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He informed me that Plano police confirmed that there was a DNA match connecting 48-year-old Jeffery Wheat to a sexual assault case just North of Dallas. It appears that Mr. Wheat could be the person responsible for several sexual assaults against women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, of which I am a member. Since the story first appeared on the pages of I Messenger Media publications about 10 years ago we have not missed one week; that’s right, every issue has carried the sketch of the perpetrator, asking for any information that would lead to an arrest. Actually I gave him a name, “Pookie.” Why? Well, I took the rapes personSee MY TRUTH, page 8

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DeSoto woman does not rush to take down beloved collection of about 500 Black Santas I WAS JUST THINKING... By Norma Adams-Wade Time is running out for Pat Hamilton to dismantle her beloved collection of about 500 Black Santas and nearly a dozen Christmas trees that flow throughout her upscale, two-story home in DeSoto. One tree alone is adorned with

217 Black Santa ornaments. The retired Dallas school district administrator usually takes time throughout January to take down what took weeks to put up before Christmas and years to amass. She spares no expense in adding to her collection. If she sees what she likes, she buys it. The collection includes Black Santas of every size. When visitors enter her home during Christmas, they first see her entry Hall of Black Santas displaying some See THINKING, page 6

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FEDERAL JUDGE RULES GRAPEVINE MAN INVOLVED IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING RIOT CAN GO HOME UNTIL TRIAL By Rebecca Aguilar Senior Correspondent

Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Larry Brock Junior of Grapevine, made his second appearance in federal court in Fort Worth on Thursday. That’s when a federal judge decided the Grapevine man could be released from FBI custody on conditions that he wear an ankle monitor and remain at home until his trial. The 53-year-old turned himself in to Grapevine police four days after the Capitol building riots on January 6. Then the FBI took custody of him and booked him on two federal charges. Texas Metro News obtained the FBI’s arrest warrant and criminal complaint that detailed Brocks involvement in the riot. The court documents state Brock, “knowingly and willfully joined and encouraged a crowd of individuals who forcibly entered the U.S. Capitol and impeded, disrupted, and disturbed the orderly conduct of the business of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.” The court documents also included photos of Brock on the Senate floor with a hand full of zip tie restraints and dressed in military clothes. Federal agents were able to find Brock after two people, including Brock’s ex-wife,

identified him from photos and video they saw on social media and television. She told investigators she recognized him in a photograph dressed in a military-style helmet, khaki pants, gray and black fatigues over a military vest, and a patch from his military service. According to the criminal complaint, she said, “I just know that when I saw this was happening, I was afraid he would be there. I think you already know he was there. It is such a good picture of him, and I recognized his patch.”

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The violence at the Capitol building left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer. There have been more than 100 arrests made in connection with the violence at the Capitol. Thursday, prosecutors showed the Fort Worth judge the photos of Brock on the Senate floor. An FBI agent

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testified that they found the military gear Brock was wearing during the riot at his Grapevine home. They wanted to prove he was a danger to the public. Brock confirmed to The New Yorker that he was in the photos from the Senate floor, and he also said that he had gone to Washington D.C. to demonstrate peacefully. Brock’s defense attorneys showed the judge his military service and his honorable discharge from the military. Texas Metro News also obtained the document with the judge’s conditions of release. Brock was ordered to turn over any passports and any weapons. He was also ordered to stay off the internet unless permitted by the courts, while remaining home on release. His trial date has not been yet. Thursday, FBI Director Chris Wray said his agency had identified more than 200 people as suspects in the riot. He had one warning for the suspects still on the loose, “We know who you are if you’re out there, and FBI agents are coming to find you.”

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Kinder for $2000! QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall If we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re gonna get there.” – Alex Trebek Elections have consequences. A simple contrast of the late Alex Trebek, then dying with pancreatic cancer, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s words provide sufficient evidence. Trebek and Jeopardy represent TV game show royalty. Merv Griffin created the show in 1964, but Trebek has been at the podium since 1984. The show produced 8,000 episodes, 39 Daytime Emmys, and a Peabody Award. Only the real nerds, minutia maniacs, historians, and better-educated need apply. If only Trebek had run for the U.S. Senate, and Mitch had the personality and mental agility to play host to a game show the caliber of Jeopardy, the American citizen may have gotten a much better Mitch McConnell representative. Politico’s account of his sentiments on the need for more than $600 in stimulus proves him less gracious and caring than Trebek. “Borrowing from our grandkids to do socialism for rich people is a terrible way to get help to families who actually need it,” McConnell said of an effort to boost the checks from $600 to $2,000, which is supported by President Donald Trump. “Washington Democrats took President Trump’s suggestion and skewed it so the checks would benefit even more high-earning households.” McConnell said, “Socialism for rich people” four times in his speech. Senator Bernie Sanders responded, “The majority leader helped lead this body to pass Trump’s tax bill. You want to talk about socialism for the rich, Mr. Majority Leader?” Let me posit this thought in the contrast of personalities. Mitch McConnell is a snobbish, shyster who plays that old GOP game of “divide and conquer” with the public. He used “socialism for rich people” four

