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Let’s care about caregivers Last week I met an angel. Talk about a beautiful spirit. Well, she was absolutely adorable and exuded kindness, love, patience, compassion and a deep, abiding faith. She was also a caregiver to her baby son who was injured 12 years ago and is a paraplegic. This caregiver is still able to smile and speak with joy when talking about her son, whose voice she hasn’t heard in years. But, she said, he loves to hear other voices. So I spoke to him, introducing myself and telling him that he was in my prayers. Although his mom was told by numerous doctors that her child was not going to make it, she kept the faith. And although her son has not walked, talked or been able to take care of himself, she has never given up on him. It has to be difficult at times. Which brings me to my truth. I knew another mother who took care of

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It was a “Sunday Best” revelation before the new year as a group of

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ing a rebirth. With 2019 in sight, VIP attendees were seeking rejuvenation as well with guidance from motivational speaker, image consultant, hair care specialist and success coach Dr. Keith Harley. Dr. Keith, as he is affectionately called, delivered a session that peeled back the layers, with hopes of helping people understand they are the key to being their best selves. Step Up to Level Up is a series of three uniquely designed sessions presented by Harley that has attendees focus inward

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At the 35th Annual Quest for Success Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 8, 2019, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce will highlight businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that have an impact on the local, state, and national economy while contributing to the economic ecosystem in the African-American Community. In 1985, the DBCC established the

Quest for Success Awards to recognize African-American entrepreneurs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for outstanding business achievements and service to the community. The luncheon is designed to spotlight African-American entrepreneurs and inspire other entrepreneurs to make their mark in Dallas/ Ft. Worth. Congrats to the Quest for Success Class of 2019.

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guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke, in exchange for guard Dennis Smith Jr. – the Mavs’ #9 pick in 2017 - center DeAndre Jordan, guard/forward Wesley Matthews and two future firstround draft picks. “We’re very excited to have these guys here. This is a huge deal. A blockbuster trade involving seven players is a big deal. We’re excited about to-

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Though much of the 2020 Election attention this week went to former Starbucks Coffee executive Howard Schultz, the end of the week held a surprise entry: Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. It was widely expected that Sen. Booker would run, the former mayor of Newark with a

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high-flying social media presence and an affable personality has been rumored to be a contender for the White House for

years. Booker, 49, is likely to project an upbeat positive tone at a time when President Donald Trump is winning comparisons to some of the worst presidents in U.S. history. If either Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) or Booker win the White House, they would become the second African American president in history, after See BOOKER, page 5

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Only five days after a blockbuster trade involving the New York Knicks and multiple players, the Dallas Mavericks introduced 4 new roster additions, including former Knick and NBA All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis, during a packed press conference at American Airlines Center. The Mavs also acquired

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to discover their personal impact on future outcomes. He presents on stage to large audiences or in smaller, more intimate environments such as this one. “The first part of class is about cleaning up your stuff,” Harley said. “Success and chaos cannot live in the same place.” Part two stresses doing the work of turning dreams into realities while part three involves a boot camp with attendees in workout gear, combining physical activity with mental toughness. Harley does not hold back. He calls things as he sees them, speaking on the desires so many have to address the needs of others in-

self-fix is not that easy. One attendee became very emotional, shedding tears and expressing her feelings of being angry due

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stead of their own. He offers what seems to be a simple solution. “You ask for what you are not. That’s why you receive what you don’t need,” he said. “We need to fix ourselves.” There were many shrieks in the midst of light bulb moments. One person even yelled, “Pass the collection plate!” Harley was definitely delivering “the word” to many who seemed to need it. However, for some, the


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to her initial expectation of receiving a “formula” for success. She signed up for the training based on the “earn 13,000 dollars in 13 days” she had heard so much about and was wanting to learn how to do that. Several turned to her, sharing “There is no formula. YOU are the formula!” Harley allowed others to continue, stating that he’d wait until after they’d chimed in before giving his response. His four-word

statement chilled the air, sending a clear message to anyone looking to “level up” in life. “Stop being a follower.” And with those words, souls were lifted. The mantra taught earlier by Harley, which he had the entire room repeat, rang even more true. “I will no longer complain about the results I don’t get because of the work I don’t do!” The lesson for 2019 and beyond… Do the work! Harley emphasized that appearing frantic is never a good look. “When you chase and you’re desperate you devalue who you are,” he said. It was evident Harley values his guests and their overall experience. The event also featured food prepared by Harley. Traditional appetizer fare of wings, crab balls, fruit and dips were intertwined with divine food for the soul. Ribs, turkey, ham, salmon, greens, cornbread, potato salad and black-eyed peas rounded out the menu. The food was phenomenal, however with all of its good-

