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MY TRUTH Cheryl Smith Publisher

Celebrating Women Years ago I interviewed a young lady who was a cancer survivor. She had such a wonderful spirit and was so positive. She said that having cancer made her reevaluate her life and determine what was really important. She said she realized that she didn’t have time to major in the minors. She didn’t sweat the small stuff. I guess you could call her self-actualized. Going through her health issues made her

Bernice J. Washington (looking good in that red!)

see that life is not promised so she valued every day. She didn’t have time for what others might call “foolishness.” She gets what this thing called “life” is. Which brings me to my truth. I don’t know if Bernice J. Washington has had serious challenges with health or life but when you see her, she gives the impression that she “gets it.” I smile every time I see that lady! I don’t care what I am going through or what just happened, Bernice J. Washington brings joy into my world. An orator’s orator, this Southern University diva is an eloquent speaker who is meticulous in her dress and presentation. If you need her to show up, she is going to show up and show out! She’s going to be prepared and will look absolutely fabulous. Bernice J. Washington honors commitments and she doesn’t get into things to be seen or for glory; she’s in for the long haul, to make a difference and make things better. Talk about longevity and commitment: Recently she celebrated 50 years as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a member of Leadership Texas Alumnae Association (Former Regional DirectorLife Member); Leadership Plano; Southern University Alumni Association (Life Member); Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Life Member); The Links, Inc.; NAACP (Life Member); and St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church. Bernice J. Washington is passionate about anything she is involved in. She loves Southern University. She loves her family. She loves Alpha Kappa Alpha. She loves the Links. She loves St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church. She loves the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. And, she says she loves me! Her commitment continues as she soon will be celebrating 50 years of marriage to Lt. Col. (Ret) Lymon Washington! And guess what? Bernice J. Washington is smart, too! She has a lot of initials after her name! Bernice J. Washington earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Missouri; is a registered Medical Technologist, MT (ASCP) Research Hospital and Medical Center-Kansas City, Missouri; and has a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology/Microbiology from Southern University-Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The CEO of BJW Consulting Group, she is also a Certified Master Coach by the Behavioral Coaching Institute and a member of The International Coaching Council (ICC). Bernice J. Washington is a veteran trustee having served on Texas Health Resources Boards for more than 20 years. She has served on more than 18 other boards of directors holding major leadership roles on most.   See My Truth, page 5

Women of Mavs host inaugural Women’s Symposium By Dorothy Gentry Sports Editor

They came from all walks of life and all parts of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to hear how to be the best “you” they can be. And they left smiling, energized, filled with hope and determination to do just that. More than 300 women and men joined Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall, Mavs Inhouse DJ Poizon Ivy (Ivy Awino); Fox Southwest sportscaster Dana Larson, Mavs Assistant Coach Jenny Boucek, Jennifer Bartkowski, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO and others for an afternoon of motivation and self-care at the Inaugural Women’s Symposium hosted by the Women of Mavs Empowering Network (W.O.M.E.N.) earlier this month. The Women’s Symposium, celebrating “Being the Best You” was held at American Airlines Center. Participants were also able to attend the Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans game that night.

Jennifer Bartkowski Participants heard from guest speakers and panelists on the importance of self-care, finding your purpose, discovering your passion and leading with values. Other speakers sharing their personal stories and inspirational messages included Va nessa Fernandes; store manager, Nordstrom; Jessica Jesse, owner, BuDhaGirl and Kate Weiser, owner, Kate Weiser Chocolates. Boucek shared with partici-

pants how she creates a work/ life balance as the mother of a 7-month old daughter. “If I had to make a choice, the choice would be my child.” But she found three NBA organizations willing to work with her as a new mom– one being the Dallas Mavs. “I don’t want to be just a mom. I want to be a great mom. Boucek said she would tell her daughter as she is growing up that “being the best you starts with knowing who you are.” “Knowing our true identify, not what anyone puts on your, but your pre-ordained identity that is key and will help you discover your calling,” she told the audience. “I want to help her find out what she was made to be.” Bartkowski talked about the importance of exercising and self-care, and having a group of supporters where “you can be yourself and relax. We need that.” Marshall shared the imporSee Women, page 5

NNPA celebrates Black Press Week NNPA National Chairman Dorothy R. Leavell

By Stacy M. Brown

NNPA Newswire Correspondent

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) kicked off Black Press Week in Washington, D.C., with a welcome reception at the Dupont Circle Hotel. Celebrating 192 years of the Black Press, the NNPA Foundation and NNPA’s member publishers engaged in several workshops throughout

the week that centered on this year’s theme: “Publishing, Power & Purpose.” Among the highlights of the annual Black Press Week, which ran from March 20 to March 22, was the enshrinement of two publishers into the Black Press Archives and Gallery of Distinguished Black Publishers. Additionally, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.) was recognized for her lifetime of service and Black

Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza received the NNPA 2019 Newsmaker of the Year Award. “It’s such an honor to be recognized by the Black Press in this manner,” Garza said. “What we do is for the people, to benefit the people,” she said. Pfizer Rare Disease, Reynolds American Inc., General Motors, Ford, Wells Fargo, Collaborative for Student Success, AmeriHealth Caritas, See NNPA, page 5

Massive cyclone batters Zimbabwe and Mozambique

A powerful cyclone moving at over 100 miles per hour unleashed deadly floods in southern Africa over the weekend, leaving a moonscape of mud where the bustling port city of Beira in Mozambique had been. “The scale of devastation (in Beira) is enormous,” said Jamie LeSueur, leader of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) team there. “It seems that 90 percent of the area is completely destroyed.” On Sunday, the last road to the city of about 530,000 people was cut off when a large dam burst, the IFRC reported.

In Zimbabwe, the mountainous Chimanimani district was isolated by torrential rains and winds that swept away roads, homes and bridges and knocked out power and communication lines. Zimbabwean rescuers struggled to reach people whose homes were flattened by rock falls and mudslides or washed away by the strong rains. In Beira, where Cyclone Idai first made landfall, a 14 foot storm surge severed communication with other villages along the coast. Beira is Mozambique’s second largest port where vital shipping to

the central part of the country, including Zimbabwe and Malawi, takes place. Early Monday, rescuers launched dinghies onto chest-high waters, navigating through reeds and trees – where some people perched on branches to escape the water. President Filipe Nyusi, speaking on Radio Mocambique, said he had flown over the affected region, where two rivers had overflowed. Villages had disappeared, he said, and bodies were floating in the water. “Everything indicates that we can register more than one See Mozambique, page 5


