Update from the Capitol

Republicans strengthened their grip on the Texas Senate on Wednesday, shrugging off nearly 70 years of tradition with a rules change that knocks out the Democrats’ ability to block legislation on party-line votes.

New education official wants to reform NCLB

John King Jr., a highly respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as the deputy secretary at the Department of Education, he wants all children to have the support in ...

Protecting our dreams

Hundreds of North Texas residents came together to honor the life, legacy and dreams of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 33rd annual awards banquet named in his honor. The city of Dallas and the Martin ...

Remembering King by candlelight

The 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Service took place on Jan. 16 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in remembrance of King’s legacy. The Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity hosts the ...

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.

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.

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.

Black state legislators: ‘Preparing Our Nation’s Leaders’

Protecting unarmed Black men from police brutality and increasing the minimum wage were the main topics of discussion at the 38th annual National Black Caucus of State Legislators Conference held at the Hilton Anatole from Dec. 10 through Dec. 13.

Staying safe during earthquakes

City officials have expressed growing concerns regarding the frequency of earthquakes in Dallas County and the safety of local residents and buildings.

With a criminal record, it’s one strike and you’re out

Ronald Lewis was standing on a street with his brother, who was selling drugs. When police were approaching, Lewis warned his brother. Both were arrested. That minor, almost reflexive reaction, led to Lewis sharing a drug possession charge with his ...

Black Republicans Making History

Black Republicans made history during the midterm elections in November by winning in Texas, South Carolina and Utah, but political analysts wonder if the victories will have any long-term impact on the future of the GOP in the Black community. ...

Celebrating the life, legacy of the King

The 33rd Annual Birthday Celebration, hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, will include a series of events between Saturday and Jan. 17 honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this ...

Law enforcement ramps up patrols for drunk drivers over the New Year's holiday

The Texas Department of Transportation reminds motorists that law enforcement will be out in force on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in an effort to reduce crashes and discourage drunk driving.

Black sororities, fraternities differ on protests

Recent protests against the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown have created a conundrum for the nation’s Black fraternities and sororities: To remain relevant in the Black community they need to be involved, but protect their reputations if ...

Mayor pro tem accused of aggressive behavior

“I want to set the record straight about the incident that occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 10, a little before 8 a.m. in the L1 parking garage at City Hall,” Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins said in a statement released to ...