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Celebrating Women

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Sometimes folks get caught up in the wrong thing. Misplaced aggression is a terrible thing. Recently, as I scanned my social media timeline, I viewed numerous pictures

WE SALUTE: Dr. Robert Smith, at Morehouse’s commencement, announced he is paying off school loans of class of 2019!


Hall’s Chicken hatches in Medical District!


By Dr. Felicia N. Shepherd

The Medical District has another food option. The well-known chicken shack in the Southern sector of Dallas has opened another location near Parkland Hospital. Almost two months since the grand opening, this location continues to receive new, as well as repeat customers. Hall’s Honey Fried Chicken is a successful Black-owned, familyrun restaurant with a rich history within the African American community. Using the famous Original Henderson's

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall addresses lethal force issue.

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of new initiates into sororities and fraternities. I’m speaking specifically of the members of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs). It was especially nice to see generational participation because what that also showed was generational education as the organizations are for the college-educated. So I salute us being educated and engaged because there are some very positive discussions I could have about the value of each organization and their members, as well as the impact these organization’s members have had on society. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., I have always respected the other organizations. First of all they were for blacks and then their foundations are so similar, even with their differences. While I’ve always enjoyed the spirited See MY TRUTH, page 4

Sometimes a conversation between adversaries can mark the start of a healing process. That hope fueled a recent community forum between

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Dallas police and members of the Black community about alternatives to police use of deadly force in confrontations between police and Black people, especially individuals See LETHAL FORCE, page 10

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5th Annual Empowerment Prayer Brunch

Living Legends

Verna’s H.E.L.P. Foundation Board of Directors will host the 5th Annual Empowerment Prayer Brunch at Dallas’ Royal Oaks Country Club, to honor women and men of all races, nationalities and faith traditions as “Living Legends” for their exemplary efforts of making a change in our community and the lives of others.



The honorees are: Dr. Jesse W. Jones, Bryan Bradford, Levi Davis, Eddie Deen, Atty. Domingo Garcia, Mark Hernandez, Hiawatha Williams; Michele Bobadilla, Lisa Frazier-





Galloway, Carol Anne Taylor, Margo Posey, Judge Dominique Collins and Dr. Demetrice Smith. At 12 noon, the Prayer Brunch will be led by Prayer leaders from





across the DFW: Dr. Sheron Patterson (Hamilton Park UMC); Dr Sheila Bailey; with Sheila Bailey Ministries (Concord Baptist Church); and Rev. Dr. Jack Teeler, Founder -President/




5th annual Empowerment Prayer Brunch Sat. June 1, 2019 Royal Oaks Country Club 7915 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX

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Cedar Valley College students learn that logistics drives future of warehousing, transportation, inventory Cedrick Eldridge hopes to brand himself as a logistics and transportation expert – a move that would pair well with his experience as a shipping and receiving clerk and a truck driver. Eldridge is enrolled in the logistics program at Cedar Valley College, where he expects to earn a certificate that will help him boost his chances for a promotion. A certificate, he said, would meet the education and experience requirements demanded by many employers in this field. “When you’re certified to do a job, it gives you more weight. It comes with more credibility,� said Eldridge, 35, of Dallas. “I have a lot of work experience, but you need that credential. Experience is not enough.� For the last 12 years, Eldridge has worked full time as a shipping and receiving clerk for a local retailer and part time as driver for a delivery company. Holding down two jobs simultaneously has been challenging. “I just need one good job,� said Eldridge, who is taking online logistics courses through Cedar Valley, one of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District. He hopes to move into management and credits the courses with giving him time to study in between jobs. North Lake College also offers degrees and certificates in logistics.


Logistics means career growth

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Blanca M. Perez, who graduated this month with an associate degree in logistics from Cedar Valley, also is looking for a stable career that will allow her to grow. With eight

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years in this field, she hopes to find a full-time job in manufacturing technology. “I wanted to do more and to learn how to make things flow,� said Perez, who works as a temporary stock buyer at a tool manufacturing company. “Since I’m working in the field, the work came easily. The classes are like icing on the cake.� A degree, she said, puts her on the pathway to a permanent career: “After being in school, learning new things and seeing what we can do, I want to stay in manufacturing and become a continuous improvement leader – the person who figures out how to streamline, save the company money and move people to work more efficiently.� Perez added, “When you do something you love, it flows with your life. I’m open to bigger opportunities. This is a temporary job. People always think that when you work in this field, it’s an old warehouse, but it’s a rewarding career. With these classes, you get the tools you need. Everything is about manufacturing. A lot of companies are competing for that fast delivery, so the future is now.� A general laborer, she wants to

take advantage of opportunities that the growing transportation industry in Dallas-Fort Worth offers. “I got interested after working as a general laborer for six years, and I wanted to do more. I wanted to learn how we can make things flow better,� said Perez. “There are so many jobs coming up. All of the warehouses are here, and they will give you decent pay and health and medical (benefits).�

Logistics: good options, good pay Logistics is a thriving career option that adheres to consumerdriven, “I want it now� purchasing which drives the economy. DCCCD offers more than 75 awards, degrees and certificates that are solely online. As society becomes more global, consumers can demand products from almost any place on the planet in a few days, if not overnight. Steven Drayton, who directs Cedar Valley’s logistics program, said warehouses are expanding and building all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area. That means the need

for a trained, certified workforce will grow, too. “We’re sending students into middle-income jobs as soon after they graduate or obtain a certificate,� Drayton said. “And our students may also transfer to a fouryear school.� As a logistics hub, area companies are responding to consumers’ demands – that their products arrive almost as soon as they order them, Drayton said, and businesses must remain competitive to meet that demand. “The best thing about our program is that logistics is one of those fields where you can move anywhere and find a job,� Drayton said. “No company in the world can go without someone who understands logistics.� Cedar Valley and North Lake students can prepare for careers in warehouse and distribution management, domestic and international transportation, storage, inventory control and production. “Long term, you can make a lot of money at a warehouse. You can make $125,000 as a warehouse manager. It’s such a big field, and you have so many moving parts,� added Drayton. The median pay for logisticians is $74,600 per year, or $35.86 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is projected to grow seven percent by 2026 – driven, in part, by the need for professional logisticians to transport goods. Workers must function well in a fast-paced environment to ensure that transportation, inventory and warehousing operations are performing optimally. For more information, email Steve Drayton at scdrayton@dcccd. edu or call him at 972-860-8028.


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Please don’t shoot me!

BY CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON Congresswoman Johnson represents the 30th congressional district of Texas in the US House of Representatives.

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One of the groups that fiercely fought for Donald Trump to become president during the 2016 presidential election was the National Rifle Association, whose leadership contends that the solution to our nation’s gun violence epidemic is for citizens to arm themselves, including cloistered nuns and elementary school crossing guards. Mr. Trump had hoped that the NRA, a federally recognized charity, would perform a similar role in his 2020 election effort, convincing ordinary Americans that he and they had their best interests at heart.

Well, the president may have to look elsewhere because the NRA has shot itself in the foot; its leadership is feuding amongst themselves and its prudency under question. Just what is the problem? Well, listen to this gun of a tale. The membership of the NRA recently discovered that Wayne LaPierre, the group’s chief executive officer, allegedly used nearly $280,000 of money donated by members of the public to purchase men’s clothing at one of the finest men’s clothing stores in Beverly Hills, California. One would have thought that Mr. LaPierre, who is paid

more than one million dollars annually, could have purchased his own clothing. But that was not the case. So much for fiscal restraint and financial accountability, so often urged by supporters of the president. LaPierre was not the only NRA official who seems to have enjoyed shoving his hand into the cookie jar. Oliver North, until recently the president of the NRA, had an arrangement with the group that guaranteed him more than one million dollars each year. So much for cleaning up the swamp, promised to voters by the likes of LaPierre and North prior to the 2016 election. A study of NRA financials also reveals that North and LaPierre were not the only two insiders who received questionable payments from the group. A former NRA president

and a board member received payments that are being called into question. And if that were not enough, there are rental payments made over a three month period for an apartment of a female NRA intern. Those payments were made at the request of LaPierre, according to press reports. Some shocked NRA board members have called on LaPierre to resign. One of them said that he and fellow board members were unaware of the group’s spending practices. Of course, an unrepentant LaPierre does not appear to be packing his bags. It will be interesting to see what the White House has to say about its sponsor once more is revealed about the NRA, the same folks who want you to arm yourself, but who want you to pay no attention to how they handle your membership dues.

