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Women’s History Month: A proclamation by the president of the United States of America

Throughout history, extraordinary women have fought tirelessly to broaden our democracy’s reach and help perfect our Union.

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Below-the-belt attacks on the Obamas

No United States president has been more disrespected than Barack Obama – and his family.

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188 years of Black Press excellence in USA

In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, I believe it is important to emphasize both the historical and contemporary mission, value and success of the Black Press in America. For the past 188 years, Black Americans have labored diligently and responsibly to publish and distribute Black-owned newspapers in the interests of millions of Black Americans and others who cry out for freedom, justice, equality and empowerment.

Battling chikungunya in Dallas County

First, it was West Nile virus, which has loomed over Dallas County in every mosquito season since 2002. Now, there is a new virus on our doorstep – chikungunya. Like West Nile, chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes.

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Political frustration: Rhetoric vs. true solutions

Writing has been a catharsis for me since my “angry days” in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I used to write “Last Poets” kind of stuff and just put it away afterwards. Writing was a release to lower the pressure in my mind about the state of our people. It’s much the same for me today, after nearly 23 years of writing Blackonomics. The larger context of my writing this column has evolved into a desire to inform, to educate and to move our people to progressive economic action. I share ways and means through which we can achieve true freedom – economic freedom – in this nation.

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Continuing the mission of the Selma-to-Montgomery March

Fifty years ago I traveled from Mississippi to Selma, Alabama, on March 21, 1965, to join Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of fellow citizens marching the 54 miles to the steps of the state’s capitol in Montgomery.

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Living with heart sarcoidosis

Many fans of the late comedian Bernie Mac recognize sarcoidosis as the inflammatory disease of the lungs that took his life. Believed to be caused by a bacterial or viral infection that produces restrictive granules or nodules, sarcoidosis travels from one organ to others, destroying tissue wherever it lands. With heart sarcoidosis, nodules develop in the heart, interfering with its electrical conduction system and causing an abnormal heart beat.

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From the Edmund Pettus Bridge to the Continental Bridge

Remembering the Montgomery-to-Selma March

“I stand on this bridge because of its great symbolism. A bridge is something that connects one side of the road across the river, across difficulties with the other side,” said Rev. Holsey Hickman during a local reenactment of the Selma-to-Montgomery March held on its 50th anniversary, on March 6

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Monday Night Politics forum presents City Council District 4 candidates

Economic development, working with the police department in communities, and working with the mayor and councilmembers to get things accomplished were some of the issues candidates for Dallas City Council District 4 discussed during Monday Night Politics on March 9 at the African American Museum.

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Jacqueline Woodson: Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson stood on the Horchow Auditorium stage inside the Dallas Museum of Art and asked “So, where do I begin?” The writer appeared at the Feb. 22 event Jacqueline Woodson: Dreams Come True in support of her latest book of poetry, Brown Girl Dreaming. The presentation was part of the ongoing DMA Arts & Letters Live program.

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S.M. Wright Project Phase II under review

The city of Dallas and Texas Department of Transportation are working to construct freeway-to-freeway roadway ramps that link Julius Schepps Freeway along Interstate Highway 45 and CF Hawn Freeway along U.S. Highway 175 and convert S.M. Wright Freeway along US 175 to a low-speed arterial roadway. TxDOT officials have stated that the purpose of this project is to improve mobility and safety of the travelers in this area.

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Around the State

Nominations for educators in the Oak Cliff area are being accepted for the annual Oak Cliff Educator of the Year Celebration. The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce will honor a college, high school, middle school, elementary and pre-K educator for their dedication to youth and young adults. Dr. Lois Becker, provost and vice president of Academic Excellence and Student Success at the University of North Texas at Dallas, will be the keynote speaker. The celebration will be held Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in the Hitt Auditorium, located at 1441 N. Beckley Ave. For more information and to register, call Taylor Basped at 214-943-4567 or visit http://www.oakcliffchamber.org.

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An afternoon with Amelia Boynton-Robinson

Amelia Platts Boynton-Robinson, 103 years old, still recalls Bloody Sunday and the Selma-to-Montgomery March that led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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President Obama proved he is ‘Black enough’

Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama was dogged by one question: Is he Black enough? The question was repeated so often that after showing up late for an appearance at the 2008 annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists in Las Vegas, Obama said, “I want to apologize for being late, but you guys keep asking whether I am Black enough.”

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Monday Night Politics Forum featured City Council candidates for District 3

It’s back. Monday Night Politics kicked off its first series on March 2 featuring candidates for Dallas City Council District 3.

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Advocates for justice host ‘Know Your Rights’ town hall meeting

Police brutality is a major issue across the country. But it is also a local issue – one that Dallas residents have been concerned with for a long time. Statistics from the Mothers Against Police Brutality show that since 2003 there have been over 68 deaths of unarmed individuals killed by Dallas police. In over 40 years, there have been no indictments.

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Ferguson increased revenue by targeting poor Blacks

The Justice Department’s recent investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department not only revealed widespread racism in its operation, but described how poor Blacks were targeted to boost the sagging revenues of small municipalities.

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Around the State

Selma Lord Selma, featuring Amelia Boynton Robinson, will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at The Black Academy of Arts & Letters, located at 1309 Canton St. “Selma was Amelia Boynton’s idea,” Ambassador Andrew Young said. “Amelia Boynton was a Black woman who went to Selma in 1929 with George Washington Carver; she registered to vote in 1932.”

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Blacks still underrepresented at all levels of politics

Although Blacks have made tremendous improvement in holding elected office since passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, they remain underrepresented at the federal, state and local levels, according to a report scheduled to be released Tuesday by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

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Connecting to the Black consumer

The National Newspaper Publishers Association entered into an agreement with Nielsen in 2010 for Nielsen to do a series of three reports titled “The State of the African American Consumer.” The reports examined the African American consumer and their buying habits and were published in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The NNPA represents approximately 200 Black-owned and operated newspapers in the United States. Nielsen provides clients in more than 100 countries around the world with the most complete understanding of what consumers watch and buy.

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