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Well we made It through another Black History Month, better known as African American History Month, also known as African American Heritage Month; which I call “run a Black person to death month,” or just February, Yes, I am tired, but guess what, I have to keep it going. Can’t stop, won’t stop, like some of the special women I know. Because guess what? It’s now Women’s History Month, or “run a woman to death month,” or the month of March. During this month, we’ll see some great stories and attend great programming centered around and focusing on WOMEN. Which brings me to my truth.

ramona logan There are so many women who have impacted my life. I’ve tried to learn lessons from the good and the bad. I met Ramona Logan 30 years ago. I love her. She was a special gift to her family coming on Christmas Day, sometime last century. When I met her, she was an anchor reporter for KXAS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Dallas. on pg. 4 Continued Continued on pg. 4

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Former Dallas City Councilwoman Carolyn Davis

councilwoman; whoher seat manyin anticipated reclaiming anticipated reclaiming her guilty seat into the May election, had pled Maycharges. election, had pled guilty Shock reverberated reverberated throughout throughout the bribery Shock bribery charges. social media media and andacross acrossthe thecity, city, toGrowing up in the “hood,” the social Growing in the “hood,” the especially “sunny Dallas” with activist wasup considered a shooespecially “sunnySouth South Dallas” activist a shoo-to the announcement of yet of another in whenwas she considered said she wanted with the announcement yet in when the she constituents said she wanted to guilty plea. represent of District another guilty plea. the ago. constituents of Those who who know know oror support support represent 7, over 12 years Those District 7, over 12South yearsDallas, ago. East “homegirl” Carolyn Davis expressed Encompassing “homegirl” Carolyn Davis Encompassing South Dallas, pain, anger,pain, disbelief and disbelief frustration Dallas, parts of Pleasant Grove and expressed anger, of Pleasant East upon hearing that the former Dallas parts East Dallas; DistrictGrove 7 hadand previous and frustration upon hearing 7 hadonprevious City the Councilwoman; who City many Dallas; District that former Dallas Continued page 2 Continued on page 2

leadershipEXCELLENCE retreat in January that includes team America, Inc. has hosted Beautillion, a celebration for Educated,Engaged Educated, and Equipped of achievement and social grace for Dallas’ best and building, financial planning, career preparation, Engaged and brightest young men. Twenty-six young men have leadership development, the legal system, and law enforcement interaction. been selected to participate in the 2019 program. Beautillion season culminates with a black-tie ball “Beaux” represent a select group of high school Equipped for seniors planning to pursue higher education after and fundraiser to showcase and celebrate the many They are chosen in recognition of their hours of personal development, fundraising and EXCELLENCE graduation. demonstrated achievements in academics, sports, community service completed. For 42 years, the Dallas Chapter of Jack and Jill of

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the arts, community, church involvement, leadership and overall commitment to the advancement of his community. January kicked off this year’s Beautillion season with leadership and social training classes. Beautillion Beaux and their accompanying Belles participate

Proceeds from the Beautillion event will fund Beaux and Belle awards. In addition, proceeds benefit local community nonprofits and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. to support programs that See of create opportunities for youth to learn andrest practice Class of 2019 leadership skills, and be empowered to make the right

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For 42 years, the Dallas Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. EVA D. COLEMAN has hosted Beautillion, a celebration When your kidsand havesocial dreams andfor of achievement grace follow them, it’s good to be able to Dallas’ best and brightest young men. go Twenty-six along for young the ride. Frisco ISD men have been Career Technical in Education selectedandto participate the 2019 (CTE) Coordinator Lisa Curry program. enjoyed a trip to the 91st Academy The Beautillion Ball is Saturday, Awards possible byather Marchmade 9, 2019, 7:00 pm the son, Hyatt Jerrell Curry. Regency Hotel – Downtown Dallas. “I’ve watched the a Oscars for “Beaux” represent select group years,” Lisa said. “It’s something of high school seniors planning I never thought I’d have the

graduation. They are chosen in opportunity recognition toofexperience.” their demonstrated Her 28-year-old son, Jerrell, achievements in academics, sports, moved to Los Angeles in the arts, community,September church 2016 with no job, just a dream. involvement, leadership and overall In the fall of 2018, after working commitment to the advancement of temporarily at a few places, he their community. landed a full-time AssistantJanuary kicked job off asthis year’s Member Relations and Awards with Beautillion season with leadership the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and social training classes. Beautillion and Sciences. Beaux and their accompanying Working the Oscars the veryBelles participate in afor three-month first time, he opted to invite his

number oneincludes a weekend program that girl, his mom. leadership retreat focusing on team “I wanted building, financial planning, career my first timeleadership at preparation, development, the Oscars to the legal system, and law enforcement also be yours,” interaction. heBeautillion said to her.season culminates with a From black-tie the ball andJerrell fundraiser to Curry cshowcase o u n t d oand w n celebrate the many of days ofleading up todevelopment, the trip, to hours personal her return from the red-carpet fundraising and community service experience and star-studded affair, completed. Lisa is especially proud of witnessing Proceeds benefit local community her son’s professional win.

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nonprofits and the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. to support programs that create opportunities for youth to learn and practice leadership skills, and be empowered to make the right life choices. The purpose of Beautillion is toDevon promote high self-esteem and and Meagan Franklin with Lisa Curry standards, strong morals and values, continuous education, refined “I mostly enjoyed just social being skills, respect, andliving friendship able to watchservice my son out his among people inin the theirindustry,” senior dreamsyoung of working year high school. she in said.



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leadership in the form of such notables as Elsie Faye Heggins, Diane Ragsdale, Charlotte Mayes and Leo Chaney. Tiffinni A. Young and now, Councilman Kevin Felder followed Ms. Davis around the horseshoe. The first two elections went into a runoff with her emerging victorious. In her last race, she garnered 83.28% of the vote, and the endorsement of Mayor Mike Rawlings. She served on the council from 20072015. Known for being a voice for the voiceless and a champion for the disenfranchised, the James Madison High School graduate said in a plea agreement that she actively sought bribes that would benefit a real estate developer’s low-income housing project. Former City Plan Commission Chair and city council candidate Betty Culbreath says she is disappointed in and saddened by the news that Ms. Davis took money. “I really never had a close relationship with her but felt she was sincere in her mission and her lifestyle never changed so I thought she was grounded in who she was and happy with that. However, maybe she was pulled into this situation.� Ms. Culbreath echoed the thoughts of many on social media, while some were more critical, cynical and vicious. While others expressed support for Ms. Davis, still others alluded to a pattern, with some saying that it appears the majority who are jailed are African American and the investigations are one-sided. Eric K. Jackson is the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Dallas Division and he talked about the harm that is done to the communities that corrupt individuals serve. He also addressed what is perceived as the unevenness in meting out justice. “As FBI Dallas continues to proactively investigate public officials who misuse their positions of trust, our investigative efforts will be just as focused on those who seek to use their personal wealth, influence or facilitate relationships between those willing to pay or accept bribe,� he said. Due to term limits Ms. Davis had to

