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The Supreme Court earlier this week sided with the Obama deciding that the federal government and not the states should decide immigration laws. It is a victory for the administration and for Mr. Obama himself. Ever since 2008 when the Obama family moved into the White House, some people in our society have treated the office of the Presidency with contempt and outright disrespect. It was not too long ago when a member of the Congress shouted out that the president was lying during his State of the Union address. The governor of one of our western states, who had a disagreement with the President shouted at him and waived her finger in his face like he was a school child. I do not recall another President having had a finger waived in his face. The disrespect of our president has to stop and it has to stop now. President Obama’s Republican challenger spoke before a gathering of Hispanic leaders recently in Florida and attempted to persuade them to back him in November rather than the President. Most of the leaders sat on their hands and gave only polite applause. Later in the week President Obama appeared before the same group and outlined

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what his administration had done to benefit the Hispanic community. The Hispanic audience was wild with applause. President Obama was the first president to appoint a person of Hispanic heritage to the United States President Barack obama Supreme Court and most recently he issued an executive order that would preclude the federal government from arresting Hispanic teenagers and sending them back to the countries where their parents had been born, even though they, themselves, were born in the United States. The Hispanic leaders know that President Obama and his administration have been on their side and they trust him. They do not trust Romney because he has sided with the right wing of the Republican Party on the issue of administration who has been hostile to Hispanics on the issue of immigration.

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Much Moore - Grooming the Good

The volumes of women who walk into Michael Moore’s place of business, Much Moore Salon & Boutique on Red Bird Lane in Dallas, know that they are entering the domain of a creative genius whose work is shared and admired by some of the country’s leading politicians and business owners. What some of them may not know when they first encounter him is that Moore’s spiritual roots date back to the days when his grandmother, Cora Gibson, who raised him until he was six years old, would pray nearly an hour before allowing Moore to eat a meal. “She taught me about the spiritual side of life,” said Moore, the father of four sons, who has been in business for more than twenty years. “I learned so many things from her that are still present in my life and my business,” he said. Life has not been without its difficulties for Moore. A graduate of Carter High School, he studied at East Texas State where he made money as a hair stylist, working out of his door room. In 1982, he was told by doctors that he had a fatal disease and he decided to live his remaining years in the fast lanes of life. “Before long I found myself doing drugs, and that led to a ten month stay in federal prison. “While incarcerated I was tested and they told

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me that could not find any trace of the disease that I had been diagnosed with,” he said. “I knew that god had healed me,” said Moore who continued his hair styling skills while incarcerated. Back in Dallas, Moore, free of drugs, returned to his trade. Quickly word spread that he was a superior talent, not only in the hair business but in the make-up arena as well. “He is one of the best talents that I know,” said state Rep. Helen Giddings who has been one of Moore’s clients for 20 years. “He could turn a frog into a princess.” A number of years ago Moore started a Bible

Study at his saloon. “We have had as many as eighty men attend our 5 a.m. service,” said Moore who is also the personal stylist and make-up artist for Pastor T.D. Jakes. “My customers are also my friends,” said Moore who has a second salon location in Desoto. “I do their hair but I also let God use me when they are in my chair. We pray together, we cry together. People do not need judgment. They need validation,” said Moore who often visits his mother, Melba, who lives in Arlington with one of his three sisters. “I am humbled by what God has allowed me to do with my life,” he said. Last year Moore traveled to South Africa where he entertained doing business. “You plant seeds with your life in one part of the world and God allows those seeds to blossom in another part of the world,” he said. “I have my skills but God is in everything that I do. I am full of love and I love everyone,” he said. “I am training my four sons to be responsible individuals,” he said. “I want them to have purpose in life. I want them to leave the world a little bit better than they found it. I did not have a father present when I was growing up, but I am there for my children. God wants it that way.”

