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Imagine a World is definitely not known as one who would likely vote for anything with which I agree, but Wednesday, he came out DR. E. FAYE WILLIAMS, ESQ. of the briefing meeting that was intended to Tr i c e E d n e y W i r e . c o m justify killing Columnist - We have an Major General Qasem impeached president in our Soleimani at this time while in country because he has done Iraq, not in Iran, speaking in so much destruction to our angry words and proclaiming country. it to be the worst military He has even destroyed who briefing he’d heard since others believe we are! Many coming to Congress! Senator Americans have lost faith Rand Paul stood with him in who we once thought we before Democratic Senators were. I’ve heard Americans began their assessment. talk about being embarrassed Democratic Senators to travel abroad because they described the Administration’s have no way to defend what explanation as “Incredibly has happened to our country. without facts, deeply Now, as a result of the concerning, unacceptably extreme actions taken by the vague, thin on facts, man in the White House, we unacceptable and concerning, have the added reason of fear deeply dissat-isfying� and the to travel abroad. descriptions went on and on. Once we’re identified as With that kind of criticism, Americans, we are fair game I’m reminded of former to those who want pay back Secretary of State John from America for what the Kerry’s question when he occupant in the White House asked, “How do you ask a has done without a logical man to be the last man to die explanation. for a mistake?� The administration held So many voices today a briefing to explain why the indicate that no matter how occupant of the White House badly we think of Iran or its started the ground work for dead General, Secretary Kerry a war without authorization said, “Trump’s unilateral from Congress. actions have brought us to a Even our top military point where we are at greater officials who stood behind risk than we had before killing Trump as he tried to justify Iran’s General. ordering the killing, it was Now there is no way at all obvious they were thinking the world and the U.S. are about the Beatles’ song safer with the steps Trump “Imagine A World� with has taken.� another Commander-inVice President Mike Chief. Pence’s speech on this matter Rep. Senator Mike Lee who WAKE UP AND STAY WOKE

was mysteriously cancelled! Now I am wondering what he would have said. I’m a Dick Gregory disciple which says I’m anti-war. I know when you identify as anti-war, you’re called some awful names by those whom I suppose would rather be “prowar!� I am unapologetically propeace. Some of us have paid dearly for being pro-peace. In April of 1980, my good friend Dick Gregory went to Iran in an effort to protest the Iranian hostage situation. He did it while reducing his meals to water and fruit juice and vowed to do it until the hostage situation was resolved peacefully. He returned to the United States on September 9, 1980. He never stopped protesting injustices. In September of 1968 he went to Marquette University and spoke on behalf of anti-war activists who’d seized and burned draft cards from a Selective Service office in downtown Milwaukee. In the late 60’s, he became friends with John Lennon and together Dick Gregory and he made an anti- war anthem called “Give Peace A Chance.� Trump has violated that. War is still not the answer. We are less safe as we have a president who seems determined to rule by war. We’re not safe so long as Trump is in the White House continuing to act irrationally. Let us “Imagine A World� without him.

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Last century, I was dealing with some issues that were almost devastating. While I wasn’t shouting my situation from the rooftops, some knew of my situation and were very supportive. Others didn’t have a clue, while still others couldn’t have cared less.

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MY TRUTH by Cheryl Smith, Publisher

Self-Actualized Last century, I was dealing with some issues that were almost devastating. While I wasn’t shouting my situation from the rooftops, some knew of my situation and were very supportive. Others didn’t have a clue, while still others couldn’t have cared less. Now I did talk to myself from time to time. It was the safest way to deal with the situation. You see, I talked myself out of reacting and equally important, talking to myself kept me from talking to some people who would have ensured there were consequences and repercussions. During that time, I was told by others that “tough times don’t last forever, APRIL 17, 2020


tough people do!” Well, guess what? Those tough times did pass and I am still here. But there are people who left me high and dry then and so when the good times came back around it was clear that they were not, to use a word that has been overused during this pandemic, “essential” to me, my life, or my livelihood. Which brings me to my truth. Once again we find ourselves dealing with “tough times.” Some have already lost their jobs since the coronavirus hit and others are going to lose their jobs. Sadly some have lost their jobs through no fault of theirs. 4

Instead it’s a sign of the times. Experts say there were not enough precautionary measures taken to get a handle on the spread of the virus. Finally, what was called a “hoax” and political ploy resulted in millions being sent home and thousands of businesses closed, temporarily and people died! Some businesses closed for good. The media is considered an “essential” business. I’ve always felt that way and tried to govern myself accordingly. Today, as the media continue to come under assault, I am more committed to being a voice for the voiceless, a myimessenger.com

source of inspiration and information; as well as, education. Unfortunately there are some who take this period as an extended vacation, which they call “coronacation.” While the “essentials” are showing up, others find themselves working hard from home; and still others are chillin’ and using the scenario as an excuse to be less productive, to get a break or take care of “personal” stuff. Some will have serious issues, post COVID-19; whenever that is, because they have not been performing up to standard and one thing is for sure; tough times can uncover incompetence and waste. You really start evaluating needs versus wants, and wants versus, gotta haves. Who and what is really essential will get a second and third look. Now is not the time to be trifling, or take a waitand-see posture. Instead myimessenger.com

