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I MESSENGER NO 1 ISSUE 23 FEBRUARY 17, 2012

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INSIDE I MESSENGER February 17, 2012

Dr. Julianne Malveaux’s “Sur viving and Thriving” is a must-have

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Bandele Tyehimba A Fallen Warrior 5

Terrance Hunt A Fallen Rattler 8

Jordan Blair A Fallen Griot

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Bambi is all over the place

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Nicole Barrett at the Grammys

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I MESSENGER Cheryl Smith, Publisher Established 2011 IMessenger is a tribute to Le Messager, founded by Cameroonian journalist Pius N j a w e a n d T h e M e s s e n g e r, a n independent magazine, founded by labor activist A . Philip Randolph and economist Chandler Owen. PAGE 3

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I was getting much-needed rest when I received a call from East Orange, New Jersey. It was my “bestest friend in the whole wide world,” Patrice. She sounded distraught and I immediately took notice, wondering if she was calling to share some bad news about one of our family members. If anything was going on with either of our families, I knew that after 40 years, Patrice would know what was up. Her news was not good and although it was not about either of our immediate families, it was still about family, because that’s how things were growing up in East Orange. When she told me of Whitney’s death, I said her information had to be wrong. She said she just knew that I had more information because after all, I am a journalist. Next came the texts messages, calls and tweets. I called my mother, who is a long-time member of New Hope Baptist Church and she knows Whitney’s mom, Cissy. My parents also knew Whitney’s father from the 1960s. My brother and I went to school with Whitney’s brother, Gary, at what is now the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts. Yes, this was indeed family and clearly from the calls and posts on Facebook and Twitter, East Orange was feeling the pain that so many have expressed around this world. When I left East Orange for college, Whitney, or “Nippy” as she was called, was a mere 12 years old, so she was never on my radar screen. I knew Gary had a younger brother and sister but all I was interested in was his good-looking, basketball-playing, singing self. It was wonderful to watch him go on to a successful college and later professional basketball career and to see his sister growing up and taking the world by storm. Unfortunately, several of our family members in East Orange found themselves caught up by an element that found its way into our community and caused so much devastation. Returning home for summer vacations and short visits was not as much fun as because so many of my “family” members were hooked on drugs, HIV positive or dead. I would pray often because I wanted my “family” to be drug and disease-free. I wanted my “family” to be healthy and productive. I wanted this world to be a better place and I knew drugs were wreaking havoc everywhere. A deeply spiritual person, Whitney had her issues, but she wanted a better world too. I was proud of her many successes. She was beautiful, talented and she made the home team proud. Even when she had issues, I was careful not to judge because we all have issues. I am saddened by her death. She represents so many. I heard from some of those “family“ members who had always cheered for her because her success at shaking the “monkey off her back” gave them hope that they could too. I watched an interview with her in 2002 when journalist Diane Sawyer asked her what she hoped to be doing in 10 years. Whitney said she wanted to be retired, enjoying her daughter, and she also talked about being a grandmother. Whitney had big wonderful dreams and that makes her death seem even more tragic because despite her issues she still had faith and wanted to live. Over the past year, I have heard folks say some really cruel things about people who have made the transition. There was a time when we at least had the decency to not speak unkindly of the departed. Not today. Everyone is an expert on Whitney’s career, marriage and every other aspect of her life. Two days after Patrice’s call, I received another call from a close friend, Dallas-Grambling Alumni President Cathy Conwright, telling me about the murder of my friend and Dallas-Ft. Worth FAMU Alumni President Terrance Hunt. Still with a heavy heart, I talked to fellow journalist Linda Jones who on Wednesday night told me about the passing of long-time friend and supporter Bandele Tyehimba, whose wife had just agreed to become a contributing editor/writer for I Messenger. I suddenly became overwhelmed. Then early Friday morning, hours after I attended a tribute for Jordan Randy Blair, the publisher of the Elite News, I received a text from his cousin Marcus and a call from his assistant, Bettye, informing me of his transition. I thought about all of the great contributions Whitney, Terrance, Bandele and Jordan made during their short time on Earth and I am so thankful. Yes, I tend to want to concentrate on the positives! So, in the spirit of Whitney Houston, and those wonderful young men, moving forward it would be wonderful if people could stop doing something that Whitney really disliked: judging. Try not to say anything bad about a person, especially since you probably have no idea of their reality. And, if you see someone in trouble, don’t talk about them, offer help.

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Plano North Links raise awareness about heart disease Taking on issues is the norm for members of Links, Inc. and the Plano North Metroplex Chapter continues to stress the importance of those programs centered around the arts, nation trends and services, international trends and services, youth services and health and human services. President Mazzie Moses Last week, the chapter held its annual red dress event at Arlington Hall Lee Park recently to raise the awareness of women, regarding heart healthy living. In a switch from previous years, when the chapter invited the American Heart Association to speak about heart disease and prevention, the committee decided on a style show. This year, the committee decided to call the brunch “Heart Healthiness With Style” and planned a style show. Each participant modeled a red dress and shared their heart healthy regimen. Organizers said, by showcasing this group of women, the chapter hoped to send a variety of messages to women about how they can become more heart healthy. The models were women familiar to the group, women who serve to inspire others to commit themselves to improving their health by establishing regimens that lead to healthy lifestyles. “The heart healthy style show is a first step toward doing something a bit different with our red dress event, and thanks to the ingenuity of Gayle Barge, Plano North Metroplex Chapter’s Vice-President of Programs, and the support and guidance of Mazzie Moses, Chapter president, we hope to have a greater impact on the women within the communities we serve,” said Hazel Carlos, Co- chair of National Trends and Services for Plano North Metroplex Chapter, along with Tracey Brister-Pugh. It was a packed house for this year’s event.

There are five chapters in the Cluster and members from throughout the Metroplex supported the effort. There’s a connection between the red dress event and its impact on women’s health in general, Ms. Moses, President of Plano North Metroplex Chapter of Links, Inc. explained: “We have worked to create an atmosphere of awareness that is fun and beneficial. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The month of February is devoted to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. As women, we have a duty to take care of our health because taking care of ourselves allows us to care for our families and loved ones more effectively.”

The event is empowering for the women, said Ms. Moses, who also talked about other programs that the 52 members of her chapter are responsible for, including one that mentors to 20 families headed by single mothers. “We work with them for three years, making sure these families are aware of resources that are available to them,” said Ms. Moses. “We provide information on financial literacy and we give them resources to help improve their conditions. “We’re working to build stronger communities and families and we need our women healthy,” Ms. Moses concluded.

