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Johnsons continue legacy of HBCU love By Cheryl Smith Garland Journal For decades the historic Ebony Magazine has featured Black college queens. Clearly one of the most anticipated issues of the year, changes in the industry have had a serious impact. In previous years, instead of a few select queens gracing the cover with all queens featured inside; cost-cutting measures have reduced the feature to only the top 10 queens as voted on through social media. Several schools are not represented and will not be voted on. Garland Journal continues to speak out in support of the Black Press, so readers are encouraged to subscribe, advertise and uplift those publications that are institutions and provide balance to everyday coverage. Realizing that Ebony has gone through several changes and there are a number of challenges that hopefully the new ownership is addressing, one can’t forget what Ebony has been to so many for so long. In announcing the competition, Ebony wrote: “We’re excited to announce EBONY’s 2017-2018 HBCU Campus

Queens online competition. Historically Black Colleges and Universities were founded to promote Black excellence and brilliance, and each reigning beauty was elected by her peers and/or school officials to represent those standards for her institution of higher learning. Meet the Queens to find out more about the dynamic queens representing HBCUs nationwide and vote for your favorite. You are allowed to vote as many times for as many queens as you like. So keep coming back every day. Log on to Voting concludes on January 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.� Garland Journal does have its favorite -- Dallas’ own Michelle Marva Johnson, Miss Florida A&M University (FAMU). Michelle, who is called “Marva� on FAMU’s campus, hails from Dallas, TX where she attended Newman Smith High School in Carrollton. She is a senior, double majoring in Business Administration and Theatre & Performing Arts. Michelle is a member of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and FACES Modeling Troupe Inc. She is also a Presidential Ambassador, and Peer Mentor with the goal of excelling in the Film & Entertainment

FAMU Rattlers: Fred, Dr. Vivian, Frederick, Erika and Michelle Marva (seated) Johnson. Industry as a Screenwriter. Her parents and I attended FAMU together and Dr. Vivian Bradley Johnson served as vice president of the DFW FAMU National Alumni Association when I was president of the chapter, in the late 1980s. The mother-daughter tradition doesn’t stop with them being sorority sisters. Yes, Dr. Vivian was also initiated into the Beta Alpha Chapter of Al-

pha Kappa Alpha, following in her older sister, (Michelle’s namesake) Marva’s footsteps. Marva also served as basileus (president) of the chapter, while pursuing her chemistry degree. Dr. Vivian was Miss Columbia High School and Michelle was Newman Smith’s Homecoming Queen. And Dr. Vivian, who is an executive with Dallas County, also served as Miss FAMU in

1981-82 and appeared in the April 1982 issue of Ebony. Son, Fred was Mr. FAMU in 2011-12 and after receiving his Bachelors degree from he enrolled in grad school at FAMU and Florida State University. “From 2013-2015 I attended Florida State’s Masters of Fine Arts program while attending Florida A&M’s Masters of Business program,� he wrote on Facebook. “It was during the same weekend I graduated from both. Anything is possible if you sacrifice, prioritize, and believe in yourself.� Most recently, he was one of the bachelors on The Bachelorette, attempting to win the heart of US District Judge Sam Lindsay’s daughter, Rachel. Fred also appeared on The Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres Shows. FAMU blood runs deep in Dr. Vivian and businessman husband Frederick, who in addition to having several family members who attended FAMU, they are also the parents of a third FAMU Rattler, Erika, who just finished her first semester in Tallahassee. She is majoring in music, but has an interest in business. You may have seen or heard

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A Year in REview: Donald Trump, Sexual Assault Cases dominate 2017 Headlines By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor)

Love it or hate it, 2017 will be a year not soon forgotten. Barack Obama, a constitutional law professor, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dorothy Leavell and the nation’s President, NNPA first Black president, graciously handed the keys to the White House to a reality TV star who has been accused of sexual assault. Shortly after his inauguration, President Donald Trump began signing dozens of executive orders that threatened to rollback much of the progress that was made during the previous eight years under the Obama Administration. And, it was the Trump Administration that not only slashed funding for advertising during the open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act, but also cut the enrollment period for signing up for coverage through the federal healthcare exchange from 90 days to 45 days. Despite those challenges, the ACA, also known as “Obamacare,� is still the law of the land and, this year, nearly 9 million people signed up for coverage through the federal healthcare exchange. With the GOP tax reform bill, which was endorsed by Trump, the Republicans scored a win for corporations at the expense of nearly everyone else. According to CNN Money, “The final bill still leans heavily toward tax cuts for corporations and business owners. But it also expands or restores some tax benefits for individuals relative to the earlier bills passed by the House and Senate.� CNN Money article continued: “The individual provisions would expire by the end of 2025, but most of the corporate provisions would be permanent.�

In February, when NSA chief Mike Flynn was forced to resign after lying to Vice President Mike Pence, Trump said to then-FBI Director James Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.� As a highly-politicized investigation into whether or not Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election began to heat up, Trump fired Comey. Flynn cut a deal to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling. Federal prosecutors charged Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, campaign adviser Rick Gates and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos withcrimes, including lying to the FBI and money laundering. During “Black Press Week� in March, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), expressed desire to draft articles of impeachment over Trump’s actions in the White House and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called on the real estate mogul to resign. Meanwhile, the Black Press celebrated its 190th anniversary and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) elected a new national chairman, Dorothy Leavell, the publisher of the Crusader newspapers in Chicago and Gary, Indiana. “We are suffering and with a new administration in the White House, it will take someone who isn’t afraid,

