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Garland Branch NAACP representatives attend National Convention

Garland members of the NAACP traveled to Cincinnati, OH, for the 107th annual convention of the oldest civil rights organization in the world. The theme for this year’s convention was “Our Lives Matter, Our Vote Counts,� and speakers included NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, NAACP Chairman, Roslyn Brock, and Presidental Candidate Sec. Hil- she called for criminal justice lary Clinton. reform. The Former secretary of Here are some of her restate and U.S. senator, decried marks: the spate of shootings, includFor more than a century, ing the most recent murders you’ve been on the front lines, Garland NAACP delegateTerri Doggett, NAACP national board member Erin Gaddis of police in Baton Rouge, and pushing America to become of Garland (representing Youth and College Division), and Garland NAACP delegate See NAACP, page 3 Gwendolyn Daniels. Photos provided by Garland NAACP.

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Last October, Garland Fire Department officers Capt. Justin Dickstein and Capt. Collin Blasingame launched their new company, BlastMask. The BlastMask is a training regulator that simulates breathing conditions without an air tank, allowing firefighters to reduce the resources needed to train onair. The two officers came up with the idea while training for their annual physical assessment and realizing how many bottles

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Peoples launches event venue in Tarrant County

CEO brings Insight, Experience and Creative Excellence to North Texas Event Planning

La’Wonda Peoples North Richland Hills, TX –​EventfullyYours, LLC, a new venture founded by LaWonda Peoples, will open its first venue on August 19, 2016 in North Richland Hills, Texas. A ribbon-cutting event and host of invitation-only parties will properly unveil the stunning 5,500 square foot venue to North Texans. But it’s more than a venue, it is place where memorable experiences will be created. And for those who know Ms. Peoples, creating experiences is her reason for being. Midway through a stellar 25-year American Airlines career, Ms. Peoples was asked to plan a major divisional event. Not settling for the mundane, she grabbed the creative reins and migrated what was slated to be just another mandatory corporate party to an event people talked about for months. “I realized that I had a gift for organization and planning and seeing creative ways

to bring people together to create memorable experiences. As I reflect on that moment in time, I understand that I uncovered my passion. The dream of EventfullyYours was born,” said Ms. Peoples, who concluded her AA career in the highly visible and influential area known as cause marketing. Although she graciously represented American at key global events, she never forgot that for many, she was the face of American Airlines in the Fort Worth/Dallas community having forged essential relationships along the way. The forging of these relationships—joined with a degree in Event Planning from Richland College— prepared Ms. Peoples for her first major event—the Annual Gala for the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. “The Dallas Black Chamber had an Event Planner with whom they’d worked with for years,” said Ms. Peoples. “She became ill. At the 11th hour they called and asked if I could step in for her.” Balancing her American duties, Ms. Peoples accepted this challenge. Matt Houston, Immediate Past Chairman of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce said, “La’Wonda is meticulous and organized and enjoyable to work with. On every project she handled for our chamber, her work has far exceeded our expectations. Can I just say that she is amazing?” He continued, “La’Wonda made peerless contributions to American during her tenure. But what I remember above all was the www.garlandjournal.com

blending of her extraordinary vision and unassailable work ethic.” Houston’s sentiments are shared by many. No one worked harder than her in presenting the airline’s values to the community,” said former colleague Lindell Singleton. And that extraordinary vision has made EventfullyYours a reality. “When I was planning events, the biggest obstacle we faced was finding the right venue at the right price,” said Ms. Peoples. The opportunity to overcome that obstacle perfectly aligned with the completion of the North Texas Parkway — the new superhighway connecting Fort Worth to DFW along Interstate 35 and Texas 121. North Richland Hills — at the center of the expansion — is a city poised for explosive growth. “Of the many exciting businesses expanding into North Richland Hills, we believe EventfullyYours is of particular importance because La’Wonda’s venue will bring people from all around DFW to Northeast Tarrant County,” said Jack Bradshaw, CEO—Northeast Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re happy to support her and looking forward to the ribbon cutting ceremony.” Quality and affordability were factors the Clark Atlanta graduate considered when conceptualizing Eventfully Yours. “What’s important to me is to create a space where people can feel beautiful at their event and, not have to mortgage their home for the experience,” said Ms. Peoples. EventfullyYours Special Events Center is located at 7640 NE Loop 820 and Boulevard 26. To learn more about the venue and the projects Ms. Peoples is currently involved with, visit: http://eventfullyourscompany. com.


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a better, fairer country. You and your noble predecessors have marched, sat in, stood up, spoke out all to bring us closer to our founding ideals of equality for all. And yes, we have made progress. We can see the results in classrooms where children of all races side by side, in board rooms and break rooms where workers of all backgrounds are able to earn a living and support their families, every level of government where more and more the people we elect to represent America actually look like America. And of course, in the White House with our wonderful president and first lady and their daughters, Barack and Michelle Obama. So as the president has said, indeed as he exemplifies, we’ve come a long way, but you know and I know that we have so much further to go. We were cruelly reminded of that with the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two more black man killed in police incidents, this time in Louisiana and Minnesota. And then in Dallas, five police officers killed while serving and protecting peaceful protesters targeted because they were police. And then, of course, yesterday, three police officers murdered in an apparent premeditated ambush in Baton Rouge. This madness has to stop. Watching the news from Baton Rouge yesterday, my heart broke. Not just for those officers and their grieving families, but for all of us. We have difficult, painful, essential work ahead of us to repair the bonds between our police and our communities and between and among each other. We need

one another to do this work and we need leaders, like the NAACP. We need police officers to help us make progress. These murderers threaten all of that. Killing police officers is a terrible crime. That’s why our laws treat the murderers of police so seriously, because they represent the rule of law itself. If you take aim at that and at them, you take aim at all of us. Anyone who kills a police officer and anyone who helps must be held accountable. And as president, I will bring the full weight of the law to bear and making sure those who kill police officers are brought to justice. There can be no justification, no looking the other way. We all have to make sure and pray it ends. The officers killed yesterday in Baton Rouge were named Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald, Brad Garafola. When they died, they were responding to a call about a man with a gun. How many families — how many more families would be paying the price if we did not have brave men and women answering those calls? That’s why I’m haunted by the image of what the officers in Dallas were doing when they died, protecting a peaceful march, talking with the protesters. Where would our democracy be without courageous people willing to do that? So, we all need to be partners in making law enforcement as secure and effective as it needs to be. That means investing in our police in training on the proper use of force, especially lethal force, how to avoid using force to resolve incidents.

Officer safety and wellness — everything they need to do their jobs right and rebuild trust with their communities. I’ve said from the beginning of my campaign that will be my priority as president. And perhaps the best way to honor our police is to follow the lead of police departments across the country who are striving to do better. The deaths of Alton and Philando drove home how urgently we need to make reforms to policing and criminal justice… how we cannot rest until we root out implicit bias and stop the killings of African-Americans. Because there is, as you know so well, another hard truth at the heart of this complex matter. Many African-Americans fear the police. I can hear you, some of you in this room. And today, there are people all across America sick over what happened in Baton Rouge and in Dallas, but also fearful that the murders of police officers means that vital questions about police-community relations will go unanswered. Now that is a reasonable fear, isn’t it? And all of this tells us very powerfully that we have to change. Many police officers across the country agree with that. But it can only happen if we build trust and accountability. And let’s admit it, that gets harder every time someone else is killed.

