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Millions of Seniors, Minorities, Youth and Veterans Could be Turned Away at the Polls Under New Laws WASHINGTON, DC -- A broad coalition of civil rights, social justice and faith-based organizations, and groups representing communities of color has declared a “state of emergency� on voting rights in the U.S. and said that millions of people could be disenfranchised by restrictive voter laws. As National Voter Registration Day approaches on September 25th the coalition—which includes groups representing African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans—are calling on their communities to take a few simple steps to ensure that all those who are eligible have what they need to fully participate in our democracy by voting: Check your registration status Check the documentation needed to register and to vote Check the deadlines for registration and early/absentee voting Check your state voter laws Check your polling location and hours The coalition also is highlighting a number of community-specific resources to assist with voter registration and information:


NAACP – This is My Vote www. National Congress of American Indians – 2012 Native Vote – Every Vote Counts National Council of La Raza – Mobilize to Vote register National Urban League – Occupy the Vote www.iamempowered. com/occupythevote PICO Network – Let My People Vote AAJC – (materials available in Asian languages) section-203






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6831) – To register to vote 1-866-OURVOTE or — For information on voting rights or to  report problems with voting Data compiled by a number of independent, non-partisan organizations indicate that minorities, senior citizens, veterans, youth, low-income people and previously convicted felons will bear the brunt of laws imposed over the past two years that cut back on voting days and times, impose rigid registration and identification requirements, and erroneously purge eligible voters from voter rolls.

Leading AfricanAmerican Pastors announce Support for Maryland Marriage Equality WASHINGTON, -- On Friday, September 21 at 11 a.m., a coalition of prominent AfricanAmerican pastors and clergy from around the country will hold a press conference at the National Press Club to announce their support for marriage equality legislation, and in particular, the Civil Marriage Protection Act in Maryland. The group will urge Marylanders to vote "Yes" on Question 6 of the Maryland ballot referendum.  According to the group's convener, the Rev. Delman Coates, Senior Pastor of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD, "The group of pastors that will assemble have a range of personal religious views and church practices as it relates to same sex marriage.  Some perform same sex marriages and others do not.  And yet, we stand united in the conviction that the role of the state is to protect the equal rights of all its citizens and should not codify discrimination as a matter of law and public policy." In February of this year, the Maryland State General Assembly passed the Civil Marriage Act that allows same sex couples to receive a civil marriage license.  The law explicitly exempts religious institutions and clergy who do not affirm or perform same sex marriages if it is inconsistent with their beliefs and practices.  According to Rev. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor of the Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, "I can fully support the Civil Marriage Protection Act because it in no way forces any church to acknowledge or perform same sex marriages if it is incompatible with its beliefs.  “ This is about protecting all families and ensuring that we have a society where everyone is treated equally as a matter of law without the imposition of religious dogma."  This November, Maryland voters will be asked in a ballot referendum whether to support the Civil Marriage Protection Act. 

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The Greenville Board of Development summarized some projects that occurred in Greenville in 2012 at the September 25, 2012 City Council Meeting. While the following list did not cover everything, Greenville has had several private business and public infrastructure successes recently that have helped create positive economic momentum in 2012 including:  Completion of $40 million TXDOT I-30 and Hwy. 34 interchange and lane improvements in 2012  Completion of $1.6 million new industrial street and utilities project in 2012  Start of new Monty Stratton Street road construction project, $2.5 million in 2012  Completion of Traders Road Construction Project, $4 million in 2012  Completion of $20 million new city wastewater treatment plant in 2012  L3, our largest private employer of 5,700 employees, new $8 million office building expansion in 2012  L3 new $4 million hangar in 2012  Weatherford new Phase 2 $26 million, 100 employee plant expansion in 2012  Weatherford new Phase 3 duplicate plant expansion construction started  Local manufacturing company doubling their plant in 2012  $1 billion NYSE energy services company purchase of existing 123K s.f. industrial building in 2012  Just announced $11 million dollar redevelopment of Crossroads Mall Project, 2012 – 2013

 Started construction of $2 million Collin Street Bakery café, 2012

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The suspects listed below are on the Garland Police Department’s Most Wanted List. If you know any of the listed people here and/or where they may be located, please notify the investigator handling the case or contact Garland Crime Stoppers online at or by phone at 972-272TIPS (8477). Wanted:Sexual

Wanted: Assault of a Child Jonathan Eulises Luna; White Hispanic Male, DOB 04/07/1989, 5’7”, 180 lbs, brown, eyes, black hair; last known address, 1910 W. Kingsley Road #215, Garland, Texas. Contact Detective R. Golladay; 972-205-1667

Wanted: Promotion of Child Pornography Corey Marquis Vaughn; Black Male, DOB 07/08/1976, 6’3”, 160 lbs, brown eyes, black hair; last known address, 8201 Fair Oaks Crossing # 2022, Dallas, TX Contact Detective T. Godwin; 972-205-2040

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 Multi-million dollar renovation of the Texan Theater in Registration for Adult Flag Football is now open Downtown Greenville, 2012

and runs through October 19. The fee is $300 per team. The Men’s League will play on Thursday  Investors purchasing more buildings in Downtown nights and the Co-Ed League will play on Friday Greenville, 2012 night. For more information call 903-457-2994. Register online at  Downtown Investor renovating commercial lots in 2012 Freaky 5K and Movie in the Park Join the Greenville Parks and Recreation  New restaurant locating downtown in 2012 Department at the Greenville SportsPark (3601 Leo Hackney Boulevard) and wear your most  New Shogun Hibachi and Sushi restaurant next to Home creative costume to run the Freaky 5K on Saturday, October 20, 2012, for a chance to win Depot in 2012 awards and prizes.

 New Jungle Burger restaurant renovation on I-30

The Freaky 5K will feature the Jaguar Timing System. Register by October 7, 2012 to be  Construction of Cardiovascular Services Center at Hunt guaranteed an event t-shirt and FREE food from Regional Medical Center Subway.  Registration is $20 for ages 13 and over and $15 for ages 12 and under.  Stay after  Hunt County Accomplishments in 2012 the run for a FREE Movie in the Park featuring “Puss in Boots.”  The Freaky 5K and Movie in  Transportation Plan Completed in 2012 after 2 year process the Park is sponsored by Dr. Les T. Sandknop Family Practice, Cactus Saddlery Magic Bubble, Tyler Tyndell Photography and Subway (6501  Hwy. 69 $15 million expansion started in 2012 Wesley Street and 7215 I-30).  Call the Parks and Recreation Department at 903-457-2994 or visit  Partnered with City of Greenville on expansion of local for more information. industries, Cytec and Weatherford Event Schedule: 4:00 PM - Race Day Registration 4:45 PM - Costume Contest with $500 in Cash Prizes  Beginning of the est. $20 million FM 1570 Bypass Project with 5:30 PM - Freaky 5K Run RTC and TXDOT Planning and Funding 6:15 PM - Awards 7:00 PM - FREE Movie in the Park featuring The Greenville Board of Development was chartered by the City “Puss in Boots” Council in 1941 to promote industrial growth in the city. The Board is funded through the municipally owned electric utility system, and specializes in assisting companies with their relocation and expansion plans as well as promoting other economic development and growth in Greenville.  Enhanced business development programs with L3

