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Born to the late Andrew Whigham, Sr. and Rosa Lee Guyton, Andrew Whigham, Jr. was born in Bainbridge, Georgia. Upon relocating to Clearwater, Florida for some time, the family settled in Tampa, Florida.

Lone Star Park prepares to kick off its 2019 Thoroughbred season jam-packed full of the kind of non-stop racing action that horse enthusiasts throughout North Texas have grown to love.

Former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, who also served as Dallas Mayor, has been sentenced to four years and eight months in federal prison after admitting accepting almost a half million dollars in bribes and kickbacks.


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MY TRUTH by Cheryl Smith, Publisher

Celebrating Women

Have you ever met someone you thought was brilliant? This person’s brilliance is so alluring and fascinating that you can’t help but think that some of the brilliance is rubbing off on you the more you are in that person’s presence. Over the years, I have met so many who I have said that I know their IQ is considerably higher than mines. And that’s okay. There are probably those who say it doesn’t take much to have a higher IQ than I, and that’s okay too. There’s something to be said about those who have scored high on standardized tests, but also score high on life’s tests. There are the ones who have book sense, common sense and street sense, as opposed to those who have no damned sense! Which brings me to my truth. Cheryl Wattley is the superstar, the person who scores high in all areas. Smart,

when she backs you. Currently Cheryl is the Professor of Law and Director of Experiential Education at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law. Previously she taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. I hope UNT realizes what they have in Cheryl. I have met several of her students and they love and respect her. They seem to realize that they have not only a great teacher, but a great legal mind right at their fingertips. We have some great men and women sitting on judicial benches currently, but those with real insight know that Cheryl Wattley should have been sitting on a federal bench decades ago. Just reflecting on the shenanigans that deprived her and to think about some of the people getting lifetime appointments under the country’s current leadership makes me want to puke. Cheryl is really proud of her students and seeks every opportunity to share resources

no-nonsense approach to understanding a system that has definitely had its challenges and has definitely been used to benefit the rich and privileged while causing irreparable damage to the downtrodden and unfortunate. Having Cheryl in your corner, in your classroom, on your side, or in the courtroom; kinda balances the scales of justice because she knows justice is not blind and that just as there are people doing an exceptional job in the legal field, some are not. She knows there are also those who don’t know what they are doing which makes them just as bad, if not worse than the ones who do illegal or unethical acts; under the guise of justice. Cheryl is actually a part of “Team Cheryl,”

Cheryl Wattley is the superstar, the person who scores high in all areas intuitive, well-prepared, and fearless in her conviction and purpose. For those attorneys who have been in the courtroom with her, they know they have a more than formidable opponent. She is bad! I have sat in the courtroom and said a silent prayer that she was on my side because I really felt as though she would have annihilated me! Cheryl also has a kind heart. There’s nothing phony or pretentious about her. She stands on her own truth and any decision she makes, she’s strong and bad enough to back it up. Her unwavering support of the causes she champions is commendable. And she isn’t loud and boisterous about her brilliance, so if you think about stepping to her, and you don’t think twice and back it up and reverse it; well then I feel for your jugular! You know you are on a solid foundation

to help them become better lawyers. She’s the type of professor who brings pride to the profession and passion, preparation and wisdom into the classrooms. Her students are the beneficiaries of a


a group of ladies, all named Cheryl, living in Dallas and making things happen. The name “Cheryl” never made the top 10 list of names for girls, but I know some very special women named, Cheryl. She’s also the author of “A Step Toward Brown v. Board of Education: Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and Her Fight to End Segregation,” winner of the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award, Non-Fiction category. A cum laude graduate of Smith College, with high honors in Sociology, Cheryl received her Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University College of Law, where she was a Martin Luther King, Jr. fellow and recipient of the Community Service Award. She also served as a summer intern for the General Counsel’s Office of the NAACP. I could go on and on about her numerous honors. This mother and grandmother has a rich legacy. She has done so much for so many and her life’s worth celebrating. April 12, 2019

COMMENTARY by Dr. Julianne Malveaux


Betsy “Devoid” (of good sense), also known as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is an aberration, an abomination, an abscess on the complexion of educational policy and equity. She has been so egregious that at least two members of Congress, Katherine Clark (D-Ma) and Mark Pocan (DWI) have called for her resignation because of her abject indifference to young people, especially those who are Black, Brown and poor.          Additionally, Ronald. J. Mason, President of the University of the District of Columbia, has written an open letter to DeVoid, challenging her interpretation of meritocracy.  The letter, published in a recent issue of Diverse Issues of Higher Education, suggests that education can be a bridge to maximize human potential, but only if we are open to the contributions of every human being and especially every young person who aspires to greatness. Instead of supporting our young people, DeVoid has attacked them. There are alarming statistics that the Obama administration attempted to deal with.  Black boys are three times as likely to be suspended as their white counterparts.  More disturbingly, Black girls are twelve (TWELVE) times more likely to be suspended than white girls.  Why?  Because Black girls have no girlhood, no presumption of innocence.  We are the recipients of Afrophobia or the fear of Black people.  President Obama didn’t do much for Black folks, but he did introduce civil rights division protections for these overly suspended students.  DeVoid would roll them back. That’s not the only thing she’d roll back.  She wants to change the rules on campus enforcement of sexual harassment, giving the attacker the “presumption of innocence,” and more jarringly the right for a rapist to question his (usually, could be her) April 12, 2019

attacker. And she wants to protect for-profit colleges while President Obama said that students should be protected against these predators.  Understand this.  These for-profit colleges only exist to take people’s student loan money.  They provide little in services and even less in educational support.  But DeVoid, whose family seems to benefit from their involvement in the for-profit college space, is protecting her own interest.  That’s not unusual in an administration where the Presidential daughter has garnered patents with China, perhaps influencing our nation’s foreign policy.

