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Remembering George Curry and Richard “Dick” Gregory

MY TRUTH by Cheryl Smith


Live and let live

If it’s not bothering you, the people you love, or the world, leave people alone. Too often we judge people by our own standards while we are totally clueless about other’s issues. I’ve often told the story of a man who people were offended by because he didn’t act like he knew/remembered them. “He was looking right at me and didn’t speak!” Of course, me being me would ask, “why didn’t you speak to him?” Now that’s another story because there are so many reasons why he didn’t speak. He could be sick, distraught, have lost his glasses, or his mind could be in many other places. It was only later that information was shared that the man was indeed almost totally blind. Then I had a friend who had an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Many didn’t know and still today, many don’t understand the disease. She looked gorgeous and in great health and she always had a smile on her face. Could you please forgive her when you walk up to her and ask “you remember me” and she doesn’t? According to Dr. Jonathan Graff-Radford, of the Mayo Clinic, “Of all the people who have Alzheimer’s disease, about 5 percent develop symptoms before age 65.” My friend was in her mid 40s and died in her 50s. Heck, there are some people who think “do you remember me” is a rude question even if you aren’t suffering from memory loss. I hear people ask that question frequently and when they walk away, you might hear, “Why do people do that?” The updated version is to follow your question with, “I’m your Facebook Friend!” See MY TRUTH, page 5

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TEXAS METRO NEWS August 15, 2018


Metro News BLACK GIRL TITAS Presents Camille A. Brown & Dancers

TITAS Presents’ 2018/2019 Season is easily the coolest ticket in town. Diverse, surprising and culturally relevant, this season excites and inspires the soul. The fantastic Camille A. Brown & Dancers open the season in August with her award winning Black Girl: Linguistic Play, a powerful evening-length work that explores culture and the role “play” has in culture. The development of self-defined identity as a black female in urban American culture. In a society where black women are often only portrayed in terms of strength, resiliency, or trauma, Black Girl questions these characterizations by exploring a spectrum of black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world. A peeled back, memory-filled exploration of “playing” and its role in shaping who we are and what is culture, Brown celebrates the journey Black girls experience as they grow up playing rhythmic games. With original music compositions and live music, Black Girl is steeped in rhythms of African American dance including social dancing, double dutch, steppin’, tap, Juba, ring shout, and gesture to evoke childhood memories of self-discovery. From play to protest, the performers come into their identities, from childhood innocence to girlhood awareness to maturity—all the while shaped by their environments, the bonds of sisterhood, and society at large. Founded in 2006, Camille A. Brown

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Celebration of Life Wake Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 7 p.m. Eli’s Homegoing Celebration Service Saturday, August 18, 2018 @ 11 a.m. Greater New Zion BC 2210 Pine Street Dallas, TX 75215


Caraway resigns council seat FROM STAFF REPORTS

Former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine R. Caraway

way’s Tony Award Winning Once on This Island, and NBC’S Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert featuring singer John Legend. She is an inventive Black female choreographer that creates emotionally raw, soulful, thought-pro-

Any thoughts of Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway re-assuming the role of Dallas Mayor again quickly dissipated with a guilty plea and resignation last week. News reports, social media posts and talk radio focused on Mr. Caraway’s announcement last Thursday morning. In a plea agreement, Mr. Caraway pled guilty to federal criminal conspiracy charges. The Dallas native admitted receiving more than $450,000 for his support of a deal involving Dallas County Schools (DCS and in a letter to the City Secretary, BilieRae Johnson, he wrote: Please let this letter serve as my official resignation from the Dallas City Council, effective immediately. Over the past several weeks, through a lot of prayer and soul searching, I have decided that I must take responsibility for my actions. I have dedicated much of my life to serving others, but have never claimed to be without sin. I am truly sorry that I must end my career as an elected

See BLACK GIRL, page 2

See CARAWAY, page 6

Camille A. Brown photo by whitney browne

& Dancers is a dance company that is cultivated in storytelling. Camille A. Brown has received acclaim as choreographer of several Dallas Theater Center productions often workshopped for NYC’s Public Theater (Fortress of Solitude, Stagger Lee, and Bella) and most recently for Broad-




Revitalize South Dallas Coalition DoctorDad Workshop

Every Tuesday, thru Sept 4, 2018; 6:00 – 8:30pm; Turn Around Family Services; 1808 Camp Wisdom, 75232. The course teaches young men how to provide for the health and safety of babies and toddlers. Contact: Chris Wheel; 469-5671793; cwheel@ocbfchurch.org. Register: https://goo.gl/ER6pvB.

with Camille A. Brown & Dancers in Dallas. She is a MacArthur grant recipient, the choreographer of the Broadway Tony-Award winning hit, Once on this Island, and the choreographer of NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar. They will perform Camille’s Black Girl: Linguistic Play.


BLACK GIRL, continued from front page

The Black Bridal Experience

District 7 Budget Town Hall Meeting Thursday, August 16, 2018; 6pm – 7:30pm; White Rock Hills Library; 9150 Ferguson Rd, 75228. City Councilman, Kevin Felder, invites constituents to provide input into the City’s 2018 – 2019 budget. Other meetings will be held in the district thru August 30th. City staff on hand. Contact: 214670-4689; District7@dallascityhall.com.

Fana Fraser and Beatrice Capote

MLK Back-to-School Festival Friday, August 17, 2018; 11am – 2pm; MLK, Jr. Center; 2922 MLK Blvd, 75215. Miles of Freedom, King Center, City of Dallas and others sponsor this event. Contact: 214-670-8418; www.dallasmlkcenter.com

Walk About A Mile in My Shoes Sat, Aug 18, 2018; 9am; Juanita Craft Center; 4500 Spring, 75210. Lipgloss for Love sponsors this walk to honor domestic abuse survivors. Walkers, strollers, bikes, and wheelchairs welcome. Back-to-School supplies and medical screenings provided. Contact: Ms. Hammond: www.lipglossforlove.org.

Hiring: Frazier Kids Site Instructor Deadline: Aug 31st. Frazier Revitalization, 4716 Elsie Faye Heggins, 75210. The program supports kids 4 – 12 to enrich them academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Assist with field trips, small group instruction, food distribution, and outdoor learning. Hours: Mon – Fri; 2pm -6pm. Pays $12-$15/ hour. Contact: Ms Levi: tlevi@frazierdallas.org.

