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Recently, I was challenged by a young lady. She was about 40 years old and enjoying a successful career in corporate America. She wanted me to tell her about Black leadership, specifically, what were the elders doing to train, mold and grow future leaders? Unfortunately her question was framed in a way that could have seemed like an indictment because clearly she felt that we werenâ€™t doing enough. Now thereâ€™s quite a bit of blame to go around but I am hopeful that by having candid discussions we can move forward and build a stronger foundation. It begins with respect. The foundation in our communities has a crack that continues to widen and with the further erosion of our families and institutions that crack will never be repaired unless we bring respect back as the basis for all interactions. I asked some students if they cussed in front of their parents and I was amazed at the many who answered in the affirmative. Talk about shocked! I cussed in front of my mother twice and both times I was in my 50s. The first time, I said â€œHell.â€? I was so shocked I couldnâ€™t talk to her for about two days. It was only after I talked to my good- tithing friend Debra, from Concord Church in Dallas, and she assured me that Hell wasnâ€™t a bad word. The next time, about a year later, I said â€œDammit!â€? And as soon as the word slipped out of my mouth, I threw my siblings under the bus. â€œOoh Mother Iâ€™m so sorry, you know I donâ€™t cuss. Thatâ€™s your other children, Daryl and Tracy!â€? Of course she just looked at me, probably holding in laughter. You see, growing up there were certain words we just couldnâ€™t say like: fool, liar, funky, or butt. So the thought of a cuss word never crossed our minds or was uttered from our lips. Today, however some young people have no reservations about cussing in front of adults. One student told me, â€œIâ€™m an adult just like you are.â€? I agree. Another said, â€œIâ€™m grown.â€? I disagree! You see, that was another thing I wouldnâ€™t think of saying to my elders. While I am an adult and of a certain age, I wouldnâ€™t fix my mouth to tell an elder â€œIâ€™m grown.â€? Itâ€™s disrespectful. And, if you have to tell someone, then maybe you arenâ€™t acting mature. Itâ€™s the same with being a Christian, a lady or a prostitute. Your actions should provide insight into who or what you are. We are not grown, since we are constantly evolving, we are GROWING. Now everyone deserves to be respected. Everyone. However, thereâ€™s something to be said about those who are disrespectful to everyone or fail to realize that being disrespectful is actually a reflection on the perpetrator, not the recipient. I have to call out writers, especially on television shows, as they portray young children talking â€œcrazyâ€? to their elders. Thankfully in the homes I visited as a child, the children didnâ€™t talk back to See MY TRUTH, page 6
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Winnie Mandela dies at 81 By Stacy M. Brown
tional Congress and leaders around the world, she courageously led the efforts to fight for his South Afrifreedom and caâ€™s â€œMothend Apartheid er of the in South Africa Nationâ€? an and, in addition anti-Apartto her activism heid crusadthat inspired er Winnie and motivated Madikizethe internala-Mandela tional comhas died, her munity to join family conthe struggle to firmed in a end apartheid, statement she especialon Monday, ly empowered April 2. and galvanized The ex-wife women to rise of the late up and speak Winnie Mandela Nelson Manout against the dela, Winnie Mandela was 81. abuses of the apartheid regime in South In a statement, her family said Mandela Africa,â€? Waters said. â€œdied after a long illness, for which she The congresswoman noted that Mandela had been in and out of hospital since the popularized the statement, â€œWhen you start of the year.â€? strike a woman, you strike a rock,â€? which â€œI am deeply saddened by the passing Waters said indicated that women were ofâ€ŚWinnie Mandela,â€? California Dem- firmly planted in their efforts to end ocratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters Apartheid and became an international said in a statement to NNPA Newswire. See MANDELA, page 8 â€œIn conjunction with the African Na(NNPA Newswire Contributor)
NBA suspends Mavs' Noel for violation of Anti-Drug Program By Dorothy J Gentry
for violating the terms of the N B A / N B PA Dallas MaverAnti-Drug Proicks Head Coach gram. Rick Carlisle Noelâ€™s suspenon Tuesday exsion began with pressed both Tuesday nightâ€™s disappointment game. The Mavs and support at only have three the suspension of games left this Nerlens Noel. season which â€œIn terms of ensures that the nature of it, MFFLâ€™s wonâ€™t see nobody can get him in a Mavs into that, but Iâ€™m uniform any very disappointmore this seaNerlens Noel. ed for him. Heâ€™s son, at the very had a great last least. six weeks since heâ€™s come back Carlisle said he â€œadmiredâ€? (from injury),â€? Carlisle said and â€œrespectedâ€? Noel â€“ who before Tuesday nightâ€™s home turns 24 next Tuesday â€“ begame against the Portland cause he told Carlisle about Trailblazers. the suspension beforehand. The NBA announced Tuesâ€œHe came to me after the day morning that Noel, as well Sacramento (Kings) game as Thabo Sefolosha of the Utah last week. He wanted to talk Jazz, had each been suspend- to me man-to-man,â€? Carlisle ed without pay for five games See WOMEN, page 7
Women's Club celebrates decades of service By Gwendolyn H. Daniels Club President
The historic South Dallas Business and Professional Womenâ€™s Club held its 64th Annual Foundersâ€™ Day celebration at the Magnuson Grand Hotel in DeSoto, Texas. Members gathered dressed in their signature red attire and the ballroom was filled by 11:00 AM when Mistress of Ceremony and new Club Member Deloros Raivzee-Bell opened the program. President Gwendolyn H. Daniels, National 1st Vice President Dr. Lavern J. Holyfield and South Central District Governor Patricia B. Maples each brought brief greetings to the morning audience. An occasion reflecting the rich history of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Womenâ€™s Clubs, Inc. and the local South Dallas Club was delivered by Life Member Charla White Walters. The organizationâ€™s official flower is the Yellow Tea Rose. Following the occasion, members held a Yellow Rose Candle Lighting Ceremony narrated by new Club Member Shelisa Brock, Esq. and Club Member Lynnetta Williams.
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New members Sherilyn Medlock and Carla Dennis conducted the lighting of candles while President Daniels, along with Past Presidents and the entire membership at-large each placed a Yellow Tea Rose in an enormous vase located at the front of the beautifully decorated ballroom. Foundersâ€™ Day Chair Marion Hill-Hubbard presented a video
displaying an historical pictorial of all national and local founders prior to Club Chaplain Monique Murchison delivering the blessing of the food. During lunch, guests were thoroughly entertained by the renown Sierraleone and Company. Life Member and Vice Governor of the District Terri Oâ€™Neal Ford was recognized as a Yellow Rose Recipient for her 20 consecutive
years as a member of the South Dallas Business and Professional Womenâ€™s Club, Inc. The culmination of the celebration came with 1st Vice President Dr. Lindy Perkins introducing three distinguished women who received some of the organizationâ€™s most prestigious awards. See WOMEN, page 8
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Gigantic Gospel Concert - Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd.Dallas - at 4 pm
Church, 2020 W. Wheatland Rd., Dallas 972-228-5200 7:30 pm Ticket Info: www.snooprobinson.com
Miguel at House of Blues - House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas, at 9 pm
Billie Holiday a Blues singer was born in 1915. She died 7-17-59
7th annual Frisco StrEATS Historic Downtown 4th & Main St. at 12pm -7pm
7th Almost Annual Miles for Milson Charity 5K Run at Cedar Hill High School 1 Longhorn Blvd Cedar Hill. From 7am– 10am Register: http://bit.ly/2rMPsqy
The 5K Foam Fest Dallas 2018 at TexPlex Park 881 Miller Rd. Midlothian from 8 am- 5pm
1908 Jazz musician and band leader Lionel Hampton was born. Died 8-31-2002.
HBCU Alumni Game Night at Young Black Entrepreneurs Networking 4300 W. Northgate Dr. Dallas Call Antoine White 314-630-4465
Grand Prairie Main Street Fest at 200 W. Main St. Grand Prairie Fri. thru Sun. 8 pm–11pm
1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assasinated in Mempjis, Ten.
