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Vote them out! It was Malcolm X who talked about issues versus personalities. He said that when we focus on individuals and personalities, our communities suffer because the issues go unaddressed. As we deal with the many issues impacting our city, states, and this country; it is imperative that the pettiness does not impede progress. It’s SID MILLER bad enough we have all the “isms” that we encounter daily and then we also have to deal with stupidity and immaturity! Well, to say I am proud of several members of the Texas Black Legislative Caucus is an understatement. Over the years, I have heard about squabbling and infighting, a failure to collaborate and appear as a unified front, cat fighting and apathy. It seems that folks hold grudges forever and there is no calling out because of fear of retaliation. That is unfortunate because if folks are letting their “petty” differences keep them from collectively addressing issues and working for the good of the people; those elected officials need to be called out and at the appropriate time, voted out! Several members of the Texas Legislature spoke out after Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller tweeted to Cong. Devin Nunes: “Democrats haven’t been this upset over Republicans releasing something since Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.” In response, the following letter, which was signed by State Senators Royce West See TRUTH, page 10

Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP; Leon Russell, the chairman of the NAACP; Dorothy Leavell, the chairman of the NNPA, and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA sign a strategic partnership agreement to join forces in focusing on key issues that affect the Black community, during the 2018 NNPA Mid-Winter Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

By Stacy M. Brown

(NNPA Newswire Contributor)

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade group representing more than 200 Black-owned media companies, signed a

historic, strategic partnership with the NAACP, one of the most influential civil rights groups in the world, during the NNPA’s Mid-Winter Conference in Las Vegas. “Sometimes you have to take a step back See NNPA/NAACP page 14

Did Prosecutors Destroy Evidence in Cosby’s Sexual Assault Case? By Stacy M. Brown

(NNPA Newswire Contributor)

As Montgomery County prosecutors continue to pursue a verdict in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, lawyers for the entertainer have filed several motions, including two arguing that the case against him should be dismissed. And, while such motions are considered procedural and are rarely granted, the “Uptown Saturday Night” star has presented a compelling case for

dismissal. According to court documents filed by Cosby’s lawyers, the court should dismiss all charges against Cosby because, by Montgomery County, Pennsylvania prosecutors’ own admission, they have not only failed to disclose evidence, but have also destroyed exculpatory evidence. “Specifically, the prosecution recently disclosed for the first time that, prior to the first trial in this case, a prosecutor and two detectives interviewed See COSBY, page 3

THIS IS BLACK HISTORY Dr. Zan W. Holmes Jr. and Mayor Sylvester Turner If you want to study the history of Black people in America, there are so many names that could come up. While some feel more comfortable discussing those who have transitioned and are no longer seen as a threat; it is imperative that you pay attention to and pay tribute to those who walk this earth with you. On February 16, 2016, two such notables who people will be reading about for centuries to come will be participating in a conversation that is sure to be candid, enlightening, informative and probably entertaining. Rev. Zan W. Holmes Jr. is the person whose mere presence is news and noteworthy. The event, In Conversation: An Evening with Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr., was designed as a fundraiser for a Community Outreach Center that will provide so many services for Dallas residents. Over the years In Conversation has included Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, U.S. Ambassador Ron Kirk, veteran journalist Roland Martin, and now Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is the featured guest. The aforementioned will definitely be in our history books because of their significant contributions to society. Mayor Turner is the real deal. He served in the Texas House of Representatives, as did Rev. Holmes. In his first term as mayor of his hometown the graduate of the University of Houston who received his law degree from Harvard, has dealt with some highs and lows--from hosting the Superbowl and dealing with Hurricane Harvey to saluting the World Series Champions, the Houston Astros. A close friend of event honorary chair, TX State Rep. Helen Giddings, the mayor is known for intellect, passion, transparency, commitment and courage. WHAT: In Conversation An Evening with Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. and The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston. WHEN: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7p.m. WHERE: St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, 5710 E. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas 75223


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From the Capitol

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Fittingly, the theme of Black History month this year acknowledges the potent historic contributions made by African-Americans in our nation’s military. They have been heroic, and legendary. Yet, if our nation is serious about honoring role of blacks that have risked their lives to defend liberty, free speech and our way of life, its leaders should begin by finally awarding the Medal of Honor to Seaman Doris Miller, a Texan who, with no thought for his own safety, saved the lives of

others during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Robbed of his life at the age of twenty-four while serving on an aircraft carrier, it is unconscionable that Seaman Miller has been denied the medal that his actions demand. Those that witnessed his actions aboard the USS West Virginia on December 7th, 1941 believed that Miller was deserving of the military’s highest honor. Yet, it was the secretary of the Navy, a civilian appointee

Justice for Dorie Miller during the Roosevelt administration, whose explicit racial biases resulted in Miller being denied the Medal of Honor. Earlier in his term, the naval Secretary fervently argued that all Japanese Americans in the western part of the country be placed in internment camps. In fact, the naval Secretary did not want Miller to receive the Navy Cross. Even after reading the battle report written by those who witnessed Miller’s heroics, he only thought that Miller should receive a Letter of Commendation, the lowest of three awards given by the Navy, with no medal included. When fair-minded officials in the Navy heard of the naval Secretary’s position they protested directly to President Roosevelt, demanding that

