Around the State

Dallas Park and Recreation recently broke ground for a 14,794 square-foot expansion project for the new Singing Hills Recreation Center that is currently in its final construction phase. With this second construction phase getting under way soon, the new wing ...

New grants energize After8toEducate to help service unsheltered youth

After8toEducate is the first-of-its-kind, public-private collaborative to support and provide essential services to unsheltered Dallas ISD high school students and other homeless youth ages 14 to 21.

‘Harvey’s not over’ – School’s about to start – but the trauma from Hurricane Harvey lingers

Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey submerged coastal Port Arthur, the rain still brings 17-year-old Darby Dugay’s heart rate up, especially when water overflows the long-neglected drainage ditches lining the neighborhood’s sidewalks.

Rotten meat… Chicken pox… Tearful separations… Migrants describe life in federal custody

Rotten sandwich meat that has turned green or black; noodle soup cooked so little that the noodles are still hard; drinking water that smells like chlorine, Clorox or “just bad;” cramped, cold conditions; tearful separations of children and mothers; guards ...

Maxine Waters speaks at Speaking Truth to Power conference

“Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today,” read a statement about the congresswoman upon her anticipated June 29 visit to the yearly Speaking Truth To Power conference.

Teen Talk on Safety & Sex

In U.S. high schools, 40 percent of students have had sexual intercourse – with 46 percent not using condoms within their last sexual encounter, according to a 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Influence, the power to change

Clad in a “Stand With Black Women” shirt, Mercedes Fulbright, the Texas State Coordinator at Local Progress, commanded attention during her engagement entitled, Deserving and Entitled; Engaging in Public Policy to Empower People, as part of the annual Speaking Truth ...

South Dallas: A neighborhood left behind

It has been over a month since the city of Dallas has enacted its first housing policy, leaving many pros and cons for Southern Dallas citizens.

Re-Imagine Red Bird: South Dallas mall development is more than just a project

The Re-imagine Red Bird Mall development, the renovation and redevelopment of the mall located at 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road, crossed another hurdle June 13.

Drive Clean Texas asks drivers to take pride in clean air

Texans may have many reasons to be proud of the Lone Star state, but for nine different regions around the state, air quality is not one of them. The Texas Department of Transportation’s Drive Clean Texas campaign wants to change ...

Rep. Eric Johnson kicks off 30th annual Black Rodeo

On Saturday, the African American Museum hosted the 30th annual Texas Black Invitational Rodeo at the Fair Park Coliseum. The Honorable State Rep. Eric and Mrs. Johnson served as Grand Marshals for the event.

‘Red flag’ law could remove guns from people who are deemed dangerous

As part of his school and gun safety plan, Gov. Greg Abbott wants to explore a law that would allow local officials to take guns away from people if a judge declares them a danger – while also protecting Second ...

Joppa calls for environmental justice

“The Confederate statue discussion you had at your briefing this month was impressive,”

Fourteen-year-old girl distressed after dating adult posing as teen boy

Still shaken from recently finding out that her high school boyfriend was actually an adult posing as a teenager, the 14-year-old Angel struggled to find her words.

Harvey recovery funds may prioritize wealthy, advocates say

Advocacy groups said Friday that Texas is poised to unfairly distribute billions in federal funding provided for housing repairs following Hurricane Harvey’s devastation – prioritizing wealthy homeowners over poorer victims in ways that could constitute racial discrimination.