of color that other organizations just don’t have, and it’s imperative for us as HBCUs to rise to this occasion.” Dr. Hildreth noted that Meharry’s trial would feature a vaccine made by Novavax. “I’ll be the first patient,” Dr. Hildreth said, again punctuating the trust that’s needed to secure African American participants. “By engaging with the four Black medical schools, [participants] will have individuals who look like them, sitting across the table, having these conversations, and we think that’s going to make a huge difference.”


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Vote for Them!

QUIT PLAYIN By Vincent L. Hall Sunday, September 15, 1963, was just another day in the life of four little African American girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. However, by 10:22 a.m. it became evident that there was a different teacher on the Sunday school roster. The history of American apartheid and discrimination was on full display. The Jim Crow South was evil and it sentenced them to death. The Congressional court summoned by the late John F. Kennedy and led by President Lyndon Johnson was solidly in deference to many Southerners. The Civil Rights Bill and Voting Rights Act

passed in Congress. Some historians speculate that of all the vile and vicious attacks by the Klan and other supremacist militias, killing these young girls was the most disgusting, but paid the highest dividends. Some of the Civil rights activists of that day placed the blame squarely on Alabama’s Governor, George Wallace. Just one week before the bombing, Wallace either brazenly declared or properly prophesied these murders. The Governor of Alabama and the chief spokesperson for “states’ rights told the New York Times that to stop integration, Alabama needed a “few first-class funerals.” There is no doubt that Wallace wanted a King funeral, but he ended up with four princesses instead. According to a Washington Post story the next day, “Thousands of hysterical Negroes poured into the area around the church, and police fought for two hours, firing rifles into the air to control them. When the crowd broke up, scattered shootings and stonings erupted through the city.” Birmingham Police killed two Negro teens, Johnny Robinson and Virgil Ware, 16 and 13, respectively.

Addie Mae Collins (14), Denise McNair (11), Carole Robertson (14), Cynthia Wesley (14)

Robert Chambliss, a card-carrying cadet of the Ku Klux Klan, was identified as the church bomber. A witness alleged that he placed 19 sticks of dynamite under the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church’s steps. Chambliss was arrested, charged with murder and the possession of 122 sticks of dynamite without a permit. Nevertheless, on October 8, 1963, Chambliss, aka “Dynamite Bob,” was found not guilty of murder. Instead, he received a hundred-dollar fine and a six-month jail sentence for having the dynamite. The church bombing and

this blatant betrayal of the law marked a turning point in the civil rights movement. White Northerners were incensed. They had witnessed the peaceful assembly of 250,000 protesters two weeks earlier. The March on Washington, spearheaded by Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream,” offered an opportunity. The church bombing served as a pointed example of the racism and hatred King denounced. In 14 days, America went from hopeful to dreadful. In November 1977, Chambliss was

tried again for the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. At the age of 73, Chambliss was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Chambliss died in an Alabama prison on October 29, 1985. But the lives of the four little girls should never die. These martyrs would never know they were destined for eternal fame 57 years ago. It belittles, and it besmirches their legacy that African Americans must be courted and cajoled to go to the polls. After the deaths of 14-year-olds Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Adie Mae Collins, and 11-year-old Denise McNair, we should always be the first to arrive and the last to leave whenever a ballot is available. George Wallace’s campaign for White Supremacy and segregation was defeated in 1963. In 2020, Donald Trump’s campaign that will not condemn racism and White Nationalism is on the ballot! Vote him out in respect and regard of the four little girls we lost 57 years ago. The polls are open NOW! Go Vote! Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist, and award-winning columnist.

Monsters are scary, so are brilliant Black women

THE LAST WORD By Dr. Julianne Malveaux I was frightened of monsters when I was a child. Not so sure why, but my brother, who loved to plague me, used to tell me they were lurking under my bed. I shook, and I shivered, and I cried for fear that one of those dreaded monsters would rise from under the bed to strangle me. I don’t know what got me over my fear of monsters. Perhaps I realized that my brother got perverse pleasure by mocking me. In any case, one day, he told me that there was a monster under my bed, and I laughed in his face. And the monster myth lost its hold on me. I got over my fear of monsters, but Donald John Trump is holding on to his fear of his. His demons are brilliant Black women, like Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Fredericka Wilson. He ridicules anyone who oppo-

