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Dallas County Court to Hold Special Meeting of S.T.A.C. Court Alumni Graduation Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. during National Drug Court Month Successful Treatment of Addiction through Collaboration (S.T.A.C.) court graduates from 2008 – 2012 will meet the police officers that arrested them as far back as 2001 and share their successes since their arrests at the Frank Crowley Criminal Courts Building, 133 North Riverfront Blvd, 2nd floor, Dallas, Texas 75207 at 1:00pm, Friday, May 12, 2017. Then 27 participants will walk across the stage to graduate from the program. From a life of repeated felonies and failed attempts at drug or alcohol rehabilitation, Dallas County Courts’ S.T.A.C. Program seeks to transform lives and help defendants re-enter society as productive citizens, ultimately saving county taxpayers millions, and possibly saving their own lives. The 12-18 month program is about accountability and was developed to transition defendants back into the community after treatment. In addition to ongoing meetings with probation officers and court officials, defendants take intensive outpatient treatment classes, attend Narcotics and/ or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and are tested frequently for drugs and alcohol use. They are required to maintain employment, complete probation requirements and work community service hours as well as pay back any related court fines and fees. WHAT: S.T.A.C. Program and Graduation WHO: 27 returning from drug/alcohol treatment seek fresh starts after completing intensive drug court program

Dionne Cheshier, 2011 S.T.A.C. graduate. Dionne is president and CEO of C.A.N. Associates, an enrolled agent and certified tax resolution specialist.

ABOUT S.T.A.C. COURT: The S.T.A.C. Court in Dallas County was established in January 2007 by Judge Lela D. Mays. Judge Mays and Judge Gracie Lewis preside over the Karen Green, Founder and Director Court. of Haven of Love. Karen is a survivor The S.T.A.C. program serves as a of childhood sexual abuse which led problem-solving court, known as a “drug treatment court,” with intensive supervision for defendants on felony probation returning from inpatient treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Since inception more than 1,600 defendants have graduated the program. Based on an innovative program first developed in Miami, Florida in 1989, the drug court concept received widespread attention as an effective treatment strategy for drug-involved criminal offenders. The term "drug treatment Judge Lela Mays Judge Gracie Lewis court" refers to a specialized docket designated to handle casher down a negative path of self-de- es involving non-violent drug-abusing struction. She now visits jails and pris- offenders through an intensive, judions mentoring to the broken and lost. cially monitored program of drug treatment and rehabilitation services. Jammie Kelley, 2008 S.T.A.C. gradThe State of Texas offers numerous uate. Jammie is the Admissions Direc- specialized courts that focus on addictor at Nexus Recovery Center. tion, mental health issues, juvenile and family issues and those that have been WHERE: Frank Crowley Criminal commercially exploited. Courts Building, Central Jury Room, These programs save taxpayers mon133 North Riverfront Blvd, 2nd floor, ey – participants are not in the overDallas,Texas 75207 crowded jails and can begin paying restitution, fines and court costs that WHEN: Friday, May 12, 2017 otherwise might not have been paid. In addition, participants begin to pay  Opening Remarks, Honorable Gra- child support, not to mention reduce cie Lewis and the Honorable Lela D. the number of drug-addicted babies Mays born to this population.  Proclamations/Resolutions presented by Dallas County Commissioners Court and Sen. Royce West

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The Southwest Black Fine Art and the Caribbean. Show will attract nationally known artists, collectors, educators and curators to the Southwest region —The Southwest Black Art Show

was created to present an exemplary experience for artists, collectors, educators, fine art professionals, and admirers of black art. The SWBAS is committed to the exclusive presentation of original art produced by artists of African-American and African descent. Our goal is to make the Southwest Black Art Show an annual destination point where collectors come to view and purchase quality black art. The show will be held June 23rd -25th at the African American Museum, Dallas. This year we are pleased to announce two featured artists. James Brown is a 90-year-old internationally-known artist. Mr. Brown is a talented painter, graphic artist and illustrator. Most of his work portrays the lives of people in North America, South America, Africa

