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Message to the People... May 26 - a special day for sisters! On May 26, 1978, 34 young women on the campus of Florida A&M University were initiated into the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. through the Beta Alpha Chapter! Thirty-five years later, 33 of the women Cheryl Smith are still alive and doing positive things to uplift their communities, world and families. Congratulations to the Elusive Ladies: Sheryl Barnes, Michelle Boseman, Cheryl Burgess, Donna Charles (D), Charlene DeWindt, Lucy Holt, Brenda Jones, Sandra McReynolds, Vicky Muse, Alma Ragin, Anita Smith, Sabrina Beason, Kathy Board, Carolyn Brown, Mary Brown, Lillie Burke, Karen Caldwell, Terry Cooper, Yvette Council, Vickie Frazier, Celia Gipson, Cassandra Horton, Cassandra Jackson, Angela King, Audrey McGriff, Louise Marshall, Valerie Melton, Helen Morton, Valerie Raulerson, Vera Norwood, Cheryl Smith, Alvena Smith, Gertrude Sweet and Annarene Wineglass! I love these women and as I think back over the past 35 years, it is easy to become overwhelmed as I recall the many memories I have with these young ladies. We’re planning to get together in July as we celebrate the Centennial of Delta Sigma Theta and again at FAMU’s homecoming in Tallahassee. There have also been mini gatherings in different parts of the country. As we did 35 years ago, we work and play together! The Elusive Ladies have excelled at work, in the sorority and around the world. Many have held and still hold leadership positions in their local chapters. Reflecting back on the 19-year-old sophomore taking part in an experience that I knew nothing about, I am so thankful for the “Big Sisters” and the “Line Sisters” who crossed my path. Today we are tied to each other --for LIFE! Now everyone does not have to join a sorority, but I strongly urge women to think about joining and committing to a life of sisterhood. I’m talking about being more understanding and loving -- displaying compassion, not being quick to condemn or “hate.” It’s not like we don’t have an idea about what another “sister” is going through! We’ve all had our hearts broken, experienced defeat, worked through that time of the month, etc. Sadly, I have met women who say they don’t have female friends. In the Elusive Ladies, we went through all the stages to become sorors, sisters and eventually friends -- real friends. In Delta Sigma Theta, in the Elusive Ladies, I found a bond that transcends so many of the issues we face-- it is spiritual, emotional, mental and yes, physical, because we do lean on one another! To not have the love of my “sisterfriends” would leave an emptiness in my life. To all the women of the world, reading my words; reach out and share some sisterly love. It begins with a smile! Then a kind word!

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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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Note: Augretta, in the purple and white, on the front row, thinks she is an honorary Elusive Lady. She actually pledged a year later with the Tenacious 30! We’re in Chicago celebrating Karen’s 50th birthday. (Karen is standing third from left).

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e real scandal By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson

Washington is descending into another silly season. Let’s end this diversion of dust and smoke as partisans hype mock “scandals” for political profit. The real scandals — like that of children in poverty — are simply Rev. Jesse L. being ignored. In this rich nation, Jackson nearly 8 million children under the age of 18 are being raised in what are called “areas of concentrated poverty.” These are the ghettos, barrios and impoverished rural areas where more than 30 percent of families live below the poverty line (a little over $22,000 for a family of four in 2010, when these figures date from). The number of children living in these communities is rising: It’s up 25 percent since 2000, according to the Data Snapshot of Kids Count, the nonpartisan organization whose report is the source of this data. Not surprisingly, African-American, NativeAmerican and Latino children are 6 to 9 times more likely than white children to live in these areas. Children whose parents were born outside of the U.S. — the offspring of immigrants — are also more likely to be ghettoized. Two-thirds of these children are in large cities. Surprisingly, the highest rate is in the South and Southwest: Mississippi, New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas and Arizona. With the nation moving toward becoming a majority minority nation, these children are our future. We will rise or fall depending on how successful we are in tapping their potential and in providing them with opportunity. Right now, we’re failing the test. Our ghettos and barrios — and other communities of concentrated poverty — are dangerous to children. They’re more likely to go to impoverished and underperforming schools, more likely to be unable to find good preschool and child care, and more likely to lack quality health care. Their housing situation is less stable and their neighborhoods often lack adequate outdoor spaces. They must survive on dangerous streets. Children growing up in areas of concentrated poverty do worse in school and are more likely to drop out — even if they come from moderate- or high-income families. Those raised in middle- or higher income families are 52 percent more likely to fall down the income ladder if they grow up in these neighborhoods. The scandal is that our public policy to deal with these children is as impoverished as their neighborhoods. You can’t address their challenges by shutting down a public school and opening up a charter. High-stakes testing can measure how they fall behind, but it provides no remedy. We need a comprehensive strategy to address concentrated communities of poverty. We need to rebuild these neighborhoods with affordable housing, sensible public transport, clinics and hospitals, groceries with good food while investing in the kids — through infant nutrition, universal pre-K, smaller classes in early grades, good teachers, smart schools, afterschool programs and affordable college. In an age where globalization has ravaged communities, Kids Count argues that we need to develop “anchor institutions” — local hospitals, universities, government agencies -— that hire locally, train locally and buy locally. These neighborhoods have to be figured into citywide and regional plans, not locked out of them. Our diverse democracy won’t survive if children discover that their success depends more on the luck of what family they are born into rather than the pluck of the work that they do. We can afford to remove the shackles that burden these children. PAGE 3

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Stop Abusing OUR Congresswoman! The daily Last week, the newspaper, the paper in this town only daily in our city, suggested that must immediately the Congresswoman changed cease its unbridled information on a public criticism of internet site that contained Congresswoman Pastor Corey C. Toney information about her. Eddie Bernice The site can be changed by Johnson before anyone. And the paper even the remaining members of the admitted in its article that community who still it had no evidence that subscribe to their the Congresswoman or newspaper stop their any member of her staff subscriptions, and was involved. inform advertisers that we will no longer They continue to print patronize companies this type of rubbish while that spend advertising ignoring the fact that Congresswoman dollars with a within the last two Eddie Bernice Johnson newspaper that seems months the bent on trying to Congresswoman was destroy the character and selected by two prominent national reputation of one of the most organizations in the African revered public servants in Dallas. American community as one of the

