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I MESSENGER NO 2 ISSUE 24 FEBRUARY 22, 2013

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Message to the People...

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is celebrating its centennial this year--that’s right, 100 years sense this organization was established and its members begin taking the world by storm, addressing many of the issues effecting society. In commemoration of this historic moment, the Centennial TORCH has already begun its journey across the country with stops in 22 cities.  Cheryl Smith

February 23, 2013 is the date for its appearance in Dallas, Texas and members of the public service organization are anxiously looking forward to the occasion, says Bobbye Sanders, president of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter, the coordinating chapter of the Delta Centennial TORCH celebration. “This is an exciting year as we celebrate our centennial,” said Ms. Sanders. “We are honored that Dallas was chosen as one of the stops for the TORCH.” This major initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority  is headed by a four-member national committee that includes two local members: Carmen McClendon serves as National Centennial TORCH Committee Chair and Jennifer Stimpson is the TORCH Coordinator.

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There are several activities throughout the year celebrating the founding of Delta Sigma Theta. The sorority kicked off the year as the first African American organization to have a float in the Rose Bowl Parade, said Ms. Sanders. The organization’s leadership has appeared on numerous television and radio program and media coverage has been extensive about this milestone in the history of the organization founded on Howard University by 22 college scholars. Sandra Dorsey Malone 10

I MESSENGER Cheryl Smith, Publisher Established 2011 IMESSENGER is a tribute to Le Messager, founded by Cameroonian journalist Pius Njawe and The Messenger, an independent magazine, founded by labor activist A . Philip Randolph and economist Chandler Owen. IM ESSENGER is committed to informing, inspiring, enlightening and provoking thought in a forum that is international. Submissions for publication consideration may be submitted to www.myimessenger.com. PAGE 2

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Delta Sigma Theta is no stranger to the Metroplex or the world. There are 16 chapters and thousands of members in this area. The work of these members has been extensive as they have worked to better conditions in every walk of life. Whether they are tutoring, visiting the elderly, funding scholarships, volunteering at shelters, developing programs for youth, conducting health fairs and more. I’m calling all Deltas to the floor. Delta Sigma Theta has done so much for so many and if every living Delta is reclaimed, and committed to the work of this great organization...we could really change this world! In the mean time, thanks to those active Deltas who continue to make a difference in the name of the 22 women who took that first step in 1913.

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FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM, TEXAS EAGLES FOR AVIATION and NORTH TEXAS TUSKEGEE AIRMEN celebrate Black History Month Every February, Black History Month evokes a few iconic names in aviation, most notably the Tuskegee Airmen of  World War II fame and Bessie Coleman, the first black woman pilot.  This year, the Frontiers of Flight Museum, the Texas Eagles for Aviation and Claude R. Platte DFW Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen have partnered to bring a special Black History celebration to the North Texas community that highlights the achievements of these and other extraordinary African Americans aviation heroes past and present.   This two-day event will be held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., and begin with engaging educational activities for more than 300 area middle school students on Friday, Feb. 22. Following on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. museum guests will enjoy a

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riveting presentation on the “State of Aviation” featuring a panel of distinguished African American aviators, historians and aviation administrators. This event is open to the general public with paid admission to the museum. Visit: www.flightmuseum.com.

A HIGHWAY TO FREEDOM THE QUEST FOR PEACE

The Black History Month Celebration at the Frontiers of Flight Museum will feature pioneers, modern aviators and space age pilots.  Special guests and presenters include documented Tuskegee Airmen, an artist who paints African American aviators, and a pilot trained by Chief Alfred Anderson, widely considered to be the Father of Black Aviation.  The event will also include an array of military and corporate, aviation pilots, as well as representatives from the Aerospace industry.

The celebration of the emancipation proclamation must not become a novelty.

Following Saturday’s panel discussion on Feb. 23, attendees may also participate in a special drawing for a $250 certificate for a Discovery Flight and Discovery Briefing.  The raffle prize will be presented by Major Alejandro House, a distinguished Marine pilot who now serves as a corporate pilot for Bell Helicopter and flies the world’s fastest corporate jet – the Cessna Citation.

His coming was the hailing of an inspired notion,

 For more information, visit: www.flightmuseum.com; or call Inez Clark at (214) 364-1103.

As we stand here today, At the crossroads of freedom and equality,

That great march was the start, To engage a nations heart, To pull back the veil of discrimination and oppression And to cease and release the rights of a people, And honor our Declarations intended predilections. And though we have lived to behold A man of color residing in our countries most prestigious house, There is still so much work to do, We must remain vigilant and persistent, Of this there can be no doubt. That we can be what we choose when motivated by devotion. He exemplifies that we are not separate and often more than equal, His second term in office is a historic sequel. We must strive to bring liberation through education. We must teach our sons and daughters To look beyond their situations. Let us inspire them to nurture and caress their dreams, For then shall we all be able to lift our voices and sing. Like Martin we must live our dreams, Like Malcolm we must do what is necessary, Like Medgar we need to have the courage To not let our voices be buried. Let us unite and work to bring calm

Happy Centennial Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

To the chaos in our streets, For then and only then Shall we know the majesty Of that elusive jewel known as peace. ZEMILL Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved. Lyrics Unlimited Publishing

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It Has Begun! Legendary multi-platinum country artist Collin Raye tells everyone everywhere he goes, “Imaj is country’s next big star!” What makes Imaj such an amazing anomaly is that her mission has always been simply, “Peace & Love” — a movement that has been advocated since The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and Michael Jackson…then along came Imaj to continue the Peace Movement. What makes this so great is that Team Imaj has begun to expand her mission to not only spread world peace but to spread the awareness of Imaj and make the world a better place. You’ve heard the Breaking News: “IMAJ: Self-Titled Debut Album Set To Release This Summer/Fall!” We can’t

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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT... The facts speak for themselves By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Recently an editorial appeared in a local daily newspaper that misrepresented my role in a proposed development project in South Dallas. I want to share with you my response to the editorial. My constituents know my record and understand my commitment to serve them. ************* Your editorial entitled “Make the Dirt Fly,” written on February 14th, is more fiction than reality. It is layered with numerous untruths and omits the role that my office has played to bring sustainable projects to neighborhoods located near the Veterans Administration Hospital in South Dallas. The basis of the editorial rests upon the testimony of a single developer whose actions are uncertain, while others question whether he is fully committed to the development of Veterans Place. As recently as last month, I met with the developer concerning the project. On at least two occasions, I have met with his consultant, and I have spent time with Dallas City Hall officials to see how this project could become a reality. The editorial quotes the developer as saying that federal approval was absent. The developer has asked the federal government to give him a guarantee that it would lease space from him if the project were completed. The problem is a developer who wants a commitment from the Veterans Administration that is unlawful. The editorial also unjustly assigns blame to certain groups for delays on the project. The City of Dallas has already set aside $4.4 million for this project. The VA had the land appraised by a third party, and offered to purchase the land from the developer. The developer initially had the land appraised at approximately $15 million. When that figure was disputed, he agreed to a $5.2 million appraisal by an independent appraiser. The developer ultimately agreed to the terms of a contract to sell the property to the Veterans Administration. The developer then rescinded the deal at the last minute in hopes of retaining some ownership of the property. The real obstruction to progress is not a lack of communication within a public-private partnership, but one of securing proportionate funding from private sources. The City of Dallas has taken legitimate steps to reasonably plan and fund the Veterans Place project. Unfortunately, the developer has relied overwhelmingly on public funds to move this project forward. The “predevelopment costs” that he has offered would be a

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Black History belongs to everyone! OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA'S BLACK YOUTH: "BRAINS BEFORE BULLETS, THINK IT OUT, DON'T SHOOT IT OUT!"

By Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson Founder and President of Be Someone, Inc.

-- Several years ago, I found myself at a crossroads in my life. If not for a helping hand at just the right time, I might not be here to offer these words of advice and encouragement. I definitely fit the description of an "at risk" youngster. I was an inner-city tough guy. That was my life, my culture. It defined me. I wasn't worried about my future. Future? Ha! My future was today, tonight. Tomorrow was never a sure thing. So what happened? How did I escape? Why am I now preaching against the life that once looked so "cool"? For this column, let's just say a very special teacher saw something in me that I didn't even see. He taught me the game of chess and with that simple act, he saved my life. I owe him so much and one way I'm paying him back is by living every day to save other

young people who are in trouble or potentially stand to make poor decisions. We are surrounded by so much pain and heartache. You can't turn on the news without being faced with a litany of domestic violence, carjacking, robberies, and kidnappings. Violence is something that has always plagued this world. It is so important to learn that hostility gains you nothing in life. Peaceful compromises are the way to solve your dilemmas. Why is the world so angry? Perhaps we will never know the answer to that. Using the game of chess, I founded an organization several years ago based upon a simple premise: Be someone, not something. Your actions speak louder than your words, and that is often forgotten. There is no reason in this world why two people cannot sit down with a game of chess or something similar and use their mind power to put hostility and sore feelings behind them. Use creativity and your mind in a unique way to solve your differences. Violence gets you nowhere but behind bars. Taking someone else's life is one of the most unholy sins a person can commit. Consider what that family has to go through and what yours will go through knowing that you did this. Did you see the recent story in Chicago? A beautiful young lady who had recently performed at President Obama's inauguration in Washington was shot and killed by gang members firing weapons indiscriminately. Think of the pain and heartbreak. Remember this simple statement, "Brains before bullets, think it out, don't shoot it out!" I teach this and my students are hearing me but I need to reach more young people than those I'm able to meet in my classes.

Everyday lives are taken for no reason at all or for something menial. No matter what it is, a gun is never the answer to solving your problems. I have dedicated my life to teaching young people that they can succeed. They can make the right choices that will lead them places they have only dreamed of going if someone can reach them. I believe God gave me that ability and capability. This is my message to young people: Learn how to take charge of your life. I want to help you do that. I have guided and mentored many young people who others have given up on. I offer a calm voice and a steady hand that has weathered numerous tests. I believe every child has the potential to succeed. That's what guides my presentations and my classes. Take my instruction, and use it constructively in your everyday life to become that upstanding citizen that you desire to be. Be a success, not a casualty. You can be productive in life, you can go places, and you do have support to help you get there. So many young people forget that life is beautiful, and if your chance to take advantage of all it has to offer is taken away either by your own hand or another's; you will live with many regrets. Let's have more successes and challenge your mind, put the guns away! Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson was an at-risk young person growing up in Birmingham, AL, when a teacher taught him the game of chess demonstrating to him that for every move - either on the game board or in the game of life - there are consequences. It changed his life. He went on to become an Alabama State Trooper and later founded Be Someone, Inc., an organization devoted to teaching young people there are consequences for their actions and that they can choose to succeed in life. He not only teaches classes, but delivers motivational speeches around the country.

The opinions expressed by columnists are not necessarily those of I MESSENGER.

Every manuntil hasa adesignated right to month his own opinion. Every race has a right Don’t wait to its own to go action; to the doctor-therefore let no man persuade you against your Cancer, hypertension, blood clots, kidney disease and will, let no other race influence you against your own. other ills are not paying attention to a calendar and neither should you!

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Celebrating our heritage!

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SBA names Dallas/Ft. Worth District Public Information Officer

The U. S. Small Business Administration’s Dallas/Fort Worth (D/FW) District Office has named Ahmad Goree as its public information officer (PIO).  In his new role as PIO, Goree will work closely with media outlets on promoting SBA services throughout 72 counties. 

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“Ahmad has the energy and experience to work with local media to effectively promote SBA’s programs and resources” said D/ FW district director Herbert Austin.  In addition to his role as PIO, Goree is an economic development specialist, where he works on building and maintaining collaborative partnerships with small business stakeholders such as economic development practitioners, chambers of commerce, business associations, educational institutions and civic/ community organizations. Prior to SBA, Goree worked as a Senior Legislative Aide for Business and Commerce in the Office of State Senator Royce West. Goree holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Jarvis Christian College and a master‘s in political science from Dallas Baptist University. Goree has worked in the D/FW District Office since June of 2010.

Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc., 2013 Centennial Torch Events January 13, 2013 – March 31, 2013— (OPEN TO PUBLIC) The Delta Legacy Exhibition at the African American Museum will highlight nearly 90 years of service of Deltas in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, provide information about National Founders fromTexas: Frederica Chase Dodd of Dallas, Jessie McGuire Dent of Galveston, and Myra Davis Hemmings of San Antonio; and chronicle the Delta Airlines Flight 191 that crashed killing and injuring members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who were arriving for the 38th National Convention in Dallas. Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 9:00- 11:00 AM (OPEN TO PUBLIC) Be Fired Up-STEM Activities for Youth— at the University of Texas – Richardson Campus, will engage a 100 students in challenging activities at technology expo. Saturday, February 23, 2013 -- 6:00 PM – (OPEN TO PUBLIC) The Light That Guides Us Must Shine On – As part of a 22 city Centennial Torch tour that began, January 1, 2013, a custom crafted Centennial Torch arrives in Dallas. The Dallas Torch Lighting Ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel will honor the 22 Founders and feature long tenured Sorors and Charter members of each of the DFW chapters in the ceremony. Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 7:00 PM – (OPEN TO PUBLIC) The Light That Guides Us Must Shine On – The Five-Point Program Displays of the participating DFW chapters will be featured at the Fairmont Hotel, Regency Ballroom Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 9:00 PM – (OPEN TO PUBLIC) The Light That Guides Us Must Shine On—Centennial Gala- Regency Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel. Subscription event -- *$75 per person. Agenda will feature live entertainment, recognition of 25 and 50 year Honorees, and visual presentation of 100 years in 25-year segments. Sunday, February 24, 2013 – 10:00 AM – (OPEN TO PUBLIC) To God Be The Glory – Gospel Brunch Lone Star Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel. Subscription event -- *$50 per person. The program will feature Bishop Vashti McKenzie, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, as the keynote speaker and the extinguishing of the TORCH. *$100 subscription will allow participants to attend the Centennial Gala and Gospel Brunch.

