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No stronger LOVE -A Mother’s Love

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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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A Mother’s Love On our annual excursions to my parent’s hometown, my Uncle Robert and Aunt Carolyn’s house was the one that I always wanted to visit last. Not because I dreaded the visit but because once there, I planned on staying. When I received word of her passing at the seasoned age of 97, Aunt Carolyn, or Cheryl Smith Mama Carolyn, as she was called by any and everyone in Plant City, Florida; it was a sad moment for me. Aunt Carolyn was the one who made the best biscuits and always made sure that you got a good meal, no matter what time you arrived at her house. If she didn’t have what you wanted, someone was sent to the store to get it! But not only did she give good food and loving, she also had insightful conversations and nurturing pieces of wisdom. It wasn’t too much of a stretch for her to also reach into her bosom, pull out a handkerchief and press some money into my palm. And that was a practice that she continued even in her final years! A few years ago, one of her daughters gave her a good fussing out, all because of me. It seems that my cousin took issue with Aunt Carolyn boiling me some eggs. “How are you going to fix some eggs for Cheryl when WE have to fix eggs for you,” my cousin, Topsy, asked. All the time I was laughing and telling Topsy to “leave my Aunt alone!” There are so many warm memories of Aunt Carolyn. When I would hear folks talk about her, they always talked about how she was the “prettiest woman in Plant City!” Beauty is only skin deep but her beauty ran so much deeper. She had a beautiful spirit and heart. The last time I saw her, she teared up and as always reminded me that I was welcome any time and that I should come back and see her soon. Soon was coming the end of July when I planned to take a break from the NABJ Convention and pop in and surprise her. Now, traveling to Plant City will never be the same. Sure I have numerous other relatives still living there, it’s the place I first fell in love, and there are so many other warm memories there; but one person who always had something positive and uplifting to say to me, is gone. Most recently I was in a meeting with newspaper executives and I told them about my Aunt Carolyn as I discussed the importance of the Black Press. I told the group that my aunt had been a subscriber for, I know, at least 40 years and she religiously paid her subscription to the Florida Sentinel because it told her what was going on with Black people in the area and the world -- which is exactly what I have tried to do through my works. Aunt Carolyn reminds me of how important family is. She didn’t focus on step, half, in-laws; or any of the other dysfunctional titles given to families to keep them separated. She lived a life of love and while I considered myself to be her favorite niece, I know that I am one of many who she showered with love and support. Her home was and still is my home; even with her passing, because she taught her children how to love and boy did she have plenty! She gave birth to 17 children, of which 12 survived. There are eight still living today, 7 girls and 1 boy. This family definitely multiplied and I have relatives for days -- not in-laws, steps or halfs--they are my village. My Uncle Robert, who also had a strong presence in my life, died on my birthday 21 years ago. He, too, was very special to me and that was the saddest birthday of my life. As I get older, I find myself spending more and more time in the past, remembering the men and women who had such an impact on my life and were instrumental in my growth and development. I am so thankful that my parents stressed the importance of family and sacrificed so that we could leave the streets of East Orange and Newark, New Jersey to enjoy the Strawberry Capital and other parts of the country where their family members lived. I am even more grateful that our family members accepted their “big city” relatives who had a lot of adapting to do! It really does take a village to raise a child and for some reason, our village is not as strong and healthy as it should be. The women in our families need to be like Aunt Carolyn and step up and “parent” other children, as well as their own. Instead, they say to be careful. “You can’t tell some people about their children,” folks say. No parent can be expected to do everything. They need help. Our children need help. We need the Aunt Carolyns of the world, who are spiritual, have strong values and wisdom, and love themselves -- to stand up and reclaim our communities and families. We need strong voices that help guide our young girls into womanhood. Sure they may not listen all the time, but at least they have been told. Services for Mrs. Carolyn Jones will be held on May 11, 2013. I take solace in knowing that I had so much time with her and I showed her love while she was on this earth! As we say farewell to Aunt Carolyn, I hope you will reach out to your mother. And show some love-- after all, whatever the situation, her blood pumped through her body into yours!

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 e need for peace By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

This past weekend I convened my 13th annual peace conference in Dallas entitled “A World of Women for World Peace.”. More than 150 peace activists from the Dallas area and peace advocates from throughout the world attended the event which was held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The central theme of the nearly three hour session was that a more peaceful world was a reality if people from different cultures and backgrounds engaged in serious dialogue, and were more tolerant of differences. We do not have to lose hundreds of thousands of lives because people dislike one another or disagree with the policies of other nations. At the conference an Israeli peace activist, Ronny Edry, explained how through the creation of posters promulgating peace people from Israel and Iran were building more harmonious relationships. He said that it was shameful that neighbors in the region of the world where he lived could not visit one another’s countries.

The executive director of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Dr. Hind Jarrah, said her organization collaborates with others of different faiths and beliefs. She said that it was possible for people to work together, although they spoke different languages and held different political positions. Dr. Jarrah is a proponent of interfaith dialogue. Much of her life is spent attempting to eradicate misconceptions about Islam and people of Muslim faith, many having been the victims of racial discrimination as a result of the events of September 11th, 2001. Nazanin Boniadi, an actress born in Iran, who is also the official spokesperson for Amnesty International, spoke about her efforts to create democracy in parts of the world where a free press and freedom of speech were not tolerated by those in power. She has enlisted prominent Hollywood movie directors and actors to support her work. The conference focused on the particular role that women perform in creating a world of peace. The idea was launched in 2001 to give greater visibility to women who were the victims of war and aggression. Another objective was to highlight those women who have been peacemakers in their communities and countries. In this country, women created the Female Peace Society in 1820. One of the very first international women’s peace groups had its roots in 1854 when a Swedish woman started the European PAGE 3

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Achievement Gap or Opportunity Gap African American students achieve at a different level than white students. Test scores are lower, as are high school and college completion rates, and the number of African Americans attending four-year institutions is falling.  The rate of African American suspensions and expulsions from K-12 schools is higher than that of other groups.  By almost any metric there are gaps between African American students and white or Asian students (Latinos achieve at about the same rate as African Americans). Why does this happen?  The late sociologist John Ogbu hypothesized that the gap was the result of young African Americans thinking that learning was “acting white”.  His theory was batted around as if it were fact, even when Duke economist William Darity refuted the Ogbu theory.  Why?  Because it fits somebody’s stereotype to describe African American youngsters as culturally alienated from the mainstream, so much that they eschew the very institution that could be a bridge for them into the middle class. Give the history of African Americans and education; it is hard to swallow these stereotypes.  Several states had laws on the books to prevent African Americans from learning to read and write in the pre-civil war period.  Both white and black people risked flogging, cash fines and other penalties for “teaching a slave to read”.  Millions of African Americans sacrificed for the right to be literate, and ensured that their children would also have opportunities by baking cakes, frying chicken, and raising a few dollars to get to college by whatever means necessary.  At the beginning of the 20th century, the only colleges open to African Americans were historically black colleges and universities, and we went despite the obstacles.  Our presence rejected the notion that learning was “acting white”. In fact, we were acting learned and literate.

