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Paul Quinn President Michael Sorrell named one of World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune

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smallest startups to educational institutions to entire nations, can multiply an organization’s effectiveness. “Dr. Sorrell has made a commitment to provide a quality education for the students of Paul Quinn College (PQC) while preparing them to compete in a global marketplace, support and improve their communities and become the future leaders of businesses and corporations,” said Maurice A. West, Dean of Men/External Affairs, of Paul Quinn College. Also Dr. Sorrell’s fraternity brother, Mr. West applauded him for his leadership and the great relationFrom Staff Reports ship he has with students. “He has been tireless in the work at PQC and the In 2007, businessman and board member Michael Highland Hills Community and City of Dallas are betJ. Sorrell became the 34th president of Paul Quinn ter because of it. He is also a great leader who seeks to College in Dallas, Texas. That number has more sig- create other leaders through his mentoring and engagenificance today as the Duke University alum, coming ment. I am proud to be a part of a great team with a in at number 34 in the rankgreat leader in Dr. Michael J. ings, was named one of ForSorrell,” he added. tune magazine’s 2018 World’s Dr. Sorrell is one of only two Greatest Leaders. The annual college presidents named in list honors influencers in the the list, along with Amy Guttareas of education, science, man, President of The Univerphilanthropy, technology and sity of Pennsylvania. business who are developing Under his leadership, Paul ground-breaking approaches Quinn College has received to meet today’s challenges in numerous national awards and their respective fields. achieved milestones including Under his leadership, for receiving full-accreditation the past 11 years, the school from the Transnational Assohas become one of the most ciation of Christian Colleges innovative small colleges in and Schools (TRACS); receivAmerica and has become a ing the most seven-figure gifts model for urban higher eduin school history, and restruccation by focusing on academturing the curriculum to focus ic rigor, experiential learning, on training and skills for job and entrepreneurship. opportunities. “Thank you, Fortune mag“Sorrell is a rare leader who azine for recognizing the is passionate in his efforts to Dr. Michael Sorrell impact of our work at Paul disrupt traditional thinking Quinn College. The idea that and innovate towards what is our quest to end poverty could result in my inclusion possible for America’s students in higher education,” on this list is both humbling and inspiring,” he said. said Bridget Burns, Executive Director, University InThis year’s list puts an emphasis on leaders who are novation Alliance, who most recently honored Mr. Sornavigating the challenge of “unbundling,” the notion rell with the National Award for Leadership in Student that disaggregating enterprises of all kinds, from the Success, Innovation and Collaboration this month.


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MY TRUTH

By Cheryl Smith Publisher

My Thursday nights are enhanced by viewing a 30-minute show, The Rundown with Robin Thede on BET. Not only is the show entertaining; it is enlightening and informative. She says what many think but don’t have the platform or, in some cases, the guts; to say! For those who are not familiar with this young lady, let me tell you, she is far from an overnight sensation. She has more than paid her dues on the way to becoming only the 5th African American female to be host of a latenight TV talk show in America. With a degree in Broadcast

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Journalism and African-American Studies from Northwestern University, Ms. Thede has cut her teeth in the industry and has an extensive and impressive portfolio. As her first season of The Rundown with Robin Thede came to a close, the focus and not for the first time, centered around black women running and getting elected to office. Actress/activist Erika Alexander joined her for the show. Have you heard of #SeatSnatch2018 or #VoteRunLead? Well Ms. Thede knows what she is talking about. After all,

her mom is Iowa State Representative Phyllis Thede. And Ms. Alexander, who serves as a board member of RunVoteLead, was presented with a nice check, so the work can continue. Ms. Thede also pointed out that the candidates do need money to run a successful campaign. According to VoteRunLead’s website, “More women in politics creates real change, effective democracy, and better government. VoteRunLead is the expert at the state and local level. With less than 1,000 of the 520,000


