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Pastors on mission to ‘Save Our Sons’

Today there is an urgent need to save our sons, stressed the African American Pastors Coalition during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration, held at Concord Church on Jan. 19.

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Honoring Dr. King through service to humanity

“If you want to be important – wonderful. If you want to be recognized – wonderful. If you want to be great – wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it: By giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.

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Autism: Spectrums of a locked world

“Autism” can be a confusing, troubling word for a parent. To many, it still conjures up images of mystery, mental retardation or children trapped within an unbreachable emotional cocoon.

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Aviation technology fades from DCCCD

A large display of photos hangs on the wall above Professor Richard Parra’s computer inside his Mountain View Collage office. One image in particular depicts him rappelling from a helicopter. Not only is it a visual reminder of Parra’s duties and accomplishments during his Vietnam-era military service, but the display also emphasizes Parra’s decades-long interest in flight.

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A million reasons to change … a movement for whosoever will

Exactly what is there in 1 million Black folks united in their will and purpose? What is in 1 million brothers and sisters who are tired of the same old rhetoric, the same old leaders and the same old ways of dealing with political and economic empowerment? What’s in a group of 1 million Blacks who are unapologetic about their identity? What’s in such a group that, collectively and cooperatively, is willing to sacrifice some of its members’ time, talent and treasure for the uplift of Black people in this country?

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Selma and the folks at the ‘back of the line’

I wasn’t surprised that Ava DuVernay’s Selma was nearly completely snubbed for the Oscar nominations last week, as were several “White” films and White actors and directors. I never thought that, after last year’s breakthrough for 12 Years a Slave, the Oscar voting academy was going to make another powerful drama that put Black Americans at the center of American history the focus of this year’s Oscar ceremonies.

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Take a page from gay rights activists

When it comes to the issue of gay rights in America, sometimes you can see the tide of a movement change in front of you. There was a time not so long ago when gay advocates were laughed out of the room. Their agenda was stalled during the presidency of George W. Bush and legal and legislative victories were nonexistent the decade before. Now the Supreme Court is five months away from deciding whether state laws against gay marriage are illegal. Many of the victories for gay advocates were won in the courts.

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Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges?

Few things irk me more than hearing someone say or imply that now that we have a Black president, perhaps the time has come to abolish Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I have zero tolerance for such ignorance.

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Continuing a legacy

Monday was the 29th year of the Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Festival in Dallas. It was the first year without Bill Blair, founder of the parade and publisher of the Elite News. Daryl Blair, his son and current publisher of the newspaper and chairman of the parade, chose me to be one of the grand marshals for the parade – and it was indeed an honor.

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American Legion helps veterans in the community

Devoted to helping those who have fought selflessly to protect the United States and its allies, the American Legion is the largest wartime veteran non-profit organization.

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Today’s activists: Heirs of Civil Rights Movement

In the months following Trayvon Martin’s shooting death at the hands of vigilante George Zimmerman in February 2012, a common question demonstrators asked was if the nationwide marches and fiery protests would be a moment or a movement.

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Harry Stone steps into the world of IB

As his team of strings took center stage in front of a standing-room-only audience for a special presentation, Michael Smoot recalled his personal experience there. As an orchestra teacher, he has spent the last 25 years teaching at Harry Stone. Throughout the years he’s watched the school evolve from a traditional elementary school to a magnet school and most recently a Montessori academy.

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Create your own bathroom retreat

With so much time spent in the bathroom, it is important to give that space a little TLC like the rest of the home.

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General Motors highlights diversity at auto show

During the media week leading up to the 2015 North American International Auto Show, General Motors not only revealed new models and concept cars like other automakers, they also showcased the importance of diversity in the company’s ranks.

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HBCUs divided over free two-year college plan

Black college educators and supporters are sharply split over whether President Barack Obama’s proposal to offer a free two-year community college education to students making progress toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree would hurt or harm Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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African choir helps fund education

For over 20 years, the African Children’s Choir has been entertaining audiences around the world with their powerful voices and vibrant African songs and dances.

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Selma: Historic film features the struggle for the right to vote

Through blood, sweat and tears, civil rights leaders fought to bring equality to all and to help Blacks attain the right to vote. The movie Selma features the battle fought by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders that prompted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The films depicts the racism and discrimination Blacks faced in the South during the 1960’s and how King and other leaders fought for justice through peaceful marches and speeches.

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St. Paul United Methodist Church receives Texas historical marker

Rooted in African American traditions of worship, St. Paul United Methodist Church, located at 1816 Routh St. in the Downtown Arts District, received a historical marker from the Texas Historic Commission on Nov. 22, 2014.

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Holding on to your car

While driving a new vehicle off the lot may sound tempting, the financial commitment it brings is not an option for most families.

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Generation Genius talks leadership, innovation and technology

From checking your email to medical research, technology plays a huge roll in everyday life. As the emergent field continues to grow, it creates additional opportunities for entrepreneurs in computers, the Internet, electronics, robotics, energy, communications, math, science, medicine, transportation and so on. However, despite the conveniences that modern technology adds, it can be quite intimidating.

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