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Do you have a motion? Okay, get mad if you want. That’s right, get mad and do something. If you belong to an organization, or work where you have meetings, you should want to take every measure so that your meetings won’t waste your time. And while there are those who like to meet for the sake of meeting and also those who don’t feel they are accomplishing things if they don’t Dr. Ada WIlliams have meetings; there are those who have productive and short meetings. Do you find yourself attending meetings that last entirely too long? Are they prolonged by senseless discussions or unpreparedness? Are you the parliamentarian of your organization? How’d you get elected? Was it based on your knowledge of parliamentary procedure or popularity? Are you conducting business in a manner that promotes productivity or chaos, hurt feelings and bitterness? Well, there’s relief! My sorority sister, the dearly-departed Ada Williams, knew how to conduct an effective meeting. Dealing with provocateurs, filibusters, long discussions that have folks “piggybacking� off another’s comments, or secSee TRUTH, page 11

35 YEARS OF SERVICE Pastor addresses Fair Housing Act


Community Policing Grows

By Cheryl Smith As he prepares to celebrate the 35th pastoral anniversary, the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III shows no signs of slowing down. Instead he appears even more determined and focused as he takes on the many issues effecting society, like Fair Housing, residential segregation, gentrifica-

What is FAIR? Police Talk 101 hosted by BPA President Officer T. Hop. Chief U. Renee Hall and Judge Brandon Birmingham

tion and predatory lending. Speaking before a standing room only gathering at the Dallas Association of Realist (DAR) commemoration of the 1968 Fair Housing Act at the African American Museum, this week, Dr. Haynes talked about a dream interrupted and called on attendees to hold See FAIR HOUSING, page 12

Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III

El Centro welcomes Hannah-Jones

The El Centro College Common Book Program welcomes Nikole Hannah-Jones – Writer for The New York Times Magazine and recent recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant for her work “reshaping national conversations around education reform� on April 24. 11 a.m. – Keynote: “Education and Equity: Creating Access and Tearing Down Boundaries to Opportunity and Education� 2 p.m. – Informal Question and Answer Session/Meet and Greet Join us for these exciting events featuring one of today's leading

Nikole Hannah-Jones

voices on race and education in America. Both events will take place in the Performance Hall, and are open to the El Centro College community. Ms. Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent

years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. She has written extensively on the history of racism, school desegregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. Selected celebrated works See EL CENTRO, page 9

The Black Police Association of Greater Dallas has been dedicated to bridging the gap between law enforcement and the communities they serve for over forty years. For this Association, community policing means being proactive about and developing solutions to the immediate problems contributing to public safety issues. This is why the BPA is dedicated to hosting events that encourage police officers to form relationships with civilians and creating programs that solve the needs of the communities they serve, as well as, facilitating conversations on community-police relations. On March 24th, the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas sponsored a community policing event led by its board member Officer Lamar Glass in collaboration with local nonprofit, First Stripe, called PD Madness. PD Madness was a basketball tournament where eight law enforcement teams hit the court, in a March Madness-inspired tournament, See BLACK POLICE, page 4 www.texasmetronews.com


APRIL 18, 2018


Financial Aid Webinar

On April 25th, Federal Student Aid (FSA), the Department of Labor, and the FTC will be hosting a webinar geared towards college seniors and new entrants to the workforce. The event is open to the public, so please encourage any interested stakeholders to register and attend.

Deborah Watkins

Dr. Deborah Watkins, former Dallas City Secretary and past president of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will be remembered in services this weekend. A graduate of the Class of 1969 of Roosevelt High School, Dr. Watkins went to the University of North Texas, where she also received a master’s degree. She later earned her Ph.D. in education from Texas A&M-Commerce. She was initiated into the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, in 1983. She was preceded in death by her husband Ted. They have two sons, Ryan and Kurt.

Kimesia Crawford Davis



You will find more information about the webinar below: For college seniors and new entrants to the workforce, the time is now to get a good start on your financial life. Learning about basic financial planning, like budgeting and managing debt, is key to your financial wellness now and in the future. We know there are many financial demands you face from rent and student loans to saving for a car, home or retirement. Using these financial tools will help you keep on track to meet all of your financial goals.

In Memoriam Kimesia Crawford Davis was born on May 29, 1971. She grew up in Dallas lived her life to the fullest. Kim attended Dallas ISD schools and graduated from the High School of Health Professions. She was a very proud “Lion” and furthered her education at Prairie View A&M University. Kim was employed at AT&T for almost 18 years. She leaaves to cherish her memory her

To help you get started, the U.S. Department of Labor, joined by representatives of the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission, is sponsoring a webcast for college seniors and recent entrants to the workforce to provide information and tools for creating your own financial plan and preparing you to make informed financial decisions. Registration link: http://mp163422.cdn.mediaplatform.com/163422/wc/ mp/4000/15208/19989/101896/Lobby/ default.htm?ref=ProductionTeam

amazing husband, Desmond Davis; children Kylie, Kelcie, and Dalton; mother, Patrick Crawford; father, Heman Sweatt (Jo); sisters, Shayla and C’Zarina Sweatt; uncle Charles Crawford (Shirley); aunt Gloria Freeney (Victor); aunt Libby Sweatt; aunt Bernice Cokes (Joseph); aunt Beverly (Joseph); a special aunt/nana, Ruthie Traylor; mother-in-love Regina Moses; father-inlove Bishop D.A. Davis (Lorita); and a host of other relatives and friends.



