Essay Help for College-Bound Seniors!

Saturday, Nov. 20, 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Writing help for $1 a minute!

One of the most important but often the most intimidating steps in the college application process is writing the required essay.

Students who have good grades and are otherwise well-qualified to be accepted into the college of their choice, have often been denied admission because their essays were poorly written.

Linda Jones, a veteran journalist and writing coach, will be at the writing clinic to assist high school seniors in one-on-one sessions focusing on their college entrance essays.   Creative writing is Ms. Jones’ forte.

She has an extensive background in writing human interest stories for newspapers and other publications. She also coaches college students on writing effective essays for their class assignments.  At the clinic, she will help seniors  understand the process of writing essays that will showcase their qualities in ways that are interesting, informative, and will keep boredom at bay.

Walk-ins are welcome to the Minute Writing Clinic where  professional writers will be available to assist you with your resumes, letters, book proposals, press releases and other writing needs.

For a nominal $1 per minute, you set the time and we will work expeditiously to accommodate your needs.  But in order for college bound seniors to receive sufficient guidance from Ms. Jones in the essay consultations,  a minimum 60-minute session is strongly recommended.  It would also be wise to make an appointment in advance to reserve a time slot.

To schedule appointments:;  214-803-3920.

Book Review: How To Deal With White People by David Goldberg

By Lorrie Irby Jackson

There are optimists who believe that, eventually, we will achieve a color-blind society: folks who are hoping for a post-racial America, a more meaningful dialogue about race and the righting of wrongs against people of color that have occurred again and again over the last few centuries.

Well, according to David Goldberg, the author of How To Deal With White People: A Quick and Easy To Read Handbook that is simply never going to happen.  The gist of his book is that the current power, political and societal structure was set up as such for a reason. And with deft and deliberate pacing, Mr. Goldberg outlines  undisputed historical facts and practical observations, as well as how to approach, socialize with and work with whites.

Is it a venom-spewing, militant diatribe? No. But the information it contains, if enough conscious people digested and applied it, could definitely incite radical change.  Throughout the twelve chapters, Mr. Goldberg offers a historical perspective, how to decipher methods and motivations and what non-white people need to understand to navigate a worthwhile existence in a white-dominated world.

For those who criticize the existence of such a book (if not the need), Mr. Goldberg says that it’s not about disliking one group, it’s about devotion to another. Read the following excerpts and judge for yourself:

Perhaps you’ve heard this before. “Oh, what’s done is done,” “you people need to just let it go”….Discussing history is always a progressive step in a forward direction. …History is known to naturally repeat itself. …History does not forecast a change in the relationships between people of color and whites. For their survival and future, people of color absolutely must change the way they interact with whites.

Understand that there have to be LAWS enacted to force Caucasians to respect people that are non-white. Think about that. A law. This suggests that respect for people of color does not occur naturally in whites.

Whites will never discuss race honestly, openly and fairly. In fact, there would not even be  such a thing as ‘race’ if it were not for whites. They have made the differences in cultures a competition. They don’t call it a race for nothing.

Excerpt From How To Deal With White People by David Goldberg

Except for specific historical events, the author doesn’t point fingers or name names (except to illustrate a point), so it comes across as plausible and practical, even if some of the suggestions are borderline ridiculous (such as the ‘communication tips’ found in Chapter Three, which can barely be read with a straight face). When read as a whole, it makes a powerful case for awareness and self-empowerment for all people of color. But if it’s taken out of context, for whatever reason, the contents are ripe for abuse.
If you’re part of the ‘kumbuya’ crew who believes that President Obama’s election signaled wider tolerance for people of color and that equality is just around the corner, then How To Deal isn’t a book for you. But if you want a book that simplifies the cause, effect and premise of racism, as well as common-sense, non-inflammatory (for the most part) ways to counteract its prevalence in today’s society, “How To Deal” is an intelligent, insightful, and interesting read.

DSN Post of the Day: Why Black Men Love White Women author Rajen Persaud Q&A with DSN (Pt. 1)

By Lorrie Irby Jackson – Dallas South News Contributor

With our nation’s first African-American president now in the White House, as well as the never-ending drama of black and white issues in popular culture, I figured it was a good time to revisit one of the most honest and insightful books on race relations that I’ve ever read, Rajen Persaud’s Why Black Men Love White Women.

Don’t let the incendiary title fool you: instead of it being an instruction manual on how to diss the sisters or giving credence to often-circulated and tired stereotypes, 2007’s Why…. intertwines the author’s own personal observations and experience with facts, percentages and thoroughly researched explanations behind the mindset and motivations of brothers who seem to trip over the sisters in the pursuit of non-blacks for love and companionship.