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Ask Gwen In a Rage, My 15-YearOld Daughter Kicked Me! Dear Gwendolyn: Fifteen years ago I had a precious little girl. At that time I was single and could not keep her. One night I left with my boyfriend (not her father) and never returned. Six months ago I decided to find my child. I went back to my hometown and discovered that my mother was deceased, but that my grandmother (now in her 80s) was keeping my daughter. After going to grandma’s house, I immediately proceeded to tell her who I was. She did not recognize me. I guess I have changed so much in 13 years – living on the street and all other disasters. My grandmother was hesitant at first, but told me when my daughter came home from school, the three of us would have a talk. I asked her could I come in. She replied, “No, and don’t even sit on the porch or wait in my yard.” Gwendolyn, this was too cold. Finally, my daughter came home and before [I] could explain to her any details of my absence, my daughter got up and kicked me in the face. They have turned her against me. How can I win her love and bond? Roxanne Dear Roxanne: Unfortunately, to win your daughter’s love and

to bond with her is something that may never happen. Your daughter was most wrong to try and bring physical harm to you. Your mother and/or grandmother may not have taught your daughter to love you even in your absence. Why 15 years? Even in seven years you could have been declared dead. Let me tell you this: You made one of the biggest mistakes a mother can make and that is to turn her back on her child. This business of acting like you cannot survive is nonsense. I know a lot of readers will disagree with me, but so what? Animals do not walk away from their young, so human beings are

supposed to be the highest of intelligence. I can and I will commend you for not harming her, but I will not suggest that you spend the remainder of your life trying to recapture what may be forever lost. It may take some time (months or years) before your daughter can accept you as her mother. Don’t push the issue. Let it happen naturally, if it happens at all. Roxanne, you mentioned you were single at that time. What does single have to do with it? I am so sick of single women acting like the world is square. Think about it. Often married women with children don’t have it --any better. ***Got a problem? Don’t solve it alone. Write to Gwendolyn Baines at: P. O. Box 10066, Raleigh, NC 27605-0066 (to receive a reply send a self-addressed stamped envelope) or email her at: gwenbaines@hotmail.com or visit her website at: www.gwenbaines.com

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Peoples enters race to lead Tarrant County Democratic Party Deborah Whitlock Peoples has decided that Tarrant County needs to join the only other “blue” county in the state of Texas -- Dallas County. Ms. Peoples recently announced that she is a candidate for chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party. Born a USO/Military “brat” in Alexandria, Louisiana; Ms. Peoples spent her early years traveling. The family lived in Louisiana, Texas, and Pennsylvania, before settling in Odessa, Texas where she graduated from High school and then attended Texas Woman’s University, where she received a BS in Speech (1973) and later an MBA (2007) Ms. Peoples joined AT&T in 1977 and remained there until her retirement in 2012. During her tenure, she worked in both California and Texas in both the business and consumer market groups where she held many positions -retiring as a vice president.

Upon her retirement she founded the Peoples Group LLC which focuses on community issues. Deborah is a life-long Democrat who “supported and worked for many great Democrats and raised and contributed thousands of Democratic dollars.” In 1996 her job took her from Fort Worth but she always considered it home and when she retired in 2012 she immediately moved back to East Fort Worth. Ms. Peoples is devoted to community and is a member of many advocacy organizations, among them the Black Women Lawyers of Tarrant County, The North Texas Chapter of The United Negro College Fund, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the board of Fort Worth Sister Cities.

Black History in Bellflower, Ca

FAITH FITNESS IS BACK! PLEASE JOIN FRIENDSHIP-WEST AS WE PRESENT Basic Fitness Class for Senior Adults Every Monday & Wednesday 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Located in the Banquet Area SWING CLASSES at the Wild Wild West! Every Tuesday & Thursday Evening 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. FWBC Banquet Area WALKING GROUP SATURDAY MORNINGS TIME: 8:00 A.M. | Location: FWBC Zumba TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM AT FWBC BOOT CAMP FITNESS EVERY 2nd & 4th SATURDAY MORNINGS - TIME 7:00 A.M.

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Dr. Gloria Willingham is the first African American woman to run for Bellflower City Council. If elected Willingham will become the first African-American to serve on the council. She would also be the only woman on the council. While this is Willingham's first run for a political office, she is no stranger to public service. She brings solid leadership experience gained from her years as military officer (Lt. Colonel, US Army Retired) among other roles. The SEIU (Service Employees international Union), and the LA County Democratic Party, and a host of others have endorsed her. Her background is amazing according to one source.

variety of boards, and launched nonprofit organizations reaching out to underrepresented communities. Willingham earned a PhD in Education/Administration from Claremont Graduate University, a Master's degree in Nursing Science from University of Arkansas Medical Science Campus, and a BSN degree from Regents College. She is no stranger to hard work and long hours having raised three children as a single divorced parent while working full time and earning three college degrees. She is married to Ben Toure, CEO of AframGlobal Organization Inc, a nonprofit human rights organization.

She served as the Chief, Nursing Education and Research at the VA Healthcare System in Long Beach,CA for 10 years, and served veterans in other VA institutions for ten years before that. She has been responsible for the oversight of multi-million dollar budgets while serving as a university senior Vice-president. She has worked on policy development at multiple levels. She has served on a !

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Something Natural with Deborah Long Chambers

Aromatherapy In Today’s Market Aromatherapy was first popularized in the form of lifestyle products such as candles for ambience; fragranced bath salts to relax and unwind; and room deodorizers to replace unwanted odors. Today, even household products such as fabric softener, and dish detergent are marketed with an "aromatherapy" component. This trend of marketing is a direct result of the increased level of interest in natural, holistic modalities. In recent years, the word "aromatherapy" has been abused and misused creating confusion among the general public. The market is becoming saturated with aromatic oils, aromatic products, poor-quality essential oils and adulterated mixtures without botanical or biochemical definition. Pure essential oils are very complex substances that contain 300 to 500 different botanical chemical constituents each of which has its own physical and chemical characteristics. Therapeutic aromatherapy can be accomplished only through the use of pure essential oils. Therapeutic aromatherapy is categorized in the personal healthcare industry. Cosmeceuticals, a relatively new segment of the industry straddles the cosmetic and medical sectors, and it is the fastest growing category in the industry. There are projections that future overall growth of the cosmeceutical category to be in excess of 20% per year. A U.S. government survey reveals that a significant portion of Americans use traditional medical practices to supplement or replace Western high technology medicine and drugs. Although the United States leads the world in medical technology, government health officials find that many Americans are no strangers to traditional medicine. According to a survey of 31,000, 36% use herbal remedies, acupuncture, aromatherapy, chiropractic, yoga, massage, special diets or some combination of these. That 36% represents a very large group. Trends show that people turn to ancient techniques to cure pain and stiffness, colds, anxiety and depression, even though there may be a drug or other sophisticated medical therapy available to deal with the problem. There is a growing dissatisfaction with science-based medicine. The public is turning to complementary and alternative medicine because it's not getting relief from conventional medicine. Many people use complementary and alternative medicine because they feel that the side effects and disadvantages to using synthetic drugs outweigh any good that may be accomplished. Organic ingredients are expected to remain an important component of the cosmetic and toiletry chemical market. The fastest growth, approaching or exceeding double-digits annually, is expected for smallvolume herbal extracts that have established themselves as safe and effective ingredients in cosmeceutical products. For more information, call (972) 501-9470 Deborah Long Chambers, Certified Aromatherapist CEO, Designs for Living Comfortably www.livingcomfortably.com PAGE 9

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First Black health app for iPhone and Android released Columbia, MD (BlackNews.com) -- Savvier Health, LLC is pleased to announce the first African American health app for Android and iPhone. Total Health for African American Christians takes a mind, body, and spirit approach to healing some of the most devastating health conditions plaguing African Americans today. "There are literally hundreds of thousands of apps on the market today, so I was very surprised to find no results' when I searched the App Store for African American and Black health apps, especially when there are so many issues that impact us disproportionately," says A. Maria Hester, M.D., principal of Savvier Health, LLC. She goes on to say, "I have seen far too many people suffer needlessly and die prematurely. It's simply heartbreaking. I couldn't rest knowing how many patients and their families were devastated by treatable, sometimes preventable diseases, so while still in medical school, over 20 years ago, I got busy writing my first book, Bridging the Gaps: An African American Guide to Health and SelfEmpowerment, and I have been trying to empower people ever since." Common medical conditions, and their toll on the black community, are the key focus of this app. Topics are presented in a concise, easy-to-understand

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format, and include a list of risk factors - many of which can be modified - an action plan to stay well, and helpful links so users can gain more in-depth knowledge. Since complete health also requires spiritual and emotional well-being, Dr. Hester included sections to enlighten and motivate users to live less stressful, more spirit-filled lives. On a lighter note, Express is a unique greeting card app chockfull of electronic cards featuring African American photos, art, and poetry by the late Gerdine Newsome. Cards run the gamut from simple birthday greetings to thought provoking poems. Users can even send friends and loved ones reminders to see the doctor or get a mammogram. Both apps allow users to record and e-mail voice memos and text notes directly from the app. For more details about the Total Health for African American Christians and Express apps, visit www.savvierhealth.net/apps.html

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fraction of the total costs, and would place a disproportionate risk on the City of Dallas. As for the development of Southern Dallas and the creation of housing and retail space, I have worked closely with city officials and developers to create sustainable projects. One that I am most proud of is Lancaster Urban Village, a mixed use project that will create housing, retails shops, office space, and recreational facilities for the residents who live where the Veterans Administration Hospital is located. !

