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I believe that collaboration is a beautiful thing. For those who think they can navigate through this world without collaborations, well to them, I say, “more power to you!� For me, I don’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel or act as though I am the only one capable of performing some function. I look for “experts� in what they do and we can all come together and make things happen. When I walked into the room at the University of North Texas Dallas, I felt as

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Alumna writes her success story

HOYER: Not investing. JOHNSON: Lack of consistency in programming VEASEY: Food deserts, lack of education, behnd in family planning Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) hosted the first stop of House Democrats’ Pathways Out of Poverty Listening Tour, led by Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity Chair, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13). On the Pathways Out of Poverty Listening Tour, House Democrats are traveling to communities to hear di-

rectly from Americans seeking better job opportunities and economic stability, as well as stakeholders who are working to alleviate poverty. In Dallas, the Members visited three sites developing innovative solutions to reduce poverty and expand opportunity, including Bonton Farms, Jubilee Community Center Tour, and Promise House. Launched in 2013, the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality,

and Opportunity works to raise awareness about the ongoing crisis of poverty, the positive human and economic impacts of effective poverty alleviation programs, and the need for a comprehensive national effort to eradicate poverty. The Task Force consults with key stakeholders to develop support for strategies to eradicate poverty and build opposition to proposed cuts to anti-poverty programs by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans.

Dallas Mavericks off-season news

By Dorothy J. Gentry Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Sen. West. Pastor Cynthia Mickens Ross, Rev. Zan. W. Holmes Jr., Rev. Ron Jones and Councilman Atkins in front (Photo: K. Bass)

though I was back in the 1970s, or witnessing the reboot of that cult-classic, The Warriors. In what is one of my favorite movies, Riffs leader Cyrus calls a summit for gangs, where each invited gang is supposed to bring nine representatives to discuss a truce and how the city’s gangs, which outnumber law enforcement, could control the city. Cyrus was talking about collaborating. It was in this same spirit that in 1987 Dr. Vivian Bradley Johnson and I called together alumni associations from hisSee TRUTH, page 6


The Dallas Mavericks did not make the post-season but they are still in the news this off-season. Here is a round-up of recent headlines concerning the Mavs organization and its players. TOP ATHLETES, FAMOUS FACES JOIN 17TH ANNUAL DIRK NOWITZKI’S 2018 HEROES CELEBRITY BASEBALL GAME FRIDAY, JUNE 8, AT DR PEPPER BALLPARK

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Dallas Cowboys players Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliott, Sean Lee, Dallas Mavericks Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Mavs Owner Mark Cuban and Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller are just a few of the famous names and faces who will join Dirk Nowitzki for his annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game benefitting the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. The game is set for Friday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Tickets are now on sale for $9, $18, $23 and $35 at TicketReturn (972-334-1993 or or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Other confirmed players include Heisman Trophy winner Herschel

Walker, Demarcus Ware (former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker), Cole Beasley (Dallas Cowboys wide receiver), Ben Grieve (former MLB outfielder) and more. DENNIS SMITH JR. NAMED TO NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM Mavs guard Dennis Smith Jr. became the 9th Maverick to earn NBA All-Rookie Team honors. It marks the second year

in a row that Dallas has had a player earn

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Erica Simon

Erica Simon describes her years at Duncanville High School as some of the best times in her life. “I feel like it’s just a special district,� Ms. Simon said. The 31-year-old spent her entire educational career in Duncanville and has fond memories playing volleyball and softball and being elected president of the high school’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ms. Simon is now an anchor and reporter at ABC13 in Houston, the eighth largest television market in the United States. She pursued a journalism degree after graduating from Duncanville High School in 2004. An active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, she has not forgotten where she came from, and she posted a video on her Twitter feed during a trip to Duncanville during the holidays reminiscing about her memories from Duncanville High School. “There’s something nostalgic about seeing my old stomping grounds,� Simon said. “I was very blessed to have a great upbringing with great people around me.� Ms. Simon still keeps in contact with several of her favorite high school teachers including a former math teacher and See SIMON, page 6



Dallas ISD valedictorian and salutatorian for Class of 2018

Dallas ISD honors valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2018 graduates at each high school. These students are celebrated for their hard work, commitment and dedication, as they hold the top two spots in their graduating class. The No. 1 and No.2 spots are traditionally the most coveted for seniors, and is an accomplishment to celebrate as they advance to their next chapter in life. We proudly recognize the Class of 2018 with a series of high school commencement ceremonies from May 25 through June 4. Below is the valedictorian, salutatorian and graduation information for each Dallas ISD high school. James Madison High School Valedictorian: David Caro Daniel Caro Daniel plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in computer engineering. Salutatorian: Ruby Cardenas Cardenas plans to attend Texas Woman’s University and major in nursing.

