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Remembering Zebedee Strong Jr. Strong, Zebedee Jr., 54 of Kilgore, Texas was called home on September 1, 2018. He was born on December 14,1963. Zeb Strong Jr. was the youngest of five children born to the late Zebedee Strong, Sr. and Darnetta Strong. He was raised in the East Texas Oil Fields on a family cattle farm. Zeb accepted Christ at an early age at the New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. He graduated from Sabine High School in 1981, received his Associates degree from Kilgore College and received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from University of Texas at Arlington in 1987. Mr. Strong worked at Marathon Oil Company, Tarrant County College and held a lengthy career of 25 years at the University of Texas at Arlington. His greatest impact was as the Director of Multi-Cultural Services and his final role as Director of Employment Services and Recruitment Initiatives at the University of Texas at Services Visitation Friday, September 7, 2018 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home 6449 University Hills Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75241

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Arlington. He was a founding member of the Arlington African American Chamber of Commerce and Arlington NAACP, he served for decades with the Big Brothers & Big Sisters and was UTA Primary Advisor for approximately 40 student organizations of color. Zeb leaves to mourn his wife Sheri of 28 years and four children, Bryanna, Caira, Dorian, and Zeb III and grandson Elijah Strong who all currently reside in Grand Prairie, Texas. Funeral services will be held Saturday September 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Concord Church, 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive Dallas, TX 75237 and Viewing from 9:00 am-10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the UT Arlington African American Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and mailed to 10809 Emerald Park Lane Haslet, Tx 76052 attention Timeka Gordon or email timeka. Burial by Victory Funeral Home 1004 Martin Luther King Drive, Kilgore Texas 75662 or call (903)-738-6017. Interment at Strong Family Memorial Cemetery in Kilgore, TX. The Homegoing Celebration Saturday, September 8, 2018 10:00 AM Concord Church 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive Dallas, Texas 75237 Notes: Viewing will be held from 9am-10am at Concord Church.

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By Cheryl Smith


After the passing of the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin, I read veteran journalist and radio personality Dewayne Dancer’s “Aretha Franklin Experience” and I said one day I would share mine. You see, although every experience may not be flattering; that does not mean that you hide it. Sometimes sharing, even those embarrassing or not so flattering moments, can be liberating and a teachable moment for others. Which brings me to my truth. Over the years I have been asked what were some of my most interesting/famous interviews. For various reasons I could name James Brown, Dr. Maya Angelou, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the always insightful Dick Gregory, the elegant Diahann Carroll or Angela Bassett or Susan L. Taylor, the candid Dionne Warwick, the endearing Pam Grier or Bernie Mac or Ptosha Storey, the prolific Chuck D or Nikki Giovanni, the thought-provoking Moe Dewese (Kool Moe Dee) or Tavis Smiley or Rev. Michael Eric Dyson, the reflective

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Teena Marie or Mamie Till Mobley or Kwame Kilpatrick, the dynamic Dr. Freddie Haynes III or Sista Souljah or Mins. Ava Muhammad, Jesse Jackson, or Al Sharpton or the witty and in-

Perry who was not only a joy to interview, but a well-prepared and engaging conversationalist, who had actually researched me! But how about the two that got away? Now I know I have a reputation for being tough. I don’t know why. Sure I have high expectations, however, I can’t for the life of me understand why people let others have higher expectations for them than they have for themselves. During my more than 20 years, inside the walls of Soul 73 KKDA; there were talk show hosts who “producers” were warned Eva Coleman and Earline Franklin about. Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price spiring Ambassador Ron Kirk or was not one of those because Angela Robinson, Teddy Pend- he was paired with one of the ergrass or Tyler Perry, or, the best in the business and they scholarly Julianne Malveaux or did their thing! Ivan Van Sertima. Or I could go I did my thing with a few, like on and on because there have Mario White and Steve Ladd’s been so many. granddaughter, Dee Dee, but And there have also been they had moved on to the big those who aren’t household time! names but they were special to So you did hear about Cheryl me. Smith and Millie Jackson. And I could talk about that broth- you won’t hear me apologize! er, comedian/actor Rodney I don’t care if you make $1 or

I Messenger $1000 an hour, do your best! I don’t care if all eyes are on you or no one is watching, go hard or go home! No excuses or explanations! One beautiful Sunday morning I was scheduled to do a live broadcast in Fort Worth at Jim Austin’s Event Center. I was a little apprehensive because I was expecting a phone interview for a portion of the show and the board operator back in the studio felt I was a little too demanding because I asked questions and double-checked details. The clock is ticking. We’re live. The theme music begins playing and after you hear the words, “don’t believe the hype,” you hear my voice. I did my opening and then after a commercial break, I came back and prepared the audience for my special guest. I was holding my breath in anticipation as I greeted my guest. “Hello Ms. Franklin,” I said. She spoke back and I began the conversation. Much to my chagrin, there

were “technical difficulties” so I told her to let us try reconnecting. We tried about two more times. The last time, the Queen hung up the phone, never to be heard from again. Now I finished the show but I was not happy. Even today I “shake my head” thinking about it. Earlier this year, Eva Coleman introduced me to the Queen’s sister-in-law, Earline. We bonded because she was such a loving person, and also because my mother’s name is Earline. I thought about that radio show then and again this summer when we were back in Detroit for the NABJ convention and Ms. Earline spent time with us. And while years ago I apologized to the person who set up the interview, I would have loved to apologize to the Queen in person but I knew it wasn’t possible. It was a very delicate time. And it wasn’t too much for Ms. Aretha Franklin to expect me to have my stuff together. Sure

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things happen but what about the things that could have been avoided, with preparation and attention to detail. I wasn’t angry at her for basically saying, “I ain’t got time for this.” Unfortunately too many get upset because they fall short on the “job.” They get mad or make excuses, or their apologies are empty if offered at all and accountability does not exist. You know the folks. They say, “You knew I wouldn’t have the money to pay you back when you loaned it to me” or “nobody’s perfect!” Well how about honoring your commitment or striving for perfection? Be the best YOU possible. That’s why you have folks who say, “move out of the way, I’ll do it myself!” There are too many who are not “Do Right” people! What’s your truth? And one day, I’ll tell you about Dr. Dorothy Irene Height!

