METRO NEWS: Is an Apology Enough for You?

Will Smith Apologizes for Slapping Chris Rock
Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.
I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.
Will Smith
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Earl Johnson
When Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, of Friendship-West Baptist Church, announced 100 Days of Buying Black in acknowledging the 100th Commemoration of the Tulsa Race Massacre, we joined the movement. December 31, 2021 marked 100 days of featuring Black Businesses. and we decided that the struggle continues and we must also. So enjoy reading about more Black-owned businesses and please support.
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Ulon Arts
Artist on the Move
The Ulon Arts Collection is all about giving people hope through art and taking art to new places. When purchasing art from owner Melvin V. Brown, you’ll find that he is generous, outgoing and adventurous with his art collection. For more info go to
Kena Williams Baccus
Kena is a motivational speaker and definitely a person to watch as her star continues to shine brighter and brighter, like the glowing faces of her satisfied customers.
The beautifully talented Kena Williams Baccus is celebrating 30 years in the beauty industry and she’s leading in a big way. MOCCA Cosmetics is this mother and businesswoman’s vision and she uses it to uplift aspiring entrepreneurs and her community. She just opened a store in Red Oak, TX but you can order online and gather product anywhere in the world.  But if you ever come to Texas, you definitely want to visit the store and get that special treatment.  She takes care of everyone with her skincare products and regimen. Kena is a jewel.  She is a joy and brings joy into the lives of others because of her loving and supportive spirit.  She will brighten up your day with her smile and cheerful greeting.
Our Superb Women!
2021 was the “Year of the Woman,” especially the Black Woman! For 10 months we dedicated this space to uplifting Black women and spreading a message that we need to show love and empower people with love instead of destroying them with hate and disrespect. We celebrate Black Women and call them SUPERB! AND WE ARE KEEPING THE CELEBRATION GOING IN 2022!
Cheryl Smith, Publisher
My Truth
About those Academy Awards
I’m trying to walk right. I’m trying to do the right thing, all the time and sometimes I miss the mark! I also try not to let diversions take me off the prize. Weapons of mass distraction are all around us. Sure attention is focused on drama and the Social Media College of Psychology experts but so much is going on that need our attention; including Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, homelessness, health disparities, maternal morbidity rates, redlining, gentrification, food deserts, racism, crime, COVID and more.
Will Packer
Dallas, TX — Monday, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) officially announced her District Executive Closeout Team. The team, comprised of members of the Congresswoman’s District Office staff, will be responsible for the planning and execution of final district activities, the completion of remaining federal casework, and any tasks related to the transition of duties to the next Representative of Texas’s 30th Congressional District.
U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes
House Passes CROWN Act To End Discrimination Against Natural Black Hairstyles
By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire
Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jahana Hayes sounded off to critics of legislation that would allow individuals freedom to express themselves by how they wear their hair.
“Natural hair should be worn without fear of discrimination,” Rep. Hayes asserted moments after the U.S. House of Repre- sentatives passed the CROWN Act, banning hair-related discrimination.
The measure passed in a vote of 235-189 along party lines.
Actor Anthony Mackie
Actor Anthony Mackie recently purchased 20 acres of land to build a production studio in New Orleans
He’s taking his talents back home!
By BOTWC Staff
Actor Anthony Mackie recently purchased 20 acres of land to build a production studio in New Orleans, Black Enterprise reports.
Mackie is a New Orleans native, getting his start as a trained actor at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Recently, the Captain America star has shifted from in front of the camera to behind, producing such hit films as “The Banker” and “Outside the Wire.” Now, the veteran actor is taking his talents back home, closing a deal to purchase 20 acres of land in New Orleans East, with the hope of building a film and television production studio.
Join us as we call attention to the many Black girls (and boys) who have gone missing. The headlines are not as bold and glaring but they will be here. Stay tuned!
Downwinders and Risk steering committee member and Joppa resident, Alicia Kendrick holds her daughter Savanna, to pose for a portrait together on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Dallas, Texas. The community and Texas A&M are partnering together to conduct a study to find a link between air quality and health concerns in the community. (Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)
Why measuring air quality in Joppa could benefit all Dallas neighborhoods
Gathering neighborhood-level pollution data could be a game changer.
Dallas Morning News Editorial
If you live in a southern Dallas neighborhood, odds are that you will encounter certain air quality issues that your neighbors in other parts of Dallas will not. That’s the stark reality of Dallas’ persistent north-south divide. But we hope the seeds of change are being planted in Joppa, a former freedman community named for a city in the Bible, where residents have complained for years of health risks from foul-smelling air.
This editorial, originally published in The Dallas Morning News, is reprinted as part of a collaborative partnership between The Dallas Morning News and Texas Metro News. The partnership seeks to boost coverage of Dallas’ communities of color, particularly in southern Dallas.
