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Keyondra has passion, style

An Open Letter from Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price

“Wouldn’t take nothing for this journey�

It’s been a Journey!

this journey now, but what I pray is that we reconnect as a community and grow as a political power. Not power for the sake of its wielding, but for the sake of the 22% of Dallas children who live in poverty. The kind of power that is not blinded by an excess of cranes and construction, but a community whose heart and head can no longer tolerate the sight of the homeless waking up underneath bridges, lodged in doorways or camped near highway underpasses. I wouldn’t take nothing for this journey now, but there is nothing I wouldn’t give to expand educational excellence in our public schools and uplift our educators. We must make all of our law enforcement agencies accountable and show them love simultaneously. Teachers and the Police have inherited the job of making up for all of our state legislature’s mess-ups. We have to manage their success because each is tied to the safety and health of this community. I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now. Thank you for standing by me. Thank you for praying for me, so I wouldn’t be preyed on. Thank the “Free Press� for believing in me. I wouldn’t take nothing for this journey now, and I wouldn’t take anything in exchange for the love we share in community.

Dear Sojourner, It would go beyond the bounds of protocol for me to neglect the duty I have to thank the citizens of Dallas County. I feel compelled to seize this time and space to express my august and sincere appreciation for the outpouring of encouragement and support over the breadth of this six-year journey. You kept me prayed up, which left no room for me to be preyed on. The only way to describe my feelings at this point would be to borrow from the title of Maya Angelou’s first book of essays; “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now.� That line was a lyric lifted from “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize,� a freedom song of the Civil Rights era and one of Dr. King’s favorites. But more than that, it should remind all of us that God never puts on any of us any more than we can bear. My mother, Willie Faye said it, and I believe it. My deepest and singular regret is that dozens of my friends and associates were treated as “persons of interest� during this process. There is no way that I can atone for the losses you have sustained in legal fees, loss of business or leverages on your reputation. Major corporations who had been partners in community outreach were inconvenienced and in some

cases sullied. Please accept my apology. Nothing grieves me more than the “collateral damage� that accompanied this odyssey. I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now because the love you showered me with was unconditional, phenomenal and genuine. Clergy leaders in many churches installed me on their prayer lists and my name was lifted up regularly. I have met men and women of all ages from Hamilton Park to Highland Park who have been more than gracious. The constituency that I have served for more than 30

years greeted me with a hero’s welcome at every point of meeting. I wouldn’t take nothing for this journey now because I have been reunited with students I spoke to decades ago and been privileged to meet the children of this generation. God provided strength and solace for me with every impromptu selfie and snapshot that I have been privileged to appear in. You held me up on Facebook and Twitter. But more than that, you have used this journey as a meeting place for community issues. I wouldn’t take nothing for

John Wiley Price

Dallas County Commissioner District No. 3

Keyondra Lockett By Eva D. Coleman I Messenger Media

Dare I say sexy gospel? Apparently, it’s a thing. With strong beats and a familiar type of flow, gospel singer Keyondra Lockett’s music pulls people in. “That’s not the first time that I’ve heard sexy gospel,� Lockett said. “They call it sexy Jesus music too. But I ain’t trying to be sexy at all.� In this instance, the desire is to draw people closer to Christ. “I understand the thing that mainstream artists have is the know-how to keep people engaged, and they use music, they use style, and they use passion and words,� Lockett said. “So, as a gospel artist, I use music. I use style. I use passion. I use words. The passion of Christ and the Word of God.� Lockett is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother, who is also her “momager,� lives in Garland, Texas. Lockett is proud of her southern roots, and smiled wide as she proclaimed to be a graduate of Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport which she quickly mentioned is “Home of the Gators.� The gospel music arena is not new for this 32-year-old artist. Having released her first solo project in 2012, Lockett credits her former and two-time Stellar Award nominee group, Ziel (pronounced Zy-El) as the launch pad for her current success. “I think that that platform definitely catapulted me. I’ve always wanted to do music,� Lockett said. “The things that I’m doing now, I never thought that I would do them and they’ve been placed in my lap, and I feel like that’s when you know that that’s the hand of the Lord, and that’s purpose.� The goal of living a purposeful life also has Lockett involved with numerous non-profit organizations. From Glam Camp for Girls and the American Red Cross to bringing awareness to human trafficking through Rock, Paper, Scissors and Saving Our Daughters, she feels working with these organizations aid in a higher purpose. “I think community work is the best work. It’s actually working God’s hands and feet,� Lockett said. “Gospel music is not just a platform, it’s not just radio or a number one hit. It’s See KEYONDRA, Page 2

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2017 AFRICAN CHAMBER WEEKLY LUNCHEON SPEAKERS LIST 1705 Martin Luther King Blvd, Dallas Texas, 75215 June 14 TO BE DETERMINED June 21 TO BE DETERMINED June 28 DFW AIRPORT- LILLIE WEST & GUY TOLIVER (LUNCHEON BEING HELD AT DFW AIRPORT) July 5 NO LUNCHEON DUE TO HOLIDAY July 12 TO BE DETERMINED July 19 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE- JESSICA GORDON July 26 TO BE DETERMINED

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es is Thursday June 1, 2017 There will also be a 30 minute panel discussion after the film. Panelists include: Gwen Womack, Minister Womack and Marlo Mozee. https://www.tugg. com/events/beautifully-insecure-wfoy

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Cheryl Smith’s Don’t Believe the Hype Celebrity Bowl-a-thon at USA Bowl, 10920 Composite Drive, Dallas. featuring Miss Jessie’s Miko Branch, IMAJ, Keyondra Lockett, Sen. Royce West, Williams Chicken’s Hiawatha Williams, Dante and Reneta Wesley, Bethel Johnson, Eva Coleman, Dareia Tolbert, Terry Allen and a host of others. ************** FAMU Alumni Association Picnic Saturday, June 17, 2017 11am - 5:30pm 9940 White Rock Trail Dallas, TX Cost to Attend: $10, Children under 13 Free African American Museum Rodeo in Fair Park

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Legends of Garland Sunday, June 11 | 3 to 7 p.m. Fields Recreation Center | FREE Watch past Garland basketball legends battle it out on the court and then test your skills in a three-point shootout. Enjoy music, games and food while you celebrate with friends and family. For more information, call 972-205-3090 or email at FRC@ GarlandTX.gov.

For more information, call 972-205-3305. Check out the Silver Scoop to find other programs available at our senior centers during the month of June. Silver Scoop Senior Activity Center Blueberry Hill Farms Wednesday, June 28 | 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $24 per person

Enjoy the morning listening to music that will bring back good memories. Entertainment provided by Charles Mann.

