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VOL XVI ISSUE 5

Trump’s fake Kappa, fake Christian, and fake Black PERSPECTIVE

NNPA Declares State of Emergency

DANCEAFRICA FESTIVAL and PERFORMANCE is big celebration

DALLAS MAVERICKS HIRE IN-ARENA DJ

pa at the now disband(ed) Xi Omega chapter at Furman University but ... never crossed.� However, he never pledged an undergraduate By Michael Coard | Philadelphia Tribune chapter. He never pledged an alumni chapter. He never even received an Pastor Mark Burns is the token honorary membership because mouthpiece who has sung and we don’t grant honorary memcontinues to sing the praises of berships. And even if we did, he Donald Trump on Al Jazeeradefinitely wouldn’t get one. America, BBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, Although he is a real minister MSNBC, NPR, and everywhere at a real church called The Harelse. And he’s a fraud. But before vest Praise & Worship Center in I expose him, allow me to exEasley, South Carolina, he is not pose Trump by noting that he’s a real Christian. a fraud, too, for several reasons. Pastor Mark Burns Well, let me put it another way. But the only reason I’ll deal with He is not Christlike. The first rule of Bernal Smith, publisher of the New Tri-State Defender in Memphis, Tenn., said, “I’ve had way too many conversatoday is his real ancestral name from Germany. being a Christian is to always ask “What would tions with our readers and with people in our community that feel like we’re under siege.� (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) And it isn’t Trump; it’s actually “Drumpf.� I’ll dis- Jesus do?� and then do just that instead of doBy Freddie Allen isolated incidents, but are a deadly national cuss him and his name in a later column. (NNPA Newswire Managing Editor) pattern of police violence and prosecutorial ing what Jesus would not do. Jesus would not Let’s get back to 36 year-old Pastor Burns. He support a racist. misconduct.� has repeatedly claimed he’s a member of KapThe recent extrajudicial killings of three On September 14, thirteen year-old Tyre For example, in regard to Trump’s plans to pa Alpha Psi, which is a fraternity founded in deport and ban poor, hungry Brown immi- Black males, including a 13 year-old boy, King was shot and killed by police in Colum1911 and which I became a proud member of grants, even the Pope said on February 18, “A have sparked protests across the U.S. and the bus, Ohio who were responding to an armed while a student at Cheyney University. person who thinks only about building walls... National Newspaper Publishers Association robbery call. Police said that King ran when By the way, many people refer to the Kappas and not building bridges, is not a Christian. (NNPA) has declared a state of emergency in they attempted to approach him and then and the other eight fraternities and sororities This is not the gospel.� Black America. pulled a weapon from his waistband, which within the Divine Nine as “Black Greeks.� But we The NNPA, is a trade group that represents was later found to be a BB gun, a toy that If you look at Pastor Burns, he looks Black. ain’t no damn Greeks. We’re Africans. But looks can be deceiving. He’s not really more than 200 Black-owned media companies couldn’t even fire bullets. The fraternal and sororal concept was not Black. Instead, he’s confused and traitorous. in the U.S. and reaches more than 20 million On Friday September 16, Tulsa police officer created in Greece or anywhere else in Europe. Betty Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed TerIn the famous words of the unparalleled ac- readers a week. It was created in North Africa, specifically Egypt tivist attorney Cecil B. Moore, “You might be my In a joint statement released on Friday, ence Crutcher after the truck he was driving (i.e., Kemet), two thousand years before the color, but you ain’t my kind.� September 23, Denise Rolark Barnes, the broke down on the road. In a video captured Greeks knew anything about it. Burns is not our kind because he supports a chairwoman of the NNPA and publisher of by the Tulsa Police Department, Crutcher can And speaking of not knowing anything blatant racist who has often said outrageously The Washington Informer, Bernal E. Smith II, a be seen walking back to his truck with his arms about it, Pastor Burns, who praised Trump bigoted things about and done outrageously member of the NNPA Board of Directors and raised, just before he was tased then shot. during the benediction at the Republican Na- discriminatory things to Blacks, Latinos, and publisher of The New Tri-State Defender, and Shelby was charged with felony manslaughter. tional Convention while leading an “All Lives Arabs. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president and CEO On Tuesday, September 20, police in CharMatter� chant, has constantly been telling evAnd don’t forget that Trump is the very same of the NNPA said that, “Millions of our readers lotte, N.C. shot and killed 43 year-old Keith eryone all across the country and on his bio racist who, in 1989, put out a full- page ad call- across the nation are once again outraged at Lamont Scott at an apartment building. Witthat he’s a Nupe. Nope, he’s not! ing for the death penalty to be imposed on the latest fatal incidents of police brutality in nesses said that Scott was sitting in his car Despite that, he actually said “I pledged KapSee PASTOR MARK BURNS, page 2 Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C. These are not See NNPA, page 6

Dr. “Baba� Chuck Davis

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) and AT&T present the 10th Annual DanceAfrica

Festival and Performance "In Celebration of our Heritage." The festivities include a Saturday parade and marketplace featuring fun for the entire family, with nightly dance performances in the Dallas Arts District, October 7-8, 2016. The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. Forces of Nature Dance Theatre from New York is the special guest and will perform half of the program. Forces of Nature utilizes a unique blend of performing arts with traditional West African dance. The company has performed and toured widely throughout the U.S. and abroad taking part in the First International Black Dance Festival (UK), the International Dance Festival in Aruba, and the 12th Annual Festival for Peace in Moscow. Forces of Nature also led the historical procession for Nelson Mandela during his first appearance in the United States in 1990. Abdel R. Salaam is the Artistic Director of

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then, she’s shared the stage with the likes of Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B, J. Cole, Juicy J and more, always striving to learn and work with the best in the industry. Now back in Dallas, Ivy The Dallas Mavericks has become the official have hired a new member DJ of the Dallas Wings of the in-arena entertain(WNBA) and Skylar Digment team: DJ Poizon Ivy. gins’ Shoot 4 the Sky BasBorn Ivy Awino in Naiketball Camp Tour. robi, Kenya, and raised in “We were looking for Dallas, Texas, Ivy attended someone who knows and The Hockaday School and lives for basketball, but worked as a Mavs BallKid also has an ear for what’s on game-nights for over happening in the musix years. sic world,� said Jonathan “I grew-up with the Kornblith, Creative and Mavs and I’m a huge fan,� Game-Day Director. “We Ivy says. “Somehow I albelieve she is going to elways knew I’d be back and evate our in-game expeI’m honored to start workrience and we’re excited DJ Poizon Ivy ing for this organization to have her on board,� again.� DJ Poizon Ivy’s first While attending Marquette University, she game was October 3rd (preseason) versus the found her place at WMUR, the student-run ra- Charlotte Hornets. dio station and became “DJ Poizon Ivy.� Since

District 4 Town Hall Meeting

DANCE MINISTRY ANNUAL DAY

Garland's Gone Camping Oct. 15 - 16 | Audubon Park 3 p.m. Saturday - 8 a.m. Sunday $10 per person | Children under 2 free Grab your tent and sleeping bags for a night under the stars with family and friends. Although you're only minutes from home, you'll feel miles away. Enjoy a night hike, games, s'mores, a campfire and live entertainment. Dinner and breakfast provided! Register online today!