Mr. Brown has exhibited in shows with other renowned artists such as Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol, Jacob Lawrence, Janet Fish, Elizabeth Catlett and many more. Also featured is the internationally-known artist Leroy Campbell who lives in New York. Campbell who is originally from South Carolina is known for seamlessly inter-mixing the unlikely themes of Gullah – Geechee cultures, post Renaissance vibes of Harlem and Brooklyn, and the 1980s African cultural resurgence. Both Brown and Campbell were chosen for their universal views of honoring traditions while fusing them with the current political and social climate. Additionally local Dallas area artists: Mark Crow, Tyra Goodley, Don O’Bannon, Evita Tenezo, and Paul Harris will be joined by more than a dozen artists from the Southwest. Over twenty-five artists are expected to attend this year’s show. This show will host a series of workshops for those interested in becoming collectors, but may not know exactly what to look for when viewing a work of art. The Show will feature presentations by

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seasoned authors that will discuss topics focused on urban and traditional art forms. In addition, there will be hands-on activities for families and children throughout the weekend. The SWBAS was founded by artist, Frank Frazier, a group of art educators, collectors and curators from North Texas in 2010. Annual attendance is more than 2,000 visitors. Members of the Honorary Steering Committee are Fort Worth Attorney Renee’ Higginbotham-Brooks; Dr. M. Keith Rawlings, MD; Margie Johnson Reese, Executive Director, Big Thought; well-known collector, Curtis Ransom; Phillip Collins; collectors, James and Marie Gwyn; Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Debra Peoples and SWBFAS Founder Frank Frazier. For more than 35 years, the African American Museum has stood as a cultural beacon in Dallas and the Southwestern United States. Started in 1974 as a part of the Bishop College Special Collection, the Museum has operated independently since 1979. The Museum was founded in 1974 as a part of Bishop College and came to life under the vision of Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., Founding President/CEO.

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Lone Star Park Celebrates 20TH Anniversary Thoroughbred Season Now Open

Jockeys, horses and more during a recent race day at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. The Park is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Photos by Dorothy Gentry By Dorothy Gentry

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is celebrating its 20th anniversary with celebrations that will run throughout its 2017 Thoroughbred Season, operating now through Sunday, July 30. The celebration includes live horse racing, delicious menu offerings at Park restaurant, Silks and its other restaurants, live music, fun family entertainment, patriotic revelry, fantastic deals and plenty of giveaways. There is something for the entire family to enjoy. Lone Star Park’s 20th anniversary menu, created by Chef Saleh Nasser includes: • 20” Trifecta Dog • 20” Finish Line Burrito  • 20” The Stud, a barbecue sandwich  • 20 oz. Lone Star Rita margarita  TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE 2017 THOROUGHBRED SEASON:   Visit LoneStarPark.com.  Ticket prices range from $5 to $27.  Children under three years of age are free. Restrictions, exclusions and additional charges may apply. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent. 

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OTHER 20th ANNIVERSARY FUN FACTS:   • $5.8 billion – Total money wagered by Lone Star Park customers from April 1996.    • $47.8 million – Purchase price of Lone Star Park when sold to Global Gaming   Solutions, LLC (Oct., 23, 2009).   • $121,139,593 – Lone Star Park record for total amount bet in a single day (Oct., 30,   2004).   • $702,114 – Largest single-ticket pari-mutuel payoff (June 11, 2016).    • 19 million – Number of customers that have passed through Lone Star Park turnstiles   since April 1997.   • 866,000 – Square feet of all structures (including barns).   • 53,717 – Lone Star Park single-day live racing attendance record (October 30, 2004)   Breeders’ Cup Day.   • 2004 – The year Lone Star Park hosted

the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.   • 315 – Number of acres on Lone Star Park’s property.   • 32 – Number of barns in Lone Star Park’s stable area (includes Hold & Test Barn,   Receiving Barn).   • 850 – Number of workers employed at Lone Star Park during the live racing season.   • 250 – Number of workers employed at Lone Star Park during the non-live racing   season.   • 1,600 – Number of stall applications the racing office annually receives by horsemen   who want to race at the park.   • 1,100-1,500 - Number of horses stabled at Lone Star Park during the live season.   • 9,207 – Number of live Thoroughbred races run from 1997-2016.   • 85,146 – Number of Thoroughbred horses that ran in the 9,207 races (from 1997- 2016).