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US elected offices at the fed- hands. Because you want to in- political aspirations? eral level, we are focused on spire people. Because you’re in- Now that ain’t right. the 99%. 70% of first-time spired. Because representative And if anyone has shown VoteRunLead candidates won democracy matters and your that you don’t have to be their election in 2017. community is underrepresent- qualified to run for office, well, VoteRunLead trains wom- ed. Because the future is yours you get my drift. en not only to run for office, to fight for. Because we’ll help Then too, there are others but to win! The main focus of you. (All of us.) who have not been qualified VoteRunLead is recruit and Now I have heard many a and no one asked them to train 30,000 women to run conversation about preparing stay in their lane. for political office, We should be enbetween now and couraging those 2020. Preparing VoteRunLead trains women not only to who want to serve. women to run and And in true fashion, run for office, but to win! The main fowin should help we must encourage with the dismal those seeking office cus of VoteRunLead is recruit and train numbers of 90% of to prepare. elected officials are Yes, you need 30,000 women to run for political office, white and 71% are money. Yes, you male. between now and 2020. Preparing wom- need a team. Yes, Did you know you need a strategy. there’s also a Na- en to run and win should help with the Yes, you probably tional Run for Ofneed some media fice Day? I like what dismal numbers of 90% of elected offi- training. Yes, you the website www. probably need to runforofficeday. cials are white and 71% are male. visit with an image com says to peoconsultant. Yes, you ple who ask “why should know what should I run for office?” folks to run for office, espe- the position entails. Because you can! Because cially Black women! I could go on, but you’d be you care about solving prob- Surely you’ve heard of Black better served if you contact lems and doing the hard work Girl Magic? seasoned politicians (and stop necessary to fixing your com- Well there are folks scared with that tired line — “I’m not munity. Because it’s time. Be- because Black females are a politician); check out VoteRcause Donald Trump is presi- running and getting elected. unLead.org and other emdent and if that bozo can work It’s interesting that some powering organizations (too in politics, you can certainly folks are downright mad be- bad the parties aren’t doing a run for city council. Because cause Black women are run- better job of preparing folks your community is counting ning for office. for service); and know the poon you. Because you’re ready to As a result Black women sition and issues. lead. Because you’re sick of the have been vilified and even And then I will join others BS coming out of Washington, threatened in attempts to get by body rolling to the polls or your state capitol, or your them to stand down. Did I to cast my oh, so important city government, and you’re also say they have been made vote! taking matters into your own to feel guilty because of their


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Predatory lending is the tip of the iceberg The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is supposed to “protect” consumers from fraud and predatory lending. But since 45 has ruled the roost, he has empowered exploiters to extract too much money from consumers. And he has exposed himself to implicit bribes, which is why the Consumer Financial Services Association of America was meeting at the Trump National Doral Golf Club from Tuesday April 17 to Thursday April 19, 2018. The payday lenders, who describe themselves as the “small dollar credit industry, offer loans at an annualized interest rate of as high as 600 percent, have been lobbying to loosen regulations against their industry. As they met in Florida, they focused on the fact that the Florida state legislature had planned to allow them to lend more, at higher interest rates, in the interest of exploiting more poor people, mostly Black and Brown folks. I went to Orlando and Miami as the guest of the National Faith and Credit Roundtable; a group of religious leaders who are disturbed about the many ways payday lenders are able to exploit poor people. The stories they tell are harrowing – about a woman who borrowed $500 to fix her car so that she could go to medical appointments, and then found herself paying more than $6000 – 12 times the amount she borrowed— over 2 years, and still needing intervention to stop her

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enormous payment. I went to hear ministers use the Bible to talk about the many ways that usury is seen as an abject sin. I went to Orlando and Miami because I wanted to bear witness to the work “woke” pastors are doing to forward the agenda of social and economic justice. If this were only about Florida, it might not merit my attention. But Florida is Missouri, is New Mexico, is Nevada, is California, is Wisconsin, is Michigan. Each of these states have very loose regulations for payday lenders, which means that folks are charging as much as 600 percent for these “small dollar” loans. The challenge is that desperate people go “small dollar’ but offer their car, their next paycheck, or even their home, as collateral. If the payday lender can go into your bank account to pay, all your other bills stand in the back of the line. How to close the gap? Take out another payday loan, and another, and another. Your small $500 loan grows exponentially. And nobody is looking out for you. So the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offered a rule to curb in payday lenders. And now, with the 45-inspired leadership, CBFB is considering rescind-

ing the consumer-protective rule. This isn’t the only way that CPFB has been curtailed from protecting consumers. In 2013, CPFB issued guidance about the legal risks of dealer markups and the ways that discrimination pushed Black and Hispanic folks into higher interest rate loans than their white counterparts. Toyota, Honda, Ally Financial and others were sued because borrowers of color paid much higher interest rates than their white counterparts. Now, there is a move to repeal the 2013 rule, just like the move to repeal the predatory lending rule. It will take the Senate to repeal the consumer protecting rules, but the sentiment is not to protect consumers. In state after state, there is a sentiment to make it easier for payday lenders to exploit. And in state after state, there are those who would make it easier for the CPFB to relax rules against discrimination in lending. These payday lenders are tricksters. They call themselves the “Consumer Financial Services Association”, wording amazingly close to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. They push themselves out as an industry association that manages

