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ASENKDOLYN ! S GW E N BAI New Year’s Eve is fun me, but… Dear Gwendolyn: I have been married for 10 years and for 9 of those years my husband has taken me to a party celebra ng the coming of a new year. However, last year when I was in the hospital, my husband went out with his friends in celebra on. In that one night of fun, he met another woman. All during this year I have been figh ng the ba le to keep him. Two weeks ago he told me that he was taking her out on New Year’s Eve. In fact, he said he intends to leave me for her - saying he was in love. Gwendolyn, we have children together. Their ages are 2 years, 5 years, and 8 years. He was supposed to be keeping our children on last New Year’s Eve, but he had taken them to my mother’s house. What can I do? I don’t want to spend New Year’s Eve alone. I love my husband. Margaret

Dear Margaret: What’s love got to do with it? You have spent all of 2010 trying to ba le to keep him - and he has spent all of 2010 cour ng his new love. I would like to think that the woman he met on last New Year’s Eve was a passing drunk affec on. You know…drinking and having a good me. Let me tell you this: It was okay for your husband to take the children to your mother. At least he did not leave them at home alone. Margaret, never let a man know just how hurt you really are. It is sickening to watch the TV talk shows showing women crying as if their life ended with losing their mate. Think about it. To have a bad marriage is worse than not having a marriage at all. Hold your head high and on New Year’s Eve keep your children up late to bring in the New Year. A marriage license does not come with a ‘guarantee.’ When the New Year comes in have the mindset to get rid of the old --- and seek someone new.

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Riding the Bench in the Economic Super Bowl By James Clingman

On the national scene, money is being tossed around by the billions and sometimes by the trillions, from the Washington political elite to the super-wealthy and corporate bigwigs via tax breaks and bailouts. The national deficit is around $1.5 trillion and the national debt is $14 trillion. Banks and other financial institutions, in addition to pharmaceutical and insurance firms are livin’ large. And the big boys on Wall Street are gearing up for their annual blockbuster bonuses, the average of which is $1 million per employee! Money, money everywhere, and not a dollar for us. It’s the economic Super Bowl, folks, and we are sitting on the bench. We have been relegated to permanent underclass status, as Dr. Claud Anderson told us we would become if we did not act. We have little influence, much less any real power in political and economic circles. In this current economic Super Bowl, even when we get a little ahead, the political referees are always there to throw the penalty flag on us for being off side or, in other words, for being out of our place. Take the recent approval (finally) of the Black Farmers’ lawsuit against the USDA; despite it being settled in the 1990’s, it is still being held up, even though the perpetrators of that misdeed were found guilty. Black farmers and their families still suffer as a result of blatant discrimination by the USDA, and yet folks like Representatives Michele Bachman of Minnesota and Steve King of Iowa are railing against the settlement as “pure and complete fraud” and “slavery reparations.” This guy Steve King said, “The fraudulent claims might be, well, Johnny, yeah, he was raised on a farm, but he wouldn’t help his dad, he went off to the city and became a drug addict. But now his daddy’s died, and Johnny wants the $50,000 that comes from the USDA under this claim.” King’s and Bachman’s words go deeper than just a negative reflection on themselves; they also speak volumes about those who elected and reelected them to the U.S. Congress. So much for those two idiots. We have billions of dollars going to corporate interests and lobbyists while veterans of war are denied a measly $250 check? Active duty soldiers are given a measly 1.2 - 1.9 percent pay increase. Senior citizens, for the second consecutive year, will get no cost of living allowance in their Social Security checks. Senate Repubs reject the proposed $7.4 billion health care fund for

