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Farmers will tell you that every planted seed may not yield a return. When the fruits of your labor blossom, you can’t help but feel proud. Which brings me to my truth. Dorothy Gentry was my first journalism intern in 1989. The first of many who have come behind her, that University of North Texas student was talented and a quick learner. Then there was Diva (aka Trina Terrell), the young intern who walked up to me at a National Newspaper publishers Association reception in 1990 and told me she wanted to be a journalist.

Mayor Curtistene McCowan One on One On From Marva with Love with Cheryl Smith and Mayor Curtistene McCowan December 6, 2019 Kimberly Sims (Lil Bit)

Curtistene Smith McCowan was elected the 21st Mayor of DeSoto on May 7, 2016, becoming the first woman to hold the office. She was reelected to a second term on May

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because she shared her life and blessings. She made this world a better place and that is her legacy. In this interview on From Marva with Love, I Messenger Media publisher and veteran journalist Cheryl Smith talks to the Mayor about a number of issues including her works in education and challenges and successes as Mayor.

During this time of the year, and especially this year; many are reflecting on things they feel grateful for. Read in Mayor McCowan’s own words, how she touched the lives of many and how she was grateful for so much. CS: I played I Am Every Woman (introductory song) because you are a person who See GRATITUDE, page 10

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I invited the 14-year-old to join me at the Dallas Weekly for her Spring break and I gave her the same instruction that I had given Dorothy, who today is an educator and a sports editor who has the respect of those she covers and works with. In a conversation with Dallas MAVs

4, 2019. Previously she served on the DeSoto City Council 20122016 and as Mayor Pro Tem from 2014 to 2016. She was the first African American elected to public office in DeSoto when she won a seat on the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees, later serving two years as President. Mayor McCowan died on October 28, 2020. For many she lived a life worth celebrating

I WAS JUST THINKING By Norma Adams-Wade O. K. I’m like you. I used to think it was kind of meaningless for a family to surround a table of tempting

food and makeup pat answers for why they’re grateful on this day of Thanksgiving. I’ve grown much now. I’ve lived more life. I’ve witnessed more misfortune. I’ve watched more endless, depressing TV news reports. And I’ve come aboard the thankful train. Today on this Thanksgiving, November 26, 2020, the world is

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overrun with misery. And yet, I was just thinking... Is

your glass half empty or half full? Somebody wise, and probably full of Thanksgiving turkey, said, “It depends on how you look at it.” For every negative, there is a positive. For every loss, there is a gain. For every death, a new life is born. For every tear, there is a bright smile somewhere. So here is my glass: 1. My glass is full of opportunity. I See THINKING, page 6


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Eight months after the first emergency order was issued for Dallas, positive cases for COVID-19 have risen sharply across the state. The numbers show a need for continued vigilance, Dallas’s COVID czar Dr. Kelvin Baggett said, calling the virus “profoundly deadly.” “We have taken actions to ensure the health and safety of our city,” said Dr. Baggett. “But we need to do more to reduce the burden on healthcare workers and the hospital treatment capacity in order to look forward to a time when we can all look forward to a vaccine.” The recent surge has prompted the City of Dallas to invest $500,000 towards an ongoing prevalence study by UT Southwestern Medical Center. The study was originally launched in the summer as an invitationonly initiative, but was expanded this fall after the initial response rate was lower than hoped.

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it spreads. It will include tests to determine whether participants have or ever had COVID-19, a vital point since many people are often asymptomatic. “The latest estimates from the CDC suggest that 4 in 10 people show no signs or symptoms of COVID infection, which means they are potentially (going out and) infecting others,” Professor Tiro added. Tiro, who leads community engagement efforts for the initiative, said the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study will also help researchers better understand why the disease adversely affects Black and Latino communities in high numbers. “This disease is very challenging and fast moving and our African American and LatinX populations have higher hospitalization rates, more severe disease and more deaths,” said Tiro. “We really want diverse groups from Dallas and Dallas County to participate so we know where to deploy resources. We can’t know where to put

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resources if we don’t know what’s happening.” The study is open to anyone who lives in Dallas or Tarrant County. Individuals who sign up may answer surveys online or via phone and may be further selected for additional tests to determine whether they have or ever had COVID-19. Anyone interested should register online to participate; go to https://utswmed.org/ covidstudy, https://utswmed. org/estudioCOVID, or call 833947-2577. Those selected for testing will also receive a $20 gift card.

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“We saw what was happening with the surge and we wanted to expand so all people could participate,” said Jasmin Tiro, PhD, an Associate Professor at UT Southwestern in the Department of Population and Data Sciences. “initially we had a low participation rate. We have a lot of needs and a lot of interest, but we’re looking for a 100 percent response rate.” There are still many unanswered questions. “Our study seeks critical answers we still don’t have – how many in the community have been infected with COVID-19 and why some communities are being harder hit. The large data set from 30,000 community volunteers will allow us to improve the strategies for countering its spread as we continue to restore business and school operations,” Amit Singal, M.D., the principal investigator for the study, said in a statement. The study, which is one of the largest in the country, is designed to help health officials learn more about the virus and how

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While the world is dealing with a health pandemic, Dallas’ crime rates are heading to epidemic proportions and a frustrated Mayor Eric Johnson is demanding that something be done, immediately. “This is about ending the needless and senseless taking of lives in this city,” he said. “Dallas can and should be the safest big city in the United States.” With more than 200 deaths resulting from violent crimes in 2020, the city has seen its highest number of homicides since 2004. “The violent crime in this city is out of hand. I’m tired of it. I’m sick of it,” said Mayor Johnson. “This is not a joke. This is not a game. This is not about being on television.” Earlier this month, the Dallas Police Department saw its deadliest weekend of violent crimes with a total of 11 murders over a three- day period.

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One victim was South Dallas rapper Mo3, who is known to his family and friends, as Melvin Noble. The 28-year-old rapper was shot and killed on the R.L. Thornton Freeway, in Oak Cliff, while running away from his gunman, who has not been identified. In an effort to combat violent

crime and to track progress in its reduction, Johnson announced he is ordering monthly reports and will be monitoring the results. “For as long as I’ve been mayor, I have been asking for our city public safety leadership to engage in active pursuit of criminals, the enforcement of our laws, and to make public safety the top priority of the city,” he explained. With a little more than one month left until the end of this year, Dallas has already surpassed the total number of homicides in 2019 and the mayor said, “we are long overdue for this approach to violent crime in our city.” Johnson expressed frustration in seeing the Dallas community hit hard by a weekend of violent crimes, “At this pace, we can end up with a murder total that we haven’t seen in this city since 2004.” Urging state and local leadership to do their part to reduce and report any crime in

the area, Johnson emphasized the importance of seeing results and warned that Dallas is headed in a terrible direction if something is not done. “The last time that Dallas had murders at this level was in 2005, where the FBI named Dallas ‘The Most Dangerous Large City’ in the United States,” he said. “That’s the path we’re on, and we need to stop it, so I’m imploring everyone to do their part in helping.” In his comments, Johnson also called on Dallas residents to do their part in helping reduce COVID-19 cases in Dallas County. Stressing the importance of wearing masks and practicing social distancing, he also said in spite of the approaching holiday celebrations, social gatherings should be limited. To hear the full news conference from Mayor Johnson and to learn more about how to help reduce crime and the number of COVID-19 cases, visit our website at www.texasmetronews.com.


