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Dirk becomes 6th All-Time NBA Points Leader

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By Dorothy Gentry Sports Editor

Kareem. Malone. Kobe. Jordan. Wilt. And now: Dirk.

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IMA honors first responder, activist

On Tuesday, March 7 the Dallas Mavericks star forward joined the exclusive list above (he’s No. 6) of All-Time NBA Points Leaders after the Mavs beat the Lakers 122 to 111. Appearing in his 1,377th career game that night, Nowitzki became the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau with a 15-foot baseline jumper over Larry Nance Jr. at the 10:58 mark of the second quarter (the basket gave him 20 points for the game and 30,000 for his career). Nowitzki, who was assisted by Devin Harris on the play, also became just the third player in league history to score 30,000 points with one franchise, joining Karl Malone (Jazz) and Kobe

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IMA President Rev. Dr. S.C. Nash, Sr. (left) presents Dallas Police Department Sr. Cpl. Joshua Shipp (in uniform) and community-building activist Matthew L. Houston with their IMA Connecting Community First Responder and IMA Connecting Community Resident Award respectively as IMA Treasurer/Banquet Chair Rev. David Wilson (right) looks on. Photo: Wallace Photos See page 3

WEEK 3 John Wiley Price Dapheny Fain on trial

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HALL: Omarosa – POTUS’ HNIC! QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall

I’m bilingual and though my children are affluent in the King’s English, our first language is Ebonics. So let me save you a trip to the Urban Dictionary (UD). I coin new words and replace old acronyms on the daily. In the hallowed electronic pages of the UD, HNIC refers to the “Head Nigger in Charge” and is loosely defined as the premier colored servant and a direct report to Mr. Cholly, the White man in total control. Omarosa is the latest in a long line of executive coons, except she is Donald Trump’s Head Negress in Charge. So far, she’s as good as any bowing, scraping, wide grinning male eunuch that has ever held the position. Coincidently, you can pick up an interesting book published in 2002 by a rather scholarly contingent of Black Intellectuals. The contributors were assembled soon after the Million Man March. “The American Directory of Certified Uncle Toms” is full of monkeys, clowns and Toms. The list of offenders isn’t exhaustive but many of the names are legendary. Among “Academia” the book registered Henry Louis Gates and Christopher Darden; sports and entertainment included Bill

Omarosa, Pres. Donald Trump and Secretary Ben Carson Cosby, Morgan Freeman and Tiger Woods; and in the honorary category names like W.E.B. Dubois and General Colin Powell popped up. On the surface many will disagree with their list of treasonous candidates, but the explanations offered will provoke thought. All of the names proffered are subject to personal discretion. But if anyone updated the litany, they would have to add Omarosa. Omarosa is bona fide, bootlicking, bewildered and beleaguered, backstabbing Aunt Thomasina Omarosa could actually unseat America’s Supreme Uncle Tom, “Injustice ClearanceThom-ass.” The heart of our community was ripped apart as we watched 100 plus HBCU presi-

dents lured by the HNIC, to a meaningless photo op with Resident Trump. Dr. John Sylvanus Wilson Jr., the President of the ballyhooed Morehouse College, proved his mettle as a “Morehouse Man” by owning up to the fact that he and others of our “Talented Tenth” had been bamboozled. “I spent the last two days in meetings at the White House and on Capitol Hill. As some of you may know, all HBCU presidents were invited to a dialogue with President Trump and his new administration about support for HBCUs.  Most of the 104 HBCU presidents attended, including all presidents from the Georgia-based HBCUs. Many had high hopes about this meeting.  There was much advance chatter about

it being “historic,” and there were many signals from key Trump administration officials that they would surprise HBCUs with favorable treatment. Given my experience in the Obama administration, I knew this would require an extraordinary announcement.  Why?  Because I knew that President Obama had invested $3 billion more in HBCUs in his first six years than President Bush invested in his final six years.  Therefore, since President Trump pledged to “do more for HBCUs than any other president has done before,” we could have reasonably expected him to get started by announcing at least an additional $500 million to HBCUs…this year!  And besides the expectation of new funding, there was advance talk of changes like an aspirational goal of 5 to 10 percent for federal agency funding to HBCUs, a special HBCU innovation fund, large boosts in Pell Grant and Title III funding, and extra tax breaks for those in the private sector who contribute to HBCUs.  But, instead of the long-awaited executive order containing or signaling any of those outcomes, the key change is a symbolic shift of the White House HBCU Initiative from the Department of Education to the White House.  It is not possible to measure the impact of this gesture anytime soon, if ever.” And there’s no way to measure how far Trump’s Negress will go to benefit herself and betray her race. Only time will tell what she and Uncle Ben will do to disgrace our sacred heritage.

O’Neal joins USBC's Bank-Black Initiative Charles O'Neal is a USBC Board Member and President of the the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce and was responsible for executing the mission of the nation's oldest and largest African American chamber of commerce. In addition to serving for 14 years as the Chamber's Vice President for Business & Economic Development, O'Neal has a long history of involvement in the Dallas community. Recently Mr. O'Neal applied and was approved for the USBC Bank-

Black Credit Card. When asked about the importance of the BankBlack Card, here's what Mr. O'Neal had to say: "Access to capital is #1 in USBC's 5 Pillars of Service. Since our first day of operation we've been working to find ways to increase the availability of capital for America's Black-owned businesses. The U.S. Black Chambers created a program that represents a breakthrough for Black chambers and our members nationwide." The USBC's Bank-Black program gives African American Cham-

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bers of Commerce an opportunity to provide their members with access to funding. African American Chambers of Commerce are encouraged to become USBC Bank-Black affiliates. To learn about becoming an affiliate, send an email to: info@usblackchambers.org with the subject line "Bank-Black Affiliate." Access to capital remains the #1 issue for Black entrepreneurs. To remedy this, the USBC's BankBlack Credit Card is designed to help Black entrepreneurs obtain capital for personal or business use.