Betsy DeVos DeVoid’s ignorance was most recently exhibited when she attempted to defend budget cuts that would affect the differently abled, including cuts to the Special Olympics, our nation’s only deaf-focused university, Gallaudet, and to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Really, DeVoid?  Don’t you understand that those who are differently abled transcend political party?  Don’t you know that these are folks who need special services?  Ms. DeVoid’s tepid response to aggressive questioning by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) among others exhibited her unpreparedness and unfitness.  We know that the man who lives in the house that Enslaved People Built is sufficiently uneducated to be clueless about this, but even he had to back up and acknowledge that cuts to the Special Olympics sent the wrong signal. DeVoid favors charter schools over public


schools and would put money into charter schools, taking it away from public schools. DeVoid is someplace past wrong on this, but that woman is doing the work she was sent to do – her job is to dismantle public education in favor of publicly supported private education.  If folks want to do private schooling, that’s their business, but should public schools suffer for elitism?  And should someone whose biases are so publicly visible be in charge of this?  I think not. We knew that DeVoid was unqualified when she narrowly squeaked past Senatorial confirmation, only earning it because Vice President Mike Pence cast a historical tiebreaking vote for her.  Even Republicans find her out of order, out of line, unqualified, unprepared and unfit.  She has spent her time in public office attacking student rights, ignoring students of color, and attacking young people who have experienced sexual assault. She is entirely consistent with the cretin who appointed her, and young people are paying for her ignorance. Members of Congress can request the DeVoid resignation, but she is fully supported by the man who has enabled her to wreak havoc on our educational system.  The blessing in her presence is that she can, perhaps, motivate our activism at the local level.    More progressive activists must run for school boards.  More progressive activists must reject the ways this administration is attacking education.  And we must be clear that it did not start with this administration, but it is amplified and exacerbated by this administration.  If we believe that education is a human right, we must resist this nonsense. Betsy DeVoid is the tip of the iceberg that began melting when Black activists attacked school segregation in a series of lawsuits that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education.    DeVoid is on the frontline of a cultural war designed to sideline folks who don’t look or spend like her.  Are we ready to fight back, resisting a woman who is unfit, unprepared, and unworthy of educational policy leadership?

COMMENTARY by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Preventing Domestic Abuse Democrats in the House of Representatives stood up for victims of domestic violence, and said no to the National Rifle Association when the House overwhelmingly voted last week to expand the Violence against Women Act by restricting the sale of weapons to men convicted of domestic abuse, something that the gun lobby vehemently and aggressively opposes. The new law, if successful in the Senate and signed into law by the president, would eliminate the socalled “boyfriend� loophole and prevent men who have been convicted of abusing a domestic partner from purchasing guns. The restriction would also apply to those who have been convicted of stalking or assaulting women. It also gives added protection to women who fear violence from a domestic partner or a boyfriend. Domestic violence remains a significant problem in our country and must be eliminated. Nearly a third of all women in America experience violence or stalking during their lifetimes. We

cannot afford to simply turn our backs on this reality, pretending that it does not exist or that it will go away on its own. The Violence against Women Act was initially passed in 1994 during my first term in Congress, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It allocated $1.6 billion to investigate domestic abuse. It also allocated funds to prosecute abusers. The legislation created a permanent domestic violence office in the Justice Department. The NRA argued that the restriction placed on domestic abusers was an overreach. The gun lobby is concerned only with the sale of their products, and continues to ignore the reality that there are millions of Americans, including leaders in law enforcement, that are concerned about the safety of women. While speaking in support of the legislation, a number of my female colleagues in the House recalled their personal experiences as victims of domestic abuse, an issue that touches


women in all social classes. Victims often suffer in silence. One member of Congress recalled her experience as a young girl when her mentally ill father frequently threatened his family with a gun that he kept in their home. She described the experience as terrorism that brought fear and harm to her mother and her siblings. What she experienced sadly continues today in many of our homes. It is harmful and it must cease. That is why we stood against the gun lobby for the sake of women that are abused, and for the sake of all of us! *Congresswoman Johnson represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

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QUIT PLAYIN by Vincent Hall

Trump, Racism and Low IQ! “Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics,” George Will said. This was Will, the intellectual pundit bemoaning the 2012 cycle that featured Obama v. Romney. At the time, none of us knew that God would allow Satan to plague this nation under the guise of a Trump presidency. But Quit Playin; I prophesied that Donald’s only Trump card was the Race card in 2012! My conjecture was simple. The hypothesis had been made and the conclusion was obvious. From the antics of the Jerry Springer Show to the unvarnished and wanton callowness that shows up on “Reality television”… ignorance would abound and racism would thrive. Whenever America is at its weakest points… hatred, usually under the auspices of racism and tribalism gets muscular. What I missed was the permeating power of AM talk radio. What I did not factor, was the Satan’s Jesus (Trump) had his own John the Baptist in the form of Rush Limbaugh. Rush had a prophecy too. He fed the sheep a hearty diet of White superiority and American Exceptionalism; all they needed was a personality to fill that empty wool suit.

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Donald John Trump was tailored made for “Rush Limbaugh’s counter-cultural Couture. Let’s backtrack. Jerry Springer was the Pandora that led to the demise of civility and the rise of hostility we are left with on TV these days. That insolence and disregard for “what other people think” has permeated every area of our lives. Your grandparents would die to know that you are hooked on the promiscuous, pugilistic and preposterous “Housewives” shows that you TIVO and watch with regularity. They would wince to watch my “600 Pound Life.” Black mothers would curse you out for appearing on “Fix my Life” with Iyanla Van Zandt. The counseling is cool, but mama warns; “Chile, we don’t put our dirty laundry out for everybody to see.” It used to piss me to the highest level of pisstivity whenever anyone told me that they watch the “Apprentice.” Especially Black people!! By the end of this residency, Trump will be fired and forced to leave the set. It occurred to me when a “Brother” called last week a gust of glee in his voice. “Did you hear that ICE made a big bust and deported all them Mexicans in North Dallas?” My heart dropped about as precipitously


as my anger rose. Donald Trump has done a wonderful job of what I call; “racism by inference and imagery.” He painted you this picture of Muslims who want to kill us and annihilate Israel. He painted a mosaic of Mexicans who “take your jobs.” He drew you murals of Mexican gangs killing at will and becoming the single most menacing threat to young white damsels. Our blonde-headed, blue-eyed blessings wouldn’t be dying if it wasn’t for the China to Mexico pipeline. He never mentions crack cocaine. Bet you can’t guess why? I got news for Trump. If you want to stop the flow of drugs, fix the flaws of addiction. Supply has a cousin named Demand. You never see one without the other. The truth is that not all of those people “busted” were Mexican. American corporations hire “illegals” from Vietnam, Africa, India and workers from any other nationality in order to get the job done. Let’s see the final report and it will probably reveal that the bust was a classic case of racial profiling. I predict most of those “busted” have paperwork pending. U.S Immigrations and Customs are overburdened and understaffed. The Trump administration took the same dumb ass “Tough on Crime” mentality that caused the criminal justice debacle we have right now. If there is such an “emergency” on the border, why is ICE still raiding 7-11’s for onesies and twosies? It’s all a farce based on race!! Trump’s card is the race card and his Low IQ is making the race card America’s Trump card!! George Will was right; there is redundant evidence that Trump’s net worth may be high but his low IQ makes for bad politics!

