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aggressions and patriarchal privilege? Two out of three women are not the victims of abuse or violence and yet their insight is ignored, untapped and translated by the well-meaning, but condescending men who By Dr. Brenda Wall speak for them. Black women can easily speak on discrimiDuring Women’s History Month, we became nation, sexual harassment and curtailed opmore aware of exceptional women of accomportunity, but that wisdom, as important as plishment and also sensitive to the statistics it is, fails to capture the wholeness, creativithat describe the debilitating abuse that ty and unique strength of our women. The many women experience. voice which is sought is safe, sanThe one out of three women, itized and non-threatening. Harwho is the victim of some form riet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer, of violence including sexual asRosa Parks and Maya Angelou sault, intimate partner violence are all safe enough to be on U.S. and homicide becomes porpostage stamps now. trayed with scenarios of secrecy But what about the living voice and pain. that speaks of resilience in famThe devastation can be so overilies, justice in communities and whelming that we react to the purpose in churches and classabuse by creating additional rooms? That wisdom is diluted pressure. Without realizing it, we with safe celebrity and historic begin to see the role of women in Dr. Brenda Wall women of valor in an effort to marginalized terms of pathology, minimize the beauty, freedom and dysfunction and accept suffering power at hand. as the generational norm. The dynamics of Wisdom in soprano is closer than your abuse, control and male vilification give way grandmother and resplendent in your midst. to gossip, confusion and urban stereotypes She rescues herself from distorted truths of of the angry, black woman. romanticized relationships and stereotypical We admire the women who overcome such archetypes. Her stories can be hard to hear degradation. They are permitted to speak, because they carry implication for radical perhaps, after they have learned an unstated change and transformative resistance. Her lesson: know your place and abide within memory includes terrorizing assault on our the framework that is set before you through sons, but also underground lessons of suba gender privileged lens. terfuge and defiance. Her manifestation is This is an incomplete and misguided apmultifaceted and grounded in God, love and proach for understanding millions of womwarrior. en in our midst, because we rarely challenge Although Wakanda may be inspired by recontext. We ignore the system of patriarchal ality, her stories are equally pragmatic and control and celebrate a Me Too Movement, centered in victory, nurture and courage. which likewise presents women in terms of The Black woman knows life from within solidarity and resistance to gender privilege. her body and grief from victory delayed. Her The narrative has shifted, but with pathology beauty takes many forms and she knows a too often remaining at center. tender touch, a child’s laughter as well as a It is more difficult for us to accept the powwarrior’s cry. er and beauty that comes from the liberatThe divine has given her a song to sing and ed voice of the African ancestored woman. she sings it in soprano. Her love reaches out Agency and power have often been ignored, to us liberally through babies, marriage, caubeaten into submission and tangled in the tion, and worship. Her wisdom is soprano. limiting context of racism, punitive abuse and recovery. Brenda Wall, Ph.D., author of Who wants to hear the voice that emerges Black Lives, White Supremacy and the American apart from recovery with charges of micro Fiction

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Collaboration is a beautiful concept. When journalists of color decided there was strength in numbers, I was excited that we were joining together with Asian, Hispanic and Native American journalists. The organization was called UNITY: Journalists of Color. There were so many lessons I learned over the years and I know my life has been enriched by the relationships that have been established and nurtured over the decades. When an opportunity arose to join the Unity Mentoring Project, I didn’t hesitate. I learned so much and made life-long friends. One exercise that further instilled in me the need to know my history, had to be our formal introduction where we talked about who we were and where we were from. That one exercise put the spotlight on the damage that slavery had done to African people. Very few of us (Blacks) could point to a native language or trace back to before 1619. While others could point to Mexico or Spain; Tokyo or the Philippines; the Cherokee or Piyute nation; many Blacks were clueless or someone might jokingly say something like, “well my mom is from the south side of Chicago.” We clearly knew, as everyone else did, that there was a disconnect. Now there was another “exercise” that may be uncomfortable for some or it might make you angry.