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My husband just dropped a bombshell!! He just told me that he has a child I never knew about. The child is 8 years old. The problem with that is that we’ve been married for 10 years. I am devastated and I’m not sure I can ever forgive him. To make matters worse, he wants to get to know the child and this means bringing him to my home. We’ve never been able to have children and this only adds to my sense of failure. I love my husband but I’m not sure I can get through this. Should I give him an ultimatum of the child or me? Please help. Shell Shocked

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this can be a win/win for you; it depends on how you see it. You say you love your husband and you’ve been married for 10 years, i think that’s worth saving. it will require your ability to forgive and accept this child. i know that’s easier said than done. You could see this as God answering your prayer of a child in your home. there’s no ultimatum to give him because he’s decided that the child will be a part of his life. Now you decide, will you?

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efore we get started this week I want to have a few comments. Why is it that many of us are into “approval addiction? Some of us need a lot of approval, whereas others needs less. But we all need it. Why? The answer is simple: life is rough, and it tears away at our self-esteem. People, circumstances, our failures and inabilities, our sin nature, and the devil all accuse us of missing the mark, of being less than we should be. In some ways, this is true. Missing the moral mark is one definition of sin. But there is nothing sinful about losing at chess, not getting that promotion, or being less than athletic. No, life is filled with discouragements. There is an old story about a pastor leaving a church. At his farewell dinner, he tried to encourage one of the pillar members, “Don’t be so sad. The next pastor might be better than me.” She replied, “That is what they said last time, but it keeps getting worse.” The world will look down upon us because of our Christian values and beliefs; we will be labeled narrow, escapist, non-intellectual, judgmental, and out of touch with reality just for following the Scriptures. But Christian families and churches need to be sources of encouragement, not discouragement, except when the shoe fits and we have to wear it. For example, when

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groove back!" Yes there are plenty of grooves to be found in this port city on Jamaica's west coast,lol! Usually we ride one of the Tourwise or Juta Company buses for the 90 minute trip from Mo'Bay to Negril, but this time decided to have private tarnsfer. That means a vehicle with only the driver, my wife and I. We chose JoeCool Taxi, (www.joecooltaxiandtoursjamaica.com) an up and coming, highly rated service and got a great deal! We paid $100.00 U.S. for both us to be picked up in Montego Bay, transported to our resort and returned to the airport for our flight home. The cool thing about a private transport is you get to stop at

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places along the way. Normally, Bigga's Jerk spot in Green Island, about five minutes past Lucea at the Negril 23 Mile marker on the way Negril is a must. Our first four days are at Rooms on The Beach, Negril (http://www.roomsresorts.com/negril.asp.) This is my fifth stay and my wife's 4th at "Rooms". It's right in the heart of 7 Mile Beach at the 2k marker on the www.Negrilinfo.com map! The skys are clear, the palm trees sway,

the beach's white sand is pristine and ohhhhh the warm, caresssing, gentle waters of the Carribbean Sea are a 60-second walk from our room! We plan on hitting spots like the Jungle Nightclub for Ladies night, Bourbon Beach for the best Jerk Chicken in the city, the Canoe Bar for the coconut shrimp, Connies Country Western Pub, Roots Bamboo and other night/day spots, lol...Lest you think Negril is all beach, partying and eating, there's so much more to the area... We'll probably hit the world famous Rick’s Cafe (foods over priced, but what the heck -- http://www.rickscafeja-

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maica.com/) to check out the cliff divers, maybe visit take the catamaran cruise, visit the Negril Craft Market, NegrilLighthouse, some scuba or snorkeling after a ride on a glass bottom boat, maybe roll to Percy's Riverside Retreat about 25 minutes from Negril, out in the "country???� So many choices,lol, and ya gotta factor in some do nothing time....Negril is about more than 7 Mile beach, fabulous food and having a good time with some of the nicest people in the world! We'll climax our stay at the luxurious RIU Palace Tropical bay for two days of ultimate all inclusive pampering! I am so looking forward to the Jerk Chicken served on fine China, right on the beach, lol. If you need help planning your getaway, the best site I've ever seen is www.tripadvisor.com! It's free and the forums section allows you to ask questions of real people who've been there! "There," is any where you could ever dream of going on this Earth! My email is Smokinkevan@verizon.net if you have any questions...Now back to the beach....but first a stop at one of the many beach bars for my favorite Ja-

