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Skylar Diggins-Smith

MY TRUTH by Cheryl Smith


Is speaking deadly?

Growing up in New Jersey, I wasn’t used to speaking to folks. There was an unwritten code. You didn’t make eye contact, you didn’t stare or point at people, and, you spoke when spoken to. I learned well because to violate the code, you could find yourself in a fight. And while I loved a good fight I don’t think fighting because of a broken code is smart. Which brings me to my truth. There’s a conference or convention every month where hundreds or thousands with the same mission/goal/intent gather. Whether it’s a professional organization, sorority or fraternity or sewing club; one things is for sure, they know they have a connection. So why, oh why do many of the “members” walk past one another without even looking or speaking? One year I was visiting Japan, on a military base.  Being so far away from home I was so glad to see people who looked like me so I was speaking to everyone. That was until I was pulled aside and told of another code.  Seemed silly to me. But, I needed to respect other’s reality although it was difficult walking into a room and finding only one other Black person and not speaking to them. Still has me shaking my head. Now what about these organizations? I talked to students recently at a convention and I encouraged them to speak when they get on elevators, walk into rooms, or even just walk past folks in the hall.  I cautioned them that they would be totally shocked if they walked into the ladies room for example, and looked at someone, turned their head and went about their business.  Then, lo and behold, they go into the job fair and go to the table where their dream job See TRUTH, page 6

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TEXAS METRO NEWS August 8, 2018


Metro News






Proctor honored

Champion of Literacy

The name Emma Rodgers is synonymous with liberation, grace, commitment, love and so many adjectives that make her the epitome of finer womanhood. Loved around the world, Ms. Rodgers will receive a prestigious award at the 15th Tulisoma: South Dallas Book Fair when it returns August 24-25, 2018 at The African American Museum in Fair Park. The Fair kicks off with the Sutton E. Griggs Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner on Friday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are $50 each. Wade and Cheryl Hudson will receive the Sutton E. Griggs Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature and Emma Rodgers will receive the Sutton E. Griggs Literacy Champion Award. Born on September 16, 1944 in Niagra Falls, New York; in the mid-1960s, Ms. Rodgers graduated from Spelman College. In 1977, Ms. Rodgers co-founded a mail-order business for books, which eventually became the retail store, Black Images Book Bazaar in Dallas, Texas. As a preeminent bookseller for over 30 years, she has been credited with “shepherding” African American authors from unknown writers to the forefront of American culture. Her support for these authors, in association with Black Images

Emma Rodgers

Book Bazaar, brought commercial success and critical acclaim to numerous authors, including J. California Cooper, Edward P. Jones, E. Lynn Harris, and Edward Ball. In 1995, Ms. Rodgers founded Romance Slam Jam, a boom industry conference event. The following year, she was selected to be a member of the U.S. Information Agency Corridors of Culture team, which presented works at the “Muse to Marketplace” symposium in Accra, Ghana, Harare, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. In 2005, she organized and led a trip to Ghana for students from ROPP, Inc., an enrichment program for teenage girls. Unfortunately, Black Images Book

Bazaar closed its doors in 2006. However, Ms. Rodgers continues to facilitate book signings for established and upcoming authors. Since 2007, she has served three terms as commissioner of the City of Dallas’ City Plan Commission. An active participant in her community and involved with numerous organizations, she has served as a board member for TeCoTheatrical Productions and as a director for the Dallas Civil Rights Center. She also facilitates a monthly book club and serves as a publicist for the annual Irma P. Hall Theater Arts Festival. Ms. Rodgers has been the recipient of many awards and honors for her service to the community. In 2003, the Emma Award, which honors excellence in romance-action literature, was named after her. She has also been the recipient of the Wordspace Award for Outstanding Support of Literature in 2004 and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Golden Soror of the Year in 2016. The Fair on Saturday, August 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. will feature more than 25 authors/ illustrators for readings and signings which will include the Griggs Awardees; multiple award winSee RODGERS, page 16

Angel N. Proctor

National Modern Miss American Royalty USA 2018 Former Ms. Paul Quinn College

Celebrating 106th birthday!

Ms. Ruby Carter Means Barton Celebrates 106th Birthday Ms. Ruby was born on July 26, 1912 in Kirven, Tx. She is the sole survivor of 10 children born to Jenkins H. and Aquilla Carter. She is the Mother of Pat Mays (Stanley), the Grandmother of Kim Pullin (Ryan), Bryan White (Carmen) and the Great-Grandmother of Kassidy Pullin and Kalin White.



Parkland staff provides final honors for veterans

“For the veteran, thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do so we can safely do what we’re free to do” – Author unknown

A DCHD police officer presents the flag to an awaiting family member of a veteran who passed away at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Those who serve in our military serve for life. The bond remains strong during the transition from active service to veteran status. But while they may no longer don the uniform of their chosen branch, military veterans who pass away at Parkland Memorial Hospital are now being honored by a new program that pays final tribute to their sacrifice and service. In collaboration with Parkland’s Pastoral Care Department and Veteran’s Employee Resource Group (ERG), the Dallas County Hospital District (DCHD) Police Department will be notified when a known veteran passes away and will ensure they receive their final honors at the facility. More than 100 employees are members of Parkland’s Veteran’s ERG and have served in various branches of the military. When granted permission from the veteran’s family, an overhead announcement is made: “May I have your attention please. Today, a veteran has passed away in our hospital.” The message continues with notice that a final honors ceremony with the family will be held in the hospital lobby. Staff is invited to attend in support of the family and to pay their respect to the veteran. According to DCHD Police Captain Dan Birbeck, a U.S. Army veteran who championed the final honor’s program at Parkland, “This ceremony marking a veteran’s final passage through life is a meaningful salute not just to the family, but also to all of us who respect and honor those who serve our country.” A flag-draped gurney with the flag of the military branch of the veteran centered below is used to transport the deceased to the lobby. There, DCHD police officers present the name, rank and military branch of the veteran who has passed away. In honor of his/her service to our country, the officer asks for a moment of silence and begins a flag folding ceremony. As the stars and stripes of Old Glory are folded with military precision and the last edge tucked neatly into place, a DCHD police officer presents the flag to an awaiting family member and declares, “On behalf of the Parkland Memorial Hospital Staff and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.” “It’s as simple as this: how many tomorrows would have

been lost if nobody had stepped forward to do something about it yesterday?” Birbeck said in reference to our nation’s veterans. “That’s why establishing this ceremony for veterans who are patients at Parkland has been my personal mission.” Karla Voy-Hatter, Parkland’s Director of Infection Prevention and a U.S. Air Force veteran, recognizes the significance of the final honors program. “Having a public ceremony to acknowledge the service to our country as well as the sacrifice made by our veterans and their families is incredibly important,” Voy-Hatter said. “We’re losing a lot of our older veterans. Every day we’re losing those who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.” “We believe that honoring these patients in this way will bring comfort to their families and will remind all of us of the sacrifice that so many have made on our behalf,” said Linda Wilkerson, Director of Pastoral Care at Parkland. Added Birbeck, “There is a famous quote that says, ‘A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That is Honor.’”

