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Meet our Mayor:

The Honorable Curtistene Smith McCowan

There are so many positive words you can use to describe this year’s South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. Sojourner Truth Award Recipient because she has had such a positive impact on the lives of so many. Curtistene Smith McCowan is the Mayor of the city of DeSoto, TX. She received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University and an Associates Degree in Business Management from El Centro College. She was employed by the Federal Trade Commission for over 32 years, and served as Senior Investigator for over 18 years. After more than 32 years of meritorious service, Ms. McCowan retired from the federal government on January 1, 2005. Ms. McCowan, along with several other outstanding honorees, will be presented at the annual V. Alyce Foster Trailblazers Luncheon on Saturday, April 22, 2017, noon at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. She has been an active member of the Kirkwood Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church for 44 years, where she currently serves as Chair of the Trustee Board. In addition, she has chaired numerous committees, projects and initiatives for Kirkwood. Ms. McCowan was elected to DeSoto City Council in May, 2012. In May, 2014 and May 2015, her fellow councilmembers elected her to the position of Mayor Pro Tem. Since June, 2014, she has also served as Chair of the City Council’s Audit & Finance Committee. From 2006-2012, she served on the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, serving as president for 4 ½ years. Currently, she is a member of the Advisory Board of Methodist Charlton Medical Center and serves on the Planning Committee for Methodist Health Systems, Dallas, TX. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for the African American Education Archives and History Program. A founder of Concerned DeSoto Citizens (CDC) -- a 501 (c)(3) non-profit community service organization, she has served as president and in numerous other leadership

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roles since the organization was chartered in 1989. She is a past member of the City of DeSoto’s Charter Review Committee and the Dallas County Grand Jury. Ms. McCowan is also a proud graduate of the Leadership Southwest Class of 2015. Described as a passionate advocate for

Mrs. McCowan is a "rock star" at MMS. When she walks in the door, the kids all point and smile and say, "There she is!" as they run to hug her. It is an honor and a pleasure to have her be the namesake of our school. quality education for all students, Ms. McCowan has made a significant contribution to the advancement of education at the local, state and national levels. On October 29, 2007, Governor Rick Perry appointed Ms. McCowan to an unexpired term on the Texas Southern University (TSU) Board of Regents; in 2009, Governor Perry re-appointed Ms. McCowan to a full sixyear term (unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate) where she served until May, 2015. Positions held during her tenure as a TSU Regent included 2nd Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Development and Legislative Committee and Chair of the Administration and Finance Committee. Ms. McCowan was the first African-American elected to public office in

DeSoto, when she won a seat on the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees in 1990. She served two three-year terms as a School Board Trustee -- two of those years as president. Her skills and expertise were evident statewide, serving on numerous committees as appointed by the Texas Association of School Boards from 1990-1997. She served on the Statewide Panel on Student Skills and Knowledge for the Texas Education Agency from 1993-94. In 2000, she was elected as the Charter President of the DeSoto ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors and has served on the Executive Committee since 2001. In recognition of her 30 + years of volunteer service and commitment to education, the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously in January, 2007 to name a school in her honor. The Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School opened in August, 2007. Currently, Ms. McCowan is an active participant on the DeSoto ISD’s Advisory Council. She has also participated in the district’s One-on-One Mentoring Program, the Discipline Management Committee and the Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School’s Site-based Decision Making Committee. Ms. McCowan is a former interview panelist for the prestigious Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Internship Program, sponsored by Texas State Senator Royce West. In addition, Ms. McCowan has been an active and financial member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (“DST”) for more than 29 years. She is a Golden Life Member and has served in numerous elected and appointed leadership positions, including: President of Dallas Alumnae Chapter from 1999-2001; National & Regional Elections Committees, 2004 and 2005, respectively; Dodd Education & Support, Inc. Board of Directors, 2002-2011, Co-Chair of the 2003 Southwest Regional Conference; Southwest Regional Program Co-Coordinator from 2003-2005; Southwest Regional Social Action Co-Coordinator from 2005-2009; Southwest Regional Volunteer Services Co-Coordinator from 2009-2015; and the National Distinguished Professor Endowed Chair Task Force from 2013.

