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Parrish Restaurants’ Texas Black Sports HOF 2017 Class includes Dickerson and Foreman Two of the greatest athletes to have competed in the second half of the 20th century in their respective sport, along with several track and field sensations who won numerous World and Olympic medals, will be enshrined as part of the 2017 Class of the Parrish Restaurant Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame (TBSHOF), under the theme, “Celebrating Athletic Brilliance.” This new class makes up one of the strongest ever in over two decades of recognizing pure sports excellence with Lone Star State connections. The 21st Class of TBSHOF will be formally recognized at the Induction Luncheon Ceremony on February 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m., at the Crown Plaza Dallas Market Center, 7050 N. Stemmons Frwy., Dallas, Texas, 75247. The Legends Reception will be held on Friday, February 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The African American Museum in Fair Park. Meet and greet the inductees after the inductees’ roundtable. The 2017 Class Inductees include: Eric Dickerson, Football; George Foreman, Boxing; Edward Bell, Football; Orien Brown, Track; Kenneth Burrough, Football; Dexter Bussey, Football; T.C. Collins (Posthumous), Coaching; Carlette GuidryFalkquay, Track; Audrey Reid-German, Track; Johnny “Lam” Jones, Football; Verida Walter-Taplin, Track; J.W. White, Golf; and Byron Williams, Football. “The 2017 Class of the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame is not only a celebration of athletic brilliance, but is also a celebration of community achievements,” said Ronald Parker, Chair of the TBSHOF Advisory Committee. “These athletes were not only great on the field of play, but they’ve continued that level of performance by serving as good community stewards, in which we are very pleased in celebrating as well.” Achievements by this year’s class include:

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George Foreman, a Marshall, Texas

Orien Brown, who compiled an outstanding career coaching several track and field championships at both Dallas Skyline and Dallas Bishop Dunne, winning numerous state, regional and district titles. She also broke several records as a sprinter and relay runner at Texas Southern University and competed in the Pan American Games. Kenneth Burrough, who maintained an outstanding 12-year NFL career, mostly with the Houston Oilers, catching over 400 George Foreman Eric Dickerson passes for over 7,000 yards and 49 touchdowns. He was also an product who became one of the most All-American receiver at Texas Southern dominate and feared heavyweight box- University. ing champions in one of the most glorious Dexter Bussey, one of the Detroit Lions’ eras of the sport. He won the heavyweight most dependable and valuable running crown after defeating then-undefeated backs during an 11-year career, rushing champion Joe Frazier in 1973, knocking for over 5,000 yards. He also had a prolific Frazier down six times in only two rounds. career at the University of Texas-ArlingHe later made an incredible comeback ton. by winning a portion of the heavyweight T.C. Collins, the greatly admired threechampionship at age 45 in 1994, becom- sport coach for the all-black Fred Moore ing the oldest heavyweight champion in High School in Denton before integration history. He also won a gold medal in the and then Denton High School, winning 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Out of 81 several district championships and havfights, he won 76 fights, 68 by knockout. ing Denton’s athletic facility named in his Eric Dickerson, one of the most prolif- honor. ic running backs in professional, college Carlette Guidry-Falkquay, the Housand high school football history. His ton-bred track sensation who won re13,259 career rushing yards is 7th all-time lay gold medals at the 1992 Olympics in in the NFL, that includes the single-sea- Barcelona, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta son rushing record of 2,105 yards (1984) and the 1995 World Championships in with the Los Angeles Rams and 1,808 Gothenburg. She also won a dozen NCAA yards as a rookie, also with the Rams, both titles at the University of Texas. still NFL records. His 4,450 yards at SMU Audrey Reid-German, the pride of Texas helped reverse a chronic losing program Woman’s University as a world-class high at SMU into national contenders. He was jumper and relay sprinter, also winning a consensus High School All-American at honors with the AAU and the AIAW. Sealy, Texas. Johnny “Lam” Jones, both a highly-herEdward Bell, from Waco, Texas, who be- alded football and track star at the Univercame a dependable wide receiver for Joe sity of Texas and gold medal relay winner Namath and the New York Jets in the early at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreand mid-1970s, after a highly prolific col- al. lege career at Idaho State, where he held Verida Walter-Taplin, one of the top the national record for most receptions high school hurdlers while at Dallas Carand became a first-team All-American. See SPORTS, page 10

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What’s next for the economy

The economic philosophies of Democrats and Republicans are drastically different. While neither party is interested in dismantling the predatory capitalism that extracts surplus value from workers, Republicans are more interested in reinforcing predatory capitalism and “free markets”, while Democrats are more interested in ameliorating the effects of predatory capitalism and regulating markets in ways that produce somewhat more equitable results than so-called free markets. Democrats are more likely to protect and support workers, while Republicans are more likely to oppress them. Thus, many Democrats have advocated for an increased minimum wage, while Republicans have opposed it. There are generalizations here. Conservative Democrats are likely to be supportive of Republican “free market” rhetoric. Once upon a time there were liberal Republicans (I think they are now extinct) that would side with Democrats on some issues. We can expect Republicans in the House and Senate to eliminate regulations, lower taxes, and support the “business climate.” The stock market, which was predicted to lose momentum in case of a Trump election, has actually gained. Is this sustainable? Economist and former Harvard President Lawrence Summers, acknowledges that the Republican approach to the economy might “drive major increases in investment and hiring, setting off a virtuous circle of economic growth and rising confidence.” But he says the Trump administration will face enough challenges that we should “hope for the best and plan for the worst.” The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted world economic growth at 3.4 percent, with US growth at about 2 percent, and far more robust growth in China and India, where growth is likely to exceed 6 percent.

