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Dallas ISD Board Meeting Today Behind Closed Doors Might Violate Texas Open Meetings Act

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A scheduled Dallas ISD meeting of Trustees today raises several questions about the legality of the meeting under the Texas Open Meetings Act.

The Texas Open Meetings Act was passed to protect the right of the public to observe and be fully informed about public business conducted by public bodies.

A discussion of Trustee differences clearly falls within the concept of public business since the discussion relates to the differences of elected Trustees acting in their official role as Trustees.

Any such discussion should be open and public – not secret and hidden.



Posted in African American Politics, Black Politics, Dallas Achieves, Dallas Education, Dallas Elected Officials, Dallas ISD, DISD, DISD Trustees, Education, Jack Lowe, Politics, Public Education, Texas Open Meetings Act, Urban Education | Leave a Comment »

TAVIS Smiley – Republican Presidential Candidates Ignore Minorities

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Friday, September 14, 2007

By Jill Lawrence, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Three of the four leading Republican presidential candidates turned down invitations to a PBS debate this month at a historically black college in Baltimore, leading moderator Tavis Smiley on Thursday to accuse them of ignoring minority voters.

Smiley told USA TODAY the rejections are part of a pattern, noting most GOP candidates declined invitations to address several black and Hispanic groups, including a Univision debate for a Latino audience.

“No one should be elected president of this country in 2008 if they think that along the way they can ignore people of color,” said Smiley, host of radio and TV talk shows. “If you want to be president of all America, you need to speak to all Americans.”


Posted in 08' Presidential Election, 2008 Presidential Election, African American, African American Politics, Black, Black Politics, Elections, Mitt Romney, Politics, Race, Racism, Republican, Rudy Giuliani, Senator John McCain, Tavis Smiley | 1 Comment »

Blacks Still Make Up 58 Percent of New Orleans

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans is narrowly retaining its black majority after Hurricane Katrina, while the suburbs around the city lost a slightly greater share of their white population, a study released by The Brookings Institution found on Wednesday.

The study, made possible through advanced access to U.S. Census Bureau numbers also released on Wednesday, determined that while blacks left the city at a much faster rate than whites, New Orleans was still 58 percent black during 2006. It also found that the six suburbs around New Orleans lost 8 percent of their white residents and 5 percent of black residents.


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State Senator Royce West and Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Town Hall Discussion

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, September 11, 2007



State Senator Royce West


Dallas County Commissioner

John Wiley Price

request your presence at

What’s On the Agenda?

A series of topic-driven discussions on relevant issues

facing Dallas County’

with a focus on


The Trinity Corridor Project /Trinity Parkway

Tax Increment Financing –

Public/Private Project Development

Thursday – September 20, 2007

Meet & Greet – 6:30 p.m.

Town Hall Discussion

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Dr. Yvonne A. Ewell –

Townview Magnet Center


1201 E. 8th St

Dallas, TX 75203

For more information, call Kelvin Bass at 214-467-0123.


Posted in African American, African American Politics, Black, Black Politics, Commissioner John Wiley Price, Dallas County Commissioners Court, Dallas Elected Officials, Dallas Politics, Democrat, John Wiley Price, State Senator Royce West, Tax Increment Financing, The Trinity Corridor Project, Trinity Parkway, Trinity River Vote | Leave a Comment »

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference – “Unleasing Our Power”

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Saturday, September 8, 2007

September 7, 2007
Priscilla Clarke (202)723-2200

Muriel Cooper (202) 263-2829

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Releases Details of Annual Four-Day Conference Aimed at Enabling Legislators and the Public to Focus on “Unleashing Our Power”

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – Quincy Jones, Louis Gossett Jr., Gabrielle Union, Mya, Master P., Victoria Rowell and Byron Cage will join the members of the Congressional Black Caucus as headliners at the 37th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), Sept. 26-29 at the Washington Convention Center.

Marian Wright Edelman, Michael Eric Dyson, George C. Fraser and Russell Simmons are among other notables expected at the four-day conference featuring dozens of policy forums, general sessions, exhibits, a job fair, book signings and networking opportunities. Twenty-thousand people focusing on issues impacting African Americans and the African diaspora attend ALC each year.

