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Oh say can YOU see? You have fumbled an opportunity to intercept a lie and use your privilege to score for justice. As a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys, who once enjoyed season tickets, it’s heartbreaking that you have taken a stand on the wrong sideline of history. As training camp opened you used your mighty microphone to passionately pronounce that there is no room on the Dallas Cowboys for the right to protest for right during the national anthem. Your “MASSA Complex� has shown your boys where the “gun line� (check out the movie “Life�) is! And they had better not cross it! Your quarterback, who went to school in the same state where Emmett Till was lynched, Fannie Lou Hamer was brutally beaten by police, Medgar Evers was assassinated; and remains a place of wicked white supremacy, vicious police misconduct, and a justice system that is criminal, knows his place and has echoed your sentiment and committed a terrible turnover for freedom. Oh say, did he see white Mississippi police officer Daniel Starks tasing a handcuffed Black man for no reason? I held out hope that given your track record as a game-changing maverick and successful businessman that you would use your

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Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III pens open letter to Cowboys owner

privileged platform to actually take a stand for what the flag symbolizes, “liberty and justice for all.� You have been fiercely independent as an NFL owner but you allowed 46-1 to punk you and the NFL while he was pledging allegiance to Vladimir Putin and Russia. Oh say can you see? Your friend in the White House has emboldened racists, put a white supremacist (whose policies reinforce the racial injustice Colin Kaepernick was taking a knee for) over the justice department and signaled to police that brutality is ok. I guess that’s why you reaffirmed your

partnership with Papa John’s Pizza while saying nothing to denounce the ugly bigotry dripping from the lips of the former owner? Colin Kaepernick took a knee during his last season as a quarterback for the 49ers because he was sick and tired of Black sisters and brothers dying, mothers crying and police departments lying. In the tradition of Paul Robeson, Althea Gibson, Wilma Rudolph, Muhammad Ali, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, Curt Flood, Serena Williams, LeBron James and others; he used his platform to raise consciousness and speak truth to power on behalf of the powerless

who have no platform. Oh say can you see? As owner of America’s team that is comprised of almost 80% African Americans did you know that “This is America� for them: Police violence and homicide persistently and disproportionately terrorize Black communities. A new study reveals the proportion of black bodies in America killed by police is significantly higher than previous research suggested. Across the country, Black men are over three times more likely to be killed by police than white men, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. In an analysis of all male homicides between 2012 and 2018, 8 percent occurred at the hands of police, who serve and protect YOU, researchers found. Of nearly 6,300 reported deaths during the six-year count, almost 1,800 were black. “This is America.� Oh say can you see, Jerry? Police killings are highest among Black men across the United States. Lead author Frank Edwards is sadly correct when he interprets, “Police operate completely differently in different places,� he said. “How police operate is often determined by the race of the person they’re interacting with and the racial compositions of the places they work in.� Oh say can you see? The vast majority


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of your players live in this America. Yes, their contracts may have allowed them to move into nicer neighborhoods but their black skin still means they are seen as suspects who pose a threat. Sadly, your son Stephen, seconded your motion and brazenly declared if you want to be a Dallas Cowboy you will stand for the national anthem. This is one instance where the blatant hypocrisy of your organization just may exceed your racist insensitivity. On “America’s Team” you can brutally beat your wife, girlfriend, or kids. You can drink and drive, you can take drugs and steroids, but if you peacefully protest, you cannot be a Dallas Cowboy!? Oh say can you see? It’s evident, Jerry, that you never had to give Stephen “The Talk” and tell him how to behave in the presence of police officers. Have you Jerry? Ask your Black players about “The Talk.” Oh say can you see and have you

she wrote. “White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence. Given those givens, we must ask our (white) selves — how ‘decent’ are we really? Not in our intent, but in our actions? In our lack of action?” She ended the message with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, as well as #AntiRacist, #NoExcuse, #SayHerName, and #EarnTheRightToSayHerName. Jerry, she’s a winner. Anne Hathaway is truly free and brave. She is doing what the wisdom writer said in Proverbs 31:8-9: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Oh say can you see, Jerry! Peace and Power, Former Cowboys fan and NFL follower, Frederick Douglass Haynes, III

noticed the news accounts where Black people have the police called on them for breathing, going to Starbucks, lounging in the university common area where they are enrolled, selling water as an 8-yearold, eating at the Waffle House and doing community service as a sorority. The brilliant actor Ving Rhames shared his terrifying experience with racism that resulted in police putting a gun in his face at the front door of his own home in Brentwood, CA because a neighbor called 911 saying that he was breaking into what is his own house. Have you or Stephen ever had the police called on you because of the color of your skin? Have you or Stephen ever been stopped by the police and worried that you wouldn’t come out of the stop alive? Oh say can you see, Jerry? I wish you had the courageous empathy of the gifted Anne Hathaway. She gets it. Hathaway is outraged by the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson by a white

man. The Oscar award-winning actress used her privilege and prestige to dedicate an Instagram post honoring the life of the young Black woman. Wilson and her sister, who survived the attack, were stabbed at the BART MacArthur Station in Oakland, Calif., on July 22. But Hathaway’s post was more than a passive tribute to Wilson — it was a wake-up call and a courageous critique of those who are oblivious to black pain and hide behind their “white privilege” and fail to take action in the face of violence, injustice and racism. Describing Wilson’s murder as “unspeakable,” the Ocean’s 8 star acknowledged her own privilege while calling for white people to get off the sidelines of indifference and privilege and step up. Oh say can you hear her, Jerry? “White people — including me, including you — must take into the marrow of our privileged bones the truth that ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America and have done so for GENERATIONS,”