Still, it is in the interest of some to continue that stereotype. You’ve heard that adage that if you don’t want an African American to know something, just hide it in a book.  That kind of ignorance is the very reason that African American people were able, during the Civil War, to spy on Confederates who thought they were only illiterate enslaved people.  That is why Mary Ellen Pleasant was able to eavesdrop on conversations on stock and turn them into wealth.  Those who write about the achievement gap ought not underestimate African Americans. Where does the achievement gap come from, then?  It comes from the opportunity gap.  The average African American household earns $31,000 a year, compared to $51,000 for whites.  $51,000 can buy a lot more opportunity than $31,000 can.  If income determines housing clusters, neighborhoods with a $51,000 mean income have better schools and more involved parents than the $31,000 neighborhood does.

that the way to close achievement gaps is to “reduce racial disparities in income and to increase equity and inclusion in education.” For a great deal of students the issue is not “acting white” but being connected to educational options and outcomes. One of the more important factors in student achievement is parental involvement, yet many parents find themselves “too busy” or too uninformed to interact with teachers. One study says that parents don’t necessarily have to help with homework, but simply to reinforce that homework should be done, and to be inquisitive about it. Unfortunately, many parents, frustrated with the school system, write it off. Further, too many of our community organizations don’t sufficiently emphasize education, or if they do, don’t get into the “down and dirty” of it, preferring to raise much-needed scholarship funds than to take a young person by the hand and guide them through next steps to education. The majority of African American students are still firstgeneration college students. They aren’t always sure what next steps are, and they often need help maneuvering through a system with which their parents have no familiarity.  Too many smart students don’t have the parental and societal support they need to achieve.  The United States falls way behind the rest of the world when we don’t value students who have the potential to be high achievers, regardless of race or ethnicity.  We further disservice ourselves as a nation when we fail to value those who have the intelligences to change our world.

Closing income gaps closes opportunity gaps, according to a Ford Foundation-sponsored book written by Dr. Linda DarlingHammond, an Obama education advisor. She says poverty and segregation means that some students attend schools that have fewer resources than others.  Indeed, inner city high schools are less likely to offer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes. Sometimes when these courses are available in suburban high schools, African American students are discouraged from taking them.

About Dr. Julianne Malveaux - “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” - Dr. Cornel West Biography Dr. Julianne Malveaux is the 15th President of Bennett College for Women. Recognized for her progressive and insightful observations, she is also an economist, author and commentator. A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux has held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. She was President of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs from 1995-1999, and is currently Honorary Co-Chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Dr. Ivory Toldson, a professor at Howard University and a contributor to the Root also refutes the notion that African American students think learning is “acting white”. Most African American students, he says, are interested in attending college but may not because of cost factors.  He also says that academic support should be provided to all students, and

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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Alicia Moore’s uncle, Michael Vincent Moore, age 57, was taken into custody by the Van Zandt County Sheriff 's Office, without incident, on a charge of Capital Murder.

ARREST MADE IN ALICIA MOORE CASE An arrest has been made in connection with the death of Alicia Moore. Around 9 p.m. on May 6, 2013, the Greenville Police Department assisted the Texas Rangers and the Van Zandt County Sheriff 's Office (VZSO) in serving VZSO arrest warrant #A13-0506C, and search warrant #S13-05056C, at a home located at 417 Oakview in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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Alicia Moore went missing on November 2, 2012, after getting off of a school bus near her home in Greenville, Texas. Her body was found on November 6, 2012, in Van Zandt County. For more information, contact the Van Zandt County Sheriff ’s Office.

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Co-Facilitator/Substance Abuse Counselor Associate Degree and/or LCDC or HS Diploma w/ Substance Abuse Certification w/2 yrs. demonstrated exp. in facilitating group level prevention interventions to reduce risk behaviors by heterosexual African American (AA) women at highest risk for HIV. Experience in risk reduction, recruitment, outreach, report writing and data collection. Must be willing to work evenings and weekends and have reliable transportation.

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Positions require excellent verbal and written communication skills, thorough knowledge of Dallas communities, work as a team member as well as independently. Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Software application required. Must have reliable transportation.

29th Annual Quest For Success Awards Luncheon Monday, February 4, 2013 @ 12:00 noon Dallas Convention Center-Ballroom A

Submit Resume, Cover Letter and Salary Requirements To: Urban League of Greater Dallas Attn: Human Resources 4315 S. Lancaster Rd. Dallas, TX 75216

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CALLING ALL GIRLS AGES 10-18!!! REGISTRATION IS 4/1- 4/20

The Dallas Youth Council, Inc. proudly presents the 4th Annual Girls’ Day event, April 27, 2013 from 9am to 3pm. Promoting healthy lifestyles that enrich the lives of girls as they foster friendships, discover values, increase physical activity, build self-esteem and connect on issues that impact girls. Workshops are lead from a community of experts and role models, aimed at providing a wide range of enjoyable opportunities for the girls to connect and discover a support net they need to hurdle the physical and emotional challenges of teen years.

When: April 27, 2013 Time: 9am – 3pm Where: University of Texas at Dallas- Richardson, TX Cost: $10.00 (registration fee) REGISTRATION IS OPEN http://girlsdaydallas.org/ PAGE 4

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LEADERSHIP SOUTHWEST GRADUATES CLASS OF 2013 Grady Smithy, Jr. named Distinguished Leader Duncanville, TX - On May 22 Leadership Southwest will graduate 26 leaders and honor one local leader at the 2013 Leadership Southwest Graduation & Distinguished Leadership Award Luncheon at Dallas Baptist University. Each year Leadership Southwest seeks to recognize community leadership program graduates. Recipients are nominated by their local leadership programs for exemplifying the spirit and goals for civic involvement and trusteeship. This year’s Distinguished Leadership Award recipient is The Honorable Grady Smithey, Jr., aka “The Road Warrior.” A few of Grady’s accomplishments are:

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• Graduate of Leadership Southwest Class of 1999 • Served 22 years as a Duncanville City Councilman, seven terms as Mayor Pro Tem of Duncanville • Three times chair of Southwest Dallas County Transportation Committee • Volunteered for the Mid Cities Transportation Planning Study involving Duncanville, Cedar Hill and DeSoto in 1986 Has extensive experience in transportation and other issues facing local governments and is known in transportation circles as the “Road Warrior.” Leadership Southwest is a cooperative effort sponsored by the Cedar Hill, DeSoto,

Duncanville, Lancaster and Oak Cliff Chambers of Commerce. Leadership Southwest is designed for the development of tomorrow’s leaders and community volunteers on boards, councils, and commissions by making significant contributions to the future of Southwest Dallas County. Started in 1985, over 800 community residents and business leaders have graduated from the program with indepth exposure to critical issues facing the community in which they live and work. For more information about Leadership Southwest or this luncheon, please contact Judy Smithey at 972-989-5054 or admin@leadershipsw.org.

