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MY TRUTH Cheryl Smith Publisher

Fatherly Love

There are too many young boys and girls who are growing up without their fathers or any positive male role model. This is nothing new. Some children don’t even know who their fathers are and some will never know. You have to ask yourself, what does that do to a person; knowing that one half of the couple responsible for their being is anonymous. One young lady started an organization for daughters without fathers. I’ve heard others refer to their dads as “sperm donors.” I feel for those who have that void. If life is good, it may not be as much of an issue. But if life is horribly bad, it can be more of an issue because you are wondering if things could have been better, had you had a father figure. Which brings me to my truth. March 2 was the day my father was born, 92 years ago. The man I remember today, almost 15 years since his demise, is just as I remembered him growing up. To me he was larger than life. I loved watching him walking into a room. I didn’t know what the word was back them, but today I would say my father had “swagger.” Yes, he was definitely a charmer and the ladies loved him probably even more than they did LL Cool J! I remember my father walking into my elementary classroom and everyone exclaiming about how “clean” he was. He really did know how to dress. My teacher, Mrs. Meisel, told him that I was an outstanding student, just a little mischievous. Boy, if that had been my mother, she would have told Mrs. Meisel that the next time I acted out, to whip me and call her and she would whip me when I got home. Oh I was so glad Mrs. Meisel was not talking to my mother that day. Another time, I had a fight. Daddy wanted to know the outcome. When I told him how I whipped my

Me and Joseph Smith

friend good. I could tell he was proud of me! Daddy was the one who talked to me about a man’s perspective. He talked about images, how men thought and what I shouldn’t expect or accept from a guy. It was my daddy who would visit me at FAMU. He actually encouraged and supported my desire to become a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sidenote: I actually think that he may have had a special Delta in his life at some point! He was also the man who would buy ice cream for almost every child on the block; many whom had no father figure in their lives. Daddy believed in family. He also had a “do for self ” mentality and didn’t suffer incompetence or trifling behavior. My daddy was the man, and I was definitely a daddy’s girl. It was funny to me, because sometimes

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Garland ISD Trustee named Texas' School Board Member of the Year

As Garland ISD’s most tenured Board of Trustees member, Linda Griffin has served the district since 1998. Year after year, she selflessly dedicates her time—without compensation—to ensure the safety, equity, financial stability and educational excellence of all students. But Griffin’s reach extends well beyond the tri-cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse. Her work benefits students across the entire state as well. She not only regularly advocates for public education in Austin and Washington, D.C., but she also promotes it at events

throughout Texas. Operating with an ABC motto of service, "Always Benefiting Children," Griffin’s more than 20year impact is now receiving some extra special attention. The Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) recently named her the 2019 School Board Member of the Year. With just one honoree, this award signifies an unswerving commitment to representing and facilitating the educational needs of African-American students. Griffin will be recognized Feb. 22 during the annual TABSE conference in Galveston.

"Garland ISD is a leader in education across the state. It’s only fitting that our Trustee be named Texas’ best as well," said Superintendent Ricardo López. "We are extremely fortunate to have Mrs. Griffin as an advocate for our students and for public education. She truly has a heart for children, and many of our district’s successes can be credited to her service." Throughout her time as a Trustee in GISD, Griffin has served as Board President three times in addition to serving as Vice President, Secretary and Assistant Secretary. She has also been

Trustee Linda Griffin

named a Master Trustee from the Leadership Texas Association of School Boards program and has won both Texas and National PTA Life Member Awards, a Woman of the Year Award from the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Dallas, an Honoring First Ladies Award from the NAACP and more.

Guilty plea entered in bribery case By Cheryl Smith

Shock reverberated throughout social media and across the city, especially “sunny South Dallas” with the announcement of yet another guilty plea. Those who know or support “homegirl” Carolyn Davis expressed pain, anger, disbelief and frustration upon hearing that the former Dallas City councilwoman; who many anticipated reclaiming her seat in the May election, had pled guilty to bribery charges. Growing up in the “hood,”

Carolyn Davis served on Dallas City Council 2007-2015

the activist was considered a shoo-in when she said she wanted to represent the constituents of District 7, over 12 years ago.

Encompassing South Dallas, parts of Pleasant Grove and East Dallas; District 7 had previous leadership in the form of such notables as

Elsie Faye Heggins, Diane Ragsdale, Charlotte Mayes and Leo Chaney. Tiffinni A. Young and now, Kevin Felder followed Ms. Davis around the horseshoe. The first two elections went into a run-off with her emerging victorious. In her last race, she garnered 83.28% of the vote, and the endorsement of Mayor Mike Rawlings. She served on the council from 2007-2015. Known for being a voice for the voiceless and a champion

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Marshall, Holmes headline ‘In Conversation’

Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall is the distinguished guest for the 6th annual In Conversation—an Evening with Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr., Friday, March 15 at 7p.m. at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, 5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway. In Conversation is presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center, a non-profit organization. This fundraising effort makes possible the programs and operations of the Center. Each year, a distinguished presenter helps to shine a light on the life and events of our city, state, nation and the world. The Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center is named for Rev. Holmes, Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke and a long-time activist, pastor, educator and former state legislator. Dr. Holmes served as senior pastor at St.

Rev. Zan Holmes Jr. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas for 29 years. He is a former Texas State Representative, University of Texas System Regent and a faculty member at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. A renowned activist, he has mentored scores of public servants, educators, corporate leaders and clergy around the world. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas

Cynt Marshall Mavericks, Ms. Marshall is leading the charge for a culture transformation. Her vision is that the Mavericks organization will set the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity. For years, she has championed empowering women and communities of color and worked to make resources and opportunities accessible to all. In 2017 and 2015, she was selected as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by

Black Enterprise magazine. While at AT&T, she also led the team that created a world class Diversity and Inclusion culture, landing AT&T in the top three on Diversity Inc.’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies. Marshall also spearheaded the work that for the first time, in 2017, placed AT&T on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, one of only two Fortune 50 companies. Local entrepreneur and philanthropist, Roland Parrish and Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants, has been the only title sponsor for In Conversation and are sponsoring this dynamic event for the third straight year. Proceeds will support Frazier House and other Outreach Center programs, services and operations. For more info, contact Fannie Smith at inconversation@, 214.454.8624 or visit


Mother and son enjoy first trip to the Academy Awards By Eva D. Coleman When your kids have dreams and follow them, it’s good to be able to go along for the ride. Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator Lisa Curry enjoyed a trip to the 91st Academy Awards made possible by her son, Jerrell Curry. “I’ve watched the Oscars for years,” Lisa said. “It’s something I never thought I’d have the opportunity to experience.” Her 28-year-old son, Jerrell, moved to Los Angeles in September 2016 with no job, just a dream. In the fall of 2018, after working temporarily at a few places, he landed a full-time job as Assistant-Member Relations and Awards with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Working the Oscars for the very-first time, he opted to invite his number one girl, his mom. “I wanted my first time at the Oscars to

DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good with Curry also be yours,” he said to her. From the countdown of days leading up to the trip, to her return from the red-carpet experience and star-studded affair, Lisa is especially proud of witnessing her son’s professional win. “I mostly enjoyed just being able to watch my son living out his dreams of working in the industry,” she said.

