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Thursday, May 29

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Wal-Mart helps revitalize South Dallas Counties

“For too long we have viewed Southern Dallas as an obligation rather than an asset,” Mayor Mike Rawlings once expressed in his GrowSouth initiative statement. “We’ve approached change in South Dallas as a daunting challenge rather than an opportunity for our whole city.”

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The Road to Essence Festival 2014

“Dallas, make some noise,” Sevyn Streeter urged the crowd gathered before her in front of The Road to Essence Festival performance stage. As the audience roared in response, the beat dropped and Streeter began to dance, then sing, giving everyone an up-close glimpse of what helped make her former vocal groups TG4 and RichGirl popular.

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Around the State

The American Red Cross has requested that all eligible donors help save lives by giving blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day. Every year on June 14, countries from around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day by raising awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products

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Richland College to offer STEM Camp

Richland College, located at 12800 Abrams Road, will offer two types of science, technology, engineering and mathematics camps for children ages 7 through 17 this summer.

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Parent praticipation celebrated during resource fair

Parent praticipation celebrated during resource fair

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Did you vote this time?

Only 2.01 percent of eligible voters in Dallas County voted in the May 27 primary runoff election.

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Republicans are veteran hypocrites

If you let the Republicans tell it, President Obama is directly responsible for the fiasco at the Veterans Administration.

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Ignoring Black American veterans

The current controversy surrounding the plight of veterans in the United States is an important issue for all families in America who have benefited from the service of millions of men and women who have served in the military.

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Inadequate care, housing dishonors our veterans

The last Monday in May, Memorial Day, was designed to honor those who died in service to our country. It is tragically ironic that around the same time we are honoring and remembering the dead, we are learning about deficiencies in the Department of Veterans Affairs that negatively affects the quality of life for those who were injured during their term of service.

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Our continuing conversation on race, racists

Donald Sterling, the disgraced San Diego Clippers owner (thus far), is like the proverbial bad penny: He won’t go away. He’s still trying to whistle the “I’m-not-a-racist” ditty to anyone who’ll listen.

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Why good Black men need more conservative White women

Black women constantly complain about the dearth of “eligible” Black men to date and marry. Noted sociologist William Julius Wilson has argued that “the increasing levels of non-marriage and female-headed households is a manifestation of the high levels of economic dislocation experienced by lower-class Black men in recent decades.”

Wednesday, May 28

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Remembering a phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86.

Monday, May 26

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Around the State

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of all Americans aged 65 and older have prediabetes, a potentially reversible condition that places them at very high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In 2010, nearly 282,000 seniors in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex had prediabetes.

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Can morality be legislated?

I left Dallas in 1961 after graduating from Lincoln High School, one of three segregated high schools in the city.

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The browning of public schools after Brown

This is the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision outlawing “separate but equal” schools. And like most major anniversaries, incorrect information surfaces as purported fact, doing a disservice to the accomplishment being celebrated as well as truth itself.

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It is time to put our vote where our mouth is

I watched very closely as the results of the Dallas ISD school board race came in.

Does Alameel really want the Black vote?

It has come to the attention of the Texas Publishers Association – The Black Press of Texas – that Dr. David Alameel’s campaign has deliberately neglected the Black Press

Election Day is here again. Be ready to cast your vote

May 27 is Election Day once again. This election will decide those races where no candidate received a majority of the votes in March’s primary election.

New generation of wealthy hip-hop artists working smarter

Whenever someone is the first to reach an historic milestone in the world of finance and wealth, notable homage is usually paid to that achievement.

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Why we should care about the ‘Bring back our girls’ campaign

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, May 23

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NAACP Presidential Selection Process Again Mired in Controversy

Five years ago, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, was named as the top candidate five years ago to become president and CEO of the NAACP by a search firm hired by the NAACP.

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Magic Moment

Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities present inaugural Roger Staubach Award

Do you believe in Magic? Cookie and Earvin “Magic” Johnson still believe.

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Dallas ISD’s successes, challenges

Superintendent announces more changes to come

Since taking over as Dallas ISD superintendent, Mike Miles has made several notable changes in the district. There are more changes to come, he announced during his speech at the third Annual Education Summit presented by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce on April 24. He also discussed what the district has achieved within the past 10 years, as well as the challenges it has to overcome.

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Community Conversation: Improving education in Dallas

The topic of improving education has been a heated debate in Dallas for the past decade. Not only has this issue been a local and state debate, but it has also drawn national attention as well.

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Students, educators present post-Brown Challenge

In 1954, Lucinda Todd was one of 13 plaintiffs in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that declared “separate but equal” unconstitutional. Last week, her granddaughter Lucinda Noches Talbert stood on the steps of the Supreme Court and continued making the argument for equal public education under the law.

Monday, May 19

Did you vote?