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MY TRUTH

By Cheryl Smith

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Growing up in New Jersey, I wasn’t used to speaking to folks. There was an unwritten code. You didn’t make eye contact, you didn’t stare or point at people, and, you spoke when spoken to. I learned well because to violate the code, you could find yourself in a fight. And while I loved a good fight I don’t think fighting because of a broken code is smart. Which brings me to my truth. There’s a conference or convention every month where hundreds or thousands with the same mission/goal/intent gather. Whether it’s a professional organization, sorority or fraternity or sewing club; one things is for sure, they know they have a connection. So why, oh why do many of the “members” walk past one another without even looking or speaking? One year I was visiting Japan, on a military base.  Being so far away from home I was so glad to see people who looked like me so I was speaking to everyone. That was until I was pulled aside and told of another code.  Seemed silly to me. But, I needed to respect

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Is Speaking deadly? other’s reality although it was difficult walking into a room and finding only one other Black person and not speaking to them. Still has me shaking my head. Now what about these organizations? I talked to students recently at a convention and I encouraged them to speak when they get on elevators, walk into rooms, or even just walk past folks in the hall. I cautioned them that they would be totally shocked if they walked into the ladies room for example, and looked at someone, turned their head and went about their business.  Then, lo and behold, they go into the job fair and go to the table where their dream job awaits only to find that very person from the bathroom sitting there.   Hmmmm. Awkward moment! Unfortunately we, I’m talking about Black people, walk past one another at these conventions and don’t open our mouths. Then there are others who feel like they are at home and they are so glad to be in the company of their people that

they speak and smile and give out hugs. Now everyone isn’t a hugger and I understand that.  Also everyone is not into “southern hospitality” and I understand that also. There are just times when I have to make exceptions; like for my sorority.  After all, we all made the same commitments and we have a bond.  I refuse to walk past my sisters without speaking. I’m so glad to see these ladies and like me, I understand that we don’t know what it took for a person to get there because everyone is not a baller and some are working through tumultuous times in their lives. Now there’s a chance I may call someone “soror” who is not a Delta.  But guess what?   I’d rather call 1,000 non-Deltas “soror,” than to walk past one Delta without speaking to her.  Then too, heck you see ladies dressed in red, so it’s a normal assumption to think she’s a “soror,” same for AKAs in pink or green, Zetas in blue and white, or Sigma Gamma Rhos in blue and gold.      I really don’t understand at many of these conventions where some come for profes-


I Messenger sional development, seeking employment or ways to better themselves; whatever the cause, there’s some form of commonality. What’s wrong with speaking? I absolutely love to go to National Association of Black Journalists conventions because I am eager to see old friends and colleagues. I also enjoying meeting new people and establishing new relationships. Heck, if most people, except those like me, are approached by someone with a puppy, they will acknowledge the little furry animal. Why can’t we extend the same courtesy to one another? Granted some people are shy. Others have a hard time making small talk. Whatever the case, just speaking won’t kill you. As a college student, there was a place on campus where young ladies didn’t like walking past because guys would stand there flirting, or making catcalls. I never shied away from that location because I would

speak and get on my way. Sometimes there were ugly verbal altercations that almost became physical. It wasn’t nice and I hated seeing folks going at it. Now some of the altercations derived from men not knowing how to take the “hello” and leave well enough alone because they want to take it to the next level. “Hello” does not mean, “I want you!” My senior year one of the guys told me that our conversations never escalated because I was so pleasant and I would smile, speak and keep it moving. There were times I

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even asked “how’s your family,” or said, “have a nice day,” or something like that. You see, sometimes it’s easier to just speak. What’s your truth?

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Emma Rodgers to be honored during Tulisoma The name Emma Rodgers is synonymous with liberation, grace, commitment, love and so many adjectives that make her the epitome of finer womanhood. Loved around the world, Ms. Rodgers will receive a prestigious award at the 15th Tulisoma: South Dallas Book Fair when it returns August 24-25, 2018 at The African American Museum in Fair Park. The Fair kicks off with the Sutton E. Griggs Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner on Friday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are $50 each. Wade and Cheryl Hudson will receive the Sutton E. Griggs Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature and Emma Rodgers will receive the Sutton E. Griggs Literacy Champion Award. Born on September 16, 1944 in Niagra Falls, New York; in the mid-1960s, Ms. Rodgers graduated from Spelman College. In 1977, Ms. Rodgers co-founded a mail-order business for books, which eventually became the retail store, Black Images Book Bazaar in Dallas, Texas. As a preeminent bookseller for over 30 years, she has been credited with “shepherding” African American authors from unknown writers to the forefront of American culture. Her support for these authors, in association with Black Images Book Bazaar, brought commercial success and critical acclaim to numerous authors, including J. California Cooper, Edward P.

Jones, E. Lynn Harris, and Edward Ball. In 1995, Ms. Rodgers founded Romance Slam Jam, a boom industry conference event. The following year, she was selected to be a member of the U.S. Information Agency Corridors of Culture team, which presented works at the “Muse to Marketplace” symposium in Accra, Ghana, Harare, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. In 2005, she organized and led a trip to Ghana for students from ROPP, Inc., an enrichment program for teenage girls. Unfortunately, Black Images Book Bazaar closed its doors in 2006. However, Ms. Rodgers continues to facilitate book signings

for established and upcoming authors. Since 2007, she has served three terms as commissioner of the City of Dallas’ City Plan Commission. An active participant in her community and involved with numerous organizations, she has served as a board member for TeCoTheatrical Productions and as a director for the Dallas Civil Rights Center. She also facilitates a monthly book club and serves as a publicist for the annual Irma P. Hall Theater Arts Festival. Ms. Rodgers has been the recipient of many awards and honors for her service to the community. In 2003, the Emma Award, which honors excellence