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Dorie Miller Miller receive fair and adequate treatment. Their case was so compelling that Miller was awarded the Navy Cross, essentially a compromise that did not subject the naval Secretary to scrutiny from the press, demanding to know why he had recommended a letter. Miller, himself, knew that he should have received the nation’s highest military

award, but was precluded from speaking publically about his actions aboard his ship because the battle report was classified, and any mention of it would have resulted in a military hearing and dismissal from the service. Miller was effectively silenced. A number of naval historians that have studied the awarding of the Medal of Honor to members of the Navy have concluded that Dorie Miller’s name should be among those who have received the honor. They point out that one of the factors that the Navy, itself, gives as a reason for a medal upgrade is racial bias. They have concluded that the actions of the naval Secretary amounted to racial biases, and are ready to testify before any

panel that calls them to appear. Medal upgrades are not uncommon in our nation. In 2014, More than twenty veterans of the Army were awarded the Medal of Honor because they had been denied the award due to ethnic reasons. Most of the honorees were Jewish and Hispanics-Americans. Like Miller, most of them were deceased at the time of the upgrade. The decisions brought great joy to their family members, and to prudent members of the Congress and military. Since I made my first appearance in Congress, I have advocated for a medal upgrade for Dorie Miller. I shall not stop now. Seaman Miller’s heroics and our nation warrant that justice prevails.



Candidates Political Forum Dallas Alumnae and North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will host its Candidates Forum and Meet and Greet for the upcoming 2018 primary election. This is a FREE nonpartisan public event that is designed to give voters an opportunity to engage with local candidates. The forum will focus on: Hearing from District Attorney Candidates, U.S. Congressional Candidates - District 32, and Judicial Candidates from all parties Discovering candidate views and how they affect your future and community Hearing the candidate platforms on issues important to you Obtaining information on Voter ID requirements/updates The forum will be held Tuesday, Feb-

ruary 13, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Hamilton Park United Methodist Church, 11881 Schroeder Rd, Dallas, Texas 75243. *** The Arts & Letters committee of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host a Meet and Greet with Angela Ray, award-winning speaker, actress, and author, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM Angela Ray at Zula B. Wylie Public Library in Cedar Hill. Ray’s film and television credits include Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, and Louis, where she played the role of Louis Armstrong’s mother. *** Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Psi Chapter, Dallas, TX Black History Month offers a free

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Cosby lawyers alleged that prosecutors stood silent while Constand testified under oath that she didn’t know Jackson, and they persuaded the court to bar the defense from exploring the topic with Constand through cross-examination. Judge Steven O’Neill also denied Cosby’s lawyers’ motion to call Jackson as a witness. “The cumulative effect of the wrongdoing in this case, and the politically and emotionally charged context of this case, elevates the misconduct to a level of a constitutional violation and prosecutorial overreach depriving Cosby of any meaningful right to a fair trial,” Cosby’s attorneys wrote Thursday. “Such misconduct warrants dismissal of the charges.” In another motion, Cosby’s attorneys argued that prosecutors also have failed to prove that they brought the case within the 12-year statute of limitation and there’s no way to prove it, because they admittedly are unsure of the timeline. Constand alleged that Cosby assaulted her in early 2004—though previously she admitted their encounter could have been in 2003. Prosecutors didn’t file charges until 2015. It’s unclear when O’Neill will issue a ruling on the motions. Jury selection has been scheduled for March and the trial is expected to begin in April.

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a critical witness, Marguerite Jackson who told them that in 2003 or 2004, the complaining witness, Andrea Constand, a co-worker and friend, had told her that she had not been sexually assaulted, but she could say that she had, file charges, and get money,” the bombshell filing said. It continued: “Yet, the prosecution failed to disclose to the defense that they met with [Jackson] and that they destroyed the notes of their meeting.” Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt released the court documents to the NNPA Newswire on Thursday, January 25. Neither Cosby’s attorneys nor prosecutors offered comment on Thursday. Cosby’s team also argued that it’s reasonable to infer that the prosecution allowed Constand to testify falsely at the first trial that she did not know or remember Jackson. Also, based on a Jan. 17, 2018 telephone conference call with the court, Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan admitted that he and two detectives spoke with Jackson and learned that Constand and Jackson worked together, had been friends, and had shared hotel rooms on multiple occasions. Despite their knowledge of the relationship,

event open to the public Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Psi Chapter will hold it’s Annual Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at Southwest Center Mall Community Room, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Rd, Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme is “Young Voices Speak: – Are We in Crisis? - Education/Black Lives/Beyond Puberty. The moderator will be, Mr. Creston Lynch the Director Multicultural Student Affair at Southern Methodist University. Around table discussion of youth sharing ideas and recognizing issues affecting their environments on a daily basis. Please plan to join us for a stimulating and dynamic discussion. This free event is meant to encourage, inspire, nurture, and assist with awareness of some of the many crisis facing our youth. For information, contact Juanda Wallace at (214) 802-8592 or



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QUIT PLAYIN’ - The Law of Rules?