Carolyn Bryant

someone who will raise a lot of hell,� the fiery Leavell said after she was elected. In 2017, Carolyn Bryant, the woman who accused young Emmett Till of grabbing and verbally harassing her 62 years ago, finally admitted

that she lied during the trial of Till’s murderers. An all-White jury found her husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother JW Milam not guilty of the crime. The Guardian reported that Bryant said Till had grabbed and verbally harassed her in a grocery store. “I was just scared to death,� she said during the trial, according to The Guardian. “That part’s not true,� Bryant confessed to Timothy Tyson, author of a new book, “The Blood of Emmett Till,� The Guardian said. In June, comedian Bill Cosby went on trial for a 2004 incident involving a former Temple University employee, who claimed the star drugged and raped her. A jury failed to reach a unanimous decision and a judge, who declared a mistrial, ordered a new trial for next spring. In October, celebrated movie producer Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial sexual harasser and abuser with more than 100 women—including actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Judd—among his accusers. The firestorm around the accusations ignited a movement and

date Roy Moore (R-Ala.), Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) also faced allegations of sexual misconduct. The Trump-backed Moore lost a close special election senate for Alabama’s vacant senate seat in December after African American voters turned out in droves to support Democrat Doug Jones. Meanwhile, several women have emerged with claims against Trump. “People� magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff accused Trump of attacking her in 2005 at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that Mr. Trump would criticize someone else’s inappropriate sexual behavior and not address his own,� Stoynoff told the magazine. Another Trump accuser, Melinda McGillivray, told “People� that Trump “is a complete hypocrite.� While the sexual harassment storm Harvey Weinstein at the 2010 stirred across the country, many Time 100 Gala. (David Shankbone/ won’t soon forget the devastating Wikimedia Commons) hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Louscores of women and men across isiana, Florida, the Virgin Islands and the world shared their harrowing Puerto Rico in the summer and fall. Critics of the federal government’s stories of abuse on social media usresponse to devastation caused ing the hashtag #MeToo. Celebrities and media personali- by the hurricanes noted that more ties including Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reil- than 30 percent of Puerto Ricans ly, Metropolitan Opera conductor still lack access to electricity. The president also took heat as James Levine, Charlie Rose, Louis C.K. and hip-hop mogul Russell Sim- he seemed to compare the actions mons were also accused of sexual of White supremacists to peaceful harassment or assault and have ei- protesters after a woman was killed ther lost their jobs or stepped down during a White nationalists’ rally in Charlottesville, Va. “This week it’s from their companies. Politicians like U.S. Senate candi- Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stone-

wall Jackson is coming down,â€? Trump said in defending the Confederate monuments. “I wonder, is George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after that? You really do have to ask yourself: ‘Where does it stop?â€? The president even found time to criticize NFL players for silently protesting police brutality and racial injustice in predominately Black and minority communities. Trump blasted players and said that team owners should get rid of them. Colin Kaepernick, who remains unsigned and is suing the NFL owners for colluding to keep him out of the league, has been recognized with several awards including Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which was presented to him by BeyoncĂŠ. In October, O.J. Simpson was released from prison in Nevada after serving nine years for a robbery conviction. The NAACP named Derrick Johnson president and CEO of the oldest civil rights organization in America. Johnson told NNPA Newswire that it’s important that organization work with the National Newspaper Publishers Association to keep the Black community informed. Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond (D-La.) also pledged

Dick Gregory

to work closer with the Black Press in 2017 and beyond. Civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson also announced that he has Parkinson’s disease. Civil rights activist and groundbreaking comedian Dick Gregory died on Saturday, August 19.

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January 5


COMMUNITY CALENDAR tive District 30, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Incumbent, Barbara Mallory Caraway 2. U.S. Representative District 33, Marc Veasey, Incumbent, Carlos Quintanilla 3. Governor, Cedric W. Davis, Sr., Adrian Ocegueda, Jeffrey Payne, Tom Wakely, Lee Weaver, Lupe Valdez, Andrew White, Grady Yarbrough, Joe Mumbach, Demetria Smith, James Jolly Clark District Attorney 1. John Cruezot 2. Elizabeth Frizell

Big Freedia LIVE Trees, 2709 Elm Street Dallas, TX 75226 8:00 p.m. Tickets $20.00

January 11 I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center Lecture Hall, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Ft Worth

January 12

Celebrate the 107th Anniversary of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Richardson Plano Alumni Chapter presents- 2nd Annual “DIAMOND AFFAIR”107 Years of Achievement Celebration The Largest #J5 Celebration in the City House of Blues, 2200 North Lamar St Dallas, TX 75204 Sounds By: K104 DJ Steve Nice - DJ Boogie 469-454-8064. Doors open: 10pm until Flashlight

MLK Celebration Fair MLK Recreation Center 2922 MLK Blvd Dallas, TX 75215 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The MLK Celebration Fair will provide career opportunities, educational resources, medical screenings and access to valuable healthcare info. Vendor application:

January 13 36th Annual MLK Awards Banquet Dallas Hyatt Regency, 300 Reunion Blvd E. Dallas, TX 75207 6:30 p.m. This is a formal awards banquet honoring sponsors and partners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. The keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. William Barber, II. Tickets are available: Jazz Meets Poetry at E.H. Hereford University Center (UTA Bluebonnet Ballroom),300 West 1st Street Arlington, TX 76010 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This event features poet Verb Kulture along with the phenomenal music of Shelley Carrol who come together to infuse poetry, jazz, soul, funk and rhythm & blues as we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. $20. Tickets available:

January 14

DFW Metroplex International Sisterly Relations Day Observance. Public · Hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Omega Alpha Omega Chapter The People’s Last Stand 5319 E Mockingbird Ln, Ste 210, Dallas, Texas 75206 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. DFW Joint Founders Day Luncheon, Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Barre & Bites New Year’s Soirée AC Hotel 1712 Commerce Street Dallas, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Barre & Bites New Year’s Soiree is an annual fitness event by bloggers, Janna and Ginger. Its purpose is to bring together fitness enthusiasts and raise money for organizations in need. Tickets 30.00

MLK Candlelight Ceremony- MLK Recreation Center 2922 MLK Blvd Dallas, TX 75215 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Candlelight Ceremony is a special event hosted by the Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Dr. King Scholarship and Essay Contest winners will be awarded. Essay Contest Application: 2j4yPEg

January 8 The Dallas Examiner presents Monday NIght Politics, 6p.m. at African American Museum 1. U.S. Representa-

The 2018 theme is “Completing ALL of King’s Dreams in 2018.” Representatives from the City of Garland Parks and Recreation Departments will serve as grand marshals. The celebration continues following the parade

keynote speaker, oldest son and oldest living child of Dr. King and the Coretta Scott King. Hosted by the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, the event will take place in the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E. H. Hereford University Center located on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. Tickets for the event are $55 per person and are available at

Special Battle of the Bands hosted by Southern University Marching Band at 3pm featuring the ‘Human Jukebox and 10 North Texas high school bands. The event will take place at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse, 9191 South Polk Street in Dallas. For info email

YOGA N DA HOOD: ALL GUCCI MANE EDITION 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Flow Fitness 2630 Aero Drive Grand Prairie, TX

with an MLK Commemorative Program on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:45 AM. It will be held at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th Street, downtown Garland where the MLK Communitywide Youth Choir led by clinician Reuben Lael Griffin will be in concert. Winners of the 2018 MLK Parade and March Float Contest will be announced at the program. This event is free and open to the public. MLK Youth Extravaganza on January 14, 2018


Sunday Funny Day w/ Comedian and Actor Billy Sorrells Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub 5321 E. Mockingbird Road Dallas, TX 75206 Showtime at 7p.m. Tickets $15 - $22. Tickets are available:

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The Toyota North Texas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Celebration kicks off on with the MLK Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet where human rights activist and community advocate Martin Luther King III will be the

- Granville Arts Center Brownlee Auditorium Youth groups from area churches and the Garland ISD will showcase their spiritual talents in praise dance and athletic talents in step routines on Sunday afternoon at 300 N. 5th Street, downtown Garland, 75040, beginning at 4:00 P.M. Admission is free and the MLK Youth Extravaganza is open to the public. For more information on these events, please contact the NAACP Garland Unit at 972.381.5044

January 15 The Nu Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. 8am MLK Scholarship Breakfast where actor Laz Alonso will be the keynote speaker. Tickets for the event are $40 per person and available on Eventbrite at mlk-scholarship-breakfast-tick…

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HALL: West v. Coates – The Revival of 2018 QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall

The historical introit of 2018 is picture perfect for a renewal of revolutionary rivalries in Black America. West v. Coates is the latest in a stream of viable social arguments among the “Black Intelligentsia.� This latest dust-up between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Cornel West is troubling to some, but a harbinger of hope for me. Black folks have been plodding toward equality for 400 years, but the most notable efforts by “learned Black men� were in the late 1800’s. Some serious verbal fisticuffs came with Booker T. Washington and William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, after Washington released his much heralded “Atlanta Compromise.� Originally, W.E.B. was with him, but later he and others assailed Washington for the idea. In September 1895, The Atlanta Compromise was unveiled. Washington basically certified that if

Southern Whites would guarantee the newly-freed slaves a basic education and due process of the law, Black folks would agree not to agitate for integration, equality or justice. Northern Whites would even chip in some charity to sweeten the deal. Du Bois, the first “colored� to receive a doctorate from Harvard, went back on his word and warned that Washington’s acquiescence left Negroes in a compromising and untenable position. DuBois and a fellow intellectual William Monroe Trotter decided that rather than subrogate their rights, Black folks should openly fight for civil rights. Under Du Bois the “Niagara Movement gave way to the creation of the NAACP. Washington implored the race to keep its dutiful work ethic, while DuBois demanded they actively struggle against oppression. Some 50 years later, there was another spat among Black intellects; Dr. Martin Luther King v. Dr. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Although Malcolm X lacked any earned alphabets to his title, few would argue against his critical thinking abilities. In this era, the argument was

non-violent, passive resistance vs. an eye for an eye, in your face aggressive attacks. CNN posted a piece in 2010 that encapsulates

harsh rhetoric helped “decolonize� Black people’s minds by teaching them to be proud of their African heritage, says James Cone, author

their vociferous dissents. “Malcolm X burst onto the national scene in 1959 when he and the Nation of Islam were featured in a documentary, “The Hate That Hate Produced.� He became the Nation of Islam’s most visible spokesman. While King preached about his dream, Malcolm X said blacks were trapped in a nightmare. He was a young man with a Ph.D. mind, but he was put out of school. He educated himself in jail by reading the dictionary. Malcolm X’s

of “Martin & Malcolm & America. “King was a political revolutionary. Malcolm was a cultural revolutionary,� Cone says. “Malcolm changed how black people thought about themselves. Before Malcolm we were all Negroes. Malcolm helped us become Black.� King confronted policies that held Negroes down and Malcolm conveyed the self-love that lifted Afro-Americans up. The “Black Power and the Black Panthers� move-

