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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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Message to the People... Three Zeros - Every day is World AIDS Day On Rae Lewis Thornton’s Facebook page, she wrote of her 30 years since being diagnosed HIV positive and the 20 years since her AIDS diagnosis. I first became acquainted with Rae when she appeared on the front cover of Essence Magazine. She was one of the first HIV positive subjects Cheryl Smith appearing in print and telling her story. Over the years I have interviewed her several times and I have always enjoyed her candor and commitment to sharing her story, as well as how her life continues to change because of the disease and the prescribed regimen that keeps her alive. She shares this information in hopes that others won’t find themselves in the same predicament. Unfortunately, especially in America’s African/Black communities, we have not managed to get a handle on this disease that continues to wreak havoc in the lives of all ages. Clearly many are not using condoms. Just look at the number of pregnancies among unmarried and not-ready-for-parenthood females. Could you even begin to imagine what the statistics would look like if those pregnancies were all HIV diagnoses? Frightening! Djibril Diallo is the Senior Adviser to the Executive Director of UNAIDS at United Nations. According to Dr. Diallo, 2300 young people are infected with HIV every 24 hours and many do not know their status. “That is unconscionable, that is unacceptable,” he said. “Together, we will take all necessary action to bring about the three Zeros---Zero new HIV infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths.” What a noble cause. There are so many agencies providing information and resources, still; however, we are dealing with new cases, discriminatory practices and yes, deaths! In a commentary, Earvin “Magic” Johnson focused on the importance of knowing your status, and he wrote, “Still, it’s up to each of you to also do your part – get tested and learn your results. Isn’t it time that we agree that enough is enough? Let’s bring attention back to this growing crisis and empower our community to take a stand and fight back. Let’s increase our collective efforts to work together, share our stories and fight this disease. We have the opportunity to save lives.” Stressing the importance of being tested, Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) wrote: There is the stigma that silently pervades our community. The echoes of prejudices of the 80s, when this virus was new and more frightening than ever, still hold sway in our predominantly black neighborhoods. Many of us hold onto the belief that HIV and AIDS only affect gay men, men on the ‘down low.’ Many of us still want to believe that if you just ‘act right,’ you don't need to worry about being infected. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among black women aged 25 to 34. These are not women of ‘ill repute;’ more often than not they are our friends, sisters, and mothers.” There are numerous organizations, churches and institutions around the world, working to eradicate AIDS. While in Senegal, a delegation, led by Dr. Diallo visited an AIDS clinic where we learned of aggressive steps to deal with HIV/AIDS. As yet another World AIDS Day comes and goes on December 1; it is imperative that we make every day one where we focus on those three zeros. AIDS is on a long list of ills that we must intensify our efforts and turn around the health conditions in our communities. Silence is not the answer. Rae and Magic have shared their lives with us in hopes that we won’t have to endure what they live with daily. Learn from their lessons!

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Shop Small This Saturday Will Newton NFIB/Texas Executive Director The deficit in Washington is growing—and I’m not speaking about our nation’s floundering finances. The trust-deficit between Americans and policymakers is distressingly large—with only 19 percent of Americans, according to an October Pew poll, who say that they have faith that the government will do what is right just about always or most of the time. Thankfully, Americans have not lost all hope. They still have faith in some institutions—generally those that they feel truly protect freedoms and preserve livelihoods, like the military and small businesses. In fact, when it comes to job creation and the economy, Americans value the opinions of small-business owners more than any other institution—likely because small-business leaders across the nation have remained committed to hard-work, to jobcreation and to building communities, while many in Washington have become preoccupied with less noble endeavors. Even as the economy has limped along and small-business owner confidence has waned, our faith in the men and women of Main Street has not faded, but remained constant; this is for good reason. In the face of economic struggles, many small employers,

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instead of laying people off, have cut their own salaries to keep their full complement of employees. Others have dipped into savings or taken out second mortgages to keep their doors open or to avoid cutting back employee hours. These are no small feats, but they largely go without acknowledgement or recognition.

become a powerful movement to give back to the brick-and-mortar establishments that line our Main Streets and keep our communities vibrant. The concept is simple: Instead of sitting at home and ordering online or “one-stop-shopping” at the nearest “big-box” store, put on your boots and coat and take a walk

The campaign to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving started in 2010 as little more than an effort to give small businesses—many struggling to get out of the red after a long recession—a much needed shot in the arm. But in the three years since, Small Business Saturday has become a powerful movement to give back to the brickand-mortar establishments that line our Main Streets and keep our communities vibrant. So when an opportunity to thank these men and women for their daily sacrifices arises, we should take it. We find such an opportunity on Small Business Saturday. The campaign to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving started in 2010 as little more than an effort to give small businesses— many struggling to get out of the red after a long recession—a much needed shot in the arm. But in the three years since, Small Business Saturday has

through the small and independent establishments in your community. Make Main Street ground zero for your holiday shopping. Many local businesses around the county will be offering special deals and discounts throughout the day to encourage shoppers and to commemorate the day, so the incentive to “shop small” is all the greater. It’s strange to think that doing something so modest—shopping at an independent business—can have such a big impact, but research on

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last year’s event showed that consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday spent a total of $5.5 billion with independent merchants that day— higher than earlier estimates of anticipated spending. Indeed, even the President and his family did their part last year, patronizing a local bookstore and giving its holidays sales a boost. The biggest incentive to shop small, is that in doing so, you are not only helping to keep small businesses operating, you are making your community stronger. It’s likely when you purchase a product or service at a local store or restaurant, you are helping to pay the salary of a neighbor, a friend or a family member. You are helping to keep the people in your town or city employed so that they can support their families. Most importantly, you are demonstrating the value that you place on the small-business people who, by providing you and your community with unparalleled products and services, work hard to keep your trust each and every day. During times like these, we could all benefit from a boost in our faith—faith in the future, faith in our country, faith in our economy. Show your faith in America by starting your holiday season in a small business and “shop small” on Small Business Saturday. 

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HOLIDAY HINTS Courtesy of The Caregiver

HOLIDAY VISITING The holiday season is a time for visiting and reconnecting with family, friends and neighbors. Sometimes this season can be sad or stressful for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. These hints are our gift in wishing you an enjoyable holiday season. Holidays can be meaningful enriching times for both the patient and family. Maintaining (or adapting) old family rituals and traditions helps all family members feel a sense of belonging and family identity. For an AD patient, this link with a familiar past is reassuring and builds self esteem, i.e. “Look at the beautiful family I created!” Set your own limits early, and be clear about them with others. You do not have to live up to the expectations of friends or relatives. Your situation is different now. Encourage family and friends to visit EVEN IF IT IS PAINFUL FOR THEM. Keep the number of persons visiting at one time to a minimum, or try a few persons visiting quietly with the patient in a separate room. Most AD patients can pull it together for brief periods, if they have adequate private rest in between. Try some simple holiday preparation with the patient several days ahead. Just observing your preparations will familiarize him/her with the upcoming festivities; if they participate with you, they experience the pleasure of helping and giving as well as the fun of anticipation and reminiscing. Prepare potential quiet distractions (a family photo album or a simple repetitive chore like cracking nuts) to use if the patient becomes upset or overstimulated. Try to avoid situations that further confuse or frustrate many patients: crowds of people who expect the patient to remember them noise, loud conversations or loud music PAGE 5

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- strange or different surroundings changes in light intensity-too bright or too dark over-indulgence in rich or special food or drink (especially alcohol) change in regular routine and sleep patterns Try scheduling activities, especially some outdoor exercise, early in the day to avoid the fatigue from added activity at the end of a long day. Familiar holiday music, story-telling, singing or church services (even on TV) may be especially enjoyable. If you receive invitations to holiday celebrations which the patient cannot attend, GO YOURSELF. Enjoy the chance to be with friends and family who love you and enjoy your company, with or without your relative. Preparing The Guests 1. Explain clearly as possible what has happened to the person with AD. Give examples of the unusual behaviors that may take place: incontinence, eating food with their fingers, wandering, hallucinations. 2. Explain that it may not be appropriate behavior but the person has a memory loss and does not remember what is expected and acceptable. 3. Remind that visitor through phone calls or letters to be understanding and not to shun the person. 4. If this is the first visit since the family member became severely impaired, tell the person the visit may be painful. The memoryimpaired person may not remember the guest’s name or relationship. 5. Explain the memory loss is a result of the disease and it is not intentional. 6. Stress with the guests that what is important is the meaningfulness of the moment spent together and not what the person remembers. Preparing The Memory-Impaired Person 1. Begin showing a picture of the guest to the person a week before the arrival. 2. Spend more time each day explaining who the visitor is while showing the picture. 3. Arrange for a phone call for the patient and the visitor. The conversation may help both. The call gives the visitor an idea what to expect and gives the memory-impaired person an opportunity to familiarize himself with the visitor. 4. Keep the memory-impaired person’s routine as close to normal as possible. 5. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, guard against fatigue and find time for adequate rest. !

