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After years of surveillance, investigations, pleas, seizures, character assassinations, and more; another chapter has been written and Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and his aide, Dapheny Fain, with their Super Legal Dream Team walked out of the Earle Cabell Federal Building on Friday, April 28, 2017 pleased with the Not Guilty verdicts rendered. - check out the Special Edition of Texas Metro News, April 2017.

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MAY 5, 2017 I Messenger ANOTHER BLACK YOUTH MURDERED BY POLICE

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From Staff Reports Another child becomes identified by a hashtag following the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards who was killed by Balch Springs police officer, Roy Brooks. Police Chief Jonathan Haber, fired the officer after an internal investigation revealed that several departmental polices had been violated. It seems Jordan, his brothers and friends were leaving an endof-the-school-year party when Officer Brooks fired into the vehicle. According to a statement from the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, chaired by State Rep. Helen Giddings, (D-Dallas), members have filed legislation this session to prevent similar incidents in the future. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson spoke to the family and community-at-large, about the shooting. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the fatal shooting of Jordan Edwards,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “I offer my thoughts and prayers to the Edwards family and to the entire community, who all have suffered a painful loss. “I have spoken with Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez and Dallas County District Attorney

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Faith Johnson regarding this incident. Both Sheriff Valdez and Judge Johnson said they have already started to conduct separate but fair, independent and Aubrey Hooper thorough investigations in their own right. I will continue to receive details as their respective investigations unfold.” Johnson concluded, “It is also imperative that we aggressively pursue these two separate investigations to preserve the trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” District Attorney Faith Johnson said, The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit includes a specialized group of experienced attorneys and investigators. The Civil Rights Team responds to all officer involved shootings in Dallas County to conduct an impartial and independent investigation. “As such, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of Jordan Edwards,” she said. “We offer our

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sincere condolences to Jordan’s family and will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as we move forward expeditiously, with a commitment to justice andtransparency.” Next Generation Action Network leader Min. Dominque Alexander said the organization’s leadership plans to meet with local and statewide leadership, including the Dallas County District Attorney, to discuss requests on how the affected parties would like to see the case unfold and move forward. “NGAN recognizes and acknowledges the untimely death of Jordan Edwards as a loss to his family, friends, and to fellow peers and mentors of Mesquite High School,” said in a statement released earlier this week. “We also recognize that this tragedy has caused an overall loss to the strength, well-being, and prosperity of our community. With open transparency and respect to the Edwards family, we have

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noted the mental and emotional trauma that will have residual effects and lasting impacts, on the lives of those involved. We have extended our services and resources to help alleviate and resolve these issues in the capacity of their preference.” Rev. Dr. Michael Waters, Senior Pastor of Joy Tabernacle and Agape Temple A.M.E. Churches said in a statement: “While the firing of the officer who shot Jordan comes as welcomed news, now is not the time to rest but the time when complete justice must be pursued aggressively. Our community needs to join together in prayer for God’s justice and guidance but also be equipped with tools and strategy to peacefully fight back against the epidemic of police brutality. We commit to holding up our responsibility to ensure that our bright young man, Jordan Edwards, will not have died in vain and this horrific tragedy will be a catalyst for change in our community and the nation.” Representative Eric Johnson has released the following statement in response to the incident: “Devastating does not adequately describe this tragedy. My prayers are with the Edwards family. As a father, I cannot begin to imagine the pain they are expe-

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement after the passage of the American Health Care Act: “Today’s vote for the TrumpEddie Bernice Johnson care bill is disU.S. Rep graceful and hurtful to the American people. This Republican-led bill did not afford the American people time to hear debate while lacking transparency. “We also never received an official score from the Congressional Budget Office stating how many Americans would be negatively impacted and the amount of money it will cost the nation.” Republican representatives who voted against the AHCA

