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Prosecutor says there will be a retrial of Michael Dunn on murder charges in the death of Jordan Davis

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Grand Jury no bills judge in domestic abuse case  Carlos R. Cortez, Judge of the 44th State Civil District Court in Dallas County, Texas, was vindicated on a false accusation made by his exgirlfriend on December 28, 2013, after he was no billed February 20, 2014 by a Dallas County Grand Jury.  Judge Cortez maintained his innocence since his arrest. After the news was announced, Judge Cortez said, “I am thankful that in this instance, justice was served, however, I am aware of others in our community who have been falsely accused who have spent decades in prison for crimes that they did not commit.  It is unfortunate that my political opponent in my up-coming Democratic primary election has used something so horrific in an attempt to have Democrats vote for her. It is shocking that someone running for a judicial bench would be telling

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Democrats to vote based on what they read on the internet.  A good judge applies the law to the facts of the case and does not judge someone based on a Google search, as my opponent has directed Democrats in Dallas County to do.  My opponent, Bonnie Goldstein, owes my fellow Democrats in Dallas County an apology.” Judge Cortez was represented in this case by Dallas defense attorneys Kevin M. Brooks and Peter A. Schulte.  After the grand jury’s decision, Mr. Brooks said, “The grand jury made the proper decision in this case.  This case is a perfect example of how someone can not only be falsely accused but also falsely charged with a crime based on a false allegation.”  Mr. Schulte, Judge Cortez’s other attorney, said “I hope moving forward that the Dallas Police Department will review their procedures in investigating claims of domestic violence instead of rushing to arrest.  We believe that if the responding officers had conducted a simple investigation that night, he would not have been arrested based on the available evidence.” 

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The Lap Log"Making Life a Little Easier"

Customized  Bespoke  Clothing  for  the  Well-­Dressed  Man

Knot Standard (www.knotstandard.com) is an online bespoke clothing company that makes customized clothing including suits, shirts, blazers and slacks for men. The New York City-based firm combines the latest in cutting edge technology with the skills and talents of a master tailor to deliver customers the perfect fit every time – guaranteed. “We take pride in every single item of clothing we construct,” said Knot Standard CEO Matt Mueller. “We invest 100% in getting the absolute perfect fit for each individual customer and we take very seriously our customer satisfaction.” Launched in 2010, Knot Standard is the brainchild of John Ballay and Matt Mueller, two Americans then living in Dubai. They later partnered with Tarig El Sheikh, an experienced finance executive and have now expanded operations globally.

Memorable Keepsakes Get in the holiday spirit with the unique wares available from the exquisite boutique known as Bella Merce. At Bella Merce it's their goal to make decorating

Don't Let Your Charger Get Lost in the Crowd CableKeeps™ useful features add both personality and utility to the everyday Apple Charger. They are designed so that the cable that attaches to your Apple device stays with it, nicely wrapped around the base and secured so that it will remain free from tangles when shoved into a bag, pocket or purse. This same design feature allows you to keep the cable short and neat while the charger is plugged into the wall fueling your iPad, iPod or iPhone. Secondly, CableKeeps™ come in beautiful bold Apple-

Knot Standard’s value proposition is straight forward: Allowing gents from all over the globe access to a world of talented tailors, Knot Standard offers handmade bespoke suits at price points that customers would usually pay for an off the rack, run of the mill suit.Upping the stakes, Knot Standard uses innovative 3D imaging via webcam to get the most perfect measurements for clients and laser cutting technology at the workshop to ensure each suit is cut to fit the individual customer. “The perfect fit, individual style, and impeccable tailoring.” explains Ballay. “The key to being well dressed is always fit and that’s what gives Knot Standard a competitive edge. We don’t use patterns. Each bespoke suit is cut directly from a bolt of cloth to the measurements of the individual customer. We like to joke that our suits come in just one size – yours.” From Wall Street to the West Coast, Knot Standard makes suits for every important occasion. Bespoke advisors are on hand 24 hours, seven days a week to help guide customers through the measurement process. They can also advise on suit types, fabric choice, slim vs traditional fit and an array of fashionable options including contrast color buttonholes, peak vs shawl collar lapels or spread vs straight collars. Knot Standard uses the best of Italian and English fabrics, offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee and round the clock customer service.

and gift giving as easy as eating that warm slice of holiday pie, which is why they have dreamed up an endless assortment of accoutrements to make the festivities truly shine. Start an all new Christmas tradition that can be enjoyed throughout the years with Bella Merce's Christmas Wish List Keepsake Ornament. Each one is etched with either the child's name and the words "Letter to Santa" or "Christmas Wish List," and can then be filled with their notes. This fun twist on the glass ornament features frosted words, a colorful bow, and a

inspired colors, orange, sky blue, true red, lime, royal blue and purple. The clean lines and noticeable colors mean you won’t lose them among all the dull black chargers belonging to co-workers, fellow passengers and classmates. CableKeeps™ are molded in Santoprene thermoplastic rubber which makes them durable, recyclable and non-toxic. More good thinking. Mothers will love these—no more wondering who owns

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removable cap, making it easy to replace or continue filling the ball with their special letters. Indulge in a holiday purchase that can be enjoyed year round with their Engraved Wood Photo Tags. Touted as a unique way to display a family tree, these tags are engraved with the photos of choice and then can be personalized with optional text on the backside. Create a series of holiday memories to hang upon the boughs, or choose a set of wedding or family vacation snapshots to display year round www.bellamerce.com and give as gifts. which cable charger—no fussing to find the right one just as you have to tear out the door in the morning. Your family can each have their own colour, and what a great stocking stuffer they will make. CableKeeps™ will keep everyone happy. The cost of the US model, “Goldie”, $16. www.nicebydesign.com.

Bamboosa, a well-known U.S. manufacturer of unique eco-friendly products, has acquired the exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute a new product designed to make the everyday use of iPads® and similar devices a more comfortable experience. The Lap Log© tablet holder is already in production at Bamboosa’s Andrews, S.C facility and will be distributed worldwide. The Lap Log is one of the most universal tablet holders on the market. The cylindrical shape of the stand differentiates it from similar products in that it allows the user to adjust the angle of the iPad, tablet or eReader for better viewing without changing their body position. The wooden insert accommodates most tablet and eReader devices and works equally as well in either portrait or landscape mode. Furthermore, the “bean bag” design is made from all natural buckwheat hulls and provides for a stable platform on almost any surface. Most importantly- it’s made in America! “Almost 200 million tablets and eReader devices have been sold worldwide,” said Mindy Saintsing, VP of Marketing at Bamboosa. “Now consumers are looking for a more comfortable way to use them without holding them or propping them on their laps or knees. We think this product delivers on that promise better than any other we have seen. Plus, it’s eco-friendly and made in America!” The Lap Log is made of sustainable materials, including certified organic 100% cotton twill and naturally grown buckwheat hulls. A removable wooden insert that holds the tablet is crafted locally and is hand-sanded and stained with a natural, non-toxic finish. Washable – If you happen to get a little dirt on your Lap Log when you're at the park, simply remove the wooden insert, dump the natural buckwheat filling into a container, and put your Lap Log into the wash. Flexible – The durable bean bag design lets you view any tablet or eReader at almost limitless viewing angles, and the buckwheat hulls allow your Lap Log to conform to any surface. Versatile – Use your Lap Log in bed, on the couch, sitting at your desk or on the kitchen counter. No straps, Velcro, or clips, and it easily adjusts to eliminate glare. Remove the wooden insert, and your Lap Log can be used as a comfy travel pillow! Travel Ready – The Lap Log weighs a little more than a pound, so you’ll be able to take yours anywhere. It's light enough to throw in your carry-on, and has the added bonus of doubling as a neck pillow! Going outdoors? Toss it in your backpack and have a convenient and stable stand for your device at the beach or on the trail. www.thelaplog.com

Luxury Handbag Brand, Deondra Jereé debuts

Shaun Robinson updated her LBD with a flick of the wrist. Did you see Shaun on the set of Access Hollywood sporting that gorgeous black dress with gold cuffs? Guess what? Her cuffs are actually removable! Her secret: Invisibelt KCuffs. These elastic, sparkly cuffs instantly transform any simple sweater or dress. Just slip them on your wrist for an entirely new, chic look. Choose from 5 fashionable, fun KCuff styles. Shaun recently discovered Invisibelt KCuffs and not only wore them on the set to spruce up her outfit, but sent us a video from her dressing room encouraging her fans to try her new holiday accessory choice! Known for her impeccable fashion sense, Shaun is only reiterating what thousands of other fashionistas have been saying...”why spend thousands of dollars on a new outfit when you can stock up on wardrobe staples and turn a blah to bling with a "flick of your wrist”. In a season of parties where busy days quickly turn to party grand entrances, it is hard to stay organized and find the time (and money) to make each outfit special. KCuffs can be stashed

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in your handbag or luggage for quick access and amazing results, for a fraction of the price. With New Year’s around the corner and Valentine’s day soon to follow, we are all under pressure to wear something fresh and exciting... yet save a penny or two. KCuffs by Invisibelt are the answer to your Christmas wish, and with her ingenious line of practical and stylish accessories, creator Kathy Kramer has provided the perfect gift for your girlfriends or yourself for any special occasion. www.invisibelt.com

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With each handbag embodying its own unique, modern, and sophisticated design, NY-based handbag line Deondra Jereé launches its collection in time for the Winter 2013 season. Emerging handbag brand, Deondra Jereé distinguishes itself from the current fashion world with its innovative design, high quality materials, and reasonable pricing. By infusing the combination of edginess and sophistication into each handbag, NY-based handbag line Deondra Jereé wishes to produce unique, everyday styles that are not currently available in the mass market. Each luxury handbag showcases its own modern and bold design. The winter 2013 collection is available online at deondrajeree.com. “I wanted to design handbags today¹s sophisticated women would wear, including myself

because I'm confident in my style and like to wear original pieces,” said Deondra. “Our pieces are alluring, fashion forward, bold, and high-end. I wanted to give women who desire the finer things in life a handbag that is sophisticated, yet edgy.” With each handbag made from the finest genuine lizard skins and Italian-glazed leather, the Deondra Jereé winter collection ultimately takes today¹s f e m a l e consumer from day-to-night. With the fashionforward woman in mind, the Deondra Jereé winter 2013 collection prices range from $290.00 to $1,190.00 and feature six high-quality designs. Deondra Jereé is a luxury handbag brand that was founded in 2013 by designer and creative director, Deondra Morris. Deondra Jereé wishes to deliver the finest quality, original, and on-trend handbags at an affordable price point. www.Deondrajeree.com.

