Texas Metro News: What if I don’t take the COVID Vaccine?

Natalie Jenkins Sorrell
Natalie Jenkins Sorrell is the first lady of Paul Quinn College, the oldest liberal arts HBCU west of the Mississippi River. It’s a role she graciously and gracefully navigates as she interacts, supports and mentors the students while also building relationships with alumni, faculty staff, and yes, possible funders. A graduate of Spelman College and Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, she’s a heavyweight in the business world. Ms. Sorrell is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for the $3.4 billion Employees’ Retirement Fund (EFR) of the City of Dallas. Additionally she has years of board service including with the Dallas Metropolitan YMCA, Parkland Hospital and on the Advisory Board for the endowment of St. Phillip’s Academy in Dallas. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she is also active in the community through the Dallas Chapter of The Links, Inc.
North Texas defeats No. 4 Purdue for First -Ever NCAA Tournament Win
The No. 13-seeded the University of North Texas defeated the No. 4-seed Purdue University last night in the first round on the first day of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
It was the first NCCA tournament win in North Texas men’s basketball history.
North Texas won in overtime 78-69. The Mean Green Eagles were led by Javion Hamlet who finished with a double-double (24 pts., 12 rebounds). North Texas will play a TBD team on Sunday in Round 2.
Dallas Mayor: ‘Don’t Hesitate To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine’
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson shares statement on vaccine safety and efficacy.
We are now more than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been a menace to our communities. We all have loved ones, friends, neighbors, and colleagues who were affected by the virus. People have lost jobs, lost lives, and lost time. In Texas alone, more than 47,000 people have died. That is the equivalent of the entire population of Rockwall. And while COVID-19 has impacted every city and community across the United States, it has disproportionately harmed Black and Hispanic communities.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson
The Transatlantic Slave Trade:
A Day of Remembrance
“In my mind, there is no way to understand the development of the world’s economic and political system post-1800 C.E. without a solid and sophisticated understanding of the transatlantic slave trade,” stated John Rosinbum, a Texas-based high school teacher. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire
Senior National Correspondent
NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It is important to recognize the International Decade for People of African Descent as an international corrective to combat the systematic indoctrination of the lie of African inferiority,” said Dr. Kevin Cokley, the director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis. “Passing H.R. 40 would count as the most significant legislative achievement to impact the victims of the transatlantic slave trade.” The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) continues its global news feature series on the history, contemporary realities and implications of the transatlantic slave trade.
(Read the entire series: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5, Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9, Part 10Part 11) Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, is setting a reparations bar that could soon resonate throughout the nation – if not the globe.
Covering Opioids and Alcohol Addiction 2021
With reports that alcohol and drug abuse have risen steeply during the pandemic – and that addiction treatment is as elusive as ever – the National Press Foundation and the American Society of Addiction Medicine are offering an opportunity for journalists to pause and take a deep dive into the science of addiction.
This training will cover the increase in alcohol and drug use during the pandemic; the latest on the opioids crisis; the latest research on treatment and telemedicine for addiction treatment; the role of marijuana and alcohol; trends in substance abuse; racial disparities in access to drug treatment; and more. With this grounding in hand, journalists will then cover the three-day American Society of Addiction Medicine Virtual Conference.
The NPF training is April 7, 12, 14, 16 and 19 and May 19 on Zoom. Sessions will be mid-day – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – to catch reporters in all time zones.
The ASAM Annual Conference runs from April 22-24.
The program is open to all U.S.-based journalists. Black, Indigenous and other journalists of color are encouraged to apply. Journalists do not need to be covering addiction issues now, but they should have an interest in doing so in future and an outlet for their work.
Contact Chris Adams (cadams@nationalpress.org) for details or apply here:https://npf.wufoo.com/forms/w13fewf00frsc27/
NPHC Community Conversation: ‘Take The Vaccine /
Don’t Take The Vaccine’ March 25 @ 6:30- 7:30 pm
The National Pan-Hellenic Council of the Greater Southwest DFW Metroplex and the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Dallas present a Community Conversation with Dr. Vivian Bradley-Johnson & Dr. Carolee D. Estelle: Take The Vaccine / Don’t take the Vaccine. Stream it live on Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/j/81646405810
Houston-based Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Partners with Beats By Dre to Help Kids
Jarren Small and his co-founder Douglas Johnson already have quite the track record, particularly with a popular program called “Reading With A Rapper (RWAR).”
By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire
Senior National Correspondent
NNPA NEWSWIRE — Now Jarren Small and Douglas Johnson are partnering with the iconic Beats By Dre, allowing the men an opportunity to provide quality resources for a new RWAR Digital program set to rollout this Fall. “We are looking at doing a free beta phase of the program this summer in up to seven cities,” Small, who has formed relationships with mayors, members of Congress, school districts, and others, stated.
On Bloody Sunday’s 56-Year Mark, President Biden’s Words Remind Americans That Democracy Needs a Renewed Push for Voting Rights
NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Fifty-six years ago, Bloody Sunday marked a turning point in our nation’s civil rights movement. The brutal assault on peaceful civil rights demonstrators ranging from the young to the elderly left an indelible imprint on the collective conscience of the nation and led to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, our nation’s most important federal civil rights law.
In many cases, the same baseless and thinly-veiled rationales used to challenge ballot access in the 1960s are resurfacing today in support of these efforts to shrink our democracy. Top left: Alabama police attack Selma to Montgomery marchers, known as “Bloody Sunday,” in 1965 Top right: Marchers carrying banner “We march with Selma!” on street in Harlem, New York City, New York in 1965 Bottom left: Participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in Alabama during 1965 Bottom right: Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, their families, and others leading the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965 (Photos: Wikimedia Commons)
By Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
(Washington, D.C.) – On the 56-year mark of Alabama’s brutal Bloody Sunday attack on Black communities, their allies and democracy itself, President Joe Biden released recorded remarks this morning calling for Senate passage of the national Lawyers’ Committee-supported

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