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VOL. 7 NO. 28 MARCH 13, 2019

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MY TRUTH

Another woman worth celebrating By Cheryl Smith, Publisher

Sometimes for whatever reason, folks come into our lives and have an impact. Some folks we are glad to see coming and then others we’re glad to see them leaving. Then still others come into our lives and before long we forget they ever existed. Life is strange because you meet some folks and feel as though you have met your soul mate. You have conversations that seem important at the time and you share secrets that you each swear to keep. Or so you think. It’s a wonderful thing when you meet someone who brightens your life, warms your spirit and makes you feel good. Which brings me to my truth. I think the first time I interviewed the Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson, it was in 1990. She was in her car and it was a phone interview about something related to the office she held at time, Texas State Senator. She talked at length and answered all of my questions. I don’t recall the topic but I do remember that she appeared to bend over backwards to Congresswoman accommodate my Eddie Bernice Johnson interview request. Over the years we had very little interaction and then one day something amazing happened. We clicked. The stars aligned. I already knew she was an elected official, the first nurse to serve in the Texas House and Senate and U.S. Congress. She advocates for See MY TRUTH, page 4

Celebrating a KING

Royle King brings Lamplighters to town By Cheryl Smith It’s time for the Superbowl of Stepping and Dallas’ own Royle King, Jr. is coming in with his team of showmen, Omega Lamplighters from Tallahassee, Florida with hopes of stomping their way to first place. Stomp Wars brings together steppers from grammar to high school who will each put on their eightminute show for a piece of the $10,000 winner’s pool. Deemed the best in the country, the competitors will take to the stage at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 on the University of Texas at Arlington campus, 835 E. Lamar Blvd. #156.

Right - Omega Lamplighters Founder Royle King. Above - Lamplighters with Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin)

For tickets, log on to www. stompwars.com. According to Royle, the group will be rolling into Dallas on a charter bus, making the trip with the 13 steppers will be three staffers and six parents. “We arrive early Friday (15th) and I want to show

them my home, the town I grew up in, and maybe take them to Six Flags,” he said, adding that there would be some down time, especially after the competition and before they leave for the approximately 14-16 hour trip back to Florida. “Some of the parents

CNN under fire

NABJ’s Call for Diversity at CNN Grows

to be told, and raising awareness about the issues impacting our communities, we have an even better chance Color of Change, a of creating change and national online force ending the practices that driven by more than unfairly hold us back,” 1.4 million members, said Color of Change in is joining the National a statement released on Association of Black Twitter. Journalists’ (NABJ) call “We support @NABJ for a civil rights audit NABJ President as they call for a civil S arah G lover at CNN and more rights audit, and put black representation pressure on @CNN President among its news leadership. Jeff Zucker to make diversity and “When there’s more of us in the room fighting for our stories See CNN, page 7

have places they would like to see also, and I have requests to eat at Sweet Georgia Brown. And of course, I want to go to Two Podners Restaurant.” It’s an exciting time for Royle. He has a successful career, he’s a homeowner, and he’s impacting lives.

When Royle graduated from Lincoln Humanities and Communications Magnet, he was off to Florida A&M University (FAMU) with hopes of becoming a television reporter. Long before he walked on to the campus he was See KING, page 9

Former mayor headed to prison State Rep files anti-corruption bill

Rep. Eric Johnson

Laura Maczka Jordan and husband Mark Jordan (Photo: Twitter/lauramaczka, Sooner Management)

From Staff Reports

For the second week, corruption in northern Texas dominated headlines as yet another former elected official is headed for prison.

Former Richardson mayor Laura Maczka Jordan was convicted on four counts of bribery and corruption, along with her husband, developer See CORRUPTION, page 3


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(TAMPA, FL.) - - Six gospel artists will have the chance to become a gospel music star on a new reality program called “The Gospel.� The Gospel chronicles 10 days with eight episodes as contestants compete for a national management contract with T.D. Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds and Marquis Boone Music Group. The first of its kind for Gospel music, the winner of this Christian music competition will be announced with the opportunity to perform at the International Pastors & Leadership Conference in Tampa Bay on April 25. The show is executive produced by T.D. Jakes and Marquis Boone and hosted by Darlene McCoy. The Gospel will serve as a platform for upand-coming gospel artists while inspiring viewers through their faith-filled musical performances. Not only will artists discover stardom, but also experience the hustle and drive necessary to rise in the entertainment industry. The program began airing March 10 exclusively on the Bishop’s Village, T.D. Jakes’ online streaming platform with behind the scene videos, messages and content. Visit bishopsvillage. com to subscribe, stream, and vote.  Contestants were discovered via video recordings submitted on social media and through the Bishop’s Village platform. Mentors, including Micah Stampley, Jekalyn Carr, Q Parker, Devyne Stephens and more, will help mold them into polished performers. Each week, viewers subscribed to Bishop’s Village will have the chance to vote and select the winner of the artists’ weekly challenge. In the end, Jakes and Boone will select the winner of a national management contract. The 2019 International Pastors & Leadership Conference is April 25—27, 2019, at the Tampa Convention Center. At the conference, Jakes will also be unveiling his latest book, Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power. Visit PastorsAndLeaders.org for more info on confirmed speakers, talent, the schedule and special event updates. Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by following @IPLExcel.

Financing Your Franchise - Lunch & Learn Topic at Frazier House Financing Your Franchise is the March Lunch & Learn topic to be presented at Frazier House, Tuesday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at

MARCH 13, 2019 Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue. This workshop will help clarify your thinking about how to finance your business whether you are a franchisor, an existing business or a startup business. The Lunch & Learn Series is a signature program of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. It launched in July 2018 with Marketing Basics and continues each month with a class that provides learning opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specifically targeted to those in the South Dallas area. The franchise workshop will teach how to become bankable and receive insight into how lenders and investors think while also helping answer these questions: • Are you running short on cash? • Ever wonder how loans work or how to begin to qualify for one? • Would an investor invest in my business? Judith Collins, the workshop presenter, is a certified business advisor for the Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center who works with entrepreneurs and small businesses in Dallas County to start and grow their businesses. In the nine years Judith has been with the SBDC, she continues to offer valued services to small businesses. She has helped to start 531 businesses, created and retained 2,150 jobs and generated almost $63 million in capital. She has twice been honored with the North Texas SBDC Network State Star Award in 2014 and again in 2017. The annual award recognizes the top per-former from each state who makes significant contributions to their Network, dem-onstrates exceptional performance, and embodies a strong commitment to small businesses. Judith has a B.A. degree in International Relations and Economics from Boston University, and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin. To register: https://www.zwhjcoc.org/classesfranchise. The classes are free and open to the public. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc. org or call Jasmine Anderson at 214.324.4443.

Community feedback sought on proposed DISD 2020-2021 calendar Parents and community members are invited to review and comment on the district’s proposed student calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. To provide feedback or pose questions, go to https:// w w w. s u r v e y m o n k e y. com/r/2021calsurveyto participate in a short calendar survey, available through March 15.

