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Wa s i t a SUICIDE? Chavis Carter was handcuffed in the back of a squad car when the fatal shot ended his life.

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INSIDE I MESSENGER August 24, 2012

Message to the people... Everyone deserves Justice Chavis Carter’s death is questionable

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I MESSENGER Cheryl Smith, Publisher Established 2011 IMESSENGER is a tribute to Le Messager, founded by Cameroonian journalist Pius Njawe and The Messenger, an independent magazine, founded by labor activist A . Philip Randolph and economist Chandler Owen. IM ESSENGER is committed to informing, inspiring, enlightening and provoking thought in a forum that is international. Submissions for publication consideration may be submitted to www.myimessenger.com. PAGE 4

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He was just 21. Some would say he was just beginning to live-- that despite what he had done in his past, he had so many years ahead of him, to prove himself, and to the world that he was, indeed a man. Any hopes of such a reality were snuffed out on July 28 in Jonesboro, Arkansas when Chavis Carter “allegedly” committed suicide. He wouldn’t be the first Black male to commit suicide and he won’t be the last. He is also not the first Black male to die under suspicious circumstances and unfortunately he probably won’t be the last. The more and more I read about Mr. Carter’s case, Cheryl Smith the more puzzled, confused and then downright stupid I feel. The numbers just don’t add up and the facts (as provided in reports) make it impossible for me to believe the hype. It appears that Mr. Carter, and two young men were stopped in a truck in Jonesboro, Arkansas. During this routine stop, the two white males were sent on their way after being told that Mr. Carter had a warrant in his home state of Mississippi. Mr. Carter, was frisked twice, however, and according to some police officers who I know and respect, it is highly possible that a gun could have been missed during the first search and he could have stashed the gun that was later used to take his life. But they had questions too, as information about the case continues to be revealed. The Jonesboro Police department released a video with officers fitting Mr. Carter’s description reenacting the shooting. That same video was viewed by the pathologist who performed the autopsy and issued his ruling of “suicide.” The ruling also pointed out that n addition to marijuana, Mr. Carter had oxycodone and methamphetamine in his blood. Could those drugs have contributed to his state of mind? According to the report from the crime lab, Mr. Carter"was cuffed and placed into a police car, where apparently he produced a weapon, and despite being handcuffed, shot himself in the head.” Okay, anything is possible! There are quite a few questions folks are asking: • Since there were no other suspects to be concerned about and no vehicle to wait for a tow truck, what were the officers doing while Mr. Carter maneuvered around in the back seat of the car to retrieve this gun and the shoot himself? • Where did the Cobra .380 handgun come from? • Why wasn’t Mr. Carter tested for gunshot residue even after police department asked for the test? •Did Mr. Carter tell his girlfriend that he had a gun “with” or “on” him? •Why does police footage appear to stop and start? •Why did Mr. Carter call his girlfriend and tell her he was scared? •Did the arresting officers know that Mr. Carter was left-handed, but his right hand was used to pull the trigger? Oh, there are so many more questions and while Officers Keith Baggett and Ron Marsh remain on administrative leave, more and more questions are surfacing. Along with those questions are reports about Mr. Carter. Sadly there are some very disturbing videos and reports, including one of him smoking marijuana with clearly underaged youth. Clearly he was dong things that were leading him to trouble, imprisonment or an early grave. There are also very unflattering photos on Facebook. Still, whatever information is being revealed now, was not known to the arresting officers and has no bearing on whether he was murdered or decided to take his own life. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and others have asked for further investigation and they are right in doing so. There’s so much more information than even the little I have revealed here. We don’t want a rush to judgment or any character assassinations. Justice is the ultimate goal!

Cheryl Note: Please forgive the misspelling of the Hon. Bernadette Nutall’s name in last week’s issue! We regret the error.

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Rep. Johnson presented Transportation Award at 15th Annual Transportation & Infrastructure Summit

Fowler to speak at Summit

Dallas, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson presented the Eddie Bernice Johnson Award for Excellence in Transportation Leadership to Congressman Tom Petri, who represents the 6th District of Wisconsin. “I am very proud to present this award to Congressman Petri for his longstanding dedication to improving transportation infrastructure in our country. Congressman Petri’s career in

Deborah Fowler Deputy Director of Texas Appleseed

ARLINGTON, TX - Deborah Fowler, Deputy Director of Texas Appleseed, is scheduled to serve as a guest speaker on this Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the North Texas Impact Summit in Arlington. "Ms. Fowler is an outstanding legal mind and has the wisdom and courage to address disproportionality and d i s p a r i t i e s h e a d o n . We welcome her participation in what will be a very substantive meeting of the minds," says Rev. Kyev P. Tatum, Sr., president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Ms. Fowler coordinates legal efforts on juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, and other Texas Appleseed project areas. She is a nationally recognized expert in school discipline and juvenile justice issues and has authored three major reports on the school-to-prison pipeline in Texas, including the latest (2012) on ticketing, arrest, and use of force in public schools. She also authored the first of its kind handbook for criminal defense attorneys who are representing clients who have an intellectual disability. S h e r e c e i v e d t h e 2 0 11 Excellence in Public Interest Award for her contributions to public interest law and the 2011 Ma’at Justice Award from the Women and the Law Section, State Bar of Texas. Deborah previously served as Texas Appleseed's Legal Director for five years. She also has extensive experience working with the judiciary, both as a judicial clerk and supervising attorney. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark College's Northwestern School of Law. There is still time to register for the summit. There is no charge for the summit, breakfast or lunch. PAGE 5

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Congress has been characterized by his commitment to pursuing thoughtful legislation, and the advancement of sound policy,” said Congresswoman Johnson. T h e Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n & Infrastructure Summit was Congresswoman Johnson’s brainchild and she has been heavily involved in the Summit since its inception. Congresswoman Johnson also served on a panel with

several other Members of Congress on issues facing the Nation’s transportation systems and what passage of the transportation bill would mean for Texas. “The passage of the transportation bill will result in over 2 million jobs being created or saved across the Nation. “In terms of transportation dollars, Texas will receive more than $3 billion annually in highway formula funds.