Eat ‘em in Edom! Experience Blueberry Hill Farms in Edom, where you can pluck plump, fresh blackberries and blueberries to your heart’s content. We’ll end our day with lunch at the Shed Cafe. For more information, call 972-205-2769.

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working and bringing people to Christ.” Lockett is such a doll. Literally. The Keyondra Doll is a friend to The Kenya Doll, a brand of the early 90s. She says Shereese Slate of Jenesis Milan Agency brought this project to life. “The Kenya Doll brand, passion, and pursuit is to allow young black girls to know they are growing up proud and to be proud of who they are,” Lockett said. She added “The Keyondra Doll is going to take that stance too – be a brown, beautiful chocolate girl… whether mocha brown, caramel brown, dark brown, and love who you are.” Lockett’s doll brand is connected to her summer campaign called The Beautiful Experience that teaches young, black girls to know and understand their purpose. “Your skin don’t block nothing, your hair don’t block nothing – God made you who you are and you’re beautiful,” Lockett boldly stated. Back to the music. Her songs Luh This Life,

On Ya Way Up and others make your head bob. With the beats, you can’t help but move. Lockett has the pulse on this current trend in gospel music and says as a young person, she loves all types of music. Her style definitely resonates with young people. “I just know that you’ve got to be relevant,” she said. Her hope is for those who listen to her music to enjoy it. “When you enjoy something, you go and talk about it. You spread the word…the message about it. And I hope that my music does that for people.” Coming this summer is a new single called Beautiful directly linked to her campaign. You can connect to The Beautiful Experience via iTunes and learn more about Keyondra Lockett by visiting www. keyondralockett.com Editor’s Note: Keyondra will be performing at the 23rd annual Cheryl Smith’s Don’t Believe the Hype Celebrity Bowla-thon on June 17, 2017 at USA Bowl.


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Retired Police Chief David O. Brown will be in Dallas on June 7 and discuss his life and the challenges of modern law enforcement at a program presented by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The program is the debut event on Chief Brown’s tour for his biography, Called To Rise: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me. Each ticket purchase includes a free autographed copy of the book. The conversation with Chief Brown, will be moderated by Keven Ann Wiley, Vice President and Editorial Page Editor of The Dallas Morning News. The longtime Dallas police officer’s biography goes on sale the day before his Dallas ap-

pearance. Chief Brown’s co-author is Michelle Burford, a founding editor of Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. A native of Dallas’ South Oak Cliff neighborhood, he joined the Dallas Police Department in 1983, working his way through patrol and SWAT duty, internal affairs assignments and the assistant police chief rank before being appointed chief in April 2010. He retired in the fall of 2016 after seeing the city through one of its most difficult challenges of the 21st Century, the July 7, 2016, ambush of a protest march in downtown Dallas. Four Dallas officers and a DART officer were killed. In a nationwide first, Chief Brown used an armed robot to end a standoff with the attacker.

House Limits Powers of First Black Librarian of Congress By Lauren Victoria Burke

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summer break to cultivate leadership skills, make informed decisions, and surround themselves with positive mentors and On Saturday, May peers. 27, 2017, our commuThose who tend to participate in connity suffered a great structive activities tend to have less time on loss due to the passing their hands which could lead to a situation of recent Carter High where they find themselves in a situation School graduate, Leda- that they will later regret or in a moment jrick Cox or “LD”, as he that can lead them down the wrong path. was affectionately referred to by his many As members of the 30th District who live friends. in the same community, we should heed to LD was an accomplished athlete with a the old adage “it takes a village” and provide bright future. Except his life was cut short recommendations to our family and friends when he was shot and killed by two male who are parents, so that their teenage sons teenagers for protecting a female friend in and daughters can continue to make safe front of an Irving convenience store. decisions and remain actively involved this It is extremely disheartsummer. ening that our city has The city of Dallas proonce again lost a promvides a variety of activities ising young man due to for young children and another senseless act of teenagers alike. The City violence. Tragedies such offers an array of summer as these remind us of the camps throughout the city, importance of nurturing and every parent is guarour youth and providing anteed to find one in their them with constructive price range. The range outlets. of camps in Dallas is sure Multiple studies have to please each child: the been conducted in order promising engineer, budto explore the relationding performer, or dediship between gun viocated athlete. Venues such lence and poverty. as Klyde Warren Park also The U.S. stands out provide an assortment of among other countries, things to do for all ages. as the inequality that perRecreation centers and Ledajrick Cox sists in our nation is indicchurches in Dallas are also ative of the violence that a great resource for sumis rampant in select communities across the mer activities. country. The Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center Countries that are most equal have the offers summer camps and exercise classes, lowest rate of gun related violence. And while churches throughout the community there is a strong relationship between gun will offer tutoring services, summer activirelated violence and income inequality, ev- ties, and week-long Vacation Bible Schools. idenced by the gun issues that are seen in By committing to being productive and acour nation. While we are taking steps to en- tive, we can ensure the safety of all Dallas sure safety in our community, we must also citizens. work to decrease the income inequality in The summer months are full of opporour communities as well. tunity and potential for growth, but it is Summer break is a time that many youth up to each individual to seize the moment look forward to as it afford them the free- and lead through example. Every morning, dom of no school, free time, and warmer one must wake up committed to making weather. the right decisions and to lead constructive However, there is a consequence to hav- lives. ing such copious amounts of free time. Each child, teenager, and adult must conEach year after schools release their stu- tinue to surround themselves with positive dents for summer break, there is a predict- role models, and equip themselves with the able increase in youth-related crimes. This tools to make sound decisions, while chanspike can often be attributed to a lack of neling positive energy to do good for our constructive outlets for our youth, through community. summer activities, programs, or otherwise. By taking these steps, I am confident that That is why I have become a firm believer Dallas will see a decrease in youth related in devoting the necessary resources to pro- violence and together we can all take posvide our youth with dedicated programs to itive steps to improve the communities we keep them engaged throughout each sum- live in. Eddie Bernice Johnson is a politician from the mer. of Texas, currently representing the state’s Last month, I hosted my annual Youth state 30th congressional district in the United States Crime Prevention Summit, where I en- House of Representatives. couraged the youth of Dallas to utilize the

