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The last time the public saw Chief Justice By Cheryl Smith (Ret.) Carolyn Wright and Publisher Justice David W. Evans, 5th Court of Appeals Texas (Judge Evans was When you talk of death, you’re going appointed on November to get a wide range of opinions. Just think 1, 2019 by Governor Greg about the comments spoken to someone who Abbott to the 5th Court of KDFW) is experiencing a loss. Some are absurd! Justice David W. Evans and(photo Chief JusticeFOX4 (Ret.) Carolyn Wright Photo courtesy FOX 4 KDFW Appeals) together, was in Last week, long time friends and The two Appeals Court Justices will September. That is when colleagues lost the matriarch of their appear together for the first time in Evans donated one of his kidneys to family. I was at a loss for words because as The his twocolleague Appealsand Court Justices will appear together for the first time public, post-transplant, on Saturday, post-transplant, on inSaturday, friend, Wright, in a public, Sidney Fleeks at FAMU’s 2019 Homecoming Coronation. November 2019; 11:30 AM at the Pegasus Room at Magnolia Hotel,AM 1401atCommerce St., Dallas, Texas, an 9, 2019; 11:30 the dramatic9,kidney transplant, saving her November Photo courtesy SidneyatFleeks awards life. luncheon hosted by Christians in Public Service. The non-partisan organization will honor
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See JUSTICES, page 3 M.D. Public Servant Leader Award; and, Chief Justice (Ret.) Wright with the 4th Annual Ron J. Anderson, present its Inaugural John 13:35 Exceptional Public Servant Award to Justice David W. Evans. Speakers will Washington, DC - On September include Chief Justice (Ret.) Carolyn Wright, Justice David W. Evans, former 5th Court of Appeals Justice Molly 4, 2018, Roland Martin’s vision became Francis; and, Kaufman County District Attorney, Erleigh Wiley.
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About Christians in Public Service perspective. Living up to peers’ expectations may Founded in 2013 by a group of North Texas Mayors, public servant leaders including former Dallas County Now, a little more than a year later, be more complicated than it may seem for Commissioner Maurine Dickey and the late Dr. Ron Anderson, longtime CEO of Parkland Health and Hospital #RolandMartinUnfiltered has evolved current Florida Agricultural and Mechanical Systems; and, led by former Duncanville City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Dorothy Burton, into a powerhouse daily digital Christians in Public Service is non-denominational, non-partisan, serving as anews conduit University for building (FAMU) King of Orange and Green and information platform, relationships, encouraging, inspiring and supporting public servants andamassing teaching public servant Sidney Fleeks. leadership. ### views across YouTube, 100.7 million “Same titles, similar crowns, but different
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a member of the “club” I wouldn’t wish the loss of a mother on anyone. Within a short span of time, I heard from Joycelyn Johnson and Roland Martin, about the loss of Roger B’s mom, Mrs. Flora Brown. Many may remember Joycelyn as the “voice” of Soul 73 KKDA and Roland and I also worked at the now-defunct station, See MY TRUTH, page 3
Seated at the head table with Daniel Podolsky, M.D., President of UT Southwestern Medical Center, former member of the Texas House of Representatives Helen Giddings, was recently recognized by UT Southwestern and The Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium. This International Symposium
on Neurodegenerative Diseases dinner and panel discussion, was held at the T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building in Dallas. Some of the world’s greatest brain and Alzheimer’s researchers, attended this high-level dinner. “Helen Giddings was responsible for our initial funding for the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium,” said Rita Hortenstine, the Current Chair See GIDDINGS, page 2
UT Southwestern & Texas Alzheimer’s Research & Care Consortium (l-r): Debbie Hanna, Current Chair; Helen Giddings, Former Texas State House of Representative (District 109); Rita Hortenstine, Past Chair; and Daniel Podolsky, M.D., President of UT Southwestern Medical Center
By Eva D. Coleman Texas Metro News
For the past two years, Dallas-Fort Worth has been home to a master conversationalist. Since Demetria Obilor’s October 2017 arrival from Las Vegas to the WFAA-TV News 8 Daybreak set as a traffic ensemble anchor, mornings have never been the same. You see, she really got us talking. The half white, half Nigerian sister with the big hair, vivacious curves, bold persona and bright smile was the subject of numerous discussions and household disruptions. I recall married women curious as to why their husbands suddenly had an interest in watching the morning news, and particularly, Channel 8. While some of those wives quickly See OBILOR, page 7
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podcast at the Chicago Defender in 2005 and a video podcast in 2006, I understand that African Americans were tired of mainstream media ignoring the many issues impacting us on a daily basis,â€? Mr. Martin said. â€œAnd as a student of history, when I think about pioneering Black media journalists such as Ida B. Wells-Barnett; John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish, the first two editors of the nationâ€™s first Black newspaper - Freedomâ€™s Journal; Robert Abbott of the Chicago Defender; C.A. Scott of the Atlanta Daily World; and Edwin Nathaniel Harlston of the Pittsburgh Courier, we have always had Black media outlets that spoke to our issues and concerns from a Black point of view, with no filters.â€? As a completely digital platform, and with the fast emergence of streaming technology, the past National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journalist of the Year is positioning #RolandMartinUnfiltered to be one of the major providers of Black news and informational content to the nation. With NBC News and Fox News launching streaming news services in the last year, as well as digital expansion at CBS News, ABC News, CNN and other networks, Mr. Martin says he launched his venture at the right time. â€œBlack America has never
relied on mainstream media to tell our stories. We also want to serve as a conduit to the many Black professionals and experts who would never get a shot on broadcast and cable news,â€? says Mr. Martin, who is credited with advancing the careers of frequent cable news commentators such as Angela Rye, April Ryan, Laura Coates, Shermichael Singleton, Paris Dennard, David Swerdlick, Paul Butler, Gianno Caldwell, Monique Pressley, Scott Bolden, Yodit Tewolde, and so many others. Establishing Mr. Martinâ€™s point, during the past year, #RolandMartinUnfiltered covered a plethora of topics, events and personalities critical to the Black community, including: Being one of the first national outlets to shine light on the deaths of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean in the L.A. apartment of Democratic donor Ed Buck; Interviewing presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren; Bernie Sanders; Kamala Harris; Cory Booker; Beto Oâ€™Rourke; Julian Castro; Andrew Yang; and Marianne Williamson; The case and trial of Amber Guyger, the white Dallas police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean; The impact and influence of Black women on the 2020 elections;
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of the Consortium. â€œShe got the ball rolling and helped grow it to the nearly $50 million that we have in aggregate today. We owe a debt to Rep. Helen Giddings for all that she has done for us. She has been so wonderful.â€? Along with the Panel Moderator William Dauer, M.D., featured inter-national neurodegenerative disease experts were: C. Frank Bennett, Ph.D.; Marc Diamond, M. D.; Jeffrey Kelly, Ph.D.; and Berge Minassian, M.D. They shared informative new research on, â€œNew Hope For Treating Neurodegenerative Diseases.â€?
Activities in observance of the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.â€™s assassination and the historic Sanitation Workerâ€™s Strike in Memphis, TN; and The ongoing fight between the state of Maryland and itâ€™s HBCUs. After just one year, the data indicates that #RolandMartinUnfiltered has indeed been effective in reaching African Americans with its coverage through utilization of its multiple digital platforms. The breakdown on individual platforms show: 46,785,767 video 60,710,510 minutes Facebook. 48,567,507 video 364,600,637 minutes YouTube. 5,376,852 video 9,678,650 minutes Periscope.
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With regard to social media reach for one year, #RolandMartinUnfiltered has: 1,061,719 Followers and 1,005,843 Likes on Facebook. 528,513 Followers on Twitter. 361,105 Subscribers on YouTube. 386,170 Followers on Instagram.
