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Message to the people...

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Sometimes you need help sharing a message. Gary Bledsoe and Luis Vera are tackling an issue that we all need to be more knowledgeable about. In addition to addressing an important issue, these two strong voices are showing the power of unifying: Texas is changing rapidly. The 2010 Census revealed that we are becoming a more diverse state, with more diverse interests. Last week a three-judge panel released the final set of voting maps in what has been a protracted redistricting debate. The Texas NAACP and LULAC believe that these interim maps violate the Voting Rights Act by ignoring demographic realities and short-changing racial and ethnic minorities. It is time for Texas’ voting maps to reflect the state of Texas today. The 2010 Census revealed that 10 years of population growth had earned Texas four Cheryl Smith new seats in the United States Congress. 65% of recent growth came from Latinos, and 14% came from African Americans. These two groups now comprise just under half of Texas’s voting age population. Any new map should reflect this minority growth and counterbalance discrimination in the state’s current map, where only 11 out of 32 seats are responsive to minority interests.

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Unfortunately, the redistricting process has been overly politicized and anything but fair. Last summer the Texas legislature unveiled a plan that actively diluted minority voting strength. After a lawsuit, a federal panel proposed an interim plan with 13 seats responsive to minority interests. This was less than ideal, but is a compromise we were willing to live with.

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However, the State of Texas appealed the panel’s decision, and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it. This week, the panel released a compromise plan that hews far too closely to the legislature’s original offer. The so-called “compromise" creates a net gain of zero Latino districts, fractures black neighborhoods, and strands thousands of black voters in White-dominated districts. Districts 23 and 27 have been lost, possibly forever. The plan does create a new Latino district in Dallas Fort-Worth, but it comes at the detriment of all other Latinos and African Americans in Texas.

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In fact, because of Texas’ four new seats in Congress, this plan actually decreases the percentage of minority opportunity districts from 34.4% to 30.5%. With majority voters controlling at least 25 of 36 Congressional seats, the plan designates 70% of the total seats for less than 40% of the population – hardly a course correction. Last week the NAACP and LULAC joined other groups in challenging this plan in a Washington, DC federal court. We believe that these maps violate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment, by reducing minority voting strength and intentionally discriminating against racial and ethnic minority voters. Fortunately, we believe there is a fair solution. In many parts of Texas, African Americans and Latinos frequently live close to each other and have been shown to have similar experiences and engage in political cooperation. In our filing to the DC court this week, we cited the 5th Circuit precedent that minority groups may be considered together in the creation of coalition districts, as long as evidence establishes that those communities have similar interests and generally work together to elect the candidate of their choice.

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Putting this precedent into practice, we believe that three additional minority coalition seats could be drawn in Dallas, Harris and Tarrant Counties, based on the cooperative behavior of the African American and Latino communities based there. This would be in addition to the six Latino districts in South and West Texas, the Latino opportunity district now in Harris County, the coalition opportunity district in Travis County and the three current African-American opportunity districts. That adds up to at least 14 Congressional Districts responsive to the interests of minorities.

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As the state redraws its political boundaries, the NAACP and LULAC are working to protect the interests of those voters who need protection the most. Given the recent demographic shifts in Texas, we believe that the 11 minority opportunity districts currently offered in the compromise plan are simply not sufficient. We hope that the DC court will recognize the injustice inherent in this plan. Gary Bledsoe is President of the NAACP Texas State Conference. Luis Vera is General Counsel of LULAC.

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2012 On the Campaign Trail Host relaunches “Register To Speak Out!” Voter Registration Campaign

partners of the campaign. Register To Speak Out! is a trademark of CWC Entertainment Group L.L.C. “After careful review the past year, it’s safe to say that the 2012 elections have zeroed-in on important issues that affect young people like education and jobs,” said Mr. Tucker, founder of Register To Speak Out! “I created this initiative in 2008 after noticing I was surrounded by peers that didn’t care to vote but complained about the government and the issues that faced the country. With my partners Charles “City” Gbadebo & CJ Johnson, we’ll do our part to once again educate north Texans and express the importance of registering to speak out through the voting process.” The relaunch of Register To Speak Out! will coincide with the 5th Annual Dallas Greek Picnic Weekend 2012 taking place May 31 – June 3. The four day affair will bring together over 5,000-plus alumni, college members and friends of the “Noble Nine” Greek-letter organizations in the Southwestern region of the United States. The annual tradition is part of a business initiative to revitalize the southern sector of Dallas and its surrounding communities with high-profile events. For more info visit RegisterToSpeakOut.org or call 877.998.4623 ext. 3.

Former Congressman Frost endorses Chris Turner for HD 101 DALLAS -- Syndicated Radio Personality & Humanitarian Vincent “Heartbreak” Tucker proudly announces the relaunch of the Register To Speak Out! voter registration campaign beginning Thursday, May 31, 2012. As a registration partner of the country’s largest non-partisan voting organization Rock the Vote, Register To Speak Out! returns to promote civic engagement and activism amongst North Texas youth as the country approaches the most important Presidential Election of alltime. Founded in February 2008, the nonpartisan initiative increases voter participation amongst North Texans by using music & entertainment to make voting relevant. Through voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote events, the campaign gives young people the tools to identify, explore and take actions on issues that affect the future of the United States of America. On the campaign’s website www.RegisterToSpeakOut.org, links and resources to read about the issues, where to vote, supporters of the campaign plus provides the ability to register to vote using a secure voter registration widget powered by Rock the Vote are provided. Previous and current supporters of the Register To Speak Out! include Comedian/Radio Personality Roy Wood Jr., National R&B Singer Dondria, Radio Personality/Entertainer Skip Cheatham & Model/Actress Tae Heckard of BET scripted series “The Game.” KBFB-FM 97.9 The Beat (Radio One) & Fishbowl Radio Network join Rock The Vote as PAGE 4

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ARLINGTON – Former Congressman Martin Frost has endorsed Chris Turner for state representative in the upcoming Democratic primary. Frost served District 101 in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 2005. “I am proud to give Chris Turner my full support and endorsement to Chris Turner for State Representative. I know Chris well, and he is a committed, lifelong Democrat who will work tirelessly for all the families of Arlington and Grand Prairie,” Mr. Frost said. “Chris is the kind of legislator that we need in Austin – someone who works hard and is willing to stand up for Texas families, stand up for Texas workers, stand up for veterans, and stand up for equality and justice for all. Chris won’t hesitate to take on Rick Perry and the Tea Party Republicans to protect our public schools and working families,” he continued. “I am truly honored to have the endorsement and support of Congressman Frost,” said Mr. Turner. “Voters know and trust Martin because of the incredible representation he provided in Congress, and because he is such a highly respected Democratic leader in our district and across the country. I am so proud to have his support in this campaign.” Mr. Turner’s wife, Lisa, was a longtime top advisor to Mr. Frost; she managed two of his campaigns and served as his

top Arlington staff member for a decade. With early voting for the Democratic primary underway, Mr. Turner’s campaign clearly has the momentum in the race. Mr. Frost Martin Frost joins an extensive list of District 101 residents, organizations and associations in backing the Turner campaign, which is endorsed by 63 percent of the Democratic precinct chairs in the district. The Texas State Teachers Association, the Texas American Federation of Teachers, the Tejano Democrats of North Texas, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the Texas Medical Association TEXPAC, the Texas Hospital Association HOSPAC, Teamsters Local 745 DRIVE Committee, Arlington Professional Firefighters Local 1329, the Arlington Police Association, the Metroplex Democrats of Arlington, and Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas have all endorsed Mr. Turner. A lifelong Democrat who has worked to elect Democrats across Texas, Mr. Turner and his wife, Lisa, lived in South Arlington for nearly a decade, and their children attended Summit High School in South Arlington. The Turners now live in south Grand Prairie. While serving in the state legislature from 2009 to 2011, his priorities included reforming the insurance system to protect the interests of consumers, expanding veterans’ benefits, fighting for better funding for public schools, making college more affordable, strengthening DWI laws to protect families from repeat offenders, and lowering utility rates.