UNT Dallas College of Law earns provisional accreditation The announcement uates have the distincthat the University of tion of being the first North Texas at DalABA accredited, public las College of Law law school in the city of has earned proviDallas. sional approval for Senate Bill 956 passed accreditation from in 2009, by West, creatthe AMERICAN BAR ed the first-ever publicly ASSOCIATION (ABA) supported law school in is a fitting testament Dallas. The law school to the tenacity of viis located downtown sionary leaders who Dallas and will be perwould not accept just manently located in the "any OLE' law school historic, Old Municipal education" for its law Building at 106 S. HarSen. Royce West students and graduates, wood Street through after said State Senator Royce renovations currently unWest. derway are complete. West worked with community leaders and In 1999, the senator successfully passed elected colleagues to bring Dallas its first, legislation that created the University of state-supported law school as a profession- North Texas at Dallas. Prior to its creation, al school of the University of North Texas at there was no state-supported college or Dallas. university in Dallas. The University of North "The vision that birthed the law school Texas at Dallas, inclusive of the law school, became a reality today and its first gradu- had a Spring enrollment of 2,979 and sumates, who were hooded just weeks ago are mer classes have just recently begun. the beneficiaries of a law school education Distinguished attorney and Professor that was tailor made for them,” he said. "My Cheryl Wattley said a lot of hard work, unsincere hope is that the first graduates and der the leadership of Dean Royal Furgeson, each successive class, will find fulfillment went into bringing the school to this point. and success in their respective jobs and “Thanks for all of the support, well wishes, areas of law, and go out into this city, the and prayers,” she said. “We’re on to being difstate, and the world and find further suc- ferent and making a difference!” cess, whether it be at a big-time Manhattan The students, some who worked full-time firm, a local solo practice, government ser- while going to school, had the benefit of vice, providing much-needed legal aid to some of the most respected lawyers in the Texans living in poverty and also those who country right at their fingertips, thanks to live in the ‘justice gap,’ who do not qualify the UNT Team. The students also worked on for legal aid but cannot afford legal services. legislation with State. Rep. Helen Giddings. . . or anything in between. I also hope that "This is a great day in the history of the many of the lawyers created by UNTD Col- law school and the University of North Texlege of law will stay and practice in the com- as at Dallas and will serve as a reminder of munity, helping to strengthen it through what can be accomplished when like peotheir professional work, volunteerism, and ple, with like minds come together for the participation in local schools. realization of a common cause," concluded According to the senator, the new grad- Senator West.

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HALL: Trump is a Wanksta!!!

QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall

You say you a gangsta, but you never pop nothing. We say you a wanksta, and you need to stop frontin’!!! – 50 Cent aka Curtis James Jackson III Although he wishes and probably even fashions himself as a hard core gangster, Donald J. Trump violates every rule in the “playersâ€? handbook. First in the litany of “do notsâ€? in the hustler’s almanac is “Do not talk.â€? Trumpism is compelling and his gangsterism is unquestionable‌until he opens his mouth. Black culture and folklore

rehearse one cautionary admonishment continually; “Don’t let your 10 cent mouth get your million dollar ass in trouble.� Nowadays you can ruin your game with a nickels worth of words on Twitter and Trump is living proof. America and the world are nervous now, but if The Donald learned how to shut up or practice restraint the whole world would be his oyster. Even his critics must relent and give him credit for the uncanny ability to read people and situations for his own benefit. Donald Trump’s greatest strength lies in his gift of plainspoken half-truths that just seem to make common sense. Common sense is all the sense that the average American gives themselves credit for. But ain’t nothing common about common sense. In his book, “The Tipping

Point� (How Little Things can made a Big Difference), author Malcolm Gladwell infers that you can change the world with three personality traits. And while the triad is not usually found in one person, Trump has just enough of those leading attributes to be dangerous. Gladwell says that you need a salesperson with cha-

problems. In fact Gladwell infers that the maven should be pathological, and we ain’t sure yet just how, but we are sure that Trump is pathological! Finally, you need a “Connector� which is “essentially the social equivalent of a computer network hub.� These are also the three essentials of a modern day gangster.

risma; check that box. The movement or idea needs a maven or someone who wants to solve other people’s

Now let me add that one of the knocks on Gladwell’s thesis was that there were claims

that the book had an underlying theme of racism and homophobia. But alas, so does Trumpism. And that’s where Trump lost the chance to rule America and the world. Black people are absolutists, and phoniness is culturally taboo. When Trump started maligning Mexicans and Muslims, Black folks distanced themselves because we understand where we line up in the pecking order. We figure that anyone who enjoys jokes about Jews has already exhausted the Nigger jokes. If Donald Trump had taken a multicultural run at the presidency‌he would have won‌the right way!! But rather than claim all of the ill-gotten gains from his “Tipping Pointâ€? experience, Trump can’t stop talking. He has to verbally annihilate his opponents. Firing the former FBI Director James Comey wasn’t enough. Trump has to go to the Russian gulag and

pronounce that Comey was a “nut job! Rather than allowing an unfettered investigation of his brazen Bromance with Putin, Trump had to lie and say that former President Obama “bugged� his campaign office. Time and time again, even the innocuous steps by Trump are worsened by his ever-running mouth. We were taught that the “pink tornado� in the back of your mouth could create a storm of mess. But for the wannabee gangster, Donald Trump, talking is going to land him in the impeachment section of the American history books. Or as honest Abe Lincoln once said; “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.�  #silenceisgolden Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.

MALVEAUX: Civil Rights under Siege THE LAST WORD By Dr. Julianne Malveaux When he was running for President, 45 asked African Americans what we had to lose by electing him. Embracing the most dystopian view of the African American community, he attacked our schools, our streets, crime rates, and unemployment and suggested that we were so far down that electing him could only improve things. Curiously, he never talked about racism when he talked about the status of African Americans. He never spoke of hate crimes, police killings, or racist symbols like Confederate flags and Confederate statues. He never denounced some of his most racist supporters, including Klucker David Duke and alt-right leader Richard Spencer. He just asked what Black folks had to lose by electing him! We’ve been learning what we have to lose in these nearly five months of 45’s “leadership�. He cynically

used HBCU Presidents in a photo op, while cutting education funds that help HBCUs. He has been silent or slow in denouncing racist incidents that have occurred on his watch, including the lynching of Second Lt. Richard Collins III, and the murder of heroes Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, who stood up to the rabid racist Jeremy Joseph Christian, who was harassing two young women on a train in Portland (it took him three days to respond tepidly to that incident). As of this writing, two days after a noose was hung in the Smithsonian Museum for African American History and Culture, he has not uttered a syllable of condemnation. These issues don’t appear to be important to him. Are we surprised, then, that the budget he has submitted to Congress, would eviscerate civil rights protections in literally every area of our lives. Already, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved back toward draconian jail sentences for minor crimes, reviewed consent decrees with police departments,

looking to loosen them, and suggested that the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department can be smaller. The budget reflects that so clearly that Vanita Gupta, who led the Civil Rights Division under President Obama and now leads the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, says she sees this budget as a “setback� for civil rights. The new budget calls for folding the Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, although the two agencies do distinctly different work.