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Jealous, Abrams and Gillum win primaries in Maryland, Georgia and Florida By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Contributor Across the United States in the 2018 election primaries, Black American political leaders are scoring historical victories – changing the conversation and the face of politics. “Congratulations to gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, Senator Bill Nelson and all our Democratic candidates who won their primaries tonight in Florida,” said Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez following Gillum’s historic victory. “In a historic victory, Andrew Gillum ran an inspiring campaign on his way to becoming the first African American to win a major-party nomination for governor in the Sunshine State,” Perez said. The victory in Florida comes as African Americans have continued to stun at the polls with wins by London Breed in San Francisco, Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Ben Jealous in Maryland and Gillum in Florida. It’s also a testament to an unprecedented voter registration drive spearheaded by the NNPA and NAACP which joined to start a voter registration drive aimed at signing up 5 million new Black voters. The NNPA is a trade organization representing the 220 African American-owned newspapers across the country with a combined 22 million weekly subscribers. “Democrats came out in record numbers to support an incredible slate of candidates who are committed to fighting for greater access to affordable health care, better public schools, and protecting the environment for Floridians,” Perez said.


Jealous, Abrams and Gillum The Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton both tweeted about the Gillum victory. Sharpton said Gillum stood firm against Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law while Jackson the victory set up an epic general election in November. “Black American voter turnout in 2018 will be the single-most determinative factor in the upcoming Midterm Elections on November 6, 2018,” said NNPA President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, jr. “In Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Wisconsin, a huge Black voter turnout will choose the winners of the elections for governors and members of Congress,” Chavis said. “This will be our payback national vote for all the injustices and inequalities that confront Black America. We are proud that the Black Press is helping to make this happen profoundly across the nation this year,” he said. Dorothy Leavell, NNPA’s National Chairman and publisher of the

Crusader newspapers in Gary and Chicago, said the victory could signal a political sea change in November. “The results of yesterday’s voting in Florida which made Andrew Gillum the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida is yet another big victory for African Americans this year. As Chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association I applaud the voters in Florida and Mr. Gillum,” Leavell said. “It’s exciting to see Andrew Gillum becoming the latest Black politician making history in the deep south. It’s also refreshing to see a product of an HBCU school break racial barriers in Florida’s lilywhite politics. Our nation has too few people of color heading major governments. I applaud Gillum for his stunning, come-from-behind victory as the Democratic candidate for Florida governor. We look forward to seeing Gillum take it all in the November election and become the first Black governor in Florida’s 173-year history,” Leavell said. Bobby Henry, publisher of NNPA

member The Westside Gazette in Florida, said more work is yet to be done. “We have one more River to cross. We are certainly proud and elated that brother Gillum has made the first step into Florida’s history and now we have to insure that his which is our’s also journey complete, ” Henry said. “His election as the first Black governor of Florida is one historical account however the fact that the Democratic Party has not been in control of the Florida legislator for over 20 years is another milestone,” he said. This is where the Democratic Party will have to unify and pour all that is necessary for Gillum to win this race, Henry added. “It has yet to come. The possibility is there however we as the voters have to be a part of the making of history. “The book has not been completed yet, the preface is done now the story has to be written, record and made known. Let the story continue.”

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Stop Police Murders of Black Youth By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Contributor

Civil Rights leaders and others reacted with a sense of relief – if only temporary – after a Texas jury sentenced a former police officer to 15 years in prison Wednesday for the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teen in a Dallas suburb. “The child murdering cop just got 15 years in prison … he’ll likely serve all 15,” said activist Shaun King. “It doesn’t

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bring Jordan [Edwards] back, but it’s the closest thing to justice we’ve seen.” A day earlier when the same jury found former Police Officer Roy Oliver guilty, King said it was an “answer to our prayers.” “A bittersweet moment for his family and for all of us who’ve fought non-stop for

justice,” King wrote on Twitter. “We’d rather Jordan be alive, but this was so important.” Journalist Jamil Smith noted a connection from Jordan to Emmett Till. “I look at his face and see Emmett Till, lynched 63 years ago today. This story didn’t end in the typical fashion, though,” Smith said. “Oliver was convicted. I hate that this news is so surprising.” 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was shot and killed by Officer Roy Oliver in Balch Springs, Texas, on April 29, 2017. Oliver was convicted of murder on August 28. 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was shot and killed by Officer Roy Oliver in Balch Springs, Texas, on April 29, 2017. Oliver was convicted of murder on August 28. The jury deliberated for 12 hours before deciding the fate of Oliver, the former Balch Springs, Texas officer. In addition to the prison term, it imposed a fine of $10,000. Oliver was convicted of murder for the killing of Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old high school freshman. He fired into a car full of teens on April 29 last year, saying he believed it was mov-

Roy Oliver was convicted of murder for the killing of Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old honor student.

ing aggressively toward his partner. Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson described Oliver as a “killer in blue” who violated his oath to protect citizens. Prosecutors sought a sentence of at least 60 years while the defense argued for 20 years or less. “The fact that Roy Oliver was even indicted for murder was already a small victory, but to be found guilty and convicted by a jury? These things don’t happen,” said Finessa Hudgens of Dallas. “So, although 15 years may not seem like much, this could be the start of something great.” Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, wrote in

an email that the Oliver’s sentence “finally breaks the systematic problem of denying equal justice to the families and victims of racially-motivated police murders of Black persons across the United States.” White police officers must be held accountable, said Chavis, a long-time civil rights activist and one-time head of the NAACP. “The prison sentence should have been at minimum a life sentence for this brutal murder of an innocent Black teenager,” he said. “But today, at least police officers in America are put on notice: if you murder us, you will be punished and imprisoned. We must stop these racist police murders.”