Hall’s Chicken continues family tradition, continued from front page fried chicken recipe, which was crafted over the past 50 years, Hall’s Honey Fried Chicken founder, John Hall said the family perfected the recipe since he “inherited it from my grandfather, Herman Henderson,” over 20 years ago. Explaining why the decision was made to add another location, Mr. Hall said, “With the location in Duncanville firmly established, the iron was hot to strike out on a new location.” Location, Location, Location Housed in between the Chevron gas station and Denny’s, Mr. Hall said the new location was prime for patrons in need of a quick bite to eat before going back to the hospitals, hotels, and other businesses in the area. He explained, “This area is not a heavily-saturated area and thus made a great location for another location for Hall’s Honey Fried Chicken. Keeping with tradition, this location is owned and operated by another member of the Hall family.” Mr. Hall passed the chicken baton to

his daughter. Meet the Millennial all star owner, Mackenzie Hall! Mackenzie has a bachelors degree from the University of Tulsa, in Marketing and Business Management, with an emphasis in small family businesses. Post graduation, she went to work at the University of Texas at Dallas. Recognizing that working in higher education was not for her, she spoke with her father, on her next steps. Growing up in the chicken business, Miss Hall decided to work as an employee, alongside her father and mother at the Hall’s ChickenDuncanville location. Learning the various roles within the restaurant, Mackenzie assisted with cooking, managing the employees, payroll, marketing, etc. Enjoying working in a customer service environment, Miss Hall found her niche within the company she grew up in.

Advice for young entrepreneurs When asked what advice would she give to young entrepreneurs desiring to enter the world of entrepreneurship, MacKenzie said: “Do your research-, prepare to fail, prepare to lose money starting out, have working capital. Startup funds are essential in starting and maintaining a business, and research loans designed for minority

business owners. Meet MacKenzie and the rest of her staff at Hall’s Honey Fried Chicken. 1407 Medical District, Dallas, Texas 75207 Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.9:30 p.m. (lobby) 11:00 p.m. (drive-thru)

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Malcolm X delivered his last public speech in New York on the night that his home was bombed; Valentine’s Day, 1965. He realized he had been marked, but ventured 990 kilometers southwest to Detroit. Despite the angst, anxiety and unfathomable abandonment he must have felt, he understood his mission. For the length of his life…As Malcolm Little, Malik Shabazz or Malcolm X; he always kept his word. As a sinner, a member of the Nation of Islam or as he embraced the religion of the Sunni Muslims, our “Black shining prince” understood that word was bond. His opening remarks in this speech conveyed as much. “Distinguished guests, brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, friends and enemies: I want to

MY TRUTH Continued from pg 1 back and forth that I’ve shared with my sisters of the other sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho; going in with a strong love for my people, I viewed the women as my sisters because we were, after all, Black Queens. And the men of Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Iota Phi Lambda and Phi Beta Sigma -- they are Kings. When all was said and done, we are more collectively, than separate and espousing a slave mentality. If you choose your friends, loved ones, employees, pastor, doctor and family members based on the organization they belong to; well you’re definitely devaluing the life of others and yourself. You’re missing out on so much. You’re

Smile…Word is Bond! point out first that I am very happy to be here this evening and I’m thankful [to the Afro-American Broadcasting Company] for the invitation to come here to Detroit this evening. It didn’t destroy all my clothes, not all, but you know what happens when fire dashes through -- they get smoky. The only thing I could get my hands on before leaving was what I have on now.” Because he kept his word we cling to his every word. He was the stark counterculture to King’s passive resistance in thought and in his language. It was the tale of the lettered poet, contrasted with the street rapper whose reasoning was within all human reach. King spoke in diplomatic terms, but Brother Malcolm didn’t leave no alternatives. King was “Where do we go from here? Community or Chaos.” Malcolm was much less conciliatory and much more

hyperbolic; “It’s the Ballot or the Bullet”…MoFo! “When I came here today I was a bit–last night, the temperature was about twenty above and when this explosion took place, I was caught in what I had on, some pajamas. And in trying to

get my family out of the house, none of us stopped for any clothes at that point–twenty-degree cold. I myself was–I had gotten them into the house of the neighbor next door. So I thought perhaps being in that condition for so long

I would get pneumonia or a cold or something like that, so a doctor came today–a nice doctor too– and he shot something in my arm that naturally put me to sleep. I’ve been back there asleep ever since the program started in order to get back in shape. So if I have a tendency to stutter or slow down, it’s still the effects of that drug. I don’t know what kind it was, but it was good; it makes you sleep, and there’s nothing like sleeping through a whole lot of excitement.” Any of his contemporaries with the possible exception of King, would have forfeited the invitation. This was before Twitter and Facebook so protocol would have allowed Malcolm to post a poised and polished statement by way of telegram. Malcolm delivered regrets, not for himself but for the plight of

limiting the opportunities you have to expand your horizons and enjoy life to its fullest. Which brings me to my truth. When I was at Florida A&M University, I met a wonderful young lady, Martha “Marty” Graden (later Muhammad). She was talented, loving, beautiful and smart; pretty much like another woman I met when I moved to Dallas, Lesia Swain. Lesia was a newspaper publisher and outstanding sister living in Oklahoma City, who I got to know through my involvement with the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Unfortunately the former Miss Langston University died at a young age, in her 30s, devastating many. Then there’s Dr. Keisha Lankford. I met young Keisha when she was a college student participating in the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Internship Program under the leadership of founder, State

Sen. Royce West. These three women were all initiated into Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and they each have a special place in my heart. Early on I knew that Keisha was special. Over the years she hasn’t proven me wrong. She is a born leader, a committed and focused team player with an impeccable work ethic. Did I also say she has a beautiful heart and spirit? Well, it was a proud moment as I stood watching her take the oath of office, becoming a member of the Cedar Hill (Texas) School Board on Monday, May 20, 2019. Garnering 69% of the vote Trustee Lankford, stood tall and proud, looking gorgeous and focused. Then she talked about her commitment to the “babies.” That commitment she referred to didn’t come overnight. Her desire and commitment is well-known.

Just look at her work in the classrooms, boardrooms, community centers and in the streets. And yes, she’ll even come into your home because she goes where she needs to go to “save the babies.” The name Keisha is becoming popular among elected officials. Atlanta, GA has a mayor (who is also my sorority sister) named Keisha, and now Cedar Hill, TX has a School Board Trustee named Keisha. Many of the accolades that I could espouse fit both women and I am so proud of them. When I think about the revolutionary and uplifting work that Trustee Lankford and her husband, Oliver, are doing, I can’t help but smile. The non-profit, Lankford Avenue, has yearround programming that strengthens the family and our communities. They are committed to ending domestic violence.

his people. Malcolm’s practice of keeping his word made Ossie Davis’s eulogistic adulation plausible. “There are those who will consider it their duty, as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the history of our turbulent times. “Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain—and we will smile. Many will say turn away—away from this man; for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man—and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate—a fanatic, a racist—who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle!” To this day, there are men and women; academics and amateurs who would rather we forgot who Malcolm was and who he was to our struggle. But upon what would have been his 94th birthday, let’s recall a Malcolm X who kept his word by any means necessary… and let us smile! #wordisbond! Yes, that’s a challenging and noble undertaking but the Lankfords, and their team members, are not fainthearted. They are making a difference. I’m looking forward to watching Dr. Lankford go to work on the School Board. In fact, the work began that day. It was the swearing in ceremony, then executive session, followed by the public meeting. Great things are happening in Cedar Hill. Among victories to celebrate and watch, Cedar Hill elected the first African American Mayor, in Stephen Mason; and long-time city manager Alan Sims and Shirley Daniels joined the city council. If you don’t know Keisha, get to know her. Her star continues to rise and she lifts as she climbs. What a pity if colors, titles or symbols kept us apart!