in romance-action literature, was named after her. She has also been the recipient of the Wordspace Award for Outstanding Support of Literature in 2004 and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Golden Soror of the Year in 2016. The Fair on Saturday, August 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. will feature more than 25 authors/illustrators for readings and signings which will include the Griggs Awardees; multiple award winning children’s book author Derrick Barnes; Victor McGlothin; New York Times Bestseller Denene Millner; Antonia Williams-Gary and Alexis Yancey and Paula Drew Fleming. Workshops and seminars will be presented on: “How to start a book club” “How to publicize and market your book” “Self-Publishing” “Vision Bookmaking: children and youth” “Encouraging Our Sons to Read: A Community Call to Action” “Story of Self ” “How to Organize a Youth Book Club” and a special feature will be GAME CHANGERS – Hip Hop Gospel Extravaganza. Over the course of his career Sutton Griggs wrote more than a dozen books, including five novels, five social tracts, his autobiography, a short biography of John L. Webb, and The Kingdom Builder’s Manual (1924), a booklet of biblical quotations. At his expense he published and distributed these works, which were generally written for “the aspiring classes of the black south.” Although virtual-


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ly unknown among whites, his writings were generally read by African Americans. Griggs wrote in a very direct style that was somewhat stiff and formal. He was one of the few Southern members of the Niagara Movement, a civil rights group which had an outspoken platform based on the issue of racial and social justice and which eventually evolved into the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Although he has often been characterized as a Black nationalist based on the plot of his first novel, this may be an overgeneralization since his subsequent novels do not contain this theme. In Imperium in Imperio Griggs chronicles the social and political injustice to which

V. Chaney, Jr., and Dr. Harry Robinson Jr., President/CEO of the African American Museum, the goal of Tulisoma is to create a dynamic event tailored to engage local families, avid readers, aspiring writers and visitors to the city. The African American Museum serves as the lead partner along with The Dallas Public Library and many community supporters and sponsors to continue the tradition of celebrating reading and the importance of literacy. Special thanks to Councilmember Kevin D. Felder for his dedication and support.

Blacks are subjected. He describes the meeting of the Imperium in Imperio, a secret political organization in Waco, Texas, composed of Blacks who are frustrated with the social and political status of Blacks in America. In the novel the leader of the organization argues for the violent takeover of the state of Texas. Neither this work nor any subsequent novel by Griggs received widespread distribution. Although succeeding Griggs novels, Overshadowed (1901), Unfettered (1902), The Hindered Hand (1905), and Pointing the Way (1908), are deemed “less militant” by some scholars, they received poor circulation. One reason may be that many of Griggs’s philosophies on race

relations were in direct conflict with the philosophies espoused by Booker T. Washington and other popular Black leaders of the day. Griggs’s views on improving the status of blacks were influenced by several contemporary social theorists, including Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and Benjamin Kidd. Griggs felt that society evolved from lower to higher forms by adopting “Christian virtues.” In his later view blacks needed only to practice Christian virtues (love, honesty, patience, etc.) in order to improve their socioeconomic status. Tulisoma, Swahili for “we read,” is a community-based festival promoting literacy in the South Dallas/Fair Park area. Founded in 2003, by the late Leo

For more information: www. tulisomabookfair.org or 214565-9026, ext. 304.


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Can our Boys be saved? By Dr. Felicia Shepherd Last month, I had the pleasure of engaging with 125 boys ages 12 to 16. These budding, rambunctious young men merged on the campus of Paul Quinn College (Dallas, Texas) to participate in “Kappa Kamp” which is sponsored through the Guideright Foundation of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.. This is not your typical camp where all the boys do all day is run and play. During the two weeks they are on campus, they are learning how to create business plans and then create a business pitch based off their team’s business plan. Yes, team. The boys are grouped into team names associated with Kappa Alpha Psi (i.e. Team Indiana, Yo, Krimson, Kreme, etc). In addition to learning how to be entrepreneurs, Kappa Kamp dives into the world of STEM. Kampers went on field trips to Microsoft, Siemens Corporation,

and Toyota, to name a few, to learn more about science and technology. We cannot forget culture. The boys experienced going to various museums in the Dallas/Fort Worth area along with hearing musical performances of the Dallas Symphony. There was an on-site college fair, with 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

plan, and pitch that would give them the bragging rights as Business Pitch Champion! Being declared team champion of Kappa Kamp is the goal for every kamper. However, they also received and three Predominately White Institutions (PWIs) in attendance. Recruiters, typically alumni of the institutions, poured knowledge of their beloved alma maters into these young men. Kampers come from many cities across the United States and oftentimes would not have access to a college fair. Because of Kappa Kamp, they had the opportunity to engage with colleges and learn about the various majors to possibly pursue. Going back to the business plan. The teams created a plan to market their product. They researched,

wrote, organized, and designed the ultimate business plan. Now it was time to put it into action. The business plan pitch competition is the platform where each team’s product is revealed and explained in front of judges. The goal for every team is to have the extrinsic reward of winning the business pitch competition and prize. They argued, debated, compromised, and finally agreed in order to have a product,

intrinsic rewards as well. During those two weeks, you witnessed mentorship and friendships developing amongst these young boys and the men of Kappa Alpha Psi. The Kappas come to campus every day and night to spend time with the boys. They played games with them; provided food, engaged in conversations with the boys to learn about their individual personalities, goals in life, and any struggles. Whether they have fathers in their lives are not, the boys connected with Black men who took time out of their own individual lives to come to campus to mentor these boys. Another take away the boys did not count on was each other. Whether the struggles were academic, behavior, mental struggles, etc. the boys had each other to talk to along with the Kappas. It is no disrespect to mothers but sometimes a boy needs to speak to another male about certain issues. In addition to the Kappas pouring into the boys, the additional

