newspaper BOOK REVIEW:
City of Dallas
No. 1 serving the African American Community
November 20-26, 2008 Volume No. 55 Issue No. 46
Speaking of Initiative focuses
People on father/daughter
Oscar Faye Williams named to
BY CHERYL SMITH
Each month members of
The Potter’s House, under
the leadership of Bishop
T.D. Jakes, participate in
Family Night Out. This
event, according to Associate
Page 2 Pastor Derick Faison, is
primarily to help “hold
Real Love is south
our families together.”
of where we live
Billed as a time for food,
fun and fellowship, Pastor
T’Keyah “Crystal” Keymah
Faison said the most recent
knows value of going South gathering was part of the
church’s commitment to
“help people celebrate the
importance of fathers in
“This is a call to action,”
said the pastor. “We’re
here to celebrate these
young ladies, queens in the
making, and to encourage
Page 5 healthy father/daughter
Atlanta resident Montye
Edwards was preparing for a
trip to San Antonio when he
George E. Curry
came across information
about a father/daughter
of election Page 3
Racist incidents increase in wake
initiative that making its way
to Dallas and coinciding with
his travel plans. With a little
Digital cover: Joseph Shelby
maneuvering, he added the
Barack’s presence on Black men
program to his itinerary.
Spiritual See PAGE 3
Letting the stones go
02 D A L LA S W E E K LY SPEAKING OF PEOPLE November 20-26, 2008
Williams elected to Johnny C. Phillips to become Terri Phillips speaks at Salem
TAMU Commerce Board pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Minister Terri Phillips will
be the guest speaker at Salem
Oscar Faye Williams was The Reverend Johnny C. Institutional Baptist Church
elected as vice president of Smith will be installed as Pastor for their 55th annual women’s
the Alumni Relations Board at of Mount Moriah Missionary day celebration November 23
Texas A&M University Baptist Church on Sunday, at 11 a.m.
Commerce on October 4, November 23, 2008. Reverend Ms. Phillips is a member of
2008. The 1973 graduate of Smith succeeds Dr. Robert D. St. Luke Community United
East Texas State University Reed, Senior Pastor, of Mount Methodist Church, where she
had a desire to be involved Moriah, presently in its 106 years serves as an Assistant Pastor
with government that led her of worshiping God and teaching and Chair of Congregational
to this position. the ways of Jesus Christ. Ministries.
Ms. Williams said that the An Appreciation and She is a mother of one son,
Oscar Faye Williams
election was exciting and she is Tori, 18, and a certified
Installation Banquet will be held in
proud to be a contribution. the Grand Ballroom at the candidate in the North Texas
“I’m glad that I can make a Renaissance Hotel, Dallas on Conference with goals of
becoming an ordained elder in
John Calvin Smith
difference,” Ms. Williams said. “I want to get Alumni more November 21 at 7:00 p.m. The Role of Women, evangelism
connected and involved with TAMU.” banquet will include guest the United Methodist Church. ministries, facilitator for
As vice president she plans to increase Alumni involve- speakers and family members Ms. Phillips said she is book/Bible studies for youth,
ment and support and to serve in absence of the president. honoring Reverend Smith for his Reverend Smith earned his excited about the prospect of Women and Teenagers, and
Prior to working with TAMU Commerce, Ms. Williams dedicated service and Christian high school diploma from L. G. speaking at a church that she Wednesday Night Prayer and
served as secretary of Dallas’ Temporary Services in Human leadership in the Dallas Pinkston High School in 1970. once called home. Praise leader and preacher.
Development, Urban Planning and for Mayor Folsom. Ms. community. Dr. James P. He received his Bachelor of “I appreciate this chance and Minister Phillips works for
Williams’ sociology background allowed her to be assigned Thompson, Pastor of Mount Olive Business Administration Degree I am praising God for this the City of Dallas’
to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center as an Baptist Church in Arlington, from SMU in 1975 and a Master opportunity,” Ms. Phillips said. Environmental and Health
Assessment Counselor for four years. Texas, will be the keynote speaker. of Arts in Biblical Studies from After graduating from Services and provides assis-
Utilizing her biology degree she earned at ETSU, she On Sunday, November 23, Dallas Theological Seminary in Lincoln High School in 1982 tance to the director, city
joined the staff of Parkland Memorial Hospital as a Dr. Martin E. Hawkins, 1991. and receiving her bachelor’s managers, Council members
Laboratory Technician. President of Southern Bible Reverend Smith has served degree from Paul Quinn and Dallas residents.
Ms. Williams is a native Texan, with roots in Jacksonville Institute will bring the morning as Associate Pastor at Mount College, Minister Phillips’ Her testimony for the past
and Port Arthur and has been an active member of Delta message at 10:50 a.m. at Mount Moriah and instructor at service to God has led her to 13 years has been, “The devil
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., since 1971. She has served as Moriah, located at 3611 Latimer Southern Bible Institute. pursue a Master of Divinity at thought he had me but God
Dallas Alumnae Chapter President and Theta Nu Together in Dallas. Reverend Smith has been Perkins School of Theology at held me close in the midst of
Alumnae Association President. The Pastoral Appreciation married to Violet Reed Smith for SMU and to be a part of many the all and I am so grateful.
