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By Cheryl Smith Publisher

I began this year’s African American Heritage Month watching TV One’s award-winning series, “UnSung� featuring comedians George Wallace and Dick Gregory. Both men used humor to entertain and educate. As I gear up for another month of excellent programming, I wonder, as I usually do; why is it that during February there is a wealth of information to share about the history of Black people?

District Clerk Felicia Pitre, District Attorney Faith Johnson and UNT Dallas Law School Professor Atty. Cheryl Wattley

Here’s some good news to start the month off! For the second time in as many years, Dallas County will be holding an expunction expo to “clear records for people who, by law, are eligible� to have their records expunged. “There are individuals within Dallas County who cannot obtain employment, higher education or even serve our country in the military See MY TRUTH, page 3

KEMP: Setting record straight! My name is Judge Tammy Kemp and I am the presiding Judge of the 204th Judicial District Court. I am running for re-election and asking for your support at the polls in the upcoming 2018 Democratic Primary. I would like to take this opportunity before early voting begins on February 20th to ensure you are well-informed about the transformation and successes of the 204th since I took the bench and to set the record straight with the facts on a key issue that has been raised during this campaign.


When I began my first term on the bench four years ago, one of the first things I did was hire and recruit some of the best and brightest court personnel at the Frank Crowley Courts Building to ensure we had a strong team to serve you — the citizens of Dallas County. Putting a talented, experienced and knowledgeable team in place was and continues to be key to the court’s day-to-day operations and overall efficiency. Once our staff was in place, we did an assessment of the pending cases in the 204th as well as the manner in which the court operated under my predecessor and identified multiple deficiencies and opportunities for improvement. One of the primary ways that a criminal court’s success is measured, is based on the rate in which pending cases on the court’s docket are disposed. This rate of efficiency has a direct correlation between a particular court and the number of men and women who are sitting in the county jail at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, awaiting court action

offenders become productive citizens, Project Phoenix targets adults, ages 17 to 30, and partners with the various trades of the AFL-CIO to teach eligible participants a marketable skill while earning a living wage through an apprenticeship. To date, we have had 20 individuals successfully complete the program since its inception in 2016. (bond reduction hearings, pre-trial hearings, trials, sentencing, etc.). We successfully streamlined the court’s docket process, and thereby reduced the number of individuals in jail pending court action in the 204th from an average of 300 defendants per month down to approximately 100 defendants per month. At a daily cost of $70 per day to house an individual in the county jail, this translates into cost savings to taxpayers. As a result of the enhancements we made under my administration, in my first year on the bench, we moved the 204th Judicial District Court from the worst ranked felony court (#17 out of 17 courts) to the number one felony court in Dallas County — a distinction that we proudly maintain today.


When I ran for judge in 2014, one of the things I campaigned on was my vision to create a specialized program to impact low-level offenders by providing them with an opportunity to turn their lives around and be successful. After I won, I moved forward with turning that dream into a reality by partnering with the Dallas AFL-CIO to create a second chance initiative known as Project Phoenix. Designed to assist first-time

“Judge Kemp approached us about collaborating on an innovative program to mutually benefit both first-time, non-violent offenders and the trade industry prior to winning her elected position four years ago,� said Mark York, Dallas AFL-CIO. “She is genuinely passionate about rehabilitating those individuals who end up in the criminal justice system because of life circumstances, lack of guidance or poor choices. It was a campaign promise that Judge Kemp kept; and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve as the nucleus of Project Phoenix as we strive to restore dignity and equip people with the necessary job skills to help take care of their families.� Project Phoenix is available to all Dallas County courts.


Another issue impacting the criminal justice system that I am passionate about is the continual need to overhaul the county’s bail policies and procedures. Historically, the bond payment system has been vulnerable to socio-economic bias towards indigent defendants, emphasizing the divide between the have and have nots. In other See JUDGE KEMP, page 5

Garland Board and Volunteer Fair Come enjoy an evening of networking and conversation with more than 30 of Garland's nonprofit, civic and community organizations. These organizations are seeking both volunteers and/or open board vacancies. The Garland Board & Volunteer Fair is hosted by the City of Garland and the Kiwanis Club of Garland. Free to attend. Register at as an attendee, organization or sponsor.

