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SOLDIERS without swords Veteran journalist Cheryl Smith, with Dr. Ben Chavis, is newest member of the National Newspaper Publishers Association


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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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By Cheryl Smith


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Soldiers without Swords

Talk about an exciting time in but two print publications? life. And this brings me to my Last week marked a signifitruth! cant milestone in the journey Wil Hobdy, North Dallas Gaof I Messenger Media. - the zette publisher Thurman Jones parent company of Texas Metand long-time friend and soro News, Garland Journal and I rority sister Debra Jones Sturns Messenger (the digital publicahelped me enter the world of tion). newspaper publishing. In 2018, after 191 years, the Sure, I had a degree in jourBlack Press is still dealing with nalism, a masters degree in huserious challenges. With the man relations and business. I advent of the internet, more also had a wealth of experience and more companies are fofrom years of laboring in the D r. Ben Chavis welcomes newest publisher cusing much of their dollars trenches in numerous capacto reach people through the ities for publications with my World Wide Web; although trying to make a go of the first story appearing in a Blackthey still find a need to send newspaper business and seek- owned newspaper in New Jertheir press releases or pitch ing membership in the elite or- sey when I was a senior in high feature stories to newspaper ganization of soldiers without school and with the Capital editors. Outlook where I had my first inswords. Then you ternship in also have the 1980. CREDO OF THE BLACK PRESS tariffs that are Add my The Black Press believes that America can best lead the resulting in love of the huge increasBlack Press world away from racial and national antagonisms when es for those with my it accords to every person, regardless of race, color or printing love of sevnewspapers. eral herocreed, full human and legal rights. Hating no person, So you ines, like fearing no person, the Black Press strives to help every have to wonIda B. Wells person in the firm belief that all are hurt as long as anyder why the Barnett National and Ethone is held back. Newspaper el Payne, Publishers and the Association (NNPA) is voting in What do I think I am doing, entrepreneurial spirit that I innew members and why there walking up with my member- herited from another great enare still people out in the world ship application with not one, trepreneur, my father. Clearly

I Messenger this was the formula for when preparation meets opportunity. Were there some reservations on my part? Not really. Here was an opportunity to put my passion and skills to work. Also, I didn’t believe that newspapers were a dying breed. Instead I believed that here was an opportunity to be more of a voice for the voiceless and to have a serious impact on the coverage and narratives presented. This coverage is definitely needed today as we navigate through the “fake news” narratives. I also wanted an opportunity to build a multi-media organization where collaborations could increase the number of beneficiaries of solid, ethical journalism. Here was a chance to provide informative, enlightening, inspiring and yes, entertaining news and commentary. As I set about working and assembling award-winning journalists, sales professionals, graphics designers, web gurus, financial and legal strategists, hard-hitting columnists, interns, honest distributors and others; my team has continued to grow and increase public awareness. I also worked feverishly to secure clients, ie. Advertisers and subscribers who would support quality journalism. Enter Mollie Belt, Publisher of the Dallas Examiner. Mrs. Belt

immediately offered her support and encouraged my participation in two organizations I was very familiar with, the National Newspapers Publishers Association and the Texas Publishers Association (TPA). Although some might consider us to be competitors, Mrs. Belt has been one of my strongest supporters. She wrote letters of recommendation and spoke in my behalf as I sought membership in these prestigious organizations. As a long-time member and currently the National Secretary of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) I have numerous connections around the world. I value those memberships and am committed to ensuring that these relationships are mutually beneficial. What Mrs. Belt has shown by her actions, as well as those actions of others like her; that where there is unity, there is strength and you benefit from lifting as you climb. Over the years, I have learned that you don’t have to be the only one in the game and you can help others thrive and grow. Emma Rodgers and Ashira Toshiwe are also models for the lifting as you climb mantra. As the owners of Black Images Book Bazaar, the two had no problem introducing their customers to the book stores in the