ness, it was not the main course. Whether as a reminder or something new, lessons learned from the Step Up to Level Up course can serve as a mainstay along the path to success. “This was interesting. I was very skeptical at first,” Mary Kay Sales Director Debrah Jackson said. “It was different. It was more of a mindset than anything else. It reminded me of the past and reconfirmed what I was doing, almost like confirmation.” Step Up to Level Up transcends all career fields and walks of life. Woven into the session were Harley’s personal accounts with abuse and homelessness. He shared triumphs after developing a strategy and working for the successes he’s experienced. He spoke with assurance that the work in the middle is key to seeing a shift from one phase to another. “You will free yourself when you do the work and create the reality for your dreams.” For more information and a schedule of future events, visit

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NAAIA DFW Chapter celebrates 10th Year The National African American Insurance Agency,(NAAIA)- DFW Chapter will host its 6th annual scholarship Gala on Saturday February 9, 2019 to celebrate the Dallas Chapter’s 10th anniversary. The Gala will be at the Las Colinas Country Club on Feb. 9, 2019 and the honoree is Errica Rivera, Director of External Relations for the State Auto Insurance Company. In this role, she focuses on improving Community Relations and building partnerships and coalitions. The development of future business leaders and the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the work place are areas of passion for Ms. Rivera. She serves on the Insurance

Council of Texas Board of Directors, Insurance Council of Texas Education Foundation Board of Trustees, Texas Risk and Insurance Professionals Society (TRIPS) Board Member, National InVEST Board Member (emeritus), Harding University Board of Trustees and University of Texas at Dallas Risk Management Advisory Council. An active volunteer and guest speaker for various Independent Insurance Agents associations, member of the steering committee for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Women In Insurance Forum, and Lincoln Theater Board of Trustees (emeritus), she is the founder of the Harding University African American Alumni Association.

Errica Rivera NAAIA was founded by Jerald L. Tillman, LUTCF, in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Early in his career he realized through his

involvement with professional organizations that there was a disconnect, amongst fellow Black insurance professionals within the industry. He began pondering the idea of establishing an association for Black professionals involved in all areas of insurance. NAAIA was charted in Cincinnati, Ohio March 5, 1997. The NAAIA-Dallas/Fort Worth became the first chapter to be established in the western part of the United States. The DFW Chapter was a vision of Brent Jenkins who served as the first Chapter President. He along with 22 Charter members gave birth to this group The current DFW Chapter President is Dekia Henderson. The

key goal is to educate the minority community on the career opportunities that are available in this dynamic Industry. The chapter has continued to partner with the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad High School to provide the INVEST Insurance curriculum to students interested in Business and Finance. Over 30 members volunteer their time to teach the classes or participate in the Mock interview exercises. The members also volunteer at the North Tx Food Bank and Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano. The gala is the group’s major event to benefit its Scholarship Fund. Additional information can be found at


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Open a book, explore the world: Philadelphia African American Children’s Book Fair THE LAST WORD By Dr. Julianne Malveaux Author, economist and president emerita of Bennett College.

We hear the words “national emergency” so often from the bloviator that masquerades as a President that we forget what an emergency really looks like. One of our most pressing crises is the educational emergency that our nation faces, with the quality of inner-city education, in particular, so lacking that many young people are graduating from high school unequipped to manage either post-secondary education or employment. This hits African American communities hardest, with an achievement gap well documented by the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the National Center for Educational statistics. Why? Researchers like Georgia Perimeter College’s Dr. Tiffany Flowers consider everything from what happens at home to what happens at school, noting that parental involvement in literacy makes a difference in a young person’s reading ability. Some homes have bookshelves that are groaning with books, though, and others have just a few. The difference in access to children’s books may partly explain the achievement gap between Black and white students as well as between children in lower-income and higher-income families. What are families to do? Vanesse J. Lloyd-Sgambati has one of the answers. As the founder of the African American Children’s Book Project she has, for 27 years, hosted the Annual African American Children’s Book Fair. This year it was held on February 2, 2019, at Community College of

