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Thursday, November 21

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A reporter’s account of the assassination

Many people nationwide who are “of a certain age” can recall where they were when President John F. Kennedy was shot on Nov. 22, 1963. The details and emotional impact from that event have lingered within the minds of countless Americans.

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Dwayne Harris hosts Kidd’s Kids Ultimate Fan Experience

If you keep hearing the name Dwayne Harris more often this NFL football season, it’s because the wide receiver and return specialist for the Dallas Cowboys is having his best season yet in his three-year NFL career.

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Sharpton’s National Action Network to open Dallas chapter

The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network and a man of the cloth, has what Sen. Royce West called “longevity” in the public consciousness. Whether it was his establishment of the National Youth Movement in the 1970s, or his protesting of race-based assaults in various New York neighborhoods in the 1980s, or even his most recent appearance in a Saturday Night Live sketch that highlighted the lack of Black female cast members on the NBC show, Sharpton has been involved with social justice issues in the United States for decades.

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President thanks ACA volunteers in Dallas

Obama: No other state needs coverage more

Amidst a massive website failure and overall staunch opposition in Texas to the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama traveled to Dallas encouraging ACA volunteers at a synagogue, Temple Emanu-El. The volunteers have assisted consumers with their enrollment in the ACA through the HealthCare.gov website which has received an overwhelming amount of criticism after consumers either received error messages or were rerouted, in the middle of enrollment, to begin the process over again.

Monday, November 18

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Placement of Dallas Can Academy ignites heated discussion

It was a heated meeting between residents of South Dallas and community leaders on Oct. 21 at the South Central Dallas Police Department patrol substation on Camp Wisdom Road. Several citizens voiced their concerns about having a Dallas Can Academy come to their neighborhood.

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Minorities still underrepresented in Hollywood?

Hollywood continues to be a bastion of homogeneity where people of color are underrepresented, according to a new study from the University of Southern California at Annenberg.

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Nas introduces Hip-Hop Fellowship

Legendary hip-hop lyricist and poet Nas has been chosen to become the face of a new Hip-Hop Fellowship that was founded and developed at Harvard University earlier this year. The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship is a new program that was funded by an anonymous donor, and at the request of this generous and forward thinking person, Nas was selected as the focal point and face of the program.

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The Best Man Holiday

Running into old friends often brings up mixed feelings. Fond recollections. Unfinished business. Bad memories. Petty rivalries. Insecurities. Unrequited love.

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The minutes of the last meeting

“Have we read the minutes of the last meeting?” – Rev. Zan W. Holmes Jr.

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Lil TerRio promotes staying in school

Who would have thought that an overnight celebrity would be from a six-year-old just being himself? With his loving personality, TerRio Harshaw – also known as Lil TerRio – has captured the hearts of thousands around the nation. And his popularity has spread like wildfire after being recorded on his cousin Maleek’s Vine page dancing.

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Around the State

The city of Dallas will host a Shred Day/Coat and Blanket Collection as part of its Texas Recycles Day on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southwest Center Mall, 3663 W. Camp Wisdom Road.

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Dumping ‘at risk’ and other negative labels

Although most of today’s headlines focus on Black educational failures, there are many positive achievements by Black students that often go overlooked, according to a new study.

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Racism costs U.S. billions annually

Closing the income gap between Whites and minorities would boost earnings by 12 percent, an economic windfall of $1 trillion, for a nation burdened by debt and an anemic job market, according to a recent study by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Altarum Institute.

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Dez Bryant spreads holiday joy

Music filled the air, courtesy of the David W. Carter High School marching band. The gathered crowd cheered as Carter’s cheerleaders and dance team served as a catalyst for the merriment on a chilly afternoon outside Dallas City Hall on Nov. 5.

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Presidential Salute to Living History

Obama honors 107-year-old Black Texas veteran

During the national Veterans Day address on Monday, President Barack Obama honored Richard Arvine Overton, who served in the United States Army during World War II and may be the nation’s oldest living veteran.