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Message to the People... Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~Albert Einstein Over my career, I have written time and time again about the importance of voting. I have quoted soldiers who fought battles to gain the right to vote and I have tried using the words and experiences of others to try to inspire, encourage, and yes, sometimes embarrass readers into voting.

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I’ve told the story of Miss Jane Pittman, played by actress Cicely Tyson in the movie, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” I tried to recreate the excitement felt by the people who voted for the first time in the “new” South Africa and I even talked about the men and women who stood up and spoke out for the right to vote; as well as those who died because of their efforts.

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I’ve written about the poll taxes and the lynchings, along with the degradation and humiliation felt by those men and women as their children watched them being denied their rights.

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My pieces ran the gamut from women suffrage leaders to Tupac Shakur, who stressed the power of the vote and encouraged young voters to become involved. At one point, over the years, I even suggested feeding people at the polls. Along with one vote/one person, we would have one meal. Having family reunions or concerts -- some gimmick to get people to get up off their butts and doing the right thing.

e  the  Lord.  O  give  thanks  unto  the  Lord;  for  he  is  good:   For  his  mercy  endureth  forever.    Psalms  106:1 There were also the columns about how one vote matters and every vote is counted. Now, while some may say that some elections have proven otherwise, we still have to believe that if there is one place where everyone is equal, it has to be at the ballot box. Every time I write about the importance of voting, I say that it will be my last column -- that at some point I need to move on.

I had a talk with the Rev. Joseph Lowery, a giant in the movement who continues to be a voice for the voiceless and for all things righteous. We discussed voter turnouts in recent years and he too was frustrated.

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But he said we have to keep on, because the cause is right. So, I guess in a way some might say that according to what the Nobel Prize Winner Albert Einstein surmised, I must be certifiably insane, because I am going to try again! Looking at the races in Dallas County, you can’t help but notice a shift. In the Democratic Party, you see more Black faces. That’s a change. Now there will be those who say the party is at a critical juncture and the “party” needs to circle the wagons to ensure victory in the general election in November. Others say the party has been limping along for decades and after receiving a boon in the last eight years, it needs to be shaken up. I see the need to have a party that is unified and that doesn’t destroy one another in the primary, using up all resources leaving the victor with little to fight with in the general election. That’s a very valid point and strategy.

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But, I also advocate for accountability and just like there are some challengers who might not be ready, you had better believe there are some incumbents who are not deserving of another term. Clearly there is some work to do and too bad the discussions about what to do with the party were not held years ago, in preparation for a time like this. Now the primary election date of March 4 is around the corner. Early voting began on February 18 and will continue through February 28.

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The Democratic leadership needs to be planning immediately for the future. The last thing the party wants is to be accused of disenfranchisement. The sad thing is that it appears folks are making bitter enemies of one another. They say in politics that there are no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent issues. For those who subscribe to that premise, to paraphrase the self-proclaimed King of R&B Bobby Brown, “It’s their prerogative.” And the Republican Party needs an overhauling as well. It appears that insanity is the way of the world! I am not expecting different results.I am hoping. I am trying to keep hope alive. Is that insane?

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After all, what’s the sense in going on, in living, if you give up hope?

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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February 24, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Holiday Inn Express 6070 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75206 Speaker: Vicki Wells Topic: 6 Pillars Of Business Success Office of Civil Rights Business Development Section The Training Series will begin on Feb. 14, 2014 and end on Feb. 27, 2014. The Office of Civil Rights – Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Supportive Services Program will design and operate a speaker training series. The series will provide training to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Small Business Enterprises (SBE), Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB), and other minority- and women-owned businesses interested in participating in TxDOT contracts and procurements. The Speaker Training Series will be statewide and will take place in all 25 TxDOT districts located in the four regions.

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The Year of the Horse By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

This country is one that has been built by the contributions made by immigrants. Hon. Eddie Bernice Throughout the Johnson years people have come to America, to educate their children, to begin new lives, and to share in the freedoms of American Democracy that are found in very few places across the globe. One of the most significant communities that has come to America over the years is the Asian-American community, specifically the ChineseAmerican community that has brought highly trained men and women, and rich cultural traditions that contribute immensely to the United States. People of Chinese ancestry were the first Asian immigrants to arrive in Texas. They came to help construct the Texas

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Powerless or Powerful - It’s Your Call By James A. Washington

I heard someone say recently that mistakes are the price you pay for wisdom. Stated another way, wisdom is the result of the lessons learned from the mistakes we make every day. It kind of gives new meaning to that knowledge is power thing. I mean the ultimate power has to be that you know that you know and in order to know anything, life has

railroad system, working on a line that extended from Houston to Dallas. In the beginning, like most immigrant groups, they faced discrimination and hostility, but their strength of character and their collective tenacity allowed them to overcome unfair prejudices that existed in some quarters of the American environment. Soldiers of Chinese ancestry fought valiantly during World War II, and during the Korean conflict, protecting American Democracy even while their communities faced racial hostiles from some sectors of the American public. The Chinese community in North Texas, particularly the Taiwanese community, is economically vibrant, and its members make exceptional contributions to our community in education, health care, business, law and philanthropy. Most recently I was honored to be a guest at a function hosted by the Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce. The Chinese New year was celebrated, this being the “year of the Horse.” I was one of the recipients of the “global vision” award presented by the Chamber. They recognized me because

of my work in the areas of international business, culture, art, economics and transportation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. During my early years as a state elected official, I felt an affinity towards the Asian community that continues to this very day. At my suggestion, a group of Asian business owners, lead by the late business and civic leader, Robert Hsueh, started an Asian business chamber to represent the interests of Asian-Americans, many of whom lived in the district that I represented. Some of the organizers of that first group were Taiwanese-Americans. In Congress, I have been an active member of the Congressional Asian Pacific-American Caucus that I organized soon after reaching Washington. The organization is principally concerned with issues that impact the lives of Americans of Asian and Pacific Island origin. In Dallas, as in other communities where large numbers of TaiwaneseAmericans are found, the concept of family is revered. Families often come together to celebrate their oneness and their vitality. That is simply one of the

to teach you the facts as they exist, like them or not. This line of conversation puts experience into stunning perspective; at least it does for me. Power, wisdom and experience are interconnected and should be explored from a spiritual point of view.The experienced person, who has learned from his or her mistakes, becomes wise and wisdom, being the prerequisite for knowledge provides the framework for what I believe is a fact. “Knowledge is power.” The question rolling around in my head, then, is what kind of power does one get from their knowledge of God? I mean isn’t knowing God the absolute pinnacle of human understanding? T h a t ’s g o t t o b e p o w e r o f a n unbelievable nature. Now, we’ve agreed that knowledge is power. By Awareness Marc Morialof the Lord, an understanding of our purpose and subsequent submission to of His Living Marc Morial is the CEO Word, gives one a kind of power most the National Urban League folk don’t want to or cannot comprehend. Remember knowledge usually comes with a price.

Anyone want to share with the class the pain and anguish of repeated mistakes, false optimism, idol worship, addictions, or maybe just outright don’t give a damn about this religion stuff? Does anyone want to proclaim how the knowledge of God has made these once seemingly insurmountable obstacles but mere memories of past lives? Take it from one who knows, that’s power! Now stay with me for one more moment. Let’s look at our shortcomings through the lens of wisdom. Mistake after mistake just may have been a part of the course you were required to take so you might gain the wisdom necessary for you to allow God to mold you into a vessel where He can reside, or should I say where the Holy Spirit can reside? It is my limited understanding that when pottery is put in a kiln, the temperature gets pretty hot. But this process must be adhered to if you expect a resilient beautiful piece of pottery, lest I say art. I don’t know about you but this is a heat I have felt. If you let me I’ll testify about it at the drop of a hat.

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INTERNSHIPS Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson offers internship opportunities during the fall, spring and summer for undergraduate and graduate students who are currently in their sophomore year or later and who are looking to supplement their academic coursework with an educational working experience. Students will further develop their research and communication skills during their internship and learn firsthand about the interworking of a Congressional District Office.  Anyone interested in applying, please e-mail your resume to Luke.Harvey@mail.house.gov. many notable attributes that members of the Taiwanese-American community contribute to the marvelous mosaic that is America.

Eddie Bernice Johnson represents Texas’ 30th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. She is the first registered nurse elected to the US Congress.

The resulting knowledge is exhilaratingly powerful and joy does have new meaning. Power, real power, allows you to be vulnerable, forgiving, and able to honor God and love your fellow man. Unfortunately, it can also make you feel stupid because, once you get this, it’s hard to come to grips with how easily it could have been acquired, yea all these long years. Read Psalm 23 again, please. Someone who I respect a lot once told me God will not compete for your attention. So if you want other; other things, other pleasures, other Gods, He will not stand in your way. But if you seek Him, first, last and always…well you get my meaning. It’s all about power. I pray for you to know the power of knowing God. I pray today is your day to let Him illuminate your dark spaces and places. May you learn the lessons you need to in order to get the wisdom necessary to experience the presence of God in this life long before you get to the next. Talk about power. May God bless and keep you always.