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Excuses are... Well here goes! Part of the Unity Project was getting to know others. With this knowledge, not only would we be better journalists; we’d be better people. Well, as we met in different cities, we went to different places to eat. If the National Association of Hispanic Journalists were planning the menu, we went to a Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, et al restaurant. If the Asian American Journalists

Which brings me to my truth here! Someone needs to explain to me why some BLACK organizations don’t make shopping BLACK a priority? Why isn’t it the natural thing to do? I’ve heard variations, but I will stick with the one I know: “Excuses are the tools of incompetence that build monuments of nothing and those who specialize in them are seldom good at anything else!”

“Excuses are the tools of incompetence that build monuments of nothing and those who specialize in them are seldom good at anything else!” Association hosted, we ate Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, et al. If the Native American Journalists Association hosted, we were sure to have venison, fry bread and other Native American dishes on the menu. However, I do not recall going anywhere, when the National Association of Black Journalists hosted, where “Soul” food was on the menu.

For the life of me, I can’t understand how you can be a Black business owner, belong to a Black Church, be a leader in a Black organization and when you have an opportunity to take people to eat; the first place you run to is a non-Black restaurant. Save the arguments: the staff is rude, the service is slow, the food is unhealthy, and so on. We can find

I Messenger 99 reasons to not choose Black. I say choose Black, help Black to grow, lovingly share your concerns and to the proper person in the right forum. Show love of self, Ujima and Ujamaa. I have begun having quarterly meetings in Dallas with my team. The first one was scheduled for Sankofa Kitchen at 3333 W. Camp Wisdom. Then it was South Dallas Cafe, where they accommodated my last-minute request, at 7035 Marvin D Love Fwy. And most recently, we went to Two Podners, where upstairs in their

new facility at 1441 Robert B. Cullum, they have a room where you can hold meetings (complete with screens) while you enjoy the good food. Now I can go on because there are numerous other places we will be going to in the future. I wish Williams Chicken had a place that could hold about 20. And Sweet Georgia Brown can cater the perfect healthy meal, if I come up with the location. So you can save your arguments about me having racist tendencies. Showing Black love, Black power and common sense is not being

Malcolm X film sheds light on leader From Staff Reports

Film featuring Malcolm X’s Influence on the 1960s Black Power Movement to be screened Mary Liuzzo Lillieboe, the eldest daughter of Viola Luizzo, the only-known white female to be killed during the civil rights movement will be joined by the twin daughters of Malcolm X Shabazz — Malikah and Malaak Shabazz-- and Leroy Moton, now in his seventies, who was the young civil rights activist from Selma, for a special screening of Malcolm X, in Dallas. The screening of this new film, which

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racist, anti or ignorant. I tell you this. One friend loves Pappadeaux restaurants. I understand that love because the food is consistently good and I like going there also. But guess what? Let’s say my friend ate at the same Pappadeaux every Friday for 51 weeks. What do you think would happen if they walked in on the 52nd Friday and sat down and said, “I don’t have any money today, can you serve me?” Also save your arguments about elegance and stature. You are standing on the shoulders of people who could only cook, clean and

is set for Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church (IBOC) 7701 S. Westmoreland Road, documents Malcolm X’s life and is narrated by noted local journalist Bob Ray Sanders and features retired Dallas pastor the Rev. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr., shares new information about the role of Malcolm X major in the Civil and Voting Rights struggles in America. Many noted high profile community leaders and elected officials have confirmed their attendance along with community organizations, high school students from the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and college students from


serve in those or like establishments. Help your Black businesses reach the level of “elegance and stature” that you feel you deserve by supporting them in their growth In future months, I am going to be highlighting Black-owned restaurants and I am encouraging you to seek them out and try spending some of your dollars with them. Act like you don’t have a choice but to find and utilize a Black establishment. Also actlike you have hometraining! Try it, you might like it!