When asked about the access to capital challenge facing many Black business owners, here's what Mr. O'Neal had to say: "The USBC's Bank-Black card has relieved some of the access-to-capital barrier and made it less difficult for Black business owners to overcome the credit hurdle." The USBC's Bank-Black initiative serves as a resource for African American Chambers of Commerce, and continues to help Black business owners access much needed funds for business or personal use.


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First responder, activist receive First Connecting Community Service Awards

Emphasizing that “Unity Matters,” a leading Dallas/Fort Worth Interfaith group recently recognized a first responder and community activist, highlighting that working together enhances the quality of life for all Dallas area residents. The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) of Greater Dallas and Vicinity, comprised of 300+ interfaith churches across the Dallas/Fort Worth area, set a unity example by selecting a Dallas Police Department (DPD) officer and a community organizer for its first annual Connecting Community First Responder Award and Connecting Community Resident Award. During IMA’s 2017 Human Relations Award program, the Connecting Community Awards were jointly presented to DPD Senior Corporal Joshua Shipp and Matthew L. Houston, Former President of the Young Professionals, a community service outreach organization. “Given the challenges we were confronted with in Dallas, especially the horrific loss of five first responders in 2016, the IMA added a new category to our list of honorees,” said IMA President Reverend Dr. S.C. Nash, Sr. The Connecting Community First Responder Award and the Connecting Community Resident Award are joint awards presented together, says Rev. Nash, who serves as pastor of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. DPD Officer Shipp was nominated by DPD Southeast Division Chief Vernon Hale. Shipp patrols on the night shift in Southeast Dallas where community policing has enhanced public safety and police/community relations. “We are honored that a community based organization like IMA is recognizing Senior Corporal Joshua Shipp,” said Dallas Police Department

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Southeast Division Chief Vernon Hale, adding, “Apparently community leaders and stakeholders adore Corporal Shipp and his kindness and work ethic.” The IMA has a long-standing history of leadership, civic involvement and program activity throughout communities of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Each year, IMA recognize awardees for their exemplary service to community in fields ranging from education, philanthropy, clergy, civic and social services, healthcare and business. This year, the Connecting Community Awards was added to promote greater respect, collaboration, and community partnering between those who wear the uniform and those who live in the community. “I am honored to be selected as the first recipient of IMA’s Connecting Community Resident Award,” said Houston, adding “it’s humbling to be recognized as a community bridge-building activist by a prestigious group like IMA.” In their 30s, both DPD Officer Shipp and Houston have set service to community examples for other millennials --- one in uniform and the other in community uplift initiatives. Houston served as Chairman of the Board for three consecutive years of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce (DBCC), the oldest and largest African American chamber of commerce in the nation. He currently serves as DBCC Board Secretary and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board. “Going forward, we think [DPD] officer Shipp and Matt [Houston] represent an excellent blueprint of how working together works best for the future of Dallas,” Rev. Nash added.

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HBCU Presidents and ONE-NOTE BETSY The Last Word By Dr. Julianne Malveaux NNPA Newswire Columnist

Eighty HBCU Presidents did a “fly inâ€? to the White House in a meeting organized by Trump whisperer Omarosa, South CarCheryl Smith PUBLISHER - EDITOR olina Senator Tim Scott news@texasmetronews.com (R-SC), and others. There was a White Executive Assistant House meeting, a meeting at the Library EDITORIAL TEAM of Congress, and more Eva Coleman buzz than that which Dorothy J. Gentry Vincent Hall comes from a bee hive. Richard Alexander Moore People were prepped Andrew Whigham III to hear that the White Dareia Tolbert House Initiative for HBDESIGN/LAYOUT CUs would move from 619 the Department of Education to the White PHOTOGRAPHERS House and that this Wallace Faggett would have an impact Kevin Griffith on the resources HBCUs Richard Manson would receive from this dgdaphotographer.com President’s budget. CIRCULATION/DISTRIBUTION Can somebody spell hoodMB Distribution winked? Sure, the HBCU PresiEditorial submissions dents came to Washington and news@texasmetronews.com got their photo op with our nation’s 45th President (I’ll just call TANDS IN ANDS IN him 45).    wlett lett       But the listening session they    uite                 uite were to have with some cabinet dson son leaders was interrupted in favor allas llas of the photo-op, which means that many who were tapped to speak and who had prepared CREDO OF THE remarks did not have the oppor1397 1 1Year $45.00 0-1397 YearSubscription Subscription BLACK $45.00 PRESS tunity to deliver them. The Black Press believes Notably, Dillard University that America can best lead President Walter Kimbrough the world away from racial posted his remarks online, and and national antagonisms made a few media appearances when it accords to every sharing his dissatisfaction. person, regardless of race, color or creed, full human And outgoing Morehouse and legal rights. Hating no President John Silvanus Wilson person, fearing no person, shared his disappointment in a the Black Press strives to letter with the Morehouse comhelp every person in the firm munity. belief that all are hurt as long as anyone is held back. To be sure, HBCU Presidents WWW.TEXASMETRONEWS.COM 214-941-0110