Hiring: Warehouse Workers Medline is seeking warehouse workers for its Wilmer location. Starting salary: $13.50/hour + chance to earn monthly bonus. Paid vacations/holidays and medical, dental and insurance available. Immediate openings. Contact: Marion Jordan: 972-525-3941 x2300; or mljordan@medline.com.

August 18, 6:00-10:00 p.m. August 19, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The African American Museum, 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas The African American Museum has teamed up with The Black Bridal Experience to bring two wonderful days of #BlackLoveExcellence. Day one is The Bridal Inspired Fashion Show where designers give their interpretations of the bridal industry that is influenced by tradition, high fashion, and African and Latin cultures. The designers include Faith Diva Designs, Masterpiece Boutique, Marta Ruiz Designs, The Fashion Opera House, Uneek Dzynes, White Gown Workroom, and other designers. This fashion show will run simultaneously throughout the Museum starting promptly at 7 pm. Doors will open at 6 pm for seating. Day two is The Black Bridal Experience Expo is an exclusive expo that features amazing bridal industry professionals from across the Dallas/ Fort Worth metro areas. Doors open at 11 am. This event is FREE for registered attendees and $5 for non -registered attendees. Tickets can be purchased via www.theblackbridalexperience.com or via Eventbrite.com. For details contact 469-557-1254.

La’Wonda’s 57th Birthday Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 9:00 PM

Job Readiness & Computer Training Fall Session: Sept 10 – Nov 1, 2018; Christian Women’s Job Corps; 2918 Oates @LaPrada;75228. Free! Women will learn or improve computer skills; advance in employment; sharpen your gifts and skills, and receive mentoring. Classroom supplies and transportation assistance available. Contact: 214324-5665; https://dallascwjc.org/participant-application/.

TITAS Presents On August 24-25, 2018, TITAS Presents will open its season www.texasmetronews.com

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voking work rooted in both ancestral stories and contemporary culture. Brown aims to provoke, engage, and inspire by presenting authentic performance and facilitating cultural and educational dialogues among audience members. Each TITAS Presents performance residency includes community engagement opportunities directly connecting visiting artists with patrons including pre- and/or post-show conversations and master classes. Each Black Girl: Linguistic Play performance culminates with The Dialogue. Since 2012, The Dialogue has become a signature of Camille A. Brown & Dancers performance experience that provides an opportunity for open discussion between the artists and audi-

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ence about the work. Facilitated by a scholar or collaborator, it is a verbal extension of the work that creates a safe space for artists and audience members to decompress together- exchanging immediate thoughts and reactions. Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ Master Class will bring the artistic rigor of Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ beyond the stage and into the community. Brown & Dancers believes social dance is a powerful tool of social change. The master class will cultivate creative capacity of its approximately 50 participants, inspiring and inciting ambitious collective action fueled by the art of social dance for people of diverse abilities, identities, and ages.


TEXAS METRO NEWS August 15, 2018

Congresswoman Johnson hosts Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue for North Texas students

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson recnetly hosted her annual Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue at Southern Methodist University for students from all across North Texas. This year’s summit, featuring “Dynamics of Diversity” as this year’s theme, connected more than 60 high school students from across the DFW Metroplex with prominent youth and professional leaders who shared their experiences and stories of diversity to inspire the students and adults in attendance. “Diversity is not a burden to bear but a gift to celebrate,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “All of us, regardless of where we come from or where we live today, can determine the destiny of our country by embracing our role as future leaders, so long as we put our minds to it. No matter what obstacles we face, success is in our own hands. And by coming togeth-

er around in each one of us,” our common said Salim Rahimi, hopes to Honorary Secreachieve comtary of the Aga mon goals, we Khan Council for can continue Central United to make not States. “And thereonly ourselves fore, we always better but our look forward to c o m mu n i t y collaborating with and our counCongresswoman try as well.” Johnson’s office to Each year Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson joins youth leaders engaging in dialogue on the dynamics of diver- create this platas summer form for a dialogue sity at her annual Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue on Monday, August 6. concludes, on diversity for our each other but learn to celebrate Congressbright students of woman Johnson hosts this day-long these differences as proof of human today and star leaders of tomorrow.” summit, in conjunction with the Aga diversity. Participants engaged in an Speakers at the summit: Khan Council for Central United interactive project to develop the key States, to bring students from diverse elements necessary for communities · Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedilcommunities together to bridge di- to embody diversity. lo-Pereira, Director of the Dallas Of“There is diversity in humanity. vides by offering a forum to not just fice of Welcoming Communities and constructively address and gain in- There is beauty and grace in the inImmigrant Affair sights into the differences amongst herent variety and uniqueness with-

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· GianCarlo Franco, Attorney at Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RACIES) · Dr. Kristen Guillory, Founder of KSGuillory Enterprises/ Cozy Conversations Author, Speaker, Trainer, Therapist and Coach · Sahil Gilani, Catholic Charities · PeriSean Hall, CEO PeriSean Enterprise: Speaker, Author and Word Doctor · Sofia Babool, Youth Leader – Ismaili Muslim Community · Zeenya Meherally, Youth Leader – Ismaili Muslim Community The Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue is a component of Congresswoman Johnson’s efforts to connect with the youth and provide them with opportunities to broaden their personal and professional horizons. She also hosts the Math and Science Lecture Series and the Youth Crime Prevention Summit each year.




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August 15, 2018 TEXAS METRO NEWS

Reagan Bad‌Trump Worst!

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Quit Playin’ By Vincent L. Hall In 1980, America was 90% White and struggling with the polarizing issues of integration. Ronald Reagan read the tea leaves, repurposed the Nixon/Goldwater “Southern Strategy� and made his second run for the White House. His act opened at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi, but as a movie star and a Californian, it made no sense. Everybody in Hollywood advised Jed Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies to leave Tennessee and head for L.A.; Reagan went as Deep South as he could. In a rally akin to the “Klan-Destined� gatherings that propelled Donald Trump to his present level of ineptitude, Ron Reagan stood before 10,000 White “victims� and advocated for “States Rights.� Even some of his handlers were taken aback. States’ Rights worked for Senator Strom Thurmond and Mississippi Governor, George Wallace. Reagan sought the Southern White vote he lost in his 1976 bid. Statistically, 40% of non-college educated Whites bit the bait, and became Republicans. I remember lamenting with a White sister at AT&T; one of the first women to hold an executive office in Local 6215 of the Communication Workers

of America. Our solidly Democrat, union base was fractured. Card-carrying trade unionists and Yellow Dog Democrats were mesmerized by a messenger who promised to make something new by returning to something old. “Carrol,â€? I remarked; “Any member who can’t hitch a $30,000 boat to a $30,000 Suburban and enjoy weekends at a really nice Lake House they own‌ has no business following the Republicans.â€? Reagan “trickle-downâ€? theory was actually a plan to piss on poor and working-class people. But Reagan’s slogan; “Make America Great Again;â€? got ‘em. “MAGAâ€? was a low-decibel dog whistle that signaled racial unity and the need to defeat Liberal Democrats who were pushing affirmative action and social programs. Unions and any other populist movements needed to be infiltrated or shut down. Reagan’s first blow was at the Air Traffic Controllers. His frontal assault was subtle but savvy. If the President don’t give a damn about unionized federal workers who monitor the dangerous skies, chances are he don’t give a “shiitake mushroomâ€? about truckers, autoworkers, telephone linemen, teachers, gar-