A trusted co-worker and White Brother who grew up in this community gave me an anecdote and By Vincent L. Hall answer for the true meaning of the “Rule of Law� in America. RM (his initials) summed up a definition of “justice� from his close proximity to the local courts over several decades. “The law is whatever a welldressed, well-financed man interprets it to be.� That reality/revelation or both, was bequeathed to him by a seasoned barrister at the Dallas County Courthouse. The “Breaking News� chyron rolled the message; “Trump releases GOP memo�, so I had to admit that RM and the government lawyer, who gave him insightful counsel, were right. America in 2018 is not a nation governed by the “Rule of Law�; we have become a flawed democracy by our political acquiescence to the “Law of Rules.� Laws require judicial concurrence; rules can be established by the majority at various and sundry times. Or, to channel Barack Obama, “elections have consequences.� This warning ain’t “Truthful hyperbole;� this is a

that all people and institutions are pending crisis. Just imagine if the same prepon- subject to and accountable to law derance of evidence for possible that is fairly applied and enforced; collusion, obstruction of justice and the principle of government by law.� money-laundering were hanging What we have had since January 20, 2017 is law by over the government. heads of LeThe Rule of roy, Juan and law demands Osama rather that no case than the curcan be setrent names; tled solely on Manafort, the strength Flynn and PaManafort, Flynn and Papadopolous of the prosepadopolous. cutor’s arguThe former group sounds like a perp walk and ment. The accused must be given the latter like a law firm. That’s the ample opportunity to refute the “Law of Rules� in America; minorities charges brought against it. The Law and poor whites are presumed guilty of Rules deems it appropriate to reuntil proven innocent and can’t make lease a one-sided detail of events. bail; meanwhile the wealthy and Trump and the GOP violated the well-connected spend years delaying most sacrosanct rule of civil and criminal law. sentencing. The real danger is that as partisanThe Kremlin’s prime consort, Carter Page, and his questionable trips and ship increases, so does the propensity ties to Russia were enough for any for weaponized government against political foes or a particular people. court to order surveillance. Conversely, Trump remains ada- Black activists had a motto back in mant that America’s public safety the day; “Every time we learn how to requires the targeting of certain sus- play the game, they change all the pects. So Trump believes in profiling rules.� The game has been changed; potential criminals in Manhattan but again!! Donald Trump and his limited monot in Moscow? Quit playin’! The Rule of Law is “The principle rality were burdensome enough for

this nation. It’s obviously not a crime to be a government-sponsored billionaire, with five children, three babies’ mamas and a penchant for porn stars. However, the least Trump could do is comport himself to the appearance what America purports as “Presidential.â€? We knew Trump was suspect when he wouldn’t release his tax returns, reintroduced the lost locker-room legacies of “pussy grabbingâ€? and used the hubris of hate and racial division as a means of electoral engagement. Trump has transliterated the ideals of “American Exceptionalismâ€? by his promotion of “Exceptional Americanism.â€? The Law of Rules is great for Nationalism, patriarchy and political gamesmanship. But the rule of law is the only means by which Americans can achieve the equitable pursuit of liberty and justice for all! RM was right‌mostly. In this case Trump is interpreting the law to his advantage. However, his motives are not well-dressed, and eventually America will prove that it can’t be bought‌whether the prospective buyer is well-financed or not. #quitplayin #staywoke

Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.

BIRMINGHAM: And Justice For All Judge Brandon Birmingham, Presides over the 292nd Judicial District Court, and is Presiding Judge of the Felony District Courts in Dallas County. Join him on his Facebook Page – Judge Brandon Birmingham - LIVE every Friday at 5 on for “Fridays in Chambers,� a weekly video summary of what’s happening in the criminal justice system.

over 26 years for a rape DNA evidence later proved he did not commit. I got to meet him a few times and was always struck by his humility and grace. But the fates have conspired against him By Brandon Birmingham again. Although he beat cancer once before, it Here’s to Johnnie Lindsey and the came back with a vengeance, as canlessons we learned from the Dallas cer tends to. He passed away yesterday. I’m going to pray for him and his County Exonerees. Dallas County leads the nation in family, and I hope you will, too. We all strive to leave a legacy, an exonerations. Over 30 innocent men were tried, convicted and sentenced imprint on the world. Some imprints to long terms in prison. One man in are bigger than ever, and Mr. Lindparticular, Johnnie Lindsey, served sey’s is bigger than most. He is part

of a unique group of ic proof that a person men, bound together like Mr. Lindsey did not by the criminal justice commit the rape he system’s most heinous was accused of. Police, crime - an innocent prosecutors, criminal man going to prison. defense attorneys, adThese men, their stovocacy groups, and ries, their courage, their law professors among cases have taught us so others reviewed the many valuable lessons. processes and evidence Johnnie Lindsey How? Before I bein these cases that lead came a Judge, I was the Chief of to false convictions, and made signifthe Cold Case Division at the Dallas icant changes. County District Attorney’s Office. I Systemic changes. Legislative worked with seasoned detectives, in- changes. Police protocol changes. vestigators and prosecutors on cases Prosecutorial policy changes. Police like Mr. Lindsey’s. don’t do lineups the same way the DNA lead to most of these exoner- police did in 1981 in Mr. Lindsey’s ations, providing undeniable scientifSee JUSTICE, page 15 TEXAS METRO NEWS February 7, 2018


One Year of Trump: What We’ve Lost and What We’ve Learned Nothing but the truth By Congresswoman Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.)

