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Business Month Education and Scholarship honorees

Dorethea N Hornbuckle Hall of Fame Inductee Business Entrepreneur Mr. John Reaves Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que Award - Debra-Peek-Haynes

Joyce M Jones Community Joyce M Jones Community Service Award Service Award Stephanie Franco Judge Shequitta Kelly

Dorethea N Hornbuckle Business Entrepreneur Award - Keisha Tucker

Dorethea N Hornbuckle Business Entrepreneur Award - LaCracha Holley

Sharon R Thomas-Smith Youth Entrepreneur Award Mya, Payton and Jayla Dean

Dorethea N Hornbuckle Business Entrepreneur Award - Atty. Vonda Bailey

Youth Community Service Award - Sakari Spivey

Outstanding Business Women of the Year Star Williams

Psi Chapter Soror of the Year - Daphne J Hornbuckle

Corporate Achievement Honoree Sherial Zeno

Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Psi Chapter will hold its Business Month Education and Scholarship Awards Luncheon Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, Dallas Market Center, 2727 Stemmons Frwy, Dallas, TX. 75207. Proceeds benefit the sorority’s 501(c)(3) education and scholarship fund. For information, contact Brenda Jackson-Napier at (214) 674-4807. Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. is a national business and professional women’s organization founded in 1929.

Journey to 30 Milestone for WILLIAMS CHICKEN Jarvis Christian College comes to Dallas area More than 700 attend Tribute to Hiawatha Williams! From congressional representatives to local city council members, tributes poured in during WILLIAMS CHICKEN Journey to 30 Celebration held Friday, April 21 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. The nearly 700 supporters included vendors who had been with WILLIAMS CHICKEN since the beginning, along with community and faith Leaders, employees and entrepreneurs. “The Williams Chicken Gala was the perfect picture of resilience, beauty

Mr. and Mrs. Hiawatha Williams

and love, said Taylor Toynes, founder of For Oak Cliff. “I was humbled in a room filled with living legends. Words can’t explain how I felt be-

ing in the room with heroes like Mr. Williams who has made the difference for Oak Cliff and the Southern Dallas community," said Toynes. The evening included a red carpet and reception, silent auction, a gallery museum showcasing Williams Chicken Journey to 30. Guests in the Gallery were serenaded by Cellist Jordan Jones. Multiple award-winning gospel recording artist, Fred Hammond opened the gala with an electrifying perfor-

mance followed by an elaborate dinner with music by the Cedar Hill High School Jazz Band. During Dinner, the tributes continued with presentations by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Joycelyn Johnson for State Senator Royce West, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson, Commissioner John Wiley Price, and Rickie Rush, Pastor of the Inspiring Body of Christ in Dallas.

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The president of one of six Texas HBCUs recently announced that Jarvis Christian College will be offering adult education classes in criminal justice, business administration and religion at Red Bird Mall, through its Renaissance Program. “You’re never too old to learn,” said Dr. Lester C. Newman, acknowledging that many students from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex already attend Jarvis. “Education is key to making a difference. We

Dr. Lester C. Newman

want to be flexible to meet your needs. “Jarvis wants to be that institution that you can come back to. We produce

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A Spirit of Discernment

“I don’t respect this president. I don’t trust this president. He’s not working in the best interests of the American people. “I will fight evBy Vincent L. Hall ery day until he is impeached. acceptable. So I call it a rebellion.” – Rep. Maxine Waters (D) CA Rather than pander to conservatives or feigned liberalism, WaMaxine Waters is a 78-year-old, ters pointed to the atrocities and no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it “tis”, injustices that created the “rebelBlack woman with no patience for lion.” She would not allow America foolishness. You may be wonderto demonize her constituents and ing why she’s so apoplectic and deputize lawlessness in the L.A. Pounapologetic when it comes to lice ranks. Waters, will never allow Donald Trump. Allow me this concongeniality to be used as a substijecture. tute or whitewashing of the facts. As we remember the 25th anThat willingness to speak truth niversary of the L.A/Rodney King in deference to the norm was not a riots which demanded national one-off either. attention from April 29 to May 4, The House smart-ass and loud1992, recall that it went down in mouth, Peter King (R) N.Y., got a Waters’ congressional district. She taste of her irascibility as well. After shocked the world and most White he disrespected a female aide of folks with her response to the afterHillary Clinton’s during the Whitemath. “If you call it a riot, it sounds like water hearings, Waters told him it was just a bunch of crazy people to “shut up” and would not allow who went out and did bad things him to speak. The acting speaker in for no reason. I maintain it was chambers threatened to have her somewhat understandable, if not “Maced.”


