• Film

    February 21, 2013

    Feast of Appetizers

    Gorge on this year's Oscar-nominated short films.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Refugee Writers Means an Outlet for Refugees and Awareness for the Rest of Us

    The other day, Unfair Park chatted with filmmaker Bentley Brown about his film Faisal Goes West, the tale of a Sudanese family moving to America and settling in Dallas' Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Brown mentioned his friend who convinced him to film in Dallas (and acted as script supervisor) starte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Vickery Meadow: The Movie

    Filmmaker Bentley Brown was born in Dallas, but he moved to Chad with his family when he was eleven. It was in high school there that he began making short films with friends. Brown returned to the States for college at Emory and, for a time, suppressed his post-grad predisposition to filmmaking as ... More >>

  • Film

    February 23, 2012
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    April 4, 2011

    Why Mohamed Elhassan, the Dallas Imam Who Played Defense Attorney in Quran-Torching Church, Says He "Admires" Terry Jones

    Mohamed Elhassan, a Sufi imam and business owner here in Dallas, lost his case for the Koran last month in Terry Jones' Florida church.When Florida pastor Terry Jones finally made good on the threat he'd been toying with in the press for months, to burn a Quran in his church, it set off days of dead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Dallas Is Just One of Five U.S. Cities Where Southern Sudanese Are Registering for Next Year's Independence Vote

    Photos by Patrick MichelsAlong with a roomful of election workers, Ater Malekjob, left, and Lawrence Mogga are coordinating voter registration in Dallas for next year's referendum on independence for Southern Sudan. An unremarkable northeast Dallas office park, just outside the 635 Loop, is one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    At SMU Over the Weekend, the Art for Darfur Event Raised Money and Spirits

    Alexa Schirtzinger Check out more photos from the auction in our slideshow.In front of a room at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts crammed with fine art and well-dressed folks sipping coffee, Ismail Omer gingerly approached a microphone. "I left Sudan in 1994," he began "I had friends who died in jai ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2008

    The Man Who Would Be King

    Freddy Haynes seemed a shoo-in to lead the NAACP. Then Obama's ex-pastor came to town.

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    June 5, 2008
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    May 29, 2008
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    April 17, 2008

    Writer on the Storm

    Kristof speaks his mind

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    More Wright Than Wrong, But ...

    Thanks to a few incendiary soundbites, recordings of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s sermons are circulating among church people, making their way from hand to hand and e-mail to iPod. A politically active young man in my church gave my husband a copy of the full message from which the infamous phr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    Jerry Fowler's Long, Winding Road from Growing Up in Dallas to Saving Darfur

    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Jerry Fowler at the Chad-Darfur border in 2004 There was a brief mention in the National Journal last week concerning the new executive director of Save Darfur, the worldwide coalition of "faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations" united to, well, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    The Second Comings? (Applause.)

    Do you really wanna see Jason Kidd as a Maverick again? Depends on what Dallas has to give up, doesn't it? While one familiar face is departing, two more may be returning. President Bush delivered his seventh and final State of the Union last night, prompting interruptions for applause a ridiculous ... More >>

  • Film

    December 27, 2007

    Film 2007: Doc Block

    Nonfiction continues its ascent onscreen

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007

    "We Fight the Good Jihad"

    Have you prayed for Osama today?If you want to know what defines an evangelical Christian, look no further than Brother Andrew, the 79-year-old Dutchman who called himself "God's smuggler." He is a revered figure among evangelicals because of his single-minded devotion to spreading the gospel of Jes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2007
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    March 30, 2007

    The Pentecostal Circus

    El Greco, "Descent of the Holy Spirit" He called himself Apostle. And many a Sunday morning was punctuated with the skronk-skronk of a saxophone as he blew his rendition of "Amazing Grace." He was a young man, and he'd recently gotten out of prison, where he had some kind of conversion. We were yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007

    Bill Richardson's Coming to Town. He Wants Your Money. Who Doesn't?

    Bill Richardson wants to be president. Like, who doesn't? Got $500 to burn and a soft spot for the pudgy, bolo-tie wearing, diplomacy-touting governor of New Mexico? Then Unfair Park has the Saturday-night soiree for you: Some half dozen of Dallas's Latino elite are hosting a cocktail reception and ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2007

    Patriot Acts

    Far from his Kurdish home, Adnan Kirkuki seeks out soldiers to defend his new one in the United States

  • Film

    February 15, 2007

    Accidental Tourists

    Doc treats Sudanese lost boys as feel-good fodder, ignoring their plight and their history

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2007

    Bend It Like Beck

    I don't know what freaking season we're in with American Idol now -- all's I know is I think they hooked up a special Bat phone in the Sudan for the refugees to phone in their votes -- but you guys need to check out this gem from Season Four featuring Denton's Daron Beck (frontman for the Great Tyra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2006

    An Open Letter to Evangelicals

    The election results are a big smack upside the head to American evangelicals--a firm rebuke. Don't explain them away or blame them on gays, the media and godless liberals. Yes, Ted Haggard had something to do with it. Maybe a lot to do with it. Most of all, he exposed our disgusting arrogance. And ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 3, 2006
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    July 20, 2006

    The Plague

    Bizarre fibers. Black sweat. Bugs under the skin. Welcome to the controversial world of Morgellons disease.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2006

    Rather Detailed

    Dan Rather will be working for Mark Cuban. Happens to all of us sooner or later. The local paper says details about Dan Rather's move to Mark Cuban's HDNet are forthcoming; we say, why wait? No, seriously. Today's Philadelphia Inquirer has a lengthy story on the subject, including interviews with bo ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    On a Wing and a Prayer

    Minister to despots across the globe, evangelist K.A. Paul just needs a few tons of jet fuel--and a safer plane--to keep up God’s work

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    March 9, 2006

    Rescue Them

    Buy some art for the IRC

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    Diaspora Jammin'

    Beats, rhymes and life rule this best-of list

  • News

    June 30, 2005

    Blame the Other Guys

    A former DPD assistant chief over narcotics says she was made a patsy by the city

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2005

    Don't Fret

    Dallas Guitar Show plays on

  • Film

    January 6, 2005

    Blade Runners

    Hotel Rwanda finds hope amid the horrors of tribal genocide

  • News

    October 21, 2004
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    October 7, 2004

    From Horror to Heroes

    For these Sudanese refugees, just surviving makes them real comic-book supermen

  • News

    September 2, 2004

    Jokes for Jesus

    Plus: Rescue Crew; Gold Fever

  • Film

    April 1, 2004

    Lost in Translation

    Sudanese refugees struggle to make their way in America

  • Film

    January 1, 2004

    A Second Opinion

    Our critics pick the flicks that the best-of list overlooked

  • News

    September 25, 2003

    Friday Night Lite

    Far away from big cities, big stadiums and big offensive lines, six-man football keeps the game pure

  • News

    August 21, 2003

    Warm Welcome

    A model mid-cities immigrant education program takes hold

  • Film

    March 6, 2003

    SEAL Appeal

    Antoine Fuqua and Bruce Willis lend nobility to brutes

  • News

    November 14, 2002


    In another holy war, the battle plan is to turn Muslims into Bible believers

  • Film

    September 19, 2002

    Coward's Quest

    Sixth time's a charm as Heath Ledger grows up carrying Four Feathers

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    The Party Party

    Why young, degenerate, cocksure Republicans love drugs, guns, and Bush

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    Seeker of the Lost Ark

    Vendyl Jones says he's a crusading archaeologist searching for long-lost biblical treasures. His critics sya he's more worried about self-promotion than science.

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    April 10, 1997