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Richland College graduate wins award for entrepreneurship For Richland College graduate Valery Perez, starting a business at age 14 was only the beginning of what she hopes will be a challenging but rewarding life as an entrepreneur. Perez, who is now 21, graduated from Richland in May. She is the CEO of Rosealloon, which makes and sells balloons that are stuffed with personalized gifts such as flowers, teddy bears or even engagement rings. In June, Perez won the Young Entrepreneur scholarship from consulting firm Ernst & Young and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. The award was announced at the firm’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year gala in Dallas, where Perez was recognized. She was elated at the attention she received during the dinner. “I’m still trying to process all this!” Perez said. “It’s all so very exciting to be recognized for my work!” Perez launched Rosealloon when she was still in high school after she took a class about entrepreneurship at H. Grady Spruce High School in Dallas. She said the company was an experiment. “It was a family business that started as a classroom assignment,” she said. “That assignment helped my family earn some extra income.” Perez said she’s already looking forward to starting other ventures and setting an example for others. “I

want to inspire young girls and other immigrants to chase their dreams and show them that the American dream is still alive and nothing is impossible for those who work hard,” Perez added. While she was at Richland, Perez joined DECA, a collegiate entrepreneurship organization. She then transferred to Eastfield College, and she also took classes at El Centro College. Perez said she already is looking forward to starting other ventures. “I love the thrill of starting a new business. I’ve been in my comfort level with Rosealloon for too long,” she said. Perez said she will use the scholarship she won to continue her academic career at Texas Bible Institute this fall.


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MALVEAUX: Less than a century

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

With a woman heading the ticket of the Democratic Party, it may be challenging for us to remember - that women have had the right to vote for less than a century (and black folks less that). But the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote was certified on August 26, 1920, just 96 years ago. At Congresswoman Bella Abzug’s (D-NY) insistence Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1971. The first part of the joint resolution of Congress reads, “Whereas the women of the United States have been treated as second class citizens and have not been entitled to the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or intentional, which are available to male citizens�. Reading the words reminds me how far women have come, how far we still have to go, and how little the status of women of color is included when we speak of the status of women. How far have we come? Few would have predicted that an African American would

win an election and effectively lead the united states for eight years, few would have predicted that a women would have more than a fighting chance of winning the United States presidency. And yet the very campaign that signals progress is also one that illustrates how much more work needs to be done before women’s equality is attained. Too much of the rhetoric around Secretary Clinton’s candidacy is downright sexist. She should be judged by her positions and there should be absolutely no talk about her looks, hairstyle, attire, or tone of voice. No man could stand the kind of scrutiny that she has had to endure. No man has ever been subject to such scrutiny. The continuing saga of sexual harassment at Fox News is another example of the distance we must travel to reach women’s equality. The company’s former CEO, Roger Ailes, is accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment, and this is a clear case of where there’s smoke, there’s fire. One wonders how many other companies have similarly hostile work environments and how often women, simply attempting to earn a living, are placed in the position of having to manage unflattering comments, downright harassment, coerced sex, and even rape.

There are documented cases of women being raped in the military then being dishonorably discharged because they can’t work with their rapists. And let’s not get started on some of what happens on some campuses. That a Palo Alto judge sentenced a Stanford student to a scant 6 months in a rape witnessed by another student is amazing. That his father actually decried the sentence as too high a price to pay for a few minutes of “action� speaks to how much work we have to do to reach women’s equality. And ain’t I a woman. What about black women’s equality? It chagrins me that Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s (D-NY) historic run for President has been all but ignored in much of the media frenzy about candidate Hillary Clinton. However, it does not surprise me given the many ways African American women’s contributions are sidelined, marginalized or simply ignored. African American women earn less their white counterparts do, but head more households and have more economic responsibility. African American women are far less likely than their white counterparts to be found in the “C� suite in corporate leadership, and far more likely to be further down the lad-

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der in every aspect of life in our nation. While people say they saw the glass ceiling shatter with Hilary Clinton’s nomination, others saw the millions standing at the sticky floor with few opportunities to climb up to that glass ceiling. Those standing on the sticky floor are disproportionately women of color, especially those who earn low wages and have fewer opportunities than others. Maybe Hillary Clinton will bridge the gap when she pursues a progressive economic agenda that includes fair and equal pay, affordable childcare, and other benefits for workingwomen. There has been significant progress for women since the 19th amendment was passed, significant progress since Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. Yet women still don’t have even a third (not to mention half ) of the seats in the House of Representatives or the Senate, nor in any state legislature in the nation. Women aren’t even 10 percent of our nation’s corporate leaders. Women still face hostile work environments. While commemorating the progress that has been made in nearly a century, we must also ask whether it will take another century to reach women’s equality. -----------------------------

DANIELS: A Tale of Two Selfies By Lee A. Daniels George Curry Media Columnist Donald Trump and his mob of supporters continue to show they’re happiest when wallowing in the cesspool of human behavior. Who would have thought a candidate for the American presidency would within two weeks label the coming election as “rigged,� imply his opponent for the office should be assassinated, and accuse the sitting president of being the “founder� of a global terrorist organization? Against that backdrop, it may seem frivolous to consider two selfies of the interns in the Congress that recently rocketed around the social media. It’s not. In fact, these two selfies alone tell a great deal of the tale of the last half-century or so of American life. That includes explaining how a mentally unstable demagogue came to be the Republican Party’s nominee for president of the United States. At first glance, the two selfies, which are readily available on the Internet, convey a simple scene: the smiling faces of bright, politically-inclined young peo-

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ple eagerly absorbing their first experience of national politics and the nation’s capitol. But what’s immediately striking is that the respective selfies of the dozens of interns of the Republican members of Congress and those of the Democratic members of Congress present radically different images - and visions - of American society. One could be forgiven for mistaking the Republican selfie for a photograph from the 1950s, when American society was more than 80-percent White, the nation’s capital was a deeply racially-segregated city, and the Congress of the United States was in terms of its membership and higher-echelon staffing also deeply exclusionary. In the photo, fronted by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, there appear to be no Black Americans or other Americans of color at all. The contrast with the selfie of the Democratic interns could not be greater. For starters, no Democratic officeholder appears in the photo. Instead, its “out-front� selfie-holder is one of the interns and those pictured represent the mosaic of what the American nation looks like now. When I first saw the Republican selfie, I thought: You have to work very hard to get a photo like that in

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the 21st century United States of America. And that is the tale of American politics since the victories of the Civil Rights Movement made America a democracy in fact, not just rhetoric. The Republican Party, taking up the “Lost Cause� of White supremacy, has worked very hard to “reserve� opportunity and the resources of the country for Whites like them. Its leadership has used the “Southern Strategy� of the Nixon years; and the “wedge politics� and “dog-whistle politics� of the Reagan-Bush 41 and Bush 43 presidencies; and finally, the overt race-war politics against the Obama administration to try to build the political equivalent of a “White fortress� against the demographic transformation of American society the selfie of the Democratic interns strikingly represents. That’s why the selfie of the Republican interns virtually mirrors the demographic portrait of the just-concluded Republican National Convention. There, only 6 percent of the nearly 2,400 delegates were Black or of Hispanic descent. The 18 Black delegates - down from 167 in 2004, and 36 in 2008, and 28 in 2012 - were the lowest such representation at a Republican Convention since 1912. If there were other delegates of color at the Cleveland gathering, they were, literally, invisible. In stark contrast, half of the 4,766 delegates to the

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Democratic National Convention were of color: 25 percent were Black, 16 percent were of Hispanic descent, and 9 percent were Asian American or Native-American. Further, more than 600 of the delegates self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. The Democratic Convention’s delegates represent what the pool of “human capital� of American society really looks like. The Republicans pretending otherwise has cost them dearly politically: two crushing presidential-election defeats by the man who, symbolically, represents a triumph of democracy and decency over bigotry; an ongoing vicious internal party fight among various factions of conservatives; and, now, the prospect of another crushing presidential-election loss because its national ticket is led by the worst presidential candidate in American history. Donald Trump and his mob have revealed what the GOP’s Lost Cause strategy leads to: the poisonous existence of a sizeable anti-democratic rabble in American society. And yet, a deeper consideration of these Democratic and Republican selfies does offer cause for hope. That hope is that behind the bright, somewhat self-conscious smiles of the young people in both is a commitment to the practice of politics as an honorable calling.