SHUT UP AND PLAY! Who: Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists, NBC5 Black Employee Network, and the National Society of Black Sports Professionals of North Texas present the “Shut up & Play� panel discussion What: A panel discussion on race, sports and politics featuring North Texas Sports Reporters and athletes talking about the political climate covering sports in 2018. The Panel will be moderated by NBC5 Dallas Cowboys Insider/103.3 ESPN Radio Host Jean-Jacques Taylor

Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan

ment workers or any other union members who overwhelmingly supported Democrats. Reagan’s head-on collision with the striking Air Traffic Controllers sent labor unions on a 40-year downturn. Most of the gains enjoyed by today's Top 1%, and the growing wage and wealth disparities in American, can be traced to his administration. Reagan cut taxes, tripled the federal deficit and left a $3 trillion tab. The “Welfare Queen� trope he invoked in a 1976 speech became the reasonable rationale for reducing entitlement and sustenance programs. Reagan convinced his flock that Black women in subsidized housing, waiving food stamps while sporting Cadillac Coupe de Ville’s, were a reality. All the while, working-class Republicans forgot or downplayed their own jobless if not hopeless relatives who lived in poverty and in distress. They


too had kinfolk; poor White mothers, whose children had absentee or worthless fathers, just like their Black counterparts. What differentiates Reagan from Trump is the symbolism of common decency. Reagan was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but his suit coat was buttoned and profanity was a closed-curtain call. Ronald followed the established protocols of political diplomacy at home and abroad. He wouldn’t be caught bragging pompously or grabbing pussies. Reagan would never, ever, kiss a Russian president’s naked ass during a live international telecast. Donald Trump‘s America is 70% White and none too happy about the demographic “erosions� they can see, taste and feel. Trump has 60% of non-college educated White Republicans, a 50% gain over Reagan. Trump has Fox News, whose audience is 92% White and less than 1% Black. All other cable stations hover around 65% White viewership. Ronald Reagan was a well-dressed, well-rounded, reasonably respectable, race-baiting politician. Reagan was wrong-headed and bad, but Trump is worse. Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge need to make room. Donald Trump is the worst in our 242year history. Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.

When: Friday August 24th 6p-9p, The Panel discussion with start at 7p, Networking meet and greet 6p-7p Where: The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, 650 S Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202



TEXAS METRO NEWS August 15, 2018

Enough with racism in rooftop solar industry


By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Recently, news came out that the electronics retailer Best Buy, decided to reconsider their partnership with a company called Vivint. The partnership allowed Vivint employees to work inside Best Buy stores, to sell Best Buy customers products capable of reducing their home’s energy usage. The potential decision by Best Buy is apparently just business, but it is a welcome piece of news because Vivint seemingly has a problem with African Americans. Vivint isn’t alone when it comes to struggling with race. There has always been bigotry in this country. In 2018, thanks to the leaders of the civil rights movement who risked their lives fighting for equality and justice, things are much improved. But these days some racists in this country are feeling encouraged to express their ugly views in public or discriminate against people of color. Recently, Vivint Solar -- one of the largest sellers of solar panels in this country -- was sued in California by a black employee who alleges his superiors likened him to a monkey, used

a racial epithet against him and that his coworkers used cardboard boxes to build a fort around their desks that was marked as “whites only.” The complainant’s lawyer provided pictures of this absurd and abhorrent cardboard façade to the media, and the Washington Post published its photo. David Bywater, the top executive at Vivint Solar, told the media that he was “deeply disturbed” by these allegations and: “I want to firmly state that Vivint Solar has a zero-tolerance policy for racial discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Our company is built on the strength of diversity.” This is precisely what a CEO is supposed to say, but a person of conscience would back them up with action. A deeper dive into Vivint’s practices makes me question Bywater’s sincerity. In March, Hector Balderas, the Attorney General of New Mexico filed a 17-count civil complaint against Vivint Solar, accusing them of fraud, racketeering, and unfair business practices. Balderas says the company which sells rooftop solar panels employed “high-pressure sales techniques and procedures designed to mislead consumers” and lock their customers into contracts lasting 20 years, with rates

that increase “by over 72 percent,” as the agreement matures. Also, according to the Balderas’ office: “The complaint also charges Vivint with filing improper notices in consumer real estate records that operate to cloud titles, and in some cases making it difficult for New Mexico consumers to sell their homes.” There is some evidence that consumers of color and low-income consumers are targeted for these pressure tactics. Vivint Solar is connected to Vivint Hom\ Security, a company that also

get to say, “I know who you are!” People are actually operating from their reality, not yours, when they ask certain questions or make judgments about another’s reality. Which brings me to My Truth. Because of blood clots several years ago, I have a discoloration on my leg. For a brief time, I was self-conscious about what I looked at as a disfiguration, instead of a blessing I wanted to cover it up, or stand in a way where people would have a hard time even noticing it. Then one day, I had a moment. I looked at the discoloration on my leg and I told myself that I was majoring in the minors. Here I was with two


has had its run-ins with the law. Last year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxson reached a settlement with the company for allegations the company violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. This, combined with the action by the New Mexico Attorney General, paints a picture of a company that is not treating customers fairly.