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Criticism of Rev. Jasper Williams follows remarks at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral By Lauren Victoria Burke

Rev. Jasper Williams referenced black-on-black crime, said single mothers are incapable of raising sons alone and proclaimed that Black America has lost its soul and it’s “now time for Black America to come back home.” Saying his subject was “Aretha the Queen of Soul,” Rev. Jasper Williams of the Salem Bible Church in Atlanta gave the audience gathered for Aretha Franklin’s funeral a few unexpected memories laced with political commentary. Though he began simply, referring to the history of soul music and gospel, his talk became political as he appeared towards the end of the nearly 10-hour service. Rev. Williams was one of over three dozen speakers at Franklin’s lengthy Detroit home-going ceremony. Rev. Williams referenced black-on-black crime, said single mothers are incapable of raising sons alone and proclaimed that Black America has lost its soul and it’s “now time for Black America to come back home.” “Where is your soul, Black man?” he asked the audience at one point. “As I look in your house, there are no fathers in the home no more. Where is your soul?” “Seventy percent of our households are led by our precious, proud, fine Black women. But as proud, beautiful and fine as our Black women are, one thing a black woman cannot do. A Black woman cannot raise a Black boy to be a man. She can’t do that. She can’t do that,” Rev. Williams said. “It amazes me how it is that when the police kills one of us, we’re ready to pro-

test march, destroy innocent property,” he said. “We’re ready to loot, steal whatever we want. …But when we kill 100 of us, nobody says anything. Nobody does anything,” he went on. “There was a time when we as a race had a thriving economy. I remember we had our own little grocery stores. We had our own little hotels. They weren’t big and fancy, but they were ours. As bad as the days as Jim Crow and segregation were … it forced us to each other instead of forcing us on each other. We quickly come to realize that as a people, all we really have is one another,” Rev. Williams said during his 40-minute eulogy to Franklin. Social media quickly blew up after Rev. Williams spoke in response. Legendary singer Stevie Wonder proclaimed the phrase “Black lives do matter,” as he turned in the direction of Rev. Williams after the minister left the stage. Singer Gladys Knight’s performance was also viewed as a moment that brought the ceremony back from Williams’ political speech. “Black Mothers been raising Black boys for years!! We’re Still are raising proud, accomplished and aware Black man!! I should have known! Rest of this eulogy has been a conservative Black confusion rant!” wrote attorney Barbara Arwine from her Twitter feed during the speech.

“Folks, he can’t see, but Stevie Wonder can hear. And he is offering a rebuke to the eulogy. Don’t think for a second, he isn’t! And the folks in the room heard it,” wrote journalist Roland Martin, who attended the service. “Reverend Jasper Williams plantation style speech at #ArethaFranklinFuneral is a prime example why there is a total disconnect between young Black people and the older Black church crowd. All that cowardly “you’s gots to do better” talk ain’t fooling these kids,” offered anti-racism strategist Tariq Nasheed on Twitter. Before Rev. Williams spoke, Smokey Robinson, Shirley Ceasar, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Lewis and Ron Isley performed among many others. Rev. William Barbour and Rev. Jesse Jackson also delivered remarks. “Aretha was in her very own special category,” said founder of Arista Records Clive Davis. “Her voice will be impacting others literally for centuries to come,” Davis added. A second tribute to Franklin and her music is planned at Madison Square Garden this fall. Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and writer for NNPA as well as a political analyst and communications strategist. She may be contacted at and on twitter at @LVBurke.


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Mourning Kofi Annan, remembering Ron Walters Kofi Annan made his transition in August. The seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, he worked up from the lower ranks (starting at age 24) of the international organization, to serve as head of peacekeeping operations, and four years into his term as UN Secretary-General, earning the Nobel Peace Prize. Annan, born in the kente-weaving province of Kumasi, Ghana, was the first African to lead the United Nations. After leading the UN for a decade, he continued to serve the world in a peacekeeping role through his foundation and in a leadership role in the Elders, a peacekeeping group. Kofi Annan’s contributions to the United Nations are twofold, in my opinion. First, he was committed to peace, and to the UN’s peacekeeping role. He saw human rights as more important than “state sovereignty” and felt that the UN had a role in maintaining citizen rights in the face of state brutality. To be sure, he failed to recognize the threat to human rights in Rwanda (as did the Clinton administration and the rest of the world). Still, he expanded the role of the United Nations by asserting the importance of human rights. Kofi Annan’s second sig-

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nificant contribution was his expanded definition of human rights, which included the fight against global poverty, global warming and AIDS. In other words, he felt that human rights included the right for us all to live in a better world, and he focused on the ways that predatory global capitalism shaped the ways many in the developing world lived. Annan, the consummate diplomat, would not use the same[ words that I have. But he was passionate in advancing the vision of global politics that was both peaceful and expansive. In these moments after his transition, African Americans must celebrate the legacy of Kofi Annan. We must commemorate an African man with a global vision by widening our lens to acknowledge our global view of, in the words of the late Dr. Ron Walters (the dean of African American political science) “foreign policy justice”. Walters decried inconsistencies in US foreign policy, in the many ways that some nations were favored and others were not, with Israel often having too preferred a status com-

pared to Palestinian nations , as well as the uneven ways our country chose to intervene in country conflicts. Through the lens of Walters, too little conversation about foreign policy justice took place, and African Americans were too often missing when these conversations took place. Walters was among those who felt that African American people needed to be more fully involved in the development of US foreign policy, not only around Africa but in general. He was a trusted advisor to Rev. Jesse Jackson, a longtime political science professor at Howard University (and later at the University of Maryland), and a prolific writer and speaker. He embraced the legacy of Kofi Annan and the vision of Afroglobalism. When we embrace Annan, we also recognize the many ways that Dr. Ron Walters was pivotal in lifting awareness of African American people around global issues. Both Annan and Walters were born in 1938, both would have turned 80 this year (Walters made his transition

in 2010). Both provided a foundation of critical thinking around foreign policy issues and foreign policy justice. Thanks to Walters, African Americans embraced foreign policy issues more closely and critically. Thanks to Kofi Annan, the UN began to look at human rights more globally. I do not hesitate to celebrate the legacy of Kofi Annan, a legacy that the Nobel Prize committee was “an excellent representative of the United Nations and probably the most effective secretary-general in its history.” At the same time, when I celebrate Annan’s legacy, I remember the legacy of Dr. Ron Walters, the civil rights activist (leading sit-ins in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas), iconic political science professor, and pioneering political activist and advisor to leaders, and submit that his legacy should motivate African Americans to be more fully committed to foreign policy justice. Two men, Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Professor Ron Walters, embraced the vision of a safe, peaceful, equitable world and must be celebrated for it. Their legacy is in contrast to US leadership where our 45th President sows dissent and disparages the countries Annan and Walters so loved as “shithole” countries.

