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CREDO OF THE BLACK PRESS The Black Press believes that America can best lead the world away from racial and national antagonisms when it accords to every person, regardless of race, color or creed, full human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person, the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief that all are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

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MY TRUTH

By Cheryl Smith

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LaQuitta Thomas loves Southern University. Last weekend, she was elected and has the distinction of being the first woman to head the Southern University Alumni Federation. A 1993 graduate of that dynamic HBCU, whose main campus is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; LaQuitta is a passionate woman who tackles everything she undertakes with enthusiasm, confidence, skill and commitment. I like to jokingly present a narrative of a young girl who growing up always wanted to attend my alma mater, the great Florida A&M University (FAMU). The idea of attending such a phenomenal school was actually on the minds of so many young boys and girls around the country, and even abroad. But as LaQuitta prepared for college, she saw her wishes swiftly moving further and further from her fingertips. So it was off to Southern University (her second choice) she went, seeking a degree in math/computer science. Now this brings me to My Truth.

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HBCU Love begins with YOU And first I must begin with dear Madam President LaQuitta Thomas’ truth. She didn’t really want to go to FAMU, I just like to say that everyone wishes they could be a Rattler! And

SU LaQuitta Thomas while we can have a spirited rivalry, we enjoy HBCU Love. Like me, LaQuitta loves HBCUs and she supports them all. Now she has a chance, as president of the national alumni association; a position she has also held locally, to be the ultimate ambassador for her school. When people think of LaQuitta, they never doubt her love and commitment to the school.

I remember another Southern Jaguar, my good friend John Woods. Also a former president of the Dallas Southern Alumni Association, John worked tirelessly and gave his all for his alma mater. When I received the news that LaQuitta had won, I cheered like it was a victory for FAMU. And in my mind, it was because any victory for an HBCU is a victory for us all. For years I have been thinking about what would happen to FAMU after I am long gone. I’ve thought about the other HBCUs also because I want them to be around too. So for FAMU, as a life member of the alumni association and past president of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter; I try to show love any and every opportunity I have. I’ve done it all: gave money, recruited students, reclaimed alumni, visited campus and classes, solicited support and more. I need to do more, however!


I Messenger And so do so many of us. No, everyone is not going to be a leader in the alumni association, but they can be a big supporter in so many ways. I remember in college, other students would be called out for being “shirt-wearers” or just showing up for parties. The difference, I saw back then, was that at least they were purchasing their own shirts and tickets for events. Let’s face it. Giving has to increase. We, alumni, have to be the biggest cheerleaders, donors and champions of our schools. Don’t you realize that if you talk bad about, cast dispersions upon, and fail to support, you are the biggest of our HBCUs’ problems? We have to write those checks, send our children, recruit, and shout from the rooftops. Also, include in your will. No, you don’t have to do it all, but you have to do something. You should!

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Where you are today has a lot lecture. to do with what you did and You see, all my life, I have never heard anyone but us try to run with that narrative. The whites who sat in class with me at FAMU said they were there because of the great program. Now I have heard us say, “It (predominantly white institution) is a good school,” but they don’t know what the graduation rate is for Blacks, percentage of Blacks who get internships or hold key positions on campus, what you learned on that col- or those who have jobs upon lege campus. graduation. Recently, I had a conversation The brilliant Dick Gregory said with a young man who proud- we have to embrace the culture ly rattled off his list of poten- and benefits of the HBCU expetial colleges. Although he was rience, just as others do theirs. black, he didn’t name one Black We have to provide the hookcollege. He explained that he ups (my word) where it matters wanted to be in a “diverse” envi- not for football tickets or galas, ronment. though. But how about emNow, I think it happens to ployment, scholarships, interncome from aging, or maybe just ships, loans, etc? getting sick and tired of trying How about some Black privito get people to fall in love with lege? themselves, or at least give us We can rewrite the current (HBCUs) a chance; but I began a narrative.