Dr. Dauer, expressed his admiration for Ms. Giddingsâ€™ self-less work in the southern sector of Dallas, that has spread worldwide. â€œThank you for all that you are doing for us,â€? said Dr. Dauer to Giddings. â€œYour support is critical for what weâ€™re doing. We are very focused on curing or slowing down Alzheimerâ€™s Disease. I look forward to working with you in the future.â€? In January, after a stint of 26 years, Ms. Giddings left the Texas House of Representatives. She tenaciously served District 109 â€“ Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Lancaster, Wilmer, Hutchins and part of Glenn Heights and Oak Cliff. Ms. Giddings remains strongly committed to serve North Texas. Her goal centers around focusing on the empowerment of women as well
For the year, the #RolandMartinUnfiltered audio podcast has had 455,928 plays. When it comes to audience, the platform has a significant following among women as evidenced by the following demographic breakdown; On Facebook, the platformâ€™s audience is 60% women and 39% men. On YouTube, the audience is 68.4% men and 31.6% women. On Twitter, the audience is 65% women and 35% men. On Instagram, the audience is 64% women and 36% men. With regard to market penetration, the top markets for #RolandMartinUnfiltered are: Facebook: New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Dallas. YouTube: Texas, Georgia, California, Florida and New York. Twitter: Texas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland and New York. Instagram: New York, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. # R ol and Mar t i n Un f i lte re d is available on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Tune In.
as continuing the valuable work she started on various community projects to improve health care in the African American community, such as bringing more awareness to Alzheimerâ€™s Disease. â€œI want to continue doing anything I can,â€? she said. â€œI know that a higher percentage of African Americans are being affected by Alzheimerâ€™s than other populations. We donâ€™t know what causes this disease and there is no cure. We have some medications to intervene, but thereâ€™s no indication that they really help.â€? According to Avery McEntire, Manager for the Dallas and North Texas Chapter of the Alzheimerâ€™s Association, â€œin the United States, there are approximately 638,000 people living with Alzheimerâ€™s Disease.â€?
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WellMed Charitable Foundation donates $150,000 to city park department to underwrite recreation fees for Dallas residents 60 +
WellMed Charitable Foundation is continuing its commitment to the City of Dallas and to the Dallas Park and Recreation Department's Active Senior Adult Program. For the third consecutive year, the foundation has contributed $150,000 to the park department for the underwriting of the annual and monthly recreation access fees for Dallas residents 60 and older, thus ensuring
that Dallas’ recreational programs and services are available - at no cost - to the city's most treasured residents – senior adults. Through this partnership, senior adults who live anywhere in Dallas can participate in the department’s Active Senior Adult Program and in recreational activities at any of our 43 recreation centers. Since WellMed’s initial donation three years ago, 10,530
active seniors have benefited from innovative and diverse recreational and leisure activities held at recreation centers and at the WellMed Senior Activity Center. Dallas Park and Recreation Board president Calvert Collins-Bratton acknowledged WellMed’s contribution, saying "Every senior who participates in the department’s senior adult programs experiences WellMed’s philanthropic spirit and their generosity is available to seniors who live in every community and neighborhood in the city. In addition, the department’s collaboration with the foundation has resulted in the WellMed Charitable Foundation Senior Activity Center, an ultramodern facility offering seniors who live anywhere in the city a leisure and recreational space that caters to their health, wellness, fitness and diverse social needs. The activity center is the department’s facility to provide recreational and leisure opportunities exclusively for residents ages 60 and older. Since its opening in December 2018, the activity center has registered 3,000 participants. For information about the department's senior programs, visit DallasParks.org or call (214) 670-0355.
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Sidney Fleeks FAMU’s 2019 King of Orange and Green
between the Sid from freshman year and now is a haircut and a title.” Differences between Fleeks’ and his predecessor leave some on campus with a little bit of getting used to. Students still have to get used to different forms of spirit. Former Miss Junior Attendant, Kamiah Millner, said, “With being on the court with Mark, I have seen and appreciated what he did for the student body. This year, I love to see the new approach Sid has brought to his title. He has redefined what it means to make your reign yours.” “I would let Sid know that king or
not, student comes first so take care of yourself and make sure you’re at a good place so that you can be the best king you can be for your classmates,” said Mark Nicolas, the 2018-2019 King of Orange and Green. Fleeks understands. “Comparison is the thief of joy. I’m my own king. My personal legacy started when I won my title as the first write-in candidate ever for King of Orange and Green,” he said.
Pegasus Room at Magnolia Hotel, 1401 Commerce St., Dallas, Texas, at an awards luncheon hosted by Christians in Public Service. The nonpartisan organization will honor Chief Justice (Ret.) Wright with the 4th Annual Ron J. Anderson, M.D. Public Servant Leader Award; and, present its Inaugural John 13:35 Exceptional Public Servant Award to Justice David W. Evans. Speakers will include Chief Justice (Ret.) Carolyn Wright, Justice David W. Evans, former 5th Court of Appeals Justice Molly Francis; and, Kaufman County District Attorney, Erleigh Wiley. In the current environment, characterized by hyperpolitical, gender and racial division, this is an extraordinary
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story of two high-profile, well- Dorothy Burton, Christians regarded public servant leaders, in Public Service is nonone a white male, the other a denominational, non-partisan, Black female, showing us all the serving as a conduit for building encouraging, better way and what it means to relationships, inspiring and supporting public be a true servant leader. Founded in 2013 by a group servants and teaching public of North Texas Mayors, public servant leadership. servant leaders community leaders including former Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey and the late Dr. Ron Anderson, longtime CEO of Councilman Casey Thomas, II Parkland Health District 3 and Hospital Systems; and, led by former S A T U R D A Y S, 2 0 19 D u n c a n v i l l e February 16 March 23 April 20 May 18 June 22 August 24 September 28 October 26 November 16 City Council December 14 Dallas Executive Airport Member and 10 a.m. 5303 Challenger Drive T:5” Dallas, TX 75237 Mayor Pro Tem
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Aside from his position on the FAMU Royal Court, Fleeks is a senior public relations major who is also the CEO of his own multi-media agency, Street Culture Media. “I use my public relations skills and efforts to help share our beloved FAMU experience with others. Through my reign I want to make Rattler spirit a national phenomenon,” he said. During his campaign, one of Fleeks’ main platform points was called “Advance Broadcast.” Through this initiative he plans to create a web series that highlights not only the HBCU experience, but the FAMU experience. In turn Rattlers will be given the chance to showcase their talents, as well as tackle real issues. “I want to utilize my platform to bridge the gap between student leaders and students. I want to be transparent with students to show them that I am a real person too. In addition, I never want the student body to ever feel like they can’t come to me and talk to me,” said Fleeks. “The only difference
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“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine, an English-American writer, and political pamphleteer. When Thomas Paine penned; “The Crisis” on Christmas Eve in 1776, he sensed that the experiment we know as “American democracy” would eventually come to a crossroads. Paine could not have known that his Christmastide treatise would resurface on Halloween 2019, but the truth is tailor-made for all times. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.” Paine posited this speech to persuade his readers to support the experiment by enlisting American
MY TRUTH Cont. from pg 1 with Roger B. who was the sports director and host of “Talking Sports with Roger B.” And then there’s his dynamic sister, Alicia, who is known, respected and loved for her community/public service and kind heart. I’ve loved viewing pictures of Mrs. Brown on social media and it has been a joy reading the stories her former students have shared. If Mrs. Brown had been my teacher, I would have loved her. Not just because she taught one of my favorite subjects, English, but because she really cared about her students. Services were held in Mississippi on Monday and I know it was a wonderful celebration of life for her 88 years. It is a blessing that Mrs. Brown, like my mother five years ago, transitioned peacefully. Which brings me to my truth. Sadly, that was not the case for Mrs. Gloria Roque, 79, who was sitting in her Dallas home
Trump – An American Crisis!
soldiers for the revolution. He pelted his solemn argument with a tone of authority, concise diction, and elegant similes. “Hell” as he portrays it is a useful hyperbole for the last four years of Donald Trump. Trump’s resurrection of a pre-civil rights brand of tribalism and White supremacy has fanned the flames of hubris and hatred. The state of “Our” Constitution could get even more hellacious. Parenthetically, if it’s strange that any Black man in America can say “Our Constitution,” you have company. The two words were never formed sequentially in my mouth until Representative Barbara Jordan’s famous 1974 speech to impeach Richard Millhouse Nixon qualified it. “Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States: ‘We, the people.’ It’s a very eloquent beginning. But when that document was completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787, I was not included in that “We, the people.” I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out
by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people.” Most will agree that AfricanAmericans have been legislated into “We the People.” Meanwhile, we understand that legislation without brotherly love or public policy can still get you killed by the Police. Anyway… The “summer soldiers and sunshine patriots” that make up the Republican Party, and especially those seated in the U.S. House and Senate, should heed Paine’s call. All of the excuses they offer so far have been useless utterances. They argue to let “the people” decide 13 months
from now. Meanwhile, poor criminals are jailed until they can prove their innocence. The question that begs for an answer is whether the Presidency of these United States bears an inherent and exclusive right to subvert the laws of our sovereignty without protest, penalty, or punishment. The framers of the Constitution commissioned the power to indict and punish a President to the House and Senate. The President has no similar oversight. They never intended to create a monarchy or establish a kingship. Even if you lack a law degree from now-defunct Trump University, the
Constitution is clear. If you accept the premise that “All men are created equal,” Trump has to be treated like everybody else. Al Capone, Bill Cosby, and Jeffrey Epstein were Americans too! If Donald Trump can continue to disobey laws, obstruct the investigations of those breaches of the law and engross his personal enterprises without penalty; then let all the captives go free! If ignorance of the law is no excuse for the poor, then millionaires ought to tow the same line. Thomas Paine would confront the crisis we see today. Paine would speak out against our laws being flaunted by a wannabee dictator-in-chief. Furthermore, if Trump were a Negro from the ghetto, a Mexican from the barrios, or a poor White boy from a trailer park; he would already be playing checkers with Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Thomas Paine ended The Crisis as emphatically as he began it. “This is our situation, and who will may know it. By perseverance and fortitude, we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils.” We have a crisis!
