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In the absence of the truth I will remain silent until I can really speak truth to power.

INSIDE Quit Playin’ By Vincent L. Hall

The Roberts Five: Advancing Right-Wing and Corporate Interests 92% of the Time... Page 4

The Last Word

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux The economy is doing well, crows the Pugilist-in-Chief, complaining that he doesn’t get enough credit ... Page 5

Get ready to Vote!

By the Hon. Eddie Bernice johnson

With the crucial November mid-term elections approaching minority voters cannot expect any help from the Justice Department. Page 6

Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger “Not Again. Not another hashtag!� That’s the cry around the country and now across the waters as many heard the news reports that yet another unarmed Black man had been gunned down by a police officer on Friday, September 7. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes of Dallas’ Friendship-West Baptist Church said he was in South Africa when he and others heard that Botham Shem Jean was in his home when an intruder, Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, entered the

Botham (BO) Shem Jean premises and shot the 26-year-old PricewaterhouseCoopers analyst. “People are wondering, ‘what is going on,’’’ said Dr. Haynes as he stood with other members of the African American Pastors Coalition (AAPC) in front of the Dallas Police Department Headquarters, as they prayed for the Jean family, answers, transparency, the Chief of Police U. Renee Hall, the city and yes, Officer Guyger. “Our community is sick and tired. All I’m

Attorneys Ben Crump and Daryl Washington talk to media. Photo: Eva D. Coleman hearing is the mystery surrounding the circumstances. We are concerned about ‘Blue bias.’ We want this (shootings of innocent Black men and women) to stop. We want to be served and protected by the police department!� It was a somber Pastor Bryan Carter who talked about the shooting of the Saint Lucia See MURDER, page 14


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Facing the pain of Sickle Cell Disease ADVERTORIAL

By: Genice Nelson D.N.P., APRN, ANP-BC

Imagine being taken to the hospital in severe pain, then being dismissed without treatment or care. Now, imagine if you were a physician who was in severe pain, and you were still ignored. How would you feel? Helpless? Angry? Desperate? All of the above? Unfortunately, this isn’t a made-up scenario. It’s exactly what happened to a physician I know, who happens to live with a debilitating illness that is common, incurable, yet one we know way too little about: sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is a lifelong, genetic  blood disorder that causes  the body to produce  abnormally shaped red blood cells. Normal red blood cells move easily through the blood vessels and carry oxygen to all parts of the body. Sickle cells, however, are hard, sticky and tend to clump together. The cells then get stuck and literally block the flow of blood to the organs and limbs, causing pain, anemia and organ damage. Among black Americans, one in every 400 babies is born with the disease. And the incidence of the sickle cell trait, the carrier status, occurs in one in 12 live births. In the U.S., sickle cell disease affects more than 100,000 people, while globally SCD affects more than 3.5 million people. SCD is also common in Spanish-speaking countries in South America, Central America and parts of the Caribbean. Because of the nature of SCD as a chronic illness, the burden of care can be tremendous on families and communities. The most common reason that people

with SCD seek medical care and acute care services is that they frequently suffer from sickle cell crisis pain episodes. In fact, patients with SCD utilize more emergency department services than patients with other more common chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension. This sudden, severe, acute pain is also the primary cause of distrust between the medical health system and those living with SCD. It is ingrained in trained medical professionals to seek objective reasons related to patient symptoms and disease processes. Unfortunately there are no known tests or procedures that can definitively show whether an actual SCD pain crisis is occurring or not. That is why, when people engage the medical system, they are often given erroneous explanations for delays and subpar care such as “your blood counts look good, you can’t be having pain” or “we are waiting for your test results before we can give you any treatment” or “we can’t give any opioid medications for sickle pain,” which only leads to prolonged suffering of the person in pain. My friend’s experience was all too common. After being released without treatment the first time she went to the hospital, she returned a few days later. She was fatigued and was struggling to breathe, but she wasn’t given any IV fluids, antibiotics or pain medications even though she was in pain with each breath. Fortunately, she had an advocate with her at the hospital who demanded the attention of her physicians — but not before she ended up in the intensive care unit with acute chest syndrome. Acute chest syndrome is one of several serious life-threatening complications of SCD, and it needs rapid treatment to prevent fatal outcomes. My friend was blessed someone advocated on her behalf to save her life. Unfortunately these episodes occur too frequently with many people succumbing to the complications — not the disease itself. As my friend told me, “I’ve had two near death experiences, not because of my sickle cell disease but because as a patient I was never acknowledged.” As providers we must do better. We need to remain empathetic and engaged to serve our patients as humanely as possible, recognizing there is very limited ammunition to fight debilitating pain. Genice Nelson is the adult nurse practitioner for the UT Southwestern Medical Center Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program and serves on the National Sickle Cell Disease Association of America’s Board. She wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.