Groundbreaking held A brief ceremony was held Saturday, August 4, at Singing Hills Recreation Center, 6805 Patrol Way in southeast Oak Cliff near East Camp Wisdom Road. Dallas Park and Recreation broke ground for a 14,794 square-foot expansion project for the new Singing Hills Recreation Center that is currently in Hon. Tennell Atkins its final construction phase. With this second construction phase getting under way soon, the new wing will house a gymnasium, technology center and a senior adult activity area. “We are excited about the continued growth, progress and improvements taking place in southeast Oak Cliff,” said Atkins. “In the midst of building the new Singing Hills Recreation Center, we were able to secure additional funding to make something better even greater. From its design to its amenities, this center is a stellar example of the city’s assurance to enhance Dallas’ southern neighborhoods with the finest of recreational facilities and opportunities.” Four years ago, the city of Dallas broke ground on a new facility to replace the existing recreation center built in 1973. When both construction phases are completed, Singing Hills will be an ultra-modern 26,000 square-foot facility that features an elevated gymnasium level accessible by stairs and elevator. Outside, a plaza can be used for family-oriented activities including small concerts, movie nights and other special events. Adjacent to a DART station, city officials say when the new Singing Hills opens, it will be a “first-of-its kind” resource for recreation center patrons who use DART: they can walk directly to the new center from the rail line. In keeping with the City’s commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, the new facility is designed to meet the standards of the United States Green Building Council LEED Silver certification. “Singing Hills is one of the most unique and innovative facilities in our park system. The design and amenities are outstanding and reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and rolling terrain. We are proud that this center will give patrons diverse recreational and learning experiences in a wonderfully new facility,” said Winters.

28th Annual State of the Climate Report

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, released the following statement after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its 28th annual State of the Climate report, which found record high levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, rising sea levels, rising global land and ocean temperatures, and record

From the Capitol By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

low sea ice coverage in both the Arctic and Antarctic: “I am not surprised to learn that 2017 was the third warmest year on record, following the highs set in 2016 and 2015. It seems that we hear of new dev-

astating wildfires, catastrophic flooding, and other extreme events happening around the globe on a daily basis. For over 40 years, science has shown that life on this planet would be faced with a climate crisis. We have known that it is imperative that we act to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change. Our children and grandchildren’s futures depend on our ability to address this issue with a sense of urgency. I implore my colleagues to make this issue a priority before it is too late.”

El Centro College, UNT Dallas to formalize agreement for new Emerging Teacher Academy El Centro College student Maria Hernandez wants to change the lives of young students by becoming an early childhood education teacher. That dream will come true this fall when she becomes one of the first students who will participate in El Centro's new Emerging Teacher Academy in partnership with the University of North Texas at Dallas. Hernandez will talk about her plans when officials from El Centro and UNT Dallas formalize the academy agreement during an official pathway signing event on Wed., Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. The event will be held in the El Centro College Student Center, located at 801 Main St. in downtown Dallas. El Centro and UNT Dallas of-

ficials will participate as well as community leaders. Hernandez and other students will be on hand for the signing. She said, "I want to teach early childhood -six core subjects, bilingual -- and I would like to teach for the Dallas Independent School District, especially at Lenore Kirk Hall Elementary School, if I'm granted that opportunity." Who: El Centro College, University of North Texas at Dallas What: Official signing ceremony for El Centro, UNT Dallas Emerging Teacher Academy (with students present) When: Wed., Aug. 8, 11am Where: El Centro College Student Center, 801 Main St., Dallas

Why: Formalize agreement for the new academy, which will train the next generation of teachers for the Dallas area “Our region desperately needs more qualified teachers,” said Dr. Greg Morris, El Centro's vice president of academic affairs. “This innovative teacher preparation pathway between UNT Dallas and El Centro College will help eliminate the barriers which transfer students face when transitioning from community college to a university." For more information about the signing event or the academy, contact Priscilla Staley, El Centro's director of marketing, at pstaley@, or Amy Loftis at

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Duncanville ISD welcomes new Administrators Chief Academic Officer takes Reins Cathy Sewell joins Duncanville ISD as the district’s Chief Academic Officer. Sewell joins the district from Everman ISD where her most recent position was Chief of Secondary Education. Sewell has 24 years experience in education, serving 19 of those at Everman ISD. Sewell received a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service and Spanish from Baylor University, earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Texas Christian University and is pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership at Texas Christian University.


Chief to Launch District Police Department

time as a school resource officer and sergeant.

Chavela Hampton joins the Duncanville ISD family as the new Chief of Police. Chief Hampton’s first order of business will be developing a school district police department. Historically, the school district has contracted with outside law enforcement agencies to hire school resource officers but is now transitioning to its own police department. Chief Hampton brings more than 27 years of experience in law enforcement and was most recently employeed as a Deputy Chief in the Arlington Police Department. During her time in Arlington, Chief Hampton supervised large-scale events at AT&T Stadium, managed the tactical unit, jail operations, patrol divisions and also spent

Director of Technology Joins District Oscar Rodriguez is the district's new Director of Technology. Mr. Rodriguez joins Duncanville ISD from Dallas ISD, where he worked in Educational Technology and Staffing. He also has international experience through his studies in China of different educational models and South Africa where he studied systemic educational issues. Mr. Rodriguez has a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management. He also has a master’s degree in Online Instructional Design and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on business management.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Garland Unit Presents

28th Annual Freedom Fund Brunch And

Silent Auction

Saturday, September 15, 2018 Silent Auction - 9:00 a.m.

Brunch - 10:00 a.m.

Hyatt Place Garland 5101 George Bush Highway Garland, Texas 75040 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lavern Holyfield National First Vice President of NANBPWC Master of Ceremony: Reuben Lael National Recording Artist - Singer/Song Writer Brunch Table: $500.00 (seats 10) – Individual Ticket: $50.00 For more information please call the NAACP Garland Unit at (972) 381-5044, Box #5


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By Judge John Creuzot

Fighting for Justice!