CREDO OF THE BLACK PRESS The Black Press believes that America can best lead the world away from racial and national antagonisms when it accords to every person, regardless of race, color or creed, full human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person, the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief that all are hurt as long as anyone is held back.


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Election updates Frizell calls for unity among Democrats

Judge Liz Frizell (l) gets hug of from Judge-Elect Paula Rosales

After several months of speculation, Dallas County District Attorney candidate Judge Elizabeth Frizell announced on Monday that she will not continue her efforts to contest the primary election where she fell short by about 516 votes in a spirited race with former judge John Creuzot for the Democratic nomination. “It was so close,” she said to supporters and family members who gathered at the IBOC Church. “I have decided to dismiss my lawsuit and I will be supporting John Creuzot and all Democrats. Although ending, I will continue working at my private practice as I pursue justice one case at a time.” In a program that opened up with a prayer and overview from her pastor, Rev. Denny D. Davis of St. John’s Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, the focus was on educating on the issues and “uniting” Democrats in preparation for the November 6, 2018 general election. “We support and believe in Judge Elizabeth Frizell,” he said. “A lot has happened since the election and we have been waiting to hear where we stand and what is going to happen next.” Acknowledging that she had received several calls asking about the election, Judge Frizell shared a rundown of events following the primary election. Noting that days after the election the numbers had not been certified; once the official tally was released, she said there was talk and consideration of a recount. At that time, she said, as she explained the recount process; she decided against pursuing that option and instead began reviewing the election code, which

helped her to understand the difference between a recount (which would cost almost $40,000) and contesting the results. In an assertion that was backed by Dallas County election officials, a recount would not deal with issues of voter irregularities or fraud; just two issues raised during and since the primary. And it was an ongoing investigation that was of interest to not only Judge Frizell, but many of her supporters. “I did not start the investigation,” she said. “I wanted to see the ballots that were under investigation so I filed suit and we have been in litigation for the past three months.” A series of events, including one judge recusal and transfer, and the failure of a new judge to be appointed in a timely manner; could be divisive, pointed out Judge Frizell. Judge Creuzot agreed. Reached at a criminal justice conference where he is an annual presenter, he said that the two long-time friends had talked and that he has always been supportive of her. As far as the race is concerned, he’s looking ahead. “We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing, and that’s campaigning.” Focusing on victory has to be the objective, according to Judge Frizell. “It’s time to move forward, look toward Novembezr 6,” she continued, adding that elected officials must be held accountable and the Democratic Party must unify and be reflective of Dallas County. “We’re the change we want. I want us to unite as a party that reflects our views and values.”

Black makes bid for Dallas mayor

Businessman Albert Black has officially filed as a candidate in the Dallas mayoral election scheduled for May 4, 2019 with the launching of his campaign at a community event in the neighborhood he was born, Frazier Courts, at the Frazier Community Center, 4846 Elsie Faye Heggins St. A resident of Oak Cliff, Mr. Black has lever-

aged a tireless work ethic and natural leadership ability to become a highly accomplished community leader. Until recently, he served as President and CEO of On-Target Supplies & Logistics, a company he founded in 1982 with his wife, Gwyneith, by working two jobs and watching over their young children in the office. Three decades later, the Blacks have deftly grown the company to one of the largest minority-owned firms in Dallas, with close to 200 employees. His civic experience includes volunteering with community organizations like the Park South YMCA and eventually serving as the first African American Chairman of the Dallas Regional Chamber, where he worked closely with former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to develop and fulfill international joint trade missions, building productive and sustaining business partnerships for the city of Dallas. Years after working as a cook in a Baylor Hospital kitchen, he became Chairman of the Board for Baylor Health Care System, helping to oversee its multibillion-dollar merger with Scott and White and establishing the first specialty health center in Frazier Courts – The Baylor Diabetes Health & Wellness Institute. As current Chairman of the Charles Sammons Cancer Center, Mr. Black has continued his advocacy for high-quality, accessible health care. And through his leadership of the Dallas Housing Authority, he’s championed upward mobility and improved access to safe, affordable housing for Dallas families –serving the very communities where he and his wife grew up. “I am running for Mayor because I believe in Dallas and in its promise,” he said. “I believe Dallas can and should be a place where everyone has access to real opportunity, where everyone who wants to find a good paying job gets one, and where they can afford to stay, live and raise their families. “Dallas can be the single best place to live and work in this country — one where every resident can cultivate the life they want today, while positioning our city for the growth and innovation that will sustain Dallas tomorrow. Every person in this city deserves a mayor who will work for strong neighborhoods; a diverse and inclusive economy and real opportunities.” The first candidate to formally announce his intention to run for Dallas mayor, Mr. Black says he looks forward to hearing from the residents he hopes to serve. “This campaign is about the people of Dallas, and I’m ready to talk to them directly about how we can make this city work for every person in every neighborhood. I believe in Dallas and in the future we can build, when we work together, and I’ll spend the next 10 months working to earn your vote.”


