Thursday, August 29
The South Dallas Cultural Center will host an event commemorating the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St. The special tribute will include a screening of the National Geographic film Deadly Floods, and a special appearance by Imani Williams, a Katrina survivor featured in the film.
Millions of Black students have begun already returning to schools across America while others are still preparing for their first day. School closures, suspensions, funding shortages and safety are just a few issues to be faced as school bells ring. But Black parents
Water conservation, environmental safety and restoration, as well as education in science, technology, engineering and math, have been at the top of the state’s list of concerns in regard to the immediate and distant future of Texas. Behind the scenes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been active in engineering and implementing solutions to meet these challenges.
Conveners of a gathering to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington released a five-point agenda as a first step toward a public policy list for Black America.
The 50th Anniversary for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom celebrated a more diverse coalition and needs, but the central themes resonated around voting rights, jobs, gun violence and equality in minority communities.
Jordyn Maddox of Delaware has end-stage kidney failure and is currently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Monday, August 26
With a mission to empower women who have suffered oppression and marginalization, and whose homelands have been devastated by genocide, war and poverty, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women held its Peace Through Business program last month. Founded in 2006 by Dr. Terry Neese, an entrepreneur, pilot and political strategist, IEEW promotes women’s leadership and entrepreneurship through education and mentoring strategies.
What did we do before we had plastic? How did we survive? We have plastic cups, dishes, bottles and wrappings for food. If it wasn’t for plastic shower curtains, we would not be able to sing in the shower without water splashing all over. We are a converted plastic generation that’s addicted to plastic gods. We even have trees and flowers made from plastic. The difference between a plastic tree and those produced by our Creator is that plastic trees don’t grow; they only collect dust.
(NNPA) Back to school season can be a daily struggle for parents who pack lunches and make sure their kids have had something to eat before they dash out the door, but it will pay off if you make the effort, said a University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator.
When Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 589 last week, the controversial Voter Information Verification Act, he said in an op-ed published in The News and Observer, “The common sense election reforms I just signed into law will protect the integrity of one of the most precious rights guaranteed in our state constitution, the right to vote.”
Sunday, August 25
Every time I hear the voice of Russell Simmons, I hear a cool, clean, clear meditative voice, especially on Twitter where he drops his yoga knowledge in a reflective way. I guess he wasn’t folding his legs and saying a centered “Om” when he decided to ridicule an African woman. How did his voice distort itself to decide that he would post a YouTube video on a space where everybody could watch a so-called parody of Harriet Tubman having sex with her White slavemaster with the intent of filming it and blackmailing him? How could he, this forward-focused man, decide to demean an emancipation heroine? Choose to demean her by making her a sexual object? Even as he took the offensive tape off his website, please tell me, somebody, what Simmons was thinking? (In my first draft of this column, I called this man a “brother,” but really I mean the brother from another mindset.)
This weekend, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, best known for Dr. Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream.
Beginning this weekend, there will be two celebrations of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – one on Saturday and another one on Wednesday, the actual anniversary of the march. Yet, I haven’t heard or seen much enthusiasm from the hip-hop community and began to wonder what it is going to take to bridge the gap between these two generations. While no one can argue the importance and significance of the original march, we may have to pull teeth to get this generation to participate wholeheartedly. Let’s examine why.
I received a phone call last Aug. 12 about 6 p.m. It was from a couple of friends I talk to all the time, so I thought no big deal. However, shortly after I answered I could tell this would not be the usual conversation. I was told at that time that former Dallas City Councilman Leo Chaney Jr. had passed. I was in total shock and disbelief until I turned on my computer and read the story on The Dallas Morning News website.
For a while, it looked like the 50th anniversary observance of the March on Washington would expose a sharp split in the Civil Rights Movement. Al Sharpton jumped ahead of his colleagues by cornering Martin Luther King III and the two of them announced a March on Washington for Saturday. Other civil rights leaders were planning events around that time and complained privately that Sharpton and Martin III had locked up key funding from major labor groups, a primary source of funding for the movement.