when several shots were fired, hitting her in the back, last Thursday night, according to reports. She later died, from her injuries, at the hospital. To date, no suspects have been identified, nor have any witnesses come forward about the 10:52pm drive-by shooting. Although there have been reports that the shooting was random, this was not the first time Mrs. Roque’s home, located at South Malcolm X Boulevard and Meyers Street in South Dallas, had been hit by gunfire. I’ve heard nothing but kind, positive comments about Mrs. Roque, who was a retired piano teacher. A member of Warren United Methodist Church, the mother of three was alone in the house with her daughter; who thankfully, was not harmed, at least physically. On Facebook, Pastor Joshua E. Manning wrote, “For decades, your joyous spirit and bubbly demeanor have impacted the lives of many. Thank you for firm handshakes and warm embraces. Thank you for lending
your voice to this choir and tickling the ivories when necessary. Thank you for the regular Facebook messages to offer words of affirmation and remind me that you were thinking of me.” She sounds like such a jewel! I think I would have loved having her as a teacher too! My heart goes out to the family. This is not the way it should be, how it should end. I have never felt good hearing about bad things happening to anyone, but when the victim is a child or the elderly; I become really incensed. No one should be victimized but it is especially disheartening to hear about cases involving those who are helpless or hampered in any form. We must be interested in what is going on with the elderly. Whether it is violence, physical/financial abuse, neglect, or psychological or sexual abuse, please know this issue should concern you. You may not think it is an issue, but live long enough and it will be. The only way you won’t have to deal with growing old will be if
you die first. According to the World Health Organization, elder abuse is an important public health problem and globally, the number of cases of elder abuse is projected to increase as “many countries have rapidly aging populations whose needs may not be fully met due to resource constraints.” Thelma Youngblood died earlier this year and prior to her mother’s death I used to marvel at the patience and love she displayed as she took care of her bedridden mom for over a decade. I also have seen folks who couldn’t care less about their elder relatives needs. As I watched my mom become bedridden, I wanted to show her the love she showed me from the moment she found out that she was carrying me. I put her needs before mine, which I would say to others, find a happy balance because you can’t take care of someone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. Still the thought of Mother being
mistreated never entered my thought processes and I wouldn’t allow anyone else to. Then there’s the mistreatment of the young we have to be concerned about. Sadly there have been too many instances where young babies and children have been the victims of gun shot and other abuses, some beginning with the transfer in the womb of drugs (prescribed or illegal), alcohol, sexually transmitted diseases or tobacco. Actually the statistics for abused children are considerably higher. Talk about being a voice for the voiceless, our babies and our elderly are definitely in need of more advocates. We need someone, anyone with information about the shooting of Mrs. Roque to contact John Valdez at 214-283-4828 or send an e-mail to john.valdez@dallascityhall. com and refer to Case No. 220747-2019. Or call CrimeStoppers at 214-373-8477. As we go through life, we must, as Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Roque did, care about others and make positive contributions to society.
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FAMILY AND FRIENDS JOIN WILLIS JOHNSON Willis Johnson, veteran broadcaster at KKDA-AM joined 20 people who were inducted into the 2019 Texas Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 2 at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting in Kilgore. “When you take a look at that man’s track record, as a DallasFort Worth radio entertainer and more importantly the man’s community outreach, its immeasurable,” said Josh Holstead, Texas Radio Hall of Fame owner and operations manager.
“It was a special day for me to be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and I am so grateful for my family to be with me as well as Mayor Mike Rawlings, Developer Jack Matthews and Linda/Mitch Hart. It’s quite an honor,” said Mr. Johnson. A native of Gladewater, Johnson started at KKDA in 1975. His show’s lineup which included community affairs, politics and music was an instant hit and he became the voice in the community until his retirement. “Radio is a service that I loved… I did it for 36
because radio is a connection to the community it serves.” He was program director, executive producer and on-air personality during his career and won numerous broadcast awards including the Silver Beaver Award, the Juanita Craft NAACP Award and the Urban League of Greater Dallas President’s Award. Congratulations and accolades from friends and former listeners continue to flood Johnson’s social media. “Congratulations to a wonderful civic leader,” said businessman Pete Schenkel. Other inductees include Glenn Hicks, Linda Austin Ware, Jimmy Aiken, Lee Randall, George Gimarc, Dave Rios, Billy Thorman, Johnny Goyen, Ben Downs, Steve Lamb, John Mitton, Redbeard, Bob Hathaway, Michael Harris, Scott Sparks; Posthumously Inducted Individuals Jim WW Travis, Dick Wheeler, George Erwin, Harwell Shepard.
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BY CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON Congresswoman Johnson represents the 30th congressional district of Texas in the US House of Representatives.
When the final history of the United States Congress is written, the name John Conyers, Jr. will stand regal and resolute, and the ‘Dean of the House of Representatives’ will be recognized as an influential giant of the American Democracy. Only five members of Congress served longer tenures in the House than the recently departed member from Detroit, Michigan who served as chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee and the instrumental Committee on Oversight and Reform during his more than fifty-two years in the House of
Representatives. As one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chairman Conyers helped to birth an exemplary organization that became the “Conscience of the Congress,” one with a highly-respected national and global voice and vision. When others were afraid or unable to speak, Chairman Conyers rose from his seat and spoke passionately against the evils of apartheid in South Africa, police brutality in American cities, and the declaration of war against Iraq. He was a gracious patriot who believed in rewarding those who served
He was Regal and Resolute!!
our country. He fought to expand until the only national holiday in the monetary benefits for families of police United States named for an ethnic officers and firefighters who were minority was created. Many do not know killed while serving our it, but Mrs. Rosa communities and its Parks, the civil rights residents. icon struggled to find It was chairman suitable employment Conyers who waged after her refusal to a fifteen battle, often surrender her seat on a with few allies, to have Montgomery, Alabama the birthday of Dr. bus during a city-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. boycott. designated a national HON. JOHN CONYERS, JR. It was Chairman holiday. Chairman Conyers saw the prescience and Conyers who offered her a job in meaning in Dr. King’s life when some his Detroit congressional office in in Washington and throughout the 1965. Mrs. Parks was a trusted aide nation branded Dr. King a traitor and to Congressman Conyers until her a communist. Undaunted, he persisted retirement in 1988.
It was indeed a delightful and educational experience working with Congressman Conyers in the House of Representatives. He was a sincere and disciplined gentleman whose compassion was extended far beyond those he knew, and those he represented. Everyone was aware that when Congressman Conyers entered a room, his very presence was regal and resolute. His matchless brilliance and his lawyerly manner preceded him as legions will rightfully testify, and as our nation’s history shall rightly record.
*Congresswoman Johnson represents the 30th congressional district of Texas in the United States House of Representatives. She also chairs the Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the House of Representatives.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Diabetes Awareness Month Family Caregivers Month Recurring Events Feeding The Needy, Host: Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez, 1641 Corsicana St, Dallas. 3-5p., Sundays. The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, A. A. M. 3536 Grand Ave. 9-21-19 - 3-1-20. West African Drumming and Dance Class, South Dallas Culture Center, 3400 Fitzhugh Ave. 11a-1p. (10-26)(12-7), Ages 5-18. Info: Marilyn Clark, 214-671-1998. Arthello Beck Gallery Presents: Nitashia Johnson The Self Publication, So. Dallas Culture Center, 3400 Fitzhugh Ave. 11-9, Opening Reception 6p.