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area and across the country. With other member publishers, like my FAMU classmate Bobby Henry of the Westside Gazette, Shirley Gray of the Dallas Post Tribune, Denise Rolark Barnes of the Washington Informer, Janis Ware and Jim Washington of the Atlanta Voice; and NNPA leadership from President Dr. Ben Chavis who I used to interview on KKDA-AM back in the day, and Chairman Dorothy Leavell; I am looking forward to a great ride. After all, we’re all soldiers without swords and together, with the other more than 200 publications, we are going to continue telling those stories. Stick with us. We’re here for you. I’m ready for the journey. I will make those who believe in me proud. I just wish my friend, NABJ Journalist of the Year, George E. Curry were around to share it with me.

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Scenes from NNPA Convention ‘18

NABJ Executive Consultant Drew Berry, Past NABJ President Barbara Ciara and NABJ President Sarah Glover North Dallas Gazette Publisher Thurman Jones and Final Call Editor Richard Muhammad

NNPA’s Claudette Perry and Nathan Richardson (Frederick Douglass) Family of Mr. Peters who was mur-

dered by police, Atty Ben Crump and

NABJ President Sarah Glover with Rev. Jesse Jackson

U.S. Congressman Robert Scott

Panelists discuss “fake news”

Rev. Jesse Jackson with NNPA Chairman Dorothy Leavell

Former Congressman Kendrick Meeks, Nathan Richardson (Frederick Douglass), Texas Metro News’ Stewart Curet and Westside Gazette’s Bobby Henry

Richard Muhammad of the Final Call, NNPA member and NABJ Secretary Cheryl Smith and NABJ President Sarah Glover (r) Longtime NNPA columnist Bill Reed

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A wake-up call for Democrats

I’ve never met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year old New York activist, but I am surely looking forward to it. This giant-slayer of an organizer (she worked for Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 campaign) was out-spent, but certainly not out-worked, by her opponent, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY). Crowley had served in Congress for ten terms and was the fourth-highest ranking Democrat in Congress, one who had openly coveted Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s position as Minority Leader in Congress. He spent $1.5 million in his first primary race since 2004, while Ocasio-Cortez spent just a fraction of that. Co n gre s s wo m a n - e l e c t Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (wow! It feels good to type that, and she is a shoo-in because the district is mostly Democratic) won because, despite fewer funds and less name recognition, she had a ground game that did not quit. The day after her election, she told CNN that her team “knocked on doors that had never been knocked on, reaching voters who had been dismissed.” Lacking money for the television ads Crowley spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on, Ocasio-Cortez used social media to get the word about her candidacy out. She didn’t mind being sharply critical of Crowley, highlighting his disconnection from the New York district that includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, and focusing on the demographic mismatch between a 50 plus white man representing a district that is majority minority. Oca-

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sio-Cortez’s hard work paid off – she had more than 57 percent of the vote, hardly a nail-biter. In some ways, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez sounds something like Stacey Abrams, the Democratic powerhouse who made history when she became the first-African American woman to win a primary party nomination for governor and in the South, at that. When Abrams first declared her candidacy she was met with skepticism, and especially from some in the Democratic Party establishment. But she had been registering some of the voters that the party had ignored, and if she can get about 100,000 more registered and voting, she has an excellent chance of being elected governor. Unfortunately, the national Democratic Party and some state parties have done a poor job of dealing with the nation’s shifting demographics, and with the demand from younger, browner, and more focused voters to dispense with business as usual. In Washington State, for example, Tirzah Idahosa is a candidate for the 30th Senate District. The union member, volunteer lobbyist, former correctional officer and foster parent is a founder of Democrats for Diversity and In-