times to give you something to hate. Republicans were playing on that trick long before Donald Trump started selling that tonic. Any critical thinker would question Mitch’s question. What does a paltry sum of $2,000 have to do with socialism? Moreover, if Mitch had any concern for your grandkids, he would have resisted the massive tax cuts. If $75,000 is the most you could earn to qualify, what is rich? It is a ruse, a ploy, a shell game, and a damn shame! Example. Lewis is a hardworking single parent and essential worker who did not miss a paycheck. Food prices have skyrocketed. The school taxes he pays were not subsidized. His children are learning virtually. His bills for utilities, food, and toilet paper have grown tremendously. Don’t laugh. The price of Charmin in 2021 is enough to make Mr. Whipple cry! (Google It!) Lewis gives more money to his church, family and charities. He is treading water, but not gaining, growing or breaking even. Mitch, whose reported net worth is $23 million, has no idea what it feels like to barely make ends meet… Every month! The Senate Majority leader has no clue what it means Alex Trebek to be one of the 10,000,000 unemployed, 12,000,000 who are behind in rent by $6000, or the 27,000,000 who lack sufficient food. It went unnoticed, but while Mitch refused to increase stimulus from $600 to $2000, he also led the rollback of unemployment benefits from $600 to $300 per week. No, Mitch McConnell, who always looks like he’s “watching an orphanage burn from a safe distance,” is no Alex Trebek. Trebek’s final words prove as much. “People who are suffering through no fault of their own,” he said. “We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society, and if we all pitch in — just a little bit — we’re gonna get there.” This latest episode on legislative Jeopardy meant a lot to America. Mitch McConnell could have chosen “Kinder for $2000,” but chose not to. Mitch wins the ring while working-class America loses its shirt. Mitch put us all in jeopardy! Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist, and an award-winning columnist.

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THE LAST WORD By Dr. Julianne Malveaux If you watched the disgraceful invasion of the United States Capitol and the horrific destruction that took place on January 6, you observed a legion of limited-intelligence low-life louts. But you’d be mistaken if that’s all you thought of the Trump-incited mob. Those people could not have infiltrated the Capitol without the help of some “law enforcement” officers in the Capitol. Somebody had to open locked doors and side entrances. Somebody had to tell the invaders where certain Congressional offices were. And too many Capitol police officers took selfies with the invaders and treated them with extreme courtesy., going so far as to open doors for them and even walk them down steps. Why were the Capitol police so woefully unprepared for the throngs of people who had been communicating by Internet since an unhinged 45th President invited them to the Capitol weeks ago, on December 18? Contrast that under preparation to the army of thousands that Black Lives Matter activists faced this summer. The contrast was stark. After the invasion passed, many speculated about the

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inside nature of this invasion. Some of the Capitol police seemed to feel quite comfortable, even chummy, with the invaders. Why shouldn’t they be? Some members of the mob might be their cousins. There is a historical relationship between so-called law enforcement and white supremacy, so it is easy to believe that the Capitol invaders may have had help from the inside. We could go into history to explore the founding of the Ku Klux Klan and its purpose to terrorize and otherwise oppress Black people. We could explore how many Klan members were also “law enforcement” officers. In Wilmington, North Carolina, we could consider how sheriffs deputized more than two hundred racist civilians to force Black people to turn their property over to them and leave town. But if we had to go back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, that would allow us to talk about how much our nation has changed instead of focusing on the intransigence of the myth of white supremacy. Michael German of the DC-based Brennan Center for Justice released a report in the fall that explored law enforcement and white supremacists’ connection. Titled, Hidden in Plain Sight: Racism, White Supremacy, and Far-Right Militancy in Law Enforcement, the report is a comprehensive exploration of racism in law enforcement. It documents notes ties be-

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tween law enforcement and “violent racist and militant groups.” It says that the FBI has not appropriately responded to the threat that is posed from this connection. But, according to German, “Despite the FBI’s acknowledgement of the links between law enforcement and these suspected terrorists, the Justice Department has no national strategy designed to identify white supremacist police officers or to protect the safety and civil rights of the communities they patrol.” The Brennan report appropriately notes that “only a tiny percentage of law enforcement officials are likely to be active members of white supremacist groups.” But even a tenth of a percent is enough. It only takes one-armed white supremacist to aid and abet the terrorists who stormed the Capitol. It only takes one to unlock a door. It only takes one to turn the other way as terrorists bring weapons into the Capitol. The Brennan report documents several cases of white supremacists law enforcement “officers” who collect Klan paraphernalia, participate in racist social media posts, rant rhetoric on their government-issued radios, and more. Few face any consequences. Some have supervisors or police chiefs who look the other way. Others have police union backing and often claim their First Amendment See LAST WORD, page 5