Highlights: Teachers report for work August 8. The first day of class for students is Monday, August 17. The last day for students is Thursday, May 27. Holidays include Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Nov. 23-27), winter break (Dec. 21-Jan. 5), Dr. M.L. King Day (Jan. 18), Presidents Day (Feb. 15), spring break (March 15-19), and Memorial Day. October 9 and 16 are non-school days for all students. Oct. 9 is state fair day for elementary students. October 16 is state fair day for secondary students. October 9 will serve as staff development day for secondary teachers. October 16 will serve as staff development day for elementary teachers. Two days in April (April 2 and 5) are designated bad weather make-up days. Students will attend school a total of 172 days Teachers will work a total of 185 days, including nine staff development days and five preparation days. Pending changes to the draft, trustees are expected to consider the calendar for approval in April.

C.A.W. Clark Legal Clinic & The Northwestern District Women Auxiliary Brunch Annual C.A.W. Clark Legal Clinic & The Northwestern District Women Auxiliary Brunch (Free Legal Advice from Local Attorneys will be provided during the brunch) Judge Dominique Collins, Moderator Living Wills—Medical Power Attorney— Expunctions—Disclosures - Estate Planning - Notary - Interacting with Law Enforcement— Criminal Actions—Small Claim Court Issues When: Saturday, March 16, 2019 Where: T M Chamber’s Wing Good Street Baptist Church: 3110 Bonnie View Road, Dallas, Texas 75216 214-375-4266 (office) Time: 10:00 a.m. -12 Noon Dr. Barbara Steele, C.A.W. Clark Legal Clinic Founder/Director


Capitol Report by State Rep. Eric Johnson

Bills filed to fight corruption, prevent homelessness, support minority-owned publications

MARCH 13, 2019 week. My bill is an important part of the larger effort we should make in the Texas Legislature this year to combat the causes and real-life effects of homelessness. Rep. Johnson and other members of the Texas House Urban Affairs Committee discussed issues related to homelessness last week.

Leveling the Playing Field for MinorityOwned and Community Publications Yet another bill I filed on Friday, House Bill Fighting Corruption Friday was a very busy day at the Texas 4210, will ensure that government notices are Capitol because it was the last day to file bills published in newspapers that largely serve for this year's legislative session; I filed three minority communities. The bill removes a requirement that bills on Friday that I believe will be good for our government notices can only be published in community and the entire state. House Bill 4370 aims to eradicate public newspapers designated as second-class postal corruption in the awarding of affordable housing matter. This requirement in current law prevents tax credits. Several elected officials -- both state governments from publishing their notices and local -- over the years have been convicted in smaller, minority-owned and community newspapers that of selling the influence they do not have the have over this process. resources to mainHouse Bill 4370 would tain a second-class remove all elected officials postal designation. from the scoring process Minority-owned when developers seek these and community tax credits. newspapers ofI have pushed for ethics ten reach Texas reforms throughout my time residents who in the Legislature and I look do not engage forward to working with with larger media members of both parties to outlets. pass House BIll 4370. I believe the Rep. Johnson filed House readers of these Bill 4370 Friday at the Texas publications should Capitol in Austin. also see the notices that are intended to Preventing connect the public with Homelessness Doctors from the Dallas County Medical important government House Bill 4394, another Society visit with Rep. Eric Johnson. information. bill that I filed on Friday, aims to help those who are at risk of becoming homeless due to gentrification. The bill would assert that Texans who lose their homes due to economic development in their neighborhoods are eligible for state funds intended to assist with homelessness prevention. Currently, the state distributes these dollars to cities, which then use them to help residents avoid becoming homeless. But there is ambiguity in the current law over whether someone qualifies for that assistance if their homelessness is due to gentrification. Homelessness is a serious concern in Dallas and other cities, and it can be caused by a myriad of factors. If someone replaces your home with a highend apartment that you can’t afford to rent, you should be eligible for the same type of help as someone facing homelessness for a different reason. I sit on the House Urban Affairs Committee, and we discussed issues related to homelessness and rising housing costs last

School Suspension Bill Advances

The House Public Education Committee approved one of my highest-priority bills: House Bill 65. It would require public school districts to report data on out-of-school suspensions, so that the public can have more information about how schools are handling student behavioral issues, and so policymakers can better address the root causes of suspensions and any disparate impacts. This legislation builds on a law I passed two years ago to prohibit suspensions in prekindergarten through second grade. With both of these bills, I'm trying to make sure our young people -- and particularly our young boys of color and disabled youth -- are on a path to graduation and not prison. House Bill 65 will now go to the House Calendars Committee, which schedules bills for debate by the full Texas House. I am very excited to see the bill move so early in the legislative session!

Government For The People

During the most recent congressional election I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives in making a promise to voters that our political agenda would have as a priority making government more responsive to the will of the people, and that we would work to restore voting rights. A major step in making good on those promises was made recently when legislation that I co-sponsored was passed in the House of Representatives. Called ‘For the People Act’, the measure would make Election Day a holiday for federal employees, giving them amble opportunity to vote. Additionally, the legislation would expand voting rights for American citizens, usher in campaign finance reform and expand ethics laws. Every single Democratic member in the House of Representatives voted for the measure, while every Republican voted against it. Americans are owed a transparent government and should know how candidates that propose to govern them handle their own finances.

The measure would require the president and the vice president to make public ten years of their federal income tax filings. In fact, every candidate for the White House would have to do the

same. Unfortunately, special interest groups have excessive influence in our government. The measure addresses this by requiring that certain political action committees and non-profits that contribute to candidates reveal the names of

From the Hill by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson donors that contribute more than $10,000.00. The legislation focuses on government reforms we badly need in our election system. It modernizes our voter registration methods and prohibits state governments from purging their voting rolls. It ends the practice of gerrymandering by establishing bi-partisan commissions that will decide the boundaries of congressional districts. I believe that Republican

Corruption, continued from front page Mark Jordan. According to testimony, for her affirmative vote in deal that would have profited her husband to the tune of more than $100 million, the former mayor received a paltry $58,000 and $24,000 in home renovations along with the promise of employment once she was no longer mayor. While the case seems similar to the one of former Dallas City Councilwoman Carolyn Davis, who last week pled guilty to accepting $40,000 and the promise of a consulting job; there are some differences. Ms. Davis pled guilty and accepted an agreement that could have her serving no less than three years and no more than five years in prison. Her “co-conspirator,” businessman Ruel Hamilton entered a not guilty plea. Further, it appears that the Richardson mayor was intimately

involved with and later married her co-conspirator. Amidst the headlines, Texas State Rep. Eric Johnson (D-TX) announced he is filing a bill “to combat and hopefully eradicate corruption in the awarding of affordable housing tax credits.”  Speaking at a news conference last week, Rep. Johnson said, “Under current law, evidence of support from elected officials such as city council members and state representatives is used to help evaluate whether an affordable housing project should receive tax credits. Unfortunately, some elected officials and developers seeking their favor have repeatedly abused their role in the affordable housing tax credit award process.” Citing other instances of corruption, Rep. Johnson said he has worked with both parties on ethics reform and will continue to do so.