Garland ISD’s reopens Planetarium Garland ISD’s Planetarium has reopened its doors after seven years of dormancy. The GISD Planetarium, which opened in 1976 at Lakeview Centennial High School, has been completely renovated thanks to the 2014 bond program. The latest technology and a state-of-theart, 360-degree screened dome with interactive simulations of distant galaxies, the Earth’s layers, the human skeleton and more will impact students across the district. Garland ISD is proud to provide teachers with an opportunity to take lessons to the next level and give students a truly memorable learning experience. Third-graders from Davis Elementary School kicked off the grand reopening on Feb. 1.


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Beer Dinner with Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver Hosted by The Brooklyn Brewery and Flying Saucer The Lake Thursday, at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Flying Saucer The Lake 4821 Bass Pro Dr., Garland, Texas 75043 Lake Flying Saucer is pumped as hell to welcome in The Brooklyn Brewery's owner, founder, and brew master Garrett Oliver to host a very special dinner. Mr. Oliver will be bringing his mastery of brewing, his encyclopedic knowledge of pairing beer and food, his suave debonairness, and some of his brewery's most fantastic beers along with him. Brendan Quigley Photography Exhibit Feb.8March 8 Granville

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February 9 FREE Movie "Sleepless in Seattle" The City of Garland presents several FREE movies throughout the year at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. All are first-come, first-served general admission shows. No tickets are required. Popcorn, candy, soda and water are available for $2 each. The Plaza Theatre is located at 521 W. State St. For questions, please contact the Granville Arts Center Box Office at 972-205-2790 or 7:00 PM Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland, TX, 75040 Live Music Fridays- Taylor DeLatte at Houlihan’s Garland, Firewheel Town Center 660 Town Center Blvd., Garland, TX. 75040 at 7:00 p.m. Every Friday Houlihan's Garland features local bands on the patio (weather permitting). Taylor DeLatte will be helping us kick off the weekend! February 10 Fresh Fiction Afternoon Tea Chocolate Angel Cafe & Tea Room 635 W. Campbell Road - #310 Richardson, TX 75080 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Join us for our monthly afternoon tea where we eat scrumptious tea foods and chat about books. There are no assigned books, we just want to hear about what you have been reading and enjoying. Tickets available here: http:// *************

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A Silent Walker - Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall You should know and the world should mourn the recent passing of a Civil Rights giant; Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, Pastor Emeritus of the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, New York. This space is far too shallow to scratch the surface of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “ride-or-die�; so let me interpose part of an August 25, 2016 Washington Post article that encapsulates his spirit. “On a cold day in 1960, a fed-up Wyatt Tee Walker led a group of protesters through the “whites-only� entrance of the Petersburg, Va., public library. Walker, the pastor of the historic Gillfield Baptist Church, calmly walked to the library’s counter and asked for a biography of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. “I was rubbing it in their noses a lit-

tle because I always felt Robert E. Lee was guilty of treason and should have been arrested and put in prison,â€? said Walker, now 87, “but the South made such a hero of him.â€? “I heard somebody say, ‘The niggers are here!’â€? recalled Walker, who would later serve as chief of staff for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “They called the police and arrested those of us who would not leave. They took us to the Petersburg jail, and that stirred up the community.â€? It was the first of Walker’s 17 arrests for challenging segregation. The Petersburg library sit-in would become a catalyst for desegregating the small city’s lunch counters, bus terminal, restaurants and public swimming pools.â€? Wyatt Tee Walker’s life was a whirlwind after the notable protest. Walker became an intimate protĂŠgĂŠ of the revolution that had MLK at its head and was flanked by some of the most intellectually gifted