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Ana Maria Thomas knows how to invade a market and imprint a fresh new brand. At the age of 24, the accomplished hair stylist's ravishing and show-stopping looks have appeared in Elle Magazine, Essence Magazine and are monthly fixtures in Sophisticate's Black Hair. But coiffing the world's most beautiful celebrities is not the only mission in this young Dallasite's agenda. The stylist is headed toward "mogul" status with several plans of action in progress. So pay attention and don't miss out! Ana Maria Thomas was raised into Dallas hair care royalty. The Flewellen family and styling brand has been around for over 50 years and catapulted the careers of many stylists across Texas. Following behind her grandmother (Mary Flewellen,) and her aunts and uncles, she learned at a young age what it took to run and maintain a successful brand. At age 18, she already had her cosmetology license and her own clientele in the flagship Flewellen salon, located on Lancaster Rd in the Oak Cliff community. (At the time, the family was the only black salon franchise with three locations.) "I joined my aunt Kaye in her salon as an assistant one summer, and fell in love with the industry. I loved everything about styling hair, and the salon feel," admits Thomas. "Both sides of my family planted entrepreneurial seeds. To be so young and own a pre-

miere salon in central Dallas is a result of positive business influences in my life," she adds. Before graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Thomas perfected her skills and training while working at the campus salon and then on to the Hair Clinic, for several years. By age 21, her clients varied from college students to business executives. Little did her co-workers know that she had such huge aspirations for her career. Thomas always knew that she initially wanted to open her own salon. After interning with top celebrity styling agent Crystal Wright, she solidified her goals and knew that she wanted a brand that would one day be worldwide. Soon she started her plans of providing

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By Gloria Reed Austin Co-Founder & Executive Director National Multicultural western Heritage Museum Email: gaustin@cowboysofcolor.org

Well if you missed the Tribute to the Negro League game at the Grand Prairie AirHogs QuickTrip Park on June 15th you missed a treat. It was great opportunity to pay homage and learn more about this fascinating era in the history of American Sports from Dallas native Mr. William Blair. Mr. Blair played with the Negro League Baseball teams Detroit Stars and the Cincinnati Clowns. His position was pitcher. One of the highlights of his baseball career was pitching a no-hitter during a Denver Post Tournament. To find out other interesting facts about Mr. Blair’s baseball career as

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On hand to join in the festivities was another local hero, from the Tuskegee Airmen, Captain Claude R. Platte. Mr. Platte served as a primary flight instructor, training over 300 blacks to solo and fly PT-13’s, PT-17’s and PT-19’s. He was assigned to the 301st and the first Black officer to be trained and commissioned in the newly reopened Air Force Pilot Training Program at Randolph Field AFB, Texas the "West Point of the Air". Some famous pilots who soared under his tutelage were: Broadwater, Boyd, and Norman Scales Sr. a Texan who flew 70 missions over enemy territories capturing the distinguished flying cross and certificate of valor. To learn more visit www.tuskegeeairmen.org. Free Children’s Storytelling and Museum Tour program is offered each Saturday, from 11-1PM at the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, 3400 Mount Vernon Avenue, Fort Worth, 76103. Visit www.cowboysofcolor.org, or email info@cowboysofcolor.org.

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Baseball Family Reunion

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Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, one of three women who played in the famed Negro Baseball Leagues was among the nine players honored by the San Diego Padres baseball at the team’s 9th annual salute to those players who played when Black, brown and white baseball players were kept apart. The salute took place on June 21st and 22nd in San Diego and was attended by Johnson, a former catcher in the league and eight others outstanding Black baseball greats, said Elite News founder William “Bill” Blair and eight other standout from the league. Hosted by Dave Winfield, a former standout in major league baseball, who is now a vice president with the Padres, the event was held at the exclusive Omni Hotel Gallery in downtown San Diego. Flown in from various parts of the country, the nine players and their guests were greeted at the San Diego airport by a chauffeured driven limousine. “Each of the players was very grateful that the Padres continue to recognize the contributions that w made to the country’s most watched sport,” said Blair, who was a pitcher for the Indianapppolis Clowns where Johnson was often his catcher. “I had not seen some of my former colleagues in fifteen years,” said Blair. “I am going to return to San Diego next year where they have asked me to throw out the first ball to start one of their games. “Negro Baseball was very important to the life of this country. Our teams played before crowds of 50,000 people. The country does not understand the signifi-