District 4 Council Member B.J. Williams will host a Town Hall meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the South Garland Branch Library, 4845 Broadway Blvd. Topics will include street and alley funding and improvement projects, information about Garland's Neighborhood Vitality Program and a public safety update. For more information, call 972-205-2406 or email Council4@GarlandTX.gov.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Location: Sanctuary, Mt. Hebron, 1233 State Highway 66, Garland, TX US 75040 Join the Dance Ministry for their 11th Annual Day, on Saturday, October 15,2016. They will celebrate in dance with other dance ministries across the Dallas/Ft Worth area.

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Keep Garland Beautiful invites individuals, groups and organizations to help clean up the community! Register today for the annual Fall Trash Bash, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Granger Recreation Center Annex, 1310 W. Avenue F. New this year is an optional trash bag pledge drive to help fund upcoming litter campaigns. After the litter cleanup, return to the Granger Recreation Center Annex for a volunteer appreciation picnic at 11 a.m.


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America Is Great Again:

The Facts of the Obama Economic Legacy

FROM THE HILL

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Pastor Mark Burns, continued from front page

the five innocent Black and Latino juveniles falsely implicated in the tragic Central Park jogger rape and attempted murder case. Burns is also not our kind because on August 29 he tweeted a blackface political cartoon that he determined to be both funny and witty. It was neither. A Black man tweeting blackface- what the hell? He’s additionally not our kind because he denies the existence of racism even when it slaps him in his Black face. During a two-day videotaped interview with Time Magazine in July, he and his wife, who is white, drove

to a local pawn shop in a small town near his South Carolina church. As an aside, I gotta ask why was he going to a pawn shop. I guess Trump must be paying minimum wage to sell- outs. Anyway, they decided to go into that shop even though it had a giant confederate flag waving out front. As they entered, they noticed a pro-Trump poster on the door. Once inside, he inquired about the purchase price of an item on display. But he was told it was no longer for sale. Dejected, he and his wife left and complained that they T:5” felt mistreated because they are an

interracial couple. But in that same interview, he said “In our family, our children are getting an education on how not to see color.” I guess that pawn shop owner missed that class. And so did Trump as well as most cops, prosecutors, judges, and Republicans. Pastor Mark Burns is a fake Kappa, a fake Christian, and a fake Black man. But at least he’s a genuine fraud.

Michael Coard, Esquire can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. His “Radio Courtroom” show can be heard on WURD900AM. And his “TV Courtroom” show can be seen on PhillyCam/Verizon/Comcast.

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Listening to the political messages of this campaign season, many candidates will have you forget just how deep of a hole this country was in eight years ago. You don’t have to go far to hear someone claim “we have to make America great again” or “we need to bring back our jobs from overseas” or any other numerous claims that suggest America is in worse shape than it was before the election of President Barack Obama. Until every able bodied citizen is able to find a job that can allow them to provide for themselves and their family, we will still have work to do. The facts, however, show that our Nation has come a very long way from the dire straits we were in when Barack Obama was elected. If we rewind the clock back eight years, the economic outlook for the country was very bleak. America was embroiled in “the worst financial crisis in global history, including the Great Depression,” according to former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. The private sector had lost 4.5 million jobs and nearly $13 trillion1* in household wealth was eliminated in the final year of the Bush presidency. Bush policies pushed the unemployment rate to peak at 10.0%2* by October of 2009. Current political narratives would have your forget just how deep the hole our country was in when President Obama came into office.

There is so much political rhetoric dominating the airwaves that suggests we must “make America great again,” and bring our country back from the brink of disaster. The facts, however, suggest an entirely different narrative. The facts are simple. Under the leadership of President Obama, America has had a historic economic recovery. The economy has added 15.1 million private sector jobs in his past 78 months in office. The facts are that the unemployment rate in America has been cut in half to 4.9% since it peaked in October 20093*. The facts are that the nearly $800 billion American Recovery Reinvestment Act (commonly known as the “stimulus package”) was a critical policy that was able to jumpstart the recovery that our economy has seen over the past six years. As America prepares for a monumental election between two candidates with vastly different visions for America, I ask that you separate facts from rhetorical fiction. The facts are that America has made great strides in the past eight years. Right here in Texas, we have seen the benefits of investments in infrastructure and the recovery of the automobile industry. There is a lot of information to sift through during election season. Citizens throughout Texas and the rest of the country must sort through the rhetoric and campaign ads, to find the facts and the truth. This is part of our civic duty as Americans to make an informed choice on our ballots. Yet one thing must be clear, America never lost its greatness, but in fact, under President Barack Obama, America has remained great and will continue to be great.

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In 1972, Eddie Bernice Johnson became the first nurse ever elected to the Texas State House; and eventually, the first nurse ever elected to the Texas State Senate and the United States Congress.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Dance Africa,

Workshop: Landlord/ Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

continued from front page Dance African Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). All five Dallas Black Dance Theatre performing companies will be on stage for nightly performances on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2016, including DBDT, DBDT: Encore!, Allegro Performing Ensemble, Senior Performing Ensemble, and Junior Performing Ensemble. Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts' World Ensemble will also perform. The parade kicks off Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. at Dallas Black Dance Theatre located at 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, Texas 75201. The parade will conclude at the Annette Strauss Square where the market-

place will be held. The parade will be led by the founder of DanceAfrica festivals across the country Dr. "Baba" Chuck Davis, followed by drummers, dancers from all five DBDT dance companies, special guest artists, and market place participants. The African marketplace will be filled with vendors, art, food, and children's activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Free performances of dance, music, spoken word and storytelling will accent the marketplace festival that will take place at the Annette Strauss Square, 2389 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. For DanceAfrica performance ticket information, October 7-8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., visit www.attpac.

Garland Fair Housing Services will host a free Landlord/Tenant Rights and Responsibilities workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the City of Garland Unified Learning Center, 232 Carver St., Bldg. 2. Learn how to request maintenance, understand a lease agreement, avoid or resolve landlord-tenant disputes, provide 30-day notice and request an accommodation or modification. Register by calling 972-205-3300.

Safety Fest 2016 Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with the entire family during Safety Fest 2016! Join the Garland Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, for free family activities, food trucks, safety education and live entertainment by Ken Savage and the Best Kept Secret. Kids can enjoy interactive activities such as a firefighter obstacle course, a PHI helicopter landing, catapults and a car fire demonstration by the Garland Fire Department. See event details at GarlandTX.gov.

Resident Opinion Survey As part of the Neighborhood Benchmarking Program, the City of Garland has partnered with Thoroughbred Research Group in Georgia to conduct a Resident Opinion Survey on the City’s behalf. This month, surveys will be mailed to a random selection of residents within 21 Garland neighborhoods. See a map of the neighborhoods to be included in this year’s survey at GarlandTX.gov.