My office helped to secure federal funding for the project. We worked closely with city officials and developers, and once the development is completed it will be a vital part of Southern Dallas. So, to suggest that we have done nothing is patently false. In fact, one of the reporters from your newspaper wrote about the groundbreaking. The headline of the article read “Lancaster Urban Village offers promise for Oak Cliff corridor.” I do not mind fair and equitable evaluation of my work. But I take offense at slanted and biased coverage that distorts reality. It is something that I will not tolerate without comment. !

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UNT selects new dean for Mayborn School of Journalism and staff and for the many distinguished alumni and friends of the school, all of whom will benefit not only from Dorothy Blands demonstrated leadership skills in an academic setting, but also from her extensive experience in publishing, Burggren said.

DENTON (UNT), Texas Dorothy M. Bland, director of the Division of Journalism of Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, has been named the new dean of the University of North Texas Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism <http:// journalism.unt.edu/>. Her appointment will begin in June. Bland will replace M. Jean Keller, who has served as the school’s acting dean since September 2012. UNT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Warren Burggren called Bland’s hiring a highly significant academic appointment for UNT in our continuing quest to be a national research university with outstanding student learning. I am extremely pleased for our current journalism students, faculty

Bland directed Florida A&M University’s Division of Journalism-the first accredited journalism program at a historically AfricanAmerican university for five years. Her accomplishments include leading a successful reaccreditation for the division in spring 2008 and 2012; securing an annual commitment for Scripps-Howard Foundation Internship/Scholarship Grants for two FAMU students beginning in 2011; and working with CBS News, FAMU journalism alumni and others to establish the Harold Dow Professorship<http:// harolddowfoundation.com/ HD_Professorship_At_FAMU.html>, named in honor of the award-winning 48 Hours correspondent who died in August 2010. While I appreciate my FAMU experiences, leading the Mayborn School of Journalism is a wonderful opportunity, Bland said. I understand that UNT’s theme is a Green Light to Greatness, and the Mayborn School has a strong foundation plus excellent potential for more greatness. It is strategically located in the fifth largest

media market in the nation and a diverse region well positioned for future growth. Bland praised the school’s annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference as a national treasure and also the school offering a full complement of student media and student-run advertising/public relations and photo/multimedia agencies. I look forward to working with the team to increase the schools visibility in the digital age and take it to the next level. I value UNT’s four bold goals related to student success, providing a superior educational experience, developing faculty and staff and expanding partnerships, she said. At FAMU, Bland led campaigns to raise more than $100,000 to support the National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Courses from 2009 to 2012 and the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia High School Workshops in 2010 and 2012. She was the interim advisor for both the FAMU chapter of the Association of Black Journalists, which was named Student Chapter of the Year in 2008 and was a finalist in 2009, and the FAMU chapter of Public Relations Society of America. Bland also served FAMU as a member of the Retention Council, the Web Site Steering Committee and

the Search Committee for the Assistant Vice President for Instructional Technology, and was the subcommittee chair of the university’s Organizational Analysis Task Force. She has served on site teams for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications at universities in California, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi and other states. Bland was also a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes and a guest lecturer at the Pointer Institute, Kuwait University and other institutions. Before coming to FAMU, Bland worked in various newspaper positions for 25 years. She was a reporter and editor at USA Today. She served as president and publisher of both the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette and Fort Collins (Colo.) Coloradoan and earned three Gannett Presidents Rings for outstanding performance. Bland received her bachelors degree in journalism from Arkansas State University and her master of business administration degree in marketing from George Washington University. She was a McCormick Fellowmin the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Media Management Center and has completed additional graduate courses at Florida State University.

Nollywood comes to United States Beginning February 22nd to 27th, 2013, "Doctor Bello", the latest Tony Abulu produced and directed film, will show exclusively at AMC Theatres®. "Doctor Bello" is the first film to be released under an exclusive theatrical distribution partnership between AMC Theatres and Black Ivory Communications, a multifaceted media firm specializing in film production, entertainment, and tourism. Coinciding with Black History Month, "Doctor Bello's" unprecedented theatrical release marks the first ever in the U.S. for Nollywood films -- the bustling Nigerian film Industry. AMC Theatres has agreed to expand the film to a wider release if there is a strong performance during the critical make-or-break first week of its release. Starring Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Nigerian superstars Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Okereke Linus, "Doctor Bello" is the first in a new line of film products supported by the Nigerian government's $200 million intervention fund for the entertainment industry. The film's synopsis captivatingly states, "The cure for cancer has been found in the sky mountains of Africa, and an

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American oncologist will risk everything to get it." "Showing a Nollywood film in American theaters not only proves the cross-marketability of the industry, but it clearly demonstrates that there is a niche market here, and we are pleased to partner with AMC to fulfill its demand," said Abulu, the award-winning filmmaker who also produced and directed "Crazy Like a Fox" and "American Dream." "Having recognized Nollywood as a rapid growing industry, AMC is pleased to not only provide a platform for sharing more socially and culturally relevant stories, but to respond to the feedback from our diverse guest base," said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, vice president of alternative and special content. The film will open at AMC Theatres across the United States in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Jacksonville, Columbus (OH), Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. !

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's centennial should be celebrated by all There are activities across the country and around the world, celebrating the founding of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Over the past century, Deltas have been on the forefront of many of the issues impacting society and effecting humanity.

Sandra Dorsey Malone is coordinating activities between the eight graduate and eight undergraduate chapters across the D-FW Metroplex. And she proudly announced that all ticketed activities are sold out. The Torch Tour is an exciting part of celebration. The 22 TORCH Celebration Cities are: Los Angeles, California Tokyo, Japan Seattle, Washington Denver, Colorado St. Louis, Missouri Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Dallas, Texas Little Rock, Arkansas New Orleans, Louisana Chicago, Illinois Detroit, Michigan Cleveland, Ohio Mobile, Alabama Atlanta, Georgia Augusta, Georgia PAGE 12

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The organization has several activities planned for the Metroplex’s celebration before the Torch moves on to the next stop in Little Rock, Arkansas. CALENDAR OF EVENTS January 13, 2013 – March 31, 2013—6:00 PM --The Delta Legacy Exhibition at the African American Museum of Life and Culture highlights over 89 years of service of Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex chapters of Delta Sigma Theta; provides information about Founders from Texas;  information about Delta Airlines Flight 191 that crashed, killing and injuring members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who were arriving for the 38th National Convention in Dallas. Thursday, February 21, 2013--6:00 PM --Illuminating The Path VIP Reception (Invitation only)— This kick-off

event at the African American Museum of LIfe and Culture will introduce the 16 participating chapters and recognize VIPs – Delta officers, elected officials, corporate sponsors, educational institutions, community organizations, electronic and print media and 25 and 50 year

Street.  This is open to the public. Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 8:00 PM -- The Light That Guides Us Must Shine On Centennial Gala- Regency Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N Akard Street.   Program will feature the grand TORCH lighting processional, recognition of 25 and 50 year honorees, visual of historical events and milestones. Sunday, February 24, 2013 – 10:00 AM-12 NOON – Founders’ Gospel Brunch; Lone Star Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel400 Olive Street.  The program will feature Bishop Vashti McKenzie, as the keynote speaker and the passing of the TORCH ceremony. Subscription event -- $50 per person. Thousands of members will be in Washington, DC in July for the National Convention. What a legacy!