During the course of my legal career as a practicing attorney and as a judge, I have come to understand that justice is both Judge Creuzot hard work, and heart work. In other words, in order to create a truly just society we must work diligently at the pursuit of justice, and we must demonstrate concern for those whose lives are affected by the criminal justice system---- particularly people of color and the poor----which is designed to protect us and maintain social order. In 1998 when I led the effort to create DIVERT COURTS throughout the state of Texas I understood that many defendants who were faced with substance abuse problems had emotional, spiritual, and behavior difficulties that had to be addressed before they could become productive members of society. The fundamental premise of DIVERT COURT was to create a system in which people whose lives were twisted by substance abuse problems were given an opportunity to participate in structured rehabilitation programs rather than simply becoming part of the pipeline to prison process. Over the years, the lives of thousands have been restored by participating in DIVERT Court, a program

that has been emulated throughout the state of Texas and across our nation. It has saved a significant amount of taxpayer dollars because once people’s lives were made whole they became contributing members of society, and we did not have to spend tax dollars to keep them in prison. In fact, the state was able to close a number of penal institutions. Incarcerating people with substance

justice system makes a difference in the lives of people and often that occurs by getting involved in their lives, and changing, when possible, the conditions that led to errant behavior. As a prosecutor I had to recommend that people be sent to prison. As a jurist, I had to sentence people. It was never easy, finding a balance between protecting our society and finding ways to punish and rehabilitate indi-

Incarcerating people with substance abuse problems made no sense in 1998 and it makes no sense in 2018. A fair justice system makes a difference in the lives of people and often that occurs by getting involved in their lives, and changing, when possible, the conditions that led to errant behavior. abuse problems made no sense in 1998 and it makes no sense in 2018. A fair

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viduals who found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

As a society we have to enlarge the scope and the size of our dreams. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we must see beyond what appears in front of us. We must see beyond the mountains if we are to replenish our society, and its people. We must embrace concepts such as “certificates of rehabilitation.� Currently, our legal system does not erase most criminal convictions. Even an offense that a middle-aged person committed while a teenager remains with him or her for the rest of their life. This makes little sense, and is not in the best interests of justice. Innovation demands that we encourage our state legislators to pass legislation that would create ‘certificates of rehabilitation’ that would be recognized by landlords, business owners, members of the clergy and other decision-makers in our society. We must recognize that a dated criminal record does not define who a person has become twenty or thirty years later. We can set standards to trigger a risk assessment, fairly predicting whether or not an individual will commit another crime. Certainly, if our society can produce driverless cars we can create systems and procedures that will lead to reductions in criminal behavior, while giving our young people brighter futures, and our entire society a sense of hope. Yes, together we can do this! Judge John Creuzot touts experience on both sides of the bench, having spent seven years as an Assistant District Attorney, and 21 years as a State District Judge in Dallas, Texas.



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By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

When the Congressional Black Caucus holds its Annual Legislative Conference this September (September 12-16), I hope there will be a tribute to one of its founders, Congressman Ron Dellums, who made his transition on July 30. Dellums was a fierce, focused fighter for justice, an anti-war activist who served in the military, authored several CBC Alternative Budgets; budgets that focused on human needs rather than military buildup, and an indefatigable fighter for South African freedom. He is the epitome of Congressional activism, progressive leadership, and stellar integrity. After 27 years in Congress and a term as Oakland mayor, he had a much lower profile in recent years. Still, his name remains synonymous with principled leadership, and he will be sincerely missed! Dellums blazed on the national political scene, decried by then Vice President Spiro Agnew as a “radical” from “Ber-zerkely.” Dellums had the right response, telling the Washington Post – “If being an advocate of peace, justice, and humanity toward all human beings is radical, then I’m glad to be called radical. And if it is radical to oppose the use of 70 percent of federal monies for destruction and war, then I am a radical.” With this as a definition of “radical,” the question, really, is why aren’t there more radicals in our nation? I’m not sure what Congressman Dellums would think of the organization he co-founded. While he became somewhat less confrontational the longer he served in Congress, the fight never left him. He didn’t mind calling Presidents or his colleagues out, though he did it in a way that

even conservative House Speaker Tom Delay (R-TX) described as gentlemanly. Upon Dellums’ retirement from the House of Representatives in the middle of his term in 1998, Delay said, “We are losing one of its finest Members, a Member that I have great respect for because he always did his homework, was so articulate and eloquent on this floor. He always got my attention when he stood up and took the microphone. He would stop every Member in their tracks to hear what he had to say, and there are very few Members that have served in this body that can claim the respect that both sides of the aisle had for the gentleman from California. And the incredible reputation that the gentleman from California has brought to this House; he has elevated this House. He has elevated the distinction of this House by serving here, and this House will greatly miss him when he leaves.” Though Dellums ran for Congress

as a Democrat and caucused with the Democrats, he did not register to vote as a Democrat until he ran for Mayor of Oakland. Indeed, he was one of the vice-chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America. His alternative budgets reflected socialistic principles, elevating human needs over military needs, embracing pacifism instead of war and military intervention. He had a masters’ degree in social work, and it showed, both in his interactions with people and in the alternative budgets he worked on. When I was a professor at UC Berkeley, I brought a group of students (I called them Bey-Bey’s kids because some of them were so wild) to DC to soak up some public policy knowledge. Congressman Dellums’ team told us he had 30 minutes for us, but when he met the group, got engaged with them and began to answer their questions, he took off his jacket, rolled up his sleeves, pulled out a flip chart

and broke down the CBC Alternative Budget. We were there for almost two hours, far more than the allotted time. He acknowledged that the Alternative Budget had no chance of passing, but said that he worked so hard on it because it was “a possibility.” He persistently fought for the right thing, even if the right thing was a long shot. His tenacity was responsible for the passage of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, legislation that imposed sanctions, urged US companies to stop doing business with South Africa, and set conditions, including the release of political prisoners, before sanctions could be lifted. Ronald Reagan vetoed the legislation, preferring “constructive engagement,” but Congress overrode the veto, something that rarely happens in foreign policy matter. It is a tribute to Dellums’ political skills that a man who was ridiculed as a radical upon entering Congress had developed the kinds of bipartisan relation-


