MY TRUTH By Cheryl Smith Publisher
A lie is a lie is a lie When you are in a position of power or influence, or fortunate to have a bully pulpit; you have an obligation to be conscientious and responsible. In essence you have to know what you are talking about and when to speak. If you're fortunate to have an audience that respects you and has an expectation that the words coming out of your mouth are based on truth, are thought-provoking and trustworthy; it is imperative that you never do anything to violate that trust. Folks are depending on you to be honest and you can't let them down.
Over the past week I have heard so many lies and innuendoes that it has been so disheartening. Talk about fake news or whatever you want to call it. No, I am not talking about the president of these United States of America. I am talking about the constant commentary, speculation, gossip and mess involving the murder case of Amber Guyger But guess what, that is what happens when you lie. Have you ever had someone tell you something so far-fetched and prepos- terous that you feel like a fool repeating it? Well, thatís how I felt this past week. As I received calls from across this country asking, "What the heck," I felt stupid on so many accounts because I know I have been lied to. I know that there's more than meets the eye. I know that there has been preferential treatment. And then, guess what? I don't know a thing! And that brings me to my truth. I grew up being told that my word was my bond. I was told that all I had to stand on was my honor. I would tell the children that they should tell the truth and they definitely shouldn't lie to me. I would say, "If there is anyone in the world you want to believe what you say, it should be me, because I will fight with you until the end if you are telling the truth." Didn't work, but it sounded good! I also knew that if you teach a child to lie, guess what? They will lie to you! Anyway, years ago, as I hosted a show on KKDA-AM, to get folks interested in KwanzaaFest, the cultural event celebrating Kwanzaa, I talked about the baking contest and encouraged participation. I said I was cooking my sweet potato pies and they are the best. Well as weeks led up to the event, I got really busy and didn't see how I was going to cook those pies. So I got on the radio and told this elaborate tale about how all that week I had been getting threats that I better not enter that pie contest. I was having fun with it, until Dear Mrs. Coleman, a long time listener called in and said she was appalled! The nerve of someone threatening me, she said. I could tell that my See MY TRUTH, page 6
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LCHsS alum returns home
Guyger charged with manslaughter
November 2013 and was assigned to the Southeast Patrol Speaking at a town Division. hall meeting at Paul The news provided little Quinn College, Dallas comfort for the Jean family, Police Chief U. Renee back in Saint Lucia, where the Hall asked for support, funeral was being held for the time to do her job and 26-year-old analyst. to let the process work While some cheered the as investigators work news, others asked for answers, to find out what hapand still others asked for murder pened on the fateful charges to be filed against the September night when former police officer. off-duty Dallas Police “The firing is a step in the Officer opened fire, killright direction,” said Min. ing Botham Jean in his Dominique Alexander, who apartment. gathered outside the Dallas Amber Guyger “You said you didn’t Police Department Headquarmurdered Botham Jean trust the police departters Monday night, with othment, so we brought in er demonstrators. “So many the Texas Rangers,” she times we have to get delayed said, adding that citizens justice, that’s why we must said they didn’t trust continue to fight for policy the police to investigate changes.” their own. “Give me a Those changes, he said, are chance. Let me do my many, and include instituting job!” a citizens/police review board As she spoke to the with subpoena power. “Laws crowd, some in the auhave to be changed,” he condience said they didn’t tinued. “We can’t let anybody trust the Rangers etiher. stop us from getting justice in The chief said she is this city!” aware of the frustration Joined by former Dallas and that’s why it is imDeputy Mayor Pro Tem Diane portant that the process Ragsdale, Dr. Jeff Hood, and be followed and those four of the nine who were entrusted to do a job be arrested during a protest given time to conduct a Chief U. Renee Hall with City Councilmembers at outside the Dallas Cowboys Paul Quinn College Town Hall Meeting thorough investigation. game in Arlington, on Sun“If we just hand over day, Sept. 16., Min. Alexander Hall terminated Police Officer the information we gathencouraged demonstrators ered and they (Rangers) use that Amber Guyger, #10702, during a to remain vigilant. information then they aren’t hearing held September 24, 2018. Dr. Hood pointed out that An Internal Affairs investi- “justice is a community effort,” conducting an independent ingation concluded that on Sep- and not just for those who can vestigation,” she pointed out. On Monday it was announced tember 9, 2018, Officer Guyger, afford it. #10702, engaged in adverse conthat the officer had been fired. “We are fighting against an induct when she was arrested for stitution that keeps telling us we Manslaughter. The release read: don’t matter,” he said. “We have Officer Guyger was terminated to stay focused because there Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé for her actions. She was hired in are so many issues.” By Cheryl Smith
Ember Moon with Principal Maresa Bailey by Tiffany Veno
Special to the Garland Journal
Juniors and seniors at Lakeview Centennial High School received a special surprise when LCHS alumna and WWE star Ember Moon, also known as Adrienne Reese, spoke to students about having a dream and working hard to achieve it despite any challenges life See LCHS, page 6
Hamilton Park churches unite Unity in the community is bringing four inter-denominational churches of the Hamilton Park community together for an exciting series of Thursday Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson night revivals during October. Hamilton Park United Methodist Church is celebrating its 61st anniversary, and the Thursday night series is one of their celebratory events. The four churches participating are, on Thursday, Oct. 4, Dr. Gregory Foster of First Baptist Hamilton Park Church, Oct. See UNITY, page 6