Friday, August 23
With the end of summer fast approaching, it’s time to start getting your kids ready to go back to school and to start thinking about how to help your child get the most out of their education. To help you do that, here are a few tips for a successful school year.
On Saturday, the city of Dallas will launch a free BOPA collection service. The collection service is a mobile collection site of used batteries, motor oil and oil filters, latex paint, and antifreeze. The site will be located at Southwest Center Mall, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road.
This month, Americans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. To celebrate and honor this landmark moment in our nation’s history, the U.S. Postal Service will release a limited edition 1963 March on Washington Mosaic Stamp. For the first time, the U.S. Postal Service will digitally unveil the new stamp artwork – with the participation of American citizens. Supporters can add themselves to the stamp by visiting https://www.facebook.com/USPSStamps/app_139757042900645.
High school graduation rates in the United States are at their highest since 1974, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a U.S. Department of Education report. However, Black students still graduated at a rate below other ethnic groups.
The stop-and-frisk policy practiced by the New York City police department was little more than “indirect racial profiling,” according to a federal judge who ruled that police routinely violated the Fourth and 14th Amendment rights of Blacks and Latinos.
When you think of cable television in the late 1970s, what comes to mind? Dallas? Fantasy Island? The Incredible Hulk? The A-Team?
Artist displays plight of Black young men
Like many African American mothers, Shanequa Gay was concerned about the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. But what concerned her more was the effect the case would have on the African American community, especially young Black males.
Wednesday, August 21
In addition to the long-planned March on Washington scheduled for Aug. 24, the White House has announced that President Obama will speak at a commemorative service at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice.
There is a popular saying that Black men cry in the dark. Unfortunately today, crying in the dark has led to depression. Depression has led in many cases to suicide. Something that was once unthinkable for Black men has increased tremendously in our community. More brothers are taking their own lives today than in the past.
Will the largest city in history to file bankruptcy receive a death certificate, or will this action result in a new birth certificate for the Motor City? Of course, a city as large and as well-situated as Detroit will not die. Already there are plans for a $400 million hockey stadium, despite all the tales of woe and danger put forth by various media. All things considered, will Detroit’s majority population remain Black and will Black people play a significant role in its economic rebirth?
Research shows that this generation of young people, no matter their race, are likely to do less well than their parents did. Shackled by a trillion dollars worth of student loans and a flat labor market, the New York-based Demos organization says the student loan burden prevents young people from buying homes and amassing wealth. While there are some racial gaps, many young people enter the labor market already behind the space their parents occupied.
It’s hard to believe, but on Sunday, hip-hop celebrated its 40th birthday. Yes, the big 4-0. It’s been four decades of creativity, invaluable efforts and love. Do you remember the doubters who said it wouldn’t last? They sure missed the mark.
On Wednesday, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was scheduled to be sentenced to prison in connection with using campaign funds for personal use. Dozens of letters were sent to the judge on his behalf, but none more touching than the one written by his mother, dated May 28. She began by noting, “I am Jacqueline Jackson, the mother of five children, one of whom I am writing about, my son Jesse Jackson Jr.”
“The Court’s disregard for the realities of the workplace means that many victims of workplace harassment will have no effective remedy.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice, United States Supreme Court
The city of Dallas previewed their proposed annual budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014 during the Dallas City Council meeting held at Dallas City Hall last week.
Cemeteries, the final resting place, marks each life with engraved stone. It is the place loved ones gather to visit, remember, embrace and celebrate those who have passed and those who are part of one’s ancestry.
Dallas ISD African American and Hispanic students have recently showed gains in the college-ready Level II Recommended results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.
Monday, August 19
When the story broke that former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr., D-Ill., had used political donations as his own piggy bank, many people were surprised. Even though prosecutors said Jackson spent thousands between August 2005 and April 2012 at restaurants, nightclubs, on travel, high-end electronics and a gold-plated Rolex watch, it was the expenditures that seemed like he was preparing for a Halloween party that received the most attention and ridicule.
In a stunning turn in criminal justice policy, Attorney General Eric Holder announced steps the Justice Department will take to address overpopulation in federal prisons by changing mandatory minimum-sentencing guidelines and pushing non-violent drug offenders into rehab programs instead of prison cells.
