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GAO Report on Federal Ad spending in Black newspapers coming in July By Stacy M. Brown

I move that... Okay, get mad if you want. That’s right, get mad and do something. If you belong to an organization, or work where you have meetings, you should want to take every measure so that your meetings won’t waste your time. And while there are those who like to meet for the sake of meeting and also those who don’t feel they are accomplishing things if they don’t have meetings; there are those who have productive and short meetings. Do you find yourself attending meetings that last entirely too long? Are they prolonged by senseless discussions or unpreparedness? Are you the parliamentarian of your organization? How’d you get elected? Was it based on your knowledge of parliamentary procedure or popularity? Are you conducting business in a manAda Wi l l i am s ner that promotes productivity or chaos, hurt feelings and bitterness? Well, there’s relief! My sorority sister, the dearly-departed Ada Williams, knew how to conduct an effective meeting. Dealing with provocateurs, filibusters, long discussions that have folks “piggybacking� off another’s comments, or seconding when there hasn’t been a motion presented. Sound familiar? Or what about the “friendly amendments,� “I second that emotion,� or better still, “I want to make a motion?� Then there’s the attitude from attendees that are passive aggressive and in the back of their minds they are thinking, “I don’t run nothing at home or work so I’m going to come to the meetings and wreak havoc!� Well, UNCF has told us that a mind is a terrible thing to waste and also, information is power. So we have to do as the oh, so knowledgeable Mrs. Williams would say, and learn the basic rules so that we can have more effective and productive meetings. And, she knows what she is talking about because not only was she parliamentarian emeritus for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she also served in numerous capacities where her parliamentarian skills were put to use, prior to her recent passing. The former Miss Huston-Tillotson College joined the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) in 1975 and became a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) in 1978. This distinction afforded her the opportunity to serve as Parliamentarian for numerous organizations, including the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees (1988-2002), Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod of Lutheran Churches, Texas Credit Union’s League Annual Meetings, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, International, Dallas Retired Teachers Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1977-2017). Recognized See MY TRUTH, page 6

A long-awaited report that details what federal agencies spend on advertising in African American-owned newspapers is finally near completion, according to officials in the General Accounting Office (GAO). The report comes as the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade organization made up of more than 200 Black-owned media companies, that reach more than 20 million people each week, celebrates 191 years of the Black Press. It also comes ahead of critical midterm election season in which the NNPA announced a historic voter registration drive that has a goal of registering 5 million new, Black voters. “We now have July as the projected completion and issuance time frame for the report,� said Charles Young, the managing di-

Dr. Ben Chavis, along with NNPA Publishers, addresses reports rector of public affairs for the GAO, which acts as the authoritative audit unit for the federal government. Democratic D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has been at the forefront of a multi-year effort pushing for a new report. CBC members and others have since joined her call. “The Black Press allow us to reach people who need to hear the real story and the power of the African American print press is valida-

tion and people appreciate the real story,� said CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.). “When you advertise in the Black Press, you get a sense of credibility.� The federal government serves as the largest advertiser in the country and a 2007 GAO report on advertising spending revealed that just five percent of the $4.3 billion available for advertising campaigns went to minority-owned businesses.

Five agencies—the Department of Defense, Department of the Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of the Interior, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration — were singled out in the 2007 report, the most recent audit available. “It’s important that news outlets and media companies owned or published by individuals of color, with a primary mission to serve communities of color, have the same opportunities as other media outlets—especially as African Americans and Hispanic Americans continue to grow in number in the United States,� Norton said. “We believe that this request for a new report is particularly timely, because GAO will be conducting an audit of spending by federal agencies on public relations and advertising.�

DCCCD journalism students earn state honors From Staf Reports

During a time when some colleges risk losing their journalism programs, the future of print, digital and other media appears to be in good hands with the award-winning work done by communicators enrolled in four Dallas County Community College District journalism programs. Student journalists with the Brookhaven Courier, Eastfield Et Cetera, North Lake News-Register and Richland Chronicle were cited for excellence in communication, news writing, photography, advertising, public relations and broadcasting during last month’s Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention. Established in 1909, TIPA is the oldest state collegiate press association. The group held its annual convention last month at

TIPA awards; in 2016, they earned 31. “We have a remarkable editorial staff and continue to be one of the top award-winning, student-run newspapers in the state,� said Daniel Rodrigue, the student publications advisor. “I am truly proud of our students’ work. We have a remarkable editorial staff.“ Eastfield Et Cetera

Awardwinning DCCCD Student journalists the Crowne Plaza in Dallas. Brookhaven Courier Editors and staff members at the Brookhaven Courier broke their

previous awards record, earning a staggering 66 awards for a variety of categories including newspaper, literary magazine, photography and multimedia projects. Last year, the Brookhaven Courier earned 36

Eastfield’s student media counted 10 first place awards out of the 50 they brought home. James Hartley, editor-in-chief of the Et Cetera, was named “Journalist of the Year.� His award includes a 10-week paid internship at the Tyler Morning Telegraph. Et Cetera staffers also took home first place in Best in Show and Overall Excellence for its webSee DCCCD, page 7

NNPA Chairman Dorothy Leavell celebrates 50 years as publisher of Crusader Newspapers By Erick Johnson (Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member)

The year 1968 was one of the worst years in the short history of the United States. Major cities were on fire, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4 in Memphis, Tenn. Robert F. Kennedy was killed two months later in California as he came closer to winning the Democratic nomination for president. That August, thousands of protesters were roughed up outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago, where the Democratic National Convention was held. Two months later, Balm L. Leavell, Jr., the man who co-founded the Chicago Crusader in the Ida B. Wells housing project, died after a short illness at Michael Reese Hospital. Dorothy R. Leavell, once his feisty partner and loyal wife, was now a Black single mother with two children

and two newspapers to run. Fifty years later, after rising above a male-dominated industry and surviving decades of challenges in a declining print industry, 2018 marks Leavell’s 50th year as publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader newspapers—two historic, family-owned Black publications. The force behind this small empire is Leavell, a tireless, hands-on publisher who has stared down politicians, businessmen and anyone who dares to take her on. When it comes to addressing issues in the community, she has as many enemies as she has friends, but this year, Leavell is in the spotlight at the 24th Annual Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place. The Chicago Crusader booth at the Black Women’s Expo paid special tribute to Leavell’s 50th anniversary. Leavell currently serves as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers

NNPA Chairman Dorothy R. Leavell cuts the cake at the Black Women’s Expo in Chicago in celebration of her 50th anniversary as publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader newspapers. Association (NNPA), also known as “The Black Press of America,� which includes more than 200 Black newspapers across the U.S. For five decades, Leavell has managed her newspapers under 10 U.S. presidents, eight Illinois governors and a total of 13 mayors in Chicago and

Gary. Through her leadership, the Crusader newspapers have won 13 National Merit Awards for journalism excellence among Black newspapers. Her list of individual awards stands at 20 and counting. She has traveled the globe and rubbed elbows with presidents, tycoons, prominent leaders

and celebrities in the media, arts and entertainment. Through it all, Leavell has remained grounded in her purpose as an enduring advocate and activist in the Black community. At a time when many historic small Black newsSee DOROTHY, page 3


MAY 2, 2018

May 2

A night of Symphonic Hip Hop Feat: Wyclef Jean at Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St. Dallas at 8pm. May Women’s Em Power Brunch Host: The Every Heart Project at The Egg & I Restaurants 3328 Hebron Parkway #100, Carrollton 11am-1pm. Dwayne “The Rock� Johnson born in 1972 an actor/wrestler.