School for the Talented and Gifted at at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Valedictorian: Jeremiah Reilly Reilly plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in computer science. Salutatorian: Julia McAulay McAulay plans to attend Purdue University and major in environmental engineering. School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Valedictorian: José Luna Luna plans to attend Amherst College in Massachusetts and major in neuroscience. Salutatorian: Lornee Pride Pride plans to attend Baylor University and major in neuroscience. School of Business and Management at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Valedictorian: Odnan Galvan Galvan plans to attend Rice University and major in physics. Salutatorian: Chazzmon Roer Roer plans to attend Duke University and major in sociology. Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Valedictorian: Citlally Lopez Lopez plans to pursue a degree in applied math pre-med at the University of Texas at Arlington. Salutatorian: Lesslie Pecina Pecina plans to attend Abilene Christian University and major in education. Commencement: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26 – Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

Valedictorian: Michael Gao Gao plans to attend Columbia University and pursue a degree in economics. Salutatorian: Nicole Jaramillo Jaramillo plans to attend Texas A&M University at Galveston and major in marine biology. Justin F. Kimball High School Valedictorian: Ildefonso Sanchez Sanchez plans to pursue a major in mathematics and minor in political science at the University of Houston. Salutatorian: Autumn Bunker Bunker plans to attend Lamar University and major in speech and hearing sciences.

Franklin D. Roosevelt High School Valedictorian: Oswaldo Borrego Borrego plans to go to El Centro Community College then transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington to major in nursing. Salutatorian: Jacqeline Reyes Reyes plans to attend El Centro Community College, then enter the Rise for Success Program through Parkland Hospital, and later plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School Valedictorian: Cinthya Meza-Gonzalez Meza-Gonzalez plans to attend Harvard and major in biomedical engineering. Salutatorian: Brenda Castañeda Castañeda plans to attend the University of Chicago and major in neuroscience. Woodrow Wilson High School Valedictorian: Manuela Arroyave Arroyave plans to attend Harvard University and major in physical and chemical biology. Salutatorian: Annabelle Fuhrr Fuhrr plans to pursue a degree in business at the University of Texas at Austin. Lassiter Early College High School at El Centro Community College Valedictorian: Skye Coronel Coronel plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in health and exercise science. Salutatorian: Lucy Herrera Herrera plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and pursue a degree in chemistry with a teacher certification. David W. Carter High School Valedictorian: Dylan Arnette Arnette is planning on attending Texas Christian University and majoring in biology. He plans to be-

come an oncologist like his father. Salutatorian: José Varela Varela plans to pursue an astronomy degree from Texas A & M University.

North Dallas High School Valedictorian: Helen Garcia Garcia plans to attend Southern Methodist University to pursue a major in biological science and human rights, and then continue to law school. Salutatorian: Jerah Sanchez Sanchez plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in healthcare studies. Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy Va l e d i c t o r i a n : Tabufor Junior Tabufor Tabufor plans to attend Cornell University and major in

economics. Salutatorian: Adalberto Treviño-Leija Treviño-Leija plans to pursue a major in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College Valedictorian: Jaqueline Villanueva Hernandez Villanueva Hernandez plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and pursue a degree in biochemistry. Salutatorian: Matthew Gonzalez Gonzalez plans to attend the University of North Texas and major in biochemistry. H. Grady Spruce High School Valedictorian: Alan Sanchez Sanchez plans to attend Southern Methodist University and pursue a degree in computer science. Salutatorian: Melissa Sierra Sierra plans to attend El Centro Community College and study dental hygiene. South Oak Cliff High School Valedictorian: Joemel Burks Burks plans to attend Texas A & M University and major in biomedical science. Salutatorian: Lisette Osorio-Garcia Osorio-Garcia plans to pursue a degree in accounting at Texas Southern University or Prairie View A & M University. School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Valedictorian: Kimmy Chang Chang plans to attend Standford University and major in environmental science. Salutatorian: Sasha Thomas Thomas plans to attend Yale University and major in cellular & molecular biology.