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'American Idol' Winner releases new album LOS ANGELES -- Ruben Studdard will be releasing Unconditional Love, his first studio album in two years, it was announced by his label, Verve Records.  Along with beautiful standards, Unconditional Love contains two original tunes, one of which is the first single, "Meant To Be" which will be released tomorrow, November 19th simultaneous to Studdard's appearance on 'The Biggest Loser.' 16 time Grammy winning producer and Verve Records Chairman David Foster is one of several producers on the CD. "Silky, classy, sexy, romantic--bring you to your knees--this is how I describe the incredible voice of Ruben Studdard. He feels every note and every word he sings. He is a man with an extraordinary voice," commented Foster. Unconditional Love is filled with some of the most romantic songs Studdard has ever recorded including "My Love" by the Beatles, The Carpenters classic, "Close To You" which includes Stevie Wonder on harmonica and Bonnie Raitt's poignant, "I Can't Make You Love Me." Additional tracks include a steamy version of Teddy Pendergrass' "Close The Door" which was produced by singer Eric Benet who also produced Studdard's breathtaking version

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of the Boz Scaggs hit "Look What You've Done To Me." The album also contains a soaring duet with Laylah Hathaway of "With You I'm Born Again" which was originally recorded by Syreeta Wright and Billy Preston.   "Unconditional Love is my most romantic album yet. I've wanted to record many of these love songs for a really long time. It's the most heartfelt album I've ever recorded and includes many of my favorite songs from all different eras," commented Studdard. Fans of Ruben--and they are legend-will get to see him perform in February during several shows scheduled including one at NY's Beacon Theatre on February 15th Studdard will also be going on tour with Laylah Hathaway – dates to be announced. It's been a decade since Fox Television's 'American Idol' crowned Studdard, a Birmingham, Alabama native, its 2003 winner after he pulled in 24 million votes. In the years since, the "Velvet Teddy Bear" (as Gladys Knight nicknamed him) has had a string of gold and platinum records, top ten albums and r&b and pop singles. Along with performing around the world, he has toured as Fats Waller in the national stage tour of "Ain't Misbehavin" and managed

to pick up several Grammy and American Music Award nominations along the way. 

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Rep. Marc Veasey garners wide support during first year in Congress

his first annual Congressional job fair in early December. 

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TeCo continues its 20-Year Anniversary Season with a Holiday Tradition

Understanding that economic stability and good careers are the foundation to better quality of life, Veasey is committed to creating jobs and decreasing unemployment in CD 33.   – This Holiday Season TeCo is bringing in former Broadway director Ed   Smith for a refreshing look at this Christmas tradition written by Langston Congressman Marc Veasey has Hughes. Mr. Smith is widely recognized for his work in African American shown strong support among elected Veasey has enjoyed a close theater and is a pioneer in the theater community. TeCo is honored to have officials since his recent filing for re- working relationship with elected election in the 33rd Congressional officials throughout the district who him as a part of our 20- year anniversary season. District of Texas.  Mr. Smith is an award-winning director whose productions have received have shown early support in teaming critical acclaim from regional theatres across the USA, Canada and the West up to help improve the quality of life Veasey, who sits on the House Indies. The founder of the Buffalo Black Drama Workshop was awarded the for North Texas residents.  Armed Services and Science, Space first annual Lloyd Richards’ Director’s Award at the prestigious National and Technology Committees has “Congressman Veasey has Black Theatre Festival in 2009. Smith was recommended by the late attended over 700 events in the worked diligently to keep our Richards to direct Ossie Davis’s last play in 2002. He was an Associate district in just under a year. In D.C., economy strong and create new Artistic Director for three years at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and he has earned a reputation for hard opportunities for North Texas served as the Artistic Director for Jubilee Theatre in Ft. Worth, TX. Most work and has been intently focused residents,” said Senator Wendy recently he was nominated for Best Director for Ma Rainey Black Bottom by on protecting and Davis.  “He’s been the St. Louis Press in 2012. creating jobs in in office less than a the district, With this larger ensemble of performers Mr. Smith showcases his entire year, yet he has comprehensive already demonstrated cast’s talents, which makes for a spectacular theater experience. Black immigration Nativity is rich in movement, colorful dialogue and lead by a wonderful tremendous reform, access to leadership by putting narrative wrapped in gospel songs and folk spirituals. Since its first stage quality performance in 1961 this story has become a family tradition in the African the people of his healthcare, American community. district before seniors benefits partisan politics.” Black Nativity previews Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:30PM at the and strengthening Bishop Arts Theatre Center. Opening night is December 13 - 22 (Fridays @ “Congressman our education 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday matinee performances @ 3:30PM). Tickets are Veasey has helped system. $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Group packages are available. many North Texas “I’m honored families who have to represent and called my office in work for the need of assistance people in District with federal agencies.  33.  Families Whether it’s count on me to preventing a fight for good wrongful deportation paying jobs, to keep families or assisting individuals with the together by working to pass Social Security or Veterans ‰ĘåŞåųüåÏƋčĜüƋüŅų comprehensive immigration reform Administration, Marc is always legislation and to make sure that our responsive and dependable.  We ƋĘåŅĹåƼŅƚĬŅƴåú kids get the education and training know he will get the job done,” needed to thrive in the 21st century Representative Roberto Alonzo. workforce.  My work is never done “As I visit families in the district, and the more I listen to and visit they talk to me about their with families throughout the priorities.  They tell me that for district, the harder I work knowing their families to stay together, we that they depend on me.  I’m need comprehensive immigration grateful for the opportunity to help reform now. 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Great Societies Don’t Lie! Quit Playin’ Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a “New Deal” that created jobs and security. Ronald Reagan revived the belief that “White is right,” resurrected the Conservative movement and resuscitated that “John Wayne” myth. However, as it pertains to presidents, no one has been any more historically significant as LBJ.

By Vincent L. Hall Author and award-winning columnist

No matter how little or big, white lies usually provide cover for dark secrets. President Barack Obama is being excoriated for his little white lie on Obamacare, but the dark secret is that 50 million Americans have no health care at all.

What sets LBJ apart, was that he was the consummate politician. LBJ possessed the wherewithal to make deals with the most unlikely foes. Just imagine a man who spewed "Nigger" as if it was

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and not in scripted sound-bites.

LBJ was loud, intimidating, crafty, cantankerous and crude. What other president has invited grown men to continue a conversation in the bathroom while he's sitting on the crapper?  But when it came to getting things done LBJ didn't take no caca, and wasted little time or energy.

He introduced his vision of the “Great Society” at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “The challenge of the next half

I know that my assessment is debatable. Abraham Lincoln supposedly freed the slaves.

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The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time. But that is just the beginning.

President Obama finally realizes that being half White negates his ability to tell a white lie. The truth and the admonishment that LBJ delivered six months after the JFK assassination is a great place to start his rehab.

interchangeable with Negro, then reverse terrain and use it to secure the right to vote and some semblance of equality for those same “unfortunates.” It may sound harsh, but the harsh reality is that LBJ spoke in contextual certainty

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determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth. For in your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.

The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where leisure is a welcome chance to build and reflect, not a feared cause of boredom and restlessness.”

Obama didn’t actually lie. He made a generalization and any statistician would casually exclude 1.5% as an outlying factor. The end result though, has been catastrophic to his integrity. America is now past its 50th annual reflection of the fallen Prince of Camelot, John F. Kennedy. It would do well for Obama to fast forward to the president who came after him. The scriptures says that there are some who sew for others who reap, and as it pertains to civil rights and a better society, the man who reaped JFK’s harvest was Lyndon Baines Johnson, arguably the greatest president ever.

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R&B Divas Atlanta returns to TV One in 2014 Former Destinyʼs Child member LaTavia Roberson and 702 lead singer Kameelah Williams join cast   SILVER SPRING, MD,- TV One’s popular reality series R&B Divas Atlanta welcomes two new divas to the cast when the series returns for a third season in 2014.  Former Destiny’s Child member LaTavia Roberson and 702 lead singer Kameelah Williams join Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson, Angie Stone and Keke Wyatt in their continued exploits in Atlanta, including their bid to secure new music deals in the industry. “We are pleased to include LaTavia and Meelah in the explosive third season of R&B Divas Atlanta,” remarked D’Angela Proctor, SVP Programming and Production, TV One. “As the series evolves, it’s rewarding to continue to work with some of R&B’s finest and provide our viewers with an intimate look at some of their favorite performers in today’s pop culture environment.”