Paul Quinn and Southern Methodist University (SMU) known for taking yearly pilgrimages to civil rights sights. As she was leaving the city of Montgomery, Mrs. Liuzzo was killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan on Sunday, March 25, 1965; the same day the historic march from Selma to Montgomery ended. Mr. Moton was riding in Mrs. Liuzzo’s car when she was killed by the KKK.The Shabazz twins were born a few months after their father’s death and they are featured in the film.  The film has received national recognition from Hollywood personalities from New York, Los Angeles, Selma Alabama and now Dallas is set to host the film's first public screening, beginning with a 10:00 am VIP reception. 


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Weekends of Wellness, Mary Lois Sweatt Memorial Community Health Event at UNT Dallas Founders Hall #138 7400 University Hills Blvd. Info: Cynthia Perez 972-3381096

DCHHS Health and Wellness Fair DCHHS Bldg. 2377 N. Stemmons Fwy. Rm. 627 A & B 10am-2pm. Health Check, Information and enjoy. Get your apt. today 214-947-0026.

Homegrown Music and Arts Festival at Main St. Garden Park 1902 Main St. Dallas 12pm-10pm Tickets: wwww.

Mountain View College Graduation-7 p.m. at Inspiring Body of Christ Church, l at 7701 S. Westmoreland Road, Dallas. Julian Castro, a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Pres. Barack Obama, keynote speaker.

Natural Hair Appreciation Event- Dallas Edition at Young Black Entrepreneurs 4300 W. Northgate Dr. Antoine White 314-630-4465

Sambuca Protest- Plano #360 at Sambuca 7200 Bishop Rd. #270, 7pm-9pm

May 9-12 Women’s 2018 Conference w/ Sonjia B. Dickerson at Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel 1800 TX-26 Grapevine, Register at:

May 9-19 The Meeting (of Martin & Malcolm) by Jeff Stetson at Hall of State in Fair Park 3939 Grand Ave. Dates and Times vary. Tickets: or call 972-572-0998

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Free Work Shop How to Start or Run a Small Business at Embassy Suites 2727 Stemmons Fwy. Dallas 9:30am or 1:00pm Register on line:

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Comerica Bank Hosts Free Cyber security Event Feat. Retired Major General Brett T. Williams of IronNet Cyber Security, Inc. at The Westin Galleria Dallas 13340 Dallas Parkway 11am-1pm.

1963 Arthur Ashe became the first Black to be named to Davis tennis team at the age of 19.

Brookhaven College Graduation-7 pm at Alfred J. Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Rd., Addison. For more info: Debra Dennis in the DCCCD office of public and gov. Affairs at 214-378-1851 or at

Ray Lewis former NFL player birthday 1975

May 16 1963 Asa Phillip Randolph labor and civil rights leader died in New York City. He organized the 1st Black labor union.

El Centro College Graduation-7 p.m. at Fair Park Coliseum, 1438 Coliseum Dr. Barbara Sue Sherrill Jones, El Centro College’s first graduate will be the commencement speaker.

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Cedar Valley College Graduation-7 p.m., Inspiring Body of Christ Church, 7701 S. Westmoreland Rd., Dallas. For more info: Debra Dennis in the DCCCD off. of public & Gov. Affairs at 214-378-1851 or at

1954 U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public school system. (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas).

Film Screening: Malcolm X Host: St. Luke U.M.C. at I.B.O.C. Church 7701 S. Westmoreland Rd., Dallas 10:30am-2:30pm An Over whelming influence on The Black Movement

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1981 Bob Marley “King of Reggae” died at age 36

Garland Symphony Orchestra features Pianist Alex McDonald 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. 972-205-2780 at 8 pm.

Armed Forces Day Malcolm X born 1925. He was a Black Nationalist and civil rights leader, and orator.

7th Annual Art on the Green Art Festival 1601 E. Randol Mill Rd. Arlington 5-11 at 3 pm to 5-13 at 5 pm Richard Green Liner Park. Kid friendly.