The year leading up to his inauguration in 2017, as the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump espoused senseless, baseless and ultimately empty assertions about the state of Black Americans and our communities. “What the hell do you have to lose?” he screamed in front of a predominantly White crowd in a small, predominantly White suburb of Lansing, Michigan. After Trump was inaugurated, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) found it prudent to answer his question. In March, the CBC Executive Committee, led by our Chairman Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), presented Trump with a 130-page policy document entitled, “We Have A Lot To Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.” The document, which was compiled by the entire 49-member Caucus, outlined policy solutions down to the bill text for issues facing our communities. Voting rights, criminal justice reform, economic justice, education, health care, immigration – these were just some of the topics we presented to continue our progress. Unfortunately, these are the issues that Trump and his adminis-

tration have chosen to ignore. The President, who has not commented on the document since we presented it to him, obviously has had other ideas, almost as if he wanted to answer his own question in his first year, to show us what we can lose. The truth is that in this first year, we’ve lost a lot. Almost immediately after being elected, Trump established the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and appointed a known vote suppressor to lead it. The commission was designed to intimidate voters and Trump—because of political and legal pressure—recently decided to dissolve it into the Department of Homeland Security. Throughout the past year, Trump has stacked the federal courts with judges with nothing short of scandalous records when it comes to voting rights. Among his nominee group was Thomas Farr, who helped lawmakers draft and defend a 2013 law that the Fourth Circuit Court of North Carolina ruled targeted African American voters “with almost surgical precision.” On the criminal justice front, Trump has used the Department of

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Justice to embrace mass incarceration and shy away from transparent policing. One example of this is an FBI report published last August entitled, “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers.” One problem with the report is that the term “Black Identity Extremists” is an invented group that does not exist. There are no Black people organized to kill law enforcement officers. When I asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray about the

Throughout the past year, Trump has stacked the federal courts with judges with nothing short of scandalous records when it comes to voting rights. origins of this report, none of them could tell me what the report was even based on or how the term was created. Economically, Trump has gone after our consumer protections. Congress is working to repeal Dodd-Frank, a landmark piece of legislation designed to protect consumers from the wreck of the 2009 recession. Trump’s favoring of

big banks will ultimately leave consumers in the same spot they were during the recession, or worse. The education of our children is also under attack. In 2014, for the first time ever, the majority of public school students in the United States were non-White. Secretary DeVos has been less than helpful to these institutions, ignoring grave disparities in how students of color are disciplined compared to White

The entire reason we have this program is to help protect immigrants from ills in their home country, which can range from famine to civil war. To deport hundreds of thousands after opening our borders to them is unconscionable. When we look at the issue holistically and see that tens of thousands of DACA enrollees are Black and that the plurality of diversity visa recipients are also

students, and supporting a budget that would further attack services that public schools provide. Trump has also gone after our healthcare by actively sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, continually issuing statements citing death spirals and other doomsday prophesies in addition to cutting funding for advertisements and allowing health insurance companies to sell short-term plans with inadequate coverage. Trump and other Republican leaders have already openly discussed cuts to the social safety net, meaning Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as justification for their deficit-exploding tax plan. Trump has spent a considerable amount of time attacking Black immigrants and their countries with both his racist words and policies. In addition to referring to Haiti and African countries as “shitholes,” he’s attacked recipients of the Diversity Visa Program, rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and scheduled the elimination of Temporary Protective Status for many countries like Haiti and El Salvador.

Black, it contextualizes the president’s assault on these programs. Unfortunately, these assaults on our criminal justice system, our consumer protections, our education and our health, will continue through 2018. What Trump’s first year showed is that hard-earned progress will never be safe so long as his bigotry, hatred and racism hold power. But what we showed this year in Alabama and Virginia, to not just our community, but to our country and the rest of the world, is that even in the face of opposition, our activism will continue and will prevail. We must be organized and we will be organized. This year, Trump has answered his own question about what Black Americans have to lose. But it’s an answer we don’t plan to accept.

HE IS A SERIAL RAPIST He targeted members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. but this is more than about a sorority. We’re talking about a community. Come on PEOPLE! Don’t you CARE? Will it matter when it is your sister, mother? aunt or grandmother or maybe YOU?

Congresswoman Karen Bass represents California’s 37th Congressional District. She is the 2nd Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and she co-chairs the CBC’s Africa Taskforce. She is also Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Africa. Follow her on Twitter at @RepKarenBass.

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February 8 Brendan Quigley Photography Exhibit Feb.8-March 8 Granville Arts Center Gallery Space 300 N. Fifth Street Garland, TX 75040 ************** Tyler The Creator LIVE The Bomb Factory 2713 Canton Street Dallas, TX 75226, Showtime starts at 7:30p.m. Tickets: http://bit. ly/2BmBFiN ************** 2nd Annual Arlington Music Festival A Night of Blues Presented By Arlington Music Hall 7:30 p.m. Arlington Music Hall 224 N. Center St. Arlington, Tx. 76011 info call 817-923-9305 Tickets: Email COFFEE, CREPES, & PAINTS AT ROSALIND COFFEE 7:00 PM - 9:00 p.m. 107 N Sixth St Garland, TX 75040 - 972-494-9449 Spend the evening painting French landscapes and learning to cook delicious crepes at Rosalind Coffee. Valentine's date night Tickets Info: Beer Dinner with Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Flying Saucer The Lake 4821 Bass Pro Dr, Garland, Texas 75043 *********** Casablanca 8 pm - 10:30 pm Majestic Theatre 1925 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 7520 Come see a special screening of "Casablanca" at the historic Majestic Theatre. Tickets at Black Women In Business Meetup - Dallas 7 PM - 9 PM 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, Texas 75204 Network and connect with the Black Women In Business in Dallas and surrounding areas!

