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Justice for a boxer, and a naval hero! By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

washing the clothes of other sailors when the attack occurred.

It was a welcomHe personally saved a ing gesture when number of sailors who President Trump were trapped below recently removed the deck of the ship in the criminal conburning oil and water. viction of former He returned time and heavyweight boxtime again, saving the ing champion Jack lives of those onCongresswoman Johnson from the Eddie Bernice Johnson board his ship. His record books by life-saving deeds granting him a were acknowledged presidential pardon. It was by the ship’s senior officer. long overdue and certainly Johnson, a native of Galves- Miller’s actions, including ton, who died in 1946 in an attempts to shoot down atautomobile accident, would tacking plans with the ship’s be delighted, as are surviving anti-aircraft weapons, were members of his family. beyond the call of duty and Johnson’s conviction in 1913 was motivated by deeply-rooted unvarnished racial animus that plagued our nation and Johnson’s reign as the greatest professional boxer in the world. It was not uncommon for some white citizens to physically attack black citizens across the country after a Johnson victory. I believe the administration needs to review and reconsider the case of another Texan, Seaman Dorie Miller, a native of Waco whose acts of valor during the devastating Japanese attack on the American naval fleet on December 7th, 1941 in Pearl Harbor led to his being awarded the Navy Cross. Miller, who served as a cook and was only 22 years old at the time of the attack, was

he was praised in an ‘after action’ report written by his ship’s remaining commanding officer. The senior officer, who Dorie Miller removed from the site of battle, later died from injuries he suffered. With all he had done, sadly, the Secretary of the Navy chose only to award Miller a letter of commendation, which came as a surprise and a shock to other senior naval officers. One of them, Admiral Chester Nimitz, protested forcefully to President Roosevelt, arguing that Knox, a civilian, was wrong. Eventually, Miller was awarded the Navy Cross, personally presented to him by Admiral Nimitz on May 27th 1942; one year

before he was killed at sea serving his country, having insisted that he return to battle. In years past, medal upgrades have been given to members of the Armed Forces whose supporters have shown addi-

ceived. Knox was seriously disturbed by the presence of minorities in the Navy. Once he wrote to President Roosevelt, stating that he would resign his position if the Navy were integrated. He did not believe that minorities were worthy of performing admirably in combat. For more than four decades members of Congress, naval historians and former members of the military have argued for the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Dorie Miller.

Dorie Miller

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tional acts of valor or racial discrimination in the awarding of the awards they re-

Perhaps now is the time that justice, long delayed, will finally be done! It happened for Jack Johnson. Now it should happen for Miller.


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By Cheryl Smith Publisher

I believe that collaboration is a beautiful thing. For those who think they can navigate through this world without collaborations, well to them, I say, “more power to you!” For me, I don’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel or act as though I am the only one capable of performing some function. I look for “experts” in what they do and we can all come together and make things happen. When I walked into the room at the University of North Texas Dallas, I felt as though I was back in the 1970s, or witnessing the reboot of that cult-classic, The Warriors. In what is one of my favorite movies, Riffs leader Cyrus calls a summit for gangs, where each invited gang is supposed to bring nine representatives to discuss a truce and how the city’s gangs, which outnumber law enforcement, could control the city. Cyrus was talking about collaborating. It was in this same spirit that in 1987 Dr. Vivian Bradley Johnson and I called together alumni associations from historically Black colleges and universities throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to better serve our schools, alumni and communities. The Dallas Metroplex Council of Black Alumni Associations was established. Then there was Nick Pittman, who broached the idea of another collaboration and the Coalition of African American Professional and Community Organizations was formed. CAAPCO is inclusive of lawyers, accountants, nurses, doctors, educators, journalists, etc. We realized that where there is unity, there is strength. Now this concept is not unlike so many other collaborations, like the

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Calling all Clergy

Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Sen. West. Pastor Cynthia Mickens Ross, Rev. Zan. W. Holmes Jr., Rev. Ron Jones and Councilman Atkins in front (Photo: K. Bass)