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members of the House that voted against the legislation acted against the will of the American people who in poll after poll say that they want more transparency in government, and want free and fair elections. Or democracy should be guided and driven by the American people. It should not be controlled by a few who are able to put millions of dollars into the election process without anyone knowing who they are, and what they stand for. The Senate majority leader has indicated that he opposed the reforms in the House legislation and would not bring it to the floor of the Senate. That he does at his own peril, and that of his party. The last national election that resulted in a democratic majority in the House of Representatives demonstrated that people want change. It also showed that they were allied with the legislative reforms that the Democratic Party recommended, especially those outlined in the legislation that we passed.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson represents the 30th congressional district of Texas in the US House of Representatives. She also chairs the Science Committee in the House.

“The affordable housing tax credit has become the mother’s milk of political corruption in Dallas,” he said. “ It needs to be reformed… swiftly and comprehensively.” He said he wanted to remove “all elected officials – whether they serve at the state, county or city level – from the affordable housing tax credit award process.”  According to Rep. Johnson, who is also a candidate for mayor of Dallas, his bill will remove elected officials from the scoring system, and only support from community organizations and neighborhood associations would be scored. “It’s a shame that some elected officials  cannot resist  the temptation to abuse the public trust in order to enrich themselves. But since they cannot, we must remove that temptation when it comes to Texas’ affordable housing tax credit program,” he added.  


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QUIT PLAYIN By VINCENT L. HALL

NOTE: Honoring this paper’s and my own commitment to full transparency requires a simple disclosure. Marsha Jackson is a former co-worker in both the corporate and in civil rights settings. However, the mounting environmental risks and swelling disrespect that she has been shown must be addressed. Below is a letter that Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price has conveyed to the appropriate State, County and City representatives with purview on the issues that Ms. Jackson is facing.

admitting that as I drove by the roofing recycling plant last week, I fell prey to a “déjà vu” moment. Those of us who are charged to protect Southwest Dallas County have seen this movie before, and it hasn’t

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Not in Her Backyard!

The fires that engulfed and simmered at the Vista Tire Disposal & Recycling plant on Fulghum Road in Hutchins were eventually abated, but the ancillary issues remain. And although there were no residential dwellings

Mr. Toby Baker Executive Director - TCEQ Although I am an ardent defender of jurisdictional protocol, I have watched the dilemma at 9725 State Highway 310 deteriorate to the level that compels me to call on each of you to take immediate action. The potential environmental crisis, not to mention the looming fire and safety hazards posed by a mountain of roofing material cannot be allowed to continue. Let me commence this complaint by

MY TRUTH

Continued from pg 1 veterans and a number of other causes and issues, like science and technology; or others we rarely hear about, like Lupus, foreign affairs, or leading the only veto override during President Bush’s terms. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Congresswoman Johnson has strong family ties and feelings of loyalty to those she trusts and respects. She’s very knowledgeable and focused. Let me tell you. She brings joy into my heart. And I look forward to seeing her, even if just to share a

Mountain of roofing material is a fire and safety hazard

been long ago. It did not end well then, and this cascading catastrophe won’t either.

within sight of the plant, the mountain of tires eventually

moment or two. Some of those special moments have been spent at Heroes House where we join businessman Gary Hasty as we feed and visit with veterans who live at the two Dallas locations. Even when I am out of town, I return back to Dallas for those special days so I can interact with the valiant men and women who served our country. During the first event, I realized just how deeply Cong. Johnson cares for veterans and is committed to addressing their issues, of which there are many. I remember learning more about the needs of those incarcerated as told by Joyce Ann Brown; who spent nine years, five months and 24 days

in prison for a crime she did not commit. Before meeting Ms. Brown over 30 years ago I thought everyone behind bars actually committed a crime. With veterans I’ve always held them in high esteem, sometimes feeling sorry for them for having to go to foreign countries fighting for the rights of others when they couldn’t share equal rights upon returning home. Through Cong. Johnson, Mr. Hasty and my nephew Andre Smith; as well as those at Heroes House, I’ve learned so much about the lives of men and women who serve in the military. We haven’t done all we can and we need to do a whole lot more for them.

Ms. Marsha Jackson

caught fire and posed a threat to the general public in that area. Fighting the blaze and ashes there necessitated the use of bulldozers, construction equipment and the bravery of several of our first responders. This was not just a seminal event in our district; it was a travesty that required three days of time, talent and treasure just to extinguish. We cannot continue to allow the City of Dallas and the State of Texas to write-off, or overlook the pressing environmental and safety concerns in this community. It is trite and probably unpopular in some circles to say this… but this could never happen north of the Trinity. The worth of our community continues to be devalued or underappreciated by the leaders of this city and state. I would also be remiss if I did not commend the courage and tenacity that has been exhibited by Ms. Marsha Jackson. Her solo attempts to have these issues addressed have been futile, but the fight is not over. Ms. Jackson has spoken with representatives in my office. We followed the jurisdictional standardized model And Cong. Johnson does so much, on so many levels. It’s interesting that folks criticize but don’t do their homework. I’ve watched her with the veterans. I’ve also seen her in action in Washington D.C. She’s not sitting on her hands and anyone who tells you that is showing how misinformed they are. One day in D.C. with her and I was practically running to the airport! She visits with constituents, attends meetings and receptions, interacts with other leaders and meets with staff, all day. I slipped away for lunch, and a break. I was tired! But she kept on going, serving and leading! And while some say there should be term limits for those serving in elective office, there’s something to

that has been used. We directed her to the City, the State. We realize that while it is on our general purview, we are not the principal arbiter. We asked her to contact the TCEQ who is responsible for simple quality of life issues; like clean water, clean air and the ability to look outside your back door and see something other than a mountain of materials that could catch fire at any moment and wipe out a neighborhood. The fact that seemingly everyone, save the broadcast and print media has neglected her cries for environmental justice can go no longer. We must address these issues now!!! Please do not hesitate to call my office at your earliest convenience. The old adage is that dung runs downhill and the longer we wait the worse it will get. The mountain grows taller by the day…Let’s stop it!! (Carbon copies were sent to Mayor Mike Rawlings; Tennell Atkins, City Council District #8; T. C. Broadnax, City Manager; Christopher J. Caso, City Attorney; Senator Royce West;

Dominique Artis, Dallas Fire Chief; Robert

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Creuzot, Dallas County District Attorney).

Vincent L. Hall is an author, activist and awardwinning columnist

be said about seniority, especially on the national level when you consider the tenure of most committee chairs. The longer you serve, the more you’ll see how seniority is celebrated and respected. It is often said those closest to you are the last to see the greatness in you. I saw firsthand the respect paid to her as she moves from meeting to meeting interacting with the top leaders of this nation. We should all do a better job of seeing the good in one another while we can show appreciation. I see the good and the greatness in the Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson and I appreciate her so much. And this isn’t about a campaign, or politics, nor your viewpoint, because this is MY TRUTH!