the 911 emergency workers, some of whom are now dying of lung cancer as a result of their heroism. What a bunch of guys we have in DC, huh? Money, money everywhere, but not a dollar for vets, seniors, and “heroes.” Yes, for a select and relative few the economic Super Bowl is well underway; and for many of us, the best we can do is watch the game, either from the bench (with no hope of getting in), the sidelines, the stands, on television, or we can read about it after the game is over. There will be no losing team in this Super Bowl; the celebration will go on for months in both camps. Dollars will continue to flow into their coffers while we, the Proletariat, remain at the mercy of political court-jesters manipulated by the hidden hand of the greedy and corrupt. Understanding that in poker you have to play the hand you were dealt, I also understand that a good bluff works ever now and then; no need to fold every bad hand. The latest boondoggle for the super wealthy, in the form of tax breaks, is yet another illustration of the continuous and disgraceful kowtowing to a few folks who already have more money than they could ever spend in two lifetimes. In juxtaposition, this latest compromise is also illustrative of an old saying that goes something like this: The measure of a country is in how it treats the least among its citizens. The sheer hypocrisy being displayed by politicians vis-à-vis those revered as war heroes, veterans, the long term unemployed, and senior citizens is sickening, shameful, and beyond comprehension. The politicians’ complete lack of compassion and concern for those who need help the most can only be characterized as reprehensible - and that’s putting it mildly. But the Super Bowl is underway, folks. And while most of us cannot afford the price of admission, the game will continue nevertheless. When will it end, you say? No one knows for sure, but one thing is certain: It will end. The clock will run out and the celebrations will come to an end. The more important question is: What will we do in the meantime? My recommendation is what it has been for years on end: Organize our own economic Super Bowl; select our own team members; make our own rules; create and execute our own collective economic initiatives. We must stop being economic benchwarmers waiting to get into a game in which we have no chance of playing.

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Erin McCurdy Garland Journal Most of us hate to see the year end, but there is one good thing that comes. It’s a new year! This means a fresh start and a time of self -renewal. Of course, that typically means making resolutions which involve the usual suspects of better health, more wealth and an overall better you. Throughout the year, many of us are busy working, being students, trying to take care of a family or all of the above. Whatever your goals maybe for 2011, why not let this year’s focus be taking better care of you! This means nourishing your mind, body and soul. The most important thing is your physical

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relaxation. Also, get snazzy and jazzed up for a special dinner with friends or your significant other. A happy new you could also mean planning to go back to school and fulfilling your dream. It may be attaining your degree or a different degree, making a career change or just getting a new job. Whatever it may be, pursue what it is that really makes you happy. Don’t forget the simple things like relaxing your mind. For some people this may be through prayer, meditation or having some type of spiritual time. This is extremely important because it relaxes the mind and body which helps to reduce your stress. Join an organization that interest you or help others for a good cause by volunteering. Also, consider taking up a hobby or revive an old one

that you once enjoyed such as playing an instrument, sewing or reading. This is easily overlooked but can be very therapeutic. Finally, learn to treat yourself well. Take long bubble baths, use the special lingerie and wear those special outfits and stop saving them for “the right occasion.” You can wear them when visiting a friend or going to dinner. Use your good linens, dishes, stem ware and aromatic candles for yourself and not just for your guest or entertaining. Remember life is short and should not be taken for granted. So enjoy your life and your nice things yourself or someone else will. Let this year be more than a Happy New Year but also a Happy New You!

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His Plan: Better Than Mine By Patricia R. McCurdy

As always, with the start of a new year, many of us view this time as an opportunity for a fresh beginning, a time to make desired changes in our lives. Therefore, some of us give lip service and make the familiar New Year’s Resolutions with few of our dreams actually coming to fruition. While some Christians do thank God for all blessings received throughout the previous year, many forget to put God ahead of all their plans for the coming year. If we expect success in the New Year then we must put God ahead of all our plans. Years ago as a younger adult and a fragile Christian, I tended to make the typical plans at the start of each New Year only to resolve in the same unsuccessful results. Of course it was due to my own ignorance and lack of knowledge concerning God’s word. I didn’t realize or understand that my plans should be based upon God’s plans and his purpose for my life. Though a late bloomer, I came to realize that it’s all about God and not about me. Although still under construction and still growing spiritually, I also came to realize that God’s Plan is so much better than mine! God’s Divine Plan provides that we follow his plan when making all of our plans. His purpose is that we glorify him in all we do. In fact, when we seek to glorify God first he blesses our plans. Scripture says in Proverbs 12:5, “The plans of the Godly are just”. God’s plan for us begins with our obedience to him (Deut. 8:1). This obedience to him should be in every area of our life including our heart, will, mind, body, our finances and our future. Our heart’s obedience should be that we love him more than anyone or anything. Our will should be that we are totally committed to his will and his plan above our own. Our mind should be that we seek to know him and his word, while applying and allowing his principles and values to be the foundation of our lives. Our bodies are temples and do not belong to us and should be used according to God’s purposes. This includes our strengths, gifts, talents and sexuality. Our resources all come from God this includes our finances. Thus we are to manage our finances as good stewards. As for our future, we are to be faithful to God, making service to him and man the main purpose of our life’s work. Finally, if we want our plans to be successful in the New Year, we must adhere to God’s plan first in our lives and understand that his plan is better than our own.