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Wordz of Wilson by Chelle Luper Wilson

Black Heroes

“The Need for Heroes” by Langston Hughes was featured in a 1941 issue of The Crisis. He was bothered by the overwhelmingly negative images of African Americans in the news, movies, and books, as well as the growing erasure of Black heroes from the iconic— like Denmark Vessey and Mary McLeod Bethune, to the not so well known like Sam Solomon, who in 1939 led the first African Americans to vote in Miami, and Roscoe Dunjee, who in 1915 started the Black Dispatch newspaper in Oklahoma City to challenge and expose racism and violent attacks on the community. Hughes believed heroes like these would never make the news, writing “Why bother with the [news] at all? Look around you for the living heroes who are your neighbors— who may or may not always speak perfect English but who are courageous, straightforward, strong…and whose words and thoughts gather up what is in our own hearts and say it clearly and plainly sitting quietly in a chair in front of you.” I remembered Hughes’ words as I began to read all the articles and tributes celebrating the life and legacy of Nipsey Hussle. I was saddened that I didn’t know more about Nipsey, his story, and all of his accomplishments before his passing. From major national news outlets to local

dailies, the “everyday hero” is featured all the time. Recently, I’ve seen stories on a high school principal who installed washing machine machines, so his students wouldn’t miss school because of dirty clothes; a nurse that adopted a baby who had been in the hospital for over a year without any visitors; and a chef who left his Michelin star rated restaurant to try and add some flavor to school lunches in New York. These are

all of this comes posthumously. I believe celebrating our heroes does as much for us as it does them. Most who put in work to improve our communities, using whatever resources they have, don’t do it for flowers, applause, or any other recognition. However, is it too much to ask of ourselves to let them know they are seen and valued? “We have a need for heroes,” writes Hughes, “[heroes] that will encourage and inspire our youth…to move and stir them to be forthright, strong, clearthinking, and unafraid.” I believe we have just that kind of hero all around us. Nipsey Hussle may not have ever described himself as a hero, but his mission to transform the community that he both all heroic efforts, to be sure, but loved and lived in was heroic. so are Nipsey’s. That leaves me Let his sudden loss remind us to to wonder, why are so many just honor the Nipsey Hussle’s right learning about his heroics? here in our own neighborhoods, My mother used to always schools, churches, rec centers, say, “Give me my flowers community organizations, while I live.” I view her words sororities, and fraternities. If a little differently now. Nipsey we look, they are there. We will Hussle’s transformative work find them doing the important in community development, work Nipsey embodied in life entrepreneurship, economic and death, “more faith and less empowerment and, efforts to end fear…talking about dreams. gang violence will be recorded Better to do it and let it be seen, in the Congressional Record, but cause then it’s clear.”


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Andrew Whigham, Jr. Born to the late Andrew Whigham, Sr. and Rosa Lee Guyton, Andrew Whigham, Jr. was born in Bainbridge, Georgia. Upon relocating to Clearwater, Florida for some time, the family settled in Tampa, Florida. Being a friend to many, Andrew forged many lasting friendships around Hillsborough County, many of whom being classmates. Andrew was a proud graduate of Don Thompson Vocational High School and then attended Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL). It was during this time, he earned the nickname, “Putt Putt”, because he was the only person with a car in his friend group. The name described how his car seemed to “putt putt” on along during his early adult years. While attending FAMU, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a military police officer. Following his stint in the Army, Andrew began his next chapter at Tampa Electric Company (TECO). Working alongside coworker, William Dickens, who laid a watchful eye on him, the two remained friends for over 30 years. He was a devoted employee at TECO and even made his mark for future black employees. Proudly, Andrew would mention his role in meeting then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson in bettering working conditions and higher wages for other colored employees within TECO. This was in the time proceeding the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For him to participate in the cause for racial and lawful equality of African Americans during the most turbulent of times and go on to share his wisdom, his family will be always be appreciative of the obstacles he hurdled as a black man and gentleman. A world without his impassioned spirit, humor, and April 12, 2019

charisma, is undoubtedly dimmer, but his memory brings forth a light and we feel his presence. This light, lit just as subtly as reminiscing in the good times we shared with him, warms our spirits and demands us to heed the calls to action to be good people of courage, honor, and dignity. These attributes are the qualities Andrew embodied, and with it, the wisdom he parts us with. And so we go forth in victory and celebration of Andrew Whigham, Jr. Andrew maintained his commitment to his spiritual well-being. He was a faithful member of Mt. Olive A.M.E Church for over 60 years, wearing many hats throughout his years. Of the various positions he held within the church, he was most proud of installing features on the church grounds. He installed the sprinkler systems, barricade fencing on the sides of the church, and maintained the grass. In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees and did all he could until his declining health prevented him from doing so. Not being deterred, Andrew