February 9 FREE Movie "Sleepless in Seattle" at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. 7:00 PM Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland, TX, 75040 Live Music Fridays- Taylor DeLatte at Houlihan’s Garland, Firewheel Town Center, 660 Town Center Blvd., Garland, TX. 75040, 7:00 p.m. Arlington Music Hall Presents 2nd Annual Arlington Music Festival DFW A Evening of Romance


Arlington Music Hall 224 N. Center St. Arlington, Tx. 76011 7:30 p.m. Tickets: For more info contact ************** Daddy Daughter Dance 2018 Hosted by Arlington Parks and Recreation 2 Dates Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 10 at 4:00 p.m. and Feb 10 at 7:00 p.m. Bob Duncan Center 2800 S Center St, Arlington, Texas 76014 Tickets at ********** FREE Movie "Sleepless in Seattle" The Plaza Theatre is located at 521 W. State St. For questions, please contact the Granville Arts Center Box Office at 972-205-2790 or 7:00 p.m.

February 10

Taste of Teasing: Sexy Savage Workshop Hosted by Strickly A Tease 2 PM - 4 PM Strickly A Tease 1350 Manufacturing St, Suite 219, Dallas, Texas 75207 Tickets:$40 Fresh Fiction Afternoon Tea Chocolate Angel Cafe & Tea Room 635 W. Campbell Road - #310 Richardson, TX 75080 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tickets available here: http://bit. ly/2p9goUy Jazz Lover’s Fest Music Hall at Fair Park 7:30 p.m. A Special Show featuring Jazz Superstars Althea Rene, Jonathan Fritzen, Javier Colon & Jeanette Harris. Tourism Public Improvement District. Tickets $49.50. Tickets: ******** 2nd Annual Harlem Renaissance Elegance and Swagger on the

Dance Floor Hosted by Sonia Pritchard Smith Magnuson Grand DeSoto 1515 S Interstate 35 East Service Rd, DeSoto, Texas 75115 8 PM - 1 AM Feb 10, 2018 and 8 PM to Feb 11, 2018 at 1 AM Tickets: A Night of Jazz and R&B Hosted by Jim Austin Online 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Arlington Music Hall 224 N Center St, Arlington, Texas 76011 Tickets at

**************** Dallas Women's Success Initiative Hosted by A'Mera Frieman 9:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Meadows Conference Center 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, Texas 75204 2nd Annual Dallas Women's Success Initiative? https:// ********* Author Brunch with Angela Ray 11 a.m. 972.291.7323 ext 1318 225 Cedar St. Cedar Hill, TX 75104 Meet and greet with Angela Ray

2018 Daddy Daughter DanceWilly Wonka Hosted by Duncanville Parks and Recreation Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Duncanville Parks and Recreation 210 James Collins Blvd.

Duncanville, Texas 75116 District Clerk Felicia Pitre Hosted by Coffee and Politics 101 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. African American Museum of Dallas 3536 Grand Ave. Dallas, Texas 75210. Learn what this role entails and get a better understanding of our court system.

February 13 The 12th Annual “Texas Size Fat Tuesday” Gas Monkey Live! 10110 Technology Boulevard East Dallas, TX 75220 4:00 p.m. Enjoy an event of epic proportions as we bring Bourbon Street to Dallas for the 12th Annual Texas Sized Fat Tuesday at The Gas Monkey Live. “Laissez les bon temps roulez” Tickets at: Fetty Wap: The FMF Tour at House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar Street Dallas, TX 75202 8:00 p.m. Tickets at:

February 14 Dallas Furniture Bank 15 Years of Service Annual Chairity Friendraiser and Luncheon at Belo Manion 2121 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX at 12:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker Maryum Ali TEXAS METRO NEWS February 7, 2018

Beauty in the Bricks a 1981 documentary about four teenage girls growing up in the West Dallas housing development, will be shown on February 17, 2018, 10 am at the Lakewest Women's Health Center, 3737 Goldman St, Dallas, TX. Beauty in the Bricks gives a vivid portrayal of the contrast between the difficult lives of four teen-


age girls in the West Dallas projects the dreams and aspirations they had for a better life. It is an important part of West Dallas history and Dallas history in general. The showing will be accompanied by short presentations by people involved in the making of the movie, including some of the girls -- now women -- who appeared in it. The event will be hosted by Olinka Green. For more information, call 214-625-2970.