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Family, Friends Bid Farewell to Lubbock Co-Publisher

headed Lubbock’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. One of Eddie’s biggest contribution to the black community in Lubbock, was working with his partner and dearest friend for 40 years, T.J. Patterson, at the Southwest Digest Newspaper office. Richardson and Patterson met in 1970, which at the time Richardson wanted to write for a paper. Mr. Patterson thought that Eddie was losing his mind, but about six years later, they crafted their first paper for the black community. Later on through the years, Eddie persuaded T.J. to run for office ad City Councilman. Eddie had a heart for people, regardless to race, greed or color. He always wanted to do whatever he could to help people.

Lancaster Mayor Marcus Knight Delivers His 3rd Annual “State of the City Address”

Mayor Marcus Knight.

LANCASTER, TX - At the Jan. 13 Lancaster Chamber Luncheon in Grand Hall, Mayor

Marcus Knight delivered his 3rd Annual “State of the City” address titled “Do You See What I

See”? It focused on what lies ahead for Lancaster in 2011 and beyond, and only briefly touched on the events of 2010. The luncheon had a near capacity crowd of 120 who enjoyed tasty food catered by Ton’s Chinese Garden Restaurant. In addition to Mayor Knight, there were three other mayors in attendance - Mayor Carl Sherman of Desoto, Mayor Artis Johnson from Hutchins, and Mayor Jeff Steele from Wilmer. Former Lancaster Mayor Joe Tillotson was also in attendance. Seven new members Continued Page 7

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Eddie P. Richardson, a longtime community activist and co-founder of East Lubbock’s community newspaper, Southwest Digest. LUBBOCK, TEXAS- Last week, the Southwest Digest, along with family and many friends paid their last respects to Eddie P. Richardson, a longtime community activist and co-founder of East Lubbock’s community newspaper, Southwest Digest. Eddie was passed away the Sunday before Christmas at his home. He was 74 years-old. Mr. Richardson is survived by his mother, Helen Hereford, his two daughters,

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Angela of Lubbock and Karen of Atlanta, GA. Other members of his surviving family include eight grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Richardson dedicated his life in the black community of Lubbock. He also founded the city’s Black Chamber of Entrepreneurs. Richardson also served as a governor’s appointee to the statewide Juneteenth Celebration Board. For several years, Richardson spear-

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1. Martin Luther King was best known for his philosophy of: a. black nationalism b. civil disobedience c. socialism

6. What world-famous prize was Martin Luther King honored with? a. The Pulitzer Prize b. The Nobel Peace Prize c. The Nobel Prize in Literature

2. Which of these major events first distinguished Martin Luther King as an important civil rights leader? a. The Montgomery Bus Boycott b. The March on Washington c. Brown v. Board of Education

7. Which of these quotations is by Martin Luther King? a. “I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.” b. “You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.” c. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

3. Martin Luther King was the leader of which organization? a. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) b. Student Non-Violent Coordinating Society (SNCC) c. The Nation of Islam 4. Martin Luther King received a Ph.D. from Boston University in what field? a. political science b. history c. theology 5. In 1963, Martin Luther King was arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham, Alabama. What famous work did he write during that time? a. Why We Can’t Wait b. Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community c. Letter From Birmingham City Jail

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8. Where did Martin Luther King give his famous 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech? a. During the March on Washington b. When he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize c. During the Birmingham Bus Boycott 9. Who assassinated Martin Luther King? a. James Earl Ray b. Sirhan Sirhan c. Mark Chapman 10. The city in which Martin Luther King was born has numerous memorials and historical landmarks associated with him-what city is it? a. Memphis b. Detroit c. Atlanta

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The Jones became involved with the NFL during their son, Daryl Jones’ NFL career.

