Texas Metro News: GUILTY AS CHARGED!

Superb Woman
of the Day
Cynthia Nevels
Cynthia Nevels is President of Integrality, LLC and known as “The Go-To-Lady,” and for good reason. She’s a guru in the business world who also makes the time to mentor and advise others. She describes herself as a “strategist, entrepreneur, investor, techie, Salesforce.com expert, philanthropist, and kick ass mom.” Cynthia studied Accounting at Texas Woman’s University and her resume includes serving as a senior business advisor and alumni manager of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program  in addition to making her mark in Silicon Valley.  Her clientele has included: Capital One Bank, Palo Alto Software, Dallas County Community College District, Denton County Transportation Authority, LiftFund, RealPage, Wells Fargo, City of Austin, City of Dallas, Tarrant County College and Stella McCartney Enterprises. And if she didn’t have enough on her plate, she owns and operates a vegan and vegetarian food truck, “Soul Good.” A sought after and accomplished speaker, she also established the Cynthia E. Nevels Foundation; a nonprofit organization, to “create a mechanism to do more in the communities we serve and to fill the poverty gap.” The Foundation offers grants, scholarships and social impact investing opportunities. Cynthia uses the education and experience that she received to help women-owned and minority-owned businesses. In a male dominated industry, Cynthia dominates!
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd. The jury returned the guilty verdict of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter Tuesday afternoon after 10 hours of deliberation.
Chauvin, who had been free on bail, was taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs after the verdict was read for his killing of Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minn. His sentencing is set to take place in eight weeks, where he will face up to 40 years in prison.
What We Must Do
By Dr. John E. Warren, Publisher, The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint
By press time, the verdict might already be in for the Derek Chauvin murder trial. The nation is already gearing up with the call of National Guard Troops to standby in
anticipation of protests that might turn violent. The conviction of Chauvin supposedly will send a message to law enforcement. But most of us know that the number of murders of Black male and females since George Floyd clearly demonstrates that the shooting of Black people remains a priority, regardless of public sentiment. Therefore, WE can not act as if this case solves our problems with police shooting. The Brooklyn Center murder of Mr. Wright over a traffic stop or the killing of the 13 year old in Chicago even after the Brooklyn Center police murder, give proof that police attitudes have not changed, even as the nation and the world watch a trial, in real time, of similar behavior under the color of law.
Our eyes must remain on the national war on voter suppression which is being conducted in almost all of the 50 states of the union. While we understand that the passage of H.R.1, as sent to the U.S. Senate for passage, will solve many of the issues of voter suppression, we must not let up on the campaign of “Black Votes Matter” seeking to put pressure on corporate America’s support for the very local officials who give campaign money to supporters of voter suppression legislation.
At the state and local level, we must put people in law enforcement that not only look like us, but have the same humanity. It’s not enough to get a Black Mayor and Black Police Chief, if the local police union controls departments through their contracts and “Qualified Immunity” protects officers from criminal liability for their illegal actions. We must monitor and challenge police contracts when they come up for renewal.
We must keep our eyes on voter registration, new requirements of state and government I.D. cards as a requirement for voting. Help people get such cards in anticipation of those new laws if and where they pass. We must not be distracted. The battle must be fought on many fronts.
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
Chase opens Innovative Branch in Oak Cliff
Chase marked the grand opening of its first Community Center branch in Texas – and the fourth nationwide – to provide greater access to financial services and education for the people of Oak Cliff and southern Dallas. The Oak Cliff branch is part of Chase’s recently announced $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity and bring more economic opportunity to diverse and underserved communities. Built out with a new community “living room” area and a tech bar, the branch will provide:
Hospice is About Living, Not Dying
NNPA NEWSWIRE — On National Healthcare Decisions Day, I want to share the importance of compassionate death in the Black community, including hospice care. Hospice is a set of services designed to treat symptoms and side effects, improve quality of life, support families and address spiritual needs. It occurs during the last 6 months of life, after treatment of the life-limiting disease has stopped.