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But the IMF cautions that restrictions on global trade will also constrain global growth. In both the UK and the United States, there has been resistance to globalization, and an eagerness to renegotiate trade treaties. Who will benefit from this increased growth? Certainly not the folks at the bottom. Indeed one might attribute the Trump Electoral College victory to the fact that macroeconomic growth indicators have not quite trickled down. The heavily pro-business Republican leadership is counting on the trickle down to create jobs for the 99 percent. They can’t force capitalists to use the proceeds from their tax cuts to create jobs. Indeed, when banks were bailed out, they held onto the money that politicians hoped they would loan to small businesses to stimulate growth and economic expansion. African Americans with moderate incomes (the average African American family income is about $35,000), others who a similarly situated, lower-income people, and the economically vulnerable are not likely to gain in the “new economy.” Businesses, however, are likely to do very well. Is America made “great again” if economic vulnerability increases? I think not! There is likely to be tension between the Trump Administration and the Federal Reserve. How quickly will the interest rate be increased, and what impact will it have on the “average” American.

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Millennials who have been saving to purchase a home (those who have paid off their student loans) will need to save even more (as much as $30,000 for each percentage point increase in the interest rate) to accumulate a down payment. And Ben Carson, who is likely to be Secretary of HUD, is not likely to do anything to make their quest for homeownership any easier. President Obama was able to stabilize the economy. The unemployment rate is below 5 percent (although labor force participation is lower than it should be), growth has been stable, and the stock market has been strong. The benefits of this strong economy were not evenly distributed, though. It is even less likely that the benefits of the growth that the IMF predicts will be evenly distributed. Markets don’t distribute benefits fairly. Political will is a factor in fair and even distribution. We know that Republican “free market” economic philosophies suggest that there is no political will for fairness. We will experience macroeconomic ecstasy and microeconomic angst, with economic indicators looking strong, and individual experiences looking far more troubled. What’s next for the economy? The one percent will benefit, and the rest of us will experience increased vulnerability. As Summers says, “hope for the best, plan for the worst.” ================================ Julianne Malveaux is an author, an economist and President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available on Amazon

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Keep the Faith Baby!

The old black and white film casts like the Amsterdam News, saying you Quit him at the lectern. His face and hair discriminate. Then some son-of-a-bitch Playin’ wringing in sweat and his voice was Negro congressman like Adam Clayton swaying as he brought his speech to a Powell comes down on your ass and By Vincent Hall close. complains to the Justice Department Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was as that you’re a bigot.” suave and good looking as he was bold That was the era and the ilk of disment and fair housing. He once led a crimination that Adam Jr. thrived in. and outspoken. “Is this the land of the free and the movement called “Shop only where The first Black to serve on the City home of the brave? The crowd hollers you can work” on 125th Street, forcing Council, he boycotted the New York back; “No!” “Is this a land with liberty shop owners out of business or into hir- Transit system which resulted in 200 ing Negroes. and justice for all? jobs for his Black constituents. It is no exaggeration to point out Once again they replied Powell went on to be“No” vehemently. come arguably the most “Is this one nation, indivisproductive and widely ible unto God?” a third time despised member of the the background belches; “No.” House of Representatives; Powell closes by saying especially among “Southern “Then either let us practice Gentlemen. the democracy we preach or Congressman John shut up!” Rankin of Mississippi used Adam Clayton Powell Jr. the word “nigger” on the was the son of a preacher, House floor leading Powell Adam Sr., who galvanized and to announce; “the time has Hon. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Malcolm X Commissioner John Wiley Price grew the historic Abyssinian arrived to impeach Rankin, Baptist Church in Harlem to or at least expel him from more than 10,000 members before the that New York’s White establishment the party.” Powell loved picking at term megachurch was even conceived. hated him. Rankin who called Powell’s election to One account based on a true story the house “a disgrace.” Adam Jr. like his dad Sr. was a pastor, a community activist and was unbound by Steve Heimoff, depicts Fred Trump, Powell was confronted by every leby the usual encumbrances of colored Resident Donald Trump’s daddy warn- gal impediment that could be thrust at leaders during Jim Crow. They were ing him about troublemakers like Adam him. loudmouths that White folks couldn’t Jr. It was 1963 when the Donald was a He was removed from Congress in teen. Take in the supposed discussion silence. Adam Jr. declared once; “No March of 1967 but he coined a phrase one can control a Negro Baptist preach- between Donald and his dad. for his supporters. “Keep the faith, “You saw the filth, the garbage, the er, even God can’t sometimes.” baby.” That may have stretched the notion junkies, the whores, the pickaninnies Dallas has a firebrand and his fierce running around like little animals. You a bit far, but not much! outspoken style has earned him more The “King of the Cats,” as one biog- want that in the Wilshire Apartments?” than his share of unfair attention and “No,” says Donald. treatment. rapher called Adam Jr., cut his politiHis dad, replied, “Of course you cal teeth the hard way. Adam Jr. came John Wiley Price always reminds me don’t. So you gotta be tough, Donny. into local prominence and was known to keep the faith and I do, but I want nationally in civil rights circles for his Can’t let ‘em in. Have to draw the line. to ask each of you to keep him in your Only thing is, you gotta be discreet. You prayers. protests. He fought for equality in employ- don’t want one of these colored papers, Fighting for justice has a cost.

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Dallas CIty Councilwoman Tiffinni A. Young (c), District Attorney Faith Johnson and District Clerk Felicia Pitre recently announced plans for Dallas’ first ever Expungement Expo! The expo will focus on expunging criminal records and feature an array of additional services such as an employment fair, social services, and other supports for formerly incarcerated individuals. Pointing out that the Expo will be a first for Dallas, Councilwoman Young said it will be held at Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, 1101 C.B.T. Smith Street in Dallas. Anyone interested in participating must first register on March 4 at Golden Gate, to prequalify and receive complete information about the process. Violent criminals, repeat offenders and domestic violence cases will not be eligible. For more info, contact Ms.