 $200,000 completed Red Lobster renovation in 2012



Wanted: Possession Marijuana 50 to 500 pounds Jesus Garcia Silva; White Hispanic Male, DOB 05/13/71, 5'8", 275 lbs, brown eyes, black hair; last known address, 814 Curtis Drive, Garland, Texas. Contact Detective C. Dockter; 972-205-2073 Wanted: Murder - March 14, 2009, 700 blk. of Ford Street. Cesar Pascual Orozco; White Hispanic Male, DOB 08/17/84, 6'00", 160 lbs; last known address, 9747 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas. Contact Detective B. Ellstrom; 972205-1638 Wanted: Murder - May 27, 2008; 3400 blk. of West Walnut. Alejandro Rojas Escudero; White Hispanic Male, DOB 07/03/76, unknown height & weight, brown eyes, black hair; last known address, 110 North Jupiter, Garland, TX. Contact Detective B. Ellstrom; 972-205-1638 Wanted: Assault Family Violence-Felony; Burglary of Building. Calvin Lenard Jones Jr.; Black Male, DOB 03/24/1989, 5'9", 155 lbs, brown eyes, black hair, last known address, 2505 Santa Cruz Dr, Dallas, Texas. Contact Detective S. Aulbaugh; 972-205-2060




October 1, 2012

Greatness vs. Gratitude “A people may become great through many means, but there is only one measure by which its greatness is recognized and acknowledged. The final measure of the greatness of all peoples is the amount and standard of the literature and art they have produced.... No people that has produced great literature and art has ever been looked upon by the world as distinctly inferior.� James Weldon Johnson By Aaron Hopkins

There are many things that can make a man or woman attain greatness but one thing that ensures a stamp of approval is gratitude. It is wise that we take periodical self assessment tests to see how we measure up in the category of gratitude. Our elders would say it this way, “You need to count your blessings!� It almost seems that greatness is not even attainable without being grateful for the things and people that come into our lives who will always deserve credit for what they contributed to us by setting the standard for greatness. So many times in my personal life I can remember saying, “I never could have made it this far without my mother and father, family, friends etc.� Then there are those folks who come into our lives who are like family but they have a different function. I like to call them personal “validators.� These are the people who reinforce the words and lessons that our parents give us. We tend to doubt our parents’ experience, however, so the validator bridges the gap between our loving parental guidance and our stubbornness. I can look back, after much validation in my life, and see how greatness is really not something we should consider ourselves to be without humility and understanding -- that we are really not individuals. We are, actually, the sum total of our life’s experiences and encounters with people from every walk of life. Some of the most memorable experiences of one’s life come when we encounter greatness in somebody we know. It always seems to bring you back to earth when someone does a thing so well that all you can do is watch them in awe. So I realize now how difficult it is to attain greatness without gratitude for being able to see and feel what greatness really is through the eyes of and spirits of so many people who came before me. For their giving the whole of their being to achieve greatness not for themselves but so that a people who were once considered nothing in this world, I am indeed eternally grateful! Aaron Hopkins is the President/CEO of B.B.N.B. Entertainment -- Music and Entertainment Artist Management and Promotion Company


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (NNPA) – Judging from the recentlyconcluded Republican and Democratic conventions, the question of who will be inaugurated as president in January may turn on how voters answer a question posed by Ronald Reagan in his 1980 debate with Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? The question was raised at the Republican convention in Tampa and last week here at the Democratic counterpart. In his acceptance speech in Tampa, Romney said: “This president can ask us to be patient. This president can tell us it was someone else’s fault. This president can tell us that the next four years he’ll get it right. But this president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office.� Former President Bill Clinton looked at where the country was four years ago and reached a different conclusion. Clinton said President Obama “put a floor under the crash. He began the long, hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a modern, more wellbalanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses and lots of new wealth for innovators. “Now, are we where we want to be today? No. Is the president satisfied? Of course not. But are we better off than we were when he took office? And listen to this. Listen to this. Everybody – when President Barack Obama took office, the economy was in free fall. It had just shrunk 9 full percent of GDP. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month. Are we doing better than that today? The answer is yes.� Aside from the intensely partisan delegates, what do Americans really think? First, let’s recap where we were four years ago. George W. Bush was completing his second term. Gasoline was averaging $3.84 a gallon. Unemployment had risen to 6.1 percent, the highest since December 2003. On Sept. 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers announced that it would file for bankruptcy, and the stock market had taken a dive. A Sept. 15, 2008 New York Times story began: “Fearing that the crisis in the financial industry could stun the broader economy,

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investors drove stocks down almost 5 percent Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index to their lowest levels in two years.� The following day, another New York Times story began: “Fearing a financial crisis worldwide, the Federal Reserve reversed course on Tuesday and agreed to an $85 billion bailout that would give the government control of the troubled insurance giant American International Group. “The decision, only two weeks after the Treasury took over the federally chartered mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is the most radical intervention in private business in the central bank’s history.� Determining whether the public feels it is better off today than four years ago has a lot to do with how the question is framed. For example, a Gallup/CBS News poll taken two weeks before the Republican convention asked: “Would you say you and your family are better off than you were four years ago or not?� In that survey, 42 percent said they were better off, 55 percent said they weren’t. However, when a CBS/New York Times poll offered those two options for responses and “...or is it about the same as it was four years ago?� Given three options instead of two, 40 percent said they were the same, 20 percent said they were better and 39 percent said they were worse off. Similarly, an AP-GfK poll found that 36 percent said they were “about the same,� 28 percent said they were better off and 36 percent said they were worse off. The Obama and Romney camps can use the CBS and AP polls to make a partisan point. The president’s supporters can argue that most Americans feel their financial situation has improved or is about the same as it was four years go. Romney backers can also argue that most Americans feel their situation has worsened or remained the same as it was four years ago. Some journalists further cloud the picture by being selective in the numbers they us. In a Meet the Press interview with Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, host David Gregory said: “Look at our poll: 69 percent, nearly seven in 10, saying things are either the same or better than when the president came into office.� That’s one way of looking at it.

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However, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll referenced by Gregory showed that 42 percent said the country was worse off, 27 percent said it was better off and 31 percent said it was about the same. Gregory could have also stated that 58 percent of Americans feel things have remained the same or improved since President Obama assumed office. But he didn’t. There is no question in the minds of Americans about who is most at fault. In April, an ABC/Washington Post poll asked which president was “more responsible for the country’s current economic problem.� Only 32 percent selected Obama while 54 percent picked Bush. Two months later, a Gallup poll found that 68 percent of Americans feel Bush deserves a great deal or a moderate amount of blame for the nation’s economic woes. And in July, a CBS/Time poll found 64 percent of the respondents saying Obama’s policies contributed at some or a lot to the economic downturn. When asked about Bush; 81 percent said his policies contributed some or a lot to the sour economy. Again, how this question is frame has an impact on the answer. As CNN’s political unit noted three months ago: “When asked in the survey whether they are better or worse off than they were four years ago, Americans are split, 44% to 43%. But when asked whether they are better or worse off than they were four years ago ‘when Bush was president,’ a small gap opens - 47% say they are better off compared to 41% who say they are worse off.� The question of whether we are better off than we were four years ago will continue to play out in the final two months of this campaign. Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan said at a campaign stop in Greenville, N.C.: “The president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can’t tell you that you’re better off. Simply put, the Jimmy Carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are right now.� But Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley told CNN: “We are clearly better off as a country because we’re creating jobs rather than losing them. We have not recovered all that we lost in the Bush recession. That’s why we need to continue to move forward.� George E. Curry is a journalist, keynote speaker, moderator and media coach. He is the editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service in Washington, DC.

