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Deborah Watkins 1951 - 2018

Dr. Deborah Watkins, former Dallas City Secretary and past president of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will be remembered in services this weekend. A graduate of the Class of 1969 of Roosevelt High School, Dr. Watkins went to the University of North Texas, where she also received a master’s degree. She later earned her Ph.D. in education from Texas A&M-Commerce. She was initiated into the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, in 1983. She was preceded in death by her husband Ted. They have two sons, Ryan and Kurt. The Wake, and Delta Sigma Theta’s ceremony, is Friday night at 5-7p.m. and 7p.m., respectively. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, 9333 Ferguson Road in Dallas.

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MY TRUTH

By Cheryl Smith Publisher

In classes that I teach at El Centro College, the students have an opportunity to gain extra credit. For the past three to four years, I have presented Minnie’s Food Pantry as an option. I tell them that they can make donations, or volunteer their services. I explain to them what happens at Minnie’s and also I share a little history about Plano, Texas because I know most folks think of Plano as affluent. When people think of hunger, they don’t think of Plano, Texas; where Minnie’s is located. Just look at the home page of it’s website - www.plano. gov. A man and young female child appear to be walking a dog, outside of a big, nice home with a neatly manicured front lawn. Or check out www.visitplano.com. Despite the city’s diverse population, with a Black mayor; the at-a-glance images that promote the city focus on one area and don’t do a good job of spreading the love I look for when looking for a place to live or visit. With well more than a 1/4 of a million residents, and home to many corporate headquar-

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ters, Plano is the ninth most populous city in Texas. There are huge, gorgeous homes, beautiful sites and plenty to do. But guess what? There are also homeless and hungry men, women and children. The poverty rate is 7.5 percent according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and some would turn their nose up, especially when you travel south of Plano to Dallas and you find a city in crisis with a poverty rate of 22.9 percent, according to the U.S. Census. According to the Dallas Poverty Task Force 90 percent of jobs are north of I-30. Now do you disregard that 7.5 percent living in poverty in Plano? Do you discount those who fall on hard times and need a hand up, not a handout? Do you realize that until we take care of the least of us? After questioning my class, I give them my tombstone speech, where I tell them that for many the only proof that they lived will be the headstone that some will stumble over on their way to another’s resting place. What you do for others or to make this world a better place will be your legacy.

What you do for yourself will fade away along with the memories of you, especially if what you did only benefited you. Now Minnie’s Food Pantry holds a special place in my heart because it is a special place and Minnie Hawthorne-Ewing was a very special woman with a beautiful heart, who personally ministered to me. Additionally when I visit Minnie’s it is so heartwarming because the staff and volunteers really care. Too often, let’s face it and be real, folks who are in positions where they provide social services are often lacking social skills. They act like they are doing you a favor while failing to realize that they are one or two paychecks from the same situation. Not the case at Minnie’s. There are folks showing up who need help and they are treated like family. No one at Minnie’s treats you like you are dysfunctional family members who never have anything positive to say, always looking for a hustle or have a bad odor. Instead everyone is greeted with a smile and respect.


I Messenger They even roll out the red carpet for people who come for support. Minnie’s Food Pantry deserves praise and support. While some look for a problem to solve that will impact their bottom line, Minnie’s, led by Cheryl “Action” Jackson, identified a problem and worked to solve it by helping whole families maintain their dignity during turbulent times. Minnie’s Food Pantry does not receive government support. You, the community, and those who have the spirit of giving, are the sole source of support. Even before Minnie’s Food Pantry was founded a decade ago, on April 1, 2008, Dr. Jackson was a source of inspiration and support for many. Even when she had little to give, she gave what she could and more importantly, she gave love! So when I saw her receiving pledge after pledge until the dollar amount went well over a million dollars, at her annual gala featuring the Oprah Winfrey; I was just as happy as she was. You see, while misery loves company; happiness does also! I’m happy when I see anyone being successful while living their purpose. Straight up - I ain’t got time

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Dr. Cheryl “Action” Jackson for misery! Life is too short.

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Reentry Program graduates 2018 Class By Dorothy J Gentry

T.O.R. I. has done it again. The Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.), created in 2005 by Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter’s House, recently held their annual graduation commencement ceremony for the formerly incarcerated men and women who have successfully completed the program. Complete with caps, gowns and diplomas; more than 100 ex-offenders walked the stage at the Potter’s House to applause, standing ovations, tears of joy and shouts of hope. “This is what the Gospel is all about: The Word made flesh,” said Bishop Jakes. “To reach out and to care for those who have been left behind or left out of the system. The sociological impact is huge because it suggests that we cannot really lift people in the community without a concerted effort. “Faith-based entities should not be left out of the discussion when it comes to rehabilitation but we cannot do it alone,” Bishop Jakes continued. “I think that Jesus would reach out to the least of those, to those who have been rejected or ostracized or made mistakes,” he said. “Our whole message of redemption and forgiveness really is epitomized in what we are doing here today.” According to organizers, T.O.R.I. grew out of need from The Potter’s House Prison Ministry. After the ministry left an impact on prisoners visited, former inmates came to the church looking for help upon release, organizers say. Bishop Jakes recognized the need for the re-entry assistance for inmates who were returning home to their communities. T.O.R.I. began offering services in January 2005, and has since served over 10,000 formerly incarcerated male and female adults across the state of Texas. Angela Rye, former Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressio-