Here’s a teachable moment from Wikiwand. “For daily sessions of the House, the Sergeant carries the silver and ebony mace of the House in front of the speaker, in procession to the rostrum. “When the House is in session, the mace stands on a cylindrical

whether the House is in session or in committee. When the body resolves itself into Committee of the whole House on the State of the Union, the Sergeant moves the mace to a lowered position, more or less out of sight.” The only punitive threat to raise the “mace” (which was instituted in

Congresswoman Maxine Waters

pedestal of green marble  to the Speaker’s right. When the House is in committee, it is moved to a pedestal next to the Sergeant at Arms’ desk.  Thus, members entering the chamber know immediately

April 1789) came less than 90 days after the L.A. Riots. Waters is in the congressional history books as the first person to seriously be threatened with the sanction. But the obsession and outright disdain she has for Donald Trump

comes from a different place…a place that most Black people understand. Black women, especially those who are religiously centered, develop what church folk call a “spirit of discernment.” It is a gift of the creator that detects evil and confers an ability to discern who means well and who doesn’t. In her advanced state of “Black Girl Magic,” Maxine Moore Waters has cosmically sensed something in Donald Trump and his throng of thieves that disturbs her spiritually and viscerally. For those who study Christianity, Waters is the living version of Rachel, “weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted.” Maxine Waters was hurt and disgusted after the riots and on several other well-noted occasions over her 25 plus years in office, but this is much more heartfelt. I have known Black women who have the spirit of discernment and I would bet that Trump has a day of reckoning in his future. Just ask wig expert Bill O’Reilly! Vincent Hall is an author, activist and award-winning columnist.

Congresswoman Johnson receives Literacy Champion Award by Reading is Fundamental


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Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson received the 2017 Literacy Champion Award from Reading is Fundamental (RIF), recognizing her commitment to early childhood literacy. "RIF’s Literacy Champion Award recog-

nizes the remarkable contributions of individuals in the field of children’s literacy. RIF is committed to creating collaborative relationships with advocates who share our goal of ensuring all children have access to the fundamental building blocks they need to succeed,” said Alicia Levi, President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “We are thrilled to honor Representative Johnson for her ongoing commitment to families in need, leadership in the community, and her continued support of RIF and strong education programs like the U.S. Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy program in promoting

the life-changing power of literacy." Since its inception in 2012, Congresswoman Johnson has led the congressional effort to sustain funding for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program, which provides high-quality literacy training to children that need it. The program has granted over 120 awards to areas across the country, including the DFW Metroplex. This year, the Congresswoman garnered the support of 146 of her colleagues from both sides of the aisle, marking the highest level of congressional support that the program has ever received.

“I am honored to be recognized by such a charitable organization as Reading is Fundamental. While I appreciate this recognition, the true champions of literacy are our nation’s librarians, educators, and literacy advocates, including our partner organizations Reading is Fundamental, Reach Out and Read, and the American Library Association,” said Congresswoman Johnson. Their selfless work inspires me, and supporting the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program is my way of helping. “I am proud to stand with so many of my colleagues in support of early childhood literacy.”



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The Solar Industry Wants Me to Be Quiet. I Wonder Why. The Last Word By Dr. Julianne Malveaux NNPA Newswire Columnist

As a journalist and political commentator, who covers issues important to the African American community and other marginalized communities, I have taken on powerful forces over the years. I have provided a voice for underrepresented communities and engaged both the private and public sector and I always strive to be accurate and respectful. After all, how can I demand civility and fairness from others if I don’t practice it myself? Earlier this year, I wrote a commentary about the rooftop solar business, and expressed concerns that some bad actors in the industry were misleading consumers. I focused on three aspects that worried me: First, that new customers may be unaware that the panels can cost upwards of $15,000 and can generate an additional lien against their home, making it harder to sell. Second, rooftop solar salespeople often tell customers that they will save a lot of money on their utility bill, which is not always true. Third,

salespeople engaging in high-pressure tactics often do so in the hope that a customer will sign a contract before they understand all of the complexities of a long-term financial agreement. About a week later, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), which represents the rooftop solar industry in Washington, D.C., wrote a response to my commentary. I didn’t fully agree with SEIA, but I respected their right to voice their opinion. I saw their response and was hopeful that going forward the industry would take more steps to protect minority consumers. I decided to move on and continue writing about the other issues important to me. However, in the last few weeks, I have become a target of an intimidation campaign led by SEIA. Specifically, a gentleman named Michael Schmidt, a Senior Vice President at Crosscut Strategies, who claims to be an agent of SEIA, has repeatedly called and emailed me and my staff. In one call, he even asked a staff member why I had not responded to him, as if I was afraid to respond. In his correspondence to a woman in my office, Mr. Schmidt states that I wrote, “that solar companies are targeting communities of color.� Mr. Schmidt went on to write that:

“The SEIA team finds this abhorrent and they wanted to follow up with her about what she knows, since the column didn’t provide details. SEIA takes this issue and consumer protection generally very seriously. Would it be possible to arrange a quick call between Dr. Malveaux and SEIA’s general counsel about this?� I believe that Mr. Schmidt’s suggestion that I speak with SEIA’s general counsel, Tom Kimbis, is an attempt to assert that my comment about “targeting communities of color� could be libelous. If SEIA wanted to provide me with facts to change my mind, why couldn’t Mr. Schmidt provide me with that information, or connect me with SEIA’s communications or policy experts? The suggestion that I speak with SEIA’s in-house attorney was designed to intimidate. Be assured, I take this threat seriously. I believe I did nothing wrong, but I do not have millions of dollars to defend myself. SEIA represents companies like Tesla that are worth billions of dollars. It wouldn’t be a fair fight. I want to be clear: I wrote the rooftop solar piece based on recent correspondence sent by three Democrats in the Congress to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

