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Riding high, Chief steps down DA’s resignation comes Clinton getting bad rap at wrong time! A N A LY S I S Stop the New Jack Lie!

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To say the past year has been challenging for Dallas Police Chief David Brown would be an understatement. While crunching numbers, and making some tough decisions regarding staff, the Dallas native met his critics head-on while also receiving support from several community-based groups that praised his leadership. Remaining calm under pressure is something the 33-year veteran is known for and that’s just what he did when faced with an assault by

Very special birthday celebration! Mae Cora Stewart Peterson will be 100 years old on September 14, 2016 and there will be a big celebration in Fort Worth for the community servant and former college professor. On Saturday, September 10, from 3:005:00p.m., the celebration in her honor will be held at Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Riv-

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Please see CHIEF, page 10 er Circle, in Fort Worth. The celebration is hosted by the Peterson and Compton families along with the Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Mae Cora Stewart Peterson Theta Sorority, Inc. was Born on September 14, 1916 in

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was elected with bi-partisan support, would have placed the decision in the Dallas County District hands of voters rather than Attorney Susan Hawk, the state’s chief executive. after months of specThe first Republican ulation, resigned from elected to a countywide office this week. office since 2004, Hawk The resignation of has battled mental health Hawk will give Texas Susan Hawk issues since being elected Governor Greg Abbott in 2014, defeating the first an opportunity to appoint a Re- African American to DA, Craig publican to a seat that Democrats Watkins. say they intend to recapture in the Although several months ago 2018 election. she met with journalists and canWhile wishing Hawk well as she didly talked about her mental deals with recurring health issues, health issues and her desire to leading political officials such as get back to work, following treatState Senator Royce West said that ment, in her resignation letter she he was “disheartened” that Hawk said, “.....my health needs my unhad not offered to resign earlier, divided attention. More than my allowing Dallas County voters, words could express, I appreciate rather than the governor, to select the grace l’ve been shown as I’ve her successor. tried to balance my health and Senator West said that it would my duties. This has been a very have been best if Hawk, who difficult decision for me.”

BY VINCENT HALL I Messenger News Cocaine Kingpin Nino Brown and the movie New Jack City turned 25 this year. In May of 1991, Afr ican-Amer icans filled theaters for the action-packed adventure. We celebrated the Presidential Candidate box office hit, but Hillary Clinton lamented the stark reality of its impactful realities. “Gee Money” asked; “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Chris Rock delivered a portrayal of the definitive Crackhead;

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Dr. Wallace passes Modeste is White House HBCU all-star

Services for Dr. Juanita Wallace, former president of the Dallas Branch-NAACP will be Friday 9/9/16 from 7-9pm and the Funeral will be Saturday 9/10/16 at 2:30pm., both at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Garland TX.

FAMU to honor Penney exec, Lynne Coleman

Modeste, a Paul Quinn PresidenPaul Quinn College (PQC) senior tial Scholar from Brooklyn, NY with a Destiny Modeste has been named 3.93 GPA, was selected from a pool a “Historically Black College and of students from the nation’s more University (“HBCU”) All-Star” by the than 100 HBCUs. In addition to this White House Initiative on Historiaward, she was named the 2016 cally Black College and Universities Most Influential Dallas-Ft. Worth Col(“WHIHBCUs”). lege Student, Miss Crimson for Delta The recognition represents the Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and was second year in a row that a Paul the runner-up for the HBCU Digest’s Quinn student has been tapped Destiny Modeste 2016 HBCU Female Student of the for this honor. The White House sePaul Quinn College Year. lected 72 undergraduate, graduate, “I am so honored to be selected by the White and professional school HBCU students for their accomplishments in leadership, academics, and House Initiative on HBCUs as one of the top HBCU students in the country,” said Modeste. “I look civic engagement.

JCPenney VP of Women’s Product Development, Lynne Coleman, a Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna and community leader will Lynne Coleman be honored by the D-FW FAMU Alumni Association, Saturday, September 17 at 11:00am, at Blue Mesa in Addison. Tickets available at DFW FAMU Alumni.org. A native of Miami, FL, Coleman is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Dallas ISD names new Assistant Police Chief

Assistant Police Chief Jason Rodriguez

The Dallas ISD Police Department recently announced that Lieutenant Jason Rodriguez has been promoted to Assistant Police Chief. Rodriguez has been on the force for 11 years. With a BA from Sam Houston State University and a Masters Degree from Amberton University. Rodriguez is also a graduate from the FBI National Academy, the Law Enforcement Management Institute Leadership Command College, and a part of the 42nd class for Leadership Dallas. “I am humbled by this opportunity to serve our students and employees as Assistant Police Chief,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez is the first Hispanic appointed to be a part of the Police Executive Staff for the Dallas ISD Police Department.

Smith Elementary gets donation from chief internal auditor

Larry G. Smith Elementary School’s Roaring Readers program was the recipient of a $1,000 donation from Dallas ISD’s chief internal auditor. Photo courtesy: Dallas ISD

The Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) honored Dallas ISD Chief Internal Auditor Mike Singleton as a 2016 TASBO Commitment to Excellence Finalist. Singleton, in turn, chose Larry G. Smith Elementary School’s Roaring Readers program as the recipient of the $1,000 donation. Singleton presented the check to Smith Elementary Principal Lora Morris on Tuesday, Aug. 30. “This goes a long way toward helping promote literacy in our community,” Morris said. Smith Elementary School donated 2,300 books to students last year. The school hosts a family literacy night that provides books to everyone who walks through the door. The donation will help provide those books this year. “When I received the TASBO award, I couldn’t think of a better way to use the donation than toward helping kids read,” Singleton said.

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WWW.TEXASMETRONEWS.COM At its Annual Conference in March, TABO recognized Singleton as one of three finalists for the TASBO Commitment to Excellence Award. Each year, TASBO selects an outstanding TASBO member, who demonstrates consistent leadership within the organization and their profession. A member of TASBO since 1988, Singleton has served several leadership positions and was the TASBO Board President from 2004 through 2005. He considers his greatest contribution to be the development of the TASBO vision and mission. Along with the Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient Frankie Jackson from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Singleton and Midland ISD’s David Garcia were honored at TASBO’s Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on March 3, 2016 in Dallas. “In appreciation of our partnership with TASBO we are committing $5,000 to this year’s award recipients. We will donate $3,000 to the 1st place recipient’s home district and an additional $1,000 each to the remaining finalists,” said Matthew Foxhall, Regional Senior Vice President for AXA, who sponsors the award.

Church donates backpacks, school supplies to Blair Elementary Leslie Moore got an unexpected call on her way to work – a Richardson church wanted to take donated backpacks and school supplies to W.A. Blair Elementary School that morning. Just after 9:30 on Wednesday morning, Aug. 24, a black SUV loaded with items pulled to the front of the school. The bounty came as a donation from First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park. Pastor Gregory Foster, staff and church members dropped off the donations. There are about 100 backpacks and the school supplies to fill them. The church has donated to schools for the past 15 years or so. Staff member Gail Stein said that one of their families has a child who attends the school. She recalls that member saying that they knew of a school in need. “Well, you know what? We’re a church family that’s going to bless,” she said.

Dr. Gregory Foster, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park, left, Blair Counselor Leslie Moore and Blair Principal Umoja Turner. Photo courtesy: Dallas ISD

Nearly all the students who attend Blair qualify for free or reduced lunches. “We have so many students who are in need,” said Moore, the school’s counselor. “Knowing you have come through for so many students – not just one or two – that truly helps bridge the gap so the kids can continue to learn.” The donation was made through the church’s Annie Pearl Foster Center for Youth Enrichment. The Dance Council of North Texas honored Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Melissa M. Young with its Natalie Skelton Award

DBDT's Young honored with Natalie Skelton Award

Melissa M. Young

for Artistic Excellence during Dallas DanceFest in Dallas, Texas recently. Ms. Young will receive the award during the 39th presentation of Dance Council Honors gala at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. A VIP reception will be held both evenings at 7:00 p.m. for Melissa and four other honorees. The Dance Council is honoring Ms. Young for achieving a solid performance career in contemporary modern dance. Ms. Young has spent 23 years of her career at Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT), first as a dancer, Rehearsal Director, then as Academy Director, and now Associate Artistic Director. She is a graduate of The Ailey School in New York City and trained as an exchange student at Amsterdam School of the Arts in Amsterdam, Netherlands. “Melissa has been an invaluable part of Dallas Black Dance Theatre,” said Dallas Black Dance Theatre Founder Ann Williams. “Her attention to artistic detail has helped DBDT reach 40 years as an organization, while maintaining our performance excellence.” Her most notable performances include: The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors in New York City, and for the U.S. Ambassadors to Ireland and Zimbabwe. She has restaged and rehearsed the diverse repertoire of DBDT, which spans over 70 ballets. Ms. Young’s professional training includes Ballet, Modern (Horton and Graham), Jazz techniques and West African Dance. She teaches master classes both nationally and internationally, specializing in the Dance Technique of Lester Horton.

