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Trump’s travel ban betrays American values

“Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed. We believed in American democracy – that with hard work and the goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings. We were blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams. Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer. But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers … If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.” – Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq, Democratic National Convention Address, July 28, 2016

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Protesters meet new education secretary as she visits school

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ attempt to mend fences with teachers and parents across the country got off to a rocky start, when she was confronted by angry protesters during her first visit to a public school.

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George Foreman to be inducted into TBSHF

The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 by Dr. Harry Robinson in an effort to honor the achievements by outstanding African American athletes and coaches in Texas.

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

PBS inspires with Dr. Maya Angelou documentary

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. That in fact it may be necessary to encounter defeat so we can know who the hell we are. What can we overcome? What makes us stumble and fall and now miraculously rise and go on?” Dr. Maya Angelou speaks at the beginning of American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, a PBS documentary of her life and extraordinary achievements.

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Around the State

To celebrate Black History Month, McDonald’s of Greater North Texas will host African American Read-In events every Saturday in February with the Dallas Chapter of Continental Societies Inc., an organization dedicated to the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of underprivileged youth.

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Rep. Johnson tackles recidivism, voting and gentrification

Texas Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) has represented District 100 in the Texas House of Representatives since he was first elected in a special election in April 2010.

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Welcome to the land of opportunity

“My mother always said, ‘Learn what you can learn for yourself, and then share your knowledge with others.’ My goal now is to advocate for equality and help others in need. Perhaps I have this opportunity because the purpose of my life has been to open the door for others.”

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Trump’s minion prepares to gut consumer watchdog

“Personnel is policy,” says Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs recently named to head President Trump’s National Economic Council. He got that right, and every working family should shudder that Trump – after railing against the corruptions of Goldman Sachs and other big banks in the campaign – has put six former Goldman Sachs bankers at the head of his economic team.

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Welcoming refugees amid a travel ban

On Jan. 27, just a week after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order implementing a travel ban for entry to the United States for travelers from seven countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The order was signed hastily and has had disastrous ramifications.

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Back of the bus again: Seeking justice for families

We live in a world turned upside down. A new president is the enemy of both Democrat and Republican leaders. A major Black Christian leader is sent to stand in the hall by the office of the most senior Black member of the Texas Senate. You cannot guess who took that same bishop into their offices and furthermore went to bat for Black interests.

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Making Black history as we celebrate it – Part Two

An obscure name to those under 60 years of age and who live outside of the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area, is the subject of this week’s installment of, “Making history, not just celebrating it.” A man of vision, strength and determination, who practiced what he preached, Floyd McKissick succeeded James Farmer as national director of the Congress of Racial Equality – known as CORE – in 1966, and under McKissick’s leadership, CORE was transformed from an interracial, non-violent, civil rights organization into a group that promoted Black Power.

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Time to dismantle America’s lingering legacy of economic exclusion: Racial wealth gap could close with systemic public policy reforms, says new research

As 2017’s Black History Month observances unfold in communities across the country, new research on racial wealth gaps refutes the age-old advice for people of color to pull themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps. According to researchers at Demos and the Institute for Assets & Social Policy at Brandeis University, historical and systemic privileges afforded Whites and denied to Blacks are the true root causes.

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Black History Month and Black health

Race is everywhere in medicine. Most health statistics are broken down by race. Despite a pervasive belief that race represents clear-cut and genetically distinct groups of people, there is no evidence that it is associated with any personality traits, skills or abilities.

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Black banks, business groups making history with economic justice

The number one reason that Black-owned businesses fail, simply put, is lack of money and resources.

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Year of Unity presented by community leaders

Dallas city leaders and officials say they have been scrambling for solutions to mend the relationship between local residents and police officers since the July 2016 Dallas police shooting by a single sniper.

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The Secret We Keep: Removing the stigma of mental illness

Mental illness is an issue that is not often talked about or taken into consideration – until it hits home. In 2014, it was reported that 72.9 percent of adults in Texas have mental illness, and 27.1 percent of Texas minors have a mental illness before the age of 18, according to Mental Health America of Greater Dallas.

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Jenkins and Chazelle to make Oscars history as first Black/youngest ‘best director’

At the forefront of this year’s Oscar race are two filmmakers in their 30s with seemingly limitless careers ahead of them: Barry Jenkins, the 37-year-old writer-director of Moonlight, and Damien Chazelle, the 32-year-old wunderkind behind La La Land. The combined nominations of their films amount to 22, even while their ages add up to less than that of Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg.

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Spotlighting The Cliff: Saluting a few of Oak Cliff’s notable contributors

A celebration of local success and engagement to “recognize the best Oak Cliff businesses, organizations and individuals in 2016 for their achievements, community contributions and milestones…” was held Jan. 26 at The Kessler Theater on West Davis Street. State Rep. Rafael Anchia, District 103, served as master of ceremonies for the yearly Spotlighting the Cliff awards presented by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce.

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Video reveals officer pushed teen with foot

All charges dropped against Craig and her teenage daughters

All charges dropped against Craig and her teenage daughters

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Last Night in Black History

Connecting past and present will be the theme of the upcoming Last Night in Black History, according to Stevie J. Downer, executive producer of Top Knotch Officials. “The event is a theatrical, educational event, so we are wanting to showcase the development of Black culture and African culture through an entertainment event,”’said Downer, whose company is producing the showcase along with Devin James Production.

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