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APRIL 14, 2017 Mayor McCowan’s Honors and Awards:

2006 Certificate of Recognition for DeSoto High School Trailblazer Award, DeSoto Mayor Michael Hurtt

2016 Nominated for State Women in History Award, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

2006 Trailblazer Award, DeSoto High School

2016 Nominated for 2016 Joyce M Jones Community Service Award by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

2005 Resolution on Retirement, The Texas Senate, Presented by Senator Royce West, District 23

2015 Women in American History Award, Old Chisholm Trail Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Duncanville, Texas

2005 Resolution on Retirement, The Texas House of Representative, Presented by Rep. Helen Giddings 2005 Meritorious Service Award, Federal Trade Comm.

2015 National Citation Award for Educational Leadership, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. 2014 Woman of Achievement Award, Dorcus #19 Order of the Eastern Star 2014 Partner of the Year, Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School

2002 Humanitarian Award, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. 2002 Distinguished Alumnus Award, El Centro College 2002 Outstanding Texas Delta Award for Public Service, El Paso Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2001 Heroes for Children Award, Certificate of Recognition, Governor Rick Perry

2014 & 2013 Best Elected Official, Readers Choice Award, Focus Daily News

2001 DeSoto ISD, Certificate of Recognition, Heroes for Children Award

2013 District Mentor of the Year, DeSoto ISD

2001 Heroes for Children Award, Texas State Board of Education

2013 Mentor of the Year, McCowan Middle School 2012 Leadership Service Award, DeSoto Economic Development Corporation

2001 Federal Trade Commission’s Outstanding Team Effort Award

2012 Community Service Award, Top Ladies of Distinction

2000 Trailblazer Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Southwest Region, State of Texas

2012 Community Service Award, South Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club

2000 President’s Award, National Pan Hellenic Council, Dallas Chapter

2010 “Hall of Fame” Inductee, African American Educators Archives & History Program

2000 Certificate of Appreciation, National Conference of Black Mayors

2009 Inspirational Award, DeSoto High, Class of 2009

2000 Letter of Appreciation, Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk

2009 Service Award, Texas Southern University, Fort Worth Alumni Chapter

1999 Distinguished African-American Woman, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

2008 Education Award, National Council of Negro Women, Minnie Goodlow Page Section--Dallas

1997 National Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, Federal Trade Commission

2008 Community Leader of the Year Award, One Church One School 2008 “A Class Act” Leadership Award, DeSoto Chamber

1997 The Brass Eagle Award for Distinguished School Board Services, DeSoto ISD

2008 Bobby Waddle Citizen of the Year Award, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce

1997 Certificate of Appreciation, Texas State Senator Royce West,

2008 Neal Hawk Compassionate Spirit Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Southern Region

1996 Golden Life Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

2008 Image Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omicron Mu Chapter, Dallas, TX

1994 Certificate of Recognition, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Southwest Region 1994 Certificate of Appreciation for Service on the Charter Review Commission, City of DeSoto

2007 A. Maceo Smith Award for Community Service in Education, African American Museum-Dallas

1993 Outstanding Leadership Award, DeSoto ISD

2007 Naming and Dedication of “Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School”, DeSoto ISD 2007 Outstanding Texan Award, Texas Legislative Black Caucus

1993 Certificate of Service, 90-Day Appointment on the Dallas County Grand Jury 1992 Selection for Charter Class, Leadership Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)

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The Mayor is married to Leon R. McCowan (June will be 51 years), and they have two sons: Danny Sebastian (Angie) and Leon Curtis (Stephanie) McCowan. They are the proud grandparents of Tiana, Kirsten and Taylor McCowan. South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc - Since 1954, the South Dallas Club has worked to create and develop opportunities and encourage training in the business and professional worlds for women and youth; while fostering united action for improved social and civic conditions through activities in the United States and Africa. The membership consists of women who are college graduates, graduates of technical programs leading to certification, professionally licensed or certified owners, and co-owners, managers, branch representatives, executives, civil service employees in the administration area and youth interested in the business and professional world. Under the current leadership of Dr. June Johnson, the South Dallas Club promotes educational and and developmental opportunities that allow women and youth in the Greater Dallas community to reach their full potential. The mission is: To promote and protect the interests of African American business and professional women, To serve as a bridge for young people seeking to enter business and the professions, To improve the quality of life in the local and global communities, and To foster good fellowship. Vision By funding advanced educational opportunities and providing women and youth training and skills in the areas of health, education, employment, and economic development, we can build stronger families and stronger communities.