Veasey stands with North Texas working families (Fort Worth) – The Veasey for Congress (TX-33) campaign Marc Veasey concluded a press conference in which Representative Marc Veasey was joined by former Congressman Martin Frost and large group of union workers to address an opponents’ disparaging comments about General Motors. As reported in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Domingo Garcia said at a recent candidate forum, “I don’t have any confidence in General Motors.” He then went on to say that the vehicles built at the GM plant Arlington are “not good for America.” About 15 years ago, the GM Plant in Arlington nearly closed. Thanks in large part to the efforts of Governor Ann Richards, Congressman Marc Veasey and the local labor leadership, the plant was kept open and is now, just a couple of years after the President kept GM from going bankrupt, the plant is as healthy as it has been in years. “I’m kind of old to be shocked. But, I must say I was shocked to hear about !

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how Domingo Garcia does not seem to understand or care about the jobs here at GM and the importance of this plant. The last thing North Texas needs is a Congressman who says he ‘doesn’t have confidence’ in General Motors and thinks the automobiles built here are ‘not good for America,’” said Congressman Frost. In addition to his comments about GM, Garcia also disparaged two of North Texas’ largest employers – Lockheed Martin and American Airlines. When asked if he supported the F-35 fighter built by Lockheed Martin, the 6th largest employer in North Texas, Garcia answered, “no.” Garcia referred to American Airlines, the largest employer in North Texas, as “reprehensible” in the context of their bankruptcy leaving thousands of jobs of risk. “Anyone who, like me, grew up in Fort Worth, knows how important major manufacturing and union jobs are at GM, at American Airlines and at Lockheed,” said Rep. Veasey. “I know one of my most important jobs in Congress will be to stand with you and work with you to protect the jobs in our area and to protect your rights as American workers.”

Veasey campaign closes strong fundraising period The congressional campaign of State Representative Marc Veasey (TX-33) today reported raising $126,504.39 for the period with $104,983.20 cash on hand. This brings the Veasey campaign’s total amount raised for the cycle to $300,412.30. In the previous fundraising period Rep. Veasey out-raised all opponents and had more individual donors. Following the close of that period, <r. Veasey gained the endorsements of both the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The following is a statement from CD33 candidate State Representative Marc Veasey: “The strength of our fundraising and the turnout during early voting combined give us great reason for optimism. Every day my campaign is reaching out to voters and getting positive feedback about my message of fighting for strong public schools, access to quality healthcare and greater economic opportunity. Despite all the attacks from my opponents, I plan to keep focused on talking to voters about building a stronger economy that provides opportunity for all.”

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

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Asleep with your eyes open Am I the only one who has wondered about the actions of some people where it appears like the person is sleepwalking? There are times when I pick up a newspaper or turn on a news report and hear some of the most shocking stories of people doing things to other people who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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It appears that we have little or no conscience at all. Elderly men and women are disregarded and being made to feel useless, irrelevant or just too much trouble. What are we becoming? Or who are we becoming? I feel sometimes that it’s too much to ask a person just to act cordial towards others and not be so selfish. If it seems as if I’m venting that would be correct. I hate the fact that any young adult or child in our community can recite word for word some of the most vulgar socalled rap songs but can’t tell you how many letters are in the alphabet. In the world we live in today, time is something we take for granted but always want more of. Why should we be given more time to play around with our lives and not work to change ourselves for the better? Many believe in what is called “Divine Judgment” and many others do not believe in this concept. I will only point out some seemingly obvious things that are taking place in front of our faces. The upcoming presidential election is very important to the future of this country, but it is even more important for the people who live in this country to begin taking life much more seriously. If President Obama is re-elected he can only do the business of running the country for those who actually run this country, the rich! We, who are not rich, can become rich and control our destiny if we would only unite with the folks who are walking around asleep with their eyes open waiting for someone to snap their fingers and say, “Awake you mighty nation, you can accomplish what you will!” I MESSENGER wants you to SPEAK YOUR MIND! Is there something on your mind? Is there something we should be thinking about? Your thoughts are welcomed on the opinion pages of I Messenger! We would love to hear from you. Send your thoughts to us at www.myimessenger.com along with your photo, a contact number and a brief bio. Submissions should not exceed 300 words. PAGE 6

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With Liberty and Justice for All: The Black Church & Same Sex Marriage CLINTON, Md., -- The legitimacy of same sex following is a statement by marriage as a religious Rev. Delman Coates, Ph.D., rite, but that question is Senior Pastor, Mt. Ennon more appropriate for a Baptist Church: different arena; the As an African-American theological seminary, the pastor and clergy leader, I pulpit, or the Bible study am frequently asked how I group, for example. In have been able to support the public policy arena, civil marriage protection the issue is simply f o r g a y a n d l e s b i a n Rev. Delman Coates, Ph.D. whether gay and lesbian couples. couples deserve the After listening to same rights and civil Christians debate their support of or liberties as other American citizens. their opposition to homosexuality, I For me, the answer to that question came to the conclusion that one's is a resounding "yes." As a nation, we personal religious beliefs should have have always held that the ideals of our no bearing in determining whether Constitution supersede subjective other American citizens deserve equal religious beliefs and views. One's treatment under the law. For too long personal religious beliefs about the question of equal rights for gays homosexuality should not be the basis and lesbians has been mired in a for determining whether same gender theological debate that in my opinion loving couples deserve equal treatis not suitable in a public policy ment under the law. discussion. To do so establishes a discriminatory The issue of civil marriage rights for and dangerous public policy precedent gay and lesbian couples is an issue of that potentially threatens the civil public policy, not theology. liberties of all people. As a Christian The role of the State in a free minister, I believe my role is to live in democratic society is fundamentally my faith, not to legislate it, and as different than the role of the Church, long as the State does not seek to or any religious institution for that regulate the Church, the Church matter. The role of the State in a should not seek to regulate the State. pluralistic society is to provide for the Civil marriage protection for gay common good and to protect the civil and lesbian couples in no way liberties of all its citizens. infringes upon the right of religious As a Christian in this country, I value bodies to define religious marriage as my religious freedom, but I also they see fit based upon their recognize that I cannot impose my traditions, doctrine, and scriptural religious beliefs on others in matters interpretations. of public policy. Religious institutions have always It is completely legitimate for acknowledged the role of the State to people of faith to debate the moral provide civil marriage for all citizens

regardless of their belief system or religious background. Every union acknowledged by the State, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is a civil marriage, and is not synonymous with religious marriage. Civil marriages, therefore, do not have the power to determine, delimit, or define how religious institutions treat marriage based upon their own values, beliefs, and scriptural interpretations. Religious marriage is solely province of a community of faith, and there is no legislative act that can be imposed upon faith communities to acknowledge, sanction, or perform. Just as the State has no jurisdiction over the theological beliefs, practices, and ordinances of any house of worship, religious institutions should not seek to restrict equal opportunity to others in matters of public policy. While there are a range of theological views about same sex marriage, all Americans can stand united under the banner of extending civil liberties and justice to all citizens. People of faith will not allow their theological diversity on this or other issues to be exploited for political gain. The welfare of our nation rests upon growing our economy, preserving the social safety nets for the poor and the elderly, and creating a civil society of mutuality, tolerance, and respect. The Rev. Delman Coates, Ph.D. is the Senior Pastor of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD, www.mtennon.org.

