Healthy Churches 2020 will offer education sessions and workshops on disease prevention

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Dr. Pernessa Seele, community activist, founder and CEO of The Balm in Gilead, Inc., announces the Healthy Churches 2020 Conference, Nov. 4-6 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, NC. This 3-day national event brings together faith leaders, health directors, doctors, nurses and members of congregational-based health ministries to find answers to today’s complex […]

Those Magnificent May Flowers

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By Dr. James L. Snyder The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were sitting on the back porch admiring the close of the day. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting together drinking coffee, glad that another day has quietly slipped by. Out of the clear blue sky my wife said, “Aren’t those flowers just […]

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Returns to Texas on May 30th

Red Bull Cliff Diving is returning to Texas on May 30, 2015 at Possum Kingdom Lake! photo source: Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series - Texas/facebook

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, the world’s most thrilling high diving competition, returns to the U.S. on May 30. Hell’s Gate at Possum Kingdom Lake will host the event for the second consecutive year and is the lone U.S. stop in the global series. Last year, a crowd of 6,000 spectators on boats, […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Honored

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The Big Brothers Big Sisters National Leadership Council (NLC) recognized the local affiliate, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, with a 2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award. Big Brothers Big Sisters is in its 88th year of serving our community’s children. “I am so proud of our board and staff for making […]

Update on Monroe Bird shooting in Tulsa


Daily Kos writer Shaun King took an in-depth look at the shooting of Monroe Bird, who was paralyzed earlier this year when he was shot by a neighborhood security guard.  While Bird’s case has not received the same level of national attention as the tragic deaths of  Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Akai Gurley, Eric […]

New book to help prepare kids for college

Tarsha Arrington-Brown's book, If I Knew Then, What I Know Now... About College

( Tarsha Arrington-Brown’s book, If I Knew Then, What I Know Now… About College ( is an insightful book that addresses the necessity for college readiness and preparedness courses for young people with aspirations of attending college, and graduating. A first-generation college student, Arrington-Brown attended Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College and Chicago State University, before […]

TPP and the Fast Track to Nowhere

Protesters opposing TPP (Image: Flickr User Stop FastTrack)

By Claude Cummings, NDG Special Contributor A broad coalition of labor, community, environmental, faith and civil rights activists across Dallas is fighting the biggest trade deal of our time — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — because we know from experience that this deal is a giveaway for corporations that comes at the expense of our […]

Baseball scholarships becoming elusive for Black HS grads

Chad Hardy is a talented athlete and student.

Part II of II By Lamar Brooks, NDG Special Contributor A typical young, black male in football and basketball glides down a gilded pathway by the time they are seniors in high school in both of those sports. My brother Chet, a blue chip, Parade All American as a senior, had bags of letters from every […]

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