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Chelsea Jones

Stories by Chelsea

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Finding a place to call home

Nearly 6,000 children have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect by their parents or caregivers in Dallas County. Some children eventually return home. During that waiting period they are placed in foster care, if one is available.

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Building the PQC village

Paul Quinn’s student living center, first building since 1990

Paul Quinn College is the only Historically Black College and University in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Jackson: Young men follow your dreams

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson encouraged boys to follow their dreams and shared with them words of wisdom during his visit to the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, a preparatory secondary school for boys located in Oak Cliff, on the last day of school.

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Dr. Jeremiah Wright: Christians should work together, uplift Black community

Religious leader Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr., the retired pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and former mentor to President Barack Obama, urged Christians to unite and work together as the Body of Christ, during his speech at the 108th Annual Session of the National Baptist Congress “A School of Methods for Christian Training.” He also stressed the importance of people combining their efforts to correct the problems affecting the Black community.

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Mardi Gras Nights supports West Dallas center

Despite its recent changes, the West Dallas Community Center said it’s ready to continue the mission of strengthening West Dallas neighborhoods.

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Jackson urges technology giants to recruit more minorities

Rev. Jesse Jackson recently pushed his way through Silicon Valley to bring attention to the lack of African Americans and Latinos working in major tech companies, especially at the executive level. So far, he has targeted the big players: Hewlett Packard, Google, Apple, eBay, Facebook and Twitter.

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Southern Dallas highway in danger of demolition

Drivers who use Interstate 345 to travel from Southern Dallas to Northern Downtown can relax – at least for now. The Texas Department of Transportation has decided to repair the 1.4-mile-long freeway, that connects Interstate 45 and Interstate 75, until officials determine whether to replace or demolish it.

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Dallas ISD’s successes, challenges

Superintendent announces more changes to come

Since taking over as Dallas ISD superintendent, Mike Miles has made several notable changes in the district. There are more changes to come, he announced during his speech at the third Annual Education Summit presented by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce on April 24. He also discussed what the district has achieved within the past 10 years, as well as the challenges it has to overcome.

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Parkland CEO meets with community to determine hospital goals

Parkland Health and Hospital System’s new CEO and president, Dr. Fred Cerise, already has his plate full as the new man-in-charge.

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Sugar, spice and everything STEM

Black Girls CODE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage girls of color to get involved in technology, in hopes of inspiring them to build a tech career or become an entrepreneur.

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We Over Me: Lunch is Served!

Paul Quinn College advocates farm-to-table concept for healthy eating

Setting the table with delicious food made from farm-fresh production was the mission of Paul Quinn College and local chefs during the college’s annual “A Community Cooks” on April 17.

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The Happy Wives Club

Happy marriage study, a Black woman’s world-wide campaign

Even though divorce rates are high, happy marriages do exist, according to Fawn Weaver, The New York Times bestselling author of Happy Wives Club

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Dallas communities hit the parks for ‘It’s My Park Day’

The city of Dallas Park and Recreation Department called citizens to nurture their favorite neighborhood parks for “It’s My Park Day” last month. The annual event was a citywide beautification project that took place at 50 Dallas parks, including Pemberton Hill Park, White Rock Lake and Fair Park.

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Bright Lights on Dark Days

Indie films dramatically highlight reality of Black life

Movie lovers viewed and critiqued more than 170 independent films and attended a series of panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As, galas and more at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival, held April 3 through April 13.

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Striving for Excellence

Tutoring, mentoring company helps students achieve

Tutors and mentors can have a tremendous impact on a student’s academic success. Carl Dorvil, founder and CEO of Group Excellence, a company that collaborates with schools to offer students tutoring and mentoring, understood this well when he started the company – as a student in college.

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Liberian flag, promotes hope for the economy

Representing hope for the economic future and future endeavors between Liberia and Dallas, the Liberian flag now hangs in Dallas City Hall’s Flag Room.

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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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