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HALL: The Trump Train Is On Time!

Quit Playin’ by Vincent Hall Vincent L. Hall is an author and award winning columnist.

Given ample time to think critically amidst all of the senseless police shootings and the resurgence of conspicuous racism, Black America would admit that Donald Trump’s candidacy is personal and very hurtful. Now it’s senseless to utter this publicly because in America whining is a White Male privilege. Everyone else’s cry for justice falls on their deaf ears. Transparently speaking, African-Americans have been emotionally wrecked and socially mangled by the Trump Train. To Trump supporters and the media, these stationed soirees look like large well-attended campaign depots. To Blacks, Browns, Arabs and progressive Whites, Trump disembarks to speak at suburban KKK rallies. Trump is the keynote speaker at “klavern” gatherings where the participants lack the social respect or fear to don hoods. Passengers of the Trump Train wear xenophobia like a Blood Drop Cross patch on a patented Klan robe. Ain’t no shame in their game! Honestly, Trump as a singular is no major worry for Black folks; he’s just the latest figure-

head to mimic segregationists like Barry Goldwater, George Wallace or the soft, covert racism of Ronald Reagan. No, it’s the forty plus million Whites who are mingling and meandering between the dining cars and caboose that cause the torment and terror. It hurts to believe that one in three of your fellow “fantasy football” foes think less of you than you thought. It hurts when you have to add an extra layer of consideration into every transaction you have with a friend, neighbor, co-worker or stranger who just happens to be White. It hurts to wonder what American children think of this bullsh*t and how it will affect their psyches. America never paused at the intersection, but Trayvon Martin was a crucial crossover in the current culture of race relations. Trayvon

was a flashback for Baby Boomers and a flash of reality for every generation younger. Dr. Jeremiah Wright reminded us that rather than follow the wisdom of our Jewish brothers whose call to “zachor” is “Never forget,” we failed to teach Black children about our own liberation story. No story is more integral to our survival. Some Blacks purposely withheld the emasculation, disrespect and dehumanization in our history. Some Blacks wanted their children to live above this legacy of abuse and humiliation. I didn’t realize until I was 30 that my grandmother fried chickens and baked cakes for family road trips because she faced “White only’ signs traveling as a little girl. Racism and rabid White nationalism was palatable when America believed it was cor-

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doned to a centralized orifice which we loosely call “The South.” But the Trump Train is transcontinental and has proven that racists are greater in number than expected, and are proportionately represented in the North and all points East and West. We knew electing Barack Hussein Obama was not a referendum on retiring prejudice, but we did want to believe that the blatant racism we perceived from the GOP was in our heads and not in their hearts. The Trump Train is hurtful because we realize that his passengers who hate Muslims, Mexicans and any other nonWhite entity, hated Black folks first and never stopped. But Chris Rock’s “Never Scared” brought it home. His comedy is always timely and provides a prophetic destination. “When the Iraq war started, White guys with their flags hats and flag underwear were saying “I’m an American, I’m American. F*ck all these foreigners!” And that was cool. “I’m an American, I’m American. F*ck the French!” That was cool. “I’m an American, I’m American. F*ck these Arabs!” Then they went to “I’m an American, I’m American. F*ck these illegal aliens!” Then I started listening, because I know Niggas and Jews is next. It’s like any day now. That train’s never late. The Trump Train, like America’s “racial exceptionalism” is always on track and always on time and that hurts!

CURRY: Even Funerals are Not Family Reunions Anymore By George E. Curry Most of the relatives on my mother’s side migrated from Tuscaloosa, Ala. to Johnson City, Tenn., where my oldest aunt, Julia Mae Cousin, established roots after she was married. Growing up, I divided my summers between Johnson City and Reform, Ala., where my father’s relatives are anchored. Because I spent so much time with my cousins, we have always enjoyed a strong bond, stronger than some brothers and sisters. And because we were closer in age, I spent most of the early years romping the streets of Johnson City with Aunt Julia Mae’s kids - Hattie, D.D., Charles and Little Buddy. My cousin, Bertha Mae, was almost a decade older and she was more like an aunt than a cousin. With her strong personality and huge heart, Aunt Julia urged her siblings to move to this small, east Tennessee town, near the Virginia-Tennessee border. Over the years, a parade of uncles and aunts acquiesced: Uncle Frank, Uncle Buddy, Uncle Percy, Uncle Padna (Jesse) and Aunt Kat. Mama (Martha L. Brownlee) and Big Mama (Sylvia Harris)

were the holdouts, preferring to stay in Tuscaloosa but making frequent trips to Johnson City. No one loved going to Johnson City more than I did. By day, I lived at the Carver Rec Center with D.D., Charles and Little Buddy and at night, Hattie would take me to one of the Black clubs. There was a rough one up on Wilson Avenue, but we knew to stay away from there unless Hattie and I had been dispatched by Aunt Julia Mae to look for Uncle Frank. For the younger members of the family, nothing was more popular than our family reunions that featured us cracking jokes on one another. Aunt Julia warned us each year not to showcase our comical side, which was considerable, and this was the one time we brazenly disobeyed. Everyone had a story about Uncle Percy, who perfected lying to an art form. Uncle Buddy, a Navy veteran who introduced me to world travel, was easy-going and fun. But he should have known better than to wear red socks to the reunion one year. As expected, we lit into him, accusing him of everything from having been cut on the ankles to working for the Red Cross. The next year, the first thing Uncle Buddy did was raise the legs of his pants to show us he was wearing black socks. When he was only 4 or 5 years old, Hattie’s son Robbie surprised everyone by going to the front of the room and cracking on his mother. Hattie gave

Robbie a look that only Hattie can give, but it was too late - Robbie had brought the house down. His brother, Phill, was accused of bringing a rent-a-date to one reunion. Through those family reunions and hot summers, I grew closer to my younger cousins: Lynn, Phill, Robbie, Charlene, Audrey, Albert, Regina, Greg, the twins (Ronald and Randall), and “Suzie Q” (Katherine Madison). I had already been close to Uncle Frank’s children, especially the older ones - LuLu, Dosha, Doris, Carolyn, Alberta, Knuck and Herman - because he held out a long time before moving from Tuscaloosa to Johnson City. Over the years, the family elders died - Big Mama, Aunt Kat, Uncle Frank, Uncle Percy, Uncle Padna and, most recently, Aunt Julia Mae, who took over as head of the family upon the death of Big Mama. With each passing, the reunions became fewer and fewer, to the point that we don’t hold them anymore. In recent years, I have said family funerals have become our family reunions. I told it as a joke, but it was the painful truth. At my cousin Charlene’s funeral last week, family relations had deteriorated to the point where it was obvious that funerals can no longer be used as family reunions. For a variety reasons, some relatives refuse to speak to others. I remain on speaking

terms with all of my cousins and have made it clear that whatever dispute they have with one another will not alter my relationship with any relative. I have made appeals for a truce, but my cousins are strong-willed and nothing I or anyone else can say will get them to move off of dead center. My cousin Lynn said it would be like this when Aunt Julia Mae passed, but I did not want to believe it. Now, I have no choice but to accept that reality. Uncle Buddy and Mama are the only two children of Big Mama still living. And sadly, this next generation of relatives are nowhere near as close as I was to my cousins growing up. Neither Big Mama nor Aunt Julia Mae would be pleased that our once close-knit family is in shambles. But as long as I have breath in me, I am going to try to get my family back together. I know it’s a very long shot, but I owe that to Big Mama and Aunt Julia Mae to keep trying. George E. Curry is President and CEO of George Curry Media, LLC. He is the former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA). He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at twitter.com/currygeorge, George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook, and Periscope. See previous columns at http://www.georgecurry.com/

