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Lyria Howland is a powerhouse in the public relations world.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and for 30 years she has been accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America. Her work is legendary in a profession where you need someone you can trust to provide excellent service and represent your interests with the highest level of professionalism.
Lyria’s work ethic is impeccable.  She’s highly respected and has received several awards for her work across the country. There’s nothing phony about Lyria and she lets her work speak for her.  She has mentored so many aspiring PR students and professionals, inspiring them to practice the highest standards, putting the client first, versus promoting themselves. Those who know Lyria know she is the consummate pro who comes armed with a notebook and that notebook is lethal because she has compiled the formula for your success.
Lyria is very conscientious.  She has won numerous awards for her works and community involvement.  She was the Founding Chair of the FRIENDS of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and Past President of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association.  Her work, with Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Ramses the Great Exhibit, and the Alliance for Higher Education; was impeccable! She ought to be teaching because you don’t find many Lyria’s around, unless they came under her tutelage.
Reaction to Chauvin Verdict
By Texas Metro News Team
With less than 10 hours of deliberations and no questions or additional instructions, a jury convicted former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin on all charges in the death of George Floyd.
In an emotionally-charged trial that lasted three weeks, Judge Peter Cahill read the verdict late Tuesday afternoon from the seven women and five men that decided Mr. Chauvin, 45, was guilty. He was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Mr. Floyd on a street corner last Memorial Day.
President Joe Biden said the decision could be the moment of significant change. He called on the nation to unify.
Daunte Wright’s funeral will be today at 12 p.m. CT at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy. National Action Network will cover the costs of the service.
Increasing Black Homeownership
The racial homeownership gap is as large today as it was during the days of segregation, with the white homeownership rate roughly 30 points higher than Black households. New Urban Institute analysis shows that the gap may continue to grow absent intentional action. This has lasting implications: when one generation misses the wealth-building opportunities of homeownership, successive generations feel the impact as well.
Photo: Wells Fargo
By Kristy Fercho, Executive Vice President and Head of Wells Fargo Home Lending
Over this past year, home has never been more important. Safe, affordable housing has long been one of the most common aspirations for all Americans, and the principal way most families build wealth in this country. Yet obtaining this goal remains more difficult for people of color. The racial homeownership gap is as large today as it was during the days of segregation, with the white homeownership rate roughly 30 points higher than Black households. New Urban Institute analysis shows that the gap may continue to grow absent intentional action. This has lasting implications: when one generation misses the wealth-building opportunities of homeownership, successive generations feel the impact as well.
Five Years After His Death, New Music arrives from Prince
NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Welcome 2 America is a document of Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice,” Prince’s estate noted in a statement.
On the title track, Prince sings: “Welcome 2 America, the land of the free – home of the slave.” Prince fans know that track is reminiscent of his 1985 song, “America,” from his “Around the World in a Day” album. (Photo: Prince playing at Cochella, 2008. / Wikimedia Commons)
By Stacy Brown
NNPA Newswire
Senior National Correspondent
Five years after his sudden death, the icon Prince’s estate is releasing brand new music that is sure to excite his still loyal fan base. The new “Welcome 2 America” CD marks the first time Prince’s estate is releasing never-before-heard music from the megastar’s famous Paisley Park vault. Fans got a preview on CBS’s Minutes, and Prince’s longtime guitarist, Brown Mark, sat for a special interview with the Black Press at 7:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, April 15. The 12-track disc was recorded in 2010 to accompany a tour of the same name but never released. The estate plans to debut the new music on July 30. “Welcome 2 America is a document of Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice,” Prince’s estate noted in a statement. Never a big fan of social media, Prince sings about how superficial social media could be corporate monopolies in music and reality television. On the title track, Prince sings: “Welcome 2 America, the land of the free – home of the slave.”
GET YOUR VACCINE!
No appointment needed at Parkland’s Ellis Davis Field House vaccine site Specific hours designated at drive-through location DALLAS – Individuals over the age of 16 can receive a COVID-19 vaccination without an appointment between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday at Parkland Health & Hospital System’s drive-through location at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St., Dallas, 75232. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Ellis Davis Field House is open to those with an appointment from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday. The location is closed on Sundays. For additional information about COVID-19, please visit www.parklandhospital.com/covid
EARLY VOTING!
Early voting hours in Dallas County are:
April 19-24: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 25: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
April 26-27: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What You Need To Know About Texas’
Dangerous Voting Bills
Policy & Advocacy Director, Policy
Texas leads the country in the number of restrictive voting bills introduced in its current 2021 legislative session with 49 bills. Texas is already the hardest state in the country to vote, and these bills would only make it harder — and scarier — to participate in elections, especially for communities of color.
The two main bills are Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 6. The Senate bill limits voting hours, reduces options for mail-in voting, and raises barriers for people who need assistance to cast a ballot. The House bill adds severe criminal penalties to every aspect of the voting process, from serving as an election official or poll worker to volunteering and voting itself. We summarized what each bill is proposing below.
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Parenting While Black: Autism Is Not A WHITES ONLY Disorder, hosted by Autism Urban Connections Inc.
Free online Eventbrite.com. 4-22-21, 11:30 am-3:30 pm. CDT.
Seven challenging incumbent in South Dallas City Council District, police overtime cut at center of debate
City Council member Adam Bazaldua faces Tramonica Brown, Kevin Felder, Walter “Changa” Higgins, Calvin Johnson, Donald Parish,
James “JT” Turknett and Israel Varela
The Texas Star Ferris wheel towers over Leonhardt Lagoon where the swan boats are at Fair Park on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)(Ashley Landis / Staff Photographer)
By Talia Richman, Brooklynn Cooper, and Everton Bailey Jr.
The Dallas City Council elections are May 1 and early voting started Monday. All 14 council seats are contested, and three districts, 2, 11 and 13, will see new faces as the incumbents have reached term limits. The other 11 incumbents face challengers. This is the ninth of 14 stories on the races, which started with coverage of the three open seats. The rest are being featured in ascending numerical order.
Adam Bazaldua was about a year into his first term as a City Council member when he proposed cutting $7 million from the police department’s overtime budget. Now, as he seeks a second, two-year term in District 7, his opponents are trying to put that decision on the ballot. Eight people are competing for the seat — the most contested race i

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