Free Drive-thru Flu Clinic The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County will continue to offer no-cost COVID-19 saliva testing through the holidays. Tarrant County Public Health held a free drive-thru flu shot clinic last Saturday, at Fielder Church-South Oaks Campus, 5925 U.S. 287 Frontage Road. The church is on the east side of U.S. 287 and north of Sublett Road. Participants are asked to enter through the second entrance from the frontage road. Flu shots are available for adults and children ages 4 and up. Please wear clothing that allows for easy access to your upper arms. This is a drive-thru event only; no walk-ups, please. All occupants inside vehicles must wear face coverings. Tests will also be available at these locations through Jan. 8, 2021: • Tuesdays, 8-11 a.m. FWISD Scarborough-Handley Field parking lot, 6201 Craig St. (Council District 5) • Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m. Como Community Center, 4660 Horne St. (Council District 3) • Wednesdays, 8-11 a.m. City Northside Service Center, 309 Hillshire Drive. (Council District 7) • Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m. Tarrant County College-Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. (Council District 2) • Thursdays, 8-11 a.m. La Gran Plaza, 4200 South Freeway. (Council District 9) • Thursdays, 2-5 p.m. Beth Eden Missionary Baptist Church, 3208 Wilbarger St. (Council District 8) • Fridays, 8-11 a.m. Christ Church Assembly of God, 5301 Altamesa Blvd. (Council District 6) • Fridays, 2-5 p.m. Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway. (Council District 4) In observance of the upcoming holiday season, testing sites will be closed on these days: • Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day • Dec. 25, Christmas Day • Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Regular schedules will resume on Saturdays after each holiday.

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DeSoto High senior wears Miss Teen of Dallas County crown Mariah Williams was crowned Miss Teen of Dallas County earlier this year. The senior at DeSoto High School has been competing in pageants for a little over two years. A twirler for the DeSoto High School band, she said she entered the realm of pageantry after her coach nudged her to compete on a more distinguished scale. “A passion of mine is twirling, which I started two years ago for DeSoto High School,” said Williams. “Like every new thing you start, there are bound to be difficulties. I had a hard time adjusting to it at first but I overcame it and soon started competing. I placed at every competition I competed in. My coach noticed this and decided to

further challenge me by training me to compete in distinguished twirling pageants. I loved it so much!” Crowned as Miss Teen of Dallas County in March of this year, Williams did not let the global health pandemic due to COVID-19 slow down her service to the community. “Of all the charitable contributions, my favorite was the toiletry drive for the Boys and Girls Club,” she said. “It afforded me the uniquely humbling opportunity of being able to see how my actions positively affected other people.” In addition to the Boys and Girls Club, Williams has helped raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s North Texas Chapter; distributed groceries to families in

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Parkland reduces visiting hours on hospital inpatient care units Beginning Nov. 24, Parkland Memorial Hospital will reduce visiting hours on inpatient care units. At this time, visitation is limited to one authorized visitor in single-occupancy rooms. NICU and Labor & Delivery visitation will not change (two parents or guardians per patient). All visitors must be designated and approved by patients/families in advance and visitors’ approval will be confirmed by Guest Services staff at the lobby entry. Those not on the patient/ family approved visitor list will not be allowed in the hospital. Guidelines: • Visiting hours will be from 4 – 7 p.m. daily. • At the hospital entrance, visitors will be screened for fever, cough and any exposure to known COVID+ persons within the last 14 days. Visitors with any positive responses will not be allowed to visit. • All visitors are required to wear a mask and to cover their nose and mouth at all times. Visitors not wearing their mask correctly may be asked to leave the hospital.

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Williams is also an active member of the Business Professionals of America Club at the high school and she holds a position in her church’s Mission Sister group. After graduation, Williams plans to attend a college or university to pursue a degree in Journalism and continue her work in community service initiatives. “DeSoto will help me achieve my goals by bestowing ample opportunities to advance my sense of community, worth, and esteem while exposing me to real-world situations,” Williams expressed. “With the support of DeSoto, I will be prepared to overcome any trials and tribulations that may surface with grace and gratitude.” Williams will compete to become Miss Teen of Texas in March 2021.

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Exhale. Inhale. Roll your sleeves up THE LAST WORD By Dr. Julianne Malveaux It took five days for the 2020 election to be called for former Vice President Joe Biden. Five days with me peeled to the television and the internet. Five days holding my breath. Five days, meditating and praying for strength. I could not imagine four more years of Trump. I actually started going through my belongings, trying to decide which one would make the cut for my move to Ghana (yes, if the Chump had won, I was seriously considering a transcontinental move). At 11:34 on Saturday morning, the good news trickled down. Biden won. Kamala Harris is Madame Vice President (MVP). People were sending funny and smart text messages. From one friend – ‘ladies keep your shoes on, there is glass on the floor. Exhale. Savor the feeling. Kamala’s win is a “dancing in the street” victory for Black women, for all women, for our nation. From Psalm 30:5, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” Well, on November 7 joy came in the morning, the afternoon, the evening. All around the country, people celebrated. Some of us were buoyed by the celebrations, especially their intergenerational, multicultural, masked participation. But as horns honked, people hollered, and people hoisted “you’re fired” signs outside the White House, some of us wondered how much change, exactly, we could expect from Biden-Harris. Inhale. Inhale the fact that Donald John Trump was an extreme symptom, but not the cause, of the structural inequities that plague our nation. Inhale the fact that all the executive orders in the world can’t fix the racism that is baked in the cake we call the United States. Inhale their names, the disturbing roll of Black folks killed by white so-called “law enforcement” officers. Inhale the macro and micro aggressions that impact our lives. I will not be pessimistic in this