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are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to this President. HBCUs have often done well under Republican Presidents because they are low-hanging fruit. Located in the deeply Republican South, the senators who represent their states get points when they do the right thing, as do Presidents who increase Pell grants and Title III dollars,

her myopic agenda. If an ant, enticed by honey, entered a charter school instead of the public school next door, she’d call that school choice. Still, there is no way she can justify her historically ignorant and irresponsible remarks about HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and school choice. In describing HBCUs and “real

as well as encouraging contract opportunities with government departments. Those who didn’t show up to the “fly in� probably incurred the wrath of the vindictive Omarosa who said she was “taking names� and that 45’s detractors would have to “bow down� to him. Presidents pretty much had to show up, and hope for the best. They went home empty-handed, with an executive order moving the White House Initiative on HBCU office into the White House, but with no additional resources to manage it. There was also lofty, but resource-devoid language in the executive order. Can we just call Lack of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “one note Betsy�? Wherever she looks, she sees school choice, although our educational challenges transcend

pioneers of school choice� she ignored our nation’s higher education history that offered no choice for African Americans who wanted college educations. She has since back pedaled her remarks, but she clearly is comfortable with her historical ignorance. Dr. Dorothy Irene Height was accepted to Columbia University from a speech scholarship, but turned down when she turned up and they discovered that she was a Negro. She matriculated at NYU instead. Charlayne Hunter Gault and Hamilton Holmes chose to attend the University of Georgia, but their matriculation generated headlines because white folks were not prepared to accept Black students in 1961. Vivian Malone and James Hood chose to attend the University of Alabama, but Governor

George Wallace blocked their entrance in 1963. When James Meredith chose to attend the University of Mississippi, the National Guard facilitated his enrollment. How dare you, Betsy DeVos talk about school choice to HBCU leaders, when our very reason for being was that choices were few and far between. One-note Betsy is a frightening manifestation of ignorance. She is a songbird that must be muzzled before she further demonstrates her utter lack of knowledge. No matter what his rhetoric about HBCUs, our 45th President’s choice for Secretary of Education suggests that history and logic are not part of her portfolio. This woman has a clear one-note agenda. It does not include support of the public schools that most students will attend. She is our nation’s policy leader on educational issues and yet she simmers in educational ignorance. She doesn’t understand history, nor HBCUs, nor the challenges that African American students have overcome in an educational system that is extremely racially biased. Can someone lock her up in the National Museum for African American History and Culture for a week or two? Or present her with classic tomes like The Souls of Black Folks (WEB DuBois, note the spelling Betsy), and The Miseducation of the Negro (Carter G. Woodson) to read before she offers another utterance?

Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy� is available via www.amazon.com


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100th year of women serving in Congress

FROM THE HILL

by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

During the month of March we celebrate Women’s History Month and honor the courageous women in our history who have marched, organized, and advanced the promise of equality, including such giants as Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells and others who are forgotten in the suffragist movement that helped win the fight for women’s right to vote. Additionally, this year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of women serving in Congress. And this year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman Member of Congress and a suffragette, being sworn into office.  She was sworn into office three years before women nationwide were guaranteed the right to vote.    I am appreciative of women from all industries that continue to be hardworking, courageous, bold, and persistent in achieving at the highest levels in their field.

Women continue to hold leadership positions and act with integrity when we continue to fight against barriers of inequality in the work place, schools and employment. Additionally, women have shown the world their ability to mobilize in large numbers, as seen in the Women’s March on Washington and across the nation, that we cannot and will not be silenced

rican American woman from a southern state, unlike her predecessor from the North – Shirley Chisholm, who was also the first African American and woman to run for the United States president. Through the use of her unmatched oratory skills and extensive knowledge of the Constitution, Jordan fought for the expansion of federal civil rights protections during her service in the United

CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH when it comes to those who want to stifle women’s rights. Women refuse to continuously be overlooked and deserve to have a voice on issues that impact them individually and their families. Although Black History Month came to an end, we can still take the time to praise the exemplary efforts of women like Barbara Jordan for continuing to persevere in her civic engagement efforts. In 1966, she would become the first African American to be a Texas state senator since1883. Later in 1972, Jordan would be elected to serve in the United States Congress ultimately making her the first Af-

States House of Representatives. Another notable woman from Texas is Ann Richards. She made waves at the Democratic National Convention in 1988 when she delivered a rousing keynote address. The speech transformed her, then the Texas treasurer, into a national figure; and it made her an admired champion of feminism and civil rights for minorities and members of the LGBT community. Richards first ran for governor in 1990 calling for a “New Texas” that would offer more opportunity and power to those groups. As governor, she went on to become one of the most effective in a long line of

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Texas progressives who vied for control of the state when it was largely a Democratic stronghold. Among other achievements, she fulfilled her campaign promise to bring more blacks, Hispanics and women into public office. She appointed the first black regent to the University of Texas and installed the first blacks and women on the state’s legendary police force, the Texas Rangers. As we celebrate the many victories that women have won, we must keep fighting to make more progress. There are many steps that need to be taken to expand the economic opportunities available to America’s women.  In recent years, my colleagues and I have been fighting to enact such critical legislation as ensuring equal pay for equal work, expanding the availability of affordable child care, a paid sick leave initiative, and a paid family leave initiative. I will continue to make this a priority by showing young girls and women that they deserve to be placed anywhere they desire, especially in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.

Urban League responds to President’s address WASHINGTON, D.C. -- National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial released the following statement on President Trump’s address to Congress: “...speech was long on rhetoric, but severely short on specifics. Forty days into the Trump Administration and Americans are no clearer on the president’s plan to create jobs, invest in infrastructure, improve the Affordable Care Act, better our public education system, or any other direct initiative that would economically benefit and stabilize black and brown communities. “As they say, a goal without a plan is just a wish. We at the National Urban

League call on workers; and fundPresident Trump ing for the developto make good on ment of small comSPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER his wish list for munity facilities America by dealong with large fining how his adtransportation and ministration will water projects. achieve the goals “Also central to of his tenure. improving the lives “We urge this of African AmeriBy President Marc Morial administration to cans are commitproduce a comments to safeguard prehensive jobs public education and infrastructure proposal that spe- from failed experiments like school cifically includes urban-based, minori- vouchers and to maintain the existing ty-owned small businesses; job training protections of Obamacare while also exfor African Americans, urban and youth panding it to cover more Americans.