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A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE… By Miles Jaye Davis

When MJDP began producing and term. I did not grant or assign myself humbling effect. Then look up “stewpromoting concerts a year ago, every- talent, nor did I give myself the apti- ard”: caretaker, custodian, overseer, one thought we were crazy. “Stay in tude to sing and play the instruments I agent, manager. your lane” was the prevailing wisdom. play. Wait, that means the artist is his or her “Do what you do and let the profes- The mere thought of it is mind-bog- own primary agent and manager? Yes, sionals, the big boys, do the heavy lift- gling, but it feels so natural to me-- it means we have to learn the business ing.” “Artists can’t handle the business that’s the gift! I also believe it’s the like a farmer learns his market. I like to end of things.” artist’s responsibility to develop that think of God as my agent and managFirst of all; I can read and write— yes, talent and push it to the limit by study- er— that keeps my mind right. I can “draw my name.” Second; I can ing and practicing. After many years of hype and smoke do more than sing— a lot more, mom It’s the artist’s job to maintain that tal- from the “guardians of the industry,” insisted. Third; I was taught early on ent, through proper care and use. the “dark-ones” hiding in the shadows how to select a venue and book a date, of high-rises, high-priced homes or call some guys and put a band togethhiding in plain sight, the unscrupulous MILES’ er, then call the Village Voice and start ones who, absent any burden of talent MUSINGS advertising. of their own, lacking vision or imagiBy Miles Jaye It’s what we did long before Social Miles Jaye DAVIS is an award-winning musician nation, values or morals, who would and singer, writer, author, and painter. Networking! It was nothing for Doc strip away any sense of ownership, and Charlene or Trevor and Caravan stewardship or dignity from those who with Melissa to get Pat Mikell or Sevwere “called,” simply to master the art enth Avenue South on the phone and Living proof: I first heard Melba with of exploitation. book a gig. We’d call Yogi and Kenny Cleavon Little on Broadway (Pur- I trust my heart and my talent and the and get the baddest cats we knew, buy lie Victorious) when I was in Middle talents of my gifted colleagues, past and some Voice ads and turn it out— that’s School and to this day she’s still going present. I trust the power of music to what we did. strong. Amazing! heal hearts and uplift spirits. A “show” That’s how I learned! That was is my opportunity to share and the 80’s! Artists are charged with the re- showcase the awesome power I’m not sure when it became and the brilliance of the same rocket science, but I know our sponsibility of stewardship of their Creator that gave us Venus and God given talent is not to be wastSerena, Lebron and Stephan, Vied away waiting for the phone God given gifts. “Gifted” is such an ola and Denzel and the real life to ring, while promoters call the stars of “Hidden Figures,” Kathsame “acts” year after year. (FYI: interesting term. I did not grant or erine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn We’re not “acts,” we’re the real and Mary Jackson. deal! An act is something fake, assign myself talent, nor did I give Whoever you are, whatever fabricated or generally not real— you do, no matter what anyone like a magic act.) Nor are we myself the aptitude to sing and play tells you, there’s only one you— supposed to allow our God given be the very best YOU. I know the instruments I play. gifts to be squandered away by a without a doubt, after years of “gigs going to the lowest bidder” hearing, “singers and musicians policy. If, as in some cases, an artist gets off are a dime a dozen,” there’s only one That’s not business, that’s game, a track or becomes “big headed” or poi- me, and I’m convicted and convinced hustle! soned by popularity, one need only re- that a “Miles” would be a terrible thing Artists are charged with the responsi- mind them of whence their gift came to waste. Amen! bility of stewardship of their God giv- and what it means to be a steward. That en gifts. “Gifted” is such an interesting reminder should have an immediate

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African American Women and Police to join in forward thinking conversation

Where Do We Go From Here? Police and African American women in forward thinking conversation, is the name of a community event designed to recognize the past and move to the future. The Conversation acknowledges the broad spectrum of concerns regarding the Police and African American women and projects a narrow focus specifically on issues involving African American women and the Police. Attendees will jointly grapple with the realities/ factors of negative encounters between Police and African American women. In this setting, the two groups unite to talk to and with each other, listen and look ahead to a more positive future.