May 3 1933 Singer/ songwriter James Brown was born “The Godfather of Soul� in Agusta, GA. Died on 12-25-06

Whiter Goest Thou America, A Festival of New Play Readings Undermain Theatre 3200 Main St. Dallas Tickets 214747-5515 Thu-Sat 7:30pm Sun. 2pm 5-3-6 How is it That We Love, or Shakes Jake & Alice by Len Jenkin

May 4 1961 Congress of Racial Equality organized the first of several “Freedom Rides.�

May 5


Eugene A. Marino the 1st Black Catholic Archbishop in the United States in 1988.

Concord Church Business & Career Expo 6806 Pastor Bailey Dr. Dallas 8am-3pm Register: cbce or 214-331-8522. Eastfield College Graduation – 4:30 pm at Curtis Culwell Center 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd., Garland. For more info: Debra Dennis in the DCCCD off. of public and Gov. Affairs at 214-378-1851 or at Councilman Casey Thomas, II District 3 at Thurgood Marshall Reception Center 5150 Mark Trail Way, Dallas. Meet owners of 67 Square, and a rep. of the new Fitness Connection! Dallas Cinco De Mayo Parade & Fiesta on Historic Jefferson Blvd. 10am-4pm It’s History, It’s Tradition, Let’s Celebrate

Harlem Renaissance Cabaret African American Museum Gala at Renaissance Dallas Hotel 2222 N. Stemmons Frwy. From 7pm-10pm. Mother’s Day Brunch Host: Sharon Lewis & Kareeme Hawkins on 2625 Bear Creek Rd. Lancaster at 1:00pm $20 PayPal email: Attendees are asked to bring a teacup & saucer for teacup exchange.

May 13

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Luna’s Tortillas Hacienda 2225 Connector Dr. Dallas 9am-7-30pm.

Pinckney B.S. Pinchback, Lt. Gov. of Louisana was born in 1837. Died 12-21-21

Mother’s Day

Harlem Renaissance Cabaret African American Museum Gala at Renaissance Dallas Hotel 2222 N. Stemmons Frwy. From 7pm-10pm.

Kenan Thompson comic/actor Birthday 1978

May 5 & 12

El Centro College Graduation-7 p.m. at Fair Park Coliseum, located at 1438 Coliseum Dr., Dallas. Barbara Sue Sherrill Jones, El Centro College’s first graduate will be their commencement speaker.

Weekends of Wellness, Mary Lois Sweatt Memorial Community Health Event at UNT Dallas Founders Hall #138 7400 University Hills Blvd. Info: Cynthia Perez 972-3381096

Cedar Valley College Graduation-7 p.m., Inspiring Body of Christ Church, 7701 S. Westmoreland Rd., Dallas. For more info: Debra Dennis in the DCCCD off. of public & Gov. Affairs at 214-378-1851 or at

of the fun? Well now you can too by joining us on Wednesday, May 9th for trivia hosted by Big Risk Trivia! Oh and in case you didn't know we now have several arcade games in the taproom including  Asteroids,  DonkeyKong Game,  Black Knight 2000,  Galaga,  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Game and Street fighter 2. Best of all if you beat the current high score record you get a FREE beer!

May 11 Garland Symphony Orchestra features Pianist Alex McDonald 300 N. Fifth Street, Garland at 8 pm. Pianist Alex McDonald performs the Brahms “Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major.� May 12 Strangers on a Pew Host: DEVINity Productions at Courtyard Theater 1509 H. Ave., Plano 7pm-10pm. DEVINity Productions presents "Strangers On A Pew"! Written and Directed by Tanisha Dean. Back By Popular Demand! The phenomenal cast of "Strangers On A Pew" will reunite to wow you once again only Bigger and Better this time! This is a gospel stage play that is unlike any other that you’ve seen before. Be prepared to laugh until your side hurts, possibly shed a tear, shocked by a reveal and lastly leave wanting to know more about Jesus! Tickets can also be purchased by any cast member or DEVINity Production team member. “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. The Dallas Young Artists Summer Camp culminates in a performance and production “Children of Eden.� The camp is designed to bring children excellent instruction in acting, vocal production, and movement as well as workshop in set design, make-up, playwriting, and audition skills. 4th Annual Divas Affair sip, shop, & get pampered as a diva should... at The Jam Box 3965 Belt Line Rd. Addison 2pm-5pm Tickets: The Diva’s Affair is an annual event that promotes networking, women entrepreneurship, and women empowerment. Since its inception in 2015, our mission is to build a foundation to connect women entrepreneurs all over the country by hosting lifestyle and community events. This year, we will contribute awareness to Lupus by shopping for a cause. A percentage of our proceeds will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America- Lone Star. May 17 & 24 Jazz in the Square: Historic Downtown Garland on the Square 7pm Rosalind Coffee Company &  Garland Parks and Recreation presents: JAZZ IN THE SQUARE 2 Night Event: May 17 & 24 Historic Downtown Garland -FREEMay 17: Texas Instruments Jazz Band May 24: The Gypsy Playboys. Experience a laid back, relaxing evening in beautiful Historic Downtown Garland while soaking in the soothing sounds of Jazz. The Texas Instruments Band will be performing on Thursday, May 17th while The Gypsy Playboys will be entertaining the crowd on May 24th. Performances are from 7:00 – 9:00pm and there is no admission fee.  Lakewood Presents Plant Nite Lakewood Brewing Company 2302 Executive Dr. Garland 7pm-9pm. We are making our debut at Lakewood Brewing! We are so excited to team up with this awesome Garland location that offers amazing craft beer!  We'll make our Good Beer with Friends Planter and celebrate gettin' dirty! Use promo code NTXPLANTS for 35% off your tickets today! Tickets:

May14 2015 B.B.King legendary blues guitarist/singer died. Born 9/16/25

May 15 1963 Arthur Ash became the first Black to be named to Davis tennis team at the age of 19. Ray Lewis former NFL player birthday 1975

Richland College Graduation-7:30 pm Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd., Garland. For more info: Debra Dennis in the DCCCD off. of public and Gov. Affairs at 214-378-1851 or at

May 16 1963 Asa Phillip Randolph labor and civil rights leader died in New York City. He organized the 1st Black labor union.

May 11

Janet Jackson Birthday 1966

1981 Bob Marley “King of Raggae� died at age 36

May 17

Garland Symphony Orchestra features Pianist Alex McDonald 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. 972-205-2780 at 8 pm.

1954 U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public school system. (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas).

7th Annual Art on the Green Art Festival 1601 E. Randol Mill Rd. Arlington 5-11 at 3 pm to 5-13 at 5 pm Richard Green Liner Park. Kid friendly.

May 18

1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Plessy v. Ferguson upheld “separate but equal� doctrine.

North Lake College Graduation – 7 p.m., Alfred J. Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Road, Addison. For more info: Debra Dennis in the DCCCD off. of public and gov. affairs at 214-378-1851 or at

May 12

Brian McKnight, Johnny Gill, & Eric Benet Music Hall at Fair Park 909 1St Ave., at 8 pm

1951 First Black Crongressman elected in 20th Century served 3 terms (1928-1934) Oscar DePriest (R-IL) died. T:5�

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May 9, & 26 Taproom Game Night at Lakewood Brewing Company 2302 Executive Dr. Garland. Wednesdays at 7pm. Do you ever feel like kids get to have all

Brookhaven College Graduation-7 pm at Alfred J. Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Rd., Addison. For more info: Debra Dennis in the DCCCD office of public and gov. affairs at 214-378-1851 or at

Joe Louis born 1914. he held heavy weight title longer than any man died 4-12-81

Garland Events

Karaoke in the Taproom! Lakewood Brewing Company 2302 Executive Dr. Garland.8pm-10pm Warm up those vocal chords and leave your inhibitions at the door! Join us every Tuesday night from 8-10pm for Karaoke it the Taproom, hosted by Wayne Smith (voted 2017 Best Karaoke host by readers of The Dallas Voice) as the one & only diva herself – Cher! From '50's oldies to '90's grunge, hair metal favorites to R&B classics, we have a hot mic and a cold beer waiting for you.