clusion and a precinct captain. In a primary race with another Democrat, she tells me that she has been advised to “wait her turn” or to run for something “lesser” like the school board. Don’t these mainstream Democrats get that advising folks to “wait their turn” is what is turning so many away from the polls? President Barack Obama didn’t wait his turn when he was advised to, and he beat Hilary Clinton soundly and out of turn! Mainstream Democrats didn’t get the Bernie memo, but Senator Bernie Sanders had a good night on Tuesday, June 25. Not only did he have the Ocasio-Cortez victory to savor, but another of his acolytes, former NAACP President Ben Jealous, won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maryland. His opponent, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, was in many ways both the superior candidate and the one better poised to beat Republican governor Larry Hogan. But Jealous had the Bernie machine and the enthusiasm of younger people who saw Baker as “business as usual.” In Boston, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has challenged incumbent Representative Mike Capuano (D-Ma) for his congressional seat. Capuano has used the power of his incumbency to


persuade members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, to support him, a colleague, instead of Councilor Pressley. If some of the CBC representatives spent time with Ayanna Pressley, they’d like her and wish they had someone with her passion as a colleague. But Capuano thinks his seniority (he has only been in office 5 years) should be persuasive and dismissed Pressley’s candidacy by telling the Boston Globe “if we decide to send junior people, good luck.” His rank will yield his a key subcommittee chairmanship in Congress if Democrats can take the House back. Or, if Democrats can win the house, it will put Pressley in line to be a committee chair just a few years from now. Capuano forgets that demographics have shifted in his Congressional district, which is now majority-minority. He also ignores that fact that not so long ago he, too, was a junior person in Congress. Younger, more progressive Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley aren’t trying to “wait their turn,” they are trying to turn our country around. The Democratic Party ought to look at these candidacies as a second wake-up call. The first happened when Senator Bernie Sanders nearly beat Senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination and lit a fire among young change agents that won’t be contained by the power of incumbency or the condescending rhetoric that folks should “wait their turn.”

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is a new chapter for the 2015 movie Sicario. In the original movie Benecio Del Toro's character, Alejando, was a lawyer whose family was killed by the Mexican drug cartel. In this version he's a mercenary working for the C.I.A. to go after the Mexican drug lords through any means necessary. He helps to execute a plan to kidnap the daughter of one of the drug lords, who we never see in the movie, to create a war between rival drug lords in Mexico. The plan is devised by the C.I.A. as a way to have the cartels do their dirty work. Josh Brolin is Matt Grarver, who's under covert orders from the Secretary of State, played by Matthew Modine, to have the drug lords in Mexico at war with each other as a way to try to slow down the tide, not of just drugs but, of human trafficking across the Texas Mexi-

co border; where terrorists are being smuggled into the United States. Brolin and Del Toro are great in their respective roles. They are two characters who can't be defined as "good guys" or "bad guys." They are simply on a mission and the lines between good and bad are completely erased. These are two bad hombres.

The story is very relevant today with the "war on the border" edict that has been issued by our current administration, but the story is complete fiction (to my knowledge) although it looks like something ripped from today's headlines. "Sicario" in Spanish means "assassin" and "soldado" means "soldier", so the movie's title refers to the young men who are being trained by the cartels to be an army of assassins. It's a very dark movie and there's enough violent gun play to fill two movies. Almost every part of the movie is filled with violence but it is well acted by the characters in the movie. Sicario: Day of the Soldado is rated "R" for violence and has a run time of 2 hours and 2 minutes. It's a really good "action/ adventure" movie and on my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate it a LARGE.

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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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Patriarch of Jackson family dies

