Jill Scott is back; “Hate on Me” latest single from forthcoming album

JillScott1.jpgJill Scott has released a hot new single titled Hate on Me, that is getting very limited airplay to date.  This is often the case for artists like Ms. Scott, Common, and others who aren't from the cookie cutter mold of today's pop stars.

I did however hear this song on the radio last week and went out on the web to try and find it. The best I could do was a version of the song that's posted on the Vibe website.

You can hear the single in its entirety at the Vibe Confidential Blog by clicking here.

If this song is any indication of what's in store, J.S. fans should be well pleased in the fall.  Jill Scott's next album The Real Thing is scheduled for release on September 25, 2007.

Antioch to host Brother 2 Brother Men’s Summit ’07

promo1.jpgAntioch Missionary Baptist Church and their pastor Dr. Karry Wesley will host a Men's Summit this Friday and Saturday (August 3 & 4). Antioch is located at 7550 S. Hampton Road in Dallas.  

Speakers for the event include Pastor Bryan Carter of Concord, Pastor Denny Davis of St. John's, and Pastor A. Louis Patterson III of The L.O.V.E. Church. and many others (click here for full list of speakers). Comedian Johnathan Slocum is also part of the summit lineup.

Summit Classes include Becoming a Man of Worship, Breaking the Cycle of Sin and Addiction, Myths About Men and Marriage and more. Registration for the Summit is $25.  Please visit the Brother 2 Brother Men's Summit Website for more information.

Dr. Frederick D. Haynes to sign copies of his book “Soul Fitness” today

Here's a reminder that Dr. Frederick D. Haynes will sign copies of his new book Soul Fitness tonight starting at 7:00 p.m.  I am posting a recap of the press release which ran on the site a couple of weeks ago.

soul fitness.jpg(DALLAS, Texas) – Each morning on K104FM, one of the top-rated radio shows in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III shares his “Inspirational Vitamin” with thousands of listeners.  Still more followers outside the listening area tap into the radio station’s website to listen to Haynes’ inspirational message. Now, fans nationwide can take the encouragement home with them in Soul Fitness with Frederick D. Haynes III.   

The first book signing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 7pm; at Friendship-West Baptist Church  Friendship-West is located at 2020 W. Wheatland Road in Dallas.

The newest release from Judson Press, Soul Fitness offers the same upbeat, high energy, advice found in Haynes’ “Inspirational Vitamin.” Subjects and themes range from George Washington Carver to Hurricane Katrina to Kanye West and every message is designed to lift the soul and jump-start the day. Haynes’ words move the reader like an aerobic exercise for the spirit!   

He delivers advice on bouncing back and overcoming adversity, provides fitness tips on resistance training, thinking like a champion, and not going down without a fight, and shares real life inspirational examples of those who have “fought back,” “kept it real,” “anchored themselves in God,” and “not settled for less.”

As you read the meditations in Soul Fitness, you will find the fiber of your faith strengthened. You will also see a minister of the gospel being faithful in offering all his gifts and talents to God to be a blessing in the lives of those among whom God has placed in this “present age”—from the Foreword by Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

Dr. Haynes, a nationally known preacher, teacher and motivator, is the pastor of the 9,000 member Friendship-West Baptist Church.  

The book, $10 each, can be purchased at Friendship-West’s III Pyramids Bookstore, 2020 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas and online at www.friendshipwest.org.

Dallas South Rewind: July 22-28

rewind1.jpgHere are a few stories for this week that I wanted to share with the peeps. 

1.  Skyline High School's cheerleaders were involved in a dust up at Cheer Camp .

2.  Eight Americans graduate from free Cuban medical school

3.  If you haven't had BBQ from Baby Back Shak in downtown Dallas' Southside, then you need to go like right now (full post in the works).  

4.  The Newberg Report analyzes the Rangers trade of Kenny Loftin to Cleveland.

5.  Unfair Park sums up Eugene Lockhart's fundraiser at Texas Stadium for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Also, I'd like to revisit a post on the subject of Broken Homes, that I wrote during the Paris, Texas story.

Nominations for Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame open until July 31

texas_2.gifNominations for the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame class of 2007 are being accepted now until July 31, 2007.  The 12th Annual Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Auction honoring the inductees will be held at 7 p.m., on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame , housed at the African-American Museum in Dallas' Fair Park, was established to chronicle the sports history contributions made by African Americans in the state.  It was established in 1996 to honor coaches and athletes of high character and athletic achievement, who are either Texans by birth or by athletic participation (collegiate or professional), and who have made a recognizable contribution to African-American culture and/or history.