Clinton dealing with lies continued from front page

“Pookie.” The Carter Apartments were commandeered by Nino and the “Cash Money Boys.” Damn! My daughter Alison came to mind as I revisited the movie. Alison, like many young women, trains a jaundiced eye on Hillary partly because of Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill. Alison, like many of her Millennial counterparts and my own generation give my girl, Hillary the “side eye.” And yes, Hillary Rodham Clinton is my girl; my ride or die chick; my regardless. This fabrication that the institution of Mass Incarceration is Hillary’s fault is a New Jack Lie. A lie like most of the convenient fallacies that come from the “Conservative Fable Factory.” Before I heard a presidential campaign speech Bill Clinton gave in Dallas in 1990, I heard about Hillary. The “word” from Arkansas came that Bill was “A good enough ol’ boy, but he needed to lasso that “Nigger lovin’, Feminist wife of his.” That was from a local Democratic Party operative. Hillary has been demeaned, derided and flat-out lied about more than any politician in history…Period. New Jack City was a re-enactment of the violent drug trade and rampant crack addiction that still grips America. Crack trafficking created untenable living conditions in minority communities. While middle class Blacks were chasing White folks into the suburbs, we left our grandmothers and the children of our poorest women in the heart and firestorm of the crack cocaine battlefields. The 1994 Crime Bill wasn’t crafted in a covert laboratory; it was part of that “Get Tough on Crime” residue leftover from the Reagan era. Here’s how a Slate Magazine article described its passage earlier this year. “On one level, there was grassroots mobilization of the community, particularly by black pastors. There was a group of influential black pastors who signed a letter encouraging the Congressional Black Caucus to support the bill. And then later, on top of

that, black elected officials, who portrayed themselves at various points as uncomfortable with some of these laws, went along anyway because of pressure coming from their communities, and because they also realized the problem was so bad.” Now Hillary Clinton apologized for using the term “Super Predator,” but most African Americans had much harsher words than that. The complaining old man in New Jack City called them “idolaters” whose souls were required in Hell!! Maybe you forgot, but the crack cancer metastasized in our communities and introduced some brand new terrifying crime methods. Who knew before this epidemic what a “drive-by shooting” or “carjacking” was? It wasn’t just the peddlers and open air turf battles; the drug-addicted users were stealing and killing in the homes of their own families. Trapped neighborhoods watched as innocent bystanders, dealers, runners, lookouts and worst of all; our families and communities died. We saw children lose mama and daddy in the same felony indictment. The burglar bar business was booming and not even the sanctified temples of God were spared. But let’s talk about personal responsibility for the incarceration of our people. Because honestly my most embarrassing moments were suffered during the jury selection process. Too many of us shunned voting to avoid being called for jury service, and if called, lied (in contempt of our court system) to avoid serving. If “White folks” sent our children to jail then most of us are complicit by omission. The legacy of Mass Incarceration leaves none of us without a spot or a wrinkle. “Christians” and religious folks aren’t perfect, so where would we find perfect politicians? Vote your conscious; but make sure you aren’t unconscious to the whole truth. This particular New Jack Lie needs to stop.


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recuperating from triple bypass surback to one another. Sadly, the information was con- gery. Although I tried to end the call, he firmed by his sister Chris, and his was determined to help. First he asbrother’s wife, Lisa. George was gone. Someone I con- sured me that whatever question I sidered a friend, confidante, and chose, critics would take issue. Everyone will think their question mentor would never be able to provide that oh so important perspec- is better, he told me, before giving tive to life that I so desperately need me several suggestions. I read my question to him and he told me to from time to time. Whenever I talked to him about “go for it.� George was right then and in subthe impact he could have as the leader of the National Association of sequent scenarios. Whether it was Black Journalists (NABJ), he would Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary always finish his lengthy, colorful Clinton, or Ambassador Ron Kirk, response with, “I care about the stu- George was one of two journalists I called for guidance and he was dents. That’s where I want to work.� For George the biggest impact he always there with positive input, a short lecture and could have on sage advice. journalism and I saw him in NasNABJ would sau, Bahamas for the come in the National Newspaper form of training Publishers Associaaspiring jourtion Winter Meeting nalists and that in January 2015 and was a job he did then two months well. later in Selma, AL for Admittedthe 50th Commemly, part of my oration of Bloody motivation for Sunday. As always having George he was focused on come to Dallas sharing his expeand the Southriences with the west to work world. Through his with students eyes he helped the so often was so Mr. George Curry world see so much. that students He took his seat could see that I was not crazy and there were oth- among the other journalists from ers out there who were a whole lot around the world who came to Selma to cover the events. That was tougher than I could ever be. The students needed to see the last time that I saw George, but George Curry in the raw and they’d I have so many great memories of be prepared for almost anything this man. He introduced me to Mamie Till in journalism and in life, and they wouldn’t look at me like I was an Mobley (Emmett Till’s mother), and joined her and her husband when alien or rode around on a broom! It was a joy watching George work I invited them to Dallas during the his “magic� as he taught lessons that 40th anniversary of that horrific don’t appear in any textbooks. If I crime, which was also featured in wanted George to do anything for Emerge. me, all I had to do was say, “it’s for He taught me how to use email the students.� and later taught me email etiquette But he was also there for the so that my emails wouldn’t get adults.At an NABJ Convention I was blocked, especially by him! selected to ask President Bill ClinWhether it was for the Dallas-Fort ton a question. I looked for George Worth Association of Black Comand upon realizing he wasn’t there, municators’ scholarship banquet or I called him only to find out he was urban journalism workshop, or the

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NABJ Regional Conference Basic Trainings; I could count on George for life-altering and enriching experiences. He wrote the book on the late, great Jake Gaither, but I had to make sure he knew that I interviewed the coach and wrote a story while a student at Florida A&M University. I would jokingly tell him, paraphrasing the coach, that I too liked my men, “mobile, agile and hostile!� When he received the NABJ Journalist of the Year Award in 2003, it was an emotional time for him as he shared it with his good friend Gerald Boyd, who had been going through some tough times. I felt honored to have nominated George for the prestigious award. Fellow board member Meta Mereday recently reminded me of our combined efforts during the voting process. He was so deserving. As I traveled to George’s celebration of life in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I couldn’t help but feel sad at times. Then something that he said or did would flash across my mind and I wouldlaugh uncontrollably. Yes he could imitate James Brown, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and you, too! And don’t let him get on the dance floor! George’s legacy is intact. He spoke truth to power. He lifted as he climbed. He gave a voice to the voiceless. Our soldier without a sword. What a blessing!

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HALL: We got 99 Problems!

Quit Playin’ by Vincent Hall

Vincent L. Hall is an author and award winning columnist.

“I celebrated with some alcohol when Zimmerman was found not guilty and I celebrate every time one of these mongoloids are shot by cops. There are a lot more of us Americans than there are people in BLM. Designate them a terror group and wipe them off the planet over night.” – Reader comment of Breitbart News relative to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Donald Trump’s new CEO Stephen Bannon is a slash and burn artisan whose political knowledge is neither exceptional nor intriguing. No, Bannon just has a penchant for grabbing the headlines that feed America’s belligerent underbelly. Before his promotion to Trump’s “Neo-Russian “Third Reich,” Bannon served as the mastermind of Breitbart News

which incidentally, has hubs in California, London, Jerusalem and Texas. Very succinctly, Breitbart is an online yellow journalism peddler that arrived in 2007 as Barack Obama was being taken seriously as a presidential candidate. Breitbart is a thinly veiled communications epicenter for White Supremacists who hate Jews, immigrants, and the LGBT. Google what Breitbart did to ACORN. Or Google the Alt-Right and how Breitbart loathes the non-Tea Party wing of the GOP. Breitbar t.com is a form of AP or Reuter’s wire source for White Nationalism. Breitbart.com didn’t invent racism; they just make racism better. My grandmother taught by euphemism. She would oft say that problem people “bear watching.” Trump and every crater in his blighted universe must be carefully scru-

tinized. The people who have trained a keen eye on clannish activity since 1971, the Southern poverty Law Center, monitors Bannon and Breitbart and are leery of Breitbart’s racially tinged content. Here’s my preemptive admission. My readers know that my ADHD has succumbed to OCD and is latched to Donald Trump. But in my mind, the cultural whiplash from “Trumpism” will be akin in size and scale to

those historic moments before the Civil War and the hate-filled murder of Abraham Lincoln. We are at or near the racial and political pitch that Texas, and particularly Dallas was in right before JFK was silenced.

We are at the teeming temperature of hatred and hubris that was sweltering in 1968 when MLK and RFK each met their political detractors and their personal demise. Trumpism is not amusing! Every scribe dabbles in hyperbole, but my belief is that Trumpism will be a staple of American politics for the next decade. McCarthyism and Goldwater Conservatism ain’t got nuthin’on “The Donald.” In victory or in defeat, Trump’s ilk of insolence, intolerance, insurrection and willful ignorance will not evaporate. This persistent pricking on the tender scab of America’s greatest sore (racism) is going to be open and susceptible to disease for quite some time.   Ok, you thought the other comment was sensationalism, so here’s another off the same Breitbart wire. ResistandRebel: “It is hilarious how butthurt the feral negro’s are about a few dead mongrels! It is

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even more hilarious how butthurt they are all the time, even with affirmative action, all the free shlt, and their own separate everything! LOL! I guess I would be too if my family tree was made up of a bunch of mongrel, spear chucking monkey losers!” Bannon is the mastermind who runs Breitbart and is the handpicked media hound for Trump? So when Donald Trump asked African-Americans; “What do you have to lose?” this is the reference point that he speaks from? Donald Trump sees “The Blacks” through the prism of his most favorable press and advocates at Breitbart.com, dailystormer.com and drudgereport. com. and of course, Fox Noose! Thanks for your overtures Mr. Trump. That invite was, as grandmother would say; “Mighty White of you.” You skipped the NAACP, the NABJ and Black Milwaukeeans, but an afterthought is better than none at all. It’s obvious that African Americans have some issues to overcome. But in the spirit of Jay Z; We got 99 problems, but falling for your Sh!t ain’t one!