November 6 Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” composed by James Weldon & J. Rosamond Johnson in 1900
Happy Birthday to Team Member, an Awesome Lady Dareia Tolbert-Jacobs 2019 National Pan-Hellenic Council of Dallas Meeting, A. A. Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 6:30-8p. The Great Love Debate World Tour, Hyena’s Comedy Club 425 Commerce St. Ft. Worth. 8-10p. Eventbrite. Women of the West Bible Study, Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. 7p. The MLK Fresh Produce, Distribution Center, (Bldg. A) 2929 MLK, Jr. Blvd. 10:30a-1:30p. Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee Meeting, O.C.C.C. 1001 N. Bishop Ave. 1p. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 7 Kendra Gives Back, Kendra Scott, Shops at Legacy, 5800 Legacy Dr., Frisco. 5:30-7:30p. RSVP: 214-299-5227. 410 Line Dancers Thu. Class DFW Sports Garden 1850 E. Beltline Rd. 7-9p. Info: 410linedancers.com. Tongo Eisen-Martin, African Diaspora, So. Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh. 7p. Eventbrite.com. All New Thursdays Ladies Night Soulful Soundz, Vinetti’s, 4833 Midway Rd. Addison 5-12a. Free Cover. Conversations at The West, Friendship-West Baptist Church, 2020 Wheatland Rd. 7p.
Z. W. H., Oasis Center Orientation, Frazier House 4600 Spring Ave. 11a-12:30p. Class starts 11-11-19. Oasis Center Graduation, 11-20-19, 2p.. North Oak Cliff Toastmasters, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce 1001 N. Bishop Ave. 6:30-7:30p. Fall College Fair, Tyler Street Christian Academy/Hillcrest Gym, 915 W. 9th St. 5:30-7p. Info: tsca.org. Royce Is My Choice Meet and Greet & Support, Hosts: Mayor Steve Mason, Thorntree Country Club 825 W. Wintergreen Rd. 6-8p. RSVP: email@example.com.
November 8-9 African Union Diaspora Conf. & Gala, Irving Convention Center, 500 Las Colinas Blvd. Eventbrite.com.
November 8 1st Black Female to the Legislature Crystal Bird Faucet in 1938 for PA
IHCC Awards Gala and Masquerade Ball, Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. 6p-12a. Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org. C.O.R.E. Heart Awards, EMCEE Rebecca Lopez, Serendipity Labs-Uptown Arts, 2323 Ross Ave. 6-9p Tickets:coreheartawards. ticketleap.com. Garland ISD Students Honors Staff, Walnut Glen E.S. 3101 Edgewood Dr. 8:30a. Garland ISD Students Honors Staff, Bullock E.S. 3909 Edgewood Dr. 9:15a Garland ISD Students Honors Staff, Davis E.S. 1621 McCallum Dr. 1:p. Garland ISD Students Honors Staff, Northlake E.S., 1626 Bosque Dr. 1:45p. Garland ISD Students Honors Staff, Jackson M.S. 1310 Bobbie Ln. 2:30p.
My-Dallas Citizenship Workshop, Downtown Library, 8a.-5p. Contact: 214-671-5087. Fluffy N Fitness Mas Band Celebration Live, Murphy’s Mansion, 10051 Whitehurst Dr. 10p-2a. Meet the Primary Candidates, Democratic Headquarters, 1414 N. Washington Ave. 12-2p. DemocraticMonthly.com. Taste of Blue Scholarship Fundraiser, Bella Event Hall, 11834 Harry Hines Blvd., #101. 8-11p. Tickets: www.sncfd.org. Christians in Public Service 2019 Awards Luncheon, Magnolia Hotels, 1401 Commerce St. 11:30a-1:30p. Tickets: Eventbrite.com. Freedmen’s Town Tour of Dallas Metroplex, A.A.M., 3536 Grand Ave. 10a-3p. Tickets: Eventbrite.com. Black Womans PAC Policy, 2nd Annual Politics & Donor, The Riveter, 3333 Welborn St. 8a-4p. Tickets: Eventbrite.com. 2nd Annual Amaranth Light Walk for Diabetes, Mike Lewis Park, 2410 N. Carrier Pkwy. Grand Prairie. 8a-12p. Tickets: Eventbrite.com. Dillon Center Symposium, African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave. RSVP: Lizzie MacWillie 214-252-2900. Black Tie Ball, Host: Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Dallas, Hilton Anatole Dallas, 2201 N Stemmons Fwy. 6- 11p. Tickets: bbbsirving.ejoinme.org. Self-Defense Training Class, F45 Bishops Arts, 810 W. Davis St. 11:45a-2p.Register: F45trainingbishoparts@ gmail.com.
Naturopathic Reiki I, Pan African Connection, 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. 2-5p. Tickets: Eventbrite.com. Couples Ministry: Re-Engage, Concord Church 6808 Pastor Bailey Dr. 12-1:30p. 97th Church Anniversary, Peoples Missionary Baptist Church, 3119 Pine St. 10:30-12:30p.
Oak Cliff C. C. Transportation & Mobility Summit, Spk: Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Methodist Med. Ctr. 1441 N. Beckley Ave. 7:30-10a.
Reggae Sunday Brunch, Hero’s Lounge 3094 N. 35 Fwy. Dallas. 11-3p. Sunday: Caribbean Breakfast & Lunch.
Lifeologie Oak Cliff Presents: Movember, Lifeologie Oak Cliff, 211 S. Tyler St. 6:30-8:30p.
November 9 Dr. Kang’s Vegan Potluck, Regal Row 1720 Regal Row #210. Bring A VEGAN Dish or Donation of $10 & up. How The Southwest Was Won, Dos Equis Pavilion 8p. Tickets: SkipWallace@LiveNation.com. Nothing But Neo Soul & Poetry, Sway’s Room, 1175 N. Watson Rd., Arlington. 9p. Tickets: instantseats.com
November 11 Happy Birthday to Team Member and a good Friend Virlinda Stanton Christian Care Communities & Services Festival of Trees Gala, The Westin Galleria Dallas, 13340 N. Dallas Pkwy. 6-10p. Tickets: christiancarecenter.org. Linny Nance’s Hour of Power, Balcony Club, 1825 Abrams Rd. #B. 8:30-9:30p.
Veterans Day Block Party, Stone’s Ace Hardware, 2433 Gus Thomasson Rd. 10a-2p.
November 12 Zan Wesley Holmes, Cash Flow, Collateral Leverage Class, Frazier House 4600 Spring Ave. 3-4:30p. Info: email, email@example.com. Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Coffee and Commerce Mtg., Guest Speaker: David Arbuckle, Cliff Chamber of Commerce,1001 N. Bishop Ave. 8a. Pneumonia Day
IHCC Café con Nosotros, IHCC 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 8:30am-9:30am. Info: www.irvingHCC.com Power Hour, “How to Obtain Business Credit” by V&D Financial, IHCC Office 135 S. Jefferson St. 11:30a. Community Police Oversight Board Meeting, City of Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. 5:30p.
November 13 Caryn E. “Whoopi” Johnson, DOB 1949, Comedian & Actress
Swing Dance Class, Allure Jazz & Cigar Lounge 110 S. Cockrell Hill. 7:30-9:30. Lady Champagne. Free before 8pm. Wine & Jazz, Box Garden in Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave. Plano. 6-11p. Tickets: Eventbrite.com. Jamrok Wednesdays, A Night of Jamaican Music, Hero’s Lounge, 3094 N. Stemmons Fwy. 7p-2a. Eventbrite.com.
November 14 The Stormproof Way To Build Your Brand, Microsoft Store No. Pk. Ctr. 8687 N. 75 Fwy. #1612, 7-9p. Texas Women’s foundation 34th Annual Luncheon, Amplify Women, Presented by Mavs, Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. 35 Fwy. 11:30a-1p. City of Duncanville Town Hall Meeting, D.L. Hopkins Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd. 6:30-8p. Fantasia, The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Pl. 7:30p. Tickets: AXS. Z. W. Holmes Lunch & Learn, Trevor Noel, Intro to a Bus. Plan, Frazier House 4600 Spring Ave. 11:30am. Women That Soar Awards VIP Reception, Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. 6-8p. Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Transportation & Mobility Committee Meeting, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce,1001 N. Bishop Ave. 7:30a. North Oak Cliff Toastmasters, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce 1001 N. Bishop Ave. 6:30-7:30p.