ses him, but he saves his tartest barbs for Black women. We are his monsters, the folks lurking under his bed, inside his consciousness, willing to call him out. According to one dictionary definition, monsters are “a type of grotesque creature, whose appearance frightens and whose powers of destruction threaten the human world’s social or moral order. A monster can also be like a human, but in folklore, they are commonly portrayed as the lowest class, as mutants, deformed, supernatural, and otherworldly.” Monsters, threatening the white male social order. Monsters like Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris. I wrap myself in the epithet of monster. Like Harris, I am an otherworldly woman who isn’t supposed to be a Black woman economist. I live to destroy the white male social order; I reject the notion that I am the “lowest social class” or “deformed.” And I embrace the idea of being supernatural and otherworldly. With the roll of my neck, the cut of my eyes, the arch of my brows, I can turn an ignorant white man into New Orleans blanc mélange, just like Senator Harris did a bland Mike Pence when they “debated.”

Sen. Kamala Harris

No wonder the best the Orange Man could come up with was to describe our precious California Senator as a “monster.” No wonder that the best he could do was to describe her as frightening. In so describing her, he revealed his own fright, his fright of a woman so capable, so marvelous that he cowers in the wake of her brilliance. He cringes, and his Vice President appears more afraid, so much so that he is too intimidated to allow her to finish a sentence, interrupting her twice as

often as she interrupted him. He earned her admonishment, “I am speaking,” and ignored the rules he had agreed to. But the marginally elected President and his clone, who only differs from him because he went to both church and charm school, have no regard for rules or decency. I was angry that the Orange Man described Senator Harris as a “monster” until a friend reminded me that monsters are frightening. And Donald John Trump is not afraid, not scared, but skered! He is not only ske-

red of losing face and losing the election, but he is also skered of the blue wave of Black women gunning for him, along with the White women who are sick of his dismissiveness. He is skered of suburban women, regardless of race, who have had it with the ignorance that has decimated their families. 211,000 dead at this writing, while he rallies, joyrides, and ignores medical advice. If he ain’t skered, then he ought to be. He is so skered (yes, I spelled it wrong, just so you could pronounce it wrong, with a little bit of flava) that he projected his greatest fear on Senator Kamala Harris by describing her as a “monster.” Yes, she is – otherworldly, supernatural, disruptive to the white male order of being. She is the future. He is the past, and his followers cling to his fading past where anybody but white men were invisible. She is the monster that is our future, a monster only to those who fear progress.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, media contributor and educator. Her latest project MALVEAUX! On UDCTV is available on youtube.com. For booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com.

A Salute to the Uniform

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson One veteran lost to suicide is too many. This year, on any given day, it is estimated that over 20 veterans take their lives. Fami-

lies lose loved ones, communities lose neighbors, and our nation loses heroes. I have dedicated my career to supporting our veterans – first as the Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the Dallas VA Medical Center and now as a Member of Congress fighting on behalf of those served. As the granddaughter, daughter, niece, wife, and sister of veterans, I recognize the importance of supporting our servicemen and women both on and off the battlefield. It is more important now than ever before that we commit the necessary resources and care to overcome this national crisis. That is why I worked with my col-

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We owe our veterans a limitless debt of gratitude for the many sacrifices they made on behalf of our country. Although the month of September has been dedicated as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - the need to address Veterans’ issues are on-going. Let us continue to show our support for the men and women who have worn the uniform.

leagues in Congress to pass legislation designating the three-digit 9-8-8 as the new, simpler number for the National Suicide Hotline.


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The Blame Game

FAITHFUL UTTERANCES By Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew As a child, my parents took me to Houston to visit relatives. When time permitted, ever so often, we would drive to Galveston. I loved these trips because my dad’s side of the family was huge, and it would be a caravan traveling to the beach. One time, they decided to take us crabbing. I was a preteen and so the idea of catching crabs to eat was intriguing and at the same time, scary. My family packed large white buckets and nets and as we stood on the rocks, I remember swinging my net down to catch blue crabs. There were several in the water on this visit making it easy to catch them. I remember the ranges of sizes even small ones and every time one was caught; they were thrown in one of the many buckets. We apparently were successful because everyone was elated and ready to go home to cook. When we were driving back to Houston, I remember sitting in the back seat watching the topless bucket and terrified. I asked my parents, “Won’t they crawl out?” My dad swiftly replied that as soon as one of them would climb to the top, the