From his home in New York City, the day trader, filmmaker and lecturer peppered our chat with his explosive views on the recent Essence and Vanity Fair magazine cover controversies, his take on the Tiger Woods debacle and our duties to the young people in our lives to keep them from making some of the same racially-centered errors in life.

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Lorrie Irby Jackson: A lot of subscribers were upset by Essence’s decision to feature New Orleans Saints football star, Reggie Bush, on their annual Black Love issue, since he’s very publically-dating the non-black Kim Kardashian. Why do you think they opted to feature him that manner?

Rajen Persaud: Well, Essence magazine is no longer a black-owned entity, it is now a Time-Warner product. So you can say what you want about them, but there certainly not interested in the plight and feelings of the black woman. They’re basically sending that message that they don’t care about black love in general.



When they used to talk about black love, the cover would include a black couple. So, their putting Reggie on the cover is is advertising for a refund, because the White Establishment wants a rebate on the money their paying these negroes. When the white women stop going with these entertainers and athletes, they get paid, and that’s a rebate to the white community, so it’s in their best interest. They used to get a ‘n*****’ rebate; jewlery, cars, dope, liquor, spending as much as they can in the white community, so that’s why they don’t mind advertising back to more whites. They’re not stupid.

I used to call Essence mag Oppressor. They used to have two columns, “Brothers” and “Interiors,” and practically every column was written by a woman claiming to be suffering at the hands of a black man.

In some way, shape or form the black man was the cause of all of her problems, and her evolution out of that problem, and it was always about a sorry negro who had problems with black women. I was wondering who were they talking to, and this was back in the 1990’s.

LIJ: How do you feel about the recent Tiger Woods Vanity Fair cover? A lots of blacks are of the opinion that this was the media’s way of portraying him as what they truly see him as—a thug.

RP: And they’re right. More importantly, they wanted to show you the field n*****, the one that chases white women. They wanted to show the big, black buck. Tiger Woods was the most emasculated man in the world of sports. Now with all of the reported activity with the white women, they finally got the big black buck image that they wanted to destroy him with. It’s the equivalent of that darkened OJ mugshot for the cover of Time Magazine. Now, Tiger is going to be fine from an athletic standpoint: some of his endorsements may split, but other companies needing a spokesperson will need his image, because it will generate interest in their product because of who’s endorsing it.

LIJ: Do you see the same for his marriage?

RJ: Whether they divorce or not, Elin should not be too upset, because the same reason Tiger cheated on her was for the same reason how a nanny could snag a billionaire, and that is Tiger Woods is suffering from self –hate that’s generated from a colonized mind. A colonized mind believes that everything outside of his black world is better than he is. Which is why he would go and marry his friends’s nanny.

He had his pick of the litter from black women, asian women, those with the same amount or more money, or just as educated or more educated, but he believed that a white nanny was the best thing he could get and that white nanny was the medication for that psychological malady of self-hate—-but she was only one dose, and he needed a couple of more spoonfuls.

Elin should thank her lucky stars that there was slavery, becasuee otherwise no one would know her name and she would be a broke nanny mopping floors in Sweden someplace. You find me a millionaire white athlete that’s married to a black maid, nanny, or even to a Jamaician home attendant. You can’t do it. And you couldn’t find me one among asians, Indians, or anyone else. Only with black men.

We have to ask ourselves the question if Tiger Woods had been a shipping manager at UPS/post office, would he have gotten Elin? She wasn’t even a nanny for a black golfer. This woman got paid off of the legacy of slavery, so even if they divorce, she shouldn’t be mad—just take the money and run. If she stays for any reason, it’s prostitution. And this could set a legal precedent that could end up in court. If a woman’s gonna stay with me for an hour and I’m paying her, there’s no difference between what Tiger Woods is doing and what I’m doing, because what he’s doing in that prenup is offering money for the amount of time she stays with him.

Lorrie Jackson headshotLorrie Irby Jackson is a freelance journalist based in Dallas and has covered entertainment professionally for several years, writing many articles for The Dallas Morning News. Her e-mail address is

Edited by Shawn Williams

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting and J.L. Turner Luncheon scheduled for this week

Starting on Wednesday, Dallas lawyers will have a week of activities that feature a Supreme Court Justice (scheduled to appear), a Circuit Court Appeals Judge, and two award winning journalists

Judge Carl Stewart – 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

On Wednesday June 24, The J.L. Turner Legal Association -the African-American bar association in Dallas- will host their Thurgood Marshall Luncheon starting at noon the Belo Mansion. The Keynote Speaker will be Judge Carl Steward of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Those scheduled to receive awards at the luncheon include:

Al Ellis – C.B. Bunkley Community Service Award

Judge Phyllis Lister-Brown – L. A. Bedford Distinguished Jurist Award

Thelma Clardy – J. L. Turner Committed Mentor Award Recipient

For questions contact JLTLA President-Elect, Karen McCloud at 214-651-6700 or .