optimistic moment, nor will I ignore the amazing history we experienced in this election. I will simply say, as I often do, that voting is not the most, but the least we can do. This election reminds us that Black Votes Matter, that Turnout matters, that, in the words of Rev. Jesse Jackson, “the hands that picked peaches can pick presidents.” There was no blue wave, this was a scrappy contest, with margin, in some cases, less than one percent. There was no takeover of the Senate (yet), and Democrats lost seats in the House of Representatives. And more than 70 million people affirmed Donald Trump, which reveals the stark division in our nation. Exhale (relief ). Inhale (recognition). And then just roll your sleeves up and get to work. Yes, there is much work to do. There are two elections for Senate seats in Georgia. They’ll be decided on January 5, and if Democrats can pull both off, President-elect Biden will have the Senate he needs to make policy changes. Meanwhile, 45 has 70 days to wreak havoc on our nation. He can randomly fire folks, mismanage agencies (more so than he already has), develop harmful executive orders. As of this writing he has yet to concede the election, even though he has no possible chance of winning. His refusal to smell the coffee slows the transition process, but since this is about him, not about our nation, he really doesn’t care. Yes, we have work to do. We need to roll up our sleeves and get to it. Civic engagement is not a seasonal thing, it’s an all the time thing. We get the government that we choose to participate in. So kudos to the folks like Melanie Campbell (National Coalition of Black Civic Participation), LaTosha Brown (Black Voters Matter), Stacey Abrams (Fair Fight) and the many others who raised awareness, got the vote out, and then protected it. Inhale. Exhale. Get to Work! 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 about Trump! QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall You do the Hokey Pokey, and you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about! – American Children’s song and dance. Amid his stand-up, someone in the crowd bellowed an interesting question. “What are you going to do if Trump gets re-elected?” To which an ever-ready Dave Chappelle responded, “I’ll probably get a significant tax break.” The crowd roared. Nevertheless, it was the words that proceeded the joke that is worthy of your consideration. “You wanna know why I don’t talk about Donald Trump in my shows? Because Donald Trump is not the Hokey-Pokey…he is not what it’s all about! He’s singing poor White people’s greatest hits!” Dave mixes profanity with profundity. He’s my fave! Donald J. Trump is easily the most chicken-shit, backwoods, self-centered, myopic moron to have ever set foot on the planet’s surface, much less the presidential seal. However, the millions of his worshippers who hang their aspirations and aggravations on his every word are our problem now. Trumpsters will repeat his claims that there is no way he could lose after garnering 73,000,000 votes. So let me make it understandable. There are 257,000,000 registered voters in the United States. President-Elect Joe Biden gets 80,000,000, or seven million more than Trump. Another 104,000,000 did not bother to vote for Trump. In other words, 187,000,000 refused to cast a vote for Donald. My favorite living comic

mirrored what my favorite living editorialist mused about. Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a giant in the opinion column world, laid out similar theses in his Washington Post column on Election Day Eve. “Boarding up storefronts in the days before an election isn’t something we do in this country. Supporters of one presidential candidate don’t use their vehicles to

African Americans must now question everyday occurrences that once meant nothing. Which one of your neighbors, co-workers, friends, or ex-friends embraces the tribalism and xenophobia that Trump espouses regularly? What kind of America are we heading to? What can transform racial and political hatred into radical and prevailing harmony?

create havoc on major highways or to threaten a bus filled with supporters of the other candidate. We don’t go into Election Day wondering if all the votes will be counted — or if everyone will accept the outcome. We don’t turn a deadly pandemic into a political issue. None of this happens in the self-proclaimed greatest democracy on Earth. Until now. It is tempting to blame all the chaos and conflict we’re living through on President Trump — and to hope that if Trump is defeated, things will snap back to the old normal. But Trump is a mere symptom, not the disease itself.” Both of these hallowed African-American sophists sang the same tune. Trump ain’t the Hokey-Pokey. The teeming sea of Whites whose feelings of self-pity and loss have been magnified and misguided by Trump is our real issue.

Chappelle had one answer, though. He predicted that the only thing that’s going to save this country from itself is African Americans, as we have so many times before. The question he said, is should we do it? “Damn right, we gonna do it! This is our country too. Every able-bodied African American must register for a legal firearm.” The crowd erupted again. It sounded like a joke, but 52% of Trumpsters believe this election was rigged. You registered to vote, and it paid off. Let’s pray, Dave is wrong about that other registration drive. Eugene and Dave were lockstep in their revelations that Trump is not “what it’s all about. However, the prophecies of Dr. King echo behind them. “Where do we go from here; Chaos or Community? Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist, and an award-winning columnist.


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is ever present and with us. Taking the time to remember God’s goodness frees us from complaining and redirects our focus from lack to possibilities. Reflection is important. So often we pay attention to the negative in others instead of taking an account of ourselves. I remember having a conversation with someone who mentioned that people in a particular area tend to clique together and that finding people of substance can be problematic. Instead of paying attention to the common denominator of each of those interactions, is it possible that we attract not only who we are but even what we focus on? Without having moments to reflect, we miss opportunities for growth and correction. Lamentations 3:40 ESV says “Let us test and examine our ways and return to the Lord!” Even before we go to God, it is important to review our intentions, motivations and explore how we are either preventing ourselves from real transformation or that we are projecting our beliefs, traumas, and perceptions onto others. Not only do we miss out on possibilities that others could bring to us, but we also miss out on allowing those relationships to stretch us and pull us closer to our destiny. During this season as we remember and reflect, I hope we have moments of realization. We need an epiphany of God’s power, provision, and promise in our lives. I hope that we realize our passion, our possibilities, and our potential as we close the

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door on some areas of our lives and kick down those doors that lead to more love and living abundant lives. Lastly, if we really see God’s hands throughout our journey as a result of remembering, reflecting, and realizing, we should hopefully have a revelation. It is my prayer for you that something you did not know becomes apparent. We often see blindness as a physical issue but many of us are disabled in our spiritual and emotional vision. In John 5, the blind man at the pool had been there for 38 years. “When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well? Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” (John 5:5-11) Stop waiting on someone to come to your situation to do something and know that God is already there waiting on YOU to decide to move! Even if others are ahead of you, it does not mean that you stop moving toward what you know is yours. I am hoping that in this season of revelation, you not only see again but you get up and finish what God has started in you. There is so much to be grateful for and no matter what your circumstances are, your God is bigger than any challenge you face. Knowing that should give you so much hope, joy, peace, and the excitement to know that this, too, will pass. No matter See GIVING THANKS, page 6