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From Rodney King to Jordan Davis...when will Black People learn? By Cleo Manago, CEO and founder of the Black Men's Xchange (BMX)  

From Rodney King, to Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and now Jordan Davis, Black communities have responded with hope while waiting for justice, only to be surprised again and again when justice did not come. The cycle never seems to change. At some point, it becomes important to examine why. Unfortunately in my lifetime I have yet to see evidence of any fundamental change regarding the treacherous wrath of White control and racism within institutional, criminal justice, academic, media or other central contexts. In my worldview, disproportionately compromising, incarcerating or killing innocent, unarmed Black people is an American pastime that has never dissipated. The recent, cold-blooded murders of young Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, and the slap on the hand

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given to their murderers, is simply more media profiled versions of this American past-time. Most incidences do not make the national stage however. George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn, among other killers of unarmed Black people, symbolically represent a legacy of White power protection based, deadly preemptive strikes on young Black people, especially males. Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, among other innocent Black people murdered over centuries, symbolically represent the consequences of a perceived threat to White power, racismbased control and Jordan Davis entitlement-thinking. Any hopeful investment or belief that any of this will just change is dangerous and debilitating to actual change. Four hundred years plus of Black enslavement, dehumanization and cruelty - by Whites with delusions-ofsuperiority - still creates a dangerous dynamic and energy between Black and White people. Retribution from Black

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people is defensively feared among Whites but the litany of examples - like Trayvon and Jordan - will not stop until Black people gain the capacity to actively fight for, value, respect and protect the lives of Black people. For real defense, Black people must begin to value, nurture, prepare, independently build with, invest in and affirm other Black people. And, THIS is the biggest challenge Black people have. This particular challenge is even bigger than direct racism. Centuries of yet healed scar tissue and trauma, fueled by racism and instigated Black on Black violence has to be intentionally understood, contextualized and effectively addressed. Little sustainable or reliable Black progress can occur until this is done. Black people must stop believing that race-irrelevant equity and equality has occurred based on symbolic representation (i.e. the

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election of a Black president) or because they acquired a decent salary or a nice home. Black people must actively recognize appeasements that guide them toward premature states of relief, surrender and material satisfaction. These often successfully divert Black acknowledgment of the risk and still raging problems and casualties resulting from institutionalized White supremacy. Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, among thousands, were and are vulnerable because their people are prematurely complacent, hopeful and distracted. Real change only comes for people under attack when conditions change, or when they stop thinking and acting in ways conducive to being attacked. The murder of innocent Black people (including by other Black people) will not change until we change. Unwarranted elements of surprise and surrender will keep innocent Black people at risk.

  Cleo Manago is a socio-political analyst, behavioral health expert, film documentarian and founder of the A#ican, American Advocacy, Support-Services & Survival Institute (or AmASSI) Centers for We&ness, Education & Culture and Black Men's Xchange (BMX)National.  He can be reached at  BMXNational@gmail.com.  

 

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HALL: Who He Lookin’At? Is Malcolm X looking for you? Is ElHajj Malik El-Shabazz looking for his enemies, or is he waiting on his friends? The beauty of this black-and-white photograph is that there is nothing vapid or conclusive about it. There are several theories and conjectures as to where the picture actually came from, but no one knows. A recent article that appeared on “The Grio” website says as much. “But what of the iconic photo itself? When did it creep into our consciousness? Where did it come from? Most point to articles in Life and Ebony magazines. Life’s March 20, 1964 article “The Ominous Malcolm X Exits from the Muslims” does not include that particular image. In the September 1964 issue of Ebony, a similar photo accompanies Hans J. Massaquoi’s “Mystery of Malcolm X: Fired Black Muslim denounces cult, vows to take part in rights revolution” story but this is not the photo. “It was the hardest photo to track down in any official capacity,” says Professor Zaheer Ali, who served as project manager of The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University. More than likely, Ali concludes, the photo comes from the Ebony shoot.” Who knows what Malcolm was looking for or at? But the beauty of having a creative and critical mind is

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that you never run out of options or Dunn authored several missives from explanations. his jail cell. All of which defend his Unlike any of our other mortars, angst against “thugs” (niggers) and the Malcolm X was the only Black leader like. killed by his own. Prior to and Or is it George Zimmerman that simultaneous M a l c o l m to the infightawaits? ing among the Malcolm X Black brotherwas a selfhood, Malcolm made intellectX’s life was tual. Maybe he By replete with is perusing the Vincent Hall reasons and landscape Quit Playin’ rationale to be afraid that he leery and might be weary of overt captured by racism and its A m e r i c a ’s c o l operatives. lective IntelligentBut if he were sia, who sit on peering beyond their blessed Assthat window urance and do today, at whom nothing as the would he be ‘less-thans’ sink looking for or at? for lack of educaIt is plausible tion. that Malcolm Maybe he’s would be looking waiting on at Michael Dunn President Obama -- the nefarious to live up to his racist in Florida tag line; “Yes we who appears to can.” have killed a Maybe it’s Nicki Black kid in cold Minaj! blood. You could argue Showing no that Malcolm X is remorse or second thought of his crime, readying his defense for another era of

racial turmoil. Not all, but some White males are so askew with the idea of losing or sharing power that they are attacking minorities, women, LGBT, Hispanics and anyone else that does not have their “thoroughbred bloodline” and gender. Is Malcolm looking at the United States Congress, who passed an almost trillion dollar Farm Bill that took billions from those who need food stamps? It may not seem like much, but an average loss of $68 per month whether you live in the projects, the barrios or in a dilapidated trailer park, is an onerous cut. Malcolm could be looking at the 1% of the wealthiest of Americans who are comfortable saying that their poor and middle class subjects should quit whining about income inequality. They agree with billionaire Tom Perkins’ assertion that every dollar you have should equate to one vote. Is he looking at the Walton or Koch families? I t ’s b e y o n d m y p a y g r a d e , philosophical gravitas and my prophetic grasp to say what Malcolm X would be fearful of today. But suffice it to say that he would have a lot to worry about…and so do we!!

founding member of the Cowboys of Color Rodeo. Hearn designed

cowgirls of all colors competing for cash prizes. Historical facts and cultural entertainment are provided between the rodeo events to educate the audience about history they may have never heard. Cowboys of Color Rodeos bring diverse cultures (contestants and audience) together to celebrate the collective American Western heritage.

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Cowboys of Color Rodeo is also a training ground for the Professional

Lancaster, TX – In commemoration of Black History Month the City of Lancaster, Parks and Recreation Department cordially invite you to attend the dedication ceremony of the Cleo Hearn Equestrian Trail at Bear Creek Nature Park on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Bear Creek Nature Park is located at 1000 Bear Creek Road. In addition to the dedication ceremony, a reception will follow at the Lancaster Recreation Center, Grand Hall Ball Room, located at 1700 Veterans Memorial Parkway. Cleo Hearn, a longtime resident of Lancaster, is the PAGE 8

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this rodeo to “educate while it entertains,” and highlights diverse cultural contributions. The

The City of Lancaster invites you to “like” the City on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or register for weekly e-mail alerts regarding upcoming events on our website at www.lancaster-tx.com by clicking on “Notify Me.”

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Justice for Jordan: What the Dunn Verdict Says About Our Culture – and the Value that We Place on Young Black Males in America To Be Equal Marc H. Morial President and CEO National Urban League Another mother’s anguish. Another unarmed Black teenager in Florida shot dead for no good reason. Another indefensible instance of Stand Your Ground rearing its ugly head. Eight months after the stunning acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, justice again has been compromised in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. On November 23, 2012, Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, fired ten rounds into a parked SUV after arguing over loud rap music coming from the vehicle with Jordan and three other unarmed African American teenagers inside. Jordan Davis was killed at the scene. Like George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn claimed self-defense and used Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to bolster his justification of the killing, as his lawyer stated in his closing argument, “His honor will further tell you that if Michael Dunn was in a public place where he had a legal right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force.” Dunn claims Jordan Davis brandished a gun so Dunn shot first. But there is one big problem with his story. Jordan Davis had no gun and neither did anyone else in the SUV. On Saturday night, a jury found Dunn guilty of four counts, including three for the attempted murders of Jordan’s three friends. But they deadlocked on the fifth count – first-degree murder in the killing of Jordan. Dunn may spend the rest of his life in prison for the four lesser counts. But the failure to convict him of murdering Jordan Davis raises critical questions about the devaluing of the lives of young Black males in America and confirms the need for a repeal of Florida’s repugnant Stand Your PAGE 9

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Ground law which sanctions the use of deadly force by anyone who merely thinks – or claims – they are in danger from a perceived assailant. Regardless of whether Dunn or Zimmerman chose to fully exercise Stand Your Ground provisions in their defense, this law was very clearly at the center of both cases. It is even clearer that the “shoot first” laws across the country are contributing to needless bloodshed and are ripe for unequal application based on race. A recent Urban Institute analysis found that in Stand Your Ground states, “When the shooter is white and the victim is black, the justifiable homicide rate is 34 percent. When the situation is reversed and the shooter is black and the victim is white, shootings are ruled to be justifiable in only slightly more than 3 percent of cases.” Last September, the National Urban League, in collaboration with the bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition and VoteVets, issued a report showing that in the 22 states with “Stand Your Ground” laws, the justifiable homicide rate has risen by an average of 53 percent in the five years following their passage. In Florida, justifiable homicides have increased by 200 percent since the law took effect in 2005.

good news is that the surrounding counties are predominantly white and republican and supporters of gun rights!” This view and those like it are why we must commit today to action against the devaluing of our young Black lives. Even as the Michael Dunn trial was getting underway, we learned that Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, had planned to capitalize on the death of a young Black male by participating in a “celebrity” boxing match – when his only claim to fame is killing an

unarmed Black teenager – and getting off. Such a blatant disregard for the value of a Black male’s life should be a wake-up call to all Americans. We must intensify our fight against Stand Your Ground laws – and the underlying mentality – that justify the killing of young Black men whose only “offense” is being Black. Marc Haydel Morial is the current president of the National Urban League. He served as mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, "om 1994 to 2002.

These statistics and their underlying racial disparities, tell us that expansive self-defense laws such as Stand Your Ground are doing more harm than good, and when coupled with implicit racial bias and unfounded preconceptions, young Black males are especially at risk. Dunn’s own bigoted words in letters from jail clearly show his disregard for their lives, as he wrote: “The jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these (expletive) idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.” and “The fear is that we may get a predominantly black jury and therefore, unlikely to get a favorable verdict. Sad, but that’s where this country is still at. The !