full time, though he also played guitar with a blues band named The Falcons. Although he remained frustrated at The FalFamily members said Jackson died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a hospital in Las cons’ lack of success, it was when he caught nine-year-old son Tito playing with his guitar in Vegas. 1962 that Joe’s fortunes changed. Jackson was 89. Despite initially threatening Tito with punishAfter his own failed musical aspirations, Joseph Jackson help launch his children ment for snapping a string, he urged his son to to international stardom in the 1960s and keep playing. Jackson then encouraged Jermaine and Jackie to join Tito in forming a group, later 1970s. He managed the Jackson 5 before the group left Motown and was rebranded as the Jacksons. Ultimately, the patriarch is responsible for the emergence of the biggest star in pop music history, the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Last week, the family announced that Jackson was terminally ill following a long battle with cancer. “He’s very frail. It’s any day now,” Jermaine Jackson told reporters shortly before his adding Marlon to it, and eventually Michael. father died. Five years later The Jackson 5 played New Born in 1928, in the one-horse town of Fountain Hill, Arkansas, Joe’s grandfather York’s Apollo Theatre in Harlem and in 1969 was a slave and he later described his up- they were signed to Motown Records. Their first single, “I Want You Back,” was rebringing as “lonely” and with “few friends,” leased that same year and shot straight to No. 1. according to his biography. The Jackson 5 set a world record as the first His parents separated when he was 12 musical act ever to sell 10 million records in 10 and after a period living with his father in California, he moved to be with his mother and four months. With Jackson managing his children, they siblings in a Chicago suburb and pursued his became world-renown stars. “If I could go back dream of becoming a professional boxer. It was while living with his mother that he there, to us being those kids in Gary, I’d trade all met and married local girl Katherine Scruse of this in for that,” Jermaine Jackson said. “Too and, in 1950, the couple moved to nearby Gary, much has happened, you get lawyers, agents and Indiana, and within eight years had 10 children, everyone pulling at you. It wrecks the family.” As the calendar turned to the 1980s, the patriincluding twins Marlon and Brandon, the latter arch began to lose his grip on his sons’ careers, of whom died at birth. The pressures of looking after his family particularly Michael, who under other manmeant Jackson had to abandon boxing to work agement would turn out the groundbreaking By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor)

album, “Off the Wall,” and then the supremely popular and world’s bestselling LP, “Thriller.” Jackson also earned a reputation as a strict disciplinarian who sometimes went over the top when administering punishDuring a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson described “regurgitating” whenever he’d see his dad. “Yeah, he regurgitates all the way to the bank,” Joseph Jackson said after Michael’s comment. “I taught them to be tough. We raised them in a tough neighborhood, where other kids were in gangs and getting into drugs. I didn’t want them to be soft. I whipped him with a switch and a belt. I never beat him. You beat someone with a stick.” Jackson also managed the careers of his daughters, Latoya and Janet, who first earned fame as “Penny,” an abused foster child on the 1970s hit television show, “Good Times.” She later appeared on “Diff’rent Strokes,” and “Fame.” Today, Janet is considered one of the world’s biggest music stars and she also has several film credits under her belt, including Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” In 2011, Janet reflected on her relationship with her father. “I wish our relationship was different,” she said. “I think my father means well and wants nothing but the best for his kids… but that is not necessarily the right way.” Although Jackson remains married to Katherine, in 1974 he fathered another daughter, Joh’Vonnie Earlier this year, Joh’Vonnie described Joseph as a loving father. For his part, Joseph Jackson said he held no regrets. “I’m glad I was tough, because look what I came out with,” he said. “I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world.”

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The Hued, Helpless, Huddled! BY VINCENT L. HALL

“It is a very rare human who does not victimize the helpless.” – James Baldwin No one can gauge the earnest sentiments or intent of Richard Henry Lee when he introduced the Lee Resolution. The Statesman from the Virginia Commonwealth made the motion in the Second Continental Congress, calling for the colonies’ independence from Great Britain. On June 7, 1776, Lee, who hailed from a family full of notable public servants rendered a questionable proposition: “Resolved: that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be totally dissolved.” Had this motion been initiated by any other in the Congress, it may not have passed. Richard Henry Lee hailed from a family of privilege and means. He returned from Great Britain after completing his education in 1752. Lee could never be considered a “no name.” Lee’s Resolution bridged the passage of America’s most important steps from tyranny and toward total freedom. The Declaration of Independence would suggest that because God made this earth all Americans should be afforded the “quiet enjoyment” of personhood and property. One hundred and eighty years later, James Baldwin, whose lineage was neither noble nor