Oscar and Lisa Curry, Below: Jerrell Curry on Red Carpet


COMMUNITY CALENDAR Women’s History Month Recurring Events Reggae Sunday Brunch at Hero’s Lounge 3094 N. 35 Fwy. Dallas. 11am. Caribbean Breakfast & Lunch. Black Beauty Glitz and Glamor Designers Patrick Wright and Pucci Lisenbee never before seen fashion at South Dallas Cultural Center 300 Fitzhugh Ave. 6pm. Info: 214-939-2787, 2-2 - 3-23. Feeding The Needy Hosted by: Hollywood Hernandez Live 1698 Corsicana St. Dallas. 3pm-5pm. Written & Witnessed Presented by: Andrea Tosten & Jas Mardis at Oak Cliff Cultural Center 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. FREE 10am-8pm. Until 3-29-19. Marvelous Marriage Monday’s at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 7pm8:30pm 1st & 3rd Monday Info: A fool for Love Play Directed by Dan Quattro, at The Margo Jones Theatre 1121 1St Ave. Dallas. 8pm-10pm. Dates 3-9-31, 2019. Tickets:

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Heritage Oak Cliff District 3 Candidate Forum. Candidate: Britannica Scott. At Thurgood Marshall Rec. Center 5150 Mark Trail Way. 6:30pm8pm. Moderator Becky Lewis. March 8-10 37th Annual North Texas Irish Festival 2019 at Fair Park Times Fri. 6-11pm. Sat. 10:30-11:30pm Sun. 11:30-7:30pm. Info: March 8 International Women’s Day Taste of Ethiopia A Bilquis Happy Hour Experience at Queen of Sheba Restaurant 14875 Inwood Rd. Addison. 5:30pm-7pm. Nem Band featuring Tomea at Smoking Jacket Cigar Lounge 1435 S. Hwy 67 Ste. #100 Cedar Hill. 9pm-12am.

Ella Phillips Stewart Pharmacist DOB 1893 Willow Grove Baptist Church Youth Dept. host its annual FREE College Fair at 1222 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas Info call, WGBC office at 214-371-7325. 6:30pm-8:30pm. “The Nest” Contest “The Pitch” Host: DEC Redbird The contest is now open. Eligible companies apply online at by 3-8-19. Dallas City Wide Salsa Party at South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 Fitzhugh Ave. 7pm-8:30pm. Tickets: www.sdcc. Dallas Job Fair and Hiring Event at Doubletree by Hilton Dallas-Market Center2015 Market Center Blvd. 11am-2pm. Tickets: March 7 Charlie Pride DOB 1939 Black Country Recording Artist Happy Birthday to Team Member and Awesome Lady Eva D. Coleman Let’s Talk Business w/ City of Dallas and Parkland at Regional Black Contractors Association 2627 MLK, Jr. Blvd. 11:30am-1pm. Register: Eventbrite. GDMP: Social Media Series, Social Media 101. At Grow DeSoto Market Place. Register: 7:30am-8:30am Free Class. Every Thursday in March. Victor H. Hexter Elementary School Special Olympics Track & Field Meet at Hexter Elementary 9720 Waterview Rd. 9:30am. Women’s Day Luncheon, Host: International Esperanza Project –IEP At San Martin Bakery & Restaurant 3120 McKinney Ave. Dallas. 11am-1pm. Tickets

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Dallas Nights A Harlem Nights Inspired Event at House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. 10pm-3am. Tickets: Tommie Robinson Post 802 Presents: Black Military History at Veteran Resource Center 4900 S. Lancaster Rd. Dallas. 1pm-3pm. Info: 214-881-0926. Sisterhood Walk Host: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Arlington Alumnae at SJ Stovall Park 2800 W. Sublet Rd. 8am-11am. New Hope Baptist Church Dallas Mayor Candidates Meet & Greet at 5001 S. Central Expy. 10am. Hispanic Communicators Best Apps for Journalists at Dallas Morning News 1954 Commerce St. 10am-1pm. Info:

No Longer Trapped: An Intimate Conversation with Asante MaGee Host: Dr. Catrina & Moderated by K.C. Fox7:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets: Eventbrite

African American Heritage of Dallas Fundraiser for all Ethnic Groups at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 9:30am2:30pm. Tickets:

Relationship to Intimacy at The Potter’s House 6777 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas. 7pm-10pm. Speaker: Pastor Cora Jakes Coleman. Women’s Day Hike at Cedar Hill State Park 1570 FM-1382 W. 1pm-2pm. 1 mile guided hike with Ranger Dani. Please meet at Duck Pond Trail. March 9

Earth, Wind & Fire at The Majestic Theatre 925 Elm St. Dallas 7pm-10pm.

Women In Power Empowering Visionary Women: Her Voice at Ft. Worth Central Library 500 W. 3rd St. 1pm3:30pm.

Natural Hair Product Swap at Business Lounge Dallas 13740 Midway Rd. Ste. #528. 7pm-10pm. Donations to City House Children’s Homeless Shelter.

Empower Embrace Excel Women Expo at Pioneer Event Center 1025 W. Pioneer Pkwy. Grand Prairie. 9am-4pm. Tickets: via Eventbrite.

March 6

Chain Breaker at Irving Arts Center 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 7pm. Tickets:

March 10 Daylight Savings Begins Black Excellence Night at American Airlines Center 2500 Victory Ave. Dallas. 3:30pm-11:30pm. Tickets:

The Stormproof Way To Build Your Brand Host: Tresa Chambers at Microsoft Store North Park Center 8687 N. 75 Fwy Suite #1612, Dallas. 7pm-9pm. Register:

Quincy D. Jones, Jr. DOB 1933, Producer, Film & Recording Musical Composer The Bon Air Golden Agers & Tommie Robinson American Legion 802 “Fashion Then & Now Show”, Ida Flakes Fellowship Hall of Bon Air Missionary Baptist Church, 5707 Bonnieview Road, Dallas. 11am. Info: 214-941-8383. Soul Jazz Thursdays with Natural Change at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. 8pm12am. Vote4Keyaira Campaign Fundraiser District 4 Dallas City Council at Times Ten Cellars 6324 Prospect Ave., Dallas. 6:30pm.-8pm. Spring Break ’19 at Legacy Hall 7800 Windrose Ave. Plano, 3-11, 9am – 3-14, 11:59pm. Tickets: 90’s - 2000’s Hip-Hop and R&B Party at Foundation Room 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas, 10pm-2am.