MAY 22, 2019

Byrd’s killer didn’t deserve death penalty


BY DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX Killing is wrong. Killing Black people because they are Black is even more wrong. Lynching Black people is exponentially wrong. So why was I opposed to the state-imposed killing of John William King, the despicable murderer of James Byrd, Jr.? I happen to think that there are worse things that can happen to you than death. The now 44 year old King could have gotten a sentence of life in prison and lived miserably there for the rest of his life. In some ways, death is salvation for him. Imagine being relatively healthy with nothing to look forward to? Just sitting there, in jail, surrounded by the Black people your white supremacists self purports to hate. That might be torture worse than death. James Byrd, Jr. was dragged for almost three miles near Jasper, Texas in 1998. John William King and two other men (one whose death penalty sentence was carried out in 2011, another who was sentenced to life in prison) were found guilty of one of the most horrific hate crimes in modern US history (Black men were also burned alive in the

heyday of lynching). Mr. Byrd’s family was present at the execution in Huntsville, Texas. Byrd’s sister, Clara Taylor, noted that the murderer, who maintained his innocence, showed no remorse when he was convicted, and showed none when he was executed. He never acknowledged, and never looked at James Byrd, Jr.’s family. Does a man whose body sported disgusting tattoos, including, according to one news source, “one of a black man with a noose around his neck hanging from a tree” deserve the death penalty? I say no. Keep that filth alive and keep him miserable. His execution creates a martyr for white supremacists. Had he lived he would have evolved into nothing more than pitiful irrelevance. The death penalty has been abolished in 20 states, with moratoriums on executions in other states, most recently in California, thanks to Governor Gavin Newsome. It ought to be abolished nationally. According to the Death Penalty Information Center (https:// FactSheet.pdf) nearly 1500 people

Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience By Vanessa Mbonu

NAACP Digital Director

NAACP — History commonly points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived

had their death sentences carried out between 1976 and now. Despite the fact that African Americans are just 13 percent of the nation’s population, we were more than a third of those executed after receiving a death sentence. People who killed white people were far more likely to get

James Byrd, Jr. was dragged for almost three miles near Jasper, Texas in 1998. John William King and two other men (one whose death penalty sentence was carried out in 2011, another who was sentenced to life in prison) were found guilty

the death penalty than people who kill Black people. There are racial biases replete in the application of the death penalty, with numerous studies supporting the many ways the death penalty is unfairly awarded. According to the Death Penalty Information,

in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now The United States of America. Fast forward to 2019 through the continued metamorphosis of the African American, we mark the 400th anniversary of our arrival as men and women still fighting for equal rights, justice and freedom. Our resilience is unmatched. To commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans’ arrival in the United States, NAACP leaders, activists and entertainers will travel from Jamestown, Virginia, to Jamestown, Accra, as part of Ghana’s “Year of Return” initiative. Jamestown to Jamestown represents one of the most powerful moments in the history of the Black Experience. We are now able to actualize the healing and collective unity so many generations

as an example, Washington state jurors were “three times as likely to recommend a death sentence for a Black defendant than a white one”. In Louisiana, someone who killed a white person was nearly twice as likely to get the death penalty as one who killed a Black person. The death penalty is applied through a racial lens – based on the race of the criminal and the race of the victim. From that perspective, the man who murdered James Byrd, Jr. committed a crime so egregious that jurors acted contrary to the statistics, voting to apply the death penalty to an avowed racist white man who participated in the brutal murder of a Black man. But I am frequently reminded of the 1920 Tulsa, Oklahoma lynching of Ray Belton, an 18 year old white man who shot a taxi driver. Though Belton confessed to his crime and said it was “an accident”, he was denied the due process of a trial and conviction. After his lynching, a Black newspaper editor opined that if a white person could be lynched, so could a Black person. A year later, the attempted lynching of the Black shoeshine “boy” Dick Rowland because of the false accusation that he assaulted the white elevator operator Sarah Page was the

have worked to achieve in ways which bring power to our communities in America, Africa and throughout our Diaspora. This once in a lifetime opportunity begins on August 18 in Washington, D.C. where

Jamestown to Jamestown represents one of the most powerful moments in the history of the Black


spark that led economically envious whites to destroy the Greenwood (Black Wall Street) section of Tulsa. This walk down history lane is extremely relevant to the present. If we could execute the white murderer of James Byrd, Jr. (I try not to mention the names of devils more than is necessary), we can execute a Black person accused of something, whether they did it or not. Applying the death penalty erodes our humanity, whether the accused is guilty or not. I think it is far more appropriate to let a reprobate like James Byrd Jr.’s killer simmer in his repugnance. If he had lived his life in prison, with no hope, no help, no possibilities, that would have been a greater punishment than death. While I respect the Byrd family and ache with them at the gruesome murder of James Byrd Jr, I would prefer a punishment for racist murderers that is both humane and inhumane. We don’t execute them because we don’t stoop, as a society, to the level of committing a crime we abhor. We ignore them and exacerbate their misery be reminding them that they have no hope of release. Dr. Julianne Malveaux is an author, economist, and social commentator.

participants will travel via bus to Jamestown, Virginia for a prayer vigil and candle lighting ceremony marking the African “Maafa,” a term describing the horrific suffering embedded in the past four centuries related to the enslavement process. They will then travel back to D.C. for a special gathering at the National Museum of African American History and Culture designed by Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye, prior to departing to Ghana on a direct flight for 7 to 10 days of rich cultural, spiritual and cathartic experiences designed to connect our present to our African past. Together, we will empower and invigorate the continued struggle for full liberation and justice worldwide. For more information and itinerary details, visit


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End pay inequity once and for all FOR THE PEOPLE BY SEN.KAMALA HARRIS My mother, Shyamala, had two goals in her life: to raise her two daughters and end breast cancer. She was one of the first women of color to have a position as a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. As the daughter of a working mother in a male-dominated field, I know the fight to be treated equally in the workplace has persisted for generations. Women who work full time in America are paid -- on average -- just 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. And for women of color, the gap is even wider. For Latinas it’s 53 cents, for Native American women it’s 58 cents, and for Black women it’s 61 cents. This adds up to more than $400,000 over the course of a woman’s career, and more than $1 million for Latinas, Native women, and Black women. We can fix this. Today, I’m proud to announce that our campaign is unveiling a historic plan to help close the pay gap between women and men by forcing corporations to be accountable for equal pay. Our plan will finally put the burden of ensuring equal pay for equal work

on the corporations responsible for pay gaps between women and men -- not the women employees who are experiencing discrimination. We can ensure women earn the wages they deserve by forcing companies to step up, holding them accountable when they don’t, and committing as a nation to ending pay inequity once and for all. Here’s how we’ll do it: Companies will be required to obtain an “Equal Pay Certification” and prove they’re not paying women less than men for work of equal value. To receive certification, companies must demonstrate they have eliminated pay disparities between women and men who are doing work of equal value. To the extent pay disparities do exist for similar jobs, companies will be required to show the gap is based on merit, performance, or seniority -- not gender. But it’s not just unequal pay for similar work that drives the wage gap. Too often, women are passed over for promotions, not hired for senior roles, or are prevented from advancing due to the time they take off to care for a new

child or ailing parent. These are forms of systemic pay discrimination too, and we need to shine a light on them. That’s why under our plan, companies will be required to report statistics on the percentage of women in leadership positions and the percentage of women who are amongst the company’s top earners. They will also be required to report the overall pay and total compensation gap that exists between men and women, regardless of job titles, experience, and performance. These statistics will be reported by employees’ race and ethnicity. Companies will be fined 1% of their profits for every 1% wage gap they allow to persist for work of equal value. Companies that fail to receive “Equal Pay Certification” will face a fine for every day they discriminate against their workers. For every 1% gap that exists after accounting for differences in job titles, experience, and performance, companies will be fined at 1% of their average daily profits during the last fiscal year. Our plan is estimated to generate roughly $180 billion over 10 years. Fines will be invested in building on universal paid family and medical leave. We must address the systemic

inequalities that drive the pay gap, including the wage penalty women pay when caring for a new child or a sick parent. On average, women receive a 4% pay cut for each child they have, compared to men who receive a 6% pay increase. The lack of paid leave -- for women and men -- is a major driver of the wage penalty. America is the only industrialized nation in the world that fails to guarantee our workers any type of paid family and medical leave. That needs to change. That’s why, as president, I will fight for the FAMILY Act to provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. Fines collected under our plan will help build on the FAMILY Act, increasing the percentage of wages workers receive when taking time to care for themselves or a loved one. Companies will be required to disclose whether they are “Equal Pay Certified” on the homepage of their websites. Compliance reports will be posted publicly on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) website. These reports will empower individual employees to assess where they fall on their company’s pay scale and as in the UK, allow the public to hold corporations accountable for pay gaps.

