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Cheryl Smith


Know message you’re sending During a recent visit to Virginia, I stopped in at a restaurant and the Black man behind the counter had on a nice looking tee shirt with the words blazing across his chest: “Make America Trap Again.” I asked him what it meant Make and he said, America “nothing.” Trap I told him Again that it meant something. So the rest of our conversation went like this: Him: No, it doesn’t mean anything at all. Me: Really. Him: Yes, I served in the military and I know it doesn’t mean anything. Me: Well, I’m a journalist and I know it does. Also thanks for your service. Him: I just like the shirt. The words mean nothing. Me: So if it said ‘all women are whores’ because you like the way it looks you would wear it? Him: Yes I would. Me: (thinking there’s nothing I can do here) Cool. End of discussion but not my thought process. The scene took me back to when a female student came to my class in a tee shirt with the I RECYCLE recycle symbol on it, accompanied by the words: I recycle MEN! men. I took up most of the entire class See TRUTH, page 3

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We need a reformation

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr. received the highest honor presented by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) at its annual convention in Norfolk, Virginia. The legendary activist received the NNPA Lifetime Legacy Award for his decades of service as one of the country’s foremost civil rights,

Based on the best available data, this year at least 7,998 African-American infants will not reach their first birthday. Since Lindell Singleton one of four African-American babies born in the U.S. is a little Texan, our state can expect to lose 2,000 newborns. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D - IL). said in a hearing: “I am constantly reminded that we face a health disparities crisis right here in the U.S.” At the same hearing, Dr. William Callaghan, s Senior Scientist for the Maternal and Infant Health of the National Center for Health Promotion said, “The infant mortality rate for Black infants is more than twice that of white infants.” If, indeed, this has risen to ‘crisis’ level, then we must approach it with more diligent, determined action than ever. April 11-18 was designated Black Maternal Health Week. I intentionally waited two months to write this column, given the nature of the blended crisis: Black Infant Mortality and Black Maternal Morbidity. This is a crisis that

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Madison installed at LIFE CF Church

III - presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship and Senior Pastor of the Mount Zion Church, Nashville, TN., Sunday July 8, 2018.

Jackson receives NNPA high honor By Stacy M. Brown

(NNPA Newswire Contributor)

Dr. Ben Chavis, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chairman Dorothy Leavell

Welcome Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to D-FW

By Lindell Singleton

Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. DeSoto Civic Center

The Life Community Fellowship Church held the installation of Pastor Dameon E. Madison with guest speaker and presider Bishop Joseph Warren Walker,




Fallen officers remembered Photos by: St. Curet

Called one of the deadliest days in law enforcement history

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, elected officials, members of the clergy, citizens, fellow officers and family joined together to pay tribute the fallen officers killed during the 2016 peaceful march that turned into a nightmare for many. Citizens who came together to protest police shootings found themselves scampering for cover after shots rang out. According to reports following the assault, Dallas Police Department Officers,

Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, Patrick Zamarripa and Michael Krol, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson were killed while and nine other police officers and two citizens were also wounded. Chief Hall addressed the gathering outside the Dallas Police Department on Friday, calling the fallen officers “brave” and

said “their legacy lives on with us.” On the actual anniversary of the shootings, July 7, Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood and Minister Dominique Alexander provided reflection and analysis of the shooting and the aftermath; with their obviously unique perspective as

the organizers of the rally/march, the events would’ve never happened like they did. According to the organizers, those gathered for the rally two years ago were not out on the streets of downtown Dallas on a whim. “They were responding to the brutality of police officers locally and all over the country.” State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas), State Rep. Helen Giddings (D-Dallas), Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel, and Pastor Yvette Blair Llavallais, were among those in attendance on July 6, where Chief Hall also recognized Officer Rogelio Santander, who was killed in the line of duty when a gunman opened fire inside a Home Depot store.

Parquet-Taylor named VP & station manager at CBS television stations’ Dallas-Fort Worth properties Andrea Parquet-Taylor has been promoted to Vice President and Station Manager at KTVT-TV (CBS 11) and KTXATV (TXA 21), the CBS-owned stations in Dallas-Fort Worth. The announcement was made Monday by Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations, and Gary Schneider, President and General Manager, CBS 11 and TXA 21. Parquet-Taylor will report to Schneider and work closely with him on supervising all departments at the duopoly. She assumes this new role after spending most of the past 18 years as a local news executive. Prior to joining CBS 11 and TXA 21 as Vice President and News Director in February 2017, Parquet-Taylor

served as the News Director at WNCN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh-Durham; WXYZ-TV in Detroit; WRALTV and WRAZ-TV in Raleigh-Durham and WMARTV in Baltimore. Parquet-Taylor’s successor as News Director at CBS 11 and TXA 21 will be announced at a later date. “Since joining our CBS Television Stations family, it has become clear to us that Andrea is well-suited to make the transition from being a news director to becoming a station manager who helps lead an en-

Andrea Parquet-Taylor

tire local broadcast-digital organization,” Dunn said. “We look forward to seeing her make the most of this opportunity to take on a bigger role at CBS 11, TXA 21 and the stations’ digital platforms.” “Andrea has impressed us from Day One,” Schneider said. “As our news director, her poise, leadership

and decision-making skills have been outstanding. It is clear that she has a lot more to offer as a leader, beyond the newsroom, and I am excited to see her take on this much bigger role at our stations.” “I am grateful to Peter and Gary for their faith in me and providing this amazing opportunity to learn and grow,” Parquet-Taylor said. “I will miss being with my friends and colleagues in the newsroom on a fulltime basis, but I am really happy to continue to be under the same roof with them while venturing into new areas.” Parquet-Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in communications arts and sciences from Michigan State University.

My Truth,

continued from front page period explaining why that shirt was wrong on so many fronts. The student, who was all of 18, had basically the same response as the ““grown-behind,“ ex-military guy who was definitely not 18 and should know better! She said that the shirt matched her belt and shoes and she saw absolutely nothing wrong with the words. “It’s just a shirt,” she proclaimed. She finally relented but it wasn’t until a few of the male students said they wouldn’t let their sister or their girlfriend leave out of the house in a shirt bearing those words. Which brings me to my truth! Too often I hear people, usually in response to a criticism or challenge, say, “Nobody’s perfect.” Well guess what, I know there is only one Cheryl Smith so my truth is that I strive for perfection in everything I do. And that is what everyone should do. Sure you are going to make mistakes but know the difference between a mistake and flat out use of poor judgment. Be the best YOU that you can be. Unfortunately many don’t see it that way. This thing we call a body should be cherished. We should begin teaching that message at a very young age. Some might find that task somewhat difficult because you aren’t ready to be an example for others to follow. Let’s be real. So many post stupid stuff, or messages that make you shake your head in amazement. Some of the gross perpetrators of posting in poor judgment are the very people criticizing youth because of their posts. We need accountability. The student told me that no other professor commented about her shirt. And that took me back to another truth, like me saying to my mother, “Patrice’s mother is letting her go to the party.” And my mother’s response, let’s say it all together because you know it was something like, “Well, I’m not Patrice’s mother!” Followed by some choice words about never coming to her again telling her what someone else is doing in their house.