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most significant political figures in the country. Perhaps that is not important to the people at the newspaper but it is important to those who reside south of the Trinity River and who know the contributions that Congresswoman Johnson makes to the life of this region and this country on a daily basis. We are tired of seeing a woman who has devoted her entire adult life to the service of people, as an elected official and as a health professional, treated like trash. And we will not continue to stand idly by while she is assaulted and abused. Sincerely, Pastor Corey C. Toney Senior Pastor New Leaf Community Church Dallas, Texas

ADVOCATE Gwendolyn Jones

Dear Advocate: I have an 11-year-old daughter. Her father was killed in an automobile accident when she was two. Five years ago I remarried a wonderful man whom I thought loved me and my child. A year ago my husband, my daughter’s step-father was convicted of sexually assaulting our neighbor’s nine-year-old daughter and is now serving prison time. I am plagued with feelings of guilt and remorse because at that time my daughter told me he started sexually abusing her when she was eight years old. My marriage is destroyed and my relationship with my daughter is ruined. She’s angry, withdrawn and looks at me with total disgust. How could I not know? Why didn’t she tell me? Ft Worth, TX Dear Ft Worth: To begin with, let me extend to you my deepest condolences for the sudden and tragic loss of your first

husband and your daughter’s birth father. Regarding your recent situation, I’m sure you’re experiencing mixed emotions and different levels of guilt related to this betrayal and criminal activity. First and foremost, your husband is solely responsible for his inappropriate actions and behavior towards your daughter, his stepdaughter, not you. Secondly, individuals who choose to abuse children are very sneaky and go to great lengths to keep their actions hidden. Young children who are being abused don’t know how to verbalize what is happening to them. Their voices have been silenced by fear and threats from their abusers that if they tell, they or someone they love will be hurt. Oftentimes, the child attempts to disclose the abuse through their behavior. Such as, acting out, failing school grades, fearful of being around a particular person, sexual behavior that is inappropriate for their age, etc.

Lastly, all is not lost. You can begin the process of rebuilding and restoring the relationship with your daughter. Sexual abuse is a very traumatic experience and shouldn’t be taken lightly. She has been deeply, deeply hurt and the emotional wound needs to be addressed appropriately. Seek individual counseling for you and your daughter to identify and confront all the negative and painful emotions surrounding this terrible event. Gwendolyn Gwendolyn Jones is a spokesperson and advocate for the sexually exploited. Being victimized herself as an adolescent she has walked the path of recovery from victim, to survivor to an overcomer. She began facilitating support groups in 2008 to help survivors of sexual violence heal emotionally and spiritually from the devastating effects of inappropriate sexual behavior. Contact Gwendolyn on facebook or email asktheadvocate@yahoo.com.

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Representative Yvonne Davis announces $500,000 2013-2014 Urban Scholarship Fund State Representative Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) recently announced that over $500,000 in scholarships are available for high school graduates from Dallas and 28 other urban areas throughout Texas. Administrated by the Texas Association of Developing Colleges (TADC), the Urban Scholarship Program was created during the 74th Legislative session as part of House Bill 2128 with the cooperation of the three largest local telephone companies in the state of Texas at the time. This year's Scholarship Fund contributors are AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Since the establishment of the Urban Scholarship Fund, nearly 11,000 students throughout the state of Texas have been able to begin or continue their college education due to over $6,000,000 awarded to them through the Urban Scholarship Fund. "This fund was created to provide access to higher education opportunities for Texans who, without this assistance, might not be able to strive for a college education," said Rep. Davis. "Basically, all the problems facing our communities, including economic parity, high crime, building cohesive families, and other quality of life issues are related to the lack of education. By providing increased avenues

of educational opportunity, we multiply our chances of improving the conditions of our State. The goal of this fund is to boost chances of reaching this target" Rep. Davis continued.

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university students will receive $1000, and private four-year college and university students will receive $2000. The number of awards is uncertain because of the varying funding levels to different types of institutions.

The 2013-2014 Urban Scholarship Fund is for Texas The Urban Scholarship fund was residents who are also U. S. created in 1995 when Rep. Davis citizens and full-time attached an amendment to the omnibus undergraduates in good academic telecom bill creating a pool of funds standing at any accredited public derived from unclaimed telephone or private non-profit college, service deposits. university or technical college. Additionally, applicants must Previously unclaimed funds went into demonstrate financial need and the unclaimed funds pool in the State have graduated from a high Treasury. Although these funds will be school in the following shifted into the scholarship account, metropolitan cities: Abilene, local telephone companies will still Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, reimburse consumers for any funds Beaumont, Brownsville, State Representative Yvonne Davis properly claimed in the future. Carrollton, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Houston, "We ask our students to study hard, make the Irving, Killeen, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, grade and prepare themselves for the next level McKinney, Mesquite, Midland, Pasadena, Plano, San necessary to reach their goal,” said Rep. Davis. Antonio, Waco, and Wichita Falls. Students “However, the continued rising cost of a college interested in applying for scholarships should contact education presents an obstacle to some students. The their high school guidance counselor; college Urban Scholarship Fund provides these students financial aid officer, or call the Texas Association of additional funding to help pay for their college Developing Colleges at (214) 630-2511. Applicants education and ultimately realizing their goal." may also complete the scholarship application online at www.txadc.org then print, sign and mail it with the required documents. The deadline for applying for Students from non-metropolitan areas of the the 2013-2014 Urban Scholarship Fund is Monday, State may be covered by the Rural Scholarship fund, July 8, 2013 (postmarked). which was also created by House Bill 2128. Students attending technical, junior or community colleges will receive $700, public four-year college and

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Leadership Southwest Graduation held On May 22 Leadership Southwest graduated 26 leaders and honored 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.” Grady’s accomplishments: • Graduate of Leadership Southwest Class of 1999

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.

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We all know Tony Stark is Iron Man, but does the suit make the man or does the man make the suit? Inquiring minds want to know. Written by Drew Pearce and Shane Black, and directed by Black, IRON MAN 3 is the third

installment of the IRON MAN movie franchise based on the Marvel comics character. As with the previous IRON MAN films, the star power in “3” is plentiful. Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe winner Robert Downey, Jr. returns in the title role along with Oscar Award winner Gywneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe winner Don Cheadle, as Colonel James Rhodes. Former film director Jon Favreau (IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2) also returns as Happy Hogan, Mr. Stark’s right-hand man and head of security. Joining the A-list cast this time around are critically acclaimed Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as alleged diabolical terrorist, The Mandarin, and Golden Globenominated Aussie actor, Guy Pearce as evil mastermind/ scientist, Aldrich Killian. PAGE 6

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The plot reveals Tony Stark/ Iron Man in a light we have not seen him in before. WARNING: Spoiler alerts included. When Stark’s bestie, Happy Hogan nearly loses his life during a terrorist attack, Stark vows to find those responsible. After making a direct threat on national TV to a violent terrorist known as The Mandarin, Stark’s personal life is destroyed when the seemingly unstoppable enemy brings the fight right to the front door of his posh, oceanview home in Malibu. Initially presumed dead by the public and the love of his life, Pepper (who for a brief moment wears the Iron Man suit for the first time to protect her from injury during the attack), Stark is forced to take refuge in a residential workshop after his latest prototype, not-quite-fullyfunctional suit of crimson and gold armor crash lands in a small town in Tennessee.