WORDZ OF WILSON By Chelle Luper Wilson


Should we be afraid of the other version of ourselves? The part of ourselves that we leave behind, try and forget, attempt to lock away? How long will the part of ourselves we attempt to bury stay underground? Is that what Jordan Peele is asking us to consider in his new film Us? At the time of this writing I haven’t seen the movie, but I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Twitter theorists and their varied interpretations. One that particularly intrigues me is the theory that Us brings W.E.B. DuBois’ concept of “double consciousness” to life. DuBois believed that life as an African American involved a constant and simultaneous processing of how others see us and how we see ourselves. In thinking about the concept of double consciousness, a few presidential candidates came to mind. Imagine life with consultants, strategists, and stylists, each with their own ideas and imagery of how you should dress, where you should go, what you should say, and even what condiments to have at the ready (Ranch Dressing for one). Recently, Senator Cory Booker’s office confirmed he’s dating actress Rosario Dawson. Not long ago, Senator Kamala Harris said she smoked marijuana while listening to Snoop and Pac on “The Breakfast Club.” I didn’t think you had to check a box on relationship status to run for POTUS. Familiarity with weed and hip hop doesn’t always correlate with Black advancement—remember Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill and its impact on us. Being a candidate for public office is tough. With 24/7 television news and 25/8 social media, the desire to change the world through elected office means life under a microscope. That makes it hard to determine if political announcements about personal lives are meant to control a narrative, construct an image, or both. For people of color, it also means being held to a higher standard. How many times have you heard people say, “If Obama had done/said something like that, he would’ve been out!” Freestyling press conferences, winging keynotes, and 2am Twitter rants are a luxury not intended for us. As DuBois reminds, “the world I longed for, and all its dazzling opportunities, were theirs not mine.” Insert Olivia’s sad face here as we remember Pappa Pope’s conversation; it’s likely we had that talk too. Unfortunately, we still have to be twice as good to get half as much. How exhausting for us. In the meantime, Stacy Abrams is out here living her best life, keeping busy launching non-profits to ensure hard-to-count populations are tallied in the 2020 Census and working to advance legislation that prevents voter suppression. Some may argue Abrams is taking the better approach by not choosing (at least for now) life under a microscope and all the accompanying judgment. As reflected by the title of her latest book, Abrams is content leading from the outside to make real change. This action represents DuBois’ belief in bringing our full selves to the table. He said, “to attain [her] place in the world, [she] must be [herself] and not another.” Perhaps Abrams understands what DuBois meant better than most of us. Ahhhhh, the ability to be one’s self in a world that demands conformation sounds divine. How freeing to be seen and heard without code switching. Hard to fathom, I know. However, if being true to self works for Abrams, maybe it can also be liberating for us!



MLK Remembrance Ceremony at MLK, Jr. Recreation Community Center 6pm-8pm. 51st Anniv. Assassination of Dr. King. Speaker Dr. Michael Bowie, Jr.

Relationships & Side Hustles at The Westin Galleria 13340 Dallas Pkwy, 7pm.

Tri-Cities NAACP Candidates’ Forum at Graceland Community Baptist Church 310 S. Clark Blvd. Cedar Hill. 6:30pm-9pm. Moderator: Charles O’Neal.

Transform Dallas A Citywide Work Day Volunteers Needed! House Painting, Landscaping & Crime and Safety Projects. Register Online at

Thursday Night Comedy Showcase Hosted by: Stephanie Michelle at Club Odyssey 7439 S. Westmoreland Rd. 8pm.

A Community Conversation with the City of Garland at the Goldie Locke Community Room in the Charles E. Duckworth Building, 217 N. Fifth St. 10am-12n. Info:

Child Abuse Month Recurring Events Feeding The Needy Hosted by: Hollywood Hernandez Live 1698 Corsicana St. Dallas. 3pm-5pm. Marvelous Marriage Monday’s at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 7pm-8:30pm 1st & 3rd Monday Info: Black Dance Aesthetics with Michelle Gibson at South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Tickets & Times: www.artandseek. org 3-23-4-13.


Dallas Start up Week: A Fashional by Frank Chat w/ Rent my Wardrobe at We Work Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St. Host: Leah Frazier. Tickets: dallasstartupweek. com.

April 5

Down for the Count “One Act Play Festival” at Bishop Arts Theatre 215 Tyler St. Dallas 3-21-4-7. Tickets: Hamilton in Dallas at Music Hall Fair Park 909 1st Ave. Dallas Dates & times vary. Tickets: 4-2-5-5-19. Bubbling Brown Sugar at Jubilee Theatre 506 Main St. Ft. Worth. 8pm-10:15pm. Tickets: March 22- April 28.

April 3 Carter G. Wilson dies 1950

2019 National Pan-Hellenic Council of Dallas Meeting at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 6:30pm-8pm. Dallas Mayoral Forum {D10} Host: 100 Women of Lake Highlands at Oak Highlands Brewery 10484 Brockwood Rd. 6:45pm-9pm.

Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting Host: AKA Chi Zeta Omega Chapter at Chocolate Secrets 3926 Oak Lawn Ave. 6pm-10pm. Vendor Village 7 at Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development 1402 Corinth St. Dallas. Seminar 9am-5pm., Expo 9am-7pm., Job Fair 9am-5pm. Info: A Glimpse at Greatness: Game Changers Dinner Reception at Global Life Park 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. 7pm10pm. Tickets: Eventbrite. First Fridays “Dress to Impress” Style & Class at Cedar Canyon Ranch 4523 University Hills, Lancaster. 7:30pm-2am.

Veterinary Technology & Career Expo at Cedar Valley College 3030 N. Dallas Ave. Lancaster. Building M. 12pm-3pm. RSVP: Wednesdays Swing Dance Class at Allure Jazz & Cigar Lounge 110 S. Cockrell Hill, DeSoto. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Instructor: Lady Champagne. Free before 8pm.

Lethal Force: Last Resort Host Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Dallas City Hall 1500 Marilla St. 8:30am-1pm.

April 4-7 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour at the Theatre at Grand Prairie 1001 Performance Pl. Tickets: 972-8545050.

Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll Adult Skate Party DFW Edition at Rollerworld Northeast 5817 Denton Hwy., Haltom City 8pm11pm. Ticket:

Reggae Sunday Brunch at Hero’s Lounge 3094 N. 35 Fwy. Dallas. 11am3pm. Sundays: Caribbean Breakfast & Lunch.

Monday Night Politics Meet the City Council Candidates District 6,13&14 at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. Dallas 6pm.-8pm. Presented by : Dallas Examiner.

Cocktails & Conversation Host Jackee Harry at TBAAL Bruton Theatre 1309 Canton St. 8pm.

Dr. Martin Luther King Shot in 1968 at The Lorraine Motel

Dallas City Candidate Mayor Forum at Cliff Temple Baptist Church 125 Sunset Ave. 5pm-8pm.