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Word Look out for the snakes Last from page 4 FAITHFUL UTTERANCES By Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew When you think of a snake, there is a powerful image that is conjured in your brain. You think about a slithering animal that sticks its tongue out and lashes its venom onto unsuspecting victims. Snakes come in a variety of sizes and colors and although not all of them are poisonous, those that are can be deadly. Just as there are all types of animals that occupy space outdoors, sometimes we find ourselves in close proximity to an unwanted critter that we may see as dangerous or threatening. In our lives, there are times that we encounter individuals that we do not expect. They begin as kind and engaging, later to discover that their words or actions are toxic and, in some cases,, leak poison into our minds and souls. They never begin this way but as we provide them more access and space, our guard is down before they attack. “1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gen. 3:1-5

Just like the snake referenced in Genesis 3:1-5, they are crafty and find ways to enter our lives. These individuals can make us question what we know is true about what God says and even what we know about ourselves. Even when we know what we know, they can place doubt into our minds. They also take a piece of the truth without telling the entire story. The serpent in the story did not acknowledge the command from God in its entirety

but only focused on what served its purpose. They are deceptive and instead of going directly to the source to address an issue, they create dissension between you and those you are in relationship with. You are then tempted to do something that you will later regret. Sadly, others are then brought into the mess that was started by the snake. The discovery of the snake’s lie causes so many of us to hide. We hide from our potential, from others, and we hide from God because we are ashamed, afraid, or apprehensive because of the decision we have made. How many times are there individuals who smile in your face who then hurt you? How many of those individuals were close to us and we never saw it coming? What we learn from this story is that the snake hurts us because of proximity. They have access to us. Be so mindful of who you allow into your space, especially when you are vulnerable. Eve was vulnerable—she was not clothed and thought she could be comfortable with something that was in the same space as she was. He knew her vulnerability, but she didn’t initially. It wasn’t until after she was hurt that she realized her vulnerability. Be careful of who you allow into your space to reveal those private, precious parts of yourself. Some people don’t deserve close and personal access. They don’t deserve the engagement of your time, talent and thoughts. Eve thought she could trust the serpent because of closeness, but everyone that may be in the place that you are in could be there under false pretense, and are not necessarily who you think they are. 1 John 4 says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God…” And just because they say the right things, doesn’t mean that they necessarily believe it or live it: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21-23) Seeking God before rushing to judgement and using discernment is critical. Tread carefully and with caution. Don’t worry about who let the dogs out. Worry about allowing the snakes in. Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew is the host of the Tapestry Podcast and the author of three books for women. She is also the Vice President of Community Affairs for the State Fair of Texas. To learn more, visit drfroswa.com.

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free speech rights. How does their racism affect their ability to enforce the law? Ask Breona Taylor, or George Floyd, or Tamir Rice or Sandra Bland. Why have federal, state, and local law enforcement failed to tackle evidence of virulent racism among police officers? No wonder there is so little trust between law enforcement and the Black community. If there were an active attempt to combat law enforcement racism, it would be almost unthinkable that anyone could see the Trump insurrection as an inside job. But there has been no such

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attempt, perhaps because too many police officers are either outright racists or have sympathy with these racists. What to do? In March 2019, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) introduced the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. It gained 22 cosponsors but was never put on the floor for a vote. Durbin has now said he will reintroduce the legislation soon. The Brennan report offers other recommendations, including diversity training, anti-racist enforcement, and the development of a database for law enforcement officers, since so many move from city to city, carrying their racist attitudes with them. Was there an inside job with this Trump insurrection? It is likely, and I look forward

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to the inevitable investigation and its results. One can’t write about the insurrection without noting the murder of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. He was doing his work and defending the Capitol, and its flag has been flying half-mast in his honor. It is telling that the White House has not lowered its flag, perhaps because they so forcefully incited the terrorists who invaded our Capitol. Inside job? The rot goes straight to the top. 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.


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as tall as 6 feet. Throughout the house, some are as small as tree ornaments. Some are animated. Others are in costumes of various colors and designs -- all gold, all white, or career themes. Some are in groupings – Black Santas on-the-beach, Black Santas with Mrs. Claus, dreaming, dancing, sleeping, you name it. I was just thinking…, what would inspire someone to begin such a collection? The collector said she grew up poor, the oldest of five in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Christmases were extremely meager. As an adult, the holiday became special. She has a pleasantly defiant attitude about her collection that continues to grow and that she refuses to downsize. Acquaintances compliment her good taste and quality displays, but Hamilton says some wonder when she’ll runs out of space. “If anyone is bothered, they don’t have to live here,” smugly declared the empty-nester who talks proudly about her four college-educated, adult sons, and eight grandchildren. “I just love the idea of Santa and giving,” she said. “I know Jesus is the reason for the season… But when I saw my first Black Santa years ago, I flipped

Assortment of Black Santas on a shelf. Credit: Smiley Pool, The Dallas Morning News

One of several trees, this one decorated with all Black Santas. Credit: neighbor, Louis Peterson

Pat Hamilton hugging one of her Black Santas.

out and had to have it. I’ve been buying them ever since. A Black Santa is just special to me.” She said she does not decorate outside the home, or for other seasons, and owns no pets. She has “spent thousands” on her collection and begins shopping around September. She sometimes bids for them on eBay and orders from designers and outof-town retailers. She once posted her display on Facebook and got 1,300 likes and comments, she said. Fred Dawson, a retired airline employee and her life-companion, accepts her Black Santa passion, she said, and helps entertain guests who come by yearly