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Brother Bandele Tyehimba:

A real history lesson

A true warrior who loved his family, Africa and his people

Noted educator, columnist, economist and college president Dr. Julianne Malveaux has the ideal book to help put things into perspective for African American History Month. “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History” celebrates the rich heritage of Black people by sharing

interesting facts about Black people and organizations. Too often folks forget or deny their history. They feel as though the world began with them and their generation. Present times would make you think that Black people are novices in the entrepreneurial world, but “Surviving and Thriving” proves otherwise. There’s much to be learned from reading Dr. Malveaux’s book. While it makes an excellent gift for February and Kwanzaa, the wealth of information on each page should be shared daily. The president of Bennett College for Wo m e n u n d e r s t a n d s b u s i n e s s a n d economics. In “Surviving and Thriving,” you’ll read about some of the pioneers and some of the big ballers and shot callers who excelled despite seemingly insurmountable odds. They overcame Jim Crowism, sexism, racism, and the threat of death, to achieve greatness and make a significant impact on society. The stories are intriguing, inspiring and uplifting. When you read about others and the challenges they face, you might become compelled to get up off of your butt and do something. Dr. Malveaux says: “The story of Black Economic History is a story of both surviving and thriving, of a people who have been determined to participate in a game that was skewed against them. The playing field has never been level for African Americans, yet even with the slant, we have been players and often winners. We have also been integral parts of the economic growth and development in ways that are rarely acknowledged.” With a foreword from the dynamic Cathy Hughes, Surviving and Thriving helps build pride! Order your books today at www.lastwordprod.com PAGE 5

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Hotep Family and especially to those who are "Ready for the Revolution!"   It saddens me to announce that my dear friend of nearly 27 years has passed on to the place of our holy African Ancestors. Brother Bandele Tyeimba, CoO w n e r o f t h e Pa n A f r i c a n Connections Books & Resource Center passed away in his sleep last night (Wednesday, February 15). His long-time soul mate and loving wife Akwete said he became a little tired and decided to rest for a while. When she decided to retire to bed she found he was unresponsive and she quickly tried to find the reason for his unresponsiveness. Finally after attempting several ways to bring him around, she dialed 911, but it was too late to revive him. 

Our Brother Warrior leaves behind three beautiful children whom many of us watched and assisted in bringing about their development. They have all grown up to be great examples of how the movement can be a wonderful environment to raise children who truly understand the world and their role in it. Much like Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, Atse Haile Selassie, Amilcar Cabral, Frantz Fanon, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. Kwame Toure, Asa Hilliard, Khalid Abdul Muhammad, Tupac Shakur and many others, our Warrior Brother Bandele left his mark on our struggle forever. I will never forget my travel with him to Ghana. It will truly remain one of the high points in my life and growth as a proud African.   Please let us take a moment to remember particularly as we look around our homes, offices !

and places of abode at the many African products our Brother Warrior provided us towards uplifting our movement struggle in this community of Dallas, Texas, surrounding areas of North Texas, the Texas state and indeed the nation of America.  We will forever be grateful for his continued insistence that we continue to "move our people forward towards a United States of Africa."  Sure we will mos def miss him, but this is not a time for downward feelings. Instead let us fill the air with the sounds of our mother drums and dance the dance of our Ancestors and celebrate the great life of this Warrior's spirit! Aluta Continua! The Stru#le Continues... Your Brother in struggle , Thomas Muhammad Chairman NBUFDallas Chapter

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First Lady Serita Jakes receives Spiritual Enlightenment Award

Xernona Clayton, founder of the Trumpet Awards; Serita Jakes, recipient of the Spiritual Enlightenment Award from the Trumpet Foundation; and Trumpet Foundation board members Diane Pollard and Tommy Dortch. Photo courtesy of Morgan’s Photography.

ATLANTA- Serita Jakes, bestselling author, women’s ministr y director, an advocate for women’s empowerment who stands against violence against women and wife of Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House, was honored by the Tr umpet Foundation as a 2012 recipient of the Spiritual Enlightenment Award. Mrs. Jakes was presented the award by Trumpet Awards founder, Xernona Clayton, at the Trumpet Awards Annual Prayer Breakfast. Mrs. Jakes was selected to receive this honor along with other national and international leaders. For nearly two decades, the Trumpet Foundation has highlighted pioneers in the African American community for their achievements in their respective fields, such

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as law, religion, politics, public service, sports and entertainment. O r i g i n a l l y p r e s e n t e d b y Tu r n e r Broadcasting, the Trumpet Awards honors people who are viewed not only for what they have individually achieved but also for the achievement they inspire in others. Mrs. Jakes was recognized for her commitment to empowering women all over the world and for her work to end domestic violence. In her role as executive director of The Potter’s House Women’s Ministries, Mrs. Jakes oversees Rahab International Ministries for domestic violence victims and survivors as well as the highly acclaimed God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program (GLL), a curriculum-based program that empowers women from all walks of life.

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Kudos for Dispute Mediation Service Dallas, Texas – The Dispute Mediation Service will receive a honorary proclamation from the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court for 30 years of service Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Ironically, the county cut 100% of its funding for the organization at the beginning of the year as part of the County’s cutback, but DMS continues as the leading nonprofit organization solving disputes, both court ordered and private for metroplex citizens. Everyone has experienced the trials of being in the middle of a dispute. Everyday people lose jobs, homes or their families. Credit card companies are suing citizens, and mortgage companies are foreclosing on homes. All of these situations cause stress and conflict. Although conflict is a normal part of life, it can be debilitating until resolved. For 30 years a local nonprofit, Dispute Mediation Service (DMS), has provided a forum for the underserved or those without a voice an opportunity to speak up and be heard. DMS is in the business of resolving conflicts through processes such as Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. Helping Dallas County citizens resolve their disputes and conflicts is our mission. By the reduction of violence and conflict, a safer, healthier and happier community is the result. Having helped over 250,000 Dallas County citizens resolve their disputes, on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, the Dallas County Commissioner’s Court will recognize DMS for its service to the Dallas community and court system for providing access to the justice system to those who would otherwise have limited access. Although Dallas County Commissioner’s Court has provided 100% of DMS funding for the past 28 years, in 2011, the decision was made to no longer fund the agency. According to DMS Board President and local attorney, Susan Austin, “Although difficult, DMS board members, staff and volunteers are dedicated to continuing our mission. Diversifying our funding sources is a challenge, but is being done.” As Dallas’ only conflict resolution nonprofit, DMS manages programs for domestic violence victims, indigent citizens and juveniles. DMS provides conciliation, mediation and arbitration services and training. In addition, DMS handles scheduling and coordination services at affordable costs and guarantees quality mediators who are well versed in conflict resolution techniques.