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[W]hen your first name becomes "nigger," your middle name becomes "boy" (however old you are), and your wife and mother are never given the respected title "Mrs."; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro... when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness" - then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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NAACP Statement on the Michael Dunn Verdict: There Are No Winners in this Case

Michael Dunn

Jordan Davis Adora Obi Nweze, President of the Florida State NAACP: “The State of Florida has spoken and 47-year old Michael Dunn will have to answer for some of his crimes relating to having opened fire on an SUV filled with unarmed black teenagers. Today a jury convicted Dunn on four counts for the attempted murder of Tevin Thompson, Leland Brunson, and Tommy Storns, the three teens in the car with Jordan. The judge declared mistrial on the count of first-degree murder that applied to the death of Jordan Davis.  While prosecutors have stated they will retry Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis, there are no winners in this case.  Two parents will forever remain without their only son; three other young men had their lives changed forever and the State of Florida PAGE 11

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and the country as a whole is left to deal with yet another senseless murder of an innocent young man whose life was cut short for no other reason than the color of his skin.  Young, black men are not thugs or suspicious by definition; and this important verdict reconfirms that those who commit crimes based on those misplaced preconceptions will not go unpunished. The NAACP will continue to push for a change in the laws that make these types of crimes more prevalent and the punishment for their commission, less likely.  Stand Your Ground laws create an environment that places far too many people, especially young African-American men, at risk of losing their lives as a result of nothing more than the perception that someone "feels" threatened. 

First Degree Murder Attempted Murder Attempted Murder Attempted Murder Gun Charge The only possible result of assigning life and death decisionmaking authority to anyone with a gun is the unnecessary loss of innocent lives. The NAACP will continue to work with the State of Florida and the other 33 states across the country who currently maintain some form of stand your ground law to repeal these inherently discriminatory laws.  People should be allowed to live without constant fear that their lives are at risk just because of someone's offensive- often racebased—perception.  Inappropriate stereotyping should not carry a penalty of death for black youth.” Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director:

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illogical and often lead to tragic outcomes, especially to people of color who often end up on the wrong side of the weapon. To help prevent future tragedies such as the death of Jordan Davis, we must repeal stand your grounds laws and bring back common sense self-defense policies in every state across this country.” Kevin Myles, NAACP Region 5 Director: “I'm happy that Michael Dunn will now be off the streets, but my heart is heavy for that fact that he was not held accountable for the young life he stole. That said, I applaud the prosecutors decision to retry the 1st degree murder charge and look forward to justice being served.”

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Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. ~Abraham Lincoln

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Ask Alma! Keep my Nephew Away from my House Dear Alma, I know this may sound mean, but I can’t stand my sister’s son. He’s three years old and he talks back and never listens to what I tell him to do. He comes to my house and breaks up my stuff, and she just sits there like nothing is happening. She doesn’t even say stop. When I try to correct him, she says, “Don’t talk to my son like that.” No, I don’t have any kids, but I have friends who have kids, and they are not as bad as he is. I don’t want her to bring him to my house anymore. What do you think?

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and teaching her son? That’s her responsibility. Somewhere along the way we evolved into this “mama-is-your-friend” revolution. I can remember, back in the day, my mama didn’t want to be my friend. How do I know? She told me so, LOL. If I showed out, she would discipline me and not have a second thought about it. Let me clarify: I didn’t get whoopins, but I was aware of them. I had a clear understanding that she was in charge. Her look, voice and firm tone let me know she was not to be challenged. Carol, my mother, (God rest her soul) could talk, teeth clenched tight, only her lips moving, and you understood every word she said. LOL. Old skool Mamas are the best! Look, future favorite Auntie of his: Instead of cutting him off, try a new approach — help him. Give your sister a copy of Ain’t Misbehavin: Tactics for Tantrums, Meltdown, Bedtime Blues and Other Perfectly Normal Kid Behaviors by Alyson Schafer. She’s authored a few great books on motherhood. Also suggest that she goes online and check out some new mom blogs. Maybe she’s overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Don’t give up on him from the start. Give him a roadmap to becoming the best that he can be. He’ll strive to make you proud. Alma Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans over 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: alwaysaskalma@yahoo.com.  Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and twitter @almaaskalma.

Angie, Baltimore Omgoodness Angie, you’ve got me scrolaurin! (Screaming, laughing and hollering all at the same time) Come on, Auntie; he’s only three. You can’t be hatin on him like that. I’m ready to revoke your “Auntie” card. Don’t you know we aunties are the best thing next to moms? My nephew Corey and I have such a special relationship. I can’t wait for you to have this experience. Honestly, I think you are barking up the wrong tree. What’s up with your sister? You should be putting her on blast. Why isn’t she correcting

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The 2014 Black Mystery Series

Who he lookin’ at? Quit Playin’

By Vincent L. Hall

Is Malcolm X looking for you? Is El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz looking for his enemies, or is he waiting on his friends? The beauty of this black-and-white photograph is that there is nothing vapid or conclusive about it. There are several theories and conjectures as to where the picture actually came from, but no one knows. A recent article that appeared on “The Grio” website says as much. “But what of the iconic photo itself? When did it creep into our consciousness? Where did it come from? Most point to articles in Life and Ebony magazines. Life’s March 20, 1964 article “The Ominous Malcolm X Exits from the Muslims” does not include that particular image. In the September 1964 issue of Ebony, a similar photo accompanies Hans J. Massaquoi’s “Mystery of Malcolm X: Fired Black Muslim denounces cult, vows to take part in rights revolution” story but this is not the photo. “It was the hardest photo to track down in any official capacity,” says Professor Zaheer Ali, who served as project manager of The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University. More than likely, Ali concludes, the photo comes from the Ebony shoot.” Who knows what Malcolm was looking for or at? But the beauty of having a creative and critical mind is that you never run out of options or explanations. Unlike any of our other mortars, Malcolm X was the only Black leader killed by his own. Prior to and simultaneous to the infighting among the Black brotherhood, Malcolm X’s life was replete with reasons

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and rationale to be leery and weary of overt racism and its operatives. But if he were peering beyond that window today, at whom would he be looking for or at? It is plausible that Malcolm would be looking at Michael Dunn -- the nefarious racist in Florida who appears to have killed a Black kid in cold blood. Showing no remorse or second thought of his crime, Dunn authored several missives from his jail cell. All of which defend his angst against “thugs” (niggers) and the like. Or is it George Zimmerman that Malcolm awaits? Malcolm X was a self-made intellectual. Maybe he is perusing the landscape afraid that he might be captured by America’s collective Intelligentsia, who sit on their blessed Ass-urance and do nothing as the ‘less-thans’ sink for lack of education. Maybe he’s waiting on President Obama to live up to his tag line; “Yes we can.” Maybe it’s Nicki Minaj! You could argue that Malcolm X is readying his defense for another era of racial turmoil. Not all, but some White males are so askew with the idea of losing or sharing power that they are attacking minorities, women, LGBT, Hispanics and anyone else that does not have t h e i r “thoroughbred bloodline” and gender. Is Malcolm looking at the United States Congress, who passed an almost trillion dollar Farm Bill that took billions from those who need food stamps? It may not seem like much, but an average loss of $68 per month whether you live in the projects, the barrios or in a dilapidated trailer park, is an onerous cut. Malcolm could be looking at the 1% of the wealthiest of Americans who are comfortable saying that their poor and middle class subjects should quit whining about income inequality. They agree with billionaire Tom Perkins’ assertion that every dollar you have should equate to one vote. Is he looking at the Walton or Koch families? It’s beyond my pay grade, philosophical gravitas and my prophetic grasp to say what Malcolm X would be fearful of today. But suffice it to say that he would have a lot to worry about…and so do we!!

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That Celebrity Interview (Paula Patton) in Baggage Claim. One of Hollywood’s busiest actresses, she has more than 300 film and TV appearances to her credit. Her uniquely recognizable voice is showcased in animated roles such as “Flo” in Cars and as “Mama Odie” in The Princess and the Frog. She delivered lege

Interviewing Jenifer Lewis was a joy. Her new movie with Paula Patton, Baggage Claim is now on DVD Blue Ray and On-Demand Cable. Miss Lewis is a passionate performer who plays Montana Moore’s mother

ndary performances as Tina Turner’s mother in What’s Love Got to Do With It and in The Preacher’s Wife as the mother of Whitney Houston’s character. She had regular appearances as “Aunt Helen” on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and starred for six seasons on the hit series Strong Medicine.

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A fun interview with Mob Wives JENNIFER GRAZIANO, RENEE GRAZIANO AND LANA GRAZIANO. VH1’s hottest show share secrets and recipes from a mob family’s kitchen in their new cook book, How To Use a Meat Cleaver. Mob Wives, the reality TV series follows the lives of four women affiliated with the Mob, has quickly risen to become the #1 show on VH1 and has inspired multiple spinoffs. Now, the show’s creator, Jennifer Graziano, one of its stars, Renee Graziano, and their restaurateur sister Lana Graziano, have joined together to share with fans everywhere 100 of their favorite heritage and most coveted family recipes in their new

cookbook, How to Use a Meat Cleaver. Jennifer Graziano shared that she is the creator and Executive Producer of Mob Wives, the #1 show on VH1 for two seasons running, with two more seasons on the way. She also produces Big Ang, and upcoming Mob Wives Chicago, in partnership with Harvey Weinstein. Valder Beebe, host of The Valder Beebe Show: THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW daily broadcast 12 Noon (CT) on KKVI fm 89.9 & 101.5, kkviradio.com. Interview at ValderBeebeshow.com.

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The Art Institute of Dallas announces 3rd Annual Art Educators Appreciation Gallery Show Call for Entries – This March, The Art Institutes system of schools (“The Art Institutes”) will have more than 50 Art Institutes locations in the United States host “What Those Who Teach Can Do,” a national collaboration of gallery shows paying tribute to talented art educators across the country. In Dallas, The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, will feature local high school art and media educators’ artwork in a monthlong exhibition to celebrate their creativity, and thank them for positively affecting the lives of so many students.