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An Angel Goes Home By Frederick G. Batters

The entire Dallas community was saddened to learn that Mrs. Catherine Ferguson, the loving mother of Texas State Representative Helen Giddings, has passed on to glory. Mrs. Ferguson, a member of the St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church will be missed by her family members and those who grew to love her. Before her passing, Mrs. Ferguson described herself as a “Christian who had total trust in God. A woman who loved and raised a good daughter and someone that God blessed with wonderful grandchildren and greatgrandchildren that I loved and loved me.”

 

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The youngest of 11 children of Norris and Susie Warren, Mrs. Ferguson married her high school sweetheart, L.D. Roberts. Together they brought a daughter into the world and named her Helen. Ten years after Mr. Roberts passed, Mrs. Ferguson married Arthur Ferguson. She often said that she had been blessed with an “equally wonderful” husband. Mr. Ferguson passed in 1995. Mrs. Ferguson was described as an “excellent cook,” whose foods delighted the tastes of those who experienced them. She also catered outside her home, especially during the holiday seasons. For the greater part of her adult life, Mrs. Ferguson was a member of the Greater New Bethel Baptist Church. She joined St. Luke in 2011. Survivors include her daughter, State Representative Helen Giddings; three grandchildren, Camellia Kennedy (Yardley), Lisa Fields and Stanley Giddings; five greatgrandchildren, Yarmon Kennedy (Brittany), Geoffrey, Marcus, Jacob and Jordan. A special delight in Mrs. Ferguson’s life was the latest addition to her family, Yale Kennedy. Her “other” grandchildren include Michele Green, Charmaine Giddings and Donald Giddings. On Friday, May 3, 2013, Mrs. Ferguson, passed away at age 89. Services were held on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at 400 S. Zang Blvd., Suite 816, Dallas, TX 75208. For those who wish to do so, you can make a memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association for research in honor of Catherine Ferguson. PAGE 6

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Teen OTC Meds Abuse Abuse of Over-the-Counter medicines is most common among teens age 13-16. They know they might find a cheap high right in their family's medicine cabinet, often without being caught. Check out the top 10 medicines currently abused by teens and adults: Dextromethorphan: This is the active ingredient in more than 100 OTC cough and cold medicines such as Robitussin and NyQuil. One teen in every 10 has reported abuse of cough medicine to get high. Large doses can cause euphoria, distortions of color and sound, and "out of body" hallucinations that last up to 6 hours. Other dangerous side effects including impaired judgment, vomiting, loss of muscle movement, seizures, blurred vision, drowsiness, shallow breathing, and a fast heart rate. When combined with alcohol or other drugs, a large dose can lead to death. Pain relievers: Adults and teens have taken pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen in doses higher then recommended because they want the medicine to work faster. However, liver failure can happen with large doses of acetaminophen, and stomach bleeding, kidney failure, and cardiac risks are heightened when taking large doses of ibuprofen. Caffeine medicines and energy drinks: OTC caffeine pills like NoDoz or energy drinks like "5 Hour Energy," or pain relievers with caffeine have all been abused for the buzz or "jolt of energy" they seem to impart. Large doses of caffeine can cause serious dehydration, gastric reflux, panic attacks, and heart irregularities that have occasionally been linked to accidental deaths, particularly in those with an underlying heart condition. Diet pills: In large doses, diet pills can create a mild buzz. Abuse of diet pills often starts with trying just a few in order to lose weight. But these OTC medicines can be highly addictive. Although the FDA has banned several of the most dangerous stimulants commonly found in OTC diet pillsphenylpropanolamine, ephedrine, and ephedra-other ingredients in these OTC products can be dangerous. Furthermore, even the most "natural" diet preparations can have serious side effects when misused, particularly those containing ma huang (ephedra). An earlier FDA ban on ephedra pertained only to diet pills considered dietary supplements, not herbal remedies such as teas and Chinese preparations. Laxatives and herbal diuretics: Like diet pills, some teens and young adults also abuse OTC laxatives and herbal diuretics (water pills), including uvaursa, golden seal, dandelion root, rose PAGE 7

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hips, and others, to lose weight. Laxatives and herbal diuretics can cause serious dehydration and life-threatening loss of important minerals and salts that regulate the amount of water in the body, acidity of the blood and muscle function. Motion sickness pills: Motion sickness pills that contain dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl) taken in large doses can cause one to feel high and have hallucinations similar to street drugs. Some teens may take as many as 40 pills of Dramamine to experience the desired high. Extremely high doses of Dramamine have caused dangerous irregular heartbeats, coma, heart attacks and death. Long-term abuse can cause

depression, liver and kidney damage, memory loss, eye pain, itchy skin, urine retention and abdominal pain. Sexual performance medicines: OTC sexual performance medicines are sometimes abused by teens and adults who are drinking to counteract the negative effects of alcohol on sexual performance. These medicines can cause heart problems, especially when combined with alcohol or when taken in large doses. Pseudoephedrine: This nasal decongestant and stimulant is found in many cold medicines. Its similarity to amphetamines has made it sought out to make the illegal drug methamphetamine. The medicine has also been taken as a

Prevent Teen Alcohol/ Drug Abuse    Ask any teacher or teen-the level of excitement in high school hallways and classrooms is palpable. The end of the school year is fast approaching, and local teens are preparing to celebrate at proms and graduation parties around the state. These students have a lot to celebrate and are looking forward to sharing memorable experiences with friends and family. Whether those memories evoke happiness or pain, however, may depend upon crucial decisions about the use of alcohol and drugs. At proms, graduations, and throughout the year, underage drinking and drug-use is risky business. Given that teens may be invited to a party where alcohol and drugs will be present, what can parents do to assure their son or daughter's evening will be substance-free and safe? Before the party, talk to the parents hosting the party and get all the details. Where is it? What time does it start and end? Who's invited? What activities are planned? Will there be adult supervision for teenage guests? What is the ratio of adult supervisors to teenage guests? What can I do to help? Remember that many "low-risk" kids become casualties of "high-risk" situations, so don't hesitate to gather the necessary information to make an informed decision. Ask the parents hosting the party if alcohol will be served at the event. If it's a party with guests over and under age 21 and alcohol will be present, ask about their plans to prevent minors from drinking alcohol. If all of the guests will be under