The Purple Party /Main Event DJ Rosabel/ at the South Side Ballroom 1135 S. Lamar St. Dallas 10pm-5am Tickets:

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May 9

Stranger on a Pew Host: DeVINity Productions at Courtyard Theater 1509 H. Ave. Plano 7pm-10pm

Garland Symphony Orchestra features Pianist Alex McDonald 300 N. Fifth St. Garland, 972-205-2780 at 8pm.

The Farmer's Market at Firewheel Town Center Firewheel Town Center 245 Cedar Sage Dr. Garland 9am. Check out the NEW Farmer's Market at Firewheel Town Center, in its NEW location, near Dick's Sporting Goods at the corner of Paintbrush & Horseshoe Drive. The NEW Farmer's Market is now being managed by real farmers in order to bring you an authentic Farmer's Market experience. Join us every Saturday & Sunday from 9 AM - 4 PM, weather permitting.Â

Homegrown Music and Arts Festival at Main St. Garden Park 1902 Main St. Dallas 12pm-10pm Tickets: wwww.

Mountain View College Graduation-7 p.m. at Inspiring Body of Christ Church, l at 7701 S. Westmoreland Road, Dallas. Julian Castro, a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Pres. Barack Obama, keynote speaker.

13 Annual Mother Son Dance at DeSoto Civic Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. Tickets: 6pm-9:30pm.

Cinco de Mayo Downtown Garland Festival 614 Main Street,

Cinco De Mayo Downtown Garland Festival 614 Main Street Garland always open.

Women’s 2018 Conference w/ Sonjia B. Dickerson at Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel 1800 TX-26 Grapevine, Register at:

4th Annual Diva Affair Sip, Shop, & Get pampered as a diva should at The JamBox 3965 Belt Line Rd. Addision 2pm5pm tickets:

Take Back Mothers’ Day Celebration at Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff 3839 W. Kiest Blvd. 21-337-2429 3pm-5pm.

May 6

May 9-12

DCHHS Health and Wellness Fair DCHHS Bld. 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy. Rm. 627 A & B 10am-2pm. Health Check, Information and enjoy. Get your apt. today 214-947-0026.

UnMasked Women: #Beauty Is Mental Wellness Mixer & Brunch at African Museum of Dallas 3536 Grand Ave. 2pm6pm.

Lunch at Lakewood at Lakewood Brewing Company 2302 Executive Dr. Garland. 11am and every Friday until Dec. 28, 2018. Pit Commander Barbecue and Texapolitan Pizza Food Truck is permanently located in our patio area and serves food every day, excluding Mondays. On Fridays we open our Taproom at 11am and partner up with them to bring you a pizza and beer combo for only $10! đ&#x;?•Â This month enjoy a pepperoni pizza with a pint of our Dry-Hopped Zomer Pils.

DBCC Spring Celebration at Wyly Theatre 2400 Flora St. Dallas 7:30pm ATTPAC Box office 214-880-0202 or online

Mike Epps at Verizon Theatre 1001 Performance Pl. Grand Prairie 8:30 pm

1960 President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act.

May 4, 11 & 18

1911 Robert Johnson master blues guitarist, singer/songwriter born in Haziehurst, MS. Died at age 27 on 8-16-38

Natural Hair Appreciation Event- Dallas Edition at Young Black Entrepreneurs 4300 W. Northgate Dr. Antoine White 314-630-4465

May 6

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�.

May 8

1st Black Democratic Congressman Arthur W. Mitchell died in 1968.

The Meeting (of Martin & Malcom) by Jeff Stetson at Hall of State in Fair Park 3939 Grand Ave. Dates and Times vary. Tickets: or call 972-572-0998

May 3 Garland National Day of Prayer 300 N. 5th St. 972-205-3981 11:30am On Thursday, May 3, 2018, we will assemble at the Atrium to pray together. This year's theme is Pray for America - Unity. Free public parking is available. Doors open at 11 a.m. and program starts 11:30 a.m. Prayers for our city, state and nation. All welcome. Casual attire. Kid friendly. “Kiss Me Kate� By Garland Summer Musicals Grandville Arts Center 300 N. 5th Street, Garland, 972-205-2780

1946 The 2nd Black player in the NFL Woodrow “Woody� Strode. Later he became an accomplished film/TV Actor.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Annual Community Shred Day at East Gate B.C. 6960 Polk St. Dallas 9:30am-12:30pm. Only documents are permitted.

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May 2 May women’s Em Power Brunch Host: The Every Heart Project at The Egg & I Restaurants 3328 E. Hebron Parkway #100, Carrollton 11am-1pm. We Em POWER each other and uplift each other! You will leave feeling encouraged - guaranteed! FEES: Cost is $20 for Heart Sister Members & Inner Circle Members Cost is $25 for Non-Members and Visitors





MAY 2, 2018

Congresswoman Johnson announces winner of 2018 Congressional Art Competition By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson recently announced that Victoria Taylor of the Cambridge School of Dallas, as the grand prize winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for the 30th Congressional District of Texas. Victoria’s winning piece, entitled “Out of the Blue”, was highlighted by the competition judges for its intelligent use of both light and dark color, which underscored the artwork’s sense of peace and solitude. Victoria was honored to be

selected as the grand prize winner and said, “I’m excited to see my work on display all the way in Washington, D.C.!” The other notable winners of the night – Cree Agent, a sophomore at Bishop Dunne Catholic School, won the second prize, while Natalie Carvajal, sophomore at Booker T. Washington High School, finished third in this year’s competition. Congresswoman Johnson was delighted at the diverse range of mediums students used to express their creative energies. She

thanked ativity we all the m u s t students, nurture parents, in our a n d students teachers e v e r y for their day. We earnest should s up p or t continof the ue suparts as a porting means creativity of discinot just pline and in schools s e l f - e x - Congresswoman Johnson - Victoria Taylor. but at pression. home as “I am amazed each year by the well.” students’ depth and the variety of This year’s Congressional Art mediums used to show their art Competition reception was held expression,” said Congresswom- at the Morton H. Meyerson Syman Johnson. “The artwork we are phony Center. Over 95 art pieces surrounded by today, is a small were submitted from more than a testament to the beautiful cre-

dozen schools within the 30th Congressional District. Submissions were critiqued by a panel of judges from the arts community in North Texas. The annual Congressional Art Competition offers the opportunity for one high school student from each Congressional district to have his or her artwork displayed in the United States Capitol for the following year. Victoria will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to be recognized along with other high school winners residing in Congressional districts across the country. Eddie Bernice Johnson represents the state’s 30th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