you must take charge of your destiny. You must ensure that you are always “essential” and definitely NOT expendable. On the job is a lot like life. Who will miss you when you’re gone? Employers have had to make some tough decisions during this pandemic. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Just as I Messenger Media is working 24-7 to ensure that we are relevant and really essential; every individual is going to have to prove their worth. Many will not look at things or people the same. It’s like becoming self actualized. Psychologist Abraham Mas-low introduced the Theory of Actualization; where people focus on being the most they can be and finding a meaning to life that is important to them. Those are the people 5

who “get it!” And those who don’t “get it” will probably find themselves waking up “post coronavirus pandemic” feeling hurt, depressed, angry or frustrated; ready iwth a blame game. Don’t be one of those people. Commit yourself to being the best you can be and giving more than less. Let’s survive this time together. It isn’t the first and probably won’t be the last pandemic, especially in our communities. One thing’s for sure, I believe there’s some good that will come out of all the mayhem, deaths and upheaval. We needed a change because we’ve been out of control for some time. This is the time, like comedian, actor, writer David A. Arnold says (paraphrased), to get your stuff together!”

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Corona Conversations with Dr. Stacia’ Alexander, LPC-S

The onslaught of news through prominent news outlets, newspapers, social media, and radio are taking a toll on everyone. If you are not careful, it will completely erase the humanity of what, for most of us, is one of the scariest places to be in physically, mentally, financially, and socially. Critical decisions are being made that will impact our lives for years to come and we feel powerless.

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The only way to suc-cessfully navigate this emotionally taxing season is to connect with people. Through a series of interviews from people of varying industries, I am connecting on one subject matter all of us can identify with regardless of what we were doing when the clock turned midnight into what we thought would be a breakout year, 2020. Corona Conversations talks candidly with people on how CoronaVirus has impacted their lives with an especial focus on the emotionality of the emotional experiences. The episodes will broadcast on my professional social media channels; Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn and Soundcloud and are approximately 25 minutes in length. Rob G The General shares how he was inspired to host a morning Praise and Worship set each morning to help people Spiritually Sanitize their homes. Melodi Parker, LPC talks with parents on normalizing the situation and decreasing stress amongst their children.


James Bush, LPC joined me to highlight how men of different personalities are handling the quarantine restrictions. Mitchiko Jackson talks of how her last year actually prepared her for the woes of this year. And Brandy Baxter speaks of the importance of financial management even in the midst of a crisis. The first series of conversations are so phenomenal that other industry leaders reached out to participate. So, stay tuned because there are more to come. Make sure you tune in and use their experiences to help you navigate your journey. And may we all live to tell our coronavirus tale of 2020 to show the resiliency and faith of a nation that prevails in spite of adversity. If you are interested, reach me through my website for more information. Dr. Stacia’ Alexander, LPC-S is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Counseling Supervisor and Clinic Director.


Johnson introduces resolution on disproportionate impact of COVID-19 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Congressman J. Luis Correa (CA46) are introducing a resolution with 91 House members to recognize this month as National Minority Health Month and to urge immediate action to address the harmful health disparities faced by communities of color during the coronavirus pandemic. Minority populations, including African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, have historically suffered from high rates of chronic disease and inadequate access to health care services, which has resulted in worsened health outcomes associated with this novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “During this coronavirus pandemic, our minority communities are confronted with alarming statistics – higher rates of comorbidities, more barriers in accessing health care, and higher reported rates of death. These vulnerabilities warrant our society’s undivided attention,” myimessenger.com



Eddie related to COVID-19 include: - in Florida, five counties have reported that African Americans and Latino Americans have been hospitalized at higher rates than non-Hispanic patients; - in Michigan, African Americans represent 14% of the population, yet account for 33% of COVID–19 cases and 41% of deaths from COVID–19; Bernice Johnson. “I am proud - in Illinois, African Americans to lead this resolution with my represent 14.6% of the population colleague Congressman Correa yet account for 28% of COVID–19 calling for immediate action on cases; the harmful health disparities - in Louisiana, African faced by communities of color Americans represent one-third during this pandemic.” of the population, yet account for Rep. Lou Correa said, “It has more than 70% of COVID–19 never been more clear than it is deaths; now how dangerous healthcare - in Milwaukee County, home inequality is. With coronavirus to the largest city in Wisconsin, raging across the United States, African Americans represent 26% there has never been a more of the population, yet account for important time to talk about nearly 70% of COVID–19 deaths; health disparity. Lack of access to and basic care is putting lives at risk. - in the five New York City Everyone needs access to vital ZIP Codes with the highest care regardless of their race or COVID–19 infection rates, Latino socioeconomic status. We must Americans and Asian Americans never forget that lives are at stake.” have higher infection rates than Reported data on racial non-Hispanic Whites. disparities in health outcomes