LDF successfully defends heart of the Voting Rights Act NEW YORK, For the second time in the past year, a federal court in Washington, D.C. upheld the constitutionality of the heart of the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. The case, Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, involved a challenge to the Section 5 "preclearance" provision of the Voting Rights Act, which requires states and jurisdictions with some of the worst histories of voting discrimination, such as Alabama, to have all voting changes reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice or D.C. District Court to ensure they are free from discrimination. In rejecting this challenge, Judge Tatel, writing for the majority, ruled that Congress appropriately extended the protections of the preclearance requirement in 2006 for 25 more years: "After thoroughly scrutinizing the record and given that overt racial discrimination persists in covered jurisdictions notwithstanding decades of section 5 preclearance, we, like the district court, are satisfied that

Congress's judgment deserves judicial deference." "Today's ruling is the latest in an unbroken line of cases upholding the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act's most effective protection," said Debo P. Adegbile, LDF Interim President and Director-Counsel. "Some have questioned whether the protection is still needed. The recent efforts to suppress minority voters make it crystal clear that we still need this core voter protection. Section 5 promotes political inclusion against persisting attempts to practice exclusion." In the face of substantial evidence showing continued efforts to discriminate against minority voters, Section 5 was reauthorized by a bipartisan majority of Congress in 2006. More recently, in a 2009 case argued by LDF, Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, the Supreme Court issued an 8-to-1 ruling that left Section 5's important protections intact. LDF intervened in the Shelby County case to defend Section 5 on !

behalf of several African American community leaders and voters in Shelby County, including Councilman Ernest Montgomery. In 2006, the City of Calera, which lies within Shelby County, enacted a discriminatory redistricting plan without complying with Section 5, leading to the loss of the city's sole African-American councilman, Ernest Montgomery. Because of Section 5, however, Calera was required to draw a nondiscriminatory redistricting plan and conduct another election in which Mr. Montgomery regained his seat. "Section 5's critical role as our democracy's discrimination check point is as vital as ever," said Ryan Haygood, Director of LDF's Political Participation Group. "Right now, even as it is under attack, the Voting Rights Act is preventing discriminatory redistricting schemes like the one at issue in this case, and voting measures strategically launched in advance of the 2012 elections from being implemented. Without Section 5, there would be more discrimination." !

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Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation raises over $7000 at annual gala

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Marjorie and Steve Harvey with BET President Debra Lee. NEW YORK, NY – On May 14, 2012 at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street, multi-faceted entertainer Steve Harvey, along with his wife/philanthropist Marjorie Harvey, and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien co-hosted the Screen Gems Presents The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala. This year’s gala raised over $700,000 to support The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men and the Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend. In its third year, the gala was a rousing night full of laughs, inspiration and more, including a rare comedic set from the legendary Bill Cosby and a performance from the dynamic Rachelle Ferrell. A night of laughs, entertainment and a stirring call to action from the Harveys and O’Brien, the evening recognized the honorees for their powerful actions in serving youth and inspiring social change. Says Steve and Marjorie Harvey, “We continue to be inspired by the generosity shown by all the friends and supporters who came out for this amazing night. Anyone has the power to make a PAGE 7

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difference, and we are so grateful for this support, to continue empowering the futures of young men and women around the world.” Over 400 friends, family members and supporters on hand including Gayle King (CBS This Morning anchor), Terrence J (host of BET’s 106 & Park), actor Romany Malco, actress/model Selita Ebanks, Hollywood producer Will Packer (Think Like A Man) and more to applaud honorees Richard and Kyle Petty, BET’s Debra Lee, Capital Prep Magnet School Founder Dr. Steve Perry, and Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee, who were all recognized with The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation’s Helping Hand Award. The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala was sponsored by Screen Gems (Title Sponsor), Essence Magazine (Print Sponsor), with additional support from The Coca-Cola Company, Neiman Marcus, Black Entertainment Television (BET), and Ford Motor Company.

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Dick Gregory protege pens powerful Occupy Movement Song A young musician whose activism and devotion to the Occupy Movement mimic that of his mentor and hero Dick Gregory, has composed a powerful song and video that has energized protestors at past rallies. Since the video captures dramatic footage of confrontations between Occupiers and law enforcement, protestors will utilize it during the upcoming NATO Summit as a reminder to be vigilant and to deploy nonviolent tactics in dealing with police. The song and video have won acclaim from Mr. Gregory, Occupiers and generated over 1 million downloads because it powerfully captures the message of the Movement. Titled "OhNo," and written by Chicago native William "Wril" Brown, the spirited, poignant, rhythmic video and edgy inyour-face tune can be downloaded at www.ohnorevolution.com A dynamic young lyricist, Brown penned the tune while in jail after being arrested - along with Mr. Gregory during an Occupy protest against BP. Described as "Music from the Heartbeat of the Revolution," Malik Yusef, a Grammy-Award winning songwriter and producer has joined other music critics in praising the tune and comparing its power to "We Shall Overcome" and the other call-to-action music from the Civil Rights Movement. Embodying the frustrations of the 99%, "Oh No!" eloquently captures the passion and message of the Occupy Movement and features Wril, Mr. Gregory and hip-hop artist Truth.

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Since first being introduced, the video has galvanized youth Occupiers and other protestors during rallies in Greensboro, North Carolina and in Atlanta. With over 100,000 private views, the videotune is quickly emerging as the anthem of the Occupy Movement. Mr. Gregory, who is hailed as "the original Occupier" because of his legacy of protest during the Civil Rights Movement, has been trumpeting the video for its dynamism and its powerful message. "Wril's video highlights the breadth, depth and heart of Occupy Wall Street and other Oh-No movements across the country," said Mr. Gregory. It was on the strength of his admiration of Mr. Gregory that Wril immersed himself deeper in the protest movement. When he first met Mr. Gregory, he said he developed a deep connection with the legendary comedian-turned-activist. He joined Mr. Gregory in his protest against BP for not providing financial compensation to the poor Gulf residents who were victims of BP's gross negligence -- though BP had earned billions of dollars in profits. Wril was arrested alongside the long-time activist when they staged a protest at British Petroleum's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The goal was to focus attention on the plight of the many lives and businesses that were devastated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion. Singer/songwriter Wril was so stirred by the injustice surrounding the

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crisis that, similar to the epiphany that sparked Dr. King to write his letters from a Birmingham jail, Wril was also inspired to pen the song "Oh No!" while in jail following the BP arrest. The quick-paced video captures the passion, angst and overall message of the Occupy Movement in dramatic footage. Among the scenes captured in the four-minute "docutune" are the arrests, the hauling off to jail of members and the highly-controversial pepper spraying of young innocent protestors who were silently voicing

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their protests during a sit-in at the University of California - Davis. Pictured silently sitting while being sprayed, the act elicited worldwide outrage and symbolized the force that authorities have wielded in the face of non-violent peaceful protests. In compelling musical snippets, the video dramatically spans the country depicting the outrage of the Occupy Movement. The video underscores the energy and the transformation from despair to defiance of the 99% who see the banking policies as being destructive of the aspirations and hopes of those considered outside of the power network and who are victimized by the policies of the 1%. "I have always wanted my music to express who I am as a person, to reflect my strong feelings about injustice and inspire others to take action to better our lives," says Wril. Legendary activist Dick Gregory said: "The gifted young songwriter and vocalist Wril has a spirit of activism and social consciousness that harkens back to those revolutionaries and freedom fighters from the '60 and '70s whose brave sacrifices helped bring about the landmark changes of the Civil Rights Movement. "With strong and committed activists like Wril acting as drum majors for justice, freedom and equality," Mr. Gregory continued. "The Occupy Movement will achieve all of its lofty goals and mirror the success we enjoyed during the Civil Rights Era."