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ance of what we accomplished in the League.” Others who were honored by the Padres during the event were Neale “Bobo” Henderson, Ulysses “Slim” Hollimon, Lou “The Grey Cat” Clarizio, Johnny “Lefty” Washington, Irvin Castille and Pedro Sierra. Bob Motley, who was an umpire in the league, was also among those honored. A very special guest, Cam Perron, a 17-year-old youth from Birmingham, Alabama was cited for his attempts to get a pension for members of the Negro Baseball League who currently receive no compensation for the many years that they contributed to the sport.

The guest speaker for the event was Bob Kendrick, the president of the Negro Baseball League located in Kansas City, Missouri. During the event the players exchanged stories and recalled memories of those they played with who had passed. “I sat and listened to the players express their thoughts and experiences and I was on the edge of my seat the entire event,” said Elite News publisher Debra Blair Abron accompanied her father to the event. “While they are up in age their minds are young and some of them moved like they were still on the baseball field,” she said.

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Austin, Texas (June 28, 2012) After two years of intense debate about the constitutionality of the health care reform law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the individual mandate to purchase insurance or pay a tax. The decision benchmarks a significant milestone taken to improve access to affordable health care, but uncertainty remains around how the state will address the expansion of Medicaid. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion is constitutional; however, states will not lose their current Medicaid funding if they choose not to expand. While PPACA will certainly help reduce Texas large uninsured population, almost half were expected to become enrolled in the Medicaid program. Earlier estimates were that 4.1 million Texans would become insured because of PPACA, but that number could drastically fall if Texas chooses not to expand Medicaid and low income individuals cannot afford to buy private insurance. Under PPACA, the federal government will pay 100 percent of

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the costs for those who are newly eligible for Medicaid for 2014 through 2016. In 2017, the federal share begins decreasing but never falls below 90 percent. More than $112 billion in federal funds could be available to Texas over the next 10 years for the newly eligible. Texas hospitals recognize there are concerns with expanding the Medicaid population, but given the states high number of uninsured, all options for gaining insurance coverage must be closely considered. Under PPACA, a significant number of low income individuals could gain insurance without any cost to the state of Texas for several years. Without the Medicaid expansion, many will

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By Joseph Green-Bishop Elite News Staffwriter

On Thursday morning the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the historic health care legislation passed by a democratic Congress and signed by President Barack Obama was constitutional. The ruling came as a surprise to many who thought that the legislation was doomed to failure in the Conservative dominated court. The biggest surprise was that the Court’s Chief Justice, John Roberts voted to in favor of the legislation which has been called Obama care.

The ruling by the Court means that law will go forward. Among other things it allows people with pre-existing conditions to get insurance and gives young people the opportunity to stay on the insurance policies of their parents until they are able to afford their own. The decision gives President Obama a decided advantage during the election season. His opponent, Mitt Romney, has opposed the bill and said that he would abolish the bill if he was elected President.

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A Hattitude Affair!

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Hat-- a shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and brim, especially for wear outdoors. Attitude-- manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind: The merging of these two words gives you Hattitude, the true meaning and importance of wearing hats, not just for fashion, but a woman giving honor to God when she is worshiping the Lord in the sanctuary when she prays. The covering of the head is not just fashionable but Biblical as well according to Corinthians 11:5-- And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is just as though her head were shaved. The Inaugural Hattitude luncheon held on Saturday June 23, 2012, at the Elite News Beckwith Blair Chapel was a great success! This wonderful event is the brainchild of Fallon Blair Turner, daughter of Elite News Editor-in-Chief, Darryl E. Blair Sr. Wearing an array of beautiful hats woman of all ages were in attendance. These women laughed, ate, and were entertained as they learned the true meaning of Hattitude! They also participated in a raffle and the "Parade of Hats". To be a part of this wonderful event truly humbled me. I was honored to in the presence of woman who put aside age difference and status to come together to love, laugh, and learn something new that will help to educate woman not just in fashion, but in praise as well. Anytime we as woman can come together in this manner, not only blesses us as woman, but praises and gives God his glory at the same time. This wonderful event could not have taken place without The Elite News staff, Mistress of Ceremony Katie Woods, guest speaker Dr. Helena Mosley, the performance by Kayah Franklin with the Dallas Black Dance Theater, narration of the dance by Fran Anderson, Erica Westbrook, Songstress Annette Cullors, Prayer Warrior Mary Margaret Crosby, Lady Westbrook Catering, Decorations by Bridgette Hughes & Company, Tyler Gerard Videographer, Delaughter's Photography, technical support by Casey Blair of Shotz Magazine, Lifeway Church Praise Dancers, and vendors Debra A. Calhoun and Loretta Wickware with Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, Zoe Collection, Communicaide Company LLC, Bea's Bling & More, and Katie Woods with Park Lane Jewelry. We look forward to many years of celebrating with other woman in this new found experience of The Hattitude! June 29, 2012