Andy Biggs - Arizona’s 5th District Mike Coffman - Colorado’s 6th District Barbara Comstock - Virginia’s 10th District Ryan Costello - Pennsylvania’s 6th District Charlie Dent - Pennsylvania’s 15th District Dan Donovan - New York’s 11’s District Brian Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania’s 8th District Jaime Herrera Beutler - Washington’s 3rd District Will Hurd - Texas’s 23rd District Walter Jones - North Carolina’s 3rd District David Joyce - Ohio’s 14th District John Katko - New York’s 24th District Leonard Lance - New Jersey’s 7th District Frank LoBiondo - New Jersey’s 2nd District Thomas Massie - Kentucky’s 4th District Patrick Meehan - Pennsylvania’s 7th District Dave Reichert - Washington’s 8th District Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - Florida’s 27th District Chris Smith - New Jersey’s 4th District Michael Turner - Ohio’s 10th District

Congresswoman Johnson, among the group of all Democrats who voted against ACHA, continued, “What happened today has stripped away the basic fundamental right of health care for everyone. My office received numerous calls from con-

stituents in the 30th district, health care professionals and health care advocates opposing this bill. Additionally there seems to still be a divide because there were a number of my Republican colleagues who opposed this bill as well. “This bill is not perfect and it is our job as elected officials to represent the bests interests of the American people. So we should not be supporting or applauding the passage of this most recent bill when it makes coverage unaffordable to those with pre-existing conditions and imposes an age tax on seniors who are the most vulnerable.” She concluded, “Unfortunately, an opportunity was wasted to really work together to address the current issues of the Affordable Care Act, but it will be up to the Senate to take up this bill. I urge my Senate colleagues to act with humility and do their due diligence to safeguard health care affordability and coverage for everyone.”

Youth murdered, officer fired, continued from previous page riencing. As the father of a black son, I share the anxiety that many black parents feel when we hear about situations like this. “I would encourage the Balch Springs Police Department to continue to display the transparency and accountability this sensitive situation demands, including reporting the details of this terrible incident to the Texas Attorney General as state law requires.” Nathan Jones IV, The People’s Consortium National Field Director said in a statement: “The People’s Consortium expresses its support to the family of Jordan Edwards in their moment of bereavement while monitoring closely the developments in this case. As millennials committed to the tradition of Rev. Dr.

Martin L. King, Jr., we stand ready to engage in a militant nonviolent direct action campaign to ensure justice is served for Jordan Edwards.” Aubrey C. Hooper, President, Dallas NAACP, also issued a statement: “I am deeply disturbed by the initial reporting of the events surrounding the police involved shooting death of Jordan Edwards. “On behalf of the Dallas NAACP, I offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Edwards and remain in continued prayer for all of those involved and affected by his untimely death. This death of a 15-year-old honor student seems to be a tragedy that could have been avoided. “I am extremely concerned at

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the policing practices that were utilized during this incident that seem excessive. From the initial accounts there was no weapon present in the car and none recovered from any of the young people involved in the police-involved shooting, in addition, there are questionable facts to the car being used as a weapon. Even in that latter scenario there are best practices in law enforcement profession that do not involve the use of deadly force.” Furthermore, Hooper continued, the officer’s decision to aim the gun toward the individual in the passenger seat brings suspicion to the officer’s claim that the car was used as a weapon since the driver was in control of the car. “While we are awaiting all facts

to be release, we trust that the Dallas County Sheriff Department will do a thorough investigation and act with full transparency as we attempt to responds to the community as it struggles with the loss of this gifted young man whose life was cut short far too soon. “We are calling for a full investigation of the Balch Springs Police Department officer(s) involved and that those involved be held accountable to the full extent of the law. We also join the community in wrapping our arms around the family of Jordan Edwards and these young men as they heal from the mental and emotional scars this incident may have caused.”

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Taking back the district... one neighborhood at a time. In the four terms I served as your councilman many changes have been made for the people I represented in District 4. CVS Pharmacy – We worked hard to open a new CVS at the intersection of Beckley and Illinois Ave. Glen Oaks Shopping Center -The Largest Attractive Economic Development in the Oak Cliff area in 25 years (Wal-Mart, QT, iHop, and more). Save-A-Lot Grocery Store – Opened a much needed Quality Store in the Crest Shopping Center. DWAINE