Well I got to use a semblance of that line on my student when I told her, “I’m not the other professors!” Followed by some choice words about me not giving a darn about what was going on in the other classrooms! But I did care, because I think and subscribe to the premise that in the classroom you have to learn more than what is in the book. I call them life lessons and I seize every opportunity to share them. As I tell my students, the majority of job firings are not the result of what’s inside the books; instead it’s those simple life lessons that unfortunately are overlooked or educators don’t feel is their job to teach. I could have been looking for a nice, clean-cut, respectful young man to hire and I saw all of that in the young man at the restaurant; however the shirt made me question his judgement. For the record, the shirt is clearly a play on the slogan, “Make America great again.” Now while many sane people wonder what “great” was, there’s no wondering about a trap. No, it’s not about trapping someone in a relationship or a place to catch mice. There are several definitions that range from a place where you go to buy or use drugs, people stuck in a cycle of buying or selling drugs, a man who dresses and poses as a woman, or in Star Wars fame the someone who has the force with them. Sure there are a few others, like referring to the trapezoid muscle, but none that would give hope that the masses would want America or any other place to be trap. So who is the willy foo foo who believes that the word has a positive connotation? You have to be careful about how you use your body. Know what you are putting into it and on it. Protect your image because you are branding yourself and the result could be totally negative. Strive for perfection, even if you don’t achieve it totally, you’ll find you’re much better off than being the poster child for ignorance and excuses.

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religious and political figures. “It’s a wonder that my neighbors didn’t call the police After a video tribute that chronicled Jackson’s life and the night he gave that iconic speech at the Democrata surprise solo performance of “Hero,” by Jackson favor- ic National Convention [in 1984],” said Leavell, whom ite, Audrey DuBois Harris, the iconic preacher accepted Jackson presided over her wedding ceremony more than the award from NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin 40 years ago. “There was so much emotion that night F. Chavis, Jr., and NNPA Chairman Dorothy R. Leavell. that I felt, they told me that I could be anything that I “I’m not easy to surprise,” he told the crowd, which wanted to be,” Leavell said, pointing to Jackson and gave him a standing ovation as he headed to the podium photographers flocked to take pictures of the civil rights to accept the honor. leader while holding his coveted NNPA award. The Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, Rev. JackDubois Harris called Rev. Jackson a “King of a Man,” son has been called the “Conscience of the Nation,” and and, although she had been under the weather all week, “The Great Unifier,” challenging America to be inclusive nothing would stop her from attending Jackson’s big and to establish just and humane priorities for the ben- night, she said. efit of all. “We stand on his shoulders,” Dubois Harris said. “He Born in 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina, Jackson continues to be a pioneer of civil rights and humanibegan his theological ty and he’s all studies at Chicago that’s good and Theological Semiright in the nary, but deferred world.” his studies when he Over debegan working full cades, Jackson time in the Civil has earned the Rights Movement respect and alongside Dr. Martin trust of presiLuther King, Jr. dents and dig“This honor takes nitaries and his on a special meanRainbow PUSH ing for me because my Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity share light moment at dinner organization has first job was selling the aided countless ‘Norfolk Journal and Guide’ newspaper and then the Black and minority families with various struggles. ‘Baltimore AFRO-American’ and then the ‘Pittsburgh But his work not only has helped the poor or minoriCourier,’” Jackson said of the iconic Black-owned news- ties. papers. “We couldn’t see the other side of Jackie RobinIn 1984, Jackson secured the release of captured Navy son. We couldn’t see the other side of Sugar Ray Rob- Lt. Robert Goodman from Syria, and he also help shepinson,” he said, noting that the Black Press told the full herd the release of 48 Cuban and Cuban-American prisstories of those sports heroes. oners in Cuba. He reminisced about the fateful night in Memphis in Jackson was the first American to bring home citizens 1968 when an assassin’s bullet cut down King. from the United Kingdom, France, and other countries “I was with Dr. King on that chilly night in Memphis who were held as human shields by Saddam Hussein in and I went to the phone to talk to Mrs. King. I couldn’t Kuwait and Iraq in 1990. really talk,” he said. “I told her, ‘I think Dr. King was shot He also negotiated the release of U.S. soldiers held in the shoulder,’ even though I knew he was shot in the hostage in Kosovo and, in 2000, Jackson helped negoneck. I just couldn’t say it.” tiate the release of four journalists working on a docuDuring the General Motors-sponsored ceremony, mentary for Britain’s Channel 4 network who were held Leavell and Chavis said Jackson has carried King’s leg- in Liberia. acy well. Jackson said President Trump should and can be de“We still need him,” Leavell said of Jackson. feated, with the aid of the Black Press, who this year has Chavis called Jackson a “long-distance runner who’s led a drive to register 5 million new African-American made a difference not only in this country, but all over voters. the world.” “The first time I saw an image of Black achievement Leavell recalled Jackson’s historic run for the presi- was in the Black Press,” Jackson said. “Today, the Black dency in 1984 in a campaign that registered more than Press is more important than ever. This is the season of 1 million new voters and catapulting Democrats in their ‘Fake News,’ but we need the truth now more than ever.” successful effort to regain control of the Senate. Stacy Brown is an NNPA Newswire Contributor and co-author Four years later, Jackson ran again, this time registerof “Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask: An Insider’s Story ing more than 2 million new voters and earning 7 mil- of the King of Pop.” Follow Stacy on Twitter @stacybrownmedia. lion popular votes.


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Quit Playin’ with My Time!

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Quit Playin’ By Vincent L. Hall Old habits are hard to break and new traditions even harder to make, but the time has come for you to Quit Playin’ with mine.   My what?    My time!!!  Mama taught me that the most disrespectful thing that you can do is play with people’s time.    She failed to mention how much anger it can cause too. CP Time was a no-no in my household! Anyone who has been Black for more than a minute knows what CP time is.    Even White folks who have bothered to attend two or more events sponsored by Black folk know about it.  It’s Colored People’s time and it’s got to stop.  It’s the gross negligence or an arrogant unwillingness to commit ourselves to timeliness and efficiency. If the pattern of this thought is offensive, you are more than likely an avid violator.  You know the type who will invite someone to appear on their behalf at six postmortem knowing full

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well that you don’t intend to begin until 6:45 to 7.  And whether it’s your wedding, your worship service, or a worm wrestle, we constantly misuse and misplace the precious time of others. These are the same villains who continually ask what the rush is about unless the time being wasted is their own.  As one who calculates everything

commodating a request that you are willing to give your hard-earned dollars for? A lunch special ain’t a bargain to me if I have to wait 30 minutes for it. My time is MY TIME and it’s valuable. I don’t come cheap!!! When you consider that most of us work eight or more hours a day, spend two to three hours in preparation and

from the time necessary to commute to the amount of hours that I may get to sleep, the concept of CP time is outdated and has limited appeal. Don’t you just hate it when you try to spend money with a business and the owners or their representative act like they are in no rush? Don’t you wish that the person at the register would at least try to look like they’re busy ac-

travel, and require eight hours of sleep or more, that only leaves three to five discretionary hours.  That is the extent of time left over to spend with our significant others, help our children with their homework, or engage in self-improvement.      If you watch Everybody Loves Chris and all of the Sanford and Son, and Meet the Press episodes that you can,

you have very little time for anything else.   As one whom has no time to waste based on my obligations and my shortened Black male life expectancy, CP time is a natural enemy to all of my daily and lifelong aspirations. So my declaration is that the new mantra and protocol for African Americans is QP time.  That’s right, Quit Playin’ time.  It means that if your meeting is set for seven, start at 6:58.  If sister uh-ruh is going to stumble through the church announcements that 90% of the members are not going to govern ourselves accordingly to anyway‌make up the time somewhere else.   And when I spend $70 for a ticket to see you, I want to see you or your opening act at least three minutes prior to the time indicated on my stub.          Most of us can bear testimony that the old adage, “the early bird gets the wormâ€? is true.   Most of us have reaped a greater benefit by being early than late, without question.   So from now on it’s QP not CP time‌Quit Playin’!! Like Congresswoman Maxine Waters; “Excuse me‌I’m reclaiming my time.â€? Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.