Chef had health issues

Dallas Chef Cassondra Armstrong’s blood pressure was 223/122 on June 7, 2013. At a Mansfield hospital’s ER, a doctor told her she could have had a massive stroke or died. She recovered and dedicated her culinary career to helping others eat healthy. She authored a cookbook Good Food Good Meat Praise the Lord, Let’s Eat and a weight loss book 21 Days.... A New You! Additionally, she has worked with the American Heart Association’s Power to End Stroke campaign. She previously owned a now-shuttered restaurant in southern Dallas, The Dining Table as well as managed several openings for South Side Cafe, St. Paul Cafe at First Baptist Church. She can prepare healthy side dishes or a meal on live television or be included in a segment about dealing with hypertension during the holidays. She can also talk about her catering business Master of Culinary Concepts, LLC, and: · 3 ways to eat healthy and still have fun during the holidays · “Let Me Entertain You ~ Cocktail and Hors d’oeuvres Party” special for 20-25 guests

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The Dallas Art Fair ninth edition of the fair will take place from April 6 through April 9 at the Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.). SPECIAL EXHIBIT - FILMING THE CAMPS: FROM HOLLYWOOD TO NUREMBERG Features the work of three filmmakers: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and George Stevens. It explores the filmmakers’ experiences during and after World War II, the footage they captured of Nazi atrocities, and the impact the war had on their careers. At Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance 211 N. Record Street Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75202 from 9:30 AM -5:00 PM

February 17 General Election Filing Deadline Is Feb. 17 Garland residents may file for a place on the May 6, 2017, General Election ballot for the offices of Mayor and City Council Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8. Anyone interested in candidacy must submit the required documents to the City Secretary’s Office before the filing deadline of Friday, Feb. 17. Candidate packets are available online and may be picked up at the Office of the City Secretary, 200 N. Fifth St. The Verna’s H.E.L.P. Foundation is proud to announce our 1st FREE event for 2017. The Annual Business Workshop-Feb. 17, 2017 at Eastfield College, 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150 Building S , www.eastfieldcollege.edu In Conversation with Rev. Zan Holmes Jr. and Roland S. Martin, at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, 5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway at 7 pm

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publisher of Rolling Out, Auditorium @ Highland Hills Library 6200 Bonnie View Road, Dallas. Register at www.empowerseries.com. Doors Open: 10:00 a.m. Program Time: 10:15 a.m. MARDI GRAS TEXAS STYLE! 2017 - Celebrating its 16th year, Mardi Gras Texas Style! is one-of-akind music festival that takes place in the historic State Fairgrounds. All of the food, fun and flavor of the best Mardi Gras celebration combined with 20 of the hottest Texas County Music acts on 5 stages make this party the only place to be. This outstanding day is also an outstanding value with general admission tickets only $35.00 in advance or $45.00 at the door. A Community Black History Program If you are in the Dallas area and looking for a community event that will be hi-lighting Black History this event will consist of Music, Dance and Drama... as well as special appearances from city officials! This event is FREE and is open to ALL! at 6:00PM, at The United Methodist Church of the Disciple - 220 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Desoto, TX 75115

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Feb 22 Dallas City Councilman Casey Thomas II hosts a Meet and Greet for the new city manager T.C. BROADNAX Dallas Baptist Univ 6-8pm

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11:30 a.m., - Cornerstone Baptist Church, 819 MLK Jr. Blvd., will welcome all schools in Trustee District 9 and campuses in the African-American Success Initiative to celebrate literature and literacy at the annual African-American Read-In. 2017 Empower Series Collaboration Principal featuring Munson Steed,

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African American History program 12 noon until 4;pm SOUTH DALLAS CULTURAL CENTER 3400 S FITZHUGH DALLAS,TEXAS 75210 “ theme: Reflecting on our past to Establish our future.” COMMUNITY DISCUSSION 3PM.

Orange Girls Rock 2K17

Orange Girls Rock is a high energy, interactive, educational summit for girls ages 11-17 that is held in February of each year to commemorate, National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. From 11:00 AM to 2:00 pm

African American Heritage Night

March 10-12 National Association of Black Journalists Regional Conference Marriott Medical Market Center Stemmons Freeway

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One of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority’s National programs is Black History Month – a special time to share ideas and recognize African Americans who have had a significant emphasis on our communities, world, and nation. The local theme for this month’s observance is: “Marks of Achievements – spotlighting African American Firsts in Breaking Barriers. The event will be 1:00 P.M. Highland Hills Library, 6200 Bonnie View Road Dallas, Texas. RSVP by February 18 to Juanda Wallace jjloud@flash.net 214-802-8592

Amoud Foundation Program Sheraton DFW at 6pm with special guest MN State Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American, Muslim State Representative.

Millennial and Multicultural Sales Summit Learn best practices for recruiting, hiring and developing millennial and multicultural sales teams - 9:00 am to 1:30 pm . TXU Energy Customer Center, Irving, TX. 75039 Register Now $49 + your copy of “Why Millennial Sales People Now”!Sales Trac Coaching & Management Development, Inc., 13111 North Central Expy, Dallas, TX

Dine in Love Valentine’s Day Dinner Marsalis Avenue Baptist Church 7-9pm. RSVP to 225-354-5519. Sponsored by MAMBC Dynamic Marriage Ministry

For the Dallas NPHC Dallas Mavericks vs. the New Orleans Pelicans!! At 7PM. Located at American Airlines Pre-Game MEET AND GREET @ The AAC’s Eighteen76 Lounge- Post Game PARTY @ The AAC’s LEXUS CLUB- Halftime Performance by JALIL & EXSTACY Formally of WHODINI Tickets ON SALE NOW at: on.mavs.com/aahn1617 (no ‘www’) password: aahn