Dreaming of the beach, but the thought of lugging your family’s beach gear giving you nightmares? The Lazee Move three products in one—chair, cart, and table is the innovative and durable solution, transforming a tedious task into an easy one. With The Lazee Move, getting to and from the beach is a breeze. With its soft handle grip, non-slip surface and large wide wheels, it easily hauls everything you need including coolers, chairs, surfboards, toys, towels, and more. And, once you’ve found the perfect spot, The Lazee Move transforms into your own storage and comfort station, including a handy side table complete with cup holders and storage compartment and a beach chair so comfy, you’ll want to stay in it even after the sun goes down! Winner of the “Best New Design” award at the 2013 Surf Expo, The Lazee Move chair, The Lazee, features a contoured, padded, and adjustable pillow, foam padded seat edge and foot bar, extra wide arm rests with dual cup holders, storage compartments, hooks on the back for towels and bags, and a one-of-a-kind, multi-position, spring-loaded recline mechanism. The Lazee is the ultimate accessory in beach and outdoor activity ease and comfort. You’ll save time, energy, and be the envy of the beach, soccer field, outdoor concert or tailgating experience! Want even more innovative features? The Lazee Move is available with optional upgrades including a face hole on the standard version of The Lazee for added comfort while lounging on your stomach, an extra storage bag for easy access to all your favorite goodies, and a pressurized spray bottle convenient for washing off sandy feet. Plus, The Lazee chair also comes in a higher-offthe-ground version, called the The Lazee High, for easier sitting and standing.

For over 35 years, summer vacations in Bethany Beach, Delaware held precious memories for the Weldon family. Over Fourth of July in 1996, Paul and Jerie Weldon were enjoying their usual spot overlooking the Atlantic when one particular mom caught their attention. They could see she was struggling to maneuver three small children plus their towels, shovels, toys, and chairs with only her two hands. Agreeing that going to the beach should never be a tough experience, the Weldons decided that families needed something to carry all the “stuff” they brought along, but still be comfortable enough to sit on all day. Discovering that such a solution didn’t exist, they invented one—beachTuff’s The Lazee Move. However, after much time, money, and even a patent number, the Weldons couldn’t find the right person or the extra money needed to see their beachTuff dream through. Deciding to focus on their family bakery, the Weldons’ invention sat for fifteen years, until their daughter, Julie, together with her colleague John Saladino, brought it back to life through a partnership with HSM Solutions. Now The Lazee Move and beachTuff are ready to make outdoor activities easier all over the world. As an HSM Solutions company, beachTuff™ brings 70 years of design and manufacturing expertise to their one-of-a-kind products. Using only the most durable fabrics and corrosion resistant parts, beachTuff is making a name for itself in the beach-going community for their dependable quality and function. Not only is beachTuff an eco-friendly company with a strong practice of recycling and reusing in partner programs with their vendors, but this flagship family of products is made in the USA.

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“We’re turning the tables on our educators and focusing on their passions and creativity,” said Charles Restivo, president of The Art Institutes. “The collaboration of galleries is the stage we set to celebrate our teachers’ commitment to preparing our area high school students.” This year will mark The Art Institutes’ third celebration highlighting educators’ artistic work, commitment and passion. If you’re a high school arts and/or media teacher or know of a teacher that may be interested in submitting their work, please visit http:// whatteacherscreate.com for information about “What Those Who Teach Can Do” at The Art Institute of Dallas. Artwork for submission can include, but is not limited to, painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, audio/video, design, digital media, film, photography, illustration, culinary images and/or fiber arts. There is a limit of one entry per participant, and all art must be exhibition-ready for immediate installation. Anyone can nominate a teacher to submit their work. Once nominated, the nominee will receive an email notifying them of their nomination along with information on how to submit their artwork. Entries are being accepted, and entry deadlines vary by campus. For all details regarding local exhibition dates and gallery receptions, please visit http://whatteacherscreate.com. The Art Institute of Dallas is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, is located at 8080 Park Lane, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75231-5993. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC. !

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LBJ Presidential Library to host Civil Rights Summit to mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964 Former Presidents Carter and Clinton to Deliver Keynote Addresses AUSTIN, Texas -- The LBJ Presidential Library will host a Civil Rights Summit April 8-10, 2014, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   President Lyndon Baines Johnson drove passage of the legislation and signed it into law.   The Summit will be both a look back at the civil rights movement of the 1960s and a look forward at the civil rights issues still facing America and the world. The Summit will feature keynote addresses from former President Jimmy Carter on April 8 and former President Bill Clinton on April 9.  An invitation has been extended to President George W. Bush to deliver a keynote address on April 10, and the Library is working with his office to finalize details. "Fifty years ago, President Johnson's vision for a more just and honorable America contributed to the passing of the Civil Rights Act, the most transformational civil rights legislation since Reconstruction and a crucial step in the realization of America's promise," said Mark K. Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library. "But his vision went far beyond ending racial discrimination. He believed that education, economic opportunity, health care, clean air and water, and access to the arts and humanities, among other things,

were inherent civil rights for all Americans—and it's reflected in his legislative legacy." The Civil Rights Summit is this year's cornerstone event of a multi-year anniversary celebration of President Johnson's prodigious legislative legacy. Throughout the course of the next several years, the LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and the LBJ Foundation will partner to commemorate the anniversaries of seminal laws signed by President Johnson that continue to resonate today. "President Johnson's legislative achievements underscore for our students how society can be transformed by the efforts of those committed to a life of leadership in public service," said Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. "Now, with the Civil Rights Summit, we will have an opportunity to hear from some of today's most prominent and distinguished leaders as our students prepare themselves to be the next 'get it done' generation." Participants in the Summit will include numerous prestigious representatives of the Johnson Administration and family, the American media, current and former elected officials, and members of academia: The Honorable Julian Bond Former Chairman, NAACP Taylor Branch Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jim Brown Former NFL running back

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Tina Brown Journalist, Tina Brown Live Media Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Chair, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse The Honorable Julian Castro Mayor of San Antonio, Texas Michael J. Cramer Director, UT Program in Sports and Media Dr. Harry Edwards Sociologist, focusing on Afrcan American athletes

Diane Nash Helped found Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Bill Powers President, The University of Texas at Austin Todd Purdum Author, An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964; national editor; Vanity Fair Lynda Johnson Robb Daughter of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson

Dr. Larry Faulkner Former President, The University of Texas at Austin

Bill Russell Former NBA center

David Ferriero Archivist of the United States

Bob Santelli Director, The GRAMMY Museum

Honorable Shirley Franklin Former Mayor of Atlanta; Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and Political Values, LBJ School

The Honorable Margaret Spellings Former U. S. Secretary of Education; President, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Luci Baines Johnson Daughter of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson

Mavis Staples Singer, civil rights activist The Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa Former Mayor of LA

Tom Johnson Former President, CNN; former Deputy Press Secretary to President Johnson Congressman John Lewis U. S. Representative, Georgia

The Honorable Andrew Young Former UN Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta

Joe Morgan Former Major League Baseball second baseman

Information on the Summit may be found at www.civilrightssummit.org.

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Top 10 Black History Month Scholarships #1 - The Frito-Lay “Create to Celebrate” Black History Month Art Contest encourages applicants to submit online an original piece of art created in any medium (video, song, photo, sculpture, painting, etc) that celebrates African American achievement. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/ 2014/01/frito-lay-create-to-celebrate-blackhistory-month-art-contest.html #2 - The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program offers scholarship awards and once-ina-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/cocacola-pay-it-forward-scholarship-program.html #3 - The RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition is offered by the Royal Bank of Canada for Canadian students. The essay consists of writing in 750 words or less on how black Canadians have contributed toward the heritage of Canada. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/rbcblack-history-month-student-essay.html #4 - The 100 Black Men of America Future Leader Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors as well as college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The scholarship is based on academic achievement and community service. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/ 2013/12/100-black-men-of-america-futureleader.html #5 - The Jerry Bartow Scholarship Fund, offered by the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP), awards three scholarships each year for undergraduate students who are attending HBCUs. Students must major in business, engineering, technology, or education. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/ 2013/02/black-executive-exchange-programjerry.html #6 - The Kroger "I Can Make History" Contest will award more than $71,000 in prizes in the categories of art, essay, music and poetry. Celebrating Black History month, Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, is using the contest to recognize the contributions of African Americans in the past and in the future. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/ 2014/01/kroger-i-can-make-historycontest.html #7 - The GEICO Achievement Award Program helps current college students who are sophomores and juniors earn scholarship money to complete their education. Eligible students must be enrolled in a business, computer science, or mathematics program. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/01/geicoachievement-award-program.html #8 - The Regions Riding Forward Black History Month Scholarship is awarded each year to high school students and college students. Interested students may apply by writing an essay about African-Americans who have inspired them. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/ 2014/01/regions-riding-forward-blackhistory.html #9 - LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships are targeted toward minority undergraduate and graduate students, offering scholarships for students interested in careers in advertising, marketing or public relations. Students must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black (non-Hispanic) or Hispanic. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/ 2013/02/lagrant-foundation-scholarships.html #10 - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who plan to major in health-related studies. Academic achievement, leadership qualities and service to the community are required.