Priscilla Arts Club hosts display In honor of Black History Month, the Priscilla Art Club, the oldest African American women’s organization in Dallas County, will host a display of its centennial legacy quilt made by its members on Saturday, February 25, 2012, from 2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m., at the African American Museum of Life and Culture, Dallas Fair Park. Admission is FREE. “The idea of a custom designed legacy quilt started out as a novel idea from our Systems Committee in recognition of our 100th anniversary. The twenty-two club members quickly became engaged in seeing it to fruition and we are happy to honor the beauty, the inspiration and the legacy of our Club” said Shirley Porter Ware, Club President. The Priscilla Art Club, organized in 1911 as a club for young matrons, was organized under the encouragement and direction of Mrs. Mattie Mansfield Chalmers. The organization’s purposes were to establish and maintain the aesthetic, promote congenial companionship and foster all social and community interests that pertain to the general uplift. The Club was named for Priscilla, a New Testament woman of extraordinary culture and the wife of Aquila, a Jewish tentmaker. Since its auspicious beginning, the Club has invited into its membership many of Dallas’ most distinguished homemakers. These members have exhibited an interest or are talented in arts and crafts. Besides being homemakers and mothers, the members have been and some still are principals, school administrators, teachers, business owners, social workers, church leaders and servant volunteers in the local community. Throughout the century of service and sisterhood recorded in The Priscilla’s prolific history include mention of service rendered in support of the World War I efforts by rolling bandages that were sent overseas to the field hospitals in France. For several years, the Priscillas decorated the shotgun house, located in Old City Park, in observance of the holiday season. In more recent years, the members have decorated t-shirts and jackets made from sweat shirts to give to men and women in local assisted living facilities. Club members have made crocheted skull caps in a variety of vivid colors and patterns and donated to cancer patients actively engaged in treatment regimens. Regardless of change, the Priscilla Art Club’s concern for its artistic endeavors and for civic and social uplift will continue with deepening interest and commitment as the tradition of the founders’ legacy is carried forward. !

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CVS “Project Health” to deliver more than $21 million worth of screening events WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS/pharmacy, the nation's leading retail pharmacy, has announced the launch of Project Health (Proyecto Salud in Spanish), a wellness program delivering more than $21 million worth of free health screenings to multicultural communities. The program, which aims to prevent disease through early detection, grew from CVS/ pharmacy’s highly successful To Your Health/A Su Salud campaigns. This year, Project Health will offer an array of free comprehensive health risk assessments and screenings during five disease-specific national health awareness months from American Heart Month (February) to Diabetes Awareness Month (November). Over 1,000 Project Health events are scheduled for 2012 in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Project Health is a part of efforts by CVS/pharmacy to improve access to preventive care and ensure that cost is not a barrier to important services, like professional health assessments and screenings. Project Health events, while offered to address and raise awareness of ethnic health disparities, are open to everyone and will not require an appointment. Medical personnel will be on hand to provide diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and osteoporosis screenings,

and examine patients for oral care issues. Referrals for mammograms and pap smears will also be provided as well as consultations with nurse practitioners and CVS pharmacists. Once screened, CVS/pharmacy will help patients through on-site consultations with bilingual (Spanish/English) nurse practitioners who will analyze the results and refer patients to no-cost or low-cost medical facilities within that neighborhood or to their primary care physician should additional follow-up be required. The Project Health events will be held at designated CVS/pharmacy locations on weekdays only from 3 – 7 pm daily with no appointment necessary during American Heart Month (February), National Minority Health Month (April), Immunization Awareness Month (August), Dental Hygiene Awareness Month (October) and Diabetes Awareness Month (November). For more information, and a full calendar of Project Health events, please go to www.cvs.com/projecthealth or call 1-800-SHOP-CVS. Andre Mackey, of CVS, will be a guest on KKDA’s Reporters Roundtable, Sunday, Feb 19 at 6p.m., talking about CVS’ commitment to a healthier nation. Sponsors

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Black History Month at UTA 18 February 2012 (Saturday)Black Leadership Institute. Sponsored by the UTA Office of Multicultural Affairs. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Second Floor of the University Center. 20 February 2012 (Monday)“State of the Black College Student.” Film presentation and lecture by Dr. Darryl Scriven. 6:30 p.m., MAC Lone Star Auditorium. 22 February 2012 ( We d n e s d a y ) - F o r m e r Arlington Mayor Elzie Odom discusses his book, Counting My Blessings, 9:00 a.m. Room 10 University Hall.

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24 February 2012 (Friday) Maverick Lecture Series featuring CNN Correspondent Soledad O’Brien. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall.

National Urban League 2012 Summer Internship Program – New York, NY

Date and Time tab: Dr. Charles E. Jones, Department of Africana Studies, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Jones is the former founding chair of the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University and president of the National Council of Black Studies. In conjunction with the establishment of UTA’s Center for African American Studies, he will present a lecture entitled: “Here to Stay: Africana Studies in the 21st Century.” S u n d a y, 2 6 F e b r u a r y 2012 Third Eye Community Book Review of Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of

The National Urban League Summer Internship Program provides an insight into the world of non-profit management for college students, in the New York City metropolitan area and in Washington, DC. The National Urban League is looking for candidates interested in a career in the not-for-profit sector, or in understanding the connection between nonprofits, corporations, and government in the work of our nation. DEADLINE to apply: March 1, 2012

In Memoriam Terrance Hunt 2/20/72 - 2/13/12

America’s Great Migration. 3:00 p.m., South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX.

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers. Terrance Hunt was preparing to celebrate his 40th birthday this weekend and everyone knew he was going to have a ball in West Palm Beach, Fl. Tragically he was murdered on Monday, February 13, 2012. A family man, Terrance loved Florida A&M University and people loved him and his energy. Scheduled to run in this spot was an ad about the birthday celebration. Friends and family members from across the country will still be making the trek to celebrate the life of this wonderful person. There will also be a Dallas Wake for Terrance Hunt Friday, February 17, 2012, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Allen Family Funeral Options 2120 W. Spring Creek Pkwy Plano, TX PAGE 8

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EXPRESSIONS It is with deep and a profound sadness that I mark the passing of Whitney Houston. It is unthinkable that an artist whose voice defined a generation could be taken from us so soon. In working with her on the set of “Sparkle,” I knew her to be a consummate professional whose soulful rendition of an old time gospel number brought both cast and crew to tears. It was reminiscent of the early career of her mother, world renowned gospel legend, Cissy Houston. It is a one-of-a-kind memory that I will cherish. In my own personal sadness, I pray for Cissy and Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina and their extended family, friends and countless fans. We all lost someone special who left her indelible mark on the world. Bishop T. D. Jakes T.D. Jakes Ministries The Potter’s House “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends.