Anderson joins ZWHJCOC Jasmine Anderson, the new Operations Manager for the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. She is a Memphis native and is excited to join the ZWHJCOC group bringing her array of experience to the Center to help make a difference in the Dallas area. Jasmine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a former Civil Service Agent for Shelby County Government, with many years of non-profit and for- profit sector experience in Memphis, TN. She worked with Frayser CDC in the creation of a bill that revitalized the Frayser Economy after a flood

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displaced many of their small businesses. Jasmine worked closely with the “Keep My Tennessee Home” grant program, which allowed many families an opportunity to keep their homes out of foreclosure. She was also a long-time manager with M & M Renovations, which renovated blighted neighborhoods with the help of city and county funding.

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While the Senate Judiciary considers another of the nominated “Munchkinsâ€? EDITORIAL TEAM in Donald Trump’s remake of the WizTerry Allen ard of Oz; one of the Democrats called Eva Coleman out a gang of robed terrorists who have Dorothy J. Gentry Vincent Hall torched the legal landscape. There arRichard Alexander Moore en’t any wanted posters, but these men Shonedra Redd should be considered armed with conBetheny Sargent siderable weaponry and dangerous to Dr. Felicia N. Shepherd Dareia Tolbert the franchise of Freedom. Andrew Whigham III “Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) used his opening statements at the EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Marva J. Sneed Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings to rail against what DESIGN/LAYOUT he called the “Roberts Five,â€? i.e. Chief 619 Justice John Roberts and the four othWEB/SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR er conservative justices whom WhiteAlana King house accused of consistently ruling in favor of “big Republican interests.â€? PHOTOGRAPHERS Wallace Faggett Whitehouse compacted in three Kevin Griffith minutes the frustration most “progresRichard Manson sivesâ€? and Democrats have had with the Supreme Court of the United States CIRCULATION/DISTRIBUTION       MB Distribution    for some time. The rule of lawlessness                    among America’s highest court was Editorial submissions made plain and palpable. He employed the use of visual aids and a condensed

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story line to make his point. A review of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence during the Roberts Era reveals that in the most controversial and salient civil cases – those decided by bare 5-4 or 5-3 majorities – when the right wing of the Court has voted en bloc to form the majority, they do so to advance far-right and corporate interests a striking 92% of the time. In those cases, the “Roberts Five� – Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice

the Time. While it was obvious to me that the SCOTUS has been trying to compensate for the Republican Party’s inability to sustain numerical growth, some of us had never tied the corporate financiers that underwrite the GOP while furthering the interests of big business in deference to the rights of individuals. Kavanaugh’s appeal as the newest jurist on the court went sour with me

Samuel Alito, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and Justice Antonin Scalia (replaced last year by Justice Neil Gorsuch) – have reliably voted in lockstep to help Republicans win elections, to protect corporations from liability, to take away civil rights, and to advance the far right social agenda.   The Roberts Five: Advancing RightWing and Corporate Interests 92% of

when his overtures to the Pro-Life crowd got loud enough for all to hear. The backroom whispers and bedtime stories he told to the Federalist Society made him the solid pick for Trump’s base, but I remember the horror stories of the pre-Roe v. Wade decision. There was a beautiful teenage girl who lived next door to my grandmother when I was less than 10 years old. She was there one day and the