Investigation of Mavs complete By Dorothy J Gentry Sports Editor
Two days after results of an investigation into the Dallas Mavericks organization, characterized by the NBA as "disturbing and heartbreaking," were released, Head Coach Rick Carlisle walked into a packed news conference in the bottom level of the American Airlines Center and promptly addressed the elephant in the room. "I am in awe of the women that have worked in this organization for the past 20 years. I am inspired by the victims who had the courage to come forward and tell their stories to ensure an accurate investigation," Carlisle said to the reporters assembled for the Mavs annual Media Day before the start of the NBA season. "My heart goes out to those victims that were affected and how difficult that situation was for them and will probably continue to be." Carlisle's comments came after a press conference Wednesday in the same room in which the results of a seven-month investi-
Earl Sneed, former beat writer for the Dallas Mavericks
gation into sexual harassment allegations within the organization were released. As a result of the investigation, the NBA announced that Mavs owner Mark Cuban will donate $10 million to women's organizations "committed to supporting women's leadership and development in sports and combating domestic violence." The NBA also issued a statement on the investigation's findings which found no evidence of workplace misconduct by Cuban personally. The investigation substantiated numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper work- place conduct within the
Chris Hyde, former Mavericks senior ticket sales employee
Mavericks over a period spanning more than 20 years and found Mavericks management was ineffective, including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and the shortcomings permitted an environment in which acts of misconduct and the individuals who committed them could flourish." NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement, "The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report." The investigation, conducted by Krutoy Law P.C. and Lowenstein Sandler and which
was overseen by the NBA, followed a Feb. 20, 2018 Sports Illustrated article titled, "Exclusive: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks." The report described a culture in the Mavericks' front office "rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior" and chronicled multiple allegations of sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct by current and former employees on the business side of the Mavericks. In the Sports Illustrated article, allegations were made against Terdema Ussery (former President and CEO), Buddy Pittman (then-Senior Vice President of Human Resources, who was subsequently suspended), Earl Sneed (then-beat writer for the Mavericks, who was immediately terminated), Paul Monroe (former Vice President of Marketing), and an unnamed former employee later identified in a May 27, 2018 article in The Dallas Morning News as Chris Hyde (former senior ticket sales employee). Over the course of the investigation, additional allegations against some of these same individuals was uncovered. Sexual harassment allegations against Ussery surfaced less than See MAVS, page 3
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October 6 RED RIVER RIVALRY TEXAS v. OU 11am October 6-11 63rd Homecoming, Biennial Musical & Gospel Meeting at Eastside Church of Christ at First Street 2000 1st St. Garland 5pm-8:30. Bro. ben Foster Senior Minister Sun. Sun. Guest Speaker: Bro. Charles Shaw, Grand Ave Church of Christ in Sherman, TX 10am. Mon.-Thu. Guest Speaker: Bro. Joe Fontaine, Pemberton Hill Church of Christ, Dallas, TX 7pm. October 6 Elite News Presents: WOW Women of Wisdom 5th Annual Gala. At the Dallas Arboretum 8525 Garland Rd. Dallas at Noon. Richardson Farmers Market Hosted by: Four Seasons Markets at Dal-Rich Towne Square 101 Coit Rd. 9am-1pm Recurring dates: Every Sat until 11-24-18.
October 9 Cher-Aoke! Karaoke W/ A Twist at Lakewood Brewing Warm up those chords and leave your inhibitions at the door, cause we’re about to get all up in some karaoke at the Taproom! Join us every Tuesday night from 7-9pm for Cheraoke: Karaoke with a twist! So grab your friends, family, really anyone that’s willing to put up with your unique cover of “You Give Love a Bad Name,” and let’s get weird. Location: 2302 Executive Dr. Garland. Dates: Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23, & 30th. For more info: 972-864-2337.
October 10-11 Jess Hilarious Live at the Addison Improv Comedy Club 4980 Beltline Rd. #250 Addison 10-10 7pm 10-11- 7pm Tickets: www.improvaddison.com
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2018 Season, presented by Plano Magazine! Participants sample select wines at their favorite shops while enjoying live music, art exhibitions, and special discounts. 2018 Juanita Craft Humanitarian Awards Ceremony at State Fair of Texas Chevrolet Main Stage 7:30pm-8pm. State Fair of Texas 2018 Presents: A Night of Gospel and Inspiration on the Chevrolet Main Stage two exciting shows 5:30 & 8:30 pm. Fred Hammond, Gaye Arbuckle & Crystal Aikin.
October 13 North Dallas 2018 All Black Everything at Wyndham Garden Dallas 2645 LBJ Fwy 9pm-1am Presented by Sankofa Foundation. Host: North Dallas Alphas Ludacris at the State Fair 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 8:30pm-10pm Tickets: www.bigtex.com
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October 20 The Market Place In Downtown Garland at 105 N. 6th St. 9am-2pm. Come down to Downtown Garland Square for the Marketplace every 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month from April through October from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Marketplace is an outdoor market with fresh local produce, culinary items, craftsman vendors and local artisans displaying their crafts, jewelry, pottery, wood home decor, and wood carvings. For more information, go to http://www.themarketplacedfw.com. Vendor SUBMISSIONS CONTACT Email: Kirk.Eventive@live.com : 469-275-9616. ”My beauty is Deeper Than What You See” Hosted by: I Me Apparels by K. at Little Elm Rec. Center 303 Main St.