Sunset High School Valedictorian: Ana Karen Palomares Palomares is planning to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in engineering. Salutatorian: Ana Karen Martinez Martinez is planning to attend Texas Southern University and major in pre-pharmacy. Thomas Jefferson High School Valedictorian: Carol Flores Flores plans to pursue a degree in computer science or mechanical engineer from the University of North Texas. Salutatorian: Elia Espinosa Espinosa plans to attend Texas A & M University. Moisés E. Molina High School Valedictorian: Glenda Meyer Meyer plans to attend the University of Chicago and major in astrophysics. Salutatorian: Oscar Díaz Díaz plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in medical laboratory science in a pre-med. Seagoville High School Valedictorian: Mikaela Morris Morris plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in business. Salutatorian: Wendy Jimenez Jimenez plans to major in anthropology and biochemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana W. W. Samuell High School Valedictorian: Ashley Crispin Crispin plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas and major in accounting/finance. Salutatorian: Carlos Francia Francia plans to attend the University of North Texas and pursue a biology/pre-med degree. W. H. Adamson High School Valedictorian: Mary Conde Conde plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering from Louisiana State University. Salutatorian: Arturo Marente Marente is planning to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in business. Bryan Adams High School Valedictorian: Thien Nguyen Nguyen plans to pursue degrees in business and theater from Brown University. Salutatorian: David Martinez Martinez plans to attend Texas A & M University and major in engineering. L. G. Pinkston High School Valedictorian: Erica Yudid Mata Portillo Mata Portillo is planning to attend the University of Texas at Arlington and major in kinesiology. Salutatorian: Angel Barragan Barragan plans to major in mathematics at the University of Houston. W. T. White High School Valedictorian: Katy Ly Ly plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas to major in biology with plans to become a dermatologist. Salutatorian: Britney Herrera Herrera plans to pursue a major in speech pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Lincoln High Communications/Humanities Magnet Valedictorian: Kennedy Taylor Taylor plans to attend Texas State University to pursue a degree in communications. Salutatorian: Kiara Kabbara Kabbara plans to receive a pre-med degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Hillcrest High School Valedictorian: Latham Davies Davies plans to attend Wabash College and pursue a degree in philosophy. Salutatorian: Madison Bowers Bowers plans to attend Stephen F. Austin University and major in finance. Wilmer-Hutchins High School Valedictorian: Giovanni Guerra Guerra is planning on attending the University of Texas at Arlington and major in mechanical engineering. Salutatorian: Luis Tafolla Tafolla is planning to major in information technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Emmett J. Conrad High School Valedictorian: Albana Gllareva Gllavera is planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in medicine and business. Salutatorian: Yasmin Milan Milan is planning to pursue a major on restaurant management

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A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School Valedictorian: Raul Ojeda Ojeda is planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in theater and linguistics. Salutatorian: Jalyn Beaty Beaty is planning to pursue a major in computer science from Prairie View A & M University. John Leslie Patton Jr. Academic Center Final rankings have not been determined at this time. Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegaite Academy Valedictorian: Aduragbemi Osunjimi Osunjimi plans to pursue a degree in biology at the University of Texas at Austin. Salutatorian: Juan Daniel Roman Roman is planning to attend University of Texas at Dallas and major in biology. Skyline High School Valedictorian: Alejandro Aguilar Aguilar plans to attend Macalester College in St. Paul Minneapolis and major in computer science. Salutatorian: Jacqueline Villanueva Villanueva plans to attend Texas A & M College Station and major in nursing. Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Valedictorian: Molly Martinez Martinez plans to attend Harvard University and major in government with a minor Latino studies. Salutatorian: Andrew Smith Smith plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in management information systems.


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My Aunt Speaks Truth To Power! Quit Playin’ By Vincent L. Hall

We need bullies. That’s how Trump became president. That’s exactly what happened. We got rid of bullies. A real bully showed up, and nobody knew how to handle him. – Chris Rock’s latest Netflix Stand-Up; “Tambourine,�

Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes has a planned summer event that has the national Social Justice Community buzzing. “Speaking Truth to Power‌ Equipping Church Leaders and Community Activists for Social Justiceâ€? is a two-day convocation of consciousness that will revive some and revolutionize others. Oh and by the way‌Aunt Maxine is coming here!!! You can see her for the low, low price of $Free.99! FREE! Go to to register for the conference. First though, let me tell you why I think that the

manner in which U.S. Rep Maxine Waters fights Trumpism is so effective. Aunt Maxine has maintained without wavering, that Donald Trump is a classless bully; an uncircumcised Philistine, who must be felled by the weapons of truth. There were good reasons why “Little David� took his fully loaded slingshot to fight Goliath and left his harp at the house. Aunt Maxine understands that. According to; “Waters responded to Trump’s bullying in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes saying, ‘Everybody knows who this bully is. This is a dishonorable human. He is a con man. He came to this job as a con man. I call him Don the Con Man.’� Note: Waters uses Trump’s own branding scheme against him. She added, “All I know is this: If he thinks he can stop me from talking about ‘Impeach 45,’ he’s got another thought coming. I am not intimidated