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So many lives destroyed

By Cheryl Smith

There’s something about August 2nd. Whether it’s 1985 when there was the crash of Delta Airlines flight 191 in Dallas with 137 casualties, including my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sisters and some fellow Florida A&M University alumni; or 2014 and the brutal murders of Demarcus Walton, Tyteanna Brown and Kimberly Montgomery. I had never heard of a “trap house” until August 2, 2014 and there isn’t a day that goes by since that fateful day, that I don’t think about the violence that happened at the hands of Justin Pharez Smith (no relation). When I think of the devastation that drugs have had on society, I am saddened because just like we’re still feeling the impact of slavery centuries later, our descendants will be dealing with the effects of drug use for centuries to come. Yes, people knew Demarcus Walton as a drug dealer. But to me, he was a respectful young man who was a good father. We never had a conversation about his “business” so I can’t speak about it. I never saw him smoke a cigarette, never saw him flashing money around or doing the things you read about that are associated with the drug culture. There were no big chains, nor was his body heavily tattooed. I did, however, see him working a “legal” job and providing for his children. I remember my last conversation with him because less than 12 hours later he was brutally murdered. When I got off the phone, I told my friend Eva, “that’s a fine

young man.” The next morning I received a call that changed my life forever. My heart felt heavy. I was in pain. Demarcus befriended Justin and when Justin decided to rob and kill his “friend,” he robbed so many other people. There’s the survivor, Tarsha Reed, who is partially blind and clearly traumatized from the attack. She survived a gunshot to the head and was able to testify of Justin’s cowardice act.

Justin Pharez Smith There were plenty of teary eyes as she recalled that morning begging for her life and playing dead in hopes of living. Before Demarcus was killed, I did not support the death penalty and I did not change my position. But Justin’s heinous act changed the lives of so many on all sides. Watching Justin’s mother was difficult, just as it was watching Demarcus’ mom and the others. Then there are the children (a total of 12) who have lost their parents. This was a tough trial and District Judge Jennifer Bennett made sure her courtroom did not become a circus. I appreciated her leadership because believe me it could have gotten ugly. There were clearly those with their own ideas

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about how to punish Justin. Some felt Justin showed no remorse whatsoever because he is a psychopath. But there were also Justin’s loved ones who asked for mercy. The jury found him guilty of capital murder. No surprises there. When Justin faced the jury and admitted his crimes, he said his victims were asleep. While I sat through some of the trial, I couldn’t listen to the Victim Impact Statements. So many lives have been devastated and I wonder if some will ever rebound. There is no victory to celebrate. The Judge sentenced Justin to life in prison. He won’t be appealing his conviction and he will never be parolled. He has a child who will never get to really know him. His victim’s children will only have memories of their parents. I know quite a few people who supported Justin. One of my former students made an impassioned plea on social media, telling about the Justin he knows. I believe that my former student told the truth, just like I told the truth about Demarcus. And who wants to believe that someone they know could be so vicious as Justin is? One thing’s for sure, I want to make sure that my seven-year-old grandbaby, Aaliyah grows up knowing that her father, Demarcus, loved her dearly and that he was always there for her. I take a little solace in knowing that for a short time she had the love of a father and in this day and age, sadly there are so many who never know a father’s love. Still, my heart is so heavy.

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2017 AFRICAN CHAMBER WEEKLY LUNCHEON SPEAKERS LIST 1705 Martin Luther King Blvd, Dallas Texas, 75215 May 17 TO BE DETERMINED May 24 TO BE DETERMINED May 31 NO MEETING DUE TO MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY June 7 INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES- MARIO TREVINO June 14 TO BE DETERMINED June 21 TO BE DETERMINED June 28 DFW AIRPORT- LILLIE WEST & GUY TOLIVER (LUNCHEON BEING HELD AT DFW AIRPORT) July 5 NO LUNCHEON DUE TO HOLIDAY July 12 TO BE DETERMINED July 19 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE- JESSICA GORDON July 26 TO BE DETERMINED

May 12 Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy PTSA Eagle Scholarship Gala Concord Church at 7p.m. 6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas, Texas 75237

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One of the largest youth employment events, Opportunity Youth, is happening at the Dallas Convention Center. The Opportunity Youth program, created by Starbucks, is geared towards 16 to 24 year olds who are unemployed and not in school.