This year’s ALC theme is “Unleashing Our Power.” The theme challenges legislators and citizens to use their collective power to level the playing field for African Americans, and recognizes the historic number of CBC members leading congressional committees.

To start ALC ’07 off right, the House Majority Whip, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, will join the four major committee leaders — Reps. Charles Rangel of New York (Ways and Means), John Conyers of Michigan (Judiciary), Bennie Thompson of Mississippi (Homeland Security) and Stephanie Tubbs-Jones of Ohio (Standards of Official Conduct) — for a Welcome Ceremony discussion about leveraging power on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, will join other experts for a National Town Hall Meeting titled, “Disrupting the Prison Pipeline,” on Thursday, Sept. 27.

“We are planning an ALC filled with dynamic social and policy content that will leave our conference audience well-informed and motivated to make a difference,” said Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which produces the conference.

Attendees are urged to register for ALC by visiting the Foundation’s Web site, www.cbcfinc.org. The public also may attend the policy sessions at a cost of $5 per person, per day, or $15 per person for the conference. ALC raises funds for the Foundation’s research, scholarship, fellowship and internship programs as well as its economic development and public health initiatives.

A new addition to the conference will be the Networking Luncheon on Sept. 27. Meant for seasoned professionals, the event will allow attendees with similar interests and backgrounds to interact in a semi-informal setting. The luncheon is open to the first 800 people who pay full registration and sign up to attend. CBCF will post a directory of the participants on its Web site after ALC.

“Attendees will get to share a lunch table with persons in their fields — or with those in other fields, if so desired — to exchange ideas and contact information that will be mutually beneficial,” Dr. Scott said. “George C. Fraser, with his proven experience in effective networking, will share tips and time will be set aside after the speech for the attendees to put those tips into action right away.”

The CBCF Emerging Leaders series is poised to offer multiple sessions connecting the nation’s powerbrokers with emerging professionals to discuss strategies for personal and community development. On Sept. 27, Victoria Rowell, the award-winning actress, dancer and author, will host the Instant Apprentice Luncheon, during which participants will sit with executives and leaders in business, government, education, sports and non-profit organizations. Recording artist/entrepreneur Percy Miller (aka Master P.) and Michael Eric Dyson are confirmed for panels on Friday, Sept. 28.

With its Future Focus Series, the Foundation’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) will feature members of Congress, academics, policy practitioners and experts who will cover topics of education, affordable housing, economic development and public health on Sept. 26. A discussion on mental health issues facing African Americans will highlight the CPAR luncheon.

CBC members will lead their own forums on education, health care, the environment, economic development, criminal justice, housing, transportation and international affairs. Braintrusts, extended panel discussions resulting in legislative action plans, are also planned.

The CBC Spouses will honor Quincy Jones, the legendary entertainer, and others during a Celebration of Leadership for the Visual and Performing Arts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Sept. 26. That same day, the Spouses and CBC members will join together to provide food, clothing and health services to families at a homeless shelter, So Others Might Eat (SOME).

Rep. Conyers will present a Jazz Issue Forum and Concert, also on Sept. 27, in which renowned musicians showcase their talents after focusing on the roots and importance of preserving the music. Others seeking spiritual uplift may attend the Gospel Extravaganza that same evening, and the Annual Prayer Breakfast, featuring gospel sensation Byron Cage, on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Later that evening, Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. and actress Gabrielle Union will co-host the Annual Awards Dinner, where thousands will join the CBC and Foundation in honoring the contributions of outstanding individuals for their contributions to the community and the nation.

Be sure not to miss the Black Party. It’s always one of D.C.’s hottest tickets. This year, the event at Love nightclub on Sept. 27 will feature Mya, the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum artist.

Del. Donna M. Christensen of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Rep. G. K. Butterfield of North Carolina are this year’s ALC co-chairpersons. Both serve on the CBCF board of directors and have been instrumental in the Foundation’s economic development programs. “My colleague, Mr. Butterfield, and I want this conference to bring generations of leaders together to reflect on conditions in our communities, share ideas and solutions and enliven our desire for change,” Del. Christensen said.

Rep. Butterfield said: “African Americans must address the countless disparities that affect our quality of life. Coming out of ALC, we must harness our power and renew our commitment toward strengthening our families and communities.