In life and death, she touched so many As news of Whitney H o u s t o n ’s d e a t h traveled around the world, the impact of her life became the topic of discussion. According to reports, Twitter was on fire with an estimated 30,000 Tweets per minute. Born in Newark, New Jersey, her family moved to East Orange in the late 1960s. According to trivia, she was named after actress Whitney Blake, who starred in the first episode of Perry Mason. The daughter of John and Cissy Houston,

— The Houston Family "I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me. She was full of life, looking forward for tonight. She loved music and she loved this night that celebrated music." Clive Davis I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing. I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly. Quincy Jones Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth. Mariah Carey Cookie & I are shocked & saddened about the news of WhitneyHouston. A great friend & one of the most beautiful voices this world." Magic To me Whitney was THE VOICE. We got to hear a part of God every time she sang. Heart is heavy, spirit grateful for the GIFT of her. Oprah

I am so sad to hear about Whitney. We have lost one of the greatest singers of all time. Simon Cowell Just heard Whitney Houston passed away :( many prayers go out to her family and all who are grieving the loss of an icon. So sad... RIP Khloe Kardashian Dear God ... There is a grief that can't be spoken Rosie O’ Donnell

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Whitney has two brothers, Gary and Michael. She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, as a young child and by the age of 15 was singing backing vocals professionally with her mother on Chaka Khan's 1978 hit, “I'm Every Woman.” She went on to provide backing vocals for Lou Rawls, Jermaine Jackson and her own mother and worked briefly as a model, appearing on the cover of 'Seventeen' magazine in 1981. Her debut album, “Whitney Houston,” was released in 1985 and became the biggest-selling album by a debut artist. Several hit singles, including “Saving All My Love For You,” “How Will I Know,” “You Give Good Love,” and “The Greatest Love of All,” were released from the album, setting her up for a Beatles-beating seven consecutive US number ones. The album itself sold three million copies in its first year in the US and went on to sell 25 million

BOUNCE TV to air service ATLANTA -- TV (http://www.bouncetv.com), the nation’s first and only broadcast television network for African Americans, will carry the funeral of Whitney Houston live, uninterrupted and commercial-free this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 12 Noon Eastern/9:00 a.m. Pacific. Bounce TV’s airing of the service is expected to be the only broadcast television network coverage of the funeral live, in its entirety and without interruption.

worldwide, winning her first Grammy which was followed by five more. The 1987 follow-up album, “Whitney,” which included the hits “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” built on her success but it was the 1992 film The Bodyguard (1992) that sealed her place as one of the best-selling artists of all time. Her cover of the Dolly Parton song “I Will Always Love You” topped the singles and albums charts for months and sold 44 million copies around the world. She married ex-New Edition singer Bobby Brown with whom she had her only child, their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in March 1993. She was more than a singer, actress and model. Whitney never forgot home, nor the church. The cousin to Dionne Warwick, and her sister, Dee Dee; Whitney was also the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin. Even after achieving fame, she would still attend church at New Hope and she was known for her philanthropic efforts. In 1991 she was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. Her 2009 album “I Look To You” was positively received and sold well. Her final acting performance was in Sparkle (2012) -- a remake of the 1976 movie, Sparkle. On the afternoon of February 11, 2012, she was found dead in her hotel room in Beverly Hills. She was pronounced dead at 3:55pm PST. Services will be held on Saturday, Feb 18 at New Hope, in Newark. For Bounce TV local channel locations and listings, visit (http://www.bouncetv.com) or Bounce TV’s Facebook page. Bounce TV airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the digital signals of local television stations. The network targets African Americans primarily between the ages of 25-54 with a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-net series, original programming, sports and more. !

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I am so very sad to hear of Whitney Houston's passing. She was one of our great artist that graced us all. May she rest in peace. Goldie Hawn

Dr. Whitney Houston

I am completely devastated by the loss of the greatest voice of all time! R.I.P. Whit ney Houston. I will always love you! L.A. Reid It's a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed. Tony Bennett Can't believe we've lost another 1 of our Royalty. Sister Queen Whitney Houston. God Bless on ur journey as u now stand with the Most High. Busta Rhymes Very sad news about Whitney. My heart and prayers go out to her daughter and family. Ellen

She was one of our treasures. Whitney Houston was the voice of her generation. Possessed with an instrument that she honed and polished, she lifted us up, touched us in intimate ways and reached across barriers of race, class and cultures. Constance C.R. White Essence Editor-in-Chief

President Joseph Johnson congratulates Dr. Whitney Houston at the Grambling State University 1988 Commencement. GRAMBLING, LA – It seems as though it was only Honorary Doctorate, the most prestigious degree a university yesterday when Whitney Houston graced Grambling State can confer, is a clear indication that Grambling has always University’s commencement stage in the summer of 1988 to recognized excellence. The fact that she willingly accepted receive one of the university’s highest honors, the honorary the award confirms her respect for the academic quality for Doctor of Humane Letters. The Grambling State University which Grambling is widely known. Her contributions in Family, like others across the world, was saddened to hear the music will live forever.” news of a fallen alumnus. Our sincerest sympathy is Other GSU officials shared their sentiments about Ms. extended to the Houston family. Houston. Ms. Houston was the most awarded female artist of all “The life of an entertainer is difficult and very time, according to the Guinness World demanding”, said Dr. Larry J. Pannell, Records. She received 2 Emmy Awards, 6 GSU Acting Head of the Department of Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Music and Director of the GSU Tiger Awards, 22 American Music Awards, Marching Band. “The rigorous pressure of among a total of 415 career awards as of trying to stay on top makes it tougher. As a 2010. She held the all-time record for the whole, when you look at her life, Whitney most American Music Awards of any single serves as an inspiration to all musicians artist and shared the record with Michael who are striving to be the best that they can Jackson for the most AMAs ever won in a be by emulating her. It’s a sad day for the single year with 8 wins in 1994. In world and for the world of music. The November 2010, Billboard released its music will live on and her spirit will live on “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past through her music.” 25 Years” list and ranked Houston at University Photographer Glenn Lewis number three who not only went on to earn said, “I was really saddened to hear of the eight No. 1 singles on the R&B Hip-Hop loss of Whitney Houston. She was a great Songs chart, but also landed five No. 1s on singer and entertainer. Her 1987 Bayou the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Although she Classic concert was simply superb. Seems released relatively few albums, she was like it was not that long ago (summer of ranked as the fourth best-selling female 1988) when she walked across the T.H. artist in the United States by the Recording Harris Auditorium stage and President Industry Association of America, with 55 Joseph Johnson awarded her the honorary million certified albums sold in the US 1987 Bayou Classic Concert doctorate.” alone. Ms. Houston was the first artist to be Ms. Whitney Houston’s passing is a great given a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. loss to the world of music, her fans, family and the Grambling State University President, Dr. Frank Pogue Grambling State University family. Her voice is forever said, “Whitney Houston was the most naturally gifted singer I etched in our memories. have ever heard. The fact that she was selected to receive an