Angela Rye nal Black Caucus for the 112th Congress and current CNN political commentator and NPR political analyst, gave the commencement address at the recent graduation and stressed the importance of changing our mindsets when it comes to rehabilitating past offenders. “This is a reset opportunity for them, that’s my message for these folks today,” Ms. Rye said. “And I know that they’re going to go out and make it better for everyone who’s similarly situated, for everyone who’s having a similar experience that they had while they were incarcerated.” “T.O.R.I. is just one example of a possibility of an idea that I think can change our country,” she continued. “If we bring faith-based entities together with CEOs and elected officials and community activists, we form an ability to lift issues that could not be lifted independently.” She encouraged the graduates with a message of redemption, new beginnings and second chances, but also stressed it won’t be easy, but will be worth it. “A hard reset is not always immediate. It takes a little longer. As humans, sometimes we have to hit rock bottom, some of us have to be given no other options, all distractions removed, stranded, tragic loss or trauma to occur for us to realize we need a hard reset,” she said. “Some of us have to be reminded of our founda-

tion and brought back home. And then some of us have to be knocked down and talked to directly by God Himself. Whatever the case, it’s okay. “When we go through a hard reset, we go from captivity to a breakthrough. There is a process that has to occur. Another phrase for a hard reset Is a new beginning. And that’s what this is for you.” At its most basic mission statement,T.O.R.I. provides those who have just left the prison system with reintegration education, from financial help to teaching technical skills to help catch former prisoners up on technological advancements since they’ve been locked up. The results are clear, too. In the US 52% of prisoners will be reincarcerated within three years of their release. That number plummets to 11% for the TORI program, according to its executive director Tina Naidoo. “There really is promise in rehabilitation, in changing our criminal justice system and here in Texas we are all about reform,” she said. Three hundred and forty-four individuals from five different prisons were served pre-release in 2017 by T.O.R.I. With the help of the city of Dallas Employment Initiative, T.O.R.I. assisted in securing employment for over 50 clients, enrolled more than 30 students into GED classes, 200 completed financial literacy training, and assisted clients with starting college courses in Dallas’ community college district program. Over the past 13 years, they have served nearly 17,000 formerly incarcerated individuals across the state of Texas. “We as a T.O.R.I. program have seen the tide change, the pendulum shift, so there really is promise in rehabilitation, in changing our criminal justice system and here in Texas we are all about reform,” said Ms. Naidoo, who received the White House Champions of Change award from Pres. Barack Obama in 2016 for her work with the T.O.R.I program.


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Will HUD Secretary enforce Fair Housing Act? The Fair Housing Act was passed a week after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. President Lyndon Johnson encouraged Congress to pass the legislation as a tribute to the slain civil rights ladder, who, along with several civil rights organizations (including the NAACP), strongly supported the act. African American veteran’s organizations (including the American GI Forum) were especially passionate about the legislation, especially since Vietnam veterans were among those experiencing severe housing discrimination. Senator Ed Brooke (R-MA), the only African American in the Senate at the time, along with his Massachusetts colleague, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was especially focused on the legislation. The Fair Housing Act is also known as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (which was later amended in 1988) prevents discrimination in the sale, rental, financing, and advertising of housing because of race, color, religion, disability, family status, and national origin. But with the severe wealth inequality in our nation, there are still major gaps between homeownership by race, and African American households were more heavily impacted by the Great Recession than any other race group. Between 2004 and 2016, every group experienced a decline in homeownership, but while whites experienced a 4.1 percent decline, African American households experienced a 7 percent decline, dropping from nearly half (49 percent) of Black households owning homes to just 41.9 percent. Meanwhile, white homeownership remained over 70 percent. As much as a third of African American wealth was

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wiped out by the Great Recession, and this is partly due to discrimination in banking, including the ways that some banks aggressively pushed subprime loans on African Americans, even those who qualified for traditional loans. HUD is the federal agency that is responsible for enforcing the Fair Housing Act, as well as providing rental assistance, public housing, and housing

scheduled for the next fiscal year, and the issue of non-discriminatory and affordable housing remains a pressing one. But will HUD Secretary Ben Carson enforce the Fair Housing Act and effectively administer an agency that can make a difference in the quality of life for low-income people? One has to raise the question, especially as Dr. Carson seems to

vouchers for those who cannot afford housing on their incomes. Our 45th President had proposed deep cuts in the HUD budget, but the budget that was passed on March 23, 2018, just hours before the government was scheduled to shut down, actually adds money to the HUD budget, especially in the rental assistance and public housing capital funds program (http://nlihc.org/sites/default/ files/NLIHC_HUD-USDA_Budget-Chart.pdf). Still, cuts are

want to spend more time looking for a $30,000 dining table than administering his agency. 45’s pick of Carson to administer the agency was a strange one, given that Carson’s only qualification for running one of the government’s largest agencies seems to be that his mom avoided public housing because of its “dangers”. 45 does not seem to be high on finding qualified people to run HUD. The New York HUD administrator, Lynn Patton, was