Feb 26 The Fight for Air Climb is one of the signature fundraising events of the American Lung Association. The Climb will be held at the Renaissance Tower in downtown Dallas 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Friendship Circle of Dallas Carnival open to all, carnival attractions include magic show, juggling show, light dinner, bring a costume to automatically enter in rafle. Located at JCC Senior Assembly Lounge, 7900 Northaven Rd. Carnival starts at 4:00 PM

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The Pearls of Persia - Mother Daughter Tea Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Chi Zeta Omega Chapter along with Pearls of Service, Incorporated annual Mother Daughter Tea--”The Pearls of Persia.” This year we will be celebrating our 2017 Debutantes and their mothers in elegant style on a journey filled with the magic of Persia. Guests will experience a traditional tea in an atmosphere embellished with Persian spice. Suggested Attire: Elegant Jewel Tones

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT Reflections On Spring Creek 1901 East Spring Creek Parkway Plano, TX 75074

March 30 Workshop

This event is designed to provide small MOCCA businesses with the opportunity to get Black and White Gala meaningful, state-of-the-art informaPark Plaza Tower 13111 N. Central Epwy tion from industry experts. Here are some of the anticipated workshops TLBC AFRICAN AMERICAN that will be featured at this event: LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT in Austin How to do business with: City of Dallas Dallas ISD March 2 DART Getting Access to Capital (2 sessions) REMEMBERING JOSEPH SMITH Grow Your Business with Email & Social Media “Pretrial Matters, Matter” discussion at 6:00 Is that Legal? p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Content Marketing: What to Say & How Center [2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Dallas to Say It Special Feature: How to Become March 4 Minority Certified Citizens’ Civil Academy Vendor Expo Judge Staci Williams Vendor opportunities available presents Spring 2017 Citizens’ Academy. A free, non-partisan program about the Civil Court system. Held on March 4th,11th,18th. For more details and to register www.ccadallas. com

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FEBRUARY 17, 2017 I Messenger Sports Hall of Fame, continued from page 4 ter High School, who went on to an illustrious career at Kansas State University. J.W. White, one of North Texas’ early black golf pioneers before Tiger Woods. Byron Williams, the Texarkana, Texas product who enjoyed success at the University of Texas-Arlington, the NFL, the CFL and World League of American Football. The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame (TBSHOF), housed at the African American Museum, was established to chronicle the sports history contributions made by African Americans. It was established in 1996 to honor coaches and athletes of high character and athletic achievement, who are either Texans by birth or by athletic participation (collegiate or professional), and who have made recognizable contributions to African American culture and/ or history. The general public submits the nominees, and a panel of judges (including sports/media journalists) makes the

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final selection. The Hall of Fame includes legendary Dallas Cowboys Stars such as Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson, Preston Pearson, Mel Renfro, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Robert Newhouse, Rayfield Wright, Billy Joe Dupree, Jethro Pugh, Everson Walls and Tony Hill. The Hall of Fame also includes other heroes and heroines such as Abner Haynes, State Senator Royce West, 1966 “Glory Road” Championship Basketball UTEP Team, Coach Hensley Sapenter, Ervin Garnett, Coach Jackie Carr, Jolanda Jones, Anthony “Spud” Webb, Rolando Blackmon, Earl Campbell, Ernie Banks, Zina Garrison Jackson, Elvin Hayes, Jerry Levias, Coach James “Bo” Humphery (Founder TSU Relays), and William Nicks. Other luminaries include 1968 NBA number one draftee and three-time All American, Elvin “Big E” Hayes; WNBA Champion Fran Harris, NFL Hall of Famer, the late Dick “Night Train” Lane; former Negro Leaguers Bill Blair, Ernie Banks and

Willie Wells (Chicago Clubs); Olympiads: Rafer Johnson (also a charter member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame), Gold Medalist Fred Newhouse, Track team Head Coach Barbara Jacket, U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR), John Carlos, first black heavyweight champion of the world Jack Johnson, outstanding game-breaking running back Greg Pruitt, five time Super Bowl champion Charles Haley; 1968 Olympic Gold medalist Jim Hines and teammate Tommie Smith, and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown are all members of the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. The total number of Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame inductees since its founding in 1996 now stands at 262. Parrish Restaurants, LTD is the Title Sponsor of the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Luncheon. Tickets for the Luncheon are $100 per person, $1,000 per table of 10.

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The most talked about and disconcerting news story from this week is the resignation of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor. On Monday, February 13th, Michael Flynn offered his resignation amidst reports that he had inappropriate conversations with Russia’s Ambassador to the United States prior to his appointment as National Security Advisor. The discussion was in regards to the U.S. sanctions on Russia, imposed by the Obama administration in response to Russia’s aggression in Crimea. In his resignation letter, Flynn stated that he “inadvertently briefed then vice president-elect Mike Pence and others with incomplete information regarding his phone calls with the Russia Ambassador.” When initial reports surfaced that Flynn had these inappropriate conversations, Vice President Mike Pence appeared publicly fully supporting Flynn’s denial of these claims. As a result, it seems the administration is in disarray. Mike Flynn’s resignation raises some serious questions about the practices of the Trump Administration, ones worth reviewing. The Washington Post reported that Sally Yates, former Acting Attorney General with the Department of Justice who was fired by President Trump, informed the

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Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson White House that Flynn may be susceptible to Russian blackmail because of the content and nature of these calls. So, who in the administration knew about it and when? And what were the real series of events

Donald Trump ran his campaign on extreme rhetoric regarding national security and putting Americans first. So far, the administration has implemented a haphazard and controversial immigrant ban that has been met with intense public backlash. that led to the president asking for his resignation? It is widely reported that Russia interfered in our 2016 election, and not only is this administration not doing anything about it, but it seems to be alarmingly close to Russia.

