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Did the UNCF make a deal with the devil?

When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time

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Saving our children from the return of the unjust greedy weasels

This column is not about the recent story making headlines in New York City on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to lift a ban on pet ferrets.

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Ruby Dee’s legacy of acting, activism

For Ruby Dee, acting and activism weren’t contradictory things. They were inseparable, and they were intertwined.

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Saving Michael

Local playwright debuts art with a message

In a tiny theater where the front seats and the edge of the stage are only one foot apart, a new playwright, Georgiana Anwuzia, added her voice to the Metroplex’s artistic conversation.

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Future of Fair Park to highlight Black culture

“The mayor and I have some great news to tell you together,” Councilmember Carolyn R. Davis told the crowd gathered at the front gate of Fair Park. “I think this is a wonderful occasion.”

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New report: Blacks are ‘beyond broke’

The growing racial wealth gap – $200 in median wealth for Blacks in 2011 and $23,000 for Whites – threatens national economic security in the United States, according to a recent report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions.

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Around the State

Friendship West Baptist Church will host “Community Matters: A Town Hall Meeting,” featuring renowned writer, teacher and activist Dr. Cornel West on June 20 at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary, 2020 W. Wheatland Road.

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Around the State

The Dallas ISD’s Human Capital Management department will host a job fair for teachers on June 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Emmett J. Conrad High School, located at 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.

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Churches can improve the quality of life

On Sunday, I visited Joy Tabernacle African American Episcopal Church on Holmes Street in South Dallas. The talented and gifted Pastor Michael Waters is the founder and senior pastor of the church.

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Local Commentary: Seeing Dallas change from a bird’s eye view

I was recently appointed to serve as the chair of the Community Development Commission for the city of Dallas. I have served on this committee at different intervals for the past 10 years.

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U.S. has always ‘negotiated’ with terrorists

– I disagree with President Obama’s decision to trade five Taliban leaders being held at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an apparent deserter who is believed to have been the only U.S. solider being held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

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Celebrating Black fathers across America

As we approach Father’s Day across the United States and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families and communities

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A pledge to keep to our youth of the other 99 percent

As young people graduate from high school, or finish the school year as sophomores and juniors, they begin to search for summer jobs. For the past several summers, the jobs have not been there, and this summer will be no different. It is true that economists are projecting a better employment situation for the college graduates who are entering the labor market now. At the same time, those high school graduates who must save money for college incidentals or for other needs will have a hard time finding work.

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Building healthy bonds between dads, children

For many adults, the times spent with their fathers are among their most treasured memories. However, today as many as 1 in 3 children in America live in a home where a biological father is not present.

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Reparations for North Carolina sterilization victims

Victims who were sterilized in North Carolina between 1929 and 1974 – approximately 7,600 people – have until the end of June to file a claim with the state, according to government officials.

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Combs electrifies crowd at Howard University

A record number of graduates took part in Howard University’s 146th Commencement Convocation, on a day that saw music mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs excite his supporters and convert skeptics during his keynote address on May 10.

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Reduce college debt … start in high school

College is a significant investment and how to pay for it can be a major source of concern for parents and students. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of debt you take on when preparing for higher education.

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Jackson urges technology giants to recruit more minorities

Rev. Jesse Jackson recently pushed his way through Silicon Valley to bring attention to the lack of African Americans and Latinos working in major tech companies, especially at the executive level. So far, he has targeted the big players: Hewlett Packard, Google, Apple, eBay, Facebook and Twitter.

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The Journey - Pain, Fear & Faith

Anita Jarrell-Robertson’s musical tribute

“Why is this happening to us?” gospel singer Anita Jarrell-Robertson would angrily pray as her 1-year-old daughter Jessica struggled through leukemia treatments. “What did we do?” she would demand of the heavens above. “Where are you? Where are you?” she asked of God.

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‘I’m still standing’: Rachel Jeantel, a year after Trayvon Martin trial

As Rachel Jeantel inched toward a high school diploma, she tried to keep in mind that she had a promise to keep. Her slain friend, Trayvon Martin, would have wanted her to finish school, and she had promised his parents and other supporters that she would.

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