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Community Calendar

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2017 AFRICAN CHAMBER WEEKLY ****** LUNCHEON SPEAKERS LIST 2017 HHF Steps for Autism Walk 1705 Martin Luther King Blvd, Dallas Hosted by Hatching Hope FoundaTexas, 75215 tion May 10 LAW OFFICE OF GEORGE Kiest Park ALFONSO- GEORGE ALFONSO May 17 TO BE DETERMINED ****** May 24 TO BE DETERMINED F.L.Y. Girls Tea- Fill My Cup May 31 NO MEETING DUE TO Saturday at 10 AM MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY Friendship-West Baptist Church June 7 INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES- MARIO TREVINO June 14 TO BE DETERMINED African Anerican Museum Gala June 21 TO BE DETERMINED June 28 DFW AIRPORT- LILLIE Renaissance Dallas Hotel 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway Dallas, TX 75207 WEST & GUY TOLIVER (LUNCHEON BEING HELD AT DFW Messenger The Vernas AIRPORT) HELP FounJuly 5 NO LUNCHEON DUE dation- WomTO HOLIDAY an EmpowerJuly 12 TO BE DETERMINED ment Prayer July 19 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF Breakfast to COMMERCE- JESSICA GORDON VERNA honor the July 26 TO BE DETERMINED 2017 Living Legends and Community Awardees- at Edisons 1724 Cockrell Avenue Dallas, Texas 75215 Red CarCinco de Mayo at the DMA From 5 pm- 9pm Celebrate Cinco de pet Reception at 8:30 to 9:00 / Program starts at 9:a.m. to 12:p.m. Mayo at the DMA this year! The exhibition México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Mother’s Day Pottery Painting Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde will be open from From 11pm-3pm Make Mom (or a spe5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a special Cinco cial person that is like a mom) a one of a kind gift. de Mayo menu offered in the DMA Cafe Northwest Park Recreation Center and at Socca. 2800 Cheyenne St. Irving, TX 75062 Cinco de Mayo ‘17 From 2 pm to 11 pm It’s a fiesta! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at La Ventana! Sponsored by el Jimador Home Repair Program - Receive up Tequila, Chambord, Corona, Cerveza to $20,000, 10a-2p at King Center, Modelo & Jarritos! Taqueria La Ventana 2922 MLK Blvd, Dallas 1611 McKinney Ave Dallas, TX 75202 Project MALE Closing Celebration which is open to the community and will be held at the Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 7550 S. Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75232. The event will start at 11:30 am and end at 1:00 pm. VOL 6 ISSUE 29

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ities 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 Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and 2017 Walter Payton NFL Co-Man of the Year Award winner, Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. followed by live entertainment by Emerald City.

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9th Annual Founders Day Scholarship & Awards Luncheon Hosted by Greater North Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club 11 AM - 1:30 PM Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Allen 705 Central Expy S, Allen, Texas 75013 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 19 One of the largest youth employment events, Opportunity Youth, is happening at the Dallas Convention Center. The Opportunity Youth program, created by

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That other Minhaj!

QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall

“That’s why you gotta be on your ‘A’ game,” Minhaj told the press. “You gotta be twice as good. You can’t make any mistakes, because when one of you messes up he blames your entire group. ... And now you know what it feels like to be a minority.”

motorcycle thugs, “Bikers for Trump” mistook him for a protester. Apparently he didn’t fit the Trump profile. Rather than siphon Hasan’s genius and give you my remix, let me give you a few ballads that made his appearance memorable. “Now, a lot of people think Steve Bannon is the reason Donald Trump dog whistles to racists. And that is just not true. Ask Steve Bannon. Is Steve Bannon here? I do not

folly and did what the national press lacks the courage to do…Hasan called out Trump and his Klan for the racist, Ethno-Nationalists that they are. And that’s what gives hope. America had to become comfortable with social commentary comedians of all races. Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and George Lopez have all blazed the trail that bring social issues to the fore.

see Steve Bannon. I do not see Steve Bannon. Not see Steve Bannon… not-see Steve Bannon… Nazi Steve Bannon.” “Jeff Sessions couldn’t be here tonight. He was busy doing a pre-Civil War reenactment. On his R.S.V.P. he just wrote, “no.” Just no! Which happens to be his second favorite n-word.” Whew…You should have seen some of the faces in that crowd. Not only did Hasan decry Trumpism, he dismissed their