New Utility Billing Scam Identified in Garland Garland utility customers are being targeted by a new, sophisticated utility billing scam. The scammers identify themselves as being with the City of Garland, and the call appears to come from the City’s Customer Service phone number. The customer is threatened with disconnection of utility service if immediate payment is not made.

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SMITH: Say NO to violence and YES to love ONE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN’S OPINION

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CHERYL SMITH

This is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One victim of violence is one too many. IWe must continue to call attention to behavior that has led to so many deaths. Males and females must keep their hands under control. Do NOT resort to violence is the message. People have to learn how to get along or get away from one another. In numerous seminars I’ve heard that peo-

ple are not staying on the job, that there’s no loyalty. Gone are the days of people remaining on a job long enough to receive even a 10-year pin, let alone a 25-year watch or 50-year trinket of some type. I’ve also heard similar stories about marriage. People get tired at the first sign of adversity. They get goingwhile the going is good for them. For many to survive five years is a monumental feat. When couples made those vows, they had no idea what they were facing. I’ve heard it gets tough. No shade here. I

just want to shine a spotlight on some special people. This year, I happen to know of five couples who are celebrating signigicant milestones: Paul and Bessie Moody were married 58 years ago, Joseph and Herdercine Nash were married on Valentine’s Day 56 years ago; Ernest and Ruth Wyrick are celebrating 55 years of wedded bliss; and Leon R. and Curtistene McCowan and Frank Eugene and Carole Joycelyn Mayo are celebrating 50! What a joy to hear that there are men and women who worked it out, overcame the obstacles and faced the challenges; all the while growing together to form a solid, spiritual, up-

lifting foundation. These are the type of relationships showcased by Anthem Strong Families and founder of Black Marriage Day and the Wedded Bliss Foundation, Nisa Muhammad. There’s a movement to save the black family and marriage does help. We have to impress upon our youth that healthy relationships are important and healthy marriages help build stronger communitites! Congratulations to the Moodys, Nashs, Wyricks, Mayos and McCowans. May you be blessed with many more years together!

HALL: That $2 Mouth Quit Playin’ by Vincent Hall Vincent L. Hall is an author and award winning columnist.

My paternal grandmother, Mable, was quick witted and even faster at getting to the point. My Grandmother Hall would often recite her favorite admonition: “Don’t let your two dollar mouth get your million dollar ass in trouble.� It’s unfortunate that Donald Trump never met my grandmother. I agree with Comedian Bill Maher’s assessment that Trump is a “Whiny little bitch,� and the first debate with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton proved it. Trump throws hard hitting punches like George Foreman, but can’t take a punch from a welterweight like Barney Fife. Ok Millennials... Long before there was a Barney who loved everybody, there was a co-star in the mythical town of Mayberry: Officer Barney Fife. You can Google it if you need to, but what I mean is that Trump has big talk but can’t handle the

walk. Any blow of force and he cries and whines‌like a little bitch. Secretary Clinton’s team carefully studied Trump and baited him with perfection. As if she saw the curtain closing with the 90-minute debate about to end, she blurted out, “Hey you big dumb ass, what about Alicia Machado?â€? He seemed to gasp as if the former Miss Universe might walk into the ring with a sign that read “Round 15.â€? Who could ever have known that the mere mention of Machado’s name would touch off the firestorm that it did? Trump went straight to Twitter, and the Clinton campaign knew he would because they studied his previous fights. Trump has sparred with so many opponents that you may have forgotten. So let me refresh your memory. The New York Times carries a supplemental page that chronicles these Twitter rants and as of late August Trump was up to 258 minor incidents that he trans-

formed into major scuffles. Fox News (FN) is his major hub these days, but he had his run-ins with several of them. Juan Williams a longstanding, if not the only credible Black journalist on the FN plantation made Trump angry. “He (Juan) asked if he could have pictures taken with me. I said fine. He then trashes me on air!  You never speak well of me & yet when I saw you at Fox you ran over like a child and wanted a picture�  FN’s star anchor, Megan Kelly is not the only one to suffer the wrath of Trump’s tiny thumbs on the Twitter trail. Senator Elizabeth Warren is “Pocahontas,� and Secretary Clinton is “Crooked Hillary,� which is tame compared to what she’s called by the uncircumcised brutes who rush to his race rallies. Former presidential hopeful Jeb Bush was “low energy� and Trump used his technology to proclaim that the 2012

GOP candidate, Mitt Romney “choked like a dog.� Trump doesn’t stop at just two of the three branches of government. Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg felt his wrath: “An incompetent judge!� “Has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me.� “Resign!�  The ultra Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts couldn’t escape being mocked;  “My judicial appointments will do the right thing unlike... Roberts.� “He let us down.� Trump talks more smack than an East Coast Rapper trying to make a rep for himself. The problem is that if America is weary of “politics� it is because we are tired of the big talk that never translates to action. The second debate will be coming soon and Clinton will bait this “government subsidized tycoon� again. Trump is like a high school dropout; he has no class!  Trump will never release his tax statements so we may never know how much this chump is worth. But the wisdom of my grandmother gives me enough to surmise that Trump’s $2 mouth has gotten him into more trouble than he ever imagined. The Whiny Little Bitch!

Elite White Entitlement is dangerous

Editor’s Note: Recently members of the Southern Methodist University Band decided to kneel during the playing of the national anthem at a football game to focus attention on the violence that Black men especially are being subjected to. An SMU alum wrote a scathing letter condemning the actions of the students. There’s so much to talk about as emotions are varied. In the wake of the vocal stance that professional athlete Colin Kaepernick has taken, calling attention to the hypocrisy of the national anthem and refusing to stand while the song is played; a teacher at North Springs Charter School in George was sent home because she stood with students who were attempting to observe five minutes of silence in support of Black Lives Matter, The Volleyball team at DeSoto High School knelt prior to a game, and rumors began circulating that administrators at Cedar Hill (TX) High School forbade athletes to participate in any form of “disrespect� toward the anthem.

Here are some other viewpoints:

By Devean R. Owens Five brave band students, along with others in the student section, at my alma mater decided to “stand up� for what they believe in at an SMU football game last weekend. They knew going in that they would experience a great deal of backlash but also knew that in the end their courageous act was vital seeing that two unarmed Black men were murdered by police officers earlier that week.