To ensure equality in all workplaces, we’ll overhaul anti-discrimination laws and expand investigations of complaints to secure justice for victims of discrimination. The wage gap isn’t just a number: It’s the countless women across America who have been the target of discrimination. We need to support them in every workplace, no matter the size. Under our plan, we’ll significantly strengthen and expand anti-discrimination protections to ensure all workers, no matter the size of their employer, are covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. I’m calling on you to join me today. Add your name next to mine to support our campaign’s plan to help close the wage gap between men and women in our country. The wage gap between men and women in our country has barely budged this entire century, and the burden for ensuring equal pay has often fallen on workers -- requiring them to hold employers accountable for pay discrimination through costly lawsuits that are increasingly difficult to prove. This is wrong. Together, we can flip the script by placing the burden squarely on the corporations responsible for pay inequity and radically change the way we enforce equal pay in America. Thanks for joining me in support of our new plan to help close the wage gap.


MAY 22, 2019

5th Annual Empowerment Prayer Brunch 2019 Living Legends

Lisa Frazier –Galloway - Lisa has been a MWBE – Minority Women Owned Business Entrepreneur for over 30 years. CEO/Owner of: Mahogany Cosmetics/Models, Xpressions Boutique – Bishop Arts District, Clean Tex Green Environmental Services, Coffee-Cones & Cream Concessions, Shopping Divas of Dallas, Premier Services, Father iStretch Faith & Fitness Ministry and in 2018 added to her entrepreneurial Journey: a Fashion Truck – Xpressions MOBILE Boutique. Honors: IBM Sales 30million Golden Circle Award, 1997 Appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Wednesday’ Child Benefit Corporation, 1998 Named: 1st African American and Female to serve as President of Wednesday Child Benefit Corp. Volunteer- E. K. Bailey Preaching Conference, SheilaB Ministries, 25 yr Member of Concord Church –Bryan L. Carter, Sr. Pastor, the late Dr. E.K. Bailey founding pastor. Ministries:: Father iStretch Faith & Fitness Ministry, Concord WOW Bible Study Leader/ Coach, Invitational Counselor, Harmony SHINE Outreach Ministry. Married to retired Dallas firefighter & Fire Marshall Willie L. Galloway, she is the proud mother of Diona Frazier Jones and Damon Frazier and “Nani” to Corin, Ariana and Lauren Averi. Eddie Deen - CEO EDDIE DEEN AND COMPANY, INC, TERRELL, TEXAS. International Caterer, Adjunct Professor, Teacher, Business Owner, College Athlete, Pianist, Community Leader, are all apt descriptions of Eddie Deen, whose intellect, commitment, and generosity, serves as a model for those who want to be an instrument of change in the 21st Century. After graduating from Wills Point High School, Eddie attended Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. In 1980, he opened his first restaurant on Lake Tawakoni, adding many more restaurants to the organization over the years. In 1995, he launched his Catering Business, catering every Texas Gubernatorial Inauguration for the last 24 years. Eddie Deen and Company has catered across the United States and in Europe and Africa. He is world famous in the art of Barbeque, feeding as many as 22,000 guests at President George W. Bush’s Inauguration in Washington DC. Eddie’s community service has included working with the incarcerated and homeless folks in Dallas. There have been over 3,000 people in dire need, who

have gone through his rewiring of the brain program. Eddie recognized that the cause of human suffering is created and influenced within the experiences of one’s childhood. 15 years ago, he asked a question in the shelter, “when did you perceive your power or control was taken away?” The common denominator of when everyone in the class had perceived their power was taken away was at age five. Eddie has a non-profit, Internal Freedom, Services, a 501c3 organization that is focused on education, awareness, and transformation. Internal Freedom helps people embody the life that they want to become. Eddie is married to Allison and they are the proud

parents of Abby, Eli, and Edison. He is also the father of Brent and Raleigh, both employed at Eddie Deen and Company. Judge Dominique Collins is the presiding judge of Criminal District Court Number 4. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor of “The Scholar” law review. Prior to pursuing a legal career, she served 12 years in the United States Air Force as an information and personnel manager. Her service includes seven months in the Persian Gulf during DESERT STORM/DESERT SHIELD. After receiving her law license in 2004, she began serving Dallas County as an Assistant District Attorney, working within several specialty divisions including organized crime, grand jury, public integrity, and the mental

health/competency division. Her professional excellence was recognized when she was selected as the Above and Beyond “Prosecutor of the Year” by her peers. She was elected to the bench in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. Judge Collins presides over the Dallas County Veteran’s Court Program which gives veterans treatment and an opportunity to have their cases dismissed and expunged. Additionally she presides over the bi-furcated Felony Outpatient Competency Restoration Program which restores individuals involved in the criminal justice system to competence in the community. She has also been selected by her peers to serve as Presiding Judge of Jury Services

for the Frank Crowley Courts Building. Judge Collins serves on the boards of AIDS Walk South Dallas, The Women Veteran’s Enterprise Center, and Texas Legal Hospice. Aside from serving the Dallas community and demonstrating professionalism, Dominique is a mentor to students at UNT Dallas College of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law and St. Mary’s University School of Law. Judge Collins is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Bryan Bradford became City Manager for Garland on May 1, 2015. He previously served the City in several roles including Assistant City Manager, Director of Organizational Development, Managing Director of Budget and Research, and Senior Managing Director.

Prior to public service, he had a successful career in the private sector as the Vice President of the Lindee Corporation and later as the Managing Partner of UNITS. At Lindee, a holding company, Bryan was involved in a variety of business sectors including manufacturing, oil and gas, agriculture, and retail. As the Managing Partner of UNITS, Bryan was responsible for developing and managing a successful franchise of retail stores. In his first year as City Manager, Bryan led the organization in the response and recovery from an EF‐4 tornado that struck Garland on December 26, 2015 claiming 11 lives and damaging or destroying over 600 homes and several large apartment complexes. Under Bryan’s leadership, Garland has also enjoyed record setting levels of economic development, ongoing redevelopment of the City’s downtown core, a three‐fold expansion in the City’s street repair program, reestablishment of a community events venue, as well as creation of “Where the Heart Is” and other programs designed to improve neighborhood vitality. Bryan is a member of the International City Manager’s Association, Texas City Managers Association, Government Finance Officers Association and the Board of Directors for the Garland Chamber of Commerce. He also holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma and previously served on the Baylor‐Garland Hospital Board of Directors. Dr. Jesse Jones - In 2001, Dr. Jones was named a Distinguished Alumnus by New Mexico Highlands University He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by his undergraduate alma mater, Texas College, in 1997 and later inducted into the Texas College Hall of Fame. He also later served on the Texas College Board of Trustees. Dr. Jones has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a college professor. He began his teaching career at Texas College, and devoted more than 25 years in teaching and research there and at Bishop College. He is currently a tenured professor of Chemistry at Baylor University where he has served since 1988. Dr. Jones is a loyal, life-long Democrat who provided leadership in the Democratic Party for more than 30 years. He served seven two-year terms as State Representative from District 110 in Dallas County. He has held Democratic Party posts from Precinct Chair to membership on the Democratic National Committee. Professor Jones is married to the former La Belle Sherman of Wichita Falls, TX and they are