openly welcomed his church family and others into his home frequently, hosting events from baptisms to annual pool parties for the Young Peoples Department right out back. He appreciated simple delights such as being a greeter at the beginnings of church services and tolling the bell for various occasions. This commitment to Mt. Olive, along with civic commitments to Blake/Middleton 49’ers, the Buffalo Soldiers, and many TECO retirees, defined his will to serve his community and nation. Mr. Andrew Whigham, Jr. was called home on March 19, 2019. He is survived by his son, Andrew Whigham, III (Deardra) of Dallas, TX, and daughter, Harriett Carter-Manning (Clyde) of Tampa, FL. He was a loving grandfather to his grandchildren: Gavin Carter, of Tampa, FL, Andrew Whigham, IV and Carrington McKenzie Whigham of Dallas, TX. He was also blessed to be the great grandfather of Micah Charles Carter (Gavin). Andrew Whigham, Jr. also held his extended family to high esteem, including his classmates, devoted friends, church members of Mt. Olive, and coworkers of TECO. He was grateful for long-time friends Herman Vann, of Wylie, TX, and Danny Jones, of Detroit MI. Cousins, Toynita Pilcher, Ronnie Pilcher, Cheryl Pilcher and Gloria Shaw of Tampa, FL. Also, a host of relatives and friends. Although Andrew Whigham, Jr. is only present in spirit, let his memory and life story be reason enough to celebrate all he strove to be, who he became, and who he left to take his place. To Andrew, we, your family, love and miss you. Remembering the 89 years you gifted us remains the only solution to our grieving, for your presence is truly missed and absence felt.

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Former Mayor sentenced to Jail

He served as interim Former Dallas Mayor mayor until June 26, Pro Tem Dwaine 2011, when he was Caraway, who also succeeded by Mike served as Dallas Mayor, has been sentenced Rawlings. Mr. Caraway is a to four years and eight graduate of Dallas’ months in federal Roosevelt High prison after admitting School and attended accepting almost a half million dollars in bribes Texas Southern University, where he and kickbacks. On Friday, Federal pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Judge Barbara Lynn said Dwaine Caraway Mr. Caraway must report He served as Mayor by May 5, less than a week after his Pro Tem on the Dallas City Council, representing District 4 at the time of 67th birthday, on April 30, 2019. A former acting mayor of Dallas, his resignation. Mr. Caraway and New Orleans serving after then-mayor Tom Leppert businessman Robert C. Leonard Jr both resigned to run for a US Senate seat.

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entered guilty pleas for conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. Mr. Caraway also pled guilty to one count of tax evasion. In plea agreements, it was noted that Mr. Leonard paid Mr. Caraway more than $450,000 and Rick Sorrells, a former Dallas County Schools superintendent, over $3 million, in “bribes and kickback payments”, for favorable support of his business interests in Dallas. Judge Barbara Lynn on Tuesday, sentenced Mr. Leonard to home confinement for six months and probation for three years, said Erin Dooley of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Initially, she added, he won’t be wearing an ankle monitor.

Services for Judge Rose Celebration of Life Services for The Honorable Judge Charles Rose (Man of God, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Loyal Friend & Consummate Public Servant) are as follow: Wake Service and Omega Ceremony (Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 7:00pm 9:00pm Holy Cross Catholic Church 2926 E. Bonnie View Rd. Dallas, Texas 75216

Celebration of Life Funeral Mass Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 1:00pm Holy Cross Catholic Church 2926 E. Bonnie View Rd. Dallas, Texas 75216 Expressions of sympathy and encouragement can be mailed to: State Representative Toni Rose P.O. Box 41867 Dallas, Texas 75241 Please send flowers to: Golden Gate Funeral Home 4156 S R.L. Thornton Fwy Dallas, Texas 75224

Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station unveiled in ceremony

National and local leaders gathered in Downtown Dallas Saturday for the dedication of Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station. The ceremony for the historic train station, which was built in 1916 while segregation was still prevalent, was attended by more than 200 individuals, including family, friends, and colleagues of Congresswoman Johnson. “If my work highlights any one thing in particular, it is that I have made it a point to help others,” said Congresswoman Johnson during her remarks. “And you’ve heard that this station was segregated, but now, it fits me. It’s open to all, regardless of religion, regardless of the origin of birth, regardless

of party, regardless of gender. That’s what I love.” The City of Dallas voted to rename the transit stop for Congresswoman Johnson in 2016. Those in attendance at the unveiling recognized her service to North Texas in the State Legislature and Congress. U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings were among the speakers who highlighted Congresswoman Johnson’s contributions to North Texas.  “It is very fitting that Dallas is paying tribute to Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson by renaming Union Station, which was once a segregated space, after a pioneering African-


American woman who has been instrumental in making one of America’s most diverse cities into a growing hub for research and innovation that inspires the world. I was proud to be on hand for this ceremony, and I congratulate my friend Chairwoman Johnson on this welldeserved honor,” said Leader Hoyer “Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is a dedicated public servant, a woman who has given so much to Dallas, to Texas, and to our country. She has worked across the aisle for the betterment of her constituents on aviation, flood control, homelessness, homeland security, law enforcement, science, and, of course, transportation. I couldn’t think of a more fitting person to rename our Union Station after,” said Mayor Rawlings. Representatives Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05), Marc Veasey (TX33) and Colin Allred (TX-32) as well as former Representative Joe Barton (TX-06) and Dallas County Treasurer Pauline Medrano also gave remarks at the ceremony. Texas State Sen. Royce West, and Dallas City Councilmembers Adam Medrano, Rickey D. Callahan, Omar Narvaez, Tennell Atkins, Lee Kleinman, Sandy Greyson and Jennifer S. Gates were also among the elected officials and dignitaries in attendance. April 12, 2019

Comerica makes local teens prom dream reality Five Dallas-area Comerica banking centers collected more than 750 new or gently-used, formal dresses as well as accessories from fellow colleagues, clients and the community during the month of February for Dallas CASA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. Since 2015, Comerica has donated close to 4,000 dresses to both organizations and other community partners.   “Comerica Bank has sponsored the prom dress drive for the past five years, and Dallas CASA is so grateful to be one of the two recipients,” said Hannah May, Dallas CASA Children’s Council President. “The dress is one of the most important parts of the prom, and to see girls come in with workout gear on and be transformed is really remarkable. At first they’re shy and may not even know their size or what style they like. But by the end, when they look in the mirror for the first time wearing a