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February 7, 2018


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By Hollywood Hernandez

Bilal: A New Breed of Hero Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is a computer animated film like you haven’t seen before. There are many unique things about this movie. First, it’s based on a thousand year old true story. It’s the story of Bilal Ibn Rabah, an African slave who became an early follower of Muhammad. Another unique twist on the movie is that it comes from a Middle Eastern film studio and animators from all over the world worked on the film. That gives it a very unique style on screen. Finally it’s a pretty graphic animated film which earns it a PG-13 rating. But overall, it’s one of the best animated films I’ve seen in recent memory. In the movie Bilal is a young boy who dreams of becoming a warrior. His whole world changes when his mother is killed and he and his sister are kidnapped and taken far away from their home. As a

grown man Bilal does become a warrior who fights for justice and the fight scenes on screen are both graphic and stunning. The grown up Bilal is voiced by Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje who played Adebisi on the cable TV series “OZ.” This is an amazing animated movie with great attention paid to detail. Although violent, it is a movie that can be enjoyed by young people (age 12 and above) and adults alike. Although it is the story of a Muslim follower it’s not preachy or self serving. It’s just an enjoyable story about a noble young man who believes that all people should be treated equally. It’s a simple story but if goes deep into many levels. Bilal: A new Breed of Hero is rated PG13 for graphic, bloody fight scenes and has a run time of 105 minutes. It’s a film, produced in Saudi Arabia, that deserves to be scene. I think you’ll enjoy it. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate it a JUMBO!

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My Truth, continued from front page

and Borris Miles and Representatives Helen Giddings, Eric Johnson, Toni Rose, Jarvis Johnson, Ron Reynolds, Nicole Collier, Garnet Coleman and Barbara Garvin-Hawkins; was sent to Miller: You worked for your constituents and with many of us as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, but from your current position as Commissioner of Agriculture, your actions in recent years are not representative of the majority of the 27,000,000 people who make Texas their home. It has been said that a one-time incident can be called an accident. Two or more occurrences represent a trend. However, your repeated inexplicable behaviors must at some point make a true statement regarding your character and who you are. Your most recent comment on the current partisan political morass involving the possible release of a controversial memo, once again indicates poor judgment and a temperament

not befitting of a public servant. It is our hope that few find your remarks humorous and that most will find them repulsive. We will stay above an obvious label that can easily be applied. There is nothing funny about the millions of African ancestry trapped in a system of involuntary servitude that remains a stain on America and is often called its ‘original sin!’ And although it is celebrated, news of the Emancipation that took three years to reach Texas is neither a laughing matter and is itself dubious. This is again the most recent of your contributions to divisiveness that treks to the admitted fabrication last year of a story regarding the President’s removal of a federal judge for imposing Sharia Law, the vulgar description of a candidate for the U.S. Presidency in 2016, your repeated disparaging remarks regarding Muslims and your call for bombing Muslim countries. This is not indicative of a 21st Century Texas nor an America, that was by all accounts intended to be a cultural melting pot where on a statue called “Liberty,” there is an inscription which reads “Give me your tired, your poor,

your huddled masses yearning to be free.” Perhaps your version of being a true American does not subscribe to Declaration of Independence either. As Christians, as Texans, as members of the Texas Black Legislative Caucus and Members of the Texas Legislature, we will call on fellow members of the Texas Legislature and the leadership of this great state to take a public stand against acts of racial intolerance and insensitivity. Texas, America and humanity will be the better for it! A powerful statement. Miller is wrong, wrong, wrong. But calling him out is not the only way to deal with Miller. He has an opponent in the primary. Some might say his opponent is no better. Right now, the issue is Miller. You have to systematically start knocking people off of their pedestals, high horses or whatever props them up. If you vote one bigot out and you get another, you just keep on voting and one day you might even reach the top! Your vote matters, one way or

Oscar Nominations released

Tiffany Haddish Hosted Academy Awards announcement

By Hollywood Hernandez Nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced by Academy President John Bailey. He was joined by Tiffany Haddish (who did not receive an Oscar nomination) and Andy Serkis. Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” led the pack of nominees

with 13 nominations. "Get Out" also had an eventful day with Jordan Peele becoming the first African-American ever nominated for directing, writing, and Best Picture in the same year. "Get Out's" lead actor, Daniel Kaluuya, was also nominated in the Best Actor category. Octavia Spencer and Mary J. Blige were also notable women of color who received nominations. Many attribute the more diverse group of nominees to the new Academy members who were added to the voting. Over 700 new members were inducted as Oscar voters this year. Of that group over 30% were women and 30% were people of color. The Academy's goal is to double the number of women and minority voters by 2020. The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby

Jordan Peele

first African-American ever nominated for directing, writing, and Best Picture in the same year.

Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on March 4, 2018 on ABC-TV. For a complete list of Oscar nominees go to the Academy Awards website: ceremonies/2018 TEXAS METRO NEWS February 7, 2018

DCCCD Black History Month Dance, lectures, literature and a historical trip to Louisiana are part of the activities Dallas County Community College District is offering during Black History Month. ·


Wed., Feb. 7 – Movie screening: “Red Tails,” noon in B Building, room 240. · Wed., Feb. 14 – African American Read-In, 10 a.m., BHC Performance Hall. · Wed., Feb. 21 – Speaker: Dr. Angela Ross, U.S. Army veteran and professor from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, noon, Q Building, room Q201. · Wed., Feb. 28 – “A Taste of Soul,” 11 a.m., BHC Performance Hall lobby.

For more info, call the Brookhaven College office of student life at 972-860-4115. Brookhaven College is located at 3939 Valley View Lane in Carrollton/Farmers Branch.