Tuesday, November 12

Top Five Easy Holiday Home Improvement Projects

With the holidays and New Year right around the corner, now is a great time to start sprucing up your home for the arrival of your family and guests. Whether it’s a remodeling project, landscaping upgrade, or an interior renovation, these 5 quick and easy tips will help get your home ready for the holiday festivities.

Monday, November 11

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Warning: Subtle racism damages health

“My office says my name, Rachel, on the door. I am the only one who sits in it. People constantly walk in, see me, and say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry … I’m looking for Rachel.’ I’m half Black.”

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Suds: The first step in staying healthy all year

According to recent research, 95 percent of Americans admit it is important to wash their hands after using a public restroom. This is particularly true with women compared to men.

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John F. Kennedy: Black America’s Great White Hope

Before assuming the presidency in 1960, John F. Kennedy barely paid attention to any Black American beyond his valet, and he intended to follow that approach during the first four of what he expected would be his eight years in office.

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Selling out, buying in or buying into the sell-out’s mission

During the enslavement period of Africans in America, the Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 was enacted in Virginia.

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State of emergency for today’s Black colleges

“HBCUs have always been in a situation where a lot of them have had to struggle. A lot of that has to do with inequitable funding.” – Marybeth Gasman, University of Pennsylvania

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Myth: Federal government out of control

The Republican push to reduce the federal deficit solely through spending cuts is based on mythology rather than fact. That was clearly demonstrated by a series of reports issued recently by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Generation who? How we got here?

Oftentimes I am asked how did we as a race of people get where we are now.

Educating our Black boys

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass

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Heart 2 Heart

A discussion about the health of African American women

Every minute, a woman will die in this country due to heart disease and according to Dallas cardiologist Dr. G. Mark Jenkins of the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, African American women have a higher risk of getting heart disease with 47 percent of them having the illness in this country.

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Voter ID law already impacting Texas election

With Tuesday’s constitutional amendment election behind us, we have had our first experience with Texas’ new restrictive voter ID law.

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Around the State

On Sunday, St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church will host a Salute to our Veterans, with Pastor Emeritus Dr. Zan W. Holmes Jr., during the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship service.

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Unemployment for Black women at 4-year low

As job prospects for Whites and Black men have slowed or stalled completely, Black women continue to gain ground in a weak labor market, according to the latest jobs report.

Thursday, November 7

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Living fearlessly

The reopening of the civil rights era’s cold cases

Not all racist killers that got away with murder in the past were able to escape trial and conviction completely. Through the efforts of one man, justice prevailed for a few African Americans whose lives were taken for no other reason than hatred.

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Fidelity: A love letter

Fidelity, the latest release by gospel artist Desmond Pringle, has been getting quite a bit of deserved attention. Produced by the Grammy Award-winner Cedric Thompson, Fidelity is No. 48 on the gospel Billboard album chart while the single Can’t Even Imagine debuted at No. 24 earlier in the year.

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Journey of Hope

A merger of medicine and miracles

There are times when the coincidences or ironies of life can take the course of phenomena that become more of a test or a trial that can leave men and women asking, “Why?” Those who live their lives upon a path of religious faith are not immune, as gospel singer Desmond Pringle can attest.

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KwanzaaFest ... It’s on!

“It’s gonna happen in a big way,” Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, District 3, emphatically stated as he announced that KwanzaaFest was back on schedule during a press conference on Oct. 29.

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Fading Texas from red to blue

Sen. Royce West invited community leaders and members to a hearty breakfast at the RUSHtaurant of IBOC to inform them of the “State of the Democratic Party” and to spark a discussion on how to turn the state of Texas from red to blue – or from Republican to Democrat.

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Ford targets HBCU students as part of unique Community Challenge Competition

Are you a student attending a Historically Black College and University who’s interested in giving back to both your community and your university? If so, Ford is inviting you to enter the Ford Community Challenge Competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.