For Whom Shall I Pray A Letter to the President


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Speaking truth to power By Miles Jaye

Dear Mr. President, Franklin Roosevelt said, “I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips.� 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity,�

and... Romans 13:1 says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.� I recently attended a swearing-in of city officials and in the invocation, the minister spoke of praying for our leaders in government. His prayer was a reminder that we are obligated to pray for elected officials whether we voted for them, agree with them, approve of them, or not. Mr. President, praying for you is one of the hardest things that I do. I realize there are people who will take issue with this statement, and I mean

no disrespect, but it’s true. When someone is insensitive and uncaring, it is hard for me to pray for them. When policies are cruel, corrosive and unjust, it is difficult for me to pray for those responsible. I pray for Trayvon and Tamir and for Antwon Rose, for Katrina victims, Sandy Hook, Haiti and Puerto Rico. I pray for countless young men and women wrongfully incarcerated in America. I pray for our military and first-responders, school teachers and children and seniors. I pray for Baltimore, Flint and Chicago, and for Orlando and Parkland, Florida. I pray for

the homeless and the hungry, the poor and downtrodden—everywhere. That’s what I was taught, that’s what my heart requires, and Mr. President, I will pray for you. I will pray that you become endowed with compassion and wisdom, because in doing so, I am praying for my family and my neighbors, for our nation and for the world. I will continue to pray for you and all leadership from School Boards, Town and City Councils, Congress, the Senate and the Supreme Court in hopes that one day “we can live peaceful lives, marked by godliness and dignity.� God bless you Mr. President! Respectfully, Miles J. Davis, Sr.


TEXAS METRO NEWS July 11, 2018

D/FW Metroplex welcomes Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2018 Southwest Regional Conference

Beverly E. Smith is the National President and CEO of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A seasoned Delta leader, Smith has an extensive history of serving the Sorority on local, regional and national levels. She has served on and chaired numerous committees nationally along with being certified as a Delta Internal Development and Membership Intake trainer. Smith also served as a committee chair on several Southern Region leadership teams, served on the 2000-2004 National Executive Board as chair of the Long Range Planning Task Force and was the coordinator for the 2002 National Convention, one of the largest, most profitable conventions in Delta’s history. Most recently, she served as the National First Vice President and chair of the National Scholarship and Standards Committee (2013-2017), as well as National Secretary during the 2008-2013 administration. She is also the only elected officer to have had the opportunity to work as the Sorority’s executive director (1988-90) managing the headquarters operation. Her vision for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is of a sisterhood that actualizes the mantra “joy in our sisterhood... power in our voice... service in our heart.” Smith has committed herself to leadership that is resourceful, relevant and relational and believes in the charge that says: “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.” Smith was initiated into the Sorority through the Epsilon Omicron Chapter at Bowling Green State University in October 1967 and has been a dedicated member of the beloved sisterhood for 50 years. She is currently a member of the Marietta-Roswell (GA) Alumnae chapter where she has been active for 30 years.

In her professional life, Smith is the assistant commissioner and Georgia State director for Adult Education and GED Testing through the Technical College System of Georgia. Georgia’s Office of Adult Education administers the U.S. Department of Education state-wide Adult Education grants, provides adult education training programs for over 50,000 Georgia citizens, and supports local literacy action groups throughout the state. In addition, her office is responsible for the administration of all GED testing in Georgia. Serving Adult Education in a national capacity, Smith is the immediate past chair of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium/National Council of State Directors of Adult Education and has spoken before a U.S. Senate Committee representing the issues faced by adults with literacy challenges. As an entrepreneur, Smith is also the senior vice-president of The HR Group, Inc., a management consulting firm which she has co-owned with her husband, Stephen, for 27 years. As a corporate manager, Smith spent 18 years in leadership positions with AT&T (Southern Bell) and has experience in the areas of strategic planning; organizational effectiveness, training; operations redesign and restructure; financial management;

and human resources. As an educator with a master’s degree in college student personnel administration, Smith was a college administrator at Kent State University (Ohio), Georgia State University, served as an Upward Bound Program Director and taught high school in Ohio. A long-time community volunteer, Smith has served as a board member for the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council and was the Cobb County Commission’s appointee and chair of the Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration for eight years (2005-2013). She has been a co-chair for Leadership Cobb, served on the board of directors for Chattahoochee Technical College and the Alumni Board of Trustees for Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where she chaired its strategic planning committee. Smith has also served on the boards of the Cobb County United Way and Girls Incorporated, holding committee chair positions on both boards. She is the recipient of many honors and awards including receiving an “Outstanding Achievement in Community Advocacy” award, being listed as a NW Georgia YWCA “Woman of Achievement,” “Who’s Who Among African Americans” and “Who’s Who in the Southeast.” In 2006, Smith was named a “History Maker” by The HistoryMakers, a national African-American historical directory. Smith, a native of Massillon, Ohio, and her husband Stephen live in Marietta, Ga. and have been married for 46 years. The Smiths have two married children: son Brian (Rashan Ali) Smith, daughter Stacy (Jason) Frazier, and five grandchildren.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University in Washington, D.C. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; to educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in communities throughout the world. Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea. Alumnae


Deltas comprise the largest portion (76 percent) of the membership, while collegiate Deltas comprise 24 percent of the membership. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. More than 10,000 members typically attend Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s biennial national conventions, and each of the seven regional conferences (held during years when there is no national convention) typically hosts thousands of members. Some of the Sorority’s national programs and initiatives include: • The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, an educational program which provides an opportunity for local chapters to collaborate or work independently with at-risk young women between the ages of 11 and 14; • Delta GEMS: Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully, a program that helps at-risk young women between the ages of 14 and 18 to realize their dreams; • Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital, the Sorority’s annual legislative conference; • Delta Days at the United Nations, an annual forum held at the UN; and, • Financial Fortitude, a program designed to help participants develop a blueprint to address all aspects of their personal finance.


July 11, 2018 TEXAS METRO NEWS

Southwest Region has always had bold leadership!

Southwest Regional Director Pamela M. Rogers It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 46th Southwest Regional Conference of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in Dallas, Pamela M. Rogers Texas. This will be a celebration to remember as we join together to experience the “Rhythm of the Region.” The Regional Conference will provide us with an opportunity to experience a glimpse of 86 years of the rich history of the Southwest Region. The Conference will focus upon the mission of our great sisterhood, plan for our continued efforts to serve and empower communities, as well as continue the legacy of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority that began 105 years ago.  It is a special honor to convene in the home city of our beloved Founder Frederica Chase Dodd, whose warm spirit will exude throughout the Conference.  The Conference Coordinators, Carolyn Matthews and Sharon Royal-Hunt have worked untiringly to make certain that your Regional Conference experience will be forever etched in your memory. The entire Regional Conference Planning Committee -- North Dallas Suburban Alumnae, Dallas Alumnae, Arlington Alumnae, Collin County Alumnae, Denton County Alumnae, Fort Worth Alumnae, North Central Texas Alumnae, Southwest Dallas County, Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae, Lambda Chi, Lambda Nu, Sigma Mu, Nu Iota, Iota Eta, Eta Delta and Zeta Eta -- are awaiting your arrival. The hostess chapters have paid great attention to every detail and want to make certain that this Regional Conference experience in Dallas will exceed your expectations. Dallas is one of the largest cities in America and a melting pot of diversity and cultural ambiance. The charm and culture of Dallas will embrace

and captivate you like no other city and provide you with many options and attractions for all ages. Calling all Sorors from Arkansas, Jamaica, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas, come and catch the Rhythm of the Region. See you soon! In the Spirit of Sisterhood, Pamela M. Rogers Southwest Regional Director