BUSBY: Bank Black - It’s Serious Business By Ron Busby U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. President As published in POLITIC365

In the wake of the continued outrages of police shootings, the effort to raise awareness of the need for a sound financial foundation for Black America has gained momentum across the country. The USBC’s Bank-Black awareness campaign, launched in conjunction with the National Bankers Association, has supplied much of the energy. We feel especially gratified about the hundreds of thousands of new account holders at America’s Black-owned banks. Since the USBC’s inception as the “Voice of Black Business,” increasing access to capital was incorporated into our mission statement. Increased deposits in Black financial institutions are critical components in alleviating this

longstanding challenge to business growth and expansion. At the same time, though, we are concerned that Bank Black will get pushed to the back corner of the nationwide Black conscience when the latest, hottest “hashtag” movement comes along. We cannot afford - literally - to fail to maintain/sustain the energy behind this hyper-important strategic plank. We also cannot afford to understand the fact that the simple act of moving deposit accounts to Black banks is only part of the effort to grow Black-owned businesses. If Black America moved ALL of its trillion-plus dollars of income to Black-owned banks without changing our spending patterns we will have missed the single biggest opportunity to change Black America since the Civil Rights Era. To our point, this is serious business. Without the availability of capital for expansion, businesses will struggle. There is ample evidence that Black-owned banks continue to lead the way in extending loans to Black business, despite the few numbers of them across the country. The giant, “too-big-to-fail” financial institutions have proved to be far better at lip service than at actually putting Black depositors’

money to work in the communities from which they draw deposits. Our deposits in Black-owned financial institutions put tremendous pressure on big banks to change their lending patterns. When we fail to make the con-

“A race that is solely dependent upon another for its economic existence sooner or later dies.” Marcus Garvey nection between patronizing Blackowned businesses - even in the face of less than stellar customer service (a frequent complaint of those whose commitment is to the “fad” nature of social media activism) - we fail to understand the importance of successful, profitable Black-owned

businesses. We at the USBC love to point out that if all Black-owned businesses in America were able to hire one new employee we will eliminate black unemployment completely. Black-owned businesses - including Black banks - need our unqualified support! Understand that the customer service you’ve grown to expect is a function of your money at work. When we patronize Blackowned businesses at the same rate we spend at other businesses we will get the same customer experience. When we deposit our dollars in Black-owned banks at the same rate we currently deposit in big banks, we will see them able to provide online banking, expanded ATM coverage and more loans to black-owned businesses. Access to a line of credit has long been an issue for Black business owners and individuals. We know first-hand the challenges and barriers facing Black individuals who are seeking business and/or personal funding. To remedy this problem we forged a partnership with one of the nation’s most trusted and historic Black-owned banks, to offer access to a line of credit through Liberty Bank.

We have to understand that making history is difficult... ask U.S. Rep. John Lewis and other stalwarts of the Civil Rights Era. Read and understand the history of banking pioneers as early as 1888. (side note: Think about it - there were enough Black-owned businesses 20 years after the Civil War to need a Black-owned bank!) If Black America is serious about harnessing our ever-growing spending power...if Black America is serious about expanding access to capital for Black-owned businesses...if Black America is truly committed to building a sound financial foundation for our communities nationwide, then Bank Black is the most effective tool at our disposal. It’s serious business, y’all! Keep making those deposits in Blackowned banks and support blackowned businesses! Look for exciting news about USBC’s groundbreaking new credit card program with Liberty Bank-- It’s a game changer for our community. In the spirit of success. Ron Busby, Sr. is a native of Oakland, CA; and graduated with honors from both Florida A&M and Clark Atlanta Universities. Ron has dedicated himself to the empowerment of the Black community. Amember of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Ron has two sons and currently lives in the Washington, DC area.


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The Black Academy of Arts and Letters opens 40th season with star-studded roster 24-HOUR FILMFEAST Featuring the Films of Thomas Allen Harris Saturday, 5 @ 12-Noon Clarence Muse Café Theatre $5 - Screening and Talk. Two award-winning

directors and producers, THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS and DON PERRY illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality in their films. A clear vision and voices in America Cinema, Harris and Perry will be on hand to share their incredible knowledge and experience in a one-on-one talk back.

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SEPTEMBER 2016 GALLERY EXHIBITION "Building from Scratch . . . Sustaining the Legacy of an Institution and Its People" Sat., September 17, 2016 - Sat., August, 26, 2017 Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am - 6pm Saturday, Noon-4pm James E. Kemp Gallery POETS n' JAZZ #1 Featuring Punkin and Tro'Juan Friday, 23 & Saturday, 24 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre PROMISING YOUNG ARTISTS SERIES Featuring Jeramy Wilson, Nicholas Moore, Lawyer Turner "DALLAS TENORS" Concert Friday, 30 & Saturday, October 1 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre

OCTOBER ROUNDTABLE WRITER'S BREAKFAST A TOUGH ROW TO HOE: The Rise of TBAAL, 40 Years Later, Saturday 1 @ 10am Room T-203 $15-includes Dialogue and Breakfast

FILM SCREENINGS 12 Noon-1:00pm E MINHA CARA/THAT'S MY FACE 1:15-2:30pm TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA 2:30-4:30pm THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCE OF A PEOPLE 4:30pm-Film Talk by Thomas Allen Harris DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION STEPP STEWART'S "A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS" Friday, 11 & Saturday, 12 @ 8pm Saturday, 12 & Sunday, 13 @ 3p Naomi Bruton Main Stage $28.50-Adults $15 Youth (17 years and under) Friday Night Opening Night special is $18.50. POETRY SMASH #2 Thursday, 17 7:30 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre GIVING THANKS WITH JAZZ

THE PLAYWRIGHT'S SPOTLIGHT "PLENTY OF TIME" featuring the work of Dr. John Foster Sunday, 9 @ 5 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $ pay what you can

AFRIMMA LIVE! Featuring African/African American Entertainers Saturday, 15 VIP Reception @ 7pm Performance and Awards Ceremony @ 8:30pm Naomi Bruton Main Stage $150 VIP Seating $60 General Admission Real Housewives of Atlanta star, CYNTHIA BAILEY hosts. "ENCORE" Wednesday, 26 10:30am Naomi Bruton Main Stage $17.95, $15.95-Group of 300 or more. For tickets & group booking, call 800.225.7988. In partnership with Chamber Theatre Productions, Boston, MA POETS n' JAZZ #2 Featuring Reagan Martin, Brandon Jackson, Ozzy De Bordelli Friday, 28 & Saturday, 29 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10

NOVEMBER DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES "An Evening with Kim Fields" Friday, 4/Saturday, 5 8:15pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $20

HEALING DIFFERENCES - PART II Featuring Youth Voices, ranging from ages thirteen to eighteen, voice their views and opinions about race, sexuality, religion and democracy Saturday 11 @ 10am Room T-203 $15-includes Dialogue and Breakfast Supported by Bert Headden and Cindy Thomas.

POETS n' JAZZ #4 Featuring VIP, Awaji Johnson, Alicia Aziza Anhk, Annika Michelle, Gods Ink, Alex The Great, Prudence The Auset, Friday, 16 & Saturday, 17 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10

13TH ANNUAL WEEKEND FESTIVAL OF BLACK DANCE Rhythm and Soul of a People featuring Jamaica's STELLA MARIS DANCE COMPANY and ATLANTA (Georgia) DANCE CONNECTION Student Morning Performance Friday, 17 10am $5 Public Performance Friday 17 & Saturday, 18 8pm Naomi Bruton Main Stage $10

JANUARY 2017 ROUNDTABLE WRITER'S BREAKFAST, "The Women Who Raised Me" featuring Actress and Writer Victoria Rowell Saturday, 7 @ 10am Room T-203 $15-includes Dialogue/ Breakfast COMEDY NIGHT AT THE MUSE Featuring Downtown Tony Brown Friday, 13 & Saturday, 14 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $15 34th ANNUAL EMMY NOMINATED BLACK MUSIC AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT CONCERT -A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King,

Jr. - A compelling evening of narration, music and dance features special guest artists, B SLADE, BILAL, EARNEST PUGH and MALIK YOBA with TBAAL 200 voice concert choir.