Eric Trump’s wedding planner! It may seem snarky to point out things that some would call “minor”, and both Patton and Carson will, perhaps, grow into their roles. But the work to do (or not do) make a difference in the quality of life, and the quality of housing, for millions of Americans. And, there is no evidence that Carson has spearheaded innovative programs (wait – did I write Carson and “innovative programs” in the same sentence?) to close the homeownership gap or to help African American families recover from the ravages of the Great Recession. Furthermore, while this has little to do with Carson, the effort to roll back Dodd-Frank reforms and the evisceration of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau disempowers consumers, especially those of low and moderate incomes. By making it more difficult to file class action lawsuits, individuals who experience banking discrimination are handicapped in their ability to fight back. Carson, singing from the 45 playbook, when he opens up his mouth at all, is not likely to be an effective advocate for the people he has frequently disdained. Indeed, though he has thrown his wife, Candy, under the bus on the matter of the dining table, he is no different from other Cabinet officials who have a “let them eat cake” attitude toward those they serve. First class travel, highend furniture, and chicanery are the name of the 45 Cabinet game. Fifty years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is not clear that the current HUD Secretary will be a warrior in the fight against housing discrimination.


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Hollywood Hernandez Live

By Hollywood Hernandez

ACRIMONY Tyler Perry's ACRIMONY is the best Tyler Perry movie to date. Much like the movie GET OUT Perry's latest film has an interesting twist that is well concealed until he drops the bomb on you in the movie. The perspective of the movie deals with the definition of the truth. Perry shows that there are three sides to every story; her version, his

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after her former college sweetheart and partner of 18 years leaves her for another woman (or at least that's the way she sees it). The movie could draw comparisons to FATAL ATTRACTION and A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE but Perry brings a sense of awareness to the story that make it different from other movies that may seem similar. While she does play an "over the

Whether he is with the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Demetria Obilor, or celebrating the Radio Diva Lynne Haze’s birthday, Hollywood is LIVE!

version and the "real truth" which lies somewhere in the middle. Along with other members of the I Messenger Media team, I viewed ACRIMONY, along with the family and friends of Ptosha Storey, at a private screening at Alamo Draft House in Dallas. I was determined not to be influenced in my opinion of the movie by the charm of the lovely Dallas actress. Her performance in the movie as Taraji P. Henson's big sister, along with the other actors, was stellar. Henson, who's starred in several of Perry's feature films, has a chemistry with Perry that is immediately identified. She plays an angry black woman who is hellbent on revenge

top mad black woman," Taraji P. Henson goes so far with her depiction of her character that she seems more like the mother in MOMMY DEAREST than simply a scorned black woman. Describing the movie further would give away too many spoilers so let me simply say Perry has directed a really creative drama that will leave you with your mouth wide open in shock. Again, I believe this to be Perry's best work (and our Dallas home town girl Ptosha Storey is outstanding in a supporting role). On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate ACRIMONY a LARGE.

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Toler to keynote annual Trailblazer luncheon

Judge Lynn Toler

Judge Lynn Toler will keynote the 55th Annual V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Noon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. South Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Inc. will host The Emerald Anniversary of the annual Trailblazer Awards Luncheon and recognize 12 outstanding Trailblazers and Honorees in the Dallas community. The Club will award scholarships to eight deserving graduating seniors. A judge, an actress and producer of the nationally syndicated and Emmy-nominated hit television show, Divorce Court; she has netted immense popularity on the program where she has achieved fame as one of television’s sternest and most intransigent celebrity litigators. People listen to Judge Toler for her sage advice and take away lessons on life. Judge Toler excels at certain behavioral tools, including “reading” other people’s feelings, assessing their faults and reframing situations to lead to an emotional resolution.

Judge Toler was born in Columbus, Ohio, attended Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She segued from a career as an impassioned litigator to an elected Administrative Judge on the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court. She won her first election to that post at the early age of 33. Her unusual and innovative sentencing on the bench, such as granting shorter incarceration terms to convicts who completed book reports drew the attention of a local television station, which in turn recommended Judge Toler to Fox TV. Since 2006, Toler has netted immense popularity with her common-sense approach to resolving relationship problems. While on the bench, Judge Toler headed the Cleveland Heights Coordinated Community Response to Violence Against Women, a countywide initiative for the coordination of community resources to assist women who are victims of violence. While off screen, her work includes serving on the Board of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Cuyahoga County Criminal Justice Services Supervisory Board, Goodwill’s Starting Over Program and preventing domestic violence through her current passion, Bloomberg365.org. She has been married to “Big E” for 29 years. They have two sons and she also has four stepsons. She is the author of “Making Marriage Work: New Rules for an Old Institutions” and “My Mother’s Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius.” She has an older sister, Kathy Toler, who is a practicing neurologist in Dallas, Texas.