EEOC investigates civil rights complaints, while OFCCP audits contracts to ensure that employees have equal opportunity in terms of both promotions and pay. The proposed budget cuts OFCCP by 16 percent and eliminates 130 full time employees. When the other 470 employees are absorbed into the EEOC, that agency will not get an increased budget despite its expanded mission. Both agencies have been important in ensuring that civil rights violations are rectified. In 2010, EEOC had more than 20 active cases that involved nooses. Even as

nooses continue to be hung as symbols of intimidation and hate, such as the noose hung at the African American Museum (the second hung at a Smithsonian museum in a week), the agency charged with investigating these complaints would have fewer resources to do so. Similarly OFCCP has won money settlements for thousands of employees, and changed employment requirements when those requirements have a discriminatory impact. Women employees at Home Depot were among those receiving monetary settlements because of OFCCP investigations. At the Department of Education (surprise, surprise), a woman who opposes affirmative action leads the Office of Civil Rights. That office will be cut significantly, limiting its ability to investigate discrimination complaints in school systems. At the Environmental Protection Agency, efforts to look at environmental justice have been eliminated. From the noose hung at the African American Museum to the defacing of

LeBron James’ home with a racial slur, there is continuing evidence of the persistence of racism in our nation. This racism is emboldened by a national leadership that is silent despite its manifestations. We cannot be surprised. Our 45th President, after all, once said he did not trust African Americans to work on his accounting. He probably would have failed any OFCCP audit, and certainly attracted several housing discrimination lawsuits decades ago. The President who has been accused of discrimination has the power to ensure that his capitalist cronies face fewer accusations by weakening civil rights enforcement. What did African Americans lose when 45 was elected? Among other things, we (and others) lost civil rights protections Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and Founder of Economic Education. Her podcast, “It’s Personal with Dr. J� is available on iTunes. Her latest book “Are We Better Off: Race, Obama and public policy is available via amazon.com

JACKSON: The lie about voter fraud is the real fraud TRUTH TO POWER By Rev. Jesse Jackson After President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because of, as Trump admitted, the “Russian thing,� he struck a new blow to American democracy: He created a commission on “election integrity,� stemming from his fantastical claims of voter fraud in the 2016 election. In reality, fraudulent voting is virtually nonexistent. The claims of widespread voter fraud are a fraud. Voter suppression, on the other hand, is a real, present and increasing threat to our democracy. And all signs are that Trump’s commission will add to that threat.

Trump named Vice President Mike Pence as chair, with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a leading advocate of ballot-restricting legislation, as vice chair. Kobach has made a national spectacle of himself as a crazed pursuer of mythical voter fraud. In Kansas, Kobach has led Republican efforts to suppress the vote. As Ari Berman of the Nation reports, Kobach claimed that “the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive,� although he could point to only five alleged cases of noncitizens voting in Kansas during the previous 13 years. Kobach helped push through a law that required documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote, such as a birth certificate, a passport or naturalization

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papers. That requirement disproportionately impacts the elderly, the poor and the young, who often don’t have access to such papers. Since the law went into effect in 2013, Berman reports, “one in seven Kansans who attempted to register have had their registrations held ‘in suspense’ by the state.� To solve the non-problem of voter fraud, in 2015 Kansas gave Kobach the power to prosecute such cases. So far, he’s convicted nine people. Only last month did he convict his first and only noncitizen for voting fraud. The Kansas City Star has noted the paltry results Kobach has to show for his unique prosecutorial powers, mocking him as the “Javert of voter fraud,� a reference to the obsessed police inspector of “Les

Miserables.� Now Kobach will be the driving force leading Trump’s commission. Its purpose, no doubt, will be to cry wolf about voter fraud and push more states to pass harsh legislation to suppress the vote. Unlike voter fraud — which every independent study shows is essentially a myth — voter suppression is real and growing. The most significant outside factor in the 2016 campaign was not the scattered cases of voter fraud, or Putin’s hacking, or even former FBI Director Comey’s interventions. The most significant factor was the suppression of the vote — particularly the black vote — in North Carolina, Philadelphia, Detroit and Milwaukee. As Berman has argued, federal court records show

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that “300,000 registered voters, 9 percent of the electorate, lacked strict forms of voter ID in Wisconsin.� A recent study by Priorities USA, a Democratic PAC, estimated that Wisconsin’s harsh voter ID laws “reduced turnout by about 200,000 votes� — disproportionately black votes. Trump won the state by 22,748 votes. The 2016 election was the first in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Fourteen states had new voting restrictions in effect for the first time. Now Berman reports, 87 bills to restrict access to the ballot have been introduced in 29 states this year. Arkansas and Iowa have already passed strict voter-ID laws. Republicans claim these laws are needed to stop vot-

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PART ONE

Clergywomen under ASSAULT!

IN HER WORDS

When your good works are interrupted

By Rev. Yvette Blair Lavallais No matter how well you plan, goal-set or dot every “i” and cross every “t,” there is always the likelihood that something or someone will interrupt your good works. I’m talking about interruption in a major way – not just getting you off schedule and causing you to have to spend a few extra hours accomplishing a project. In October 2016, my good work was interrupted in a major way. I was in a ministry setting where I was repeatedly the “unwanted attention” of a male member who had a fixation on me. He would repeatedly grab me, uninvitingly touch me and was both consistent and persistent in his behavior. I reported it to the senior pastor on more than one occasion, yet it never stopped. It escalated to the point that this male member came in on me one evening as I was preparing to teach a Bible study class. I found myself alone, in my office, with a six-foot white man towering over me, insisting that he be allowed to touch me. My safety was at risk and the agency of my personhood as a woman had been interrupted. In the time that followed that traumatic experience, every fiber of my being was impacted. Because the pastor of the church was adamant that this male member, who had a previous history of this behavior toward other women, be allowed to remain a part of the worshiping community, I could not remain. In every instance of reporting it, the senior pastor made it my responsibility to set boundaries with this man. My safety could not be ensured and as a result, my good work in that setting was interrupted. My range of emotions went from fear and frustration of having to endure that “fixation” over a period of four months to being disheartened and disappointed. Even with there being no support or contact extended to me by the senior pastor of the church, following that horrific evening, I knew that in my own calling and work as a pastor, I had to decide that my good works could not and would not be permanently interrupted by this. In that I had been told by the senior pastor to set “boundaries” with the male member and to talk with someone else within the congregation who could offer advice on how not to “agitate” this male member, perhaps it was presumptuous of me to anticipate any support at this juncture in the ordeal. To compound the situation, I was the first and only African American clergy serving in that church’s 100-plus year history. The makeup of the congregation reflected the church’s non-diverse history. Here I was, an African American woman repeatedly being “touched” by a white male member of the church. And every time I reported the situation, it came as no shock to anyone. Each person