NNPA Chairman Dorothy Leavell continued from front page papers are closing their doors, Leavell’s newspapers are pressing on in difficult times. The Gary Crusader, which was founded in 1961, is the only Black newspaper that remains in that predominately Black city. The Chicago Crusader has broadened its coverage of Chicago’s rich, but forgotten Black history, while publishing investigative, original stories that are attracting a new group of readers. It’s a strategy that’s helping the Crusader stay relevant and fresh in an industry that is declining in the digital age of the Internet. Currently, Leavell is working to boost her newspapers’ presence on social media in order to connect to a younger generation of readers. But unlike many contemporary publishers, she continues to invest her time and energy in producing the print edition of her newspapers. She believes that the print editions of her newspapers are still important and powerful in maintaining the soul and identity of the publications. “Black newspapers are the largest Black communication medium,” Leavell said. “There are about 200 Black newspapers and about a dozen Black-owned radio stations. Without Black newspapers, we will not have the first line of defense in telling our story.” Dorothy Leavell was born in the mid-1940s on October 23, in the small town of Pine Bluff, Ark. When she was 15, Leavell visited an aunt in Chicago, and her aunt’s friend who had a tenant working for the Chicago Crusader suggested Leavell get a summer job at the newspaper. In 1959, they went to see Lorraine Hansberry’s play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” There, they ran into Balm Leavell, who, along with Joseph H. Jefferson, founded the Chicago Crusader newspaper in 1940. Leavell offered Dorothy and her friend a ride home; she did not know that he was the publisher of the newspaper. During the ride home, Dorothy blabbed all about what she was going to do at the newspaper. When they got out and her friend told Dorothy, who their driver was, Dorothy said she “almost died.” Bold and undaunted, Dorothy went in for the summer job interview anyway. Two people had

called in sick that day and Balm needed help. He hired Dorothy for $35 a week as a bookkeeper. Chicago was a new world to the small-town girl from Arkansas. “Chicago was exciting,” Dorothy said. “I was extremely attracted to the fact that the city was so well-lit. Where I lived, you couldn’t see your hand at night. The excitement in this city just attracted me to stay. I just knew this is where I wanted to live for the rest of my life.” Dorothy would work during the summer for the Crusader for the next several years before she graduated as valedictorian from Pine Bluff’s Merrill High School in 1962. She then moved to Chicago to work for the Crusader fulltime. In 1963, she and Balm were married by Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. In 1964, their first child, Antonio, was born. In 1966, they had a daughter, Genice. Dorothy took just two weeks of maternity leave, before she was back at the newspaper. In 1968, Balm became ill with pancreatic cancer. He was in and out of the hospital, but just two days after celebrating Dorothy’s 24th birthday, Balm Leavell died at Michael Reese Hospital. Balm’s funeral was attended by Mayor Richard J. Daley and dozens of dignitaries, who packed the First Church of Deliverance in Bronzeville. Balm was buried in Lincoln Cemetery, which was then the preferred burial site for Chicago’s well-to-do Blacks. Balm’s children from another marriage did not want the young widow to have control of the Chicago and Gary Crusader, but Crusader co-publisher, Joseph H. Jefferson, had the majority interest in the company and threw his weight behind Dorothy in selecting her to succeed her husband as publisher. Dorothy Leavell became the only Black woman publisher in Illinois and Indiana. At the time, Chicago Defender publisher, John H. Sengstacke, and “EBONY” and “Jet” magazines publisher, John H. Johnson, were fierce competitors. Like the late Katherine Graham of The Washington Post, Dorothy would often attend board and corporate meetings with male executives. Some of them were Black, but many were White advertising and marketing executives. “It has not been easy being a woman publisher. People lacked

confidence in women. Most male publishers didn’t respect me, but you need the business people for advertising or the paper can’t survive,” Leavell said. “I had to establish that I was serious.” Leavell said she lost some advertisements after turning down invitations for dates. But as a widow with children that were two and three years old and with two Black newspapers to run, she had a big job ahead of her as a Black woman publisher. At 24, she was the youngest employee at both the Chicago Crusader and the Gary Crusader. The Crusader newspaper group is the only employer Dorothy Leavell has known for last 50 years—and still counting. After her husband died, Dorothy implemented some changes at both newspapers. She toned down what she believed were some of the sensational headlines Balm used. She also boosted local news coverage in Gary and closely covered stories about Chicago. At one time, Gary had three Black newspapers, but the Gary Info and the Gary Defender— part of the Chicago Defender media chain—eventually closed. The Post Tribune moved out of Gary after Whites fled the city, when Richard Gordon Hatcher became mayor. Despite declining advertising revenue, the Gary Crusader is the last Black newspaper in the city. In 1976, Dorothy relocated the Gary newspaper to its current space at 1549 Broadway, which was once a fish market. When it comes to the future of the Crusader newspaper group, Leavell said that she’s working hard to find someone who is interested in and passionate about carrying on the rich legacy of the historic, Black newspaper brand. “I’m working hard to find someone who has the interest and passion to carry on the Crusader,” Leavell said. “I didn’t have the passion for this business at first, but after years of service, I realized how important the Black Press is today, just as it was 191 years ago.” The Chicago Crusader and the Gary Crusader are member publications of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Learn more about becoming a member at

Thursday, May 10, 2018 OLDER 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. AMERICANS

Ride DART to the Older Americans Month Information & Health Fair


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By Vincent L. Hall

Few articles ever printed the Brothers’ government names, but it really doesn’t matter. The two Black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks for no reason don’t need names. In America, they are seen as “Black Bucks.â€? The two unarmed men in waiting must have looked menacing to the weaker, woe-stricken, White woman behind the counter. The Slave Patrols, aka the police, did what they’re hired to do‌Protect rich folks’ property. America, and apparently its premiere coffee chain, caters to the Stars, and Bucks are not welcome. This nation is not going backward in time, it just never got as far as we thought. Let me knit some history to help you understand. Return to those “Days of Yesteryearâ€? and revisit a highly-acclaimed Black and White epic. No, not The Lone Ranger; go back to the turn

of the 20th century to the “Birth of a Nation.� For particularly paranoid Whites, this movie was seen as a “post-Reconstruction prophecy.� It predicted that one day Blacks would rise up and serve caramel karma lattes. The storyline was simple. Flora Cameron, a young White virgin, was frolicking in the forest when she was frightened by Gus, (no last name) but described as a Black Buck, a recently-freed Buck at that. Flora eventually leapt to her death to avoid being raped. Historian, Leon Litwack asserted in “Past Imperfect, History According to the Movies,� that the film depicts African American men as “subhuman,� possessing “vicious bestiality� and “primitive sexuality.� The Klan always rides to the rescue of Southern Whites and especially to save their women. The movie’s ending was predictable. Grand Wizard David Duke updated Litwack’s assertion in April 1975; “White people don’t need a law against rape, but if you fill this room up with your normal black bucks,

you would, because niggers are basically primitive animals.� The film also notably hypes the threat of Black power. “Beyond the lieutenant governor, African Americans are depicted as state legisla-

tors, judges, juries, voters and — most dramatically — armed soldiers enforcing equality. Black South Carolina lawmakers are featured shoeless, drinking

whiskey and eating chicken in the state legislature when they pass a law allowing Blacks and Whites to intermarry.� Don’t laugh; those same imagined threats fueled the 2016 presidential campaign. Slave Catchers were America’s original policing corps; a working model of law enforcement’s priorities today. The United States’ first police were organized “slave patrols.� Slaves were property and owners protected their investments. Six slave patrolmen, disguised as Philadelphia police officers, were just doing their jobs when they answered the call to arrest two suspicious Black Bucks “loitering� among the stars. “They did a service that they were called to do,� Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. “And if you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did

just that. Ross said his officers “did absolutely nothing wrong.� And yes, Ross is a Buck. Starbucks’ CEO must be commended for his rapid and personal response. Kevin Johnson boarded a flight to Philly, apologized profusely and fired the damsel behind the cash register. Johnson took strategic actions to retain his upper-income customer base. The Black Bucks at the center of this miserable menagerie are still nameless. Sometimes identities are omitted to protect the innocent, however, that would be an indulgence few Black Bucks have ever enjoyed. 113 years after Birth of a Nation and the problem of the Black Buck remains. Racism is as American as apple pie, and nothing codifies the experience better than a good cup of coffee. On this one particular day though, it was all stars and no bucks. Oh thank heaven for 7-11!