The city of Dallas will never forget Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
Thursday, August 15
Is it headed in the right direction?
Civil rights leaders will march on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 24 to observe the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech. Now economists, labor groups and community stakeholders want to make sure that the Black jobs crisis gets top billing on the agenda.
The Civil Rights Movement told from a different angle
It’s about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality told from a Black man’s perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (a.k.a. the film industry) so long to do the right thing?
Monday, August 12
What do you really know about Michelle Obama? You might know quite a bit about the woman who will go down in history as one of the most popular first ladies ever, but here are a few things that you might not know:
In an endeavor to allow health centers to reach uninsured Americans and assist them with enrolling in health insurance, $150 million was awarded to 1,159 health centers across the country, according to an announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Health Resources and Services Administrator Mary Wakefield on July 10.
Recently, a parasitic outbreak found in produce has caused a growing concern in the health community as well as the community at large.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius led a national effort last month to highlight the importance of a high-quality education for every child, from the start. During online panel discussions, experts urged viewers to demand that early learning investments begin with babies and toddlers during a virtual rally on July 8. The event, “Rally 4 Babies: Learning Happens from the Start,” was streamed live on YouTube using Google + Hangouts on Air.
One of the primary goals of the 1963 March on Washington was finding or creating jobs for Blacks. At a panel discussion during the annual convention of the National Urban League, jobs was mentioned more frequently than any other topic as leaders discussed the famous march 50 years ago and an upcoming one planned for Aug. 24.
Last week, workers at fast food restaurants demonstrated outside their places of work, highlighting the low wages they receive and demanding more. They say twice as much, or $15 an hour, will provide them with a living wage. In Washington, D.C., the City Council has sent legislation to Mayor Vincent Gray requiring “big box” stores such as WalMart and Best Buy to pay $12.50, which is more than the D.C. minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. In response, WalMart says it may not build all of the six stores it had slated for D.C. Responses depend on whom you talk to, with some of the unemployed saying that an $8.25 job is better than no job, and others saying that $8.25 is not a living wage.
Next month, the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the U.S., will hold its convention in Los Angeles. Breaking with tradition, the AFL-CIO will be opening its doors to community-based organizations, limiting the number of plenary speakers, and seeking to focus its resolutions on “action items” such as proposals that aim to produce a specific outcome rather than general statements. In preparation for the convention, “listening” meetings have been held around the country in order to seek greater input from labor activists regarding the future of the union movement.
I’ve long believed a succinct modern definition of marriage can be found in America’s Declaration of Independence as “the pursuit of Happiness.”
“Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination … as well as the history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities … we believe that the state of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices,” stated Attorney General Eric Holder at the 2013 National Urban League Conference
CASABLANCA, Morocco – When I left Dulles Airport near Washington, D.C., last Thursday afternoon on Air France Flight #39, changed planes at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, and arrived Friday morning in the capital city of Rabat aboard Air France Flight # 1258, I knew I was in for an enriching experience that always accompanies international travel.
Imagine your kindergartner is visiting a new friend’s house. During the hour they are running around together, they’ll pick up and play with all three of the following things, but only two of them have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for safety standards
The Sale Tax Holiday will be held from Friday through Sunday. The annual tax-free back-to-school shopping weekend began in 1999 to help lessen the cost of shopping for most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. For a list of tax -exempt items, visit http://www.window.state.tx.us.
Friday, August 9
Civil rights leaders meet with President Obama on Voting Rights
The Voting Rights Act is down, but not out, and civil rights leaders joined President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. at the White House July 29 to discuss renewed efforts in the fight against voter discrimination.
Local politicians in North Texas are happy with the recent decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue legal action against the state of Texas, requiring the state to receive preclearance before making any changes to its voting laws.
Sharman Marshall-Burks had been a hard-working single-parent for many years before she married her current husband in 2007. At age 49, she thought being a new bride would be the focus of the new chapter in her life. However, a couple of months later, she noticed that she gained close to 14 pounds in one week. Startled by the sudden weight increase, she called her doctor for an appointment.