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Garcia wins LULAC presidency By Hilda Ramirez Duarte Special to Texas Metro News

Phoenix, Arizona – On Saturday, July 21, 2018, the temperature was above 100 degrees, but the weather was not all that was hot! The USA’s most recognized Hispanic Organization, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) held its 89th Convention and the number one resolve was to elect its National President. The election was held mid-morning to early afternoon and the voting process took approximately six hours. As current president, Roger Rocha taps on the microphone to get audience attention, mostly to quiet down the crowd who was al-

ready chanting, “Domingo, Domingo, Domingo,” he calls the numbers, “for Domingo Garcia, 713 votes, for Darryl Morin 237. Mr. Garcia has pledged to continue his work to help the undocumented, so they may be treated with respect, to revamp the organization, to continue his efforts for the Dreamers, and to increase the LULAC membership to one million members. Mr. Garcia received his B.A. in political science from the University of North Texas in 1980. In 1983, he obtained his J.D. from Texas Southern University in Houston. He earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. In 1988, Mr. Garcia was elected to the Democratic National Committee, where he served for eight years. He sat on the executive committee and was chair of the Latino caucus. He also served on the Dallas City Council from 1991 to 1995 and in 1993, Mr. Garcia became the first Latino ever elected Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Dallas. Mr. Garcia also served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1996 to 2002. During this time, he served on the Criminal Jurisprudence and Judicial Affairs Committees. In addition to the election, there were many “hot” things going on at the convention. First was the keynote speaker lineup: the historical Astronaut Jose Hernandez, the lovely CNN News Commentator Ana Navarro and the concluding dinner gala with former Vice President Joe Biden. If we would have to give Mr. Garcia credit for something, I would credit him for: being

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co-author of the original “Texas Dream Act” [House Bill1403], June 16, 2001, sponsored by Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) and co-authored by Rick Noriega (D-Houston), Fred Hill (R-Richardson), Elvira Reyna (R-Mesquite), and Ismael Flores (D-Plainview); and providing the verbiage that he submitted to President Obama for the implementation of the “Deferred Action” which took place in June 15, 2012, allowing young DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and students to remain in the USA and allowed to have workers permits. Mr. Garcia has an immense love for the citizens of our great Nation, especially those who have encountered civil rights violations. His love for the community is inspiring to say the least. That love has been a blessing to many families and he has utilized his civil rights organizing skills to bring attention and action to many civil rights issues especially the most recent discrimination of immigrants and the separation of children from their parents. He is known to be considered “El Padre de la comunidad,” for his philanthropy and his support of numerous scholarships and other contributions to so many entities and persons. Finally, and most importantly, he is a God-centered man, an honorable husband to his lovely wife, Dr. Elba Garcia (Dallas County Commissioner District 4, and a dentist), and a great father to his two sons, Joaquin and Fernando. He is the proud son of immigrants and of native blood lines.