Friday, 13 10am Student Morning Performance $5, Sunday, 15 7:30pm Public Performance, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center Downtown Dallas Arts District 2501 Flora Street

COMEDY NIGHT AT THE MUSE Featuring Kyle Groom, Friday, 7 & Saturday, 8 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $15

POETRY SMASH #1 Thursday, 13 7:30 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre

24th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS/KWANZAA CONCERT

Featuring choirs of KIMBALL, LIFE CHARTER, CONRAD, DUNBAR and LINCOLN high schools, with special guests TEXAS COLLEGE, CHARLES RICE Elementary, along with the incomparable TOWNVIEW HIGH SCHOOL BAND., Friday, 9 @ 10am Student Morning Performance $5 Saturday, 10 @ 8pm Public Performance Naomi Bruton Main Stage $10

LOVE TRAIN Concert featuring Will Downing & Najee, Saturday, 19 @ 8pm Naomi Bruton Main Stage $100-VIP Seating and Private Backstage Meet-and-Greet $50-Orchestra Level $45-Mezzanine THE PLAYWRIGHT'S SPOTLIGHT "LIKE FINE WINE" featuring the work of Prince Duran Sunday, 20 @ 5 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $ pay what you can

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BLACK DANCE MASTER CLASS Saturday, 18 @ 11am - 2pm Rooms T312, 313 & 314 $10-Master Class COMEDY NIGHT AT THE MUSE Featuring Shang Friday, 24 & Saturday, 25 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $15 THE PLAYWRIGHT'S SPOTLIGHT "The Bloodless Jungle" featuring the work of Peter Lawson Jones, Sunday, 26 @ 5 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $ pay what you can

MARCH JAZZ AT THE MUSE "SATIN' DOLLS" Concert Featuring Sabrina Kessee, Brittany Johnson, Amanda Maxfield-Curtis, Friday, 3 & Saturday, 4 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10 POETRY SMASH #5 Thursday, 9 7:30pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10

JAZZ AT THE MUSE "MOONGLOW" CONCERT Featuring Keith Anderson & Bobby Sparks Friday, 20 & Saturday, 21 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre$15

DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES "Rodney King" Starring Roger Guenveur Smith, Friday, 10 & Saturday, 11 @ 8:15pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $20

THE PLAYWRIGHT'S SPOTLIGHT "BLACKEN THE BUBBLE" Featuring the work of Eric Lockley - Sunday, 22 @ 5 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $ pay what you can

24-HOUR FILMFEAST RACE, CULTURE AND SEXUALITY featuring Filmmaker Yvonne Welbon Saturday, 11 @ 12-Noon Clarence Muse Café Theatre $5 -Screening and Talk 12:00-12:25pm SISTERS IN CINEMA 12:30-12:45pm THE TASTE OF DIRT 12:50-1:05pm MISSING RELATIONS 1:10-1:40pm REMEMBERING Wei Yi fang, REMEMBERING MYSELF 1:45-2:45pm SISTERS IN THE LIFE: FIRST LOVE 2:50-3:50pm LIVING WITH PRIDE: RUTH ELLIS @ 100 4:00pm - Film Talk Back with Yvonne Welbon

PROMISING YOUNG ARTIST SERIES Featuring Wrayne Simmons, Marcus Speed, Uriah Jones "Dream" Concert Friday, 27 & Saturday, 28 @ 8pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10

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DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES "Diary of A MILF (Mom I'd Love to Follow)" Written and starring Meshelle Friday, 2 & Saturday, 3 @ 8:15pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $20, presented by Meshelle LLC in conjunction with TBAAL. Co-Produced by Best Entertainment Group, New York, NY

DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES "LOUIE AND ELLA" Starring writer and actor Trent Armand Kendall and Natasha Yvette Williams Friday, 3 @ 8:15pm & Saturday, 4 @ 3pm & 8:15pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $17.50

JAZZ WEEKEND IN DALLAS "FORTY FINGERS" CONCERT Featuring Shaun Martin, Jamar Jones, Xavier Jackson, Clifton Williams Saturday, 18 @ 8pm Naomi Bruton Main Stage

POETRY SMASH #3 Thursday, 8 7:30 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre

POETRY SMASH #4 Thursday, 9 7:30pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10

JAZZ APPRECIATION EDUCATIONAL YOUTH WORKSHOP Saturday, 18 @ 12-Noon Clarence Muse Café Theatre $ Pay what you can

COMEDY NIGHT AT THE MUSE Featuring Damon Williams Friday, 9 & Saturday, 10 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $15

POETS n' JAZZ #3 FOUR BROTHERS, A Poetic Tribute to Etheridge Knight, Sterling Brown, Dudley Randall, Tupac Shakur featuring A.N.T., GF Soldier, Obie West, Wayne HenryFriday, 10/Saturday, 11 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10

DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION MARK HUNTER'S "LET IT BURN" Directed by Curtis King World Premiere Opening, Thursday, 23 @ 8pm Friday, 24-Saturday, 25 8pm Sunday, 26 7:30pm-

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Saturday & Sunday Matinee @ 3pm Naomi Bruton Main Stage POETS n' JAZZ #5 Featuring Zemill & Verb Kulture Friday, 31 & Saturday, April 1 @ 9pm, Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10

APRIL Promising Young Artists Series Budding Rose Concert featuring Dallas Independent School District's W.H. Atwell Law Academy, Henry B. Longfellow, Fred F. Florence, Barack Obama, Billy Earl Dade, Harold Lang, John B. Hood, Zan HOLMES, Irma L. Rangel Young Women's Leadership Academy middle schools, Charles Rice Elementary and LIFE SCHOOL OAK. Special Lobby music by Rangel Hand Bell Choir. Coordinated by Stevon Harris. Student Morning Performance Friday, 7 @ 10am Public Performance Saturday, 8 @ 7pm Naomi Bruton Main Stage $10 ROUNDTABLE WRITER'S BREAKFAST RACE IN AMERICA - PART II The Law and Political Conflict of Community and Police Shootings featuring Texas Judges Maryellen Hicks, Ken Molberg, Rob Canas, Saturday 8 @ 10am Room T-203 $15-includes Dialogue and Breakfast POETRY SMASH #6 Thursday, 13 7:30pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10 COMEDY NIGHT AT THE MUSE Featuring Pat Brown , Friday, 21 & Saturday, 22 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $15 THE PLAYWRIGHT'S SPOTLIGHT "UPROOTED" featuring the work of Clinnesha D. Sibley Sunday, 23 @ 5 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $ pay what you can TIES AND TUX V A GALA BENEFIT, "A Night of Hollywood Glamour and Dallas Glitter" VIP Reception, Peacock Terrace Ballroom Dinner, Imperial Ballroom Hilton Dallas Anatole Actor DARRIN HENSON hosts.

MAY COMEDY NIGHT AT THE MUSE featuring Cocoa Brown Friday, 5 & Saturday, 6 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $15 POETRY SMASH #7 Thursday, 11 @ 7:30 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $ 10 BLUES AND SOUL AT THE MUSE FAMILY AFFAIR CONCERT featuring Lucky Peterson, Tamara and Lucki Peterson Mother's Day weekend treat Friday, 12 & Saturday, 13 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $15 DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES "UNRINGING THE BELL" Starring Dorien Wilson Friday, 19 & Saturday, 20 @ 8:15pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $20

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Speaking Truth to Power 2016​​ Movement- Building for Social Justice

JUNE DRESS PERFORMANCE THEATRE SERIES NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION "MICHAEL COLYAR'S MOMMA" Written by and Starring Michael Colyar,

Directed by Iona Morris Friday, 2 & Saturday, 3 @ 9pm Naomi Bruton Main Stage

POETS n' JAZZ #6 Featuring Elle Davis and Rage Almighty Friday, 2 & Saturday, 3 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10 33RD ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH ARTS INSTITUTE Featuring more than 500 youth, ages 10-1, who take crash courses in Music, Dance, Theatre, Costume Design, Make-Up, Lighting, Stage Management, Photography and Film. Classes: Monday, 5 - Saturday, 24 @ 9am to 5pm Rooms T203, 312, 313, 314, Muse Café Theatre, Bruton Main Stage Friday, 23 @ 8pm & Saturday, 24 @ 1pm & 4pm Naomi Bruton Main Stage Institute Registration Fee: $150 Performance: $4 PROMISING YOUNG ARTIST SERIES Featuring YGBA "LIT" Concert featuring Jada Thomas, Erika Johnson, Terrance Dean, Jr., Kir'Ordonia Woods, Malik Woods, Harper Jones, Rachael Webb, Jared Shears Friday, 9/Saturday, 10, 8pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10

S​ peaking Truth to Power is a forum designed to create an open dialogue about social issues that plague the world we live in and seeks to advance Social Justice by educating and preparing congregations and community organizations to work for social justice. We convene members from the community involved in producing solutions and best practices that can be carried back to and implemented in their communities.

JAZZ AT THE MUSE JUNETEENTH JAZZ JAM starring Martha Burks Friday, 16 & Saturday, 17 @ 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $15

JULY SUMMER ARTS INTENSIVE EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAM WITH THE MASTERS Monday, 10-Saturday, 22 10am-4pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre, T-312, 313, 314 & 203 This one-on-one intensive training program is designed for students who wish to further their careers in the performing arts . . . music, theatre and dance. The program culminates with a public recital. A joint partnership with TBAAL and BIG THOUGHT. POETRY SMASH #7 Thursday, 13 7:30 pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $10 COMEDY NIGHT AT THE MUSE Featuring Freddie Ricks Friday, 14/Saturday, 15 9pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre $15

Modeste is HBCU star forward to spending the next year working diligently to strengthen my community and representing the HBCU family.” "On behalf of the board of trustees of PQC, I would like to say how proud we are of Ms. Modeste,” Don Clevenger, the Chairman of PQC’s Board of Trustees. “We are so thrilled when our students are recognized for the greatness that we see in all of them." “This is such a wonderful moment for Destiny, her family, and the entire Quinnite Nation,” said Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell. “Having a student selected again validates the quality of our student body. Our students are amazing and we are

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just glad that the secret is now out.” The HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the WHIHBCU by facilitating conversations with their fellow students around the value of education and the role of the Initiative as a networking resource.  Utilizing an array of mediums, social media and their relationships with community based organizations namely, the All- Stars will share methods and channels that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. Junior Kevin Lee from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the College’s first HBCU All-Star in 2015.