Donald Trump ran his campaign on extreme rhetoric regarding national security and putting Americans first. So far, the administration has implemented a haphazard and controversial immigrant ban that has been met with intense public backlash. And just last weekend, donors were given inappropriate access to top national security conversations at a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, a golf course owned by the president. These actions are not putting America’s security first. I am upset and worried that issues of inner-politics, jealousy, and blinded loyalty are leading to short-sided judgements and reaction within the president’s cabinet; which ultimately compromises our nation’s national security. Here in Dallas, we value loyalty and honesty as much as any other hard-working American city. Those values are widespread in across our country, so the American people who did and did not vote for President Trump expect him to uphold those values. Although now the president is learning a difficult lesson – a country is more complicated than running a business. I think I speak for many of us in the district when I say I hope the president takes a deep breath and deeply reconsiders the way he is running his administration, in order to avoid controversies that undermine our security as Americans.

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Ask Alma: You dirty low down… Dear Alma,

I’m starting to feel used. When I go out with the woman I’m seeing, she never offers to pay. She orders drinks and appetizers and extras like there’s no tomorrow, and when the by Alma Gill bill comes, it just lies there on NNPA News Wire the table like a dead rat until I Columnist Alma Gill’s newsroom ex- reach over and pick it up. perience spans more than Never once has this woman 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, News- so much as offered to split the day and the Washington Post. Email questions to: cost of our excursions. All the alwaysaskalma@gmail. while, she has plenty of cash com. Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and for clothes, cars and travel. Twitter @almaaskalma. Since I’m married and this woman is not my wife, my friends say I should pay the restaurant tabs and be quiet – a small price, they say, for easy, mind-blowing sex. I simply can’t take it any more, and it annoys me to no end. How do I tell this woman I’m not her sugar daddy?

Not her sugar daddy

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ning and the slimy green liquid spewing from my

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mouth! What? Not her sugar daddy, you say. Then what you got to offer? This hollow effort to mix common sense with common behavior reminds me of a quote: “Some people feel the rain, while others just get wet. You, my friend, spit and tell them it’s raining. Hold up while I grab an umbrella, cause I’m not falling for it.

She orders drinks and appetizers and extras like there’s no tomorrow, and when the bill comes, it just lies there on the table like a dead rat until I reach over and pick it up. Never once has this woman so much as offered to split the cost of our excursions. All the while, she has plenty of cash for clothes, cars and travel. So, you’re married and your sidepiece won’t fork over any quarters toward the meal, and you want to know how you should approach this sub-

ject. Really!? My advice is that you listen to your so-called friends, who should be telling you something else, but that’s another question for another Friday. Considering the cost of your infidelity, which could include the ending of your marriage, disloyalty to your wife, children and family and the loss of trust, honesty, commitment and integrity…well, lets just stop here. When you add it all up, her meal is a minor inconvenience. Until you start paying her rent, I’m sure she feels entitled to a great meal. That’s the very least you can do. Not to mention the fact that a meal is about all you can commit to at this point. Don’t flatter yourself; you’re not sugar daddy material. That’s why we’re having this conversation. Don’t miss-read her need to satisfy her hunger, Mr. Leroy Brown, baddest man in the whole damn town. She knows what she’s doing. What’s mind-blowing to you doesn’t sound like it’s all that mind-blowing to her. If your groove were that smooth, she wouldn’t be interested in eating that much before getting her party started. I’m just sayin’! We agree on one thing: I, too, see a rat in this scenario, but it ain’t laying on the table.

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Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church The keynote speaker for the event will be Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters. Dr. Waters is the founder and Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church. He is an award-winning au· Imam Omar Sulieman thor, professor, activist and commentator. The Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research On Monday, February 20, 2017, forum hopes to provide a fresh · Rabbi Nancy Congresswoman Eddie Bernice perspective on how to address Kasten Johnson will host her 22nd issues that impact our community Faith Forward DalAnnual State of the District and nation. las at Thanks-GivPrayer Breakfast. WHO: Congresswoman Eddie ing Square Bernice Johnson, · Reverend The event serves as a time Reverend Dr. Michael Claude O. Maples for faith-based leadership to W. Waters, Greater Dallas Conoffer prayers for the citizens gress of National and other interfaith leaders of North Texas and have a Black Churches, WHAT: State of the District discussion on a wide range Inc. Prayer Breakfast of subjects to foster learning, Congresswoman Eddie · Reverend Dr. WHERE: Music Hall at Fair Park Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters Bernice Johnson inspiration and collaboration Zan W. Holmes, Jr. 909 1st Avenue to better serve in our shared St. Luke Community Dallas, TX community. United Methodist Church WHEN: Monday, February 20, 2017, 8:00 · Reverend Dr. George R. Collins a.m. – 10 a.m. There will be prayers and remarks from in-

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lion people in Ethiopia and 1.5 The Humanitarian Coormillion in Kenya in need. dinator for Somalia, Peter The drought and the famine de Clercq, has warned that are spreading through the reunless a massive and urgent gion due to the slow response scale up of humanitarian asfrom the international comsistance takes place, famine munity. could soon be a reality in Amoud Foundation has some of the worst drought-afbeen working on the ground, fected areas in Somalia. distributing dry food to the Since 2014 this drought affected areas of NW Somaliland famine have been reState Rep. Ilhan Omar and and NE Somaliland. visited causing a massive food Our representative in the Horn shortage. 8 out of 10 in the Soof Africa is pleading to the international mali population need food assistance. According to the UN, there is also 8 mil- community to urgently respond to the

ROSE FILES BILL, HIGHER PAY FOR HIGH INJURY RISK WORKERS AUSTIN, TX - Law enforcement officers across various branches of state government are often exposed to high injury risk in the course of their daily work routine. The same is true for other state employees, although the nature of risk in their profession is often overlooked. According to the Office of Risk ManRep. Toni Rose agement’s 2016 report, the injury rates for state supported living centers were 8.86% (1,390 employees) and 7.11% (849 employees) for state hospitals, a total of 2,239 employees. In comparison, there were 2,201 injuries reported by both the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Department of Criminal Justice combined. “Many Texans do not realize high

injury risk is not exclusive to law enforcement sectors,” said Representative Rose. “The involuntary behaviors of some patients in state supported living centers and state hospitals can create various levels of risk exposure to care givers; and for some, the risk is great. House Bill 1932 sends a signal to state employees that we see and appreciate the important work they do each and every day for this vulnerable population.” House Bill 1932 increases the salary of state hospital and living center employees in high injury risk positions for each year of service to the state. The bill also calls for the old descriptor of Hazardous Duty Pay to be exchanged with High Injury Risk for the purpose of reducing any stigma that may result from recognizing certain state care givers and medical providers as at risk of injury.