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stimulant to cause an excitable, hyperactive feeling. Abuse may be less common with pseudoephedrine than with other OTC medicines due to a federal law requiring it to be kept behind the pharmacy counter, limiting the purchase quantity, and requiring photo identification prior to purchase. However, people have taken pseudoephedrine to lose weight, and athletes have misused the medicine to increase their state of awareness and to get them "pumped up" before a competition. Dangerous side effects include heart palpitations, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks. When combined with other drugs, such as narcotics, pseudoephedrine may trigger episodes of paranoid psychosis. Herbal ecstasy: This is a combination of inexpensive herbs that are legally sold in pill form and swallowed, snorted, or smoked to produce euphoria and increased awareness. Marketed as a "natural" high, the main ingredient is ma huang (ephedra), an herb banned in the US but only in dietary supplements. The adverse effects can be severe, including muscle spasms, increased blood pressure, seizures, heart attacks, strokes and death. Other herbals: Other herbal products are increasingly being abused for their stimulant, hallucinogenic and euphoric effects. Besides being legal, another draw is that many herbals are not detected during routine urine drug screens. One example is salvia, which is ingested or smoked to experience a short-lived distortion of reality and profound hallucinations. Users can experience severe anxiety, loss of body control, extreme psychosis, and violent

21, ask about their plans to make sure that no one brings alcohol to the party. Talk to your child about what to do if he finds himself at a party where alcohol or drugs are present. Let him know that even if other teens are drinking or doing drugs, you expect him not to. Tell him you'll come pick him up-no matter how late it is. Because your child may be calling you surrounded by friends, you may want to create a "code word" that your child can use if he wants you to come get him. Teach your child about the 911 Lifeline Law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011. That law says a person under 21 won't be charged by the police for possessing or consuming alcohol if the person calls 911 because someone might have alcohol poisoning. This limited immunity applies only to the first person to call for medical assistance, only if the caller remains on the scene until medical assistance arrives and cooperates with EMS and law enforcement.This law was intended to encourage young people to do the right thing and save a life.To learn more, visit www.awareawakealive.org. During the busy prom and graduation season, parents have to make difficult choices about what parties their kids attend. It can be hard to tell a child "no" when she wants to go to the party that "everyone" is going to. Parents may wonder if their rules are too strict. But, with the health, well-being, and safety of local teens and their loved ones on the line, the stakes couldn't be higher. So, go ahead, help your teens and their friends plan for substance-free celebrations they want to remember for a lifetime.

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CONGRESSMAN VEASEY RECOGNIZES MAY AS HEALTH AND FITNESS MONTH

Congressman introduces Congressional Resolution to Promote Healthy Living Dallas-Fort Worth – Congressman Marc Veasey has introduced a congressional resolution, H.R. RES 195 that recognizes May as “Health and Fitness Month.”  This legislation is the Congressman’s second bill introduced in Congress and encourages Americans to lead healthy lifestyles.   Today in America, nearly two-thirds of adults and one in three children are overweight or obese.  At 30.4 percent, Texas has one of the highest obesity rates in the country.  Not only do these statistics affect the health and well-being of each individual, but they also raise serious issues that must be addressed.   Increases in food intake, lack of physical activity, and environments that make nutritious choices more difficult have all played a role in this obesity epidemic.  The high obesity rate is a serious issue, and in Tarrant County for example, over 66 percent of residents are overweight or obese.   During the month of May, Congressman Veasey will host and participate in the following events to promote health and fitness:  

Friday, May 3rd – Let’s Move! Event at Kahn Elementary School in Dallas Congressman Veasey will promote the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative to end childhood obesity by attending a school lunch and speaking to students about the importance of healthy living and nutrition. Wednesday, May 15th – ACLI Capitol Challenge The Congressman and his staff will participate in a 3 mile team race in Washington, D.C., with proceeds from the race going towards the Wounded Warrior Project.   Saturday, May 18th – Healthy Living Congress on Your Corner The Congressman and his staff will host a Congress on Your Corner to help constituents with any issues they may be having with Federal Agencies. In addition the Congressman will be distributing informational material on healthy living and nutrition.   Friday, May 24th – The Century Council Ask, Listen, and Learn Program Congressman Veasey will join the Century Council at the Adams Middle School in Grand Prairie, Texas to help encourage kids to say ‘YES’ to a healthy lifestyle.  The Century Council will be teaching kids about positive role models and have them take a pledge to make healthy choices.  The Congressman will be participating in interactive, educational games and videos with the kids to promote healthy living .   Saturday, May 25th – Let’s Move! Community Walk in Fort Worth’s Cobb Park Congressman Veasey will join local officials and community and religious leaders for a 2 mile walk in the district to promote the First Lady’s Lets Move! Initiative.  

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Ask Gwen My Brother’s Children look like Elephants and Bears Dear Gwendolyn: Four months ago I went to our family reunion. Everyone who attended was concerned about my brother’s children. This is the problem: My brother has not attended a family reunion in six years. He has stayed away because at his last attendance the family members voiced their opinion about his children’s health. His children look like elephants and bears. We were told they have not lost weight but have gained more weight – if that is possible. At his last visit he was told his children look like animals – not humans. Gwendolyn, that was nothing to become upset to the point of staying away from family gatherings. What do you think? Elizabeth

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Dear Elizabeth: Your brother made a good decision. Families should act like family if they want to be loved by family. Let me tell you this: To alert him about his children could have and should have been done in a better manner. What’s wrong in saying, “My brother’s children are obese.” They are humans and not animals. No parent takes to negative comments about their children. If your brother stays away from the next reunion, write to him and apologize for the cruelness that was said. Suggest they seek professional help in going to a facility that has a doctor, nutrition assistance, and up-todate gym equipment. If family is really concerned, take up money at the reunion to pay for these services. Elizabeth, life can take a change. Often pretty little boys and girls end up doing nothing positive with their life. They resort to being criminals. Sometimes those little elephants and bears become college presidents, bank presidents or – president of a country. Weight control is needed for good health and not a focus for good looks. Think about it. There are many people with a sexy body and – an ugly face. "Ask Gwendolyn Baines" advice column is distributed by the National Newspaper Publishers' Association (NNPA)Washington, D.C.