next she was gone. By age 20, the story was modified. She died because of a coat hanger, but not the way I had been told. She disobeyed the law and bled to death. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 68,000 women die each year as a result of complications of unsafe abortions. Somewhere between two and  seven million women annually survive unsafe abortion but sustain long-term damage or disease. There is no doubt that in America the deaths and injuries are suffered disproportionately by minority women, and women who live in poverty. It’s bad enough that Kavanaugh wants to ride shotgun with the Roberts Five. He wants to help this court of lifetime appointees as they further foist the fantasies of the far-right and the filthy rich. But to encroach upon a woman’s right to choose allows them too much rope; too much power. If we can survive this nomination, we as the majority of Americans should promise to never miss an opportunity to vote and to amend the Constitution. The granting of lifetime appointments must be reconsidered. If the Roberts Five continue down this “Yellow Brick Road,� not even the clicking of red heels will get us back home. Elections have consequences, and here we are again. Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.

FAMU President speaks on HBCUs

Florida A&M University (FAMU) congratulates all of our fellow historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that have seen improvements

in their national rankings, according to U.S. News & World Report. FAMU is proud to remain among the top 10 HBCUs in the nation. FAMU maintained its spot as the No. 1 public HBCU in the nation from 2016 to 2018. The 2019 rankings indicate that FAMU is now the No. 2 public HBCU. FAMU continues to hold its rankings as the No. 1 producer of African-American bachelor’s degrees in America (Di-

verse Issues), the No.1 institution of origin for Black scientists and engineers (National Science Foundation), and the No.1 HBCU for academics and exceptional student experience, according to Niche, a top rankings database. We remain committed to the roadmap outlined in our new Strategic Plan 'FAMU Rising,' and we will continue to implement new initiatives and enhanced programs that ensure student success.

In the past year, the University has improved its retention and four-year and six-year graduation rates and implemented new initiatives, such as “Finish in Four,� to ensure on-time graduation. Additionally, the median wages of FAMU graduates increased, as well as the percent of graduates employed or enrolled in graduate school.

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The White House war against federal workers

The Last Word By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

The economy is doing well, crows the Pugilist-in-Chief, complaining that he doesn’t get enough credit for the things that he has done to “make America great again.” Every time a positive number is released, he brags like a banty rooster. GDP growth higher than expected? He did it. Unemployment rate down, he did that, too. He has little to say about the fact that wages remain stagnant, and he has dared to scold the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank about increasing interest rates, which is a reasonable strategy during economic expansion. So if the economy is doing so well, why has

the President declared that federal workers will not get the 2.1 percent pay increase budgeted for them for 2019. He says our economy can’t afford it, but his tax cuts will cause the deficit to balloon by $1.5 trillion. We can afford to give businesses $1 trillion in tax cuts, spend $200 billion providing rich folks a break by eliminating the estate tax, and throw ordinary people $300 billion in tax cuts (with folks at the top getting most of the break) but we can’t afford to pay two million federal workers $25 billion in raises! The raises represent just two percent of the cost of the tax cut. The President says this is a cost-cutting measure, but many see it otherwise. Indeed, since he came to Washington pledging to “drain the swamp,” he has had it in for federal employees. By the way, the pledge to “drain the swamp” is now laughable. The conviction of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, along with the guilty plea of his personal attorney suggests that he added quite a few of his own alligators to the swamp he pledged to drain. The troubled resignations of his feed-at-thetrough cabinet members like former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are proof positive that 45 did not want to drain the swamp but profit from it! A thorough investigation of the way that 45 and his family have financially benefitted from his Presidency would be most illuminat-

ing. Consider the money the Trump family extracts from the hotel -- the trademarks First

Daughter Exploiter Ivanka has been able to obtain from the Chinese government (perhaps in exchange for implied favorable treatment from her daddy); the exploitation of federal resources whenever 45 plays golf at one of his own golf courses (with our government paying for it). 45 is not draining the swamp, he is swimming in it. Thus, his commitment to drain the swamp is, at best, laughable. At the same time, his attack on federal employees is reprehensible. Why can we afford $1.5 trillion in tax cut but not $25 billion in raises? And why does 45 keep bragging about the healthy economy while playing poor with federal workers? Actually, we can afford the raises, just like we provided the tax cut. It is a matter of choice. 45’s administration has attacked the rights and dignity of the federal worker from the moment he stepped into office. Legislation has been passed to make it easier to fire federal employees, workers in federal offices have been capriciously reassigned, often given the choice of moving or losing their jobs, federal employee unions have been challenged and attacked, with rules about union activity changing with little notice, office space taken away from union workers, and other assaults. Now, 45 is escalating this war on federal workers, taking away their very modest pay increases for the year.