vacate her council seat in 2015, but she still stayed involved in community activities and programs; also holding elected officials and others accountable. All the more reason for citizens to be shocked, hearing that real estate developer Ruel Hamilton, a principal with AmeriSouth Realty Group, offered her a bribe while she was chair of the council’s Housing Committee. Now Mr. Hamilton has entered a “notguilty� plea, maintains his innocence and his attorneys say he will be exonerated; while Ms. Davis has admitted her role and accepted a plea deal that includes imprisonment. At a news conference on Friday, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Erin Nealy Cox, said that in return for more than $40,000 in bribes, and the offer of a consulting contract once she left the Council, Ms. Davis admitted that she “lobbied and voted for the authorization of a $2.5 million development loan to fund the Royal Crest housing project, along with a resolution supporting 9 percent tax credits for Royal Crest.� In discussing the “culture� in Dallas politics that has resulted in several elected officials under investigation, indicted, accepting plea bargains, acquitted, or going to prison; Ms. Nealy Cox had a stern warning for anyone considering participating in unethical behavior. “Over the course of my 15-month tenure here at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, our team has been relentlessly dedicated to rooting out public corruption. I hope this case sends a message to public officials across our districts: when you prioritize your own financial interests ahead of your duty to your constituents, we will dig as deep as we have to in order to uncover the scheme. And we will bring you to justice.� In a statement he released following the an-nouncement of Ms. Davis’ plea, Mayor Rawlings also expressed disappointment. “I join my fellow Dallas residents today in a shared sense of despair over a former councilmember’s betrayal of the public trust. “I’m also sick and tired of the vultures who lurk around City Hall in search of corruptible public officials. There is no place in our government for those who cheat the good people of Dallas by offering bribes, just as there is no place for

those who accept them. “We should all be grateful for the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District, as well as the Dallas FBI and IRS for continuing to root out public corruption,� he continued. “As FBI Special Agent Jackson said this morning, the public deserves better.� The Mayor said he has also “asked City Manager T.C. Broadnax, who began his tenure in 2017, to initiate a review of housing projects that are connected to the charges announced.� Unfortunately, Ms. Davis is not the only public official that Mr. Hamilton is accused of bribing. According to documents, there was another City Council member who received a $7,000 check for assisting in getting a referendum on the agenda and promoting another housing project. Ms. Nealy Cox said the other council member left office on August 9, 2018. Dallas mayoral candidate and current city councilman Scott Griggs, commented: “Once again, this is beyond disappointing. Elected officials and staff at the City work hard everyday to earn the public’s trust. Carolyn betrayed us. Pay for play is not acceptable. I am grateful this corruption was exposed.� He continued, “This also underscores why the City of Dallas needed a Comprehensive Housing Policy for so long. This corruption occurred pre-Policy. The Policy sets the standards publicly for approving projects and reduces the opportunity for corruption.� If convicted Mr. Hamilton faces up to 20 years in federal prison for two counts of bribery concerning programs re-ceiving federal funds and Ms. Davis faces up to five years for her guilty plea in the acts that occurred 2013 to 2015. While some of the funds were paid directly to her, according to documents, some of the money was paid to a nonprofit and then passed on to Ms. Davis. Represented by attorney Scottie Allen, who joined Ms. Davis in signing the plea agreement on January 24, 2019, it was noted that “parties agree that the appropriate term of imprisonment in this case is one that does not exceed three years or 36 months’ imprisonment.� However the Court determines the appropriate sentence, under sentencing guidelines.


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Oscars for Us

EVACD. COLEMAN By Eva D. oleman When your kids have dreams and follow them, it’s good to be able to go along for the ride. Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator Lisa Curry enjoyed a trip to the 91st Academy Awards made possible by her son, Jerrell Curry. “I’ve watched the Oscars for years,” Lisa said. “It’s

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something I never thought I’d have the opportunity to experience.” Her 28-year-old son, Jerrell, moved to Los Angeles in September 2016 with no job, just a dream. In the fall of 2018, after working temporarily at a few

places, he landed a full-time job as Assistant-Member Relations and Awards with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Working the Oscars for the very-first time, he opted to invite his number one girl, his mom. “I wanted my first time at the Oscars to also be yours,” he said to her. From the countdown of days leading up to the trip, to her return from the red-carpet experience and star-studded affair, Lisa is especially proud of witnessing her son’s professional win. “I mostly enjoyed just being able to watch my son living out his dreams of working in the industry,” she said.


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Lauretta Charlton is an editor on the National Desk and the editor of the Race/Related newsletter for the New York Times. Previously, she was an editor at the New Yorker covering music. I’m glad she switched. Malcolm X once chided King and other civil rights leaders for singing too much.  “You can’t sing up on freedom, but you can swing up on some freedom,” Minister Malcolm’s was never about wordplay and innuendo; he was all about freedom “by any means necessary.” I’m a subscriber to the newsletter and Charlton is an excellent writer. We need her swinging right where she is under the banner of Race Relations. The newsletter led with the Michael Cohen dust-up last week, specifically to remark on the “stick figure” incident that featured a Black woman’s transformation to become a one-dimensional prop in a cruel stage play. In her article; “Exhibit B: The Black Friend,” she recounted the sordid mess that always surrounds anything Donald Trump.


Continued from pg 1 There was nothing pretentious about her. She was sincere, candid, honest, loving and supportive. She gave advice but she didn’t try to ram it down your throat and if she gave you advice and you didn’t take it, she never came back with an “I told you so,” or a “you are so stupid.” One year I was preparing to run for a seat on the National Association of Black Journalists board. Ramona knows about style and after retiring from television, she was a much sought-after image consultant. So she took me shopping to prepare for the campaign trail.

Less Singin’ and Mo’ Swingin’!