Conference Coordinators Carolyn Y. Matthews and Sharon Royal-Hunt

Southwest Regional Representative MacKenzie Jenkins I am delighted to welcome you to my hometown of Dallas, Texas, for the 46th Southwest Regional Conference, where we will celebrate 86 dynamic years of sisterhood in the Blazing Southwest ReMacKenzie Jenkins gion! Throughout the weekend of July 19-22, I know that we will leave an impact on the city of Dallas by addressing the current needs of our community. As we convene in the home of our Founder, Frederica Chase Dodd, we are reminded of the wonderful legacy bestowed upon us to enact positive change within our communities. The Dallas-Fort Worth Area alumnae and collegiate chapters’ have diligently worked to make this Regional Conference a successful one. Dallas is a vivacious city with great food, fabulous art and culture, and great people. The Southwest Region Collegiate Leadership Team is kicking off the Regional Conference with Collegiate Day where our theme, Rhythm Nation, will remind us to stay on beat to the legacy of our illustrious sisterhood. Alongside Soror Rogers and the Dallas-Fort Worth collegiate and alumnae chapters, I am eager to fellowship with you all in Dallas -- hope you are ready for an amazing Conference! Sisterly, MacKenzie Briana Jenkins Southwest Regional Representative

Carolyn Y. Matthews

Sharon Royal-Hunt

On behalf of the Dallas-Fort Worth area chapters we planned a conference filled with love and affection for each of you. As you arrive for the 46th Southwest Regional Conference in the city of Dallas it is our hope that you will feel the sisterly love and spirit of all that ‘Big D’ has to offer. As we turn the city Crimson and Cream on July 19-22, we will celebrate the Rhythm of the Region. Dallas is the birthplace of our beloved Founder Frederica Chase Dodd. We are a city filled with much culture and historic landmarks. Dallas offers world-class art exhibits, magnificent architectural venues, shopping galore, sports, entertainment and a great destination for families of all ages. We will conduct the business of our cherished sisterhood and fellowship with Sorors from across the region. We encourage you to reach out and make new relationships as you embrace old ones that will be memorable for a lifetime. You’ll find friendly service with great southern charm and Texas hospitality. Sorors, we look forward to meeting each of you as you travel across the Southwest to unite in Dallas for a weekend filled with love, being informed and making lasting Delta memories. We look forward to spending a fabulous time with you. Remember, Dallas is where BIG things happen! Yours in Sisterhood, Carolyn Y. Matthews and Sharon Royal-Hunt Conference Coordinators

SOUTHWEST REGION Established in 1932, the Southwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta is one of seven regions throughout the organization. The region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas and the Island of Jamaica. There are over 10,000 members in 136 chapters throughout the region. These chapters serve as the conduit through which our college- educated; predominately African-American female members render public service. The purpose of the Regional Conference is to assemble a delegation of more than 2,000 Deltas from the Southwest Region to transact internal business and determine the programs of the Sorority, while providing an opportunity for educational, cultural and social growth. It is an occasion of sharing, and presenting programs Regional Directors 1932-1933 Edna M. Kinchlon 1933-1935 Mary Lou Davis Tolbert 1936-1939 Frances Dumlen Griffin 1940-1941 Myra Davis Hemmings ​1942-1947 Chrystine Shackles 1948-1950 Mary Watson Bledsoe Hymon 1951-1954 Aster Lee Henderson Mock 1955-1958 Corrine D. Maybuce 1959-1960 Helen Richards Smith 1960-1963 Anna H. Grant 1963-1966 Helen Richards Smith 1966-1968 Anne Campbell 1968-1970 June Brewer 1970-1972 Corrine D. Maybuce 1972-1976 Eula M. Butler 1976-1980 Sandra D. Malone 1980-1984 Gloria Bryant Banks 1984-1989 Morlin McCoy 1989-1993 Maxine Cormier 1993-1997 Shirely Fridia 1997-2001 Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre 2001-2005 Marvette J. Thomas 2005-2009 Gwendolyn Grant 2009-2014 Mae Frances Rowlett 2014 Gwendolyn Grant  2014-Present Pamela Rogers Regional Representatives 1970-1972 Patricia Hatton 1972-1974 Yvette (Byers) Washington 1974-1976 Patrica (Clay) Chapman 1976-1978 Suzanne Mayo 1980-1982 1982-1984 1984-1986 1986-1989 1989-1991 1991-1993 1993-1995 1995-1997 1997-1999 1999-2000 2000-2001 ​2001-2003 2003-2005 2005-2007 2007-2009 2009- 2011 2011-2014 2014-2016 2016-Present

Ara Wanda William Yvonne McGhee Yvonda Jackson Tammie A. (Barnes) DeLoach Kimberly C.Smith Michelle R. Easton Valerie D. Baston Dwala Foster Delores N. Rice, Ph.D Shawan Renee Hagan Tracie A. Todd Nakia T. Bracely Artessia K. House Jacqueline M. Cooper Brittany Bass Charesse Woods Tiffany Kidd Kristen Wells-Lewis MacKenzie Jenkins

Deltas at work in the Southwest Region

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HURRICANE HARVEY PROJECT The Southwest Region supported its fellow members impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Sorors around the Region donated gift cards and requested items in addition to sorting and delivering items in the Houston area. Nationally, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) expanded the Region’s initiative by asking for monetary contributions and donations to assist hurricane victims from all members.


“It’s a Win-Win for Paul Quinn” The Southwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is restocking Paul Quinn College’s Zale Library and Learning Resource Center’s bookshelves. Through the Sorority’s partnership with the Hilton Publishing Company (HPC), its members and their family and friends can support the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Dallas, Texas by purchasing books online. The Zale Library and Learning Resource Center serves an educational institution at the University level while operating on a nonprofit model. The official community service project of the 46th Southwest Regional Conference reinforces Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to HBCUs.

Whether Deltas are serving the elderly, registering voters, raising funds for scholarships, or calling attention to health issues, they are involved in the community.


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Southwest Region is home to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Founder Frederica Chase Dodd It was a historic day for Dallas, Texas, in 1924 when the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was established. Soror Frederica Chase Dodd, one of the twenty-two National Founders, organized the chapter and served as its first president. Along

with Soror Dodd, the following sorors will long be remembered as the cornerstones of the chapter: Jessie Pollard, Ruth Mason, Ruby Pollard Reed, Nettie Wycliff, Rowena Wilkins Blackmon, Lillian Thompson, Koletta Jefferson Washington, Marie Starks Burke,

Jessie T. Rice, Rezolia Thrash, Doris Tipps, Irene Dobbs Jackson, Deraline Winston McKenzie, Leatrice Porter, Myrtle Saddler, and DeArtis Pryor Purify. Today, as inheritors of a remarkable legacy of greatness, the Dallas Alumnae Chapter has withstood

the test of time and continues to grow tremendously in its membership, which enables the chapter to be in the forefront fulfilling the mission of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. empowering people and making a difference in the Dallas, Texas community.

Southwest Region is home to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 76-year-member Alyce Goff, who turns 100 this year!

