TEXAS METRO NEWS
5 NO. 26 Week ofVOL MAY 3, 2017
Check out the Special Edition of Texas Metro News, April 2017 for more information on Mr. Price. Also read Elder Evans’ perspective on page 4.
Dapheny Fain Not Guilty
Commissioner John Wiley Price
The jury decided
County Commissioner John Wiley Price and his chief of staff Dapheny Fain, with their Legal Team walked out of the Earle Cabell Federal Building on Friday, April 28, 2017 pleased with the Not Guilty verdicts rendered on bribery and conspiracy charges.
After years of surveillance, investigations, pleas, seizures, character assassinations, and millions of dollars spent; another chapter has been written and Dallas
Commissioner John Wiley Price Counts 1-7 Not Guilty Counts 8-11 Hung
Another child becomes identified as a hashtag following the murder of 15-yearold Jordan Edwards who was killed by Balch Springs police officer, Roy Brooks. Police Chief Jonathan Haber, fired the officer after an internal investigation revealed
that several departmental polices had been violated. It seems Jordan, his brother and friends were leaving an end-of-the-school-year party when Officer Brooks fired into the vehicle. According to a statement from the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, chaired by State Rep. Helen Giddings, (D-Dallas), members have filed legislation this session to prevent Rep. Helen Giddings similar incidents in the future. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson spoke to the family and communi-
Capital Murder trial full of emotion By Cheryl Smith
There’s something about August 2nd. Whether it’s 1985 when there was the crash of Delta Airlines flight 191 in Dallas with 137 casualties, including my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sisters and some fellow Florida A&M University alumni; or 2014 and the brutal murders of Demarcus Walton, Tyteanna Brown and Kimberly Montgomery. I had never heard of a “trap house” until August 2, 2014 and there isn’t a day that goes by since that fateful day, that I don’t think about the violence that happened at the hands of Justin Pharez Smith (no relation).
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ty-at-large, about the shooting. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the fatal shooting of Jordan Edwards,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “I offer my thoughts and Cong. Eddie Bernice Johnson prayers to the Edwards family and to the entire community, who all have suffered a painful loss. “I have spoken with Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez and Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson regarding this incident. Both Sheriff Valdez and Judge Johnson said they have already started to
When I think of the devastation that drugs have had on society, I am saddened because just like we’re still feeling the impact of slavery centuries later, our descendants will be dealing with the effects of drug use for centuries to come. Yes, people knew Demarcus Walton as a drug dealer. But to me, he was a respectful young man who was a good father. We never had a conversation about his “business” so I can’t speak about it. I never saw him smoke a cigarette, never saw him flashing money around or doing the things you read about that are associated with the drug culture. There were no big chains, nor was his body heavily tattooed. I did, however, see him working a “legal” job and providing for his children. I remember my last conversation with him because less than 12 hours later he was brutally murdered. When I got off the phone, I told my friend Eva, “that’s a fine young man.” The next morning I received a call that changed my life forever. My heart felt heavy. I was in pain.
See YOUTH, pg 2
See VICTIM, pg 16
Another unarmed black male shot, officer fired From Staff Reports
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Youth killed, officer fired, continued from front page
conduct separate but fair, independent and thorough investigations in their own right. I will continue to receive details as their respective investigations unfold.” Johnson concluded, “It is also imperative that we aggressively pursue these two separate investigations to preserve the trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” District Attorney Faith Johnson said, District Attorney Faith Johnson The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit includes a specialized group of experienced attorneys and investigators. The Civil Rights Team responds to all officer involved shootings in Dallas County to conduct an impartial and independent investigation. “As such, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of Jordan Edwards,” she said. “We offer our sincere condolences to Jordan’s family and will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as we move forward expeditiously, with a commitment to justice andtransparency.” Next Generation Action Network leader Min. Dominque Alexander said Min. Dominique the organizaAlexander tion’s leadership plans to meet with local and statewide leadership, including the Dallas County District Attorney, to discuss requests on how the affected parties would like to see the case unfold and move forward. “NGAN recognizes and acknowl-
edges the untimely death of Jordan Edwards as a loss to his family, friends, and to fellow peers andmentors of Mesquite High School,” said in a statement released earlier this week. “We also recognize that this tragedy has caused an overall loss to the strength, well-being, and prosperity of our community. With open transparency and respect to the Edwards family, we have noted the mental and emotional trauma that will have residual effects and lasting impacts, on the lives of those involved. We have extended our services and resources to help alleviate and resolve these issues in the capacity of their preference.” Rev. Dr. Michael Waters, Rev. Michael Senior Pastor of Waters Joy Tabernacle and Agape Temple A.M.E. Churches said in a statement: “While the firing of the officer who shot Jordan comes as welcomed news, now is not the time to rest but the time when complete justice must be pursued aggressively. Our community needs to join together in prayer for God’s justice and guidance but also be equipped with tools and strategy to peacefully fight back against the epidemic of police brutality. We commit to holding up our responsibility to ensure that our bright young man, Jordan Edwards, will not have died in vain and this horrific tragedy will be a catalyst for change in our community and the nation.” Representative Eric Rep. Eric Johnson Johnson has
released the following statement in response to the incident: “Devastating does not adequately describe this tragedy. My prayers are with the Edwards family. As a father, I cannot begin to imagine the pain they are experiencing. As the father of a black son, I share the anxiety that many black parents feel when we hear about situations like this. “I would encourage the Balch Springs Police Department to continue to display the transparency and accountability this sensitive situation demands, including reporting the details of this terrible incident to the Texas Attorney General as state law requires.” Nathan Jones IV, The People’s Consortium National Field Director said in a statement: “The People’s Consortium expresses its support to the family of Jordan Edwards in their moment of bereavement while monitoring closely the developments in this case. As millennials committed to the tradition of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., we stand ready to engage in a militant nonviolent direct action campaign to ensure justice is served Hon. Aubrey Hooper for Jordan Edwards.” Aubrey C. Hooper, President, Dallas NAACP, also issued a statement: “I am deeply disturbed by the initial reporting of the events surrounding the police involved shooting death of Jordan Edwards. On behalf of the Dallas NAACP, I offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Edwards and remain in continued prayer for all of those involved and affected by his untimely death. This death of a 15-year-old honor student seems to be a tragedy that could have
been avoided. “I am extremely concerned at the policing practices that were utilized during this incident that seem excessive. From the initial accounts there was no weapon present in the car and none recovered from any of the young people involved in the police-involved shooting, in addition, there are questionable facts to the car being used as a weapon. Even in that latter scenario there are best practices in law enforcement profession that do not involve the use of deadly force.” Furthermore, Hooper continued, the officer’s decision to aim their gun toward the individual in the passenger seat brings suspicion to the officer’s claim that the car was used as a weapon since the driver
was in control of the car. “While we are awaiting all facts to be release, we trust that the Dallas County Sheriff Department will do a thorough investigation and act with full transparency as we attempt to responds to the community as it struggles with the loss of this gifted young man whose life was cut short far too soon. “We are calling for a full investigation of the Balch Springs Police Department officer(s) involved and that those involved be held accountable to the full extent of the law. We also join the community in wrapping our arms around the family of Jordan Edwards and these young men as they heal from the mental and emotional scars this incident may have caused.”