MAY 22, 2019 the proud parents of seven children, 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Two of their children are physicians, two college professors, one a petroleum chemist, another a trained psychologist and one in real estate. Dr. Jones is a member of the Good Street Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, where Rev. Eddie L. Jenkins is pastor. Levi Davis - For over 30 years, Levi Davis has been active as a municipal government administrator, business leader, and educator. After completing his military service, he began his career serving the City of Dallas in 1973 and was appointed Assistant City Manager from 1978 to 1986 and again from 1990 to 1998. During his tenure he participated in the expansion of the Convention Center, development of the City’s Arena and the City’s housing initiatives. Levi has held positions in the financial services industry at several investment banking firms. Presently he is Senior Vice President of McCarley Backstrom Berry & Co. LLC, as an Investment Banker and consultant responsible for the firm’s client development and relationships in Texas. Previously, he served as the Western Region Public Finance Director for what was the nation’s 12th ranked investment banking firm. As the Regional Director, Levi provided supervision for the bankers assigned to the Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Baton Rouge offices of the firm. The firm specialized in providing bond underwriting services to local governments, hospitals, school districts, college districts and public agencies. During his tenure Levi participated in over $5 billion in financing and his client list included: Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), City of Dallas, North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), Dallas Omni Hotel, Cowboy Stadium, as well as Dallas Performance Arts facility. Throughout his career, Levi has served on numerous boards including Chairman of the Dallas Methodist Health System Board of Directors, Board Chairman of the Texas Hospital Trustee Association, board member for the Texas Hospital Association, Dallas Symphony, State Fair of Texas, Vice Chair of KERA-North Texas Public Broadcasting Dr. Demetrice Smith is an author, entrepreneur, mentor, Elder, and mental health activist with over 17 years of professional and leadership experience. A skilled and credentialed teacher, Demetrice frequently develops customized corporate and individualized training programs and seminars in a wide-range of topics for groups and small businesses. Most recently, her success with Family Wellness Action Recovery Plans (WRAP) has empowered families of individuals with mental health issues to understand and channel symptoms of mental illness. Demetrice is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Communications, a M.S. Degree in Leadership

and a Doctorate of Business Administration also from Walden University. She is an ordained minister by the State of Texas and holds a Master Coaching Certification from The Association for Talent Development. Demetrice is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Creeping Vines Online, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mental health awareness, education, and assessments. Her motto: Gaining Victory Over Depression, is part of her personal testimony after 30 years of living in a cave...called depression Michele Bobadilla is a distinguished state and national Latina educational leader in the student access and success space. Possessing a proven track record of data-driven results promoting access and equity for under-served, under-represented populations; she serves as chair of the USHCCF University Partnerships Initiative; chairs a Recognized THECB P-16; is a Texas delegate appointee to the CHCI Education Advisory Council; and, is a member of the HSF Regional Advisory Board. Honored as the National LULAC Woman of the Year; Immigrant Journey Advocacy Award Honoree; Latino Leaders Maestro Award Honoree; H100 Latina Living Legend; USHCC Outstanding Education Leadership Award; Governor Rick Perry’s Outstanding Woman in Texas Government Award; SWRCB Martha Salmon Leadership Award Honored as the 2018 American Dream Medallion of Excellence in Education, Science, Medicine or Civil Rights Recipient by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, September 13, Washington, DC. Michele’s outreach and community engagement partnerships have been recognized as transforming the NTX educational landscape for first- and secondgeneration students and their families. Margo Posey - As president of the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council (D/ FW MSDC), she has led the organization to premier status. As a strong advocate for the certification of North Texas MBEs, she has overseen the growth of the D/FW MSDC to include over 800 certified members representation by 174 major corporations and public sector agencies, and 76 North Texas cities. Under her leadership the D/FW MSDC has led to business connections in 2013 that produced over $5.21 billion in 2013 MBE revenues, led to 124,000 employed, and resulted in 8,000 sourcing referrals. Margo’s innovative approaches to growing MBEs included the BY THOSE THAT BUY US initiative that promotes business and consumer purchases from minority-owned businesses. The Council has implemented numerous programs, including the popular Hard Hat Construction Expo that connects Southwest Region diverse and general contractors. The MEGA DEALS recognition program demonstrates the fact MBEs can and do successfully perform on

large contracts. Margo is an unstoppable force in advocacy for MBEs, bringing innovative and creative initiatives and programs to the diversity arena.

and franchise owners. Armed with strong faith, an unmatched work ethic and a ‘give back spirit’, Williams Chicken has major community initiatives throughout North Texas to support youth and education program.

Mark Hernandez was born for interfaith work. He is a 3rd generation Texan and the reflection of his ancestors - Sephardic Jews, Moorish Muslims, Roman Catholics, Native-American spiritualists and Hispanic Pentecostals. At the age of 10, upon his Confirmation, he surrendered his life to Jesus, who guided him throughout his teens to remain pure and prepare himself for a marriage that God could bless. Meanwhile he encouraged his friends to pursue unselfish love, embracing a culture of service, and striving to mature in true brother/sister love, rather than rush into premature sex, repeating the mistake of Adam and Eve and eons throughout history. He graduated with top honors, serving as his high school’s senior class president and entered the University of Texas in 1972 on a full scholarship intending to pursue medicine. But at 19, he encountered the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity and was fully reborn. After decades of mission work in America and abroad, he was appointed Senior Pastor of the Houston Family Church, and in 2002 was promoted to Regional Pastor of four states including Texas. By 2006, his episcopal responsibilities grew to include churches in seven states from Wyoming to Texas – a position in which he served until 2013. He presently serves as Pastor Emeritus of the DFW Family Church in Irving, TX, as well as the Southwest USA Coordinator for the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) working to bring unity among the Abrahamic faiths. He has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards for civic activism and pioneering interfaith leadership. He and his wife Yuri have been married 37 years and are proud parents of six children and four grandchildren.

Carol Anne Taylor is the Cathedral Carillonneur and Director of Children’s Choirs at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas, Texas. She is also Assistant Organist/Choirmaster and Director of Children’s Choirs at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas.Carol Anne serves on the Board of Directors for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and The Royal School of Church Music America. She was featured by CBS 11 in The Ones for Texas – “The Woman Behind the Bells” and Univision 23. Carol Anne has performed carillon concerts throughout the United States, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Culver Academy, Clemson University, University of Florida, and Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. She also serves as a North American delegate to the World Carillon Federation, attending congresses in Poland, Belgium and Barcelona. As recipient of the 2010 Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship, she arranged 15 hymns in a collection entitled The Spanish Liturgical Year for Carillon.

Hiawatha Williams - Dallas-based Williams Chicken is known as the most beloved ‘chicken spot’ in North Texas. For three decades Williams Chicken has cooked up a stellar reputation and a history of success and staying power. With humble beginnings from a small Texas town, Founder Hiawatha Williams earned an opportunity to work for a nationwide fast-food corporation, only to later spread his wings into the world of entrepreneurship. In 1987, WILLIAMS CHICKEN opened its first location and from that day, the special recipe only gets better. Perfecting Chicken and Business is what Williams has dedicated his life to. There are over 40 restaurants in operation and more than 500 employees. Williams Chicken is known as the place for GREAT CHICKEN, COOKED FRESH NEVER FROZEN. A place that not only offers affordable prices to feed families, but affords entrepreneurial opportunities to hundreds of business

Atty. Domingo Garcia - Mr. Garcia’s life is that of a self-made success and public service spanning decades of hard work and sacrifice, a son born of Mexican immigrants who earned his way from shoeshine boy to the Statehouse of Texas as an elected lawmaker. From newspaper boy, he rose to become one of Texas’ most visible newsmakers, as the youngest Mayor Pro-Tem of Dallas, one of America’s top 10 cities. From a busboy who dreamed of his own future, he went on to protect America’s Dreamers as author of Texas’ laws, the first in the nation to protect immigrant students, after receiving his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas in 1980, Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force (TLRTF) which fought gerrymandering by the State of Texas against Latino communities. In addition, Domingo has represented many clients Pro Bono on numerous workplace discrimination cases. Among Domingo’s contributions to assisting victims of a dysfunctional immigration system is the work performed by his team at the law firm’s offices in Tyler and Odessa. Specialists at these two centers advocate for immigrants with a variety of legal needs. Also, they have assisted thousands of client gain protection under DACA and continue to champion the rights of Dreamers living in the United States. Domingo is married to Dr. Elba Garcia, DDS. She is the first Latina immigrant to be elected to the Dallas City Council and was later elected Dallas County Commissioner representing one of the largest constituencies in the United States. They have two sons.