National Pan Hellenic Council, bringing together Black greek-letter organizations, or Pastor coalitions, uniting the clergy. Under the leadership of State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) pastors first gathered at the historic Paul Quinn College in November of 2017 for a town hall meeting and most recently at UNT-Dallas to discuss the BLACK CHURCH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE. According to the Senator, representatives met in consultation with City of Dallas officials, Dallas Community College District specialists and the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce to define goals and create strategies to jointly pursue economic development opportunities in Southern Dallas County. The project was facilitated by former Cedar Hill City Manager and former Dallas Assistant City Manager, Alan Sims. In the room with pastors from churches large and small, were ed-

ucators, administrators, elected officials, strategists, economists and activists. I think I was the only journalist. Which brings me to my truth. I was optimistic listening to the speakers, which included the Senator, Rev. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr., Dallas City Councilman Tennell Atkins (who also chairs the City’s Economic Development committee), and Mr. Sims. You can’t have a discussion about economic development, without addressing key issues and I heard many of the issues addressed; like poverty, employment, housing, financial literacy, food deserts, etc. While we have so many issues to address, we really don’t have time for the naysayers because there’s plenty of work to do. I know many wonder how can you get all of the preachers in the same room and on the same accord. We hear that question so often and we can’t let naysayers impede progress. We must ask ourselves “what is the

I Messenger alternative?” As our communities continue to suffer, there’s no time for naysayers, nor those who want to wait and see. These are intelligent men and women who realize that silence, apathy and negativity can not sideline this great effort. Mumblers, Monday morning quarterbacks and haters must be redirected. If you have a great idea, share it, and in the proper forum. Let’s get some positive energy going. Taking credit is not where the focus needs to be and I didn’t get the impression that any of the

pastors were jockeying for the role of GOAT (Greatest of All Time). And this is good. Look at Dallas’ poverty rate. Look at the housing crisis and the bad PR job done on southern Dallas. I remember talking with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings about the need for Dallas’ message to the world to be more inclusive of the southern sector. But this effort takes more than words. Dollars, services and commitment are key. Grow south doesn’t mean a thing if the growth displaces those who have lived their entire life south

or the services are substandard. If the plan for Dallas does not include paying attention to the Fair Housing Act and allowing Community Development Housing Organizations to continue the great work they are doing. If the leaders of the great city of Dallas really want to boast about this wonderful, international city, they must work to ensure that their boasts encompass ALL of Dallas. The talk in the room was optimistic and promising. The pastors coming together, engaging their eco-

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nomic development ministries/teams, is just what Dallas needs. Look for future updates on progress and how you can be involved. Or better still, give the Senator a call, 214-467-0123. There’s something everyone can do. And other groups should watch, learn, and emulate. After all, our legacy can not and should not be what we see today! We’ve got work to do, for the future. So in the words of the late, great James Brown, “Get up, get into it, get involved!”


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“You Don’t Know My Story” The Much Awaited, Hit Stage Play, “You Don’t Know My Story” Everyone has a past…Everyone has a Story Dallas, Texas, June 23, 2018 Exciting, exhilarating, heartwarming, funny and powerful best describes the new hit stage play, “You Don’t Know My Story”. The production covers important life issues such as; domestic violence, death, divorce, homosexuality, and singleness. There will be one performance on June, 23, 2018 at 6:P.M. at The New Birth Jesus Center located at 444 W. Ledbetter Drive, Dallas, Texas 75224. The Play wright, Francile Curry McCottry’s motivation for writing this powerful production, is to bring healing to individuals who are faced with chaotic circumstances. Come one, come all and experience this phenomenal, life changing production. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at www. don’t know my story, you may also email, for more information about the event.

The event organizer, Angel Wing Enterprise is a Publishing company that provides resources such as, motivational books, school supplies, and inspirational T – shirts to empower youth, teens and young adults. The company’s objective is to enhance, empower and motivate the lives of individuals in the community and school’s in DFW metroplex. The owner,

Francile Curry McCottry’s mission statement is, “To be blessed…to be a blessing.” For additional information please call Francile Curry McCottry at 214677-8747 or email The Cast: Gospel Singer: Cherrie Thompson Scott

Radio Personality: Charles (big c the encourager) Scott Actor and Comedian: Ann Taplin Wanda Albritton Juvonda Childs LaShun Jasper Tommy Wilson Tarissa King Stacey Sierra Marc Thomas Julius Davis Jaspian Gilyard