Like Stark, Killian is also a brilliant man. However, several years prior while attending a conference, Stark broke his promise to meet with Killian about an idea he wanted to propose and well, apparently Killian never got over being blown off. As Stark fights his way back and works on rebuilding the Iron Man prototype, he has to rely on his ingenuity and tenacity to prepare him to face this formidable enemy and ultimately rescue Pepper, who Killian has taken hostage and injected with his destructive bio-chemicals.

immensely entertaining, in my opinion the third sequel is the best of the franchise, perhaps because similar to other superhero movies in recent years, the character has transformed from a light-hearted, comical portrayal into a much more serious, darker, soul-searching role. IRON MAN 3 has a running time of two hours and 10 minutes, and is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content. The Best Iron Man movie yet! Four reels

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There he befriends a pintsized assistant/fan named Harley who helps Stark repair the suit and get back on his feet while keeping the billionaire industrialist’s whereabouts confidential. A well-played twist in the storyline teaches us that it is in fact Aldrich Killian, who is the real villain orchestrating the string of bomb-less, biochemical explosions, and not the elusive Mandarin as the audience is purposely misdirected to believe. As it turns out, The Mandarin, is just an old, drugged out, struggling actor, who is being paid by Killian to be the mascot for all intensive purposes of his self-serving, plot to take over the world.

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund Wins Voting Rights Act Challenge to Fayette County, Georgia’s Discriminatory Election Method Fayette County, Georgia—In an important voting case, a federal court struck down, as violative of the Voting Rights Act, Fayette County’s discriminatory at-large method of electing members to the County Board of Commissioners and County Board of Education. In the case, Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, et al. v. Fayette County Board of Commissioners, et al., the Court, in an 81-page opinion, found that although Black residents comprise 20 percent of Fayette County, are geographically concentrated in the County, and consistently vote together for Board of Commissioners and Board of Education candidates, no Black candidate has ever been elected to either of these boards in the County’s 191-year history. “As the Court recognized today, Fayette County’s atlarge election method violates the Voting Rights Act because it is a structural wall of exclusion that guarantees that Black voters, despite having run for office in election after election, cannot elect their candidates of choice,” said Ryan Haygood, Director of the Political Participation Group of the NAACP Legal PAGE 9

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Defense Fund, a leading civil rights law firm that has been a separate entity from the NAACP since 1957. “Today’s ruling provides an opportunity for greater inclusion, fairness, and accountability in Fayette County’s political process through district-based voting.” Because Black-preferred candidates are not meaningfully supported by white voters, who comprise 70 percent of Fayette County’s population, those candidates cannot win a county-wide election under the current electoral system. A Black candidate, for example, recently lost a Fayette County Board of Education election after receiving 99 percent support from Black voters, but securing only 15 percent from white voters. In another recent election, three Republican candidates ran for a vacant seat on the Board of Commissioners, including two Black candidates and one white candidate. One of the Black candidates was an attorney and then vice-chairman of the Fayette County Republican party, and the other Black candidate was a certified public accountant. The white candidate, who had never voted, but who ran to “preserve the heritage of our county,” was a mechanic. In the end, the white candidate defeated all Black candidates without a runoff. The federal court found that at-large voting in Fayette weakens the voting strength of Black voters in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Widely considered the crown jewel

of American democracy, the Voting Rights Act is the most effective tool for protecting voters of color against methods of election, such as at-large voting, that dilute the voting strength of communities of color. Until today’s ruling, Fayette County was one of only twenty districts of the 180 school districts in Georgia with a completely at-large electoral scheme. “Our country has now twice elected a Black person to serve in the highest office in the land,” said Leah Aden, LDF Assistant Counsel. “And yet, in a state with such rich racial diversity as Georgia, Fayette County has for too long resisted numerous opportunities to integrate its political processes. Today’s decision provides an opportunity for Fayette County to embrace its racial diversity and finally integrate its political process and provide avenues of voting opportunity for all of its citizens.” Plaintiffs, the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Fayette County Branch of the NAACP, and Black registered voters who reside in Fayette County, filed this lawsuit in August 2011. At least since 1993, Plaintiffs and other members of the community have advocated for creation of district-based voting under which Fayette County would be divided into equally-sized districts with each district electing a representative of their choice to the Board of Commissioners or Board of Education. “Fayette County citizens have worked for decades to create real representative democracy through district !

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voting,” says John E. Jones, President of the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP. “We are hopeful that today’s decision will bring to an end Fayette County’s nearly two-year fight to preserve a discriminatory voting system that has cost the County nearly $300,000 to defend.” The Court’s ruling requires the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education to develop a district-based remedial plan that contains at least one district in which Black voters comprise a majority of the voting-age population by June 25, 2013. “This case is about fundamental fairness and accountability,” said Edward DuBose, President of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, a Plaintiff in the lawsuit. “All communities in Fayette County should have the opportunity to elect candidates who are responsive to their needs. The Court’s ruling requires Fayette County to embrace that basic principle.” Since its founding in 1940 by Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund has been a pioneer in the struggle to secure and to protect the equal rights of Black people. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has been involved in nearly all of the precedent-setting litigation relating to minority voting rights and defended Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court in February. The NAACP LDF has been a separate entity from the NAACP since 1957.