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St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church celebrates 85 Years Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Anniversary Speaker Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr., St. Luke Pastor Emeritus, will be the speaker at the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship celebrations Sunday, April 22, for the church’s 85th anniversary. The anniversary theme is “Honoring Our Legacy—Pursuing Our Destiny.” The church is located at 5710 East R.L. Thornton Frwy., Dallas. The community is invited to join members at multiple activities planned April 18-25 to celebrate the church’s legacy.

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April 18 April 22 April 23 7 pm 8 am & 11 am 11 am shotgun start “St. Luke’s Got Talent” Worship Services St. Luke Anniversary Golf Tournament Keeton Park Golf Course 2223 N. Jim Miller Road, Dallas Contact: Allen Avery @ 214.930.0439 “INNERtainment” featuring Comedian Marcus Wiley 7 pm April 25 For more information about St. Luke’s anniversary activities, call 214.821.2970, or visit our website at www.slcumc.org.


I Messenger 12 April 13, 2018 QUIT PLAYIN’ - 50 Years a Martyr… A Tribute series to Dr. King

Martin - The King of Christians

By Vincent L. Hall

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Mt. 16:24 My mother, a PK (Preacher’s Kid), asserts that a Gospel preacher hasn’t performed due diligence unless his sermon ends at the cross. That cross refers to the lynching Jesus suffered for the sake of the disinherited. So let me finish this tribute to Dr. King the right way. Michael King Jr., whose father was so inspired by his revelations during a trip to Germany, changed his name to honor the great Protestant Reformation Leader; Martin Luther…That Martin Luther King was above all attributes a Christian. Dr. King’s Christianity was not based on fantasy or a fetish…It was not fanatical or fan-based. Dr. King did not fight for civil rights because he was a Christian. King’s interpretation of the Christian ethos left him with no other alternative than to fight injustice. The fault line in American history as it pertains to the memory and martyrdom of

Dr. King is that it never places proper emphasis on him as a “Christian” leader. King is lauded with sanguine and flattering conversations. The revisionists canonization would have you believe King majored in stirring oratory and strategic mastery; which were merely his minor subjects. No one can rightly complete nor close a discussion on King’s life without wading through the weight of his spirituality. Mart i n w a s driven a n d burdened by his Chris-

roundly criticize. A Conservative St. Louis radio host, Jamie Allman, inferred via tweet that he was getting ready to sodomize Parkland survivor David Hogg with a “hot poker.” Dr. King knew well that hateful dialogue is the harbinger of harmful deeds. “Doc” was not original in his call to Christian activism. King mirrored the tradition of the Black Church. The Black Church was borne in response

tianity. The dominant rubric in the life, legacy, labor and largesse of Dr. King can’t be arrested in the 66 books that make up the Holy Bible. Martin Luther King mimicked Jesus’ public life example. Jesus would never be caught in Donald Trump’s cabinet meeting, save to scold them for pandering to the rich while plundering the poor. Jesus would coalesce with the #MeToo, #BLM and #ParklandStrong movements. King too. Just this week, a Rush Limbaugh wannabee, hurled a heap of hatred that Dr. King, would

to racial hatred and the subrogation of human rights. Any form of Christianity that denies the poor, defames the widow and dehumanizes the sick is heretical. King got that. King also understood that Christianity demanded tolerance and he walked it like he talked it. On January 30, 1956, King and the Montgomery Improvement Association filed a federal suit challenging the segregation of Montgomery buses. Later that evening, as King addressed a meeting of 2000plus at First Baptist Church, his

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home was bombed. He rushed home to find his wife, Coretta, and their daughter, Yolanda, physically unharmed. King absorbed the personal predicament and disarmed a crowd at his house by reiterating the principles of nonviolence. The following Sunday, King preached one of his best and least-referenced sermons: “The One-Sided Approach of the Good Samaritan.” In that ecumenical press release, King faults the Good Samaritan who supported the victim he found on the road to Jericho. Even though he was better than the priests who wouldn’t stop to help, the Good Samaritan failed to make the Jericho road safer for the next traveler; vis a vis changing public policy. King concluded: “Taking up the cross is the voluntary or deliberate choice of putting ourselves without reservation at the service of Christ and his kingdom; it is putting our whole being in the struggle against evil, whatever the cost.” Many have faulted King for his approach, but the exculpatory evidence that “Trumps” all other defenses is that Dr. King was a Christian. He took us to the cross and that’s how he died. #QuitPlayin #StayWoke Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and award-winning journalist.