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SYNERGY HomeCare of Fort Worth offers tips for Monitoring an Aging Mother’s Health and Well-Being this Mother’s Day - Mother’s Day is May 12, a day when one of the best gifts adult children can give their aging mother is simply checking to see if she’s safe and secure in her own home. The experts at SYNERGY HomeCare of Fort Worth are pleased to offer tips on how to monitor an older mother’s health and well-being. The time you spend with your aging mother this Mother’s Day can offer important clues about whether she’s safe, mentally sound and in the best living situation. Almost half (46 percent) of women ages 75 and older live alone, while fewer children remain in the same town as their parents. Because adult children cannot count on a telephone call from mom when she needs help, Mother’s Day offers an opportunity to be on the lookout for issues she may never mention. While senior health and well-being issues can be subtle and hard to detect, here are five warning signs you should never ignore: 1. Weight loss. While small fluctuations in weight are normal, if your mother loses 5 to 10 percent of her weight in less than three months, it may be a sign of a health problem.

2. Controlled health conditions that are getting unexpectedly worse. Your mother may be losing track of medications, missing doses or not taking medication as prescribed. 3. An increasing number of slips and falls, problems getting up and down stairs, dizziness and difficulty walking on steady ground are concerns. 4. Your mother is becoming a recluse. Signs include reluctance to leave the house, run usual shopping errands and visit friends and family. 5. A home that is in need of cleaning or repairs may be a clue that your mother needs some help around the house. For additional red flags, SYNERGY HomeCare has a free e-book titled "Play It Safe - A guide to the subtle warning signs that your aging parent may need help." To get your copy, or to learn more about SYNERGY HomeCare of Fort Worth, please contact David Laurenzo at 817-927-1925 or davidlaurenzo@synergyhomecare.com or visit www.synergyhomecare.com.

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60 years has provided free legal aid to lowincome women seeking safety, security and lives free of domestic violence and abuse will host its 13th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards at the home of Lisa Blue Baron. The cocktail reception style event will recognize individuals and organizations for the exceptional advocacy on behalf of women living in poverty. WHO: Lisa Blue Baron, a volunteer with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) of LANWT and the Dallas Bar Association, and advocate helping low-income women solve family law and related legal issues will act as host of the reception.  Honorary Chairs Kenneth Fuller, legal expert in family law and DVAP volunteer; Beverly Levy, Executive Director of Dallas CASA; and Wayne Watts, Senior Executive VP General Counsel for AT&T along with colleagues from the legal community, philanthropists and activists for the cause will also attend. Honorees include The Junior League of Dallas, jcpenney and the Honorable Tena Callahan, Judge of the 302nd Family District Court.   WHEN: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WHERE: Home of Lisa Blue Baron at 5950 Deloache Ave. Dallas, TX 75225   WHY: Single mothers with dependent children are the

fastest growing poverty population in the county and constitute most of the clients served by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Proceeds from the event support legal aid to low-income women, providing them a chance to start over. In a time when federal, state, and local funding has been reduced by almost $3.25 million for 2013, the LANWT is a champion for helping these families in need. For more information visit www.lanwt.org Purchase tickets at: https://lanwt.ejoinme.org/ MyEvents/2013WomensAdvocacyAwards/tabid/ 460113/Default.aspx

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Festival Like No Other -- Harvested In Our Own Backyard – On Saturday, June 15th Skyline Ranch will provide the soil using over 90 lush green acres for Gemstone to gather the crops and plant the seeds…All of them including… Smokin’ Joe McBride, Cherrelle, Natural Change, Reginald Robinson, Alcedrick Todd, Catie Waters, Rick Rigsby & The Stop Six Band, Mocha Blue, Jurni Rayne, Ivory Jean Band featuring Gino “Lock Johnson” Iglehart, Flow of the New Night Babies, Vandell Andrew, Tricia Woodgett, Richmond Punch, June Marieezy, D. Elli$, Mike Guinn, Trio Montuno, Sista Sondra and Cherish Love. Then you will be served with the most ripe, sweet & juicy entertainment fruit the metroplex has tasted in a long time. The Fruit Cultivators: While many in the DFW sleep, Dallas native and Gemstone CEO Meredith Capleton can be found etching marketing imprints into the public mind with her project brand “SolJazz.” All the while Southwest Mobile Advertising (SMA) CEO, Edrick Laney churns away on creative collateral, as both aim focus on continuous strategies to break the traditional mold of marketing, events and predictability. Laney, a promotional visionary and Dallas native, travels the country while scheduling over 22 mobile billboard trucks a.k.a Moving HD Posters in marketplaces like Houston, Denver and Miami, in hopes that one day Dallas will embrace its own

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signature “eclectic jazz, entertainment & diversity festival” that the world one day will know, now known as the 2013 SolJazz Festival. 2013 SOLJAZZ SPOTLIGHT ROSTER: Smokin’ Joe McBride, Cherrelle, Natural Change, Reginald Robinson, Alcedrick Todd, Catie Waters, Rick Rigsby & The Stop Six Band, Mocha Blue, Jurni Rayne, Ivory Jean Band featuring Gino “Lock Johnson” Iglehart, Flow of the New Night Babies, Vandell Andrew, Tricia Woodgett, Richmond Punch, June Marieezy, D. Elli$, Mike Guinn, Trio Montuno, Sista Sondra and Cherish Love WHAT: THE 2013 SOLJJAZZ FESTIIVAL~DALLAS TICKETS ON SALE @ WWW.SOLJAZZFEST.COM/TICKETS WHEN: FINALE WEEK JUNE 7-- JJUNE 16 OTHER DFW AREA PROMOTIONAL EVENTS APRIL --JUNE WHERE:THE LIST IS LONG!! CHECK WWW..SOLJJAZZFEST..COM CONTACT: INFO@SOLJJAZZFEST..COM OR CALL 214..707..8626 WEB: WWW..SOLJJAZZFEST..COM WWW..TWITTER..COM/GEMSTONEMGMT www.soljazzfest.com This 2nd year Music, Arts & Community Festival held from June 7-16 will include a Walk For Diabetes Prevention, Independent Film Marathon, Kickoff Party, Arts & Poetry Set, Welcome Mixer, Veterans Golf Scramble, Comedy & Casino Soiree, Top Chef Competition, Health Pavilion, Unique Custom Car Show, Happy Hour Events and Sunday Jazz & Gospel Brunches.