Last Saturday, Dallas ISD held an election for District 6 trustee, a majority Black district located in Oak Cliff.

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Compensation for college athletes

Athletes at Northwestern University shocked the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the governing body of college sports, by taking steps to unionize student/athletes

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The Nigerian girls are all of our daughters

Once again, we are witnesses to man’s inhumanity toward man; but more specifically, man’s inhumanity toward girls.

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Response to Nigerian atrocities too slow

Long after completing his eight-year presidency, William Jefferson Clinton acknowledged that he should have intervened in the conflict in Rwanda

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NBA commissioner slam dunks his first crisis

“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA … I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that that happens.” – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Black Americans are not apathetic about the voting process

The 2014 election year should be a voting “payback” year for Black America

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Parkland CEO meets with community to determine hospital goals

Parkland Health and Hospital System’s new CEO and president, Dr. Fred Cerise, already has his plate full as the new man-in-charge.

Student beats cancer twice before graduating

A few months ago, Wendy Jacobson was planning her own funeral. She and her daughter, Brooke, discussed the arrangements over the phone.

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Obama administration to grade teacher training

Teachers have always graded students. The Obama administration feels the time has come for someone to grade teachers.

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Change up your routine

Healthy ways to reinvent yourself

Aging gracefully is as much about feeling good on the inside as feeling good on the outside.

Thursday, May 15

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The Front Lines of the longest war in American History

U.S. soldiers in the midst of The Hornet’s Nest

It’s not just a movie, its real life. And it’s not what you thought it would be, it’s much more. The scenes in The Hornet’s Nest are taken from actual moments during the war. It shows the daily life of our soldiers, their struggle, their pain, their heroism and an aspect of war one can never anticipate.

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Controversy surrounds ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

A controversy last week over potential funding linked to President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative underscored concerns that groups led by people of color have expressed over access to public and private sector resources.

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Sentenced to die: Too many innocent Blacks executed

Since 1973, more than 300 innocent defendants have been sentenced to death, largely because Blacks are overrepresented among murder convictions and among those who are wrongfully condemned to die, according to a recent report.

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Sugar, spice and everything STEM

Black Girls CODE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage girls of color to get involved in technology, in hopes of inspiring them to build a tech career or become an entrepreneur.

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Empowered to Change the World

Project helps St. Anthony School students tackle hunger, homelessness

In an area overwhelmed by hunger and homelessness, a project known as Design for Change empowers students to make a difference in the world around them.

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South Dallas groups receive helping hand

In 2013, Mayor Mike Rawlings rolled out his GrowSouth 2 initiative to help grow the city of Dallas, especially Southern Dallas, considered by many to be the most neglected part of one of the most popular cities in the world.

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Around the State

Promise House, an organization that helps homeless, runaway and at-risk youth

Monday, May 12

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Around the State

The 20th Annual Older Americans Information and Health Fair, themed “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow,” will be held May 15. Hosted by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Dallas Area Agency on Aging and the City of Dallas Park and Recreation, the celebration is free for seniors and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Fair Park, located at 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. Attendees can save on parking by riding DART’s Green Line directly to Fair Park Station where signs will direct attendees to the hall.

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El Centro College launches rooftop wind farm

Kicking off Earth Day activities, El Centro College held its official start-up of 40 wind turbines on April 21.

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NAACP president has history of ‘selling out’

Leon Jenkins, the Los Angeles branch NAACP president who awarded L.A. Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling with a Lifetime Achievement award among other commendations, lived, worked and won notoriety in Detroit.

Black inferiority

The top news story for the last couple of weeks has been the story of the recorded racist comments of Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.

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The question no one is asking Sterling

Why would a White racist have sex with a person of color?

A ‘Sterling’ example of our confusion

Let me get my disclaimer out of the way first.

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Economy is still recovering, though recovery slow for some

During 2013, the U.S. economy experienced a reasonable level of growth. The 3.4 percent growth rate in the second half of 2013 represented a solid growth rate, but not enough to trickle down to those who live at the periphery of the economy.

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A voice of reason among reckless rhetoric

“Race matters … because of the long history of racial minorities being denied access to the political process … because of persistent racial inequality in society – inequality that cannot be ignored and that has produced stark socioeconomic disparities.” – Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States

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Med students don’t wait to give back

According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, there are only 2.3 physicians for every 1,000 people in the United States.

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Woodruffs celebrates college graduation of four family members

They didn’t intend for it to happen. They didn’t look at each other’s degree plans and try to take just the right amount of classes to time it perfectly. They didn’t even set a family goal.

Friday, May 9

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We Over Me: Lunch is Served!

Paul Quinn College advocates farm-to-table concept for healthy eating

Setting the table with delicious food made from farm-fresh production was the mission of Paul Quinn College and local chefs during the college’s annual “A Community Cooks” on April 17.

