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It was all a dream As a lover of history, I enjoy reading about what happened and who did what. I enjoy trying to imagine what each person is thinking in any scenario. Usually I ask myself if there are those being silent because they don’t have the strength, desire or guts to speak out OR, are they in complete agreement with whatever is going on? I also think about what their descendants are thinking about their actions or inactions.
Dallas’ own Amber Pickens is Black History
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia
Amber Pickens is celebrating Black History Month in a big way. The dancer, actress, and singer has added author to her long list of titles with the release of “Blooming in Motion,” a coloring book that celebrates Black history in the performing arts through dance. Pickens’ original illustrations honor nearly two dozen dance legends, including dancers and entertainers Alvin Ailey, Eartha Kitt, and Debbie Allen, whom she met as a fourth grader. “When I met her, my eyes were opened to the world of dance and so much more,”
Pickens told NNPA Newswire. “She planted other seeds like choreographing and producing and making sure to build our communities,” Pickens added. Allen, the famed dancer, choreographer, and actress, released a statement expressing her delight over being included
in Pickens’ book. “I am so proud to be included in Amber’s coloring book,” Allen wrote. “It is very important that young black and brown girls see images of themselves that they can celebrate.” Pickens said Allen often reminded her and other students to find ways to give back to their community. She remarked that Allen opened a new world for her and others. “She introduced us to teachers from all around the world,” Pickens recalled. “It was life-changing, it was powerful.” A Juilliard School graduate, Pickens made her choreography directing debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Her film, “Passing,” is based
on Harlem, New York, in the 1920s. Originally, the “Passing” role was intended for a friend who thought Pickens would be better suited. “Someone approached one of my friends and asked him if he was interested in a small project. He didn’t have any idea what it was,” Pickens recalled. “They did describe the type of dancer they wanted, and he pointed them to me.” Written by Nella Larsen, “Passing” takes a close look at racial identity, racism, and white privilege. Netflix has picked up the film, and it is expected to air in the coming months. Pickens grew up in Dallas, See AMBER PICKENS, page 13
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And that is the case with the recent vote on the impeachment of this country’s 45th president. According to the impeachment papers, Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States. While the Impeachment Managers presented a very compelling case, especially the Honorable Stacey Plaskett; three things make the case a travesty: 1. Mediocre attorneys representing the defendant can boast a victory that was a foregone conclusion because it was clear from the onset that there were not enough senators willing to go up against Trump. 2. Since there was a farce of a hearing, the opportunity See MY TRUTH, page 10
Temperatures as low as -2 degrees By Cheryl Smith
People were cold, tired and frustrated. At times the dialogue felt eerily like a civil war of sorts. It was the South v. the North and who was suffering the most with power outages during the
coldest weather surge in Texas since 1949. Disparity seemed to be a major concern for citizens who have been flooding elected officials and utility provider phone lines as Texans faced “unprecedented weather conditions,” resulting in power outages and fingerpointing. Some say that governance is an issue and there’s plenty of blame to go around. Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said, “Greg Abbott (Texas
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Governor) killed Texans. Plain and simple. Abbott’s failure to prepare, respond, and end this
catastrophic crisis in Texas is just the latest example of how Republicans cannot manage government and instead try to deflect blame onto others. “Texans deserve to know when Greg Abbott knew about this crisis, what his government did to prevent it, and why the response was inadequate.” Hinojosa referenced the governor’s comments regarding President Biden’s green energy expansion plan and said it was a threat to Texans. See POWER OUTAGE, page 15
Dallas Black protest and planning sites—Part II I WAS JUST THINKING... By Norma Adams-Wade We reviewed last week some sites where Dallas Black citizens traditionally gathered for protests, planning and strategizing to advance civil rights causes.
In part II of the discussion, we again recall that in Black history, our people gathered at the river or in dense woods to plan ways to seek freedom and fight inequities. Here are additional Dallas sites where Black citizens and local and national Black leaders carried on that tradition in more modern settings. We continue with #4. 4. Pythian Temple, home of the “Colored” Knights of Pyth-
ias grand lodge, 2551 Elm St. in Deep Ellum. This historic building opened in 1916 as headquarters for one of the nation’s leading Black secret societies. It also housed retail storefronts and offices for prominent businesses and physicians. A 4thfloor ballroom was the go-to place for Black social events including parties and fund-raising banquets for Black organiSee THINKING, page 3
Pythian Temple, headquarters of the Knights of Pythias.
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For your information, from Oncor: Power Outages: 888.313.4747 Q: Why is my power out? There are two major issues affecting many of customers right now: winter storm outages and controlled power outages directed by ERCOT, which serve to reduce high demand and protect the integrity of the electric grid. Due to the fast moving nature of these two power emergency events, we are not currently able to break down the difference in outages on our Oncor Outage Map.
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Q: When will my power be restored? Given the unique combination of lack of generation and historic winter storm damage, estimated restoration times are not yet known. For outages related to the winter storm, our crews continue working around the clock to restore power. However, continued winter impacts such as extreme cold, treacherous road conditions and ice buildup is impacting progress.
Controlled outages related to grid supply and demand have been significantly extended due to the current emergency grid conditions and severe cold weather. In order to preserve the reliability of the grid, ERCOT has said that additional generation will be needed before power can be restored. These outages are taking place across the service territory and ERCOT has said they could be required through Tuesday. We are asking all Oncor customers to be prepared to be without power for an extended period of time. Q: Why are some homes out for hours and others for minutes or not at all? Again, there are two major issues affecting many of customers right now: winter storm outages and controlled power outages directed by ERCOT. We are using all designated power lines for controlled outages so that hospitals and other critical infrastructure remains intact and system stability is preserved. This means that customers near critical facilities, or those in limited
areas where rolling outages won’t take place in order to maintain grid stability, may not experience outages, while those farther from these facilities or areas may be out multiple times or for longer instances. Additionally, during instances of substantial generation drop, there are safeguards built into the system that drop power loads automatically in order to prevent cascading widespread outages, or ultimately a blackout. These are designed to be shorter term drops that are reset quicker than controlled outages to prepare for the next response opportunity. Q: When will power generation plants come back on-line? Due to the severe winter storm, we do not know and it is outside of our control. Conditions for power generation continue to be very serious and the combination of winter weather and reduced generation is unprecedented in the state of Texas. We are prepared for emergency operations to continue for at least several days.
UNT Dallas College of Law growing UNT Dallas Law selected Dr. Nicole Gibbs to serve as Assistant Dean of Admissions and Scholarships. After a national search, Dr. Gibbs was chosen to lead student Dr. Nicole Gibbs recruitment and admission for the UNT Dallas College of Law. With over 18 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Gibbs comes to UNT Dallas from North Carolina Central University where she served as Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Dr. Gibbs previously served as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Admissions at Broward College where she developed extensive skills in strategic planning and data analysis. “I am incredibly delighted to begin this exciting opportunity with UNT Dallas College of Law, which is positioned to offer a remarkable legal educational experience to a diverse and talented group of students,” said Dr. Gibbs. “I look forward to serving in this capacity amongst extraordinarily dedicated faculty, staff, and students!” A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dr. Gibbs took the helm of Admissions at UNT Dallas COL during the first week of October. “Dr. Gibbs is a wonderful addition to the administrative leadership team,” said Dean Felecia Epps. “Nicole brings a wealth of experience in admissions and I look forward to building on our past successes in that department.”
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Cosby Committed to Helping Fellow Inmates By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia
Since his 2018 conviction on charges of aggravated indecent assault, Bill Cosby has maintained his innocence, even vowing never to “admit to something I didn’t do” during a potential parole board hearing. “My conviction is bigger than me,” stated Cosby, who calls Black History Month “The Month of Our People.” “It’s about every Black man and woman in America — if this judicial system can wrongfully convict me without any evidence of a crime and without any proof but he/she said it happened, then the average Black person with no means
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zations as well as performing arts and high school proms. Again, if these walls could talk, they would tell of the many fraternities, sororities and civic organizations that would meet inside to discuss action plans concerning issues of the day. Historians report that even Marcus Garvey and George Washington Carver lectured there. The building faced demolition but in recent years, has been restored and converted into an upscale boutique hotel.
Kathlyn Gilliam home in South Dallas
“He comes in here, and he doesn’t act like he’s better than anyone. He keeps it simple. Look, he is a political prisoner. He is in here not for a crime, but adultery. But he does not look for favors, and with all his money and resources, he has nothing more than what we have, no extras when he could easily have extras,” said fellow inmate Anthony “Benny-Do” Sutton, who has served 38 years of a mandatory life sentence for murder. and/or resources don’t stand a chance to get a fair trial.” Cosby, 83, declared that he’s using his voice and celebrity to bring light to his fellow residents at SCI-Phoenix, the Pennsylvania prison where he is housed. He said he wants to help others who have been wrongfully convicted, due to prosecutorial misconduct, witness tampering and by other means.