Creations of Fashion at Howell and Dragon 1130 Dragon St., Ste. 12, Dallas from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

North Lake College Graduation – 7 p.m., Alfred J. Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Road, Addison. For more info: Debra Dennis in the DCCCD off. of public and gov. Affairs at 214-378-1851 or at

1951 First Black Congressman elected in 20th Century served 3 terms (1928-1934) Oscar DePriest (R-IL) died.

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Stranger on a Pew Host: DeVINity Productions at Courtyard Theater 1509 H. Ave. Plano 7pm-10pm

Pinckney B.S. Pinchback, Lt. Gov. of Louisiana was born in 1837. Died 12-21-21

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Malcolm X Festi Art Gallery and Dallas from 11am

Community Health Fair Indoor Event FERIA DE SALUD Free. At Tempo Cristiano Emmanuel 1304 S. Hampton Rd. 9am-1pm Host: Seventh Covenant Productions.

The Purple Party /Main Event DJ Rosabel/ at the South Side Ballroom 1135 S. Lamar St. Dallas 10pm-5am Tickets:


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4th Annual Diva Affair Sip, Shop, & Get pampered as a diva should at The JamBox 3965 Belt Line Rd. Addison 2pm5pm tickets:

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Richland College Graduation-7:30 pm Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd., Garland. For more info: Debra Dennis in the DCCCD off. of public and Gov. Affairs at 214-378-1851 or at

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Flaunt-3rd. Annual Spring Day Party Edition 2616 Commerce St., Dallas 4pm-10:30pm. Info Tickets:

“Where are You Outreach” Organization Serving the Homeless with food, Clothes & Counseling. Every 3rd Saturday at 9am. at Ten Eleven Grill 1011 Corinth St. & Lamar, Dallas.

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Theron is very relatable in Tully In Tully, Charlize Theron is Marlo, a mother with a newborn and two more challenging elementary school kids. Tully is a modern day "Mary Poppins" who is hired by Marlo's well-todo brother to give her some relief from her day-to-day mommy duties. Tully is a night nanny so only Marlo, and the baby, have interaction with her. The two eventually form a special bond after Marlo gets over her initial fear that the quirky Tully may be trying to kill her family during the night. Tully's optimism brings Marlo back to the version of herself who was once passionate about life, her kids and her husband. The movie is a realistic version of life for a mother with a newborn and a special needs son. It's a

very funny film and anyone who has kids will easily relate to the storyline. Diablo Cody, who won Best Screenwriter for 2007's Juno, is the writer of Tully. Her sense of humor comes through in the movie's script. Cody is not one to rely on clichĂŠs', but rather on modern mundane things that we see and go through in our day-

to-day life, such as the difficulty of living a normal life when your breasts are always leaking mother's milk. Expressing milk is a big part of the movie and Cody makes the scenarios hilarious. Also, pay attention to some clues in the movie that help you to understand the ending. (I won't say any more so that I don't ruin the plot for you.) Theron gained 50 pounds for her role in the movie and is very convincing as a new mother. She says a steady diet of processed food and In and Out Burger helped her to create her physique. Tully has a run time of 1 hour and 36 minutes and is rated R for language and some nudity. It is a very adult comedy. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate Tully a LARGE.

What is Hollywood Hernandez up to? Is he auditioning for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre? Wherever he is and whatever he is doing, It’s all the way LIVE!

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Ministry Entrepreneur Explosion Conference is Coming to Dallas

This is NOT a worship conference. This is for artists who want to use their music ministry gifts beyond their local church! The Incubator Creative Group presents the Ministry Entrepreneur Explosion Conference using Christian music as a tool of evangelism, encouragement and ministry beyond the conventional possibilities of Sunday church services. The Explosion is not another worship conference. It has a decided emphasis on the performance aspects of music verses the use of music in a worship setting. The Explosion also illuminates a perspective for making a music ministry work as a sustainable small business enterprise or self-supporting hobby. You want information? We’ve got information. The Explosion is more than a conference. It is an experience. It includes not only the live event itself but also seven hours of pre-conference online training and interaction.