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Standing on strong shoulders

I am among the millions who are ecstatic that Stacey Abrams won the Democratic nomination for governor in Georgia. She didn’t just win, she rocked, clobbering her opponent, Stacey Evans, by over 50 percentage points – Abrams had 76 percent of the 533,450 votes cast in the Democratic primary. Of course, Abrams very graciously congratulated Evans on her effort during her victory speech last Tuesday night. Still, it is clear that the work Abrams put into bringing new votes to the polls paid off. Now, Abrams and her supporters will have to roll up their sleeves and bring even more new voters to the polls – two Republicans will vie for the Republican nomination in a runoff, and there were 70,000 more Republican voters in the primary than Democratic voters. If this turns partisan-ugly, and it is likely to, the challenge for Stacey Abrams will be to connect with those voters who rarely vote in midterm elections. She already has a head start. Her New Georgia is credited with increasing voter turnout and registering as many as 200,000 new voters. While the estimates vary (with some saying that the numbers are not as robust as Abrams reports, the fact is that the New Georgia Project is effective, but must be even more so if Abrams is to prevail. She’ll need dollars and soldiers, but she has amassed an impressive amount of support from women’s candidates groups like Emerge America and PACS and like the African American focused Higher

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Heights and the pro-choice woman-focused EMILY’s list. In addition, Melanie Campbell, CEO of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation and the Black Women’s Roundtable has partnered with Black women organizations in Georgia on it project – “Unity ’18 Power of the Sister Vote”. The women she worked with, including Essence Ed i to r Emerita Susan Taylor and the esteemed Judge Glenda Hatchett did outreach to more than 50,000 households through social media. On election day, the Unity ’18 effort provided rides, and reached out to voters through phone banks and canvassing, encouraging them to get out and vote. The work will have to continue through November if Stacey Abrams is to win that governorship. Just a day before Stacey Abrams claimed her Democratic nomination, the civil rights lawyer Dovey Roundtree made her transition at the age of 104. Roundtree, like Abrams, was a Spelman College graduate. Abrams attended Yale Law School, while

Roundtree matriculated at Howard on the GI Bill after service in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WACS). After graduation from Spelman, and before her military service, Dovey Roundtree worked as a research assistant for Mary McLeod Bethune, the founder and first President of the National Council of Negro Women. I first learned of Attorney R o u n d t re e, indeed, in a conversation with Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, the longest serving NCNW President. Always supportive of NCNW, Ms. Roundtree was even more supportive of her many clients, so much so that she once said she worked for “eggs and collard greens,” because when her poor, Black clients couldn’t pay legal fees, she and her law partner Julius Robertson, accepted whatever people could pay. Even though Dovey Roundtree had a big footprint – when she started practicing law in Washington in the 1950s, there were few black women lawyers in practice. She mentored many young lawyers, including Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree.


She was one of the first women to be ordained an AME minister, and worked as a minister at Allen Chapel AME Church in Southeast Washington. Mayor Marion considered her a trusted advisor. And, according to the Washington Post, the American Bar Association honored her, in 2000, for advancing female lawyers in the profession. Stacey Abrams may or may not know about Dovey Roundtree, but she surely stands on her shoulders, and on the shoulders of Dorothy Height and Barbara Jordan and the many other women who paved a way for her. Six months ago people were saying that Abrams “couldn’t” win the primary, and before I met her, I had doubts myself. But one cannot help but be swayed by her earnestness, her passion and her insistence that every vote counts, and every voice must be heard. It’s going to take more than earnestness and passion to win the Georgia governorship. It’s going to take votes, lots of them. Still, women like Dovey Roundtree persisted against all odds (there’s an Interstate Commerce Commission case from 1952 that she appealed until 1955); women like Dorothy Height persisted against all odds. If Stacey Abrams walks in their footsteps and gets at least 100,000 new voters registered and to the polls (to counter the 70,000 Republican advantage in primary votes), we’ll be celebrating sweet victory, standing on the shoulders of the ancestors, in November.