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When the World Attacks You, Find Strength in Christ’s Power Spiritually Speaking by James A. Washington

I remember reviewing the letters of Paul in Bible study. In doing so, I was constantly reminded that one cannot look at Paul without really seeing Jesus’ amazing handiwork. Now you need to know that I think Paul is an awesome person, when it comes to the story of his life. I haven’t found a biography or autobiography of anyone in or outside of “The Good Book,� who comes close to my admiration for Paul; Jesus notwithstanding. Because the two are so closely associated with one another, I can’t help but consider the impact of this tandem on human history. Just in case someone wants to debate me on this by bringing up the lives of

the 12 apostles, I have considered them as well as the prophets and I’m just one of those who is in awe of Paul. A very large part of the Bible is devoted to Paul’s building of the early church at a time when who you worshipped was a life and death decision. Paul himself says, in his letters to the church in Corinth, that there was indeed a point to his suffering and persecution and that the basis for most, if not all, of what he went through was a byproduct of his faith in Jesus Christ. “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I (Paul) will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.�

—2 Corinthians 12:8-10. This kind of thinking and belief led to the eventual proliferation of the church, worldwide. It also makes the point of how the lives of so few have impacted and influenced so many in the world then, and the world as we know it today. Forgive me if I find this a rather fascinating fact. Paul is who he is, because of his unique one on one encounter with Christ. That encounter changed him and ultimately the world in which we live. If that be true, then our individual encounters with Christ should also have a profound effect on us and the world in which we currently live. It is not unusual for new Christians to be attacked by old friends. It is also not unusual for new Christians to fall victim to the attacks of the world, since it is in the world where Satan has some sway. I think Paul’s good news is that there is a place of refuge when the

attack comes. He uses himself as a very good example to follow. If I surrender my weaknesses to the power of Christ and subjugate my will to that of the Lord’s will, then I become empowered to deal with whatever is thrown my way. Life, the Christian life, is funny that way. It places what I have described as a bullseye on your back, designed to distinguish you from those nonbelievers around you. Your faith also sets you up and apart to do great things in the name of Jesus Christ, my personal Lord and Savior. I guess what I’m really saying is that when the going gets extremely tough, check the human being Paul. Like Christ he’s been through and has experienced the worst that life has to offer. But because of his belief system, he also experienced the best of God’s promises. Reviewing Paul’s letters to the church in Corinth, is like a refresher

WILL THE LAME DUCK QUACK? Last Word by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

The rats are leaping off the sinking ship! Paul Ryan says he wants to spend more time with his teenagers, but he likely also doesn't want to be part of the losses Republicans are likely to experience in November (unless the Dems mess up, which is not impossible). By April 13, there were 41 Republicans who said they would not run for re-election, for varying reasons or no reason at all. Ryan’s citing of personal reasons seems disingenuous. Most teens aren’t clamoring for more daddy time. Many of them hardly speak to their parents. Ryan says he will serve out his term, and serve out his speakership, but his announcement has caused chaos in his party. And, while he has not used his announcement to criticize his President, many think


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that he has had about enough of making excuses for the man who wants to grab women by the genitals, threaten North Korea and Syria, build walls, indulge in racist rants, and more. Since Ryan is so interested in spending time with his children, how does he explain 45 to his teens, especially to his 16-year-old daughter? At about the same time Ryan announced that he would not run again, Florida Republican Congressman Dennis Ross made the same announcement to his staff. In a CNN interview shortly afterward, he cited "party polarization and the "lack of civility and respect" as part of his reason for not running. He also exhibits his own intellectually limited pettiness by throwing too much shade on some of the young people who have emerged as activists in Florida. Young people, he says, know how to protest, but they don't know "the process". It seems to me that the Parkland students and others they have joined with have exhibited enough knowledge

of “the process� to get Florida legislators to change a few laws. And these young people promise to be an electoral force in 2018. Maybe that’s why Republicans are leaping off the Titanic as it is poised

to hit an iceberg. The party that captured the Presidency typically loses some Senatorial and Congressional seats in a mid-term election. Sixty-three Democrats surely did in 2010, partly because of resistance to the Affordable Care Act, and partly because of resistance to President Obama him-

self. But fewer than 20 Democrats chose not to run for reelection. So far, a record 41 Republican rats are jumping off 45’s sinking ship. Some of them are talking openly of impeachment, given continuing developments in the Mueller probe. Others are repulsed by the drip drip revelations of 45’s immoral behavior. Still, others are concerned about the ways the Oval Office has become a piggy bank for the President and his family. The Republican family is a fractured one and they are cruising for a bruising! Speaker Paul Ryan says he did what he came to do in Washington – he shepherded through a tax reform bill that “simplified� our taxes. But the man who was known as a deficit hawk also passed out corporate goodies as if they were girl scout cookies, and had a role in increasing the deficit to more than a trillion dollars. If that’s what he came to do, he might as well hang his conservative mantle up. These next few months will be interesting as the lame duck speaker attempts

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course and I just wanted to let you know where I go during difficult times. You might also find some answers there. The point I’m trying to make is that in the eyes of God, one’s weaknesses are welcomed opportunities for God to show up and show out. Have you ever wondered why those who have been through so much are able to stand so strong and witness for Christ? Reexamine the reality of God’s grace and you just might get your answer. May God bless and keep you always.


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to manage legislation and, perhaps, attack social programs like Medicare and Social Security. But will the Lame Duck speaker quack? He has little to lose now that he says he will not run for his congressional seat again. He also says he will not run for office, but who believes that? Further, his best qualification to run for office might be the ways, in these next few months, he challenges the president that he is clearly repulsed by. Will he be a champion for true conservatism, not the cronyism that 45 embodies? Will he raise questions about the crooked practices of Cabinet members who have never met a charter plane they could not pass up? The Lame Duck could provide a service to his party and to our nation if he would simply quack. But he may have been too compromised to open his mouth. Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy� is available via for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit


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AND JUSTICE FOR ALL: Cause For Pride AND JUSTICE FOR ALL By Judge Brandon Birmingham

Over the last few weeks, we have discussed some of the landmark Supreme Court decisions dealing with the Criminal Justice System. Last week, the case that produced those familiar rights we've heard in the movies. Up this week, the second case from the early 60s: the

case that gave each of us access to an attorney. In Florida in 1961, a man named Clarence Gideon was arrested for breaking into a the Bay Harbor Pool Room and stealing money and cigarettes. After being charged and sent to Court, he asked for a lawyer to represent him even though he couldn't afford one. At that time, a person charged with a Crime would only be given an attorney in death penalty cases. The Judge denied him access to a lawyer. Gideon was

convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison. Although a convicted burglar and thief, confessing that his life was, "no cause for pride," Gideon submitted a handwritten petition to the Supreme Court. In it he argued that the Constitution gave him the right to a lawyer, that this right was fundamental to achieving a fair and just result in criminal cases, and that a lack of money should not prevent someone's access to justice. The Supreme Court agreed, and