May 19 Mr. Herb Austin will be the keynote speaker at the United States Christian Chamber of Commerce (myUSCCC) 12th Annual Small Business Appreciation Luncheon, @12noon. Mr. Austin is the District Director for the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Dallas/Fort Worth office, covering 72 counties of north, central, and east Texas. As director, he is responsible for the management and delivery of SBA programs and services which includes oversight of SBA resources-Small Business Development Centers and SCORE Chapters. The district office works with 314 participating lenders to provide access to capital to the small business community. Mr. Austin holds a B. S. in Marketing from New York University and an MBA from Pace University. He speaks fluent French and Spanish. Salazar Center 2201 Main Street (Main Dining Room | Suite 440) Dallas, TX 75201

8th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational: Gala Hosted by Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities 6 PM - 11 PM Omni Dallas Hotel 555 S Lamar, Dallas, Texas 75202 8th Annual Gala will include a celebrity red carpet and reception, live auction, dinner and presentation of the Roger Staubach Award to Arizo- Redefine the Game with Dr. Randal Pinkett na Cardinals wide receiver and 2017 Hosted by The Empower Series Walter Payton NFL Co-Man of the 10a.m. Year Award winner, Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. followed by live entertainment by Dallas Public Library- Highland Hills Branch Emerald City. 6200 Bonnie View Rd, Dallas, Texas 75241

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theme is “Moving Forward With A Purpose: Believing in the Audacity of Hope.” ·Keynote speaker is Beverly Fells Jones - International Speaker and Author. The Woman of the Year Honoree is Delores Elder Jones Man of the Year Honoree is Dr. Harry Robinson - Dallas African American Museum Community Service Honoree is Eleanore Evens - Community Activist Ombudsman of the Year Honoree is in memory of Lebaron Kinard

May 23

The Total Package Tour: NKOTB with Paula Abdul And Boyz II Men with New Kids On The Block and 2 others at 7:30 PM American Airlines Center 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, Texas 75219

May 28

In Love,” with a national tour. The Fall In Love Tour presented by Medi-Share is Winans’ first solo tour in a decade and brings her to the Majestic Theater

June 3 Live Tribute To Johnny Taylor Saturday, June 3rd 2017 FEATURED ARTISTS: Ernie Johnson Fat Daddy (Son of R. L. Griffin) “Meatball” Sister Janean (Spoken Word) The Drummer Dancers D.J. LaSone MC Da Wolfman DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM CONCERT PERFORMANCE 2:00 PM TO 8:00 PM 4750 E. CLEVELAND RD DALLAS, TEXAS 75247 TICKETS $25.00 ONLINE $30.00 AT THE GATE Purchase tickets @ www.fredsentertainment.com OR Blues Palace II Pan African Connection 3100 Grand Ave 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. Dallas, TX 75215 Dallas, TX 75216 214 421 9867 214 943 8262 VENDOR INFORMATION Non Food Vendor fee $50.00 Food Vendor Fee $150.00 Maximum Tent/Table size 10’ x 10’ Deadline for fees May 30, 2017 For more information call Brother Fred: (214) 607-6445

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7th Annual Dallas Margarita Melt- Retired Police Chief David O. Brown down will kick off his book tour in Dallas on Dallas West End his life and the challenges of modern law enforcement at a program presented by the World Affairs Council of D/FW and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Ten-time Grammy Award winner and multi-plati***** num-selling 9th Annual Founders Day Scholarartist CeCe Join Dr. Linda Amerson for ‘Beautiship & Awards Luncheon Hosted by Winans will fol- fully Insecure’7:30-9:30pm. at Studio Greater North Dallas Business and low her recently Movie Grill - I-20 & Matlock, ArlingProfessional Women’s Club released num- ton. The deadline for ticket purchas11 AM - 1:30 PM ber one album es is Thursday June 1, 2017 There Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Allen “Let Them Fall will also be a 30 minute panel discus705 Central Expy S, Allen, Texas