ships that would override a presidential veto. Dellums got much criticism for his time as Oakland mayor, but it is essential to note that not many, after serving 27 years in Congress, would have signed up to run a troubled city. He was drafted by the people of Oakland, who urged him to serve, and he defiantly told people that if they weren’t satisfied with his leadership, they could recall him! Ron Dellums used his national notoriety to lobby for his city, getting more recovery aid from the Obama administration than any other city except Chicago. He saw Oakland as a “Model City” and encouraged citizen participation, convening several task forces to help shape the direction of the city. The best thing that Ron Dellums ever did was succession planning. He surrounded himself with younger, bright leaders and encouraged them in their aspirations. One of his protégés, Keith Carson, serves on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Another, Sandre’ Swanson, served in the California State Assembly. And Congresswoman Barbara Lee, as fierce a fighter as Dellums, was his hand-picked successor. The Congressional Black Caucus today needs more Dellums energy. Oh, the Alternative Budgets still annually prepared, but it doesn’t get the visibility that it should. Fierce fighters like Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters are often threatened and ridiculed, and not enough of their colleagues have their backs. And too many African American politicians are pragmatic, instead of being principled. May the spirit of Ron Dellums always live among African American and progressive leaders! Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www. for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit


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My Truth, continued from front page

awaits only to find that very person from the bathroom sitting there. Hmmmm. Awkward moment! Unfortunately we, I’m talking about Black people, walk past one another at these conventions and don’t open our mouths. Then there are others who feel like they are at home and they are so glad to be in the company of their people that they speak and smile and give out hugs.   Now everyone isn’t a hugger and I understand that.  Also everyone is not into “southern hospitality” and I understand that also. There are just times when I have to make exceptions; like for my sorority.  After all, we all made the same commitments and we have a bond.  I refuse to walk past my sisters without speaking. I’m so glad to see these ladies and like me, I understand that we don’t know what it took for a person to get there because everyone is not a baller and some are working through tumultuous times in their lives. Now there’s a chance I may call someone “soror” who is not a Delta.  But guess what?   I’d rather call 1,000 non-Deltas

“soror,” than to walk past one Delta without speaking to her. Then too, heck you see ladies dressed in red, so it’s a normal assumption to think she’s a “soror,” same for AKAs in pink or green, Zetas in blue and white, or Sigma Gamma Rhos in blue and gold.      I really don’t understand at many of these conventions where some come for professional development, seeking employment or ways to better themselves; whatever the cause, there’s some form of commonality. What’s wrong with speaking? I absolutely love to go to National Association of Black Journalists conventions because I am eager to see old friends and colleagues. I also enjoying meeting new people and establishing new relationships. Heck, if most people, except those like me, are approached by someone with a puppy, they will acknowledge the little furry animal. Why can’t we extend the same courtesy to one another? Granted some people are shy. Others have a hard time making small talk.

Whatever the case, just speaking won’t kill you. As a college student, there was a place on campus where young ladies didn’t like walking past because guys would stand there flirting, or making catcalls. I never shied away from that location because I would speak and get on my way. Sometimes there were ugly verbal altercations that almost became physical. It wasn’t nice and I hated seeing folks going at it. Now some of the altercations derived from men not knowing how to take the “hello” and leave well enough alone because they want to take it to the next level. “Hello” does not mean, “I want you!” My senior year one of the guys told me that our conversations never escalated because I was so pleasant and I would smile, speak and keep it moving. There were times I even asked “how’s your family,” or said, “have a nice day,” or something like that. You see, sometimes it’s easier to just speak. What’s your truth?

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An experience of a lifetime, the NABJ Convention per cool and nice people to hang out with during the convention. It was so busy from the time I started volunteering on day one, to the time I participated in the workshops, career fair and socializing. The hotel we stayed in was a perfect location so we were close to all the attractions in the area. However, I wish I could have spent more time with NABJ students instead of having to pair up with people I came with. Staying with individuals who are coworkers was a new experience for me. When you’re in a group going from one place to another, you have to stay

By Jessica Hayden Attending the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention for the first time was an amazing experience, and I was feeling honored to have the opportunity of a lifetime. I can admit I was extremely nervous. It was impressive to see the students from so many different universities and recent graduates who had so much energy and desire to learn more about improving themselves. I met at least eight students from the NABJ group chats. They were su-

Mikki Taylor

A high point of the convention was sitting in on the best workshop in my


opinion, Journalism is Driven by Technology and Innovation, where the speakers were outstanding. Their stories on how they started an empire for themselves to sharing valuable technology tips for enhancing my skills so I can be known as one the best journalists, was definitely beneficial to me. Mr. Martin broke it down during his presentation showing everyone the different digital tools we need Roland Martin, NABJ VP-Digital as journalists in order that because technology will never be to not rely on anyone. Then the other speakers gave us web- disposable. No million dollar compasite ideas that could teach everyone ny would be able to get where they are how to learn about technology de- todY by not using social media as the platform for their company. vices. Founder/Managing Partner Retha Mr. Martin said, “We always have Hill who is a technology-driven womto be cutting edge.” What does that mean? Be ahead an educated us on how to understand of the game when you are trying to technology with online workshops. I plan on focusing on changing my stand out from everyone else applying for the same job as you. If anyone journalism skills and applying everylacks the tools it takes to receive any thing I learned from the convention communications job they really want going forward into my senior year. it’s only because they did not take Jessica Hayden is a senior at Prairie View the time out to learn new technology A&M University. She interned this summer tools. with Texas Metro News, Garland Journal We are amazing African American and I Messenger. people and we need to start realizing

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together no matter if you’re used to doing things alone; especially when that is the mandate. I had to control my need to separate from the group until I met Roland Martin and took a picture with him. It is amazing how people you look up to are exactly how you pictured them in person. He is a very straightforward person.