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Summer Creative Writing Camp for Dallas area youth Pan African Connection Bookstore Two weeks beginning June 17 Limited spaces. Register soon!   Summer creative writing camps held by ManeLock Communications, expose Dallas-area youths to the artistic side of writing. Conducted by award-winning journalist and author Linda Jones, the workshops will be instructional, educational,  interactive and fun!     First week:  June 17 - 21  All About Me! (for grades 4 - 6th) 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Students will have permission to be creative and self-centered in constructive and positive ways!  Writing activities geared toward self-discovery  and self-expression, will explore identity, stimulate imagination and develop storytelling skills. **********************************************************  Second week: (for older students): June 24 - 28      Ego Trippin' & Pencil Whippin'!  (grades 6 - 8th)   11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Nikki Giovanni's classic poem "Ego Trippin'" will be the base from which students will explore positive, self-esteem boosting writing through poetry and prose.  They will also engage in creative and competitive wordplay! Fee:  $60 per student per week.  Materials included.  Only 16 spaces available for each camp. Register at bookstore or online. Online registration discount: $55 

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Rapper Jay-Z launches 2013 Scholarship Program for needy students

The deadline to apply -- May 31, 2013 Nationwide -- The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) provides individual grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to "give back" by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars. All high school seniors, undergraduate college students, and students at vocational or trade schools are eligible to apply. All applicants must be US citizens, 25 years old or younger, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. For more details and/or to apply, visit: www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/05/shawn-carter-foundationscholarship.html

Reducing Cancer among Women of Color Challenge The Reducing Cancer among Women of Color Challenge is a partnership between HHS’ Office of Minority Health and ONC. It challenged innovators and developers to create a mobile device-optimized tool that engages and empowers women to improve the prevention and treatment of breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancer in underserved and minority communities and that can interface with provider electronic health records. Submissions were reviewed and judged based on: Patient engagement Quality and accessibility of information Targeted and actionable information Links to online communities and/or social media Innovativeness and usability Non-English language availability To learn more about the app challenge, the winners, and information on how to download the winning apps please visit: http://challenge.gov/ONC/402-reducing-cancer-among-women-of-color and http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/reducing-cancer-amongwomen-color-challenge/ PAGE 10

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CONGRESSMAN VEASEY ANNOUNCES SMALL BUSINESS EVENTS TO PROMOTE JOBS AND THE DFW ECONOMY Congressman Marc Veasey is partnering with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help constituents in Congressional District 33 learn what specific programs are available to help promote their small businesses. Congressman Veasey will host a small business event at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce on July 26, from 8:30-12:00pm. The event will feature Congressman Veasey, the SBA, procurement officers and certified small business leaders. Leading up to this event, Congressman Veasey is working with the SBA to inform constituents about

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District Office, 4300 Amon Carter Blvd., Ste 114, Fort Worth JULY July 1 - 10:00-12:00pm at the Bill J. Priest Institute, 1402 Corinth St., Dallas

how to become certified to qualify for set-aside and sole source contracts with federal buyers. The SBA offers year-round workshops across the country.

In June and July, the following workshops will be held in Dallas and Fort Worth: JUNE June 3 – 10:00-12:00pm at the Bill J. Priest Institute, 1402 Corinth St., Dallas June 5 – 10:00-12:00pm at the SBA Dallas/Fort Worth

July 3 – 10:00-12:00pm at the SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office, 4300 Amon Carter Blvd., Ste 114, Fort Worth

Representing the newly created 33rd congressional district, Congressman Marc Veasey is committed to creating jobs and growing the local Dallas-Fort Worth economy. He is fighting in Congress for well-paying jobs and for Middle Class families across the 33rd District. The Small Business Administration provides assistance to small businesses across the country, including minority, women and veteran-owned businesses.

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Gwendolyn, I am a city girl. What should I do? Rose Dear Rose:

My husband wants to buy a farm, but I’m a city girl Dear Gwendolyn: I have been married for six months. We dated for three months, had a big wedding and now we are thinking – divorce. While dating, he treated me so special. This is the problem: Last weekend he was upset because I went out on the town with my girlfriends from school. We left Friday night and I did not come home until Monday night. I refuse to tell him where I was. I don’t have to work. I married him for financial security. Now, he is thinking of buying a farm. There is no way I am going from the city to the country.

For all fairness to your husband, move forward in getting a divorce. He does not need you. It is amazing how good men become entangled with wild stallions. By the way, you are not a city girl, but a grown woman. Let me tell you this: Don’t think marrying your husband was cute. What you are throwing away another woman will be glad to have. I am not being critical of your actions, but two people are to love, cherish, and respect their vows. He will find a woman who is glad to leave the crime infected city. She will get up early to gather the eggs, feed the chickens, milk the cows and at the end of the day still have energy – for her man. Gwen Gwendolyn Baines is a nationally renown author and lecturer, who in the last few years has added "syndicated advice columnist" to her lengthy credentials list. She has authored the following books: Gwen's New Orange Shoes: The Turbulence and Triumphs of a Single Woman Sassy, Secure and Over Sixty People in the Web of Life Son I Love You, But .... Only My Children and Me

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Something Natural with Deborah Long Chambers HOUSTON – The University of Houston has created an interdisciplinary minor in energy and sustainability designed for students who are pursuing a wide range of majors but want to understand the key issues in the world of energy. The new minor is part of UH’s strategic

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American Red Cross Tornadoes Response The American Red Cross is providing food, supplies, emotional support and health services for new relief operations across communities in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Iowa following a swath of as many as 50 reported tornadoes in 48 hours, while at the same time providing support to those recovering from last week’s devastating tornadoes in Texas. Shelters and emergency aid stations are open where people can get food and snacks, mental health and health care services and information about what help is available. More workers, supplies and equipment are on the way to help the people of Oklahoma. Approximately 30 emergency response vehicles are distributing food, water and relief supplies to people in need. The Red Cross has kitchen support and relief supply trailers to help those forced from their homes. This has been a devastating storm, and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are available to help people cope with the aftermath. We also are operating shelters and supporting people affected by Sunday’s storms in Shawnee and other parts of the Oklahoma City area. The Red Cross will be on the ground in these affected areas for weeks to help people get back on their feet.

Oklahoma Tornadoes A substantial emergency response is under way across Oklahoma, where severe storms and tornadoes touched down Sunday evening and again Monday afternoon. Initially, the cities of Edmond and Shawnee sustained extensive damage when a tornado with sustained winds up to 200 miles per hour–passed through the areas. The following afternoon, another massive storm developed, this time in Moore, Oklahoma, where the largest tornado in recent memory tore through the center of town, destroying homes, businesses, schools and damaged a major local hospital. As a result, President Obama declared a State of Emergency for multiple Oklahoma counties including Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie. Red Cross immediately opened six shelters for a safe refuge and started providing nourishing meals to those in need, particularly in hardest-hit communities. Shelters will remain open to provide protection from the lingering storms, and give a place to stay to those who no longer have a home to which to return. Red Cross workers and Emergency Response Vehicles are currently in the area and distributing relief items such as food, water, tarps, trash bags, work gloves and hygiene items, as well as offering health and mental health services. A number of individuals from the damaged areas have registered at the Red Cross’ Safe & Well program. And, Red Cross workers continue to staff local and state Emergency Operation Centers.