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Self Made BY CHELLE WILSON

The recent release of the Forbes Billionaires List, particularly the naming of Kylie Jenner as the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, was not without controversy. Considering her family’s sizable fortune, professional contacts, and 24/7 access to the public through the Kardashian/Jenner/West presence in the press and on social media; debate ensued on whether or not she is “self-made.” Forbes stands by the description, noting their definition of “self-made” is someone who built a company or established a fortune on their own, rather than inheriting some or all of it. Of the 2,153 billionaires listed in

the article, 13 are Black, and of those only three are women. It’s apparently not easy for some to make it. Madam C. J. Walker famously stated, “I got my start by giving myself a start,” proudly referring to herself as America’s first female Black millionaire. But she was not, her former mentor was. Annie Turnbo Malone, a self-taught chemist developed the first nationallyknown brand of hair-care products and established Poro College, the first educational institution in America dedicated to the study and teaching of Black cosmetology. In 1923, the Philadelphia Tribune reported that Malone paid the highest

income tax of any African American in the country. Malone chose to live conservatively, giving away much of her fortune. The St. Louis Colored YWCA and Colored Orphan’s Home were built with her financial contributions.  For years, Malone personally financed the education of   two fulltime students in every HBCU in the country. Malone’s businesses employed hundreds, some say thousands, which undoubtedly improved African American communities. As historians are unearthing more stories about the first Black millionaires, it is increasingly evident that Malone’s commitment to the community was not unique. They had very good lives with beautiful houses and all sorts of luxuries, but even their vast wealth could not shield them from the harsh reality of being Black in America—

What does the Congressional Black Caucus do? It takes Majority Whip James Clyburn to make it understandable.  “It’s not only what we make happen, but what we stop from happening,” Clyburn told a standing room only crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation’s Black History Month Celebration.  His words are instructive for folks who get their news from sound bites and tweets.  The legislative process is rarely fully televised, and those who put brakes on nonsense proposals never make the headlines.  The February 26 event made it clear, in celebration, that the CBC is often effective on the front lines and the sidelines. The 116th Congress includes 55 members of the CBC, an incredibly diverse group of African Americans who approach Black liberation (although some might not use the term) differently.  Among the 55, there are five who

now chair House committees, including Congressional representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA), who chairs the Financial Services Committee, Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) who chairs the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) who chairs the Education and Labor Committee, Bennie Thompson (D-MS) who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) who chairs the Government Oversight Committee. Cummings was the only one of the five who was not present, understandably so when one reflected on his leadership in the hearing that examined Michael Cohen, the jail-bound attorney who formerly represented the Nation’s Prevaricator-inChief. Each of them talked about the challenges they face in their roles, especially the fact that progressive legislation that leaves the House of Representatives is often unlikely to pass the Republican-dominated United

so they did something about it. Their tradition of building economic wealth not just for self but community is still present today. This week, Jay-Z (who Forbes lists as the 6th wealthiest entertainer) used the philanthropic division of his entertainment company to help secure dismissal of the case against Jabari Talbot, the 11-year-old Florida boy who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Last month, Jay-Z hired the attorney to help with 21 Savage’s immigration case. He and Meek Mill launched a criminal justice reform organization targeting parole and probation policies. Biggie said “mo’ money, mo’ problems,” but based on these and so many more examples, mo’ money could solve mo’ problems. What could our neighborhoods look like with more investment by those who have a connection to and care for the community?

The search for the salacious has been the theme of the 45 administration. One does not have to search far to find payments to prostitutes, pandering to potentates, and other chicanery.  The real trickery, however, is happening States Senate and the obstreperous when our regulatory structure is being Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decimated, when payday lending rules (my words, not theirs).  are hanged by the Consumer Financial But each also talked about issues Protection Bureau to make predatory they will address in their leadership.  lending easier and more exploitative; Congresswoman Waters can subpoena when education regulations are being tax returns and bank records.  changed to make access for Black and She spoke of the many ways banking other students of color even harder than it boards lack diversity and plans to establish is now; when labor regulations are being a diversity and inclusion subcommittee as changed to exploit unions.  part of the Financial Services Committee.  The federal minimum wage, at $7.25, Bennie Thompson and Eddie Bernice has not increased in a decade.   As such, Johnson talked about directing money to the Raise The Wage Act should be making HBCUs and about the ways that some headlines.  Instead, all cameras, all eyes universities are able to get the majority of are on the scandals that dominate this federal dollars.  administration. Congressman Bobby Scott intrigued me In celebrating the Congressional Black when he talked about the way the media is Caucus, I’m not touting their perfection, interested in drama, not substance.  On a because the collective caucus is flawed as day when he dealt with both the minimum any other organization.  wage and higher education legislation, My biggest bone to pick with Caucus most of the questions he got from the members is all of them won’t sign or align media were about Blackface and other themselves with HR 40, the reparations scandals in Virginia. legislation that Congressman John

CBC: Never on sidelines By DR. JULIANNE MALVEAUX

5 What could our schools look like with more resources and attention? What would it mean for our health if more funds were available for research into chronic conditions that disproportionately affect us? What would the home ownership rate for African Americans look like with more Black-owned banks in the community? What changes could be made to judicial systems if we had effective lobbyists and legislators advocating for the dismantling of structural racial bias? What could happen to African American unemployment if there were more thriving Black owned businesses? What would America and the world, for that matter, look like with more Black wealth? There’s only one way to find out, so support or start a Black business today and let’s plan to add more to Forbes “self-made” list in 2020. Conyers (D-MI) introduced 30 years ago. Many say the reparations conversation is impractical.  From my perspective, if you are interested in economic justice, you must be interested in restorative and reparatory justice for the descendants of the enslaved people who built this country.  That means developing public policy to close the wealth gap.  That means developing public policy to increase access to education.  That means educating a nation with leaders and teachers who seem to think it is okay to run around in Blackface, hand children cotton bolls or more alarmingly, have children (in South Carolina) actually pick cotton and sing slave songs.  That means examining the ways that racist legislation has exacerbated, not closed the wealth gap. Our Congressional Black Caucus and, indeed, the Democratic Party that all of them belong to, is flawed, but there are accomplishments, as well.  The challenge for us is to lift up the accomplishments amidst a culture that values scandal instead of achievement.

Dr. Julianne Malveaus is an economist, author, columnist and President Emerita of Bennett College.