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Bridgette Hughes, Mrs. Nabors winner of most Unique Hat

Miss Elite Gynger Dorsey, Dr. Helena Mosley, Katie woods Unique Hat contest participants

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AAU basketball game. James' junior Elite News Sports Writer year saw his popularity explode onto Landon Raymond James, NBA champ!! It a national level. Prior to the start of the seaseems like Labron James has been playing son, James appeared in SLAM Magazine professional basketball forever! Now that and was labeled as " the best high school the Miami Heat are the 2012 NBA Champi- basketball player in America right now" by ons it seems like James is about to retire. writer Ryan Jones. James averaged 29 Every time I see someone on television talk- points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assist and 3.3 ing about James,it seems like his career is steals per game.James was named Ohio's Mr ending instead of the start of his champiBasketball and selected to the All-USA First onship run. Let's not forget Labron was Team. LBJ was also named 2001-2002 boys drafted in the 2003-2004 season. basketball Gatorade National Player of the Lebron James was a three-time "Mr BasYear. ketball " of Ohio in high school, he was By the start of Lebron's senior year, he highly promoted in the national media as a had already appeared on the. covers of future NBA superstar while a sophomore at ESPN Magazine and Sports Illustrated. For St Vincent -St Mary High School. the season, James averaged 31.6 points, 9.6 James was a two-sport athlete , playing rebounds, 4.6 assist and 3.4 steals per game. football and basketball . James was named James was named Ohio's Mr. Basketball and first-team all-state football team in his soph- selected to the All-USA First Team for the omore year and led the Fighting Irish to the third consecutive year. James finished his state semifinals in his junior years. His foot- high school basketball career with 2,657 ball career came to an end before his senior points,892 rebounds, 52: assist. On January year when he broke his wrist during an 31 2012, he was honored as one of the 35

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Plano Preston Park Village Massage Envy SPA will host a Grand Opening Party -- a free family fun day with food, activities, chair massages and more -- under the tent in the southwest corner parking lot of Preston Park Village in Plano. 11:30 AM -- 4 PM. Official Ribbon Cutting with the Plano Chamber of Commerce will be at 12 Noon. Rain or shine. Plano Preston Park Village Massage Envy SPA, 1900 Preston Road - Suite 201, Plano, tX 75093, (972)964-0600 All activities are free of charge. “tenor Vocalist & Bass Guitarist Needed on volunteering bases at this time”

Quartet Gospel Group, is needing a dependable background tenor vocalist & a dependable Bass guitarist to help us perform on Sunday morning at the 8:00 am service & other engagements as needed throughout the year for a new & existing ministry. Please call: Sis. Moore / Secretary with "triune Bible Fellowship" dba "Michael wright Ministries" @ (214) 748-6200, leave her a voicemail message, your name & your contact number for her to reach you. when she returns your call; it will be to schedule an interview & try out time with you.