preacher/prophets in American history. Dr. King marshaled a “Talented Tenth� that gave ground cover to an army of men and women who risked their lives and livelihoods to be free. Walker was known in his early years as flamboyant, but he never seemed to wear his accolades like chevrons on a doctoral robe. He was always about the movement. He never bragged that Dr. King once called him; “The keenest mind in the non-violent revolution.� King installed his pastorate at Canaan on March 24, 1968, 10 days before the “Drum Major for justice� lay cold on a dirty, concrete balcony at the Lorraine Motel. Walker didn’t carry a pamphlet that shouted out his education. After receiving a degree from Virginia Union, he studied abroad at the University of Ghana, the Haitian American Institute and in Nigeria. Walker was a man of letters who applied his alphabets toward solving Black America’s puzzling struggle toward liberty and justice!

Walker was the Executive Director of the SCLC, led the NAACP and CORE (The Council On Racial Equality). He was a captain in the Apartheid movement and was there for the Drs. Wyatt Tee Walker and Martin Luther King, Jr. launching of Al Sharpton’s Nanotes version is enough to make tional Action Network. Dr. Walker was bestowed the title, you shout. Doc juxtaposed the biblical expe“Harlem’s Renaissance Manâ€? by Rev. riences and faith walks of Jacob (If Jesse Jackson. He was the assistant the Lord will), David (Because the Pastor to the “The King of Cats,â€? the Lord has) and Job, (Regardless of Reverend Adam Clayton Powell. what the Lord does next). Walker’s Seven books lend his name to a capstone and epilogue declared short list of ministers who effectivethat it doesn’t matter where your ly preach and pen the message. His life intersects with God‌ just make first publication; “Somebody’s Callsure it does! ing My Name- Black sacred music That’s the good news of the Gosand social changeâ€? proved his metpel and a revolution within itself. tle as an ethnomusicologist. Even in silence, Dr. Walker is speakPersonally, Dr. Walker holds a place ing‌#quitplayin‌#staywoke in my Hall of Fame for a sermon he delivered in Dallas entitled; “If, Vincent L. Hall is an author, Because and Regardless.â€? The cliff activist and award-winning journalist.

God’s Got You, Just Put One Foot In Front of the Other Spiritually Speaking by James A. Washington

I have at times talked a little about “Faith Walk� and it dawned on me that I have also questioned just what that meant. Maybe you can explain it better than me and know that I’m not trying to be funny. I’m being real and just want to gain and give more perspective on what many have told me, I went through. Some claimed to see a transformation in me as I have come to Christ. Others have said, “As you go through this walk.� Obviously, I’ve used the term myself when trying to explain my different view of the world as seen through a new pair of spiritualized eyes. The whole experience has been and continues to be extreme-

ly dynamic. I’m just curious about the ‘walk’ reference. I suppose when you think about it, many in the bible had truth revealed to them on a walk or, on a journey. God has seen fit to communicate to many a saint while they were going from one place to another, or, even through the spiritual travel of a dream. It’s a simple enough analogy. What is more meaningful than a walk or a trip with someone whom you respect, admire, love or can learn something from? One of my most memorable things to do was to go for a walk with my children when they were toddlers. There was something about them discovering and exploring the world around them with absolutely no fear, because they knew I was there. Today, I can go anywhere with my wife. It really is the journey and

not the destination for me. Have you ever experienced this? Have you ever gone somewhere walking and talking with someone you were totally in sync with? That might be why people refer to discovering God as “walking in faith.� Some peo-

What is more meaningful than a walk or a trip with someone whom you respect, admire, love or can learn something from? ple refer to it as being led. Factually stated, the effort to get closer to God requires movement. I think the walking analogy is merely a human endeavor trying to speak to going in a spiritual direction. The

you right to Him. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’� John 8:12. So when you get up in the morning, think about this and let God order your steps. Make a deliberate effort to listen and hear where God is telling you to go, or not to go. They say faith comes by hearing. What better way to hear than by taking a stroll with the Lord on tomorrow. Make a concerted attempt and see where God leads you. He has been known to show up in the oddest places and you will see Him in the strangest faces. Give it a try and know this. If you are seeking Him, He is very easy to find. All it takes is that first baby step. May God bless and keep you always.