support staff including the college students serving as Kappa Kamp counselors provided support. Each team had two college team leaders watching over the boys to ensure their safety (very important), engaging with them during team meetings, and helping them with their business plans. Excluding the wonderful peaceful hours the boys were asleep, the male and female counselors were with the boys every hour of the day. Watching the boys grow attached to the college students during the two weeks reminds us all of the importance of connecting with this generation. Now by the end of the kamp, the college kids have vowed to never have children and were pushing the kampers towards the buses to head home. Once the dust settled, kamp counselors would say they enjoyed working with the boys and some have stayed connected with them by touching base with their parents to see how they are doing. The boys continue to speak amongst themselves through the exchanging of cellular numbers and of course social media. So the question I asked at the beginning of this, can our boys be saved? Yes! Mentorship is essential in order to rebuild our communities. In order to show our boys how to be young men that will grow into men, we need more men to stand in the gap and pour their love, wisdom, and patience into these young minds who desires the attention from another male who “gets them.”


I Messenger For those who are not mentors, I encourage you to take a male or female under your wing. I f we do not, then are children will be lost and we can only blame ourselves. It takes a village to ensure our young boys and girls grow up to be intelligent, articulate, self-assured, entrepreneurs. If we do not start the process who will?

Mentoring is not easy and yes there are days where you wonder if what you are doing is making a difference. When I think about the various mentoring programs out there such as the Kappa League, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Inc., etc. I am sure every mentor has been frustrated at some point. However, when that mentor receives the high school/college graduation, wedding, and/or baby shower invitations in the mail, they know they were valued and appreciated. So to all the mentors out there, I salute you. In a time where our boys and men are being slaughtered in the streets, it is imperative that we all do our part in encouraging our Black males that they do matter. Each one, teach one. While we are pouring our love and wisdom into this generation make sure you stress the importance of giving back and serving in the community. Just as they were mentored, the expectations is they will mentor the next generations behind them.

So to the men of Kappa Alpha Psi, I salute you for the high level of dedication in providing an outlet where boys can be “boys� in the name that is called Kappa Kamp. Do not take my word for it, look at the pictures and judge for yourselves. ~Doc Shep Speaks *In memory of William L. Gray Jr. , Kappa Kamp Assistant Director, long time active member of

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CONGRESSMAN RON DELLUMS: When the Congressional Black Caucus holds its Annual Legislative Conference this September (September 12-16), I hope there will be a tribute to one of its founders, Congressman Ron Dellums, who made his transition on July 30. Dellums was a fierce, focused fighter for justice, an anti-war activist who served in the military, authored several CBC Alternative Budgets; budgets that focused on human needs rather than military buildup, and an indefatigable fighter for South African freedom. He is the epitome of Congressional activism, progressive leadership, and stellar integrity. After 27 years in Congress and a term as Oakland mayor, he had a much lower profile in recent years. Still, his name remains synonymous with principled leadership, and he will be sincerely missed! Dellums blazed on the national political scene, decried by then Vice President Spiro Agnew as a “radical” from “Ber-zerkely.” Dellums had the right response, telling the Washington Post – “If being an advocate of peace, justice, and humanity toward all human beings is radical, then I’m glad to be called radical. And if it is radical to oppose the use of 70 percent of federal monies for destruction and war, then I am a radical.” With this as a definition of “radical,” the question, really, is why aren’t there more radicals in our nation? I’m not sure what Congressman Dellums would think of the organization he co-founded. While he became somewhat less confrontational the longer he served in Congress, the fight never left him. He didn’t mind calling Presidents or his colleagues out, though he did it in a way that even conservative House Speaker Tom Delay (R-TX) described as gentlemanly. Upon Dellums’ retirement from the House of Representatives in the middle of his term in 1998, Delay said, “We are

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losing one of its finest Me m bers, a Me m ber that I have g r e at respect for because he always did his homework, was so articulate and eloquent on this floor. He always got my attention when he stood up and took the microphone. He would stop every Member in their tracks to hear what he had to say, and there are very few Members that have served in this body that can claim the respect that both sides of the aisle had for the gentleman from California. And the incredible reputation that the gentleman from California has brought to this House; he has elevated this House. He has elevated the distinction of this House by serving here, and this House will greatly miss him when he leaves.” Though Dellums ran for Congress as a Democrat and caucused with the Democrats, he did not register to vote as a Democrat until he ran for Mayor of Oakland. Indeed, he was one of the vice-chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America. His alternative budgets reflected socialistic principles, elevating human needs over military needs, embracing pacifism instead of war and military intervention. He had a masters’ degree in social work, and it showed, both in his interactions with people and

in the alter native budgets he worked on. When I was a professor at UC Berkeley, I brought a group of students (I called them Bey-Bey’s kids because some of them were so wild) to DC to soak up some public policy knowledge. Congressman Dellums’ team told us he had 30 minutes for us, but when he met the group, got engaged with them and began to answer their questions, he took off his jacket, rolled up his sleeves, pulled out a flip chart and broke down the CBC Alternative Budget. We were there for almost two hours, far more than the allotted time. He acknowledged that the Alternative Budget had no chance of passing, but said that he worked so hard on it because it was “a possibility.” He persistently fought for the right thing, even if the right thing was a long shot. His tenacity was responsible for the passage of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, legislation that imposed sanctions, urged US companies to stop doing business with South Africa, and set conditions, including the release of political prisoners, before sanctions could be lifted. Ronald Reagan vetoed the legislation, preferring “constructive engagement,” but Congress overrode the veto, something that rarely happens

