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VOL.8 NO. 25


By Cheryl Smith Publisher

Live long enough!

If you live long enough, you will have many life-changing moments. There will be those times, those moments Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. when you think North Carolina A&T life can’t be any more challenging. You’ll find that life does go on, this too shall pass, or whatever you’re going through will make you stronger. When I lost my Father, then See MY TRUTH, page 4


Just Call Him D-Nice

March 25, 2020


Pursuant to his powers as Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation that: suspends Section 41.007(b) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to postpone the runoff primary election date until Tuesday, July 14, 2020; suspends Section 41.007(d) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to allow for the runoff primary election to be held on the same date as the special election for Texas State Senate District No. 14, which has already been ordered for Tuesday, July 14, 2020; and suspends Section 41.008 of the Texas Election Code to the extent it would preclude holding the runoff primary election on July 14, 2020.

Inclusive stimulus package I WAS JUST THINKING... dominates agenda for CBC From Staff Reports

As the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, and citizens in several states have been ordered to stay home to stem the spread of COVID-19, U.S. legislators are debating a stimulus package that will be put before the president. Last week the Congressional

Rep. Karen Bass

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Black Caucus (CBC) submitted a proposal of legislative priorities

to House and Senate Democratic leadership for incorporation into the third coronavirus response stimulus package. The legislative priorities outlined by the CBC aims to ‘revitalize the Black community,’ responding to the most pressing needs of Black America during See CBC, page 11

Black and Clark adapts for COVID-19

EXCLUSIVE TO TEXAS METRO NEWS The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an unprecedented time and Black and Clark Funeral Home (Black and Clark) is rethinking or changing traditions and normal elements of business that has existed during our 106 years of history. But, even with these changes, we always believe in excellence and service with integrity. The current limitations and recommendations by the City, State,

and Federal governments are changing how we conduct business. As Chief Executive Officer, I have to take into Linda Mitchell consideration the health and safety of our families and employees. For the families, we realize that memorialization is

critical to celebrating a loved one and beginning the healing process. For our employees, we mandate certain protocols that will maximize safety precautions while staying within the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thus, I am changing or adapting, in a variety of ways, the funeral process. First, the size of service will be limited to 50. During this time, See BLACK AND CLARK, page 2


Socialites make room for homeless teens

Story and Photos by Eva D. Coleman Lifestyle Editor

A Real-time Lesson in Relevance, Leadership and Branding By Kristin Harper See D-NICE, page 16

Lisa and Reggie Perry light up any room they walk into. Their presence is immediately felt because they’re always impeccably dressed and their personal display of affection, or PDA, for each other is genuine. From fancy threads to a gorgeous home and nice cars, See PROMISE, page 12

All That SWAG Party 2020 -Charles and Diane Wolford with Lisa and Reggie Perry

By Norma Adams-Wade

Street names tell rich stories -2 Starks Avenue, another appendage off the main passage of Bexar Street in the Lincoln Manor community of South Dallas/ Fair Park, is named for African American educator, businessman and civic leader John Paul Starks. We’ve been talking about the

origin of some Black community street names, and the level of distinction one’s life must reach in order for others to honor you by permanently putting your name on a street sign. Countless people will utter your name as they travel along in traffic, or write your name as the return or delivery address on an envelope, or say your name as they give direction to a site on the street that bears your name. Heavy stuff. Starks was born in Brandenburg, Kentucky in 1865, two years after Emancipation. It was the same year that enslaved Africans in Texas got the delayed word that President Abraham Lincoln had declared an end See THINKING, page 5


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Do some Good in The Hood

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Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price on supporting minority and small businesses:

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lead the world away from racial and national antagonisms when it accords to every person, regardless of race, color or creed, full human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person, the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief that all are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

John Wiley Price Dallas County Commissioner

As a strong proponent of minority and small business, I am very concerned that the present crisis can become a complete catastrophe for far too many in our community. All of us need to be mindful of our spending habits. We need to make a special effort to keep our “mom and pop� shops afloat. To that end, I want us to begin an effort I call:

“Do some Good in The Hood.�

While major chains have been able to configure a strategy for business continuation, we have to seek out smaller businesses purposely. So what am I asking? -If you venture out for fast food on-site or by delivery, place a call to local diners/restaurants. -If there are other non-restaurant/dining opportunities, search out small and community providers. It would be ill-advised to mention any specific business by name. So I am asking that you make a conscientious effort to make a difference for owners and workers who serve our community. Do some Good in The Hood! Please share with your friends, among your church members. This health crisis is serious. Losing this level of revenue and activity could result in us losing businesses and jobs‌Forever!

In a time where the entire world is looking for answers, it is the job of journalists to ask the hard and important questions, and it is the job of officials to Dorothy M. Tucker answer them factually. NABJ President Now more than ever, as we face the coronavirus pandemic together, citizens deserve facts. No journalist should be belittled or insulted for simply doing their job. We ask the president to treat all journalists fairly during this critical time and always.

Statement on President Trump’s Treatment of Journalists The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is appalled to watch recent press briefings where the president of the United States is referring to veteran journalists, like our member Yamiche Alcindor and other industry colleagues, as being “terrible journalists� and accusing them of asking “nasty questions.�

Black and Clark continued from front page families will have to select the most immediate family members and friends to attend services. Our chapel holds 350 people, so spacing of individuals will not be a problem. Graveside services combined with some of the safety measures can also be a good choice for services when the weather warms. Family members should be aware even the smallest gesture like hugs and handshakes are currently not deemed to be acceptable. I realize this change may be very difficult, because our culture believes in showing love, compassion and support through physical contact. For now, we will exclude limousine service because of

proximity in the vehicle. We must be also conscious of the health of the driver as well. Unfortunately, during this season, we will hold no wakes. If a family member or friend wants to remember the decedent, they can come to Black and Clark and sign the memorial book or read the obituary on our website, www.blackandclark. com. Just recently, Black and Clark added steaming services via the internet. Family and friends can watch the service using their desktop or laptop computer or mobile phone. It is important to note that DFW National Cemetery is

allowing only the hearse to enter the grounds. Committal services and the rendering of funeral honors are suspended. Family members and/or friends can go to the DFW National Cemetery after 4:00 p.m. to see where the loved one is buried. Each day we must identify new business practices to serve

our families with compassion and excellence yet be cognizant of the environment we live in now. Given these changing times, we are willing to spend as much time as needed, by phone or in person to answer questions and help relieve emotions and anxieties. I am always available. Please call me at 214-376-8297.


MARCH 25, 2020

NBA teams, players unite in support during COVID19 Cuban, Doncic, Powell donate to Parkland/UT Southwestern healthcare workers By Dorothy J. Gentry Sports Editor

Since the COVID-19 (coronavirus) shout down its season on March 11th, the majority of NBA players, their teams and the League itself has supported any and all efforts to combat this global virus that has brought the world to a virtual standstill. Stars of the NBA, including the Mavs’ Luka Doncic, New Orleans Pelicanas Zion Williamson and reigning league MVP Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo as well as several team owners – have committed to helping cover the lost income of arena employees since the season was suspended. Williamson said on March 13th on his Instagram page that he will cover the salaries for all of the Pelicans arena staff workers for the next 30 days. Antetokounmpo has donated