“During Michael D. Cohen’s hearing before the House Oversight Committee this week, Representative Mark Meadows, a conservative Republican from North Carolina, was incensed when Rashida Tlaib, a freshman Democrat from Michigan, used the word “racist” to describe a bold move from Mr. Meadows during the hearing. Mr. Meadows, who is white, summoned Lynne Patton, a black woman with ties to the Trump family, before the committee to defend the president’s character against charges of racism leveled by Mr. Cohen. Ms. Patton, who is an official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, stood silently and nodded while Mr. Meadows spoke on her behalf and presented her as proof of Mr. Trump’s “good relationship with black people.” Stop right here. It would make no sense to go further in this thesis without seizing this “teachable moment.” To

my White brothers and sisters… The worst defense you can offer to any charge that you are White and racist is to conveniently mention one or all of the “Big Three.” Do not posit that “one of your best friends is Black.” Former Governor George Wallace, a celebrated racist went to his grave with more than his share. Do not remark that you have “some” in your family; Thomas Jefferson did, and so did America’s worst pre-Trump bigot; Strom Thurmond. And last but not least, do not get teary-eyed and snotty as you reminisce about being raised with your Black sitter, nanny, maid or cook. That’ll really get

the teapot steaming! Now, back to Ms. Charlton and to my argument. “In an exchange with the committee chairman, Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, Ms. Tlaib said she did not mean to call Mr. Meadows a racist, only to describe his behavior as racist.” Many of you were ready to take Meadows to task. His allegiance to Trump caused him to forget about his “mixed” family members. Just like when Meadows wished Obama would go back to Kenya in 2012. In this setting, he forgot his love of Elijah and family. Meadows just grabbed the first willing and available Colored he could find. Nothing new about that. What I found most offensive was that Elijah Cummings, the sitting chair of the committee and a formidable proponent for Black people, sought to put Tlaib in her place, rather than allowing the level of bloodletting

sufficient for racial healing. In fact, he forcibly redirected and remixed her argument. She was forced to withdraw her “racist” charge which was rightfully executed. Tlaib indicted Meadows in the right jurisdiction, with sufficient evidence, and within the statute of limitations. She did nothing wrong…Cummings was wrong. And although I have always respected him as a Black man of integrity and pride, I believe that he used a “kumbaya” moment that Tlaib tailor-made for a brawl to end them all. Racism always deserves to be punched. Malcolm was right. We got too much singing, and too little swinging. The Trump era is no time for platitudes, pandering and paternalism. We need to maintain Martin’s singing and embrace Malcolm’s swinging. Non-violent resistance never kills, but it always hurts… somebody!

I tried on numerous outfits and took her advice. When it was time to purchase there was one outfit, however, that Ramona picked out that didn’t do anything for me at all. She kept telling me that it looked gorgeous. My response, “I don’t care what you say. I don’t like it.” Ramona felt so strongly about that outfit that she said, “I’m going to buy it and you are going to wear it.” Now sometimes I can be just downright ornery because I said something like, “you’re gonna have to buy it!” Well, I wore the outfit and you wouldn’t believe the compliments I received. After the campaign, I wore

it on campus where I was teaching at Paul Quinn College and I was showered with praise. Young male students were trying to flirt. When I had that outfit on I found myself walking with a little attitude. You know how you strut when you’re feeling yourself ? Well that was me! So I had to go back to Ramona and let her know that I was wrong. And I thanked her for always standing by me and being that sister who would have my back in my face, but equally important, when I was nowhere around. Now Ramona loves to have fun and she has an infectious laugh. I remember her calling to go to the movies. I was so glad to have

someone to go with because the movie was “Happy Feet” and I really wanted to go see the animated movie but didn’t have any children to take. We were like two big kids in the theater. I wish you could have heard her. She had no problem laughing out loud and she clearly enjoyed the movie. Her laughter made me enjoy it even more. I have so many stories about the beautiful, kind, and loving Ramona Logan. Her support is unwavering and unconditional. From our annual luncheons to her physical and financial support of the Don’t Believe the Hype Celebrity Bowl-a-thon, she’s there!

She’s the type of friend who invites you to church. I will always love her for inviting me to visit St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, where I began to really grow, under the guidance of the Rev. Zan Holmes, Jr. That alone is enough of a reason to love her! Over the past 30 years, we have experienced life. That’s right. Everything that comes with living. Relationships, the loss of loved ones, just chilling, career changes, shopping, guilty pleasures and more. If you call Ramona Logan your friend, you have a good one.She’s virtuous, spiritually-grounded and a joy to be around.


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Wordz of Wilson Soldiers without Swords BY CHELLE WILSON

It is surreal to have this column debut at the intersection of Black History and Women’s History Months. I honor Sojourner Truth, Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, and others who understood the complexities of life in America for those both Black and a woman. I stand on the shoulders of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Ida B. Wells, and other Black newspaper women who traversed against the traditional and

limited career paths available and instead, with courage and audacity, opted to be a voice for the silenced. History documents the rooting of their work in their love and care for Black communities during a time when seemingly the entire world found no value in Black lives or Black Livelihood. While these brave women used the power of the press to inform and shape public opinion around issues central to the race they did not exclude matters of gender and class. Their work mattered then and it matters now. Ida B. Wells said, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Visibility, or the

lack thereof, has been key to the perpetuation of crimes against Black girls and women. Nevertheless, Black women continue to turn light upon wrongs. The Black and Missing Foundation is raising awareness around the more than 64,000 missing Black women and girls, most of whom barely, if ever, receive any news coverage. In the movement to seek justice for victims of police brutality and anti-Black violence, #SayHerName highlights the ways Black women are disproportionately affected but whose stories are rarely told. Many believe the recent charges brought against R. Kelly should be


credited to the hard work of Black women journalists and activists including: Dream Hampton, executive producer of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly;” Kenyette Risha Barnes and Oronike Odeleye, founders of #MuteRKelly; Kim Foxx, state’s attorney for Cook County; and the many survivors and their families who courageously spoke their truth. Truth is a hard thing to face, especially in communities like ours which has all too often been unfairly judged and negatively stereotyped. It’s not hard to understand why many feel our transgressions should be kept in the dark. However, the efforts of the women mentioned follow in the tradition of those early Black newspaper women who refused to stay silent about injustice in all its forms. In preparing this column, I was inspired by the early Black