2:30pm-5:30pm. A workshop for High School age young ladies. Educating them on self-awareness, embracement of self, health, & fitness and finances. Community Health Fair at Fresh Oil Point Ministries Church 2930 S. Peachtree Rd. Balch Springs Free Event
STATE FAIR FOOTBALL SHOWDOWN Texas Southern University v. Southern University in the Cotton Bowl at 2p.m. October 27 Teen Summit Hosted by: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Collin County Alumnae Chapter. L.I.F.E.- Learn, Inspire, Focus, Engage at Collin County Community College Preston Ridge Campus 9700 Wade
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How to Stock Your Home with an Emergency Supply Kit With Hurricane Florence having hit the coast and slowly made its way through the Carolinas, power outages occured. Duke Energy has warned that up to 1-3 million of its 4 million customers could possibly lose power due to this dangerous storm. In the event that you lose power and cannot leave your home due to dangerous road conditions, please secure your home in advance with an emergency kit: A basic emergency supply kit could include: · Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days), though many city officials have declared that those on city water should continue to have access to it · Food (at least a threeday supply of non-perishable food) · Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert · Flashlight · First aid kit · Extra Batteries · Whistle to signal for help · Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plas-
tic sheeting with duct tape to shelter-in-place · Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and ties for personal sanitation · Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities · Manual can opener for canned food · Charged cell phone and a backup battery Other supplies to consider depending on your situation: · Prescription medications · Glasses and contacts with lense solution · Infant formula, diapers, bottles, etc. · Pet food and extra water for pets · Cash · Family documents · Change of clothes · Sleeping bag or blankets · Matches in a waterproof container · Feminine supplies · Paper plates, towels, cups etc. · Paper and pens For a downloadable checklist version, go to ready.gov This article originally appeared in the Charleston Chronicle.
Punishing the Poor
There are approximately forty million Americans that live below the federal poverty line in the midst of a robust national economy in which the gross domestic product is nearly $20 trillion, the highest per capita of any nation in the world. Yet in the midst of economic plentitude, the financially fragile, and their children, continue to suffer and are being left behind, according to a recent report by the United States Census Bureau
and by those of us who have helped to shape programs designed to give the poor assistance and free them from poverty. To make matters worse, many of the measures that the federal government is implementing seem designed to keep our fellow citizens poor, rather than encouraging them and their families to reach for the American dream. Instead, they are being offered an American nightmare. This is appalling and unacceptable, and must be reversed. According to national data, the income for the average American
household increased nearly two percent in 2017, while the nationĂs poverty rate was 12.3 percent. The previous year it was 12.7 percent, according to the census report. The poor are being battered while the Trump administration has attempted to curtail subsidized housing programs available to the poor, food stamp assistance for the needy, and impose stringent work requirements on people seeking decent housing. Additionally, the administration continues to herald the massive tax cuts that the president signed into law, giving massive tax cuts to the wealthy, and to corporations. It is almost as if people are being punished for being in poverty
while an administration in power acts as if the "War on Poverty," has been won, when any fair-minded and prudent analysis concludes that the battle is far from over. The safety nets provided for the poor are essential to our reputation as a society that is concerned with the well-being of those who find themselves in the midst of storms. While the administration and those who work for him point to an improving economy and low levels of unemployment, the census report states that the rate of poverty among the nationĂs two largest minority groups, African Americans and Hispanics, is more than 20 percent, double the rate
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for non-Hispanic-white Americans. In the mid-term elections in November, voters must send a clear signal to the Trump administration and to the Republican controlled Congress, reminding them that punishing the poor contravenes the values of our nation and the principles upon which our democracy was established. Our objective should be to create a society in which all people have an equal economic opportunity. We must never punish poor people. We must support them and create an environment where they have the same opportunities as all people!
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a year into his tenure "Cynt" Marshall and as President and CEO Anne Milgram, Special of the Mavericks (1997Counsel, Lowenstein 2015). Investigators said Sandler LLP. Marshall Wednesday they subwas hired in February stantiated claims that as a direct result of the include: allegations by Sports Illustrated article. fifteen current and for- Terdema Ussery, Mavs She praised the emPresident and CEO mer employees regarding ployees who had come from 1997-2015 inappropriate comments forward to tell their stoand touching by Terdema ries. "I want to acknowlUssery; allegations by dozens of cur- edge and thank the women who came rent and former employees that Chris forward and led to the launch of this Hyde made inappropriate comments, investigation. We appreciate the womviewed pornographic images and vid- en and their courage, and we thank eos at the office, had a used condom them, again, for coming forward. fall out of his pants leg onto the office "It is regrettable that this probfloor, and had violent and threatening lematic workplace culture was not outbursts in the workplace; and alle- addressed sooner. I do believe we gations by two women, including a have now addressed it and created former Mavericks employee, that they an environment that is respectful of were victims of domestic violence at women and men. We will continue to the hands of Earl Sneed. take steps to support and restore our The Sports Illustrated article also employees as best we can." Marshall presented no allegations of inappro- continued: "We are determined to livpriate workplace conduct by Cuban ing out our short term vision of setting personally. the NBA standard for inclusion and diWithin days of the article's publica- versity. The investigation is officially tion, the Mavs retained the law firm to behind us and a new exciting future, conduct an independent investigation that sets the path for diversity and ininto the allegations and any other alle- clusion in sports is in front of us." gations of serious workplace misconOver the past months investigators duct. conducted interviews with 215 curPrior to the release of the findings, rent and former Mavericks employees Cuban appeared on ESPN's The Jump who worked for the team during the and apologized to the women in the past two decades and evaluated more at-times emotional interview. than 1.6 million documents, including "First, just an apology to the women emails. involved," Cuban began. "The women The investigation also included recthat in a couple cases were assaulted ommendations for changes within the and not just to them, but their fami- Mavericks' organization, including an lies, because this is not something that increase in the number of women on just is an incident and then it's over -- staff, enhancing the reporting process it stays with people, it stays with fam- for victims of misconduct and impleilies, and I'm just sorry I didn't see it. menting anonymous employee sur"I'm just sorry I didn't recognize it. veys to evaluate workplace culture. And I just hope that out of this, you The NBA is also requiring the Mavs know, we'll be better, and we can to give the league quarterly reports avoid it, and we can help make every- regarding the recommendations set body just smarter about the whole forth in the report, to immediately thing." report any instances or allegations In attendance at the press confer- misconduct and train all staff issues ence to announce the investigation's related to domestic violence, sexual findings were new Mavs CEO Cynthia assault, and sexual harassment.