April 9 IHCC Café con Nosotros at IHCC 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 8:30am-9:30am. Info:

Enjoy a Short Stack for a Tall Cause Host: AKA Sorority Applebee’s Bar & Grill 3565 Frankford Rd. Dallas 8am-10am.

April 4

April 8

Caravan: A Community Discussion at DBDT 2700 Ann Williams Way, 12pm-1pm. Firewheel Twilight Camp Restaurant Night at Panera Bread 200 Town Center Blvd. Garland. 4pm-8pm. The Jazz Jam at Jazz BeCuzz Art Center 9319 LBJ Fwy. Ste. #120. Tickets: via

Soul Jazz Thursday’s at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas. 8pm-12am.

2019 Jowanda E. Jordan Festival of Negro Spirituals at St. Luke “Community” UMC 5701East R.L. Thornton Fwy. 3pm.

Karaoke Night $2 Tuesday’s at Hero’s Lounge 3094 N. 35 Fwy. Dallas. 7pm-2am. Tickets:

90’s & 2000’s Hip-Hop-R&B Party at Foundation Room 2200 N. Lamar St. 10pm-2am.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt 2019 at The Juicy Pig 4526 Cedardale Dr. 2pm-7pm.

SkatePark Design Workshop at Audubon Recreation center342 W. Oats Rd. Garland. 6pm.-8:30pm.

Feel Good Fryday: Bingo n Beats DJ So4Kis at Mickey’s Sports Bar & Grill 3758 S. Carrier Pkwy. Grand Prairie. 7pm. Tickets: Fwmbcc Friday Business Mixer at Nana’s Kitchen 7403 John T. White Ft. Worth. 5pm-7pm. Tickets: Rising Excellence Host: Soluna Festival & DBDT at Moody Performance Hall 2520 Flora St. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets: www.

African Chamber and Americas Chambers for Business Luncheon at DFW Minority Supplier 8828 N. 35 Fwy. 11am1pm. Info: Michael Fant 817-317-1277.

April 11-12 Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit 2019 at AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center Austin, TX.

April 11 Percy Julian DOB 1899

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

Poetry Smash at TBAAL 1309 Canton St. 7:30pm-9pm. Tickets: 214-7432400.

Paul Robertson DOB 1898 Activist, Scholar, Actor & Opera Singer

2019 Spring Fling at Pleasant Zion Missionary Baptist Church 1910 S. St. Augustine Rd. Dallas 11am-3pm.

Wednesdays Swing Dance Class at Allure Jazz & Cigar Lounge 110 S. Cockrell Hill, DeSoto. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Instructor: Lady Champagne. Free before 8pm.

National Girl Me Too Day – Absolutely You Empowerment Expo at E. H. Hereford University Center 300 W. 1st St. Arlington. Tickets:

Ja Rule Throw Back Party at Texas Live! at Arlington Back Yard 1650 E. Randol Mill Rd. Tickets:

April 6

Billie Holiday Blues Singer DOB 1915

Dallas Job Fair at Embassy Suites Dallas Market Center 2727 N. 35 Fwy. 11am-2pm. Tickets: RSVP.

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

Diamond FELLOWSHIP at New Harmony Church 200 Rea Ave. Lancaster. 7:30pm-10pm.

Community Resource Workshop Section 8 to homeownership, Host: Candidate Ruth Torres at PM United Methodist Church, 8301 Bruton Rd. 10am.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Debut of Tom & Phyllis McCasland Horticulture Center 2825 Eastpoint Dr. Mesquite. 1:30pm.

April 7

April 10

RBCA Happy Hour: with WSP Sr. Communications Manager at RBCA 2627 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Dallas. 6pm-9pm.

April 13, 2019 Thomas Jefferson Birthday

Gigantic Gospel Concert 2019 a J. Spivey Production at friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 3pm tickets Friendship-West 972-228-5200. The Food for Soul Experience Dallas Independent Artist Showcase at Athletic Zone 423 Singleton Blvd. Spring Bling 2019 Host: Elite Social Lounge at Swayz 9750 Walnut St. Dallas. 8pm-1am. Tickets: PayPal. eslelite40@ 2019 Hall of Fame Class at the African American Education Archives and History Bobbie L. Lang Luncheon at Hilton Garden Inn 800 N. Main St. Duncanville. Info Tamar Braxton at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving. Via Live Nation 7:30pm.

Soul Jazz Thursday’s at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas. 8pm-12am.

IHCC Hora De Poder at Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 9am11am. Info:

Thursday Night Comedy Showcase Presented by: Stephanie Michelle at Club Odyssey 7439 S. Westmoreland Rd. Dallas. 8pm.

Tacos & Tequila All School, Old School, City Wide Class Reunion & Adult Skate Party at Cedar Hill Roller Rink 202 Main St. Cedar Hill. Tickets: (214)296-7355.

2019 Bond Informational Meeting Referendum proposals voters will consider in the May 4 election at Audubon Recreation Center, 342 W. Oates Rd. Garland. 6pm.

2019 Debutante Information Assembly at UTA College of Business Room 150 701 S. West St., Arlington. 3pm.-5pm.

Apollo Dallas Style at Hall Of State in Fair Park 3839 Grand Ave. 7pm-9pm.

April 12-13

DBDT Presents: Encore! Rising Excellence Featuring My’kal J. Stromile at Moody Performance Hall 2520 Flora St. Dallas. 7:30pm.

April 12, 2019 Herbie Hancock DOB 1940

Happy Birthday to Team Member and our Friend Lisa Turner National Global Impact Day 2019 at Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career & Tech. Center 2101 Browning Dr. 7pm-8pm. 90’s & 2000’s Hip-Hop-R&B Party at Foundation Room 2200 N. Lamar St. 10pm-2am. Fridays Happy Hour with Don Diego at Chocolate Lounge Exclusive 4222 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. 6pm-8pm.

South Dallas Bus. & Prof. Women’s Club 56th Annual V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Awards Luncheon at Hilton Anatole Hotel 2201 N. 35 Fwy. 2pm. Speaker Patricia “Pat” Smith. Celebrate Garland’s Arts Heritage at Downtown Garland Historic Squaren 4pm-9pm. Free. Music, Food, Mechanical Bull, & Exhibits. Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Zeiger Park 400 Eagle Dr. DeSoto. Begins at 11am. Under 3 up to 9. Register: 972-230-9655. Earth Day Celebration Go Green Garland at Garland Recycling Center 1426 Commerce St. Garland. 11am.-3pm. 2019 Bond Informational Meeting Referendum proposals voters will consider in the May 4 election at North Garland Branch Library, 3845 N. Garland Ave. 2pm. GoalFriend Brunch at Business Lounge 13740 Midway Rd. Dallas. 11am-2pm. Tickets:

GISD’S ANNUAL SIGNING DAY CEREMONY Garland ISD held its annual signing day ceremony Feb. 6 at the Curtis Culwell Center, recognizing more than 70 student-athletes who have committed to play sports in college. Sarah Davis, former Southern Methodist University stand-out soccer player and current head coach of the North Garland High School varsity girls’ soccer team, offered words of advice to the honorees during the ceremony. The  districtwide event  was a culmination of countless hours of dedication, determination, and

practice put in by the athletes to reach this goal. “What a huge accomplishment for all of you,” Davis said. “You are the best of the best in Garland ISD. You are true leaders in your school and in the community. You know what it means to be a scholar athlete in the classroom and on the field. We are so happy to be able to honor you on this awesome day.” Relive the celebration through photos or by  watching GRSTV’s coverage of the event.