Willow Grove Baptist Church Voices Of Praise is hosts a Free Gospel “Throw Back Musical” at WGBC 1222 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas. 10am service & 3pm musical.

Poetry Smash at TBAAL 1309 canton St. 7:30-9pm. Tickets: TBAAL Box Office 214-743-2400

Elevate Her Conference at Will Rogers Memorial Center & Facilities 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. Ft. Worth 10am. Tickets;

Free! Family Books & Breakfast at Pan African Connection 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. 10am.1pm. Info:

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Marsha Ambrosius at The Bomb Factory 2713 Canton St. Dallas 7pm-12am. Tickets: Debra’s Healing Kitchen Presents: A Heart2Heart Conversations Event “Major Trigger in Female Health” at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 10am-12pm.

March 11 Cardio Hip Hop with JessieMae at J.C. Fitness, LLC 901 N. Polk St. DeSoto. 6:30pm7:30pm. March 12 Andrew T. Young DOB 1932, U.N. Ambassador & Mayor of Atlanta, GA

Youth Symposium “Mission Possible: A Safe Place For Our Youth” Host: Sigma Gama Rho Sorority at Embassy Suites & Convention Center 7600 John Q. Hammons Dr. Frisco. 9am. The Center of Empowerment Presents: The Rise of a

IHCC Café con Nosotros at IHCC 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 8:30am-9:30am. Info: March 13 The Confederate Army admits slaves to be soldiers, 1865

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Dancing Beyond Borders Series at W.E. Scott Theatre at Community Art Center 1300 Gendy St. Ft. Worth. 7:30pm Tickets: www. Master Piece Presents: F.L.O.W. For Love Of Words at Charles W. Eisemann Performing Arts Center 2351 Performance Dr. Richardson. 6:30pm. info:

Queenish Women’s Empowerment Expo 2019 at Lancaster Grand Hall Ballroom 1700 Veterans Memorial Park 10am-6pm. Free general admission.

2019:15th Annual Dallas Blues Fest. at The Theatre Grand Prairie 1001 Performance Ln. 8pm.

Tabitha’s Tea Party Presents: Rise & Shine Girl, Stay Up! Featuring Dareia Tolbert Jacobs at 9350 Pasadena Dr. Frisco Ste. 200. 1pm-3:30pm. Registration:

March 14

Phyllis M. Daley-1st Black Navy Corp. Nurse Graduate, 1945

8th Annual Dallas Alumni Greek Show at TBAAL 1309 Canton St. 7pm-10pm.

“Freedom Journal” First African American Newspaper Published, 1827 Coffee & Politics Economic Development Dallas at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 10am-11am.

FWBC Texas Impact Present: FWBC Day at The Capitol Sunday 3-10 & Monday 3-11 Departing from FWBC 2020 Wheatland Rd. at 4:00pm. Sign up on line @

Sculpting Sounds at the Nasher At Nasher Sculpture Center 2001 Flora St. Dallas. 2pm-5pm. Tickets: RSVP Free Event.

Movie Night @ The West “The Rape of Recy Taylor She Spoke Up” 2020 Wheatland Rd. Dallas 6:15pm Reception Movie starts at 7pm. March 16

History of the Mariachi at The Modern art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell St. 6pm-8pm. Tickets:

St. Litty’s Day Party at Union Park 5076 Addison Cir. 3pm8pm. Tickets; IHCC Hora De Poder at Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 9am-11am. Info: www. African American Museum 2019 Women’s Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker: Dr. Ouida Lee Mable White Lecture Series at 3536 Grand Ave. 2pm. Stomp Wars 2019 The Super Bowl of Youth Stepping at Stomp Wars USA 835 E. Lamar Blvd. #156, Arlington. 3pm-9pm. Tickets: www.stompwars. com March 17 Anthony Hamilton & Leela James at Music Hall at Fair Park Dallas 8pm.

Dallas Opera Presents: La Boheme at Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St. # 500. Box Office: 214-443-1043 Times & Dates vary. March 15

Willow Grove Baptist Church Grief Counseling at 1222 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas Info call, Kim Fincher at 214-371-7325. 5:30pm-7pm.

John Lee, First African American Navy Officer, 1947

Welcome To Dallas- Networking Mixer at In Fretta 3341Regent Blvd. Irving. 2pm-6pm.

Fraternity Fridays at Blazin Jazz Lounge 14223 Inwood Rd. Farmers Branch. 7pm-12am

March 18

DFW HBCU Skate Night at Southern Skates Roller Rink 2939 E. Ledbetter Dr. Dallas 7pm-12am.

Fred Shuttlesworth DOB 1922, Civil Rights Activist, Minister

Greek Heritage Night with Texas Legends at Comerica Center 2601 Ave. of the Stars, Frisco. 7:30pm-10pm. Tickets:

Mentor Match Mondays at Innovation Design & Entrepreneurship Academy (DISD) 4800 Ross Ave. Dallas, 6:30pm7:30pm. Tickets:

In Conversation an evening with Dr. Zan Holmes Wesley, Jr. and Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church 5710 E. R.L. Thornton Fwy. Dallas. 7pm.

March 19 Jays’ Treaty effect, 1794 IHCC Power Hour at Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 135 S. Jefferson St. 11:30am-1pm. Info: The Jazz Jam at Jazz BeCuzz at Jazz BeCuzz Art Center 9319 LBJ Fwy Ste. #120, Dallas 8:30pm-12am.