METRO TEXAS METRO NEWS APRIL 18, 2018 3  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omicron Mu Omega Chapter, hosts Community Shred Day

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On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Omicron Mu Omega Chapter, will hosts is annual Community Shred Day in furtherance of its mission to be of service to the community. Members of the community are invited and encouraged to bring any and all documents—such as bank and credit card statements, paper medical records, court documents, etc.—that they want to shred

and destroy in a safe and secure manner. The Shred Day event will take place at East Gate Baptist Church, located at 6960 Polk Street, Dallas, TX 75232 from 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM. Only documents are permitted. Members of the Community are asked to omit things like CDs, Hard drives, and Metal Binders. This event is free for all participants.

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QUIT PLAYIN’: All Stars-No Bucks!

Quit Playin’ By Vincent L. Hall

Few articles ever printed the Brothers’ government names, but it really doesn’t matter. The two Black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for no reason don’t need names. In America, they are seen as “Black Bucks.â€? The two unarmed men in waiting must have looked menacing to the weaker, woe-stricken, White woman behind the counter. The Slave Patrols, aka the police, did what they’re hired to do‌Protect rich folks’ property. America, and apparently its premiere coffee chain, caters to the Stars, and Bucks are not welcome. This nation is not going backward in time, it just never got as far as we thought. Let me knit some history to help you understand. Return to those “Days of Yesteryearâ€? and revisit a highly-acclaimed Black and White epic. No, not The Lone Ranger; go back to the turn of the 20th century to the “Birth of a Nation.â€? For particularly paranoid Whites, this movie was seen as a “post-Reconstruction prophecy.â€?

It predicted that one day Blacks would rise up and serve caramel karma lattes. The storyline was simple. Flora Cameron, a young White virgin, was frolicking in the forest when she was frightened by Gus, (no last name) but described as a Black Buck, a recently-freed Buck at that. Flora eventually leapt to her death to avoid being raped. Historian, Leon Litwack asserted in “Past Imperfect, History According to the Movies,â€? that the film depicts African American men as “subhuman,â€? possessing “vicious bestialityâ€? and “primitive sexuality.â€? The Klan always rides to the rescue of Southern Whites and especially to save their women. The movie’s ending was predictable. Grand Wizard David Duke updated Litwack’s assertion in April 1975; “White people don’t need a law against rape, but if you fill this room up with your normal black bucks, you would, because niggers are basically primitive animals.â€? The film also notably hypes the

Black Police, continued from front page against eight community teams. April 7th, the Association held a Home Buying 101 seminar led by local real estate agent, Randy Bell, giving police officers and community members the tools needed to purchase homes in Dallas county including grant information and financing options. This is the first of many seminars the association will be hosting as part of their new home buyers community outreach program. The Association’s President, Officer Terrence Hopkins (known to many as T. Hop), has made it his own personal mission to bridge the gap between officers

and law enforcement by leading conversations on his radio show every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM called Police Talk 101 where local leaders are invited to discuss community and police relations. BPA Member, Officer O. Buster, was honored on April 6th for helping save the life of Bailey Adam, a marathon runner that collapsed during the Dallas Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Buster was one of the CPR people on the scene that was able to save the Half-Marathon heart attack survivor. The Black Police Association of Greater Dallas believes community po-

threat of Black power. “Beyond the lieutenant governor, African Americans are depicted as state legislators, judges, juries, voters and — most dramatically — armed soldiers enforcing equality. Black South Carolina lawmakers are featured shoeless, drinking whiskey and eating chicken in the state legislature when they pass a law allowing Blacks and Whites to intermarry.� Don’t laugh; those same imagined threats fueled the 2016 presidential campaign. Slave Catchers were America’s original policing corps; a working model of law enforcement’s priorities today. The United States’ first police were organized “slave patrols.� Slaves were property and owners protected their investments. Six slave patrolmen, disguised as Philadelphia police officers, were just doing their jobs when they answered the call to arrest two suspicious Black Bucks “loitering� among the stars. “They did a service that they were called to do,� Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard

Ross said. “And if you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that. Ross said his officers “did absolutely nothing wrong.� And yes, Ross is a Buck. Starbucks’ CEO must be commended for his rapid and personal response. Kevin Johnson boarded a flight to Philly, apologized profusely and fired the damsel behind the cash register. Johnson took strategic actions to retain his upper-income customer base. The Black Bucks at the center of this miserable menagerie are still nameless. Sometimes identities are omitted to protect the innocent, however, that would be an indulgence few Black Bucks have ever enjoyed. 113 years after Birth of a Nation and the problem of the Black Buck remains. Racism is as American as apple pie, and nothing codifies the experience better than a good cup of coffee. On this one particular day though, it was all stars and no bucks. Oh thank heaven for 7-11! #QuitPlayin #StayWoke Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.

proven that good relationships are essential to good police work. To learn more about the association’s c om mu n i ty outreach programs and opporPD Madness w/ Board Member and Officer Lamar Glass tunities to p ar t ne r, licing involves forming partnerships email info@dallasdoesgood.com and with community organizations and visit their website at www.bpadallas.org. giving people the opportunity to interact with law enforcement officers. It is





Will the lame duck quack?