November 15 Friday Night with The Wives, Host: Dareia Jacobs DeSoto Rec. Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd., 7-9:30p. Reg.: resurrectionbodyofchristchurch.com.
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Demetria Obilor leaves Dallas, caught hold of and embraced Ms. Obilor’s charm, others grabbed the remote to change the channel.
By “Chance” you’ve heard this before. Then, there was the clap back now known around the world. A white woman attempted to body shame Ms. Obilor and she wasn’t having it! Jan Shedd’s criticism of Ms. Obilor’s body and dress size elicited a direct response. “I don’t believe in stepping out in fear,” Ms. Obilor said. “I’m into believing in myself one-hundred percent of the time and being who I am set me on the trajectory for what happened.” Ms. Obilor’s social media response went viral, grabbing headlines, celebrity endorsements and support, and definitely worth mentioning, an unmistakable rise in viewership and ratings for WFAA. Chance the Rapper even chimed in on the incident via social media, to which Ms. Obilor thanked him. With both of them being present at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention in Detroit of which I served as convention chair in August 2018, I was determined to connect them face-to-face. The reaction was priceless. “It was great meeting Chance,” Ms. Oblior said. “I don’t even know if he realized the impact that his tweet made and how symbolic it would be and what it transformed into.” She added, “It’s about taking a stand for what’s right. That moment of racism and body shaming, taking a stand, it was a beautiful thing.” The Kansas City, Missouri native smiled as she recalled young girls approaching her since the incident, and hearing from them about how she’s impacted their lives and confidence.
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media posts, specifically the comments section, you’ll see unsavory messages on full display. While some of the replies she receives may appear as harmless flirtations, some are scary and disgusting. A taste of Texas, “Oh, and you haven’t even seen the not the food DMs (direct messages),” she replied in response to me sharing things I’d While Ms. Obilor observed in the public didn’t have a comments. favorite dining spot On numerous to share, she does occasions, Ms. Obilor have experiences she has faced extreme treasures most. danger. From her “It’s not so much time in Dallas, she’s the places, but the learned lessons and people in them,” she says she’s grown in said. the areas of security The University and boundaries. of Kansas graduate “Never taking shared that she’s a for granted your very family-oriented safety,” Ms. Obilor person and that being said. “As a female away from her family in a new city, a was hard, however victim of stalking she found people who three times over in were like family. a new city, trusting She especially enintuition and being joyed seeing Minnie’s totally aware of your Food Pantry in action. surroundings.” “Cheryl Jackson A chosen career and the people in television in a she works with big city and a very have created an identifiable space set environment that the stage for negative feels like home activity. that is welcoming “TV was the and accepting with reason because it kindness, dedication allowed people to DEMETRIA OBILOR AND CHANCE THE RAPPER AT THE NABJ CONVENTION IN DETROIT and love,” Ms. Obilor know when I was at said. “I’ve enjoyed the work, exact location, people I’ve met who entrepreneurship, Black people paving where to show up, and all of it was have big hearts and won’t stop, who the way to make their dreams come rooted in television,” she said, adding give their last for others.” true and you don’t see that in a lot of there were challenges she faced. Ms. Obilor shared that she also places,” she said. “Working in a studio that is glass, enjoyed time at the Dallas Museum people showing up trying to marry of Art and The Dallas Arboretum. you, trusting natural instincts inside Danger zone ahead While she helped viewers navigate of you, and people disregarding the their morning commutes throughout While being an on-air media seriousness of it.” the metroplex, her personal travel professional may come with perks, a She also confirmed that as a result experiences in Dallas were amusing. side the general public rarely hears of stalking behavior towards her, three “I liked going to the airport about are the risks. If you take a people went to jail. because I like to leave,” Ms. Obilor closer look at Ms. Obilor’s social "It’s about never compromising or
“If you have a voice, you need to use it and I’ve always used mine because it’s the right thing to do,” she said.
laughed. “There’s some cool people at Southwest Airlines!” With prior news stints at the NBC affiliate in Kansas City and the CBS affiliate in Vegas; working for the ABC affiliate in Dallas afforded Ms. Obilor the opportunity to witness something different. “It’s amazing to see the
second-guessing yourself when it comes to your safety,” Ms. Obilor explained. “Trusting yourself and remaining strong, that’s something I’ll take with me.” Being a public figure can oftentimes be marred by others seeking to do harm. Therefore, some whose careers are public actually spend a lot of time alone. Such was the case with Ms. Obilor.
Hanging it up
The 28-year-old “traffic bae” chose not to renew her contract with WFAA-TV and is charting a new path for her life. “I’m never doing local news again,” Ms. Obilor vehemently said. “I’m not interested in local news. I’m grateful for the skills that I’ve learned and perspectives I’ve gained, knowledge that I have and relationships I’ve gained.” With long-time aspirations of wanting to have her own show and give commentary, she says she’s “moving to Vegas for now and working on new opportunities in some new cities.” Ms. Obilor thanks Dallas-Fort Worth for the support over the years and says she doesn’t take any of it for granted. Her experiences have left her with many valuable takeaways, including “picking your battles, refining that, learning how to play the game a little bit better,” she said. While the road has led Demetria Obilor out of Texas, there are signs everywhere with her name on them… in women standing up for themselves, little girls appreciating their bodies and the skin they’re in, people learning there are consequences for crossing the line and exuberant confidence for all man-kind. For her, the pathway has been carved out and is clear. “Everything is necessary, every step is necessary,” Ms. Obilor said. “It’s time to take another step and bet on myself.”
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POWER XIV: SONS V - “He’s So Talented!” WHAT’S ON MILES’ MIND BY MILES JAYE Talent is power! Talent has the power to fascinate and captivate. Talented people possess the power to influence and to persuade, that’s why singers and actors are used to sell products on TV—folks trust people with talent. Talent, combined with charisma, swag, and even a fair degree of good looks, can yield a powerful, inexplicable, almost inescapable force over those exposed to its allure. I get a little uncomfortable when someone tells me, “you’re so talented.” Not to complicate a compliment, but a child can be talented. That same compliment can be true of a precocious 6-year old or a gifted 12-year old. I come from a world where talent was a starting point not a destination. Time is the factor! It’s a question of sustained hard work and sacrifice over time. Talent is the seed, it’s not the salad. It’s the grape, it’s not the wine. Wine takes time! When I board a plane, I don’t want to hear, “no need to worry folks, both pilots are talented.” I want to know that there is a Captain and a First Officer on board. I want to know the Captain is in charge, because he or she is the most skilled and has the most training and cockpit-time operating that aircraft. I imagine the same is true of doctors. “Dr. Williams is not a board-certified surgeon, but she really is quite a talented physician— you’ll be just fine.” My last visit to the dentist, a dental hygienist was assigned to perform the check-up on my gums. I was not happy to see her approaching my mouth with that sharp hook-like object instructing me to open wide. Where was the dentist?
In the arts, we work toward mastering our craft. I like to think of myself as having mastered my craft-the art of songwriting for example, or my style of jazz violin. I’ve put many years of work into both. I was striving for mastery. In music, a master is called a virtuoso or Maestro. In the martial arts, a sensei or sifu, after mastering some form or system of karate or kung-fu, after many years of study and training, is then qualified to instruct-he or she, is called a Master. “You’re so talented” somehow,
unintentionally, negates the work and sacrifice required for accomplishment. Perhaps also unintentionally, we teach our kids that talent is the X-factor. They’re so caught up with the talent thing that they’re convinced that absent an obvious gift for athletics or music, they are unlikely to enjoy the opportunities life has to offer. The fact is, opportunity is born of every hour of hard work you apply. Sadly, and ironically, the talent setup hurts the talented ones the most, as they’re led to believe that talent alone is enough. Will Smith said: “I’ve always thought of myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous, insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.” Talent is a setup! Think about what we teach our sons about talent. If you have it, you’re special, if you don’t, you’re not. Then what about drive, determination, practice, preparation?
What about character, perseverance, tenacity, persistence? What about courage? What about faith? Dale Carnegie, author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” said: “We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.” Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich” said: “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” He also said: “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” The Apostle Paul, author of 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 said: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy,
to another discerning of spirits, to another speaking in tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” How many of us even teach our sons what the Word has to say about talent? Every son has the ability, the potential, the talent, to be a great son, a great father, husband, co-worker, neighbor-- a great man. Every son has the gifts needed to make his mom and dad proud, but he is just the seed, and like any seed, he requires cool water, warm sun, and the love of fertile soil to blossom and grow to his full potential. That’s what’s on my mind!