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OPERATION FINALE is the true story of the capture of the last Nazi mastermind, Adolph Eichmann. Jewish Intelligence finds him living in Argentina years after the Holocaust and sets out to bring the man, who organized the killing of thousands of Jews, to justice. Eichmann is played by Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley who does a stellar job portraying the evil Anti-semite who's orchestrated the killing of over six million Jewish men, women and children in cold blood. However, it's actor Oscar Isaac, who was born in Guatemala, who holds your attention the most in this movie.

Isaac plays Peter Malin, an Israeli intelligence agent who is simmering with hate for the Germans after his sister and her children were tortured and killed by Nazi soldiers. The movie opens in the 1950's and shows him and his team at the home of a former Nazi on Christmas Eve. The man is taken from the house and executed on site. After discovering they killed the wrong man the team of agents justifies their actions by rationalizing that he was on "someone's list anyway." Against the wishes of his supervising agent, Malin is sent to capture and bring Eichmann home to Israel to be

tried as a war criminal. The team of agents would just as soon kill the criminal on site and that causes for some tense moments in the film. Even with the two great acting performances of Kingsley and Isaac the movie just never gains any momentum. It's sluggish and slow and didn't really find a good pace until a climactic scene at the end. The movie is 2 hours and 2 minutes long and is rated PG-13. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate OPERATION FINALE a MEDIUM.


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Councilmember Tennell Atkins invites you to the African American Leadership Institute Fall Policy Summit on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Paul Quinn College – Zale Library located at 3837 Simpson Stuart from 10:15am – 11:50 am. Councilmember Atkins encourages you to please come out and ask questions to a panel that will explore the community strengths and offer perspective on ways to improve economic development strategies. Seating is limited so we urge you to please come out and listen to our guest speakers give input on how to improve economic development in the Southern Sector of Dallas. + Councilmember Tennell Atkins – Moderater • • • •

Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas – Panelist Hiawatha Williams, CEO of Williams Chicken – Panelist Peter Brodsky, Owner of Southwest Center Mall – Panelist Mike Rosa, Senior Vice President – Dallas Regional Chamber- Panelist

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THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW: BET’S The Bobby Brown Story Valder Beebe

I invited into the Valder Beebe Show Dallas studios the stars of the BET mini-series The Bobby Brown Story. Woody McClain reprises his role as Bobby Brown and paints a picture of the young R&B legend’s struggles with stardom as a solo artist. Gabrielle Dennis delivers a stunning performance as the late R&B pop icon, Whitney Houston. Just a bit of background, Woody McClain’s first venture into acting proved incredibly successful when he was sent to audition for BET’s The New Edition Story and booked the lead role playing Bobby Brown. He will be seen on the big screen in  Canal Street  playing “MayMay,” set to release in Fall 2018. His recent projects also include a role in USA’s series  Unsolved,  a scripted true crime series based on the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie

Smalls. Woody is currently executive producing his own creation titled Stories with Kev. He has teamed up with Kevin Hart for a streaming series in which he plays Kevin, based on Hart’s

drama, Rosewood, where she portrayed the spunky, smart, singing sister to Morris Chestnut for two seasons. Her other television credits include a recurring role on HBO’s  Insecure, BET’s  The

most iconic stories and stand-up bits available via Hart’s streaming video service, Laugh Out Loud. You can catch Gabrielle Dennis as the newest addition to the Marvel/Netflix hit superhero drama series, Luke Cage. In this highly anticipated series Dennis portrays the pivotal role of Tilda- a brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her. Most recently the versatile actress was a series regular on Fox’s medical

Game as well as guest appearances on shows like  Justified, Baby Daddy, and Bones.  VBS: Welcome young stars! You guys are bringing what I call the story of our lifetime to all of us on BET. Let’s start with you Gabrielle. Let’s define your character, what role are you portraying? GD: I’m playing Whitney Houston. Whitney Elizabeth Houston who we all love and adore. We all benefits so much from what she gave to us in life as far as the ‘voice’ and what that means to us. In playing her [Whitney]

in roles we have not seen much. Whitney at home as wife and mother. A woman who struggles with things happening in her relationship and a lot of personal heartache. We hope people get to see a different side of what they think they know of Bobby and Whitney. VBS: That’s a lovely tribute. Woody, you portrayed the iconic role of Bobby Brown, give us an insider’s view. WC: I had the real thing. Bobby Brown was there every step of the way. He was able to put me into the state he was in during the reenactment of some of their moments. But, anything with Bobby Christian was hard for him [Bobby]. I was blessed he’s still alive to tell the story through his eyes. BET’S The Bobby Brown Story my complete video interview; ValderBeebeShow. com and, more Valder Beebe Show THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW:, Soundcloud. com/valderbeebeshow and VBS affiliate broadcasters.