James Hairston ’83 decided to express his first amendment right by voicing his opinion on the issue. What I find ironic is the fact that the students he wants to see removed from the band were expressing their same INALIENABLE first amendment right – free speech. Hairston obviously missed the memo from SMU stating, “The strength of a great university is reflected in its commitment to the broad exchange of ideas and philosophies. SMU respects the diversity of opinions within the University and supports the right of free expression for each member of its campus community.� Becoming a member of a community, club, or organization does not automatically negate your rights as an American citizen. Affiliations are only part of who you are as a person, they do not define you. Hairston’s oped is a prime example of the culture that is SMU. Instead of accepting the position of the university, he decides to use his money and title to threaten the university (not uncommon at SMU) by stating, “We have students, parents, and donors who look at SMU as a place to send their children, invest their re-

sources to help continue to educate students and Alums - proud of their school - who I feel were disrespected by the band members in a public and humiliating fashion.â€? I, as a two time alumna, am not disrespected and certainly not humiliated. I feel great pride and joy that the passion and fire for justice is still alive and well within an atmosphere that continuously tries to extinguish it. I’m not quite sure who gave Hairston the right to speak for all SMU alumni but if I had to guess, it was probably his white male privilege. “These members, as individuals, can exercise their free speech at any time, in their space – not affiliated with SMU at any time. But, during the National Anthem or anytime they are representing SMU, in any capacity, this is unacceptable.â€? Any time you tell someone where, when, and how to express their “free speechâ€?‌it’s not actually free speech, right? As an undergraduate student, when we were protesting blatantly racist and threatening comments on social media, everyone told us it was free speech. Do we not have the same rights? SMU has and continues to breed a culture

of toxic white hegemony that detrimentally affects marginalized students on a daily basis. Any time students begin to speak out against the injustices they encounter on campus, in their organizations, in the residence halls, in the classroom; they are silenced and shut down. This has been a recurring cycle since Black students integrated the university in the ‘60s. The combination of racism and classism suffocates students of color who have just as much right to be there as their white counterparts. As an alumna, I want to see SMU become a more inclusive place for students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, female students, low SES students...these changes can only begin by dismantling the systemic barriers and toxic culture that continues to permeate the Boulevard. M Awardee and Hunt Leadership Scholar, Devean R. Owens graduated with a B.A. in advertising and public relations & strategic communication in 2014 as well as a M.Ed. in educational leadership in 2016. She is currently a first year Ph.D. student in the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign.

Our reality: Being Black in America

By Micaela Watkins

When I heard the news regarding the death of Terence Crutcher last week, I once again broke down in tears. To a few, this is just another hashtag that will come and go. To some, it is another story in which the egregious actions of an officer were acceptable, or even necessary. But to so many of us, it is a reminder. It is a reminder that our safety is not guaranteed. It is a reminder as to why so many, ranging from Colin Kaepernick to the five outstanding members of the Mustang band, have taken a knee to stand against injustice. Less than 24 hours into mourning the death of Mr. Crutcher, we hear of the death of Keith Lamont Scott. At this point, it almost feels as if being Black in America has fixated a target on our backs. When five members of the Mustang Band made the brave decision to take a knee, I’m sure they knew the potential for backlash was imminent. The unfortunate reality of this situation is that so many people have either failed to see the true meaning of this silent protest,

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or they acknowledge and knowingly ignore it. The fact that Colin Kaepernick took a knee and has been called the N word and had his life threatened, is proof that this problem exists. When the Mustang Band 5 chose to take a knee, and subsequently, people like James Hairston believe they should be removed from the band - and others believe expulsion is due - it is proof that this problem exists. This silent protest, like Black Lives Matter,

trayed, and hurt community. This protest is a peaceful plea for justice.. We, too, are Americans and we are asking our fellow Americans to see our tear-filled eyes, empathize with our pain, and help us in restoring justice. No one deserves to live in fear the way I and so many other African Americans do. My challenge for all who are so blatantly opposed to kneeling during the National An-

The DeSoto High School volleyball team knelt during the National Anthem prior to their game recently. The teammates were supported by their coach, school board trustee president Carl Sherman and other community leaders.

is not anti-police, it does not promote or condone violence, and it is not anti-American. This silent protest is a cry of a broken, be-

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them is to take a moment to practice understanding. Take a moment to try grasping the mindset of the downtrodden.

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How must it feel to say, “stop shooting usâ€? and be met with a response that begins with “but?â€? How must it feel to literally live in fearfor yourself and your loved ones? The truth is, that is not everyone’s reality but it is mine. I am a proud graduate of Southern Methodist University and I was even blessed to study at Oxford University. But my reality is: before some may even know that, they will only see that I am a Black woman. We do not kneel in an effort to disrespect our country or any of our servicemen and servicewomen. We kneel in hopes that you may see us and see our pain. We kneel in hopes that you may one day stand up, and fight with us side by side, to make justice our new reality and love overcome hate.Â

Micaela S. Watkins is a 28 year old native of Fort Worth, Texas. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern Methodist University in 2011. While at SMU, she was the captain of the nationally ranked Mock Trial team, and active with the Association of Black Students as well as Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir. During her undergraduate career, she had the honor of interning for then State Representative, and current Congressman, Marc Veasey. She is the reigning Ms. Black America CoEd and works professionally as an appraiser and business tax analyst.Â

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By Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos Voting helps determine the future of our cities, counties, state, and nation. As the Texas Secretary of State, I am the state’s chief election officer charged with ensuring all eligible Texans know what they need to do to cast their ballots. My office has undertaken a statewide voter education campaign engaging voters and working to ensure that all qualified voters in Texas understand what they need to bring to the polls in order to vote in ongoing and upcoming elections. If a voter possesses a form of approved photo ID, the voter must use it to vote. Currently, there are seven forms of acceptable photo ID in Texas: •Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) •Texas personal identification card issued by DPS •Texas License to Carry a Handgun issued by DPS

•Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS •U.S. passport •U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph •U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the approved photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. If the voter has continued access to their acceptable form of photo ID, but, for example, forgets to bring it to the polling place and/or leaves it, for example, at home or in their car, the voter still possesses the acceptable form of photo ID and must use it to vote.  If the voter does not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, the voter has additional options when casting their ballot in person. As provided by court order, if a voter does not possess and is not reasonably able to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, the voter may vote by (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining why the voter is reasonably unable to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, and (2) providing one of various forms of supporting documen-

Profile Summary and why it is important Here is where we address the most common issues regarding resumes. From time to time there will be an article written on trends concerning the resume, as well as articles pertaining to resumes and interviews. Now that you know you need to have a resume and what it is for. After listing the job title you are applying for, this week I will address the Profile Summary. Some of the most commonly used names is Objective Statement, Summary, Profile Statement, Professional Summary, Executive Summary or Summary of Qualifications. Objective Statements have pretty much gone away and aren’t used anymore. Let’s take a look inside the Profile Summary and why do you have to have it. The Profile Summary is where you connect your personality, with the mission and vision of the company you are applying for along with the position. You will need to look at the job description to see what type of person they are looking to hire. This is where you really let your greatest strengths in this role shine through, and should be highlighted here. You need to also state the number of years of experience; I like to do it this way. If the job description calls for 5 years of experience and you have 7 years of experience; I like to list, the years of experience as 5+ years of experience. I am doing this because once the computer scans your resume, it will highlight it and won’t throw it out. The computer has an applicant tracking system on it and will highlight those words in the job description along with keywords. Thus, the reason for looking at the job description and looking at the mission and vision of the company you are applying to. Once you have the job description, the mission and vision of the company, and your greatest strengths, along with your years of experience, then you are ready to write the Profile Summary. An example of a profile should look like this: Focused and engaged management operations and customer support professional of 5+ years in strategic operations task planning and coordination and customer relations to ensure exceptional delivery of goals and objectives. Proficient and energetic team player with strong ability to strategize and collaborate with multiple management and department teams to maximize operations and business initiatives. Now that you have become enlightened to your Profile Summary, go ahead and try writing yours. Now that you have become enlightened to your Profile Summary, go ahead and try writing yours.