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The American Red Cross continues to provide relief to those areas of Texas and Kansas that were also affected by recent tornadoes. Over the weekend, the Red Cross delivered thousands of needed bulk items to residents in need across Texas. Additionally, the Red Cross handed out many hot meals and snacks, and provided emotional and health care support to hundreds of people. Communities around Topeka and Wichita saw small areas of damage to rural areas. Red Cross workers deployed team members, provided needed assistance to disaster victims, and circulated an emergency response vehicle for residents within the affected areas to hand out relief supplies and snacks. The Red Cross will continue to monitor needs and be there for families and individuals over the coming days. Tennessee and North Dakota – Flooding Excessive rainfall caused flash flooding that damaged homes and affected residents in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Hamilton, Marion and Rhea Counties in Tennessee on Monday. The Red Cross deployed team members, providing shelter, food and snacks. The Red Cross will also be meeting with individuals affected providing relief supplies and placing additional shelters on standby.

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TV ONE ANNOUNCES THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN OF ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES LOVE THAT GIRL! Created by Bentley Kyle Evans (Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show), the fourth season features an all-star cast including Phil Morris (Hot in Cleveland), Bresha Webb (Weeds), Alphonso McAuley (Breaking In), Peter Oldring (Glenn Martin DDS), Mark Adair-Rios (Off The Map), and Huggy Low Down (Tom Joyner Morning Show). New to the series, is seasoned sitcom star Reagan Gomez (The Cleveland Show, The Parent’Hood) as Del Jones Realty’s newest employee and Delroy’s niece, Jasmine Russell. Not afraid to use nepotism cards when it suits her, Jasmine discovers making it in LA is tougher than she

Production on half-hour series created by Bentley Kyle Evans begins SILVER SPRING, MD, – The laughs keep coming to TV One with the return of Love That Girl!, a halfhour comedy series chronicling the life and times of Imunique Jefferson and Delroy Jones, and the crazy, but loving bond that makes them not just colleagues, but family. Production is scheduled to begin May 2013 with an anticipated premiere date in fall 2013.

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imagined. “Our audience has been very vocal about their affinity towards this show,” explained Alfred C. Liggins, III, President and CEO of TV One. “The return of Love That Girl! speaks to the strength of the series – our viewers championed its return, and TV One answered the call.” “I am delighted to continue my relationship with TV One and revisit these characters that were so dear to the audience,” said series creator Bentley Evans. “I’ve been getting numerous questions about the series and it thrills me to share with everyone that we are back and better than ever!”

Annual Fashion Show raises dollars for scholars and local community organizations Promoting Fitness with Fashion to Feel Fabulous ---The North Dallas Suburban Foundation for Life Development and Community Involvement, Inc. will host its Annual Fashion Extravaganza on June 23, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brookhaven Country Club, 3333 Golfing Green Drive in Dallas, Texas.  The cost of tickets is $35 per person.  Proceeds generated by the event will support the organization’s scholarship fund as well as area community organizations that include the Family Place, Minnie’s Pantry, New Beginnings and Senior Source.  The Foundation awards

scholarships to graduating high school seniors, provides funds to support youth programs and collaborates with other organizations on fund raising activities. “The mission of the Foundation is to support the development of strong ‘neighborhoods’ through collaborative planning, community action and policy advocacy,” said Margaret Turner Carrigan, chairperson of the North Dallas Suburban Foundation.  “The Fashion Extravaganza is a festive event where business and pleasure come together to raise funds necessary to support activities that will address current and future needs. 

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“We hope that the community will support the Foundation’s activities so that the Foundation can continue to support the community.” The Extravaganza will provide attendees the opportunity to enjoy fashions modeled by males and females showcasing designs for fitness with a flair, city chic, summer fun, and nouveau couture.  Fashions will be modeled from Jones New York, Men’s Warehouse and introducing local designer Cassidy Brown.  Additional supporters and sponsors of the event include the Law Office of Margaret Turner Carrigan. An added benefit of the Extravaganza is to provide local

observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 14 at 7PM with a night of music and drama entitled, “Take Me to the King.” The celebration continues on Saturday June 15. Doors will open at 9:30AM so that attendees can view a set of Ancient Hebrew Scrolls. It is the only complete set " in the world ," THAT YOU CAN SEE. The theme for Saturday is “God’s Word: the Only Path to True Freedom.” Beginning at 10AM on Saturday there will be a worship service during which a distinguished panel will entertain questions on issues dealing with race. Members of the panel include: Pastor Michael Hankins (Pastor of Church in the City), Clifton Taulbert (author of the book “When We

merchants a venue to promote their businesses and provide attendees the opportunity to fulfill their various shopping needs and desires. The North Dallas Suburban Foundation for Life Development and Community Involvement, Inc. (NDSF) was established as a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation on April 8, 2005. The Foundation is organized for charitable, literary or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.  For more information, please visit the organization’s website at www.ndsfoundation.org.

Were Colored), Dr. Constance Lacy ("faculty" in the Human Services Management and Leadership Bachelor's Degree program" at UNT at Dallas), Gail Lester (Co-Author of the book, “Tale of Two Gails.” Ayanna Nkenge Smith (graduate of St. Edwards University in Austin) and Moderator, Lexie Okeke (Founder & Chief Change Agent of BE The Delta, a consulting firm specializing in volunteer acquisition and management). Music will be provided by the CITC choir and band and special guest Nila Miller. Lunch will be catered at 12:30 PM by Chef Dale Granger and Jack Bartmess, assisted by Team Lead Laura Rios. Lunch tickets ($10 adults and $5 for children 5-12) will be sold at the church.