But Hasan Minhaj has the potential to be the first breakthrough Muslim/Indian that can laugh us into understanding the beauty and barriers of his people. These comedic segues into one another’s culture is vital to America thriving in one national house. We have to be able to communicate our feelings and failures in a sobering but non-threatening way. My theory is that comedy is the conduit to realization, reconcilia-

- Hasan Minhaj Fake News Correspondent for the Nightly Show with Trevor Noah

Like most of you, Resident Donald Trump didn’t know a Minaj other than pop star Nicki until the other night. But a second generation Indian/Muslim by the name of Hasan Minhaj broke through to lyrically proclaim his own fanfare. Hasan levied a volley of syncopated beatdowns that were funny as hell. While Donald was fleecing the Pennsylvania branch of his “Duck Dynasty,” Hasan Minhaj dropped some laugh bombs on D.C at the annual White House Correspondents dinner. Concurrently a Trump rally attendee, Neil Makhija, a Harvard-educated lawyer was being roughed up. Some

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tion, and reconstruction. You just gotta laugh about some of this ‘ish! Hasan delivered the coup de grace in a stunning but clever joke that wasn’t really a joke. “This event is about celebrating the First Amendment and free speech. Free speech is the foundation of an open and liberal democracy from college campuses to the White House. Only in America can a first generation Indian American Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the President.” Resident Trump and his ventriloquist doll Reince Priebus, flooded the Sunday news shows the next day with talk of musing strategies to make press outlets more susceptible to libel suits. Hasan’s aforementioned declaration of independence negates any such foolishness. Hasan and comedy are important because even when Americans are enjoying some well-deserved playtime that should be time spent learning about other Americans. Hasan served up a blistering list of the misgivings he has about the media, Trump and his heathens, and all of the cable news networks. But what he announced quite readily was that there is another Minhaj in town. Another unapologetic brownskinned Minhaj at that.

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Ask Alma: Dear Alma,

A friend of mine is engaged to her fiancé of 4 years, she recently found out that her fiancé has a child that he never by Alma Gill NNPA News Wire told her about or talked about. Columnist This happened before they Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than got together. He said he didn’t 25 years, including various want to say anything because roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington he didn’t want to hurt her or Post. Email questions to: didn’t want it to ruin what they alwaysaskalma@gmail. com. Follow her on Face- have, he has had no contact book at “Ask Alma” and with the child or mother since Twitter @almaaskalma. it happened but now it has come out because he has to pay child support, apparently the mother didn’t want him involved in the child’s life. She is feeling like she can’t trust him anymore or even go forward with dealing with the situation, he has stressed how sorry he is and he couldn’t find a way to tell her. Should she move forward with him or just move on and let it go? A friend Dear A Friend:

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Baby, mama, and drama to be. Now with that said, let’s take a left, leaning towards a positive possibility and see what we can discover. You, oh yea, your friend is obviously one of those women who deliver that “ride or die” kinda love. Stop right here, I’d like to offer an alternative, how about we celebrate the “ride and live” kinda love – for yourself. That’s the type of love that requires him to bring his truth and lay it all on the table. How about you insist that he disclose everything to you and tell you why he walked away. Be it unemployment or immaturity, you deserve to know. After he takes full responsibility, the two of

you can start to work on this together, along with all of life’s challenges you’ll face as man and wife. This is huge, make no mistake about it. The chains of deception are broken and in need of delicate repairs. Seriously speaking, hold him accountable and help him to do right by his child. It’s gonna get a lot worse before it gets better. Stay focused and devote yourself to the commitment of your new family. When it feels like you just can’t take another step, remember “regular” can sometimes just be an option at the gas pump, LOL. Lawd have mercy, that aint nothing but the truth.