by him. I’m going to keep saying that we need to impeach him.� In this way, calling him a name back is a way to show him that she’s not scared of him and is paying attention to what he’s doing. Waters isn’t the only woman in Congress to have a nickname for the president either. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth calls him “Cadet Bone Spurs,� in reference to the fact that he claimed he couldn’t serve in the military because he had bone spurs in his feet. Maxine Waters is no novice to exposing social and political indignations. Here she is in 1989: “I have a right to my anger, and I don’t want anybody telling me I shouldn’t be, that it’s not nice to be, and that something’s wrong with me because I get angry.� Aunt Maxine was no less incensed when she voiced sentiments, published by the L.A. Times in 1993: “Policy, for the most part, has been made by white

people in America, not by people of color.  And they have tended to take care of those things that they think are important.   Whether it’s their agricultural subsidies, or other kinds of expenditures that are certainly not expenditures for poor people or for people of color.   And so we have to band together and keep fighting back.â€? This conference is much-needed and well-timed. Trumpism is dismantling rational norms, sound traditions and common decency. Whether it’s Trump or blasphemists like Robert Jeffress of Dallas’s First Baptist Church; bullying must be directly confronted and social justice warriors need a diagram. Chris Rock ended his “bully barrageâ€? in a way that segues to this upcoming conference. “George Bush is a black revolutionary. Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, George Bush. They need to honor him at the Essence Festival. It might work out, man. Think about it. Bush was so bad he gave us Obama. Trump’s so bad‌ he gonna give us Jesus. “Jesus, what you doing here?â€? “You seen Trump?â€? This sh!t is serious.â€? Speaking Truth to Power aims principally to move us toward Justice, which is what Jesus’ ministry modeled. Aunt Maxine and Chris Rock agree; bullies must be dealt with. Be there June 28th and 29th. It’s goin’ down like fo’ flat tires on a Cadillac Sedan de Ville Fleetwood Brougham! Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.

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Stacey Abrams - Standing on Strong Shoulders

THE LAST WORD By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

I am among the millions who are ecstatic that Stacey Abrams won the Democratic nomination for governor in Georgia. She didn’t just win, she rocked, clobbering her opponent, Stacey Evans, by over 50 percentage points – Abrams had 76 percent of the 533,450 votes cast in the Democratic primary. Of course, Abrams very graciously congratulated Evans on her effort during her victory speech last Tuesday night. Still, it is clear that the work Abrams put into bringing new votes to the polls paid off. Now, Abrams and her supporters will have to roll up their sleeves and bring even more new voters to the polls – two Republicans will vie for the Republican nomination in a runoff, and there were 70,000 more Republican voters in the primary than Democratic voters. If this turns partisan-ugly, and it is likely to, the challenge for Stacey Abrams will be to connect with those voters

By Dr. Brenda Wall

who rarely vote in midterm elections. She already has a head start. Her New Georgia is credited with increasing voter turnout and registering as many as 200,000 new voters. While the estimates vary (with some saying that the numbers are not as robust as Abrams reports, the fact is that the New Georgia Project is effective, but must be even more so if Abrams is to prevail. She’ll need dollars and soldiers, but she has amassed an impressive amount of support from women’s candidates groups like Emerge America and PACS and like the African American focused Higher Heights and the pro-choice woman-focused EMILY’s list. In addition, Melanie Campbell, CEO of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation and the Black Women’s Roundtable has partnered with Black women organizations in Georgia on it project – “Unity ’18 Power of the Sister Vote”. The women she worked with, including Essence Editor Emerita Susan Taylor and the esteemed Judge Glenda Hatchett did outreach to more than 50,000 households through social media. On election day, the Unity ’18 effort provided rides, and reached out to voters through phone banks and

canvassing, encouraging them to get out and vote. The work will have to continue through November if Stacey Abrams is to win that governorship.

Just a day before Stacey Abrams claimed her Democratic nomination, the civil rights lawyer Dovey Roundtree made her transition at the age of 104. Roundtree, like Abrams, was a Spelman College graduate. Abrams attended Yale Law School, while Roundtree matriculated at Howard on the GI Bill after service in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WACS). After graduation from Spelman, and before her military service, Dovey Roundtree worked as a research assistant for Mary McLeod Bethune, the founder and first President of the National Council of Negro Women.