The rats are leaping off the sinking ship! Paul Ryan says he wants to spend more time with his teenagers, but he likely also doesn’t want to be part of the losses Republicans are likely to experience in November (unless the Dems mess up, which is not impossible). By April 13, there were 41 Republicans who said they would not run for re-election, for varying reasons or no reason at all. Ryan’s citing of personal reasons seems disingenuous. Most teens aren’t clamoring for more daddy time. Many of them hardly speak to their parents. Ryan says he will serve out his term, and serve out his speakership, but his announcement has caused chaos in his party. And, while he has not used his announcement to criticize his

President, many think that he has had about enough of making excuses for the man who wants to grab women by the genitals, threaten North Korea and Syria, build walls, indulge in racist rants, and more. Since Ryan is so interested in spending time with his children, how does he explain 45 to his teens, especially to his 16-year-old daughter? At about the same time Ryan announced that he would not run again, Florida Republican Congressman Dennis Ross made the same announcement to his staff. In a CNN interview shortly afterward, he cited “party polarization and the “lack of civility and respect” as part of his reason for not running. He also exhibits his own intellectually limited pettiness by throwing too much shade on some of the young people who have emerged as activists in Florida. Young people, he says, know how to protest, but they don’t know “the process”. It seems to me that the Parkland students and others they have joined with have

exhibited enough knowledge of “the process” to get Florida legislators to change a few laws. And these young people promise to be an electoral force in 2018. Maybe that’s why Republicans are leaping off the Titanic as it is poised to hit an iceberg. The party that captured the

going along with this sham so Republicans can destroy Medicare and Social Security. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that the giveaways of the GOP tax scam, overwhelmingly going to big corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent, are exploding the deficit by even more than originally projected; now by nearly $2 trillion in higher deficits. Now, a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that, if revenues are not raised to help reach balance, the GOP Balanced Budget Amendment would require deep cuts in key programs, such as Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. The report finds that, if the cuts mandated by this flawed GOP

BBA are spread proportionately, tens of millions of seniors, children, working families, and veterans would be impacted:

Presidency typically loses some Senatorial and Congressional seats in a mid-term election. Sixty-three Democrats surely did in 2010, partly because of resistance to the Affordable Care Act, and partly because of resistance to President Obama himself. But fewer than 20 Democrats chose not to run for reelection. So far, a record 41 Republican rats are


jumping off 45’s sinking ship. Some of them are talking openly of impeachment, given continuing developments in the Mueller probe. Others are repulsed by the drip drip revelations of 45’s immoral behavior. Still, others are concerned about the ways the Oval Office has become a piggy bank for the President and his family. The Republican family is a fractured one and they are cruising for a bruising! Speaker Paul Ryan says he did what he came to do in Washington – he shepherded through a tax reform bill that “simplified” our taxes. But the man who was known as a deficit hawk also passed out corporate goodies as if they were girl scout cookies, and had a role in increasing the deficit to more than a trillion dollars. If that’s what he came to do, he might as well hang his conservative mantle up. These next few months will be interesting as the lame duck speaker attempts to manage legislation and, perhaps, attack social programs like Medi-

care and Social Security. But will the Lame Duck speaker quack? He has little to lose now that he says he will not run for his congressional seat again. He also says he will not run for office, but who believes that? Further, his best qualification to run for office might be the ways, in these next few months, he challenges the president that he is clearly repulsed by. Will he be a champion for true conservatism, not the cronyism that 45 embodies? Will he raise questions about the crooked practices of Cabinet members who have never met a charter plane they could not pass up? The Lame Duck could provide a service to his party and to our nation if he would simply quack. But he may have been too compromised to open his mouth.

In preparing this report, the CBPP assumes that the balanced budget requirement would go into effect in 2025. It also assumes that, in order to hit the balanced budget target in 2025, Congress would start cutting programs in 2020. As AARP wrote in urging Members of Congress to oppose the amendment, “A balanced budget amendment would likely harm Social Security and Medicare, subjecting both programs to potentially deep cuts without regard to the impact on the health and financial security of individuals… Individuals who have contributed their entire working lives to earn a predictable benefit during their retirement would find that their retirement income and health care out of pocket costs

would vary significantly year-toyear, making planning difficult and peace of mind impossible… AARP opposes the adoption of a balanced budget amendment that puts Social Security and Medicare at risk.” I’m a strong believer in real fiscal responsibility, not this cynical gimmick that is a pretext for GOP cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. We need to keep the promises we made to our seniors and our veterans, create more good-paying jobs, and reduce deficits in a responsible and sustainable manner. The amendment failed to reach the two-thirds majority threshold required to advance an Amendment to the Constitution.

Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com

Voting No on Republican Balanced Budget Amendment

From the Capitol

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

The GOP tax scam mortgaged the future of our seniors and our families in order to give even more money to Wall Street, Pharmaceutical companies, big corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent. Now after adding trillions in higher deficits, Republicans want to amend our Constitution to force America’s seniors to give up the pillars of their retirement security to pay for the GOP’s giveaways to the wealthiest. I’m not

• Social Security would be cut by $325 billion in 2025 alone, and by a total of $2.6 trillion through 2028; • Medicare would be cut by $200 billion in 2025 alone, and by a total of $1.7 trillion through 2028; • Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA subsidies would be cut by $150 billion in 2025 alone, and by a total of $1.2 trillion through 2028; and • Veterans’ disability compensation and other benefits would be cut by $30 billion in 2025 alone, and by a total of $250 billion through 2028.



APRIL 18, 2018


Teachers are seeing Red!