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which later became known as Destiny's Child.  She began her career at the age of nine and got her first big break in 1992 when she (along with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Tamar Davis and the Nikki Twins) appeared on TV’s Star Search.  The group eventually developed into a quartet with Roberson, Beyoncé, Rowland and LeToya Luckett and was signed by Columbia Records under the name of Destiny's Child.  Their self-titled debut album Destiny's Child was released in 1998 followed by their second album, The Writing's on the Wall, which became one of the biggest selling albums released by a female group and was certified eighttimes platinum in the U.S. The album includes four hit singles, “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Bug a Boo,” “Say My Name” and “Jumpin’ Jumpin’.”  Roberson left the group in 2000 after clashes with manager Mathew Knowles.  She has since been featured in the song “Swagga Check” by Young Sween and appeared in the stage play, Those Jeans.  She recently Kameelah Williams welcomed her first child, daughter Lyric, in August 2013.  four songs co-written and  Kameelah Williams, aka produced by Missy Elliott including the smash hit single “Steelo” and its remix.  They received a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award in 1997 and the following year appeared on Elliott's debut album, Supa Dupa Fly, on the song "Beep Me 911."  After going gold with their debut album, their selftitled album 702 was released in 1999. The first single "Where My Girls At" hit at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the group an American Music Award nomination. The album went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.  After 702 parted ways, Williams went on to collaborate with Missy Elliott on the song “Take Away” on Elliot’s album Miss E…So Addictive.  She has also co-written songs on Faith Evans’ Faithfully album and cowrote Macy Gray’s “On and On.”  Williams shares a 4 year old son with singer-songwriter Musiq Soulchild.      Meelah, is best known as the lead singer of the R&B trio 702.  The group’s first album, No Doubt, soared to #1 on the charts with

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Reed, Adam Freeman, Phil Thornton, Paul Coy Allen, Aaron Fishman, David St. John, Faith Evans and Nicci Gilbert. Lamar Chase is producer and Executive in charge of production for TV One is Jubba Seyyid. Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvone.tv) serves more than 58.4 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners, and Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), www.comcast.com], one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. !

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New Smartphone designed to access sexual assault and domestic violence resources Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) announces the launch of Texas Safety University, a new smartphone app designed to provide students, faculty, & staff of Texas college campuses easy access to sexual assault and domestic violence resources. Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) is excited to announce the launch of Texas Safety University (TX Safety U), a free app available on both iOs and Android platforms. Texas Safety University provides students, faculty, staff and others at Texas Colleges and Universities with customized contact information to quickly connect to help and assistance when faced with sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking. Key features include the ability connect instantly with assistance on campus and in the community;

access to crime data for 174 Texas universities; access to relevant information on sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking; and connections with state and national resources on sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. “Making support for rape victims more accessible is just common sense,” said Annette Burrhus-Clay, TAASA’s Executive Director. “We know that the more a victim feels supported, the more likely they are to recover from the assault, stay in school and report the assault to law enforcement.” Support for college students can come in a variety of ways including confidential counseling through the campus mental health office, advocacy and hospital accompaniment through the community rape crisis center, class schedule changes or housing changes through the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students and potential university judicial action against the offender. “No Texan should ever have to experience sexual assault from an acquaintance or a stranger, nor should they ever have to experience abuse from a dating partner. With protection and support, students

are less likely to be for higher victimized. Texas education safety Safety University and security. provides a centralized TAASA is the location for college first not-for-profit students in our organization to great state to find implement the that protection and private label support,” said version of Campus Representative Sentinel. Dawnna Dukes, who led efforts to “The Texas create a statewide Association Annette Burrhus-Clay taskforce to Against Sexual address campus Assault has truly sexual assault this last legislative made a statement about the session. importance of campus safety in Prior to this app, if a student today’s society,” said Campus needed assistance after an assault Sentinel Co-Founder Dr. Gary J. they were often left to navigate Margolis. “Connecting campus through complex college and community members to assistance university websites for information when a violent act has occurred is that was not readily available . one of the primary purposes of the TX Safety U puts this app. We’re thrilled that TAASA information in the hands of the has provided this resource to student in an easy to access format campuses all across Texas.” and on their smartphone. This could make a tremendous Texas Safety University app is difference in allowing immediate now available to download at no access to resources by a survivor. cost for Android and Apple devices The app was developed and at Google Play and iTunes Stores customized for TAASA by Campus and may be accessed at Sentinel, Inc., a company www.taasa.otg/txsafetyu/. specializing in mobile applications

Affordable housing to replace South Dallas vacant lots RPL PROPERTIES ACQUIRES 50 LOTS FROM  THE DALLAS URBAN LAND BANK   – RPL Properties, a Dallas-based real estate development company, recently acquired 50 tax delinquent lots from the City of Dallas’ Dallas Urban Land Bank. Located throughout South Oak Cliff, the vacant lots will be transformed into affordable three to four bedroom homes for families with low to moderate incomes. A groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off this new building project will take place at 10 a.m. on PAGE 11

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Monday, Dec. 2nd at 1554 Fordham Road, Dallas Texas 75216. “The conversion of this vacant and neglected land into new vibrant homes will provide families with an opportunity to build personal wealth through homeownership, while also creating additional tax revenue for the City of Dallas,” said Paul Lewis, owner and builder for RPL Properties. As a result of tax liens and other circumstances, lots throughout Southern Dallas have been sitting vacant and neglected for over five years.  With RPL Properties recent acquisition, the building of new affordable homes will bring life

back to these neglected areas through the revitalization of neighborhoods and the overall community. Ranging from 1300 square feet to 1600 square feet, these three to four bedroom brick homes will consist of five floor plans and feature an array of upscale amenities that include earthtone carpeting, gourmet style kitchens and designer garden baths.   Dallas-based realty group, Hopkins Realty and Associates, will manage the marketing and sale of each property which ranges from $99,000 to $125,000.

purchases, the Dallas Urban Land Bank has set aside $10,000 for each property. For more information about purchasing one of the 50 homes, contact Pat Douglas at 972-298-5057. The groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off this new building project will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2ndat 1554 Fordham Road, Dallas Texas 75216.   Speakers will include Paul Lewis of RPL Properties, Pat Douglas of Hopkins Realty and Associates and several local dignitaries. A RSVP is requested and can be made by emailing info@tiffaneydale.com.

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  Friday,  December  6,  2013   The  D/FW  Chapters  of  the  National  Association  of  Real  Estate  Brokers   ~~~~  

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  Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., began his career in 1965, as a statewide youth coordinator in NC for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In 1969, Chavis was appointed Southern Regional Program Director of the 1.7million member United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice(UCC-CRJ) and by 1985 was named the Executive Director and CEO of the UCC-CRJ. In 1988, Dr. Chavis was elected Vice President of the National Council of Churches of the USA. Then in 1993, Dr. Chavis achieved what no other before him had achieved. He became the youngest person ever to be the Executive Director and CEO of the National Association

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SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING By James A. Washington

I believe discipline and confidence are spiritual tools to be used as such. Discipline is an amazing thing as it takes a fair amount discipline to have and maintain one’s faith. Coupled with confidence and interpreted as Godly, the two are tools to be used to walk the walk and talk the talk. I believe when this is understood, internal power is the result; not ego or pride but knowledge and assurance. The example I’d like to use are those saints who were in the Upper Room, when the Holy Spirit came upon them in the form of “tongues of fire.” The result was a newfound power of discipline and confidence. They already had faith, but after this they also had the power and grace necessary to spread the Word of God throughout the world. When you think about this in terms of before and after, it can only be the result of sanctified confidence and discipline. Prior to this moment, the faithful were huddled in secret, being …well being faithful to the belief that what Jesus told them was true. God would send another. The ‘Other’ turned out to be the Holy Spirit who imbued them with a discipline and confidence so powerful, it changed the world. The ability to communicate aside, scripture illustrates that through the Holy Spirit, discipline combined with confidence gives us the power to stand and deliver testimony that withstands undermining by an envious world. Accepting and utilizing these tools allow us to be unable to deny God in favor of man’s laws. Like Peter and John said before the Sanhedrin after the day of Pentecost, “Judge for yourselves whether it is PAGE 13

right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God; for we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20. The operative phrase here is “cannot help speaking out.” This is the same Peter who denied Jesus three times; an act of cowardice, or a man bereft of confidence and discipline. I guess what I’m trying to say is when all is said and done, you’re supposed to speak about what God has done for you. Did I say speak? I meant shout. “When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31. You remember Paul at Ephesus? “When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” Acts 19:6. My point is faith based discipline and spiritual confidence that is powered by the Holy Spirit can be quite liberating; even in the face of public criticism, which for most of us is really private criticism from friends and family. It is positive and powerful. It is fortifying this courage we receive via the Holy Spirit. Some call it being set apart. It is not always understood by those closest to us and lets us stand up as Christians in the face of adversity, temptation and yes, criticism of the worst kind. Yes we will all fail more than we’d like but, we all have the infrastructure to shore up those weak spots because we know they exist. Finally let me make myself perfectly clear. I believe the discipline coupled with the confidence that I seek, will be found when the Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in my heart and soul. It is my desire and my forever quest.