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CNN called on lack of diversity, continued from front page inclusion improvements at the network.” Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., with more than 120,000 members, has also joined the fight. In a statement the organization said it “shares the concern of the National Association of Black Journalists about the lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker. As an organization specifically concerned with the issues affecting the African- American community, we lend our voices to those who would encourage constructive dialogue regarding creating an inclusive workplace at CNN.” One of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., also made comments on the issue on Twitter, stating, “@CNN Pres Zucker refused to meet w/a 4-person @NABJ delegation. There are no Af-Am direct reports. There are no Af-Am Exec Prods @CNN. There are no VPs on the news side. There are no Af-Am Sr VPs on the news side of @CNN. Do not crush the darkness. Fight back with shifting eyes.” Also lending its voice on Twitter is the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), which is the trade

association of more than 200 AfricanAmerican-owned community newspapers from around the United States. NNPA President Dr. Ben Chavis tweeted: “NNPA supports the NABJ and NAACP #DiversityAndInclusion @ CNN #EndRacism #MediaExclusion #RacialDiscrimination.” NNPA’s Chairman and Chicago Crusader Publisher Dorothy Leavell,

provided the following statement: “The National Newspaper Publishers Association is in full support of equal and fair treatment of blacks in the media and stands solidly behind NABJ’s efforts to diversify CNN.” Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) also has spoken out on NABJ’s efforts. “The people of this country depend on our news organizations to

deliver unbiased & fair reporting,” she said on Twitter to her nearly 60,000 followers. “That is impossible without equal representation. I stand behind @NABJ’s investigation into the lack of diversity within CNN’s leadership. #MediaDiversity.” News organizations from around the world have reported on NABJ’s call for more diversity in CNN’s executive leadership. Thousands of social media users, including actress and comedian Marsha Warfield, economist and social commentator Dr. Julianne Malveaux, and spiritual leader and activist Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, have engaged in dialogue around NABJ’s call for CNN to prioritize diversity and inclusion. In an NAACP statement released March 6 in support of NABJ, the organization underscored NABJ’s concerns: “CNN’s lack of black representation in leadership roles is troubling and another example of the media industry’s reluctance to address an issue that continues to plague newsrooms across the country.”


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SEARCH FOR TRUTH CONTINUES

People still question who committed the Atlanta Child Murders (New York, NY) – The year is 1979; the location, Atlanta. The city is enveloped in a time of change, but just when it feels like Atlanta is turning towards an era of peaceful prosperity, two 14-year-old boys go missing. A few days later a woman stumbles across their remains, with one boy fatally shot and the other strangled. This incident begins a horrifying 23 months, with a total of 29 African-American children being stolen from their families and killed. Multiple suspicions lead nowhere, and under intense pressure, local police rush to find the killer before he strikes again. The city is primed to blame someone, anyone, for these cold-blooded crimes against the community. Yet decades later, no person has been tried for these murders, and the killer has never been confirmed. THE ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS premieres on Saturday, March 23rd at 9/8PM CT on Investigation Discovery. “This case remains one of our countries’ most perplexing mysteries, and at ID we are proud to shine a light on every angle of this largely forgotten story,” says Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America, “Will Packer’s vision to revisit this national tragedy through the never-before heard perspective of the victims’ families brings home the true devastation of these cases.”   For the city of Atlanta, the late 1970s was a trying time, but it was also a time for hope. An African-American mayor had just been elected and the city was making meaningful strides towards healing the wounds left from segregation and the conflict of the Civil Rights Movement. But this was all interrupted when 29 black children ages 9-14 were abducted, murdered, and found discarded near rivers, woods, and back alleys. "Having lived in Atlanta for over 20 years, the story of this senseless tragedy is personally important to me, and the echoes of what happened 40 years ago still resonate in the city," says Will Packer, Executive Producer of The Atlanta Child Murders. “I am proud to give a voice to the victims' families, many of whom still seek closure to this day, and analyze how this story is more relevant than ever in today’s environment.” For the city of Atlanta, the late 1970s was

Convicted murderer Wayne Williams

a trying time, but it was also a time for hope. An African-American mayor had just been elected and the city was making meaningful strides towards healing the wounds left from segregation and the conflict of the Civil Rights Movement. But this was all interrupted when 29 black children ages 9-14 were abducted, murdered, and found discarded near rivers, woods, and back alleys. At first, police believed there were multiple killers, a theory which was soon debunked. Then, after tracking consistencies among the victims, another theory developed claiming the boys were part of a high-profile sex ring for members of Atlanta society. But skepticism surrounded the police force and the investigation soon came to a dead end. Public pressure for answers mounted and the Atlanta Bureau of Public Services joined with other agencies to form the largest task force in the history of the United States. But with criticism at every corner, questions were raised about the task force’s missteps in the investigation. Police felt the pressure to find answers quickly, and as they continued to search, the question remained: has the killer been right in front of them the entire time? In 1981 police narrow their sights on 23-yearold Wayne Williams, a black man who was suspected of killing two adults in the Atlanta area. After an exhaustive investigation, he was arrested. While he was initially charged with the murder of two adults, the judge allowed the prosecution to attribute 10 additional victims to him, essentially putting Williams on

of the children, the public jumped to place him as the culprit. But was he a scapegoat? Because he was never brought to trial, many mothers of victims do not believe Williams is the killer. Throughout the early 2000’s the facts surrounding Wayne Will-iams’ conviction were revisited, continuing the hunt Will Packer, Executive Producer of The for definitive answers. Atlanta Child Murders By exploring new shocking evidence trial for the entire Atlanta Child Murders case. and unearthing once-secret investigations, After the longest trial in Georgia’s history, THE ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS explores Williams was convicted of the adult murders whether Wayne Williams is truly responsible for and sentenced to two consecutive life terms in these crimes or if something far more sinister Georgia Hancock State Prison. was at play in the heart of the South. Although he was never tried for the murders

Hanging with Hollywood


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Women’s Empowerment Expo

The ladies of SlimTrimTeaTox

Donna Runnels Director of Quality Compliance and Safety for Cresent Med. Center

Author Setra Stevenson

Gabriele Jayson and representative of Live in the Moment Travel

Jessica James of Shades Boutique

Left to Right Carolyn Bradley- Sis. Danielle X of the 10,000 Fearless Guidry and her team from UT teaches a seminar on human and sex Southwestern Medical Center trafficking and defense

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prepared for the journey. In addition to learning under the highly-acclaimed program led by Dr. Louie White at Lincoln, Royle participated in the Dallas-Fort Worth Assoc. of Black Journalists (DFW/ABJ) Urban Journalism Workshop. Upon graduation from FAMU, he went to work as a technical director at WTXL-TV. Then a call came for a reporting job in Washington. By then he was deeply engrossed in building the Lamplighters, a group that has now grown to 20 chapters. After much prayer he decided to stay in Florida with the young men and today he works for Leon County, using his exemplary communication and organizational skills. Royle said at FAMU he started the Lamplighters with a mission to work with and establish relationships with young men to offer support, mentorship, guidance, and to assist them in their transformation to manhood and instill high leadership and academic skills. What a noble cause. And Royle didn’t just happen upon a cause. He said because he is a product of mentoring, from the journalism workshop and also the Omega Sparks, a male group affiliated with the Theta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, of which his father Royle Sr., is a member; he understands the impact and significance of these programs. So he enlisted the aid of fraternity brothers and friends from college who were now teachers and they assisted in recruiting young men. Among the many activities the young men participate in; stepping, which is seen in schools and on college campuses, is an art form that some date back to African traditions and military troops, is what they will be showcasing. For his work with young men, Royle has received praise from