Cosby’s longtime publicist Andrew Wyatt called it remarkable that the comedian has taken a backseat to his own legal woes to help others, while waiting for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to render an opinion on his appeal. The Court heard compelling testimony in December related to Cosby’s claim that the ex- Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor
Pythian Temple is equally significant because it was designed by historic Black architect William Sidney Pittman who left his iconic mark on many of the nation’s landmark African-American commercial buildings and churches. Pittman additionally is memorable as the husband of Booker T. Washington’s daughter, Portia Washington Pittman. The couple lived in Dallas with their three children for a number of years where Mrs. Washington was a noted music teacher. Sadly, with all his brilliance and brimming talent, Pittman died a pauper after experiencing legal and personal down-
falls. He is buried in the Glen Oaks Cemetery – also known as Pinkston Cemetery -- adjacent to L. Butler Nelson Cemetery and Lincoln High School on Elsie Faye Heggins Street in South Dallas. I was just thinking… In my own opinion, I maintain that Pittman’s genius mind could not abide the racism of his day and that his intolerance permanently doused his radiant flame. 5. The Juanita Craft house, 2618 Warren Ave. Before this current structure became a museum, it was the home of iconic civic rights leader Juanita Craft who lead countless NAACP Youth Council and Texas statewide NAACP activities. National leaders including U. S. Presidents, other noted civil rights leaders and countless youth that she mentored visited or met at her home to plan, discuss and/or carry out civil rights activities. 6. Gilliam House, 3817 Wendelkin St. in South Dallas. This 1923 Craftsman structure is designated a Dallas landmark and formerly was the home of Black education warrior Kathlyn Gilliam. She became the first Black female Dallas School Board member – and later pres-
The women who testified at Cosby’s trial could offer no evidence or proof that made their allegations credible, Cosby’s attorney argued. Credit: The World Affairs Council
granted him “immunity” from prosecution in the case where former Temple University employee Andrea Constand accused him of assault. Castor, who is now representing former President Donald Trump in his impeachment proceedings,
told the Black Press that Cosby should never have been charged in the case. The high court also heard arguments from Cosby’s lawyers that he warranted a new trial because Judge Steven O’Neill allowed five women to testify to previously uncharged, unproven accusations of wrongdoing from decades ago. The women who testified at Cosby’s trial could offer no evidence or proof that made their allegations credible, Cosby’s attorney argued. The ‘Cosby Show’ star is now blind and doesn’t have the ability to review filings of fellow inmates, but many at SCIPhoenix have told Cosby that they also are innocent. “For this reason, Mr. Cosby heard the same story from a fellow resident that he immediately took a liking too. Anthony “Benny-Do” Sutton, See APPEAL, page 13
Juanita Craft home in South Dallas.
ident -- after leading many desegregation battles as an officer with local, state and national “Colored” Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs) that challenged city leaders and allwhite school board members. Much planning happened inside her home. Some of various other locations that are equally important as community protests and planning sites include the West Dallas homes of Mattie Nash and Myrtle Davis -- two revered community leaders who were memorialized posthumously when the Mattie Nash-Myrtle Davis Park
and recreation center, 3710 N. Hampton Road in West Dallas, were named in their honor. Still other sites include: Dr. King Jr.’s statue at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in South Dallas; Dallas City Hall; 1500 Marilla St. downtown; Dallas police headquarters, 1400 S. Lamar St. downtown; and various other parks and churches. There also were quiet gathering spots in the historic White Rock area’s Black community in far North Dallas near Webb Chapel Road. Perhaps we will explore even more of these locations at some future date.
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BACK TO NORMAL? WHAT’S NORMAL? THE LAST WORD By Dr. Julianne Malveaux I got my first COVID vaccination. No big deal, an achy arm, but otherwise, just like a flu shot. The young lady who administered the shot smiled and said, “after you get your second shot, you can get back to normal.” I wanted to ask her what was normal, but the man in line behind me seemed impatient, so I smiled and made my way out of the store. I thought about it all the way home, though. What’s normal? I don’t think crowding thirty or forty young people into a classroom is normal. I don’t believe that food lines snaking for blocks is normal. I don’t think that high Black unemployment rates are normal. I don’t think the wealth gap is normal. I don’t think that more than 400,000 people dead is normal. The inability to formally mourn our departed loved ones isn’t normal. Crazy white people storming the Capitol surely isn’t normal. And conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Green is so far away from normal that she is on the insanity spectrum. In the ten months since the pandemic hit, we have seen changes in our communications, our employment, our economy, and more. Many of us, reasonably, yearn for the “normal” days when we could sit at a restaurant and have a meal, go to a play or a concert, invite a bunch of folks over to gather. But we should ask ourselves what was normal about our normal. In other words, were we so comfor-
table in our world that we didn’t look outside our world? We can’t miss the food lines now, but there were food lines, too, a year ago. We are focused on disparities now, but those disparities aren’t new. Does back to normal mean accepting the inequities and absurdities of life as it was? Somebody tweeted that “Rona was a disruption, and she is an opportunity.” I embrace that sentiment (though I had to do a double-take at “Rona” and pray that nobody chooses to name their child after this virus). This virus is an opportunity for us to scrutinize what we consider normal and how we need to change it.
Let’s start with education and the achievement gap. Students who come from low-income families don’t have the same academic support that others do. They often don’t have the technology to do virtual learning or the support to work through their assignments. Too often, their parents are essential workers—nurses, bus drivers, grocery store workers. Do we ever take a look at the people who serve us and notice that they are disproportionately Black and Brown? When we see them do we wonder about their facts of life, about their challenges, or do we know the status quo as “normal”? Is it normal for teacher’s
unions and mayors to be so far apart? If we want students back in their classrooms, why can’t we vaccinate every teacher and school worker? But the conflict between teachers and elected officials, especially in Chicago, calls for a national conversation with educators, students, and parents. We’ve heard from everyone but students in this conversation. What are they thinking and feeling? Is any of this normal? We never saw mask-wearing as standard, and even now, with more than 400,000 dead, some fools refuse to wear them. But here’s the real deal –vaccine or not, I’ll likely be wearing double masks until the end of the year, and so should you. People who have had the vaccine have still tested positive. They still need to wear masks and wash their hands frequently. But too many have made mask wearing a political statement. Our non-maskwearing former president contracted COVID and got priority treatment and had access to the drug Regeneron, which is not available to the general public. And he still won’t wear a mask, emboldening his sycophants. I really don’t know what is normal anymore, but I am sure that if 2019 was normal, we must embrace the abnormal. Or, we need to define the new normal as safe, fair, and equitable. As my anonymous tweeter said, “Rona” is an opportunity for us to check ourselves and maybe get it right. Dr. Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, media contributor and educator. Her latest project MALVEAUX! On UDCTV is available on youtube.com. For booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www. juliannemalveaux.com.