Gideon won his appeal. Among other reasons, Justice Potter Stewart pointed out that the "State of Florida wouldn't let Gideon represent anybody else," but the criminal liability is just the same. During his retrial, his newly appointed lawyer won the case, arguing to the new jury that the prosecution's chief witness was the real burglar. The jurors deliberated for just an hour before finding Gideon not guilty. He was a free man, leaving a legacy of access to justice for every person charged

with a crime in this country. True fairness is not defined by access to resources. I think that's cause for pride. Next week, we'll discuss the fundamental right to protest. Brandon Birmingham Judge – 292nd Judicial District Court Presiding Judge – Criminal District Courts Dallas County, Texas 214-653-5882 This bench does not belong to me | It belongs to the people

JACKSON: A message for the true Christians By Raynard Jackson

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Unfortunately, we Christians have allowed liberals not only to remove anything acknowledging God from the public square, but we have also seemingly become ashamed of our Christian faith and values and unwilling to fight for them. Today’s church has become as the sounding brass or the tinkling cymbal; full of sound and fury signifying nothing. Where was the outrage when liberal dunce and co-host of The View, Joy Behar equated our Christianity to a “mental illness?” Many White liberals are anti-God, so Behar’s words on The View did not surprise me; but to have Sherri Sheppard and Sunny Hostin, both who are Black, co-signing for Behar was stunning. Last year, President Trump met with a group of Christian ministers who laid hands on Trump when they prayed for him; the ridicule from the media and liberals spread like wildfire. So, it seems to be open season on attacking Christians, but let someone like me, say that homosexuali-


ty is incompatible with Christianity and watch the hatred that gets directed towards me. Why is it that you can’t get a straight answer out of people like T.D. Jakes as to his views on homosexuality and the church? If you can glean from him where he stands on this issue from this video, please let me know. Too many “self-described” Christians like Jakes and Kirk Franklin are too concerned about their homosexual base that they are too afraid to stand on what the Bible says. Where are award-winning gospel artists and talk show hosts like Yolanda Adams or Mary Mary? Don’t they have an obligation to defend their faith when it is viciously being attacked and denigrated by liberals? They have been given a public platform, but they have refused to use it. Former President Obama revealed his support for same-sex marriage and the Black church came down with a severe case of laryngitis. There was a time when the church, as an institution, and preachers were highly regarded. Not anymore. Many churches and preachers have turned into social clubs, who are desperately seeking approval and adoration from the public versus standing up for their values and


principles they claim to believe in. In 2013, the liberal Pope Francis famously said, “Who am I to judge,” when asked about homosexuality. Well, the Bible is pretty clear. Paraphrasing Matthew 7:16, “you will know a tree by the fruit it bears.”

Far too many Christians spend far too much time apologizing for their faith and their beliefs, instead of defending them. Every group or organization is founded upon a shared set of values that everyone rallies around. In order to be a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), you must be a CPA or have a four year degree in accounting. You can’t be an English teacher and demand membership. Your background is incompatible with membership in the AICPA. You can’t be a member of Tall Clubs International (TCI) unless you are at least 6’2” for men and 5’10”

for women. If you don’t meet these requirements, then your deficient height makes you incompatible for membership in this organization. If you are a male, you cannot join a sorority; and if you are a female, you can’t join a fraternity. You don’t meet the requirements for membership. Thusly, if you are a homosexual, you cannot be a Christian in good standing in the church. I am fed up with preachers refusing to state this obvious tenant of the Christian church. Let me again say for the record, homosexuality is not compatible with Christianity. Yes, we serve a forgiving God, but part of forgiveness is turning from our wicked ways. God will forgive you for lying, but you must stop lying; God will forgive you for adultery, but you must stop committing adultery; God will forgive you for homosexuality, but you must stop committing acts of homosexuality. If you are not willing to change your behavior, then your lifestyle is not compatible with Christianity. It’s just that simple. I often tell my homosexual friends that they don’t deserve special treatment, because of their sexual preferences; but they do deserve equal protection because of their humanity.

So, when my liberal friends attempt to rebut me by saying “sin is sin and God doesn’t judge one sin more harshly than others;” I agree with them 100 percent. My rebuttal to them is, of all the sins listed in the Bible, homosexuality is the only one that people are trying to legalize. No one is trying to legalize lying, murder, or adultery. That’s the difference. So, I hope Christians will once again rise up and stand up for what the Bible says and no longer be intimidated by the liberal secularists. Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.



By Alma Gill

Living with dementia Dear Alma:

I need advice to help my beloved sister who has dementia. I don’t know how to communicate with her anymore. We were once very close. She was talented and had a lot of friends. She sang in the choir and was active in her church. Now she has trouble remembering words and speaking in complete sentences. She won’t take a shower or comb her hair. I just don’t know what to do. What would you suggest? Diane Jackson, Woobridge, Va. Dear Diane, I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s decline. It’s heartbreaking to watch as a loved one slips away. You’re not only dealing with the horrible disease of dementia, you’re dealing also with the loss of the sister you know her to be. My sister died many years ago and I still, to this day, have not recovered. Neither will you. But what you can do is this: Put on your “big sister” T-shirt, even if you are the little sister, like me, and fight this battle to win. Give your sister what she needs and not what you want her to have. Don’t determine your decisions around the sister she used to be, but deliver what’s necessary based on the sister she is today. If she loved music, turn on the radio. Read to her, especially the Bible. Sit and watch TV together, cartoons, game shows, PBS specials. Talk to her, not at her, while you’re watching. When she repeats her sentences, act as if it’s the first time you’ve heard those words. Don’t rush her when she’s speaking or See DEMENTIA, page 8

By Dr. Felida N. Shepherd

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are seeing red Have you noticed the increasing number of protests that have occurred in the United States in the last two years? We have seen Black Lives Matter, protesting the volatile excessive force practices among police officers with Black males. We have seen the Me Too & Women Rights Rally movements, protesting unequal pay and being sexual harassed/assaulted in the workplace. We have seen Rally Against Racism on Martin Luther King Dr. this year, protesting President Trump’s insulting/vulgar statements about immigrants. You know those immigrants from “Sh@T hole countries.” Our Generation Z took to the streets for the Marched for Our Lives, protesting the increasing number of mass shootings due to the lack of gun control policies here in America. Just when you thought America was all “marched” out, another wave of marches surfaced. Who now? Teachers! Teachers have joined the movement of exercising their constitutional right to protest. Teachers are seeing red in many Republican red states. A wave of teacher activism is sweeping the red states in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Arizona, and Kentucky fighting for raises, classroom supplies, or social security/pension benefits. Let’s dive into these chains of events. It started with the teachers in West Virginia who marched for almost two weeks during the month of March. They went on strike in massive numbers. Wearing red shirts, educators in West Virginia took their Magic School Bus to the state capital of West Virginia and protested for higher salaries. You have to give the teachers credit for their wardrobe

color choice. Over 20,000 educators went on strike leaving schools at a halt. Many have mixed emotions about classrooms been empty for so many days however teachers have a hard enough job of educating the youth of today without having to wonder if their bills will be paid for the month. West Virginia teachers asked for a 5% salary increase.