Also, voters who (1) have a consistent religious objections to being photographed or (2) do not present one of the seven forms of approved photo ID because of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may continue apply for a temporary exemption to showing approved photo ID at the polls.  In addition, voters age 65 or older, those with a disability, or those who will be out of the county during both early voting and Election Day may vote by mail. The deadline to request a ballot by mail was Oct. 28.  The General Election is Nov. 8. Early voting runs from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4. The last day to register for the election is Oct. 11. I am currently traveling throughout Texas to talk as part of a non-partisan, bilingual voter education campaign called Vote Texas. This campaign seeks to ensure all voters in all communities understand when, where, and how to vote. Vote Texas is reaching, among others, voters in urban and rural communities, senior citizens, first time voters, military members, and minority groups. My team and I are committed to reaching the voters of our great state. For more information regarding voting requirements and voter ID, please visit VoteTexas.gov or call 1-800-252VOTE.

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tation. A voter whose photo identification has been lost, stolen, suspended, revoked or expired more than four years does not possess one of the acceptable forms of photo ID, and, if the voter cannot reasonably obtain a replacement of the identification that was lost, stolen, suspended, revoked or expired or another form of acceptable photo ID, the voter is eligible to present a supporting form of identification, execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, and, assuming they otherwise qualify, vote a regular ballot. Supporting documentation can be a certified birth certificate (must be an original), a valid voter registration certificate, a copy or original of one of the following: current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and an address. Government documents that include a photo must be original and cannot be copies. If a voter meets these requirements and is otherwise eligible to vote, the voter will be able to cast a regular ballot in the election. Voters with a disability may continue to apply with the county registrar for a permanent exemption to showing approved photo ID (which now may be expired no more than four years) at the polls.

I went to church a while back intent on hearing the message from a particular preacher only to by James A. Washington find him missing in action. The guest minister’s sermon on humility was a stark reminder that it’s all about the message and not necessarily the messenger. Fortunately for me, that was one of the enlightening moments when I came to Christ that oddly enough, was a key principle taught by the preacher I was set on hearing that Sunday. Again, my life now, I don’t believe in chance and coincidences. Humility as preached on this day was to be looked upon with Philippians 2 as the backdrop. That entire chapter is devoted to Paul’s message to the church at Philippi regarding the effort to “imitate Christ’s humility.” As I listened humility went somewhat uncomfortably from a docile concept of passive behavior to a clear fact and demonstration of power and strength rooted in faith. It was made crystal clear that Christ chose to consider Himself at best equal to, if not lesser than His fellow man. That’s you and me. The “ah-ha” moment comes when you recognize this is God we’re talking about. He consciously chose to make himself human in order to serve His divine purpose. The text tells us to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Now my recollection of Christ says that a pretty good description

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of how He looked at His duty is pretty much what got Him killed. I mean has anyone else noticed that the most dangerous, therefore the most powerful and important thing you can do in life is to care about someone else more than you care about yourself? You see this humility thing does indeed have teeth. Paul teaches us that it is our fundamental responsibility as Christians, to be united in our effort to emulate Jesus’ denunciation of status, pride, ego and self. Surely if anyone one a right to be arrogant, it was the living Son of God. Think about it. You try being the walking talking Word and deliberately transform yourself into a mere mortal. Become Christ and die willingly at the hands of men. Now don’t spend too much time on this because you couldn’t do it. Fortunately Paul, as the minister made clear, is not asking you or me to do the impossible. However, he made it plain enough that our Christian goal should be service unto man. Put a lid on what we think of ourselves and prideful independence in favor of a collective interdependence upon each other and the Almighty. Christ died to save us all here in Philippi. Paul tells us that our conduct must be rooted in the following truth. Out of this thing called humility, Christ saved the world. Are we better than Him? Think it through. If you’ve looked down your nose at anyone for any reason, if you really think you’re better than someone else, then you think you’re better than Jesus; who thought Himself no better and even less than you. He died in service to us, you and me. Do something good for someone else today simply because you can. If you don’t get this or refuse to… May God bless and keep you always.

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Dear Alma, My stepson, who I adore and have known most of his life, is getting married next summer. I love him and love the girl he is getting married to. Here is my problem. There is bad blood between his mother and me. I tried for years to get along with her and even acted as a buffer between her and my husband on many occasions. I did this to the point of causing myself anxiety because I just wanted everyone to get along so badly. About three or four years ago, after being married to my stepson’s father for almost 17 years, I snapped. I lost my temper with her; there was a very ugly scene that even took place in a courtroom in front of a judge. It was something I will never forget. I haven’t spoken to this woman since. When my stepson visits, he shares comments that she continues to make about me to this day. I don’t engage at all. I will not let him hear me bash his mother in any way. If this was any other woman, I would be out for blood, but I realize that the people who would get hurt are my stepsons, who I love so, I suppress my anger. But back to why I’m writing: How do I attend this wedding with a woman that I know does not hesitate to start fights, regardless of who is around. She will be surrounded by her very large family, and I will basically be there with a small handful of my family members. I will be outnumbered. And did I mention that I am estranged from my husband, too? That I’m not so worried about, but it still causes tension. And, Alma, where do I sit? Jackie B., South Carolina

Sounds like you’ve already lived through one Jerry Springer moment, and you don’t want to participate in another. I don’t blame you, girl; it can suck the life right out of you. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding of your step-son, and congratulations to you for loving him unconditionally. The one-on-one relationship between the two of you is special, and that’s how it should be. Step-parents are an extension of original parents. A relationship with step-children cannot be defined by the relationship you have with the original parent. Once you commit as a step-parent, you commit to that child for life. Now, back to your dilemma. I applaud you for taking the high road, which most times, as you know, is the road less traveled. The high road can be a lonely place…it’s usually not where you find the fist bumps, the I-gotyour-backs or the you-go-girl road signs. Now here’s where my advice gets a little tricky — I want you to stay on that road. It’s great that your step-son is able to include you and wants you to be a part of this most special occasion. But you need to lay back. You know how there are different levels of guests at a wedding? You have the “family” guest, the “really good friends” guest and the “friends from work” guest. For that day, I’d like you to participate as a “friends from work“ guest. I say that because, from what I read in your letter, there’s a chance for Jerry Springer – Round 2 moment, and you certainly don’t want that to happen. I’m a step-mother, so I’m not asking you to do anything I wouldn’t do. I love my step-daughter, TaKisha, with all my heart. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her, so I sympathize with your situation. There was a moment in our lives when I had to take a step back. I took the high road. I took the blame and all that extra madness that comes along