As the senior Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that Texas receives the needed infrastructure and its share of federal funding.” The event, now in its 15th year, is an internationally recognized conference aimed at furthering the dialogue on transportation policy.

Several protest Selma monument for KKK leader Selma, AL (BlackNews.com) -- Hank Sanders, Alabama State Senator representing Selma and Dallas County and eight other West Alabama counties, is challenging the building of a Monument to General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Sanders comments, "Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the richest slave dealers in the South. Under General Nathan Bedford Forrest leadership, black soldiers who had surrendered were murdered in cold blood at Fort Pillow, Tennessee during the Civil War." After the Civil War, General Forrest took leadership of the Klan becoming its first Grand Wizard and built it into a national force that terrorized Black people across this country for decades. There is already a monument to Forrest at Live Oak Cemetery. We do not need a bigger monument of Forrest in Selma, the symbol for voting rights and freedom all over the world." " We h a v e w o r k e d t o eliminate memorials and anything else that honors Nathan Bedford Forrest including changing the name of an almost entirely black housing project just outside of town named for decades NBF Homes that stood for Nathan Bedford Forrest. We successfully renamed the housing project to MBA Homes in honor of Minnie B. Anderson," Sanders said. He continued, "In the year 2000, we successful fought to remove a Forrest monument from a public building, the Smitherman Building. It was at that time, that the monument was relocated to the Live Oak Cemetery. We were not pleased then and continue to be displeased now that a memorial that honors a slave trader and a murderer of Black people is present in our town." Sanders also protested a document on the monument

which called his wife, Faya Rose To u r e ; a "Domestic Te r r o r i s t . " N o public property should be used to defame anyone, said Sanders. "A terrorist is a criminal. It is a sad day when a person who protest a terrorist like Nathan Bedford Forrest is called a "domestic terrorist" and it’s posted on public property." Sanders also spoke out against the physical assault on his wife, Faya Rose Toure. "The supervisor of the construction project grabbed and pushed my wife. He then put his finger in her face. I will not stand for anyone assaulting any one. I certainly will not stand for anyone assaulting my wife or any member of my family. This supervisor of the Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument must face justice." The Friends of Forrest, a Confederate organization and co-founded by Cecil Williamson and Patricia Godwin are behind the building of the monument. "They [Friends of Forrest] have been raising money for years for a permanent monument to Forrest by selling a packet of information that was originally published by the KKK right after the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march. They call the packet, Truth Uncensored and it attacks the Voting Rights Movement." Among several articles in the packet are booklets called, Sex and the Civil Rights Movement - The True Selma Story, that falsely claims the Selma to Montgomery march was a drunken orgy; and Nightriders, The Truth

Cecil Williamson, president of Selma, Alabama City Council, is behind the building of the monument, and has a long history of involvement with secessionist and White supremacy groups including the John Birch Society and the League of the South.

Surrounding Viola Liuzzo’s Killing falsely charges Mrs. Liuzzo with being a prostitute. You can see a description of all the racist materials in the packet at www.firstfreedom.net/68.htm Cecil Williamson is the president of the Selma City Council and has a long history of involvement with secessionist and White supremacy groups including the John Birch Society and the League of the South. "We exposed his attendance at a Nathan Bedford Forrest birthday celebration in July 2010. Along with the Confederate flag, a racist caricature of a Black child eating watermelon was the display for their water melon station." In spite of the fact that the Selma City Council was presented this evidence and other detailed evidence of Williamson’s racism," Sanders

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said, "they failed to vote him out of the office of president of Council." Sanders said he has had enough. "I wrote a column on Nathan Bedford Forrest eleven years ago. We are still struggling with this issue today. This matter has gone way too far. We must take a stand. That’s why I am speaking out now. That’s why others must speak out." Express your outrage and opposition to the building of this monument by emailing the Mayor George Evans at mayoroffice@selma-al.gov, Thomas C. Atchison at tatchison@pittsandpitts.com, Angela Benjamin at abenjamin@ward4selma.com, Greg J. Bjelke at gbjelk84@gmail.com, Corey D. Bowie at coreybowie2012@gmail.com, Susan Keith at susanmkeith@aol.com, Samuel L. Randolph at srandolphs@al.com, and Cecil Williamson at cresenthill@mindspring.com, " Sanders appealed. ONLINE PETITION: To sign the online petition to stop the monument, visit www.change.org/selma

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It Has Begun! Legendary multi-platinum country artist Collin Raye tells everyone everywhere he goes, “Imaj is country’s next big star!” What makes Imaj such an amazing anomaly is that her mission has always been simply, “Peace & Love” — a movement that has been advocated since The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and Michael Jackson…then along came Imaj to continue the Peace Movement. What makes this so great is that Team Imaj has begun to expand her mission to not only spread world peace but to spread the awareness of Imaj and make the world a better place. You’ve heard the Breaking News: “IMAJ: Self-Titled Debut Album Set To Release This Summer/Fall!” We can’t wait for the release! And now…we’re joining hands nationwide. Join us at “Team Imaj” her official street team!

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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT...