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Eggs & Issues - on Education

EDUCATION NOTES

In the latest of several very informative sessions hosted by Texas State Sen. Royce West (D-TX) and moderated by KERA’s Shelley Kofler, education was the topic featuring: Robert Scott, Texas Commissioner of Education; Mavis Knight , State Board of Education Trustee; Taylor D. August, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Education; Office for Civil Rights;

Ammons: Marching '100' Stays Suspended By FAMUAN Staff

Florida A&M President James H. Ammons said Monday that the university's famed Marching "100" will stay suspended throughout the 2012-2013 school year following the hazing-turned-homicide that killed drum major Robert Champion in November. He was talking to the university's board of trustees when he unveiled plans for the band's future after news broke last week that three of the 11 persons allegedly involved in the felony hazing that killed Champion were not students at FAMU.  Champion was "pummeled to death" on Nov. 19, 2011, the night of the annual Florida Classic football game in Orlando, according to State Attorney Lamar Lawson in announcing charges against 13 people in Champion's death. Since then, all 11 of the defendants have surrendered to authorities in Florida, Georgia and Delaware. The extended suspension comes on the eve of the university's 125th anniversary celebration in October. The Marching "100" are among the highlights of games during FAMU's football season and homecoming celebrations.  The university had put on hold all ne w memberships for clubs and organizations for the Spring 2012 s e m e s t e r. FA M U h a s n o t y e t announced its plans for membership for the upcoming semester. Former band director Julian White said last week that bringing the band back would "not be prudent" until reforms happen. 

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Taylor D. August, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Education, Mavis Knight , State Board of Education Trustee and Office for Civil Rights and Robert Scott, Texas Commissioner of Education.

DeSoto ISD Supt. Dr. David Harris, Dallas ISD Supt. Dr. Mike Miles and Cedar Hill ISD Superintendent - Horace Williams.

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Citizens lined up to ask questions of panelists

Sen. Royce West (D-TX) addresses the attendees

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Who's Who Publishing Company will celebrate the achievements of African Americans in the metro Dallas area with the release of the inaugural edition of Who's Who in Black Dallas®. Hosting an unveiling reception that will take place Thursday, May 24, 2012, this publication will highlight an array of individuals such as Ken Carter, president/CEO of Focus Communications, Ann Williams,

president/CEO of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dr. Harry Robinson, president of African American Museum and many others. Held at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas Convention Center Theater Complex, 650 S. Griffin St., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., this event will honor interesting personalities, living legends, and individuals who

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have made a positive impact on the city of Dallas. Joining the celebration for the inaugural edition will be radio host Tom Joyner as the introduction writer and H. Ron White, managing partner of White Wiggins, LLC as the foreword writer. "I'm honored to have been asked to participate in this historic collectable edition of Who's Who

in Black Dallas®. I have spent the majority of my radio career working and living in the Dallas and I'm always glad to be part of something that celebrates the achievements of African Americans." "We are excited to launch the inaugural edition of Who's Who in Black Dallas® and are equally excited to have Tom Joyner penning the introduction for this historic edition and H. Ron White writing the foreword," says Hiram Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media. "Their impact on the progression of the African American community goes hand in hand with the commitment and vision of Who's Who Publishing."   Who's Who Publishing Company highlights the achievements of African Americans and other minority groups across the country through its brand of Who's Who publications and signature events.  Who's Who Publishing Company is a subsidiary of Real Times Media, one of the leading sources of African-American related news, entertainment and lifestyle Bounce TV to pay Tribute to Donna Summer on Fri. Bounce TV (http://www.bouncetv.com), the nation's first and only broadcast television network for African Americans, will pay tribute to the legendary Donna Summer with "Bounce TV Remembers Donna Summer," featuring an episode of Soul Train and her film Thank God It's Friday this Friday, May 18 beginning at 8:00 p.m.EST "Bounce TV Remembers Donna Summer" will feature her memorable Soul Train episode from 1976 in which she performs "Winter Melody" and "Spring Affair," as well as her role in the classic disco film Thank God It's Friday, which features the songs "Love to Love You Baby," "Try with Your Love," "Je T'aime," and "Last Dance."

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HAIR and SCALP DOCTOR Dr. Amerson stresses importance of healthy living By Cheryl Smith I Messenger

If you are losing your hair, bothered by an itchy scalp or avoiding wearing dark colors because of the unsightly flakes that appear on your clothing, noted doctor of Trichology Linda Amerson can probably diagnose your problem and prescribe the appropriate remedy. During a recent visit with aspiring journalists, Dr. Amerson introduced the students to a word they admittedly had never heard of -- alopecia. One young man was visibly shaken when after viewing his comb, Dr. Amerson confiscated it and told him why he should never use a comb in the condition of the one that she packed away--probably to use as “exhibit A” in another session. The pictures she showed on the screen, of combs and brushes that damage your hair, were no match for the student’s comb, where the few remaining teeth were bent or broken. “You should never use combs like this on your hair,” she told the group, as they laughed goodnaturedly at the contraband. An expert on hair and scalp disorders, Dr. Amerson travels the world lecturing on keeping a healthy scalp, so she’s not dismayed when she runs across audiences that are clueless about alopecia. Instead, she observes the nodding of heads and increased levels of interest when she explains that alopecia is just a technical word for a condition that is a cause of concern for millions of sufferers daily. Whether its the first time too much hair appears in your comb or on your pillowcase, or you “suddenly” notice a bald spot on your head, the tell-tale signs of hair loss are all unpleasant. Enter Dr. Amerson, the magna cum laude graduate from the Accredited International Institute of Trichology in Madison, AL, and you’re on your way to a healthier PAGE 11

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Area middle and high school, and college students participating in the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists Urban Journalism Workshop visit with Dr. Linda Amerson, an expert on alopecia/hair loss. PHOTO CREDIT: DEIDRE HARRIS

scalp, once you get past the microscopic analysis and Dr. Amerson’s expert diagnosis. Getting that all-important analysis, she told students, could help determine what is going on in their bodies. “Your hair is a barometer of imbalances in your systems and we can find out a lot about what’s going on with you by analyzing your hair,” she said, as she cautioned against not only making sure that the teeth in combs or the bristles in brushes are not too small or damaged, but also making sure your combs and brushes are clean and replaced at intervals. “Dirty brushes and combs can spread disease and also contribute to hair loss.” It is important, she noted, that even when you go to the hair salon or barber shop, that you make sure that sanitized equipment is being used and the combs and brushes are in excellent condition. “To transfer disease all you need is for a person to have an open sore on their scalp and the same unsterilized brush or comb applied to your scalp, and there you have it,” she cautioned. Then too there are other factors that should be of concern, she pointed out as she stressed the importance of eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water.

Nutrition is important, she said, adding that overconsumption of salt and sugar, as well as spicy foods can contribute to a poor scalp. Shampooing and conditioning are important, too, but if you aren’t eating properly, you can expect your hair and skin to be impacted significantly, she continued. The message she shared with students that day is one that she has shared in numerous interviews, columns and speaking appearances. Her work in the office, around the world and with numerous organizations and non-profits, has gained her notoriety and several awards. Whether she is working with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Cornerstone Baptist Church or Hurricane Katrina survivors and Rainbow Room for Foster Children, Dr. Amerson is always on the move. Giving her expert tips and instruction, her articles are featured regularly in Trendsetters To Trendsetters, Essence, Sister 2 Sister, The National Hair Journal, Heart and Soul, Black Hair Care, Salon Sense, Upscale, Encore, Expo Styles, Equanimity, Epitome, Trendy Africa,and Cargo Magazine. In addition to receiving a Texas Senate Proclamation from Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas), she has been honored by most recently with the Women Trailblazers in Business !