Black Santa with black beard. Credit: neighbor, Louis Peterson

Credit: Smiley Pool, The Dallas Morning News

to view her display. The coronavirus prevented her entertaining this year. Neighbors Louis and Carolyn Peterson said they and their grandchildren “were just blown away” when they first saw the display last year. “My first reaction was, ‘Where in the Sam Hill did she find all these Black Santas?’ ” said Louis Peterson. “I was just flabbergasted at the sheer number. They were everywhere. But they were not gaudy. It looked as if a professional had placed them.” Carolyn Peterson said she and the grandkids also “were floored” by the numbers and that many were even animat-

Black Santas all in gold. Credit: neighbor, Louis Peterson

Black Santa and Mrs. Claus in all white on table. Credit: neighbor, Louis Peterson

Black Santa with list on stairs. Credit: neighbor, Louis Peterson

ed. Next, she wondered where Hamilton stores them. “How does she pull all that out every year and set it up and then how do you store it back?” Carolyn Peterson asked. Hamilton said that’s the beauty of have grandkids who love to help her. Bedrooms and closets that grown kids no longer use now are dedicated storage. And when she finally decides to put Christmas away, her approach is straight-forward. “Most of the Black Santas go back in their original boxes and

Black Santa with reindeers, suspended from stairs. Credit: neighbor, Louis Peterson

into the attic. I undecorate the trees, leave them standing, wrap them in plastic, put them in the Christmas tree bedroom, and shut the door.”

Norma Adams-Wade, is a proud Dallas native, University of Texas at Austin journalism graduate and retired Dallas Morning News senior staff writer. She is a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and was its first southwest regional director. She became The News’ first Black full-time reporter in 1974. norma_adams_ wade@yahoo.com


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Hilti Corporate Spotlight: Tools of the Trade Hosted by National Black MBA Association-DFW Chapter, Tickets: 2021-hilti-spotlight.eventbrite.com. 6 pm. Small Business Webinars by Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce RSVP: www.USBlackChambers. org/webinars 2 pm. FREE Virtual Cooking Session with Chewz Lyfe. Hosted by National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - Dallas Metropolitan Chapter. On line event. Reg: https://zcu.io/6qaB 7-8 pm. Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn Housing and Wealth Creation: The Future of Housing. One line event: www.Eventbrite.com. 12-1:15 pm. Budget & Credit in Uncertain Times Virtual Workshop, Presented by Chase Bank Community Manager, Terri Thomas 6:30–7:30 pm. Free. Register: http://bit.ly/39ChwnT. Election Aftermath: Where Do We Go From Here. Event by Omicron Sigma Chapter - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Speaker Sherasa Thomas, Collin County NAACP. On Line via Eventbrite.com. 7-8:30 pm.

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2021 SAM Workshop Hosted by Arlington Black Chamber of Commerce. 10-11:30 am via Zoom: Link: https://lnkd.in/g8trJg. Info: 214-920-2436.

January 23

Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez Live on Facebook @HollywoodHernandez, at 2 pm.

January 25

The Bear Creek Food Distribution Mon, Wed, & Fri. 11 am-3 pm. 2700 Finley Rd. Irving. Drive-Thru.

2nd Annual Equity Indicators Symposium. Virtual Event, 8:30-12 pm. RSVP:bit.ly//2021EquitySyposium.

January 27

Reading As Activism Discusses Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. At 12 pm. Online: us02web.zoom.us.

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Man in custody in connection with 2011 Plano sexual assault case, police say The Dallas Morning News has a collaborative partnership with Texas Metro News, that seeks to boost coverage of communities of color, particularly in southern Dallas.

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A suspect in a 2011 sexual assault is now in custody, Plano police announced Friday. Jeffery Lemor Wheat, 48, was booked into the Collin County jail Friday on one count of sexual assault. WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported that Wheat’s DNA linked him to an April 2, 2011, attack on a woman at her Plano home, according to an affidavit. The assailant called the woman several days later to check on her, police said. That assault was the second in a series of attacks on women — all of them alumnae of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority who were in their 50s or 60s — over an 11-month period, which police

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ally and I needed to personalize the rapist so that I’d never forget him. So I chose the name “Pookie” because in my communities growing up, there was always a Pookie who was always getting into trouble. I talked about Pookie on Soul 73 KKDA, on the award-winning show I hosted, “Reporters Roundtable with Cheryl Smith,” until the station was sold in 2012; and anywhere I went I tried to get folks to talk about and advocate for the women who were assaulted. Now I wasn’t speaking out because they were my sorority sisters, because I believe and my record shows that this wasn’t the first time that I have been a voice for the voiceless. Which brings me to my truth. During the phone call and prior to going live on ZOOM with Mr. Panicker, he asked me how I was feeling. I was speechless as a number of emotions consumed me. You see, I felt for those women because I felt as though we, collectively; let them down.

have said were committed by the same man. On Nov. 11, 2010, the attacker tried to sexually assault a woman in Plano. On Sept. 15, 2011, he sexually assaulted a woman in Coppell. And on Oct. 14, 2011, he sexually assaulted a woman in Shady Shores. Police have previously said that DNA evidence conclusively connected three of the assaults, but not the first incident because it was an attempted rape and no DNA was collected. Though the victims were members of the same sorority, they did not all attend the same college or know one another. In each case, the assailant made clear he knew personal information about the victim, police said.