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Important Emergency Preparedness List:

Parkland Stroke Program staff reminds others to think 'FAST' May is National Stroke Awareness Month As part of May’s National Stroke Awareness Month, Parkland Health & Hospital System is reminding everyone to think “FAST” when someone may be suffering from a stroke. FAST is an acronym anyone can use to determine if someone might be having a stroke: F – face droops on one side, A – arms drift downward when raised, S – speech is slurred, and T – time is critical, call 9-1-1 immediately. In addition, Parkland’s stroke staff and other Metroplex facilities have teamed up with the Texas Rangers for “Strike Out Stroke” at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, May 29 at the Ballpark in Arlington. Stroke Program staff from the region will hand out information before the game, a 15-second public service announcement will be shown on the scoreboard, four stroke survivors from the area will attend batting practice and one lucky survivor will throw out the first pitch. The Rangers are donating $5 per ticket to the region’s multi-facility “Strike Out Stroke” awareness campaign to help educate the public about strokes. As a state designated Primary Stroke Facility Level II, Parkland is one of a few local hospitals providing continuous 24-hour stroke care. In fiscal year 2012, 1,137 hospitalized patients were either diagnosed with a stroke or received a consult for stroke-like symptoms.

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“Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by controlling risks factors such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, which is a type of irregular heartbeat, smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol,” said Jennifer Cross, Advanced Practice Nurse and Stroke Program Coordinator at Parkland. Watching for stroke symptoms is also important, Cross said. Symptoms include a sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body, sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, and sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. “If a person is suddenly having trouble walking, talking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and develops a sudden severe headache with no known cause, it’s important to call 9-1-1 immediately,” Cross added.

 Have an emergency supply kit with essentials such as a weather radio (available at drug stores, groceries, and home improvement stores as well as other retailers), a flashlight with fresh batteries, water supply and appropriate outdoors clothing and shoes. Your kit should include the following items: Bottled water (three-day supply of four quarts per person per day) Food (three-day supply of non-perishable foods such as canned meats, fruits and vegetables) Can opener, pocket knife, eating utensils, cups, plates and bowls First-aid kit and at least a 30 day supply of prescription medicines Battery-operated radio and extra batteries Flashlight and extra batteries Tools, tape, plastic sheeting, signal flares and matches

The state of Texas determines eligibility for designation as a primary stroke center based on whether the facility is in good standing with The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies U.S. health care organizations and programs.

Fire extinguisher Sanitation products such as toilet paper, paper towels, soap, detergent, bleach and disinfectant

The state requires its primary stroke centers to maintain Joint Commission stroke center certification, which Parkland first obtained in 2008.

Clothing and bedding for each family member Special items for babies, the elderly, disabled persons or others with special needs Cash or traveler's checks Important documents (kept in waterproof containers) such as insurance policies, deeds, titles, stocks, birth certificates, passports, wills, immunization records, etc. If you have a pet, include pet food, a carrier or cage, and, where appropriate, a leash in your supplies.  Make sure you and your family have a severe weather plan and a designated place to meet. Go to the lowest floor available, and get as many walls between you and outside. Take the radio and flashlight with you as well as a charged cell phone.  Do not send people or resources to a disaster site unless specifically requested to do so by emergency officials. Self-deploying could interfere with recovery efforts.  Do not spontaneously try and retrieve your child from school during severe weather unless requested to do so by school officials.

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Brad McClure of Datamax, Debra Seeley and Ronnie Moss, Executive Director of Elementary Education

CHISD honors 2013 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR Cedar Hill, TX. - The Cedar Hill Independent School District honored its Teachers of the Year during an Educator Awards Banquet on May 9, 2013.  The Teacher of the Year selection committee awarded Debra Seeley with the Datamax Elementary Teacher of the Year award and named Barbara Boakye as the Wells Fargo Secondary Teacher of the Year.   Seeley is a K-2 Special Education teacher at Lake Ridge Elementary School. "She is a phenomenal educator," said Tangelia Mason, who nominated Seeley. "The children in her classroom have grown so much, and she brings out the best in all, allowing them to reach their full potential."   Seeley said she discovered her love for teaching special education students as a substitute teacher in CHISD in 2001. "I was asked to work in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) classroom and found my calling," Seeley said. "My duties included assisting the PPCD students in their regular education class and specials' classes. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to observe many teaching styles and the different learning styles of students. “It is our job to look beyond the disability to find ways to let their abilities shine."   Boakye is a ninth-grade biology teacher at Collegiate High School.   "She is known for her ability to create a supportive classroom community while still providing a rigorous course," said Jamila Thomas, who nominated her. Thomas added: "Ms. Boakye is passionate about teaching and improving the quality of classroom instruction."

  "I believe that every child, no matter the underlying issues, can learn. We can encourage and push children to heights they themselves did not think possible to reach," said Ms. Boakye.  "After educating children for eight years, I have found that lessons must be tailored to strengthen weak points and fortify strong areas."   Both teachers were given a $250 award from their respective sponsors.  Datamax and Wells Fargo also sponsored the awards dinner.   "Our annual Educator Awards Banquet is an important opportunity for us to honor some of the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children," said CHISD Chief Financial Officer Carrie Alexander. "Our partnership with Datamax and Wells Fargo afforded us the opportunity to recognize and present awards to some of our best and brightest educators. We are very thankful for their generous support of the district." 

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Jonathan Smith and Valerie Banks from Wells Fargo of Cedar Hill,   Barbara Boakye and Casey Stone, Executive Director of Secondary Education Photos by SABREANA SMITH

The school district also honored campus teachers of the year: Ray Walther, Bray Elementary Tavia Gibson, Highlands Elementary La Toya Williams, High Pointe Elementary Natasha Williams, Plummer Elementary Amanda Benson, Waterford Oaks Elementary Regina Trostel, West Intermediate Amber Brooks, Joe Wilson Intermediate Xaviant Ford, Permenter Middle School Kenya Garcia, Bessie Coleman Middle School Tambio Wesco, Ninth Grade Center Tricia Jennings, Cedar Hill High School