worthy of particular mention, had a similar reckoning. The revelation shows up in a 1956 poem by Baldwin; “No Name in the Street.” Baldwin was living in Paris; matriculating in another episode of his education. When he looked at the condition of his native peoples, he wrote these lines. “Facing us, on every newspaper kiosk

on that wide, tree-shaded boulevard, were photographs of fifteen-year-old Dorothy Counts being reviled and spat upon by the mob as she was making her way to school in Charlotte, North Carolina. There was unutterable pride, tension, and anguish in that girl’s face as she approached the halls of learning, with history, jeering, at her back. “It made me furious, it filled me with both hatred and pity, and it made me ashamed. Some one of us should have been there with her!… It was on that bright afternoon that I knew I was leaving France. I could, simply, no longer sit around in Paris discussing the Algerian and the black American problem. Everybody else was paying their dues,

and it was time I went home and paid mine.” Lee’s complaint and conflict rested in the rule and reign of King George III. For Baldwin, it was the White Citizens’ Council of Charlotte, North Carolina. “Citizens’ Councils” operated as the dignified ancillary and arm of the deleterious Ku Klux Klan. Charlotte was just one American outpost. Lee had his day and so did Baldwin. The future declarations of independence rest with us! Whether you are of humble beginnings or noteworthy birth, the time for protest and revolt has come. The basis of our duty to act on our beliefs is revealed in the opening paragraph of our national “Holy Writ’; The Declaration of Independence. “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Lee and Baldwin knew when to separate and when to devise seminal social compacts. So must we. We will “Make America Great Again” for those who crave homogeny and supremacy. Or we will make A New America Great by coarsening our resolve to thrive without making victims of the hued, the helpless, and the huddled masses who seek refuge in us. Until that day…Happy Fourth of You Lie!! Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and

award-winning journalist.

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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT at Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie 7pm

Independence Day

From the Capitol

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2002 Benjamin O. Davis died. He was leader of “Tuskegee Airmen”


Frisco Freedom Fest at City of Frisco-City Hall 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. 4pm-11pm. Star Spangled Spectacular 2018 at Firewheel Town Center 245 Cedar Sage Dr. Garland FREE EVENT 4pm-9-15pm.

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July 6 1854 Republican Party organized to oppose extention of slavery.

July 7 Walter White, NAACP leader DOB 1983. Died 3/21/55.

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to a dynamic young woman -- Shonedra M. Redd-a great team member. Enjoy your Blessings-- I Messenger Media. Run for the Blue Dallas 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk at Trinity Groves 3011 Gulden Ln. Dallas 8am-11am tickets: Ultimate Boat Party at Lynn Creek Marina 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie 12pm-5pm. The Farmers Market at Firewheel Town Center 245 Cedar Sage Dr. Garland 0am-4pm.

July 8 The Great Xscape Tour with Special Guest Keyshia Cole

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ter 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 1:30pm-5:30pm Call Antoine White 314-630-4465

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18th Annual William “Bill” Blair Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic at Tension Park Golf Course 3501 Samuell Blvd., Dallas at 12pm. 1pm Tee time. Darryl Blair 214-372-6500

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1867 Maggie L. Walker was born. Businesswoman and civic leader. She was the first Black woman to head a bank.

Rep Your City-Day Party Vol. 1 at Avocado Restaurant & Lounge 220 Las Colinas Blvd. E, Irving 3pm-9pm


1975 Arthur Ashe beat Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. First Black man to win singles title there.

Funnier Than A “Mutha #*@%!&” Comedy Festival staring: LaVell Crawford, Huggy Lowdown, Bill Bellamy, Dominique & Guy Torry at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 1001 Performance Pl. 7:30pm-9:30pm

Where are you? King and Queen Servant Gala-Awards Host LeTitia Owens at Bela Luna Event Hall 11834 Harry Hines Blvd. Suite 101, Dallas 6pm-9:30pm

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson FairPark Fourth at Fair Park 1121 1st Ave. Dallas 12pm-

UniverSoul Circus at Southwest Center Mall 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Dallas 7pm thru 7-8-18

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July 9 2004 Actress Isabel Sanford died. “(The Jeffersons)” DOB 8/29/17.