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Lancaster ISD Fine Arts Students ‘Drop Mix Tape’ for Annual Production at Majestic Theatre Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – Talent runs deep in Lancaster ISD, and throughout the year, students showcase their gifts through academic and athletic competitions, showcases and programs. And, every spring, district-wide, students unite for the ultimate end-of-year fine arts production at the Majestic Theatre located at 1925 Elm Street in downtown Dallas. This year’s production is called Mixtape: Art is L.I.F.E. (Lancaster Integrating Fine Arts Education), and, for one night only, Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 7 PM, students of Lancaster ISD will perform for the public at the Majestic

Theater. “Our students are excited to drop this Mixtape,” District Fine Arts Director Garry Williams said. “Back in our day, a mix tape meant something else, but for our students, it’s how they release their creativity.” Williams said that the show will celebrate the soundtrack of life and art with original works created and performed by Lancaster ISD students in grade 3rd through 12th. “We’re taking the audience on a trip down memory lane with a diverse mix of musical genres and cultural staples,” he said. “Talent from throughout the district will be featured in this multi-disciplinary show.” This is the district’s 11th year to put on a com-

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prehensive production such as this one and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mike McFarland said that he looks forward to it each year. “It is always inspiring to see people working in their passion and I am always proud to see our students perform— whether in the classroom, on the field, court or at center stage,” he said. “Every year, our students and staff spend countless hours putting together an entertaining, top-notch showcase of young talent. This annual district-wide Fine Arts performance has truly become a celebrated event that unites our community.” Tickets are on sale now for $10 at Lancaster High School located at 200 E. Wintergreen Road and can also be purchased at the Majestic Theatre on May 18, 2017. For more information, contact the high school campus at 972-218-1800.

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QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall

Mother’s Day is one of the most universally celebrated holidays on the national calendar and easily number one in the Black community. Our mothers have a special place and prominence; possibly because in so many instances they stand alone in a nation that is openly hostile toward women and downright brutal to Black mothers. And while I would not ordinarily posit this space as a requiem for mothers, I could not allow this opportunity to pass without recalling the life, legacy and largesse of the recently transitioned Velma Brooks. Admittedly, I was also threatened by my beautician Tootsie, who was a student and an ardent lover of this Dallas heroine best known as Velma B. Velma B’s Beauty Academy was originally “Madame Walkers’ Beauty College”. Madame Walker, said to be the first Black female to reach millionaire status, established the first Black beauty college in Dallas in 1939. After graduating from the same in 1958, Velma B became a full time instructor. Velma B purchased the college in July 1971 and by 1975 the college was renamed Velma B’s Beauty Academy. Velma B was not only an

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Our Mother Velma B! institution in this city by that time, but had made her mark internationally. In 1974 she was the recipient of the Rose D’or Award in Pairs, France, and the World’s Hairstyling Champion for the United States. She was the consummate professional, and many of the best stylists in Dallas and around the coun-

standing work in the field of cosmetology including; Business Woman of the Year (1971 and 1976), Who’s Who in  Black  America (1977-1978),  Clairol  Presidential Hair Colorist Council (1983), Dedicated Service Award from  Bethune  Cookman  College (2003), Special Entrepreneur Award –

try were under her tutelage at some point of their career. Velma B was a living, breathing example of the entrepreneurial spirit of Black Wall Street. My friends over at the Dallas Post Tribune listed some of her accomplishments, that I believe bear repetition. “Ms. Brooks won countless competitions and received  over  100  awards  for  out-

Dallas Morning News (2004), Living Legend  Award Dallas Urban League (2004), Black History Chronicles Legends  in Business  sponsored  by Bank of America (2004).   She was a member of numerous organizations including: Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority and Fraternity, Inc., National Hair Weavers Association-Founder, National Hairdressers and Cosmetolo-

