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Joe Simon: “Don’t Give Up, You Can Make It If You Try, You Can Win”
Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President of the National Congress of Black Women, says The Autobiography of Joe Simon Speaks to the Heart, Mind, and Soul of the Community
Dr. E. Faye Williams
— Spickum Publishing reporting….Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President of the National Congress of Black Women, has plenty of good things to say about The Autobiography of Joe Simon, the life story of the Grammy Award-winning former R&B singing star now known as Bishop Joe Simon.
“He tells his life story in his own words,” says Dr. Williams. “When you read this exhilarating book, as I have more than once, it’s going to enlighten the reader and enhance your passion and your wisdom and appreciation for those who succeed no matter what. And that’s what I see Joe having done. The book is really a masterpiece for living and for learning—-to adjust to whatever you’re facing in life.
“Often a message hits deeply that speaks to the heart, the mind, the soul, and the community. Joe does just that.”
The Autobiography of Joe Simon relates in riveting fashion how Bishop Simon overcame tremendous hardship and poverty as he grew up in Simmesport, Louisiana to beat the odds and embrace stardom in the rhythm and blues arena during the 1960s and ’70s, only to give it all up to follow a higher calling that continues to this day.
“I’ve been talking about it wherever I am. I tell people about the book and the lessons there,” says Dr. Williams. “Because he did have a very hard time, even after he left Simmesport. But he overcame it. It didn’t matter what happened in his life. He found a way to get around it and still could be successful. I don’t know many people who had as many successful songs as Joe had. I guess they came through very difficult times. When you read the book, you will learn about some of them.
“His is still great music, even though he doesn’t do it anymore. He just no longer cared about the R&B lifestyle. I don’t think it was a problem he had with his music, because it’s still great. He made a choice that some of us didn’t understand at the time. But thinking back over his decision, we see a lot of people who were ruined by that very lifestyle. And I’m just glad to call him my friend, and I feel blessed that he did leave some of these things behind. He’s doing something even more wonderful. We still enjoy his music, and I will always be a fan of his.”
UT Southwestern to host virtual discussion on ‘Black Men in White Coats’ documentary
More Black male doctors needed!
The importance of increasing the number of Black male doctors in the United States will be the subject of a virtual panel discussion at UT Southwestern in advance of the release of a documentary on the issue.
For the past decade, Dale Okorodudu, M.D., an African American pulmonologist and critical care specialist who is an assistant professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern, has been working to increase the number of young Black men going into medicine through his initiative Black Men in White Coats. Now he has produced a documentary by the same name alongside director Micah Autry. The film, produced independent of UT Southwestern, will be screened virtually by medical schools nationwide throughout the month of February.
On Feb. 4, UT Southwestern, along with Southwestern Medical District partner institutions Children’s Health and Parkland Health & Hospital System, will host a virtual panel discussion around issues presented in the film.
The panel will include Okorodudu; Quinn Capers IV, M.D., associate dean for faculty diversity at UT Southwestern; Barry-Lewis Harris II, M.D., medical director of correctional health services at Parkland; Cameron Holmes, a third-year medical student at UT Southwestern; and Marc Nivet, Ed.D., executive vice president for institutional advancement at UT Southwestern, who will moderate the discussion. Both Capers and Nivet are featured in the documentary, in which Black doctors share their experiences of going to medical school, discuss the challenges faced in their careers, and reinforce the importance of creating a pipeline to produce more Black male physicians.
“What I want people to take away from this is a sense of empowerment,” Okorodudu says. “I hope when people watch this film they understand the problem impacts them and that they can have a role in fixing it and providing solutions – whether it’s serving as a mentor or, for the Black student, working hard so that you can become a medical professional.”
Register for the virtual panel discussion on Feb. 4.
Power Leaks
By Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and pulled in a number of directions. That was my week. It was a week filled with calls and responsibilities. On one call with a fabulous group of ladies that feed my soul, I was reminded about energy leaks. The consequences of our energy slowly leaking can be detrimental. A great analogy is to think about a house that leaks energy. Without proper insulation, energy costs can increase by at least 20%. Energy leaks through unsealed cracks and insufficiently sealed windows and doors as well as other unsuspecting areas in our homes. Leaking energy is expensive and requires repairs that if we do not take care of them in time, the consequences can be pricey and time consuming.
WE KNOW YOU have questions about COVID-19 AND YOU SHOULD!
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Director/Writer/Filmmaker Onita provide revealing portrayal of fraternities
Tazmanian Devil to open during Black History Month
By Marva Sneed
Photo Credit: BET.COM
Solomon Onita Jr.
Solomon Onita Jr.’s films have garnered national awards and global acclaim and his/ global acclaim, including his latest feature film, Tazmanian Devil. Onita is an MFA graduate of Loyola Marymount University and a 2020 fellowship recipient of the Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop.
Tazmanian Devil is not Onita’s only body of work. He also wrote and directed Joy which has been screened in over 60 film festivals and distributed on all HBO platforms including Cinemax. Witch Hunt, another short film from Onita won an award at the African International Film Festival and currently runs on Issa Rae’s Short Film Sunday Channel.
Jirah Mickle was tested at MCI Diagnostics!
Revitalize South Dallas Coalition
February 4-6, 2021
Living With Low Vision Virtual Workshop
Thursday, February 4, 2021; 11:30am – 12:30pm; via Zoom. Dr. Stephanie Fleming, D.O, will discuss the causes and remedies for low-vision, a condition that is not corrected by glasses or contacts like cataracts. Topics: What is low vision; Why this is evaluation is different from a regular eye exam; Strategies and devices to overcome it. Sponsor: Zan Holmes Community Outreach Center. Register: www.zwhjcoc.org; Click on “Classes”; Click “Low Vision.” Contact: jasmine.andersonZ@zwhjcoc.org.
“Plan Your Way Home” Virtual Homebuying Seminar
Saturday, February 6th; 10am – 11:30am. Southern Dallas Progress CDC co-sponsors this session presented by Hancock Whitney Bank. Topics: The Stages of Home Ownership; Down Payment Assistance; Financial Education. A homebuilder w/homes under $200,000 will be on hand. RSVP: Ms Babers; 318-951-4376; lacarsha.babers@hancockwhitney.com.
The City and DISD are exploring ways to improve internet service. The survey and speed test will gather data about internet availability and speed of service, which will identify areas of service improvement. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete, and South and Southern Dallas residents are especially encouraged to participate. Survey: https://www.dallas.speedsurvey.org/
UT Southwestern COVID Prevalence Study
Ongoing. The study seeks understand how and where COVID-19 is spreading, what populations are most impacted, and where to provide additional informational and health resources. To ensure diversity, additional Black participants are needed from South and Southeast Dallas. Study testing is daily at 13 locations within the county. Contact: Ms. Isreal. Website: https://utswmed.org/covidstudy/study-testing-locations/
Celebrating Birthdays
With Each New Year
 The shadows are parting and the New Year brings me hope.
That memories and His grace will help me to cope.
With my loss and your absence and all in between.
Still not understanding what it all means.
Forced into a reality not of my choice.
Often finding myself screaming although I don’t hear my voice.
Comforted by friends and family who can.
Yet, they think my pain should be over because they don’t understand.
How deep my sorrow and how broken my heart.
My world seems together yet, it’s falling apart.
I’m through it … I THINK then, I cry.
I’m over it for sure yet, I sigh.
Each day is something different and I expect tears.
I’ll miss you and love you each day of the New Year.

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