Dallas County Reports 524 New Positive COVID-19 Cases and 17 Deaths, Including 190 Probable Cases and 55 New Cases within 14 days of Specimen Collection Date
DALLAS — As of 12:00 pm March 28, 2022 Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting 524 additional positive cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dallas County, 334 confirmed cases and 190 probable cases. There is a cumulative total of 475,578 confirmed cases (PCR test). There is a cumulative total of 102,650 probable cases (antigen test). Today’s report includes 55 newly reported cases of COVID-19 within 14 days of specimen collection date. A total of 6,234 Dallas County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19 illness. Today’s press release includes the new case totals accumulated from Friday.
Grammy Award-Winning MonoNeon at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall with Funky, Sourthern Soul & Blues
Famed DJ Frances Jaye to host the event and talented Dallas phenom Kwinton Gray to perform
DENTON– As part of a special spring concert, the Denton Black Film Festival is featuring Grammy Award-winning MonoNeon during this exhilarating evening of music hosted by famed DJ Frances Jaye.
The concert will take place at 8 p.m., April 16 at the Margo Jones Performance Hall, 1100 Oakland St, Denton, TX 76201, located on the campus of TWU. Tickets are now available.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson
Press Conference for Dallas Arts Month Kick-off
DALLAS – The City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) is announcing the start to Dallas Arts Month 2022.
A press conference will be held to kick off Dallas Arts Month at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at the historic Majestic Theatre located at 1925 Elm St. in downtown Dallas. Leaders from the Dallas arts and cultural community will be onsite to kickoff Dallas Arts Month with performances by local artists and remarks by District 14 City Council Member Paul Ridley and Office of Arts & Culture (OAC) Director Jennifer Scripps.
Dallas City Councilman Casey Thomas II invites you to attend open house to discuss and get community input for the former hospital at 2949 S. Hampton Road. RSVP at the link to attend.
March 29, 2022, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Words To Live By
Mom and Pop Business Owners
Another DeSoto Clean Up. This was a clean-up by the City Manager’s Office on Friday morning, March 25th, near the I-35E service road in DeSoto. From Left to Right, DeSoto Deputy City Manager Kristoff Bauer, DeSoto City Manager Brandon Wright, DeSoto Mayor Rachel L. Proctor, and two members of the DeSoto Parks & Recreation team.
101 Volunteers Collect 125 Bags of Litter and Fill 7 Trucks
On Saturday morning the City of DeSoto, the DeSoto Parks and Recreation Department, and Keep DeSoto Beautiful joined with civic-minded residents to give DeSoto a good spring cleaning. 101 volunteers joined DeSoto’s Mayor, City Council, and City Manager at seven locations to pick up and bag street litter like beverage bottles, cigar & cigarette packs or wrappers, aluminum cans, plastic bags, and drink cups.
Happy Birthday to YOU!
Willie Taylor, Hitman Holla, PJ Morton, N’Golo Kante, Walt Frazier, Pearl Bailey, Earl Campbell, Connie Bennett, Hon. Jasmine Crockett, Charlotte Ann Moore, Micaela Dartson, Myrna Dartson, Terry Warner, Sam Richardson, Koryan Nayrok Wright, L. Lamor Williams, Laterras R. Whitfield, Marshall S. Hobbs Jr., Deborah Brown-Kumasi, and Channing Godfrey Peoples
Class of 2021
Cara Williams
LaRoche University
On March 29, 1968
Students seized building at Bowie State College.
Haiti’s “Pòtoprens” artists brought to Brooklyn in new photobook
The Haitian Times
By Larisa Karr
NEW YORK — On a late Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, spectators filed into an industrial warehouse-like space not too far from the waters of Red Hook’s piers, to view the newly-released book of photography Pòtoprens: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince. Inside Red Hook Labs, the scent of diri djon djon, legume and other Haitian foods filled the air as small groups gathered around a large display showcasing copies of “Pòtoprens.” The newly-released 416-page coffee table book features the works of 25 artists based in neighborhoods around Port-au-Prince.
Secretary Xavier Becerra, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HHS Sec. Xavier Becerra joined Black Men Engaged for Community Address in Jacksonville
By Black Press USA
Roundtable Discussion Streamed on Instagram Live (@Black Men Engaged)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Honorable Xavier Becerra, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with Black Men Engaged, and Jacksonville community leaders met to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s support for the community and Covid-19 vaccine confidence in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Path
As we walk through life’s journey, we leave footprints. Some just show where we are going. Others redirect us when we get lost. Still others remain to guide those we leave behind. I see your footprints.
Will you/they see mine?
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