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The other Minhaj
QUIT PLAYIN’ By Vincent L. Hall
“That’s why you gotta be on your ‘A’ game,” Minhaj told the press. “You gotta be twice as good. You can’t make any mistakes, because when one of you messes up he blames your entire group. ... And now you know what it feels like to be a minority.” - Hasan Minhaj Fake News Correspondent for the Nightly Show with Trevor Noah Like most of you, Resident Donald Trump didn’t know a Minaj other than pop star Nicki until the other night. But a second generation Indian/Muslim by the name of Hasan Minhaj broke through to lyrically proclaim his own fanfare. Hasan levied a volley of syncopated beatdowns that were funny as hell. While Donald was fleecing
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the Pennsylvania branch of his “Duck Dynasty,” Hasan Minhaj dropped some laugh bombs on D.C at the annual White House Correspondents dinner. Concurrently a Trump rally attendee, Neil Makhija, a Harvard-educated lawyer was being roughed up. Some motorcycle thugs, “Bikers for Trump” mistook him for a protester. Apparently he didn’t fit the Trump profile. Rather than siphon Hasan’s genius and give you my remix, let me give you a few ballads that made his appearance memorable. “Now, a lot of people think Steve Bannon is the reason Donald Trump dog whistles to racists. And that is just not true. Ask Steve Bannon. Is Steve Bannon here? I do not see Steve Bannon. I do not see Steve Bannon.
Not see Steve Bannon… notsee Steve Bannon… Nazi Steve Bannon.” “Jeff Sessions couldn’t be here tonight. He was busy doing a pre-Civil War reenactment. On his R.S.V.P. he just wrote, “no.” Just no! Which happens to be his second favorite n-word.” Whew…You should have seen some of the faces in that crowd.
Not only did Hasan decry Trumpism, he dismissed their folly and did what the national press lacks the courage to do… Hasan called out Trump and his Klan for the racist, Ethno-Nationalists that they are. And
that’s what gives hope. America had to become comfortable with social commentary comedians of all races. Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and George Lopez have all blazed the trail that bring social issues to the fore. But Hasan Minhaj has the potential to be the first breakthrough Muslim/Indian that can laugh us into understanding the beauty and barriers of his people. These comedic segues into one another’s culture is vital to America thriving in one national house. We have to be able to communicate our feelings and failures in a sobering but non-threatening way. My theory is that comedy is the conduit to realization, reconciliation, and reconstruction. You just gotta laugh about some of this ‘ish! Hasan delivered the coup de grace in a stunning but clever joke that wasn’t really a joke. “This event is about celebrating the First Amendment and free speech. Free speech is the foundation of an open and liber-
al democracy from college campuses to the White House. Only in America can a first generation Indian American Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the President.” Resident Trump and his ventriloquist doll Reince Priebus, flooded the Sunday news shows the next day with talk of musing strategies to make press outlets more susceptible to libel suits. Hasan’s aforementioned declaration of independence negates any such foolishness. Hasan and comedy are important because even when Americans are enjoying some well-deserved playtime that should be time spent learning about other Americans. Hasan served up a blistering list of the misgivings he has about the media, Trump and his heathens, and all of the cable news networks. But what he announced quite readily was that there is another Minhaj in town. Another unapologetic brown-skinned Minhaj at that.
Vincent Hall is an author, activist and award-winning columnist.
Celebrating National Small Business Week FROM THE HILL
w/ Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
This week, the nation pays homage to small businesses and entrepreneurship with National Small Business Week (April 30th – May 6th). To mark the occasion, I would like to celebrate the important contributions small businesses make to the greater Dallas community. Entrepreneurship has always been the cornerstone of our economy and, as the key drivers of economic growth in our communities, small businesses are vital
for American prosperity. Over half of Americans own or work for a small business, creating around two out of every three net new jobs in the United States. Additionally, America’s 28 million small businesses account for 54% of all U.S. sales. And the statistics are no different in Dallas. America’s small businesses are as diverse as its citizens. In uptown Dallas to the southern sector cities, from the neighborhood family-owned grocery store in DeSoto to cutting-edge startups in Deep Ellum, small businesses not only drive growth, but also touch every facet of American life. And the diversity that Dallas has is represented in the people who drive and maintain these small businesses.