It Ain’t Just Ego!! QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall “I was born in the Congo. I walked to the Fertile Crescent and built the Sphinx. I designed a pyramid so tough that a star that only glows every one hundred years falls into the center giving divine perfect light. I am bad!” “Ego Tripping” by Nikki Giovanni Over the past two columns, my intent was to compel your belief that the Black Church and the Black Preacher are prerequisites to our sojourn from slavery, second-class citizenship, segregation, and the severest forms of American Apartheid. However, the Black church and the preacher needed an anchor. Black women answered the call. James Brown was succinct, “This is a Man’s World, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Just go down the “Black church rolls and roles” and see whom the Black preacher had at his side. Our freedom depended on women and she took on a plethora of names and occupations. We called her mother, grandmother, godmother, church mother, and play mother. When the church and its people required counseling and governance, we looked toward the Mother’s Board. In their official Black church capacities, Black women covered their assignments as Reverend, First Lady, Deaconess, missionary leader, musician, prayer warrior, church clerk, Sunday school teacher, and any other duties subject to the pastor’s
interpretation of a “woman’s place.” Black women have sustained our families as wives and midwives, single mothers, and adopted mothers. Black women worked for our material sustenance as field workers, domestic workers, factory workers, and office workers. Nevertheless, they were always and assuredly the lowest-paid workers. In 1976, Nikki Giovanni’s “Ego Tripping,” became a testament and companion narrative to James Brown’s 1968, “Say it Loud I’m Black, and I’m Proud.” If you accept that being Black is a burden to one’s social standing and psyche, you understand that Black women need a shot of pride just for themselves.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES Black men have it hard, but the Black women that birth, teach, love, and support them carry a heavier burden. Giovanni’s poem, “Ego-Tripping,” became an anthem for Black women. Giovanni used her historical imagination as the basis of a poetic liberating thesis. “The tears from my birth pains,” she exclaimed, “created the Nile!” Nikki eventually recorded her poem/psalm, and it became familiar on Black radio stations around the
nation. The lyrics mystify, and the cadence of the drums and bass are spellbinding. The last few verses leave no doubt that Black women are nothing short of phenomenal! “My son Noah built new, the Ark, and I stood proudly at the helm as we sailed on a soft summer day. I turned myself into myself and was Jesus. Men intone my loving name; All praises All praises. I am the one who would save. I sowed diamonds in my back yard; my bowels deliver uranium. The filings from my fingernails are semi-precious jewels. On a trip, north I caught a cold and blew my nose, giving oil to the Arab world. I am so hip even my errors are correct. I sailed West to reach East and had to round off the earth as I went. The hair from my head thinned, and gold was laid across three continents. I am so perfect, so divine, so ethereal, so surreal. I cannot be comprehended except by my permission. I mean...I...can fly like a bird in the sky!” There were detractors in the day who hailed it blasphemy that Nikki would claim the deity of God in her historic strut of womanhood. Nevertheless, her genius was unimpeachable. If God really made us in his/her image as the Black preacher said in the Black church, who could argue with her? The Black Church and the Black Preacher are nonexistent without the sacrifices of Black women. Point-blank, period. When you hear sisters bragging about their contributions to the race and this nation, they ain’t just ego-tripping. Black history bears that out! Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist, and an awardwinning columnist.
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Missing the Small Still Voice in Our Lives FAITHFUL UTTERANCES By Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew A friend of mine were talking recently about all the events going on in the world. There is a lot of unrest and uncertainty. One thing that is constant is change and for most, it is a time that we are seeking God for answers on how to adjust to the unpredictable season we are in. My friend said that she does not hear God’s voice as others do. I, too, have had moments, when I wondered if God were present and if God would respond to my prayers. What I have discovered in my journey is that I think we are often seeking this Disney representation of God to show up in our lives when often, it is in the stillness that we hear God. 1 Kings 19:12 states, “After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” I believe we are often seeking God in places we expect framed by our limited thinking and points of reference. We seek God to come in something so big and attention grabbing, and, in this scripture, we see that God does not always show up in the catastrophic instances of earthquakes and fires that distract us. God is aware of those things and He shows up in the moment quietly to calm us after those circumstances that take our breaths away. I think what happens so frequently is that we miss God because we are still waiting for some pomp and circumstance entrance that captivates us and if our eyes are only fixated on what we see instantly, we will miss what comes next.
What we miss is an opportunity to experience God. Trouble will come. Even in my own life, I am in a very interesting season. What I do know is that I can not get swept away by the damaged caused by the occurrences of life. What I do know is that it is in the stillness--if I am faithful, if I am willing to be silent, if I am willing to listen…God will whisper. If I am too loud, too busy, too distracted, I can miss God’s presence. I can miss the opportunity for
the Bible, there are examples of God’s presence and voice, showing up in unique ways. For you and me, it may look different, but it doesn’t mean that God isn’t speaking to us through His Word, through others, and even through our life experiences. Isn’t it also amazing to note that God spoke when Moses made a move toward the presence of God? It means we must place ourselves in position to hear God. What this passage has taught me is that no matter what I go through, how unusual the times maybe, I need to listen for God’s voice. I also need to be After the earthquake ready to respond and came a fire, but the make myself available LORD was not in the to the call. Just by fire. And after the fire saying ‘Here I am’ and acknowledging came a gentle whis- that you are present per.” and willing to answer 1 Kings 19:12 God’s voice with your own makes a difference—we may transformation. not understand the path we There have been times will take but we are trusting as I’ve struggled to make God that if we show up, God decisions. Instead, I wanted will meet us. God to give me something How are you responding comparable to a burning to God daily? Are you so bush experience like Moses. overwhelmed by the fires, In Exodus 3:1-6, “2 There the earthquakes in your life that angel of the LORD appeared you are not available to hear to him in flames of fire from and show up for what could be within a bush. Moses saw that next? God even provided an though the bush was on fire it angel to be there with Moses. did not burn up. 3 So Moses Could you be dismissing the thought, “I will go over and people God sends in your see this strange sight—why life to show you that despite the bush does not burn up.”4 the flames, God is present? Is When the LORD saw that he your lack of trust and faith in had gone over to look, God God diminishing your ability called to him from within the to hear the small still voice bush, “Moses! Moses!” And because of the screams of Moses said, “Here I am.” your wounds and pain? God I’ve had to make some is willing to meet you in that very difficult decisions and place. “He says, “Be still, and I wanted a definite answer know that I am God…” (Psalm from God of what to do. I knew 46:10). that with a sign so different Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew is the from anything I’d ever seen, I host of the Tapestry Podcast would know it was God, like and the author of three books for women. She is also the Vice Moses. President of Community Affairs For Moses, God showed up for the State Fair of Texas. To learn as a burning bush. Throughout more, visit drfroswa.com.
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My dear friend and Soror, Cicely Tyson WAKE UP AND STAY WOKE By Dr. E. Faye Williams I often write when I am in pain. Tonight is such a night, so please bear with me. I was just discussing putting a television in “her room” today with Dr. Christian Gregory since we are going through remodeling my place. I call the room I was speaking of her room, but actually she had a place to sleep when she was here on all three floors. It just depended on where she fell asleep each night! She had the red room (our Delta room) on the top floor. She had the twin bed in the second floor library room. She had a big round chair on the first level. She would walk into the house, stop there and go to sleep often. She was an early riser and whenever I woke up, she was already up fixing her breakfast. She loved my kitchen because she liked cooking and I rarely used the kitchen. I don’t know why she left us today, but I spoke with her agent who said they would have more to say later. She was here a few months ago for us to attend the funeral service of a mutual friend’s mother. She was so tired after taking an early train from New York that when we got to the church, I had to prop her up during the service. She was the picture of health and told me she was sleeping “under the mattress” to stay away from COVID 19! Just as I did for Dick Gregory when no one else could get him to do a will, I wrote his and I wrote her will a few years ago. Whenever she traveled, she would call and ask me to make changes-just in case! Sometimes we collaborated on her speeches on her way to where she was to speak. She didn’t need a lot of notice to know what she was going to say. She always knew what she wanted to talk about, but she often wanted me to put it together for her--and I did. One of her favorite topics was “Keep Your Hand on the Plow.”
She was a stickler for grammar, but that never bothered me. She had once been a secretary, and I had once been an English teacher so we worked together just fine. We shopped together for healthy food at Whole Foods and at Mom’s. She loved going to Target, assuming no one would know her there and she could shop undisturbed. She would buy things like paper clips, staples, tablets, pretty writing paper--you know just things we ordinary people go shopping for! The last time she spent a couple of weeks with me, she had so many calls from so many stars to congratulate her. It was the time she made the cover of Time Magazine. She also made Vanity Fair about the same time. She would often call people back from my home phone. If they were not available, she left a message and they would dial her back on my phone.
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Time shipped her magazines to her at my home, and we were so excited when they arrived! We began shipping them off to friends. Viola Davis returned one of her calls on my phone, Tyler Perry called. Ava DuVernay called. She was excited to talk with all of them, and since she had called many of them from my phone, I had a chance to answer my phone when some of them called her! When President Obama gave her the Presidential Medal of Honor, she camped out at my place, along with her hairdresser, make-up person, dress designer (Of course you already know that was B. Michael) See CICELY TYSON, page 13
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THE GRAY AREA By Ed Gray I was watching the Trump Impeachment Trial with growing dismay, What has become of our American democracy ? The events of January 6th were enough for me to grow despondent. There is no way that the Insurrection should occur, and the ringleader go free. The Republican Party res-
Trump Impeachment 2 ponse of balking on voting to impeach the defrocked Donald Trump Impeachment has been equally depressing. The Insurrection had the intent of overthrowing the certification of our elected American government. The Democratic impeachment managers made a thorough and clear demonstration of the facts. The facts are thus: Donald John Trump committed a high crime and misdemeanor by inciting an armed insurrection. That is impeachable by any reasonable thought. If attempting to overthrow the government
does not result in impeachment, then there is no offense that Presidents can be impeached for and subsequently removed. The erstwhile Republican senators who are duly elected or shall I say the dulled representatives of American democracy. To prove this point those listened to the arguments of the Democratic impeachment managers were impressed, yet they were unmoved. These Republican senators were much like the jurors of the Emmitt Till lynching murder case, who heard the truth and chose to ignore it. American
Truth today is Lynched. When will America wake up from this Nightmare that is called Trumpism. America seems to be unwilling participants if a movie called “A Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Senate needs to wake up and act. America is sick with the Virus of Trumpism. We certainly are in the Age of Pandemics. The Corona Virus Pandemic and the Donald Trump Pandemic, both run rampant across our country . They both have cures, and unfortunately they both have mutated.