Alyce Roberta Gay Goff was initiated into the Alpha Iota Chapter in 1942 at Wiley College. She is a member of Glen Oaks United Methodist Church and she has belonged to the Tyler Alumnae and Waco Alumnae Chapters. She served in South Dallas Concert Choir, Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association, Dallas Metroplex Wiley College Alumni Association, Dallas Retired Teach-

ers Association, Accompanist - Paul Quinn College Concert Choir, Pianist - Curator’s Forum - African American Museum “Tea at Three”, Pianist - Dallas Chapter - National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - Awards Luncheon, Accompanist - Paul Robeson Concert Series, featuring Bobby Simmons, Baritone - African American Museum, Accompanist - Townview High School

band students in UIL competition, Faith-Based Caregiver Ministry - Crest Moore King UMC (now Community UMC), Pianist - Camp Wisdom, Crest Moore King and Glen Oaks United Methodist Churches. Mrs. Goff is an author, and inductee– Pioneer Hall of Fame – Founders Homecoming – Preeminence Awards Gala – Jarvis Christian College – Haw-

kins, Texas and “Special Teacher” Plaque – Dunbar High School of West, Texas – All-School Reunion held in Waco, Texas. She was named Musician of the Year – Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association, Dreammaker Award – Southeast Dallas Business and Professional Women Club, Heritage Award – Dallas Alumni Chapter – Jarvis Christian College Hawkins, Texas.

DFW Area Alumnae Presidents

Raquel C. Jones Arlington Alumnae Chapter

Monica S. Munnings

Collin County Alumnae Chapter

Leslie A. Swann Dallas Alumnae Chapter

Cleopatra Birckbichler

Denton County Alumnae Chapter

DFW Collegiate Chapter Presidents

Torren Allison, Eta Delta - Texas Woman's University Rochelle Brianna Smith, Iota Eta - Texas Christian University Kiara Gray, Lambda Chi - University Texas at Arlington Evelyna Rosario, Lambda Nu - Paul Quinn College Vacant Position, Nu Iota - Southern Methodist University Josephine Owolabi, Sigma Mu - University of Texas at Dallas Azure Chaelyn Smith-Swan, Zeta Eta - University of North Texas We regret being unable to obtain pictures by press time

Angela L. Smith

Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter

Amye Thompson-Hollins,

Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae Chapter

Theresa Wilson North Central Texas Alumnae Chapter

North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter

Mary A. Stanton

Southwest Dallas County Alumnae Chapter

There are two events that the public is invited to: Public Meeting Thursday, July 19, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sheraton Dallas Hotel Convention Center 400 N Olive St Dallas, TX 75201

Special thanks to Carmen Branch and Ella Goode Johnson for your assistance.

Pamela D. Pujo

Ecumenical Service Sunday, July 21, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Sheraton Dallas Hotel Dallas Ballroom 400 N Olive St Dallas, TX 75201


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Shackled for praying Is anything sacred anymore?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Faith and prayer have been the backbone of the African American community since we came upon these shores. We have counted on our faith leaders (the roll call would include Revs. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, James Walker Hood, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyatt Tee Walker, Jesse L. Jackson, William Barber, Vashti McKenzie, Barbara Williams Skinner and many others) to articulate the justness of our cause and to mobilize us to work for the justice that is called for in the New Testament, especially in Matthew 25: 35-45. Our ministers are revered leaders who often stand in the face of injustice. We are not surprised, and indeed, encouraged, when their firm stands in the face of oppression lead to collisions with the law. Still, when faith leaders are treated harshly, it forces us to examine the injustice in our system. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the Letter from the Birmingham Jail in 1963, he chided white ministers who made a public statement about his methods, suggesting that segregation should be fought in the courts, not in the

streets. His letter moved the white faith community to confront some of the injustices of segregation and to form alliances with the civil rights movement. King spent 11 days in the Birmingham jail in extremely harsh conditions. But the oppressor does not learn from its excesses. On June 12, nine faith leaders were shackled and held for 27 hours after being arrested for praying at the Supreme Court. The multicultural group of men and women are part of Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival ( Their effort is to bring attention to the amazing inequality and moral bankruptcy of our nation. Their prayers at the Supreme Court were extremely timely given the court’s recent actions to make it more difficult for people to vote in Ohio, and given the injustices, this court continues to perpetuate. Like Dr. King, the nine who were arrested -- Poor People’s Campaign co-chair the Rev. Liz Theoharis, D.C. clergy the Revs. Jimmie Hawkins, Graylan Hagler and William Lamar IV, and the Revs. Rob and Hershey Stephens from the Fort Washington

Collegiate Church in New York City) – were subjected to extremely harsh conditions. No threat to anyone, they were shackled! Placed in handcuffs and leg irons! Confined to roach-infested cells with nothing to rest their heads on but a metal slab! This is the 21st century, but you wouldn’t know it by the way these clergy members were

treated. Yet, their actions and those of the Poor People’s Campaign are writing the contemporary letter from the Birmingham jail. Their brief incarceration, in the name of justice, is part of a larger movement to bring attention to increasing poverty and injustice, even in the face of economic expansion. Like Dr. King’s Poor People’s campaign, this 21st Century Poor People’s Campaign, launched 50 years later, is an attack on poverty, racism, and militarism, and also ecological devastation and our nation’s “moral

devastation.” At the 2018 Rainbow PUSH International convention on June 15, Rev. Barber railed interlocking injustices that did not begin with our 45th President, but have been exacerbated by the depravity he represents. In a rousing address that wove humor, statistics, public analysis and a scathing attack on our nation’s immorality, Barber argued that “the rejected,” which may comprise more than half of our nation, will lead to the revival of our nation. Who would have thought that nine faith leaders would be among the rejected? Who would have thought that Dr. King would have been? But Dr. King eagerly embraced the status of “rejected.” He once preached, “I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity.” Rev. Liz Theoharris told Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman that the conditions she and fellow clergy experienced, while uncomfortable, were the same conditions poor inmates experienced. That’s the power, in some ways, of the Poor People’s campaign. Clergy and others are forcing the issue, lifting their voices,


making connections, claiming the discomfort and pain of the rejected, embracing the fact that they, too, are among the rejected. To shackle clergy simply for praying is to exhibit a peculiar form of cruelty and inhumanity. Shackling is reminiscent of enslavement, is a method of humiliation, is an attempt to use the harsh lash of unjust law on the backs of those who pray for just law. Rev. William Lamar IV, who has been arrested on three consecutive Mondays for protest action said that the June 12 arrests and treatment were the harshest he has yet experienced. In Washington, D.C., people who are arrested for protesting are usually given a ticket that requires a court appearance and a likely fine. What did the shackling say about the hollow sacredness of the “Supreme” Court? Shackling clergy for praying is like condemning the sun for shining. Unjust law enforcement can shackle arms and legs, but not movements. Harsh treatment of leaders in the Poor People’s Champaign only strengthens resistance against injustice, racism, poverty, and ecological devastation! 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

Congresswoman Johnson speaks From the Capitol by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Supreme Court Vacancy Regarding the upcoming nomination of a Justice by President Trump to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court: “The rulings issued by the Supreme Court show the vital signif-

icance it plays in shaping our nation’s future. Voting rights, women’s rights, equal rights, LGBTQ rights, privacy rights, and the right to health care all hinge on the makeup of the highest court. And in a state like Texas, where many of these rights have been intentionally targeted, they are terrifyingly vulnerable. Under no circumstances should the Senate confirm President Trump’s nominee should he or she seek to overturn fundamental rights granted in cases such as Roe v. Wade or Brown v. Board of Education. Unless President Trump nominates

someone who falls in line with mainstream judicial thought, respects precedent and vows to uphold settled law, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to withhold voting for any of the ideologically motivated candidates on the President’s previously released shortlist. The future of Americans all across the country, and of Texans in particular, depends on it.”

Resignation of Pruitt “As I said when he was appointed, Mr. Pruitt, a man who spent his

career opposing EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment, was unfit to be the Administrator of the EPA. “Given the countless ethics issues he generated by his behavior while at EPA, I honestly cannot believe it took this long for him to resign or be fired and I, along with many, many others, called on him to resign. That said, his ethical missteps were matched by the pernicious policies he pursued as EPA Administrator, including most recently his proposed “Secret Science” rule.