(CFPB). The letter was read by Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, who is Hispanic, and Reps. Emmanuel Cleaver of Missouri and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who are African Americans. At the end of the letter sent by those Congressmen, they stated that the high-pressure sales tactics used by bad actors in the rooftop solar industry are often targeted towards the least sophisticated consumers. Therefore, the matter is a “particular concern for minority communities in our districts and around the nation.� That is where I got the line in my piece that SEIA seems to be so upset about. If Abigail Ross Harper, the head of SEIA, or anyone at the association has an issue with what I said in my piece, then they should have reached out to me and asked to speak. I would have agreed and had an open mind. But the fact that they decided to try and use a hired gun to try and intimidate me and my staff only makes me believe that my original piece—that the rooftop solar industry does not respect minorities— was sadly all too accurate.

Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and Founder of Economic Education. Her podcast, “It’s Personal with Dr. J� is available on iTunes withDrJ .

Jeff Sessions is rolling back basic rights SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER by REV. JESSE JACKSON, SR

As Donald Trump nears the end of his first 100 days, media commentary focuses primarily on how little he has achieved in comparison to other presidents. It’s a mistake, however, to discount the threat that the Trump administration poses to our fundamental rights. His attorney general, former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, is a case in point. Sessions has set out with a ven-

geance to transform the Department of Justice into a Department of Injustice. He’s been hindered by the incompetence that characterizes this administration. He’s home alone in his department, with no nominations offered for the heads of top DOJ units — the civil rights, criminal or national security divisions. His deputies — Nos. 2 and 3 in the DOJ — have been nominated but not confirmed. That has slowed but not stopped Sessions’ efforts to rollback basic rights. He’s reversed the Justice Department’s position of challenging voter identification laws; he deems

the Voting Rights Act too “intrusive.� Now the DOJ will intervene in favor of states that pass discriminatory measures to restrict access to the ballot. The right to vote — the fundamental right of a democracy — will now depend on the willingness of judges to stand up for the truth, as U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos did in ignoring the DOJ intervention and ruling that the Texas ID law was “passed, at least in part, with a discriminatory purpose.� Sessions has issued orders to revive the old, failed war on drugs. The promising bipartisan efforts to reform sentencing provisions to end

the mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders are to be abandoned. Sessions wants to revive private prisons and insure them a steady stream of prisoners. People of color, particularly young African-American men, will be the greatest victims of this injustice. Sessions has called for a “review� of all the reform agreements that Obama’s Civil Rights Division has reached with police forces. His DOJ sought to delay implementation of a consent decree reached in Baltimore in the wake of the Freddy

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My Day By Dr. J. Ester Davis

“There is no better time than now for this electrifying, clear and much-needed volume” writesRobert B. Ingram, former President of the National Conference of Black Mayors. “Black Police in America” is a book written by W. Marvin Delaney and traces the growth, disappearance and resurgence of the African American presence in police forces combined with changes in black influence on the political front. Equally as interesting is “Challenges to Control” written by Atlan-



Black Police In America

ta’s former Mayor Maynard Jackson, on the politics of police reform. This week I found my way over to the Black Police Association of Greater Dallas, 211 Centre Street, Dallas, 75208, looking for someone to talk to about the police pension, most definitely the number one “hot topic” in neighborhoods. In addition, the floodgates “runneth over” about the association’s endorsements of select candidates that are creating a lot of synergy in all voting communities locally and beyond. Within a few hours Sergeant Smith, Chair of the Political Action Committee (PAC), sent a text with his cell phone number. Huh, I thought, this is going much better than expected. I was impressed that this group had a political action agenda and a working committee. WOW!!! The sergeant, who has been a police officer for 23 years, was direct, in deliberate command with blunt truth. The cadence of his voice was one of genuine concern

for a city he loves to serve and protect. “We are losing good officers” he said with backup statistics. More than one time he said ‘we believe in the citizens.’ We discussed the open recruit-

ment for officers from the City of San Antonio and other municipalities. . . offering more money, respect and security. . . just “come to work for us.” I agree with the Sergeant, it is

not ok to lose good officers and it is darn embarrassing for another city to come on your turf. . . put up a billboard for your officers, all because city elected officials will not find a solution or attempt to. Our men and women in blue should be paid salaries complimenting the best that Dallas has to offer. Dallas is indisputably, one of the greatest cities in the USA. We have a state-of-the-art police training facility with robots and one of the most comprehensive 911 Systems on the planet. We built a thousand room hotel and convention hall to attract and compete for the world’s largest conferences. And with DFW Airport ranking as one of the busiest airports, we have it all. Our conversation moved to the “boldface” loud endorsement of former City Council Tennell Atkins who, by the way, received the endorsement of Chief David Brown, Dallas’ former Police Chief. The Sergeant did not mince his words. “Some politicians you cannot talk

