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Stories for December 2013


Tuesday, December 24

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Rock'n Christmas Gifts

Students donate handcrafted gifts to children in need

Terry Stott’s classes at Dallas ISD’s Multiple Careers Magnet Center produced one-of-a-kind wooden rocking horses, reindeer and airplanes for several years to donate to charities. In the past few years, they have added rocking airplanes to the donation.

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New gas drilling restrictions

The Dallas City Council recently voted 9-6, in favor of a gas drilling ordinance that would restrict drilling to at least 1,500 feet from homes, schools and businesses.

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The rise and fall of the KKK

When history buffs think about the term “Progressive Era reform” they may imagine some of the early 20th century’s biggest milestones; perhaps the Armistice of Compiègne that ended WWI, or the creation of the Pure Food and Drug Act. However, some scholars might be shocked to learn that between 1915 and 1929, the Ku Klux Klan were part of such reforms from time to time.

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Unsportsmanlike Conduct: The exploitation of Black athletes – Part III –

– A description of Rice University’s stand-alone major in sports management describes the enormity of the sports business: “Experts conservatively estimate the sport industry at $500 billion a year making it one of the top 10 industries in the nation.”

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Home for the Holidays in District 8

“Merry Christmas, everybody. God is good, and all the time.”

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Around the State

Councilmember Adam Medrano recognized students from Medrano Elementary School last week for collecting the most cellphones in the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program.

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Grand Prairie ISD expands Fast ForWord

In recognition of the Grand Prairie Independent School District’s exemplary work, it has been selected as a National Leadership Center by Scientific Learning Corp. The district is the first National Leadership Center in Texas and one of only three across the United States.

What can we do to stop the epidemic?

African Americans know that HIV/AIDS is an epidemic in our community.

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Mandela had help from God during his long journey

Where do you begin to talk about the greatness of Nelson Mandela? The world has been blessed with very few of his ilk. You think of courage, defiance, principled and many other descriptions of strength and might.

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Do you have Black entitlement syndrome?

I have thought about writing about this topic for a while now. The first step is to admit that you have a problem and many of us have a problem.

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The significance of the Obama-Castro handshake

In the tradition of the Black Church in America, the right hand of fellowship handshake is extended as a sign of welcome into the church community.

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Mandela and the unfinished struggle for freedom, justice

As chairman of Freedom Inc. in Youngstown, Ohio, a community-based, Pan Africanist organization, I was privileged to be among a small group of activists/organizers who launched the mobilization to hold the first African Liberation Day in the U.S. in 1972.

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Prevent accidental fires during the holidays

During the holidays, many of us deck our homes with festive decorations to spread holiday cheer. While jolly and bright, holiday trimmings can also pose serious fire hazards if not handled properly.

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MyChildren’s expands primary care network

Children’s Medical Center, the fifth-largest pediatric health care provider in the country, has expanded its pediatric primary care network in North Texas with the opening of its 16th MyChildren’s clinic.

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Black Nativity celebrates the birth of Christ

Going on its 20th season, Black Nativity by Langston Hughes was directed by Ed Smith. It was a confluence of a Broadway musical, a church service, a spoken-word lounge, a modern Christmas party and a depiction of difficult times for an oppressed people.

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Easy award-winning recipes make holidays delightful

Whether needed for an impromptu brunch, a gift-giving occasion or just a snack for the family, delicious baked goods are essential during the holidays. After all, you never know who might stop by.

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Africa completes 10 days of mourning for Nelson Mandela

QUNU, South Africa (NNPA) – With a rich mixture of ceremonial military pomp and ancient tribal customs, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president, was buried here Sunday in the village of his youth, culminating 10 days of national mourning.

Friday, December 20

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As a student, Obama drew inspiration from Mandela

The comparisons are perhaps inevitable. President Barack Obama and former South African leader Nelson Mandela each served as their nation’s first Black president, living symbols of struggles to overcome deep-seated racial tensions. Each was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Parkland providers offer advice for handling elderly drivers

Older adults are among the most responsible drivers on the road. They avoid drinking and driving, wear seatbelts, obey speed limits and aren’t distracted by texting, eating or taking their eyes off the road. Yet, according to the USAA Educational Foundation, older adults are more likely to be injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash.