I’ve been interested in the solar industry because it is an expanding industry that increasingly provides new opportunities. However, there also seems to be additional opportunities to exploit consumers, especially minority consumers. I’ve written about my concerns about the ways the industry targets less sophisticated consumers, echoing concerns raised by several members of Congress in a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in early 2017. In response to my concerns, the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) used a consultant to harass me and my staff. I received and accepted an apology from the CEO of SEIA. I hoped they were sincere in their stated concerns about consumer protection and also about diversity in their industry. But Vivint Solar, with its “whites only” fort, is a member of SEIA. Vivint’s actions seem inconsistent with SEIA’s stated values. What must they do? I have some ideas: First, SEIA should ask Vivint Solar to leave their trade association. If SEIA wants to represent rooftop solar makers that respect consumers and employees, then Vivint Solar is a wrong choice. If SEIA doesn’t take action against Vivint Solar, there is

no accountability, which only further erodes trust with minority communities. Further, SEIA should back up their statement that “CEO, Abby Hopper, has established diversity of solar’s workforce and customer base as among her top three priorities” and their “Diversity Best Practices Guide” by funding and hosting consumer education seminars around the country to better inform consumers – and minorities – about their rights when it comes to rooftop solar. I have always been excited about the ways solar energy can reduce our dependence on fossil fuel as a power source. But the solar energy movement is crippled when companies like Vivint Solar both take advantage of customers and discriminate against minorities. It’s not enough to have a “Diversity Best Practices Guide.” SEIA needs to let best practices be their guide in their dealings with Vivint Solar. Silence is complicity. It is time for good people to stand up against racism. Best Buy, SEIA – what say you?

legs and I am concerned about what others think. Hadn’t my wonderful doctor, Bill Glaze, just recently told me that there was some concern that I might not make it out of my surgery because there was a chance the blood clots could race to my heart? Wasn’t I walking around, against doctor’s orders, in high heels? Wasn’t I taking dance classes, still able to walk in the rain with the one I love on my mind, and drive a car, or bounce, rock skate and roll? If anyone had a problem or took issue with my discolored leg, I needed to leave the problem with them. The problem was their reality not

mine! Just like it is your reality if you see someone walking in the winter without a coat on. You’re freezing, so of course you say something like, “Now, they know they are freezing and need a coat on!” You wouldn’t dare dye your hair pink and purple so you make a judgment call when you see someone with their multicolored hair and call it silly or something like that. It may be silly to you, but guess what? It’s not your hair. You’re probably the same person who would try to get out of jury duty by saying you couldn’t judge because only God can judge!”

Well stop judging people you don’t know or know anything about. “Well, if that was me…” Stop. Hold up! It’s not you! Surely you understand that you only get one life to live and life is too short. You can spend your whole life making others happy and if you outlive them all, you’re left with the only person you didn’t make happy. Live your best and do your best. If whatever you do makes you happy and doesn’t hurt anyone else or later have you trying to find someone to get you out of a mess you have made; then do your thing! Guess what? If you like it, I love it.

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

My Truth: Live and let live, continued from front page

Or God forbid, it is someone you met 10 years ago and have never seen or heard of since! Or it’s the guy or girl (I don’t judge) who you meet one time in a club, you get a phone call and they think they can begin a conversation without an introduction and seem offended if you don’t recognize their voice. One thing is for sure, you’re better off telling the truth because there are those obnoxious souls who when you say “Sure I remember you,” their response is “Then what’s my name?” I usually say, “help me out.” If they are really gracious, when they come up to shake hands or hug, they reintroduce themselves and I



August 15, 2018 TEXAS METRO NEWS

Valder Beebe Show

Valder Beebe

Coming to Dallas, Grammy® and Four-Time Emmy®-Winning Composer Ramin Djawadi will take you on a musical journey through the seven kingdoms, spanning seven seasons of the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones® LIVE Concert experience. The New York Times calls it “a symphonic spectacular.” Having just wrapped up a run through Europe,


continued from front page official because I betrayed the public’s trust that I worked so very hard to earn. Other than my family and God, there is nothing I love more than the City of Dallas. It is time to remove the dark cloud that my actions have brought upon our city. I will not allow a proofed legal battle to become a distraction for our citizens or my colleagues on the council. It has been the highest honor for me to serve and lead the citizens of this great city. I am forever grateful to my constituents, colleagues and supporters for allowing me the privilege to do so. Eventually, I hope that I will be judged not by my darkest moments but rather the context of my entire life, including the years that I pray lie ahead.” Mr. Caraway ended the correspondence by saying that he has been advised by counsel not to comment further and he asked for prayers and privacy “as we go through this difficult time.” The City Attorney Larry E. Casto announced a special election for the November 6, 2018 election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of Mr. Caraway’s term, which ends in 2019.. According to Mr. Casto, The city counwww.texasmetronews.com



the Game of Thrones® Live Concert Experience featuring Ramin Djawadi returns for a second North American leg this fall. It will give fans the opportunity to watch in wonder as famed composer Ramin Djawadi leads an orchestra and choir performing music from all seven seasons of the iconic, Emmy® Award-winning HBO series. VBS: Ramin’s the film The Mountain Between Us, staring Edris Elba and Kate Winslet has your musical DNA all over that successful film. A few of your other credits include the Grammy®-nominated score for Marvel’s 2008 blockbuster, Iron Man; Pacific Rim, Clash Of The Titans and Warcraft. In addition to Game Of Thrones®. Your celebrated television scores cil must order the special election by August 20, 2018. “Therefore the City Secretary’s Office is in the process of placing an item on the Wednesday, August 15, 2018, briefing agenda to call the special election. Once the election is called the candidate filing period begins, and the filing period ends on Thursday, August 23, 2018.” As early as noon, just a few short hours after the announcement was made, names were thrown out as possible successors to the seat, including former Dallas City councilwoman Carolyn King Arnold, who held the seat for two years after term limits led to Mr. Caraway stepping down. At the next election cycle, Mr. Caraway reclaimed the seat. A graduate of Roosevelt High School, he attended Texas Southern University, where he joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., he is married to Barbara Mallory Caraway, former Dallas City Councilwoman and Texas State Rep. He represented District Four on the Dallas City Council from 2007-2015, serving for four consecutive terms and being term-limited in 2015. During his time on the Council he served on various committees, including terms as the chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee (when the city experienced record-low crime numbers) and the Chair of Quality of Life Committee.

include Westworld, Flash Forward (ABC) and Prison Break (FOX). RD: Being a part of Game of Thrones is a very special show and creating my musical resume is humbling. VBS: Where do you get your musical insight? RD: I grew up with a rich musical back ground; rock, pop, and jazz. My life today allows me to draw from all

these different elements of style. VBS: When you are standing on the stage before millions of viewers, what are you thinking? RD: I’m really not thinking. This is normally not something I get to experience. The experience with LIVE NATION for The Game of Thrones® LIVE Concert is incredible. The connection I have with the live audience is really special.