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Three Ways to Stop Your Job from Ruining Your Life Dr. Tasha Eurich

He can’t be serious, Jim thought. Jim been recruited away from a Fortune 500 firm by a fast-growing start-up, and it was his first day. The president of the company had just handed him a BlackBerry and said, “Keep this with you at all times.” Really?, Jim thought. That Saturday morning, one of the founders sent an e-mail to the senior leadership team. By 5:00 p.m., there were more than thirty replies. Jim soon learned that at this company, there was no concept of detachment from work. He grieved the loss bitterly, and his friends would mock him for stepping out of the bar to check e-mail at10:00 p.m. while they were out for a few pints of beer. In a matter of months, Jim’s job began to seriously interfere with his relationship with his wife. One study found that half of employees believe their current workload is unsustainable. As a result, 33 percent of people start thinking about work the moment they wake up and 75 percent think about it until they go to sleep at night. Luckily, Jim’s story has a happy ending. Less than a year after being handed that BlackBerry, he left the company for a job that allowed him to have a life. But for many, especially in the cold, dark days of February, the concept of a real

life outside of work is like a unicorn—it might exist, but you haven’t seen it. So whether you’re spending too much time at the office or taking your stress out on your family, allowing your job take over your life is a slippery slope of misery. More scientifically, research shows that workers who experience such conflict are less healthy, less happy, and more likely to engage in passive coping behaviors like overeating, drinking, or drugs. Want your job to stop ruining your life? Here are three tips to end the madness: Stop Wasting Time at Work More hours at work don’t always make us more productive. Think about a typical day in the office. You arrive, fire up your computer, and answer e-mail. Then maybe you wander down the hall to the coffee machine and leisurely pour a cup of coffee. You run into your friends and discuss last night’s football game. You wander back to your office, start a task, and get interrupted by a member of your team. And on it goes. By the time you leave at 7:00 p.m., you might have had only five to six productive hours. Do you ever wonder if there’s a better way? We live in a society where the number of hours we spend at work can be a barometer for our self-worth. Because I spend twelve hours per day at work, we think, I must be important and valuable. This reasoning is dangerous and illogical. It is not a crime to do things efficiently; if you can get the same result in eight hours versus ten and spend two more hours with your family, do it! To get more done in less time, use the One Less Thing Principle. For every work activity, ask yourself:

Can this activity be focused so less time is spent completing it? Can this activity be delegated to another person or group? Can this activity be stopped? Harness the Power of Power Breaks Just like Jim discovered, being tethered to your e-mail 24/7 isn’t a good idea. One study examined the effect of uninterrupted work on our ability to focus. The researchers asked two groups of students to complete a forty-minute task that required concentration. One group simply completed the task. The other group was asked to stop the task and memorize a set of numbers at three points wile they completed it. The results were striking. Even though the second group spent less time on the task, they performed better. Viewing the numbers served as a “power break”: something that let them briefly turn their attention from the task to something else. Similarly, power breaks from work help us perform better. Certainty, it’s not easy to take a three-week vacation and lock your phone in the hotel safe. But at a minimum, carve out evenings and weekends to escape your “technology tether.” Perhaps you can’t unplug every evening—then aim for three evenings per week. If you have to work on a Saturday, don’t work on Sunday. Find what works for you. Get Moving There’s a great deal of evidence that exercise reduces stress—in particular, high-intensity workouts have proven effective in reducing anxiety. And recent research suggests that exercise actually decreases work-family conflict. In a study of 476 workers, Russell Clayton

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and his colleagues found that people who exercised regularly had less conflict between work and home. Why? They argue that exercise can be a powerful way to “psychologically detach from work.” So, it will pay off to keep your New Year’s resolution to exercise more—not only will you look better in your jeans, you’ll have a more balanced life! A proud leadership geek, executive coach, speaker, and contributor to the Huffington Post, Dr. Eurich is also the author of The New York Times bestselling book, Bankable Leadership: Happy People, Bottom Line Results, and the Power to Deliver Both. She also helps organizations succeed by improving the effectiveness of their leaders and teams. Dr. Eurich passionately pairs her scientific grounding in human behavior with a practical approach to solving some of today’s most common leadership challenges. Her decade-long career has spanned roles as an external consultant and a direct report to both CEOs and human resources executives. The majority of Dr. Eurich’s work has been with executives in large Fortune 500 organizations, including CH2M HILL, Xcel Energy, Western Union, IHS, Destination Hotels and Resorts, Newmont Mining, Centura Health, CoBiz Financial, the City of Cincinnati, and HCA. With an M.S. and Ph.D. in IndustrialOrganizational Psychology from Colorado State University and B.A.s in Theater and Psychology from Middlebury College, she serves on the faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership.

It’s a new year Make it a good one!

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T-Shirt Fundraiser for Fashion Stylist Car Accident Victim Houston, TX – On December 23, 2013, Tiany Adams, a Houston resident, was headed to Lu)in, Texas for the Christmas holidays when she lost control of her car and was seriously injured in a major car accident.  She was cut from her vehicle using the Jaws of Life, and then transported via helicopter to the Houston Medical Center.  She has undergone several surgeries, but has made a lot of progress. Tiany Adams has been released recently from the hospital, and now recovering. Although, released the Ms. Adams has a long road to recovery. The 30-year old freelance fashion stylist is without medical insurance coverage, and in need of financial support. Toronto-based marketing and public relations company Ford Publicity, is a former employer of

Ms. Adams, and decided to create a T-Shirt campaign to help with fundraising eorts. "Tiany Adams is such an amazing soul, and I really wanted to do whatever I could to contribute to the fundraising eorts. I thought it was best to highlight her spirit through words, and I'm so grateful to have found the perfect graphic designer Sean Williams to create such an incredible image of her." - Ms. Ford, owner of Ford Publicity

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Only 2 weeks are left to reach the goal of 120 shirts sold to raise funds for Ms. Adams. If the goal is not met, the T-shirts will not be sold. T-SHIRT CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: http://teespring.com/ styleforti

The typographic portrait design uses words to describe Ms. Adams and her life.  The design was created by Edmonton-based visual artist Sean Williams, who has produced multiple unique artwork using typographic portrait designs of celebrities including; Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Bob Marley and more. To learn more about Sean Williams and his work, please visit: www.seanings.com 

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Parkland receives 2013 Excellence in Community Service Award from Texas Hospital Association DALLAS – Parkland Health & Hospital System was named the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Community Service Award from Texas Hospital Association (THA) in recognition of the system’s outstanding accomplishments in providing healthcare services for the Dallas County Jail. The announcement was made Feb. 13 at THA’s 2014 Annual Conference and Expo held in San Antonio. The award recognizes Texas hospitals and health systems that have made a major contribution to their community. Parkland also received the award in 2001 for its Community Oriented Primary Care program.

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“Parkland Health & Hospital System has created a center of excellence in the nation’s seventh-largest county jail and consistently delivers high quality physical and behavioral health care services to the population of inmates,” said Ted Shaw, THA president and chief executive officer. “The complexity of providing care in any environment is daunting, and the leadership and staff at Parkland deserve high praise for facing off with such a challenging endeavor.” In its annual evaluation of Dallas County Jail services, the Department of Justice reported in September 2013, “There has been continued progress in the medical program. In all areas, improved quality and process selfmonitoring has characterized the program’s operational philosophy.” Sharon Phillips, RN, Parkland’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer for population health, stated, “We are extremely honored by this award from THA. Our entire staff is committed to providing excellent health care to all patients and we believe caring for the jail population is a vital part of Parkland’s mission of service to the community. The strong relationship Parkland has formed with the Dallas County Sheriff ’s Department and the County Commissioners Court has been vital in our efforts to create the center of excellence. This is definitely a team effort.” In 2006, the Dallas County Commissioners asked Parkland to step in and overhaul health care in the jail that includes both adult and juvenile correction facilities serving nearly 120,000 patients each year. The Dallas County Jail System was known to have serious lapses in its medical care of inmates and had received numerous citations from the U.S. Justice Department and Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Parkland moved quickly to improve conditions, updating electronic information systems, revising medical delivery procedures and instituting more thorough health screening processes. Approximately half of the jail’s inmates are identified at admission with either a mental health or medical diagnosis, such as diabetes, HIV or hypertension. Many have not received adequate health care prior to incarceration. Twenty-six areas were retrofitted for medical care, allowing for an on-site pharmacy, staff training and conference areas. Staff was increased from 121 to 345. New programs were created to provide medical and psychiatric assessments, OB/GYN and dental services, infectious disease management and suicide prevention. Since Parkland took over the Dallas County Jail health program, outcomes have improved for inmates, the mortality rate has declined 80 percent, and inpatient days have decreased 30 percent. Since 2010, the number of grievances has dropped 44 percent and today 98 percent of inmates are seen and 99 percent receive critical medications within 24 hours. A new three-level, 280-bed medical and mental health infirmary is scheduled to open in 2014. !

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Cancer Prevention Month February 18-22

Engineer’s Week is back! Celebrate with us as we explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics during the 2014 EWeek at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, February 18 - 22.

February 19 -22

7TH ANNUAL TEXAS BLACK FILM FESTIVAL STUDIO MOVIE GRILL * Northwest Hwy 7th Annual Texas Black Film runs February 19th - 22nd at the brand new Studio Movie Grill (Northwest Highway and I-35). Exhibiting the most extensive collection of African-American relevant independent films in the state, TBFF again celebrates Black History with an impressive collection of films from around the world. From foreign films to Texas films, TBFF celebrates a culture of achievement which has continued throughout the African Diaspora.

February 20 Press Club of Dallas presents ON THE RECORD: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT UPDATE 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM KERA Community Room 3000 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75201 Buckner Children and Family Services will present a FREE foster care and adoption information meeting at 7 p.m. at Buckner’s office, located at 5200 Buckner Blvd. HEART FAILURE WORKSHOP FREE TO PUBLIC This monthly workshop covers all aspects of living with congestive heart failure. Professionals will be speaking on medication management, dietary, physical activity, skin care, depression and much more. Parking is free with easy access to the entrance at Outpatient Registration 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Methodist Charlton Medical Center 3rd floor, Conference Rm. 8 ****** The 12th Annual New Play Competition continues TeCo’s wildly successful 20-year anniversary season at the Bishop Arts Theater on Thursday, February 20 through March 2 Robert M. Gump is coming to Th3rd Thursday Champion’s Luncheon at Edison’s @12:00noon.  Mr. Gump is the founder of Robert M. Gump & Company. He will be sharing accounting principles for SUSTAINED SUCCESS.    

AW:natural born artists fashion/art/music show 7pm @ The Lizard Lounge.

and he’s a hoot! Shows are Friday, February, 21st & Saturday 22nd @ 9pm in the Clarence Muse Cafe’ Theatre. Tickets are $20.

February 21 The Dallas Association of Realtists will be having their monthly membership meeting at Luby’s cafeteria located at 5600 S. Hampton Rd., Dallas. Meeting time is 8:30am.” Celebrating Black History Month. Come hear of the new HUD “Buyer Select” program. Also hear more of the Wells Fargo event and of their 203k product. Come and hear 92 year old Mrs. Eva McMillian, long-time local civil rights activist. She has a wealth of knowledge!!! Free breakfast will be served.     A half-day workshop titled “Water-Efficient Property Management” will answer questions and provide ideas about that subject from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Eastfield College in Mesquite.  The cost is $49 per person, and the program will be held in the Science Building, rooms 100 /101.  The program, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas, is part of the Dallas County Community College District’s spring 2014 Clean Economy Series, which focuses on building a more sustainable future for Dallas.