knew who I was talking about without me ever having to utter the name of the man. He was known for this behavior and the church seemingly had grown accustomed to it. My agency as a woman of worth and value had been interrupted – in the church of all places. Too often, women find ourselves at the intersection of race and gender where our personhood is under attack. When it happens within the sacred spaces of the church, the impact of the hurt is magnified. If we are not careful in how we process it, the traumatic experience can easily interrupt our relationship with God – especially when the interruption happens in the church. God is with us in our struggles. In the aftermath of this experience, part of my good works is to make sure that women, especially those who have suffered and survived sexual harassment, oppressive structures and systems, and other inequities, can find their healing within the sacred texts of Scripture. We serve a God of liberation and healing. It is important for pastors, preachers and those who proclaim the Gospel to intentionally lift up biblical texts in a way that restores worth and value of women. To not do it, is to further exacerbate the oppression and hurt. In the collection of essays, “I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader,” womanist, theologian, scholar and author Mitzi J. Smith (who edited the collection) says, “God’s image is not monochromatic nor is God’s voice monotone. God speaks in tunes and tones that resonate with the oppressed and marginalized, particularly with the lived experiences of black women and other women of color.” (page 9) When we open up the Scriptures and read the narratives of Miriam, Ruth, Hannah, Mary, and the unnamed women whose experiences are relatable to the women in our midst – our mothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, sistah friends and besties – we should do so with the goal of looking through the lens of their experiences and then lifting up the hope and healing that is there in the text. If you only share the text through your limited experiences and never take into account the many experiences that those in your midst have endured, then you never truly show the full range of who God is. When you are doing good works, the enemy will try his best to thwart God’s plans. When you are doing good works, there are situations and circumstances that will arise, many times at no fault of your own, that will seek to destroy the purposeful and meaningful impact that you are having on God’s kingdom. But it is when your good works are interrupted that you must make a decision and declaration that the interruption is only temporary. God will always make provision for you to do good works. When it does not work in one setting, trust and believe that God will go ahead of you to prepare the way for you to do God’s good work in another setting. Note: Right at press time, Rev. Yvette Blair- Lavallais received word of a new appointment and she says she is “looking forward to a fruitful ministry in that church.”

Cheryl Smith When I met Yvette Blair, she was a young, beautiful, smart, ambitious, aspiring journalist at the University of North Texas. From the beginning I knew she was talented and I looked forward to helping her develop as an intern with several other students at The Dallas Weekly. Over the years I’ve watched her take on numerous roles, and I have watched her grow, excel and help others. Yes, she did surprise me with some of her decisions. First she chose to attend divinity school. I won’t argue with that choice because I do believe in divine intervention; however I thought with her impeccable journalistic skills she would be breaking news stories around the world. Then, she decided to get married. And there was no arguing the two were made for one another and whatever God had in store for Yvette, she had a partner to share the experience. Watching Yvette and Carl together, it was clear they were happy and that is what I wanted for her. Sometimes when you have a mentee, the relationships are short-lived. Ours has expanded over nearly 30 years and it was painful to hear of the challenges she was facing. Sure I was there when her mother passed and knowing how close they were, that was a painful experience, but the toll that the unwanted harassment on the job was causing her, well, it was hard to listen to, without speaking words I have tried to stop using in her presence. Then I thought about all the stories I have heard over the years, and the instances when I have witnessed clergy women being disrespected, not only by men, but women, too! Misogyny is alive and well. Women are to be silent sufferers. That same mentality that kept some men and women from voting for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, or caused them to discount Atty. Anita Hill’s claims against Clarence Thomas, is prevalent in many churches and some are very open about not having women in the pulpit or recognizing their presence in any capacity. Sure you can be the church secretary or choir director; but as far as interpreting and delivering the word, perish the thought. Thank God there are valiant men and women who realize the significant contributions that clergy women have made and hold them in the highest esteem.

I remember attending a breakfast of Black ministers with the Rev. Jesse Jackson. As I talked with one of the women attendees, when we were interrupted by a female hostess, who said, “I need to find your husband because Rev. Jackson is calling for all ministers to join him on the dais.” Well, my friend and I looked at one another because she has been a minister longer than her husband! I replied, “You know she’s a minister also, right?” The hostess responded, “Yeah, that’s right, I forgot!” Come on Sister! They get it from the men, and the women too! Now, please note, I am not saying that Rev. Jackson snubbed the Minister, it was a woman.

the National Catholic Reporter, detailing the acts of a serial sexual abuser in Louisiana? Some might say this isn’t the same. Well 30plus years from now when churches are paying out millions because of lawsuits, some of the same naysayers will hopefully be around to see what happens when “good”men and women are silent. I urge you to read Rev. Yvette’s testimony on the front page. Also it is important to note that in a correspondence from her immediate supervisor who gave her steps for dealing with the perpetrator, but he failed to address dealing with the complaint. I wonder if Mr. Andy Lewis would respond differently if Rev. Yvette were a child.

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and denigrate or shame. To the men and women who stepped forward seeking justice, well, I am not surprised to hear your names: Dr. Shirley Ison-Newsome, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and others; I say thanks for being on the right side of history time and time again. To the members of Black Methodists for Church Renewal under the leadership of Phiebie Hutchins, and of course Rev. Yvette’s husband Carl, and other family members, thanks. Bishop Michael McKee, shame on anyone who would try to cause further harm to Rev. Yvette while uplifting and circling the wagons around Pastor Andy Lewis. Thanks for returning my call, Bishop McKee. We have so much to talk

Rev. Yvette Blair-Lavallais prepares to deliver sermon at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, where she was an Associate Pastor before her appointment to First UMC Lewisville.