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with it. Yes, it broke my heart. Yes, it made me sad, but those are the yield signs along the way on the high road. Be mindful, be guideful (is that a word? LOL). What I’m trying to say is, you can control this. You know the rituals of a wedding. They’re all basically the same. I’d suggest you arrive on time, sit down with five minutes to spare. And since you asked, sit five rows behind his mother. You don’t need to get there early and stand outside with the smokers checking everything out. Take your seat, smile, and shut your mouth. Don’t chime in about anything, not the wedding colors, the bridesmaid dresses, the soloist — nothing. Remember, you’re on the high road. Once the couple exits, smile, smile, hug, hug and go get in your car. Make your way to the reception. Walk in and find your seat. I’m sure they’ve made appropriate arrangement for the reception seating. If not, since you asked, sit on the opposite end of the hall from her. You don’t have to be seen. You don’t have to be all up in the middle of the mix, and you shouldn’t. He has a mother and a father. Both, I’m assuming, will be front and center at the celebration. You’re no longer with his father and you don’t want to throw down with his mother, so step back. Repeat it with me: “I’m taking the high road.” If she heads in your direction with some foolishness, that’s your cue to leave. Please, please don’t engage this woman, no matter what. If tensions run high and things get out of hand, take a deep breath, grit your teeth and keep it moving – down the high road! 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: alwaysaskalma@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and Twitter @almaaskalma.


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IN MEMORIAM SHARON MUHAMMAD Sharon M. Butler was born on November 12, 1942 and passed away on September 27, 2016. Sharon loved and valued her family and treasured her relationships as a sister, mother and grandmother. She provided wisdom, comfort and security for her family. Sharon became a dedicated member of the Nation of Islam where she shouldered many responsibilities as protocol director for the mosque coordinating visits from local, regional and national dignitaries, serving as the M.G.T. Secretary and the Local Representative for Trade and Commerce. She supported the Nation with her time, talents and her beautiful loving and giving spirit. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 11:00 AM at Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home.

BILLY MURKELDOVE Billy Fred Murkeldove was born on November 23, 1943 to the parentage of Ober D. and Clara Dorothy Murkeldove (Mott) in Mexia, Texas. He was educated in Dallas Public Schools, attending Dunbar Elementary and James Madison High School where he excelled in sports, particularly football and track. He was a member of the Madison State Championship Track Team of 1962. He was voted by his teammates as Most Likely to Succeed Athletically. In his years at Madison he formed many strong and long-lasting friendships that continued until his passing. Billy also received an Associate’s Degree from Mountain View College. Most everyone knew him as “Murk.” Murk had many interests outside his professional career including being a 33rd degree Mason, a semi-pro football player for the Dallas Panthers, and an owner, coach and player on the semi-pro football team The Ferris Wheels. He rode his 1956 Harley Davidson chopper with the African Bandits, and served as a community organizer and communication director for that organization in the 1970’s and 80’s. He is one of the founders of the annual Harambee Festival. He is also one of the founders of the first Martin Luther King Jr Day parade in Dallas. Murk always enjoyed a competitive game of dominoes with family and friends and listening to good music. Murk accepted Christ and became a member of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Ferris, Texas. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 44 years Bobbie (Scott), three sons – Greg, Keith and Cedric; three grandchildren, Jazmine, Cedric and Dequinton; his mother, Dorothy Murkeldove; brothers, Edward, Bruce, Keith and Jason and a host of in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, family and friends.

OCTOBER 5, 2016

Foundation Words of Wisdom: Yielding the Right of Way to Jesus

Written through the inspiration of God by Prayer Warrior Missionary Ms. Cm Carter Sin is a heart disease that can only be cured by the Great Physician, Jesus. Running the Christian race takes dedication and discipline. We can do this by lining up with the bible and never ever try to make the bible line up to us. Come to Jesus: Jesus gives us an open invitation. (St John 10:9) “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture. Truly, there is a void in each of our lives that only the Lord can

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fill. We are all born fog. in sin and shaped Always hear the in iniquity. That is truth. The people who why we must be refuse to hear the born again of the truth will lose their Spirit. The shortest capacity to know the distance between truth. Each small step us and God is on our of Faith is a giant step knees in prayer. of growth. God’s truth We can’t cash on uncovers the devil’s Missionary Ms. Cm Carter heaven’s bank without lies. Take on the mind of first making a deposit. Christ. (Eph. 4:23) Be still The Gospel of Christ is free but and see the salvation of the Lord. isn’t cheap. Humble yourself under the There is no respect of person mighty hand of God and He will with God. We have all sin and exalt you in due time. We can’t come short of the Glory of God. triumph and come to great skills. Living without trust in God is like We can do great things with walking on ice and driving in the God’s help, if we only surrender

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reading a book when plainclothes officers approached him and asked him to exit his vehicle. Police have refused to release video that was captured during the incident and have said that no book was found at the scene. “We’re tired of covering these stories,” said Denise Rolark Barnes, chairwoman of the NNPA and publisher of The Washington Informer, “We have been covering these stories long before mainstream media ever saw them.” Barnes continued: “The situation has escalated and it is time for us to step up to not only tell the story, but to also make some de-

mands.” Bernal Smith, the publisher of the New Tri-State Defender in Memphis, Tenn., said that, “I’ve had way too many conversations with our readers and with people in our community that feel like we’re under siege…that feel that driving, walking or even sitting while Black is a threat to their lives.” Smith continued: “We are here today to declare that there is a state of emergency in our communities across America and it requires immediate and significant action on behalf of the federal government…it can no longer be business as usual.” Bernal Smith, the publisher of the New TriState Defender in Memphis, Tenn., said that, “I’ve had way too many conversations with our readers and with people in our commu-

to God’s Master Plan. The enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy. Satan will lead us straight to hell. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. (St. John 10:10) We show our love for God, when we share His love with others. As true Christians of God, we are not only a “Filling station but a Service station.” Every Christian occupies some kind of pulpit and preaches a sermon each day. To survive the storms of life we must stay anchored on the Rock of the Ages-Jesus Christ. We all need to pattern our lives after Jesus Christ.

nity that feel like we’re under siege…that feel that driving, walking or even sitting while Black is a threat to their lives.” (Freddie Allen/ AMG/NNPA) Bernal Smith, the publisher of the New TriState Defender in Memphis, Tenn., said that, “I’ve had way too many conversations with our readers and with people in our community that feel like we’re under siege…that feel that driving, walking or even sitting while Black is a threat to their lives.” (Freddie Allen/ AMG/NNPA) April Goggans, who represents the Black Lives Matter movement in Washington, D.C., said that the narrative about the killings of Black men and women at the hands of those sworn to protect them is still being controlled by mainstream media.