Have you noticed the increasing number of protests that have occurred in the United States in the last two years? We have seen Black Lives Matter, protesting the volatile excessive force practices among police officers with Black males. We have seen the Me Dr. Felicia Shepherd Too & Women Rights Rally movements, protesting unequal pay and being sexual harassed/assaulted in the workplace. We have seen Rally Against Racism on Martin Luther King Dr. this year, protesting President Trump’s insulting/vulgar statements about immigrants. You know those immigrants from “Sh@T hole countries.” Our Generation Z took to the streets for the Marched for Our Lives, protesting the increasing number of mass shootings due to the lack of gun control policies here in America. Just when you thought America was all “marched” out, another wave of marches surfaced. Who now? Teachers! Teachers have joined the movement of exercising their constitutional right to protest. Teachers are seeing red in many Republican red states. A wave of teacher activism is sweeping the red states in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Arizona, and Kentucky fighting for raises, classroom supplies, or social security/ pension benefits. Let’s dive into these chains of events. It started with the teachers in West Virginia who marched for almost two weeks during the month of March. They went on strike in massive numbers. Wearing red shirts, educators in West Virginia took their Magic School Bus to the state capital of West Virginia and protested for higher salaries. You have to give the teachers credit for their wardrobe color choice. Over 20,000 educators went on strike leaving schools at a halt. Many have mixed emotions about classrooms been empty for so many days however teachers have a hard enough job of educating the youth of today without having to wonder if their bills will be paid for the month. West Virginia teachers asked for a 5% salary increase. After nine days of protest their demands were met! Republican lawmakers pass the bill in both chambers and West Virginia teachers went back into the classroom ready to fight www.texasmetronews.com

with Little Bobby to not eat the glue during the social studies art project time. West Virginia started this chain of events and within weeks other Republican states joined the movement. These states began their efforts of protesting increases in salaries, classroom conditions, pensions, and other needs or concerns. Oklahoma’s, red state, teachers walked out of their classrooms and protested. Thousands of teachers in the state of Oklahoma exercised their right to protest. It was the OK Corral Showdown at the state capital! Teachers in Oklahoma took to social media by posting pictures of dilapidated classrooms, broken desks, old textbooks to show the poor conditions of the classrooms in this conservative red state. We typically do not see this much excitement from educators unless a holiday or summer break is approaching. Unlike West

Virginia, Oklahoma teachers did not get all that they requested. Teachers in Oklahoma requested a pay increase of $10,000 over the next three years and $5,000 for support professional. Lawmakers passed a pay increase of $6,100 on average for teachers and $1,250 for school professionals. Although it was not the total amount requested, it is a victory nonetheless. Kudos Oklahoma! Your nine days of being out of the classroom proved to be time well spent. Now the challenge of making up 9 days worth of classroom instruction commenced. Well, you can’t win them all. Just when we thought all was quiet on the teacher home front, another wave of teacher protest emerged. Next at the starting gate is the red state of Kentucky. We have the educators’ version of the Kentucky Derby! We have the horse “Red Danger” representing the teachers approaching the starting gate going up against the “Lame Duck,” representing the Republican lawmakers. And they’re Off! Teachers in Kentucky are protesting the new pension plan that lawmakers

have passed. “The bill, which passed both chambers of the state legislature, would overhaul the state’s public pension system, mostly affecting teachers hired after Jan. 1, 2019, by moving them from a traditional pension to a “hybrid” plan. The bill also limits the number of sick days teachers can put toward retirement and requires them to work longer before becoming eligible for retirement benefits.” (www.times. com) This will adversely affect recruitment of teachers in the future. We will continue to monitor this story to see who makes it to the finish line. We have seen West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, as well as Arizona, all red states, protesting the issues concerning teacher wages, supplies, outdated textbooks, pensions, etc. Just in case Educators in Texas are feeling the urge to jump on the walk out and protest bandwagon, I shall say this in the best cowboy voice I can mutter “Cool your chaps little Phillies!” The J.R. Ewing’s (Referencing the t.v. show Dallas; 40th Anniversary, Big fan!) in this redder than red state passed a law 25 years ago that public official, including teachers, are not allowed to protest. If teachers walk out of their classroom to protest in the state of Texas, the loss of employment, certification(s), and pension could occur. With midterm elections approaching, it’ll be interesting to see how many of these red states will see a blue wave transpire. Educators are simply trying to get what they deserve. Teaching students is a challenge. If you feel that teachers are not warranted in their demands, I challenge you to step into their shoes for one day. Go into a classroom of 25 students or more and try to teach long division that will cater to the students’ learning styles while maintaining classroom management, keeping students engaged in the lesson whether they are on or below grade level. Educators continue to see Red! Continue to fight for what it is right. Continue to motivate, educate, and encourage future leaders who society says we want the best for but we do not want to pay for. ~Doc Shep Speaks Dr. Felicia N. Shepherd Twitter @getfinessed Facebook-facebook.com/fnsconsulting


Proctor selected to board

Regional Black Contractors Association Chairman & President, John Proctor, has been selected as a Board Member to Homeward Bound, Inc., a rehabilitation center that specializing in the treatment and care of those suffering with addiction. Mr. Proctor believes drug rehabilitation is part of the solution to our community and will spend his time and resources supporting the program. The following are programs Homeward Bound Inc. provides: Men/Women's Residential Program HIV Services Recovery & Support Outpatient Services Crisis Residential Additional counseling, psychiatric evaluations, and medication management are available for clients who are dual diagnosed with substance use disorder and mental illness. To learn more about Homeward Bound, visit their website at Homewardboundinc.org.