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Giddings: Addressing the ability to afford higher education Last month many students returned to college, while others entered college for the first time. A large number had a different experience. Sadly many s t u d e n t s Hon. Helen Giddings dropped out and others were denied the excitement of the first day of college because of the inability to pay. Unfortunately rising tuition has priced many middle class students out of college. In the aftermath, the U.S. has dropped to rank 12th in the percentage of college graduates compared to other countries. Every student who wants to go to college should be able to do so if they are willing to put together the funding through some combination of working, savings, grants, financial aid and student loans. It is not uncommon today for students to work three jobs, causing many to miss the “ideal” of graduating in 4 or 5 years. In March of 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law student loan legislation that was upheld by the Supreme Court in June 2012. This legislation provides students with some relief

regarding their repayment options. The new legislation changed the repayment plan options by putting in place an “income based repayment plan” that limits the borrowers payment obligation to 10% of their monthly income. As President Bill Clinton explained recently, some graduates who might want to take a job as a teacher or police officer may be better able to do so. Additionally, under the new legislation debt forgiveness has been lowered to 20 years. These may seem like small changes, however for a college graduate first entering the workforce, the ability to have their repayment based on how much they actually earn will be a huge relief. Prior to this legislation, private banks provided the student loans, and in turn the federal government would pay these banks a fee for providing and managing the loan. This legislation cut out the middle man, and by doing so freed up $68 billion over the next 11 years. This money will be used for the Pell grant program which provides grants to the neediest students attending an institution of higher education.

Over the last few years students graduate with a degree, but many come to realize they left college with a mountain of debt. The bad economy and tough job market have made it difficult for those newly graduated students to find employment in their field of expertise. Consequently they are not generating the income they need to cover their living expenses with the addition of their student loan payment. The subsequent effect was some students made the decision to drop out of college because they could not see how they would be able to pay the debt they were taking on. Facing $50,000 in debt upon graduation is a difficult and dismal way to begin life after college. To further illustrate the need for some relief would be to recognize that Americans have had the notorious distinction of carrying a significant amount of credit card debt. However the tides are turning, and at

nearly $1 trillion, student loans now exceed the US credit-card debt for the first time in history. This is why I am supportive of making these adjustments. They will help those who worked hard to achieve the dream of a higher education and are now entering the workforce as an educated employee. Now, these young people have the ability to have their student loan repayments determined by their income level which will change the way future students make their career decisions. The Department of Education announced that Texas would receive over $20 million in grants to historically Black colleges and universities. This grant money will go towards advancing these universities as well as helping students who face financial challenges. Although there is more work to be done, the 2012 student loan legislation as well as the grant money are two steps that will have a significant impact as it relates to the affordability of higher education. Representative Helen Giddings represents the people of house district 109 for the Texas House of Representatives. For additional information, you may contact Anne Drescher 512-463-0953 at her capitol office.

Try putting more value on HBCU s - Prairie View and Grambling need your support Willie A. Bradford and I go way back! We were both from New Jersey-- he hailed from Jersey City and I, from East Orange by way of Cheryl Smith Newark. We arrived on the campus of Florida A&M University and it was just the right thing to do, for “homies” to hang together. “Tony” just knew he was full of swagger, even back in the 1970s. Many afternoons we were together at our work study jobs in the campus library and we became very close. I was there when he pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity our freshman year and he was there for me when I pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority our sophomore year. After graduation, I was in his wedding as he then pledged his love to my sorority sister, Lajuana. I am so proud of them because that was in 1982 in Birmingham, AL and they are still together today! Tony called me when he and his road buddy begin making plans to come to see Alabama v. Michigan at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington. While

I was looking forward to spending time with his wife, I settled for reminiscing with Tony and his friend, Bobby Knight; because they decided to travel without their better halves. And just like back at FAMU, Tony had to school me a little. When I first met up with the two guys, I was talking with an Alabama fan. Tony walked up and the guy introduced himself and Tony shook his hand and said what I thought was, “Ro Psi.” At first, I wondered why he was giving a false name, then I thought, “He’s not from Rho Psi, he pledged Upsilon Psi Chapter.” I was totally clueless. Later I asked him why was he fronting and so he explained to me that what he actually said was, “Roll Tide” which is the “universal” greeting for Alabama fans-lovers of the Crimson Tide. Then a lightbulb went off and I responded, “Oh, like we say at FAMU, “Go Rattlers?” Tony and Bobby laughed as they talked about how the fans of Alabama and rival, Auburn are when it comes to their schools. It’s all good when you meet an Alabama fan if you say, “Roll Tide,” they coached. So later that evening, while Alabama fans were full of fun following their victory and Michigan fans were noticeably silent, I was able to get in quite a few “Roll Tides” before I called it a night. It was interesting watching the fans and I found myself comparing the Michigan

and Alabama fans to the fans I am more familiar with. Now HBCU fans can match the enthusiasm of other schools, but I don’t see the same level of financial support. Maybe HBCU alums don’t realize that their financial support can help the schools in so many areas. During a press conference for the Al Lipscomb State Fair Classic, several years ago, then Dallas City Council member Al Lipscomb called me to the podium to address the gathering. Although it was an impromptu message, I focused on an issue that is so important--folks pronouncing support verbally but not following up financially. I urged everyone to purchase tickets instead of “begging” for them. Now folks were buying tickets for the Alabama/Michigan game and they were paying more than $100 for the tickets. I know people who make just as much, if not more, than some of the Alabama fans I met but when it comes time to pay for tickets for the Grambling/Prairie View A&M game or any of the other HBCU games, those same folks are looking for the “hook-up.” I shudder to think of the response from some of the “ballers” I know who want to be hooked up for our HBCU games. I have heard them screaming and hollering about a $25 ticket, so they would probably lose their minds if they were asked to pay $100. What’s the difference? Why don’t we

place the same value on our programs, products and institutions? Why do we go spend hundreds of dollars on our outfits and then we don’t want to purchase a ticket? Do we actually think that we are benefiting the schools with the money we spend at the mall, restaurants or clubs-along with the numerous parties that we attend? Tony and Bobby had a great time at the game and they fell in love with “Jerry’s World.” They thought the stadium was phenomenal and I am sure they will be returning because they are big Dallas Cowboys fans. To his credit, Tony is very supportive of his alma mater. He has a vested interest in Alabama too because his daughter is an outstanding student there. It would be great if we could get more support and love shown for our HBCUs. If it was good enough for (fill in the blank), it’s good enough for me. Are HBCUs good enough for you? If not, what can you do to make them better? That’s the challenge. At the very least, every HBCU alum, even if you only went for a semester, should be willing to make an annual contribution. And just like back in the day when parents and grandparents without an education paid to send others to school, give something. We’re going to pay one way or the other, so we need to be proactive! This is Just One African American Woman’s Opinion. What’s Yours?