in foreign policy matter. It is a tribute to Dellums’ political skills that a man who was ridiculed as a radical upon entering Congress had developed the kinds of bipartisan relationships that would override a presidential veto. Dellums got much criticism for his time as Oakland mayor, but it is essential to note that not many, after serving 27 years in Congress, would have signed up to run a troubled city. He was drafted by the people of Oakland, who urged him to serve, and he defiantly told people that if they weren’t satisfied with his leadership, they could recall him! Ron Dellums used his national notoriety to lobby for his city, getting more recovery aid from the Obama administration than any other city except Chicago. He saw Oakland as a “Model City” and encouraged citizen participation, convening several task forces to help shape the direction of the city. The best thing that Ron Dellums ever did was succession planning. He surrounded himself with younger, bright leaders and encouraged them in their aspirations. One of his protégés, Keith Carson, serves on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Another, Sandre’ Swanson, served in the California State Assembly. And Congresswoman Barbara Lee, as fierce a fighter as Dellums, was his hand-picked successor. The Congressional Black Caucus today needs more Dellums energy. Oh, the Alternative Budgets still annually prepared, but it doesn’t get the visibility that it should. Fierce fighters like Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters are often threatened and ridiculed, and not enough of their colleagues have their backs. And too many African American politicians are pragmatic, instead of being principled. May the spirit of Ron Dellums always live among African American and progressive leaders!


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BLACKKKLANSMAN B L AC K K K L A N SM A N is not only Spike Lee’s first film in several years, it’s also his best film since the 1990’s when he released a long list of thought-provoking films; such as Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing, He Got Game, Crooklyn, and Mo’ Better Blues. His latest films have been cliched and stuck in the 90’s, but BLACKKLANSMAN ends that drought with a movie that is both thoughtful and entertaining. Perhaps it’s producer Jordan Peele, who earned rave reviews for 2017’s GET OUT and Oscars for best writer and director, who guided Lee into making a highly charged political film without out being too heavy-handed or preachy. The movie is set in the 1970’s and it tells the true story of the first African American cop in Colorado. Rookie policeman Ron Stallworth infiltrates the KKK while working as a member of the Colorado Springs Police department. In one of the funniest scenes in the movie, Stallworth calls the main office of the KKK, posing as a white man, and asks for information about joining the secret organization. He ends

up getting Grand Wizard David Duke on the phone and his portrayal as a bigoted white man is so convincing that he’s invited to meet with the Klan. (Which obviously

ner coaching him on how to be white. John David Washington captures the true spirit of 70’s “Black Power” in his role as Stallworth. He’s a “super fly,”

he cannot do.) Adam Driver plays his partner, Flip. He goes undercover in Stallworth’s place to meet with the local Klan. So, now Flip is in a life or death situation with his black part-

“super cool” soul brother who, while undercover, falls for the head of the student union, who is a “Black Militant” afro-wearing sister who is about as “anti-police” as a woman can be. The head of

the student union, Patrice Dumas, is played by African American actress Laura Harrier. BLACKKKLANSMAN is also a very politically charged film. It points out things like police brutality, racism and the racial profiling that still exist (and from Spike Lee’s point of view) seems to have gotten worse over the years, not better. It’s also an anti-Trump film that uses current news footage to show the similarity between the white leaders, like David Duke from back in the day and people like U.S. President Donald Trump. Spike Lee delivers a powerful film on a low budget (about $17 million) that takes a chance on reaching moviegoers with an unlikely, but true story. BLACKKKLANSMAN is rated R for language, including plenty of racial slurs, directed towards African Americans and Jews. For the first time in a long time, Spike Lee deserves our support on a movie. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate this movie a LARGE.


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Community Calendar August 8 Matthew A. Henson was the 1st person to discover the North Pole Born 1866.

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

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Jim Buie’s Grown & Sexy Yacht Party! At Big Cats 1481 E. Hill Park Rd. Lewisville 7:30pm11:30pm

1963 Whitney Houston’s DOB Born in Newark, N.J.

Majic 94.5 A Cool Summer Night Groove All White Affair at Hilton Hotel Lake Ray Hubbard 2055 Summer Lee Dr. Rockwall. Reception 2pm, Concert 5pm After Party 10pm Info contact Ricky Rose 817-889-3297. Starring Kirk Whalum, Michael Ward, Althea Rene & CeCe Godbolt.

Paul Quinn Farmers Market Thursdays at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm-7pm.

Free Community 2K18 Celebration at St. Luke Community U.M.C. Dallas 5701 E. R.L. Thornton Fwy 10am-2pm

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Education Motivation Black 2 School Fair Presented by: Harvey Martin Dream Foundation at Southside on Lamar The Underground 1409 S. Lamar St. Dallas 10am-2pm High School Students 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grades. Registration Required: EducationMotivation.eventbrite.com

August 9

2014 Racial unrest began in Ferguson, MO. From police shooting death of Michael Brown.

Avatar for Jesus Youth Gospel Concert Feat: KiKi Sheard at Kings Haven Worship Center 2851 Evans Ave. Ft Worth 6pm-9pm. Also feat: Kizzy Winn, Nick Traylor, #OUTA, Byron Holton & Terrence Harris. Info: 682-970-8702. “The Lion King” by Breitling Youth Theater at Plaza Theatre 521 W. State St. Garland. 7pm. “EL Encuentro Andalous” A Flamenco and Middle Eastern dance and music concert. Jamal Mohamed Musical Director. Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas 7:30pm Tickets: 214934-4480. DJ Snoopadelic- Snoop Dogg at Lava Cantina 5805 Grandscape Blvd. The Colony 7pm & 10pm www.ticketfly.com/purchase/mobile/index/170659

August 11-13 One Minute Play Festival at SMU Meadows School of the Arts Bob Hope Theater at Owen Art Center 601 Bishop Dallas. Dates: 11-13 8pm Tickets www.kitchengogtheater.org

August 11 1965 A Clash between CA. Highway Patrol and 2 young Blacks set off 6 days of riots in Watt’s. Viola Davis DOB 1965

Paws in the Pool-ooza Saturday Time TBA Crawford Park Pool 401 Straus Rd. Cedar Hill.