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Truth is...Living a healthy life By Dr. Keisha Lankford

There is an age old question regarding how to look at life and how to have a fulfilling life! In analyzing this question, I would like to refer to the glass half full vs. half empty analogy. My thought is, life is so much more fulfilling looking at the glass half full! Looking at the glass half empty, focuses on what we’ve lost or what we don’t

have. However, looking at the glass half full affords us the ability to concentrate on what we have to develop, nurture and appreciate! In life it’s easy to become complacent and forget the common things. An example is good health! Many don’t appreciate the good health until it’s compromised! When we take those blessings for granted, we typically won’t understand. The strength is to focus on our own blessings. When we focus on others blessings, we began to be resentful of our those thin gs take a person once said, jealousy is counting someone else’s blessings. If we had a grateful heart, we would count our

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own and we’d realize that we are equally as blessed! Many don’t realize, having a grateful heart, can make life so much more enjoyable! Focusing and appreciating what you have increases the opportunity to receive more! Life is a very Interesting journey! Lots of ups and downs! One thing I’ve found to be most helpful is a grateful heart! A grateful heart is always acknowledging your creator and the people that support you. Reading this week, it was mentioned that love is an action word, well, so is gratitude! Being grateful is exemplified by being helpful, encouraging, supportive and often times reciprocating! A grateful heart,

is always appreciative, taking good care of what they have been blessed with which is not limited to things. It actually includes people too! One of the great secrets to success is being thankful. I try really hard not to give my daughters more of something if they didn’t appreciate what they had. If I did, I would soon regret it! Why because they would lack respect for the sacrifice, money, time and thought invested. In other words, I would become frustrated! The same is true in life. Could it be that God is holding a lot of blessings from us because we have no appreciation for the last blessings? A grateful Heart and spirit are key!

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Free Job Training: WorkPaths @CitySquare Ongoing. Free information sessions held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month; CitySquare; 1610 S. Malcolm X, Dallas 75226. Five-week Food Service & Hospitality course began August 1, 2016. Contact: 214-823-4409; dbranch@citysquare.org. ******* Free Reading Tutoring Dallas Public Library; 1515 Young, Dallas 75201. Learn to read better program for adults. Contact: 214-671-8291; http://www.dallaslibrary.org/literacy ********** Community Lawyering Center Open for Business - Mondays – Saturdays; days and evenings by appointment. 4716 Elsie Faye Heggins, Dallas, 75210. Eligible citizens may seek free legal services at this UNT Dallas College of Law Community Center about such issues as: disability, veterans, and social security claims; rental agreements; wills and probate; minor criminal offenses; record expunctions; mediations; and immigration. For info, call: 469-351-0024 or x0025

fair” - 4pm – 7pm. Billy Dade Middle School, 2727 Al Lipscomb Way, Dallas 75215. All Dade students and parents should attend. Free backpacks and school supplies sponsored by The Potter’s House. Free haircuts, prizes, refreshments and immunizations. Call: 972-749-3800 NTTA Boardroom. North Texas Tollway Authority, 5900 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX ***** The Family Night Community Basketball Game will take place from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the MLK Recreation Center, located at 2901 Pennsylvania Avenue. This is your chance to meet new staff members and learn about programs and events going on at the MLK Center. It is one game- the MLK Center staff versus community members! May the best team win! For more information, please contact a staff member at (214) 670-8363. ***** Council District 4’s upcoming Town Hall Budget meetings. Please feel free to contact office at 214-671-9347 or send an email to e.lopezaguirre@dallascityhall.com if you have any questions or concerns. 6:30pm-8:30pm at Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary School 5640 S Marsalis Ave, Dallas,

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August 19 La’Wonda Peoples 55th Birthday and Gratitude Red Carpet Affair Celebration Best Southwest TGIF Legislative Breakfast Series at Methodist Charlton Medical Center at 7:40a.m. Speakers are Zachary Thompson of Dallas County HHS; Judith Hunter MD. Chief Medical Director of MetroCare Services and Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD. FACHE president and CEO of Methodist Health System. LYNCHED: The Urban Ballet 8/19/2016 8/21/2016 South Dallas Cultural Center The Terrance M. Johnson Dance Project will debut “Lynched” - The Urban Ballet, on Friday, August 19th - 21st.

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Dallas Black Dance Academy Fall Classes Early Bird Registration Ends August 27, 2016 Dallas Black Dance Academy is offering 50 dance classes in the fall beginning September 6, 2016. Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Horton, African, Tap, Hip Hop, and Mommy & Me dance classes are available. The academy also provides Zumba and Stretch & Tone fitness classes. Registration is underway. There will be an Academy Registration Day/Open House on Saturday August 27, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Parents can register their children, meet the teachers, tour the facility, and purchase dance apparel. August 27th is the last day for early-bird registration where you save $10 off of the registration fee. For details on the Fall classes visit www. dbdt.com/academy or email academy@dbdt.com. ***** Community Health Worker Certificate Training Now thru early September. Become a certified community health worker. Enroll now for the fall class (Sept. 13 – Dec. 1, 2016). Weekday classes: 6 – 9 pm. Some Saturday training. Cost: $700 (scholarships available). Location: UT Southwestern. Contact: Lori Millner; 214-648-8338. Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ FALLCHWCOURSE. **** Dallas Theater Center Announces World Premiere Musical, Bella: An American Tall Tale, produced in Association with New York’s Playwrights Horizons Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre • 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. Tickets: 214-880-0202 or www.DallasTheaterCenter.org

August 17 ATTEND A SECOND WEDNESDAY BUSINESS CHAT D/M/W/SBE business owners who want to work with NTTA or who wish to promote their businesses are encouraged to attend monthly Business Chat Sessions in the

Women’s Council of Dallas County’s 61st Annual Awards Luncheon honoring Woman of the Year, Dr. Jennifer Wimbish, Distinguished Individual Member Marlene Cohen and Inspiring Young Women Scholarship Awardees — Lakewood Country Club, 1912 Abrams Rd. www.dallaswomenscouncil.org ******* Manuel & Kellee Pruitt, owners of Designs By Cake Daddy, will be featured panel speakers at the Oak Cliff Chamber’s Small Business Expo, Mountain View College - Performance Hall, (4849 West Illinois Ave., Dallas, Tx 75211) When: Thursday, August 18, 2016 7:30 AM - Noon Cost: $10.00 per person $100.00 vendor table (Breakfast provided) Contact the Chamber for more information at 214-943-4567 ******* Open house for the first P-Tech school in Texas Parents and community members are invited to an open house for the state’s first Pathways to Technology (P-Tech) campus, located at Seagoville High School. When: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Aug. 18 Where: Seagoville P-Tech Early College High School, 15920 Seagoville Road Dallas, TX 75253 **** Fiesta Fundraiser benefiting the Lancaster Education Foundation7-10 pm at the Clarion Hotel, 1515 N. I-35E, Desoto, TX ***** The Arlington Black Chamber of Commerce General Meeting at Jamaica Gates Restaurant, 1020 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, at 6pm. ***** (NTTC) North Texas Transit Constructors: MWBE Outreach Event 4 pm; Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel, 4440 W. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, 75063. Hear about design, supply, and construction opportunities available through DART’s upcoming Cotton Belt Commuter Rail Project. Free. Contact: Hugh Harrison, MWBE Coordinator, 214941-6885; hugh@legacyresourcegroup.net. Billy Dade Middle School “Back to School Red Carpet Af-

Back to School Fair at Martin Luther King Recreation Center 11:30 - 2:00 a.m. - The goal of the Back to School Fair is to serve Dallas-area students with the essential items needed for a successful academic school year. Local vendors will also be present to provide information on education, health, and social services. This event is free and open to the public. ple Barber and Stylist College, and MeMe G. Hair Salon. Shaka Senghor, New York Times Best Selling author of “Writing My Wrongs” on August 19th and 20th. FREE COMMUNITY PROGRAM!- BOOK SIGNING @ THE DOCK BOOKSHOP, 7:30pm 9:00 pm at The Dock Bookshop, 6637 Meadowbrook Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76112, www.empowerseries.com