Greatest McDonald's All-Americans. James was selected with the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. James set numerous youngest player records since joining the league. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003-04, he was named the NBA Most Vaulable Player in 2009,2010, and 2012. Labron has. Een both an All-NBA selection and an All-Star every season since 2005. James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to consecutive playoff appearances from 2006 through 2010. In 2007, the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, but lost to San Antonio Spurs. In 2011, James and the Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks!! The following season James and the Miami Heat ultimately won the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder! James has been a member of the USA national team, winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and gold at the 2008 Olympics. Lebron James has been special since we first read about him. Now he has the NBA

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Don’t Believe the Hype Celebrity Bowl-a-thon at USA Bowl, 10920 Composite Drive, featuring Dick Gregory, KiKi Shepard, Richard Gant, Stank E., Lynne Haze, imaj, ivan tolbert, Constable Derick Evans, Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon, Gordon Jackson, Adrienne Bankert, Cat Daddy, Dareia tolbert, Robert Ashley, Jabari Johnson, Gary with da tea, dianne gibson, Sen. Royce west, Heath Harris, Alesia thompson, wendy Schofield, Joyce Ann Brown, Sam Putney, Skip Murphy, wig, Vincent “Heartbreak” tucker, Judge Clay Jenkins, Kaye Fullylove, Steve Pickett, Randy Mcilwain, Shereese, Andrew whigham, Ken Bell, DawOlf, Judge Valencia Nash, Carmina Barnett and a host of others. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason terry, Mark Cuban, Daryl Johnston and more will slug it out on the diamond at Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Highlights include the whataburger Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game (3:30 p.m.), the Baylor Medical Center at Frisco Celebrity Home Run Derby with HitS400 (5 p.m.), followed by the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at 6 p.m. and a fireworks finale to top it off. ******** imani Community Health and Back School Fair

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Championship to support the fact that he is the greatest basketball player on the planet. We have seen him donminate high school ball, we have seen him dominate professional ball, and now we get to see Lebron James Olympic Gold medal run against the World!!!!! King James has lot of basketball left to play, and like always he has a lot of people watching!!!! Congratulation Lebron James and the May God Bless us and help us save the world Mark A Toliver II

the DFw Pride Movement will host the 2012 trailblazer’s Hall of Fame Awards at the Angelika Film Center and Café located within Mockingbird Station at 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, tX 75206. the event is slated to be a Red Carpet “white tie” Affair with this year’s theme being “Celebrating Our Own.” the ceremony will be fol-

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Wanda Bolton-Davis is the wife of the pastor at the St. John Church. The Illinois native and mother of three also serves as a teaching pastor and ministry director at the church. When Rev. Wanda first moved to the Dallas area in 1983, she aided her husband in the work of the church by serving as Minister of Music, starting the Social Service Ministry and founding the Annual Women’s Retreat. This was all while working as a social worker in the field of adoption. Rev. Wanda has a heart for God and His people and possesses a strong passion for discipleship. This passion led her to write and self-publish a discipleship guide called, “Victorious Disciples.” The release of the book also served as

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the foundation for Victorious Disciples Ministries Inc., a discipleship, mentoring, and leadership development ministry. Victorious Disciples has been implemented in

churches all across the United States, Bermuda, Africa, and beyond since its inception in 2004. To learn more, visit www.VictoriousDisciples.org. Rev. Wanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science, a master’s degree in Social Work, a Master of Divinity degree from Truett Theological Seminary, where she was selected as their Minister of the Year in 2005, and she is currently pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree at Talbot School of Theology. Being the First Lady of a mega church is a full job in itself, but Rev. Wanda has managed to always go beyond the call of duty, making great strides of her own within the church and beyond. She has served as Honorary Chairper-

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players. There were other NFL players in attendance Arizona cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Washington

redskins, and the Dallas Cowboys. At the end of the

day Sam and Emmanuel gathered all the children for the awards ceremony, thanked everyone for coming

out and shared Christ. “God loves you he lives inside

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son and Task Force Member for the American Heart Association, Chairperson for the Alumni Association of the School of Allied Health Sciences at U.T. Southwestern. In addition, Rev. Wanda is also on the Truett Theological Seminary Advisory Board and in August 2005, led a ministry team to Africa where they ministered to thousands and implemented Victorious Disciples in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2006, she received the Esther Award at the First Ladies Conference hosted by the Urban Alternative and Dr. Lois Evans, wife to renowned bible teacher and author, Dr. Tony Evans. While the Lord has continually opened doors for Rev. Wanda to minister, her daily prayer remains,