Romney’s agenda: Class warfare By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Raise taxes on the rich? “Class warfare” the Republicans rail. Any discussion of inequality, says Mitt Romney, should be held privately “in quiet rooms.” Yet the Romney agenda for the country opens a new offensive in class warfare — only on the side of the few, not the many. America’s inequality has already reached extremes not seen since 1929 before the Great Depression. In 2010, the richest 1 percent captured an obscene 93 percent of the nation’s income growth. The top 1 percent now has as much wealth as 90 percent of Americans. As Warren Buffett, one of America’s richest men, told New York Times columnist Ben Stein: “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Romney and Republicans demand extension of the extra Bush tax cuts that go to those earning more than $250,000 a year. In addition, Romney calls for slashing individual tax rates across the board by 20 percent, eliminating the estate tax that applies only to the multimillionaires and sustaining the concessionary 15 percent tax rate on capital gains income overwhelmingly pocketed by the wealthiest Americans. He promises to pay for these tax cuts by closing “loopholes,” but refuses to identify them. But even with the most generous assumptions, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center — a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution — found that the rich don’t collect enough in loopholes to pay for the proposed tax cuts. Romney’s tax plan would end with the richest Americans getting a tax cut while most Americans end up paying more. Class warfare straight up. On spending, Romney claims that he can cut federal spending while increasing spending on the military and putting off his (poisonous) plans for Medicare and Social Security for a decade (so that those 55 and over won’t vote against him). But neither Romney nor running mate Paul Ryan will reveal what they would cut. Ryan’s budget calls for devastating cuts in Medicaid and food stamps. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that more than three-fifths of the Ryan cuts in the first decade come from programs for the poor. Class warfare again. Add to this the Romney “Bain Capital” economic policy. Romney criticizes Obama for not signing more corporate trade treaties, despite the fact that our trade policies not only ship jobs abroad but rack up more than $1 billion a day in trade deficits, more than half to China. (To be fair, Romney pledges to certify China as a currency violator, but every candidate promises to get tough with China, then folds once in office). Romney also wants to repeal even the modest reforms of Wall Street that Obama got through Congress. He opposes raising the minimum wage and echoes Republican scorn of worker rights and unions. But the decline of unions has contributed to an economy in which workers no longer gain a fair share of the increased productivity and profits that they help to create. Once more, class warfare on the side of the CEOs and against working families. Increasingly a Southern-based “whites only” dominated party, Republicans wrap their class warfare into scorn for “those people”: poor people of color. Can they consolidate support among white blue-collar workers, even as their policies attack those workers? Divide and conquer is an ancient strategy in warfare and in politics. Will it work for Mitt Romney, so clearly a man of, by and for the 1 percent? We’ll know in November.

PA Voter ID ruling a slap in the face to democracy Florida's former Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer appeared on my TV show, Politics Nation on MSNBC, and candidly discussed how the GOP in his state systematically pushed for harsh new voter ID laws in order to suppress the vote -- specifically that of African Americans and young people. Blowing the lid off of insider meetings, Greer said his party gave up on courting minority voters and instead began seeking methods to disenfranchise and purge as many of them from participating as possible. He confirmed what some of us have long argued, and he provided a backdrop into what is transpiring all across the country in advance of the upcoming presidential election. Well today, in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, a judge ruled in favor of upholding the draconian Republican-supported voter ID law. This outrageous ruling is a slap in the face to democracy, and a slap in the face to all those who sacrificed so dearly in order to secure our liberties. In what can only be described as a shocking and appalling ruling, Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson has sided with those who would seek to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of otherwise eligible voters just a few months before Election Day. While Simpson said he was disturbed by statements made by Pennsylvania state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (who openly said voter ID laws would allow Gov. Romney to win Pennsylvania), he believed that state officials would be able to enforce these laws in a "nonpartisan, even-handed manner." But when the entire premise of a law is partisan to begin with, the idea of fairness is preposterous and insulting at best. The Pennsylvania Transportation Department estimates that approximately 9 perent of registered voters -- or 750,000 people -- lack state-issued photo IDs in the state and

Rev. Al Sharpton President National Action Network will not be able to cast a ballot this November. And it should come as no surprise that a majority of these folks are the poor, the elderly, people of color, the disabled and young folks. In other words, they represent a massive voting block of the Democratic Party and came out in unprecedented numbers for the 2008 election. Judge Simpson, a Republican, stated that he was 'skeptical' of the 9 percent figure and that opponents of these voter ID laws failed to make a case of voter suppression. But what Simpson should have focused on instead was the inability of proponents of these laws to prove that voter fraud exists in the first place. Once again unable to provide valid proof that voter fraud is an actual threat, these Republican lawmakers have argued a solution looking for a problem. And the truly unfortunate part is that they have thus far succeeded in the state of Pennsylvania. For the past few weeks, I have traveled to key areas like Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and Florida as part of my Voter Engagement Tour. Because these new voter ID laws range from an elimination of early/ absentee voting to new photo ID requirements and more, citizens must be educated as to what tactics are in play in their respective state. They then must organize to get as many

voters the appropriate IDs or other documents in order to counteract the repressive measures that will impact them this election. My organization, National Action Network, and I will now be sure to visit Pennsylvania in the immediate future. We will rally folks, and assist churches and civil rights groups with getting their congregants/members registered and helping them to obtain photo IDs. While there may be time for people to appeal Judge Simpson's ruling, we will not take the chance. Many of those impacted by these laws cannot afford to take time off from work or cannot make it to a state agency that can administer the IDs. Many are elderly who may not even possess a birth certificate, let alone a vehicle to get to the polls. And many just need clarity as to what will now be required. We will do our part to prepare people as much as possible, and get as many eligible souls to the polls, but all of us need to take action. Today's unfortunate ruling is a clear upholding of voter suppression, but it is not the first time we've witnessed systematic methods of blocking the vote in this nation. It was a broad coalition of activists, religious leaders, lawmakers and citizens from diverse backgrounds that fought disenfranchisement in the past. During that time, some even gave their lives. If we've survived church bombings, brute force and more, we should at least be able to empower and assist the less fortunate among us to combat those who simply cannot win based on their own Party's platform alone. We must take action; no excuses. The ones who are attempting to block us aren't hesitating, and neither should we. Rev. Alfred Charles "Al" Sharpton, Jr. is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk show host.

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. The opinions expressed by columnists are not necessarily those of I MESSENGER.