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We Can Save These People By Dr. Brenda Wall

knew the redemptive power of love. However, it Did you ever can be tempting to think you would become more enterlive to see the day tained by the mesthat in St. George’s sage than challenged. Chapel Windsor It is much easier to in the matrimodismiss it altogether, nial ceremony of a much like the guests much hyped royal at Cana or the guests wedding with over at St George’s Chapel. a billion people Dr. Brenda Wall Yet, Bishop Curwatching, did you ry (and Dr. King) ever think that you would confronted us with our rehear Dr. Martin Luther King, sponsibility to believe love Jr. quoted? Twice? and serve others: imagine If you were that prescient, a world where love is the then you would not be sur- way. Imagine our homes prised to hear that as Bishop and families when love is the Michael Curry spoke truth way. Imagine neighborhoods to power, real Empire power, and communities where love he seized the time to incor- is the way. Imagine governporate lessons on the power ments and nations where of love. love is the way. Imagine busiTo the progenitors of the ness and commerce when transatlantic slave trade that love is the way. Imagine this created the egregious oppres- tired old world when love is sion of African people across the way, unselfish, sacrificial centuries, Bishop Curry redemptive. When love is brought a truth too uncom- the way, then no child will go fortable for those steeped in to bed hungry in this world ritual to hear. Startled at his ever again.  audacity, offended that he As Britain weathers its would bring cultural candor, constitutional crisis and the lessons of love rang hol- America struggles with a low for many of the wedding president ready to create guests. Their focus was fixat- a constitutional crisis for ed on the pomp of the social personal gain, the dynamorder, which sustains a mon- ics fueling the centuries old archy of white supremacy. enslavement of Africans are Others delighted in the Bish- still evident today. It creatop’s theological rhetoric. ed astonishing wealth. This And yet, just as Jesus re- country fought ruthlessly on vealed miracle working pow- both sides to preserve that er in Cana, Bishop Curry wealth and power. similarly proclaimed a radiThere are similar efforts to cal power that both Jesus and maintain power in the corDr. King taught. They both

rupt practices of the current presidential administration. By propping up this nation’s richest one per cent, policies of racial vilification create new avenues of wealth and distract from destructive policies that creep into mainstream America. Opioid abuse and the guns behind school shootings are extremely profitable for a few. There is a solution. Dr. King counseled us fifty years ago to develop a dangerous unselfishness—not the sentimentalization of love as Bishop Curry cautions us, but radical love. That means we are the answer. Saving these people from their narcissistic values and deadly choices requires a radical redistribution of power. T his comes from stepping into our authentic identity. When we accept who we are, even when it means singing our heritage on our terms; even when it means confronting empire; and especially when it means forsaking assimilation in order to restore righteousness, there is correction. Balance is restored. Imagine that. The historic and personal journey of liberation is not in vain. We can save these people, but that is not the primary objective. Justice is. Truth is. Love is. The world awaits our choice. Dr. Brenda Wall, author of Black Lives, White Supremacy and the American Fiction

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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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Erica Simon

Erica Simon describes her years at Duncanville High School as some of the best times in her life. “I feel like it’s just a special district,” Ms. Simon said. The 31-year-old spent her entire educational career in Duncanville and has fond memories playing volleyball and softball and being elected president of the high school’s chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ms. Simon is now an anchor and reporter at ABC13 in Houston, the eighth largest television

market in the United States. She pursued a journalism degree after graduating from Duncanville High School in 2004. An active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, she has not forgotten where she came from, and she posted a video on her Twitter feed during a trip to Duncanville during the holidays reminiscing about her memories from Duncanville High School. “There’s something nostalgic about seeing my old stomping grounds,” Simon said. “I was very blessed to have a great upbringing with great people around me.” Ms. Simon still keeps in contact with several of her favorite high school teachers including a former math teacher and her Student Council sponsor, chemistry teacher David Womack. Social media has made it easier to stay connected following graduation. “Our friendships extended beyond the classroom,” she said. “They genuinely cared about my well-being and next steps. They were always there and supported my career journey.” Speaking of her career, Ms. Simon took a short break from TV a few years ago, came home and