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As a Black Man my Watergate hero was Frank Wills were given the chance to do it all over again, would he? THE Wills replied, “That’s like asking me if I’d rather be white than Black. It was STRUGGLE just a part of destiny.” CONTINUES That same year, Wills told a reporter, “I put my life on the line. I went By Thomas Muhammad out of my way.... If it wasn’t for me, This is mainly for our young folk Woodward and Bernstein would not who have probably never heard of have known anything about Waterthis outstanding man. He simply did gate. This wasn’t finding a dollar unhis job and became the true figure der a couch somewhere. Everybody that brought down an American pres- tells me I’m some kind of a hero, but idency! I certainly don’t have any hard evFrank Wills was a security guard idence. I did what I was hired to do, working on the night of June 17, but still I feel a lot of folk don’t want 1972 when Republican Party oper- to give me credit, that is, a chance to atives were attempting a break-in at move upward in my job.” the Democratic National CommitAs a teenager growing up in Dallas, tee inside the Watergate complex Texas at the time, I truly remember in Washington D.C. Wills called the the story as if it was just yesterday. police after discovering that Coming out of the struglocks at the complex had gles of the Black Liberation been tampered with. Five Movement sandwiched bemen were arrested inside tween that and hanging out the Democratic headquarwith grass-smoking hippies, ters, that they had planned a Black hero was extremeto bug. The arrests triggered ly hard to find and Brother the Watergate scandal and Wills filled that void. Frank Wills eventually the resignation of The reason this story is of President Richard M. Nixon. import today is that there Washington Post reporters Bob are rumors that like Nixon, Donald Woodward and Carl Bernstein cov- Trump has been seen walking the ered the story, eventually finding a White House halls talking to the porperson they nicknamed Deep Throat traits of dead presidents. Nixon’s was as their main source of getting their then seen in those final days drinking government inside information. heavily as reasons for his delusions, 33 years later their informant was The Donald doesn’t drink so it is asidentified as William Mark Felt, sumed that his delusions are simply deputy director of the FBI during due to pure arrogance! that period of the 1970s, something Finally, in Nixon’s case top aides Woodward later confirmed. But note became so worried for his safety they Woodward and Bernstein never gave gave strict orders that there should any credit to Brother Wills. never be any large storage of pills Hailed as a hero, Wills later strug- near him and since there were no gled with his celebrity and had dif- firearms in White House drawers, acficulty keeping a job. He was even cess was nil. supposedly caught shoplifting trying Okay, The Donald will be gone to make ends meet, because no one pretty soon! would hire him. Until then the Struggle Continues... In fact in 1992, on the 20th anniverThomas Muhammad is Chairman sary of the burglary of the DNC headof the National Black United Front(NBUF)- Dallas Texas Chapter quarters, reporters asked Wills if he


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WHAT’S ON MILES’ MIND By Miles Jaye 54 days from today, the 20th day of January 2021, the 46th President of the United States of America, presumably Joseph Biden, will take the 59th thirtyfive-word, Presidential Oath of Office. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Malarkey! Nonsense! Thirty-five meaningless utterances when spoken by less than honorable men. “I do solemnly swear?” A solemn oath or promise, is as serious a promise as one can make, and the right hand on the Holy Bible of a dishonorable man does nothing to straighten his crooked heart. His hollow promises remain void of any value, and his true nature renders such promises dead on arrival. Judge not the oath, but the man. A 35-word oath from the depraved, deprived of virtue, integrity, principles, and good-character, could bear no true solemnity, dignity or sincerity. A corrupted heart recognizes nothing as sacred. “I will execute the Office of the President of the United States” means exactly what? That’s a fancy way of saying I will do my job, but what precisely is the job, and might we add the word “faithfully execute?” Faithfully suggests loyalty, diligence, but what exactly is the job? In 54 days, we will hear another man recite the Presidential Oath, a promise to a nation not

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known for keeping its promises. Oaths mean nothing where there is no trust. Promises to a child have no meaning if the child has known nothing but lies. But, where there is trust, oaths have their place and their power. Alexandre Dumas’ “Three Musketeers” made popular the famous 7-word oath, “All for one, and one for all.” It was a pledge of loyalty, allegiance and solidarity. Men throughout history have lived and died by oaths. Secret Societies and Gangsters pledge oaths. Popes, Cardinals and Bishops take oaths. Policemen, Judges, Prosecutors and elected officials swear oaths. New citizens all raise their hands and swear oaths. The notion that Donald Trump placed his hand on a Holy Bible and swore an oath is detestable to me. That he now, in defiance of the Constitution he swore to uphold, refuses to honor it by accepting his defeat in a lawful national election is an inexcusable breach of that oath. That William Barr, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and other Trump loyalists also pledged and breached oaths of office is not only disheartening but harmful to our Democracy. It is my hope, as it is my prayer, that in 54 days when Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris take their respective oaths of office, they prove to be more faithful to their oaths of office. I want to trust and believe they will keep their promises, honor their oaths, and more effectively preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States than their predecessors. That’s what’s on my mind! Website: www.milesjaye.net Podcast: https://bit.ly/2zkhSRv Email: milesjaye360@gmail.com

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thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

what, there is something that we can find to be thankful for when we have an attitude of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving and remember: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give

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now realize that each morning when my feet touch the floor, I have another chance to make good what I messed up the day before, or at least to start anew. And I am thankful for it. 2. My glass is full of possibility. I have come to realize the simple truth in the saying “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” And I am thankful for it. 3. My glass is full of a made-up mind. When I was younger and even small than my current weight and height, I used to move my upright piano alone, from one wall to another while rearranging the furniture. I told my mind: “I can do this.” And I did. I’ve always believed the mind is a

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CEO Cynt Marshall, this summer, I was beaming with pride as she praised the second-generation journalist. After all, she is the daughter of the legendary journalist, Clarence H. Gentry. And I didn’t cut Diva any slack as an intern. Then when the Summer came Diva stayed on, joining others including Texas Woman’s University’s Kimberly Sims who rounded out the team of hard-working, enterprising, attentive, interns who wanted to learn and grow. Fast forward 30 years later and today these ladies are seasoned professionals. Earlier this year, Diva was named CEO of Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center. Last week, during an interview, she spoke matter-of-factly about the work of the Center. She told about thousands of citizens who were fed thanks to funding

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computer and will follow the programming you install in it. And I am thankful for it. 4. My glass is full of hope. The opposite of hope is despair. Hope lifts up. Despair pulls down. Up is better. And I am thankful for it. 5. My glass is full of blind spots. I am blind to holding a grudge, blind to whispers behind my back, blind to who dug a hole for me but they fell in and I’m still standing. And I am thankful for it. 6. My glass is full of sunshine. Even when it’s cloudy and stormy, I know the sun is shining behind the clouds. And I am thankful for it. 7. My glass is full of encouraging memories. I think back to all those who guided me along my way – teachers, preachers, neighbors, kind strangers who extended a hand, no payment expected. And I am thankful for it. by The Mark Cuban Foundation, The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, The Heroes Foundation and North Texas Food Bank. Poised and well-prepared, it wasn’t the first time I heard Diva talking about the great works and the many lives touched by the Center. She skillfully shared the message and mission of the Center. Recently I participated in one of a gazillion Zoom calls and I watched Lil Bit (aka Kim) at work. She was well-prepared, organized and confident. She led with grace and authority, empowering those on the call while encouraging them to move to action. I was impressed. Actually I was speechless, sitting in awe as I watched how masterfully she conducted the meeting. I was full! Over the years I have benefited from great mentors. I’ve also learned from my mentees! I’m not saying that I’m the reason these ladies are successful; not by any stretch of the imagination. But, if I had a little influ-