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Hmmm that was a stretch, even for the Rubber Band Man. I wonder how quick he was able to come up with that one, not long I’d surmise. His answer sounds overwhelmingly familiar. You know how we do when trying to offer up an empty resolution. We answer a question with a question. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. And you, oh wait, your friend, is sitting there ready to receive it. God bless you Honey. Personally, I’d end it. But I’m not you, or your friend and if she really wanted to leave, she’d already be gone. When a person is ready to bounce from a relationship, they don’t tell a soul, except the confidant who’s helping them break away. When one decides to go, there is no turning back. Your mind’s set and your bed’s made ~ there’s no room for discussion. In-Tay-Who, back to your package, lets open it up. You’ve worn these shoes before and where did they lead you? Right back to the intersection of Lied2me Again & Heartbreak Blvd. TBT, you’re not lost, this is a familiar place. Hold on, don’t think I’m just picking on you. We’ve all occupied space here at one time or another. Your man, ah, this kind of man will always bring his shortcomings and gift them to you. You know why? Cause you’ll rewrap that bad boy into the fantasy you want it

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The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized The Hamilton Park Community as a significant part of Texas history by awarding an Official Texas Historical Marker though the Undertold Marker Fund program. The designation honors The Hamilton Park Community as an important and educational part of local history. A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event, and officially unveil the historical marker will be Saturday May 13 at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet at 2p.m. Speakers include Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel, and George Keaton Jr., Executive Director of Remembering Black Dallas. The Hamilton Park Civic League, Dallas City Councilmember Adam McGough, and the Richardson Independent School District invites the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event. “We must remember and remind future generations of the stories and the struggles that got us to where we are,” McGough said. Hamilton Park and the people who have called it home for generations deserve this honor, this marker, and our respect. This is one small, but meaningful step, and we will never forget.” The Undertold Marker Fund Program intends “to address historical gaps, promote diversity of topics, and proac-

tively document zen’s Interracial significant underAssociation to secure funds for represented subthe purchase of jects or undertold a 233-acre site for stories.” In July 2016, the development THC Commissioners of a planned Afselected The Hamilton Park Commurican- American, middle-class nity as one of 15 community. historical topics to ADAM McGOUGH Dallas City Council Named for receive an Official surgeon and Texas Historical Marker paid for through the civic leader, Dr. Richard T. Marker Application Fund Un- Hamilton, the Hamilton Park community opened in May dertold Program. “The Official Texas Historical 1954 as a family-oriented Marker program helps bring community of two-parent attention to community trea- households, with shared valsures and the importance ues, morals and traditions. of their preservation,” said By 1961, the determined THC Executive Director Mark African- American men and Wolfe. “Awareness and educa- women, some of whom retion are among the best ways turned to Dallas following to guarantee the preserva- brave service during WWII, tion of our State’s history. This completed the community designation is a tool that will with 742 single- family dwellincrease public awareness of ings, an apartment complex, important cultural resources,” shopping center, a segregatWolfe said. ed 12 grade school, churches Texas has the largest marker of different denominations, program in the United States and a park with a swimming with approximately 15,000 pool, tennis court, and basemarkers, and Dallas County is ball diamond. home to 378 Historical MarkToday, Hamilton Park is a ers. Of these 378 markers, The jewel in North Dallas, known Hamilton Park Community is as a quiet, stable, and reespecially unique. sponsible community with As Patricia Price Hicks noted dedicated professionals, edin her successful application, ucators, clergyman, business Hamilton Park tells the under- owners, entertainers, scholtold story of middle-class Afri- ars, and blue collar workers. can Americans in north Dallas The essence and pride of this “Aware of a racially motivated historic community has been African-American housing enriched as new generations, shortage in Dallas, philan- guided by the teachings of thropist Karl S. J. Hoblitzelle their parents and mentors, and his foundation coordi- continue to serve in a variety nated with the Dallas Citi- of community and civic roles

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throughout Dallas County and the world.” “When Hamilton Park was established in 1954, no one saw it as history or a great story, but that’s exactly what it was,” said Hamilton Park Civic League President Thomas Jefferson Jr. “The undertold story might not have been told, or gotten this far, if it were not researched by the second generation, who wanted their parents, their educators, and their faith based family to know what Hamilton Park is and what Hamilton Park will always be.” With the support of the Richardson Independent School District Board of Trustees, The Hamilton Park Community Historical Marker will permanently reside at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet where the community’s original, segregated 12 grade school was located. “Hamilton Park is a critical part of RISD’s history and tradition of achievement,” said Richardson ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone. “This historical marker, and the recognition that comes with it for this community, is very well-deserved. On behalf of RISD, we congratulate Hamilton Park on its rich legacy and look forward to our continued partnership in educating our future leaders.” Commissioner Daniel presented The Hamilton Park Community with a proclamation at Commissioners Court.