her former teachers encouraged her to substitute teach at DHS. During her stint, Associate Principal Flo Judd, who has been with the district for 40 years mistakenly thought she was a student and stopped her in the hallway to tell her that she was not in dress code. The moment took Ms. Simon back to the one time during her high school career that she had to visit with Ms. Judd because her skirt was too short. She said, laughing, “We’ve all had ‘Ms.Judd’ experiences!” Ms. Simon picked up her reporting career after less than a year away, met her future husband and eventually landed the big job in a top 10 television market. She credits Duncanville ISD with preparing her for success. “Duncanville is one of the elite academic districts,” Ms. Simon said. “The district is big, but the City of Champions is just that. Many of my friends went on to do great things because of the standards that were set.

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My Aunt Speaks Truth To Power!

We need bullies. That’s how Trump became president. That’s exactly what happened. We got rid of bullies. A real bully showed up, and nobody knew how to handle him. – Chris Rock’s latest Netflix Stand-Up; “Tambourine,”

Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes has a planned summer event that has the national Social Justice Community buzzing. “Speaking Truth to Power…Equipping Church Leaders and Community Activists for Social Justice” is a two-day convocation of consciousness that will revive some and revolutionize others. Oh and by the way…Aunt Maxine is coming here!!! You can see her for the low, low price of $Free.99! FREE! Go to to register for the conference. First though, let me tell you why I think that the manner in which U.S. Rep Maxine Waters fights Trumpism is so effective. Aunt Maxine has maintained without wavering, that Donald Trump is a classless bully; an uncircumcised Philistine, who must be felled by the weapons of truth. There were good reasons why “Little David” took his fully loaded slingshot to fight Goliath and left his harp at the house. Aunt Maxine understands that. According to; “Waters responded to Trump’s bullying in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes saying, ‘Everybody knows who this bully is. This is a dishonorable human. He is a con

man. He came to this job as a con man. I call him Don the Con Man.’” Note: Waters uses Trump’s own branding scheme against him. She added, “All I know is this: If he thinks he can stop me from talking about ‘Impeach 45,’ he’s got another thought coming. I am not intimidated by him. I’m going to keep saying that we need to impeach him.” In this way, calling him a name back is a way to show him that she’s not scared of him and is paying at-

tention to what he’s doing. Waters isn’t the only woman in Congress to have a nickname for the president either. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth calls him “Cadet Bone Spurs,”  in reference to the fact that he claimed he couldn’t serve in the military because he had bone spurs in his feet. Maxine Waters is no novice to exposing social and political indignations. Here she is in 1989: “I have a right to my anger, and I don’t want anybody telling me I shouldn’t be, that it’s not nice to be, and that something’s wrong with me because I get angry.” Aunt Maxine was no less incensed when she voiced sentiments, published by the L.A. Times in 1993: “Policy, for the most part, has been

made by white people in America, not by people of color. And they have tended to take care of those things that they think are important.   Whether it’s their agricultural subsidies, or other kinds of expenditures that are certainly not expenditures for poor people or for people of color.   And so we have to band together and keep fighting back.” This conference is much-needed and well-timed. Trumpism is dismantling rational norms, sound traditions and common decency. Whether it’s Trump or blasphemists like Robert Jeffress of Dallas’s First Baptist Church; bullying must be directly confronted and social justice warriors need a diagram. Chris Rock ended his “bully barrage” in a way that segues to this upcoming conference. “George Bush is a black revolutionary. Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, George Bush. They need to honor him at the Essence Festival. It might work out, man. Think about it. Bush was so bad he gave us Obama. Trump’s so bad… he gonna give us Jesus. “Jesus, what you doing here?” “You seen Trump?” This sh!t is serious.” Speaking Truth to Power aims principally to move us toward Justice, which is what Jesus’ ministry modeled. Aunt Maxine and Chris Rock agree; bullies must be dealt with. Be there June 28th and 29th. It’s goin’ down like fo’ flat tires on a