best example is of course Enoch. “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.� Genesis 5:24. What a blessed way to go. The bible talks of walking humbly, walking in the light, walking with the wise, walking in counsel, walking together and walking on water. The point seems to be that the Christian life is a journey; one in which we want to share with God, one in which we talk and if we’re truly blessed, He will listen. The search for salvation is a spiritual journey; one which can best be described as taking the first step towards truth. Once taken, your life changes forever. You change. I know I did. So I guess this faith walk thing is merely a public or in some cases a private acknowledgement that one is letting God order your steps in this, His world. If you do this, God will lead

MALVEAUX: S***Hole Countries not a priority The Last Word by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Our 45th President has traipsed over to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, planning to rub elbows with world leaders, repair some relationships, and possibly shred even more. He had hardly landed before he started threatening to cut off aid to the Palestinians unless they participate in peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Palestinian leaders are justifiably angry that 45, without a conversation with them, said he would move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the city that both Palestinian and Israelis consider their capital. Since 45 has been President, the world has been losing respect for us. According to a November Gallup poll, approval of US leaders among 134 countries has hit a new low of 30 percent, down 18 percent from the 48 percent approval rate in President Obama’s last year, and even lower than the previous low of 34 percent in George W. Bush’s last year. Only Liberia, Macedonia, Israel and Belarus increased their approval rating of the US, while Portugal, Norway, Belgium and Canada saw approval ratings plunge by 40 points

or more. 45 has been currying Israel’s favor, so it is no wonder that they are more approving of him. But US leadership lags behind support for leadership in both Germany and China. Only Russia has a lower approval rating than we do. Meanwhile, 45 is ignoring most of the rest of the world. A year into his Presidency, he has not appointed ambassadors for fully half of the world. The Bureau of African Affairs, part of the State Department, has no leader. There is an “acting� Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto, a career foreign policy professional who has worked for both Presidents Bush and Obama. Yamamoto has some responsibility for the Bureau of African Affairs, but it is not his priority. There is no ambassador to the African Union, which is perhaps a blessing because that person may have had to defend 45’s ignorant remark about s***hole countries. But 45 didn’t have to make such an ignorant statement in order for us to know how he felt about people of African descent. He illustrates his disdain every time he opens his mouth. He did not

have to compare Haiti to Norway, all he had to do was fail to appoint an ambassador to Brazil, which is home to the largest population of Afrodescendents outside the African continent. There is no US ambassador to Belize, Bolivia, Burkina Faso or Cape Verde. No ambassador to Cote D’Ivorie or Cuba, Guinea or Ghana,

Jamaica or Kenya. Neither Madagascar nor Mali, Mozambique nor Nigeria, South Africa nor Tanzania, Togo nor Trinidad have US Ambassadors. Blessedly, 40 percent of 45’s appointees are career foreign policy experts. Some, like Calista Gingrich’s appointment as Ambassador to the Vatican, are clearly political plums. But how can 45 justify having no

ambassadors to two of the most important countries on the African continent, oil-producing Nigeria, and economically advanced South Africa? I guess he will be forced to pay attention to these s***hole countries if there is an oil crisis and we need some Nigerian oil! Africa and the Caribbean are not the only parts of the world that have been ignored by this administration. Highly desirable appointments, like those to Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany have been filled. Even as 45 has squabbled with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, he has appointed no ambassador to South Korea. This could have been completely avoided if 45 had allowed Obama appointees to stay in place until he found people to replace them. Instead, people had to come home in the middle of the school year, hurriedly making arrangements for new schools, new housing (some had rented their homes), and more. Why did 45 demand resignations so abruptly when he had few replacements, breaking precedent and also thumbing his nose at the world?

