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One way we could keep more Black male educators in the classroom

Does being me give me an advantage in my inner-city classroom? I often reflect on this question because every school year, I learn from a handful of students that I am their very first Black male teacher.

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What we can learn from Indigenous women at the ballot box

With the first year of Trump’s presidency behind us and midterm elections fast approaching, progressive women are faced with the looming question of what comes next. How can we go beyond resistance to advance our progressive vision, especially in this difficult moment in history when the right is on the rise?

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On Billy Graham

The late Rev. Billy Graham was beloved by many, for too many, he reneged on the opportunity to be the voice of biblical Christianity, the Christianity that appeals to the marginalized of this society and this world.

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Home-grown reactionaries, not Russians, are greatest threat to our elections

This past weekend, we once again gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” the March 7, 1965, march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was savagely put down by police.

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Arming teachers with mental health tools, not guns

The recent shooting at a Florida high school has opened the conversation and has many of us struggling with what needs to happen to prevent another tragedy like this from happening again.

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Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act, we still have a long way to go

We have come a long way toward building Black homeownership since the Fair Housing Act was signed into federal law 50 years ago. In commemorating that milestone, we recognize and emphasize that, with fewer than half of Black Americans owning their homes, we still have a long way to go to reach economic parity through Black homeownership.

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The Second Amendment and White anxiety

There has been yet another school shooting in America. The multiple murders at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, mark the 18th school shooting in this nation since the beginning of the year. And once again the only response by elected officials has been to offer “thoughts and prayers” for the victims and their families.News anchors and pundits scratch their heads and ask, “

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Counseling Corner: Let’s all go outside and take a walk

Looked outside lately? Yes, that’s sunshine and warm weather – a perfect time to get out and get moving.

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Hamilton Park Community becomes historical marker

As the classic Marcus Garvey saying goes, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

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The power of one

A humanitarian once said, “I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do.” Everyone age 18 or older can vote, and each vote matters.

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New standards improve childcare quality, safety

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Administration for Children and Families announced on Sept. 23 new quality and safety standards aimed at providing for higher quality care and safer environments for millions of children, including our youngest learners.

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Monday Night Politics forum features commissioners, state representatives

Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, presented by The Dallas Examiner, returned Sept. 12 to the African American Museum in Fair Park, featuring candidates involved in the Nov. 8 general election.

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Dallas city manager announces retirement

Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez recently informed Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas City Council of his intentions to retire.

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Virginia GOP filed lawsuit to block felons from voting

Virginia Republicans asked the state’s highest court Monday to block more than 200,000 felons from voting in November, arguing that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe abused his power by restoring the voting rights of thousands of convicts who’ve completed their sentences.

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Paul Quinn College receives $3.5 million gift

Paul Quinn College announced on Monday that it received a $3.5 million gift from the Harold Simmons Foundation. The college will use $2.5 million to help finance the construction of the Trammell S. Crow Living and Learning Center, the first new building on the campus in almost 40 years, which was announced last year.

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New drug may safely boost vaccine development in novel way

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a new drug with the potential to aid in vaccine development.

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Wealth-building secrets from ‘America’s rabbi’

Rabbi Daniel Lapin is an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, who shares wealth-building principles directly from the Bible. He is an acclaimed author, speaker, radio talk show host and with his wife, Susan, hosts a daily television show. He is known worldwide as America’s Rabbi, a noted rabbinic scholar.

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Glimmers of hope for mental health status of Blacks

Things are “moving in the right direction” in terms of the treatment of mental health and mental health disparities in the Black community, health officials say.

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Self talk for a healthy lifestyle change

It’s a common saying, “Losing weight is easy … keeping it off is the hard part.” Well, ladies, I come to tell you that I strongly disagree with this statement. In my opinion, losing weight is hard and keeping it off is even harder! Permanent weight loss requires a lot of physical and mental change. We have to get out of our comfort level.

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USDA makes case for reauthorization of children’s hunger act

The future of child nutrition such as the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program and the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children remains unknown as those living with food insecurity nervously await their fate.

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Remembering the scope of Katrina, failure of the U.S.

There will be many remembrances written in light of the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. There are a few points I would like to add as we reflect on the scope and depth of catastrophe.

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TAAACC: All business – all the time!

Two years ago, the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce formalized a relationship with the Texas Publishers Association, the network of Black newspapers across our state.

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Boosting Child Tax Credit could help reduce poverty

Reforms proposed to the Child Tax Credit by the Center for American Progress could help to reduce poverty in children younger than 3 years old in the Black community by nearly 22 percent.

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Unemployment dips to 7-year low for Blacks

The Black unemployment rate tumbled to 9.1 percent in July, the lowest rate for Black workers in seven years, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department.