Philadelphia (CCP). With the theme, A Book Opens Up A World of Opportunities, it feeds literacy hunger, bringing together book authors, booksellers, parents, and children who are eager to experience culturally relevant literary experiences. Last year the event drew more than four thousand people, along with dozens of authors and illustrators. Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati is passionate about her mission, noting that many economic and cultural factors contribute to the wealth gap. “You can’t tell a child to read at home if there are no books in the household. With fewer retailers offering diverse books, the need is even greater.” Her event not only salutes those who produce diverse books but also

provides young people with the opportunity to have access to books. Says Lloyd-Sgambati, “Adults who attended the program as children now bring their children. They understand the importance of having books in the home and the life-long impact of reading on the journey to success for their children.” I am writing about this local Philadelphia event because it is the kind of activity that needs to take place all over the country. Black children’s literacy is improving, but the achievement gap is a national emergency. We com-

bat the gap by encouraging literacy among young people, by embracing children’s literacy as a cause, and by developing traditions like the African American Children’s Book Fair to salute those who write and illustrate diverse books and to provide opportunities for parents and children to buy books. Books, says Vanesse, “empower, enrich, and enlighten the lives of all children.” She doesn’t have to convince me. I’ve so frequently had my nose in a book, that I once wrote an essay about the ways I escaped my childhood life through reading. I was one of those kids who put books in front of my dolls and gave them lessons. Once forbidden to read a thick book because the contents were not child-appropriate, I climbed up a shelf to get the book, injuring myself but then allowed to devour the contents. I went to New York City without leaving San Francisco by reading, inhaled parts of the African continent without boarding an airplane through reading, and became livid about issues of economic justice because I had my nose in a book. I wish the literacy experience for every young person, not only because it will influence their life experiences, but also because it can bring them joy. I commend Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati who is, in full disclosure, a dear friend, for the work that she does to ensure that teachers and librarians have new books in their schools. Philadelphia is blessed to have her fantastic book fair. If she had the resources, she could replicate this event all over the country. When a child opens a book, she explores the world. Her book fair is a stellar commitment to children’s literacy. There ought to be a similar book fair everywhere an achievement gap is documented!

South Dallas Club receives Bridge Breast Network’s Advocacy Award

The South Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. was selected for the prestigious 2019 Advocacy Award, presented on January 25 by the Bridge Breast Network of Dallas during their Annual Awards Recognition Breakfast at the Park City Club in north Dallas. Members present to receive the award were from left to right: Dr. June M. Johnson, Chair Yvonne Upton, Past President Faye Collins, President Gwendolyn H. Daniels, 1st Vice President Dr. Lindy M. Perkins, and Past Presidents Yvonne Emanuel, Mae Frances Saulter and Jacqueline Harrison. Pres. Daniels and Triple the PINK Committee Chair Upton of the award

towards the end of 2018. South Dallas BPW supports the nonprofit by routinely providing gifts for cancer patients and by contributing creative baskets offered for auction during the Network’s signature fundraiser. Triple the PINK is a national project created in 2015 by Dr. Lavern J. Holyfield, First Vice President of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. She is responsible for the Association’s program initiatives across the country. Triple the PINK’s programmatic thrust is to bring awareness of Triple Negative Breast Cancer and the high incidence of this disease in the African American community.

Booker enters race, continued from front page Barack Obama. Booker announced his candidacy via a video called “Rise.” The video focuses on many of the issues he confronted as Mayor of Newark such as housing and poverty. The video’s narrative features the New Jersey Senator affirming that he still lives in the inner-city Newark. “I still live there today, and I’m the only senator who goes home to a low-income, inner city community. The first community that took a chance on me,” Booker says in the announcement video. “I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind, where parents can put food on the table. Where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood. Where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children

into cages and coffins. Where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,” Booker continues. Sen. Booker will join Sen. Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), former Housing Secretary Julian Castro (D-Texas) and South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have all announced that they will run for the White House in 2020. Sen. Booker has already made stops in key primary states over the last few months. He now plans to travel more extensively as he joins the most diverse presidential field in American history. Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and writer for NNPA as well as a political analyst and strategist as Principal of Win Digital Media LLC. She may be contacted at LBurke007@ and on twitter at @LVBurke



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It was an afternoon they’ll never forget. Throwing up 3’s, dribbling in circles, running up the court and getting both high fives and advice from two of their favorite players. Seventy-five youth from Bridge Builders in South Dallas were treated to a mini-basketball clinic from Dallas Mavericks’ players Luka Doncic and Salah Mejri and Mavs Basketball Academy. The clinic is part of the league’s Jr. NBA program, which celebrates, grows and improves the game of basketball by teaching kids the fundamentals of the sport, while also instilling core values including teamwork, respect and sportsmanship. The kids, all ages and both male and female, participated in drills, games, activities and heard from Doncic and Mejri about their love of the game and