to, some do not listen.” He went on to explain that Mr. Atkins not only has the knowledge and experience, but long before the problem became a humiliating reality, Mr. Atkins had the courage to render a warning about the pension fund for fireman and police. It fell on deaf ears. Now, former mayors are more concerned about their legacies than the future of public safety. Remember. . . my brothers and sisters of Dallas, what the sergeant said, “We believe in the citizens.” Call your city council. Call the Mayor’s office and voice your thoughts on the pension and adequate salaries for the police and fire rescue. Please vote. All politics are local. Please vote. Ester Davis hosts the National Council of Negro Women(NCNW) annual Hat and Tea. Sunday, April 30, 2017. 3pm Email: or 214.376.9000

Calling on all Sororities and Fraternities Remember that line in New Jack City? “This ain’t personal; this is business.” And at the end of By James Clingman NNPA Newswire Columnist the movie, Ice Tea told Wesley Snipes, “This is personal,” as he proceedduring crises; they support ed to beat Snipes down for killing his mother. Well, this article is one another when they get both personal and business. It is a married and have children, call to the Alphas, Omegas, Kappas, and they work together, Sigmas, Deltas, AKAs, Zetas, Thetas, locally and nationally, on Iotas, known as the “Divine Nine,” community projects across and the one I was in back in the this country. They even 1960’s at North Carolina College at formed a national collective organization, The NaDurham, “Groove Phi Groove.” The latent collective pow- tional Pan-Hellenic Council, er within these organizations is Inc., whose stated purpose mind-boggling. Their members and mission is “Unanimity are conscientious, which is demon- of thought and action as far strated by their friendship and loy- as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate alty to one another. They rally around their members fraternities and sororities,


and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.” I especially like the part about “mutual interests.” I know it’s a hard question to answer, based on

our individualistic and proprietary approach to solving many of our problems, but what are the mutual interests among not only sororities and fraternities but all Black organizations? Is there one thing that all of us can and should do together without compromising our various missions and such? I believe there are several things we can do together, but reality tells me that all Black people will never do any one thing together. So in light of that reality we must come up with something that is simple yet powerful and will demonstrate our collective resolve, not just to the world but to ourselves and our children. Keep in mind I said, “Simple.” On the business side of things, this is a call—a chal-

lenge—to each member of the abovementioned Black, proud, historic, and venerable organizations to purchase at least one bag of Sweet Unity Farms Tanzanian Gourmet Coffee. The coffee is grown by family co-ops founded by Jackie Robinson’s son, David, 20 years ago. April 15, 2017 was the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in major league baseball; we can break the economic barrier by collectively propelling his son’s company to unimagined heights by purchasing his coffee. In case you didn’t know, Jackie Robinson went to work for a coffee company when he left baseball. On the personal side, Black folks

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April 27 Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson Circle Theatre in Fort Worth April 27 - May 20 Bishop T.D. Jakes has assembled some of the nation’s most recognizable figureheads including White House Correspondent April Ryan, Donald Trump Spiritual Advisor and Chair his Evangelical Advisory Board Paula White, and Joshua DuBois, former White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Director under President Barack Obama amongst others will sit on one stage and discuss these issues in front of some of the nation’s most prominent faith and community leaders exclusively at the 2017 International Pastors & Leadership Conference in Dallas


change). Speakers: Hamutal Gouri, Women Wage Peace and Yousef Bashir, Palestinian Peacemaker, and Peace and Justice Comment Panel (Rabbi Nancy Kasten and Imam Omar Suleiman) RSVP By April 26th at EventBrite: Share hashtags #WorldofWomen and #AWOW before, during, and after

Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde will be open from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a special Cinco de Mayo menu offered in the DMA Cafe and at Socca.

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ment Prayer Breakfast to honor the 2017 Living Legends and Community Awardees- at Edisons 1724 Cockrell Avenue Dallas, Texas 75215 Red Carpet Reception at 8:30 to 9:00 / Program starts at 9:a.m. to 12:p.m.

Cinco de Mayo ‘17 Mother’s Day Pottery Painting From 2 pm to 11 pm It’s a fiesta! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at La Ventana! From 11pm-3pm Make Mom (or a special person Sponsored by el Jimador Tequila, Chambord, Coro- that is like a mom) a one of a kind gift. Great ideas na, Cerveza Modelo & Jarritos! Taqueria La Ventana for handprint gifts, too. Seating is limited. Register by May 4. Northwest Park Recreation Center 1611 McKinney Ave Dallas, TX 75202 2800 Cheyenne St. Irving, TX 75062