Miles Jaye is an award-winning R&B/Jazz singer, musician and producer. He is also an author, painter and trained chef. firstname.lastname@example.org www.milesjaye.net
10 From Marva with Love By Marva Sneed Texas Metro News Writer
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From Marva with By Marva Sneed
On From Marva with Love I interviewed Visionary Linda D. Lee, the CEO and founder of LL Media Group, LLC, a personal development consultancy. She is a Professional Certified Life Coach (PCLC), Certified Christian Mentor (CCM), international speaker, multi award-winning author, and a voice for the voiceless. She humbly teaches women how to build healthy relationships with positive competencies, sustainability plans while equipping the next generation in alternative rite of passage ceremonies. Mrs. Lee said she truly believes every woman has a voice that needs to be heard. Mrs. Lee begins with her story BY HIS STRIPES anthology a caregiver story. MS: Can you give us a little background about being a caregiver?
LL: I want to share as you stated and bring awareness to care giving from a different perspective. My story “In Bed with a Snake Anthology,” deals with care giving and also access denied. So I’m coming from this perspective, I was pregnant and I was denied access to health care many years ago. But then I also experienced my exhusband being denied health care on his death bed. So I want to bring awareness from the perspective to help others understand that they have a right to medical care. MS: What Happened? LL: What happened in my story “In Bed with a Snake Anthology.” I was pregnant. I was having symptoms that
caused me to be alarmed. I approached my doctor after I had been to appointment a week before and we found that I was leaking fluid around the baby and he didn’t feel that there was a reason to be alarmed. With any situation with your
body causes you to panic. I tried to stay calm but each day it seemed like more fluid was leaking from around the baby. To fast forward I went to work. I worked at a subsidiary of The Dallas Morning News. I felt the fluid leaking and called my doctor. He agreed to see me and he still didn’t see any reason for alarm. Again I was denied access to
care. I went home I was in bed and I felt ill I knew there was something wrong with my body. That’s the question that I ask people all the time Have you ever been denied medical care? From a caregiver’s perspective, the one that gives care and even the one that needs care. We all have to be aware that people’s needs have to be met at a specific time. And at that I needed emergency care. My doctor didn’t think that I did. My pregnancy was early and he wouldn’t send me to the doctor for care. I timed my pain and I was in labor and no one would receive that I was in labor. My husband didn’t believe I was in labor, the doctor didn’t believe I was in labor. I called the doctor again and asked him to send me to the emergency room? Back then you had to have approval from your doctor to go to the emergency room. For more of the interview with Mrs. Linda Lee’s “In Bed with a Snake Anthology” go to BlogTalkRadio Cheryl’s World, ‘From Marva with Love.’ Tune in to From Marva with Love on BlogTalkRadio.com. Fridays 11am-1pm
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JOY TO THE WORLD I’ve always wanted to make my parents proud. Never want to bring shame to the family name. I was always thinking about the implications and ramifications of my actions and inactions. Sure there were times when I made slip-ups, but believe me when I tell you that somewhere in my psyche I was thinking about Joseph and Earline. No friends or amount of peer pressure could make me engage in actions that would make my mother cry, I hoped. Kinda reminds me of listening to former Tallahassee mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Speaking at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education, my fellow Florida A&M University
QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. HaLL As I began to read Pastor Jonathan Carl’s recent letter to the POTUS, my face brimmed with glee and anticipation. The headline said it all: “Pastor Hits back after inadvertently coming under fire from Donald Trump!” That gave me some hope. A
Christian fighting evil? When I found out that Reverend Carl leads the South Fork Baptist Church in Hodgenville, Kentucky and is an Iraq War vet and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, I reared back and shouted; “Amen!”
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Rep. Bowers welcomes community to Garland office (l) Rep. Rhetta Andrews Bowers with her staff Amber Guyger on witness stand
Community leaders welcomed Rep. Andrews Bowers to her new office. Botham Jean
alum talked about being the first in his family to graduate from high school and college. He also recalled his mother on the receiving of phone calls that made her cry, as she’d hear of an indiscretion or brush with the law, involving one of his older siblings. Mayor Gillum said he decided at a young age, “If I was ever going to make my mother cry it was going to be for something good not something bad.” Which brings me to my truth. Sunday, September 22, 2019, I met Botham Shem Jean’s maternal grandmother, Gloria Charles. Ms. Gloria and I talked about her grandson, who was murdered by then-Dallas Police officer, Amber Guyger. Follow the early narrative that was presented: On the evening of September 6, 2018, an unarmed Botham Shem Jean (26) was relaxing at home in his Dallas apartment, just a few blocks from the Dallas Police Department; enjoying watching television and eating a bowl of cereal. Officer Guyger was coming home from a long shift (13-1/2 hours), physically and mentally drained. She lived in the same South Side Flats, but on a different floor and on that fateful night, she went to the wrong apartment, entered and saw what she thought was an intruder, fired, killing Mr. Jean. Take a deep breath. Monday, September 23, 2019, Ms. Guyger’s murder trial began. Defense attorneys say Ms. Guyger mistakenly entered the wrong apartment, because she was on “mental autopilot” after a long shift. Text messages the defendant’s attorneys wanted to keep away from jurors told a different story. Those text messages were allowed in as evidence. The prosecution says the “dumping” of Ms. Guyger’s cell phone is very telling because it revealed the sexual relationship between the four-year officer and her partner, Sr. Corporal Martin Rivera, and conversations she had immediately before and after the shooting. A different narrative was presented by the prosecution, one where Ms. Guyger texted her See MY TRUTH, page 4
EDITOR’s NOTE: Right at press time, the jury came back with a guilty verdict. After a break, the punishment phase was expected to begin. DALLAS—The murder trial of a White former police officer, Amber Guyger, caught the spotlight a little over a year after her bizarre killing of unarmed Black man, Botham Shem Jean, in his own home. She insists she mistook his apartment for her own. The onetime Dallas police officer had seemed unemotional, even apathetic during the trial. But defense attorneys said she was sorrowful for killing in self defense and in testimony Sept. 27, she cried. Prosecutors said there was no basis for self defense since Ms. Guyger’s life was never in danger. She entered Mr. Jean’s apartment while he was watching television and eating ice cream the night of September 6, 2018. The Black community and others wonder: Will the family of Mr. Jean receive justice, or will a onetime White law enforcement officer live free and unpunished after killing an unarmed and innocent Black person? Judge Tammy Kemp, the Black woman who presides over the trial, has been firm in saying she wants the jury to decide the case free of influence caused by electronic devices, nodding of heads or gestures in her courtroom. The sequestered jury consists of two Whites, one Asian, four Latinos, and five Blacks. Four jurors are men, and eight are women. There are also four alternates. The first week was an emotional one for the Jean family, many who came from the island of St. Lucia for the trial. They began their time back in Dallas on Sept. 22 by attending services at Cedar Crest Church of Christ. His grandmother, Gloria Charles, told those present it was important to not let her son become demonized as has been the case with other Black men who died at the hands of police. “He was a good boy, a very loving child,” she said. Jurors heard from Mr. Jean’s sister who spoke of how she still can’t believe he is gone. She shared the sense of great loss her family feels because of his death. Perhaps the most emotional distress experienced by the family was a video showing emergency professionals trying with much vigor to save Mr. Jean, who was still breathing when See MURDER, page 3
Name ________________________________________ Phone # ____________________ State Representative Rhetta Andrews Bowers (HD 113) recently hosted her official District Office Grand Opening. As she welcomed constituents and community leaders into their new space she expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support in her District. The ribbon cutting was followed by a reception and tours of the new office space. Among the attendees were several state and local leaders including Reps. Victoria Neave, Carl Sherman Sr. and Ana-Maria Ramos, Garland Mayor Scott LeMay and Rowlett Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian. “Representing the business community of Garland means a lot, when a legislator’s voting record in Austin reflects how much they support our community. Representative Bowers has demonstrated her commitment to both businesses big and small in her district,” said Paul Mayer, CEO of the Garland Chamber of Commerce. “I am grateful to be here, because Representative Bowers truly cares
about the people of her district. As I’ve gotten to know her, I am inspired by how she engages with her constituents and truly desires to make her community a better place for all, “ said Rep. Sherman.Mayor Scott LeMay said, “We are very honored for Representative Bowers to locate her District office here in Garland. She has a lot of places she could have gone, but were grateful that she is here with us.” “I always want the Texans that I serve to know that I am accessible and that I stand ready to serve. Their concerns are my concerns and today underscores that commitment. I am glad to open our district office in a familiar and convenient location for the constituency and I am pleased to see people here form the Northern to the Southern boundaries of our district,” said Rep. Bowers. She was elected to serve District 113 in the Texas House of Representatives on Nov. 8, 2018. Growing up, Bowers was drawn to a life of activism at an early age.