In some ways, this seems directed at the federal workforce in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, all areas that have no love for the blustering, bullying 45th President. But the federal workforce is national, and there are heavy concentrations in California, and in Trump-loving states like Texas, Ohio, Florida and Pennslyvania. Notably, 18 percent of the federal workforce, a disproportionate number, is African American. Last week, 45 attempted to motivate his evangelical base by suggesting that if Democrats won the mid-term elections they “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently.” He is projecting his own violence and behavior onto Democrats. He is the one who urged people to fight dissidents at his rallies. He is the one who has systematically attempted to reverse many of President Obama’s policies starting with his first day in office. 45 is wrong in suggesting that Democrats will resort to violence after they win the midterm elections, but he is right to anticipate that some of his more egregious actions will be overturned, even more quickly than he overturned Obama policies. If Democrats win, this attack on federal workers will stop. Congress can halt this edict to suspend raises through legislation, but the Republican house is too bonded to the swamp-dwelling president to do the right thing. This is yet another reason to tune it up and turn the vote out in November! Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit


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Get Ready to Vote! From the Capitol

During the January, 2017 confirmation hearing for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Georgia Congressman John by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Lewis and New Jersey Senator Corey Booker testified against the Senator from Alabama becoming the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. The two esteemed legislators expressed their concerns that Sessions would lead a Justice Department that would be hostile to minority voting rights, and that welcomed state-sponsored voter suppression such as the law passed by the Texas legislature requiring registered voters to present state-approved voter identification before they could cast their ballots. Nearly two years later, the opposition of my colleagues and that of members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other members of the Democratic Party seems prescient. The Justice Department, led by Attorney General Sessions, stands as an impediment to the voting and civil rights of racial minorities, and to those of other minority groups. With the crucial November mid-term elections approaching minority voters cannot expect any help from the Justice Department. That is why it is so important that voters come out in large numbers, and that those who are not registered to vote do so immediately! National Voter Registration Day is September 25, th and the entire month of September is being acknowledged as National Voter Registration Month during which each of us must encourage everyone we know to register and vote in the fall. The Democratic vote in Texas and throughout the nation must be decisive, wrestling control from the Republican-controlled Congress and sending a strong message to the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Among other things, a Congress controlled by Democrats will address voter suppression and attempt to restore the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which was severely damaged by the United States Supreme Court when a majority of its justices decided in June of 2013 to eliminate the preclearance provision from the legislation, precluding federal oversight of voting rights plans by state legislators. If you have not registered or if you have changed your address or your name since the last time you voted you should visit the Web site of the National Association of the Secretaries of State, www.can|, to obtain correct voting instructions. You do not want to go the polls on Election Day and be confronted with questions about your ability to cast a ballot, or be told that you cannot vote. We must always remember that voting is a fundamental right. There are heroes in the history of this country that gave their lives in the struggle to secure voting rights for all people. We honor them and the legacy that they left us by voting.

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#WheresCoka Co’ka was out and about in the city without her trusted sidekick, Mo’ka. Here are pictures of her at the Beauty in Business Brunch and the white NFL Kickoff Party hosted by Dante Wesley and featuring Paul Cannon and the Band at Park Place Mercedes.


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Frazier House Is Now Open!

Providing Programs and Services to Community Frazier House opened June 4 following two years of planning for programs and services, and renovations to the building. It is housed on the first floor of the former Julia C. Frazier Elementary School at 4600 Spring Avenue. Frazier House is an initiative of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center (ZWHJCOC) that will provide multiple services to the community in partnership and collaboration with other nonprofits, service organizations and the Dallas ISD. The shared space will offer access to a variety of services, including educational, legal, health-related, and financial. Social services, job skills training and job placement opportunities also are part of the outreach efforts that Frazier House delivers. Hiring staff and scaling of partners into the building are the tasks at hand. On board to handle those tasks are Executive Director Frances Smith-Dean and Operations Manager Jasmine Anderson. The Oasis Center is the first partner to move into Frazier House.They offer job training readiness programs and classes for 1st time youth offenders. To date, two classes have graduated from this program.