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IDA B. WELLS Barnett The crusading journalist, Ida B. Wells was born on July 16, 1862. Although she made her mark as a journalist, she was also a social worker, advocate, feminist, and organization leader. She too often gets short shrift in history, mainly because she did not go along to get along with the men of her era, crossing swords with the likes of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington. The same fierceness that pushed her to organize against lynching was the fierceness that propelled her to confront injustice within African American organizations and in women’s organizations. Indeed, the historic 1913 Women’s Suffrage March intended to either exclude Black women or to segregate them at the end of the march. Ida B. Wells and Mary Church Terrell were among the Black women who marched with the women of their state, refusing to march at the rear. Ida B. Wells’ pen was so sharp that it got her banned from the state of Tennessee after she besmirched white women’s morality in a treatise about lynching. No matter! She kept writing and kept it moving, constantly speaking truth to power. Now, Rev. Jesse Jackson is among those clamoring for an anti-lynching law, since none was ever passed, despite several efforts. Even though anti-lynching legislation passed the House of Representatives in 1922, Senate Democrats prevented the passage of the law by filibuster. In any case, Ida B. Wells spent her life championing the cause of racial justice. Unfortunately, there are too few today who have her passion, her focus, and her energy. In these troubled times, investigative journalists like her are far

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too rare. In an era when there is so much “drive-by” reporting done

Any Black man who looked sideways at the wrong white woman was subject to lynching,

by anyone with a cell phone and access to the internet, too few are willing to put in the kind of work that Ida B. Wells put in, even though we have more tools than she had. Thus we get momentary Internet outrage when out-of-control whites attack Black people. Where is the follow-up? Ida B. Wells had nerve, audacity. She was on fire for justice, and it showed in her writing. Her mantra is best summarized in her quote, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” In her book, “Southern Horrors,” she detailed the horrors of lynching and the fact that so many lynchings were the result of rumor, not fact.

so much so that even in the rare case where Black men were acquitted of rape, rabid crowds still lynched them. At least 3,436 people were lynched between 1889 and 1922. In just the four years between 1918 and 1921, twenty-eight people were publicly burned to death. And while Black men were the primary victims of lynching, Black women, union organizers, and others were also lynched. Because of Ida B. Wells, we have more detail than we might have had about these horrors. Few have the audacity of Ida B. Wells, but Bryan Stevenson surely does. His National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgom-

ery, Alabama lifts up the name of the more than four thousand African Americans who were lynched in the South between 1877 and 1950. Stevenson, through his work to save African Americans from death row, makes the connection between historical lynching and modern-day criminal injustice. He is as eloquent as Ida B and as purposeful. Would that we had hundreds more of him, hundreds more of Wells. It is shameful that there is no statue of Ida B. Wells anywhere in this nation. There should be one at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where she once matriculated. There should be one in Chicago, where she lived from 1893 until her death in 1931. There should be one somewhere in Washington, DC, perhaps along the route of the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March. She should be lifted up to remind us of the power of audacity. Her great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster, has been raising money to build a statue in Chicago, but she is still about $100,000 short of her goal. You can donate to the cause through http://www. idabwellsmonument.org/. We need to have more Black women, and especially women like Ida B. Wells, represented in our nation’s statuary. We need to be reminded of Wells and her audacity, especially now, when so many seem to have been silenced by 45’s trickery. Our African American leaders need to stop with the complicity of go along to get along. We need an Ida B. Wells now! (Congresswoman Maxine Waters comes close). We need unfiltered audacity!