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Uninsured Blacks eligible for more aid

As President Obama continues a revised campaign to shore up American confidence in the Affordable Care Act, a new report released today points out that 6 out of 10 uninsured African Americans who are eligible for insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces – 4.2 million people – may also be eligible for federal options and/or financial assistance with health care costs.

When the tax man cometh, where goeth our Black dollars?

When the tax man cometh, Black dollars “goeth.” Where will they goeth? Down a myriad of paths in pursuit of new items such as furniture, cars, clothing and other niceties. But first, unless you do your own tax return or get it done for free by someone, Black dollars goeth to tax preparation firms, the vast majority of which are not owned by Black people. I can hear the two excuses right now: “I don’t know where to find a Black tax firm” and “I don’t want ‘them’ to know my business.” The first one I can deal with, but the second excuse just blows my mind.

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Mandela’s road to freedom, human rights

If I close my eyes, I can remember 1984. I am among those running from meeting to meeting working to pass Proposition J, the San Francisco ballot initiative that required the city to divest pension funds from companies doing business in South Africa.

The life and legacy of Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela

As millions of people throughout the world mourn and celebrate the life and living legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, it is important to focus on some of the most enduring and meaningful leadership attributes of Madiba’s long and valiant struggle for freedom, justice, equality, peace and empowerment. Mandela’s leadership not only transformed South Africa into an inclusive nonracial democracy and a vibrant emerging economy, but also Mandela became the unquestionable moral leader of the global movement for freedom.

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There will never be another Nelson Mandela

It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to share my thoughts with the readers of The Dallas Examiner this past year. I have had the chance to write freely about any topic that has come to mind. For that, I am truly thankful.

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Mandela opponents trying to rewrite history

Many conservatives who actively opposed Nelson Mandela’s protracted struggle to establish democracy in White minority-ruled South Africa are trying to rationalize their past criticism by either ignoring their earlier public statements or trying to place the struggle for a democratic society in South Africa in a Cold War context.

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Preserving history: African American churches

A place of worship, a source of strength, a warm refuge from the cold world, church is, and always has been, the nucleus of the community. It is well regarded in the African American community as a place of healing and acceptance.

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Creatively constructing a new career

Sharon Douglas, who is now the CEO of Bradley Construction Services LLC, decided to leave corporate America after years of being unrecognized for her work and efforts.

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Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Professional athletes go from rags-to-riches-back-to-rags – Part II –

There have been so many former professional athletes in the news recently who have gone from rags-to-riches-back-to-rags again that they could form their own reality show.

Monday, December 16

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Lyrical Testimony

Ministering through music

The padded pews at Friendship West Baptist Church neared capacity as young and old, decked out in their casual best or their Sunday morning finery, came to enjoy the concert “An Evening of Thanksgiving” on Nov. 22.

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New drug could save millions of lives

A new drug is on the horizon that scientists say will save millions of lives. If approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, it may be here before 2013 comes to a close.

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Unsportsmanlike conduct: The exploitation of Black athletes

Under its television deal, each Big Ten university will receive $24.6 million annually. The Pacific-12’s new television deal will pay each member $22 million a year. Each member of the Big 12 will get $20 million and ACC universities will receive $17 million when each academic year kicks off.

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New report calls for full employment

Fifty years ago, civil rights leaders dove headfirst into the on-going debate over American economic policy by placing the fight for equal employment opportunities at the forefront of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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Having access to excellent teachers is civil right

A new study suggests that access to “excellent teachers” should be a civil right and that students should be able to “take legal action” to get better results.

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The new Billy Earl Dade Middle School

Two daughters of longtime Dallas educator Dr. Billy Earl Dade joined district officials, parents, students and elected officials on Nov. 8 at the dedication of the new school named in his honor. The new campus combines Pearl C. Anderson Middle Learning Center with Billy Earl Dade Middle School.