I first learned of Attorney Roundtree, indeed, in a conversation with Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, the longest serving NCNW President. Always supportive of NCNW, Ms. Roundtree was even more supportive of her many clients, so much so that she once said she worked for “eggs and collard greens,” because when her poor, Black clients couldn’t pay legal fees, she and her law partner Julius Robertson, accepted whatever people could pay. Even though Dovey Roundtree had a big footprint – when she started practicing law in Washington in the 1950s, there were few black women lawyers in practice. She mentored many young lawyers, including Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree. She was one of the first women to be ordained an AME minister, and worked as a minister at Allen Chapel AME Church in Southeast Washington. Mayor Marion considered her a trusted advisor. And, according to the Washington Post, the American Bar Association honored her, in 2000, for advancing female lawyers in the profession. Stacey Abrams may or may not know about Dovey Roundtree, but she surely stands on her shoulders, and on

We Can Save These People

brought a truth too uncomfortable for those steeped in Did you ever think you ritual to hear. Startled at his would live to see the day that audacity, offended that he in St. George’s Chapel Windwould bring cultural cansor in the matrimonial ceredor, the lessons of love rang mony of a much hyped royal hollow for many of the wedwedding with over a billion ding guests. Their focus was people watching, did you fixated on the pomp of the ever think that you would Dr. Brenda Wall social order, which sustains a hear Dr. Martin Luther King, monarchy of white supremaJr. quoted? Twice? cy. Others delighted in the Bishop’s If you were that prescient, then theological rhetoric. you would not be surprised to hear And yet, just as Jesus revealed mirthat as Bishop Michael Curry spoke acle working power in Cana, Bishop truth to power, real Empire power, he Curry similarly proclaimed a radical seized the time to incorporate lessons power that both Jesus and Dr. King on the power of love. taught. They both knew the redempTo the progenitors of the trans- tive power of love. However, it can be atlantic slave trade that created the tempting to become more entertained egregious oppression of African peo- by the message than challenged. It is ple across centuries, Bishop Curry much easier to dismiss it altogether,

much like the guests at Cana or the guests at St George’s Chapel. Yet, Bishop Curry (and Dr. King) confronted us with our responsibility to believe love and serve others: imagine a world where love is the way. Imagine our homes and families when love is the way. Imagine neighborhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when love is the way. Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again.  As Britain weathers its constitutional crisis and America struggles with a president ready to create a constitutional crisis for personal gain,

the dynamics fueling the centuries old enslavement of Africans are still evident today. It created astonishing wealth. This country fought ruthlessly on both sides to preserve that wealth and power. There are similar efforts to maintain power in the corrupt practices of the current presidential administration. By propping up this nation’s richest one per cent, policies of racial vilification create new avenues of wealth and distract from destructive policies that creep into mainstream America. Opioid abuse and the guns behind school shootings are extremely profitable for a few. There is a solution. Dr. King counseled us fifty years ago to develop a dangerous unselfishness—not the sentimentalization of love as Bishop


the shoulders of Dorothy Height and Barbara Jordan and the many other women who paved a way for her. Six months ago people were saying that Abrams “couldn’t” win the primary, and before I met her, I had doubts myself. But one cannot help but be swayed by her earnestness, her passion and her insistence that every vote counts, and every voice must be heard. It’s going to take more than earnestness and passion to win the Georgia governorship. It’s going to take votes, lots of them. Still, women like Dovey Roundtree persisted against all odds (there’s an Interstate Commerce Commission case from 1952 that she appealed until 1955); women like Dorothy Height persisted against all odds. If Stacey Abrams walks in their footsteps and gets at least 100,000 new voters registered and to the polls (to counter the 70,000 Republican advantage in primary votes), we’ll be celebrating sweet victory, standing on the shoulders of the ancestors, in November. Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.

Curry cautions us, but radical love. That means we are the answer. Saving these people from their narcissistic values and deadly choices requires a radical redistribution of power. T his comes from stepping into our authentic identity. When we accept who we are, even when it means singing our heritage on our terms; even when it means confronting empire; and especially when it means forsaking assimilation in order to restore righteousness, there is correction. Balance is restored. Imagine that. The historic and personal journey of liberation is not in vain. We can save these people, but that is not the primary objective. Justice is. Truth is. Love is. The world awaits our choice.