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remember being in love with basketball and wanting to be on the court.” BridgeBuilders is an urban missionary organization that breaks the cycle of poverty by confronting the spiritual needs of the “poor”

what it takes to be a leader. “It’s always a great time to step away from the baskeball court and be here with the kids and Jr. NBA Team Photo play basketball with them,” said and resolving the material Doncic, the Mavs’ rookie realities that prevent them sensation who is setting from flourishing. the NBA on fire with his Through Missions, dominance as a 19-year- Work, and Kids programs, old in the League. BridgeBuilders has served He shared in the excite- the city of Dallas for more ment the kids displayed than 20 years. and recalled his own days “We have 75 kids that at camp as a youth. “I just are extremely excited,”

said Ben Hunt, Youth Director of the Mavs Basketball Academy. “Each of them receives a Jr. NBA t-shirt and really have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Luka, Salah and the Dallas Mavericks. “We are also excited to be here on a court dedicated by the Mavs Foundation.” The Mavs Basketball Academy brings the excitement of the NBA to local communities and gives professional basketball training for every skill level of the game. Each year, the Mavs Basketball Academy hosts various Jr. NBA Clinics throughout the Metroplex along with year-long Mavs Academy basketball camps. “Salah and Luka are fantastic, so to have them here to engage with the kids and talk to them about their journey is exciting for all of us” Hunt said. Additional reporting by Tamara Jolee, Dallas Mavericks


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MAVS set sights on Playoffs, continued from front page eryone has welcomed me with open arms. And I’m excited to be a part of this organization.” Both Lee and Hardaway Jr., whose father Tim Sr. played for the Mavericks in 2001-2002, said they believe they can help the Mavericks in every way. “We just plan to come out and help the team compete as much as possible, Lee said. “Right now our job is to go out there and lead by example, practice hard, and help develop these guys for the future.” And the playoffs? “That’s the goal. 100 percent,” Lee said. “That’s why we are here. To push for the playoffs and win big.” Hardaway added, “No doubt.” The trade caught many by surprise. It followed a strange twoweek period in which Smith Jr. missed several practices and games after reports surfaced that he was being shopped and that he and Carlisle were not getting along. Smith Jr. soon returned after Carlisle spoke with him and his agent and all seemed well. The Mavs went on a two-game win streak and Smith Jr. notched a triple double – the night they played the Knicks. A day later, he was traded. Porzingis (7-3, 240) holds career averages of 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 31.0 minutes per game in 186 games (185 starts) with New York. He averaged a career-high 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and a career-high 2.4 blocks in 48 games (all starts) for the Knicks last season en route to being named a 2018 NBA All-Star. Kristaps appeared in 72 games (all starts) for the Knicks as a rookie in 2015-16, averaging 14.3 points, a career-high 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 28.4 minutes on his way to being named to the 2016 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

A native of Liepaja, Latvia, Porzingis began his professional career with Spain’s Cajasol Seville. He was a two-time recipient of the ACB All-Young Players Team (2014, 2015) and was also named a EuroCup Rising Star in 2015. Hardaway Jr. (6-6, 205) holds averages of 13.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 25.9 minutes in 384 career games (162 starts) with New York and Atlanta. He was averaging a team-high 19.1 points for the Knicks this season. Hardaway is the son of former Maverick Tim Hardaway Sr. The former Michigan guard was the 24th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft after a threeyear college career for the Wolverines. He earned First Team All-Big Ten honors as a junior in 2013. Hardaway also earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors for the Knicks in 2014. Lee (6-5, 215) is an 11-year veteran from Western Kentucky, who holds career averages of 9.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 27.9 minutes per game in 765 games (505 starts) with Orlando, New Jersey, Houston, Boston, Memphis, Charlotte and New York. He was the 22nd overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Magic. Burke (6-1, 175) holds career averages of 11.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 24.1 minutes in 336 games (127 starts) with Washington, Utah and New York. Burke, who is in his sixth NBA season, was named the National College Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2013 after leading Michigan to the NCAA Tournament championship game, where it lost to Louisville. He was teammates with Hardaway Jr. on the Wolverines squad that advanced to the title game.


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day and we’re excited about the future,” said Head Coach Rick Carlisle. “All of these guys are proven players. We are fans of all of them. And I just want to welcome them.” Owner Mark Cuban opened his comments thanking the players who were traded away, “I want to thank Dennis, Wes and DJ for their efforts and what they were able to contribute here,” Cuban said. “Doing a trade is never easy. There were basketball considerations. We always talk about how this is just a business but it’s not just that,” Cuban said. “It’s personal. It upends players and families. So we want to thank them.” Cuban also acknowledged the change the new players are experiencing coming to Dallas. “We also recognize it’s a big change for players coming in. There’s a lot of adjustments. “In some respects you’re transferred to someplace you didn’t ask to be transferred to,” Cuban continued. “But we’re excited. We think this is the start of a really strong way forward for us. “All four guys will be significant contributors and we’re ready to go to work. It will be some exciting times.” Porzingis – the former fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft - suffered a torn left ACL against Milwaukee on Feb. 6, 2018, ending his 2017-18 season. He has yet to play in 201819. But the plan is for him to continue rehabbing and return to the court in the Fall. “We have a great relationship, Porzingis said of Mavs rookie sensation Luka Doncic. “Now that I have the opportunity to play with him I am real excited. Doncic was in attendance at the press conference. “It’s been a great 48 hours here,” Porzingis said. “Ev-