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Dallas Mavericks Star Vince Carter mentors Dallas youth

Last month, outstanding Dallas area students Dominic Bowie and Charity Garrison thought they were participating in a basketball exercise clinic with their peers, when Mavericks guard Vince Carter, Joseph Braley, manager at Sun Life Regional Group, and Matt Aldridge, Sun Life voluntary practice leader, surprised them with $5,000 college scholarships for their remarkable educational achievements and commitment to their community.

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The value of good teachers

Teaching is probably one of the most important professions because it directly contributes to an educated society. For generations, it has been the cornerstone in forming the minds of our youth into the next generation of leaders. Unfortunately, teaching is not a career young people say they want to pursue today because of the low pay and status of teachers in our society.

WWRDH: What would Republicans do on health care?

Many ardent conservatives are critical of the Affordable Care Act or what they derisively call “Obamacare.” But what are they proposing that proves that they care about uninsured Americans?

‘Tis the season for smart shopping

I’ve spent the last three years of this column sharing with you important facts about African Americans’ consumer power.

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Senate disarms weapon of mass obstruction

“For the first time in history, Republicans have routinely used the filibuster to prevent President Obama from appointing his executive team or confirming judges … The change we propose today would ensure executive and judicial nominees get an up or down vote on confirmation – yes or no.” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

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Yes, the American dream still lives on! But …

The American dream lives!

Prisonpreneur: Charting your destiny from cells to sales

* This article is dedicated to the folks in jails and prisons. Please share it with them.* According to the 13th Amendment, slavery in this country has not been fully abolished; there is an exception that says if one is duly convicted of a crime he or she can be enslaved.

Young Black voters pay higher ‘time tax’ at the polls

As the American electorate becomes more diverse, new voting laws threaten to disenfranchise young Black and Latino voters in what a new report called “the largest wave of voter suppression since the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.”

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Community mobilization

We’ve heard the alarming statistics. The HIV rate in Black America rivals that of sub-Saharan Africa. Approximately 187,000 African Americans have died due to HIV/AIDS.

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Hopeful signs in the HIV/AIDS war

Rae Lewis Thornton likes to sneak in a tranquil tea time between expanding her brand and the 16 pills she has to take each day. But that’s nothing compared to the 21 pills she was taking in her darkest days of battling full-blown AIDS.

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The U.S. revolution that supported Mandela

Nearly three decades ago, a handful of prominent Black activists began organizing a movement that would eventually help break the back of apartheid in South Africa and force the U.S. government and American companies to end their support of White minority rule on the continent.

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Statement on the death of Mandela

At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against White domination, and I have fought against Black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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President Barack Obama speaks during memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela

During the early hours of Monday morning, Americans heard President Barack H. Obama as he spoke to mourners of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa at 1:31 p.m. SAST.

Monday, December 2

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It’s elementary: KIPP offers first step in education

Community leaders in Dallas gathered on Oct. 23 to celebrate the opening of KIPP Destiny Elementary, a new public charter school in South Dallas. The school will be located at 3663 Camp Wisdom Road.

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Jerrika Hinton sizzles in Grey’s Anatomy

Jerrika Delayne Hinton, who plays Stephanie Edwards on Grey’s Anatomy, has made her family and friends in Dallas proud.

Fans are complicit in the injuries of Tony Dorsett and others

The recent news about NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett was more than unsettling. Having been diagnosed with the early stages of chronic encephalopathy, an illness directly related to head traumas, he feels his life slipping away from him.

Remembering George Orwell’s 1984 in 2013

Was the book 1984 by George Orwell a required school reading for you? If it was you would know that Orwell introduced Big Brother in 1949.

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The United States need immigration reform now!

Jaime Gordillo Villa, age 9, was born in the United States and is a good student who has gotten awards for both good grades and behavior. He wants to be a lawyer when he grows up to help immigrants and others who need help. He says he doesn’t want people to suffer for things they didn’t do.