“best practices” in “small dollar lending”. They engage in the most pernicious form of lobbying, even purchasing the support of “civil rights leaders’ who argue that people have “the right’ to enter into financial enslavement. And their high-rolling golf games at a Trump resort is a wink and a nod to the many ways this administration is ripping off poor people. The new leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency has been pressured to relax payday-lending rules. Several states have bowed to the pressure to support the payday lender that exploit low-income, mostly Black and Brown, communities. In Florida and Michigan, and in other states, there are harrowing stories of people being exploited because payday lenders have a legislative pass. This flies in the face of the notion that the poor should be protected from extreme usury, but it is perfectly consistent with the focus of this corrupt administration. So who will take care of consumers who face discriminatory interest rates, predatory lending and more? Perhaps voters will throng to the polls in November to elect a Congress dedicated to providing protection for consumers! Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visit www.juliannemalveaux.com


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I feel pretty feels pretty good Comedic actress Amy Schumer plays Renee Bennett in the hilarious new movie with a message, I FEEL PRETTY. The movie will keep you laughing from start to finish, but in the end there is a message to the comedy about women's acceptance of their own body image. In the movie Schumer's character is a "plussized woman" who's struggling with her image as a "big girl." To impove herself she joins a cycling class at Soul Cycle where she compares herself to the other women in the class. In an homage to the movie BIG, which starred Tom Hanks, she goes down to the park on a stormy night and throws a coin in the fountain and wishes she was small and when she hits her head in a

cycling class at Soul Cycle she thinks that her wish has comes true. Unlike the Jack Black movie, SHALLOW HAL, we never see Amy Schumer's image of how she thinks she looks, so that makes it even funnier when

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she strides into the office hearing music that only she hears in her head or when she strips down to her undies to enter a bikini contest in a seaside bar. I think women will really get the message of the story, not to say that men won't enjoy the movie as well, but from the screening that I attended the woman were enjoying a bonding moment with the movie's lead character, Renee. It's an empowering movie that will have many "girls night happy hours" ending up at the film. I FEEL PRETTY is rated PG13 for partial nudity and adult situations and has a run time of 1 hour and 50 minutes. On my 'Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate this movie a LARGE.


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I Messenger TEXAS STATE ASSOCIATION OF PARLIAMENTARIANS (TSAP) CONVENTION It is with much excitement to announce the upcoming 64th Annual Texas State Association of Parliamentarian (TSAP) Convention - May 4-6, 2018. The convention will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton DFW Airport South in Irving, Texas. Convention Chairman, Paulette McClure and the Dallas/Ft. Worth and surrounding units have worked cohesively to prepare you for an exciting and memorable convention. Alison Wallis, PRP, NAP Director-at-Large of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), is our guest plenary and workshop presenter. Her plenary presentation, “Power and Persuasion in Debate” will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.; and, her workshop presentation entitled, “What’s Your Point” will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018

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at 3:00 p.m. Other workshops offered on Saturday, May 5, 2018 are: 1:30 p.m. “The Importance of Mentoring and It’s Positive Impact on Professional and Personal Growth” William Friedrich, Jr., PRP 1:30 p.m. “The Organization’s Mule: The Power of the Committee” Elizabeth Sapp James, PRP 3:00 p.m. “Founding Principles” Libby Willis, PRP Registration information can be found on the association’s website at http://www.texasparliamentarians.org. The online registration deadline is April 21, 2018. Everyone is welcome to register and join us for the workshop presentations. Your presence will enhance and improve your efficiency and knowledge in parliamentary procedure as we continue, “Elevating our Parliamentary Standards Though Education and Retention” in the beautiful city of Irving, Texas. Sheryl C. Womble, PRP President


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If it’s April…Happy Court-versary!

By Vincent L. Hall

If it’s early spring or Commissioner John Wiley Price’s birth month; April, his name has to be on a court case somewhere. In a flawed federal lawsuit involving redistricting and discrimination against Whites, the Dallas Morning News detailed this April’s court battle featuring Price. “John Wiley Price is one of North Texas’ most identifiable civil rights activists. During his years inside and outside government, he’s boldly advocated for blacks getting a bigger share of jobs and contracts, even protesting in front of media companies in favor of more diversity. During a federal trial this week involving allegations that the county discriminates against white voters, Price was described by a witness as a racist, using his 2011 ‘All of you are white. Go to hell’ rant at a county commissioner’s court meeting as evidence. It’s part of a strategy by plaintiffs’  lawyers to depict the county commissioner’s court, with Price the ringleader, as a body that seeks to erode the influence of white residents. If you follow the theory of the lawsuit, a racist environment led the commissioner’s court to push through

a 2011 redistricting plan that they contend discriminates against white voters.” The article took a turn though when the Dallas Morning News revealed the back-story in less than three sentences. Actually, Price told the Tea Party activists gathered that: “All of you are white” and then said, “Go to hell.” Before that statement, he had not-

“Oh thank heavens for a praying constituency,” Price told me at the time. That verdict came four days after his 67th birthday. And no…None of the money confiscated has been returned. As if six years of pure hell with the alphabet police is not enough; Price’s loss of dollars meant for retirement is just wrong. It worked to his advantage