Wheat’s arrest-warrant affidavit also said the DNA in those cases matched DNA from a 2003 sexual assault in Arlington, WFAA reported. Surveillance footage from a convenience store in Mesquite showed a man police said was calling a sexual assault victim several days after the attack to ask how she was doing. In the April 2011 case in which Wheat was arrested, the attacker knew the victim’s name, according to the affidavit obtained by WFAA. When the attacker called the woman days later, the call was traced to a convenience store in Mesquite and police were able to obtain surveillance footage of the caller. Wheat’s ex-wife told police in November that the man in that

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I thought about the many times I have heard Black people talking about, “if they were white!” “Well, guess what, they weren’t. And I felt strongly that the case and public response were mishandled and the investigation was inadequate.” I wanted to hear from the clergy, sororities, fraternities, organizations, elected officials — any, and everybody, —saying,

“Pookie, we won’t rest until we find you. No one is going to rape our women!” I wanted the Black Press, especially to put this perpetrator on blast. After all, we had a sketch and a picture of him; and it didn’t help that some law enforcement officials felt as though people knew who he was and instead opted to protect him. At one point I was discussing the case with another publisher.

Surveillance footage from a convenience store in Mesquite showed a man police said was calling a sexual assault victim several days after the attack to ask how she was doing. Credit: Plano Police Department

footage was her former husband, according to the affidavit. Wheat was apprehended in Crawford County, Ark., WFAA reported. His bail was set at

$500,000, and he did not have an attorney listed in court records. It’s unclear whether charges have been filed in any of the other attacks.

Me - Are you running something about the serial rapist? Publisher - I can’t. We tried to get the Deltas to talk but they won’t. Me - Well, I’m glad that Ida B. Wells Barnett didn’t use that excuse when writing about the lynching of Black men! Yep, I was passionate about the situation. And some people were not happy. They wanted me to shut up but I told them that I couldn’t be silent because I would want someone to speak up for me. I won’t lie. The negative comments hurt. I remember traveling to the Motherland, to Senegal; where I was in the company of noted scholars, including Drs. Julius Garvey and Leonard Jeffries, Professor James Smalls and several HBCU presidents and Black mayors. We discussed the rapist and I asked if I was wrong, if I should shut up and not wear red (Delta Sigma Theta color) or anything with the sorority symbols. One of the mayors, who was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, said that as a result of the rapes, her chapter started self defense classes in Mississippi. I was told that in the end

I would be on the right side of history. Someone quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” I recall wishing that I could stay in Africa, away from Pookie and those who subjected me to character assassinations and whispers behind my back. To her credit, my sorority sister, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, supported me. She also spoke up about the rapes. After all, she was the president of all-female Bennett College. Women are being raped and she should be silent? Nah, she’s definitely not a hypocrite! I sincerely hope that this is Pookie and I hope that this is just the beginning of an all-out assault on predators and by the end of this year many will be behind bars. And I hope that my sorority sisters, and any other victims will feel a little better. And lastly, the next time we’re faced with a situation where we are conflicted about what we should do, I hope that we will all do what we’d want someone to do for us!


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Roosevelt High expansion helps train next generation of firefighters, EMTs, public health leaders Special to Texas Metro News The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School Mustangs are celebrating 58 years of pride, respect, and responsibility with the completion of a 70,000-square foot renovation project to transform an antiquated Oak Cliff campus into a state-of-the-art learning complex that will support 21st-Century learners. Along with the transformation of the physical campus is a renewed commitment to the surrounding community with a

significant emphasis on public health. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, Roosevelt High School will incorporate academic programs designed to further prepare students to graduate from high school with skills and knowledge that will result in increased earnings potential. The added programs include culinary arts, firefighting, emergency medical technician (EMT) training, humanities/ arts, and patient care technician training. The expanded academic of-

ferings are the result of a grassroots partnership with the community surrounding the school, dubbed “Roosevelt Next Level.” “While in the planning stages of the expansion of our campus, we were very intentional about listening to the surrounding community,” said Roosevelt Principal Troy Tyson. “The overwhelming feedback received was that citizens want

their community to experience health and wholeness, while also ensuring economic empowerment for students and the community at large.” The campus expansion, along with an emphasis on public health, will position Roosevelt to continue to be a vital bridge in the Oak Cliff community and beyond. The expanded offerings are

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WHAT’S ON MILES’ MIND By Miles Jaye In 1957, the U.S. Air Force loaned the U.S. Army a C-119 transport plane to disperse a ton of a bio-chemical agent comprised of zinc, cadmium and sulfide over the United States and parts of Canada. Check Google for Operation LAC (Large Area Coverage) and Operation DEW, which tested the aerosol disbursement range over South Carolina and Georgia. You don’t believe your government (and others) would “test” or deploy deadly particulates into the air to determine range of coverage and efficacy? They will, and they

have. There was a time, not so long ago, when we took clean air for granted. Now we wear masks to protect ourselves from a deadly virus. Soon we’ll pay for wearable cannisters of clean breathable air. Anything to impact market manipulation.