Bible Clubhouse at Rogers Baptist Church 801 W. Buckingham Rd., Garland. 7pm-8:30pm Kinder to 5th grade. Tickets: This is a weekly gathering of kids Kinder - 5th grade. They enjoy Bible lessons, music, crafts, and snacks. Children will love the skits as well. A highlight this year will be performing music during the Christmas performance. Bible Clubhouse is every Wednesday. $35 BYOB Public Class: Poppy Prism At Pinot’s Palette 305 River Fern Ave. Garland. 7pm-9pm. Using all the colors in the spectrum will surely brighten the day! Pinot’s Palette is a pioneer of the paint and sip experience – a revolutionary way to enjoy art and wine, meet new people and bond with friends. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting. Just bring your favorite drinks and snacks, and we’ll take care of all the rest! The more the merrier, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! March 7 Rhythm & Rhymes at Cloud 9 Hookah Lounge 805 W. Shore Dr. Richardson. 8pm-12am. Every Thursday. Tickets: JCF PRODUCTIONS LLC Presents RHYTHM and RHYMES: A poetry series Enjoy an intimate night of Mind Blowing Wordplay with our Poets and Groove to Your Favorite R&B and Neo Soul Jams! Our event begins with our featured poets/artists of the night and will continue with non-restricted open Mic. Everyone is welcome to sign up for Open Mic. *The open Mic list is on a first come first serve basis.* Hosted by JP from the Get Back Show Entry Fee The Foreigner at Grandville Arts Center 300 N. 5th St., 7:30pm. Garland. Shy Charlie pretends to be a foreigner who can’t speak English to avoid contact with the locals in this hilarious comedy by Larry Shue. Tickets: available at Garland Arts Box, 972-205-2790 or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and two hours before each performance. Dates through March. March 9 HOA Legal Clinic at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus, Plano, Cost: $10 per person 8am-noon. On Saturday, March 9 at Collin College for the 2019 HOA Legal Clinic conducted in partnership with the City of Plano, and the DFW Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. Representatives from homeowners and neighborhood associations from across the Metroplex will gather in Plano for a morning of advanced board member training. The HOA Legal Clinic features attorneys, property managers and others specializing in HOA governance. For more information, contact the Office of Neighborhood Vitality at or call 972-205-2451. “Game Knight” Stage Play at Grandville Arts Center 300 N. 5th St., 7:30pm. Garland. When a small deck of cards, a bottle of tequila and devastating secrets provoke the seeds of passion, a beautiful love story is created. The extraordinary stage play “Game Knight!” (written by Kristol and Reginald Hicks) takes you on an emotional odyssey of four male and four female college friends whose seemingly chance encounter at a ski resort in Telluride, Colorado for a mini vacation, force them to confront what is called the dark side of love. Tickets: $25 at https:// For more information, contact Kristol Hicks at

5K Fun Run By Marshall’sDream Non-Profit Organization 4917 Duck Creek Dr. Garland, 7am-12pm. This spring bring your family to Garland Texas Duck Creek Green Belt Trail for a 3.1 mile family fun run through to support impoverished student education. The Marshall’s Dream Organization is proud to host this event and in doing so, we will be granting 2 Scholarships to two eligible student event volunteers. Be apart of a this event by registering today at March 10 Soulful Sunday Brunch at Lemonade Lounge Every Sunday at 1411 E Campbell Rd. Suite #1200, Richardson. 12pm4pm. Come Enjoy a delicious SOUL FOOD STYLED BRUNCH while jamming to your favorite tunes & live entertainment and sipping on mimosas. Our brunch menu alternates weekly. Join us weekly to taste all of our different SOULFUL menu options Please arrive early to taste all the menu options. Menu weekly. https:// 86th Annual Miss Blue Revue Host Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at Eisemann Center Theatre 2351 Performance Dr. Richardson. 3pm-5pm. Tickets: Please join the Stork’s Nest Charity Fund of Dallas at our 86th annual Miss Blue Revue program as we celebrate this year’s theme “Educating the Next Generation.” This event has helped provide over $150,000 in scholarships to high school female juniors and seniors in the DFW Metroplex. We hope to “Impact a Young Girl for Life” Tickets may be purchased using the following link: https://

Wrestling & the ever-popular Relay Races! $20 Tickets are General Admission General Admission is the top 8 rows of 101-116 and all of 117-120 $30 VIP overflow in 1st 10 rows of Bleachers $40 VIP option is an assigned seat in the 1st three rows Child prices available for children ages 3-12 March 17 Arangetram at Granville Arts Center - Brownlee Auditorium, 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland, 3:30pm. The ECPA presents the Arangetram of Shri Vaishnavi Karri, a solo Indian Classical Dance recital with accompanying musicians. Tickets: free and open to the public. For more information, email March 23 Country Legend Ronnie McDowell in Concert at Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland, 6pm-9pm. Ronnie McDowell with Curb Records sings his original hits (“Older Women”, “The King Is Gone”, “Watchin’ Girls Go By”, “Personally”, “It’s Only Make Believe”) and a tribute to Elvis segment with the Shake Rattle and Roll girls! Special guests include George Dickerson singing classic country and Elvis hits. Moses Snow sings the 50s-style young Elvis hits, while Gib Maynard brings back the spirit of the electrifying Jerry Lee Lewis. Tickets: 972-4000430, 254-498-3564 or available online at March 29-April 7

March 15 Free Movie “The Quite Man” at Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland, 7pm. The City of Garland presents several FREE movies throughout the year at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. All are first-come, first-served General Admission shows. No tickets are required. Popcorn, candy, soda, and water are available for $2 each. Garland Symphony Orchestra at Granville Arts Center Brownlee Auditorium, 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland, 7:30pm. The GSO will present internationally renowned violist Paul Silverthorne performing Walton’s “Viola Concerto.” Silverthorne served as principal violist of both the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta for over two decades. The March concert will also feature the “14th Annual Movie Scores Quiz!” The GSO will perform selections from soundtracks of famous films, as the audience tries to identify the film titles and composers for a chance to win a prize. Tickets:, 972205-2790 or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and two hours before each performance. March 16

Hip Hop Cowboys Spring Rodeo, at Mesquite Championship Rodeo 1818 Rodeo Dr. 7pm. Tickets: via Ticketmaster. Rodeo events include: Bull Riding, Team Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Tie-Down Roping, Mutton Bustin’, Jr. Bull Riding, Steer

MAMMA MIA! Hosted by Company of Rowlett Performers at Plaza Theatre 521 W. State Street, Garland. Time varies. Mamma Mia! Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson Book by Catherin Johnson First the music, then the musical, then the movies! ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! A guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Director: Donna Covington Musical Director: Kelly Schaaf Choreographer: Hannah Smith April 13 Becoming Garland Avenue Hosted by Plaza Theatre Downtown Garland 521 W. State St. Garland “Becoming Garland Avenue” is a rollicking musical drama about the early days of Garland’s history and some of its leaders. It focuses on life in Garland in 1913, after Garland was incorporated from two feuding communities, Embree and Duck Creek. Townsfolk react when a major residential expansion is proposed. Tickets: available beginning Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. by calling 972-2052790, ordering online at, or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door of the Plaza Theatre.