Award by the Delta Phi Chapter of Gamma Phi Delta, Sorority a national business sorority, honored Dr. Amerson and the Pink Award by perfected Magazine at their 2012 Top 100 Professionals and Leaders Award Show, where women whose influence, integrity, longevity, expertise and excellence is unmatched and who have exhibited five or more years of experience in their area of expertise, were honored. Additionally she will join others.like PR guru Ken Carter, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s founder Ann Williams and African American Museum Director Dr. Harry Robinson in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Dallas, which “documents the significant accomplishments and outstanding achievements of minority professionals.” Dr. Amerson and the rest of those feature will be feted at a book unveiling and reception on May 24, 2012 at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas, TX. So what’s next on the horizon for the doctor who understands what hair means to some cultures? Well she’s already the manufacturer of Dr. Amerson's ™ Hair, Scalp and Skin Therapeutic Essentials, LLC and in an effort to “continue growing her product line,” she has added Dr. Amerson's Educational CD & DVD Series and Leather Accessories. Then June 1 is the deadline, but there’s still time for someone 6-18 to enter the Alopecia Essay Contest to win a FREE Cruise for the child and one parent on the Alopecia Awareness Cruise, Sept 10-15, 2012. In what is slated to be an educational, but also fun-filled event, the Alopecia Awareness Cruise still has availability and whether you are sporting natural or processed locks, or even a bald head; she just wants you healthy! For a consultation or to arrange for your scalp analysis, give the doctor a call at 817.265.8854 or log on www.hairandscalpessentials.com. No wonder she’s among the Who’s Who!

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IN MEMORIAM LaDonna Adrian Gaines December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012

LaDonna Adrian Gaines was born on December 31, 1948 in Boston MA to Andrew and Mary Gaines. The third of seven children. (One boy and six girls), Donna Summer died of cancer in her Florida home on May 17, 2012. She was married briefly in the early 70s to Helmut Sommer, with whom she had one child - Mimi Sommer. She later married songwriter Bruce Sudano with whom she has two children, Brooklyn and Amanda Grace Sudano. Donna is grandmother to Vienna Lynn Adrianna Dohler and Savannah Grace Dohler (Mimi's daughters.) Over the years Donna has maintained homes in Los Angeles, Connecticut and New York, but she and her family have homes in Tennessee, Florida and New York City In 1968 Donna left home to join the German production of Hair. In 1974 Donna had her first European hit with The Hostage. In 1975 Donna had her first American hit with Love To Love You Baby. Donna has written or co-written a significant number of her hits and album tracks. PAGE 12

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Remembering the Queen of Disco and Godfather of GoGo In 1980, Donna became the first artist to sign with the newly formed Geffen records. Donna is also an accomplished painter whose works sell for thousands and thousands of dollars.Last Dance won an Academy Award for best Song from a Motion Picture in 1978. (Note, while Donna sang the song - the award went to the songwriter, Paul Jabara) It also earned a Golden Globe Award. Donna was the only artist ever to guest host Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Donna is the first female artist to have three number one singles in one year. She is the only artist to date to have three number one double albums in a row. To date, Donna has racked up 11 gold albums and 3 platinum albums (2 of which went double platinum). Additionally, she has had 12 gold singles and 2 platinum singles. (Check out www.riaa.com for a complete list of certifications.) Donna has had 14 top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and 4 of those reached number 1. She picked up three American Music Awards in 1979 for Favorite Female Vocal Pop or Rock, Favorite Single Pop or Rock (Bad Girls), and Favorite Female Vocalist for Soul Music. In 1980 Donna received the NAACP Image Award. In 1992 Donna was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her most recent CD, Live & More

Encore yielded back to back number 1 dance hits and was certified gold in Spain. She is currently eligible for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and was nominated for the first time in 2007 (for the class of 2008). In 2008, she became the only artist to have a number 1 dance hit in every decade since the 1970s.

Chuck Brown Godfather of GoGo August 22, 1936 - May 16, 2012 “The Godfather of Go Go,” Chuck Brown is the undisputed sole founder and creator Go-Go music, a hypnotically danceable genre deeply rooted in funk and soul that he developed in the early 70’s , and the only form of expressive culture to originate in the District of Columbia. Foreshadowing rap and many of the major popular R&B styles of the past three decades, Chuck's signature style earned him a place in American musical royalty. This esteem was maintained by the reputation of his legendary live shows, heavy on audience participation and built around “the beat” to create an unparalleled non-stop party atmosphere. While searching for a sound to call his own in the 1960s, Chuck was deeply inspired by artists like James Brown. He latched onto the Latin percussion groove from the band he played with at the time, Los Latinos. Combining this with his roots, his love of blues, jazz, gospel, soul, and African rhythms, Chuck began to develop his own unique sound. Starting out playing top forty, Brown would break-it-down between songs with percussion and audience call and response, and keep the music going, and the dance floor packed. His first hit was “We the People” on the debut album of the same name in 1972. Next came the album Salt of the Earth, with the hit “Blow Your Whistle” (sampled by Grammy winner Eve in 2007 in her hit “Tambourine”), and one of the most sampled break beats of ALL time from “Ashley’s Roach Clip” (including Eric B and Rakim, LL Cool J and countless others). In 1978, the Soul Searchers became Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and Chuck’s original composition “Bustin’ Loose” took the #1 spot in Billboard, on Source/MCA Records. The song was used in Grammy winner Nelly’s 2002 smash “Hot in Herre,” and continues to be one of the most relevant and often sampled funk songs ever written (“Bustin’ Loose” is currently featured in a national television campaign for Chips Ahoy). After substantial touring across the US, but no money to show for his success, Chuck found himself looking for inspiration. He found it in his next hit, the Billboard charting “We Need Some Money,” which propelled him around the world again. Brown then revisited his love of jazz and created the “Go Go Swing Medley,” introducing people around the world to classics by Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, and James Moody, spun in Chuck’s inimitable way. Released independently and later on Polygram Records, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers once again reached an international audience through a 1985 at Holland’s North Seas Jazz Festival. In between sets by Curtis Mayfield and James Brown, Chuck !

schooled everyone on the genre he created. That same year, Chris Blackwell introduced the movie “Good to Go,” a much hyped but poor reflection of the scene. Nonetheless other artists, such as Salt N Pepa, Kurtis Blow, and Grace Jones, began incorporating his sound in their music. Brown continued to record, perform in the US, with stints in Europe and Japan in the nineties. After a string of live recordings, he met at the time an undiscovered, shy talent by the name of Eva Cassidy in the early nineties. His lifelong dream of singing with a lady, springing from his love of duets by the likes of Louis Armstrong with Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Eckstine with Sarah Vaughan, came to fruition with the critically acclaimed and worldwide release of “The Other Side” by Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy (which contained the original recording of the worldwide Eva Cassidy hit “Over the Rainbow”). He dedicated a jazz standards album to Ms. Cassidy after her tragic loss to cancer. In 2001, he released the Billboard charting “Your Game... Live at the 9:30 Club” which was voted as one of the top 10 albums of 2001 by Billboard’s R&B Editor, Rapper Chuck D and others. A live DVD came next, called “quite possibly the greatest live concert video/ DVD I have ever seen” by Murder Dog

Magazine. The same year a double remastered “Best Of” album was released. In 2006 the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Chuck a “Lifetime Heritage Fellowship,” the Federal Government’s highest honor for folk and traditional arts, and Chuck also performed at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. The following year his “We’re About the Business” CD debuted as the #1 independent album and #2 R&B album in Billboard. The National Visionary Leadership Project recognized Chuck’s contributions in shaping American history in 2007, joining previous honorees such as Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, BB King, and Eartha Kitt. Most recently Chuck has recorded with artists as diverse as Thievery Corporation, Brian Culbertson and Jeff Majors. A street in Washington DC was recently renamed “Chuck Brown Way.” !