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Lethal Force, continued from front page

with mental disabilities. The forum was held in council chambers at Dallas City Hall and was organized by the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in cooperation with the Dallas Police Department and city of Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Casey Thomas. Forum inspired by report about force against mentally disabled Forum moderator Demetria McCain opened the conversation with a compelling question. “Can I trust my life and the lives of my loved ones to this or any other police department across the country?” She went on to express community fears about aggressive policing and police use of lethal force against young people and those with mental disabilities. The issue is documented in a 2016 report by the Ruderman Family Foundation concluding that people with disabilities were one-third to one-half of those killed by law enforcement officers between 2013 and 2015 even when their hands were raised in surrender. The report details multiple instances of police fatal shootings of individuals with autism, schizophrenia and other disabilities, and criticizes media coverage for failing to connect the violence and disability. At its national meeting, the sorority approved a resolution calling for police departments to reduce violent confrontations with disabled people. The resolution led to the Dallas forum, Lethal Force: Last Resort - A Community Conversation. Concerns about safety and alternatives to force Featured speakers detailed community concerns and possible alternatives to police use of deadly force. The panel included Texas Senator Royce West, Friendship West Baptist Church Pastor Frederick Haynes, Mothers Against Police Brutality founder Sara Mokuria, attorney Cheryl Wattley and police officers Sgt. Anthony Greer, SC Bobby Parrott, Sgt. Raymario Sanchez and Sgt. Jennifer Wells. Rev. Haynes suggested that violent enforcement methods are an outdated hold-over from a time when police forces were used to maintain the system of slavery. Calling for more in-depth sensitivity training, Haynes said before officers receive guns, they should be required to serve community internships to learn about and develop trust with those they serve. Citing the waste of human potential when young people are killed by police Sara Mokuria said, “We need to broaden the conversation about public safety beyond comply or die, increase

police training in the use of de-escalation tactics, and eliminate use of deadly force against fleeing suspects.” Mokuria, who said she and a sibling witnessed police kill her mentally-disturbed father when they were children, said police are not equipped to respond appropriately in situations involving people with mental disabilities. “It’s too much,” she said, “to ask an officer to be a first responder and a mental health professional. Let’s have trained professionals respond to those situations.” In his comments, Sen. West expressed the complexity of the deadly force debate. “Like all of us, police officers have families who are concerned that they return home at the end of the day,” he said. But given citizens’ concerns about excessive use of deadly force, West said there is a move in many cities to pass legislation to limit when police can use deadly force. Police: At work on multiple alternatives to lethal force Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall discussed actions police are taking to reduce use of deadly force and stressed the importance of positive police-community relations and affirmed that under her leadership the department is actively working to balance protection of citizens with less use of deadly force. Asked about efforts to weed out racists and extremists on the force, she said, like other employers, the department is limited in how deeply it can screen applicants, but she said the department conducts background checks and reviews candidates’ social media profiles before hiring. Officer Bobby Parrott who works with recruits in the department’s training academy said all officers undergo sensitivity training and instruction in a variety of non-lethal defensive tactics. He said the department’s training emphasizes time and distance, a practice that encourages officers to avoid confronting suspects when possible until more officers arrive on scene to provide support that may improve outcomes. Officers are also trained to talk with people to try to resolve issues and avoid confrontations, but Parrott admitted communication skills are not as well developed as they might be in the 18to 21-year-olds who are the majority of police recruits. Regarding police use of non-lethal options, Sgt. Anthony Greer said police officers are trained to employ Tasers, pepper balls, mace and other

tools to control violent offenders. Greer said police often receive from boarding houses and the department encourages officers to consider residences of mentally disabled people. Discussions are to continue using less lethal options whenever possible to Following a robust Q&A session, participants reduce injuries to officers and the public, however he said the decision of which option to use in left the forum knowing more about the challenges a confrontation involves a judgment call by the facing police and having had a chance to express their concerns directly to police. The sorority and officer on the scene. Police acknowledge that responding to calls city officials have promised follow-up exchanges involving individuals with mental health issues to keep the police-community conversation going is a serious enforcement challenge. To decrease in hopes of realizing better relations and less strife the odds of these situations turning violent, the and loss of life. department is testing a pilot program that sends a special Fre ! team to calls involving people ies!! eF tivit c iel T A rip with mental illness. The Right Fun s!! d ! Care team is composed of a Coo kin !! Path~Way to Purpose® for Kids – Discover gL ! ! police officer, paramedic and ! ess ma Your Purpose!!! a ons r l !!!! mental health professional. Nicke Did you know... ! Approximately 60% of children will lose 2 – 3 months in Reading Skills and 2 Care team officer Sgt. Jennifer months of Math skills over the Summer and perhaps even more alarming 36% Wells said the team responds may go hungry over the Summer. ! to sensitive calls in unmarked !!!! se!! Because of the above statistics… g n ros i t c a a k L vehicles and can perform S Cynthia Mickens Ministries Inc. has partnered with mental health evaluations, Path ~ Way to Life Center of Hope Church to offer a FREE Summer Learning and Feeding Program! supply meds, and provide a variety of social service CPR for Kid The program is Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.Perot s!!! June 3 -July 12, 2019 Museu resources to individuals and m!!! Each child will receive breakfast, lunch, and a snack daily ! ! Ages 6 – 12 ! families. To date, she said g nin ts!!!! rde For more information call results are positive. The team Fine Ar duction Ga ro has not only developed positive heatre!P1-888-419-0957 or email us at T ss! !!! a vies relationships with disabled Cl Learn more !!!! Mo Path~Way to Life Center of Hope Church people and their families but 302 W. Palestine St. - Hutchins, 75141 !!! s t has freed up other officers by f Cra Dallas Symphony Orchestra!! N responding to the repeat calls Arts-


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May 24

Lupus Month

Lincoln University Chartered in 1855 1st U.S. Black College in Oxford, PA.

Older Americans Month

Recurring Events . Feeding The Needy Hosted by: Hollywood Hernandez Live 1698 Corsicana St. Dallas. 3pm-5pm. Sundays **Marvelous Marriage Monday’s at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 7pm-8:30pm 1st & 3rd Monday Info: Summer Enrichment Camp at Bishop Arts Theatre 215 Tyler St. Dallas, 7am-5pm. 06-3 - 07-25, 2019, ages 6-12. Enroll: Tiffany Jackson 214-948-0716 ext. 307 Split Second at Jubilee Theatre 506 Main St. Fort Worth. 8-10pm. Tickets: 5-24-6-23

Restaurant Week

May 22-June 8 Protect Yourself-Defense Class Men & Women Invited at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 Wheatland Rd. Tue. & Thur. at 7pm. Eventbrite.

May 22

Our Music Fourth Friday Concert Presented by: Lyric Stage at DeSoto Corner Theatre 211 E. Pleasant Run. 7pm. Head Wraps and Head Shots at Grow DeSoto Market Place. 324 E. Beltline Rd. DeSoto. 6-8pm. African Liberation Day; An Instrument to help organize our people at Pan African Connection 4466 s. Marsalis Ave. 7-9pm. Absolute Power Women Empowering Women Special Guest Speaker: Shavonda Fields at Stemm Studios 1499 Regal Row Ste. #505. 10-2am. Summertime Kick Off Ole School Party Fish Fry at Trinity Elk Lodge #480 2607 MLK Jr. Blvd. 8-2am.

May 25

Peppermint Life Coaching presents: The Color Purple at 405 Oakland Blvd. Ft. Worth, 5-7pm. Register: artist63 or Cash app: $03mc. “Spring TEEse” Day Party at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. 3-8pm. Us-Too Phenomenal Women Artist Talk Art Exhibit at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. Dallas. 1-3pm.

