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K AESNDOLYN S! E GW N I BA MY WIFE WANTS A NEW HOUSE FOR OUR RETIREMENT! Dear Gwendolyn: I am retiring in six months. My wife and I have been married for 42 years. We have had a beautiful marriage except for some ups and downs as in most marriages. This is the problem: My wife wants a new house. Ladies in her social club are buying new houses. I told her those ladies are younger, and some of them recently remarried. Therefore, they would want another house, even if they were awarded their current house in the divorce. My wife of 42 years now treats me badly. Gwendolyn, our house is paid for, including our car, furniture, and we have money in the bank. I am too old to get into debt. I want to spend my retirement traveling and enjoying life. Robert

Dear Robert: You are correct in feeling it unwise to start debt all over again. Couples are losing their houses in foreclosure – not to mention some are sleeping in their car until the car is repossessed. Times are hard. It is unbelievable your wife is not appreciating what most couples never accomplish. Take note – This is the time for you to reap the fruits of your labor. Many people don’t live to age of retirement. You are blessed. Do not give in to the desire and wishes of your wife. To purchase a new house or old house at your age, especially since your house is mortgage-free, makes no sense at all. Let me tell you this: I suggest you strongly consider getting a divorce and use your retirement money --- to enjoy the good life alone.

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I often quote famous Black people, as I am sure most of us do. We refer to their writings and their speeches, citing their words of wisdom and deriving inspiration from their knowledge. I often think about how we recite the words of famous Black people after they have passed away. It’s sad to think that the treasure-trove of so many important and enlightening things stated and demonstrated by our predecessors have not been heeded, and long after they have died their words ring hollow among Black folks. I hope my words are not merely quoted and used simply to stir the emotions - now or after I have left this earth. Too often we let opportunity slip away because we fail to act upon information when we receive it; we’d rather wait and use the words to temporarily satisfy and soothe our pains. Let’s look at some examples. The phrase “By any means necessary” has been used millions of times by our brothers and sisters. Had we followed some of Malcolm’s words at the time he was saying them, imagine where we would be today. Still many Black men and women quote him and use his words to stir the emotions, but few are willing to incorporate the words into their daily lives. How many of us are willing to have economic strength by any means necessary? Marcus Garvey is another brother who is quoted quite often. How many of us actually live by his words? How about Mary McLeod Bethune? She told us what to do economically before she died, and we just love to hear her words today. Have we turned her words into action? Martin Delaney, T. Thomas Fortune, William Wells-Brown, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, and many more have told us what we must do for ourselves in order to have a strong economic foundation. Are we following the principles they espoused? Let us not forget about Booker T. Washington, who

practiced what he preached and demonstrated the results of his words. And probably the most quoted of them all, Frederick Douglass, who told us what to do and how to do it more than 100 years ago. We love to talk about “Power” and how it concedes nothing, and we rejoice in his notion of agitation. Are we merely interested in feeling good about economic empowerment? Do we just like to hear the words of these and more famous Black men and women? Or, are we willing to act upon those words as well? Speakers can recite the words of famous people and bring the audience to a fever pitch, but if the audience goes home and does not act upon those words, they become, as another famous writer and activist said, “Sounding brass and tinkling cymbals.” As we face our collective economic future, we can look at it in one of two ways: As a speeding train about to run over us or as a train we are about to board and take a nice long trip. What’s it going to be? If we had acted upon a few of the words our mothers and fathers uttered when they walked this earth, I shudder to think how powerful we would be, how together we would be, how truly rich we would be, not only financially but in most other ways as well. Additionally, since we are talking about that train, we certainly would not have to worry about it running us down - we’d own it! To the thousands of you who will read this column, please don’t sit back after reading it and simply say, “Man, that was right on the money,” or something to that effect. If these words make you “feel good” then allow them to make you “do good” as well. In the 1950’s, Horace Sudduth said, “Economic freedom is the greatest cause before the Negro today.” In the 1960’s, Martin L. King said, “The emergency we now face is economic.” In 1912, Booker T. Washington said, “Let us act, before it’s too late - before others come from foreign lands and rob us of our birthright.” The key word is ACT. We should live the words of our ancestors, not just repeat them.

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The City of Garland has elected two new officials for its City Council. Garland NAACP President B.J. Williams won the seat for City Council District 4 with 51.25 percent of the votes. He beat out opponents Neil Sheffield and Paul Hoffman. Sheffield received 53 votes and Hoffman came in second “I am very excited about the results,” Williams said. “I gave my best to this campaign and to the people of Garland. I am very humbled and honored.”

with 258 votes. Williams received 327 votes to win the election. In District 2, Eric Redish edged Anita Goebel for the council seat, winning 300 to 269 votes. Arlene Beasley came in last in that District race with only 39 votes. Williams said this is a great time for him and his campaign. “I am very excited about the results,” he said. “I gave my best to this campaign and to the people of Garland. I am very humbled and honored.” Williams held a watch party in downtown Garland on May 12th where several of his supporters came out. Timothy Robinson, one of

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cerns and issues that needed to be addressed.” Stan Luckie, Plan Commissioner at Large was closely watching the election results. “I’ve known B.J. for over 15 years and he is a proven community leader and I know for a fact that he will serve District 4 well,” he said. “He is a consensus builder and fair person and what the City of Garland needs heading forward.”