ments followed the deaths of these two icons as a natural sequence of events. Cornel West, a veteran, dismembered the up-and-coming Coates in an editorial featured in the “Guardian.� West insulted Coates by labeling him the “Neoliberal face of the Black freedom struggle.� West channels a far-left strain of liberalism and openly chastises Barack Obama’s chorus. Coates’ lavishly venerates Obama in his new book; “We were Eight Years in Power,� and West fired the “kill shot.� Coates; disoriented, surrendered his Twitter account. Either way, the salve that soothes their situation is secondary to what should be on the horizon. It’s been 50 years since the last time intellectuals in Black America fought meaningfully. There has to be another “Revolutionary Renaissance “under way. Our best revivals came after Reconstruction and Jim Crow. We should find inspiration in #BLM, #MeToo, #Kaepernick, #StayWoke and Donald Trump; the ultimate # for injustice. There is no excuse for apathy or inactivity. The fight is on and just in time for our latest bout with hostile White Supremacists. Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.

MALVEAUX: THE INFRASTRUCTURE HOAX Our nation’s infrastructure is all rise from the D swamp with C+ crumbling. Nearly ten percent of grades. But the other twelve catour bridges are deficient or decrepit, a quarter of our schools are in fair or poor condition. More by Dr. Julianne Malveaux than half of all schools need major repairs before they can be classified as good, egories; schools, parks, drinking but 31 states spend less on school water, aviation, wastewater, dams, construction now than they did in energy, inland waterways, hazard2008. Forty percent of our urban ous waste, roads, transit, and levees, highways are congested, and traffic earn a D or a D+. The ACES report fatalities are up. Fewer than half of card us could get to a grocery store using (https://www.infrastructurerepublic transportation. is likely to make you The American Society of Civil En- holler and throw up your hands. gineers produces a report card on You can buy a family of four a hearty our nation’s infrastructure, grading five-star dinner if you got a dollar sixteen categories, including roads, for every time the words “aging�, bridges, public transportation, le- “hazard�, “shortfall�, “underfunded�, vees, aviation, hazardous waste, “investment gap�, “backlog�, or “dedams, ports, energy, and more. The ferred� are mentioned. 2017 report gives our infrastructure Infrastructure is important in our a D+, noting that our infrastructure nation’s economic development. has earned a “persistent D� since For example, says ACES, every dol1998. Our railways earn the highest lar spent on highway improvement grade, B, despite aging infrastruc- returns $5.20 in decreased delays, ture and insufficient investment in vehicle maintenance, and fuel conpassenger railways. Ports, which struction, and increased safety. receive most of our overseas trade, Poor maintenance of our ports costs bridges (despite major failures, and us international trade, and the confunding challenges), and solid waste dition of our dams, levees and wa-

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terways probably compounded the damage from hurricanes in Texas and Florida. When he campaigned, 45 promised to tackle infrastructure, and he had bipartisan support for the sentiment, although many wanted to know how he might approach infrastructure repair. Upon election, though, 45 abandoned infrastructures to pick a fight with enemies, real and imagine, fire the man investigating his Russian involvement and make several futile attempts to “repeal and replace� the Affordable Care Act. He finally hit fool’s gold with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and inappropriately named a piece of legislation that would more accurately be named the Corporate Enrichment and Deficit Expansion Act of 2017. Now that the Republican Congress has committed to $1.5 trillion more in national debt, 45 says he wants to tackle infrastructure, and he expects bipartisan support. He says infrastructure was an “easy� win, while tax “reform� was more challenging. So, he claims, he took on the more challenging task first. Now, he’s ready to manage infrastructure issues. ASCE says at least $2 trillion is needed to bring infrastructure up to snuff, with another $200 billion plus needed annually to keep infrastruc-

ture in good repair. Their report card details funding gaps, from $42 billion in aviation, $177 billion in energy, where our grid is at full capacity and the population is growing, $123 billion for bridge repair, $1 trillion to ensure our clean drinking water supply, and more. 45 proposes a $1 trillion plan, and talks about public-private partnerships, which seems to suggest more tax breaks for his corporate buddies. Where do we find $1 trillion, let alone the $2 trillion necessary for infrastructure repair? That’s the hoax in 45’s current embrace for infrastructure. Investing in infrastructure is more economically impactful than tax cuts, but it doesn’t necessarily give corporations a break. So, 45 put something that could make a major difference on the back burner, so he could reward his supporters. Now, he will have to both fight his own party and struggle to gain Democratic support for his infrastructure plan. Why? While the President says he has prioritized infrastructure, House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to focus on “entitlement reform�. That means he wants to cut public assistance, food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Other Republicans aren’t as interested in entitlement reform, as they are

A promise to you!

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

A new year has arrived and events that occurred in 2017 are behind us. Some of them were painful, politically and personally. Some of us lost loved ones. My youngest sister, Helen Willis John-

son, passed in November and the pain of her passing is carried in my soul. I am certain that many of you lost people close to you. I extend my deepest condolences as you, too, mourn the passing of those who affected your lives. As a nation we witnessed the departure from office of President Barack Obama, a visionary leader, respected the world over, who lifted us from financial ruin and ushered in years of prosperity and economic growth. Sadly, President Obama, whose major legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, provided health insur