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The loss of Whitney Houston is painful. I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her. I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control. So many of my life's memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song. She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her. Beyoncé She's paved the way for every single singer in the music industry. Iconic, legendary, innovating, amazing, humble...1 the best in the world. Toni Braxton just heard the news. so crazy. One of the GREATEST VOICES EVER just passed. RIP Whitney Houston. My prayers go out to her friends and family Justin Bieber Whitney was the reason many of us do what we do. Pink

The voice of an Angel, the Heart of a Lamb, the spirit of a Lioness, the presence of a Goddess, love you R.I.P Whitney Houston. Wyclef Jean !

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FAMU Reception at DBDT Florida A&M Univ. President Dr. James Ammons, Vice Pres. Dr. Thomas Haynes and Natl Alumni Pres. Tommy Mitchell join Local president Terrance Hunt and alumni members at reception held at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre on Feb. 10. Prospective students were greeted and some were offered scholarships.

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People in places w/Bambi

Howard University Band performing at the 64th Washington Mardi Gras Ball, hosted by The MYSTICK KREWE of LOUISIANIANS Inc. at the Int'l Ballroom, Hilton Washington, Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2012. Laverne Saulny and Brad Bradford, with Bambi at the grand opening of The Saint Hotel in New Orleans, Sat. Jan. 28, 2012.

Sen. Mary Landrieu with Bambi and Laverne Saulny at the 64th Washington Mardi Gras Ball, hosted by The MYSTICK KREWE of LOUISIANIANS Inc. at the Int'l Ballroom, Hilton Washington, Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2012. Ran into the CNN med guru@ Chops Lobster House in the Buckhead section of Atlanta celebrating Bambi’s birthday Thurs., Feb. 2, 2012.

New Orleans own 610 Stompers (all male step group) performing at the 64th Washington Mardi Gras Ball, hosted by The MYSTICK KREWE of LOUISIANIANS Inc. at the Int'l Ballroom, Hilton Washington, Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 2012.

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UNTOLD: The New Orleans 9th Ward You Never Knew By Lynette Norris Wilkinson Hurricane Katrina impacted people in so many ways and UNTOLD: The New Orleans 9th Ward You Never Knew provides insight into the lies of 16 survivors. The stories are passionate, sometimes amusing, awe-inspiring and at times will move the reader to tears. There were some tough times in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama especially when the levees broke. A year later, numerous awards were won for coverage of a time that was very painful. Many lives were lost and others lost their homes. Thousands were displaced, moved from the places they had vied in for their entire lives; some never to return. Ms. Wilkinson found the ideal group to put the story of Hurricane Katrina into perspective. She chose people with unique perspectives and the result is a book of wonderful memories emerging from a tragic circumstance. During a recent interview, Ms. Wilkinson said it was important to share the stories from 9th Ward. Sure there have been plenty of stories told, but there also appeared to be a lack of understanding in many instances. Outsiders could not begin to understand the feelings that ran deep throughout the 9th Ward. Hopefully, by reading the words of Micah, who talks about the “culture” of the 9th Ward, and the others, readers will “get it. A very skilled writer, Ms. Wilkinson paints a vivid picture of her life in New Orleans. Rich with history, Untold, is a joy to read, as you meet the writers and learn about their stories of survival, faith and hope. The accompanying pictures are profound. The devastation that survivors lived through makes their stories all the more compelling and thought-provoking.

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challenges; at one point she decided that life was not living so she attempted suicide. Fortunately she was revived and able to see another day. The problem for Natasha was getting over her past--one that was filled with neglect, abuses and poor decisions on her part. At a young age, when Natasha should have been playing with her dolls and enjoying kindergarten, her mother’s boyfriend begin teaching her how to perform oral sex. Of course he threatened her to keep their little secret and eventually he raped her. Author LaDrena DeCuir skillfully tells Natasha s story with passion and an insight that is chilling. The characters actually leap off the pages in this unfortunate tale of adults failing miserably at parenting and a young girl-child turned woman searching for love in all the wrong places. It appears that Natasha really doesn’t want to die. Her attempts are merely attentiongetting efforts because she is hurting so much. There’s a lot of truth throughout The Men in My Life & the Women in Theirs. Natasha is not the only young girl to be rejected by her mother after being molested by her mother’s man. The travesty was exacerbated by the fact that not only did Natasha share her experiences; her mother actually walked in on her young child performing a sexual act. What happened at first has readers cheering and praising the mom. Unfortunately for Natasha her mother eventually chooses the pervert over her daughter. It won’t be the last time someone has to make a decision and they choose someone other than Natasha. The Men in My Life & the Women in Theirs is a quick and easy read; even though it will tug at several of your emotions. Ms. DeCuir leaves you wanting to know more about if and how Natasha survives. I guess we will have to wait until the sequel!

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Natasha Antoinette Devereaux has had many challenges in her life. While she was able to overcome many of the

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Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom By Queen Latifah Queen Latifah is every woman. In her second book, Put on Your Crown, readers will understand why if they haven’t already gleaned this information from this woman who has reigned supreme in the world of hip hop, as an awardwinning musician and actress or as the president of a production company. A n d t h e r e ’s more. She’s a cover girl, movie producer and source of inspiration to so many young girls and women. Hailing from Newark, New Jersey; a young Dana Owens was encouraged by her parents, brother and friends to never give up on life. They taught me how to listen to my inner queen and to God, she writes. In Put on Your Crown, the Queen has eight chapters aptly titled success, beauty, money, love, fear, loss, strength and joy. Each chapter is filled with powerful messages and anecdotes as she provides insight into her life without lecturing, preaching to or admonishing readers to do as she did. She provides a message worth embracing: Be yourself, have faith and love who you are. An entry by the author’s mother is a wonderful addition to the message that flows from Put on Your Crown. Mama O (Rita Bray Owens) tells of growing up in a strict, tight-knit family. As an educator she has impacted numerous youth and she continues to be an inspiration to many. Readers will enjoy this candid book.

