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President and Congress roll back anti-discriminatory auto lending guidance : What’s next for consumers?

Despite federal laws addressing discrimination in housing, credit and more, President Donald Trump signed May 21, a rollback of an anti-discrimination guidance affecting auto lending. The presidential signature also marked the first time that a policy that had been in effect for several years was reversed through a special, streamlined legislative process under the Congressional Review Act.

Democrats can’t turn states blue without Black voters

In November, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be up for grabs, making this one of the most crucial midterm elections in recent memory. Thirty-three of the 100 seats in the Senate will be regular elections, while the other two seats will be special elections, where the winner will serve a six-year term from Jan. 3, 2019 to Jan. 3, 2025.

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Athletes expected to shut up and play ball

The accusation from the president of this nation that the Black athletes who have chosen to kneel to protest racism marks a disrespect for the flag is as ludicrous and ignorant as it is wrong, and the decision of the NFL to acquiesce to the spirit of the president and make it a requirement that all players on the field must stand, reveals the master/slave relationship which has always been the case between white and Black people.

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Before Meghan, the ancestry of another royal influenced the world

“Descended from the warlike Vandal race, She still preserves that title in her face. Tho’ shone their triumphs o’er Numidia’s plain, And and Alusian fields their name retain; They but subdued the southern world with arms, She conquers still with her triumphant charms, O! born for rule, - to whose victorious brow The greatest monarch of the north must bow.”

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California’s chance to lead for poor children

When I was a young civil rights lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Mississippi, I was called in 1967 to testify before Congress about the embattled Head Start program in Mississippi that was serving thousands of children after the state turned its federal funding down and community groups exercised their option to apply. But after defending the Child Development Group of Mississippi overseeing Head Start, for which I served as counsel, I added my urgent concern about the deep poverty and high levels of hunger in Mississippi. I asked the Senators to come see the hungry children and families with no income.

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Summer outdoor entertaining tips

Summer brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors entertaining family and friends. The key to a successful summer party is simplicity: keep things easy so you can enjoy the festivities right along with your guests.

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Champions of parental engagement: Janelle Wood, the Black Mothers Forum

Janelle Wood has been on a mission since she gave birth to a son, years ago.

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Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates sports legends

From “Mr. Raider” to “Grandmama,” the inaugural Dallas ISD Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony celebrated 10 outstanding alumni who have made their mark on and off the field of competition.

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Working to attract more minorities in schools

When Kettisha Jones launched her career in education more than 20 years ago, she noticed there were few other African American teachers in her cohort.

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Counseling Corner: Learning to see change as a positive force

Life is full of changes. In business, in our families, and in our relationships with friends, nothing ever stays exactly the same.

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Why social determinants of health matter

Social Determinants of Health are the areas of your social and environmental condition and experiences that directly impact your health and health status.

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DCHHS partners with Baylor wellness center to host community farm stands

Half a million Dallas residents live within more than one mile of a grocery store with the majority being in Southern Dallas, according to a March 2017 City of Dallas study.

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Harvest Project helps feed Southern Dallas’ food-insecure families

“I was dying to get a chance to see this,” said an older Dallas resident as she eyed the fresh organic produce stretched across nine tables in the Friendship-West Baptist Church parking lot.

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Joppa calls for environmental justice

Former freedmen’s community loses concrete plants, fights for pollution controls

“The Confederate statue discussion you had at your briefing this month was impressive,”

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Civil rights activists, NFL players react to new national anthem policy

Protesters held a rally in front of the National Football League’s headquarters in New York City, May 25, after the league announced new rules that punish players who don’t stand for the national anthem.

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Fourteen-year-old girl distressed after dating adult posing as teen boy

Still shaken from recently finding out that her high school boyfriend was actually an adult posing as a teenager, the 14-year-old Angel struggled to find her words.

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Redlining settlement fails to provide strong penalties

For as long as many people of color can remember, succeeding generations have called for justice. Despite these age-old pleas, justice is not only elusive, but frustrating since the enactment of a series of civil rights laws. Despite federal guarantees of equal treatment, much of Black America experiences something short of what was promised. A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied. Even worse, those entrusted in key federal agencies are willing to accept much less than what is fair or just.

Teens should be routinely screened for depression

When you take your 15-year-old son for a physical exam, the pediatrician goes through a standard procedure – checks his weight, measures his height and takes his blood pressure. But typically, he will not be asked about his mood or whether he ever wants to hurt himself.

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A look at the presidential pardons

The current president, who said during his campaign that he was the “law and order” candidate, has shown and is showing that his concept of the same is far off the beaten path. Or is it?

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Black entertainment trailblazer: The legacy of Debra Lee

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm, African American politician and activist, 1924–2005

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