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Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Psi Chapter volunteers for Feast of Sharing

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Recently, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc, Psi Chapter members and auxiliaries volunteered to serve dinners for the Feast of Sharing in Dallas, along with hundreds of other volunteers. The diverse crowd of volunteers from across the city united in purpose and demonstrated the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. is a national business and professional women’s sorority. Marie Bates, Judy Reeves, Carol Hardy, Dwala Brown, Beverly Every year Psi Chapter Moore, Daphne Hornbuckle - Psi Chapter President, volunteers for community service back row: Eula Pruitt and Barry Moore projects during the months of November and December that include donating toiletries and business attire, making baby caps for a local hospital, serving the less fortunate and working diligently to prepare gifts for prisoners. The Feast of Sharing holiday celebration provided free dinners to over 12,000 people of all ages. The members of Psi Chapter, led by Chapter President Daphne Hornbuckle, the Men of Iota and the Pelatis Auxiliary formed two shifts and continuously served meals for over five hours. The Feast of Sharing was a rewarding experience for all. Central Market prepared the meals to include turkey with all the trimmings, pumpkin pie and ice cream. The festive atmosphere was enhanced by live music by blues singers, jazz bands, marching bands and other entertainers.

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Ask Alma! Our sister didn’t tell us our father had died Dear Alma, I have a terrible problem concerning my dad. My mother and father were married for more than 50 years and had four children – three girls and a son – all now grown. We all work full-time jobs and live in different states. Only one – a sister – lives near my parents. She is not married and has no children. I recently called to wish my father a happy birthday, and my sister informed me that he was dead. She said she and my mother had him cremated and held a closed ceremony. She said that if the rest of us had called to check on him more frequently we would have known. We are all shocked, and some have vowed to never speak to her again. My dad had been sick for a while, and I know she felt that we all should have done more to help him and my mom. Still, she had no right not to tell us about his death. Neither did my mother, but she’s old and suffering with mild dementia. What should I do? Signed, Heartbroken Dear Heartbroken, My condolences to you and your family. Heaven help me, because I don’t know what to say next. When I read your email, I was completely stunned, so I read it again and again, and my brain wouldn’t take me to the next thought. I cannot imagine how you feel. Growing up, I often heard my mother say “death brings out the worst in families.” I had no

idea what she meant, but as I’ve gotten older, the meaning has become clearer. At this stage of my life, I have lost my big sister, Kim, my father and my mother. As I continue this life’s journey, I have accepted that parts of my heart will be forever broken. I thank God every day for my husband, son, stepsisters, aunts, nieces, nephew, many cousins and BFFs. But there’s something special about immediate family – the people you grew up with. They know you better than anybody else, and they love you anyway. The term “Life is short” means so much more to me now. I suspect many of my readers can relate. I say all of this to let you know that I’m familiar with the valley you have entered. I occupy a condo there. The loss of a parent is piercingly painful. Until it happens to you, you just don’t get it. No matter how old you are, how old your parents are, or how hard you try, you can’t prepare for it, and you’re never ready for it. Let’s talk about your sister for a minute. I understand the position she held as the lone caregiver. That was me, too. It’s more work than anyone can

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contacted one of you to contact the others. All of you deserved the right to funeralize and mourn your father’s death. All of you deserved the right to support and be with your mother, and each other, during that time. I’d suggest you contact your family clergy and a mental health professional. I pray that all of you will come together, forgive one another and start to heal and love in a healthy, meaningful and respectful way. God bless you and your family.

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imagine or explain. The roles regarding a parent’s care put you in a delicate and reversed position. You feel like you are trying to parent the person who parented you. Your sister, the caregiver, was overwhelmed, and I think she felt that you and your other siblings were not carrying this enormous load with her. You mentioned that she’s the one who lives close by, isn’t married and without children. I’m sure that’s why

the rest of you thought she could be more flexible. I understand that, but maybe you guys could have done more to let her know you were there to support her. It sounds like she felt alone in this situation. I could go on, but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Once your father died, it seems to me, she should have put all those feelings aside. She should have

The JFS Women's Center at PCCenter is offering scholarships for a complete 48 clock hour Excel course to the women associated with our help organizations.  Please provide this information to those who are victims of domestic violence, rape victims, and the working poor.  Most companies require potential employees to pass an Excel exam before hiring them. This is our way of helping women who do not have adequate computer skills to enter the workforce.   The class is taught by a Microsoft Office Specialist starting on December 2, 2013.   Space is reserved for the first 50 registrants.    For information, call Channing Curtis at 972-224-9800 or email us at the following addresses.   dcurtis@pccenterdesoto.com or ccurtis@pccenterdesoto.com

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ROBERT HUGHES DAY December 6, 2013 Texas Crime Prevention and the 1975 graduating Class of Fort Worth's Dunbar High School again facilitating Robert Hughes, Sr. Day on December 6, 2013 to honor and celebrate retired coach Robert Hughes, Sr., a great legend in coaching high school basketball.  His coaching and teaching career in the Fort Worth Independent School District spanned over 47 years. The program will be held at the Dunbar Middle School 2501 Stalcup Rd Fort Worth ,Texas 76112 and will begin at 2:30 pm.  Guest speakers include Mr. Glenn Lewis, Chairman of the Board of Regents at TSU in Houston, Texas, who is also a 1972 graduate of Dunbar High School, . and Texas State Representative District 95 Nicole Collier. There will also be guest appearances by Texas State Senator Royce West, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, and Dallas City Councilmember Dwaine Caraway. The program will consist of music, dance, and poetry performed by Dunbar Middle School students. There will also be special recognitions and presentations.  For more information please contact Melissa Harden at 469-474-6802 or Bobby Knox 469-212-3194

Plan ahead for healthy eating during the holidays Holidays bring challenges for diabetics, others, Parkland dietitian says Holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends, giving thanks, and making plans for the New Year. It’s also a time when healthy eating often gives way to seemingly endless sweets and delectable delights. But while holiday treats may mean extra pounds to most, Parkland Health & Hospital System dietitians say November’s American Diabetes Month is the perfect time to start planning ahead, especially for those living with diabetes. “The holidays are a time to catch up with loved ones,” said Sharon Cox, a Registered Dietitian PAGE 15

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at Parkland. “Try to place more focus on friends and family instead of the food.” But, even if you’re surrounded at parties with wonderful food, you don’t have to overeat, Cox said. Enjoy the foods that you may only have once a year, but keep the servings on the small size. If you’re planning on having a small portion of dessert, cut back on other foods that may cause your blood glucose levels to increase. Or you could substitute a sugar-free version of your favorite pumpkin or pecan pie for the meal. The state of Texas is home to nearly 2 million men, women and children with diabetes, over half a million of whom reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. While the national average is 8.3 percent, a disproportionate 9.7 percent of Texans have diabetes. Persons living with type 2 diabetes are also cautioned against

skipping meals in order to feast later. “If you don’t eat throughout the day, it’s going to be harder to keep your blood glucose in control,” warned Cox. “In addition, if you arrive hungry, you may go back for seconds, or even thirds. It’s like the old adage – don’t go to the grocery store when you’re hungry because you’ll tend to buy things you wouldn’t normally buy.” Eat your meals and snacks during the day to control your appetite, cravings at the party or dinner. When in doubt, Cox said to bring your own healthful dish(es) to the party. That way you’ll know the nutrition content of the food and won’t have to worry what the excess carbs may do to your blood glucose levels. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday seasons, people often forget to take care of themselves. “Sure, the holidays are busy, but plan time into each day for exercise !

and don’t break your routine,” Cox said. “Stay active during the holidays; instead of sitting around the table talking, get up and go for a walk, or after watching the football game, go outside and play football.” But above all, Cox said, don’t beat yourself up if you’ve enjoyed a little too much food and a little less exercise. “When you get out of bed the next morning, get right back into your routine,” she said. “Plan your meals and snacks, and continue to exercise for a healthier lifestyle.” For some healthy recipe alternatives this holiday season, visit http://www.diabetes.org/foodand-fitness/food/recipes/? loc=HomePage-recipes-tdt. To learn more about diabetes programs at Parkland Health & Hospital System, visit http:// www.parklandhospital.com/ medical_services/medicine/ !

