Music

PRESS ROOM: Gloria Gaynor Releases New Album

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — After decades spent as the reigning Queen of Disco, Gloria Gaynor is announcing the release of her new gospel album, Testimony (June 7th). Recording for the first time in Nashville with Grammy-winning producers Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa, Blake Shelton) and Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney), Gaynor uplifts listeners with a carefully-chosen selection of classic hymns, self-penned songs, as well as a stirring cover of Bob Dylan’s “Man of Peace.” […read more]

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Author Mignette Dorsey
Black History

Author Mignette Dorsey takes top prize

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — A dispute over a parking spot turned into a racially-charged, savage beating at the hands of three white police officers. What followed next shocked an entire community and sparked outrage that some say led to the start of the Civil Rights Movement. It was also the basis for Mignette Dorsey’s book, “Speak Truth to Power, the story of Charles Patrick, a Civil Rights Pioneer.”  […read more]

Critics, pundits and academics say it’s impossible to ignore the role race plays in Trump’s treatment of Puerto Ricans. Photo: SAN JUAN, PR - MARCH 4, 2018: Painted USA flag on uprooted tree from Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. / iStockphoto / NNPA
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Neglect, Disrespect of Puerto Rico by Trump Administration Continues

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “The Donald Trump administration’s response to the crisis reveals that Puerto Ricans are racialized as subordinate, despite their US citizenship, said Dr. Pedro Cabán, Professor of Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Studies at University at the State University of New York in Albany. “Trump’s racially charged statements resurrected long dormant, degrading characterizations of Puerto Ricans as lacking the capacity and will to fend for themselves.” […read more]

Dallas Post Tribune

Congresswoman Johnson Promotes STEM Education at Annual Math and Science Lecture Series

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, last week hosted her annual Math and Science Lecture Series at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. Supported by the University of Texas at Dallas, this year’s event connected students with former NASA astronaut and physician, Dr. Bernard Harris, a veteran of two space missions. The lecture series is designed to expose students to STEM educations in hopes they may pursue careers in these crucial fields. […read more]

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Community

Roundtable participants address challenges, opportunities

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — In preparation for the upcoming State of Black Women Summit, the Defender Network and the Barbara Jordan Institute at Texas Southern University hosted more than 100 Houston-area women. The goal of the State of Black Women Roundtable, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch, was to develop a list of the most pressing issues for the summit, […read more]

Community

PRESS ROOM: Epsilon Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will host its 18th Annual “Unsung Heroes Luncheon”

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — Epsilon Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will host its 18th Annual “Unsung Heroes Luncheon” on Saturday, April 6th at 12:00 noon at the Crowne Plaza, Market Center, 7050 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme is, “Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Honoring Those Who Serve With Faith, Hope, Love and Courage.” […read more]

Sharon Watkins Jones (Photo by: defendernetwork.com)
Community

Visionary Women of Houston: Sharon Watkins Jones

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the Defender celebrates some visionary women to watch. They are making a difference in Houston and beyond and succeeding in various walks of life. From the boardroom to the courtroom, they see where they want to be in the future and are taking the necessary steps to get there. They inspire others to achieve a common goal and have a knack for developing strong relationships. […read more]

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Colin Allred: His Own Man

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “…refusing to expand Medicaid is also the wrong thing to do. It’s just not who we are as people. To me, this is all about values and it should be a value of ours to try and make sure that as many of our neighbors as possible can go see a doctor when they need to.” […read more]

Dallas ISD poetry slam
Art

Students use the power of poetry to win grand slam scholarships

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — The inaugural Dallas ISD poetry slam was nothing short of a memorable night at the Edison Learning Center as infectious energy filled the auditorium with excited students, proud parents, and supportive peers. Participating students competed for $10,000 in scholarship awards through a generous donation from business entrepreneur, Roland Parrish. His charitable contribution provides a stepping stone for kids to achieve opportunities in higher education. […read more]

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.
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OPINION: Democrats Are Anti-American

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When Raheem and Pookie get caught up in our criminal justice system, they get the book thrown at them, even for civil offenses like a parking ticket. But when it happens to someone in the country illegally, they get rewarded with a social security number, a job, free housing, free healthcare and free transportation to the American city of their choosing. And the possibility of American citizenship. All for committing a series of illegal acts. […read more]

State Rep. Eric Johnson
Dallas Post Tribune

Rep. Eric Johnson Files Bill to Address Homelessness Caused by Gentrification

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — Rep. Johnson filed House Bill 4394 in order to clarify that Texans who lose their homes due to economic development in their neighborhoods are eligible for state funds intended to assist with homelessness prevention. Currently, the state distributes those dollars to cities, which then use them to help residents avoid becoming homeless. But there is ambiguity in the current law over whether someone qualifies for that assistance if their home loss is due to gentrification. […read more]

Shannon LaNier
Defender News Network

Shannon LaNier joins CW39

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Veteran television host, social media influencer and author Shannon LaNier is the new anchor at CW39. LaNier previously co-hosted “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that aired on Centric. He is also known for his work as a correspondent and senior producer on Black Enterprise’s nationally-syndicated shows “Black Enterprise Business Report” and “Our World With Black Enterprise.” […read more]

African American men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than any other ethnic group. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Major Prostate Cancer Research Targeting African Americans Set to Begin

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A national network of prostate cancer researchers and experts who have joined forces to study prostate cancer in African American men has received a $26 million grant as part of former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative to conduct the largest study ever to look at the underlying factors and reasons that put African American men at higher risk for developing and dying from prostate cancer. […read more]

The discovery of the remains of the ‘Sugar Land 95’ victims, the majority of who are believed to be former slaves who were a part of the state of Texas’ controversial and inhumane convict-leasing system, could have been unearthed well before the contractor found the remains if people chose to listen to community activist and historian Reginald Moore from the beginning. (Photo: DefenderNetwork.com)
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Rest in Peace: Local Leaders Step Up to Protect the Sacred Remains of the ‘Sugar Land 95’

NNPA NEWSWIRE — This past week, the Fort Bend ISD (FBISD) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to no longer move forward with any legal actions related to the historic cemetery where the 95 individuals, commonly known as the ‘Sugar Land 95’, were discovered by a contractor back in February of 2018 while working on the initial phase of FBISD’s planned site of the James Reese Career and Technical Center. […read more]

MDC’s heat and electricity being off to more than 1,600 inmates caused the facility to become a tortuous below-freezing block of ice during the recent extreme cold weather in New York, forcing inmates inside the detention center to endure sub-freezing polar temperatures.
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Black Millennial Voices: Stop the Torture of U.S. Prison Inmates

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The disproportionate mass incarceration of people of color in America continues to grow. It is bad enough to be confined and locked up in over-crowded jails and prisons in the United States. But what just went down inside the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York was a serious violation of the United Nations Convention Against Torture. […read more]

“This exercise is a thinly veiled attempt to advance the voter fraud myth to justify restrictive voter requirements and suppress voting rights,” said Sophia Lakin, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Commentary

Civil Rights Groups Sue Texas over Voter Citizenship Question

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit against Texas Secretary of State David Whitley and Director of Elections Keith Ingram over the creation and rollout of a flawed voter purge list that discriminates against naturalized citizens. […read more]