News 2014 February

Stories for February 2014

Monday, February 24

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STEMulating the Mind

Dallas ISD encourages, informs students about STEM careers

Whether conquering new maps on the latest video game, performing less invasive robotic surgeries, configuring risk factors, or exploring the solar system, STEM-related fields touch every aspect of today’s world. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.

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Monday Night Politics: Campaigning to manage the scales of justice

On Feb. 10, Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates featured candidates running for Judicial Courts 301, 304 and 330, as well as Criminal Courts 4 and 5.

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Fruitvale Station screening, discussion on race and class

The injustices that affect children residing in low-income neighborhoods was the topic of discussion during a free public screening of the film Fruitvale Station, on Feb. 3 at the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff.

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Masked ball benefit for Black students

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. It’s a phrase and cultural axiom in which many are familiar.

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Monday Night Politics: A two-part forum you must attend

On Monday, the African American Museum at Fair Park Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates will present a two-part forum.

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Another Florida man gets away with murder

As we approach the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder in Sanford, Fla., justice again has been shortchanged in the Sunshine State.

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You can’t change things from the outside

This weekend at my church, True Lee Missionary Baptist Church, we made plans to go immediately after service and walk the neighborhood.

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Black History Month: Needed now more than ever

“There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering.” – Lonnie Bunch, founding director, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Civil Rights Movement and the hip-hop culture

African American History Month is an appropriate time to raise the question of the relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and the evolution of hip-hop culture and activism.

Sunday, February 23

U-N-I-T-Y: Diverse ways of viewing diversity

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld made some comments a couple of weeks ago about not caring about “diversity” in Hollywood, especially in the area of comedy, and set off some very heated conversations across the country.

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Blacks still victimized by ‘stand your ground’

Two years ago, 14-year-old Trayvon Martin was returning from a trip from a nearby 7-Eleven store in Sanford, Fla., to purchase a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona tea when he was confronted by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman.

Black lawyers endorse judicial candidates

Dallas Black Criminal Bar Association is an organization of Black lawyers in the private practice of law in Dallas County. As attorneys they work with the judges and candidates who are running for judicial positions currently on the Democratic primary ballot for the March 4 election.

Millions could go without health insurance

Though 2014 marks the 50th anniversaries of both the War on Poverty and Civil Rights Act, glaring racial disparities continue permeating the fabric of American society. Stark differences between Blacks and Whites in education, employment, poverty, housing and net worth are tied to health disparities and access to health insurance coverage, according to this year’s State of the Dream Report.

Monday, February 17

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The Father of Black History

Celebrating the memory of Carter G. Woodson

In the fall of 1870, a handful of students made their way through the northwest quadrant of the nation’s capital, and through the doors of D.C.’s “Preparatory High School for Colored Youth,” the country’s first public high school for African American children.

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Monday Night Politics: The battle of the gavel

On Feb. 3, Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates featured the battle of the gavel as several candidates were competing for the offices of judges in Dallas County. Offices for the Judicial District Court for Judge 265, Judge 282, Judge 283, Judge 291, Judge 292 and Judge 363 were featured as audience members at the African American Museum in Fair Park and heard from candidates seeking these positions.

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Dallas leaders discuss economics, education

Focused on helping the city move forward and becoming one of the more vibrant, stronger, smarter and highly developed cities in the nation, community leaders joined forces for a forum called “Come Together: Dallas Leaders on Economic Development, Education and Opportunity.”

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Around the State

The South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund is accepting proposals from community organizations that qualify for funding.

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‘Fearless Five’ superheroes leap into action to help Black youth

Five young African American superheroes called the Fearless Five may be saving young Black minds – one picture adventure book and T-shirt at a time. The Fearless Five is the creation of Steve Johnson, 43, owner of HNK – Happy, Nurturing, Kind – Concepts, a product development company.

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‘The New Jim Crow Era’

Friday night, St. Luke “Community” United Church presented as part of the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. African Heritage Lecture Series, an open discussion on the “New Jim Crow Era.” Guest panelists were state Sen. Royce West and Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

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King must be ‘turning in his grave’ over family greed

The children of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sue each other – as well as loyal family friends – so often that you need a program to keep up with the court action. Bernice and Martin Luther King III sued Dexter because he failed to open the books of their father’s estate.

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STEM: Are we as a community ready?

Last Saturday, I took my sons to attend the first ever STEM Day in Dallas ISD. It was held at my alma mater, Skyline High School. For those who do not know, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

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‘Economic freedom’ should be rallying cry

Because the Negro does not own and control retail establishments in his own community, he is unable to stabilize his community … The Negro must pool his capital in order to help himself … This will enable him to solve his own problems. – S.B. Fuller

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Building on CHIP’s success across the country

We’re used to making a big fuss over children’s birthdays, but this week child advocates and families across the country are celebrating the Children’s Health Insurance Program on the fifth anniversary of its reauthorization.

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Things go better with Coke’s Super Bowl commercial

What could anyone who loves America find offensive about Americans singing one of the nation’s unofficial national anthems, America the Beautiful?

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Not enough Blacks receiving HIV treatment

Even though Blacks get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, more than other groups, health care providers continue to struggle to get Blacks into treatment and keep them there, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wednesday, February 12

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Lest We Forget

Texas Negro school pushes to regain its name, legacy

In May 2013, people from all around the country, from various walks of life, traveled to Harlingen, Texas, to witness the unveiling of an important part of their history and the history of Texas.