April 17-21 T.D. Jakes Pastors & Leadership Conference 2018 E2i 5 day event Register: pastorsandleaders.org

April 18 1983 Alice Walker received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the Color Purple

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April 20 Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III 35th Pastoral Anniversary 7:35pm at W. Dallas Victory Hotel 2440 Victory Park Ln. 2018 Congressional Art Competition Presented By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. Participants will be Honored at Mort H. Meyerson Symphony Center 10am-5pm. info: www.house.gov/content/educate/ art_competition Garland Symphony Orchestra features Richard Strauss 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland at 8 pm 972-205-2780 “Rumors” By CORP at Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland 4/20 at 8 pm, 04/21 at 2 pm & 8 pm, 4/22 at 2 pm

The Dunbar All Class Alumni Blue & White Extravaganza 2018 8pm–1am at Prince Hall Masonic District # 7 3433 MLK Fwy. Ft Worth. Info. 409-651-5834

2018 Jazz w/ Marion Meadows & Paul Brown at Bishop Arts Theatre Center 215 S. Tyler St, Dallas from 7pm9:45pm

April 22 2013 Ricjie Havens, music artist died at age 72. He opened the famous Woodstock Festival in 1969

The “Vision of the Arts” Sculpture Installation and Dedication 300 N. 5th St. Garland 972-205-2780 At 1:30 pm Janeane Garofalo @ Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas at 7 pm DFW Premier Apperance of Susa y Epifanio at Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub 425 Commerce St. Ft. Worth 6pm-8pm. Tickets: alextorresproduction.nliven.com

April 23 Earth Fest: An Earth & Arbor Day Celebration Cedar Hill Government Center , 285 Uptown Blvd., Cedar Hill. “FREE EVENT” on Mon. 5-7:30 pm

April 24 1944 UNCF The United Negro College Fund was established.

April 25 Ella Fitzgerald-”First Lady of Song” Born in 1918. Jazz singer Nat’l Medal of Arts recipient in 1987.

Free Movie “DOA” Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland at 2 pm Free Movie “The Big Sleep” at Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland at 4 pm

Roundtables Writer’s Breakfast Feat: John Wiley Price at TBAAL 1309 Canton St. Dallas Rm. T314 at 10am Tickets: $15 Downtown Dallas Comedy Sister Cantalope at TBAAL Clarence Music Café Theatre 1309 Canton St. 9pm

April 21 Old School Pop Up party: Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Southwest Regional Conference 2018 at Richardson Civic Center 411 W. Arapaho Rd. 7pm-11pm Tickets: 2018wrc. dstsouthwest.org 2018 Jazz w/ Marion Meadows & Paul Brown at Bishop Arts Theatre Center 215 S. Tyler St, Dallas from 7pm9:45pm Master Piece Presents Flow (for the love of words) - A Showcase at 1011 Ten Eleven Grill 1011 Corinth St. Dallas 7pm-9:30pm

Throwback Thursday Theater: Love & Basketball at the Magnolia Theatre 3699 McKinney Ave. Dallas 6pm-9pm

Prince died in 2016. He was born 6-7-1958.

Grand Prairie Main Street Fest at 200 W. Main St. Grand Prairie Fri. thru Sun. 8 pm–11pm

In 1972 Major General Frederic E. Davidson became the 1st Black to Lead an Army Division.

Dungeness Crab Event (4-19-4-22) at Rockfish Seafood Grill Richardson 7639 Campbell Rd. Ste. 800, Dallas

Ode to Old School at Blue Fish Plano 5760 State Highway 121, 10pm-2am.

1856 Granville T. Woods. Inventor with 50 patents. Born in Columbus, OH. Died 1/30/1910.

April 19

Black Women Appreciation – Ft. Worth Edition at Young Black Entrepreneurs 2525 E. Rosedale St. from 5pm– 10pm Call Antoine White 314-630-4465


Survivor Speaks Out at Dallas public Library J. Erik Jonsson 7th fl. 1515 Young St. Dallas 11am-3pm.

1908 Jazz musician and band leader Lionel Hampton was born. Died 8-31-2002.

St. Luke UMC 85th Church Anniversary 5710 RL Thornton Fwy. Dallas 4-18-25. 4-22 services are at 8am & 11am. Info on activities call 214-821-2970.

Deceitful Keystrokes at Angelika Film Center & Café 5321 E. Mockingbird, Dallas 7pm-10pm


Justice & Brunch w/Freddy Haynes at 1011 Ten Eleven Grill 1011 Corinth St. Dallas from 11:30am-1;30pm The Dunbar All Class Alumni Blue & White Extravaganza 2018 at 8 pm – 1 am at Prince Hall Masonic District # 7 of Texas, 3433 MLK Fwy. Ft. Worth. Info. 409-651-5834 4th-ANNUAL TRAVIS COLLEGE HILL HISTORIC HOME TOUR, 1 pm to 5 pm 100th-birthday celebration for one of the homes. 400 South 11th Street. Garland. Wheels of Hope Car Show at 521 W. State St., Garland from 10am – 2pm Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Psi Chapter Dallas, Double Tree 2015 Market Ctr. Blvd.11am–2pm Contact Judy B. Reeves 214-391-4464 55th Annual “V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Awards” Luncheon Hosted by South Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club at Hilton Anatole Hotel – Imperial Ballroom 2201 Stemmons Fwy. Dallas 12 noon.