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“Equalizer 2” as a sequel is great

“Equalizer 2” is a first for Denzel Washington. It’s the first sequel he’s ever done and, along with director Antoine Fuqua, he shows us that there is still some gold left in that mine. In “Equalizer 2,” Washington is back as retired C.I.A. agent Robert McCall and he’s still handing out justice for the defenseless. This time instead of working in a hardware store, McCall is a Lyft driver and in the sequel Washington’s character is a more friendly, less dark charac-

ter than in the first movie. That is until it gets personal and then he goes on a killing spree to avenge the people he loved who were killed by a secret force of rogue C.I.A. agents. The movie is filled with chase scenes, car crashes and plenty of fighting that Washington did much of himself as director Fuqua used Washington’s boxing skills to make the movie even more realistic. The fight scenes are the best part of the movie. The movie is also a dark comedy with

Washington making jokes to go along with the beatings that he dishes out. Like the scene where he gives a victim a chance to call 911 right before he whips his butt. There’s a lot to like in “Equalizer 2.” I liked the movie just as much as the first one. It’s rated R for violence and has a run time of 2 hours and 1 minute (and that time flies by). On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” my rating for Equalizer 2 is a JUMBO.


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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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Don’t get yo’ Ass Whipped!!! By VIncent L. Hall

“I said to him, ‘Sir, when you have your dog in here we prefer that you keep it on a leash.’” He turned around and said, ‘F*** you. You’re an asshole you’re a piece of shit,’” Maurice Rucker recalled. – The Root, July 23, 2018 If you shop online for a shoe with rhinestones, suddenly rhinestone shoes show up everywhere. If you purchase an airline ticket, everything related to travel pops up. Like it or not, “Dynamic Ads” are as annoying to consumers as they are appealing to marketers. And they ain’t going nowhere. So, this T-Shirt shows up. I didn’t search for T-Shirts, I don’t really like T-Shirts. You’ve seen it before because they are often advertised on Facebook. It simply but sagaciously reads; “Don’t let your President Get your Ass Whooped.” There’s one technical problem. The message transliterates as an ethnic quip. That being the case, one word needs to be changed; “Don’t let your President get your Ass Whipped.” With Black parents, you don’t get “whooped”, you get whipped! The difference is two-fold, in meaning and intensity. According to Rucker, the customer didn’t stop there, adding, “If Trump wasn’t president, you wouldn’t even have a job” and “you’re from the ghetto, what do you know?” If only I could’ve frozen the frame in this scene between 60-year-old store associate Maurice Rucker and one of Trump’s nameless “Deplorables.” The employee who was recently named “Cashier of the Month” could have exchanged his orange

Maurice Rucker

smock for a DLYPGYAW T-Shirt. Trump has created an environment where racists are bold, brazen, vicious and vocal. DLYPGYAW conveys a caveat for ra-

bid Trump extremists. “Maurice Rucker, 60, lost his job at an Albany, N.Y., Home Depot after he said he was subjected to racist verbal abuse, which he said was unlike anything he’s ever experienced. The fallout has left him shocked, WNYT reports.  Rucker said the incident all started last Thursday when a customer approached checkout with an unleashed dog. “I’ve lived all over the country and I’ve had no one talk to me the way that this guy talked to me,” Rucker said. The barrage of insults continued until

the 60-year-old couldn’t take it anymore. As someone who teaches customer service strategies, I struggled to find Home Depot’s rationale for firing this brother. Moreover, Black folks think Rucker deserved a plaque and a cash award for not unloading on this arrogant example of white superiority. Personally, I’ve been called Nigger, Coon, Jungle Bunny and worse many times, but always on the phone, never in person. One of us would have gotten an ass whipping on aisle 13. Rucker deserves that Nobel Peace Prize Trump thought he was up for. Home Depot spokesman Stephan Holmes said Rucker was fired because the customer called to complain about Rucker and he did not follow their policy to “disengage.” After internet warriors and journalists plastered the Twitter accounts of Home Depot executives with protests, the company relented and changed their tune. They offered Rucker his job back, but he hasn’t decided whether or not to take it. As I read another account of the incident on timesunion.com, Rucker’s hesitance made sense. The columnist brought it into perspective in one paragraph. “I’m happy to say that readers reacted strongly to Rucker’s story. Many were furious with Home Depot — and not only because Rucker was fired. Many couldn’t believe he had worked for the company for 10 years, starting in a store near Boston, yet had only seen his hourly rate increase from $12 to $12.78 an hour over the period.” Rucker was fired from a job that paid him like a Nigger because he didn’t react correctly when he was treated like one. The dynamic advertisement didn’t get me, but I bought a T-Shirt anyway. This President is gonna get a lot of people’s ass whipped and they need to be warned. Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and

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Community Calendar July 25 1992 Gen Collin Powell dedicated the Buffalo Soldier Monument in Ft. Leavenworth.