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GET A JOB! 10 Steps to Career Success NEW BOOK OFFERS INSIDER SECRETS FOR CONQUERING THE JOB SEARCH In GET A JOB: 10 Steps to Career Success, career expert Kathleen Brady, CPC offers detailed, step-by-step instructions for navigating each step of the job search process, including the art of professional self-evaluation, creating a polished resume and cover letter, and developing networking, interviewing, and negotiating skills. “The job search is overwhelming for many people because they have this notion that everyone else knows something they don’t. It is this fear of the unknown that paralyzes job seekers,” Brady says. “GET A JOB! eliminates some of the unknown by arming each reader with a systematic action plan to carry them through the job search process.” Brady is an iPEC-certified career management coach with more than 25 years of experience helping people identify their dream jobs and realize their professional career goals. She designed the exercises in GET A JOB! to work for job searches at every level – from the new graduate looking for her

first job to the mid-level manager seeking a career change and even the experienced executive recovering from a layoff. In GET A JOB!, Brady offers guidelines and exercises for every stage of the job search, including: • Carrying out a professional skills selfassessment • Building an action plan tailored to your skills, goals, and values • Conducting market research and looking for open positions in your field • Creating a polished resume, cover letter, and personal brand • Networking, interviewing, and negotiating effectively • Looking ahead to career advancement – preparing an annual self-appraisal While GET A JOB! offers universal guidelines for job seekers, it also shows readers how to incorporate creativity and ingenuity into their search and stand out from the crowd. “There is no one-size fits all approach to job hunting,” Brady adds. “The world of work is evolving every day; so is the hiring process. It is less important to ‘do it right’ than to focus on refining the image you are trying to project and

building a story you want to tell employers.” Kathleen Brady, CPC is an iPECcertified career management coach with more than 25 years of experience helping people identify and realize their professional career goals. Brady is a sought-after industry speaker and coach with expertise in finding employment, career management, and professional advancement. She founded Brady & Associates CareerPlanners LLC in 2003, after starting out as a career counselor in Columbia Law School’s placement office, transitioning to the assistant dean of career services at Fordham University School of Law, and managing the hiring process as the national director of staff recruitment and development at a national law firm. In GET A

JOB! 10 Secrets to Career Success (Inkwater Press, 2013) Brady shares her secrets for navigating the job search process from start to finish as well as practical exercises for job seekers at every level. GET A JOB! is available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and other online retailers. For more information, visit www.careerplanners.net.

 

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Third Annual African Entertainment Awards takes place August 31st Hosted by Nollywood Stars Majid Michel and Tracy Obonna  Toronto, Canada Canada's only African Entertainment Awards celebrates its third year on Saturday August 31, 2013 at the Living Arts Center,  located at 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 4B8. The 3rd Annual African Entertainment Awards is expected to be bigger and better than last year, with a lot of local and international celebrities in the African entertainment industry. This year the awards ceremony will be hosted by award winning Nollywood

actor Majid Michel, and actress Tracy Obonna. Special performances by international dance group Ijo Vudu, Dance in Motion, Grammy nominated Katie Cadet and many more. 

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" This year you can expect a lot more exciting changes. The look of the award is new, the venue is spectacular and we will be having a lot more international artists present." -Ibrahim Adekale (Founder and CEO of the African Entertainment Awards)

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Nominations and Voting: Online nominations end on May 31st, so the public can go online now and nominate their favourites in various categories. Voting for the official nominees begins August 1, 2013, online at www.aeawards.ca. 

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National Call…..Looking For a Few Good Spiritual Women Of Faith for our Panel

Spiritual Women-Of-Faith is inspirational talk biblically discriminating radio broadcast on the Valder Beebe Show.  National-and-global-topics of conversations on todayʼs issues, social commentary with high-profile interviews.  We are opening the conversations to the audience, igniting thought provoking and relevant topics that faith-based women (and men) envelope in honest and opinionated dialogue. The producers are looking for panelists to take a seat at the virtual table and share spiritual wisdom on todayʼs issues.  The Valder Beebe Show, a new kind of spiritual talk show broadcast on KKVI FM (DFW) www.kkvidfw.com  and on-line www.ValderBeebeShow.com . We are conducting a nationwide search for Spiritual Women Of Faith.  You can contact producers@valderbeebeshow.com, send a mini bio and photo for contact. Valder Beebe, Media Host

 

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DIRK NOWITZKI’S 2013 CELEBRITY BASEBALL GAME Benefiting the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and Heroes Foundation Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. Dr Pepper Ballpark 7300 RoughRiders Trl, Frisco, TX 75034 4:45 p.m. – The Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game 6:30 p.m. – DIRK NOWITZKI’S 2013 HEROES CELEBRITY BASEBALL GAME and FIREWORKS FINALE presented by Baylor Medical Center at Frisco The NBA champion and 11-time NBA All-Star returns for Dirk Nowitzki’s 2013 Celebrity Baseball

Game presented by Baylor Medical Center at Frisco on Saturday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco (7300 RoughRiders Trl). For the 12th year, two baseball teams, each made up of celebrity players and amateurs, will slug it out for nine innings of hardcharging, umpires-umpping, trashtalking, uniform-wearing, basestealing, home run-hitting, authentic baseball!

A fleet of famous faces, sport stars and local luminaries will include Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks MVP and 2011 NBA champion), Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks owner and shark investor on TV series Shark Tank), Brian Cardinal (former Dallas Mavericks forward and 2011 NBA champion), Devin Harris (Atlanta Hawks guard and former Dallas Maverick), Eduardo Najera (Texas Legends coach and former Dallas Mavericks and OU standout), Terrell Owens (former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro wide receiver), Seneca Williams (New Orleans Saints quarterback), Michael Turner (former Atlanta Falcons running back), and more. Goose Gossage (MLB Hall of Fame pitcher and nine-time AllStar) and David Justice (former MLB outfielder and three-time All-Star) will be the team managers.

Note: Roster subject to change. Tickets are on sale now for $8, $10, $14 and $17 at Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com) or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call will open at 10 a.m. June 29. Tickets also will be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. Baylor Medical Center at Frisco is the presenting sponsor and sponsor of the fireworks finale. Media partners are WFAA Channel 8, 103.3 FM ESPN Radio and 1540 AM ESPN Deportes. For more information, go to dallasmavs.com. Follow the Heroes Foundation on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

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May 27

May 25 Michael Ward (New Orleans jazz violinist) Buttons Addison 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 10 am - 8 pm African Liberation Day 2013   The United States of Africa Revolutionary Party (USARP) Invites all Progressive Organizations and Indiviuals  to celebrate the 50thAnniversary of African Liberation Day (ALD) 6 p.m. at the Pan-African Connection Bookstore, Art Gallery and Resource Center 828 Fourth Ave Dallas, TX 75226 African Liberation Day was founded as Africa Freedom Day on April 15, 1958 in Accra, Ghana,  On May 25, 1963, leaders of thirty-two independent African States met to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU).  By then more than two thirds of the continent had achieved independence from colonial rule.  At this historic meeting the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15th to May 25th and Africa Freedom Day was declared African Liberation Day (ALD).  African Liberation Day has been held on May 25th in every corner of the world since. Organizations, Volunteers  or Cultural Artist (Poets, rappers, singers, Dancers, children) who would like to help or perform contact 214-943-8262 Invited Guest Nation of Islam, New Black Panter Party, National Black United Front,  NCOBRA, Presenation of Cuban 5, North American Committee Against Zionism and Imperialism. Indigeneous Peoples of the Americas and other Progressive Organizations.