Other activities have included— The kick-off of the Lunch & Learn series of classes offered to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Classes have included social media marketing and creating sustainable business models. The September class is Public Speaking: Finding Your Voice. A signature event, Juneteenth Economic Forum, was held this year at Frazier House. Increments of Success, a ZWHJCOC finance class, is underway as well. Hosted St. Luke Day for members of the St. Luke COLLIN Community United Methodist Church, which is a partner with the ZWHJCOC. Frazier House is one of several locations in the city of Dallas where individuals can apply for State Fair of Texas jobs.


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Spiritual and Crystal Adviser

Was just showing love Dear Alma,

FEATURED STAR: VIRGO – The Virgin – 08/23 – 09/22  Only you can hear “it” loud when you do try.  Inspiration/Influence – Concentrate on more than one area of your “many” senses.   Your Chosen Healing Stone *AMBER* Good for detoxing, and health. Calming, purifies mind, and spirit. Lucky Numbers – LIBRA – The Scales – 09/23 – 10/22  Know the difference between looking at something, and taking a look at something.  SCORPIO – The Scorpion – 10/23 – 11/21  When you control yourself, you pull yourself together, physically.   SAGITARIUS – The Archer – 11/22 – 12/21 How do YOU feel, when you say the word “I”? CAPRICORN – The Goat – 12/22 – 01/19  The secret is ready for you, are you ready to know the secret? AQUARIUS – The Water Carrier – 01/20 – 02/18 Careful not to fall into the trap of what you think you know.  PISCES – The Fish – 02/19 – 03/20  Know the root of your truest emotions of this situation. Where are you really coming from? ARIES - The RAM - 03/21 - 04/19  No need to take any charge right now let things flow as necessary. TAURUS – THE BULL – 04/20 -  05/20 Perfect is, just as it currently is. Think so.  GEMINI – The Twins -  05/21 – 06/20 There’s nothing specific about things going at you, just what we want. CANCER – The Crab – 06/21 – 07/22  Stay on the positive side of all “thrown” at you; it’s rewarding later.  LEO – The Lion – 07/23 – 08/22 Contribute a little “fruit”. You will receive much more “fruit”. Daily Oracle Reading: Ask and it is given: Just move anywhere, to get somewhere, so you’re no longer “there”. ^_^ 

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Last year, our company put on a national contest to honor the best people across the organization. The idea was to recognize people who don’t get much recognition and make sure people knew of their accomplishments. We all think very highly of our co-worker, an older woman (65+) named Laura. I nominated Laura, with her permission, and she won! I was excited, our co-workers were excited and she even got an article in the local paper. Laura’s reaction really surprised me. She wrote an email to everyone saying it was embarrassing and that other people deserved it more than she did. Now, she barely speaks to me. And when she does, it’s sometimes snarky or a put down. I am completely mystified. I truly wanted to honor her. And the reaction to her award has been 100% positive. To be honest, I’m

Ask Alma by Alma Gill kind of hurt. One of my friends thinks it’s generational: that some older women don’t want a fuss made over them. Can you think of anything that might explain Laura’s reaction? Thanks, Confused co-worker Dear confused co-worker, Pardon me while I recap, just to make sure I understand where you’re coming from. You asked for permission to submit info on someone for a contest and she won. You’re feeling good about what you did and thought it double-doggon delightful when the local newspaper decided to cover the good deed. Unfortunately, while all this was happening the person at the center of the hoopla didn’t seem appreciative and alerted everyone of such feelings, and has now distanced herself. Umhm, I think I got it. So you stopped by to ask me why I think she’s rescinded her cordial communication towards you and others around the office. Umhm, good question.