America seems to have a herd of grazing sheep in the Senate that are following the lead of Donald Trump, instead of exhibiting leadership. Despite the pictures and video of an armed insurgency, the elected representatives of our government refuse to put on their mask. The mask is Impeachment. A vote for impeachment would result in stopping other outbreaks. We can only hope that this Virus will run its course and we as Americans receive herd immunity. I am Ed Gray, and this is The Gray Area.
Environmental Justice in Focus this Black History Month By Kim Noble
Chief Operating Officer Green the Church
For far too long, Black and Brown communities have dealt with the worst consequences of the climate crisis. On the campaign trail, President Biden made a commitment to address these inequities by finding bold solutions to end environmental racism. Now, in the Oval Office, he has taken decisive action to protect environmental justice (EJ) communities by signing a slate of executive orders that work to create economic opportunity and end racial injustice, while rebuilding the economy in a safe and equitable manner. His efforts are a welcome change. Every Black History Month, I’m reminded that environmental justice communities have historically and conspicuously been missing from conversations that most impact us. It’s no secret that we live in a world where systemic racism has disenfranchised Black people across the globe. But we need to look no farther than our own
backyards to see these injustices. In Southern Dallas, the tale of Shingle Mountain reminds us just how real these threats are. Shingle Mountain formed in a section of Dallas that has historically been inhabited by Black residents. Over several years, contractors illegally dumped thousands of spent shingles on the site — grinding the shingles to dust and releasing clouds of deadly particulate matter (PM) pollution. Only after multiple complaints was the site shut down, but not after severe damage had been done. These problems are not just unique to one part of Texas. An investigation from the Associated Press last year highlighted the toxic legacy of environmental racism and how the previous administration’s assault on public health protections were a death sentence for communities of color. In Houston, air pollutants in the city’s most heavily industrialized areas even surged by as much as 62% during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are countless cases like this and Shingle Mountains in
environmental justice communities throughout America. And it will take a massive investment to clean them up. President Biden’s executive order directing the government to spend 40% of its sustainability investments on disadvantaged communities will help achieve this aim. Coupled with the formation of a new White House Interagency Council on Environmental Justice and White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, these orders will en-
sure that environmental justice communities have a seat at the table and are able to inform federal policymaking with the lived experiences of Black and Brown communities. Biden’s focus on installing environmental justice officers at all federal agencies will ensure that our most vulnerable communities, which are disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 crisis and climate change, have a voice in planning and building an equitable and livable future. These officials will also play a central role in offering recommendations to improve a landmark executive order signed by President Clinton requiring federal agencies to consider the disproportionately high and adverse health or environmental effects of their actions on minority and low-income populations. Beyond the substance of these orders, President Biden has selected the right climate change-makers to ensure that environmental justice communities have a seat at the table and are highly considered as poli-
cies are set. His roster of experts committed to addressing climate change and environmental justice include the historic nominations of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary and Michael Regan for EPA Administrator. The Senate should swiftly confirm these nominees so that they can begin restoring trust in our federal agencies and bring about lasting change in historically disadvantaged communities. At Green The Church, we know that our ability to create health and prosperity at the community level is tied to state, local, and federal policy decisions. I’m encouraged by the advocates President Biden has chosen to enact his ambitious climate plan, and am confident that they will finally see environmental justice communities as active collaborators in bringing these solutions to life. Kim Noble is the Chief Operating Officer of Green The Church, is a national initiative that expands the role of Black church communities as centers for environmental and economic resilience.
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Be HER 2021 Women’s Conference, Event by Christian Culture Magazine. Reg: Eventbrite.com. 10 am CST.
The Carter G. Woodson Festival - Virtual Black History Celebration. Event by Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center.11 am-3 pm. Online tickets for streaming: http://bit.ly/39c5Vgo.
Hair Love: Building a Legacy Through Representation with Matthew A. Cherry. Event by Dream Bank. Reg: Eventbrite.com 3-4 pm. CST. Virtual Small Business Expo, Webinars on Marketing, SEO, Revenue Growth, Business Strategy & more. 10 am-6 pm. Reg: smallbusinessexpo.com. NABJ CHAPTER TRAINING webinar NABJ Region I is presenting this webinar as part of its Chapter Training Series but it is open to any NABJ member. Feat: Monique Booker & Diara M. Holmes. 6 pm. CST Register: http:// bit.ly/NABJNonprofit Lunch + Learn for Professional Women Online Event hosted by Polished. Visit the website for info or to submit your question! 12 pm. CST www.polishedonline.org/lunch-and-learn.
FEBRUARY 19 Happy Birthday to La Donna Castro From Marva with Love, with Marva Sneed. 11 am -1 pm. CST, Fridays on Facebook.com/ TexasMetroNews, and BlogTalkRadio.com. Join the conversation at 646-200-0459. Sounds of Blackness-Black History Month Celebration, by Jasmine RaShael of Soulful Flow Yoga. Online event tickets: Eventbrite.com. 8:30-9:30 am. Howard Gospel Choir Presents: LET FREEDOM SING. Event by Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University. Online: Tickets bit.ly Eventbrite.com. 5-6 pm. DeSoto ISD Celebrates Black History Month with a Zoom Panel Discussion. Facebook.com/DeSoto ISD. This week: Social Justice - Civil Rights and The Black Voter. Streams at 12 pm. Virtual Open Mic Night. Event by Southwest Dallas County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Reg. Online: swdcadeltas.net. 7:30 pm.
FEBRUARY 20 DBDT Presents Virtual Cultural Awareness Performances ODETTA by Matthew Rushing & The Mourner’s Bench by Talley Beatty. Details at www.DBDT.com.7 pm CST. A Path Forward Through & Out of COVID-19: The Vaccine & The Black Perspective. Guests Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Cong. Karen Bass, Bishop James L. Davis & Pastor Rev. Dr. Mark E. Whitlock. reidtemple.org at 12 pm.
The Black Family and Generational Health. Event by National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Online: Must Reg. At http://bit.ly/3r4RNvn.10 am CST. Youth C.H.A.M.P.s Conference Online Event hosted by Ending the School to Prison Pipeline, Webbolutionary Motivation, LLC. Tickets: https://bit.ly/3db5Qf5 8-11 am. CST.
FEBRUARY 21 The World According to Drew with Andrew Whigham, III on BlogTalkRadio. com 8-10 am. on Sundays. Tune in for thought-provoking, enlightening, informative, and entertaining news and commentary. Join the call at 646-200-0459. Ubuntu Market (Small Business Marketplace)Host Pan African Connection, 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. 12-5 pm. Shop Small Businesses. Info email: Panafric@airmail.net. Dallas Black Dance Theatre & Fort Worth Opera A Night of Black Excellence Past, Present, & Future. An all-star virtual benefit concert and celebration of Black History Month. 2 pm. CST. Tickets: http://bit.ly/2YYACzy. Soledad O’Brian “Disrupt & Dismantle” Preview: Moving Shingle Mountain. Feat: Marsha Jackson. Online Event hosted by Southern Sector Rising. 7:30-9:30 pm CST. Info: https://southernsectorrising.org/
February 22 In the Middle with Ashley Moss. From 11 am -1 pm. CST On Facebook Live/@TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio.com. Call in and join the conversation at 646-200-0459. Mother Tongue: The Philosophy of Malcolm X Online Event hosted by Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. schomburgshop.com 5:30 pm. CST Be Love Campaign- February Series Redefining Love hosted by the King Center. Reg: http://bit.ly/3qs8Ho0 5 pm CST. SBC Presents Resilience: The Staying Power of the Black Church. Panel: Dr. Rudy Ramus, Dr. Renee Hornbuckle, and Dr. Kevass Harding. Facebook.com/ strenghtingtheblackchurch. 6-6:30 pm.