On Thursday and Friday (June 25 & 26), the State Bar of Texas will host their Annual Meeting at the Hilton Anatole. Sessions include a Diversity Forum on Thursday (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.) discussing The Current State of Diversity and a 10:15 a.m. discussion titled How Are We Meeting the Challenge of Diversity In These Economic Times? David Brooks of the New York Times will be the luncheon speaker on Thursday.

Friday’s agenda is highlighted by a 9 AM session featuring Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  At Friday’s  luncheon the keynote speaker will be Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of  Team of Rivals: The Political
Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

For more information visit the State Bar website or click here for a full schedule of events for the annual meeting.

Tiffinni Young and Tiffany Cherry join “Shawn P. Williams Now” Thursday Night at 9PM

Join Kristin and I tonight at 9 PM on Shawn P. Williams Now on Blog Talk Radio.  Our guests will be Tiffinni Young who is running for Dallas City Council District 5 seat, and Tiffany Cherry, author of “For Anyone Who Will Listen”

Also tune in for the big announcement that I have blown way out of proportion.

New Release – ‘Say it Like Obama’ breaks down speaking style of Presidential nominee

Last week I had the opportunity to read Say It Like Obama, a book written by Shel Leanne that is now available for purchase.  Her book delves into Barack Obama’s oratorical style which has helped him capture his party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Leanne’s book is for public speaking what Oren Harari’s The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell is for leadership.  The book succeeds as an aid for those who find themselves speaking in front of audiences with any frequency. It also has a secondary benefit by providing a glimpse into the political philosophy its subject through his own words.

There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this book even if one doesn’t agree with Obama’s thoughts and beliefs, but the material has the potential to wear on those who differ with him on certain issues.  Say It Like Obama‘s opening chapter begins with the full text of Obama’s 2004 Democratic Convention Keynote Address and ends with the full text of his 2008 acceptance speech.

I’ll start with what I like about the book.  For those who speak in public but have had little training, Say It does a good job of explaining rhetorical techniques employed by Obama that help him get his points across.

There are simple concepts like alliteration and asking rhetorical questions that are easy enough to grasp.  But then there are others like polysyndeton, epistrophe, and mesdiplosis that you’ve probably have never heard of, but once explained are evidnent in Obama’s speeches and adaptable for principals, pastors, or part-time bloggers.

My favorite section was Chapter 6, Driving Points Home.   Here the author examines how her subject uses repetition, the power of three (triadic extension), as well as slogans and refrains to make his message more clear.  Yes we can is used as an example of repetition, and you can picture Obama delivering these lines and even hear the crowd chant with him while going through this part of the book.  I also like the advice of giving “just enough” detail, using the right amount of information to paint a picture or convey a message.

One of the things that I would have liked to see more of was other speakers who have employed similar techniques as Obama.  Understanding that the book wasn’t written for today, down the road these words will appear much more fresh – especially for those who’ve heard the senator speak often in the last 18 months.

While mixing passages of Kennedy, Lincoln and (some) King to the discussion, a few more examples from these great speakers may have kept the author from having to make two points with one Obama speech.

My other issues was that some of the passages were just too long.  The book was at it’s best when it went down to the paragraph and sentence level.  Some Obama excerpts covered three or four pages. I’d imagine his political opponents could only take so much even in the name of becoming a better speaker.

For me, Say It Like Obama: The Power of Speaking with Purpose and Vision, now goes right beside the Powell leadership book on my bookshelf.  When crafting a speech, I’ll be able to pull specific techniques that will help me deliver my ideas more clearly.  Dr. Leanne succeeds in thoughtfully mixing public speaking and politics to produce a useful guide for all.

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Sunday, April 20, 5-7PM


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Monday, April 21, 10AM
Book Talk with Emma Rodgers
Senior Access Book Club


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African-American Read-In scheduled for Eastfield College

From the Pegasus News Wire.

Eastfield College‘s African-American Read-in is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, 11:28 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Building S, Room 100.

This year’s theme is words and music; those who wish to participate should prepare a 2-3 minute piece that includes a famous quote or speech by an African American.