My advice is simple, ask her. You asked her if you could nominate her, now ask her why she feels troubled by the win. There’s no need to guess. It’ll give you two a chance to talk it out. Usually when I try to figure out why someone has said or done something, without confronting them, I’m almost always wrong. My thoughts and judgements are often wildly misplaced. Your questions of concern will honor her even more, and allow her to see that you truly respect her as a colleague and her feelings. While I still have your ear, I’d like to add… When you do something nice for someone, whatever that may be, it’s not your place to determine how they should react. She said thank you, she didn’t deserve it, now that’s her cake to bake. You can’t adjust her appreciation apron. Don’t allow her attitude starved of gratitude to dictate your feelings. The part you played in this contest was admirable, you should take pride in that. The fact that she won is just icing with a cherry on top. 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.

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Nothing sweet about Peppermint Peppermint is a new action film starring Jennifer Garner as a mom who is hell-bent on revenge after drug dealers kill her husband and daughter. She's also wounded in the drive-by attack but she recovers and is able to identify the three killers who murdered her family. However, the drug dealers make payoffs to everyone involved in the case, from the D.A. to the judge. So, when she's unable to get justice through the system, she decides to get it on her own. She spends five years "off the grid" and then returns having learned martial arts and undergone weapons training. Living out of a van on skid row she goes after everyone involved in her fami-

ly’s murder and starts to leave a body count of drug dealers and crooked officials. The movie also has a few surprise plot twists that will leave you guessing which of the law enforcement officials is an informant for the drug lord. The plot will keep you on your toes. And Jennifer Garner is about as subtle as a momma bear in her dealings with the crooked officials and drug dealers. Peppermint is rated R for gratuitous violence and has a run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes. However, it is an enjoyable, heart-pounding thrill ride that I think you will like. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate Peppermint a JUMBO.

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THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW: VH1 Basketball Wives Jackie Christie Valder Beebe Show There’s never a dull moment on the home court in VH1 Basketball Wives. Jackie Christie [wife of retired Los Angeles player Doug Christie] stops in the Valder Beebe Show studios via satellite interview to give an insider’s peek into season seven of the delicious, drama-filled VH1 series! VH1’s Basketball Wives follows the daily lives, drama-filled

ties and outrageous fights that unfold between the wives, ex-wives and girlfriends of professional basketball players. With a cast that includes Shaunie O'Neal (formerly married to Shaq O’Neal), Tami Roman, Evelyn Lozada, Jackie Christie, Malaysia Pargo and Jennifer Williams, there's never a dull moment on the home court. This season on  Basketball Wives, family ties will be tested, emotions will explode louder than ever before, and friendships that once seemed rock solid will be shaken to the core. Season seven has everything from unexpected wedding proposals to risqué business ventures and some

new cast members that will give the OG women a run for their money. L.A has never been hotter than this.

Jackie Christie, wife of retired Los Angeles player Doug Christie, is famous for her outlandish antics and over-the-top meltdowns. Jackie is still picking up the pieces of her life after a feud with her eldest daughter hit a fever pitch

last year. She still harbors residual upset toward Evelyn for getting involved in the drama with her daughter. Profile by PREMIERETV VBS: I had a chance to watch my previews yesterday of Basketball Wife and I’m quite impressed with you. I think you are a very smart, very rational, very normal person that a lot of people could identify with. But many of the other personalities on the show do not exhibit those characteristics. I guess the personalities are designed to entertain us. JC: All of us are strong women. Some of us are very outspoken. Some of us just a little bit more transparent than others.

I’ve been transparent for seven years and I will continue to be transparent there are so many layers to me and I think that we are seeing with the other women as well. Like Jennifer Williams who’s feisty who’s coming out of her shell, attacking other women. Like you said, different personalities you will get different things. View VH1 Basketball Wives Jackie Christie complete THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW on More Valder Beebe Show THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Youtube. com/valderbeebeshow,, and VBS affiliate broadcasters.