This in-advance experience provides a unique vehicle to facilitate the development of a relationship between you as an artist and Incubator (the sponsor of the Explosion). The Explosion utilizes a proven system for growth deployed by Incubator over its 30year history… Active Relational Training (ART). The result of ART is the establishment and deepening of a relationship between each artist and Incubator, which correspondingly creates a high level of energy and positive atmosphere among the registrants gathered for the live event. The Explosion may feel more like a family reunion than an educational event! The Ministry Explosion will come to Dallas on Friday and Saturday July 27th and 28th. It’s a can’t miss weekend (Friday night and and all day Saturday) conference igniting Christian artists to take their music and message beyond Sundays! For more information and to start your conference track, today, click here!

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Butterfly I emerge from this darkness changed. Leaving behind so much of what was me; whole but with missing parts. Pushing myself through a realization that does not include you, physically. Your transformation complete.

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Kanye Unchained: Stephen or Django?

By Vincent L. Hall

There is no logical, literary, or lyrical path from Kanye’s socially-conscious diatribes and stated beliefs that would lead any critical thinker to predict his recent tethering to Donald

“The John” Trump. Most Americans found it surreal and surprising to see Fox News featuring Kanye replacing Stacey Dash as its chief colored correspondent. Kanye’s bewildering betrayal buoys my standing argument that since slavery was “grandfathered,” wealthy White folks have adapted to the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. Since 1863, or 1865 if you live in Texas, modern-day “plantation owners” don’t buy Negroes; they just rent them. It’s safer, cheaper and environmentally efficient. Anyone who truly loved Kanye’s image and his dialectical genius in affairs of the mind and “The Souls of Black Folk” was crushed. It sent me back to the drawing board. That drawing board for me in the Trump era is the last six minutes of Django Unchained. In Django’s epilogue, the freedmen confronted the House Negro In Charge (HNIC). Stephen, heartened by the notion that Django lacked additional ammunition remarked; “I count six shots Nigga!” Django retorts; “I count two guns Nigga.” Django took Stephen out at the kneecaps and detonated some strategically planted sticks of dynamite. Stephen and “Candie Land” were decimated. Progress usually blossoms when evil institutions are vanquished. However,

the role of Stephen will live forever, We know Kanye and his pregnant wife Kim saw Django on New Year’s Day 2013, at The Grove in L.A. We know it because Perez Hilton’s website said it and they keep a keen eye on the whereabouts of rich and rising Negro athletes and musicians. But for your sake, here are my cliff notes. In Quentin Tarantino’s social cinematic discourse, Django played by Jamie Foxx, is a slave living in the Deep South. True to custom, Django was purposely estranged from his wife; Broomhilda, and was awry with guilt and anguish. While Django is being “featured” in a slave auction, Dr. King Schultz, a German dentist turned bounty hunter, frees

him from the Speck brothers; some vicious and onerous slave owners and catchers. Remarkably, Django is granted a once in a lifetime opportunity to kill a gang of White “slavers” whom Django knows and despises. A bond slave killing his oppressors for pay has to be the penultimate motivation in terms of professional objectives. Anyone who left this movie without a keener understanding of how brutal slave owners and slave police pooled their efforts is in denial. Django depicts the reality of American slavery well enough to secure reparations.

From the brutal Mandingo fights to iron shackles and brass faceguards, this movie makes the blockbuster series “Roots” like a musical about slaves “who made a choice,” but fell on hard times. Django Unchained had movements that played beneath the violence. For the simple, it was caustic; blood and guts. For the sophist, the film represents a treasure trove of perplexing plots and nerve-wracking novellas at work contemporaneously. So here is the darker summary...Django like many other slaves was viciously severed from the woman he loved and would do anything to get her back. That pursuit leads him to deceive, maim and kill anyone in his way. Anyone could track Kanye’s sickness to the loss of his mother. That’s understandable, but that logic should make him Django…not Stephen. The optimistic summary is that racial justice is achievable. Django proved that when Black and Whites converge as equals they can overcome the evil empire of the ruling White class being abetted by selfish Negroes. Rented Negroes relish in being the favorite, the only or the other. This summary doesn’t help Kanye either. Aiding Trump in his White Nationalist xenophobic causes is dishonorable regardless of race or ethnicity. At some point, Kanye West abandoned the role of Django, and the part of Stephen revokes his reputation as a revolutionary. Whether he plays Stephen or Django, Kanye is always unchained. Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and