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 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.

May 31 F.A.B. Mixer Event at the Grand Peninsula Community Center - 2603 Grand Peninsula Dr. Grand Prairie, Texas 75054.

MAY 24, 2013

entertainers help to discover how the King forever changed our cultural landscape. Conversations with the Experts kicks off Sunday June 2 with ‘Tribute Elvis: Up Close and Personal’ from 2-3pm in the Museum’s Oak Room.  Join Kraig Parker, World Famous Elvis Tribute Artist and Charles Stone for a lively conversation highlighting Elvis’ lasting impact and legacy. Parker will talk about his transformation into “Elvis on Stage” and his experiences trying to fill the King’s blue suede shoes.

June 6 http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org/Events/ ThursdayNightLive/index.htm Dallas Museum of Art Jazz in the Atrium Cat Garner Live(featuring “World Famed” Alum Claud Parker on tenor sax)

June 7 Trombone Shorty (New Orleans jazz trombone player) Grammy nominated Ft Worth Botanical Gardens Symphony Seris Picnic in the park bring your own food and BYOB

June 8 June 1

May 26

JERRY SEINFELD AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’S WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE DALLAS, TX 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.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 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

4 p.m., an Info/Orientation Session for the USARP will be held at the Pan-African Connection Bookstore. Wear White as a Sign of Solidarity About ALD

DFW Southern University Bayou Bash African American Museum

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

"THE BREAKFAST CLUB" SATURDAY PAMPER ME PARTY 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT) Lolita's 4218 Lemmon Ave. Dallas, TX 75219

June 14

*** 35th Anniversary of the Elusive Ladies of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. PAGE 26

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The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History hosts Conversations with the Experts this June for the Elvis fanatic in us all as historians, curators, artists and

Dallas Business Journal is 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    Irving Convention Center 500 West Las Colinas Blvd  Irving  TX  75039

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BRINGING YOU ENLIGHTENING, EDUCATIONAL, EMPOWERING, INSPIRING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING INFORMATION MAY 24, 2013 ********* *********** Special Rates are available before June 6.  To register or for more info call Celebrate Juneteenth weekend at THE MOUNT as Mount Hebron Missionary 972-276-5218, or visit www.onthemount.org. Baptist Church, located at 1233 State Highway 66, in Garland presents its   June 17 Family Life Conference, Restoring The Village Part II:  Men And Women Living June 19 Harlem Globetrotters will bring their renowned Summer Skills Clinics to 24 Hour In Victory!  This FREE conference, which will be held Friday, June 14th, 7 p.m. Fitness® clubs in the Dallas area from June 17-22, 2013. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 15th, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature sessions During their six days in Dallas, Globetrotters’ stars will lead a total of 18 two-hour Organization: BOLD: Black Organization for Leadership Development with an emphasis on how men and women can live victoriously in their clinics Juneteenth Celebration professional and personal lives.  Special guest speakers include Wanda ******** Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm Bolton-Davis of St. John Baptist Church, Grand Prairie, Texas and Michael A. Place: JPMorgan Chase Corporate Office, 14114 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75254 Evans of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Mansfield, Texas.  There will also be Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1233 Highway 66, in Garland national and local gospel recording artists, plus continental breakfast and a invites parents to sign up their youth, ages 11-16, to participate in its Summer Arts & light lunch.  Vendors are welcome!  To register and for more information, June 20 Athletics Camp,  C.R.U.S.H. (Christ Reviving Us to Spiritual Holiness).  The camp will call  972-276-5218 or go to www.onthemount.org. take place at THE MOUNT, June 17 through July 26, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Participants will be able to experience, Music, Stepping, Science, ******** Basketball, Reading, Volleyball, Zumba, Math, Dance, field trips and more!  Early Bird SECOND ANNUAL JUNETEENTH OBSERVANCE IN ROWLETT, TX June 14 at 7PM and June 15 at 10AM   (Rowlett, TX) – Church in the City (CITC), 6005 Dalrock Rd. Rowlett, TX 75088 will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 14th at 7PM with a night of music and drama entitled, “Take Me to the King”. The celebration continues On Saturday June 15th. Doors will open at 9:30AM so that attendees can view a set of Ancient Hebrew Scrolls. It is the only complete set " in the world ", THAT YOU CAN SEE.  TThe theme for Saturday is “God’s Word: the Only Path to True Freedom”.  Beginning at 10AM on Saturday there will be a worship service during which a distinguished panel will entertain questions on issues dealing with race. Members of the panel include:  Pastor Michael Hankins (Pastor of Church in the City), Clifton Taulbert (author of the book “When We Were Colored), Dr. Constance Lacy ("faculty" in the Human Services Management and Leadership Bachelor's Degree program" at UNT at Dallas), Gail Lester (Co-Author of the book, “Tale of Two Gails”,   Ayanna Nkenge Smith (graduate of  St. Edwards University in Austin) and Moderator, Lexie Okeke (Founder & Chief Change Agent of BE The Delta, a  consulting firm specializing in volunteer acquisition and management). Music  will be provided by the CITC choir and band and special guest Nila Miller. Lunch will be catered at 12:30 PM by Chef Dale Granger and Jack Bartmess, assisted by Team Lead Laura Rios. Lunch tickets ($10 adults and $5 for children 5-12) will be sold at the church. NO 2 ISSUE 37

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June 16 Friendship-West Baptist Church “Passing the Torch” Spring College Fair from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Cheryl’s World on Blogtalkradio.com at 6p.m. Tuesday

Monday

OPEN LINE

HOST: DEBORAH CHAMBERS

Wednesday

HOST - YVETTE BROOKS

Thursday

HOSTS: DAREIA TOLBERT AND LADY D

IN MEMORIAM Friday

Donna P. Charles

HOST: JAMILLE BRADFIELD

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5/20/1958 - 3/23/2012 Elusive Lady #22 Spring 1978 Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., FAMU !

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MAY 24, 2013

“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

877.373.8477 Also, if you want extra protection, check out Street Safe at

www.streetsafe.peopleguard.com

DON’T BE SILENT Join I Messenger in the call for justice. Turn Pookie in today! PAGE 28

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