April 5 1937 Colin L. Powell the 1st Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff born in New York, N.Y.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival 2018 at 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie Apr. 7 at 10 am – Apr. 8 at 10 pm Ticket: www. srfestival.com The Market Place in Downtown Garland 150 N. 6th St., from 9am–2 pm
DFW Black Business Expo, From 11 am - 7 pm. Dallas For Vendor call: Lydia 469-740-1501 Booths Available
300 N. Fifth Street, Garland at 8 pm 972-205-2780 “Rumors” By CORP at Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland 04/20 at 8 pm, 04/21 at 2 pm & 8 pm, 04/22 at 2 pm
Black Women Appreciation – Ft. Worth Edition at Young Black Entrepreneurs 2525 E. Rosedale St. from 5pm–10pm Call Antoine White 314-630-4465
DeSoto Living 18 at DeSoto East Middle School Sat. from 10am-4pm Food & Music Festival
Prince died in 2016. He was born 6-7-1958.
2018 Jazz w/ Marion Meadows & Paul Brown at Bishop Arts Theatre Center 215 S. Tyler St, Dallas from 7pm-9:45pm
Henry Aaron hit his 715 home run and replaced Babe Ruth as all time major league champ in 1974.
April 9 Paul Robeson, actor, concert singer, born in 1898.
The “Vision of the Arts” Sculpture Installation and Dedication 300 N. 5th St. Garland 972-205-2780 At 1:30 pm
Janeane Garofalo @ Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas at 7 pm
Lee Elder became the 1st Black to play in golf’s Masters Championship in 1975.
April 6 - 8 1909 Matthew A. Henson became the 1st person to reach the North pole.
Southwest Black Art Show - African American Museum 3939 Grand Ave., Dallas Deep Ellum Arts Festival - 2900-3400 Main Street Dallas. April 6 - April 8 at 11 am
April 7 Rising Excellence Moody Performance Hall 2520 Flora St., April 6- April 7 at 7:30 pm Jennifer Archibald, Arch DancCompany. Tickets at: http://bit.ly/2y6yUwp
1881 Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. opened, the 1st institution of higher learning for Black women.
Earth Fest: An Earth & Arbor Day Celebration Cedar Hill Government Center , 285 Uptown Blvd., Cedar Hill. “FREE EVENT” on Mon. 5-7:30 pm
1975 Josephine Baker famed entertainer and cabaret dancer of the 1920’s Paris, died at age 68.
Jack Johnson at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving at 7:30 pm
April 13 The UNCF was founded by Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, Pres. of Tuskege Institute on 4-13-1944.
Free Movie “Detour” at Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland, at 6 pm Free Movie “The Killers” at Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland, at 7:30 pm
In 1997 Jackie Robinson’s jersey # 42 is permanently retired on all MLB teams.
The Dunbar All Class Alumni Blue & White Extravaganza 2018 at 8 pm – 1 am at Prince Hall Masonic District # 7 of Texas, 3433 MLK Fwy. Ft. Worth. Info. 409-651-5834
April 16 In 1973 Lelia Smith Foley Became the 1st Black woman Mayor in U.S. Taft, OK.
4th-ANNUAL TRAVIS COLLEGE HILL HISTORIC HOME TOUR, 1 pm to 5 pm 100th-birthday celebration for one of the homes. 400 South 11th Street. Garland.
WheelsWITH of Hope Car Show at 521 W. State St., Garland IN PARTNERSHIP
1990 Civil rights leader Ralph D. Albernathy died.
from 10am – 2pm KIRKWOOD TEMPLE CME CHURCH
2015 Percy Sledge, R & B singer died.
Smooth R&B 105.7 Keith Sweat ft. SWV, Tank, Stokley, Vivian Green at The Pavilion at Toyota Factory, 300W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving at 6:45 pm Free Movie “The Stranger” at Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland at 4 pm “You Can’t Raise A Man” at Friendship-West Baptist
Justice & Brunch w/ Dr. Freddy Haynes at 1011 Ten Eleven PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Grill 1011 Corinth St. Dallas from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
1983 Alice Walker received the Pulitzer Prize for Ficdancers, talented willInc. entertain for aDallas, worthwhile tionMusicians, for the Color Purplerappers, poets, free stylers and other Iota Phi Lambdaartists Sorority, Psi Chapter Double
The Dallas Organizing Committee, Inc. cause at the 17th annual Youth Empowerment Festival. Tree 2015 Market Local Ctr. Blvd.11am–2pm Contact Judy B. AprilCME 19 Church are hosting theReeves and Kirkwood Temple Festival from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, 214-391-4464 April 28, 2018 at Kirkwood Temple CME Church, 1440 Sunny Glen Street, Dallas, Texas 75232.
In 1972 Major General Frederic E. Davidson became the 1st Black to Lead an Army Division.
This year’s theme is Young and Powerful Leaders.
Free Movie “DOA” Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, GarDLOC, Inc. exists to promote educational, social and activities forHall low-income and atLescultural Miserables at Music at Fair Parkfamilies 909 1st Ave. land at 2 pm At 7:30the pm festival, which involves parents, teachers risk youth. For sixteen years, DLOC, Inc. has sponsored students a Talent/Fashion showcase, displaying the talents of individuals of all ages, ethnicities Freeand Movie “The BiginSleep” Soul Purpose at the Bruton Theater 1309 Canton St, of Dallas cultural art and essay contest were included to ensure that talents all Plazaand Theatre, 521backgrounds. W. State Street, Recently Garland atan 4 pm at 3 pm. educational and cultural event designed to students are represented. The Festival is a community-based promote intergenerational fellowship, community unity and to foster intercultural cooperation. April 20 Walter Mosley at the Kessles Theater on 1230 W. Davis St. from 8pm-10pm Tickets:awww.prekindle.com For ticket information, sign-upRichard to perform, make Dallas a donation or to purchase vendor’s table, contact Garland Symphony Orchestratofeatures Strauss Wana at (469) 563-4574.
Garland Events April 7 The Market Place in Downtown Garland 150 N. 6th Street from 9 am – 2 am Come down to Historic Downtown Garland for the Marketplace every 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month from April through October. The Marketplace is an outdoor market with fresh local produce, culinary items and artisan/craftsman vendors. A farmers & artisan market featuring: locally sourced produce grass fed beef pastured and NO GMO pork chicken & eggs,fresh tamales, smoked jerky, pickles, locally sourced honey kettle corn, baked goods, tortilla chips, salsa & queso, sweet breads, jams & jellies, caricature artist. Local Author-Paul Himmelreich local artisans displaying their crafts, jewelry, pottery, wood home decor, wood carvings & MORE!! For more info, http:// www.themarketplacedfw.com.