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Above: Amanda Ramirez, Program Support Specialist and Cherri Rowe, VP of Programs - Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas

dress they love, their faces just light up.” All donations benefit local teen girls served by Dallas CASA and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, who otherwise may not be

able to afford formal attire and experience the high school tradition of prom.   “When you reminisce about your high school days, one of the first things that come to mind is your

prom,” said Cherri Rowe, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Vice President of Programs. “It is a night where everyone feels beautiful, special and important. We are honored to be a part of a milestone that these beautiful young ladies will remember for the rest of their lives.” In 2019, Comerica Bank received another generous donation of new dresses from Gala Formal, located at Grapevine Mills Mall, for the second year in row. Each nonprofit hosted its prom shopping events for clients, members and partners this month.  Members of the Comerica North Texas Women’s Forum, an internal employee resource group, helped set up both prom dress boutiques in addition to assisting with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas shopping experience.  Left: Astrid Mendoza – Comerica Banking Center Manager with students



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LIFESTYLE by Valder Beebe

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

I hope everyday that we wake-up and suit up for life. Life requires our full attention and our best efforts. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute (UWPHI) release their annual rankings of the health of nearly every county within each of the country’s 50 states.  The County Health Rankings look at more than 30 factors including poverty, education, transportation, and jobs - that influence how long and how well people live. This year’s Rankings also take a closer look at the links between housing and health - including the impact of the housing affordability crisis, residential segregation and trends in renting vs. home ownership.  Experts from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute shares with the Valder Beebe Show audience and readers the survey highlight: • County-by-county comparisons: How counties compare in each state • Key national and regional trends as well as a closer look at how housing factors - like the housing affordability crisis and residential segregation - impact health. • Gaps in opportunity

-- education, jobs, affordable housing, places to exercise and healthy, affordable food to eat -- in our communities, and how these gaps disproportionately affect people of color. • Ways that local leaders can move from data to action and make their communities healthy places to live, learn, work, and play • Examples of communities that are bringing partners together to tackle the barriers to health-Robert Wood Johnson data provide by publicity team VBS: I’m delighted to have a representative from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a guest. Why did the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin survey look at the least healthies counties? RWJ: What we did is rank the health of nearly every county in a state. We want to help the people in those counties whether business leaders, activists or residents to take action, armed with information. VBS: What was a the key focus from the survey? RWJ: This year we are really lifting up housing. Half of the household in this country are experiencing sever housing costs. This means that families are spending at least


half of their earnings income on housing. What that translates into is less money to spend on healthy foods, health care, transportation and education. VBS: Can you give us a sampling of Dallas County? And can you talk about residential segregation? RWJ: 16% of household in Dallas are experiencing severe housing costs that we talked about. Segregation is also an issue. If we look at the effects of sever housing costs its worst for low income households, it’s also worst for blacks. The more segregation a community has the more the housing costs are a burden for both low income blacks and whites..……… kkvidfw for the complete Robert Wood Johnson Foundation interview.,,,; Podcast audio:,,, PChatman Streaming TV Network and VBS affiliate broadcasters. Now available on 411RadioNetwork App

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Lone Star Park announces 2019 Season

Lone Star Park prepares to kick off its 2019 Thoroughbred season jam-packed full of the kind of non-stop racing action that horse enthusiasts throughout North Texas have grown to love. During its 23nd season, April 18 -July 21, Lone Star Park will offer exciting, funfilled experiences from the Extreme Racing of camels and ostriches to a Kentucky Derby celebration to furtastic canine fun during Lone Star Bark to a patriotic salute on July 4 and 5. Thoroughbred racing season opens with the Texas Bluebonnet Stakes on Thursday, April 18 for a 44day run and has 13 stakes races on the schedule worth a combined total of over $1.1 million dollars. All the entertainment and numerous giveaways complement the non-stop horse racing action that make for a fun, affordable time that you won’t soon April 12, 2019

forget. Slated activities include: Texas Bluebonnet Stakes, Thursday, April 18 With spring in full bloom, live horse racing action kicks off at 6:35 p.m. featuring the $50,000 Texas Bluebonnet Stakes for Texas-bred, 3-yrolds and up at 6 ½ furlongs. Celebrating the State Flower of Texas, gates open early at 5:35 p.m. Extreme Racing – Saturday, April 27 By popular demand, Lone Star Park is bringing back the very popular Extreme Racing, featuring camel, ostrich and zebra races ridden by Lone Star Park’s very own jockeys. These out-of-the-ordinary exotic animal races will be run on the main track between regularly scheduled Thoroughbred races. The afternoon also includes a Family Fun Park on the lawn, complete with bounce houses, a petting zoo and pony rides.

Steve Sexton Mile Sunday, April 28 Sunday, April 28 is the Grade 3, $300,000 Steve Sexton Mile. Previously run as the Texas Mile and now named after the late Steve Sexton, who served as Lone Star Park’s Vice President and Assistant General Manager and later as president of Churchill Downs Inc.’s Arlington Park. With his family in attendance, it will also include live music, celebrating Sexton’s legacy, and raising funds and awareness for the Steven P. Sexton Foundation, which helps underprivileged and well-deserving individuals with college financial assistance. Kentucky Derby Day – Saturday, May 4 Watch, wager and win on the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby simulcast live from Churchill Downs. In addition to the simulcast event, Lone Star Park will host the ‘Kentucky


Derby Best Hat’ contest with celebrity judges for a chance to win multiple prizes! One (1) winner in each of our categories, “Most Stylish” and “Most Creative”, will receive $500 with an additional three (3) winners receiving “A Day at the Races” package for Honorable Mention. This family fun event will also include a Family Fun Park on the lawn with a petting zoo and pony rides. Lone Star Bark – Saturday, May 11 Bring your best fourlegged friend and enjoy Thoroughbred racing at the 4th annual “Lone Star Bark.” The afternoon includes dog races with cash prizes, $1 hot dogs, pet vendor booths and on-site adoptions with Prairie Paws Adoption Center. Preakness Stakes Day – Saturday, May 18 Catch all of the action with the middle jewel of the Triple Crown! The 144th Preakness