WILLIAM GARTH SR. William Garth Sr., the publisher and chairman of the Chicago Citizen Newspaper Group, died Friday, September 23, 2016 of complications associated with diabetes. He was 78. Garth, who started working at the Citizen Newspaper in 1969 as an advertising sales representative, eventually purchased the Chatham Citizen, South End Citizen and Chicago Weekend in 1980 from former Congressman Gus Savage. The South Suburban and the Hyde Park editions were later added. His publishing did not end there as Garth later founded Garthco Publications, which published PUSH Magazine, a bimonthly national publication. Garth became the first Black person to be elected president of the Illinois Press Association (IPA), the state’s largest newspaper association and the office trade organization for Illinois weekly and daily newspapers. Garth was chairman of the Quentis Bernard Garth Foundation, which he founded in memory of his youngest son in 1995. The QBG Foundation provides scholarships to the disenfranchised inner-city youths in the Chicago area. To date, the foundation has helped over 49 students and has disbursed over $1 million in scholarship awards. He was a dedicated activist and leader in the business community, who maintained memberships and positions with several business organizations. He held various professional leadership positions with numerous organizations including being the former president of Midwest Region III of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), board member of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, a lifetime member of the NAACP. Garth was the recipient of numerous local and national awards and honors, including carrying the torch through Chicago during the 2002 Olympics.

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Community Calendar Roots celebrates the connection we have with plants and their extension to our ancestors. The work featured is from the “Garden Series” and contains plants obtained primarily from the Alisa’s family garden

The ReNu You Makeover Weekend

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Attention parents of high school seniors! The Class of 2017!!! The Concord Church 35th Annual Dr. E.K. Bailey Beaux and Debutantes for Christ Gala interest meeting will be on Sunday, October 16th from 3-5 in the fellowship hall.

The South Dallas Cultural Center is located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Dallas, Texas 75215. For more information or to schedule a tour for your group call 214-670-1998. Admission is FREE *****

October 16 Inc. 30th Anniversary 7pm. Guest Speaker, Reuben A. Shelton III, ESQ., Senior Grand Vice-Polemarch, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. at Blue Cypress Hotel, 117 S. Watson Rd., Arlington, TX

Free Reading Tutoring Dallas Public Library; 1515 Young, Dallas 75201. Learn to read better program for adults. 214-671-8291; http://www.dallaslibrary.org/literacy

Sankofa Global presents Sankofa Talks - Black Wall Street Building featuring Dr. Boyce Watkins, at the Frederick Douglass Human Services and Justice Center 616 W. Kiest Blvd. Hosted by Shuckey Duckey. For more info, call 469-297-6404.

***** Community Lawyering Center Open for Business - Mondays – Saturdays; days and evenings by appointment. 4716 Elsie Faye Heggins, Dallas, 75210. For info, call: 469-351-0024 or x0025

Dallas NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet: Speaker is Dr.. Frederck D. Haynes III

October 19 Dallas Mavs vs. Houston Rockets 7:30pm

The Annual Halloween Street Party 2016. The Oaklawn Street Party which has turned into a major Dallas event returns Saturday, October 29, 2016 (the Saturday before Halloween) from 7pm to 2am in the 3900 block of Cedar Springs. At 6 pm on African American Museum of Dallas 3536 Grand Ave, Dallas, Texas 75210

October 21

Dallas Theater Center World Premiere Musical, Bella: An American Tall Tale, -2400 Flora Street in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Full Run: Sept. 22 – Oct. 22, 2016 • Press Night: Fri., Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. 214-880-0202 or www. DallasTheaterCenter.org

October 10

***** Paul Quinn College celebrates 2016 Homecoming, November 3rd thru 6th, celebrating 144 years of nationbuilding... “Greatness: One Step At A Time”

A Celebration for Rose Pearson at Red Oak Ballroom in Sundance Square Norris Meetings and Events Center 304 Houston St. Fort Worth, TX 76102 6:00pm - Reception

My Forward Life’s inaugural GLOW Summit. . GLOW is a one-day event designed to provide you with the inspiration and tools needed to explore; to truly actualize a life and career on your own terms. No business cards allowed. www.myforwardlife.com Dancing with the Stars in District III with State Rep. Yvonne Davis at 7 PM, 1724 Cockrell Dallas, TX 75215. To RSVP Call 972-274-1627 Donation:$60

****** Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Country View Golf Course, 240 W. Belt Line Road, Lancaster, TX

October 11

Award winning Snoop Robinson’s Frenemies, the Stage Play at Friendship West Baptist Church, 2020 W. Wheatland Rd, Dallas featuring Kenny Gardner and Chrystale Wilson at 8p.m. www.snooprobinson.com Jim Austin On Line presents The Three Kings of Blues Guitar --Freddie King, Albert King and BB King--featuring Ray Reed, Dylan Bishop and Larry Lampkin, at 7p.m. at the Austin Event Center, 1111 East Berry

October 13 The Grandeur Fashion Show A Royal Reveal. 6:00 PM Majestic Mixer 7:30 Show starts. Early bird $20, @Door $30, VIP $35 VIP@Door $40. Live Performances + Live Painting + Photo Booth. Location: Lofty Spaces 816 Montgomery Street Dallas, TX 75215 “TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL” Garland Civic Theatre presents this exciting musical based on the life of the legendary Rosemary Clooney. Join the actors and a jazz trio as you follow Rosemary Clooney’s journey from her simple Kentucky childhood through her rise to Hollywood stardom. Tickets: $27 available at GarlandArtsBoxOffice.com, 972-205-2790 or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and two hours before each performance. 300 N Fifth St Garland, TX 75040

Reception for State Representative Toni Rose at CLUTCH BAR - From 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm 2520 Cedar Springs Road Dallas, Texas 75201 For More Info Call: (214) 280-1869

90th Annual Awards Banquet 2016- The Dallas Black Chamber’s Annual Award Banquet is celebrating 90 years of constructive leadership in the African-American business community. The highlight of the event is the giving of the Thomas L. Houston Community Service Award, established in 1985 to honor individuals who have made significant volunteer contributions to the civic enhancement of Dallas’ African American Community. The keynote speaker for this special event is Antoinette Tuff, an Atlanta educator who saved a school under siege by a gunman. 6:00 PM thru 8:00 PM

October 22

Dallas MAVs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 7:30pm - American Airlines Center

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The Kids Ultimate Fitness Challenge is the nations largest mobile fitness event traveling from coast-to-coast dedicated to helping keep kids healthy and active. At the Kids Ultimate Fitness Challenge, kids of all ages get the opportunity to flex their physical fitness by participating in a time-based obstacle course that includes sprinting, jump roping, wall crawls, hurdles, jumping jacks, sit ups, and tunnel crawls, before finishing off the course with a 20 foot confidence climb and 60 meter dash to the finish. It will be from 10am until 6pm at the University of Texas at Dallas. #CommunityConversations! Discuss important topics such as #VotingRights #Redistricting #Homelessness #Education this our time to make our voices heard by our ballots! From 10 am - 12 PM. Tarrent County Administration Building 3500 Miller Ave. Fort Worth, Texas 76119

C.C RUSSEAU BLACK AND GOLD 2016 SCHOLARSHIP GALA ALPHA PHI ALPHA Fraternity “Standing on the past, looking to the future” at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel 400 N. Olive St. Dallas TX, 75201

GARLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH VIOLINIST KIARRA SAITO-BECKMAN Garland Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Symphony Goes Wild 2016-2017 season with violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. Tickets: available at GarlandArtsBoxOffice.com, 972-205-2790 or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and two hours before each performance. 300 N Fifth St Garland, TX 75040

October 8 DFW beauty guide will be hosting a free makeup class from 2pm-6pm Sat urday at Magnolia Hotel.