Commissioner John Wiley Price with attorney Shirley Baccus-Lobel, leaving courthouse in 2017.

ed to Jenkins that the public speakers were white, meaning there wasn’t a diversity of opinion in the room. At some point, Jenkins told the crowd to take it all outside, which Price welcomed. The (Reverend Bill) Lovell testified that Price invited the crowd outside, presumably for a fight. “You too, fat boy,” Price said to Lovell. Maybe you don’t remember, but it was just a year ago on April 28, that Commissioner Price was found NOT GUILTY on 7 of 11 charges.

to have U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn, who was “fair and balanced at every stage of the case. However, if every innocent litigant indicted for a crime loses their life savings to defend themselves, the justice system has some flaws that none of us should tolerate. Maybe you don’t accept my premise that Commissioner’s birthday always finds him in court. Let me remind you of just a few bench battles that you may be too young to know or too old to remember. April 1984 Price, a citizen,

sues the Commissioner Court who voted to move a probation office to a Black neighborhood after a White neighborhood rejected the same. April 1990, the Black Mafioso; (Price, Zack Thompson and me), were indicted under the RICO statute (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), for whitewashing billboards. April 1994 Dallas County agrees to a settlement with a carpenter whose leg was broken by Commissioner Price after the painter attacked Price. April 2009 and JWP is in court to force then County Judge Jim Foster to reiterate a charge under oath he made through the Dallas Observer. “Foster Gump” alleged that Price and three other African-American leaders tried to shake-down a business owner. It goes on ad-nauseum. There has never been an elected official who has been more comprehensively litigated than Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. One day, Dallas County will have streets named for him or dedicate a building or museum to honor his life and legacy. But today I just want to wish my friend and fellow “Warrior” a Happy Court-versary and thank God this community has supported him when the “establishment’ would not.

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Women and World Peace By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

in 2003. Our invention led to the destabilization of It is difficult to watch a the Middle East, television news program or and chaos that still read a newspaper without confronts us fourexperiencing the horrors of teen years later. wars, and rumors of wars And while the in our world. From Nigeria world appears to to Nepal, from the Middle be in turmoil Congresswoman East to the Korean Pen- Eddie Bernice Johnson because of coninsula, from Venezuela to flicts, we must Ukraine nations are deeply un- never cease our struggle to find settled, and prepared to resolve equitable and lasting peace. conflict with instruments of war Women will play, and have that would bring about the end played, crucial roles in our purof life as we know it. suit of a world free from conflicts It need not be that way. Of- that threatened our existence. ten, war and its ugly aftermaths Women, who bring life into are caused by wrong-headed de- the world, have more than a cisions made during moments casual interest in conflict resof bewilderment by govern- olution. Research by peace adment and individuals. I remain vocates has shown that the inproud that I was among those volvement of women in efforts in Congress that voted against to bring about peace is critical , our country’s invasion of Iraq and often times leads to a quick-

er resolution of conflict. Peace negotiations in which women have a central role are more likely to succeed than those where the dominant players are men, researchers have concluded. History is replete with incidences of peaceful solutions to war in which were involved in seeking peace. It was the involvement of women in a brutal years-long war in Liberia that brought about an end to that horrific conflict. In South Africa, the end of apartheid was hastened, in part, by the role of women, including those from the African National Congress and the Black Sash. On the 28th of April hundreds of women from throughout North Texas and the country will convene in an annual women’s peace conference that I host. This year we will meet at the University of North Texas

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School of Law in Dallas. The attendees include businesswomen, social activists, and elected officials, members of the clergy, educators, homemakers and many more. We will be of one common mind: How do we bring about peace in the world in the hearts of men and women. As we bring greater visibility to conflicts and their victims, we will search for solutions that will bring peace; something that we believe is achievable through education, financial security, employment and affordable housing. The hours that we spend together will result in lasting relationships as women and men who attend leave with a greater commitment to ensuring the survival of humankind, and creating communities of peace throughout the world.


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Dallas Wings add UCONN player in WNBA Draft By Dorothy J Gentry Sports Editor