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HUD awards $3.7 million to 16 Texas programs FORT WORTH – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has awarded $3,706,699 to support 16 local homeless housing and service programs in Texas. Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care programs, the funding will ensure these local homeless assistance programs remain operating in the coming year.  This is HUD’s second round of FY 2012 homeless renewal grants.  This past March, HUD awarded renewal grants to hundreds of other existing local programs, and will make a third round of funding to support selected new projects later this year.             “We know these modest investments in housing and services to our homeless neighbors not only saves money, but saves lives,” said Donovan.  “These local programs are on the front lines of the Obama Administration’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness as we know it once and for all.”   HUD’s Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local projects to meet the needs of their homeless clients. The grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.   While the Fiscal Year 2012 funds awarded today are not impacted by the automatic across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration that began March 1st, Donovan cautioned that future

Parkland expands nurse residency program Training programs attract ‘best & brightest’ from across the U.S. DALLAS – As the nursing shortage across the nation continues, officials with Parkland Health & Hospital System are looking to “grow their own” by expanding its residency program. Nursing residency positions at the public academic medical center were already in demand with more than 800 applicants vying for the 90 slots. Today, Parkland has increased the available nursing residency positions by 144 in areas such as medicine/surgery, emergency/ trauma and women’s services including labor and delivery. “We want the best and the brightest nurses to come to Parkland,” said Mary Eagen, RN, MS, MA, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “The clinical experience they will gain in our residency programs will enhance their education for years to come.” PAGE 13

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budget cuts may reverse significant reported declines in homelessness: “During this challenging budget climate, we must make certain that we don’t balance our books on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. When we make even modest investments in these programs, we see a measureable decline in homelessness.” HUD recently announced its 2012 “point in time” estimate of the number of homeless persons in America.  Approximately 3,000 cities and counties reported 633,782 homeless persons on a single night in January of 2012, largely unchanged from the year before.  While HUD found significant declines among the long-term homeless and veterans, local communities reported an increase in the number of sheltered and unsheltered families with children.  In Texas, local communities reported a 7.7 percent overall drop in homelessness in 2012.   In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015 and to ending homelessness among children, family, and youth by 2020. Parkland is also seeking bilingual nurses for the three-year residencies to meet the current and future needs of its patient demographics. And, as nursing schools increase its numbers of students, Parkland is eager to hire those with two year degrees with a couple of caveats. “We want them to have a career with us, get their certification in their chosen specialty area and within five years obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing,” Eagen said, noting that employees can take advantage of Parkland‘s tuition reimbursement program. For those nurses who have not selected a specialty field, Eagen noted that Parkland has a cadre of experienced nursing leaders who stand ready to answer questions from those seeking advice and guidance. “I will put our nursing staff up against any in the country. They are the cream of the crop who provide high quality, caring, compassionate and safe care on a daily basis,” Eagen added. “I am honored to serve as their chief nurse and firmly believe if nurses are looking for a tremendous place to work, Parkland is that place.” For more information on Parkland’s nursing residencies, go to www.parklandcareers.com.

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FLORIDA A&M names Sylvester Young director of marching and pep bands TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) has named Sylvester Young its new director of marching and pep bands. Young, a FAMU graduate and former member of the Marching “100,” spent nearly 25 years at Ohio University, most recently as band director.  FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson made the announcement after an extensive nationwide search process. “Dr. Young is a talented and experienced administrator, musician and scholar who I believe will provide strong discipline, leadership and vision for the Marching “100,” Robinson said. “Dr. Young has had a stellar career as director of bands at several universities and I am looking forward to Young continuing the great traditions of the Marching “100" when we deem it ready to return to the field.” “I am honored to be back home at FAMU and fully embrace the challenge ahead,” Young said.  “The Marching “100” had such a positive impact on me and I know firsthand what this band means to FAMU.  We will enter a new era of excellence for the band and I am proud to be leading the charge.” Young has served as an associate professor of music since 1990 at Ohio University where he taught courses in marching band techniques, jazz ensemble methods, computer skills for musicians and instrumentation. “As chair of the search committee, we were looking for someone who has the respect of his peers, the experience and the passion to continue the practices that have made the Marching “100” a household name,” Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rodner Wright said. “We are pleased with our choice.” For six years, Young served as director of bands for Ohio University.  Prior to that appointment, he served as director of bands at Hampton University from 1982 to 1990 and Lincoln University from 1979 to 1982. Young earned his undergraduate degree in music education in 1969.  He went on to earn his master’s education degree from the Bowling Green State of Ohio in 1970 and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The bands he has directed have been invited to perform at many prestigious events. In 1993, Ohio University's band was the only marching band to represent the state of Ohio in former President William “Bill” Clinton’s Inaugural Parade.  In 1992 and 1995, the Ohio University Marching Band performed for the Detroit Lions and in 1991 and 1994 for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. In his new role as FAMU director of Marching at Pep Bands, Young will report to the chair of the Department of Music and will oversee all aspects of the marching and pep bands.  He will also plan and direct the summer high school band camp and serve as the liaison between the Athletic Department, the Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Music. Young is scheduled to report to work on June 14, with an annual salary of $105,000. !

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Former Speaker lauds Congresswoman Johnson By Jonathan Frederick Matts

House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi praised Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for her support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and for her efforts to empower women in politics. Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House, made her comments during an assembly held at the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School on Wednesday at Fair Park attended by community leaders, educators and Dallas Independent School Superintendent Mike Miles. “I want to recognize the leadership of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson in the area of STEM education,” Representative Pelosi said. “She is one of the top Democrats on the Science and Technology Committee. She has a seat at the table.” While at the school Pelosi met with students, administrators and teachers. She urged the young women at the school to become the leaders of the nation in the years to come. “Public service is a noble calling and someone here may

one day become the president of the United States. You must continue to dream and pursue your life objectives.” Pelosi said that there were times when she felt the presence of Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony as she walked the halls of Congress and voted on importance legislation. “Many women before me have paved the way for people like myself and for people like you. We have to be dreamers. Everyone in this school must be a dreamer.” Congresswoman Johnson told the assembly that she served as a legislator in the Texas House with Irma Rangel. “She had a can do attitude,” Congresswoman Johnson said. “She would be very proud of all of you and what you are have decided to do your lives.” Irma Rangel has been rated by a national magazine as the 14th best school in the country and the second best in the state of Texas. Its first class was graduated in 2009. The school emphasizes science, technology and mathematics. All students are required are required to volunteer in various community projects.