There will also be a special tribute to The Black Woman. If you would like to honor an “unforgettable” African American woman who directly or indirectly had an influence on your life, please make time to join us. It will be time well spent.

For more information, contact Brynndah C. Hicks at 972-860-7076 or email your tribute to

Dallas Public Library to host event featuring African-American Authors

Local and regional African-American authors will discuss their work at a special free event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Dallas Public Library. The discussion is part of the library’s celebration of African-American Heritage Month and Love Your Library Month.

Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress, author of Manna For Mamma: Wisdom for Women in the Wilderness, will moderate the showcase in the Studio, located on the third Floor of the Central Library. Scheduled authors are:

  • Barbara Porter Coleman, author of The Reservationist
  • Valerie L. Coleman, author of Blended Families Anthology
  • Cheryl Lacey-Donovan, author of Women – What the Hell Are You Thinking
  • Michael J. Lockwood, author of Women Have All the Power
  • Marion Napoleon, author of Lady Silverstone’s Darkest Hour
  • Shewanda Riley, author of Love Hangover: Tips for Christian Singles
  • Marvin D. Woodard, author of 101 Things a Black Man Should Know

A book signing will be held after the discussion and books will also be available for purchase.

Source: Pegasus News

Part Two of Dallas South interview with Barbara Trepagnier, author of Silent Racism

Here's is the second and concluding part of my interview with Barbara Trepagnier on her book Silent Racism. 

Dallas South:  How do White Americans like the ones you studied feel about the concept of institutional racism?


Barbara Trepagnier: Most white people do not understand how racism works, which means they don’t understand institutional racism. The predominant white definition of racism is that it is deliberate and hateful. But institutional racism is often neither deliberate nor hateful.

People in all sectors of society make decisions based on the information they carry in their heads. For most white people, that information is distorted by stereotypical images and paternalistic assumptions. It is not surprising that many white decisions have negative consequences for blacks and other people of color.  

DS: There are a number of "liberal" or "progressive" white blogs that will not tolerate any accusation that their views regarding Barack Obama and the Presidential campaign are shaped by race.  Why is it so hard for liberal/progressives to imagine that their ideas and beliefs can still be affected by race? 

BT: I haven’t seen the blogs you are talking about, but I will say this: being accused (your word!) of racism is about the worst thing you can say about a white person today, especially someone who is racially progressive. Part of the problem is that the categories “racist” and “not racist” imply that people who do antiracist work are by definition “not racist.”

My work transforms the oppositional categories into a continuum that indicates that some people are “more racist” and others are “less racist” but no one is literally “not racist.” I believe that if the progressive blogger adopted this point of view, they would be much more open to seeing their own silent racism.

Think about it: If people define racism as hateful, they are likely to deny the accusation because they would never be hateful. I think the definition of racism today is very problematic and that the oppositional categories are part of the problem.

“Today, many white people sincerely believe that racism is hateful and rare. African Americans know that isn’t true because of their life experiences.”

DS:  Do younger white Americans (Gen X, Gen Y, and younger) understand the history of racism and how prevalent it was in American society?

BT: Shawn, I don’t think any white people, young or old, know very much about racism in this country—maybe white history teachers do! In school, students are taught about ending slavery, not about slavery. Students are taught about the civil rights movement, not about segregation. Our historical legacy is filled with racism, and it did not magically disappear because legal segregation ended with the civil rights movement.

DS:  What do you hope people will understand as a result of having read Silent Racism?

BT: I hope that well-meaning white people will begin to define racism differently. Today, many white people sincerely believe that racism is hateful and rare. African Americans know that isn’t true because of their life experiences. But whites who don’t have close friends who experience racism don’t see it unless it is blatant.

If well-meaning white people reject the oppositional categories and accept the racism continuum, a sea change will follow in the way people generally think about racism. Racism that is now hidden by the categories will be exposed. Well-meaning white people will stop feeling threatened by being perceived as somewhat racism.  

It is important that well-meaning white people see that we are all are part of the racial status quo, regardless of racial/ethnic category, and that whites benefit from it and hold it in place. Well-meaning white people have an opportunity to reject the traditional model of racism—that some people are racist and some are not—and acknowledge our part in how racism operates. Just as some well-meaning white people during slavery worked in the Underground Railroad and some worked with blacks to end legal segregation, we need to courageously stand up against the silent racism of our day.

DS:  Thanks Barbara!

BT: Thank you Shawn. I appreciate your thoughtful questions, and hope you will encourage people to check out the silent racism website at There is a lot of information on the site, as well as a place to sign up for the silent racism email list.