Dr. Brenda Wall, author of Black Lives, White Supremacy and the American Fiction




torically Black colleges and universities throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to better serve our schools, alumni and communities. The Dallas Metroplex Council of Black Alumni Associations was established. Then there was Nick Pittman, who broached the idea of another collaboration and the Coalition of African American Professional and Community Organizations was formed. CAAPCO is inclusive of lawyers, accountants, nurses, doctors, educators, journalists, etc. We realized that where there is unity, there is strength. Now this concept is not unlike so many other collaborations, like the National Pan Hellenic Council, bringing together Black greek-letter organizations, or Pastor coalitions, uniting the clergy. Under the leadership of State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) pastors first gathered at the historic Paul Quinn College in November of 2017 for a town hall meeting and most recently at UNT-Dallas to discuss the BLACK CHURCH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE. According to the Senator, representatives met in consultation with City of Dallas officials, Dallas Community College District specialists and the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce to define goals and create strategies to jointly pursue economic development opportunities in Southern Dallas County. The project was facilitated by former Cedar Hill City Manager and former Dallas Assistant City Manager, Alan Sims. In the room with pastors from churches large and small, were educators, administrators, elected officials, strategists, economists and activists. I think I was the only journalist.

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Which brings me to my truth. I was optimistic listening to the speakers, which included the Senator, Rev. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr., Dallas City Councilman Tennell Atkins (who also chairs the City’s Economic Development committee), and Mr. Sims. You can’t have a discussion about economic development, without addressing key issues and I heard many of the issues addressed; like poverty, employ-

ment, housing, financial literacy, food deserts, etc. While we have so many issues to address, we really don’t have time for the naysayers because there’s plenty of work to do. I know many wonder how can you get all of the preachers in the same room and on the same accord. We hear that question so often and we can’t let naysayers impede progress. We must ask ourselves “what is the alternative?” As our communities continue to suffer, there’s no time for naysayers, nor those who want to wait and see. These are intelligent men and women who realize that silence, apathy and negativity can not sideline this great effort. Mumblers, Monday morning quarterbacks and haters must be redirected. If you have a great idea, share it, and in the proper forum. Let’s get some positive energy going. Taking credit is not where the focus needs to be and I didn’t get

the impression that any of the pastors were jockeying for the role of GOAT (Greatest of All Time). And this is good. Look at Dallas’ poverty rate. Look at the housing crisis and the bad PR job done on southern Dallas. I remember talking with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings about the need for Dallas’ message to the world to be more inclusive of the southern sector. But this effort takes more than words. Dollars, services and commitment are key. Grow south doesn’t mean a thing if the growth displaces those who have lived their entire life south or the services are substandard. If the plan for Dallas does not include paying attention to the Fair Housing Act and allowing Community Development Housing Organizations to continue the great work they are doing. If the leaders of the great city of Dallas really want to boast about this wonderful, international city, they must work to ensure that their boasts encompass ALL of Dallas. The talk in the room was optimistic and promising. The pastors coming together, engaging their economic development ministries/teams, is just what Dallas needs. Look for future updates on progress and how you can be involved. Or better still, give the Senator a call, 214-467-0123. There’s something everyone can do. And other groups should watch, learn, and emulate. After all, our legacy can not and should not be what we see today! We’ve got work to do, for the future. So in the words of the late, great James Brown, “Get up, get into it, get involved!”

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her Student Council sponsor, chemistry teacher David Womack. Social media has made it easier to stay connected following graduation. “Our friendships extended beyond the classroom,” she said. “They genuinely cared about my well-being and next steps. They were always there and supported my career journey.” Speaking of her career, Ms. Simon took a short break from TV a few years ago, came home and her former teachers encouraged her to substitute teach at DHS. During her stint, Associate Principal Flo Judd, who has been with the district for 40 years mistakenly thought she was a student and stopped her in the hallway to tell her

that she was not in dress code. The moment took Ms. Simon back to the one time during her high school career that she had to visit with Ms. Judd because her skirt was too short. She said, laughing, “We’ve all had ‘Ms. Judd’ experiences!” Ms. Simon picked up her reporting career after less than a year away, met her future husband and eventually landed the big job in a top 10 television market. She credits Duncanville ISD with preparing her for success. “Duncanville is one of the elite academic districts,” Ms. Simon said. “The district is big, but the City of Champions is just that. Many of my friends went on to do great things because of the standards that were set. Men’s Health Month

June 5-9 Free Real Estate and Entrepreneur Event with Daymond John 6-5 Ft Worth, 6-6 Arlington, 6-7 Ft Worth Tickets: Times vary.