30 years. They are the parents auxiliaries at church, including
Professionally she is a member of the American and Installation Services will No matter what, I must do
Association of Code Enforcement and the Code Enforcement begin at 3:00 p.m. Dr. C. B. T. of one daughter, Joy Smith the prayer Team, Status and what God says do.”
Association of Texas, where she has been President and Smith, Pastor Emeritus of McBeth and two sons, Jonathan
currently is on the Board of Directors. Golden Gate Baptist Church, in and Jared Smith.
- By Lo’Ren Edward Dallas will deliver the message.
November 20-26, 2008 D A L LA S W E E K LY 03
Racist incidents DADDY’S PROMISE, continued from front page
increase in the wake
of Obama’s election
Many have heard of the award-
winning journalist Ed Gordon. Most
recently he was in Dallas keynoting the
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce’s
annual dinner. After stints on Black
and carried the message, Entertainment Television, NBC and
“He’ll be shot” followed by TV, the 48-year-old Detroit native has
the n-word. clearly distinguished himself profes-
While there was a lot of sionally. His extensive and impressive
hate crimes instigated by list of interviews includes one-on-one
young people, adults proved sessions with then-recently acquitted
that the youth have no O.J. Simpson, Nelson Mandela and
monopoly on ignorance. President-elect Barack Obama. It
According to the Traverse appears, however, that from the
By George E. Curry
City (Michigan) Record- response he received at Family Night
Eagle, employees at Out, his legacy will be Daddy’s
George@Georgecurry.com Hampel’s Key and Lockshop Promise.
flew the U.S. flag upside Started earlier this year, Daddy’s
Promise focuses attention on fostering Ed Gordon with Mylah and Amari Edwards, and their father, Montye
Edwards at Dallas’ The Potter’s House event. Photo credit: Cheryl Smith/The Dallas Weekly
down – an international
The rise in racist incidents signal for distress – the day positive relationships between fathers
– from university campuses after Obama was elected and daughters.
to police stations – is In an article that appeared in provider and nurturer,” he continued. to the gathering, Mr. Edwards said that
president. In an interview “President-elect Barack Obama is a although his daughters live in Texas, he
a sobering reminder that with the newspaper, one Essence Magazine, the Western
despite the election of Michigan University graduate wrote of fantastic role model. We’ve heard serves on their PTA board and he is
employee, Rod Nyland, said rhetoric for years and now when we see very active in their lives.
Barack Obama, there are still the flag was being flown his love for his daughter, Taylor.
a lot of sick people out there “I wanted to tell the world how this I hope we see the father that he is “I applaud what you’re doing and I
upside down because, “…We –the husband that he is. We’ll see a wanted to be part of it,” said Mr.
stuck in the Stone Age. feel our country is in distress much I love her,” he said.
Editor & Publisher There was such a huge response different condition while he is in Edwards. “I am involved in my girls’
because the n----- got in.” office.” lives and I make them my priority.”
magazine, the Associated The Associated Press there was no way to stop with that one
Press, and local newspapers article. Mr. Gordon went on to talk about Seeing Mr. Edwards with his two
reported that in a Maine con- the responsibility men and women daughters brought a smile to Mr.
recently catalogued some of venience store, a reporter saw According to Darice Thompson,
the most egregious incidents. Bounty executives “jumped at the have to be good parents, regardless of Gordon’s face. The scene is beautiful
a sign inviting customers to their relationships with one another. to him and one he wants to see more of.
In addition to the garden- participate in a pool guessing opportunity to partner” with Mr.
variety types of hate crimes, Gordon on the initiative because of the He encouraged parents to put the needs He urged, “Get to know your
what day Obama will be of their children first, and that is just daughters and let them get to know
such as painting racist assassinated. People were positive impact and strong messages
graffiti on cars and houses, presented. what Mr. Edwards, who is divorced, you. Take them in the kitchen, put on
charged $1 for each entry into does with his two daughters. some Earth, Wind and Fire, Teddy
there was a particularly “The Osama Obama Shotgun Ms. Thompson, who is the Assistant
disturbing incident that Brand Manager for Bounty, said “It’s very important to me to be a (Pendergrass), LTD or Peabo Bryson.