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Wings’ Skylar Diggins-Smith wins WNBA Community Leadership Award

WNBA President Lisa Borders, Skylar Diggins-Smith and University of South Carolina Women's Basketball Coach Dawn Staley

Story and Photo By Dorothy J Gentry Sports Editor

She’s been the face of the Dallas Wings franchise since she was drafted in 2013. She’s also one of the faces of the WNBA, a fan favorite nationwide, and a 4-time All-Star. And now she’s the recipient of one of the League’s most prestigious honors. Dallas Wings team captain Skylar Diggins-Smith has earned the WNBA Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award for her extraordinary work in the community. The award, which is named in honor of WNBA legend and Hall of Famer Dawn Staley, recognizes a player who reflects Staley’s spirit, leadership, charitable efforts, love for the game and inspirational presence in the community. The Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award is presented annually. Diggins-Smith was selected as the winner from a group of nominated WNBA players. The WNBA will make a $10,000 donation to the South Bend Venues

Parks and Arts Foundation on behalf of Diggins-Smith. “My passion to be involved in the community comes from my parents and my stepdad,” said a smiling Diggins-Smith who was presented with the award during a special pre-game ceremony at College Park Center on the campus of UTA, where the Wings play. “They were always so involved. Through them, I learned the importance of being outgoing and giving back,” she said, adding that her experience at a Boys & Girls Club in South Bend, Ind. (her hometown) helped her gain even more of an appreciation for community service. Staley, the head coach of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team and the USA Basketball Women’s national team, was in town recently, along with WNBA President Lisa Borders, to personally present the award to Diggins-Smith. “As an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Club, Skylar has dedicated herself to being a champion for children,” said Staley. “Her commitment to ensuring that the Boys & Girls Club is a positive place for kids and teens gives them an opportunity for

a brighter future.” Said Borders: “Skylar understands the importance of empowering youth to reach their full potential. A deep commitment to the community helps make her an exceptional ambassador for our game.” Diggins-Smith is being honored for her support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and her positive impact on youth basketball. Last year she was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame. She has worked extensively with a Boys & Girls Club in Dallas, serving as a coach in a basketball game between children and staff and hosting a surprise private screening of “Black Panther.” Diggins-Smith also plays an active role in youth basketball through her Shoot 4 the Sky camps and her support for the Sky Diggs Soldiers, who represented the Midwest Region in the inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship. The team of elite 13- and 14-year-old girls is coached by Diggins-Smith’s stepdad.

College of Health Care Professions hosts Ribbon Cutting and Open House at New Dallas Campus

A Texas leader in health care education and training begins enrollment for its most innovative and flexible curriculum to fill the growing need for personnel in allied health fields The College of Health Care Professions, a Texas leader in health care education and training, showcased its new Dallas campus and kicked off student enrollment for its innovative curriculum designed to fill the growing need for employees in the health care industry in the Dallas area. At the ribbon-cutting reception, State Rep. Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) opened the ceremony by stressing the important role CHCP plays in preparing future health care professionals. “We have a huge shortage [of people] with the skills necessary to help patients, hospitals and the medical industry,” Neave said. “I want to thank you for the fact that you’re doing work to fill this need.” As part of the program, Maureen K. Clements, Dallas campus president, and Kendria Taylor, CHCP’s vice president of career services and community relations, presented awards to business and community partners who have worked with CHCP over the years. Angela Young, chief executive officer of the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas and Yulandor D. Plater, community relations representative for Amerigroup, were recognized for their partnerships with CHCP, including hiring students, providing them externships, and sponsoring special events. “I can’t say enough about how these two organizations have been invaluable partners to our work here at CHCP,” Clements said. “They help our organization and our students succeed.” Eric Bing, CHCP’s chief executive officer, explained that CHCP focuses on helping students who are looking for ways to improve their lives. “We don’t have the typical student,” Bing said. “We have many students who are looking for a chance to make a big change in their lives – and their families’ lives. We focus on student success and support strategies to help them succeed.” Erica Goodwin, an alumna of CHCP certificate program, is one of those students. While battling breast cancer, Goodwin completed her training, is now finishing her associate’s degree and has enrolled in classes to complete her Bachelor of Science at CHCP. She is planning to continue her education and pursue a career as a physician’s assistant or doctor. The 30-year-old college, accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, offers day and evening classes, blended/hybrid, and online programs, allowing students to choose classes that fit into their busy lives. CHCP offers certificate programs in areas such as medical assistant, medical coding and billing, dental assistant, massage therapy, and limited medical radiologic (X-ray) technology. In addition, associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs such as surgical technology, diagnostic medical and cardiovascular sonography, health care management, health and medical administrative services, radiologic technology and radiologic science management are offered. There are more than 2,900 students across Texas on campuses located in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, McAllen and San Antonio. In 2017, the college had an exceptional job placement rate with students landing positions in various locations such as hospitals, urgent care facilities, group medical practices, government agencies and non-profits. Dallas area employers include the Baylor Health Care System, Methodist Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Dallas Medical Specialties at Medical City. To learn more about the College of Health Care Professions or to enroll, go to Call 214.420.3400 or email For media interviews, contact, Neil Foote, Foote Communications,, 214.448.3765.

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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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EATURED STAR: LEO – The Lion – 07/23 – 08/22 Facts are not always as intuition screams. Inspiration/Influence – Focus on the truth. Let your instincts guide you. Your Chosen Healing Stone *HEMATITE * Helps absorb negative energy. Calms stress and worry. Lucky Numbers – VIRGO – The Virgin – 08/23 – 09/22 Value the work you have put in thus far; rewards ahead. LIBRA – The Scales – 09/23 – 10/22 Don’t stop now, your efforts are recognized. SCORPIO – The Scorpion – 10/23 – 11/21 Only you can control your own happiness. Learn to let go and have no fear! SAGITARIUS – The Archer – 11/22 – 12/21 Pass the illusion, gather details and make your decision. CAPRICORN – The Goat – 12/22 – 01/19 It’s time to “recharge”. Rest your mind, body and spirit; it’s only temporary.

AQUARIUS – The Water Carrier – 01/20 – 02/18 Not enough water to put out all the fires; just have to let some “bridges” burn. PISCES – The Fish – 02/19 – 03/20 Great ideas to share. Let them be known. It could lead to areas of management. ARIES - The RAM - 03/21 04/19 It seems it’s time to stop “playing”, and grow up! You’re only fooling yourself. TAURUS – THE BULL – 04/20 - 05/20 Listening to others at times, can shed some light to what you think you know. GEMINI – The Twins - 05/21 – 06/20 Whatever you do, try not to run out of “gas”. It’s a critical time now. CANCER – The Crab – 06/21 – 07/22 “The struggle” is real; follow your heart. Daily Oracle Reading: Ask and it is given Anyone can be happy at any time or place, only you can achieve this. Happiness is all around you! ^_^