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A Message for the Students Doc Shep SpeaksBack to School Edition! Part 1 Your time of sucking up food, water, and air has come to an end. No more going to bed whenever you feel like it. No more eating up the food just because it was there. How you can get through the school year on barely two meals a day but during the summer you need four meals along with an endless supply of snacks will always baffle parents. Daily hygiene routine resumes. No more taking baths when flies start circling around you or only brushing your teeth once your breath smells like dead carcass. Going back to school means starting a new year! New beginnings of going to a new grade level. You may even be at a new school. Isn’t that exciting? As you continue to go down the educational road of life, each year brings anew. This letter to you students is to share a few tips on how to get through this academic year with minimum psychological damage to your teachers and parents. 1. Reinvent Yourself​-Let go of the past. If you were the poor

struggling student with the bad attitude last year, allow this school year to be the opportunity to show what you can do. You do not have to go through another school year with that stigma attached to you. You define the per-

It’s okay to crack open a book and study. Whether you are male or female, as you continue to grow, your education is essential in being a successful, productive individual. We are well aware of the issues that come about

everything ourselves. When we decide to be prideful and not ask for help, it will be detrimental in the long-run. If you do not understand what the teacher is saying, take notes. Write it down and ask questions. When

son you want people to see. Do you want to be perceived as the dumb jock or the mean girl? Do you want to be the person who’s so unmotivated that you choose once again not to do your homework and find it humorous that everyone thinks you are the most stupid person on the face of this Earth? I think you deserve better than that. Let this new year be the year that you will reinvent yourself. Out with the old and in with the new. Which brings me to my next point. 2. New Study Habits​-Decide on new study habits this year.

within our culture, however you have the power to not continue to feed into those stereotypes. To feed into the stereotypes that our males are thugs and hoodlums who cannot read or write or that our females are nothing but sluts in the streets, having babies after babies. You are more than that. Choose this year to pick better study habits in order to be a better you. 3. Ask for help-​Ask for help!! You know what makes you stupid? Not asking for help. People get through life with assistance from others. We cannot do

you choose to leave the classroom not understanding what the lesson was about, you then go home confused and now asking your parent for help. Here’s the problem with that. You were the one that was in the classroom, not your parents. Ask for help. You may have a math anxiety. Teachers are aware of the frustration with their students the moment they see a fraction or an exponent. You all immediately shut down. You can master the math skills by simply asking for help. If you are not reading on grade level, you can fix

that. Start reading! The best way to improve your comprehension is by reading more and seeking assistance when you have read something you did not understand. In summary, (1) Reinvent yourself, the past is the past. Do not take old habits into a new year. No one knows you can be the “Troublemaker” until you show those tendencies. Pick better friends. (2) Be the learner with better study habits. Study information before you go to class. Do not wait for the teacher to put it all in your mind. Your brain is a sponge. Soak up all the knowledge you can. This is showing the teacher(s) that you care about your education by being prepared when you come to class. Last, (3) ask for help. There's no such thing as a dumb question. What is dumb is not allowing that question to be asked in order for it be answered. So students, I wish you the best this academic year. I will be watching. Go be great!~Doc Shep Speaks Dr. Felicia N. Shepherd Twitter @getfinessed Facebook-facebook. com/fnsconsulting

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Promoting Literacy as a Community is the cornerstone of this annual event at the African American Museum of Dallas in South Dallas/FairPark. Children's activities, author visits, workshops and panel discussions bring hundreds out to celebrate reading.

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2018 Leadership Class organized a community outreach project to educate women in the community on landlord tenant rights. DWLA sponsors a leadership class every year comprised of women law students chosen by a selective application process whose mission is to elevate the standing of women in the legal profession. Students are from SMU and University of North Texas at Dallas Law School.


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Price addresses Kingston’s remarks

Our community; the one who has graced me with nine terms of elective office, continues to be misrepresented. Recently, in a Dallas City Council session to replace the resigned Mayor ProTem, Councilmember Philip Kingston crossed the line. The letter herein is my response. I felt compelled to share this record of my displeasure with all of you as a reminder. It is unreasonable to believe that we, as a community, a people, as minorities or as “successful individuals;” have arrived. We are conCounty Commissioner stantly slighted, and whether John Wiley Price the insults are covert or overt is of little consequence to me. We have to…NO… We MUST speak up and speak out August 30, 2018 Councilman Philip Kingston,

Far be it from me to go biblical, but I am compelled to rehearse what I heard in the one Sunday school class I attended. In the Gospel according to JOHN, chapter 8, it reads; “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” It has taken scriptures and a prayer to persuade me to drop my stone and keep this missive decent. The inference or outright insinuation you made to impugn the character of your Black peers was unconscionable. The fact that you inferred that the Council should appoint a White to the position of Mayor Pro-Tem, based on the lack of credible leadership in the Black community; was racist to its core. You voiced openly the sentiment that continues to be fostered publicly and privately in this country, and worst of

all…it’s a lie. In Maya Angelou’s “Yet to be United States of America,” my skin is my sin. The sin of my hue makes me subject to conjecture, undue discrimination, and all forms of prejudices. I fight for the rights of all minorities because I live with the sight and symptoms of injustice’s painful consequences. But all of us have sinned and come short… As a minority, or the claim that you generally make when being White and male is not sufficient, I expect more from you. Had you come out of the closet as a Neo-Nazi or a White Nationalist, like your president, I would have known what to expect. But for someone who claims and converts their minority status to political currency, to defile a whole race and class of people, is totally unacceptable. The type of statement and sentiment you expressed yesterday is why the Supreme Court recently extended an opinion on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Maybe you didn’t hear, but the minority status you cling to is still considered sinful too. You may want to whisper the verdict to Adam Medrano and Omar Navarez as well. #karma While I have reservations about some previous remarks made by the Mayor, I was

glad to see him chastise the premise and promiscuity of the hatefulness that flows so freely and so often from your mouth. Councilmembers Jennifer Gates and Rickey Callahan showed great courage in beating back such a callous and consequential comment in an official meeting. Protocol has been set now, so I have no other alternative but to forgive you. All sinners deserve forgiveness. However, I and the overwhelming majority of the community I serve have taken note of what you said and the ease in which you expressed your vile notions. From one Sinner in Need of Grace to Another

Dallas County Commissioner District Three P.S. Maya Angelou has another quote that may be helpful. “People will forget what you  said, people  will forget  what  you  did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Angelou is spot on, but trust me; I won’t forget either of the three!! #AllsMyLifeEyesHad2Fight Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and

