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Remembering my mentor, Dick Gregory, on his birthday

The celebration of the life of Dick Gregory on Sept. 16 in Landover, Maryland, was over seven hours of eclectic diversity, from a serenade by Native Americans to a musical tribute with Ayanna Gregg’s daughter and Stevie Wonder, and speakers from MSNBC’s Lawrence O’ Donnell to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, to the fiery Rep. Maxine Waters.

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Helpless Americans in limbo waiting for a ‘great again’ America

It has taken less than a year for the 45th president of the United States … United States? … to undo everything that the 44th president accomplished in eight years. I do not know about the rest of America, but I feel helpless! Somehow, living in America which is supposed to be “great again,” has me feeling like I may be in a foreign country or having a bad dream. Of course, both of these scenarios may be true.

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PAP flap, innovative breast reconstruction method

When Carla Forbes was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, the retired elementary school principal didn’t think twice about opting for a bilateral mastectomy. “I lost my mom to the disease,” she said. “I just didn’t want to leave anything to chance.”

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What everyone needs to know about urinary tract infections

When bacteria enter the urethra and your immune system doesn’t fight them off, they may spread to the bladder and kidneys.

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State Fair Classic champions battle to stay on top

Last year’s Black National College Champions, the Grambling State Tigers (4-1), met the Prairie View Panthers (2-2) in a SWAC showdown at the State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl Oct. 7. The Tigers were led by North Texas native and Skyline standout Devante Kincade, #1, who threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to their fifth win of the season, beating Prairie View 34-14.

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Prairie View Panthers take a time-out for Lancaster ISD students

Each year, as the State Fair Classic rolls back around, the Prairie View Panthers pick a Dallas County school campus to host their local give back day. For 2017-2018, they chose Lancaster ISD’s Rosa Parks Millbrook Information Systems and Software Designs Academy.

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre taps into social media

Dallas Black Dance Theatre will bring social media to the main stage in the development of this year’s world premiere by Artistic Director Bridget L. Moore during the Director’s Choice. The series will be held Nov. 3-5. Social media will be used as a tool to obtain feedback regarding performances.

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Black novelist Jesmyn Ward ‘overjoyed’ by MacArthur win

An African American novelist praised for her raw and powerful depictions of poor African Americans confronting racial and economic inequalities in the rural South said that winning a MacArthur fellowship gives her time and freedom.

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Simply savory, fresh meals

Farm-fresh is what many families desire. Straight from the farm to your table is one of the best ways you can ensure you’re delivering a nutritious and delicious meal for family or friends.

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Shemar Moore stars in remake of S.W.A.T.

A dynamic reboot of the action-drama show S.W.A.T. will air next month as Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore combines his star power with executive producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas’ creative talent.

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Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Trials

As America pursued justice against the Nazis after their WWII surrender, the nation remained caught in its own tangled moral web, proposed Dr. Graham Cox of the University of North Texas History Department during his presentation, Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Trials.

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Centennial of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer

Mississippi-born civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was commemorated Friday on what would have been her 100th birthday.

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Diverse United States divided on symbols of patriotism

When Afghanistan War veteran Joseph Smith saw NFL players take a knee or raise a fist during the playing of the national anthem last month, he wasn’t offended – he was proud. Where some saw it as disrespectful, he saw it as patriotic.

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Sankofa Garden Homes: Growing, harvesting cotton and collard greens

This month I will be addressing two crops related to the African American experience: cotton and collard greens. In my first article, the picture reflected that I was growing not only okra, but cotton and collard greens. Since that article, many of you have asked me,

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SBA Disaster Loans a key resource for recovery for hurricane survivors

For Texas survivors of Hurricane Harvey, help from the U.S. Small Business Administration maby be an important part of the recovery process.

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Philadelphia honors Black activist with City Hall statue

Nearly 150 years after he was killed on the streets of his adopted hometown, Octavius Valentine Catto was honored by a crowd of hundreds gathered in Philadelphia on Oct. 3 for the unveiling of a statue in his honor.

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Congress is holding CHIP, children hostage

Dr. Lanre Falusi knows firsthand the anxiety families face when the future of their child’s health insurance is in jeopardy. A pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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We must face our addiction to guns

Fifty-eight dead and counting; 500 sent to hospitals.

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Honoring the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer

In this month, we honor the civil rights icon and voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Born on Oct. 3, 1917, Hamer is fondly remembered and admired for her activism during the Civil Rights Movement, when she spoke out against the injustices that African Americans faced in Mississippi and across the United States.

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Fake math fuels Trump’s lopsided, vile tax reform

“Rightful taxation is the price of social order. In other words, it is that portion of the citizen’s property, which he yields up to the government in order to provide for the protection of all the rest. It is not to be wantonly levied on the citizen, nor levied at all except in return for benefits conferred.” – Journal of the Senate of the State of Ohio, Dec. 6, 1847

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