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Before Elizabeth Vargas joined A&E, she most recently co-hosted the hit newsmagazine show 20/20 and previously served as co-anchor of World News Tonight, anchor of World News Tonight Sunday, news anchor and frequent co-host on Good Morning America, correspondent. The past few years have been challenging for Ms. Vargas, the mom of two sons, especially after her 2014 revelation that she’d entered rehab. In her new book, “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction,” Vargas shares that she suffered repeated relapses, was almost fired from ABC News and that her marriage to singer-songwriter, Marc Cohn, ended in no small part because of her drinking. Vargas, now 54, says she hit rock bottom two years ago,

knows it’s an act of Grace that she’s alive today. Today, the Emmy® Award-Winning journalist brings her investigative lens to A&E with two new projects. She hosts a new 9-part series Cults and Extreme Belief as well as a two-hour special Casey Anthony’s Parents Speak which premiered May 28. My interview with Elizabeth Vargas will surprise many as she explores cults and hears from the parents of Casey Anthony. Casey who was accused and acquitted of killing her own daughter. The complete video interview can be viewed on In A&E Investigates Cults and Extreme Belief, Elizabeth Vargas, alongside former members of controversial organizations, goes on a search to uncover how these sects use their influence to prey upon people’s desperation to create powerful and often destructive belief systems. Each episode will take an immersive look at one currently

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active group through the eyes of past devotees and get perspective from believers and leaders that are still inside. VBS: Let’s start with the nine-part series on Cults and Extreme Beliefs. EV: A lot of people do not believe that cults exist today. A lot of people remember Waco and Jones Town and they remember the terrible events that happened with these cults a decade ago. Cults do exit today right alongside us in many cities and suburbs across the county. We take a look at each one of them through the eyes of one former member who escaped or extracted him or

VBS: Casey Anthony parents, George and Cindy Anthony, are going to be speaking for the first time? EV: On the ten year anniversary of the disappeared and death of their granddaughter Caylee Anthony. George and Cindy Anthony are tethered to each other by tragedy. They still do not know to this day what happened to their granddaughter Caylee. They are at each other throats. Cindy [the grandmother] believes Casey [their daughter] is innocent and George [the grandfather] believe Casey may have accidently did something wrong to kill her own daughter, Caylee. Watch both specials on A&E Network. Visit ValderBeebeShow. com for more THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW;, 411RadioNetwork. com and VBS affiliate broadcasters.

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Community Calendar Men’s Health Month

June 5-9 Free Real Estate and Entrepreneur Event with Daymond John 6-5 Ft Worth, 6-6 Arlington, 6-7 Ft Worth Tickets: Times vary.

June 6 2010- Marvin Isley, youngest of the Isley Brothers died. Born 8/18/53

Downtown Dallas Comedy Featuring Alex Ortiz at TBAAL Clarence Muse Café’ Theatre 1309 Canton St. 9pm. 6-9

Bill Blair Park At1 pm - 8 pm 3000 Municipal St, Dallas. New Light Church Presents: Take this with you Conference at 9314 Elam Rd. Dallas 10am-2pm Shaun Rabb, Pastor. Facilitator Andrea Wise-Brown M.Ed., LPC, NCC

The Ultimate Nostalgic Experience Comedy Show & After Party hosted by D ELlisat One Love Lounge 2315 S. Cooper Arlington 9pm. For more Info.

2018 African Festival Bringing Africa to DFW at DFW Africa Festival 4523 N. University Hills Blvd. Lancaster 6-9 12am-6-10 7pm.

At The Potters House of Dallas 6777 W. Kiest Blvd. 7pm-10pm Free to Single Adults

June 10 1981- Hokey goalie Grant Fuhr became the 1st Black NHL player.

DBCC Executive Business Summit at Cityplace Tower 2711 N. Haskell Ave. Dallas. 8:30am– 1:30pm Feat: Speaker Michael Graves of Black Enterprise. Tickets:

June 11 2014- Ruby Dee actress and activist, died DOB 10-22-1922

June 7 Phillipa Schuyler (child Prodigy)- composer and pianist was born 8-21-1932 died in 1967 1917- Gwendolyn Brooks, poetessborn, 1st Black to win a Pulitzer Prize

(Poetry-1950) The Robert Frost Medal. 20th Anniversary Katy 5K at The Katy Trail 5207 Mc Kinney Ave Ste. 19A , Dallas 7pm-10pm Tickets:

Call 817-989-0060 Music in the Park at Valley Ridge Park Amphitheater 2850 Parking Dr. Cedar Hill 6-8-29-2018 Fridays from 8pm10pm

June 8-11

SMART Summer Science-Math-Art-Reading-Technology at MLK, Jr. Center 2922 MLK Blvd. Dallas Katanga Rhythm Stories & Art 1pm

June 8 Singles Unplugged – Open Mic Night!