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QUIT PLAYINâ€™ By Vincent L. Hall In his monumental speech; "The Ballot or the Bullet," Malcolm X signed, sealed and delivered the Magna Carta of Black politics in America. In the face of a rising tide of White nationalism, I wanted to revisit what El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz preached and prophesied in 1964. "The political philosophy of Black nationalism only means that the Black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community. The time when white people can come in our community and get us to vote for them so that they can be our political leaders and tell us what to do and what not to do is long
gone." So why in 2018, in Dallas County, would we let Governor George Wallace--I mean Greg Abbott, handpick the handmaiden of justice and equality for this community? Abbott gave you Faith Johnson, but I could never vote for her. In the words of Richard Pryor at the epilogue of his most brilliant work, "Bicentennial Nigger;" "Y'all might have forgotten, but I ainĂt never gonna forget!" Much of the voting populous in Dallas is young, recently transplanted or both, but I remember why judges like Faith Johnson were Republican and how they stayed on the bench. Another Pryor quote you may have missed; "They were giving Black men time like it was lunch!" Transparently, I never voted for John Creuzot back then, but at least he was creating alternatives to prison and longer than life sentences. Faith was chan-
Judge Faith Johnson (center) speaking to the crowd
Wayne Williams was convicted by a jury of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Williams fled the jurisdiction of the court before he could be sentenced. Upon learning that Williams had fled, Judge Johnson sentenced him in absentia to life in prison. Approximately one year later, Williams was recaptured. When Judge Johnson learned that Williams had been apprehended, she told members of her staff that she was going to pick up a cake and some ice cream to celebrate his return. The judge laughed and gave instructions on where to place the decorations. A cake, decorated with the words, "Welcome Home Billy Ray Williams," was displayed on a table in the courtroom. A local Dallas news reporter was also present, at Judge Johnson's request, to film the
party preparations and WilliamsĂ expression as he entered the courtroom and witnessed the celebration. As Williams approached the bench, Judge Johnson told him, "You just made my day when I heard you had finally come home. WeĂre so excited to see you; weĂre throwing a party for you. Approximately 40 minutes later, after the courtroom had been cleared of the party decorations, Williams was brought before Judge Johnson again for formal sentencing. Seana Willing, executive director of Texas' Commission on Judicial Conduct, said Johnson may have violated requirements that judges remain impartial and observe proper decorum. Getting one case right does not a DA make. DonĂt put your faith in the same folks who got us into this mess. Don't misplace your faith Again!
tional in 2013, but this year officials revealed that Black New Yorkers were still eight times more likely than white residents to be arrested for low-level marijuana charges, despite the groups using it as similar rates. Tragically, racially biased policing isnĂt contained to my hometown and leads to deadly consequences across America. Last year, a journalistic investigation found that Black people were shot more often than White people by police, although Black people were less likely to be found with a weapon. When I left to join the military, it wasn't for me. It was for my family and loved ones who I would leave behind. I felt like I was doing my part, so they wouldn't have to live in fear of events like 9/11 happening again. But my service in Afghanistan hasn't made my family safer from the peo-
lations, then DeVoid will have accomplished her purpose, which seems to be to turn education into an unregulated free for all, and a profit opportunity for her family and others who see education as a commodity, not a service. I feel that DeVoid has been miseducated, but perhaps she has been all too well educated in the ways of 45, who promised to disrupt government as we know it. With his horrid approach to governing, and his flippant disregard for the lives of US citizens (witness his crude and inaccurate comments about deaths in Puerto Rico), 45 has certainly been disruptive. And the minion he has described as "ditsy" has been equally destructive to students and schools at the Department of Education.
neling Marie Antoinette--"let them eat cake!" D Magazine published an article late 2016 that reveals what her peers thought. "In 2003, when she was running the 363rd District Court, Johnson did not impress the lawyers who voted. To the question "Does this judge correctly apply the law?" only 41 percent said "yes." Next question: "Do you approve of this judgeĂs overall performance?" Just 49 percent said "yes." On those same two questions, Judge John Creuzot got
85 and 87 percent "yes." Manny Alvarez, 80 and 76. Vickers L. Cunningham Sr., 71 and 68. Keith Dean, 78 and 78. Robert W. Francis, 78 and 77. Karen Green, 61 and 56. Of the 12 criminal district court judges that year, Johnson scored the lowest. That's the judge that Abbott picked for us? The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct tagged Johnson in 2005 with a public admonition for her brand of justice not politics. In November 2003, Billy
kneeling to protest the national anthem, as they've explained time and time again. They are kneeling to say that the ways in which police officers and the criminal justice system treat African-Americans (people like me and my family) constitute a national crisis. I'm grateful for the players' decision to take a knee. Because when many people set eyes on me, the first thing they see isn't someone who may have missed his sister's wedding, lost his father, and buried several friends during his tour of duty. They don't see a former combat medic who'd risked his life for their country or a man whose seven years of honorable service didn't include a moment to grieve. Instead of a veteran, they see a Black man first and foremost. And in 2014, police saw a potential criminal. The awakening came only a few years after leaving the Army and returning home to
my beloved New York. I'd enrolled in college, one of the major steps for reintegrating back into society after service. My new dream was to work on local policy.