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native who attended college at Harding University in Searcy, AR and was “heavily involved” in his church, West Dallas Church of Christ. ”We’re encouraging peaceful dialogue, but demand justice and answers,” said Pastor Carter, who is the senior pastor of Concord Church in Dallas, and president of (AAPC). “We expect justice to be carried out. The officer has to be held accountable and we want justice in every way.” Pastor Carter also acknowledged that there has been communication from a diverse community of spiritual leaders who are just as concerned and have offered support. Church of Disciples United Methodist Church Senior Pastor Quida Lee called for an end to division and divisiveness. As Dr. Sheron Patterson lifted up everyone involved and addressed the many emotions surrounding the situation she acknowledged that “these are perilous times” but added that “all is going to work out for the good.” The daughter of a former police officer, Dr. Patterson is senior pastor of Hamilton Park United Methodist Church. The Pastors spoke at one of several press conferences held throughout the day on Monday. Immediately following the AAPC gathering, Minister Dominique Alexander, joined by NAACP officials, former Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Diane Ragsdale, activist Ernest Walker, Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood and others. The mystery referred to by Pastor Haynes was further enhanced by the many narratives, reports and speculation, including several accountings of what actually happened, said many in attendance. What is known as fact, however, said Minister Alexander, the co-founder of Next Generation Action Network, is “early Friday morning on September 7th Amber Guyger of the Dallas Police Department walked into the Southside Flats where she lived, proceeded to Botham Shem Jean's apartment, and fatally shot him.” On that fateful Friday, Chief Hall addressed the media and said Officer Guyger had submitted a blood continued from front page

ple and based on preliminary “I request all to join investigation a manslaughter me in keeping the famiwarrant was being prepared. ly of Botham Jean in our She then said the Texas prayers.” Rangers had been called in The Texas Rangers to take over the investigation. have since referred the In the meantime, Officer case to Dallas County Guyger remained at large, District Attorney’s office which became a source of where DA Faith Johnson contention for many. said a full investigation It wasn’t until Sunday evewill be conducted and ning that she turned herself that a charge of murder in and shortly afterward, is still possible. The deciless than two hours, she was sion will come from the released from the Kaufman grand jury. County Jail. Her bail had Anton Edmunds, Saint Lucia Ambassador to the US and Saint Representing the Jean Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet Photo: Eva D. Coleman been set at $300,000. family are Lee Merritt, tives for free agent and internationDallas NAACP 2nd Vice Daryl Washington and President KC Fox, who is also a for- al ‘hero’ Colin Kaepernick “taking a Ben Crump. According to Attorney mer police officer, talked about un- stand by kneeling during the Nation- Merritt, the last words of Mr. Jean are derstanding procedures, but also al Anthem. This is why we support believed to be, “‘Oh my God, why did called for justice and an end to the Kaepernick.” you do that?’" He called on the two to say someviolence. She was joined by nationAnton Edmunds, Saint Lucia Amal board member Bob Lydia, who is thing about the shooting of Mr. Jean. bassador to the US and Saint Lucia Later that evening citizens gath- Prime Minister Allen Chastanet met also 1st Vice President of the Texas ered again outside the DPD head- with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings NAACP. He said the civil rights orgaquarters, calling for justice and ac- and members of the family, friends nization is calling for the Justice Department to step in and take and media as they also leadership. sought answers. Other pastors offering Sr. Editor Eva D. Coleman prayers and expressing the met with Mr. Jean’s mothneed for justice in this case er, attorneys and dignitarand end to the shootings, ies from his home. She deincluded Pastor Rickie Rush, scribed her experience. Pastor Vincent Parker and “I met Botham Jean’s Dr. Marcus King. mother, Allison Jean, today,” The pastors said they she said. I couldn’t bring Attys. Ben Crump, Lee Merritt and Daryl Washington would continue to work with myself to take her picture. the Mayor, Chief Hall and the DisAs a widow, I know the feeling. I trict Attorney’s office to ensure the countability. know ‘the look.’ There’s an emptiness Congresswoman Eddie Bernice and hollowness that comes with losconcerns of the community are addressed. “We cannot allow the death Johnson released a statement regard- ing someone so close. I gave her a of this young man to be another sta- ing the ongoing investigation at the hug and quietly prayed for peace and tistic, said Pastor Carter, “but instead Dallas Police Department: mental stability during our embrace. “This has been a difficult time for demand that justice be served.” “I greeted and briefly spoke with According to Pastor Carter, when his our community. I agree with the deci- super attorney Ben Crump, who is congregants came to church on Sunday sion Chief Hall made to turn over the in town. He is synonymous with The morning, many were angry and frus- investigation to the Texas Rangers. Movement.” Although this process is expected to trated. “They wanted answers.” While Ms. Coleman already knew Five days later that’s still what take time, I am confident this review Atty. Crump, it was her first introducpeople are asking for. One bystander will prove both independent and tion to Prime Minister Chastanet and said all the different stories give new thorough. This action by Chief Hall, I Ambassador Edmunds. hope, will give the community assurmeaning to the phrase, “fake news.” “Although they’ve been here to And Dr. Haynes issued a chal- ance that justice will be sought with- support the Jean family, there are still lenge to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry out bias, and no one will be shielded no answers,” she continued. “I think Jones and quarterback Dak Prescott, from facing accountability or respon- we all were walking around like zomwho both provided different narra- sibility for this tragic situation. bies. This is so much bigger than a