Delta Honorees. Saturday, February 23, 201310:00 AM – Founders Memorial Tribute (Deltas only) motorcade and short program honoring three founders will be held at the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Chapel and gravesite of Founder Frederica Chase Dodd 8100 Fireside Drive, Dallas, TX.    Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 9:00- 11:00 AM –STEM Activities for Youth (University of Texas – Richardson Campus), will engage 100 students in challenging activities & technology expo.  Students are participants of the youth programs of the DFW Metroplex Alumnae Chapters. Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 6:00 PM –The 5-Point Program EXPO--participating DFW chapters will be featured in the Regency Ballroom Foyer of the Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N Akard !

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uKnow.com provides Sexting Prevention Tips and Resources for Residents of Texas With news of a Lubbock man being arrested for using text messages to persuade and entice a young girl for sexually explicit pictures, uKnow.com provides parents with what they need to know to prevent this from happening to their child. According to KCBD 11, a Lubbock man is behind bars after admitting he had a sexually explicit relationship through text messages with an 11-yearold girl. The Parental Intelligence System uKnowKids, created by uKnow.com, wants to offer sexting resources and tips to residents of Texas so parents can better protect their children from sexting incidents. uKnowKids has put together a resources page specifically for sexting.  This page includes infographics, tip sheets, and blog entries about sexting prevention and other ways to keep children safe from predators online and on mobile phones. uKnowKids has also published a sexting prevention eBook entitled “Understanding Sexting: Nine

Things Every Parent Should Know” that can be downloaded free by all parents.   uKnowKids wants to make sure that the community of Lubbock can keep young residents safe and prevent another incident like this from happening --- with education comes prevention. uKnow.com’s co-founder’s son had a scary incident stemming from an online and mobile phone encounter. Since that time, Tim Woda has made it his mission to educate himself about internet and mobile safety and spread the lessons he learned to as many parents as possible. He feels strongly that every parent should be aware of their child’s online and mobile activities so stories like his and so many others never have to happen again. Tim offers these tips for parents to prevent sexting and the sharing of inappropriate pictures: Understand the technology that your child is using.  Be familiar with all the functions of the technology devices your child is using on their

phones, including social network sites, gaming systems, chat sites, etc. Some of these could have messaging and photo-sharing options that you might not even know existed. Communicate house rules.  Before your child is allowed a phone, he or she should be well-aware of any pre established house rules.  Discuss your expectations for mobile behavior and the consequences for failing to meet those expectations, but also discuss the potential legal and social repercussions of sending inappropriate pictures or spreading them online, whether they are of your child or not.   Be a vigilant parent. Know who your child is talking to and who is trying to talk to them.  The more information you have about their interactions on their phone, the better equipped you will be to interfere if anything dangerous should happen. Parental Intelligence systems such as uKnowKids are a great way to help out with this task if you think it is too overwhelming.

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In our library BLACK REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS - AN ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Potential for Property Devaluation in African American Communities -The role of a Real Estate Appraiser is to provide an objective, impartial and unbiased opinion of the value of real property. An appraisal, however, lacks credibility when the Appraiser has no competency in terms of familiarity with the market in which the property is located. A good understanding of appraisal methodology and numerology is not a substitute for an Appraisers working knowledge of the dynamics of a specific neighborhood. Todays urban neighborhoods can encompass as little as a few blocks and most homeowners are more knowledgeable of their neighborhoods boundaries than are some Appraisers. It is not uncommon for two certified Appraisers to arrive at widely varying conclusions of value for the same property as of the same date. Two major factors in the discrepancies between their opinions of value are often the level of their familiarity with the neighborhood and their subjective interpretation of its quality in terms of its schools, churches, homes, businesses, transportation access and other significant factors.

A common result of an Appraisers lack of familiarity with a propertys neighborhood is a devaluation of the property. Because suburban markets often set the standards for what constitutes a good neighborhood, there is a real possibility that an Appraiser will misinterpret the quality of a culturally diverse urban African American neighborhood. It can take as few as three homes in a neighborhood that have been appraised and purchased at low prices to create a market that devalues other properties in the area. Other Appraisers working in the same neighborhood use the sales of the lower valued homes as comparables, which justifies a continuation of lower property values in that area. Banks often interpret this as evidence of a declining neighborhood and become reluctant to approve loans in the area. Real Estate Appraisers in general are an aging population, according to the Appraisal Institute, the nations

largest professional association of Real Estate Appraisers. More than half of the Appraisers in the U.S. are 51-65 years of age and there is general agreement within the industry that there is an imminent overall Appraiser shortage. One can be certain that although the number of African Americans among this aging population is very small, the number of those who are close to obtaining the necessary education and experience to replace them is even smaller. This is due primarily to the difficulty in obtaining the required experience, which can only be provided by working as a trainee under a State Certified Appraiser. A shortage of Black Real Estate Appraisers has the potential to perpetuate property devaluation in African American communities throughout the United States. Although many State Certified Appraisers have been reluctant in the past to take on trainees, African American trainees in particular have found it difficult to locate a mentor, however, it appears that opportunities may be improving. Some of the reasons for these indications of improvement are that there are Appraisers who have no desire to accept appraisal assignments in African American neighborhoods, while others refuse assignments because they lack familiarity with these culturally diverse urban communities. The benefit of taking on African American trainees is that their

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supervisory Appraisers will be able to expand their offices earning potential ($300-$500 per single family appraisal) by accepting a broader base of appraisal orders through partnership with a broader base of appraisers. Mentoring opportunities for African American trainees would significantly increase as well if the governing body for Appraisers (The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC), lenders and appraisal management companies (who generate most of the appraisal orders due to the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into federal law by President Obama on July 21, 2010) would work together to implement and enforce stronger regulations. These new regulations could insure that Appraisers adhere to a principle of geographical competency and have a verifiable working knowledge of the neighborhoods in which they appraise. Currently, Appraisers can provide appraisal management companies with a list of areas that they cover without adequate oversight and verification. This practice is conducive to a focus on the quantity of appraisal assignments instead of their quality and has the potential to negatively impact property values in all communities across the United States. In her new book, How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser, (www.sharoncarsonbooks.com), veteran Residential Real Estate Appraiser with over 30 years of experience Sharon P. Carson provides unique and valuable insight into the Real Estate Appraisal profession. The book is a practical guide to becoming a Real Estate Appraiser and provides a look into the profession and its entrance requirements as of the date of publication. It is the authors opinion that this is an often-ignored profession that offers enhanced entrance opportunities due to what many in the industry consider an imminent Appraiser shortage. The book is available as an eBook or paperback on Carsons website: www.sharoncarsonbooks.com.