After nine days of protest their demands were met! Republican lawmakers pass the bill in both chambers and West Virginia teachers went back into the classroom ready to fight with Little Bobby to not eat the glue during the social studies art project time. West Virginia started this chain of events and within weeks other Republican states joined the movement. These states began their efforts of protesting increases in salaries, classroom conditions, pensions, and other needs or concerns. Oklahoma’s, red state, teachers walked out of their classrooms and protested. Thousands of teachers in the state of Oklahoma exercised their right to protest. It was the OK Corral Showdown at the state capital! Teachers in Oklahoma took to social media by posting pictures of dilapidated classrooms, broken desks, old textbooks to show the poor conditions of the classrooms in this conservative red state. We typically do not see this much excitement from educators unless a holiday or summer break is approaching. Unlike West Virginia,

Oklahoma teachers did not get all that they requested. Teachers in Oklahoma requested a pay increase of $10,000 over the next three years and $5,000 for support professional. Lawmakers passed a pay increase of $6,100 on average for teachers and $1,250 for school professionals. Although it was not the total amount requested, it is a victory nonetheless. Kudos Oklahoma! Your nine days of being out of the classroom proved to be time well spent. Now the challenge of making up 9 days worth of classroom instruction commenced. Well, you can’t win them all. Just when we thought all was quiet on the teacher home front, another wave of teacher protest emerged. Next at the starting gate is the red state of Kentucky. We have the educators’ version of the Kentucky Derby! We have the horse “Red Danger” representing the teachers approaching the starting gate going up against the “Lame Duck,” representing the Republican lawmakers. And they’re Off! Teachers in Kentucky are protesting the new pension plan that lawmakers have passed. “The bill, which passed both chambers of the state legislature, would overhaul the state’s public pension system, mostly affecting teachers hired after Jan. 1, 2019, by moving them from a traditional pension to a “hybrid” plan. The bill also limits the number of sick days teachers can put toward retirement and requires them to work longer before becoming eligible for retirement benefits.” (www. This will adversely affect recruitment of teachers in the future. We will continue to monitor this story to see who makes it to the finish line.

We have seen West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, as well as Arizona, all red states, protesting the issues concerning teacher wages, supplies, outdated textbooks, pensions, etc. Just in case Educators in Texas are feeling the urge to jump on the walk out and protest bandwagon, I shall say this in the best cowboy voice I can mutter “Cool your chaps little Phillies!” The J.R. Ewing’s (Referencing the t.v. show Dallas; 40th Anniversary, Big fan!) in this redder than red state passed a law 25 years ago that public official, including teachers, are not allowed to protest. If teachers walk out of their classroom to protest in the state of Texas, the loss of employment, certification(s), and pension could occur. With midterm elections approaching, it’ll be interesting to see how many of these red states will see a blue wave transpire. Educators are simply trying to get what they deserve. Teaching students is a challenge. If you feel that teachers are not warranted in their demands, I challenge you to step into their shoes for one day. Go into a classroom of 25 students or more and try to teach long division that will cater to the students’ learning styles while maintaining classroom management, keeping students engaged in the lesson whether they are on or below grade level. Educators continue to see Red! Continue to fight for what it is right. Continue to motivate, educate, and encourage future leaders who society says we want the best for but we do not want to pay for. ~Doc Shep Speaks Dr. Felicia N. Shepherd Twitter@getfinessed


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for her teaching skills and her knowledge of parliamentary rules and law, she was widely sought after to teach numerous workshops on Leadership and Parliamentary procedures nationally and internationally; and was one of a few Professional Registered Parliamentarians to be invited to Russia to teach Parliamentary Law. I have benefitted significantly from her teachings but I still find myself sitting in ineffective meetings because people don’t know what they don’t know. Someone jokingly told me about their chapter’s parliamentarian who received a new copy of Robert’s Rules of Order upon taking office and at the end of the term the book was still in mint condition. It doesn’t make sense to have a position that at the onset of a person’s term it is clearly evident that they are useless. According to the organization’s website, “the purpose of TSAP is to promote the philosophy and principles underlying the rules of deliberative assemblies through the study, teaching, and dissemination of parliamentary law and procedure; advocate and encourage continuing education, maximum proficiency in parliamentary skills, and closer communication and cooperation among parlia-

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is proposing improvements to IH-30 Frontage Roads from Bass Pro Drive in Dallas County to Dalrock Road in Rockwall County, Texas. Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code, Title 43, Part 1, Chapter 2, Subchapter E, §2.107 and §2.108 and Code of Federal Regulations, Title 23, Chapter I, Subchapter H, §771.111 and Title 40, Chapter V, §1506, this notice advises the public that TxDOT will be conducting a public hearing on the proposed project. The hearing will be held on THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 in the Terrace Room at Hella Shrine, 2121 Rowlett Rd, Garland, TX 75043. Maps and displays will be available for viewing at an Open House at 6:00 p.m. with the formal hearing starting at 7 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to present the planned improvements and to receive public comment on the proposed project. The proposed project includes constructing a continuous six-lane frontage road system crossing Lake Ray Hubbard along IH-30, between Bass Pro Drive and Dalrock Road, in Garland and Rowlett, Texas, respectively. The length of the proposed project is approximately 2.24 miles. The improvements also include the construction of a new five-lane bridge for Bayside Drive (two lanes traveling southbound and three lanes traveling northbound) with left-turn lanes, a southbound Dalrock bypass, the reconstruction of the interchange at Dalrock Road to include a one-way Dalrock Road direct connector roadway from the eastbound IH-30 frontage roads to northbound Dalrock Road, and associated ramp modifications. The project would include barrier-separated sidewalks located along the westbound outer lane of the frontage road for pedestrian accommodation, and a wide shared-use path would be constructed along the eastbound outer frontage road lane (also barrier separated) for both bicyclists and pedestrian accommodation. The shared-use path would connect with the existing/planned shared-use facilities in the cities of Garland, Rowlett, and Rockwall as a part of the Regional Veloweb per North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) plans. At Bayside Drive bridge a sidewalk would be constructed along the northbound outer lane, and a shared-use path would be constructed along the southbound outer lane of the Bayside Drive bridge for both bicyclists and pedestrian accommodation. Both the sidewalk and shared-use path would connect with planned developments to be located north and south of IH 30. A total of approximately 7.1262 acres of new right-of-way (ROW) would be required to accommodate the proposed improvements, ramps, bridge structures, and frontage roads to be reconstructed. This ROW total includes 1.0206 acres of non-recreational ROW at Lake Ray Hubbard. A single noise wall would be proposed near the proposed new interchange at Dalrock Road along westbound IH-30. There would be no residential or commercial displacements as a result of the project. Portions of the proposed project area and construction work would occur in the FEMA designated 100-year floodplains within both the Cities of Garland and Rowlett and Dallas County, therefore, coordination with Dallas Water Utilities (DWU), and the local FEMA floodplain administrator would be required. The hydraulic design for this project would be in accordance with current FHWA and TxDOT design policies. Approximately 0.54 acre of wetlands associated with Waters of the United States at Lake Ray Hubbard would be permanently filled and authorized under a United States Army Corps of Engineer s (USACE) Section 404 Nationwide Permit 25. Anticipated impacts at Lake Ray Hubbard are due to placement of bridge columns and roadway fill. Permanent fills have been minimized and avoided to the greatest extent possible and all permanent fills would comply with the conditions of Section 401 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Environmental documentation and maps showing the proposed project’s location and design are on file and available for inspection Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the TxDOT Dallas District Office located at 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150. This information also will be available for inspection at the hearing. A copy of the approved schematic and of this hearing notice is available online at under Upcoming Public Hearing/Meeting. A copy of the approved schematic is also available at City of Rockwall located at 385 South Goliad Street, Rockwall, Texas 75087; City of Rowlett Public Works located at 4310 Industrial Street Rowlett, TX 75088; and the City of Garland Municipal Building located at 800 Main Street, Garland, Texas 75040. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing. Verbal and written comments from the public regarding the project are requested and may be presented at the public hearing,. Written comments from the public will be accepted for a period of 15 calendar days following the hearing and may be submitted by mail to .the TxDOT Dallas District Office, Attention: Mr. Jason Estridge P.E., 4777 E. Highway 80, Mesquite, TX 75150-6643, or by email addressed to Written comments must be received or postmarked on or before Friday, June 15, 2018 to be included in the documentation of the public hearing. The public hearing will be conducted in English. Persons interested in attending the hearing who have special communication or accommodation needs, such as the need for an interpreter, are encouraged to contact the TxDOT Dallas District Public Information Office at (214) 320-4480. Requests should be made at least two days prior to the public hearing. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs. If you have general questions or concerns regarding the proposed project or the hearing, you may contact the TxDOT IH 30 Frontage Roads Project Manager, Mr. Jason Estridge, P.E. at 214-320-6158 or e- mail at The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by TxDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 16, 2014, and executed by FHWA and TxDOT.