February 23 THE DOC SHEP SPEAKS SHOW! From 11 am. CST on Facebook Live/@TexasMetroNews, @fnsconsulting, and You Tube @ docshepspeaks
DFW News & Tings with Jirah Nicole. From 11 am-1 pm. CST Tuesday’s on Facebook Live/@TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio. com. Call to join the conversation at 646200-0459.
Jarvis Christian College 2021 Black History Convocation. Virtual 11 am. Feat: Dr. Clarence Glover. Info: www.jarvis.edu Jarvis Christian College 2021, Virtual Chapel. Zoom: http:// bit.ly/2YOBnLB Info: www.jarvis.edu. Sister Nomic$ Webinar: Basic Money Management. Event hosted by National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - Dallas Metropolitan Chapter. Reg: https://zurl.co/0VNR. 6-7:30 pm. Williams Chicken Presents Entrepreneurs are Innovators! Panel Tim Williams, Carlos White, Carl Shields, & Victor J. Elmore. Reg: www.williamschicken.com 5:30 -7 pm. CST. Be Love Campaign- February Series Revolutionary Love host the King Center. Reg: http://bit.ly/3qs8Ho0 5 pm CST.
I Was Just Thinking with Norma Adams-Wade. From 11 am -1 pm. CST On Facebook Live/@TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio.com. Call to join the conversation at 646-200-0459. Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez Live Podcast on Facebook @HollywoodHernandez, at 2 pm. 5th Season of THE HUDDLE hosts the Mavs. Panel Dr. Vivian Johnson, Harrison Blair, Dr. Quinn Capers, & Dr. Philip Huang Register for The Huddle, visit: mavs.com/thehuddle. 2 pm. CST. MHH: Black History Month - A National Conversation on the Intersection of Race and Health. Online Event hosted by Vivent Health. Reg: viventhealth.org . 5-6:15 pm.
February 25 Trending Thursday’s, Grow your Business with Google. Speakers: V R Small & Stephanie Broughton. Reg: http://bit. ly/3s6LEj1. 1-2 pm CST Queen Esther: Moment of Preparation Online Event hosted by First Baptist Church of Glenarden. 6 pm. CST. Register, visit www.fbcglenarden.org/queenesther. Walk on the River 2.0: The African Influence - Online Screening Online Event hosted by Walk On The River and Melaneyes Media. Tickets: http://bit.ly/3akx2WX. 7-10 pm. CST Be Love Campaign- February Series Reconciliatory Love host the King Center. Reg: http://bit.ly/3qs8Ho0 5 pm CST.
From Marva with Love, with Marva Sneed. 11 am -1 pm. CST, on Facebook Live/@TexasMetroNews, and BlogTalkRadio.com. Call in and join the conversation at 646-200-0459. DeSoto ISD Celebrates Black History Month with a Zoom Panel Discussion on Facebook.com/DeSotoISD. This week: “Black Enterprise,” Black Business ventures. 12 pm. MAVS READING CHALLENGE with Dwight Powell reads a book written by a Black author and inspired by Black culture for a Reading Time Out. Info on the Reading Challenge: mavs.com/readingchallenge.
February 27 Black History Month Celebration with Three amazing picture books, Crown Hair Love, Black is a Rainbow Color. 2-3 pm. Tickets: Eventbrite.com. Buy Black Expo 2021 at South Oak Cliff High School, 3601 S. Marsalis Ave. 2-6 pm. Reston Links “Black Magic in STEM” Black History Program. Online Event hosted by Reston Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. 11 am-1 pm. CST. Info: http:// www.restonlinksinc.org/ DFW Small Business Vendor Expo. Event hosted by Young Black Entrepreneurs Networking and Development Group, Music City Mall, Lewisville, 2401 S. Stemmons Fwy. 12-5 pm. CST. Tickets: http://bit.ly/3pkj9MR. Black History Celebration LIVE. Online Event host The Dock Bookshop & Dock Community. Eventbrite.com. 12 pm CST.
Feb 28-March 14 29th Annual Pan African Film Festival, Virtual. The Paff to Evolution Register, Tickets/Passes on Sale: www.paff.org.
February 28 Andrew’s World with host, Andrew Whigham III on BlogTalkRadio.com 8-10 am. Tune in for thought-provoking, enlightening, informative, and entertaining news and commentary. Join the call at 646-200-0459.
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Memories of A Texas Friend
By Norma Adams-Wade and Marva Sneed
Last week another great entertainer Mary Wilson, an original founder of The Supremes, died at 76, a month before her 77th birthday on March 6. She was more than just a singer. A best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, mother, and grandmother; the legendary songster continued to impact her countless fans, right up to the close of her unforgettable journey through life. It has been said that she was a neighbor to the world. Especially in Texas, she was a friend, according to Dewayne Dancer, Broadcast Entertainer at Westwood One, and longtime radio personality based in Dallas, TX. “She was as elegant and gracious as the songs she sang,” Dancer said. “Mary Wilson made this world a little better place, not just with her talent in song but also her absolutely wonderful personality!” Emma Rodgers, founder of Black Images Book Bazaar, said, “Mary Wilson was a first class lady. She walked into Black Images Book Bazaar with a smile that lit up the world. She immediately greeted staff and fans with hugs. “Mary Wilson’s publisher made it clear to us that Ms. Wilson would only sign Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme (St. Martin’s Press, 1986) which was the purpose of the book tour. Rodgers continued, “Mary cast that limitation to the wind, and not only signed the books, but also she autographed all “The Supreme” memorabilia fans brought: record albums, concert souvenir programs, magazine covers, ticket stubs and so much more.” It was a special day, Rodgers recalled, having the presence of the “lady with the million-dollar smile.” “Fans came from all over to meet this superstar, including those who drove in from Oklahoma. Some Southwestern Bell operators, housed at 301
Mary Wilson, The Supremes’ Original Founding Member S. Akard Street in Downtown Dallas, took a late evening lunch break so they could be on hand to meet Mary Wilson, take photos with her, and listen to her share highlights from her life as a Dreamgirl.” Rodgers added, “She was so down-to-earth. That revealed an inner confidence that made me think she was fulfilling her destiny, not only by making herself happy singing, but using her voice to make the fans happy. She also had a lovely speaking voice. “It was so refreshing to see someone who achieved mega stardom be so gracious, and not let her star power interfere with her ability to “reach out and
touch” her adoring fans,” she continued. “Her legacy will live on for generations to come.” Rodgers also recalled when in Houston December 17, 1965, Judy Garland and The Supremes performed at the grand opening of the new Houston Astrodome. “As a student at Texas Southern University, I recall a baller (basketball player), on campus driving The Supremes through campus in his convertible.” As Dallas theater and musical stage luminary Curtis King reminisced about his many encounters with the celebrated Mary Wilson, he called legendary entertainment names like a teacher calling the roll. King explained how each time
he put together a production that included the glamorous songster and other stars who joined her on stage; the performance came across as magical. Wilson, a co-founder of the acclaimed trio group, The Supremes, is prompting mounds of tributes as admirers and longtime fans process her recent death. King – founder and president of the Dallas-based theater company The Black Academy of Arts and Letters -- said he has known Wilson personally since the 1980s. He said he had just spoken with her by phone about four months ago. They casually “threw around ideas” for a return, future performance in Dallas in 2021,
he said. When he learned of her death, he said he was floored. “It just blew me away,” King said. “It took me about 10 minutes to just absorb it and to breathe a depth of understanding about what it (her death) meant.” Even as he talked about her transition, he still struggled to find words to describe the impact she left on the entertainment world. He said he would choose the words of noted Nigerian author Chinua Achebe who quoted an African proverb in one of his works: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground,” King quoted Achebe. That’s what it feels like when I think of Mary Wilson.” King spoke at length about various shows that he produced featuring Wilson, both in Dallas and other states. He said the original Detroit Motown sensation was a genuine “diva” who wowed audiences each time with breath-taking gowns, stage presence and talent. Such shows included the Riverfront Jazz Festival in Dallas, A Symphony with the Divas in Charlotte, N. C., and a Lincoln Theatre performance in Washington D. C. King said descendants of Africa need to do more to pass on to the next generation learned lessons that giants like Wilson taught: “(Actress) Esther Rolle said to me, ‘Curtis, make sure that what you have and have learned, you pass it on to the young, so they don’t have to plow the same field,’” King recalled. “Mary Wilson was an amazing artist and walking history book, in the entertainment world, that we all should read,” King said. With no sign of slowing down, Ms. Wilson released her fourth book Supreme Glamour in 2019. This fabulous coffee-table book showcases the gowns The Supremes were known for over the decades and delves into more history of the most successful female recording group of all time. Supreme Glamour is now available wherever books are sold. Also, in 2019, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars.