DBFF’S “Women, Wine & Wisdom By M. P. Stone Denton Black Film Festival's preeminent event, Women, Wine  & Wisdom was held on January 26, 2019 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. The panel forum moderated by Freda Frimpong, featured distinguished women professionals in the industry such as Amy Adrion, Christie Herring, Patty Newton and Justina Walford. The creative media panel, introduced by Women In Film Dallas past President Patty Newton, spoke extensively on the evolving diversity in the film-making landscape for female leadership roles and their personal experiences as they fought for a foothold in their career. According to DBFF, Amy Adrion, is a director and writer whose work has screened at the Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festivals, been broadcast on PBS and MTV, and won numerous awards. Amy’s debut feature, HALF THE PICTURE, celebrates the groundbreaking work of women film and TV directors and had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. It also won the #WhatNext Award at Sundance: London, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Lighthouse Film Festival and the Impact Award at the Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival. Christie Herring is an award-winning editor, producer, and director who has worked in documentary filmmaking for over 20 years. She recently edited and produced Code: Debugging the Gender Gap and co-edited NOVA’s Point of No Return. Christie’s credits include work with PBS, National Geographic, A&E, MBC1 and the History Channel. Herring received her MA

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in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University, was a 2013 San Francisco Film Society Film House Fellow and is currently a member-owner of New Day Films. Assistant Professor of Practice/Filmmaker, Patty Newton has worked professionally in film and television in Texas, Georgia and California as Producer, Director, UPM, Art Director and everything in between. In 2001, Newton won the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle for producing the award-winning short, A Window That Opens. She also produced the Beverly Hills Playhouse production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and wrote, directed and edited the award-winning short film Pursuit which played for over three years on the domestic and international festival circuit. Justina Walford is a Japanese-American filmmaker and artistic director of Women Texas Film Festival. Critically acclaimed writer, producer, and performer of stage and screen, Walford was formerly the A.D. of Split Stage Perfor-

mances in Hollywood. During that time, she produced a dozen full-length productions and countless one-night shows, many of which were her original work. Justina left Los Angeles for New York City and began creating with husband John Wildman, including writing and producing the horror thriller, The LADIES OF THE HOUSE, shot in Dallas. Freda Frimpong is a multi-talented media professional with a background in acting, writing, producing and under her company, KUUMBA Media; content distribution can be added to the list. She holds an MBA from Bryant University but calls the University of North Texas, UNT, home as a past alumnus. Her goal is to find the bridge between media and technology that compliments the African educational and entertainment sectors. KUUMBA Media, a video-on-demand platform to catch up on the latest African cinema, is founded by Freda and is operated by her and a small Afro-centric team in Brooklyn, New York.

For years, Black women have had to rise above adversity, exude humility and care for others — all while not appearing tired, hurt or showing the struggle. Though almost inarguably the most discriminated and oppressed of all people, Black women might be the single-biggest reason to celebrate Black History Month. “What a Black woman can do seems easy to the naked eye but rarely do others consider what it takes for them to get there — overcoming stereotypes about women, Blacks and who they are in general,” said Terri Broussard Williams, a Cornell University graduate and founder of the Movement Maker Tribe, which aims to inspire others to create change. Black women are the backbone of the Black family — college-educated and business-oriented individuals, said Jamila Choyce of Choyce Plus Size Models. “I believe that the media does such an injustice when we are portrayed as the stereotypical, high school dropout, eyes rolling, trash-talking, ass-kicking, loud-talking b—h,” Choyce said. “We voted for our families, communities and for our future. Our legacy is to use our vote as our voice for change.” Choyce said Black women spearheaded the Women’s March and created the #MeToo movement. “We watched CNN, CNBC, and even Fox News, and decided #NOMORE, #MeToo, and #TimesUP for racism, disenfranchisement of our community, being raped, sexually assaulted, and being less than white women and all other women,” Choyce said.