interested in cutting the deficit they just committed to growing. They won’t be interested in any new programs, even if they are much-needed infrastructure programs. So, 45, the Joker, is trying to trick us again. Anyone who has driven down a bumpy highway, been washed out by hurricane waters, or witnessed a bridge collapse will agree with ASCE that our infrastructure needs attention. But simply mouthing the word is much different from finding the money for much-needed repair or replacement of those bridges, roads, parks, schools, levees, and trains that are in poor condition. We might have had the money to tackle infrastructure before we committed to a pricey corporate giveaway. How will we way pay for infrastructure now? More debt? Program cuts? Profit-generating toll roads that that enrich 45’s friends at public expense? Or perhaps we’ll be jolted into action when another bridge collapses? Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and Founder of Economic Education. Her podcast, “It’s Personal with Dr. J� is available on iTunes. Her latest book “Are We Better Off: Race, Obama and public policy is available via

ance to millions of Americans who had not been able to afford it, was followed into office by President Donald J. Trump. It has been a turbulent time for our nation since January 20th when President Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. His rhetoric and his policies have harmed caring and progressive citizens in our country. He has withdrawn America from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He has attempted to neuter the Affordable Care Act. The President has opposed sensible trade agreements that were in the best interests of the American economy, and he has appointed radical conservatives

to the federal courts. We must not allow this President to take our country backwards. We must continue to stand and rally voters to oppose draconian policies that only serve the wealthiest amongst us, such as the tax legislation signed into law just before Christmas. Yes, it does appear bleak, but we must continue to stand tall and rise for goodness and greatness. This year must be our "finest hour." I pledge to you that I will not bend nor will I break given the current morass that is Washington. I shall continue to serve you and represent your interests with every bit of strength that God gives me. That is my New Year's promise to you, and to your family.

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Is Trump the Worst President on Minority Issues By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor)

Donald Trump, a man best known as a “birther” with a reality TV show and a real estate empire, who claimed that Mexico was sending drugs and rapists to the United States, was sworn in as president on January 20, 2017. What happened next was predictable and we should expect more of the same in 2018. Here are seven decisions from the past year confirming that Trump has been the worst president for African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities over the last 50 years. 1. Trump picks Jeff Sessions to succeed Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the U.S. Trump went out of his way to make sure that his administration’s justice policy reflected 1940s America, when he selected Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as his Attorney General. According to a Huffington Post article published in January 2017, Sessions not only supported gutting the Voting Rights Act in 2013, he also has “a record of blocking Black judicial nominees.” Sessions, “unsuccessfully prosecuted Black civil rights activists for voter fraud in 1985-including a former aide to Martin Luther King, Jr.” Since, Sessions has taken over at the Justice Department, he has recused himself from an investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and or-

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dered a review of Obama era police reforms. This is one time where the selection of Rudy Giuliani for attorney general may have actually looked like a more moderate choice. 2. Trump says “there were very fine people on both sides” at the Charlottesville White nationalists rally, during a Trump Tower press conference. Never mind that one of the largest gatherings of racists in America since the end of the Civil Rights Movement occurred only eight months into Trump’s presidency. Put that aside. Trump’s “both sides” comments on who was to blame for the public street fight in the college town was all anyone needed to understand regarding the thinking of America’s 45th president on the issue of race. “I am not putting anybody on a moral plane, what I’m saying is this: you had a group on one side and a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch, but there is another side,” said Trump. “But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.” Trump also said, “I’ve condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch. Those people were also there, because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue Robert E. Lee.”

3. Trump calls for NFL owners to fire players over silent protests. Trump said NFL owners should respond to the players by saying, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!” Just in case you missed it with his comments on Charlottesville, Trump was back again to spoil the start of the NFL season by commenting on players who dared to silently protest racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. Trump called kneeling during the anthem, “a total disrespect of our heritage,” and a “total disrespect for everything we stand for.” The result was more protests by NFL players who then locked arms on sidelines across the U.S. with many White players and coaches participating. Even Rush Limbaugh found himself having issues with Trump on this one. “There’s a part of this story that’s starting to make me nervous, and it’s this: I am very uncomfortable with the President of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody,” said Limbaugh. “That’s not where this should be coming from.” 4. Trump uses an executive order to block travel of refugees from majority-Muslim countries to the U.S. When you have former staffers for Jeff Sessions writing executive orders on immigration policy, you can expect what happened at the Trump White House on January 27, 2017. With absolutely no warning, on the seventh day of his presidency, Trump signed an immigration and

travel executive order. This order had Steven Miller’s fingerprints all over it, After a few days of chaos and protests at airports across the nation, federal judges to applied an initial smackdown blocking the order. But Trump’s DOJ revised the order to pass some of those legal tests. 5. Trump launches sham voting commission to investigate “voter fraud.” Since many voting rights advocates agree that Republican-controlled state legislatures cook up the most egregious voting laws, it should have been surprising to no one that former Kansas Attorney General, Kris Kobach, would be a fixture of the Trump Administration. Kobach is the Vice Chairman and “driving force” behind Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Since, he’s spent so much time rooting out voter fraud that is all but non-existent, Kobach was perfect for the job. According to the Brennan Center, Kobach was the “driving force behind a Kansas law that included both a strict photo ID requirement to vote and proof of citizenship to register—which has blocked thousands of eligible citizens from the polls” and “has repeatedly made extravagant claims of in-person voter fraud or noncitizen voting with little or no evidence.” After Trump kept repeating the falsehood that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in 2016, everyone knew this was coming. Hillary Clinton won 3 million more votes than Trump so a “voting integrity”


Esq. National President of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc.