“WATER” I remember when my only notions of drinking water were from a water fountain or the kitchen sink. If we’d had to buy drinking water by the gallon, or by the case, I imagine there may have been waterless days at the Davis home from time to time. We survived on a fairly tight household budget. Today we’ll gladly pay $1.29 for a gallon of Poland Springs spring water, $3.99 for alkaline water at the market, and $5 - $7 will get

you Evian or Smart Water-- oh the irony. The other option is to buy a table-top water filter like Britta or Zero Water or have an expensive household unit installed. Has anyone heard any discussions on the Flint, Michigan water supplies? I don’t recall hearing anything about it during the recent Presidential debates. Anything to impact market manipulation.

“CURES” In a matter of months, scientists have researched, discovered and distributed not one, but two vaccines for the deadly Coronavirus, responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. By all accounts, this is an astonishing feat of scientific brilliance! However, are we any closer to a cure for cancer or will we continue to

walk, research and raise funds? Do we continue the campaign of clinical trials, research and testing? Does AIDS remain a threat to the population? Are we still cautioned against the use of public rest rooms? We haven’t had a single Corona Walk-athon, Covid-19 TV campaign or Race for a Cure, yet here we are watching… as politicians and TV news personalities take the first shots. I suppose, seeing them injected instills confidence in me. Anything to impact market manipulation.

“KEYS” Soon it will be 30 years from the time the 1994 crime bills for which President-elect Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton have apologized, were enacted, yet no one seems to have

made possible, in part, by a one-time $50,000 Innovation Engine Program grant awarded by the Office of Transformation and Innovation (OTI) to campuses with innovative educational programs. Students interested in attending Franklin D. Roosevelt High School can apply online at www.dallasisd.org/choosedallasisd.

a plan to release the non-violent, first time offenders slowly wasting away in prison. I do have a plan. It may appear at first to be overly simplistic but give it a listen. Someone get hold of the keys and release them. Give them bus fare, a modest stipend, and let them go. I call it the MRI (Mass Release Initiative). Comprehensive registry and re-entry programs can be established, but in the meantime, get the keys and let them go home. Speaking of keys, have someone from the U.S. Marshalls office swing by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and pick up the keys to the White House before something crazier goes down. That’s what’s on my mind! Website: www.milesjaye.net Podcast: https://bit.ly/2zkhSRv Email: milesjaye360@gmail.com


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Be Careful, Rule Number 1, “It does not Black Hair Is Fragile matter what you call me”

BLACK CARD By Terry Allen I can remember that full statement. “It does not matter what you call me, it is what I answer to that matters”! Lucille “Big Mama” Allen said that on many occasions when I would share how I was bullied at school for being smart or someone called me a racial slur as I walked the six miles back home past “those” homes in ‘that” neighborhood during my elementary years just to get back home. My grandmother was a master at stopping bad behavior in its tracks with a statement of clarity that usually started with “Baby, here the thing” or “The Lord ain’t gonna let anyone steal my joy today.” She knew how to handle toxic people and bad thoughts. Her rule to us was to choose who you answer too and it will pay off. She shared a story about how the wife of her employer never called her by her name or thanked her for her work but the husband praised her all the time. He praised her publicly and he praised her to others. She said she never answered her employer’s wife but she answered to her employer and members of his social network all the time with a smile and great service. One day, a member of his social network secretly made her way back to the back office and offered my grandmother a job. Big Mama negotiated a higher pay; less work hours and an employer who called her Mrs. Allen. She said “Who you an-

swer to determines how high you go!” She was raised under the same “Southern way’ of another great mom, Marian Robinson, the mother of former First Lady Michelle Obama who gave us the phrase, “When they go low, we go high.” The Low/High statement is straight out Big Mama’s Playbook because it resonates for the same strategy. I have ‘answered’ to many opportunities using this method for Big Mama’s playbook. In the wake of the disappointing insurrection at the Nation’s Capitol building, we see members of our leadership falsely calling out other leaders as thieves who stole the election. But “who you answer to” worked here as well. Arrests, votes for impeachment, transparency, prosecution and the continuation of the inauguration is the answer. Across the nation you will see the “answer” works. Shout-out to Haitian-American and avid runner, Alison Mariella Desir, who took to the digital world of IG, with a callto-action after the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black male runner killed in Georgia. Her answer was to create Run 4 all Women and a social change raising over $260,000 for Black Votes Matter as well as non token partnership with a major apparel brand. Her efforts also changed the diversity policies of the apparel brand. Now do you see how “WHO you answer to” matters over what someone calls you? Email me at terryallenpr@gmjail.com and enlighten me. Terry Allen is an awardwinning multi-media journalist and owner of 1016 Media.