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A letter in response to DMN’s editorial

“Still, there's a difference between creating reasonable doubt among jurors and inspiring actual trust among voters..... Price has work to do to rebuild trust and convince voters that he won't cross those lines again.” Dallas Morning News Editorial – Saturday, April 29, 2017

Elder Richard Evans

Oh please...give us a break, DMN. He’s already done the work of inspiring “actual trust” among voters. As a matter of fact, he’s been doing that very thing for over 30 years now, and doing it magnificently. That’s why voters of ALL races, cultures, religions, creeds, genders and socio-economic categories in his district flock to the polls in huge numbers to vote for him....election after election. He crushes every single one of his opponents in every election monumentally, many times with voting percentages of over 70%. Just this last election we returned him to his seat on the Commissioners Court with a stunning 67% win over his well-funded opponent – an electoral MANDATE. His reelection, in spite of the formidable legal challenges he faced, was both a referendum of approval of his legacy, and a reaffirmation of our confidence in him and what he has achieved for his district and this city; and that

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remarkably convincing victory was AFTER, mind you, the federal indictment against him and the public debacle of the FBI raid and arrest. We knew he was INNOCENT then, just as we know he is INNOCENT now; and no, it was not an all Black or even predominantly Black jury who acquitted him...it was a majority White jury. So race was not a factor in the jury’s decision at all. The jurors saw what the rest of us already knew, that there was never a genuine corruption case against him, it was all innuendo and conjecture; a house of cards built with poisonous lies and vile deceptions, which were meant to lynch another strong and implacable African American leader, who has been, and remains to this day,

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relentless in his battle for liberty and against oppression. Only instead of a tall tree and a sturdy rope they sought to utilize our often UNJUST justice system as their malicious tool of retribution for his unapologetic stand against the rampant racism, bigotry and White supremacy in Dallas. It was an outrageous misuse of federal power and an unconscionable waste of tax-payer dollars, an unspeakable travesty the likes of which we had not seen in our time; but, thanks be to God, for once in this city, JUSTICE PREVAILED.

You see, we know our Commissioner and we know him well. We trust him implicitly and are assured that he has never violated that trust. All that he has ever done has been for the good and the betterment of the people and communities he has served so nobly and so very well. And what your newspaper and many right-wing extremists fail to realize and understand – or maybe just stubbornly refuse to acknowledge – is that Commissioner Price and his stalwart and visionary leadership CHANGED for the good those communities in Dallas County he was elected over 30 years ago to represent. For more than three decades now, his unfailing commitment and dedication to liberty, economic equity, political empowerment and equal justice for all has greatly improved our lot, and made life significantly better for all of us who live, work and do business, not only in his district, but throughout the city of Dallas and Dallas County as a whole. THAT’S WHY WE ELECT HIM....REPEATEDLY. Those of us who have been in Dallas for a while and live in his district remember vividly how things were for Blacks and Latinos and poor Whites before his historic election as the very first African American County Commissioner in Dallas County. People of color and communities of color were vastly underserved and overlooked by Dallas County for generations before he was elected to the Commissioners Court. It is wholly a matter of public record and of facts that are indis-

putable (the empirical data which show how our communities were served BEFORE he was elected versus how they have been served SINCE his election) not emotions – FACTS, not sentimentality – FACTS, not race – FACTS, unbiased, unmitigated FACTS. Any perusal of the data will show you, that by any measure, there has been a huge and unmistakable improvement in his district and for his constituents since he’s held office – it is simply undeniable. And any racist idiot who wastes his or her God-given breath trying to debate or argue otherwise is simply INVINCIBLY IGNORANT. The facts speak for themselves. When you appraise comparatively the level or measurement of county goods and services for African Americans and other communities of color prior to his leadership, with the level of county goods and services during the 30 years of his tenure as Commissioner, the difference is astoundingly and phenomenally apparent. As a matter of fact, THERE IS NO COMPARISON. There were NO African Americans employed at the executive level in Dallas County governance; nor were there any significant numbers of Black business owners doing contractual business with the county (or any governmental entity for that matter) before John’s advent on the Commissioners Court. Economic blight reigned for the most part in Southern Dallas, with very little business investment, job creation or infrastructural development. Many communities in his district still had unpaved dirt roads, no bridges, outside toilets, indecent public facilities, no running water or proper sewage/waste system and scant electricity.... UNTIL JOHN WILEY PRICE WAS