We know the difficulty of creating and maintaining a small business here in Dallas. And we know that it requires hard work and determination—but not only that, it can require kind and helping hands. We are a community that helps each other grow and thrive, and that is especially true when it comes to business development in Dallas. I am fighting in the U.S. Congress at the federal level to stand with entrepreneurs and small business owners. For entrepreneurs looking to finance their venture, securing a loan or attracting equity capital can present roadblocks, a hurdle that government-guaranteed loans can help businesses overcome. By helping small companies also land government contracts, federal policy can
stimulate local economic activity and spur job growth. Furthermore, the Small Business Administration maintains a range of Entrepreneurial Development (ED) programs that can help prospective entrepreneurs launch new ventures and existing firms to grow their operations. A legislation I co-sponsored recently became public law– H.R. 255, Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, which promotes entrepreneurial women by granting National Science Foundation programs the authority to recruit and support women to extend their skills into the commercial world. I will continue to support legislation that promotes small business growth in our local and nation’s economy.
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Oh please...give us a break, DMN. Heâ€™s already done the work of inspiring â€œactual trustâ€? among voters. As a matter of fact, heâ€™s been doing that very thing for over 30 years now, and doing it magnificently. Thatâ€™s why voters of ALL races, cultures, religions, creeds, genders and socio-economic categories in his district flock to the polls in huge numbers to vote for him....election after election. He crushes every single one of his opponents in every election monumentally, many times with voting percentages of over 70%. Just this last election we returned him to his seat on the Commissioners Court with a stunning 67% win over his well-funded opponent â€“ an electoral MANDATE. His reelection, in spite of the formidable legal challenges he faced, was both a referendum of approval of his legacy, and a reaffirmation of our confidence in him and what he has achieved for his district and this city; and that remarkably convincing victory was AFTER, mind you, the federal indictment against him and the public debacle of the FBI raid
ership CHANGED for the good those and arrest. We knew he was INNOCENT then, communities in Dallas County he just as we know he is INNOCENT was elected over 30 years ago to now; and no, it was not an all Black represent. For more than three decades or even predominantly Black jury who acquitted him...it was a major- now, his unfailing commitment and dedication to liberty, economity White jury. So race was not a factor in the ic equity, political empowerment juryâ€™s decision at all. The jurors saw and equal justice for all has greatwhat the rest of us already knew, ly improved our lot, and made life that there was never a genuine cor- significantly better for all of us who ruption case against him, it was all live, work and do business, not only innuendo and conjecture; a house in his district, but throughout the of cards built with poisonous lies city of Dallas and Dallas County as a and vile deceptions, which were whole. THATâ€™S WHY WE ELECT HIM.... meant to lynch another strong and REPEATEDLY. Those of us who have been in implacable African American leader, who has been, and remains to this Dallas for a while and live in his day, relentless in his battle for liberty district remember vividly how things were for Blacks and Latinos and against oppression. Only instead of a tall tree and a and poor Whites before his historsturdy rope they sought to utilize ic election as the very first African our often UNJUST justice system as American County Commissioner in their malicious tool of retribution Dallas County. People of color and communities for his unapolof color were ogetic stand vastly underagainst the served and rampant racoverlooked ism, bigotry by Dallas and White County for supremacy in generations Dallas. before he was It was an elected to the o u t ra g e o u s Commissionmisuse of ers Court. federal pow- Commissioner John Wiley Price It is wholly er and an unconscionable waste of tax-payer a matter of public record and of facts dollars, an unspeakable travesty the that are indisputable (the empirical likes of which we had not seen in data which show how our commuour time; but, thanks be to God, for nities were served BEFORE he was once in this city, JUSTICE PREVAILED. elected versus how they have been You see, we know our Commis- served SINCE his election) not emosioner and we know him well. We tions â€“ FACTS, not sentimentality â€“ trust him implicitly and are assured FACTS, not race â€“ FACTS, unbiased, that he has never violated that trust. unmitigated FACTS. Any perusal of the data will show All that he has ever done has been for the good and the betterment of you, that by any measure, there has the people and communities he has been a huge and unmistakable imserved so nobly and so very well. provement in his district and for his And what your newspaper and constituents since heâ€™s held office many right-wing extremists fail to â€“ it is simply undeniable. And any realize and understand â€“ or maybe racist idiot who wastes his or her just stubbornly refuse to acknowl- God-given breath trying to debate edge â€“ is that Commissioner Price or argue otherwise is simply INVINand his stalwart and visionary lead- CIBLY IGNORANT.