Women of Candor Storytelling & Stand-Up Comedy Show at Stomping Ground 1350 Manufacturing St. #110. 9:3011pm. Tickets:

410 Line Dancers Thursday Class DFW Sports Garden 1850 E. Beltline Rd. Coppell. 7-9pm. Info:

Memorial Day Weekend All White Music Mixer at Sway’s Room 921 W. Beltline Rd. Ste. #110. 7pm-12am. Info & tickets 972-855-0346.

May 27

410 Line Dancers Thursday Class at DFW Sports Garden 1850 E. Belt Line Rd. Coppell. 7-9pm. Info: Changing The Game Networking Mixer at Canton Events Dallas 1204 Griffith St. West. 6-9pm. EMAIL Jazzmar Warfield at

Sundresses and Sunglasses Memorial Day Party at Henderson Tap House 2323 N. Henderson Ave. Ste. #101-102. 3:30-8:30pm.

SDCC Music Lounge: Blues Feat: Zach Harmon at South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. 7:30-9pm.

Breakfast at the BAC “Collections…and we’re not talking fashion… at Fort Worth Business Assistance Center 1150 South Fwy. 7:30-9am. RSVP at

Prudence the Auset at Brick House Lounge DeSoto 2021 N. Hampton Rd. 8-10pm.

Carry The Load & WFAA Party on the Plaza at WFAA Studios Victory Park 3030 Olive St. 4-7am.

Kandi Koated Entmt. Hots: Welcome to the Dungeon at The Bomb Factory 2713 Canton St. 9pm.

May 23

Senior Line Dancing at Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak St. 10am. Free

Memorial Day Picnic at 300 E. Colorado Blvd. Dallas 11-7pm. RSVP at

Taste of Addison at Addison Circle Park 4950 Addison Circle Dr. 6-11pm.Tickets:

Women of Distinction Host: Girls Scout of TX OK Plains Key Note Spkr: Pat Smith at Hurst Conference Center 1601 Campus Dr. 11:30am-1. Tickets:

Women’s Conference 2019 at Believers International Ministries 716 Garza St. Dallas. 7:30pm.

Memorial Day Block Party at Hero’s Lounge 3094 N. Stemmons Fwy. 3-2am. Tickets:

Fraud Protection Class at Frazier House 4600 Spring Ave. Dallas 10am-1pm. To register; lunch provided

Beards & Bowties Fashion Show & After Party at Athletic Zone 423 Singleton Blvd. Dallas. 7-10pm.

May 23-24

The Entrepreneur Magnet Series 2 at African American Museum 3636 Grand Ave. 6:30-10pm.

May 31-June 2

Community Action Day at South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. 11am-2pm.

Dallas Red Carpet Screening of Quintessential the Movie! Host: Michael Hernandez at Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson St. 6-9pm.

Brunching in Miami All White Affair at A Taste of Miami Restaurant 205 S. Main St. Ste. #19-05, Red Oak. 12-6pm. Tickets:

One Night Comedy Stand at Unique Visions Upscale Events 324 S. Hampton Rd. 8-11pm. Tickets:

Bill “Bo jangles” Robinson a Vaudeville dancer Born 1878

Women of the West Bible Study at Friendship West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Wednesdays at 7pm.

Happy Birthday to Team Member Sports Lady Dorothy Gentry

Trapped in the 90’s at Foundation Room 2200 N. Lamar St. 10-2am. Tickets:

Memorial Day

Further Jazz: Peter Brotzmann & Heather Lee at Wild Detectives 314 W. 8th St. 7-10:30pm.

Wednesdays Swing Dance Class at Allure Jazz & Cigar Lounge 110 S. Cockrell Hill, DeSoto. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Instructor: Lady Champagne. Free before 8pm.

9th Annual Dallas Margarita Meltdown 2019 in the West End 1701 N. Market St. 5-9pm. Tickets: via Eventbrite.

Dallas Black Dance Academy 45th Annual Recital at Majestic Theatre 1925 Elm St. 4:306:30pm. attpac. org.

May 28

DBCC Power Breakfast: May 2019 at KAI Enterprises 101 N. Zang Blvd. #100, 7:30-9am. Tickets: Dallas Mayoral Candidate Forum at Methodist Dallas Medical Center HITT Auditorium 1441 N. Beckley Ave. 6-8pm Business Legal 101 Series at Grow DeSoto Market Place 324 Beltline Rd. 7:30-8:30am. Tickets: The Guide to Construction Success Lunch & Learn at RBCA 2627 MLK, Jr. Blvd. 11:30am-1pm. Reg:

May 29-31 Rhema 2019 Host: Bishop Davis E. Martin at TBAAL 1309 Canton St. Dallas 7-10:30pm. Free

May 29

Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer from 5:30-7pm Location: TBA Website: Mayoral Candidate Run Off Forum at Communities Foundation of Texas 5500 Caruth Haven Ln. 12-1:30pm.

May 30-June 2

May 26

Wine & Hip Hop Feat: Camille Thompson at Checkered Past Winery 1409 S. Lamar St. #008, Dallas. 7-9pm.

Kirk Franklin: Exodus Music and Arts Festival at The Pavilion Toyota Music Factory 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving. 5pm.

All New Thursdays Ladies Night Soulful Soundz at Vinetti’s –14833 Midway Rd. Addison 5pm-12am. Free Cover.

Memorial Day Music Fest. at Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers Fwy. 2-10pm.

Patricia Roberts Harris U.S. Ambassador DOB in 1924

Ne-Yo and Tamia at Music Hall at Fair Park 909 1st Ave. 8pm. Tickets: via Ticketmaster. 90’s & 2000’s Hip-Hop-R&B Party at Foundation Room 2200 N. Lamar St. 10pm-2am. Fridays 6-22-19. NEO-Soul Paint & Vibe at Sway’s Room 921 W. Beltline Rd. Se. #110, DeSoto. 7:3010:30pm.Tickets: ZYA Skate Night Fund’raiser at Redbird Skateland 1206 N. Duncanville Rd. Duncanville. 7:30-10:30pm.

June 1

Black Music Month

F.M. Jones invented 2-cycle Bus engine in 1945

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I Am a Storyteller Seniors Live! My Life. My Dream. at Bishop Arts Theatre Center 215 S. Tyler St. Info: 214-948-0716.

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Texas LULAC 90th State Convention in Dallas at Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center 5410 LBJ Fwy. 7am. Each day. Gary Owen Live! at Addison Improv 4980 Belt Line Rd. Ste. #250. Tickets: www.

May 30 Stepin Fetchit DOB in 1902 in Key West, FL.

Happy Birthday Clifton C. Sneed (Marva’s) husband and supporter to I Messenger Media L.L.C. The 5th Annual Verna’s H.E.L.P. Foundation Empowerment Prayer Brunch Mistress of Ceremony: Cheryl Smith at Royal Oaks Country Club/ Grand Ballroom, 7915 Greenville Ave. Dallas. 9am-1pm. 2019 Bishop Arts Jazz Series at Bishop Arts Theatre 215 S. Tyler St. Dallas. 7-11pm. Tickets: 2nd 5K Run and Fun Walk 2019 Benefiting Kiers Hope Foundation at Margret Hunt-Hill/Trinity River Bridge 8am. Call 214.516.0128 or email DeSoto Crawfish Fest 2019 at DeSoto Amphitheater 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 6-9pm.