Troubling Questions Exist


Waters calls for end to Homelessness


It is highly disturbing to me and to members of the American public that the Mueller report leaves unanswered whether or not the president and /or members of his campaign team committed obstruction of justice during the 2016 presidential campaign, a crime so serious that at least one former president was forced to resign from office when confronted with it. I believe that Mr. Trump and those who support him are incorrect when they say that the report vindicates the President. That can only be determined by the American people once they have had the opportunity to digest the report in its entirety. The four page summary of the report written by Attorney General William P. Barr is insufficient and should not be characterized as an adequate reading of the Mueller investigation. Besides, Mr. Barr long ago relinquished his impartiality when he wrote that a sitting president was beyond the reach of the law. Mr. Barr has said that he would provide a summary of the Mueller report to Congress and the American people. That will not be enough. The Congress and the people should be entitled to see the full report, excepting those portions that deal with matters of national security. Democrats in the House of Representatives acted swiftly when its leaders wrote the White House, the Department of Justice and a number

of federal agencies requesting that documents used by Mueller and his investigators be turned over to Congress. Those documents will no doubt be invaluable in advance of congressional hearings that various panels in the House will conduct The president and his supporters should be highly concerned that while the Mueller investigation has concluded, ongoing federal inquiries continue in a number of jurisdictions, including New York and Washington, D.C. Investigators are considering whether or not any crimes were committed by members of the president’s family, his campaign team or the president himself. In the New York investigation, according to sworn testimony by Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, the president directed an unlawful scheme that resulted in two women being paid money to silence them from going public with accusations that he had extramarital affairs with them. We find ourselves in a sad state of affairs involving the alleged conduct of our president and those who worked with and for him. Our country is restless, and things will settle until those troubling questions are finally put to rest. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson represents the 30th congressional district of Texas in the US House of Representatives. She also chairs the Science Committee in the House.

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced H.R. 1856, the Ending Homelessness Act of 2019, legislation that provides a comprehensive plan to ensure that every person experiencing homelessness in America has a place to call home. “In the richest country in the world, it is simply unacceptable that we have people living in the streets,” said Chairwoman Waters. “Today, there are over a half million people experiencing homelessness nationwide. Nearly 160,000 of them are children and nearly 38,000 are veterans who we have failed to support after their service to our nation. “In Los Angeles County, there are over 50,000 people experiencing homelessness, nearly 5,000 of whom are children, and over 3,800 of whom are veterans. “As Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, I have made it a top priority to focus on this crisis. That is why I have introduced the Ending Homelessness Act of 2019, which would provide $13.27 billion in new funding over five years to federal programs and initiatives to prevent homelessness. “It is time for Congress to step up and provide the resources and funding necessary to address this important issue and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that every American has a safe, affordable place to call home.” The Ending Homelessness Act of 2019 would appropriate $13.27 billion in mandatory emergency relief funding over five years to several critical federal housing programs and initiatives, providing the resources that these programs need to effectively address the homelessness crisis in America. This bill includes the following funding amounts over and above what is already annually provided for these existing U.S. Department of Housing

and Urban Development (HUD) programs: $5 billion over five years to McKinneyVento Homeless Assistance Grants, which is expected to provide 85,000 new permanent housing units; $2.5 billion over five years to for new Special Purpose Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), which is expected to provide an additional 300,000 housing vouchers and would give preference to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; $1.05 billion annually in mandatory spending dedicated to the National Housing Trust Fund, which in the first five years of funding is expected to create 25,000 new units affordable to extremely low-income households, with a priority for housing the homeless; $500 million over five years in outreach funding to ensure that homeless people are connected to the resources they need and; $20 million for states and localities to integrate healthcare and housing initiatives, which provides technical assistance to help state and local governments coordinate their healthcare and housing initiatives that are funded by federal programs. This bill is supported by the Center for Supportive Housing, Community Solutions, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, Drug Policy Alliance, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leading Age, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, National Housing Conference, National Housing Law Project, National Housing Trust, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Rural Housing Coalition, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), Public Housing Authority Directors Association, Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future, and TELACU Residential Management.




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QUIT PLAYIN’ Black Women ain’t Safe! BY VINCENT L. HALL

Activist, author and award-winning writer

Austin Shuffield and Marc Gomez have never been introduced, mentored one another or met their just rewards‌Yet! However, each took center stage in Black America this past week. The beatings they rendered to two sisters were savage. From the street corner to the streetcar, Black women are not safe. There is undeniable footage of the violent assault on a 24-year-old woman in Dallas by a pistol-packing White “Southern gentleman.â€? The scenes of a dormant 70-plusyear-old senior being footwhipped by a Black malefactor was even worse. Sofia, warned us in the Color Purple. “A girl child ain’t safe in a family of mens!â€? This week, in the middle of Women’s History Month has proven that a Black woman ain’t safe

nowhere. The dehumanizing and devalued station of Black women has never been any more evident. Apparently no African American female is too tender and no Black mother is too old to be spared. The brutal brawn and boot of toxic masculinity will not relent. Black women have borne America’s burden all along. From forced rapes that populated the fields and plantations of slavery to present, there has been no respite. In her 1937 novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,� Zora Neale Hurston cut to the chase. “De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see.� Hurston was not denigrating or dissing Sisters, she was delivering reliable testimony to the strength and bravery it takes for Black women to rise

from their beds and answer the bell; morning after morning. Even today, Black women are the principal barricades to Black America’s total wipeout. The U.S Census Bureau implied as much in its 2016 publication; “America’s Families and Living Arrangements.â€? The findings... again‌prove to be more harsh for Black women. “More than one-third of all Black children in the United States under the age of 18 live with unmarried mothers— compared to 6.5 percent of White children. During the 1960-2016 periods, the percentage of children living with only their mother nearly tripled from 8 to 23 percent.â€? In their collection of material on “Womanism,â€? writers/ scholars Gloria Hull, Patricia Bell-Scott and Barbara Smith, offer the answer to an open book test in the title. “But Some of Us Are Brave: All

Let’s call white terrorists out By DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX

An Australian white nationalist man who says he hates immigrants acted out his hate by murdering at least 49 people and seriously injuring dozens more. He directed his ire at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, after posting a hate-filled manifesto that was replete with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ranting.  It is important to know that it was a WHITE man, not a person of color, who perpetrated the most deadly mass shooting in New Zealand.  It is essential to call out the WHITE terrorists that too many are too timid to call out by name.  They are called nationalist, but when they go on gun-toting rampages, especially in places of worship, this is not nationalism; it is terrorism, plain and simple.  Why are so many so willing to put adjectives around heinous acts, and to describe these terrorists as mentally ill.  Why are so many willing to soft-pedal the abhorrence of these acts? To his credit, the 45th President did acknowledge the “horrible

massacre� in New Zealand, which is much better than he did when Heather Heyer was murdered in Charlottesville, and 45 said that there were “good people on both sides� of that insanity. The Charlottesville murder of Ms. Heyer is relevant because the man who slaughtered 49 people in New Zealand embraced our President as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.�  Had 45 a speck of sense, he might have addressed his inclusion in the shooter’s manifesto and condemned it.   But how could 45 actually condemn the actions of a white nationalist when, heretofore, he has embraced them, riled them up, supported them, and even used the word “nationalist� himself when it has suited him. The New Zealand terrorist also referenced Dylan Roof in his manifesto.  Roof, of course, was the man who has been convicted for his attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. The

Austin Shuffield savagely attacks Ms. Lee Living, without standing the Women are White, All the and status, allows a Black Blacks are Men!� Their inference is that in grandmother to be roundly America’s favorite sport; kicked while lookers-on are the stereotype games, Black more interested in social media women come up missing. When hits than preventing her from America thinks of women they being hit. Black girls are missing all over think White women, when they hear of Blacks, they envision the nation and no one seems to Black men. Black women care. Maybe, just maybe, there’s literally live in a world where to be a woman is to be White, and a short search and then they abort the mission. Black women to be Black is to be male. Lacking cultural and societal are paid less than any other status allows our women to category of American workers, be threatened with guns and and have more responsibility beaten by a White man because than any other. he feels it’s an appropriate The answers to the response to being angered by aforementioned problems do an insignificant issue. not rest with well-meaning

way that law en-forcement chose to coddle Dylan Roof, and the way the media sought to “explain him� is a textbook case in how white privilege works, even for terrorists. Upon his arrest, Roof was taken to get a fast-food meal.  Perhaps his blood sugar was low, and someone hoped to attribute his terrorism to the fact that he may have forgotten to eat!  In any case when have you know an African American perpetrator of ANYTHING to be fed BEFORE he gets to jail? 

while the FBI stirs up anti-Black sentiment with their bulletins about “Black Identity Extremists.�   The word TERRORIST has rarely been applied to Dylan Roof (instead, he is described as a murderer and white supremacist) but his massacre of nine Black people in church was nothing less than terrorism.  But if we call Roof a terrorist, we must also look at the police who coddled him as terrorist-enablers.  We have to look at the media who rushed to explain his background as terrorist-explainers.   We have to ask WHITE people why such terrorism is acceptable. Let’s consider the massacre at

There is, of course, a professional courtesy that “law enforcement� officials treat WHITE terrorists,

the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh last year. The assailant, Robert D. Bowers killed 11 people

men. Black women don’t need us in the usual patriarchal ways that we like to exert our influence. They need us to be the “mules uh de world� for a while. We need to push public policy on the local, state and federal level that provides safety. And “we,� the “collective we,� can be “sickened� by the cowardly acts of Shuffield and Gomez, or we can be brave. We must be brave enough to admit that Black women ain’t safe and then resolve to do something about it. Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning columnist

and wounding several others, including four police officers. For all the talk of the anti-Semitism that supposedly comes from Muslims, African Americans and others, it was a WHITE terrorist who killed all those people at the Tree of Life Congregation.  But for all the talk we hear about terrorists, we rarely experience people calling terrorists just what they are! A white man kills 49 at two mosques.  A white man kills 11 at a synagogue.  But the people who are being accused of hate are Black and Brown.  What if Black, Brown (Muslim, Palestinian, Latino) and Jewish people decided to fight the white supremacy that permeates our nation?  Then, do you think, we could all get along?  We may not all agree, but we must call out the WHITE TERRORISM that leaves too many dead or maimed.  We must say “enough� to a President who fans the flames of white nationalism, thus white terrorism, for sport and to inflame his base.  When will he stop?  When will it end?  And, equally importantly, when will some folks call white nationalism for the terrorism that it is? Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. For booking, or for more info visit www.

Republicans infatuation with minstrel shows BY RAYNARD JACKSON

The Republican Party and the conservative movement had one of the most disastrous months in my lifetime. I have warned anyone who will listen that race will be the most dominant issue as we head into the 2020 election cycle, and the [Republican] party and conservatives are totally ill-prepared and incapable of dealing with this issue of race. The Republican Party and the conservative movement have done NOTHING — let me repeat NOTHING — to show that they are serious about engaging the Black community in any meaningful way. Put another way, if the Republican Party and the conservative movement were accused in a court of law of wanting “meaningful� engagement with the Black community, would there be enough evidence to convict them? The answer is a loud, unequivocal NO!!!!!!!!!!


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They continue to promote and showcase minstrel shows like Diamond & Silk and the Black community’s version of Rep. Alexandria OcasioCortez, Candace Owens. Political sycophants like Lynn Patton “willingly� allow themselves to be used as props and pawns all in the name of getting a condescending pat on the head by their overseers. Congressman Mark Meadows was WRONG for the stunt he used with Patton. Let me repeat HE WAS DEAD WRONG! I know Meadows and he is a very decent guy and I know first-hand that he wants to see more Blacks involved with our party, but again, what he did was wrong and stupid, not racist! The blame is to be placed on Patton. She should have had the “integrity� to tell Meadows that she would not allow him to use her as a prop but instead would be willing to submit for the record her account

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of her personal relationship with the Trump family. Memo to Black Republicans: STOP trying to explain Patton’s situation away. She was willingly used as a prop! End of sentence. Lynn, you are NOT a martyr, you simply got used. Admit it and move on. In order to have credibility within the Black community, you must call out foolishness when it happens and stop trying to explain it away by giving cover to those who offend us. There is no explaining away what Meadows and Patton did! As if the above minstrel shows were not bad enough, it gets worse. My longtime followers are well aware that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has for several years tried to copy my Black Republican Trailblazer Awards. They are far too incompetent to successfully imitate me, despite them suing me in court over the very event that, even they admit, I created. They took what was supposed to be a very solemn event that was supposed to recognize Black Republicans that


met three criteria: Made significant contributions to America, significant contributions to the Black community, and significant contributions to the Republican Party. Their honorees were jokes and in no way met the criteria for the award. Not only was it at a nightclub, the owner is a Black liberal who contributes thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party. What are the odds of Maxine Waters hosting an event at the Washington Times conference center, owned by conservative Republicans? Kamilah Prince, the Black Republican staffer who oversaw the event, should be immediately fired for sheer incompetence. And if her incompetence wasn’t enough, they hired a white band to provide the entertainment. Can you imagine Soul Train having a country music artist on its program or the Grand Ole Opry having gangsta rapper Ice T perform? Only a Black Republican would do something this stupid! Memo to white Republicans: Having a Black staffer is not the same