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Forcing poor Americans to go hungry

Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading in Washington that has erased a critical portion of the already-meager subsidy the federal food stamp program provides the more than 47 million Americans who receive it.

Remembering our simple blessings

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Giving thanks, telling our stories

Among the many things we give thanks for this Thanksgiving is the Black Press. There are approximately 200 Black-owned newspapers in the United States.

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Capture mood, splendor of the holiday season

As decorations are hung this holiday season in preparation for entertaining family and friends, consider creating ambiance using lighting in the main social rooms of the home, including the kitchen, dining and living rooms.

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White candidate accused of fooling Black voters

Bruce Austin, a longtime member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees, said he lost the recent November election because of deception on the part of his opponent.

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Young poets ‘slam’ to express themselves

Young poets competed for prizes at Impossible Possibilities’ third annual youth poetry slam on Nov. 9 in the Moudy Auditorium at Texas Christian University.

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Around the State

The S.M. Wright Foundation will host its annual Thanksgiving Day meal for the residents and homeless individuals in the South Dallas/Fair Park community.

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Empowered to Win

Bronson challenges the not-ready-yet to live their dreams

“I call myself a let-me-get-it-right … sinner,” Minister Sherry Bronson told the crowd gathered for her Empowered to Win fundraiser at Theatre 166 in Carrolton. “When I was living my life for me, in my sin, my sister called me on the phone.”

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Blacks continue fight to secure voting rights

When lawmakers ratified the 15th Amendment in 1870, protecting voting rights for Blacks, opponents of the law lashed out, violently at times,

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Sen. Royce West: Children’s Champion

“I believe the children are our future,” Whitney Houston famously sang on her 1986 hit The Greatest Love of All. In the years since the song first hit the charts it would appear that State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, was covertly laboring in chorus with Houston’s lyrics through his work for children in the legislative halls in Austin.

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Dallas ISD teacher evaluation proposal

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles informed educators, parents and community stakeholders about the district’s proposal for a new teacher evaluation system, named the Teacher Excellence Initiative, on Nov. 12 at the African American Museum.

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Is the United States of America becoming a nation of bullies?

“Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.” – American Psychological Association

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McBride and other Black women need to be defended

All Renisha McBride wanted to do was to go home. She had been in a car accident, her cellphone was dead, and she needed help.

Organizing to put the ‘Black’ in Black Friday

The Christmas season provides an excellent opportunity for Africans in America to engage in a season of resistance.

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The Best Man Holiday: Gift to all generations

I don’t consider myself to be a film critic, nor do I go out and see every movie that comes out. However, this particular film has special significance for me. When the original movie, The Best Man, came out 15 years ago I was in my mid-20, and was just beginning my career in education.

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Republicans shed crocodile tears over health care

Republicans have no shame. After House Republicans voted more than 40 times to block implementation of what they derisively call Obamacare, they have the temerity to complain that the Obama administration flubbed the Oct. 1 rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

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Where’s the unity in the community?

“Check your egos at the door.” – Rev Zan W. Holmes

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Judge Jenkins heads projects for ‘Ask Not’ day of service to honor Pres. Kennedy

Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins, Dallas County mayors, other elected officials, community leaders and residents united this week for an “Ask Not – The Dallas County Day of Service” honoring the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

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Debutantes to be presented during 2013 Cotillion Idlewild

The Cotillion Idlewild Club will present three young ladies during its 92nd Debutante Presentation and Ball at the Fairmont Hotel on Nov. 29. Themed “Unleashing Visions of Elegance, Charm and Grace,” the ball continues a time-honoured tradition of presenting young ladies of excellence to Dallas society.

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Around the State

This year, Dallas ISD and the city of Dallas are joining forces to take a stand against bullying with the Take the Lead: Be a HERO – Help, Encourage, and Respect Others – campaign.

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Grambling State to pay Jackson State for lost revenue

The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Nov. 13 that it plans to assist Jackson State University with an undisclosed amount as a result of its lost home contest with Grambling State last month.