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Chelsea Jones

Stories by Chelsea

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The Original Big Mama: Actress Irma P. Hall reflects on 40+ years in drama

“One finger pointing the blame don’t make no impact. But you ball up all them fingers into a fist, and you can strike a mighty blow. This family got to be that fist.” – Big Mama in Soul Food

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Conversation about race, economics

The issue of racism and its impact on economic opportunity was the topic of round two of Conversations about Race, a multi-part discussion with community members and selected panelists, held Feb. 22 in the Dallas City Hall Council Chambers

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STEMulating the Mind

Dallas ISD encourages, informs students about STEM careers

Whether conquering new maps on the latest video game, performing less invasive robotic surgeries, configuring risk factors, or exploring the solar system, STEM-related fields touch every aspect of today’s world. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.

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Fruitvale Station screening, discussion on race and class

The injustices that affect children residing in low-income neighborhoods was the topic of discussion during a free public screening of the film Fruitvale Station, on Feb. 3 at the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff.

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STEM: Are we as a community ready?

Last Saturday, I took my sons to attend the first ever STEM Day in Dallas ISD. It was held at my alma mater, Skyline High School. For those who do not know, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

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Monday Night Politics: Candidates spar for judicial seats

Candidates running for Dallas County judgeships expressed their qualifications and views before a crowded auditorium during Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates on Jan. 27 at the African American Museum in Fair Park.

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Tamela Mann rocks music charts

Tamela Mann, acclaimed gospel singer and actress, ended 2013 with a bang by securing top spots on Billboard’s 2013 Year-End Charts with her fourth and bestselling album, Best Days. Dominating the gospel genre, she received four number one positions including Top Gospel Album and Top Gospel Artist.

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Empowered: Alicia Keys hosts living with HIV/AIDS chat

Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, Alicia Keys, joined five women who are HIV positive to discuss women in the U.S. with HIV/AIDS in a half-hour conversation that aired on VH1.com on Jan. 19. Their mission was to break the silence and reduce the stigma surrounding the disease.

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Rebuilding Oak Cliff one house at a time

As Dallas County continues to revitalize its southern communities,

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Mandela Movie Mania

Six movies chronical the life, love and work of a legend

Last month, iconic figure Nelson Mandela was laid to rest at the age of 95 and was remembered as a champion for human rights. After being imprisoned for 27 years

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The Height of Fashion

Entrepreneur puts tall fashions in department stores

Being 6 feet 1 inch, Lameka Weeks was tired of not finding clothes that fit. She barely had enough properly sized clothes in her closet. As a corporate professional, she had an even harder time obtaining business attire. Thus, she decided to create Height Goddess, an online fashion boutique that sells clothes designed for tall women.

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Creatively constructing a new career

Sharon Douglas, who is now the CEO of Bradley Construction Services LLC, decided to leave corporate America after years of being unrecognized for her work and efforts.

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Young poets ‘slam’ to express themselves

Young poets competed for prizes at Impossible Possibilities’ third annual youth poetry slam on Nov. 9 in the Moudy Auditorium at Texas Christian University.

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Dallas ISD teacher evaluation proposal

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles informed educators, parents and community stakeholders about the district’s proposal for a new teacher evaluation system, named the Teacher Excellence Initiative, on Nov. 12 at the African American Museum.

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Living fearlessly

The reopening of the civil rights era’s cold cases

Not all racist killers that got away with murder in the past were able to escape trial and conviction completely. Through the efforts of one man, justice prevailed for a few African Americans whose lives were taken for no other reason than hatred.

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Breaking addiction, finding joy

Family members and friends may wonder, “Why can’t they just stop?” While a number of individuals may be thinking, “Just one more drink.”

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Dying Alone

A daughter’s quest to find answers

Why would anyone choose to die alone? – a haunting question that led one young lady on the journey of her life in the stage play, Dying Alone.

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Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights!

I’m not a writer, I just have something to say. Bob Marley used the lyrics, “Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.” He was not someone who bit his tongue. He said what needed to be said when it needed to be said. At no time in our recent history has this lyric been so relevant.

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Dallas, Let's Talk About Race

City leaders host Conversations about Race

With a population of over 1,800,000 people, Dallas is an intricately constructed metropolis made up of several ethnic and racial groups. Its rich diversity can be a blessing when all groups work together for the benefit of the city, or a burden if one or more groups feel slighted or left behind – usually repetitively or something as important as employment or education.

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Remembering: Four little Birmingham girls

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins, following the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963, actors performed a staged reading of Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 at the Clarence Muse Café Theater on Sept. 15.

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Surviving childhood diseases

One of Keenan Green’s fondest childhood memories is playing basketball with Michael Jordan. Jordan was hosting a mini-basketball camp for cancer patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital located in Memphis, Tenn. Green was one of the patients. He was 12 years old at the time.