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Dallas, TX -- Tuition hikes at colleges and universities across the nation are putting the squeeze on many young people and forcing families to find new ways to pay for higher education or consider forgoing college altogether. In an effort to ease the burden to students during these rough economic times and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women(TM) and Macy's, its national sponsor, offer the Go Red(TM) Multicultural Scholarship Fund. Sixteen $2,500 national scholarships are being offered for a second year to multicultural women pursuing higher education in health care. As part of its Go Red For Women movement, the association strives to expand the pipeline of much-needed diverse nursing, medical and allied health students and address important gaps in treatment that can lead to heart health disparities. Deadline for entry is November 30, 2012. "The recruitment of talented diverse young women into the healthcare field is a critical step in the delivery of quality, culturally

sensitive patient-centered care. In these challenging economic times, the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund will help ensure the continued success of a diverse group of young women in their healthcare education journey," said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Senior Vice President, Office of Community and Public Health, Chief Diversity

Macy's Senior Vice President of Diversity Strategies. "The fund reflects Macy's long-standing commitment to diversity, a core principle within our company, and allows us to extend that commitment into the communities we serve." 2012 Go Red Multicultural Scholarship recipient Janelle

medical schools is low - even as the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse. Research shows that numerous ethnic groups - including African-Americans and Hispanics - are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease and risk factors. They also confront barriers to diagnosis and care and experience worse health outcomes

Sixteen $2,500 national scholarships are being offered for a second year to multicultural women pursuing higher education in health care. and Inclusion Officer for North Shore – LIJ Health System and American Heart Association Go Red For Women spokesperson. College tuition rates have outpaced inflation, increasing between five and 35 percent depending on the region and type of institution (public vs. private). "Macy's investment in the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for multicultural women pursuing degrees in health care, helping them to achieve their education and career goals," said Bill Hawthorne,

Amoako said she is struggling to keep up with the rising tuition at the University of Rhode Island. She pays for school through a combination of scholarships, loans and two part-time jobs. "It's very frustrating. I feel helpless. I don't want to bury myself in loans," said Amoako, 19, who is studying to be a nurse. "The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship gives me peace of mind." Demand on health care continues to increase, but the number of multicultural women working in U.S. hospitals and

than their Caucasian counterparts. "The American Heart Association is in a unique position to be a leader in helping to eliminate cardiovascular disease and health disparities by providing scholarships to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine," said Dr. Icilma Fergus, director of the Cardiovascular Disparities Center at Mount Sinai Hospital and president-elect for the Association of Black Cardiologists. Only 6.7 percent of AfricanAmericans and 7.5 percent of Hispanics made up the total

number of medical school graduates in 2010, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Only 5.4 percent of African-Americans and 3.6 percent of Hispanics in the nation are Registered Nurses (RNs), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "The American Heart Association's Go Red Multicultural Scholarship provides a muchneeded vehicle during these tough financial times to help minority women achieve their dream of becoming healthcare professionals," said Dr. Lynne Holden, physician and president of Mentors in Medicine. "There is a unique opportunity to save millions of lives by promoting heart heath and increasing awareness of heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in the U.S." The Go Red(TM) Multicultural Scholarship is made possible by the Macy's Multicultural Fund. Macy's is a national sponsor of Go Red For Women(TM) and has helped raise more than $29 million for the cause since 2004. For more information and to complete an application, visit GoRedScholarship.

Parkland joins effort to increase breastfeeding rates in U.S. hospitals

DALLAS – Parkland Health & Hospital System has been selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its kind national effort to improve breast feeding rates in states where rates are currently the lowest. Parkland joins 89 other hospitals through this initiative to work together in a 22-month learning collaborative, using proven quality improvement methods to transform their maternity care services in pursuit of “Baby-Friendly” designation. “For women who plan to breastfeed, the hospital experience strongly influences a mother’s ability to start and continue breastfeeding,” said Anne Tudhope, Vice President of Nursing for Parkland’s Women and Infants’ Specialty Health. “We already took the first step toward mother and baby bonding last year with our Rooming-In program, which allows mothers and babies to spend as much time together as possible while in the hospital. “This is one of the many ways to ensure that mothers delivering at Parkland who intend to breastfeed

are fully supported.” how to breastfeed and maintain lactation even Although breastwhen separated from feeding is one of infants and encouraging the most effective unrestricted breastfeeding. preventive health Breastfeeding rates are measures for infants higher and disparities in and mothers, half of these rates are virtually U.S.-born babies are eliminated in hospitals that given formula within Charlie Homer, MD, MPH achieve this status. the first week, and by 9 months, only 31 percent of babies “We look forward to working with are breastfeeding at all. Best Fed Parkland and congratulate them Beginnings seeks to reverse these on their successful application,” trends by dramatically increasing the number of U.S. hospitals implementing a proven model for maternity services that better supports a new mother’s choice to breastfeed. This designation verifies that a hospital has implemented the American Academy of Pediatricsendorsed “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” as established in the WHO/UNICEF BabyFriendly Hospital initiative. Some of the steps include informing all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding, helping them initiate it within an hour of birth, showing moms

said Charlie Homer, MD, MPH, President and CEO of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality. “The large number of applications we received affirms the commitment of hospitals across our country to be part of a health care system that truly focuses on promoting health for women and infants.” Breastfeeding has multiple health benefits for infants and mothers. For infants, it decreases the incidence


and severity of many infectious diseases, reduces infant mortality and supports neurodevelopment optimally. It also decreases infants’ risk of becoming obese later in childhood. For mothers, breastfeeding decreases the risks of breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease.