hashtag. The only truth we know is that Bo (Mr. Jean) is gone.” Harding University issued this statement: The Harding family learned this morning of the tragic death of 2016 alumnus Botham Jean who was shot in his home last night. Originally from St. Lucia, Botham was a member of Good News Singers, a resident assistant, an intern for the Rock House campus ministry, and a leader in Sub T-16 men’s social club. Botham frequently led worship for chapel and for campus events such as Uplift, and this morning, President Bruce McLarty shared his favorite memory of Jean with students in chapel. “At Lectureship one year, I asked him to lead singing one night. Because of the subject, there was a particular old hymn that I asked him if he would mind leading,” McLarty said. “He didn’t say anything about not knowing the song, but he had never heard it before in his life. He came up that evening and was just smiling and excited about leading it. He told me he had never heard the song before, but that day, he called back to St. Lucia and asked his grandmother to teach him that old hymn on the phone. So he shared it with us at Lectureship that night, and it was a truly special moment.” The entire Harding family grieves today for the loss of Botham Jean, who has meant so very much to us. Please join us in praying for Botham’s friends and family. Who was this man, whose life was snuffed out? On his LinkedIn account he describes himself as: “Aspiring young professional, engaged in developing a career built upon integrity, dedication and relationships, leveraging useful technologies to gain an understanding of and add value in a range (of) industries, striving towards leadership in my career, my community and society.” Botham Jean’s birthday is September 29. Eva D. Coleman contributed to this report.

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Mavs announce 2018 Preseason/Regular Schedule By Dorothy J Gentry Sports Editor The Dallas Mavericks are back. The franchise recently released it’s pre-season and regular schedule for the 2018-19 season. They kick off the pre-season with a game against the Beijing Ducks, Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center against the Beijing Ducks. The Mavs will play two home games at the AAC during the pre-season and two games abroad in China against the Philadelphia 76ers. Dallas will land in Shanghai on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and practice on Wednesday and Thursday before taking on the 76ers at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 am (Dallas time). Both the Mavericks and 76ers will then travel to Shenzhen, China to play the second and final international

exhibition game at Shenzhen Universiade Center on Monday, Oct. 8 at 7 a.m. CST NBA-TV will broadcast both games in China. The Charlotte Hornets come to Dallas on Oct. 12 to close out the Mavs pre-season schedule. Both Mavericks home games will be locally televised. FOX Sports Southwest PLUS will air the home game against Beijing (Sept. 29) while FOX Sports Southwest will televise the preseason finale against Charlotte (Oct. 12). All of the preseason games can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM. The Mavericks’ 2018-19 season – its 39th season as a franchise and 18th playing at American Airlines -begins on Wednesday, Oct. 17th on the road against the Phoenix Suns at 9:30 p.m. CST on

ESPN. Dallas will host its home season-opener on Oct. 20 when Karl Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves come to town. The Mavericks’ national TV schedule includes two games on ESPN and three games on TNT.

Along with the season opener at Phoenix on Oct. 17, the Mavericks’ Oct. 24 game at the Atlanta Hawks will also air on ESPN. TNT will have the exclusive rights to new Maverick DeAndre Jordan’s return to Los Angeles when Dallas plays the L.A. Clippers on Dec. 20. The Mavericks second trip to Phoenix on Dec. 13 and their Mar. 14 trip to Denver will also be televised on TNT.

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