Diane Xavier EDITOR Garland is the city known for its diverse culture, hometown feel, and

thriving economy. Mayor Ronald E. Jones and his wife Peggy Jones are making sure the nation gets to know this special city by hosting Super Bowl festivi-

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Garland Mayor Ronald Jones is a member of the National Football Players Fathers Association (NFPFA).

Garland First Lady Peggy Jones is a member of the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA).

ties. The National Football Players Fathers Association (NFPFA) will host the NFPFA Ultimate Golf Challenge tournament on Friday, February 4, 2011 at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland. The association’s annual Living Legends Awards and Luncheon will be Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the Atrium at the Granville Arts Center in historic Downtown Garland. Mayor Jones is a

member of this organization. Ticket packages range from $150 to $300. To purchase tickets, visit Secondly, Peggy Jones, who is a member of the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA), will host the “NFL Mothers Gala” at The Atrium at the Patty Granville Arts Center on February 5 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Gala will include dinner, dancing, live enter-

tainment, a silent and a live auction. Special entertainment will feature “Dancing with the NFL Players.” Tickets for the Gala are $100 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the local Boys and Girls Club. Tickets are available through the Granville Arts Center Box Office at 972-205-2790. The Jones became involved with the NFL during their son, Daryl Jones’ NFL career with the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings. Mrs. Jones says she loves being involved with the Mothers Association because they are actively involved in educational and community service and are in centered on God. “The moms are real Christian women who always pray before and after meetings,” she said. “We make sure God is the center of our lives.”

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Jones said having Garland being involved in the Super Bowl is important for the community. “We wanted the city to be included in the Super Bowl,” she said. “There are only a few number of people that can actually afford Super Bowl tickets. This way, by hosting these events here, people can partake in the Super Bowl without paying an enormous price.” “We also wanted to host something on this side of town,” Jones said. Jones said giving back to the community is a big part of the organization. “We always focus on community service and helping the youth,” she said “We want to let people know that these events are going to be so much fun,” Jones said. “They are going to have so much fun that they don’t want to leave.”

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For as the body is one, and has many members. And all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: So also is Christ. 1Corin. 12:18

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The Call of Mar n Luther King Jr., “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good dings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the cap ves, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.” Isaiah 61:1-2 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanc fied thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the na ons.” Jeremiah 1:5 The Rev. Mar n L. King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia into a family of ministers. He was the leading organizer of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s which led to desegrega on of the public places, the aboli on of legal discrimina on against African Americans in employment, and vo ng rights for blacks. King’s success was in eleva ng the issue of equality into a moral crusade. He appealed to the conscience of the na on and brought pressure on the federal government to pass legisla on that remedied many of society inequi es. This eloquent, s rring orator was able to convince people of goodwill that jus ce is inherent in the civil rights cause. “I have set a watchmen upon the walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make men on of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest, ll he establish, and ll he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:6-7 We all have a call to be a witness, and share the good news of the gospel. You may say; I am not a minister like MLK. I encourage you to pray and seek the Lord ll you find your cause. There is a witness and guide in the hearts of all believers called the Holy Spirit and we want receive rest un l we answer the call God has on our life. Be Blessed. Happy New Year! Ruby Grant

NAACP Honors Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Baltimore, MD The NAACP honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the federal holiday celebrating his life and achievements. Dr. King is considered the formative figure in the modern fight for civil rights. He led numerous boycotts, marches and rallies in the 1950’s and 1960’s,

including the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In 1957 Dr. King earned the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP’s most prestigious honor. “Dr. King’s legacy looms large in the work of all those who follow him in his cause,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Dr.