June 6 2010- Marvin Isley, youngest of the Isley Brothers died. Born 8/18/53 DBCC Executive Business Summit at Cityplace Tower 2711 N. Haskell Ave. Dallas. 8:30am– 1:30pm Feat: Speaker Michael Graves of Black Enterprise. Tickets:

June 7 Phillipa Schuyler (child Prodigy)- composer and pianist was born 8-21-1932 died in 1967 1917- Gwendolyn Brooks, poetess- born, 1st Black to win a Pulitzer Prize (Poetry-1950) The Robert Frost


Downtown Dallas Comedy Featuring Alex Ortiz at TBAAL Clarence Muse Café’ Theatre 1309 Canton St. 9pm. 6-9


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June 13

The Ultimate Nostalgic Experience Comedy Show & After Party at One Love Lounge 2315 S. Cooper Arlington 9pm. For more Info. Call 817-989-0060

1967- Thurgood Marshall became the Supreme Court’s 1st Black Associate Justice.

Music in the Park at Valley Ridge Park Amphitheater 2850 Parking Dr. Cedar Hill 6-8-29-2018 Fridays from 8pm-10pm


June 8-11 1982- Hall of Famer and 1st Black pitcher Satchel Paige died. DOB 7-7-1906 Trip to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade , New York, NY Texas Puerto Rican Foundation Inc. 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #37 Dallas from 6-8- 10am –6-11 1pm.

June 9 1954- The 1st Black Rhodes Scholar (1908) Alan L. Locke died.


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50 yr. Anniversary Of Me & You Tour at Verizon 1382 Grand Prairie. 8 pm.

South East Division Wellness & Safety Brunch at J.C. Turner Recreation 6424 Elam Rd. Dallas. Inquires call Officer Lamar Glass 214-9078157 9am-12pm Free Brunch for Seniors 55+.

June 14 1921- Georgianna R. Simpson Became the 1st Black woman to receive a Ph.D (German, Univ. Of Chicago). SMART Summer Science-Math-Art-Reading-Technology at MLK, Jr. Center 2922 MLK Blvd. Dallas Cool School with Ms. Maria: Libraries Rock

June 13-15 49th NAMC National Conference Save the date. At Dallas Plano Marriott in Legacy Town Center 7121 Bishop Rd. Plano.

New Light Church Presents: Take this with you Conference at 9314 Elam Rd. Dallas 10am-2pm Shaun Rabb, Pastor. Facilitator Andrea WiseBrown M.Ed., LPC, NCC

SMART Summer Science-Math-Art-Reading-Technology at MLK, Jr. Center 2922 MLK Blvd. Dallas Katanga Rhythm Stories & Art 1pm

2018 African Festival Bringing Africa to DFW at DFW Africa Festival 4523 N. University Hills Blvd. Lancaster 6-9 12am-6-10 7pm.

June 8

June 10 1981- Hokey goalie Grant Fuhr became the 1st Black NHL player.

Dallas Love Fest 2018 at Marsalis Avenue M.B.C. 2723 S. Marsalis Ave., Dallas 10am2pm. Vendor & Performances slots RSVP to Lankford Avenue 225-354-5519 30th Annual Texas Black Invitational Rodeo at State Fair Coliseum in Historic Fair Park Host: The African American Museum 7pm. Tickets:

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Men’s Health Wear Blue Day 1971- Cheryl White rode a Thistledown Race Track in Cleveland, OH, becoming the 1st Black woman jockey at 17 yrs. Old. “My Fair Lady” By Garland Summer Musicals 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. Call 972-205-2780 Dates and Times vary.

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11th Annual DALLAS GREEK PICNIC William Bill Blair Park At1 pm - 8 pm 3000 Municipal St, Dallas.


Juneteenth Community Festival at TCC South Campus 5301 Campus, Ft. Worth 7am-5pm

To the many fathers and brothers, uncles, cousins, and mentoring men Texas Metro News would like to wish you a very Happy Father’s Day Thank You For All You Do! James Weldon Johnson, author, born in 1871. Died 6-26-1938

2018 Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration at Duncanville Parks and Recreation 201 James Collins Blvd. Duncanville 5pm-9pm

City Men Cook Hosted by: Kevin Daley Harlem Globetrotter at Gilleys Southside 1135 S. Lamar St. Downtown Dallas

Juneteenth Celebration 2018 at WIIA West Irving Improvement Association 3901 Jackson St. Irving 4pm-7pm

Black Woman Health and Wellness Expo at the City of DeSoto Civic Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 1:30pm-5:30pm.