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Self-made face masks


Coronavirus prompts entrepreneurial spirit to fill need Countless Grammas and Grampas were way-makers, prophets, and trailblazers – particularly in AfricanAmericans families -- setting examples we did not realize we one day would follow. Back in the day, when funds and materials were limited, Gramma or Grampa always found a way to create what was needed. I remember a friend describing to me a truck his Grampa fashioned by hacking off the top back half of a car and top of its trunk to produce a truck that would carry what he needed. Today, with increased calls for face masks, and a limited supply of them, during the coronavirus pandemic, average citizens are creating ways to create their own. Any quick trip to a grocery store or pharmacy and you will see all sorts of home-made masks as protective gear. Tips and demonstrations for making your own masks are all over the news as well. I was just thinking how some enterprising souls are taking the need to another level. They are helping family, friends and others by turning the growing necessity into a small at-home enterprise or teaching tool. Professor Clarence Glover Jr., an educator also known as “Professor Freedom” is using the demand for masks as a teaching tool. He has made a mask-making video showing his charter school after-school students how his parents and grandparents taught him to use scrap cloth to make quilts. Using his mother’s well-worn scissors and tape measure, he demonstrated how to make his own mask from pieces of a black t-shirt. “I also wanted to show my scholars and anyone watching how to make something APRIL 17, 2020


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without a sewing machine, because everybody doesn’t have one,” Glover said. “All of this brings up the old saying that ‘necessity is the mother of invention.’” Charlotte-Marie Smith-Jones Callins is another of those enterprising souls. Callins grew up in Dallas and now lives in Newport News, Virginia. But her entrepreneurial spirit is reaching back to Dallas and out to various cities where scattered family and friends are lining up to receive her help. Callins has been producing a variety of patterned or solid-color masks to fit various styles and tastes. She said repeated news


broadcasts telling the public that we should do without masks and leave them for the professionals did not set well with her. “I’m thinking, do we need a mask or not?” Callins said. “If they (professionals) need one, I must need one!” As a trial run in early March, she set out to make a mask for her husband, David Callins, a retired Air Force career veteran. She said her husband thought her do-it-yourself mask was pretty good, even equipped with a pocket to insert a filter. Nearby relatives and friends saw it and began to ask for their own. Relatives on the West Coast and back in Dallas got word and she made some for them. She made one for her adult son, a TV news producer, and word got around at his work place. Soon a reporter interviewed her. Now she is developing a website and seeing where all this will lead. The former student at Charles Rice Elementary, Madison and Bryan Adams high schools in Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington is no stranger to adapting to change. She and her husband and children have lived on every continent except Antarctica, following her husband’s military and State Department assignments. She admits that the coronavirus is an unwelcomed challenge but one she is determined to help others fight. “When I first decided, ‘I don’t have to try to find one, I can make one,’ I knew I could do it for others too,” she said. Purchase Callins’ masks for $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. To learn more, contact her at wemakethemasks@yahoo. com or call 757-650-6974. Contact Glover at clarencegloverjr@aol.com or call 214-5463480. myimessenger.com

From Marva with Love Schedule April 17 11:15 am: Branden H. Williams aka The Bearded Scientist Seeds to Stem Educate to Innovate. They work to successfully evaluate, educate and develop students in the areas of STEM. 11:45 am: Dr. Jacqueline L. Pierre OD FAAO FACHE A doctor of Optometry, she is a retired Commander of the United States Navy. She provides quality vision care. 12:15 pm: LeTitia Owens, CEO & Founder of Titia Owens by Lulanger 3 Productions and CEO/Founder/ Artist - Where are you? Effects COVID-19 has had on the homeless? April 24 11:30 am: Sharon Jones-Scaife, Author/ Owner Coffee Cree Media Group

12:00 pm: Chad Houser, CEO Café Momentum Café Momentum will provide Richardson ISD with16,000 meals each week for students and families in need. 12:15 pm: Wesley Catholic, owner of Royal’s Fried Chicken A Black-owned Restaurant in Cedar Hill 12:30 pm: Hasani Burton, founder of three businesses — H J Enterprises, Bennu Properties, and Kemet Investing L.L.C. May 1 11: 15 am: Dorothy Jones, owner of Black Jack Pizza 11:45 am: Nina Garcia, Cooking with Nina G. Learn how to make a meal from what’s in your kitchen.


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2020 Census operational adjustments made due to COVID-19 The 2020 Census is underway and more households across America are responding every day. Over 70 million households have responded to date, representing over 48% of all households in America. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to: Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees. Implement guidance from federal, state and local authorities. Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities. The Census Bureau temporarily suspended 2020 Census field data collection activities in March. Steps are already being taken to reactivate field offices beginning June 1, 2020, in preparation for the resumption of field data collection operations as quickly as possible following APRIL 17, 2020


June 1. In-person activities, including all interaction with the public, enumeration, office work and processing activities, will incorporate the most current guidance to promote the health and safety of staff and the public. This will include recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing practices. Once 2020 Census data collection is complete, the Census Bureau begins a lengthy, thorough and scientifically rigorous process to produce the apportionment counts, redistricting information and other statistical data products that help guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year. In order to ensure the completeness 10

and accuracy of the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is seeking statutory relief from Congress of 120 additional calendar days to deliver final apportionment counts. Under this plan, the Census Bureau would extend the window for field data collection and self-response to October 31, 2020, which will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the President by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021.



