Statement by the President on the Passing of Dr. Dorothy Height

From the DSN Newswire

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dorothy Height – the godmother of the Civil Rights Movement and a hero to so many Americans.  Ever since she was denied entrance to college because the incoming class had already met its quota of two African American women, Dr. Height devoted her life to those struggling for equality.

She led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, and served as the only woman at the highest level of the Civil Rights Movement – witnessing every march and milestone along the way. And even in the final weeks of her life – a time when anyone else would have enjoyed their well-earned rest – Dr. Height continued her fight to make our nation a more open and inclusive place for people of every race, gender, background and faith. Michelle and I offer our condolences to all those who knew and loved Dr. Height – and all those whose lives she touched.

After the Bell on WFAA 8 Features Junior Reporter Program (VIDEO)

Take a moment to watch the segment that aired on Channel 8 this morning featuring our Junior Reporters.  Thanks to Chris Flanagan of WFAA 8, Tanya McDonald of the Dallas After School Network, and Danielle Evans from the Roseland After School Academy.  I thought this was a great piece on our Jr. Reporter Program (yeah I’m biased).  It’s amazing how much our students have learned in such a short period of time.

Latest at DallasSouthNews.org, Southern Dallas’ nonprofit news source

People around Dallas keep asking me what’s going on with the blog.  We’re still trying to let everyone know that DallasSouthNews.org is now THE place for local news and that the blog is now mostly reserved for national stories. If you haven’t been following us at .org, here are some of the stories you’ve missed:

Dallas District 5 councilperson Vonciel Hill tells Councilman Caraway and Friendship-West not to meet in here district.  The Dallas Morning News cited DallasSouthNews.org as the first news outlet to report on Hill’s memos.

Eric Johnson releases a new campaign video in bid to unseat Terri Hodge in Texas House 100.

NBA/WNBA Fit Challenge Regional Competition is held at Moorland YMCA.

Tom Joyner Foundation and Ford look to raise money for Paul Quinn this weekend.

Lorrie Irby Jackson reviews Raphael Saadiq’s concert at House of Blues.

“So In Style” Dolls of Color are a big hit for Mattel.

Wade Emmert, Cedar Hill council member, makes a run for the GOP nomination in Dallas County Judge race.

and more……

Make sure to check out DallasSouthNews.org EVERYDAY, where people go to find out what’s going on in Southern Dallas.

Roland Martin To Host New TV ONE Weekly Sunday Public Affairs Interview Series

TV One political editor, CNN and Tom Joyner Morning Show analyst Roland Martin will host a new weekly public affairs series on TV One that will focus on issues that are critical to African Americans, through interviews with officials from the Administration, Congress and other policymakers who represent black communities, as well as discussions with journalists and commentators, and a wide range of policy experts.

Each week Roland Martin and a rotating panel of journalists and experts, including American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan and Comcast Network host and Philadelphia Tribune columnist Robert Traynham, will discuss the top stories in Washington. The show will also feature regular appearances by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. In addition, Martin will conduct a one-on-one interview with a key newsmaker each week.

The hour series,  Washington Watch with Roland Martin, is slated to debut Sunday, Sept. 27 and will air weekly at 11 AM and 5 PM ET. TV One President and CEO Johnathan Rodgers and Martin announced the new series at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans July 4.

“With the election of President Obama, Washington has taken center stage in the hearts and minds of African Americans, and with the many critical issues facing our country, this was the perfect time for us to launch a program to help our viewers understand what impact Washington policy decisions are likely to have on their lives,” said Rodgers. “The positive feedback we received on our coverage of the election of President Obama indicated to us there is a real hunger for information about what’s happening in Washington.

“In addition, since Roland joined the TV One family four years ago, we’ve wanted to find a way a way to have him as a regular, on-air presence on the network, and this new series is a perfect way to take advantage of his talents as an interviewer and analyst, and capitalize on the way he connects with our audience,” Rodgers added.

I am reminded of the founders of the first black newspaper in America, Freedom’s Journal, who wrote in their lead editorial in 1827, ‘We wish to plead our own cause; too long have others spoken for us,’” Martin said. “The same applies today. The voices of African American elected officials, policy makers, analysts and journalists are important, and need to be a part of the discussion on a weekly basis, and on most Sunday mornings shows, they are not.

“Our goal is to also speak to a wide variety of individuals, whether they are Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, moderate, independent, African American, Hispanic, white, Asian, Native American, you name it.

“Lastly, this show will be interactive. This is not about us telling our audience what’s important. Our viewers from across the nation will have a chance to share their thoughts and concerns and also drive the agenda on improving the state of Black America,” Martin concluded.

Roland Martin became a commentator for TV One in the spring of 2005 and was named political editor in 2008. He is also an analyst for CNN, a nationally syndicated columnist, a special correspondent for Essence magazine and essence.com, and a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show. A former editor of leading African American publications the Chicago Defender, the Houston Defender and the Dallas Weekly, and reporter for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and Austin American-Statesman, he has won more than 20 professional awards for journalistic excellence, including the National Association of Black Journalists’ President’s Award in 2008.

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvoneonline.com) serves more than 47 million households, offering a broad range of entertainment, reality and lifestyle -oriented original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers.  TV One’s investors include Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners;  Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA and CMCSK; www.comcast.com], the leading cable television company in the country; The DirecTV Group; Constellation Ventures; Syndicated Communications; and Opportunity Capital Partners.

We need your help Dallas South Family

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(Thanks in advance for your help Fam…Shawn P.)

Dallas South News has launched a campaign to gain 100 new members before the end of the day on Friday. As most of you know, our mission is to utilize technology, social media, and journalistic principles to empower and inform underserved communities.  We are a nonprofit news organization that relies in part on contributions from our readers to help us cover important stories as they pertain to Southern Dallas.