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Support the fair housing act

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

tion. Having grown up in inner-city Detroit, it is unfathomable that he might have avoided In addition to the Civil the restricted Rights Act of 1964 and the housing realities Voting Rights Act of 1965, faced by families a courageous President Lynlike his own whose don Baines Johnson signed residential choices into law the Fair Housing were limited by reAct of 1968. strictive covenants, Enacted on April 11th, and racial steering just seven days after the practices. Congresswoman assassination of Dr. MarThere was a Eddie Bernice Johnson tin Luther King Jr., it was time in America designed to end segregated when people of housing in American cities and color were not allowed to pursuburban areas, which resulted chase homes beyond the boundin draconian social and eco- aries of those areas which were nomic marginalization for peo- designated for them. They were ple of color. denied access to neighborhoods Until the Fair Housing Act that were near higher-paying was implemented 50 years ago, places of employment, quality acutely segregated neighbor- libraries and recreational facilihoods were created by official ties. acts of local and state governThe fight for fair housing ments. The federal governments continues in our country. I was was complicit in many instances among those in Congress that as well. Segregation in housing supported policies established was commonplace. The legisla- during President Obama’s adtion was an attempt to make our ministration that mandated that country more welcoming for ra- local and state governments cial minorities. requesting federal funding for In our government, the De- housing projects address how partment of Housing and Urban housing discrimination had Development is responsible for historically precluded African the creation of equitable hous- Americans, in particular, from ing. Among its responsibilities many neighborhoods as renters is to see that federal fair housing and homeowners. laws are followed, and that fedThe Obama policies have eral monies are not allocated for been resisted by some of those housing plans and projects that seeking federal funding, but are discriminatory in nature. fair-minded members of ConIt was most troubling recently gress have been resolute in not when Dr. Ben Carson, who was opposing them, realizing the appointed by the president to unseemly results of housing disguide national housing policies, crimination and segregation in proposed that the words “free America. from discrimination� be deleted Fifty years ago, a president from the mission statement of and a Congress embraced the the entity that he directs. idea of fair housing. It would Certainly Dr. Carson, a high- be shamefully irresponsible for ly-trained physician and neuro- government officials today to surgeon, must be aware of the deny the wisdom of those who history of housing discrimina- came before them.

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Kim Crawford Davis, PV alum, remembered

Kim Crawford Davis, at a Greek Picnic in the late 80s.

Kimesia Crawford Davis was born on May 29, 1971. She grew up in Dallas lived her life to the fullest. Kim attended Dallas ISD schools and graduated from the High School of Health Professions. She was a very proud “Lion” and furthered her education at

Prairie View A&M University. Kim was employed at AT&T for almost 18 years. She leaves to cherish her memory her amazing husband, Desmond Davis; children Kylie, Kelcie, and Dalton; mother, Patrick Crawford; father, Heman Sweatt (Jo); sisters, Shayla and C’Zarina Sweatt; uncle Charles Crawford (Shirley); aunt Gloria Freeney (Victor); aunt Libby Sweatt; aunt Bernice Cokes (Joseph); aunt Beverly (Joseph); a special aunt/nana, Ruthie Traylor; mother-in-love Regina Moses; father-in-love Bishop D.A. Davis (Lorita); and a host of other relatives and friends whom. Services will be at St. John Church Unleashed, 1701 W. Jefferson Street, Grand Prairie, TX 75051 at 2:00p.m.


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Jarvis Christian College to host Social Justice Conference

Hawkins, TX – Three human rights leaders will gather on Jarvis Christian College’s campus for “Mission, Vocation and the Call to Social Justice: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. John D. Mangram,” on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Dr. Robert Franklin, Candler School of Theology, Emory College; Dr. Charles Steele Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) President; and Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., co-founder of Dr. Robert Franklin the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) will lead the Social Justice Conference sessions. Beginning at 11 a.m., Dr. Franklin will lead a session on “Discerning Your Mission in Life” in the Charles A. Meyer Auditorium. Dr. Franklin is the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University (Atlanta) and is Senior Advisor to the President of Emory University. He served as Director of the Religion Department of the Chautauqua Institution from 2014 to 2017. In 2014, he served as Senior Advisor for Community and Diversity, Emory University (Atlanta). In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He is president emeritus of Morehouse College where he served as the 10th president of the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men from 2007 through 2012. Dr.