“Mr. Pruitt’s departure is welcome, but that is no cause for letting down our guard against the detrimental environmental policies he espoused, since they appear to have been in concert with the anti-environmental views of this Administration. “I and other Members of Congress will continue the fight to allow EPA to carry out the noble mission that the American people have asked of it.” Eddie Bernice Johnson represents the state’s 30th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.


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Black Infant/Maternal Mortality, continued from front page

demands our attention more than one week out of 52. Perhaps it is the failure to sustain focus on these twin crises that has allowed them to become a scourge on America’s most vulnerable. U.S. hovers around 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births for Caucasian babies and about 13.3 for African American infants. There are also stunning numbers on maternal morbidity. At the state level, Texas African American moms comprise 11% of birthing mothers, but more than 30% of deaths that meet the standard of maternal morbidity. But Texas isn’t the worst. The data for New York and Georgia is jaw-dropping. And this is not a recent phenomenon. The U.S. Public Service issued this statement in 1930: “In every area of the U.S. that we studied, the Negro infant mortality rate was higher than the corresponding rate for whites.” The Children’s Bureau, a division of the Federal Security Agency, published this in 1947: “The death rate for white mothers is 18.9 per every 10K live births while the death rate for Negro mothers is 50.6. It would appear that although obstetric care has undergone a revolution in this generation, the Negro woman has not benefited.” As early as 1932. Eldridge Sibley, Ph.D, wrote after eight years analyzing birthing practices and racial differentials in Tennessee: “If you took white infants and the same number of Negro infants, our study shows that 66 white babies will die before reaching a year one birthday and 123 Negro babies will die. For mothers, it will be seven whites who die and 15 Negroes.” Going as far back as we could gather statistical data, the differential consistently remains 2:1 or greater. The pattern is persistent and pernicious. And the answers, perhaps, are not as elusive as they would appear to be. Current metrics and historical trends

clearly reveal we’re dealing with vulnerable populations — and, it isn’t singularly about poverty. Recently, a globally-known tennis player — a black woman — nearly died from complications surrounding childbirth. Her life hung in precarious balance and by media reports she was hours away from becoming another statistic. When an athlete of such renown — with access to state-of-the-art facilities, impeccable providers and prompt care nearly dies — what scant rays of hope light a path for rural or teen moms who can’t even find transportation to get to a clinic? Or, if they do wrangle an appointment, they find themselves awash

in micro-aggressive, condescending treatment from the front desk to the exam room. Sadly, immediate and extended families are eviscerated because of Black Infant Mortality and Maternal Morbidity — but are there also broad societal questions demanding both answers and actions? I submit there is a great deal more that can be done. We’ve chosen the medium of television documentary series to explore and illuminate matters of Black Infant Mortality and Black Maternal Morbidity. That series is called: The_Gap. There is no shortage of agreement that the problem exists, nor a vacuum of understanding of both the macro and micro factors which influence this crisis. Yet,

there is no coordinated effort and stimulus to methodically connect the dots in the mind of those who will be impacted the most. Launching a creative endeavor with a political agenda is always problematic. Yet, is there any longer a true separation between art and politics in our nation? I assert that the access to content — and the democratization of barriers to entry for distribution of content — has further blurred the lines between politics and art. So as producers and writers, our mission is to maintain a firm allegiance to truth and create a documentary series to explore how systems have coalesced to sustain this ‘gap.’ After five months of research for the pilot script and developing the overarching ‘series Bible,’ I contend that a literal ‘asymmetrical reformation’ is required to close the gap. As much as I loathe overuse of war analogies, they remain helpful metaphors because of the omnipresent nature of war in our collective experiences as Americans. War is inseparable from life and death and its longterm human costs, inestimable. Thus, the questions we shall raise in this series are primal in nature, going to the very ontological definition of life and death. We expect these questions to anchor a series of medical, legislative, social and theological discussion that systematically will begin to close this gap. None of this is about antagonism between groups or political parties, but about persuasion and engagement with a view toward action. Every baby deserves a chance to see a thriving, happy first birthday. To ensure that happens, our mission is to close the gap. Lindell Singleton, film producer and award-winning director, is shaping The_ Gap as an eight-part documentary series. You can followed his blog (365plusone. org) or @Lindell153. The series trailer is available at: http:234842735 or on Facebook (@Psalm7212).

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To Whoop or not toWhoop

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post, you should be able to say directly to the other person. If not, there’s your clue, you’re out of line. You AND your exBFF are what’s called cyber bullies, umhm, you’re grown and should know better, but it still applies. Sometimes folks are just looking for attention. Hoping if they post it, others will “like” and sign off on unnecessary foolishness. Is that you? Because well-versed, stable, able, clear-minded people don’t need online validation. I can understand if you need to get some shickity off your chest, type on my

ment, cause that’s what you should plan to avoid. Prepare yourself to listen, listen with your ears and your heart. Tone it down, take the necessary time to offer her the respect she deserves. Yes, yes, what she did was wrong, but you did it too, and two wrongs don’t make one right. She already went low, and you met her there, it’s time for one of you to go high and reach down for the other. Learn to not mirror the actions of others. Facebook friends produce perfect pictures, GIFs you can’t open and emotions described by emojis. Real, lifelong friends are connected by the heart, they don’t need keyboards to

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1867 Maggie L. Walker was born. Businesswoman and civic leader. She was the first Black woman to head a bank.

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Alice Hawthorne was killed during 1996 Summer Olympics a bomb exploded in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park as a spectator.

Rep Your City-Day Party Vol. 1 at Avocado Restaurant & Lounge 220 Las Colinas Blvd. E, Irving 3pm-9pm

2013-The slogan “Black Lives Matter” emereged after Trayvon Martin case result. Nationally reconized 2014 after deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Small Business Start-Up Workshop Registration Deadline: 7-12. At Bill Priest Center; 1402 Corinth, Dallas Rm. 1534 Speaker: Gordan Edwards. Register: https://www. small-businessstart-up-workshopjuly-13-2018-tickets-44856621362

1948 Pres. Truman issued Executive order No. 9981 directing “equality of treatment and opportunity” In all branches of the armed forces.

Where are you? King and Queen Servant Gala-Awards Host LeTitia Owens at Bela Luna Event Hall 11834 Harry Hines Blvd. Suite 101, Dallas 6pm-9:30pm

July 13

Movie in the Park: CoCo at Central Park-Garland 1000 W. Ave. G. 9pm.

July 26

Smooth R&B 105.7 presents Smooth Summer Grove II Feat: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds & Brandy at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. 8pm.

FPW Fellowship of Professional Women Luncheon Speaker Susie Hawkins at Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Ln. 17th Floor Dallas 11:45am-1:15pm

Kids Fest at Zeigler Park 400 Egale Dr. DeSoto 5pm-8pm

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Forest Whitaker Actor/Director DOB 7/15/61

1968 DOB of NFL great Barry Sanders.

2001 Moisant Field becam New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong Intl. Airport.

Crown-n-Glory Natural Hair Expo at Doubletree 1507 N.

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George Clinton Funk Singer DOB 7/22/18


Black Woman’s Appreciation Event- Dallas Edition Host: Young Black Entrepreneurs at the City of DeSoto Civic Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 1:30pm-5:30pm Call Antoine White 314-630-4465

July 23 1984 Suzette Charles was the 2nd Black woman to be crowned Miss America.

1964 DOB Wendy Williams talk show host.

July 19 1964 Violence erupted in Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant sections of New York City.

July 20-29 “Kiss Me Kate” By Garland Summer Musicals Grandville Arts Center 300 N. 5thSt.Garland Call 972-205-2780.