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gists Association, Texas Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association, Dallas Beautician Association.” Velma B had the uncanny ability to see a fashion trend on the horizon and retrofit her efforts to meet the beauty needs of her students and clients. Long before most knew that ”aggregating” hair was possible, she had mastered the art of hair weaving and was conducting formal and informal seminars and tutoring sessions. Legions of young stylists would share her space and leave with a new talent. This newfound talent came with a greater potential for self-dependency and professional pride. There is a quote which has been widely distributed and fitting for the life of Velma B. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” But Velma Brooks made an addendum…If you own the lake you can control the commerce of a community. Velma B took her fish, taught others to cast their nets and eventually deeded the lake to aspiring cosmetologists in this community. Now I could not end this without shouting out to my mama, Patricia Ann Figures Price. But all of us owe a debt to the late Velma Brooks who was a mother to this community that will be sorely missed. #BlackWallStreet Vincent Hall is an author, activist and award-winning columnist.

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Ask Alma: Emails will get you in trouble Dear Alma,

I found e-mails my wife has been writing by Alma Gill to an old boyfriend NNPA News Wire Columnist who’s now in jail. He Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than will be locked up for 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, News- a long, long time. At day and the Washington Post. Email questions to: first I wasn’t all that alwaysaskalma@gmail. com. Follow her on Face- concerned, but now book at “Ask Alma” and Twitter @almaaskalma. she’s sending him pictures. I found out, because I read her e-mail when she’s not home. I saw where she told him, “I can’t wait to get your letters” and “I wonder if you’re looking at my pictures and thinking about me.” Even though this man is in jail, it still affects me just as if she was writing to someone out in the streets. Am I being petty, or am I right in thinking that she is disrespecting me? I love my wife, but this really makes me wonder. — Mr. Wondering Dear Mr. Wondering, And wonder you should, but there’s more than a few apps on disloyalty downloaded on your cell phone. Why are you checking your wife’s e-mail when she’s not home? After addressing that, you can move on to your issue with the inmate. Nope, you’re not being petty. You just need to nip this rusty nail in the bud. It seems to me something

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was cockeyed before you caught sight of those e-mails. I’m not excusing her behavior, because infidelity is selfish and, yes, disrespectful. But some parts to this story you aren’t telling me. Tell her why you’re reading her email, and then ask her about her contact with him. Make sure you both honestly

If she makes this about you and the e-mails, then she’s not ready to own her unfaithful behavior. Yes, you were wrong, but she’s wrong too, and both issues need to be admitted, confronted and discussed.

you were wrong, but she’s wrong too, and both issues need to be admitted, confronted and discussed. Give purposeful thought to what you two want out of your marriage. Since he’ll be locked up, as you say, for a long, long time, both of you can work at this and take the necessary steps to rebuild your commitment, reminding each other that your devotion is crucial to saving your union. And don’t forget to apologize to each other. It is my hope that you two will find your way back to seeing each other through new eyes – eyes of forgiveness, blinking with compassion and winking with desire. Alma

talk about both sides to this situation. Speak the truth to each other, not just saying words you think the other wants to hear. Equally important, listen to each other. If she makes this about you and the e-mails, then she’s not ready to own her unfaithful behavior. Yes, WWW.MYIMESSENGER.COM


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Mothers Opposing Bullying Foundation World Unity Festival & 5K, 10K & Fun Fun April 15, 2017 Stewart Creek ParkThe Colony, Texas

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Sea-Food Differently

Lovers Seafood & Market brings unique flavor Story and photos By Eva D. Coleman Your taste buds will thank you for diversifying your palate. Your date will thank you for the quaint and intimate atmosphere. It’s a place for lovers on Lovers. Lovers of seafood will enjoy this new spot at 5200 West Lovers Lane in Dallas. From flowerpot bread (that’s a must to pull apart and experience) to dips, soups, flavorful vegetables and even grits, this scratch kitchen buys fresh and oftentimes local. Lovers is the brainchild of two women whose last names are synonymous with restaurateur royalty…Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Ferring. They’ve developed a concept and team that will

take your food repertoire on a coastal ride. Non-traditional, or at least fish not often seen in Texas, are on the menu. With swimmers like wall-

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eye and red snapper plated, for diners, it’s a great catch. The desserts are masterfully created and served so beautifully, you almost

don’t want to disturb the display. There’s also the market side to the restaurant where you can buy seafood fare to take home and cook for yourself! Give Lovers Seafood & Market a try. They’ve got me hooked!