Following the example of her mother, a prominent community leader, and her father, a nationally recognized surgeon, Bowers volunteered to phone bank for the late Congressman Mickey Leland as a pre-teen. Bowers has continued to invest her time and energy in her community. She has served as a substitute teacher and a PTA member with the Garland ISD. She was appointed to the Rowlett Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, where she served for eight years. She has continued to be an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., of which she is a lifetime member. Bowers is an alumna of Spelman College and Texas Southern University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications, with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. A native Houstonian, she currently resides in Rowlett, TX with her husband and their children.
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NABJ announces 2023-2026 convention locations WASHINGTON – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) recently announced the Board of Directors’ selections for the host cities of the association's National Convention & Career Fair for 2023 through 2026. 2023 - Birmingham 2024 - Chicago 2025 - Cleveland 2026 - Atlanta
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Previously announced convention cities include Washington, D.C. in 2020, Houston in 2021 and Las Vegas in 2022. The newest city and hotel selections were based on a combination of metrics including the following: Potential revenue generation Projected expenses for the organization Desirable hotel availability dates Rooming prices and hotel capacity Travel and attendance costs for members and partners Accommodations for meeting space and exhibitor requirements Attendance track record (if applicable) Historical significance and the opportunity to support robust minority businesses were also factors discussed during the selection process. “This year, NABJ celebrated a record-breaking convention in the Miami metropolitan area and we are committed to duplicating and adding to that successful formula,” said President Dorothy Tucker. “After thoughtful research, review and dialogue, our Board decided that these cities offer the environment, resources and partnerships that are needed to not only take our conventions to the next level but support the expectations of our attendees.” Cities and hotels that competed to host NABJ conventions were not chosen for a combination of several reasons, including: Required convention dates were not available Meeting space, guest rooms and general operating costs were too expensive Attendance track-records from previous NABJ conventions were unfavorable The site selection review process concluded in early October after site visits to the seven finalist cities, chosen by the Board, were completed. NABJ received multiple proposals from cities across the country. The review process included a multi-city tour conducted by a special NABJ delegation. The tour stops included hotel and venue visits, engagement with local NABJ and community members and meetings with local convention and visitor bureaus.
NOVEMBER 6, 2019
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Flow of Ci and Co As always, Cierra and Courtney started their podcast with a “Quote of the Week.” These quotes help motivate ourselves and others to push through a rough week. “You’ve survived 100% of your bad days,” is a quote from Cierra, as she talked about defeating bad days because they don’t last forever. Remember to always stay positive throughout your journey. “You’d be surprised who’s watching your journey and being inspired by it. Don’t quit,” is the quote from Courtney, that mentions that we are all on our own journey and to always remember that someone is rooting for you. On the 6th episode of the Flo of Ci & Co, we discussed many topics from: A Gender Reveal
Explosion that left a grandmother dead; Tornado destruction in Dallas; Breaking away from a 9-5 job; and, the most recent shooting near Greenville, Texas where during a homecoming party for Texas A&M Commerce students, two young men were shot and killed while others were injured at the scene. Gun violence has got to be put to an end in our community. Cierra: We bring our attention to another shooting that has taken place at Texas A&M Commerce. It is really unfortunate that this happened, especially at this event. I will never understand why situations like this happens, especially being at a fun event. Why would someone want to come to an event like that and cause trouble? How was the shooter able to
Guns and more maneuver through the security guards? Courtney: I feel like every club should have a male security guard and a woman security guard. The reason is because males don’t like to check females and females don’t like to check males. You signed up for this job, so take it seriously. Cierra: For example, females don’t get checked as hard as males. It is easy for a female to carry a weapon in their purse into the club because their bags are not being checked as hard. That could’ve easily happened. There are so many questions being raised about this incident. Courtney: I was talking to someone about Texas Gun Laws and they were saying that they don’t agree to the gun laws in Texas. Most of the people I
talk to about this are not from Texas, so they all have different opinions. Cierra: Texas gun laws are pretty lenient. We pretty much have an open carry policy, but of course there are restrictions on where and when to carry. What are some gun laws in Michigan? Courtney: I’m not quite sure about the gun laws in Michigan. I know for sure that you can’t openly carry in your car. If you do it has to be locked away in your glove compartment. Prayers to those who are affected by the shooting near Commerce. Make sure to tune in next week, listening in on the Flow of Ci and Co. The show airs every Wednesday from 2p.m. to 4p.m. on Blog Talk Radio/ CherylsWorld, and you don’t want to miss it.
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HARRIET A REVIEW BY HOLLYWOOD HERNANDEZ
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MTV’s Teen Mom Ashley Jones By VALDER BEEBE
Any kid who took high school history is aware of the iconic character in Black History known as Harriet Tubman, but the movie HARRIET takes us into the life of the abolitionist and teaches us about the woman, Harriet Tubman. She had almost superhero type powers. First, freeing herself with a 100-mile journey to Philadelphia, then making the trip 10 more times over a 13-year period freeing family members and friends and other enslaved American Blacks who wanted to be free as well. In total, she personally led over seventy slaves to freedom. She had a strong faith and an even stronger desire to be free. With her Christian background, she believed that no man should be able to own another human being. It was that strong faith that gave her her relentless spirit to free fellow slaves and lead them to freedom. The movie shows her tragedies and her ability to triumph over the impossible obstacles that she faced. There’s a scene in the movie where she jumps into a river from
off a bridge where she tells her master, she would rather be dead than to not be free. She had an amazing spirit. She had a lifetime of historic firsts, such as being the first army commander to lead a group of American soldiers in battle. HARRIET also started out as a person who used safe houses to help slaves travel to freedom in the north to become the conductor of the underground railroad. HARRIET isn’t a “Black story.” It’s a story about a woman who was a true hero. It’s an inspiring and uplifting story about a woman who never gave up, no matter what the odds. This is a story for all Americans. In her later years, Tubman worked with Susan B. Anthony on issues involving women. She also established a nursing home where former slaves could get free medical care. She was an amazing woman who lived to be 91 years old. The movie is rated PG-13 for violence and has a run time of 2 hours and 5 minutes. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate HARRIET a JUMBO.