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whom White politicians acquire their cash, cars, investments, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, jewels, gold, minerals, oil wells, houses, property, skyscrapers, planes, jets, businesses, corporations, ships, helicopters, yachts or other resources. Nor is there any scrutiny of what they do with it, how they use it or whom they give it to. Even as I write this comment, the State Department of the United States is marketing and promoting Donald Trump’s privately owned hotel on its official government website, and his family is promoting his personal financial empire from the very White House itself, with all of the power and prestige of the presidency behind them (to say nothing of the fact that he still has not released all of his tax returns). Yet most conservatives see no conflict or contradiction in these astounding and quite obvious violations. Lobbyists and corporate big-wigs pour millions upon millions of dollars and gifts into hands and the personal pockets of White politicians at every level of government all across this country with the stated purpose of currying their favor (it is never called nor considered “bribery”), and tie multi-million dollar government contracts to consulting deals and business investments for their friends, family, supporters, constituents and home districts all the time – AND IT IS NEVER EVEN SPOKEN OF or questioned as unethical or corrupt, let alone rebuked or considered criminal. On the contrary, it is expected behavior...for a WHITE politician. It’s called “bringing home the bacon” and if you don’t play the game that way you won’t ever be reelected. But if a Black elected official tries to secure economic boons for the community he or she represents, and for the people he or she serves, all of a sudden it is considered criminal. Such is a prime example of the insidiously biased beast we all know as “White Privilege.” It is the height of disgrace and repugnance that in America, and indeed, in Dallas, Texas, African Americans and persons of color are STILL unfairly held to a very different standard, or even worse – the rules of the game are CHANGED once we enter the game. As with his White colleagues and other White elected representatives, Commissioner Price has always brought the bacon home to his constituents and to the residents of his district, it is one of the most laudable features of his leadership, and has long been the cornerstone of his electability.

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A man of stalwart character and integrity, he has never neglected his duties to his sworn office, nor enriched himself at the expense of those he represents. But he does have a RIGHT to make a good living, and yes, even a comfortable one – just like his White political colleagues. And as with all other good businessmen, who are also public servants, he deserves all of the profitable returns on his wise investments and the personal resources gained from any financial or real estate venture he can afford to engage in. It is totally asinine to question him or any public official as to what they lawfully do with their money and the personal funds they have worked for and rightfully earned. As a gainfully employed adult, who works very hard every day and who is fully in control of all of his faculties, he can spend it on whatever he pleases to indulge in, whether it’s antique cars, custom suits and handmade bowties, rental property, works of art or just letting it sit as cash in his home safe. It is WITHOUT QUESTION his prerogative to live his personal life and manage his personal financial affairs as he pleases, as long as he remains compliant to the laws of the land. So yes, we trust Commissioner Price, and will continue to trust him. For, he has earned our trust and paid dearly in personal sacrifice for it. We will vote for him as long as he chooses to run for office and serve our community. And I’m certain he will be reelected by large margins every time his name is on the ballot. That’s JUST how much we trust him. Understand this one thing, DMN: we not only trust him, but we love him, we honor him, we respect him and we support him....ALWAYS. And we will continue to do so, in spite of the irrational and bitterly psychotic vitriol that is vomited out daily by his detractors and haters; who, like sick, howling, rabid dogs, frothing at the mouth, scratching themselves and rolling on the ground, only wish to turn back the hands of time, to an era when Blacks knew their place and were made to stay in it. We will never go back to those times, and we will NEVER relinquish our stanch and unadulterated support of our beloved Commissioner....”Our Man Downtown”.... The Honorable John Wiley Price. Elder Richard C. Evans Founder & Overseer

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April Ryan has been selected as the 2017 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has a distinguished body of work that has extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people of the African Diaspora. A 30-year journalism veteran, Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House - a position she has held for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January 1997. Her position