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April, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. It meant a lot to be able to come back and take part in this. It was really an honor." He encourages fans to donate to June April's medical expenses at: http:/// welovejuneapril.moonfruit.com. Upcoming shows include a stop at the Tomorrowland festival in July in Belgium as well as a mix of South American, more European, and American dates through the summer. "Brazil is fun to play," he added. "The passion that the Brazilian audience brings is incredible. They really make me feel like Elvis there. English isn't their first language, but whenever I stop singing, they are singing back to me in perfect English and it's always a really powerful moment for me."

A Healthy You Massage Envy DFW to Sponsor Arthritis Walk Don't just talk the talk -- walk the walk Dallas Fort Worth, TX -- Massage Envy DFW is a sponsor the 2012 Dallas Arthritis Walk(R) on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Not only will Massage Envy DFW have a 40-person team of walkers representing Massage Envy, but event participants should look for the Massage Envy tent, where five licensed massage therapists will be performing chair massages and giving away 1,000 sun block sticks. "All of our employees are excited to be sponsoring this event and participating in the Arthritis Walk(R). Many of our clients live with arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, and come to Massage Envy for therapeutic massages to help them deal with the pain," says Lance O'Pry, Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Developer for Massage Envy, the leading provider of massage therapy in the United States. The Arthritis Walk(R), part of the Let's Move Together(R) movement, is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide signature event that supports public awareness and raises funds to fight arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. Joining the 2012 walk is a way to help improve the lives of the 50 million men, women and children with arthritis. The walk will be held at Park Central, located at 12700 Park Central in Dallas, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $49. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members can enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate. Log on to www.massageenvy.com to find the nearest Massage Envy clinic. All clinics are open seven days a week. Follow Massage Envy DFW on Facebook - www.facebook.com/ MassageDFW and Twitter www.twitter.com/MassageEnvyDFW.

Dance/Pop superstar helps raise money for cancerstricken friend ATLANTA- Chris Willis is having the year he's always wanted to have. He's crisscrossing the world playing his own shows for the first time in a long time. He's documenting his adventure through his lens. And, he's finally in a position to give back to those he loves. "The year isn't even halfway over, but it's been amazing," says the singer/ songwriter from Atlanta, who rose to stardom as the voice behind David Guetta's biggest hits, "Love Is Gone" and "Getting' Over You," but is now PAGE 13

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touring in support of his own hit-filled debut release, Premium (Songs From The Love Ship) Vol. 1. "We recently played Supermartxe in Madrid, Spain. I've been to Europe a million times before, but there was something special about this trip. First, I was touring for my own record, which means a lot to me. But, also there was just a magic in the air and an energy in this packed room that make it one of my favorite shows." Mr. Willis has been capturing this magic on tour with his lens and posting photos for fans on his Twitter @chriswillistwit and Facebook at www.facebook.com/chriswillismusic. "I'm so voracious with Twitter that every photo I take, I try to tweet out in real time and then have the photos uploaded to my Facebook too," he explains. "I've always been a shutterbug. My dad loved the camera when we were kids and I studied graphic design in school, so I've always loved visual images." He also recently played Hyde at the Bellagio in Sin City. "I love Las Vegas. It's probably one of my favorite places to play. The energy is great and people are really there to have a great time," he said. One such person was Billy Corgan, lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins, who was on hand to take in Mr. Willis' set. He will return to Vegas on July 14 for a performance at The Palms. Another special show this year was a benefit for a friend, who is battling cancer, during his annual college alumni weekend at Oakwood University on Easter weekend. The fundraising concert, "We Don't Like Cancer, BUT We Love June April," held at the Oakwood University Church in Huntsville, Alabama and broadcast on Praizevision.com, featured performances by Willis and other musical friends, such as opera singer Angela Brown and songwriter John Stoddart. "I made friends for life at college," he explained. "I haven't been to a reunion in years and I was invited to come and perform at this fundraising event for a dear friend of mine, June

Report documents climate change threats and absence of planning for communities of color WASHINGTON, DC – Communities of color in six southern and western states face a “perfect storm” of poor health, socioeconomic barriers and climate-related challenges, and many are being left out of government climate change and disaster planning activities, according to a report released today by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The report prepared by researchers at the Texas Health Institute, Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future, is the first to coalesce data and research across a range of demographic, health, environmental and climate-related measures for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. It examines state and local initiatives for climate change mitigation and adaptation, assessing the integration of vulnerable communities into the planning process. A WEBINAR to discuss the findings and recommendations of the report will take place on Monday May 21, at 3:30 p.m. EST/ 2:30 p.m. CST/ 12:30 p.m. PST. The webinar will include representatives from both the office of Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The researchers found that despite the fact that communities of color – which are already burdened by poverty, poor health conditions and lack of health care access – are especially susceptible to climate change threats, state and local leaders have generally failed to engage them and integrate their concerns into plans, programs and policies aimed at addressing climate change and its consequences. Funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service of the Department of !

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Agriculture, the report includes recommendations for integrating vulnerable populations and their needs in climate-change planning activities, as well as in communication, coordination and response related to extreme weather events. “This research found that state policies for dealing with the effects of climate change in the most vulnerable communities are generally lacking, and where they do exist their implementation is questionable,” said Ralph B. Everett, President and CEO of the Joint Center. “No state in this study has produced a comprehensive climate change adaptation plan, and economically vulnerable communities have been excluded from whatever planning initiatives are underway. This needs to change, and today’s report outlines how that can happen.” “We found that for many vulnerable and especially racially and ethnically diverse populations in the region, environmental crises are right around the corner or already at their door. But despite the heightened sense of alarm, states and many communities are ignoring these communities in their disaster planning and other initiatives,” said Dennis Andrulis, Ph.D., who led the project team that produced the report. “Laws on the books, commissions and projects to address environmental challenges offer opportunities from which to build. But in moving forward state and local officials must do a better job of making sure those most vulnerable are a core part of their plans and actions.” “This report has put forth some excellent recommendations for bringing communities of color into the process for dealing with the enormous threats that many of them face with regard to climate change and its expected impact,” said Danielle Deane, Director of the Joint Center’s Energy and Environment Program. “Their adoption at the state and local level will not only help save lives and improve conditions in these communities going forward, but a higher level of engagement will help take the entire planning process to a higher and more effective level, and that will be a good thing for all people living in these states.”

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Hunter receives Coveted Award Dallas-- Local

business owner and community leader Tiffaney Dale Hunter has been selected as a Collin County Business Press “40 Under 40” honoree for 2012. This inaugural class of top innovators and leaders will be honored during a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony taking place Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at the Hyatt Place in Garland. “It’s an honor to be recognized amongst this talented group of distinguished business and community leaders,” said Tiffaney Dale Hunter, President & CEO Tiffaney Dale Agency. “This coveted recognition serves as a great platform to continue using our unique leadership skills and talents to positively impact the community.” The Collin County Business Press “40 Under 40” award recognizes a diverse group of talented entrepreneurs, executives and community leaders who are making their mark with professional success and community involvement. Ms. Hunter, along with 39 additional “40 Under 40” award recipients, was selected by the partners and readers of the publication and will be honored during a dinner and awards ceremony taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at the Hyatt Place in Garland, Texas. Tickets are only $80 and tables of 10 are $700. For additional information, contact Mary Schlegel at mschlegel@bizpress.net or by calling 817-336-8300 ext. 120.