Add A Little Fancy! At Firewheel Town Center 245 Cedar Sage Dr. Garland 12pm-2pm. 972495-8085. “The STATE of the BLACK MAN” Tailored Exclusively for an all-male audience. Hosted by; The Esile’ Agency at El Centro College Performance Hall 801 Main St. Dallas 2pm-5pm Free info: www.theesileagency.org Community Back to School Block Party Host: Friendship West Baptist Church 616 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas 9am-12pm Free but you must Reg.: On line: www.friendshipwest.org Unity Day Concert Presented by LJM Production Feat: The Williams Singers and more at Disciple Central Community Church 901 N. Polk St. DeSoto 6pm Tickets: eventbrite.com Hosted by Carmina Barnett KHVN Heaven 97. Tammy’s Back 2 School Supply Drive (for under privilege children) at Beckley Saner Recreation Center 114 W. Hobson, Dallas. 7am-12pm. Info: 469-774-8533

Ernest E. Just biologist and first winner of the Spingarn Medal were born in 1883. Halle Berry DOB 1966

Nanett’s Birthday Party at Sandaga 813 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas 6:30pm. Tickets: nanettebirthdayshow.eventbrite.com

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1963 The First U.S. postage stamp designed by a Black man George Olden went on sale. Angela Bassett DOB 1958

LadySmith Black Mambazo at Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St. Dallas 7:30pm. Oak Cliff Business Exchange Conference at Mountainview College Economic & Workforce Development Building B Building 4849 W. Illinois Ave. Dallas 7:30pm. Key note speaker Hon. Clay Jenkins Dallas County Judge. Paul Quinn Farmers Market Thursdays at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm-7pm.

August 17

1990 Entertainer Pearl Bailey died at age 72.

Whoo...Loves to Camp? At MLK, Jr. Recreation Center 2901 Pennsylvania. Call 214-670-8363. 7:30am-5:30pm. MLK Back to School Festival at MLK Jr. Community Center 2922 MLK Blvd. Dallas 11am-2pm Info: www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-to-school

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

ICE CUBE at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving 7:30pm

Back to School Picnic- Free school supplies, Haircuts, Hair Do’s for girls, Hot Dogs, Chips, and more at Fresh Oil Point Ministries 2930 S. Peachtree Rd. Balch Springs 12pm.

August 13 1911 James B. Parsons. Federal Judge was born.

Rest In Power – Panel Discussion & Trayvon Martin Docuseries Screening at The Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas 6:30pm9:30pm. Back 2 School Bash Host: South Central Civic League 2403 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dallas 10am-12pm Get Reg: Call 214-417-2749 or

Al Roker DOB 1954

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Benn Abbott First Annual Back to School Fair! Host: Ben Abbott 1934 Pendleton Dr. Garland 9am-3pm. All ages Welcome. Food, Music, Inflatables. Free.

August 20 Don King’s DOB in 1931

1831 Nat Turner begins a Slave rebellion in VA.

1973 Hank Aaron breaks Stan Musial’s extra-base-hit record with 1,378.

Dallas Margarita Festival at Ferris Wheelers Backyard &BBQ 1950 Market Center Blvd. Dallas 12pm-10pm.

1791 Benjamin Banneker 1st. Almanac.

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Glenn Lewis Head Space Pop Up w/ K. Avett at Sandaga 813 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas. 7pm11:30pm. EventBrite.

August 19

Liberia was founded in West Africa as a settlement for freed American Slaves.

1922 Frederick Douglas’ home was dedicated as a national historic site. In Washington D.C.

Women’s Empowerment Host Addia Roblow at 214 W. Davis St. Mesquite Guest speakers are State Rep. Victoria Neave & Personal Development Consultant Linda D. Lee.

Game Night- Hosted by YBE & Black Nurses Rock Ft. Worth at FITNZ 360 4312 Live Oak St. Dallas $15. Food & Drinks included. 6pm-10pm. Crackin Jokes Catchin Chuckles Comedy Show at Our Glass Tavern and Sports Bar 721 N. Watson Rd. Arlington 7pm-11pm The show Benefits Bald Mama DFW a nonprofit Organization www.

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9am-2pm. For details, email: info@foroakcliff.org IDK Back to School Supplies Giveaway Host: I Don’t Know IDK Community Org. At Hidden Creek Apartments 4401 Elsie Faye Higgins St. Dallas 11am-2pm. Info: ididntknow.info

The Market Place In Downtown Garland at 105 N. 6th St. 9am-2pm. Rep. Your Merch. 2.0 – Vendor & Networking Event Hosted by YBE at DeSoto Civic Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 11am-4pm Vendors available Antione White 314-630-4465 TBBE- The Bridal Inspired Fashion Show at African American Museum of Dallas 3536 Grand Ave. 6pm-10pm National Fajitas Day BOGO Fajitas at Space in the City Dallas 1512 Commerce St. Ste 100 Dallas 5pm-9pm. “Diva’s Got Issues” Presented by Joyce PooleBanks at Plaza Theater 521 W. State St. Garland 3:30pm & 7:30pm For Oak Cliff 4th Annual Back to School Festival at Glendale Park 1300 E. Ledbetter Dr. Dallas

August 22 1989 Huey P. Newton Co-Founder of Black Panther Party was murdered in Oakland, CA.