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TEXAS STATE SEN. ROYCE WEST CELEBRATES 60TH BIRTHDAY Gala event features American Idol winner Ruben Studdard

the National Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, and the J.L. Turner Legal Association. As a member of the Texas State Senate Atty. West has served on the Finance, Education, State Affairs, Intergovernmental Relations, Health and Human Services, Criminal Justice, and Jurisprudence committees. He currently is the Chairman of the Senate Sub-Committee on Higher Education, and Vice Chairman Carol West looks on as Judge Sam Lindsey swears the Senator of the Education Committee. The in as Governor for A Day! senator is an active member of Good Street Baptist Church and serves as ROYCE WEST is one of the most powerful men Vice President for the Board of Directors in not only the state of Texas, but across the for Circle Ten Council of Boy Scouts of America. U.S. A proud member of Omega Psi Phi His influence is far reaching, even across Fraternity, Inc., Sen. West’s bio does not the waters to other continents. As he celebrates another milestone in his speak to the enormous good that he has life--turning 60 years old, he continues to done over the years. Dallas County District Attorney Craig show why he is the epitome of service and Watkins had his eye on Sen. West for years. commitment. Next year he will have served 20 years as He often recalls when prior to running for a Texas State senator, representing Dallas. the senate, Mr. West made an unsuccessful It is an understatement to say he has led an bid for District Attorney. “Thanks for being a mentor and example impressive life-- the young man who has to all aspiring elected officials,” said Mr. continued to lift as he climbs. Ella Goode Johnson and her husband, Watkins as he offered birthday greetings. Willie Earl, have known Sen. West for “You certainly were a mentor to me, and years. She had nothing but kind words for for that I will always be grateful.”’ A long-time member of Good Street him, and not just because he and Willie Earl are fraternity brothers or that the two men Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon, Sen. West is surrounded share the same birth date, September 26. “Among the qualities of identifying by family members who are equally effective leaders is having the ability to involved and committed. He is married to connect with people,” said Ms. Johnson, businesswoman Carol Richard West and who is a former two-term president of oftentimes when his demanding schedule the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta has him crisscrossing the city or state, Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and very active he can count on Carol, his Chief of Staff community servant. “Senator West has Lajuana Barton, his son Royce Jr., to step championed that quality both personally up and represent. And if they are already on the job, he has a bench that is the envy and professionally. “  This managing partner of West & of many, with veteran designated hitters Associates L.L.P., he was admitted to the like Teresa, Kelvin, Myrtis, Joycelyn and State of Bar of Texas in 1979 after receiving others who work tirelessly to assist him in his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts his capacity as senator or attorney-at-law. Family is very important to the Senator Degrees from the University of Texas at and you also won’t find his mother, or Arlington and his Juris Doctor from the his children too far away from him. That University of Houston in 1979. In college, he was a student athlete, family has grown exponentially because of scholar and leader. His legal experience Sen. West’s benevolence! Atty. Cheryl Wattley, who is currently includes serving in the trial division of both the Dallas and Harris counties District an associate professor at OU, had a lot to Attorney’s Office and private practice say about her colleague and friend, “As I since 1986. He served as a Chief Felony thought back over the years to write this Prosecutor at the Dallas County District comment, I realized that I have known Attorney Office and he has been a senior Royce for almost 30 years.  We started together as young lawyers, filled with partner in the Firm since its inception. Admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of Texas, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Sen. West is also a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the State Bar of Texas corporate and education law sections,

energy and excitement about practicing law, about making a difference. And yet, it seems like yesterday for Royce has that same enthusiasm and energy, only now he has so many more projects and directions to demand his attention.   In reflecting on decades of work and achievement, the one aspect of Royce’s many accomplishments and achievements that I will always value is his determination that African American children will have the opportunity for excellence in education.  I can still hear his voice after the decision in Hopwood knocking down the admissions policy at the University of Texas saying, ‘we’ve got to do something; we’ve got to figure out a way that our kids can get a UT education.’” She continued, “And for Royce, all African American children are ‘his kids.’   The establishment of the Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Academy stands as testimony to not only that interest and commitment but a vision.  What better way to marry honoring the work of a force with the African American community, Dr. Conrad, with the future.  And that is Royce, blending our history and legacy with opportunities for our children to reach for the stars.  Thank you Royce, for 30 years of friendship, for the impact that you have had on our community, and for always having African American children in your heart.”        A family man, Sen. West began the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program and thousands of students from District 23 have participated in this outstanding program that not only provides paid internship opportunities but also provides life skills programming to assist college students with being better prepared to excel in not just the workplace, but in the community. While many are totally unaware of the duties of a state senator, it is important to understand that starting a program to provide jobs for his constituents, is not something mandated by the Texas Senate. If it were, more would be duplicating his efforts, but that is not the case! And the students who participate not only get a crash case in so many areas, from etiquette, job preparedness and grooming, to the importance of community service and volunteerism. The program is so strong that participants started an alumni association! This is just one example of the impact and influence of Sen. West’s works over the years. Former award-winning television anchor and reporter Ramona Logan said, “Senator Royce West has been a

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formidable force since he went to the State Capitol. He is one of a few state senators who truly works for the good of all people. He has been able to get things done because he understands how to utilize input from people of different perspectives.  The mere fact that he was able to get UNT-Dallas in southern Dallas shows the sheer magnitude of his ability to mobilize different factions for the greater good of the community.” Now a best-selling author, image and media consultant,Ms. Logan also praised the Senator for the work he does year round. “He is definitely an advocate for education especially with the Emmett J. Conrad Internship Program he started to provide internship opportunities for young people,” she said. “And on top of that he has a Heart of Gold!” Radio personality and businessman Willis Johnson is a longtime friend of Senator West and he spoke fondly of his former co-worker. “I met ‘Royce’ in 1976 when we both worked at KKDA. Royce was a weekend sports announcer and that’s where we developed our friendship….long before he was Senator West. Our kids were friends over the years, in fact Trecia dated Royce Jr. 20 years ago and Royce Jr. and ReMarcus became golfing buddies with BJ in the last 5 years.  BJ and Royce Jr still are today. So it’s more than a friendship that I have had with Senator West. He has been my friend and family member.” Mr. Johnson went on to speak about the Senator’s servant leadership. “Of course he has been one of the greatest community leader/elected official that Dallas has ever had,” said Mr. Johnson “The Conrad program speaks volumes about his commitment to education and his support of Paul Quinn College and UNT Dallas is unmatched. Finally the 10% rule that was put in legislation is just another example of what had been delivered and not just talked about by Royce West.  Glad to call him my friend.” And the Senator has been a friend to many. Highly regarded and respected,at the youthful age of 60, there doesn’t seem to be a hint of slowing down. His law practice is thriving and as he prepares for another session in Austin that hopefully will be more productive and not falling victim to partisan politics, the Senator is always optimistic and prepared. Maybe that’s why he hasn’t had any significant opposition in almost two decades! Senator West was born to serve and destined for leadership.


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October 2 Community Outreach Monthly Meeting 7:30 pm- 8:30 pm Location: Cafe Express, 3230 Mckinney Ave, Dallas, Texas 75204 *** OCTOBER 2 | MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS CONFERENCE - IMPAC AUSTIN 2012 iMPAC Austin is a dynamic gospel music conference that brings together musicians, artists and gospel music lovers within the Austin and surrounding communities, to participate in a week-long musical experience. iMPAC Austin 2012 offers seminars, classes, and nightly music concerts showcasing the music ministry of several local, regional and national recording artists.  This year's musical guests include: Tasha Cobbs, Trent Cory, The Walls Group, Chester D.T. Baldwin, Jonathan McReynolds, Johnny B. Williams and many more.  Early Registration fees are $30 for adults; $15 for Teens (Ages 12-18), and $5 for Youth (Ages 11 and under) from August 1-31. Late Registration fees, after September 1, are $35 for adults; $20 for Teens (Ages 12-18); Youth $5 (Ages 11 & under). For more information, visit our website.