April 12 “The Fantasticks” Granville Arts Center - Small Theatre, 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland at 8 pm “The Fantasticks” is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. Tickets atGarlandArtsBoxOffice.com, “The Sound of Music” By Dallas Christian School Theatre Department Granville Arts Center - Brownlee Auditorium, 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland at 7:30 p.m. “The Sound of Music,” a timeless story of faith, family and unexpected love. This spirited and romantic musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family, with its award-winning Best Score by Rodgers & Hammerstein, will bring joy and laughter to audiences young and old. https://dcssoundofmusic.brownpapertickets.com/ For more info, contact Christina Lang at 972-270-5495, ext. 439.
Garland presents several FREE movies throughout the year at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. All are first-come, firstserved general admission shows. No tickets are required. Popcorn, candy, soda and water are available for $2 each. ******* Free Movie “The Killers” Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland at 7:30 pm The City of Garland presents several FREE movies throughout the year at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. All are first-come, firstserved general admission shows. No tickets are required.
April 14 Free Movie “The Stranger” Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland at 4 pm 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. ***** Free Movie “The Postman Rings Twice” Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland at 6 pm The City of Garland presents several FREE movies throughout the year at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland.
April 15 Free Movie “DOA” Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland at 2 pm The City of Garland presents several FREE movies throughout the year at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. All are first-come. ****** Free Movie “The Big Sleep” Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland at 4 pm. The City of Garland presents several FREE movies throughout the year at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland.
Free Movie “Detour” Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, Garland at 6:00 p.m. The City of
Garland Symphony Orchestra Features Richard Strauss 300 N. Fifth St. 972-205-2780 at
8 pm don’t miss Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 in D Major.” This performance also features “Der Rosenkavalier Waltz Sequence No. 1” by Richard Strauss! *******
Travis College Hill Home Tour, to Pianist Alex McDonald performs be held from 1 to 5 pm The public the Brahms “Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major.” can join in a 100th-birthday celebration for one of the homes, at 400 South 11th Street. The CraftsJune 15 man-inspired dwelling was built in 1918. A giant birthday cake “My Fair Lady” By Garland Sum“Rumors” By CORP and hot dogs will be served. This mer Musicals Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State Street, year's tour not only will feature 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland 972Garland 04/20 at 8 pm, 04/21 at 2 vintage 11th Street, P. O. Box 151101 ■ homes Dallas, Texason 75315 ■ Phone (469)563-4574 ■ Fax (214)-915-9909 205-2780 Dates and Times vary ■ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org pm and 8 pm, 04/22 at 2 pm including Garland's Historic Pace (6-18 8 pm, At a large, tastefully appointed House, but select dwellings in his6-16 8 pm, 6-17 2:30 pm, 6-22 8 Sneden's Landing townhouse, toric Embree (across Avenue D to pm, 6-23 8 pm, the Deputy Mayor of New York the south of Travis College Hill) & 6-24 2:30 pm) Garland Sumhas just shot himself. Though will also be open to the public mer Musicals opens their 2018 only a flesh wound, four couples this year. Ideally visitors will see season with the Broadway and are about to experience a severe a wide range of dwellings to be Film Classic “My Fair Lady.” Lerner attack of Farce. Gathering for appreciated in the older areas of and Loewe’s smash hit features a their tenth wedding anniversary, Garland. Admission for the home modern twist on George Bernard the host lies bleeding in the oth- tour is $10 per person. Proceeds Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” as Eliza Dooer room, and his wife is nowhere benefit three charities—Running little takes speech lessons from in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and 4 Clean Water, Texas Fallen Officer professor Henry Higgins in hopes wife, Chris, must get "the story" Foundation, and Friends of Garthat she will someday pass as a straight before the other guests land's Historic Magic 11th Street. lady. Frequently called “the perfect arrive. As the confusions and mis- Persons wishing to enter the Monmusical”, “My Fair Lady” has stood communications mount, the eve- arch Magical 1K Fun Walk may the test of time as one of Broadning spins off into classic farcical purchase a combined $15 ticket way’s most beloved musicals. hilarity. admitting them both to the home tour and the walk.
April 22 The “Vision of the Arts” Sculpture Installation and Dedication 1:30 pm 300 N. 5th St. Garland 972-205-2780 The Garland Cultural Arts Commission, Inc. has scheduled this day and time their dedication and reception for the “Vision of the Arts” sculpture. The dedication will begin in the newly created garden area in the front entry drive of the Granville Arts Center. The reception will immediately follow in the Courtyard of The Atrium. Installation of the 2.5 ton, 18 foot bronze masterpiece by world-renowned artistravo has been highly anticipated since the conceptual drawings were approved in 2015. The unique design of this sculpture expresses the Garland Cultural Arts Commission's vision of a diverse community in celebration of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.
April 28 4th-ANNUAL TRAVIS COLLEGE HILL HISTORIC HOME TOUR Homes in both historic Travis College Hill and Embree will be on display during the 4th-annual
Wheels of Hope Car Show 521 W. State St., Garland from 10am – 2pm This year we will feature the Stratoblasters who are a local band that plays some of the greatest guitar based blues and rock in the state. G.I.S.D. will provide plenty of attractions also including the Mariachi Band, SGHS Auto Body Hood Art, Drumline and several groups from the new Career Technology Center. Kids will have plenty to do with our Face Painting and Hubcap Art booths. Downtown Garland will once again provide the perfect backdrop to what has become one of the area's best classic car shows. Check out our website at:www. wheelsofhopegarland.com. And stay tuned for more to come.
May 5 Cinco De Mayo Downtown Garland Festival 614 Main Street Garland always open May 5 & 6 www.cincodemayogarlandtx.com
May 11 Garland Symphony Orchestra features Pianist Alex McDonald 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland at 8 pm
Cheryl Smith's Don't Believe the Hype Celebrity at USA Bowl, 10920 Composite Drive in Dallas.
June 28 “Kiss Me Kate” By Garland Summer Musicals Grandville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th Street, Garland, 972-205-2780 Garland Summer Musicals closes their 2018 season with Cole Porter’s Sensational “Kiss Me Kate.” This hilarious tale revolves around a musical production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” and the onstage and offstage conflict between Fred Graham, the musical’s director/producer/star, and his leading lady/ ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. Don’t miss the Tony Award-Winning musical “Kiss Me Kate”.
July 20-29 “Children of Eden” By Dallas Young Artists, 300 N. 5th Street, Garland, 972-205-2780 Show runs June 28-July 1, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Matinee performances on June 30 and July 1 at 2 p.m.
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Will another murder go unpunished? Will Stephon Clark receive the same “justice “ as Alton Sterling? but simply say, “Hey, show me your hands, gun” and seconds later “Show me your hands, gun, gun gun,” before one shoots off 10 rounds and the other, at least 11. Officers waited five minutes for backup to arrive and can be heard telling Clark, who was unresponsive, to show his hands. One officer tells another to grab a “non-lethal” from a police vehicle so they can “hit him a couple of times with that” before approaching him. When officers did approach Clark’s body, he was laying face down on the ground. They handcuffed him and began CPR. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Sacramento Fire Department. The use of non-lethal weapons, such as rifles that shoot bean bags at suspects, were part of reforms fought for by local activists after the Mann incident and the shooting death of another Black man, Dazion Flenaugh; the mandatory use of body cameras was also part of the reforms. “You authorized non-lethal weapons. Why weren’t non-lethal weapons used in this instance?” Richard Owen, co-chair of the Law Enforcement Accountability Directive, asked of the city council during a meeting where the Stephon Clark shooting incident was discussed. Owen continued: “Did Mr. Clark really have to die? It doesn’t seem that way to the community.” Owen, a retired school principal,
also questioned why officers waited before attempting to save Clark’s life. While Owen said he’d hold off for the video to reveal the facts, he addressed some of the most salacious rumors that have been circling in the community regarding the shooting. “If this man was shot in the back and shot 20 times, that’s excessive force without question,” Owen said. Chief Hahn, who was at the meeting to read an official SPD statement, and answer questions, said those elements of the incident are currently under investigation. Family members are also asking why the body cameras were muted for a period of time. Black Lives Sacramento leader Tanya Faison also spoke out at this week’s city council meeting. “I’m sick of seeing people die that look like me,” Ms. Faison said, as she called for the firing of the officers involved in the shooting, as others in the audience voiced their agreement. “I know the City Manager doesn’t have the power to convict, but he does have the power to fire,” Ms.