Franklin was the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University (2004-2007), where he provided leadership for a university-wide initiative titled “Confronting the Human Condition and the Human Experience” and was a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at the law school. He also has served as program officer in Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation and as an advisor to the foundation’s president on future funding for religion and public life initiatives. Also at 11 a.m. in the Smith-Howard Chapel, Dr. Steele and Dr. Lafayette will speak on “Social Justice and the 21st Century.” Dr. Steele, a Civil Rights leader, was elected to the T u s c a l o o s a Dr. Charles Steele, Jr. City Council in 1985, where he served two terms. During his tenure as City Councilman, he organized the Unity Day Scholarship Fund, the Tuscaloosa Police Athletic League and secured funds to build the Bernice Washington Insight Center, a drug treatment center. He also organized the Tuscaloosa Drug Task Force and the Partners for a Drug Free Tuscaloosa County (formerly Tuscaloosa Drug Task Force). In 1994, Dr. Steele was elected to the Alabama State Senate. The Senator played key roles in recruiting not one, but several new plants in his district. He also sponsored a non-traditional educational program with Robert

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Townsend of Hollywood, California, for the youth of his district. Additionally, he recruited the Rosa Parks movie to Alabama, where he served as a consultant to the of Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. production the $7 million CBS movie project. Dr. Lafayette is a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leader in the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, a Freedom Rider, an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Campaign. At the age of 22, Dr. Lafayette assumed the directorship of the Alabama Voter Registration Project in Selma, a city that had previously been removed from the organization’s list due to the dangers of operating there. Dr. LaFayette is Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Chair of the National Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is the 2018 Breeden Scholar in Residence at Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities. Following the two sessions, a “Social Justice Legends” Town Hall Meeting will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the E.W. Rand Center. The Conference is free and open to the public.


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Generation Z takes it to the street! tion and not on their cellular phones is irrelevant. They should feel safe in the We continue our series on the growknowledge they can ignore the teacher ing concern of gun violence in America. or preacher while playing their favorite According to Gun Violence Archives, game and not having to worry if some(http://www.gunviolencearchive.org) one is going to burst through the door there has been 27 mass shootings in and open fire. America resulting in 19 deaths and Generation Z took it to the streets! 60 injured since the tragic shooting No breakdancing battles for this at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High Dr. Felicia Shepherd group. This compulsive texting, Tide School on February 14th. The disrepod eating challenge, renegade teenspect of life continues, and many are weary that agers scheduled school walkouts and marches? no gun control law will ever be passed in the What! To see the transformation of this generUnited States. ation, unfold, the onlooking adults should feel Well look out America because Generation a sense of pride with this Z is mad as hell and they are not taking it any- group who is known for more! Those troublesome teenagers have said being reckless when it enough is enough! Teenagers across this coun- comes to human life. Untry have banned together to send a unified mes- fortunately, Generation sage that it is not OK to be gunned down in their Z is being criticized and schools and neighborhoods. They should feel berated by adults. The safe in a place of academia as well as in a place kids’ message is very simof worship. Now whether they are paying atten- ple. They are simply saying they are done with accepting that it is okay for an individual to come into their school with an automatic weapon killing and injuring them and their friends as a means of retaliation. Do not get me wrong, bullying is not okay. Everyone has the right to go to school and not be harassed based on their gender, sexual orientation, appearance, etc. We can agree, bullying is bad but who's the bully now? Grown adults have lashed out at these teenagers for using their hormonal super powers for the greater good. Instead of praising these children, narrow minded adults decided to insult their intelligence by saying there is no way this generation could pull off organizing a protest march. They go one to say other adults are brainwashing these kids to come out in support of gun policy legislation. Really? When I think of my teenage nephew, if I had the power to brainwash him to do anything I would send a message to his brain to clean his By Dr. Felicia Shepherd

messy room or take the trash out on Fridays without an adult nagging him. Many things I would like to use my “Doc Shep powers” on with this generation but gun control legislation is not on the top of my list. So how did these disorderly, rambunctious teenagers pull this off? Hmm. Two words “SOCIAL MEDIA “people! This is not rocket science America. Generation Z will send you a text message before talking to you and they are sitting in the same house with you. I have witnessed college students plan a party in less than 10 minutes. You must give them credit. When they put their minds to something, positive or insane, it's a done deal. Using their itching fingertips, Generation Z organized walk outs and protest marches using texting, Snapchat, Instagram, and even the archaic Facebook (Facebook is for “old folks” according to this group). On March 24, 2018, March for Our Lives rallies were held across the United States. Adults did not feel left out of this rally. Remember they are teenagers. They are broke! Mom and Dad did have to contribute to the cause to get the child to Washington D. C. Kudus Parents! Don’t worry, I am sure your son, daughter, or both paid you back by doing the laundry, cooking dinner, washing your car, and being an overall nice kid for a minimum of 24 hours post-rally. It has been over 45 days since the massacre in Florida and our children are still demanding action for gun control policy. Adults, instead of criticizing this generation, how about we congratulate them on continuing to talk, scream, and of course text to ensure their message is not being lost because of their age. This will be a long process but as this generation continues to fight to be heard there are more adults listening. For those who still do not understand why Generation Z is taking it to the streets. I shall leave you with this. While many teenagers are getting ready for prom and graduation, let us not forget the chairs that will be empty at graduation, the dinner table, family functions, because someone decided to take a gun into a school, church, or event and cut their lives short. ~Doc Shep Speaks