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‘BLACK FOLK DON’T’ to premiere on December 2 Web series that takes a critical yet humorous look at stereotypes of African-Americans—one of Time magazine’s ‘10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life’—heads to California for season 3 NEW YORK —The third season of “Black Folk Don’t,” the satirical documentary web series challenging common stereotypes of African-Americans, premieres on Monday, December 2. Alternately provocative, irreverent, comical and profound, the series heads to California for its third season, with engaging interviews of celebrities like John Norwood Fisher of the punk band Fishbone, director Ava DuVernay, actress Lisa Gay Hamilton and renowned feminist Sikivu Hutchinson, as well as everyday black folk. The series, a project of TuckerGurl LLC, is funded by National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and runs weekly on Mondays for six weeks through January 6. NBPC serves as executive producer. The brainchild of directorproducer Angela Tucker, who specializes in creative, bold and varied social issue, film-based projects from public service announcements to features, “Black Folk Don’t” is designed to inspire

dialogue around a number of controversial issues. Featured in Time magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life,” on NPR, TheRoot.com, Huffington Post and in PBS’s Online Film Festival, the series this season questions whether black people go green (December 2), live to the end of a horror film (December 9), do plastic surgery (December 16), do feminism (December 23), adopt (December 30) and join the NRA (January 6). A special episode on Thursday, December 12, will be a behindthe-scenes miniepisode about California. “As only about 6.6 percent of the population, black people are far from the majority in California and that intrigued me. And I found that people in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Francisco had such diverse views of the world, leading to a real clash of ideas this season among the interviewees,

more so than in past seasons,” said Tucker. “Season three of ‘Black Folk Don’t’ is going to spark conversations in homes and offices around the country as well as online, as people take sides and even question the audacity of the assertions that are raised in the show,” said Nonso Christian Ugbode, Black Public Media Director of Digital Media. The series is shown on

BlackPublicMedia.org, the official website of NBPC, You Tube, and PBS.org, as well as at blackfolkdont.com. Angela Tucker is a Brooklynbased writer, director and producer. Her directorial work includes (A)sexual, a feature-length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction, and Black Folk Don’t, a satirical documentary web series that

challenges common stereotypes. She is a co-producer of The New Black, a feature-length documentary about the complicated histories of the African-American and LGBT civil rights movements, currently in theatrical release. She is the series producer for the public television documentary series AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange. Tucker can be followed on Twitter @tuckergurl. For more information, visit tuckergurl.tumblr.com/. The National Black Programming Consortium is  a national, nonprofit media arts organization founded in 1979 that is the leading provider of black programming on public television and the greatest resource for the training of black media professionals within the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Dedicated to developing black digital authorship and distributing unique stories of the black experience in the new media age, NBPC distributes engaging content online at BlackPublicMedia.org. NBPC also facilitates the community engagement project Public Media Corps (PMC). For more on NBPC and its initiatives, visit http:// blackpublicmedia.org. 

Positive Breathing to raise money to transform charter bus into mobile clinic to help needy children with Asthma – Positive Breathing, a community

health organization focused on addressing the needs of asthma patients, has launched a fundraising campaign to secure $25,000 needed to transform a charter bus into a mobile clinic to bring services directly to children with asthma. Actor Marc Anthony Samuel of ABC television’s General Hospital has joined the campaign and will star in a series of public service announcements. Founded in 2011 by Daydrick and Shammara Norris, Positive Breathing serves the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis by helping children, families, and caregivers learn about and manage asthma. Through partnerships, the organization offers free testing and PAGE 16

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supplies for people including 7.1 million in the community. children. Of those “Asthma occurs children, more than at a 4.1 million had an disproportionally asthma attack higher rate among within the year. some ethnic groups, Daydrick Norris, a especially Africanregistered nurse and Americans,” said caseworker, was a Shammara Norris. medic serving “African-American ambulances, children in some emergency rooms, areas are more than and fire Shammara Norris, co-founder of twice as likely to be Positive Breathing departments for 12 diagnosed with asthma. We are years. Shammara Norris was a pleased President Obama recently respiratory therapist specializing in signed the new EpiPen Law that adult care, who changed her will protect children with asthma focused to children in 2007. and severe allergies.” One of their biggest concerns According to the American is asthma medication containing Lung Association, more than 25.9 heavy amounts of steroids. When million Americans have asthma given constantly to children, these !

drugs can lead to weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes. Positive Breathing hopes the mobile clinic will help monitor these health issues and others. “The mobile clinic will provide free treatment and screening for asthmatics, asthma education and management and follow up care,” said Shammara Norris. “We’ve served about 550 students this year. Once we become mobile, we’ll be able to serve more.” Positive Breathing organization recently purchased a charter bus and announced a capital campaign to raise $25,000 to transform it into a mobile clinic. To learn more about Positive Breathing, visit the website: www.positivebreathing.org. !

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NAAFRA speaks to the New Afrikan Family The National Afrikan Amerikan Family Reunion Association (NAAFRA), is a nonprofit movement founded and headquartered within the DallasFort Worth Metroplex Cedar Hill, Texas; For the purpose of uniting all New Afrikan families with reunion/ those not yet experiencing reunion celebrations in their annual famility activities, into a national network for the explicit purpose of establishing a new path to positive change. Ushering in a unique process necessary to improve the many educational, economic, health, employment (jobs), push back against mass-incarceration, reduce black on black violence, and the criminalization of black youth throughout our nation. By mobilizing all available resources found within the membership of all ‘NAAFRA Umbrella Alliance Affiliates’; by creating a franchising infrastructure under management, and ownership of New Afrikan reunion families of NAAFRA; by creating a long term financial plan, to build and create the long term jobs and businesses needed to strengthen and bring forward change to all New Afrikan Families in or nation, the Umbrella Alliance is dedicated. On October 20, 2013 Tuskegee, Alabama the spirit of the Million Man March spoke to those of us who are veterans of that other historic day, some eighteen years ago on October 16, 1995, Washington D.C., we yet have a body of work to accomplish. We cannot stand on the sidelines and continue to see our people reduce to impoverished beggars, as if we are unimportant to our God. Looking for something that is already before our eyes, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad put before this nation an Economic Plan that worked. Not only did it work, it worked exceedingly well when he placed before the public a living example of his plan. An example that created many jobs, accepted many of our people from behind bars, gave them jobs so they could become important to themselves and their families. His spirit is alive and well in his student, the convener of the PAGE 17

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Million Man March, the Honorable Louis Farrakhan. To successfully bring forward the awesome objective of positive change, so necessary for the upliftment of our families there must by necessity be a ‘Plan’; not just a plan that is well written, but, a plan with the department of purpose, that can command the respect, and understanding of all Black Family Amerika. A plan that encourages participation by all truly conscious New Afrikans that want positive change. A plan that will inspire our church families to become the vanguard for our NAAFRA movement; which will provide a strong parallel to the ‘Economic Blueprint’ for change

place a ‘Saturday School Program” by establishing a funding system that will pay our children’ reparation’ by donating to a nonprofit fund for this purpose. The male leadership that is available, and present for this obligation to the children of all New Afrikan Families in our nation. With our children in church on Sunday, in school on Monday through Friday, and with their families on Saturday, will leave little, if any time to spend on the genocidal streets of inner city Amerika. Where they can continue to be used for the targets of trigger happy killers, of all hues. The funds to finance our programs for change is moving

created by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and is presently being promoted by the convener of the Million Man March, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakan. To the veterans of this historic occasion of the Million Man March, already spread throughout Black Family Amerika, and is now needed to make your presence known; by your willingness to join with other veterans of the Armed Forces of Amerika, also, spread throughout Black Family Amerika, to help make a difference in the upliftment of all New Afrikan Families in our nation. Your involvement will make it possible for this family movement to put in

through our hands so fast, the money doesn’t stay long enough to do our people much good. This has to stop and we the New Afrikans of this nation are the only ones that have this opportunity. Yet, we must develop the will to meet the desperate need to eliminate this collective fault in our national financial behavior, while there is yet time. There are three economic plans and programs being placed before the people of Black Amerika, and the world, that we must and at upon immediately. The first plan comes to us from the wisdom and love for our people out of the heart of this man that is the convener of the historic Million !

Man March, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan who’s leadership is offering our people, “Muhammad’s Economic Program To End Poverty & Want.” The beloved spirit of his teacher, is alive and well in his spirit, and this spirit is none other than the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. The second plan is presently being presented to our people by one of the most remarkable men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, in my 86 years of living my experience as a New Afrikan man. His plan is known as, “Unsearchable Services Internal U.S. & African,” his name is Sy Rockins, 92 years young. A brother, I have come to love and respect in the short time I have known him. His plan for helping to save our children, our people, our single parents, our formerly incarcerated people, our families, and most of all our beautiful country, is very affordable. America will soon come to know the full story of both his name and his plan. Our third and final plan is the new kid on the block, and the dearest to my heart because, it is my vision for our New Afrikan families within our nation, “The National Afrikan American Family Reunion Association, NAAFRA.” Who recently celebrated our first anniversary, honoring our first “Afrikan Family” at the famous “Cotton Bowl”, Dallas Texas, November 17, 2013. At the invitation of NAAFRA’S Umbrella Alliance Affiliate Member, “The Next Top CEO.” The NAAFRA Plan at the moment is to reach 100,00 reunion/ and those not yet experiencing the joy of family reunions registered at our NAAFRA.ORG website by January 1, 2014. At such time the NAAFRA Plan and programs will all be posted to the NAAFRA website. Therefore, we encourage all New Afrikan Families to get their families signed up, and ready to move our change engine into full speed come January 1, 2014. Not only are we a New Afrikan people the world will come to understand, we are also a new force to be reckoned with. !