Carla Lacy interviews Carlton Cooper with Jerome Sheffield on the Camera

Carla Lacy interviews Carlton Cooper with Jerome Sheffield on the Camera

This week we look to add 100 names to our current list of supporters.  We ask that anyone reading this post visit our Donation Page and join our cause by making a secure online contribution. While details of our membership plan are being worked out, those who sign up prior to Friday will receive free admission (first come first serve) to our initial “Meet the Editor” event next month (Guest to be announced soon).

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DSN Intern Michael L. Counter, Jr. covering DART Green Line Opening Celebration

Volunteer Photographer Byron Watters

Volunteer Photographer Byron Watters at Cotton Bowl

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“Lie, you lie”: Rep. Joe Wilson brings disrespect full circle

We’ve been told that the “anger” at rallies and town halls are just Americans who are fed up with government. We’ve been told that the “outcry” against the President’s plans to encourage school children were parents who didn’t want their kids subject to a partisan message. Nothing disrespectful and that any other President hasn’t had to endure….right? And now there is Joe Wilson.

Yes Representative Joe Wilson a.k.a. Addison Graves Wilson, Sr. R-South Carolina did something I didn’t even think the GOP would stoop to last night when he called the President a “lie” during his his speech to a joint session of Congress. It happened after the President said that his health plan would not cover illegal immigrants.

So now we’ll here how this is an isolated incident. To their credit, Republicans who have been asked about Wilson’s outburst have been critical and called upon him to apologize, which he did. But this is bigger than Wilson. This is about GOP leadership allowing their base to drum up hate speech. It’s about not calling out members who make up their own facts and fan the flames of bias and racism. This is more about the Republican Party than it is about Joe Wilson.

Rep. Joe Wilson (center) - Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Joe Wilson (center) - Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There is a school of thought that says Wilson’s outburst was premeditated. CNN.com reports a post on Wilson’s Twitter account that mentions the President’s healthcare plan: “Happy Labor Day! Wonderful parade at Chapin, many people called out to oppose Obamacare which I assured them would be relayed tomorrow to DC,” the tweet from Wilson’s account said (CNN).

The backlash has been swift, especially from his own state where he’s been called out by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D). This is not good for a guy who barely won his seat in ’08, is up for reelection next year, and is now making it tough on a family member how just launched a campaign. This is from CQ Politics:

Wilson’s son, Alan Wilson, launched a bid Tuesday for state attorney general.

And Wilson himself is facing the possibility of a credible rematch of his narrow 2008 victory over Marine Corps veteran and Democrat Rob Miller, which Wilson won with 53.7 percent of the vote.

Miller received a flood of online donations in the hour after the speech, according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee officials, with one estimate pegging the number of contributions at more than 200.

I agree with Rep. Clyburn, Wilson should follow up to the call he made to Rahm Emanuel apologize to the President face-to-face. The actions by Republican lawmakers and ex-politicians are making a mockery of our process. We’re better than this.

A random idea for newspapers

It seems like newspaper folks are open to any and all ideas these days, so I’d like to throw something I’ve been thinking about in the mix. That is if the hope is a future with some version of the print product.

Why not have an organization like the Dallas Morning News partner with area colleges and universities to offer the paper at a MUCH reduced rate?   The newspaper and school could get together and negotiate a price that would allow them to deliver the print product at the door of every dorm room like you see with the USA Today and other papers at hotels.

Ideally the newspaper fee could fit into tuition somewhere, but I know that’s a dicey propositions.  Again, this is if there is a will on behalf of newspapers to sustain their print offerings.  If that’s the hope, it’s imperative to bring new readers aboard who may subscribe in some form or fashion down the line.

There’s something about the need to develop a habit of readers receiving information in this manor.  Whenever folks from older generations are asked what they like about newspapers, the story goes something like “I just like to walk out into the driveway, open the paper, sit down with a cup of coffee and thumb through section by section.”  There’s no real business model for that, and it’s a foreign concept for most of today’s youth.

I’ve been thinking about this for a few days, but it became more evident after I bought a 3 dollar Sunday paper on yesterday.  This morning as the family sat at breakfast preparing for the first day of school, I saw yesterday’s paper still on the table.

I thought that maybe if I blinked my eyes and nodded my head, the paper would have new info when I picked it up.  No such luck.  Those pancakes and sausage would have tasted a little bit better if accompanied by a fresh paper on the side.

Without a younger readership, there’s no long term hope for growing the print readership.  Just a thought.

KRNB/K104/KKDA mourns the loss of Nate Quick

Press Release

The Service Broadcasting Corporation (KRNB/K104/KKDA) family is mourning the loss of a dear colleague and family member…Nathaniel “Nate” Quick.  Nate succumbed to liver cancer after a brief illness Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Parkland Hospital.  He was surrounded by his family, colleagues and friends.  Services are pending.

Nate was a proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University, getting his radio start at WCLK 91.9 at a 24-hour campus radio station at CAU in Atlanta and then went on to do mornings in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he met and was mentored by the radio legend, Skip Murphy.

Nate joined the K104 family in June 2003…as the midday drive on-air personality.  He hit the ground running….wanting to meet everybody and do everything having to do with his listening audience.  Nate, later, joined the sister station, KRNB (105.7) where he took that same winning personality to entertain the listeners.  He was especially in tune with the less fortunate, in particular, the homeless.  Nate could identify with what it was like to live in your car…because he had experienced it in his life.  It was always top of mind with him to make sure he was helping someone in need.

The most common words you would hear when someone described Nate Quick was that he would give you the shirt off of his back…and many times he did just that.  He always had a smile on his face and kind words to say to anyone and everyone….a true jewel!

Nate Quick………Rest in Peace!  You will be missed!