“As the nation’s premiere civil rights organization dedicated to the economic progress of underserved communities, we cannot tolerate another 40 days much less another four years of policy ambiguity. “We are ready to work with the president to advance our ideas on how infrastructure can lift urban communities. “The time has come for President Trump to lead this nation by providing a specific and targeted agenda, as his predecessors have done, within the first 100 days of his administration.” Marc Morial is the President and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, LA.


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Women’s History Month COMMUNITY CALENDAR

The Dallas Art Fair ninth edition of the fair will that will benefit area veteran activities at 11 am. evening of live music and your favorite bottle of take place from April 6 through April 9 at the Place: Bon Air Missionary Baptist Church, 5707 wine. Visual Artist Evita Tezeno collection in the Bonnie View Road, Dallas, TX 75241. Art Lounge. Doors open at 7:30pm Live Music Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.). The guest commentator is dianne gibson. starts at 8pm SPECIAL EXHIBIT - FILMING THE CAMPS: FROM HOLLYWOOD TO NUREMBERG March 18 African American Museum Features the work of three filmmakers: John Ford, Pre Gala Celebration - MOSamuel Fuller, and George Stevens. It explores the The Dr. Roscoe Smith TOWN in D Town featuring filmmakers’ experiences during and after World War Study Circle will be SatKaraoke and best Motown II, the footage they captured of Nazi atrocities, and urday, March, 18, 2017 Dress Contest. at 7p.m. Afrithe impact the war had on their careers. At Dallas @10:00 AM at Dallas can American Museum Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and TolNBUF headquarters erance 211 N. Record Street Suite 100 Dallas, TX located 2949 Martin Lu75202 from 9:30 AM -5:00 PM ther King Jr Blvd., Suite #3-Dallas,Texas 75215 March 25 **** (across from Martin Luther King Community Alpha Merit Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles Center). The featured book for study is “African Group CommitTour, the internationally acclaimed tribute to the American Heritage for Family & Friends” by Dr. tee, Inc Annual Beatles show you never got to see, will be in the Roscoe Smith, Pancake Breakarea for most of March - first at Music Hall at Fair fast, 8a-10a at Park and then Bass Performance Hall. Applebee’s 3426 UNCF Mayor’s Masked Let It Be - Music Hall-Fair Park (Dallas - 3/7-19) & West Illinois, Dallas, TX 75211 Bass Performance Hall (FW -3/21-26) Ball, Call 972-234-1007 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,Inc., 2017 AFRICAN CHAMBER WEEKLY LUNCHEON SPEAKERS LIST 1705 Martin Luther King Blvd, Dallas Texas, 75215 March 15 LESTER HUNTER- OLAN GROUP March 22 CBP- LILLIAN IMES & SYBIL REX March 29 DALLAS ISD- ERIC DOMINGUEZ April 5 HJJ MARKETING GROUP- HEATHER JOHNS April 12 TO BE DETERMINED April 19 MSDC- EDWIN CRUZ April 26 NTTA- ANTHONY COLEMAN

May 3 EX-IM BANK- KELLY KEMP May 10 LAW OFFICE OF GEORGE ALFONSO- GEORGE ALFONSO May 17 TO BE DETERMINED May 24 TO BE DETERMINED May 31 NO MEETING DUE TO MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY June 7 June 28 July 5 July 19

INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES- MARIO TREVINO June 14 TO BE DETERMINED June 21 TO BE DETERMINED DFW AIRPORT- LILLIE WEST & GUY TOLIVER (LUNCHEON BEING HELD AT DFW AIRPORT)

Forty Fingers Jazz Concert Jazz Weekend in Dallas featuring Shaun Martin, Caleb Sean Xavier Jackson and Clifton Williams on Naomi Bruton Main Stage. Stand 4 Sisterhood with United We Stand! 9 am to 2pm at The Help Studios located at 2435 Squire Place, Ste. 100, Farmers Branch, TX

March 21 Maya Angelou KERA Essay Contest Deadline: Tues, March 21, 2017. High school students in the KERA viewing area may participate by writing an essay that interprets an Angelou poem and describes how it improves race relations. Apply: http://www.kera.org/angelou

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The Dallas County Community College District and its office of workforce development and NO LUNCHEON DUE TO JULY 4TH HOLIDAY community initiatives will host a free apprenticeship summit presented by the Texas Workforce July 12 TO BE DETERMINED U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE- JESSICA Commission. The event is open to area business owners and members of the general public who GORDON want to learn more about workforce opportuJuly 26 TO BE DETERMINED nities that registered apprenticeships offer – a combination of on-the-job training and job-related classroom experience. 8 a.m. and ends at March 16 12:30 p.m., DCCCD’s Bill J. Priest Institute, 1402 S. Corinth St.

March Madness Mingle with CAAPCO at Hilton Anatole, 6-8p.m.

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The Tommie Robinson American Legion Auxiliary Unit 802 along with the Dallas Bon Air Golden Agers Wine Down at Jam Box with Natural Change, will host their annual Fashion “Then & Now” Show 3965 Belt Line Road, Addison, TX 75001. It’s an

Kappa Zeta Chapter Miss Blue Revue Dinner and Dance Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Near the Galleria, 4099 Valley View Lane, 6:30pm

March 26 The Pearls of Persia - Mother Daughter Tea Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Chi Zeta Omega Chapter along with Pearls of Service, Incorporated annual Mother Daughter Tea--”The Pearls of Persia.” This year we will be celebrating our 2017 Debutantes and their mothers in elegant style on a journey filled with the magic of Persia. Guests will experience a traditional tea in an atmosphere embellished with Persian spice. 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT Reflections On Spring Creek 1901 East Spring Creek Parkway, Plano

March 27 Monday Night Politics African American Museum 6p.m.