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Breaking Business Barriers

Jarlene DeCay, Dean of Student Success, Cedar Valley College, Irvin Ashford, Jr., SVP, Public Affairs - Director of Community Development and External Affairs, Comerica Bank, Karen Parkhill, Vice Chairman and CFO, Comerica Incorporated, Cheryl Smith, event moderator and award-winning journalist and Publisher of I Messenger News, The Garland Journal and Texas Metro News and J. Patrick “Pat” Faubion, President, Comerica Bank - Texas Market surrounded by students from Cedar Valley College, University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas at Dallas and The University of Texas at Arlington

The Empower Series presented “Breaking Business Barriers”, a discussion and Q&A with Karen Parkhill, Vice Chairman and CFO of Comerica Incorporated on Saturday, November 16 to over 80 attendees on the campus of Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, TX. Thirty-four students from local colleges joined Mrs. Parkhill for an invitation-only roundtable discussion and breakfast prior to the event. This free monthly program is presented by Comerica Bank in partnership with the DFW Chapter of NABA, Inc. (National Association of Black Accountants). Visit empowerseries.com.   PAGE 18

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American hero to be honored on December 7 US Marine Corporal and US Army Pvt. Clarence T. Spencer, who died on February 4, 2007, is an American Hero for serving "four combat tours of duty on the frontlines" before his 25th birthday will be honored by the Texas Southern Christian Leadership Conference on December 7, 2013 at the John T White Rd Vintage Christmas Fair.  A graduate of Fort Worth Dunbar High School, Pvt. Spencer is one of America's youngest soldiers to serve four combat tours during wartimes. "Everyone has a hero and Clarence Spencer is our American Hero," says Rev. Kyev Tatum, president of the SCLC and memorial coordinator.

Private Spencer was born in Texas on Nov. 26, 1982, and grew up in Fort Worth.  After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corp in Nov. 2001.  While in the Marines, where he achieved the rank of corporal, Spencer served one tour in Afghanistan and three tours in Iraq.  He later joined the Army in 2006, where he was assigned to Co. B, 1-12 CAB.  Spencer, through all his four tours in the Middle East, earned four Purple Hearts. The Texas SCLC seeks the community's support for the creation of the Pvt. Clarence Spencer Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas and encourage everyone to join in this effort.

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Creflo Dollar’s 2014 Annual ‘Change Experience’ Tour goes international COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – Creflo Dollar, pastor, teacher and founder of Creflo Dollar Ministries (CDM), has announced that his annual “Change Experience” 2014 schedule will expand beyond U.S. borders. The conference series that has drawn thousands in previous venues will be offered next year in Tallahassee, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; Dallas, Texas; Montego Bay, Jamaica and Toronto, Ont., Canada. Dollar, pastor of the 30,000congregation World Changers Church International in the Atlanta area, will be joined in Tallahassee and Birmingham by guest speaker Michael Smith, founder and senior pastor of THE CHURCH Group Worldwide. “Change Experience” conferences are free and open to the public. “The critical component missing in the lives of searching people is a willingness to embrace and experience true change that only Christ can bring,” said Dollar. “The time is now for people to forsake worry and fear, rise above their problems and step out in faith that God imparts to those seeking a better way.” The 2014 “Change Experience” is scheduled for January 9-10, Tallahassee; May 1-2, Birmingham; June 11, Montego Bay; August 14-15, Toronto; and October 16-17, Dallas. Dollar, nationally known preacher and motivational speaker, founded World Changers Church International in College Park, Ga., in 1981. In

addition, World Changers ChurchNew York is home to 6,000 weekly worshippers.  More than 25 WCC fellowship churches are established across the nation. Creflo Dollar Ministries sponsors a “Change Experience” tour annually and began its first “Grace Initiative” earlier this month in Montgomery, Ala. With more than 25 years of ministry service, Smith began at age 16 at World Changers Church International, where he eventually served as youth pastor, associate minister, chief of staff and director of International Covenant Ministries. In December 2002, he and his wife planted the first community church of THE CHURCH Group Worldwide in Jacksonville, Fla., a ministry that is shared globally through worldwide television and media, leadership development and I-CHURCH, the Internet congregation of THE CHURCH Group Worldwide. “Change Experience” conferences are designed to inspire people to rise above problems common to all through the wisdom of the word of God. The conferences feature inspirational music, worship and teaching to encourage those who attend to power through trials and find the path to triumphant living. In each “Change Experience” venue city, Creflo Dollar Ministries is dedicated to presenting a major financial gift to a local nonprofit ministry that is benefiting people in

the community on this road to changing lives. Each of the 2014 conferences, with the exception of the conference in Montego Bay, is a one-day conference that opens with an evening session of worship and teaching on Thursdays and a full day of morning, afternoon and evening sessions on Fridays. To reserve seats or receive more information, visit www.creflodollarministries.org or call (866) 477-7683.

Creflo Dollar is founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI) in College Park, Georgia, which serves over 30,000 members, and World Changers Church-New York, which hosts over 6,000 worshippers each week, as well as many fellowship churches located throughout the U.S. With over 30 years in ministry, Dollar is committed to bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to people all over the world, literally changing the world one person at a time.

Questionable roadblocks unfair to citizens; Civil Rights activists seek review of all roadblocks by Fort Worth Police The local president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) will ask other civil rights leaders and the City of Fort Worth to investigate the abuse of roadblocks by the Fort Worth Police Department.

president of the Texas SCLC. Civil Rights leaders will meet with city and police officials in the coming weeks to see how to work together to stop these issues from continuing to happen.

"The City Manager and the Chief of Police had to approve this act of greed at the expense of the people. You can not block roads in “Fort Worth without city approval. A simple ‘I apologize’ is not enough. We need more answers before we move on. This continues to cause gross mistrust of the police department and we can not continue to be abused by the men and women in blue simply PAGE 20

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because of the need or greed of money," says, Rev. Kyev P. Tatum,

"This is unconstitutional and an act of abuse. The stop and detain practices by police must be suspended indefinitely and a complete review of all roadblocks must be made available for the public to review. People's rights have been disregarded by Fort Worth Police over and over again and It feels like we live in a police state here in my hometown," says, Rev. Tatum. Leaders are concerned about police !

profiling for profit in poor neighborhoods. "The continuation of the criminalization of the poor, especially in neighborhoods with a high concentration of people of color, will cause a major uprising if we keep letting the police get away with breaking the law to create a criminal class of people of color," Tatum said. Link: http://www.theblaze.com/ stories/2013/11/19/texas-driversstopped-at-police-roadblock-and-theywere-asked-for-something-far-morepersonal-than-a-license-or-registration/ Contact 817-966-7625 for more information. !

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Comedian Kevin Hart poses with BCU cheerleaders during the game.

The FAMU Marching 100 showed up and showed out in their first game back in Orlando since the tragedy of two years ago. While they were not the 100 of yesteryear, they still appeared to be the sharper band on this day. Photos and story by Richard Moore Congresswoman Corrine Brown and Florida's Postmaster General were at the game to announce the release of three historical stamps. FAMU's own Althea Gibson is featured on one of those stamps. The other two were a Ray Charles Stamp and one that marked the 50 year anniversary of the Civil Rights movement. Former Ft. Lauderdale Boyd Anderson HS player Lenworth Lennon (#27) of FAMU being tackled by BCU's Nick Addison (#7) and Trevin Huff (#57).

Ft. Lauderdale Attorney Thaddeus L. and Shakena Hamilton came up with their three children to enjoy the Florida Classic and hang out withtheir good friend Harold Y. Wise, Jr., also of Ft. Lauderdale, now living in Orlando.

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*********************************** A public exhibit of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and other great Buddhist masters from India Tibet, Korea & China will be on display in Fort Worth on: Friday, November 29th (Opening Ceremony at 6 pm to 8 pm); Saturday, November 30th, (10 am to 7 pm); Sunday, December 1st, (10 am to 5 pm) at Unity Fort Worth 5051 Trail Lake Drive Fort Worth, Texas 76133 A public exhibit of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and other great Buddhist masters from India Tibet, Korea & China will be on display in Fort Worth (Opening Ceremony at 6 pm to 8 pm); Saturday, November 30th, (10 am to 7 pm); Sunday, December 1st, (10 am to 5 pm) at Unity Fort Worth 5051 Trail Lake Drive Fort Worth, Texas 76133 USA This event is free to attend.