By Marva Sneed Texas Metro News

There was a line of cars already lined up at two testing sites for the opening at 8:00 am at one location on Saturday and another on Sunday. Saturday, cars lined up at the American Airlines Center on a chilly morning. Drivers were instructed to remain in their cars and follow the line. Sunday, at the second testing location at Ellis Davis Field House 9191 S. Polk St. Dallas, where three white tents had been erected, 50 yards apart. Parkland Mobile Units were next to the testing tent and

to support healthcare workers $100,000 to the Bucks' staff at who are doing everything they Fiserv Forum. Bucks officials can to keep our community said soon after that they healthy.” would match his contribution. Daniel K. Podolsky, MD, Cleveland Cavaliers’ star president of UT Southwestern, Kevin Love made the same said the Mavs’ half a million commitment of $100,000 for dollars donation will ease the Cavaliers' arena staff. Utah burden of many healthcare Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert – workers on the frontlines of the the first player to test positive fight against the coronavirus. for COVID-19 – has donated “We are deeply grateful to $500,000 for arena employees the entire Dallas Mavericks and relief in Utah, Oklahoma organization, and especially City and his native France. Mavs Center Dwight Powell Photos by Charles “City” Gdabedo to Mark, Dwight and “N.B.A. teams, arena star guard Luka Doncic and center Luka, for their incredible owners and players are working together in partnership to Dwight Powell have teamed up with generosity in providing emergency support arena employees impacted by the Dallas Mavericks Foundation to child-care funding benefitting the our season hiatus,” N.B.A. spokesman donate $500,000 to the University of frontline healthcare workers of UT Mike Bass said in a statement last Texas Southwestern Medical Center Southwestern and Parkland,” he said. “This will alleviate a tremendous week. “Within the last day, many and Parkland Hospital. The donated funds will be allocated burden faced by so many nurses, have already announced their plans while others are in the process of to support childcare for healthcare physicians, lab technicians and other workers on the frontlines of the care team members working nonstop formulating them.” COVID-19 response. on our COVID-19 response. Having “We can’t thank our healthcare support for childcare will be one less Local Response Locally the Dallas Mavericks - the workers enough for putting their thing they have to worry about.” UT Southwestern and Parkland team at the forefront of this move patients’ well-being before their to assist arena workers - announced own,” Cuban said. “I am thankful to frontline caregiving staff include Friday that owner Mark Cuban, Luka and Dwight as we partner up inpatient intensivists, advanced

practice practitioners, physicians, nurses, phlebotomists, sonographers, radiology technicians, transporters, lab technicians and pharmacists. Additionally, support staff includes front desk staff, medical assistants and janitorial staff who are critical to the functioning of an urgent care environment. Allocation of the funds to individual staff will be made as expeditiously as possible. “Thank you to our amazing healthcare workers,” said Dončić. “They are sacrificing so much to care for others, and I am honored to help.” Added Powell: “We are extremely grateful for the amazing bravery shown by our health professionals during this difficult time. We feel it’s our duty to do whatever we can to support their efforts. We continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene, while hoping this fund helps prevent families from further hardship as a result of their sacrifice.” Support for Non-Profits The Mavs efforts to support the local community and nonprofits across See NBA, page 9

COVID-19 testing sites open in Dallas Randall Payton, with the Dallas City Council member Casey Thomas II, was on City of Dallas, explained how the three-step phase for drivehand with first responders. up testing would Police and Fire work. officers were on He said: “They are sight directing trafchecking the criteria fic. first. That's going to The Councilman be the first thing that said, “I thought they do. Cypress Mill it was important will verify that the for me to be at Casey Thomas, II participant meets this location here Dallas City Council the criteria that have in Oak Cliff. We been established and wanted to have a location in Southern Dallas then if you meet the criteria County that was convenient for you will drive down from the our Seniors, First Responders, entrance to the registration. Dart Drivers, and our Health “You will have to provide a Professionals who may have photo ID and sign a consent symptoms of the coronavirus.” form. And then at that time

staff will fill out a patient care report requisition.” Then the testing will begin, said Mr. Payton. “The individual will proceed to where we're standing here which is the actual testing location. Where they are swabbed and are given information about how they’re to receive the test results. “Additional instructions are provided to them on how they can continue to live their life in the Community with their family if it's positive or if it's negative more just situational awareness about coronavirus.” Mr. Payton also explaind the drive-thru protocol.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins addresses media

He said that a safe structure is needed to perform testing while maintaining separation with the caregiver. “So measures have been established

also under federal guidelines and recommendations.” The sites will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and able to test up to 5,000 people each day.



MARCH 25, 2020

WILLIAMS: U.S. must face terrible past of lynching WAKE UP AND STAY WOKE


(Trice Edney)-I don’t think anyone would argue that America doesn’t have a tragic history of lynching, and as much as some would like to think, that part of America’s history is not so long ago. As a matter of fact, some of us would argue that the potential for lynching is still with us. In 2005 Dick Gregory, Mark Planning, Janet Langhart-Cohen and I began a project to change the names of despicable racists on buildings who had the stain of lynching on their hands and their calendars. We began with U.S. Senate buildings. To be exact, we chose the Russell Building

named for Sen. Richard Russell of Georgia. Sen. Russell was a founder and leader of the conservative caucus. He served in the U.S. Senate for almost 40 years. He led Southern opposition to the civil rights movement. We thought that our country had become more enlightened and once learning who Russell actually was, removing his name would be a breeze. Well, it wasn’t. Some of our most beloved senators thought it would be a bad idea with the most-often cited reason that if we removed Russell’s name, what would stop the removal of names of people we supported from other buildings? Convinced that we were not even going to get more enlightened senators to support the removal, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and Virginia Sen. George Allen offered an option that would seek to have the U.S. Senate

finally apologize for lynching. We agreed to support that effort. For a long time, Mr. Gregory, Mr. Planning, Ms. Langhart-Cohen and I walked from office to office encouraging senators to vote for what finally became S.Res.39 apologizing for Senate inaction that could have saved countless lives. It wasn’t easy because several senators opposed the resolution. Among those who supported the resolution by agreeing to be sponsors were then-Sens. Joe Biden, George Allen, Mary Landrieu, Chuck Hagel, John McCain, Diane Feinstein, Patrick Leahy, Barack Obama, Ted Kennedy and others. Lynching was listed in the resolution as “the ultimate expression of racism in the United States following Reconstruction.” It apologizes to the victims of lynching and the descendants of those victims for the failure of the Senate to enact

anti-lynching legislation — nothing more; yet, there were senators who voted against the resolution. We weren’t even asking to make lynching a crime at that time! Well, a few days ago, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) did take the next step and got that bill through the House 15 years later to make lynching a crime! It’s shocking that it took so long to do that, but even more shocking is the fact that Reps. Louie Gohmert (D-Texas), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Justin Amash (I-Mich.) voted against the bill! The presidency of Donald Trump is charged with carrying out laws Congress decides and the men I have just named are responsible for making the laws! I have to wonder if their constituents will in good conscience send them back to Washington or will they vote “No” on them?

My Truth: Live long enough! my Godfather, my Godmother and then my Mother; I was devastated. Each death left me torn inside. Nothing anyone said could erase the loss. Each loss was something I felt I had to deal with myself. You see, folks always want to tell you how you should grieve. With each “life-changing moment” in my life, I have had to deal and keep living. I know regardless of what others said, life for me has never been the same. I know how I feel! Which brings me to my truth. We’re dealing with a pandemic. It appears once again, here’s another life-changing moment that is all part of living. There’s a virus that has spread around the world and there appears that there’s absolutely no where you can hide. However ,

there are steps that you can take that might save your life. Unfortunately some have not taken seriously the reports they’ve heard or read about coronavirus/ COVID-19. As I listened to Dr. Joseph Graves Jr. of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at North Carolina A&T State University on Roland Martin Unfiltered (#RMU), I was impressed by the meticulous way he explained to the viewing audience what we are going through and what we should be doing. He’s just one of many experts, who Mr. Martin has managed to uncover and share with his audience. But you have major television networks with huge budgets yet, they still manage to be unable to diversify their sources. I knew there were Black people who could speak to any issue on this earth, but too often they

are overlooked. I appreciate the information Dr. Graves shared. He was knowledgeable and I felt he was a credible source. Over the past few weeks I’ve been told constantly to wash my hands and eventually to self-isolate. I’ve already cancelled four flights for March and April, along with numerous speaking engagements. The future looked bleak. Could this be the end? Well, talking to elderly loved ones, I was assured that it wasn’t the end as they talked about other life-changing moments that have happened in the past. I was assured that I needed to take heed and pay attention, despite the conflicting reports we were all being fed daily. I was reminded to do as the esteemed El Hajj Malik El Shabazz encouraged, do my own research. World Health Organization and

For more than 150 years, an antilynching bill failed in the Senate even though the House and several presidents had supported antilynching measures. Does this sound like the current Senate that refused to convict Donald Trump even though the House had proven without a doubt that Trump was guilty of the charges against him? Congressman Rush decided the time had come to make lynching a crime so he introduced HB 35 — named for Emmett Till. If Trump’s behavior and lynching human beings are not crimes, we are a shameless nation and have no right to tell another nation what decency is. Now, let’s see what the current Senate will do about lynching. (Dr. E. Faye Williams is National President of the National Congress of Black Women and Host of “Wake Up and Stay Woke” on WPFW-FM 89.3.)