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Sensible gun legislation

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

The overwhelming majority of Americans support sensible gun legislation that would keep deadly firearms out of the hands of the mentally challenged, abolish the sale of weapons used in war to private citizens, and stop the purchase of firearms by anyone under the age of twenty-one. As a member of Congress I supported the 1994 ban on assault weapons sales, and other reasonable measures to eliminate the murders of our citizens. Ten years later I was saddened when the assault weapons ban was

lifted. Since that time the number of Americans killed by citizens with such weapons has increased dramatically. Even senior law enforcement officials in our country continuously lobby for a ban on assault weapons, but their efforts are defeated by the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in our country Even in the face of the slaughter of children in our schools, and innocent teenagers on the streets of our cities, the leadership of the National Rifle Association continues to oppose laws that sociologists and professional law enforcement officials state would lead to a decrease in killings in America. They argue, and advertise to their membership, that any effort to limit weapons use and sales is an assault

on the Second Amendment, knowing full well that the vast majority of their membership either has not read the amendment, or is confused about its meaning. It was disheartening to learn that during the recent convention of the National Rifle Association in Dallas, attended by 75,000 people, young children were allowed to play with balloons shaped as though they were AR-15’s, the same weapon that has been used to kill nearly 180 people in mass shootings in the United States during the past eleven years. No doubt, many of those that attended the NRA conference would prefer to see sensible gun legislation, but their thinking is often blurred by those that lead them. It is my hope that they will reject the narrow minds that are at the head of their organization.


Instead they must begin to consider the leadership of corporations such as Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods that have in response to mass shootings have stopped the sales of assault weapons in their stores. In fact, Dick’s Sporting Goods decided to destroy the weapons that they had purchased from manufacturers instead of returning them for a refund. They should also look to our young high school students, such as those in North Texas and throughout the country, who have called for sensible gun legislation. They have had enough and have said that they will turn out in large numbers at the polls in the November elections to oppose any candidate that refuses to support their position. I am proud to stand with them, and urge you to follow their lead!

Marshall is GSU Commencement Speaker Months after being ment as one of the “50 Most tapped by Mark Cuban Powerful Women in Corpoand team leadership to rate America” by  Black Enserve as the Chief Execterprise magazine and on Ebutive Officer of the Dalony  magazine’s 2016 “Power las Mavericks, Cynthia 100” list. “Cynt” Marshall will ad“We are honored to have dress students and faculsuch a visionary leader on ty as the keynote speaker campus to share her wisdom at the Grambling State with our students,” said GSU University Spring ComPresident Rick Gallot.  “It’s mencement, May 11, 2018 more important today than at 10 a.m. ever for our students to unMarshall, who is leadderstand the value that a diing the charge to set the verse and inclusive culture new NBA standard for brings to an organization.” Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall inclusion and diversity, Marshall, who  The Netis known globally for her work Journal recently named work with AT&T, where she served as Senior one of the 25 Most Influential Women in BusiVice President – Human Resources and Chief ness, has already had an impact on Grambling Diversity Officer. State students after recently hosting a student That work included guiding AT&T to place- visit at the Mavericks headquarters in Dallas, ment on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work TX. For  list, the top 3 on Diversity Inc.’s 2017 Top “Meeting Cynthia Marshall was definitely 50 list of companies, and her own acknowledge- something I didn’t know I needed,” said Sara

Renee Garner, sophomore in Grambling State’s Department of Mass Communication. “As a black woman in a male-dominated industry, she is like superwoman. Meeting her, I saw all of my dreams personified.” Marshall will address students, faculty, and their families on the heels of Grambling State’s highest enrollment since 2014, which includes a freshman class increase of greater than 200 percent since that time. “It’s been a great year for Grambling State students,” said President Gallot. “We’re excited to welcome Mrs. Marshall to help us celebrate.” Commencement Information: Grambling State University Commencement, Spring 2018 Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center Grambling State University 100 North Stadium Drive Grambling, LA 71245


