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Essence has partnered with Walmart and Coca-Cola to present the Road to Essence multi-city tour. So far the festival has stopped in Atlanta, Chicago, and this past weekend Dallas. The festival offers a free, fun, family day, held in the parking lot of Super Walmart. So, think “mini-Essence Festival” with live music, celebrity appearances, cool…

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For the past twenty years, Clem Maddox has been working in the telecommunications and cable industry and has gained prominence as an effective business leader.  His love for writing was first given birth in high school when he wrote his first series of poems.  Since that time Maddox has gone on to write more than…

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Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “the fifth of May,” celebrates the defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla, which took place May 5, 1862. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular in the Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas area and across the country. Many people celebrate the day with dancing, music, food…

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Royalyn Reid is one of a few African American customer service experts on a national level. She is the CEO of the Dallas, Texas-based company CMI (Consumer & Market Insights), which specializes in consumer & diversity research. Her company manages offices in both Dallas and Washington, D.C. She secures many federal projects and has become…

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On Sunday, Feb. 22, 2014, at St. Luke Community U.M.C., the congregation witnessed living history. We were blessed with profound words from Congressman John Lewis, the man who talked, walked and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interestingly, as we walked up to the church doors, my 6-year-old daughter asked me why everyone was…

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The Quest for Success Awards Luncheon began in 1985. The Quest is co-sponsored by the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, JPMorgan Chase, The Dallas Morning News along with WFAA-TV, Inc. and is held annually in February. This year marks the 30th year anniversary of this premier event. The Quest for Success Award recognizes up to…

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St. Luke Community United Methodist Church is bringing Black History to Dallas with two extraordinary events. Congressman John Lewis is a walking history book. He has been involved in sit-ins, freedom rides, he was a voting rights warrior, a soldier for human rights and he played a key role in both the march to Selma,…

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Culture Lab’s Kevin Walker has released his highly anticipated top 10 trends for 2014.  So if you are a marijuana smoking, Instagramming, tablet toting, civil rights seeking, and elite techy, then that makes you an uber trend setter, according  to Walker’s trends to watch. Take a look and click through and back again to make…

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Girl power has a new name in Texas — and it’s sounding off with some Texas-sized swag! “Pretty Smart Girls.” That’s the moniker for a growing teen girls’ mentoring organization that is based in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Two moms—an NFL wife and a TV news reporter— started the group one year ago when…

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Writer, journalist, TV personality, Touré was the keynote speaker at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s 2014 MLK Jr. symposium on Monday, Jan. 20, where he also discussed and signed his book; Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness? The theme for the evening was “50 Years After the Dream.” In addition to providing the keynote…

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The latimes.com reports that Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokesperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. He was born Everett LeRoi Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, in…

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Kristy McCarley, pictured second from the right, is founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Shazzy Fitness LLC. Shazzy Fitness is a contemporary dance fitness DVD series that compliments the busy lifestyle of today’s Christian. They offer fun and convenient 10-minute dance workouts that are divinely inspired, yet unapologetically funkafied. Their program is specifically designed…

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After being house bound for 5 days due to the ice storm and inclement weather, Dallas party goers came out to support the “BlackPack” and Afro Bohemian Snob groups for their annual Christmas party and gift drive. The party was a success and the group of friends gathered hundreds of gifts in support of the…

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With petite and plus-sized clothing lines becoming increasingly more prominent, it is somewhat surprising how little attention is paid to the tall female fashion market. HEIGHT GODDESS, a Dallas-based contemporary clothing line that caters to the beauty and uniqueness of tall women, has worked since 2007 to meet the fashion needs of women 5’9″ and…

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MINI literally took over the world this week with it’s premiere of the new MINI, three cities on three continents over three days. First up was London, MINI’s birth place, where fans and VIPs flocked to the city’s legendary Sorting Office venue to celebrate the arrival of the new MINI. Next was Los Angeles where…

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November is “National Diabetes Awareness Month” and according to the American Diabetes Association the most common type of diabetes can be prevented by simply eating more healthfully, becoming more physically active and losing a few extra pounds. To motivate women to make a commitment to transform their health and fitness, Dianna Forsberg is sharing her…

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