Our NATO allies look askance at him because of his obnoxious and belligerent behavior. He has made strange remarks about terrorism in the UK, taken swipes at France and Germany, and generally behaved like an overgrown child when gathering with other world leaders, pushing the Prime Minister of Montenegro aside so he could get in front of a group photo at a NATO summit in May. Incidentally, there is no US Ambassador to Montenegro. Actually, staffing the government is not a priority of this administration. When he was elected, he indicated that he thought some agencies were “huuuuge�, and there were positions he would not fill. He has been much slower than his predecessors in staffing up every agency, but especially the State Department. By the end of their first calendar year (2001 for Bush, 2009 for Obama), Bush had 139 State Department confirmations, with 14 pending. Obama had 119 confirmed and 18 pending. 45 has 61 confirmed and 28 pending! We who are connected to s***hole countries can rest assured that foreign policy is not this administration’s strong suit. 45’s failure to appoint ambassadors to African countries perhaps reflects the disdain he feels for us. But his disdain is yet another reflection of his ignorance.

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words, as it pertains to non-violent, low-level offenders, we are working to ensure individuals are not held in jail simply due to the financial inability to post bond. As an active member of the Bail Reform Committee, we have implemented all of the bail reforms that the law currently allows, and are constantly exploring new and innovative strategies to streamline the identification process in an effort to uniformly determine who is actually indigent. Once these individuals are identified, they can be enrolled in pre-trial release programs in lieu of making a bond payment. Bail reform is a work in progress, but I would be remiss if I did not recognize Dallas County for stepping up to the plate and providing the resources that have allowed the committee to make the changes we have made to date. We look forward to a continued collaboration with the county to modernize the bond payment system and make it fair for everyone.


While I am proud of the reputation of fairness and efficiency the 204th court has earned since 2015, there will always be detractors and individuals who have political agendas to undermine your team’s success. One such situation that you may have read about is a legal dispute between me and the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office. If you are not familiar with the subject, allow me to educate you on the background and arm you with the facts, the law and the legal outcome on the issue. In 2017, I initially appointed an attorney to represent an indigent defendant who had been indicted on three counts of capital murder. How-

ever, when I learned the attorney was only qualified to sit as second chair or co-counsel in death penalty cases in Dallas County, I then appointed a second attorney to represent the defendant and sit first chair as lead counsel in his trial. Prior to my appointment of lead counsel on the case, the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office filed a motion to be appointed counsel to represent this defendant and alternatively moved for a hearing for me to demonstrate good cause for denying the appointment of a public defender. I denied the motion for appointment by written order without stating a reason and denied their request for a hearing to demonstrate good cause. The public defender’s office contended that article 26.04(f) of the Code of Criminal Procedure required the 204th to give their office priority in appointments and to appoint a member of the office to represent the defendant unless the trial court had good cause to appoint other counsel. The public defender’s office filed a writ of mandamus (an order to perform a statutory duty) against the 204th Judicial District Court with Dallas’ Fifth Court of Appeals specifically asking the Appeals Court to vacate the trial court’s order denying their appointment, mandate that the public defender’s office be appointed to the defendant’s case, and issue a writ of prohibition that would prohibit the 204th from denying future appointments sought by the public defender’s office. The Dallas Fifth Court of Appeals initially denied the public defender’s office’s writ of mandamus, but requested that I provide a reason for denying appointment of a public defender to represent the defendant in a written order. I then filed a motion for a rehearing asking the Court of Appeals to reconsider their opinion requiring

Judge Tammy Kemp me to provide a reason as to why I denied the appointment of a public defender in this case. “Forcing courts to enter these written orders in each criminal case where the public defender is not appointed would tax judicial resources at the trial level, cause potential backlogs in the appellate courts, potentially subject judges to recusal, raise concerns related to judicial ethics, could result in public defender’s offices attempting to manage overwhelming caseloads, and may result in more ineffective assistance findings in criminal cases,” I stated in my motion. It is important to note that in most capital murder cases, defendants are either facing life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. In this defendant’s case, he initially was only charged with one count of capital murder. It was not until months later when he was indicted on two additional counts of capital murder and drew publicity by local media, that the public defender’s office showed interest in the case and asked to be appointed to represent him. The office had not requested to represent him in his original single capital murder case.