others would keep the crab from crawling out. And sure enough, as one was on the verge of crawling out, two or more of the others who were not paying attention, would knock the crab back to the bottom with the rest of the group. Another interesting story I have heard about are flies in jars. When placed in a jar with a lid, in their attempt for freedom, flies bump the lid repeatedly. After so many times of this, the flies become conditioned to the lid. Once the lid is removed, the flies do not leave. They have become programmed to believe the lid is still there. One could argue that the problem is the lid or that it was the mentality of the crabs that kept the others from living their best life. I think what we have not necessarily considered is the environment that was created in both scenarios. The environment was not the natural habit of the flies or the crabs and when taken out of what they are used to, they behave in ways that are typically not customary or acceptable. How many times have we heard these analogies applied to human beings to prove a point about the lack of unity or invisible barriers as if they are choices that keep us from aspiring to be our best? I would challenge you to think about two things: 1. There is a difference between unity and uniformity. Many people always talk about we should be united and although that is a wonderful goal, it is not necessarily going to happen 100% of the time. Unity is about being of the same mind and yet, we can accept differ-

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ences. Uniformity is defined as everyone believing alike and being the same. The challenge is no one group of people are the same, have the same aspirations or even respond to situations the same and often we are pushing for this to the detriment of our embracing our difference. There is obviously a blessing that happens when we come together in unity: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” (Psalm 133:1). Living in unity does not demand sameness but it does require for us to work together understanding that our environment might be the very cause of keeping us separated than together. Instead of blaming one another for such a mentality, maybe it is time to examine the environment that pits us against one another to see the worst in each other instead of the best? 2. Often what keeps us contained from truly reaching our potential are the invisible barriers, that can be visible: such as race and gender, but there are barriers that keep many of us from soaring that include the perceptions we have of others and even the way we see ourselves. When we see ourselves as less than, we often will have the same regard for others. Leviticus 19:17-18 commands

us to ‘love our neighbors as we love ourselves’ but if there is no self-love, how can you love others when you fail to see yourself and others as creations of God? As we prepare for this election, it is time to stop seeing one another in our communities with a deficit-based lens—a view that seeks to believe that we are not willing to work together. Many of us want uniformity and when people do not see it our way, we confuse it with a lack of willingness to unite. That is not always true. It is also important to note that maybe the problem is the environment instead of blaming those placed in environments that they did not create but are expected to adjust in. Some cannot adjust to make lemons out of lemonade because of the trauma caused by these environments. Instead of blaming them, maybe it is time to deal with the barriers and the environment that create the behavior we often fixate on. It is time to stop blaming one another and start seeing others and ourselves the way God sees us, wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Maybe when we change our perception, our problem will look different. 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/

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Don’t intimidate voters - Big Mama said, “Honor your elders to make your days long”

BLACK CARD By Terry Allen I still pay tribute to my Grandmother, lovingly known as BIG Mama. I became an election judge and she quoted scripture, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12. There is so much talk about vo-

At the Movies

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ter intimidation and I am concerned that we do not allow others to intimidate voters, young and old, especially our elders who stand in harm’s way to vote. I told Big Mama I was going to be an election judge and I was concerned about protecting the voters. She told me to read Exodus 20:12 first. It empowered me. Here is my God -protected election judge story. My proudest moment as election judge at the polls was when a 91-year-old White female, very tired, walked into the election poll exhausted and out of breath, to vote. She said she had voted for 65 years and she had to walk four blocks to the school. She said her son picks her up to vote but he had to vote somewhere else.