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the Center for Disease Control were two of my initial resources. As I poured over research, in my head I was thinking about the late, great Dick Gregory who I knew would have helped me to put things into perspective. I knew, as Mr. Gregory said, “information is power.” In the case of the coronavirus, information could be a life saver and I needed to take the information from experts like Dr. Graves, so I could take the necessary precautions to save my life and the lives of others. So, no matter how much I want to go where I want to and do what I want to; I realize that it is important that I take heed. I also know that those loved ones who are no longer with me would have given me the same advice. Everyone has their own journey and at some point during my journey,

I know I have been hard-headed, hell-bent on doing my own thing. I’ve heard that, “a word to the wise is sufficient.” Well, what about the unwise? I say, “stop.” Take a chill pill. Use this time to reflect. Do as noted author and poetess Nikki Giovanni said, “Listen to your heartbeat. Spend time alone.” What a novel concept. Since we’re hearing that life will never be the same, guess what? Once we have gotten past this pandemic, you must have changed also because there is definitely going to be some changes and you’re in a better position to cope if you have used this situation and not let this situation use you. It may not be a revolution, but it can be an evolution. PEOPLE: Get ready!


MARCH 25, 2020

Together we must stand FROM THE NAACP

By Derrick Johnson @DerrickNAACP President and CEO

As the coronavirus accelerates its spread across the United States, the NAACP is springing into action to keep the communities we serve safe and healthy. Because of the deep-seated racial inequities embedded in our country’s economic systems, the effects of the outbreak could be compounded for Black, Brown, Asian, and indigenous communities. Our comprehensive strategic response ensures that accurate information reaches our communities, and it advocates for fair and equitable policies that protect the safety and well-being of everyone. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have now passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill is a good first response to a pandemic. Among other things, the bill contains paid family and

medical leave—which has long been an NAACP legislative priority—that would enable working people to stay home when they or a loved one is sick. However, Congress must take swift and decisive action to alleviate the economic impact this crisis will cause for communities of color, paving the course for an equitable recovery for all Americans. Please, join us in urging lawmakers to pass a follow-up bill that ensures an economic relief package for everyone. But we can’t stop there, so the NAACP has stepped up and is doing whatever it takes to protect our communities: • We released a guide to help officials responsible for addressing health, economic, and other impacts, in remediating some of the issues that are disproportionately affecting communities of color. • We hosted an emergency teletown hall featuring a panel of faith, medical and political leaders who addressed how our community members can protect themselves along with safety measures the federal government is taking to

mitigate—and ultimately end— the pandemic. More than 21,000 concerned citizens tuned in live to this must-hear discussion. And our team of policy experts are advocating tirelessly and relentlessly for increased access to childcare in at-risk communities, provision of food assistance to families enrolled in the free meal program via mobile delivery and food vouchers, and immediate cessation of efforts to mislead and divide the public for personal political gain—especially by falsely suggesting that persons of certain nationalities are responsible for the spread of the virus. As you can see, we are prepared to work for as long as it takes to protect everyone—fairly and equally. But we can only do that with the support and commitment of our members and supporters like you. That’s why I’m asking you to help keep this critical and life-saving work on track with a generous donation. I hope you and your families are safe and healthy. And I hope you’ll join us in standing together in these uncertain times.

Shades of sexy gray hair in your 50s, 60s, 70s Valder BeebeI am hopeful that women read-ing this article (50s and beyond) are elated to be their age. I share a delight in writing to our audiences around the globe about the power of being 60’ish and loving our hair.  Gray hair is something of a beauty phenomenon. Gray hair is an embodiment of wisdom and elegance manifested from the woman who wears it. Though commonly reserved for women in their more mature years, once hated by many as the ultimate tell-tell sign of aging, has now become a fashionable hair colour in its own right. Thanks to Instagram stars and



bloggers, the trend took off. #Grayhair has over 1.5 million hashtags on Instagram. Today is a pivotal time in women’s history.  This decade, perhaps more than any other, will leave an indelible mark on the beauty industry, not so much by iconic women but by movements #Metoo, Black Lives Matter, Women’s Liberations Movement, to name a few.  We must thank a host of famous women who weren’t afraid to wear their hair naturally and proudly we salute them. By our 60’s many of us, our hair

has turned gray (some long before our 60’s) and hair coloring is our first line of defense again the natural aging with time. Yet Toni Morrison, Nichelle Nichols, Jamie Lee Curtis, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Ester Davis (TV Talk Show Host) and Carla Hall (ABC The Chew) chose to go ‘natural’ with their hair color. Ms. Hall in the past has told the press on a red carpet…50 years of age, it is time to embrace her gray hair. It’s kind of my [Carla Hall] little stance of saying we’re beautiful in every shade, and to celebrate our wisdom. For your next salon appointment talk to your hair stylist, Gray hair is trendy! Nobody needs to dye or hide it any more – the women of this world stand by mature hair with style and selfconfidence.

I WAS JUST THINKING, to the institution of slavery two years earlier in 1863. The Dallas street was named for Starks during the World War II years, somewhere between the 1930s and 1940s. But how did that come to be? Let’s explore. Starks was age 18 when he moved to Dallas in 1883 and became a Dallas public school teacher and later a principal. He became active in local African Methodist Episcopal churches, married Sally Ewell, a church organist, and together they had two sons and a daughter. He went about doing good in different arenas for Dallas’ Black population – education, business, religion, civic and social leadership. Dallas’ Black community benefitted from Stark’s endeavors and the people were grateful. Researchers say in 1923, thousands attended his funeral at St. James AME Temple when he died at age 57, after a long illness. Researchers say the funeral procession lasted two hours and that more than 2,500 individuals viewed Starks’ body during services. Many dignitaries attended, including a former mayor, former Dallas school superintendent and bank executives. I was just thinking about Starks and how proud he would have been if the many accolades bestowed on him after he died had been heaped on him in life. Don’t get me wrong. Starks knew his own value while he lived, and his actions gave value to his people. Here are some of his achievements as chronicled in The Handbook of Texas Online research guide. •Began teaching in Dallas

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public schools in 1883 at age 18. •Became principal of Colored Elementary No. 4 in 1895. It later was renamed Frederick Douglass Elementary in 1902 and Starks became principal. •Retired from teaching and administration in 1922 after 39 years. •After advocating for many years, Starks and other leaders saw their efforts realized when Booker T. Washington High School opened on Flora Street near downtown Dallas. •A year after Starks died, Frederick Douglass Elementary School was renamed J. P. Starks Elementary. That building was closed in 1964 and torn down in 1972. A new Starks Elementary opened in 1986 at 3033 Tips Blvd. in Oak Cliff. •In the business arena, Starks was a co-founder of the pioneering People’s Undertaking Co. in 1900, one of Texas’ first Black corporations. •Helped form a corporation in 1914 that rescued the pioneering Black newspaper in Dallas, The Dallas Express, founded in 1892. •Other involvements included: was a publisher of the Business and Professional Directory of Colored Persons in Dallas in 1911; led YMCA activities and loan, Red Cross, and community service drives during World War I. Norma Adams-Wade is a veteran, award-winning journalist, graduate of UT-Austin and Dallas native. One of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) she was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame.