Rawlings, Jenkins unveil plan to end homelessness Mayor Mike Rawlings and County Judge Clay Jenkins announced the Dallas Area Partnership to End

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plight of this community. At the Amoud Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner on February 25, 2017 at the Sheraton DFW at 6pm, the special guest will be MN State Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American, Muslim State Representative. Amoud Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit, based in Irving, TX. Amoud Foundation has been working in the areas of health, education, and providing clean water since 1998. Visit www.amoudfoundation.com or call the Amoud Foundation office at 972-8718297 to learn more.

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and Prevent Homelessness (the “Partnership”). The Partnership is being formed in response to the Dallas Commission on Homelessness recommendation to develop a formal community-wide system of leadership and accountability. The Partnership will develop strategies, policies and priorities to address homelessness and will advise the member entities, the Dallas City & County/Irving Continuum of Care (“CoC”) and the lead agency of the CoC, which is currently Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.

Workshop designed for businesses This event is designed to provide small businesses with the opportunity to get meaningful, state-of-the-art information from industry experts. Here are some of the anticipated workshops that will be featured at this event:

How to do business with: City of Dallas Dallas ISD, DART, Getting Access to Capital (2 sessions), Grow Your Business with Email & Social Media, Is that Legal?, Content Marketing: What to Say & How to Say It Special Feature: How to Become Minority Certified Vendor Expo Vendor opportunities are available to those that would like a table at the event to meet with attendees and distribute their information. Sponsorship opportunities are available to those businesses that desire to have a higher profile and those who wish to provide a high level of expertise in their field. Sponsorship start at $1,000 and include recognition on all event marketing materials, a table at the vendor expo and more. Cost to Attend: $25 per person $100 for Vendor Table Dallas Executive Airport Business Center 5303 Challenger Drive Dallas, TX 75237

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Xi Omega Chapter celebrates Founders’ Day

Seated (L-R): Carmen Gills, Epsilon Sigma Chapter President; Beverly Randall, Founders’ Day Committee Co-Chairman; Cheryl Benson, Founders’ Day Committee Chairman; Kassie Gossom, Alpha Xi Omega Chapter President; Dr. Jacqueline Walters, Keynote Speaker; Atty. Katina Semien, AKA South Central Regional Director; and Danette Reed, International Treasurer.

A Tribute to Our Founders and Our Legacy: Sisters Perpetually Purposed for Service was the theme for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Xi Chapter’s 2017 Founders Day Luncheon where two members were honored for 50 years of service and eight were honored for 25 years. The Sorority is 109 years old. To top off the event was a keynote speech filled with love, commitment and sincerity, to her profession and sisterhood, by OB-GYN and reality star, Dr. Jacqueline Walters, or Dr. Jackie as she is affectionately known on the Bravo TV Show, “Married to Medicine.” In an exclusive interview, and during the luncheon, the Alcorn State University alum, who graduated with dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Alcorn and the University of Mississippi where she also earned her medical degree, stressed the importance of sisterhood and healthy living. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she said she relied heavily on the generous support she received from her sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Those women, she said, were there as she went through tests and treatments, recovery and relapses. “I couldn’t have made it without them,” said Dr. Jackie. “They let me know that I was not in my situation by myself.”

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Calling her decision to seek membership one of the best decisions she made in her life, she elaborated on how important sisterly relationships are and she saluted the chapter’s honorees for their decades of service. “The greatest relationship you can have is with a sister,” she said, adding that she has lifelong, lasting friendships because she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha. “We are sisters with a purpose.” As Dr. Jackie talked about sisterhood, she also encouraged the filled to capacity room of women and men, to work together.“Today we are witnessing a rise in hatred,” she pointed out. “We must nourish and encourage. We must strengthen one another.” And that’s exactly what she tries to do whether she’s seeing a patient in her very successful private practice where her high-profile clientele includes The Braxtons, rapper TI and all-around entertainer, Usher, or working with her foundation, 50 Shades of Pink Foundation. The Foundation, she says, is dedicated to paying

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tribute to women and men diagnosed with breast cancer, and nurturing their psychological and physical well-being. She says you don’t have to look like what you’ve been going through and oftentimes a little attention and pampering can be therapeutic. “I got a third chance at life and I’m taking advantage of it!” Then there’s also the reality show. Dr. Jackie said when she was initially brought on the show, she thought she would be mentoring the wives of doctors. She didn’t expect to share so much of herself and her husband, Curtis. But life doesn’t happen as we plan all the time, she acknowledged. And now her reach, which has become a ministry of sorts, has extended exponentially as she became a breakout star of the show and she uses her platform there to share positive, authentic messages. Interrupted several times because of the applause, Dr. Jackie encouraged the audience to be their own best friend first and her challenge to everyone was to “be the change that we want to see.” -Cheryl Smith

Presentation of Donation to 50 Shades of Pink Foundation

Founders' Day Chair Cheryl Benson

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Cong. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Shirley R. Fisher, representing Sen. Royce West 21st South Central

Atty. Katina Semien, South Central Regional Director

Alicia Grinage First Vice President, AKA - Alpha Xi Omega

Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson

President, Epsilon Sigma Chapter, Texas A&M University-Commerce,

Velena McRae, Second Vice-President, AKA Alpha Xi Omega Chapter

Founders' Day Committee Advisor, Sheri Hayes

Silver Honoree Barbara Jones Cash with

Standing (L-R): Former Alpha Xi Omega Chapter Presidents - Kim McCree, Rita Cloman, Donnetta Henry, Stephanie Hawthorne, Sherel Riley, Marian Willard, Merle

pinners, Kyndal Wilson and Denise

Golden Honoree Constance Washington with pinner Deborah Pullam Moore.