block stroll from the subway to my apartment, New York Police Department officers stopped me in my path. I fit the description of someone whoĂd just committed a
I commuted daily from the Bronx to Manhattan to attend my classes at City College of New York. One night, during the two-
crime, they said. What was the crime? I asked. They said they couldn't tell me. When I asked if the description was for someone
who looked like me (someone wearing a shirt and tie) they said I would have to call the station to find out. I was then put against a wall and searched. I felt humiliated and helpless. It was only when they asked for my ID that they saw my veteran status at the top of it. Finally, the degrading and unwarranted search came to an end. They told me to have a nice day. A part of me wanted to dismiss what had just happened to me as an isolated incident. But I knew that this practice disproportionally occurred in poorer neighborhoods and over- whelmingly targeted young Black men. A report by the New York Civil Liberties Union showed that innocent New Yorkers were subjected to stop-andfrisk tactics more than five million times since 2002, with people of color comprising the vast majority. These racially discriminatory NYPD stops were ruled unconstitu-
1. DeVoid has lifted the for-profit college that President Barack Obama attempted to regulate. She chose to minimize the regulations that curtailed for-profit college exploitation. While the Obama administration attempted to make students, who attended for-profit colleges whole, DeVoid has erred in favored of the rip-off schools. Many for-profit colleges only exist because students take out federal loans. When these schools fail, so do the students. Why shouldnĂt the federal government pick up the slack from schools that falsely market themselves as a bridge from poverty to opportunity? Blessedly, a federal judge just ruled that DeVoidĂs attempts to delay Obama-era regulations to provide students with relief was wrong. The Borrower Defense rule, which allows students who borrowed to attend shady schools to apply for relief, had been delayed by the Depart-
ment of Education, but US District Judge Randolph Moss ruled that the DepartmentĂs actions are ĂŹprocedurally incorrectĂŽ. The lawsuit against DeVoid and the Department of Education was brought by 19 states and the District of Columbia. Will DeVos learn her lesson? Probably not. This is part of her miseducation. 2. DeVoid has weakened regulations around sexual harassment and sexual abuse of students. She feels that those who are accused of harassment should have more rights than they are already offered, and that the arc of justice should bend away from the young women who have been raped and abused. DeVoid is devoid of compassion when she raises the bar for those who accuse fellow students and colleagues of sexual assault or harassment. Is there room for adjudication? Probably. Should those who have to encounter their rapists or harassers on campus be pro-
tected? Absolutely. 3. DeVoid has stacked her staff with proponents of charter schools and for-profit education, which is the equivalent of having the fox guard the henhouse. She has done this boldly, unapologetically, and with the blessing of her boss, the 45th President, who has also been woefully miseducated. It is likely that the trustees of the University of Pennsylvania cringe every time he says that he went to the Wharton School of Business. 4. DeVoid has proposed
rolling back rules on accrediting colleges and schools, raising concerns that she plans to water down the quality of education nationally. This is consistent with her familyĂs involvement in for-profit education. To be sure, many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have run afoul of the accrediting agencies, such as SACS (the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), which seem to be stricter on HBCUs than on other schools, but none in the HBCU community support the DeVoid method of changing accreditation rules. DeVoid is using the Department of Education as a playground for her familyĂs monied interests. Under Betsy DeVoid, the staff of the Department of Education is down 13 percent. Some may see this as a good thing, and every federal agency can probably stand to be streamlined some. But if the staff reduction means less enforcement of important regu-
#QuitPlayin Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.
I fought for our Country--Now NFL Players are kneeling for me I'm a veteran of the U.S. Army. So it may come as a surprise that the day I read about NFL players kneeling during
Speaking Truth to Power By Samuel Innocent the national anthem, I could not have been prouder. I was proud because after serving my country for seven years, it felt like someone was finally looking out for me. As someone who served as a sergeant in Afghanistan, only to take a civilian job helping veterans upon returning home, I fully understand patriotism. I work hard to embody it every day. That's precisely why I think it's so important to stop mischaracterizing Colin Kaepernick's movement as unpatriotic. Players are not
See NFL Players, page 5
The Miseducation of Betsy Devoid
by Dr. Julianne Malveaux Even her boss, the 45th President of the United States, is derisive of Education Secretary Betsy DeVoid, the Devos woman who is devoid, absent, of good sense. She may have even been placed in her position as payback for whatever support her wealthy family provided to the certified public liar of a leader. Education Secretary Betsy DeVoid has used her position to elevate her familyĂs economic advantage, and she has used her position to punish students whose interests are contrary to her own. She is a prime example of miseducation, and her tenure has been an attack on students. Let me count the ways:
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Vote 2018: America is on the Ballot pieces of legislation that impact Black people on a daily basis are made by individuals who are elected by regular citizens at the local, county and state levels of government. Those who are elected to office by regular citizens, then have the ability to appoint people to other key positions, as well as enact laws that will undoubtedly affect the
By Jeffrey L. Boney
(NNPA Newswire Political Analyst)
The 2018 midterm elections are nearly upon us. The United States of America, in 2018, is at a major crossroads and there is too much at stake to simply ignore the importance of this critical election. If ever there was a time to vote, that time is now. And while there will be many candidates whose names will appear on ballots across this country, it is actually the future of the United States of America that is the most important thing on the ballot this November. These important midterm elections are shaping up to be some of the most important elections in modern times. The results of these midterm elections will not only determine the makeup of Congress, but they will also shape the overall future of this country. The current president has single-handedly emboldened the worst elements of society to openly express their racist views and bigotry in ways that have not been blatantly seen in America since the days of the Civil Rights struggle. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other legislation that was introduced, helped to deal with issues of racism, police brutality, economic disenfranchisement, discriminatory judicial practices and attacks on voting rights that have existed in this country since inception. However, the unrepentant hearts of racists in this country came to the forefront once again after the election, and subsequent re-election, of the nation’s first Black president in 2008 and 2012 respectively – President Barack Obama. The current administration has shined a light on the darkness of racism and bigotry that has long been ignored and swept under the rug in this country. The divisive rhetoric and activity that this current administration has boldly encouraged, has now trickled down to many cities and states across this country, which is why voting in local and state elections is so important. “All politics is local” is a popular political saying that is most often associated with former Democratic House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. When you think about the phrase in itself, it makes sense that the things that impact you the most take place on the local level. Taxation without representation is a horrible position to be in. The President of the United States, whoever that elected person may be, plays an important role in what affects Black people, but the president can only do so much. All of the key decisions and
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ers. In contrast, Whites were motivated to come out and vote, primarily because of the polarization of Trump, and had an increase in their voter turnout rate – 65.3 percent in 2016 versus 64.1 percent in 2012. Over the past few decades, the number of Blacks choosing to stay home and not vote, coupled with the Black
The fight to protect those precious voting rights is still being fought on a daily basis by those who understand the struggle to make a difference through politics and public policy.