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Tickets are now on sale for Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty – a groundbreaking and widely acclaimed exhibition with a powerful message – that is coming to the African American Museum, Dallas in historic Fair Park (3536 Grand Ave. in Dallas) from Sept. 22-Dec. 31, 2018. Dallas will be the first city to host the updated touring exhibition, which brings to life the story of slavery at Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. The exhibition features new items never seen outside of Monticel-

lo, including a special feature on Sally Hemings, one of the most famous African American women in American history. As an enslaved woman at the age of 16, Hemings negotiated with one of the most powerful men in the nation, ensuring she would receive “extraordinary privileges” and achieve freedom for her children. Jefferson fathered at least six children with Hemings, four of whom survived to adulthood. “America’s history is complex and often contradictory,” said Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas. “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello:

Paradox of Liberty explores how the author of the Declaration of Independence who introduced a fledgling nation to the concept that all men are created equal could own slaves while 20 percent of Americans were also held in chains and designated 3/5 human. How do we view such contradictory posturing through a 21st century lens? I urge people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to come and discover the other side of American History.” “The integrity and quality of this exhibition are stellar, and it’s a tremendous privilege for the African American Museum, Dallas to

partner with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello,” said Dr. Harry Robinson, Jr., president and CEO of the African American Museum, Dallas. “We are excited to welcome not only visitors – but thousands of schoolchildren – to come learn about this significant period in our country’s history. “ Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and the African American Museum, Dallas in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and in cooperation with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

I Messenger and VisitDallas. “Our sweeping American story, wonderful and woeful as it is, leaves out too many people whose contributions have been ignored or denied. This exhibit returns those forgotten men, women and children to the American narrative, restoring to them not only their place in history, but also their very humanity,” said Gayle Jessup White, Monticello’s community engagement officer and a Hemings family and Jefferson descendant. The national tour comes on the heels of a major new exhibition unveiled June 16 at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. In conjunction with national Juneteenth events, Monticello debuted exhibitions and newly restored spaces, including the opening of the South Wing and The Life of Sally Hemings exhibit. This landmark conclusion of a major restoration initiative at Monticello also commemorates 25 years of the Getting Word Oral History Project. “This exhibition delivers a powerful message, one that has the potential to educate, inspire and promote greater understanding, which is something we now need more than ever,” said Dallas City Councilmember Kevin Felder, who represents District 7 and the Fair Park area. “We’re so very pleased to bring this to the people of Dallas, Texas and the Southwest.” Exploring the complicated dynamics of America’s founding, how legacies of slavery still shape nation Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is an exhibition that uses Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, to explore the dilemma of slavery and the lives of the enslaved families and their descendants. The exhibition presents Monticello as a microcosm of the American story – a lens through which to understand the complicated dynamics of America’s founding, and the ways in which the legacies of slavery continue to shape the nation.

Thomas Jefferson’s iconic words in the Declaration of Independence – “all men are created equal” – inaugurated a new nation defined by principles of freedom and self-government, while a fifth of the population remained enslaved. Jefferson called slavery “an abominable crime,” yet he owned 607 people over the course of his lifetime. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello brings individuals and families out of the shadows of chattel slavery, pulling from more than 50 years of archaeology, documentary research and oral histories to fill in the critical human dimension missing from many resources on slavery in the United States. Through the exhibition, visitors “meet” members of six families who lived and labored at Monticello, as well as their descendants. Their family stories form a narrative arc from slavery to freedom that reflects the trajectory of the nation at large – an ongoing journey to realize the foundational promise that “all men are created eq ual.” “The popular story, however, is usually told from Jefferson’s perspective. The objective of this exhibition is to convey her life through her eyes. We want visitors to understand Sally Hemings as a person through her family roles as a mother, daughter and sister, and, further, to understand her struggle and the struggle of all enslaved people, intellectually and viscerally,” added Jessup White. African American Museum, Dallas to feature expanded content Highlights of the touring exhibition include: · A featured section on Sally Hemings and her children, one of the best-known African American women in American history. Sally Hemings had at least six children fathered by Thomas Jefferson. · “Picturing Mulberry Row” is a digital recreation of the lost landscape of Mulberry Row, the industrial hub of Jefferson’s plantation that describes how the plantation thoroughfare changed over the

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course of Jefferson’s lifetime. · The Getting Word film introduces some of the descendants of Monticello’s enslaved families, shares their perspectives on the role of Monticello in their family histories, and highlights the important contributions their families have made towards shaping America. · New descendant stories, recorded by Monticello historians through the Getting Word Oral History Project since 2012. · Slavery at Monticello App: Debuted in 2015, the app makes use of the most recent scholarship on Monticello’s enslaved community and the activities and livelihoods centered on Mulberry Row. The exhibition began as a partnership between the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello (TJF) and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C. before embarking on a successful four-venue tour between 2012 and 2015. Described as “groundbreaking” in the Washington Post, it attracted a wide, diverse audience, estimated at more than 1.2 million visitors in Washington, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Philadelphia. The previous venues were the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.: Jan. 27, 2012-Oct. 14, 2012; Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA: Feb. 1, 2013-July 7, 2013; Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO: Aug. 10, 2013-March 2, 2014; and the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA: April 9, 2014Jan. 4, 2015. “Dallas has become a destination that draws visitors across America and the world,” said Phillip Jones, president and CEO of VisitDallas. “This exhibition enhances Dallas’ reputation as a multicultural hub promoting diversity, and VisitDallas is excited to play a role in its success, by marketing it to both North Texans and out-of-town visitors.” TICKETS, KEY INFORMATION AND WEBSITE


The exhibition’s first stop of its national tour will be the African American Museum (3536 Grand Ave. in Fair Park in Dallas, Texas) and will run Sept. 22-Dec. 31, 2018. It will continue on tour to three or four additional venues. TICKETS. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 and older), $5 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Also, admission will be free on Thursdays only for seniors 65 and older. African American Museum members are free. For details and to purchase individual, group and school field-trip tickets, please go to (Tickets also may be purchased at the Museum.) HOURS. From Sept. 22-27, and Oct. 22-Dec. 31, 2018, the African American Museum will be open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. During the State Fair of Texas (Sept. 28-Oct. 21), the Museum will be open daily from 10 a.m.7 p.m., except for Oct. 6 and Oct. 20, when the Museum will be open from 3-7 p.m. The Museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. TOURS BY REQUEST. Groups of 10 or more may request docent-led tours of the permanent collection or special exhibitions. Availability varies and arrangements must be made at least three weeks in advance. Call 214-5659026, ext. 307. INFORMATION. For tickets and the latest information, go to For additional information about Monticello, go to its companion site at and download the app – Monticello at Mulberry Row – at the App Store or Google Play.