March 28 Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists Meeting and Forum 6:30pm at Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center, 9889 Wade Blvd., Frisco, TX 75035. Speakers include

Malik Aziz, Min. Dominique Alexander and Pastor Derrick Golden.

March 30 BUSINESS Workshop This event is designed to provide small businesses with the opportunity to get meaningful, state-of-theart information from industry experts. Special Feature: How to Become Minority Certified Dallas Executive Airport Business Center 5303 Challenger Drive Dallas, TX 75237 Senior Activity Center 5th Thursday Ballroom Dance 7 to 9:30 p Dance to the sounds of Bill G. For more info, 972-205-2769

March 31 Poets and Jazz at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters March Madness StepShow, Arkansas Hall, 1100 Henderson St. Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR

April 1 DeSoto Living! Festival at 10 AM - 4 PM DeSoto East Middle School 601 East Belt Line Road, DeSoto, Texas 75115 Ignite Girls Rock 2017 - IGNITE will be holding their second annual Girls Rock! Arts, Culture and Politics event, where professional women can connect with politically ambitious young women and mentor them to become the next generation of leaders. From 7 PM- 9 PM at Crow Collection of Asian Art 2010 Flora St, Dallas, Texas 75201 Tri City NAACP 2017 Community Spirit Award at the Duncanville Hilton Garden Inn, 800 Main St., Duncanville at 7 PM.

April 7 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,Inc., Chi Zeta Omega Chapter and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Gamma Gamma Chapter’s Wine Tasting benefiting American Heart Association, 6pm, 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas

April 8

Texas State Representative Yvonne Davis will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2017 African American Education Hall of Fame Program and Luncheon 8 at noon. The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 800 N. Main Street, Duncanville, Texas.


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Smith named secretary of National Association of Black Journalists

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce that former Region VII Director, Cheryl Smith, is the organization's new secretary. She was recently appointed to the office by NABJ President Sarah Glover. "I'm excited to welcome Cheryl Smith to the NABJ board team. Her years of experience serving NABJ on the national and chapter level are noteworthy. She brings a strong passion for NABJ service to the national board once again," said Glover. An award-winning reporter, Cheryl has worked as an editor, columnist, and staff writer for The Dallas Weekly. She is currently publisher and editor of the IMessenger News Group, a multi-platform news organization that consists of two print newspapers (Texas Metro News and Garland Journal), one digital news magazine (I Messenger), an online radio show and a television program. She is especially proud of her work with the Dallas-Fort Worth Association

of Black Journalists Urban Journalism Workshop, where she has made an impact on aspiring journalists from middle school to age 55. In addition to being the publisher of I Messenger, Texas Metro News and Garland Journal; she hosts weekly shows on Blog Talk Radio and is a frequent guest on other shows; while also hosting segments for the syndicated Ester Davis Show on ION Television. A graduate of Florida A&M University with a degree in Journalism, Cheryl received her masters degree in Human Relations and Business in 1986, from Amberton University. Cheryl is the current president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists and the former president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Florida A&M University National Alumni Association. A former two-term National Association of Black Journalists Regional Director, Cheryl has also served as president of the Dallas Metroplex Council of Black Alumni Associations.

She has also been a talk show host/ producer at KKDA-AM since 1990. As a regular contributor to the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s newswire service, she has also taught journalism and communication at Paul Quinn College, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and El Centro College. A Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and life member of FAMU Alumni Association,Cheryl has received numerous awards as an edi-

tor, writer, producer and talk show host, and for her community involvement. She has been named Honorary Editor for the State of Texas and is a three-time winner of the Black Press’ highest honor, the Messenger Award, from NNPA. Cheryl has received journalism awards from the Dallas Press Club, Texas Publishers Association, The Dallas Examiner, Elite News, NAACP and National Conference of Editorial Writers, to name a few. The National Civil Rights Museum awarded her the “Invisible Giant” Award and in 2005, the Omicron Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presented her with the “Image Award.” In November 2009 Cheryl was honored by the Journalism Educator’s Association. She also received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Dallas-Metroplex Council of Black Alumni Associations, President’s Award from UNCF-Texas, and Woman of the Year award from the Women Empowering Women Foundation.

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In 2014 she was interviewed for Historymakers and is featured in the Library of Congress. Last year she received local and regional Woman of the Year Awards from Iota Phi Lambda Sorority and in April she will receive the Woman of the Year award from the South Dallas Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club. Her Don’t Believe the Hype Celebrity Bowl-a-thon, which has brought numerous celebrities to the area, including: comedians Dick Gregory, Shuckey Duckey, D Ellis, David A. Arnold and Joe Torry; Chuck D and Malik Farrakhan of Public Enemy; Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III; TV One’s Roland Martin; NFL Greats Dante Wesley, Bethel Johnson, Tony Dixon and Jay Ratliff; R&B singers Miles Jaye and Eric Benet; country-western singer Imaj; and actors Glynn Turman, Dawnn Lewis, Angela Robinson, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Kiki Shepard and Phyllis Yvonne Stickney; and Ambassador Ron Kirk, helps provide thousands of dollars in scholarships annually, while also underwriting the expenses for students to attend journalism conferences and programs. Cheryl’s speaking engagements have taken her around the country and as far away as Cameroon, where she compared the Black Press journey in America to the struggle for a free press in Africa. She is the “mother” to her nephew and three nieces - who she raised over the past 25-plus years: Andre, Alayna, Annya and Ayanna, and they have blessed her with grandchildren Aaliyah, Jeremiah and Christian. "I am excited about the opportunity to once again serve NABJ at the national level, This is a critical time when the successful execution of NABJ's strategic plan is necessary and the industry is rapidly evolving," said Smith. The organization's former Secretary Sherlon Christie stepped down for family reasons. "I wish outgoing NABJ Secretary Sherlon Christie well. He is a longtime supportive member and strong leader. I hope to see him on the NABJ board again in the future, " said Glover. An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.