October 3 Back To Love Tour Starring Anthony Hamilton Ft. Estelle & Antoine Dunn Time: 6:30 PM Venue: Verizon Theatre- Grand Prairie Location: 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, Texas, ***** Dallas Alumni Chapter of Prairie View A&M University 17th Annual Athletic Scholarship & Stadium Gala, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marriott City Center Hotel-Downtown Dallas (650 North Pearl Street). *****

 October 4 Dallas Peace Center Fall Dinner Lecture presents  A New Civil Rights Movement:  From the Great Tradition to the Cutting Edge of Action for Human Rights  6:00 PM Reception 7:00 PM Dinner 1210 East Belt Line Road  Richardson, 75081 Speakers will Include: CAIR Houston Executive Director, Mustafaa Carroll   

OCTOBER 5 HOMECOMING: THE RETURN OF ELEMENT615 The return of poet/host/community activist Joe B aka Joe Brundidge aka Element615. I am concluding the end of the "Singularity" tour, a 32 state year long spoken word journey. This will be more than a show, more than a concert! Hosted by none other than teacher, poet, actress, force of nature-Ebony Stewart: 3x Neo Soul Slam Champ - Listed as one of Austin Chronicle's "MUST SEE!" Special guests include: Brian "B-Fran" Francis - DaShade Moonbeam Christopher Michael - Forressa Harrison - Tova Charles - Kevin W. Burke - and more! Music by Ugly Elephant w/ DJ Jazz One on deck.

October 5- 7 Ndaba for Reparations 2012 The Ndaba for Reparations will serve as a cultural institution for the purpose of giving the global African community an all-inclusive process to achieve reparations. THE NDABA WILL TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 5-7, 2012@ SHAPE COMMUNITY CENTER @ 3903


October 6 How to Stay Out of Debt and Increase Your Income Potential                 In this class you will learn how to; Pull Your Tri-Merge Credit Reports Learn about the new laws that affect your credit Should I file bankruptcy Student Loans Identity Theft Increase your income potential       When- October 6, 2012 10-2p.m       Where-  1150 South Fwy, Fort Worth, TX 76104    $47.99 **** State Fair Classic Grambling v. Prairie View Cotton Bowl **** Minyard Food Store Customer Appreciation Day and Balch Springs Chamber Ribbon Cutting Minyard, 4202 Pioneer, Balch Springs 11am-5pm

***** Antibalas hits the road for more tour dates this Fall 10/11 - Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX 10/13 - Austin City Limits Festival - Austin, TX **** Join Rep. Yvonne Davis for a Jazz Session on the patio 5-7p at Samba Restaurant 2120 McKinney Ave Cost $60 Call 972-274-1627

October 12 State Representative Eric Johnson's 3rd Annual Texas/OU Weekend Kickoff Fundraiser 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Mattito's 3011 Routh St. Dallas, TX 75201


October 12 - 14

Participants must be either a Texan by birth or a Texas resident during the previous calendar year to qualify. Alternatively, players may participate if they have attended at least ten State of Texas Scrabble Championships or are members of the Texas Scrabble Hall of Fame. 86th Annual Awards Banquet Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce 7:00 p.m. Dallas Convention Center - Ballroom A The chamber banquet draws will feature the special presentation of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce / Thomas L. Houston Community Service Award to honor an individual who has made significant contributions as a volunteer to the civic enhancements of the African American community.


October 13

Antibalas hits the road for more tour dates this Fall 10/13 - Austin City Limits Festival - Austin, TX

The 2012 State of Texas SCRABBLE® Championship Clarion Inn - Waco, TX

October 15

**** Marketing Experts to Teach Success‐driven Social Networking 11:30 AM ‐ 1:00 PM Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 TrustPoint Management Training Center 16775 Addison Road Suite 500 Addison, TX 75001

Mikki Taylor, Essence Magazine’s Editor-at-Large, will host the Humanitarian Hands Charities “What if…?” gala event October 13, 2012, at the Hotel Intercontinental Dallas, 15201 Dallas Parkway in Addison.  The gala event is the premier fundraising and awareness event for the organization, which sheds light on the issues surrounding Ugandan orphaned youth.

Cottonwood Art Festival. Now in its 43rd year, the prestigious show is rated one of the top art festival in the United States and is the premier fine arts event in North Texas. Featuring the finest arts and crafts in the nation, the twice-a-year event generates more than $2 million in art sales annually. The festival is set for 10 AM - 7 PM (the featured band will play to 8 PM) on Saturday October 6 and 10 AM -- 6 PM on 972-205-3300 Sunday, October 7, 2012, at Richardson's Cottonwood Park. The park is just east of SEMINAR / EVENT DATE / TIME the intersection of Beltline Road and Coit LOCATION Road. Full details are available at www. Homebuyer Preparation Overview of home Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church selection, mortgage financing, role of lender and realtor, 12 Noon to 2 PM 1233 State Highway 66, title company, taxes and insurance. Review Loan ShopGarland, TX 75040 October 7 ping Checklist. Bilingual (English/Spanish) Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 Central Park Church of 2 to 4 PM God 6th annual Fiesta Latinoamericana! in 1901 E. Centerville Rd. the Dallas Arts District. This free family Personal Financial Management Garland, TX 75041 celebration is presented by Lowe's and “How to Get Ahead Financially” Learn strateis the Metroplex' only Cultural Festival of the Americas and will run from 9 am till 7 gies to deal with your Debt/Credit, your spending, your Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 City of Garland Learning pm along Flora Street from the Cathedral Center, Classroom #1 housing expenses, your education , your retirement plan- 10 AM to 12 Noon to the AT&T Center, 2403 Flora Street, 232 Carver Dr. ning and protecting your assets. Dallas, TX 75201. Garland, TX 75040

Fair Housing Seminars

October 8 DODD EDUCATION & SUPPORT, INC. (DES) 6th Annual Eddye O'Neal Memorial Delta Golf Tournament [Proceeds Benefiting Scholarship & Public Service Programs] CEDAR CREST GOLF COURSE 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. 1800 Southerland Avenue Dallas, Texas 75203 214-948-3662  4 Person Team $300  (4 x $75) if payment received by September 15th After September 15th - 4 Person Team $400 (4 x $100) Online Registration/Payment/Donation: Contact Person:  Connie McCall - 214337-6038 or

October 11-13

East African Chamber of Commerce Trade Conference Hyatt Regency North Dallas 701 East Campbell Road Richardson, Texas 75081

“Why Make a Budget? Living Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck.” Learn to take control or your finances, pay bills on time, save money and spend less then you earn; avoid living paycheck to paycheck.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 10 AM to 12 Noon

City of Garland Learning Center, Classroom #1 232 Carver Dr.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 6 to 8 PM

City of Garland Learning Center, Classroom #1 232 Carver Drive

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 6 to 8 PM

City of Garland Learning Center, Classroom #1

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 6 to 8 PM

City of Garland Learning Center, Classroom #1 232 Carver Drive

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 6 to 8 PM

City of Garland Learning Center, Classroom #1

Tenants’ Rights and ResponsibilitiesLearn strategies to request maintenance; how to do a walk through inspection; how to request reasonable accommodations or modifications; and avoid or resolve landlord disputes.