July 20 1988 Jesse Jackson received 1218 delegate votes at the Dem. Nat’l. Conv. 864 shy of nomination.

18th Annual William “Bill” Blair Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic at Tension Park Golf Course 3501 Samuell Blvd., Dallas at 12pm. 1pm Tee time. Darryl Blair 214-372-6500

July 24 1979 Little Richard, Rev. Richard Penniman (his real name) spoke to a revival meeting about the dangers of rock and roll. Karl Malone NBA great DOB 7/24/63

July 25

Forth Fridays Music Series: Presented by The DeSoto Arts Commission at the Outdoor Amphitheater DeSoto Town Center (behind the Library) 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 8pm every 4th Friday.

July 28 1868 14th Amendment adopted giving slaves the right citizenship.

Family Night Out Food, Fun & Fireworks featuring “Coverdown Band” at Central Park 1310 W. Ave. F Garland 6pm10pm more info: 972-205-2750 Texas Latino Comic Con 2018 at the Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas from 11am–6pm Tickets:

July 29 1877 Henry Flipper became the first Black graduate from the U.S. Military Academy.

July 30 1936 Legendary blues singer guitarist Buddy Guy DOB.

July 31 1874 Patrick Healy became the President of Georgetown University. First Black to be named president of a major U.S. university. First Black to receive a Ph.D. 1965

August 4 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour at Morton Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora St. Dallas 7:30pm

August 6 Ella Mai: “Boo’d Up” The Tour at House of Blues Dallas 2200 N. Lamar St 7pm

August 7

1992 Gen Collin Powell dedicated the Buffalo Soldier Monument in Ft. Leavenworth.

Boney James at the House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas 7pm. Surf and Swim’s Birthday Celebrations at Surf & Swim 440 W. Oates Rd. Garland Free 11am-3pm info: 972-205-3993

We want to wish an Awesome Woman a Glorious Happy Birthday-- Diane Evans. We can always count on her to be there supporting the team -- I Messenger Media. Enjoy your Blessings. Smooth R&B 105.7 Presents Sam Smith in concert at American Airlines Center, Dallas 7pm-12am. Movie in the Park Featuring “Lion King” at dusk in Central

Tory Lanez Memories Don’t Die Tour at House Of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas 7pm

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Hollywood Hernandez Live

By Hollywood Hernandez

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Ant-Man and The Wasp The latest Marvel Comics Universe film is Ant-Man and The Wasp. Without the graphic scenes and language of Deadpool 2, this is the funniest (and fun-est) Marvel super hero movie yet. Comic actor Paul Rudd as Ant-Man gets most of the credit for that, but T.I. Harris and Michael Pena also add a lot of laughs to the movie. In Ant-Man and The Wasp, Scott (Ant-Man) is under house arrest and learning how to get reacquainted with his young daughter after spending his time in prison. Meanwhile Hope/The Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly, has learned how to use her father's suit to become The Wasp. Her father, played by Michael Douglas, has figured out that his wife may be trapped in a parallel universe and devises an invention involving quantum physics to get her back home after all these years. Their adversary in the movie is a character called

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Ghost (Hannah John Kamen). She's the adopted daughter of Dr. Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) who's a former colleague of Dr. Pym (Douglas). Ghost is stuck between two universes and she wants Dr. Pym's invention for herself to try and fix her abnormal condition. The real fun of the movie are the special effects and the action scenes. The crew carries a case of Hot Wheel cars with them to use when they become miniature-sized and common household items; like salt shakers become weapons when they get enlarged to giant-sized. It's a real fun movie to watch. With all of the action, comedy and special effects AntMan and The Wasp is a very entertaining movie. It has a run time of just under two hours and is rated PG13. This is a real 'popcorn chomper' for sure. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale," I rate this movie a JUMBO.

Eargazum photos by Frank Lott

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In Memoriam

Tomara LaChelle Johnson Thompson

Tomara LaChelle Johnson Thompson, 34 was born in Houston, Texas, to James "JJ" and Shirley M. Johnson. She was the youngest of two children. At an early age she was baptized at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and later joined The Fort Bend Church. During her adolescence, Tomara displayed tremendous leadership and creativity, two attributes that remained with her throughout her life. In 2002, Tomara graduated from Westbury High School. In her Senior year she was named the City of Houston's Female Athlete of the year and served as Miss Westbury 2002. Upon graduation, Tomara attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in, Tallahassee, Florida. In the spring of 2005, a long-held dream was realized when Tomara was initiated into the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Her line number was 37. She was affectionately known as "Ask Jeeves" because of her extensive knowledge of Delta and Beta Alpha History. In 2007 she graduated magna

Tomara Johnson Thompson, (Tee Jay of Eclatient 55 of an Eminent Echelon) transitioned on July 1, 2018 due to complications after child birth. Cards and expressions of sympathy for The Thompson Family and The Johnson Family may be sent to: 15126 Chasehill Drive, Missouri City, Texas 77489. For financial gifts or love offerings, see the link below for additional information on how to assist the family in this time. tomarastribe-ittakesavillage

Altha Moore 1984-2018

Following her passion for accounting, Tomara joined KPMG, a 'big four' accounting firm. She became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 2010 and worked in the firm's Energy and Chemicals group where she led teams as a Senior Audit Manager. On June 17, 2017, Tomara married the love of her life, Derrick Dwayne Thompson in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and of this union is a beautiful girl – Rian Rose Thompson born May 15, 2018. Tomara is survived by her loving parents, a kind and devoted husband, her baby girl, Rian, her brother, Trey, a host of cousins, sorority sisters, friends, co-workers, and all those who have felt the impact of her presence on this earth. She will be dearly missed, but her light will live on through those who knew her.

cum laude with a BS and MBA with a concentration in Accounting.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Altha Moore, a friend of the University of North Texas at Dallas and GrowSouth AmeriCorps VISTA worker, has passed away. The GrowSouth Americorps VISTA program is a partnership between the Urban SERCH Institute and the City of Dallas Mayor’s office. UNT Dallas has housed the VISTAs on campus since 2016, and worked closely with them in capacity building and service projects in west and southern Dallas. A Pinkston High School graduate, Ms. Moore was born and raised in West Dallas. She served the past two years as a GrowSouth AmeriCorps VISTA working with community leaders to strengthen neighborhoods. She was a lifelong educator, entrepreneur and neighborhood leader with a heart for service. Known by many as “Auntie,” Ms. Moore will forever be remembered by her family, friends and colleagues for her great sense of humor, positive attitude, gregarious laughter, kind, loving and beautiful spirit and her lifelong passion for helping others. She was always the magnetic energy of a room while effortlessly serving and loving others. One of her favorite quotes is from Nelson Henderson: “The

true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” During her term of service, some of her accomplishments include: • Helped organize Jags Give Back/UNTD Gives in 2016 & 2017, recruiting 100+ students to contribute to community service projects throughout Dallas • Engaged with or recruited over 1,100 volunteers in service to West Dallas, for over 3,000 service hours • Trained over 120 citizens and community leaders on "restorative practices”, a relational approach to conflict • Held more than 20 neighborhood membership walks with West Dallas partners Advocates for Community Transformation, Mayor’s Star Council and others. • Established community sponsorships with Burpee Seeds, Quik Trip, Chick-Fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, Walmart, others • Organized and held Earth Day West Dallas and partnered with Keep Dallas Beautiful

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Valder Beebe Show


In July the Valder Beebe Show is asking questions about America. I previously asked CeCe Winans (hear the interview valderbeebeshow). Valder Beebe Then GOD created the interview opportunity for me to ask the question to Otis Williams, best known as the founder and last original surviving member of the Motown vocal group The Temptations. I felt honored and it was a privilege to be in the energy of greatness of this legend. VBS: Mr. Williams I am enamored to have you in the Valder Beebe Show studio. Thank you for accepting our interview invitation. You have had a magnificent career. You were invited to perform

for millions on PBS’ A Capital 4th salute to America. You get to stand on the stage with the iconic Beach Boys. But you have performed with so many other superstars over your career. Did you have any idea God had such things planned for your life

and career? OW: Being raised by two grandmothers, the grandmothers would instill love, foresight and wisdom inside of me. All of the necessary ingredients to be a good person. I had no idea that I would become a part of the fabric of America like we have. I did not dream that I would end up being something more than what I would have imagined coming from Texas. It’s just a blessing. I’m the last one [speaking of the classic Temptations], my guys are no longer here.

