Two interesting and ironically paired stories in the daily paper this morning -- one about an expensive planned do-over for the failed Victory Park development, a monument to the perils of great-man leadership, the other about a planned museum exhibit honoring J. Erik Jonsson, one of the city's most ... More >>
A deeply moving scene last night at the board of directors meeting of Dallas Area Rapid Transit, our regional transit agency: Public seating in the large chamber was filled wall-to-wall with ex-offenders pleading for the very thing we should all want for them -- honest work. I told you about this l ... More >>
Last week, as they City Council was being briefed on the still very incomplete effort to end chronic homelessness in Dallas, a frustrated Dwaine Caraway proposed a surefire solution: Why not round up the homeless people, stick them on a Greyhound bus, and send them back to where they came from? Most ... More >>
Say you're a Republican activist hoping to woo black voters, but you're faced with the inconvenient truth that the opposing party elected the country's first African American president. What do you do? You put the one African American figure who more iconic than Barack Obama on a billboard above his ... More >>
Looks like the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission may have written the last sordid act in the ugly saga of Thomas Pak and the Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Records released yesterday reveal a settlement last August between Pak and the state alcohol agency by which Pak acce ... More >>
I had lunch with Rev. Peter Johnson yesterday. He walked into CT's Real Deal Barbeque in South Dallas, shook my hand, and smiled. "How was your holiday?" he asked me. "Great!" I said. It was. I told him I spoke to my father for about 15 or 20 minutes, and I had even gotten a few texts and congratu ... More >>
When 21-year-old John Husband was shot in the back around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday after a traffic stop turned ugly, everyone assumed the worst. Dallas police officer Leland Limbaugh pulled Husband over for not hitting his turn signal as he pulled into the Spring Ridge Apartments at 3600 Folklore Trail ... More >>
The Dallas Morning News owes me at least five bucks for all the business I steer their way -- and, believe me, I hate doing it -- but once again they have an op-ed piece in the paper today that's really a must-read for people who care about the city or have any involvement at all with City Hall. I ... More >>
Dear Friends Among Dallas Black Activists: Some of you have contacted me to ask me who this Uncle Tom son of a bitch Greg Howard is working for the Observer. One of you --- a guy with a long history of responsible activism -- called me from the picket line at the Shamrock Kwik-Stop on MLK Boulevar ... More >>
Led by a little-known minister, protesters rallied to run a Korean store owner out of business. Then they learned a little more about that minister.
Let's just call it: Everyone in town is running for Congress. Okay, not everyone, but the race for the newly-created, much-argued-over Congressional District 33 has gotten very, very crowded, especially on the Democrats' side. Last night we watched as former Dallas city council member -- and may ... More >>
Anthony Bond, founder of the Irving chapter of the NAACP, looked at what was happening in South Dallas, at the Diamond Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and decided: Enough's enough. Those protests at the Korean-owned convenience store had to stop, as did calls for its owner Th ... More >>
Dallas' only historically black college was on the brink of collapse. Now the students are protesters, the football field is a farm and the president is the star.
A week ago Monday, two people picketed outside Diamond Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. "Don't Stop, Don't Shop," and "They're Using the 'N' Word," their signs read. The day after that, there were three. One snapped my picture for crossing the picket line and entering the stor ... More >>
Photo by Anna MerlanSchutze broke the story a while back about a group of black people in South Dallas picketing the Diamond Shamrock gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. People in the neighborhood claimed the station's Korean owner had called black customers "broke-ass niggers, ... More >>
Mark Graham Ralph Isenberg's security team is totally DTF.So Ralph Isenberg threatened to fuck me in my ass the other day. Well, that's not the first thing he did. Before that, he shook my hand and told me his name was Ralph Isenberg. And before that, I drove approximately nine minutes to hi ... More >>
I was out wandering around not far from my house this morning when I was lucky enough to catch a bit of the annual Elite News-sponsored Martin Luther King Day Parade. Hundreds of people turned out to watch, lining the former Forest Avenue for at least a mile. The marchers included the mayor (trailin ... More >>
Do black politicos get harsher treatment in the courts? Let's talk about it.
Well, I think my hat-cam is going to change my life. Now I can take you along on my daily adventures. You don't especially want to go? Come on. Try it. Be a sport. What I do every day may not be high drama, but it beats working. I go to a lot of stuff that doesn't "make" as a story -- that i ... More >>
In August, we broke the news that Lewisville-based Delcom Group filed a $40 million suit against the Dallas Independent School District over a massive technology contract awarded by the board in May and then yanked, without explanation, a month later. Turned out, according to a subsequent filing, ... More >>
There is no question that Al Lipscomb was ethically challenged. When Wilonsky called me Saturday to tell me Lipscomb had died, I remembered a story the Reverend Peter Johnson told me years ago. Johnson, who had campaigned across the Old South with Martin Luther King Jr., came to Dallas after ... More >>
An extremely important thing happened at the city council meeting this morning. Nothing happened. I can't tell you how big that is. Angela Hunt won. Mayor Tom Leppert told a packed house that the city council had agreed informally not to vote on the contentious Love Field concessions issue, direc ... More >>
Photos by Sam Merten"Enough is truly enough," said Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway at today's press conference before explaining why he and Mayor Tom Leppert are on opposite sides.The Dallas City Council's seven minority council members launched a counterattack this afternoon against Mayor Tom L ... More >>
Freddy Haynes seemed a shoo-in to lead the NAACP. Then Obama's ex-pastor came to town.
Starring that new breed of politician who wants to root out your crack houses, close down your whorehouses and pull up your pants
Surprised that Dallas' massive immigration rally went so well? Then you must be a Yankee.
A vicious fight between John Wiley Price and a small black-owned newspaper reopens ancient wounds in southern Dallas
South Dallas' history is in danger of being demolished, so why are so few protecting it?
Who's in the right about Dallas' charity hospital?
Documentary focuses on lesbian hipster Frances Faye
Al Lipscomb is on trial for bribery. The real charge is "traitor."
Will he die in prison for the sins of the plantation?
Quick--someone take a pulse. The Dallas City Council hasn't peeped in months. And John Ware and Ron Kirk are looking awfully well-fed.