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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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