The first annual Collin County Business Press 40 Under 40 class has been announced. Thanks to the input of many of our partners and readers, we have selected some truly outstanding individuals. This year’s class will be honored on June 6 with a dinner and awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Place, 5101 North President George Bush Highway in Garland. For tickets and information contact Mary Schlegel at 817-336-8300 ext. 120 This year’s 40 Under 40 class is: Tiffany Appleby Eric Becker Heather Bowers Chad Bruce Damon Chronis Jason Claunch Tiffaney Dale Hunter Jessica Donnelli Ray Eckenrode PAGE 14

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Ms. Hunter has a lifelong commitment to professional development and community leadership. As the President and CEO of Tiffaney Dale Agency, she leads the TDA team in crafting signature and state-of-the-art public relations and marketing campaigns and signature events that leave longstanding impressions with measurable results. A highly respected communications and business strategist, her continued professionalism, attention to detail and innate ability to forge meaningful and lasting relationships has earned her the respect and credibility of both clients and peers in the industry. Prior to launching Tiffaney Dale Agency, Ms. Hunter honed her business and communications skills at Wyndham International, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies. While at Wyndham, she worked in various areas including investor relations, corporate communications, social responsibility, minority and women marketing, diversity and inclusion and supplier diversity. She serves on the board of directors for Southern Methodist University’s Business Associate Program and is actively involved with the Leadership Dallas Alumni, Leadership Houston Alumni, Junior League, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and the Community Partners of Dallas Auxiliary Group. She was also selected by Sterling Bank as a nominee for the “Inspiring Texas Women” award. Ms. Hunter is a graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s 2007 class of the coveted Leadership Dallas program and the Business Council for the Arts 2007 class of the Leadership Arts program. She served on the board of directors for the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Élan Circle, the Fort Worth Jubilee Theater and the Dallas Arts District Alliance. Manjari Gangwar Cheri Garcia Kristin Green, PE Rogers Healy Chris Jamison Scott Johnson Jamee Jolly Cody M. Jones Kurt A. Kane Jon Lineberger J. Mitchell Little April Nordhaus Kristen Pannell Trey Pappas Michael Perez TJ Person Tarsha Polk Salena Quinlan-Shults Dritan Saliovski William C. Short Damian Skinner Ben Smith Scott Sonju Brent Terhaar Tyler Toney Ben J. Trahan Jenni Tran Aaron White Steven W. White Bryan J. Wick

She has also participated in the Dallas Regional Chamber’s CEO Roundtable, the Junior League of Dallas, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s YP214, and was selected by D Magazine as a top finalist for the “10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas.” Additionally, she served for three years as a contributing writer for WHERE Magazine, an international publication distributed in over 4,000 hotels worldwide. In addition, Ms. Hunter is a former president of the Urban League of Greater Dallas Young Professionals, for which she served a three-year term, while concurrently serving on the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas. She has also been a member of and/or corporate representative for the National Association of Women Business Owners, National Investor Relations Institute, Executive Women’s Golf Association, Ladies Professional Golf Association, Susan G. Komen

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Foundation and the Women’s Leadership Exchange. She holds a degree in Marketing from the University of North Texas. While obtaining her business degree, she completed marketing training programs with Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen and Denton Municipal Electric. She is a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship with Senior Pastor, Dr. Tony Evans.

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SAVE THE DATE DICK GREGORY TURNS 80! It’s time for a celebration! Mark your calendar and join uss Friday, June 29, 2012 Harwood 609 Restaurant and Jazz Club 6:00p red carpet 7:00p doors open Purchase tickets at: www.dontbelievethehype.org

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Brighter Side of Darkness By Sylvia Lucas T h e Brighter Side of Darkness is author Sylvia Lucas’ first novel and hopefull y it won’t be her last. In a skillfully written tale of the very complex life of journalist Donna Brown, Ms. Lucas introduces readers to page after page of drama, ethical dilemmas and challenges. Some might say that Donna is naive and too trusting, others may point to a loving heart and a person who wants to see the good in others. Then too, there may be some readers who think that she is downright gullible, that anyone can see the

until their wedding day to show her what he’s really made of. If Donna is not careful, her life could be destroyed by the people she loves. As she listens, with disbelief, to her husband-to-be as he explains why he can’t marry her, readers will cringe at Michael’s callousness as he says, “I’m just not ready, no matter how much I want to be. I’m not. I still get these urges --desires -- to be with other women occasionally. I thought I was cured of this when I met you but the closer it came to our wedding, the more these feelings started to come about.” One word for Mr. Michael, sums up this egotistical womanizer -shallow. Readers will deal with several emotions as they become aware of the many issues that Donna confronts as she navigates through life. In addition to challenges at work, Donna has a family that won’t quit. Talk about a strong-willed group of folks who have no problem speaking their minds, Donna needs help so that she can really begin living her own life. Ms. Lucas provides intrigue, suspense and more as Donna faces her demons and moves to a position of strength and power at work, at home and in her personal life. Surely she deserves to be happy and readers will embrace her triumphs as if they were their own. But will she triumph? Will she be able to find love, and will she do that one thing that Bishop T. D. Jakes says is so important --forgive? Surely Ms. Lucas knows that readers will want to read more about Donna because as confused and dysfunctional as she seems at times, Donna is a character many wil l identify with and root for. And that makes for good reading!

Low Down and Dirty By Vickie M. Stringer

writing on the wall, especially when it comes to her cheating fiance who waits

Now the title alone is enough to entice someone to pick up Low Down and Dirty.

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Re d i s C o f f e y, Fo x y B r o w n , Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, Yellow Po w e r R a n g e r, C h r i s t i e L o v e , Cleopatra Jones Buffy the Dragon Slayer and the Bionic Woman. Red is scandalous and readers will enjoy the anticipation they feel as they anxiously turn the pages to see what the heck Red is up to next. Just when you think that Red is about to pay the piper, she manages to slip out of any situation, outsmarting veteran law enforcement officers and life-long career thugs. Clearly Ms. Stringer has developed a character that is appealing to most readers because she is one of the most popular writers delving into urban life and culture and Red is one interesting character.

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you just can’t trust her. Red has burned so many people, it’s a wonder that she is still alive for another installment in the popular series. The best-selling author, Vickie Stringer, has creatively developed a character that readers will love to hate. Readers will marvel at her ability to get out of the stickiest situations.

NABJ is partnering with the New Orleans Public Library to collect books for New Orleans teenagers. On Saturday, June 23, we will have an outdoor party for high school students across New Orleans. Our event will include a book drive, live entertainment, and interaction with journalists and celebrities who will discuss the importance of reading and writing. Please help these efforts by bringing a book to convention to donate. Also feel free to make a monetary donation to this effort, visit here: https://nabj.site-ym.com/ donations/donate.asp?id=5991

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Just who is this person that is the lowest of low? Well, enter Raven “Red” Gomez. Readers of the series are familiar with the treacherous lead character who is almost like a super hero based on her ability to get out of the seemingly stickiest of situations. Red is of and about Red. While she may have a soft spot in her heart,

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Mark your calendar May 18

Urban League of Greater Dalas Young Professionals (ULGDYP) presents A Toast to Dallas! Appreciating our History, Building our Future Wine Pairing and Fundraising Dinner 6pm, Cocktail Attire Tower Club Dallas, Pegasus Ballroom ************ The CAAPCO YPD Social Upgrade The Mingle at Top Golf

May 19 Volunteer Day at the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm & Education Center at Richland College. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 12800 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75243. This is our last volunteer work day until the fall when it cools down