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JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH AT THE MOVIES By Hollywood Hernandez JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH is based on a true story about the FBI using informants to spy on civil rights organizations and using that illegally gotten information to try and discredit the group. JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH tells the story about an informant who, rather than go to jail for impersonating a law enforcement officer, decided to join the Black Panthers as a paid informant.
William O’Neal (Judas) joins the Illinoise Black Panthers and reports back to the FBI on the actions of the groups charismatic leader, Fred Hampton, played by Daniel Kaluuya who starred in the 2017 thriller GET OUT. Historically the movie deals with the racist attitude of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, played by Martin Sheen and his paranoid fear of any minority group yielding any kind of power, which he feared would undermine the country for white America. Fred Hampton was indeed a militant of the 60’s. “I am a revolutionary” was the cry of Hampton and his goal was to overthrow any system of injustice. Fifty years later it’s clear that not much has
changed in this country. The film does a great job of showing the conflict between both O’Neal and Hampton. O’Neal wrestled with his demons about befriending the Black Panthers members and then, for huge sums of money, reporting their actions to the government. Hampton, The leader of the Chicago Black Panthers, had to follow two paths. One as the leader of the sometimes violent Panthers organization while also trying to survive for his fiance (Deborah Johnson) and the child she was carrying. Fred Hampton was 21 when he was killed in a FBI raid at his home while
he slept. His wife, who survived the raid, gave birth to a son five months later. JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH is filled with the corruption of the FBI under Hoover’s command. It gives America a black eye for the government’s full-fledged war against minorities in this country. However, in the end the movie has an uplifting message which is, “you can kill a revolutionary, but you can’t kill a revolution.” The movie is showing at theaters and streaming on HBO/CINEMAX. It’s rated R for violence and harsh language and on my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate it a LARGE.
TYLER PERRY’s BET “Sistas” THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW By Valder Beebe The more I conduct the Valder Beebe Show, the more real life intersects with topics from and about my guests. Ebony Obsidian & DeVale Ellis from Tyler Perry’s Sistas on BET, were my guests recently in the Valder Beebe Show studios. The Sistas stars shared about their characters; their ups and downs of love and friendship and the pressure of being 30-Something, Single and Black. Sistas, the one-hour drama follows a group of single Black females as they navigate their “complicated love life,” careers and friendship through the ups-anddowns of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals. Mr. Perry takes viewers on an exhilarating ride of emotions and gutbusting predicaments
that will test the ladies’ long-standing friendship. This band of women, intertwined with their newfound relationships, must navigate this newage dating scene as they continue to search for love in their 30s. The talented ensemble cast of “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” includes KJ Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian, Novi Brown, Chido Nwokocha, DeVale Ellis, Brian Jordan Jr., Kevin A. Walton, Anthony Dalton II, Trinity Whiteside, and Crystal Renee’ Hayslett. The multi-talented Ebony Obsidian stars as ‘Karen Mott.’ The one-time journalism major can be seen as Michelle in the Netflix series Master of None and Adrienne in If
Beale Street Could Talk. Ebony can also be seen as Nia in the upcoming Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga, and Carol in Amazon’s The Hunt. The darling and handsome, Devale Ellis is a former NFL player-turnedactor who has served in guest starring roles on popular hit TV dramas such as The Blacklist and NCIS. He also played his first supporting role as Tommy in the award-winning feature film, Full Circle. In 2019, Devale landed a recurring role in the Emmy nominated Netflix series, It’s Bruno, as Nelson. Sistas stars publicists provided text in conjunction with the Valder Beebe Show VBS: I love the idea of
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should have been seized to call witnesses to break down the brutal reality of what happened on January 6, 2021. 3. There were senators who wanted to vote “guilty,” but they were afraid of Donald Trump. Which brings me to my truth. There will be some folks today, tomorrow and in the future; actually generations from now, who will shake their heads, be angry, or if they are really truthful, they’ll be embarrassed because of the actions of the Senators who voted: “NOT GUILTY” These senators names should be forever displayed with others who have acted inappropriately, committed heinous crimes or been an embarrassment to this country. And even further; they should be held accountable.
What does accountability look like? Well, next election, they should be asking themselves if supporting wrong was worth it? And for those who were accomplices, and we know some were; they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They have been an embarrassment to everyone who loves and respects them, even if they don’t realize it today. Some realize that they needed to be on the right side of history, and they should be praised and supported. Hopefully moving forward we will see more votes and efforts that are driven by righteousness over partisan politics. Just like many don’t want to own up to the derelicts in their bloodline, some will be disowning some of these senators because in addition to the senators, by their vote, disrespecting the country, those who fought to defend the Capitol, and terrorists; they were hypocritical and dishonest. While I wish and would like to, I
Sistas from Tyler Perry, women and women of color can identify with the characters. Give us a peek into your characters. EO: My character is a business owner, a homeowner, great friend and a sex life that is not lacking at the moment with two incredible men in their special ways. VBS: Devale, you are a former NFL player, right now there is a lot on you as an African American male in such a well-presented series. DE: I bring the funny to character Jack. Jack deals with a lot, he deals with recidivism; he’s been in and out of prison. He deals with having to be marginalized by the government. I bring the funny, I also bring the love and I show that I am a man who loves Black women. Jack represents your……….. Sistas’ complete interview…… YouTube.com/valderbeebeshow : SoundCloud.com/valderbeebeshow; Broadcasting to a national & global audience: ValdeBeebeShow.com ; KKVI FM Radio, KRER FM, Streaming TV, Social Media, Print Publications I MESSENGER, Texas Metro News, and Garland Journal News.
wonder if folks reading about the last four years will quote the late, great Biggie Smalls and say, “It was all a dream!”
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NNPA and Zenger News unite to sponsor virtual TECH CONFERENCE 2021 By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia
The pandemic, which has locked many doors for businesses, has also opened new entrepreneurial opportunities and technology innovations for Blackowned businesses and others interested in the future. TECH CONFERENCE 2021, a one-day virtual summit will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. The conference is designed and structured to present timely and constructive information, data, and best practices on the various technological advances in the national and global marketplace that can help sustain Black-owned businesses during the prolonged pandemic and afterwards. This unique forum is being jointly produced by Zenger News, the world’s first digitally native news wire service, owned and operated by journalists, and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The conference was planned to coincide with Black History Month and will feature speakers and technicians from the world of technology. “We saw the need among Black-owned businesses for practical information and insights into the latest technology developments,” observed NNPA President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. “African American business owners are desirous to know more about how new technologies are driving the growing profitability of America’s businesses
even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.” Andre Johnson, the vice president of distribution for Zenger News, concurred. “All of the leaders in the Black community are clamoring for solutions and insights from technology leaders, and we are ready to deliver for them on Feb. 24,” Johnson said. The event is presented in association with Digital Hollywood, a platform that will allow registered attendees to video chat in real-time with other guests during the conference. Yvette D. Clark, a Congresswoman from the 9th District of New York since 2013, will deliver the keynote address. Congresswoman Clarke sits on the U.S. Sub-committee on Communications and Technology, and she will discuss how Congress is looking to create
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more opportunities for Black and brown businesses across America. Dana White, the Hyundai NA Chief Communications Officer (CCO), and one of the highest ranking African American executive leaders in the U.S. auto-
motive industry, will be another speaker during a session, “Driving Past the Pandemic.” With a multi-million-dollar commitment, Hyundai is making one of the most extensive efforts to find new suppliers and busi-
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ness partners among the African American and Latino communities. White is expected to reveal what the automaker is looking for in new business partners. She will also provide insight on how
to participate in Hyundai’s outreach programs. Silicon Valley recruiter Chris Miller, will offer insights during the conference on “Hiring is Hard, but it Doesn’t Have to Be.” In addition, Dr. Chavis will introduce a special tech panel discussion to be led by Perry Carter, President of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) in Washington, DC. Carter and BDPA have had success in helping to maintain the largest national network of African American data scientists across the United States.” Other interest-piquing topics include “Virtual Networking: Find New Customers, New Suppliers, and Helpful Experts,” “Generate New Sales and Find Cost-Effective Suppliers from Around the World,” and “Venture Forward –$300 Million for You.” When HBO needed to market its comedy, soul, and jazz performances, it turned to Tony Rome, whose efforts on “The Kings of Comedy” produced the hig-
hest-grossing African American comedy tour in HBO’s history. Rome will host the session “Leveraging Technology in 2021: How to Connect with Consumers and Drive Revenue.” Jeff Joseph, the Software & Industry Information Association president, will share trends from one of the leading technology associations in America during the session “2021: Email Newsletters Are all the Rage, But Can You Make Money? Harnessing the secrets of digital publishing for your business.” Conference-goers also can join Sara Hall, an expert on the power of cloud-based technologies, as she discusses helping medium and small businesses be more efficient and poised for growth. “The goal is to share the best in ideas and innovation for the 21st century with its associated challenges in growing families, businesses, and institutions,” conference officials said. “Technology is at the core of the one-day summit.”