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West: Paid sick leave necessary According to TX paid sick time, and Sen. Royce West the savings. coronavirus dis“To Hispanic ease (COVID-19) and African Amerhas highlighted ican families the desperate who are middle need for federallyclass and lowmandated paid sick income, it could leave in the United mean economic States. devastation.” “As many as 78 Sen West added Sen. Royce West percent of American that for families workers live payof color already check to paycheck according on the razor’s edge of poverty, to a recent survey,” he said. it may mean the difference “We know, statistically, many between a roof over their head of those families are African or homelessness. American and Hispanic. The He said he believed every potential economic hardships working American should this could cause a Texas family be entitled to at least seven are tremendous.” calendar days per year of Noting that African Ameri- federally-mandated paid sick can and Hispanic Texans will be leave. disproportionately impacted, “Frankly, that’s not enough. It he continued, “I think of a really should be more. However, Hispanic dad or a single African I am a pragmatic person, and American mother who works I know that we must build a two jobs to make ends meet, has coalition to get this passed in no vacation time, no savings, the Senate and in the House,” and ends up out of work for two he said. “I will introduce this weeks, and it stops me cold in legislation when I am in the my tracks,. U.S. Senate, and work to build a “You know what comes coalition to get it passed. next--they can’t pay the rent He continued, “Republicans and are evicted, they get behind are fond of saying Texans should on their car note, their electric pull themselves up by the bill, and more.” bootstraps. And many times, Sen. West is no stranger to when they use that language to these scenarios. attack programs such as food “I have had families-stamps, housing vouchers, and white, Hispanic, and African American--sit across from my disability services, we know that desk in my senate district and is dog-whistle racism. “You cannot pull yourself tell me this is what happens. up by the bootstraps when you I’ve seen mothers and fathers can’t afford boots, and that is who don’t want to ask for help the situation in which many but are stuck when they have African American and Hispanic nowhere to turn because of a Texans find themselves, ” West sudden, brief illness,” Sen. West continued. “We must do more said. “Two weeks out of work may not be much if you make for working Americans and $200,000 a year, have vacation, working Texans.”

SBA offers loans to small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering lowinterest federal disaster loans for working capital to Texas small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced last week. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Greg Abbott. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Texas. “SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Texas small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the

and other bills that can’t financial impacts of the be paid because of the Coronavirus (COVIDdisaster’s impact,” Ms. 19),”said Ms. Carranza. Carranza added. SBA Customer Service Eligibility for EcoRepresentatives will nomic Injury Disaster be available to answer Loans is based on questions about SBA’s the financial impact Economic Injury Disaster of the Coronavirus Loan program and Ahmad Goree (COVID-19). explain the application SBA The interest rate process. is 3.75 percent for “Small businesses, private small businesses. The non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural interest rate for private non-profit cooperatives and small aquaculture organizations is 2.75 percent. “We encourage small businesses in enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. areas to apply for this assistance 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic to help their business during this Injury Disaster Loans of up to difficult time. We are doing aggressive $2 million to help meet financial outreach within my district’s 72 obligations and operating expenses Texas county territory to make sure which could have been met had businesses and non-profits are aware the disaster not occurred,” said Ms. of the Economic Injury Disaster Loans” said Ahmad Goree, Public Carranza. “These loans may be used to pay Information Officer for the SBA’s fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable Dallas/Fort Worth District Office.

Texans need help to find work

From Senator Royce West

The true scope of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is becoming more evident with each passing day; possibly by the hour. At this reporting (3/19/20) nearly 11,900 cases of the virus have been confirmed nationwide. Across the U.S., some 170 lives have been lost. But there's another side. Businesses - due to federal, state and local limits on public gatherings - have been dealt a stunning blow. Many, such as dining establishments and entertainment venues have been forced to shutter their doors. This means that thousands across Texas and millions across the country are suddenly finding themselves out of work. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, over just two days, March 16 and 17 this week, nearly 20,000 Texans filed for unemployment benefits. Over a

7-day period in March 2019, fewer than 13,000 (12,858) Texas workers filed unemployment claims. And this may be just the tip of the iceberg. Last week, (March 17) Texas Governor Greg Abbott waived the normal 7-day wait period to be eligible to file for unemployment benefits. Now, Texans can file the same day they land out-of-work. This week, Texas Workforce's online filing system was met with such demand that it crashed the site. These are tough times for all, but help is on the way. Today, we made the short trip from the Texas Senate District office to the Red Bird location of Workforce Solution Greater Dallas to announce plans for a virtual hiring fair that will take place some time over the next two weeks, on a date to be announced. The idea for a virtual hiring fair event is in keeping aligned with the federal, state and local push for social

distancing, not having large numbers of people confined in enclosed spaces, which have proven even more conducive to the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus. According to Workforce Solutions President Laurie Larrea, while many hospitality jobs have cut work hours and laid off workers, other industries like healthcare, grocers and those of logistics are looking to hire right now! If you are looking for work, or for information about the upcoming virtual hiring fair, go online and keep checking at www.wfsdallas. com, or www.WORKinTexas. com. Information on filing an unemployment claim can also be found by calling 800-939-6631. The consequences posed by COVID-19 are harsh. Being out of work makes life even harder. Helping those unemployed to find work makes dark days a little brighter. Prayer and hope can light the way.


MARCH 25, 2020

Texas Governor Abbott issues executive order: closes gyms, bars, and restaurant dine-in statewide By Rebecca Aguilar Sr. Correspondent

Texas Governor Greg Abbott took measures Thursday to bring the state of Texas in line with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. At a news conference at the State Capitol, Abbott announced an executive order that will temporarily close gyms, bars, and dine-in sections at restaurants statewide. The order also limits social gatherings to 10. “We have to get back to business as usual as quickly as possible. We can only do that by everybody joining with us,” said Abbott. The executive order will take effect at midnight Friday, March 20, and will end on Friday, April 3, at midnight. Still, it could be extended depending on the number of coronavirus

Governor Greg Abbott issues order photo: Office of the Governor

cases in https://gov.texas.gov/ uploads/images/press/_large/ ga_conference.jpg the state. Although restaurants cannot offer dine-in services, Abbott said the businesses could sell food and alcoholic drinks through take-out. “Use of drive-thru, pick up https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/ images/press/_large/ga_

conference.jpg or delivery options are allowed, and in fact, highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order,” added Abbott. People are banned from visiting nursing homes except visiting someone in critical care. Many nursing homes and senior living facilities in Dallas took these

measures earlier when the CDC issued its guidelines. Schools in Texas will be closed until April 3 under the executive order, but the Governor encourages schools to continue educating students, “...this does not mean that education stops; instead superintendents should continue to work with the Texas Education Agency to continue online or additional educational options.” State Health Commissioner John Hellerstedt also declared a Public Health Disaster, which gives state and local officials additional tools to respond to coronavirus. The declaration provides the state officials the ability to put everyone under quarantine, but Governor Abbott hopes that will not have to happen. “We want to depend on the responsibility that all Texans will show," he said. "If Texans are

irresponsible in their behavior, there are more tools where we can be aggressive only if needed.” Abbott added that Texans can still conduct regular business like banking and grocery store shopping. He advised businesses to remain open, but should only use essential employees and allow other workers to do their jobs remotely. Up until Thursday, the Governor had left the issue of dealing with the spread of the COVID-19 to local city officials. Many of the stricter measures were adopted by Dallas County last week. Wednesday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins enforced mandates of social gatherings of no more than 10 and community gatherings of no more than 50. He also announced that people not following the guidelines could be fined or go to jail.