Every man has a right to his own opinion. Every race has a right to its own action; therefore let no man persuade you against your will, let no other race influence you against your own. Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., is the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

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GUNAA-DALLAS CHAPTER PRESENTS 2012 FOOTBALL KICKOFF BRUNCH GSU 2012 FOOTBALL THEME: “ROLL WITH US OR ROLL OUT”

August 25, 2012 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Renaissance Dallas Hotel 2222 N Stemmons Frwy. Dallas, Texas 75207 Keynote Speaker: Everson “Cubby” Walls, GSU Football Legend and NFL Great! $40 Tickets (can be purchased from GUNAA-Dallas Chapter members) Entertainment, door prizes, silent auction!!!!

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FAMU Football Game

If you are interested in going the FAMU vs OU football game September 8, 2012 in Norman Oklahoma (7pm cst kick-off) Game tickets are $55.00 (no additional fees), available from the University until August 22, 2012 Additionally, those who wish to stay overnight, the host hotel is: Cambria Suites 4410 SW 19th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73108 Rate: $81 405-668-3300 Please contact Gerald B. Jenkins (DFW) by August 20, 2012 gbj.famu@yahoo.com 214-766-8783 -orUniversity Athletic department by August 22, 2012 (800)843-0788) or (850) 599-3141

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World Natural Hair Parade & Festival planned The Natural Hair Parade & Festival was created as a platform for community healing; developing an avenue to usher in love, peace and unification all for the purpose of cultivating the labor of love for natural hair. Wynnewood Shopping Center, 655 W. Illinois Ave, 75224,  Parade Starts at 10:30 a.m. Line up 8 a.m. Procession will lead participants to the Beckley-Saner Park for the festival. For more information about the 2nd Annual NaturallyIsis Natural Hair Parade & Festival Call The Isis Project: 214-329-3820 or 214-946-1460

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Black Solution for Black Problems Pan-African Connection Bookstore and Sistas of the Black Woman’s Agenda presents Sis. Letava Mabiligengo discussing Black Solutions for Black Problems at the Hampton-Illinois Branch Library, 2 9 5 1 S. Ha m p t o n Ro a d o n September 7 and 8, 1pm-4pm.

Also Break Bread w/Sis LeTava & Family Pan African Connection, 828 4th Ave Dallas 75226, 7 pm – 10 pm Author, mother, homeschool educator, matriarchal nation builder, Sis LeTava will read from her new release, It Is Time. 

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Inspiring Potential. Developing Leaders Leslie

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Speak 2B Heard Girls’ Forum

September 15, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Cedar Valley College 3030 N. Dallas Avenue Lancaster Texas 75241

Calling Girls Ages 12 - 14, We Want To Hear “What’s On Your Minds” Food es riz urs P o r H o Do ice v r e ty S Friends i n u m Com ake New M

Forum Highlights... Speak and be heard... In a respectful and supportive environment Speak and be heard... Give your opinion on what girls really need and want in 2012 Speak and be heard... Freely express your thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences Speak and be heard... Share what works for you in coping with life challenges

Pre-Registration Required: Contact 972-230-1101 - pwn@lkbacademy.org - www.lkbacademy.org An Educational Program of the Leslie K Bedford Leadership Academy A Partnership with PAGE 12

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An African experience It was an opportunity to hear about how one woman has had a successful career while also reaching back to help others. Recently at the invitation of Tx State Representative Helen Giddings, a group of businesswomen, educators and community volunteers gathered in the library at the African American Museum, to meet South African entrepreneur and humanitarian, Lorato Phalatse. Members of the Links Inc., and The Summit listened intently as she explained how after college she entered the business world, holding key positions before

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assuming a high profile position in President Mbeki’s cabinet. Lorato, who is the Chief Executive of Nozala Investments, was visiting Dallas while on her way to enroll her son into college in Wichita Falls, TX. A huge proponent of education, she shared how education was an important part of her life. She also talked about the significance of Black women helping one another once they achieve success in an area. “One of the biggest challenges is when we as Black women make it, we really battle to help other Black women get in,” she said.

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“We actually keep them (Black women) out.” Fortunately when she was entering the business world, there were people who reached out to help her, she acknowledged. She also shared information about a program she is involved with that helps women in rural areas of South Africa.

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Web site educates small and minority business owners on how to obtain small business credit Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- A recent Washington Post article emphasized how poor credit makes it much tougher to secure loans and gain access to credit, especially

for African-Americans. The article entitled, "For Black Americans, Financial Damage From Subprime Implosion is Likely to Last" (see link below), sheds light on what

has been an ongoing problem for many decades: Minorities, particularly African Americans, continue to make up a huge population of people and business owners who are unqualified for credit. Other articles from TheGriot.com and The Black American News Network (TBANN) share the same devastating news, but one new web site aims to make a change. Launched in 2011, BusinessCredit.org is a free online resource that features the best tips and guidelines on how to obtain and build small business credit that is, business loans, business credit cards, and business lines of credit. Visitors are also educated about business credit reports. The web

site is available to help anyone regardless of their ethnic background, but it aims to especially reach African Americans and other minorities who are most in need. Visitors to the site will learn exactly what to do and what to avoid when applying for new credit, and how to effectively plead a case when credit is being taken away. There is no other resource online like this, and most of all it's 100% free to use.The site features well-written informative articles, descriptive how-to videos, exclusive listings of useful resources, and detailed comparison charts of options offered by different banks. It also features the latest news and trends pertaining to small business funding and credit.

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IN MEMORIAM Mildred Thomas Spence April 8, 1921- August 10, 2012 She was the wife of the late Johnnie B. Spence, the mother of 5 children. Mildred worked in the medical field as a Neonatal Nurse for over 20 years and retired as one of the best pediatric nurses at Methodist

Medical Center of Dallas they ever had. She accepted Christ at an early age, where she became an active member at Full Gospel Tabernacle NTC. Inc., and she served faithfully on the usher board.