TriceEdneyWireService— Each year, most of us make a list of things we plan to do in the coming year. Most of us really intend to do what we plan, but, unfortunately, most quit within a few weeks. Let’s make this New Year different. My suggestion is doable. Please read Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States. I am reading it now and will be reading it well into 2018! Who is Howard Zinn? He was a social activist, historian, author and playwright. Noam Chomsky said, “Zinn’s work literally changed the conscience of a generation…” Contrary to the lies and fabrications of the origins of this country, Zinn provides a counterpoint to many of the ‘alternative facts’ of history. He’s no longer living, but his poignant reflections remain.

Zinn’s premise is that too much history is written from the perspective of governments, conquerors, diplomats and leaders. He writes to provide ‘voice’ to those far too frequently ignored – war resisters, labor leaders and fugitive slaves. He begins his book telling the story of Iroquois women who played a key role in their communities. Women were important and respected in Iroquois society. It’s a story introduced by Mr. Zinn – a story that I’ve never read until now! It’s important for people to hear the voices of women of all cultures and backgrounds. Those who acknowledge women as a ‘monolithic irrelevancy’ do great disservice to all women and to our daughters and unborn granddaughters. Zinn’s story of the Iroquois women is one to be replicated among contemporary groups of women. Members of my organization, the National Congress of Black Women, have always been respectful of women’s achievements and have edified every milestone. While aware of our own significant historical contributions to our communities, we are appalled by disregard of our ef-

forts. Countering those who dis count us, we adopted the theme OUR STORIES: OUR TRUTHS. Our point: too often, we are ignored or stories told about us are an unfavorable reflection of who we really are. There’s no better image of our impact than Black Women’s participation in Federal, state and local elections. In the last three presidential elections, Black women voted overwhelmingly for candidates Obama and Clinton. Arguably, with more resources channeled into Black communities, 2016’s outcome could’ve been much different. Black women were important in the last two Virginia State elections. In each, Democrats swept the offices of Governor, Lt Governor and Attorney General. In 2017, Black women voted 95% for Democrats and created a power shift in the General Assembly. In 2017, Black women were instrumental in electing a Black woman Lt. Governor in New Jersey, and at a rate of 98% led an unexpected defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. We’ve demonstrated that bemoaning our circumstances is foolish. We’ve shown

that difference is made by organizing, voting, resisting and persisting. We must become revolutionaries instead of rioters. Dick Gregory reminded us that revolutionaries organize, have plans and know their ultimate goals. He said that rioters simply express their anger and frustration until they are tired, then go back into their corner– never knowing the difference between victory and defeat. Revolutionaries know that change may take time through a series of highs and lows. Rioters have no measurable indicators of the direction their actions took them. #45 has made our future bleak. He has reversed or attempts to reverse the hard-earned progress we’ve made. His cannot be the last word. Zinn’s book can inspire the courage necessary to engage and make a difference. Instead of choosing to wait, watch and hope while sitting on the trash heap of history, we must exercise our choice for achievement. We must organize, resist, persist until the change

we want comes.

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The battle is over

I heard Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas preach a sermon, one night, that really caught my attention. He reminded those in the audience that most of the Bible was written from a jail cell. I think his overall message had something to do with his prison outreach ministry, which I understand to be significant. I was so struck, however, by the reality of God’s Word and direction coming from the deep faith of those imprisoned, that the concept has never left me. What is it about being a believer, a walking, talking believer that somehow frightens those in power, so much so, that a jail cell or worse is a reasonable solution to the imagined problem? History suggests that professing one’s belief in Jesus

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Christ as Lord can literally be a death sentence. The Bible teaches us that eventually our belief will be put to the ultimate test. Have you ever wondered why God’s teachings are so feared by those who believe in other religions? I used to say Jesus’ message made so much sense that, even if He didn’t exist, we should invent Him. Now that I’m saved, I guess you could say I know I’m a candidate for assassination. My point, as I was being enlightened by Bishop Jakes’ reference, is that I don’t view myself as a threat to anyone based upon my belief in one God, the Holy Trinity and the truth of Jesus Christ, but the world in which I live does

view me in this manner. I suppose, the more important question is: Have I done anything or said anything that should land me in jail, if jail is defined as that spiritual place that present day Sadducees and Pharisees want to send people like me? If I haven’t said or done anything, then maybe I better get going and stir things up. In their day, the apostles, Paul and others, were indeed looked upon as threats to the establishment; that meant governments and principalities, as well as the church hierarchy. If nothing else, I don’t think anyone would argue that on His worst day, Jesus was the quintessential revolutionary. It still amazes me how such principles of unconditional universal love for humankind got Him killed; then it always hits me that this kind of philosophy will ultimately attack and

undermine entrenched institutionalized power of all kinds. That’s when I realize that if you are a believer in Christ, you are most certainly a threat to Man, because Man craves power and Christianity abdicates all power to Jehovah. We stand as representatives of that truth and stand trial everyday with the world as our judge and jury. That explains that target on the backs of believers throughout history and should remind us all of the target on our own backs. All I can encourage you to do in the face of all this is to stay the course and know our defense attorney is on the case 24/7. The prosecuting attorney has already lost this case. So, when you’re alone in your cell remember, you have already won. The battle is over. The verdict is in: We won.



commission was a given. 6. Trump pardons Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Bull Connor of his era, Arpaio was Sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., for 24 years. According to one DOJ expert, Arpaio oversaw “the worst pattern of racial profiling by a law enforcement agency in U.S. history.” Trump was perfectly consistent in his anti-immigrant rhetoric of 2016 in pardoning Arpaio on August 25, 2017 from a conviction for criminal contempt of court. Trump just couldn’t resist another opportunity to give a wink of approval to the right-wing. 7. Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Instead of nominating a Black woman to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama picked someone whose nomination no one cared about or would rally around (the instantly unexciting Merrick Garland). With that, the deal was done. The selection of Garland easily allowed the Republican-controlled Senate to ignore Obama’s pick and run out the clock out, opening the door for Trump to select Neil Gorsuch, who has “voted 100 percent of the time with the court’s most conservative member, Clarence Thomas, according to SCOTUSblog,” NPR reported. Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist, political analyst and contributor to the NNPA Newswire and She can be contacted at and on Twitter at @LVBurke.