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Soul Food actor Boris Kodjoe joins Dirk Nowitzki at Celebrity Tennis Tourney By Dorothy J Gentry Sports Editor

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Is she crazy? Ask ALMA Dear Alma, I’m in my 50’s, twice divorced, with no children. I have a demanding job that keeps me busy and seriously disrupts my social life. I’ve been dating a man I met in the office. Things are going really well and we agreed to take the next step and meet each other’s family. When we met my family all went well. We recently attended one of his family gatherings. While there, I met his sister. He loves his sister and they have a really close relationship. Here’s the issue, after we met and he walked away, she was really mean to me and implied that I was not her brother’s type of woman and I should not expect a relationship from our friendship. I was shocked, to put it mildly. She was totally crazy with it. I like him and I don’t want to end our relationship. Should I tell him what his sister said? If I do tell him, how should I do it? Thank you, I can’t wait to hear your take on this. Sister Problems Dear Sister Problems, I’m clutching my pearls, right now. Are you serious? What the what! And you let her walk away without tripping

her down the stairs? LOL. Okay, maybe that’s just what I would have done. Well, she tried to check the wrong one, because you’re just not having it. Did you hear me? Hold on a minute, while I turn on my desk fan. I’m not sure if I’m mad as H-E-double hockey sticks or just having a hot flash! To answer your question: no, don’t mention a thing to the man you’re dating. You can handle “Sista Shady.” Con-

your future, then it’s time for the discussion. Again, don’t mention his sister specifically, just confide and confirm with each other that neither family members nor outsiders are ever welcome to impede or deliver any ‘ish that could potentially come between the two of you. Something tells me, he won’t be surprised by the conversation. Seems to me she’s worried that the relationship she has with her brother will change, if he has a special woman

I’m clutching my pearls, right now. Are you serious? What the what! And you let her walk away without tripping her down the stairs? tinue down your path with this special guy and see where it leads. Check yourself periodically to make sure it doesn’t become a competition with his sister, because you know how we can be. Have fun, do your thing, and if this becomes serious, you know who’s peeping in your window. Give her something to watch, because you know how we can be. LOL. Let me remind you: this relationship is between you and him, and no one else. If he proposes and marriage is in

in his life. That’s a conversation that should take place between him and her, not you and her. Clearly, she’s got it twisted. I don’t think this is her first sister-brother rodeo, so there’s no need to worry right now. However, before you say “I do,” you need to let her know her cowgirl clowning ain’t never gonna be welcome in your barnyard of blessed assurance! Alma

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September 5 Claudette Colvin DOB 1939. At 15 in 1955 9 months before Rosa Parks. She refused to give up her seat on the bus.

Allen Cato Hosted by: Chocolate Secrets, 3826 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas 7:30pm-11pm For more info, visit September Women’s EmPower Brunch Hosted by: The Every Heart Project at The Egg & I Restaurants 3328 E. Hebron Parkway Ste. 100, Carrolton. 11am-1pm. Casa Linda Farmers Market Hosted by: Four Seasons Markets at Casa Linda Plaza 1152 N. Buckner Blvd. 12pm-4pm.

Inaugural Benefit Concert Feat: Will Downing Hosted by Lynne Haze and actress Vivica A. Fox at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Irving 7:00pm. Benefits Scholarships for DISD Students and Dallas Black Chamber. Friday Night Dinner Cruises 16+ Lake Ray Hubbard BYOB Hosted by: Harbor Light Cruises at 2055 Summer Lee Dr. Rockwall Harbor. 7:30pm Tickets: Friday Night Live Featuring: Samanthea Hunte Hosted by Artist Love Events at Allure Jazz and Cigar Lounge 110 S. Cockrell Hill. 8pm-

The Sisterhood Circle Hosted by Benisha Jones & Pan African Connection 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. Dallas 8:30pm-10:30pm. What is Sisterhood? A group of women who come together and inspire each other, grow together, and love authentically. Come feel the feeling!

Kasino Royale Host: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Dallas Alumni Chapter at Hyatt Regency Dallas Marsalis Room B 300 Reunion Blvd. 8pm-1am.

Women’s Division – Luncheon & Fashion Show Hosted by: Ft. Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton Ft. Worth Hotel Downtown 1701 Commerce St. Ft.Worth.Tickets:fwmbcc.chambermaster. com Art Club For Teens Hosted by: Grand Prairie Libraries 901 Conover Dr. Art Club meets twice a month at the Main Library, 5-5:45 p.m. Topic: Color Theory.

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September 13 1996 Tupac Shakur rapper/producer died from gunshot wounds.

The Power of Laughter Heals the Soul with Kim Coles, Presented by: Soul Reborn Inc. and Williamson Media Group at Clarence Muse Café Theater 1309 Canton St. Dallas 7:30pm Tickets: Paul Quinn Farmers Market Thursdays at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm-7pm. 3-15 thru 12-6-18 El Fenix Downtown Centennial Celebration $1 Cheese Enchiladas at El Fenix Mexican Restaurant 1601 McKinney Ave. Dallas 10am.

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September 6 1987 twins Benjamin & Patrick joined at the head were successfully separated by Black neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Idris Elba DOB 1972.

3rd Annual All White NFL Kickoff at Mercedes Benz Park Place Hosted by: DFW Upscale. At Park Place Motorcars Arlington 420 Beltway Pl. 6pm-11pm. Atlanta Falcon vs. Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Champions. Paul Quinn Farmers Market Thur. at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. Dallas 3pm-7pm. 3-15 -12-6-18

2000 Venus Williams won her 1st U.S. Open singles title. 1956 Harry Belafonte’s Album “Calypso” hit #1 and stayed for 31 weeks. Thought to be the first LP album to sell 1million copies.