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A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD So let’s see…first there was DIE HARD (1988), then DIE HARD 2 (1990), DIE HARD: WITH A VENGEANCE (1995), LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (2007) and now this — A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. With the exception of the STAR WARS and James Bond franchises, I am usually less than thrilled about the fifth sequel of ANY movie (think ROCKY V). However, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. In this latest release by 20th Century Fox, Bruce Willis reprises his role as John McClane, the legendary, hot shot New York cop in the fifth

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installment of the DIE HARD franchise. Written by Skip Woods and Roderick Thorp, and directed by John Moore, in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward, all grown up son, Jack (Jai Courtney), only to discover Jack is actually a highly-trained CIA operative who has been working undercover on a mission to thwart a nuclear weapons heist at Chernobyl. In his typical “yippee-kiyay” fashion, it takes very little time once his international flight lands in Moscow for the senior McClane, an undeniable annihilation magnet, to find himself embroiled in a jawdropping, high-speed car chase, a hail of gunfire and oh, a little matter of blowing a two-year operation that could threaten national security! A couple dozen dead bodies and smashed vehicles later, Jack explains to John the mission he’s been on to protect Komarov

(Sebastian Koch), a Russian government informant who holds valuable information on a top secret file about nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Now that their cover is literally blown to shreds, John teams up with Jack to protect Komarov from the countless attempts to permanently silence the whistleblower by Komarov’s former partner, Chagarin (Sergei Kolesnikov) and his homicidal mob. When John McClane initially crosses paths with Jack in Moscow, it is apparent that any semblance of a normal father/son relationship is pretty much nonexistent. Jack is completely disconnected to and has no respect for John. Even calls him “John” instead of “Dad.” Most likely a result of John working all the time trying to climb the ranks in the force to provide for his family when Jack was a young boy. The downside…he was too busy for fatherhood. Jack harbors ill feelings toward his father for not being there for him. The light bulb doesn’t come on in John’s head until he realizes why Jack is so bitter. Interestingly enough, you know there is a glimmer of hope between the McClane men evident by the simple fact that Jack chose to follow his father’s footsteps right into a law enforcement career. Chip on his well-defined shoulder or not, deep down inside, it’s clear to viewers that underneath the layers of resentment and rebellion, Jack really loves and admires his father. Overall, considering my expectations were somewhat low prior to seeing it, I was pleasantly !

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surprised by this movie. It was better than I expected and I thoroughly enjoyed the action scenes. Both the main plot and subplot are well written and organically intertwined. On the surface it might seem like a sappy drama about the love of family and an adrenalinepumping action movie wouldn’t go together, however, director John Moore does a fantastic job marrying the two genres into one on screen. Not to mention the acting chemistry between rising Aussie star, Jai Courtney (from STARZ original series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand and recent feature film, JACK REACHER) and Bruce Willis. Their characters are believable, they do an above-average job of playing off one another and of course, Willis’ one-liners are priceless. As we observe the 25th anniversary of the first DIE HARD film, Bruce Willis can pat himself on the back for a successful franchise comeback with A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. Rated R for violence and language, the action/adventure sequel has a running time of one hour and 37 minutes. It opens in theaters and IMAX nationwide on February 14, 2013.

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Trinity (TX) The Nutrition Facts Label: Helping Americans Make Heart- Chapter, The Links, Incorporated Healthy Choices awarded a $20,000 serving of food is high or low in these nutrients. As a general rule, remember that 5%DV or less of a nutrient is low, and 20%DV or more is high! To help reduce your overall risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, be sure not to go above 100% of the Daily Value for sodium, total fat, and cholesterol each day. The Daily Value for sodium is less than 2400 milligrams (mg) per day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or 1500 mg per day for people with high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease; African-Americans; and people ages 51 and older. The Daily Value for total fat is less than 65 grams (g) per day, and the Daily Value for cholesterol is less than 300 mg per day. Remember, Daily Value recommendations for total fat and cholesterol are based on a 2000calorie daily diet; your calorie needs may be different. By using %DV on the Nutrition Facts Label to compare foods and the nutrients they contain, you can make heart-healthy choices at every meal. For more information visit: http://www.fda.gov/Food/ ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ ucm315393.htm http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ ConsumerUpdates/ucm199058.htm

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Grant for STEM Dallas, (TX) Trinity Chapter, The Links, Incorporated has announced that it has been selected for a $20,000 sub-grant from The Links Foundation, Incorporated in support of STEM education. The funds, designated to help eliminate the STEM academic achievement gap for students of color, are made possible by the $250,000 grant award The Links Foundation, Incorporated received from Chevron. The grant provides vital funding to enhance one of the key programs of The Links, Incorporated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;STEM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ULATING Left Brain and Right Brain.â&#x20AC;? With a focus on students from 6th to 12th grades, the program aims to enhance the current curriculum, emphasizing STEM disciplines, engineering and energy industry career readiness. The Links, Incorporated expects to reach approximately 1,200 students across the country with this academic enrichment. A key enhancement of the program is the incorporation of the NASA STEM Application Content. The content includes educational and professional development, as well as teacher training tools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The number for students of color in STEM related careers is significantly low due to a lack of access to sufficient STEM education,â&#x20AC;? said Eddie Bernice Johnson, chair of the National STEM Career Readiness Initiative for The Links Incorporated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our STEM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ULATING Left Brain and Right Brain program helps to fill that void by providing students

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with opportunities to be exposed to and readied for STEM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; related careers.â&#x20AC;? Trinity Chapter President Sharyn Holley states â&#x20AC;&#x153;members of our chapter have been challenged through our program to address the lack of minority female students pursuing non-traditional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.â&#x20AC;? So SMAART â&#x20AC;&#x201C; STEM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ULATING Left Brain and Right Brain Program is the Signature Umbrella Program of Trinity chapter. Now in its 12th year the program is designed to focus on 75 select minority students, grades 4-6. So SMAART creates achievable dreams for girls of color through education and exposure to experiences in Science, Arts, Aviation, Reading and Technology. Each year students are selected from three designated sites located within Trinity Chapter Service areas, T. L Marsalis, Thomas Tolbert and William H. Atwell schools. The program provides hands on experiences through monthly field trips to museums and discussions with experts to assist the girls in developing a plan to achieve their dreams. During the past 12 years Trinity Chaptersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; So SMAART program has touched the lives of over 600 girls instilling positive self esteem and high aspirations in girls of color to successfully achieve limitless dreams. The Trinity Chapter (TX) the Links Incorporate has provided beneficial and needed support to the Dallas Metroplex since 1994. The membership is comprised of forty-six (46) African Women who are employed as entrepreneurs, attorneys, physicians and educators in both public and private sectors or have retired from similar positions. The chapter is known for its annual signature winter fundraising event â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diamonds and Sneakers Galaâ&#x20AC;? which raises funds to support its umbrella So SMAART Program.

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Wyndham Jade was founded in 1983 as the Dallas Market Center Travel Company, and it launched its business travel division in 1992. It was renamed Wyndham Jade in 1993 after it was purchased by Lucy Billingsley. In 1995, Wyndham Jade expanded its service oďŹ&#x20AC;erings through its acquisition of an incentives company, and shortly thereafter, it began providing conference housing through one of the world's first Internet-based platforms.

- Plano based Wyndham Jade marks its 30th year in business this year, further solidifying its reputation as a market leader in providing convention services, meetings and incentive program planning and business travel fulfillment.

"Wyndham Jade has built a reputation for developing and utilizing cutting-edge technology, a tradition we've continued throughout our history," notes Trizila. "In 2003, we launched ONEsystem+, a proprietary software that provides an integrated enterprise-grade platform for event registration and housing; and most recently, we introduced Reg5TM, a mobile-friendly platform designed to build event attendance and simply the registration process."