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Guilty Plea entered, continued from page 1 for the disenfranchised, the James Madison High School graduate said in a plea agreement that she actively sought bribes that would benefit a real estate developer’s low-income housing project. Former City Plan Commission Chair and city council candidate Betty Culbreath says she is disappointed in and saddened by the news that Ms. Davis took money. “I really never had a close relationship with her but felt she was sincere in her mission and her lifestyle never changed so I thought she was grounded in who she was and happy with that. However, maybe she was pulled into this situation.” Ms. Culbreath echoed the thoughts of many on social media, while some were more critical, cynical and vicious. While others expressed support for Ms. Davis, still others alluded to a pattern, with some saying that it appears the majority who are jailed are African American and the investigations are onesided. Eric K. Jackson is the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Dallas Division and he talked about the harm that is done to the communities that corrupt individuals serve. He also addressed what is perceived as the unevenness in meting out justice. “As FBI Dallas continues to proactively investigate public officials who misuse their positions of trust, our investigative efforts will be just as focused on those who seek to use their personal wealth, influence or facilitate relationships between those willing to pay or accept bribe,” he said. Due to term limits Ms. Davis had to vacate her council seat in 2015, but

she still stayed involved in community activities and programs; also holding elected officials and others accountable. All the more reason for citizens to be shocked, hearing that real estate developer Ruel Hamilton, a principal with AmeriSouth Realty Group, offered her a bribe while she was chair of the council’s Housing Committee. Now Mr. Hamilton has entered a “not-guilty” plea, maintains his innocence and his attorneys say he will be exonerated; while Ms. Davis has admitted her role and accepted a plea deal that includes imprisonment. At a news conference on Friday, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Erin Nealy Cox, said that in return for more than $40,000 in bribes, and the offer of a consulting contract once she left the Council, Ms. Davis admitted that she “lobbied and voted for the authorization of a $2.5 million development loan to fund the Royal Crest housing project, along with a resolution supporting 9 percent tax credits for Royal Crest.” In discussing the “culture” in Dallas politics that has resulted in several elected officials under investigation, indicted, accepting plea bargains, acquitted, or going to prison; Ms. Nealy Cox had a stern warning for anyone considering participating in unethical behavior. “Over the course of my 15-month tenure here at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, our team has been relentlessly dedicated to rooting out public corruption. I hope this case sends a message to public officials across our districts: when you prioritize your own financial interests ahead of your duty to your

constituents, we will dig as deep as we have to in order to uncover the scheme. And we will bring you to justice.” In a statement he released following the announcement of Ms. Davis’ plea, Mayor Rawlings also expressed disappointment. “I join my fellow Dallas residents today in a shared sense of despair over a former councilmember’s betrayal of the public trust. “I’m also sick and tired of the vultures who lurk around City Hall in search of corruptible public officials. There is no place in our government for those who cheat the good people of Dallas by offering bribes, just as there is no place for those who accept them. “We should all be grateful for the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District, as well as the Dallas FBI and IRS for continuing to root out public corruption,” he continued. “As FBI Special Agent Jackson said this morning, the public deserves better.” The Mayor said he has also “asked City Manager T.C. Broadnax, who began his tenure in 2017, to initiate a review of housing projects that are connected to the charges announced.” Unfortunately, Ms. Davis is not the only public official that Mr. Hamilton is accused of bribing. According to documents, there was another City Council member who received a $7,000 check for assisting in getting a referendum on the agenda and promoting another housing project. Ms. Nealy Cox said the other council member left office on August 9, 2018. Dallas mayoral candidate and current city councilman Scott Griggs, commented: “Once again, this is beyond

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disappointing. Elected officials and staff at the City work hard everyday to earn the public’s trust. Carolyn betrayed us. Pay for play is not acceptable. I am grateful this corruption was exposed.” He continued, “This also underscores why the City of Dallas needed a Comprehensive Housing Policy for so long. This corruption occurred prePolicy. The Policy sets the standards publicly for approving projects and reduces the opportunity for corruption.” If convicted Mr. Hamilton faces up to 20 years in federal prison for two counts of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds and

State Atty. Erin Nealy Cox and Special Agent Eric K. Jackson release details of agreement

Ms. Davis faces up to five years for her guilty plea in the acts that occurred 2013 to 2015. While some of the funds were paid directly to her, according to documents, some of the money was paid to a non-profit and then passed on to Ms. Davis. Represented by attorney Scottie Allen, who joined

Ms. Davis in signing the plea agreement on January 24, 2019, it was noted that “parties agree that the appropriate term of imprisonment in this case is one that does not exceed three years or 36 months’ imprisonment.” However the Court determines the appropriate sentence, under sentencing guidelines.


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QUIT PLAYIN’ The Price of Freedoms! BY VINCENT L. HALL

Activist, author and award-winning writer

“Take the meanest, most restless nigger. Strip him of his clothes in front of the remaining male niggers, female niggers and nigger infants. Tar and feather him. Tie each leg to a horse facing in opposite directions, set him on fire and beat both horses until they tear him apart; in front of the male, female and nigger infants. Bullwhip, and beat, the remaining nigger males within an inch of their life‌ DO NOT kill them; but put the fear of God in them for they can be useful for future breedingâ€?. –

attributed to Willie Lynch, famed “Slave Strategist.

For the record, this is the same Willie Lynch for whom the term “lynching� was coined. Lynch and the “letter� that made him famous, especially in the circles of Black history “Intelligencia� are horrific, but no less sinister than the 242-year history of the slave trading franchise in the United States. Lynch, like Trump, didn’t invent inhumanity; the both of them just serve as poster children for their respective

racist and inhumane movements. Bootstrapped Black radicals know this passage of Willie Lynch because it appears in the first chapter of their book, “Why I hate White folks and anybody who supports oppression.� Now let me rush to admit that there is no such title to be found in the Library of Congress, but the loose leaf version circulates amongst hard core Black rebels. Trust me! I’m talking about those brothers who don’t shy away from the late Elijah Muhammad’s most prominent proclamation; “The White man is the devil.� Muhammad Ali, once a part of the Nation of Islam, shocked reporters. In an interview session conducted for television in England, Ali made no detours from the Prophet’s assertion. In an article published in the July 2016 iteration of The Independent, Ali was forceful in beating back any and all attackers. “Elijah Muhammad,� he told the TV viewers of 1970s Middle England, “is the one who preached that the white man of America, number one, is the Devil!�

The whites of America, said Ali, had “lynched us, raped us, castrated us, tarred and feathered us ‌ Elijah Muhammad has been preaching that the white man of America – God taught him – is the blueeyed, blond-headed Devil!  No good in him, no justice, he’s gonna be destroyed! “The white man is the Devil.  We do believe that.  We know it!â€? If you didn’t come to know Willie Lynch on the “NegroNet,â€? maybe you met him on the big screen. The “Great Debaters,â€? a film about African American college debate champions in the piney woods East Texas town of Marshall, also used the Lynch letter.