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A new chapter at TBAAL

“You know, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be,” Jiles King remarked as he discussed his return to Texas in October to accept the position of chief executive director of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. Jiles worked for the association in years past as the marketing and media relations manager but said he’s ready to step things up for TBAAL in 2014.

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African hunt promotes equality for Brotherhood

A communal campfire and the echoes of the great outdoors were replaced by a candle-lit steak dinner and tunes spun by a local DJ, as hunters swapped stories during the National Brotherhood of Hunters banquet held Jan. 11.

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Monday Night Politics: Candidates spar for judicial seats

Candidates running for Dallas County judgeships expressed their qualifications and views before a crowded auditorium during Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates on Jan. 27 at the African American Museum in Fair Park.

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Judge to decide in Black Press vs. tobacco case

A “concerned” U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler is expected to rule next week on whether advertising she ordered major tobacco companies to purchase in order to correct their past false statements about the danger of smoking should be expanded to include Black media.

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Around the State

During the Jan. 23 Dallas ISD board meeting, several teachers, schools and members of the Board of Trustees were honored for their work and contributions benefiting students and the district.

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Our history all year long, Black History Month

Throughout the year The Dallas Examiner has published articles reflecting on our Black heritage. We make this part of our mission every year. During the month of February we do even more to celebrate our heritage.

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Seattle ‘misfits’ fit enough to win

Prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl, I told anyone who would listen that I like both the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, so I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed regardless of who won the game. But … I was hoping Seattle would emerge the victor and I will tell you why.

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Your health care: It’s a matter of life, death

This past week, I was invited to attend a press conference at Paul Quinn College with U.S. House member Eddie Bernice Johnson, Dr. Juanita Wallace, president of the Dallas NAACP, Mr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, and Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. secretary of health and human services.

Reducing the risk of HIV by 90 percent

This Friday, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It’s an opportunity for the nation to take a look at the AIDS epidemic in Black America from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. Given the demographics of the AIDS epidemic in this country, this is a very important day.

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Children are collateral damage in war on women

In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, he appealed to our nation’s employers to raise wages from the current minimum of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. He has already signed an executive order that requires federal contractors to be paid $10.10 an hour, an only appropriate move since so many workers on federal contracts are living in poverty.

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J. Edgar Hoover’s decades-long war on Black America

By the early 1970s, Black Americans could reasonably say they had emerged victorious from their long struggle with America’s internal evil empire: the regime of legalized segregation in the South.

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Expanding Educational Opportunity summit

Thirty years ago, one year of tuition, room and board at a nation’s four-year, degree-granting institution cost $8,756 on average (or $3,499, when adjusted for inflation).

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Tamela Mann rocks music charts

Tamela Mann, acclaimed gospel singer and actress, ended 2013 with a bang by securing top spots on Billboard’s 2013 Year-End Charts with her fourth and bestselling album, Best Days. Dominating the gospel genre, she received four number one positions including Top Gospel Album and Top Gospel Artist.

Monday, February 3

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Empowered: Alicia Keys hosts living with HIV/AIDS chat

Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, Alicia Keys, joined five women who are HIV positive to discuss women in the U.S. with HIV/AIDS in a half-hour conversation that aired on VH1.com on Jan. 19. Their mission was to break the silence and reduce the stigma surrounding the disease.

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Day

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

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Monday Night Politics: Candidates talk budgets, business and technology

The race to get elected in key political positions in the Dallas region for the upcoming primary elections continued as another round of candidates championed for their cause at the Jan. 20 discussion of Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates at the African American Museum in Fair Park.

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Moving the race dialogue forward

George Zimmerman. Paula Deen. And, more recently, Seattle Seahawks star defensive cornerback Richard Sherman. Just the mention of their name ignites a passionate discussion on race.

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Around the State

Dallas ISD held an awards ceremony at Sam Tasby Middle School to honor 34 elementary and 31 middle schools with the 2013 HealthierUS School Challenge Award.

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Never ever give up!

In November, my husband and I attended The Rivers, Toney and Watson Annual Awards Ceremony established in 1981and named in honor of the first three African American judges elected to office in New York state.

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Obama seeks to do something with a do-nothing Congress

President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, parts of which were shared over the weekend, was designed to be upbeat and to again sketch his vision for an economically “United” States of America. But this year’s speech, like the one a year ago and like his second inaugural address, was a gallant effort to remain relevant during an era of a do-nothing Congress that will do even less in 2014.

A bright future in the hands of Black youth

I had the pleasure to attend the fifth annual African American Male Academic Bowl this past Saturday on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson.

When Black men flex, society gets scared

By chance I watched the NFL playoff games at the home of a friend and former college football player, Vaughn McKoy.

America can’t handle a non-boring pro athlete

Sports are supposed to be the great equalizer. But you wouldn’t know it judging by the news surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The impact of these bigoted slurs, if left unchallenged, will have a negative impact in the future way beyond sports fields and arenas.

Texas Department of Insurance: Lead, follow or get out of the way

The Texas Department of Insurance has adopted agency rules that impede the ability of Texas’ uninsured citizens to sign up for affordable insurance coverage in the health care marketplace.

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Cedar Hill celebrates Longhorns championship

When the 2013 Texas High School Football season got underway, few people thought that the Cedar Hill Longhorns football team had any chance of success.