Well on to Rev. Yvette, who has had the support of men and women, but sadly the lines have been drawn in this blatant case of sexual harassment. Rev. Yvette came forward to let her team at First United Methodist Church Lewisville know that she was being touched inappropriately by a congregant. I must applaud Rev. Yvette for speaking out. She still remains a voice for the voiceless, just like those soldiers without swords who started the Black Press. She realizes that she is not the only one that has been assaulted and that possibly some of the others include children. What does this say about those who choose to remain silent, disregard or make light of Rev. Yvette’s allegations? Have we all not learned anything from the thousands of claims and lawsuits resulting from cover-ups. Remember that first story that appeared in

Ironically since the assault became public knowledge, Mr. Lewis was not held accountable for fostering a dysfunctional, illegal work environment. Instead he has since been promoted. Yet, Rev. Yvette is expected to go away, get counseling or disappear. As Rev. Yvette shared her situation with me, I thought of countless women I know who were called into the ministry, like my sister Kasandra Smith Davis, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Rev. Sheron Patterson, Rev. Vonciel Jones Hill, Rev. Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, Rev. Barbara Reynolds, Rev. Ouida Lee, Rev. Aisha Karimah, Sister Ava Muhammad, Dr. Earnestine R. Weems, Rev. Jacquie Hood-Martin, Rev. Marcia Dyson, and I could go on and on. I wondered how many had to suffer at the hands of those who instead of using the scriptures and religion to empower, educate, uplift, liberate and inspire; chose to oppress

about and I look forward to sharing your perspectives with readers. When the lawsuits come, because one day they will, we must all remember what Dr. Martin Luther King said, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” This is the first in a series as we look at the response to Rev. Yvette’s charges and those of others who have spoken out and were cast aside and left to suffer alone. No one deserves the treatment that Rev. Yvette has received. Never mind that she is sweet, compassionate, giving, kind, intelligent, highly ethical, and sincere. She is dedicated and a woman worthy of emulating. She has also been more enduring than so many other women I know, including myself. It’s time to air out the laundry. We must begin addressing issues and providing solutions so that healing can take place.

Here’s another case of silence in the midst of suffering! FOUR WOMEN RAPED--Where was the church? Where were organizations? Where were you?

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Dear Alma, I’ve been married for six years and I love my husband so much. We met when he was in the Navy. The last year that he was in, I got pregnant, so we agreed it would be best to move close to my family and I was very happy about that. He is a good provider and takes care of me and our daughter. Here’s the thing, my husband takes a trip with his best friend who is still in the Navy every year. It’s just the two of them, not the extended family. My sister said that is strange for two men to go on trips together. She said that I need to find out what’s going on and make sure he’s not on “the down low.” What do you think? Signed, Home Alone Wife

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Frisco ISD-TV 2016-2017 (L to R):Erin Davis (HHS), Miranda Alexander (FHS), Darrin Sohm (RHS), Aileen Fuller (HHS), Joshua Laulom (WHS), Oscar Mijangos (FHS), Madison Breeding (HHS), Executive Producer Eva D. Coleman, Reagan Robinson (FHS), Michael Severance (CHS), Lauren Harding (RHS), Ashley Jackson (WHS), Madison Luney (LSHS), Lauren Goodman (RHS), Kassidy Freeman (WHS), Mary Kate Sunderman (IHS), Jason-Patrick Gaffney (LSHS)

The 2016-2017 season of Frisco ISD-TV programming has yielded many local, state and national honors. The student media crew that covers the entire Frisco Independent School District, housed at their studios inside the Career and Technical Education Center, has worked tirelessly to tell the stories of education, inspiration and school year activities that are unique from campus to campus. From national, state and local honors including a variety of medals and honorable mentions, to sweeping first place honors across multiple video categories in another contest, here’s the run-down of 2017 accomplishments:

Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities – Barbara Jordan Media Awards Frisco ISD-TV (Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center) High School Student Category Winner – Jaxon Is Able (Miranda Alexander) The Dallas Morning News High School Journalism Competition Frisco ISD-TV (Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center) Finalist – Video Category – Jaxon is Able (Miranda Alexander)-3rd Place (Bronze) Received Finalist – Video Category – Lettuce Eat (Michael Severance) Most Valuable Staffer (selected by adviser for recognition) – Erin Davis Press Women of Texas (PWT) Edith Fox King High School Contest Frisco ISD-TV (Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center) 1st Place – Video News Story – Smooth Landing – Lauren Goodman, Miranda Alexander, Erin Davis* 2nd Place (Tie) – Video News Story – Siblings Are Special Too – Madison Breeding 2nd Place (Tie) – Video News Story – If Halls Could Talk – Erin Davis 2nd Place (Tie) – Video News Story – Embracing the Storm – Reagan Robinson 3rd Place (Tie) – Video News Story – Learning Remains – Jason-Patrick Gaffney 3rd Place (Tie) – Video News Story – Sisterhood of Strength – Josh Laulom 1st Place – Video Feature Story – Battle Ready – Mary Kate Sunderman* 2nd Place (Tie) – Video Feature Story – Jaxon is Able – Miranda Alexander 2nd Place (Tie) – Video Feature Story – Fit in Quiet Spaces – Aileen Fuller 2nd Place (Tie) – Video Feature Story – Working For Your Health – Darrin Sohm 3rd Place (Tie) – Video Feature Story – Saveur Life – Madison Luney 3rd Place (Tie) – Video Feature Story – Ella Milks It – Oscar Mijangos Honorable Mention – Video Feature Story – Middle of the Road – Kassidy Freeman Honorable Mention – Video Feature Story – Lettuce Eat – Michael Severance 1st Place – Video Sports Story – Movement Matters – Ashley

Big Tex is Hiring: State Fair of Texas Seasonal Job Applications Available Online – The 2017 State Fair of Texas® is just a few months away, and Big Tex is officially looking for job applicants. Seasonal job applications are now available online for a variety of departments and positions. The State Fair is a beloved Texas tradition, so it’s easy to see why working at the Fair is just as fun as attending the annual event. The Fair provides more than 6,000 seasonal job opportunities every year, with approximately 1,500 people employed directly by the State Fair of Texas. As the annual event is a collection of small businesses, the remaining seasonal positions report to independent contractors including concessionaires, ride operators, and vendors. Applications for seasonal positions can be found online, with opportunities available in the following areas: Cleanup, Commercial Vendor Booths, Cotton Bowl, Coupon Sales, Creative Arts, Food and Beverage, Games, Gates, Greenhouse, Guest Ser-

