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The Last O.G.

Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish bring chemistry, comedy to new TV series

TBS’ The Last O.G – as in “original gangsta” – starring Tracy Morgan as a man just out of prison and learning his way around a changed world, also holds a lesson in comedy chemistry.

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Bernie Sanders struggles with new path to Black voters

As Bernie Sanders contemplates making another presidential bid in 2020, the Vermont senator still is searching for the right way to attract more Black voters who backed Hillary Clinton and effectively denied him the Democratic nomination in 2016.

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Restaurant fed stomachs, souls during Civil Rights Movement

When Irene and Clint Cleaves opened The Four Way Grill in 1946, they couldn’t have known that the tiny restaurant attached to a pool hall and a barbershop would become an institution in the Civil Rights Movement 20 years later.

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Around the State

Hundreds of residents in Fort Bend County have sued an engineering company alleging that it was negligent in the design of a storm water management system for a community that flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

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Medical tests that can save your life

Health indicators consistently confirm that African Americans suffer disproportionately from leading diseases, as well as die earlier. In light of this, it is especially important for African Americans to get accustomed to having regular screenings and exams. In doing so, many conditions could be at the least caught earlier, and at best prevented. It is especially important that African Americans undergo routine medical screening tests. These tests should be routinely performed; others may be necessary if recommended by your physician or if your medical history dictates:

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Sankofa Garden Homes: Planting by Good Friday’s moon

When Good Friday, March 30, finally arrived I was filled with great anticipation. As I mentioned last month, many of our ABA – or Africans Who Built America – ancestors used the Farmer’s Almanac to decide when to plant. At http://www.almanac.com/content/gardening-moon-calendar, the Farmer’s Almanac shared the planting season in Texas Region 1 and its Gardening by the Moon video.

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No constitutional equality proves we need the ERA

When this country was founded, women had no rights.

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Confessions of a political donor: The system is broken

Our democracy is broken.

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Sexism Matters in the community, work and church

The festivities for the commemoration of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have ended; the masses of people who flooded Memphis and Washington D.C. have gone home, but the question lingers overhead like a storm cloud … “Now what?”

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Winnie Mandela bore the scars of battle, helped heal a nation

This week, Winnie Madikizela Mandela will be laid to rest and honored at a state funeral in South Africa. To many, she was loved as the “Mother of the Nation” even in her final days. When the roll is called of freedom fighters who changed the world and made it better, the name Winnie Mandela will rank near the top of the list.

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Entrepreneurship program has potential to close the racial wealth gap

“Investing to support the launch and growth of Black-owned businesses could build wealth for individuals and their families, assist with closing the wealth gap, revitalize communities and contribute to an overall healthier economy, which benefits us all. To do so, thoughtful and innovative approaches are required to overcome the exponential effects of the interplay among the wealth gap, the credit gap and the trust gap. While challenging, this is worth striving for so that we can move one step closer to an inclusive economy.” – Association of Enterprise Opportunity, The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership In America

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Remembering Dr. King

I first heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak in person on April 19, 1960, at Spelman College’s Sisters Chapel during my senior year in college.

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Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates forums for the Runoff Election

Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, presented by The Dallas Examiner, will host two political forums for the Runoff Election.

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Video shows man before being shot by Texas deputy

A cellphone video of a sheriff’s deputy fatally shooting an unarmed Black man shows the man wandering in a Houston street with his pants around his ankles and continuing to approach the deputy as the officer tells him to stop.

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Blacks largely left out of high-paying jobs

Jonathan Garland’s fascination with architecture started early: He spent much of his childhood designing Lego houses and gazing at Boston buildings on rides with his father away from their largely minority neighborhood.

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NAACP spearheads lawsuit to overhaul plan for 2020 Census

The NAACP is spearheading a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Census Bureau and President Donald Trump, saying the federal government is unprepared for the 2020 Census, which will lead to a massive undercounting of African Americans.

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Southwest Center Mall turns to city officials for help

Southwest Center Mall, formerly known as Redbird Mall, has called for help from Dallas city officials as plans for an outdoor multipurpose shopping area become solidified. After a series of ownership changes, local businessman Peter Brodsky took on the task to transform the Southern Dallas mall from a struggling retail chain to a thriving business September 2015.

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Southwest Black Art Show in South Dallas

The Southwest Black Art Show will present original art by artists of African descent, April 6 through 8 at the African American Museum, located in Historic Fair Park at 3536 Grand Ave. SWBAS was founded by artist Frank Frazier, along with a group of art educators, collectors and curators from North Texas in 2010. Each year, artists compete for prizes.

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Raise Your Glass Dallas

“Raise Your Glass Dallas,” a Boho Chic garden party presented by Sociologie Wine. It will be held April 15 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Texas Discovery Gardens, located at 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dede McGuire of K104 FM’s Dede in the Morning show will serve as the event MC for the afternoon. “We are absolutely thrilled to present this premier spring wine-tasting event that will lift the community through cheers and celebration,” said Amy Hampton, founder of Sociologie Wine. “The day will be filled with wine, fashion and music, all while highlighting women-owned businesses and supporting charitable community partners and nonprofit organizations that benefit women and girls.”

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Let’s move forward together

In the spring of 1960, I was a senior at Spelman College in Atlanta and decided to help organize the civil rights student sit-in movement to desegregate lunch counters. I went to Atlanta City Hall to engage in our cause to end racial apartheid.

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