Professor Melvin Tolson asked a few of the students to give a brief on who their fathers were. One of them, “Mr. Lowe,� in a very defiant and disrespectful tone, turned the question in on his proctor. The ever-adept Tolson used the words of Willie Lynch to take what debaters call the “affirmative� and teach the young upstart a lesson: “His methods were very simple, but they were diabolical. Keep the slave physically strong but psychologically weak and dependent on the slave master. Keep the body, take the mind. “I...and every other professor on this campus are here to help find, take back, and keep your righteous mind... because obviously you have lost it. That’s all you need to know about me, Mr. Lowe.� There are some looming questions among historians as to whether Willie Lynch’s letter was a hoax. However, what cannot be questioned is that the methods he described were used and useful in assembling and operating the world’s worst chattel slave system; ever! As the mention of the “QuadCentennial� of slavery is bantered about this year, don’t forget how heinous a crime was perpetrated upon the Africans who “arrived� in Virginia in 1619. History also suggests that it was said “meanest and most restless niggers� like, Marcus, Malcolm, Medgar and Martin who paid the price that bought our freedoms. #BlackMysteryMonth

sensibility that prohibited the dissemination of knowledge is the basis for many sick stereotypes, such as “if you want to hide something from a Black person, put it in a book.�

not a more strongly worded condemnation of the racism implicit in this nonsense. We have been here at least 400 years, and still, some folks aren’t clear about the ways enslavement has shaped our nation. In Virginia, where both the governor and the Attorney General (two of the top three DISTORTIONS OF BLACK HISTORY elected officials in the state) have admitted By DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX to masquerading in Blackface, albeit thirtyodd years ago, teachers don’t see anything ccording to some historians, it plain.  Europeans went to the African wrong with subjecting Black students to a Afrodescendents first entered these continents, kidnapped people (sometimes reenactment of enslavement.  Oh, they said united states in 1619 off the coast with African acquiescence), brought them they were teaching “teamwork.�  Really. of Virginia.  If we believe that narrative, to the Western Hemisphere,  and sold We have been here at least 400 years, Afrodescendents have been in this country us.  Goods and people flowed between and our nation is not yet clear about its for 400 years.  If the people who were England (or New England, the Americas, flawed foundations.  There would be no kidnapped and brought here had to tell the and Africa), including sugar, tobacco, house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which story, would they tell the same one?  Would manufactured products, guns and humans.  should not be called the White House, but they say that we came before Columbus?  Understand that everyone in the triangle the House that Enslaved People Built, were That some of us might have been here was affected and that enslaved people were it not for the labor of kidnapped people even longer?  and their descendants. There would be no freely traded between the United States There were captured Africans that and other parts of the Americas! banking system if enslaved people were not came from the mother continent in 1619, used as collateral for European devilment.  I am not sure what kinds of warped brains but also, thanks to the transatlantic slave dreamed up the realities of enslavement There would be no insurance industry trade, Africans here who had come from and the ways that a minority in the South Fast-forward four hundred years, or were it not for the enslaved.  But in our Bermuda, Jamaica, and other places. was able to control a majority.  The laws that even two.  Why are teachers in Louden collective ignorance allows us, all of us, Why is this relevant?  Because there is managed enslavement included laws that County, Virginia, forcing fifth and sixth- African Americans, European Americans, this misguided group of Afrodescendants, prevented literacy, ownership, and much grade students to simulate enslavement and others, to live in denial, pretending who are throwing shade at those who are else.  The laws often detailed the terms of with an obstacle course they called “The that there is fairness is a racist, patriarchal, not “American descendants of slaves� punishment if restrictive conditions were Underground Railroad�?  Why were predatory, capitalist society. ADOS.  Their shade is an odd version of breached.  A North Carolina law said, many of these students Afrodescendents?  We have been here at least 400 years, the “am I Black enough for you� game that “teaching slaves to read and write, tends Why are the leaders of the school silent but we still aren’t clear about the nonsense some folks ran against President Barack to excite dissatisfaction in their minds, and about the discipline that was ordered and exploitation that affects and infuses Obama, and are now running against to produce insurrection and rebellion.�  on the rogue teachers who took it upon our very foundation.  Our entire nation Presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Disobeying this law was punishable by their ignorant selves to construct such an needs to go back to school to learn some Corey Booker.    thirty-nine lashes or imprisonment for a exercise?  Why has David Stewart, the history.  But there is a special place in hell What is Black enough, when we, free Black person, or a fine of two hundred principal of the Madison Trust School in for teachers in Louden County, Virginia Afrodescendant people, all have dollars then, or about $5000 now.  People Louden County, sent out a vapid apology who think that enslavement is some kind enslavement in our background?  Let’s make violated the laws, of course, but the warped for a “culturally insensitive� exercise, and of game! 



A Presidential Overreach By Hon. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON Congresswoman

While announcing his ‘state of emergency’ and going against the will of Congress, President Trump said that other occupants of his office, among them President Barack Obama, had preceded him in calling for national emergencies. While it is true that President Obama and others have declared state of emergencies, President Trump has done something that none of them ever did, going against the will of Congress by reaching for monies that Congress approved for other purposes, making a power grab only because the legislative body did not approve of wish to build a wall on the nation’s

Southern border. Appalled at the president’s decision, Democrats in the House of Representatives recently introduced a resolution designed to void the president’s action. Expected to pass in the Democratic-controlled chamber the resolution will then go to the Senate which will have eighteen days to vote up or down on the measure. Given that the Senate is controlled by Republicans and most of them

seem afraid to counter President Trump, there is not much hope for a common sense result. Four Republican Senators will have to vote with Democrats for the House Resolution to become successful. Yet it is unlikely that four Republican Senators will step forward to stop Mr. Trump who, if successful, will set an extremely dangerous precedent for our nation. The Republican voices that once wailed at what they called “presidential abuse� by President Obama now

remain silence. It is as if they have closed their eyes and eyes to what is taking place in their presence. Their voices are silent even though recent polls have demonstrated that the over-whelming majority of Americans, including Republicans, are against the idea of a national emergency, just as they are against the president’s border wall. In all fairness there are some Republicans, such as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who realize that President Trump is wrong and that the base of the Republican Party will continue to shrink if Trump remains unchallenged by other Republicans. “I think there are a lot of Republicans that are concerned about the future and that want us to continue to be a bigger tent, and to reach a wider audience, and not be divisive,� Hogan said during a recent interview. Perhaps if his fellow Republicans will not listen to their Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate they will listen to Hogan and help stop the bleeding. The nation will applaud them if they do!

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Soldiers without Swords BY CHELLE LUPER WILSON International Thought Leader

It is surreal to have this column debut at the intersection of Black History and Women’s History Months. I honor Sojourner Truth, Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, and others who understood the complexities of life in America for those both Black and a woman. I stand on the shoulders of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Ida B. Wells, and other Black newspaper women who traversed against the traditional and limited career paths available and instead, with courage and audacity, opted to be a voice for the silenced. History documents the rooting of their work in their love and care for Black communities during a time when seemingly the entire world found no value in Black lives or Black Livelihood. While these brave women used the power of the press to inform and shape public

opinion around issues central to the race they did not exclude matters of gender and class. Their work mattered then and it matters now. Ida B. Wells said, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Visibility, or the lack thereof, has been key to the perpetuation of crimes against Black girls and women. Nevertheless, Black women continue to turn light upon wrongs. The Black and Missing Foundation is raising awareness around the more than 64,000 missing Black women and girls, most of whom barely, if ever, receive any news coverage. In the movement to seek justice for victims of police brutality and anti-Black violence, #SayHerName highlights the ways Black women are disproportionately affected but whose stories are rarely told.

