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Making democracy more democratic

“Can we forget for whom we are forming a government? Is it for men, or for the imaginary beings called States?” – James Wilson, delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787

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Trump’s cabinet nominations are a calculated insult

President-elect Donald Trump protests that he isn’t really the racist, sexist, anti-immigrant Islamaphobe that his rhetorical excesses in the presidential campaign suggested he was.

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MLK Toastmasters helps build confidence, leadership skills

“Leadership is something that everyone can aspire to learn, and train to be. Public speaking is something that a lot of people are afraid of, believe it or not. There is a study that is about how people would rather die on a plane than speak in front of a crowd of a bunch of people,” Nathan Rogers laughed.

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Around the State

The city of Dallas wants to hear from citizens about what they would like to see in the next Dallas City Manager. A survey with questions to help with the selection of the best candidate is available at https://www.research.net/r/affionpublic.

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Solutions for successfully telling and selling your story

Many people have often wanted to write book about their lives or any other topics but may not understand how to promote their product. While writing is the foundation of becoming an author, planning and promoting plays an essential role in how successful your book is in its target market.

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University of Texas fires Charlie Strong after three seasons

Charlie Strong is done at the University of Texas at Austin

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Families are Forever: Eighty Dallas County children join forever families

For the Paige family, Nov. 19 represented the final step in transforming their single-child family into a safe and caring environment for five brothers – under the age of 14 – who could no longer live with their birth parents.

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Sparkle in the Cure: Students help to increase breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.

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Kick-Back Party for homeless youth

A free Kick-Back Party for youth ages 18 to 24 experiencing homelessness was hosted by the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Youth Taskforce, Nov. 12. The event, held at the Exall Recreation Center, offered live music to give the youth a chance to kick back, relax, sing and dance. There was also an opportunity for the youth to perform spoken word and poetry.

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bigBANG! Equity in Action – part III: Retired Dallas police chief David Brown

According to former Dallas police chief David Brown, Dallas is similar to an edelweiss flower: a fuzzy, white mountain sunflower with a yellow center that symbolizes love and dedication and is found prominently in Germany.

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Black and Gold Scholarship Gala

Leadership, mentorship and brotherhood play an essential role in the growth and development of African American communities. The Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. held their annual C.C. Russeau Black and Gold Scholarship Gala at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel, Oct. 22, in honor of the men who exhibit these essential elements in the DFW Metroplex.

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Around the State

An updated City of Dallas 311 information phone feature, nicknamed Easy Speak, will give residents easier access to important city resources. The software from Nuance Communications Inc. allows callers to say what they want in their own words in order to get to the information that they need.

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New school to take learning to the streets

Dallas will soon be home to a new and innovative learning environment to ensure that more high school graduates are graduating college-ready.

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Discover Dallas ISD Fair to showcase district schools, programs

With more than 159,000 students, the Dallas Independent School District is unquestionably the area’s pre-K-12 education leader. Still, in today’s competitive education market, district officials want to be sure families are aware of the dozens of schools and academic programs available in Dallas ISD schools. That’s why the district said it will bring together representatives of every district school for the first Discover Dallas ISD Fair on Dec. 3.

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The Billion Dollar March – revisited

In April 2005, I wrote an article titled Billion Dollar March at the behest of “The Ice Supreme Man,” Ashiki Taylor in Atlanta. The article was in reference to our penchant for marching when we are upset and then going home to sit down and wait for another crisis.

Respecting our elders, not a thing of the past

The fact that people live longer than ever should be celebrated as one of the biggest success stories in history. As the saying goes: “Getting old is better than the alternative.”

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Repeated cycle of racism in the U.S. government

I have to be honest. America’s racism, White America’s refusal to acknowledge racism as a factor in nearly everything that happens here, makes me ache. Worse. It brings me to tears.

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What if consumer financial protection goes away?

As Americans adjust to the realities wrought by the recent elections, one of the most important consequences has yet to be fully explored: the future of consumer financial protection.

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Remembering the importance of the holiday

The holidays are upon us again. It’s that time of the year that we talk about being thankful for our blessings and spreading love, hope and joy, as families from near and far gather for dinner and share fond memories. It’s that time of the year that people are more willing to give donations, and some are even willing to offer their time to charities.

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Carbs, sugar and the holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and we’re about to be bombarded by deliciously addictive sugary and starchy foods. Cookies, candy, desserts and holiday breads are added to the usual array of crackers, chips and rolls.

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