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Category archives for: Voices of The South

Making An Independent Decision

Making An Independent Decision

I am not an avid NBA fan, but I keep up with the game and know most of the key players and top teams. Clearly LeBron James is the dominate player in the NBA today. What’s interesting to me, is the decision he made a few years ago to leave Cleveland and take his skills [...]

When Will It Stop?

When Will It Stop?

The University of Oklahoma is being drugged through the mud because of the actions of a few young men. There are many solid citizens that attended OU and are now part of the fiber of the American society. However the association of a fraternity (now kicked off the campus) puts a blight on OU and [...]

A Man Beyond His Boundaries

A Man Beyond  His Boundaries

Recently H.J. Russell died and it was just heartbreaking to me. I spent an afternoon with him several years ago and it was so insightful about business and life. I was in awe of his mere presence because I knew and respected what he had accomplished in life based on what I read and what [...]

Whippings

Whippings

Those of us born in the south and came through childhood days in the south are not unfamiliar with “whippings”. Whippings, plural, because they occurred on a regular basis. My most “infamous” whipping came one school day afternoon when I decided to go with everybody else down Roden lane and Miller. That intersection in Gladewater, [...]

Let’s Start At Home

Let’s Start At Home

By Willis Johnson Recently I got a call from a friend that ask me ” what are we doing about young black males killing each other?” and my answer was, we are working on it. Well are we really working on it? That call was from a person who is close to the issue at [...]

Bill Blair…..The Man I knew!

Bill Blair…..The Man I knew!

By Willis Johnson I really don’t know where to start with William Blair Jr., because he was so many things to so many people, but the man I knew was always consistent and someone I could count on. I came to Dallas in 1976, country boy from East Texas and Tom Joyner was the only [...]

Black History Month?

Black History Month?

By Willis Johnson We are a week into black history month and to me, it just doesn’t carry the weight it use to. There are various ways to look at that. One is to say that we have become a part of the fiber of America and a separate history acknowledgement is no longer necessary. [...]

The “New West Dallas”

The “New West Dallas”

By Willis Johnson Recently my wife and I had dinner a Amber Jax Fish Market Grille in “Trinity Groves” and it was great food and a good atmosphere (a little loud), but a very pleasant experience . As we sat and talk at “date night” I couldn’t help but think about, former city council woman, [...]

Committed!

Committed!

By Willis Johnson The death of Nelson Mandela has been expected for some time now, but even after it happened there was a great sadness that came of this world. We have lost a legend and gained a legacy. Mandela was truly committed to change and fairness and gave up the prime of his life [...]

Conversations About Race

Conversations About Race

To his credit, Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings has taken up the mantle from Councilman Dwaine Caraway concerning “Conversations about Race” in Dallas. There is a set of events over the next few months that will attempt to address a subject that is always just below the radar or front and center in our city. The [...]

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