April 29 Duke Ellington musician born 1899. Died 5-24-74

Networking Event Dinner How to Brand, Market, Use social Media & self-care at Pink Magnolia 642 W. Davis St. Dallas from 5pm-8pm Host Now & Zen Bodyworks Soul Purpose at Bruton Theatre Featuring play I’m Going! 1309 Canton St. Dallas at 3pm. Les Miserables at Music Hall at Fair Park 909 1st Ave. At 7:30 pm

April 26

Walter Mosley at the Kessles Theater on 1230 W. Davis St. Dallas from 8pm-10pm Tickets: www.prekindle.com

John James Audubon, artist, ornithologist born in 1785. Died 1/27/1851

Avance Latino Street Fest in Dallas Arts District Sunday from 10am-6pm FREE

April 27

The Board of Directors ofApril 30 Quest for Greater Success 2015- Ben E. King singer/songwriter, died at age 76. Cordially invites you to the Ribbon-Cutting May Ceremony 1 $5 For the opening of our new Gwendolyn Brooks 1st Black to win a Pulitzer Prize Empowerment Centerin Poetry in 1950 May 2 Tuesday 24, 2018 11am-2pm Ceremony at 11:30am Light lunch Juke Joint/Friday Night Fish Fry at Trinity Elk Lodge #480 will be served 2607 MLK Blvd.RSVP Dallas 8:30pm-2am by April 12th toyjackson@q4sucess.org 2000- Singer/Actress Vicki Sue Robinson died at the age of 45. She sang the 1976 disco hit “Turn the Beast Around.”

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FEATURED STAR: ARIES - The RAM 03/21 - 04/19 Moving between two places. Find balance. Inspiration/Influence – Follow your intuition and trust your instincts. Your Chosen Healing Crystal CITRINE – Personal power, emotional control targets your physical center. Solar Plexus chakra Lucky Numbers – TAURUS – THE BULL – 04/20 - 05/20 Inheritance, gifts, material gain successful endeavors could bring financial rewards. GEMINI – The Twins - 05/21 – 06/20 A new job, the start of a new adventure, new beginnings, creative energy, offer excitement with new transitions. CANCER – The Crab – 06/21 – 07/22 Withdraw from the outside world. Carefully contemplate inner wisdom. Thoughtfully reflect; you can support yourself. LEO – The Lion – 07/23 – 08/22 The results of the seeds you have planted, are now being rewarded. VIRGO – The Virgin – 08/23 – 09/22 Loss and disappointment from a current difficult situation. Depending on the actions you take will shape your destiny. LIBRA – The Scales – 09/23 – 10/22 Courage, patience, and strength are required to bring you success.

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11/22 – 12/21 Choose carefully and what your decisions are when presented with feelings of boredom. Don’t do anything you will “beat yourself up” for later. CAPRICORN – The Goat – 12/22 – 01/19 Achievements and things you worked so hard for are now coming to a full reward. Keep up the great work! AQUARIUS – The Water Carrier – 01/20 – 02/18 Here you feel many choices are available, the difficult thing is making a decision. Exercise care. PISCES – The Fish – 02/19 – 03/20 Reacting to others can be a result of how much you are actually “juggling” in life on your own now. Being mindful of your own inventory is best. Daily Oracle Reading: Ask and it is given Words carry vibrational power. The participation of gossip is a fast aging process. Blessings to all! You are loved! ^_^

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One Last Fling

Dear Alma, I’m 25 and getting ready to marry a wonderfully fantastic man. We are totally compatible and get along in every way. Our sex life is amazing, and I really love him. However, I recently met a new man to whom I am unbelievably attracted, but just physically. I know deep inside that I want to be with my fiancé forever. My question to you is: Would it be so wrong to have sex with my new friend just one time? So far we’ve only gone to lunch and out for drinks. I see this as my last chance to hook up before I say “I do.” Vonda M., Wheeling, W.V.

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This is easy. All you want is for me to tell you, “Sure, girl, go on and get your swerve on before your wedding night.” NOT! Keep it moving, sister, cause you won’t find that train on the Ask Alma railroad tracks of life. Of all the things you could have

What if you do it and you don’t have a good time. Then, you’d be mad you put yourself out like that. What if you do it and you like it? Then you’ll want more, and you couldn’t because you’d be married. on your mind before your wedding, you’re daydreaming about another man. Really!? Let me school you for a min-

ute. Take a bus to Fantasy Land. That way you’ll have your moment of satisfaction (just not for real) and you won’t hurt your new husband or yourself by making the worst mistake of your life. What if you do it and you don’t have a good time. Then, you’d be mad you put yourself out like that. What if you do it and you like it? Then you’ll want more, and you couldn’t because you’d be married. Back up, take a chill pill and remind yourself of the morals that I’m sure are somewhere within your reach. You’ve found a great fiancé, and you want a quickie before you march down the aisle. You’ve made that perfectly clear. However, my brain is on pause and I just have to say – the real question here should be: Are you sure you’re even ready to get married? 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: alwaysaskalma@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma.


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continued from page 1 from Nikole Hannah-Jones: "Choosing A School For My Daughter in a Segregated City" from The New York Times Magazine (article) "The Problem We All Live With"from This American Life (podcast) Ms. Hannah-Jones investigates the way racial segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy. She has written extensively about school resegregation across the country and the utter disarray of hundreds of school desegregation orders. She has also chronicled the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act and wrote one of the most widely read analyses of the racial implications of the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action Supreme Court case. Her reporting has won several national awards, including the Peabody Award, George Polk Award, National Magazine Award, Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, and the Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2015 and was named to The Root 100 in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She is also a 2017 New America Emerson fellow and a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Journalist. In 2017, Ms. Hannah-Jones was named a prestigious MacArthur fellow for her reporting on school segregation. Known as the “Genius Grant,” the award is given to just two dozen people globally each year. In 2016, she helped found the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization geared towards increasing the number of investigative reporters of color. Before joining The New York Times, Nikole worked for investigative news organization ProPublica. Her works has also appeared in The Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Week Magazine, Grist, Politico Magazine and on Face the Nation, This American Life, NPR, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now and radio stations across the country. Ms. Hannah-Jones continues to investigate the policies and politics that maintain segregation. She is always looking for stories and is particularly interested in talking with sources about school segregation and tracking. For more information, contact Samantha Schulze at 214-860-2092 or sschulze@dcccd.edu.