August 23 1994 the only Black pilot Eugene Bullard in WW1 was posthumously Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF. Kobe Bryant DOB 1978.

Dominion: Documentary (Free Screening-Angelica Dallas) 53211 E. Mockingbird Ln. 1pm9:05pm RSVP for this event to Angelika. Paul Quinn Farmers Market Thursdays at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm-7pm.

August 24-25 Camille A. Brown & Dancers- Dallas Debut! At Moody Performance Hall 2520 Flora St. Dallas times may vary. Tickets: attpac.org Tulisoma Book Fair South Dallas African American Experience in story and books at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. Fair Park Dates: 24th 10am-4pm a Ticketed Event. 25th 10am-4pm Free Admission 25th 4pm-6pm Hip Hop Gospel Extravaganza.

August 24 1950 Edith Sampson became the first Black US delegate to the United Nations. Dave Chapelle DOB 1973.

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.

August 25 2001 Aaliyah singer/actress died in a plane crash.

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Chris Howell Foundation hosts empowerment event for men In sports, a huddle is when the team gathers together to strategize, motivate or celebrate in a safe and trusted environment. Today, men need a place to huddle where they Chris Howell can address the many issues of their everyday lives. The “In the Huddle with Chris Howell” event is that safe place and time of enlightenment, encouragement, and empowerment for all men. Taking place on Saturday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, this men’s empowerment event will feature an array of highlights including an inspiring keynote address by Hiawatha Williams, founder and owner of Dallas’ renown Williams Chicken. “I believe that men need this type of coming together now more than ever; as it appears that they have become discouraged and mentally fatigued,” said Chris Howell, award-winning founder of the Chris Howell Foundation. “As I look across the landscape at the men in my circles, I no longer see the fire in their eyes and when asked about it, no one can quite say what has caused it to go dim. It is my hope that this event will bring men of all backgrounds together to have open and honest conversations.” Presented by the Chris Howell

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A Man & His Money: Facilitated by Financial Institution, this session will provide an in-depth look at money and what it means to be financially literate. A Man & His Coach: Facilitated by John Maxwell Certified Coach and Speaker, Benny Franklin, this session will discuss the benefits of having a coach in every area of life. A Man & His Health: Facilitated by physicians from Methodist Charlton, this session will discuss preventive health measures as well as the increase of testosterone clinics and their risks. “An event of this kind is needed amongst our community,” said Hiawatha Williams, founder and owner of Williams Chicken. “I am truly honored to be able to share my testimony and the many lessons I’ve learned along my journey to inspire men from all walks of life.” The “In the Huddle with Chris Howell” event is exclusively for men. Tickets to attend are only $25 and can be purchased by visiting www.inthehuddle.info. A three-course lunch is included with registration. Additionally, vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available and can requested by contacting info@chrishowellonline. com.


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party it up and put the real world on hold for just a little bit longer. This coming-of-age story captures the very real thrill and angst of being young and trying to figure out the future. Jeremiah Buoni originally hails from

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Amelia Island, FL, where he worked as a bartender. Fitness is his forte and he is a gymrat obsessed with body and workout. This spring break he’s looking to have a good time in the house with his roommates, but are the relationships he built last season going to last? Memphis-native Candace Rice brings

voice of reason in the house, and she happily takes wild child Kortni under her wing. VBS: Candice and Jeremiah you are coming back for season 2 of Floribama Shores. Tell me what’s going on? CR: Oh my God! It is a lot of craziness. You have eight people from all different backgrounds and cultures of the south. We come to

the house we part, we live up, and we hook up. There’s some drama, there are fights. We make a very interesting dysfunctional family. VBS: OK Candice, a little more than I asked for. Jeremiah, I saw an episode with you hanging out with Candice parents? JB: Oh my God! I tell you it was a blast. That does not even describe it properly. I clicked with Candice parents so fast it was ridiculous. Not to mention Candice Dad wanting to go round two for shot gunning beer. Not once but twice! View the complete MTV Floribama Shore interview at ValderBeebeShow.com. Find more THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW; Valder Beebe Show. com, Youtube.com/valderbeebeshow, 411RadioNetwork.com and VBS affil iate broadcasters.


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Spiritual and Crystal Adviser by Veronica Perez

FEATURED STAR: LEO – The Lion – 07/23 – 08/22 Facts are not always as intuition screams. Inspiration/Influence – Focus on the truth. Let your instincts guide you. Your Chosen Healing Stone *HEMATITE * Helps absorb negative energy. Calms stress and worry. Lucky Numbers – 25.45.08.19.33.05 VIRGO – The Virgin – 08/23 – 09/22 Value the work you have put in thus far; rewards ahead. LIBRA – The Scales – 09/23 – 10/22 Don’t stop now, your efforts are recognized. SCORPIO – The Scorpion – 10/23 – 11/21 Only you can control your own happiness. Learn to let go and have no fear! SAGITARIUS – The Archer – 11/22 – 12/21 Pass the illusion, gather details and make your decision. CAPRICORN – The Goat – 12/22 – 01/19 It’s time to “recharge”. Rest your mind, body and spirit; it’s only temporary.