The movie studios that are releasing The War with Grandpa have decided to go “all in” with their new Robert De Niro comedy; being released this weekend exclusively in movie theaters. Here’s the link where you can find the film showing near you: https://www.warwithgrandpa.com/ Unfortunately, 101 Studios and Brookdale Studios have chosen the wrong movie to make that bet with. It’s hard to believe that such an incredible cast, De Niro, Uma Thurman, and Christopher Walken, could make such a bad movie. I love Robert De Niro, but I cringed at every single scene the award-winning actor was in. The premise of the movie is Ed’s (De Niro) daughter (Uma Thurman) takes him out of his home to come live with her family because he can no longer take care of himself. The move forces his grandson, Oakes Fegley, out of his room and into the attic. Although h e l ov e s h i s g r a n d p a t h e sixth-grader enlists his Junior High pals to help him launch a war to drive his grandpa out of his room. He soon finds out that his grandpa is no push-over and he enlists his friends (Walken, Cheech Marin, and Jane Seymour) to start a war of their own. As the movie tagline says, it’s “Old School vs New Cool.” The movie is filled with endless pranks and slapstick falls and explosions and then at the end, grandpa tries to bring the whole family together with a syrupy and heartfelt message about the need for families to support each other. The message is simply too little and delivered way too late in the movie. There’s another De Niro film coming up in a few weeks called The Comeback Trail. It’s also an action/comedy and I can only hope that it’s a more satisfying movie than The War with Grandpa. On my “Hollywood Po p c o r n S c a l e” t h i s movie rates a SMALL.

Shortly thereafter some of the students (100% Hispanic) at the school walked in and began to ask us questions of voting. She enjoyed them! For twenty minutes, none of us saw any color! Here we were this 91-year-old White female talking to this Black election judge, laughing with the Hispanic kids. The moment was color brave, age respectful and issue free! I walked down the hall and asked the school if “we” could find her a ride. I silently thanked God for that moment and asked God to please get her a ride home. I kneeled down beside her and said, “Thanks for voting and waiting. Your ride home will be here shortly.” I really did not know if I could get her a ride, but I had asked God. Three minutes later a very profes-

sionally dressed young Asian man walked in to vote and called her name. “What are you doing here? How are you?” He lived next door to her, and she recognized him. He said he would give her a ride. Those intimidation-free moments reflected the America we are! Big Mama then read this at the end of my report.” God your Lord you shall respect; Him you shall serve’ (Deuteronomy 10:20). He will deliver. Are you ready to peacefully exercise your constitutional rights? I will see you at the polls, tell me how it goes for you via email me at Terryallenpr@gmail.com Terry Allen is an award-winning multi-media journalist and owner of 1016 media

PBS Frontline, Producer THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW By Valder Beebe

The War With Grandpa

“We had been voting together for many years,” she exclaimed. She decided she would walk! When she arrived, she said “those four blocks are longer at 91 years old than ever before.” I helped her walk to her voting booth, but she said she was very tired and could not see the ballot. I arranged for two workers to help her - One Republican election clerk and One Democrat election clerk. She asked to be shown her chosen candidates. She cast her votes. She said, “I am tired now.” A tear fell down the side of my face and I asked her if she would sit down with me until I could find her a ride. She then told me about her children who attended this school, her 40 years of PTA here and her excitement about the graduations.

To be a part of informing the public before the votes are cast this November, the Valder Beebe Show invited veteran chronicler of U.S. politics Michael Kirk, a 40-year veteran producer and director of PBS FRONTLINE. In The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden tells the story of a deeply divided nation through the lives of the two men who want to lead it. Audiences can view this history making film on PBS and online, available on streaming and in the near future YouTube. FRONTLINE, U.S. television’s longest running investigative documentary series, explores the issues of our times through powerful storytelling. My joy was learning documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk has produced more than 200 national television programs. Kirk is a

former Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University. The Choice 2020 will offer a sharply reported narrative arc of both candidates’ lives through revealing interviews with those who know Trump and Biden best, with insights from key political and cultural figures such as Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, and Joe Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens. With trustworthy journalism and powerful new insights at a moment when anxious voters are being saturated with misinformation and partisanship, this clear-eyed documentary will examine each man’s approach to power, the defining moments that shaped their lives, and their visions for America’s future at this pivotal juncture.. -Michael Kirk’s publicists provided text in conjunction with the Valder Beebe Show VBS: Trump vs Biden, there is so much to know, what do you want us [the audience] to know through FRONTLINE featuring Trump vs Biden? MK: I strive for fair and balanced. For me this is the only

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way to survive in journalism as long as I have. It’s not my opinions that count but for the viewer to create their own opinions. We want to show as many dimensions as the candidates’ exhibits beyond just what people may know. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle we want this program to give you an idea who each candidate is and will be under various situations. VBS: Who are some of the guests interviewed for their opinions, on both sides? MK: VP Biden campaign manager and sister, Val. She has al-

ways been his campaign manager since the beginning of his political career. Jill Biden, his wife, and Carol Mosley Braun, the first African American female senator. For Donald Trump, his niece Mary Trump interviewed for over an hour with me, Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, and …….. Michael Kirk’s complete interview…… SoundCloud.com/valderbeebeshow ; ValderBeebeShow.com: YouTube.com/valderbeebeshow: Global broadcasting platform: KKVI FM Radio, Streaming TV, Social Media, Print Publications (IMESSENGERS, Texas Metro News, and Garland Journal News).