August 20 EMPOWER SERIES @ THE HIGHLAND HILLS LIBRARY DOORS OPEN: 10:00 am PROGRAM: 10:15 am to 12:00 pm Highland Hills Branch LibraryAuditorium, 6200 Bonnie View Road Dallas, TX 75241 The HeadsUp! Foundation and Athletes4Change will host the “#DallasStrong: HOOPS4HEALING” Basketball Showcase and Celebrity All-Star Game. This event will benefit the surviving families of our fallen officers as well as the youth and families of the communities officers serve and protect each day. ****** 2016 Health Fair and Back-to-School Rally at the Curtis Culwell Center. Students, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will have an opportunity to receive free school supplies, clothes and uniforms, as well as low-cost immunizations. Details and the registration form can be found at: http://www.garlandisd.net/sites/default/files/english_ flier_edit_4.pdf

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The Taming by Lauren Gunderson Circle Theatre, 230 W. 4th Street Fort Worth, TX 76102, Sundance Square Entertainment District August 18 - September 17, 2016 Opening Night Saturday, August 20, 8:00 pm ($38) School Night Friday, August 26, 8:00 pm ($5 students - $10 faculty & staff) ******* City of Dallas Fair Housing Office Know Your Rights Workshop 9-11am at West Dallas Multipurpose Center, 2828 Fish Trap Road ***** Texas Health Resources Faith Based Community Breakfast, a program of the American Diabetes Association featuring Zachary Thompson, Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services at the Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX **** Eventfully Yours Event Center Open House, 7640 NE Loop 820 at Boulevard 26, Suite 110, North Richland Hills, 11:30 am-6 pm. and Sunday 1:30-6pm ****Church of the Incarnation hosts free immunization clinic and health fair, 3966 McKinney Avenue, from 1-3pm **** Mid-Cities Chapter of The Links Inc hosts 24th annual Black Tie Gala (dinner and dance), A Knock Out Affair Round XXIV at the Omi Dallas Hotel ****** St. Philips School & Community Center; 1600 Pennsylvania, Dallas, 75215. Join the association as it picks up trash, mows and edges lawns, and trims bushes and trees to beautify the community. 8am Drinks and lunch provided. Contact: LaSheryl Walker or Kim Cox at 214-421-5221.

August 21 Cedar Crest Cathedral Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Back to School Worship Celebration at 10:45 am. Tracie R. Washington, of the Dr. Billy E. Dade Middle School “Principal of the Year Award” will be the featured speaker. There’s also a 9:30 am reception. Back to School BASH Moorland Family YMCA 907 East Ledbetter, 2-5p.m.

August 22 16th Annual William “Bill” Blair Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic at Twin Creeks Golf Course, 501 Twin Creek Drive, Allen, Tx - 12 pm registration 1:00pm Shot Gun Start **** DISD: Start of New School Year Back to School hotline: 972-925-KIDS (5437). Contact your school for dates and times for new student enrollment. Contact: 972-925-5555.On-line enrollment: www.dallasisd.org/onlineenrollment.

August 23 The Dallas Regional Chamber will host four of the most influential Members of Congress at an interactive luncheon on Tuesday from 12PM-1:30PM. Leaders of our North Texas Congressional delegation will discuss important issues that impact our region, including infrastructure, environmental regulations, and federal budget priorities. ***** Council District 4’s upcoming Town Hall Budget meetings. Contact office at 214-671-9347 or send an email to e.lopezaguirre@dallascityhall.com if you have any questions or concerns. 6:30pm-8:30pm John W Carpenter Elementary School, 2121 Tosca Ln, Dallas, TX 75224


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******* The Dallas Independent School District is hosting a community meeting to discuss the proposal for a new early childhood center in Dallas’ Arlington Park neighborhood. 5:30 p.m., Arlington Park Community Center 1505 Record Crossing Road Dallas, TX 75235 ***** The BOSS Network hosts “Ladies That Lead: An Evening with Michelle Williams,” a multi-city event highlighting influential women of color at Pads at The Aloft Hotel Downtown, 1033 Young St, Dallas, TX 75202, from 6:00pm9:00pm. Hosted, by BOSS Founder Cameka Smith, “Ladies that Lead” Dallas will honor Cora Jakes Coleman, executive director of children’s ministry at The Potter’s House. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www. LadiesThatLeadTour.com.

August 24 2nd Annual EXPAND Business Men's Conference and Awards Luncheon; 11:30a.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 800 N. Main Street, Duncanville ***** Network After Work at Clutch (2520 Cedar Springs Road) from 6-9 pm where we're expecting hundreds of local professionals to be in attendance.

August 25 Bandan Koro Concert @ The SDCC 8/25/2016 - 8/27/2016 South Dallas Cultural Center- Bandan Koro presents a celebration of life through African Drum, Dance, & Culture. It will be an evening of invigorating performances filled with the rhythms, dances and songs of West Africa.

August 26 Best Southwest TGIF Legislative Breakfast Series at Methodist Charlton Medical Center 7:40a.m. presents a look at Tourism - Our Cleanest Industry with Janie Havel of Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism.

August 27 Marketing Using Social Media DBCC Grow your business with industry-tested tactics and tools. Learn about creating sales funnels, advertising and promoting via social media.10:00 AM thru 11:30 AM **** Free Composting Class - 8:30 a.m. to noon. Environmental Waste Services, 1434 Commerce St. See a hands-on demonstration of how to build and maintain a compost pile. Class is available to Garland residents only *********** Naturally YOU Workshop.. Doing Business with YOU in Mind)!! 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT) - The Grove,- 501 Elm Street #450, Dallas, TX 75202 *** Westside - The Greater Works Church Denim and Diamonds Women’s Conference 8:30 am-1pm at the Westside Baptist Church Assembly Hall, 900 Bellaire Blvd., Lewisville, TX. Keynote Speaker: Sis. Doris Willis, First Lady, Morse Street Baptist Church, Denton, TX ***** Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center Athletic Cookout celebrating Basketball and Baseball participants, 11am2pm, 5150 Mark Trail Way, Dallas **** Henna Tattoo Fundraiser, 1-5pm 2304 W Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76013-6028, ladies get your feet, hands or partial arm enhanced! Call to RSVP 817 265 8854

August 28 Project Unity presents Together We Ball - Police and Pas-

MORGAN STANLEY PRESENTS DERON WILLIAMS CELEBRITY DODGE BARRAGE 2016 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Frisco Fieldhouse USA, 6155 Sports Village Rd., Frisco, Texas A favorite childhood game – dodgeball – gets wild, woolly and goofy when the grownups take over! NBA All-Star, Olympic Gold Medalist and Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams is inviting North Texans 18 and older to sign up and show off their mad dodge-baller skills – or come watch – his Celebrity Dodge Barrage! Amateur and celebrity teams – including Deron, his Dallas Maverick

tors Basketball Game at P.C. Cobb Field House, Dallas **** Kirk Franklin presents Gospel Brunch featuring Robert Hall & Company, 11am-1:30pm at the House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar Street, Dallas

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Business Expo/Taste of Balch Springs 5-7pm,Tickets $4 in Advance $5 at the door Legends, Sept. 1-24 Granville Arts Center Leading ladies of yesteryear are at each other’s throats in the uproarious Legends. Granville Arts Center, Small Theatre, 300 N. Fifth Street, Downtown Garland 972-205-2790

August 31 Texas Coalition of Black Democrats Dallas Chapter, first General Membership Meeting:, African American Museum 6:00pm-7:00pm

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teammates and other NBA players – will compete in the round-robin-style dodgeball tournament, which is presented by Morgan Stanley. Players will compete for the Championship Trophy and other awards including “Best Use of Spandex Award,” “Dip, Duck and Dive Award,” “Biggest Bruiser Award,” “Best Baller Award” and “Most Likely to Take Up Another Sport Award.” MavsMan and Champ, the Mavs ManiAACs and the Dallas Mavericks Dancers will be on tap to cheer on the players. Teams must wear uniforms and are encouraged to get creative!