Many believe the recent charges brought against R. Kelly should be credited to the hard work of Black women journalists and activists including: Dream Hampton, executive producer of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly;” Kenyette Risha Barnes and Oronike Odeleye, founders of #MuteRKelly; Kim Foxx, state’s attorney for Cook County; and the many survivors and their families who courageously spoke their truth. Truth is a hard thing to face, especially in communities like ours which has all too often been unfairly judged and negatively stereotyped. It’s not hard to understand why many feel our transgressions should be kept in the dark. However, the efforts of the women mentioned follow in the tradition of those early Black newspaper women who

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refused to stay silent about injustice in all its forms. In preparing this column, I was inspired by the early Black newspaper women who hoped their writings would awaken readers from passivity. In one of her passionate anti-lynching articles, Ida B. Wells wrote, “I am only a mouthpiece through which to tell the story…I do not have to embellish; it makes its own way.” This Women’s History Month, I encourage you to take a moment and find your own source of inspiration through the incredible lives of Black women journalists who devoted their work to righting wrongs. Alice Dunbar Nelson closed many of her columns with these words and in her honor, I shall do the same, “I am proud of my past. I hold faith in my future.”

Just Like Old Times BETO O’ROURKE

It was like old times. Last weekend Chris, Cynthia and I were in a rental car driving from town to town, meeting new people, eating fast food and learning the stories that inspire and move us forward. Only this time, outside of Texas. I had been invited to speak to the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) in Chicago. A huge honor, and I was excited to meet the thousands of young people who were there to share their vision for the future of the country. But, not having spent much time in the Midwest, I was also interested in going to places I hadn’t been before. Friday, we drove from Chicago to Milwaukee and spent time with about 20 students from the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). The conversation was powerful — we talked about anything that any student wanted to raise, very often in personal terms.  One man shared with us his challenge with opioid addiction and recovery. A young mother talked about raising her 10year old daughter and attending school at the same time. She shared that she was having a hard time getting a job, “not even at a Starbucks!” because of a prior conviction on her record. Another man pursuing software programming talked about what it was like to lose a good friend to gun violence.  In these — and in so many other stories I heard — I learned about how tough circumstances didn’t have to define opportunity and possibility. It became clear just how crucial the access to a great education at MATC was to their ability to transcend obstacles and overcome challenges in their lives.  After the formal part of the meeting, I talked to a man who was starting his second business. We talked about next steps, including access to capital and attracting and retaining the talent necessary to ensure this next venture did even better than the first. This then led to a conversation with the woman standing next to him, who is starting a career as a recording engineer, explaining to me how difficult it is to break into the industry in Chicago. So she’s going to invest the time at MATC and her talent in Milwaukee to make it big at home.  Everyone talked about how transformational MATC was for them and what it meant for the larger community, where 35,000 attend one of the four


Continued from page 1... my mother would get mad at my father and it didn’t help that I usually sided with him. My daddy would have a good time with the young men he thought I was getting close to. He never seemed to call them by their real names. I could see him getting Ryan and Brian mixed up, but I knew he

MATC campuses. I left impressed, ever more convinced of the extraordinary value of community and technical colleges.  From Milwaukee we drove to Madison, the sun beginning to set as we pulled into town. Coming from El Paso, it’s so amazing and unusual and beautiful to see the frozen ponds and lakes with people

Above: Beto with Dolores Huerta Below: Milwaukee students

skating, playing hockey, just having fun outside. The snow banked up on the side of the road so you feel like you’re driving through tunnels at times. We were met by Eliana and Isaac, students who organized a town-hall style conversation. We had the good problem of more students than chairs so we were able to broadcast the meeting to a couple of overflow rooms on campus. The conversation was intense and wideranging. Climate. Health care. Middle East. Economy. Democracy. On this point, everything seemed to come together for me. Because it’s hard to see how we address any of the super huge challenges before us — like keeping the planet from warming another 1.5 degrees Celsius — without a fully engaged, informed democracy. We need the genius, talent and participation of everyone, especially young people. So we talked about removing the barriers to participation — voter I.D. Laws, gerrymandering, PACs and Super PACs, the electoral college, etc — and reminded ourselves of the responsibility to own this democracy together. To find common

was being facetious when Brian became Baloney, or Jamal became Jambalaya! He just took things to the extreme. And he had words of wisdom for guys who thought they wanted to date me: “I never put my hands on her and I set a precedent for any and every man on this earth.” “If you feel like you want to put your hands on her I promise you that you will feel better walking away.” Years later, even when my father

cause and common purpose, to remind ourselves that we are the government, to act as though the future depends on us, because it does. We stayed to talk individually, take pictures, learn some of the secrets of Wisconsin. Where can I get cheese curds? An hour later we were in Edgerton at the largest Culver’s in the world. With help from Bella who took our order, I left with a bag of cheese curds, crinkle-cut fries, cheddar dipping sauce and a chocolate malt. Luckily I had brought some lactaid with me from El Paso. The next day I had the chance to join thousands of young people from across the country at the USHLI convention — the motto was “Defend Democracy: Aquí y Ahora.” Got to listen to a lot of great speakers, from Mayor Yulin from San Juan, to Rep. Celina Villanueva, to Congresswoman Deb Haaland to USHLI president Dr. Juan Andrade, and most special of all I got to spend some time talking with Dolores Huerta. I had an opportunity to address the audience, choosing to speak about El Paso’s story and the U.S.-Mexico border. The civil rights stands that we are making today that are inspired by the great civil rights victories of the generations before ours.  And how, whether back then or today, those civil rights struggles are almost always led by the youngest Americans. They are the ones who galvanize public opinion, command the conscience of the country, and ultimately force people in positions of public trust to make the important decisions on our behalf. Whether it was the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of more than 50 years ago — or the effort to end family separation, close down the Tornillo children’s detention camp or free Dreamers from fear of deportation today —— the politicians may get credit, but it is the young who ensure the change happens. We had time to stay around for a while afterwords, catch up with friends we’ve met along the way (go Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies!), meet new ones, and then drive back to the airport to catch a plane to El Paso. A short trip, but an inspiring one for me — lots of good people out there, doing amazing work and ensuring this country lives up to its promise. Thanks to everyone who took the time to say hello and welcome us!


