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Dallas LIFE is in urgent need of donations for allergy and cold relief. It has asked the community to assist with supplying unopened new bottles and packages of sinus, allergy and hay fever non-drowsy medication; children’s cough syrup and cough drops; and pain relievers for children and adults. Donations can be taken to the center’s back dock, located at 1100 Cadiz St.

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Dr. Levi Watkins, Johns Hopkins’ trailblazing Black doctor

Pioneering Black physician Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., whose invention of the automatic implantable defibrillator forever changed the world of cardiothoracic surgery, died April 11 at his “beloved” Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he spent the majority of his professional career. At the age of 70, he died Saturday morning after suffering a massive heart attack and stroke the night before, his brother Donald Watkins said in a statement posted on Facebook.

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Contributing to political campaigns

Have you ever contributed to a political candidate, either with monetary support or volunteered your services to their campaign? During the last Dallas ISD trustee election, Trustee Joyce Foreman won with half the amount of money in her campaign fund than her opponent Bertha Wadley. That is very unusual. It takes time and money to run a successful campaign.

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Controversy over videotaping cops

Feidin Santana, the young Dominican immigrant who videotaped North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager firing his gun eight times, killing Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who was fleeing, was a hero. His quick decision to videotape the unfolding action on his telephone led to the arrest of Slager for murder.

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Stand up for fairness and democracy

As an almost eight-year member of the Dallas City Council, and as chair of the City’s Transportation and Trinity River Corridor Project Committee, I have learned first-hand that transportation policy is foundational to the long-term health and vibrancy of every city. Without effective and efficient transportation options, economic development is stymied, community growth is limited, and air quality issues multiply.

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Should Blacks endorse Whites over Blacks?

Two prominent Black Maryland officials – Montgomery County Executive Issiah Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III – have endorsed Congressman Chris Van Hollen, a White, over Black Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards in the race to replace retiring Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

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The State of Black America: Justice for all

“I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states ... Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

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Creating conscious Black millionaires

Black folks have the ability to create our own conscious millionaires. We have certainly done it for others for a long time now. Conscious Black millionaires, by definition, would most assuredly use some of their money to assist the Black collective; conscious Black millionaires would not hesitate to use their resources to help empower our people; conscious Black millionaires would not be afraid to espouse the principles of economic empowerment and then use their money to support it.

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Heart health: Living smart

When it comes to recognizing and responding to the signs of a heart attack, early action can make the difference between life and death. But action even earlier to improve lifestyle and eating habits can make a big difference, too.

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Mono-meals: The hype and the help

There’s a new diet craze that’s so crazy I have to sound off. It’s called mono-meals because you eat just one — that’s right, one – food per meal. Think pineapple for breakfast, mango for lunch, or maybe two avocados for dinner, or get this – just bananas for the entire week!

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Dallas ISD Interim Bridge Program

The Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a plan to expand more than 20 different schools in the district. This approval of renovations, known as the Interim Bridge Plan, is part of Superintendent Mike Miles’ initiative to transform schools under Destination 2020. Some of these schools are experiencing overcrowding and poor building conditions.

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Howard University, Black Press partnership reaffirmed

The National Newspaper Publishers Association rededicated Howard University’s School of Communications media lab as a further testament to the commitment to the partnership between the organization and the school’s journalism department.

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Set the stage for your 2015 graduation party

From elementary school to grad school, every graduation is a milestone typically celebrated with a big party. Sweet treats are a key part of celebrations, and by adding personalized details you can truly make your grad feel like one-of-a-kind.

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Monday Night Politics forum features candidates for Dallas ISD – District 9

The final forum for Monday Night Politics–Meet the Candidates featured the Dallas Independent School District candidates for District 9, incumbent Bernadette Nutall and her opponent Damarcus Offord at the African American Museum on April 6. The May 9 ballot will include Dallas ISD Districts 1, 3 and 9.

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Celebrating the legacy of HBCUs

“Aspirations, Knowledge and Accomplishments” was this year’s theme for the 27th annual Image Awards honoring Michael J. Sorrell Esq., hosted by The Legacy of Service Foundation and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Omicron Mu Omega Chapter.

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This Little Light: Hezekiah Walker honored with Torch Award

Grammy Award-winning artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker can add the 2015 Torch Award for religion to his list of accomplishments as a gospel music artist and pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle, a mega church in Brooklyn, New York.

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World’s oldest person dies at age 116

Just days after becoming the world’s oldest documented person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver died Monday in Arkansas. Weaver became the oldest person in the world after the death of a 117-year-old Japanese woman last week, according to records kept by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group.

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Eggs & Issues: Commuting in South Dallas

With a focus on improving the commuting experience for residents in South Dallas, the most recent Eggs & Issues forum highlighted the Trinity Corridor Project and the Southern Gateway Projects, two proposed road projects that will ease traffic in the area. State Sen. Royce West, District 23, hosted the community forum at the University of North Texas Dallas on March 21.

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Sexism, racism take toll on Black women’s health

The effects of living in a patriarchal, racist society measurably erode Black women’s physical and mental wellbeing, an emerging body of research finds.

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Black women endure menopause longest

Sarah Finney, 57, said she gets hot flashes throughout her body at least once an hour. She even wakes up in the night with so much perspiration that she looks like she just left working out at a gym, she said.

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