ABOUT THE HAIR By Dr. Linda Amerson It is true, image matters. Most females/males from ages 3-100 like their hair to look groomed. Compliments about a great looking hair style, or hair cut brings a smile from the wearer for a selfie pose.

There are numerous hair textures and combination textures, resulting from the union of cultures. In fact, African American hair textures are more fragile than any other hair texture. According to hair science, curly, and wavy hair textures grow out of the hair follicle in circular patterns. Viewing the hair growth pattern, while showing and explain it to a client with a tricholoscope is fascinating to a board certified Trichologist. The tensile strength of hair has a limit before it breaks. Excessive heat applied to hair fibers will decreases hair strength…causing hair damage/breakage. Chemical applications to hair fibers will decrease hair strength… causing hair damage/ breakage. These are only 2 examples of contributing factors of poor tensile hair strength. A drier hair texture is also very common, because it is much harder for fluids like sebum or water to flow down a spiraling strand of hair, compared to a straight strand of hair. A moisturizer is recommended.

Due to the coils/curvature in hair growth patterns, consumers learn to manage the hair tangling and knotting of hair fibers, when combing their hair. Short hair may be combed from the scalp towards the end, however, medium to longer hair lengths should be combed from the ends towards the scalp. Parents, this technique helps you when you are combing your girl’s hair… comb with ease. In addition, use a large tooth comb

on medium to longer hair lengths. Only use any comb with small teeth for parting strait lines for grooming. Small tooth combs also leads to hair breakage. Investing in a hair detangling product, will work great, combined with adding a moisturizer. Use oil, if necessary on your child’s scalp, moisture on their hair. Excessive hair brushing can damage your hair. Use a hair brush gently on your scalp. There are numerous bristles available, including… hard, medium and softer hair bristles. Avoid using hair brushes with hard bristles on sensitive scalp, if your scalp is inflamed and tender to touch, if you have a scalp infection or fungal infection (use a comb). Combs are easier to wash plus soak in clorox water. Contact a medical doctor immediately for scalp infections. Contact a board certified Trichologist for a microscopic hair and scalp analysis, and treatment recommendation for hair restoration and correcting mild scalp conditions. 817 265 8854 www. hairandscalpessentials.com #ScalpDoctor #40yrVeteran


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The movie is based on recently-released information on King’s surveillance that was recently declassified. The movie takes us back to the darkest days in the history of the FBI when King was harrassed and illegally spied on by the organization. It also raises ques-

nonviolent movement that in the end took his life. MLK/FBI is available on Prime Video just in time for the MLK Holiday. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate this movie a JUMBO.

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VBS: Dara thank you for being my guest on the Valder Beebe Show. Your accolades are astounding 12 Olympic Medals in swimming. I say ‘job well done’ yet I belie-

ve your most important accolated is being a mom. As the Pandemic has changed how our children learn, play even interact with family and friends you cannot introduce parents to a fitness app for kids. Dara Torres, the most decorated US female Olympic athlete of all-time, NY Times best-selling author, fitness advocate, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and mother, started her career on the international stage by breaking her first world record at the age of 15.

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DT: Parents can access the secrets of world class trainers and sports coaches anytime on the app. Kids and their parents will enjoy ways of being active, while staying safe and socially distant. VBS: Why is it so important to keep kids active during the winter months? DT: Kids are growing and developing and should stave active year round. VBS: Dara you have so many followers and fans, what your next accomplishments? DT: I will be doing a TEDX talk soon, look for that upcoming. VBS: Finally, your advice for parents and kids? DT: Enjoy the moments of life, childhood and remember……. Dara Torres complete interview…… SoundCloud.com/valderbeebeshow : Broadcasting to a national & global audience: ValdeBeebeShow.com ; YouTube. com/valderbeebeshow; KKVI FM Radio, KRER FM, Streaming TV, Social Media, Print Publications IMESSENGERS, Texas Metro News, and Garland Journal News..

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The Ins and Outs of the New Stimulus Bill FROM MARVA WITH LOVE By Marva J. Sneed On a recent edition of From Marva with Love, Attorney Symone Redwine, of Redwine Law Firm, with locations in Dallas and Houston; the University of Pittsburgh finance major discussed the new stimulus bill. The Cornell University law school graduate who practiced fashion and trade law in New York City before returning to Texas, explained the unemployment assistance extension, the moratorium on evictions, and the PPP (Payroll Protection Program) for small business. MS: Attorney Symone tell us about unemployment assistance? SR: Yes, in Texas, our minimum for unemployment is 200 bucks and the maximum is 500. Well on top of that $200 to $500 you will get $300 a week until March. Now beauticians, barbers, our entertainers, even if you are an independent contractor for example as a bartender in an industry as well, where maybe you’re still working but you’ve been cut to part-time. So you would just want to go online in your state and even if you are selfemployed, you’ll get the $300 a week. What people don’t know also is if you’re getting unemployed and you have student loans you can call your student loan company and ask them what’s called ‘forbear,’ to wave your loan payments for those months. MS: Can people that have not paid their rent or mortgage still be evicted? SR: So, let’s talk about

the rent. If you’re a single person and you make less than $100K. You can go to CDC.gov and you’ll click on the eviction moratorium. It’s a form where you can fill it out and get it notarized. Give it to your landlord and he cannot evict you before January 31. Right now it’s until the 31st but it is supposed to be extended through March. It’s similar for mortgages also.