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Devine Aesthetic Solutions, a medical spa offering a variety of minimally invasive natural, cosmetic procedures, announced today the opening of its new location in Arlington, TX. Boasting the latest innovative technology, natural botanical products and highly skilled practitioners, Devine Aesthetic Solutions is poised to offer clients an unparalleled holistic and luxurious experience. Devine Aesthetic Solutions provides customized services for both men and women of every age and skin type who want to retain and maintain their outward appearance with minimally invasive procedures. It is the only medical spa in the Metroplex using three technologically advanced machines by Alma Lasers, a com-
pany that offers the latest in patented aesthetic treatment modalities - the Accent Prime, Harmony XL PRO and Soprano ICE. With these devices, patients see results quicker, with fewer complications and with little to no downtime. “People have become more self-aware and interested in maintaining their overall appearance, which has driven the demand for minimally invasive, technologically advanced procedures,” said Dr. Jeanine Thomas, founder and chief executive officer of Devine Aesthetic Solutions. “We use technology superior to any other in the area to help our patients feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.” Clients have access to a wide variety of services and natural, plant-based and herb-
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al options at Devine Aesthetic Solutions. Specifically, services include body sculpting and skin tightening, painless laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and a variety of other laser treatments for the skin, Botox and similar agents with fillers and polydioxanone (PDO) threading techniques, chemical peel and other fa-
cial aesthetic treatments and a completely botanical skincare line. Additionally, the spa offers all-natural, plant-based hormone pellet therapy and plant-based herbal supplements. Treatments are administered by Dr. Thomas, a highly trained professional doctor, and her team of trained professionals for a holistic experience that leaves clients feeling rejuvenated inside and out. “Our patients are increasingly requesting cosmetic treatments, and we’re addressing their needs with services like the lunchtime facelift, facial rejuvenation, patented ultrasound-based body sculpting and high-frequency radio-wave skin tightening,” said Dr. Thomas. “We’re proud to offer our clients a full-service solution that addresses
their complete hormonal and aesthetic needs.” In honor of Heart Health Month, Devine Aesthetic Solutions is supporting heart health by donating a percentage of all proceeds during the month of February to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement. To schedule an individual appointment, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 682.270.0300 or visit www.devineaestheticsolutions.com for booking. Follow us on social, #devineaestheticsolutions on Facebook and Instagram Preventive Care Medical Clinic and Devine Aesthetic Solutions follow all COVID-19 guidelines mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
UT Southwestern-- COVID-19 Vaccinations VACCINE SAFETY • Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks? Ultimately, this is the question you should ask yourself if you are unsure about whether to get vaccinated. But after evaluating the trial data and considering the documented record of vaccines in general, the answer is unequivocal: Yes, the benefits outweigh the risks. Vaccinology is one of the safest interventions we have in patient care and disease prevention, and it has a long history of protecting the public – from smallpox to polio to measles. Yes, there are lowgrade side effects, but they seem minor compared to the protections and freedom that safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines can provide. VACCINE GENERAL • Why do the vaccines require two shots, and what happens if you miss the second shot? The first shot triggers the immune response, and the second one, often called a “booster,” primes the body to memorize the virus so it will recognize it immediately
in the future and fight it off. Many vaccines require boosters, such as tetanus, shingles, and MMR. The COVID-19 vaccines each require a second shot (21 days apart for Pfizer; 28 for Moderna). If you skip the second shot it’s less likely you’ll develop full immunity, not to mention wasting a valuable dose of vaccine. Health care providers will try to make it as convenient as possible to set up both appointments at the same time and will provide reminders to get the second shot. • Do the vaccines have any serious side effects? Some trial participants experienced arm soreness, fatigue, chills, fever, or headaches that lasted a day or two, most often after the second shot. But that reaction is typically a sign that the vaccine is working – triggering the immune response (or inflammation) indicating your body recognizes this never-before-seen pathogen and is mounting a protective response against it. The clinical trials will continue to monitor patients for side
effects long after patients are vaccinated. The state of Texas will use the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a national system co-managed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and FDA, to track vaccine safety and side effects. Texas will also employ an app called v-safe, which sends vaccine recipients text messages and check-in emails to keep tabs on their health, as well as remind them when it’s time to get their second shot. • Do the vaccines present any long-term health risks? Phase 3 vaccine trial participants were monitored for 60 days after receiving their second shot, which is required before any safety data can be submitted to the FDA. Typically, if a patient hasn’t experienced severe side effects in 60 days, it is extremely unlikely they will. But because these vaccines are so new, significant longterm data are still being collected. According to clinical trial safety documents released by the FDA on Dec. 7, there were four cases of Bell’s palsy, a condition that temporarily
weakens the facial muscles, among Pfizer clinical trial participants who received the vaccine. The rates of Bell’s palsy, however, were no different than what occurs in the general population and there is no evidence the vaccine caused the problem. Still, the FDA is likely to recommend follow-up investigation. AFTER VACCINATION • How long does it take for immunity to develop after getting vaccinated? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents said the Pfizer vaccine showed 95% immunity seven days after the second shot and the Moderna vaccine showed 94.5% immunity 14 days after the second shot. The booster is necessary to strengthen the immune response and provide near full protection. Also, keep in mind that exposure is still possible between doses, so continue to wear a mask and follow hand-washing and physical distancing recommendations. • How long will immunity to
COVID-19 last? There’s no definitive way to tell yet, but some studies have indicated it could last years, even decades. The research showed that patients who contracted COVID-19 early in 2020 had robust antibodies six months later. Studies of survivors of SARS, also caused by a coronavirus, showed that participants carried immune cells 17 years after being infected. So there are some reasons to be encouraged, but scientists will need to continue monitoring the length and strength of immune responses in vaccinated patients. • Do I still need to wear a mask and social distance after getting vaccinated? Yes. People will be getting vaccinated throughout much of 2021. Until a majority of the population has been vaccinated – some estimates say vaccinating 70% of Americans would help us reach herd immunity – wearing a mask, washing your hands, practicing physical distancing, and avoiding large, indoor gatherings will continue to be important tools to limit spread.
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Texas, and began dancing at the age of 2. She said her mother wanted her to participate in activities that matched her high-energy level. She performed in church and at school and later earned a scholarship to Debbie Allen’s dance camp. Pickens said she spent her summers in New York attending Broadway camps, the Alvin Ailey dance studios, and taking voice lessons. She also studied her mentor, Allen, closely and desired to emulate her success. “She taught us how to focus, how
from page 3 who has served 38 years of a mandatory life sentence for murder,” Wyatt told the Black Press. Cosby has leaned on his outside legal team and publicist/crisis manager to review Sutton’s Post Conviction Relief Appeal – or PCRA. He noted the claims of potential prosecutorial misconduct and that a witness in Sutton’s trail recanted his testimony. Wyatt said Cosby isn’t claiming Sutton is innocent, but he does believe that if the evidence doesn’t meet the conviction, then Sutton deserves a second chance at freedom. On Saturday evening, Sutton spoke to the Black Press about Cosby and why the entertainer is fighting for him and others when Cosby has his own legal issues. In the discussion with the Black Press, Sutton appears as concerned about Cosby’s freedom as his own. “The old man has had a huge impact on us men here inside, and a lot of people didn’t think that he would have the influence that he’s had,” Sutton, who respectfully refers to Cosby as “The old man,” remarked in a phone call from SCI-Phoenix, the sprawling 128-acre prison complex just outside of Philadelphia where he and Cosby are jailed.
to shut everything out, and how important all of that was,” Pickens stated. “I learned so much from her, and I want to do the same for others. Give back.” In 2011, Pickens received an invite to study at The Juilliard School. In 2015, she graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and later made her Broadway debut in Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour.” Additionally, Pickens has performed in “The Wrong Man” and was also cast in the long-running television hit, “Law & Order: SVU.” In keeping a full calendar, Pickens hosts “Kickback & Chat with Amber Pickens,” a talk show broadcast on local cable television in Texas and state schools.