The facts speak for themselves. When you appraise comparatively the level or measurement of county goods and services for African Americans and other communities of color prior to his leadership, with the level of county goods and services during the 30 years of his tenure as Commissioner, the difference is astoundingly and phenomenally apparent. As a matter of fact, THERE IS NO COMPARISON. There were NO African Americans employed at the executive level in Dallas County governance; nor were there any significant numbers of Black business owners doing contractual business with the county (or any governmental entity for that matter) before Johnâ€™s advent on the Commissioners Court. Economic blight reigned for the most part in Southern Dallas, with very little business investment, job creation or infrastructural development. Many communities in his district still had unpaved dirt roads, no bridges, outside toilets, indecent public facilities, no running water or proper sewage/waste system and scant electricity....UNTIL JOHN WILEY PRICE WAS ELECTED. There is now, and has been for some time since his first term, a marked and demonstrably evident improvement, practically in EVERY strata of life in his district, and yes, throughout all of the minority communities in Dallas County. More than any other elected official in the history of this city, it has been HIS strong, uncompromising and progressive advocacy, coupled with his bold, courageous and assertive leadership, that has changed Dallas forever, for the good of those who had been completely disregarded, historically oppressed and excluded from the halls of power and decision-making. He was, and remains, a powerful and effective voice for those who have no voice. Of course, heâ€™d be the first to ad-
Please see LETTER, pg 13
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My Day By Dr. J. Ester Davis Last month I had the opportunity to drive a ‘brand new LaCrosse Ester Davis Buick’ in another region. The ‘journey’ unleashed a flood of memories. Let me set the stage for this ‘journey’ with a lead story paramount in my mind set in another time. Around Easter time one of my cousins will bring up a funny family story that all of us do not clearly remember all the facts on. These stories have been tossed around the family “glass ranch” for at least two generations. One cousin is always the family editor , the other pulling rank with corrections. We have to call in the family therapist who always adds a new kick to the storyline. We also have a thoroughbred family know-itall and a stand up comic or two.
Blackonomics By James Clingman
NNPA Newswire Columnist
The Vietnamese control the nail industry; the Koreans control the major distribution channel for Black hair care products; Jewish people control the music industry; the Indians/Pakistanis control a major portion of the hotel/motel industry; and the Chinese control economic enclaves, as do Greeks, Italians, Mexicans, Cubans, Polish, and Irish people. What do Blacks control? That question opens up a lot of avenues for thought, conversation, and action by Black people. Con-
Uncle Bud’s Buick
But the one thing we all agree on is the story of Uncle Bud’s Buick, the one with the plush sofa back seat. Let me complete the picture for you. My parents were married for 55 years. On my Dad’s side of the family was seven boys and five girls. All living in the same geographical region. The family circle was centered around our homes, lots of space, Haynes Chapel (the country church), our city church and school. With seven males in one family, the handsome “ Sadler Boys” was the originator of a playpen full of cousins. This Easter Story has some distinct main characters that definitely add spice and meaning to the outcome. My aunts who married hardworking men, I am sure did not realize that some of these “uncles” would reward the second generation with so many
laughable everlasting memories. Two of my uncles generously believed in celebrating a new year every weekend. These uncles, each with a favorite watering hole, dressed on the weekend, danced with
sidering our intellect and creativity, undergirded by our economic resources, it makes sense to me that we should be able to identify some portion of the U.S. economy that we control. Based upon the items and services on which we spend our money there must be some niche that we can control. Rather than seeing an increase in control over things only we purchase, Black folks have witnessed a decrease, about which we have been warned by Black and White business owners over the years. In 1949, Black beauticians expressed concern that whites were pushing their way into the lucrative beauty shop business. The fol-
or without partner, sobered up on Sunday morning to usher at our city church and back to work on Monday morning. One year Uncle Bud bought a new car, a “brand spanking new” Buick. A cocoa brown and tan showroom beauty with leather seats. Due to his constant straightening out of the curved roads in Montgomery County, my Uncle Bud was banned from driving, and they both did not drive the new car.
My Aunt Bigg, a heavy set Mahalia Jackson looking-woman with a Barbara Jordan voice, made it a “family car” with a back seat that could easily hold five little girl cousins all dressedup on Easter Sunday Morning, a very popular time, send her brother’s children on errands, pick up a college kid, take her shopping. “Bigg” (Ethel Belle), did not drive either. Ethel Belle was totally blind, absolutely fashionable, maintained a household, a family limousine service and was the incumbent self ordained family matriarch. Ethel Belle did not have children of her own. Her life is still an inspiration in our family and a great story. The showcase Buick had a long life as you can well imagine with it only being driven on special occasions, and without my uncle at the wheel. It was housed in a one car garage on Avenue E.
Ester Davis can be reached at 214376-9000 or www.esterday.com.
lowing is an excerpt from industry leaders at a national conference: “The old line beauticians were losing a long-waged battle to keep the $450,000,000 beauty business in tan hands. The move [is] for non-colored promoters to buy up beauty shops and rent out booths…they have moved into the actual operating end. This year’s convention saw two-thirds of the demonstrators white, or merely having colored to front for them… whatever the blame the fact remains that a highly profitable field is surely and not so slowly being taken out of our hands.” Source: The History of Black Business in America, by Juliet E.K. Walker, PhD. In 1986, Irving Bottner, a Revlon executive, predicted Black hair care
companies would be “taken over by White companies in 15 years.” His insulting prediction began to come true 12 years later. In the 1990’s Black funeral homes were gobbled up by, “… the ‘Big Three’ death care businesses — Service Corporation International (SCI), The Loewen Group, and Stewart Enterprises. [They] owned 15 percent of the country’s 23,000 funeral homes, handled one in every five funerals, and enjoyed average profit margins approaching 25 percent. Canada-based Loewen Group, which deliberately targeted black-owned funeral homes for acquisitions, bought up more than 340 properties between 1996 and 1998, and reported an operating profit of nearly 58% in 1997. After
studying federal census and crime statistics, the Loewen Group apparently concluded that higher mortality rates — coupled with a cultural preference for high-markup burials — made funeral homes in black communities attractive properties.” Source: Alternet.org Even though these conglomerates’ businesses have declined, many Black families even today believe they are supporting a Black owned funeral home without knowing who the real owners are. What about Black bookstores? Many have closed their doors because the big-box stores, many of them now closed due to online sales, could sell Black books cheaper. Black publishers have also been Please see BLACKS, pg 10
What do Blacks control?