quality of life of everyone, including those who didn’t vote. The detrimental outcome of Black people choosing to completely disengage from the political process and choosing not to vote is a costly one. A non-vote is still relevant and just as powerful as if a vote were actually cast. President Donald J. Trump understood that, and expressed his sincere gratitude for a great majority of Black people choosing not to come out and vote in 2016. After winning his election against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Trump told a crowd of supporters at a 2016 rally in Grand Rapids: “The African American community was great to us. They came through, big league. Big league. If they had any doubt, they didn’t vote, and that was almost as good, because a lot of people didn’t show up, because they felt good about me.” At another rally the following week, Trump once again expressed his appreciation for Blacks choosing to stay home and not vote, saying: “We did great with the African American community…They didn’t come out to vote for Hillary. They didn’t come out. And that was big — so thank you to the African American community.” According to the Pew Research Center, the Black voter turnout rate in 2016 declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling to 59.6 percent in 2016, after reaching a record-high 66.6 percent in 2012 when President Obama was re-elected. The number of Black voters who went to the polls in 2016 also declined, falling by approximately 765,000 vot-
vote being constantly targeted by voter suppression tactics, has contributed to the election of many individuals who have not had the best interest of African Americans in mind. Trump now has the potential of having a second Supreme Court Justice named to the highest court in the land, which could prove disastrous for many African Americans if he is confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate. The likelihood of this lifetime appointment, along with the other harmful pieces of legislation that have been introduced by this administration, only became a reality when Trump was elected to the office of the presidency by those who chose to vote and by those who chose to stay home and not vote. This November, Black people must take voting and politics seriously if they are going to see collective changes in their communities, in their social status and in their daily lives. At the recent Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Summit, Reverend Dr. William Barber challenged the attendees at the annual Phoenix Awards Dinner to step up and vote. “We are called to be the conscious of this nation,” said Rev. Barber. “Our vision has to be bigger than Trump. We have to come together to change the course of our nation. You better know who you are when you are under assault. We cannot fail to be who we are. We must vote.” There is no Black community in America that can grow and progress if there is no solid representation in place to make important decisions that impact the quality of life of its res-
idents. Whether it is educating Black children, ensuring their tax dollars are fairly distributed, having access to quality healthcare, having community-based services available to them or receiving equitable treatment in the court of law, Black people must vote to ensure they have quality representation. If Black people don’t vote to ensure they have quality representation, then the potential of having ineffective representatives thrust upon them becomes a potential reality. Again, Black people need not downplay the significance of these upcoming midterm elections in November. While the races for Congress and the various governorships across the country are extremely important, there are many down ballot races that are even more important and should not be ignored, as they will impact the daily lives of Black people for years to come. In Harris County, Texas, which is the third most populous county in the U.S., there are 19 Black women running for various judicial seats on the ballot in the upcoming midterm elections. Whether it is the judge who has the power to sentence your loved one to a lengthy prison sentence or the judge who is responsible for dealing with a lawsuit or the judge who has the power to determine what your child support payments and visitation rights look like through the family court – one or more of these Black women could very well be elected in a position that will impact your life in some shape, form or fashion in the very near future. The same applies to all of the other important local and state races across the country. All elections, especially local elections, are too important to overlook and ignore. The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), which represents over 200 Black-owned media companies across the U.S., has been focused on registering 5 million, new Black voters before the midterm elections and is working collaboratively with other national organizations relative to increasing Black voter turnout. It is time for Black people to dig in, get in the fight and embrace their precious right to vote, which was paid for with a hefty price. More importantly, the fight to protect those precious voting rights is still being fought on a daily basis by those who understand the struggle to make a difference through politics and public policy. It is not the time to embrace non-voting. It is not the time to make a conscious decision to stay at home and avoid casting a ballot in 2018. It is time to VOTE, because America is on the Ballot in 2018! Jeffrey Boney is a political analyst for the NNPA Newswire and BlackPressUSA. com and the associate editor for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is an award-winning journalist, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and founder and CEO of the Texas Business Alliance Follow Jeffrey on Twitter @realtalkjunkies.