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DeSoto Arts Live! Art and Music Festival 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. DeSoto’s Town Center Outdoor Amphitheater The Theta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presents it’s inaugural Martinis and Linen Part, SHAKEN NOT STIRRED, 9pm - 1am in the Orion Ballroom, 400 South Zang Blvd, Dallas. For tickets, call Anthony Brown 214-534-0381. Attire: Linen A Survivor, A Story and A Dream featuring Marion Forbes, 7 PM - 10 PM Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N Charles St, Lewisville, Texas 75057 ***** Alabama vs USC Ultimate Tailgate Party 1 PM - 7 PM 1010 Collins - Entertainment & Event Center 1010 N Collins St, Arlington, Texas 76011

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Comerica Bank, EverFi and NABA– DFW Chapter join to present free Empowerment and Financial Literacy Series

Bestselling Author and National Speaker, Shaka Senghor, to Headline Free Community Event

WHO: Comerica Bank in partnership with Everfi and the National Association of Black Accountants – DFW Chapter present the Empower Series for the month of August. Bestselling author and influential voice in the criminal justice reform, Shaka Senghor, will deliver a powerful message that will resonatewith all in attendance, “Your Worst Deeds Don’t Define You.” Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and author of The New York Times bestselling book, Writing My Wrongs, a memoir that chronicles his journey of redemption from committing murder as a teen and serving time in prison to becoming a college lecturer, author and director's fellow of the MIT Media Lab.

Senghor has been featured in numerous media outlets, with Oprah Winfrey referring to her interview with him for Super Soul Sunday as “one of the best I’ve ever had—not just in my career, but in my life. His story touched my soul.” Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, Erik Wilson, is also planning to attend. WHAT: The Empower Series is a FREE monthly financial coaching and counseling workshop series. Each month, a local or national guest speaker is brought in to share inspiring stories of empowerment and tips on various financial literacy topics. August 20th Critical Life Skills Seminar: Following the Empower Series, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., students and adults of all ages will have the opportunity to win a voucher for two Dallas Stars tickets by completing a short educational online module in Financial Literacy or STEM skills. They can use the library devices or bring their own

to participate in this quick and fun online program to be entered to win. This online program, which is developed by EverFi, Inc., is part of the Dallas Mayor's Summer Reading program and is being provided to Dallas at no cost to the community through the sponsorship of Comerica and the NHL, NHL Players Association and Dallas Stars. For more questions regarding the critical life skill seminar or to get involved please reach out to: Briana Nistler (bnistler@everfi.com)

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LYNCHED: The Urban Ballet 8/19/2016 - 8/21/2016 South Dallas Cultural Center The Terrance M. Johnson Dance Project will debut “Lynched” - The Urban Ballet, on Friday, August 19th - 21st. This powerful collection of modern choreographic works will explore the socio-cultural journey through the state of Black America: Past, Present and Future. This thought-provoking production promises to inspire and engage dance lovers all over North Texas. "Lynched is designed to invoke dialogue about the realities of black people in America. This work is highly relevant to the times and invites audience members to think critically about the role that they play in today's social climate," said Terrance Johnson. In addition to the humanitarian theme, these amazing performances will be underscored by an array of music by classic artist like: Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Lauryn Hill, Ledisi, and the legendary Mahalia Jackson. Show times are at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 3:30 pm on Sunday. This production is a program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and supported in part by Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information call 214-939-ARTS or like the SDCC facebook page @ www.facebook.com/SouthDallasCulturalCenter 9/13892168_285186078511681_802010116 4939953557_n.jpg?oh=0db625b09abc64de7ba655f64ec6f819&oe=581AE7A0 Bandan Koro Concert @ The SDCC

upcoming experience at the South Dallas Cultural Center for a night of healing and paying tribute to the positive influences in life. This 20 member group of musicians, singers, and dancers also teach multiple classes throughout the week, present educational programs, and perform on many stages throughout the year, fostering values of love, pride, culture, encouragement, and excellence. For more information log onto www.BandanKoro.com

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Free Community Dance Class w/ TMJ Dance Project 8/13/2016 - 8/20/2016 South Dallas Cultural Center The Terrance M Johnson Dance Project will offer free dance classes at the SDCC for the next two weekends at 10am. The Classes are about “movement & therapy” with different dance

8/25/2016 - 8/27/2016 South Dallas Cultural Center Bandan Koro presents a celebration of life through African Drum, Dance, & Culture. It will be an evening of invigorating performances filled with the rhythms, dances and songs of West Africa. The concert will feature the Bandan Koro Ensemble as well as their newly formed Youth Group. Bandan Koro is a Malkinke term that means Under the Tree. Traditionally the large tress of Africa were sources of food, medicine, and other necessities of everyday life. It also served as the central meeting places for the community. In this tradition, Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble travels throughout the Texas, and beyond, bringing audiences Under the Tree to celebrate life through the African Arts. Join this

styles. On August 13th learn about Liturgical & Praise Dance and on August 20th learn about the Lester Horton Technique. This is a perfect opportunity to try something new and burn those unwanted calories. So grab your friends & family and take a weekend class together at the SDCC. The TMJ Dance Project is a nonprofit organization that uses the art of dance to promote community outreach, cultural awareness, social consciousness, and the preservation of live performance art. The mission is to enrich underserved communities through art & culture programs that are rooted in principles of humanity. This program is made possible by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and supported in part by Texas Commission on the Arts.

Grammy Award-winning Singer and Entrepreneur to Visit DFW

The BOSS Network will host the Dallas stop of “Ladies That Lead: An Evening with Michelle Williams,” a multi-city event highlighting influential women of color who can inspire other women by sharing their success strategies. The well-received event will be held Tuesday, August 23 at Pads at The Aloft Hotel Downtown, 1033 Young St, Dallas, TX 75202, from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Hosted, by BOSS Founder Cameka Smith, the goal of the “Ladies that Lead” tour is to inspire and empower more women of color to pursue business and entrepreneurial goals through peer-conversations and mentor-level interaction. The evening’s keynote speaker is Grammy Award-winning singer and entrepreneur, Michelle Williams, who recently launched her bedding and home-goods line, “Believe at Home”. “Ladies that Lead” Dallas will honor Cora Jakes Coleman, executive director of children’s ministry at The Potter’s House, a Dallas mega-church with more than 30,000 members. The eldest daughter of Bishop T.D. and Mrs. Serita Jakes, Cora is also a preacher, best-selling author, wife and mother of two. An additional event feature is a women-in-business panel conversation with: · Michele Meyer-Shipp, VP & Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc. · Tiffany Fulcher, Mompreneur, CEO & Founder of Momspace · Nikki Woods, CEO, Nikki Woods Media & Chief Publisher of Victoria Street Publishing · Lisa Tenorio, Assistant Vice President of Network Planning at AT&T Prudential Financial Inc., is partnering with The BOSS Network, along with The Limited and Sage Summit, to host the tour and provide the tools and platforms for more women of color to enter and excel in business. The ticketed event is open to the public ($69.00 for BOSS members and $79.00 for non-members).