Phyllis Diller July 17, 1917 - August 20, 2012 Comedian, actress and author Phyllis Diller was born as Phyllis Ada Driver on July 17, 1917, in Lima, Ohio. Diller was the only child of Frances and Perry Driver.

After graduating high school, she continued her studies at Chicago's Sherwood Music Conservatory for three years, before eloping with Sherwood Diller in 1939. The couple soon moved to California, where they had six children In 1955, while working as a journalist for the San Leandro NewsObserver, Ms. Diller appeared as a contestant on Groucho Marx's game s h o w, Yo u B e t Yo u r L i f e . H e r memorable performance on the show sparked the advent of her national exposure. She received an offer to make her comedic debut at The Purple Onion Comedy Club in San Francisco, where she floored the audience with her dynamic one-liners and comical costumes.

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Artie Williams III Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 11 am The Grace Baptist Church 22833 Copper Hill Drive Santa Clarita, CA 91350 Viewing on Monday, August 27 4pm to 8pm at: Eternal Valley Mortuary 23287 North Sierra Hwy Newhall, CA 91321 Tel: 661-259-0800. Channel 7 KABC photographer Artie Williams III died while diving with a friend off Catalina Island

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Methodist Charlton hosts Third Annual Women in Ministry Brunch

The First Ladies and Women in Ministry Brunch at Methodist Charlton featured a fashion show that showed guests how to be stylish and fit.

Methodist Charlton Medical Center recently hosted its third

The First Ladies and Women in Ministry Brunch was a fun event for all!

annual First Ladies and Women in Ministry Brunch. Special guest speaker for the event was Sheila Bailey, DHum, president and founder of Sheila B. Ministries, and author of Makeovers With Leftovers, which focuses on learning to live on what’s left of life. In addition to an inspiring message from Dr. Bailey, attendees were treated to an elegant brunch, a fashion show by Kamit Sports designers Dorris Bogus and Jazmine Simmons, and entertainment by singer Bridgette Hammers. Emcee for the event was Marilyn Mansfield, author, certified personality trainer, and wife of Methodist President and CEO Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE. “The First Ladies and Women in Ministry Brunch is an opportunity for Methodist Charlton to express

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medicine at Methodist Charlton Medical Center,” says Jonathan S. Davis, FACHE, hospital president. “Our goal is to create an atmosphere that fosters partnerships and collaborations within the faith community. We believe that through these vital connections, we will touch and impact the lives of people at a greater level, bringing healing through the loving hands of others.”

Enjoying the First Ladies and Women in Ministry Brunch at Methodist Charlton are (from left) Methodist Charlton President Jonathan S. Davis,FACHE; Hope Mansion Executive Director Angie Hammond; guest speaker Sheila M. Bailey; Roaring Lambs Ministries Executive Director Donna Skell; Fellowship of Professional Women President Sharon Hill; Marilyn Mansfield, author, certified personality trainer, and wife of Methodist President and CEO Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE; and Methodist SVP Human Resources Deanna Kenard.

Actor endorses Let’s Move California Actor Wesley Jonathan of TV Land's "The Soul Man" gives back to the community as a celebrity volunteer at the First AME Church annual Back To School Event. "The Soul Man" star Wesley Jonathan (Center) poses with area youth at the First AME annual Back To School event. (Photo Credit:  Valerie Goodloe) 

Tommy The Clown and Wesley Jonathan of "The Soul Man"

Don’t wait until a designated month to go to the doctor-Cancer, hypertension, blood clots, kidney disease and other ills are not paying attention to a calendar and neither should you!

Actor Wesley Jonathan and Pastor John Hunter .

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Unconditional The movie

Liquid Soul Media presents the captivating drama Unconditional, starring Lynn Collins (XMen Origins: Wolverine, 50 First Dates, and The Lake House) and Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man, Seven Pounds, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Barbershop). This inspiring film releases in theaters September 21, and encourages viewers to make a difference in their own communities through its ACT campaign. When describing the heart of the film, producers Jason Atkins and J. Wesley Legg said that, “No matter how dark your circumstance, working for those forgotten by society brings hope and turns servants into heroes.” The two also developed Liquid Soul Media with the intent on producing entertainment in a true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable way. Unconditional serves as its first production and was developed and produced in Nashville, Tenn. Written and directed by Brent McCorkle, the film tells the story of Samantha Crawford (Lynn Collins), an acclaimed storybook artist, who seemingly had it all until she lost the love she cherished the most. When Sam’s storybook marriage is ripped away from her, she loses her faith and her will to live. Now fighting with despair, Samantha is obsessed with tracking down the murderer of her husband. However, a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with her oldest friend, Joe Bradford (Michael Ealy)… and begins Sam’s journey back toward God’s unconditional love. Slowly dying of kidney disease, “Papa” Joe spends his last days serving fatherless children in the under-resourced community where he lives. Observing “Papa” Joe’s tireless love for “his” kids, Sam begins to find new purpose…until she comes face to face with her biggest fear.

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PCC introduces Clergy Leadership and Executive Coaching Sessions A New Tool for Enhancing Ministry

Unconditional is a stirring film that will touch audiences and challenge them to consider what is most important in their own lives. The movie’s heartfelt themes include reconciliation, second chances, forgiveness, sacrifice and the true meaning of unconditional love. Modeled after the real-life of “Papa” Joe, Unconditional serves not only to entertain but also inspire moviegoers to serve in areas of need just like Joe Bradford. “My dream is that Unconditional inspires cities to unite in love to rescue one of our most precious commodities: thousands of at-risk and fatherless children torn by poverty and oppression,” said Bradford. Motivated by Bradford’s philanthropic endeavors, Unconditional launched its ACT campaign. The ACT campaign encourages moviegoers to serve alongside scores of nonprofit organizations and ministries in their community. Audiences are directed to the film’s site to find where they can serve, while organizations are also encouraged to sign up and become partners with the film and its message. Opportunities to learn more about giving, volunteering, sharing and following are provided at http://unconditionalthemovie.com/act.