My baby sister remembers driving the luxurious vehicle years later as a teenager, with the two of them in the “plush sofa back seat.” My aunt and uncle were married for decades. “Bigg” died at the age of 93. My uncle lived alone for a few years and joined her. So, what happened to the Buick? We do not know. However, you know, every story has a mystery, an unsolved ending. None of us can recall what year the Buick was, how many miles it had, was it sold, stolen or given to a cousin. Our only clue is the top of the 60’s, a lot of cousins were in college, and I-45 was under construction. But, every year around Easter time, the story surfaces. Where is that Buick? I must tell you about the ‘journey’ in the new Buick. Stay tuned right here for the finale uprising.
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May 23 The Total Package Tour: NKOTB with Paula Abdul And Boyz II Men with New Kids On The Block and 2 others at 7:30 PM American Airlines Center 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, Texas 75219
7th Annual Dallas Margarita Meltdown Dallas West End
Mother’s Day Pottery Painting From 11pm-3pm Make Mom (or a special person Cinco de Mayo at the DMA One of the largest youth employment events, Opporthat is like a mom) a one of a kind gift. From 5 pm- 9pm Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the tunity Youth, is happening at the Dallas Convention Northwest Park Recreation Center DMA this year! The exhibition México 1900–1950: Center. The Opportunity Youth program, created by 2800 Cheyenne St. Irving, TX 75062 Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, Starbucks, is geared towards 16 to 24 year olds who and the Avant-Garde will be open from 5:00 to 9:00 are unemployed and not in school. p.m. with a special Cinco de Mayo menu offered in Home Repair Program Receive up to $20,000, the DMA Cafe and at Socca. Cinco de Mayo ‘17 10a-2p at King Center, 2922 MLK Blvd, Dallas From 2 pm to 11 pm It’s a fiesta! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at La Ventana! Project MALE Closing Celebration which is open Redefine the Game with Dr. Randal Pinkett Sponsored by el Jimador Tequila, Chambord, Coro- to the community and will be held at the Antioch Hosted by The Empower Series na, Cerveza Modelo & Jarritos! Taqueria La Ventana Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 7550 S. 10a.m. 1611 McKinney Ave Dallas, TX 75202 Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75232. The event will Dallas Public Library- Highland Hills Branch start at 11:30 am and end at 1:00 pm. 6200 Bonnie View Rd, Dallas, Texas 75241
North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority- 2017 Emerging Artists ShowTheta Alpha Chap- case - The Art of the Possible,University of Texas at ter of Omega Psi Dallas Student Union Galaxy Room at 3p.m. Phi Fraternity, Inc. 15th Annual Gumbo Cook-off & Festival 6:00-11:00pm Lakewest YMCA Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy PTSA 3737 Goldman St. - Dallas Eagle Scholarship Gala
****** 2017 HHF Steps for Autism Walk Hosted by Hatching Hope Foundation Kiest Park ****** F.L.Y. Girls Tea- Fill My Cup Saturday at 10 AM Friendship-West Baptist Church
Concord Church at 7p.m. 6808 Pastor Bailey Dr, Dallas, Texas 75237
8th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational: Gala Hosted by Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities 6 PM - 11 PM Omni Dallas Hotel
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
June 7 Retired Police Chief David O. Brown will kick off his book tour in Dallas on his life and the challenges of modern law enforcement at a program presented by the World Affairs Council of D/FW and the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
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Ryan named 2017 NABJ Journalist of the Year
April Ryan has been selected as the 2017 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has a distinguished body of work that has extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people of the African Diaspora. A 30-year journalism veteran, Ryan has a unique vantage point as
WWW.TEXASMETRONEWS.COM the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House - a position she has held for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January 1997. Her position as a White House correspondent for AURN has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues and political struggles of our nation's last three presidents. "April Ryan is a true trailblazer and truth seeker. She's dogged and unapologetic about her pursuit of the story," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "In the White House press corps circle, where too few black women have been given an opportunity to report, April has excelled and persevered in spite of the many obstacles she has confronted. Her work has risen to the top." Trailblazer adequately describes Ryan, who received the 2016 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Trailblazer Award from the National Council of Negro Women, an honor she was ecstatic about receiving. She has served on the board of the pres-
tigious White House Correspondent's Association. She is one of only three African Americans in the association's more than 100-year history to serve on its board. She is also a member of the National Press Club. On behalf of American Urban Radio Networks' 300 affiliates, and through her "Fabric of America" news blog, Ryan delivers her readership and listeners a "unique urban and minority perspective in news." A Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate, Ryan gives back by serving as a mentor to aspiring journalists, and helps develop up-and-coming broadcasters. As much as she loves her job, which has expanded since recently joining CNN as a political analyst, Ryan is especially proud of what she calls her greatest life's work - her two daughters, Ryan and Grace. "It is wonderful to be honored by such an esteemed organization," said Ryan. "I am humbled and
honored. So many of these [NABJ] journalists do important work and I am so thankful they would think of me for this honor. It has been an amazing couple of months and you guys give me some wind to say 'keep going.'" Ryan has made headlines while working her beat at the White House. She had public exchanges with President Donald J. Trump over the Congressional Black Caucus and with Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Her tense exchange with Spicer helped fuel the #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag. While thankful for the honor, Ryan also took a minute to reflect on the industry and encourage black journalists to remain vigilant because "we add to the stories." "We all have a job to do and some of the stories we are doing wouldn't be told if it weren't for us," Ryan elaborated. "We all need to keep pressing because the First Amendment is under attack." Ryan is more than deserving of this award," said NABJ Vice Pres-
ident-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker. "She has had a stellar career and we know that she will continue to cover the White House providing accurate, fair and exceptional reports, while asking the tough, probing questions that we know and respect her for." Ryan is the author of the award winning book, "The Presidency in Black and White," garnered her an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author. Her latest book, "At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White," published in December 2016, looks at race relations through the lessons and wisdom that mothers have given their children. A paperback version of "The Presidency in Black and White," with updates about President Trump, will be published later this year. Ryan will be recognized at the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair on Aug. 12, 2017 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.