Blame Anybody WAKE UP AND STAY WOKE By Dr. E. Faye Williams

It’s so easy to blame somebody else. Donald Trump blames everything on somebody else while he takes responsibility for nothing. Everything has to satisfy his ego or, in his mind, it’s fake news. So he lies to keep the American people from panicking! He fails at that because no matter what he comes up with every day causes many American people to panic. He thinks it was Bob Woodward’s responsibility to tell the truth to the American people. So what is his idea of presidential responsibilities? With Trump, there’s something new every day, but it all works the same way. He’s like those kids who say the darndest things. The only

Mother from page 1

incidents, including the killings of George Floyd, Botham Jean, and a number of other wrongful deaths of Black men and women by police and racist Whites. “I want Black mothers to listen to this and be inspired and given hope,” Dr. Patterson said. She recalled stories of Mamie Till-Mobley, the heroine-mother of 14-year-old Emmett Till, brutally murdered by racist Whites in Money, Mississippi in 1955. Till-Mobley became an icon when she insisted that the public view her son’s mutilated body in an open casket before and during the funeral so

difference in him and those kids is they’re not president! He’s a very chronologically advanced man who says dangerous things that make no sense while he thinks he’s really smart! He has no sense of decency. The thing he does best is distort the truth to the point that no one believes anything he says. Those who follow him religiously can’t possibly be doing so because they believe he’s telling the truth or telling them anything that is going to help them. The people who follow him are either not paying attention to what he says or they never listen to real news. I think he gets up every morning and figures out what lie he can tell that sounds more preposterous than the many he told the day before. Real reporters listen to him and can hardly wait to translate what they just heard. More often than not, they’re pointing out his lies. He doesn’t even know how to keep his lies straight. He’ll give one answer today, and answer the exact opposite the next day. He’s almost at the end of his painful

four-year term, and he hasn’t yet realized he was president of the United States! He still doesn’t realize it’s the responsibility of the president who’s currently in the White House to fix whatever he thinks is broken. He undermined everything scientists were telling him and kept the truth about what was really going on. He knew how dangerous the pandemic was and still is. He obviously thinks that somebody else is charged with leading the country. Apparently, he was shocked to find out there was something he couldn’t control when he was told exactly what this “China virus,” as he calls it, was likely to do. He spoke with Woodward in those 18 calls seemingly jubilant about how dangerous the virus was. He seemed to relish discovering something that was airborne and dangerous. It was like he had this big secret and was only going to tell Bob about it. He was gleeful to go out and tell the American people he had everything under control while knowing he was lying.

Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, “That’s their business, not mine.”Now I know how wrong, I was. The murder of my son shown me that what happenes to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all. -------Mamie Till-------

people would see what hates does to Black people. Portion’s of Dr. Patterson’s spoken-word pay tribute to Till-Mobley. They murdered your son down South, expected you to keep a closed mouth But you demanded an open casket and this nation blew a gasket Emmett was just 14 years old! That’s

why your story will always be told Mamie Till, this is for you! “Her bravery inspired me,” Dr. Patterson said of Till-Mobley. “I said Black mothers need a way to come together and vent our anger. I began to reflect on how she (Till-Mobley) can give other Black

What kind of person plays games with a deadly disease that he knows is deadly, yet gleefully tells the people he’s responsible for protecting that they shouldn’t do the very thing that might protect them? What kind of person would say such horrible things about military leaders who’re also responsible for protecting the American people at his command? Who believes those little Black kids sitting behind him as he speaks even know who he is? When it comes to truthfulness, Joe Biden runs circles around Donald. It’s obvious Trump doesn’t even understand the concept of truth. What I don’t understand is why people who seem to have a bit of sense follow him religiously. The way he told Woodward, “You drank the Kool-Aid,” he doesn’t need to tell me again that he in no way can relate to the pain and suffering his white privilege still causes others. Dr. E. Faye Williams is president of the National Congress of Black Women.

mothers encouragement to stay in the fight until America treats us right.” You may view the spoken-Word video on Dr. Sheron Patterson’s YouTube page at https://youtu.be/ QJFls0ylzWs (The spelling of “tu. be” is correct. And the 0 is a zero not a capital O.) Art Mosley is the music composer, producer and percussionist. The Unity Tribe Music Group played the background music. 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.