The Barbara C. Jordan Medallion for Excellence in Government Service was awarded to Texas State Representative Toni N. Rose during Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's 30th Year of Red & White Day at the State of Texas. The 2019 Inaugural Medallion was presented for her stellar legislative performance and accomplishments in representing the citizens of the great state of Texas and as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. NGAN STATEMENT ON CHIEF FITZGERALD TERMINATION

Fort Worth. He was flatly denied. Therefore, Chief Fitzgerald began to consider another opportunity for which he became a finalist. However, he eventually withdrew his name from consideration. Regardless, David Cooke took that opportunity to question Chief Fitzgerald’s commitment to the city. We take great offense to that assertion, especially considering that Chief Fitzgerald had requested to add two more years to his contract. Chief Fitzgerald has been an asset to the community. On various occasions Chief Fitzgerald has met with community leaders to address their concerns. He has also met with numerous families to hear their pleas. Chief Fitzgerald has a heart for the community and great respect for his officers. And he has made a genuine effort to improve the relationship between them. Chief Fitzgerald has been a beacon for truth and transparency and an advocate for change. The city of Fort Worth would suffer a great loss and take a giant step backwards by terminating Chief Fitzgerald. Davis Davis & Harmon LLC honored

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Fort Worth City Manager, David Cooke, fired Chief Joel Fitzgerald. As one of the leading voices seeking to improve relationship between police and community, we find this termination very troubling. Chief Fitzgerald had an open-door policy. He expressed sincere concern for the community and demonstrated a genuine interest in improving the dynamic between his officers and the communities they serve. This past year, Chief Fitzgerald went to city leadership and requested to extend his contract for two years, and requested a salary increase which would place him in line with police chiefs of other major cities the size of

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Usually, teenage love stories don't do much for me but THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, based on the novel by Nicola Yoon is a very smart and entertaining movie filled with serendipity. Things occur to a young interracial couple that seems to be in the stars; which is ironic because the young girl in the move Natasha, played by the oldest daughter in the TV show Black-ish, Yara Shahidi has a strong love for astronomy. She doesn't believe in love because it can't be proven to her that it exists, based on science. Meanwhile, the boy in the love story, Charles Melton from the TV show Riverdale, loves poetry and even though his Korean parents have groomed him all his life to be a doctor, Daniel's desire is to be a poet. Through a series of events, the young boy saves Natasha from a speeding car, while she strolls down the street occupied by her concerns of her family facing deportation in less than 24 hours. Here's where the series of serendipitous events begin. After Daniel learns that Natasha does not believe in love he issues her a challenge that he can make her fall in love with him. She doesn't tell him why but accepts his challenge but gives him only 24 hours. By morning the young couple finds themselves in love but now Daniel learns the truth; that Natasha and her family are being deported to Jamaica later that day. And there's nothing that anyone can do to help.

The interracial aspect of the couple’s relationship comes into play, which is an excellent part of the story. He comes from a traditional Korean family and Natasha's family are Jamaican immigrants. The movie has somewhat of an ambiguous ending and we're left wondering how it's all going to end up. But based on the earlier parts of the movie, we're left thinking that somehow things will all work out. The two very handsome actors carry the movie. They have good looks and they're smart. I enjoyed them very much. This won't be a blockbuster but it's a real gem of a love story that is worth seeking out. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour and 40 minutes. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" this movie rates a LARGE.



Summer officially is on the way and parents are preparing for fun day camps to learning experiences and the long awaited summer vacation. This year parents can add swimming lessons to ensure your child(ren) summer is safe, fun and productive. The YMCA has the answer. It’s ‘SAFETY AROUND WATER” campaign during National Water Safety Month. I invited into the Valder Beebe Show SATELLITE Studios, one of the top aquatic safety experts in the nation, Lindsay Mondick, Sr. Manager of Aquatics at the YMCA of the USA, to share critical information about the importance of teaching childrenand adults-how to swim and be safe around water. Learn why swimming is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn, and why learning to swim saves lives and builds confidence. Experts want parents and grandparents and children to learn how the Y provides swim lessons for all ages and income levels. According to experts two children die every day from drowning. Drowning is the leading cause for children 1 to 4, and second-leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old. statics show; if parent specified good swimming ability, their children are 4.3 times more

likely to have good swimming ability. Parents who have no/ low swimming ability, there’s a high likelihood their children won’t have good swimming skills (78 percent for African-American children, 62 percent among Hispanic/Latino children and 67 percent for Caucasian children). Also, children who swim with their family are 2.7 times more likely to be good swimmers. VBS: Share with us how drowning poses a threat nationwide, especially to small children. LM: Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1-4 years of age. Two children die every day because of drowning, and is the second leading cause of death for children 5-19. VBS: You said children and minorities. What do you mean by that? LM: Through recent research we have found that 64% African American children and 45% of Hispanic children cannot swim, compared to 40% of their Caucasians counter parts. VBS: We’ve identified the problem and we’ve identified the problem groups, what are some of the resolutions for the problem?... complete interview @SoundCloud. com/valderbeebeshow

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Dear Alma, I really enjoy your column and I could really use some advice. I’ll try to keep this short. I had a long-term relationship and we broke up and he moved to a new state. After three year,s we started talking again on Facebook and then one thing led to another and we got back together. We were still having problems and we broke up again. Within a year he married someone else. I was heartbroken and couldn’t believe he married somebody else after all that we had. Fast forward, it’s been five years and I have not been in another relationship like the one we had. He and I started talking again, we met up and everything fell back into place. Instead of leaving his wife and kids he decided we all should be together and his wife agreed. Things have been cool for the last 8 months. I recently found out I was pregnant and I’m so happy and so is he. She, on the other hand, seems to be treating me differently. We are not jelling the way we were and I don’t understand. I was thinking maybe I should move out, what do you think? Perplexed Sister-wife Dear Sister-wife, I think somebody’s gotta tell you, so, it might as well be me—your boyfriend’s wife doesn’t like you; she never has, but she’s in “crazy” love with her husband. Unless I’ve been hit by a midnight train to Georgia and forgot about it, I can’t think of one woman, who willingly wants to share her husband. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it, just trust me when I say, that wouldn’t be her first option. Nope, girl, a “clear headed, got it going on, ain’t got no time for foolishness” woman requires her man to love her with his whole heart, but that’s not what

we have here. Don’t get me wrong, if an open marriage is what you seek, more power to you, but that’s not what you’re talking about. You and he had a long-term “on-again, offagain” relationship, that didn’t work. In my book, that makes this something else. Your threesome has just become one too many, so I’d suggest you sleep with one eye open. If Mrs. #1, (um, that’s right) isn’t as happy as you are about the pregnancy, clearly, she will soon bring this train ride to an end. The question is, will she ask you to transfer or make it your last stop. Then again, if she decides to disembark, hold off on your happy dance, ‘cause, to be truthful, you’ll never be enough woman for that man. He is using you and he is using her. One or both of you need to be sick and tired of being sick and tired—and shared. My advice, move out of her house to your own place and make your baby a priority. There are no if, ands or buts about it. Sometimes it’s difficult to love ourselves the way we ought but mothers can love their children better than they love themselves, you’ll see. That, my dear, needs to become your new problem. As a matter of fact, you and I need a telephone call, email me your number. Meanwhile, I hope you realize you’re sleeping with the frenemy and you don’t even know it. Recognize and identify your worth, grab ahold of it. Your sweet new baby needs you to “woman up.” Kick that brainwashing, cheating, deceiving holder of your heart to the curb. He’s used up enough of your time. Email your questions to: alwaysaskalma@ Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” Tweet @ almaaskalma.


MAY 22, 2019

Clear Channel Outdoor joins family of Brianna Aubrey Campaign for National Missing Children’s Day

The Texas Center for the Missing, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA) will launch a new, month-long effort across the Dallas region to help generate leads in the case of 16-year-old, Brianna Aubrey, who disappeared in January, 2019. CCOA will broadcast Brianna’s photo, on its digital billboards throughout the region over 1,200 times per day on each unit for one month. WHO: Lee Aubrey, father of Brianna Jake Smith, President, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas-D/ FW Detective Gregory Rodriguez, Dallas Police Department WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019 WHERE: At the base of Clear Channel Panel #78749 LBJ Freeway, on the south side of the freeway, four-tenths of a mile east of Jupiter Rd--11858

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Brianna Aubrey has been missing from Dallas since January of this year. She is an African American female, 5’9” weight 180 pounds. Black hair and brown eyes. Information can be given to the Dallas Police at 214-7444444. The Texas Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse receives over 55,000 missing person reports each year, with more

than, 41,000 of those being juveniles. CCOA is providing this month-long public service campaign at no cost in recognition of National Missing Children's Day. This is one element of CCOA’s ongoing partnership with Texas Center for the Missing and NCMEC and is part of a larger campaign to raise awareness of local missing children in four major Texas markets: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th National Missing Children’s Day. National Missing Children’s Day is a reminder to all parents and guardians of the need for high-quality photographs of their children for use in case of an emergency, and for the need for everyone to pay close attention to posters and photographs of missing children.


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