8. My glass is full of the sounds of nature. Birds chirping, wind blowing through trees, early-morning rain falling on the roof before the break of day. And I am thankful for it. 9. My glass is full of regenerating energy. When I feel I cannot go on, that made-up mind I talked about kicks in. And I am thankful for it. 10. My glass is full of wonder. How did the one who rules the universe create it? How did this unseen power choose to place me in this vast realm of space and time? And I am thankful for it. So, when I hear the roundthe-table, seemingly pat answers for thankfulness this year, I can peel away the jaded doubt and realize: Gosh, they really mean it! Bird flying

ence, I am so happy. Interestingly, I see a little of me in each of the young ladies. Actually I think they are better than I am, and that’s a good thing. They’ve gotten advanced degrees, held and hold leadership positions, balanced careers and families, and they continue to grow. Even more important for me; they help others. Mentoring is not easy. The rewards are great. I believe everyone, no matter their age, benefits from mentoring. I also believe that we should all lift as we climb, bringing along others with us. Sadly, too often too many slip through the cracks. During a time when folks are reassessing their futures, I hope many will think about the positive impact they can have if their future includes helping others; being to someone what they wish someone had been, or is, to them. Talk about something to be grateful for!


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lets her work speak for you. You lead with excellence. Other people talk and you’re not waiting for things to happen, you make things happen and that is admirable. MAYOR: Cheryl, I thank you for that. I was certainly raised that way. I was blessed to have an amazing mom, although she only had an eighth-grade education. I tell anyone that she had a Ph.D. in wisdom. It wasn’t by being a show-off or always out-front talking. She said ‘hey it’s what you do people and not what you say because talk is cheap.’ She would always say, ‘Let the work I’ve done speak for me.’ And I have to admit, I thank God for having a mother like that and being raised by her with my other siblings. My father died when I was eight years old. So, she just kept the family together. She instilled so many great things and I tried

to carry forward and even pass on to others that I’ve come in contact with, especially sons and granddaughters, other members of my family. CS: Years ago, when they said we are naming a school after “Curtistene McCowan” now

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that’s an honor in itself because a lot of schools have not been named after living people. This speaks to you Curtistene McCowan. How did it make you feel when you were told it was going to happen? MAYOR: Well, I was speechless. It leaked a little bit but I didn’t believe it. I just said ‘no, I don’t believe that.’ Because of the way the District did it, they asked for the community to nominate individuals for consideration for the naming of the new middle school which would become the secondlargest school in DeSoto ISD. And so, I couldn’t imagine. All I knew was that I had served to the best of my ability through some very interesting times when the demographics in the city did not look like me. I had done my best to have a seat at the table, especially as related to education. Our two sons are very successful graduates of DeSoto High School. I’m very grateful for everything that the district has done for them and of course our family. Although I had worked from the time, we had moved here in 1977, until they started taking those nominations. The school was

named in January of 2007, so it was some time in 2006, as the completion of the school was growing near. The night that they put it on the agenda to announce it, I could not bring myself to go. A little bird had told me they are going to name that school after you. I was like ‘no,’ but then it had me so rattled, I found something else to occupy my time with the case of nerves I had. But my husband and I with the older of our sons went to the meeting. And I am as I speak about it something balls up in my stomach and I get goosebumps. I am so honored. It’s the most humbling thing I think I have ever experienced in my life. And every time I walk up to the school, I think about my parents, my family, and was sorry that they weren’t here for it (my parents weren’t), but yet I knew they were looking down. I knew Heaven was all up in arms because they were making so much noise, so anyway it’s just truly an honor and I’m thankful that here it is in 2019, almost 2020, I’m still alive and well and can go visit and interact with the students. And yet not

be so selfish that all of my time is at McCowan. I am committed to DeSoto ISD, I am committed to education, period, at all levels. It’s just a blessing Cheryl. I am truly blessed. CS: I was riding by Townview (Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center) and Stewart was driving and he asked me about Dr. Yvonne A. Ewell. I got a chance to talk about a wonderful person and she had a school named after her. You are walking amongst us. You continue to serve and you said you were committed on all levels. You were on the Board of Texas Southern. MAYOR: Yes I spent a little over seven years on the Board of Regents of Texas Southern University, which was another shock to get that call during Governor Rick Perry’s term. But I give credit to, of course, God is good all the time. Senator West has been a friend and we all know his work. I cannot tell you how surprised and thrilled I was to get the call from him saying Governor Perry had reached out to him for a name as to whom he thought would be someone from this area. I’m sure he had see GRATITUDE, page 11


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other names because there were other individuals in this area as well. But my name was one of the names submitted. I had just retired a year and a half before. That was a call I never expected to get. And especially, I’m just going to be honest at that time, I had had no interaction with Governor Perry. And so to hear that he had asked the Senator for my name and not only asked but when my application was submitted, he accepted it and moved it on. So I was confirmed unanimously. I had to get confirmation and they didn’t even have me come to appear for the unexpired term. I did go down but I didn’t have to say a word I was just there when it was time for the reappointment. I served until May of, I was appointed in 2007 and I served until 2015 I believe it was. But at that time I was also serving on the City Council and I was considering running for mayor. So the timing was perfect. CS: Your pedigree is long. I mentioned earlier that you’ve been married. It’s interesting I’ve talked to young people who are celebrating like several years. I was with the Honorable Ron and Matrice Kirk; they’ve

been married for 32 years. MAYOR: Ours is 53 years Cheryl. CS: I said you were a teen bride. A teen bride for sure. MAYOR: (laughter) Yes, that’s right I married my high school sweetheart. At the time I’m sure my mom, I thought how she would be all up in arms about it and she wasn’t because Leon was such a great guy, a young male growing up and had been around, and so she saw who he was and she knew the family from where he was coming and supported the decision we made to get married. We worked hard in school and we carried that work ethic… By marrying at a young age like that, we had to be willing to balance raising a family and our higher education. So being the old school person I am, I understood my husband and supported that he would go on and graduate first. Then I would start school. It all worked out for us. And I tell young people you may not want to even consider doing what we did. It was hard, but fortunately, with our upbringing and commitment to the marriage and to the family, we were able to make it work. And when I tell you I have the most supportive, and amazing husband. You know that. You know him. The only reason I can do all the things I do. If I didn’t have him I wouldn’t be doing it.