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C E L E B R A t i N G James otis Gray January 21, 1933 - June 20, 2012

A legend went home to glory June 20, 2012, after a long illness. Dr. James O. Gray was an accomplished Musician, Educator and Administrator. He was the miracle birth son born January 21, 1933 in San Angelo, Texas to Samuel Gray and Mary Lathan Gray. He received Christ as his Savior at an early age and remained a faithful Christian throughout his lifetime. His last church membership affiliation was with the North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship in Richardson, Texas. He attended public schools in San Francisco, California. He then relocated to Texas, spending his junior and senior high school years at Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Gray became a musician in junior high school playing the trumpet with a melodic sound that caught the attention of everyone within listening distance. He was a lead trumpeter throughout his studies at Lincoln High School and HustonTillotson University, Austin, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. He earned his Masters of Education and Doctorate of Education

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from Texas A & M University in Commerce, Texas. He loved being an educator because he enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others. Dr. Gray was an inspiration to countless young minds. He was the kind of man who believed in getting the job done with excellence. He was loving, caring and understanding of others, and he gave his staff members and students a fair and impartial opportunity. He was approachable and encouraged cohesiveness among his team of educators. He believed in the phrase, “we can do it” and worked hard to promote this concept to help others succeed. Dr. Gray successfully started his career at W. D. Spigner High School in Calvert, Texas and Burnett High School of Terrell, Texas. As Director of Bands, he orchestrated marching bands, concert bands and jazz bands. Booker T. Washington Technical High School and South Oak Cliff High School Marching Bands, Dallas, Texas, reached stardom under his leadership. These marching bands’ performances were of star quality and were well respected and recognized within and outside of the state of Texas. After his reign as Director of Bands he became interested in administration, accepting a position as Assistant Principal at Clara Oliver Elementary School, and shortly afterwards as the Assistant Principal for Instruction at T.W. Browne Jr. High School. He was appointed assistant director/principal of the Arts Magnet High School at Booker T. Washington in 1976 when the school reopened as a magnet school. He was committed to the career arts pro-

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gram and provided effective leadership in the organization of the Music, Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts Clusters. Under his leadership, the Arts Magnet High School, currently known as Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, became one of the most highly acclaimed and highly recognized arts program in the nation. Both the academic success and the scholarship opportunities for its students are unparalleled by schools of its kind. In recognition for these phenomenal accomplishments the BTWHSPVA staff, students, and community named their Band Hall in his honor. In 1985, Dr. Gray was the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools in the Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugarland, Texas. In fact, Dr. Gray was honorably mentioned for his active participation in the development of Fort Bend ISD wide Discipline Management Plan. He proposed and developed Fort Bent ISD Alternative School Program, and organized and conducted workshops for Principals and Central Staff Administrators, etc. In 1991, he was the Area Superintendent for District #20 in the Charleston County School District, Charleston, South Carolina. During his tenure there he also proposed and developed an Alternative School Program. His book, How To Create a High School for Performing and Visual Arts was utilized to create a school of this kind not only in Charleston

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but throughout the nation. He later returned to the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as interim principal in 2001 and in 2003 as Area Superintendent at the Fort Bend Independent School District. Dr. Gray was a member of many professional organizations, including the American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Musicians, African-American Museum of Cultural Arts Board of Trustees, The Dallas Symphony Association- Board of Governors, Washington-Lincoln Alumni Association, The Smithsonian Institute, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 100 Black Men of Charleston, Inc., He was also on several committees/workshops in reference to program development/implementation, including the School-Business Partnership Future Quest Committee, Dallas ISD Employee Relations – Appeals Committee, Dallas ISD Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Baseline Curriculum Development Committee at T. W. Browne Jr. High School in DISD; Conducted work shops on “Long-Range Plan of the State Board of Education for Texas Public School Education” for Texas Southern University Educational Administration Staff and Students, and many others too numerous to mention.

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evergreen Funeral Home 89 years Nathanial Buford died June 21, 2012 services pending. Condolences from the Elite News.

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