Jackson* 2nd Place (Tie) – Video Sports Story – Tiny Titans BIG HOCO – Lauren Harding 2nd Place (Tie) – Best Newscast: Radio or Television – Frisco ISDTV #073 – Mary Kate Sunderman, Kassidy Freeman, Jason-Patrick Gaffney, Oscar Mijangos, Lauren Goodman, Aileen Fuller, Madison Breeding 3rd Place – Best Newscast: Radio or Television – Frisco ISD-TV #072 – Miranda Alexander, Erin Davis, Lauren Harding, Josh Laulom, Lauren Goodman, Mary Kate Sunderman 1st Place – Radio/Television Interview or Talk Show – Blazing New Trails – LTHS Band – Brian Barisa* *1st Place PWT winners move on to the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) competition. UIL Interscholastic League Press Conference Frisco ISD-TV (Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center) 3rd Place – Anchor Presentation – Frisco ISD-TV Episode #072 (Miranda Alexander / Erin Davis) Honorable Mention – Feature Story – Lily Pie (Lauren Goodman) Honorable Mention – Feature Story – Jaxon is Able (Miranda Alexander) 2nd Place – Adviser’s Challenge – Photography (Eva Coleman) 3rd Place – Adviser’s Challenge – Subjective Writing (Eva Coleman) Student Television Network (STN) Nationals Frisco ISD-TV (Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center) Honorable Mention – School News/Feature Story – Classroom SITuation (Brian Barisa) Honorable Mention – Sports Feature Story – Ella Milks It (Oscar Mijangos) Kinder Vision - The Greatest Save PSA Contest Frisco ISD-TV (Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center) Dallas Area 1st Place Winner – Stranger Dangers (Mary Kate Sunderman, Lauren Harding, Jason-Patrick Gaffney) National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) High School Journalism Competition Frisco ISD-TV (Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center) 1st Place – Video News Story – Smooth Landing (Lauren Goodman, Miranda Alexander, Erin Davis) 1st Place – Video Sports Story – Movement Matters (Ashley Jackson) 3rd Place – Video Feature Story – Battle Ready (Mary Kate Sunderman) 3rd Place – Radio/Television Interview or Talk Show – Blazing New Trails – LTHS Band (Brian Barisa) Emma Bowen Foundation Frisco ISD-TV (Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center) Fellowship Program - Erin Davis National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Journalism Honor Roll Inductees: Frisco ISD-TV (Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center) Erin Davis, Lauren Goodman, Reagan Robinson vices, Livestock, Maintenance, Plumbing, Public Relations, Rides, and Security. To apply for a seasonal position at the State Fair of Texas, visit BigTex.com/Jobs. In addition to encouraging job seekers who don’t have access to a computer to visit their area public library, the Fair has partnered with several local organizations who will be opening up their computer facilities to those wanting to fill out job applications. Participating locations: Cornerstone Baptist Church 1819 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215 Contact: Chris L. Simmons 214.426.5468 Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center 2922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215 Contact: Lawon Williams 773.606.1147 Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

2016-2017 Frisco ISD-TV crew members are: Senior Producers/Senior Editors Miranda Alexander (Frisco High School), Brian Barisa (Wakeland High School), Erin Davis (Heritage High School), Kassidy Freeman (Wakeland High School), Oscar Mijangos (Frisco High School), Mary Kate Sunderman (Independence High School)Producers/Editors Madison Breeding (Heritage High School), Aileen Fuller (Heritage High School), Jason-Patrick Gaffney (Lone Star High School), Lauren Goodman (Reedy High School), Lauren Harding (Reedy High School), Ashley Jackson (Wakeland High School), Joshua Laulom (Wakeland High School), Madison Luney (Lone Star High School), Reagan Robinson (Frisco High School), Michael Severance (Centennial High School), Darrin Sohm (Reedy High School)

“Another year of awesome accomplishments proves consistency is key in delivering quality programming,” Coleman said. “My goal is for them to deliver on that quality promise in all that we do.” Frisco ISD-TV programming airs on Frisco ISD cable channels in the cities of Frisco, Plano and Little Elm. You can view their productions via their YouTube Channel. Frisco ISD-TV crew members consist of students enrolled in Audio/Video Production and Advanced Audio/Video Production at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center. Executive Producer Eva Coleman has a professional media career that spans over 23 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In 13 years as an instructor, Coleman has started three different television programs on three different campuses in Frisco ISD, and was named the inaugural National Teacher of

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West, Dennison to write Foreword, Intro for Who’s Who In Black Dallas

State Senator and prominent attorney tives and the administration of its compliRoyce West and Texas Capital Bank exec- ance and charitable donation/grant proutive Effie Booker-Dennison will write the gram. She is also President and Chairman Foreword and Introduction respectively of the Texas Capital Community Developfor the fourth edition of Who’s Who In ment Corporation that makes commerBlack Dallas, Associate Publisher cial loans and equity investments Ken Carter announced today. in low to moderate income areas West, managing partner in the state wide. law firm West and Associates and “I am thrilled to join Senator West state senator representing Disand be invited to write the Introtrict 23, succeeds Matrice Ellis Kirk duction for the fourth edition of who wrote the Foreword last year. Who’s Who,” said Dennison. “This Dennison, senior vice president of Sen. Royce West publication and its unveiling are Texas Capital Bank and recognized significant in bringing the many dibusiness industry leader, will auverse leaders together at one time. thor the Introduction. I have been an admirer of this city “We are absolutely thrilled to for a long time and am encouraged have Royce and Effie on board to about recognizing African-Ameriwrite the Foreword and Introduccan contributions.” tion,”said Carter. “They have been Who’s Who Publishing, a subsidintegral to the development of Dal- Effie Booker- iary of Detroit based Real Times Dennison las, and they both offer insightful Media, has grown to publish annuperspectives on the significance of al editions in over 26 cities since its this publication which celebrates founding in Atlanta more than 25 and highlights the achievements years ago. The company publishes of African Americans in the city.” books recognizing African AmerThe 2017 edition will be released ican achievement in numerous in mid-September. cities including Los Angeles, Chica“I am delighted and honored to go, New York, NY Washington, DC, Ken Carter be asked to write the Foreword for Houston, TX St. Louis, MO, Detroit, the fourth edition,” said Senator MI, Cleveland, Cincinnati, ColumWest, who also was featured as one of bus, OH, Indianapolis, IN and Charlotte, the Most Influential in 2016. “Recogniz- NC among others. ing the achievements of African-Ameri“We are excited to have the support of cans in Dallas is significant. Sharing my Senator West and Ms. Dennison as our thoughts among those affiliated with Foreword and Introduction Writers for Who’s Who In Black Dallas is very heart the fourth edition of Who’s Who In Black warming.” Dallas. Our team in Dallas is working hard Dennison serves as Texas Capital Bank’s to make this a memorable issue and one Director of Community Development of our very best,” said Carter Womack, and Corporate Responsibility, overseeing Chief Operating Officer of Who’s Who its Community Reinvestment Act initia- Publishing.

