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Interview with Larry Allums of Dallas Institute – Episode #5


January 12, 2011


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That’s What’s Up – September 28, 2010

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Who Ya Rootin’ For Part II

Dallas area alumni of Prairie View A&M are gearing up for the Shreveport Classic.  On October 23rd the Panthers will face the Southern University Jaguars at Independence Stadium.  The “Who Ya Rootin’ For” Bus Trip Part II  will leave for Shreveport at 8 am on gameday.  Contact Coleman Vacations at 972-227-9114 to book your trip and hotel.

Center for Court Innovation

The Center for Court Innovation and the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will be hosting the first-ever International Conference of Community Courts on Tuesday, October 19th and Wednesday, October 20th 2010 at the Westin City Center Hotel.   Conference registration is free.   Contact Elvita Dominique ( of the Center for Court Innovation for more information.

Dance Africa

Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents their 5th Annual DanceAfrica performance on October 8th and 9th.  Dance Africa is a celebration of African Roots through a weekend packed with dance, music, art and community events.  Performances will take place at the Majestic Theater at 7:30 p.m. each night. For more information visit the Dallas Black Dance Theater website.

Where is Skip Cheatham?

Community, Culture, General

September 23, 2010


by Shawn

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I’ve been digging to find out what’s going on at K104 since we haven’t been hearing Skip Cheatham’s voice on The Playground recently.  I think I know what happened, I just don’t know why.  I’ll try to reach out to Skip, but from experience with other former K104 hosts, they don’t talk much on the matter.

Is Oak Cliff Getting Real?

Community, Culture, General

September 20, 2010

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by Michael Counter, Jr. • View Original Post and Comments

Some housewives think so.

Dallas’s NBC-DFW website posted a picture almost two weeks ago about the 80′s television show Dallas shooting a pilot and possibly returning to TV via the TNT network. Entitled “Overblown Texas Stereotypes to Return to TV,” writer Bruce Felps ends the piece with “No word yet on whether or not the show will be filmed in Dallas. It’s TV, who needs authenticity?”.

And this isn’t really about the possibility of the show returning, but rather the notion of stereotypes and Dallas.

In checking my Facebook last week, after clicking my way through likes and comments and suggestions, I saw this:

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Taking its name from the Bravo cable broadcasting network’s most popular “The Real Housewives” franchise, the Real Housewives of Oak Cliff Facebook tagline is “Real housewives of Orange County need to get real and spend the day in Oak Cliff!”

Felps’ concern for old Dallas stereotypes returning to the mainstream is warranted. However, while we are concerned with fictional characters re-emerging to cast poor shadows on Dallas, how about the ignorance that over six thousand Dallas citizens are supporting on Facebook?

Are the racially insensitive and homophobic comments listed in on page keeping it ‘real’? If so, Felps and Dallas at large has bigger problems on its hands besides worrying about TNT’s new pilot.

And don’t worry, there is a page for The Real Housewives of Dallas County as well. Something tells me that there are plenty of Dallas housewives that care not to identify themselves with either of these options.

Man!c Mondays: August 27th-29th


August 30, 2010


by Shawn

by Michael Counter, Jr. • View Original Post and Comments

Man!c Mondays is a quick rundown of all the past weekend’s big happenings. Consider it a cliff notes version of the hot topics that you missed while you were out partying or buried under homework or sleeping under a rock, for those of you lucky enough to do so.

Fox News show host Glenn Beck hosted his “Restoring Honor” rally on Saturday, August 28th. Held on the steps of the Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial, Beck & former Vice President hopeful Sarah Palin called for patriots to “come celebrate America by honoring our heroes, our heritage and our future.” Seems harmless, right? Well, not so much. Beck & Palin held their rally on the same day that Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s delivered his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. The Reverend Al Sharpton and other Civil Rights leaders held a counter-march entitled “Reclaiming the Dream,” on the same day as Beck’s rally. ” Sharpton’s “National Action Network” claims that Beck’s rally was the exact antithesis of the civil rights movement and Dr. King’s legacy.”

Super director Spike Lee revisited the devastation that is 2005′s Hurricane Katrina in his HBO documentary “If God Is Willing and Da’ Creek Don’t Rise.” Catch it on HBO and HBO On Demand.

Oscar winner & musician Jamie Foxx interviewed porn star Brian Pumper. The interview aired on Foxx’s Sirius/XM satellite radio show “The Foxxhole.” Pumper talks about his hopes for music stardom, fatherhood & his 11-year old daughter, and his side of the Montana Fishburne drama. You know? The drama about her being the daughter of actor Laurence Fishburne? The drama about her wanting to be famous? The drama about her wanting to make a sex tape to get fame? Yeah. That one. Check out audio portions of the interview.

The King of Pop turned 52!

Sunshine Marketplace – Where Buyers and Sellers Meet

Community, Culture

August 29, 2010


by Shawn

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Received the following email from  Larry Campbell, Vice President MLK Library Friends Support Committee.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Library Friends Support Committee is holding another Sunshine Marketplace event to raise funds for literacy programs. Over 20 vendors will be on hand selling gift baskets, custom jewelry, artwork, and more.

The free event, along with refreshments and music provided by DJ 007, will take place on Saturday, September 4, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The address is 2922 Martin Luther King  Blvd in sunny South Dallas. For more information or to reserve a booth, please contact Charles Hillman at 214-815-3629.