Louden County, Virginia, forcing fifth and sixth-grade students to simulate enslavement with an obstacle course they called “The Underground Railroad”? Why were many of these students Afrodescendents?  Why are I Black enslavement By DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX the leaders of the school silent about enough for and the ways According to some historians, you” game that some folks ran against that a minority in the South was able the discipline that was ordered on the Afrodescendents first entered these President Barack Obama, and are to control a majority.  The laws that rogue teachers who took it upon their united states in 1619 off the coast of now running against Presidential managed enslavement included laws ignorant selves to construct such an Virginia.  If we believe that narrative, candidates Kamala Harris and Corey that prevented literacy, ownership, exercise?  Why has David Stewart, Afrodescendents have been in this Booker.    and much else.  The laws often the principal of the Madison Trust country for 400 years.  If the people What is Black enough, when we, detailed the terms of punishment if School in Louden County, sent out who were kidnapped and brought Afrodescendant people, all have restrictive conditions were breached.  a vapid apology for a “culturally here had to tell the story, would enslavement in our background?  A North Carolina law said, “teaching insensitive” exercise, and not a more they tell the same one?  Would they Let’s make it plain.  Europeans went slaves to read and write, tends to excite strongly worded condemnation of say that we came before Columbus?  to the African continents, kidnapped dissatisfaction in their minds, and to the racism implicit in this nonsense.  That some of us might have been people (sometimes with African produce insurrection and rebellion.”  We have been here at least 400 here even longer?  acquiescence), brought them to the Disobeying this law was punishable years, and still, some folks aren’t There were captured Africans that Western Hemisphere,  and sold us.  by thirty-nine lashes or imprisonment clear about the ways enslavement has came from the mother continent Goods and people flowed between for a free Black person, or a fine of shaped our nation.  In Virginia, where in 1619, but also, thanks to the England (or New England, the two hundred dollars then, or about both the governor and the Attorney transatlantic slave trade, Africans Americas, and Africa), including sugar, $5000 now.  People violated the laws, General (two of the top three elected here who had come from Bermuda, tobacco, manufactured products, of course, but the warped sensibility officials in the state) have admitted Jamaica, and other places. guns and humans.  Understand that that prohibited the dissemination of to masquerading in Blackface, albeit  Why is this relevant?  Because everyone in the triangle was affected knowledge is the basis for many sick thirty-odd years ago, teachers don’t there is this misguided group of and that enslaved people were freely stereotypes, such as “if you want to see anything wrong with subjecting Afrodescendants, who are throwing traded between the United States and hide something from a Black person, Black students to a reenactment of shade at those who are not “American other parts of the Americas! enslavement.  Oh, they said they were put it in a book.” descendants of slaves” ADOS.  Their  I am not sure what kinds of warped  Fast-forward four hundred years, teaching “teamwork.”  Really. shade is an odd version of the “am brains dreamed up the realities of or even two.  Why are teachers in We have been here at least 400


newspaper women who hoped their writings would awaken readers from passivity. In one of her passionate antilynching articles, Ida B. Wells wrote, “I am only a mouthpiece through which to tell the story…I do not have to embellish; it makes its own way.” This Women’s History Month, I encourage you to take a moment and find your own source of inspiration through the incredible lives of Black women journalists who devoted their work to righting wrongs. Alice Dunbar Nelson closed many of her columns with these words and in her honor, I shall do the same, “I am proud of my past. I hold faith in my future.” Chelle Wilson is a journalist, speaker, servant, and international secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

years, and our nation is not yet clear about its flawed foundations. There would be no house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which should not be called the White House, but the House that Enslaved People Built, were it not for the labor of kidnapped people and their descendants. There would be no banking system if enslaved people were not used as collateral for European devilment.  There would be no insurance industry were it not for the enslaved.  But in our collective ignorance allows us, all of us, African Americans, European Americans, and others, to live in denial, pretending that there is fairness is a racist, patriarchal, predatory, capitalist society. We have been here at least 400 years, but we still aren’t clear about the nonsense and exploitation that affects and infuses our very foundation.  Our entire nation needs to go back to school to learn some history.  But there is a special place in hell for teachers in Louden County, Virginia who think that enslavement is some kind of game! 

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is a thoughtleader, economist and author.


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SOUTH DALLAS CLUB HOSTS 65TH FOUNDERS’ DAY CELEBRATION The historic South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club held its 65th Annual Founders’ Day celebration Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Magnuson Grand Hotel in DeSoto, Texas. Members gathered dressed in their yellow attire trimmed in sapphire blue accessories to denote the 65th celebration. The ballroom was filled by 11:00 AM when Mistress of Ceremony and Co-Chair Ollie Gilstrap began the program. President Gwendolyn H. Daniels welcomed the waiting audience and delivered the occasion reflecting the rich history of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. and the local South Dallas BPW Club. South Central District Vice Governor Terri O’Neal Ford, Ph.D. brought brief greetings on behalf of the District and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. The organization’s official flower is the Yellow Tea Rose. Following the greeting, members held a Yellow Rose Candle Lighting Ceremony led by Club Members Carla Dennis and Tia Locke-Simmons. The ceremonial attendants were Club Members Lynnetta Williams and Judge Shequitta Kelly who conducted the lighting of candles. To conclude the ceremony the entire membership,

beginning with new members and ending with Past Presidents and Ms. Daniels, the 2017-2019 President, each placing a Yellow Tea Rose in an enormous vase located at the front of the beautifully-decorated ballroom. Sierraleone and Company entertained the audience while Club Members Jayne Reuben, Ph.D., Marion Hill-Hubbard, Patricia Carroll, Sharon Martin and Ethel McNeal adorned their 1954 outfits and prepared for what became a showstopping performance entitled “A Day in the Life of Founder Sara J. Holbert Sears.” Assistant Chaplain Sharon Martin delivered the blessing of the food and guests were again entertained by Sierraleone and Company during lunch. Life Member Birdie Smith was recognized as a Yellow Rose Recipient for her 20 consecutive years of membership in the South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. The culmination of the celebration came with 1st Vice President Dr. Lindy Perkins introducing three distinguished women who received some of the organization’s most prestigious awards. President Daniels presented Monica L. Smith their 2019 Professional Woman Award. Diedre L. Hardin received the group’s 2019 Mabel Meshach White Business Woman Award, and Vice Governor Terri Ford, Ph.D. presented the Association’s highest award, the Sojourner Truth Award to Clara E. McGinnis. Finally, President Daniels was installed into the Club’s Hall of Fame (reserved for Club Past Presidents) as she nears the completion of her administration on August 31, 2019. The celebration ended with remarks

2019 President Daniels with Past Presidents from Founders’ Day Chair Marion Hill-Hubbard who acknowledged CoChairs Faye Collins and Ollie Gilstrap, along with Founders’ Day Committee members Merle Carmouche, Patricia Carroll, Winstona Chadwick, Carla Dennis, Cora Ford, Jacqueline Harrison, Gwendolyn Hunt, Frances Langston, Linda Lydia, Brenda King

Murphy, and Yvonne Upton. President Daniels recognized Founders’ Day Chair Hill-Hubbard and her Committee, all guests, club members, ombudsmen and the South Dallas Youth Club in attendance before calling for Assistant Chaplain Sharon Martin to deliver the closing prayer.