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CS: He has embraced it and he is absolutely wonderful. I just think when people see, school board, city council, the board of trustees, and also you have been a president of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., you had a job. You were an investigator for the Federal Government. We kind of get leery of people. We don’t want to give you anything to investigate us. (laughter) So tenure, you went up through the ranks. Your legacy is already set. Yes, you have some firsts, the first African American elected public office in DeSoto. We can’t disregard what is happening in DeSoto under you. There is a big boom. There is 70% African American, but there is a big boom in supporting and growing Black businesses.

MAYOR: And you know I want to say this. I would be remiss if I did not ask for even greater support of our small businesses in the community and many are African American businesses. One of the things I’m very proud of is that I initiated a small business incubator, a 26,000 square feet building left vacant in a shopping center. Rather than putting dollar stores, and stores like that we have so many, we have nothing against them. We just felt that DeSoto deserved something special and unique, and there had been some conversations I had with other leaders, ‘why doesn’t DeSoto have a small business incubator?’ The thought was to let me bring some people to the table, including the owner of that

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shopping center. To put that on the table, ‘why can’t we do this, why don’t you consider this?’ The Economic Development Corporation, I was so pleased that they embraced it. Our City Council embraced it. It is the “Grow DeSoto Market Place.” If you have not seen it please go by. It is located at 324 E. Belt Line Rd. During the holidays they would love and any time they would love to see you there. So please, please help us promote that business and our other small businesses here. CS: Definitely, that is so important. You are having a lot of events. The Arts seem to be really big. They seem to be high on your agenda, as well. MAYOR: Yes, Arts and Entertainment is a priority, we see GRATITUDE, page 12


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In Memoriam Jesse James Hornbuckle, Jr. was a beloved husband, father, man of faith and a servant leader. He was born on March 28, 1941 in Trinidad, TX to the parentage of Jesse Hornbuckle, Sr. and Doris (Morgan) Hornbuckle. Jesse grew up attending Cedar Fork Baptist Church. During this time he found and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He attended Trinidad Public Schools and graduated from St. Paul Industrial Training School in Malakoff, TX. Jesse went on to attend Prairie View A&M University. While in college he met the love of his life, Dorethea Dell Nelson. The two were married on August 30, 1963 in Dallas, TX and to this union, two children were born, Delritta René Hornbuckle and Jesse James Hornbuckle, III. The young couple first joined Progressive Baptist Church and later became members of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. Jesse began his accounting career in Dallas, TX with Continental Trailways Inc., which is now Greyhound Lines. Later, Jesse and Dorethea relocated to Des Moines, IA and then moved to Montgomery, AL. After retiring and returning to Dallas, TX, Jesse and Dorethea resumed their membership and were faithful members of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed listening to jazz music and traveling. He instilled the love of travel in his children. He was a member of Paul Drayton Lodge #9 F&AM, PHA and a member of Dunbar Social Club. He also supported his wife as a loyal Man of Iota during her tenure in Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Jesse passed away peacefully on November 13, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Hornbuckle, Sr. and Doris Hornbuckle; his aunts, Flora Jean Black, Mary Micheaux, and Lois Greer; his uncle, Curtis Morgan; and his wife, Dorethea. Those left to cherish his memories are his daughter, Delritta (Tonya) Hornbuckle, of Fresno, CA and son, Jesse (Daphne) Hornbuckle, III, of Dallas, TX; his sister, Mary Hornbuckle of Corsicana, TX; his aunt, Louvenia Hubbard of Trinidad, TX; brothersin-law, Henry (Annie) Nelson and Rodger Nelson of Dallas, TX; sisters-in-law, Lena (Carl) Sledge and Jessie (Lorenzo) Jackson of Dallas, TX; and a host of relatives, friends and other loved ones.

want DeSoto to be a destination and we are for the Arts. We have events going on all the time in our community. Every Fourth Friday there is amazing entertainment and then we have special events that are coordinated in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department. The Arts Commission has special events working with Parks and Recreation collaboratively together and has the full support of the City Council to continue to make the City of DeSoto a destination for the Arts, very important. The City awards grants annually for the Arts. So the Commission has done its very best to make sure that the programming has diversity in the programs that are presented. And I tell you the quality has just been amazing. The Fourth of July last year was the biggest ever I think we had. We do the Fourth of July in partnership with Lancaster, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville, it’s called The Great Southwest Initiative, and we rotate hosting that event. It is so much going on as it relates to the Arts so please, please watch our Facebook page as well as just go online to DeSotoTexas.gov and keep track of what’s happening in this City. I think that some people would really be surprised. CS: Definitely. I just want to give a quick shout out. You went to Dallas Baptist University, I just love that campus. MAYOR: Isn’t it gorgeous, incredible? CS: And El Centro College. Two grads from El Centro College you and Commissioner (John Wiley) Price. MAYOR: Yes, both of us have been honored as distinguished alums at

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El Centro College. I’ll just say this very quickly. One of the things I did when I was at the Federal Trade Commission, I initiated a partnership of my alma mater El Centro College to do some Consumer Education Programs there on Campus and it was the first of its kind at that time. Now since I retired the program did not continue, but it was something that we were very excited about at the time. It was because of that initiative within a short period of time I was notified that I would be honored as one of their distinguished alums. And I’m very honored. Dallas Baptist yes, my school I’m very proud of. It looked nothing like it does now when I was there. It is something special right now. CS: There’s a lot of things going on. We are going to have to make sure we get together again. I’ll even let Marva in on it. Say hello Marva. MS: Hello Mayor Curtistene McCowan, how are you? MAYOR: Hello Marva, I am great. And I just want to thank you for arranging this interview. And I know when we talk again we can talk about some of the other initiatives that are going on in the community. Marva we are growing by leaps and bounds residentially, and very key economic development initiatives that are

happening here, and we are doing our best to do what the citizens want and that is more retail, upscale retail and restaurants. It’s a challenge but it’s an opportunity for us to continue to work on that so ya’ll keep in touch, please. CS: Yes and the thing about it folks were moving up north, but driving to DeSoto from downtown is a lot quicker than driving to Frisco. MAYOR: That’s right. CS: There are so many opportunities going on in DeSoto, you’re the mayor, and there is some strong leadership there, Black school Superintendent on the education front. So we have to support it. There are things happening with you being on the Advisory Board of Methodist Charlton Hospital Medical Center, providing health care. We can talk an hour ad nauseam about what we need to do about people, because folks have a lack of healthcare they use the emergency room as their Primary Care, so we can talk about that with Methodist Health Care System, and the concerns with DeSoto Citizens. We are going to do a much better job of keeping up with what’s going on in DeSoto. To hear the full interview, go to BlogTalkRadio.com link: https://bit. ly/39y5tYa


