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The Next 40

The Next 40

I was recently talking with Curtis King of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters and he mentioned that he had been at this for 36 years. I also was aware that Mrs. Ann Williams was stepping down at the Dallas Black Dance Theater after 37 years. Those two icons made me reflect on the [...]

The Dreaded “N” Word

The Dreaded “N” Word

So much talk now about the “N” word, whether in the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman drama, Paula Deen or just everyday living. Let’s focus on everyday living. How many times have you heard the “n” word today? Be honest….it’s pretty common but,  that still does not excuse Paula Deen. How is the every day use of the [...]

Willis’ Blog: Where do we go from here?

Willis’ Blog: Where do we go from here?

I was recently talking with a black business owner who said,  ”I just don’t want to do business with black people any more ”  and in that same week, I met with a white business peer in the industry, who said “this client does not want black people”. Two different people, completely separate from one [...]

Willis’ Blog: Connecting, not talking about it!

Willis’ Blog: Connecting, not talking about it!

I’ve been in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area almost 37 years and I’ve  always heard  this talk about the Trinity River divide. It’s noticeable in a lot of ways, but if you look at streets like Westmoreland and Hampton on the south side of the Trinity and see how their names change on the other side, it [...]

The Connected City

The Connected City

Tonight at The Nylo Hotel at Southside on Lamar Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm lead an event hosted by Matthews South West called The Connected City Design Challenge. It is designed to build awareness of urban design solutions for shaping the city of Dallas. The Trinity Trust Foundations, Trinity Commons, The City of Dallas and [...]

Willis’ Blog: Cell Phones but no Banks

Willis’ Blog: Cell Phones but no Banks

Willis’ Blog: Cell Phones/No Banks While at lunch today at Two Podner’s (one of my favorites) I was talking with an African-American gentlemen about things in general and he made two statements that stuck with me and I’m seeking your thoughts about his statements: he said “ I was working at a for North Dallas [...]

10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM WATCHING NASCAR

10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM WATCHING NASCAR

by Dawn Mann I really enjoyed watching NASCAR this past Sunday afternoon. I’ll be honest I was really watching to see Ms. Patrick win ;0). The pre-race interviews, commentary and interviews were very informative and entertaining. The race surprisingly went so much faster than I remembered the Indy 500 events I attending in Indianapolis a [...]

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