Faison said. “You need to start firing these officers when they kill us in the streets. It needs to happen. I’m tired of this.” Also concerning members of the public is how police interacted with Clark’s family after the shooting. The home where the shooting occurred was that of his grandparents, with whom he’d been staying. His grandmother, Sequita Thompson, told local media that the police questioned her for hours about what she’d heard, but was never told that her grandson had been shot. It wasn’t until she looked out of a window that she saw him on the ground, dead. The Rev. Al Sharpton says he’s talked with Clark’s mother, Sequette Clark, and that he’ll visit Sacramento in the coming weeks.Rev. Sharpton has spoken out against the police involved deaths of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and Eric Garner on Staten Island, New York. “It is an atrocity that an unarmed young man was shot at twenty times in his own backyard and shows the urgent need in these times for intervention against police misconduct. We will call for a complete and thorough investigation into this young man’s death,” said Rev. Sharpton, the founder of the National Action Network, in a statement. Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams has vowed to “stand guard to (ensure) there is T:5” a just outcome for all parties involved.” In a
statement, Ms. Williams says she’s calling for an independent investigation and has asked the FBI to get involved. “The NAACP is concerned with the tragic loss of life which continues to plague our nation,” Ms. Williams said. The recent incident in Sacramento that took the life of Stephon Clark and similar ones throughout the nation, occur all too frequently. “While we respect the role of (SPD) in our community, these shootings have angered, frustrated and frightened people in our community. We are also frustrated with the justice system which fails to indict (officers in) such killings.” Per department policy, the two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave. NOTE: Alton Sterling was killed by Louisiana Police Officer Blane Salamoni, outside of a convenience store
in July 2016. Earlier this week, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced that Salamoni and another officer would not face any charges. Mr. Sterling joins a long list of Black men killed by white officers, with the same result.
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SACRAMENTO—Angry and frustrated residents are demanding answers after a police-involved shooting left an unarmed, Black man dead last week. Stephon Clark, 22, was fatally shot in his Meadowview area backyard Sunday, March 18 after two Sacramento Police Department (SPD) officers shot at him more than 20 times. Local law enforcement officers were in the area after receiving a 911 call about a man suspected of breaking into vehicles in the area. A Sacramento County Sheriff ’s Department helicopter spotted a man they believed to be that suspect, described as being 6’1”, thin, and wearing a black hoodie and dark pants, in a backyard and they directed SPD officers on the ground to that location. Helicopter personnel also communicated to officers that the suspect had picked up a “toolbar” and broke a window to a residence. Officers who had been canvassing other yards, eventually entered the front yard of a home on the 7500 block of 29th Street and observed Clark, along the side of the residence. Officers commanded Clark to stop and show his hands. According to a statement released by the SPD, the officers say Clark turned and advanced towards them while “holding an object which was extended in front of him.” The officers said they believed Clark was pointing a gun at them and, “fearing for their safety,” they fired their duty weapons. Police admit they only found a cellphone, not a gun or a “toolbar,” on the scene. On Wednesday, March 21 the SPD released video footage of the interaction from the body cameras worn by both officers, as well as audio from the initial 911 calls and dispatch. Chief Daniel Hahn, the city’s first African American police chief, has vowed to be transparent in such incidents since he took the position last year. Sacramento City Council policy on Police Use of Force mandates that the SPD release video and audio associated with police-involved shootings to the public within 30 days. The policy was adopted after a mentally ill Black man, Joseph Mann, was shot and killed by SPD officers in Del Paso Heights in 2016. The three-day turn around in the Clark shooting is much quicker than has happened in years past. “SPD acknowledges the seriousness of this incident and the impact it has on our community,” reads one of two statements on the shooting, released by the SPD last week. “We are committed to providing timely information, communicating openly, and working directly with our community, so that they have a full understanding of what occurred,” the statement continues. The body camera videos are each about 17 minutes long. While neither officer has been identified, one appears to be White or Hispanic and the other African American. In the graphic video, the officers don’t appear to identify themselves as police officers,
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APRIL 4, 2018
QUIT PLAYINâ€™ - 50 Years a Martyrâ€Ś A Tribute series to Dr. King
A Nightmare on Dream Street!
By Vincent L. Hall
Here we go again. Here comes that litany of the light-hearted, offering their canonized version of the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King; 50 years later. Call me the nagging nemesis of the MLK Optimists Club. You see the â€œDreamâ€?, but I recall the nightmare and ghosts who haunted King. You have every right to join the sanitized King Chorale, but serious historians hear the jangling discords that distorted the Drum Majorâ€™s rhythm. Kingâ€™s adult life was a cacophony of lauding and lamenting, praise and persecution and victories amidst violence. He was by many accounts, clinically depressed. America overplays the â€œI Have a Dream â€œspeech. King wanted to be judged by the content of his character; not corned because of his race. Eventually, the confluence of
character assassinations against the man and the movement produced casualties. Dr. King is posited among the dead but ever lives in the ideals of justice. Martin won a Nobel Prize and was accepted internationally. He was summoned and celebrated by heads of state and freedom fighters in Ghana, India, Germany, and England; The Vatican, The United Nations and a myriad of other citadels of civil discourse. Yet he was hounded and hated by his own government. Donald â€œJailbirdâ€? Trump created his FBI issues; King was an innocent victim. Honesty requires those who recall how well King was received in Australia and Africa, to remember the humiliations he suffered from Montgomery to Memphis. Martin Luther King never accepted an invitation that didnâ€™t summon the hue and cry of the status quo. Statistically, King was hated almost as much by Blacks as Whites; until he died. This erudite voice, who spoke with eloquence on peace and pos-
sibility, was persistently pelted with venom and vulgarities. Martin King absorbed a daily regimen of verbal threats and potential assaults by those who did not
Todayâ€™s politicians and potentates pounce on every opportunity to praise and paraphrase King in order to annex his gravitas. They love the dead King, the mar-
understand or appreciate his social justice stances. The vintage videotapes of his enemies feature White segregationists like Bull Connor, Governor George Wallace, and the Ku Klux Klan. The forgotten frames of Izola Ware Curry, a Black woman who drove a seven-inch letter opener near his aorta, are rarely mentioned. This dreamer lived a nightmare in Black and White and then in Technicolor.
tyred King, but wonâ€™t mention the gruesome and grotesque way he was traumatized by â€œlaw-abiding Americans.â€? King became an outlaw to state and federal lawmakers by taking defiant and unprecedented stands for the advancement of Civil and Human Rights. His stances on The Vietnam War, the growing rate of Americans in poverty and unfair labor practices, made him a loathsome enemy.
