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Dallas police chief is underway

The search for a new Dallas police chief is underway. The firm leading the search will conduct a survey providing community members an opportunity to give their input on leadership qualities, departmental priorities and professional qualifications.

To take the survey, call 214-671-5190 or visit


NTFB will host their largest food distribution at Fair Park

The North Texas Food Bank, in conjunction with Fair Park First, Spectra, In the City for Good, MWL Cares, The Big Good and the Gary Patterson Foundation, will host a holiday food distribution event at Fair Park, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, or until all available food has been distributed.

The NTFB plans to distribute more than half a million pounds of food to 8,500 families. This will be the fifth food distribution event held at Fair Park since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Fair Park First/Spectra has partnered with The Prep Kitchen to provide complimentary meals for NTFB staff and the volunteers during the event.

The pick-up area for guests in vehicles will be in Lots 15 and 16. Drivers should enter through Gate 2 only, located at the intersection of Parry Avenue and Haskell Avenue, and follow directional signage to the pick-up area.

The NTFB will distribute USDA products, Family Relief Boxes, Frozen Turkeys while supplies last, and Kitted Produce bags using the following steps:

  • Cars Queue – We ask guests in vehicles not to start lining up until 8:00 AM. Enter at Gate 2 only and follow directional signage and traffic personnel to the pick-up area, which will be located in Lots 15 and 16.
  • Intake Form Distribution – Guests will be required to fill out a self-declared, no ID required intake form. Once complete, the form should be placed, face-up, on the vehicle dashboard. Intake forms collect information for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, including name, address, monthly income, and household size.
  • Food Distribution – All food will be placed in the trunk of each vehicle. If the trunk does not open, the NTFB or a volunteer will place the food on the hood, roof, or trunk of the car and ask the guest to drive forward and transfer the boxes to their trunk. Each family will receive one frozen turkey (while supplies last), a 20-pound box of shelf-stable dry products, a 15-pound bag of fresh produce, and a gallon of milk (while supplies last). All food is first come, first served.

Safety precautions have been established to limit any physical interaction with the NTFB and volunteers on site. Visit for information on other NTFB Disaster Relief Mobile Pantry events.


Hair Story, an exhibit on Black hair, opens at The African American Museum

Hair Story exhibit will seek to explore how Black hair is more than mere follicles: it’s economic, political and spiritual. It seeks to celebrate Black hair and its complicated roots. The exhibit is curated by and features work from Dallas-based visual artist LaShonda Cooks, Art-Fro Kreationz, Ciara Elle Bryant, Danielle Demetria, Feniiix Raiii, Loosemedium and Youveline Joseph.

Cooks, who organized the event, said her goal is to reflect and build on inspiration from the selected artists. The exhibit is supported by a microgrant from the City of Dallas Once of Arts and Culture and features her series of miniature portraits painted on palm leaf plates. The paintings will be gifted back to their muses once the show ends in February.

Hair Story will be open to the public Nov. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at the African American Museum, located at 3536 Grand Ave. The soft opening is on Nov. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with limited capacity due to social distancing.

In addition to the physical exhibit, there will be a virtual Hair-oetry Poetry Workshop with Nappyisms creator Linda Jones Nov. 14 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a drive-in short film festival Dec. 5.


SouthFair CDC Survey

South Dallas-based SouthFair Community Development needs to hear from citizens who live, work, or play in the South Dallas area to complete a brief survey to get feedback about what you would like to see regarding future retail developments. The survey closes Nov. 18. Complete the survey at

Mollie Finch Belt is the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Dallas Examiner. She attended elementary school in Tuskegee, Ala.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Dallas, Texas. In 1961, she graduated from...

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