Texas Hospitals respond to COVID-19 Texas hospitals moved quickly to tighten visitor policies, advocate for funding and personal protective equipment, address non-essential procedures and request childcare flexibilities for health care workers to ensure hospital COVID-19 preparedness. Texas hospitals are working with state leaders to continue strengthening the infrastructures in place to respond, and additional resources are needed to protect health care workers and the general public. Hospital officials are urging the public to strictly adhere to shutdowns and social distancing rules as they continue to quickly to ramp up additional capacity, seek much-needed supplies and work to protect their

workforce.” frontlines staff. THA Texas hospitals are applauds the state’s urgently focused on the leadership on orders health and safety of staff, issued last week to help including nurses, doctors mitigate the spread. and other frontlines staff. “Hospitals are always Hospitals are seeking ready for emergencies, additional masks, swabs, but COVID-19 will gowns and medical tax the system. That’s equipment to replenish why it’s critical we Ted Shaw get assistance with the Texas Hospital Association supplies. Hospitals have activated their emergency resources we need,” said Ted Shaw, president/CEO plans, are planning for of the Texas Hospital Association. significant surges in patients and are “The additional production of masks, managing limited supplies of personal respirators and ventilators that the protective equipment. U.S. government is pushing for is vital. The THA COVID-19 Taskforce But this is just half the battle. People convened last week to address plans must aggressively follow the rules to for non-essential services, hospital protect themselves and our health care visitation policies, increased hospital

coordination, and patient discharge issues. THA has requested and received numerous waivers to increase capacity and is tracking their status through THA’s COVID-19 resource page for hospitals. Texas is urgently advocating for federal funding and other resources to help hospitals and health care systems adequately respond and protect the people of Texas. In an effort to protect health care workers and conserve medical supplies, THA worked to tighten visitation policies and is working with the state to address the need for restrictions on non-essential procedures. Hospitals are closely coordinating with experts and officials from public

health, nursing homes, regulatory agencies, state leadership, health care professionals and other industries to identify resources and vulnerabilities to help inform the overall response. Texas hospitals are coordinating critical messages to the public regarding testing, hygiene, emergency room use, blood donation and other key issues. THA has a social media toolkit on its COVID-19 resource page to reinforce key messages. “Texas hospitals have an incredible role in the COVID-19 response,” Shaw said. “Protecting our state is central to the mission of every hospital, no matter the size, location or type. We are doing everything we can to protect health care workers and our communities.”


MARCH 25, 2020

Dallas County takes stricter measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, break the rules end up behind bars By Rebecca Aguilar Texas Metro News

Citizens in Dallas County could now face jail time if they don’t comply with new restrictions put in place by Dallas County officials to slow the spread of coronavirus. There is also relief for renters who may face eviction and people who may be without a paycheck if COVID-19 has put them out of work. Wednesday Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins amended mandatory guidelines he made earlier in the month. Now no more than 10 can gather at social events, like barbecues or pick-up basketball games. And only up to 50 can attend any community gatherings.

He did say, however that restrictions don’t include funerals or memorial services, “I’m not at the point where I’m going to tell a family at this point which one of them can’t go to a loved one’s funeral.” Judge Jenkins also asked for help from the public; to report people who are not abiding by the county’s mandated restrictions. “If you see a gathering, a social gathering of 10 or more, please call 211 and report that, because we don’t have officers who can drive through alleys and listen for loud parties.” He said those who are caught breaking the county guidelines face a hefty fine or 60 days in jail.   The county is also ordering Dallas County Justices of the Peace to suspend eviction cases for at least 60 days.

Judge Clay Jenkins

Judge Jenkins said people need to have a home, a place to go to fight this deadly disease. “We can ill afford to have people couch surfing or homeless at a time when the safest way to keep us all safe is for people to limit their trips out of their homes, and to do that they have to have a home.” Sandy Rollins, the Executive Director of Texas Tenants Union, said stopping evictions, for now, will help renters struggling to pay rent, to survive this crisis.

“While suspending evictions won’t relieve tenants of their obligation to pay, we hope this reprieve will provide time for a tenant to obtain unemployment benefits or possibly a federal stimulus check to help them stay housed.”   DISTILLERIES HELPING WITH HAND SANITIZER Distilleries that usually make alcohol for consumption may help Dallas County fill the need for hand sanitizer. Judge Jenkins said he is arranging for a local distillery to switch production to help with the shortage of hand sanitizer in the county. “That hand sanitizer will be delivered to us in 55-gallon drums, and we’ll put that in spray bottles

Metrocare offers Mental Health Support Line for Area Residents Metrocare announced the installment of a countywide dedicated phone line for residents who need to speak with a mental health professional due to struggles related to coronavirus (COVID-19). The resource line is the Agency’s latest effort to help the community’s state of health and wellness during the current crisis. Dallas County residents experiencing anxiety, fear and/or depression because of the rapid succession of changes to their daily lives can call 214-743-1215 during business hours Monday through Friday. Metrocare

professionals will be available to assist individuals in accessing mental health services and provide referrals for other resources that may be needed. “In a crisis of this magnitude, we absolutely must protect and guard every aspect of our personal health, which certainly includes our mental wellbeing,” said Dr. John W. Burruss, CEO of Metrocare. “Our skilled experts can provide assistance to those who are understandably concerned or upset.” The purpose of the phone line is two-fold: to broaden support for anyone in the

County who needs it and to highlight and expand quicker access to telehealth for those in need to get help without coming into a clinic. “As we began to see these events unfold and our numbers increase dramatically in our clinics, our team recognized the need to expand our care to reach all those who are suffering emotionally,” said Burruss. “Everyone is doing their part, and I am proud of how we have risen to the challenge of adapting our services for the community.” Burruss called the new support line and telehealth initiative unprecedented, but

necessary. “With all of the resources at our disposal, including the ability to provide broader access to services through telehealth,” said Burruss, “I realized, if we don’t help, who will? Who else can do this important work? “As we do day in and day out, we stand ready to help those in our community who may be experiencing significant mental health needs.” The Metrocare resource line is: 214-743-1215 for Dallas County residents. Additional resources are provided at: metrocareservices. org/coronavirus.

for our first responders and our health care workers, because we have a critical shortage.” REACHING OUT TO CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Dallas County is reaching out to construction companies that may have supplies of N95 masks. These masks are the most needed by medical staff working with patients with COVID-19. The judge pleaded with construction companies, “… please consider giving some of your inventory to Dallas County Health and Human Services for use throughout our medical community. We are doing everything we can to keep up that supply chain.”  


MARCH 25, 2020

Relief fund established by Next Generation Action Network Story and Photo by Jessica Hayden Texas Metro News

Stressing the importance of communities coming together, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, Next Generation Action Network founder and president Min. Dominique R. Alexander and National Director of Direct Action Indianna Taylor recently announced the formulation of a relief fund initiative. The two explained how important it is for the citizens to get involved with the Relief Fund efforts. Priding itself on being a helping hand to the Dallas metroplex in times of crisis, like COVID-19, they have started a GoFundMe account to raise money for families, senior citizens, and the homeless in need. To date, they have received two donated U-Haul trucks to deliver packages to families and homeless shelter owners to distribute. Also, they say they should be receiving backpacks for the homeless soon. “The health and wellness backpacks include items recommended by the Center for Disease Control,” Dominique Alexander said, adding

Indianna Taylor and Dominque Alexander that COVID-19 has impacted many low-income families, students, and homeless people. NGAN officials say they are aware of the growing need for food, toiletries, and disinfected items. Plus, for students not having their school supplies, they will offer to provide these items. Further, this unforeseen coronavirus disease has caused problems for parents, business owners, and the students who have to stay home because of this massive problem. The current conditions of the amount of months students and

NBA lends support, continued from page 3 North Texas affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 has not stopped with the above measures. The Mavs Foundation is contributing $100,000 to area nonprofits that are providing support for individuals and families affected by COVID-19. North Texas area nonprofits receiving donations from the Mavs Foundation include: North Texas Food Bank, VNA Texas Meals on Wheels, Minnie’s Food Pantry, Community Food Bank of Fort Worth, Hunger Busters, Senior Source, CitySquare, Hope Supply Co. and CommunitiesFoundation of Texas, North Texas Community Response Fund. The Mavs will also make a donation of Kroger gift cards to students and families in need of food from Dallas ISD.