Sins of the Mother

Just when you thought you’ve seen every dimension of Jasmine Larson Bush; she’ll have you shaking your head in wonder as Jasmine is taken to another level with the kidnapping of her daughter, Jacqueline. After years of sinning, Jasmine is now happily married to Rev. Hosea Bush and they have two children-- Jacqueline and Hosea Jr. Everything is going well until one day while Jasmine and the children are out shopping with a family friend, the unthinkable happens. When Jacqueline is kidnapped all hell breaks loose. Jasmine contacts Jacqueline’s biological father, Brian. And just when you thought matters couldn’t get worse a wedge starts growing between Jasmine and her husband and Brian and his ex-wife, who he is trying to win back. As could be expected, Jasmine slips back into the woman so many love to hate. She questions God and she also wonders whether she is being paid back for all her previous sins. Still while asking herself those and other questions as everyone searched night and day for her daughter, Jasmine still found time to lust after Brian. Once again the author has managed to bring forth characters that are intriguing, complex and well developed. Ms. Christopher Murray has skillfully created a picture of each character and readers will develop strong opinions about the characters and their actions. The characters, along with a great storyline, will make Sins of the Mother an easy and enjoyable read. What makes Sins of the Mother even more enjoyable has to be knowing that as long as she is alive; there’s more to her story. So once readers get through Sins and learn what happens to Jasmine’s daughter and marriage; they’ll be waiting in anticipation to see what Jasmine gets herself involved in next.

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Saluting Jordan “Randy” Blair An evening of celebration honoring DFW Elite News publisher, Jordan "Randy" Blair Sr. was held on February 16, 2012, recognizing his over 25 years of dedicated service and exemplary leadership for the betterment of the community and the city of Dallas. For the past 14 years, he has worked proudly as the publisher of the DFW Elite News with his father, William "Bill" Blair, who founded the newspaper in 1961, and serves as senior publisher. Standing on the solid foundation of proven success, he has worked to take his father's dream to the next level by serving the community with integrity and compassion. A native Dallasite, Jordan graduated in 1975 from David W. Carter High School and continued his education at Prairie View A&M University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981. He currently serves as the Trustee for District 3 on the Dallas County Schools Board. As a huge 1957-2012 advocate for education, Jordan has served in membership and as an officer of the Parent Teacher Associations for W. H. Atwell Academy, Thomas Tolbert Elementary and the Dallas Environmental Science Academy. He is also serves a member of numerous community, civic and social organizations. Jordan credits the goodness of God and hard work for his successes. He is a "member in good standing" at the Saint Paul A.M.E. Church, under the leadership of Reverend Juan Tolliver, where he has been a member for over 45 years. He currently serves as the president of the Male Chorus. At the tribute, City Councilmember Dwaine Caraway proclaimed February 16, Jordan Blair Day! As strong believer in family, Jordan Blair has been married to his lovely wife, Brenda for over 24 years. They have three children who are all currently studying at Prairie View.

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Urban Sports Newswire GRAMBLINGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S AARON JAMES TO ENTER LOUISIANA HALL OF FAME First, as an All-American basketball player at GSU and then as a New Orleans Jazz standout, followed by stints as assistant coach, head coach and now interim athletics director; James has long been a force for GSU athletics. Those efforts were rewarded Saturday as James was announced as one of eight former athletes who will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame later this summer. The announcement was made Saturday night on a Cox Sports Television special and a brunch was held in honor of the new inductees Sunday at the Ambassador Hotel in New Orleans. Joining James as new inductees are former NFL running backs Deuce McAllister, Warick Dunn and Terry Robiskie, former Louisiana Tech and NFL wide receiver Roger Carr, former Southern football coach Pete Richardson, LSU baseball star Eddy Furness and former jockey Mark Guidry. The group will be officially enshrined Saturday, June 23 in Natchitoches to culminate the June 21-23 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A 30-member Louisiana Sports Writers Association committee selected the 2012 inductees. The panel considered a record 142 nominees from 24 different sport categories on a 25-page ballot,â&#x20AC;? said Hall of Fame chairman Doug Ireland. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL-HBCU INVITATIONAL Major League Baseball announced its fifth annual, round-robin collegiate tournament is relocating to Houston and utilizing a big league stadium for the first time. The Astros' MLB Urban Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park will be the primary site on Feb. 17 and 19, while the games on Saturday, Feb. 18, will be played at Minute Maid Park. Cador's Southern club is back for the fifth year in a row, along with four other HBCUs: Alabama State (Montgomery, Ala.), Grambling State (Grambling, La.), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas) and local representative Texas Southern. They each participate along with UC-Irvine, an NCAA Division I school. MLB and the Astros will host a college fair at Minute Maid Park starting at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 18, as part of the weekend's activities. More than 20 colleges and universities will be represented and will provide information about college preparation, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Greg Amsinger will provide play-by-play and Harold Reynolds will be the analyst in the booth for two of the Saturday games at Minute Maid Park, starting at 3 p.m. CT on MLB Network and simulcast on MLB.com. Between those two games, fans at the ballpark will be entertained in a collegiate â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle of the Bandsâ&#x20AC;? featuring live performances from Southern's â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Jukebox,â&#x20AC;? Texas Southern's â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ocean of Soulâ&#x20AC;? and Prairie View A&M's â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marching Storm.â&#x20AC;? HBCUs have a proud tradition of outstanding baseball players, ranging from Hall of Famer Lou Brock and Brewers All-Star Rickie Weeks (both from Southern) to Andre Dawson (Florida A&M). Thirteen HBCU players were selected in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, six of whom played in last year's Urban Invitational in Compton. The Urban Invitational PAGE 17

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helps these programs continue providing young players from underserved communities the opportunity to play collegiate-level baseball. Tickets to the games and events at Minute Maid Park will be available to the general public for $5, as will parking. A special $10 ticket package will allow access to the ballpark and provide a concession voucher for a hot dog and soda. High school students and anyone younger with a valid student ID will be admitted to the ballpark for free. Games at Sylvester Turner Park will be available on game day for a suggested $5 donation. Children 12 and under, and any student 18 and under with a valid student ID, will be admitted free. All proceeds from the ticket donations at the Academy will benefit the MLB Urban Youth Foundation, which is a notfor-profit 501(c) (3) corporation. Game Schedule (All Times CT): Feb. 17 at Sylvester Turner Park: Southern University vs. Prairie View A&M, 11 a.m.; UCIrvine vs. Alabama State, 2:30 p.m.; Grambling State vs. Texas Southern, 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at Minute Maid Park: Alabama State vs. Grambling State, 11 a.m.; UC-Irvine vs. Southern, 3 p.m.; Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M, 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Sylvester Turner Park: UC-Irvine vs. Texas Southern, 11 a.m.; Alabama State vs. Southern, 2:30 p.m.; Grambling State vs. Prairie View A&M, 5:30 p.m.