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Urschel's Mom offers Perspective on Son Playing Football

Latest Interview in NFF "I'm A Football Mom" series highlights Venita Parker's perspective on the benefits of son's gridiron experiences

The "I'm A Football Mom" initiative was launched last year by the NFF to highlight the unique perspectives of mothers around the country who believe in the benefits of having their sons and daughters play football. The initiative features a series of videos and stories that are promoted in social media and on FootballMatters.org, the NFF's digital platform for promoting the good in the game. "The National Football Foundation makes a concerted effort to create opportunities for all the groups who influence the game and play a role in supporting our mission," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "Whether it is coaches, players, officials, administrators, or parents, the NFF works to engage all the people who support the game. Moms represent one of the most powerful influences in a young person's development, and the 'I'm A Football Mom' initiative gives them a voice in

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Indianapolis, Ind. The initiative's first video, posted last year in October, captured the insights of Pam Martin from Indianapolis, Ind., the mother of three sons who each played college football: Josh (University of Indianapolis [Ind.]), Nick (University of Norte Dame) and Zach (University of Notre Dame). More than 20 stories have been written and posted to the FootballMatters.org site. "Parents face a myriad of choices about the activities for their children," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "And we believe there is no better vehicle for teaching teamwork, discipline, and leadership than football. - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & We wanted to create a stage for the mothers College Hall of Fame released today the newof the more than 1.1 million high school and est video in its "I'm A Football Mom" series, 70,000 college players as a vehicle for them to featuring Venita Parker, the mother of former share their thoughts on the lifelong lessons Penn State offensive guard and 2013 NFF their children learn on the gridiron. William V. Campbell Trophy recipient John This initiative has a lot of people excited, Urschel. Click here to watch the video. and we have a third video already in the works." The Venita Parker interview The "I'm A Football Mom" initiacaptures her perspective on how tive is part of a larger campaign she addressed the safety concerns launched by the NFF in 2013 called of having her son play football, Football Matters, which provides and the importance of football in people throughout the country turning her son into a well-roundwith a voice in highlighting the ed individual. Urschel is currently positive impact that football has pursuing his PhD in mathematics had on their lives by utilizing social at the Massachusetts Institute of media platforms and the hashtag: Technology while playing in the #ImAFootballPlayer. The launch inNFL for the Baltimore Ravens. Parkcluded a highly successful TV spot er said the key in addressing her and testimonial, which showcased concerns centered on becoming Jeff Immelt, the chairman and knowledgeable and ensuring that CEO of GE and a former offensive her son's coaches put his safety lineman at Dartmouth College. first. The commercial, which has been "I know sports can be dangerous, The NFF released the newest video in its "I'm A Football Mom," featuring Venita Parker (right), the mother of former Penn State seen by millions of people, captures but it's the same thing as a parent, offensive guard and 2013 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipi- Immelt's perspective on the value of you have to do your homework," ent John Urschel. his football experiences in running Parker says in the video. "Anything one of the world's largest and most that your child becomes involved in, whether the promotion of the game." successful industrial conglomerates. it's sports or even academically, you just keep The Parker/Urschel video marks the second If you are a proud football mom and want your finger on the pulse of things to make video in the series, and both have been to share your story, please email us at news@ sure that your child is getting a benefit and it produced by Business Media Group (BMG) of footballfoundation.com. does not become a detriment."