Pastoral Counseling Center (PCC) is offering leadership coaching sessions to support pastors in their roles as leaders and managers within their congregations. These one-on-one sessions will be conducted by Bill Johnson, a seasoned executive coach and management consultant. The program will be personalized based on the needs of each pastor, and will begin with an assessment of individual interests and situations. Common topics explored include identifying personal strengths and limits, adapting one’s leadership style to a changing congregational culture, transforming conflict into a positive tool for ministry, and making decisions within a collaborative framework. Johnson has decades of experience providing executive consultation and organizational development services to business, government and nonprofit organizations. Before moving into management consulting, he worked as a United Methodist pastor and clergyperson in Indiana. All sessions will be conducted over the phone. The initial six-hour engagement includes a two-hour assessment and four one-hour coaching sessions. This subsidized

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program is provided at a low price of $270. Additional sessions can be arranged at a rate of $50 per hour, or $45 per hour with a six-hour commitment. Interested pastors should contact PCC at 214.526.4525. Whether a pastor needs guidance related to an immediate problem or simply wants to grow as a leader, manager and facilitator, PCC’s clergy leadership and executive coaching sessions equip clergy with the tools needed to grow and maintain a church in the twenty-first century. Pastoral Counseling Center is the largest faith-based counseling center in the Metroplex. Since 1968, PCC has been a place of refuge for those seeking compassionate guidance and faithintegrated counseling. The not-for-profit organization provides a full range of services, including marriage and family therapy, counseling for veterans, seminars for divorcing parents, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and more. Founded on the belief that everyone should have access to treatment, regardless of their financial status, PCC offers an adjusted fee payment scale based on income. For more information, call 214.526.4525 or visit www.pccdallas.org.

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COMERICA BANK, MAYOR RAWLINGS TO ANNOUNCE GROWSOUTH EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP

EDUCATION NOTES KEKE PALMER SOUNDS ALARM FOR WAKE UP CALL 19-Year-Old Actress/Singer & SAG Award Nominee Turns Her Attention to Helping Kids Achieve Academic Success during Boys and Girls Clubs "Tools For Back-ToSchool" Campaign

Announcement to be made at Comerica’s newest Southern Dallas banking center; Major gift to impact Mayor Mike Rawlings four in-need Southern Dallas schools outlined in the Mayor’s plan; Comerica to become first GrowSouth corporate partner

NEXT COLLEGE STOP - PAUL QUINN COLLEGE - DALLAS, TEXA Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer has just released her new single, “You Got Me” for her upcoming mix-tape, has found the time to star in four films this year, and along with Telepictures is developing THE KEKE PALMER SHOW, which she will also produce. Now she's sounding the alarm for the Wake Up Call, an event hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America kicking off the back-toschool season nationwide. It's all part of Boys & Girls Clubs, "Tools for Back-To-School" Campaign aimed at making sure kids have all the tools they need to do well in school. Keke has starred in several family-oriented projects in the recent past, including her most recent movie, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and has also had a title role in the acclaimed film, Akeelah and the Bee, so she's developed a keen sense of how important it is to deliver good, solid family entertainment. Keke has also been an avid supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America over the years, so it's only fitting that she's helping the organization raise awareness about all the things kids need for academic success.

Win a Book Deal with Cash Money Content; Authors Ashley and JaQuavis Announce College eBook Contest

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(AllHipHop News) Cash Money Content, the imprint owned by Slim and Birdman Williams of Cash Money Records and current publishing home of heavyweights like Evelyn Lozada, Wahida Clark, and Ashley & JaQuavis, is looking for new, young authors to join their team. Married authors of the newly released Murderville II, Ashley & JaQuavis, are a multiple New York Times bestsellers list writing team. The pair of Flint, Michigan natives is determined to give back to their fans and support new authors and have launched a new eBook contest with the support of Cash Money Content. "It's about educating and exercising our minds. We put together this contest to encourage young authors to write their stories," Ronald "Slim" Williams said exclusively to AllHipHop.com. "Our music is at the forefront of entertainment and we've gotten there by telling our stories through music. The latest chapter for Cash Money is books. The Cash Money Young Authors Draft gives one young urban author a chance to get their story published and heard with an eBook deal with Cash Money Content Books." The Cash Money Content Young Authors Draft contest is open to college students who are completing bachelors, associate, or trade school degrees at an accredited college or university, and have completed at least the first chapter of a work of fiction.

One winner will receive an eBook deal with Cash Money Content, a new Apple iPad, and official merchandise from YMCMB. The winner will enter into a 50/50 profit-sharing agreement with CMC. eBook pricing will be decided upon by publisher. The full work does not have to be fully completed by time of entry, but must be completed by May 1, 2013. Upon publication the work should be either of novella length (approximately 20,000-40,000 words) or of full novel length (approximately 70,000-90,000 words), unless otherwise agreed upon by author and publisher. CMC's publishing team will work with entrants to edit their material, create a unique cover, and promote the book under the Cash Money Content label. To enter, submit your full name, contact information (email, phone and address), name of your college of enrollment, year in school and in order to confirm your enrollment one of the following: sending your submission with your .edu e-mail address, sending a current or upcoming class schedule, or sending a scan of your student ID. All entries should be submitted via email to CashMoneyContent@gmail.com, with the subject line: CMC Young Author's Draft - entrant's name. All entries must be received by October 31, 2012. A winner will be announced on December 15, 2012 by CMC authors and Ashley & JaQuavis. More information on the Cash Money Content Young Author's Draft Contest is available at the CMC Facebook page.