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Sports, continued from Page 16 “To be afforded the employment opportunity at Grambling State University with rich athletics history drawing national attention a great academic institution is special and very exciting. The rich athletics history separates Grambling State University from any other university. The stage is already set, my job will be to start from here assisting Dr. Pogue and his administration continue to operationalize the mission and vision at GSU, says Dr. Caldwell. To be working with Dr. Frank Pogue and the GSU athletics staff will be an amazing opportunity. I am excited to get started.” Grambling State University has 15 sports program: men’s football, basketball, baseball, cross country, track and field/outdoor; women’s basketball, bowling, track and field indoor/outdoor, cross country, tennis, soccer, softball and volleyball.

NEWS & NOTES: --The SWAC Basketball Tournament, once again, is headed to Texas. The Tournament runs from March 6-10, 2012 at the Garland Special Events Center. For more information, go to swachoops.org. --South Carolina State has released its 2012 football schedule highlighted by an ambitious nonconference slate against Georgia State, Arizona and Texas A&M. --Delaware State has released it’s 2012 football schedule. The Hornets will play the University of Delaware and the University of Cincinnati. --Grambling will meet TCU on September 8th in Fort Worth, Texas. --Fort Valley State has released its 2012 football schedule and opens with games against Delta State and Valdosta State. The Wildcats conclude the season with Albany State in the 23rd Annual Fountain City Classic. --Urban Sports News will be providing the action photography from the SWAC Basketball Tournament,

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March 5-10th. USN will be providing action coverage of the Grambling-Southern basketball games on February 4th. USN will be at the Major League Baseball-Black College Baseball Invitational February 17-19 in Houston. Urban Sports News will be shooting the Baylor-University of Texas women’s tilt on February 21st. We are working the men & women’s games when UAPB and Grambling meet. USN will be at the Texas Southern Relays. USN will be at the Penn Relays in late April. John Posey, CEO, of Urban Sports News, a full-service sports media company, has launched a weekly sports package that is distributed nationally to publications, Sports Information Directors, fans, sports websites, newspapers, and to members of the media. Urban Sports News distributes news, photos and features, as well as, provides a wide range of communications consulting services. His work has appeared in 26 countries, numerous publications, media guides, television stations, and electronic media. Urban Sports News provides a wide range of services for a number of corporate and college clients.

Duncanville High School football players prepare for college Adam Butler is a Vanderbilt Commodore signee located in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a 2 year starter at Offensive Tackle and 1st Team All District in 2010 & 2011. Adam was also a member of the Academic All-District team in 2011 and was voted Outstanding Offensive Lineman by his peers. He was also named Varsity Team Captain for 2011. Jamaal Fears is an Alabama State University Hornet signee located in Montgomery, Alabama. Jamaal is a 3 year Varsity player at Defensive Tackle. Ghafona Iduwe is a Howard University Bison signee located in Washington D.C. He is a 2 year starter at Defensive End and 1st Team All District player in 2011. Ghafona also was voted both Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in 2011 and Most Valuable Defensive Player. He finished the 2011 season with 15 SACKS (2ND in the state) and was voted 2nd Team All-State. Sammy Jenkins is a Howard University Bison signee located in Washington, D.C. He is a 3 year Varsity offensive Guard, 2 as a starter and was a 2nd Team All-District in 2010 & 2011. Sammy was also voted as Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2011.Gary Lewis is a Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm signee located in Bethany, Oklahoma. Gary was a 2 year starter at Corner and 2nd Team All District player in 2010 & 2011. He was voted Outstanding Defensive Back in 2011 and Most Valuable Defensive Player. Gary was also voted a 2011 Team Captain.Malcolm McKenney is a Midwestern State University Mustang signee located in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is a 2 year Varsity player at both Wide Receiver and Corner. He was 2011 starter at Corner where he earned 1st Team All District. He was also a 1st Team All District Wide Receiver in 2010. Malcolm also was voted Most Valuable Defensive Back in 2011. He also competes on the Varsity Track team. Jeff Thomas is a University of Colorado Buffalo signee located in Boulder, Colorado. Jeff was a 1st Team All District Receiver in 2010 & 2011. He was also voted Teams Most Valuable Wide Receiver.Montel Baree will be attending Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas. Montel was a 3 year varsity letterman and a 2 time honorable mention all-district selection in 2010 and 2011.

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Mark your calendar February 18 UNCF presents Red Hot & Snazzy at the Hyatt Regency-downtown Dallas with Morris Day & The Time. For tickets, call 972 234-1007. Jokae’s African American Books 12:00 – 2:00 p Color Me Black Jeannie Eneh The Blessings & Bling How Faith & Fashion Helped Me Survive Breast Cancer Dr. Sheron C. Patterson Jokae’s African American Books* 3:00 – 5:00 p 3rd Authors & Autographs Booksigning Event at Friendship-West Baptist Church, Sunday, February 26, 2012 after each worship service in the Narthex. Friendship-West Baptist Church - 2nd Annual Children & Youth Praise Dance Concert 2012 We’re Not Just Kids, We’re Praisers 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. African American Read-In. Cornerstone Baptist Church 1819 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215. 11:00-1:00 p.m. Sponsored by Cornerstone Community Development Corp., and Dallas ISD District 9. Pan African Connection 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Two Historic Films on Jazz & the Culture of African-American's in New Orlean's Presented by, Renowned Historian, on New Orleans African Culture & Music Charles E.(Chuck) Slier TANK in concert at Brooklyn Jazz Cafe 1701 South Lamar in Dallas

February 19 Writing through Grief workshops at the Gideon Center in Frisco 3110 Main St., (at Teel) Frisco, TX , Conducted by Linda Jones, author, creator of "It's Only Temporary-- A Journal for Surviving Loved Ones." Grief Recovery Institute certification  Fee: $55 1p.m. until 5 p.m.   Participants will learn to use writing as a vehicle to help provide relief from emotional pain caused by death and other losses. This sensitively-delivered workshop will explore journaling techniques, mood monitoring and music meditation, poetic approaches and affirmations. CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH at Friendship West Baptist Church -Remembering Our Roots as We Anticipate New Fruit

Emancipation - Civil Rights Movement BLACK CINEMATHEQUE DALLAS Invite you to Celebrate Black History Month screening the film Goin' To Chicago The Story of America's Great Migrations Goin' to Chicago is a moving tribute to a generation of African-Americans who struggled and triumphed over odds as great or greater than other immigrant groups. Calling all Chicagoans! Calling everybody whose folks left the South and went North seeking sanctuary from the Jim Crow terrorists. Calling Everybody! It's Bright Lights, Big City Fun 3PM Admission: Donate what you can. Pan African Connection, 828 4th Ave South Dallas Texas The 60 minute film shares the bitter recollections of sharecropping --- owing half of each crop to the landowner, the backbreaking labor in the fields from sun up to sun down, the total disrespect and possible loss of life and limbs!!! Once in Chicago, everything wasn't roses but Black people had some breathing space to raise a family, make a living, play the blues and check Mr. Charlie when necessary. On the South Side Black people built a vibrant citywithin-a-city of thriving black businesses and civic institutions, proudly referred to as "Bronzeville."

