News 2014 April

Stories for April 2014

Monday, April 28

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Making strides for preschool, the future of America

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year.

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Black pain: Mental illness is our dirty little secret

I’m tired, my sisterfriend says. I don’t know how much longer I can hold on. As I hear her I have a couple of choices.

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Schools more segregated now than three decades ago

As we approach May 17, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education landmark decision outlawing “separate but equal” schools, several studies show that our schools are more segregated now than they were three decades ago.

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A 500 year journey, yet many more rivers to cross

Today, the long travail and struggle of African people to gain freedom, justice, equality and empowerment remains both a historic challenge and an unprecedented opportunity.

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What path will your children take?

As a result of Texas House Bill 5, which was passed during the last state legislative session, students who will graduate in the class of 2018 will be the first in the state of Texas to walk across the stage with a diploma in an endorsement of their choice.

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Be bossy: sassy, yet brassy

Last month, during Women’s History Month, there was quite a bit of a fuss over the word “bossy” and the Ban Bossy campaign.

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Wrongfully convicted man files suit against city

“My life has been in upheaval for five years.”

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Lutheran group hosts education forum

The Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Mission Area of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America will host a “Restorative Justice in Public Education” forum on April 26 at Marriott Quorum Hotel, 14901 Dallas Parkway.

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Megacommunities bridge STEM gap

In an effort to address persistent racial disparities in science and engineering careers, educators and community stakeholders have embraced the “megacommunity” model of cooperation.

If passed, the ABLE Act could help disabled to save

As of 2006, more than 2.4 million African Americans receiving Social Security benefits are disabled, or are the spouses or children of disabled, retired or deceased workers.

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Start early for good oral health habits

You may wonder whether it’s important to take care of your child’s first teeth, which will fall out in early childhood.

Friday, April 25

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Monday Night Community Conversations - Dallas' Education System

The Dallas Examiner will host Monday Night Community Conversations on the last Monday of each month. It’s not a forum. It’s not a lecture. It’s not a workshop. It’s a conversation with the community regarding issues of concern for the African American community.

Thursday, April 24

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Youth leaders on the cutting edge

Trading in their Saturday morning cartoons and recreational activities, youth participated in lectures and workshops that would expose them to ways to improve themselves and learn about the importance of becoming global scholars and leaders. On April 5, close to 100 teens packed into classrooms at the University of North Texas at Dallas – Oak Cliff Campus for the Cutting Edge Youth Summit.

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Striving for Excellence

Tutoring, mentoring company helps students achieve

Tutors and mentors can have a tremendous impact on a student’s academic success. Carl Dorvil, founder and CEO of Group Excellence, a company that collaborates with schools to offer students tutoring and mentoring, understood this well when he started the company – as a student in college.

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What all women need to know

The face of medicine has dramatically changed through the advances of science and technology.

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Former Negro League pitcher dies at age 92

On Monday, hundreds who remembered former Negro League pitcher William “Bill” Blair, gathered for the Elite News Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at the park named in his honor. Blair, founder of Elite News, one of the city’s oldest African American newspapers, died on Sunday after battling health issues. He was 92.

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Liberian flag, promotes hope for the economy

Representing hope for the economic future and future endeavors between Liberia and Dallas, the Liberian flag now hangs in Dallas City Hall’s Flag Room.

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The Climb to Victory: Oak Cliff native heads men’s NCAA national championship team

Once again, an Oak Cliff native made history, winning one of the most prestigious trophies in college sports in North Texas on April 7 at AT&T stadium in Arlington.

Monday, April 21

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Historic club continues ‘beautiful’ mission

Some of the most common things Blacks enjoy today, that are taken for granted, are things that African American communities were denied just 50 to 60 years ago. During that time, African Americans banned together to form groups within their own community in order to meet their own needs.

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Author traces family back to 18th century

It all began with two documents. The first, said Lonnie R. Bunkley, author of Journey to Freedom, was an accounting of a slave who had been legally beaten to death in Alabama.

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America under a Black man – Pres. Obama

There will be a generation of kids who will only know what it was like to live in this country under a Black president

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Memories of LBJ, Carter and Clinton

Covering the three-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the University of Texas last week brought back a string of memories – some fond, some bitter.

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Learning is more personal for Imagine 2020 students

We believe that every student in the Dallas Independent School District can learn and achieve.

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Ryan budget represents the height of irresponsibility

“Affluent Americans would do quite well. But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to more adversity.” – Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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Fifty years laters, women still get unequal pay for equal work

When John and Ann started working on Jan. 1, 2013, John had an immediate advantage.

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Black families becoming more aware of autism

As Camille Proctor watched her 1-year-old son, she knew something wasn’t right

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What is good for your heart is good for your colon

Did you know that lifestyle changes that are recommended for your heart are the same ones recommended for good colon health?