VBS: Did you ever dream your life would be this way? RD: I was hoping this is where I would end up. This is something I have wanted to do since I was a teenager. VBS: We will be sure to be, front and center, September 16 at the American Airlines Center, Game of Thrones® Live Concert Experience Featuring you, Ramin Djawadi. Hear the complete Valder Beebe Show Ramin Djawadi interview at SoundCloud.com/valderbeebeshow. Find more THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW; Youtube.com/valderbeebeshow, 411RadioNetwork. com[Jazz Channel], SoundCloud. com/valderbeebeshow and VBS affiliate broadcasters.

While serving, he became Mayor, February 26, 2011 when Mayor Tom Leppert, resigned. Upon becoming Mayor, he focused on reducing crime, attracting companies, jobs and investment to Dallas, and worked to balance the budget while minimizing the impact on city services. Even before he served on the Dallas City Council, Mr. Caraway was known as a go-to person on community issues. His first act of public service occurred during his time as at Roosevelt, fighting to get sidewalks built along Bonnie View Road. His memberships and associations included Founder of Dallas Youth Council, Pylon Salesmanship Club, Cotillion Idlewild Club, Dallas NAACP and Cedar Crest Neighborhood Association.

sales, demolition finally took place in 2008. Collaborated with developers to build the $7 million Serenity Village that is part of Lancaster Kiest Village, a 2.5acre center that is located across from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The gated property has 193 apartments that include new retail and office buildings. Serenity provides two and three – bedroom homes for low-income tenants, primarily single mothers and is conveniently located near the DART rail line. The complex also includes educational and health services intended to help residents become self-supporting. -Spearheaded and collaborated with Habitat for Humanity and former U.S President Jimmy Carter to build single family homes in District 4. -Organized the very successful Gun Buy Back Program. The event offered a $50 gift card in exchange for a working firearm, which helped get more than 150 guns off the streets -Instrumental in the JOPPA community by fighting to get a bridge approved so the constituents may have access to the Dallas Horse Park -Fought for the Re-Development at Beckley-Saner Recreation Center – among other features that include a Baseball Field, Computer Lab, Fitness Center, Fitness Center Showers, Gymnasium, Kitchen, Large Meeting Room, Outdoor Basketball Court , Parking, Picnic Areas, Playground, Recreation Center, Small Meeting Room, and Tennis Court. -Fought to keep open Southern Skates Rink and had one of his many teen summits in the rink. -Spearheaded the 2nd Neighbor-

hood Wal-Mart development in Buckner Terrace. -Led the charge on stray dogs for the City of Dallas. -Key instrument in the development of the Trinity River Corridor Project with a combined investment of $2.5 billion from all interagency partners, public and private sources. Led the charge in moving the community court from Stemmons Fwy. to the DART Police Headquarters station on Corinth St. -Highly supported the development of the 5.2-acre deck park (Klyde Warren Park) built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. -Fought for the construction of $3 million Cedar Crest Golf Course Clubhouse, a focal point for community and social events Redevelopment of Cedar Crest Bridge/Golf Course Clubhouse. -Requested to have the most updated lighting designs and fixtures at the Corinth Street Bridge. -Fought to have the iconic 67½ feet tall, 22 feet long, and 10 feet, 2 inches wide tall giraffe sculpture along I-35 that took up residence at the Dallas Zoo in January 1997. -Worked closely with Sphinx Development Corporation to bring Senior Living Development-Fiji Apartment Complex -Led the change on the Anti-Sagging campaign with billboards all over southern Dallas. With a successful campaign ran new stop-sagging billboards went up in Arlington, and Fort Worth. -Named the “BEST POLITICIAN” by D MAGAZINE

He lists his major accomplishments as: -As Mayor Pro Tem, fought hard to bring the Texas National Guard to demolish drug and crack houses in the City of Dallas and rid neighborhoods of drug havens. -Collaborated with developers and community groups to bring sustainable businesses to District 4 like Rudy’s Chicken, the business anchor established in 1992, and further new development on Lancaster Ave. (June 2013). -After a hard fight to demolish the crime-infested Southern Comfort Motel known for assaults, robberies, carjackings, homicides, prostitution and drug


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Prayze Factor Tour stops in Dallas for Artist Showcase


Story and Photos By Dorothy J. Gentry Contributing Writer

The Prayze Factor National Inspired Artists Tour 2018- the largest independent gospel recording artist tour in America - made a stop in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex recently to showcase up-and-coming inspiring artists. “This is important because God has put something in all of us and just because you’re not with a big label doesn’t mean you don’t have something that someone needs to hear,” said Gospel singer and songwriter Nikki Berry. “Your song is what someone else needs and these types of events help to get that out. “That’s why I absolutely love it and drove down from Houston. I’m just excited to just be here,” she said. “God is doing some different things. He’s moving in different ways and it’s not about the label or how much money we have. It’s about are we really doing it for God and God will break those doors open.” The Prayze Factor Official Media Meet and Greet was held July 21st

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at the Shell Shack in Arlington and was hosted by KHVN’s Carmina Barnett and Cedric Bailey, a Stellar Award-winning member of the Rejoice! Musical Soul Food Radio Network. More than 20 Christian singers, praise dancers, worshippers and rappers attended the event in hopes of getting their music heard. Dallas resident Certrell Russell said he almost didn’t attend but is glad he did.

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“A lot of us, we really don’t know where to start with getting out music out there, getting on radio stations and there are so many connections you can make at these type of events,” he said. “At first I just wanted to sing because I had a voice,” said Russell who’s been singing since he was four or five years old. “My motivation (for singing) has changed through my love for God and seeing how He manifests through my

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singing and how many people are blessed through what God allows me to do,” he continued. “It keeps me going. I enjoy God. I love God. I enjoy what I do and will keep doing it as much as I possibly can,” said Russell who sings all over the Metroplex, including at Friendship-West Baptist Church. The Prayze Factor was founded and is produced by Teresa Jordan, also known as Pastor T. She says the platform is “specifical-

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ly and strategically formatted to bring maximum exposure to the inspired artists movement. Prayze Factor People's Choice Awards (Prayze Factor) is designed to expose faith-based arts on a national/ international level with major market radio, television and industry exposure.” The Prayze Factor People’s Choice Awards will be held Sept. 13-16. For more information visit http://www. prayzefactorawards.com/.



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www.texasmetronews.com August 15 Liberia was founded in West Africa as a settlement for freed American Slaves.