Upon review of the legal arguments presented in my motion for a rehearing to reconsider their initial opinion, the Fifth Court of Appeals agreed that the 204th did not have to provide an explanation of its reason for denying appointment of a public defender; reversed their original decision; denied the public defender’s office’s writ of mandamus and dismissed their writ of prohibition where the office was attempting to prohibit the 204th from ever denying the public defender’s office future appointments. My opponent, Stephen Duplantis, a private attorney, previously worked for the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office until shortly before he filed to run for office in 2017.

KEEP KEMP I have been deeply humbled and honored to serve as your judge and I believe whether a defendant, victim, attorney, witness or juror — ALL people deserve respect and equal access to the justice system. I brought those values as well as strong ethics, morals and professionalism to the bench in 2015 and with your support at the polls in a few weeks, we can continue building on that progress in the 204th Judicial District Court over the next four years. The Dallas AFL-CIO, Dallas Black Criminal Defense Bar, Mexican American Bar Association, Mexican Americans Democrats Causa Chapter, Preston Hollow Democrats, Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Police Association have endorsed me. Please join them in supporting my re-election for Judge of the 204th Judicial District Court.

By Hollywood Hernandez come a warrior who fights for justice and the fight scenes on screen are both graphic and stunning. The grown up Bilal is voiced by Adewale Akinnoye-Agbaje who played Adebisi on the cable TV series “OZ.” This is an amazing animated movie with great attention paid to detail. Although violent, it is a movie that can be enjoyed by young people (age 12 and above) and adults alike. Although it is the story of a Muslim follower it’s not preachy or self serving. It’s just an enjoyable story about a noble young man who believes that all people should be treated equally. It’s a simple story but if goes deep into many levels. Bilal: A new Breed of Hero is rated PG-13 for graphic, bloody fight scenes and has a run time of 105 minutes. It’s a film, produced in Saudi Arabia, that deserves to be scene. I think you’ll enjoy it.

On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate it a JUMBO!

Oscar Nominations released

Nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, January 23rd, by Academy President John Bailey. He was joined by Tiffany Haddish (who did not receive an Oscar nomination) and Andy Serkis. Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” led the pack of nominees with 13 nominations. "Get Out" also had an eventful day with Jordan Peele becoming the first African-American ever nominated for directing, writing, and Best Picture in the same year. "Get Out's" lead actor, Daniel Kaluuya, was also nominated in the Best Actor category. Octavia Spencer and Mary J. Blige were also notable

women of color who received nominations. Many attribute the more diverse group of nominees to the new Academy members who were added to the voting. Over 700 new members were inducted as Oscar voters this year. Of that group over 30% were women and 30% were people of color. The Academy's goal is to double the number of women and minority voters by 2020. The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on March 4, 2018 on ABC-TV. For a complete list of Oscar nominees go to the Academy Awards website:

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because they have a criminal record,” said District Attorney Faith Johnson. “We must do everything we can to help those individual obtain a fresh start so that they can become productive and contributing members of our community.” Last year, the District Attorney joined with then-Dallas City Councilwoman Tiffinni A. Young and Dallas County District Clerk Felicia Pitre to host the first expo and more than 1,200 were in attendance. This year, Pitre, Johnson and several collaborators, including law students from SMU and the UNT Dallas College of Law will be at the March 3, 2018 expo hoping to help those who have been disenfranchised because they have a record and find themselves unable to get a job or have issues securing housing. I know how they feel because I found myself in a situation because a corrupt District Attorney’s office decided to file charges against me, thinking that I would testify in a case that would have ousted an elected official had the official been found guilty.