Thurs., Feb. 1 – “Telling Our Story: The Black Experience” through story-

telling/ readings begins at 10:30 a.m. at The Hive, C Building lower Fri., Feb. 9 – The Value of You – Learn about genetics and extract your own DNA. The event begins at 10 a.m. in Building S, rooms S100/101. · Tues., Feb. 13 – The Second Line: Parade Culture in New Orleans includes a live brass band. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. in Building G, room G101. · Wed., Feb. 14 – Repairing Our Roots: Healing the Community through Mental Health – This event begins at 11 a.m. in Building C, room C135. This event is funded by a grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. · Fri., Feb. 16 – Film screening: “Dear White People” explores the experience of four black students at an Ivy League college. The event begins at 11 a.m. in Building G, rooms G101/102. · Tues., Feb. 27 – No Beats, Just Bars, features Jonathan Jones, who will use hip hop music to inspire action and leadership. The event begins at 11 a.m. in Building C, room C135. For more info, contact the Eastfield College office of student engagement and retention at Eastfield College is located at 3737 Motley Dr., Mesquite.


· Tues., Feb. 13 – Black History Month program features a lecture by Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson. The event begins at 11 a.m. in the Performance Hall. For more info, contact Destiney Tolbert-Jackson at 214-860-2735. El Centro College is located at 801 Main St., in downtown Dallas



· Tues., Feb. 20 – African American Read-In begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Treetop Lounge, W Building. · Mon., Feb. 26 – Food, Faith & Fellowship begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Services Building, rooms S1029/30. Lunch will be provided. · Tues., Feb. 27 – Black History Book Club will discuss Dr. Michael W. Waters’ book, “Stakes Is High – Race, Faith and Hope for America.” The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in the library. · Wed., Feb. 28 – Slavery and the Value of Human Chattels is part of a history series featuring Dr. Daina Berry, an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. The event begins at 12:30 p.m., Student Services Building, rooms S1029/1030. · Fri., March 2 – Project Blue is an off-campus event. MVC’s office of student life will make a one-day trip to historic Natchitoches Parish in Louisiana where students will visit the Melrose and Magnolia Cane River plantations. Mountain View faculty member Dr. Paul Benson will lead the tour. For more info, and to register, visit room S1032. The cost is $50 for the trip and is required at registration; the fee covers all travel expenses, including bus transportation, entry fees and two meals. For more info, contact Alice Rios at or 214 -860-8722. Mountain View College is located 4849 West Illinois Ave., in Dallas.


February 7, 2018


Faith Walk Spiritually Speaking by James A. Washington

I have at times talked a little about “Faith Walk” and it dawned on me that I have also questioned just what that meant. Maybe you can explain it better than me and know that I’m not trying to be funny. I’m being real and just want to gain and give more perspective on what many have told me, I went through. Some claimed to see a transformation in me as I have come to Christ. Others have said, “As you go through this walk.” Obviously, I’ve used the term myself when trying to explain my different view of the world as seen through a new pair of spiritualized eyes. The whole experience has been and continues to be extremely dynamic. I’m just curious about the ‘walk’ reference. I suppose when you think about it, many in the bible had truth revealed to them on a walk or, on a journey. God has seen fit to communicate to many a saint while they were going from one place to another, or, even through the spiritual travel of a dream. It’s a simple enough analogy. What is more meaningful than a walk or a trip with someone whom you respect, admire, love or can learn something from? One of my most memorable things to do was to go for a walk with my children when they were toddlers. There was something about them discovering and exploring the world around them with absolutely no fear, because they knew I was there. Today, I can go anywhere with my wife. It really is the journey and not the destination for me. Have you ever experienced this? Have you ever gone somewhere walking and talking with someone you were totally in sync with? That might be why people refer to discovering God as “walking in faith.” Some

ple refer to it as being led. Factually stated, the effort to get closer to God requires movement. I think the walking analogy is merely a human endeavor trying to speak to going in a spiritual direction. The best example is of course Enoch. “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Genesis 5:24. What a blessed way to go. The bible talks of walking humbly, walking in the light, walking with the wise, walking in counsel, walking together and walking on water. The point seems to be that the Christian life is a journey; one in which we want to share with God, one in which we talk and if we’re truly blessed, He will listen. The search for salvation is a spiritual journey; one which can best be described as taking the first step towards truth. Once taken, your life changes forever. You change. I know I did. So I guess this faith walk thing is merely a public or in some cases a private acknowledgement that one is letting God order your steps in this, His world. If you do this, God will lead you right to Him. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12. So when you get up in the morning, think about this and let God order your steps. Make a deliberate effort to listen and hear where God is telling you to go, or not to go. They say faith comes by hearing. What better way to hear than by taking a stroll with the Lord on tomorrow. Make a concerted attempt and see where God leads you. He has been known to show up in the oddest places and you will see Him in the strangest faces. Give it a try and know this. If you are seeking Him, He is very easy to find. All it takes is that first baby step. May God bless and keep you always.