Friday, April 18

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Obama: Civil Rights Movement opened door for me

With civil rights legends Andrew Young, John Lewis, Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson looking on, President Barack Obama on Thursday credited the Civil Rights Movement and landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s for paving the way for his becoming the nation’s first Black president.

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Race for Results shows Black children rank last on milestone index

Despite great progress that grew out of the Civil Rights Movement, “a web of stubborn obstacles remains” that prevents children of color, especially Black children, from reaching their full potential, according to a recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Youth protest tobacco industry

Hundreds of smokers in the district succumb to tobacco-related illnesses every year and accumulate millions in health care costs.

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Eggs and Issues: Panelists offer government plans for region

State Sen. Royce West of the 23rd District gathered government representatives together to discuss several issues affecting the community and plans for Dallas and Ellis County residents.

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Bill Clinton says voter ID laws undermine civil rights progress

Former President Bill Clinton praised President Lyndon B. Johnson for signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law, but said the progress that stemmed from those landmark measures are being undermined by Republican-led efforts to suppress the vote.

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Jimmy Carter: My life was shaped by ‘Black culture’

AUSTIN – Although he grew up in a rural farming community in Georgia during an era of rigid racial segregation in the 1920s and 1930s, former President Jimmy Carter said his life was shaped at an early age by “Black culture.”

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Bush says education achievement gap is ‘scandalous’

AUSTIN, Texas – Former President George W. Bush said the education achievement gap – up to four years at some grade-levels – is a “nation scandal” that deserves immediate action.

Thursday, April 17

Be informed: School board candidates

This week, The Dallas Examiner worked with the Coalition for an Accountable System of Education to publish a School Board Education Guide for the May 10 election of Dallas Independent School District Trustees for District 2, 6 and 8.

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Suspended from Preschool?

Black student discipline triple that of Whites

Even before they typically learn to read, African American children – some as young as 4 years old – are taught a disgusting lesson: discrimination.

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Monday Night Politics - Meet the Candidates presents School Board Candidates

On Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Dallas Examiner will present Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates for the School Board elections.

Monday, April 14

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The audacity of voting

I love voting. Every time I go into the booth, I see little girl me, pigtails and all, plaid skirt, white blouse and green sweater, part of my Catholic school uniform. Most of my relatives were Democrats, though my grandmother voted Republican a time or two because “Lincoln freed the slaves.” In 1960, I had the privilege of pulling the lever to elect John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the candidate that the nuns at Immaculate Conception Elementary School rhapsodized over.

NUL State of Black America: Growing income inequality

The wealth gap between African Americans and Whites has expanded in recent years and is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in Black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, according the National Urban League’s 38th annual State of Black America report titled, “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America.”

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Distracted driving crashes on the rise in Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation is urging motorists to put away their mobile devices and pay attention to the road as more crashes are occurring because of these distractions. April marks National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the launch of TxDOT’s annual Talk, Text, Crash public education campaign.

Texas students excel at ExxonMobil fair

Nearly 1,100 students from across the state competed last month in the 28th Annual ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that brings top science-fair winners from across the state to showcase their innovation to win top prizes. The University of Texas at San Antonio hosted the fair.

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Around the State

Dallas ISD will host a citywide pre-K registration at all campuses that began on Monday and will end Friday. To be eligible for pre-K, a child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the upcoming school year. Research shows that 85 percent of a child’s brain development takes place before age 5.

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Task force to revitalize the Black community

Rev. R.B. Holmes, a civil rights leader and pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., is heading up a task force of 40 ministers to undertake a 12-point action plan to revitalize the Black community, taking on issues ranging from the repeal of controversial “stand your ground” laws to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

College slaves or student- athletes?

Should college athletes be paid? It’s a common debate lately, especially among many of those at our larger colleges and universities that have millions of dollars generated by sports teams.

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Acceptance by Ivies doesn’t remove stigma

You would think that news of a high school student from a family of African immigrants getting accepted into all eight Ivy League universities would be met with universal celebration. If you thought that, think again.

Declaring class war on ‘the least of these’

The Bible’s injunction that we shall be judged by how we have treated the “least of these” (Mathew 25:40) appears in different forms in virtually every religion or faith. And surely the measure of a country is how it treats the most vulnerable of its people – children in the dawn of life, the poor in the valley of life, the ailing in the shadows of life, the elderly in the dusk of life.

The power of the Black Press remains strong

Whenever there is a steady series of public questions being raised about the “power” of Black Americans, you should always first consider the motive and purpose of the questions.