February 21 Malcolm X assassinated

2nd Annual Delta Legal Clinic will take place at 12:00 p.m. at Dodd Center. This event is open to the public. This legal clinic will focus on Family Law, Housing, and Tickets. Councilmember Carolyn R. Davis hosts and cordially invites you to attend the Remarkable HealthCare Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Skilled Nursing Care facility located at 3550 Bonnie View Drive, Dallas, Texas 75216 at 1:30pm.

February 22 African Chamber of Commerce - February 22-25, 2015, AT PARK INN BY RADISSON, 1241 W. MOCKINGBIRD LANE, DALLAS TEXAS, Honorable LEKE OYEWOLE, Senior Assistant to the President of Nigeria and Professor ADEBOWALE ADEFUYE, Ambassador of Nigeria.  Seminar on : Nigeria Trade and Investments Forum - USA.The Ambassador will also be at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson for the "Ambassador Speaker's Series from 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. (RSVP: 469-667-9896).

February 23 The ART of Living Black (Library Exhibit): Thursday, February 23 11a.m. - 12 p.m., L200. Eastfield’s Library will showcase student art work that describes their African-American life experiences for the entire month of February. Discover their inspirations by attending the Library reception held in their honor. Works in Progress Salon and “Speak East”, a place for writers to contemplate and create, 7-11p.m. At the Gideon Center, 31110 Main St, Frisca. This is the meeting place for writers wanting to work with their words. Bring your pens, pads, laptops and arrive early to work on that book in the making or poem in progress.

February 24

Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas’ Annual Meeting and Community Report Luncheon will be held at the Hilton Anatole at 11:45 a

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FORT WORTH ALUMNI CHAPTER of KAPPA ALPHA PSI FRATERNITY INC. PROUDLY PRESENTS: THE 5TH ANNUAL MARDI GRAS MASQUERADE AT THE MARQUIS ON MAGNOLIA 1227 West Magnolia Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104 (Corner of 5th and Magnolia) COMPLIMENTARY CREOLE CUISINE PROVIDED BY EXECUTIVE CHEF KEITH HICKS (BUTTONS) ALONG WITH BOURBON ST. FAMOUS HAND GRENADES, HURRICANES, BEER PROVIDED BY MILLERCOORS. MARDI GRAS BEADS, MASKS, AND NEW ORLEANS KING CAKE. ATTIRE: CLASSY AND STYLISH (MARDI GRAS BEADS AND MASKS ENCOURAGED!) PRESALE TICKETS: $20 PHONE: 214.395.8206 OR 817.726.7611 EMAIL: TICKETS@FORTWORTHKAPPAS.COM Priscilla Art Club, the oldest African American women’s organization in Dallas County, will host a display of its centennial legacy quilt made by its members from 2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m., at the African American Museum of Life and Culture, Dallas Fair Park Breakfast with a Princess, 621 N. Hampton Road from 9:00 - 10:30 AM. Tickets are $24.50 per couple and $14.50 for each additional child. To reserve your tickets for this enchanting event or to rent the 1450 square foot venue for your own special event, call Sonya Cross at 972.274.3446. For more information about Parties With Charm, visit www.partieswithcharm.com Marshall Arts Bartenders will be showcased at the Grand Opening of Noah's Event Center in Las Colinas 6101 Campus Circle Drive Irving, TX. at 2-5pm

February 26 Mocca Cosmetics’ Annual Gala celebrating 10 years of Success will be held at the Wyndham Hotel Love Field at 6 p.m. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call 214-946-8582 CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH at Friendship West Baptist Church -Remembering Our Roots as We Anticipate New Fruit - Celebration ALSO - III Pyramids Bookstore presents Authors & Autographs -- 3rd Authors & Autographs Booksigning Event at Friendship-West Baptist Church, after each worship service in the Narthex. There will be a variety of books for purchase from inspirational novels to children books. Latino Bridal @ Quince Girl Expo at Dallas Fair Park Automobile Building noon-5p.m. Featuring fashion shows. Call 214-824-7495 Or go to www.quincegirlexpos.com

February 27 Pan-African Connection Bookstore Art Gallery, and Resource Center 828 Fourth Ave., Dallas Texas, 75226 (New Location Across From Fair Park Music Hall) 6:30 PM -8:30 PM CST Power of Email Marketing for Social Entrepreneurs and Community Organizations with Terry Allen 

February 29 Who Cares What Black People Think Anyway: Wednesday, February 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Eastfield College C135. Who Cares What Black People Think Anyway? – The dialog continues in this open discussion of the issues facing black people in American culture. Share your views and increase your awareness of what is really going on around you. Special guest speakers including, Mr. Jamal Allen Rasheed, CEO/ Founder, Every Mountainside Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - Dr. Devin Fergus of Hunter College gives UNT's African American History Month lecture, “Land of the Fee: The Hidden History of the Ghetto Tax, 1980-2008.” 5:30 p.m., ESSC 255 on the UNT campus, Denton, TX.

March 3

STOMP WARS & Teen Summit National High School Step Competition (SMU) 6405 Boaz Lane -

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Career Fair 2012- 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Location: Friendship-West Baptist Church *Registration and deadline is for vendors only* Space is limited . a prompt response is encouraged. Come out and see employers and education vendors from around the Dallas area. Employers, make your search easy and register to participate in our career fair.

March 17 The Legacy of Giving Foundation of the Omicron Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 25th Image Award Celebration will be at 12 noon at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, featuring Buster Brown Band and Atty. DeMetris Sampson will be this year’s award recipient. FWBC Bereavement Community presents Get Right Church & Let’s Go Home 10:00 a.m. This is an educational seminar to inform the church and community about the importance of and provisions for pre-needs in the event of the death of a loved one.

March 29 The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College CUNY Presents; The Eleventh Black Writers Conference Thursday March 29 - Sunday, April 1, 2012 "The impact of migration, popular culture and the natural environment in the literature of Black Writers." Honorees include Nikki Giovanni. For more info visit www.nationalblackwritersconference.org

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