November 5 THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM, DALLAS PRESENTS THE SCOTT JOPLIN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF HOUSTON 5PM at the Black Academy of Arts & Letters on 1319 Canton, Dallas, TX 75202. Benefiting the South Dallas Children’s Choir. Ticket Available at the African American Museum or www.ticketmaster.com ICDC Kick-off reception for the formal 30th anniversary celebration, Our Journey to Thirty... an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of ICDC.

November 6 CHILDREN’S MAGIC SHOW WITH CJ JOHNSON The Garland Host Lions Club presents a children’s magic show featuring magician CJ Johnson. Award-winning magician CJ Johnson performs family-friendly illusions and side-splitting comedy. ​521 W State St Garland, TX 75040 - 972-205-2780 Tickets: $11 by calling Jim Viel at 972-432-8982.

November 11-20 Nov. 11-20 at the Plaza Theatre Downtown Garland , Plaza Theatre 521 W. State Street ****** America’s favorite Patsy Cline tribute stars America’s favorite Patsy Cline, Julie Johnson. This happy, loving tribute to Country music’s most enduring superstar traces the legendary singer’s rise from her hometown in Winchester, Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry, Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall. Patsy Cline defined the term “crossover hit” by dominating country, blues, pop and gospel charts simultaneously in the 1950s and early 1960s Tickets: $25 at GarlandArtsBoxOffice.com, 972-205-2790, or in-person at the Granville Arts Center Box Office, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door of the Plaza Theatre two hours prior to the performance.

Join the Thanksgiving Love Train when soul balladeer WILL DOWNING and jazz great NAJEE team up for a memorable and unforgettable pre-Thanksgiving night of jazz, R&B, soul and neo-soul music. HOSTED BY TBAAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS and BRANCH, ROLAND, HILLIARD EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT, INC.

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October 15 Dallas Park and Recreation presents HBCU College Fair at Beckley Saner

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc - Kappa Zeta Chapter presents 11th Annual Taste of Blue Wine/Spirit Tasting & Silent Auction, Gemstone Banquet Hall @ Park Plaza Towers, 13111N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243. Benefiting the Storks Nest Charity Fund of Dallas.

Candidates for elected positions serving Dallas, Denton and Collin Counties will participate in a moderated forum sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter (NDSA), in partnership with Plano North Metroplex Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The Candidates Forum will be held at Sheffield Intermediate School, 18111 Kelly Blvd. Dallas, TX 75287 on Wednesday, October, 22nd at 7 p.m.

The National Black United Houston The National Black United Front HoustonFront presents: Sankofa Caravan To The presents: October 28 Ancestors™ -Caravan A spiritual journey in honor our HolyAncestors Afrikan Ancestors on TM Sankofa to ofthe the historic shores of Galveston, Texas leaving Act of Change, 3200 Lancast-

21st ANNUAL BOWL A THON -ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA Bake sale, Silent auction, Entertainment bowling, Vendors. Team and Individual Prizes. Benefiting the ivy and pearl foundation. At USA Bowl 10920 Composite Dr. Dallas Tx 75220 35 2 Walnut Hill). 1-5 PM

November 19 Join the Thanksgiving Love Train when soul balladeer WILL DOWNING and jazz great NAJEE team up for a memorable and unforgettable pre-Thanksgiving night of jazz, R&B, soul and neo-soul music. HOSTED BY TBAAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS and BRANCH, ROLAND, HILLIARD EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT, INC. Naomi Bruton Main Stage $100-VIP Seating and Private Backstage Meet-and-Greet** $50- Orchestra Level $45- Mezzanine CALL THE TBAAL BOX OFFICE TODAY 214-743-2400

A spiritual journey Holy Ancestors on the er Rd. in Suite honor 623, Dallas, TX.of 75216our @ 1:00am Saturday,Afrikan October 15. (Buses will begin loading@ 11:30pm Friday Night October 14) and returning to Act historic shores of Galveston, Texas where of Change @ 1:00am Sunday, October 16. $57.00 Per Seat. BRING OR WEAR A Taste of Nigeria - Air Hogs Stadium, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. WHITE pay CLOTHES.homage Payment Deadline –to Monday Octobermemory. 9. You can donate We their 12pm-8pm to the Black Wall Street Fund on www.fredsentertainment.com. For more info contact: Fred Ghaffar 214-607-6445 x21

In Honor of Babe Esudele Fagbenro & Baba Phil Johnson

The Arlington Grand Prairie Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

AFRICAN FASHION SUMMIT PRESENTS: SHADES OF DIVERSITY Tickets available at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dallas-fashion-week-vendor-opportunities-african-american-fashion-exp o-tickets-16367640052

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W. Hobson Ave. 10a-2p 18Park,th114Anniversary Sankofa Caravan to the Ancestors

PCCenter’s 15th Anniversary Celebration, 11am-2pm, 1229 East Pleasant Run Road, Suite 302, DeSoto, TX 75115. Come and network with other community volunteers at the Job Fair, Community Services Event, and High School Completion Rally.

October 30

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October 6

Xi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presents Masquerade Ball on Greek Street honoring the local community leaders and raising scholarship funds for local students 1010 N. Collins Street - Entertainment & Event Center, *****

Saturday - October 17th 2015 Leaving Act of Change@ 1:00am Saturday, October 17th (Buses will begin loading@ 11:30pm Friday Night October 16th) Where barbecue and voting facts are served daily. Returning to Act of Change @ 1:00am Sunday, October 18th

3200 Lancaster Rd. Suite 623, Dallas, TX. 75216 You must show approved $57.00 Per Seat photo ID at the polls. PLEASE BRING OR WEAR WHITE CLOTHES

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Election Day: November 8th PLAN YOUR TRIP TO THE POLLS @

Unable to obtain one of these IDs? FILL OUT A DECLARATION AT THE POLLS DESCRIBING A REASONABLE IMPEDIMENT OR DIFFICULTY TO OBTAINING IT, AND SHOW ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. • VALID VOTER REGISTRATION CARD • CERTIFIED BIRTH CERTIFICATE (MUST BE AN ORIGINAL) • ORIGINAL OR COPY OF CURRENT UTILITY BILL • ORIGINAL OR COPY OF BANK STATEMENT • ORIGINAL OR COPY OF GOVERNMENT CHECK • ORIGINAL OR COPY OF PAYCHECK • ORIGINAL OR COPY OF GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS (ORIGINAL REQUIRED IF IT CONTAINS A PHOTOGRAPH)

Early Voting: Oct. 24th - Nov. 4th 1 (800) 252-VOTE

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