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Who gets the ventilators? THE LAST WORD DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX

The “big and bad” United States is seeing its world dominance recede. We are being vanquished both by a virus and by the ignorance of the “Commander in Chief ’. We now know that there are not enough tests to detect the coronavirus, nor enough ventilators to treat all of those who are ill. Medical professionals are talking openly about the choices they will make and the fact that some people will be judged more likely to survive than others. Through which lens will these medical professionals decide who gets a ventilator? Will age be the only lens, advantaging a 30-yearold over an 80-yearold? Will there be other filters? Will a man with children get preference over a single woman? An author over a homeless person? A white person over a person of color? Medical professionals are being asked to choose and to judge. How will their conscious or unconscious bias play a role in their judgments? The Institute of Medicine (IOM) describes APRIL 17, 2020

itself as “an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision-makers and the public” On its website, it acknowledges “evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in health care.” Will this evidence influence the distribution of ventilators? People will need these ventilators to breathe. They may need them for weeks, not days. Some will survive, and some won’t. The survival rate is a function of the bizarre avoidance our so-called leaders make decisions about this pandemic. But who will be saved? An innocent infant or the despot who lives in the house that enslaved people built? Dr. Dorothy Irene Height was 98 when she died in 2010. She was productive until her final days. In her own words, she was “dressed and In her right mind” until the end. Would the doctor choosing who got a ventilator see the history contained in that precious black body? Or would he


make choices based on stereotypes? I know that by Black 92-year-old mama, disabled by a stroke, still gives her children strength and love, smiles, and sharp reprimands (yes, the lady hit me when I used profanity in her presence. Whose life would I trade that for?) We must not forget the many ways that Black bodies were used for medical experiments, from the use of Back women’s genitalia to develop gynecology through the Tuskegee syphilis studies that lasted from 1932 through 1972. Black people’s lives have too often been white people’s experiments. It is not paranoid, but merely cautious, to wonder who will get the ventilators, and whose needs will be sidelined. Now the words “Black Lives Matter take on a more pointed meaning. This coronavirus illustrates our nation’s faultlines by class race and gender. The coronavirus also refutes the notion of our nation’s exceptionalism. The United States just ain’t all that, despite our “greatest” rhetoric. We are stumbling compared to other countries – Italy, China, Spain – who have attempted, generously, to show us the way forward. One of the populations


I’ve heard very little about is incarcerated people. How do you socially distance when you are confined, with another person, in a small cell? Given our collective disdain for the incarcerated, will an incarcerated person with coronavirus have a chance? Incarcerated people aren’t the only people at risk. All marginalized people are, in one way or another, at risk. Ventilators cost between $25,000 and $50,000 and even more when there is competition to obtain them. Will hospitals with limited resources be able to obtain ventilators? Those who are incomechallenged are more likely to go to hospitals that are under-resourced. Lowerincome people are at greater risk and have less access to quality health care. The coronavirus will hit princes and paupers, members of Congress and embers of the clergy, computer whizzes and those who don’t have computers. We may all be at risk from the coronavirus, but class, race, and gender will likely determine who has the best chance at recovery. We can’t call ourselves “great” unless we are fair. Will everyone have a chance to recover from this virus? myimessenger.com


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During this crucial time where COVID-19 continues to threaten the lives and health of our community and the world in which we live, Black Jack Pizza wants to thank you for your continued business. As always we are happy to serve you. Because we must all pay strict attention to the guidelines and govern ourselves accordingly, it is crucial that we operate our business in accordance with these guidelines which we have been given by our government and city officials. We are fortunate that we have been given the privilege to operate with our regular business hours; however, we are open for call-in and take-out orders only. Our lobby is closed. You may order by phone and pick it up to-go only. We ask that you also continue to be safe and practice social distancing as you are picking up your orders. Because we want to continue to serve you during this time of crisis, we ask that you will cooperate with us until we are no longer governed by these rules. We thank you for continuing to eat at Black Jack Pizza and look forward to doing business with you in the years to come. Our prayer is that you and your families will remain safe and that we will all continue to do our part to bring this crisis to an end. myimessenger.com


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Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Adjunct Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to Dr. Cecelia Joyce Price. Dr. Price is a faculty member in our Liberal Arts Division and teaches in both Learning Framework and the Emerging Teacher Academy. Her colleague, Professor Mwauna Maxwell, said Dr. Price not only exhibits highly-honed classroom strategies, but also demonstrates true authentic care for our students. Dr. Price has also been instrumental in a variety of student and faculty development efforts. She is a participate in our Equity in Education League (EEL), established ECC’s first Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) chapter, and serves as an external review board member for the Journal of Language and Literacy Education. She earned a BA in secondary