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July 13 2013-The slogan “Black Lives Matter” emereged after Trayvon Martin case result. Nationally reconized 2014 after deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Smooth R&B 105.7 presents Smooth Summer Grove II Feat: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds & Brandy at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. 8pm.

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

Rev. Vashti Murphy McKenzie was named first female Bishop of the African Methodist Espiscopal Church.

FPW Fellowship of Professional Women Luncheon Speaker Susie Hawkins at Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Ln. 17th Floor Dallas 11:45am-1:15pm

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Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College DOB 1875. Died 5/18/55

2001 Moisant Field becam New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong Intl. Airport.

Boney James at the House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas 7pm.

July 20-29 “Kiss Me Kate” By Garland Summer Musicals Grandville Arts Center 300 N. 5thSt.Garland Call 972-205-2780.

July 20 We want to wish an Awesome Woman a Glorious Happy Birthday-- Diane Evans. We can always count on her to be there supporting the team -- I Messenger Media. Enjoy your Blessings. Smooth R&B 105.7 Presents Sam Smith in concert at American Airlines Center, Dallas 7pm-12am. Tickets:

Musiq Soulchild & Leela James at Fair Park Music Hall 909 1st. Dallas 8pm Kids Fest at Zeigler Park 400 Egale Dr. DeSoto 5pm-8pm Movie in the Park: CoCo at Central Park-Garland 1000 W. Ave. G. 9pm.

Texas Latino Comic Con 2018 at the Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas from 11am–6pm Tickets:

August 4 Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour at Morton Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora St. Dallas 7:30pm

August 6 Ella Mai: “Boo’d Up” The Tour at House of Blues Dallas 2200 N. Lamar St 7pm

August 7 Tory Lanez Memories Don’t Die Tour at House Of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas 7pm

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Alice Coachman, ground breaking Olympian in 1948. First Black spokesperson for an international product (Coca-Cola) died.

Crown-n-Glory Natural Hair Expo at Doubletree 1507 N. Watson Rd., Arlington Tickets: www.

Gladys Knight & The O’Jays at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving 7:30pm.

DFW’s 1st Annual Summer Boat Party at Pier 121 Marina 1481 East Hill

Christmas in July at Hawaiian Falls Water Park 4550 N. Garland Rd. Garland 11am Info: 972-675-8888.

July22 Black Woman’s Appreciation Event- Dallas Edition Host: Young Black Entrepreneurs at the City of DeSoto Civic Cen-

August 11 Paws in the Pool-ooza Saturday Time TBA Crawford Park Pool 401 Straus Rd. Cedar Hill. Jim Buie’s Grown & Sexy Yacht Party! At Big Cats 1481 E. Hill Park Rd. Lewisville 7:30pm-11:30pm

August 12 Charlie Wilson at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 8pm Tickets: via AXS Smooth R & B Groove 105.7

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Dallas Women’s Foundation hosts philanthropy talk

HERitage Giving Fund members photos Dallas Women's Foundation

Heritage Giving Fund at Dallas Women's Foundation hosted an intriguing panel discussion featuring remarks from Representative Helen Giddings, Zenetta Drew of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Greer L. Christian of Wells Fargo, as well as moderator Dr. Halima Leak Francis. The topic was "Giving Back: Our Legacy of Leadership in Philanthropy," which focused on the historical contributions black women have made to North Texas philanthropy. HERitage Giving Fund is one of the giving circles at the Dallas Women's Foundation - others include The Village Giving Circle and the Orchid Giving Circle. The Founding Officers of HERitage Giving Fund are Akilah S. Wallace, Chair; Halima Leak Francis, Co-Chair; and Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew, Grants