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Special guests Boyz II Men perform before a sold-out crowd By the time Grammy-award-winning group Boyz II Men took the stage for an energetic performance before a sold-out audience at the Mavs Ball, the Mavs Foundation had already exceeded its goal of raising $1 million for D/ FW-area charities In fact, the Foundation had raised a whopping $1.3 million during the 4th Annual Mavs Ball presented by Smith Thompson Home Security. Proceeds from the Ball will benefit Mavs Foundation basketball courts, learning centers and grants to organizations like: CitySquare, Community Partners of Dallas, Jonathan’s Place, Leukemia Texas, Mission Possible Kids and YMCA of Waxahachie. The star-studded night, hosted by FOX Sports Southwest’s Mark Followill and Dana Larson, included a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment by Boyz II Men. The entire 20182019 Dallas Mavericks team was also in attendance as were Mavs owner Mark Cuban, CEO Cynt Marshall, GM Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle. Among the items up for bid during the live auction were Courtside Seats next to Mark Cuban and dinner, a Red Carpet Trip to the Espys and Dinner with Dirk (for 6) at Nick & Sam; which went for an eye-popping $200,000 and even surprised Dirk. Even more so when a second dinner went for $140,000. A special moment of the night was when “Big Rob” – captain of the Mavs ManiAAC’s – the in-house all-male dance team was surprised with a replica of the 2011 Mavericks NBA Championship ring. Rob has been a member of the ManiAAC’s since its inception in 2002. After the dinner, program and auction, Boyz II Men took to the stage for a spirited, lively performance that kept

the formally-dressed audience on its feet for a solid hour. The group opened up with the chart-topping, fan favorite “Motownphilly” and then took attendees on a trip down memory lane with their numerous hits including “End of the Road,” “On Bended Knee” and “Water Runs Dry.” The group’s performance included an interactive element – Name That Tune With Boyz II Men – which allowed the audience to use their cell phones to name a song that the members actually sang and played instruments to. The top winner received autographed memorabilia from the group. Over the past 22 years, the Mavs Foundation has granted over $5 million dollars to nonprofit organizations

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Dallas ISD legends to be inducted

Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 The Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame successes have often garnered Class of 2019 has been revealed – the recognition at state, national and list is comprised of five legendary international levels. former student-athletes, a prominent Gary Blair began his journey as a pair of girls’ basketball coaches, a standout all-city baseball player at former Major League Baseball hitting Bryan Adams High School. Blair instructor and a longtime announcer. currently serves as head coach for The nine inductees tapped for this the women’s basketball team at Texas year’s Hall of Fame include: Gary A&M University, where he led A&M Blair, Doug English, to the 2011 NCAA Michael Ensley, Rudy Championship. Since Jaramillo, Harvey his appointment Martin, Roy “Robot” in 2003, he has Martin, J.D. Mayo, transformed the Barbara Brownprogram into a McCoy and John national powerhouse, Pritchett. which now holds the For the second school record for most year, Dallas ISD is Former Dallas Cowboy wins in Aggie history. Former Dallas Cowboy celebrating stellar Harvey Doug English was a Martin Harvey Martin individuals who have two-sport letterman at accomplished significant milestones Bryan Adams High School in football in sports and in life. Often nominated and track & field. In 1975 English by their peers and athletes they was drafted by the Detroit Lions and have mentored, these greats have embarked on a 10-year professional been selected following a rigorous career, which was highlighted by 59 vetting process that considered quarterback sacks. their accomplishments, impact on Michael Ensley’s arrival at Dallas school athletics, and career LincolnHigh School in 1998 quickly contributions. Hall of Fame honorees set high standards for future teams must exemplify the highest standards as he led the Lady Tigers to three of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and state titles in 1999, 2004 and 2008, moral character. establishing the Lady Tigers as The 2019 class will be introduced at among the all-time best in Texas girls the Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame basketball history. induction ceremony at the Sheraton Rudolpho “Rudy” Jaramillo, a Dallas Hotel on Friday, April 26 graduate of Sunset High School, has presented by Credit Union of Texas. played a major role behind the scenes As per the induction requirements, in the development and success for each living inductee, whether retired some of Major League Baseball’s or active, is expected to attend the biggest stars throughout his career as ceremony. a hitting coach for teams such as the The goal of the Dallas ISD Athletic Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Hall of Fame is to acknowledge Chicago Cubs. athletes, coaches and supporters Harvey Martin’s path to NFL stardom who have raised the level of public began at South Oak Cliff High School awareness and appreciation for where his talents scored him a place high school athletics through their with the Dallas Cowboys in 1973. distinguished achievement and Martin went to four Pro Bowls and excellence, both on and off the field of was named co-MVP of the Cowboys’ competition. While virtually all have Super Bowl XII victory. He passed created a lasting legacy in the district’s away in 2001 after a valiant battle sports community, the inductees’ with pancreatic cancer, on but page his legacy Continued 14


President Trump’s recent meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong-un in Vietnam failed to produce an agreement leading to the abandonment of North Korea’s nuclear programs. There was no joint agreement and no final news conference with the two leaders exchanging smiles and pleasantries. And while the president did not manage to achieve what he had expected he did manage to give the North Korean leader a pass by saying that he believed Kim Jong-un when the Korean leader said that he was not aware of the treatment that a young American college student, Otto Warmbier, received in a North Korean prison which doctors say

ultimately led to his death. The president’s comment was shocking! Among those who could not believe what they were hearing were the student’s parents, Cindy and Fred Warmbier, who were guests at the president’s first State of the Union Address during which he described President Kim as a brutal leader whose nation should not be in possession of nuclear weapons. The Warmbiers received a standing ovation when their presence was announced. In a stark rebuke of the president, the Warmbiers said that they were disappointed when they heard Trump’s recent remark.” President Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son, Otto,” they said in a written statement. Democrats and Republicans alike have joined the Warmbiers in placing the responsibility for their son’s death on the shoulders of President Kim and his autocratic regime. “Americans know the cruelty that was placed on Otto Warmbier by the North Korean regime,” said former Trump administration ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. United States Senator

Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, where Otto Warmbier lived, said that President Trump was sending the wrong message to dictators and despots around the world. “North Korea murdered Otto Warmbier and the President of the United States has a responsibility to make sure they face the consequences. Anything short of that is unacceptable,” he said. The president’s comment regarding Kim’s knowledge about the death of the young American is strikingly similar to those he made when asked about the death of an American journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who CIA officials concluded was killed by agents of the government of Saudi Arabia in Turkey , acting on orders from Saudi government officials. The president said that he believed senior Saudi government officials when they said that they did not have any knowledge of the killing. The responses from President Kim and from Saudi government officials were found unacceptable by people who believe in democracy and government accountability. Certainly, the president of the United States should agree!