Pool.” The pot was supposed positive male for my daughters and That’s one of the ways you get to learn
stood out from the rest. to go to the person picking the Daddy’s Promise is especially signifi-
Parents in Rexburg, Idaho cant to her because of the “special rela- young black men,” said Mr. Edwards, and know one another.”
closest date to the attack. as he praised Mr. Gordon for focusing
contacted police after 2nd and “Let’s hope we have a tionship” she had with her father prior
on men and their daughters. Find out more about the father/daughter ini-
3rd graders on a school bus winner,” the sign proclaimed. to his death 14 years ago and Bounty’s tiative by logging on to www.daddyspromise.com
were heard chanting, “assas- commitment to families. Saying that he planned his schedule
Interracial couples and so that he could bring his two daughters
sinate Obama.” I doubt that cars with Obama bumper “He challenged me to make sacri-
any of them could spell the stickers were targets. fices for the things I wanted,” Ms.
word assassinate; yet they In Pennsylvania’s Thompson said of her father, as she
were recycling hate learned Apolacon Township, an urged support of Daddy’s Promise.
from their parents. interracial couple discov- “Go to Bountyspromise.com. Bounty
Some might have learned ered what was left of a is committed to this initiative.”
how to hate in school if what burned cross in their front With the financial support of
happened in Allison Park, Pa. yard the day after Obama’s Bounty, Mr. Gordon is touring the
is an indication. According to election. The woman, country spreading a message of love.
the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a who is White, lived in the “I wanted to salute the men who are
teacher’s aide told a biracial house with her husband, an doing the right thing and give them a
11th grader that Obama will African-American. platform,” he told a gathering of over
be shot, the U.S. flag will be According to the Los 500 at Family Night Out, held at the
changed to the KFC flag and Angeles Times, ''Vandals Ruthe Johnson Center in Grand Prairie,
that the national anthem will spray-painted swastikas and last week. “I also wanted to nudge
be changed to “Movin’ On racial slurs on a house and those who aren’t doing the right thing
Up,” the theme song from several cars in Torrance that and tell them that they should.”
The Jeffersons sitcom. displayed campaign signs or Once Bounty and Mr. Gordon
Students living in bumper stickers for partnered, one of the most poignant and
Morrison Hall on the campus President-elect Barack life-altering campaigns focused on
of Baylor University in Texas Obama, authorities said strengthening Black families was born
walked outside and found a Tuesday. The incidents and he began spreading his message to
noose hanging from a tree. occurred Saturday night in Black men—a message that has
On the campus of North the Hollywood Riviera touched women as well.
Carolina State University, section of the city, said Sgt. “If the person running for the most
four students spray painted Bernard Anderson. Four important position in the world can
racist messages that included separate incidents were take time out to take his daughters trick
“Let’s shoot the (n-word) and reported the next day, he said. or treating or to school, it makes it hard
“Hang Obama by a noose.” No arrests have been made. for brothers to say, ‘I ain’t got time,’”
At the University of ''At one house, the phrase he said to loud applause.
See CURRY, page 11
Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a “Men must be the protector,
poster of Obama was defaced
04 D A L LA S W E E K LY METRO
Library gets makeover with books, computers and more
November 20-26, 2008
By Patrice J. Holmes As part of this initiative, sentatives, the library
email@example.com the Bushman Library makeover program aims to
received a complete transfor- “transform elementary
mation this summer, school libraries by redecorat-
The Heart of America including 2,000 new books, ing, revitalizing technology,
Foundation and Target came furniture, carpet, technology, replenishing bookshelves
together and awarded Dallas paint, lap top computers, flat and by renewing community
ISD W.W. Bushman screen TVs, games, activi- support and interest in
Elementary with a brand new ties, a courtyard for outside enriching student lives and
school library at a special reading time, lighting, cus- helping students regain lost
ribbon cutting ceremony tomized wall art murals and opportunities for learning”
recently. reading corners. and that is what Bushman
Bushman students, school In addition, each of the fifth grader Maya Nelson
staff, community members 600 Bushman students will enthusiastically believes has
and volunteers attended the walk away with seven new happened in her school.
official library unveiling to books to add to their own at- “It’s just wonderful,” Ms.
open the new library to home reading collection. Nelson said. “It’s nice to see
awaiting students. During the unveiling, all the books and possibilities
Kellie Bell, Bushman Deputy Mayor Pro Tem I have to read now.”
Principal said that with the Dwaine Caraway reminded More than 20 schools
new library now open, the the children that they are across the country were
students have more opportu- special, said I would hope awarded a library makeover
nities. that this endeavor was laying as part of this program.
“This is an opportunity for the groundwork for the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway along with W.W. Bushman Principal Kellie Bell, Deno Harris, The school selection was
our students to have more children’s futures. Target Representative Marty Kennard and former Philadelphia Eagles player Je’Mone Smith cut the based on percentage of low-
experiences with books and “This is something that I ribbon opening the new library at the school. income children and overall
literacy as well as the media would hope other corporate need for library improvement.
and web-based programs,” entities and organizations them the importance of “That’s what Target has strong foundation beneath The school library
Ms. Bell said. “As we know, would latch on to,” Mr. reading.” done, put the kids first and the kid, their chances of makeovers were led by local
reading is the fundamental Caraway said. “That’s what Mr. Caraway added that a invested in things that build a standing are greater.” Target volunteers, who con-
skill that students must have we’re doing here today, strong foundation of reading strong foundation,” Mr. According to Heart of tributed their time and talent
to be successful.” instilling values and teaching is key in children’s lives. Caraway said. “If you build a America Foundation repre- to the projects.