Discussion – The Black Power Movement in Dallas, Texas 7:30-9:30 PM Makes Me Wanna Holla: An Evening of Great Short Films Black Cinematique at South Dallas Cultural Center Men In Love by Keith Davis (adult images) Following a bitter break-up, Leo’s best friend takes him out to a party to meet a new woman and ‘get over’ his ex. But after a steamy and unexpected encounter with a stranger he’s forced to face what most men fear: they don’t realize they’re in love until it’s too late. Corporate Negro A comedic exploration of the dual life of a Black man in corporate America: Big-Benz rolling-shot caller.You work hard, dress for success, play golf, play the field and still, at the end of the day, you still a flippin...WHAT? Male Groupie by Morocco Omari What happens when you're living the life...and it belongs to your best friend? Breaking the Pipeline by Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice A powerful and inspiring film that calls for restorative justice as an alternative method to the insane zero tolerance policies and overpolicing that students face in our public schools. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz: Malcolm X After Trip to Mecca Malcolm X's views on race issues upon returning from Mecca, Saudi Arabia. JAMES BROWN: Soul Brother #One We know him as The King of Funk, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite, Soul Brother Number One -- a musicalgenius who played a key role in the civil rights movement of the '60s andgave voice to a people discovering self-pride, (Say It Loud, I’m Black & I’m Proud) self determination & political empowerment in the '70s "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself“. One of the best films of all times.

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Get your autographed copy of the awardwinning book, "UNTOLD: The New Orleans 9th Ward You Never Knew" www.HurricaneKatrinaStories.com Local Authors' Book Signing Farmers Branch Library 13613 Webb Chapel, Farmers Branch, TX 3 to 5 p.m. 972.247.2511 ________ DFW Metroplex Chapter of Tennessee State University Alumni Annual Scholarship Luncheon & Silent Auction - 11:30 a.m. Radisson Mockingbird Station Hotel 6060 N. Central Expressway Dr. Portia Holmes Shields, president of the university will join us as we celebrate 100 years of excellence, resilience and unity from 1912-2012 - Donation: $40 advance; $50 at the door Food...Champagne...Raffles...Silent Auction For tickets: Call Mary Boyd at (972) 578-1406 ******* Massage Envy sponsors the Arthritis Walk at Park Central, located at 12700 Park Central in Dallas, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ********* Senior Center Fundraiser 4:00-8:00 pm, Admission: $5.00 Proceeds Benefit Senior Citizens Location: 2910 Balch Springs Road Balch Springs, Texas 75180 To purchase tickets or To donate an auction item, CALL 972.286.9317 ************* TeCo Summer Cultural Enrichment Camp Recognized In D-Family Magazine 2011 Guide To The Best OPEN HOUSE, 12N - 2PM Campers study music, dance, theater, and visual arts with master teaching artists. Breakfast, lunch and snacks served ~Very Limited Space Available~ or call 214-948-0716 for more info ************* 12-1 PM at the Crow Collection of Asian Art for our brand new Family Writing Workshop. Using pieces from the Crow Collection's exhibitions, Evan Cleveland will lead families in a creative writing exercise. This workshop is great for all ages, provided parents participate with their children. The cost is only $10 per family May 20 St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church will celebrate its annual Women’s Day services with Attorney Patricia Russell-McCloud as speaker in the 8 and 11 am worship services.

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**************** "What I want you to know . . . " Introduction to Memoir Writing 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. St. Philips School & Community Center 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Dallas, TX This fun and thought-provoking workshop will help you turn your memories and special moments into precious family heirlooms. You will learn how to become gatekeepers of your unique histories and storytellers of your own lives. What you walk away with just might be the beginning of your book Workshop fee: $45 Bring a friend and get an additional $5 discount.) **************

May 25 One Night Only Showing 7pm! Tickets are $5.00 at the door or they may be bought a head of time by calling 972-274-1818 ext. 130. In the cafeteria of the DeSoto Freshman Campus! Starring Imani Crosby, Jailyn Carroll, & Jeremiah Lambert & Students & Faculty of the Freshman Campus with an appearance by Alex Dent of the DeSoto Class of 2012. Tickets are $5.00! DVDs of the film can be ordered at the event for $12.00 and they will be ready after Memorial Day! May 25-27 National Polka Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, 2012. It will be the 46th annual National Polka Festival, celebrating Ennis’ Czech heritage. Visitors can listen or dance to a variety of bands playing traditional polka, waltz and folk music in three spacious auditoriums. May 26 Chi Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in conjunction with Pearls of Service, Inc. will host the Pearls & Ivy Debutante Ball May 27 The Star of Deep Beginnings: The Genesis of African Science and Technology by Charles S. Finch III, M.D. is the next book to be reviewed by The Third Eye in conjunction with the South Dallas !

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Cultural Center (SDCC) at 3:00 PM at the South Dallas Cultural Center May 31

programs, and transitional housing. For more info or to sign up your team or purchase tickets go to www.newbeginningcenter.org or e-mail development@newbeginningcenter.org

Duncanville High School’s 2012 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Dallas Convention Center beginning at 7:30 pm.

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5th Annual Dallas Greek Picnic Weekend 2012: May 31 - June 3 Weekend-long festivities set to bring together members of the Noble Nine Greek-letter organizations while giving back to the community and registering new voters. DALLAS Calvin Whitaker & Charles City Gbadebo, Dallas area entrepreneurs and members of Alpha Phi Alpha® Fraternity Inc, are excitedto announce the upcoming 5th Annual Dallas Greek Picnic Weekend 2012. Taking place May 31 June 3, the four -day affair will bring together over 5000-plus alumni, college members and friends of the Noble Nine Greek-letter organizations in the Southwestern region of the United States. This tradition is part of a business initiative to revitalize the southern sector of Dallas and its surrounding communities with high-profile events. June 1 8th Annual Par for The Course Golf Tournament at the Lakes Course at Firewheel Golf Club and to a gourmet dinner featuring live music and three gourmet chefs at the Spring Creek Church in Garland. Funds from these two events will go to support the New Beginning Center’s shelter, educational

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Bishop T.D. Jakes is celebrating 35 years in ministry and to honor him, Mrs. Serita A. Jakes, The Potter’s House and TDJ Enterprises will host a black-tie gala here in Dallas at the new state-of-the-art Winspear Opera House on June 8, 2012. This gala will provide an opportunity to celebrate Bishop Jakes for his accomplishments in ministry and entertainment, for his dedication to humanity and family, and his influence as a world leader. The star-studded red carpet will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. June 9 “Fit 4 the King!” Day “Fit 4 the King!” is a collaborative event between the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic and the Ron Springs “Gift for Life Foundation.” It is a day of health and fun for the entire family and community. _______

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DCCCD also will serve as one of several co-sponsors for the second annual BooksmART Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free, one-day BooksmART Festival will offer families and children of all ages a chance to celebrate literature and the arts. The day will feature authors, artists, illustrators, workshops, music, gallery tours, story time, games and other activities at the Dallas Museum of Art. For details, visit http://DallasMuseumofArt.org/ALL

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Boston, MA, May 14, 2012-Gospel newcomer Mario Brown and has released his single “Glory” off his upcoming album “The Mario Brown Project” which will be released June 26, 2012. The single is developing a big following and Mario Brown is being rewarded for it. Mario will be joining and opening the McDonalds Inspiration of Gospel Tour that features Fred Hammond at the Potter's House. June 17 Real Men Cook at Gilley’s June 22 2012 Oak Cliff Chamber Gala OAK CLIFF ROCKS! At the SHERATON HOTEL With Honorary Chair MAYOR MIKE RAWLINGS Live Band ~ Auction ~ Raffle  Go to www.gala.oakcliffchamber.org.

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