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Women’s History Month Recurring Events Reggae Sunday Brunch at Hero’s Lounge 3094 N. 35 Fwy. Dallas. 11am. Caribbean Breakfast & Lunch. Black Beauty Glitz and Glamor Designers Patrick Wright and Pucci Lisenbee never before seen fashion at South Dallas Cultural Center 300 Fitzhugh Ave. 6pm. Info: 214-939-2787, 2-2 - 3-23. Feeding The Needy Hosted by: Hollywood Hernandez Live 1698 Corsicana St. Dallas. 3pm-5pm. Written & Witnessed Presented by: Andrea Tosten & Jas Mardis at Oak Cliff Cultural Center 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. FREE 10am-8pm. Until 3-29-19. Marvelous Marriage Monday’s at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 7pm8:30pm 1st & 3rd Monday Info: A fool for Love Play Directed by Dan Quattro, at The Margo Jones Theatre 1121 1St Ave. Dallas. 8pm-10pm. Dates 3-9-31, 2019. Tickets: March 6 Ella Phillips Stewart Pharmacist DOB 1893 Willow Grove Baptist Church Youth Dept. host its annual FREE College Fair at 1222 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas Info call, WGBC office at 214-371-7325. 6:30pm-8:30pm. “The Nest” Contest “The Pitch” Host: DEC Redbird The contest is now open. Eligible companies apply online at by 3-8-19. Dallas City Wide Salsa Party at South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 Fitzhugh Ave. 7pm-8:30pm. Tickets: www.sdcc. Dallas Job Fair and Hiring Event at Doubletree by Hilton Dallas-Market Center2015 Market Center Blvd. 11am-2pm. Tickets: March 7 Charlie Pride DOB 1939 Black Country Recording Artist Happy Birthday to Team Member and Awesome Lady Eva D. Coleman Let’s Talk Business w/ City of Dallas and Parkland at Regional Black Contractors Association 2627 MLK, Jr. Blvd. 11:30am-1pm. Register: Eventbrite. GDMP: Social Media Series, Social Media 101. At Grow DeSoto Market Place. Register: 7:30am-8:30am Free Class. Every Thursday in March. Victor H. Hexter Elementary School Special Olympics Track & Field Meet at Hexter Elementary 9720 Waterview Rd. 9:30am. Women’s Day Luncheon, Host: International Esperanza Project –IEP At San Martin Bakery & Restaurant 3120 McKinney Ave. Dallas. 11am-1pm. Tickets

Heritage Oak Cliff District 3 Candidate Forum. Candidate: Britannica Scott. At Thurgood Marshall Rec. Center 5150 Mark Trail Way. 6:30pm8pm. Moderator Becky Lewis. March 8-10 37th Annual North Texas Irish Festival 2019 at Fair Park Times Fri. 6-11pm. Sat. 10:30-11:30pm Sun. 11:30-7:30pm. Info: March 8 International Women’s Day Taste of Ethiopia A Bilquis Happy Hour Experience at Queen of Sheba Restaurant 14875 Inwood Rd. Addison. 5:30pm-7pm. Nem Band featuring Tomea at Smoking Jacket Cigar Lounge 1435 S. Hwy 67 Ste. #100 Cedar Hill. 9pm-12am.

Chain Breaker at Irving Arts Center 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 7pm. Tickets: Women In Power Empowering Visionary Women: Her Voice at Ft. Worth Central Library 500 W. 3rd St. 1pm3:30pm. Dallas Nights A Harlem Nights Inspired Event at House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. 10pm-3am. Tickets: Tommie Robinson Post 802 Presents: Black Military History at Veteran Resource Center 4900 S. Lancaster Rd. Dallas. 1pm-3pm. Info: 214-881-0926. Sisterhood Walk Host: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Arlington Alumnae at SJ Stovall Park 2800 W. Sublet Rd. 8am-11am. New Hope Baptist Church Dallas Mayor Candidates Meet & Greet at 5001 S. Central Expy. 10am.

Natural Hair Product Swap at Business Lounge Dallas 13740 Midway Rd. Ste. #528. 7pm-10pm. Donations to City House Children’s Homeless Shelter.

Hispanic Communicators Best Apps for Journalists at Dallas Morning News 1954 Commerce St. 10am-1pm. Info:

No Longer Trapped: An Intimate Conversation with Asante MaGee Host: Dr. Catrina & Moderated by K.C. Fox7:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets: Eventbrite

African American Heritage of Dallas Fundraiser for all Ethnic Groups at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 9:30am2:30pm. Tickets:

Empower Embrace Excel Women Expo at Pioneer Event Center 1025 W. Pioneer Pkwy. Grand Prairie. 9am-4pm. Tickets: via Eventbrite. Relationship to Intimacy at The Potter’s House 6777 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas. 7pm-10pm. Speaker: Pastor Cora Jakes Coleman. Women’s Day Hike at Cedar Hill State Park 1570 FM-1382 W. 1pm-2pm. 1 mile guided hike with Ranger Dani. Please meet at Duck Pond Trail. March 9

Earth, Wind & Fire at The Majestic Theatre 925 Elm St. Dallas 7pm-10pm.

March 10 Daylight Savings Begins Black Excellence Night at American Airlines Center 2500 Victory Ave. Dallas. 3:30pm-11:30pm. Tickets:

The Stormproof Way To Build Your Brand Host: Tresa Chambers at Microsoft Store North Park Center 8687 N. 75 Fwy Suite #1612, Dallas. 7pm-9pm. Register: March 14 Quincy D. Jones, Jr. DOB 1933, Producer, Film & Recording Musical Composer The Bon Air Golden Agers & Tommie Robinson American Legion 802 “Fashion Then & Now Show”, Ida Flakes Fellowship Hall of Bon Air Missionary Baptist Church, 5707 Bonnieview Road, Dallas. 11am. Info: 214-941-8383. Soul Jazz Thursdays with Natural Change at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. 8pm12am. Vote4Keyaira Campaign Fundraiser District 4 Dallas City Council at Times Ten Cellars 6324 Prospect Ave., Dallas. 6:30pm.-8pm. Spring Break ’19 at Legacy Hall 7800 Windrose Ave. Plano, 3-11, 9am – 3-14, 11:59pm. Tickets: 90’s - 2000’s Hip-Hop and R&B Party at Foundation Room 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas, 10pm-2am.