Nominated athletes must have been retired from sports for at least five years and must possess exemplary sportsmanship and citizenship records. There is no retirement requirement for coaches, but they must not be an active coach at the time of their nomination.  The general public submits the nominees, and a panel of judges (including sports journalist) makes the final selection. This year the committee hopes to receive nominations for women and non-mainstream sports participants.

Nomination forms may be picked up at the African American Museum, located at 3536 Grand Avenue, or printed from the museum's website . All completed forms must be submitted to the African American Museum no later than JULY 31, 2007.

The Hall of Fame includes legendary Dallas Cowboy Stars such as Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson, Preston Pearson, Mel Renfro, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Robert Newhouse, Rayfield Wright, Billy Joe Dupree, Jethro Pugh, and Everson Walls. The Hall of Fame also includes other heroes and heroines such as State Senator Royce West, David Lattin and the 1966 “Glory Road” UTEP Team, Coach Hensley Sapenter, Ervin Garnett, Coach Jackie Carr, Jolanda Jones, Spud Webb, Rolando Blackmon, Spud Webb, Earl Campbell, Ernie Banks, Zina Garrison Jackson, Elvin Hayes, and William “Billy” Nicks.

The list of sports luminaries continues, with inductees such as the 1968 NFL number one draftee and three-time All-American, Elvin “Big E” Hayes; NFL Hall of Famer, the late Dick “Night Train” Lane; former Negro Leaguers Bill Blair and Ernie Banks (Chicago Clubs); Olympiads: Rafer Johnson (also a charter member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame), Gold Medalist Fred Newhouse, and Track team head coach Barbara Jacket.

In addition to the public recognition of these sports figures at the annual Banquet, the Hall of Fame’s objectives are to collect and preserve objects documenting the history of the Texas African-American athlete, create a permanent exhibition on the subject, and to develop educational programs for both children and adults.


Each year on the morning before the Banquet, the Museum presents A Family Day and Sports Clinic featuring current and former inductees. School age children and their families meet the athletes, and secure photos and autographs.Proceeds from the Banquet and Auction benefit the education programs and exhibitions of the African American Museum.

Go directly to nomination form by clicking this link



BET’s Hot Ghetto Mess (We Got To Do Better) a Mess Indeed

BET logo.jpgHot Ghet….excuse me, We Got to Do Better was one of the worst shows I've ever seen on television.  There were only two advertisers on my DVR version, the movie Who's Your Caddy, and Jenny Craig (shame on you Valerie).

What was the point?  What was up with the rednecks?  Did Charlie Murphy write that whack material he was spitting out?  

If anybody has got to do better it's BET.  BET needs to look in the mirror and ask themselves why do they take so much pride in promoting negative stereotypes and offensive images in relation to African-Americans. What gives them the right to make moral judgments on anyone; whether it be redneck or roughneck?

I could tell that some of the protests made by folks like What About Our Daughters forced BET to flip the script.  There were very few females shown outside of the Takin' it to the Streets segments.  

The show wasn't funny, original, thought provoking, or necessary.  It makes one thankful that Tyler Perry has a vehicle on Wednesday nights (House of Payne) that can actually make you laugh and think in the same episode.  HGM/WGTDB promised to do so, but failed miserably.

Real Men Cook/Black Images host Eddie Levert at African-American Museum

RMC Follow up 008.jpgEddie Levert greeted fans and signed copies of his book I Got Your Back on Tuesday night at the African-American Museum in Dallas.  The event was a joint effort between Real Men Cook of Dallas and Black Images Books.

I Got Your Back is Eddie and Gerald Levert's final collaboration, finished the day before Gerald passed away suddenly on November 10, 2006 at the age of 40. In the book, which was also written with Lyah Beth Leflore, The Leverts candidly discuss their failures, concerns, fears, and triumphs as father and son. 

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In conjunction with the book signing, the event was used as a chance to recognize the cooks and volunteers who participated in Real Men Cook 2007.  Terry Allen, producer of the Dallas event, thanked the 46 men who cooked this year, and set a goal of over 100 men cooking at RMC next Father's Day.  Mr. Allen announced that Chef Jeff Henderson will again serve as celebrity chef next year.  He also encouraged everyone to buy multiple copies of I Got Your Back and to keep the book on the best seller list.