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Commemorative Air Force to bring history lessons, economic growth

“I feel like an 8-year-old, Christmas morning after I opened up those presents, and get to play with them,” Mayor Mike Rawlings expressed while surrounded by 12 WWII vintage aircraft on a runway at Dallas Executive Airport on April 29

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Appetite for Advocacy

Seeking help and answers, more than 2,400 children and families have walked through the doors of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, which offers investigation, intervention, treatment and recovery programs for children who are sexually and/or physically abused.

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Aging out: Caring for Dallas’ oldest citizens

“Madder than a wet hen,” was Charlie Fink’s answer when asked about his emotional state upon being involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation at Methodist Richardson Medical Center in February.

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From Booker T. to Juilliard

“From the time that she was really little, she’s always been theatrical,” explained Wade Crowder, the father of 17-year-old Alicia.

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The Happy Wives Club

Happy marriage study, a Black woman’s world-wide campaign

Even though divorce rates are high, happy marriages do exist, according to Fawn Weaver, The New York Times bestselling author of Happy Wives Club

Wednesday, May 7

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Good and Bad News in the Diabetes Fight

Even as the epidemic skyrockets, the rate of diabetes-related complications drops

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Blood Sugar Swings—Handled!

Staying away from the wrong foods can help folks with type 2 diabetes gain better blood sugar control.

Monday, May 5

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The seed experiment: Tracking the progress of America’s children

A perennial favorite science project from preschool on up is the “seed experiment.”

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Howard University made right call in honoring P. Diddy

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have had a long tradition of pursuing and encouraging excellence. Howard University in Washington, D.C., is considered by many to be the flagship of HBCUs

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Supreme Court continues to limit affirmative action

The Roberts Supreme Court decided last week that voters in the state of Michigan had the right to ban affirmative action policies in college admissions.

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Racist NBA owner has fouled out

New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to spend several days “investigating” the clearly racist remarks of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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Two giants laid to rest: Bedford and Blair

It’s not often that you have two heavyweights who leave us within two weeks of each other. However, that was the case for the Black community in Dallas with the passing of former Judge L.A. Bedford and Dr. Bill Blair Jr. Each of these men were trailblazers in our city during a time when it was not popular to go against the status quo.

Keeping our Eyes on the Prize

Last week my husband and I looked at Eyes on the Prize, the award-winning six-hour PBS documentary series on the Civil Rights Movement that tells the struggle of Blacks fighting for racial equality and social justice from 1954 to 1965.

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Dallas communities hit the parks for ‘It’s My Park Day’

The city of Dallas Park and Recreation Department called citizens to nurture their favorite neighborhood parks for “It’s My Park Day” last month. The annual event was a citywide beautification project that took place at 50 Dallas parks, including Pemberton Hill Park, White Rock Lake and Fair Park.

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Millennials are more diverse – in many ways

Millennials are easy to spot

Thursday, May 1

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Home Rule: Is it really what they say it is?

Dallas still divided over home rule charter

The drama continues for the Dallas Independent School District as the school board, citizens, students, parents, teachers and community all wait to find out if the district will become the first in the state of Texas to operate under the home rule charter district. The effort to turn DISD into the first-ever home rule charter district, started by Support Our Public Schools, requires 5 percent of voters or 25,000 signatures from the citizens of Dallas in order to move forward.

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Clippers owner banned from NBA and fined $2.5 million

After Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was sternly denounced for racist comments by a spectrum of individuals, ranging from President Barack Obama to NBA superstar LeBron James, NBA Commissioner Alan Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him from the NBA for life.

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Bridging the generation gap

“As of 2014, we have large incarcerations of Black men, along with the health disparities that exist in our communities.

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Tobacco ‘apology’ ads still excludes most Black media

A revised plan for major tobacco companies to purchase court-ordered ads to admit that they deliberately misled the public about the dangers of smoking would add nine White-owned newspapers to the list of publications carrying tobacco “apology” ads but shut out more than 90 percent of Black newspapers and all Black-owned radio and television stations, according to documents filed in federal court.

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Exclusive interview marks Dallas’ civil rights struggle

The date was May 4, 1952. The room was filled with a virtual list of who’s who of attorneys that would later be known as civil rights heroes.

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‘The Greatest Mix’ celebrates Core DJ’s 10th anniversary

The NNPA, a federation of approximately 200 Black newspapers, and the Hip-Hop Union, a governing body of businesses and entrepreneurs and the largest DJ coalition in the world, join forces to eliminate the communication barriers that have plagued Black America for years.

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Bright Lights on Dark Days

Indie films dramatically highlight reality of Black life

Movie lovers viewed and critiqued more than 170 independent films and attended a series of panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As, galas and more at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival, held April 3 through April 13.

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Reality bites: Animated films dig deep

The Dallas International Film Festival presented a roster of emerging talent during the Animated Shorts Competition at the Angelika Film Center April 7 and April 8.