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The Conversation will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from noon- 2:30 pm., at the Black Police Officers Building, 211 Centre Street, Dallas, 75208. A light lunch will be provided. Invited guests include: Dallas Black Police Officer Association & the representatives from the Dallas Police Department. Dr. Sheron C. Patterson, the daughter of a Police officer, who is passionate about strengthening the relationship between Police and the African American Community, will facilitate The Conversation. While there is no cost, participants must register via Eventbrite. For more information, please visit www. drsheron.com

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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

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April 21

Celebrating 30 years of Williams Chicken

Regional Premiere Adult language & subject matter

North Dallas Suburban Alumnae The Spring Celebration Series May Chapter of Delta 19-21, 2017 marks the close of Sigma Theta Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s 40th Sorority- 2017 Anniversary season Emerging Artists . The series features guest artists Showcase - The from Ballet Austin performing Art of the Possible a work by their Artistic Director University of Texas at Dallas StuStephen Mills. dent Union Galaxy Room at 3p.m.

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Verna Thomas-Melton, a Garland resident and longtime advocate for change in DISD, the City of Dallas April 23 and the State of Texas, will get the UNSUNG HERO award from the Dallas Epsilon Chapter of the ETA PHI Fabulous Tea Party for Women of Theta Alpha Chapter of Omega Business, 4 p.m., Hilton Garden BETA SORORITY INC, at the Omni Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 15th Annual Resorts 1590 LBJ Freeway, Dallas Inn, 800 North Main Street, DunGumbo Cook-off & Festival canville, TX. One of the featured TX 75234. 6:00-11:00pm speakers will be Tandy Caraway Lakewest YMCA of CollegeMode Academy who 3737 Goldman St. - Dallas will discuss making debt-free college education possible. Tickets may be purchased On Eventbrite.com at www. eventbrite.com/e/the-fabuloustea-party-for-women-of-business-tickets-13874455871

April 27 Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson Circle Theatre in Fort Worth Psychological thriller, pits two co-workers against another, when one receives a promotion to Office of Cultural Affairs – Family monitor the other. Office politics, fueled by racial contention, creates Arts Day Dallas a battle to control the workplace. Hosted by City of Dallas Office of This chilling, dark comedy blends the realities of racism, superiority, Cultural Affairs and friendship to keep you on the 12 PM - 4:30 PM edge of your seat until the very Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge end. 109 Continental Ave, Dallas, April 27 - May 20 Texas 75207 Previews: April 27, 28, 29 (matinee) Opening Night: April 29

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14th Annual “Eddie Bernice Johnson Math & Science Lecture Series” FROM THE HILL

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On March 24, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson hosted the 14th “Eddie Bernice Johnson Math and Science Lecture Series”, in partnership with the University of Texas at Dallas’, at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center in Dallas, Texas. The lecture series was started by the University of Texas at Dallas in an effort to expose Dallas-area high school students to career opportunities, and accomplished professionals in the disciplines of math and science. Due to the impending vote in Washington D.C. on the nation’s health care laws, Congresswoman Johnson was not in attendance. However, she sent greetings and remarks via her Director of Outreach, KL Newhouse, emphasizing the transformative

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nature of science and technology and how it shapes the future. “Not long ago, Texas Instruments, right here at home, created the first micro-chip. That chip, about the size of a big moving box, was the first of its kind and it changed the world. Fast forward, and now micro-chips the size of your fingernail are hundreds and thousands of times more powerful. That micro-ship changed the way we think about and interact with the world around us. And so has been the rule of innovation. One discovery leads to another, and it changes the world around us.” High school students at Townview were able to listen and learn from two pioneers in chemistry and physics from

the University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Walter Voit, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Material Sciences and Engineering, and Dr. Russell Stoneback, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics. Dr. Voit, spoke to students about organic electronics, and the use of thermomechanic shape memory polymers with 3D printed microchips to repair nerve damage. Dr. Stoneback, spoke to the students about his career journey from garage band member to research scientist, and the intersection of space weather in the magnetosphere and musical manipulations of soundwaves with light. Each speaker encouraged students to dream big and become the next innovators of STEM in the future. WWW.MYIMESSENGER.COM


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Ugly and Nuclear!!!

QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall

When one of the last great political presidents needed to make a statement and policy change via the Supreme Court, he did so by virtue of his finesse and favor. Lyndon Baines Johnson needed to put a Black man among the “Noble Nine”… And he did it. President Johnson went to Dallas native, Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark and struck a deal to have him resign his lifetime appointment. LBJ worked a deal for the purpose of inserting a civil rights attorney by the name of Thurgood Marshall. In this arrangement, Justice Clark’s son Ramsey was subsequently named Attorney General. The elder Ramsey’s retirement ensured that there was no conflict of interest, and made provisions for his son. Soon after Marshall was sworn in, President Johnson said that appointing Marshall on the Supreme Court was “the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place.” And I

would add it was done by the right political mastermind. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell is no LBJ. Politically, McConnell isn’t worthy to be mentioned in the same breath. It wasn’t the work of a mastermind that brought newly robed Su-

cess should have worked. “In ordinary circumstances, the Senate has no time limit on debate. This rule allows for thorough consideration of the issues at hand, but it also makes filibusters possible. An individual senator or a small group of them can stop Senate business

preme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Rose Garden for a swearing in ceremony; it was a straight thug move. McConnell perverted the aim and essence of the Constitution. He had about as much grace as a drive by shooting in a carjacked vehicle. McConnell broke the letter and the spirit of the law when he stole President Barack Obama’s “right to choose” last year. Then he added insult to injury by “going nuclear” to get a 55-45 vote to cement the deal. Matthew C Simpson, a visiting Scholar at the University of New Mexico explained how the pro-

by, essentially, talking it to death. There are two ways to end a filibuster. Either the Senate leaders withdraw the proposal under discussion, which is the point of filibustering in the first place, or they convince three-fifths of the Senate, 60 members, to end debate and move to a vote. As of last Thursday morning, Republicans had the simple majority needed to confirm Gorsuch but not the 60 votes to override a threatened Democratic filibuster to block him. In this tricky situation, McConnell decided to escalate the hostilities. He initiated a change in the

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Senate rules so that only a simple majority would be needed to call the vote on Supreme Court nominees. This is the “nuclear option” that effectively ends judicial filibusters in the Senate. When the filibuster rule was in place, presidents knew that their Supreme Court nominees must win at least some support from the opposite side as insurance against a filibuster. This knowledge forced them to nominate middleof-the-road judges who could gain basic acceptance from both parties.” Thurgood Marshall was an exceptional jurist and the right voice for his time. And don’t get me wrong, Neil Gorsuch could end up being a far cry from what Donald Trump and the GOP expect or want. Gorsuch would not be the first to upset the ideological left or right that placed them on the court. Gorsuch may be the Conservatives’ worst nightmare. The problem ain’t as much with the man as it is with the process. The problem is that McConnell had the first and last ugly words of disrespect for the first Black President. You win the prize Mitch, but remember, God don’t like ugly.

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Should have never walked out on me!

Dear Alma, My wife is vicious with a capital “V!” We were married for by Alma Gill NNPA News Wire eight years and over Columnist Alma Gill’s newsroom ex- that time had two perience spans more than 25 years, including various sons. She did everyroles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington thing imaginable. She Post. Email questions to: alwaysaskalma@gmail. lied to me, stole from com. Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and me and manipulated Twitter @almaaskalma. me. Here are a few examples. She stole money from her employer, lied to her family and said I was abusing her. She also had several affairs and called the police and tried to have me arrested under false pretenses. It was absolutely insane. Finally, she walked out on us and I raised my two boys alone. Both are young men now 21 and 23. I never remarried, just worked hard and devoted my time to my boys. Luckily my sister and my mom helped out and the boys are very well rounded and doing just fine. I can’t say that however about my ex. She continued her shenanigans and ended up in and out of jail. She just recently resurfaced and isn’t doing well. She has AIDS and is asking my son to help her out. He just finished college and is barely making it on his own. He’s determined to help his mom and, from what his brother tells me, is giving her $200 a month. You know what that means? He’s short every month and I’m have to replenish

