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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.


Minority Leaders hosts Judge Woodard

Judge Lisa Woodard and representatives from the Precinct 8 Constables Office were featured guests at the Minority Leaders and Citizens Council (MLCC).  Moderated by Brenda Howard, they discussed their roles and shared helpful infomation with the audience.  MLCC meets weekly, each Wednesday from 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. at the Community Christian Church, 1800 E. Vickery Blvd.  Meetings are free and open to the general public. 

The third Wednesday of every month is Chamber Day.  The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce will present a program focusing on Economic Development. 

Isis Brantley Spoke in Fort Worth

The notorious Isis Brantley took center stage during the Tarrant County Harambee Festival, expressing her rights to operate an official Hair Braiding School in Texas.  Brantley gained nationwide attention previously, after winning a battle to be grandfathered-in, and allowed to continue caring for natural hair in Dallas.  The Harambee Festival featured a variety of performers and vendors throughout the day on the Evans Avenue Plaza.







Christene Moss elected President of FWISD School Board

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education elected District 3 Representative Christene Chadwick Moss as president this summer. District 2 RepresentativeTobi Jackson was elected as 1st Vice President, Dr. T.A. Sims fromDistrict 4 was elected 2nd Vice President andNorman Robbins, the District 7 representative was voted to be Secretary.

Moss is a product of the Fort Worth ISD, having attended Como Elementary through Como High School. She began her Board service in 1990.  She is registered nurse by training and vocation and currently works with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. She is the second African-American to hold that position, Dr. Sims being the first.
Jackson is a lifelong resident of East Fort Worth who attended Eastern Hills Elementary, Meadowbrook Middle School, and proudly graduated in 1978 from Eastern Hills High School. This FWISD education prepared her for a successful transition into college, where she received a B.A. from The University of Texas at Arlington and an M.S. from the University of North Texas. She began her Board service in 2010.  Dr. Sims, a pharmacist by profession, was first elected to the Board in 1983. Born in Jefferson, Texas, Dr. Sims spent his childhood in Sherman and has been a resident of Fort Worth for many years. Dr. Sims graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Pharmacy with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. In 1984, he received his Doctor of Pharmacy Certification from the National Association of Retail Druggists. Robbins has served the citizens of District 7 since 2004. He is a Fort Worth native who holds a bachelor’s degree and Master of Science degree in business administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. Mr. Robbins has worked for Lockheed Martin since 1986 and is currently senior manager of community relations. He oversees and administers the company’s community involvement program. 





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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