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(L) Terry Allen, Valder Beebe, Ester Davis, Dr. Linda Amerson Photo Credit: Photograpy-by-james

Rev Dr. Sheron Patterson is the senior Pastor at the historic Hamilton Park United Methodist Church. She is also a glass ceiling breaker by being the first female pastor at HPUMC. Rev. Dr. Patterson was saluted for her leadership and her history-breaking career. At Hamilton Park UMC, now

fondly known as The Park, The Power of 3 Women celebrated the women of Hamilton Park with The Power Award. The Power Award was bestowed upon individuals who are powerful in their home, church and community. Nine women were select on May 6th to be celebrated in the Serenity Garden at

Hamilton Park with church members, family, friends and the press in attendance. Sunday, May 6th, a beautiful spring day ceremony among the roses and annual flowers of the Serenity Garden was a memorable event that was well attended. The mistress of ceremony, Cheryl Smith, Publisher of the Garland Journal News, IMessenger and Texas Metro News presided over the event. Saxophonist Thom Brownlee and official toast master, Terry Allen, CEO of City Men Cook & Sister CEO saluted all women in attendance with smooth jazz, beautiful words and a formal raising of glasses. The Power Award was given by Ester Davis, Dr. Amerson and Valder Beebe, the consortium, The Power of 3 Women. The consortium is known for their individual and collective brand. Collectively their broadcasts on radio, TV, print and digital print publications reach 428+ million audiences and audiences are growing. Those numbers translate into big sales for the products and services for our advertisers and sponsors.


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Bass Printing announces sale to Alrick & Paula Warner – Bass Printing Company, a full service commercial and trade printer located in Fort Worth, Texas, has been servicing the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area for over 35 years. Mr. Warner confirms that the company will remain in Fort Worth at its current location – 4620 South Edgewood Terrace, Fort Worth, Texas 76119. Mr. Warner, who will serve as President & CEO further commented that, “Mark & Montie Pafford have built Bass Printing on a strong legacy of quality, trust and value. We intend to keep it that way. Our plan is to continue to grow the company with more new and innovative products with a stronger web presence. Our goal is to continue to provide our customers with the highest quality service, and printing at great value.” Mrs. Warner, will serve as CFO and Vice President. She stressed that, “whether you need printed materials for your company, small business, or your family we are here for you. We are conveniently located in Fort Worth. Bass Printing has extensive experience and expertise in design, inks, imaging and printing to assist you with your job be it large or small. Our staff has the expertise, dedication and discipline in printing technical mastery in everything from design to print, inks to substrate, folding to cutting. About the New Owners: The Warners are residents of Fort Worth suburb of

Burleson, Texas. Mr. Warner is a native of St. Kitts-Nevis and a graduate of the University of Houston. He recently retired from Procter & Gamble (P&G after almost 34 years of service) as a Research Fellow with responsibility for ink & printing development and commercialization for a variety of well know billion-dollar brands such as Pampers®, Luvs®, Bounty® & Always®. “Acquiring a fine company such as Bass Printing in a warm and friendly state such as Texas has been my dream for many years,” Mr. Warner commented. Mrs. Warner is a native of St. Thomas, the US Virgin Islands. She has held roles in teaching and administration in Atlanta, Georgia primarily, having earned her degrees (BA & MA) from Brandeis University & American University respectively. She served in both private and public schools where she taught English/Language Arts and Math, provided instructional support to special education teachers, and

served as Associate Academic Dean in an independent school. About Bass Printing Company: Bass Printing Company is a complete commercial print shop offering a variety of

printing services including: business cards, brochures, newsletters, product & package labels, flyers, event tickets, door hangers, name badges, plaques, certificates, letterheads, envelopes, Security, catalog, booklets, raffle tickets, invoice pads/ books, purchase orders, work orders, contracts, invitations and announcements (wedding & graduations, etc.), personal scratch pads, graphic design, digital printing and more. The terms of the sale were not publicly disclosed but is anticipated to be a multi-million dollar transaction.

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