Wednesdays Winning Women Series at Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center; 4900 Lancaster. 11am-1pm. Michelle Bogan, CEO, Equity for Women, is guest speaker. Contact: veteranwomensec@gmail.com. Register: http://bit.ly/WednesdaysWinningWomenAugust2018.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. eventbrite.com 8-9:30pm August 18-19

The Black Bridal Experience at The African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. Dallas 8-18 6pm-10pm, 8-19 11am-4pm Tickets can be purchased via www.theblackbridalexperience.com or call 469-557-1254.

Sultry Sunday Day Party Host: The Food for Soul Experience at Royal Ln. Studios 4843 W. Royal Ln. Irving 4-8pm

August 20 Don King’s DOB in 1931 & Al Roker DOB 1954

August 16

Angela Bassett DOB 1958

August 18 1973 Hank Aaron breaks Stan Musial’s extra-base-hit record with 1,378.

LadySmith Black Mambazo at Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St. Dallas 7:30pm. Oak Cliff Business Exchange Conference at Mountainview College Economic & Workforce Development Building B Building 4849 W. Illinois Ave. Dallas 7:30pm. Key note speaker Hon. Clay Jenkins Dallas County Judge.

August 21 1831 Nat Turner begins a Slave rebellion in VA.

DoctorDad Workshop Turn Around Family Services; at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship 1808 Camp Wisdom, Dallas. The course teaches young men how to provide for the health and safety of babies and toddlers. Tue. 8-21, 28 & 9-4-18. 6pm-8:30pm. Contact: Chris Wheel; 469-567-1793 cwheel@ ocbfchurch.org. Register: https://goo.gl/ER6pvB


Dave Chapelle DOB 1973.

Forth Fridays Music Series: Presented by The DeSoto Arts Commission at the Outdoor Amphitheater DeSoto Town Center (behind the Library) 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 8pm.

August 25 2001 Aaliyah singer/actress died in a plane crash.

In The Huddle w/Chris Howell Empowerment for Men at Renaissance Dallas Hotel 2222 N. Stemmons Fwy. Info: www. inthehuddle.info A Jomae Scott Production A Theatrical Dramedy Play “Delivered Forgiven Redeemed” at Will Rogers Memorial Center 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. Ft. Worth 4pm-6pm Tickets: EventBrite.com/DRFFortWorth Creative Expressions- Vendor & Networking Experience Hosted by: YBE at Young Black Entrepreneurs Networking & Development Group 4300 W. Northgate Dr. Dallas 12:30pm5pm. Info: Antoine White 314-630-4465.

August 22 1989 Huey P. Newton Co-Founder of Black Panther Party was murdered in Oakland, CA.

Paul Quinn Farmers Market Thursdays at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm-7pm. District 7 Budget Town Hall Meeting at White Rock Hills Library; 9150 Ferguson Rd. 6pm-7:30pm. City Councilman, Kevin Felder. Other meetings will be held in the district thru August 30th. City staff on hand. Contact 214-670-4689 District@dallascityhall.com

August 19 1791 Benjamin Banneker 1st Almanac.

Community Meeting: DISD School Options at Madison High School; 3000 MLK, Blvd, 6pm .Hear about the varied learning opportunities and schools DISD has to offer. Also enroll children in school on-line. Contact: 972-925-3916.

1963 The First U.S. postage stamp designed by a Black man George Olden went on sale.

Beto For Senate East Fort Worth Organizing Rally. At The TCC Occupational Center 5901 Fitzhugh Ave. Ft Worth 10am-2pm. www.BetoForTexas.com

TEXAS METRO NEWS August 15, 2018 1950 Edith Sampson became the first Black US delegate to the United Nations.

August 23-25 Big Data & Community Policing Conference 2018 at Friendship West Baptist Church & Conference Center, 2020 Wheatland Rd. Dallas.

August 23 ICE CUBE at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving 7:30pm

1994 the only Black pilot Eugene Bullard in WW1 was posthumously Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF.

The Market Place In Downtown Garland at 105 N. 6th St. 9am-2pm.

Kobe Bryant DOB 1978.

Rep. Your Merch. 2.0 – Vendor & Networking Event Hosted by YBE at DeSoto Civic Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 11am-4pm Vendors available Antione White 314-630-4465

August 17-19 Family of Faith 14th Pastor Anniversary Rev. James Sneed Jr. at Family of Faith Christian Center Church 434 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Duncanville. Fri Musical, Sat Community Health Forum, Sun. Anniversary service for times call 972-709-7881 or www.fofccc.net

August 17 1990 Entertainer Pearl Bailey died at age 72.

Whoo...Loves to Camp? At MLK, Jr. Recreation Center 2901 Pennsylvania. Call 214670-8363. 7:30am5:30pm. MLK Back to School Festival at MLK Jr. Community Center 2922 MLK Blvd. Dallas 11am-2pm Info: www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-toschool

National Fajitas Day BOGO Fajitas at Space in the City Dallas 1512 Commerce St. Ste 100 Dallas 5pm-9pm. “Diva’s Got Issues” Presented by Joyce Poole-Banks at Plaza Theater 521 W. State St. Garland 3:30pm & 7:30pm

Dominion: Documentary (Free Screening-Angelica Dallas) 53211 E. Mockingbird Ln. 1pm-9:05pm RSVP for this event to Angelika. Paul Quinn Farmers Market Thursdays at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm-7pm.

August 24-25 Camille A. Brown & Dancers- Dallas Debut! At Moody Performance Hall - Dallas times may vary. Tickets: attpac.org

For Oak Cliff 4th Annual Back to School Festival at Glendale Park 1300 E. Ledbetter Dr. Dallas 9am-2pm. For details, email: info@foroakcliff.org

Natural Hair Appreciation Event- Dallas Edition Hosted by YBE at Young Black Entrepreneurs Networking & Development Group 4300 W. Northgate Dr. Dallas 3pm-8pm. Info: Antoine White 314-630-4465.