“There are so many people who need help right now. We want to do our part to get them the support they need,” said Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. “Whether it’s by giving time or helping with funds we are ready to make a difference in the lives of our fellow community members. We’re all in this together!” In addition, Mavericks center Maxi Kleber donated a $20,000 gift to CitySquare to ensure local students still have access to the third meal of the day usually provided by after-school sites that have closed. The Mavericks organization is also partnering with Mayor Eric Johnson and the City of Dallas by having

everyone else will be at home are unexpected as of now. That is why it is a good idea for everyone to play a role in donating to the relief fund. Now how do you know if you qualify for the Relief Fund? The foundation’s focus is on donating to students that are homeless, senior citizens living on fixed incomes, parents facing unemployment, children learning at home, and adults with chronic homelessness in Dallas. According to Ms. Taylor, Dallas citizens should support these efforts; that way, the Next Generation Action Network organization can make deliveries to the community. They need monetary donations and volunteers to help with tasks for the Relief Fund; however, they will only have small groups of 10, to stay in compliance with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s rules to keep people safe. “A community united will conquer COVID-19,” said Mr. Alexander. “We all must band together to help keep the Dallas-Fort Worth community safe.” For more information, call 800521-8220 ext. 1 or email: info@ thengan.com. Mavericks players share public service announcements, as well as with the Dallas Independent School District to feed families and support virtual learning for its students. To spread awareness and minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Mavericks are also providing 100,000 units of hand sanitizer to nonprofits, police and civic organizations. Since the announcement that the Association would be suspended; the NBA on Friday said it was also shutting down all team training facilities to staff and players to mitigate coronavirus situation. Player are being encouraged to take aggressive measures to continue to avoid contact with others and remain home as much as possible. No timetable has been set for when the NBA season will resume.

Dallas Wings player returns from Hungary; self-quarantines and prepares for season By Dorothy J. Gentry Sports Editor

The WNBA’s Megan Gustafson of the Dallas Wings, played her first year of overseas basketball in Hungary during the WNBA offseason. She was there when the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak hit but has since made it back home safely to the states and is now in self-quarantine. “I am doing well, currently at home in Port Wing, Wisconsin on a 14day home quarantine,” she said via text message on March 17th. “It is not required but highly suggested since I just got back from Hungary.” Gustafson said she is allowed to go to the grocery story, “so I went once for a supply run with my dad but other than that I have been resting up at home.” Unlike the NBA, which was in the midst of its season when the Coronavirus Outbreak hit, the WNBA had yet to start its season. The WNBA draft was slated for April 17; team training camps were to begin April 26th and the season was to start mid-May. WNBA officials made a statement last week stating they were monitoring the outbreak and would make decisions on its season soon. Meanwhile Gustafson, who recently signed a multi-year contract with

Megan Gustafson and Pancake Photo: courtesy of Megan Gustafson

the Wings, is staying in shape for whenever the season begins. “I have been working out once a day doing You Tube cardio and strengthrelated workouts, as well as going for bike rides and walks with my puppy, Pancake,” she said. “It’s been less than a week since getting back, and honestly this is a really good time to take it easy and rest my body in prep for the upcoming season” She said she will wait until quarantine is up before heading to the local school gym to “get up shots. There will also be a lot of sidewalk ball handling sessions in the coming days.” Gustafson spent a majority of the 2019 season with the Wings after being selected No. 17 overall. She averaged 2.9 points per game and 2.5 rebounds in 9.5 minutes a game. The Wisconsin native tallied 11 points and eight rebounds in back-to-back games (7/30 at Las Vegas and 8/1 vs. New York) during her rookie campaign. The University of Iowa product averaged 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for NKE- Csata in Hungary.


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Meals on Wheels volunteers and staff work under new coronavirus guidelines, but make sure elderly get fed Story and Photos by Rebecca Aguilar

Early last Friday morning Ruth Williams and her granddaughter, Megan Manning arrived at the Visiting Nurses Association’s kitchen in west Dallas to collect meals they’d deliver to senior citizens. They are part of an army of Meals on Wheels volunteers who daily provide meals to 4,500 homes in Dallas County. “It’s important to give back because, at one time, my father was a recipient. So every opportunity that I have to do good is important to me,” said Ms. Williams. But the coronavirus has changed the way volunteers and paid drivers deliver the meals and deal with the people they feed. The VNA has now adopted the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help stop the spread of the virus. VNA’s managing director of Development and Communications, Jennifer Atwood, says volunteers have been encouraged to do what they have always done, wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before, during and after they deliver the meals. “We are serving a vulnerable population, and we want to protect our seniors that we serve, our volunteers, and our staff,” she explained. Gregory Shirley is like many volunteers. He delivers a meal and often offers a hug or handshake to those who see

Volunteer Ruth Williams and granddaughter, Megan, head out to deliver meals

VNA staff member, Jennifer Atwood collects the meals she’ll deliver

Meals on Wheels clients get hot nutritious meals

Meals on Wheels are provided to 4500 homes in Dallas County

him every day. “It’s in my nature to make sure these people are fed, because a lot of times this may be their only contact or only meal. So it’s important to them, so it’s important to me.” But Ms. Atwood, who also delivers meals, says volunteers and paid drivers can no longer hug or shake the hands of any of the Meals on Wheels clients. Social distancing is

now a priority. While Dallas County officials have banned community gatherings of more than 50 people, Meals on Wheels cannot deliver to senior recreation centers where the elderly would get their daily lunch. Now VNA has arranged for 1,500 people to do curbside pick up at various locations so they can still get a good meal.

Daily volunteers and paid drivers head out on 300 routes in Dallas County after they pack bright blue zip-top bags with packaged hot and cold meals from coolers at the VNA kitchen and other pickup locations. Ms. Atwood says today Meals on Wheels needs more help because some older volunteers have decided now is not the time to be outside.

“We’ve had a few groups who have decided not to deliver, but for the most part, our volunteers understand the importance of folks getting a meal.” One such volunteer is 70-year-old Ruth Williams who says she knows at her age she’s vulnerable to COVID-19, but she’s willing to take her chances of delivering meals to several senior citizens.


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CBC addresses stimulus package, from page 1 this pandemic. On Monday, the CBC participated in a call with the Black Press and members shared their position on voting on a stimulus package and talked about critical components they felt were not addressed in the previous proposals. The latest 11-page proposal includes requests to extend the data collection period of the Census, safeguarding safety net programs such as SNAP, provision for rural broadband funding, grants for small businesses, 90-day moratorium on payments, relief for Black farmers, emergency funding for HBCUs, protection for incarcerated individuals, increase health care for all, and much more.  Members stressed that the reason for not supporting previous packages had to deal with “several safety net items would not be included.” Previous packages, heralded by Republicans, were taking care of major corporations while the most vulnerable were overlooked. “As Black people, we have faced so many challenges,” said CBC Chair Karen Bass (D-CA), adding that Democrats were fighting to ensure that the Back communities, poor, homeless and other disenfranchised segments of society were included. “We have overcome. We have to continue to thrive. We have to stay

united.” Pointing out the importance of unifying in the face of “the great divider in the White House,” Congresswoman Bass cited several issues including the Census 2020 and upcoming elections as she encouraged participation in both. During the call, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) stressed the importance of research from scientists to deal with coronavirus, instead of the costly process currently underway. What we are doing is expensive, she noted. With the president dismantling the team of researchers, the necessary work was not being done. Effective research is important, she said, “if we are going to see an end to this pandemic, we have got to stop the virus.” There are so many components that need to be addressed, she continued as she discussed the implications of access to WiFi, especially for the millions of students who are having to be taught online. There’s also an issue of water purity, supplies and connecting children with ridership, the chair House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology noted. Echoing her sentiments, Congresswoman Adams discussed HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), where the need

to strengthen online capabilities was definitely a priority. Several other Congress members talked about everything from the massive testing of all inmates, releasing non-violent and juvenile offenders, the foster care system, homelessness and aid to small business. Congresswoman Bass said she hopes a stimulus package will be voted on by next week. When asked if she thought the November election would be postponed, the congresswoman said, “I do not believe elections will be stalled.” She also cautioned against paying attention to a fake document, which she called a “distraction,” that has been circulating, saying that President Donald Trump would be enacting Marshall Law, that would suspend elections until the pandemic is over. The American people could not endure “The nightmare we have experienced over the past 3 1/2 years,” she concluded. See the entire proposal at www.texasmetronews. com