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November 20-26, 2008 EDITORIAL D A L LA S W E E K LY 05
COMMENTARY Real Love is south of where we live
Barack’s presence By Cheryl Smith necessarily apply to family tion, Crystal joined several of
on Black men
members or your old neighbor- her “line sisters” for a celebra-
The premise for the play, hood. tion as they attended many of
South of Where We Live is Wherever South of Where the activities for homecoming
By Reggie Williams
really simple, according to actor YOU Live is, you must go and the inauguration of
Tommy Ford. there from time to time. There FAMU’s 10th president, Dr.
No matter what you do in has to be a place where James Ammons.
life, or how big a success you someone has your back and is Crystal went “South” and
Visit the bedroom of most any African
become, you must go home sincere about their love for her sisters were there for her.
American lad and it wouldn’t be surprising
again, to that place where you you. Sure, we’re proud of her for
to see posters of some star athlete or
30 and 25 year Deltas back
came from and where you can Too often when folks are her many accomplishments.
favored entertainer adorning his wall. For
“south” at Florida A&M University.
really let your hair down. successful, they are held to a She has distinguished herself in
these adolescent males, their pictures
Many know Tommy as the standard that makes it virtually so many areas and arenas and it
represent either who they aspire to be like
“unemployed” sidekick of impossible for them to lead a was such a pleasure to have her
or what they potentially seek to become. Vaughn, Carl Payne and Dorien
Martin Payne, on the popular healthy, happy lifestyle. For the with us. For their 25th anniver-
By dressing the walls with their chosen Wilson among the stellar group
sitcom, Martin. Or you may short time that they are on this sary, it was pointed out that
images these boys set before them a con- of performers.
have seen him on New York earth, they are trapped, unable their line originally had 26
tinuous “It’s about giving back,” Mr.
Undercover, the Parkers, or as to go “South.” pledgees who became Deltas.
reminder of what their goals look like. Ford said during a phone
the Pope of Comedy on TV During one of my going “Life is too short,” she
In addition to the pictures projected interview prior to the show’s
One’s Who’s Got Jokes? “South” moments, I was back said during a reception for
on bedroom walls, these young impres- debut. “It’s about bringing up
Well there’s more to this in Tallahassee and I saw members who came “south,”
sionable boys too often become infatuat- our sisters and brothers.”
native New Yorker than his actress writer, director, pro- including members of my line,
ed with images embellished by African The message is so strong—
career. For six weeks prior to the ducer, singer, and comedian. the Elusive Ladies, who were
American males on television as well as lifting as we climb, and never
opening of the play, Mr. Ford T'Keyah “Crystal” Keymáh. celebrating 30 years.
those colorful illustrations of black forgetting where we came from.
traveled to Dallas and visited You may know Crystal as She continued, “We must
males in their neighborhoods. Those who have been suc-
colleges, schools, hospitals, Tanya Baxter, the mother of reach out and embrace one
Body tats enveloping their bodies, cessful are wearing a mask, he
youth centers and groups, Raven Symone on That’s so another because we never know
saggin’ jeans decorating their under contends. “We have to put on
spreading a message of empow- Raven, as Erica Lucas on The when one of us will be gone.”
garments, menacing stares plastered on our game face.”
erment and responsibility. Cosbys or from her four years There were tears and nods of
their faces and despicable dispositions But when you go south, he
And while you may laugh on In Living Color. agreement as sorority sisters
launched with ferocity are too often the says, that is when you can really
and share the energy of South The Florida A&M talked about the need to put dif-
images many young men choose to expose yourself and take away
of Where We Live, you can’t University alum, hails from ferences behind them.
mimic. These attributes, filled with the mask.
help but focus on the underly- Chicago, where she was a Real love is really about
death – spiritual and physical, too often If you don’t have a place,
ing message. National Merit Scholar. going “South” and not not for-
flood the intellectual databases of these you need one—where you can
As the director of South of The beautifully talented getting where you came from,
youngsters. get a reality check and you
Where We Live, Mr. Ford Crystal was celebrating her who you are and whose you are
Fortunately over the course of the don’t have to question the
assembled a dynamic cast of 25th year anniversary as a as you help others along the
past 21 months black males, men as well motives of the critics.
men and women to spread the member of Delta Sigma Theta way.
as boys, have been blessed to bear I think most will agree with
message. Last week, the play Sorority, Inc. A life member You’ll be a better person and
witness to a new image – President-Elect me that going “South” does not
had a four-day run with Terri J. of the public service organiza- live a better life!