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No, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t call Ronald Reagan a racist. But she should have! BY MICHAEL HARRIOT One of my earliest memories in life was the night Ronald Reagan was elected president because it was also the night I prayed harder than I ever have in life. During the presidential campaign of 1980, I distinctly remember being terrified after I heard an adult say: “If Reagan is elected, he will send black people back in the cotton fields.” So, on the night of the election, when I heard my grandmother and mother in the next room say that he had won, I got down on my knees. I didn’t know how to pick cotton. Would I have to give up my dream of playing point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and my future side hustle as a tambourine player in Earth Wind & Fire to get a cotton-picking degree in picking cotton? Why would I even need to go to kindergarten if I was doomed to a life on the plantation? I had already started my tambourine lessons! I needed to talk to Jesus about this. While I now realize that my 6-year-old self couldn’t properly understand sarcasm, the memory underscores the feelings of most black people who survived the era of trickle-down economics, the War on Drugs and the demonization of the Welfare Queen. So imagine my surprise when I learned that there are white people who didn’t know that Ronald Reagan is considered by many to be the most racist president in modern, preTrump history. According to Mediaite and the Caucasian Pearl-Clutching Weekly, Rep. Ronald Reagan (D-NY) was interviewed at the South by Southwest Festival on Saturday and made comments that really rankled some Republicans. Although I’ve never personally experi-

enced a “rankling,” I imagined it is not pleasant. Mediaite reports: AOC was interviewed Saturday at the festival by The Intercept Senior Politics Editor Briahna Gray, and discussed Reagan’s political exploitation of race, without explicitly calling him a racist. “One perfect example, I think a perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans in order to just screw over all working class Americans,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “is Reaganism in the eighties, when he started talking about Welfare Queens.” She said that Reagan presented a “resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing, that were sucks on our country,” and that Reagan gave people who were “already subconsciously trained to resent” black women “a different reason that’s not explicit racism, but still rooted in a racist caricature, it gives people a logical, a quote ‘logical’ reason to say ‘oh yeah, I know, toss out the whole social safety net.” White people love Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan is a conservative icon even more beloved than white things like the Hallmark Channel, pumpkin patches or oversized American flags. Since 1988, Republicans have been searching for another populist GOP Messiah to return America to the glory days of unbridled capitalism and unabashed whiteness. So conservatives and right-leaning moderates were stunned to hear that not everyone has the same regard for the former champion of white fear mongering. But Ocasio-Cortez’s comments were common

knowledge to others. I was flabbergasted to learn that white America had no idea that people felt this way about Reagan. In the 1980 election, Reagan garnered 14 percent of the black vote, according to the Roper Center. But after four years of Reagan, only 9 percent of black voters cast a ballot for Reagan in the 1984 presidential race. Even more telling, in his

Ronald Reagan is one of the first candidates who employed racial dog whistles to practice “identity politics.” During his first try at the Republican nomination in 1976, he tried to vanquish then-President Gerald Ford by voicing his opposition to the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act. Coretta Scott King said she was “scared

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez second bid for office, 66 percent of whites voted for the Gipper. Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act, no president has won an election with a bigger gap between black and white voters.

that if Ronald Reagan gets into office, we are going to see more of the Ku Klux Klan and a resurgence of the Nazi Party.” In 1980, Reagan kicked off his campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, at

President Ronald Reagan And while many people wrongly assume that Ocasio-Cortez called Reagan “a racist,” what she really said was that his policies exploited racism, similar to our current White House Grand Dragon. Any examination of Reagan’s presidency reveals one thing to be true. Ronald Reagan was the white man’s president.

the Neshoba County Fair, where local Klansmen were still being protected after the white supremacist, Mississippi Burning murders of civil rights workers in 1964. Political candidates had avoided the area for years before Reagan kicked off his campaign to a raucous crowd of 10,000 white people listening to him champi-

Mozambique Cyclone Continued from page 1 thousand deaths,” he said. More than 1.5 million people have been affected across the three countries by Idai. Mozambique Red Cross volunteers are already on the ground as well as the IFRC’s international team,” said IFRC’s Euloge Ishimwe. Ironically, Mozambique, like many other countries in southern Africa,


Continued from page 1 She has served as a member of DFW International Airport Board of Directors (Chair $2.7 Billion Terminal Redevelopment Improvement Program-TRIP); Regional Transportation Council of North Texas; Salvation Army Board (Chair Management Services Committee); Texas Healthcare Trustees and Women Corporate Directors. When you think about the people you come into contact

suffered a major drought two years ago. Farmers lost their cattle and crops failed. African populations are already suffering the increasing effects of climate change, said Kristalina Georgieva, acting president of the World Bank Group. “This is the case with Cyclone Idai, which has been sweeping through southern Africa since Mar. 16.”

with; as you get older, you have to start weeding out the interactions with folks that drain you instead of helping you to grow and flourish. If you are not careful, some people will suck the life out of you. They’ll use you, abuse you and then turn around and look at you as if you did something wrong! Now, Bernice J. Washington lifts as she climbs. I’ve never heard anyone say anything negative about her. Please know, if I do, I am going to shut them down. Not because I don’t believe

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tance of understanding who you are as a woman, not just what you do – mom, baker, employer, etc. She talked about being the Queen of her

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that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but what is their motivation? What is their end game? And then too, it probably isn’t true if it’s negative! When you have someone as positive and uplifting as Bernice J. Washington and someone wants to tear them down, someone has to stand up and shut down the madness. I am that person. Now, you are probably asking, “why does she keep saying her entire name?” Well if you have ever heard Bernice J. Washington, speak, you get it.

castle. “I am so in touch with my passion and my purpose wherever I go, she said. “Wherever I go I ask, ‘What is it you would have me to do and whom is it you would have me to touch?’” because I am very in touch with the fact that I am on a mission. And there are

If you haven’t, just know that it’s an experience and she’s sure to put a smile on your face. And just think, there are some people who make you shake your head, roll your eyes or suck your teeth. So it’s great to have someone who when you are in their presence, positive energy flows, your stress level is at a safe point and you feel GOOD! Bernice J. Washington is an example of someone who is definitely using the blessings that God has given her. And I am blessed to know her!