Omega Lamplighters Founder Royle King with Lamplighters at church

across the country. He not only pledged the Upsilon Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, at FAMU, he also led the chapter as president. Royle has remained an active and engaged member of the organization and currently he is president of the graduate chapter in Tallahassee, the Chi Omega Chapter. Alecia Thompson was also in the journalism workshop with Royle. She said she is, “So proud of the man he turned out to be!” Dr. White says he is looking forward to seeing his former student. “Here at Lincoln we have so many success stories and Royle is definitely one of them. I’m not surprised when I hear good things about him. He’s a fine young man!” Still Royle remains humble. He also had a strong family and village. “When I was younger, I felt so honored to have people who looked like me, investing in me,” explained Royle. “I honor the sacrifices others made to pour into me by pouring into others.” With his fraternity brothers and even friends, Royle is helping to mentor young men who he says get the “village experience,” where the

whole community is interested in their success. Dallas is not the only road trip for the young men and their appearances have been for more than stepping. They’ve been honored for their community service and leadership, and they have presented at conferences and programs. “We identify young men who through their participation in the program will change their lives, kids who could go either way,” he said. “We don’t just change the lives of one kid, we engage the parents, who are very supportive. The whole family becomes engaged and we see siblings begin to act and behave differently because they observe their brothers.” Dallas will have the opportunity to show some love to Royle and the Lamplighters on Friday, March 15 at 2 p.m. when the Don’t Believe the Hype Foundation, along with DFW/ABJ will host them for a late lunch/meet and greet at Two Podners Restaurant, 1441 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. Please RSVP to 214-941-0110.

You can hear Royle’s interview at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ cherylsmith/2019/03/08/cherylsworld#.XIXrA_Jys3g.twitter


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Shuckey Duckey at the Improv

On a cold Sunday night at the Arlington Improv it was cold and people were standing at the ticket window for this one night only show. I met a lady that didn’t get a ticket because they were sold out. When she called ahead, she was told that the show wouldn’t be sold out. But we’re talking about Shuckey Duckey now! When she got there, to her surprise the show was “Sold Out.” She missed a good one! I got a chance to talk to

Shuckey before the show. We talked about how he felt it was “time to get back out there on stage.” Shuckey said he was “the Frankie Beverly of no new material.” He said, “It’s not the material, it’s your personality.” Young and old people love Shuckey Duckey. He has never lost his following. Comic and radio personality, June Bug was the host for the show. The first comic was Dez O’Neal and the audience loved him. Next comedian Angelia Walker came to the stage. The music was jamming the crowd was ready. She made us laugh and cheer. We were ready for the headliner. It was time to see the man, Shuckey Duckey, whose career spans over 30 years. Shuckey told us that he didn’t start out wanting to be a comic, he loved James Brown. That’s who he wanted to be like.

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His jokes were funny. He even handled a heckler with class and style. “Shuckey Duckey Quack Quack” is his own home-grown phrase. Shuckey’s material is his life and his awesome personality makes you laugh til your side hurts. “Comedy is in your own hands” Shuckey told a group of young comics “build your own following.” He ends the show with his familiar “Shuckey Duckey Quack Quack.” A great show. WELCOME BACK SHUCKEY! Marva J. Sneed

JAMALZ REGINALD PRODUCTIONS presents

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science hosts The Art of the Brick By M. P. Stone The Art of the Brick is now making its Texas debut at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Visitors will get a rare opportunity to view LEGO®masterpiece renditions such as Michelangelo’s David, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Van Gogh's Starry Night. Plus, original pieces including a 20-foot T. Rex skeleton, hanging creations and Dallas’ iconic Pegasus. The Art of the Brick, presented locally by Highland Capital Management) is a critically acclaimed traveling exhibition boasting the world’s largest and most elaborate display of pieces constructed using only LEGO®bricks. The Art of the Brick was created by Nathan Sawaya, a New York City l aw ye r- t u r n e d - i nte rnationally renowned con-

temporary artist. Sawaya created all of the intriguing works of art exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world. “I have been playing with Lego's since the age of five and over the years it became a hobby,” said

Sawaya also created and showcases an abundance of innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO®-brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. “These stunning creations re-imagined

Sawaya. “Once I started practicing Law, creating designs from the Lego® bricks began to serve as a means of stress relief until I realized my calling as an artist.”

pay homage to a timeless toy while inspiring ingenuity and creativity,” said Dr. Linda Silva, Eugene McDermott CEO, Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

In addition, the exhibition includes The Science of the Brick, a hands-on creative space presented by Texas Instruments, Inc. This exhibit features building challenges, games and more that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning for all ages. Lego-lovers can discover their inner architect, engineer and artist in the hands-on, creative space. The Art of the Brick exhibition which runs thru Aug. 18, 2019 is presented in English and Spanish and has a surcharge. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located at 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, 75201. To purchase tickets or to get more information visit www. perotmuseum.org or call 214.428.5555.


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: covent@friendshipwest.org 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: www.ticketstothecity.com

90’s - 2000’s Hip-Hop and R&B Party at Foundation Room 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas, 10pm-2am. History of the Mariachi at The Modern art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell St. 6pm-8pm. Tickets: Eventbrite.com. Poetry Smash at TBAAL 1309 canton St. 7:30-9pm. Tickets: TBAAL Box Office 214-743-2400 Apollo Dallas Style at Hall of State Building Fair Park. Presented by: Jamalz Reginald Productions. Contest Info: jamalzwanttell@gmail.com 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: www.meetup.com/entrepreneur-brandstorming.

March 15-31

mance Dr. Richardson. 6:30pm. info: www.flowshowcase.com St. Litty’s Day Party at Union Park 5076 Addison Cir. 3pm8pm. Tickets; Eventbrite.com IHCC Hora De Poder at Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 135 S. Jefferson St. Irving. 9am-11am. Info: www. IrvingHCC.com 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. 3pm9pm. Tickets: www.stompwars.com 40 Fingers Concert 2019 at Naomi Bruton Main Stage TBAAL 1309 Canton St., 8pm. Tickets: TBAAL Box Office 214-743-2400.

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

March 15 John Lee, First African American Navy Officer, 1947

Down for the Count “One Act Play Festival” at Bishop Arts Theatre 215 Tyler St. Dallas 3-21-4-7. Tickets: www.bishopstheatre.org

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

Summer Enrichment Camp at Bishop Arts Theatre 215 Tyler St. Dallas, 7am-5pm. 6-3-7-25, ages 6-12. Enroll: Tiffany Jackson 214-948-0716 ext. 307 education@bishopartstheatre.org

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

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The Confederate Army admits slaves to be soldiers, 1865 Earth, Wind & Fire at The Majestic Theatre 925 Elm St. Dallas 7pm-10pm. South X Oak Cliff II at Trade Winds Social Club 2843 W. Davis St. Dallas 8pm-2am. Four Night showcase of Bands.

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: Eventbrite.com.