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

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DBDT'S 40th SEASON GRAND FINALE FEATURES TYWLA THARP© SINATRA SUITE™ The Grand Finale to with the Dallas the 40th Anniversary premiere of the conSeason of Dallas Black temporary ballet Dance Theatre (DBDT) Bounce created by features the 1983 Sinatra Ballet Austin Artistic Suite™ choreographed Director Stephen by Emmy and Tony Mills. Dancers from award-winning choreBallet Austin will be ographer Twyla Tharp©. special guest artists It will be part of the for the series. Spring Celebration Series Spring Celebration held May 19-21, 2017 performances are at the Dee and Charles Friday and Saturday, Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora May 19-20, 2017 at Street, Dallas, TX. 7:30 p.m. The SunDallas Black Dance Theday matinee on May atre Founder Ann Wil21, 2017,2:30 p.m. Bridget L. Moore liams worked for more Following the DBDT Artistic Director than 20 years to gain the Saturday night perrights to Sinatra Suite™. Photograph by Brian Guilliaux. formance, patrons Mikahail Baryshnikov, forwill be treated to mer Artistic Director of the American a post-performance reception in the Ballet Theatre, commissioned Twyla Wyly Theatre lobby and patio, set to Tharp© to create the work in 1983. "We the music of singer/saxophonist Cedric are so honored to have received the Barrett. Patrons can celebrate the rights to perform this magnificent work Grand Finale to DBDT's 40th Anniverand add it to our repertoire," said Ann sary Season with Williams. dancers and The dance is set to a compilation of staff. Frank Sinatra songs. For details visit Spring Celebration will also feature www.DBDT.com two works by Bridget L. Moore, the or call 214-880new Dallas Black Dance Theatre Artistic 0202. For group Director. Uncharted Territory features sales call 214DBDT dancers Claude Alexander III 871-2390. Ticket and Kimara Wood in a trajectory where prices range avant-garde meets contemporary from $22.50modern dance. $57.50. TITAS Presents commissioned Ms. Spring CelebraMoore to choreograph the work for its tion is presented Command Performance Series. TITAS by TACA and Presents gifted the work for Dallas co-sponsored Black Dance Theatre to perform as part by the Dallas of its 40th Anniversary Season. Tourism & Ms. Moore also restaged audience Public Improvefavorite Southern Recollection: For ment District. Romare Bearden. The dance is set to Twyla Tharp's jazz and will include artwork by painter choreography Romare Bearden, who was inspired by is sponsored the Harlem Renaissance. by NorthPark Then DBDT switches artistic gears Center in part-

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“What Do We Have To Lose? Environmental Protections and More” FROM THE HILL

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

In just the first 100 days of his presidency, President Donald Trump has shown ample disregard for environmental justice and protection. In a short period of time, the president made clear his agenda—anti-climate, anti-science, and anti-fact. The current Administration has already taken significant steps, in lock-step with Congressional Republicans, to roll back and erase the progress made by the Obama Administration to protect our health, our public lands, and our precious environment. Since taking office, President Trump has signed a number of executive orders reversing many of President Obama’s environmental protections—promoting cleaner air, cleaner water, and more sustainable energy production. The current White House is on a fast-track to overturn decades of progress and set our

nation back in the effort to combat climate change. The Clean Power Plan, which established comprehensive carbon emission standards and put the United States at the forefront of global environmental stewardship, was one of Trump’s first targets. Instead of investing in technological and scientific innovation to make America a leader in greener, cleaner, sustainable energy production and consumption, President Trump has used his office to support the interests of corporations and interests in big oil and dirty coal on the backs of hardworking Americans. Furthermore, the current Administration has promulgated efforts to expand environmentally detrimental offshore drilling, allow the dumping of mining waste, and potentially force an exit from the 2015 Paris Agreement which brought the world’s powers together in agreement to curb our collective carbon emissions. The proposed budget goes even further in rejecting evidenced-based policy-making. From proposals to cripple the Environmental Protection Agency and zero-out critical programs at the Department of Energy like AR-

PA-E, this Administration has abandoned our nation’s effort to protect our planet and be a global leader. The effect of this Administration’s attack on critical environmental health protections spares none, including Dallas. Despite major improvements thanks to President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Dallas still ranks as the 13th most polluted region for harmful ozone in our air throughout Texas and Oklahoma. In fact, the Metroplex is on track to having more than 45,000 asthma attacks by 2025 – a nation-worst. As recent as 2015, Dallas was ranked the 7th most ozone polluted city in the United States. The Trump Administration’s blatant disregard toward the health, economic, and national security risks associated with global climate change is shortsighted and will only further endanger Americans’ health, security, and economic stability. While we will all suffer from the consequences of short-sighted federal policy, the heaviest burden is bound to fall on those already marginalized.

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