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Lovers Seafood & Market brings unique flavor to Dallas Story and photos By Eva D. Coleman Your taste buds will thank you for diversifying your palate. Your date will thank you for the quaint and intimate atmosphere. It’s a place for lovers on Lovers. Lovers of seafood will enjoy this new spot at 5200 West Lovers Lane in Dallas. From flowerpot bread (that’s a must to pull apart and experience) to dips, soups, flavorful vegetables and even grits, this scratch kitchen buys fresh and oftentimes local. Lovers is the brainchild of two women whose last names are synonymous with restaurateur royalty…Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Ferring. They’ve developed
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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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Dear Alma, A friend of mine is engaged to her fiancé of 4 years, she recently found out that her fiancé has a child that he never told her about or talked about. This happened before they got together. He said he didn’t want to say anything because he didn’t want to hurt her or didn’t want it to ruin what they have, he has had no contact with the child or mother since it happened but now it has come out because he has to pay child support, apparently the mother didn’t want him involved in the child’s life. She is feeling like she can’t trust him anymore or even go forward with dealing with the situation, he has stressed how sorry he is and he couldn’t find a way to tell her. Should she move forward with him or just move on and let it go? A friend Dear A Friend: Hmmm that was a stretch, even for the Rubber Band Man. I wonder how quick he was able to come up with that one, not long I’d surmise. His answer sounds overwhelmingly familiar. You know how we do when trying to offer up an empty resolution. We answer a question with a question. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. And you, oh wait, your friend, is sitting there ready to receive it. God bless you Honey. Personally, I’d end it. But I’m not you, or your friend and if she really wanted to leave, she’d already be gone. When a person is ready to bounce from a relationship, they don’t tell a soul, except the confidant who’s helping them break away. When one decides to go, there is no turning back. Your mind’s set and your bed’s made ~ there’s no room for discussion. In-Tay-Who, back to your package, lets open it up.
You’ve worn these shoes before and where did they lead you? Right back to the intersection of Lied2me Again & Heartbreak Blvd. TBT, you’re not lost, this is a familiar place. Hold on, don’t think I’m just picking on you. We’ve all occupied space here at one time or another. Your man, ah, this kind of man will always bring his shortcomings and gift them to you. You know why? Cause you’ll rewrap that bad boy into the fantasy you want it to be. Now with that said, let’s take a left, leaning towards a positive possibility and see what we can discover. You, oh yea, your friend is obviously one of those women who deliver that “ride or die” kinda love. Stop right here, I’d like to offer an alternative, how about we celebrate the “ride and live” kinda love – for yourself. That’s the type of love that requires him to bring his truth and lay it all on the table. How about you insist that he disclose everything to you and tell you why he walked away. Be it unemployment or immaturity, you deserve to know. After he takes full responsibility, the two of you can start to work on this together, along with all of life’s challenges you’ll face as man and wife. This is huge, make no mistake about it. The chains of deception are broken and in need of delicate repairs. Seriously speaking, hold him accountable and help him to do right by his child. It’s gonna get a lot worse before it gets better. Stay focused and devote yourself to the commitment of your new family. When it feels like you just can’t take another step, remember “regular” can sometimes just be an option at the gas pump, LOL. Lawd have mercy, that aint nothing but the truth. Alma
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shunned by Black writers over that last twenty years or so. Haki Madhubuti, Founder of Third World Press, in Chicago, told me some very interesting stories about what he has gone through as regards Black writers’ support of his business. He is one, however, who has sustained his business for over 40 years despite some very well-known Black writers opting for White publishers. Those four examples show Black folks’ loss of control of industries in which our consumption dollars dominate. Who uses Black owned beauty salons? Who buys Black hair care products? Who has is the exclusive consumer of Black owned funeral services? Who writes and buys Black books? Pardon the rhetorical questions.
Don’t blame the Koreans, the Vietnamese, and the Indians; they are taking care of business, and even though Black folks danced to the “TCB” mantra by Aretha Franklin, the “sock it to me” part has been directed at us. Consequently, as Booker T. said over 100 years ago, we get no R-E-S-P-E-C-T. In 2000 the MATAH group began work on leveraging control of the Grenadian nutmeg crop for Black Grenadian nutmeg growers. In 2006, Dr. Claud Anderson, after being dissed by the Black Mayor of Detroit, began work on carving out a niche in the fish industry, again where Black consumer dollars abound. Now, in 2017, THE One Million is working hard on getting Black consumers to purchase coffee from a Tan-
zanian company founded by David Robinson, Jackie’s son. The best coffees come from Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Kenya, and the only way to control a significant share is by demanding and purchasing it ourselves. T-C-B! Economic empowerment declares that we must control one or two products where we have a competitive advantage in terms of consumption—if not production. A lot of will and a little sacrifice are all it takes.
James E. Clingman is the founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, and has been instrumental in establishing several other Chambers of Commerce around the country, as he continues to promote economic freedom for African Americans.