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Community Calendar “#Blaxit: One God. One Aim. One Destiny.” by Chris Herrod In 2016, police brutality and injustice in America has caused some to call for a #Blaxit: “a mass exodus of Black people.” In 1920, faced with the very same issues of discontent, punctuated by East St. Louis’s bloody race riots in 1917 and the nationwide racial terror campaigns of 1919’s Red Summer, Marcus Garvey started a global movement with the intent of doing just that. Commemorating the birth of the Black Power Movement, “#Blaxit: One God. One Aim. One Destiny.” places Garvey’s 96 year old but still very relevant message of self-preservation, self-sufficiency and Pan African independence in a contemporary context - designed to spur discussion, planning, and action. Opening w/ Artist Talk – Saturday September 17th 4pm 6pm Exhibit Dates: September 17th - Oct.15 and - Roots by Alisa Banks Roots celebrates the connection we have with plants and their extension to our ancestors. The work featured is from the “Garden Series” and contains plants obtained primarily from the Alisa’s family garden. Exhibit Dates: September 3rd - Oct.15th The South Dallas Cultural Center is located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Dallas, Texas 75215. For more information or to schedule a tour for your group call 214-670-1998. Admission is FREE Granville Arts Center -- Gallery Space The Garland Eyes Photography Exhibit features photos of Garland or Garland residents and/or photos taken by Garland residents. This exhibit is FREE and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and during performances at the Granville Arts Center. An artist reception will take place on September 15 at 5:30 p.m. Granville Arts Center Gallery Space 300 N. Fifth Street Downtown Garland ****** Free Reading Tutoring Dallas Public Library; 1515 Young, Dallas 75201. Learn to read better program for adults. Contact: 214-671-8291; http://www.dallaslibrary.org/literacy ********** Community Lawyering Center Open for Business - Mondays – Saturdays; days and evenings by appointment. 4716 Elsie Faye Heggins, Dallas, 75210. Eligible citizens may seek free legal services at this UNT Dallas College of Law Community Center about such issues as: disability, veterans, and social security claims; rental agreements; wills and probate; minor criminal offenses; record expunctions; mediations; and immigration. For info, call: 469-351-0024 or x0025 Dallas Black Dance Academy is offering 50 dance classes in the fall beginning September 6, 2016. Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Horton, African, Tap, Hip Hop, and Mommy & Me dance classes are available. The academy also provides Zumba and Stretch & Tone fitness classes. Registration is underway. There will be an Academy Registration Day/Open House on Saturday August 27, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Parents can register their children, meet the teachers, tour the facility, and purchase dance apparel. August 27th is the last day for early-bird registration where you save $10 off of the

registration fee. For details on the Fall classes visit www. dbdt.com/academy or email academy@dbdt.com. ***** Community Health Worker Certificate Training Now thru early September. Become a certified community health worker. Enroll now for the fall class (Sept. 13 – Dec. 1, 2016). Weekday classes: 6 – 9 pm. Some Saturday training. Cost: $700 (scholarships available). Location:

UT Southwestern. Contact: Lori Millner; 214-648-8338. Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ FALLCHWCOURSE. **** Dallas Theater Center Announces World Premiere Musical, Bella: An American Tall Tale, produced in Association with New York’s Playwrights Horizons Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre • 2400 Flora Street in the AT&T Performing Arts Center Full Run: Sept. 22 – Oct. 22, 2016 • Press Night: Fri., Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets: 214-880-0202 or www.DallasTheaterCenter.org Paul Quinn College will celebrate its 2016 Homecoming, November 3rd thru 6th, celebrating 144 years of nationbuilding... “Greatness: One Step At A Time”

September 8 Dallas Ambush Photography Exhibit The Dallas Morning News is proud to present an exhibition of 30 photographs taken during the moments that forever changed Dallas J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Lilllian Bradshaw Gallery, fourth floor The free exhibit runs September. 1st - October 31st, 2016, and is open to the public during normal library hours. ****** Lions Club Dallas Young Professionals Chapter. Interest meeting. Be part of the largest volunteer organization in the world. 8:00 PM at Moroch Partners LP, 3625 N Hall, St #1100, Dallas, TX 75219 ****** Neighborhood Leader Meet & Greet This month’s Neighborhood Leader Meet & Greet is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Charles E. Duckworth Building (third floor), 217 N. Fifth St. Attendees will hear City updates, network with other neighborhood leaders and learn of possible neighborhood opportunities. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP today!

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DSDN’s Rockin’ Mom Retreat, Hilton Dallas Fort Worth Lakes. September 9-11, 2016 September 9-12 Friendship-West presents Marriage Retreat 2016 UNBROKEN, Sheraton Dallas Hotel.Guest Speakers: Dr. Frederick D. Haynes and Mrs. Debra Peek-Haynes.$275 per couple. Celebrate the repair and fortification of marriages. Register at www.friendshipwest.org

September 10 J. Spivey Productions presents Gigantic Gospel Concert 2016 featuring Tasha Cobbs, CeCe Godbolt, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Pastor Kim Burrell, Jessica Reedy, Kathy Taylor & Favor, Casey J. Doors open 3p.m. and show begins at 4p.m. Friendship West Baptist Church, 2020 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas. ***** MORGAN STANLEY PRESENTS DERON WILLIAMS CELEBRITY DODGE BARRAGE 2016, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Frisco Fieldhouse USA, 6155 Sports Village Rd., Frisco, Texas. Spectator tickets to the games are $10 (with children 5 and under free). For team registration and ticket purchase, go to deronwilliams.com/pointofhope. The Pan African Connection Art Gallery, Bookstore and Resource Center presents Racial Disparities in America by

Jamal A. Hasan, at 2pm at 4466 S. Marsalis Ave, Dallas, TX. ****** Do you have questions to get your child college ready? What are your options to pay for college? What’s the difference between the SAT and ACT? How do I even help my child pick the right school? Sign up today for the most comprehensive College Boot Camp around with representatives from the Dept. of Education, assistance applying for financial aid, a panel of current college students, and college prep experts. Registration required for this FREE event which includes lunch! Register at www. desotoisd.org, under Communications/Young Women’s Leadership Project 10AM-2PM ******** Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Commemorating Anniversary of 9/11 to the Museum’s exhibits will be free to all first responders, military and their families. A commemorative program is planned for 2pm, featuring the Texas Boys’ Choir adjacent to the Museum’s 9/11 Tribute Exhibit. ******** Gigantic Gospel Concert 2016, Friendship West Baptist Church 2020 W. Wheatland Rd Dallas, Texas 75232. Doors open 3:00 PM Show begins 4:00 PM. Tickets, Presale $30, Day of show $40, VIP ***** African American Leadership Institute at Paul Quinn College, 8am-5pm

September 11 TIRE RACK® STREET SURVIVAL® teen driver safety is coming to Grand Prairie to stop the #1 killer of teens Tire Rack Street Survival® Teen Driving School, Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 8:30am – 4:30pm HOST: Lone Star Chapter - BMW CCA Children African History and Culture Class Free on going class that examines highlights of African Culture, at Pan African Connection Bookstore 828 Fourth Ave. Dallas, TX 75203 at 4:00 PM, Classes are every other week Sundays. 214943-8262

September 12 Monday Night Politics will be held at the African American Museum in the auditorium TIME:  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ****** Town Hall Meeting addressing the Loose & Stray Dogs of Southern Dallas,  6:30 PM at the Park Youth YMCA 2500 Romine Dallas, TX 75215 Speaking Truth to Power Movement - Building for Social Justice Conference fea-

turing Minister Danielle Ayers, Dr. William Barber, Dr. Iva Caruthers, Dr. Linda Clemons, Dr. Allison V. Hall, Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr., Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Rev. Rahiel Tesfamariam and Rev. Winterbourne Harrison-Jones at Friendship West Baptist Church

September 14 Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox & French Montana, 8p.m. at American Airlines Center 2016 United Way Campaign Kickoff Event- The community is invited to help kick off the 2016 United Way Campaign by enjoying lunch in the Downtown Garland Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Week of September 7, 2016 Wednesday, Sept. 14. In addition to games and information about the United Way, free lunch will be provided by In-N-Out Burger® for the first 150 attendees! Contact Elisa Morales at 972-205-2373 or EMorales@GarlandTX.gov with any questions.