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre celebrates 40th season

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) announces its Encore! (formerly DBDT II) in Metroplex performances in 40th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, 40 Years Richardson and Fort Worth during March 2017. The Rising Forward, from history to innovation. The season's theme Excellence series showcases DBDT: Encore!, the next genreflects the trajectory of the company that has maintained eration of professional dancers, April 7-8, 2017, at the Dalits excellence in artistry as it has developed into a world-re- las City Performance Hall. nowned dance organization. This season includes three The 2016-2017 touring season of Dallas Black Dance world premieres, including a commissioned work that re- Theatre includes international performances in Dance X flects the legacy of the organization and another utilizing BZ 2016 in Belize City, Belize in November 2016 and the technology to create a unique audience experience. New Fintdaz Festival in Iquique, Chile in May 2017. this season, DBDT SEASON SUBis offering an inSCRIPTIONS ON novative initiative, SALE NOW, INgroup season subCLUDING INNOscriptions. VATIVE GROUP DBDT celeSEASON SUBbrates its fourth SCRIPTIONS decade with some Dallas Black nostalgic dance Dance Theatre themes. Matthew has developed an Rushing, of Alvin innovative Group Ailey American Season SubscripDance Theater, is tion for the 20162017 season. The choreographing Tribute, a dance new process will that chronicles DBDT company members Hana Delong and Sean J. Smith on Ron Kirk allow groups of 100 years of Black Bridge. Photograph by The Dallas Dance Project. at least 10 people dance masters. to book multiple per formances, It will be a world premiere during the Director's Choice series, November through a group season subscription, and receive a 30% 4-6, 2016, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Mr. Rush- discount on performance tickets. "The group season subscriptions allow educational ing's choreography has been selected as a recipient of a grant from the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works institutions, universities, and other groups to streamline their requisition and approval process for payment. This Fund. The 40-year evolution of Dallas Black Dance Theatre will make it easier for them to plan group activities over unfolds in the world premiere of Interpretations by DBDT a year," said Zenetta Drew, Dallas Black Dance Theatre Excompany member Sean J. Smith. Interpretations makes ecutive Director. "This group subscription has a deep disits world premiere during the Cultural Awareness series, count, the largest one that we offer." February 17-19, 2017, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Both group season and regular season subscriptions Interpretations is supported in part by an award from the are on sale now. Not only are subscription ticket prices less Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for but also do not include convenience fees. the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundaFor group season subscriptions and group sales, call tions, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, (214) 871-2390. Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Individual subscriber benefits include a 15% discount "Dallas Black Dance Theatre is rich with history and we on ticket prices. To select individual season packages, visit are excited to tell the story of our 40-year legacy through the AT&T Performing Arts Center at www.attpac.org. dance," said Ann Williams, founder of Dallas Black Dance Single tickets go on sale September 1, 2016, at www. Theatre. "We are grateful to all of our patrons and sponsors attpac.org. over the decades. We could not have reached this mile2016-2017 | Season Sponsors Legacy Sponsor: Harold Simmons Foundation stone without their support." Dallas Black Dance Theatre Season Sponsors: Office of Cultural Affairs - City of Dalis the largest minority arts organization in Dallas and the las, Texas Instruments, NBC 5, Yellow Cab, The Downtown tenth largest in the country. In addition to historical pieces, DBDT will be using in- Business News, I Messenger, American Airlines and The novation so members of the audience can create their own Dallas Weekly. experience in Tiffany Rea-Fisher's, The B Side. Headphones 2016 - 2017 | Season Supporters will allow them to select from three original music scores Season Supporters: Northpark, Texas Commission on as they view the dance. The world premiere of The B Side the Arts, Art Works, National Endowment for the Arts, Lexreinvents the concert dance experience during the Direc- us, OverseeMyIT, The Dallas Examiner, The Dallas Post Tritor's Choice series. bune, Elite News, and AT&T Performing Arts Center. The season finale during the Spring Celebration series 2016 - 2017 | Performance Sponsors at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre includes both choreDanceAfrica presented by AT&T ography and dancers from Ballet Austin. Ballet Austin's ArCo-sponsors: Union Bank, The Dallas Arts District tistic Director, Stephen Mills, will premiere a contemporary Director's Choice presented by Texas Instruments piece in Dallas with DBDT company members. In addition, Choreography sponsor: TACA the performance will also feature special guest artists from Co-sponsor: Silent Events Ballet Austin. Cultural Awareness presented by Wells Fargo Other performances include the October season Choreography sponsor: Mid-America Arts Alliance opener, DanceAfrica, during the tenth annual DanceAfrica Dancing Beyond Borders is supported by Texas Instrufestival at the Annette Strauss Square and performances ments Rising Excellence presented by Macy's October 7-8, 2016, at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Dancing Beyond Borders features both DBDT and DBDT: Spring Celebration

Ask Alma: by Alma Gill

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Breaking ‘Blue Wall of Silence’ in Police Departments

State Fair of Texas announces finalists for 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards Fair food fever has officially returned, as concessionaires get ready to debut their most indulgent assortment of dishes yet! Celebrating more than a decade of decadence, the State Fair of Texas is proud to partner with the Dallas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau to present another year of culinary creations at the 12th Annual Big Tex® Choice Awards.

pastry dough and then gently folded “hot pocket” style. Each bite of the deep fried, golden brown, buttery crust is bursting with a savory sauce of chicken and veggies. Pure down-home goodness! Served with a side of mac ‘n cheese-inspired dip, this unique sharp cheddar sauce creates a tantalizing flavor combination.

For the first time in history, fairgoers were given a behind-the-scenes look into the annual event when the exclusive list of semi-finalist names was revealed. Thirty four concessionaires and their original creations were chosen to continue on to the tasting round, where they were evaluated on four finalist-worthy elements: uniqueness, creativity, presentation, and of course, taste. After a period of delicious deliberation, votes have been cast and the results are in! With an impressive 55 entries to choose from this year, only the eight most decadent dishes have earned the right to go up against the prestigious panel of celebrity judges in hopes of achieving fair food supremacy. Even if your favorite entry didn’t make the final cut, concessionaires can still choose to introduce their creation at their stand as a “new food” during this year’s Fair.

Fried Jell-O® by Ruth Hauntz For the first time in Big Tex Choice Awards history, America’s favorite childhood dessert is given a State Fair of Texas twist! A classic cherry-flavored Jell-O in a panko-crusted breading, flash-fried to perfection, and then dusted with powdered sugar. Prepared with a tasty topping of whipped cream and a cherry garnish, this dish has the perfect amount of crunch to compliment the jiggle.

The State Fair of Texas is proud to announce the eight finalists who will be competing for the titles of Best Taste and Most Creative in the 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards: Caribbean Pineapple Korn-a-Copia by Stephen Alade Bringing a taste of Caribbean flare to the Fair, this dish stands out among the rest with its profile of fresh flavors. Marinated grilled chicken and shrimp are served over a bed of yellow Caribbean fried rice and topped with a tropical salsa and pineapple rum glaze. Served in a pineapple half shell, this Korn-a-Copia will have you ready for a day at the beach… or a day the Fair! Deep Fried Bacon Burger Dog Slider on a Stick by Brent & Juan Reaves Meat lovers are in for a treat with this tantalizing triple threat. A miniature, handmade seasoned ground beef patty is stuffed with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, and an all-beef hot dog on a Hawaiian roll. It is then placed on a skewer topped with a pickle, dipped in a tempura batter and deep fried to perfection. Every Bacon Burger Dog is served on a bed of shoe string fries with ranch dipping sauce. Deep Fried Pulled Pork “FUNYUN®” Dings by Chris Howard Putting a tasty spin on a pantry staple, the unique combination of flavors in this deep fried dish create the perfect balance of sweet and savory. A “FUNYUN,” the traditional crunchy snack, is stuffed with pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, pineapple slices and bacon. It is then dipped in a flavorful batter and deep fried. Each order is served with a multilayered sweet BBQ sauce. Fernie’s Down Home Chicken Pot Pie Pocket with Mac ‘n Cheese Dip by Christi Erpillo Two classic American comfort foods, one mouth-watering meal! This ultimate taste extravaganza starts with a savory cream sauce chock-full of shredded roasted chicken breast, tender diced white potatoes, sweet carrots, peas, corn and a special blend of herbs and spices. This hearty filling is ladled into fresh, flaky