Stakes will simulcast live from Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland. Find out if this year’s Kentucky Derby Winner will continue the Triple Crown bid. Lone Star Park Turf Stakes – Saturday, May 27 $100K Lone Star Park Turf Stakes, Fillies and Mares, 3-year-olds and up for one mile on turf. Belmont Stakes Day – Saturday, June 8 You won’t want to miss the chance to watch, wager and win on the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes, simulcast live from Belmont Park! You could witness history if the Triple Crown is on the line. Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration – Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 Two spectacular nights of fireworks will be held at Lone Star Park on July 4th and 5th following the races. In addition to live racing and fireworks, enjoy additional entertainment for the entire family with live music from Vegas Stars. Visit our expanded Family Fun Park, which includes bounce houses, face painters, tattoo artists, pony rides, a petting zoo and much more from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition, all members of the military will receive one (1) free general admission with a valid military I.D. ALL-NEW Tribute Bands Lone Star Park lets the good times roll with everpopular tribute bands throughout the season on the Courtyard of Champions Stage during and after live racing. Leading it off on April 27, Blaze of Glory will rock the stage with 25 years of worth of Bon Jovi hits. Catch American Petty on April 28 with the Southern Rock hits of Tom Petty and

the Heartbreakers. On Kentucky Derby day, May 4, the Stoneleighs recreate the sound and feel of the Rolling Stones note for note. Enjoy the ultimate Journey experience with Escape on May 11. Rock fans will love the music of Cold as Ice, a Foreigner tribute band, on May 18. Get ready for Def Leggend! The Def Leppard tribute band appears at Lone Star Park on May 27. A Beatles tribute band, Hard Days Night, takes stage on June 8. Rock & Roll Over will deliver a top flight KISS show, including KISS style guitars, costumes and theatrics, on June 13. On Stars of Texas day, July 14th, King George, a George Strait tribute band, is a perfect way to celebrate the day. Sunday Discounts FREE general admission for Senior Citizens, Military Personnel and our fan favorite, Pepsi Can discount. •Seniors, 62 years of age or older, receive one (1) free General Admission with valid identification. •Military personnel receive one (1) free General Admission with valid identification. •Bring any Pepsi can and receive one (1) free General Admission and one (1) free large Pepsi Tickets for the 2019 Thoroughbred season are currently on sale. Prices range from $5 to $27. Children under three years of age are free. To learn more, visit or call (800) 795-RACE (7223). Restrictions, exclusions and additional charges may apply. Lone Star Park is located at 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050.


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ASK ALMA Distant Lover Dear Alma, I am a 50-year-old field service engineer who travels 75 percent of the year for work. I love my job and appreciate the opportunity that I am able to travel around the world. No, I’m not in the military, so I can pick and choose where I decide to reside long term. Basically, the problem is maintaining long distant relationships with my family, friends and holding down a love life. I try to stay in touch with my family and friends through cell phone calls and Facebook but sometimes it’s just not enough. I miss them when I’m traveling and honestly, it’s hard to maintain a healthy adult relationship with a woman without her eventually telling me I’m away too much. I’m single, active and I would consider myself to be handsome. How would you suggest I meet a woman who would understand my situation and consider being in this type of a relationship? Lamont in Ohio

Dear Lamont from Ohio, Yes, I’m putting you on blast, cause this is the first time I’ve run across, a truly handsome (yes girls, I saw his picture), and gainfully employed engineer April 12, 2019

with benefits, who’s discussing how difficult it is to maintain a long distance healthy adult relationship. The first thing that comes to my mind is, “Seek and ye shall find, my brotha ~ you came to the right place, LOL.” I’m here to agree with you sweetheart, there’s no double about it, long distance relationships (LDR’s) take an enormous amount of hard work, but then again, a regular in your face, every day relationship does, too. I say, navigate the negativity, as long as the two of you are serious about your commitment and devotion to each another, a LDR can be quite successful. In my opinion, a LDR requires two mature adults who are completely confident in their own right. Each has got to be comfortable in their own skin and not looking to be completed or validated by the other. All lines of communication must remain open and honest always. You’ve gotta trust each other. That’s super important! With today’s technology options, you can keep in touch daily, practically face to face. I’m sure you’ve heard it said before, absence does make a loving heart grow fonder. Can you see it in your minds eye? Lawddy, can you imagine anticipating the next time you’ll see each other? Wheew, kool it down, this columns rated: PG, LOL. I could


go on and on with the positives, but no need, I’m sure you feel me. Evidently you’ve been looking in all the wrong places or you’d be hooked up by now. Today’s the day to steer yourself in a new direction. Start looking to find a woman who’s pursuing her dreams, occupying her time, joyfully participating in her life. Since you’re on the road most of the time, I’m sure this task won’t be easy. Soooo, you know me, I just can’t help myself, I’ll see what I can do to help you out.  Ladies: If you’re interested in contacting Lamont, shoot me an email. I see springtime and love just around the corner. Alma

Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to:alwaysaskalma@gmail. com. Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and Twitter @almaaskalma.


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Hanging with Hollywood


FEATURED STAR: PISCES - The Fish - 02/19 - 03/20 Your health is a big deal; make sure you are not neglecting it.  Inspiration/Influence: Taking positive steps to keep your body and soul healthy.   Lucky Numbers –    ARIES - The RAM - 03/21 - 04/19  Your inner strength is matching your outer; it is much easier to take care of all kinds of business.   TAURUS – THE BULL – 04/20 -  05/20 Struggles in family or at work. You need to keep your end; this is not the time to allow them to win.  

Above: Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol and his wife on the red carpet with me and Teresa Wilson. Captain Johnson was in charge in Ferguson when riots broke out after the shooting of Michael Brown.

GEMINI – The Twins - 05/21 – 06/20  Your mentality has been sharp lately, it’s a good time to start a new class and gain more knowledge.  CANCER – The Crab – 06/21 – 07/22  Spend your money wisely, let it sit and collect . Use this time to re-direct your energy to nature.  LEO – The Lion – 07/23 – 08/22 Greater achievements came unexpectedly. You were surprised but ought not be, enjoy the victory.  VIRGO – The Virgin – 08/23 – 09/22 Be more flexible with your time, others are counting on you. Make most of your energy, as you have too much to do. LIBRA – The Scales – 09/23 – 10/22   Perfect time to give small token of your affection. Spend time with friends they need you to do right by them.   SCORPIO – The Scorpion – 10/23 – 11/21  New challenges are coming, you need them, start your step up “game” now. 

Above: At The Chocolate Lounge with singer/ songwriter Ja’Daku

Above: The emcee for the Richardson/Plano Kappa Alpha Psi Silver Anniversary, Chris Arnold.