To toss or not to toss Ask ALMA Dear Alma, We have a situation in my house that we have not been able to resolve. I served our country and retired after 30 years in the military. My wife and I are up in age and have all of our affairs in order. We have one daughter, who is our life’s joy and she has been instructed on what to do at every turn, except when it comes to our burials. My wife has requested that she be cremated and have her ashes tossed over the waves off the island of Hawaii. I, on the other hand, would like for my wife to be buried by my side at Arlington National Cemetery. My wife shares your column with me weekly, Alma. What advice do you have for us? Staying Together Dear Staying Together, What an honor to receive a letter from you, sir. Thank you for your service. I must say, rarely, if ever, am I stumped, but you’ve got me on this one. I mean it’s one thing when a couple is looking to purchase a house and one wants modern, clean lines and the other wants a colorful Victorian. I’ve even encountered couples not agreeing on the purchase of a car, one wants a sporty two-seater and the other an eight-passenger Mommy van. But this, this dilemma, my friend has me at a lost for words. How do you dance with the wind at the end and find a compromise? As you mentioned, your wife wants to be cremated and have her ashes poured to dance with the wind off the island of Hawaii. And you, my dear soldier, want to be buried, with your wife, at Arlington National Cemetery—and rightly so. That’s not just any honor, but one you’ve earned and fought the good fight for. Again, I say, this is a stumper, because one of you has gotta give. I’ve prayed and made my decision. I think your wife should make her final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery. Now, now, now, slow down, it’s not, because you’re the husband, dressed blue, large and in charge. I think she should reconsider,

because of where the two of you will be laid to rest, being buried at Arlington is a national honor.As you know, the grounds of the Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation. Sprawling hills provide an amazing sense of peace and tranquility. I’ve been there, and it’s aptly described as, “rolling green hills…dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.” Arlington National Cemetery is a sacred dwelling, your final salute. It is my wish that you two read my answer together, while you lovingly ask your wife to reconsider. Remind her that you just can’t imagine not having her by your side, especially at your final resting place. How about this, maybe your daughter can go to Hawaii and release beautiful lanterns in your wife’s memory and that will allow her to at least have a part of her, even if only in spirit, released over the beautiful waves off one of the magnificent island of Hawaii, sort of like the opening episode of Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too.” If you didn’t see it, ask your daughter to show it to you. Let’s not forget, your wife has dutifully served you over your 30-year career and she may feel very strongly about her final resting place. If that is the case, please figure out another way to bind the connection that you two have so graciously sewn over the many years. Do what you’ve done in the past to make it last. Let’s not leave your daughter a long list of complicated instructions, but a legacy of commitment, togetherness and a devotion of love. Continue that example of good, strong love in Heaven as it was on Earth, together at Arlington National Cemetery.

Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma.

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the talented college freshman in one of her many appearances in programs at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters. I love the Bradley-Johnson story: Vivian and Frederick met when she was in 7th or 8th grade. “He worked at the grocery store where our family purchased groceries every Friday evening,” she recalled. “I think we were at the same high school together for one year. I was in the 10th grade and he was in the 12th. “We called ourselves courting, and my parents were strict so we didn’t do too much. My grandmother liked Fred and that meant a lot to me. He was a hard worker --got

up and went to work before going to high school. He was also very respectful of the seniors and that impressed me.” Frederick was the first in his family to go to college. He arrived on campus, fo-

cused on a grueling schedule in the renowned School of Business and Industry. He found time, however, to pledge theAlpha XI Chapter of Kappa Alpha


Psi Fraternity, Inc and became president of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. While neither of Dr. Vivian’s parents attended college, they valued education and knew several educators in Lake City, Florida who were FAMU graduates; so they sent their four sons and two daughters there. A certified public accountant and entrepreneur, Frederick, or “Big Fred,” also has several relatives who attended FAMU. Too often folks throw tradition out of the window. This is just one of many families that is steeped in the great tradition that comes from attending an HBCU. While we salute these

sOne Now news show in December. In 2017, the Black Press lost two of its most devoted freedom warriors. Walter “Ball” Smith, the publisher of “New York’s Beacon” and the “Philadelphia Observer” died on Friday, November 10. He was 83. One month earlier on Oct. 22, Bernal E. Smith II, the president and publisher of the TriState Defender and a well-known civic leader in Memphis, Tenn., also passed away. He was 45. Other Black icons also were mourned in 2017. Among them were Della Reese, 86, and Earle Hyman, 91, both

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of whom died in November; Robert Guillaume, 89, and Fats Domino, 89, died in October; the rap star Prodigy, 42, who died in June; while singer Al Jarreau, 76, died in February; and activist Roy Innis, 82, died in January. In December, Simeon Booker, a trail-blazing Black journalist who covered the Civil Rights Movement for the iconic African American magazines EBONY and Jet and who was the first black person to work as a full-time Washington Post reporter, also died. He was 99. “During the past six decades, Dick Grego-


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Sushi Marquee at The Star rolls back time for good food, drinks and conversation