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CITY OF FORT WORTH WORKSHOP: RFP, RFQ, ITB AND BEST VALUE, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (CDT), Fort Worth Business Assistance Center 1150 South Fwy Fort Worth, TX 76104 ***** The first workshop, Stay Woke/Stay Well--Writing to Counter Race-Based Stress, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in APAA’s Recovery Café, located on 3116, Martin Luther King Blvd, Dallas. It will repeat for two additional weeks--Sept. 22 and Sept. 29. The workshops are free for APAA peer members who sign up in advance, and $35 for the public. Join ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY Sorors south of the Trinity who serve the Best Southwest Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster for the Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter Fall Reclamation event at Tuscany Italian Bistro, 209 East Pleasant Run Road #141, DeSoto, TX. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority should rsvp to membership@uloaka.org

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WWW.TEXASMETRONEWS.COM The Rho Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc in conjunction with the Rho Nu Lambda Scholarship Foundation hosts the Kenn Manous Alpha Honors Scholarship Gala at the University of Texas at Dallas NAACP National Board Member Aubrey C. Hooper will be the keynote speaker for the NAACP Garland Unit’s 2016 Annual Freedom Fund Celebration, 10 am at the Hyatt Place Garland, 5101 N President George Bush Hwy., Garland, TX 75040. The silent auction begins at 9am. ****** The Literary Soul Symposium (LSS) 8:30am -5:00 pm at the South Dallas Cultural Center located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Dallas, Texas 75215. The registration fee covers all events. Please log onto the website for the full schedule. www.literarysoulsymposium.myevent.com/3/ online_payment.htm The Trinity Trash Bash REGISTER AT: http://trwdtrashbash. com/fall/  Enjoy free food, prizes, giveaways and entertainment by 106.1 KISS FM! Looking to break last year’s BASH record of more than 4,700 volunteers! Trash Bash 3pm ­ 5:30pm, After Party 5:30pm ­ 8pm, Fireworks 8:15pm at the Trinity Trails.

September 18 Peace Day Dallas - In honor of International Day of Peace,

The Holocaust Museum is having a free event with three survivor speakers, September 18, 2016, 11:00 AM- 5:00 PM. 211 N. Record St. Dallas, TX 75202. 214-741-7500

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Dallas National Pan-Hellenic Council Happy Hour Fundraiser, 5:30 PM - 8 PM, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, 3130 Knox St., Dallas, Texas 75205

Monday Night Politics at the African American Museum in the auditorium, 6 8p.m.

22 Writing to Counter RaceBased Stress, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in APAA’s Recovery Café, 3116, Martin

****** Stay Woke - Stay Well - Writing to Counter RaceBased Stress-- Self care workshop with writing ‘doula’ Linda Jones 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Two other opportunities to attend on: Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 3116 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas Workshop fee: $35 Register Online or at door ****** Third Annual PlayPride LGBT Competition, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 South Tyler St, Dallas. 7:30pm

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DFW FAMU 2nd Annual Scholarship Brunch at Blue Mesa Bar N Grill, 14866 Montfort Drive, Addison, 11:30 am ******* House Of Dasha’s Grand Opening, 2 PM · 621 N.

Hampton Rd. Suite 104 ****** Texas, United States and global perspectives on conflict will be the topics of the second annual New History at Old Red Conference for teachers Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Old Red Museum in Dallas. Suzie Humphreys will be the keynote luncheon speaker for the Fellowship of Professional Women 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM CDT, Park City Club 5956 Sherry Lane 17th Floor Dallas, TX Brazos Valley Area Alumnae (BVAA) chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 30th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon at 12:30 PM proceeding a Rededication Ceremony at 11:00 AM at the Phillips Event Center at Briarcrest, 1929 Country Club Dr., Bryan, Texas 77802.

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Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Hosts New Family-Friendly Concert Featuring Nationally Renowned Child Musicians at the Majestic Theatre. Event proceeds will support DCAC’s life-changing work of providing justice, hope, and healing to Dallas County’s most severely abused children. Tickets start at $50. For more information, please call 214-818-2682, email encore@dcac.org, or visit dcac.org/encore. ****** Live Well Free Health and Wellness Expo at Destiny Pointe Christian Center, 2350 East Mayfield Road, Arlington www.shazzyfitness.com

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My niece is tripping 100 year celebration, Ask Alma: by Alma Gill

NNPA News Wire Columnist Alma Gill’s newsroom experience spans more than 25 years, including various roles at USA Today, Newsday and the Washington Post. Email questions to: alwaysaskalma@gmail.com. Follow her on Facebook at Dear Alma, My niece is all in love with Gabby Douglas and thinks she can one day tryout for the Olympic team. LOL, now that’s funny. She’s awkward, uncoordinated and too fat to be in the Olympics. Her laugh is so loud it makes my skin crawl and I have never, ever seen her exercise. Her mother is getting on my last nerve. She’s collecting money from the family for her daughter to start gymnastic lessons. She said it’s expensive and she needs help. Help? For what? A teenage fat farm? My niece is not, let me repeat, not Olympic material. I am embarrassed and I’m not trying to give her any of my hard earned money and neither should anyone else in the family. I’m sure I can use Facebook, but how else can I let all our friends and family know they should not contribute to this disaster? Signed Keepin It Real with My Niece Dear Keepin It Real, Oh my, my, girl, I hereby nominate you as runner up for the worst aunt in the world! Why would you speak such negative comments about your niece? What you think and what you feel

are just your opinion and your feelings are note facts. Speaking again of your comments, I just gotta say, they sure do look ugly on you. Your niece has the right, in this country at least, to pursue her dreams without your permission. Passions are personal and grow inside the hearts of each of us, individually. You don’t get to pick which dreams work best for someone else. When a child shows interest, your role is to lead the way. When a young person becomes absorbed in a particular sport, artistic endeavor or reading activity, it’s your responsibility as the adult, to assist them in said particular pursuit – positively! Lookahear Auntie Unlucky, find your path to patience and take a long, long walk. Clear your mind and ponder, not everything that pops in your brain needs to trickle down and spill out of your mouth. Move out of your nieces’ way, and stop trying to block her blessings. If you can’t control your negativity and shush your mouth, just write a check and keep your distance. She doesn’t need your wrong wind beneath her wings to fly to success. Change your attitude or get out of her way. Alma

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Columbia, South Carolina, shortly after her birth her family moved to Orangeburg, South Carolina, where her father, Elliott Lee Stewart, cut timber to build The Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural, and Mechanical College of South Carolina, now South Carolina State University. Mae Cora is a proud graduate of the 1937 class of South Carolina State University, and remains active in the DFW SCSU Alumni Association, serving as the speaker at their first scholarship banquet in 2016. It was at South Carolina State that she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in its first pledge class of 1934. After 82 years as member of DST, she is still active in the projects of the Fort Worth Alumna Chapter of DST, meeting monthly to package articles to give to needy seniors. Mae Cora has been selected to be featured on the 2017 South Carolina State University National Alumni Association Stellar Alumni Calendar She began student teaching in the Orangeburg South Carolina public schools while a college student at what was then South Carolina State College. Her first teaching job following college was in a public school in Gaffney, South Carolina, followed by stints teaching at Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill, SC, and at Georgia State, now Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia. While obtaining her Masters degree in Education from the Rackham School of Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, she also did student teaching in Inkster, MI She left teaching for a while, and worked for the Methodist Missions in New York City. It was while in New York that she interviewed, and was hired, for a position as the Executive Secretary of the Crump Street Branch YWCA for Colored women in Fort Worth, TX. She brought energy and her interest in advocating for education with her when she took on her role at the Y in 1943. The Y provided empowerment events for women of color, programs for teens, and business and professional women’s training. Mae Cora also

was a speaker for the Y, informing the African American community about the work of the Y. One of the members of the Board of Management of the Crump Street Y was Mrs. Nellie Webb Peterson. She invited Miss Stewart to her home for dinner. It was there that she met her future husband, James Edward Peterson, Sr.

Little Cora grew up to do big things, living a life of service.

Following their marriage in 1947, and the birth of their children, she returned to teaching, at Paul Laurence Dunbar Jr.-Sr. High School in Fort Worth ISD. Following her first year of teaching, Mae Cora was asked to become the first Dean of Girls (later called Vice Principal) at Dunbar. She counseled, mentored, and guided male and female students at Dunbar for 27 years before retiring in 1980. Still, that was not the end of her service to her community. Mae Cora and two other former dean of girls, Hazel Harvey Peace, and Robinette Spates, served as the Scholarship committee for the Greater Fort Worth Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club for many years, selecting recipients for their annual scholarship.

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continued from page 1 She promptly joined the FWISD Retired School Employees, where she served as publicity chair, and worked on its scholarship committee. She also became active in her husband’s retiree organization –the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, where she was made an honorary member, serving as treasurer. Her activism in AARP addressing hunger, led to her appointment to the Board of Directors of Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County. She is a staunch advocate for the programs that support seniors in Tarrant County and became a member of Senior Citizens’ leadership group, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), training seniors to take active roles in community affairs. Her consistent involvement with Senior Citizens Services resulted in one of their Senior Spirit Awards being named in her honor. Now in its fourth year, The Mae Cora Peterson Healthy Aging Award is given annually to an entity that has provided services to sustain the health of seniors. She was a long time member of Mount Zion Baptist Church where she played the piano for Sunday morning devotion, and taught a Sunday School class. After moving her membership to Broadway Baptist Church, she became a regular in the Baptist Center, working in its May Street Market where families come to “shop” for food. She loves helping them make their selections of groceries that are given by the church. Mae Cora’s dedication to education and support of her community has resulted in her being recognized by a number of organizations. She has been named a Dr. Marion Brooks Living Legend in education, a Phenomenal Woman in Education by the Psi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, has been awarded The Sojourner Truth Award, the highest national award given by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, and most recently received the Founded on Faith Award as an educator by Tarrant Churches Together.