Boney James at the House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas 7pm. Surf and Swim’s Birthday Celebrations at Surf & Swim 440 W. Oates Rd. Garland Free 11am-3pm info: 972-205-3993 Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Education & Cultural Awareness through the Arts Performance at Lovers Lane UMC 9200 Inwood Rd. Dallas 2:30pm-3:30pm

July 27-29 “Kiss Me Kate” By Garland Summer Musicals at Grandville Arts Center 300 N. 5th St. Garland Tickets: 972-205-2790 Dates: 7/27 8pm, 7/28 8pm 7/29 2:30pm.

Txlatinocc.weebly.com. Black Woman’s Business and Entrepreneur Series Hosted by YBEN & DG at 8737 King George Dr. Dallas. Vendors available 11am-6pm

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Back to School Bash at New Light Church 9814 Elam Rd. Dallas 214-391-3430 12noon-3pm. Dallas County Health and Human Services will provide FREE Immunizations.

Alice Hawthorne was killed during 1996 Summer Olympics a bomb exploded in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park as a spectator.

7th annual Dallas Hip Hop Dance Festival at Majestic Theatre 1925 Elm St. 7pm Tickets: www.artandseek.org

Forth Fridays Music Series: BIFF Band Presented by: DeSoto Arts Commission at the Outdoor Amphitheater DeSoto Town Center (behind the Library) 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 8pm every 4th Friday. RSVP at ARTSDESOTO. COM

Opening Reception – OC3 Identified at Oak Cliff Cultural Center 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. Reception starts at 5:30pm Tickets: Box Office 214-679-3777.

Woman to head a Medical School in the U.S. (Ohio Univ.)

August Women’s EmPower Brunch Hosted by: The Every Heart Project at The Egg & I Restaurants 3328 E. Hebron Parkway Ste. 100, Carrollton. 11am-1pm.

August 2 2013 Jullus Chambers lawyer and civil rights leader, died. DOB 10/6/36

From Nowhere: The Story of the Vaughan Brothers Host: Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas 7:30pm9:30pm.

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1492 With a Black navigator Pedro Alonso Nino, Columbus sailed to the New World.

August 4 1900 (1901) Louis Armstrong (*Satchmo*) jazz musician extraordinatre, born in New Orleans, LA. Often said he was born on July 4th but archive documents prove other wise. Died 7/6/71

July 26-28 The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at Art Centre of Plano 902 E. 16th St. Commemorates: The Harlem Renaissance era (1918-1937). The night will be Educational, Entertaining and Fun!!! 7/26 6:30pm Courtyard Theater: An evening with Bernard Kinsey 7/27 Art Centre 100th Anniversary Harlem Renaissance Celebration Gala 6:30pm. 7/28 Public Exhibition and Book signing closing remarks- Bernard Kinsey & Family 6:00pm. EventBrite link at artcentreplano.org

Hall of Fame Rodeo National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum at Cowtown Coliseum 121 E. Exchange Ave. Ft. Worth. 8pm-10pm Friday Night Block Party Hosted by: Rex’s Seafood and Market & Dallas Farmers Market. At Rex’s Seafood 920 Harwood St. Ste 150, Dallas 6pm-9pm. Food and live music. Design Thinking with Intuit for Bada$$ Ladies of DFW at Intuit Inc. 5601 Headquarters Dr. Plano 7:30am-9:30am Password for accessing EventBrite page for Free Registration: Design Thinking 2018

July 28 1868 14th Amendment adopted giving slaves the right citizenship.

July 26-29 Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Kalita Humphreys Theater 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Dallas Dates; 26 8pm, 27 8pm, 28 8pm, 29 2pm. Box Office 214-219-2718.