Silver Honoree Leticia McGowan with pinners

Alpha Xi Omega President Kassie Gossom and Dr. Jackie

Silver Honoree Ramona Powers with pinner Kim McCree

Silver Honoree Eleita Brew with pinners,

Silver Honoree Chrisdya Houston

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Silver Honoree Cynthia Toles with pinners Jacqueline Bosh and Elmarie Brown.

Golden Honoree Felicia Hammons with pinner Paula Davis Bosh and Elmarie Brown.

Silver Honoree Barbara Lewis with pinners, Remelle Sims and Deitra Mosley.

Silver Honoree Thomasetta Blount with pinners, Bonnie Clack and Geneva Rideaux

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U.S. Virgin Islands Media Dinner Attendees heard about the latest developments and diverse offerings in the destination, culinary events like Agrifest, A Taste of St. Croix and St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, as well as the Territory's Centennial commemoration this year - marking 100 years since the transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States.

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college students. For more information or to apply, log on to www. dfwabj.com

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Applications must be returned to: DFW/ABJ c/o Cheryl Smith 320 South RL Thornton Freeway, Suite 220 Dallas, TX 75203

The Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists (formerly the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators) will present its 28th annual Urban Journalism Workshop for high school and

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General Election Filing Deadline Garland residents may file for a place on the May 6, 2017, General Election ballot for the offices of Mayor and City Council Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8. Anyone interested in candidacy must submit the required documents to the City Secretary’s Office before the filing deadline of Friday, Feb. 17. Candidate packets are available online and may be picked up at the Office of the City Secretary, 200 N. Fifth St.

Garland Police Dept. Now accepting applications for the position of Police Officer Recruit. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5 pm (CST). Entrance examination is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 8 am CST. For questions contact a recruiter at 888670-7932 or email to GPDRecruiting@ garlandtx.gov.

DCHHS Reports Sixth Flu Related Death of Season Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the sixth flu related death in Dallas County for the 2016-2017 season. Zachary The 83-year-old Thompson resident of Dallas died after complications from the seasonal flu. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information. “Our sympathies go to the families and loved ones of the individual who has passed away,” said DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson. “These deaths are an unfortunate reminder that the flu virus is circulating in Dallas County, and does have the potential to cause severe illness and death.” The Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged 6 months and older, with rare exception. Individuals should discuss flu vaccine concerns with a health care provider. The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1virus. The adult vaccine is given in the adult immunization clinic on the first floor at the DCHHS building located at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy in Dallas. The children’s vaccine is available at all DCHHS immunization clinics. Clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments aren’t necessary. For more information call 214-819-2162. Several simple things can help prevent the spread of seasonal influenza: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your sleeve. Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face. Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill. Stay home if you are sick or keep family members home if they are sick. If you haven’t done it already, consider protecting yourself with a flu vaccination.

Diversion program’s graduates honored After the completion of its inaugural year, the Achieve Inspire Motivate diversion program honored its first graduates this week. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office established Judge Brandon Birmingham the Achieve Inspire Motivate diversion program, otherwise known as AIM, in February 2016 in an effort to reduce recidivism rates and thus the cost to Dallas County residents, by providing an alternative means of justice. Among the many diversion initiatives in the Dallas County criminal justice system, AIM, which is presided

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over by Hon. Brandon Birmingham, is District Attorney-driven and targets first-time felony offenders aged 18-24 years. Participants spend approximately 12 months receiving the tools and resources needed to become productive and contributing members of society, rather than repeat offenders, thereby making Dallas County a smarter, safer community. After completing a rigorous and individualized curriculum for success, participants graduate, their case is dismissed and made eligible for immediate expunction. “These graduates have earned this dismissal, thereby removing a large barrier to future jobs, schooling, and overall success. I am hopeful that this will be the first of many graduates to come as this one-of-a-kind program continues to grow.” Judge Birmingham said. Although the program was started prior to her administration, District Attorney Faith Johnson whole-heartedly supports its mission to provide an alternative, more effective means of justice to non-violent youth. “Mass incarceration has cost our taxpayers too much money without producing any real contributions to a healthy community.” District Attorney Faith Johnson said. “It is our responsibility to keep dangerous offenders off the streets, use money prudently and give everyone a fighting chance at a successful life. That’s what programs like AIM, are all about.” The event, honoring five graduates, featured District Attorney Johnson as the guest speaker.