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that $200 so that he can make ends meet. Which means I’m giving the woman who took me through Hell money every month. I’m pissed and don’t think I can take it much longer. I don’t want to alienate my son, but how do I let him know he is not in a position to help his mother and that he needs to back off and let this go? Signed, What Goes Around Dear What Goes Around, Wow, that’s a tough situation you were able to maneuver. I’m sure it was heartbreaking and not what you expected when you said, “I do.” God bless you, Big Papa, for stepping up and taking care of your boys. I’m sure they are growing into fine, young men with the love and examples they learned from you. Yep, you did right. That’s why your son is helping his mother. Don’t be mad at him. He has longed for her all these years, wishing, hoping, praying she’d come back and make up for all the strife and hurt she caused. She didn’t do that. Well, as far as we know. Just because he hasn’t shared any “restin’ on my heart” information, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t expressed her sorrow and asked him for forgiveness. You’d be surprised what we can say right before death comes knocking. He’s had a tough time. You’ve al-

ways been there for him; don’t stop now. If it’s not a hardship, keep funneling the money. God is using you to be a blessing to your ex and a blessing to your son. I know it’s hard, but there’s so much more in store for you on the other side — the other side of this difficult circumstance. He won’t have his mother long, but he’ll always have the memory of how much his father, when faced with inexcusable circumstances, was always able to rise and stand tall as the man who took the high road. Let this one silently play out. When your time comes to be parked in the tough lane, and it will come, you’ll be overwhelmed by the river of blessings that will flow. Larger than anything you could have ever imagined or prayed for. Don’t consume your thoughts about our ex, support your son, all the way to the end. He’s gonna need you and you will have provided him with a clean conscious, that he had done all he could for his mother. You will allow him to be free from regret. What a blessing. I’m so proud of you. Hey, send me your phone number. I have a few friends I wanna hook you up with. LOL. Just to chitchat over coffee. Hey now! Alma

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Johnson releases statement after hosting Congressional Award Texas Ceremony

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congresswoman, following U.S. Airstrikes in Syria WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson releases a statement after the U.S. Airstrikes in Syria:

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Congresswoman Johnson hosted the 2017 Congressional Award Texas Ceremony for youth who have exhibited a willingness to voluntarily help others in the community, while reinforcing their own strengths in areas of personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration in their communities. The event was held at SMU in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College, delivered the keynote address and offered an inspiring message about unity and servant leadership to the award recipients and all in attendance. “In this time and in this era we need leaders who understand that it is more important than ever to love something greater than yourself,” said Dr. Sorrell. “You are responsible for leading those who agree with you, and those who don’t agree with you. If you are going to stand up and hold yourself out to be a leader, then you are doing it not just for the group who sits next to you, you are doing it for those people you may never meet, that you may never see, who exist in neighborhoods that you may never travel, but they need you too.” Before the presentation of medals and certificates, Congresswoman Johnson spoke directly to the award recipients on stage. In her remarks she encouraged each of the young men and women to not limit themselves with labels, and challenged them to overcome every obstacle and any circumstance.

“Let me assure you, you can start from anywhere, and work to get to any place you want to get to, and this nation offers that opportunity,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “You have to make the most of your opportunities and the opportunities are there. I applaud you for coming this far and I applaud you for loving your country enough to do something positive. But I challenge you to love your country enough to give it your very best because it will be the results of your giving, that will determine how great this nation really is. You have a part to play, you have a responsibility.” The Congressional Award is promoted throughout the country by Members of the House who share with their constituents a unique opportunity to provide today’s youth with the tools they need to thrive as adults. It is the United States Congress’ first and only award specifically for young Americans between ages 14 to 23. The award is non-partisan, voluntary, non-competitive, and accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.

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“On April 6, 2017, without the authorization of Congress, President Trump ordered airstrikes in Syria as a response to the recent horrific use of chemical weapons by Bashar al-Assad. Although the United States does not sup- Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson port the actions and treatment of Bashar al-Assad, President Trump and his Administration must first consult with Congress to develop a comprehensive strategy that clearly states the United States’ intent in interactions with Syria. We have a larger issue that needs to be addressed and one night of attacks does not end the continuous troubles seen in Syria. “The Administration needs to work with Congress in finding a solution to handle the humanitarian crisis that continues to devastate Syria and find a way to protect the Syrian people from continuous violence. “Our country should not force an escalated situation by putting innocent lives at risk.”