Phyllis M. Daley-1st Black Navy Corp. Nurse Graduate, 1945 Queenish Women’s Empowerment Expo 2019 at Lancaster Grand Hall Ballroom 1700 Veterans Memorial Park 10am-6pm. Free general admission.

Willow Grove Baptist Church Voices Of Praise is hosts a Free Gospel “Throw Back Musical” at WGBC 1222 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas. 10am service & 3pm musical.

Poetry Smash at TBAAL 1309 canton St. 7:30-9pm. Tickets: TBAAL Box Office 214-743-2400

Elevate Her Conference at Will Rogers Memorial Center & Facilities 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. Ft. Worth 10am. Tickets;

Free! Family Books & Breakfast at Pan African Connection 4466 S. Marsalis Ave. 10am.1pm. Info:

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8th Annual Dallas Alumni Greek Show at TBAAL 1309 Canton St. 7pm-10pm. 2019:15th Annual Dallas Blues Fest. at The Theatre Grand Prairie 1001 Performance Ln. 8pm. Marsha Ambrosius at The Bomb Factory 2713 Canton St. Dallas 7pm-12am. Tickets: Debra’s Healing Kitchen Presents: A Heart2Heart Conversations Event “Major Trigger in Female Health” at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 10am-12pm. Youth Symposium “Mission Possible: A Safe Place For Our Youth” Host: Sigma Gama Rho Sorority at Embassy Suites & Convention Center 7600 John Q. Hammons Dr. Frisco. 9am. The Center of Empowerment Presents: The Rise of a

March 11 Cardio Hip Hop with JessieMae at J.C. Fitness, LLC 901 N. Polk St. DeSoto. 6:30pm7:30pm. March 12 Andrew T. Young DOB 1932, U.N. Ambassador & Mayor of Atlanta, GA IHCC Café con Nosotros at IHCC 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 8:30am-9:30am. Info: March 13 The Confederate Army admits slaves to be soldiers, 1865

“Freedom Journal” First African American Newspaper Published, 1827 Coffee & Politics Economic Development Dallas at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave. 10am-11am. Tabitha’s Tea Party Presents: Rise & Shine Girl, Stay Up! Featuring Dareia Tolbert Jacobs at 9350 Pasadena Dr. Frisco Ste. 200. 1pm-3:30pm. Registration: Dallas Black Dance Theatre Dancing Beyond Borders Series at W.E. Scott Theatre at Community Art Center 1300 Gendy St. Ft. Worth. 7:30pm Tickets: www. Master Piece Presents: F.L.O.W. For Love Of Words at Charles W. Eisemann Performing Arts Center 2351 Performance Dr. Richardson. 6:30pm. info:

FWBC Texas Impact Present: FWBC Day at The Capitol Sunday 3-10 & Monday 3-11 Departing from FWBC 2020 Wheatland Rd. at 4:00pm. Sign up on line @

Sculpting Sounds at the Nasher At Nasher Sculpture Center 2001 Flora St. Dallas. 2pm-5pm. Tickets: RSVP Free Event.

Movie Night @ The West “The Rape of Recy Taylor She Spoke Up” 2020 Wheatland Rd. Dallas 6:15pm Reception Movie starts at 7pm. March 16

History of the Mariachi at The Modern art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell St. 6pm-8pm. Tickets:

St. Litty’s Day Party at Union Park 5076 Addison Cir. 3pm8pm. Tickets; IHCC Hora De Poder at Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 9am-11am. Info: www. African American Museum 2019 Women’s Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker: Dr. Ouida Lee Mable White Lecture Series at 3536 Grand Ave. 2pm. Stomp Wars 2019 The Super Bowl of Youth Stepping at Stomp Wars USA 835 E. Lamar Blvd. #156, Arlington. 3pm-9pm. Tickets: www.stompwars. com March 17 Anthony Hamilton & Leela James at Music Hall at Fair Park Dallas 8pm.

Dallas Opera Presents: La Boheme at Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St. # 500. Box Office: 214-443-1043 Times & Dates vary. March 15

Willow Grove Baptist Church Grief Counseling at 1222 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas Info call, Kim Fincher at 214-371-7325. 5:30pm-7pm.

John Lee, First African American Navy Officer, 1947

Welcome To Dallas- Networking Mixer at In Fretta 3341Regent Blvd. Irving. 2pm-6pm.

Fraternity Fridays at Blazin Jazz Lounge 14223 Inwood Rd. Farmers Branch. 7pm-12am

March 18

DFW HBCU Skate Night at Southern Skates Roller Rink 2939 E. Ledbetter Dr. Dallas 7pm-12am.

Fred Shuttlesworth DOB 1922, Civil Rights Activist, Minister

Greek Heritage Night with Texas Legends at Comerica Center 2601 Ave. of the Stars, Frisco. 7:30pm-10pm. Tickets:

Mentor Match Mondays at Innovation Design & Entrepreneurship Academy (DISD) 4800 Ross Ave. Dallas, 6:30pm7:30pm. Tickets:

In Conversation an evening with Dr. Zan Holmes Wesley, Jr. and Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church 5710 E. R.L. Thornton Fwy. Dallas. 7pm.

March 19 Jays’ Treaty effect, 1794 IHCC Power Hour at Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 135 S. Jefferson St. 11:30am-1pm. Info: The Jazz Jam at Jazz BeCuzz at Jazz BeCuzz Art Center 9319 LBJ Fwy Ste. #120, Dallas 8:30pm-12am.


MARCH 6, 2019



A Madea Family Funeral

You are NOT my mom!


Tyler Perry’s Madea movies go back over 15 years with Madea’s Family Reunion and now ending with the last Madea movie, A Madea Family Funeral.  With the exception of Perry, Cassi Davis, and Patrice Lovely; the movie has an all-new cast of beautiful and handsome characters. The new crew could start a new franchise with the new, younger generation of actors.  Perry even creates a new character for himself, Heathrow, a war vet who’s missing his two lower

limbs and gets around in a wheelchair, and who talks through a voicebox after surviving a bout with throat cancer. I wouldn’t be surprised if Perry created a new series of movies with the dysfunctional family with Heathrow at the wheel of the new dramedy vehicle, In A Madea Family Funeral Madea and her crew drive to a small town in Georgia for a family couple’s anniversary party.  But once they get there one of the members of the couple dies

unexpectedly, causing secrets to be revealed and revealing some marital woes affecting the current younger members of the family. I was a bit disappointed in the high amount of family drama in the movie and the low amount of comedy. The movie was shot in under one week and the quick production shows in the final project.  However, the opening night crowd really seemed to enjoy the latest Perry project.  I can’t say that I was one of them.