Barack Obama. The blessings of Obama
arrived long before Nov. 4th when he,
the first African American, was elected
as the 44th president of the United
States. His daily appearance before the
Helping the least and the left out
world gave the fraternity of African can benefit when they recover, than that, though, there is not the Prize said, “I have the audacity
American men, a new poster to adorn on but core US industries will likelihood of direct relief for to believe that people every-
the walls of our minds; a new portrait in stumble, but not fall. those who have been hardest hit where will have three meals a
which to draw inspiration from. What about the poor? One in by this recession. day for their bodies, education
In Obama African American males eight American families lives in These are not people who are and culture for their minds,
have an excellent example of how to poverty, as does one in four talking about “paring down” peace and freedom for their
deal with haters. With grace and dignity African American families. their holiday lists. Instead, they spirits.”
By Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Obama has demonstrated how to treat These folks don’t own homes, are those who have no lists to National Hunger and
people with respect despite the fact that they rent. pare. Moving from steak to Homelessness Awareness Week
they have shown nothing but disrespect They won’t be helped by a ground chuck? Where does one takes place just one week before
for him. When one considers that of the foreclosure freeze. These folks go after ground chuck? To the Thanksgiving holiday. In
16,400 murders committed in 2005 in I’m not worried about don’t have stock, and some meatless meals, to food lines, to some ways, this is great timing.
American that 8,000 were black males, bankers. With Treasury don’t even have bank accounts. no meals at all. While we are As we fill our plates to the
mostly at the hand of a person of color, Secretary Henry Paulson advo- Rescuing the banking industry bailing folks out, why not send groaning point at Thanksgiving
Obama’s demonstration of how to be cating for them in these last does nothing for them. Some emergency grants to our feasts, those who feed the
cool in controversial situations is days of the Bush will say that rescuing the big nation’s homeless shelters? hungry have always been
instructional for a nation of men com- Administration, bankers are guys will trickle down to them, The National Coalition for focused on ways to use our
mitting murder. Black males now have a going to be all right. but when will the trickle the Homeless has claimed bounty to remind us of those
blueprint of how to properly define and Some will be bought and happen? Paulson was able to November 16-22 as National who have nothing. In some
defend oneself in the midst of everyone some will merge, but we are not offer a sketchy hand-written Hunger and Homelessness ways, though, it is too easy to
else trying to negatively define and on the verge of a banking note to get $700 billion. What Awareness week for the remind us of our blessings at
offend them. collapse. will poor folks get from the Homeless. Across the country, Thanksgiving. Aren’t the
In Obama black males have an icon for The same is true of Wall lame-duck session of Congress? people are organizing events to hungry also hungry in January,
possibility. We witnessed a man free of the Street. The Dow may continue It is possible that activists focus on those who have neither April, June, and September?
poison of impossibility. In Obama black to drop, erasing some wealth, will pressure Congress to food nor shelter in this richest The eradication of hunger,
males saw a rendering of faith in action – but the basic mechanics of the extend the amount of time that nation in the world. The homelessness and poverty
“Yes We Can, and Yes He Did.” market will likely keep Wall people can get unemployment existence of these people flies in ought to be as high a priority as
Street alive, if diminished. The benefits, especially since the the face of the ideals of Dr. the bailout of bankers. Yet scant
auto industry is likely, too, to get economy has shed more than Martin Luther King, Jr., who, attention has been focused on
See MALVEAUX, page 9
the loans they want. I think we 1.2 million jobs this year. Other upon accepting the Nobel Peace
ought to get some stock so we
06 D A L LA S W E E K LY PUBLISHER November 20-26, 2008
HALL: 2 mules for Sista Sara
smoking cigars and drinking public assistance. These work earnestly for gender
whiskey, he begins to figure out “queens” supposedly caused equality at all social levels.
she's not a bride of Christ.” Joe the Plumber’s tax bill to Those who lament Sarah being
Please resist any notions that rise. The GOP meanwhile, demonized because of class and
anyone could call Sarah Palin a never let on that most public gender are disingenuous. Bill
ANTHONY T. DAVIS 1954-1985
streetwalker. Generally the most assistance is doled out to white Clinton and Barack Obama
successful prostitutes are of the women in rural communities. have proven that pelf and
political ilk, male, and never And ironically, rural whites vote pedigree are not required to
JAMES A. WASHINGTON Quit Playin’
undress to get paid. However, in against anything that looks non- hold high political office.
By Vincent Hall
this movie Sara was given a white and urban. George Dubya Bush has proven
$150,000 wardrobe for her McCain and the Gang trotted that a dumb ass with pedigree is
acting debut. onstage with their new slogan, a highly regarded dumb ass but
It didn’t take long to discern “Country First.” Their catch still subject to media scrutiny.