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Celebration of classic American Cocktails and more – Noted Dallas Mixologist Michael Martensen of Cedars Social, Smyth and his much anticipated upcoming new restaurant The Establishment, is mixing things up for Dallas Heritage Village’s new signature fundraiser event “History with a Twist-a Celebration of the American Cocktail,” Saturday, May 18, on Main Street at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75215, from 7:30-11 p.m. “We are so lucky to be partnering with cocktail wizard Michael Martensen,” said Gary Smith, Executive Director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “In our efforts to create a unique new fundraising event, we knew we wanted to do something different.  “We came up with the historical cocktail idea and had seen a Prohibition cocktail menu at Michael’s Cedars Social, which is just around the corner from the Village. When we met with him, we learned of his great love of history in general and how he has parlayed that into his job as a ‘mixologist’ of classic cocktails.  He was glad to help, and it is, indeed, a perfect partnership!”  Guests will step back in time as they stroll down Dallas Heritage Village’s historic Main Street sampling a variety of unique creations of Martensen’s at numerous cocktail stations until 10 p.m.  as well as food by Wendy Krispin Caterer throughout the evening.  (Beer and wine will be available for purchase until 11 p.m.) There will be a vintage car show, jazz music provided by the Singapore Slingers, and dance instructors from the Rhythm Room there to perform and teach a few moves from the ‘20s to the ‘40s.  Guests are encouraged to come in their own vintage attire from

Prohibition and the early 20th century. A selection of costume items will be for sale that evening for those who want to accessorize. A silent auction will feature wine and dinner packages along with some special Texas road trips.  A photo booth will be available for guests to document the occasion – either the old fashioned way or digital prints sent directly to Facebook and Twitter. “There was no hesitation on my part regarding participating in this exciting new event benefiting building restoration at Dallas Heritage Village,” added Michael Martensen.  “I am delighted to help and be a part of something that will benefit such an outstanding nationally accredited history museum in Dallas.  The evening is shaping up wonderfully and will be great fun for all those who can come out.  I love thinking about new cocktail creations for this occasion, and I hope to help get the word out to people to come try something new for a good cause.  “It’s true that I am a huge history buff…and if you’ve seen my line up of drink menus at Cedars Social, you probably are already aware.  The only way in this life that we can understand who we are and how we got to be that way is by studying the past.  Dallas Heritage Village helps people of all ages discover that every day!  Come out and support their efforts to continue to share the past with new generations.”

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Mark your calendar MAY 10 St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts, the new center for arts and culture in East Dallas, will present Open Cathedral, a free family event featuring music, food, and art in and outside the Cathedral, Friday, May 10, 6-10 p.m. at 5100 Ross Avenue. This event is co-sponsored by St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts and the Aberg Center for Literacy. See CathedralArtsDallas.org. Call 214-887-6552 for more information. Open Cathedral will give visitors a chance to witness firsthand the diversity of music, art, education and culture present at St. Matthew's Cathedral. The evening will include children’s activities, performances and an art exhibition of local visual artists. FREE child care will be provided for those 3 months old to 5 years old.

MAY 11 Dr. Trevicia Williams will facilitate her signature "I Love You But I Can't Stand You Right Now" workshop again at the Central Park Conference Center in McKinney for mothers and teen daughters to connect, build, bond and grow. Dr. Williams requires that the teen daughter be accompanied by her mother to participate. Her outreach will be extended to mothers and teens during the summer months as well. Women Who Dare to Win: Celebrating You & Your BFF is about the Power of Friendships and Relationships! WHEN: Sat., May 11, 2013 12p-5p WHERE: Central Park Conference Center Collin County Community College located at 2200 West University Drive, McKinney, TX 75071 It's Motivational, Educational & Fun! During the inspirational half day event, women and their BFFs will be celebrated for their beauty from the inside out, their journeys, and accomplishments. North Lake College – 10 a.m. at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving; keynote speaker: Dr. Darryl E. Howard, visiting scholar in religion, department of liberal arts; student speaker: Diana Noka. n Eastfield College – 4:30 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd. in Garland; keynote speaker: Dr. Gerald Hudson, Lakeview Centennial High School principal, Garland Independent School District, and former Eastfield College student.

Brookhaven College – 7 p.m. at the Alfred J. Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Rd. in Addison; commencement speaker: Dr. Claire Bambrough, Brookhaven chemistry professor and DCCCD Citi STEM Faculty Fellow. n Cedar Valley College – 7 p.m. at the Inspiring Body of Christ Church, 7701 S. Westmoreland Rd., Dallas; commencement speaker: Roland S. Martin, journalist, syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, commentator for TV One and host of Washington Week with Roland Martin, n Mountain View College – 7 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Complex/Ellis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St. in Dallas; commencement speaker: Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., chancellor, Dallas County Community College District. .

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African American Museum Gala Featuring Bar-Kays Sat, May 18, 2013 from 6:00 PM to Sun, May 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM WHERE: Khmer Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole Hotel 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway Dallas TX 75207 NORTH TEXAS MINORITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS GONE PLATINUM! at 6pm at Aloft Hotel 1033 Young Street Dallas, TX 7520 For NETWORKING at its best: PLATINUM Live Entertainment, Business Card Exchange, Prizes, and More Business worth more than gold!

Tune into the Business Sense with Katina Show on Cheryl's World..... Each Monday 6-8pm via phone or web www.blogtalkradio.com/ cherylsmith (646) 200-0459, call in to listen (469-855-3074), call to be a guest on the show * Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Coming May 17-19, 2013 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is the City of Richardson’s awardwinning, multi-day festival (May 17-19, 2013) featuring live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, interactive exhibits, strolling buskers and more. WHERE Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is located at the Galatyn Park Urban Center in Richardson, Texas. Actual festival address: 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082. Directions can be found at http:// www.wildflowerfestival.com/directions.html.

Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council will present its annual ACCESS Business Expo on Monday and Tuesday, May 13-14, 2013 at the Irving Convention Center.

The 2013 Dallas Arthritis Walk, the Arthritis Foundation's annual event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, is set for Saturday, May 18 at 12700 Park Central. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Walk at 10:00 a.m. For more info visit: www.dallasarthritiswalk.org . Elvis Tribute Artist Contest: Early Elvis & the Vegas Years SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013 1:00-4:00 PM COWTOWN COLISEUM- HISTORIC FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS 121 E EXCHANGE AVE. FORT WORTH, TX 76164 REGISTER online at stockyardsrodeo.com or in person at the Cowtown Coliseum. Each entry will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to that evening’s Rodeo and two (2) complimentary tickets to Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer on exhibit May 25 – Sept. 2 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Finalists from each category will perform at the Rodeo that evening. A $500 prize will be given to the first place winner in each category. *participants must provide their own tracks and/or music ***** THE SHRINERS OF ZAKAT TEMPLE & DAUGTHERS OF ZAKAT COURT NO 133 DIABETES EDUCATIONAL & HEALTH SCREENING EVENTS @ P C COBB FIELDHOUSE,1702 ROBERT B. CULLUM BLVD. FROM 8:00-12PM.