One of many displays of Sushi

Photos and Story By Eva D. Coleman

It’s Frisco, Texas and has the Jones family “Jerry World” stamp of approval. The concept of Sushi Marquee wasn’t a hard sell. “We were all prepared to do this big presentation however after we gave the overview the deal was done,” restaurateurs and business partners Brad Hawkins and Dallas Hale shared, seemingly still in amazement. The idea alone proved to be a great fit with development at The Star in Frisco, which serves as home to the Dallas Cowboys’ World Headquarters and practice facility, featuring world class venues like the Omni Hotel and notable culinary spots such as Dee Lincoln Prime and Tupelo Honey. Sushi Marquee is nostal-

Former City of Frisco Mayor Maher Maso at Sushi Marquee

Sushi Marquee Restaurateurs and Business Partners Brad Hawkins and Dallas Hale

Lamb Lollipops at Sushi Marquee

Executive Chef Patrick Stark and Executive Sushi Chef Gabriel Reyes at Sushi Marquee

gic. When you walk in, you’re greeted by a giant marquee containing several screens showing music videos, television shows and movies from the 80s and 90s. Underneath those screens is pure, culinary artistry being performed by chefs with pride. The food is beautifully crafted with tastes to match. The menu offers so much more than sushi, with options including a variety of appetizers, soups, salads and entrees. My personal favorites were the Dynamite Rock Shrimp and Lamb Lollipops with cilantro lime sauce. The drinks are experiments, with some performed in “mad scientist” fashion right before your eyes. The open concept inside

the restaurant is intentional. Dining spaces are near each other to stimulate talking amongst guests. “We want to break down the barriers of tables,” business partner Brad Hawkins said. When the entire staff breaks into song, it’s obvious a good time is had here! They did just that and it felt like being

trapped inside an episode of the 80s show Cheers. People were happy, loving food, drinks and life, however in this instance, it didn’t matter whether or not everyone knew your name. “It’s time for great food and an experience to coincide,” Hawkins said. “Visually it’s just something to see and do here,” he added.

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Jumanji-Welcome to the Jungle Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a remake of the original 1995 movie

Fridge, a high school football players who is about two feet taller than his avatar and Jack Black, who’s avatar is Professor Shelly Oberon in the game, is Bethany; a popular teenage girl in the real world and he plays the professor like a spoiled girl through out the movie. Dewayne Johnson does most of the heavy lifting on the adventure part of the movie, along with Karen Gillian, who plays Martha, a real high school geek in real life, but she plays a “Laura Croft Tomb Raider” type character in the game. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a great family film and suitable for all ages. It’s rated PG-13 and runs at 1 hour and 59 minutes. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I give it a Jumbo.


which starred Robin Williams. However, this version has been updated. Now, instead of the game coming alive, the four main characters, including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black, play avatars who are sucked in to the game. Jumanji is a great adventure/ comedy with the actors playing characters who are entirely unlike their movie counterparts. The movie begins with a “Breakfast Club” vibe, with four teenagers from different social statuses spending time in detention. That’s where the find the video game and the adventure begins. When they are sucked into the game the four high school teens must now come together to play their way out of the game; with each player assigned three lives or they will die in the game for real. The pursuit to win the game is a great adventure and the characters are a laugh a minute. Both Kevin Hart’s and Jack Black’s characters deliver most of the comedy. Hart plays

There’s a lot to like about The Post, a movie that was named best movie of 2017 by The North Texas Film Critics Association. The movie is directed by four time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg and stars two other multiple Oscar winners Meryl Streep (4) and Tom Hanks (2). With a cast like that you expect an Oscar caliber movie and The Post delivers. The movie is set in 1971, howev-

taining government secrets such as the fact that President Johnson lied to the American people, as well as to congress, as to the real purpose of the war and how the war was expanded to Cambodia and Laos, with bombing raids, without being revealed to the U.S. media. The NY times first reported the story in 1971 but when the Washington Post got an actual copy of the report the paper was forced to go to court to fight the U.S. governments refusal to allow them to release the papers to the American people. A very deceitful and divisive President Nixon brought all the pressure he could muster to ruin and discredit The Post in its coverage of the news from The White House (sound familiar?). The Post took the case all the way to The Supreme Court and the court’s decision was that only a free press can expose deception in the government and the government cannot restrict the rights of a free press. That part is written in the history books. The talented ensemble cast of The Post is not. Meryl Streep plays the first female publisher of a major newspaper. Tom Hanks plays the editor of The Post and Steven Spielberg directs a masterful, left wing attack on the Nixon administration and indirectly on

In addition to inside dining, Sushi Marquee has a dynamic outdoor space to initiate or carry on the conversation. It’s ideal for mixing and mingling and provides a great view, overlooking the busy scene within The Star. Talking is encouraged, but of course, not with your mouth full! “It’s kind of a social exper

iment for me,” Hawkins said. With a crowd in the mix, and if my hypothesis holds shape as tightly as the rolls they make, Sushi Marquee at The Star is a non-traditional concept that has potentially secured a successful future. Enjoy the time hop while diversifying your palate!

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er, it is just as timely today with it’s theme of government lies and cover ups and the need for a free press. The movie is very obviously a warning about the alleged corruption of the Donald Trump administration. It makes no bones about it. The true story is based on the incidents that occurred involving “The Pentagon Papers”, a report which spanned four U.S. presidents, and was a written history of the war con-

the Trump administration as well. I loved it. The Post is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour and 55 minutes. It’s a story that teaches us that we don’t learn from the past; we are doomed to repeat it. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” The Post rates a JUMBO. Read more and win tickets at

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