COATS and Cocktails Total Homeless population in Dallas is 3,447 people. A large percentage of the homeless are women with children. HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. Coats and Cocktails is a coat and sweater drive for underprivileged and homeless children in Dallas. 7:00PM - 12:00AM ACME SOCIAL CLUB Donate lightly worn coats or sweaters of all sizes to be given to homeless children ranging from infants to teens. COATS WILL BE GIVEN TO DALLAS LIFE MINISTRY Event drivers are Terrence Maiden, Rod Deloach, Sean Smith, Sean McLaurin, Carl Lane, George Artis II and ACME SOCIAL CLUB. ACME SOCIAL CLUB 4900 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75205

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December 5 27th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner Dallas Peace Center's 27th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner Give Peace A Chance DoubleTree Hilton - Campbell Centre (Note: this year's venue is near the North Park Mall and SMU Campus) 8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas 75206 5:30 p.m. Reception 7:00 p.m. Program

Downtown Garland Square Garland's annual Christmas on the Square event will feature a variety of free activities and entertainment options in Downtown Garland, highlighted by the official tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks display.  Holiday music will be provided by Garland ISD choirs, while lights and décor will create a magical atmosphere. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

December 6 Join Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Zeta Chapter on First Fridays December 6th - March 7th, as we roll, bounce, and skate for a cause! During our 2nd Annual Skate for Babies campaign we will raise money for stronger, healthier babies in support of the lifesaving work of the March of Dimes. Four evenings full of skating and family fun: December 6th January 3rd February 7th March 7th So come out to Redbird Skateland at: 1206 N Duncanville Road Duncanville, TX 75116. $8 includes admission and skate rental; mention Kappa Zeta chapter and $4 will be donated to the March of Dimes March for Babies.

Fedora Restaurant 1722 Routh Street, Dallas, TX 75201 If you're young or feel young, going places in life, and are in the DFW area, you'll want to head to Fedora for YPD's Holiday Reception - the biggest event in DFW for young professionals this holiday season. Guests will enjoy assorted appetizers while mingling with colleagues and listening to popular music and holiday tunes. Benefiting our Toys for Kids drive with Scottish Rite Hospital. You will have the opportunity to mingle with young professionals (employees and business-owners) from areas such as medicine, law, dentistry, accounting, engineering, aviation, finance and banking, print and broadcast journalism, MBAs, entertainment, sports, sales, law enforcement, social work, firefighting, communications, education, telecommunications, data processing, human resources, etc. In advance, $10.00 At door: $15.00 (or unwrapped gift) \\\\\\ December 6, 7 and 8, People with A Message’s Production is throwing Hip-Hop a belated 40th birthday bash with a weekend of live performances, breakdancers, graffti art and vendors toting cassettes, posters and memorabilia instead of ice cream and cake. Buy, sell and trade hip hop merchandise, watch hip hop artists of all ages, colors and tongues rep the mike, jam to your favorite old school videos and catch some of the country's dopest b-boys and B-girls live. Friday, December 6, hip-hop aficionados will debate whether hip-hop is like fine wine, only better with age or “merely a shell of its younger self” as many purport with a State of Hip Hop panel discussion featuring Kevin Walker, a cultural strategist whose client list includes BET Networks, Clyde Valentin, a recent Dallas transplant who’ll head community outreach for SMU Meadows School of The Arts and co-founded New York’s Hip-Hop Theater Festival and DJ EZ Eddie D, whose show “Knowledge Dropped, Lesson Taught” is the second-longest running hip-hop radio show in America. Friday night, they’ll meet for a frank discussion about hip hop’s past, present and future. Tickets are $10 for a daily pass and $25 for the weekend pass. Vendor tables are $30 for the entire weekend. For more information about becoming a featured hip-hop artist, breakdancer, graffiti artist, vendor or sponsor, please

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have General President Brother Mark Tillman as guest speaker. The activities are open to Brothers and Guests and tickets are $35 each. Tickets are available through the chapter or via Online. Listed below is a link that can be used by Alumni Brothers and Guests for Online purchases. There is a $2.92 service fee for each ticket purchased Online. BY DESTINY RATHER THAN CHOICE | Planting a Tree of Honor for the Legacy of US Army Pvt. Clarence T. Spencer, An American Hero at the John T White Rd Vintage Christmas Fair | Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12 noon at the Harmony Healthy Harvest on the campus of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church 7510 John T White Rd., Fort Worth, Texas 76120

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Fundraiser/Toy drive. New, unwrapped toys for both boys and girls of all ages is requested. These toys will benefit children who have entered into CPS foster care and did not have the opportunity to make a wish list.

December 14 What would Christmas be without shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night? The Texas Voices professional chamber choir performs “Shepherds and Stars: The Splendor of Christmas” on Saturday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Shipp Chapel, 9200 Inwood Rd. in Dallas. The concert features 15th century carols, hymns and antiphons that evoke the wonder of the shepherds that first Christmas night.

Balch Springs Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Balch Springs Recreation Center: 4372 Shepherd Lane 972-557-6090 6:00PM-10:00PM

December 8 Nicole Collier, State Rep. for District 95, has teamed up with the Tarrant County Democratic Party to present "Show Me The Money: Writing Your Way to College" This afternoon seminar should be helpful for anyone who wants to attend college but is intimidated by the high costs. Reliant will light up a new holiday tradition at the AT&T Performing Arts Center ! The Reliant Lights Your Holidays event will feature a dazzling display of lights on the Center’s iconic venues and trees in Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park as well as a snow-filled play area. ! Southwest Airlines Holiday Concert and Fireworks Spectacular will headline with country star Jack Ingram and the largest fireworks display ever held at the Center.

December 9 Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce Annual Member Appreciation Mixer! Where: LaQuinta Inn 12875 Seagoville Rd., Balch Springs TX Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Refreshments will be provided Please call office or email mmaldonado@balchspringschamber.org to RSVP no later than Monday, December 2nd

Rep. Veasey hosts 33rd Congressional District Job Fair Partners with Texas Workforce Commission to spur local job creation This event is part of Rep. Veasey’s efforts to create jobs and rebuild the economy. The free job fair will connect dozens of employers with hundreds of job seekers in the Metroplex region and will feature workshops on topics such as networking, and writing resumes. WHO: Congressman Marc Veasey, the Texas Workforce Commission WHAT: 33rd Congressional District Job Fair WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. WHERE: Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference Center, 2300 Circle Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119 RSVP: This event is FREE and open to the public. For more event information call 817-920-9086 or visit http:/ Veasey.House.Gov

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HOLIDAY EXPRESS 1:00pm-4:00pm Where: Shiloh Church, 4702 Saturn Road, Garland, TX 75041 Having a hard time shopping for the holidays with the kids in tow? Bring your children, ages 3-15 to Shiloh Church for our Holiday Express. For the low cost of $10.00, we'll keep the kids busy with fun-filled activities. Go enjoy yourself and know your children are safe in the loving arms of Shiloh Volunteers. Please register in advance from November 3rd-December 8th. For more information, call the church at 972-698-0608 or visit our website, www.shilohgarland.org. Join Author Ann Fields on a literary scavenger hunt at 3:00 pm at Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis, Oak Cliff. Free admission. Games, food, books and more. Call 214-263-7791 for more information.

December 15 Cub Scout Pack 4400 at their Annual Skating party at Southern Skates at 2pm -6pm to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and Veterans at the VA Hospital in Dallas. Admission is $3 and either 2 canned goods or a bag of white adult crew socks.

December 16 “When in Rome” at AT&T Performing Arts Center! at 8:00pm, Dallas’ hit storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) will continue its buzzy third season at AT&T Performing Arts Center with a lighthearted evening of juicy true stories on the theme “When in Rome.” From locales as varied as a naked sketch party and the Peace Corps in Ukraine, this dynamic show is all about adventure. All shows will be held at Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. It’s a big red building visible from Woodall Rogers freeway. Park underground in the Lexus Red garage (accessible from Jack Evans Street) or behind One Arts Plaza. $25 individual tickets and season passes can be purchased at the Center’s box office at 2353 Flora Street, by phone at (214) 880-0202, or online through www.oralfixationshow.com. Group and student discounts are available.

Kim Cooks Toy Drive and Campaign Fundraiser 303 Grill located at 303 W. Davis, Dallas, Texas 75208 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

December 20 FAMU Rattler Holiday Party Naturally Divine Beauty 3556 Forest Lane Dallas, TX 75234 Time: 5pm-9pm !