“The way he’s enlightened us, the way he’s encouraged us to stand up and be men in the community …and he shouldn’t even be in here,” added Sutton, who also has a son incarcerated at SCIPhoenix. Despite his near lifelong contributions – financially and otherwise – to religious leaders and organizations that promote social and economic justice for all kinds of people, Cosby has received little public support from those whom he has bankrolled. But Sutton and other inmates have in many ways filled that void. And Cosby continues to enjoy the support of the Brothers of Sh’ma Yisrael Hebrew Israelite Congregation in New York. Cosby paid tribute to the Sh’ma Yisrael congregation in a tweet this week. “I would like to personally thank these great men and teachers of God’s scriptures for standing by and supporting me with the truth and the facts,” the comedian tweeted about the Brothers of Sh’ma, particularly singling out Na Hasi and Prince Nat. “Please watch these brothers … Shabbat Shalom to my brothers and sisters Dina, and her mother, Verita, and her sister. Thank you very much, and I can feel your prayers,” Cosby wrote. At SCI-Phoenix, Sutton helps lead Mann Up, a prison program designed to help change African American men’s lives with long sentences.
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“I want people to realize that Black history is [American] history,” Pickens told NNPA Newswire. “[Black American heroes] helped to shape the world.” She said her new coloring book shines a positive spotlight on African American dance and entertainment legends, adding, “Even as an adult, I do not hear about these individuals on a regular basis.” “You have so many Black kids in the ballet world, and we’re forced to compare our bodies and our ways when we should be celebrating our differences and learning from each other, not questioning our beings. Coloring is such a joy, and it takes you away from what’s going on in the world and increases positivity in your life.”
The program empowers and encourages Black males to be better fathers, husbands, and community members. Cosby, who is not a member, has provided a significant boost to the program, Sutton told NNPA Newswire. “The old man got us together and told us that a man is judged by how he treats his mother and how he treats his wife and family. He has instilled in us that a man cannot be considered a man if he doesn’t provide,” Sutton continued. “He comes in here, and he doesn’t act like he’s better than anyone. He keeps it simple. Look, he is a political prisoner. He is in here not for a crime, but adultery. But he does not look for favors, and with all his money and resources, he has nothing more than what we have, no extras when he could easily have extras.” Sutton has endeared himself to Cosby, who directed his team outside to assist Sutton in preparing the inmate’s appeals. Since Cosby’s 2018 conviction, the debate has raged on whether the star’s legacy and his hit 1980s sitcom, The Cosby Show, was worth preserving. But a May 11, 1992, Los Angeles Times article noted that Cosby is personally responsible for the employment, encouragement, and artistic support of more Black writers than anyone in television history. Cosby confirmed that we could genuinely raise and educate our kids to be racially
proud and socially responsible human beings, the article continued. “Cosby showed blacks could be well-to-do and possess commensurate class. He showed that a Black man could not only get a job but also that he and his wife can have thriving professional careers,” the Los Angeles Times published. At SCI-Phoenix, Sutton recalled meeting Cosby behind bars for the first time. “I said to him that I wanted to ask a favor. I said I need you to give me your word that you would come over on a Saturday and sit in on the Mann Up organization. And he told me, ‘Benny-Do, if God let me live, I’ll be there,’ “Sutton recollected. ” I told him we were putting an organization together where we could change the narrative, that we could go home and be decent people, decent citizens, and decent neighbors and change our way of thinking in our way of living. So, Mr. Cosby came over, and he heard me MC the program.” Sutton continued: “I introduced him, and there were 420 people there, and we all gave him a standing ovation. He is a man who went through the Jim Crow Era and the marches for civil rights of the 1960s. He mentioned that he is blind and said he could not see us, but he created such an atmosphere for us to enlighten us with his wisdom. He had everyone’s attention. He’s had a hell of an impact.”
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Mavs resume National Anthem after ceasing its play at Games By Dorothy J. Gentry Sports Editor
I never noticed it. The Dallas Mavericks have not played the National Anthem before its home games since the season started. Their first game was Dec. 30th. The National Anthem never played. Before 11 home games at American Airlines Center— including two preseason games—and spanning almost two months, the anthem went unplayed, and more importantly, its absence went unnoticed. Until February 10th. A story that first appeared in The Athletic alerted everyone— including the NBA—that the Mavericks had not only ceased playing the national anthem before its home games and did not publicly promote or publicize it, but also had no plans to play it moving forward. The decision, made by
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In an update from Oncor, officials said, “The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has requested Oncor and utilities across the state to implement controlled power outages to reduce high demand and protect the integrity of the electric grid.” Those outages have disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities, according to Dallas City Councilman Omar Natvaez, who said one of the zip codes in his district, 75212, has the second highest percentage of residents with power outages. According to Oncor, residents should be prepared to be without power for an extended period of time and controlled outages will be extended. Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) held a town hall meeting Tuesday evening, so that representatives from Oncor and
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Mavs owner Mark Cuban, was reversed hours after the story appeared and the league got wind of it. NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass issued the following statement concerning the league’s rule on playing the national anthem: “With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy.” For Cuban, not playing the
anthem was about listening to and respecting ALL voices, including those who don’t feel the anthem represents them. He said in a statement: “We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them. We feel that their voices need to be respected and heard, because they have not been. Going forward, our hope is
ERCOT could address some of the many questions he has been fielding since the first power outage on Sunday. Pointing out that there was an automated system that determined where the outages would occur and when, Chief Customer Officer and SVP Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at Oncor Electric Delivery Debbie Dennis said with notification from ERCOT they will be able to restore power. She admitted there were challenges and the Oncor team is committed to the effort. The sooner the better for most in northern Texas as temperatures are expected to be about 16 degrees along with reports of up to as much as 3-4 inches of snow, exacerbated by freezing rain and sleet in some areas. The team was working around the clock to deal with the many issues and concerns said Woody Rickerson, ERCOT Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations, said one out of
four are not getting the power they need. “We don’t have enough generators,”he said, adding that many have broken or frozen parts. “The cold weather has caused a lot of them to break and this is colder than any weather we’ve seen.” Sen. West pointed out that generator companies had been forewarned, but RIckerson said the natural gas pipeline freezing was not anticipated. “Every time a plant comes on line, we notify Oncor,” he continued. “One hundred and fifty plants were out and many came back today but it will be several more days (with issues).” While there is anticipation of a change in the freezing weather, Rickerson said “We need some water weather,” as a real remedy for the outages. Initially, said Dallas Councilmember Casey Thomas there was talk of 15-45 minutes fro outages, but those numbers have increased exponentially, with people weighing in on the ZOOM and Facebook chats,
that people will take the same passion they have for this issue and apply the same amount of energy to listen to those who feel differently from them. Only then we can move forward and have courageous conversations that move this country forward and find what unites us.” Shortly afterward, the Mavs confirmed they will play the anthem at all home games moving forward, starting Wednesday night. During his regularly scheduled media zoom session, Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle was asked about the franchise deciding not to play the anthem and the controversy that has ensued. “This was Mark’s decision. He was steadfast about it. He had his reasons. I know he released a statement today explaining those reasons. I also know that moving forward we will be playing the anthem at all home games along with every other
team in the league. It’s been quite a day.” Carlisle also noted that the discussions, comments and debate surrounding the national anthem is good discourse and “a logical progression. Anytime you have a result from something like this, you gotta embrace it. “This is an opportunity for people to look at things a different way. Whether you agree or disagree, we must all agree that as Americans we support the right to choose how we express ourselves,” he said. “And that’s another fundamental thing that’s very important with this.” Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall could not be reached for comment. The Mavs became the latest NBA team to welcome fans when they let in approximately 1,500 vaccinated frontline workers to its home game last week against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
citing outages of up to as many as 40 hours. Tarrant County College Trustee Gwen Morrison, who joined the call dressed in three layers of clothing, said she was without power for 37 hours. She expressed the need to not only have warming centers for those citizens without electricity, but also ways to transport citizens to the centers. Dallas ISD School Board President Justin Henry and members of other school districts expressed interest in using facilities as warming centers to give cities relief. “We have people who need it,” said Sen. West. “I’m serious about this and my recommendation is to get on
top of this, this evening. Oncor area manager Andrea Sanders stressed her commitment to providing information to the senator and community members on Wednesday, In detailed form, she shared how Oncor’s efforts were not targeting once community over another. Still there was unrest as, more than 20 elected officials joined in the call and in the little over an hour-long session committed to working together with Oncor and ERCOT to rectify the situation and get all citizens back on line. Oncor’s Walter Jordan said the issue is critical and that State Legislators are “going to have to do something.”
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