Live! In the Park 5K & Health Festival From 8:30 am- 2 pm United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will host Live! In the Park 5K and Health Festival presented by Texas Instruments and Vistra Energy, the perfect day in the park for the whole family! The Festival will kick-off with a 5K run/walk that will take participants from the Oak Cliff neighborhood, across the Trinity River and into downtown Dallas. The 5K will end at Lake Cliff Park where the Health Festival will come alive with healthy – and free – activities and entertainment for kids of every age. Uptown Family Fest From 10am-1pm in Uptown Dallas, Inc. and West Village present their 2nd Annual Uptown Family Fest! At West Village from 10:00 AM – 1:00 Pm on Saturday, April 29 a day of family-friendly enter- Theta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternitainment. All ages welcome and best part of all- ITS ty, Inc. 15th Annual Gumbo Cook-off & Festival 6:00-11:00pm FREE! Lakewest YMCA 3737 Goldman St. - Dallas 10th Annual Get Kidz Fit Festival at Fair Park From 12pm-4pm North Texas families: get ready for fun and excitement at the 10th Annual Get Kidz Fit festival at Fair Park! It’s a free, fun-filled wellness and nutrition expo designed to engage kids in healthy lifestyles. Kids will enjoy a series of exciting games and activities, interactive and hands-on demonstrations, numerous sports, obstacle courses, and inflatables, plus high-energy performances at the Main Stage dance party. Parents will receive information on fighting childhood obesity, creating healthy habits, nutrition, food & cooking demos, activity booths, and more. Have your kids take a break from “screen time” and get more involved in fitness. African Anerican Museum Gala Free T-shirts for the first 500 kids. Free admission. Renaissance Dallas Hotel 2222 N. Stemmons Free parking. For more information and to pre-regFreeway Dallas, TX 75207 ister online for the chance to win a free Surface Pro from Microsoft, please visit The Vernas HELP Foundation- Woman Empower-

The Spring Celebration Series May 19-21, 2017 marks the close of Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s 40th Anniversary season. The series features guest Fiesta! artists from Ballet Austin performing a work by their From 11:00 am- 2:00 pm Artistic Director Stephen Mills. The Dallas Museum of Art is hosting a family fiesta inspired by the México 1900–1950 exhibition. Enjoy art-making activities, story time, family tours, and more in this fun-filled day designed specifically for children ages 5 and under. A World of Women for World Peace 9:00am-11:30am UNT-College of Law 1901 Main Street Dallas 75201 Cinco de Mayo at the DMA Parking $5 at 2000 Elm From 5 pm- 9pm Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Street garage (exact DMA this year! The exhibition México 1900–1950:

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Home Repair Program - Receive up to $20,000, 10a-2p at King Community Center, 2922 MLK Blvd

May 7 North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority- 2017 Emerging Artists Showcase - The Art of the Possible,University of Texas at Dallas Student Union Galaxy Room at 3p.m.

June 2 Ten-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum-selling artist CeCe Winans will follow her recently released number one album “Let Them Fall In Love,” with a national tour. The Fall In Love Tour presented by Medi-Share is Winans’ first solo tour in a decade and brings her to the Majestic Theater

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Foundation honors several women at empowerment breakfast

Verna’s H.E.L.P. Foundation will hold its 3rd “Annual Women’s Empowerment Prayer Breakfast” Fund Raiser, Saturday, May 6, 2017 at EDISON’S-1724 Cockrell Ave. Dallas, Texas 75215. Verna’s H.E.L.P. Foundation is a non- profit 501 (C) (3) organizationand ll proceeds donated are tax deductible benefiting its 2017 Back to School Give Away. During the month of August the organization tries to help 500+ families by giving away free Clear Backpacks with supplies along with retail stores gift cards or store vouchers, to help elementary and middle school students. According to organizers, the students are referred by school

councilors and other agencies. “Last summer 2016 we gave away 300 back packs with supplies and gift cards, with the help of Target Stores, TJ Maxx, and discount shopping passes from the Galleria and Macy’s ‘SHOP FOR A CAUSE’ Nationwide Discount shopping pass.” Each year the Verna's H.E.L.P. Foundation honors several of Dallas’ Most Powerful and Influential Women of Faith as “Dallas’ Living Legends.” These are women that have shown exemplary efforts of making a change in their community and in the lives of others. This year the Honorees are the Honorable Eddie B. Johnson, Mari Woodlief, Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Karen Blessen, Clara

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Brown-Trimble, Pastor Sonjia Dickerson, Nisa Muhammad, Bernice Washington, Pastor Joni Lamb, Dianne Rucker and Isabell Cottrell. Community Honorees are Stephanie Greer-Roberts -TJ Maxx Stores, Venester Jackson-Haywood and Tonia Pryor. The Prayer Breakfast this year is a RED CARPET Event that will start at 8:30a.m. The Reception with program starts at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at EDISON’S-1724 Cockrell Ave. Dallas, Texas 75215. All tickets are $25.00 each, and are being sold on or you may purchase tickets at the door.