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NFL players, ple sworn to protect us in our own backyards. So yes, I was proud of players like Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, and Olivier Vernon because I knew how few people would be willing to risk their careers to shed light on issues that are urgent for people of color but that others often sweep under the rug. Iím proud that when Americans tune in to be entertained, the players in turn make the world more cognizant of the need to change how law enforcement operates. The players are not disrespecting veterans by kneeling. My local Veterans Affairs hospital in Brooklyn has slowly shut down parts of the facility and forced veterans to seek care elsewhere. This truly is disrespectful and not the promise that this nation made to its service members. Disrespect is the struggle that veteran charities face when trying to raise money. If you feel that forcing America to grapple with its continued systematic oppression of racial minorities is
disrespectful, take a deeper look at why it bothers you. I pray that one day my fellow countrymen will see me for who I am: a veteran and a Black man who
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wants to be treated the same as everyone else whether I'm in uniform or not. I fought for our nation abroad, and now the players fight for my inclusion at home.
Samuel Innocent is a former Army combat medic who served in Afghanistan and a Pat Tillman Foundation scholar. This article originally appeared in the Nashville Pride.
OCTOBER 3, 2018
Ask ALMA By Alma Gill
Common sense ain't so common Dear Alma, I am a 25-year-old man. I consider myself very nice and caring. I live with a woman I met in February of this year. Things do not seem to be working out. I feel that I have been giving all that I can give. It has not helped that some of my life goals did not happen this year. I wanted to go back and work on a Ph.D. in economics, but I can't. I am finding it very difficult to leave this relationship because she's pregnant. I believe that this child deserves two loving parents, but if I am not happy, the best thing for the child is not a marriage. I am an independent type of person. I feel that I have very little private time. I feel that I constantly have to be with her. Lately, Iíve been thinking I should end the relationship. I do want our baby, but Iím not sure about the relationship. I wish I knew earlier what I know now. My best friend says I canít leave while she's pregnant. What do you think? Signed, Not Ready Hey Not Ready, I don't want to use this space to dump on you about being totally selfish, egotistical and abundantly self-absorbed because, in my opinion, you wonít get it, and whatís most important about your circumstances is your new baby. You're 25 years old and you live with a woman you met nine months ago. What is that about? You mentioned wanting to go back and get your Ph.D. This leads me to assume you have acquired the prior degrees necessary to take that next step. While absorbing all of this, I have come to the conclusion that you have ìbook smartsî down to a science. What youíre lacking is common sense. When one makes the decision to be in a committed relationship and live with that person, intimacy allows the possibility of a pregnancy. Is your book sense following me so far? What leads you down the path of partnership is the decision that you want to spend the rest of your life with this person. Thatís not what you did. You shacked up, hooked up and now she's knocked up. A-ha moment here: There's a reason we put the horse in front of the cart in real life and on a farm. You didn't do that. You also didn't mention "love" once in your submission. You said "I" so many times, I lost count. I'd suggest you spend time getting to know the person you decided to live with, who will become the mother of your child. Don't focus so much on how she's not the one for you. Learn to like her for who she is and the fact that the two of you will always be connected. I'm sure she has some great qualities; obviously you thought so, too, early on. It is your responsibility to support her during this time, emotionally and financially. She didnít do this alone. You were a willing participant who's now changed his mind. You've come to the conclusion that she isn't the one for you, and that's fine. But you do owe it to her and your child to have the best friendship the two of you can create. I agree with your friend: No, you can't leave right now. You need to do whatís best for all three of you, not just you. Put on your big boy gloves and step up to the plate; prepared for game day. Prepare yourself to be the best father you could ever imagine. If it doesn't come naturally in the form of common sense, buy a book "Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge" by Etan Thomas is a good place to start. Alma Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: email@example.com. Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma.
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MY TRUTH, continued from front page dear elder was very, very upset. So I took a commercial break. When I came back on the air, I apologized to Mrs. Coleman and told the audience the truth, I had not received any threats and I was just too busy to cook. Some laughed because my story sounded like something out of Mayberry, with Andy Griffith and Aunt Bee. But guess what? I learned an invaluable lesson People trust Cheryl Smith! Although this happened over 25
A Way Out of This Out of the darkness, be drawn to the light. It will warm and comfort you and turn your day from the night.
Do you know this man?
Allowing you to see the good times and find strength in them It will show, without a doubt, that your strength comes from Him. Everything imaginable rearranged by death. Outlining the measure of the dash that you dwell on earth. Although weakened by sadness, muster all you might. Weep if you must but keep moving towards the light.
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authors of Faithful Remembrances Volume I
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877-373-8477 Come on PEOPLE! Don’t you CARE? Will it matter when it is your sister, mother, aunt or grandmother or maybe YOU?