Dr. Cecelia Price education at Dallas Baptist University and an MA in education administration from University of North Texas, Denton. For 24 years, she served in Texas Public Schools as a high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Her desire to learn more about teaching and learning led her to earn a doctorate in curriculum and instruction at UNT Denton in 2017. She has been a Teaching

Fellow and Adjunct Instructor for nine years, two of which have been at El Centro College. A member of El Centro's Equity in Education League and its Quality Entry, Retention, and Completion Committee, last year, she cofounded El Centro's first chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators. When she is not teaching at El Centro or at University of North Texas Denton, she paints, teaches children’s painting and conducts art parties on Saturdays at Visual Expressions Creative Arts School and Gallery in Cedar Hill, and finds ways to combine her research and artist agendas. In 2017, she partnered with Dr. Cynthia B. Dillard, Professor of Education at University of Georgia, to support the building of her school, the Dillard International School. It is the

first school in Mpeasem Village, Ghana West Africa. She painted images of children from that school and donated to it $2,000 which was half of the profits she earned from selling prints of her “Futures of Mpeasem” Series. She donated the originals, which were later featured on the cover of the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, (Vol. 13, Issue 2) to the village guest house in Ghana. Last year, she traveled with eight Black women in higher education to a writing retreat in Ghana during its "Year of Return 1619-2019,” a commemoration of 400 years since the beginning of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The trip inspired two research collaborations with her fellow travelers and several paintings she has been creating. Visit cjoyceprice.com to see some of her works.

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Journalist, family copes with COVID-19 BY STACY M. BROWN

NNPA Newswire Sr. Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia

It is human nature to want to say the right thing at the right time. To utter words that just might help heal.I recall working at The Times-Tribune newspaper in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the mid-2000s. I had been assigned the City Hall beat, which meant covering the most dysfunctional city council ever assembled. Things were so bad that Times-Tribune columnist Chris Kelly had a name for the many angry citizens who attended council sessions each week. He dubbed them “The Legion of Doom.” One of the key members of the council, a swing vote for then-Mayor Chris Doherty, was also a high school principal and, by all indications, an allaround great guy. Rumor had it that he was having an affair with a secretary at the high school. That rumor was confirmed when the councilman’s wife carried out her version of “Demolition Derby” at the school. An education reporter was originally assigned to write the story because of the wife’s actions — it was now so public that we couldn’t ignore it. The reporter called the councilman’s wife and said something along these lines: “Can you tell us, how do you feel about your husband’s affair?” The managing editor, assistant managing editor, and Chris Kelly were mortified by that line of questioning, and, since it had council implications, I was tabbed to handle the story. Long story short, after that story, every time a family of a U.S. soldier got the devastating news that their loved one had lost his or her life in Iraq or Afghanistan, I was now the reporter to do the interview. “You know how to ask the right APRIL 17, 2020


questions,” the late John Murphy, thenassistant managing editor, told me. “You seem to know what to say.” If Murphy were alive today, I would tell him that the coronavirus diagnosis that my wife Shenay and I received this week has rendered me with not a whole lot to say. I would say to him also that I’m leaning on the encouragement of family, friends, and colleagues – many of them understandably don’t know what to say. Some do. I’m grateful for the tons of texts, emails, videos, and social media posts of support. Whether it’s one word, a like on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or a full paragraph of someone expressing their thoughts, my wife and I are grateful. Norman Rich, the do-it-all editor and content manager for the National Newspaper Publishers Association and BlackPressUSA.com, suggested I share with our readers some of the encouraging messages I’ve received. Most of the messages were “I’m praying for you,” and many had the emoji for prayer or praying. One of the best was a close friend who lives in Pennsylvania. He decided to leave a voice message that I retrieved from Facebook. “Stacy, I’m sorry this has happened to you and Shenay. Anything — and I do


mean anything — that I can do. You know you can count on me. I’ll even send an uber with some ointment!” The prayers and well wishes are great to have. Here’s a sample of others: “I can send you the antigen.” “Take Vitamin C and

some Zinc.” “Breathe in some steamed orange peels and sea salt.” “You need supplies while they last?” “This is crazy, and I hope you feel better.” “What did the doctor say? Want me to talk to her?” “I know a guy in the State Department, want me to call him for you?” “Pace yourself. Don’t be anxious.” “Tylenol, bro, Tylenol.” “Listen, use natural healing. Don’t let the doctors kill you.” “The strongest weapon is patience.” “The most effective tonic is laughter.” “Don’t worry, have a lovely day.” “Stacy and Shenay, hang in there. I’m praying for you. Let’s Go Mets.” “You will get through this.” “I’ll drive all the way there. Just say the word.” All of the words are encouraging. I’m happy to say that all of my family, friends, colleagues and others have known exactly what to say to me, and at the right time. If you’re reading this on a website or on a social media post, feel free to leave a comment or to share wishes for someone you know that is also dealing with this virus one day at a time. Because of you all, I’m sure Shenay and I will beat this thing, and we will be in an even better position to help someone else. myimessenger.com