As a little girl, Azurá Stevens always dreamed of playing in the WNBA. Her dream became reality when she heard her name called by the Dallas Wings as the No. 6 overall pick (1st round) in last week’s WNBA Draft. “I’m really excited, honestly. I’m just excited to get there and work with the team and the staff,” said the University of Connecticut standout. “It’s honestly just surreal. I’ve dreamed of this moment since I picked up a basketball, so for it to actually be happening is pretty amazing.” What was also amazing was the congrats she received from NBA star Kevin Durant who pre-recorded a video message for Stevens. She has said in interviews that she modeled her game after Durant, and was truly stunned by the message from the former MVP on arguably the biggest night of her life. “Oh my God. Holy crap. That was Kevin Durant. No words honestly,” she said after watching the video message. Stevens said she is ready to help the Wings on the defensive end of the court where they struggled last year. “I think it’s something I’ve always been working on. I’m definitely excited to bring that aspect of my game to this team.” The former UCONN and Duke University player credits both storied college basketball programs with preparing her for the WNBA. “I think it’s helped me be able to adjust,” she said. “Going from one program into another program, it was hard to kind of let go of everything that was there and immerse myself into a new place. So I feel really confident going into this team to be able to adapt and adjust to the new environment and the team and whatever they need me to do.” The Wings walked into this year’s draft with three overall picks. In addition to Stevens in the first round, the team drafted Loryn Goodwin, a 5-9 guard out of Oklahoma State in the second round at 18th and Natalie Butler from George Mason in the third round at 30th. “We are happy and very excited about our selections,” said Wings Head Coach Fred Williams. “We feel that all our selections tonight

will come into training camp and compete for a spot on our roster. It’s just going to make us better for the regular season.” Wings President and CEO Greg Bibb said the team added “size, talent, versatility and athleticism” to its roster with the draft picks. “We are thrilled about the three players we were fortunate to select in the 2018 WNBA Draft.”

blocks, while recording eight double-doubles. Prior to arriving to UCONN, Stevens was an All-ACC First Team selection as a sophomore at Duke, and a second team pick as a freshman. For the Blue Devils she averaged 16.2 points per, 8.8 rebounds per game and shot 52.3 percent from the field in 58 games. Goodwin, a graduate transfer by way of UTSA, played a key role for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, receiving honorable mention All-America status from the Associated Press and honorable mention All-American by the WBCA. She played in 32 games, leading the Big 12 by averaging 20.6 points per game and finished in the top 12 of the conference with 6.7 rebounds per game. She also led the league with five 30-point games and 20, 20-point outings. A 6-5 center, Butler rounds out the Dallas Wings draft class for the 2018 season. At George Mason, she was an honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. In her final season for The Patriots, she broke the single season scoring record with 653 points and an NCAA D1 single-season rebounding record with 563 rebounds. Overall, she started in all 34 games with 19.2 points and 16.6 rebounds per game. On top of breaking a single season rebounding record, she also recorded 33 consecutive double-doubles.

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The Wings begin training camp on April 29th before tipping off the 2018 regular season on May 18 in Phoenix against the Mercury. Individual tickets are on sale. Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 817.469.9464 or by visiting dallaswings.com. The Dallas Wings are one of twelve professional teams in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded in Detroit Michigan in 1998 as the Detroit Shock. After 12 years and three championships (2003, 2006 and 2008), the team moved to Tulsa, where they were known as the Tulsa Shock. In 2016, the team played their first season in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as the Dallas Wings. The Wings play home games at College Park Center, a state-of-the-art facility located on the University of Texas at Arlington campus.


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Starbucks arrests show implicit bias is hiding in plain sight Marc H. Morial President and CEO National Urban League

“Those of us who bear the brunt of racial bias and oppression every day end up having to not only battle that bias and oppression, but also convince everyone else that it even exists. It is very hard for the majority of the population to see how the everyday businesses, agencies, and organizations that we interact with are perpetrating harmful racial bias, and even harder for the majority of the population to see how they are perpetrating harmful racial bias themselves. It is hard to see how something that can feel like the air you breathe to most, can be the storm you drown in to others.” -- Ijeoma Oluo

The arrest of two young Black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks sparked widespread protest and has ignited a national conversation about the issue of implicit bias and how to combat it. As a sort of contrast, around the same time as the Starbucks arrest, a fraternity at Syracuse University was suspended over racist, sexist and homophobic videos recorded in the fraternity

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house and posted to a fraternity Facebook group. The videos show members pledging always to “have hatred in my heart” for African Americans, Hispanics and Jews – all of whom are referenced with slurs. It doesn’t get any more explicit than that. Implicit bias doesn’t advertise itself as blatantly. It doesn’t wear a hood and burn a cross. Unlike explicit bias, implicit bias has many defenders who fail to see it for what it is. Last year, the United States Supreme Court reversed the death sentence of a defendant after the defendant's attorney introduced evidence that suggested the defendant would be

more likely to commit violent acts in the future because he was black. As I wrote at the time the case was being argued: The false belief that black people are inherently more dangerous than other races has obvious and injurious implications in criminal justice proceedings. Large segments of society, our economy and countless individuals are harmed when this myth of black dangerousness is validated. The idea of an innate black tendency to violence is a malignant, centuries-old belief that continues to impact America, undermining freedom, individuality and opportunity. This false belief – this implicit bias - is not only what led to the arrest of the two young men in Starbucks, it is behind the tragic deaths of far too many young men and boys, from Travon Martin and Tamir Rice to Philando Castile and John Crawford.