McMahon confirmed as SBA Head WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate confirmed on Tuesday President Donald Trump’s nomination of Linda Linda McMahon E. McMahon as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “Small businesses are the engine of our national economy,” McMahon said

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upon her confirmation. “I will work to revitalize a spirit of entrepreneurship in America. Small businesses want to feel they can take a risk on an expansion or a new hire without fearing onerous new regulations or unexpected taxes, fees and fines that will make such growth unaffordable. We want to renew optimism in our economy.” “I want to thank President Trump for this opportunity to join his Administration and to advocate for our nation’s small business owners and entrepreneurs,” McMahon said. In testimony on January 24 before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, McMahon discussed her hands-on experience managing and helping to grow small businesses. “As an entrepreneur myself, I have shared the experiences of our nation’s small business owners. My husband and I built our business from scratch. We started out sharing a desk. Over decades of hard work and strategic growth, we built it into a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees. I am proud of our success – I know every bit of the hard work it took to create that success.” “I believe in leadership by example. As a CEO, I never expect employees to do anything I am not willing to do myself. I believe in setting expectations and holding people accountable, but trusting them to do the job for which they were hired. I look forward to working with the SBA staff. I am eager to learn from their experience and expertise. I will listen, and their ideas, concerns and recommendations will be taken seriously.” As Administrator of the SBA, McMahon will direct a federal agency with more than 2,000 full-time employees, with a leading role in helping small business owners and entrepreneurs secure financing, technical assistance and training, and federal contracts. SBA also plays a leading role in disaster recovery by making low interest loans. McMahon is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Women’s Leadership LIVE, as well as the co-founder and former CEO of WWE. She was the Republican nominee to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012. McMahon is an advocate for small business and continues to promote entrepreneurship, particularly among women.

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I Messenger INGENUITY IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: WORD OF MOUTH SERIES The Word of Mouth is a series created by Judge Amber Givens-Davis, Presiding Judge of the 282nd Judicial District Court in Dallas County, Texas, with the goal to demystify the criminal justice system for the public. “As a Judge I cannot advocate social issues, but I can educate the community as to state of the current law. Having experienced the criminal justice system as the family member of an accused individual, an Assistant District Attorney, a Defense Attorney, and now as a Judge, I understand the importance of my responsibility to provide the public with free educational access to the law,” explained Judge Givens-Davis. The Word of Mouth of Series celebrated its kick off in June 2016 by discussing “Grand Jury, the Secret Process.”

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FEBRUARY 17, 2017 The June 2016 session attracted an audience from as far as Austin, TX and San Antonio, TX. Amongst other topics discussed in the first session, the panel explained the new law in effect on September 1, 2015, regarding Grand Jury selection. The legislature enacted the new law to ensure that diverse, cross-sections of our Texas communities are invited to serve as Grand Jurors. The August and October 2016 Word of Mouth sessions delved into topics concerning finding counsel, the difference between appointed and retained counsel, search warrants, bail, the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office, services provided by the Dallas County Clerk’s Office, voting rights of those that have served a penitentiary sentence, etc. The fourth Word of Mouth Series,“Pretrial Matters, Matter” is scheduled to take place at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center [Building A] on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. The community center is located at 2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215. “Pretrial Matters, Matter” will examine the many pretrial proceedings that the public may not be aware of including those that impact where a case is ultimately tried, the content of an indictment, delays, determining the ad-

missibility of evidence, how notice of criminal charges are provided to an individual accused, etc. Panelists will include Judge Amber Givens-Davis, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson, Judge Steven Autry, and former Judge Diane Jones-McVay. Many times we gather our knowledge of the criminal justice system from local news stations, newspapers, and other entertainment sources. The Word of Mouth Series is the first program of its kind in Dallas County, created by Judge Givens-Davis, to provide insight into the criminal justice system. Through this Series the Dallas County community has received back stage passes to the criminal justice system with guidance from those involved in the day-to-day inner workings including Judge Givens-Davis and other elected officials, along with Dallas County Department heads. Stay tuned because The Word of Mouth Series is designed to walk the public through the entire criminal justice system from Grand Jury selection to the Appellate process. Make sure you spread the Word of Mouth Series and take the opportunity to participate in the “Pretrial Matters, Matter” discussion at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center [2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215].

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Etiquette: Like berries on the vine

My Day By Dr. J. Ester Davis

First etiquette . . .Do unto others quote. Your dog is cute, but dogs do not shop. And they are not welcomed everywhere. Please do not announce deaths in a text. Say “excuse me,” when you bump into any human being. Learn to write and spell correctly in English. Use your turn signal more often than your mouth or middle finger. Your phone is not a vital organ. You can live without it. Try an hour a day. What is etiquette? My simply definition is... etiquette is not something you do, it is who you are.

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People with drones and Etiquette is like berries on the guns, endanger other citizens vine. If you don’t do anything every minute of the day, due about it, it fails and falls to the to their lack of competence ground. and respect. Additionally, we I hear so many express that etbump into people of other culiquette is dead. Or, where is ettures, disabilities and dismiss iquette? I do admit that it has the courtesies due. two faces. Al Jarreau died this week at One, the example is not intently age 76, and I just loved that set and it has not been taught. Al Jarreau song “We’re In This Love ToEtiquette is paramount in our everyday lives. I hesitate to demote it to a lost gether.” He was a marvelous entertainer. You know the words…”cause, we’re in this love art, but it is an endangered institution. However, segments of our society use it very together.” As I started writing this article and groovin’ well. . . separating the wheat from the grass. Meaning blatantly that even though you may to Al Jarreau’s chords on the internet, the two be overqualified for that job or promotion, loves just merged into so many thoughts. The you are not a ‘fit’ for the success of the mission. love for ourselves and our society is “someWhere is all of this going? How do you ex- thing we never want to lose.” The love for God’s magnificent creatures is plain a society that is declining before your something we do not want to lose. Like bervery eyes? What is the answer? What pieces of the puz- ries on the vine. . we need to get sweeter. . . not deeper in mayhem. zle is missing? The sheer fact is whatever it is . . . we are all in I am saddened by the lack of common manthis “love” together. ners as I go about my day. Thanks, Al Jarreau for the memories. Recently, on the evening news, an unbelievEster Davis can be reached at esterday.com able disturbance occurred. Because of their Join us @ROPP for Girls, Concord Baptist Church, discomfort with the matter, passengers startFeb. 25, with Women of Wisdom(WOW). Thanks ed deplaning as the pilot spoke. Dr. Hollie-Theodeaux for “Marriage Forever Couples”

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