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2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE LEYMAH GBOWEE TO DISCUSS ‘WOMEN, LEADERSHIP, HUMAN RIGHTS’ MAY 23 DALLAS (SMU) — Heroic Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee will be at SMU May 23 to discuss “Women, Leadership and Human Rights.” As one of only a handful of U.S. speaking engagements, Gbowee’s visit will be a rare opportunity to hear her discuss her unprecedented role in helping end Liberia’s second civil war as well as her advice on how women can bring about change in seemingly hopeless situations.

A PECULIAR PEOPLE When you are slandered are considered to be peculiar person don’t give up when you are doing a good work for God. Keep to your work like Nehemiah, Paul and the first church you are doing a great work for the Lord. Paul was accused of being deranged by those who did not understand the power under which he acted. No doubt, Festus thought the man was crazy, that “much learning” had driven him mad (Acts 26:24-25). But Paul said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak the words of truth and reason”v25. His Conduct was so strange, so novel, that Festus thought it must be insanity. But the truth simply was that Paul saw the subject so clearly that he threw his whole soul into it. 2 Tim 3:12 “Yes and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” Pentecost: the First baptism of men with the Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-21 the effects of the Holy Spirit baptism on the people of the first church, caused a revival at Jerusalem which many people thought the first church had been drinking. Peter stood up and tells the people of Judea and all that dwell at Jerusalem about Joel 2:28 the spirit of the Lord shall pour out His spirit upon all flesh and your sons and daughters shall prophesy let them know that first church were not drunken from wine that day. Nehemiah 5:1-3, Nehemiah 2:19, Philp1:6 He who hath began a good work. Don’t let slander stop your work, let the Lord’s people keep to their work. None of the slander will stop the revival are the move of God while those who are engaged in it mind their own business and keep to their work that has been appointed by God.

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COMMERCE - Twenty A&M-Commerce student-athletes reached the pinnacle of their educational career Saturday, May 12, earning their degrees during the Texas A&M University-Commerce 2012 spring commencement activities. “This is the day that we truly look forward to in the lives of our student-athletes,” said Athletic Director Carlton Cooper. “We enjoy celebrating the victories of these studentathletes on the playing fields, but today is the true victory of earning your collegiate degree. We are incredibly proud of all our 2012 graduates.” Draped in the traditional gold student-athlete sashes, five of A&M-Commerce’s 11 intercollegiate athletic teams were represented during the commencement exercises, including four A&M-Commerce athletic trainers and a pair of cheerleaders. It was also a rare occasion Saturday as former Lion sprinter and Olympic bronze medalist John Carlos received his honorary doctorate. Carlos competed for East Texas State in 1967, winning both the 100 and 200-meter dashes and was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team as the Lions captured the 1967 Lone Star Conference Championship. Prior to Saturday’s commencement activities, the graduating Lion student-athletes were invited to a reception held at the Heritage House on the A&M-Commerce campus Friday evening. There the student-athletes were given their sashes and provided one final opportunity to mingle and serve as representatives for the university.

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In a perfect world, summertime is an idyllic stretch of freedom to enjoy swimming, boating, barbecues, and hanging out with friends. But for many teens, it’s an open invitation to experiment - with danger. Depression and confusion may be kept at bay by the daily structure of classes, after-school activities, homework, and for some, daily family activities. During the unstructured time

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Are you living your life on purpose? To do something on purpose means to have intentions, to determine, to have an aim or an end. So, as odd as this question may sound, it actually has merit. Many people take much of life for granted. They find themselves caught up in the daily routines of life that includes work, raising kids, housework, school, or getting ahead. They become oblivious to the value of each day and tend to over look the importance there of. Thus, life becomes a mindless series of daily actions. It has been said that “we should live each day as if it were our last since no day is promised.” Therefore, to live life on purpose means to appreciate each day as a new gift. It means to make each day count, to welcome and learn from each new experience that we encounter. Living life on purpose means not focusing solely on self, but looking beyond one’s own circumstances to consider others. In order to consider others, one must have intentions and plan to do so because it doesn’t just happen. In the past I took much of life for granted. This was especially true during my earlier years. Although thankful for each day, the truth is, I was simply too busy with the circumstances of daily life. I considered myself a “good little Christian”, minding my own business. And, that’s exactly what I did. I stayed in my own lane completing my routine of life. Meanwhile, I took each day for granted and made little time to live life on purpose. I rarely planned to go out of my way to help others. In short, I was in my own selfish world. But, praises to God, “When we learn better we do better!” God’s Divine Plan provides that he has purposed our lives for more than being caught up in the daily “rat race” of life. As Christians, our purpose in life is to love and obey God. Through this love and obedience to God we are to concern ourselves with the lives of others. God has commanded that we not be self-absorbed. Scripture reminds us, “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others.” “Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.” “Don’t think of your own affairs, but be interested in others too, and what they are doing” (Philippians 2:3-4). We are to use Jesus as our role model in purposefully living as God requires us to.