Chief Brown announces retirement, continued from front page lice officers. The shooter, 25-year-old Micah Johnson would end his spree, but only after killing five officers, one from Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and injuring 10 other officers and one civilian. Chief Brown received praise from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, law enforcement officials from across the country , and President Barack Obama, who attended a memorial service in Dallas for the slain officers. There were mixed emotions when the Chief announced that

he was resigning. On social media, some questioned whether or not he was being forced out, while others praised him and speculated that he was leaving on a high note and under his own terms. A 33-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, as Chief of Police, he commands a department comprised of over 4,000 employees and oversees an annual operating budget of 426 million dollars. Chief Brown holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s (MBA) in Business Administration. Chief Brown is a graduate of the Fed-

eral Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Tel Aviv, Israel and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar in Washington, D.C. Chief Brown also holds Master Peace Officer and Police Instructor certifications from the State of Texas. Chief Brown said he would be holding a press conference to discuss his decision to leave the department in October, 2016.


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Wellness Writing Workshops usher in APAA's National Recovery Month events members who sign up in adAs part of its efforts to support its members and the vance, and $35 for the public. community in practicing selfLinda Jones, veteran jourcare, the Dallas Association for nalist and therapeutic writPersons Affected by Addictions ing practitioner, will conduct (APAA), is launching a series of the workshop that focuses wellness writing workshops to on using expressive writing coincide with National Recovas a tool to release pent-up emotions and ease stress ery Month activities in SeptemLinda Jones that stems from exposure to ber, culminating with the annual negative racial narratives and traumatic Big Texas Rally for Recovery in October. The first workshop, Stay Woke/Stay racial experiences. APAA serves individuWell--Writing to Counter Race-Based als known as peers, who are recovering Stress, is Thursday, Sept. 15 from 7 p.m. from drug and alcohol addiction. until 9 p.m. in APAA’s Recovery Café, loJoe Powell, APAA President and CEO, cated on 3116, Martin Luther King Blvd, and one of the planners for National ReDallas. It will repeat for two additional covery Month, has given talks about how weeks--Sept. 22 and Sept. 29. racial trauma is among the prominent The workshops are free for APAA peer barriers to recovery. He says Stay Woke/

Stay Well and the other offerings in Ms. Jones’ wellness series are in keeping with APAA’s efforts to provide holistic and culturally significant services to support their peer members, their families and the greater Dallas community. “We’re excited about having wellness writing in the recovery center for the first time,” said Mr. Powell. “These workshops will give us and the community an opportunity to really heal.” The September activities will culminate in the annual Big Texas Rally for Recovery on Oct. 2. Hundreds of health officials, advocates and persons in recovery are expected to converge on the Ron Kirk (Continental Avenue Bridge) for the free, day-long awareness-raising event.

Junior gets serious about Sickle Cell Disease

Join Big Tex’s Team: State Fair of Texas Seasonal Job Applications Now Available Online! Are you an outgoing, friendly and energetic person who likes to celebrate all things Texan? Join Big Tex’s team for the 2016 State Fair of Texas! Working at the Fair is just as fun as a visit to the annual event. The State Fair provides more than 6,000 seasonal job opportunities every year, with approximately 1,500 to 1,600 people employed directly by the State Fair of Texas. Applications for seasonal positions can now be found online, with opportunities available in the following departments: Coupon Sales, Creative Arts, Special Events, Exhibits, Food Service, Gates, Livestock Operations, Maintenance, Midway Games, Security, Ticket Office and Tram Operations. To apply for a seasonal position at the State Fair of Texas, please visit BigTex.com/Jobs. Don’t have a computer? No problem. Visit your local public library to see if it has computers available for job seekers, or this year the State Fair is partnering with several local computer labs that will allow people to use their facilities to complete the online application process. Find details on some of

the participating locations below: In partnership with the Wilkinson Center: Eastfield College, Pleasant Grove Campus 802 S. Buckner Blvd., Room 222 Dallas, TX 75217 Contact: Myra Collins 214.821.6380 x 214 Friday, July 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday, August 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday, August 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. TR Hoover Community Center 5106 Bexar St. Dallas, TX 75215 214.421.2420 Monday, August 8, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cornerstone Baptist Church 1819 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215 214.426.5468 Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Tuesday & Thursday, open until 6 p.m.) Details related to future potential locations will be posted as they become available at BigTex. com/Jobs. The 2016 Fair runs from Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 23.

Co-Host of Nationally Syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, National Ambassador for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Kier “Junior” Spates lends voice to Awareness Efforts

only inspire and educate families affected by Sickle Cell disease by his example, but by providing education, programs, and services, and funding resources. His message to the 150,000 Americans who live with Sickle Cell Disease, and the three million who carry the trait, “You are not alone in this fight. Kier’s Hope is here for your support. We are all bound by blood. Together we are Working to Change the Shape of Sickle Cell Disease.” Junior is said to be “the next big thing in stand-up comeSon, Brother, Friend, Comedian are a few words to describe dy.” A native of Houston, Texas, he has traveled the globe with the man with the infectious smile known as Kier” Junior” Spates. legendary talents such as: Aretha Franklin, Frankie Beverly and He’s also a survivor, warrior, humble and one Maze, Anita Baker, and more. aspiring to greatness! When you hear him on In 2005, he toured as one of the primary acts the radio providing comic relief, EVERY MORNon the “Rickey Smiley and Friends Show.” AdING on the Nationally Syndicated “Steve Harvey ditionally, Junior has gone on military/United Morning Show”, listeners would never know the Service Organizations (USO) tours and visited pain he’s feeling. He’s a Sickle Cell CHAMPION. college campuses. Kier Spates, living life with Sickle Cell Disease! As an actor, Junior has had many on-screen In May 2013, SCDAA announced that Junior television appearances. Also, he has traveled would become its National Ambassador for with several popular stage plays, including the “Rise Above!” campaign after his disclosure “Confessions” that starred the late Gerald Leabout his struggles with the disease. vert, Kelly Price, and Tommy Ford. The goal of this campaign is to provide edJunior is truly a force to be reckoned with. ucation and raise awareness about this blood Kier “Junior” Spates His motto to date is unforgettable. So when you Resume: raylcarr@yahoo.com, (214) 514-9553 or disease. think of this up and coming, stand up comedic Through this partnership, Junior inspires others who are af- great, please remember his belief that laughter doeth the heart fected with, increases support for, and raises visibility about this good like medicine. disease. And in the words of Junior: “This Just Got Serious” Kier founded Kier’s Hope Foundation, Incorporated to not

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Southside with You is about Chocolate Love

By Eva D. Coleman Entertainment Editor

The best part of this film is the ending. It’s sweet. Matter of fact, there’s nothing sour at all as viewers get a glimpse into the lives and love story of one of the world’s most famous couples, President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. With the strength of Michelle Obama’s being in her mental repertoire, Tika Sumpter delivers, playing the ambitious young lawyer looking to validate her place in a white and male-dominated firm without any utterance of impropriety. “I didn’t want to imitate her,” Sumpter said. “I wanted to embody the essence of her.” Sumpter, along with Parker Sawyers who plays Barack Obama and 31-year-old director Richard Tanne, spoke during a panel discussion that followed the screening of the film at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) / National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) joint convention held recently in Washington, DC. Southside with You chronicles the first date of the future first couple. The movie takes its time, allowing moviegoers the chance to stroll alongside Barack and Michelle. “I was really struck by the way they look at each other, they way that they date and care about each other,” Tanne said. That wasn’t the only striking moment. Almost the entire theater gasped during the first scene in which Sawyers portraying Barack Obama was revealed. His hands told the story. During the scene, his per-

Actors Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers with Director Richard Tanne

sonification of the chain cigarette smoking, young law in-

tern Obama showed hands that could have easily belonged to the President himself. Another scene later on shows Sawyers’ hands as he ascends into frame, with mannerisms and conditions in which the President holds his very own. It was surreal. Sawyers shared his experiences with getting into the essence of Barack. “It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been amazing,” Sawyers said. “The first day on set, I hadn’t shaken the full-on Obama impression. So that scene, ‘Not bad at all Mrs. Robinson’

(in full-on Obama impression voice) and Rich comes over and says, hey man... less Obama,” Sawyers laughed, adding, “After the first day, I felt really comfortable. We hit it on the second day and just kept going.” Southside with You also weaves in art and culture, from famed works of artist Ernie Barnes and the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, to just as important, the art of courtship. The soundtrack is nostalgic and refreshing, including a stirring song titled Start written by composer John Stephens and performed by John Legend, who also serves as one of the executive producers of the film. There’s no rush to the magic that forms the foundation of our understanding of what drew Barack and Michelle close and led to matrimony. Who the film is about will surely draw moviegoers into theaters for an escape to the Southside of Chicago which shows how love can endure all. “We wanted to create a counter narrative to what was out there,” Tanne said, referencing other movies about Chicago. The best part is the ending, and it’s sweet.