3101 Martin Luther that Sarah Palin wasn’t what the phrase carries an undeniable Sarah Palin should never
King Jr. Blvd. FACSIMILE
You may never have heard of Conservatives purported her to double entendre. No one word have been screened and her
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the movie Two Mules for Sister be. Somewhere behind the paints a more effective portrait vociferous supporters and sym-
Sara. Allmovie.com describes whipped up librarian beehive, of the absence of black folks pathizers should blame those
stars Clint Eastwood and Shirley the modest skirts, and the than does the word “country.” who dredged her up from the
Maclaine in a western drama piercing eyewear was a Picture this; Country music, homogenous oil fields of
released in 1970. But the remake storyline. Sara was just too country store, country living. If Alaska. Sistah Sara got the Dan
sounds just like the original.
damned sexy for her puritan you saw any rappers you need Quayle treatment. But if we
“Clint Eastwood stars as performance. counseling or diversity training. continue to lower our standards
Cheryl Smith.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Csmith@DallasWeekly.com
Hogan, a tough cowboy who Although McCain promised So into the campaign cinema of acceptable acumen, Flava
rescues a woman, Sara (Shirley to keep race out of the race, strolls Sarah Palin with Flav could be the next presiden-
Patrice J. Holmes. . . . . . . . . . . . . Editorial@DallasWeekly.com
Maclaine) as she's about to be someone obviously felt husband Todd looking afresh tial candidate.
attacked. Hogan is surprised to compelled to avail themselves from a Klan convocation, five Sista Sarah got two mules,
learn that his new traveling
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to the subtle form of racism children, one of them painfully but not the ones she bargained
companion is a nun, but still
that the Republican Party challenged, a grandchild en for. So now Sarah and that side-
agrees to escort her.
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masters so well. Much like the route via their teenage buster she rode in with can
It turns out that neither of this
“welfare queens” image they daughter, a huntin’ rifle and a catch the first stagecoach back
pair is what they claim to be: created in the 1980’s and Jezebelian smile right out of to their “Country.”
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Hogan is to scout out a French utilized effectively. the Old Testament. Hot damn
military garrison for a future Their intent and inference John Boy, we got ourselves a Quit Playin’ is written exclusive-
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attack, while Sara is actually a was to depict welfare queens as shootin’ match. ly for the Dallas Weekly and
prostitute masquerading as a inner city, black or minority, Sarah is a crippling setback Dallas County Commissioner
nun. After Hogan spies Sara
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Obama President. White people They must pass the laws that House, to get positive things
The election is finally over, did. There are 13 million black the President signs. And if accomplished. We must hold
and on Tuesday, January 20, people in the United States, and that’s not enough, in order for our lower level elected officials
2009, Barack Obama will even if half of them are regis- any laws passed by the accountable for the promises
ADVERTISING & COPY itself. We are responsible for become the 44th President of tered voters (the actual number Congress and signed by the they have made, and be ready
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policies of the newspaper. Mul- and report at once any error people my age and older, I never Obama (which they did not) he Courts. The Legislative finally, we must be ever
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thought I would live to see the would have received a mere 7 Branch still has Republicans, vigilant, for power yields
accepted. ately after ad is published. day that a black man would be million votes. In fact, he and it is by no means filibuster- nothing without a struggle – it
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white mother, regardless of the are NOT black voted for this Obama has his work cut out for join together for the common
issue. the amount charged therefore. racism that still exists in black man for President. Quiet him, and it is up to us to good. I am proud to be an
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November 20-26, 2008 COMMUNITY CALENDAR D A L LA S W E E K LY 07
United Methodist Church’s 92nd Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park at Hotel in Dallas.
NOVEMBER Anniversary at 10:15 a.m. The 2:30 p.m. For info contact PO BOX For more info,
Church is located at 2801 Peabody 398186 Dallas 75339, call 972-217- call Chris
Thru 21 The exhibit Street Dallas, Texas 75215. For 3778, fax 972-217-3779, email McDaniel at
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Spanish and Portuguese Realms” visit www.dallaslonestarclassic.com
will be at the Nolan Estes Plaza at The stage play “Internal Vanity” The Dallas
Kiest and Beckley from 5- 8 p.m.
For more info contact Robert
premieres at 5 p.m. at the Granville
Arts Theater, 300 N. Fifth St.,
30 A celebration of the life of Alumnae
Imam Warith Deen Mohammed Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Edison at 972-794-7944. Garland 75040. For more info visit will be held at 3 p.m. at Thanks- Sorority, Inc. & The Dallas
www.wingfieldinc.com. Giving Square Chapel, 1627 Pacific Storytelling Guild host Winter Jam:
19 Old Red Sings the Blues Ave @ Ervay. For info and direc- Stories of Naughty and Nice for the
Reception and Dinner at the Old Rickey Smiley host the 70’s tions visit www.thanksgiving.org or Entire Family featuring regional
Red Museum of Dallas County Skate Groove Party at 8 p.m. at call 214-969-1977. and national storytellers at 7 p.m. at
History & Culture, 100 South Southern Skates, 2939 E. Ledbetter the DeSoto Corner Theatre,
Houston Street, Dallas 75202 at Rd., Dallas 75216. Tickets are $10 211 E. Pleasant Run, DeSoto 75115.
6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. For
more info and tickets call 214-757-
at the door. For more info call 214-
DECEMBER For more info visit dallasstorytelling.org.