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as a White House correspondent for AURN has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues and political struggles of our nation's last three presidents. "April Ryan is a true trailblazer and truth seeker. She's dogged and unapologetic about her pursuit of the story," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "In the White House press corps circle, where too few black women have been given an opportunity to report, April has excelled and persevered in spite of the many obstacles she has confronted. Her work has risen to the top." Trailblazer adequately describes Ryan, who received the 2016 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Trailblazer Award from the National Council of Negro Women, an honor she was ecstatic about receiving. She has served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondent's Association. She is one of only three African Americans in the

association's more than 100-year history to serve on its board. She is also a member of the National Press Club. On behalf of American Urban Radio Networks' 300 affiliates, and through her "Fabric of America" news blog, Ryan delivers her readership and listeners a "unique urban and minority perspective in news." A Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate, Ryan gives back by serving as a mentor to aspiring journalists, and helps develop up-andcoming broadcasters. As much as she loves her job, which has expanded since recently joining CNN as a

political analyst, Ryan is especially proud of what she calls her greatest life's work - her two daughters, Ryan and Grace. "It is wonderful to be honored by such an esteemed organization," said Ryan. "I am humbled and honored. So many of

these [NABJ] journalists do important work and I am so thankful they would think of me for this honor. It has been an amazing couple of months and you guys give me some wind to say 'keep going.'" Ryan has made headlines while working her beat at the White House. She had public exchanges with President Donald J. Trump over the Congressional Black Caucus and with Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Her tense exchange with Spicer helped fuel the #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag. While thankful for the honor, Ryan also took a minute to reflect on the industry and encourage black journalists to remain vigilant because "we add to the stories." "We all have a job to do and some of the stories we are doing wouldn't be told if it weren't for us," Ryan elaborated. "We all need to keep pressing because the First Amendment is under attack." Ryan is more than deserving of this award,"

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said NABJ Vice President-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker. "She has had a stellar career and we know that she will continue to cover the White House providing accurate, fair and exceptional reports, while asking the tough, probing questions that we know and respect her for." Ryan is the author of the award winning book, "The Presidency in Black and White," garnered her an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author. Her latest book, "At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White," published in December 2016, looks at race relations through the lessons and wisdom that mothers have given their children. A paperback version of "The Presidency in Black and White," with updates about President Trump, will be published later this year. Ryan will be recognized at the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair on Aug. 12, 2017 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.

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Celebrating National Small Business Week

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by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

This week, the nation pays homage to small businesses and entrepreneurship with National Small Business Week (April 30th – May 6th). To mark the occasion, I would like to celebrate the important contributions small businesses make to the greater Dallas community. Entrepreneurship has always been the cornerstone of our economy and, as the key drivers of economic growth in our communities, small businesses are vital for American prosperity. Over half of Americans own or work for a small business, creating around two out of every three net new jobs in the United States. Additionally, America’s 28 million small

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businesses account for 54% of all U.S. sales. And the statistics are no different in Dallas. America’s small businesses are as diverse as its citizens. In uptown Dallas to the southern sector cities, from the neighborhood family-owned grocery store in DeSoto to cutting-edge startups in Deep Ellum, small businesses not only drive growth, but also touch every facet of American life. And the diversity that Dallas has is represented in the people who drive and maintain these small businesses. We know the difficulty of creating and maintaining a small business here in Dallas. And we know that it requires hard work and determination—but not only that, it can require kind and helping hands. We are a community that helps each other grow and thrive, and that is especially true when it comes to business development in Dallas. I am fighting in the U.S. Congress at the federal level to stand with entrepreneurs and small business owners. For entrepre-

neurs looking to finance their venture, securing a loan or attracting equity capital can present roadblocks, a hurdle that government-guaranteed loans can help businesses overcome. By helping small companies also land government contracts, federal policy can stimulate local economic activity and spur job growth. Furthermore, the Small Business Administration maintains a range of Entrepreneurial Development (ED) programs that can help prospective entrepreneurs launch new ventures and existing firms to grow their operations. A legislation I co-sponsored recently became public law– H.R. 255, Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, which promotes entrepreneurial women by granting National Science Foundation programs the authority to recruit and support women to extend their skills into the commercial world. I will continue to support legislation that promotes small business growth in our local and nation’s economy.

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