May 14 Chairman of NUL Visits Dallas John Hofmeister - Chairman of National Urban League will join ULGDYP at its May General Body Meeting. Mr. Hofmeister, who is Founder and Chief Executive at Citizens for Affordable Energy and Former President of Shell Oil Company, is a leader with a unique perspective on not only the oil industry, but on the nation's energy situation as a whole. He is a highly sought after presenter, pundit, writer, energy and leadership expert. His greatest gift is that in his speaking and writing he connects with every man and woman in this country with straightforward talk and understandable writing. A superb interviewee, he has appeared on Charlie Rose, Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto, Meet the Press, Fox Business Network and more. He is also a regular contributor on CNBC's SquawkBox. !

May 25 8th Annual Writers Breakthrough Workshop: Sponsored by Grace LaJoy, in partnership with The TurnAround Agenda of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, where Dr. Tony Evans is pastor. To be held on May 25, 2013 from 9:00am 1:00pm at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, 1801 W Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, Texas, 75732. To register, please RSVP by e-mailing your NAME, ADDRESS, and PHONE NUMBER to poetry@gracelajoy.com. Registration for the workshop is FREE, but you MUST RSVP. Vendor spots are also available. Vendors must register at www.gracelajoy.com. For more information call 816-318-1388.

DFW International Community Alliance presents the annual Dallas International Festival The Centennial Building at Fair Park Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 10 am - 8 pm FREE Take DART's green line to Fair Park and walk just a few steps to the Centennial Building

May 27 Annual Scholarship Golf Classic & Golf Clinic sponsored by the Alpha Merit Committee Group (501c3) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter (Dallas, TX). This event will take place on Friday May 31, 2013 at 8 AM at the Cedar Crest Golf Course (1800 Southerland Ave Dallas, TX 75203 www.golfcedarcrest.com 214-670-7615) and we need your support to help to make it another success.

June 1 DFW Southern University Bayou Bash African American Museum

June 8 JERRY SEINFELD AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTERʼS WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE DALLAS, TX SATURDAY, JUNE 8 at 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 19 at 10 a.m. America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House His tour will visit the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House in Dallas on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.attpac.org, by phone at 214.880.0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road.

June 10 Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce\ 24th Annual Golf Tournament Shotgun Start: 7:30 a.m. Thorntree Country Club DeSoto, Texas

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May 19 El Centro College – 3 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Complex/Ellis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St. in Dallas; commencement speaker: Joan Becker, El Centro College dean of nursing; student speaker: Rhyzl Guimbatan, 2013 graduate and president of the ECC Sigma Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa academic honorary for two-year colleges.

May 23

The Education Committee of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce--8:00-9:30am at Hitt Auditorium of Methodist Hospital (1441 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas 75203) as we

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celebrate some of the top Educators in Dallas at the 2013 Educator of the Year Celebration. This event will feature Keynote Speaker, Dr. Wright Lassiter (Chancellor of Dallas County Community College District) and sponsorship opportunities are available to benefit the Chamber's Golden Oaks Scholarship Fund that provides money for high school graduates in our community.

May 16

FREE event; however, (1) RSVP: marketing@ntmcc.org (2) bring school supplies for 2013-2014 school year drive

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He has spoken at the Universities of Harvard, Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Arizona to name a few. He will be sharing his lessons in leadership with us. Read Chairman Hofmeister's full bio here. 7PM Center for Community Cooperation 2900 Live Oak Street Dallas, Texas

Dallas Business Journal in honoring the Top North Texas Women in Business! There will be networking and trade show before and after the awards luncheon. 10:00am-2:00pm Add to my calendar Irving Convention Center 500 West Las Colinas Blvd Irving TX 75039 ********* Friendship-West Baptist Church “Passing the Torch” Spring College Fair on Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. *********** Harlem Globetrotters will bring their renowned Summer Skills Clinics to 24 Hour Fitness® clubs in the Dallas area from June 17-22, 2013.

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NO 2 ISSUE 35 BRINGING YOU ENLIGHTENING, EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, INSPIRING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING INFORMATION During their six days in Dallas, Globetrotters’ stars will lead a total of 18 two-hour clinics at the following 24 Hour Fitness locations: Dialogues on Peace and Justice The Missing Voice: Living with AIDS in Dallas Today Thursday, June 20 at 7 pm Dallas Peace Center 9120 Ferguson Rd Dallas 75228 (On the campus of First Community Church) $10.00 Suggested Donation ********* The Missing Voice: Living with AIDS in Dallas Today Young men and women impacted by HIV/AIDS will share their experiences and describe barriers to adequate care. Eric Reece, HIV/AIDS justice advocate and Dallas Peace Center board member, will lead the discussion, with members of the Dallas Chapter of C2EA (Campaign to End AIDS). ******* The Tenors will be performing in Dallas on Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House in the Downtown Dallas Arts District and is part of the Capital One Bank Bravo Series. Ticket prices range from $25 to $55 and can be purchased online at www.attpac.org, by phone at 214.880.0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road.

July 6, 1pm to 4pm Community Room at Southwest Center Mall Organized By: Rita Williams Young Boys on Blast will award their first D.G. Pemberton scholarship This is an essay competition. The subject of the essay is "How to Empower, Educate and Excite Young Boys to Become Respectful and Responsible Men in Society". The essay must be typewritten and must be at least 300 words. The deadline for the essay is 10:00 pm June 2, 2013. Please send the essay to theritasuewillshow@aol.com or send it to the Community Room of Southwest Center Mall at 3662 W Camp Wisdom Rd Ste 1084, Dallas, TX 75237. Each contestant must be a current junior or senior in high school. Heading of the essay include the following: Subject of Essay First and Last Name Age and Grade Name of School Date of Essay ritasusannewill@aol.com

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2013 National Urban League Conference Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America July 24 – 27, 2013 Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, PA 2013 NABJ Convention and Career Fair Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center 6000 West Osceola Parkway ♦ Kissimmee, Florida 34746 July 31 – August 4, 2013

November 9-14 Beauty Industry Champions Cruise & Educational Summit 2013! Cruise dates are November 9-14, 2013

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“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” . Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Come on PEOPLE! Don’t you CARE? POLICE have not apprehended Pookie the serial rapist. Aren’t you concerned? Do you care? We know he has attacked members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and there is a $5,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers. If you have ANY information, PLEASE call Crime Stoppers

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