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NABJ Abhors Allegations in FOX News Racial Discrimination Lawsuit WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is disturbed and dismayed by recent allegations of a racist work environment at FOX News. Eleven current and former Fox News employees, including Emmy-winning anchor Kelly Wright, filed a class-action lawsuit in New York this week, according to The Washington Post. "The recent discrimination allegations at FOX News are unsettling. NABJ was founded 42 years ago to fight against racism and discrimination in newsrooms and we pledge to continue to do so today," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We've seen downsizing and layoffs in U.S. newsrooms that have had a dis-
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proportionate effect on the number of working black journalists. No one working in the media industry today should be subjected to discriminatory practices. This has to end." When asked about the lawsuit, T:5”
a FOX News official offered the following statement to NABJ: "FOX News and Dianne Brandi vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits. They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month. We will vigorously defend these cases." Douglas H. Wigdor, founding partner at Wigdor, LLP and the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the FOX News case, stated at a Wednesday news conference: "When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox. We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers
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Hamilton Park Community receives Official Texas Historical Marker
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized The Hamilton Park Community as a significant part of Texas history by awarding an Official Texas Historical Marker though the Undertold Marker Fund program. The designation honors The Hamilton Park Community as an important and educational part of local history. A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event, and officially unveil the historical marker will be Saturday May 13 at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet at 2p.m. Speakers include Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel, and George Keaton Jr., Executive Director of Remembering Black Dallas. The Hamilton Park Civic League, Dallas City Councilmember Adam McGough, and the Richardson Independent School District invites the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event. “We must remember and remind future generations of the stories and the struggles that
got us to where we are,” McGough THC Executive Director Mark said. Hamilton Park and the people Wolfe. “Awareness and educawho have called it home for gention are among the best ways to erations deserve this honor, this guarantee the preservation of our marker, and our respect. This is one State’s history. This designation is small, but meaningful step, and we a tool that will increase public will never forget.” awareness of important cultural The Undertold Marker Fund Proresources,” Wolfe said. gram intends “to address historical Texas has the largest marker progaps, promote diversity of topics, gram in the United States with and proactively document signifapproximately 15,000 markers, ADAM McGOUGH icant underrepresented subjects and Dallas County is home to Dallas City Council or undertold stories.” In July 2016, 378 Historical Markers. Of these THC Commissioners selected The 378 markers, The Hamilton Park Hamilton Park Community as one of 15 histor- Community is especially unique. As Patricia ical topics to receive an Official Texas Historical Price Hicks noted in her successful applicaMarker paid for through the Marker Applica- tion, Hamilton Park tells the undertold story of middle-class African Americans in north Dallas tion Fund Undertold Program. “The Official Texas Historical Marker program “Aware of a racially motivated African-American helps bring attention to community treasures housing shortage in Dallas, philanthropist Karl and the importance of their preservation,” said S. J. Hoblitzelle and his foundation coordinated
with the Dallas Citizen’s Interracial Association to secure funds for the purchase of a 233-acre site for the development of a planned AfricanAmerican, middle-class community. Named for surgeon and civic leader, Dr. Richard T. Hamilton, the Hamilton Park community opened in May 1954 as a family-oriented community of two-parent households, with shared values, morals and traditions. By 1961, the determined African- American men and women, some of whom returned to Dallas following brave service during WWII, completed the community with 742 singlefamily dwellings, an apartment complex, shopping center, a segregated 12 grade school, churches of different denominations, and a park with a swimming pool, tennis court, and baseball diamond. Today, Hamilton Park is a jewel in North Dallas, known as a quiet, stable, and responsible community with dedicated professionals, educators, clergyman, business owners, entertainers, scholars, and blue collar workers. The essence and pride of this historic community has been enriched as new generations, guided by the teachings of their parents and mentors, continue to serve in a variety of community and civic roles throughout Dallas County and the world.” “When Hamilton Park was established in 1954, no one saw it as history or a great story, but that’s exactly what it was,” said Hamilton Park Civic League President Thomas Jefferson Jr. “The undertold story might not have been told, or gotten this far, if it were not researched by the second generation, who wanted their parents, their educators, and their faith based family to know what Hamilton Park is and what Hamilton Park will always be.” With the support of the Richardson Independent School District Board of Trustees, The Hamilton Park Community Historical Marker will permanently reside at Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet where the community’s original, segregated 12 grade school was located. “Hamilton Park is a critical part of RISD’s history and tradition of achievement,” said Richardson ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone. “This historical marker, and the recognition that comes with it for this community, is very well-deserved. On behalf of RISD, we congratulate Hamilton Park on its rich legacy and look forward to our continued partnership in educating our future leaders.” Commissioner Daniel presented The Hamilton Park Community with a proclamation at Commissioners Court.