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Promise Kept, continued from front page they take nothing for granted. As they enjoy the fruits of their labor, they take comfort in making others comfortable, especially young people of color. “No matter what we’ve had happen, losing my dad and my best friend so close to each other, Reggie’s health; those kids at Promise House still have needs,” Ms. Perry said. For the past 14 years, this power couple has hosted a fundraiser to benefit others, with Promise House, a safe haven and transitional facility in Dallas for homeless teens, being the main beneficiary for the past 11 years. Promise House takes in homeless teens with little to no options of another place to go. “All of our placement is intensive; kids coming from juvenile detention centers, kids sleeping in caseworkers’ offices, difficult kids,” Promise House Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Charles Wolford said. “We provide quality services to a different population, and we’re tasked with finding a place for them to go.” Mr. Wolford also shared that African American and Hispanic teens make up 68 percent of their population. Mr. Perry had a conversation regarding Promise House in which he says Wolford mentioned a lack of support from the African American constituency. That conversation served as a catalyst to mobilize a base that was formulated long ago with a social event the Perry’s created, Catfish and Blue Jeans. “You were required to wear jeans because I want you comfortable,” Mr. Perry explained. The invite-only event had friends taking part in food, entertainment and fun at the Perry’s residence. The name of the event evolved into All That

Reggie Perry dancing with friends - All That SWAG 2019 House Party SWAG. To gain admittance, invited attendees had to show proof via receipt at the door that they had purchased items from a designated registry of needs for Promise House. This year’s event, at Verona Villa in Frisco, was the first to take place outside of their home. Retaining its exclusivity as an invite-only event, it was planned in three weeks! With the Perry’s circle of influence, there was little doubt regarding the outcome. “I’mma call on my crew and they gon’ come through like they always do,” Ms. Perry said. In January 2020, Ms. Perry lost a best friend to cancer. Her father died two days afterwards from various health-related issues. All of this while her husband had recently endured a cancer battle of his own. Witnessing and encouraging others throughout trying times is nothing new for Ms. Perry. Her hair studio, Illusions by Lisa, cares for cancer patients and persons dealing with alopecia or hair loss. Her approach to handling personal losses and challenges proves to be no different. “I choose happiness,” she said, via a social media post thanking friends for their support during her losses. “It’s required to keep my mental state in check.” While 2020 began with the loss of loved ones, mid-year 2019 helped Mr. Perry gain a new perspective on life. His June

Lisa Perry, RP2 and Reggie Perry All That SWAG 2019 House Party

All That SWAG 2020 - Paul Rogers of Natural Change Band with Lisa Perry

ATS 2020 Lesia Ramsey and Linda Henderson

2019 diagnosis of throat cancer, seven weeks of treatment and a testimony of now being cancer free made things even more clear. “It’s like your lens being cleaned,” he said. “It gave me a very clean lens.” He mentioned material things that some people concentrate on acquiring and how they don’t add up in the bigger picture. “All of the “things” are not equal to time,” he said, adding that facing mortality made him look at how he spends his time; his family, wife Lisa and son Reggie affectionately known as RP2, being his first priority. Reflecting, with the end of life in mind for this longtime successful sales executive, goes hand-in-hand with his beginning. Reggie was adopted when he was five months old, by a couple that initially had one biological child and later adopted two more children after him. “Everyone can overcome their starting point, but everybody

needs help,” he said. The monetary contribution from All That SWAG is just a part of the promise the Perry’s make to address the needs of Promise House. There’s a level of physical comfort and sustainment beyond the event that’s provided as well. “They raise in-kind donations, linens, sheets, towels and awareness,” Mr. Wolford said. “Financially, they introduce us to their constituent groups who give as well. It’s a tremendous impact to our agency having them and we can’t put into words what their support has been.” “It was one night of fun for us, but that $20,000 is gonna make a year for this organization,” said Mr. Perry. All That SWAG consistently raises great amounts of cash and needed items for Promise House. The evening is full of entertainment, raffle items and giveaways consisting of the Perry’s “favorite things” that attendees vie for all throughout

ATS2020 Belinda Ramsey and Rufus “Hollywood” Lewis the night. Going forward, a commitment was made by the Perry’s for their signature event to benefit Promise House and The Warren Center, both organizations that champion and support children. At a recent wrap-up celebration at their home in Frisco, for friends who they felt were key to the success of All That SWAG 2020, the power couple expressed love and appreciation for the accomplishments that are consistently achieved when their group comes together for the betterment of the world. “Thank you for trusting us,” Mr. Perry said to the SWAG team members assembled in the living room. “We’re going to take SWAG bigger. As a collective, there’s no way we can be stopped,” Ms. Perry said.

During this time of crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider making a monetary donation to Promise House to help support and provide basic need items for some of our most vulnerable teens. For more information and to donate, visit: promisehouse.org


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Hanging with Hollywood Tanya Stoudermire's birthday party




Recently with the conditions that prevail on the planet and in the United States I invited medical physician, Dr. O’Brian into the studios to answer some of the many questions posed on the Valder Beebe Show social media pages regarding Coronavirus Disease also known as COVID-19. As we are still in the midst of this Pandemic, this interview is meant to inform our listeners, viewers and readers to be better informed. Any question regarding the current pandemic should be directed toward your health provider. Those with insurance coverage, TeleDoc call in questions are encouraged and many are being covered with no out-ofpocket expenses. As in all instances, check with your insurance provider regarding coverage. VBS: Dr. O’Brian, welcome to the Valder Beebe Show for the first time. Let’s start with basic understanding; what is the Coronavirus? DRO: It’s a zoonotic disease that spreads from animals to humans. And actually, scientists are trying to uncover the exact cause of this term ‘breakout’. In the family of hundreds of viruses that can cause fever to respiratory illness, it’s been around since the 1960s and it’s actually the common cause of the common cold as well as bronchitis and pneumonia. VBS: Who does the Coronavirus impact? DRO: It’s among all of us but it really is impacting the elderly and those with immune compromised systems. The elderly that may have heart disease, lung disease or

the diabetes population as well. Like I stated ‘it really is affecting those with immune comprised systems.’ VBS: What age group is considered the elderly? DRO: Anyone over the age of 65 years old. VBS: Dr. O’Brian why are we seeing this problem? Is it the first time we’ve seen this problem? DRO: The first time when looking at the coronavirus as this kind of severity of an outbreak. What we saw back in 2009, with the H1N1 Swine Flu, we’ve seen similar types of pandemics occur. Speed is everything with this Coronavirus. Back in 2002 SARS which was severe acute respiratory syndrome. But right now the speed and the way this is rapidly moving is to be concerned about. VBS: At this stage of the pandemic what are the preventive measures? DRO: Preventive measures; washing hands and being vigilant for the silent generation aka seniors and those with compromised immune systems. VBS: Is this a good time for me to continue with my healthy living message to Baby Boomers? DRO: Yes, know and share how important our immune systems are. In addition, maintaining a good diet, and getting at least 20-minutes of exercise weekly. Dr. O’Brians’ full interview……. SoundCloud.com/valderbeebeshow

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At the movies with Hollywood BY HOLLYWOOD HERNANDEZ

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak movie releases and movie theaters are being effected. Most new movies are being delayed, until perhaps as late as this summer. The new James Bond thriller, NO TIME TO DIE has been pushed back to November, F9, the new movie in the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise is now scheduled for next year and BLACK WIDOW, the new Marvel Comics movie, has been

rescheduled to an unspecified date. Most other planned blockbusters have all been delayed by the threat of the virus. Also, movie theaters such as AMC and Regal have been closed. Meanwhile, as the quarantine continues, you can rent first-run movies at the theater’s website and at Amazon. Industry experts predict movie theaters will be closed for six to 12 weeks.