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onding when there hasn’t been a motion presented. Sound familiar? Or what about the “friendly amendments,” “I second that emotion,” or better still, “I want to make a motion?” Then there’s the attitude from attendees that are passive aggressive and in the back of their minds they are thinking, “I don’t run nothing at home or work so I’m going to come to the meetings and wreak havoc!” Well, UNCF has told us that a mind is a terrible thing to waste and also, information is power. So we have to do as the oh, so knowledgeable Mrs. Williams would say, and learn the basic rules so that we can have more effective and productive meetings. And, she knows what she is talking about because not only was she parliamentarian emeritus for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she also served in numerous capacities where her parliamentarian skills were put to use, prior to her recent passing. The former Miss Huston-Tillotson College joined the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) in 1975 and became a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) in 1978. This distinction afforded her the opportunity to serve as Parliamentarian for numerous organizations, including the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees (19882002), Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod of Lutheran Churches, Texas Credit Union’s League Annual Meetings, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, International, Dallas Retired Teachers Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1977-2017). Recognized for her teaching skills and her knowledge of parliamentary rules and law, she was widely sought after to teach numerous workshops on Leadership and Parliamentary procedures nationally and internationally; and was one of a few Professional Registered Parliamentarians to be invited to Russia to teach Parliamentary Law. I have benefitted significantly from her teachings but I still find myself sitting in ineffective meetings because people don’t know what they don’t know. Someone jokingly told me about

their chapter’s parliamentarian who received a new copy of Robert’s Rules of Order upon taking office and at the end of the term the book was still in mint condition. It doesn’t make sense to have a position that at the onset of a person’s term it is clearly evident that they are useless. According to the organization’s website, “the purpose of TSAP is to promote the philosophy and principles underly-

ing the rules of deliberative assemblies through the study, teaching, and dissemination of parliamentary law and procedure; advocate and encourage continuing education, maximum proficiency in parliamentary skills, and closer communication and cooperation among parliamentarians in Texas.” Sheryl C. Womble, PRP is the president of TSAP for 2017-2018 and Mrs. Williams was the first Black female to serve as president of TSAP. PRP means, Professional Registered Parliamentarian. Professional Registered Parliamentarian® (PRP®) status indicates that a member has the knowledge and practical skills to successfully deliver parliamentary services. Building on the expertise demonstrated at the Registered Parliamentarian® level, the PRP® designation shows that the member can provide quality parliamentary services and has agreed to adhere to the code of ethics adopt-

ed by NAP. PRPs are also eligible to participate in NAP’s professional referral service. PRP® status is granted to a Registered Parliamentarian® who successfully completes a Professional Qualifying Course and demonstrates competency and skills in these areas: •serving as a professional parliamentarian and/or professional presider at conventions and meetings •working with an organization’s governing documents •engaging in parliamentary research and writing opinions •serving as an instructor/consultant •applying the ethical and business practices of a professional parliamentarian Long-time Dallas resident Ella Goode Johnson is the historian of the TSAP. Mrs. Johnson has served in leadership positions for several organizations. She even served as president of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., for two terms and currently serves as president of the Women’s Council of Dallas County, Inc. She says understanding and applying parliamentarian procedures is important. “Using Robert’s Rules of Order as the ruling authority of conducting meetings creates a plan to effectively move through an agenda,” she said. “It makes it easier for people to understand the outcomes of discussions in meetings. So, I encourage every organization or business leader to either attend or send a representative to the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians (TASP) Convention. If you can’t make it here, find one in your area. The 64th Annual TSAP Convention - May 4-6, 2018, will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton DFW Airport South in Irving, Texas. Registration information can be found on the TASP website at http:// www.texasparliamentarians.org. The online registration deadline is April 21, 2018. Put an end to the drama and madness in your meetings!



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Mavs Gaming selects Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd with First Pick in NBA 2K League Draft By Dorothy J Gentry Sports Editor

He’s 23-years-old, been playing 2K since he was a kid, and was part of the team that won last year’s NBA AllStar 2K Tournament. He’s Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd, Mavs Gaming’s first pick in the inaugural NBA 2K League Draft. “It’s a blessing to be the No. 1 pick. Coming from where I come from, I never thought I’d be here,” said the Cleveland, Ohio native whose favorite NBA player is, of course, LeBron James. “It’s surreal. I’m thankful that Mavs Gaming has faith in me. Now I’m ready to get to know my teammates and go to work,” he said. “Dallas is a

great organization. I don’t know too much about the city but I’m ready and willing to learn and get to work. “To be a pro-gamer in the NBA2k League means the world to me,” he continued. “I’ve always wanted this. I’m confident that we’re about to go win this championship.” Mavs Gaming, the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA 2K team, is one of 17 franchises participating in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League, a professional esports league featuring the best NBA 2K players in the world. The NBA 2K League is the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. The team selected *six players at last week’s draft that took place at Madison Square Garden in New York

Fair housing, people accountable. “If we are going to move forward, we have to fight and dismantle discrimination in housing,” he said. We have to build up our people and build our communities in the process. And we have to come together and envision what we want our community to look like.” The Fair Housing Act, which is Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children. J. Rashad Thomas, DAR president said the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), which is the oldest professional minority real estate trade association, works toward the goal of democracy in housing. The organization, in commemorating Realist Week, called attention to the 2008 “economic disaster our country experienced.” “While economic recovery is declared, Black American ownership continues to sink, now at a nationwide low rate… www.texasmetronews.com

Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd

City. Mavs Gaming was awarded the No. 1 draft pick in last month’s draft lottery and used that pick to select Boyd . “Number 1 pick, baby! Can’t wait

to get to Mavs Gaming, and start working, y’all! We know what time it is—we’re getting a championship, period. Nobody’s stopping us, let’s get ‘em!” Dimez said, after hearing he was picked by Mavs Gaming. “It’s Dimez’s day to dominate with Mavs Gaming and we’re looking forward to making him a household name,” said Mark Cuban, owner of Mavs Gaming and the Dallas Mavericks. Five additional players were selected using subsequent picks with draft position determined by a snake order arrangement — No. 34, 35, 68, 69 and 102. The players in today’s draft were selected from a pool of 102 draftees that were chosen by the league after an

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accompanied by unemployment levels significantly higher than general market rates,” said Mr. Thomas. Many focused on Dallas where areas are not receiving equitable treatment, funding or attention. Discrimination still exists, 50 years since the historic act was signed, said Dr Haynes. Calling on real estate brokers, churches, Divine 9 organizations (sororities and fraternities) to unite around the issue, the San Francisco native talked about how the community he grew up in was “wiped out.” The concerns he focused on were similar to those addressed by other speakers, including Dallas City Councilman Kevin Felder, Ft. Worth HUD Regional Office Director Thurman Miles, Former HUD Regional Administrator C. Donald Babers. “Affordable housing is a major issue in this city,” pointed out Inner-city Community Development Corporation (ICDC) director Diane Ragsdale, who mentioned white flight, zoning and racism as having a negative impact on the growth of the city. “Proposed housing policies exclude certain communities,” she said, as she en-

couraged people to live where they want to but also have the self determination to address problems in the community. Ms. Ragsdale is a former Dallas City Councilwoman who lives and remains devoted to South Dallas and other areas of the city where bad zoning is helping to create and encourage poverty. Like Dr. Haynes, she talked of once thriving communities that are being ignored by a “plan” that is different from any the city’s would like to see. Affordable homeownership is what is needed, she added, while stressing the need to challenge banks, by holding them accountable because they “continue to redline our communities.” And according to Mr. Babers, don’t expect any help from the federal leadership. Addressing the theme of “Looking back and Looking Forward,” he encouraged everyone to “stay woke” because the conditions of today are very much like those in 1968. Dr. Haynes said those in positions of power have already envisioned what they want Dallas to look like. “But it’s our dream,” he concluded.

extensive tryout process that began in January 2018. Each team had to use its first five selections to fill each of the five positions on the basketball court. The final selection could be used to select a player from any position (point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward or center). Boyd has been playing 2K since he was a young kid, using the game as an outlet to stay away from negativity. He is a part of one of the most dominant Pro/Am teams since the release of the mode and his team qualified and won last year’s NBA All-Star 2K Tournament winning the $250,000 grand prize.




My Weaknesses Yield to God’s Promises

Spiritually Speaking By James A. Washington

I remember reviewing the letters of Paul in bible study. In doing so I was constantly reminded that one cannot look at Paul without really seeing Jesus’ amazing handiwork. Now you need to know that I think Paul is an awesome person when it comes to the story of his life. I haven’t found a biography or autobiography of anyone in or outside of the ‘good book’ who comes close to my admiration for Paul; Jesus notwithstanding. Because the two are so closely associated with one another, I can’t help but consider the impact of this tandem on human history. Just in case someone wants to debate me on this by bringing up the lives of the 12 apostles, I have considered them as well as the prophets and I’m just one of those who is in awe

of Paul. A very large part of the bible is devoted to Paul’s building of the early church at a time when who you worshipped was a life and death decision. Paul himself says in his letters to the church in Corinth, there was indeed a point to his suffering and persecution and the basis for most, if not all, of what he went through was a by-product of his faith in Jesus Christ. “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I (Paul) will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. This kind of thinking and belief led to the eventual proliferation of the church worldwide. It also makes the point of how the lives of so few have impacted and influenced so many in the world

then, and the world as we know it today. Forgive me if I find this a rather fascinating fact. Paul is who he is because of his unique one on one encounter with Christ. That encounter changed him and ultimately the world in which we live. If that be true, then our individual encounters

Christians to come under the attack of the world, since it is in the world where Satan has some sway. I think Paul’s good news is there is a place of refuge when the attack comes. He uses himself as a very good example to follow. If I surrender my weaknesses to the power of Christ and subjugate

It is not unusual for new Christians to come under attack by old friends. It is also not unusual for new Christians to come under the attack of the world, since it is in the world where Satan has some sway. with Christ should also have a profound effect on us and the world in which we currently live. It is not unusual for new Christians to come under attack by old friends. It is also not unusual for new

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to distinguish you from those non believers around you. It, your faith, also sets you up and apart to do great things in the name of Jesus Christ, my personal Lord and Savior. I guess what I’m really saying is when the going gets extremely tough, check the human being Paul. Like Christ he’s been through and has experienced the worst that life has to offer. But because of his belief system, he also experienced the best of God’s promises. It’s like a refresher course and I just wanted to let you know where I go during difficult times. You might also find some answers there. The point I’m trying to make is that in the eyes of God, one’s weaknesses are welcomed opportunities for God to show up and show out. Have you ever wondered why those who have been through so much are able to stand so strong and witness for Christ? Reexamine the reality of God’s grace and you just might get your answer. May God bless and keep you always.

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