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Ask ALMA Dear Alma, I have a friend and we’ve known each other most of our lives. We’ve spent many years together going on family vacations, dealing with marriages and divorce. We had children around the same time and we’ve always been there for each other. We are now at the stage where you take care of your parents. I’m not taking care of my mom, she’s in a nursing home, but my friend decided to take care of her mom at home. Her mother recently died, but before she died, she told my friend that she would come back and visit her. My friend believes that her mother is back in the house. She told me the lights are blinking on and off in one room and she also said there’s one step that squeaks now that never did before. I think that’s crazy and she thinks it’s her mother. What’s the best way to explain to her, her mother cannot come back from the grave? Name withheld

Dear Friend, Hold up, wait – it could happen… shaking my head, naaawwww, LOL, I don’t think so. If you’ve followed Ask Alma for half a minute, you’d know I’ve lost my mother, father and one and only big sister Kim, so when it comes to grieving, I’m at the head of the line. I never thought my sister was gonna die, even when she was in a coma. I would talk to her and say, “You can open your eyes now, it’s just me in the room.” After she died, I had to pretend she was in the Bahamas, unreachable for the first six years. I remember telling my father, I don’t know what I’ll do without you. He lovingly answered, “Yes you will, you’ll know.” When it came to my mama, don’t you dare speak the words. I could not even entertain the thought. My heart broke, I was broken. Some might call it irrational, but you’ll never know until it happens to you. As far as your friend is concerned, like my mother use to say, if you go looking for it honey, you’ll find it. Well, actually she said, if you keep stirring sh*t, you’ll start to smell it, but we’re a PG publication here, so let’s just keep it moving, LOL. Humans, unlike our furry K-9 friends,

don’t go looking for something for the sake of looking. We always have an agenda, an inkling, something that doesn’t sit right in our belly. You know what I’m saying. She’s looking, so just let her look. Yea, she’s stretching, but that’s her broken rubber band to bend. I’m not sure why her mom would tell her something like that, although we’ve all got our “Why did my mama say that?” stories to tell. If she believes her mom can operate her lights from heaven, it’s nothing you or I can say or do to change that. And why should we? When I see a beautiful red bird, I say hello to my grandmother, she loved birds. I don’t think the red bird is my grandmother, just like if the lights are flickering in my house, my first thought is to change the bulb. This, my friend, is not a dilemma you should elect yourself to correct. Let her look for her mama in every twinkling star and tri-color rainbow she can find. As long as she’s paying her electric bill and ain’t breaking any laws, l say, let her grieve her mama as she pleeze. Alma Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma. August 8 Back to School Matthew A. Henson was the 1st person to discover the North Pole Born 1866.

Gladys Knight & The O’Jays at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving 7:30pm.

August 9 1963 Whitney Houston’s DOB Born in Newark, N.J.

Paul Quinn Farmers Market Thursdays at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm-7pm.

August 10 2014 Racial unrest began in Ferguson, MO. From police shooting death of Michael Brown.

Avatar for Jesus Youth Gospel Concert Feat: KiKi Sheard at Kings Haven Worship Center 2851 Evans Ave. Ft Worth 6pm-9pm. Also feat: Kizzy Winn, Nick Traylor, #OUTA, Byron Holton & Terrence Harris. Info: 682-970-8702. “The Lion King” by Breitling Youth Theater at Plaza Theatre 521 W. State St. Garland. 7pm. “EL Encuentro Andalous” A Flamenco and Mid-


Picnic- Free school supplies, Haircuts, Hair Do’s for girls, Hot Dogs, Chips, and more at Fresh Oil Point Ministries 2930 S. Peachtree Rd. Balch Springs 12pm.

Game Night- Hosted by YBE & Black Nurses Rock Ft. Worth at FITNZ 360 4312 Live Oak St. Dallas $15. Food & Drinks included. 6pm-10pm. Crackin Jokes Catchin Chuckles Comedy Show at Our Glass Tavern and Sports Bar 721 N. Watson Rd. Arlington 7pm-11pm The show Benefits Bald Mama DFW a nonprofit Organization www. Jim Buie’s Grown & Sexy Yacht Party! At Big Cats 1481 E. Hill Park Rd. Lewisville 7:30pm11:30pm Majic 94.5 A Cool Summer Night Groove All White Affair at Hilton Hotel Lake Ray Hubbard 2055 Summer Lee Dr. Rockwall. Reception 2pm, Concert 5pm After Party 10pm Info contact Ricky Rose 817-889-3297. Starring Kirk Whalum, Michael Ward, Althea Rene & CeCe Godbolt.

ple Central Community Church 901 N. Polk St. DeSoto 6pm Tickets: Hosted by Carmina Barnett KHVN Heaven 97. Tammy’s Back 2 School Supply Drive (for under privilege children) at Beckley Saner Recreation

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

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August 12 1922 Frederick Douglas’ home was dedicated as a national historic site. In Washington D.C.

Charlie Wilson at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 8pm Tickets: via AXS Smooth R & B Groove 105.7 Glenn Lewis Head Space Pop Up w/ K. Avett at Sandaga 813 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas. 7pm11:30pm. EventBrite.

August 16 1963 The First U.S. postage stamp designed by a Black man George Olden went on sale. Angela Bassett DOB 1958

LadySmith Black Mambazo at Winspear Opera

Benn Abbott First Annual Back to School Fair! Host: Ben Abbott 1934 Pendleton Dr. Garland 9am-3pm. All ages Welcome. Food, Music, Inflatables. Free.

Free Community 2K18 Celebration at St. Luke Community U.M.C. Dallas 5701 E. R.L. Thornton Fwy 10am-2pm dle Eastern dance and music concert. Jamal Mohamed Musical Director. Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas 7:30pm Tickets: 214934-4480. DJ Snoopadelic- Snoop Dogg at Lava Cantina 5805 Grandscape Blvd. The Colony 7pm & 10pm

August 11-13 One Minute Play Festival at SMU Meadows School of the Arts Bob Hope Theater at Owen Art Center 601 Bishop Dallas. Dates: 11-13 8pm Tickets

August 11 1965 A Clash between CA. Highway Patrol and 2 young Blacks set off 6 days of riots in Watt’s. Viola Davis DOB 1965

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Education Motivation Black 2 School Fair Presented by: Harvey Martin Dream Foundation at Southside on Lamar The Underground 1409 S. Lamar St. Dallas 10am-2pm High School Students 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grades. Registration Required:

House 2403 Flora St. Dallas 7:30pm.

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August 13 1911 James B. Parsons. Federal Judge was born.