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I feel pretty feels pretty good Comedic actress Amy Schumer plays Renee Bennett in the hilarious new movie with a message, I FEEL PRETTY. The movie will keep you laughing from start to finish, but in the end there is a message to the comedy about women's acceptance of their own body image. In the movie Schumer's character is a "plussized woman" who's struggling with her image as a "big girl." To impove herself she joins a cycling class at Soul Cycle where she compares herself to the other women in the class. In an homage to the movie BIG, which

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DCCCD journalism students, continued from front page -______________________ site. David Silva, digital managing editor, was awarded a $400 scholarship. The Et Cetera also won first place for Best in Show for its March 7 edition and Overall Excellence for its website. "Working for student media is a huge responsibility, and our students take it seriously. They dedicate hundreds of hours each semester with little or no pay and few rewards. While they don't do it for the awards, the recognition is a well-deserved and is a boost to their confidence and an affirmation of their dedication." said Elizabeth Langton, the newspaper’s advisor. Langton added, “James Hartley, our TIPA journalist of the year, has dedicated himself to journalism since his first visit to the newsroom. His work on the Et Cetera staff, in class and on his own earned him this award. The internship that comes with it is a rare opportunity for a community college student to spend a summer

in a professional newsroom, honing his craft. I have no doubt that he will embrace the challenge." As the newspaper of record for Eastfield College, The Et Cetera publishes 12 print editions each academic year and has an online new site. North Lake News-Register North Lake’s literary magazine, Duck Soup, plus the North Lake News-Register and Blazer Magazine consistently rack up awards. News-Register staff members received 20 TIPA awards; first-place winners included these categories: Editorial Cartoon, Sports Game Story, Sports Feature Photo, Op/Ed Page Design and Ad Design. The News –Register staff also received a second-place honor for website (Overall Excellence). The school was lauded for its entries in Critical Review, Photograph and Op/Ed De-


Kathleen Stockmier, the News-Register’s advisor, said, “We love it when the TIPA convention is in our backyard. That always means more students will want to attend. Hearing the excitement in students’ voices while commenting on the workshops made battling Central Expressway every day bearable! And coming home with 20 awards was the icing on the cake!” The News-Register is printed at least four times each semester and also is posted online.

Multimedia Feature; Mike Sokolski, In-Depth Reporting; Aly Rodrigues, Short Feature Story; Quan Tran for Editorial Cartoon; Miranda Jack, TV News Writing (Live); and the Richland Philosophy Club for In-Depth Multimedia Story. “They did very well,” said Erica Edwards, lead faculty and coordinator of the journalism program and student media at Richland. “The hard work, dedication to excellence and continued, consistent successes of our Richland College student journalists give me a tremendous

amount of pride. I can’t help but think, both as a college and as a district, that we’re doing something right.” Richland students publish the Chronicle campus newspaper daily online and weekly in print. For more information, contact Debra Dennis in the DCCCD office of public and governmental affairs at or 214-3781851.

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Multiple honors also went to Richland College’s student media team. First place honors went to a number of Chronicle staffers, including: J.R. Azucena,


Valder Beebe What a delightful interview. True to his style actor and comedian DeRay Davis will be testing the wits and pop-culture command of celebrities in the fresh new game show Hip Hop Squares second season. Ice Cube is the executive prouder of the VH1’s Hip Hop Square game show with the biggest names in Hip Hop, Comedy and Entertainment as they match wits and tests their pop culture knowledge. Chicago-born DeRay Davis began his career in comedy clubs before segueing into acting. He’s known for his role as ‘Ray-Ray the Hustle Guy’ in the Barber shop film franchise. His other credits include Semi-Pro, 21 Jump Street, Reno 911, FOX’s Empire, and HBO’s Entourage. Davis lends his voice to several skits on rapper Kanye West albums. During the interview I did not get into the business of Hip Hop Square, yet this show is a part of the franchises from VH1’s parent company Viacom VH1 Hip Hop Squares, which has been renewed for a second season, is the revamped version of Hollywood

Squares that features “the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they come to play and stay to party. Celebrity contestants and squares include Ice Cube, Amber Rose, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, Mel B, Nelly, Tyga, T- Pain, Master P, Monica, Cedric the Entertainer, “The Real’s” Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai, Bobby Brown and many more. VBS: Did you attend game show host

DeRay Davis boot camp like Jamie Foxx as he prepared to host Mark Burnett’s ‘Beat Shazam’? DeR: Well Jamie Foxx is a big movie star so he may have needed it, but no they did not send me. VEB: Do you think this will be the show that every Hip Hop celebrity wants to be on? DeR: It already is. VEB: When Ice Cube selected you to be the host, did he know how good you would be at the job? DeR: I do not think he knew I had these skills. He knew I was a comedian, and that I also had acted in Barbershop movies with him. Photography-by-james


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finish her sentences. Let her be. When it comes to her hygiene, you can bathe her. Don’t ask her if she wants a bath, run the water and tell her it’s ready. When it comes to her hair, take her to the salon or sit her at the dining room table and go old-skool…you braid her hair (I know you know how.) Ask her to hold the extra brush while you’re doing it. That will take her mind off what you’re doing. The days of your sister making decisions are over. You’ll need to take on that role for her. Of course you’ll encounter some resistance. Just remind yourself you’re doing what’s best for her. Don’t take it personally. You’ve become her caregiver. She’s counting on you and would do the same if the roles were reversed. I know you want to do all you can to bring your sister back and make it all better, but you can’t. She’ll continue to slip away. This isn’t by her choice, and unfortunately, she can’t help it. Some-

times as a caregiver, it’s hard to peel back the overwhelming layers of guilt and pain to see the blessing. Your blessing is you still have your sister. Trust me, once she’s gone, you’d give anything to be able to do it again. Don’t focus on what you see as yours or her shortcomings. Do your best to meet her needs. Your love for each other will never change, but you should readjust your expectations. As I’m sure you know, it’s important to keep up with doctor appointments, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to find a support group. You and I know I’ve sugar coated this thing, but that’s because you’ve got a tough road ahead. We don’t know what the future holds, so when and if the doctors decide she needs more than you can handle, accept it; don’t debate or challenge it. They know what’s best. Now more than ever, enjoy your sister. This is a very small slice of the pie of life you’ve shared. Hug her often and relish the days. .


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