Garland City Council Seeks Individuals for Charter Review Committee The Garland City Council seeks individuals interested in serving on a City Charter Review Committee. The Garland City Charter is the municipality's foundational document that sets specific operational rules for the City government organization. The committee will review the charter to identify provisions that might require changes or updates to improve City operations or to comply with state of Texas law. The mayor and each City Council member will appoint one committee member. Garland residents are encouraged to apply to serve on this important committee

by completing a Boards and Commissions Application available on the City Secretary's webpage. Completed applications can be submitted in person, by email to CitySecretary@GarlandTX.gov or by mail to René Dowl, City Secretary, 200 N. Fifth St., Garland, TX 75040. Applications must be received by the City Secretary's Office by July 15. Appointments will be confirmed during Council's Aug. 1 Regular Meeting. For more information, call the City Secretary's Office at 972-205-2404 or email CitySecretary@GarlandTX.gov.

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PLAY BALL! ALL-STAR LINE-UP ON DECK FOR DIRK NOWITZKI’S 2017 HEROES CELEBRITY BASEBALL GAME

Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott, tennis legend Andy Roddick, former Rangers great Michael Young, Dallas Mavs J.J. Barea, Seth Curry and more, plus Hollywood actors join Dirk for seven innings of bad baseball benefiting the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation There’s a whole lot of stardom in store as the Big German makes his annual trip to the baseball diamond for Dirk Nowitzki’s 2017 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, presented by BaylorScott&White Medical Center – Frisco, Saturday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco (7300 RoughRiders Trl). This is the 16th annual event, and Dirk’s 6th year to host. Money raised will benefit the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. Gates to the Dr Pepper Ballpark will open at 4:30 p.m. The first pitch of the Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game will be thrown at 4:30 p.m. From 3-6:30 p.m. outside the ballpark, the CBS RADIO DFW Fan Fest will feature a bounce house, inflatable football toss, games, giveaways and more. Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown will throw out the first pitch as families of the fallen officers and injured officers from the July 7, 2016, attack will be in attendance and honored. At 6:30 p.m., the seven-inning Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game will get underway as the Blue Sox and White

Dallas Wings’ Allisha Gray named WNBA Rookie of the Month

Dear Cheryl,

On behalf of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center, thank you for your support of In Conversation! Your photo with Roland Martin is attached. If you had guests who also took pictures with Roland Martin, please forward their contact email information and a photo, and I will look for their pictures as well. Dirk Nowitzki at last year's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game. Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray was points in an 89-87 loss to the Lynx. named the WNBA Rookie of the Month

The 2017 WNBA regular season runs

standout scored in double figures four times, including a season-high 17 points in a 94-82 win over the San Antonio Stars on May 25. She closed out the month by contributing 14 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks in an 89-62 victory over the Indiana Fever on May 30. Other highlights of Gray’s month included: • May 14 at Phoenix: In her WNBA regular-season debut, scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds in a 68-58 victory over the Mercury. • May 20 vs. Minnesota: Finished with 15

leaguewide marquee partner, tipped off its 21st season on May 13, 2017. Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women’s health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education. For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.

Sox all-stars and amateurs back) 3. For more information on for games played in May. Friends of ZWHJCOC kicks off its Juneteenth Economic Forum & Marketplace Expothrough withSept. a reception ▪ Darren McFadden (Dallas Cowboys vie for the game trophy, In May, Gray led all rookies in scoring the WNBA and game tickets, fans may visit running back) bragging rights and the cov▪  Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys offensive honoring Hon. Bernadette Nutall, DISD Trustee District(13.0 9,ppg), therebounding Friends our volunteers and (5.0of rpg)ZWHJCOC, and min- www.wnba.com. eted MVP award. Between tackle) About the WNBA utes played (24.4 mpg) in five games (all Lucky Whitehead (Dallas Cowboys innings, goers can 6▪ pm supporters on June 15,game 2017 from – 7:30 pm. As starts). a supporter, we inviteaveryou to Juneteenth Thethe WNBA – which features 12 teams Her scoring and rebounding enjoy stunts, interactive ac- wide receiver) ▪  J.J. Barea (Dallas Mavericks guard) ages were both among the top 25 in the and is the most successful women’s profestivities and other family-fun ▪  Seth Curry (Dallas MavericksRSVP guard) Economic Forumentertainment. & Marketplace Expo. Please forWNBA. the She reception or (214) in the world – is also ranked to 18thsavery@zwhjcoc.org overall in sional team sports league Following ▪  Yogi Ferrell (Dallas Mavericks guard) a unique global sports property combining field goal percentage (46.8). the game, a 10-minute fire▪  Dorian Finney-Smith (Dallas Mavericks 324-4443. The reception and both days (June 16-17) ofGray, thetheForum and Marketplace Expo are at Billy E. works finale sponsored by forward) fourth overall pick in WNBA competition, sportsmanship, and enter▪  Devin Harris (Dallas Mavericks point BaylorScott&White value with its statusto as an icon for 2017 presented State Farm, tainment Dade Middle School, 2727 AlMedical Lipscomb Way, Dallas, TXDraft 75215. Pleasebyencourage your colleagues join guard) Center – Frisco will round out helped Dallas to a 3-2 record during May. social change, achievement, and diversity. ▪  DeAndre Liggins (Dallas Mavericks evening. guard) former University of South Carolina The league, which counts Verizon as its us for the forum the and marketplace expo, and register atThewww.zwhjcoc.org. Here is the line-up for this year’s ▪  Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks center) game (PLAYERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE): ▪  Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks MVP and 2011 NBA champion) ▪  Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys quarterback) ▪  Andy Roddick (tennis legend and 2003 US Open champion) ▪  Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys wide receiver) ▪  Dan Bailey (Dallas Cowboys kicker) ▪  La’el Collins (Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman) ▪  Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys running back) ▪  Rico Gathers (Dallas Cowboys tight end) ▪  Byron Jones (Dallas Cowboys defensive

▪ Nerlens Noel (Dallas Mavericks forward) ▪  Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks forward) ▪  Jarrod Uthoff (Dallas Mavericks forward) ▪  Rick Carlisle (Dallas Mavericks head coach and 2011 NBA champion) – team manager ▪  Donnie Nelson (Dallas Mavericks president and GM) - team manager ▪  Geoff Stults (actor of TV series The Odd Couple and upcoming movie Granite Mountain) ▪  Lance Dunbar (former Dallas Cowboys running back who currently plays for the Los Angeles Rams) ▪  Ben Grieve (former MLB outfielder)

Again, we are grateful for your support! DeMetris Sampson

Board Chair, ZWHJCOC

Photo courtesy of The Wings

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