Jarvis Christian College opens site in Dallas continued from front page outstanding graduates by addressing your needs and learning styles.” Pointing to faculty members gathered at Red Bird Mall for the reception announcing this big move for Jarvis, Dr. Newman said that there is a full-time staff with full-time professors that will be working at the Dallas campus. In preparation for the move , the Renaissance Program Teaching Site utilized facilities located at the Friendship-West Baptist Church & Conference Center. Red Bird Mall owner Peter Brodsky attended the reception and talked about the many changes that will occur over the next few years, including the name of the mall back to its original historic name, RedBird Mall; which still remains on the minds of many despite a name change to Southwest Center Mall, over 20 years ago. Jarvis is the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month and

Thomas E. Joyner, Jr. was on hand

Joyner pointed out that 100% of

Willis Johnson of JBJ Management , JCC VP of Student Affairs Dr. Marcus Chanay, JCC President Dr. Lester C. Newman, a cabinet member and JCC Board Chair Torry Edwards.

to talk about the many opportunities available at the school, and the many ways that the Foundation has worked to keep HBCUs alive. “The Tom Joyner Foundation is a friend to Jarvis Christian College,” he said. “We are about 20 years old and out of about $65 million raised, about $750,000 has gone to Jarvis Christian College. “ Sharing information about the School of The Month Program, Mr.

donations made go to the school and students. Located just 100 miles southeast of Dallas, the 105-year liberal arts institution has over 1,000 students and with the addition of a satellite campus in Dallas, expectations are the school will expand rapidly. Registration is now open. Log on to Admission requirements - 25 years or older, 45-60 credit hours. Financial Aid is available.



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Hiawatha Williams closed the evening with remarks of gratitude to his family, franchise partners, staff and community - and quickly invited everyone to the dance floor where the celebration continued with live music featuring the band Natural Change. The Williams Chicken 30th Anniversary Benefit Gala Celebration was a fundraiser for the WILLIAMS CHICKEN PARTNERS IN EDUCATION Program, a 501(c)3 benefiting organizations enriching the lives of youth and children in the North Texas community.

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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: Follow her on Facebook at “Ask Alma” and Twitter @almaaskalma.

Dear Alma, I’m in my 50’s, twice divorced, with no children. I have a demanding job that keeps me busy and seriously disrupts my social life. I’ve been dating a man I met in the office. Things are going really well and we agreed to take the next step and meet each other’s family. When we met my family all went well. We recently attended one of his family gatherings. While there, I met his sister. He loves his sister and they have a really close relationship. Here’s the issue, after we met and he walked away, she was really mean to me and implied that I was not her brother’s type of woman and I should not expect a relationship from our friendship. I was shocked, to put it mildly. She was totally crazy with it. I like him and I don’t want to end our relationship. Should I tell him what his sister said? If I do tell him, how should I do it? Thank you, I can’t wait to hear your take on this. Sister Problems Dear Sister Problems, I’m clutching my pearls, right now. Are you serious? What the what! And you let her walk away without tripping her down the stairs? LOL. Okay, maybe that’s just what I would have done. Well, she tried to check the wrong one, because you’re just not having it. Did you hear me? Hold on a minute, while I turn on my desk fan. I’m not sure if I’m mad as H-E-double hockey sticks or just having a hot flash! To answer your question:

no, don’t mention a thing to the man you’re dating. You can handle “Sista Shady.” Continue down your path with this special guy and see where it leads. Check yourself periodically to make sure it doesn’t become a competition with his sister, because you know how we can be. Have fun, do your thing, and if this becomes serious, you know who’s peeping in your window. Give her something to watch, because you know how we can be. LOL. Let me remind you: this relationship is between you and him, and no one else. If he proposes and marriage is in your future, then it’s time for the discussion. Again, don’t mention his sister specifically, just confide and confirm with each other that neither family members nor outsiders are ever welcome to impede or deliver any ‘ish that could potentially come between the two of you. Something tells me, he won’t be surprised by the conversation. Seems to me she’s worried that the relationship she has with her brother will change, if he has a special woman in his life. That’s a conversation that should take place between him and her, not you and her. Clearly, she’s got it twisted. I don’t think this is her first sister-brother rodeo, so there’s no need to worry right now. However, before you say “I do,” you need to let her know her cowgirl clowning ain’t never gonna be welcome in your barnyard of blessed assurance! Alma

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Blackonomics, continued from page 5 are taking an Ice Tea beat-down like Wesley Snipes received, only ours is an economic beat-down, much of which we are doing to ourselves by not supporting one another more than we do presently. What could be more personal than family? Again, one simple solution is for our Black sororities and fraternities, comprising millions of members around the world, to take this challenge personally and buy at least one bag of David Robinson’s coffee, a fitting tribute to his father’s legacy. By doing so, the world would witness a Black owned company, operating in Africa and the U.S., become a billion dollar firm virtually overnight, all because a group of conscientious Black folks individually spent a very small amount of money on a Black owned product. A veritable Black economic renaissance.