There is definitely a reason why God left me here to continue carrying on the legacy and the whole purpose of the Temptations. I give all the praise and glory to God. VBS: What do you wish for America? OW: Naturally, I wish nothing but the betterment of all people. Otis Williams, a songwriter and a record producer is best known as the founder and last original surviving member of the Motown vocal group The Temptations. Hear the complete Otis Williams of the Temptations interview at Soundcloud. com/valderbeebeshow. Find more THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW; Valder Beebe, Youtube. com/valderbeebeshow, 411RadioNetwork. 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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JOHNSON TO HEADLINE INAUGURAL MOTIVATED MOMS RETREAT Featured along with other celebrities and influencers, including Flex Alexander

Cookie Johnson, author, philanthropist, and wife of Earvin “Magic” Johnson is heading to Dallas as a featured speaker at the inaugural Motivated Moms Retreat, hosted by mom advocate and entrepreneur, Latoyia Dennis. The 2018 Motivated Moms Retreat will be held Friday, September 14, 2018 – Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Hilton Dallas-Rockwall, on 2055 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, TX 75032. Other confirmed speakers and panelists include Other Speakers and Panelists: Flex Alexander, Hollywood actor, comedian and reality TV star Brandi Riley, Mom Blogger at Mama Knows It All and founder of Courage to Earn Dorinda Walker, Vice President with Prudential, author and motivational speaker Rabiah Duncan, Founder of Mommy Grind,

Tiffany Fulcher, Founder of Momspace, Jorge Narvaez, Influencer and Founder of RealityChangers Donte Dean, Professional Model and CEO of One Vodka With a theme of What Motivates You?, the 2018 Motivated Moms Retreat plans to set attendees on a path to answer that question through a weekend of empowerment, inspiration, relaxation, fun and pampering for moms. Designed to celebrate the extraordinary mom in each of us, many are describing The Motivated Moms Retreat as the event of the year for entrepreneur moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms, aspiring mom and other mother figures. Women from various cultures and socioeconomic and educational backgrounds will gather together to participate in this empowering experience. The weekend will consist of en-

Cookie Johnson

gaging and interactive workshops and panels featuring top celebrities, industry influencers, speakers, authors, bloggers, entertainers and experts in the fields of education, wealth building, beauty, health, wellness, and self-care. During the one-of-a-kind experience, attendees will learn how

to budget and build wealth, live intentionally, build better business and personal relationships, invest in self-care, become more engaged in their children’s education and identify their passion and activate their life’s purpose. The 2018 Motivated Moms Retreat is sponsored by Prudential, Coca-Cola, One Vodka, le creatif linen and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Latoyia Dennis, mommy advocate and founder of The Motivated Mom and A Chance to Learn, walked away from a lucrative corporate career to create The Motivated Mom, a network to encourage women around the globe to go passionately after their dreams and create the lives they’ve dreamed of. Her goal is to provide opportunities for women and help them discover who they were created to be. “As moms we think about everyone else, sometimes at the expense of self,” said Dennis. “This event gives moms an opportunity

Congresswoman Johnson speaks on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Washington, DC – Congressthe D.C. Circuit Court, Judge woman Eddie Bernice Johnson Kavanaugh enjoyed the full released the following statement support of the Family Research in response to President Trump’s Council, which has been desnomination of Brett Kavanaugh ignated an anti-LGBTQ ‘hate to fill the vacancy on the Supreme group’ by the Southern PoverCourt: ty Law Center. I am concerned “President Trump’s selection that – given his extensive reof a candidate who has a record Judge Kavenaugh cord of rulings – Judge Kavaskeptical of a woman’s right to naugh would further endanger choose and equal access to health the rights of vulnerable Amercare is disappointing but comes as no sur- icans, whether they be women in need of prise. While on the federal bench, Judge health care, seniors in need of health care, Kavanaugh has publically disagreed with families in need of the social safety net, or the monumental decision in Roe v. Wade LGBTQ Americans in need of protections and the decision regarding the Affordable from discrimination. Care Act. Additionally, Judge Kavanaugh “I have further reservations with Judge has a long record of siding with corporate Kavanuagh’s nomination by a president interests over individuals and issuing rul- who is currently under federal investiings that threaten the stability of Medicare gation for his actions. Judge Kavanaugh and Medicaid. During his nomination to wrote from the bench that presidents

should be shielded from investigations or lawsuits during their term, while being part of the team that spent more than four years investigating President Clinton. I am concerned that Judge Kavanagh history of contradictions would cloud his judgement on issues pertaining to the investigation into the President and make uncertain his likely claims to defend previous court precedents. “Make no mistake, these vital issues are in the balance and may very well be decided by the next individual who takes a seat on the highest court in the land. Too much is at stake to allow an ideologically-motivated candidate serve on the Supreme Court. “I encourage my Senate colleagues to vote against confirming a candidate who has shown he will overturn laws that protect many Americans today.”

to ‘retreat’ – to pull back and take care of themselves. We can’t retreat when engaging with our children, we have to be present. We have to take out real time for self.” While this is the first Motivated Moms Retreat, it is not the first event for the brand. Latoyia Dennis started The Motivated Moms in 2016 with nationwide tour, that drew sold-out crowds of women and moms looking to grow, learn and reach their dreams. “The Motivated Moms Retreat is for every woman who is looking to live an extraordinary life while balancing career, motherhood and all the other demands of life with class and grace,” said Dennis. “I’ve gathered some of the best influencers in the industry. Attendees should expect to be encouraged, challenged and celebrated.” For more information or to register for the Motivated Moms Retreat, visit

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Garland Unit Presents

28 Annual Freedom Fund Brunch th


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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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority meets in Houston


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Alpha Kappa Alpha reached it's 1 Million back pack goal set at the beginning of the Launching New Dimensions of Service administration!! The South Central region partnered with @houstonfoodbank Backpack Buddy program and donated 5K packpacks this past Friday. The Backpack Buddy program works with organizations like AKA to ensure students & their families have consistent access to nutritious food. Many of these children rely on school meals to provide breakfast and lunch during the school year. During breaks, such as weekends and holidays, 1 in 4 southeast Texas children go home to little or no meals. The Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy program and Alpha Kappa Alpha will work to fill that gap by packing backpacks with nutritious, child-friendly food for school children to take home over the weekends.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. inducts 5 honorary members at #AKABoule2018. From left to right: Deidre Edwards (Honorary Members chairman), Margo Lee Shetterly (Honorary member- Writer, Researcher & Entrepreneur), Chantel Harris (Honorary member- Great great granddaughter of Founder Ethel Hedgeman Lyle), Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson (Int’l President of Alpha Kappa Alpha), Yolanda Adams (Honorary member- Singer, Producer & Author), Teta V. Banks (Honorary member- Educator, Writer, Civil Rights advocate & Diplomat) and Jeanette Epps (Honorary member- Scientist, Scholar & NASA Astronaut)


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