I adore my job! Talking to millennials (born 1980-1994), Gen X (born 1965-1979) and my favorite Baby Boomers (born 1944-1954) and the Silent Generation (born 19281945). Everyone’s favorite MTV “Teen Mom: Young + Pregnant” girls Ashley, Brianna and Kayla - are back for season 2 as they navigate the new challenges of motherhood. This season, they are joined by two new moms-to-be Kiaya and Rachel who are just starting out on their journey. Invited into the Valder Beebe Show studios Ashley Jones, (22). Ashley’s tumultuous relationship with Bar, her daughter Holly’s father, has had a lot of highs and lows, but his ongoing lack of motivation has Ashley at her breaking point. As she shifts her focus to school, she decides to end things with Bar and work on their co-parenting, but when Ashley starts hanging out with Chicago rapper 600Breezy, Bar is not happy.Text provided by Ashley’s publicist VBS: Ashley’s in the Valder Beebe Show is here to bring us up on Teen Mom “Young Plus Pregnant.” Ashley what can you enlighten my audience about MTV Teen Mom? AJ: There’s a lot of good stuff coming up and some interesting stories. VBS: Tell us about your story, it promoted as tumultuous. What does that mean to you? AJ: I do have a lot of moving parts in my life. My child’s father and I are trying to figure it out. My family and I are trying to figure it out. This season the viewers will see a lot of growth in my story. VBS: When you say “trying to figure it out”? What does trying to
figure it out mean? I am going to assume that you have had your child. Mothers usually have or have a plan for a platform to work from. So what does figure it out mean? AJ: Ideally I would have had my cards in order before having a child. I think life has a funny way of making its only decision. I think parenting is just an everyday decision that you learn to make. VBS: On the show Teen Mom, will we see your parents involved in your life and the life of their grandchild? AJ: Yes. My parents are a big part of my support system. VBS: You say you have gained selfconfidence. What have you learned from your very public journey of life? What can my audience learn from your journey? Ashley’s full interview……. ValderBeebeShow.com Valder Beebe hosts the Valder Beebe Show on FM and streaming TV: ValderBeebeShow. com; SoundCloud.com/ ValderBeebeShow; FM Broadcast: KKVI FM 89.9, KRER FM 102.5; Streaming on ROKU & Amazon Fire:YouTube/ValderBeebeShow; VBS affiliate broadcasters; PChatman Network [Roku TV] ;
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C. O. R. E. Heart Awards Kicking off a beautiful autumn weekend on Friday, November 8, EMB Chrysalis Foundation and Mona’s Heart Outreach, Inc. will host the lavish 2019 C. O. R. E. Heart Awards at Serendipity Labs – Uptown Arts in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, to recognize compassionate, outstanding, refined and exceptional individuals and organizations that contribute significantly to their communities as they lead by example to enhance the lives of people holistically. WHAT: Semi-formal affair presented by EMB Chrysalis Foundation and Mona’s Heart Outreach, Inc. honoring individuals and organizations whose service impacts the essence of the lives they reach THE 2019 HONOREES International Trailblazer of the Year Award • Mahisha Dellinger, CEO and Founder of Curls, TV Show Host of OWN’s Mind Your Business with Mahisha, Creator of Black Girls Making Millions Academy Heart of the Community Award • Alpha Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. • Cornerstone Baptist Church (Dallas) Media Servant’s Heart Award • Rebecca Lopez, Senior Reporter WFAA-TV Channel 8 Healing Hearts Award • Dr. Jill Waggoner, Certified Family Physician, Author and Speaker Beauty of the Heart Award • Tara Robinson, Heart Disease Survivor, Author, Founder of the Black Heart Association, and Restorative Coach Heart of a Champion Award • Monic Lowe, Heart Disease Survivor, Entrepreneur, Author, Healthy Heart Advocate and Speaker Servant’s Heart Award • Dr. Michael W. Waters - Pastor, Professor, Author, Community Leader and Social Commentator and Atty. Yulise Reaves Waters Director of Dallas Programs for Lone Star Justice Alliance, First Lady, Former Dallas Assistant City Attorney, and Co-Founder of Second Chance Community Improvement Program • ShantaQuilette Develle, Women’s Health Advocate, Author, Certified Life Coach,
CEO/Founder of The Pink Peppermint Project, Visionary/ Curator of Style Follows Her, and Transformational Speaker Healthy Hearts Award • Lisa Freeney, Founder and CEO of Lisa’s Lemonade LaMona Joyce Legacy of the Heart Honorees • Dr. Renee Hornbuckle, Senior Pastor/Author/Life Coach/ Strategist • Kay Harris, Owner of Luxe Touch Laser Center & Medi-Spa/ Community Advocate • Gwendolyn Gerald, Owner of GMarv Boutique & Custom Clothier/First Lady • Diane Williams, Entrepreneur/ Business Director Darlene Childs Legacy of the Heart Honorees WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2019 5:30 p.m. Media Check-In 6:00-7:00 p.m. Red Carpet Social Time 7:00-9:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony Program WHERE: Serendipity Labs – Uptown Arts 2323 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 CONTACT: For questions, more information about tickets, becoming a sponsor, or advertiser, interview opportunities or other news, interviews, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. About EMB Chrysalis Foundation EMB Chrysalis Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping and enriching individuals from all walks of life with the tools and resources necessary to be well from the inside out. About Mona’s Heart Outreach, Inc. Mona’s Heart Outreach is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance, resources, and relief to those who are affected by homelessness, domestic violence, and medical illness in the DFW Metroplex. They also offer support services and resources to veterans, senior citizens, and those who have experienced displacement through financial hardships.
NOVEMBER 6, 2019
Part of Olive Street renamed “Nowitzki Way” in honor of Dirk
Dirk Nowitzki unveils the street sign in front of American Airlines Center Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, members of Dallas City Council join Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall, that now bears his name. head coach Rick Carlisle and Dirk Nowitzki at renaming of the 2900-3000 block of Olive Street
By Dorothy J. Gentry Sports Editor Photos Courtesy of Dallas Mavericks Retired Dallas Maverick star Dirk Nowitzki is arguably the best player in Mavericks history and the most beloved athlete in the history of the City of Dallas. Through the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation he awards grants to organizations focusing on children’s well-being, health and education. He regularly makes
hundreds of appearances and signs thousands of autographs in his desire to help children in our communities. He holds two well-known celebrity charity events - Dirk’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Tournament and his Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic raises thousands every year for area charities. And oh yeah, he played for the same team for an NBA record 21 years – and then
there’s that NBA Championship he led the Mavericks to in 2011. For all he’s given the City of Dallas, it has now given back to him.On Thursday, Oct. 31, months after a unanimous vote by the Dallas City Council, he was honored with a city street renamed Nowitzki Way. Nowitzki Way is the former 2900-3000 block of Olive Street south of the American Airlines Center were the Mavericks play. "It's sort of surreal," Nowitzki
said in front of hundreds of local dignitaries, fans, former coaches and teammates. "From my first year, the city probably wouldn't have named a dumpster after me." The 41-year-old retired last season after a stellar NBA season. He was an NBA AllStar 14 times and remains the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history. He was the League MVP in 2007 and the 2011 NBA Finals MVP.
Dirk Nowitzki greets fans who attended the unveiling of Nowitzki Way.
"It's a little bit bigger than basketball," Nowitzki told the audience who braved an a-typical chilly and wet October day. "This is about my relationship with the city. There was a lot of love that I've received from this community." Said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson about Nowitzki and his every-present desire to help others: "Dirk reached out to me personally to ask what he could do to help our city
after the (Oct. 20) tornado" Johnson said. "He and (Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher) Clayton Kershaw came to our emergency operations center to greet our city employees who had been working around the clock." Also, in attendance for the street renaming ceremony were all three of Nowitzki’s coaches: Don Nelson, Avery Johnson and Rick Carlisle, the current Mavs coach.
Dallas MAVS, American Airlines, Nick & Sam’s to host 15th annual Seats for Soldiers Night on Nov. 6 The Dallas Mavericks, American Airlines and Nick & Sam’s are proud to partner again for the 15th annual Seats for Soldiers, a one-of-a-kind experience to honor our nation’s heroes. More than 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio will join reservists from the Texas Army National Guard to enjoy dinner at Nick & Sam’s Park Cities, as well as courtside seats at the Dallas Mavericks vs. Orlando Magic game on Nov. 6 at American Airlines Center. “Our annual Seats for Soldiers night is a reminder that we don’t get to enjoy the game we love without the incredible sacrifices our soldiers
make,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “This game is one small way for the Dallas Mavericks and our fans to say ‘Thank You’ and acknowledge the bravery of the men and women in uniform.” The concept for Seats for Soldiers originated with Dallas Mavericks season ticket members Neal and Jamie Hawks, who, along with other front-row season ticket members, have donated their seats – valued at $350,000 – year after year to host the wounded service members. After the game, the soldiers meet and take photos with Mavericks players, coaches, ManiAACs and DJ Poizon Ivy. The day begins with American Airlines
Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall and servicewomen in 2018
providing charter transportation from San Antonio to Dallas/Fort Worth with American’s pilots and flight attendants volunteering their time for the occasion. “Giving back to the men and women
who serve our country is a tremendous honor for the 130,000 team members of American Airlines,” said David Seymour, American’s Senior Vice President of Operations and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. “American is honored and humbled by the sacrifice these individuals have made and it is our privilege to partner with the Mavs and Nick & Sam’s to give them a much-deserved night of great food and NBA basketball.” After arriving at Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport, the group of soldiers will be treated to a four-course dinner at Nick & Sam’s Park Cities, prior to attending the Mavs vs. Magic game.
This year’s menu, created by Nick & Sam’s Corporate Chef and Partner Samir Dhurandhar, features a first course of sushi, prime beef egg rolls, crab cakes and shrimp cocktail. The second course is a mixed field greens salad with raspberry vinaigrette. The main course features an Allen Brother 10oz. filet with sides of jalapeno grits, sautéed spinach and roasted mushrooms. The meal concludes with Dallas Mavericks seven-layer cake, apple pie, pumpkin pie and Sweet House vanilla and cinnamon ice cream. Beverage service will also be provided, all free of charge to the service members, and the Nick & Sam’s staff will also volunteer their time to host the group.
NOVEMBER 6, 2019
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