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Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, Healthy Generations

The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. hosted the sorority’s 20th Annual Youth Symposium – “Youth Investment: Building A Future for Impactful Leaders, on Saturday March 11, 2017. The Symposium is just one initiative of the organization’s national signature program, Project Reassurance, which has incorporated the theme of “H3 : It’s All About Me – Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, Healthy Generations.” The goal of the symposium was to engage youth locally and globally by strengthening their minds, bodies, and perspectives. The symposium was held at the Dallas Lakewest YMCA at 10 o’clock in the morning and was a collaborative effort presented by the four alumnae chapters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. that service the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area – Alpha Omicron Sigma (Dallas), Alpha Pi Sigma (Fort Worth), Zeta Delta Sigma (Arlington), and Lambda Upsilon Sigma (Plano). The ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho also partnered with the Mansfield/Cedar Hill Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to facilitate interactive and informative workshops with segments on Distracted Driving Prevention, HIV/AIDs Education, College Preparatory

Forums, Physical Education, which featured a Run, Jump, Throw obstacle course, and a Youth Panel discussion on Social and Legislative Action. The Youth Symposium was free and open to the public. 200 participants were in attendance, including Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc area Affiliate groups Rhoers and Philos, the Mansfield/Cedar Hill Chapter Kappa League, and youth from the Lakewest YMCA community. Lunch was provided to all attendees. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is a leading international, non-profit community service organization that continues to grow through sisterhood, scholarship and service. The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Korea and the Virgin Islands. Seven educators founded Sigma Gamma Rho on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority has been dedicated to service for more than 90 years. Members work to enhance the quality of life for their families, friends and neighbors, and are committed to “Greater Service, Greater Progress.”


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SELMA, OH SELMA

Thomas Muhammad just back from historic Selma, Alabama after participating in the activities that included "Crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge." Also had the honor of hanging out with friends like US Congressman Keith Ellison, Dr. Ray Winbush, Willie Mukasa Ricks and Joanne Bland. This year Rev. Jesse Jackson was the keynoter at Brown Chapel Church and gave a powerful message on where the country is today in terms of the voting rights movement. In a nut shell the struggle

continues... Joanne Bland, was eleven years old when she and others were beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge 1965 Dr. Ray Winbush, Prof Morgan State University

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Dr. Gwen Boyd at Museum Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and former president of Alabama State University headlinde the Thelma Daniels Distinguished Lecture, Saturday, March 4. Thelma Daniels was a higher-education administrator who co-founded the Dickie Foster Biennial Texas Black Women’s Conference. She was also one of the early African Amer-

Willie "Black Power" Mukasa Ricks Rev. Jesse Jackson, Operation Push

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ican Museum organizers, and held positions at Bishop College, El Centro College and Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Boyd was the first female president of Alabama State University and served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. Dr. Boyd, an ordained itinerant elder in the AME Church, was awarded the

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Doctor of Ministry and Master’s degrees from Howard University, as well as a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. Boyd is an alumnus of Alabama State University. She has also chaired the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Council


10 Bobbie Bolds Lander was born in Menlo, Georgia, on April 16, 1925, the youngest of 13 children, the daughter of William F. Bolds and Rosa Lee Covington (Bolds). She was raised on the farm in Menlo until World War II brought her, at the age of 18 years, to Washington, DC, where she worked for the Department of the Navy. This was the beginning of her lifelong career with the United States Government. Bobbie worked in various governmental agencies for over 20 years in Washington, when she met and married Fred L. Lander, III, in 1964, who was then an aspiring graduate of Howard University Law School. In marrying Fred Lander, she took on the responsibility of raising Fred’s two young sons, Fred Leon-

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Remembering Bobbie Bolds Lander Services held for first Black female IRS Tax Auditor ard Lander, IV (now known as Leonard) and C. Victor Lander. Bobbie always said that raising Leonard and Victor was the most important thing she could have done with her life, and that she did not have two step-sons – she just had two sons who had two mothers. The family moved to Dallas, Texas in 1972, when Fred took a position with the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration in Dallas. While putting her sons through college, and helping her husband pass the Texas Bar, Bobbie landed a position with the Internal Revenue Service in Dallas, and was the first African American female tax auditor to work for the IRS. Fred became a lawyer with the federal government, Leonard joined the Navy, and Victor

became a lawyer and a Judge, and Bobbie could not have been prouder of all three. Bobbie retired from the IRS in 1980, after over 35 years of government service, and within a few years she became secretary in

the law office of Lander and Associates, P. C., the first black father-son law firm in the state of Texas, begun by her husband, Fred and her son, Victor. She worked at Lander and Associates, P. C., for 10 years, until she and Fred retired (again). Bobbie was an active member of the New Home Baptist Church for well over 40 years until her health failed. She became involved in various civic, community and cultural activities, most geared towards the encouragement of education. She was a life member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the Links, Incorporated, and the Dallas Association of Bench and Bar Spouses (affiliate of the J.

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L. Turner Legal Association, Dallas’ association of black attorneys). As a member of Bench and Bar Spouses, she, along with Mrs. Barbara Steele, the late Judge Cleo Steele, and her husband, Fred, formed the C. A. W. Clark Legal Clinic, a monthly legal clinic bringing lawyers and Judges to the people they serve, to give legal advice to the community, a legal clinic which continues to this day. She was also a member of the Board of the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center and an officer in the Glen Oaks Homeowners Association. In 1996, at the age of 72 years, Bobbie finally achieved what she had promised her father long before, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Dallas Baptist University, one of the oldest students to ever graduate from that University. While at Dallas Baptist, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated. Her graduation from DBU was such a significant accomplishment that she was featured in the August/September 1996 issue of the Praise and Power magazine of the Friendship-West Baptist Church. Bobbie’s story and long life has been an inspiration to many. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Attorney Fred L. Lander, 111, and by all 12 of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sons, Leonard Lander and C. Victor Lander; by her nephew, Clyde W. Bolds (Gloria), of Atlanta, Georgia; by her niece, Janice Billingslea of Atlanta, Georgia; and by a host of the Bolds family throughout the country and friends throughout the world (including her loving Goddaughter, Cheryl Goode). Bobbie was the last of her siblings to go home to be with the Lord, and she will rest in peace beside her beloved husband Fred for eternity. Her loss will be mourned by many. Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain, and we know that we will see her again.