Rest In Power – Panel Discussion & Trayvon Martin Docuseries Screening at The Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas 6:30pm9:30pm. Back 2 School Bash Host: South Central Civic League 2403 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dallas 10am-12pm Get Reg: Call 214-417-2749 or Email:

August 14 Ernest E. Just biologist and first winner of the Spingarn Medal were born in 1883. Halle Berry DOB 1966

Nanett’s Birthday Party at Sandaga 813 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas 6:30pm. Tickets:

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. Paul Quinn Farmers Market Thursdays at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm-7pm.

August 17

1990 Entertainer Pearl Bailey died at age 72.

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

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Hollywood Hernandez Live By Hollywood Hernandez


BLACKKKLANSMAN is not only Spike Lee’s first film in several years, it’s also his best film since the 1990’s when he released a long list of thought-provoking films; such as Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing, He Got Game, Crooklyn, and Mo’ Better Blues. His latest films have been cliched and stuck in the 90’s, but BLACKKLANSMAN ends that drought with a movie that is both thoughtful and entertaining. Perhaps it’s producer Jordan Peele, who earned rave reviews for 2017’s GET OUT and Oscars for best writer and director, who guided Lee into making a highly charged political film without out being too heavy-handed or preachy.

The movie is set in the 1970’s and it tells the true story of the first African American cop in Colorado. Rookie policeman Ron Stallworth infiltrates the KKK while working as a member of the Colorado Springs Police department. In one of the funniest scenes in the movie, Stallworth calls the main office of the KKK, posing as a white man, and asks for information about joining the secret organization. He ends up getting Grand Wizard David Duke on the phone and his portrayal as a bigoted white man is so convincing that he’s invited to meet with the Klan. (Which obviously he cannot do.) Adam Driver plays his part-

ner, Flip. He goes undercover in Stallworth’s place to meet with the local Klan. So, now Flip is in a life or death situation with his black partner coaching him on how to be white. John David Washington captures the true spirit of 70’s “Black Power” in his role as Stallworth. He’s a “super fly,” “super cool” soul brother who, while undercover, falls for the head of the student union, who is a “Black Militant” afro-wearing sister who is about as “anti-police” as a woman can be. The head of the student union, Patrice Dumas, is played by African American actress Laura Harrier. BLACKKKLANSMAN is also a very politically charged film. It points out things like police brutality, racism and the racial profiling that still exist (and from Spike Lee’s point of view) seems to have gotten worse over the years, not better. It’s also an anti-Trump film that uses current news footage to show the similarity between the white leaders, like David Duke from back in the day and people like U.S. President Donald Trump. Spike Lee delivers a powerful film on a low budget (about $17 million) that takes a chance on reaching moviegoers with an unlikely, but true story. BLACKKKLANSMAN is rated R for language, including plenty of racial slurs, directed towards African Americans and Jews. For the first time in a long time, Spike Lee deserves our support on a movie. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate this movie a LARGE.

Target sponsors Dallas Black Dance Academy free dance integration classes in 21 schools

Dallas Black Dance Academy is preparing for its ninth year of instructing free Dance Integration classes for school districts across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, thanks to the sponsorship of Target. Last school year almost 800 students in nine school districts took part in the Dance Integration Residency Program classes that combined dance with their academic curriculum. K-12 students in 21 schools explored abstract concepts like symmetry, gravity, and geography through dance. The residencies are tailored to meet the specific academic challenges faced by each school. The classes also helped students improve creative thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. Last year students from Dallas, DeSoto, Fort Worth, Glen Heights, Garland, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Richardson, and Rowlett

school districts took part in the program. If your school or school district would like to learn how to get involved in the DBDT Dance Integration Residency Program, email Dallas Black Dance Academy, the official school of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, is celebrating 45 years of delivering dance instruction to a community of diverse backgrounds. Over 550 students, ages four to adult, participate weekly in 50 dance classes of ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and African at DBDT studios. The academy has three performing ensembles: Allegro Performing Ensemble (DBDT's premier academy ensemble), Senior Performing Ensemble, and Junior Performing Ensemble. For more details visit and

Healthy Lives Matter Alzheimers Education Seminar planned

Tarrant County out going broke". The Commissioner Roy Healthy Lives Matter Charles Brooks is set Alzheimers Education to host his 3rd Annual event has provided edHealthy Lives Matter ucational resources and Alzheimers Education information to over 350 Seminar. In its 3rd year, citizens throughout the the Healthy Lives MatTarrant County comter Alzheimers Educamunity. This year there tion event is focused on will be over 30 exhibiproviding accessibility tors on site to provide to education which will community resources Commissioner Roy lead to optimal care and for the attendees. We Brooks services to individuals will have the Demenconfronting Dementia, including their tia Live Experience again this year. The caregivers and families in an on-going Dementia Live Experience allows pareffort to improve their quality of life. ticipants the opportunity to understand Commissioner Brooks believes that, the struggles dementia patients face “this event fills a gap in serivces and helps daily. Another important feature will be get people connected to the resources the bio-marker screening. This blood and information they need to properly screening is a research based project care for their loved ones and help them in conjunction with UT Southwestern live their later years with dignity.” Addi- Medical School. Workshop topics intionally, Brooks says "paying for care is clude: How do I pay for Care, Caregiver expensive, one of our goals is to show Guilt: Taking Control of this Destruccitizens how to effectively prepare and tive Emotion, Brain Health of Demenpay for the care of their loved ones with- tia: Maturing with a Chronic Disease,

Alzheimer's Disease: The Latest Prevention Strategies Diagnostic Techniques & Treatment options, and many more. What: 3rd Annual Healthy Lives Matter Alzheimer's Education Event When: August 18th, 2018 9am-2pm *Interactive Dementia Live Experience, biomarker screening, educational workshops, Industry Exhibitors, and updates from experts on the latest discoveries in Alzeimers and Dementia research. Where: Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus 300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76102 Why: To provide accessibility to education and resources which will lead to optimal care and services to individuals confronting Dementia, including their caregivers and families in an on-going effort to improve their quality of life. Healthy Lives Matter Initiaitive is a local nonprofit / 501(c)(3). The Board’s Mission is to provide health opportunities to underserved communities in Tarrant County through education and preventative medical screenings.