As an African-American woman and therapist, Ginger Lavender Wilkerson said she believes Black women play a huge role in African-American history. They are the storytellers, record-keepers and, in many homes, the matriarch, she said. “As we have seen with women empowerment movements in general, women are tapping into their voice and their ability to influence through power,” Wilkerson said. “Many African-American women are stepping out of the shadows of their Caucasian counterparts and standing in their own light and power. They are no longer subscribing to the world’s standards of beauty and power. “In addition, to their own shifting, the world is beginning to recognize and embrace Black women as true equals and acknowledging their contributions to enhance the world of business, politics and leadership,” she said. Wilkerson said many Black women have begun to look within for validation and are shunning accepted societal standards of beauty and worth. “There is a sense of collective power which has supported Black women growth,” she said. In Texas last month, 17 Black women made history when together they were sworn in as judges in the state’s most populated county. It’s widely believed the women are the largest group of Black female judges elected at the same time in the history of Harris County, which includes Houston. In January, California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, a Black woman, announced her

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candidacy for president on the anniversary of Shirley Chisolm becoming the first Black woman to win a seat in Congress. Many experts said the blue wave of the November midterms would not have been remotely possible without Black female voters. And in January, the Congressional Black Caucus welcomed its largest membership ever — a 55-member group that includes a number of Black women such as Lauren Underwood of Illinois, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut. “What a Black woman can do seems easy to the naked eye, but rarely do others consider what it takes for them to get there — overcoming stereotypes about women, Blacks and who they are in general,” Williams said. “So it’s no surprise that we don’t truly honor the phenomenal women that they are. People like Stacey Abrams are bringing the struggle to the forefront and with a narrative that others are beginning to understand. “Abrams was the more prepared candidate and clearly won an election,” she said. “Because of movements like the Women’s March and #MeToo, society is finally realizing the role that Black women play in shaping our economy, communities and country. This is extremely important, as the success of many in our country was built off their back.”



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Black History Month Recurring Events Reggae Sunday Brunch at Hero’s Lounge 3094 N. 35 Fwy. Dallas. 11am. Caribbean Breakfast & Lunch.

How to Start a Podcast for your Business by Tech Talent South at Capital Factory + The DEC 3102 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas. 6:30. Eventbrite.

Black Woman’s Health and Wellness Expo-Mind, Body, &Soul at 901 N. Polk St. DeSoto. 10am-2pm.

Women of the West Bible Study at Friendship-West Baptist Church 2020 Wheatland Rd. Dallas. 7pm on 1st & 3rd Thurs.

A Birthday Celebration, 117 Years of Civil Rights at Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House Museum 2618 Warren Ave. Dallas 9am-9pm

Laurel Land Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Ceremony 6300 S. R. L. Thornton Fwy, 3:30pm.

Dallas 2019 Senior Games Hosted by: Dallas Parks & Recreation. Info: Senior Program Division at 214-671-1602. Dates: Feb. 28 - March10 & 3-16. Obama-Ology Play at Jubilee Theatre 506 Main St. Ft Worth Time and Dates Vary. Tickets: 1-25-2-24. La Llorona: A Love Story at Bishop Arts Theatre Center 215 Tyler St. Time varies. Tickets: www. 2-7-24-19. Dallas in the time of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Hall of State 3939 Grand Ave. Dates: 1- 28 to 2-17-19 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.

February 6-8 Calling On All High School Seniors in the Dallas area! Grambling University Band Staff having Auditions for all Seniors. Contact Kevin Drain via FB.

February 6 Bob Marley DOB 1945 Reggae Artist

Small Business Expo at Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center 650 S. Griffith St. Dallas. 10am-5:30pm. Eventbrite. Black is the New Black-Coming To America at Angelika Film Center-Dallas 5321 E. Mockinbird Ln. #230 7pm-10pm.

February 7-16 Bourbon on the Border by: Soul Rep Theater Company at South Dallas Cultural Center 300 Fitzhugh Ave. Info:

February 7 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day James Hubert Blake DOB 1887 An American Composer & Musician

Project Unity presents: Gospel Goes Classical with Dallas Symphony Feat: Marvin Winans at Morton Meyerson Symphony Center 7:30pm-9:30pm Movie Thursday’s Enter The Dragon at Duncanville Library 201 James Collins Blvd. 6:30pm.


Poetry Smash #4 Presents Love & Happiness at TBAAL 1309 Canton St. Dallas. 7:30pm. Sylvana Avila Alonzo Campaign Fundraiser at Mercado 369, 369 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas. 5pm-6pm. RSVP: 214-339-3397.

February 8 35th Annual The Quest for Success Luncheon Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce at Renaissance Hotel Dallas 2222 N. 35 Fwy. 10am1:30pm Info: Who’s Who in Black Dallas Celebrating African-American Achievement 5th Edition at Hyatt Regency 300 Reunion Blvd. 6pm. Young Black Professional Dallas Winter Networking Event at PrymeBar Dallas 10333 Technology Blvd. West Dallas. 6pm-10pm. Dallas Black Press Meet Up at Starbucks 3620 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. 9am-11am. Info: Black Mavs Greek Night & African American Heritage Night at American Airlines Center 2500 Victory Ave. Dallas 6:30pm-12am. Sinbad at the House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas. 7pm. Tickets: Live Nation.