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11, Dr. Tommy Brown of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Oct. 18, Rev. Aaron McCardell III, Life Church and Oct 25, Bishop Derrick Bowman of Faith way Fellowship Church. The Hamilton Park community is one of Dallas’ most historic African American communities. Formed in the 1950s to relieve a housing shortage for African Americans, Hamilton Park was a desired destination for the upwardly mobile. The community was named after Dr. Richard T. Hamilton, a noted African American physician and civic leader. Hamilton Park is in prime real estate between North Central Expressway and I-635. Hamilton Park United Methodist Church, also known as “The Park” is experiencing revitalization under the leadership of Dr. Sheron C. Patterson. Increased membership and ministries abound, as the congregation recently added an 8:00 worship service. This congregation maintains its strong dedication to the community via weekly tutorials at the neighborhood school, The Hamilton Park Pace Setter Magnet School, and food distributions and emergency funding to those in need. Dr. Patterson said she is excited about the unity of the Thursday night revival series. “I am deeply honored that each of these great pastors embraced the goal unity. It is so important that we spend time together, and relish our connectedness, now more than ever. We are living in ever increasing hostile days. We must heed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ‘If we do not learn to live together as brothers and sisters, we will perish as fools.’ Longtime Hamilton Park resident, known as “the Mayor,” Thomas Jefferson said, “It seems as though this revival will be like no other revival in the history of Hamilton Park. That history dates back as far as 1954. However, what I like about this particular revival is that we are bridging the old and the new generation. “ He continued, “I’m speaking of the golden age and the past times of worshipping at First Church Hamilton Park with the Rev. J. L. Foster and worshipping with the Hamilton Park UMC and the Rev. Zan W. Holmes Jr. For the new generation we have some of the offsprings, such as Pastor Derrick Bowman and Pastor Aaron McCardell III. Discover the world’s best walk-in bathtub from
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Hollywood Hernandez LIVE By Hollywood Hernandez
Fahrenheit 11/9 Filmmaker Roger Moore has made a series of comedic documentaries over the years that have had one thing in common: they were all super critical of the far right wing of the Republican Party. However, in Fahrenheit 11/9 (the day Trump won the presidential election), Moore goes in on both sides of the political aisle and shows how money and corruption are running the U.S. political process. Some of the movie is funny, some parts are sad and some parts are hopeful as he shows some great examples of how things can be changed for the better from the grassroots level. His plan in the movie seems to be let's just blow things up and start all over again. His point in the film is that we created Donald Trump by alienating the minority voter with corrupt politics and by rallying
"Joe Q Redneck" with his message of hate aimed at non-whites, Muslims and immigrants. Moore also shows some eerily similar footage of Hitler exposing a very similar message. The film shows Trump as a corrupt, misogynistic, egomaniac who is just plain mean. Moore relates a story where a reporter asks him if he ever gets tired of being "the eye of the storm?" Trump's overinflated ego answers, "I am the storm." Of course, Moore spends some time in his hometown of Flint, MI where he reports on the tainted water that is killing the children of Flint. He places the
blame on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Snyder built a pipeline, making huge sums of money for its investors, and piping
in polluted water as the city's water supply. Of course, when the water starts to ruin the finish on the cars of the remaining GM plant in Flint, he switches back to the old source of water, but only for the car plant and not the people. A really heartbreaking moment in the movie is when President Obama comes to town and, obviously in a staged bit, coughs and asks for a glass of water. You can hear the audience noticeable groan as Obama takes a sip of the polluted water (looking up close Moore shows that Obama only
touches his lips with the tainted water). Interviewing the parents who attended, you can see and hear how disappointed they are with Obama. They were expecting help from their president and felt betrayed that instead, he vouched for the other side. The movie also mentions that Obama received more money from Goldman Sachs, one of the largest investment banks in the world, than any other presidential candidate. Moore covers a lot of ground in Fahrenheit 11/9, perhaps too much in a movie that runs 2 hours and 2 minutes. Hopefully, the movie will be a thought starter that will get people to talk about the way the government in this country has become so corrupt. The movie is rated R for some adult language. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Movie Scale" I rate it a JUMBO.
THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
The power of technology! Today from Nigeria direct into the Valder Beebe Show studios Award-Winning Nigerian Author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani In 2014, more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their school dormitory in Chibok, Nigeria. More than 100 remain missing. The poignant new novel, Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, is based on the Chibok abductions, an event that sparked a glob-
al campaign involving notable activists such as Michelle Obama and Malala. In addition to those from Chibok, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of girls across northeast Nigeria. According to Nwaubani, "I wanted to write a story that would enable the world to see these thousands of kidnapped girls not just as numbers, but as the curious, ambitious, and lovely daughters whom their families wanted to see again. I wanted the world to know how irreversibly their lives changed since the kidnappings and understand that this horror must never be allowed to happen again."
In the middle of the night on April 14, 2014, the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than two hundred girls from their school dormitory in Chibok, Nigeria. The abduction of the "Chibok girls" received worldwide media coverage, sparking a global Bring Back Our Girls campaign involving celebrities from Michelle Obama to Malala. So far, 107 of the Chibok girls have been found, rescued, or freed in negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram. More than one hundred remain missing. Born, raised and residing in Nigeria, author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani conducted countless interviews with the Chibok
girls to write the poignant new novel, Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree. The book tells the story of a young Nigerian girl who dreams of a new pair of shoes, a university degree and a husband. But her dreams turn to nightmares when her village is attacked by the terrorist group Boko Haram. She is taken with other girls into the forest where she is forced to follow her captorsí radical beliefs and watch as her best friend slowly accepts everything sheís been told. Profile from PREMIERETV VBS: Adaobi, you are an award-winning author residing in Nigeria. As a matter of record you are calling me from Nigeria
today where you reside. You have conducted countless interviews with kidnapped girls in Nigeria and you have brought forth this eyes-wide-open book, Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree.
led to the Bring Back Our Girls campaign that saw the involvement of celebrities Michelle Obama and Malala [Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen].
ATN: We have this terrorist Jihadist group Boko Hiram, the same as Isis who are kidnapping girls from their homes, their school and events all around the North East of Nigeria. It was not until 2014 when a group of girls [over 200 girls] were kidnapped from their town in Chibok in North East Nigeria that the kidnapping gained worldwide attention. Not just the kidnapping gained attention but worldwide outrage that
Hear Award-Winning Nigerian Author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubaniís complete audio interview on SoundCloud.com/ valderbeebeshow. More Valder Beebe Show, THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW, on ValderBeebeShow. com, Youtube.com/valderbeebeshow, 411RadioNetwork.com and VBS affiliate broadcasters.
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questions from the audience during her visit. And before she left, she gifted the school with one of her wrestling belts to display for future Patriots. Photos courtesy of Lakeview Centennial High School