Red Sea #Sisterhood Rocks Presents: Snatched Women’s Conference at The Meadows Conference Center 2900 Live Oak St. Dallas 12pm-3:30pm. Vendor opportunities available: eventsrp@gmail.com August Accountability 2018 Signature Finale Brunch Host; Dr. Stacia Alexander PhD at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas Grand Lounge Room 10am-1pm. Tickets: www.tickettailor.com Flaunt Fly By- Cool Down Day Party at Dallas Communication Complex Mercury Studios 6301 Riverside Dr. Irving 4:30pm-10pm

IDK Back to School Supplies Giveaway Host: I Don’t Know IDK Community Org. At Hidden Creek Apartments 4401 Elsie Faye Higgins St. Dallas 11am-2pm. Info: ididntknow.info Walk About A Mile in My Shoes at Juanita Craft Center; 4500 Spring, Dallas 9am. Lipgloss for Love sponsors this walk to honor domestic abuse survivors. Back-to-School supplies and medical screenings provided. Kain Kalain Dance & Music at South Dallas Cultural Center

Tulisoma Book Fair South Dallas African American Experience in story and books at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. Fair Park Dates: 24th 10am4pm a Ticketed Event. 25th 10am-4pm Free Admission 25th 4pm-6pm Hip Hop Gospel Extravaganza.

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August 26 Musician Branford Marsalis DOB 1960. Born in Beaux Bridge, LA.

Projects Unity’s 4th Annual “Together We Ball” A “Pastors and Police” Basketball game at Cobb Fieldhouse 1702 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. Dallas 2pm-6pm. www.texasmetronews.com


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Freddie’s gone!

By Dorothy J Gentry Sports Editor

After dropping its 8th consecutive game and still desperately clinging to the 8th and final WNBA playoff spot, the Dallas Wings have fired Head Coach Fred Williams. See full statement below: The Dallas Wings announces this evening that Fred Williams has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. Assistant Coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the season, and the organization will conduct a full search for a permanent head coach immediately following the conclusion of the 2018 campaign. Taj McWilliams-Franklin was named assistant coach for the Dallas Wings in 2017 and has served in that role for the past two seasons. She previously served as assistant coach for the New York Liberty in 2013 and head coach at Post University in 2015. Erin Phillips and Travis Charles will serve as assistant coaches for the remainder of the year. “Following today’s game, I made the decision to change direction in regards to our head coaching position,” stated President and CEO Greg Bibb. “I felt this move was necessary. The season has not met our expectations. I have asked Taj to serve as our interim head coach and I have the upmost confidence that she and our staff will do everything possible to put us in the best position to win. I wish Fred the best moving forward. Our fowww.texasmetronews.com

cus remains on qualifying for the playoffs and ultimately competing for a WNBA championship.” The Wings are home to fourtime All-Star guard Skylar Diggins-Smith and League MVP candidate Liz Cambage, who has set multiple WNBA records this year, including making history with the most points scored in a game (53). The team also boasts a very deep and talented bench including last year’s Rookie of the Year Allisha Gray, All-Star Glory Johnson and rookie Azura Stevens. The Wings rose as high as #3 in the standings in early July behind a franchise-best 5-game winning streak. Then the free-fall began. Injuries also plagued the team with Diggins-Smith missing two consecutive games and Cambage has missed the last two games as well. As of Sunday, the Wings have dropped 8 in a row and have not won a game since July 19th. They are presently 8th in the standings with only one game separating them and the Las Vegas Aces. Both teams have three games left and will meet each other in Dallas on Friday. The Wings are currently eighth in the WNBA standings with an 14-16 record, including 9-7 at home. Since moving to Dallas, the Wings have never finished above seventh in the final standings. In their inaugural season, the Wings finished 11th in the league before improving to seventh in the 2017 season. The Wings are looking to record their first winning season since moving to the DFW area.

I love my fat wife, but...

Ask ALMA Dear Alma, Before I begin, let me say upfront that I love my wife. That said, in the years since we wed, she has gained considerable weight. When we eat out, she stuffs herself like a pig and never misses a chance to order dessert. When I hint that she might forgo the sweets, she calls me a killjoy. On top of all of this, she refuses to do any exercise that requires her to break a sweat. Sure, I’ve gained weight, too, but no one would ever accuse me of being fat. How do I talk with my wife about this without making her feel self-conscious or unattractive? Despite the extra pounds, she’s still the apple of my eye. Friends say I’m asking for trouble. E.P.; South Carolina Ahhh, yea E.P., And they’re right…almost. It all depends on your delivery. Confronting a woman about her weight can be as psychologically risky as a woman talking to her man about…well, you know. Here’s my confession: I, too, gained weight over the years while my husband diligently maintained his well-groomed looks and muscular physique. What turned me

around, you asked? Picture this: Dayton, Ohio 2008. We were at Aunt Prevella’s 70th birthday party and cousin Lelar was taking pictures. Long story short, she took a picture of me, a side view. While looking through the photos on her camera, like the Isley Brothers I asked, “Who’s that lady?” Her answer: “That’s you.” In the parking lot later on, she stepped to me lovingly, sister to sister, and said, “What’s going on with you, girl? You’ve got to do something; your health is at risk.” She was right


cousin Lelar. Approach this subject as a health issue and not a weight-gain problem. When the moment’s right, let her know you’re concerned about her health and the few extra pounds she carrying. She knows what that means. Talk about planning fun activities for the two of you, like daily walks hand in hand after dinner, making more time for whoopee (which burns calories) and maybe joining a gym. Whatever she likes that gets her moving. I personally enjoy hand-dancing. Ask her about joining a

Confronting a woman about her weight can be as psychologically risky as a woman talking to her man about…well, you know. and hooked me up with nutritionist Roxanne Koteles-Smith, founder of the Food Wisdom program located just outside of Asheville. The weight came off so fast my coworkers thought I had undergone gastric bypass surgery. Trust me when I say I know how your wife is feeling. She knows she’s overweight, and this just may be the motivation she needs to do something about it. Even if you decide to broach the topic, it has to be her decision to make a lifestyle change. So let’s come up with a plan, Stan. I suggest you follow the example of

Guide Your Light Right Mother Earth is going through transformations, frequency changes, an “Upgrade” a “Makeover”, causing human energies to shift into higher consciousness awareness, this can be intense, and at times, a hurtful experience to the unprepared humanity. Let’s work as ONE! Seek within, to win! “V” is calling on you to challenge inner-self and reach higher to shine brighter!! Call on “V”, your Starseed Lightworker for Spiritual advice and Crystal readings. Pleiades Renegade Member Family of Light, system buster on call! Text Starseed Lightworker: 214-710-0418 Email: vperez311.unity@gmail.com

bowling team or taking tennis lessons. Be creative. You hold the power to make this an encouraging conversation. Be kind with your words. Remember, it’s about reaching new goals set for living a healthier lifestyle and getting your “Boo” back in shape. Assist her on a successful journey. It all lies in your delivery…. 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.


Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program

TEXAS METRO NEWS August 15, 2018


25th Annual Intern/Sponsor Recognition Luncheon

Congratulations to Sen. Royce West and the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program on 25 years! www.texasmetronews.com


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THE MEG is a $150 million special effects feast! The story is pretty basic; it’s a man, Jonas Taylor (played by Jason Statham), against a 70-foot pre-historic shark. Jonas has a history with THE MEG. Several years previously he lost most of the crew on a project he was working on and his “big fish story” got him the reputation of being a crazy man. However, when a deep-sea exploration project traps the crew deep under the ocean, Jonas is the person they call. While rescuing the crew from the frigid deep waters he opens up a path to shallower, warmer water that a megalodon (or two) can swim up through. The megalodon was the largest animal to ever inhabit the oceans of the earth and the movie does a good job using science with a good




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The movie is filled with excitement. It’s a simple plot, but a fun one nonetheless. I enjoyed the thrill ride of the giant megalodon trying to feed on everything in its path and Stratham’s attempts to kill it. The end of the movie begs for a MEG 2. The movie is rated PG-13 and lasts for an action-filled 1 hour and 53 minutes. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” THE MEG rates a LARGE.

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Do you know this man?

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

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Life and Legacy of Mr. ELI DAVIS

Eli Davis, a native Texan (born October 12, 1929 – died August 7, 2018 at age 88) was the second son to Mrs. Olearia (Jackson) and Mr. John Edward Davis in Terrell, Texas. John preceded Olearia in death. However, from this union, Eli was blessed to have Edward Lee Davis, affectionately call “Lee”, born as his oldest brother. Eli’s mother later married James Calvin Gardner who also preceded Olearia in death; and to this union, Eli was blessed with four younger brothers, James, John, Paul, and Freddie. Eli’s mother Olearia, and three of his brothers Lee, Paul, and John preceded Eli in death. All of Eli’s early childhood education was completed at the Dallas B. F. Darrell Elementary School. He attended Dallas Booker T. Washington High School for two-and-a-half years and in 1947, graduated from Ft. Worth I. M. Terrell High School. After spending a year at Prairie View A&M, Eli transferred to Mary Allen College where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1952. He later returned to Prairie View and in 1967, earned the Master of Education Degree with emphasis on Administration and Supervision. On June 8, 1952, Eli married his college sweetheart, Earlie Mae Rhodes of

Fort Worth, Texas. To this union God blessed them with two sons and two daughters. In 1958, Eli and Earlie were also blessed to raise Earlie’s 4 year-old niece, who is lovingly referred to as their daughter. Eli accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by Pastor Lofton of the New Zion Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. Here Eli served under the late Pastor A. V. Voice, followed by his current Pastor Joe. S. Patterson. On September 19, 1952, Eli was drafted into the US Army. He received an Honorable Discharge as a Master Sergeant with 27 years of service. He also completed courses in the three military schools and finished in the top 10% or higher in his classes. He began his career with the Dallas Independent School District in 1958. In 1990, he retired from the Dallas Independent School District with 33 years of service. During his tenure he was a high school mathematics and science teacher, Assistant Principal of Elementary, Junior High and High Schools, and Principal of the B. F. Darrell Elementary School and Booker T. Washington where he attended as a student. As an In-service Classroom Teacher, he was an active member of profes-

sional educational organizations such as Classroom Teachers of Dallas, International Reading Association - Dallas, National Education Association, and Texas State Teachers Association. As an Administrator, Eli participated in many of the workshops, seminars, and conventions as a member of Dallas School Administrators Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Texas Elementary Principal and Supervisors Association. Eli is one of the original members of the Dallas ISD District Communication Committee that addressed employees’ grievances. Eli was employed for 14 years as the Administrative Assistant to Texas State Representative Jesse W. Jones where he served and helped countless constituents in that district. Eli’s other professional experience include U. S. Post Office Mail Carrier

from 1955 – 1959, and Southwest Drug Company Clerk from 1954 – 1955. Eli Davis was very active in his community. He mentored, encouraged, and help shaped the minds of thousands of youth, children; and adults. He continued to serve his community and exhibited dynamic leadership, even though his health was failing. Over his lifetime, Eli’s community service included: Boy Scout Scoutmaster Board Member, Dallas Homeowners League President, Mary Allen College National Alumni Assoc. President, Omicron Chapter -Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Dallas Big Brothers Parliamentarian, Gulf Coast Region - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Member, Advisory Board of Dallas Area Agency on Aging Member, City of Dallas Civil Service Board President, PTA Vice-Chair, Dallas Health and Human Services Commission President, Dunbar Social and Charity Club, Inc.

TEXAS METRO NEWS August 15, 2018 President, Glen Oaks Homeowners’ Association Served five times as a member of Dallas County Grand Juror: once as Secretary, twice as Oath Giver, twice as Foreman Eli was a member of several other community organizations including the NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, a past member of Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, Moorland Branch YMCA, and United Homeowners of Oak Cliff. From 2013 to the present, Eli served on the Texas Congressional District 33 Service Academy Nomination Committee. This committee selects students who receives Congressional nominations to the U. S. Service Academies such as: U. S. Military Academy at West Point - U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis U. S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs- U. S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point Eli - The Political Activist: As a long-time Democrat, Eli Davis voted in each Democratic Primary since 1962. Throughout the years, Eli worked in, campaigned for, and supported numerous city, county, state, and national elected officials. Because of his dedication and tireless efforts, he had the opportunity to meet and greet many


of our nation’s highest ranking political giants such as President Barack Obama, First Lady & Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden. In the early years, during the 1960s and 1970s, he engaged politically with trailblazers like Julian Bond, Texas Senate and U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan, Governor Ann Richards, Dallas Mayor and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and numerous other state and local trailblazers. As a Democratic Precinct Chair, he served on the Dallas County Democratic Party Executive Committee, Precinct Chair Coordinator for Legislative District 111, Member Dallas County Precinct Matters and Party Operation. For many years, Eli was the Dallas County Early Voter Election Judge at the Duncanville Library. Eli’s other political leadership and activist contributions include: Chairman of Delegation to State Democratic Convention Member-2000 National Democratic Platform Committee 3537 Precinct Chair – Democratic Party 23rd Senatorial District State Democratic Executive Committee 6-time Delegate to the Democratic National Convention President Dallas Chapter-Texas Coalition Black Democrats

Butterfly I emerge from this darkness changed. Leaving behind so much of what was me; whole but with missing parts. Pushing myself through a realization that does not include you, physically. Your transformation complete. Mine ... only beginning.

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