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Through the Storm

Stranded Houston Ballet instructor teaches Montana youth

Renowned ballerina Lauren Anderson, a Houston native, was supposed to return home on Sunday. But after Hurricane Harvey left the nation’s fourth largest city under water and she was stuck in Helena without her family, she decided to put her extra time to good use for local children.

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Tubman on the Twenty?

Treasury secretary avoids discussing changes to the $20 bill

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is raising speculation that Harriet Tubman’s future on the $20 bill could be in jeopardy.

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Black, White, rich, poor: Harvey didn’t discriminate

Harvey did not discriminate in its destruction.

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Praying and standing for children

As a new school year begins, I want to share prayers for our children, all of them, and for caring adults to be God’s hands and feet standing for children everywhere in these very difficult times in our nation and around our shared world.

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Kaepernick’s protest, a patriotic tradition

Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is being blackballed – itself a revealing phrase – from the National Football League with the collusion of the all-White owners. He is ostracized because a year ago he exercised his First Amendment right to free speech by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

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What do we have to offer Harvey evacuees?

I had the pleasure of spending Labor Day with church members who fellowshipped with Hurricane Harvey evacuees at a barbecue my church hosted.

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We are our brother’s keeper in time of trouble

What will the people do who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey? And what will “church people” do in response to the enormous needs of people that will only increase, even as the flood waters recede?

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The nation must come together to help hurricane survivors

“During difficult times like this, we’re reminded that we’re bound together and we have to look out for each other. And a lot of the things that seem important, the petty differences melt away, and we focus on what binds us together and that we as Americans are going to stand with each other in their hour of need.” – President Barack Obama

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NAACP – What’s new? Hammering the same old message

“I thank God that most of the money that supports the NAACP comes from Black hands; a still larger proportion must so come, and we must not only support but ‘control’ this and similar organizations and hold them unwaveringly to our objects, our aims and our ideals.” W.E.B. DuBois wrote those words in The Crisis Magazine in 1915. Ironically, what was written in The Crisis has now become the crisis in the NAACP and other so-called Black organizations.

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Holy smoke! The benefits of quitting smoking

Are you wondering why you’re still smoking cigarettes? You should be, unless you enjoy the taste of more than 7,000 harmful chemicals entering your body with each puff. And of those 7,000 chemicals, 69 of them are carcinogenic – meaning they’re known to be cancer-causing.

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Counseling Corner: Tips for surviving your child’s teenage years

School counselors – a valuable resource for you

School counselors are certainly incredibly busy people. But our advice is that it’s your job this school year to make sure they are even busier. We don’t mean creating busy work, but rather taking advantage of all your school counselors have to offer.

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Jussie Smollett to host Heroes in the Struggle

The Black AIDS Institute will induct a select group of individuals and organizations that have made commendable heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America during its 16th annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation and Reception. The event is scheduled to be held Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater of the 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles.

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Parkland educates parents on signs of abuse

As school starts, jitters are common among children and teens. But for some, it brings fear and anxiety, especially for those who face bullying and abuse throughout the school year. In a 2016 study, the National Center for Educational Statistics reported more than 1 out of every 5 – or 20.8 percent – students said they were bullied.

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Power concedes nothing without demand : Lessons learned by Southeast Dallas residents

A caution sign adorns Jim Miller Road’s dead end south of Loop 12. It warns nearby children and others with the words, “CAUTION. Landfill Closure Site Construction and Environmental Hazards.”

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Locked up for life: Part 4 of a national investigation

High court juvenile lifer ban spurs wider review of cases

A U.S. Supreme Court decision triggering new sentences for inmates serving mandatory life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles has had a far greater effect: The ruling is prompting lawyers to apply its fundamental logic – that it’s cruel and unusual to lock teens up for life – to a larger population, those whose sentences include a parole provision but who stand little chance of getting out.

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Black chamber offers State of Black Business update

Held under the banner concept of “The Right Time. The Right People. The Right Conversations, The Right Results,” the State of Black Business forum was a revealing gathering intended to inform members of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and community leaders of the climate, condition and trends in African American business. The chamber hosted the event at Cityplace, Aug. 22.

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Festival provides schools supplies, services to Oak Cliff students

In an often forgotten community, children preparing to go back to school received school supplies during the third annual For Oak Cliff Back to School Festival, Aug. 12. FOC’s annual initiative set out to achieve three goals: inspire the community, show the city that Oak Cliff can unify together and bring positive exposure to Glendale Park – where the festival took place.

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Federal judge tosses voter ID law again

A federal judge who has compared Texas’ voter ID requirements to a “poll tax” on minorities once again blocked the law Wednesday, rejecting a weakened version backed by the Trump administration and dealing Texas Republicans another court defeat over voting rights.

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49ers’ Eric Reid resumes anthem kneel, urges ‘change’

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid has resumed kneeling during the national anthem after joining then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in his polarizing protest last season.

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A $14 billion drain on America’s working poor: overdraft fees

A banking fee that averages $35 per transaction collectively costs America’s consumers nearly $14 billion each year. A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau focuses on overdraft fees and provides a profile of those hit hardest. These fees drain from the pockets of people who are already struggling to remain financially afloat.

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