1925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salem Institutional Baptist
3 Reading & Radio Resource The Dallas Opera presents the
plans Festival of Trees Auction from operetta, Die Fledermaus (“The
Volunteer attorneys will be Church, located at 2918 Crozier St., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Marie Bat”) by Johann Strauss II at 7:30
available to answer questions free Dallas 75216, hosts the 55th annual Gabrielle Gardens, 2728 N. p.m. in the Music Hall at Fair Park.
from 5:30-8 p.m. on Legal Line, a Women’s Day celebration with the Harwood Street for more info call For more info contact the Dallas
call in program sponsored by the theme “The Power of Prayer, 214-871-7668 or visit Opera ticket services office at 214-
Dallas Bar Association at 214-220- Women Embracing the Promises of www.readingresource.org. 443-1000 or online at
7476. the Bible.” Minister Terri Phillips www.dallasopera.org.
will be the speaker at 11 a.m. For Vicho Vicencio and The New
presents The Professional Public
more info call 214-428-3797. Casio Band presents an evening of 6 The Dallas Alumnae Chapter
classic Latin Jazz including of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Relations Conference-PPR 101 at 8 The Dallas Black Dance Theatre Brazillian jazz music at Sammons & The Dallas Storytelling Guild
p.m. at Maxmedia Studios/The hosts “Behind the Scenes” Holiday Jazz, 3630 Harry Hines at Oak present a master storytelling
Max, 3300 Branch View Ln., Series at the Arts District Studios at Lawn, at 7:30 p.m. UNT Latin Jazz workshop featuring nationally
Dallas. For more info, visit noon. Admission is free and reserva- Ensemble will make the Sammons acclaimed storytellers Kathy
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or call 404-816-6000. 2390 to RSVP. 214-520-7789. a.m.-1 p.m. at the South Dallas
Cultural Center, 3400 South
20 Take a Sneak Peak at the The Women of Wisdom 5 The Kappa Zeta Chapter of Fitzhugh, Dallas 75210. For info
opening of the renovated Union Ministries hosts the 2nd Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. hosts its visit www.dallasstorytelling.org
Station. 11:30am-6pm RSVP by AnnualPower & Praise Pajama 3rd annual Masquerade Ball
calling 214-953-9374 or visit union- Party at The “I” Church,1735 W. and Silent Auction at the Radisson
email@example.com Beltline Rd, Desoto 75115 at 8 p.m.
on Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. For
Roland Parrish, Founder and more info contact Lorita Davis
President of Parrish McDonald’s 903-327-4298 or Andrea Ragland
Restaurants, Ltd. is coming to the 214-354-8824.
United States Christian Chamber of
Commerce “Third Thursday”
Networking Luncheon at noon at
24-26 The Dallas Black
Dance Theatre presents “Behind
the Ambassador Hotel, 1312 S. the Scenes” from 12-1 p.m. at
Ervay Street, Dallas 75215. For DBDT Studios, 2700 Flora, Dallas.
more info contact Lisa Bills at 469- Seating is limited. For more info and
227-4292. reservations call 214-871-2390.
21 Black Cinematheque
presents “God Sleeps in Rwanda” at
the South Dallas Cultural Center,
29 The Coalition of Life Inc.
presents an Evening Of Reflection
3400 S. Fitzhugh St. at 7:30 p.m. celebrating Worlds AIDs Day
Donations accepted. From more (Dec. 2, 2008) at The Southern
info call 214-426-1683 or 214-939- Bible Institute, 7200 S. Hampton.,
2787. at 5 p.m., FREE! For more infor-
mation, call Georgia Thorton at
21-22 The Black 214-755-3571.
Academy of Arts and Letters
presents Comedy Night at the Muse
featuring BET’s Comic View
comedian Tony Roberts at 9 p.m.
29 The Dallas Lone Star
Classic match up between
Admission is $15. For tickets call University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
TBAAL’s Box Office at 214-743- Golden Lions and Texas Southern
2400. University Tigers will be held at the
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22 National Business
Women Enterprise Network hosts
‘Lunch & Learn Series-Retirement
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Play Date Dallas returns at The subcontractors and vendors for construction of Texas
Loft, 1135 S. Lamar, Dallas at 8
p.m. The cost is $10. For more info
Department of Transportation project no. STP 2009 (184)MM,
call 713-283-2469 or email ETC. The Project is on FM 2478 from US 380 to Stonebridge
Drive. Bid date is December 4, 2008. Quotations may be
Dallas Metroplex Council of
Black Alumni Associations
mailed to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc., 1701 Directors
(DMCBAA) Monthly Meeting will Blvd., Suite 1010, Austin, Texas 78744 or faxed to
be held noon at the Center for
Community Cooperation, 2900 (512) 707-0798. DBE/HUB contractors are encouraged to
Live Oak St., Dallas. For more info
call 972-220-0477. submit bids. E.O.E. For information contact Mark Cummings
23 Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes at (512) 707-0797.
will be the guest preacher at Warren
08 D A L LA S W E E K LY SPIRITUAL November 20-26, 2008
RILEY: God’s Transition Team SPIRITUAL SPEAKING
big cloud of smoke and fire.