Gigantic Gospel Concert 2018 Host: Pastor Kim Burrell at Friendship West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd., Dallas. TIB!!! Live from Jazz on the Trinity! The Inspiration Band at Jazz on the Trinity 395 Purcey St. Ft. Worth. 6pm.

97.9 The Beat Monster Energy DUB Car Show & Concert 2018 at Kaye Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Dallas 650 S. Griffith St.11am-6pm

September 10 1984 John R Kynch MS Speaker of the House, was the first Black Chairman of the Republican Convention.

Monday Night Politics Meet The Candidates Monday’s from 6pm-8pm Dallas City Council District 4 at African American Museum at Fair Park 3536 Grand Ave. Dallas.

September 7-9 Women of God on Fire Int’l Prophetic Conference 2018 at World of Peace Int’l Ministry 2010 N. State Hwy 360, Suite 2044, Grand Prairie (Social Security Office Building) Fri-Sun. Times vary.

September 11 1999 Serena Williams Became the First Black Woman since 1958 Athea Gibson to win the US Open’s womens singles tennis title.

Boyz II Men Presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center at Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St. Dallas 7:30pm.

September 14-16 The Motivated Mom “What Motivates You” Retreat. Hosted by: Latoyia Dennis Guest Speakers: Cookie Johnson Headliner and Arisha Smith at Hilton Dallas-Rockwall Lakefront 2055 Summer Lee Dr. Rockwall Fri, Sat. & Sun. For more info and Register visit: Tickets:

September 14 1960 Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” hit #1 on Billboards charts.

Beyoncé at AT&T Stadium 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, Tickets at 7pm-12am

10th Anniversary Wags & Waves 2018- at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark 4550 N. Garland Ave. Garland 10am-4pm. Tickets:

1992 Space Shuttle Endeavor Flew into space with its first Black woman, Dr. Mae Carol Jemison. Jennifer Hudson actress/singer DOB 1981

September 7 Gloria Gaynor Singer DOB 1949.

Queen Extravaganza Performing Queen’s greatest Hits at House of Blues Dallas 2200 N. Lamar St. 7pm Tigon; Opening Reception of the Tigon Exhibition at South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. 214-939-2787 6pm-8pm

Stage Play “You Got What You Wanted But Lost What you Had” Written, Directed & Produced by: Evelyn Jones Reed at TBBL Naomi Bruton Main Stage 1309 Canton St. Dallas 7:02pm Tickets: TBAAL Office 214-743-2400 Starring Grammy Award Winner Ms. Ann Nesby Freedom Towns Tour Encore Host: Remembering Black Dallas, Inc. African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave, Dallas 9am2:30pm Uptown Kiddo’s Carnival at Griggs Park 2209 Clark St. Dallas 9am-12pm Free Admission

“Public Speaking: Finding Your Voice” Septembers Lunch & Learn Series at Fra-

Way Mo’ Better Blues at Royale Lane Studios 4843 W. Royal Ln. Irving 9pm-12am. A night of Jazz, Poetry, Blues, & Comedy. HUD Approved Home Buyers Education Class at 8737 King George Suite A-200 Dallas 9am-5pm Lunch Provided. Register call 214-682-227 Urban Specialists presents: Black Mental Health in the Church Moderated by: Antong “Bruse Wane” Lucky & Ayanna A Cultural Conversation “Give it to God or talk to a therapist “Mental illness- is it something to give to God or should you see a therapist? Where: 1401 S. Lamar Street, Dallas. 1pm-3:30pmFree. Reserve Seating @ Eve ntbrite: - church-tickets-49582116445 Duncanville Classic Duncanville VS Evangel Christian at Panther Stadium 6pm Kick off. Tickets at Williams Chicken Locations Duncanville, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Lancaster & Grand Prairie. Tickets: $8.

September 16 Willie “Big Eyes” Smith died in 2011 blues musician/singer.

The All New PHAT Tuesday Hosted by: Nanette Lee at Sandaga81 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas. 8:30pm-10:00pm.

September 12

1993 Joycelyn Elders became the first woman and first Black U.S. Surgeon General.

5th annual Sigma Gamma RHOller Skate Night Hosted by: Alpha Pi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma RHO Sorority at Roller World Northeast 5817 Denton Hwy., Haltom City 7pm-11pm Tickets: 5thannualsgrholler-

Enemies in Love by Alexis Clark Book Signing at African American Museum of Dallas 3536 Grand Ave. 2:30pm-4pm Alexis Clark in Conversation with Cheryl Smith.

September 8 The Perfect Margarita Hosted by: Komali Restaurant 4152 Cole Ave Ste. 106, Dallas 6:45pm-9:45pm Tickets: Join Casa Komali, Dobel Tequila, and Cointreau for an evening of cocktailing fun, learning how to make The Perfect Margarita!


Jeffrey Osborne & Peabo Bryson at Music Hall at Fair Park 909 1st Ave. Dallas 8pm10pm. Celebrating 90 Years of Mighty Women Host: Tarrant County Democratic Women’s Club at Round Up Inn at Will Rodgers 3400 Burnett Tandy Dr. Fort Worth 7pm-11pm.

September 15 Jan Matzeliger DOB 1852. The inventor of the shoe lasting machine.

Throwback Kickback Mixer Host: YBEN at Avocado Restaurant & Lounge 220 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Feat: Ramin Djwadi at American Airlines Center 2500 Victory Ave. Dallas 8pm. 2018 September Concert Series Hosted by: Duncanville Parks & Recreation Free @ Armstrong Park 201 James Collins Blvd. Crystal Torres & Grupo-Pression Celebrating Independence. 5:30pm-9pm


September 7, 2018

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POLICE have not apprehended “Pookie” the serial rapist. We know he has attacked members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and there is a $5,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers.


He targeted members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. but this is more than about a sorority. We’re talking about a community. Come on PEOPLE! Don’t you CARE? Will it matter when it is your sister, mother, aunt or grandmother or maybe YOU?


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