"Our business philosophy has long been to put our customers and their needs first -- to provide them with the best, most up-to-date technology and service solutions possible, so that their meetings, events and travel needs are seamless," said Sue Trizila, Wyndham Jade's president and CEO. "We are thankful and proud to be where we are, and we look forward to continuing Wyndham Jade's legacy as an industry innovator."

Today, Wyndham Jade delivers full-service, innovative technological solutions that streamline convention housing, registration and business travel, and create extraordinary moments for multiple meetings and incentive programs. Wyndham Jade currently is owned by the executive team, which bought the company in 2006.

Throughout its history, Wyndham Jade's goal has remained the same: to be a quality-driven company that uses the latest technology and tools to meet its clients' needs.

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FEBRUARY  6  -­  Click  here  to  register!       Perceptions  of  domestic  violence  in  the  African  American  Community   This  workshop  will  focus  on  statistics,  understanding     dynamics  of  abuse,  safety  planning  and  resources.   Location:  MLK  Center  -­  2922  MLK  Blvd,  Building  A,  Dallas,  TX  75215  

FEBRUARY  13  -­  Click  here  to  register!   Men  to  M.A.P.S.  (Mentor,  Advocate,  Prevent  and  Secure)   This  workshop  will  include  a  interactive  dialogue  with  African  American     men  on  family  violence  and  how  to  proactively  involve  men     in  the  family  violence  movement.     Location  ¹  WFC  The  Empowerment  Center  -­  2200  Zang,  Dallas,  TX  75224  

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'KUNTA KINTEH ISLAND', AN ELVIN ROSS DOCUMENTARY, DEBUTS New Orleans, LA (BlackNews.com) -- New Orleans will host screenings of a new documentary film, "Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles" on February 25th and 26th. The film honors the celebrated captive African, Kunta Kinteh, who gained worldwide recognition in the 1977 ABC television series "Roots." The insightful documentary has the support of many prominent African Americans, including writer, director and actor Tyler Perry, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, and many other entertainment, civic and spiritual leaders. The film is also being widely supported by academia with planned tour stops at influential institutions including Harvard University, Morehouse College, Wayne State University, Northeastern University and St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. "I felt the heart and emotion of our rich history in this brilliantly made and powerful documentary, Kunta Kinteh Island," said Tyler Perry, owner of Tyler Perry Studios. "I am very proud of my long time friend and composer for recognizing the importance of retelling this story to this generation. I can't wait for everyone to see it!" Produced by Elvin Ross Studios, the film was made to educate a new generation of Americans about the legendary Mandinka Warrior Kunta, and as a philanthropic effort to raise funds for the Albreda Jeffereh Primary School in Kinteh's impoverished Gambian village. The documentary traces the life of Kunta Kinteh; his journey to America; his brutal enslavement; his triumphant survival through harrowing circumstances; focuses on his lasting family legacy through profiles of his relatives in the village of Juffereh, Gambia, West Africa today; and shares his recent symbolic return to the point of his captivity - James Island in Gambia - which was formally renamed Kunta Kinteh Island on February 6, 2011. "Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles, is a powerful intersection of African PAGE 21

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and American history," shared Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. "Elvin Ross, in his directorial debut, shines a light on this fascinating story that celebrates the strength and spirit of the Gambian people, and introduces this important part of history to a new generation." Special guests are featured throughout the epic documentary including the noted actor Ben Vereen, who played the beloved character 'Chicken George' in "Roots"; singer Jermaine Jackson of music's Jackson Family; His Excellency Yahya Jammeh, President of Gambia; and members of the Kinteh family who still reside in Kunta Kinteh's tribal village in Gambia to this day.

composer of Kunta Kinteh Island. "I also wanted the Kinteh family's generosity in sharing Kunta's life with me to benefit the condition of their lives and further his legacy".

"The fact that generations of Americans have not heard this story at all or have only heard a small portion of it through the Roots series, meant there was a historical void that I felt compelled to fill in making this film," said Ross, director, executive producer and

The events in each city will feature celebrity and VIP guests, and offer a first opportunity to view the film and to lend financial support to the Elvin Ross Foundation. The Foundation will provide general funding, books and solar laptops to the primary school in Kunta Kinteh's village in Gambia. Select cities will also host black tie galas or thoughtful panel discussions on the documentary, to raise additional funds for the Gambian school. Visit www.elvinross.com for details of the New Orleans events and VIP attendees.

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New Orleans event consists of three screenings - one at Layola University on Monday, February 25th at 7PM; one at the St, Augustine Senior High School at 10AM on the 26th; and the final screening will be a black tie, red carpet affair at the Audubon Tea Room at 7PM on Tuesday, February 26th.

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Mark your calendar Great Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce Spiritual Networking Breakfast 9:00 AM • 3200 W. Pleasant Run Rd-1st Floor

February 22 6th Annual 2013 Trinity Links “Diamonds and Sneakers Gala” on March 2, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 North Stemmons Freeway. Black Hairitage Read-In & Open Mic featuring Hairku Part II!From 8 p.m. until we're done! The Act of Change Institute of Cultural Arts 3200 S. Lancaster Rd, Ste.623, Dallas (behind Lancaster/Keist Shopping Center) Cost: $5 Clark Atlanta University Happy Hour Perry Uptown 5:30pm 2000 McKinney Ave Dallas TX  75201 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dallas Metro Council of Black Alumni Associations Theme:  Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause 8am – 10am 6464 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas, TX  75214 dmcbaa@yahoo.com|972-220-0477 1 adult $10 | 2 adults $15

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Voters, businessmen and women, legislators and community leaders, will rally together on February 23rd, 2013, to protest the Obama Administration's recent constitutional oversteps. President Barack Obama issued 23 executive actions against the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms @ 2PM at Flag Pole Hill located at 8100 Doran Circle

Join the Granada Theater for Erykah Badu's Birthday Jammy "It's the Damn Jam" hosted by the Cannabinoids on Tuesday, February 26. Doors at 7:00 p.m. Purchase tickets at granadatheater.com. There are more great shows coming to the Granada Theater including: Devin the Dude on Saturday, March 9th Shabazz Palaces on Thursday, May 2nd

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February 23 2013 African American Legislative Summit hosted by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. The Summit will take place from Sunday evening, Feb. 24th through Tuesday afternoon, February 26 The UNCF Empower Me Tour Presented by Wells Fargo, a free, traveling college-and careerreadiness road show will bring celebrities, interactive exhibits, seminars, and more to its fifth tour stop of the 2012-2013 season at Texas A&M UniversityCommerce, in Commerce, Texas

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JUDGE KEN MOLBERG'S Re-Election & (Slightly Early) Birthday Celebration 6:00 - 8:00 pm Pecan Lodge BBQ Dallas Farmers Market - Shed 2 1010 S. Pearl Expressway Dallas Texas 75201

Return of the Funk Mob to Buttons in Addison

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February 25 Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, 2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth Cost: $17 members, $25 nonmembers, $10 students, credit card add $1 Menu: Joe T.’s family-style enchilada dinner; cash bar RSVP: pirtlemk@yahoo.com

Dr. Alvin D. James is coming to Th3rd Thursday Champion's Luncheon 12:00noon. Dr. James is the Director of Planning and Economic Development at The Potter's House. He will be sharing his prolific story of PUBLIC SERVICE. 

******** Inside the FBI: A Conversation with the Dallas Director Special agent-in-charge Diego Rodriguez will discuss his journey with the FBI in a compelling interview led by Rebecca Aguilar, Emmy Award-winning journalist.