Talk about a vicious woman Ask ALMA Dear Alma, My wife is vicious with a capital “V!” We were married for eight years and over that time had two sons. She did everything imaginable. She lied to me, stole from me and manipulated me. Here are a few examples: She stole money from her employer, lied to her family and said I was abusing her. She also had several affairs and called the police and tried to have me arrested under false pretenses. It was absolutely insane. Finally, she walked out on us and I raised my two boys alone. Both are young men now 21 and 23. I never remarried, just worked hard and devoted my time to my boys. Luckily, my sister and my mom helped out and the boys are very well rounded and doing just fine. I can’t say that, however, about my ex. She continued her shenanigans and ended up in and out of jail. She just recently resurfaced and isn’t doing well. She has AIDS and is asking my son to help her out. He just finished college and is barely

making it on his own. He’s determined to help his mom and, from what his brother tells me, is giving her $200 a month. You know what that means? He’s short every month and I’m have to replenish that $200 so that he can make ends meet, which means I’m giving the woman who took me through Hell money every month. I’m pissed and don’t think I can take it much longer. I don’t want to alienate my son, but how do I let him know he is not in a position to help his mother and that he needs to back off and let this go? What Goes Around Dear What Goes Around, Wow, that’s a tough situation you were able to maneuver. I’m sure it was heartbreaking and not what you expected when you said, “I do.” God bless you, Big Papa, for stepping up and taking care of your boys. I’m sure they are growing into fine, young men with the love and examples they learned from you. Yep, you did right. That’s why your son is helping his mother. Don’t be mad at him. He has longed for her all these years, wishing, hoping, praying she’d come back and make up for all the strife and hurt she caused. She didn’t do that. Well, as far as we know. Just because he hasn’t shared any “restin’ on my heart” information, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t

expressed her sorrow and asked him for forgiveness. You’d be surprised what we can say right before death comes knocking. He’s had a tough time. You’ve always been there for him; don’t stop now. If it’s not a hardship, keep funneling the money. God is using you to be a blessing to your ex and a blessing to your son. I know it’s hard, but there’s so much more in store for you on the other side—the other side of this difficult circumstance. He won’t have his mother long, but he’ll always have the memory of how much his father, when faced with inexcusable circumstances, was always able to rise and stand tall as the man who took the high road. Let this one silently play out. When your time comes to be parked in the tough lane, and it will come, you’ll be overwhelmed by the river of blessings that will flow. Larger than anything you could have ever imagined or prayed for. Don’t consume your thoughts about our ex, support your son, all the way to the end. He’s gonna need you and you will have provided him with a clean conscious, that he had done all he could for his mother. You will allow him to be free from regret. What a blessing. I’m so proud of you. Hey, send me your phone number. I have a few friends I wanna hook you up with. LOL. Just to chitchat over coffee. Hey Now! Alma

Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma. TEXAS METRO NEWS February 7, 2018

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and reconnect in order to move forward,” said NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell. “Signing this agreement is taking that step back and it says it’s time for us to recommit to each other and work together to move our people forward.” NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., who once served as president of the NAACP, called the partnership historic. “This [signing] consummates a working relationship of two of the world’s largest organizations focused on the empowerment of Black people,” said Chavis. NNPA National Chairman Dorothy Leavell added that she’s very pleased with the new partnership. “I attempted to do something similar in the nineties and I’m very determined now,” said Leavell. “We are going to set a precedent and I hope we will be able to repeat this with many other national organizations, because if we solidify our strength, things will be different for all of us in the United States of America.” Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, said one of the things he and Russell share in common is the rich tradition of the NAACP. “Anytime we move away from that [tradition], we lose our way,” he said. “The NAACP would not be here, if not for William Monroe Trotter, a civil rights activist, newspaper editor and real estate businessman based in Boston, Massachusetts; the NAACP would not be here today, if not for Ida B. Wells, a newspaper writer…the NAACP would not be here today, if not for W.E.B. DuBois and his “Crisis’ magazine. I commit today, that we will be joining the NNPA.” Johnson added that the NAACP is as strong as its volunteers and the Black Press is as strong as its readers, many of whom

are NAACP members. The signing, which took place on Friday, January 26 was attended by a number of NNPA members, staffers from both organizations and Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson, the first African American woman to hold the office of mayor in the state of Indiana. “We have to take the resources that we have in our collective communities and we have to use these resources in a way that educates our chil-

dren and benefits our people,” Wilson said. “We also have to support [Black] businesses.” Wilson added that Black consumers have to let go of the stereotype that Black businesses are inferior to White businesses. Wilson also noted that African Americans aren’t receiving a fair shake from the federal government and, in her city, finances are a challenge she’s trying to meet head-on. “Many of the answers depended on the state, but last night, a light bulb went on and it was that we can’t wait on the Republican governor to save Gary,” she said. “So, I said to my team that whatever the governor does or doesn’t do,

we are going into the war room and we will stay there and not come out until we have a plan.” Wilson joined Russell, Johnson, Chavis and Leavell in advocating for a strong relationship between the NAACP and the Black Press. “If Black newspapers didn’t tell our stories, no one ever would have,” said Russell, echoing the founders of the Black Press, Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm who stated 191 years ago: “We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us. Too long has the public been deceived by misrepresentations, in things which concern us dearly.”

A Way Out of This Out of the darkness, be drawn to the light. It will warm and comfort you and turn your day from the night. Allowing you to see the good times and find strength in them It will show, without a doubt, that your strength comes from Him. Everything imaginable rearranged by death. Outlining the measure of

the dash that you dwell on earth. Although weakened by sadness, muster all you might. Weep if you must but keep moving towards the light.

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