Dr. King was forced to look into the eyes of parents, parishioners and people of all races to console them after seeing their loved ones gunned down, bombed or executed for their courage and for his cause. Kingâ€™s movement was no walk in the park. King strolled through Dixie Land without the benefit of Secret Service agents. You can form conjectures about how proud King would be today to see so much of his dream fulfilled. However, a dip in his history suggests that Dr. King would be agitated and appalled. He could never acquiesce to the level of institutional and criminal acts being perpetrated on the poor. Mass Incarceration and the re-segregation of public schools would disgust him. King dreamed of world peace, justice, and left-leaning public policies. King died with one nightmarish shot to his right jaw. The battle of left and right; dreams and nightmares continue. #staywoke #quitplayin Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.
Today's Not Just Any Day Spiritually Speaking by James A. Washington
Today is truly a day that the Lord has made and the more complicated the world gets, the simpler the Word of God is to understand. Often, and do I mean often, I get reminded of the power and seductive nature of ego, pride and the need to control. Or, should I say the need to be in control? Letting go and letting God is a simple concept to say and dare I say, an easy concept to understand? Yet why it is so hard to do? We all know people who can quote scripture backwards and forwards yet have no faith. We know Christian control freaks who must have the last say and who must be right all the time. I know I sometimes get caught up in constantly trying to rationalize
circumstances in order to explain the events of the day, any day, as if by some miracle of intelligence, I am the authority. It is more often than not, at these times that if Iâ€™m blessed and open to receiving the Holy Spirit, that I then get a chance to see the miracles, the nuances, the essence of my life. I am not in control, never have been, never will be and, itâ€™s okay. Giving your life to Christ requires a constant vigil against taking credit or assessing blame. When you focus on service in the name of the Lord, you really do get a chance to see things from a different perspective. You see the service Iâ€™m referring to is the selfless kind that neither seeks nor expects reward. The mere act speaks for itself. How much more simple does it have to be? Christ even suggests that God can see into your heart and know your intention. Love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Itâ€™s so simple, itâ€™s incredible. Itâ€™s so simple that if youâ€™re not careful, youâ€™ll miss it altogether. I know I have.
It takes work to be humble, loving, giving and a source of truth all day everyday. It takes will power and you
Now faith comes upon all of us at different times and in different ways. But it always demands action from us. If you have faith that when you turn on a light switch electricity will power the bulb and illuminate a room, then your expectation and actions (rooted in faith) are different from someone who has no faith in electricity.
Now on this day or, any day, that God has made, letâ€™s take this simple concept and apply it to a very complex world. Behavior should have parameters. Actions should have purpose. We know they have consequences. Intent should always be uppermost in your mind. Now, letâ€™s look back over your yesterday. See how easy it is from the time you got up until the time you laid down, to succumb to jealousy, pettiness, cruelty, envy and the like?
know the will Iâ€™m talking about. I believe the calling of every Christian is to try. Itâ€™s the effort that God expects. Itâ€™s the intent He wants. If youâ€™re first seeking the kingdom of heaven, then that quest should have some direct bearing on what you do today, how you perform, what you say and certainly whom you hang out with. Iâ€™m fortunate to have known people I believe weretruly angels walking. I really do believe there are saints among us and we ignore them
all the time because weâ€™re too busy pursuing the world rather than pursuing God. However, from these living breathing angels, Iâ€™ve learned that the battle is not over until you know youâ€™ve already won. The quest is not over until you are born, born again, die and ultimately live forever. Thereâ€™s a line in a movie that says what we do in life echoes in eternity. Itâ€™s kind of nice to know that Jesus already took care of that eternity thing. All I have to do is get through this life thing. If the truth be told, I think Iâ€™ve got the easy part. It may not make sense on the surface, but when you stop and think about it, it really is simple. See me. See God. I can do this. Iâ€™ve just got to let go, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one person at a time. Try it, just once, try it. And May God then bless and keep you always.
Natalie Cofield: The Living Walker Legacy Last Word by Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Nine years ago, when she was just 26, Natalie Cofield was looking for a mentor. A young woman with entrepreneurship hard-wired into her spirit, she was discouraged that many did not take her seriously and disheartened that she could not make the connections she needed to further her entrepreneurial mission. So she started reading biographies of businesswomen hoping to read up on the inspiration on the page that she could not find in real life. Madame C.J. Walker jumped off the page for Natalie, and she found a kindred spirit. Few names are more lauded in Black Womenâ€™s History than that of Madame CJ Walker. She was the first African American woman millionaire, it is said. The first to create a multi-level marketing platform. The woman who used herbs, hair knowledge, and a hot comb to create an empire. The woman who funded civil rights activity, and also boldly admonished the men of her era for their exclusionary attitudes. Because many of her eras dismissed her as a â€œmereâ€? hairdress-
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er, her business success did not get the attention it deserved. Thus, she disrupted Booker T. Washington's National Negro Business League Convention in 1912 by demanding the microphone. She boldly told the gathered men that she â€œpromoted myselfâ€? from the washtub to the kitchen to manufacturing. â€œI have built my own factory on my own ground,â€? she told the National Negro Business League. Natalie Cofield could not have found more fitting inspiration. Natalie Madeira Cofield founded Walkerâ€™s Legacy (https://www. walkerslegacy.com to fill the gap she found when she looked for mentors and connections. It started as a quarterly lecture series and has evolved to â€œa digital platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman. We exist to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming, and a global community.â€? The for-profit platform is the wave of the future, as imagined by a millennial businesswoman who is committed, in the words of the late Ron Brown, to â€œdoing well and doing good.â€? Along the way, Cofield has attracted the strong support of established business leaders and thinkers, and especially the endorsement of Aâ€™lelia Bundles, the great-great-granddaughter of Madame C.J. Walker, her biographer and the keeper of