Injectable Great Balls of BBQ by Glen Kusak Smoke-crusted BBQ beef brisket is hand shredded with bock BBQ sauce and molded to form balls. The ball of beef is then breaded with seasoned bread crumbs and deep fried to a crispy perfection. Served on top of a bed of coleslaw, each order comes with its own pipette of bock BBQ sauce to be injected into the brisket balls. Guaranteed to be a perfectly succulent bite every time. Southern Fried Chicken & Dumplins by Clint Probst Putting a modern twist on a traditional Deep South favorite, this southern fried dish is a two-in-one hit! Juicy shredded chicken is mixed with bits of signature seasonings, dough and a touch of gravy. This decadent mixture is then rolled into balls, coated with bread crumbs and deep fried golden brown! Served with fried “biscuit bites” and a side of gravy, this dish is truly comfort food heaven! State Fair Cookie Fries by Isaac Rousso A unique play on America’s favorite savory side dish. The cookie fry may look like it needs ketchup, but don’t be fooled by the classic crinkle-cut appearance. Offered in traditional cookie flavors like chocolate chip or sprinkles, these sweet treats are served with your choice of the accompanying strawberry or milk chocolate sauce. Just consider it an undercover cookie in fry-form disguise. Mark your calendar for the 12th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards on Sunday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the historic Tower Building at Fair Park. Get your ticket today and be one of the first people to get a taste of the 2016 food finalists. Tickets are available online for $100, with a limited amount of seats available. Don’t miss out on the fun - buy your ticket now before they’re gone!

By Susan K. Smith George Curry Media Columnist

In Columbus, Ohio, two African American police officers filed formal complaints against a white police officer, charging that this White officer made racial slurs and threatened to kill them. It took the Columbus Police Department a year to investigate the charges, but when the investigation was completed, the White officer was not made to answer for the racist slurs he apparently put on email, nor was he made to answer for making the death threats. Nor did the police department provide protection for the Black officers who made the charges against the White officer, save for a police cruiser that was dispatched to sit outside their homes for all of two weeks. Because of this case, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission recently charged the Columbus Police Department for failing to act on the charges of racism and discrimination. The scenario points to a major issue in police departments, nationwide: racism within police departments is often ignored. Many instances of racial hatred go unreported because officers worry about keeping their jobs; the “blue wall of silence” proves to be stronger than the desire for officers to come forward and report the racism. One of the African American officers moved out of the state after the charges were made, and the other resigned from the police force and now works as a security guard. The accused White officer was suspended about nine months ago and had his gun and badge taken away, but still continues to draw his full salary, possible because he is “out” on “sick leave.” The major problem confronting the efforts to draw attention to state-sanc-

All proceeds from the Big Tex Choice Awards ceremony will be donated to the State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program. Over its 24 year history, the Youth Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to more than 1,800 students for a total of more than $8.7 million. Eligible recipients include graduating high school seniors from around the state of Texas who have competed in State Fair livestock events, as well as graduating seniors from five Fair Park area schools – Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas and Woodrow Wilson High Schools. Due to the event’s charitable cause, a portion of each ticket is tax-deductible.

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tioned violence against Black people is the practice of police officers, and the police unions, protecting the officers no matter their actions. The laws that police departments follow protect racist police officers, and unless and until those laws are changed, the violence against Black people will continue and police officers and vigilantes (e.g. George Zimmerman) who need only say “I was in fear for my life” will get off. One of the Black officers who made the complaint in Columbus expressed one of their sources of frustration: “When something like this happens, there is nobody to report it to.” There are probably a good number of “good” police officers, White and Black, who know the depth of corruption and protection offered to bad cops, but who know the repercussions of coming forward would be too much to handle. They worry about losing their jobs ...and losing their lives. The fact that this corruption is a reality keeps complaints by police officers against other officers minimized, but given the state of police/community relations, causing communities to blow up all over this nation, this is a time to push for more accountability of and by police departments of the racism within the departments. Silence in the face of evil is complicity in the evil. The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference and a number of Black professional organizations, including attorneys, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, have signed onto a petition to ask the federal government to form an interagency task force to monitor, investigate and hold accountable police departments all over this nation. Rev. Susan K Smith is an ordained minister who lives in Columbus, Ohio. She is the author of several books, including "Crazy Faith: Ordinary People; Extraordinary Lives" and "The Book of Jeremiah: The Life and Ministry of Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. She is available to preach or do keynote addresses. Reach her by emailing revsuekim@sbcglobal. net

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Assessing yourself

to be an example of God’s Word and His work. The only thing standing in your way is admitting to yourself, you can’t go it alone. You and I need help and that help comes only from one source. It’s the perfect source and comes with consequences. The consequences by James A. Washington begin with recognizing that there is divine purpose in your particular set of weaknesses. That may be hard to believe, but it’s true. Dare I say most of us would reject the notion that How many of us have an addiction, a weakness, sinful could be anything more than just sinful. The something we are aware of but just cannot shake on text however says it is our duty to understand through our own? It may be a secret, your secret, something you dare not reveal for it goes completely opposite of who spiritual recognition that God chooses your problems you believe yourself to be and counter to the person to show off His righteousness through you by doing whom you are truly trying to become. 2 Corinthians miraculous things. When you get a hand from the 12:7-9 says, “To keep me from becoming conceited, Lord to overcome your addictions, your passions, your there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger vanity, your shortcomings, you get so much more than from Satan to torment me. Three times I pleaded with what you bargained for. According to this part of the bible, you also get the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect Christ’s power to work with. Isn’t that something? in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly No wonder Paul continues by saying, “That is why, about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest for Christ’s sake I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am on me.” If I’m the only one shouting right now, it’s okay. It weak, then I am strong.” By itself, you might wonder how Paul comes up with should be noted that this is indeed some powerful stuff. this conclusion. But when taken in the context of the You know some things in the bible reverberate entire passage, isn’t it true that out of many impossible over and over again and some of us still don’t get it and that includes me. I don’t mean to infer that we situations and circumstances, God rescued you? How don’t understand the words because most of us do. many testimonies do you need to hear before you give The point is we do not or cannot incorporate what God the praise He deserves? Or is it that you can testify we’re reading into our daily lives. In this passage Paul on your own about frailties that have become strengths lets us know that there is indeed a reason to accept to be relied upon and give you wisdom to share? All our shortcomings and deal with our flaws and faults I’m saying is stop denying yourself. Stop denying your with a basic understanding that in doing so, God will insecurities. Accept them and give them also, over to invariably show up and then proceed to show out. It is the Lord. Then step back and watch God do His thing through your warts that God can demonstrate to you with your life. He’ll do things you never could and watch Him revel in those who see His divine work through and me and the world that He is Lord. Can you imagine experiencing the “perfect power” you. It’s that let go and let God thing. Paul just reminds of the Lord? Apparently it’s as easy as looking into the us that even on your worst day, it’s not about you. Just mirror and making an honest assessment of who you remember it’s all about Him, your good as well as your really are and who you should be striving to become. bad. Resume: raylcarr@yahoo.com, (214) 514-9553 or May God bless and keep you always. To put it into proper perspective, you are who you are

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School Crossing Guards Needed The first day of school is Aug. 22, and the City of Garland still needs several school crossing guards. School crossing guards will escort children, en route to and from school, safely across various streets and intersections. Shifts are a one-hour morning shift (7 to 8 a.m.) and a one-hour afternoon shift (3 to 4 p.m.), for a total of two hours per day. View a job description, see minimum qualifications and apply for this position at GarlandTx.gov.

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