Posted in African American, African American Politics, Black, Black Politics, Children's Defense Fund, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, George C Fraser, Louis Gossett Jr, Michael Eric Dyson, Quincy Jones, Rep Charles Rangel, Rep John Conyers, Unleasing Our Power | Leave a Comment »

‘All American Presidential Forums On PBS’ Moderated by Tavis Smiley

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Monday, August 27, 2007

Republican Candidates to Appear on Live Broadcast From Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, Airing Nationwide on PBS on September 27

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following release is being issued by PBS:

WHAT: The “All-American Presidential Forums on PBS,” moderated by Tavis Smiley, is a historic broadcast marking the first time that a panel exclusively comprised of journalists of color will be questioning the Republican candidates.

Tavis Smiley, along with journalists Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ray Suarez of PBS’ THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER and NPR’s Juan Williams, will pose questions on issues ranging from healthcare and housing to Katrina relief, the economy and the environment, among others, as outlined in the #1 The New York Times best-seller, The Covenant With Black America. This forum will provide the first major opportunity for the Republican candidates to present a detailed discourse and dialogue on their social agendas.

WHO: All Announced Candidates Expected to Appear

WHERE AND WHEN: Thursday, September 27, 2007
Morgan State University Murphy Fine Arts Center
9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT

Posted in 08' Presidential Election, 2008 Presidential Election, African American, African American Politics, Black, Black Politics, Elections, Katrina, Politics, Race, Republican, Tavis Smiley, The Covenant With Black America | Leave a Comment »

Oprah Winfrey Aids Barack Obama With Factor ‘O’

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Philip Sherwell, in New York, Sunday Telegraph

Last Updated: 4:01am BST 20/08/2007

In America, it is known simply as the “O” Factor. As the reigning talk-show queen, trusted arbiter of taste and general adviser on everyday life, Oprah Winfrey has persuaded millions of devoted viewers to buy everything from bras to books.

Now the world’s richest black person is aiming to transfer her Midas touch to the world of politics, as she tries to market Barack Obama as the first black American president.

  Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey aids Obama with factor 'O'
Oprah Winfrey: hosting a celebrity fundraising party

The billionaire television star is hosting a celebrity-packed fundraising party for the Democratic senator at her $64 million southern Californian estate, in what promises to be Hollywood’s glitziest political gathering of 2007. Such is Winfrey’s media clout that the “O for O” Factor, as it may now become known, could well help Sen Obama into the White House.

The guest list at her vast oceanside Georgian-style mansion is being kept secret, but famous Obama supporters such as the actors George Clooney, Halle Berry and Jamie Foxx, the singer Beyoncé Knowles and the film studio moguls David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg are expected to attend.

However, Winfrey, 53, says that her endorsement of Sen Obama, 46, a fellow adoptee of the city of Chicago, is about much more than filling his coffers.

“My money isn’t going to make any difference,” Winfrey told her fellow chat-show host Larry King. “My value to him, my support of him is probably worth more than any other cheque that I could write.”

The largest categories among her loyal audience are women and blacks, both crucial electoral targets for Sen Obama, who is seeking to make up ground on Hillary Clinton, the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.


Posted in 08' Presidential Election, African American, African American Politics, African American Wealth, Barack Obama, Black, Black Politics, Black Wealth, Democrat, Elections, Media, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey, Politics, Race | Leave a Comment »

State Senator Royce West Town Hall Meeting

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Monday, August 20, 2007




State Senator Royce West

(District 23)
invites you to attend
Uptown Dallas Town Hall Meeting

Join your neighbors and Senator West for coffee and lively discussion about issues facing our community and how the Texas 80th Legislative Session impacts you and your family.
Wednesday, August 22
7:00 P.M.

Borders – West Village

(corner of Lemmon and McKinney)

Don’t miss out on this fun and informative event!

For more information, please contact: Lauren Doss at 214.467.0123 or lauren.doss@senate.state.tx.us

Posted in African American, African American Politics, Black, Black Politics, Dallas Elected Officials, Dallas Politics, Democrat, Politics, Royce West, State Senator Royce West, Texas 80th Legislative Session, Texas State Senate, Texas State Senate District 23 | Leave a Comment »