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In our library Why Our Addiction to Work Is Making Us Stupid, Depressed, Unhealthy, and Hurting Our Careers -- And What to Do Instead By Dr. Tasha Eurich Kmart’s recent announcement to open its doors at 6am on Thanksgiving Day sent shockwaves throughout the nation. Though bargain-seekers were thrilled, many are questioning the retail chain’s decision. In recent years, such “Thanksgiving Creep” has inspired multiple protests from employees, with one petition calling it “inhumane and inconsiderate.” And unfortunately, this problem doesn’t just exist in retail establishments around the holidays. Across all job types and industries, Americans are working more than ever. According to a recent Workforce Management study, since the great recession, 55% of employees have seen their workload increase, and 27% say it’s doubled. The constant pressure to do more with less, coupled with the belief that being busy means we’re important, is creating an unsustainable pattern. For many workers, taking time away from their jobs feels like an untenable luxury. Most European countries provide workers at least four weeks of vacation each year—Germany and Sweden are particularly generous with seven weeks. But a Center for Economic Policy and Research study reveals that 25 percent of US employees don’t take any vacation at all—either because they don’t use their accrued time or their employer doesn’t provide it. Why would anyone choose not to take the time away that they’ve rightfully earned? For many, fear is a factor—fear of missing out on promotions, topping the layoff list, being judged by bosses or coworkers, or the work that will inevitably pile up. Certainty, anyone can work fifty, sixty, or eighty hours per week—and take little time off—if they choose. But as it turns out, there are some profound consequences: 1. Working too much makes us stupider. Research has shown that long hours affect our brains. An American Journal of Epidemiology study followed British civil servants over five years to understand the relationship between long hours and brain functioning. Compared to those who worked forty hours per week, participants who worked more than fifty-five hours showed poorer vocabulary and reasoning skills. In plain English, working too much actually makes us stupider. PAGE 25

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2. Working too much makes us depressed. Research has shown that long hours are also a significant risk factor for depression. A study published in PLoS ONE examined more than 2,000 workers in the United Kingdom over six years. They found that employees who worked more than eleven hours per day had more than twice the risk of depression than those who worked seven to eight hours per day. The relationship remained even when researchers statistically removed the influence of socioeconomic factors, chronic physical disease, smoking and alcohol use. 3. Working too much hurts our career advancement. When people think about how to get ahead in their career, most have a “more is better” approach. Just look at the hours worked at many law firms, tech companies, and Wall Street. However, more hours does not always equal better performance, and human beings have an upper limit for productivity on any given day. Somewhat counterintuitively, a 2006 Ernst & Young study that found a positive relationship between vacations (i.e., fewer hours overall) and performance: For each additional ten hours away from the office employees took, their performance reviews were eight percent higher the following year! 4. Working too much can actually kill us. In August of this year, a 21-year old Bank of America intern was found dead in his London dorm room. During the course of Moritz Erhardt’s demanding seven-week internship, he had pulled eight all-nighters in two weeks. Although Erhardt’s case is as rare as it is tragic, it reflects the general trend that working too much is simply not healthy. Luckily, when we take time away, these effects are mitigated. For example, the Framingham Heart study (a massive longitudinal research program started in 1948) reported that when workers take annual vacations, their risk for a heart attack is reduced by 30% in men and 50% in women. Two Tips for Taking Time Off Without Paying For It When You Return Hopefully, cashing in some of that vacation time feels more important than it did a just few minutes ago. But if the idea of taking time off still feels difficult or stressful, here are a few tips. First, it’s okay to start small. Short vacations have similar positive effects as long ones; one study from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands found that even vacations of just a few days increased health and well-being.

And because benefits from most vacations fade after 5 days, frequent, shorter vacations may actually be better. So instead of blocking off two weeks and paying for it when you return, try a long weekend every month or two instead. Second, it’s okay to check e-mail a few times while you’re away. The above study also revealed that people who worked during vacations still showed increases in health and wellbeing, albeit smaller ones. For many workers, being able to check in at work eases anxiety. So, within the bounds of reason, go for it! Just don’t let things get out of hand, lest your spouse or partner lock your iPhone in the hotel safe. Whether you’re being forced to work this Thanksgiving or not, the holidays are a great time to re-prioritize. It’s important to remember that family and friends are life’s true gifts. After all, on their deathbeds, few people are likely to say “I wish I had

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2013 HBCU Homecoming Dates Alabama A&M University Mississippi Valley State University 10/05/2013 1:00 PM (Huntsville, AL) Alabama State University Stillman College 11/28/2013 1:00 PM (Montgomery, AL) Albany State University Morehouse College 10/19/2013 2:00 PM (Albany, GA) Alcorn State University Warner University 10/05/2013 2:00 PM (Lorman, MS) Benedict College Clark Atlanta University 10/19/2013 2:00 PM (Columbia, SC) Bethune Cookman University South Carolina State University 10/26/2013 4:00 PM (Daytona Beach, FL) Bowie State University Chowan University 10/12/2013 1:00 PM (Bowie, MD) Central State University Miles College 10/12/2013 TBA (Wilberforce, OH) Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Millersville University 10/19/2013 1:00 PM (Cheyney, PA) Clark Atlanta University Albany State University 10/26/2013 2:00 PM (Atlanta, GA) Concordia College v Ave Maria University 10/05/2013 12:00 PM (Selma, AL) Delaware State University Norfolk State University 10/12/2013 2:00 PM (Dover, DE) Elizabeth City State University Lincoln University -Pennsylvania 10/19/2013 1:30 PM (Elizabeth City, NC) Fayetteville State University Saint Augustines College 10/26/2013 2:00 PM (Fayetteville, NC) Florida A&M University Howard University 10/19/2013 2:00 PM (Tallahassee, FL) Florida Memorial University College of the Bahamas 02/08/2014 6:30 PM Florida Memorial University Fort Valley State University Concordia College 10/26/2013 2:00 PM (Fort Valley, GA) PAGE 27

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Grambling State University Mississippi Valley State University 11/02/2013 2:00 PM (Grambling, LA)

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Prairie View A&M University Mississippi Valley State University 10/19/2013 2:00 PM (Prairie View, TX)

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Hampton University North Carolina A&T State University 10/12/2013 2:00 PM (Hampton, VA)

Saint Augustines College Livingstone College 10/12/2013 2:00 PM (Raleigh, NC)

Howard University Morgan State University 10/26/2013 1:00 PM (Washington, DC)

Savannah State University North Carolina Central University 10/26/2013 2:00 PM (Savannah, GA)

Jackson State University Grambling State University 10/19/2013 2:00 PM (Jackson, MS)

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Johnson C. Smith University Shaw University 10/26/2013 1:00 PM (Charlotte, NC)

South Carolina State University Florida A&M University 11/09/2013 1:30 PM (Orangeburg, SC)

Kentucky State University Fort Valley State University 10/12/2013 1:30 PM (Frankfort, KY)

Southern University and A&M College Alcorn State University 10/26/2013 5:30 PM (Baton Rouge, LA)

Lane College Central State University 10/19/2013 2:00 PM

Stillman College Benedict College 10/12/2013 6:00 PM (Tuscaloosa, AL)

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Langston University Texas College 10/19/2013 2:00 PM (Langston, OK)

Tennessee State University Eastern Illinois University 10/26/2013 TBA (Nashville, TN)

Lincoln University -Missouri Emporia State University 10/05/2013 2:00 PM (Jefferson City, MO)

Texas College Bacone College 10/26/2013 2:00 PM Bulldog Stadium (Chapel Hill, TX)

Lincoln University -Pennsylvania Virginia State University 10/26/2013 2:00 PM (Lincoln University, PA)

Texas Southern University Alcorn State University 10/19/2013 2:00 PM (Houston, TX)

Livingstone College Fayetteville State University 11/02/2013 1:30 PM (Salisbury, NC)

Tuskegee University v 11/02/2013 TBA

Central State University (Tuskegee, AL)

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Miles College Kentucky State University 10/19/2013 4:00 PM (Fairfield, AL)

Mississippi Valley State University University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 10/26/2013 1:00 PM (Itta Bena, MS) Morehouse College Benedict College 10/26/2013 2:00 PM (Atlanta, GA)

Morgan State University v Florida A&M University 10/05/2013 1:00 PM (Baltimore, MD) Norfolk State University v Florida A&M University 11/02/2013 2:00 PM (Norfolk, VA) North Carolina A&T State University Virginia University of Lynchburg 11/02/2013 1:00 PM (Greensboro, NC) North Carolina Central University Morgan State University 10/19/2013 2:00 PM (Durham, NC)

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Southern University and A&M College 10/19/2013 2:30 PM (Pine Bluff, AR) Virginia State University Bowie State University 10/19/2013 2:00 PM (Ettrick, VA)

Virginia Union University Chowan University 10/19/2013 1:00 PM (Richmond, VA) Virginia University of Lynchburg Livingstone College 11/09/2013 1:00 PM (Lynchburg, VA) West Virginia State University Urbana University 10/05/2013 1:30 PM (Institute, WV) Winston-Salem State University Johnson C. Smith University 10/12/2013 1:30 PM (Winston-Salem, NC) - See more at: http://www.hbcuconnect.com/ homecoming/#sthash.Iz68UQ7F.dpuf !

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NOVEMBER 29, 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?

A FAMILY

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POLICE have not apprehended Pookie the serial rapist. Aren’t you concerned? Do you care? I A guy who hits a woman We know he has attacked members of can be called lots of things. is not one of them. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,“Man”Inc. and there is a $5,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers. If you have ANY information, PLEASE call Crime Stoppers

877.373.8477 3.23.13 Join the rally,

Join Mayor Mike Rawlings for The Ten Thousand Man Rally Against Domestic Abuse at 10am on March 23rd at Dallas City Hall. (DART exit at Convention Center Station.) It’s time for the men of Dallas to say, enough is enough.

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