After accomplishing that simple goal, we could repeat it hundreds of times with other Black companies, thus, creating larger firms that have so much business they would have to hire more employees. In the words of the soul singing group, Atlantic Star, “Am I dreaming?” Maybe I am, but it’s a great dream, and I pray it will come true. From what I observe among our social organizations, members of Sororities and Fraternities are the most conscientious; therefore, I am calling on the Presidents of the Divine Nine to spread the word to their members to take this simple action step toward economic empowerment. In addition, I want all HBCU student associations, Greek Letter organizations, and individual students to insist that their cafeterias serve Sweet Unity Farms Coffee. Now that’s really a

no-brainer, isn’t it? As I said, this is both personal and business, and I truly believe that our Black sororities and fraternities can make it happen. With a little bit of money from a lot of people we can accomplish a very personal and business milestone, one that our youth can look upon as an example of Blacks utilizing our latent power rather allowing it to sit on the shelf and eventually expire. Order your coffee at (Click on the products tab.) No excuses, y’all. If you don’t drink coffee, give it as a gift to someone who does. C’mon, let’s do this.

James E. Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people.


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Putting a Stop to "School Lunch Shaming" in Texas

By Texas State Representative Helen Giddings

Throughout my 21 years in the Texas Legislature, I have fought hard to address the needs of my constituents in Dallas. While there are a number of issues that keep me awake at night, providing students with the tools they need to succeed remains my top priority. Our future leaders deserve our time and focus as we prepare them to tackle the issues of today and tomorrow, and I am proud to continue this effort by authoring HB 2159.

As it stands, there are thousands of students across our state who go without food when their lunch accounts go empty. HB 2159 seeks to solve this problem by requiring all districts to have a two-week grace period to replenish their lunch accounts and during that period, continue allowing students to select a hot lunch of their choice. It is also true that our districts currently place the parents’ financial burdens on the students. It is unreasonable to deny a child a nutritious meal because their parents cannot afford to immediately replenish their accounts. Financial matters should be left to the adults, and should never result in a hungry and embarrassed

child. HB 2159 will fix this issue by requiring districts to make at least 3 attempts to notify the parent of the situation and provide assistance with an application for free/reduced lunch. If the school is unable to be reimbursed by the end of the school year, the district can pay the negative balance on the student’s meal card using pri-

vate donations from local citizens that will be maintained in a separate district account. Studies have shown that a student’s mental and physical health play a defining role in their scholastic success. Not only is a hungry child unable to obtain and process information at the same rate as their peers, they are often shamed by the fact that they have no food to eat. Some districts have a one-meal policy that gives students one meal after their accounts are exhausted, but their food usually consists of a cold sandwich or, in some cases, nothing at all. Even if a student is given a cold sack lunch, it can be extremely embarrassing and upsetting for a child to have their lunch taken away only to be replaced with a brown bag lunch. When students are embarrassed, their mental health takes a toll as

LA's Hair & Scalp Clinic receives 2017 Best of Arlington Award

Dr. Linda Amerson

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of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Arlington area a great place to live, work and play. LA’s Hair & Scalp Clinic will bless two women, including: mothers, grandmothers, baby-mamas, step mothers, adoption mothers, etc., with a FREE microscopic Consultation. To participate, a submission of one paragraph (not a page) must be submitted to describe why this woman should receive the FREE Consultation. Submissions must be received by Monday, May 8, 2017... emailed to: and the winners will be notified on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Arlington Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Arlington Award Program and data provided by third parties. The Arlington Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Arlington area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.


they walk around with a grumbling stomach reminding them of the fact that they cannot afford to eat. It deteriorates their confidence in themselves, and that inferiority complex can hurt academic success. As legislators, as parents, and as adults responsible for equipping the next generation of leaders, we cannot stand idly by as our children go hungry. As a state, we are capable of feeding our children despite their life circumstances, and I will continue to advocate until no student goes hungry or is left embarrassed. Let us leave finances to the adults and keep our kids focused on actualizing their wildest dreams. Helen Giddings represents District 109 which includes Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Lancaster, Wilmer, Hutchins, and portions of Glenn Heights and Oak Cliff. For more information, please call 512.463.0953.



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Chevrolet and National Newspaper Publishers Association offer Journalism Fellowship to HBCU Fellows

The 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” Howard University Fellows. Alexa Imani Spencer, Howard University; National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. and; Noni Marshall, Howard University.

Fellows will receive a combined $80,000 in scholarships and summer internships WASHINGTON D.C. – Chevrolet is putting more students in the driver’s seat with the expansion of its Discover the Unexpected (DTU) fellowship program. Now in its second year, DTU provides college students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) the opportunity to change the narrative of media reporting in the African American

community with the help of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The eight 2017 DTU Fellowship Program students are: Taylor Burris of Spelman College, Darrell Williams of Morehouse College, Jordan Fisher of Clark Atlanta University, Tiana Hunt of Clark Atlanta University, Kelsey Jones of Spelman College, Ayron Lewallen of Morehouse College, Noni Marshall of Howard University and Alexa Imani Spencer of Howard University. Students will work in partnership with NNPA member papers in Washington D.C., Atlanta, New Orleans and Raleigh. “Last year we were honored to launch the DTU fellowship program at Howard University and meet a group of very talented journalism students,” said U.S. Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing Paul Edwards. “Their enthusiasm,