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Scholarships valued at $10,000 each from proceeds of annual golf tournament DALLAS/FORT WORTHParadies Pugh, Inc., an airport concessionaire partnership between The Paradies Shops and former Dallas Cowboys star Jethro Pugh and the United Negro College Fund UNCF last week announced that the 19th annual Jethro Pugh Two Podners Scholarship application is now open. Scholarships valued up to $10,000 each will be awarded to qualifying students who apply by Thursday, May 31, 2012. Eligible students must be residents of the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex and attend a UNCF member college or university. The scholarship is funded from proceeds of UNCF’s annual signature golf tournament held each fall and organized and sponsored by The Paradies Shops, in partnership with DFW International Airport’s AACTION

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June 30 “Beulah’s Baby” by Tyler Productions 2 pm & 6:30 pm Plaza Theatre On June 30, 2012 Tyler and cast invite you to take a journey into the life of Beulah Mae Kitchen as she shares her story with Journalist Bobbie Jean Hackleberry on why she sits on death row. The powerful and profound cast is ready to unfold an unforgettable, compelling drama like you have never experienced before. You be the judge on whether the punishment fits the crime. There are surprise twists, touching scenes, and a big story to be told. This production will leave you speechless and sitting on the edge of your seat. You don’t want to miss this one. Come watch what happens in “Beulah’s Baby: The Untold Story” written by Gwendolyn Tyler and directed by Tracy Moffett. Show times are 2 pm and 6:30 pm, Sunday June 30. For the matinee performance tickets are $20 presale and $22 at the door. For the evening performance tickets are $22 presale and $25 at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Visit or call 214-722-7566 for more information.

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The Alumni Association of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Inc. and the University bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Citation award on Camden, Ark. native, three-sport athlete at East Texas State University and class of 1970 graduate James “Jim” Thrower. Thrower participated on the Lions’ football, basketball and track teams and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and physical education from the University. He would go on to spend five years playing defensive back in the NFL, playing two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and three with the Detroit Lions. The Alumni Association dates back to 1890 and serves former graduates of East Texas Normal College, East Texas State Normal College, East Texas State Teachers College, East Texas State College, East Texas State University and Texas A&M UniversityCommerce. The 2012 Alumni Awards Gala Recognition Dinner honoring the Gold Blazer and Distinguished Alumni Recipients was held April 20, in the Sam Rayburn Student Center. Also honored were Gold Blazer recipients: Dr. James Randy McBroom, a Henson Creek rancher and Oklahoma City print

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Carlton Cooper, James “Jim” Thrower and student discuss education during reception.

and promotional products executive Ron Skrasek. Other Distinguished Alumni Recipients honored along-side Thrower were: Rockwall based Trend HR founder and owner Dan W. Bobst (class of 1990), US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division, the Honorable Hilda G. Tagle (class of 1969). In 1995 Judge Tagle became the first Hispanic woman in Texas to hold the position of federal district judge. Nacogdoches surgeon Larry Walker (class of 1962) rounded out the group. After a knee injury in 1975, Thrower transitioned into Corporate America serving as a loan executive and as an assistant to the board chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), regional manager of public issues and planning at Michigan Consolidated Gas and director of community affairs at Stroh’s Brewery. He is

currently serving on the City of Detroit Board of Water Commissioners and is president of Jamjomar, Inc. and owner of seven McDonald’s franchises in the Detroit metro area. He is also affiliated with several corporate and community groups, such as the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In his acceptance speech Thrower touched on the keys to success: Have a good GPS system he noted. The ‘G’ is for giving back to your teammates, your community or your school. The ‘P’ is for having passion for what you do. “Life is too short to do what you don’t like doing,” he said. The ‘S’ is for sponsors. Seek out sponsors or mentors to help you achieve your idea of success. Asked if he could deliver one message to teenagers in Greenville and Commerce, Thrower said, “Strive to be superior.” Then he concluded, “And, if you fail - you will be merely excellent.”

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Event guest. Mr. Belford and Mrs Betty Page (l) and former Texas A&M University-Commerce President Keith McFarland and his wife. Page is the President of the University's Athletic Association and a former teammate of James Thrower. KHN/PHOTO

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