Let him go!

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Ask Alma: by Alma Gill

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

Dear Alma,

Ok, I was with a police officer for 10 years. He did some awful things in our relationship. Meaning he cheated on me. A lot of it was through the Internet or through the phone. Meaning he was sexting many other women. Which he considered not cheating. We were living together and I was battling lupus. He said it was because I was sick often and didn’t like to do the things I used to do.

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the one you love when they instantly break your heart. Love’s not like a cell phone, you can’t turn it on and off ~ or put it on silent when it’s convenient for the situation. Sounds like you still have feelings for him and if you can’t have him as a lover, you’ll consider allowing him to be your friend. Don’t! You can forgive him, but don’t forget. My “Ask Alma” super girl powers tell me that you’re beautiful, smart and worthy of someone

Unpack your big girl bloomers and let him bounce! Surround yourself with friends and family who love and support you – everybody else has got to go. Long story short, I found a side phone with over 30 different women in the phone. I was devastated! Here I am battling lupus and he can’t be loyal. I was heartbroken, so I kicked him out and our relationship over. He has tried to be my friend ever since, but I’m so angry that he hurt me. He’s apologized and begged me to forgive him. He wants to be friends and be a part of my life. What’s your take on this? Name withheld Dear Name Withheld: I’d have to say I’m glad this relationship is over and no, you don’t need him as a friend. Friends don’t deliver hurt and pain; friends show up with tissue and support. Nobody wants to admit it, but it’s hard to love yourself more than

who will give you his best. You’ve spent enough time allowing Robocop to block your blessings. Unpack your big girl bloomers and let him bounce! Surround yourself with friends and family who love and support you – everybody else has got to go. You’re living with lupus, God bless you! You ain’t got time for no foolishness. Lupus didn’t give you a choice, but you can choose to have devoted, faithful, compassionate friends and relationships that’ll bring you joy. Don’t be afraid of not having him in your life. He doesn’t hold your happiness in the palm of his hand. Your light of happiness lives inside of you, under your control, 24/07. Alma -

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Locals part of HistoryMakers impressive library of audio interviews

The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive is expanding its reach. Ambassador Ron and Matrice Kirk hosted a reception today to highlight local HIstoryMakers and encourage support of the project. Since its founding in 1999, The HistoryMakers has grown into a unique archive, housing 9,000 hours of testimony collected from over 180 U.S. cities and towns. Now, the two largest efforts to record the African American experience (the WPA Slave Narratives and The HistoryMakers) are joined

under one roof…the stories of the formerly enslaved are preserved alongside their progeny at the Library of Congress. Also, The HistoryMakers Digital Archive has been licensed for use in the classroom by 18 top-tier colleges and universities across the country, including: Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, the University of Chicago, Howard University, Boston Univer-

sity, the University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern University, the University of Virginia, Brandeis

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University, the University of Iowa, Cornell University, the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Stanford University, Columbia University, and the Chicago Public Library. According to founder Julianna Richardson, there are so many m ore stories to tell. She shared information about the future of HistoryMakers, providing an update on progress, showcasing HistoryMakers

relationship with the Library of Congress, and highlighting partnerships and collaborations with K-12, higher education, and cultural and civic institutions. Local HistoryMakers include: journalists Norma Adams-Wade, Mollie Belt, Rochelle Brown and Cheryl Smith; actress Irma P. Hall, Marathon runner Anthony Reed, businesswomen Isabell Cottrell and Emma Rodgers, Executive Ernest D. Levert, NAACP’s Bob Lydia, Rev. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr., Judge H. Ron White and Ambassador Kirk. HistoryMakers is looking to identify more subjectst to include.

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Press Club of Dallas launches Hugh Aynesworth Awards

After an almost 10-year hiatus, The Press Club of Dallas is once again offering awards for journalistic excellence. Submissions are now being accepted at PressClubDallas.com for the inaugural Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Excellence in Journalism. The Aynesworth Awards are open to all journalists and their organizations throughout Texas. The award, first announced last year, is named after one of its most dedicated and active Press Club members, veteran award-winning writer and reporter Hugh Aynesworth. News organizations should submit investigative/enterprise work published or aired in calendar year 2016. Deadline for entries is April 15, 2017. “We’ve taken to calling the award the ‘Hughie’ with both respect and affection,” said Scott Goldstein, president of the Press Club of Dallas. “We’re starting off modestly this year