They had the wrong sister! Well the official was not guilty and was found not guilty in the court of law. So he was in the clear because the case was dispensed of. But guess what, nothing ever came of my case. I didn’t hear anything more until almost 20 years later when I was asked for a background check. Lo and behold, there it was. So I contacted the current district attorney, Susan Hawk, and Ms. Pitre. According to Dallas County I needed to pay almost $300 to have my record expunged. To say I was pissed, would be an understatement. I wasn’t paying a thing because the system was definitely broken. The situation was finally resolved but it took a little time. Time for some is short. Just ask Chris Wicker, who attended the press conference announcing this year’s expo. He got into a little trouble and attended last year’s expo where his record was expunged. “Now I have a new job,” said Wicker, as he thanked participants for giving him a new chance at life. “A lot of

doors were slammed on me. But now I see the light and its shining.” Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church is the location for the expo and Youth Minister Shawn Torres said the church has various programs that benefit the community. “The church holds 1300, we’re centrally located and provide easy access for attendees,” he said. If you know anyone who needs their record expunged, tell them to go to http:// or in person, at: The District Clerk’s Office, The City of Dallas Community Courts and the Irving and Cedar Hill Police Departments to pre-register through February 16. If you are eligible, you will be notified to attend the pre-qualification clinic. Please share this info. Don’t act like you don’t know someone. You may have to look in the mirror. Whatever the case, if we don’t start looking for and sharing ways to help one another, we will look around and there won’t be anyone to help us! SPREAD THE WORD! Call 214-6532905 for more information


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JUDGE KEMP AT-A-GLANCE I am a native of Wewoka, Oklahoma, and I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma. After graduating law school, I worked as an Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant Secretary of State for the State of Oklahoma, before relocating to the Dallas area. I have been practicing law since 1988 and my areas of expertise include criminal, corporate and retirement law. In my previous role of Administrative Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Divisions at the Dallas County District Attorney’s (DA) Office, I supervised 28 attorneys, 21 investigators, and 18 support staff. My duties included the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses, including death penalty capital murders. I am a member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of Oklahoma. I have been a member of Concord Church for more than 24 years, where I serve as a Deaconess, and I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I am married to a wonderful, supportive husband and we have three amazing children. Re-elect Judge Tammy Kemp for the 204th Judicial District Court Accountable to the public. Compassionate towards victims. Fair to the accused. Early voting begins Friday, February 20th and Election Day is Tuesday, March 6th. Political advertisement paid for by the Reelect Judge Tammy Kemp Campaign, Paul Hamilton, Treasurer.

No aunty, NO! Ask ALMA Dear Alma, I think my nephew is gay. I would even go so far as to say I know that he is gay. I don’t know why my sister, or his father or sisters and brothers can’t see it. This boy is gay and it’s time for him to come “out” and tell the truth. I don’t know if he is worried about what our family and friends might think or if he thinks we will no longer love him. I’m just not sure but things need to change and the truth has to be told. My sister acts like she is blind to this fact and is always talking about him and his many girlfriends. There’s no way this can be true or these friends are just that: friends that are girls, because he is gay. I am sick of it and ready to end the lies. I’m just tired of the charade. These girls are getting their hopes up and I know he is not interested in them. Our family needs to stop acting like he is not gay. I’m just not doing it anymore. How would you suggest I tell my sister she needs to wake up and just tell the truth? — Aunt Bea Dear Aunt BeaWhat! Wait! No, no indeed, this is not your issue. Quick, put it in reverse and back your way out of this personal and private state of

affairs. Understand the need for you to stay in your lane, cause you’ve clearly crossed over the double yellow lines. Just because you think he’s gay doesn’t make him gay and just because you want to “out” him, doesn’t mean he’s ready to reveal is sexual preference – to you, his family or the rest of the world. Clearly to me, Aunt Bea, you’re about to overstep your boundaries. Although I tried, I can’t resist asking, are you cray-cray? Why in the world would you even think this has anything to do with you? You are so waaay off course, so astronomically off the mark, I just can’t… breathe. Your mindset has me blown. So, please back off before you get more than your feelings hurt. Hear me when I say, for the love of all things dipped in chocolate – back down, withdraw, and extract yourself from this situation. If just for this one time, sit on your behind and mind your own business. Your sister doesn’t need to wake up, you do. Wash your face and clean the thoughtlessness out of your eyes. The path set ahead for your nephew to follow, requires only one set of footprints, his. You are never, ever, invited, welcomed or called to cross it. Alma