February 22 FAMU Alumni Meeting Blue Mesa 14866 Montfort Dr, Dallas, TX Time:  12pm - 2pm

Project Hair Loss A consumer event for women and daughters with hair loss issues at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Road, 9am - noon . For info or to register, call 469-828-1180 or visit www.illusionsbylisaperry.com Heart to Heart will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to Noon in the Methodist Charlton Medical Center Auditorium, located in the Outpatient Center. Health screenings will be offered from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and an RSVP is required. Register today and schedule your screening at 214-947-0000 or MethodistHealthSystem.org/HtH.  Free parking is conveniently available in the parking garage and surface parking lots.  Methodist Charlton is located at 3500 W. Wheatland Rd.    COMEDY NIGHT AT THE MUSE Featuring Jammin’ Jay Lamont There’s nothing like relaxing and enjoying a side splitting night of laughter with the national comedian, JAMMIN’ JAY LAMONT. Known for his Barack Obama and James Brown impersonations, this 18-year veteran comedian has been seen on BET’s Comic View, Showtime at the Apollo and America’s Got Talent. He’s clean

Vincent Hall will be the speaker at New Beginnings Community Fellowship to speak as part of their Black History observance at the 8:00 o’clock or 10:45 service. 1599 Kingswood Drive Cedar Hill, TX 75104

February 24 Theta Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc will hold its’ Annual High School Talent Hunt Program the Billy Earl Dade Middle School, 2727 Grand Avenue in sunny South Dallas, 5-8 PM. The entertainment line-up will include vocalists, instrumentalists and exhibits of the visual arts. Be entertained by the area’s best and brightest talents . ***** Teen Summit - Teen Dating Violence - Respect Teen Dating Summit for middle school students 10a-3p www.Q4success.org Dallas Arboretum Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Dallas Blooms  “Birds in Paradise” February 22 - April 6, 2014

Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s 21ST ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER THE HONORABLE JOHN LEWIS Georgia – 5TH District 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. MUSIC HALL @ FAIR PARK 909 1ST AVENUE, DALLAS, TEXAS 75210  

February 26 South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. Hilton Anatole Hotel 51st V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. ****

The Children’s Tumor Foundation NF Endurance Team is seeking participants for the Cowtown Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K races on February 22-23, 2013 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. Contact:  Angela Auzston of the Children’s Tumor Foundation, 972-5877814, or aauzston@ctf.org Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Area Founders Day Luncheon at 11:30 Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving I AM Healed S.C.A.R.S. Conference!!  at Prayer Mountain in Dallas, Texas – 9am until 4pm.  VENDORS ARE WELCOME (register at www. showmeyourscars.org)!

BUSINESS SUMMIT brought to you by Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce Balch Springs Civic Center 12400 Elam Road, Balch Springs TX 75180 11AM-1PM RSVP maldonado@balchspringschamber.org to register or call 972-557-0988 DFW NC A&T Alumni Association chapter meeting will be held from 2pm-3:30pm at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX  75204 ******* The African Chamber of Commerce-DFW in conjunction with the Office of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson present Affordable Healthcare Registration - from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST DFW Technology Activity Center 999 East Arapaho Rd. Suite 300 Richardson, TX 75081

FEBRUARY 21, 2014 Home Depot, located at 3261 N. Pres. George Bush Hwy. To register email gnmaclass@ garlandtx.gov or call 972-205-2451.  Exterior Painting February 27 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fence Maintenance & Repair March 27 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Resuscitate You Landscaping April 24 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Windows & Doors May 29 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn more about our D.I.Y. Garland program by visiting www.DIYGarland.org or “Liking Us” on Facebook.

February 28 - March 1 BEST SELLING AUTHOR AND LIFE COACH VALORIE BURTON HEADLINES TOTAL YOU WOMEN’S WELLNESS SUMMIT 2014 Women will be inspired to become Fit, Fabulous and Fearless at the Total You Women’s Wellness Summit 2014 on Feb. 28 – March 1 at the FirstFitness Nutrition in Carrollton, Texas.  

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SOUTH DALLAS HEALTH CARE EXPO BLOWOUT   Need affordable health care? There is still time for you and your family to sign up. The Urban League of Greater Dallas will host a Health Care Blowout to educate and enroll the uninsured in qualified health plans. New Hope Baptist Church, 5002 S. Central Expressway in Dallas 75215 from 11 am to 2 pm. All eligible area residents, including individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals with disabilities, underserved and vulnerable populations, can receive enrollment assistance at the event as they navigate through the wide choice of affordable coverage options and prices. Those who qualify to receive premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions will also receive assistance. Staff will also help with online applications. MEETING FOR THE KKDA FAMILY MEMBERS WILL be at LISA’S SOUL FOOD CAFE 2550 W Red Bird Ln Dallas, TX 75237 (214) 372-3309

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Battle of the DJs Step Show noon at Paul Quinn College Buy tickets at www.sherylunderwood

February 23  “The Exciting” Singing Hills Baptist Church, 6550 University Hills Blvd., Dallas, TX 75241, Dr. H.E. Anderson Sr., Pastor celebrating 30 Years of Ministry, 8AM, 10:45AM and 4PM.

  Democratic Candidate Forum VIP Reception 6:00 pm Forum - 7:00 pm Sponsored by Mid-Cities Democrats Tarrant County College Northeast Campus NSTU Building, Room 1615A 828 Harwood Hurst, Texas  76054

Trinity Chapter of the Links, Inc. Diamond and Sneakers Gala at the Hilton Anatole.

Register for D.I.Y. Garland Classes The City of Garland is partnering with the Garland Area Habitat for Humanity, The Home Depot and YOU, the residents of Garland, to enhance curb appeal in Garland neighborhoods. Our “Curb Appeal” series will kick off on at The

Happy Birthday Juanita Craft 12 Noon -3PM FREE Juanita Craft Civil Rights House 2618 Warren Ave. Dallas TX 75215

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March 2 The Dallas Chapter’s Annual Mabel Chandler Concert featuring the Huston-Tillotson Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Gloria Quinlan. 6:00 PM University Park United Methodist Church 4024 Caruth Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75225

The Dallas Fly Fishers will teach morning and afternoon classes for beginning fly-fishers at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s (TFFC) Fly Fish Pavilion on Due to limited space, re-registration is required. Contact TFFC by emailing tffc@tpwd.texas.gov or by calling (903) 676-2277. Leave your contact information (name, phone, e-mail) to receive a class confirmation. There is no fee for these classes, but regular admission to TFFC is required.

 March 5-6 Two-Day Grantwriting Workshop After rave reviews, national speaker Rodney Walker of Grant Central USA is back to provide attendees with the knowledge they need to take their grant writing skills to a higher and more effective level! Center for Nonprofit Management 2902 Floyd Street Dallas, TX 75204 Time: 9 am - 5 pm

March 7 Nonprofit Salsa - Leadership Conference A fun, festive, full-day leadership conference designed to add spice to your nonprofit’s life and help you step up your leadership capacity. If you’re able to attend just one leadership conference this year, then don’t miss this one!   Center for Community Coorperation 2900 Live Oak Street Dallas, TX 75204 Time: 9 am - 4 pm “The Center for Nonprofit Management is thrilled to be able to host national speaker, Rodney Walker, as he brings his fun and energizing “Nonprofit Leadership Salsa” program to Dallas!  As the North Texas nonprofit community continues to grow and the demand for our services increases year over year, having skilled and passionate leaders at the helm doing this good work is essential.  We are proud to be able to provide this unique program to our community.”     - Susan Frear, CNM Director of Education

The Dallas Chapter of Continental Societies, Incorporated Annual Naw’lins Mardi Gras Jam 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM 6:30 PM Cocktails Crowne Plaza Dallas (Near Galleria-Addison) 14315 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001

March 11 —Suellen Roberts - Speaker for Fellowship of Professional Women Dallas -- Former Gucci executive shares her story of her meteoric rise in her career at the famous international House of Gucci and how God transformed her life. Suellen had achieved it all professionally, however her personal life was falling apart. God brought healing, love and acceptance which moved her into a new dimension in life. Suellen now is the Founder and President of Christian Women in Media. A moving speaker, Suellen appeals to a broad audience of women. She resides in Dallas with her husband Jimy, former personal assistant to Billy Graham. They have a blended family of five children and eleven grandchildren. CWIMA.org

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—Kimia Penton -Speaker for Fellowship of Professional Women Dallas - Kimia is a psychologist, songwriter, violinist, author and speaker. Born in the Middle East, raised in England and now living in Texas, Kimia relied heavily on her intellect and academic accomplishments to guide her life’s journeys. One unexpected day however, she began her most important journey: to know God against all odds. Her testimony is a story of hope, and an example of God’s unfailing love and pursuit of us, no matter where we are from, what we have done and what we think we know. Kimia and her husband, Andy, live in Dallas, Texas with their two children. facebook.com/kimiajourneys

April 10–13 The sixth annual Dallas Art Fair, presented by Ruinart Champagne, will feature 92 international galleries from The fair will return to the Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g.) located at 1807 Ross Avenue in the dynamic Downtown Arts District.

Garland: Teen Talk March 29 Garland City Hall 200 N. Fifth Street  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All teenagers invited to attend. Details and registration info available at: GarlandYouthCouncil.org

The Irving International Women’s Consortium (IIWC) will host its 8th annual Influence of the Purse Auction Thursday, April 10, 2014 ~ 5:30 – 8:00 pm. The auction will be held at the Las Colinas Country Club – 4400 N. O’Connor, Irving, TX 75062 (972) 541-1141.