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Dulaney named Deputy Director/COO African American Museum Dallas African American Museum of Dallas executives Dr. Harry Robinson Jr., founder and president, and Dr. Vonciel Jones Hill, board president, have announced the appointment of Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney as the museum’s new deputy director and chief operating officer. Dr. Robinson said he will concentrate on major fundraising and completing the museum’s Strategic Plan for the future while Dr. Dulaney runs day-to-day operations at the $5 million dollar, 38,000-squarefoot Dallas landmark at 3536 Grand Avenue inside Fair Park. The historian, author, and retired university professor, was chosen “because of his credentials, past museum management experience and connections with the community,” Dr. Robinson said. The educator assumed the paid staff position at the museum in March. Previously, he had been volunteering there off and on for more than 20 years while holding other professional positions outside the museum, said Dr. Robinson The museum founder and board president said that as a volunteer, Dr. Dulaney helped organize many of the museum’s student projects including four high school conferences of African American history and also African American history camps. Dr. Dulaney said that recently for more than two years as a volunteer, he quietly had been organizing and cataloguing the museum’s archive storage room that largely had been unattended for decade because of limited staff to handle such a daunting task. He has been examining and myimessenger.com

Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney recording shelves and shelves of more than 60 historic collections including documents and artifacts of prominent local and regional individuals, organizations, businesses and families. The collections include materials from Sepia magazine, Bishop College, Moorland Branch YMCA, Maria Morgan YWCA, Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame, African American Education Archives and History Program, George Allen, Dr. Mamie McKnight, A. Maceo Smith, Dr. Yvonne Ewell, and Maurine Bailey. Dr. Dulaney also has brought in a new digital cataloguing system through the Library of Congress that will allow international researchers and other individuals to access the archives. With help from a devoted core of staffers and volunteers, Dr. Robinson Jr. had run many operations himself during the museum’s 45-year history that started at Bishop College and includes more than 25 latter years at Fair Park. Dr. Dulaney praised Dr. Robinson, a veteran librarian and archivist, saying, “His contribution is


unmatched...in terms of preservation and promotion of local, state and national African American culture.” Dr. Dulaney is a native of Alliance, Ohio. His background includes being former chair of the University of Texas at Arlington history department and former 14-year executive director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in Charleston, S. C. Also named in his honor is the W. Marvin Dulaney Dallas-Fort Worth Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History – a local branch that Dr. Dulaney founded. He earned his history doctorate from Ohio State University and graduated magna cum laude as an undergraduate history major at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He has served on local boards and edited and written many scholarly reviews and articles. The Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Competition and Exhibition – the museum’s most recent upcoming project – currently is postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic that indefinitely has closed the museum and most public facilities across the nation. The exhibition program is named for the late, prominent master sculptor, painter, ceramist, educator and author who was Texas Southern University’s renowned art professor for 37 years. The project was established at the museum in 1976 and originally named the Biennial Southwest Black Art Competition and Exhibition. To learn more about the African American Museum of Dallas, visit www.aamdallas.org. APRIL 17, 2020

A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

Popular nightclub Vinetti’s serving meals to-go

BY EVA D. COLEMAN Lifestyles Editor

Vinetti’s in Addison, Texas is no stranger to nightlife among the Black diaspora in Dallas-Fort Worth. The club, owned by entertainment legends James and Deanna Price, is one of many they have envisioned and gave rise to throughout the metroplex over the years. Being restaurateurs as well, their eateries have been known for southernstyled fare. Their club food menu is simplified, and a combination of these entities; for satisfaction of the palate can be like their long-time featured artist Don Diego’s music to one’s soul. The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has nightclub businesses literally feeling the well-known dance floor tune “How low can you go? All the way to the flo?” Vinetti’s firstrun of its Friday night plan during pandemic kept supporters lining up for an evening out, eating out that is. From 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. they served three options of meals togo: a chicken wings basket, catfish basket and hot links basket. All were complete with fries, toast, pickles and a jalapeño pepper. As a person with a hectic schedule and little time to cook; and being somewhat reluctant of the forced return to cooking often at home, this party seemed hot! I ordered one of each of the meals offered to feed my girls and I. Of even greater importance was my desire to support Black businesses as they seek ways to remain viable and APRIL 17, 2020


Popular Jazz saxophonist Don Diego during a past performance at Vinetti’s able to pay their employees. After placing my order via phone and including my car description, I pulled up to the club in a fashion of pride for my community. The young

lady who brought my order to the car in her PPE, personal protective equipment, was very nice. Having arrived close to the end of their service window, I asked how things had gone for the evening. “I think it went very well,” she replied. “We ran out of food and had to go and buy some more to cook!” I smiled and mentioned to her that I felt that was a good sign. While faintly hearing the sounds of DJ Flip coming from inside, I


waved at a familiar club employee friend I recognized in the doorway who was handling service duties. Soon afterwards, a tall figure everpresent at Vinetti’s, who often reminds me of a club bouncer, exited the door wearing an apron. I soon recognized it was general manager Carlos Rice. “What are YOU cooking?” I jokingly asked. “What are YOU eating?” Mr. Rice responded. The obviousness of the moment was eye-opening. Employees are doing whatever it takes, taking on non-traditional roles to make things happen. All of our lives have been shaken upside down, however we cannot let it shake us to the core of losing sight of our purpose in this world.