Committee Chair. Wallace said, “These powerful women shared how important it is for us to continue the work of HERitage: combine our gifts and give to organizations that use innovative approaches to serve African-American women and girls, so that they can achieve success. We invite others who share our passion to join us so that we can support our community.” Founded August 2017 during Black Philanthropy Month, HERitage Giving Fund at Dallas Women’s Foundation encourages philanthropy in the African-American/Black community by contributing in a strategic and meaningful way and by bringing a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving African-American women and girls throughout the North Texas area. The circle provides an op-

portunity to learn about issues and organizations that affect and impact the African-American/Black community. Additionally, HERitage Giving Fund provides members and donors with opportunities for philanthropy empowerment and member socials. Shawn Wills, Dallas Women’s Foundation senior vice president of development, said, “Dallas Women’s Foundation is proud to support HERitage Giving Fund. Giving circles, such as HERitage Giving Fund, are a way for women of similar cultures to collectively raise funds and to distribute them to organizations that are making our community better.” For more information about HERitage Giving Fund, visit https://www. or email HeritageGivingFund@

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Daily I thank God because I love what I do and do what I love for a living. God prepared me long before I committed to my job, to be exceptional as I would attract those who were exceptional on their journey. My latest interview, Laila Ali. She is a passionate health advocate. She talks with me about her new cookbook; Laila Ali’s Food For Life. Featuring over 100 recipes that will help you “swap it out.” In Laila’s kitchen, nutrition is King, but flavor is Queen! In her debut cookbook, Laila shows us how to make knockout meals in ways that work with your busy and demanding life, so you can eat healthy, delicious food without feeling hungry! We know Laila Ali is a multi-faceted personality. She is a world-class athlete, health & wellness advocate, host of Home Made Simple with Laila Ali on OWN, cooking enthusiast, bestselling au-

thor, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand, wife and mother of two. The daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali, she is a fourtime undefeated boxing world champion, whose stellar record includes 24 wins (21 of which

com, parents can quickly and easily find a doctor near them and schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam. VBS: Laila you are my hero. You are the daughter of the greatest, Muhammad Ali! I am so excited to talk with you about Children’s Eye ex-

were “knockouts”) and zero losses. A two-time Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Laila Is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing. Laila Ali has partnered with Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign in partnership with the American Optometric Association encouraging consumers to schedule an annual comprehensive eye exam and promote overall vision health. By visiting t h i n k a b out y ou re y e s .

ams. I was shocked, Laila Ali to find out that you started wearing glasses at age 11. LA: I did wear glasses at an early age and that is why I partnered with Think About Your Eyes to encourage parents to get comprehensive annual eye exams for themselves and their children. I did not know, my mom did not know that you are supposed to take your kids for their first exam at the age of 6 months. Which was really surprising. Around the age of 11, I started having trou-

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tions that they never share with their children, and that sounds like what happened here.Maybe her parents agreed her mother would leave the relationship for whatever reason and it has gone unresolved all this time. If there were dozens of days of disrespect, then daddy, I’m sure, would have certainly made a change to his insurance policy. He didn’t. Choosing a beneficiary is not a small feat. When he did so, he didn’t wish, wonder or assume. He made a conscious decision and he doesn’t owe anyone an explanation. Like Clover said to Grover, “this issue is over.” There’s nothing your friend should do about it, but respect it and move on. She should also use her father’s last life gesture to reach out to her mother. You never know what that discussion may bring. Both are feeding unanswered questions and allowing the weeds of misunderstanding to grow. It’s time for healing. She can’t have another conversation with her father, but she can with her mother. Encourage her to extend a non-judgmental hand of forgiveness to her mother and if it’s not reciprocated, so be it. She can live a full life knowing she did all that she could to reconcile with her mother. Don’t encourage her to take her mom to court; that’s ugly and it don’t look good on you. Be a good friend who listens and consoles. As her best friend, it’s your job to lift her soul, not damage it. Alma

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