Marquinn Middleton and The Miracle Chorale
“Marquinn Middleton and his choir are the next generation Kirk Franklin and the Family but on steroids,” said M. Legend Brown, a Dallas screenwriter and director. “Marquinn is unique, is fresh, and has you holding your breath until the end.”
Monday, August 5
When you think of the Dallas Cowboys, the main words that come to mind are: Super Bowl. Every year, the fans, players and coaches dream of that opportunity to become Super Bowl Champions again. This year is no different.
Since its inception, hip-hop has been a target for problems in the Black community. Forty years later it’s still a topic of discussion. On July 22, Bill O’Reilly launched a tirade of issues in his Talking Points segment of The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News titled President Obama and the Race Problem. O’Reilly attacks African American leadership for having no clue on how to solve the crisis in the Black community and offered his own set of solutions. While O’Reilly and his right wing approach is sometimes uncomfortable to digest, he gave a somewhat valid synopsis on what’s happening in our neck of the woods.
In a recent article I called for economic sanctions against Florida to compel business and political leaders in that state to change the Stand Your Ground Law that provided the basis for the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. There are times when there is a convergence of ideas, a meeting of minds, such that a particular strategy has the potential to galvanize a movement. This appears to be one of those times.
“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” – President Barack Obama
I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. I had a chance over this weekend to go see the film Fruitvale Station, a movie based on the true story of the life of Oscar Grant. Grant was a young African American male who lived in Oakland, Calif., and was killed by the bullet of a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer at the Fruitvale transit station.
Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people.
National Urban League President Marc H. Morial has called for “a new Civil Rights Movement,” one that will focus on economic empowerment and justice.
Nearly 2,000 people attended Molly Conley’s funeral last month to mourn the young humanitarian who was the victim of a random drive-by shooting the day after her 15th birthday. She was shot in the neck while walking with friends to a sleepover in a residential neighborhood in Lake Stevens, Wash. Molly was a 4.0 student best known for her kindness that she used to encourage her parents to care for infants waiting for foster families and to start a group called “Mother’s Helper” that raised money to aid victims of domestic abuse.
The LITE-UP Texas program was developed to assist qualified low-income Texans who reside in an area where they can choose their own electricity provider to reduce their monthly cost of electric service. An electric customer qualifies if they currently receive Medicaid and assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Also, customers can self-enroll if their household incomes are at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline.
In December 1991, Francis Radford Ray was a promising writer wanting to be published. At the same time, Leticia Peoples was also an up-and-coming writer wanting to be published, but neither could find a publisher. Peoples then launched Odyssey Press, an African American small press in Maryland and signed Radford as her first writer. This began the flourishing career of a New York Times and U.S.A Today best-selling author.
A Zumbathon, benefiting the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas at Parkland Health and Hospital System, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fireside Recreation Center, 8601 Fireside Drive, Aug. 10. Proceeds will be used to purchase child safety seats that the IPC provides to families.
Friday, August 2
Dwayne Harris visits program to help transform children’s lives
Before heading out to training camp in Oxnard, Calif., to get ready for football season, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris made a stop in Pleasant Grove as part of its Project Transformation program.
Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr., pastor emeritus of Trinity United Christian Church in Chicago, gave the keynote address during a town hall meeting themed “Africans Must Unite at Home and Abroad: Revisiting Principles of Pan-Africanism.” Hosted by the Dallas Chapter of the National Black United Front as apart of NBUF’s 34th annual convention, the meeting was held at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church on July 11 through July 14.
Sybrina Fulton: We cannot let this happen to anybody else’s child
With her voice laced with emotion, Sybrina Fulton, the soft-spoken mother of Trayvon Martin, urged delegates to the National Urban League’s annual convention here to use her personal tragedy to prevent the recurrence of unjustified youth killings in the future.
Attorney General seeks to force Texas to ‘preclear’ voting changes
Fulfilling a pledge to aggressively protect the voting rights of people of color in the wake of the Supreme Court striking down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has announced that the Justice Department will sue the state of Texas to compel it to preclear any planned changes in its voting procedures before they can go into effect.