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Entertainment with PoJazz & Kulture Story and Photo By Eva D. Coleman Spoken word Artists Zemill and Verb Kulture doubled the pleasure with a two-night performance during The Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ (TBAAL) Poets n Jazz set on March 31 and April 1, 2017. Over 100 attendees packed the Clarence Muse Café’ Theatre on the second performance night, hanging onto every word, nuance, beat and breath. Verb Kulture opened the evening with the band playing the familiar tune, “Computer Love,” by Roger and Zapp. She led attendees in chants of “Techno Crack” followed by clever lyrics describing society’s dependence on electronic devices. She then took us on a trip to “The Ghetto,” with the band providing background music of that classic hit as well. With each word masterfully delivered was a sting of reality in which Verb caused one to pause and think, reflecting on the truths she laid out for all to hear, which hopefully will resonate. This early stream of thought brought us to a familiar act that always delivers. Creator of PoJazz, the fusion of poetry and jazz, Zemill is such the entertain-

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er that requires audience participation. Whether the sensuality of his signature “Catwoman” or his impersonations of

characters Uncle T or Brother Deep, Zemill encourages all to reach out and touch or recall, giving a feel to remembrance of that which evokes laughter or gives pleasure. This show is for grown folks only. During the second set, Verb gave voice to Carly, a character that battles and overcomes the stigma associated

with Autism. The display was captivating and left the room in a quietness that was deafening, yet spoke volumes. Zemill introduced and provided samples from his latest CD, “Intimate Pleasures.” He also shared words from the pages of his latest book, “Love Unleashed.” It appeared many were moved by his performance, evidenced by the long line of patrons eager to purchase his merchandise afterwards…willing to make their PoJazz Experience last beyond the night. This brings us back to TBAAL. Whether a date night or simply hanging with friends, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters provides quality shows that allow artistry a chance to unfold. This platform elevates and celebrates artists such as Zemill, Verb Kulture and many others. From locals to those with international acclaim, coming soon with the Riverfront Jazz Festival during Labor Day weekend 2017, the entertainment spectrum is wide. Having a BAAL in our backyard is truly a treasure. Having a BAAL is supporting the arts. This evening proved it with verses and flow, while raising the level of consciousness. WWW.MYIMESSENGER.COM


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National Library Week & School Library Month: FROM THE HILL

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

This week, we usher in National Library Week (April 9th – April 15th) to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, and those who have dedicated their lives to promote and maintain the use and value of these national treasures. As the current Administration puts forth harsh cuts across federal spending, now, more than ever, is the time to stand up for our nation’s libraries. For children growing up in working class households, libraries often serve as the only reliable source of affordable access to internet services and literacy-promoting materials. Some kids grow up without computers or books and libraries are for some, the only thing keeping kids from falling through the cracks of our broken education system. As your Member of Congress, I am dedicated to improving literacy in our district and throughout our country. It is a matter of not

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just moral import, but of economic security for our nation. That’s why every year I lead an important, bipartisan effort to protect our nation’s libraries in conjunction with the American Library Association, called the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program. My legislative efforts have resulted in the support of 146 of my House colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, to send a statement to those who write the budget, that we need to put our libraries and literacy – our children at the forefront of our nation’s educational priorities. While we celebrate the critical role libraries play throughout our schools and communities, we must also review how we remain the world’s leading economic power yet fail in our commitment to educate our youth. First sponsored in 1958, this year’s theme is aptly entitled Libraries Transform. Long gone are the days where libraries served the sole purpose of providing books for borrow. Today, libraries in schools, public spaces, and various academic institutions of higher learning are evolving to provide unique access to subscription-based catalogues and journals, internet access, video rentals, and literacy and technological skill acquisition. What has not changed, according to a re-

cent 2015 Pew Research Center survey, is the critical academic and community role libraries should play in educating both children and adults. Studies from the Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy conclude that 32 million adults in the US (about 14% of the population) still cannot read – a static statistic from literacy rates 10 years ago. And according to the Department of Justice, “the link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” Moreover, we know rates of illiteracy are inextricably linked to rates of incarceration disproportionately affecting minority populations and communities of color or the socioeconomically disadvantaged. So what does this all mean? What we can infer from study after study is that our communities of color and working class households are disproportionately affected in an adverse way when libraries curtail or shut down services altogether. Today, I call on my fellow Texans to become more vocal advocates about the issue of literacy in America, to visit their local library and thank their local librarians for the important thread they weave in the fabric of our nation’s promise to give every child a fair shot.

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