On Wednesday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m., Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles, Dallas City Councilmembers and Comerica executives including Chairman and CEO Ralph Babb and Texas Market President Pat Faubion, will host a press conference at Comerica’s newest Southern Dallas banking center to announce a major donation to help support Mayor Rawlings’ GrowSouth initiative. The donation will impact the four in-need schools outlined in the Mayor’s plan: Sarah Zumalt Middle School, William H. Atwell Middle School and Law Academy, Lincoln High School and Humanities/Communications Magnet and W.H. Adamson High School. WHAT: News conference WHO: Mike Rawlings, Dallas Mayor, Mike Miles, Dallas ISD Superintendent, Ralph Babb, Chairman and CEO, Comerica Incorporated, Pat Faubion, Texas Market President, Comerica Bank, Irv Ashford, Senior Vice President, Community Development & External Comerica Bank Others attending: Tennell Atkins, Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem; Carolyn Davis, Dallas City Councilmember; Delia Jasso, Dallas City Councilmember; Sheffie Kadane, Dallas City Councilmember; Dallas ISD B o a r d o f Tr u s t e e s , P r i n c i p a l s / representatives from Zumalt Middle School, Atwell Middle School, Lincoln High School and Adamson High School WHEN: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 11:00 a.m. WHERE: Comerica Bank’s Wynnewood Banking Center, 753 W. Illinois Ave. Dallas, TX 75224

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The National Association For The Advancement of Colored People

African American Expressions announces release of 2013 Obama wall calendar

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Sacramento, CA (BlackNews.com) -- As the political realm heats up in preparation for the November presidential election, African American Expressions(TM) (AAE) has released its

own hot-off-the-press 2013 Obama wall calendar. For over 20 years, African American Expressions(TM) has faithfully served the Black community as the market leader in afro-centric gifts. Known for eye-catching designs and poignant art pieces, AAE offers America's best selection of culturally authentic, inspirational gift items such as Christmas cards, figurines, journals and more. Among a host of new 2013 calendars being introduced this season, AAE is incredibly pleased to launch the 2013 Barack Obama: Let's Stay Together calendar, which celebrates the historical significance of the Obama

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Freedom Fund Silent Auction Administration's campaign for reelection. The 12x12 calendar features a selection of expertly captured images, which highlight strategic moments of the Obama Administration in the last four years. Accompanied by descriptive captions, photographs include depictions of President Obama addressing constituents, attending a state dinner with First Lady Michelle, and greeting his dog, Bo. The new calendar is one of over 70 new products introduced for this holiday season, available through AAE's fundraising program. Since its inception two decades ago the fundraising program has partnered with African American communities to help raise money for thousands of individuals and organizations. The program functions similarly to candy drives or Avon sales: fundraisers use the AAE holiday catalog to take orders from members of their community, selling items at retail price. Fundraisers then purchase the products at a 40% discounted price, with the difference being their profit to help fund their causes. It is the hope of AAE that the 2013 Obama: Let's Stay Together calendar will inspire a new generation of forerunners who will follow in the example set by President Obama and hone their God-given abilities to positively impact the world.

It’s back to school time! Support Black -owned bookstores

Brunch Saturday, September 15, 2012 Silent Auction 9:00 a.m. Brunch 10:00 a.m. Doubletree Hotel 1981 North Central Expressway Richardson, Texas 75080

Keynote Speaker: Tammy Mutasa NBC 5 DFW Reporter Brunch Table: $400.00 – Individual Ticket: $40.00 For More Information Please Call the NAACP Garland Branch at (972) 381-5044, Box #5

Brenda Jackson needs your vote Courting Justice (a Madaris Family Series novel) has been nominated for an award by African American Literary Awards Show.   Please take the time to vote now. The link below will take you directly to the voting page.   Instructions are shown on your right. http://www.literaryawardshow.com/ voting.html NOTE  - If you have the Brenda Jackson app, you can also vote from your I-phone or Android. Just click on "More" and then go to "Links".

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June 22, 2013 Call 972-572-0088 for sponsorship opportunities

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Mark your calendar FWBC Sports & Rec. presents SWING CLASSES at the Wild Wild West! When: Every Tuesday & Thursday Evening Time: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location: FWBC Banquet Area Cost: FREE * No experience necessary * Adults of all ages and skill levels are welcome * For more information, contact sports@friendshipwest.org or (214) 861-0457. TUNE IN TO THE DOCK POWER HOUR   Every Wednesday, 6-8pm www.dfwiradio.com call in # 214.317.4855 Lively, informative and power-packed weekly radio show dedicated to delivering relevant, interesting, edu-taining information to our listeners

Discovered by New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber when they were just 17 years of age, during their freshman year in college they both received publishing deals. They have published over 31 novels and have appeared in publications such as Essence, Vibe, XXL, KING and DON DIVA. The Dock Bookshop is located at 6637 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, 76112. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is wrapping up the exhibit that kids have been raving about all summer…”Grossology” on September 3. The exhibition is based on the best-selling book of the same name and explores why the body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk. Your little scientist can explore and discover interesting facts as the exhibit is full of hands-on experiences, challenges and just plain fun! Get tickets and information at fortworthmuseum.org or call (817) 255-9300. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located at 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Running through September 2012 is an exhibit at the Leonora Rolla Heritage Center Museum,The Color of Hate: How the Jim Crow Era Shamed and Shaped Our City. The award-winning pictorial exhibit by Fort Worth Star Telegram columnist Tim Madigan includes memories from Fort Worth residents, both black and white recounting the era of segregation. The Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum is located at 1020 E. Humbolt Street, Fort Worth, 76104. Visit www.tarrantcountyblackhistory.org. Call (817) 332-6049 for information and exhibit times. TEKAY DESIGNS TO UNVEIL NEW "QUEEN OF THE BRIDES" COLLECTION AT THE HOUSTON WEDDING SHOWCASE At the George R. Brown convention center 10a-5p

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September 2 Join Keith Manning for the DFW Comics Charity Softball event  will take place at 1pm at Glencoe ParkField #2- 5300 Martel Dr- Dallas, TX  75206.   Bring your entire family for an afternoon of fun! Free Hotdogs and Drinks…1st come- 1st served.