hese are tough times and after living many years, I’ve learned that tough times don’t last forever, but tough people do. I care about journalism and it saddens me that so many journalists are losing their jobs. An unsteady economy, evolving industry and an assault on the profession are enough to wreak havoc. I also know that 51 years after the Kerner Commission Report was released, detailing an industry that lacked in diversity in so many ways; the numbers today are pathetic as African Americans remain scarce in many newsrooms across the country. Which brings me to my truth! I tried not to let my frustration get the best of me upon hearing the news that veteran journalist Norma Adams-Wade’s voice on the pages of the Dallas Morning News would diminish greatly. The confirmation that her weekly column would be reduced to monthly did not sit well with me. Now the Dallas Morning News could argue that readership is down, especially among the demographic that she targets with insightful, encouraging and informative columns. I can’t argue that assertion. I do offer, however, that maybe if readers felt the other words presented and perspectives shared on the pages resonated with them, they would be more inclined to read these publications that are experiencing a decline. I’m not going to seize this opportunity to blast the industry. There are numerous reports and studies that do the job for me. Over the years, I’ve heard about how when Ms. Adams Wade entered the Dallas Morning News, she joined the ranks of Julia Scott Reed, as only the second African American female in news. Someone from the paper came to recruit the UT grad who was working for the Black Press. The year was 1974. In 1985, she began writing the “groundbreaking” Black History Month Series and started her “Black Community Column” in 1988. It was a mustread. I recall reading her column on Sundays and I didn’t care too much for the change when it was moved to a weekday, but there were so many battles to pick I focused my attention elsewhere; just glad that she still had a voice to reach the masses. Over the years, the award winning journalist had become a role model for many, always striving for journalistic excellence. One of 44 founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, the former Miss Lincoln High School (Dallas) had become known for having an impeccable work ethic, being active in her church, loving her family and always willing to help others. Ms. Adams Wade is loved and respected. If the Morning News wants to increase its readership, once a month is not going to help. Sure I can find something positive to say about the Dallas Morning News, like thanks for the memories. I could also talk about how business is business. I could lead a protest. I only wish that I was in a position to bring her weekly column to the Texas Metro News. It would be great if I could adequately compensate her, Vincent Hall, Eva Coleman, Dorothy Gentry, Monique Stone, Dr. Felicia Shepherd, Shonedra Redd, Dareia Tolbert, Valder Beebe, and all the other members of our team; for the value they bring to our pages. Maybe one day! I think I will work toward that goal.

was seriously ill, I took solace in telling any man that one call to Joe Smith could change his life forever. Folks tell me the pain of my father’s death would subside. I can’t say that to anyone because the loss is so intense and the pain never-ending, for me. In Joe Smith, I had someone who was a teacher, a protector, a provider. He believed in me and supported my endeavors. He listened and he lectured. For some reason,

Cheryl Smith however, he couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t eat pork, but he let me choose. My daddy was loving and loyal. I like to think I also exude those traits. Men, regardless of what, how, with whom, and where you reproduced; reach deep and give the best you have or can to that child. Everyone deserves a father’s love.


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Fighting With My Family is a true story about a family in a small town in England who have been involved in professional wrestling for two generations.  The father is an ex-con, who changed his life for the better when he met his wife, and the family’s older brother is also serving time in prison.  This leaves the teenaged brother and sister to maintain the family business at a minor league wrestling match at small venues in the area. The film’s executive producer is Dwayne Johnson, who revises his wrestling persona in the film, “The Rock.”   The movie also stars Vince

Vaughn as the WWE’s wrestling trainer for groups of World Champ wannabes at the wrestling tryout camp in Florida. He not only coaches up the potential fighters, but he also has a sense of who can cut in in the league and who can’t. The two family wrestlers, Paige who is played by Florence Pugh, and Jack Lowden, who plays her brother Zak get a shot at the WWE after they both submit audition tapes to the organization.  However, an issue arises when only Paige, the sister, receives an invitation to stick around.  Serious issues arise when Paige

who’s never been away from her family and Zak has to accept that his dream of being a WWE wrestler may never come true.  The movie has some great lessons in it about overcoming disappointment and about sacrifice.  It’s also pretty funny. Fighting With My Family  is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.  Be sure and stick around during the credits for a peek at the real-life wrestling Knight Family.  On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale”, I rate  Fighting With My Family a LARGE.


Today’s social media has leveled the playing field for small business and I am truly thankful. Thank you for following the Valder Beebe Show on social media platforms and my on-demand interviews conducted via satellite across the planet.  Technology has given the Valder Beebe Show an unfathomable reach to the United Kingdom, Australia, Istanbul, Africa and the far reaches of the earth.  I thank you for being a part of the success factor of the Valder Beebe Show in print in IMessenger, Garland Journal News and Texas Metro News.  I am grateful. Before the American Soul premiered on BET I interview Kelly Price (nine-time Grammy-nominated® R&B singer and songwriter) and Sinqua Walls (Power, Once Upon a Time).  Together, the duo star in BET’s American Soul, the gripping story about the struggle to make the dream of American dance and

performance show, Soul Train come true. Set in the early 70’s, filled with music, dance, fashion and glamour, American Soul is the untold story of the launch of the first nationally syndicated Black music show and what happened when the music stops. Battles with record labels for top talent, off-camera drama as young dancers vie for the spotlight, stand in the way of a 30-something Don Cornelius who is sacrificing all that he loves to follow his dream. The journeys of these characters collide in a racially charged LA with the odds stacked against them. All they have is each other and the magic of Soul Train. Sinqua Walls (Power, Once Upon a Time) stars as the legendary Don Cornelius, along with a multi-episode guest star arc from Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight. Singer and actress Kelly Price co-stars. The series hails

from the producers of BET’s mega hit biopics, The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story – which were both cultural (and ratings) milestones. If you’ve loved the voice of Kelly Price, you are going to adore her more in American Soul.  Price who has sung as a guest vocalist or back up for a who’s who in the music industry - from Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston to Aretha Franklin and The Notorious B.I.G. is perfect for this movie.  You’ll remember Sinqua Walls from most recently as costar  in Clint Eastwood’s biopic The 15:17 to Paris.  He is a former college basketball player best known for his role as ’Shawn’, in Power. He had a recurring role on the MTV drama series Teen Wolf  and a

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notable guest role on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, as Sir Lancelot. VBS: What did you learn Sinqua from portraying the legendary Don Cornelius? SW: I studied, there was a lot of reading and a lot of research, I learned.  I wanted to know everything.  I wanted to know how he was in high school, why he married Deloris. How was it for him to be raised by a father. VBS: Kelly, your life and career has evolved, your evolution has happened to play out in public.  On American Soul you are working with Kelly Rowland, Gladys Knight and other superstars.  How does this aide you as a professional actor? KP: I must say my journey has not been an easy one but it’s been an incredible one.  I feel God has put me in the presence of people who are great at what they do.  I did learn from Sean Puffy Combs, Mariah Carey, and Ronald Isley, who saw in me what I did not see in myself and insisted Kelly Price, you will be a success.  My life did play out publicly; I was married, I’ve raised my kids, I’ve lost a sibling, I’ve gotten divorced after 24-years... Interview continues  On-Demand video:


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