At club Vinetti’s, there’s still a whole lotta shakin’ going on. With Mr. Rice and others in the kitchen, I’m hoping the measurement of their success is equivalent to the perfect seasoning of the food we received. They’ll be at it again next Friday from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. During this pandemic season of our lives, when you get food to-go, consider pulling up to the club to support this Black business. Vinetti’s (469)779-0123 14833 Midway Rd. Addison, TX myimessenger.com

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Risks for Mobile Beauty ProfessionalsCOVID-19 ABOUT YOUR HAIR

BY DR. LINDA AMERSON www.hairandscalpessentials.com

The beauty/barber industry is one of the service industries impacted financially by the COVID-19. Although the ‘shelter in place’ order is in effect, everyone is not being compliant. Some Mobile beauty/barber services are offered to clients and consumers in their homes. By doing these in home services, professionals are putting themselves at health risk for COVID-19, as well as a $1,000 fine per reported complaint. Is it worth it? A wake up call! Four barbers died, between March-April, due to COVID-19. • Jaime Andrews, Dohboy Fresh Kutts, Baton Rouge, LA. • Eugene Thompson, Taper Nation & Taper Nation 2 Barbershops in Brookhaven, MS. APRIL 17, 2020


• Roger Eckhart, a fire fighter and barber, Barber at Big 4 Barbershop, Jeffersonville, IND. • Celebrity hairstylist/makeup Artist Charles Gregory Ross, based in Atlanta, launched ‘The Renowned Wig Collection’ in 2019. There could be other unreported cases... The good news! One reported recovery case of COVID-19, is female hairstylist, Nicole WaldenHooks, New Jersey. Other beauty industry professionals shared feedback. A Certified Trichologist in Alabama said, “I am high risk with diabetes, so I will not take any chances with mobile services. My health comes first.” Another Salon Owner in San Antonio said, “I thought about it, but I have a 7 year old son. I did not want to take any chances to bring the virus home to my son.” 24

A Beaumont barber shop owner said, “I did it for a short time, cutting hair in client’s homes after my shop was closed. Then I stopped…me and my family’s health is more important.” Dr. Tariq Madyun, Board Certified Trichologist in Alabama said, “It is a serious health risk. Are professionals taking the temperature of their clients? Some professionals are taking the risk unfortunately.” A Fort Lauderdale salon owner said, “I do not do it, and people who go to a clients home, really do not know how clean or sanitized it is. Mobile professionals need to make money to survive, we all do, but for their health, it s not worth it.” During this health and financial crisis, Mobile Grooming Services should be temporarily stopped. This too shall pass. myimessenger.com



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Comerica’s Ashford honored by Savoy

Irvin Ashford Jr.

Savoy Magazine has recognized Comerica Bank Chief Community Officer Irvin Ashford Jr. as one of its 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America, branded as the definitive listing of African American executives, influencers and achievers impacting corporate America. Mr. Ashford’s profile is featured in the spring issue of Savoy, the leading African American business and lifestyle magazine, and also available at SavoyNetwork.com, and newsstands worldwide. “Savoy is proud to present the 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate

America. In this issue, we assembled an elite representation of African Americans who have been recognized for their executive and business leadership in national and global-leading corporations,” said L.P. Green, II, Publisher of Savoy magazine. “These innovative trail-blazers have led efforts to foster growth for some of the country’s highest-performing companies through-out and beyond the US market.” In addition to managing Comerica Bank’s community reinvestment nationally and all associated activities, including development, lending, commun-ity

investments, volunteerism and data analysis, he leads Comerica's diversity business resource groups, financial educa-\ tion and external affairs initiatives. Mr. Ashford reports directly into the Office of the Chairman. After reviewing all of the profiles, the field of candidates was narrowed to the “2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America” listing based upon their exemplary record of accomplishments and influence while working to better their community and inspire others.