September 6 Student Recruitment Reception 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Center for Community Cooperation 2900 Live Oak  Dallas, TX 75204 September 7 Banks Entertainment, Jim Austin Online, ELITE News and Will.Will.Sing Productions present William Davenport and his band, Jaw Fuzz, live in concert at The Ft. Worth Event Center in Ft. Worth, TX on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 8pm.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Tickets are on sale now.   See ticket locations at www.jimaustinonline.com.

Grambling State University’s Dallas Alumni ChapterKickoff Brunch Featuring Everson Cubby Walls at the Renaissance Hotel August 29 Join Women's Council of Dallas County and member organization Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center It's Show Time! THE MOST SHOCKING COVER UP IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY IS NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT A screening of "The Invisible War" will be held on 7PM at AmStar 14 Dallas 10110 Technology Boulevard, Dallas, TX

August 24 Councilwoman Carolyn R. Davis cordially extends an invitation to you  and a guest(s), to attend the 2012 Tulisoma "Heart & Soul" Tour.  This event will be held Friday, August 24 from Noon to 5pm, August 25 Michael Ward, an extraordinary jazz violinist will headline the entertainment for the Urban League of Greater Dallas 45th Anniversary Gala. Old School crooners, VINJAC, will also perform. The event will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information call (214) 915-4600.

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Dallas NPHC Mega Greek Fest August 31September 2, 2012. Friday, August 31 activity is a 3 hour boat ride on the Star of Texas Party Yacht in Lewisville; tickets are $15. Ticket includes music and light hors d'oeuvres, BYOB. Saturday, Aug 1 is annual picnic at Turner Park from 1:00 p.m. until 6 p.m. Free food, music and games. Worship on Sunday, Sept 2 at Antioch Fellowship Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Volunteers are needed. T-Shirts are also being sold to the Mega Greek Fest. To purchase t-shirts, please visit the following website http://www.nphcdallas.org/mega-greek-fest-t-shirts.html.

September 8 FAMU vs OU football game September 8, 2012 in Norman Oklahoma (7pm cst kick-off) Game tickets are $55.00 (no additional fees), available from the University until August 22, 2012 Additionally, those who wish to stay overnight, the host hotel is: Cambria Suites 4410 SW 19th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73108 Rate: $81 405-668-3300 

Grambling State University v. TCU in Fort Worth September 14

LBJ DAY MEGAWALK Featuring deer sausage sandwiches, a favorite LBJ snack!

Covenant Keepers - Marriage Community

Hosted by: Hon. Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner Hon. Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Sherrif 9:30am Meet-Up 10:00-11:30am Walk Bank of America Parking Lot 400 South Zang Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75208

MARRIAGE CONFERENCE 2012 Theme: ONEness Under Construction Date: Friday, September 14, 2012 Sunday, September 16, 2012 Time:Friday: 3:00 pm check-in | Sunday: 10:00 am check-out Marriott Dallas - Solana 5 Village Circle, Westlake, TX, 76262 (817) 430-5000 Guest Speakers: Dr. Johnny C. Parker, Jr. and Mrs. Lezlyn Parker September 15

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Theme: “The NAACP Garland Branch: Creating Legends and Leaders” Time: Silent Auction 9:00 a.m. (PayPal, cash or check contributions only for auction items) Brunch 10:00 a.m. Place: Doubletree Hotel 1981 North Central Expressway Richardson, TX 75080 Keynote Speaker: Tammy Mutasa- NBC 5 MC: Marquis Hankins- Garland Branch NAACP September 21-23! The 2012 Art Uprising in West Village benefitting Easl is a two-day free arts festival  featuring local artists, bands, food, and other entertainment.   September 17 hip hop artist Brother Ali who will be performing @ Trees in Dallas, TX w/ his band Blank Tape Beloved as part of his 38date North American Tour "Mourning in America."  

The chamber banquet draws approximately 1,000 attendees annually and this year will feature the special presentation of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce / Thomas L. Houston Community Service Award to honor an individual who has made significant contributions as a volunteer to the civic enhancements of the African American community in the greater Dallas area.   November 21 Gift of Lights, a holiday spectacular drive-thru show featuring more than two million LED lights, will open to the public November 21st and will run through January 6, 2013.  Visitors will enjoy more than 600 unique and exciting holiday displays across 1.7 miles at Texas Motor Speedway (3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth).

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Inspiring Potential. Developing Leaders Leslie

Bedford Leadership Academy and Cedar Valley College

Speak 2B Heard Girls’ Forum

September 15, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Forum Highlights...

Cedar Valley College 3030 N. Dallas Avenue Lancaster Texas 75241

Speak and be heard... In a respectful and supportive environment

Calling Girls Ages 12 - 14, We Want To Hear “What’s On Your Minds” Food es Priz ours Door ervice H ds yS n it n ie r u F m Com ake New M

Speak and be heard... Give your opinion on what girls really need and want in 2012 Speak and be heard... Freely express your thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences Speak and be heard... Share what works for you in coping with life challenges

Pre-Registration Required: Contact 972-230-1101 - pwn@lkbacademy.org - www.lkbacademy.org

DBCC 29th Annual Quest For Success Awards Luncheon February 2013

An Educational Program of the Leslie K Bedford Leadership Academy A Partnership with

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October 12 86th Annual Awards Banquet Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce 7:00 p.m. Dallas Convention Center - Ballroom A

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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.

Come on PEOPLE! Don’t you CARE? POLICE have not apprehended Pookie the serial rapist. Aren’t you concerned? Do you care? We know he has attacked members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and there is a $5,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers. If you have ANY information, PLEASE call Crime Stoppers

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