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

In Conversation an evening with Dr. Zan Holmes Wesley, Jr. and Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall at St. Luke “CUMC 5710 E. R.L. Thornton Fwy. Dallas. 7pm. www. zwhjcoc.org 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

“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: TabithasTeaParty.org Dallas Black Dance Theatre Dancing Beyond Borders Series at W.E. Scott Theatre at Community Art Center 1300 Gendy St. Ft. Worth. 7:30pm. Master Piece Presents: F.L.O.W. For Love Of Words at Charles W. Eisemann Performing Arts Center 2351 Perfor-

Phenomenal Woman Artist Reception at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave., 3pm-5pm.

March 17 Anthony Hamilton & Leela James at Music Hall at Fair Park Dallas 8pm.

Oak Cliff Women In Business at Bishop Arts Theatre Center 215 S. Tyler St. Dallas, 6pm-7:30pm.

March 20 1st Day of Spring H.B. Stowe’s “Uncle Tom Cabin,” published, 1852

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

March 18 Fred Shuttlesworth DOB 1922, Civil Rights Activist, Minister Mentor Match Mondays at Innovation Design & Entrepreneurship Academy (DISD) 4800 Ross Ave. Dallas, 6:30pm7:30pm. Tickets: Eventbrite.com PQC Alumni Educators Open House at Paul Quinn College 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd., 5:30pm-7:30pm. RSVP to Paul Quinn College.

March 19 Jays’ Treaty effect, 1794 IHCC Power Hour at Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 135 S. Jefferson St. 11:30am-1pm. Info: www.IrvingHCC.com. The Jazz Jam at Jazz BeCuzz at Jazz BeCuzz Art Center 9319 LBJ Fwy Ste. #120, Dallas 8:30pm-12am. Eventbrite.com Parent University at St. Philips School & Community Center 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Dallas, 5:30pm-7:30pm Lunch & Learn Financing your Franchise at Frazier House 4600 spring Ave. Dallas, 11:30am-1pm. Register: https://www.zwhjcoc. org/class-franchise

Brunch and Brushes at Dottie Lynn Recreation Center 3200 Norwood Ln. Arlington. 9am-11am. Tickets: www.apm. activecommunities.com

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Reception at Home of Jeff Tillotson 5110 Southbrook Dr. Dallas, 6pm-8pm.

State of Black Women Mental Health At Bill J. Priest Institute 1402 Corinth St. Dallas. 9am. Speakers: Megan Pickens LPC-S, Dr. Stacia Alexander & Dr. LaWanda N. Evans.

Prom dress Extravaganza at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas 4804 Worth St, Dallas. 4pm-7pm.

Fort Worth ISD’s Racial Equality Summit at Fort Worth ISD 100 N. University Dr. 8:30am-4:30pm. Free

Cardio Hip Hop w/ JessieMae at JC Fitness Club L.L.C. 901 N. Polk St. Ste. #370. DeSoto, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Tickets: www. jcfitness.info.

March 21-22 Carol Burnett: Back by Popular Demand at Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St. #500. 8pm. Box Office: 214-443-1043.

March 21 Natural Hair the Movie at The Warehouse 1125 E. Berry St. Ft. Worth. Doors Open at 5:30pm. Tickets: www.info@jimaustinonline.com. Soul Jazz Thursdays with Funk Train at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas, 8pm-12am.

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

Dallas. Tickets: www.1.ticketmaster.com

March 22-23 Downtown Comedy Charles Walden at Clarence Muse Café Theater 1309 Canton St., 9pm. Tickets: TBAAL Box Office 214743-2400.

March 22

Friendship-West 15th Annual Annett Reid-Jordan Gala “The Crystal Ball” at Hilton Garden Inn 800 N. Main St. Duncanville. 7:30pm. Dallas Black Dance Theatre Dancing Beyond Borders Series at Eisemann Center for Performing Arts 2351 Performance Dr. Richardson. Tickets: www.eisemanncenter.com Fourth Fridays DeSoto Arts Commission Feat: RJ & Zydeco Smoove at DeSoto Corner Theatre 211 Pleasant Run Rd. 7pm. Reservations: ArtsDeSoto.com A Celebration of the Spirit & Soul Brest Cancer Awareness Visual Art Exhibit. Opening Reception at African American Museum 3536 Grand Ave., 6pm-8pm.

March 23 Aids Walk South Dallas 2019 at Martin Luther King Community Center 2922 MLK, Jr. Blvd. Register: https://awsd2019. eventbrite.com Black Violin Kev Marcus & Will B. at Annett Strauss Square 2389 Flora St. Dallas. 9:30pm. Tickets attpac.org. 3rd Annual Chuck’s & Cocktails Day Party at Sandaga 813 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas. 3pm-8pm. Eventbrite. 2019: The Bar-Kays: Zapp Band at Music Hall at Fair Park

Golden Life Fashion & Culinary Show at Cedar Canyon Dude Ranch 4523 University Hills, Lancaster. 7pm-12am. Tickets: Eventbrite.com “The Nest” Contest “The Pitch” Host: DEC Redbird & Comerica Bank at DEC @ Redbird 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Rd. 6pm-8pm. The Black Police Association Community Town Hall Meeting at Black Police Association Greater Dallas, 211 Center St. 2pm-5pm. RoundTable Writers Breakfast “Backsliders” Feat: Victor McGlothin at TBAAL Room T-203, 10am. 1309 Canton St. Tickets: TBAAL Box Office 214-743-2400. 4th Annual Clinton R. Allen Speak Out At South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. 10am-4pm. Register: www.mothersagainstpolicebrutality.org

March 24 Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 Las Colinas Blvd. Irving. 7:30pm. Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs at Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora St. 7:30pm. Vegan Brunch Celebrate The Vegan Life Style at The City of DeSoto Civic Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 2pm-5pm. Tickets: Eventbrite.com

March 25 Aretha Franklin, Soul Singer DOB 1942 Memphis Tennessee the “Queen of Soul” Winning Up to Go Big in 2019 with Dr. Christi Monk at Sixty Vines Uptown 500 Crescent Ct., Dallas. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets: Eventbrite.com.

March 26 Seven African Americans challenged taxation without representation 1780 Roberto Carlos: Amor Sin Limite at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 300 Las Colinas Blvd. Irving. 8pm.


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REVIEW:

ASK ALMA

Captain Marvel

You are NOT my mom!

BY HOLLYWOOD HERNANDEZ

Brie Larson is Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, in the Marvel Comics version of the DC Comics movie WONDER WOMAN. Both characters are amazingly similar. They both come from a far away world and they both possess incredible superpowers. In the case of Carol Danvers, she gets her superpowers from an implant placed in her body and it gives her blue blood to go along with her superhero abilities. While CAPTAIN MARVEL gets her superpowers, she loses her memory and while traveling back in time to save the world from an alien race she teams with a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). She begins to find clues that give

her back her memory. She remembers that she had a best friend, Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch, who like herself was an Air Force Fighter pilot. Also, a character named Supreme Intelligence, played by Annette Bening, uses the ladies to test pilot a secret plane she invented that travels at the speed of light. She also gave CAPTAIN MARVEL her superpowers. CAPTAIN MARVEL is the funniest one in the Avengers series yet. We find out how Fury got the scars on his eye and he plays a younger, less serious version of his usually stoic character in all of the previous Avenger movies. The remaining actors that round

THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW

By VALDER BEEBE

Live Life Divinely: In Love and Marriage, Forever

The Valder Beebe Show “Love’s Love” and we have scheduled a number interviews to inspire us all to Live Life Divinely: In Love, and Marriage, Forever (book debut Fall 2019 by James & Valder Beebe, Aquarius Publishing). If you can hear the Valder Beebe Show broadcast over the air in Mesquite, Balch Springs, S. Garland and Rains County, Texas, you can hear interviews.. You won’t miss a broadcast in February, if not in those coverage areas.