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Dallas breaks ground on expansion project for additional wing to new recreation center From Staff Reports

Dallas Park and Recreation will break ground for a 14,794 square-foot expansion project for the new Singing Hills Recreation Center currently in its final construction phase. The additional space will house a gymnasium, technology center and a senior adult area. A brief ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 4, at the recreation center, 6805 Patrol Way in southeast Oak Cliff near East Camp Wisdom Road. City officials slated to give remarks include Dallas City Council members Tennell Atkins, District 8, and Casey Thomas, District 3; Dallas Park and Recreation Director Willis C. Centers; and Dallas Park and Recreation Board President Robert Abtahi. “We are excited about the continued growth, progress and improvements taking place in southeast Oak Cliff,” said Atkins. “In the midst of building the new Singing Hills Recreation Center, we were able to secure additional funding to make something better even greater. From its design to its amenities, this center is a stellar example of the city’s assurance to enhance Dallas’ southern neighborhoods with the finest of recreational facilities and opportunities.” Four years ago, the city of Dallas broke ground for construction on a new facility to replace the existing recreation center built in 1973. With construction nearly completed, the new

facility will be an ultra-modern 20,000-square foot space - with unique interior features that include a mezzanine level observation deck. Outside, a plaza can be used for family-oriented activities including small concerts, movie nights and other special events. Adjacent to a DART station, city officials say when the new Singing Hills opens, it will be a “first-of-its kind” resource for recreation center patrons who use DART: they can walk directly to the new center from the rail line. In keeping with the City’s commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, the new facility is designed to meet the standards of the United States Green Building Council LEED Silver certification. “Singing Hills is one of the most unique and innovative facilities in our park system. The design and amenities are outstanding and reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and rolling terrain. We are proud that this center will give patrons diverse recreational and learning experiences in a wonderfully new facility,” said Winters.

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The break-out stars of MTV Floribama Shore returns to the Valder Beebe Show studios for you, the audience to catch up with cast members Candace Rice & Jeremiah Buoni!   “MTV Floribama Shore” returns for a Season 2, bringing our favorite southerners to Panama City Beach for Spring Break! Rated as the #1 original cable series in its time period and the #2 new original unscripted cable series in 2017. MTV Floriba-

ma Shore is set in the Florida Panhandle along the beach that stretches all the way to Alabama. The MTV production is the story of eight young adults who come to spend spring break in the hottest beach town on the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach, to party it up and put the real world on hold for just a little bit longer. This coming-of-age story captures the very real thrill and angst of being young and trying to figure out the future. Jeremiah Buoni originally hails from Amelia Island, FL, where he worked as a bartender. Fitness is his forte and he is a gym-rat obsessed

with body and workout. This spring break he’s looking to have a good time in the house with his roommates, but are the relationships he built last season going to last? Memphis-native Candace Rice brings the southern belle to Panama City Beach with her big hair, perfectly applied make-up and Insta-

gram-ready outfits. This spring break, she wants to be care-free. Her quick wit and no-nonsense demeanor make her a voice of reason in the house, and she happily takes wild child Kortni under her wing. VBS: Candice and Jeremiah you are coming back for season 2 of Floribama Shores. Tell me what’s going on? CR: Oh my God! It is a lot of craziness. You have eight people from all different backgrounds and cultures of the south. We come to the house

we part, we live up, and we hook up. There’s some drama, there are fights. We make a very interesting dysfunctional family. VBS: OK Candice, a little more than I asked for. Jeremiah, I saw an episode with you hanging out with Candice parents? JB: Oh my God! I tell you it was a blast. That does not even describe it properly. I clicked with Candice parents so fast it was ridiculous. Not to mention Candice Dad wanting to go round two for shot gunning beer. Not once but twice! View the complete MTV Floribama Shore interview at ValderBeebeShow. com. Find more THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW; Valder Beebe Show. com,, and VBS affiliate broadcasters.


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.

“Excellence is our tradition... Service is our legacy”

La Juana and Patricia Barton

authors of Faithful Remembrances - Volume I


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ning children’s book author Derrick Barnes; Victor McGlothin; New York Times Bestseller Denene Millner; Antonia Williams-Gary and Alexis Yancey and Paula Drew Fleming. Workshops and seminars will be presented on: “How to start a book club” “How to publicize and market your book” “Self-Publishing” “Vision Bookmaking: children and youth” “Encouraging Our Sons to Read: A Community Call to Action” “Story of Self ” “How to Organize a Youth Book Club” and a special feature will be GAME CHANGERS – Hip Hop Gospel Extravaganza. Over the course of his career Sutton Griggs wrote more than a dozen books, including five novels, five social tracts, his autobiography, a short biography of John L. Webb, and The Kingdom Builder’s Manual (1924), a booklet of biblical quotations. At his expense he published and distributed these works, which were generally written for “the aspiring classes of the black south.” Although virtually unknown among whites, his writings were generally read by African Americans. Griggs wrote in a very direct style that was somewhat stiff and formal. He was one of the few Southern members of the Niagara Movement, a civil rights group which had an outspoken platform based on the issue of racial and social justice and which eventually evolved into the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Although he has often been characterized as a Black nationalist based on the plot of his first novel, this may be an overgeneralization since his subsequent novels do not contain this theme. In Imperium in Imperio Griggs chronicles the social and political injustice to which Blacks are subjected. He describes the meeting of the Imperium in Imperio, a secret political organization in Waco, Texas, composed of Blacks who are

trated with the social and political status of Blacks in America. In the novel the leader of the organization argues for the violent takeover of the state of Texas. Neither this work nor any subsequent novel by Griggs received widespread distribution. Although succeeding Griggs novels, Overshadowed (1901), Unfettered (1902), The Hindered Hand (1905), and Pointing the Way (1908), are deemed “less militant” by some scholars, they received poor circulation. One reason may be that many of Griggs’s philosophies on race relations were in direct conflict with the philosophies espoused by Booker T. Washington and other popular Black leaders of the day. Griggs’s views on improving the status of blacks were influenced by several contemporary social theorists, including Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and Benjamin Kidd. Griggs felt that society evolved from lower to higher forms by adopting “Christian virtues.” In his later view blacks needed only to practice Christian virtues (love, honesty, patience, etc.) in order to improve their socioeconomic status. Tulisoma, Swahili for “we read,” is a community-based festival promoting literacy in the South Dallas/Fair Park area. Founded in 2003, by the late Leo V. Chaney, Jr., and Dr. Harry Robinson Jr., President/CEO of the African American Museum, the goal of Tulisoma is to create a dynamic event tailored to engage local families, avid readers, aspiring writers and visitors to the city. The African American Museum serves as the lead partner along with The Dallas Public Library and many community supporters and sponsors to continue the tradition of celebrating reading and the importance of literacy. Special thanks to Councilmember Kevin D. Felder for his dedication and support. For more information: or 214-565-9026, ext. 304.

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