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Minority Leaders & Citizens Council meets on Wednesday

Be informed and meet with local leaders every Wednesday from 12 noon - 1 p.m. at MLCC (Minority Leaders and Citizens Council). Forums are held at the Community Christian Church Annex, 1800 E. Vickery Blvd., near Riverside Drive.  Topics ranging from Education to Economic Development are discussed and recorded, later aired on cable television.  Admission is free, lunch is available for $7.

Mark your calendars for "Chamber Day at MLCC," where the program is presented by Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce representatives.  The next Chamber program will be presente on October 22, 2014.  Come out and hear about great resources that will help your business, and take you to the next level.






Young Family Launches Ministry on Southside
Q&A with Pastor Derrick Spencer, Sr. of Journey Pointe Fellowship 

What made me want to go into ministry? What makes you stick with it?

"I didn't want to go into ministry because it would be a huge sacrifice. It was the call of God on my life that made me go into ministry; in particular, into church planting and the pastorate.  What makes me stick to it is I know that ministry is much bigger than me. What I'm doing will have a lifetime and eternal effect on people as well as the Kingdom of God."

How does it feel to have a new baby and a new church?

"I think both are almost one in the same. Both need lots of caring for they both need a lot of attention.  My wife has been a big part of helping me to delegate that responsibility of caring for the new baby, Dylan, and helping with the new church. It can be tough at times but I believe this is the time that God is going to use me in a unique and wonderful way." "We're actually getting ready to celebrate the beginning of our journey. This will be the first official church service. In the field of church planting we call starting a new church a church launch. This service is September 7, 2014, 4 o'clock at Edward J Briscoe elementary in the cafeteria. We expect to have a great time in the Lord. Please bring the family! We will have a special treat for the children. Jungle Jim will be there to show off his amazing animal collection as the children study about God’s wonderful creation found in the book of Genesis."

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Steps of Faith Movie Premiere
Stars of the film pose

Steps of Faith 

An evening of glamour and glitz came to Fort Worth as a some of Hollywood showed up in Cowtown. Over 350 people came out to attend the premiere of the movie, Steps of Faith.  Held at the Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center on August 17th, stars and producers were availalbe to meet the public.  The evening began with a VIP Reception hosted by the Fort Worth Black Chamber of Commerce, followed by a screening by the general audience.  The family-friendly movie is a faith-based production that centers around the main character's journey of learning to hear the voice of God. 

Producers, writers and actors took the stage after the movie ended for a question and answer segment. Fort Worth native Kelly Gray was a part of the production team.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Movie and Film Institute, which trains young talent and gives scholarships to deserving "rising stars."


The film stars Malik Whitfield, Chrystee Pharris Ted Lange, Irma P. Hall and Tracey Ross. Another premiere will be held in Dallas before the movie is released to the public.  You can view the trailer at
For more information about the Movie and Film Institute, contact Gwen Barbee at the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce at 817-871-6538.


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Leaders Celebrate CLC Graduates
   City Councilwoman Gyna Bivens urged recent graduates to show up early to work if they are serious about advancing in their fields.  She also paused to compliment the group on their professional attire and sense of committment.  The attentive students at Community Leaning Center were receiving certificates for completing a 7-week course, training them to become machinists and welders.  Coordinated by Yvonne Johnson, the graduation ceremony was held at the Fort Worth Opportunity Center and featured inpsiring words from parents, instructors, community leaders and family members.  One of the students said receiving the honor felt like an Academy Award, since he had never walked across the stage to receive his original high school diploma. Another mother of a graduate drove three hours just to see her son off to a new start in life.
   Also, on-hand for the special cereomony was Demotis Sherman, Training and Employment Counselor and Cory Lane, Career School Director. 
   CLC offers classes to help prepare citizens to enter the workplace and find high quality, family-supporting jobs.  Founded 14 years ago, the Center has trained more than 3,000 workers.  It's located at 5817 East Berry Street in Fort Worth. For more information, visit .




Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts Speaks to Honor Women 

By Maricia Johns, FWBN Columnist

     Say the name Pat Smith, and most people will tell you that she is the wife of Emmitt Smith, you know Dallas Cowboys Emmitt Smith.  Well she certainly is that, but she is so much more.  Besides being a wife, mother, daughter and more, she is a woman of strong faith who shares her faith through her nonprofit Treasure You.  Treasure You supports women who are in emotional, spiritual and financial need. The funds that are raised through the organization go directly to women to assist in paying emergency expenses, education needs and weekend retreat participation.

     Treasure You holds an annual Christian Girlfriend’s Retreat which is attended by women from all over the country.  This retreat encourages women to treasure themselves while having a wonderful, spirit filled weekend. This year is the beginning of something new for Treasure You—“Celebrating Second Chances for Overcomers.”  Pat Smith believes that everyone deserves a second chance, and she is using her experience to help women find a renewed sense of power and purpose.   “Celebrating Second Chances for Overcomers” featured names that were not familiar as well as nationally known honorees.  All of these ladies have overcome some type of obstacle and have gone on to assist and mentor other women. Robin Roberts of Good Morning America was the keynote speaker.  She was there to share the challenges she has faced and to give her personal testimony. It was a day of glitz and glamour with a purpose. 
     Treasure You is showing itself to be a shinning star in the metroplex, and beginning to shine its light throughout the United States.    



Connect to the Fort Worth Community... 

BUSINESS  Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce  Located at 1150 South Freeway, Fort Worth, Texas 76104 817-871-6558, 817-338-2932.

LEADERSHIP Minority Leaders & Citizens Council meets Wednesdays at 12 noon at Christian Community Church Fellowship Hall, located on the corner of Vickery Blvd. and Riverside Drive in Fort Worth.

COMMUNITY  The Dock Bookshop presents an array of events including local authors, performances and celebrity appearances.  Located at 6637 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76112, 817-457-5700.



Dallas Black Dance Theatre performances 

For tickets call 214-880-0202 or . 

This is their 37th Season, which celebrates the legacy of founder Ann Williams.  Williams always had the desire for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre to become an institution not just a dance company.  The success of the company has been made possible through the "collaboration of a strong staff, dedicated Board members, and strong and talented dancers working together."  After the performance in Fort Worth, two more are scheduled this year.  DBDT Theater takes place in April at City Performance Hall, and the Spring Celebration Gala in May at Winspear Opera House.


Dunbar Principal Recognized as Administrator of the Year

Carlos Walker, Principal of Fort Worth's Dunbar High School will be honored as Adminstrator of the Year 2013.  The award is presented by the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members.  Walker is a FWISD Alumnus and graduate of O.D. Wyatt High School.  After high school, he attended the United States Naval Academy and completed his degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Later he became a part of the Principal's Pilot Program in collaboration with Dallas ISD and the University of North Texas.  His career path led him to positions at Morningside Elementary, Paschal High School, O.D. Wyatt and eventually Dunbar in 2012. 

Walker will be honored in Austin at the TCBSCM's annual education summit, where he'll receive a cash prize and trophy.







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Program for minority business owners 

The Agenda for Building Capacity (ABC) hosted its second quarterly buyer/ vendor forum this spring. The purpose of the ABC Program is to create a forum for Tarrant County- based minority- and women- owned businesses to connect with buyers and procurements opportunities from public entities, corporations, prime contractors and developers.  For additional information, please contact Velina Willis, Tarrant County, 817-884-1948,


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