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mit that he didn’t do it by himself, but that he fought alongside many other Warriors in the Struggle for Justice, Equity and Freedom for all, many of whom are no longer alive today, but who battled long and hard for Civil Rights and basic Human Rights in every area of life in this city, in order to give a bright and blazing future for our youth and coming generations. Whether it was regarding police brutality and the need for a sane deadly force policy and for a Citizens Police Review Board with subpoena powers, unfair housing practices, the unavailability of affordable housing, red-lining of banks, the violation of citizens’ voting rights, an unjust criminal justice system (which is in itself criminal), educational excellence for all children, economic development in the Southern sector, a regional public transportation system, affordable healthcare and excellent public health facilities and qualified medical staff, the need for persons of color on the TV screen and in upper management in the media and journalism outlets of North Texas, lead contamination and environmental pollution, or the global struggle against apartheid in South Africa, John was right there in the forefront of the battle; helping to blaze a pathway of empowerment for historically
Lobbyists and corporate bigwigs pour millions upon millions of dollars and gifts into hands and the personal pockets of White politicians at every level of government all across this country with the stated purpose of currying their favor (it is never called nor considered “bribery”), and tie multi-million dollar government contracts to consulting deals and business investments for their friends, family, supporters, constituents and home districts all the time – AND IT IS NEVER EVEN SPOKEN OF or questioned as unethical or corrupt, let alone rebuked or considered criminal. On the contrary, it is expected behavior...for a WHITE politician. It’s called “bringing home the bacon” and if you don’t play the game that way you won’t ever be reelected. But if a Black elected official tries to secure economic boons for the community he or she represents, and for the people he or she serves, all of a sudden it is considered criminal. Such is a prime example of the insidiously biased beast we all know as “White Privilege.” It is the height of disgrace and repugnance that in America, and indeed, in Dallas, Texas, African Americans and persons of color are STILL unfairly held to a very different standard, or even worse – the rules of the game are CHANGED once we enter the game. As with his White colleagues and other White elected represen-
disenfranchised communalities and uprooting the systemic effects of institutional racism, which had been (and in many ways, remains) so deeply embedded in the matrix of the city of Dallas. It is absolutely amazing that no one ever cares or is appalled at the vast possessions and uncounted – and most times, SECRETIVE – wealth of White politicians, nor is there any scrutiny worth mentioning of where or from whom White politicians acquire their cash, cars, investments, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, jewels, gold, minerals, oil wells, houses, property, skyscrapers, planes, jets, businesses, corporations, ships, helicopters, yachts or other resources. Nor is there any scrutiny of what they do with it, how they use it or whom they give it to. Even as I write this comment, the State Department of the United States is marketing and promoting Donald Trump’s privately owned hotel on its official government website, and his family is promoting his personal financial empire from the very White House itself, with all of the power and prestige of the presidency behind them (to say nothing of the fact that he still has not released all of his tax returns). Yet most conservatives see no conflict or contradiction in these astounding and quite obvious violations.
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tatives, Commissioner Price has always brought the bacon home to his constituents and to the residents of his district, it is one of the most laudable features of his leadership, and has long been the cornerstone of his electability. A man of stalwart character and integrity, he has never neglected his duties to his sworn office, nor enriched himself at the expense of those he represents. But he does have a RIGHT to make a good living, and yes, even a comfortable one – just like his White political colleagues. And as with all other good businessmen, who are also public servants, he deserves all of the profitable returns on his wise investments and the personal resources gained from any financial or real estate venture he can afford to engage in. It is totally asinine to question him or any public official as to what they lawfully do with their money and the personal funds they have worked for and rightfully earned. As a gainfully employed adult, who works very hard every day and who is fully in control of all of his faculties, he can spend it on whatever he pleases to indulge in, whether it’s antique cars, custom suits and handmade bow-ties, rental property, works of art or just letting it sit as cash in his home safe. It is WITHOUT QUESTION his prerogative to live his personal life
and manage his personal financial affairs as he pleases, as long as he remains compliant to the laws of the land. So yes, we trust Commissioner Price, and will continue to trust him. For, he has earned our trust and paid dearly in personal sacrifice for it. We will vote for him as long as he chooses to run for office and serve our community. And I’m certain he will be reelected by large margins every time his name is on the ballot. That’s JUST how much we trust him. Understand this one thing, DMN: we not only trust him, but we love him, we honor him, we respect him and we support him....ALWAYS. And we will continue to do so, in spite of the irrational and bitterly psychotic vitriol that is vomited out daily by his detractors and haters; who, like sick, howling, rabid dogs, frothing at the mouth, scratching themselves and rolling on the ground, only wish to turn back the hands of time, to an era when Blacks knew their place and were made to stay in it. We will never go back to those times, and we will NEVER relinquish our stanch and unadulterated support of our beloved Commissioner....”Our Man Downtown”.... The Honorable John Wiley Price. Elder Richard C. Evans Founder & Overseer
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Demarcus befriended Justin and when Justin decided to rob and kill his “friend,” he robbed so many other people. There’s the survivor, Tarsha Reed,
who is partially blind and clearly traumatized from the attack. She survived a gunshot to the head and was able to testify of Justin’s cowardice act. There were plenty of teary eyes as she recalled that morning begging for her life and
playing dead in hopes of living. Before Demarcus was killed, I did not support the death penalty and I did not change my position. But Justin’s heinous act changed the lives of so many on all sides. Watching Justin’s mother was
difficult, just as it was watching Demarcus’ mom and the others. Then there are the children (a total of 12) who have lost their parents. This was a tough trial and District Judge Jennifer Bennett made sure her courtroom did not become a circus. I appreciated her leadership because believe me it could have gotten ugly. There were clearly those with their own ideas about how to punish Justin. Some felt Justin showed no remorse whatsoever because he is a psychopath. But there were also Justin’s loved ones who asked for mercy. The jury found him guilty of capital murder. No surprises there. When Justin faced the jury and admitted his crimes, he said his victims were asleep. While I sat through some of the trial, I couldn’t listen to the Victim Impact Statements. So many lives have been devastated and I won-
Week of MAY 3, 2017 der if some will ever rebound. There is no victory to celebrate. The Judge sentenced Justin to life in prison. He won’t be appealing his conviction and he will never be parolled. He has a child who will never get to really know him. His victim’s children will only have memories of their parents. I know quite a few people who supported Justin. One of my former students made an impassioned plea on social media, telling about the Justin he knows. I believe that my former student told the truth, just like I told the truth about Demarcus. And who wants to believe that someone they know could be so vicious as Justin is? One thing’s for sure, I want to make sure that my seven-yearold grandbaby, Aaliyah grows up knowing that her father, Demarcus, loved her dearly and that he was always there for her. I take a little solace in knowing that for a short time she had the love of a father and in this day and age, sadly there are so many who never know a father’s love. Still, my heart is so heavy.