February 9 You Don’t Know My Story at TBAAL 1309 Canton St. Dallas 7:30pm. Body and Soul (1925) Black Filmmakers Series at A. A. Museum Fair Park 2:30pm-4pm. One Night w/Masterpiece at Allure Jazz & Cigar Lounge 110 S. Cockrell Hill Rd. DeSoto 8pm. Yoga N Da Hood Badu vs. Jill Yoga at Flow Fitness 2630 Aero Dr. Grand Prairie. 2:30pm.

Falling in Love with Me – The Art Show by Stacie Monday at Our Urban Hippie 110 E. Main St. #100, Grand Prairie. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Let’s get Purse-onal by ROLO Ministries at Maggiano’s Little Italy North Park Center Northwest Hwy. Dallas. 12pm-3pm. Eventbrite. The Huddle w/ Chris Howell: “Manhood & Social Responsibility” at Flag Room Dallas City Hall 1500 Marilla St. 9am-11am. Eventbrite. Random Expressions Open Mic-Love at 3535 Studios Dallas 3535 Marvin D. Love Fwy. 7pm. Email: Coffee & Politics 101 Civil Courts at African American Museum at Fair Park. 10am-11am. Congressman Marc Veasey presents: Advancing Women Today at One Safe Place 1100 Hemphill St. Ft. Worth. 10am-11:30am. Vandell Andrew Presents: For Lovers Feat: Brandon Kareem & Bemyfiasco at Poor David’s Pub 1313 S. Lamar St. Dallas. 7pm10pm. Tickets: Eventbrite. Slow Jams for the Heart Game Night at 3D Cantina 2707 MLK, Jr. Blvd. #103, Dallas. 8pm.

February 10 Soulful Sunday Brunch with Chef Cassy Jones at Lemonade Lounge 1411 E. Campbell Rd. 1200 Richardson. 12pm. Black Panther (2018) Black Filmmakers Series at Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. 2:30pm5:30pm.

Start Your Own Hair Business by Dallas Hair Wholesale at 1430 Dragon St. Dallas 5pm-7pm. DaniLeigh at House of Blues 220 N. Lamar St. Dallas 7pm. Tickets: via Live Nation. SMU Informative Session at Westmoreland Heights Comm. Center 3739 Homeland St. 7pm. Ron Bivins presents: Next Level Meeting at South Oak Cliff School @ Village Fair 4949 Village Fair Dr. Dallas. 6pm.

February 12 Dallas Mayoral Candidate Forum at Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. 6pm-9pm. Eventbrite NAACP Arlington February Meeting-Black History Month Program at New Life Fellowship 201 E. Sublet Rd. 6:30pm-9pm. Dallas Mayoral Candidate Meet & Greet at Mercado 369 369 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8pm-9:30pm. Admission $20. Register Eventbrite.

February 13 Joseph L. Searles 1st Black Member of N.Y. Stock Exchange 1970

Judicial Investitures for Civil Court Judges at Dallas Bar Association 2101 Ross Ave. 3:30pm-4:30pm. The Poetry Give Back 2: Love Addition at Citysquare Opportunity Center 1610 S. Malcolm X Blvd. Dallas. 6pm.-9pm. Eventbrite Free

Fraternity Fridays at Blazin Jazz Lounge 14223 Inwood Rd. Farmers Branch. 7pm-12am Lunch & Learn Series Class “Using Insurance to Create Generational Wealth” at Frazier House 4600 Spring Ave. 11:30am-1pm. Stroll off Competition/ After Party TCAC Convention 2019 at Sheraton Hotel 1500 Convention Center Dr. Arlington 7pm. Cheers to 30 years Minister Dominique Alexander at African American Museum 3526 Grand Ave. Dallas 7pm.

Feb. 16-17 Love Remix Couples Retreat & Staycation Dallas at AC Hotels by Marriott Dallas 5460 James Temple Dr. 16th 8am & 17th 11am. Eventbrite

February 16 2cellos: Let There be Cello at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 Las Colinas Blvd. Irving. 3pm & 8pm. 2019 Valentine’s Comedy Show Cedric the Entertainer at Music Hall Fair Park 909 1st Ave. Dallas. 8pm

Annual Texas Council of Alpha Chapters TCAC District Convention at Sheraton Hotel 1500 Convention Center Dr. Arlington. 7pm-11am

Women’s Empowerment Brunch @ The Egg & I Restaurant 15203 Knoll Trail Dr. Dallas 11am-1pm.

February 14 Valentine’s Day Black Love Ball Host: YBE at 921 W. Belt Line Rd. DeSoto. 7pm-11pm. Food, Music and lots of Prizes. Tickets: Eventbrite.