Fair Housing and HUD New Initiatives— Overview of HUD Rights and Protections based on: Disabilities; National Origin; Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT); Limited English Proficiency (LEP); Veteran/Military Status; Source of Income; and Domestic Violence.




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1. Entrepreneur Juan Williams of CEO NVisionit, speaks as Terry Allen and Associated Press Award winning Photo Journalist Katina Revels look on at Sister CEO 2. Neal Foote, CEO, Foote Communications with Terry Allen  3. Sister CEOs Joy Wallace and Jill Darden 4. Earline Moore of Bread and Moore speaks about from the kitchen  table to the Super Bowl

Bank it or Bounce it session a huge success 1016 Media partnered with Strayer University and Rent-A-Center for its 6th Annual Emerging Women CEOs Business Camp© (EWBC), known as Sister CEO, in Dallas, Texas, recently. Sister CEO brought over 150 female CEOs, sole proprietors, and entrepreneurs together for small business support and mentoring. The Camp is a vehicle benefit The Business Assistance Center, Inc. (BAC) building campaign, a non-profit organization that has consulted/mentored over 200 businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Strayer University’s North Dallas Campus was the host venue. The Camp had several key panels on small business development. Rent-A-Center sponsored the new Sister CEO “Bank It Or Bounce It” Power Sessions, which provided attendees an opportunity to pitch their business needs to a roundtable of influential business owners, power brokers, and entrepreneurs.

The panelists and roundtable participants included: Cheryl Smith, CEO, I Messenger News Award-winning Journalist/Entrepreneur; Wendy Schofield, CEO, The Wendy Schofield Show; Jacquie Hood Martin, CEO, 86400 Faith; wife of CNN/BET reporter/analyst/contributor, Roland S. Martin; Starlene Stringer, Author; KLTY On-Air Personality; Neil Foote, Tom Joyner Foundation and Foote Communications CEO; David Smalls, Entertainment Attorney; Jewel Diamond Taylor, Motivational Guru; Yvette Moyo, CEO, RAI and MOBE Founder; Joy Wallace, CEO, Joy Foods; Jim Austin, Jim Austin Online; Jill Darden, CEO, Publisher, FWBN; Cathy Whiteman, Irving Community Television; Gaytha Davis, City of Dallas, Special Event; Gabriella Quezada, VP, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber; and, Julie Neihoff, Director of Education, Constant Contact. “We are elated to team with Strayer

University and Rent-A-Center in what we consider an indispensable endeavor,” said Terry Allen, CEO of 1016 Media and Camp Founder. “Strayer knows firsthand about small business and entrepreneurship since they are easily addressing the needs of many area adults who want to enhance their path with an educational enhancement.” BAC President, Van Howard added, “More and more, American workers, specifically women, are opting to start new businesses or expand and diversify service offerings for their existing businesses. “These Camp partnerships are key to helping not only the attendees but also The Business Assistance Center, Inc which provides invaluable small business support services for those who embark on the road to micro-enterprise ownership.”


Social Money 101 will present a panel discussion that teaches businesses owners and entrepreneurs to use social media tools effectively to make sales, build their online presence and communicate with existing and future customers.

Panel members are experts in marketing, social media, video and photography presentation, and oral and written communication. “Business owners and entrepreneurs who hesitate to participate in social networking are missing leads, relationships and product sales,” said Stephanie Ward, panel organizer and owner of Red Lime Media. “Many of them understand there is a benefit, but they don’t know where to start, and how much of their marketing budget and personnel time should be directed toward this channel.” Social Money 101 experts define the network, give real‐world examples on engaging customers, explain how social media tools fit into existing or new marketing plans, and teach the best way to use photos, videos and graphic images. Panel Experts include: •••• Clif Caldwell, owner of Clif Caldwell Communications Public relations consultant Sharon Egiebor, owner of Egiebor Expressions Creative writing and strategic media/public relations consultant Judy Howard Ellis, owner of Daybreak Lit Media consultant Stephanie Ward, owner of Red Lime Media Social media marketing consultant Marketing Experts to Teach Success‐driven Social Networking 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 TrustPoint Management Training Center 16775 Addison Road Suite 500 Addison, TX 75001 TThis Networking event is designed for owners and business development professionals only. Bring your lunch and connect with new business opportunities. Free Registration: The Brown Bag Networking Luncheon Series is completely underwritten by TrustPoint Management Group, so there is No Charge to you with advance registration. Unfortunately, seating is limited, so you must pre‐register and pre-qualify to attend at: events. Two Brown Bag attendees will win a free registration to TrustPoint’s upcoming Networking Works workshop (a $299 value). If you’d like to learn more or have a schedule conflict with the Oct. 12 date, please call 214393-4273 or email stephanie@trustpointllc. com. To learn more about Social Money 101, or to schedule a panel discussion at your networking event, chamber of commerce or organization, contact Sharon Egiebor at sharon@ or 972-672-7342.


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Coppell native honored by the AJGA BRASELTON, Ga. – Josh Radcliff of Coppell, Texas, has been named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American, the American Junior Golf Association and HP announced Wednesday, Sept. 26. Since 1988, the team has recognized 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom. A senior at Dallas Jesuit, Radcliff scored a 30 on the ACT and carries a 97.3 GPA, which is in the top 8 percent of his class. He raises money for CureSearch for Children's Cancer through the AJGA’s Leadership Links program, and tutors area students through the Jesuit STAIRS Program and Ignatian Scholars. On the golf course, Radcliff competed in four AJGA events in 2012, with his best finish being a T5 showing at the Goodman Networks Junior at Timarron. To be eligible to apply for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA Open, Regional Golf Championship or Invitational, while girls needed a top-five finish. The selections were then based on grade point average, class rank, SAT/ACT/PLAN/PSAT scores, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf. The HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 18, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. By being named to this team, each player is also eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, one of the most prestigious events in junior golf, which will take place on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion and Fazio Courses, Nov. 17-23.






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Rams spanked Bowie State 35-3. Next Up: At Johnson C. Smith. Trampled Grambling 38-17. Next Up: Visit Mississippi Valley State. Trampled UAPB 40-13. Next Up: At Southeast Missouri. Outscored Hampton 38-28. Next Up: Host North Carolina A&T. Carpet Bombed Alcorn 54-10. Next Up: Host battered Texas Southern. Blitzed Savannah State 56-9. Host FAMU. Smoked Fort Valley State 49-18. Next Up: Meet Morehouse in Classic. Got handed a 40-13 reality check by Tennessee State: Next Up: Host Jackson State. Blasted Benedict 50-7. Next Up: Host Clark for Homecoming. Lost to South Carolina State 14-0. Next Up: Visit Hampton in “The Battle on the Bay.”.

Wings To Go/USN Black College Football 2012 Poll: Week 5 Dropped Out of Top 10: None. Teams receiving Consideration: Bowie State, Elizabeth City State, North Carolina A&T, Saint Augustine’s, South Carolina State, Southern and Stillman.