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April 12 The 13th Annual A Special Evening hosted by Alliance Data and benefiting LaunchAbility® will feature R&B legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Smokey Robinson as the entertainer on Monday, March 31, 2014, 8 p.m., at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

The 2014 African American Educators Hall of Fame Program will be held Saturday, April 12, 12:00 Noon., Hilton Garden Inn, 800 N. Main Street, Duncanville, Texas. An induction ceremony will be conducted to honor educators and others who have made significant contributions to the African

3/14 FOX & THE BIRD (Hometown Record Release Show!) 8pm at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W Davis St, Dallas, TX (214) 272-8346

March 15 VIP Reception Dinner and Concert 3015 at Trinity Groves Benefiting West Dallas Community Centers

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Kappa Zeta Chapter First Fridays 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: 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.  

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March 20 Got Heart, Give Hope® Celebration to be hosted in the Dallas area on Thursday, March 20, 2014.  The event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Frisco/Dallas, 7600 John Q Hammons Dr, Frisco, TX. 

March 22 DFW NC A&T Alumni Association chapter meeting will

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From Pastor Shepherd’s Desk “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you wi% perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 King James Version) * Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters, I greet you in the name of God the Father, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and guide. Words cannot begin to describe the feelings I have at this moment. As I reflect back over the last two months here, the only word I can use to sum up the experience is “awesome!” What a wonderful time we have had in this anointed place. Serving as Pastor here is truly a humbling calling that I do not take lightly or for granted. I speak truthfully from my heart when I say that I needed Mt. Moriah more that Mt. Moriah needed me. I thank God for this wonderful opportunity that He has bestowed upon me. Serving as Pastor here has helped me in my spiritual growth through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. * We have been witnesses to the magnificent power of Jesus Christ throughout our lives. If there are any doubters, we should be able to testify that God is alive and still in the miracle working business. I am

thrilled that we completed our Daniel Fast and I see the fruit of that labor. I strive to deliver the Word of God in plain and simple terms where we all can get an understanding of what God is trying to tell us. My greatest desire as Pastor/ Preacher/ Teacher is to see lives transformed through the hearing and doing of the Word of God. The Lord has shown me that my labor is not in vain. * The divine prescription for the church is found in the Word of God. It is my prayer that we as a church family will continue to take, eat, and drink as prescribed by the Lord. It is also my prayer that we will abide in His Word and continue to bring forth fruit, more fruit, and much fruit. Thank you Mt. Moriah for allowing me to pastor with joy. Let us always look to Jesus and live for His return: loving one another in brotherly love and serving Him in spirit and in truth.

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A HIGHWAY TO FREEDOM THE QUEST FOR PEACE As we stand here today, At the crossroads of freedom and equality, The celebration of the emancipation proclamation must not become a novelty. That great march was the start, To engage a nations heart, To pull back the veil of discrimination and oppression And to cease and release the rights of a people, And honor our Declarations intended predilections. And though we have lived to behold, A man of color residing in our countries most prestigious house, There is still so much work to do, We must remain vigilant and persistent, Of this there can be no doubt. His coming was the hailing of an inspired notion, That we can be what we choose when motivated by devotion. He exemplifies that we are not separate and often more than equal, His second term in office is a historic sequel. We must strive to bring liberation through education.

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Sharon L. Grant Ministries announces I AM Healed S.C.A.R.S. Conference Sharon L. Grant Ministries ]will be hosting the first “I AM Healed S.C.A.R.S. Conference” (Strong Christians Affected [by] Real Setbacks), scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This powerful and impactful conference is open to anyone who wants spiritual enrichment. It is for those who are hurting, wounded, or bruised by life’s situations and circumstances, as well as for those who are in need of healing, at Ministry of Prayer Mountain Center, Dallas, TX. Our special guest speaker is Pastor Rodney Derrick, Associate Pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas Inc. Music will be provided by Minister Johnnie Murray of Northwood Church, and spoken word will be provided by Gloria “FreeMe” Johnson and Pastor Tyrone L. Smith, Pastor of Believer’s Temple. Registration is now available at www.showmeyourscars.org or www.iamhealedscarsconference.eventbrite. com.

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Let us inspire them to nurture and caress how their freedom rings, For then shall we all be able to lift our voices and sing. Like Martin we must live our dreams, Like Malcolm we must do what is necessary, Evangelist Sharon Grant Host and Speaker            

Pastor Rodney Derrick Special Guest Speaker        

The registration fee is $20.00 per person and includes lunch. Sharon L. Grant Ministries presents the “I AM Healed S.C.A.R.S. Conference.” The vision for this conference is from our Founder and CEO, Evangelist Sharon L. Grant, bestselling author of “Giving Up Is Not an Option: The Purpose for the Pain”. Show Me Your S.C.A.R.S. forum was created as a safe place to express personal hurts and/or circumstances and to begin the journey towards healing. This forum originated February 21, 2013 and occurs twice per month via the S.C.A.R.S. conference connection. The I AM Healed S.C.A.R.S. Conference helps to continue the journey to healing in the lives of those who are experiencing bleeding scars.

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Lancaster ISD presents “Who Do You Think You Are?” My History Bowl In an effort to build a community with a strong knowledge of culture, heritage and history, teams of Lancaster ISD students in grades 4-12 and community members will compete in the inaugural “Who Do you Think You Are?” My History Bowl Competition at the

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Lancaster IB/STEM High School at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 22. “There are few things as powerful and important as a people steeped in its own history. Traditionally, schools teach a survey of all cultures and history and thus, do not have the time to explore indepth the contributions of any one culture,” Lancaster ISD Professional Development Director Connie Isabell said. Isabell, who is spearheading this district event, said that aside from the rote remembrance of history facts, she hopes this competition will also accomplish two major objectives. “First, we aim to deepen our student’s sense of self and racial pride. Secondly, to provide opportunities to enhance their life skills like research, team work, reasoning, communication and cooperation.”

The National Assessment of Educational Progress National Report Card released in 2011 found that Fiftyfive percent of high school seniors failed to meet even the “basic” level of history knowledge, meaning that they could not interpret a short text excerpted for multiple-choice questions. It further reported that overall, American schoolchildren were found less capable in U.S. history than in any other subject which was a reflection of the consistent decline of cultural life in the country over the last few decades. Lancaster ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael D. McFarland said that one of the district’s emphasis will focus on preparing students to learn more about their history outside of the traditional Black History or Hispanic Heritage months. “Our challenge is to engage in the difficult work of transforming our students’ self-concept,” he said. “We

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must intentionally create opportunities to expose them to current and past models of success so that they can began to see themselves differently.” According to Isabell, the goal of this initial competition is to increase the number of youth and adults exposed to the history, culture and contributions of African Americans. However, she confirmed that future events would acquaint students with other cultures and ethnic groups. “We will be able to give recognition and celebrate the richness and complexities of various cultures throughout the year,” she said. America ranks 13th in the world in the education of its population, according to Isabell and the typical community education to entertainment ratio is about 1 to 200. She believes that it is time to change.

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Undermain Theatre presents We are Proud to Present a Presentation…in Dallas

which stories in one of the smartest, most innovative plays of this season.” reveals Katherine Owens, Undermain Artistic Director.   We are Proud to Present a Undermain Theatre is thrilled to Presentation…  carries the full bring the regional premiere of We title of:  We are Proud to Present are Proud to Present a Presentation …to Dallas during the a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Undermain Theatre’s 30th South-West Africa, From the Anniversary season. German Sudwestafrika, Between “One of America’s hottest young the Years 1884-1915. playwrights gives us this hilarious A troupe of young actors gears up satire of theatre-makers and the to portray the extermination of the occasional pitfalls of collaboration.  Herero tribe of Namibia. They’re Jackie Sibblies Drury delves right passionate. Energetic. They’ve got into the question of who can tell

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piles of research. But what do they really know about being black Africans under German colonization? Is it possible to identify with the victims of history? What about the villains? There is danger in the game they’re playing, and fraught racial histories threaten to tear the troupe apart. As the actors dive further in, this inventive new play from Jackie Sibblies Drury (named a “Top Ten” show by New York Magazine) becomes a hilarious and head-spinning nightmare of identity.

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This production is directed by Undermain Artistic Associate Dylan Key and designed by Robert Winn. The cast includes Jake Buchanan, Blake Hackler, Shannon Kearns-Simmons, Ivuoma Okoro, Christopher Dontrell Piper, and Bryan Pitts. Dates: Previews March 19, 20, 21 Opening Night: March 22 at 8:15pm Regular Performances:           March 26, 27 @ 7:30pm March 28, 29 @ 8:15pm April 2, 3 @ 7:30pm April 4 @ 8:15pm April 5 @ 2pm and 8:15pm

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In our library Champion for the Homeless, author and artist releases Children’s Book Houston— Community Advocate Noah Rattler , Author Nekisha Pickney and Illustrator Thaddeus Lavalais teamed up to create Noah’s Walk, an inspiring children’s book that tells the story of Rattler’s journey while walking 1,800 miles from Houston, TX, to Los Angeles, CA, to raise awareness for homelessness. Noah’s Walk tells the story of real life heroism as a young man who makes a decision to impact the life of others.

million people experience homelessness in a given year. Noah believes his walk has had a positive impact in favor of the homeless population and by writing Noah’s Walk he and Nekisha are encouraging others to make a difference. “Noah’s story is one of self-sacrifice. He was not homeless, yet he identified a major problem in today’s society and did something to help. I’ve witnessed the fruit of the many seeds that Noah planted because of his journey. I’m sure that the Noah’s Walk children’s book will also touch the hearts of many,” Pickney said. Noah Rattler hails from Houston, Texas, where he graduated from John E. Codwell Elementary. When he isn’t raising awareness for homelessness, Noah spends his time coming up with plans to save the

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world!!! Or, at least make it a betterplace. Noah enjoys long walks through the desert, riding hisbike in freezing rain, hashtags and other mysteries of the universe. For those so inclined, contact him @ www.twitter.com/NoahRattler Nekisha Pickney is from Houston, Texas, and is a published author, freelance writer, poet and best of all she is the mother of three wonderful children! When she is not solving the mysteries of motherhood, Nekisha writes. Nekisha’s mission is to shine light and spread life all over creation by using words. More of Nekisha Pickney’s work can be found on her website where she can also be contacted @ http:// freeheartoftruth.com/.

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