the Walker flame, which she shares A quick peek at the Walkerâ€™s with Natalie. â€œEvery step of the way Legacy website makes it clear that she has impressed me with her abil- Natalie Cofield is building a Black ity to organize, ramp things up, cre- business womenâ€™s community. The ate partnerships. Every step of the organization, which has grown from way as she has tried to expand, she a one-person operation to four fullhas met my expectations.â€? time employees, a number of conMarie Johns, former Deputy Ad- sultants, and directors in Atlanta, ministrator of the Small Business Detroit, Chicago, New York, HousAdministration met Natalie when ton, and other cities. The website she was leading the Austin Black gets around 40,000 unique views Chamber of Comeach month, and merce. â€œAustin was the number is growhardly a hotbed of ing. Itâ€™s networking Black Business activevents sell out ity,â€? said Johns, â€œbut In addition, CoNatalie impressed field created the me with her energy Walkerâ€™s Legacy and her acumen.â€? Foundation, providShe was â€œa ing entrepreneurial standoutâ€? as a Black training to young Chamber exec, girls, low-income Johns recalls. She women, and single expects Natalie to moms. Last fall, the Natalie Cofield be a â€œtransformative organization colleader who will build the infrastruc- lected business suits for Howard ture to provide Black businesswom- University students to wear for job en with their rightful place in the interviews. Cofield fully expects economy. Like Aâ€™lelia Bundles, Marie that the women who work with the Johns is an Indianapolis native who Walkerâ€™s Legacy Foundation will grew up appreciating Madame C.J. become members or supporters of Walkerâ€™s legacy. But like Cofield and Walkerâ€™s Legacy. Bundles, Johns places the legacy â€œWe are a go-to organization for in a contemporary context. â€œBlack women of color who are looking for women open businesses more rap- motivation, connection, education, idly than other groups,â€? the Obama personal finance and career advice,â€? appointee shared. â€œWe need the says Cofield. With a growing memkinds of support that organizations bership base of highly educated (48 like Walkerâ€™s Legacy provides.â€? percent have a masterâ€™s degree or
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more) enterprising young women (average age of 32) Cofield has her finger on the future of Black womenâ€™s entrepreneurship. If you want to enjoy Madame C.J. Walkerâ€™s legacy, you can visit the Walker Legacy Center, the national landmark to which the Lily Foundation has just committed $15 million to renovate the space that was part of the original Walker company office. Or, you can peruse the Walker papers, now donated to Indiana Historical Society. Villa Lewaro, the Madame Walker estate, has been restored and is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is a monument to the spirit and tenacity of Black womenâ€™s entrepreneurship. You can also celebrate Madame Walkerâ€™s life and legacy by simply checking out the Walkerâ€™s Legacy website and joining the Walkerâ€™s Legacy community. When asked what she is most proud of about her work, Natalie Cofield says that she is proud that she never gave up on her vision, and that she put her whole heart into the work. She sounds like her mentor, Madame C.J. Walker, who said that steadfastness and persistence are the keys to success. Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and Founder of Economic Education. Her podcast, â€œItâ€™s Personal with Dr. Jâ€? is available on iTunes. Her latest book â€œAre We Better Off: Race, Obama and public policy is available via amazon.com
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And Justice For All - Privilege vs. Accountability AND JUSTICE FOR ALL By Judge Brandon Birmingham
For the next few weeks, we’ll look at some of the Landmark criminal justice cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. We’ll start with one that started out as a burglary. During the sentencing phase of this burglary case, one of the men charged with the crime insisted that a man he worked for made him do it. This peeked the interest of special prosecutor Archibald Cox. His investigation re-
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Dear Alma: My husband said he no longer believes in God. He did when I met him and when we got married. We have always attended my family church and have been very active in different organizations. I just don’t understand or think we can remain married. How can I be with someone who doesn’t believe in God. I am so mad! That has always been the first “must have” on my list. My husband even stopped going to church. I am so hurt, I just don’t know what to do. Do you think I can convince him to go back to what we had and rededicate his life? How can a marriage stay together if only one person believes in God? Please help us! —Praying Dear Praying, Holy guacamole, my sister, this is an issue of enormous ramifications. Yes, it could easily end your marriage if not handled with divine intervention. You say you’re a Christian and so was your husband when you met and married, but now he wants to change his stance and he no longer believes in God. Will he consider faith-based counseling?Listen closely as I speak softly, not tilting the taste of judgment—I think you need to be truthful about his change of belief and try to remember what life experience u-turned him towards a different direction. Who, when, where and how was someone else able to grab hold of him when you weren’t watching. I’m not blaming you, oh no, that’s not my intent. I’m merely trying to show you that one doesn’t pick a Savior in one day. We’re too savvy for that nowadays. Folks will research everything on the Internet. Unfortunately, the information no longer needs to be prophetic or true, as long as it’s printed. I’m just wondering out loud, where you were when he was searching, unraveling, disconnecting from your faith. Wrangle your anger and resentment ’cause you’ve got to retain control of this with a calm hand and a cool head. The humbleness of your faith is being tested. Like my mama use to say, “the best of sermons are seen, not heard.” My advice to you is, live the Bible you read, carefully chose the words that you speak and, most definitely, display what you pray. Hold off on contacting a divorce lawyer just yet. Pick up a copy of “In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages” by Dale McGowan and start reading what has happened with other couples. What’s great about America is the freedom to pick and follow the religion that suits your heart the best. Only heaven knows if your marriage will survive this, but what I can assure you that both of you deserve the proper respect from one another while you work on it. Everyone is going to hell in a hand basket according to someone’s religion. Trust me when I say, it’s better to sit on a mountaintop meditating on God and all of His glory, than it is to sit in church disengaged, thinking about taking a hike. Alma Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma.
vealed that the boss recorded conversations, and if he got the tapes, he would have undeniable proof that the boss was complicit. Seems simple enough: when a prosecutor has reason to believe that a person possesses evidence of a crime, the prosecutor can ask a Court to issue a subpoena to obtain it. One problem for Mr. Cox was that the boss who was in possession of the tapes was the President of the United States, Richard Nixon. He subpoened the tapes. Then he got fired. Leon Jaworski took Mr. Cox’s place and took over right where he left off: he applied for a subpoena in a D.C.
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trial court.. The President objected, claiming his “executive privilige” prevented him from turning over the tapes. The trial court ordered the President to turn the tapes over. He refused, and appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States. The United States v. Nixon became a showdown about the fundamental power structure of our government. We have three branches, the Legislative, Judicial and Executive. What happens when one claims power over another? Fundamentally, the President was claiming that in order to carry out his obligation to protect and serve the American
People, he needed to be able to discuss things in private with his advisors without fear of the conversation leaving the walls of the Oval Office. On the other hand, Mr. Jaworski claimed that a Court’s authority to lawfully allow the collection of criminal evidence is the sole mechanism to ensure that no one - regardless of their title - is above the law. A unanimous Supreme Court agree with Mr. Jaworski: The President had to turn over the tapes. Lo and behold, to almost no one’s suprise, the tapes revealed that the President was indeed complicit with the Watergate burglary, and that he
tried to cover it up. That decision resulted in President Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974: “I hereby resign the office of President of the United States.” This is the first of 5 cases we’ll discuss in the Landmark series of “And Justice For All.” Up next: You have the right to remain silent. And Justice For All - A Column by Judge Brandon Birmingham, Presiding over the 292nd Judicial District Court, and Presiding Judge of the Felony District Courts in Dallas County. Join him on his Facebook Page – Judge Brandon Birmingham - Every Friday LIVE at FIVE for “Fridays in Chambers,” a weekly video summary of what’s happening in the criminal justice system.