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By Valder Beebe As Seen on TV and heard on Radio My interviews on the Valder Beebe Show are awe inspiring. For radio I take interview calls from Canada, London, and as far away as Istanbul and across the United States. My interviews can be slated for radio (audio) or satellite (video). The shows’ radio interviews are broadcast live from my home base Dallas, Texas to stations around the U.S. Satellite interviews are on-demand and streaming TV [PChatman. com] broadcasts on Roku, Amazon FireTV, AndroidTV, AppleTV, Tablet WebApp, iOS, Samsung SmartTV, and XBOX. Be sure to hear and or see The Valder Beebe Show in your favorite media. Returning guest to The Valder Beebe Show, business success, renowned dog behaviorist Cesar Millan is a New York Times bestselling author and has been one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior and rehabilitation for 25 years. Millan built

Cesar Millan his business from nothing after coming to the U.S. with no money and no English skills. He then rebuilt his business from scratch: “I learned about contacts, and added some lawyers to my pack,” he jokes. He also has a unique company protocol. He trusts his dogs to help him make decisions on who to work with. Cesar Millan made return appearances on the Valder Beebe Show because he finds a lot of dogs dumped at shelters because they have heartworm and their owners aren’t aware of the disease. It’s preventable. And experts are warning due to the wet winter and above average temperatures to be prepared for one of the most active infestations of heartworm disease in years. Heartworm awareness month and dog be-

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haviorist Cesar Millan is calling attention to this serious canine health problem that now threatens pets in all 50 states. Cesar Millan has made dogs his business. He has created a career and a thriving business based on helping other individuals or corporations understand the behavior of dogs better. He works with non-profit organizations and dog lovers to save millions of dogs around the country in his Nat Geo WILD series Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation. During his nine-season run as host of the hit series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, he rehabilitated hundreds of aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous dogs, as well as the families that were usually in the dark about how their own behavior contributed to their dogs’ quirky traits. Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in Southern California serves as a home base for his expanding slate of dog behavior and training courses and clinics, “Training Cesar’s Way.”​ Next for Millan’s canine empire? He’s taking his message and his business global by starting to work in China–and his sons are following in his footsteps, each hosting dog training shows of their own. It’s always fun catching up with Cesar as a returning guest because his love for dogs is true and authentic. These assets have made him world known and a success far beyond his dreams. Remember when you think you can achieve an aspect in life of business “Cesar built his business from nothing after coming to the U.S. with no money and no English skills.” Catch his show on TV and to learn more on Preventing Heartworm, go to: www.cesarsway.com. More THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW presented in this publication and on-line at ValderBeebeShow.com.


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Dirk plans return for 21st season with Mavs Story and picture By Dorothy J Gentry Sports Editor

He walked into a packed press conference at American Airlines Center on crutches and wearing a large boot – a reminder of the ankle surgery he had just last week that ended his season with three games left – and uttered five words: “I’m planning on coming back.” And with that, Dirk Nowitzki – the face of the Dallas Mavericks franchise for the past 20 years – confirmed his plans to return to the only team he has ever known. “That’s why I went ahead and got the surgery to kind of get the whole process started, get the rehab process started early, and I plan on coming back,” Nowitzki said “I didn’t really miss a lot of games this year and I felt fine most of the time.” Nowitzki underwent left ankle surgery last Thursday with, he said at the time, the sole purpose of being ready to play again with no problems by the time training camp starts in October. The 39-year-old Nowitzki, affectionately known

as “The Tall Baller From the G,” is currently in the middle of a two-year, $10 million contract signed last offseason that will carry over into 2018-19, when he’ll become the 28th player to play in the NBA at age 40. He turns 40 in June. “I always said all year that I want to fulfill that two-year contract if possible. I saw nothing this year that was going to stop it, so as of now I’ll see how the rehab goes in the next few weeks and how the ankle responds, but obviously I’m going to work toward another season.” Nowitzki’s announcement came prior to Tuesday night’s Phoenix SunsMavs game, the team’s last game of the year. They lost 124-97 and finished the season with a 24-58 record, and likely will be tied with both the Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 3 spot in the NBA Draft Lottery this summer. Dirk’s decision eased the mind of Head Coach Rick Carlisle. “I couldn’t imagine being here and Dirk not being here, so I feel very relieved that its looking like he’ll be back,” Coach said. “It’s great news. The timing

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of everything makes perfect sense to him and to all of us.” Nowitzki started all 77 games he played in this season but his 20-years in the NBA showed as his production dropped significantly. He averaged 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, both of which were his lowest averages since his rookie season in 199899.

The German big man is as sure of a first -ballot Hall-of-Famer if there ever was one. He’s already the all-time leading foreign-born scorer in the league, as well as a 13-time All-Star and sixth on the all-time scoring list with 31,187 career points, only 232 points behind Wilt Chamberlain for No. 5 on the list.