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Don’t pay for nothing! Ask ALMA Dear Alma, I have a friend and we’ve known each other most of our lives. We’ve spent many years together going on family vacations, dealing with marriages and divorce. We had children around the same time and we’ve always been there for each other. We are now at the stage where you take care of your parents. I’m not taking care of my mom, she’s in a nursing home, but my friend decided to take care of her mom at home. Her mother recently died, but before she died, she told my friend that she would come back and visit her. My friend believes that her mother is back in the house. She told me the lights are blinking on and off in one room and she also said there’s one step that squeaks now that never did before. I think that’s crazy and she thinks it’s her mother. What’s the best way to explain to her, her mother cannot come back from the grave? Name withheld Dear Friend, Hold up, wait – it could happen… shaking my head, naaawwww, LOL, I don’t think so. If you’ve followed Ask Alma for half a minute, you’d know I’ve lost my mother, father and one and only big sister Kim, so when it comes to grieving, I’m at the head of the

line. I never thought my sister was gonna die, even when she was in a coma. I would talk to her and say, “You can open your eyes now, it’s just me in the room.” After she died, I had to pretend she was in the Bahamas, unreachable for the first six years. I remember telling my father, I don’t know what I’ll do without you. He lovingly answered, “Yes you will, you’ll know.” When it came to my mama, don’t you dare speak the words. I could not even entertain the thought. My

You know what I’m saying. She’s looking, so just let her look. Yea, she’s stretching, but that’s her broken rubber band to bend. I’m not sure why her mom would tell her something like that, although we’ve all got our “Why did my mama say that?” stories to tell. If she believes her mom can operate her lights from heaven, it’s nothing you or I can say or do to change that. And why should we? When I see a beautiful red bird, I say hello to my grandmother, she

As far as your friend is concerned, like my mother use to say, if you go looking for it honey, you’ll find it. Well, actually she said, if you keep stirring sh*t, you’ll start to smell it... heart broke, I was broken. Some might call it irrational, but you’ll never know until it happens to you. As far as your friend is concerned, like my mother use to say, if you go looking for it honey, you’ll find it. Well, actually she said, if you keep stirring sh*t, you’ll start to smell it, but we’re a PG publication here, so let’s just keep it moving, LOL. Humans, unlike our furry K-9 friends, don’t go looking for something for the sake of looking. We always have an agenda, an inkling, something that doesn’t sit right in our belly.

loved birds. I don’t think the red bird is my grandmother, just like if the lights are flickering in my house, my first thought is to change the bulb. This, my friend, is not a dilemma you should elect yourself to correct. Let her look for her mama in every twinkling star and tri-color rainbow she can find. As long as she’s paying her electric bill and ain’t breaking any laws, l say, let her grieve her mama as she pleeze. Alma

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Fighting for Justice! By Judge John Creuzot During the course of my legal career as a practicing attorney and as a judge, I have come to understand that justice is both hard work, and heart work. In other words, in order to create a truly just society we must work diligently at the pursuit of justice, and we must demonstrate concern for those whose lives are affected by the criminal justice system---- particularly people of color and the poor----which is designed to protect us and maintain social order. In 1998 when I led the effort to create DIVERT COURTS throughout the state of Texas I understood that many defendants who were faced with substance abuse problems had emotional, spiritual, and behavior difficulties that had to be addressed before they could become productive members of society. The fundamental premise of DIVERT COURT was to create a system in which people whose lives were twisted by substance abuse problems were given an opportunity to participate in structured rehabilitation programs rather than simply becoming part of the pipeline to prison process.

Over the years, the lives of thousands have been restored by participating in DIVERT Court, a program that has been emulated throughout the state of Texas and across our nation. It has saved a significant amount of taxpayer dollars because once people’s lives

by getting involved in their lives, and changing, when possible, the conditions that led to errant behavior. As a prosecutor I had to recommend that people be sent to prison. As a jurist, I had to sentence people. It was never easy, finding a balance between protect-

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cepts such as “certificates of rehabilitation.” Currently, our legal system does not erase most criminal convictions. Even an offense that a middle-aged person committed while a teenager remains with him or her for the rest of their life. This makes little sense, and is not in the best interests of justice. Innovation demands that we encourage our state legislators to pass legislation that would create ‘certificates of rehabilitation’ that would be recognized by landlords, business owners, members of the clergy and other decision-makers in our society. were made whole they be- ing our society and finding We must recognize that a came contributing mem- ways to punish and rehabil- dated criminal record does Incarcerating people with substance abuse problems not define who a person has become twenty or thirmade no sense in 1998 and it makes no sense in 2018. ty years later. We can set A fair justice system makes a difference in the lives of standards to trigger a risk assessment, fairly predictpeople and often that occurs by getting involved in their ing whether or not an indilives, and changing, when possible, the conditions that vidual will commit another crime. led to errant behavior. Certainly, if our society can produce driverless cars bers of society, and we did itate individuals who found we can create systems and not have to spend tax dol- themselves on the wrong procedures that will lead lars to keep them in prison. side of the law. to reductions in criminal In fact, the state was able to As a society we have to behavior, while giving our close a number of penal in- enlarge the scope and the young people brighter fustitutions. size of our dreams. Like tures, and our entire society Incarcerating people with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a sense of hope. Yes, togethsubstance abuse problems we must see beyond what er we can do this! made no sense in 1998 and appears in front of us. We Judge John Creuzot touts experience it makes no sense in 2018. must see beyond the mounon both sides of the bench, having spent A fair justice system makes tains if we are to replenish seven years as an Assistant District Attorney, and 21 years as a State District Judge a difference in the lives of our society, and its people. people and often that occurs We must embrace con- in Dallas, Texas.


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