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By Dr. Felicia N. Shepherd The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, has once again shined a light on the lack of gun control legislation in the United States. Congress has presented numerous proposals and counter proposals of gun bills -- that the bills should have been written in pencil. Years later no resolution has transpired on the regulating of guns that would possibly prevent school shootings. No worries Americans, President Trump has provided a solution to this ongoing debate. President Trump’s solution is to permit teachers to carry guns inside their classrooms. As I reflect on my time as a former classroom teacher and school counselor, I feel I can honestly say if the current educators are anything like me it would not be wise to allow them to carry weapons into the
classroom. As a classroom teacher, my organizational skills were not very good. So, because I would not feel comfortable keeping a loaded gun in my classroom, the bullets would have been kept in a locked box with the gun. Now where I placed the box, and key for that matter, would be the issue. If a shooter came into my classroom, what would you like for me say? “Sir, don’t move, let me find the key to the box that I have my gun in.” Better yet, “Hold on sir; let me load my gun really quick. So, I can shoot you.” Teachers already have it tough just teaching. Now you want to stress them more with determining
if a situation warrants pulling out a gun and taking someone’s life? However, our fearless leader, as he sees himself, feels not only should teachers be permitted to have guns but receive a monetary bonus if they elect to carry a gun into their classroom. Interesting, when it comes to school funding, lawmakers are reluctant to give salary increases to teachers or money for textbooks, and will cut the art and music programs as a solution to save money. However, there is money in the budget to provide bonuses if teachers decide to be “strapped” while teaching. If Miss Washington wants little
Timmy to pay attention in math class, having a holster strapped to her waist while teaching long division will keep his attention and maybe cause him to wet his pants. Gun policy in America is needed. With mass shootings becoming so commonplace many feel Americans are becoming desensitized. We are saddened and frustrated but it is back to business as usual until the next shooting. There is no such thing as a perfect policy on this issue. However, a policy that limits who can purchase guns is better than no policy at all. To the educators, parents, and students, continue to fight to be heard. The President, National Rifle Association, ad lawmakers may not hear you, but most of the Americans do. ~Doc Shep Speaks Next edition: Generation Z takes it to the streets
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assistance, for seniors, students, and small business owners would have been gutted. The budget that the president The recent passage by proposed was limited by a bi-partisan Congress of its lack of vision and its a $1.3 trillion spending heartlessness, because bill was a clear victory for it was designed to carry proponents of justice and water for the wealthifairness in our country, est Americans, leaving and a decisive rejection the middle class and the of President Trump's atpoor in dire straits. tempt to eliminate fundThe budget that the ing for proven proCongresswoman grams that are vitally Eddie Bernice Johnson Congress passed rejected the administration's Important to the Amerattempts to scale back or cease ican people. Clearly disappointed, Mr. successful programs and policies Trump signed the legislation say- in the Department of Education. The president's education secing that he wanted to ensure that the military was properly funded. retary, Betsy DeVos, wanted to eliminate two programs that serve It was! If the president and his finan- k-12 students. One of the programs provides cial advisors had their way many of the programs that have provid- funding for after- school activied safety nets for those in need of ties for nearly two million school
children. A second educational program that the administration wanted to abandon provides mental health and violence abatement programs in public schools. While Ms. DeVos and President Trump wanted to slash spending on education, the Congress actually increased the department's budget by approximately $4 billion. As lawmakers we understand the importance of programs that enrich the American experience. As a result we rejected attempts by the administration to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. We allocated $153 million for each entity. Proposed cuts by the president in the areas of foreign aid, the environment, aid to historically
black colleges and universities and to the State Department were also rebuffed. The president had requested a $6 billion reduction in the budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development run by Dr. Ben Carson. Among the programs he wished to eliminate was one that repaired public housing infrastructure. It would have been devastating if he had gotten his wish. Yet, emboldened and compassionate members of Congress stood up to the president and said no. We then provided our nation with a reasonable and responsible spending program designed to assist our nation and its people. Eddie Bernice Johnson represents the state’s 30th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
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their parents (at least not loud enough to be heard), slam doors, tell parents to “shut up” or “get outta my room/face.” But you see it on television. And children see that deviant behavior and they emulate it. Sadly a lot of deviant acts are first witnessed on television or in movies. And we can’t leave out the never-ending reality television or exploitive talk shows. I guess we need to see more programs where there are healthy relationships with respect at the core; then maybe we won’t have so many instances of lines being crossed. After all, how can you teach someone and how can you learn from someone if you don’t value one another? The biggest gripe I hear from elders is that, “These young people don’t listen. They think they know everything. They don’t want to do the homework or preparation to assume a position. They want instant success and everybody wants to be a celebrity. It’s all about THEM!” Now we know when you start lumping everyone into a category, the opportunity for honest dialogue comes to a halt.
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Pacific Rim: Uprising Pacific Rim: Uprising doesn’t offer much in the way of things like a script or excellent acting. What it does offer is an exciting, special effects movie that is a combination of Power Rangers, Transformers and any previous Godzilla movie you have ever seen. A new generation of Jaeger pilots battle against new Kaiju monsters that come out of the sea to release their fury upon mankind. The fight scenes are incredible but the cast is
nothing special. With the subtraction of Idris Elba, who starred in the original movie, the actors are a definite downgrade. Relationships simply are not fleshed out enough but, if you enjoyed the action of the original movie, you’ll find this one entertaining as well. The downtime is boring and the action scenes are thrilling. On balance, that gives Pacific Rim: Uprising a MEDIUM on my “Hollywood Popcorn Movie Scale.” The movie, which
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But we can agree that there is some validity to the assertion that there are those who don’t want to be taught because they think they know everything— that is, until they get into trouble! With the tools available today, it is easier and quicker to access information so the hours of laboring are not as intense and for some non-existent. However, in my classes I tend to give projects that require interaction, research, preparation and presentations. On the other hand, young people say about elders, “They are stuck in their ways. They don’t want to try new things and they don’t know when to move aside. They want to die in a position.” I get it. Been there, had similar experiences and said the same thing about some folks when I was young because I was actually told me in a meeting to sit back because we’ve been doing things this way for so many years. Well having things around for so many years is good in some instances but bad in others. We have to understand and articulate so that folks understand that old is not always bad and
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Award-winning author/former Harlem Globetrotter to serve as Honorary Chair of annual City Men Cook Kevin Daley issues Call To Action for Local Men to Mentor City Men Cook announced today that former Harlem Globetrotter and National Speaker, Kevin Daley will join the City Men Cook roster of celebrity chairs at what is fondly nicknamed- the largest Sunday Dinner in North Texas. City Men Cook is scheduled for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, 2018, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST, at Gilley’s Dallas, at 1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX 75215. City Men Cook is an annual culinary event, deemed as one of the largest Father’s Day celebrations in the country. It is been aptly nicknamed as the largest Sunday Dinner in North Texas. Mr. Daley is an internationally renowned 10-year veteran and former captain of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters, a Guinness Book of World Record holder, and the author of the award-winning inspirational autobiography “I Never Stopped Smiling” and the very popular goal-setting work-
book “Never Stop Your Goals”. While leading the Globetrotters, he assisted in development and then spearheaded the organizations bullying prevention program, a topic close to his heart after facing much adversity on his own journey to success. His goal is to reach as many children as possible with his very own “S.T.O.P the Bullying” prevention program. “Kevin’s national presence and expertise in anti-bullying is perfect match for City Men Cook and our mission to create change in the community,” says Terry Allen, Event manager. @terryallenpr. “We are overjoyed to execute our first Mentor program in DFW with Kevin, we are asking for 150 men to show up and help mentor young men,” Mr. Allen added. “Our mission is clear and what remains most important is that we continue our commitment to fathers and father figures in our families and com-
munities through this showcase of men, mentors and leaders. We are an official FedEx Cares event. I could not think of a better way to celebrate Father’s Day,” said Allen. @citymencook FedEx, US Virgin Islands, Inc., and others have returned as sponsors of the event helping to commemorate this new chapter. City Men Cook looks to instill com-
munity empowerment events with the following initiatives: Expanding the MBK-modeled culinary mentoring program to include school based workshops for area young men teaching essential coming–of-age techniques while enhancing overall father/son relationships. The City Men Cook mentoring program is a part of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative’s network. Pairing with Mr. Daley to create a Day of Mentoring to empower champions utilizing the MBK pathways method. To cook, sponsor or participate in City Men Cook go to www.citymencook.com and/or call 214.233.6199 1016 Media is a comprehensive communications organization specializing in full service marketing, event management, and public relations. Led by award-winning communicator, Terry Allen, 1016
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Texas Big Star benefits area non-profit organizations Frisco, Texas - The North Texas Community Giving Foundation (NTCGF) is pleased to announce that healthcare industry leader, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Frisco has lined up again and will serve as presenting sponsor for the 3rd annual Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K. The race will begin and end at Collin College Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco, Texas 75035 on April 14, 2018. “Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K is excited to have Baylor Scott &
White Medical Center - Frisco renew their commitment as our leading sponsor,” Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K race director Paul Simon said. “We are honored to have them as a partner in recognizing this race greatly impacts our community and gives back in a big way,” he added. Last year’s race brought in over 2000 runners and raised over $100,000 to provide several local organizations with a financial boost to assist in their efforts to benefit the communities they serve. This year’s race ushers in new of-
ferings, including a 1-Mile fun run at 7:20 AM, which is immediately after the start of the half-marathon and 5K races. There’s also a fresh start to where the race begins and ends as Collin College has merged its Cougar Run 5 with #RunBigStar. A portion of this year’s proceeds will help fund Collin College Foundation scholarships. The wildly popular Finisher’s Fest will be back again and even bigger with amenities to celebrate a strong finish and sense of accomplishment.