Family Night Out Food, Fun & Fireworks featuring “Coverdown Band” at Central Park 1310 W. Ave. F Garland 6pm10pm more info: 972-205-2750 Texas Latino Comic Con 2018 at the Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas from 11am–6pm Tickets:

Heels on the Move to Heal Shoe Fashion Show Hosted by: WETALKRADIO at Lincoln Experience Center 3620 The Star Blvd. Ste. 1205, Frisco 6pm-8pm. Tickets: EventBrite. com

July 29 1877 Henry Flipper became the first Black graduate from the U.S. Military Academy.

Do it for the Culture “Networking & Vendor Event” Hosted by: YBEN & DG at 901 S. Senter Rd. Irving. 1pm-5pm. Vendors available $40. Call Antoine White 314-630-4465 The Heart & Soul of Dallas Community Service Project! Hosted by: TSUNAA-Dallas Chapter at Hunger Busters 3116 Sylvan Ave. Dallas 1pm-3pm Feeding Kids and Fueling Futures!

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1948 Pres. Truman issued Executive order No. 9981 directing “equality of treatment and opportunity” In all branches of the armed forces.

1936 Legendary blues singer guitarist Buddy Guy DOB.

Smooth R&B 105.7 presents Smooth Summer Grove II Feat: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds & Brandy at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. 8pm. July Women’s Elevate Event Hosted by: The Every Heart Project at Messenger Studios 14665 Midway Rd. Suite 170, Addison. 6:30pm-9pm Senior Line Dancing the Latin Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas 10am Free! Dates: the last Thurs. of every Month through July 2019. More info: www.artandseek.org

July 27 & 28 Alice in Wonder Land Jr. Dallas Children’s Theater at Rosewood Center for Family Arts 5938 Skillman St. Dates: 27 7:30pm, 28 1:30pm & 7:30pm Tickets: www.artandseek.org

Celebrity Golf Tournament Benefiting National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum. Info: www.jimaustinonline.com 8am Tee-off.

July 31 1874 Patrick Healy became the President of Georgetown University. First Black to be named president of a major U.S. university. First Black to receive a Ph.D. 1965

Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Education & Cultural Awareness through the Arts Performances at Duncanville Public Library 201 James Collins Blvd. 3pm-4pm

August 1 1993 Barbara Ross-Lee became the first Black

Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour at Morton Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora St. Dallas 7:30pm The Market Place In Downtown Garland at 105 N. 6th St. 9am-2pm.

August 5 1979 Willie Mays, great baseball hero, who played with the N.Y. Giants and San Francisco Giants was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

August 6 1965 Voting Rights Act of 1965 signed into law by Pres. Johnson.

Ella Mai: “Boo’d Up” The Tour at House of Blues Dallas 2200 N. Lamar St 7pm

August 7 1948 Alice Coachman was the 1st Black woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal.


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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Garland Unit Presents

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Silent Auction

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Oprah’s Network OWN presents “Love Is,” a new romantic drama that explores the magic of love against the backdrop of Black Hollywood in the 90’s. Stars Michele Weaver and Will Catlett are in the Valder Beebe Show studio talk with me about Love Is. A one hour new and original scripted romantic drama. It is inspired by the real-life love story of executive producers Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, Girlfriends) and Salim Akil (Black Lightning). “Love Is__” revives the classic 1990’s romantic comedy, complete with a sweet nostalgia for the decade including the iconic fashion, music, and stars like Kadeem Hardison and Loretta Devine. The series follows Nuri (Weaver) and Yasir (Catlett), a couple from seemingly opposite worlds, as they chase their dreams and learn to follow their hearts. Told from the perspective of the couple’s present-day selves.  “Love