SMINK is pleased to announce the opening of RICHARD HOGAN – A Retrospective an exhibition of past and current work by the celebrated artist, whose work has been a benchmark of contemporary art in New Mexico since the 1970s.  The artist will be in Dallas for the opening reception to be held February 23rd, 2013 – from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  The exhibition extends through March 30th. 

Great Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce A Study on Succeeding 23 Feb 2013 9:00 AM • 3200 W. Pleasant Run Rd - FIRST Floor **** Dallas Police Department’s “Chief on the Beat” FREE Health & Safety Fair   10 am – 2 pm Lincoln High School gym and outside courtyard 2826 Hatcher, Dallas 75215 (corner of Hatcher & Malcolm X)   Features:             FREE Health Screenings, Food, Games, Prizes, Giveaways, Information Booths, Dance Contests; Performances; Radio Personalities; and much more!!  Meet Police Chief Brown; Fire Department & Other City Officials   Bring the kids, church groups, senior groups, friends, and the kids PAGE 22

FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM, TEXAS EAGLES FOR AVIATION AND NORTH TEXAS TUSKEGEE AIRMEN CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES Museum Hosts Special Presentations Featuring African American Aviation Pioneers Past & Present 2p.m.

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conscious spirit. The Cannabinoids is a group of 11 musicians, including members of PPT and Strange Fruit Project. They are 100% improvisational.

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An FBI agent for 22 years and before that a New York schoolteacher, Rodriguez has extensive experience in  organized crime drug enforcement and worked with the police in Puerto Rico targeting corrupt Caribbean and South American organizations.

February 26 Erykah Badu's Birthday Jammy Erykah Performing a Full Set Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Avenue, Dallas 75206 What do you do when you're a superstar and you want to throw a birthday party? Well if you're Erykah Badu, you throw a party at the Granada Theater. Come celebrate with her at Erykah Badu's Birthday Jammy "It's the Damn Jam" hosted by The Cannabinoids.Erykah Badu will be performing a full set. The Cannabinoids along with RC & the Gritz Band will also be performing. The Grammy-award winning singer songwriter is known for her eccentric style and cerebral music. Describing herself as "mother first" is also a touring artist, dj, teacher, community activist, holistic healer, vegan, recycler, and

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will host Mark Frauenfelder as part of the Celebrity Lecture Series, at 7p.m.. The editor-in-chief of the leading publication of the do-it-yourself movement will be hosting a discussion centered on “The Maker Movement.”

****** Dr. Jamal Bryant, Dr. Cher Winkley, Pastor Guy Futch 'Guest Speakers' God's Holy Tabernacle 9th Church Anniversary Feb 28-Mar 3 -Dallas

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which will take place March 1-2, 2013, at Concord Church, located at 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive, Dallas, TX For the full list of workshop sessions, registration, concert tickets and more information, go to www.theabilitytosing.com. or call 281-317-0558. You can also contact Concord Church (214-331-8522). Registration and tickets can also be purchased at www.itickets.com/events/299424.

March 2 Trinity Chapter of the Links, Inc. invite you to join in celebrating their Sixth Annual Diamond and Sneakers Gala March 2, 2013 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

winning producer Jermaine Dupri and 3-time Super Bowl Champ, Robert Jones (Dallas Cowboys)

March 6 JANETTE KENNEDY GALLERY, Reception: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Baroque, Baroque! How about an evening featuring elegant music from the Baroque era and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and desserts? Mingle, visit and enjoy food and drinks from 8:00-8:30 PM. Concert from 8:30-9:30 PM. Tickets: $25 per person and they include concert, food, wine and other drinks. Please RSVP by March 4th at Info@MusicaForTheWorld.com or by calling 214-789-6677. For more information visit www.MusicaForTheWorld.com. UNDERGROUND, 8:00 pm

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The Dallas County Community College District will present a free half-day program for high school juniors and seniors -- and their parents -- that will show them how to apply for college and find the keys to success in higher education on Sat., March 2, at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster.***

March 9

This Ft.Worth Seminar brings Dallas' top non-profit executive and decision makers. You will learn the best and newest information required to write winning grants and apply for government contracts. This seminar will provide you with all of the tools, technologies, and best practices you need to accomplish your goals. \ FREE light breakfast and lunch provided. Get your mission and vision funded today! Seating is limited. Please RSVP by email info@bizworxinc.com or 214-236-5998.

March 10 “Bits and Bites” of spirits, sweets and savory things are the highlight of the aptly-titled annual event at El Centro College which will be held on Sun., March 10. Area chefs will lend their hands and their talents to raise funds for ECC’s culinary arts program. Those funds will help the college expand its kitchen facilities and services so that faculty members can inspire and train the next generation of talented food and hospitality experts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

JUDGE PHYLLIS LISTER BROWN 162nd Civil District Court Tuesday, March 5, 2013 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Mattito’s Restaurant 3011 Routh, Dallas, Texas 75201

The evening’s festivities will feature foods prepared by El Centro’s former students and friends of the college; a variety of spirits will be served as well. The cost is $45 in advance and $50 at the door; the event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Student Center on the downtown Dallas campus of El Centro College, located at 801 Main St.

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As a partner sponsor, the Portland Development Commission will join the City of Austin, Texas, University of Texas, Austin ISD and other leaders together with celebrities such as Grammy award-

5:00-6:00 PM SOCIAL HOUR &amp; MUSIC Live entertainment will continue at intervals throughout the evening. ENTERTAINMENT: Joseph Carmichael For more information and to purchase reservations in advance, at http://www.oakcliffuu.org/blarneybash. Reservations may be purchased in advance are $7.00 per adult and $5.00 per child and may be purchased through our website. Tickets at the door are $8.00 per adult and $6.00 per child. *** "Touching Lives Through 15 Years of Giving and Caring" Tickets $25 - Childcare provided - 6:30 to 9:00 pm Embassy Suites DFW 4650 W. Airport Fwy, Irving, TX 75062

The Society of Toxicology will honor a number of exemplary scientists for their important achievements during formal ceremonies at the Society’s Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, March 10-14, in San Antonio, TX.

March 5

Saving America's Black Boys (SABB) Solutions Summit in Austin, Texas on March 5 at the George Washington Carver Museum.

Bit O’ Blarney Bash-Irish Music (Alive), Food, Fun, Auction, starting at 5 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75233.

Keynote Speaker Prof. Seleban Ahmed Guled President of Amoud University Motivational Speaker Mounzer Taleb ENTERTAINMENT Baba Ali, Comedian             Hossein Behizad, Poet Next FAMU General Body Meeting: March 9, 2013|12pm – 2pm 2900 Live Oak St Dallas TX 75204 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------March 10-14

Balch Spring Community Health Forum Balch Springs Civic Center 12400 Elam Road at 6p.m.

bizworx!inc. presents Winning Grants Seminar For Nonprofits, Churches and Businesses Prosper in 2013!

FEBRUARY 22, 2013

Heartfelt International Ministries, Dallas, TX presents the 2013 Dreams, Pumps and Pearls Thank You Tour at Friendship West Baptist Church. The Tour is FREE but registration in encouraged at www.heartfeltintlministries.com 2013 Tour.

March 11 On behalf of Commissioner Duer Sharp and the Southwestern Athletic Conference you are personally invited to attend "A Spectacular Networking and Social Gathering" kicking off the 2013 SWAC Basketball Tournament!! March 11@6:30pm Pre registration is required! http://www.pra-reg.com/SWAC2013Basketballtournament

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