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actuality of punishment after choosing to do something that was not an approved item in the Big Mama playbook. That statement was always directed at undesirable child behavior and the severe repercussions received afterwards. I allowed peer pressure; misinformation and personal desire to get me in a place where my decisions rendered undesirable outcomes! As a child that meant severe punishment for me. I survived the outcomes yet there were times when I was not so sure I would make it. I learned to take heed to instill actions

that prevent those undesirable outcomes, and it worked. So here we are with the cases of COVID-19 in Texas and in the USA reaching unmanageable levels! Why? How did we get here? New words have entered our domain. The latest one is super-spreader. What is a super spreader? According to MIT, the word is a generic term for unusually contagious individual or groups who have been infected with disease enabling the ability to infect 2-3 more individuals in contact and creating a multiplier effect when groups gather

with a critical mass. Certain publics (citizens) decided not to social distance, not wear masks and more. Expert medical opinion as well as the facts of the death toll does not seem to impact behavioral change! CBS news reported that the coronavirus is surging across the country. For the first time, all 50 states are seeing a rise in daily COVID-19 cases, according to a CBS News analysis. A few governors across the country are practically begging residents to follow health safety guidelines. Texas is teetering between the

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first or second state on the list! It is the first state to top 1 million COVID-19 cases. I am left wondering if those individuals have a Big Mama that can bring them to reason and allow all us to have a collective effort to flatten the curve. Maybe Big Mama can give them the scripture she gave me--Leviticus 26:18-21. I am hopeful we will collectively slow the spread and save lives. What are your thoughts? Terry Allen is an award-winning multi-media journalist and owner of 1016 Media.

COVID-19 San Antonio Collaboration: Dr. Amerson analyzes Dr. Crawford’s alopecia clients song bird. She is on the Praise Team of her Church, Christian World Worship Center, with Bishop Michael Sides, and Pastor Jason Sides. Crowned by Crawford is located at 5148 Broadway, St., San Antonio, TX. 813 304 5836.

ABOUT THE HAIR By Dr. Linda Amerson There are many collaborative opportunities taking place during the pandemic. Consumers are spending money on themselves in many areas, including seeking the expertise of a board certified Trichologist for alopecia and scalp disorder issues. Licensed cosmetologists, barbers and other beauty industry professionals have limitations when it comes to identifying and properly treating conditions and disorders of the scalp and hair loss. CEO Dr. LaTasha Crawford, of Crowned by Crawford Her Salon, contacted Dr. Linda Amerson in September, to discuss traveling to San Antonio in November to analyze her clients. Dr. Amerson joyfully agreed to this collaboration! This mindset shows the passion and concern Dr. Crawford has for her clients scalp and hair. By using Dr. Amerson as a resource, her clients truly know she has their best interests at the forefront of her business. We plan to continue this collaboration

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several times per year. After several years of referring her concerned clients to Dr. Amerson, many made consultation appointments and traveled to Pantego to LA’s Hair & Scalp Clinic. There were several other clients who were interested in a microscopic consultation from Dr. Amerson, however, had

a challenge with traveling to her Pantego Clinic. Dr. Amerson invested in a portable tricholoscope in June, to add to her mobile polarized microscope for her educational classes and collaboration opportunities. Dr. Crawford is a creative makeup artist, educator and

Dr. Amerson is open to more road trip collaborations with beauty/barbers industry professionals, as well as women’s church groups, conferences, expos and seminars. Help is Available! 817 265 8854 www.hairandscalpessentials.com #ScalpDoctor #40yrVeteran


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National Gratitude Month Lung Cancer Awareness Month November 25 Ask Dr. Amerson Show at 11am CST September is Alopecia Awareness Month. Dr. Linda discusses healthy hair and scalp talk, and alopecia talk, on FB Live and DfwiRadio.com. Walk-In Wednesdays Parkland’s Community Oriented Primary Care health centers offer flu vaccines. Dallas County residents can get their flu shot without an appointment. 9 am12 pm. & 1 - 4 pm. on Wednesday’s. Parklandhospital.com. Join Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez Live on his Facebook Podcast at 2 pm CT Tune in and join the conversation with his guests Guests Actress, Kellae Renea, Singer, LaConda Davis & Opera singer Jasmine Xavier.

November 26 Parkland also offers drive-through flu shots and COVID-19 testing Monday – Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 South Polk St., Dallas and at the Eastfield College Campus, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite. Dulaneyland Thanksgiving Online Experience. Featuring Stella Award Winning and Grammy Nominees Todd Dulaney, Travis Greene, Jabari Johnson & Grammy Award Winner Smokey Norful. 8 pm. Online with Facebook Live ALL BLACK AFFAIR 11th Annual Hosted by Heroes Lounge at Heroes Lounge 3094 N 35 Fwy. 7 pm-2 am. Eventbrite.com. Prairie Lights Drive-Thru Holiday Light Experience. Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie 6-10 pm. Tickets; https://prairielights.org/tickets. SoulJazz Thursdays Featuring FUNKTRAIN Hosted by Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. 8 pm-12 am. Visit www.sandaga813.com

Nov. 27-29 A Tribute to Toni Morrison Song of Solomon Marathon Reading. Tickets: https://litpartners2020. org/toni-morrison/ 27th at 8-11 pm ET, 28th at 2 -6 pm ET, 29th at 2-6:30 pm.

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Valder Beebe Show KKVIDFW.COM FM 89.9. 12 pm. Dr. Bob Arnot, Emmy Award-winning Journalist, author and previous Chief Medical Correspondent for NBC and CBS News. Sponsored by Salon pas, Dr. Arnot talk about reliving Baby Boomer aches and pains. Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant Hosted by Dallas Zoo. Dallas Zoo 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy. 6:30-9:30 pm. Tickets: zoolights.dallaszoo.com/guests (thru 12-31) Radiance! Frisco Hosted by Radiance Dr. Pepper Ballpark Center, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco. 5:30-11 pm. Tickets: https:// www.radiancechristmas.com/buy-tickets. Online Spiritual Care Sessions Hosted by Friendship-West Baptist Church. 1-2:30 pm. Tickets: https://zoom. us/j/8567036848 .

November 28 The FREE COVID-19 Testing Site at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. 10 am-4 pm. Food box giveaway from 10AM - 12PM or while supplies last. https://bit. ly/31anTfq. Empowering The Masses Disaster Relief Drive Through Food Pantry at 3314 Detonte St. Dallas. 10 am-12 pm. www. empoweringthemasses.org. 4th Annual Light Up Lowest Greenville Hosted by Lowest Greenville Collective. Lowest Greenville Collective Lowest Greenville Ave. 4-8 pm. Our goal is to make this super safe and for everyone to have a good time. Natural Change Hosted by The Attaché Cigar 4099 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. #101. 8- 11:45 pm. Drive-Thru Food Pantry Hosted by St John the Apostle United Methodist Church (Parking lot) 9 am-12 pm.