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An Unlikely Hero

Memories of a daughter’s stand during the Civil Rights Movement

Watching her, one couldn’t tell that she’s 91 years old. Sitting on an elongated sofa in her quaint house filled with antiques, Julia K. Jordan, a retired Dallas ISD educator and counselor, flips through an album of old photographs. She stops at a page featuring a picture of a beautiful teenage girl dressed in a white debutante dress. The girl is Julia’s daughter, Leiwanda, who would later become a champion for equality during the Civil Rights Movement.

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Oprah Winfrey, Bishop T.D. Jakes tackle fatherlessness during Oprah's Life Class

Oprah Winfrey and Bishop T.D. Jakes tackled the issue of fatherless households before thousands of people in two episode tapings of Oprah’s Lifeclass, which was held at the American Airlines Center on Aug. 29 during Jake’s three-day MegaFest festival.

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Woman Thou Art Loosed empowers, inspires during MegaFest

Thousands of women gathered for the Woman Thou Art Loosed conference held during MegaFest, Aug. 28 through Aug. 31 at the Omni Hotel and the American Airlines Center at the Dallas Convention Center.

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Engineering solutions for DFW’s biggest challenges

Water conservation, environmental safety and restoration, as well as education in science, technology, engineering and math, have been at the top of the state’s list of concerns in regard to the immediate and distant future of Texas. Behind the scenes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been active in engineering and implementing solutions to meet these challenges.

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Mentoring Rwanda, Afghanistan entrepreneurs

With a mission to empower women who have suffered oppression and marginalization, and whose homelands have been devastated by genocide, war and poverty, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women held its Peace Through Business program last month. Founded in 2006 by Dr. Terry Neese, an entrepreneur, pilot and political strategist, IEEW promotes women’s leadership and entrepreneurship through education and mentoring strategies.

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Millions awarded to assist health insurance enrollment

In an endeavor to allow health centers to reach uninsured Americans and assist them with enrolling in health insurance, $150 million was awarded to 1,159 health centers across the country, according to an announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Health Resources and Services Administrator Mary Wakefield on July 10.

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Virtual rally pushes early learning investments

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius led a national effort last month to highlight the importance of a high-quality education for every child, from the start. During online panel discussions, experts urged viewers to demand that early learning investments begin with babies and toddlers during a virtual rally on July 8. The event, “Rally 4 Babies: Learning Happens from the Start,” was streamed live on YouTube using Google + Hangouts on Air.

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Become united: A worldwide call to Africans

Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr., pastor emeritus of Trinity United Christian Church in Chicago, gave the keynote address during a town hall meeting themed “Africans Must Unite at Home and Abroad: Revisiting Principles of Pan-Africanism.” Hosted by the Dallas Chapter of the National Black United Front as apart of NBUF’s 34th annual convention, the meeting was held at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church on July 11 through July 14.

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Exploring STEM careers for girls

With careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in high demand, it has become increasingly important to prepare junior high and high school students to enter these fields of study.

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Celebrities host freestyle battle of aspiring Dallas MCs

Ice Cube, Bun B, and DJ Drama were the judges of a freestyle battle between aspiring Dallas-area MCs, Beach Boy and D. Green on June 13 at the AT&T Plaza of the American Airlines Center.

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Roosevelt alumni to celebrate 50th anniversary

Franklin D. Roosevelt High School turned 50 this year, and all alumni have been invited to celebrate their Mustang pride in a reunion this weekend.

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Sticking to tradition: A Juneteenth celebration

Visitors to this year’s Juneteenth Celebration, hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, can expect to play games of tug-of-war, sack racing, limbo and more, on Wednesday.

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Cedar Hill ISD’s response to molested students sparks community outrage

Cedar Hill community members convened in a town hall meeting at Graceland Community Baptist Church on May 14 to express their concerns about the safety of children in the Cedar Hill Independent School District.

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First African American fire chief transforms DFW Airport training facility

Since his childhood days in Amityville, N.Y., Brian McKinney, DFW International Airport’s first African American fire chief, has had a passion for firefighting. “Growing up there was a volunteer fire department right down the street from me. Every day I heard the alarms go off. I was always intrigued by what the firefighters did and the equipment they had. As I grew up into my high school years, I used to go down there and visit,” McKinney said.

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Athlete heads anti-bullying program

Daniel Puder is an undefeated mixed martial arts fighter and World Wrestling Entertainment champion. As a professional fighter and wrestler, he has had a remarkable career. He has forced opponents into submission using strong chokeholds. He has rendered technical knockouts with head kicks and punches. Once, he twisted a competitor’s arm so far backward that it would have snapped had the referee not ended the match.

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Meet the Peeples

A packed theater watched an advanced screening of Tyler Perry’s new movie, Peeples, at the Studio Movie Grill in Arlington on May 7. The movie is a comedy based on what happens when an everyday man crashes the Peeples’ annual family reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage.

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Healthy minds: A look at anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental illnesses that cause excessive worry or fear, affecting about 40 million Americans each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. These disorders affect all nationalities. However, African Americans are less likely to seek or stay in treatment.

A closer look at PTSD: Things you should know

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a potentially debilitating anxiety disorder. Most African Americans – even those that have a primary care physician – go undiagnosed or untreated, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.