2018 African Festival Bringing Africa to at DFW Africa Festival 4523 N. University Hills Blvd. Lancaster 6-9 12am-7pm SMART Summer Science-Math-Art-Reading-Technology at MLK, Jr. Center 2922 MLK Blvd. Dallas Life Size Candy Land & Giant Games 11am

Trip to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade , New York, NY Texas Puerto Rican Foundation Inc. 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #37 Dallas from 6-8- 10am –6-11 1pm.

June 13

1954- The 1st Black Rhodes Scholar (1908) Alan L. Locke died.

Farmers Market at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm7pm Recurring Event every Thursday through 12-6-18

1963- Medgar Evers, Civil rights activist was killed by a sniper’s bullet in Jackson, MS.

1982- Hall of Famer and 1st Black pitcher Satchel Paige died. DOB 7-7-1906

June 9

South East Division Wellness & Safety Brunch at J.C. Turner Recreation 6424 Elam Rd. Dallas. Inquires call Officer Lamar Glass 214-907-8157 9am-12pm Free Brunch for Seniors 55+.

June 12

Freedman’s Town Tour in Dallas

1967- Thurgood Marshall became the Supreme Court’s 1st Black Associate Justice.

June 14 FLAG DAY 1921- Georgianna R. Simpson Became the 1st Black woman to receive a Ph.D (German, Univ. Of Chicago).

June 13-15 49th NAMC National Conference Save the date. At Dallas Plano Marriott in Legacy Town Center 7121 Bishop Rd. Plano.

June 15 Men’s Health Wear Blue Day 1971- Cheryl White rode a Thistledown Race Track in Cleveland, OH, becoming the 1st Black woman jockey at 17 yrs. Old. “My Fair Lady” By Garland Summer Musicals 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. Call 972-205-2780 Dates and Times vary. The Comedy get down Tour with Cedric ‘The Entertainer’- Eddie Griffin- D.L. Hughley & George Lopez at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie at 8pm.

June 16 2018 Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration at Duncanville Parks and Recreation 201 James Collins Blvd. Duncanville 5pm-9pm Juneteenth Celebration 2018 at WIIA West Irving Improvement Association 3901 Jackson St. Irving 4pm-7pm Juneteenth Arts & Music Festival at Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County (Plano) 1111 H. Ave. Ste. B, 12pm-8pm K2K Live at Water Gardens 5th

Remembering “Mother”

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Signed, Tired of the mess Dear Tired of the Mess,

Dear Alma, I work in a small accounting office of 16 people. We sit in cubicles very close to one another and we have more men than women. This is important to share as I explain my situation. I have a problem with one of my co-workers. She’s a very young woman who insists on sitting with her legs wide open. She will turn away from her desk and what seems to be purposely, prop up one leg so you can see under her dress. I know this sounds crazy, but she does. And every time she does it I think, WTH! When we have meetings in the conference room, she puts her feet in her chair and sits so you can look all the way up her dress. I am sick of it! Some of the other employees talk about her behind her back. They even make jokes about it. I know that it’s immature. She’s a mess, what she’s doing is a mess, the

Help me to clarify, are you mad because she’s trying to show her cookies in the office or are you mad that you don’t have enough nerve to do the same? LOL. Nah, I’m just kidding, I can see the steam coming outta your ears. Truthfully I’m clarifying because, sometimes I get mad about an act someone else is doing that irritates me, but when my nitty checks my gritty, I’m really irritated, because I don’t have enough nerve to do the same. With that being said, in your case I’m sticking to door number one, and be grateful along with your mother, that you aren’t looking to “show all you know” in the next staff meeting. Trust me when I say that you’re not alone in your exasperation of experiencing an unnecessary glance of ones undies. I’ve seen short dresses giving off a light show that would ri-

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