Studies indicate that 70% of Americans harbor implicit racial bias against black people. It infects our interactions at every level of society. Even preschoolers are not immune – Black children make up 20 percent of preschool students, but half those who are suspended. Implicit bias is reinforced by the media – for example, while about half of people arrested by the New York Police Department for violent crime are Black; they are represented as suspects in 75 percent of the cases shown on evening tv news coverage. Starbucks decision to close its stores for a day of implicit bias training is well-intentioned, but it cannot be an isolated effort. We hope it is the beginning of a national awakening to an issue that has hidden in plain sight for far too long.


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THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW before segueing into acting. He’s known for his role as ‘RayRay the Hustle Guy’ in the Barber shop film franchise. His other credits include  SemiPro, 21 Jump Street, Reno 911, FOX’s Empire, and HBO’s Entourage.

Ice Cube is the executive prouder of the VH1’s Hip Hop Square game show with the biggest names in Hip Hop, Comedy and Entertainment as they match wits and tests their pop culture knowledge. Chicago-born DeRay Davis began his career in comedy clubs

features “the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they come to play and stay to party. Celebrity contestants and squares include Ice Cube, Amber Rose, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, Mel B, Nelly, Tyga, T- Pain, Master P, Monica, Cedric the Entertainer, “The Real’s” Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai, Bobby Brown and many more. VBS: Did you attend game show host boot camp like Jamie Foxx as he prepared to host Mark Burnett’s ‘Beat Shazam’? DeR: Well Jamie Foxx is a big movie star so he may have needed it, but no they did not send me.

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What a delightful interview. True to his style actor and comedian DeRay Davis will be testing the wits and pop-culture command of celebrities in the fresh new game show Hip Hop Squares second season.

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Fifty Years Later, Fair Housing Act recognized as factor in fighting housing discrimination By Christopher G. Cox

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One of the signature achievements of the Civil Rights Era was the passage by Congress in April of 1968 of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Looking back on this historic legislative accomplishment, Majurial “MJ” Watkins, president of the Charlotte Crown Realist Association (CCRA), said that the FHA clearly played a role in helping to make certain that minority buyers and renters would not be discriminated against by sellers, landlords and financial institutions.

“While we acknowledge that the Fair Housing Act has helped to prevent discrimination in housing,” Watkins said, “there is still work to be done.” Unfortunately, she added, some potential Black homeowners are still being treated unfairly in the housing market. The CCRA is local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) and counts among its members professionals in virtually every sector of real estate, including brokers, mortgage originators, real estate attorneys, appraisers and many others. “Our focus extends well beyond the city of Charlotte,” Watkins explained, “to include neighborhoods throughout greater Charlotte and even to nearby communities such as Rock Hill, which is in South Carolina.” Watkins credits the FHA with playing a significant role

in helping African American home ownership reach an all-time high of 49 percent in the period between 2004 and 2005. “Un for tu n at e ly, since then it has fallen to about 42 percent,” Watkins said. That’s why her organization continues to emphasize education, financing and other resources, she added. CCRA’s mission is to create “Democracy in Housing” with a goal of increasing Black home ownership by 2 million in the next five years. “Ultimately,” Watkins said, “our vision is to see Black wealth rebuilt through home ownership.” James Perry, president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League, also said that he believes that the FHA has played an important role in fighting housing discrimination, but like Watkins, Perry said that even 50 years after its passage dis-

crimination remains a problem. “In fact,” Perry said, “if you measure discrimination by how many segregated communities there are in the United States now compared to how many there were 50 years ago, there hasn’t been much progress.” He noted that in most cities many neighborhoods remain largely Black, largely Latino or largely White. While there might be less overt discrimination today, Perry said, it is more difficult for minorities to know when they are being subtly discriminated against. He pointed to the importance of a Supreme Court case (Havens Realty Corp. v. Coleman) decided in 1982 that made it easier to determine when discrimination exists by allowing fair housing organizations to send in “testers.” This is a practice whereby individuals with

similar backgrounds, but of different races, answer ads for properties for sale or rent. When minorities are declined, or are offered less attractive terms than Whites, “testing” can help to support a case for discrimination. Perry noted that a strong impetus for the passage of the FHA in 1968 was the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just days before the act was passed by Congress. “Dr. King had been a strong supporter of the Fair Housing Act, openly pushing for it in Chicago in 1967,” Perry said. “Some politicians viewed voting for the act as a way to quell the riots that erupted in the wake of his assassination.” Christopher G. Cox is the Publisher/Managing Editor of Realesavvy.com. His monthly column, focusing on community and economic development, appears in the Winston-Salem Chronicle. He also has a monthly radio program that can be heard on WTOB (980 AM) in Winston-Salem. Follow Chris on Twitter @ realesavvy.