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From Marva with By Marva Sneed

Tiffani Hutton joined us on From Marva With Love recently. She is the founder of LUHU, a virtual assistance platform that connects entrepreneurs to executive assistants, providing seamless administrative sup-port to senior leadership. She is known well in her field for providing quick administrative support and clear communication. Tiffani holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from the UTA. MS: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started on this journey? TH: Before I became a virtual assistant I was a lead coordinator at a barbershop. I was greeting customers and clients all day every day. I noticed that the friendlier you are the better tips the stylist and barbers would receive. I transitioned to working from home when I was ready to be more focused on school. Because it was easier on my schedule, I took a job as a virtual assistant with a company and they trained me formally APRIL 17, 2020


how to be an assistant, how to do travel booking and expense reporting. About five years ago the company went under. All of a sudden over the weekend, it was 300 of us we got an email

Tiffani Hutton saying the company is closed we didn’t know if we would get your paycheck. When God closes one door he opens another. I was able to start my own business. One of those main focuses that I wanted to narrow in on, the lack of care that didn’t exist in the administrative world. A lot of times when I was scheduling, it was cut and dry, no real humor or personality in it. So one of the things I want to focus 28

on was just being personable, just being bright because people can appreciate when you genuinely care about them and their lives. And two, it’s a much better working relationship when you invest yourself in your client. MS: Is what you do your passion or did your passion lead you to what you do? TH: It was definitely my passion the led me. So with my degree being in social work, it was something that I made up in my mind when I was in middle school. Me at 12 and 13 years old, I just wanted to help people. And still with all this time passed I feel truly fulfilled with any aspect and anything that I’m doing. I’m involved in my church ministry. I just love helping people. MS: What is the best advice you would give for young Black women? TH: No apology. Be who you are naturally and authentic. Tune in to “From Marva with Love” on Fridays at 11 am-1 pm. on BlogTalkRadio.com/ Cheryl’s World.


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I’ve had the blessed opportunity to interview Robert Owens, a COVID-19 survivor & the author of the new book “Beyond Average” (American Ghost Media), triathlete, Ironman, Air Force Special Ops Pararescue-man, keynote speaker, & philanthropist Robert Owens. Robert was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday, March 23rd after feeling ill with a 103 degree temperature. Robert’s wife, a flight attendant for a major airline, was also diagnosed with COVID-19 and is still in quarantine at their home in Newport Beach, California, attempting to ride it out. Robert openly discusses his and his wife’s very personal & frightening experiences with COVID-19 with me, their symptoms & how they were diagnosed, & the recovery process. Robert, dubbed “The Fittest 66-Year-Old in the World”, is a testament to the reality that ANYONE AT ANY AGE can contract COVID-19. And Robert attributes his recovery from the virus to his ongoing effort to be as fit and healthy as possible at all times. VBS: Robert COVI-19 is a global pandemic and it has touched all of us across the globe. APRIL 17, 2020


Can you share how it has touched you on a personal level? RO: My wife is a flight attendant based in a hub out of Dallas. She flew to Japan and China and January, February and March 2020. She knew she had sick people on her place coming

passenger in first class could be infected with the virus may have infected the entire first class, the crew and passengers’. VBS: What occurred next because you are extremely healthy? RO: A few day later I started to get achy. I called my Doctor, I said ‘Doc it seems like I’ve caught the flu for the first time in over twenty years. I may have something like the virus. What’s going on with me? And to let you know, my wife just flew to China and Japan. Immediately my doctor said, “I’m going to test you both for the virus.” Both of us tested positive within 18 hours. VBS: You have been in 14 Iron Man competitions, did you get ill right away? RO: My siltation, first couple back from Asia, trying to get out of days you feel sort of sick, then of Asia. One of the passenger in the fever hits. My day eight, my first class said to her “oh by the wife then becomes sick….. way I’m going back to Houston because I’m virus positive; I’m Valder Beebe Show THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Onhome going to be quarantined.” Demand video: ValderBeebeShow.com, 411RadioNetwork. My wife as a flight attendant has com, Youtube.com/valderbeebeshow; PODCAST audio: been serving him for about eight Soundcloud.com/valderbeebeshow, Soundcloud.com/ hours. When she got off the plane kkvidfw; Broadcast:KYBS FM Y99.9, KRER FM 102.5, she notified her supervisor, she Streaming TV PChatman Network and VBS affiliate notified her Union, she notified broadcasters; On-Demand 411 RadioNetwork.com,. – Now everyone in the chain of needing available on 411RadioNetwork APP . Valder Beebe Show is a Power of 3 Women media influencer consortium partner. to know. She (my wife) said “a 30


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Those lovable trolls are back. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in the all-star Trolls sequel TROLLS WORLD TOUR. Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover there is more to the world than they had been aware of. They learn that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six lands, and each one devoted to six different kinds of music; Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock. The music in the movie is a real treat and the lineup includes musical legends George Clinton and Mary


J. Blige (Funk) and Ozzy Osborne (Rock). Directing the music is pop superstar Justin Timberlake. Country music is represented by Kelly Clarkson and Kenan Thompson is a baby rapper known as Tiny Diamond. Rachel Bloom is Rock Queen Barb, who is out to control the Troll World by making everyone a Rock Zombie. Poppy and Branch set out on a journey to try and make The Rock Queen their friend and the content of the movie is the adventure they have, making new friends and allies along the way. TROLLS WORLD TOUR 31

is a great family film (my kids loved it) it is a wonderful story about accepting our differences and embracing the things that make us unique. It’s a really fun movie. The movie debuts this weekend on pay per view at $19.99. It runs 1 hour and 34 minutes and is rated PG. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate TROLLS WORLD TOUR a JUMBO.

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