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Senate bill cuts housing vouchers for poor families

For many Americans living in poverty, housing vouchers mean the difference between having a home of your own or living in a homeless shelter. As many as 85,000 low-income families could lose access to those vouchers under policies crafted in a new funding bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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Local youth group experience a summer adventure of African culture

The Roots for Youth African Children’s Theater will present I’m No Fool!, an original play that embraces the culture of Nigeria, written and directed by local actress Renee Miche’al. The production will be held at the Act of Change Inc., Institute of Cultural Arts, located at 3200 S. Lancaster Road, Ste. 623 in the Lancaster-Kiest Shopping Center in Oak Cliff. The first performance will be held today through Sunday at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday.

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Oops, a cop just shot me ... twice in the back

A cop “shot” me last week. He didn’t mean to. I was unarmed, but he put two rounds into my back.

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Demilitarize the police in our communities

Do police forces have our communities under military occupation? This question seems extremely far-fetched thinking of what America stands for. However it may be more realistic than we all know. Aug. 9, 2014, sparked an uprising in this country that was long overdue.

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Giving back to the community

Historically, unity and volunteerism have been some of the most powerful tools that African Americans have used in order for our people to make advances in society.

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HIV testing events at select Walgreens

Illinois, and MENLO PARK, California – Saturday is National HIV Testing Day. Walgreens and Greater than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, have teamed up with more than 180 health departments and local AIDS service organizations in 150 cities across the country to offer free HIV testing.

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Debt collection report captures horror stories

A new report by the Center for Responsible Lending has revealed what many consumers have known for years. Debt collectors often cross the line with abusive behaviors.

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Closing achievement gaps requires more than education reform

Education reform alone isn’t enough to close achievement gaps between Blacks and Whites, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute.

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Honoring the memory of Judge Steele

Commissioner John Wiley Price has proposed that the Dallas County Courthouse located at 414 E. R.L. Thornton be named to honor the late judge and constable, Cleophas Steele Jr.

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White racism affects more than African Americans

In the context of the responses to the lynchings of African Americans by police and racist citizenry, greater and much needed attention has been focused on the question of race and racism in the U.S. Particular attention has been raised about the historic and current oppression and demonization of African Americans, i.e., anti-Black racism. While this awareness is critical, we must at the same time recognize that the racism we have encountered since the origins of this country is integrally linked to the larger system of racial capitalism.

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Power plant affects quality of life

When Cheeraz Gormon received an invitation to lobby in Washington on behalf of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan with environmental legal advocacy nonprofit, Earthjustice, she was bewildered.

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Monday Night Politics: Runoff Elections

On May 9, Dallas residents voted for a mayor and City Council members. Incumbent Mike Rawlings won the majority vote for mayor. Carolyn Arnold won the majority vote to become the councilmember for District 4.

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Credit invisible Blacks and Latinos are economically vulnerable

When it comes to consumer finance, traditional lenders usually review credit scores before reaching a decision. In general, the higher a consumer’s credit score is, the lower the cost of credit they will pay. Conversely, the lower one’s credit score, the higher the cost of credit and interest will likely be. Whether applying for a credit card, auto loan or a mortgage, bad credit histories make future credit and borrowing more expensive.

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Speaking out, standing up

First lady Michelle Obama was the commencement speaker at Tuskegee University on Saturday. Tuskegee is a private historically Black university in Tuskegee, Alabama, established in 1881 by Booker T. Washington.

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A distraction from attacks on free speech?

Many Americans are bursting with pride over the recent exhibition in Garland. The event featured a contest for drawing insulting cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, along with talks on Free Speech by Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an opponent of Sharia law, and activist Pam Geller.

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Voices that Matter: Inspirational food for thought

With the school year coming to a close, Paul Quinn College concluded their speaker series, Voices that Matter, on April 14 with guests Hattie Hill, president and CEO of Women’s Foodservice Forum, and Cheryl “Action” Jackson, president of Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano.

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Dallas ISD Interim Bridge Program

The Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a plan to expand more than 20 different schools in the district. This approval of renovations, known as the Interim Bridge Plan, is part of Superintendent Mike Miles’ initiative to transform schools under Destination 2020. Some of these schools are experiencing overcrowding and poor building conditions.

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Join us for WeVote ‘Arrive with 5’

Monday Night Politics–Meet the Candidates, which we present during every election period, has been well attended during March and April. The audience seemed to be intoned with the need to vote and become more familiar with the candidates running in our districts.

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Millennial coalition to host cultural event

Weapons of Mass Empowerment, a coalition of civically engaged citizens committed to improving voter turnout, educational equity, police brutality and economic empowerment in Dallas, has joined forces with Creating Our Future, a group of artists that engages creative thinking to help solve the non-traditional problems that Dallas neighborhoods currently face.

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Celebrating the Black Press

Last week, publishers from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Jackson, Mississippi, Atlanta, North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Baltimore gathered in Washington, D.C., to celebrate 75 years of Black newspapers telling our stories.

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Young, gifted, Black and abused

In the course of one week we witnessed the burden of being young, gifted and Black.