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Infections could trigger stroke in pregnant women during hospital delivery By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research. The study, published Friday in the journal Stroke, tried to determine if infections contribute to stroke risk during peripartum, a term meaning shortly before or after childbirth. While maternal strokes are rare – only about 30 of every 100,000 pregnancies – they carry a high rate of fatality. “We wanted to get a handle on this because stroke is one of the major causes of maternal mortality in this country,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Eliza Miller, an assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. “We wanted to see if infections could possibly trigger a stroke in a woman who doesn’t have a lot of risk factors, in the peripartum period.” Researchers studied data from nearly 2.8 million women admitted to hospitals to give birth in California, New York and Florida from 2007 to 2011 – including 455 patients who suffered a stroke during their stay. Researchers concluded the women were 1.74 times more likely to suffer a stroke if, when they were admitted, they had any type of infection, including urinary tract, gastrointestinal, respiratory, sexually transmitted, and sepsis, a life-threatening infection in the

bloodstream. Miller said the women with urinary tract infections were 2.56 times as likely to suffer a stroke during their hospital stay, and those with the sepsis were 10.4 times as likely. “What’s interesting about this is the idea that inflammation in the body is somehow triggering the results,” Miller said. “It makes sense that someone who has sepsis and very high levels of inflammation would have an even higher risk.” Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, a neurologist and director of the Stroke Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, applauded researchers for looking at the connection between inflammation and stroke among women giving birth. “The relationship between infections and stroke has become more and more recognized, and this study takes a deeper dive into inflammation as the potential trigger,” said Bushnell, who was not involved in the study. “The approach is definitely novel … analyzing a very specific population.” Both Bushnell and Miller pointed out the limitations of the study, including a lack of a clear cause-andeffect relationship. “Observational studies like these don’t necessarily prove anything,” Miller said. “But it’s good for giving us clues to what’s going on here and generating ideas for future research.” Bushnell said she’d like to see broader studies done around the

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world on the topic, as well as research that focuses specifically on how antibiotics might reduce the risk of stroke among women giving birth. In the meantime, Miller said that although stroke is rare during pregnancy, women and their doctors should be vigilant about rec-

of the largest fitness events for children in Dallas. More than 3,000 participants are expected to attend this one-of-a-kind interactive fitness event. In addition to participating in hundreds of activities and learning about healthy lifestyles and fitness, every family will take home a bag of produce donated by the North Texas Food Bank. WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: Dallas Fair Park – Centennial Hall Building

ognizing warning signs for a stroke. “From the doctor’s perspective, an infection should raise a little red flag, especially for those who are already are at higher risk – for example, women with preeclampsia, which is a kind of severe form of high blood pressure during pregnancy,” Miller said.

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The Black Police Association of Greater Dallas has been dedicated to bridging the gap between law enforcement and the communities they serve for over 40 years. For this Association, community policing means being proactive about and developing solutions to the immediate problems contributing to public safety issues. This is why the BPA is dedicated to hosting events that encourage police officers to form relationships with civilians and creating programs that solve the needs of the communities they serve, as well as, facilitating conversations on community-police relations. On March 24th, the Black Police

Police Talk 101 hosted by BPA President Officer T. Hop. Chief U. Renee Hall and Judge Brandon Birmingham

Association of Greater Dallas sponsored a community policing event led by its board member Officer Lamar Glass in collaboration with local nonprofit, First Stripe, called PD Madness. PD Madness was a basketball tour-

PD Madness w/ Board Member and Officer Lamar Glass

nament where eight law enforcement teams hit the court, in a March Madness-inspired tournament, against eight community teams. April 7th, the Association held a Home Buying 101 seminar led by local real estate agent, Randy Bell, giving police officers and community members the tools needed to purchase homes in Dallas county including grant information and financing options. This is the first of many seminars the association will be hosting as part of their new home buyers community outreach program. The Association’s President, Officer Terrence Hopkins (known to many as T. Hop), has made it his own personal mission to bridge the gap between officers and law enforcement by leading conversations on his radio show every Tuesday from 7 to 9 PM called Police Talk 101 where local leaders are invited to discuss commu-

nity and police relations. BPA Member, Officer O. Buster, was honored on April 6th for helping save the life of Bailey Adam, a marathon runner that collapsed during the Dallas Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Buster was one of the CPR people on the scene that was able to save the Half-Marathon heart attack survivor. The Black Police Association of Greater Dallas believes community policing involves forming partnerships with community organizations and giving people the opportunity to interact with law enforcement officers. It is proven that good relationships are essential to good police work. To learn more about the association’s community outreach programs and opportunities to partner, email info@dallasdoesgood.com and visit their website at www.bpadallas.org.


