Johnson files bills to address community concerns

In preparation for the next legislative session, Rep. Eric Johnson, who represents District 100 – which includes parts of Dallas and Mesquite – in the Texas House of Representatives, has filed several house bills that he hopes will help improve ...

Trump’s rejection of hate groups may be too late

Donald Trump’s disavowal this week of White supremacists who have cheered his election as president hasn’t quieted concerns about the movement’s impact on his White House or whether more acts of hate will be carried out in his name.

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 ...

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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.

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 ...

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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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 ...

Trailblazing PBS journalist Gwen Ifill dies of cancer

Gwen Ifill, an African American co-anchor of PBS’ NewsHour with Judy Woodruff and a veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates, died Monday of cancer, the network said.

National, local general election results

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the New Yorker Hotel in New York, New York.

bigBANG! Equity in Action – Part I: Housing, racial discrimination

Racial discrimination is everywhere and may often exist in places that people wouldn’t expect.

TEDx talks intimacy, homelessness

The TEDx lecture series – a broader and more localized version of the Technology, Entertainment and Design Talks that began in 1984 – was presented for the third year in a row at Mountain View College, Oct. 27. Nine guests ...

Initiative pushes power of Black women’s voice/vote

Through blood, sweat and tears, civil rights leaders fought so that all people of color would have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process in the United States.

Old Slave Cemetery holds Denton history

Along the parcel of land south of FM 455, surrounded by private property, is the burial spot for approximately 500 African Americans. Many interred there were enslaved or descended from freed slaves, yet the cemetery had been neglected for decades.

Black teen accosted with noose

The president of the Mississippi NAACP is demanding a federal hate crime investigation after the parents of a Black high school student said as many as four White students put a noose around their son’s neck at school.

Fifty years later: Black Panthers look back

The Black Panthers emerged from Oakland, California – a gritty Northern California city – 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a ...