My Plan from page 1

ger and seeing the incredible resilience of communities that for too long have had a knee on their neck. And I was inspired by their commitment to turn their pain into purpose. Today, there are Americans all across this country, especially Black Americans, who are exhausted and hurting. Who are disappointed by a system that never seems to deliver for your communities. Who are sick and tired of a cycle where, in good times, Black communities lag behind, in bad times they get hit first and hardest, and in recovery, they take the longest to bounce back. We’re in the midst of four simultaneous crises—a pandemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, a disproportionate number of whom were Black; an economic crash that has hit Black workers and Black business owners especially hard; a long overdue reckoning on racial justice; and a climate crisis that is already hurting Black and Brown communities the most. It is our job to do everything in our power to rip out systemic racism across our society, root and branch. It will be hard work in any case. But we will not succeed without a leader who understands our history and is ready to grapple with our challenges. President Trump wants to paper over the living wound of racism. He’s issued Executive Orders

and established a new national commission designed to whitewash our history—and deny the daily reality of being Black in America. He actively appeals to white supremacists and fans the flames of hatred and division in our country, because he thinks it benefits him politically. He ignores the most basic job of every president: the duty to care for all of us, not just those who voted for him. It’s the polar opposite of what I will do as president. I was proud to serve for eight years alongside President Obama. I watched up close how he filled the Oval Office with dignity and compassion for others. And, together with Senator Kamala Harris as my vice president, we will restore honor, integrity, and competence to the White House. We will build an administration that looks like America, including nominating the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. We will work to unite the country around solutions that will push our country forward, and most importantly, I will listen to those impacted by the long-standing inequities in our system—especially Black Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. That’s how we will work together to deliver real, lasting change. Criminal justice and policing reforms, but also economic opportunity and financial stability. Building wealth for families of color and passing it down. Closing the racial wealth gap is one of the most powerful ways we

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can build real equity in our society, and it’s going to require a full-court press. That’s what my Lift Every Voice plan is—a comprehensive agenda to take on the range of issues that drive inequality in Black America. We’ll tackle student debt and invest more in our HBCUs, so higher education is a pathway to wealth and opportunity instead of to debt that prevents you from owning a home or starting a small business.

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My plan will empower Blackowned small businesses, with short-term relief to get you through this tough time and long-term investments to help you build back better — with access to new capital and financing and government contracts. Critically, we’re going to tackle the racial homeownership gap head on. There is no greater vehicle for wealth creation than homeownership. That’s why my plan will restore the steps President Obama and I took toward eradicating housing discrimination, including redlining; end racial bias in how we judge which families are credit-worthy; and provide a $15,000 down payment tax credit to help millions of young Black families buy their first home. We’ll fix our upside-down tax system to finally reward work, not wealth. Trump thinks billionaires deserve more tax cuts. But under my plan, I’ll make sure the super wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share, while ensuring that no one making less than $400,000 a year sees their taxes go up. And I’m going to fight like hell to defend your family’s health care, just like I would my own. Right now, in the midst of a pandemic, Donald Trump is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare—all of it. He

wants to overturn the very law that expanded coverage to an additional 3 million Black Americans. If he succeeds, more than 20 million Americans will lose their coverage, and more than 100 million people with preexisting conditions will no longer be protected against their insurance companies charging them more, or denying them coverage all together. I’ll defend Obamacare and build on it—adding a public option that will automatically enroll 4 million more people that Republicans shut out by refusing to expand Medicaid in their states. We’re going to get to universal coverage and lower health care costs. We’re going to give working families a bigger subsidy to lower their premiums. And we’re going to take on pharmaceutical companies, bringing down the cost of your prescription drugs by 60 percent. As my friend John Lewis used his final words to remind us: “Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America.” We cannot be tired. We cannot be hopeless. The choice in this election couldn’t be more stark, and we must vote for the future we want for every single one of our children. I’m ready to fight for you and your families, and I hope to earn your vote.