November 29 CELEBRATE LIFE “UHAMBE NAMI” Celebrating Life, Love & Hope through global music. By Pan African Connection, 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. 1:30- 5 pm. Tickets: orizon. ticketleap.com/celebrate-life. The EPIC Return of BeatStreet Poetry Live Sunday Social. Hosted by Verb Kulture Ent., The Free Man and BeatStreet Poetry Live. The Free Man 2626 Commerce St. 5-8 pm. Tickets: https://www.verbkultureevents.com/

Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Nebbie Williams Toy Drive Benefiting Helping Hands Host Nebbie Williams PTA. Nebbie Williams, 350 Dalton Rd, Rockwall, 12 pm. Collection Boxes will be at schools front entrance.

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November 30 Marvelous Marriage Mondays at Friendship-West Baptist Church Register for Virtual event, online at friendshipwest.zoom. us/.../upcpcOmhqz4rqNU 7-8 pm. Vitruvian Lights Hosted by Vitruvian Park. Vitruvian Park 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison. 5-11 pm. FREE PARKING & ENTRY.

December 1 DFW News & Tings with Jirah Nicole. From 11 am-1 pm. CST Tuesday’s on Facebook Live/@ TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio.com. Call in and join the conversation at 646-200-0459. Drive-Through Christmas on the Square Hosted by Downtown Mesquite. Heritage Square Downtown Mesquite, 233 W. Davis St. 6-8 pm. This is a drivethrough-only event. Safe Santa! Hosted by Hillside Village Hillside Village, 305 W. FM 1382, Cedar Hill. 10 am-9 pm. Tickets: https://www. shophillsidevillage.com Info: 214-548-0610.

December 2 Join Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez Live on his Facebook Podcast at 2 pm CT Tune in and join the conversation with his guests. American Association of University Women, with support from the Coca Cola Foundation, invites HBCU Alumni, faculty, and students to Work Smart salary negotiation workshop. 6–7 pm EST. Zoom Reg: https://bit.ly/2FVWEwY. Ask Dr. Amerson Show at 11am CST September is Alopecia Awareness Month. Dr. Linda discusses healthy hair and scalp talk, and alopecia talk, on FB Live and DfwiRadio.com. Walk-In Wednesdays Parkland’s Community Oriented Primary Care Health Centers offer flu vaccines. Dallas County residents can get the flu shot without an appointment. 9 am12 pm. & 1 - 4 pm. on Wednesday’s throughout the winter months. Locations, visit https://www.parklandhospital.com.

December 3 Linny Nance Network Hosted by The Free Man, 2626 Commerce St. 7-10 pm.

Andrew’s World with host Andrew Whigham III on BlogTalkRadio.com 8 am.-10 am. CST. Sundays Tune in for thought-provoking, enlightening, informative, and entertaining news and commentary. Join the call 646-200-0459. on In The Middle with Ashley Moss. “Talking about topics that Matter” Join in on Facebook/@TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio. com at 11 am-1 pm. CST. Mondays. Join the conversation call 646-2000459.

Doc Shep Speaks Show! A fresh perspective, but still entertaining! Welcome to The Doc Shep Speaks Show!!!. Tuesdays at 11 am. CST Live on Facebook/@TexasMetroNews, @ fnsconsulting, and YouTube Live @ docshepspeaks.

I Was Just Thinking with Norma Adams-Wade “History Class is in Session” Join in on Facebook/@TexasMetroNews and BlogTalkRadio.com at 11 am -1 pm. CST. Wednesdays. Join the conversation call 646-200-0459. The Bare Truth with Allana J. Baredierld. “Always Audacious, Accurate and Authentic” On Facebook/@TexasMetroNews and Blogtalkradio.com. at 11 am-1 pm. CST. Thursdays. Join the call at 646-200-0459

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HOW TO CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING DURING COVID 19 THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW By Valder Beebe 2020 Is an unprecedented year and we do not have a traditional roadmap. Those whose lives are not governed by what’s happening now know that time is precious. Thanksgiving 2020 will only happen once and there are ways to celebrate and be thankful. To share from my personal journey, our Beebe Clan will have our first Thanksgiving To-Go. We believe in science, we are aware: COVID CASES IN TEXAS ARE ON THE RISE. We are protecting our family that is comprised of seniors, Baby Boomers,

Millennials, Gen X, and Gen Y. All members of our family since the pandemic began are encouraged to travel for only essential work and personal needs, wear a mask, wash hands with sanitizer, and social distance. Thanksgiving 2020 we have such a mixture of essential ages in our family, meaning those who could be A-symptomatic, pregnant, young children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to safety for all. Our Thanksgiving-To-Go is about love. My daughter and I will coordinate the celebration. The day before we will pick up prepared dishes from family members who want to contribute as they do each year with their “favorite dish,” then prepare all food in to-go containers right before individually scheduled

pick-up on Thanksgiving day. Family members will make a reservation time to pick up Thanksgiving dinner. My husband will coordinate curbside pick-up. This is truly a family Thanksgiving. We’re sharing a few ideas as life, holidays and celebrations come only once a year. This first holiday celebration done safely, with precautions that have been given by the CDC, we can successfully show love to our family during this pandemic. You simply determine what is safe

and doable for your family. We are all aware that the traditional Thanksgiving is not a safe option in 2020 (why risk spreading COVID19?). Here are few other ideas for 2020 Thanksgiving celebrations. Throw a Thanksgiving picnic or backyard bash for close relatives. Everyone wears a mask, physical social distance and use hand sanitizer. A no-cook idea; in advance, order Thanksgiving To Go from a favorite restaurant. Make a list of what you will be ordering, then go on line to coordinate. Many sites may have discounts and coupons for the holidays. If you do not want to cook but want to give back to others, the holidays are a time of giving, volunteer pre-thanksgiving at a church or local food bank.

Food Bank’s in advance prepare specific boxes of foods with volunteers loading the prepared Thanksgiving dinner items into client’s car. This is a low impact way to volunteer. CDC Thanksgiving guidelines amid COVID-19 pandemic • Having a small dinner with only the people who live in your household • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home Valder Beebe’s voice is heard on KKVI DFW, KRER FM, 411 RadioNetwork, CFNBPN Radio, Jazz Jamz, Gospel Inspirations and read in Texas newspapers: IMESSENGER, Texas Metro News, TX Garland Journal News.


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