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with only one journalistic topic – investigative Awards, which were dissolved nearly a de- the discipline of journalism, communication, reporting – but eventually we’ll be adding more cade ago. The awards dinner will be held in literacy, current affairs and First Amendment categories, such as spot news coverage, fea- conjunction with the annual North Texas Leg- freedoms. The members value the develture and opinion writing and sports reporting.” ends presentation in early June, with more opment, and protection of journalism. Journalists, communications professionals and The club’s awards committee has spent the details to come soon. past six months acquiring a strong panel of “We’re looking forward to an exciting eve- students may join the Press Club of Dallas by judges, all of whom spent their careers outside ning,” Goldstein said, “with these contributions visiting pressclubdallas.com/membership. Texas; clearly defining the rules; and identify- to journalism being acknowledged the way ing contacts throughout the state to make sure they should be.” reporters and their editors are aware of the The fee to enter the competition is $55, with awards. all proceeds going to further the mission of the “We’ve divided the entrant categories by Press Club of supporting journalism and comorganization and size,” Goldstein said. “Dai- munications in all its forms, including through ly newspapers have been subdivided into scholarships for journalism students. three circulation categories; television news For more information on the Hugh operations also have been divided into three Aynesworth Awards for Excellence in Journalsizes based on their markets, as have radio ism, visit pressclubdallas.com. Originally formed as group in 1948, The stations. Weekly newspapers, magazines and digital news operations will also have an op- Press Club of Dallas is a dynamic organizaResume: raylcarr@yahoo.com, (214) 514-9553 or tion of journalists, and professional communiportunity to enter.”  The Aynesworth Awards replace the Katie cators, in North Texas committed to promoting

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O'Neal drives new player development paradigm for young athletes Six-time NBA All-Star, Jermaine O'Neal is dedicated to building a new player development paradigm that impacts the health, wellness, and education of local athletes. And, he isn't waiting for the completion of his state-ofthe-art $10.4 million-dollar sports facility to take action. His Total Player Development philosophy is a reflection of his successful playing career and what it took to get there. And it all starts with his Drive Nation Skills Academy — a new program that will be hosted temporarily at Carrol Senior High School (starting March 19, 2017, for both boys and girls, grades 3-12). The Drive Nation Skills Academy provides a combination of basketball skills training, agility, and mental development for boys and girls through excellent coaching and player development. Jermaine believes that in order to get to the next level, both players and their parents need to understand that there are a number of factors that go into developing a young athlete. "My mission is to create the total player," says Jermaine. "Not just from a performance training and skills development standpoint, but also from an emotional wellness, leadership and character standpoint as well. We want to develop kids for college. That's the ultimate goal." Jermaine's skills academy – and his 90,000 Sq. Ft. facility, slated to open in

September, will embody his total player development approach, providing premier services like on-site sports performance training and nutritional coaching. O'Neal, a resident of Southlake, is ever-focused on giving back to the community through sports. The vision for the Drive Nation Sports Complex and the Drive Nation Skills Academy is to create well-rounded, dynamic players through excellent physical training, skills development, and elite-level coaching that is unmatched, not only in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but Texas itself. "If you develop a kid physically, mentally and emotionally, the right way, from a young age, you are preparing them for success not only on the court or playing field in the form of scholarships, but for the game of life itself," says O'Neal of his player development strategy. The unique approach, which cultivates mental toughness, discipline and character has been paying off for those closest to Jermaine, including his daughter Asjia, a junior in high school and an outstanding volleyball player, and his 10-year old son Jermaine Jr. a talented young basketball player, determined to follow in his father's footsteps. Along with his other highly-qualified coaches, Jermaine brings over two decades of pro-

fessional experience to the Drive Nation Skills Academy which is now accepting registrations for boys and girls of all ages (grades 3-12) and skill levels. As a part of the Total Player Development Academy philosophy the goal is to treat each and every player with the same amount of respect, regardless of their skill level. The Drive Nation Sports Facility, located on 16.2 acres at the DFW airport, will feature

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Bryant (Lakers). “It’s sort of surreal. Thirty thousand (points) is amazing. It’s a lot of points obviously,” he said after the game. “Every milestone makes you reflect a little bit. It makes you reflect on the people that have helped you and been with you all of this way. “It makes you think of all the coaches, Mark Cuban, the players and the fans that went with me through thick and thin,” Nowitzki continued. “It’s been an amazing ride and a couple more baskets are coming and then it’s time to ride off into the sunset.” Nowitzki, 38, has played 19 years with the Mavericks and signed a two-year contract last year. He has not indicated whether he is returning for his 20th year. He has the choice of opting out of the contract. If completed, he will turn 40 soon after in June 2018. “We all witnessed one of the most amazing accomplishments, really in the history of sports,” said Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle.

“For me, this was a 13 minute, 2 second microcosm of one of the greatest careers in the history of this game. “Meticulous preparation, total commitment, unbelievable competitive spirit and a real flair for the moment,” Carlisle said. “His shot-mak-

more than 90,000 square feet of indoor space, including basketball and volleyball courts, player lounges, a 10,000 Sq. Ft. weight room, performance training area and a 50-yard all-purpose indoor turf area, among other amenities. The project is slated to open in September of 2017 and will be managed by the industry-leading outsourced management firm, the Sports Facilities Management.

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ing (in the game) was absolutely breathtaking. We’re all privileged to be some part of this. I congratulate Dirk. We’re extremely thrilled for him.” Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said Nowitzki “is just a great guy. Dirk is the Dallas Maver-

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icks and the Dallas Mavericks are Dirk.” Los Angeles Lakers Forward Julius Randle, a Dallas native, said, “Obviously he is an amazing player and congrats to him.” He continued, “To this fan base, to this city of Dallas, he is big time. He is their Kobe. It’s going to be 20 years. Him and Kobe are going to be the only ones to play 20 years on one team. He won a championship out here. To this city, he is everything.” Nowitzki also expressed great appreciation for the impact his well-known mentor Holder Geschwindner, has had on his career. “Well you know I’ve always said if I had never met Holder, I might not be here at all. I may have gotten other interests but he made me stick with it and he believed in me. “We put a lot of work in and built a great relationship from the beginning. It was a little emotional to see him (in the stands) with tears in his eyes,” he said. “I’m proud of him and he’s a great friend and mentor.”


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National Association of Black Journalists meet in Dallas

Veteran Journalists John Jenkins and John Yearwood honored! NABJ Founder Norma Adams-Wade, current President Sarah Glover and Regional Director Gayle Hurd speak Photos by Eva Coleman

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