Once again, within a few minutes, I
Acts 16:25-26 describes the earth-
quake that freed Paul and Silas: “But
Letting the stones go
turned off the lights and got back in bed. at midnight Paul and Silas were trespass against us.”
But 5 minutes later, I heard the same praying and singing hymns to God We must exhibit mercy
boom. By this time, I was concerned …Suddenly there was a great earth- and forgiveness in our own
because it was not only keeping me quake, so that the foundations of lives if we are to enjoy the
awake but it was also frustrating that I the prison were shaken; and immedi- blessing of mercy and for-
Preserved by Purpose
didn’t know what it was. ately all the doors were opened and giveness so graciously given
This process of my hearing the everyone’s chains were loosed.” to us. “Bear with each other
boom, getting out of bed, peeking out By their nature, earthquakes are and forgive whatever griev-
By Shewanda Riley
By Jim Washington
the window and going downstairs went sudden and hard to predict. They occur ances you may have against
firstname.lastname@example.org on for at least 45 minutes. Between when energy is released from the one another. Forgive as the
praying for God to let me go back to shifting of the plates beneath the email@example.com lord forgave you” Colossians
sleep and to not let whatever it was not earth’s surface. Similarly, earthquakes 3:13. This is not turn the
The sound was so odd that it imme- “get” me in the middle of the night, of blessing happen when prayers and One of the key areas of other cheek stuff. This is just
diately woke me up out of my sleep. I finally drifted back to sleep. destiny collide in our lives. The energy “being Christian” I know I “let-it-go-forgive-and-
It reminded me of the sonic boom I’d When I woke up the next day and got released (called purpose) also means have had problems with is forget” stuff and it’s hard.
heard as a child when my family lived ready for work by watching the the blessings can potentially free us that of forgiveness. Maybe We are not built not to
near Carswell Air Force Base in Fort morning news, I finally found out and others (much like Paul and Silas). you do too. Jesus time and hold grudges, not to seek
Worth. For an instance, I thought it was what it was: two minor earthquakes. If we have been praying for God again reminds His disciples revenge, not to want to get
a plane of some sort but the closer I shook my head and thought that it to move in our lives, we shouldn’t be that although the laws of His even or not to wish harm on
I listened, the more confused I became. wasn’t like the movie versions of surprised when the earthquakes of Father are crystal clear, God those who have done harm to
I listened intently for a few minutes earthquakes with plates sliding off blessings come. is always receptive to a us. It is so much easier to
but heard nothing else. I then lay back tables. I even laughed at the thought repentant heart. “Godly play the eye for an eye game.
down in the bed and closed my eyes. of my criticizing that it wasn’t a real Shewanda Riley is the author of the sorrow brings repentance When you understand
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Within a few minutes, I heard the noise earthquake because my walls didn’t that leads to salvation…” your own unwillingness to
Moving from Pain to Purpose after a
again This time, I heard a small rattle shake. I didn’t know what to expect Relationship ends.” She can be reached
2 Corinthians 7:10. forgive, or your own just
that scared me enough to turn on the in an earthquake (never having been at firstname.lastname@example.org, at Some say God is a second don’t want to attitude, it is
lights and peek out the window. I don’t in one) but I just thought that what I’d www.shewandariley.com or chance giver. Others know easy to hear Christ say, and
know what I thought I’d see: maybe a experienced wasn’t it. www.anointedauthorsontour.com He is another chance giver. “He who is without sin cast
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The latter would apply to the first stone’. John 8:7.
me. Without another chance Some of us even have the
or two or three, or four, my nerve to walk around with
gaining entrance to the rocks in our hearts as well
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kingdom would certainly be as our hands. It is the
a lost cause. The whole point honest Christian who rec-
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forgive us our sins, thereby more easily navigated with
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Christ took care of that for I don’t know about you
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redemption through His
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people who will do me
blood, the forgiveness of correctly. Do me in the
“Taste and see that the LORD is Good.”
sins, in accordance with the name of the lord and I’ll do
riches of God’s grace that He you likewise.
lavished upon us with all You know somewhere
wisdom and understanding.” that love your neighbor as
Ephesians 1:7-8. I guess this yourself thing is messing
identifies forgiveness as the with somebody who is
focal point for the Christian reading this right now. As
experience and deserves our human beings we tend to
Thursday Night..........7-8 PM
serious attention. complicate the simplest of
You see, even though God’s edicts.
Christ fulfilled His purpose So allow me to put my
Sunday School..........9:30 AM
on the cross, our obligation point to you this way. The
to forgive became critical road to heaven is readily
Praise & Worship.........11 AM
as we assume the position navigated by the ones who
of “being saved.” We too let the stones go. The road to
are now part of the hell is navigated by the ones
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forgiveness experience, if who throw them. Which one
you catch my meaning. are you?
“…Forgive us our trespass- May God bless and keep
es as we forgive those who you always.
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