Dear Alma, When I married my husband a few years ago, my mother in-law invited me to start calling her “Mom” as opposed to her given name. I was uncomfortable with the suggestion for a couple reasons – and without giving you a full-blown The movie comes really explanation, I just plain don’t want close to an R rating with its to. My MIL has never been ok with this and often politely corrects me in constant references to sex acts front of family members. Usually I and drug use but it sneaks by with a PG-13 rating. just keep talking and try to let it go. We all attend the same church, and The movie runs 1 hour and just recently my MIL called me out at 49 minutes, including the choir rehearsal, insisting that I call her outtakes during the movie’s “Mom.” I am beyond angry, and yes credits. my husband has had this conversation On my Hollywood Popcorn with his mother. She just won’t budge. Scale, I rate A Madea Family What should I do?


having just sailed on a three-day Girls’ Getaway Cruise early February   2019.  Let’s be real: we all want to travel like Oprah. We’re talking VIP tours of Italy, private jets with her adorable dogs, and trips with celebrity friends. The maritime tradition of choosing Oprah as godmother for a new vessel dates back more than 4,000 years and is supposed to bring good luck and protection to the ship and all on board. TechLifestyle Expert Jennifer Jolly shares vicariously the full experience from the ceremony and exclusive access to the entire ship to figure out how all of us can share that good fortune in our sea travels.   Jennifer says guests had the opportunity to read the latest onboard book club selection and then a group discuss for an intriguing discussion with the author. O’s Reading Room was introduced on Holland America Line

ships in 2017, and due to its overwhelming popularity, is now available on all ships in the fleet. Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine three-day Girls’ Getaway cruise on Holland America Line’s newest ship sailed roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spends a day at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s idyllic private island in the Bahamas. The Girls’ Getaway cruise celebrates the power of friendship and will feature exclusive onboard experiences that honor and pay tribute to the special bond between women. VBS: Jennifer we adore when you grace the Valder Beebe Show reporting on today’s culture topics.  You are special having cruised with Oprah (and Gayle).  Tell the rest of how it’s like to Travel Like Oprah?…….

Oprah Winfrey

named Godmother of Nieuw Statendam! BY VALDER BEEBE

Celebrating for and with others is heavenly deposits toward personal happiness and wealth. For three years I have been grace to be a designated gift giving by Hollywood’s top guru The Lash Fairy to give away fabulous gifts that are the same gifts given to all Oscar nominees each year.  This year’s theme EVERYONE A WINNER!  I had joy giving gifts on the Valder Beebe Show on-air, via social media and personally at my church, Hamilton Park UMC.  I know the recipients enjoyed the luxury gifts; a hair dryer, spy camera pen, a complete oral care system and more.  Gifts were valued at a minimum of $75.00.  Sow

some joy in your life, give a gift to lift spirits or simply to say “I care.” This week I invited into the Valder Beebe Show Satellite Studios TechLifestyle Expert Jennifer Jolly.  Jennifer has been featured on the Valder Beebe Show for several years, she’s  an Emmy award-winning tech-life TV show host, and a nationally syndicated columnist.  Jennifer gives us an inside view of the dedication ceremony of Oprah christening the newest Holland America Line ship Nieuw Statendam (pron. New State-en-dam) and was named its godmother. This special honor follows Oprah, Gayle and friends

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DOROTHY J. GENTRY, SPORTS EDITOR Facing the likely possibility of being this position if and when she returns. without their two superstars this “There are a lot of things out of upcoming season, the Dallas Wings are anybody’s control right now,” Agler said. gearing up for the new WNBA season “So the main thing is letting her focus with a new head coach, assistant coach on having the baby and letting her get and a revamped roster. established and decisions will be made To that end, the team has re-signed after that. If everything goes fine there, forward Kayla Thornton, forward Glory then we’ll have a sit down with Skylar and Johnson and center Cayla George talk about the future.” and added former University of South In addition to questions surrounding Dakota standout Nicole Seekamp and Diggins-Smith, there’s Australian center Brooke McCarty-Williams, a four-year Liz Cambage who - after taking the W letter winner at the University of Texas at by storm last year, setting several League Austin. records and nearly walking away with the The Wings have also hired Crystal MVP Award - stunned many by saying she Robinson as its new assistant coach, didn’t know if she would return. joining returning AC She took it a step Erin Phillips. Robinson further last month, comes to the Wings after openly requesting a winning the 2018 WNBA trade from the Wings. Championship as an “Liz Cambage assistant coach with the has communicated Seattle Storm. through her repre“Crystal knows the sentation a desire game and she knows how to play elsewhere in to transfer her knowledge the WNBA during of the game to the the 2019 season. players,” said new Head While Liz is currently WINGS KAYLA THORNTON Coach Brian Agler. “She under contract with understands the intangibles that make the Dallas Wings, we will work to resolve great players and great teams. She also this issue while keeping the interest of has a great work ethic and I’m excited to our organization the priority,” said Greg add her to the staff.” Bibb, Wings President and CEO While the re-signings of key players Said Agler: “We would love to have her from last season are crucial to the team back. She’s a big part of this organization, maintaining some consistency, franchise one of the great players in our League. management and Agler still have quite Without question she’s one of a few a bit to work through as free agency in our League who would be MVP. It’s continues and the April draft and the May a huge value for our team if she’s here 24th start to the season looms. so we’ll go into some dialogue and see Well-known is the uncertain status where that goes.” of All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith – most Diggins-Smith and Cambage aren’t certainly the face of the Wings franchise the only Wings’ question marks as free – who is pregnant with her first child. agency begins. The Wings are also Diggins-Smith carried a heavy load looking to add a spark to their roster with last year finishing at or near the top in their #5 pick in this year’s draft – a pick many categories including 10th in the that they may need to rely on right away League in points (avg. 17.9 ppg); 3rd in Around the League, notable assists (6.2 per game) and 7th in steals unrestricted free agents include 2x WNBA (1.4 per game). She also led the league Sixth Woman of the Year Award winner with minutes played at 34.1 minutes per Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley and game. The Wings must get her help at teammate guard Courtney Vandersloot.

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