people that need to be touched.” Every participant at the Symposium received a blue bag inside of which was their own personal tiara from Marshall to ensure every woman always remembers the queen inside of her.

on “states rights.” During Reagan’s presidency, he vetoed an anti-Apartheid bill and initially opposed making Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday. His stances against affirmative action grew stronger, leading him to direct his justice department to issue directives against hiring practices in 56 states, counties and cities. In fact, Justin Gomer and Christopher Petrella of the Washington Post credits Reagan with inventing the Republican narrative that affirmative action equals reverse racism, writing: More than any other modern U.S. president, it was Ronald Reagan who cultivated the concept of socalled reverse discrimination, which emerged in the 1970s as a backlash against affirmative action in public schooling as court-ordered busing grew throughout the country. During these years, a growing number of white Americans came to believe civil rights programs and policies had outstretched their original intent and had turned whites into the victims of racial discrimination. His other strategies for dismantling civil rights protections were much more nefarious. He loaded federal courts with judges who were hostile to civil rights laws. Before he was nominated to the Supreme Court, staunch conservative Clarence Thomas was in charge of the Justice Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. And while many assume it was her position on Roe v. Wade that earned Sandra Day O’Connor a nomination from Reagan to the Supreme Court, many forget how she played the “lead role in decisions that undid certain affirmative action policies and the cold treatment she generally gave plaintiffs of

color who alleged discrimination.” Reagan’s trickle-down economics disproportionately affected people of color, causing the biggest disparity in black and white unemployment since the repeal of segregation. After 1963, the number of children who experienced segregation in American schools decreased dramatically until the Reagan administration’s opposition to busing brought the downward trend to a standstill. In 1976, Reagan created the idea of the “welfare queen”—stoking the idea that “strapping young bucks” were somehow using government assistance to buy T-Bone steaks and Cadillacs. To this very day, the GOP perpetuates this racist, dog-whistle trope to demonize immigrants and minorities as bloodsucking parasites living off government handouts even though these programs  benefit poor whites the most. But nowhere was Reagan’s anti-black policies more evident than in his continuation of the War on Drugs. He began his “zero tolerance” drug initiative by demonizing the epidemic of crack cocaine as an inner-city problem while the data showed that whites used it more. When his administration implemented the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, he established mandatory minimums for crack cocaine that were much harsher than the penalties for powder cocaine. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, when Ronald Reagan took office, there were 50,000 people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses. By 1997, 400,000 people were imprisoned for nonviolent narcotics crimes, largely because of ReaContinued on page 7


Continued from page 1 Ascension, Koch, Volkswagen, Business Planner Lester Booker, API and the Bill & Melinda Jr. NNPA Foundation Board Gates Foundation count among the partners and sponsors of Chair Amelia Ashley-Ward, the NNPA and Black Press NNPA National Chairman Dorothy R. Leavell, NNPA Week. Among the topics on the Convention Committee Chair week’s schedule were “How Jan Michelle Lemon-Kearney Public Policy Can Help and NNPA President & CEO Shape the Future of Sickle Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., also Cell Disease;” “Education provided remarks. A fireside chat with Cherie Equity: Parent and Family Engagement Using Public Wilson, the director of Federal Awareness and Outreach;” and Affairs for General Motors the presentation, “2020 U.S. while Reynolds American Census,” which featured senior Inc. presented the topic, advisor in the Office of the “Municipal, Regional and Director of the United States National Public Policies That Impact the Quality of Life for Census Bureau Tasha Boone. Panelists this year included Black Americans and Wells Angela Reimer, the senior Fargo presented “Minding the director of federal government Wealth Gap.” The special week of activity relations for Pfizer; Dr. Angie Snyder, research associate concluded with a luncheon professor at Georgia State presentation and library tour at University and the director of the Library of Congress which Health Policy and Financing had the theme, “The Black at the Georgia Health Policy Press in the United States: Center; Beverley Francis- History, Legacy and Heritage,” Gibson, president and CEO of co-hosted by Dr. Carla Hayden, Sickle Cell Disease Association the 14th Librarian of Congress of America; and General and the first African American Motors Corporate Giving to hold the post. Communications & Strategic



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Us is the follow up to Jordan Peele ‘s 2018, Get Out.  It has some elements in common with his previous film, for one, it’s the new genre of movie called a “Political Thriller.”   While the movie has a lot of suspense in it, it also makes a lot of political statements about the current state of the world. But, make no mistake, this is a straight up horror/ suspense film with something creepy hanging around every corner. Lupita Nyong’o gives a great performance as the current day mother and the child of the ’80s who first encountered the

doppelgangers, which are characters that appeared in early literature. A doppelganger is an evil twin that is usually played by a ghostly spirit. While Nyong’o has other cast members who play her family in the movie, it is her stellar acting performance that holds the entire movie together.  She does a great job of playing terrified. Much like an M. Night Shyamalan movie, there are so many plot twists I’m afraid I would ruin the movie for you if I revealed too much.  The movie is part suspense and partly a home invasion movie, and is all good. The movie is rated R


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for language and violence at it runs at 1 hour and 56 minutes. Us is a smart movie and on my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate it a JUMBO!


Authors Michael Roizen, M.D. & Michael Crupain, M.D.


Just when I think I can use what I know, a great soul as Dr. Roizen (a previous guest and a partner in with Dr. Mehmet Oz) returns to the show to remain me (and you) there is more to know. I’ve received my reminder ‘stop eating late’ from Dr. Roizen and Dr. Crupain. Read (IMessenger, Garland Journal News & Texas Metro News) and listen to the interview SoundCloud. com/valderbeebeshow, then ask; what changes can I make in my eating habits for better health? NY Times best-selling author Dr. Michael Roizen reveals how the food choices we make each day--and when we make them--can affect our health, energy, sex life, waistline, attitude, and the way we age. Along with Dr. Crupain, medical director of The Dr. Oz Show, the doctors talked to me about: ·  How to get a good night’s sleep and why it’s the window to brain health in many, many cases. · Why you often get sleepy after eating and why skipping breakfast is bad for afternoon productivity. · What to eat when you have insomnia, sleep too much, exercise, fighting a cold, and feel fatigued. · The science and benefits of intermittent fasting. ·  The five foods you probably aren’t eating but should.