Mrs. Collie J. Nicholson to join Grambling Alumni for scholarship Fundraiser Addison - the wife of Collie J. Nicholson, Ophelia Nicholson, will join the members of the Collie J. Nicholson Chapter at their Third Annual Wine & Cheese Scholarship Mixer and first event under its new chapter name this Saturday. “We recently changed our name because we wanted to honor a GSU graduate” said Kimberlie Page, chapter president. “The primary focus of the chapter is bringing more visibility of Grambling State University to the northern part of Dallas and Mr. Collie J. Nicholson was responsible for making Grambling State University more visible on an international level. His marketing skills, vision and determination brought GSU’s football team to New York City and Tokyo, Japan, the marching band to three Super Bowls and 38 years of the Bayou Classic. Mrs. Nicholson is happy that we chose to name the chapter after her husband. I’m very excited that Mrs. Nicholson is attending our event and supporting the chapter as we strive to further Mr. Nicholson’s legacy.” The wine & cheese mixer will take place at Times Ten Cellar on Prospect Avenue from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Tickets are $35 and open to the public.

The Wings To Go/USN Black College Poll is compiled by John Posey, Henry Bailey and a network of local associates. Contact us at or 214-929-8573. Copyright 2012, Urban Sports News. All Rights Reserved.

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2012 HBCU HOMECOMING SCHEDULE 2012 Alabama A&M University Alcorn State University 10/13/2012 1:00 PM Louis Crews Stadium (Huntsville, AL) Alabama State University Tuskegee University 11/22/2012 3:00 PM Alabama State Stadium (Montgomery, AL) Albany State University Clark Atlanta University 10/20/2012 2:00 PM (Albany, GA) Alcorn State University Alabama State University 09/29/2012 2:00 PM Jack-Sprinks Stadium (Alcorn State, MS) Benedict College Morehouse College 10/20/2012 2:00 PM C.W. Johnson Stadium (Columbia, SC) Bethune Cookman University North Carolina A&T State University 10/06/2012 Municipal Stadium (Daytona Beach, FL) Bowie State University Virginia State University 10/13/2012 (Bowie, MD) Central State University Missouri University of Science and Technology 10/06/2012 1:30 PM (Wilberforce, OH) Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg University 10/20/2012 1:00 PM (Cheyney, PA) Clark Atlanta University Benedict College 10/13/2012 2:00 PM (Atlanta, GA) Concordia College New Orleans University 11/03/2012 2:00 PM (Selma, AL) Delaware State University North Carolina A&T State University 10/20/2012 1:30 PM (Dover, DE) Edward Waters College Webber International University 10/13/2012 2:00 PM (Jacksonville, FL) Elizabeth City State University Chowan University 10/20/2012 1:30 PM Roebuck Stadium (Elizabeth City, NC) Fayetteville State University Livingstone College 10/27/2012 2:00 PM (Fayetteville, NC) Fisk University Lane College

11/17/2012 3:00 PM Henderson Johnson Gymnasium (Nashville, TN) Florida A&M University North Carolina Central University 11/10/2012 3:00 PM Bragg Memorial Stadium (Tallahassee, FL) Fort Valley State University Concordia College 10/13/2012 (Fort Valley, GA) Grambling State University Virginia University of Lynchburg 10/20/2012 2:00 PM (Grambling, LA) Hampton University Savannah State University 10/27/2012 2:00 PM Armstrong Stadium (Hampton, VA) Howard University Morgan State University 10/20/2012 1:00 PM Greene Stadium (Washington, DC) Jackson State University Mississippi Valley State University 10/20/2012 3:00 PM (Jackson, MS) Johnson C. Smith University Saint Augustine’s College 10/27/2012 1:00 PM Irwin Belk Complex (Charlotte, NC) Kentucky State University Miles College 10/13/2012 1:30 PM (Frankfort, KY) Lane College Miles College 10/20/2012 2:00 PM (Jackson, TN) Langston University Texas College 10/13/2012 1:00 PM W.E. Anderson Stadium (Langston, OK) Lincoln University -Missouri University of Nebraska-Kearney 10/13/2012 2:00 PM Dwight T. Reed Stadium (Jefferson City, MO) Lincoln University -Pennsylvania Bowie State University 10/27/2012 1:00 PM (Lincoln University, PA) Livingstone College Saint Augustine’s College 10/06/2012 2:00 PM (Salisbury, NC) Miles College Clark Atlanta University 10/06/2012 4:00 PM Mississippi Valley State University Alabama A&M Itta Bena, MS 10/06/2012

2:00PM Morehouse College Fort Valley State University 10/27/2012 2:00 PM B.T. Harvey Stadium (Atlanta, GA) Morgan State University North Carolina Central University 10/13/2012 1:00 PM (Baltimore, MD) Morris College Virginia University of Lynchburg 01/23/2013 (Sumter, SC) Norfolk State University Savannah State University 11/03/2012 2:00 PM William Price Stadium (Norfolk, VA) North Carolina A&T State University Norfolk State University 10/27/2012 1:30 PM Aggie Stadium (Greensboro, NC) North Carolina Central University Delaware State University 11/03/2012 2:00 PM OKelly Riddick Stadium (Durham, NC) Paine College TBD 02/09/2013 (Augusta, GA) Prairie View A&M University Alcorn State University 10/20/2012 2:00 PM Blackshear Stadium (Prairie View, TX) Rust College Lemoyne-Owen College 11/10/2012 7:00 PM McMillan Multi-purpose Center (Holly Springs, MS) Saint Augustines College Fayetteville State University 10/20/2012 2:00 PM (Raleigh, NC) Savannah State University Edward Waters College 10/20/2012 2:00 PM Theodore Wright Stadium (Savannah, GA) Shaw University Johnson C. Smith University 10/20/2012 1:00 PM Durham County Stadium (Durham, NC) South Carolina State University Howard University 10/27/2012 Oliver C. Dawson Stadium (Orangeburg, SC) Southern University and A&M College Texas Southern University 10/13/2012 5:30 PM A.W. Mumford Stadium (Baton Rouge, LA) Stillman College Concordia College 11/10/2012 1:30 PM Stillman Stadium (Tuscaloosa, AL) Tennessee State University University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

09/29/2012 5:00 PM (Nashville, TN) Texas Southern University University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 11/03/2012 2:00 PM Texas Southern University Stadium (Houston, TX) Tuskegee University Kentucky State University 10/20/2012 1:00 PM Abbott Stadium (Tuskegee, AL) University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Mississippi Valley State University 10/27/2012 2:30 PM Golden Lion Stadium (Pine Bluff, AR) University of Maryland Eastern Shore Morgan State University 02/16/2013 (Princess Anne, MD) Virginia State University Lincoln University -Pennsylvania 10/20/2012 1:30 PM (Ettrick, VA) Virginia Union University Lincoln University -Pennsylvania 10/06/2012 1:00 PM Hovey Field (Richmond, VA) Virginia University of Lynchburg Edward Waters College 11/17/2012 1:00 PM City Stadium (Lynchburg, VA) West Virginia State University West Liberty University 10/06/2012 1:30 PM (Institute, WV) Winston Salem State University Livingstone College 10/20/2012 6:00 PM Bowman Gray Stadium (Winston-Salem, NC)


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