Hair Bullying Host Nappiology, Inc. at The Dock Bookshop & Dock Comm. 6637 Meadowbrook Dr. Ft Worth. 2pm.

Soul Jazz Valentine at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas. Feat: Natural Change Band. For Reservations:

Night, Black History Month Celebration at Zula B. Wylie Library 225 Cedar St. Cedar Hill. 6:30pm. Poetry, storytelling & African Drumming.

Discover the Arts after dark, African Drumming Night at Zula B. Wylie Library 225 Cedar St. Cedar Hill 6:30pm.

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Couples Only Valentine Dinner Party at Astute Gentlemen 14223 Inwood Rd. Farmers Branch. 7pm-12am. Tickets: Eventbrite.

Daniel “Chappie” James DOB 1920 An U.S. 4-Star General

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FSD Couples Night Out at Forever Swing Dallas Event Venue 2021 N. Hampton Rd. #175 DeSoto. 8pm-1am.

Evolve Dallas Tournament at Game On Sports Complex 2600 Alemeda St. Ft. Worth. 9am.

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Feb. 15-17 DBDT Presents: Cultural Awareness Dance Nina Simone & Odetta Holmes at Dee & Charles Wylie Theatre 2400 Flora St.

Book Signing: Dr. Lynda Mubarak 2211 S. Cooper St. Arlington. 1pm-3pm Love Jazz & Romance Jonathan Butler Feat: Pieces of a Dream at SMU McFarlin Auditorium 6405 Boaz Ln. Ste 101 Dallas 7pm. Coffee & Politics 101 Police Review Board at African American Museum at Fair Park. 10am-11am. All Red Everything Jam Session Open Mic at Athletic Zone 423 Singleton Blvd. Dallas. 9pm. Tickets; Relief Session Presents: Smokin’ Word at Blowin Smoke Cigar Lounge 215 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. #5, Duncanville. 8pm-11:30pm. Eventbrite.


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her son. We lived on the same street in Newark, New Jersey and for at least three years of my life I walked past the house where a young man, who was bedridden, always had a cheerful word as he lay in his bed; speaking from his window. My friend, his niece was my age and while I can’t remember much about the scenario, I did know that he was paralyzed and there was no expectation that he would ever walk again. Now as a 4th grader, I couldn’t wrap my head around all that was going on. Sometimes I would stop in and visit, to say hello and ask how are you? I remember thinking that he looked like the musician extraordinaire Stevie Wonder. For some reason, I never felt sad when I was around him. I wasn’t afraid as often young children are when faced with something or someone they are not familiar with; and I didn’t pity him either. I never let a day pass without stopping to speak, even if I was running to keep from being late to school. And he always had a pleasant word or message for me. As an adult, I can’t help but wonder what was going through his mind. He was a young


man, I would guess in his 20s, and it appeared he would live life watching from that window, as the world passed him by. Then there was his mom, like the mom I met last week; who seemed to have a smile on her face every time I saw her. Have you ever thought about what goes into caregiving? Have you wondered about the toll it takes caring for someone who can’t do for themselves? And sadly, today, there are people who are letting the world past them by when they actually can get up and get out of bed. They’d rather stay in the bed all day; watching television, in a drunken or drug-induced stupor, or “chilling.” Now, there is nothing wrong with “chilling” or having fun. Nothing at all. But what about the people who would absolutely love to get out of their beds. Sometimes we don’t realize how good we have it. Sometimes we need a reminder. For some, laying around in bed all day long is not an ideal situation because they’d rather be up and moving around and living life to the fullest. From time to time I would wonder about that young man on Schley Street. Is he still alive? And if he is, who’s taking care of him now? Either the young man I met last week or the one from decades ago could have easily been you or I.

Hopefully we would be fortunate enough to have someone in our lives who would dedicate their lives to making ours comfortable and safe. And hopefully we would have the love and compassion to be of service should anyone in our families or circles find themselves in need of a caregiver. It’s not easy. Caregivers need love and support or they could find themselves in a bad state because many work themselves into bad health, taking care of others. Next time you are thinking about something; think about the men and women who are caregivers. Too often people rationalize for the work that a caregiver does, just to absolve themselves of guilt because they aren’t doing anything — you know the ones who are the loudest at funerals or make insensitive comments about the work the caregiver is doing, or worse yet, they act like the caregiver is doing it for the money. In most cases, there’s not a lot of money. Actually folks tend to spend entirely too much time “thinking” about the wrong things. They should think about how to be a blessing to others. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive. It really is the thought that counts. If you don’t know, ask somebody; don’t assume. Now November is Family Caregivers Month, but every day we should show love to caregivers because they need love, compassion, understanding, food, prayers, and so much more.

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