Is__” is presented as one big, epic story with the pacing of a feature film. VBS: “Love Is” on OWN, congratulations. Let’s just jump into the questions I have from Facebook for you two. What’s in it for the women viewing “Love Is?” Whether it is stated or not the viewing audience of OWN Network

man has or how much he does not have. How is this man’s character? From there you can decided if you want to be with a person or not. VBS: We’ll let Michele speak on the men who will watch “Love Is.” What is their take away? MW: I am hoping that the men are encouraged

is predominately African American and female. So what’s in it for single women and the professional single women who will be watching “Love Is?” WC: What I am thinking, what’s in it for them is giving women a chance to say “hey let me take a step back and look at the character in a man” not look for how much money a

to go after the women, they feel that they can go after. Be confident in who they are and to be truthful. On the big screen, Michele Weaver most recently shot the thriller “Nighthawks,”  with Chace Crawford. She also starred in  “Illicit,”  with Vivica A. Fox;  “Sister Code”,  with Amber Rose, Drew Sidora, and Eva

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Don’t pay for nothing! extremely frugal brother on your hands. To the left, to the left, I hear you and I totally agree. On the other hand, my sane mind, to the right, to the right, is tugging at me sayDear Alma, ing, “If he has a serious savings account and meticulously mainThree years after my divorce tains his finances, that might be a I met a really nice man. I am 34 good thing for you.” years old, financially secure with I mean, really; he’s not asking no children. So far we make each you to go in half on his root canal. other happy and get along really It’s a trip. well. We both pay for things when we go out. I own my stuff, condo and car, and so does he. When we go out, never dutch, one or the other picks up the tab and it’s never been a problem. Here is my issue: He invited me to go with him to meet his family. Then he said the other night, “When are you going to get your ticket? Let me know so I can make sure we’re on the same flight.” I was appalled that he wants me to pay my own way. I think that’s totally wrong. What do you think? Maybe he sees it as a vacation V.B., Shreveport, La. (you know how men are). Which I’m sure you do not (you know Dear V.B. how women can be). Seriously, tho, going to visit What? He wants you to pay your companion’s family is not a your way. Girl, can you hear vacation, and you need to clarify. that chirping chickadee,“Unless you decide to have a cheap-cheap-cheap-cheap!!” straight-up conversation with LOL! him, I’d say give him the benefit All I can say is, you’ve got an of the doubt.

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I don’t think there’s any intent of wrongdoing here. Since you guys share the cost most of the time anyway, and since it bothers you, make this a teachable moment in your new relationship and explain it to him. Let him know that visiting his family is like buying a special gift. And you’d rather not have to go in the store and get it yourself. Ask him to cover the cost of the flights and you volunteer to cover the hotel.

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Looking to both to rebuild and get back to winning and making the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks drafted European sensation Luka Doncic and twotime NCAA Champion (2016, 2018) Jalen Brunson in last month’s 2018 NBA Draft. The Mavericks held the fifth pick in this year’s draft for the first time in the

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they’re going to enhance his game, he’s going to enhance theirs. We’re really excited. He seems like a humble kid, that really loves to play. It’s a big day for us.” Jalen Brunson The Mavs also selected guard Jalen Brunson with the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Brunson (6-3, 190 lbs.) is a two-time NCAA Champion (2016, 2018) and an early-entry candidate to this year’s draft after spending three seasons at Villanova. As a junior, he averaged 18.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists on his way to winning Big East Player of the Year, Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard. He was also the only player in a Power 6 conference last season to shoot better than .520 from the field, .400 from behind-the-arc and .800 from the foul line. “He’s had an amazing college career, winning the championship two out of the last three years which is a remarkable achievement,” Carlisle said. “He’s obviously a winner. I never think you can have too many playmakers on a team. “He has a real good handle on the total game, very resourceful view of the game and I think an underrated ability level and a great deal of toughness. And the character is obviously there.” Brunson said he has been welcomed, with open arms by the team. “They’re a good group of guys. I love the staff. This is a great place to be and learn,” Brunson said. “They’re inviting me in with open arms. I’m truly excited. “I will continue to get better and push forward,” Brunson said of his entry into the NBA. “I’m here now and ready to work.”


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