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The Honorable Teresa Hawthorne, presiding Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court in Dallas County, was recently deemed ineligible to run for re-election in the 2018 Democratic primary due to errors on the required filing paperwork to run for elected office. Instead of entering which political party she was collecting signatures for in the blank space provided at the top of each petition page, Judge Hawthorne wrote “March 6, 2018,” which is the date of the upcoming primary election. However, due to the fact that there are both Democratic and Republican primary elections on March 6th, it is critical for all political candidates to provide clarity when collecting signatures to avoid the potential for misleading voters as to which party the candidate represents. The Law Hawthorne’s omission of “Democratic Party” on her signature petitions is a violation of Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 172.027, which states: The following statement must appear at the top of each page of a petition to be filed under Section 172.021: “I know that the purpose of this petition is to entitle (insert candidate’s name) to have his or her name placed on the ballot for the office of (insert office title, including any place number or other distinguishing number) for the (insert political party’s name) primary election. I understand that by signing this petition I become ineligible to vote in a primary election or participate in a convention of another party, including a party not holding a primary election, during the voting year in which this primary election is held.” Additionally, Tex. Elec. Code Ann.

§ 141.032(c) states (emFollowing the hearing, phasis added): that same day Jones’ filed If an application is acan appeal with the 5th companied by a petition, Court of Appeals of Dalthe petition is considered las. Later that evening, part of the application, the panel of appellate and the review shall be judges reversed the trial completed as soon as court’s decision and pubpracticable after the date lished an opinion based the application is reon current case law that ceived by the authority. Judge Hawthorne’s name However, the petition should be removed from is not considered part of Judge Teresa Hawthorne the ballot for the 2018 Atty. Raquel Jones the application for purposDemocratic primary electy Democratic Party, on January 12, es of determining compliance with the tion. 2018, Judge Hawthorne filed a lawsuit requirements applicable to each docuPer federal law, primary election against her own party in an effort to ment, and a deficiency in the requireabsentee ballots had to be mailed out remain on the ballot. The two-term ments for one document may not be on January 20, 2018. The 5th Court of embattled Democratic judge, who iniremedied by the contents of the other Appeals’ opinion was the final course tially ran for office in 2006 as a Repubdocument. of legal action that could occur before lican, hired a Republican attorney to Unless the petition is challenged, the ballots were mailed out. represent her in the lawsuit. the authority is only required to rePer the 5th Court of Appeals of A hearing on the lawsuit was schedview the petition for facial compliance Dallas’ ruling, the absentee ballots uled for January 19, 2018, in the 160th with the applicable requirements as to were mailed out without Judge HawCivil District Court, where Judge Jim form, content, and procedure. thorne’s name printed on them. There Jordan, a Democrat, is the presiding is no Republican challenger in the judge. To avoid ruling on a case inPetition challenge November general election, so the volving his judicial peer, Judge Jordan The errors and omissions (other winner of the Democratic primary recused himself and a Republican spaces were left blank) on Hawthorne’s will be the Judge of the 203rd Judicial judge was appointed to preside over filing were discovered by the DemoDistrict Court for the next four-year the hearing about Hawthorne’s lawsuit cratic Party in response to a formal term. Hawthorne’s current term on against the Democratic Party. challenge of the judge’s petitions filed The hearing lastby her opponent, defense attorney and ed approximately 15 former Dallas County prosecutor, Raminutes, resulting quel “Rocky” Jones, who is seeking to in the visiting judge unseat Hawthorne in March. The law ruling to put Judge allows anyone to request, review and Hawthorne back on challenge petitions of political candithe ballot. The trial dates. court’s decision was On January 8, 2018, the party acprimarily based on cepted Jones’ challenge based on case law from 1992 current law, the application and the instead of using the petition, resulting in Dallas County most current case Democratic Party chairwoman Carol law from 1997 reDonovan’s decision to remove Judge garding entering the Hawthorne’s name from the upcompolitical party affiliing primary election ballot. ation on candidates’ signature petitions. Legal battle In response to being removed Final answer from the ballot by the Dallas CounDenied Benefits? Unable To Work? Fighting For Your


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