Corinthians 1:13 gives away the Power of Love to Believers; Of these three things ·continue forever [endure; remain]: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love. I am a true believer in Love. My love for my husband of 4,414 days (Valentine’s Day Anniversary) gives me inspiration to continue to love other humans. James and I are writing the book, Live Life Divinely: In Love, and Marriage, Forever, because true love is available to all.

out the cast, Jude Law, Dijmon Hounsou and space aliens Lee Pace and Ben Mendelsohn are amazingly good bad guys. The movie is your standard science fiction fair. But the action and the special effects are stellar. The movie is also an homage to Marvel creator Stan Lee. His small cameo roles in many of the previous Marvel movies are included in a collage during the opening credits and the audience was already cheering before the movie started. CAPTAIN MARVEL is rated PG-13 and lasts a little over two hours long. Don’t forget the bonus scenes during the closing credits. Actually, there are two bonus scenes in CAPTAIN MARVEL. The movie makes We want to inspire the hope; there continues to be great men and women who are ready for love relationship and marriage, forever. We [James & I] anticipate a change in hearts and a resurgence in love and

marriage after reading our book.

Dear Alma,

a great statement for “girl power” everywhere. I’d suggest taking your young daughters to see it. On my “Hollywood Popcorn Scale” I rate Captain Marvel a JUMBO.

Valentine Day inspiration, just in time for Valentine’s Day. My upcoming interviews; Dr. Shaelyn Pham, author of Love Match. Dalma Heyn and Richard Marek, are New York Times  BestSelling authors, and their new book  How to Fall in Love. John and Julie Gottman new book, EIGHT DATES – Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. And for those with kids; our satellite interview with DIYs Valentine’s Gifts for the Whole Family, Melisa Fluhr, co-founder of Project Nursery shares Valentine’s Day DIYs on the Valder Beebe Show. Listen On-Demand @ 411R adioNet work .com and SoundCloud.com/ valderbeebeshow.

I read an article that suggested that married couples should openly discuss sexual and emotional attractions to other people. The hurtful part of infidelity, the author said, is the deception, not the sex act. By openly discussing a desire to stray, she said, the couple stands a better chance of avoiding an affair or surviving one if it happens. Do you think this is a good idea? Should a man tell his wife that he wants to sleep with another woman, or should a wife tell her husband that she wants to sleep with another man? This sounds like a recipe for disaster, if you ask me. Harlis Hey Now Harlis, Without apologies, unequivocally, NO, I don’t think it’s wise to have this type of conversation with your spouse. Infidelity is a small part of a bigger problem not being addressed. The act and the deception go hand in hand. Both are equally devastating. “Couple Up” and discuss the actual challenges you’re facing

in your relationship. Having the thought and discussion of being disloyal and betraying your partner should be avoided. Whether married or not, we experience sexual and/or emotional attractions; it’s a part of being human… and fantasizing. For example: Let’s say you have a moment (or two) while watching Eamonn Walker on “Chicago Fire.” Should you tell your husband? No. Should you have an affair? No. What should you do? I suggest, instead, that you buy a fire-engine red teddy, throw your husband to the floor and let the games begin. (Chile, it’s gettin’ hot up in here. LOL) Anywho, you and I agree; the discussion of or act of infidelity would be equally damaging to a marriage. If having an affair has crossed your mind, tend and weed those thoughts carefully in your own secret garden. A successful and victorious marriage has no room for that kind of thinking to bloom and grow. Email

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Do you know this man? Butterfly

I emerge from this darkness changed. Leaving behind so much of what was me; whole but with missing parts. Pushing myself through a realization that does not include you, physically. Your transformation complete. Mine ... only beginning.

HE IS A SERIAL RAPIST He targeted members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. but this is more than about a sorority. We’re talking about a community. Come on PEOPLE! Don’t you CARE? Will it matter when it is your sister, mother? aunt or grandmother or maybe YOU?

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Jubilee Theatre presents Loften Mitchell’s Bubbling Brown Sugar Jubilee Theatre March 28, 2019 at 7:30 is ecstatic to present p.m. their first musical Tickets may be of the year! Loften purchased online at Mitchell’s Bubbling jubileetheatre.org, in Brown Sugar will be person at the theater Box on stage March 22 – Office, located at 506 Main April 28, 2019. Street or by calling 817Journey back in 338-4411. Box Office hours time to the Harlem of operation are Tuesday Renaissance – Friday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 (1920-1940) when p.m. and one hour before audiences flocked each performance. About to the area’s popular the Jubilee Theatre: Fort nightclubs to see Worth/Dallas area’s original the greatest talents home of African American entertain. Artists like theater. The Jubilee Bennie Adkins, Ausben Jordan II, Genine Ware, Christian Joelle Cab Calloway, Duke Jones, Jason Scott Hallman and Kevin Davis. Photo by: Simoa Theatre produces a full Ellington, Benny season of productions that TX 76102. Evening performances are Goodman, and Billie reflect the African-American Holiday created a golden age of at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and 8:00 culture and experience. Located in the music with their exciting sounds and p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Matinee heart of Fort Worth, Texas, the Jubilee glamorous shows. You’ll jam, jump, performances are at 3:00 p.m. on Theatre is a point of interest on both and jive to this exuberant, three-time Saturday and Sunday. Press night is natives and tourists’ schedules. Tony-nominated musical revue. Bubbling Brown Sugar is directed by Michael Serrecchia who shares this musical celebrates “the Golden Years of Harlem, its history, it’s great artists and its glorious music.” The hope for patrons is to enjoy, sing-along and even jive a little with the hit tunes! With musical direction by Sheila Walker, the musical stars a cast of nine actors, Genine Ware (Irene Page), Ausben Jordan II (John Sage), Jason Scott Hallman (Checkers), Preston Isham (Jim), Caitlin Jones (Ella), Christian Joelle Jones (Marsha), Kevin Davis Jr. (Ray), Bennie Adkins (Tony), Rita Kotey (Laura). The remaining production team includes scenic design by Ellen Doyle Mizener, costume design by Michael Robinson, lighting and sound design by Scott Guenther, choreography by Megan Kelly Bates, technical design by Allen Dean, stage management by Cherie Williams and assistant stage management by Aaron Butler. Bubbling Brown Sugar runs March 22 – April 28, 2019 at Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main Street, Fort Worth,

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