VBS: Welcome Dr. Roizen & Dr Crupain. Your book What to Eat When, why that title? MR: The reason that Dr. Crupain and I wrote WHAT TO EAT WHEN, is because a calorie isn’t a calorie. The calorie you eat in the morning is much more efficiently used, than the calorie you eat in the evening. Because the science that shows what you eat is not as important as when you eat. It’s quite amazing you feel much more energetic when you eat 75% of your calories before 2 pm or 8 hours before you go to bed and avoid eating anything 3 hours before you go to bed. Then 4 days later you stop being hungry in the evening, then you start also sleeping better. VBS: Dr. Crupain does Day Light Savings Time effect our health? MC: Daylight Savings Time yes, impacts our health. Daylight Saving Time interferes with our circadian rhythm…. what is circadian rhythm?.......... More Michael Roizen, M.D. & Michael Crupain, M.D interview: SoundCloud. com/valderbeebeshow. Listen On-Demand @ and,,,; Podcast audio:,,,


Save My Brother BY ALMA GILL Dear Alma, Can you help me please! My brother whom I love dearly, and we are very close. he is marrying a woman from another country that he met on the internet. He said it was a international dating site but I don’t believe him. I think it’s like a foreign bride kinda thing, but I’m not sure. anyway, he is marrying this woman in a month and it’s nothing we can do about it. I just don’t get it. My brother is smart, and he has a good job. He’s been married before and he has one son who is an adult. My mother and I are baffled, and we just do not understand why he would chose to do this sorta thing. I can’t imagine not maintaining the relationship my brother and I have, so that’s not an option. I just want to find the right words to talk him out of this mess. This is just not something we do in our family. I’m sure there’s a nice woman closer to home he can date, and we can meet and they can start a nice relationship. My mother is worried something awful will happen to him because he is such a very nice man. Please tell me how to explain to him this is the worst decision he could ever make and in a way that he doesn’t get mad at us for not supporting him. Thank you. Signed, Anonymous

Sista Saint Stay-awayfrom-my-brother, I don’t really see a problem here, but I do see a situation that’s weighing heavily on your pinched nerve. Obviously, his upcoming nuptials have you tied in a tizzy. Your brother, a grown man, has the audacity to marry a woman that you have not approved – say it ain’t so! The nerve of him, what is he thinking, LOL. Here’s where I give it to you strait, cause I know you can handle it. My answer deals with you not your brother. Hold on, I can see your eyes rolling back as you start to fall out your chair, LOL, but it’s the truth. You know how we sometimes watch something from the outside looking in? You can see everything that’s wrong, spot enough red flags to circle the globe twice and you wonder why the person you love is oblivious. I know, I feel you, but this is not your pony to ride. Brides for hire ain’t my thing either, but who are we to judge. If that’s what your brother is into, I’m sure he’s ready to line dance to this lazy side of hopefulness. Cause that’s what it is, lazy. when

you take this route, you aren’t taking the time to get to know a person in person. There’s no occasion to get together, meet a smile across the table and figure out what you two have in common. For me, it’s basically a purchase, but again, who are we to judge. And on that note, I’ll keep it moving. Respect your brothers wishes. Don’t go to the wedding with all your shade and attitude. Learn to mediate, read the word and get rid of those feelings - your inside emotions regarding your brothers decision. It’s not about you, it’s about them. All you can do is be prayerful and keep and eye on him and make sure they’re happy. Give them the respect you would want if the tables were turned. You never know, this could be a great migration match (I don’t think so) but I can’t tell the future, LOL. We’re gonna pray on it, you, me and some prayer warrior “Ask Alma” readers. We will wish them all the best while you hurry up and go sign up for a yoga class. Alma Email questions to: alwaysaskalma@ Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” Tweet @ almaaskalma.



Out of the thousands upon thousands of players who have played in the NBA over more than seven decades, there are a select few who will forever be remembered for the skill, precision and expertise in which they played the game. Dirk Nowitzki is one of those few; proving his worth and value to the Association again on Monday night as he passed Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s AllTime – that’s ALL-TIME – scoring list people, to secure the #6 spot. Nowitzki needed only four points to make history but finished with eight points, giving him 31,424 in his 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks — trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan. That’s it. Out of all the thousands of players – “The Big German” – Dirk’s nickname – is No. 6. LeBron James (32,439) is the only other active player in the top five. “The ‘Big Dipper,’ huh? It’s amazing,” said Nowitzki, referring to Chamberlain’s nickname. Dirk finished with eight points in 12 minutes in the Mavs’ 129-125 overtime loss, pushing his career total to 31,424 points. “It’s been a long time coming this season, knowing before the year it was only 200-something points away. Then there were times when I thought I’m not going to make it, the way the season went with the injury. Coming off the injury was just super, super slow,” he said to media assembled after the historic feat. “But the last few weeks felt better, and I’ve been playing bet-

ter, and the team was obviously looking for me and telling me to shoot. I’m glad it’s over with now. The sold-out crowd at American Airlines Center – on its collective feet for much of the first few minutes of the game – did not have to wait long to witness history. Dirk hit the mark with a fadeaway jumper with 8:35 left in the first quarter. A few minutes later, a tribute video showing all of Dirk’s milestones throughout his career was played. The crowd went wild once again, jumping to its feet and providing their beloved Dirk with his second standing ovation of the night. His beaming wife, Jessica, stood by Mark Cuban clapping and cheering along with the audience. “That’s really a monumental, historical accomplishment,” said Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle. “Not many people on the outside know the kind of sacrifices he’s made just to be on the floor to accomplish something like this. This is just another credit to how he’s approached his entire career.” The Mavs ended up losing the game to the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime 129-125. Dirk has not stated whether this is truly his last season or not. He said he will make that decision once this season is over. In the meantime, MFFLs (Mavs Fans For Life) in attendance Monday night got to witness a true piece of history as it happened. They were indeed “Nowitznesses.”


Ocasio - Cortez Continued from page 5 gan-era mandatory minimums. But it wasn’t whites who were being sent to jail. Despite the fact that whites and blacks used illegal drugs at about the same rate during the Reagan era, the percentage of black people arrested for illicit drugs increased dramatically while the white arrest rate stayed relatively flat. The furor over Ocasio-Cortez’s comments reveals the way white America mistakenly defines racism. To them, racism exists in heads and hearts alone, not in deeds. It is the notion that fuels bigots to adamantly declare that they can’t be racist because they know what’s in their hearts. It causes congressman to defend Donald Trump’s racism by parading one of his lone black employees out while ignoring his actions. It might be true that Ronald Reagan didn’t have a speck of animus toward black people. Maybe

some of his best friends were black. Even though it is impossible to know how Reagan felt about black people in his heart, it is also irrelevant. Ronald Reagan’s heart didn’t explode the black prison population. His heart didn’t cause an explosion in wealth inequality, dismantle civil rights, demonize black people, infuse racism into politics, widen the black unemployment gap or perpetuate economic, social and political disparities at every turn. His policies did that. So, even though Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t call GOP Jesus a racist, maybe she should have. Because, if Ronald Reagan’s presidency wasn’t racist, then racism does not exist. At this very moment, black communities across America are still recovering from the Reagan era. But at least I still have these cotton-picking tambourine skills. This article originally appeared in The San Antonio Observer.

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