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KTA Media Group helps businesses On From Marva with much any industry Love, I interviewed Kayla that need to garner Tucker Adams Chief the spotlight. That Communications and needs to get their Public Relations Strategist issues in the public of KTA Media Group, eye and get their By Marva Sneed L.L.C. Kayla helps reputation elevated. organizations elevate their And tell the positive brand reputation and public awareness story of what their organization is through strong media relations, crisis doing. management, and social media MS: Is that your passion? campaigns, and strategic partnerships. KA: Well you know it actually is Over the years she has developed my passion. I love working in Public deep relationships with national and Relations. I have worked in Public international media outlets that have Relations now this is my 20th year. allowed her client's organizations to I work once again with all types massively grow their impact. Her goal as of industries I really Love it. I also a Communications & Public Relations love cause marketing and public Kayla Tucker Adams Strategist is to create a national or global relations working with those nonplatform for organizations to do their best profits even corporations and work. entities that have a story to tell. MS: Kayla, Tell us a little about yourself and how They are doing something for the common good you got started on this journey? that is going to help the public. That is going to KA: Well thank you so much for that amazing generate funds for some needed educational entity introduction. You really did sum up a lot of what that is much needed in our environment and our I do in that introduction. I am a Public Relations community. I am very blessed that I often get a Executive and Media Strategist and what that means chance for my work and my passion collides because is I get the spotlight for your particular organization. I do a lot of social and cause marketing type projects. I work with non-profit organiza-tions, thought MS: How do incorporate what you do into leaders, red-carpet events and movie premiers. I helping them with branding and getting the word also work with school districts, businesses, and pretty out for small business? KA: I do love working with small businesses. I will admit that I do have clients that are mid-size to large corporations and school districts. Right now I have two small business clients. A Day Care owner and a Nursing organization. The first thing I do with a client whether they are large or small business I sit down with them and do a goals and media analysis. I want to know what their goals are who their target market is. What is it that they are hoping to attain with a public relations campaign‌

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Just Call Him D-Nice: A Real-time Lesson in Relevance, Leadership and Branding By Kristin Harper party, he called out their names, almost in a humbling “oh my gosh, I can’t believe they’re in the party” type of way. It was so authentic. Then he would say, “we need Will and Jada to join. Where you at, Will and Jada?” It didn’t take long before Will, Jada, and many more celebrities joined the party. It was magical!


hat started off as an Instagram Live “Homeschoolin’ Social Distancing Dance Party” four days ago has turned into a record-breaking, star-studded #ClubQuarantine online party, hosted by the legendary D-Nice. After seeing several organic mentions on my social media, I joined Saturday afternoon from the comfort of my home. I didn’t log off until after Midnight. The music was on FIRE, the comments kept me engaged, and the list of all-star celebrities party-goers seemed to never end. D-Nice went eight hours strong, and he’s back at it again tonight. What D-Nice did, and is still doing, is brilliant for several reasons: 1)  He worked with speed to solve an unmet need with a bullseye target audience. Homeschooling is no easy task, and even more challenging for parents who are thrust into this role without warning or preparation. Pile on top of that working from home, breaking up sibling rivalries and being a short-order cook. Whew, child! This was a long week! (cue the marketing insight) By taking our minds off the quarantine, D-Nice eased the stress of parents and nonparents alike at a time when our lives and routines were being disrupted. He uplifted our spirits and solved an unmet need. Plus, he had first-mover advantage. 2)      People love recognition. The sweetest sound to a person’s ear is their own name, and D-Nice was very generous with shout-outs. As celebrities joined the

He had every right to be star-struck. Saturday night’s celebrities included Oprah, Michelle Obama, Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lenny Kravitz, Halle Berry, Nile Rodgers, Lalah Hathaway, Missy Elliott, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Dwyane Wade, Fab Five Freddy, Mark Zuckerberg, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Donnie Wahlberg, Angela Bassett, Bruno Mars, Sheila E. and many more. This is one of many reasons I “partied” for more than six hours and am back at it on Sunday. I wanted to see who was going to join next. 3)  He answered the essential question for every brand builder – what’s in it for me? For marketers, we call it a benefit, and his virtual parties provided many, many benefits: ·        Feelings of happiness and relaxation ·        Reasons to dance ·        A sense of belonging ·        A feeling of community ·        Entertainment  ·        “Access” to celebrities ·        Avoiding FOMO -- fear of missing out ·        And best of all, every time a musical performer joined, D-Nice played their songs. Simply brilliant!!!

4)     His live social distancing parties spoke to several human truths: a.            People crave community. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, human beings crave community. We are living through unprecedented times and gathering with friends and like-minded people brings comfort…even online. b.            Music has healing power. Music is emotive. It brings joy. It makes you feel better. Music makes you move from side to side with the rhythms of each beat, uniting people from all walks of life, around the globe. As African-Americans, music has long been a mental, emotional escape and a reason to persevere through challenging times... whether Negro spirituals, blues, gospel, R&B or hip hop. Sometimes music is the only medicine the heart and soul needs. c. People are attracted to your authenticity. D-Nice has been performing as a deejay, beatboxer, rapper, producer, and photographer since the 80s when he was in the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions. The service he’s providing this week falls squarely in his area of expertise. What I love most is that he’s just being himself…deejaying to music people love, wearing a simple t-shirt, and changing his hat every so often to keep the crowd entertained and express his unique personality. So what’s the ROI for his servant leadership? · Day 1 viewers totaled around 200; Saturday’s virtual dance party exceeded 100K people after several hours; within the first 15 minutes of starting Sunday’s virtual

dance party, more than 100K people joined. · D-Nice Instagram followers more than quadrupled from 200K on Saturday to 1.1M and counting on Sunday night · He has garnered media articles, including Forbes, New York Times, CNN, USA Today, ESSENCE, People, Billboard, and more · His brand value – and bank account – just skyrocketed. A few people encouraged viewers to tip the deejay through CashApp @BrandNice. I gladly obliged. He provided an amazing service and did it with excellence. And, while this idea probably didn’t begin with profit in mind, I’m certain his calendar will be booked, and he can charge a premium for his services.

D-Nice, thank you for bringing the world together at a time when we needed it most! By the way, he might still be spinning on the ones and twos. Visit D-Nice Instagram page to join the virtual party. See you there! ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristin Harper is CEO of Driven to Succeed, LLC, a leadership development company that provides keynote speaking on leadership and emotional intelligence, and brand consulting for businesses, entrepreneurs and high achieving individuals around the world. Kristin built her career at Procter & Gamble, The Hershey Company, and Cardinal Health, a $130B Fortune 16 healthcare company. She’s known for building successful brands including Crest®, Oral-B®, and Hershey’s KISSES®, and helping people accelerate their careers. If you’re looking for an inspiring, engaging speaker for your next event, a fresh approach to brand innovation or reinvention for your business, or expert guidance to bring your entrepreneurial idea to life, I’d love to talk with you. Visit www.DriventoSucceedLLC. com, inbox or email me at Kristin@ DriventoSucceedLLC.com.

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