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Past the Ebola scare: Push to protect public health goes on

When many Dallas County residents breathed a sigh of relief on Nov. 7, 2014, when the county received the “all-clear” from the Ebola virus, Dallas County Health and Human Services continued normal day-to-day operations.

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Dallas Selma march

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery march, the founders of Faith Friday, Dr. Juanita Wallace and Akwete Tyehimba, will host “March for the Right to Vote.” Faith Friday is an organization dedicated to alleviating community issues. The march will take place on Friday from noon until 2 p.m. along the Continental Bridge.

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Black History and its relevancy: A Community Conversation

Many people today have a limited knowledge of Black history. There is limited information in public school textbooks about the struggles of African Americans, as well as our contributions to American history.

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Police killings underscore need for reform

Blacks and Latinos are incarcerated at disproportionately higher rates in part because police target them for minor crimes, according to Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System, a report by the Sentencing Project, a national, nonprofit group that advocates for criminal justice issues.

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The legacy of Carter G. Woodson

The best way to celebrate Black History Month is to make more Black history. Black History Month is now celebrated around the world. We are grateful for the visionary leadership of noted historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson for being the founder of what was known as Negro History Week in 1926 that 44 years later evolved into Black History Month.

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Key substance protects against preterm birth

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified hyaluronon as a critical substance made by the body that protects against premature births caused by infection.

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Baby’s first cry: Critical moment in delivery room

“The first time I heard my baby cry, I think I cried as much as he did,” Rachel recalled. “It was like he was announcing that he was finally here and he’s healthy.” The sound of their newborn baby’s first cry is magical for parents. But it is also music to the ears of the medical professionals in the labor and delivery room. The medical providers involved eagerly await the baby’s first cry because it signals the newborn’s ability to breathe on its own.

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Conversation with JoAnne Bland

JoAnne Bland has told her personal story at conferences and workshops across the country including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, at 3p.m. at Warren United Methodist Church, she will share her story with the Dallas community.

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Predatory lenders target the poor: Communities lose billions

Predatory lenders continue to target poor, Black and Latino communities, siphoning off $103 billion in fees and interest every year, and the rest of us are paying for it, according to a recent report by United for a Fair Economy.

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An opportunity to serve

After Sunday morning worship services at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, staff from the Dallas Independent School District held a training session for members interested in volunteering at Dallas ISD schools.

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Conversation about the 84th Texas Legislature

The Texas Legislature meets every other year. This month the 84th Texas legislative session will start Tuesday and will be in session for 140 days, unless a special session is called by the governor to extend the session.

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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 demonstrations go awry.

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The most important Christmas gifts

It’s not surprising that during the Christmas holiday, songs like I’ll be Home for Christmas and Blue Christmas have been popular for generations. This year, All I Want for Christmas Is You is No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 Christmas List. Christmas time is all about families and being with loved ones from near and far. Over the past couple of generations, Christmas has become more and more commercial. Stores begin to fill with Christmas decorations and have an aisle designated for gifts and home decorations – two months before Christmas. Television is bombarded with toy and electronic commercials. We rush to stores to shop for everyone on our list and try to get everything on our children’s list.

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Preparing HBCU students for law school

The University of Baltimore has launched a program to groom students from Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities for law school.

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Why Democrats lost the midterms

Now that the dust has settled after our nation’s 2014 elections across the country, here is my two cents worth on what has happened during the last couple of years, and what it means now.

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Monday nights, focusing on the candidates

The first Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates forum for the general election, which is Nov. 4, was held on Monday.

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U.S. foreign policy led to the border crisis

I have been increasingly concerned by the near hysteria in connection with the Central American immigrant children who have attempted to enter the USA, fleeing from poverty, crime and violence.

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New library program aimed at entrepreneurs

Dallas’ small business owners will get a much-needed leg-up on the competition this summer through a new initiative.

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Exercising Power

This week marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – a moment that impacted every corner of America. Yet, many Americans do not know the history of the passage of this legislation that significantly changed our country and the lives of African Americans.

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The Survey of Texas Black-owned Businesses

It should be understood that without the commitment of University of Texas President William Powers there would be no Survey of Texas Black-owned Businesses.

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The Dallas community has spoken

The Joint Runoff Election for Dallas County was June 21. Among those elections were: Duncanville for mayor and District 4 Councilmember, Farmers Branch for mayor and District 2 Councilmember, Seagoville Place 5 Councilmember, and Dallas ISD District 6 member of the Board of Trustees.

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The courage to survive victoriously

Dr. Maya Angelou was one of the most beloved heroes of our time. Her magnetism was so great that millions – probably billions – of people across the globe felt a connection to her.

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NBCI urges members to withhold NPR contributions

The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African American churchgoers, calls on African Americans to withhold contributions to NPR in response to their stifling of minority voices through the cancellation of Tell Me More.

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Parent praticipation celebrated during resource fair

Parent praticipation celebrated during resource fair