Equal pay for equal work should matter to all of us

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said, “the Equal Pay Act is commonsense,” in response to Gov. Rick Perry’s veto of the bill aimed at closing gaps in the Lilly Ledbetter Act at the state level. Meanwhile, Perry stated that Davis’ focus on issues like equal pay was “nonsense,” and the Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott said that he would veto the bill if he is elected and it ends up on his desk during the 2015 Legislative session. As a response, Davis said, “This Texas gal is calling you out,” and I’m standing with Davis!

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It’s time to grow up: Voting in every election

We can no longer wait to vote in presidential elections. We have too much at stake to sit out any election that is held in our community.

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Tips for coping with spring pollens

Even after a cold winter that delivered ice, snow, flu and colds to the region, many North Texans do not welcome warm spring weather because for them it ushers in weeks of sneezing, congestion and itchy eyes. It’s the time of year when pollen goes airborne, spreading for miles and triggering one of the annual rites of spring – seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever.

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Blacks in the world of gaming, fantasy

All-Con, a yearly celebration dedicated to all things nerdy, geeky and open to devotees of animation, fantasy fiction, cosplay, comic books and gaming of all kinds, was held March 13 to 16 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Addison.

Friday, April 11

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Black Press: Howard professor needs ‘reality check’

Howard University Journalism Professor Clint C. Wilson II’s broad criticism of the Black Press proves that he needs a “reality check,” said Ben Chavis, leader of a group of 1970s activists known as the Wilmington 10.

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VA medical center offers new solutions

“One of the things when there’s a media hit – especially local media – [that] continues to be referred to is the 2004 OIG Report, that says that VA North Texas was one of the poorest performing VA’s in the country,” Jeffery L. Milligan lamented.

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Bonton business as sweet as honey

The Bonton area of South Dallas – a predominantly African American neighborhood that encompasses parts of South Central Expressway and C.F. Hawn Freeway, extending beyond Stephenson Street to the north and past Rio Street to the south – has experienced its share of drugs and violence over the years.

Monday, April 7

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Around the State

Walgreens, in conjunction with the National Urban League, will kick off the eighth annual The Way to Well Health Tour to provide free health tests throughout Dallas.

Conversations with our community

The Dallas Examiner presented the first in a series of Community Conversations at the African American Museum at Fair Park on Monday night. Prior to the Conversation, a reception was held for sponsors and panelists to mix and mingle.

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Buy Black: Economic empowerment

Margarita “Maggie” Anderson wants to transform “Buy Black” from a leftover 1960s slogan to a modern economic empowerment strategy. And because she has lived it, there is no person better qualified to lead the charge.

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Ella Baker: Outspoken warrior and civil rights heroine

"Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a White mother’s son – we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens." – Ella Baker

End the NCAA’s plantation economics

“It cannot be said that the employed scholarship players are ‘primarily students.’”

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We need an attention span beyond Flight 370

If you missed the news about the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, you must have been buried in sand. For three weeks, we have been bombarded with theories – was it terrorism? Pilot error? Something else? Now the story has evolved.

CDC locks out Black providers, community

On March 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $115 million over five years to 21 organizations to provide technical assistance and capacity building to health departments, AIDS service organizations and community-based organizations implementing high-impact prevention and improving outcomes in the care continuum for people living with HIV/AIDS. Not one of the new CDC grantees is a Black organization.

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John Lewis highlights power of prayer

American politics and American history are virtually indistinguishable at times. A political decision may ignite a social movement, or an activist spirit may grow that, over time, alters the laws of the land.

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Fight back against spring allergies

Springtime brings warmer weather, outdoor family fun, BBQs, ballgames, and for many Americans, the start of allergy season. While making plan for outdoor activities this spring, keep in mind that each year, Dallas ranks high on the list of top 100 Allergy Capitals.

Thursday, April 3

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Family of Champions: Johnson family makes victory a family affair

For Goree Johnson, Dallas ISD assistant athletic director, the basketball court is his family’s sanctuary. Goree, representing District 9-5A, a legendary coach who piloted Kimball High School’s boy’s basketball team to two state championships in 1996 and 1997, witnessed another family miracle.

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Flashback: NCAA’s first Black president

From Bob Kurland to Bill Russell, then on to Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Tyler Hansbrough and Andrew Wiggins, the torch continues to be passed in the quest for achieving one of college sports most sacred trophies, the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.

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Marshall Barnes: The reality of time travel

Marshall Barnes knows that when he talks about time travel being a reality, it raises eyebrows. He expects doubtful looks and sarcasm. Nevertheless, he discusses the topic with enthusiasm and has an interesting – if not convincing – explanation to back his claims.

Tuesday, April 1

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Watch Out for Prediabetes

Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes

Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.

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Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines

Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.