SAGITTARIUS – The Archer – 11/22 – 12/21 Time to kick back and enjoy good times, parties or casual hangouts. CAPRICORN – The Goat – 12/22 – 01/19 Work issues are worse than ever, make a power play or wait on someone else to do it. Go for it!   AQUARIUS – The Water Carrier – 01/20 – 02/18 You need to find compromise with someone important, it very well could be yourself.  Daily Oracle Reading: Ask and it is given: Your thoughts about him/her are only an inner self reflection and truest feelings of self. 

Above: At Club Legends with the ladies of the 4 Ya Soul Band, Lichelle Green and Eve Wooten

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Soul Jazz Thursday’s at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas. 8pm-12am.

National Minority Health Month

DISD District 7 Candidate Forum at Tyler Street Church 927 W. 10th St. Dallas. 6:15pm-8pm. Register:

Child Abuse Month Early Voting 4-22 to 4-30 Recurring Events

Marvelous Marriage Monday’s at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 7pm-8:30pm 1st & 3rd Monday Info: Hamilton in Dallas at Music Hall Fair Park 909 1st Ave. Dallas Dates & times vary. Tickets: 4-2-5-5-19. Bubbling Brown Sugar at Jubilee Theatre 506 Main St. Ft. Worth. 8pm10:15pm. Tickets: www.jubileetheatre. com March 22- April 28.

April 8-13

FAMU Alumni Week Tickets and RSVP: See site for details of week long events.

National Diversity Conference at Hilton Anatole 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy. Leah Frazier Session: 2:15, Barack Obama Speaker: 7:15pm.

April 12-13

April 12, 2019 Happy Birthday to Team Member and our Friend Lisa Turner

Reverdy C. Randsom The Black Social Gospel & The AME Church Symposium at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 1pml-3pm.

National Global Impact Day 2019 at Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career Center 2101 Browning Dr. 7pm-8pm.

Happy Hour with Don Diego at Chocolate Lounge Exclusive 4222 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. 6pm-8pm.

Wednesdays Swing Dance Class at Allure Jazz & Cigar Lounge 110 S. Cockrell Hill, DeSoto. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Instructor: Lady Champagne. Free before 8pm.

Feel Good Fryday: Bingo n Beats DJ So4Kis at Mickey’s Sports Bar & Grill 3758 S. Carrier Pkwy. Grand Prairie. 7pm. Tickets:

Join Leah Frazier: Dallas Mavs watch Party at Hero Victory Park 3090 Olive St. Tip off 7:30pm.

Ft Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Friday Business Mixer at Nana’s Kitchen 7403 John T. White Ft. Worth. 5pm-7pm. Tickets:

African Chamber and Americas Chambers for Business Luncheon at DFW Minority Supplier 8828 N. 35 Fwy. 11am-1pm. Info: Michael Fant 817-317-1277.

Join Leah Frazier: FGI Scholarship Competition at DMC Trade Mart Pavilion 2100 Stemmons Fwy. Dallas 1pm.

The Stormproof Way To Build Your Brand Host: Tresa Chambers at 8687 N. 75 Fwy Suite #1612, Dallas. 7pm-9pm. Register: Poetry Smash at TBAAL 1309 Canton St. 7:30pm9pm. Tickets: 214-7432400. RBCA Happy Hour: with WSP Sr. Communications Manager at RBCA 2627 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Dallas. 6pm-9pm. Apollo Dallas Style at Hall Of State in Fair Park 3839 Grand Ave. 7pm-9pm.

April 13 Gigantic Gospel Concert 2019 a J. Spivey Production at friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 3pm tickets Friendship-West 972-228-5200. Spring Bling 2019 Host: Elite Social Lounge at Swayz 9750 Walnut St. Dallas. 8pm-1am. Tickets: 2019 Hall of Fame Class at the African American Education Archives & History Bobbie L. Lang Luncheon at Hilton Garden Inn 800 N. Main St. Duncanville. Info The Food for Soul Experience Dallas Independent Artist Showcase at Athletic Zone 423 Singleton Blvd. Tacos & Tequila All School, Old School, City Wide Class Reunion & Adult Skate Party at Cedar Hill Roller Rink 202 Main St. Cedar Hill. Tickets: (214)296-7355. DeSoto Living! Festival at DeSoto East Middle School 601 Beltline Rd. 10am-4pm. Free Family Fun.

Celebrate Garland’s Arts Heritage at Downtown Garland Historic Squaren 4pm-9pm. Free. Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Zeiger Park 400 Eagle Dr. DeSoto. Begins at 11am. Under 3 up to 9. Register: 972-230-9655. GoalFriend Brunch at Business Lounge 13740 Midway Rd. Dallas. 11am-2pm. Tickets: Black Dance Aesthetics with Michelle Gibson at South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Tickets & Times: www.

April 15 Bessie Smith Blues Singer DOB 1894

World Unity Festival at Stewart Creek Park 3700 Sparks Rd. The Colony 4pm-10pm. Free.

Monday Jazz Happy Hour w/ The Willis Duo at The Balcony Club 1825 Abrams Rd. Ste. #B, Dallas 6pm-8pm. Free Tickets: Cookies & Cocktails April at Kessler Baking Studio 1129 N. Beckley Ave. Dallas 7:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets:

April 16 IHCC Power Hour at Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 11:30am-1pm. Info: DISD District 5 Candidate Forum at Moorland Family YMCA 907 E. Ledbetter Dr. 6:15pm-8pm. Register: Phat Tuesday – Spring Edition at Hyena’s Comedy Club 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln. #220, Dallas 7pm-10pm.

Palm Sunday

1st Annual Unite Dallas/Ft. Worth Passover 2019 at Yah’s Hidden Ones 3224 Cheek-Sparger Rd. Bedford. 6:30pm. Register: Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois at New Hope Baptist Church 5002 S. 75 Exp. Dallas. 4:00-5:30pm. Dallas Pizza Fest 2019 at deep Ellum Art Company 3200 commerce St. 12pm-9pm. tickets: Fort Worth A Night of Laughs with Shuckey Duckey at Hyenas Comedy Night Clubs 425 Commerce St. 7:30pm. Soulful Sunday Brunch at The Lemonade Lounge 1411 E. Campbell Rd. Ste. #1200, Richardson. 12 noon.