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King dedicated his life to fighting injustice in all forms. With that attitude, he grew a small social movement in Birmingham, Alabama into a national crusade that changed the course of our country’s history. His example reminds us how important it is to do what we can, no matter how small, to make the world a better place.” “Dr. King’s crusade was deeply rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the universal truths that unite the world’s great belief systems, and the American Dream,” stated President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “He was a man of vision, conviction, and courage. Just as his work was inspired by the NAACP, we are inspired

by his example. We will finish his work to eliminate economic exploitation and racial injustice. As Dr. King reminds us in his Letter from a Birmingham jail, only in embracing fairness and opportunity for all can we ensure America will finally be America for all Americans.” Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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were introduced, allowed to tell about their companies, and presented with membership plaques. Those included: Runway Café, Michelle McDonald; La Azteca Grocery and Meat Market, Fred and Juan Ortega; Costco Wholesale, Joseph Paeno and Megan Mercier; WAG Program and Event Center, Bruce Carter; ACN Independent Representative, Edward Sutton; In the Door Advertising, Katina Potts and Rick Hope; and Bel-Air apartments, Brent Estep and Manny Vega. The next Lancaster Chamber Luncheon will be on February 10, 2011 with UNT-Dallas’ President Dr. John Ellis Price speaking at the Annual Awards Luncheon. Reservations may be made online at or by calling 972-227-2579. Individual tickets are $18 and Sponsor Tables of 8 are $160. The February Awards Luncheon is sponsored by UNT-Dallas, a major 4-year university located adjacent to Lancaster.

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1. (b) Civil disobedience. 2. (a) The Montgomery Bus Boycott. 3. (a) The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which King founded along with Charles K. Steele and Fred L. Shuttlesworth, was a major force in organizing the civil rights movement. 4. (c) theology. Martin Luther King graduated from Morehouse College (B.A., 1948), Crozer Theological Seminary (B.D., 1951), and Boston University (Ph.D., 1955). 5. (c) Letter From Birmingham City Jail. Martin Luther King wrote his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which argued that individuals have the moral duty to disobey unjust laws.

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6. (b) The Nobel Peace Prize. At age 35, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 7. (c) This is part of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The first quotation (“I am America...”) is by boxer and activist Muhammad Ali and the second is by Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver. 8. (a) During the March on Washington. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., and was attended by 250,000 people. King’s speech remains one of the most famous in American history.

9: Popular Answer (a) James Earl Ray. Allegedly, Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis by James Earl Ray, a career criminal and virulent racist. 10. (c) Atlanta- Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta. The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and the King Center are located there. You can also visit the house in which he was born and the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as pastor.

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Dallas musician Jamal Mathis is gaining a reputation, and a following by taking his training in classical music and combining it with jazzy tunes from greats such as Scott Joplin, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Thomas “Fats” Waller, Duke Ellington to create a unique breed of music all his own.

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There’s no limit to how far a musician can excel says native Dallas musician Jamal Mathis. Mathis, who is gaining a reputation, and a following by taking his training in classical music and combining it with jazzy tunes from greats such as Scott Joplin, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Thomas “Fats” Waller, Duke Ellington to create a unique breed of music all his own. The second child of Willie and Alice Mathis has two siblings: Jemilah and Kamila. And, when you can’t catch find him with family there is a good chance of catching him between serving two positions between head musician and minister of music at Lamb of God Mis-

sionary Baptist Church on Sunday’s, and Southern Worship Center on Saturday’s. At both churches, Jamal shows his leadership skills by directing rehearsals, working with others, sight reading music, and improvising when needed. He also coaches and tutors anyone who’s pursuing a career in the music and entertainment industry, and instructing others who are serious about learning music. “I want to encourage every musician to be versatile and play in all styles efficiently; therefore, they’ll have no limits,” says Jamal. Mathis has produced two albums independently. One in collaboration with violinist/recording engineer Ryan Smith intitled Faith, Hope, and Love in 2009 and his debut

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Music in the Mix in 2006 which he composed and recorded with his three piece jazz band -Jamal Mathis Trio. Mathis earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2006 from Andrews University and a Performing Musician for Commercial Music Certificate from Cedar Valley College in 2002. His music studies includes: musicianship and ear training, music theory and form analysis, piano pedagogy, music history, music conducting, and music composition and orchestration. His currently released a single “That Man” can be download on his website: That Man was written by Mathis and Estrella Delgadillo.

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