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FEATURED STAR: ARIES - The RAM 03/21 - 04/19 Monitor your financial spending. May need to miss a few outings with friends. Inspiration/Influence – There is more power in you than you allow yourself to realize Your Chosen Healing Crystal - CITRINE – Personal power, emotional control. Targets your physical center. Solar Plexus chakra Lucky Numbers – 15.06.34.08.45.11 TAURUS – THE BULL – 04/20 - 05/20 As the cycle is finishing, reflect on the lesson that it has taught you. what were you meant to learn? GEMINI – The Twins - 05/21 – 06/20 This is a time for recuperation. Try and clear your mind, wrap up all loose ends, and prepare for the next cycle. CANCER – The Crab – 06/21 – 07/22 If the problem didn’t exist, would you still be in suffering? Dissect what the root is, look hard within for answers it starts with you. LEO – The Lion – 07/23 – 08/22 Have all the details before you go into any debates. Now is not a good time to “dance” without armor. VIRGO – The Virgin – 08/23 – 09/22 T Big changes, hear Virgo. Brace yourself, set out your intentions. Look for all positivity in them. LIBRA – The Scales – 09/23 – 10/22

Judging others is not just to your cause, yet you are wise to remain balanced. Continue to keep it all clean with facts. SCORPIO – The Scorpion – 10/23 – 11/21 Sometimes it is okay to ask for help. Feel those that have your best in heart. Seek them. SAGITARIUS – The Archer – 11/22 – 12/21 You’re daring now. Breezing through your obstacles like a champ. Reach out to help your fellow neighbor. CAPRICORN – The Goat – 12/22 – 01/19 Maintain your roots of truth. You are solid, you are not fluid. Remain so regardless of surroundings. It will payoff. AQUARIUS – The Water Carrier – 01/20 – 02/18 Relaxation and rest are essential at this time for you. Let your mind be free. PISCES – The Fish – 02/19 – 03/20 Things can be heated for a short while, remember it is only temporary. Embrace changes.

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I need advice about a terrible family situation that involves me and all of my siblings, and it’s breaking us apart. I am one of nine children. We were all born and raised in the South. My parents farmed their land and taught us how to do it, too. We never liked it and couldn’t wait to leave, go up North and go to college. We all attended various colleges and universities and never returned home…all but one of my brothers. He stayed in North Carolina and helped my parents until they died. After they died he moved into the house on the property and has been living there ever since. He has kept up the property and paid the taxes on it. Now my brothers and sisters want to sell the farmland and split the money. My brother who stayed says the house should be his and he doesn’t want to sell it. We are totally divided. Six of my siblings have decided to take my

brother to court and force him to sell the land. Only the one brother says we shouldn’t sell. And I don’t care either way. We’re all in our 60s, distinguished folks with profitable careers. We’re active in our respected churches and ready to retire if not already retired. I love my family, and if you met us, you’d never believe what’s going on behind closed doors. I don’t understand why we can’t talk to each other and just get along. I want us to settle this before one of us dies and we never get to resolve the issue. What can I do? J.C., Houston, Texas Hey J.C., Close your eyes, think back to the time when your daddy was farming his land, mama at the window, both watching their children grow – chests pressed, full of pride. Your father worked hard to tend the land and leave something to his children. Now everything he worked for is about to be jeopardized, and for what? You and your trifling brothers and sisters – yes, I said trifling – are

fighting each other like you’re on an episode of Judge Judy. That is ridiculous and just plain sad. Your mama and daddy gave all they had, and what are ya’ll doing? Trying to give it away for some coins that will be spent in a month’s time. Your brother didn’t take the bus up to the city and try to tell you and your siblings what to do with your space, time and dimes, so don’t try to regulate his life now. Give him the house, period. Take the rest of the land and divide it evenly. Each person can do what he or she wants with his or her portion. It’s just that simple. You might not like it, but when your brother sacrificed, stayed home and properly maintained and cared for the house, your parents and the land, he earned extra. Your brothers and sisters are so focused on a few grains of sand that they are missing the beach in all its magnificence. There are other ways to make money. T aking your brother to court is not one of them. Grow up and act like mama and daddy are still watching, chest pressed, full of pride. Alma

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District 30 High School Students: Let Your Art Be Seen By The World… What: Congressional Art Competition present by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (Must be a TX30 High School Student) Due Date: All artwork must be submitted to Congresswoman Johnson’s District Office 1825 Market Center Blvd Dallas 75207between Monday, April 2, 2018 and Thursday April 12, 2017 (10:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Reception: All participants will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center Art Exhibit: All entries will be displayed at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center April 18- 30, 2018 All entries must meet the following criteria: Must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. Copyright Office laws · Must be two dimensional · Must be matted, and NOT FRAMED · Must not be larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches thick · Must not weigh more than 15 pounds · Must include Completed Student Release Form when submitted or entry is disqualified For more information and to access the Student Release Form, please visit: https://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/

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POLICE have not apprehended “Pookie” the serial rapist. We know he has attacked members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and there is a $5,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers.

HE IS A SERIAL RAPIST

He targeted members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. but this is more than about a sorority. We’re talking about a community. Come on PEOPLE! Don’t you CARE? Will it matter when it is your sister, mother, aunt or grandmother or maybe YOU?

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