Cocktails and Connections at The Pelican House Restaurant 107 S. Cedar Ridge Dr. Duncanville. 6pm. Thursday Night Comedy Showcase at Club Odyssey 7439 S. Westmoreland Rd. Dallas. 8pm

April 19

Good Friday New York Slave Revolt of 1712

Smooth Funky Town Grove at will Rogers Memorial Center 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. Ft. Worth. 7pm-12am After 7 & more.. Tickets: Friday Night Live Feat: Andre Taylor & Brian Wave at Sway’s Room – Inside American Celebrations 921 W. Belt Line Rd., Ste. #110, DeSoto. 9pm. Tickets: Star 102.1’s Second Chance Prom Feat: Tone Loc at The Statler Hotel 1914 Commerce St. Dallas, 7pm-11pm. Tickets: Trevor Noah: Loud & Clear Tour at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving via Live Nation 7:30pm. 2019 Perkins BSA 7 Last words Worship Celebration at Salem Institutional Baptist Church 3918 Crozier St. Dallas 7pm-9pm. 90’s & 2000’s Hip-Hop-R&B Party at Foundation Room 2200 N. Lamar St. 10pm-2am. Fridays Happy Hour with Don Diego at Chocolate Lounge Exclusive 4222 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. 6pm-8pm. Fridays

Friendship-West Presents: Holy Week Observance 2019 at 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. 6pm. Info:

April 20-21

April 17

The Gospel Live: No Greater Love at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church 1808 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. Dallas Sat. 3&7pm Sun. 7:50am & 1pm.

In 1983 Alice Walker won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Color Purple”

AIN Competition at Kauwuane Burton Studios 9108 Chancellor Row B Dallas, 7pm. Leah Frazier Judges.

at Moorland Family YMCA 907 E. Ledbetter Dr. 6pm-8:30pm.

Happy Birthday to Team Member and great guy Andrew Whigham

April 17-19

Kindness Summit at The Drawing Board 1900 Jay EII Dr. Dallas Leah Frazier Speaker. 3pm.

April 14

Book Signing Carlos Harleaux “When Te Cookie Crumbles” at Kessler Baking Studio 1129 N. Beckley Ave. 12pm-4pm.

Monday Night Politics Meet the City Council Candidates District 4 at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. Dallas 6pm.-8pm. Presented by : Dallas Examiner.

17 Annual Taste of Cedar Hill & Business Expo at Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce 300 Houston St. Historic Down Town. 3pm-8pm. Free.

Dallas Job Fair at Embassy Suites Dallas Market Center 2727 N. 35 Fwy. 11am-2pm. Tickets: RSVP.

Percy Julian DOB 1899

2019 Debutante Information Assembly at UTA College of Business Room 150 701 S. West St., Arlington. 3pm.-5pm.

Herbie Hancock DOB 1940

90’s & 2000’s Hip-Hop-R&B Party at Foundation Room 2200 N. Lamar St. 10pm-2am. Fridays

April 11

Tacos & Tequila All School, Old School, City Wide Class Reunion & Adult Skate Party at Cedar Hill Roller Rink 202 Main St. Cedar Hill. Tickets: (214)296-7355.

South Dallas Bus. & Prof. Women’s Club 56th Annual V. Alyce Foster Trailblazer Awards Luncheon at Hilton Anatole Hotel 2201 N. 35 Fwy. 2pm. Speaker Patricia “Pat” Smith.

DBDT Presents: Encore! Rising Excellence Featuring My’kal J. Stromile at Moody Performance Hall 2520 Flora St. Dallas. 7:30pm.

April 10

La Cima Women’s Network Monthly Meeting at La Cima Club 5215 N. O’Connor Rd. Ste. #2600, Irving. 11am-1pm.

Comprehensive Mobility Plan & Homeless Host: Coffee & Politics 101 at African American Museum. 10am-11am.

Thursday Night Comedy Showcase Presented by: Stephanie Michelle at Club Odyssey 7439 S. Westmoreland Rd. 8pm. Networking Pop Up Host: National Collation of 100 Black Women at Mercy Wine Bar 5100 Belt Line Rd. #544, 5-7:30pm.

Feeding The Needy Hosted by: Hollywood Hernandez Live 1698 Corsicana St. Dallas. 3pm-5pm.

Tamar Braxton at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving. Tixkets via Live Nation 7:30pm.

Peoples Town Hall w/ DA John Creuzot at Texas Theatre 321 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas. 6:30pm-8:3-pm. DeSoto Works Job Fair at Disciple Central 901 N. Polk St. 2pm-6pm. Free. Neighborhood Legal Clinic at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W Wheatland Rd. Dallas 5:30pm-7:30pm.

April 18 Justice of Peace Welcome Reception Judge Shasa Moreno & Judge Mike Jones at The Auditorium at The Study 801 W. Irving Blvd. 5:30pm-7pm. South Oak Cliff Community Job Fair at Singing Hills Baptist Church 6550 University Hills Blvd. 10am-1pm. www.TheSHBC. org/job-fair

April 20

First Day of Passover

Jennifer Hudson wi/ Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora St. 8pm. Tickets: All Blue Everything Jam Session/ Open Mic at Aldeez Caribbean Restaurant & Event Center, 7879 Spring Valley Rd. 9pm-12am. Tickets: 45th Annual Education and Scholarship Awards Luncheon Host: Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. at The Double Tee Hilton 8250 N. Exp, Dallas. 11am. April 21.

Tri-Cities NAACP Monthly Meeting at The International Museum of Cultures 411 Hwy 67, Duncanville. 7pm.

16th Annual “Hatting” Prayer Brunch Host: National Council of Negro Women at Renaissance Hotel 2222 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas. 10am.-1pm.

Soul Jazz Thursday’s with Vandell Andrew at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas. 8pm-12am.

D-Town Food Fest at City Hall Plaza 1500 Marilla St. Dallas 2pm-8pm. Tickets: Eventbrite.

Dallas Mayoral Form Host: Dallas County Young Democrats

Divorce Reform and CPS Coffee & Politics 101 at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 10am-11am.

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