insight and determination made the selection process extremely difficult. We’re excited to send more trailblazers on the road to highlight the positive, inspire hope and document the legacy of African American voices for generations to come.” This year, DTU fellows will work with editors and reporters from the Washington Informer, Atlanta Voice, Louisiana Weekly and The Carolinian. “The NNPA is looking forward to welcoming the next group of fellows to the program,” said NNPA President and CEO Dr. Ben Chavis Jr. “Our 2016 fellows showed that despite the negative perceptions seen in the media, there are also beautiful and powerful stories in African American neighborhoods across the country. “Our 2017 Fellows will continue sharing stories of community advocates, making impactful and lasting changes on a local and global level.” The fellowship program is open to communications, mass media, and visual arts students. A panel of judges consisting of NNPA and AUCC staff will conduct on-site interviews during the program’s AUCC launch. Chevrolet will award eight $10,000 scholarships to each fellow and provide a stipend to defray the costs of traveling to and from school as they report on their stories. In addition to the financial investment, Chevrolet will provide each fellowship team access to the Next Generation 2018 Chevrolet Equinox during their reporting assignments. Legendary lyricist and hip hop pioneer MC Lyte will return as the program’s national spokesperson and will be on-hand to kick-off the launch in Atlanta. Information about the Discover

The official launch of the 2017 “Discover the Unexpected” Fellowship Program in Atlanta, GA. Chevrolet Diversity Marketing Manager, Michelle Alexander; Emcee-Songwriter, Philanthropist, Actress & DTU Ambassador and Spokesperson, MC Lyte; National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. and; Clark Atlanta University School of Arts and Sciences, Dean Danille K. Taylor, Ph.D.

“Discover the Unexpected” Atlanta Fellows. Jordan Fisher, Clark Atlanta University; Kelsey Jones, Spelman College; Darrell Williams, Morehouse College; Tiana Hunt, Clark Atlanta University; Ayron Lewallan, Morehouse College and; Taylor Burris, Spelman College.

the Unexpected Fellowship Program can be found at www.nnpa. org/dtu. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers

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on the administration’s efforts to ramp up deportation, terrorize immigrants and defend the president’s unconstitutional Muslim ban. He expressed amazement that a “judge sitting on an island in the Pacific” could overturn the president’s order. That judge was a federal district court justice in the state of Hawaii, part of the union

for 58 years. Sessions has issued letters to nine sanctuary cities, counties and states, including the state of California, New York City, Chicago and Cook County, threatening to deny federal grant funds — largely funds for local law enforcement — unless they commit to cooperating with the administration’s sweeping assaults on immigrants. This arbitrary assertion of federal power is particularly remarkable from Sessions, who as a senator declaimed endlessly about the glories of states’ rights. Luckily, Sessions wasn’t at Herod’s s i d e when

Mary and Joseph sought sanctuary in Egypt with the baby Jesus. The sanctuary jurisdictions have vowed to resist Sessions edicts. Speaking for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, spokesman Matt McGrath noted: “The administration’s plan to deny federal funds to cities that are standing up for their values is unconstitutional, and Chicago is proud to stand with 34 cities and counties across the country in asking a federal court to prevent the federal government from illegally withholding federal funds.” New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio declared that New York City will “remain a city welcoming of immigrants who have helped make our city the safest big city in the nation. Any attempt to cut NYPD funding for the nation’s top terror target will be aggressively fought in court. We won’t back down from protecting New Yorkers from terror — or from an overzealous adminis-

tration fixated on xenophobia and needless division.” The assault on rights — for the LGBT community, for people of color, for women, for immigrants — is clear. Efforts to rollback voting rights, civil rights, police reform and sentencing reform have already begun. The resistance — from courts, from decent public officials, from activists and citizens of conscience — has been and will be fierce. Sessions’ Department of Injustice is measure of the damage that Trump can do. Instead of making America a more perfect union, Americans will have to mobilize to defend their rights from the very department that is tasked with protecting them.

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures.



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Taking back the district... one neighborhood at a time. In the four terms I served as your councilman many changes have been made for the people I represented in District 4. CVS Pharmacy – We worked hard to open a new CVS at the intersection of Beckley and Illinois Ave. Glen Oaks Shopping Center -The Largest Attractive Economic Development in the Oak Cliff area in 25 years (Wal-Mart, QT, iHop, and more). Save-A-Lot Grocery Store – Opened a much needed Quality Store in the Crest Shopping Center. DWAINE





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Serenity Place – Built and opened an apartment complex built to accommodate women with and without children transitioning from homeless shelters.



2217 Cedar Crest Blvd / Dallas TX 75203



Cedar Crest Bridge – Improving the Visibility and Beautifying the Oldest connection between South Dallas and Oak Cliff.



Cummings Center – Spearheaded the re-opening of the recreation center after being closed to the community for 3 years.

Fiji Senior Villas – Opened the latest senior living development with Phase II under construction. And the list of accomplishments continue.

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DWAINE CARAWAY’S ENDORSEMENTS: Dallas AFL-CIO Teamsters Local 745 Dallas Black Police Association DART Amalgamated Transit Local 1338 Tejano Democrats Dallas Police Association Dallas Firefighters Association Greater Dallas Apartment Association Stonewall Democrats The Real Estate Council

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