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Soul Rep Theatre Company presents Ramona King’s Farce,
The cast of STEAL AWAY Photo by Anyika
Soul Rep Theatre Company’s SOUL POWERED 11th season of plays continues with Ramona King’s STEAL AWAY, a play deemed both a folktale and farce. The production is directed by Soul Rep company member, Dee Hunter-Smith, and will run April 5 – 8 and April 13 – 15 at the South Dallas Cultural Center, where Soul Rep is the resident theater company. STEAL AWAY, set in 1930’s Chicago, evolves around five upstanding churchwomen who raise funds to send young Black women to college by holding bake sales. In spite of the Great Depression, they aspire to offer more scholarships to promising women in their community. What lengths will they go to in an effort to keep their noble venture alive – hold a church fundraiser, bake more pies, or rob a bank? “Through humor, STEAL AWAY,
shows when sisters unite, nothing is impossible,” says HunterSmith. The production boasts a dynamic cast that includes Soul Rep’s co-founders – Guinea Bennett-Price, Anyika McMillan-Herod, and Tonya Holloway – who haven’t shared a stage in over a decade, along with company member, Yolanda Davis, and newcomers Kenja Brown and D’Lisa VaShawn. Tickets range from $15 - $20 and can be purchased on Soul Rep’s website – www.soulrep.org. Performances will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. A “pay as you can” preview performance is scheduled for Thursday, April 5. For more information, please visit www.soulrep.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
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recalled. “He informed me of it (the suspension). He was contrite and I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt this guy has been a terrific guy to be around. “He’s absolutely no problem. He’s in a good mood all the time. And the fact that he came to me with this, got even more of my respect.” Carlisle said he hopes that the suspension “is used as an opportunity for him to get some things fixed and going the right way. I’m just disappointed because I would have loved to see him play another fives games for us.” On whether the suspension impacts Noel’s future with the Mavs or not, Carlisle was clear: “Not from my standpoint, but that’s a Donnie (Nelson – GM) and Mark (Cuban) question.” Carlisle said Noel was in with the team Tuesday morning and participated in the team picture “which was good. We talked to him briefly. Now he’s not allowed to be around the team and we’re on a pretty extended road trip here so we will see him back here next Wednesday (April 11th Mavs Exit Interviews). The Mavs close out the season against the Phoenix Suns next Tuesday, April 10. Carlisle said despite everything, Noel’s improvement was evident.
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“He’s raised the level of his everything; His focus, concentration, work level, energy level. He’s proven to me that he’s a guy that can fit into a winning system in this league. He now has what I believe is a strong body of work even though it is relatively for a short period of time. It’s a very consistent body of work.” Becoming a Maverick Noel signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks and was due to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He was acquired in late February by Dallas from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a 2017 protected first round pick. He made the NBA All-Rookie Team in 2015. He missed the entire 2013-14 season recovering from knee surgery. He was originally selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 6th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before having his rights traded to Philadelphia with a future first round pick for Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson. Noel plays center and power forward, with many thinking he would eventually become the Mavs starter at the position with Nowitzki coming off the bench. Of course, that never happened: and now, may not at all. Photo: Danny Bollinger/Mavs.Com
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Women, continued from front page President Daniels presented Ms. Viola Black, who worked a record-breaking 56 years as a nurse at Parkland Hospital their 2018 Professional Woman Award. Mrs. Barbara Record, owner of the near half-century Record’s Barbecue received the group’s 2018 Mabel Meshach White Business Woman Award. National 1st Vice President Dr. Lavern
J. Holyfield presented the Association’s highest award, the Sojourner Truth Award to Mrs. Patricia B. Maples. Mrs. Maples is the Association’s current governor of the South Central District. The celebration ended with remarks from Founders’ Day Chair Marion Hill-Hubbard who acknowledged CoChairs Faye Collins and Ollie Gilstrap, and Founders’ Day Committee Mem-
bers Merle Carmouche, Patricia Carroll, Winstona Chadwick, Cora Ford, Jacqueline Harrison, Gwendolyn Hunt, Frances Langston, Linda Lydia, Brenda King Murphy, and Yvonne Upton. President Daniels recognized the Club’s Ombudsmen, the Youth Club and all guests and club members in attendance before calling for Assistant Chaplain Sharon Martin to deliver the closing prayer.
Winnie Mandela, continued from front page slogan for the strength and fortitude of women who could not, and would not, be moved. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu released a statement praising Winnie Mandela. “She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings, and banishment,” Tutu said. “Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists.” Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, also offered condolences. “The NNPA extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Winnie Mandela whose irrepressible freedom-fighting spirit lives on in the hearts and souls of millions of people throughout the world who cry out for freedom,” Chavis said. Actor Idris Elba, who portrayed Nelson Mandela in the celebrated 2013 movie, “Long Walk to Freedom,” said his heart was heavy at hearing the news about Winnie Mandela. “Rest in peace Mama Winnie,” Elba tweeted. “You lived a full and important life contributing to the liberation of a nation by force and actual activism. You will never be forgotten.” Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., a renowned civil rights leader himself, also paused to remember Mandela. “In the darkest hours of the struggle to free South Africa, with Nelson Mandela in prison, the face of hope and courage was Winnie Mandela,” Jackson said. “May she forever rest in power,” he said. Born, Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela on September 26, 1936, Winnie Mandela reportedly had her first conscious experience at the age of 9 when she realized what the strictures and injustices of racism and Apartheid meant in South Africa. News had just arrived in Bizana that the World War II had ended, and celebrations had been scheduled. Along with her siblings, Winnie begged their father to attend, and eventually he acqui-
esced to their demand. However, upon arriving at the town hall, it was discovered that these celebrations were “for Whites only” and the children were forced to remain outside with their father while the White population enjoyed the merriment within, according to her biography. She completed her degree in social work in 1955, finishing at the top of her class, and was offered a scholarship for further study in the United States, but decided to
remain in Johannesburg. She was 22 when she met Nelson Mandela, and he was sixteen years her senior. He was already a famous anti-Apartheid figure and one of the key defendants in the Treason Trial, which had commenced in 1956. The two became engaged in May 1958 and, despite government restrictions, were married in June in Bizana. The couple divorced in 1996.
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