“My Life Matters” Student Art Contest To encourage creativity and artistry during these unprecedented times, the Urban Arts Center, is hosting an art contest themed: “My Life Matters.” “The country is facing multiple pandemics, Covid-19, systematic racism, political infighting and more,” explains Urban Arts Center Producing Executive Director Jiles King. “The arts have and will continue to serve as an outlet of expression. Our children continue to have strong voices

and opinions on various topics. We want to hear from them.” The Urban Arts student art contest is open to all students in the Dallas Independent School District, and will be divided into three categories: elementary, middle school and high school. The “My Life Matters’ theme allows artists an open canvas to express their creativity. Contest Rules 1. Art work must be 11x17 in size. (oversized art will not be accepted)

2. Artwork must have at least a (1/2”) one-half inch black or white blank border on all four sides. (A framing requirement) 3. Artwork may be horizontal or vertical. 4. Students are encouraged to be creative when interpreting the theme: “My Life Matters.” 5. A “short” positive message may be included in the artwork, but is not required. If included, please ensure spelling is correct. 6. Art media accepted: Use one

Cruz named Miss Paul Quinn College Andrea Cruz has been named Miss Paul Quinn College 2020-2021. The president of the Lambda Nu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and graduate of Houston’s Foster High School. Andrea is a senior studying Health and Wellness Acknowledging that she was not a leader in high school, Andrea said she realized endless opportunities by coming to the oldest Black liberal arts college west of the Mississippi. “It took coming to an institution that didn’t limit itself or its students to realize that I could become one (a leader),” the Paul Quinn scholar. said, adding that she ran for Miss Paul Quinn College because she wanted her “fellow students and local community to see what Paul Quinn College could mean for them.” The co-captain of the soccer team and captain of the cheer squad has studied abroad in Spain and is currently interning at J. P. Morgan Chase. “I want to be an agent of change that inspires current and future Paul Quinn Students,” she said, as she urged students to cast their votes for her.

or more of the following, pencils, watercolors, paints, markers, ink, pastels, chalk, charcoal, photo or graphic design. 7. ARTWORK MUST BE ORIGINAL: NO traced, trademarked, or copywritten characters, images or logos. Artwork must be truly the work of the student and their creativity, matching the age, grade and skill of the student. 8. Do not sign the front of the artwork.

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Andrea Cruz

I remember one election I was writing about involved a mother who told voters she was running her last race and then retiring, only to step down less than an hour before the filing deadline and then her son filed for the seat. She said it wasn’t planned. But the possible opponent all stood aside to let her have that last hurrah! Boy they felt hoodwinked! A seat she held for almost 30 years fell into the lap of her son! Corrupt politicians became the topic of discussion for months! Then you hear some people who run for office proclaim that they are “not politicians.” Well, once you get involved in politics, guess what? You are by definition a politician and actually everything becomes political; so you have to get with the program. That doesn’t mean that you have to become corrupt, that you no longer have a conscience, or you can’t

An image of the students’ submission may be emailed to betheny@urbanartsonline. com by November 6, 2020 at 11:59pm. Winners will be notified on November 11, 2020. The gallery exhibition will open at the Urban Arts Center, 807 Hutchins Rd, Dallas, TX 75203. The Urban Arts student art contest is presented by the Urban Arts Center, City of Dallas-Office of Arts and Albertus Lewis, Jr.

do the right thing. I think I am more concerned about the corrupt citizens who don’t do what they are supposed to in order to make the system work. You have to vote. And these parties, well we’re going to have to take a deep dive into the party system that exploits, distorts, disenfranchises, manipulates…let me stop. I think I am going to take Alayna out for dinner. Not because she voted (don’t want to be accused of bribery or anything else trumped up). Instead, I will take her out to dinner because she told me that she voted! I just hope millions of others in her generation will make voting a priority. I didn’t ask her who she voted for, but she did say she voted for the ticket that she would be proud admitting to supporting when talking with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Clearly she wants to be on the right side of history! We stand united!




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