Juneteenth Arts & Music Festival at Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County (Plano) 1111 H. Ave. Ste. B, 12pm-8pm

10th Annual Teen Journey Awards Red Carpet Extravaganza Hosted by: DeDe McGuire “DeDe in the morning” KKDA/K104 & Cheryl Roseborough Bliss Agency & Self Esteem Elevated at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park 3601 MLK Blvd. Dallas 6:30pm-8:30pm

K2K Live at Water Gardens 5th Annual Sickle Cell Day & Juneteenth Celebration at Ft. Worth Water Gardens 1502 Commerce St. 6pm-10pm

Remembering “Mother”

June 11 2014- Ruby Dee actress and activist, died DOB 10-22-1922

June 12 1963- Medgar Evers, Civil rights activist was killed by a sniper’s bullet in Jackson, MS.

Singles Unplugged – Open Mic Night! At The Potters House of Dallas 6777 W. Kiest Blvd. 7pm-10pm Free to Single Adults

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Hi Alma – I’m divorcing my husband of 24 years. (The ink is just about dry) We have been apart for the last three years. I’m new to dating again. I’ve been with my new guy for two years. We met on eHarmony. He’s amazing inside & out and I love him. I’m 47. My guy is 46. He is divorced. He has been divorced for 2.5 years. He was apart from his ex for three years before the divorce was final. So he’s been single for 5.5 years. I believe in marriage and I do want to get married again. How long should I date him? What’s enough time to give a man to pop the question? – Elizabeth Hi Elizabeth – You’re not quite free! Until the ink dries you’re still legally married, pretty woman. TBT you have yet to join the squad of single sisterhood and trust me when I say, there are huge differences between each stage of marriage, separation and divorce. All three phases has its own umbrella of uncertainties. Like me, you married young. You’ve spent a large part of your life with one fella, exercising the commonality of compromise. This explains your comfort in cohabitation, longing for togetherness, and an extended view for two. Ain’t nothing wrong with that – but wait, for goodness sake and let’s pull up for a minute to reevaluate. What if you take more time to center and focus on you? Figure out your likes and dislikes inde-

pendently, without the consideration of another. Have you taken a vacation alone? Sign up for a class you’ve always wanted to try or learn a new language. Use this time to be good to yourself. Your first marriage ended in divorce, that doesn’t mean you’re lacking, unlovable or incomplete. Okay, you’ve met a new guy, that’s cool. Allow him to come to the conclusion of marriage on his own, not meet a demand or ultimatum. I understand it’s been two years, but there’s no set limit to how long a great relationship should last before marriage, that’s a personal choice. You and I both know that marriage doesn’t make a relationship better nor does it complete who you are as a woman. You’ve had 25 years of practicing to be a good wife, live and love yourself unmarried for a few more years to come. You said dating’s still new to you, and if that’s the case, this isn’t the time to remarry. T:5”

I’m new to dating again. I’ve been with my new guy for two years. We met on eHarmony. He’s amazing inside & out. If and or when that time rolls around, you won’t need to Ask Alma, you and he will know, that you know that you know. And oh what a joy it will be! 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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NBA All-Rookie Team honors (Yogi Ferrell was named to the All-Rookie Second Team in 201617). Smith was the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and averaged 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 29.7 minutes in 69 games (all starts) for Dallas in 2017-18. Among all rookies, he ranked fifth in scoring, 14th in rebounding, third in assists, sixth in steals and seventh in minutes. Smith ranked second on the Mavericks in both scoring and assists. He knocked down 106 3-pointers in 2017-18, the most by a Mavericks rookie in franchise history. He recorded 16 points and a game-high 10 assists in Dallas’ opener against Atlanta on Oct. 18, becoming the youngest player in NBA history

(19 years, 327 days) to record a point-assist double-double in his NBA debut. The former North Carolina State guard also represented Dallas at the NBA AllStar Weekend in Los Angeles, competing in both the dunk contest and Rising Dwight Powell Stars game. In fact, he became just the third Maverick ever to

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compete in the dunk contest, along with Tony Dumas and Michael Finley. Smith becomes the ninth Maverick to earn NBA All-Rookie Team honors. DWIGHT POWELL TO COACH IN NBA’s BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS GAME Mavericks center Dwight Powell will coach the top high school age campers from throughout the Asia-Pacific region this summer in the NBA’s 10th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) in Asia. Coaches will lead the campers – more than 60 boys and girls from 16 countries and territories - through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional

skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. In addition to Powell, the Mavericks will be represented by Mavs trainer Casey Smith who will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer. BWB Asia 2018 will be held May 30 – June 2 at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), marking the second time that the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in India. Dennis Smith Jr/Dwight Powell Photos by Dorothy J Gentry Dak Prescott Photo by Brandon Colston Photography





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