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MS: What about PPP? Tell us how we can take advantage of it. SR: One of the most important resources for African American families in this stimulus package is PPP. With Payroll Protection one of the biggest myths is that PPP is only for people who have employees. Not true. You can be self-employed. I’ve got money for Uber drivers, truck drivers, comedians, DJs, barbers, hairdressers, and even if you have a day job. Where another job that is paying you via W-2, you can qualify for a PPP. Here’s the beauty of PPP it’s actually a grant and you don’t have to pay it back. It’s a loan but acts as a grant…. To hear the full interview go to BlogTalkRadio.com or on Facebook @TexasMetroNews. Follow Attorney Symone Redwine: linktr.ee/Symoneredwine, IG @ symoneredwine, and redwinelaw. com. Tune into “From Marva with Love Fridays 11 am-1 pm on BlogTalkRadio and Facebook. com/TexasMetroNews


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Mothers Against Police Brutality to build network of leaders Dallas Mavericks support Fellowship Legacy Program On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mothers Against Police Brutality, with major support from the Dallas Mavericks, announced a new effort to build the movement against unaccountable fatal police shootings. MAPB, a national organization based in Dallas, was founded by Collette Flanagan in 2013 after her son, Clinton Allen, was killed by a Dallas police officer. Unarmed, Mr. Allen, was shot seven times, including a shot in the back at close range. Since that time, Ms. Flanagan has dedicated herself to lifting up the voices of other mothers directly impacted by police violence. “I am in this for my son, my only son, his life stolen by Dallas police,” said Ms. Flanagan. “But not only for him. I know the pain of mothers whose children are killed by law enforcement. I know their suffering. But I also know their strength, and that’s what our Fellowship Legacy

building, and narrative change, the MAPB fellowship will support the personal development and capacity of Mothers as leaders, to catalyze and participate in a broader movement to change policing in America.

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Program is all about.” For the first round in 2021, MAPB will select 10 mothers from around the country. To be eligible for the program, mothers must have lost a child in a fatal police shooting. Those chosen for the Fellowship will make a 2-year commitment to building the skills needed to become effective advocates for justice in memory of their children. Through leadership development, community

Program Goals: 1. Build the power and capacity to make change of Mothers who have lost a child to police brutality. 2. Create a network of #fightingmothers to hold local police departments and district attorneys accountable for police abuse and misconduct, and advocate for policies that reimagine public safety beyond policing. 3. Establish a broad network of

activist Mothers, skilled in community organizing and policy advocacy, who work together and in coalition with other groups, to change criminal justice policy at the national level. Expectations for Fellows: 1. The initial fellowship program will run from Spring 2021 until Spring 2023, with 10 fellows in the first round. 2. Fellows will commit 10 hours weekly to the program. 3. Fellows will participate in virtual and in-person sessions on policy development, organizing strategies, coalition building, interacting with public officials, and media training. 4. Fellows will receive a stipend, laptop, internet/cell phone

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WNBA’s Orange Hoodie Named Best Fashion Statement By Dorothy J. Gentry Sports Editor

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The WNBA Orange Hoodie, which took the sports, social media AND the fashion world by storm, was named Best Fashion Statement of 2020 by the Sports Business Journal. The publication, known for its annual Year End Awards, chose the 2020 winners to celebrate achievements and impact in the year in different sports categories. The Orange Hoodie became a surprise hit last year. Believed to have been worn publicly first by the late Kobe Bryant, it grew in popularity as NBA players like LeBron James, DeMar Derozan and Jayson Tatum, WNBA players like Sue Bird and A’ja Wilson, and other sports stars, musicians, entertainers and more began to sport them. They soon became a household, must-have item with teenagers, housewives and more ordering them then quickly posting selfies on social media as they became members of the “Secret Orange Hoodie Society.”

Dorothy in Orange Hoodie

I even have one!!! https://www.wnba.com/photos/nba-players-celebs-donwnba-hoodie/# Other winners of the 2020 Year-End Awards include Arlington’s Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, which was named Best Facility Debut; Jason Wright, an African American businessman who was named president of the NFL’s Washington Football Team (Best Hire); Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs (Sports Business Athlete of the Year); and the 10-part Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance” (Best Content).

Additional winners list: • Best Creative: NFL’s The Next 100 and Nike’s You Can’t Stop Us (co-winners) • Best Deal: Steve Cohen buys the New York Mets • Best Reinvention: Las Vegas Raiders • Best Sports City: Los Angeles • Best Esports Content: NASCAR’s iRacing • Best Pivot: Sports in a bubble • Best Community Effort: Sports venues as polling places • Best New Brand: Seattle Kraken • Best Facility Debut: Globe Life Field

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