Hospice and palliative care benefit thousands of people at the end of their lives, but Black people continue to utilize it at lower rates than their White counterparts.
By Ottamissiah “Missy” Moore
I’ve been a nurse for 33 years and have spent 25 of those years caring for people in hospice. In 2017, my son, Demitrice was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and suddenly hospice came home. I knew we didn’t have a lot of time left together, and I wanted to spend every moment with my son. That’s why hospice was the right choice for Demitrice and our family. On National Healthcare Decisions Day, I want to share the importance of compassionate death in the Black community, including hospice care. Hospice is a set of services designed to treat symptoms and side effects, improve quality of life, support families and address spiritual needs. It occurs during the last 6 months of life, after treatment of the life-limiting disease has stopped.
Wayne Barrow Placide
1947 – April 12, 2021
A celebration of life will be held for Wayne Barrow Placide on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
A graduate of Prairie View A&M University, Class of 1968, he received his Masters Degree from Atlanta Univ. (now Clark Atlanta) was a Managing Director at Hilltop Securities.
Mr. Placide was a faithful, loving family man and beloved husband to Gayle and father to Wayne Anthony and Matthew Julian. He transitioned on April 12, 2021. Wednesday April 21, 2021.
He was a proud member of the Theta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and a member of Concord Church.
Celebration of Life: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Concord Church
6808 Pastor Bailey Drive
Dallas, TX 75237
Funeral starts at 10:00 am.
There will be an open/final viewing of the body from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Thursday morning.
Texas Senator Royce West
D23 Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE New COVID-19 School Guidance:
U.S. Dept. of Education Releases New COVID-19 School Guidance This month, the U.S. Department of Education released its second handbook of recommendations for how schools across the country can safely re-open for in-person learning and meet students’ needs. The first handbook, released in March 2021, focused on the school health-related safety protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The second handbook, ED COVID-19 Handbook – Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs, includes recommendations on creating safe and healthy learning environments, addressing lost instructional time, and supporting educator and staff stability and well-being.
Creating Safe and Healthy Learning Environments
In addition to following physical safety protocols, the U.S. Department of Education recommends schools work to do the following to create safe and healthy learning environments.
  • Meet the basic needs of students, including by providing meals to students in all educational settings during the school year and the summer. This requires understanding community needs through surveys and other family engagement processes and responding appropriately with distribution sites and plans.
  • Meet the social, emotional and mental health needs of students, including those from historically-marginalized student populations who may be experiencing the unique trauma of homelessness or involvement in the foster care or juvenile legal systems. The guidance urges schools to ensure access to professionals like counselors, social workers and psychologists and to use research-based practices that focus on building relationships, strengthening family and student engagement, and creating culturally-sustaining learning environments.
  • Provide all students with safe and inclusive schools that focus on developing response plans and building strong relationships, especially with chronically absent and “disengaged” students.
The Links, Inc. of Denton County presents Experiencing COVID Fatigue. Guests Speakers: Johnna Weaver and William B. Lawson, M.D. Ph.D. Moderator Andrew Whigham, III. Reg Link: https://bit.ly/3amBt3c April 22, 2021 7 pm. CDT.
Suspect arrested in fatal Austin shooting that killed 3 people, officials say
Broderick was a former deputy with the Travis County sheriff’s
office, authorities said.
Three people were reported dead in a “active attacker/shooter” incident in Northwest Austin Sunday.
By Charles Scudder and Nataly Keomoungkhoun
Authorities have arrested a man suspected of killing three people in a shooting in Austin Sunday following a manhunt calling for his arrest. Manor police officers and Travis County deputies took 41-year-old Stephen Broderick into custody Monday after they received a call about a man walking on Old Kimbro Road, just outside of Manor, about 7:30 a.m., the Austin American-Statesman reported. Authorities said he was arrested without incident. Manor police said Broderick was armed, the American Stateman

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