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Author and workshop presenter Beverly L. Robinson will share her journey of how she survived sexual assault and learned to live a life free from guilt. Young entrepreneur - Fit and Faithful LivBrandi Thompson will speak on launching ing is hosting its Woman your business and building your brand! of Honor Empowerment Licensed therapist and Breaking Chains Conference on Saturday, Life Classes group leader Donetta Beasley, October 1, 2016, from LCSW will join the speakers during a Q&A 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. panel session. It will feature 80-year-old Among the participants will be graduates Ernestine Shepherd, the Guinness Book of of Fit and Faithful Living's Breaking Chains World Records Oldest Performing Female class. Italia Anguiano learned to break the Weightlifting Champion. The series will be at chains of sexual abuse she had been carrythe Hyatt Regency North Dallas hotel locating since she was a child. She stopped being ed at 701 East Campbell Road in Richardson, a victim and learned to take action to meet Texas 75081. new life goals. The daylong event is focused on helping “I would blow up and be angry and hatewomen break the chains of unhealthy habful and had no constructive way to deal its. The Empowerment Conference includes with my emotions and nightmares," Italia speakers who will educate and empower Anguiano explained. "Depression kept me women to live healthy lifestyles that include inactive, but Breaking Chains helped me to regular physical activity, good nutrition, and take action and crawl out of my depression. mental wellness. Being able to talk about The events include what happened made a big dinner and a birthday difference.” reception to celebrate ErThe Breaking Chains nestine Shepherd's 80th class helped Chandra birthday. Mrs. Shepherd Marshall-Henson learn to will share how she transaccept and manage her diformed herself from an abetes diagnosis by giving average middle-aged her a healthy eating plan woman in her late 50s she could easily follow. into a bodybuilding diva She said she also at 80. stopped using overeating The personal trainer, as an emotional crutch. professional model, and "The group kept me in competitive bodybuilder check and took the time to says she is happier and make sure I was OK. I could more fulfilled than she's Ernestine Shepherd call on any of them," said ever been in her life. Chandra Marshall-Henson. Other speakers include: "I am determined not to go on insulin and Certified Life Coach and founder of Fit Breaking Chains is helping me to meet that and Faithful Living LaChanda Dupard, who goal." with 25 years of marriage experience, will For ticket information, visit: www.fitandspeak on how to strengthen your marriage. faithfulliving.org. Professional Life Coach Kofi Williams will Make it a special experience and spend speak on accepting and loving yourself the night at the Hyatt Regency North Dallas while single and/or divorced.` hotel in Richardson, Texas. Book your room Professional Life Coach Dr. Gretchel Johnusing the Special Fit and Faithful Living son will speak on her healing process after $89.00 hotel rate. unexpectedly losing her husband and becoming a widow.


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ABOUT THAT CAR: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

by Frank S. Washington ABOUTTHATCAR.COM

AUBURN HILLS, MI – We were so impressed with the spin that we took more or less around the block in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica that we asked for a longer test drive. We got our first up close look at the Pacifica during a brief show and tell here at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ headquarters. Never mind the hype about Chrysler newest minivan and there was plenty of it. Three things grabbed our attention. The spaciousness of the Pacifica was eye-catching. There was tall glass all round that from the inside simulated a continuous picture window. And there was a three panel panoramic roof. In other words, all three rows of seats had a clear view of the sky.

The next thing that grabbed us was the power. On a really long entrance ramp onto I-75 North, we pushed the pedal almost to the metal and the Pacifica reached 75 mph before we got on the

interstate. The Pacifica had a 3.6 liter V6 that made 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The engine was mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It had an EPA rating of

18 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica When we got in the Pacifica for our short test drive, we thought it was the most comfortable minivan we’d ever been in to date. It had a horizontal dash layout that was clean and fresh. The materials were top notch. It was ergonomically friendly, easy to drive and quiet. The third thing was drivability. It was 250 lbs. lighter than the model it replaced, the Town & Country, and that showed in the way it handled. We need to get the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to take a longer look. Prices start at $28,595.

HBCU Homecoming...more than a football game!

The HBCU Homecoming events go beyond the football game and halftime show. For the uninitiated, you can expect some of the livest activities for students and alumni from step shows to talent shows, pep rallies to parades, concerts to comedy shows. Traditional events include the Homecoming coronation and Fall convocation. There is something for everyone. 10/1/16 West Virginia State vs. Virginia-Wise @ Institute, WV 1:30pm ET

10/8/16 Alabama A&M vs. Alcorn State @Huntsville, AL Lewis Crews Stadium 2:00pm CT Cheyney vs. Lock Haven @ Cheyney, PA 1:00pm ET Chowan vs.Bowie State @ Murfreesboro, NC 3:00pm ET

Virginia Union vs. Lincoln(PA)@ Richmond, VA 1:00pm ET

10/15/16 Alcorn State vs.Texas Southern @ Lorman, MS Spinks-Casem Stadium 2:00pm CT Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs.Alabama A&M @Pine Bluff, AR Golden Lion Stadium 2:30pm CT Bowie State vs. Virginia State @ Bowie, MD 2:00pm ET TV Broadcast - ASPiRE Network Central State vs. Lane @ Wilberforce, OH McPherson Stadium 1:30pm ET Clark Atlanta vs. Benedict @ Atlanta, GA CAU Panther Stadium 2:00pm ET Delaware State vs. Florida A&M @ Dover, DE Alumni Stadium 2:00pm ET Edward Waters vs. University of Faith @ Jacksonville, Fl Hampton vs. Morgan State @ Hampton, VA 2:00pm ET

Lane vs. Benedict @ Jackson, TN Lane Field 2:00pm CT Lincoln (MO) vs. Saint Joseph's @ Jefferson City, MO 2:00pm CT

Kentucky State vs.Miles @ Frankfort, KY Alumni Stadium 2:00pm ET Langston vs. Bacone @ Langston, OK W.E. Anderson Stadium 2:00pm CT Lincoln (PA) vs. Elizabeth City State @ Lincoln University, PA LU Football Stadium 1:00pm ET

Livingstone vs. Saint Augustine's @ Salisbury, NC 1:00pm ET

NC Central vs. Savannah State @ Durham, NC O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium 2:00pm ET

Miles vs. Central State @Fairfield, AL 1:00pm CT Prairie View A&M vs.Alabama State @ Prairie View, TX Blackshear Stadium 2:00pm CT

Tennessee State vs. Eastern Kentucky @ Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium 6:00pm CT Internet Webcast - OVC Network

Winston-Salem State vs. Saint Augustine's @ Winston-Salem, NC Bowman Gray Stadium 1:30pm ET

10/22/16 Albany State vs.Clark Atlanta @ Albany, GA ASU Coliseum 2:00pm ET Benedict vs. Morehouse @Columbia, SC 2:00pm ET Florida A&M vs. Hampton @ Tallahassee, FL Bragg Mem 4:00pm ET Fort Valley State vs.Central State @ Fort Valley, GA Wildcat Stadium 2:00pm ET Howard vs. NC A&T @ Washington, DC 1:00pm ET Miss Valley State vs. Grambling State @ Itta Bena, Miss. 2:00pm CT Morgan State v. NC Central @ Baltimore, MD Hughes Stadium 1:00pm ET Saint Augustine's vs. Fayetteville State @ Raleigh, NC 1:00pm ET SC State vs. Delaware State @ Orangeburg, SC Oliver Dawson Stadium 1:30pm ET Southern vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Baton Rouge, LA A.W. Mumford Stadium4:00pm CT Texas College vs. Wayland Baptist @ Tyler, TX Rose Stadium 2:00pm CT Texas Southern vs. Jackson State @ Houston, TX BBVA Compass Stadium 2:00pm CT Tuskegee vs. Kentucky State @ Tuskegee, AL Cleve L. Abbott Stadium 1:00pm CT

Virginia State vs. Lincoln (PA) @ Ettrick, VA Rogers Stadium 2:00pm ET

10/29/16 Bethune-Cookman vs. Delaware State @ Daytona Beach, FL 4:00pm ET Elizabeth City State vs. Virginia Union @ Elizabeth City, N.C. 1:30pm ET Fayetteville State vs. Livingstone @ Fayetteville, NC Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium1:30pm ET Grambling State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Grambling, LA Eddie G. Robinson Mem.Stadium 2:00pm CT Jackson State vs. Prairie View A&M @ Jackson, MS Veterans Memorial Stadium 2:00pm CT Johnson C. Smith vs. Saint Augustine's @ Charlotte, N.C. 1:00pm ET Morehouse vs. Ft Valley State @ Atlanta, GA 2:00pm ET NC A&T vs. Florida A&M @ Greensboro, NC Aggie Stadium 1:00PM ET Norfolk State vs. Morgan State @ Norfolk, VA Dick Price Stadium 2:00pm ET Savannah State vs. Howard @ Savannah, GA Theodore A. Wright Stadium2:00pm ET Shaw vs. Winston-Salem State @ Durham, NC Durham County Stadium1:00pm ET

11/24/16 Alabama State vs. Miles @ Montgomery, AL ASU Stadium 3:00pm CT 93rd Turkey Day Classic / Internet Webcast - ESPN3

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