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Prayers for our children, the work ahead

This has been a trying year for so many children in America – confused, consumed by and afraid of the intolerance, hatred and anger of adults

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It is time to embrace our differences and unite

With the many Civil Rights marches, rallies and sit-ins, as well as the Black Lives Matter marches and rallies, it shows that the Black community realizes the power of unity – that we are stronger when we embrace each other’s differences and work together – not in opposition to other nationalities or racial groups, but in coalition with those who stand for the same things.

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US levels sanctions against Russia over election hacking

In a Cold War-era style diplomatic showdown, the United States unleashed a string of sanctions and ordered expulsion of 35 Russians in retaliation for alleged cyber-meddling against the U.S. election, and Russia’s foreign minister said Moscow is weighing a move to kick out a like number of Americans.

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Building confidence in entrepreneurs

Aside from the usual business planning and content creating, most businesses would not be here today if entrepreneurs were without one significant quality – confidence.

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How a repeal of the ACA will affect Blacks, health

Racism has historically had a significant, negative impact on the health care of Blacks and other people of color in the United States. The Affordable Care Act is truly the first time that African Americans have, collectively, had significant access to health care. It is noteworthy that America’s first African American president is chiefly responsible for this access.

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Texas ordered to disclose number of heat-related prison deaths

A federal judge is ordering the state to disclose the number of heat-related deaths that have occurred since 1990 in Texas prisons, where less than a third have air conditioning in all housing areas.

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Latest sickle cell study points to new pain treatment

It is estimated that that sickle cell disease affects 100,000 Americans and occurs among approximately 1 out of every 365 Black or African American births and 1 out of every 16,300 Latino American births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Business of beauty: Black-owned beauty suppliers form alliance with Chinese-Korean suppliers

About 63 percent of Black women spend up to $240 annually on hair and styling tools over a six-month period, according to Mintel reports. Moreover, 10 percent of Black women spend over $250 annually on these products, with 51 percent of Black consumers spending more on hair care items than 34 percent of consumers overall.

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Franchise Expo South offers opportunity to own a piece of the pie

Franchising has always been associated with the entrepreneurial spirit. As a major job creator, it has been able to provide opportunities for its owners, members of the community.

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Sex trafficking and our children

This year, there were 1,570 calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and 499 human trafficking cases reported in Texas, according to the Hotline’s website. Out of 499 trafficking cases in the state, 340 are related to sex trafficking and 172 of the victims are classified as minors.

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With Love, film reveals how secrets can hurt the family

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Abbott’s racial profiling remarks prompt criticism

Gov. Greg Abbott has come in for some criticism since he responded to concerns about possible racial profiling along the border with Mexico by pointing to White drivers getting stopped in the state’s wealthiest cities, prompting one police chief to say the governor’s perceptions are wrong.

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Takata Airbag recall: Community leaders especially concerned for Black community

Automobiles outfitted with airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation are part of the largest nationwide safety recall in U.S. history after 11 people died and 180 were injured due to the airbag inflators’ propensity to blast out metallic particles when airbags expand during a crash, according to information provided by the awareness group Airbag Recall: North Texas.

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Around the State

The Dallas Public Library is seeking young aspiring filmmakers for its second annual Teen Film Fest, themed “What was your most significant moment of 2016?” Youth ages 14 to 18 can submit two- to five-minute short films recorded on their cell phones by Feb. 11, 2017. All films will be screened on Feb. 25 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St.

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Group discusses resident/police relations and making it home safely

Police brutality is an ongoing social topic that hits close to home, especially for local residents who have lost loved ones during an altercation with a police officer. To help bring the community together to discuss these issues, Paul Quinn College hosted a “Make It Home Safely” panel discussion to bring awareness and help residents build a better relationship with local law enforcement.

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First African American incorporated U.S. town mulls federal buyouts

When Dianne Hines pulls up to her flood-damaged home in Princeville, North Carolina, she has no interest in going inside.

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What surely tainted our election? Voter suppression

The CIA conclusion that the Russians intervened in our elections in order to help elect Donald Trump has sent Washington into one of its fabled tizzies. President Barack Obama has ordered an intelligence agency report before he leaves office.

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The importance of spreading joy during the holiday season

The holiday season is a time of family, community, and celebration. Many of us look forward to this time of year because we have the opportunity to relax and celebrate with our loved ones.

A let us pray for a merry Christmas

It is the time of the year when our greatest fears are spending too much money to make our Christmas holidays the biggest and best that we have ever had. Try as we may, there is still a cloud hanging over our heads concerning the past national election for a president and the conduct of that individual who was elected.

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God is good all the time, but is He unwilling?

We have survived as a people by calling and leaning on God. Our God, the immanent God, the God who sent Jesus the Christ to us, has been our light, our life, our salvation and our hope. We have defined God as omnipotent [all-powerful] and omniscient [all-knowing.]

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