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FEATURED STAR: TAURUS – THE BULL – 04/20 - 05/20 Running like the wind, ahhh the beauty in freedom. Enjoy! Inspiration/Influence – Make decisions, do not lose your integrity. Your Chosen Healing Crystal - NEBULA STONE – Inspiration; intellectual abilities; relaxing, enhance spiritual psyche. Lucky Numbers – 10.35.18.05.24.22 GEMINI – The Twins - 05/21 – 06/20 Being responsible for your own actions can cost a lot, especially when there is lack of a rational thought process. You are only hurting yourself in the end. Think twice, then, think twice more. CANCER – The Crab – 06/21 – 07/22 Challenges are in demand of you. Sometimes it is wise to just step down. The sacrifice is not worth the “win”. LEO – The Lion – 07/23 – 08/22 How many people are you willing to back-stab? Seek inner answers; running around screaming mad will not produce positive results. VIRGO – The Virgin – 08/23 – 09/22 With clear focus you can easily separate matters of the heart from the head, and adapt to making logical decisions. LIBRA – The Scales – 09/23 – 10/22 You may be called upon to de-

fend your beliefs, be brave in the face of opposition. SCORPIO – The Scorpion – 10/23 – 11/21 Make a decision. It doesn’t matter, neither will result as you wish, but you must make one decision. You will know your next place from there. SAGITARIUS – The Archer – 11/22 – 12/21 Unity of wholeness. Inner you and outer you become one singular entity. CAPRICORN – The Goat – 12/22 – 01/19 Listen to family and friends less often, you do not need additional distractions. AQUARIUS – The Water Carrier – 01/20 – 02/18 Giving to others is great therapy. Do so in moderations, preservation of self is key. PISCES – The Fish – 02/19 – 03/20 No matter what the outcome of your efforts. Results are all well-deserved lessons. ARIES - The RAM - 03/21 04/19 Strength is your best quality, but don’t dislike your weak points. Embrace all of you. Daily Oracle Reading: Ask and it is given The truth is silent. Something you can feel without words, something you just “know”, and it’s called silent knowledge. Blessings to all! You are loved!

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Dear Alma, I am crushed and ashamed that my daughter is pregnant. My young, unmarried, “from a Christian home” daughter is pregnant. This is just the worst thing that could have happen. Her father died when she was young, and I feel like this is all my fault. I sent her to visit family for the summer and she came back pregnant. How can I ever show my face in church again?

First, why is it that mothers feel so totally guilty when our young, unwed daughters get pregnant? Are we simply embarrassed, or are we pained by the future that lies ahead for them – a future we view through the prism of our own failed life choices and experiences? Mother to mother, you do need to ring your daughter’s bell one good time – with words, of course, nothing demeaning or physical. Lay it all out. Let her know that you are disappointed. You’ve

ter and lay down the future rules of engagement. For example, she will be a mother! Not the baby mama, baby friend or co-mother to Grandmama’s baby. You hear me? This is not your baby. As for your church family, rise above the whispers of your “we-don’tsin” Christian friends (and you stop doing it, too, in case you were a part of that group). Find some “here-comes-trouble” Bible-reading sisters and brothers. You know what they say – trouble don’t last always, but “him and his boys” are always waiting for you, just around the corner. After you make your way through these muddy waters, the baby will be born healthy and as cute as ever. You’ll look down into those beautiful brown eyes and see the faces of your loved ones who have gone on to glory. You’ll also see that expression – Grandma, you got me, right? LMBO. Get ready to love your grand like no other. Don’t be embarrassed. We all have neck bones in our closets. It’s just that some of us have gone vegetarian and forgot when we use to eat meat.

You’ve got to make a decision right here, right now, to support your daughter and lay down the future rules of engagement. For example, she will be a mother! Not the baby mama, baby friend or co-mother to Grandmama’s baby. You hear me?

Darlena C., Tulsa, Oklahoma Dear Darlena,

Lookahear, sister Mary Magdalene, I’m not sure what church you attend, but you need to find one with some scared-kneed folks. Sure, this is a bad situation, but let’s put things into their proper perspective:

got to or you’ll release that negative energy in another direction. Be clear that disappointment does not mean you won’t support her. Reassure your daughter that you love her unconditionally. Don’t forget to give her a hug. You’ve got to make a decision right here, right now, to support your daugh-

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omicron Mu Omega Chapter, hosts Community Shred Day On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Omicron Mu Omega Chapter, will hosts is annual Community Shred Day in furtherance of its mission to be of service to the community. Members of the community are invited and encouraged to bring any and all documents—such as bank and credit card statements, paper medical records, court documents, etc.—that they want to shred and destroy in

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